Araceli Cruz

25 Signs You Grew Up Latino in California
25 Signs You Grew Up Latino in California

Growing up in California, outsiders have the misconception that every day is filled with sun and surf, kind of like we’ve seen on episodes of Beverly Hills 90210 or The O.C: a luxe life with the world at your feet. Growing up Latina in Cali sure had its perks like hanging out in Hollywood (before it got glammed up). And here, you are the majority, but don’t assume it included driving down the PHC in a convertible white Jetta. It’s more like cruising down the barrio streets of East Los in your brother’s beat up Mustang.


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Joie's NYFW Collection Is Like a Parisian Dream
Joie's NYFW Collection Is Like a Parisian Dream

This insane, bitterly cold, winter we’re experiencing on the East Coast is making us lust for a magical trip to Europe, as if we could even make it out of this snow. At Joie’s Fall/Winter 2014 presentation, yesterday afternoon, our fantasy escape came true, sort of. For a couple of hours we were whisked away to the streets of Paris where we were greeted with champagne, croissants, and macaroons!


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Erin Fetherston Channels Grace Kelly for Fall/Winter 2014 Fashion Presentation
Erin Fetherston Channels Grace Kelly for Fall/Winter 2014 Fashion Presentation

Grace Kelly is a classic emblem of pure elegance and poised femininity that defined a generation and resonates to this day, but are those characteristics something that are innate or can it be attained? After experiencing the the aura of Kelly’s timeless beauty, which served as inspiration to Erin Fetherston’s Fall/Winter 2014 collection, the answer is: Flirty sophistication can most definitely be acquired. All you need is one of Fetherston’s floral and lace cocktail dresses, librarian glasses and slick ponytail and you’re set.


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Jenni Rivera Remembered: 9 Ways She Is Still Making Her Mark
Jenni Rivera Remembered: 9 Ways She Is Still Making Her Mark

On December 9, 2012 the world mourned the loss of Jenni Rivera, one of the most influential Mexican American singers who died in a plane crash just hours after she had performed a concert in Nuevo Leon, Mexico. The following months since her death family, friends, and fans have had the trying task of enduring grief all the while remembering her bubbly spirit through countless of mediums she left behind. On the anniversary of her death we reflect on all that she left for us, and remember her legacy that will continue to live on. 


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SNL's Diversity Problem: Latina Comedians Who Fit the Bill
SNL's Diversity Problem: Latina Comedians Who Fit the Bill

There’s been a huge uproar ever since Saturday Night Live cast member Kenan Thompson went on record addressing the show’s lack of diversity claiming black women just aren’t “ready” to appear on the iconic TV show. And we applaud everyone who’s been speaking out against his claims, because in our eyes female minority comedians are more than ready for the big league show. Perhaps SNL’s creator, Lorne Michaels isn’t looking deep enough.


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Shakira performs at the Latin GRAMMY Awards
The 13 Best Songs in Spanglish!

You probably learned to speak Spanish in one of three ways: from your family; from school; or from pop culture. Movies, TV, and music have been a longtime source for our daily intake of bilingualism (here’s looking at you, Ricky Ricardo!).  And it’s pretty evident that it’s easier, and a lot more fun, to sing in our mother tongue than to recite convoluted Spanish sentences in front of the classroom. So we’ve rounded up some of the very best bilingual songs of all-time, so go ahead and sing-along -- you know you want to!


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Gabriela Perezutti-Isacson's Fashion Week Inspiration
Gabriela Perezutti-Isacson's Fashion Week Disaster (Don't Worry, It's On Purpose!)

If your ship was sinking, what would you gather first before jumping overboard? If you’re asking Uruguayan designer Gabriela Perezutti-Isacson she’d have to say: Lots of white lace, pointed flats and a couple bottles of hairspray.

“The inspiration for the collection was sailing, nautical things,” lead hair stylist Amy Farid tells us. “Gabriela sails, her husband is big sailor. So we’ve created this woman who is a fancy lady going to the Caribbean with her friends. They have this immaculate hair that is super structured and makeup done.”


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Argentine Designers Spring 2014 Show Full of Talent!
Argentine Designers Spring 2014 Show Full of Talent!

A couple of minutes before the Argentine Designers Spring 2014 fashion show began on Friday night, we were sort of anticipating lots of flashiness and hyped-up color, because, well, you know those Argentinos sure love to go all out. What we saw, instead, was something in between.


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Spring/Summer 2014: Paola Hernandez Is All About Color

An hour before the show is about to begin fashion designer Paola Hernandez is prepping the looks, models are hanging outside texting on their phones, and the bartender is setting up his station. It’s pretty hot and chaotic inside Churner and Churner Gallery, the Chelsea art space that is hosting Hernandez’ Spring 2014 Collection titled Singularity, and we don’t mind the mayhem one bit.


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Aqua Cycling Fitness Trend at Aqua Studio in NYC
Just When You Thought Cycling Was A Brutal Workout, They Created Aqua Cycle...

Indoor cycling is the must-do workout for fitness aficionados. It’s been a fast growing trend for a while and has spawned spin establishments like SoulCycle and Flywheel.  Indoor cycling, when done right, is one of the best ways to burn an insane amount of calories and fat in a short period of time. You could, sort of, say that A-list cutie Jake Gyllenhaal put indoor cycling on the map. He’s at SoulCycle so much he even met his latest girlfriend there.


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