TV host. Food, fun & fashion expert. Doer of new things. Mar Yvette brings you the best places to eat, drink, shop and have fun.
You can watch her weekdays on Fox 11 running around town and sharing her top picks on where to go, what to do and who to see. Every Thursday morning Mar hosts the “Weekend Roundup” on Good Day LA, an on-air party featuring fantastic food finds, live music and dance, great getaways, plus the latest fashion, beauty and fitness trends. Mar is also a lifestyle expert on national talk shows and featured writer on Huffington Post. She has appeared on E!, Style Network, ABC, Univision, The Ricki Lake Show and Kris Jenner Show.
Mar’s editorial expertise ranges from print to online, hyperlocal to international. For four years she was the senior editor of Citysearch, overseeing a team of writers and covering the latest news and trends in dining, nightlife, shopping and entertainment. 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 a working-class Los Angeles neighborhood, Mar knows the importance of family and hard work. Through her stories she continues to highlight the Latino community and celebrate those who are making an impact big or small.
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?
Carousel. The hole-in-the-wall joint at Hye Plaza in Hollywood’s Little Armenia, not the fancy one in Glendale. 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, cabbage salad or lentil soup 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 name (first and middle).
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 and feature on TV?
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! Well, truth be told, I weighed 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 while watching RHOBH, whatever! Just make it fun. I also don’t eat meat or drink, 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 and where do you like to shop?
Much like every woman I know, I loooooove to shop. But I don’t have the kind of budget to splurge on major designers. If I did, it’d be Helmut Lang, Isabel Marant, Akris … I gravitate toward those edgy Euro types. I think it’s important to support local independently owned shops (and indie designers) when you can — I love EPIC in Echo Park, Co-Op 28 in Silver Lake, Lenceria Boutique in West Hollywood, Golden State in Venice, DL Rhein and Show Pony in Mid-City. Of course, I hit up the usual mall suspects, too. My faves are Zara, Nordstrom, Banana Republic, J Crew, TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Forever 21 … 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. Real Housewives (New Jersey and Beverly Hills). Online shopping. Lifetime movies. Bad 80s pop music. Late-night marathon watching HSN and QVC even though I’ve never bought anything.
Facebooking, Tweeting, Googling, Wikiing.
Can’t get enough of …
Woof woofs, ungulates, street art and classic literature.
A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?
He says sorry he’s late but he was stuck in traffic on the 405. Obviously he’s part of one of my segments.
You have the best job in the world!
Yes!!! I don’t think anyone would question that.