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20 Latina Bridal Looks To Use As Inspiration For Your Big Day

When it comes to the big wedding day, every bride wants their look to be unique, and Latina brides are no different. From the veil to the hair to the makeup and of course what they will wear, a girls gotta stand out!

For some, the wedding clothes are the most important choice a bride makes, and for others, it’s all about the accessories, especially if those accents highlight the diversity of Latin American cultural traditions and beauty.

If you’re a Latina looking for a unique look for her wedding, here are a few inspirations to make your wedding day look spectacular!

Embroidered dresses

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These dresses are beautiful expressions of traditional hand-sewn styles from Mexico to Peru and are unique ways to add color to a seemingly boring white dress.

Dashing suits

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If you aren’t feeling the wedding dress vibe, strike out in your own style with a dapper, well-fitted suit with cool color accents and, of course, a great hair day.

Flower Crowns

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Channel your inner Frida Kahlo in a bright pop color and a beautiful flower crown to adorn you hair.

Traditional dresses

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Mixing traditional elements with versatile styles, flower crowns can pull a whole bridal look together.

Non-traditional colors

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Want to have a darker look for a Fall wedding? Go black with unique accents to bring out your bruja side.

Wedding boots

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A great pair of boots can be comfortable and the perfect way to show pride in your ranchera heritage.

Cathedral veil

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For those of you planning traditional Catholic weddings, the classic and elegant cathedral veil is always a gorgeous touch.

Something borrowed

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If you are looking to incorporate a special element into your bridal look, consider wearing “something borrowed” from a family member like a shawl or jewelry piece that is meaningful and will give you confidence on your special day.

Volume!

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For some brides, the bigger the dress, the better! A long veil and a wide skirt can make anyone feel like a princesa on her big day.

Inner Goddess

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Channel your inner goddess or fairy with flowy gowns and hair pieces that make you seem as though you stepped from a forest sanctuary and into your wedding.

Sparkly nails for the big day  

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If you want to add a touch of elegance to your look, incorporate nails that match your wedding color palette.

Never too much lace

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Traditional lace sheath dresses can be great for all body types and lend a romantic elegance to bridal looks.

Flowy beach look

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If you plan to leave the cool weather for a beach wedding, you can do no wrong with a loose flowy gown, perfect for barefoot strolls and a seaspray ceremony.

Color coordination

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Make the colors of your wedding pop by incorporating them into every aspect of your look, from hair to makeup to the dress itself!

Vintage veil

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Bring a touch of vintage romanticism into your look with a vintage mesh veil that reveals your beautiful face.

A Unique Bouquet

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Bouquets composed of unexpected floral arrangements like wildflowers or succulents can make a statement and let the assembled guests know who you are, bold!

Jeweled heels

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Looking to sparkle from head to toe? Wearing gems on your feet are the perfect accent to a cool winter wedding (and an excellent “something blue).

Crowns and headpieces

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Who says you can’t be queen for a day? Forgo the traditional veil in favor of a crown or tiara to lend a unique elegance to your look.

Geometric dress designs

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Show off your personal style with a dress that hugs the curves and has a pattern all it’s own.

Bold everything!

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Who says a bride has to be demure? Show off your dyed hair, tattoos and piercings because there is no better day than to be your unapologetic you!


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Here’s The Best Exercise For Your Body Type Based On Your Zodiac Sign

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Here’s The Best Exercise For Your Body Type Based On Your Zodiac Sign

Getting into shape is about as easy as resisting a free box of Krispy Kreme donuts. Yeah, it’s really, really, hard. And, it’s even harder when you feel like there’s no right sport out there for you.

Chances are, you just need to find the right kind of workout: one that’ll get your heart pumping, the sweat pouring, and leave you looking forward to next time! We’ve consulted your zodiac, and it turns out that there are still some unconventional exercises out there for you to try.

Read on to find out what you’ll be doing, next!

