At the 19th Annual Hope Conference in LA

Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE) is a great organization of women who work for opportunities and empowerment for Hispanics in los Angeles. I had the good fortune of attending their 19th annual HOPE Conference last March 12 and I can honestly say it has made a profound impact in my life.

The conference had something for every woman who wants to improve their community, start and grow their own business, network with successful women entrepreneurs and be inspired all around. Everybody who attended generated a feeling of amazing accomplishments, de verdad todas nos sentíamos inspiradas por todo lo que podemos hacer las mujeres en este pais. The sky is the limit. YOU can make it happen.

There were conferences and keynote speakers throughout the day, where you could choose from among a panel of accomplished speakers. The event was a total success, sold out with over 800 women attending the beautiful Biltmore Hotel in downtown. And to mark the occasion, the city of Los Angeles even designated March 12 as “Latina History Day” so you can imagine we were all very proud of this.

It is worth noting the sponsors of the event, which I will mention because you may want to support them with your business if you can. They are giving back to the community and it does make a difference. Special thanks to Macy’s Inc, for inviting me to come to this. I can’t say this enough: Macy’s does so much for the community, you should really think about shopping there more often. The major sponsors were Wells Fargo, Estee Lauder, and Farmer’s Insurance.

If you’d like to find out more about HOPE and go to their conference next year, visit http://www.latinas.org and join their organization.

Over 800 women attended the 19t Annual HOPE Conference at the Biltmore Hotel in LA.

Sponsors of the event included Wells Fargo, Farmer's Insurance, Estee Lauder cosmetics and MACY'S.

Latina entrepreneurs mingle between conferences at the beautiful Biltmore hotel.

With Mandalit del Barco from NPR. Best woman reporter EVER. Seriously, listen to her stories on your local NPR station and you too will be in awe of her. She was one of the keynote speakers and brought us to tears with her reports from Haiti and her personal story. I had to take a photo with her! (Mandalit is the one in gray, I am on the left.)

Career advice, financial advice, business start-ups, networking, growing a successful business, and more themes were presented at HOPE.

Latinas on a mission! The panelists for the workshop titled "Extreme Makeovers: Entrepreneurial Edition" include Luisa Acosta-Franco from Farmer's Insurance, Deborah Deras from Synergy Unlimited, Jennifer Alvarez from Farmer's Insurance, and Nancy Marmolejo from Viva Visibility.

Monday Viceversa

Asi me siento... Applying some of the lessons from my PSD CS 4 course.


Craving a hot chocolate, maybe it’s the rainy weather that won’t go away.
(It’s an unusual craving, post the Oscar night wine and cheese “overload“…)

Además estoy pensando mucho a Alex. Somebody hacked into his facebook account and now we’re getting weird messages from him. Hmmmm.

Creo que en el metro voy a leer a Benedetti. Y memorizarme el poema de Viceversa, otra vez.

Over the weekend I took a photoshop class and was reminded of how much I love the Mac command shortcut key “Manzanita Zeta.” That’s the UNDO function for all you PC users. Ahhh. If only we had one for real life.

Los fans del Tricolor son bien “fashion”

Dos chavitos armando su propio party en el Rose Bowl. Me gusta el look.

“Los mexicanos creen en dos cosas: La Virgen de Guadalupe y la Selección Mexicana de Futbol.” – dicho en México

85 mil mexicanos llenamos el Rose Bowl en Pasadena el miércoles 3 de marzo, cuando el Tricolor jugó uno de sus últimos partidos de preparación antes de irse al Mundial de Sudafrica. Jugaron bien, GANAMOS y ademas la fiesta estuvo a todo dar. Los pobres de Nueva Zelanda le echaron ganas, pero de plano no pudieron. Me fui a tomar fotos para 34/56 Group y me la pasé muy bien.

Lo que más impresiona es la afición mexicana. Yo no me dejo de sorprender con la pasión que demostramos cuando juega la Selección. Es algo difícil de describir, pero cuando ves a tanta gente con los colores de la bandera caminando en manadas hacia el estadio, familias enteras con niños, cantando y aclamando a México (y ademas en un pais que no es México) uno se siente feliz.

 Supongo que no soy muy objetiva al respecto, pero creo que los mexicanos tenemos modas futbolísticas muy adelantadas…asi como “avante garde meets el pópulo“.  Aqui les pongo algunas fotos de algunos ejemplares.

¿Cómo ven? Será que este año si ganamos? Pues soñar no cuesta nada. A ver si la Virgen de Guadalupe nos hace el milagrito, porque una noticia de estas le caería muy bien a México, que tanto lo necesita en estos momentos.

Este compadre vio "The Secret" y se lo tomó muy a pecho. Hay que visualizar: México Campeón del Mundo!

Empezando desde chiquitas: Mama e hija aficionadas a la selección llegaron muy bonitas.

Que tal la chammarra? Muy fashion..pero no se si los defensores de la bandera estarian contentos.

Este me gustó...

Y este también... bueno es que es Alberto Garcia Aspe, seleccionado de México en 1994.

También me encontré a mi amiguita Yarel, super guapa como siempre. Estaba haciendo entrevistas para su programa de televisión en mun2.

El "Snuggie" versión mexicana, para los fans del Club América.

Y los tipicos ejemplares de siempre...no comments.

Es viernes.. hace planes?

Aqui nomas empezando el fin de semana. My office compañeras decided it was appropriate to ring in the last weekend in February with a delicious bottle of Cruz García Real Sangría and I was only too happy to oblige. Never say “no” to Sangria my friends…fruit flavored wine is delicious, and this was honestly good when compared against the real deal which takes a bit of more preparation.

Cruz Garcia Sangria by Domecq Wines, España. You can buy it at Gelson's Supermarkets.

So we had our own little “hora feliz” and started our own speakeasy bar right here. Just as well… we’ll be leaving this nice locale in a few weeks so might as well enjoy it while we can. We’ll miss our friends!

So SALUD! and happy weekend.

¡Que Pink Floyd ni que nada! Mejor COMISARIO en el Hussongs.

If I weren’t scared to death to cross the border into TJ and down to Ensenada, Mexico (maybe I shouldn’t look at the LA Times and their non-stop “Mexico Under Seige” series)  I’d spend my next holiday weekend down in Baja.

If you should be braver than I, you better make a stop at Hussong’s Cantina, the original and first cantina (at least for me) still standing in Ensenada. It’s the stuff of legends. And if you’re there, be sure to catch COMISARIO, from now on my most favorite live band. EVER!

Díganme si no está padrisimo su cover the Pink Floyd. Agregénle sabor a cantina mexicana, and you’ve got yourself a party, my friends. Nothing like it in the world.

Enjoy the youtube video here and let’s hope things get better down there for everybody, so we can go down there safely again.

Saludos a la bella Ensenada!!

Hola 2010

Hello and Happy New Year…just getting up from the festivities of last night and trying to make my resolutions happen. One of them being keeping up with the blog, of course.

My sister Romy was visiting from Mexico DF this week, y me dejó este recuerdito, un billete de cien pesos, that looks and feels like play money because it’s made out of really thin plastic, but nevertheless has beautiful art. So I thought I’d share, porque también es la edición especial del centenario de la revolución mexicana, que tal?

May you have muchos pesos, dollars, euros and love and kisses this 2010… yes, “Love is all you need” como cantan los Beatles, but money makes the world go round. Después de este año pasado, ahora sí ya es hora de  que venga la abundancia para todos. Feliz Año Nuevo!

Both sides of a beautiful billete de 100 pesos, shiny and new, and it's made out of plastic, not paper. ¡Qué modernos!