Selena Quintanilla Perez continues to be a icon and a role-model for millions of latinas. Twenty one years after her passing, Selena continues to be a role model and an inspiration. So what exactly is so inspiring about the beloved super start? Here is why:

She was humble. 

Selena entered the Tejano music industry where only men were successful artists. She is referred to as the “Queen of Tejano” because of the fact that she was the first successful female tejano music star. Yet, despite her success she remained humble. The first house that she bought herself was actually near her old home were she grew up. She ended up marrying her first love Chris Perez who was a member of her band. And she was always grateful o her fans, making sure to take the time to sign autographs and take photos. While her fashion was extremely glamorous on stage, off stage she was the girl next door who would sport fun crop tops and jeans when she would go out and about.  It just goes to show that you can remain humble in one of the most rigorous industries.

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She had a passion for fashion.

Speaking of fashion, Selena was (and continues to be) a trend setter. She was not a stranger to fashion. Using Paula Abdul and Madonna, Selena incorporated high end fashion while mixing it with her Mexican roots. It was fun to see all of the outfits she would wear on stage. I enjoy that fact that she would design all of her stage outfits and eventually went on to open her own boutique. In regards to fashion, she was certainly before her time. Selena used high waisted pants during performances, maxi skirts, crop tops and custom designed dresses. And of course, her famous look of the bustier.

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She was a hard worker.

Latino families know a thing or two about hard work. For many Latino families, life is very tough financially in the United States (or any immigrant fo that matter). Selena and her family knew that their success was not going to be an immediate thing. The Quintanillas worked hard to have Selena’s music and voice heard. That is what is so inspiring about Selena. Despite the odds, the singer worked hard to make sure that her dreams would become reality.

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She was real.  

She said what was on her mind when she had interviews. She loved to eat. She was not only an amazing performer, but she was a beloved friends, sister, and wife. While Tejano music is what sparked her career, she did not know Spanish has her primary language. English was her primary language. She did not try to hide the fact that she was not perfect at Spanish. Nonetheless, her fans loved her. In Chris Perez’ book “To Selena with Love” he shares that he and Selena were never experts in Spanish. Yet, the two did spend a lot of time practicing, to a point that Selena grew to know Spanish so well she had to slow down for her husband to understand her. She was truly a woman who wore her heart on her sleeve.

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She embraced two wonderful worlds.

There are a lot of negative things that are said about Americans. And there are a lot of negative things that are said about Hispanics (boooooo). As a woman who is a proud American who shares Hispanic roots, I know there are a lot of positive things about being American and Hispanic. For one, Latinos love food. We love our families so much that many times, latinos have two or three sets of parents because we create bonds with our friends that are inseparable. Selena embraced her Mexican roots but ways also like any other American girl. She loved to eat pizza, loved trying new things, and followed the American dream. To some, the American dream is a two story home with a white picket fence. Latinos know that the American dream is a life of happiness in which you can enjoy your earthly treasures with the people that mean the most to you.

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Selena’s Influence.

Jennifer Lopez actually got her big break as an actor when she plays the role of Selena when the film was produced in her honor in 1997. There are countless memes about JLO stating that she would not be famous of Selena was still alive. Frankly, I disagree and I feel that this is a negative (and terrible) thing to say. JLO continues to one of the most talented women not just in the music industry but as an actor and fashion designer. They are both extremely influential women in the Hispanic community. In fact, Selena Gomez’s parents admired Selena so much that they named their daughter Selena in 1992. I think that it’s safe to say that Selena Gomez lives up to her name by staying true to herself with body image and by being a positive role model to millions of girls around the world.

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Selena Lives.

On this day, her family and fans remember Selena’s smile and kind spirit. I was four years old when she passed. But I will never forget that day when I saw her funeral service on TV (it’s one of the few childhood memories that has stayed with me). My parents were sobbing, as though they lost her daughter. I most definitely want to be like Selena, twenty one years after her death. I do not want fame, but rather, I want to leave a lasting legacy. A legacy that inspires women to follow and pursue their dreams, to be kind, and always stay true to who we are as person.