Aries (March 21 – April 19)

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If you’re an Aries, you need to do something that will really set your inner flame alight. You thrive on competition and adventure. As far as you’re concerned, when it comes to exercise, if there’s no thrill in it, why bother with it in the first place?

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Contact sports, like martial arts, are great for someone like you – from karate, to taekwondo, to boxing and mixed martial arts, you’ve got plenty of options to choose from. With your fire-y attitude, Aries, you’ll be fighting like Jackie Chan in no time.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

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Taurus, you’re known for your stamina, and endurance. Some might call it bull-headedness, but once you’ve committed to something, you’ve got the dedication to see it through. Being an earth sign, you’re at your peak when you exercise outside.

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Have you ever thought about playing Quidditch? Yes, it’s the same sport from Harry Potter. Quidditch for muggles is like a mix of football, dodgeball, and tag, all played on the one field, while the players keep a broom between their legs. It’s high time you gave it a try, Taurus, and embraced your inner witch.

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

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Your idea of exercise involves moving your mouth, Gemini. For you, exercise works best when you can socialise with everyone around you. Of course, it’s even more motivating when you can wrangle a buddy into coming with you, so you can work up a sweat together.

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That is why wife-carrying is perfect exercise for you, Gemini. It’s not complicated; it’s a sport that is exactly what it says on the tin. And, let’s face it, half of the battle is mental, with this one. It’s about being able to support your other half when you compete together. Gemini, with your gift of the gab, you’ll be in the perfect position to give your partner in crime that bolster they need to cross the finish line.

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

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Cancer, we know that you like to get in touch with your feelings, no matter what you do. And, your exercise routine is no exception. For you, exercise is really about experiencing the endorphin high that a good workout brings.

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Let’s face it, Cancer, the best way for you to burn those calories is to get hot and sweaty with another gorgeous soul in bed. A solid bonk ticks all the boxes for you. Exercise? Tick. Intimacy? Tick. Bragging rights over your newfound sex life? That’s a bonus.

Leo (July 23 – August 22)

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Exercise for a Leo isn’t just about getting fit – it’s about the performance of it all. You’re confident, courageous, and you like showing that off. You’re all about being at the centre of attention, and that doesn’t change when you exercise. 

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Dancing fits you and your style, Leo. The more energetic, the better. For you, this could be as simple as bounding around the house, shaking it all out. Or, getting some structure into your routine and taking classes. The point is, you’ve got the energy and vivaciousness needed for showing off some serious moves.

Virgo (August 23 – September 22)

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Virgo, you’re one organised soul. Exercise, for you, is about making sure it fits into your routine. If you were really honest, you don’t mind doing the same thing, day in, day out – as long as it gives you the results you’re looking for. After all, you’re a perfectionist at heart.

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As an earth sign, you’re pretty comfortable gardening. And, don’t get us wrong, we’re not just talking about just pulling out weeds. Hauling big plants, and shovelling mountains of dirt really gets you breaking a sweat! It also gets a routine going, since you’ll have to give your green babies attention every day. And, you’ll be seeing visible results in no time – both in your body, and in your rejuvenated garden.

Libra (September 23 – October 22)

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As the sign of the scales, you excel at balancing activities, Libra. You’ve got a sense of poise that some people can only dream of. You’re not too fussed over the competitive aspect to some sports, so you’re usually happy just working up a sweat.

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Libra, mountain biking is your style. More often than not, you’ll stay on the bike when other people would fall off. And, as an air sign, you’ll thrive on the fresh mountain air when you go biking.

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)

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Scorpio, your ideal exercise routine incorporates some intensity. You like to get in touch with your competitive side when you’re getting sweaty. But, let’s face it, you’re really in your element when you embrace your more seductive side.

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Pole dancing incorporates everything you’re looking for in a workout, Scorpio. While most pole dancers make the art look easy, it’s anything but. You’ll start doing pole dancing for sexiness of it all, but stay to prove yourself in the championships.

