Before 'Sex & the City', There Was 'The Carrie Diaries'

Before 'Sex & the City', There Was 'The Carrie Diaries'

I have three final exams coming up next week…so it only makes complete sense that I'm about one season deep into my third rewatch of "The Carrie Diaries".

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I have three final exams coming up next week…so it only makes complete sense that I'm about one season deep into my third rewatch of "The Carrie Diaries".

Carrie isn't afraid to be herself 

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Carrie is unapologetically herself. Like me, she over-analyzes every little detail and makes no secret of her passion for writing. She has a real zest for life that makes it a little easier for her to bounce back after dealing with hardship. She comes across as naïve at times, but Carrie knows exactly what she wants and what she's willing to do to get it.

New York, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways

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Carrie has an awe-inspiring appreciation for the city that never sleeps. Every time she so much as steps into the Big Apple, she radiates a sincere love for the essence of the city.

I have no doubt that if this show were set in the present day, Carrie would be my twin in taking Instagram after Instagram of the city, hash-tagging with #Don'tNeedAManJustNeedMANhattan, because let's be real - New York is the true bae, so to speak.

Always Remember: Career first, Guys second

Carrie's liberated, fabulous boss at her fashion internship, Larissa Loughlin (Freema Agyeman), disperses little bits of advice that suggest in no uncertain terms that girls should focus on becoming someone. That someone should be well spoken and be determined to get the job done. At one point during the show, Larissa offers Carrie an amazing opportunity. When Carrie turns it down in favor of a relationship with a boy, Larissa looks at Carrie incredulously and says, "You're giving it up for a boy? The world is full of boys."

Larissa also reminds Carrie that not everyone is made for a future languishing in the suburbs. While that is the dream of some women (and that is totally alright), Carrie, like a lot of the girls I know (including myself), has a vision for herself that extends beyond the nostalgic allure of a white picket fence and a station wagon. She has goals that transcend attaining the attention of a boy, and that transcend being a wife or a mother.

That being said; love is utter and total madness 

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In the show, Carrie's relationship with Sebastian is one heck of a rollercoaster, and at one point she tells him she loves him so much that it physically hurts.

Love is always confusing, and there's always one person everyone goes back to regardless of how difficult things seem. Carrie's tendency to read into everything makes it even more nuanced.

One of the best lessons on this show is that even if you're perfect with or for someone, circumstances may make it such that you have to let them go. Not everything is going to go according to plan, and even if it does, there is no guarantee it will stay that way. All you can do is hold on to your memories and keep the people you love in your heart.

Good friends will always have your back

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It's no secret that being in high school or even college is hard. There's so much to balance, and so much change going on. This is why it's essential to have friends you can lean on when times get tough.

As you grow up, you may find that some friendships survive and others don't. Carrie certainly is lucky to have such a close gang of pals who love and support each other.

Carrie's different friends also bring out different sides of her. Mouse (Ellen Wong) reminds her to focus on the important things in life and be steadfast in her aspirations. Walt (Brendan Dooling) shares Carrie's love for the city and for fashion. Maggie (Katie Findlay) gives Carrie advice on relationships and helps keeps things light in times of trouble. In return, Carrie offers her own practical advice and listening ear to her best friends.

To just about sum it up—watching heartwarming, realistic characters struggle through an era when "Reagan and shoulder pads were all the rage"? Count me in.

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35 Major Life Facts According To Nick Miller

"All booze is good booze, unless it's weak booze."
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Fact: If you watch "New Girl," you love Nick Miller.

You can't help it. He's an adorable, lovable mess of a man and you look forward to seeing him and his shenanigans each week. While living the infamous and incomparable life of Nick Miller, and obviously Julius Pepperwood— he has learned many valuable laws of the land. And, although Nick refuses to learn anything from anyone besides his mysterious, old Asian friend Tran, he does have a few lessons he'd like to teach us.

Here are 35 facts of life according to 'Nick Milla Nick Milla':

1. Drinking keeps you healthy.

"I'm not gonna get sick. No germ can live in a body that is 65% beer."

2. Dinosaurs never existed.

"I don't believe dinosaurs existed. I've seen the science. I don't believe it."


3. A paper bag is a bank.

"A bank is just a paper bag but with fancier walls."


4. Having sex is similar to delivering mail.

"I'm like a mailman, except instead of mail it's hot sex that I deliver."

