August 09 2017

Carrie Dragshaw Hits The Standard, Hollywood

Los Angeles-Shot at The Standard
Back in 2000, "Sex and the City’s" Carrie Bradshaw and the gang came to stay at The Standard, Hollywood for the iconic season three episodes “Escape from New York” and "Sex and Another City." We sent one of our favorite Instagram personas, @dan_clay's Carrie Dragshaw, to recreate the magic, and boy, did she ever. Let's get carried away on her journey through LA...
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Meanwhile, I was going loca in La La Land trying to stand out at The Standard. As I stepped back into LA in the same asymmetrical dress from 2000, I started thinking about change. You can change your clothes, you can change your hair, with the right doctor you can even change your face—but can you ever really change your self? And even if you can, do you then just discover something new that needs changing? Was my soul like a pair of mismatched Louboutins: colorful but confused, dazzling but always divided—one side where I am, one side where I want to be, a walking contradiction? 

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Even if I couldn’t change, LA certainly could. In 17 years, the trees got tall, downtown got cool, juice got expensive, gluten got evil, and reality got a lot of TV shows. Now, we text instead of talk, swipe instead of flirt, take Ubers, take SoulCycle, and have entire walls for taking selfies.
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The Standard
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There’s an old saying: “Time waits for no man.” Well, good for Time. But I certainly wasted a lot of time waiting for one. As I took another puff of my contraband cigarette, I started thinking about 17 years of standing still, waiting for a man to notice me, flatter me, to love me deeper, or to hold me tighter.
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The Standard
I couldn’t help but wonder: In life, do we just keep taking the same trips over and over again? Making a wrong turn onto Memory Lane instead of merging onto the open road of the life we want? If life is a highway, was I stuck in LA traffic?
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But maybe happiness is less about changing your life and more about changing how you look at it. It's less about changing your city, your weight, your boyfriend, or even yourself—and more about changing your perspective. To see the pool float as half full. To stop comparing yourself to where you should be and start celebrating yourself for where you are. To become the love you’re looking for. After all, the air in LA might have smog and the air in NY might smell like pee, but you can still stop and smell the roses. 

Maybe life is like a Brazilian Wax: You're in for a lot of pain if you expect everything to be smooth. But if you can greet life's imperfections and hairy problems with a smile, you're destined for joy.
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It’s like when a New Yorker visits LA. Some see only the differences: they’re Porsche and we’re Prada, they’re Hollywood and we’re Broadway, Lunch at the Ivy vs. Breakfast at Tiffany’s. We validate friends, they validate parking. They’re chill all year and we’re freezing for half of it. Our trends are on the runway and theirs come with a locker room. They hike up Runyon to get fresh air and we hike up our skirts to get into 1 Oak. But some see the similarities: fabulous places full of fabulous strivers who expect a lot from their cities and even more from themselves.
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The Standard
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It turns out you can feel Califortunate no matter what state you’re in. So maybe life’s greatest voyage isn’t about going somewhere new, but seeing the same placeor personwith new eyes. As I left Los Angeles, I realized: Whether it’s distance or time, no matter how far you travel, you end up running into yourself. In a way, you’re always living in your own head. And if you can make it there, you’ll make it anywhere.

For more Carrie Dragshaw, follow @dan_clay on Instagram. 
Photographer
Michael Anthony Hernandez