She is a semi-autobiographical character created by Candace Bushnell, who published the book " Sex and the City ", based on her own columns in the "New York Observer". Her weekly column, "Sex and the City", provides the title, storylines, and narration for each episode.
The column focuses on Carrie's sexual escapades and those of her close friends, as well as musings about the relationships between men and women, dating, and New York. It provides Carrie with a certain amount of recognition in the city.
People who read her column occasionally describe her as their icon. In the third season, her column is optioned for a film starring a fictionalized Matthew McConaughey. In the fifth season, some of her columns are compiled into a book. At the end of season four, Carrie begins to write freelance articles for "Vogue".
Although she initially has trouble dealing with Enid, her abrasive editor at Vogue, she does find her feet and ends up befriending her. She is an on-again, off-again smoker, and she enjoys cocktails particularly Cosmopolitan—her character's fondness for them helped to popularize the drink , but she is, at heart, an old-fashioned girl, and is deeply romantic. She is on an endless search for true love, and refuses to settle for, as she puts it, "anything less than butterflies.
Carrie is a resident of Manhattan, New York. She lives in this apartment throughout the series and buys it in the fourth season. In the initial episodes of the first season, Carrie's apartment is seen to be above a coffee shop somewhere near the vicinity of Madison Avenue. By approximately the fourth episode, the usual facade of a series of brownstones adjacent to hers is adopted, and remains that way throughout the series. The first episode also features a different apartment from the one used for the next 95 episodes, and the movie.
Little is mentioned about Carrie's life before the series, although she has been living in New York for about eighteen years. In the fourth season, around her 35th birthday, Carrie states that her relationship with the city is "about 18 years," implying she moved to New York when she was about 17 years old.
She does not seem to have been from a particularly wealthy family, unlike her friend Charlotte York: It is mentioned that her father left her and her mother when she was five; no siblings are ever mentioned. It is also revealed that Carrie had one abortion in the s, after a one-night stand, when she was twenty-two years old. Though she had been dating for many years before meeting and nicknaming Mr. Big in the first episode of the series, he is her first true love, the man she thinks may be her soulmate.
She tells Charlotte that she lost her virginity to author Andrew Weaver in a smelly rec room on the ping pong table in the 11th grade. They finally go "all the way," something they didn't do in high school. Carrie later finds out that Jeremy is headed back to a psychiatric clinic. Wardrobe Edit Carrie has been described as someone who "lives for fashion," and has confessed to buying Vogue instead of dinner. She frequently mixes kitschy vintage clothing with haute couture.
Carrie equates taking a boyfriend to meet her parents with taking a boyfriend to meet the sales assistants at Prada. Carrie once agreed to model for a charity fashion show featuring both "real people" and models , on the condition that she could keep the outfit, a Dolce and Gabbana original. Carrie's incredible wardrobe appears to be entirely unaffordable for a writer on a modest income.
Indeed, many of the people around her comment that she cannot afford her shopping addiction. Carrie occasionally maxes out credit cards, could not secure a loan on her own due to poor savings as a result of extensive shopping, and has admitted her "shoe needs" have accounted for most of her spending. Carrie is particularly known for her addiction to shoes, calling it her "substance abuse problem" in the episode "Power of Female Sex" in Season One.
Notable moments include an incident when she is mugged near West Broadway and the bandit makes off with her Manolo Blahnik pink suede strappy sandals that she purchased "half off at a sample sale!