#TeamMelli Player to Watch: Alireza Haghighi & Daniel Davari

Ever since the Iran-Nigeria game, the world has been buzzing about Team Melli – not necessarily for the football, but for a certain someone’s fab hair.

source: Guardian

source: Guardian

The media loved it.

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His hair even has a Facebook page.

source: Twitter

source: Twitter

After the game, even non-Iranians wanted a piece of Alireza.

source: @TeamMelli2014

source: @TeamMelli2014

What’s better than one goalie/model? TWO goalie-models, duh.

source: instagram @shiwagh

source: instagram @shiwagh

 Meet the Persian Princes Alireza Haghighi & Daniel Davari.

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source: instagram @shephchenko

 HIGH-FIIIVE.

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Alireza Haghighi

Age: 26

Early Career Team: Persepolis

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 major notable achievement: Saved A Penalty against Ali Daei. As well as being the youngest captain for Persepolis. ever.

source: instagram @beautymodel_official

source: instagram @beautymodel_official

& Best Hair.

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source: instagram @alirezahaghighi_official

source: instagram @alirezahaghighi_official

sourcE: instagram @alirezahaghighi_official

source: instagram @alirezahaghighi_official

Here he is with Iranian football icon Ali Daei (15 years later).

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source: instagram @actorsfan

DANIEL DAVARI

Age: 26

Current Team: Eintracht Braunschweig

source: instagram @danieldavarifans

source: instagram @danieldavarifans

Half-German, Half-Iranian.

source: instagram @danieldavarifans

source: instagram @danieldavarifans

Most notable achievement: James Bond Look-alike.

source: instagram @marmah1

source: instagram @marmah1

Check out this interview with him, his accent is adorable.

 

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source: zetaboards

Basically, #TeamMelli has some fine goalkeepers.

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source: photoaman

THE END.

#TeamMelli vs. Nigeria: The Highlights

The game ended with 0-0, but it was a roller coaster.

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For us there were plenty of highlights.

Iroonis all over the world were cheering on #TeamMelli in their game against Nigeria — and people were getting creative.

We asked our Joonies to send us pics of how they were showing their fan pride, and we were not disappointed.

Compiling a list so you don’t have to look anywhere else, now get to scrolling…

One word, Hugs.

Source: twitter @PHLovefootball

Source: twitter @PHLovefootball

True Sportsmanship on the field.

source: twitter @yellownx

source: twitter @yellownx

Goalie or Model?

source: twitter @pedestrian

source: twitter @pedestrian

From Food Flags to Real Flags, here’s all the different ways we sent love to our national team:

BEST FAN LOOKS

source: twitter @squawka and @tribundergi

source: twitter @squawka and @tribundergi

bears'

source: twitter @therealsunnista

source: twitter @therealsunnista

In Brazil

Twitter: Negar Mortazavi

Twitter: Negar Mortazavi

In Brazil. Twitter: Negar Mortazavi

Twitter: Negar Mortazavi

Famous Iranian actor Mohammadreza Sharifinia

Famous actor Mohammadreza Sharifinia. Twitter: Negar Mortazavi

Twitter: Negar Mortazavi

IN VIENNA:

Nuclear talks delegation source: @ladanenasseri

Nuclear talks delegation source: @ladanenasseri

FROM LOS ANGELES:

source: twitter @sep_persian

source: twitter @sep_persian

SWEDEN:

source: twitter @denniszadeh

source: twitter @denniszadeh

LONDON:

source: twitter @tehranix

source: twitter @tehranix

FACEPAINT, EVERYWHERE:

Twitter: @fifaworldcup_fr

Twitter: @fifaworldcup_fr

source: twitter @AFP

source: twitter @AFP

EVEN ON PETS.

source: twitter @farboddanesh

source: twitter @farboddanesh

And cheetahs.

Twitter: Omid_M

Twitter: Omid_M

 A PERSIAN CAT EVEN WATCHED.

soure: twitter @ladanenasseri

soure: twitter @ladanenasseri

LOVE HAPPENED.

PDA

FOOD FLAGS. YES.

