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
Happy Friday! A few days ago Kayli and I hit the streets of Culver City to chat with locals and get some parenting advice. As always is was a blast to hang with Kayli and get to know some interesting people. There is a short and sweet video below of us moms on the loose! Enjoy and have a great weekend.
Happy Thursday! As some of you may know my dad is an incredible photographer with exhibits around the world, including one that just ended in Mexico and one that is beginning in Palo Alto this month! He began dabbling in photography over a decade ago and now it’s become more than a hobby, but an exciting passion that’s led him to shoot in a variety of unique locations around the globe.
It is with great pride and pleasure that I share the details of an upcoming photography workshop in Cuba that my dad, Mansur Kiadeh, will be lecturing at this April. (Insert proud happy daughter dance!) His primary area of focus will be conducting classes on Digital Photography Fundamentals, High Dynamic Range (HDR) and Digital Infrared Photography. Sounds cool right!?! RIGHT.
The entire workshop consists of about 10 people and will be from April 19th-25th in Havana. World renowned photographer and curator, Charles Anselmo will be leading the photography expedition. He brings an immense knowledge of Cuba, it’s customs, as well as an exceptional eye for spotting one of a kind photo opportunities. With his guidance and expertise of the city, you will experience events, places and people of Cuba you never knew existed.
Together they will take photography students around Havana exploring everything from culture, cuisine and the malecon. This is a rare opportunity to meet like minded people from around the world that share a love of photography, adventure and travel. If you are looking for a truly unique experience and to gain some exciting new photography skills, check out this workshop ASAP… AND you get to meet my dad, who happens to be AWESOME. Yipee!
For more information on dates, times, and prices, feel free to email or call Charles Anselmo. All his info is below.
*Boxer photo by Mansur Kiadeh
*Hand photo & Ruins Photo by Charles Anselmo
Last week two of my dreams came true. First off I attended the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah and second I interviewed my hosting idol Brooke Burke-Charvet. I have been following her career since her days on Wild on E! (which was my dream job in highschool) and I’m happy to report that both experiences were better than I could have imagined. I was lucky enough to be invited to Sundance on behalf of Quaker to check out their Good Energy Lodge and chat with Brooke who also teamed up with them as their official spokesperson. Quaker debuted a really beautiful short film that premiered in the lodge about energy and what people, primarily moms, would do if they had more energy. What would you do if you had more energy!?! I, personally, would prepare fresh meals more regularly, hike in the mountains or walk on the beach everyday. Sounds good right!? Bring on the energy packed oatmeal! The video below gives a glimpse of my trip and the jam packed lodge. My full interview with Brooke will air on The Mom’s View Too channel sometime next week! Can’t wait to share that with all of you.
I’m going to Sundance. Yup, be jealous, be very jealous. Lol. I’m so thrilled to announce that I will be attending Sundance for the first time and I’m leaving for Park City, Utah in a few hours. Ahh! Attending Sundance has been on my bucket list for several years so I’m stoked it’s finally happening. I’m going on behalf of Quaker Oats to hang in their good energy lodge, eat awesome oatmeal and shmooze with all the A-listers that make their way through the lodge. I even get to attend a fancy movie premiere where Quaker will unveil an entertaining short film about the “Human Energy Crisis.” Most of us overly busy people are constantly dealing with a million different things, and Quaker is promoting health, balance and an overall well-being with their movie and lodge. It should be a blast! Want to know something even more exciting!?!? I will be interviewing my host idol, Brooke Burke-Charvet, on all things oatmeal, being a mom, maintaing a killer body, and keeping her energy levels up. Pinch me! Do you want to stay in the loop with me? #duh Here’s what I recommend you do: stalk me and Quaker on all social outlets so you can join the cyber party and see what we’re up to. Be sure to use the hashtag #QuakerUp so I can see all your tweets! Ok, I’m off to finish packing.
*Quaker Oats is sponsoring my trip by providing me with transportation & lodging to and from Sundance.