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
My family and I were fortunate enough to ring in 2015 at one of our favorite resorts in America, The Broadmoor located in beautiful Colorado Springs. It’s a historic, luxurious hotel with an endless amount of things to do, places to eat, drink and and a fabulous spa to get your pamper on. Even though I’ve been there 3 times in the last two years I find new activities with each visit and there is still so much more to see. The Broadmoor is constantly evolving, updating and expanding. Below are some highlights from our trip that included seeing the property covered in fresh white snow, the stunning spa, and a few glimpses of the food. Did I mention there are seven killer restaurants on the property! Michael and I were also invited to a lux private party held at the beautiful Penrose room to ring in the new year. We had a seven course meal with wine pairings, so yeah, we were pretty excited about that.
I hope you enjoyed the pictures. The Broadmoor truly is one of my favorite places to visit. The service is spectacular, the property is breathtaking and there is no shortage of things to do for couples, friends, or families. Every season offers up a new kind of beauty and activities. Want to see more!?! Watch our family vlog!
Have a great week everyone!
P.S. For those asking on Instagram the lip color I was rocking was Butter Lip Balm from NYX in Red Velvet with Cherry liner from MAC.
Happy Monday! Hope you all had an awesome Thanksgiving. I just realized it’s been a almost two weeks since my last update on here. Yikes. #BadSharzad I’m still trying to figure out that balance between motherhood, working on all my projects, being sane and more importantly showering! We have been BUSY the last two weeks visiting family in Chicago and the Bay Area. We’re back in LA and ready for to tackle this month. (Oh hi December) Baby Idris was grandma hopping all over the country and below are some snaps from our adventures in chilly Chicago (it was 18 when we landed!) to the Bay.
I’ve been hearing about Crossroads Kitchen for some time now and I finally made the trek over. It’s a completely plant based (aka vegan) menu with a focus on Mediterranean cuisine. We went for dinner and I was pleasantly surprised to see the decor is very sexy, dark and perfect for date night. I think people have a misconception about vegan food being hippy-ish or bland… not at all the case here! Let’s talk about the food shall we? I tried the artichoke oysters, the kite hill cheese plate, pappardelle bolognese, oven roasted kabocha squash and some other favorites. Umm, hi delish. I loved everything. I wanted to eat so much more, but the babe was getting squirmy so I have to save it for next time. Chef Tal Ronnen is the creative force behind this unique dining experience. He’s one of the most celebrated vegan chefs and it’s obvious why. He cuisine does not disappoint! I highly recommend it, whether or not you eat meat, you can find something tasty to enjoy. Food porn below…
Ever feel like you just can’t get ahead no matter how late you stay up and how hard you work!?! That’s how I’ve been feeling the last few weeks. My head has been spinning because we finally moved into our new place and I’m trying to get organized. (side note- moving with a baby ain’t no joke!) Work has been particularly busy which makes me SO incredibly happy, but I am looking forward to a day when I can relax and go to Target. I meant to post this video a week ago… but better late than never I guess! Below is my vlog from our trip to Chicago last month (Yup! It’s already October…WTF!)
I truly can’t believe it’s been three years since I started my online journey! When I began my blog my makeup career was in a transitional place and I knew I no longer wanted to do it professionally. I longed for something more exciting….but I wasn’t sure what or how or when. In high school I wanted to host a show (specifically one like Wild on E!) and somehow along the way that dream seemed like it would never come to fruition. Doing makeup allowed me to be part of the exciting world of entertainment without really putting myself out there… but it wasn’t my true passion. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the beauty industry, but I wanted to be on camera! It took me a really long time to admit that to myself.
I am so thankful EVERYDAY that I started chasing my dreams when I did. I can’t imagine not doing what I do. It’s opened up doors and opportunities I truly only dreamed about. I’m not trying to toot my own horn, I’m trying to encourage people to go after what they want. There is a saying in farsi “Whenever you get the fish out of the water, it’s fresh” basically to me that means that no matter where you are in your life, it’s not to late to start something new and go after what you want.
I love my job and have worked harder than ever. I have no clue where I will be next year or in five years and that’s what is so exciting about what I do. There are endless possibilities and the sky truly is the limit.
I want to take a minute to say a sincere THANK YOU to everyone who has followed my online journey with me. Without your support I wouldn’t be able to do what I do.
Last thing before I end my rant- I am giving away ONE ticket to come hear me speak on October 7th in LA with a ton of other major movers and shakers online. To qualify, just send me an email telling me what your dream job is and why you want the ticket. It’s that simple. I will pick a winner by Friday!
Email Me For A Chance To Win: Sharzad@LuxLyfe.com
*Must be able to get to Los Angeles! I can’t fly anyone in yet… sorry! One day!