You’ll see him at all the KIIS events! Born and raised in the friendly city of Long Beach, but also a true Jalisco gentleman at heart. (I hope that doesn't sound too "e-harmony-ish" LOL.)
Hola Familia! My name is Mayra Chavez and I am a proud product of Mexico. If I'm not in front of a camera or recording in a studio, you can find me spending time with my amazing family and my adorable dog, Max!! I love to be optimistic!! If I can dream it I can attain it! Live, love and enjoy!
Bianca is a Southern California sista living her dream in Los Angeles. My family is from Jalisco, Mexico and I'm a sucker for food. Keeping up with trends is what she lives for and she chases everything fun, fab and happening! You’ll probably spot her checking out a new restaurant, at a concert, or chatting with an upcoming designer. She loves Coca-Cola in a can...not in a bottle and NOT Pepsi.
If there's one thing I can attest to is that a MAN should ALWAYS make sure he looks presentable. Even if its something as simple as keeping up with a haircut.
I remember the first time I met up one of my guy friends I thought to myself, "He looks exceptionally handsome today." Although he is a naturally good looking guy, there was something about him on that particular day that stood out. He was casually dressed wearing a white TEE and fitted 501s- cuffed over his chucks, yet I couldn't quite figure out why I was drawn to him more.
Until he mentioned he got a haircut.
One day I tagged along to the barbershop and fell in love. Yes, I fell in love with a barbershop! ‘Ernie’s Chop Shop’ has a great nostalgic feel and laid back with an eclectic taste of knick knacks. Ernie was not only professional, but a cool cat to have a conversation with. I waited in a cool environment, watched some great tube and overheard (what can I say) the hilarious conversations he was having with his good looking male clientele.
So with this GREAT experience and the satisfied outcome of my friend's fresh new cut, I decided to interview the good lookin’ man with the talented hands (for cutting hair that is).
SMC: How long has ‘Ernie’s Chop Shop’ been in business?
EG: I officially took over ownership on
SMC: That’s some history to tell. Got any stories?? *Grin*
SMC: *head down* Yea. So! How old were you when you first started cutting hair?
EG: I have been cutting hair since I was 15 and I’m currently 34 years old. On my parents unfinished backyard patio is where my cousin got the first haircut and an hour later with the clippers, that my mother gave me, a new talent emerged.
SMC: Ahh... family’s are always the best guinea pigs *nodding head and smiling* Im sorry continue.
EG: *silent* Now I can knockout a haircut in 10 minutes if needed. Pretty soon my friends caught wind of my cheap haircuts (I either charged $5 or food from Carl’s Jr.) and the next thing I knew I was in my garage cutting hair all hours of the night all through high school. I pretty much had a shop in my parent’s garage.
SMC: Hey, Im not mad at you. A man’s got to eat and look good at ALL times. So I think that was a reasonable trade. What interested you in becoming a barber?
EG: For over the past 45 years my mother has been cutting hair and for the past 20 years had taught cosmetology. Although she practiced mainly in women’s styling, when she would cut my father’s hair I would take notice, but then shortly after I stopped visiting my mother’s salon and started visiting the local barber. It wasn’t until I got into junior high that I got the full barber shop “experience” in a relative’s barber shop.
SMC: Oh yea, what kind of “experience”? *Grin*
EG: *Grin* ‘Eddie’s Barber Shop’ in Redondo Beach is where I got to see the nude pictures, the drinking, and I got to hear the good ol’ "barber shop talk" (women, cars, and more women) in which I carried with me into my parents garage.
SMC: You dirty man you. *pointing at Ernie with grin*
EG: …and ‘Ernie’s Chop Shop’ is really just an extension of my parent’s garage. I knew at a young age I had a passion and skill for cutting hair, but it wasn’t ‘til I finished high school that I knew I wanted to be a barber.
SMC: …and from what I witnessed that was definitely the right direction for you. *hats off*
EG: I was always better at "hands on" classes such as wood, auto shop, and photography. Other classes became boring and I only did enough to get by. I knew college wasn’t for me and so I chose school of barbering instead and much to my father’s dismay I did have to promise that if barbering didn’t pan out, I would go to college.
