Everybody wins with Love Bravery

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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!)

 

LoveBraveryBottle

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

LoveBraveryBackpack

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

LoveBraveryCharger

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.

LoveBraveryScarf

Black and white is my favorite color combo.

WaystoWear

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.

 

 

 

Mis “Piensos” on the George Clooney engagement

Sigh...

Sigh…

Upon learning that George Clooney got engaged recently to international lawyer Amal Alamuddin, three things came to mind:

 1. Who is this mystery woman??? (¿Y qué tiene que las otras ex-novias no tuvieron?)

2. Remember that old saying “Más pronto cae un hablador que un cojo,” or “never say never”?  Yet again it proves to be true.

3. I really have to return to my blog so I can vent this out properly in Spanglish on a worldwide open platform.

So here I am, back in the only place where I could fully express my feelings y piensos on this all too important subject (at least for me) and hope that my four fieles lectores/as have not lost faith in me and the Life in Spanglish blog.

(Thank you for your patience. I promise to be here at least once a week.)

As for the future Mrs. George Clooney, let me tell you, I’m impressed. Not that anybody would ask, but since it can’t be me who is the object of his affections, at least I’m happy she’s a smart, accomplished, cultured and successful woman who seems to suit George quite well.

Ms. Alamuddin is 36 years old, was born in Beirut, studied in Oxford and NYU, speaks 3 languages (Arabic, English and French) is an international lawyer who among her clients has defended Julian Assange of WikiLeaks (que tal?) and serves as special counsel to the United Nations and former UN Secretary Kofi Annan. Not too shabby!

After the initial google searches, I found she also has a quirky fashion sense when it comes to shoes.

In few pictures existing in the web so far, she is wearing interesting shoe combos, something I can appreciate. Some of them are kind of weird, but in one of her paparazzi shots she has some sort of eclectic oxford shoes, and I just happen to LOVE oxford shoes. Nada de glam, nada de sexy mama, just really strange and cool black and white shoes with laces. Y sólo por eso, dije, OK, me cae bien… (Nobody ever accused me of being too shallow, just a little bit.) I expect she will now be hounded wherever she goes and we will probably get to see more of that unusual fashion sense. 

Yes, I love a good oxford shoe. The future Mrs. George Clooney has similar tastes.

Yes, I love a good oxford shoe. The future Mrs. George Clooney has similar tastes.

 

From In Style website. George Clooney and Aluma. I like her oxford shoes- and that's all I need para que me caiga bien.

From In Style website. George Clooney and Amal. I like her oxford shoes- and that’s all I need para que me caiga bien.

 

As for Mr. Clooney, pues no que no tronabas pistolita. After years of saying he was not the marrying type, I guess it was a matter of timing and finding a jet setting-like minded human activist to settle down with. ¿O será que ya se cansó de darle vuelo a la hilacha? At 52, he’s no spring chicken, but he looks as handsome as ever.

Yes, para mí el George Clooney es especial,  and the sentimental fool that I am, I am happy for him. Event though I’ve never met him, we go way back to our “Facts of Life-Roseanne-Sisters-ER” TV days and he has always, always been my most favorite. (He has an upcoming birthday on May 6th). 

As for the rest of us, we’ll always have that wonderful little gem of a commercial that makes us wonder, what if I ever got married to George? I’ve posted it before and here it is again for your viewing pleasure.

Dream a little dream, baby.

George Clooney Married Commercial (link)

Still from the Norwegian bank ad with George Clooney. Click on the link to watch.

Still from the Norwegian bank ad with George Clooney. Click on the link to watch.

 

 

 

All in the name of good health: Angelina Jolie and my friend Marisol, plus Runwalk 2013

This week we all heard of Angelina Jolie’s difficult medical decision, and subsequently, all the opinions surrounding her double mastectomy, as a preventive measure against breast cancer. Although I had never been a fan, I must now confess that I have newfound respect for her and for sharing her story.

