Ya basta with the news. We need #PaisaZumba.

Well, well, well. What a week of news. Bad news. I need a distraction.

If you tuned into the news anytime this week, you would’ve probably wondered what the world is coming to.

Among the headlines: you saw violence in Oaxaca, México; you heard about US Supreme Court decision which deadlocked Obama’s plan to shield immigrants from deportation– leaving millions of families desolated; you were appalled at the highly anticipated  results from Brexit, in which the Brits basically gave the EU the middle finger and left the world scrambling to figure out what to do next. (You don’t think this affects you? Just check your 401K- or don’t. And I don’t want to think how this could affect the November election. Dare I say?)

But enough already. Ya basta. It’s a Friday, it’s summer and I feel like dancing.

(O como dicen en México, es viernes y el cuerpo lo sabe.)

I came across this video on my Facebook feed, courtesy of my fabulous friend, Diana R. and now I’m hooked. Everyone, meet Eddie G.

Who is this guy? He’s FUNNY and dances like nobody’s business. Just what we need to balance out the news of the week.

His Tiburcio character is my new favorite thing. His Zumba Chona is quite the workout. His Spanglish is just my cup of tea. Like when he says “It’s good for the pompis!”

Ojalá que te hable “la Ellen” Mr. Eddie G! I’m cranking up the views on your youtube channel.

So fight the anxiety with dancing. Let’s forget the challenges for a bit. A little humor goes a long way. Or try humour– if you happen to be a Brit and need to dance off the shock today.

Here’s the link to Paisa Zumba, to the tune of “La Chona” from Los Tucanes de Tijuana.

Have a good weekend. ÁNIMO!!

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Let’s do the Paisa Zumba today. We need it!

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Meet Tiburcio. He can teach you to dance.




Everybody wins with Love Bravery


There is something to be said for the people that stand up for others and promote kindness in this crazy world of ours. Especially now, especially with everything that goes on, with what you see in the news every single day.

We need more doses of inspiration, people who practice decency and kindness, as opposed those who feel superior, who want to tell the world how to behave and act and love, those who judge and want to control in the name of “traditional values” and spiritual righteousness. I’m really over those people! Enough already. ¿Pues que se creen?

So on this note I was excited to hear about Love Bravery, a new collection of clothing and accessories that inspires compassion and combats prejudice, designed by none other than than the fabulous Lady Gaga and Elton John. They teamed up to create a limited edition line of clothing, accessories and novelty items, all exclusively at Macy’s and macys.com.

I recently had a chance to try out a sample of items. Among their accessories, I really liked a few pieces for daily use. The black backpack and water bottle is something I can easily carry throughout the day. It’s a good size and fit, not too heavy, just the right size, especially for the water bottle which is very practical. I also liked one of their scarves in black and white.

My favorite item however was the throwback vintage cassette tape portable battery charger. If you’re like me,  there’s never enough juice for my cell phone. I need more battery life! With this, you charge it at home and then use as needed. Keeps your phone alive for hours. I grew up in the 80’s and cassettes were a staple of my youth. So to be reminded me of all those mixed tapes I used to make – aww… it made me smile. The cassette tape lives on in Gaga’s and Sir Elton’s world, even if it’s disguised as a battery pack.

With your purchase of any of these and the full line of items, 25% of the price goes back to benefit the Born This Way Foundation and the Elton John AIDS Foundation- so you’re doing good and looking stylish. And spreading the Love Bravery.

Yay for Love Bravery! A cool collection and a great cause. Go get it now. And be kind to people, even if they’re different than you. For Goodness Sake!

(*This is not a paid post. Macy’s provided items for photos and all opinions here are my own. Por su atención, ¡muchas gracias!)



Love Bravery water bottle. Love the graffiti colors. Stay hydrated, people!


Love Bravery nylon backpack. A perfect size bag for on the go. Added the scarf just for fun.


It looks like your cassette tapes from the 80’s, complete with the clear plastic case. But it’s totally necessary for your 2016 lifestyle and cell phone juice. Don’t leave home without your battery charger by Love Bravery.