SMC: Nowadays a trade is much needed but I’m sure back in the day your parents had other plans.
SMC: What a great story. You have my respect.
SMC: When I visited your shop I noticed every client leaving looking dapper. Do they tell you what style they want or do you just know what to give them (e.g. do you go by what suits them)?
EG: My clients come in asking for different types of haircuts, but luckily for me I have found my clientele niche, so to speak. I cater to men wanting clean classic haircuts and I pretty much take it from there. I have been doing this trade long enough that I can explain to a client that the style they want wont work for the type of hair they have. I can only hope that they’ll listen and trust me. I understand that hair is very important to a man and so I do my best to make sure they leave happy.
SMC: That’s the “golden touch” I was talking about! *high five*
EG: *No high five* *Grin*
SMC: Are you the only barber at your establishment?
EG: I am a one man barber shop. I have been solo for a year and a half and truth be told, I like it this way. I have been in business for 8 years now and I have been thru 11 employees!
EG: YES 11! After the last guy left to open his own shop, I decided to try it alone. It’s worked out for my business and although the wait can be long at times, my loyal customers know what they can expect from me and not have to worry about the sketchy new guy. Now it’s ALL on me and I LOVE it!
SMC: What are the prices in cuts?
EG: My prices are beyond fair. Here are the goin’ rates:
Kids 12 and Under-$12
Seniors 65+ $11
Hot Towel Shave-$20
SMC: Not bad city slicker. Those are decent and that’s coming from a woman on a budget.
SMC: What type of cuts do you offer? What services (e.g. shampoo, highlights, etc...)??
EG: I specialize in traditional classic cuts, razor fades and offer the flattest flattop around! No shampoos, highlights, and/or long hair cuts. For that, hit the salon buddy!
SMC: *Grr* I like it! (Yes I just growled *head slightly down in shame*) What are your hours?
EG: My hours are NOT traditional hours BUT they do cater to everyone.
SMC: Break it down for me bro!
EG: Tuesday & Thursday ONLY –
Wednesday & Friday –
Sunday & Monday – CLOSED
SMC: Sounds legit! Any last words to the readers…
EG: I will say this, if you’re looking for a barber shop to get in 'n' out of, than my shop is NOT for you. The wait is usually an hour or more (longer on weekends). However, if you are the man (or female with a kid) who can appreciate the ambiance of an old school- - walk in, sit down, wait your DAMN turn- -barber shop than you are welcome here anytime. There are plenty of Playboy, Sports, and Hot Rod magazines to look at, as well as TV or music on ALL day.
SMC: I LOVE IT! So, if those last words didn’t convince you, YOU need to get your head examined.
Ernie’s Chop Shop
Any questions contact ONLY via email: email@example.com
Who said it was over?!? That’s right my friends it ain’t over yet!! El cantante guatemalteco Ricardo Arjona continuará con una segunda etapa de presentaciones de su gira Metamorfosis este 2013 ya que obtuvo mucho éxito durante sus presentaciones en el 2012! Arjona si que ha logrado muchos éxitos durante su carrera y como se ven las cosas este año seguirá brillando!!
Check out his most recent vid and click HERE for a list of his tour dates!!
This vid will definitely make you not want to miss out on his tour! Ricardo Arjona - Si Tu No Existieras
Besos! ~ Mayra Chavez
Latin singer and actor Miguel Bosé definitely knows how to finish off his year!! Warner Music has just realeased the video for his new single Decirnos adiós which by the way features one of my favorite actressess Penelope Cruz!!. I must admit that even though it’s a little different from what I typically listen to I am actually loving this song and the vid!! Check it out!
Besos! ~ Mayra Chavez
Heyy amigos!! You know that feeling of needing to update your iPod, but not knowing where to look? I know! I hate that feeling too! Well, if you’re realllllly into music (no matter what language its in), I’m here to help you out! I’ll help spice up your iPod with some pretty rad Latino artist out there. Here we go!