Sagittarius (November 23 – December 21)

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Cheerful and optimistic are two words that best describe you, Sagittarius. And, part of maintaining that upbeat outlook is having a workout that makes you happy. Since you’re a free spirit with a lot of energy, you need an exercise routine that reflects that.

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The perfect way to work up a sweat for a Sagittarius is to go trampolining. Let’s face it, it’s hard to not feel happy after bounding your way through an exercise session.

Capricorn (December 22 – January 20)

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As an earth sign, Capricorn, you thrive on competitiveness in your exercise routine. You’ve got the ability to endure, so for your workouts, you need something to make you break a sweat, and then continue to break a sweat. Your determination to succeed means that you’ll never let a hard session get the best of you.

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Have you ever tried zorbing, Capricorn? Some would describe it as an extreme sport – after all, it involves getting inside a gigantic plastic ball, and rolling your way to the finish line. It takes considerable strength to control where you want to go, and we know that you’ll be up for the challenge.

Aquarius (January 21 – February 18)

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Aquarius, being the intellectual you are, you thrive most when your exercise routine engages both your body, and your brain. Your love of technology definitely influences your workouts. Variety is what keeps you engaged when you exercise – routines can kill your enthusiasm for getting fit. 

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The internet is your best friend when it comes to putting together an exercise program for you, Aquarius. We know that one day you’ll be scouring an app to get in touch with your inner yogi, and the next you’ll be firing up Youtube for a solid HIIT session.

Pisces (February 19 – March 20)

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For Pisces, you need a workout that meshes with your sensitive personality. Since you’re drawn to taking care of the people around you, it means that you need to let off some steam more regularly than most. You benefit from the stress-relief exercise can give you when you’ve had a good session. 

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Being the sign of the fish, anything involving water is good exercise for a Pisces. Have you ever tried aquajogging? It says it all in the title – and it’s even popular enough to have its own world championships every year. Maybe we’ll see you there, one day!

So have you discovered a new way to tackle your exercise routine? Or, had you already found your own unconventional exercise to incorporate into your routine? Let us know on Facebook by clicking the icon at the top of the page!

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21 Extravagant Latino Wedding Cakes That Will Make You Go “QUE?!”

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21 Extravagant Latino Wedding Cakes That Will Make You Go “QUE?!”

Of all the stereotypes that us Latinos are burdened with, perhaps there is one that is actually true and really a compliment: we know how to party! Latino weddings are perhaps the less ceremonious and most over the top. They generally last for at least 12 hours (if not two or three days) and often tradition is disregarded in favor of whatever will result in a fun fiesta. When you think about a cake for a Latino wedding you have to take into account that size matters: guests are likely hungry after jumping and dancing for hours.

Wedding cakes throughout Latin America and in Latino communities in countries like the United States go from the discreet to the extravagant! We have chosen examples on both ends of the spectrum. Latin America is a region that bursts with creativity and inventiveness and these culinary confections are testament to this. Of course the bride usually has the last word even if countless family members are likely to give their opinion.

1. If you are getting married, why not face the dragon of matrimony right from the start? Ay, nanita!

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Sugar Shop is a bakery in Mexico that just goes over the top and takes on the most thinking-outside-the-box challenges. This awesome cake takes on a medieval theme and gives a whole new meaning to slaying the dragon. There are plenty of Juego de tronos fans in good old Latam so this kind of cake is likely to be popular for a few years to come. We propose an Aztec dragon for next time!

2. Or give a little taste of the honeymoon destination? Par-ee!

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Oh la la! This kitschy cake looks part teenage cute and part new chic. The Eiffel Tower on top gives it an European twist that doesn’t quite get sophistication right. To be brutally honest, the black frosting does not look appetizing. Para nada!

3. Or just a Just Married car would do just fine, tengo o no tengo razón?

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We don’t know what is more uncanny…. eating a car or the fact that the groom is actually wearing a joker hat! You still have time to change your mind, runaway bride! Also, who is driving?

