I don’t even know where to begin. I LOVE Europe! Last month Michael, Idris and I made our way to London, Paris, Versailles and Champagne. It was a whirlwind of adventures, delicious food, crazy experiences and lots of wine. Lots and lots of phenomenal wine. Good wine in Europe? Who’d a thought! This was our first time taking Idris out of the country and I can’t wait for him to get more stamps on his passport! Some of London highlights include dinner at Ceviche in Soho, Afternoon Tea at the Four Seasons London and of course The Princess Diana Memorial Park in Hyde Park. Watch our London vlog by clicking HERE and enjoy the photos below!
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Last Thursday I was invited to a screening of Mission: Impossible Rouge Nation. Getting in the spirit of things, I silently crept down my hallway like a true Mission: Impossible spy. I leapt over a massive pile of toys, dodged a dirty diaper, tumble rolled out the door and proceeded to make a swift exit. Unnoticed by my son, I sped away in my BMW. Coffee in hand and phone fully charged, I was ready to navigate through the evil LA traffic. The life of a mom and a spy are not really that different.
Ok, ready to hear about the screening? Let me just start by saying- it was a blast! Maybe it was the fact that I actually went to the movies, or that it was in an IMAX theater, either way, I was literally on the edge of my seat the entire time. I’ll be honest, I typically don’t watch a ton of action films, but I think I may be hooked now. Seeing this on a big screen really made a difference. I felt like I was part of the movie-right there in the middle of the action.
Want to know about the movie? It was an intense non-stop, jam packed film without a dull moment. Did I mention it was action packed!?! Tom Cruise (who DOESN’T AGE!) and his team join forces and embark on a seemingly impossible mission- to take down the rouge nation, aka the Syndicate. I loved the badass babe, Rebecca Ferguson, who kicks some serious bootay all over the film. Not only is she gorgeous, and totally fit- she can do some major fighting in stilettos. This mama needs to get some tips from her asap. Mission Mompossible anyone!?! I am going to channel her inner strength next time I’m working out. I need to make sure I can fend off any evil attackers that may come after me and my little peanut!
Another bonus from the film; the travel scenes! You guys know how much I love to jet set, so seeing clips from around the world made me want to grab my family and hop on the next plane to somewhere exotic. I’m looking at you Casablanca. If you’re into travel, motorcycle racing, car chasing, and butt kicking, this movie is for YOU! Good news, it is in theatres. You can get your tickets at Fandango.
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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!
Want to know my morning routine? Everyday is different, but one thing remains the same- waking up early. Idris is up at 6:30am on the dot everyday. Which means I am too! I’ve always been a morning person, so it isn’t a big deal, but every now and then I’d love to sleep until 8am. #MomLyfe This particular morning was hectic. I got ready while filming, shot my makeup tutorial and hopped on a plane to Florida all before 11:30am. If you want big things you gotta hustle right? Being a busy mama, I like to keep my makeup routine simple. I’ve always loved pop of gold on the lids and a bright teal liner on the lower water line. It’s summery, easy and makes my eyes pop. (It will make YOUR eyes pop too! I promise.) You’ll notice in the video I’m working with EcoTools. (HAPPY DANCE!!!) I’m sure many of you are familiar with them. They’re known for their super affordable line of eco friendly, recyclable brushes. I’ve been a fan for YEARS. The brushes perform extremely well and they are affordable. Bam. Win win for this mama. Hope you enjoy the video below and be sure to check out their website for more makeup inspiration.
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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!
Hola! I’m shaking things up a bit and I decided to do a series of Minute Makeup tutorials. Ain’t nobody got time to watch a full face! ha! Actually the purpose of these itty bitty tuts is to give you the exact content you want in the shortest amount of time. I know there’s a ton of busy mamas/humans out there that will appreciate these bite size beauty videos. I hope… First up, minute brows. Enjoy!
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