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!
Last night I was invited to a press preview dinner at The NICE GUY LA, which officially opens to the public today. Woohoo! This sexy new spot has a total modern 60’s vibe… I know that sounds like it wouldn’t make sense, but just trust me on it. It’s the newest spot from the H.Wood group, who also own Bootsy Bellows and Shore Bar to name a few. The NICE GUY, located on La Cienega in the center of West Hollywood, serves up fantastic food like pizza topped with figs, caramelized onions, gorgonzola and thyme. In addition to their killer food they have TONS of specialty cocktails and live music on most nights. It’s reservation only, even for the bar (which I love) so it won’t ever feel packed or too crowded. Enjoy the photos below and make a ressie ASAP for a ritzy night out.
Get my look!
A few weeks back Michael, Idris and I hopped in the car and headed up to the good’ol Bay Area. It was the baby’s first road trip and we had a blast. I will say that breast feeding on the side of the road off highway 5 in the sweltering heat is not my idea of fun, but luckily we only had to do it once during the 7ish hours it took to get up there. We got to spend two glorious weeks frolicking around the Bay from SF to Carmel and everywhere in between… and I gotta say, The Bay is BOOMING. Dang. One of the highlights of the trip included Idris meeting his Iranian great grandma. Enjoy the pics and video below!
As I mentioned, I grew up in the Bay Area, but every time I go back I try and squeeze in some new restaurants. On this last trip some of my favorite dining experiences include La Mar in SF for amazing ceviche and a killer view. I suggest going during the day so you can really soak in the scene. The Paragon Restaurant and Bar in The Claremont Hotel in Berkeley was awesome. They serve delish upscale California cuisine in a historic hotel with an amazing view of SF. Dametra Cafe in Carmel has the best dolma EVER and the owner always plays the guitar and sings for his customers. It’s so fun!
Wine tasting with a baby!?! Yeah I did it… twice actually. Before anyone starts to freak out, I’m just tasting some wine, I’m not getting wasted and feeding my son wine infested breast milk. I’m a responsible adult and I certainly don’t want some alcoholic baby. Now that we got that out of the way, back to the wineries. If you follow me on Instgram you may know that I’ve been up in the Bay Area (where I’m from) for the last week spending time with fam and friends, but I’m also trying to have a fun summer and do things that I did pre-baby, like wine tasting. My goal since Idris was born was to attempt to maintain a fun filled lux lyfe and just include him in most of my activities. Since being in the Bay and so close to Napa, I thought, why not try some places up here. I ventured to Domain Carneros, pictured below, which was absolutely stunning and felt like a chateau in France. I’m constantly testing what places work and don’t with Idris. What are some places you guys feel comfortable bringing your babies? Comment below and let me know. I love hearing from you beautiful mamas! Also, for the non-moms, does it piss you off when you see a baby at an unexpected place like a winery? Be honest!
P.S. Reese totally loves wine country and can’t wait until he’s of the legal age. Gotta Go!
Who’s ready for some more baby shower fun!?! I love the beautifully shot video below that captures the perfect day Kayli and I had celebrating our little men with some of our favorite people. Never did I think I would have such a luxury baby shower! Believe me when I say I’m constantly reminding myself of how lucky I am. I can’t thank The Mom’s View team enough for all they have given me. One more video will be coming your way tomorrow, so please stay tuned! Hope you all have a great Wednesday.
Dress: Seraphine Maternity
Photography by Mary Costa
Hi! In the video below my pregnant partner in crime Kayli and I are sharing 3 super cute and easy baby shower favor ideas. We tested them out a few weeks back at our own shower (more on that in the next few weeks!) and they were all a huge hit. I’m personally not much of a crafter but these baby shower favors are idiot proof, so if you’re anything like me than you will definitely enjoy this.
The end of the year is a great time reflect, think about what you’ve accomplished, and where you want to go the following year. As I look back at my lyfe I can’t help but think that this was one of the best years I’ve ever had. For that, I want to say a big thank you to everyone for following my blog, watching my YouTube channel and supporting me throughout this exciting journey. Growing this blog/channel has been one of the greatest challenges I’ve ever faced, but I’m so grateful I took a leap of faith and launched this baby back in August 2011. It seems like an eternity since the days of being a makeup artist and powdering bitchy celebs! 2014 looks bright and I can’t wait for all the new adventures- most importantly, becoming a MOM. (Holy Shiz!) I genuinely hope that you all have a wonderful, healthy, positive New Year and that you chase your dreams, both big and small. Anything is possible friends! Below is a look at some of my favorite moments from 2013, THANKS again for all your lovin’.