4. This cake makes us wonder if it is kitschy art or desert!

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The edible topper looks like the horrible sculptures that some comadres make in their spare time. Latin American kitsch at its best worst. It looks like the horrible art that bored tías sometimes make. The rose petals are supposed to be classy but enter tacky territory.

6. Or what about this cake with hearts that seem to be actually bleeding! Que alguien los ayude!

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A good idea gone slightly wrong. We know that us Latinos are passionate…. but you don’t want your invitados to actually feel like they are drinking your loving hearts’ pouring blood!

7. Arre, arre, una boda for horse lovers, mijo. Una boda muy ranchera.

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No caption needed. This couple took their equine obsession a bit too far. We are sure that the banda music was at full blast all night.

8. This Mexican pastel de bodas is just too pretty to eat

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This looks like one of those hand knitted manteles that abuelitas love to make. Not too delicate, but cute and certainly a trip back Latino memory lane! We love the multicolored marigolds too.

9. Is this cake or a garden full of florecitas?

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A little flower is OK, but this bakery in Mexico took it a bit too far… are you sure those are edible?

10. Can you even spot the cake? Is that it hidden in the curtain?

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Tons of Latino abues love macrame. But this cake is just hidden amongst this monstrosity of a curtain. Very kitschy but it can surely remind us of some horribly decorated salas de estar from our childhood.

11. El tamaño sí importa (size does matter)

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Wow. This cake just keeps going and going and going…. Latino bride and grooms, and particularly los papás de la novia, like to show off, so this cake is a perfect way to make guests feel gossipy and jealous.

12. Día de bodas or Día de Muertos?

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Strangely cute… a Day of the Death confection that takes the wedding vows a bit too far. Would you like some rotten teeth with your pastelito? The bloody base also makes it look a little bit Twilight.

13. What kind if fresh hell is this?

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An infamous example of Latino machismo. No comments other than “do not attempt at home”. Whoever this couple is, we just hope their married life isn’t this miserable.

14. Let us recover with this Mexi-beauty

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After the horrible display of twisted gender politics in the last example, what about this gorgeous cake for a simple, small marital gathering? The papaya halves give this arrangement a fresh and very very Latino look. That mantelito is also colorful and true to Mexican tradition.

15. This transnational failed topper attempt

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The bride is clearly from Brazil and the groom is Mexican. We are all for inclusivity and representation of us people of color, but the bride and groom look like they came out of Bizarro Sesame Street. And we are sure that if the groom is truly loosing his hair h wouldn’t want to brag about it!

16. Let them eat cupcakes, compadres y comadres!

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A great idea for a Latino wedding. Guests will be dancing and drinking and you don’t want to deal with a cakey mess: just give them colorful cupcakes and let them enjoy their desert while dancing to Celia Cruz or Juanga. It will also be easier to send the guests off with come desert pa curar la cruda.

17. Orgullo Yankee, parce!

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Latinos in the United States tend to be avid baseball fans, and this topper for a couple of Dominican Yankee fans speaks to shared sports fandom for a Hispanic couple. Could be substituted with soccer teams for all those rabid hinchas.

18.Hasta que la muerte nos separe (till death due us part)

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Romantic and a bit creepy at the same time. What a wedding cake topper in Coco would look like. We are sure, however, that some gringos would find it confronting. Why would skeletons get married? Duh.

19. Taco… miendo pastel de bodas

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This actually makes us laugh a bit! Why not combine the most famous Mexican dish with a colorful cake? We just hope that the actual cake is actually al pastor flavor! What we do hope is that the couple offered some taquitos in the early hours of the morning, or perhaps some delicious chilaquiles.

20. Some others are delicate but luscious

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Mexican blog Frida Enamorada showcased this delicious fig and grape cake… it has an slightly gothic look for those more alternative novias. Not every bride wants to be all Frozen, so this is a cute and timeless piece.

21. I mean look at this…

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“Extravagance” lays on the eye of the beholder, and having a discreet wedding cake is oftentimes a bigger statement than mountains of merengue and adornos. The dry leaves give it a very “Mexican Revolution” and timeless feel.


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