Sarah Takes The Cake and Tells Us All About It!

Speaking to Sarah Winchester is like being in a cotton candy spinner! She’s a fast talking energetic gal who holds nothing back, yet she is as sweet as the sugar she craves. No question is off limits with the OC lady who will forever be known as the woman who broke the fondant bow and got Heather just a tad bit untied.
Sarah Winchester
TBB: Hello Sarah. You have a very famous name, can you give a quick summary of your family legacy?
SW: The Winchester repeating rifle inventor, Oliver Winchester is my great grandfather. I am not named after Sarah Winchester, it’s a coincidence. I am directly related to Oliver, but not Sarah.
TBB: Speaking of firearms, it seems like guns were blazing at the Dubrow home in what has been dubbed as “Cakegate”. I think we first have to rewind to earlier this season. What exactly happened at Heather’s bowling party?
SW: Basically, Vicki and Gretchen got into it a couple nights before and I had Gretchen’s back. Then that night I wanted to give Vicki my condolences regarding Briana possibly having cancer, I was trying to be friends. She took it the wrong way.
TBB: Alexis has tweeted, “The ladies know Sarah was already invited to Heather’s party same as Jeana. It wasn’t up to me. I won’t be the scapegoat.” Being that we saw her invite you on finale part 1, it’s a confusing statement. Can you explain what it means?
SW: I love Both Gretchen and Alexis to death and I understand why they wanted to stay neutral. But I feel that Alexis really did go above and beyond to stick up for me that night. I’m very appreciative of that and always will be.
TBB: After the bowling night did you have any reservations about going to Heather’s party?
SW: Yes. But as a cast member it was expected that we all attend that evening regardless if Heather wanted me there or not.
TBB: So what prompted you to break part of the now infamous fondant bow and eat it?
SW: I do have hypoglycemia. My mom carries chocolate in her purse, it’s hereditary. Look at the video they only have popcorn out with drinks all night. I’m not saying what I did was right by any means, but knowing what I know about them, in my opinion it wasn’t much to celebrate that night anyways.
TBB: Your honesty when approached was noble. Why didn’t you ask Heather for something else to eat?
SW: Heather and I don’t get along so I didn’t feel comfortable asking for sugar or anything from her for that matter. I really thought the piece I took was small and wouldn’t be noticed which I’m sure she wouldn’t have even noticed if someone didn’t say anything. I was surprised I was told on, that woman didn’t even know me, but yet she knew who I was dating and who I was… sounds fishy to me.
TBB: What about the viewers who have accused you of having a problem with alcohol?
SW: Out of the 30 plus times that I filmed this season they chose to pick the 2 worst times that I had been drinking. The rest of the time I was sober and in my opinion showed me in a better light. With that incident (at the bowling party) my ex and I were in the middle of breaking up on the way to the party. There were things I was going through. Im not making excuses just giving a different light to the whole story. Again, I taped 30 plus episodes and in my opinion the 2 that were aired this season put me in a bad light. There isn’t much I can do about that.
TBB: Were you upset that, although she arrived with you, Alexis did not leave the party with you when you were escorted out?
SW: No not at all, because Jim was there, she went home with her husband. I had my best friend with me and she ended up driving me home that night
TBB: You were first introduced to us as Gretchen’s friend, correct? How is your relationship with Gretchen and Alexis now?
SW: I’ve been on the show several seasons before. Me and Alexis are great. Me and Gretchen are wonderful. We were all friends before this show will all be friends after the show.
TBB: So I need to know, how was the cake? Was it worth it?
SW: Absof*#kinglutely and you can quote me on that! If I could have taken the whole bow I would have.
TBB: Thank you for talking with me today. Is there anything else you would like people to know about you?
SW: You aren’t always able to control everything that happens in your life, but I have learned a lot from this whole experience. One being to never judge a book by its cover, because of all the people on that show Gretchen, Alexis and I were the the most normal. What you see day to day in life isn’t always what you get in my opinion. Im standing firm on that one!
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Bravo-Ridden