Pudding #Shirberenj #ricepudding & homemade pistachio & strawberry jam

Pudding #Shirberenj #ricepudding & homemade pistachio & strawberry jam

Twitter: @SimisKitchen

Twitter: @SimisKitchen

 FANS REPPING THE RED, WHITE & GREEN:

Twitter: @ShabnamRezaei

Twitter: @ShabnamRezaei

Instagram: @mehran_e

Instagram: @mehran_e

Instagram: @rod_oo

Instagram: @rod_oo

Instagram: @shadan214

Instagram: @shadan214

NAIL ART:

source: twitter @adayinthelalz

source: twitter @adayinthelalz

source: twitter @persianintrigue

source: twitter @persianintrigue

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A FASHIONABLE OUTFIT:

source: instagram @bibifatemeh

source: instagram @bibifatemeh

Fans also took notice of how FIIINE the players were (check out the hottest ones here):

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Best Tweets:

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From Saaghi & Farrah:
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President Hassan Rouhani also had a few words to share (tweet):

Source: Twitter @HassanRouhani

Source: Twitter @HassanRouhani

 

Source: Twitter @HassanRouhani

Source: Twitter @HassanRouhani

Joonies, let’s continue to

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ANYTHING WE MISSED?

 

The Hottest Iranian Soccer Players

World Cup 2014 is almost upon us. Iran is headed to Brazil, and while we may not have any Ronaldos’- we do have some hotties we can watch on (and off) the field.

Steven Beitashour

quit playing games with my heart:

steven-beitashour
Soure: SI Soccer

Daniel Davari

hey girl, I can’t wait to come home and eat leftover ghormeh sabzi with you:

daniel davari
Source: Farsizaban Tumblr

Farhad Majidi

In your eyes is where I belong:

Source: Zohur12.ir
Source: Zohur12.ir

Karim Ansarifard

I mustache you to marry me:

Source: Zimbio
Source: Zimbio

Gholamreza Rezaei

With a name like mine, you knew I’d be FIIIINE:

source: goal.com
source: goal.com

Nasser Hejazi (RIP):

Source: Iran Sports Press
R.I.P Source: Iran Sports Press

Ali Daei:

haha just kidding… ?

Source: Fouman
Source: Fouman

Who else would you add to this list?

20 Things Persian Moms Don’t Like

In honor of Mother’s day, we’re going to list everything that has our Persian moms saying..

don't like

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1.  When you make fun of their english…

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2. When you talk back…

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3. When you bring people over unannounced…

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4. When you eat things before they offer it to you at a mehmooni

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5. When you don’t say “Salaam” or “Khodahafez” to every single person at a mehmooni

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6. When you call them out on their gossiping…

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7. When you don’t eat the food they cook..

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8. When other moms brag about their children..

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9. When you tell them they can be embarrassing sometimes…

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source: giphy

10. When you don’t share all your secrets…

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11. When you ask for ‘space’…

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12. When you forget your manners, in general

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13. When you don’t clean your room…

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14. When you don’t listen to them because you’re distracted by your phone/computer/TV…

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15. When you don’t formally offer up everything in the fridge and pantry to your friends…

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16. When you don’t answer 7 out of the 10 calls they make to you daily…

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17. When you get frustrated over the phone just because they’re asking if you ate all your fruits and veggies…

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18. When you try to teach them the politically correct way to refer to minorities…

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19. When you forget that they’re your best friend…

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20. When you forget Mother’s Day…

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What else would you add to this list?

25 Things Our Middle Eastern Parents Should Have Talked To Us About

Recently, I’ve been thinking of all the conversations I didnt have with my parents, because they were too busy telling me to clean my room and fix my B+’s.

And I compiled a list of those topics. Maybe some things need to be learned the hard way, but some of these should really find their way into a dinner conversation.

1. Being smart doesn’t substitute for working hard

climb

2. Condoms & Birth Control.

sex ed

3. It’s OK to fail

You can’t get an A+ in life.

failure

4. Try again after you fail.

edison

5. Not all Relationships have to end in marriage.

vintage wedding

6. Love who you want.

lions in love

7. but love them honestly and faithfully.

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8. Education is a gift you give yourself, not a box you checkmark.

do it for you

9. You can make a living off art.

do what you love

10. Getting a nose job won’t make your life better

or any plastic surgery for that matter. 

happiness

11. Attitude can make or break you in tough times.

So hop-on that positive thinking, meditating yogi wagon quick. 

meditate

12. What people think about you really doesn’t matter.

what people think

13. Pride and Ego are toxic.

pride

14. Judging others will never end well for you.

DONT JUDGE

15. Sex tapes are bad ideas

and naked pictures. snapchats. whatever.

bettie page

16. Sometimes you really do need to sit down, and shut up.

Stop lecturing and preaching. Just listen.

