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May 23, 2012

Surviving an Over-The-Top Baby Shower!

By Jill Simonian on May 22, 2012

I survived an over-the-top baby shower… thanks to a Hollywood stylist.

For a chick who playfully calls herself “The Fab Mom,” (that would be me), I’m gonna let you in on a little secret: I tend to cut corners and keep a sensible attitude about all the fabulous things life has to offer. I plan my parties under a strict budget. I do things on the cheap. I don’t buy all the crazy-expensive baby gear that’s out there. There it is: I’m out.

So when expecting Hollywood stylist Anya Sarre recently invited me to experience her “over-the-top baby shower” (her words, not mine), I was skeptical. WOULD I FIT IN? This is a girl whose work I’ve been a fan of for awhile now… a gal who’s got super high-end taste for clothes, shoes, bags and now, baby gear. Yes, my taste is similar to hers, but the difference is that she will actually buy the goods… and I usually won’t. Truth is, I was scared of what I’d experience. Would there be a bunch of Hollywood types looking me up and down and wondering why I wasn’t wearing $800 shoes or carrying a $3,500 bag? To hell with it. I went anyway. I was too excited and curious. And I do love a great party.

And a GREAT party it was. It may have been pegged as a baby shower, but this was a Tinseltown soiree at it’s best…. poolside, high atop the trendy Andaz Hotel on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood… just before sunset… Voli Vodka cocktails flowing… complete with a ‘nautical chic’ theme, incredible blue and white Bella gift totes that contained more fab stuff that you’d ever imagine and liquor-infused ice cream from a company called Drunken Udder. Only in Hollywood.

The only thing that confirmed to me I was in the right place when I got there were the Quinny strollers displayed next to the bar. Oh, and the clotheslines of designer baby outfits which included a onesie that read “I left my Louis in the jet.” And then there was Anya, dressed in a beautiful custom-made yellow dress by Chagoury Couture in Beverly Hills, rocking sky-high YSL heels, and buzzing between welcoming her guests and shooting on-camera segments for one of her many jobs.

I know, I know… it all sounds so “Hollywood.” But here’s the kicker: It kind of WASN’T (in a good way). According to the few people I talked to, there was a good, even mix of friends from home, family members, colleagues from work and even her doctor in attendance. This wasn’t a party stacked with a “who’s who” roster just for the sake of creating a crowd of insiders for PR purposes. (If you were a “who’s who” and were there… I’m sorry but I didn’t recognize you!) The people I talked to were nice, interesting and came from different aspects of Anya’s life. Sorta like a “real, normal’ baby shower. Huh.

But it was what they said about Anya that really caught my attention: She’s real. She knows who she is. She’s fun. She makes you feel good. In Hollywood, that can be rare… especially at an “over-the-top-baby-shower.”

As I watched Anya circulate the party, I came to understand it too. She may have had a larger-than-life “Chanel diaper bag” cake created by famed Beverly Hills bakery Hansen’s Cakes, but she made each and every guest feel welcome, part of the group and loved. She was glowing as she introduced her guests to each other. I saw her approach some of her old friends from out of town, asking them if they were comfortable and if they had a chance to meet the shower hosts, etc. She gleamed when she talked about NOT choosing to find out the gender of her baby before the birth. (A practice that I’ve been a longtime fan of.) I even got to know her a bit and found out her most UNfabulous traits during pregnancy.

She may live and breathe a fab Hollywood lifestyle, but it seems like Anya’s going to be a regular mom like the rest of us… except she might beat us all in the fab baby gear department. But that’s her thing. She’s honest about it. It makes her happy. And that’s the most fabulous part. Congratulations, Anya! And thanks for the good time!

Get San Torini from ShoeDazzle for Memorial Day! It’s cute to wear with a tee, a tank or a dress!

May 21, 2012

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May 21, 2012

http://www.hollywoodhotmoms.com/hollywood-stylist-anya-sarre-sails-away-with-an-over-the-top-baby-shower/

HOLLYWOOD STYLIST ANYA SARRE SAILS AWAY WITH AN OVER-THE-TOP BABY SHOWER.

