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Review: The Carrie Diaries

As many of you know, I am not a fan of Sex and the City. As a 26 year old from a small city in the North of England, I find it difficult to relate to a 40 something single woman, playing the field in New York. (In case you didn’t know, Chester isn’t very much like New York.)

So when I heard about “The Carrie Diaries“, it made me thing that maybe I’d be able to enjoy and possibly relate to Miss Bradshaw. OK, so its based in the 80’s, but I was a huge fan of the various “Sweet Valley” series back in the day and I quite enjoyed the flashback episode of Gossip Girlback to Serenas mums teenage years (although the amount of actors from Veronica Marsconfused me a little. Did Kristen Bell get them all minor roles? Whatev. I still love Dick, even more so when he is a Billy Idol wannabe). I wanted to like this book.

But, no. I just couldn’t get into it at all. This was my second time of reading it, and I find it just as hard relating to 17 year old Carrie in Connecticut, as I do to late 30’s Carrie in New York.

Perhaps you have to be a die hard SatC fan to enjoy this book. Personally, I think thats a real shame though. There was potential in the book to attract a new, younger audience into the franchise – and isn’t that every persons aim who is selling something? New customers?

It could have been so much more, it could even have become a series of books – why try and cram a whole year into one book? To copy Sweet Valley High would have been a bit much (how many times did the twins get in life threatening danger? Still love it though) but something more along the lines of the Georgia Nicholson series (if you’ve not read that series, do. Its so funny, even though it’s, again, a YA series)

The Carrie Diaries felt rushed through with cramming the year into one book, and certain parts of the book felt as if they had been added in at the last minute to sort of fore shadow the TV series.

If this book had been thought about a bit more, then it could have been brilliant. Sadly, this is a book that is going to stay on my bookshelf most of the time, not one to read and re-read

Cake or Death?


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Cupcakes. Every girl blogger just loves cupcakes, right? Whenever you read a blog about any sort of blogger gathering, its sure to mention the cute cupcakes that were consumed.

Enough already! Cupcakes are fashionable at the moment, and are perhaps becoming a bit over popular. With over popularity, you get so many people entering the market place, but instead of prices dropping (as even the most basic economics lesson will teach you – more suppliers = lower prices) the prices seem to go up!

I asked on Twitter this week if I was the only one feeling this way and thankfully, I’m not. Helen at Afeitar (who is an amazing baker of cupcakes and the like – everytime she posts her latest creations, I feel like I should be baking up a storm myself!) and Lou at Lou Blogs set me off thinking about other sorts of sweet things that could be served instead. What about mini versions of British classics – tiny little jam roly polys, sticky toffee puddings, apple crumbles – yummy little bite sized brownies (which disappear far too quickly or Eton Messes (my faovurite!)

Yum! Much more variation, although still not good for the waist line. Oh well.

I can’t really blog about cupcakes and not mention the lovely little shop on Park Street here in Bristol thats recently opened, called Swinky Sweets. They do so many different flavours of cupcakes (I tried the Earl Grey tea one which was surprisingly delicious!) which makes it a bit different to the usual cupcake shops. In honour of the new Sex and the City movie, they’ve chosen two of their regular flavours and created two new ones to represent the girls.

Cosmopolitan Cupcake: Blitzed cranberries infuse vanilla sponge cake with a hint of lime zest to stand up to the sweetness. Topped with a Cranberry, Orange and Lime Frosting, the only thing missing is the Vodka! An ode to Ms Bradshaw.

Swinky’s Dirty Martini Cupcake: Light chocolate cake is wrapped in martini-chocolate frosting and drizzled in salted caramel! Elegance with a feisty kick and a potential classic. Samantha perhaps?!

Very Vanilla: Sheer simplicity. Unadulterated Madagascan vanilla pods engulf this delicate sponge cake, topped with sumptuous swirls of butter cream frosting! So light and inoffensive, it could be Switzerland! Traditional Vanilla could only be Charlotte

Triple Chocolate: Created by one big child for children and chocolate lovers everywhere, the combination of all three chocolate types satisfies even the most indecisive of individuals! Good old reliable chocolate for Miranda!

Despite what I’ve said above about cupcakes, I can’t resist these flavours!

Am I The Only One…

…who doesn’t care at all about the upcoming Sex and the City movie?

Although it seems like something I would actually watch, I’ve never been able to get into it. Maybe its the unlikable characters – I know we’re supposed to love Carrie, but she just seems to be superficial and annoying to me.
When I was working at Crest, I was on a team with three girls who absolutely loved the show and would talk about it in such detail, I feel like I’ve seen all the shows anyway.
If there is nothing else on TV, I end up watching it, but it irritates me for no particular reason.
Another more recent show thats come onto our screens with similar aspects is Gossip Girl

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As those around me will know, I bloody well love Gossip Girl. It’s similar to Sex and the City in certain ways – fantastic fashions, based in New York, random plotlines thrown in – but I love it so much more because
its the sort of life that we probably would all love to have, and its almost realistic.

I love the outfits that are seen, the awesome soundtrack, and the bitchyness from the charactors and of course from the narrating Gossip Girl. (Of course, it doesn’t hurt that Gossip Girl is voiced by Kristen Bell, who we love in a non lezzie way)

I also love the Gossip Girl books – yes, they’re trashy and made for 16 year olds, but they’re quick and easy to read when your brain just doesn’t want to look at accounting textbooks anymore.

So will I watch the Sex and the City movie? Pretty unlikely – I’ll be found in front of my VBox watching Dr Who again (I love the catch up ability!)

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