The first person I thought about, almost immediately after reading her op-ed for the NYT, was my dear friend Marisol Rosas, who made the same decision and underwent the same surgery a few years ago.

Angelina Jolie and Marisol have things in common: the experience of losing their mother at a young age, the family history, the genes, and a young family of their own to think of. I can not imagine being in the position of having to make that choice, but since Marisol is such a brave and beautiful soul, it does not surprise anybody that knows her that she overcame the fear and went through with the experience with courage and grace.

Marisol is now volunteering to educate other women in a similar situation to learn about their choices, as part of an organization called FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered, where she volunteers as their National Help Line Coordinator. I am very proud of my friend, who has my total admiration for overcoming this difficult situation and now deciding to help others. She has a fundraising page for FORCE where you can make a donation, in any amount, towards this cause. Please take a look at her story, it’s both in English and Spanish and written by her sister Gaby. The page link is here: http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/MarisolRosas/heroes

Click on the image to read Marisol's story and donate.

Click on the image to read Marisol’s story and donate.

You can imagine that after the Angelina Jolie story came out, there was a lot of interest in all of this, and Marisol was on television the next morning on Univision San Diego.

Click on the link to watch the video (en español) and see how great she did on TV. The link to the interview is here: http://www.univisionsandiego.com/videos/?pl_id=21522&va_id=4058199

Bravo Marisol, we’re so proud of you!

♥♥♥

On a related note, last Saturday May 11 was the 20th annual Revlon RunWalk at the LA Coliseum, and –Full Disclosure– I was invited to take pictures and walk with Team Macy’s, who was one of the major sponsors.

The event always draws tens of thousands of people, women, men, entire families who have al been affected by breast cancer and other women’s cancers, and who all want to put an end to it.

There was joy and optimism in the air, even as you read the signs and the reasons why people were walking and participating. It always gets to me, reading those signs, with names and pictures of the people who’ve passed and the survivors who’ve beat it. We are all affected, we all must do what we can’t to support the fight against it.

Here are a few pictures of a wonderful event.

She's there EVERY year. The beautiful Ms. Halle Berry at the starting line.

She’s there EVERY year. The beautiful Ms. Halle Berry at the starting line.

Lilly Tartikoff, founder and organizer for RunWalk, and Andy Garcia, who came out to support and cheer everybody on.

Lilly Tartikoff, founder and organizer for RunWalk, and Andy Garcia, who came out to support and cheer everybody on.

All those signs you read, all the names, they are powerful reasons to walk and fight for a cure.

All those signs you read, all the names, they are powerful reasons to walk and fight for a cure.

Such a great group of people, getting up super early on a Saturday morning to walk: Team Macy's.

Such a great group of people, getting up super early on a Saturday morning to walk: Team Macy’s.

Walking into the LA Coliseum is such a great feeling. Here approaching the finish line.

Walking into the LA Coliseum is such a great feeling. Here approaching the finish line.

Happy Birthday George Clooney!

Reason enough to be happy on this Monday morning, one of all my favorite men in the whole wide world y todo el universo universal, Mr. George Clooney celebrates a birthday today, May 6th.

Yes, I’m not shy in wishing him a feliz cumpleaños con muchos besos y abrazos. Our guy turns 52 today. Happy Birthday, baby! 

Son of Nick and Nina, nephew of Rosemary Clooney, award winning film and television actor, director, producer (Academy Award Winner this year for producing the Best Picture “Argo”), activist for humanitarian causes around the world committed enough that he got arrested recently, basketball enthusiast, Italian villa owner, dog lover, weird pet lover (he had a pet pig once) and eterno soltero extraordinaire slash chick magnet, YES this man is one of a kind.

Like my grandma Mamá Lilia declares every time she sees him: “Qué hombre tan guapo…” y suspira.

Behold some images from George Clooney throughout the years. Proof that some people just get better with age.

