Steve and Rex Romande's

Baby Shower

Rex and Steve Romande


October 4th, 2009 marked a milestone in many ways. Mainly the ushering in of a new era, and man oh man it was done in grand style.

The occasion was Steve and Rex Romande's Baby Shower and brunch at the sprawling La Jolla estate of Miriam and David Smotrich.

Guests were greeted by a young girl handing out bundles of candied eggs. Tied with a pink ribbon of course because Rex and Steve are expecting a baby girl through surrogacy this December. The baby’s name? Kingsley.

And friends of her parents are already volunteering to babysit.

Guest Julie Potiker enthused she would like to babysit. So did most of the 120 or so guests.

Among those there was Melissa Bartell, Amy Mickelson, yes the wife of that famous golfer Phil Mickelson, Patsy and David Marino, Emily and Dr. David Einhorn, Julie and Lowell Potiker, Linda Swortwood, jewelry designer Katey Brunini, Marsi and Eric Gardiner, Arlene Sacks, and a whole lot of well organized committee members.

Yes it took a committee to organize this event. The super organized six were Lee Posnock, Mary Drake, Betty Anderson, Lisa Stennes-Laikind, real estate broker Maxine Gellens, and Miriam Smotrich.

Miriam’s husband Dr. David Smotrich has a lot of insight into the baby world. He’s helped major celebrities, royalty and some likewise cool regular folk achieve their family goals through his company La Jolla IVF. A leader in fertility care.

Guests enjoyed Giuseppe Fine Catering. There was egg salad, smoked salmon, bagels and more to nosh on. Mimosas were de rigueur.

Entertainment was led by guitarist David de Alva. The musical group got a little bonus accompaniment when Betty Anderson sang “The Nanny Song.” A memorable hit with everyone.

More there included Susan and Robert DeRose, Stuart Posnock, Hudson Drake, Illana Freedman, Gail and Jeff Donahue, Cyndi Benson and Brian Nugent, Cindi Sudberry, and Leila Worthy.

Half the women confessed they are Rex Romande devotees. He is known as the hair colorist in town to go to.

Rex and Steve are loved by many friends. But they give back too. The Romandes support The New Children’s Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, and now gorillas.

They recently traveled with Mary Drake to Uganda to see gorillas first hand.
The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund is a thought for their future focus.

As well as Kingsley of course.

Kingsley has it made when it comes to future lullabies. Steve Romande is a music teacher and singer.

When Steve and Rex asked Miriam Smotrich are "all baby showers are like this one?"

The reply, “Definitely, not. This is a Broadway Shower!”

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Steve Romande and Christine Forester

Greetings at the door

Hosts Miriam and David Smotrich

Guests ** Joe Mazur and Tom O'Connell


Rex Romande with a baby in hand greeting friends

Mary Drake and Miriam Smotrich

Lee Posnock with Mary Drake and Miriam Smotrich

Rex Romande, Lee Posnock and guests

Lisa Stennes-Laikind with her daughter Lara ** Steve Romande with Christine Forester

The many baby shower gifts

Beautiful Desserts!

Mini Cupcakes in Pink of course!

Emily with Miriam Smotrich those red Dior shoes!

Hudson Drake with Linda Swortwood, Guest, and Mary Drake

The Music!

The Baby Clothes on the clothing line

Jewelry Designer Katey Brunini

Miriam and David Smotrich

Mary Drake with Miriam and David Smotrich


reported by Margo Schwab


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Yummy Romance at Tapenade with the San Diego Opera


The San Diego Opera is pleased to announce the return of “Taste of Opera,”at some of San Diego’s hottest restaurants.   

Coming up....


Tapenade, La Jolla
Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at 6:30 PM, 7612 Fay Avenue, La Jolla.
Join Dr. Nicolas Reveles as he talks about romantic French operas and Romeo and Juliet. 
$40 per person for 1 glass wine, prix fixe menu, tip & tax.
visit Taste of Opera for details.


Upcoming Events


October 16th - The Rainforest Alliance will host its gala. It promises to be 'wild' fun!


October 17th - Sundt Memorial Fundraiser.


October 17th - The Rancho Coastal Humane Society will host its Animal House fundraiser. For details please visit


October 22nd - The Walden Family Services will host their 6th Annual wine D'Vine event. Please visit for more details.


October 24th - A Reason To Survive or ARTS will be hosting a fun fundraiser. Please visit for details.


October 28th - Tapenade, La Jolla at 6:30 PM
7612 Fay Avenue, La Jolla. Join Dr. Nicolas Reveles as he talks about romantic French operas and Romeo and Juliet. 
$40 per person for 1 glass wine, prix fixe menu, tip & tax.
visit Taste of Opera for details.


November 7th - The Golden Hangers / FCC benefit for Make-A-Wish and San Diego Variety Children's Network.


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* Margo Schwab, more formally known as Margaret E. Schwab, has produced, written, interviewed and photographed for various media organizations since 1989. Schwab attended Holton Arms School, La Jolla Country Day School and La Jolla High School. Schwab has a B.A. from Scripps College, spent a business internship with S.A.I.C., Science Applications International Corporation, and earned a Masters of Business degree, M.B.A., from the University of San Diego. Schwab additionally took college courses from Harvard University, and Syracuse University. Schwab volunteers for numerous charity organizations. She also continues to support animal organizations and the prevention of people and animal abuse. Schwab is the editor of The Social Diary.

Margo Schwab and Scott Johnston of the Social Diary are pleased to announce partnerships with the San Diego Humane Society, San Diego News Network and now, San Diego Home & Garden Magazine.



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