Donner Lake at Sunset

Every time we work our way back from the mountain at the end of a snowboarding day, we see Donner lake right at sunset.  Most of the time though, the skies are either overcast or snow is coming down.  Though this scene looks beautiful in whichever state of weather, this …

The Cranes

I love Cranes!  And I don’t mean the ones that fly but the ones that are usually at big ports that move big shipments from ships to the shore and vice versa.  Anyone who’s spent time in the Bay Area knows that this is one of the defining features of …

Two (Very Large) Fluffy Puppies

My friend Sabrina has two white Samoyeds — Bianca and Sorcha.  If you’ve encountered this breed of dogs, those pretty things can grow to be MASSIVE.  Regardless of their size, Sabrina will continue to refer to them as puppies (maybe it’s because they continue to behave like ones through their …

Walking Tour: 2.5 blocks in the Mission

Sometimes on Fridays, I work from home.  This past Friday, I had an intense day that started at 6.30am and before I knew it, it was 3.30pm.  I decided to take a short break from work and take a walk around the block (and of course get myself a coffee). …

One Photo: Dutch Windmill

If you’ve been to where the Golden Gate Park meets Ocean Beach, you’ll be surprised by a couple of windmills.  They took me by surprise one rainy day.  Luckily the skies opened up for a few short seconds to reveal a bit of light right over the windmill.  I usually …

Lighting Decorations

Every once in a while, especially during the holidays, you drive down a street in a neighborhood and you notice that one house after the other is decorated intricately with lights.  Some are put everywhere, and some are deliberately placed to create elaborate designs and formations.  It’s quite amusing to …

A Walk by a Lake

Spent a good chunk of one afternoon by a lake.  There was nothing particularly special about this lake except for the birds idling, beautiful light, and of course lots of photo opportunities.

A Play Date with Baby Annabelle

I spent a super fun afternoon with Baby Annabelle.  At 10 months, she has the cutest and most well-formed personality. You’ll often catch her in a pensive mood or she’ll give you an examining look. She’ll make sure to tell you what she wants. But mostly, she’s curious and just …

A (Rainy) Day at the Legion of Honor

Yesterday turned out to be a super rainy day (and I hate rain!) We decided to spend it indoors at the Legion of Honor, a lovely museum in SF. I usually love hanging around there on a sunny day as it overlooks the Golden Gate bridge. But on a rainy …

A Sumptuous Box from Vivel Patisserie

I just saw my Mom and sister over the holidays and they had brought back for us a stunning box from Vivel Patisserie, A family owned patisserie and cafe business based in Dubai. We opened the box of Iranian-inspired sweets when we got back to SF to have some with our morning …

Shaggy Oski

I had coffee with this guy.  His owner had left him outside the coffeeshop to wait for a bit.  Oski is his name. He was shy at first and then warmed up.  He had eyes the color of honey!  

Snowflake, the White Retriever

Walking around DC yesterday, I met Snowflake, a 4-month-old white retriever. This puppy has the cutest puppy eyes. I think any more time with this little one would have me convinced to get a puppy of my own!

Holiday Kit Kat

My sister has a black cat called Kit Kat, a cat with a whole lot of personality.  Over the holidays, the house was full of too many of us including a toddler. Saying the least, we’ve barely seen Kit Kat.  Last night I managed to catch a glimpse of her …

Happy and Super Merry Holidays

Wishing you and yours a most blissful holiday season, filled with great food, lots of family time, and a chance to reflect and appreciate. Lots of love, Azhar + Khaled

Happy Birthday, Mister K!

I’m thankful everyday that you were born.  Thanks for being the most amazing and special partner-in-crime a girl could wish for!

A Walk on the Beach

One of my definitions of happiness is sitting on the beach, in the sun — for hours! A few weeks back when we were in Southern California, we had the chance to spend the afternoon on Laguna Beach south of LA before we had to get back to SF.  The …

A Day with Baby Sophia

I got to hang out with baby Sophia yesterday! We hung out at her home in the East Bay, and got to play all morning.  I had met Sophia a little while back, but she was so small and disinterested in anything other than eating and sleeping.  Now she’s about …

A Window with a (Dusty) View

Was in Southern California this past weekend and had the most amazing view from our hotel room.  I’ve spoken before of how awesome dust is when it comes to light especially in the late afternoon and sunset hours.  Southern California had this awesome haze that I love. (I know that …

Samta + Ajay’s Special Day: Part II

Following a most magical ceremony in Southern California, we partied with Samta and Ajay — who were genuinely enjoying every moment of this big party! They are such amazing dancers, which was such a treat!!! What started as a traditional slow western dance ended with a dance worthy of a bollywood …