PHOTO’S JAY LAWRENCE GOLDMAN

Celebrity stylist Anya Sarre recently celebrated the upcoming birth of her first baby with a flirty, over-the-top baby shower on the rooftop of West Hollywood’s Andaz Hotel. The fashion expert is known to have a soft spot for all things fabulous, and this event was no exception.  Anya tells Hollywood Hot Moms that ”I am the luckiest girl in the world that I got to have my shower rooftop at the Andaz hotel!”

We asked Anya how hard is it to not know if the baby is a boy or a girl? “I think everyone thought I was going to announce at the shower whether I was having a boy or a girl, but I really don’t know! It is as big of a secret to me as it is to everyone else.”

PHOTO’S JAY LAWRENCE GOLDMAN

Guests enjoyed small bites, Voli Vodka cocktails, a custom candy bar and enjoyed a perfect Los Angeles sunset overlooking the famed Sunset Strip. Anya’s strollers of choice, Quinny, were showcased along the pool and Drunken Udder’s ice cream bar served up scoops of their delicious liquor-infused ice cream (and yes, it was more delicious than you could ever imagine, if I may say so).

PHOTO’S JAY LAWRENCE GOLDMAN

Even at eight months pregnant, the mom-to-be did not disappoint her fashionista fans: Anya matched the party’s ‘nautical chic’ theme and wore a bright yellow, custom-made dress by Chagoury Couture in Beverly Hills and rocked sky-high, sparkly YSL heels. Even the decor was fashion-forward…

PHOTO’S JAY LAWRENCE GOLDMAN

Clotheslines of baby wear hung between each cabana, and included mini-designer baby boy and girl clothes – as she’s not finding out the baby’s gender beforehand – that only a Hollywood stylist could find (one of the faves is a onesie that reads ‘I left my Louis in the jet’). “Twelve friends of mine planned this shower… and they blew me away,” gushed the mom-to-be, who also plans events when she’s not styling clients. “Although I was allowed to do the cake and gift bags… so that made me happy.”

PHOTO’S JAY LAWRENCE GOLDMAN

Bakery to the stars Hansens Cakes in Beverly Hills made a custom cake in the shape of a huge Chanel diaper bag(which also happens to be Anya’s realdiaper bag (sans the frosting).

 

PHOTO’S JAY LAWRENCE GOLDMAN

And the gift bags (oh, the gift bags!) included all of Anya’s favorite things. Guests were each given a nautical chic tote by BELLA bags, complete with a custom tag that read “Thanks for sailing with Baby Sarre,” which included: hair product from ANDRE WALKER, workout wear from AZIAM, undergarments from TC SHAPEWEAR, custom sprays from EVOLUE beauty, the book “No More Dirty Looks”, a MIKE AND MARLEY beach tote, a gift card for an organic spray tan from CHOCOLATE SUN, a gift card for a blow dry at SECHOIR salon, a cosmetic bag from MUDPIE, lip gloss from LADYBUG JANE, nautical necklace from SHOEDAZZLE, bracelet and earrings from DABBY REID, gift set from DADDY SCRUBS, veggie CRUNCHES, ITZY RITZY whale snack bags, pedicure from HANDS ON SPA and lip gloss from GLEAM. (Wow.)

But the most fabulous part? She did not stop smiling the whole time. Congratulations Anya!

May 18, 2012

http://thefabmom.com/2012/05/18/real-fab-mom-meet-this-entertainment-insider-whos-pregnant-in-heels/

Want to know how to look good in your bikini this summer? Check out what I told SHAPE.com!

May 17, 2012

http://www.shape.com/lifestyle/beauty-style/bikini-body-secrets-people-who-know-best?page=6

Check out my “Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Guide!”

May 12, 2012

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=F89ygpmhyW0

Dayna P’s Baby Shower at Hands On Spa in Beverly Hills!

May 8, 2012

Last chance for the April Must-Haves by Anya jewelry! They will help accessorize you for that summer chic look!

April 30, 2012

http://www.shoedazzle.com/anyasarre

Candy Couture from my Must-Haves Collection for ShoeDazzle is one of my favs!

April 26, 2012

http://www.shoedazzle.com/products/CANDY-COUTURE#334

Obsessed with the QUINNY stroller- So chic and comes in every color!

April 24, 2012

http://www.facebook.com/quinny

 
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