(Been watching you since Sisters and ER, Mr. Clooney. We go way back!)

Believe it or not, this kid would become the World's Sexiest Man Alive twice. (Photo from people.com "Before they were stars")

Believe it or not, this kid would become the World’s Sexiest Man Alive twice. (Photo from people.com “Before they were stars”)

Remember him? George from back in the 80's and early 90's when he tried becoming a household name on television, with small roles on The Facts of Life and Sisters. (Photo from xfinity.comcast.net)

Remember him? George from back in the 80’s and early 90’s when he tried becoming a household name on television, with small roles on The Facts of Life and Sisters. (Photo from xfinity.comcast.net)

The entire world took notice when George Clooney starred in ER, as the most handsome doctor you could ever imagine, Dr. Doug Ross.

The entire world took notice when George Clooney starred in ER, as the most handsome doctor you could ever imagine, Dr. Doug Ross. (Photo from Los Angeles Times)

George Clooney LA Times Mag cover

A more recent image, from the cover of LA Times. (CB Photo 2011 via iPhone.)

A commercial all ladies can dream about, George finally gets married! (But only in Norway and in your dreams!) Oh hey there…

Still from a commercial aired in Norway, for DnBNor Bank. The ultimate fantasy, getting George Clooney married.

Still shot from a commercial aired in Norway, for DnBNor Bank. The ultimate fantasy, getting George Clooney married. Click here to see the video. Why don’t they make commercials like this here in America?

¡Feliz Cumpleaños #100 querido Toto!

El 22 de febrero de 1913 nació mi abuelo materno, Eustolio Rodriguez Bustamante. Today would’ve been my Toto’s one hundredth birthday.

It kind of blows my mind a little, when I start wondering how life was back in the early 20th century. Somehow just having a birthday this week myself I think time is so fleeting, moving so fast, ¿a dónde se va el tiempo tan rápido? Hace cien años nació en La Colorada, Sonora, México, vivió hasta recién cumplidos los 84. He had a good, decent, happy life and today I want to honor that.

Mi Toto was a lovely man, with a strong personality, quiet, reserved, but a humorous man with common sense one liners. We have quite a few anecdotes in the family where we can quote a his “sabias palabras” with quick thinking and responses that would leave you kind of speechless and admitting he was always right. He didn’t say much, but that’s all he needed to say.

He married my grandmother Lilia, and had two daughters, my Mom Cristina and mi Tia Silvia. He was the person that gave them a bilingual education, sending them off to school across the border, and I guess this started a trend, porque ya todas fuimos bilingües después.

He was always very artistic, very curious, very stylish, con muy buen gusto para vestirse. He loved to paint, he loved to travel, he loved music, he loved to read. He had subscriptions to Life Magazine back in the 60’s and 70’s delivered to Mexicali (my Mom y mi Tia tell me his collection was amazing, which unfortunately we didn’t keep) and he had a TV Guide subscription back when we had open cable TV across the order in the 80’s and 90’s. He and I used to watch Dan Rather on the CBS Evening News and Dick Clark on Saturday’s with American Bandstand. He LOVED chocolate, I mean LOVED it, and his favorites were See’s Candies and the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. We could eat a whole bag together of the mini cups in one sitting.

The one thing I didn’t think he liked too much was his name, because for the subscriptions tabs I would always read “Ernesto Rodriguez”…but everybody called him Don Eus and after I started calling him Toto (being the oldest of four granddaughters) the nickname stuck.

I just found these pictures archived and thought I’d share a few of his life in Sonora, before he married my Grandma and when he was a young man just starting out. I suddenly find myself wondering what was life for him back then, and makes me want to build a family tree, a ver cuántos parientes Rodriguez encontramos.

But for now, Happy Birthday Toto! I know you must be having a great birthday party with your buddies up in Heaven. Siempre me acuerdo de ti y te quiero mucho Toto!