Black and white is my favorite color combo.


You can wear your Love Bravery scarf different ways and they all look fabulous.

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Lady Gaga during the launch of Love Bravery at Macy’s Herald Square New York on May 4th. Love Lady Gaga!! Photo credit by @Macys on Instagram.




Wordless Wednesday: Chivo & Iñárritu

I was browsing through The Academy’s instagram and found this wonderful pic of two of our Mexican National Treasures: Oscar winners Chivo Lubezki and Alejandro G. Iñarritu.

Bravo! Bravissimo! #OscarsSoMexican

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Rooting for Iñárritu, Leo and “The Revenant”

Oscar season is my favorite time to go to the movies. Oscar Sunday is my favorite TV viewing day of the entire year, donde me instalo en frente de la tele at noon for all the pre-shows and don’t move until the credits for the Oscars stop. I am, and always will be, an Oscars junkie.

For the second year in a row, I am extremely excited for Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu and the fact that he could win back to back Oscars for Best Movie and Best Director. I may need to recheck my Academy Awards facts, but that may be the first time ever. (Emanuel “Chivo” Lubezki could win 3 years in a row for cinematography- imagine that!)

So while many folks are upset about the #OscarsSoWhite for the acting categories, at least we can say that the Academy recognizes a los mexicanos detrás de las cámaras. There’s a whole lot of love there.

Last weekend AGI won the Director’s Guild of America award and he was especially sentimental during his speech. Se le salieron las lagrimas.

His speeches always pack a punch, like the beautiful and eloquent one he delivered at LACMA last November or when he was brave enough to speak his mind during his “Birdman” Best Movie winning acceptance speech at last year’s Oscar ceremony, dedicating his award to Mexicans in Mexico, and Mexicans in the US. He makes me so proud every time he speaks. He blows my mind every time I see one of his movies. And I’ve seen them ALL. Even his commercials are out of this world.

(When Amores Perros came out here in LA, the year 2000, I bought 15 tickets and took all my friends to go see it at an arthouse movie theater in Santa Monica, opening weekend. I had just seen it in Mexico, so I told everybody we absolutely had to see it. That it would change their lives….Nobody believed me but we all went. Afterwards, everyone had an intense reaction and they were quite speechless, and I remember my best friend Alex Munguía said as we were leaving the theater, “Oh my God! Cristina tuvo un crisis existencial y nos trajo a todos a compartirla.”)

So take a look at his DGA speech and feel the love as well. This is a genius filmmaker in his prime, a powerful and influential Mexican who doesn’t hesitate to defend us, to voice his opinion against the idiot (who shall remain nameless) running for president and speaking up every chance he gets.

Click on the link here and watch all the way to the end: “LEO, LEO… I LOVE YOU, Cabrón!” (Which is EXACTLY what I would say to Leonardo Di Caprio if I ever should run into him in person.)

It’s on youtube on the DGA page.

And root for him and the movie on Feb. 28th, and definitely, definitely root for Leo, because that man DESERVES an Oscar already. Please give Leo an Oscar!!! Ya estoy prendiendo veladoras.

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Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu wins the DGA Award for the the second year in a row, for “The Revenant”. Video link here




Getting my beauty fix at Bluemercury and Macy’s

We’re already in February and how I sense 2016 is flying by.

My birthday is coming up in 2 weeks and I’m feeling the effect of the number (getting up there!) and the image in the mirror au naturel. “OY!!! WHAT THE…???” seems to be my go to reaction, usually after doing a double-take in the morning. ¿Pues qué me pasó?! Is this the new reality?

Needless to say, I’m going through an evolving/complicated relationship with beauty and beauty products.

Love them, use them for a bit, discard them, and then I’ll want to try the next new thing. You say wrinkle eliminators, crease fillers, skin savers, dark spot erasers…I’ll bite. But there’s also a skeptic inside, telling me: you know this is too good to be true, it’ll never work, it won’t deliver. And yet! I want the dream and the promise. I want skin that glows, that represents youth or at least gives me the illusion of my younger self. (But that’s another issue altogether.)

