What Not To Wear When You Meet Candace Bushnell

Since it's Mother's Day, let's blame my mom. Hours earlier, The Boyfriend and I had dropped her off at the airport, and even though I've been 28 for 24 hours, I cried like a baby the whole way home. My face was red and splotchy, combined with the last three days of birthday party celebrating, wine tasting and eating every dessert in sight that wasn't cake, I was not looking my best today.

When I got home and unpacked, I realized it was still early and as much as I wanted to curl up in ball of pity in my pink PINK pajamas on the couch, holding Snuffy and crying, I put my big girl pants on and I went for a walk. The Grove is only a mile from my house, so I decided to go try to spend the gift certificate my little brother had given me to the local book store.

This is the exact outfit I was wearing; head to toe pink PINK. Available here.

When I walked in, with every intention in the world of buying Bushnell's latest book, The Carrie Diaries, I saw a poster advertising a book signing with her at 4pm. I looked at my watch (ahem...cell phone) and it said it was 4:23pm. Cha-Ching! I ran to the register, bought my book (thanks, Philip!) and then got in line for the book signing, not even thinking of the fact that I looked more like a post-party bloated sorority girl after a rough night than the late-twenties world-traveling professional business woman I've become. (My over-sized Nicole Richie-esque sunglasses from Tokyo that I refused to take off totally completed the look.)

I was last in line for the signing, and was super excited. I couldn't believe that the woman who had first turned me on to Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda in her book 4 Blondes back in 2002 (the book that started the Sex and the City craze) was right in front of me. When I approached the counter, she said, "Who shall I make this out to?" I sheepishly said, "Erin please," and then added at lightning speed, "I'm soooo sorry I'm dressed like this! I didn't know you were going to be here, or I would have dressed up! This is so embarrassing." "Don't worry honey," she said, "I think you look chic in your pink! You match my book!"

So lesson learned. Those with style will always appreciate and understand sweats, as long as you match their latest book. Thank goodness her book wasn't green, or my face would have been red.


  1. HAHAHA you're adorable! I kind of really want one of those outfits. Like, really really. So cool you got to meet her. And why, when I read 4 Blonds in 2002, did I not realize later that they were the SATC ladies?! I feel so dumb!!!

    P.S. Happy belated birthday lovey!!!

  2. Omigosh, what a story! Hope you had a great birthday, my love!


  3. That outfit looks so comfy! And I'm jealous you got to meet Candace Bushnell. Great post :)

  4. I wish I had on your (OK, maybe not *YOUR*, but you know what I mean) head to toe pink outfit right now. I'm suffering from post Mother's Day/brother's b-day too much food hangover and am stuck at a desk in office attire. Ugh...

  5. Your stories are my FAVorite. Love you!

  6. You're so cute! My mother is leaving this Saturday. I already feel like crying :(

  7. How exciting that you got to meet her. And that you had her sign your book. Ha and that you told her that you were sorry for what your wearing. You crack me up. I personally think that the pink sweatpants sound adorable. I wear my black (Pink) sweatpants all the time. They have the tight ankles though, So last winter I used the excuse of "Its cold, so I will wear my sweats with my snow boots over them EVERYWHERE". Ha now that was pretty.
    But honestly though, I do think that sweats can be cute and fun for a change. I don't do it often but it feels so good to throw on some sweats a messy ponytail and warm boots and go out. :) I bet you looked way better than you think.

  8. ha! that's hilarious - but i have to say your sweats are a lot more stylish than any sweats i own!!!

  9. you are too cute! i am dying to read that book, i keep the other ones on hand as my "pick up and read anytime" books :)

  10. Yay!!!! Yay for PINK!!! :D :) I'm so gonna buy the book tomorrow (that is if it's available here - forgot to buy it last week). :(

  11. love it!! so awesome that you got to meet her, and i bet you were adorable in pink!

    super jealous that you live 1 mile from the grove! that is my fave place in la. hands down.

    i cry everytime i leave my momma. i'm pretty sure that will never end.


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