Articles Written By: Mar Yvette

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Ghost Town: LA’s Top Haunted Places

Unlike most people I know, visiting places or watching movies with the sole purpose of being scared is not what I consider a good time. (Yes, I'm a bit of a scaredy cat.) But I am fascinated by the idea of haunted places. So in that spirit, here's a list of "authentically haunted" places around LA to visit for a scary good time.
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Best Donuts in Los Angeles

We hear about random food holidays all the time, but did you know that National Donut Day was actually started by the Salvation Army during WWI?? Celebrated annually on the first Friday of June, this holey-day honors the women who first served the sweet treats to our armed forces. Read on to find out where to get the best donuts in LA.
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What It’s Really Like to Do Zoom Whitening

I've had the good fortune of having fairly white teeth most of my life, but like most people, I've always wanted them to be whiter. So I finally -- after many, many years -- decided to do it despite all the horror stories I had read online and heard about in person. (Shooting gum pain, what?!)
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Mar Yvette interviews pop star Becky G

Pop Star Becky G on Fame, Fortune & Family

She’s still a teenager, but success has been a long time coming for Rebbeca Marie Gomez, better known by her stage name Becky G. Discovered on YouTube for her J.Lo impersonating music videos, the self-proclaimed Latina "firecracker" is now a TV and movie star on the rise.
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Mar Yvette & Danny Trejo at Trejo's Tacos in Los Angeles

Danny Trejo Does Vegan Tacos

He’s made a career out of being the guy you don’t want to mess with in movies such as "Machete,” “Desperado” and "From Dusk till Dawn." But actor Danny Trejo is sharpening his knives away from the silver screen and taking them into the kitchen. I sat down with the amazingly fun and down-to-earth talent to talk tacos, tofu and the power of transformative thinking.
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Weekend Getaway: Laguna Beach

If you’re looking for a charming coastal destination, it doesn’t get better than Laguna Beach. By far my favorite getaway in Southern California, Laguna Beach is a seven-mile stretch of surf and sand with a laidback vibe, beautiful beaches, and a thriving art and culture scene that feels more like a charming European beach town than a city located midway between Los Angeles and San Diego.
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Facebook Live Pajama Party!

Yep, that's right... Marcie and I spent Friday night chilling out on Facebook Live talking about everything from the OJ trial to first-job woes to singing along with everyone's most embarrassing favorite 80s songs for our random Homegirl Talk hangout. Stay tuned for more regularly scheduled chats coming in 2018!
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Cheap Frills: Affordable Lingerie

Valentine’s Day is here, and you know what that means. It's time to treat yourself to a sexy piece of lingerie even if you're the only one admiring it. The thing is, most specialty lingerie stores are so expensive they end up being totally worthless for the everyday person. Read on for your best bets on affordable frilly underthings.
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Mardi Gras & Carnival in Los Angeles

Not heading to New Orleans or Rio to celebrate Mardi Gras and Carnival this year? No problem. There are plenty of places right here in Los Angeles where you can celebrate Fat Tuesday on February 9. Whether you’re religious, hedonistic or a little of both, this is the time to get your grub on and let the good times roll!
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A picnic in the park for the holiday season

An Encore Performance for the Holidays

It’s not always easy to avoid stress this time of year. (There’s a reason it’s called the holidaze!) Amid all the shopping and celebrations, deadlines and meetings, events and appointments, end-of-the-year wrap-ups and New Year planning, it’s more important than ever to be thoughtful, stay centered and not lose sight of the real reason for the season -- faith, family, friends and helping those in need.
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13 Reasons to Visit Boo at the LA Zoo

It was hard to believe that the last time I visited the LA Zoo, I was probably around seven years old, the same age as my niece. So when I learned about Boo at the LA Zoo, I knew a trip to this landmark was in order. We loved getting to see so many wonderful animals up close and I enjoyed getting to experience it with the excitement of a child. Here are some of our fave moments.
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Gina Rodriguez as Jane the Virgin

Gina Rodriguez on Being Latina in Hollywood

Ever since her breakout performance as a hard-hitting East LA rapper in 2012’s "Filly Brown," Gina Rodriguez has steadily risen as one of Hollywood’s hottest and most refreshingly honest stars. I spoke with Rodriguez about her stance on changing the industry’s standard of beauty and the importance of taking roles that positively represent Latinos.
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James Dean in Los Angeles

James Dean died on September 30, 1955. He was driving his new Porsche Spyder from Hollywood up to Salinas for a car race when he was killed in a crash. He was just 24 years old. Here's my list of places he frequented while living here in Los Angeles. A lot has changed since then, but the legacy of James Dean live on.
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Extra with Tracey Edmonds and Mar Yvette

Brazilian Beauty Buys on Extra!