No tengo fecha exacta. Creo que aquí tendria unos 18 años, around 1931 in Sonora, Mexico.

No tengo fecha exacta. Creo que aquí tendria unos 18 años, around 1931 in Sonora, Mexico.

TotoconsuPerrito

Playing with one of his dogs. Le encantaban los perros.

TotoJovenAmigos

Muy joven, se retrató con sus amigos. (He is the one on the left.)

TotoPiramide

De viaje en las pirámides de Teotihuacán en Mexico DF. Circa 1944.

TotoOnTheStreet

A handsome man, my grandfather walking down the street in Mexico City.

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Another picture with his friends. My Grandfather is the very last one to the right.

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With my Grandmother, Mama Lilia (cream dress) and her sisters. Las cuñadas andaban de chaperonas yo creo. From left: Tia Delia, Mama Lilia, Toto, y Tia Consuelo.

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Otra foto con Mi Mama Lilia, mi Toto, mi Tia Consuelo y mi Tio Tin.

Random acts of kindness by Jenni Rivera

Jenni Rivera’s passing on Sunday has brought all sorts of tributes and appreciations, constant reports in Spanish television channels and radio stations, and an outpouring of messages from her fans and friends social media. It was sad news all over.

While I personally was not a fan of her banda music, I had grown to like her personality and her story. She was a Mexican American who was born and raised in Long Beach, California, who came from nothing to make herself one of the most successful women singers, Hispanic entrepreneurs and role models, in spite of all the drama and troubles that continually followed her.

Her death seems unfair because at 43 years of age, she was at the peak of her career, and she was expanding beyond the music and the reality TV shows. She also leaves behind a large family and 5 kids.

And yet there is another side of the artist coming out: the version of Jenni with generosity and kindness she showed to people, to her fans, to Latinos, to her fellow musicians. It’s as if she won you over just by getting to know her. Como dijo Miguel Bosé about meeting her for the first time, her fellow judge/coach on the Mexican version of “La Voz de México”: “Fue amor a primera vista.”  

Someone who knows firsthand about her generosity and kindness is Krystle Corral, who works at Telemundo in Los Angeles and who was kind to share this story and photos of her experience meeting Jenni Rivera just a few months ago.

Krystle is a cheerleading coach at Wilson High School in El Sereno, California (Los Angeles) where she coaches 20 kids (boys and girls) between the ages of 14- and 18. The WHS Cheerleaders were fundraising to attend and compete in the National Cheerleading Association’s High School competition in January 2013 and they needed money for the team and their chaperones. They reached out to famous people via social media and websites, and the first one to respond was Jenni Rivera’s assistant, to inquire and see how they could help.

As it turns out, Jenni Rivera herself surprised the team during one of their practices on August 15th. The kids did not know she was coming, and they literally did flips of joy when she showed up at their gym. Jenni spent about 40 minutes with them, watching their practice, posing for pictures with everyone, giving out hugs and words of wisdom. She also mentored them and asked them to do 4 things:

1. To listen to their coaches.

2. To stay in school and get good grades.

3. To compete in the Nationals and represent Los Angeles proudly.

4. To continue volunteering and give back to the community.

She told Krystle that a check would be coming in the mail for them. To their amazement, a few days later, they received a check for 15 THOUSAND DOLLARS for everyone to attend the Nationals. She paid for everything they needed to get to the event in Dallas on January 12 and 13, 2013. Imagine that!

On October 17th, the cheerleaders visited Jenni at the radio station where she recorded her weekly show. Again she posed for pictures with the team and wished them good luck and asked them to keep her posted on their progress.

On Sunday, the kids were volunteering at a Senior Citizen’s center in LA when Krystle had to break the sad news. As you can imagine, the kids were devastated and couldn’t understand why this happened. La verdad es que nadie lo entiende…

But their spirit to win is now stronger than ever. The kids have dedicated their performance and all their preparation to Jenni Rivera. Sirve de consuelo saber que ya están siguiendo los consejos, and that they are already volunteering and giving back. 

