Friday, July 17, 2009

Walking the Red Carpet

Do you remember the beginning of Notting Hill when you see Julia Roberts walk down the red carpet, looking absolutely gorgeous,while a meteor shower of flashes go off lighting up her face and that smile? (To the sound of "She" by Elvis Costello of course.) I love that beginning...

I'm always a little bit fascinated by watching stars on the red carpet. They look so glamorous and put together - like they have the world on a string and are sitting on a rainbow (to quote "ol' blue-eyes."...) With their confident smiles (always very white) and designer clothes they know exactly how to pose to make their booty look small and their bust look perky! (Not the men of course... they just have to "suck it in".)

While they strut along the carpet with someone beautiful (but not too beautiful - this is not the time to be outshone) on their arm I cannot help but wonder HOW they feel...

Do they fill thrilled and excited? Do they feel drop-dead-gorgeous and adored? (Do you Julia?) Are they worried about their heels getting caught up in their dress or having left overs from dinner (at the Ivy) stuck between their teeth? Are they anxious about loosing that 2 million dollar bracelet they borrowed from Bvlgari or are they thinking of ways to nick it? (I really don't know what happened... I went to the bathroom and put on some makeup...wait, I think I saw Wynona Ryder right next to me!)

Do they worry that the others have better dresses or even worse: the same dress (yikes!)? (Never happens to Cher I bet! Or Ellen DeGeneres....) Are they having second thoughts about that pink tutu, or the swan wrapped around their neck (Hello Bjørk! What were you thinking?) Or maybe they are concentrating very hard on NOT breathing so that the pearl buttons on their corset-top don't come flying off like bullets giving Joan Rivers a black eye (another excuse for a little medical fixer-upper...) Bet that would be a sure way to get slaughtered by Joan and her charming daughter Melissa on Entertainment tonight!

Are they trying to suppress the look of utter shock that Victoria has lost another 10 pounds or that their former boyfriend is there with Ashley Tisdale (Who is she anyway?) Maybe they think about how much those 2000 dollar Louboutins HURT (Why are all expensive shoes SO excruciating? Is that some kind of rule.. the higher the price, the harder the sacrifice?)

Do they manage to hide the look of surprise when they see that their seat is WAY behind Jessica Simpson's? Maybe they frown a little about the huge crush they had on Mickey Rourke in the 80s having watched 9 and 1/2 weeks ten times? (Look at him now ladies! Not everything gets better with age... Sorry, Joan, that's just the facts of life!)

Are they thinking about how Tom Cruise really is quite short or that Oprah must have gained a few? Are they worried about their three kids at home with the two nannies that only speak thai and mandarin? Or are they secretly calculating the next house payment on their new Bel Air mansion? Do they feel jealous that their husband is casting a second glance at Nathalie Portman (who can blame him..) or excited that Johnny Depp whispered something in french right into their ear (Probably "move over fat cow", but everything sounds sexy in french...)

Next time you watch the Oscars, watch the stars and imagine what they are REALLY thinking an feeling... It makes the show so much more enjoyable!

As for me... I don't know if I'll ever walk the Red Carpet. But I did walk through an underground parking lot in Marbella the other night. I looked down and saw that right through the grey concrete there was a wide red line (just like a carpet). As I was about to walk over to our Masarati (No, just kidding... Opel Zafira... with bumps) I realized that it looked like I was actually walking the red carpet. I grabbed my iphone, got ready to take a picture... and suddently a car backed out with it's bright lights casting a magic beam over my feet! It looked like spotlights and I got the perfect shot!

So here are my feet on the red carpet bathed in the lights of a fancy car ... what I was feeling? Can't remember! Probably that I had to get out of the way before that fancy car hit me right in my booty...


Amos said... a perfect shot. Your writing continues to enthrall me each time I click on your blog. You do not cease to amaze me my friend. What a thought provoking piece you have written. And yes, that does make it more interesting to watch, to think about what they are thinking about.

Les Cotrions said...

I'd like to walk on a red carpet once! Nice post!
Wish you a fab week end!
Big hugs

Fran said...

Hi there!

Thank you for the nice comment on my "Very Random" scrapbook!

You take great pictures! I do think your shoes look gorgeous on the red carpet, and the while dress(as far as I can see)!

I once was killed by heels and I swore not to wear them any more. But in many cases they do make you look "smarter"!

Have a great weekend!


M said...

Herlig innlegg....ikke tid til å skrive så mye mer enn det, men ville si at jeg har vært her!!
Ha en nydelig fredagskveld!

Hans and Shinta said...

Perfect! =) Love the shot..haha..You have a great writing skill!

The Main Ladybug said...

Just stopping by from SITS to say Good Morning!

Beautiful blog, and is that your pool in the background??? I'm green with envy!

Have a blessed day!

DiPaola Momma said...

ooh oooh when I lived in Spain I actually ran into Sean Connery in Marbella!!! Had I been in that particular car park they would have had to pick me up off the "red carpet!".. no, I actually played it really cool. Let him eat his dinner in peace before I fell at his feet in worship. Stopping by from SITS roll call to say hey. And have some pattas bravas for me!!

smittenbybritain said...