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17. Individuality is key.

rumi

18. Know your worth.

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19. Why you should not compare yourself to others.

comparison

20. Financial Planning.

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which also leads us to…

21. How to Budget.

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22. Being successful is never about money.

mo money

23. Don’t be entitled.

sweet 16

24. What comes easy, won’t always last.

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25. How to let go.

What else would you add to this list?

20 Things Every Persian Girl Should Own

Don’t talk to me about style , cause ill mothaf**** embarass you.

– said every Persian girl everywhere (and Kanye)

Regardless of your style, take a moment and think of adding some of these pieces if they’re missing from your life.

Fitted Black Blazer

marant black blazer

 

Dark Wash Jeans

j brand jeans

J Brand was made for Persian girl thighs

 

Black Jumpsuit

black jumpsuit

For the fat days, or when you don’t want to shave your legs.

Little White Dress

white dress

Blouse that means business

blouse silk

An Outfit to meet the parents

printed dress

aren’t you the nicest girl he’s ever dated.

An Outfit to get wild in

wild outfit

Ooo, killem.

Black Closed Toe Pumps

SAINT LAURENT HEELS

for when open-toe is too sexy

A Real Leather Jacket

leather jacket

Say bye to pleather.

Converse Sneakers

converseProves why you’re not like other Persian girls.

A Chic “Palto” (jacket)

coat

I like my coats like I like my Camels.

One Purse that has multiple functions

structured bag

School, Work, Play, Repeat.

Sweatpants you can pass off as real pants

helmut sweats

Get serious about Mehmooni Dinner attire.

One Swimsuit to rule them all

swimsuit

Statement Bling

boss

Red Lipstick

red lipstick

 

The Holy Trinity of makeup

trinity

 

Frizz Tamer

kerastase

 

Cheaper Alternative: L’Oreal Hair Serum

 

Hair Tamer

t3 dryer

After many failed purchases, I’ve been converted to the $250 dryer. #fml

babyliss

Something naughty

bra

 

Was it too much black on black on black? What would you add? 

 

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8 Quotes From Our Favorite Persian Poets

 

ferdowsi ant quote

Source: Iranian Sociology

Ferdowsi: Persian Poet from Khorasan Iran, b. 920 C.E. 

P.S. Who didn’t memorize this poem when they were 8?

khayyam quote drink

Source: Etsy

Omar Khayyam: Persian Poet from Neishapour, Iran; 11th – 12th Century

saadi tomm quote

 Sa’adi: Medieval Persian Poet from Shiraz, Iran, 13th Century

rumi quote self

Source: Etsy

Rumi (or Molana): Vakhsh (now Tajikistan, previously Persia); 13th Century

hafiz quote

Source: Shiny Starr Light Tumblr

Hafez: Shiraz, Iran, 14th Century

forough

Forough Farrokhzad: Tehran, Iran; 20th Century

Fereydoon_Moshiri

Fereydoon Moshiri:Tehran, Iran; 20th Century

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Sohrab Sepehri: Kashan, Iran; 20th Century

What else should we have added to the list? Tell us here.

11 Reasons Norouz Is Better Than Any Other Holiday

Holidays are great, no matter where they come from or who celebrates them. Holidays are an excuse to celebrate, eat, and be slightly more cordial to people. But,

Norouz, no matter how you spell it, is the best holiday ever.

Why?

#1

You don’t get presents. You get Cash. Money.

eid money

#2

It falls on the first day of Spring. Winter holidays? They’re basic.

winter basic

#3

There’s enough ‘Shireeni‘ (baked goods) to feed everyone and their moms.

treat yo self

#4

You have to wear something new when the new year hits (saal tahvil). And that only means one thing:

minions

#5

Everyone is less judgmental at mehmoonis (trans: parties).

rhobh judge

JUST KIDDING.

judging you

 #6

It’s prime mating season.

tangled

You will see people you haven’t seen in years. And they will want to play.

#7

You have to go visit other people, (“Eid Deedany”), which means all those people will prepare ridiculous amounts of food.

So it’s Thanksgiving, a few times over in the span of two weeks.

feasting

No Persian host wants to be one-upped, which means you have everything to gain here.

#8

And you never worry about all the feasting, because you will be doing a lot of ‘gher-ring ‘.

khordaddina

You’ll feel that dance in your pants, as soon as that FOB-Y music blares, even if you’re slightly embarassed that you like it.