I’ve got a few exciting things on the horizon for
you all, but as a budding (ok wannabe) entertainment
journalist/publicist, I really have to watch that all my i’s are
dotted and t’s are crossed before I print anything. The last thing
I want to do is show someone in an unflattering light or worse, get
sued (not that they would get much out of me the queen of looking
rich with nothing). So as I wait for things to come through I’ll
give you a morsel about me, which is something I try not to do too
much because you all want celeb buzz and TV reviews, not the story
of a suburban mom who works full time and struggles to pick up
after a husband, a dog, and twoddlers (in that order exactly). So
today’s tidbit is about how I became versed in all things
Bravo. 
I
always dabbled in Bravo. I remember way way back when all they were
really known for was Queer Eye for the Straight
Guy
. I thought the show was brilliant, quirky, and I was
dying to get my husband, who I was dating at the time, on it. I
think I may have even applied but he never got the call, or did and
totally lied about it. Over the years as the network began to
further shape itself into what it is known today, I started
watching here and there episodes of The
Housewives
. Then The Real Housewives of New
Jersey
came around and, because it’s so close to where I
live, people around here were really buzzing about it. These were
women who we not only could relate to, in a lower socio-economic
kind of way, but knew the places they went and had been to many of
them ourselves. Watching that I started watching the NYC franchise,
and then became a HUGE Bethenny fan and followed her to
Bethenny Getting Married. Aside from those three
shows I still preferred traditional television, or no TV at
all. 
As
an active person I didn’t always have much time for TV. Then
everything changed and ALL I had time for was TV. At 31 weeks
pregnant my doctor told me I was showing some early signs of labor.
“From this point on you are on modified bedrest,” she said in her
cold clinical way, “do you know what that is?” I like to think I’m
fairly intelligent so I said “I can go out for a while and then
have to lie down for a few hours.” “Nope,” she said sternly, “it
means you can get up, go to the bathroom, get a sandwich and get
back into bed.” 1. The last thing my fat pregnant ass needed was
another sandwich and 2. How the hell does that constitute
“modified”? 
It
was December 2010, right before the holidays. Half disappointed,
and half relieved I said, “but what about Christmas?” “Not going.”
“What about New Year’s?” “Negative. Aside from coming to see me you
are not to even get in a car.” 
That was the longest, and least stressful holiday
season of my life. We decided to forget the tree, the gifts, the
stockings, and just let our babies bake. Stress free yes, but easy,
hell no. Believe me, I too always thought a month plus in bed would
be fanatastic, but this fantasy far exceeds the reality. My husband
would cautiously tiptoe into our room when he got home and
immediately duck as I hurled my latest read magazine at him in a
fit of hormonally charged frustration and boredom screaming,”I read
this one already.” 
The only pleasure I got out of that month plus of
being a bed ridden whale (in a tank top, eating an ice pop, by an
open window, as the snow fell) was Bravo TV. I watched every
episode of Tabatha Takes Over, Million
Dollar Listing
, and The Millionaire
Matchmaker
. I even honed my writing skills and filled my
time by writing reviews of the shows on my friend Jon’s pop culture
website.  This was when I became a true Bravoholic and I
am forever grateful to the network for getting me through what was
a very challenging time. 
Here I am now just over a year and a half later and
I’m more into it than ever and making it a HUGE part of my life. I
hope this explains a bit about why the network means so much to me.
You probably still think I’m a little nuts, but hopefully it’s in
an endearing way. Hey, I didn’t name either one of my kids Andy, so
I’m not that obsessed!

Clearing the Air with Brooks Ayers

During last season’s RHOC reunion Vicki Gunvalson declared “my love tank is full.” This season we were introduced to the guy who revs her engine, Brooks Ayers. There’s been a lot of talk about this Southern gentleman amongst The Housewives and fans alike. In this exclusive TBB interview we get to learn a little more about the man behind Vicki’s mink coat.

TBB: Hello Brooks, originally you are from Mississippi, how does life in the OC compare to the South?

BA: The weather is the big difference… No humidity here and it rarely rains.  Temps range from the 60’s to the high 80’s here…wonderful! In Mississippi, a lot of humidity and have all four seasons.

TBB: I read you met Vicki in 2007 at a conference and were friends for a long time before you began dating. Did you watch The Real Housewives of Orange County during that time? 

BA: No, I know now that they were just in Season 2.

TBB: When you began dating Vicki, did you readily agree to be on the show, or did it take some convincing? 

BA: It took some convincing.  However, we wanted to show that she was dating me and that we are very happy.

TBB: Based on events from past seasons, some of the women have attacked your character in an attempt to get back at Vicki. What really happened in your past that you’d like people to better understand?

BA: First, let me say that we all have a past and I am no exception.  I have made some interesting decisions in my life and I can’t do anything about that now.  Having said that, I have learned from my past and have grown a lot through the process.  Second, the only difference in me and everyone else is that my past is “aired” in the public eye and the editing by Bravo creates the drama for the show.  One only sees the drama and not the buildup to or the makeup parts.

TBB: It’s always difficult for children,no matter their age, to accept a new love interest in their parents’ lives. How is your relationship with Briana and Michael now? 

BA: Better every day that we see each other, which isn’t often.  We are all busy with our lives.  They are wonderful kids.

TBB: Have your own children met Vicki? 

BA: My oldest son, Logan, has met Vicki.  We went to visit him at Ole Miss last fall.  He is a senior majoring in Finance.

TBB: What would you like to say to people, like Tamra, who fear you don’t have Vicki’s best interests at heart? 

BA: We are all adults not children.  Vicki knows what she wants out of life and she has made it clear that she won’t settle in any aspect of it.  So, if Vicki and I are happy…let us be happy. It is very interesting that we spent a lot of time with Eddie and Tamra prior to filming.  We traveled together to Cabo and double dated a lot.  Not one time did Tamra ever have a problem with me until the show began to air.  This makes me sad because we actually miss spending time with them. 

TBB: By now we all know you have great taste in coats. Was it really cold enough for fur the night of Heather Dubrow’s party? 

BA: Yes, it was chilly at that time of the night.  Didn’t you notice the heaters placed outside? 

TBB: Now that you are living in the OC are you working there too?

BA: I am VP Development for WFJ & Associates, a healthcare consulting firm based in Richmond, VA.  I travel extensively with my job and obviously can do business remotely via computers and cellphones.

TBB: Thank you for talking with me today. Is there anything else you would like people to know about you? 

BA: Just realize that the show is built around creating drama therefore may not be completely showing the entire story.  Thanks for the opportunity to respond!