Love ya cyber kitties! Gotta Go!
Shopping for the men in your world can get overwhelming and possibly stressful. If you’re drawing a blank on ideas, don’t fret, I’ve compiled a list of things that are perfect for brothers, hubbies, manfriends, dads or any other guys you’re splurging on this holiday season.
1) Johhny Walker Blue Label:Perfect for the refined gentleman in your lyfe.
2) Straight Edge Razor: For the clean shaven man, you can opt for a razor set from The Art of Shaving. If that’s a little too pricey, consider treating him to an in-house shave experience.
3) Cigars:Need I say more? Most men I know love to puff on fancy stogies every now and then. If you’re an LA local check out Cigar-A-Rama in Brentwood for some killer smokes.
4) The Garwood: This super cool new watch can be rocked by any hip man (or woman!) you’re shopping for this season. It’s made in LA and totally awesome.
5)For the male chef in your world, get him a himalayan salt slab. It’s a game changer in the kitchen! Trust me, we have one at our place. #Yum
Hope this guide helped! Gotta Go!
Ritz Carlton: If you’re looking for a lux resort perfect for couples, babymooners, or families who love to be active, the Ritz is a great spot. The only downside was its distance from the airport. It takes over an hour, but if you drive during the day you won’t be disappointed with the breathtaking views of the Pacific. Warning: People drive VERY slow in Maui. There is actually a minimum speed posted! lol I would suggest going to the Ritz an off week. There will be less crowds and you can definitely score a better deal on room rates. In terms of service, every single person I met who worked there was happy and genuinely seemed to love their job. The SPA! I can’t not talk about the spa. It was pure relaxing, heavenly bliss. I got an 80 min mom-to-be massage and it was magical. The locker room, lounges, amenities, steam, sauna, etc were all five star perfection.
Hotel Wailea: This is a great spot for people that want a more boutique luxury getaway. This hotel is about a mile from the popular Wailea beach nestled on what felt like a lush zen sanctuary. It’s currently undergoing a huge revamp and I can tell it is going to be superb when completed. The main highlight of my trip was dinner at their restaurant Capishe. Out of all the places I’ve dined around the world, this is definitely one of my favorites. Watching the sunset over the Pacific while enjoying the ocean breeze and indulging in a three course meal of flavored deliciousness was truly fantastic-an absolute must if you’re looking for a romantic dining experience.
Mama’s Fish House: SO MANY people told me about how amazing this place is and you know what? They were all right. I loved it from the second we walked passed the hostess. This was Hawaii’s finest with a friendly, chill atmosphere, great service, creative food and best of all a private sandy beach cove in front of the restaurant where you can soak in the views while you wait for your table. It was pricey yes, but totally worth it.
The Fish Market: Obviously I have a love for all things lux but it would be wrong to ignore the laid back gems located around the island, like the Fish Market. Myself, along with the hundreds of positive reviews on Yelp agree that the fish sandwiches there are so mouthwateringly good. I’m also someone that rarely does repeats at restaurants while I’m on vacation, but friends, this was too good not to hit up twice. If you visit, get your food to go and and enjoy it at a nearby beach.
Gazebo: If you are staying up near Lahaina and you want a hearty inexpensive meal head to breakfast at Gazebo. I’m not a pancake person but the banana macadamia pancakes with coconut syrup are out of this world good. Warning: It’s kind of hard to find, and you have to walk through a hotel courtyard AND there will be a LONG line, but its worth it and can be fun to chat with the other people in line.
Lastly, no trip would be complete without consulting my trusty Michelin travel guide, and luckily for me they make a Hawaiian Islands edition. It was in the pages of this well crafted book that I discovered Kaanapali Beach, where I was able to play in the sand and watch a killer sunset. It also mentioned the beach town of Paia, which had an ultra surfer-meets-bohemian vibe. It’s definitely worth a visit especially if you’re heading to Mama’s Fish House or making the trek to Hana. I can’t forget to discuss downtown Lahaina, an area jam packed with kitschy touristy shops, tacky trinkets, overpriced coffee and cheesy souvenirs. All that aside, it is fun to people watch and by far the coolest thing I saw in downtown Lahaina was the massive Banyan tree. It’s the biggest in the US and it’s SO HUGE.
For more Babymoon fun check out the video below.