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Charlotte Safavi is a published magazine and newspaper writer. She has written for many publications, including The Washington Post, The Sunday Times Travel Magazine, House Beautiful, Victorian Homes, and Better Homes and Gardens. Though born in London and educated at Oxford University, her heritage is Iranian and she now resides in the Washington D.C. area with her husband and son.

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(10) Comments | Posted July 27, 2015 | 8:01 PM

OK, I'm a little late to the party. The 12-episode sci-fi drama Sense8 created and written by J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5) along with siblings Lana and Andy Wachowski (The Matrix) has already debuted June 5 on Netflix. The beauty of Netflix, of course, is any...

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Shahs of Sunset, Episode 6: Old Pals, New Episodes

(2) Comments | Posted April 18, 2012 | 2:10 PM

I don't know why but I was expecting the sixth episode and season finale of Shahs of Sunset, "Old Friends, New Problems," to go out with an outrageous bang, but it didn't.

Episode 6 was surprisingly low-key and even pedestrian in parts, already emerging through the rose-tinted lens of...

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Shahs of Sunset: Episode Five Taken With a Gulp of Wine

(13) Comments | Posted April 12, 2012 | 1:38 PM

Before Shahs of Sunset's fifth episode "The Shahs of Great Neck" aired this past Sunday, the show got an unexpected mini PR boost. It all happened during a Saturday Night Live skit where Taran Killam played Bravo host Andy Cohen. The segment lampooned Cohen's late night show Watch...

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Shahs of Sunset: Episode 4's New Lows

(56) Comments | Posted April 5, 2012 | 5:02 PM

I didn't think Bravo's reality TV show, Shahs of Sunset, could sink any lower than the second episode, "It's my Birthday Bitches." But the latest, innocuous-sounding episode "Waiting for MJ" ensured it did -- and how.

The Shahs of Sunset claims to depict the lives of Persian Americans living in...

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Shahs of Sunset: Episode 3 With a Nugget From Episode 1

(27) Comments | Posted March 28, 2012 | 1:36 PM

This past week my social media has been buzzing in intermittent spurts -- not unlike those periodic spats on Bravo's reality TV show Shahs of Sunset when spoiled brat GG goes nuclear on underdogs Asa or Anita over which 'ho' (one of lead actor Reza's favorite nouns, his mother must...

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Shahs of Sunset: Episode 2 and Counting

(19) Comments | Posted March 22, 2012 | 8:35 PM

This week I watched two very different Iranian worlds depicted in the powerful medium of film: one reality meticulously masked as fiction, one semi-fiction frivolously packaged as reality.

Bear with me.

1. The first is the 2012 Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film -- A Separation --...

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Shahs of Sunset: The Real Dish on Episode One

(27) Comments | Posted March 20, 2012 | 1:02 PM

So I did it: I watched the first episode of Ryan Seacrest Productions' latest reality show, Shahs of Sunset. At this point, I must add I don't watch reality shows or much TV at all, so this took a special effort. I made it because I'm Anglo-Iranian-American and I wanted...

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On Food and Memory

(2) Comments | Posted January 27, 2012 | 10:45 AM

One of the joys of Facebook is hearing from old friends, especially for someone like me, who's hopscotched her life across the sidewalks of three countries: Iran, England and America.

One of the pains of Facebook is once you're connected -- in my most recent case with an Oxbridge-era...

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On The Shahs Of Sunset Reality Show

(29) Comments | Posted January 24, 2012 | 1:22 PM

When I saw last week that Ryan Seacrest Productions had an upcoming reality show based on the lives of wealthy LA-based Iranian-Americans called the Shahs of Sunset, I did what any self-respecting, tech-friendly Iranian-American would do.

I shared the news on Facebook, tweeted the URL, and even sent the link...

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Making the Most of Discipline for Tweens

(3) Comments | Posted August 4, 2011 | 6:21 PM

So what do you do when your tween is misbehaving?

After a decade of reading professional and not-so-professional books on how to be a good mom, how to discipline your kid effectively, how to survive the terrible ones, twos, threes, ad infinitum, I think I've finally hit the mother...

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Teen Reads?

(3) Comments | Posted June 6, 2011 | 11:13 AM

Today when I picked up my twelve-year-old from school, he grumbled that his middle school principal only let him and his classmates watch a G-rated movie during a free period.

"Not even PG," he whined.
"What does PG stand for?" I asked.
"Parental Guidance," he conceded.

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On Girls and Bikinis

(178) Comments | Posted March 28, 2011 | 12:26 PM

When I was in my twenties, I flew from Los Angeles to Marbella, Spain, for a holiday at my parent's villa. I was an independent young woman, working as a motion picture literary agent at a large agency.

On my first vacation day, I slathered on the sunscreen and...

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Twitter Deserves the Nobel Peace Prize, Not WikiLeaks

(0) Comments | Posted February 2, 2011 | 7:46 PM

According to Reuters, the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks founded by Julian Assange was nominated for the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, a day after the official deadline for the nominations (February 1) had expired.

Assange, an Australian citizen, is currently in Britain awaiting extradition to Sweden for questioning...

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Facebook Is Forcing My Profile Changes

(32) Comments | Posted January 12, 2011 | 12:40 PM

I like my coffee like this: latte with 2% milk (I can't abide the watery stuff that's called non-fat) and extra foam.

Yesterday, Facebook told me I had to have my coffee like this: mocha latte with whipped cream and sprinkles on top.

In other words, whether I like it...

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IranAir Crash

(51) Comments | Posted January 9, 2011 | 4:48 PM

An IranAir passenger flight carrying 106 passengers crashed earlier today while attempting an emergency landing in the middle of a severe snowstorm outside the city of Orumiyeh in Western Azerbaijan.

Iranian media reported that 71 people onboard died and 35 survived with light to serious injuries.


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Former Shah of Iran's Son Dead

(45) Comments | Posted January 4, 2011 | 8:08 PM

Ali Reza Pahlavi, the second son of the former late Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, committed suicide at his home in Boston early on Tuesday morning.

According to the Boston Police Department, Pahlavi was found dead of a "self-inflicted gunshot wound." He is survived by his mother Farah Diba, brother...

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On Christmas Cards and Season's Greetings

(2) Comments | Posted December 21, 2010 | 2:36 PM

I'm thinking of tweeting my holiday cheer in 2011 on Twitter: Wishing you a Merry Christmas or Have a Happy Holiday Season!

Done under a minute. Definitely in less than 140 characters.

After all, I'm a married mom and freelance writer. Busy doesn't even begin to describe my...

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The Art of Holiday Gifts Regifted

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2010 | 10:55 AM

Fess up.

We've all done it at some point in our lives. In a bind or with intent, we've regifted in a moment of desperation or after hours of deliberation. We might have felt bad about it or not given a whit, but let me tell you, it's really...

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Tea for Relaxation

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2010 | 10:54 AM

When I was eighteen, my Parisian aunt arranged for me to share an apartment with her niece Lucile on the Rue Mouffetard, a bustling Paris market street heaped with charm. The idea was for me to improve my French and for Lucile to improve her English, an informal language exchange...

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Tea Tasting

(0) Comments | Posted August 18, 2010 | 8:14 PM

When I first moved to America, I only bought Earl Grey tea at Fortnum & Mason in London. Not only did my habit cost far too much in airfares, the elegant tins of loose-leaf tea never failed to raise eyebrows among airport customs officials.

More than twenty years later,...

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