Cristela gets Cancelled and The Hollywood Catch 22

Assuming you have cable, Hulu, Roku, Apple TV or any other streaming services out there, you may have heard of a little show on ABC called ‘Cristela‘.  If you don’t know about it, this should catch you up: on ABC

So what’s the big deal? Did you read the article?! ‘Cristela’ is going down in TV history as the first major network show to be created, produced, written and starring a Latina actress.  Those are a lot of titles for one person! Add to that the fact that the writing team was comprised solely of Latino talent, and I’m sure you can deduce just what makes the creation, and now cancellation, of this show such a significant piece of entertainment industry history.

Before I go any further, I will go ahead and say that ‘Cristela’ did not resonate with me at all, so the cancellation doesn’t come as a total surprise.

But just because the humor didn’t land on me doesn’t mean it didn’t tickle the funny bones of millions of others (it did) or that I don’t have a great deal of respect for the show.  Cristela Alonzo has done something no one else has!  The show is a HUGE positive step in adding diversity to the talent both on-camera and behind the scenes, and the fact that the show got cancelled doesn’t negate its importance and relevance to our modern culture.  But Tinseltown is judgemental and slow to change, and I would hate for networks and producers to adopt the attitude of ‘this show didn’t get as many views as we’d like, therefore we won’t invest in any more Latino-centered shows for a while’.  Latino viewers  are some of the largest consumers of media in the U.S. and we need more of ‘us’ on the screen to represent how things actually are out in the real world.  Hopefully with the growing success of this season’s ‘Jane the Virgin‘, Cristela and her writing team will be able to go on to create something new, perhaps in a more forgiving format.




Whole Foods Beauty Haul & Collagen Benefits

This past week, Whole Foods Market hosted their first ever ‘Beauty Week’ to celebrate (and in my case introduce) all of the beauty products they sell in the stores.  I attended, stocked up on a few things and made this video:

I was really intrigued by all of the collagen supplements available, so I spent a bit of time talking to reps about collagen and its health benefits, and how I could essentially treat it as a workout supplement of sorts. Come to find out, supplementing with collagen has its perks not only if you work out, but also if you want nice skin, nails, and hair, the reason being is that it is a key component for building and repairing ligaments and providing skin elasticity and structural support. So while taking BCAA or protein powder might help with muscle building and fight fatigue, a collagen supplement will help keep you mobile.  Who knew?! Ok, I’m sure many people knew, but I wasn’t one of them.

As you can see from the video, I loaded up on different types of collagen (among other things) and plan on testing them out and noting any changes to my skin or joints.

Have you tried any of the beauty products or supplements from Whole Foods?  What do you think of them?


When One Grows #WeAllGrow #ThriftThursday

This post has been sitting as a draft for 17 days now. Seventeen days – that’s a record for me to start something and not get back to finishing it!  But there’s a reason.  At the end of February I attended a conference called the ‘We All Grow Summit‘.  Created by the brainchild behind Latina Bloggers Connect, I didn’t want to miss the chance to see how far Ana and the rest of her team have come (I’ve known and worked with them here and there for years) – and because I know they’re all perfectionist, no-nonsense type of women, I knew the conference would be a huge learning opportunity for me as a creative.  All that said, I still can’t quite fully put into words what a wonderful experience it was!

We All Grow Summit

Group shot of the WAG team. And there’s me front right. Sweatshirt by American Eagle $3.99, Pants brand unknown $3


Green dress by Zara $4.99

*Photos by Robson Muzel and #WeAllGrow Summit 2015

While there I got to talk to some very influential people about my beloved Gringa Latina (no, I won’t spill the beans yet) and told a few others about my Thrift Thursday obsession (and in true form, all of the outfits I wore were thrift store finds). But the coolest thing of all was being in the room as SO MANY successful, powerful, independent business women. The fact that they were all Latinas was just the icing on the cake.  These women are all out there doing their thing – whether it’s writing blogs, traveling the world, hosting shows, acting, creating YouTube content – and it’s amazing! Hearing their stories and picking their brains about how they do what they do, now THAT is what makes a conference worth attending.


Me and Rachel AKA The Art Muse. My dress is by Vero Moda $4.99

Here’s to coming back bigger and better…and perhaps sharing my own success stories…next year!


