The Nueva Latina

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HAPPY TUESDAY!!!

TNL’s Monday Music Mashup is here! I know I am a taaaaad bit late. But, honestly, I have been slacking on the wedding planning front. But, now I am back on track! Be sure to sign up for my newsletter because so many amazing and great things are coming for the blog! I can’t wait to share with all of you!

This week on the blog, I will be compiling MY list of the podcasts you should be listening to in 2017 with a special spotlight on LatinoUSA. We will also have an interview with Stefani Vara, entrepreneur, #GirlBoss, and just overall badass!

I really want to focus on setting your goals and also ways on putting them into play! If you are already part of the #GettinItCrew, you know that I sent out a newsletter asking you all to share YOUR goals with me and I have agreed to help you reach them! Let’s do this together y’all!

Excited to start off 2017 on a good note!


2017 is here and we are already leaving our mark!

Yay for the third week in January! How is it going for you so far? I have a fresh, hip, and fun new playlist for you all to get through the rest of the week!

For this week’s Monday Music Mashup we have some new music and some of my favorites that are trending right now! We have a little hip hop, a little EDM, a little rock, and a little Latin sprinkled in the mix. I am really loving this week’s playlist!


TNL’s Monday Music Mashup 01/16/2017


What did you do this past weekend?

What are you listening to this week?

Send song suggestions to anali.martinez@thenuevalatina.com to be featured on future posts!

Just listen,

TNL's Monday Music Mashup 01/16/2017 - The Nueva Latina

If you’re anything like me, your planner makes or breaks your productivity. Having a yearly and monthly calendar, to-do list, and planning space at your fingertips helps you to feel in control over life’s chaos. Think of a planner as a centralized area for all of your organizational needs. I am OBSESSED with planners and I think you should be too!

The planners I love the most are the ones that offer more than a calendar. My goal with this post is to equip you with space to dream, outline goals, and plan this next year with purpose so you can achieve success!

Currently, I just moved into my first Day Designer planner! I love it so far! But, what I have found after using many different planners throughout the years is that everyone is “meant to be” with a different planner. The planner you use is really dependent on what you are using it for and what you hope to achieve by keeping a planner.

Planning and using a paper planner is a HUGE part of my life! I hope to do a “Plan with Me” video using both my everyday planner and wedding planner by the end of the month. So be excited for that!

Here are my top planners for 2017! Continue reading

#TGIM!!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

TNL’s Monday Music Mashup is back and better than ever! I am so excited to be back and ready to take on this week! Be sure to sign up for my newsletter because so many amazing and great things are coming for the blog! I can’t wait to share with all of you!

This week on the blog, we talk planners with Innovative Latina and how to stay on top of your planning game! I will be compiling MY list of the podcasts you should be listening to in 2017 with a special spotlight on LatinoUSA. We will also have an interview with Stefani Vara, entrepreneur, #GirlBoss, and just overall badass!

I really want to focus on setting your goals and also ways on putting them into play! If you are already part of the #GettinItCrew, you know that I sent out a newsletter asking you all to share YOUR goals with me and I have agreed to help you reach them! Let’s do this together y’all!

Excited to start off 2017 on a good note!


2017 we here and ready for you!

Christmas season has sadly come and gone. But don’t worry! I have a fresh, hip, and fun new playlist for you all this week!

For this week’s Monday Music Mashup we have some new music and some of my favorites that are trending right now! We have a little hip hop, a little EDM, a little rock, and a little Latin sprinkled in the mix. I am really loving this week’s playlist!


TNL’s Monday Music Mashup 01/09/2017


What did you do this past weekend?

What are you listening to this week?

Send song suggestions to anali.martinez@thenuevalatina.com to be featured on future posts!

