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!
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!
Anyone out there in cyber land curious as to what’s in my makeup bag!?! lol This is actually my travel makeup bag, specifically for trips in the summer. In my last post I recapped my recent adventure in Florida with my family, obviously Florida in the summer is a super HOT, humid place. I had to make sure my beauty and makeup bag reflected the weather. Below is a peak at what I brought in an attempt to look cute in the sweltering heat. Watch the video below and be sure to check out my list of goodies. Hope you’re all enjoying your summer!
Click on the links to purchase some of my favorite products!
Mor Beauty Bag
Oil of Olay Regenerist
Bare Minerals Foundation
Pixi lip stain in Rose
Pixi Brilliance Balm Nearly Naked
Skin Again Vanish
IT Hair Care Surf Spray
Em Pillow Plush n Lollipop
Nyx Golden Bronzer Eyeliner
Real Techniques Brushes
Tonya Crooks Tweezers
I’m so excited that I successfully completed one of my goals for the summer-traveling across the country with my son. I was a bit anxious to say the least about flying with him, but I’m happy to report that Idris was SUCH a good boy, literally no crying on the way there or back. Could it be? I’m going to test my luck again next month with a trip to Chicago and I will be sure to report back to you guys. Our trip to Florida was primarily for baby Idris to meet his great grandpa (pictured below) and to hang with some cousins. It was hot, fun, and relaxing. I will have a video coming soon on my tips for traveling with him as well as a peek into our Florida adventures. In the meantime here is a snap shot of my week with the fam. Hope you’re all enjoying your summer.
P.S. If you happen to be in Sarasota anytime soon check out the Ringling Museum.
For my birthday this year nothing sounded more exciting than a day of pampering at a luxury spa. I also hadn’t had a chance to get my sister her bday gift yet. (She now shares a birthday with my son and I wanted to get her something in addition to a NEPHEW!) I decided on the Cure Salon and Spa in West Hollywood for a few reasons 1) they offered a hamamm (I hadn’t been in one since I went hammam hopping in Instanbul two summers ago) 2)They had a four handed massage. Done. The hammam was great, but can we talk about the four handed massage!?! Umm… wow. It was SO wonderful. The flow, pressure and unique blend of movements made it one of my favorite spa experiences ever. It will be hard to go back to just a regular two handed massage! #ImSpoiledNow
After multiple showers, a hammam, a rub down and a luxury bubble bath I think it’s safe to say I cleaned off all the baby barf that may have been lingering or hidden somewhere on my body. So gross I know, but I’m told I need to get used to that.
Check out this vlog to see more from me and my sis at the spa.
*Top two images courtesy of google