You Should Know: Sarah Maizes

Mia J. Photography Sarah Maizes is a former literary agent and development executive, turned comedian, award-winning author, public speaker, and parenting /lifestyle humorist.

She is the author of several humor books including Got Milf?  The Modern Mom’s Guide to Feeling Fabulous, Looking Great and Rocking a Minivan and three picture books for children including On My Way To The Bath, a Bank Street/Children’s Book Council’s “Best Children’s Book of 2012”; its’ sequel, On My Way to Bed, a New York Times “Bookshelf Pick”; and the third book in the series, On My Way to School (due out July 2014).

She is a regular contributor to, The Huffington Post, and CBS/’s “Best of LA.”  Her work has been featured in Los Angeles Magazine, on, TODAY.comE! TV’s “Fashion Police,”,,,,,,, and – a website for parents dealing with Autism.

She has appeared on The TODAY Show, CNN, KTLA, ABC News Now, NBC Nonstop News, NPR’s “Tell Me More with Michel Martin,” and HUFFPO LIVE.

Proudest accomplishment? Writing E! Online’s “Fashion Police” blog for only three weeks before Snookie’s PR woman called to complain.

Got Milf

The cover of Sarah’s first best-selling book “Got Milf?”

Name: Sarah Maizes
Occupation: Author, Parenting Humorist, Speaker
Twitter Handle: @SarahMaizes

What are three words that best describe you?

Intuitive, free-spirited and passionate.

Tell us why you’re awesome in two sentences or less. 

I am awesome because of my ability to find the “funny” in almost any situation, and my capacity get to the heart of any problem immediately.

What are your three biggest indulgences?

Cheese, pudding and shoes. Now, if I could eat cheese and pudding while shopping for shoes, I’d be the happiest person in the world.

What’s currently your favorite…

Restaurant: Angelini Osteria (the most solid Italian food in LA); and Food on Pico.(They have the BEST chocolate pudding in the world!)

Food: Italian. I could eat pasta 1000 different ways.

Cocktail: Gin & Tonics doctored with muddled mint.

Shopping destination/store: Decades. A vintage/consignment shop on Melrose.

Fashion item: My Balenciaga Velo Bag in Anthracite

Place to hangout: My kitchen.

City: East Coast: New York City / West Coast: Carmel, CA.

Travel item: My ridiculously elaborate dopp kit. I love all the tiny bottles and jars. I feel like a mad scientist every time I wash my face.

Beauty product: Shu Uemura dry shampoo. It adds volume and keeps a good blowout fresh for days. It’s magic! Like it was made of cremated unicorns.

Skincare product: La Prairie revitalizing moisturizer

Hostess gift: Iron monkey bottle cap opener from OK on West 3rd Street.  Or a fun book.

Home décor item: A 19th Century German, brass birdcage with wind-up chirping bird. My grandmother had one just like it when I was growing up and my mom and sister found me one on ebay for my 40th birthday. We like to torture the cat with it.

Book: Well, obviously,“Got Milf? The Modern Mom’s Guide to Feeling Fabulous, Looking Great and Rocking a Minivan,” and my children’s books (On My Way to the Bath, On My way to Bed and On My Way to School). OH, you mean books by OTHER people! Got it…well hands down “Gone With The Wind.” I love historical fiction.

Website: I’m obsessed with it.

Magazine: You can always find a copy of US, More and American Kitchen in my bathroom. You have no idea how many meals and outfits I’ve planned sitting on the toilet. If only because it’s the only time I have peace and quiet.

What’s the ONE thing you absolutely can’t live without?

A nice, long, hot soak in the tub.

What is your biggest pet peeve?

Bad drivers – particularly people who text while driving!

If you could have dinner with anyone (living or not) who would it be?

Madeline Kahn. She was my role model and greatest inspiration growing up. “Taffetta, Darling…Taffetta!”

What does it mean to you to have a strong, engaging brand and how has having one helped you?

Having a strong brand gives you flexibility. It allows you to try new things, expand into new markets. Knowing your own personal mission and having a clear understanding of your goals allows you to translate your “brand”  to any medium. You can put your personal stamp on everything you do regardless of whether it’s entertainment or toothbrushes. When you clearly convey your brand to the marketplace, customers know what to expect from your product.

What is your #1 tip for fellow women entrepreneurs?

Don’t let other people tell you who you are and what you can (or cannot) do! Ever!



Sarah's Must Haves - With Border

1.  Shu Uemura Volume Maker
This fragrance-free, dual-purpose powder delivers fake-clean, full-bodied locks with a single click.

2.  Balenciaga Velo Bag
Balenciaga’s classic Velo bag will carry everything you need for the day in the most effortless and stylish of ways.

3.  Sara Bareilles- Kaleidescope Heart
Sara Bareilles sings with great poise and croons with a jazzy, bluesy yet contemporary confidence.

4.  Jack Purcell Oxford
The timeless sneaker has gone virtually unchanged since the ’30s, leaving you with that classic vintage feel and look.

5.  La Prairie Advanced Marine Biology Revitalizing Emulsion
This sleek solution works day and night for continuous hydration and nourishment while bathing your skin in the moisture it craves.

6.  Gone with the Wind
This great American novel explores the depth of human passions with an intensity as bold as its setting in the red hills of Georgia.

7.  Gin and Tonic with mint
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