My Vintage 1975 Honda CB360 #ThriftThursday

When I was a teeny tiny kid, my dad rode a motorcycle. It was one of those big ol’ cruisers that you see highway patrol riding around while wearing bad ass aviator glasses…now that I think of it, my dad often rocked overly-moussed hair with gold necklaces and partially unbuttoned shirts, so I’m pretty sure this phase was heavily influenced by a CHiPs fantasy. Regardless of what spurred this very 80s lifestyle choice of his, I was in love with the bike and became enamored by the idea of one day owning a motorcycle of my own.

Fast forward to last week and that fantasy finally came to life. Well, sort of. As if by fate, I found a gorgeous 1975 Honda CB 360 for sale on Craig’s list, and in line with my love of bargains, after a bit of back and forth facilitated by my very own motorcycle connoisseur Bruce Wayne, I bought this baby for a mere $500.

1975 Honda CB360

What she looked like before the previous owner took her apart

What makes this a #ThriftThursday find you ask? Well, the fact that I found the same bike for sale elsewhere in LA for $3400. Do the math.

How did we get such an amazing deal on a bike that STILL RUNS?! Well, the kid who owned it took it apart in order to customize it and never got around to putting it back together. And because I have awesome people in my life, I bought it as-is and am getting it custom built…er, reassembled. I don’t know which is the correct term for it, but I’m getting my bike! Check back for regular updates on the new love of my life :-)

CB 360

Getting pieced back together

I have a dedicated Instagram account to chronicle my motorcycle building process, so make sure you follow @TheMotoKitchen !


My Latest Finds #ThriftThursday

Last week I went to my favorite Goodwill in search of a regular, plain ol’ maxi dress, the kind that you can wear out on a casual stroll or dress up with the right accessories.  I’ve been looking for one without any luck, so I assumed this trip wouldn’t yield any results.  Well, not only did I find the maxi that I wanted in black, but I found a second one in red, along with a Zara dress, a Vero Moda dress (which is what? a slightly higher quality than Forever 21?) and a blouse…all for $32!

So what if it's a photo of a pile of clothes, I'll post pics of me wearing them soon enough!

So what if it’s a photo of a pile of clothes, I’ll post pics of me wearing them soon enough!

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Confessions of a Second Hand Shopaholic #ThriftThursday

I don’t claim to know a whole lot about “Fashion”, and I wear whatever I happen to be in the mood to throw on most of the time.  But, I have a confession to make: I love shopping…for used clothes.

In my younger years, I loathed the idea of heading to a second hand store – if I was going to wear it, it had to be new and preferably from a store none of my friends shopped at.  As I got older and my love of vintage clothing really started to set in, I realized that those fashions from the 50s and 80s that I loved so much had to be authentic (the quality of the materials back then are far superior to the cheap, flammable fabrics so prevalent today). And the only place to find authentic era-specific clothing was at vintage and second hand shops. I wish I had a closet full of vintage collectibles, but my tastes aren’t just limited to that.  For me, it’s more about the excitement of essentially treating shopping as a scavenger hunt – and it is now both my addiction and stress therapy.

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Best Healthy Recipes

So many recipe videos, so little time! Well, I’ve actually had quite a bit of time on my hands these past few weeks, so I took to YouTube to see what meal inspirations it had to offer.  Check out a few of my favorites:

Comment in the video and let me know where to find your favorite healthy recipes.  It’s pilot season, mama needs to look good on camera!


New Year’s Fitness Resolution Made Easy

We all know the routine: every year, at the start of the year, we set some idealistic (and sometimes lofty) goals about getting in the best shape of our lives. Eat healthier; get a gym membership; actually GO to the gym; have a six pack. Sound familiar?  Although I am a firm believer in the importance of setting goals, for some reason it seems as though when it comes to fitness we tend to bite of more than we can chew. I mean look at me, I STILL haven’t mastered my acrobatic skills on the uneven parallel bars!

I think the reason fitness goals tend to elude people so easily is because it’s often hard to know where to start.  Recently I’ve partnered up with a really great and free iPhone app called Applause to create some fitness and health videos.  And here to start you off on the right foot with your new year’s resolution is a guide on where to start at the gym: with full body workouts!

So what are you new year’s resolutions?  And what do you think of the workouts featured in the video?



I can talk about how I’ve been absent from my blog, or about how I plan on ‘relaunching’ by the new year because I have things worth writing about, but nah! Instead, I leave you with photos from last night’s Latina Magazine 30 under 30 party. Enjoy!


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