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Hollywood Bag Ladies

Sharon Stone If you wanted a purse once carried by a celebrity, Thursday was your lucky day. Dozens were auctioned for charity at the “Hollywood Bag Ladies” Lupus Luncheon at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles. Here, purses donated by actress Sharon Stone are displayed on a table.

Sharon Stone pauses to speak to reporters as she arrives at the “Hollywood Bag Ladies” Lupus luncheon, during which handbags donated by celebrities were auctionedfor charity at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles, Thursday, Oct. 26, 2006.

Kelly Stone, left, and Sharon Stone arrive at the “Hollywood Bag Ladies” Lupus Luncheon, during which handbags donated by celebrities were auctioned for charity at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles, Thursday, Oct. 26, michael kors 2006.

Courtney Cox A white leather tote by Hammitt donated by Courtney Cox is seen at the “Hollywood Bag Ladies” Lupus Luncheon, during which handbags donated by celebrities were auctioned for charity.

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Jennifer Aniston A crocodile handbag by Giorgio Armani, donated by Jennifer Aniston, is seen at the “Hollywood Bag Ladies” Lupus Luncheon at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles, Oct. 26, 2006.

Nikki Hilton A silver bag decorated with the “lucky” number seven, designed by Nikki Hilton an michael kors d donated for auction by her, is seen at the “Hollywood Bag Ladies” Lupus Luncheon at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles, Thursday, Oct. 26, 2006.

Socialite Kathy Hilton, left, and her daughter Nikki Hilton arrive at the “Hollywood Bag Ladies” Lupus luncheon, during which handbags donated by celebrities were auctioned for michael kors charity at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles, Thursday, Oct. 26, 2006.

Kathy Hilton A gold rhinestone trimmed clutch designed by Nikki Hilton and donated by Kathy Hilton is seen at the “Hollywood Bag Ladies” Lupus luncheon at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles. Celebrities’ bags were auctioned for charity at the event.

Kirstie Alley A handbag donated by actress Kirstie Alley is displayed at the “Hollywood Bag Ladies” Lupus Luncheon at the Regent Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Oct. 26, 2006.

Brooke Shie michael kors lds A handbag donated by actress Brooke Shields is displayed at the “Hollywood Bag Ladies” Lupus Luncheon at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles, Thursday, Oct. 26, 2006.

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Holly Simon

There is no doubt, in his mother’s eyes, 10 year old Nate Simon is indeed great.

Nate was born with Down Syndrome, and the moment Nate’s mom, Holly Simon, held her son, she knew his life would be one to celebrate and treasure.

minutes, I whispered into Nate’s ears, will protect you, I will celebrate you, for the rest of my life, and it’s been a great journey ever since, she said.

But the doctors and nurses in the delivery room didn’t look at it the same way. Simon says when Nate came out, the room became silent and everything seemed to go dark.

doctors and the nurses stopped their eye contact with me, and immediately I could hear their sorries, Holly said.

Nate is Holly and her husband Dan’s fifth child. All of them medically normal. So when doctors gave them the grim diagnosis, naturally the Simons burst into tears.

Then Holly’s mother walked into the hospital room.

I said, our son has Downs Syndrome. And she said without miss michael kors ing a beat, what? He’s alive isn’t he? Holly said. within that moment my life changed, my mom gave me the best gift I ever received in my life which was acceptance and love and the fact that it is what it is and I have the choice on how to handle that. I chose, literally within that second to embrace and to celebrate everything about him, he’s magical. michael kors Holly was off and running. It was like someone had given her a shot of adrenaline. And she began her mission. As she puts it, to erase the sorries and bring on the warm congratulations and teach people to focus on what their special needs child can do and not what they can’t do.

Soon after Nate came home from hospital, some 10 years ago, Holly Wear Bags was born.

my dining room table, with my fi michael kors rst sewing machine and a manual on how to do it, I created this small little business, Holly said.

That small little handbag business grew like crazy. And with every sale from every hand made purse, Simon gave a percentage to Down Syndrome research. Now, her annual event in November, c michael kors alled HollyDays, has over 900 in attendance. But Holly didn’t stop there.

felt there needed to be a change. I felt the change needed to be brighter, louder, um more exciting and to be engulfed in celebration, Holly said.

So a year ago she took it up a notch by creating her own foundation, called I Am Who I Am.

literally sat at my kitchen table and came up with I Am Who I Am, which is always how I lived my life. I might be a little different but more like you than he is not, Holly said.

you can meet her just once and you know just from talking to her one time know how energetic she is, how passionate she, we joke, I call her Redbull and the 5 hour energy drink rolled up into one, said Holly friend Jemenda McCoy

The foundation’s most recent fundraiser was held at the Oak Lawn Children’s Museum. She called it Me Show You My Ability, Not My Disability.” Two hundred families showed up.

I think the thing that is so great about I Am Who I Am is that it’s not limited to downs syndrome, it’s limited to all children and all parents of differently disabled children and so I think that it is inviting and so even people who have “normal” children can come and feel that sense of community and feel that sense of love that just resonates whenever you’re at one of those events.

Holly has recently partnered with Ray Graham High School where special needs students package and label her jewelry.

They will eventually help in the Baby Blanket Mission, congratulatory blankets Holly hopes to put in every hospital in Chicago by 2014.

will tell you Micah, this feels so right, this is my walk, people ask me all the time how do you do that you’re raising four teenagers and a special needs child. I constantly say what is my choice, this is my life.

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Holly happy for pal Laura at baby news

Laura and international out half husband Jonathan are expecting their first child this summer, as the Herald exclusively revealed this week.

Top model Holly, who has been dating Jonathan’s Ireland team mate Cian Healy for nearly two years, said everyone was over the moon for th michael kors e future parents.

The Clontarf native is hoping to catch up with Laura, who is five months’ pregnant, next month when she flies to Pa michael kors ris for Ireland’s final game of the michael kors Six Nations campaign.

Holly will be travelling over with Sinead Corcoran, the girlfriend of Jack McGrath, as well as fellow catwalk queen Hayley Ryan, who is dating Dave Kearney.

The rugby team and their wives or girlfriends traditionally attend a post match dinner and Holly said that while it may seem glamorous, she usually ended up changing from her green jersey into her dress in a toilet.

“Myself and Sinead changed in the bathroom at Twickenham we had a giant bag with us for the game because we had to have an outfit to change into afterwards,” she said.

Holly turned out y michael kors esterday with her and boyfriend Cian’s puppy Ted to help launch Pedigree’s Pawsitive living campaign. The couple adopted the dog from model pal Tiffany Stanley and although he’s a shared pet, Holly insisted Leinster star Cian becomes very protective of the pooch when Holly takes him to photoshoots.