I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while now- but June has been one of the busiest months of my life… and now it’s July. WTF! I went to Florida twice last month. Cray cray. The FIRST Florida trip was to Miami. I was invited for the opening of a new hotel; The AC Hotel Miami Beach. Me and my fellow bloggers, journalists and social media influencers got to see a side of Miami I didn’t even know existed. This trip focused on art and design. The last time I was in the Magic City was for a friend’s wedding which happened to be during Art Basel. The hubs and I were lucky enough to visit some of the exhibits, but I had no idea how much the art scene is booming there. Actually, everything is booming in Miami. It seems like people have money to burn. Because I was on a press trip we were escorted around town to a variety of unique places that tourists typically would never see. Some of the cool spots included the Perez Art Museum, the Design District, multiple galleries, great restaurants and my favorite place of all; the Wynwood Walls. This is the coolest display of street art I have ever seen. It’s BADASS. Seriously, I beg you to go there.
Here is a bit more explanation of the pics. The rooftop pool is from the AC Hotel Miami Beach along with the photographs of what’s in people’s bags.
The vertical gardens and palm trees are from the Perez Art Museum. I strongly suggest getting a guided tour of the museum. It makes it way more interesting.
The dip porn and watermelon salad are from Mandolin Aegean Bistro in the Design District.
The glamorous looking interior and tropical pool is from The Edition Miami. Love that hotel. Definitely staying there with the fam next time I go. It was very Sharzad friendly. Beautiful pools, beach access and totally lux.
The Chanel whistle and sick Balmain dress are from The Webster. The Webster has a ridiculously amazing collection of unique pieces from some seriously high brands. Um, hi Chanel whistle!
*THANK YOU to everyone I met on this trip for making it so fabulous and THANK YOU AC Hotel Miami Beach!
The last time I went to Universal Studios I was probably 8 years old. It’s safe to say I was due for another trip. I headed there a week ago and had such a blast with my fam. I was pretty proud of myself when I made it to Universal Studios because I remembered to bring snacks, an extra bottle, clothes, tons of diapers, everything… except two slightly important things: a STROLLER and my wallet! Whoops! #MomFAIL Luckily, you can rent strollers there for $15 a day and my brother had some money. Even though Idris is too little for some of the rides, he had so much fun playing in Dino Play and making friends. He loved watching Water World and Shrek. He was such a champ in the studio tour, even during the “Earthquake”. But I would have to say dancing with Minions was his favorite part. #LOVEMinions We can’t wait to go back and have even more fun when he’s able to go on the big boy rides. Check out the pics and vlog below.
Click HERE to see our VLOG from the day!
Sharzad and I were married in SF so we have a special place in our hearts for the city. We go up several times a year and usually find ourselves staying around Union Square. This time we decided shake things up and venture to another part of town. Sharzad was also shooting a big commercial for Tripit which partially dictated where we stayed. When looking for places online Hotel Vitale seemed to fit the bill and the location couldn’t be beat. It’s directly across from the Ferry Building and has breath taking views of the beautiful city. The friendly staff pampered us with hellos and well wishes from the second we walked inside. The view from our 8th floor room was spectacular. Sharzad and I were invited to enjoy the luxurious spa amenities which included an hour long couples milk bath on their roof top. We soaked in deluxe tubs while we sipped on spiced teas, ate fruit and relaxed in the ultra zen setting. That alone was a surreal experience, but the VIP treatment didn’t end there. Our baths were followed by an hour long couples massage. I left there truly rejuvenated and relaxed. I’m starting to understand why my wife spends so much time at spas now. Once we gathered our thoughts, we got dressed and headed to The Ferry Building for some artisan foods and coffee. I’d like to recommend Cowgirl Creamery for one of the best breakfast sandwiches I’ve ever had. With our food and coffee in hand we found a couple chairs by the water, and just enjoyed the beautiful day in San Francisco. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect time with my wife. Until next time!
The BEST manicure in LA!?! Yup. I think we may have found it. Allow me to introduce you to côte in beautiful Brentwood. This place is an elegant, beach meets chic nail salon with a focus on chemical free manicures. All the polishes at côte are created free of the five major toxins (yipee). What you won’t find at cote is formaldehyde, (ew) dibutyl phthalate (barf), toluene (sick), camphor (nasty) and formaldehyde resin (gross). What you will find is a lux service with an awesome price point. Hi $20 mani! Susan and I headed to the salon a few weeks ago to chat with one of the founders Mary Lennon all about nail care and the importance of clean salon that doesn’t use a ton of chemicals. Mary truly is an innovator when it comes to manis and pedis and she shared some great tips with us! A full episode of TheSASS is below!
