Q&A: Pandora Vanderpump-Sabo Talks Married Life and Miami
December 10, 2013 | by Stephanie Dunn | Talk of the Town
|Pandora Vanderpump-Sabo and husband Jason Sabo|
Pandora Vanderpump-Sabo has a rare combination of confidence and grace that belies her 27 years. Daughter to British restaurateur Lisa Vanderpump of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Pandora has lived in posh locales across the globe, and has the worldly palate, eclectic baubles, and mingled accent to prove it—some words roll with quintessentially English rounded vowels, others are strung together in bursts of California girl excitement. And the girl has reason to be giddy: Pandora recently launched The Divine Addiction, a luxury lifestyle blog with a focus on food, fashion, and entertaining, and is in the process of rolling out LVP Sangria with her husband, longtime love Jason Sabo. The line, the name of which pays homage to her mother’s recipe, includes red and pink varietals and will be available January 2014. The launch markets? Sunny SoFla and SoCal, naturally. Here, Pandora explains why Miami is getting the first taste of her addictive new spirit.
Your hospitality background shines in The Divine Addiction. What inspired you to launch it?
PANDORA VANDERPUMP-SABO: It’s all happened very organically. My mother and father have led an amazing life, and I’ve been privy to that. But now I live in a one-bedroom apartment in Brentwood, and I wanted to show how to live that fabulous life on a not-a-million-dollar budget. The Divine Addiction mixes luxury living with accessibility—affordable fashion, easy recipes, simple cocktails. My goal is to bring a pop of luxury, of the divine, into all those one-bedroom apartments across the world.
So, what’s your addiction? Any guilty pleasures?
PVS: I’m in full-on holiday mode. Whether I’m hosting a soirée or girls' get-together, I love infusing my cooking with a touch of the holidays. Now when I entertain, rather than having to spend time muddling and straining, I literally twist the cap off of my sangria the second my guests walk through the door. I love cheats—a bit of smoke and mirrors. And red sangria with a cinnamon stick, a little clove, and orange peel? Yummy.
You’ve lived in the South of France, Monaco, Washington, D.C., and now Los Angeles. What made you decide to launch LVP Sangria in the Magic City?
PVS: [We recently celebrated] the White Party, one of the largest fundraisers for HIV/AIDS in the world. I’m hugely supportive of the gay community and equality for everyone, and my mom is a spokesperson for GLAAD. She was actually Queen of the White Party two years ago in Palm Springs. Add in that Miami is such a diverse, multicultural and fabulous city, and it all added up into a perfect package.
What are your go-to restaurants and shops when you visit?
PVS: The Webster’s great. Having a bar in a shop is brilliant, especially for your husband who’s waiting on you downstairs. I’m a foodie, and it’s very important that a restaurant ambiance lives up to the menu. We went to Casa Tua, and l just loved the candlelit, dark garden. Very intimate, very Saint Tropez. Villa Azur is another very inside-outside sort of restaurant, with low lighting and beautiful trees.
Having recently tied the knot, what are your secrets to a happy marriage for the Facebook generation?
PVS: One hundred percent, the biggest mistake you can make is to compare yourself to other people. Once that happens—thinking, Their house is bigger, they’re always together, he always buys her presents—it’s a quick downward spiral into criticizing your own life. And you can’t take yourself too seriously, you’ll never get out alive.
Is there any truth to the rumors that your mother, Lisa Vanderpump, is leaving RHOBH?
PVS: You know, I keep reading those articles—'Lisa Vanderpump leaves Real Housewives!'—but, as of right now, there’s no truth to those rumors. They wouldn’t even have those talks for months.
What advice would you give to millennials who want to turn their passion into a business model?
PVS: Know that it can be difficult. My biggest piece of advice would be to remember why you got into it in the first place. No matter how difficult it becomes, remember it’s your passion and it should be fun. My mom says loving what you do means you never have to work a day in your life, and it’s true.
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