The Nueva Latina

A 20-Something Latina
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[This post is sponsored by USA Network but the content and opinions expressed here are my own for Queen of the South.]

Hello my lovely readers!! I am finally back at it! I know it’s been a couple of weeks, but I am so excited to be back and to tell you all more about the new USA Network series premiere for Queen of the South!!

The series is an adaptation of the successful miniseries La Reina del Sur, which I watched from start to finish last year. I loved the telenovela, so I knew right off the bat that I wanted to watch Queen of the South the minute I heard that it was in the works.

Starring Alice Braga (“I Am Legend”) as Teresa, the original drama series is based on the global best-selling novel “La Reina Del Sur,” by internationally-acclaimed author Arturo Pérez-Reverte. Queen of the South tells the powerful story of Teresa Mendoza, a woman who is forced to run and seek refuge in America after her drug-dealing boyfriend is unexpectedly murdered in Mexico. In the process, she teams up with an unlikely figure from her past to bring down the leader of the very drug trafficking ring that has her on the run.

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I was given the amazing opportunity to get a sneak peak of the pilot episode for Queen of the South and oh em gee…I LOVED IT!! I cannot wait until the season finally begins. Even El Chapo (my pup) loved the show. And if you’ve have or have had a 5 month old puppy, then you know how hard it is to keep them still. LOL But, he actually stayed still and watched the whole pilot episode of Queen of the South with me. So, I guess you can say it’s OUR summer obsession. He is also hoping to hear his name sometime during the first season. Ha.

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And, OH YES, this is so much more that your typical narco drama!! As many of you know, I am a civil engineer by trade. And I love stories that show how a woman can overcome all obstacles and take over in a male-dominated industry. Teresa is able to break through social and economic barriers despite being seen as poor and weak. Teresa is such a BOSS and you will be able to see yourself in her character.

Queen of the South also stars Veronica Falcón (“Besos de Azúcar”) as Camila Vargas, Justina Machado (“Six Feet Under”) as Brenda Parra, Peter Gadiot (“Tut”) as James Valdez, Hemky Madera (“Weeds”) as Pote Galvez and Gerardo Taracena (“Apocalypto”) as Cesar “Batman” Guemes.  Guest stars include Joaquim de Almeida (“Our Brand is Crisis”), Jon Ecker (“Narcos”) and James Martinez (“Breaking Bad”).

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I am so, so , so excited for the premiere of Queen of the South and can’t wait to hear what you all think of the show!!

**GIVEAWAY**

So, so excited that the USA Network is giving away Queen of the South branded merchandise to one of you lucky readers!! To enter please leave a comment below about what you’re most looking forward to in Queen of the South. Linqia and the USA Network team will work to select winners and collect addresses once the campaign has been completed on June 23, 2016 (the official Queen of the South premiere date!!).

Queen of the South premieres on the USA Network on Thursday, June 23rd at 10/9C!!! =)

What are you most looking forward to in Queen of the South?

Disclosure: The Nueva Latina is not associated with any of the companies named above. No purchase is necessary to enter. The odds of winning are based on the number of entries received. Linqia and the USA Network team will work to select winners and collect addresses once the campaign has been completed. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements. Entrants must only enter with either one email address, IP address and/or Facebook account, anyone found violating these rules will be disqualified. It is at the sole discretion of Linqia and the USA Network team if the winner has met the rules or not.

I have always surrounded myself with people that motivate and inspire me. When I met Jelisa Jay Robinson, I was in my fourth year of college. She was rushing o be a part of my sorority. Just from the few words I shared with her at that point, I knew that she has big dreams and that she was going to be able to accomplish them.

Within a few years, Jelisa has broken down barriers and persevered. Jelisa is more than my sorority sister; she really is one of my greatest writing inspirations. I wanted my readers to connect with and learn a little more about this amazing woman who will be taking the writing world by storm!! She also has a blog called Black Girl, Latin World, which is where a lot of my inspiration came from when i started my blog a year ago. Continue reading

Another subscription box review for you all here!!

I am SUPER excited to share my FabFitFun Review with you all! I am sure you have seen the ads for this box on Facebook or on Instagram by now.

What caught my eye about this box in particular was that it is called “FabFitFun” and every box promises something Fab, something Fit, and something Fun. All those things are right up my alley and I swear that I have found the perfect box for me.

The FabFitFun Box is a quarterly subscription from FabFitFun.com. Each season they send you a box of $100+ worth items in categories like beauty, fashion and fitness. Continue reading

I am verrrrrry hesitant of subscription boxes. The first subscription box I received was  total bust and I immediately regretted buying into it when I opened it.

