Grace Bastidas Deputy Editor

Born and raised in Queens, New York, where more languages are spoken than anywhere in the world, Grace Bastidas is Latina’s Deputy Editor. She oversees lifestyle content, including topics as diverse as career, health and relationships, and occasionally writes about her own experiences in The Good Life section. As a writer, Grace’s work has appeared in The New York Times, New York magazine, The Wall Street Journal and Travel + Leisure. She is fluent in Spanish.

Shakira at the NRJ Music Awards
Shakira: Stronger Than Ever!

It’s a Thursday night in early December in Los Angeles, and inside a Hollywood photo studio, the crew behind Latina’s April cover shoot is all set: the photographer poised in front of his camera, the makeup artist wearing a cosmetics tool belt for last-minute touch-ups, the hairstylist clutching a fan that will give our cover subject that windswept look. Everyone is in position.

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A Day in the Life of Latina’s Deputy Editor Grace Bastidas
A Day in the Life of Latina’s Deputy Editor Grace Bastidas

What's it really like to work at Latina? Check out a day in the life of Deputy Editor Grace Bastidas, as she shows you a glimpse into her typical (busy!) day:

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Shakira for Latina magazine April 2014
Exclusive Outtakes From Shakira's April 2014 Cover Shoot!

Want more of our April cover star Shakira? Check out some of these exclusive quotes from Shakira’s cover shoot and don't miss the rest of her interview on newsstands March 11!

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Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling at The Place Beyond the Pines premiere
Planning the Perfect Wedding for Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes

Sounds like Ryan Gosling may soon pop the question to Eva Mendes

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Women Slap, Fight
Learn How to Slap, Telenovela-Style

If life imitates art, then surely watching telenovelas can be interpreted as an educational experience, arming us with the tools to guide us through our own tumultuous romances. One key lesson Latin soaps teach us is how to deliver a good slap, especially when tempers flare, voices rise and insults start to fly. For a demonstration of this “art form,” we’ve compiled a slideshow of face-smacking videos that will have you feeling the burn. 

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Jessica Alba arrives in Tokyo, Japan with daughters Haven and Honor Garner
Must-Read Tips for Traveling with Kids

Jessica Alba is in Toyko, Japan this week with her entire brood: hubby Cash Warren and daughters Honor and Haven. And although she makes traveling with a three-year-old and an eight-month-old baby seem like a breeze, we know it’s not always easy. You have to consider how to deal with layovers and jetlag, how to keep them entertained, how to get picky eaters to try new foods and a slew of other concerns.

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Woman working on her finances
How to Prepare for Next Year’s Taxes

Whew! You filed your taxes and are completely exhausted. Now you’re thinking it’s time to kick up your feet and relax. Well, think again. Why not get a head start on next year’s returns and avoid all the unnecessary stress that seems to take over your life each April? We consulted with Suzanna de Baca, vice president of wealth strategies for Ameriprise Financial, about how to ease the yearly burden and here’s what she had to say:

Create a Filing System for Documents

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Last Minute Tax Tips
LATINA's Last Minute Tax Tips

Procrastinators beware: Tax Day is right around the corner—April 17 to be exact—so it’s time to take a deep breath and complete your returns. Here are some great last-minute tax tips from Annabella Rodriguez, office manager of H&R Block’s ( Weston, Florida office.


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Musicians Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony
Working With Your Spouse: If J.Lo Can Do It, Can You?

Jennifer Lopez has made a habit out of working with every man she’s ever married or dated. Chris Judd was one of her back-up dancers. Ben Affleck starred opposite the Bronx native in Gigli and Jersey Girl. Marc Anthony has collaborated with her on music, film, fashion, and they are continuing to work with each other on Univision's hit show, ¡Q’Viva! The Chosen.

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Will Spanish Survive in America?

Among many second and third generation Latinos the answer is, "No," making some wonder if Spanish will survive in America as more and more of us are born here.

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