Category: Patricia Field


My TV Makeover Disaster: Part Two

July 11th, 2012 — 9:53pm

As I mentioned the other day, my makeover experience at ABC’s The Revolution only confirmed why this show was cancelled.

My long afternoon continued with a second trip downstairs to the wardrobe department, where Tim Gunn and the show’s in-house stylist – a brassy redhead who could be Sex And The City costume designer Patricia Field’s doppelganger — are waiting with a number of different outfits for me try on.

After squeezing into a body shaper, I start to relax a little and enjoy playing dress up with Tim’s expert guidance. Until I have to test drive some shoes. The first pair is way too high and uncomfortable. When I say as much, Ms. Pat Fields Wannabe snaps—

“Well, they’re your size.”

Um…but I can’t walk in them!! I manage to say as much (without exclamation points) and settle on a black but manageable pair of peep toe pumps. Having chosen a fun, flirty outfit – a cream and rose colored shift dress topped off with a cardigan, very Mad Men – I return to the dressing room.

At last, all the hurry up and waiting is over and the time comes for the celebrity stylist to work his magic. I’m thinking there will at least be some dialogue about what he’s going to do. Instead, he’s instructed by a producer that a network honcho is in the audience and wants to see a “dramatic difference.”

“Don’t worry – it will be dramatic.”

Forcing a smile with Tim Gunn after the taping

And with that, he starts quickly coloring and cutting. I feel myself tense up as several inches and layers of hair fall to the ground. Even Tim Gunn noticed my reaction, squeezing my hand and asking if I was doing okay. Considering there was a camera in front of my face, I lied and said yes.

In all fairness to the celebrity stylist – with whom I quickly bonded because he’s got a big, effervescent personality – he didn’t give me a bad haircut per se. It just wasn’t a haircut that felt at all like me.

Somehow, I managed to fake enthusiasm when the time came for my big . Applause from the audience helped, as did my hope that I could squeeze in a mention for SingleGalNYC.com (the show’s theme, after all, was dating).  But Tim cut me off before that could happen.
 
Finally – six hours after I arrived – the taping is over. I barely have a moment to steal a picture with Tim, before a producer appears and escorts me quickly back to the wardrobe department.

Why? So I could return the clothes, shoes and jewelry. Yes, that’s right. A national program aired by ABC-TV, in which Macy’s was prominently featured as a sponsor, couldn’t afford to treat a makeover guest to some new threads. My consolation prize? A $50 AmEx gift card.  Small comfort after giving six hours of my time to end up with a haircut I hated.

Needless to say, I’m a little more skeptical now when I watch on-camera makeover segments. I wonder what the guests are really thinking of their new look. More than that, though, I wonder – do they get to keep the clothes??

| Patricia Field, Sex and The City

SATC Hotspots Tour: Take Two

May 27th, 2010 — 11:40am

Last night, I celebrated today’s opening of “Sex And The City 2” by climbing aboard On Location Tours SATC Hotspots Tour (see blog sidebar link for Single Gal In The City reader discount).

All Aboard: On Location Tours’ Meagan and me

The three-hour journey, now includes locations from both the series and the movies, kicks off at Pulitzer Fountain in front of The Plaza. Among the additions since I last did it in 2006 — Buddakan, site of Carrie and Big’s rehearsal dinner, and jeweler Alexis Bittar, who co-designed baubles with Patricia Field featured in SATC 2.

As we made our way through Midtown, the West Village and SoHo, I was excited to find myself sitting next to freelance writer Carrie Seim.

Carrie interviewed me in March by email for her about leaving New York to find love. A part-time LA resident, she told me she has no problem meeting men when she visits the Big Apple. There really is something about changing your zip code to spice up your love life.

Much to my great delight, Carrie introduced me to dating expert and author Julie Spira. We talked about the ups and downs of long-distance relationships, and about Andrea Syrtash’s smart new book, He’s Just Not Your Type (And That’s A Good Thing).

Also joining in the fun, wedding gown designer Matthew Christopher. He had us laughing when he said a few Norweigan tourists complained that the tour wasn’t what she had expected.

“I told her, ‘Honey, don’t build it up, just let it happen.’ ”

Good advice when it comes to dating too.

| Buddakan, On Location Tours, Patricia Field, SATC, SATC 2, Sex and The City, Sex and The City Tour

A Visit To The Set of SATC2

September 3rd, 2009 — 12:30pm

Yesterday, I paid a visit to the set of “Sex And The City 2.”

Day two of the SATC2 shoot took place at a public school on NYC’s Upper East Side. I caught a fleeting glimpse of Cynthia Nixon (Miranda) decked out in a sleeveless maroon dress and matching heels.

Also on set — David Eigenberg (Steve) and young Joseph Pupo (Brady). David greeted his on-screen son, who’s looking much more grown up now, with a big hug before heading inside for their scenes.

Back In Action: David Eigenberg (Steve) and Joseph Pupo (Brady)

Lynn Cohen (Magda) was as smiley and gracious as she was when I met her at the DVD launch party for “Sex And The City: The Movie.”

All Smiles: Lynn Cohen (Magda)

Later, I spotted SATC’s legendary costume designer Patricia Field in a funky bustier and hat ensemble.

Fashion Maven: Costume Designer Patricia Field

SATC2 is filming on 48th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue today, and on Perry Street in NYC’s West Village tomorrow. For the latest about filming locations, check out my favorite go-to source, On Location Vacations.

| Cynthia Nixon, David Eigenberg, Patricia Field, SATC 2, Sex and The City sequel

A Visit To The Set of SATC2

September 3rd, 2009 — 7:30am

Yesterday, I paid a visit to the set of “Sex And The City 2.”

Day two of the SATC2 shoot took place at a public school on NYC’s Upper East Side. I caught a fleeting glimpse of Cynthia Nixon (Miranda) decked out in a sleeveless maroon dress and matching heels.

Also on set — David Eigenberg (Steve) and young Joseph Pupo (Brady). David greeted his on-screen son, who’s looking much more grown up now, with a big hug before heading inside for their scenes.

Back In Action: David Eigenberg (Steve) and Joseph Pupo (Brady)

Lynn Cohen (Magda) was as smiley and gracious as she was when I met her at the DVD launch party for “Sex And The City: The Movie.”

All Smiles: Lynn Cohen (Magda)

Later, I spotted SATC’s legendary costume designer Patricia Field in a funky bustier and hat ensemble.

Fashion Maven: Costume Designer Patricia Field

SATC2 is filming on 48th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue today, and on Perry Street in NYC’s West Village tomorrow. For the latest about filming locations, check out my favorite go-to source, On Location Vacations.

| Cynthia Nixon, David Eigenberg, Patricia Field, SATC 2, Sex and The City sequel

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