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Hello beautiful ones! Ruffles can be very intimidating. Thankfully, this is a trend that a women of all shapes and sizes can rock. For petite women, this Banana Republic dress. Be sure to stop by your local boutique to get a petite sized dress.

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The floral print of this dress is gorgeous. And while I am usually afraid of ruffles, this dress compliments my petite body well. I love how the dress adds ruffles to the sleeves and shoulder of the dress. These little details give the dress a lot of personality.

 

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Dress: (Banana Republic) Shoes: (JLO by Jennifer Lopez) Long Chain Necklace: (Francescas)  Cross Diamond Necklace: (Kohls)

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The dress is more than just beautiful. It is super comfortable. While the dress does sport a lot of ruffles, the dress does not feel heavy. The dress pairs great with a cardigan or a blazer. This ruffle dress is certainly a great option to use at work or on a date night.

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I have been working for Kohls for five years now. As such, there are a lot of brands and styles that continue to be part of my wardrobe. One of them is Simply Vera Wang. Kohls does have a petite section (usually it is more extensive online). In images shown, I am wearing an XSP. You can find the dress shown in my images here.

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Dress: (Simply Vera Wang) Shoes: (JLO by Jennifer Lopez).

The dress shows off a beautiful watercolor floral pattern. The black lining of the dress and the rest of the material is made of out of polyester. The lining of the dress is made out of spandex. The dress is super comfortable and will flatter your petite frame.

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Simply Vera Wang can have a scary price tag if you are on a budget. Be sure if you are shopping at Kohls to login into the wifi network to see what coupons are available. The current offer online is a Friends and Family event. Plus, if you spend $50 USD, you will get $10 back in Kohls cash (so you can get more great dresses hehe).

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It’s all about floral patterns right now. Trying a floral pattern may  be out of your comfort zone but the only way to know if something looks great on you is to try it on. Take a chance at trying some new styles this weekend. You might just find new pieces that will step up your fashion game.

xo, and Happy almost Easter everyone! <3

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Lip color: (NYX Soft Matte Lipstick in Tokyo, lip gloss is Covergirl’s sizzle gloss in Hot Stuff), Brows: (LORAC; Take a Brow in Dark Brown), Foundation: (Laura Geller BB cream in Fair and Balance and Brighten Foundation in Light), Primer: (Laura Geller’s Soothing Spakle Primer) Eyeshadow Primer: (Urban Decay in Anti-Aging) Eyeshadow: (LORAC Gold Palette; Unpredictable, undeniable and unlocked), Mascara: (Laura Geller’s Glam Lash) Eyeliner: LORAC Front of the line Pro Liquid Liner in Black)

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Hi loves! While I am in my mid-twenties, one thing that I have never indulged in is coffee. Yep, you read right. I never started to drink coffee under recently. Because I have a sweet tooth, frappuccinos are now my new best friend. As much as I love my Starbucks fraps, the cost of getting one every single week can add up very fast. Luckily, I have a recipe that will help you get your coffee fix with half the amount of sugar and a fraction of the cost.

Ingredients:

1 frozen banana

1/2 cup of coffee (feel free to add more as desired)

1 cup of almond milk

1 scoop of vanilla whey protein powder (optional)

Add the almond milk, frozen banana and coffee to your blender. If you decide to use whey protein powder, be sure to add this last to ensure that the powder is distributed evenly. I like to use Designer Whey Vanilla Protein Powder. It does not leave your smoothie grainy from the powder. You can add ice if you want but I find that the frozen banana gives the smoothie a creamier texture. Add a pinch of cinnamon for looks and you are all set. Enjoy!

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Hello loves! The dress that is featured in this post is from Express. Before you make your way to the mall, be sure to take advantage of their sale going on now until 03/20. If you spend $60 you get to enjoy $15 off, spending $100 take $25 off your purchase and spending $200 will take off $60 off your purchase.

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I had the opportunity to visit the New Jersey Botanical Gardens in Ringwood. The property is absolutely stunning with English architecture that is made to look centuries older than it truly is. The mansion not only offered a large space but also exquisite gardens. My boyfriend and I lucked out during this shoot as it had been raining throughout the rest of the week.

