I wasn’t the only person kickin’ it in the BEAST yesterday. Sarah Jessica Parker arrived at the Macy’s Stoneridge Mall in Pleasanton early yesterday to promote her new fragrance, sign autographs and to cause a general frenzy amongst the East Bay natives, which included women of all ages, a sprinkling of dudes and a lady with a white parrot on her shoulder.
SJP was very nice and cordial in person and looked great in her Peter Soronen dress, Fred Leighton necklace and sequined Miu Miu heels (*so fab*). We talked briefly before she left to sign autographs for fans in the store.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get to ask her all of the beauty questions you guys came up with; the situation was incredibly high stress, and her reps were very protective of her. They kept shutting me down during my numerous and persistent attempts to grab a picture with her (boo). This sort of made my eyeliner run a bit, but, hey, what can you do? At least I wore waterproof.
We spent a few minutes discussing her fragrance line, in particular Covet Pure Bloom, the latest addition, which was inspired by a recent family holiday in Kauai.
“I went to Hawaii and was given these leis and the pikake was so incredible,” says SJP. She remembered that as a young girl living in L.A., she visited a shop where she was able to mix different essential oils together, and she mixed the pikake scent into just about everything she wore. Not only does Sarah love the scent of pikake; she loves what the flower represents to Hawaiians: nobility, purity and eternity.
Covet Pure Bloom is Sarah’s third fragrance. When creating each of her scents, she tried hard not to dictate the type of woman who could wear them. “One of the things I like to do very much in my work is to say there should be no rules about how we dress or what kind of fragrance we wear.”
In the green room waiting for SJP
Sarah said Covet Pure Bloom reminds her of summer and the islands. Even though it has a seasonal feel to it, she hopes the fragrance transports people to the source of that pikake fragrance in Hawaii even if they’ve never been to the islands before.
As with many women, SJP’s taste in fragrance was heavily influenced by important women in her life, like her mother, who used to wear a floral fragrance, and by friends. And some years ago, a friend who used eBay introduced Sarah to hard-to-find European fragrances.
Before being ushered out after our brief talk, I asked Sarah if she had any tips or tricks to make wearing high heels more comfortable.
“There’s just no way to make them more comfortable,” she said. “You either reconcile the fact that they’re gonna be uncomfortable 6-8, or in my case 16 hours later, or you just choose not to wear them.”
Oh, well. I guess what they say is true, ladies…
“A heel is a heel is a heel.”
Curious about Sarah Jessica Parker’s fragrances?
Covet Pure Bloom
In addition to the dominant pikake note at the middle (or heart) of this sweet, tropical floral, the fragrance contains notes of mandarin orange, jasmin and turberose. Long-wearing Covet Pure Bloom’s base notes warm toward the end. It’s a lovely but strong tropical fragrance. Similar but lighter fragrances like Estee Lauder Private Collection are also nice. $52 for a 1.7-oz. bottle.
Like Covet Pure Bloom, the original Covet, released in 2007, has amazing staying power. It starts with a burst of citrus, which then dries down to a chocolate, amber and musk. It’s rare when I like food-inspired fragrances, but Covet pulls it off well. This is my favorite of SJP’s three fragrances, and I love wearing it in the fall. $52 for a 1.7-oz. bottle.
Lovely’s pink, vintage inspired bottle houses a very classically feminine floral scent. With notes of patchouli, orchid, cedar, amber, musk, mandarin, bergamot and lavender, this is a lovely (pardon the pun) scent for women who don’t like overly sweet, fruity fragrances. I’d wear this in the spring, just as the weather changes, or out on a date with El Hub. $52 for a 1.7-oz. bottle.
SJP was just as nice as I thought she would be, and she’s definitely a busy lady. I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us next.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,