#9

The Haft-Sin is like a Christmas Tree. The best way to prove how much better you are than your friends is to

step up your Haft-sin game and share it on social media.

source: beyond shahs of sunset facebook page

source: Beyond Shahs of Sunset facebook page

#10

If you need some luck with your love life, you just have to ‘knot your sabzeh‘ and wish for your soulmate.

And it’s actually difficult to knot those thin blades of grass without breaking them, so good luck!

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#11

After it’s all over, you’ve jumped over fire, seen all your family and friends, and wished for love.

Is there any other holiday that can give you all that?

rihanna

Are there any other reasons why Norouz is the best holiday of the year? let us know!

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Top 5 Hottest Persian Rappers

It is time to rank these bad boys (and girl!).

#5

yasYas 

Deep and brooding. Hi.

#4

erfanErfan

He’s made a lot of music. But we won’t let that distract us from what’s really important…that perfect scruff.

#3

sogandSogand

To be an Iranian female in the rap game, you have to be bad ass. Sogand is also stunning.

#2

mehrad hidden
Mehrad Hidden

We could’ve included anyone from ZedBazi on this list, but this guy’s voice just makes us want to undress- very quickly.

#1

behzad leito

Behzad Leito

Basically, his face is everything.

And those lips…

He may be younger than us, but age ain’t nothing but a number in this case.

another one for the road:

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Disagree with our ranking? Let us know how you’d rate these hotties.

New Beginnings: Breaking Up With Food

My life has changed quite a bit this past year. New job, new home, a new pet (that’s major in my persian household). What hasn’t changed is my torrid love affair with food. And recently, this emotionally-charged and unstable relationship has really got me down.

Food is my long-term boyfriend, and I abuse him.

I’m sure we all go through ups and downs with our weight, our eating habits, and our food choices. Some days you’re on it (veggies, protein, exercise) and some days you’re not (cupcakes, chips, the couch/reality TV).

Forgive and forget, right?

NO.

Not for me. My roller-coaster eating habits are rooted in some seriously flawed mental habits, which has only made me realize that I’m addicted to food.

cookie drug

It sounds radical and extreme, but trust me, it was a tough call to make. Addiction is a compulsive behavior, from which you derive pleasure at the risk of negative consequences:

I eat when I’m bored, sad, happy, anxious, stressed. I look forward to eating, when I’m not eating. I look forward to eating a snack, while I’m still eating a meal. I exercise, so I can eat. I motivate myself with food. I comfort myself with food. I prefer to eat rather than go out, and love to eat with my friends. Good food and bad food, I eat ’em all.

What’s missing from the above is the word hunger. That’s because ‘I’m starving’ has lost its meaning for me and as you can imagine from what I’ve described,

food takes up a lot of my mental space.

A lot of what I’ve pointed out may sound familiar or hit close to home, and you may think ‘sure, its not the best habit, but addiction? Really?’ I was always skeptical about people who claimed ‘eating habits needed an overhaul’, too.

But, I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately — trying to understand how I could combat the roller-coaster aspect of loving food; and it made me realize-

My awful, addictive and compulsive eating habits have:

1. Seamless integrated into my life

2. Been socially acceptable and reinforced

3.  Are Engineered.

This is how I went so wrong with what I put in my belly.

1. Since I was 13 years old, I have developed eating habits that are rooted in the belief that food is the appropriate response to anything. A bad grade or a good grade, food inserted itself in the solution for me. The habit now seems unbreakable, and subconscious.

2. Food is legal. The good kind and the bad kind. Everywhere you go, food is everywhere- in advertisements, on the street, in the office break room. And therefore, food becomes an integral aspect of our social lives. My friends and I overeat together, all the time. In fact, we plan to do it and we usually follow through with that plan.

3. Our brains are wired to like love stimulation.

Whether it is with heroin or sugar, the brain doesn’t care; it just wants to get high.

Endorphins, dopamine, serotonin– all those buzz words? Yeah, certain foods can get those neurochemicals firing on all cylinders, which only makes your brain tell you ‘get it girl‘. The food industry capitalizes on this knowledge, and engineers food so they get you that much more high. Damn them all.

So, to bring it full circle: I want to change the one thing that has stayed constant in my life for so long. It’s time for a new beginning on how I love food.

it’s time to treat him right.

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