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Dress: (Express)  Nails: (Essie’s A List ) Shoes: (Jennifer Lopez via Kohls) Bracelet: (FitBit Charge)

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I am so happy that off-the-shoulder dresses and shirts are back. This trend is fantastic because it flatters all body types. This dress mixes the best of two world: denim and off-the-shoulder. Normally, I like to wear gowns like this with a belt to show off my waist. Whether you decide to wear the dress with a belt or not, I will not make your petite body look even smaller.

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It is safe to say that the off-the-shoulder trend is here to stay! Be on the lookout for this style at your favorite retail store. Have you had a chance to try out this new trend? Be sure to let me know. Good luck and happy shopping!

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As we age, our skin goes through changes. Here is how to cope with your unfamiliarly of dry skin. 

There was a point in my life that I was convinced that I wanted to be a nurse. As such, I took courses in nutrition, chemistry, and anatomy and physiology. Eventually, I was introduced the in’s and out’s of skin, hair, nails and yes, even your sweat glands that provide our bodies protection. This system is known as the Integumentary System. When studying for our exams, my professor always told us to remember one thing: The  older we get, the worse things get for us physically. Yikes. Not exactly the most positive thing to say.

The good news is (per the norm), I am here to focus on the positive by helping you find a solution. It is inevitable, our bodies goes through a lot of changes as we age. Our skin is not exception. Personally, I have noticed that my once unbearably oily skin is now insanely dry and difficult to manage keeping moisture on my face. Here is what I have learned so far about my new dry skin:

Change your Cleanser

One thing that I always struggled with oily skin is the constant battle to keep my pores clean. As such, facial scrubs from time-to-time were excellent to keep my oily skin at bay. But now, however, things are different. My face is not producing the same amount of oil as it once was. So when you are using a facial scrub two or three times a week, you are actually stripping down layers of skin on your face. I like to wear make-up, but I also want to make sure I am not leaving make-up behind on my face when I clean it off at night. I love the Dermae E Evenly Radiant Brightening Cleanser because it is great on all skin types. Plus, this cleanser is super gentle on your face without stripping down layers of skin on your face. This cleanser is also available on Birchbox.

Change Your Foundation and Primer

Step aside, oil free primers! You are no longer needed. Now that your face is on the drier side, you want to make sure that your face looks and feels hydrated. Products that are helping me to do that are form Laura Geller. The Spackle Soothing Make-Up Primer  is fabulous. When you put it on, you can feel a cooling, tingling from it. It helps with any redness on your skin and helps keep your skin super hydrated through out the day (this is on top of the fact that it will keep your foundation fresh throughout the day). This is my new go to!

Since we are looking to stay away from drying out your skin, a hydrating foundation is going to be right for you. Laura Geller’s BB Cream is wonderful. This BB cream gives a fantastic amount of coverage without making you look like to caked on your foundation. It you want an extra touch of coverage, Laura Geller’s  Balance-n-Brighten Baked Color Correction foundation pairs extremely well with this BB-cream.

Change your Moisturizer

I know, I know, change is hard. It took me a very long time to find the right moisturizer that would not clog my pores but also give me the right amount of moisture on my skin. I definitely recommend the Sampra Ultra Hydrating Fluid. I got a sample of this product in my Birchbox over two years ago. I never ended up purchasing it after I finished my sample because of the price (I was in a much different place financially a few years ago). This year, I waited until I had a decent amount of Birchbox rewards points to buy it. This is a product you will definitely not be disappointment with. I am not exaggerating when I say that this moisturizer is what saved my dry skin this past winter!

Stay Hydrated

Whether you have dry, oily, or combination skin, you want to stay hydrated. Water flushes toxins out of your body. Additionally, drinking the right amount of water will also help naturally, to keep your skin hydrated throughout the week. So just how much water should you be drinking a day? About four water bottles a day (12 fl oz, the size of a standard Poland Spring water bottle).

With new changes in your skin type, it can seem overwhelming to make changes to your beauty routine. However, I do feel that this is a fun time for anyone. Head over to stores like Ulta and Sephora to try out different products to see which ones are right for you. You might just find a new favorite brand. On top of that, you are going to be thrilled with how your face looks when you find the right product. I know I certainly am!

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