Mar Yvette, writer and lifestyle expert

Fittingly at Les Editeurs in Paris, France

Writer, editor, and lifestyle expert Mar Yvette wants to help you make every moment pop! She’s serious about having fun and wants to bring you the best places, products, and people to enjoy a life well lived. (And in case you’re wondering, yes, she’s writing about herself in the third person ’cause it sounds so much more professional, right?)

As an editorial creative with 15+ years of experience working with some of the world’s most recognized media companies, Mar thrives in fast-paced, constantly changing environments from live television studios and newsrooms to deadline-driven publications and content agencies. Not that everything always turns out perfectly — she’s been spoofed a few times on national TV by Joel McHale (remember “Talk Soup”?!) and unnecessarily censored by Jimmy Kimmel.

For more than six years, she was a lifestyle reporter on KTTV FOX 11 and host of the Marpop Weekend Roundup on the “Good Day LA” morning show, featuring her latest food finds, live music, celebrity guests, plus fashion, beauty, travel, and fitness tips. 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.

Mar Yvette with Danny Trejo at Trejo's Tacos

Taco time with Danny Trejo

Mar has been a West Coast correspondent for Fox News Latino, a freelance writer for Playboy, a syndicated writer for Huffington Post, and a lifestyle expert on radio and TV shows such as “Extra.”

In 2018, she created Homegirl Talk, a conversation-driven website and video podcast celebrating women from all walks of life. However, once the pandemic hit, that project came to a halt. Since then, she has focused on her full-time role as Senior Managing Editor for a female-led content agency, producing and publishing articles for numerous startups, brands, and Fortune 500 companies.

Over the years, Mar has served as an emcee at live events, including the Concern Foundation Annual Block Party at Paramount Studios, Taste of the Nation, Hollywood Carnival Parade, Latin Business Association Awards, and “Living in the Age of Airplanes”the first-ever movie premiere in the sky! The invite-only Emirates Airbus A380 flight took place over Los Angeles and the Pacific Ocean in 2015.

Mar’s editorial expertise ranges from print to online, hyperlocal to international. She was the senior editor of Citysearch, a national digital guide with 15+ million monthly users, covering latest news and trends in dining, nightlife, shopping, events, and entertainment.

Prior to that, she was the associate editor of Clear magazine, an international fashion and design publication, as well as a copywriter for clients including GQ, Rolling Stone, and Time.

Mar began her career in 2001 as a freelance music and pop culture journalist for magazines including Black Book, Nylon, Intersection, Soma, Planet, Alternative Press, Filter, Mean Street, Metro Times, Urban Latino, and Latina.

When she’s not 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.

MAR YVETTE FAQs (Because There’s Still So Much More to Uncover!)

Loving the rugged coastline of Maui

Loving the rugged coastline of Maui

First of all, what kind of name is Mar Yvette?
It’s a truncated version of my first and middle name: Marlene + Yvette. When I first started out as a music journalist, I wanted a unique nom de plume. All these years later, I still like it!

As someone who has covered the culinary scene for years, what are your favorite foods to cook with at home?
I’ll start by saying that I’ve been an on-again, off-again vegetarian since the age of 18. Then, in 2012, my husband and I converted to a fully plant-based diet and committed to that for nearly 10 years.

Today, we follow a seagan diet, which is seafood + vegan. It’s not the same thing as being pescatarian, as we avoid dairy products and eggs. Not surprisingly, I love getting creative with vegetables and mushrooms. The Santa Monica Farmers Market is one of my favorite places to find whatever’s in season and discover foods that I wouldn’t otherwise know about.

Mar picking fresh herbs in Northern Michigan

Cutting herbs fresh from the farm in Northern Michigan

If you look in my fridge at any given time, you’ll likely find:

  • Broccoli: I usually steam it and then dress it in lemon, herbs, and Earth balance “butter”
  • Mushrooms: Shiitake, king trumpet, oyster, maitake, beech, lobster, etc. I’ll either sauté or roast them with onions, garlic, or peppers.
  • Plant-based cheeses: I love just about anything from Kite Hill, Parmela Creamery, and Follow Your Heart. Their products taste delish and are made from nuts like cashews or almonds, not just potato starch or filler ingredients.
  • Tofu + tempeh: These are great protein sources for stir fries and sheet pan meals.
  • Crackers or chips of some kind: What can I say? I love a salty snack!

What are some of your favorite LA restaurants?
My favorite is Carousel in Hollywood’s Little Armenia, an old-school spot we’ve been going to forever. The menu calls it authentic Middle Eastern cuisine. I call it delicious grandma food … if your grandma is Lebanese Armenian. I’ve yet to find better muhamarra, fool, hummus, or lemony cabbage salad. Sunnin Lebanese Cafe in Westwood also has my fave creamy lentil soup and roasted eggplant.

I’m also obsessed with Chaumont Bakery in Santa Monica and Beverly Hills for insanely delicious, beautiful, and authentic French delights — both vegan and non-vegan. Think cream-filled croissants in flavors like pistachio, rose water, Earl Grey, and matcha. And let’s not forget the pain suisse with chocolate chips, apricot tarts, and savory breakfast options. Mon dieu, so good!

Favorite part about Los Angeles?
My family, the weather, the natural beauty, the feeling that you never know who you might meet or what opportunity is around the next corner. Like many cities around the world, LA has been struggling since the pandemic, but I still love my hometown. Los Angeles is about diversity, discovery, and possibilities.

Mar Yvette with George Lopez

All shook up with my fave Elvis impersonators and George Lopez

What are some of your favorite places to travel?
My husband and I love the Central Coast, particularly Paso Robles. It’s such gorgeous wine country and being among those rolling hills is so soothing that you don’t even need wine! (Although the wines are marvelous.)

We’ve done multiple cross-country road trips, including still-existing swaths of the famous Route 66. It’s fun to explore small towns and their quirky surprises — like discovering the Precious Moments chapel in Carthage, Missouri, or the world’s largest rocking chair, mailbox, birdcage, and other random things in Casey, Illinois!

Mostly, I love big cities like New York, Toronto, and London. (Although I can’t deny the allure of swimming in the Carribean.) But more than any place I’ve been so far, Paris has stolen my heart. LA will always be home, but I absolutely love Paris. My husband and I recently stayed there for over two months and we got a sense of what it would be like to live there hospital visits and all!

Mar Yvette along the Seine River in Paris, France

Having the most Seine-sational experience in Paris, June 2024

The architecture is magnificent, the history is astonishing, the people we encountered were unforgettable, and the cafe culture is simply unlike anything else in the world. Then there’s the Seine, of course. Our favorite thing to do was simply hanging around Pont Neuf and watching the clouds and sky change.

How do you find all the people, places, products, and events you’ve written about?
I’m constantly scouring the web, having conversations with 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.

On set with Cesar Millan and Mar Yvette

On set with the dogtastic Cesar Millan

Guilty pleasures?
Anything sweet and carby. I love donuts, vegan ice cream, cakes, cookies, and pies. Late-night online shopping. Hallmark movies. RHOBH. True crime shows like “Dateline” and “48 Hours.” Sneaking off to TJ Maxx for the millionth time even though I don’t need another picture frame, plant holder, or blouse.

Can’t get enough of …
Dogs, unicorns, modern art, and classic literature.

What makes your life pop more than anything else?
Being loved and giving love to my family, friends, and the world around me. And having a sense of gratitude no matter what the day brings.

(PS: If you actually made it all the way down to this part of the page, why not check out my reel below? It’s ancient but still so fun!)