There she stood. All five feet and 100 pounds of her in a black and white smocked shoulder dress, bright pink strappy heals with an oval rhinestone clasp, shyly looking out at the wooing crowd through a few strands of long wavy hair.
It was Sarah Jessica Parker. Ahem, the Sarah Jessica Parker. The girl from Cincinnati. The girl I faithfully watched with college girlfriends as she played Carrie in Sex in the City. The girl I idolized as I moved off to a big city to be a writer. The girl who singlehandedly started a revolution of Cosmopolitan women across the world. There she stood, right before my very eyes.
It was certainly an exciting experience from the press section where I stood with other photographers and writers to capture a few good shots of the Cincinnati-born star. But this experience is nothing compared to our “Meet SJP” winner, Jerri Renyolds, who got to meet her face-to-face and get an autographed bottle of her newest fragrance, LOVELY.
Last week, Cincy Chic scored the exclusive opportunity to give one of our readers a chance to meet Sarah Jessica Parker in person. We asked our readers to send us an e-mail and tell us why they deserve to meet SATC star at her appearance on April 3, at Macy’s Kenwood Towne Centre. The Cincy Chic staff selected the top 10 responses, and then left it up to our readers to choose their favorite SJP plea. Renyolds was the winner with an overwhelming response of 600 votes in a nine hour span. “I was pretty amazed by the fact that I had gotten so many votes,” Renyolds admitted after she learned she was the winner.
On Wednesday, the day before getting to meet SJP, Renyolds said she was consumed with what to say, what to wear, which shoes to wear, what SJP would wear, how SJP would wear her hair and if she say something about Nelsonville. “That’s where she was born and I’m from around that area,” she says. “Needless to say, I was thinking about a lot.”
Renyolds decided to wear a black suit, a red top underneath and paired it with hot little red stilettos. And those shoes were made for standing because she got to Macy’s quite early to ensure a good spot in line, and for hours, she patiently waited for SJP to emerge from the escalators at noon. “But I really had a great time standing in line,” she says. “Everyone was so nice at Macy’s and I got to meet a lot of great women who were just as much crazy SJP and Sex and the City fans as I am.”
Finally, at 12:09, squeals erupted from the crowd and camera flashes sparkled onto the smiling face of Sarah Jessica as she walked to the front of the room. Renyolds says her first thought was “She looks just as great in person as she does on the big screen. And that her shoes were really cute!”
Because Renyolds had such a great place in line, she was one of the first to meet SJP. As she got her perfume bottle signed, she thanked Sarah Jessica for doing the appearance and said she’s sure everyone appreciates it just as much. “At least I think that’s what came out of my mouth,” says Renyolds. “I’m sure I looked like a deer stuck in headlights.”
The first person Renyolds called was her husband, Danny. “I was so star struck still at that point I’m not sure what I said. I just remember his response: ‘So, will we be having dinner with Sarah and Matthew tonight?'”
Her autographed bottle is now proudly displayed on her dresser at home. “I would just like to thank everyone for their votes and passing along my story,” says Renyolds. “It was a wonderful experience I will remember always. Thank you and continue to support Cincy Chic. It’s such a wonderful online publication for the ladies of Cincinnati.”
Check is in the mail for that last line, Jerri. And what could be in the mail to you today are two tickets to see Sarah Jessica Parker star in the new Sex and the City movie screening on Wednesday, May 28 at 7pm at the AMC Theater in Newport. Comment below* with your favorite SATC scene and the first 30 responses will get two free passes to the screening and invites to the Little Black Dress Pre-Screening Party at Bar Louie. Okay, time to stop reading and start commenting!
*Must provide e-mail address to qualify your response. E-mail address will be used solely for contacting you about contest winnings.
Click here for more pics from the SJP extravaganza!
To see footage of Sarah Jessica, click here or on the play button below. Fast forward to 4:11:02 to see Jerri meet SJP and get her perfume autographed and then jump ahead to 4:48:28 to hear an interview with Jerri.
Photos: Amy Storer