Just listen,

TNL's Monday Music Mashup 01/09/2017 - The Nueva Latina

[*TNL Note: I’m excited to have today’s guest post written by Dina Chavez of SixChel, an ethical and sustainable fashion brand for the chic and modern woman. She is helping us find our own personal style and, along with that, confidence along the way.*]

Whether we want to believe it or not, our personal style says everything about us without having to say a single word. Often times we drench ourselves with what is on trend at the moment, which is okay, but I would really like to encourage you to step out of that comfort zone and truly embrace your own personal style. Why? Because owning your own style will raise your confidence making it that much easier to go out and conquer the world…or your tasks for the day.

Confidence comes from within and how you feel is determined by the way you are dressed or at least, the way you choose to dress affects your feelings/mood of that moment (continue reading as I walk you through an exercise to further explain this point). An article published on vogue.com in April 2012, discusses a study in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology’s website that describes enclothed cognition. Yes, enclothed cognition is a true scientific term that means the clothes you wear have an effect on your cognitive process. In other words, if you are wearing a brand that represents powerful women in the workplace, such as Donna Karen’s collections in the late 1980’s, then you will feel and think YOU ARE a powerful woman in the workplace. In essence, if you choose to own “your look” to express your confidence in the person you are today, then that is what will be perceived.

“My fashion advice is to have a flattering mirror and then forget about it.” —Vivienne Westwood Continue reading

HELLO 2017!

Y’ALL…WE HAVE OFFICIALLY SURVIVED 2016!

I can’t believe 2017 is here ALREADY here! The past year went by super fast! January is one of my favorite months because it serves as a month to START OVER. We now have 362 days left in 2017 and that is 362 opportunities to make this year YOUR year!

Since relaunching by blog, I wanted to start a new monthly tradition. I want to share my goals with you all at the start of every month and I want to hear YOUR GOALS too!

My Goals…Why do I set them? Why do I want to share them here?

  • Setting goals helps me remain focused.
  • Sharing my goals helps to hold me accountable.
  • I hope that it may inspire you to set goals for yourself!

Setting goals is essential for thinking about your ideal future, and for motivating yourself to turn your vision of this future into reality. The process of setting goals helps you choose where you want to go in life. By knowing precisely what you want to achieve, you know where you have to concentrate your efforts. You’ll also quickly spot the distractions that can, so easily, lead you astray.

I have also decided on my WORD OF THE YEAR!!! Every year, I pick a word that will be my guide for my life. This year, my word is JOY. I really want to focus more on doing things and taking opportunities that make ME happy. This past year was a little tough for me and looking back I realized that I wasn’t happy for most of it. I feel that if I look at every opportunity that is laid before me and ask myself “Will this bring me JOY?” and “Will I look back and be happy I did this?” And then if I stick to bringing JOY into my life everything else will fall into place. Continue reading

#TGIW GirlBosses!

ANOTHER MINUTE CLOSER TO CHRISTMAS!

It’s Wednesday, DECEMBER 21ST!!!!! How is Christmas already here?!?!? I swear that 2016 has gone by SUPER FAST.

This past weekend we spent time with Julian’s family on Friday celebrating the season. We also threw our annual holiday party on Saturday night. It was a beautiful day and then the temperature dropped about 40 degrees that night so I was upset because we had wanted to use our patio and people ended up not really wanting to hang out outside.

I also gave up drinking for a bit. Long story that I will share with you all when the time is right. And, no, I am not pregnant. One day. Haha

But, it’s been hard trying to hide the non-drinking me. I have been figuring out ways to make it look like I am drinking when I am really not. Like going up to the bartender and telling him if he can replace the tequila with sparkling water in my margarita. Or saying I am only drinking Dos Equis now because you can easily empty out the beer and replace it with water without people really noticing. And, my favorite and something I learned from the movie Coyote Ugly, always have a “chaser” beer bottle close to you when you take a shot. You “take” the shot, hold it in your mouth, and spit it back up into your chaser bottle. Works like a charm. Haha Continue reading

TGIF! HAPPY FRI-YAY!

