In this installment of LifeStyle Lashes, i'm so excited to introduce Shirin! The fabulously smart, fun and oh-so-knowledgeable Founder of PlanetRidiculous Inc., A Dog Lifestyle service that was born from her love of fur babies and the skill it takes to win over some of the sassiest personalities! We sat down with Shirin to hear how she got into Dog Training ( and walking) and where the road has taken her...
"I grew up with a wildlife biologist in a family of animal lovers. When I went to college, I immediately applied my experience to helping animal rescues. It was initially just something I did on the side of my academic career, but there was a vast and overwhelming need for volunteers. In particular, people that could handle the tougher cases. I started training to become a professional handler and began specializing in rehabilitation."
What was so evident to me while walking and talking at Chrissy Field was how incredibly responsive the dogs were to her. Her comfort level and understanding of their behavior was on full display. With one pup on leash and one, more seasoned with her, off leash, Shirin was relaxed and at ease. She explained that her decision to take the road less traveled and work full time with animals was a no- brainer!
"I didn't want to stop helping animals so I took a break from school to start my own business. I absolutely loved it. Being a business owner is no small feat, however it gave me a way to help rescues (dogs in particular) and be my own boss. I have now been doing this for over 10 years and I can say I have learned so much more than I could have ever expected."
The other thing that I couldn't help but notice about Shirin? Her beautiful eyelash extensions. In her words...
"I am a Persian girl. I go out and I get dirty in nature all day but I still want my feminine side to shine through the grit and the sporty outfit. Make up usually doesn't stand up to the test of a day in the life of a girl that is surrounded by dogs and trees. However, these lashes do!!! I can say I am so grateful because even if I get covered in sand or my shoes are soaked from the beach or I have dog slobber on my work out pants, my lashes are still shining bright and engaging a very deep love I have for my feminine side. I feel confident that I am able to express my feminine side everyday no matter how the day turns out. My lashes always look amazing, when I wake up, when I am working, when I am meeting up with friends, when I am going to an event... I am a lashes forever kinda girl."
I asked Shirin what was the thing she loved MOST about eyelash extensions?
"I love absolutely everything about having eyelash extensions. I always have effortlessly gorgeous lashes. They make my eyes stand out even when I am just out of the shower. I feel like the lashes do all the work when I take pictures with friends. There have been many times when I am chatting with my friends and they will just zone out on my lashes saying, "I am sorry--I am trying to listen but your lashes are so mesmerizing, I can't focus on anything else!"
When she comes to the salon we have so much fun! There's something so special about the report we have with our clients; they're family and we are so lucky to share in their lives once a month! And Shirin feels the same way...
"I had tried several salons prior to finding Artisan. I was struggling to find a salon that was a good fit. A friend of mine with amazing lashes suggested Artisan. I will never go anywhere else. I work a lot and have a packed schedule. The consistency is perfect for me. If I am getting a fill, I know it will take an hour. It won't go over and the quality is exceptional every single time. I have never left dissatisfied because no matter who my technician is, I always get the same perfection. It's a lovely set up for the self-care I know I need. I get to come and lay on the most comfortable cloud while my lashes are being done. A lot of the time I chat but sometimes I sleep because it's so comfortable. I have been going there for quite some time now, so I feel very at home and like I am hanging out with friends. The women at Artisan are brilliant and I have so much fun chatting and laughing with them while they do my lashes. I also appreciate that they will let me be sleepy if I can't resist the level of comfort offered. I always feel refreshed and my lashes look exceptional. I leave there ready to take over the world, one bat of an eyelash at a time!"
We love you too girlfriend and we celebrate you... and your #lifestylelashes
Checkout Shirin and her sweet friends on Instagram @PlanetRidiculous !