Desiree Browne

9 Valentine’s Day Gifts for Your Best Girl Friends

A lot of Latin countries celebrate February 14 as dia del amor y la amistad, a day to say thanks to your best girl friends. Your girls have your back no matter your relationship status, so let them know how much you love them for it. These regalitos for every girl in your group definitely show how much you care.

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Pinup Photographer Alina Vargas-Afanasieva
Inspiring Latina of the Week: Pinup Photographer Alina Vargas-Afanasieva

If there’s one thing Santo Domingo-based photographer Alina Vargas-Afanasieva knows, it’s beauty. She’s photographed fashion, beauty and portraits for magazines all over the Dominican Republic and works closely with MAC Caribe. But what she shot for glossies didn’t always match the beauty of the women she saw walking the streets in her city. Trying to make her own work and celebrate the beauty of all women, the photographer gave ordinary women the movie-star treatment to create pinup photos in the style of the 1940s and 1950s, but with a distinctly Dominican twist.

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Maribel Liberman
Inspiring Latina of the Week: Chocolatier & Business Owner Maribel Lieberman

The minute you walk into her New York chocolate boutique in SoHo, you can tell Maribel Lieberman is a woman who loves her job. Every detail of her popular shop MarieBelle, from the enormous chandeliers to the meticulously decorated chocolates is elegant and rich. Each bite of one of her famous ganaches is a taste of her native Honduras—a burst of passionfruit or chili pepper—or something she discovered in New York’s culinary landscape, like cardamom or pistachio.

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Latino author Paulo Coehlo
Our Favorite Latino Authors

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we're taking a look at some of our favorite Latino authors. Get ready to amp up your reading list with these selections. Who is your favorite? 

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Sofia Vergara and Nick Loeb
Hispanic Heritage Month: The Best Pop Culture Moments in 2012

We’re taking a look back on the larger than life moments some of our favorite super-estrellas have had this past year.

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latin american coffee recipes
8 Delicioso Latin American Coffee Recipes

With Latin America producing 40 percent of the world's coffee, it's no surprise that Latinos have plenty of ways to prepare it. Whether your abuela always used a colador or a moka pot, coffee always smells like home. Switch up your routine caffeine fix with these coffee recipes from around Latin America.

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Alicia Estrada of Stop Staring Clothing
Inspiring Latina: Alicia Estrada

Alicia Estrada, founder and CEO of Stop Staring! clothing is inspiring us this week. The Mexican-American Los Angeles native starting sewing her own clothes at age 16 and hasn’t looked back since. After a brief stint as an accounting major, the self-described “punk rock girl” took her vintage-influenced style to Long Beach City College’s fashion design program. Soon enough, big boutiques noticed her designs and she grew with the demand. Fourteen years later, the classic looks of Stop Staring! are the favorites of regular girls and red carpet starlets alike.

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Willie Colon
5 Notable Latino Contributions to Disco Music

With the passing of disco queen Donna Summer last week, disco is definitely on our minds. These days when we hear disco we tend to think cheesy cover bands, but true disco evolved in basement parties and underground clubs, entertaining those who didn’t like the songs in mainstream dancehalls.

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