The Nueva Latina

A 20-Something Latina
livinglovingexploringrunningworking
in Austin, TX.

I HAAAATE tequila. So, when I received an invite to go and check out Austin’s new mezcal and tequila bar downtown, I was a little hesitant. But, the amazing people and mezcal at Las Perlas Mezcaleria were able to get me like tequila a little more.

This Oaxacan style cantina exists as a living tribute to Mexico’s native spirit, Mezcal, with the finest selection of more than 400 premium agave spirits in the United States. Las Perlas cocktails arrive garnished with everything from wild hibiscus flowers to the Oaxacan delicacy of spicy, roasted chapulinas, while also offering ice cold Mexican cerveza. Continue reading

[This post is sponsored by Hive but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.]

Happy Thursday y’all! So, as many of you may or may not know, I am getting married in November to the love of my life. We are in the wedding planning process as well as looking further into the future of our lives together. I have always had a goal in mind to own my own home before I turned 30. Before I met the fiance, I didn’t think I would ever be able to do that here in Austin, TX where the housing market is CRAZY. Now, with both our incomes and saving money, we are ready to start looking for a house and I am SO EXCITED! Continue reading

It’s officially Labor Day Weekend!! And the fiance’s birthday! AAAAAND the start of Longhorn Football!!! YAAAAAAAAAAS!

The past week and a half have been crazy and super hard for a lot of my family and friends. Many towns and cities in East Texas were impacted by the flood brought on by Hurricane Harvey. I haven’t had the heart to write because I felt like being happy at a time like this was not allowed. Continue reading

[This post is sponsored by Painting with a Twist but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.]

Happy Monday y’all! I feel like it’s been FOREVER since I last posted. Life has been CRAZY. With work, wedding planning, and trying to spend time with friends and family there hasn’t been much time for me to sit down and write a post. And, it sucks, because I also haven’t had much one on one time with the fiance in the past month and a half. So, we decided to finally PLAN a date night out, just the two of us, to Painting with a Twist.

The fiance is the artist out of the both of us. He knows how to draw and paint. I love how happy he looks when he is “in the zone” while he is painting. I think it really calms him down. When I found the Painting with a Twist near us, I thought it would be the PERFECT date night for us. I like wine, the fiance likes to paint…it was a match made in heaven. Continue reading

You know I love me a subscription box. When The Daily Goodie Box reached out to me I was beyond excited to try it out. Not only was it a subscription box, but it was FREE.

Of course, like with anything else, I had my suspicions that it just COULDN’T be free.
So I created my account and within a few weeks, I received my Daily Goodie Box…absolutely no strings attached.

The Daily Goodie Box is more than just free samples because they send you products that you MOST LIKELY will use in your everyday life.

Daily Goodie Box June 2017 Review – FREE Sample Box - The Nueva Latina Continue reading

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

Y’all! Y’all! Yaaaaaaaaa’ll! Queen of the South is officially back!

The series is an adaptation of the successful miniseries La Reina del Sur, which I watched from start to finish two years ago. 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.

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If you follow me on social media, it is no surprise that I am a self-proclaimed pageant girl. I have many hobbies from working out to writing to as simple as spending time with my family. But, there is a hobby I picked up the last year that I have absolutely fallen in love with…PAGEANTS. My hobby, however, doesn’t always seem to be met with positivity.

Pageant contestants are met with so much negativity on a daily basis. I’m the type of person who loves adventure, and honest competition, so when I entered my first pageant, I was excited to share the news with my family and friends. And, I am not going to lie to you, I was one of those people that HATED the idea of pageants before I competed in one.

The argument I’ve heard from most people against pageantry is that the contestants are “exploited’ and “parade around in swimwear”. Yes… We do wear swimsuits in SOME pageants ( not all pageants have a swimwear portion)… And I have no issue with this… and here’s why. Continue reading

You know I love me a subscription box. When The Daily Goodie Box reached out to me I was beyond excited to try it out. Not only was it a subscription box, but it was FREE.
Of course, like with anything else, I had my suspicions that it just COULDN’T be free.
So I created my account and within a few weeks, I received my Daily Goodie Box…absolutely no strings attached.
The Daily Goodie Box is more than just free samples because they send you products that you MOST LIKELY will use in your everyday life.
Is Daily Goodie Box a Scam? - The Nueva Latina

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Happy Mexican Mother’s Day! Feliz Dia de las Madres!

Today, in Mexico, it’s Mother’s Day! This will probably not come as a surprise to many of you but I am very, very proud of my mother and all of her accomplishments. Sometimes I feel like people get annoyed or even uncomfortable with how much I brag about her. But, it not my fault. My mom and both my parents, for that matter, are the epitome of the American Dream.

My mother was born in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico. She immigrated to the United States at the age of 13. She was able to overcome adversity and graduate college despite English being her second language. She went on to become the first woman and first Latina President/CEO of Border Federal Credit Union in Del Rio, TX. This past February, she was awarded the 2017 National Credit Union Foundation Wegner Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement. This is one of the most prestigious awards to receive for professionals in the credit union industry. Continue reading

CHINGONA: Spanish for Bad Bitch aka Badass Girl aka Nasty Woman

Confidence is something I struggled with most of my life. I have never been the prettiest, the skinniest, the one with the best hair, or the one with the hottest bod. But, in the past year, I have learned to be comfortable in my own skin and to really embrace the amazingness that is me.

Confidence comes from within.

And I came here to slay biiiiich.

Of course, like I said before, I wasn’t always like this. I spent YEARS of my life trying to be someone I wasn’t because I was convinced that people would like me more if I dressed, acted, and looked a certain way. I was also convinced that if certain groups of people “liked” me that I would automatically just BE a happier person.

I think the first instance I can remember this happening happened for me in 1st grade. My parents would send my brother and I to Mexico to spend the summer with my grandparents so we could practice our Spanish. One summer, they thought it would be a good idea to enroll us in school in Mexico for a month to see what it would be like for us. Within the first week of being there I was dubbed “Ojos de Sapo” or “Frog Eyes” because the kids said my eyes were huge. So starting then I thought that if I squinted all the time that it would make me less weird and more attractive. I have pictures of me from then on through college with me squinting. Haha Continue reading