Mere days before leaving for LA I made a point of scheduling a day trip to Seattle to coincide with Sarah Jessica Parker's appearance and the downtown Nordstrom. Apparently the ultimate head count for the event was in the hundreds. Obviously what kept many as just sideline gawkers and not those graced with a tete-a-tete with SJP was the strict rules that Nordstrom enforced for the event. One was only allowed the privilege of standing in line to possibly meet SJP (she was only guaranteed to put in an appearance for an hour) by purchasing a pair of her steeply priced shoes. I arrived 1 1/2 hours before the 3pm event start time and had to wait almost 3 hours to make my way to the front of the line. Though I heard that die hard fans had been standing in line since the store opened, which ultimately proved unnecessary. SJP, aside from being so teeny-tiny, was absolutely lovely and approachable. She took a fair amount of time to chat up those ushered before her. What a moment.
So I bit the bullet and purchased one of the pairs I'd been coveting, The Pola (“Named for the great Polish stage and film actress Pola Negri. Crazy beautiful. One of the most popular and beloved actresses in silent movies. Enormously influential in fashion as well as being a celebrated actress in both film and theatre."). "A bit of delicate grosgrain ribbon trim pays tribute to Sarah Jessica Parker's favorite childhood adornment while providing a signature finishing touch to each shoe."