Have you heard of Blue Apron? You may remember me talking about this amazing meal planning and grocery delivery service a few months ago. Michael and I are huge fans and have been religiously using it. Once a week we get a shipment of perfectly proportioned ingredients to make fresh, unique, tasty meals three nights a week. We’re on the Pescatarian plan and each meal takes 25-45 minutes to prepare and cook and they are anywhere from 500-700 calories. You can stay on track with healthy eating and learn a TON of cool cooking tricks. I feel so much more confident in the kitchen and using Blue Apron really got me out of my cooking comfort zone. I’ve experimented with veggies and grains I never knew existed. I’m talking to you Einkorn. Want to know a little secret? One of the things my hubby and I usually argue about is what to eat for dinner. I know that sounds lame- but it’s true. Planning meals, grocery shopping and cooking can be a bit stressful from time to time. With a service like Blue Apron all the dumb bickering about dinner is eliminated and we get to enjoy the process together. In today’s video I decided to shake things up and cook with my mom since we were visiting her last week. She’s clearly a fan as well! Watch as we make Parmesan Ratatouille.
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Memorable moments in Paris you ask? Oh ya know wine everyday all day, dinner at La Jules Verne on top of the Eiffle Tour, visiting my friends show room to get one of the sickest leather jacket ever, dinner on a River Cruise, a WEDDING AT the FOUR SEASONS PARIS, followed by an intimate dinner celebration at the Bacarat Museum, oh and a private tour of the Louvre (do you hate me yet!?!) It’s okay if you do…. I’d hate me too! Everything about this trip was perfection. Traveling to Europe with my son and some of our great friends to experience their beautiful wedding ceremony was a surreal experience. Did I mention Michael officiated the wedding!?! How cool is that. I’d like to make one tiny suggestion if you do decide to travel with a small child-get a babysitter for a few nights so you can have some adult fun. We had a sitter 3 nights in a row which meant we could actually enjoy all our lux outings! All our Parisian adventures can be seen by clicking HERE.
Just want to say a quick thank you to the Four Seasons Paris for one of the most memorable hotel stays we have ever had. It is stunning hotel with fantastic service, exquisite floral arrangements that leave you speechless and first class amenities for not only my husband and I , but my SON. In the words of Arnie, We WILL BE BACK.
Versailles and Champagne photos and video coming soon.
Au Revoir Paree!
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.
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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!