So the other day I was at the gym and I totally forgot my headphones. (I know! So annoying! lol!). Luckily, the gym had a good mix going and one song in particular caught my attention. Paulina Rubio’s “Boys Will Be Boys” was playing and before I knew it, I was done with my first workout. I reallllllly like this song! It’s definitely good for your workout mix.
Panty Cantú has a special place in my heart. A couple years ago, she was part of a group called “Lu” and I was completely obsessed! I swear, their 2006 album totally got me through, well, a lot!!! (I know..I’m being so dramatic right now lol). I’m so happy to see her continuing success in Latin America. She’s not that well known in the states, but she’s definitely worth the view. :) This song is called, “Corazón Bipolar.”
Aleks Syntek is one of those artists who will always create a song that hits home! This is his latest single “La Tormenta” and I love it! His voice is so unique. Everyone needs some Aleks Syntek in their lives!
How adorable are they?!? Shakira tweeted this recent picture of her 7 month pregnancy on twitter and posted "Podria estar asi 9 meses mas"!! Her pregnancy glow is fab and it looks like it's rubbing off on her beau Gerard Pique! This cuddly picture shows how happy, excited and in love they are!
Besos! ~ Mayra Chavez
Wow what an amazing night at downtown Huntington Park! It was a night full of Marching Bands, Horses, amazing Christmas Floats, City Council Members, and Celebrities and of course the youngest Latin Grammy winner, Miguelito, was also present! “El Heredero” shared with us how excited he was to be a part of such a great event and wished everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas while he drove through the parade!
Even though Mother Nature wasn’t playing in our favor Saturday night that did not stop the parade from going forward! “This Christmas tradition usually attracts over 50,000 spectators every year and it’s something that our community looks forward to every year. The hard work that all of our team puts in and the months that go into prepping for this event definitely makes it worth awhile when we see all the smiles that we’ve put on tonight” said Letty Martinez, Executive Director of Chamber of Commerce. Way to go Huntington Park for throwing such an amazing event and bringing the Christmas Joy to the community this holiday season!
Check out the pics!
Besos! ~ Mayra Chavez
Huntington Park Spartans!
City of Commerce Queen!
Who can EVER forget the world’s longest running TV variety show?! As a kid, if your parents didn’t take you out on a Saturday night, I’m pretty sure you stayed in and watched all the chaos unfold on Sábado Gigante. Our beloved Don Francisco (Mario Luis Kreutzberger Blumenfeld) is celebrating the 50-YEAR ANNIVERSARY of Sábado Gigante and he decided to celebrate it..Gangnam Style!! Wow!
In honor of the golden year, Tony Dandrades released a Gangnam Style parody video. I must say, it’s pretty clever!! Plus, we get a random cameo from Barbara Bermudo and funny cameos of nostalgic characters such as La Cuatro. Check it out!!
Chékale! Instagram/Twitter: Oscar Abundez :)
Christina Aguilera along with Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Jon Bon Jovi, Mary J Blige and Sting did an amaaazing performance this past Friday during a live, hour-long telethon dubbed "Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together"!! What a great way to come together and support the victims of hurricane Sandy!!
Incase you missed it...here you go!! Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together!
Besos! ~ Mayra Chavez
Paulina Rubio allegedly beat the living crap out of her personal assistant all because the singer had to sit in COACH on a flight to Mexico.
The alleged victim is Felipe Restrepo Betancur, who claims he worked for Rubio from August until just a few days ago when Paulina allegedly FLIPPED OUT at a Miami airport.
According to Felipe's lawsuit, filed in federal court in Florida, Rubio missed her plane from Miami to Mexico last weekend, and put Felipe in charge of getting her on the next flight out.
Paulina's lawyer has released a statement RIPPING Felipe as an incompetent drunk whose allegations are "the subject of fantasy and make believe."
The statement reads, "The moment after being fired and eventually recovering from his inebriation Mr. Restrepo ran to an attorney who was representing another individual in a meritless lawsuit previously filed against Ms. Rubio's company Link Tours, Inc."
Let's see how this all turns out.