So thank you Jenni Rivera, for this and the countless other acts of generosity that mostly went unnoticed, like paying for a young child’s kidney transplant in my hometown of Mexicali, B.C.… like helping battered women get back on their feet after episodes of domestic violence… liking helping organizations that help a los indocumentados en Estados Unidos and standing up for them… And thank you for proving women can make it happen y que pueden salir adelante cuando son luchonas y le echan ganas a todo.

As her father Pedro Rivera said last night, “She never gave up and she was always good to people.” Descanse en Paz.

Back on August 15th, 2012 Jenni Rivera surprised the Wilson High School Cheerleaders in El Sereno, California. She later supoprted them with a check for 15 thousand dollars to attend a national cheerleading competition next January.

Back on August 15th, 2012 Jenni Rivera surprised the Wilson High School Cheerleaders in El Sereno, California. She later supoprted them with a check for 15 thousand dollars to attend a national cheerleading competition next January.

Jenni Rivera with 2 of the cheerleaders. She was in a leg brace that day and went to visit and wish them luck.

Krystle Corral wrote a letter and Jenni Rivera responded. Jenni was in a leg brace that day when she went to visit and wish them luck.

On October 17th the cheerleaders visited Jenni at the radio station.

On October 17th the cheerleaders visited Jenni at the radio station.

I love Miguel Bosé y su PAPITWO

El nuevo disco de Miguel Bosé, PAPITWO. (Warner Music Latina)

Time to start a new and very busy week with fresh music.

Estoy super emocionada con el nuevo CD de Miguel Bosé, “PAPITWO” que es la segunda parte de los duetos de sus greatest hits. What a clever title! Y en Spanglish para que mas nos guste.

Ustedes no saben la emoción que me dió encontrarmelo el otro día en el Barnes and Noble, como tampoco sabrían que es uno de mis artistas favoritos. Lo amo a él y a su música con pasión desde que salía en la televisión bailando y cantando, disfrazado de Don Diablo con los then baby-Timbiriches way back in the 80’s, cuando hacian sus especiales musicales en México y lo veia en casa mi bff, la Ale. He was a hottie (lo sigue siendo a sus 50+) y todas sus canciones son lo máximo. Miguel Bosé is pretty much the author of the soundtrack of my youth en español.

En este disco hace dueto con Juanes, Alejandro Sanz, Juan Luis Guerra, Jovanotti, Ximena Sariñana y Penélope Cruz, entre otros. Yes, people, Penélope Cruz sings, and she is a great singer if you really must know. (O sea, no contenta con todos sus talentos también canta la mujer, and she does a lovely job too.)

Me dió mucho gusto leer los “liner notes” del librito en donde escribe una cartita muy bonita, que cuando la leí pensé que me la habia escrito a mi (isn’t every fan kind of egocentric?)

Dice Miguel Bosé:

Gracias a Penélope, Ximena, Bimba, Helen y Malú por sus voces de sirena y su tremendo cariño. Gracias a Alejandro, Juanes, Joaquin, Dani, JuanLuis, Pablo, Lore, Tiziano y Aleks por su lealtad guerrera y entusiasmo.

Gracias a todos y a cada uno de los que han hecho posible la segunda parte de esta saga, por su creatividad, técnica y paciencia. Gracias a mi nueva familia por las puertas que cada día me abre a nuevas emociones y sensaciones.

Pero sonre todo gracias a la gente en general que ha construido mi carrera año tras año y ha hecho grandes cada una de estas canciones. Vuestras son y a todas y todos vosotros va especialmente dedicado este nuevo trabajo.

Gracias y salud! Nos seguimos viendo…Besos y abrazos.

-Miguel.

Aww. I love you Miguel!

Nice little interview que le hicieron en la revista InStyle México en octubre 2012.