My love for the Four Seasons Hotels has been well documented over the years. I’ve had the pleasure of visiting their properties all over the world including Istanbul, Beverly Hills, Boston, Santa Barbara and now Chicago! While in the Windy City last week I was lucky enough to visit their beautiful spa and get a bamboo massage by Thea (she has MAGIC hands!) Warm bamboo sticks were used all over my body to relieve muscle tension, tightness and improve circulation. I was on cloud nine during the treatment. #HappyMama After my pamper sesh, my fam and I dined at Allium where we had a decadent brunch filled with things like sticky bread and a wheel of salad. Yes, yes and more yes. Don’t even get me started on the dessert bar. It was overflowing with the cutest bite size treats. I may have gotten carried away. Oopsies. Ok, you get the idea, Four Seasons is super lux and the service is five star every time. Can I make a suggestion? Get your mama (or tell someone to get you) a gift card to a Four Seasons near you for an extraordinary experience of a lifetime. With the Four Seasons Gift Card, you choose the amount and they choose the gift: overnight stays, dining experiences, luxury spa treatments and more at Four Seasons hotels and resorts around the world. Want some good news!?! This Mother’s Day I have a treat for you. YOU have the chance to win a $250 gift card to ANY FOUR SEASONS in the world. There are 94 locations in 39 different countries. Woohoo! Here’s how you enter: simply tell me why your mom or you is so awesome! It can be as easy as my mom gives the best hugs or my kids go crazy for my lasagna. I want to hear about some awesome MOMS. I’ll probably cry while reading the comments- but bring it! I will randomly select a winner and the Four Seasons will mail you a gift card. If you don’t win, you can still purchase one by clicking here. Good Luck!
* Winner will be announced April 28th
Did you know from April 6th-May 19th it’s Culture LA!?! I bet you want to know what Culture LA is right? It’s a time to celebrate all of the wonderful things LA has to offer. Woohoo! In addition to fabulous beaches, beautiful hikes, killer restaurants and perfect weather, LA has a plethora of cultural activities. We’ve got museums, The Geffen Playhouse, the Zoo, La Brea Tarpits, Getty Center… I can go on. You probably know by now I’m a huge fan of my city and I’m happy to share that during this special time there are tons of great offers available to encourage you to get out there and see more of this magical place. Click HERE to see a list of great deals. As part of Culture LA my family and I were lucky enough to get invited to Mr. C Hotel in Beverly Hills for a lux family staycation AND we got to experience a private guided tour of the LA Zoo. Oh Snap.
Check us out at Mr C Hotel and then at the Zoo!
When I first moved to LA (over 13 years ago) the thought of going downtown repulsed me. Fast forward to now and I’m dying for excuses to make the trek. Sexy restaurants are popping up everywhere and I have a long list of places I’m desperate to try. I’m happy to report that I can cross Zinc Cafe & Market off my list. I went twice actually, once for dinner and once for brunch. Holy shizballs. It’s a vegetarian paradise.
I’m really into lists right now, so I’m going to make a list of all the things I love about Zinc.
1) The outdoor patio. It’s so airy and chic with a fire pit and twinkling lights. I could spend hours there.
2) This place is 100% Vegetarian and the food is delish.
3) The menu is unique and offers things like Mushroom Nut Loaf, Stuffed Peppers and an Asparagus Sandwhich. (YUM to everything)
4) There is a variety of fresh cocktails and a great beer and wine selection.
5) The service is friendly and welcoming. No snobs up in here!
Last Friday was the first time I spent the night away from my baby. Big moment for me! He was in excellent hands with my mom and my goal was to kick back, try to relax with the hubs and drink tons of great wine. We were also celebrating our five year wedding anniversary (a week early) and wanted to do something extra special. We stayed at The Carneros Inn- my new favorite place. The pictures should speak for themselves, but just in case they don’t, here goes… The property is stunning. Each room is it’s own cottage with a private patio, indoor/outdoor shower (amazing), wood burning fire place, lux bed and every amenity you can think of. The service was phenomenal. Upon check in we were greeted with a hefty pour of fabulous pinot- why doesn’t every hotel do this!?! The pool overlooked a vineyard, (genius) and the spa… oh the spa. Mind blowing massage. 60 minutes of pure relaxing heaven. I will definitely be going back for more.
We checked out Etude and Artesa tasting rooms (pictured above). Great experiences at both and they’re right next to Carneros Inn. Bam. Perfect mini vacay.
One of my first weekend trips with Michael was to Santa Barbara. At the time we were doing long distance (LA-Chicago) and when he would come visit I would plan the most magical weekend getaways with the hopes of convincing him to move here. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. It wasn’t difficult! As I’m sure many of you know it’s easy to fall in love with the beautiful state of California. When you drive along highway 101 (or The 101) you’ll notice that there are picture perfect beach towns every few miles. We decided it was time for another fabulous getaway up the coast, so we packed up and headed out. Halfway up we stopped at the Jolly Oyster. A MUST if you’re into oysters, the beach and fun. (Note-only open Friday, Saturday, Sunday) Arguably the most perfect of all the beach towns is Santa Barbara. It takes about an hour and half (depending on traffic of course!) to get there from LA and it feels like paradise once you arrive. We decided to stay at the Four Seasons and were in a state of pure bliss the entire time. The amenities for Idris blew my mind. He was greeted with a stuffed animal, his own robe, hot wipe dispenser, diaper genie, crib AND a set of baby friendly toiletries. Talk about your LUX FAMILY VACAY. I Like! In true Sharzad fashion, I headed for the spa. You guys, it was UNREAL. I know I may say that about a lot of spas, but this one was spectacular. I had an 80 minute stone massage with the ocean breeze wafting though the door and the sound of waves crashing in the background. #WorkHard #PamperHard is my motto! Enjoy the photos and video below ; )
P.S. The dress I’m wearing is from Lucy & Lyla