This is the fourth week of my Holiday Gift Guide series that focuses on people planning a wedding! And even if you aren’t planning a wedding, there are a lot of great gifts in my guides for all the special people in your life.

I will be following this post with holiday gift guides for mothers and fathers. If this is your first time visiting my blog you can check out my Holiday Gift Guide Tying the Knot Gifts for the Bride by clicking HERE, my Holiday Gift Guide Tying the Knot Gifts for the Groom by clicking HEREand my Holiday Gift Guide Tying the Knot Gifts for Bridesmaids by clicking HERE.

Today, I want to focus on the groomsmen!

The role of the groomsmen is something not every bride really knows. If you are a bride, you probably haven’t even thought about getting the groomsmen gifts that come from you and not the groom. Chances are that your groom’s best friends are his groomsmen and, soon, they will be your friends too. So, why not gift them something special this holiday season?!?!

Keep reading to see what my top picks for the groomsmen in your life are for this holiday season! Continue reading

Happy Hump Day #GirlBosses!

ANOTHER MINUTE CLOSER TO CHRISTMAS!

I am so sorry I am so late in getting out this week’s Monday Music Mashup playlist! I had a pretty tough few days.

If you follow me on Instagram you know that I took my professional engineering exam this past October. After weeks of waiting that felt like a lifetime, we got the results. I didn’t pass. I kept refreshing the page to make sure I had the correct result. And it was still there…in big red letters. My result.

Thankfully, my fiancé passed!!! So I am super happy for that!! It’s super bittersweet.

The thing about failure is that it is a part of success. Some of the most successful people failed many times before they got it right.

“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” – Henry Ford

So where do I go from here? I am going to start studying earlier and focus more on the subjects I didn’t perform too hot in.

This is just a minor bump in the road on my way to greatness and I am going to get over it and be on my way!

PE Exam, I will see you in April! Let’s do this! Continue reading

HAPPY HUMP DAY!

After a looooong but great weekend, I am back at it again with my Holiday Gift Guide series that focuses on people planning a wedding. And even if you aren’t planning a wedding, there are a lot of great gifts in my guides for all the special people in your life.

I will be following this post with holiday gift guides for groomsmen, mother, and fathers. If this is your first time visiting my blog you can check out my Holiday Gift Guide Tying the Knot Gifts for the Bride by clicking HERE and my Holiday Gift Guide Tying the Knot Gifts for the Groom by clicking HERE.

Today, I want to focus on the bridesmaids! The role of the bridesmaids comes with  A LOT of responsibilities but it is an HONOR to be asked to be one. If you are a bride, you probably want to give back something to your bridesmaids this holiday season for all they have done and continue to do for you. Bridesmaids do not always get the credit they deserve during the planning and at the wedding. So, today, let’s look at ways to make the bridesmaids in your life feel a little more special this holiday season. Continue reading

Happy Tuesday #GirlBosses!

ANOTHER MINUTE CLOSER TO CHRISTMAS!

This weekend was CRAZY, to say the least. On Friday I went to the quaint little town of Poteet, TX to celebrate my sorority sister’s big 3-0! We had a blast!

On the way back, we were on the highway and I felt something wrong. And then I knew…it was the tire. I put on my hazards and took the nearest exit. We drove into a Cracker Barrell parking lot. Sure enough, my tire had blown out. It could have been worse and I am glad I stopped when I did. I found out I have Roadside Assistance through my car insurance (good to know!). And we ended up at the outlet mall in San Marcos, TX.

So there was a silver lining in an impromptu shopping trip with the bestie while we waited for Roadside Assistance to come help us change out the tire. Was back on the road within 2 hours and made it home safely.

Spent the rest of the weekend with my fiance and my pup. We decorated a second tree and put up more Christmasy frames and decorations around the house. So, in the end, it turned out to be a pretty great weekend despite the tire debacle. Continue reading