I'm baaaack! I stopped by Extra to showcase deals from Sol De Janeiro, a new beauty line that captures the spirit of Brazil with products to help you shake your bum bum! It was a great time meeting Tracy Edmonds, who was so uber-glam I never would've guessed she's originally from Carson, CA! #Homegirls unite!
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The Best Vegan S’mores

National S'mores Day is August 10 but there's no reason you can't celebrate any day of the year ... even if you're vegan! All you need are three ingredients: Chocolate, marshmallows and graham crackers. But if you want to break from the traditional campfire version you can have that, too. Here are my fave ooey gooey chocolatey favorites.
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The 5 Easiest Ways to Enjoy Watermelon

Ah, watermelon. Aside from longer days and warmer weather, it's my favorite part of the summer season. There's almost nothing better than biting into a fresh cold piece of watermelon, but sometimes it's fun to mix it up. But who has time for time-consuming recipes that require 20 ingredients you don't even have in your fridge? Here are five ways to enjoy watermelon without doing much at all.
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Good Times with Vaud & the Villains

My favorite 19-piece, 1930s-style New Orleans orchestra and cabaret are back to sashay, shimmy, swagger, swing and sing ... and I'm joining the band! (Well, at least as a distant background dancer.) Vaud and the Villains are a melting pot of Moulin Rouge sultriness and American noir grit and glam, so believe me when I say it's a visual and aural feast you won't soon forget!
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Ballin’ with “The Professor” & Wild Animals

It was a fun time hanging with YouTube basketball superstar "The Professor" to talk about the game (and how he got 100+ million followers!) but even he couldn't compete with Kingston the squirrel monkey. With the recent tragic killing of Cecil the lion, it's more important than ever to conserve wildlife.
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Syncopated Ladies & the Nail Truck

Hey, ladiesssss!!! It's time to get tappy because the Syncopated Ladies, my favorite all-female tap crew (and last year's winners from “So You Think You Can Dance") are part of the new movie Tap World, an inspiring documentary that shows how dance changes lives for people around the world. The movie opens on Friday, August 7 at the Nuart Theatre in LA.
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Collabro Makes it to LA

What do you get when you put five British boys in skinny suits and ask them sing live without any help from instruments? An AMAZE performance if it's Collabro! The winners of "Britain's Got Talent" were in the States for the first time, so of course I had to get them on Good Day LA. We were all mesmerized by their voices, but they were excited just to go sight-seeing in LA.
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Cool Cars with Gilles Marini

I didn't even have to ask Gilles Marini to pucker up for the camera. This guy knows what ladies like and he also knows what men like--cars! He's a bit of a collector, so he and Barry Weiss from “Storage Wars" talked with me about cars including the 1955 Ford “Beatnik Bubbletop" which looks like it's straight out of the Jetsons!
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Catching Up with Eddie Gomez

LA based musician Eddie Gomez is an emerging Latino singer & songwriter known for his thoughtful lyrics and catchy songs like his new single “Catch Me If You Can (Bad Man)." As soon as I heard this song, I knew I wanted to share it with as many people as possible. It has such a fun throwback sensibility that you can't help but tap your feet and rock out.
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Your New Favorite Food Delivery

Nowadays there’s almost nothing you can’t get delivered to your door. (I just learned about an app that will send a seamstress to your door to tailor your clothes.) But there’s one delivery service you will not want to live without: Farm Fresh To You! It’s ridiculously easy to order and saves tons of time and money, it's all organic and it helps support local growers and farmers.
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Dinosaur Encounters & LA Street Food

Forget going to the movies ... you can get up close and personal with a Jurassic world of your own at the Natural History Museum of LA. It doesn't matter how old you are, everyone loves (or is at least intrigued by) dinosaurs. I was absolutely amazed at how realistic these life-size puppets look and sound, although it seemed all T Rex and Triceratops wanted to do was eat donuts.
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Summer Fashion Trends on Extra!

Hey friends! I made my debut on Extra and it was all about fun and affordable summer fashion from designer Maggy London. I have the hottest trends of the season including palm print (no, I'm not talking about your hand), florals, vibrant colors and silhouettes that flatter every body type. (Seriously, you don't need to be a size 2.) Now that's something we can all get excited about!
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Keeping it Real with John Quiñones

What would you do if you had the chance to meet John Quiñones, award-winning ABC News correspondent and host of the highly popular “What Would You Do?” primetime TV show? Well, you’d probably do exactly what I did, which was jump at the chance! It was a fabulous evening of inspiring, straight-up conversation with plenty of laughter and unforgettable life lessons.
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Wagakki Band: Backstage with Japan’s #1 Band

With more than 22 million YouTube fans, Japan’s one-of-a-kind Wagakki Band are definite head turners with their unexpected fusion of Japanese music, ancient costumes, Wagakki (traditional Japanese instruments) and Western rock. When I found out that this 8-piece group would be in town, I knew I had to book their first-ever US show!
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A Jurassic World with Reptile Zoo

I always know I'm in for a creepy-crawly good time when I bring in Jay Brewer and Savannah Boan from the Reptile Zoo in Fountain Valley! This unusual destination offers a world of educational entertainment with over 100 exotic species of reptiles, amphibians, arachnids and other "prehistoric pets" from around the world.
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