I'm a raging opinionista and I love to share my ramblings on everything from pop culture to food to stuff that makes me laugh & cry! I've worked in all types of media (TV, film, print) and was previously the online editor at Latina magazine before joining Mamás Latinas. On most nights you can find me working my way through my library of cookbooks or playing with my puppy Lola (my only child so far). I have a wonderful hubby who shares my passion for any and all kinds of travel. Together, we've formed a semi-professional wine drinking team.I know I'm Latina when...
I'm reminiscing about my abuelas chancletazos...
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Gravity is looking like the runaway hit of the 86th Annual Academy awards! Alfonso Cuaron must be so proud, he was thanked by more people than the big G-O-D in other people's acceptance speeches! Then he got the big win for Best Director for his fantastic space odyssey Gravity, starring Sandra Bullock in a role that might have crushed a lesser actress. He is the first Latino EVER to win the huge Best Director prize at the Academy Awards, so felicidades Alfonso Cuaron, you have officially made history!
But he wasn't the only one to win big tonight. There is a new member in the EGOT club, that's the club where you have to win an Emmy, Grammy, Tony AND an Oscar to join. Pretty tough, right? Well, not for Robert Lopez!
OMG, don't mind me, I was just cutting onions. I was NOT crying about Lupita Nyong'o's Oscar win or her super inspired and touching thank-you speech. I swear. Well, the Mexican-born Nyong'o just won the Best Supporting Actress award for her turn in the amazing film 12 Years a Slave. Have you seen it yet? If not, run, don't walk to the next screening.
At the risk of sounding like a crazy over-the-top Nyong'o fangirl (which I freely admit I am, by the way) she totally wowed me with her ice blue, gorgeously simple Prada gown, which she helped design thankyouverymuch. But it was her acceptance speech that had everyone at the awards show teary eyed and moved even her competition Jennifer Lawrence to declare, "That was amazing!"
In case you aren't watching the Oscars, you just missed Jared Leto winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor...oh and also shouting out support to everyone in the struggle in Venezuela and Ukraine.
It's clear that the 42-year-old Leto is up on current world events and that he most definitely did not want to waste his few moments in the global spotlight by not speaking to larger themes and giving support in whatever way he can. It was a touching moment to be sure and it was really great to have a big Hollywood actor essentially giving voice to the voiceless.
Wow, if there was one overriding theme on the Oscars red carpet, it's nude colored gowns. Everyone from Kristin Bell to Cate Blanchett to Jessica Biel was rocking a pale flesh-toned gown!
They all looked beautiful, but honestly, I'm really not feeling the washed-out feel of a lot of these gowns. What can I say, I'm Latina—I need a little bit of color here and there. That's why, once again, the gorgeous Lupita Nyong'o was able to steal so much shine. She was a refreshing breath of cool blue air in a sea of sort of meh, skin-toned gowns! See her and all my other picks for best dressed below!Continue Reading >
My jaw hit the floor this morning when I saw the ladies who host the TODAY show on TV without even a stitch of makeup on! I mean, Savannah Guthrie and Natalie Morales are drop-dead gorgeous even without any makeup on, but it MUST have been hard for them to part with their intensive glam squad before hitting the airwaves. I don't really consider myself all that high maintenance (cough, cough) but honestly, I just don't think I could do it!