5. Moonwalking is a foolproof way to get out of any awkward situation.

Jess (about Nick): "Now he won't even talk to me. I saw him this morning and he just panic moonwalked away from me. He does that sometimes."

6. Using a movie reference is also a great way.

Cece: "Come on, get up!"

Nick: "No, I don't dance. I'm from that town in "Footloose."

7. There's no reason to wash towels.

Nick: "I don’t wash the towel. The towel washes me. Who washes a towel?"

Schmidt: "You never wash your towel?"

Nick: "What am I gonna do? Wash the shower next? Wash a bar of soap?"

8. Exes are meant to be avoided at all costs (especially if/unless they're Caroline)

"I don't deal with exes, they're part of the past. You burn them swiftly and you give their ashes to Poseidon."

9. IKEA furniture is not as intimidating as it looks.

"I'm building you the dresser. I love this stuff. It's like high-stakes LEGOs."

10. You don't need forks if you have hands.

Jess: "That's gross. Get a fork, man."

Nick: "I got two perfectly good forks at the end of my arms!"

11. Sex has a very specific definition.


"It's not sex until you put the straw in the coconut."

12. Doors are frustrating.

"I will push if I want to push! Come on! I hate doors!"

13. All booze is good booze.

"Can I get an alcohol?"

14. ...unless it's weak booze.

"Schmidt, that is melon flavored liquor! That is 4-proof! That is safe to drink while you're pregnant!"

15. Writers are like pregnant women.

Jess: "You know what that sound is? It's the sound of an empty uterus."

Nick: "I can top that easily. I'm having a hard time with my zombie novel."

Jess: "Are you really comparing a zombie novel to my ability to create life?"

Nick: "I'm a writer, Jess. We create life."

16. All bets must be honored.

"There is something serious I have to tell you about the future. The name of my first-born child needs to be Reginald VelJohnson. I lost a bet to Schmidt."

17. Adele's voice is like a combination of Fergie and Jesus.

"Adele is amazing."

18. Beyoncé is extremely trustworthy.

"I'd trust Beyoncé with my life. We be all night."

19. Fish, on the other hand, are not.


“Absolutely not. You know I don’t trust fish! They breathe water. That's crazy!"

20. Bar mitzvahs are terrifying.

Schmidt: "It's a bar mitzvah!"

Nick: "I am NOT watching a kid get circumcised!"

21. ...so are blueberries.

Jess: "So far, Nick Miller's list of fears is sharks, tap water, real relationships..."

Nick: "And blueberries."

22. Take your time with difficult decisions. Don't be rash.


Jess: "You care about your burritos more than my children, Nick?"

Nick: "You're putting me in a tough spot!"

23. Getting into shape is not easy.

"I mean, I’m not doing squats or anything. I’m trying to eat less donuts."

24. We aren't meant to talk about our feelings.

"If we needed to talk about feelings, they would be called talkings."


25. We're all a little bit too hard on ourselves.

"The enemy is the inner me."

26. Freezing your underwear is a good way to cool off.


"Trust me, I'm wearing frozen underpants right now and I feel amazing. I'm gonna grab some old underpants and put a pair into the freezer for each of you."

27. Public nudity is normal.

"Everbody has been flashed countless times."

28. Alcohol is a cure-all.


"You treat an outside wound with rubbing alcohol. You treat an inside wound with drinking alcohol."

29. Horses are aliens.

"I believe horses are from outer-space."


30. Turtles should actually be called 'shell-beavers.'

Jess: "He calls turtles 'shell-beavers."

Nick: "Well, that's what they should be called."

31. Trench coats are hot.


"This coat has clean lines and pockets that don't quit, and it has room for your hips. And, when I wear it, I feel hot to trot!"


32. Sparkles are too.

"Now, my final bit of advice, and don't get sensitive on this, but you've got to change that top it's terrible and you've got to throw sparkles on. Sparkles are in. SPARKLES ARE IN."

33. Introspection can lead to a deeper knowing of oneself.

"I'm not convinced I know how to read. I've just memorized a lot of words."


34. It's important to live in the moment.

"I know this isn't gonna end well but the middle part is gonna be awesome."


35. Drinking makes you cooler.

Jess: "Drinking to be cool, Nick? That's not a real thing."

Nick: "That's the only thing in the world I know to be true."

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