Cast Blog: #SHAHS

Taking MJ's Hate as a Compliment

Recap: The Shahs Peace Summit

Recap: Recipe for Disaster

Asa's Profound and Cathartic Trip

Recap: Reza Pops The Big One

The Return of Lochnesa

Mike: I Will Marry Jessica Soon

Reza Dishes on His Engagement

Recap: Make a Run for the Border

Mike Shouldn't be "Scared" of Other Religions

Recap: Turkey with a Side of Apology

Mike's Inner Struggle

Lilly's Disrespectful Behavior

Mike Takes GG's Side

Recap: Outed by Chihuahuas

Reza: "Lilly Doesn't Understand Friendship"

Lilly's Battle with Foot Boogers

Recap: Always a Lady

Recap: A Little Too Much Diamond Water...

The Shah of Bull Sh--

Reza: "I Wish I Had Kept My Mouth Shut"

Ep 8: Persian Empire Divided

Will Mike Put a Ring on It?

Reza Learns the Power of Apology

Recap: Shah-etiquette

MJ Owes GG a Genuine Apology

What MJ Did was Wrong

Loch-Nesa vs. MJ

Asa's Juice Disaster

Recap: Persian Pride?

MJ's Moral Compass is Way Off

An Offer Lilly Can't Refuse?

Recap: Homo-Not-So-Genius

Mike's Disappointment with Reza

Asa: "I Definitely See Why Reza is Irritated"

Reza on the Fight: "I'm Not Proud of It"

Lilly Needs to "Get More Real"

Reza to Lilly: "Get Off Your High Horse"

Cry Me a River

Mike: Master Negotiator

Lilly: Ain't Nobody Got Time for This

Taking MJ's Hate as a Compliment

Lilly wants MJ know she won't stoop to her level, even if she is such an easy target.

Let me start this week'’s blog by saying my heart goes out to everyone affected by the Connecticut tragedy. My prayers are with you.

With that said, Episode 3 is my favorite episode yet. It begins with a BBQ at Omid’s house that Mike, MJ, and GG attend. The topic of conversation is the altercation that occurred the day before between GG and Asa. As usual, Mike is the cool, levelheaded voice of reason, GG’s is out of control with vulgar comments, and MJ is playing both sides. GG seems pretty confident with her version of what happened. Particularly how Asa was the one that got in her face, and so she had to push her away to repel her. We are all reminded with the playback that is not the case, and GG was clearly the aggressor.

Meanwhile, Reza and Asa are on a hike at Runyon discussing the exact same altercation. Unlike Omid’s BBQ conversation, their conversation does not involve cussing, belittling, or name-calling. I respect that Reza and Asa decide enough is enough and they will not tolerate GG’s threats of physical violence anymore. Bullying, name-calling, threats, or physical violence at any level should never be tolerated or overlooked. Ignoring such behavior, or allowing it to go unpunished only leads to tragic situations.

Episode 3 also gives you a glimpse into a more glamorous side of my business, photoshoots! The particular shoot you see is with a gorgeous half Persian, half Mexican model named Nazanin. She is all-natural, full of delicious curves, and is exactly what my partner and I envisioned for our 2013 Swim Collection. Reza and Asa stop by the shoot, and even help me pick out a few looks. It was such a relief to get the shoot behind me, so I want to take them both out to dinner to show my appreciation for their support. I ask Reza to invite MJ as I wanted to extend an olive branch to attempt to start a friendship. She was very cold to me at dinner when we first met, so I thought this would be a great opportunity to give it a second chance.

I wanted an opportunity to sit down and vocalize to her that I am in no way, shape, or form trying to steal Reza from her, and that she did not need to feel threatened by me at all.

However, things didn’t quite go as lovely as I hoped, and as you all saw, MJ is clearly NOT interested in being my friend. First, she was over an hour late to dinner. That is not only tacky and rude; it is disrespectful to the people wasting their time waiting on you. Once she finally did arrive, she began attacking me from the moment she sat down! Well, attempting to attack me anyway.

Apparently she stalked me on the internet (flattered by the way), and tried to find anything she could to attack me with. First, she accuses me of being the model on my website for my swimwear line, HaveFaith.com. I am not the model for our swim line, my beautiful business partner and best friend Jennifer is, but even if I were the model, who cares? I don’t think being the model for my own, or any swim line, is something to be ashamed of. I have friends in all walks of life, I love and respect everyone equally. I don’t think being a swimsuit model is demeaning and shame on MJ for attempting to belittle those that do choose to do that in life. Either way, I am NOT the model.

Then, MJ goes on to say she found pictures I tweeted of myself in lingerie. I have never tweeted photos of myself in lingerie, ever. I am, however, comfortable enough in my own skin to appreciate beautiful women in lingerie. I can look at a woman that chooses to model lingerie (who doesn’t love the Victoria Secret Fashion Show!) and be happy for her beautiful body. Just because my body is not as great as those girls, I am not insecure and unhappy to the point where I feel the need to belittle them about their choice in order to make myself feel better. With that said, as I told her at dinner, I have never tweeted a photo of myself in lingerie, but I look damn good in lingerie, so maybe one day I’ll tweet her one.

