Cast Blog: #SHAHS

The Higher the Hair, the Closer to God

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

The Higher the Hair, the Closer to God

Lilly explains why she skipped the BBQ and ponders Reza's gay life crisis.

Episode 2 is a whirlwind. It’s refreshing to me that it begins with GG and MJ spending time together -- sober. GG seems really embarrassed for getting that drunk at the restaurant, so hopefully I’ll get to see this side of her more.

Asa’s dinner with her family looks very lovely but the topic of conversation (Asa’s employment/degree status) is oh so too familiar of a painful conversation for most Persian kids. Asa is an artist. She creates things: music, photography, paintings. To typical Persian parents, art or music are not jobs, they’re hobbies. In Persian families, it is common for parents push their children to be either a: doctor, lawyer, engineer, or dentist. Education is valued very highly, and if you don’t have a degree and fall into one of those occupational categories you’re almost made to feel like a disappointment. I hope that the new generation of Persian-American parents will begin to drop this pressure on their children and let them embrace their dreams.

I am an attorney by trade, but a designer and entrepreneur by heart. I can relate to how Asa is feeling because I have been in her shoes. I didn’t want to disappoint my parents, so I went the good Persian girl route and attended law school after college. Once I became an attorney and satisfied their dreams, I decided to pursue mine in design and beauty (hence my swimline HaveFaith.com and my soon to be released eyelash line LillyLashes.com).

This episode you see a glimpse into my house and my daily routine before work. If you haven’t already noticed I love big Texas hair. Sometimes my hair is bigger than my whole body, but where I’m from, the bigger the hair, the closer to God!

You also get to meet our assistant Jill this episode. Jill is an amazing employee and we couldn’t live without her.

I apologize for sharing with the world a very not so glamorous aspect of the swimwear business -- soiled swimsuits (aka "crotch juice")! Although it is gross to think about, it really is a huge problem in our industry. Women often return swimwear for a store credit, attempt to exchange sizes, or simply bring back suits borrowed for photoshoots in a dirty condition. It is not only unsanitary; it is flat right disrespectful.

The scene with MJ and her father is very endearing. I am glad to see she has a loving relationship with her father. I was very taken back by how rudely her and her mother interacted in Episode 1, so to see this close bond with her other parent is very refreshing.After the dinner disaster, Reza and I decided to have lunch. Asa had so kindly invited me to her friend’s BBQ that was taking place the following day. To be honest, I didn’t want to go. A backyard BBQ is much more of an appropriate time to drink and be wild. I’m thinking to myself, if this group acted like they did at dinner, I can’t even imagine what a BBQ will be like!

I don’t drink alcohol, and I especially don’t tolerate drunken arguing and fighting, so I just don’t want to put myself in a situation where I feel that may occur. I loved Asa at the dinner, so I wanted to go anyway out of respect for her. Thankfully, Reza didn’t think it was such a good idea I go either, so we both decided I would politely pass.

Mike’s date is so cute! I love Jessica, I think she is beautiful, classy, and looks like she really cares for Mike. Who cares if she’s not Persian or Jewish. Life is too short not to be happy. Follow your heart Mike, choose love!

Reza’s gay life crisis is hilarious to me. Although he would look super hot in daisy dukes driving a Ferarri, Adam seems to be an amazing guy, so I think he needs to reconsider his crisis. As Reza said himself, “Adam’s good.” It is rare to find genuine, loving, “good” guys in LA. If you’ve found someone special Reza, do the right thing and commit!

The episode ends with the anticipated BBQ. After watching what happened there I can’t even comment other than to say AMEN I didn’t go.

In case you haven’t noticed it, this season is going to be a wild ride. Hold on to your seats everyone, and I’ll see you next Sunday!

Xoxo,
Lilly Ghalichi

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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