So I was intrigued when I recently got an invite to the opening of Bluemercury, a new concept at Macy’s of a beauty spa within the store featuring high end luxury brands, products and treatments.  I like the idea. It seems like a chance to up the ante on my beauty game and try new things. These are products you don’t normally see at their counters and brands I’ve been meaning to try forever. Why hello, Creme de la Mer! Look, there’s Darphin, a French brand I only read about in magazines…

There are 2 Bluemercury shops that just opened in the L.A. Area, one in Macy’s Santa Anita and one in Macy’s Rancho Cucamonga. I’m looking forward to more openings on the west side (we love these things over here too!) and hopefully go get a facial soon.

My lovely friends at Macy’s were kind enough to send me a goodie bag with a sample of the Bluemercury M-61 line, a proprietary brand that seems to do all the things I need for my beauty regimen, doesn’t do animal testing (a big deal in my book) and doesn’t use undesirable ingredients (me dan miedo todos los “sulfates” y esas cosas).

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Bluemercury beauty bag courtesy of Macy’s.

I’ll give you an update on the products after I use them for a few weeks and hopefully get a chance to visit Bluemercury soon. In the meantime, here are some pictures courtesy of Macy’s* from their recent launch.

Happy February everyone, let’s make it happy and healthy and beauty-full.

(*Full disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. I was invited by Macy’s to their event and received the beauty samples to try out. The opinions expressed here are my own.)


The complete M-61 line is available only at Bluemercury.


All the colors of the rainbow at the Nars display. So pretty!


I’m curious to try out the Darphin line, French women really know their beauty products.



Virtual Re-visit to the art of Rufino Tamayo

A few years ago, 5 to be exact, I was visiting Mexico D.F. on a whim and made a short stop to one of my favorite museums, el Museo Rufino Tamayo. It is a place I love, because of the architecture and space, as well as the location by the Bosque de Chapultepec and Polanco, which is a really nice area for an afternoon visit.

I blogged about my visit to the Museo Rufino Tamayo back then, and about how moved I was by an exhibit about the photographer Tina Modotti and her letters to fellow photographer Edward Weston in 1930. I think I must have been short on time, because I don’t recall seeing any works by the master Rufino Tamayo himself. That is a pity, because I do love his paintings. ¿Qué pasó que no tengo ninguna foto del arte de Rufino Tamayo en esa visita? A lo mejor estuve muy busy tomando fotos de la arquitectura y se me fue el tiempo.

Lucky for me, I have a newfound love for an online gallery service called Artsy. I am thrilled with their site, and would encourage you to take a look if you’re into art and news about the art world.

Artsy’s mission is to strive to make all of the world’s art accessible to anyone online. They have a Rufino Tamayo page, where you can find his bio, images with some of his works and most importantly, a link to shows where you can see his art on display, which is a really valuable resource. So check it out.

In the meantime, since it’s Flashback Thursday, here are a few pix of that short visit to the Museo, and to the minimalist architecture by the Mexican architects Teodoro Gonzalez de Leon and Abraham Zabludovsky.

Museo Rufino Tamayo in Mexico City.

Museo Rufino Tamayo in Mexico City.

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Moda para el Back to School 2015 de Macy’s

It’s back to school time, ¡qué rápido se fue el verano!

I know of a few Moms and Dads who are both happy and stressed with the start of the new school year.  And I imagine my sobrinitos y sobrinitas are probably wishing they had a few extra vacation days as well.

Pero ni modo, best to think of the positive things, like new school supplies and new outfits!

One of my most favorite people en el mundo mundial, Ms. Martha Gil de Montes, from Macy’s, has some suggestions for kids who want to look really cool cuando regresen a la escuela. She is an expert at the newest trends and has a great video to show kids what’s up for the season.

Me gustaron tanto los outfits that I think I may replicate an adult version of them for fall.

Click on the link to view this really cute segment en español.

Martha Gil de Montes from Macy's nos enseña las tendencias para el back to school.

Martha Gil de Montes from Macy’s nos enseña las tendencias para el back to school.

*This is not a sponsored post but I did collaborate behind the scenes in the making of this video.