Her last resort to try and belittle me relates to a photo I tweeted holding the love of my life, my heart and soul, Coconut. This is the photo she is referring to:

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I don’t know why she finds the photo to be offensive and sexual towards animals. I think it’s a cute photo and shows my unconditional love for my animal. Not only have I tweeted this photo, it is also on my blog (LillyGhalichi.blogspot.com), and framed in my house. I have never even once looked at the photo in a light to construe it as me being sexual toward my dog. It kind of creeps me out that she tried to create it into something sexual.

Either way, it’s clear MJ tried her hardest to find ammunition to attack me with, and if THIS is the worst thing she could come up with after her “cyber stalking”, I’m pretty proud of myself.

To my dear MJ, I take your hate as a compliment. Your feeble attempts to insult me were ridiculous and laughable. I am a respectable woman, I am proud of who I am, and I have nothing to hide. There is nothing you can say to me that will upset or anger me. I am too confident of a woman.

The ironic part is, MJ is SUCH an easy target if I wanted to stoop to her level. However, I have more class than that. I don’t need to belittle, or attempt to embarrass or insult another woman for no reason. Especially one I don’t know.

If MJ doesn’t want to be my friend, that’s fine, but don’t mistake my kindness for weakness. If she continues to say disrespectful things about me behind my back, I will stand up for myself.

Recap: Recipe for Disaster

Ep 15: Nadine weighs in on Part 1 of the reunion.

Here’s the thing… The Shahs reunion reminded me of a Thanksgiving dinner gone wrong. Except there was no turkey (or Turkey for that matter), not a lot of wine, and certainly not a lot of peace.

You’d think since the reunion was a little more intimate, being over a dinner table where they all broke bread, it would be somewhat peaceful…well guess again. I think sitting in such close quarters was a recipe for disaster, with a few exceptions. One being the infamous buttery chocolate cwaasannnt. Hallelujah! It’s over, finally!

There was so much covered, that I’m going to only address a few highlights…

So let’s get started, shall we?

Let’s start with Lilly “No Friend Zone” Ghalichi. I kind of felt bad for her. I truly don’t know what is going to happen with her next season. As is, she’s not hanging out with the Shahs. I just don’t know how will she come back after this. I was shocked that Asa laid into Lilly more than Reza did. It was only a few episodes ago where Lilly told Reza that Asa was the better friend to her. And as I recall, Asa gave Lilly a cooking lesson teaching her to beat her meat. I get that some of the Shahs have beef with her, but the truth is that Lilly doesn’t mesh well with this group (except for GG as of late). Andy did leave it open-ended, asking Reza if Lilly makes a real effort if he’d take her back, and Reza said absolutely. If that were to happen, I suggest MJ learns GG’s hook method. She’ll need to hook with her fingers and her toes.

Now on to GG and MJ. When will these two frenemies NOT fight? It seems to be their “thing.” They’re like drunk sorority girls: “I love you. I hate you. I love you. I hate you. I need more to drink. You broke girl code. I want to wax my car with your t-ts. You assaulted my hat, so I’m going to call your mom. But I do love you.” All I have to say to that is, “You don’t need to go all tango on me!”

Speaking of getting all “tango,” how about GG storming off when Leila showed up -- only to be put in her place by the Shah bouncer? I hope she realizes that one drink isn’t going to make her problems or her sister go away. Thankfully the GG whisperer was able to put her in her place. The reality of GG and Leila’s situation is they have a classic case of Competitive Sister Syndrome. I think they’re both guilty: GG shouldn’t be so harsh with her words. And Leila should have been more mindful about her friendship with MJ. Just goes to show that sh-- runs deep when dealing with family matters. Let’s keep it classy, ladies! All I know is my ass would be grounded for life if I’d ever treated my brother the way these two girls treat each other.

 

Last, let’s talk about Reza and his ex-work husband, Mike. Andy called these two out -- they kissed and made up in the finale, but it looks like things have gone south since that peaceful workout scene. Reza is right and I’ve said it before, no one leaves a thriving career to start over. However, I don’t know the logistics of their deal, so I can’t comment on who’s right and who’s wrong. What I can comment on is IF Mike needs money for a ring, he probably shouldn’t have invested in a bus wrap. And Reza SHOULD have maybe showed Mike the ropes a little more. Selling homes is not an easy job, you have to put in a lot of legwork -- it’s not a get rich quick type business. Mike said he loves Reza like a brother, but “he’s such an ---hole.” These two guys are becoming MJ and GG 2.0. They should all just get a room! One for their bodies and one for their egos.

I can’t wait for next week when Vida joon pays us a visit. I hope they give her the memo that there are no crocodiles in the San Fernando Valley.

And if you missed the final Shahs After Show, be sure to check it out now.

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