Oh god, I love that photo of Tom Cruise. Too funny! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love to converse with my followers over their love for Britain, so be sure to come back.

Anonymous said...

What a fun post! The only time I've ever felt close to being on a red carpet was my son's wedding. Someone did my hair and makeup and my dress was so lovely.

I stood over an air-vent (an outdoor-wedding accessory must have) inside a building until the 100 degree wedding started. I wouldn't have left that air vent if one of my sons had broken his arm. I'd been outside. I knew what it was like. People had to come to me.

Cameras flashed left and right. Yes, Oprah's how-to smile really works. People were commenting how stunning I was which made me wonder how un-stunning I was all the other times.

My feet were killing me, but a product on The Girls Room post made a huge difference.

Have a red-carpet kind of day--the beautiful-feeling part!

Jennifer Juniper said...

It really is the perfect red carpet shot! I love stuff like that :)

JennyMac said...

Love the shoe. Great post except I despise the Rivers monsters.

Stacey said...

Great post! Thats why they are the actors, because they know how NOT to show what they are really thinking. lol

Thanks for the comment on my blog.

p.s. Johnny can speak to me in any language he would like!

Samsmama said...

I cannot begin to tell you how hard I laughed at the picture of TomKat! Priceless!

Great blog you've got!

Anonymous said...

Great post, i too am caught up in the glitter-a-ti of the red carpet and all thing glamourous. I can't wait to read more.

Thanks for stopping by my blog and sending some comment love!!

Tammy Howard said...

Cute shoes!

I have often pondered the same thing. Is it awesome being an adored celebrity, or, for them, is it just normal?

A very public sort of normal.

La Belle Mere UK said...

Hi.... great pic! Good job you had your fancy shoes and dress on so you got the full effect! Wouldn't have worked quite so well in trainers!!

Thanks for visiting my blog - yes I am a Brit. Is it THAT obvious!! Ha!

B xx

Deva84 said...

haha you're so funny. it was a pleasure to read your post! but that's so true... they probably have millions of thoughts running through their heads! like normal and ordinary human beings.../maybe except of Paris Hilton - she wouldn't be able to have so much of them/

btw. 2 000 for THAT shoes... my Goodness! never in my life!

Deva84 said...

I'm so silly! Thank your for your sweet comment on my blog! Actually I replied you!

I feel a bit hungry after looking at your header! well done! and I'm on a diet!

bisous from Geneva!

PictureGirl said...

Just wanted to come by and say Hi and say thanks for stopping by my blog.

What a great post, loved it. I've wondered some of the same things about the 'stars'. They get to live so much larger and grander than us but with all that 'glam' is a whole heck of a lot more problems and tribulations.

I've enjoyed looking around your blog. Have a great day.

Rita/Fighting Off Frumpy said...

You know, I'm sure they've got to feel many of the same anxieties as anyone would ... they're human after all, even if they don't exactly look it.

And I love that last picture - how cool - and your dress, the bottom of it anyway, kind of reminds me of one that Marilyn Monroe wore.

Kristen said...

Wow. I never thought of it that way...could be fun! And look at you on the red carpet...or is it Marilyn Monroe?

Dreamgirl said...

Love the Marilyn Monroe comments!!!! Thank you for making my day...

Rachel said...

I love your post and look forward to looking around your blog!

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog! Please feel free to enter my giveaway...I would gladly send the magazine anywhere, should you happen to win :)

Lani said...

Nice post- makes you wonder! Thanbks for stopping by my blog!

Isk8Jewel (~Julie~) said...

Celebrity sure is a lot of work isn't it? Thanks for stopping by my blog today. Looking forward to perusing yours a bit more. :)

caren said...

Priceless! Great post. Who knows what they think of - they live in a different world, don't you think?

Stacie's Madness said...

that is friggen fantastic!!!

great post.

Alicia said...

lol! i love it!! that was a fantastic post! i've always wondered what they thought...and that picture is perfect! thanks for coming by my blog....enjoy all the beauty spain has to are in my birthplace, ya know!

- fruNelia said...

Heisann! Stilig bilde! Noen er opptatt av glitte rog glam - andre, sånn som meg er mer opptatt av huslige sysler - som matlaging og sånn..

Reise rpå telttur i overi morgen for resten av ferien skal tilbringes i båten.

Klemmer fra frunelia

Equidae said...

love your shot and true...whaat is it that realy goes through vip minds?

RobinfromCA said...

What a great shot! And it looks as if you were dressed Oscar ready too so, well done!

I walked a red carpet once. Of course, all the VIP's were inside the theatre already and I was just running in to pick up something from the box office but, hey, it's as close as I'll get. People took my picture like they thought I was someone - hee, hee. I don't watch the Oscars anymore - too annoying. But I do watch the red carpet show to see the dresses (or lack thereof) everyone is wearing. I do love your speculations though, so I will certainly imagine what they're thinking at the next red carpet show!!

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