Lifestyle expert, host, writer and entertainment reporter Mar Yvette wants to help you make every moment pop! She’s an expert at having fun … and she takes her job very seriously. That’s why you can trust her to bring you the best places, products and people for a life well lived.
An established tastemaker and trusted trendsetter, Mar has been described as a “beautiful ball of energy” by Gene Simmons, “a smurf on crack” by comedian Christopher Titus, and she’s even been spoofed a few times on Talk Soup and unnecessarily censored by Jimmy Kimmel.
For more than six years, she was a lifestyle reporter on Fox 11 and host of the “Marpop Weekend Roundup” on Good Day LA, a one-of-a-kind party featuring her favorite food finds, live music, great getaways, plus the top fashion, beauty and fitness trends.
Mar also co-hosted the popular Love It, Buy It! segment on E! News with Giuliana Rancic, offering limited-time discounts on designer fashions, accessories, beauty products and gifts.
Today, Mar Yvette is the Director of Content for Gayot, the international guide to the good life, West Coast correspondent for Fox News Latino and a lifestyle expert on radio and national TV shows including Extra. She is also the founder of Homegirl Talk, a female-oriented, conversation-driven social site about “life, love and the pursuit of good gossip.” She regularly hosts live events and has emceed the Concern Foundation Annual Block Party at Paramount Studios, Taste of the Nation, Hollywood Carnival Parade, “Living in the Age of Airplanes” Movie Premiere with Emirates Airline, Mar Vista Family Center’s Annual Fundraiser and the Latin Business Association Awards among others.
Her editorial expertise ranges from print to online, hyper-local to international. For four years she was the senior editor of Citysearch, a national guide with 10+ million monthly users, where she managed a team of writers and covered the latest news and trends in dining, nightlife, fashion and entertainment. She was also a featured writer on Huffington Post. Prior to that, she was the associate editor of Clear Magazine, a luxury fashion and design magazine, as well as a copywriter for clients including GQ, Rolling Stone and Time. Mar began her career as a music and pop culture writer for magazines including Black Book, Style, Nylon, Intersection, Soma, Planet, Alternative Press, Filter, Mean Street, Metro Times, Urban Latino and Latina.
As a Mexican-American born and raised in the working class suburbs of southeast LA, Mar knows the importance of family, hard work and giving back. She is a passionate animal and environmental advocate who volunteers with various charities and she is active in promoting and celebrating Latino and multicultural communities.
When she’s not out sharing her latest discoveries, she can be found eating tacos, playing with pit bulls or watching reruns of “Three’s Company.” Sometimes all at once.
:::: MARPOP FAQ ::::
What’s your favorite restaurant in LA?
Since converting to a plant-based diet in 2014, Crossroads has become my absolute favorite. Whether I’m in the mood for brunch (best blueberry pancakes anywhere, vegan or not), an amaze Caesar salad (the creamy-dressed shredded kale is insane) or a hearty Bolognese tagliatelle, it’s my weekly go-to spot. I also love Carousel in Hollywood’s Little Armenia. They call it authentic Middle Eastern cuisine. I call it delicious grandma food … if your grandma is Lebanese Armenian. I’ve yet to find better muhumarra or cabbage salad anywhere.
Tacos. Hard shell.
Favorite part of LA?
My family, the weather, the natural beauty, the excitement, the energy! I love the feeling that you never know who you’re going to meet next or what’s around the corner. Our sprawling city has so many neighborhoods and so many different ethnic flavors. Los Angeles is about discovery and that is at the heart of what I do.
What’s your ethnic background? What kind of name is Mar Yvette?
Mexican American. Mar Yvette is a truncated version of my first and middle name.
You’re a food and fun expert? Really? How’d that happen?
I’m neither a chef nor a food critic, and I don’t want to be. But giving people ideas on where to eat, have fun and make the most of their time and hard-earned money is what I do. I started out as a writer covering the music scene and then gradually expanded to write about travel, art, design, fashion and pretty much the whole ‘lifestyle’ category. Writing about that stuff for magazines and websites eventually led to TV opportunities where I became an authority in the field. Whether it’s learning a language, playing an instrument or exploring new places, when you immerse yourself in something, you can’t help but get better at it.
Who’s been your favorite person to interview or place to visit?
Too many to remember! I always say that the next person and place is my favorite. Everything I’ve done up until now is one big fabulous blur.
How do you find all the people, places, products and events you write about or feature on air?
I’m constantly scouring the web (everything from mainstream and niche sites to social media networks), having conversations with friends, family and colleagues, meeting new people, reading magazines, reviewing pitches from publicists, watching TV, listening to the radio, and, of course, going out and getting firsthand experiences. You never know what will spark an idea. My work is my pleasure and virtually ANYTHING can become a story.
You are always eating and posting pictures of food. How do you stay in shape?
Ha! Truth be told, I weighed a lot more in high school than I do now, but the only way I got in shape was to get moving. I don’t follow a strict exercise regimen, but I’m on the move a lot. You don’t need any money to get in shape. Take a walk in the great outdoors or inside a mall, ride a bike, hula hoop, just move and make it fun. I don’t eat meat or drink alcohol, which probably helps.
I love your life on Facebook. You’re always somewhere fun. Do you ever just stay home?
Of course, but who wants to see that? I love being out and about, but sometimes it’s enough just to be invited to things. To quote my fave, Andy Warhol, “I’m the type who’d be happy not going anywhere as long as I was sure I knew exactly what was happening at the places I wasn’t going to. I’m the type who’d like to sit home and watch every party that I’m invited to on a monitor in my bedroom.”
You have a fun sense of style. Who are some of your favorite fashion designers?
Thank you! If I had the budget to splurge on major names it’d be YSL, Chloe, Stella McCartney and Akris, but I stick to whatever I can afford. I’m obsessed with boots! They go with everything. My go-to look is a T-shirt and blazer paired with skinny pants and booties or a dress/skirt paired with knee-high boots. It has a little rock & roll vibe that I just love.
Where do you like to shop in LA?
I think it’s important to support local indie shops and designers when you can — I love Co-Op 28 in Los Feliz, Hardwear in Larchmont Village, Lenceria Boutique on Melrose, Golden State in Venice, DL Rhein in Mid-City. I hit up the usual mall suspects, too. My faves are Nordstrom, Zara, Banana Republic, J Crew, TJ Maxx, Marshalls … I like to mix it up and not worry much about trends.
Anything sweet and carby. I love donuts but don’t eat them as much as I’d like to. Online shopping. Lifetime movies. Bad 80s pop music. Dateline. 48 Hours. Late-night marathon watching HSN and QVC.
Facebooking, Tweeting, Googling, Wikiing.
Can’t get enough of …
Woof woofs, ungulates, street art and classic literature.
You have the best job in the world!
Yes!!! I don’t think anyone would question that.