I decided to give Rocksbox a try after I realized that I would wear the same three pieces of jewelry all the time. I admire women  that can rock an outfit and have accessories that just COMPLETE the outfit. I wanted to be one of those women. That, and I have been truly recognizing that, for me, diamonds are starting to become one of my best friends.

As soon as I opened the cute little Rocksbox I was blown away. There was a personalized note from my Rocksbox stylist. I had told my stylist that I had a pageant coming up and she wished me luck as well as hoped that the jewelry she sent would be used during the pageant. Continue reading

After speaking with a few of my friends, I decided to finally take the plunge and try out Stitch Fix.

Stitch Fix is an online clothing shop designed to provide personal styling services for women at an affordable cost. It was specifically created for women who need to wear nicer clothes for events/work but who don’t want to spend hours and hours combing through clothing stores to put together outfits.

I was a little skeptical when it came to this specific subscription box, but after so many of my friends tried it our and loved it, I started to think that maybe it would be perfect for me.

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[Keep reading to see how you can enter my GIVEAWAY and win a present for the most special lady in your life!!]

[This post is sponsored by BrandBacker and Glamulet. All opinions are my own.]

I call my mom everyday. Sometimes we laugh. Sometimes we fight. Sometimes we bond. Sometimes we cry.

My mom is my best friend. I know that it seems so cliché, but it’s true. When I turned 21, my mom and I traveled to Miami to celebrate. When I turned 25, she took me to Vegas for my first time there. And, if you know my mom in person, you know she KNOWS how to party.


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I was 5 years old. My mom’s aunt, who practically raised her as soon as she moved to the States, had cancer.

At the time, we had just moved from San Antonio, TX to my hometown of Del Rio, TX. My mom had serious separation anxiety and we would visit San Antonio at least twice a month. These trips included time to spend with my Tia Taba and my Tio Raul. My Tia Taba had already lost most of her hair and would wear these super hip head wraps.

She had stopped speaking and would communicate with her eyes and her face expressions. She used to make a really cute mad face when my mom and her siblings would tell stories of growing up with her. I would try and mimic her faces because everyone would tell me that I looked a lot like she did when she was younger.

I felt so close to her, despite not really knowing her, because they said I looked like her. That and the fact that, to my cousins and I, she was always the voice of reason. Her and my Tio lived with my other Tia, Tia Celia. Tia Celia did not like to take care of us. We would get so bored just sitting around at their house when we would visit. We would beg and beg and beg for them to take us to Chuck E Cheese. My Tio Raul would firmly say no. My Tia Celia would just plain ignore us. But, my Tia Taba would always find a way. She loved taking us. I don’t think I remember her telling me she loved us, but I know she did. Continue reading

Happy Monday y’all!

This past weekend was crazy busy! I spent most of Saturday at the Relay for Life of Central Austin (look out for a post about my experience with Relay later this week!). I felt horrible because I was not able to take my puppy, El Chapo, with me.

We now give most of our time on weekends to spent with the pup, so when we don’t get to he definitely notices.

So, I looked for something we could do with him on Sunday. One of the reasons I like the Austin area, more specifically Round Rock, is that they are SUPER dog friendly. I knew that I would find something to do by doing a simple Google search.

That is how I discovered Bark in the Park, which is an event held at the Round Rock Express Dell Diamond twice a season.

I have been itching to go to an Express game since I moved to Austin and, more so now, since I just moved to Round Rock and became an official resident of the quaint little town just minutes from Austin. I mean you got to root, root, root for the home team! Continue reading

I am not a fashion blogger.

I have also not always been the most fashionable person.

When I saw the opportunity to cover Austin Fashion Week, though, I was super excited! Although I am into fashion right now, I would like to be.

The fashion world is crazy and amazing. I knew that by me covering it I would be taken out of my comfort zone.

Well, you can say I REALLY enjoyed the experience.

I had so much fun! I also had the opportunity to meet and talk with so many up-and-coming designers. I interviewed Lauren Nicole about her Fall/Winter 2016 line. I was able to meet and hangout with beauty vlogger Natalie from Ginger Me Glam. I was able to take in the amazingness that is Hues of Man!! This menswear, lifestyle, and culture blogger has IMPECCABLE style. I am happy I was able to meet and hang out with him for a bit. I also was able to invite the newly crowned Miss Austin Texas Latina, Katelyn Anzaldua, to join me on my second day at AFW 2016. Continue reading