Blog Posts by Shine Latina editor

  • Top Pregnancy Trends Among Latin Moms

    BabyCenter® en Español, an online resource for Latin families, announces the most popular trends among moms in 2012.

    Each stage of pregnancy has become a cause for modern celebration; gathering family and friends to announce a new baby, for example, has been replaced by mass messages through social networking sites. The surprise of meeting your newborn in the hospital room is traded for the instant gratification of a 4D ultrasound. There are new trends every year in the world of maternity; here are some of the few that grew in popularity in 2012.

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  • Pregnancy Tips for Mothers in Any Trimester

    From which side a pregnant mom should sleep on to foods to avoid, Shine Latina spoke with Isidra Mencos, Editorial Director of Baby Center en Español, to get the best tips for mothers-to-be.

    Kim KardashianFIRST TRIMESTER
    This is an emotional time, full of both excitement and anxiety, especially for new moms. "It's a new experience. [New moms] want to know everything," says Isidra Mencos, who also sees this as the time when mothers are the most engaged in finding out every bit of information about the new baby. From the onset of fatigue and morning sickness, to the happiness and excitement of the new pregnancy, mothers have a lot to take in during this fragile time of their term, according to the pregnancy expert. This is also the time to rest as much as possible, and get prenatal care early on, especially if there's a history of diabetes in the family.

    Early pregnancy advice: Keep an eye on food and drink
    Here's some of Mencos' best advice for moms-to-be when it comes to what to consume during the

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  • Advantages of Renting Vs. Buying a Home

    Financial expert Andrés Gutiérrez tells us why buying may not be as beneficial as people think.

    Find out if renting may be a better optionAmong many families, the talk of buying a home takes on a serious tone when you factor in the importance of attaining the proverbial "The American Dream"- especially among Latinos. But the idea that renting is a waste of money may need to be reconsidered. "It's a big mistake to buy a home early, especially right after graduating or getting married," says financial expert Andrés Gutiérrez, who believes that there are great benefits to renting.

    Keep your options open
    There's something to be said about renting a home, especially for young couples or someone who has moved to a new city. It's the right decision if you need to remain mobile and keep your residence options open in case of unforeseen changes. "Buy only if you know you'll be [in that home] for longer than five years," says Gutiérrez. Purchasing a house too soon, without the necessary financial foundation, is a risky proposition.

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  • The Only 5 Pieces You'll Need in Your Closet

    Shine Latina spoke with celebrity stylist and Panamanian-native Karla Birbragher to discover how to build a full wardrobe with five basic elements and a few trendy pieces. Create these well pull-together looks without spending a fortune.

    Start with these five key piecesStart with these five key piecesFive essential pieces
    According to Birbragher, begin building your wardrobe with the following pieces:
    1. A good pair of jeans: Choose a more versatile dark wash that can be worn either day or night.
    2. A button down shirt in basic white
    3. A black dress: Choose the style and cut most flattering to your figure. The LBD can go from the office to a night on the town by changing its accessories.
    4. A pencil skirt: having at least one in a neutral color, like black or gray, is a must. For a trendier look, get a second in burgundy or royal blue
    5. A blazer: an essential element to dress up a pair of jeans; the blazer should be fitted to the body to create an hourglass silhouette.

    Trendy piecesThe key is in the accessories
    You can create many combinations with

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  • Key Weapons Against Cellulite

    Show off smooth, toned curves this summer with these top cellulite treatments.

  • Feeling Rundown? It’s Time to Stop and Smell the Roses

    It's high time women slow down the speed race their lives have become to take care of themselves. Let's begin by stopping long enough to find the health and relief flower-therapy provide.

    The high-speed chase that describes most women's lives (running after kids, meeting deadlines and prepping meals) can easily end up in a big emotional and physical crash.

    If you're overspent taking care of everyone, it's time to make yourself a priority. As the saying goes- stop to smell the roses- and it turns out that the color and scent of flowers can actually invigorate the soul, lift a sully mood or help you calm down. No matter how ragged you feel, there's a beautiful sight and smell that can help you feel better naturally. Here are some ideas to get you started:

    Stop and smell the rosesStop and smell the rosesFeeling anxious or depressed?
    Get a bouquet of your favorite roses, eucalyptus stems and other assorted flowers, and arrange them in a pretty vase. Then, pour some rose oil in a reed diffuser and place near the roses. The sight of

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  • Génesis Rodríguez: Latinas Are the New Mainstream

    This Yahoo! original series will introduce you to success stories, to the public figures who have crossed cultures and languages to leave a mark in the Latin and US markets. In this episode, get to know Génesis Rodríguez, the daughter of Venezuelan pop singer "El Puma"- an up and coming actress who is determined to prove Latinas are the new mainstream.

    Génesis Rodríguez "I don't want to be 'la hija de El Puma' every single day," says an independent Génesis Rodríguez of her desire to create a unique identity as an actress outside of her famous parents. Born in Miami and raised in Venezuela and the US, Rodríguez is the daughter of legendary Venezuelan singer and actor José Luis Rodríguez "El Puma", and of Cuban model Carolina Pérez. And while she works hard at creating her own persona, there's no doubt Rodríguez holds her father in high esteem: "As I get older, I really admire what my father has done in his career and how people really love him," says the Latina who confesses to being jealous of her

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  • Latin Culture and Its Influence on Mainstream Fashion

    Some of the most popular fashion trends were inspired by traditional garments and accessories of Spain and Latina America. See which wardrobe staples have the Latin culture to thank.

  • Shakira Welcomes Baby Boy

    Shakira and Gerard Piqué Latin crossover sensation Shakira and boyfriend, Gerard Piqué, welcomed their first son into the world on January 22nd.

    The proud couple, who were in Piqué's hometown of Barcelona, Spain for the baby's arrival, have named their bundle of joy Milan Piqué Mebarak.

    In a joint announcement on the singer's website, the new parents shared:

    We are happy to announce the birth of Milan Piqué Mebarak, son of Shakira Mebarak and Gerard Piqué, born January 22nd at 9:36pm, in Barcelona, Spain.

    The name Milan (pronounced MEE-lahn), means dear, loving and gracious in Slavic; in Ancient Roman, eager and laborious; and in Sanskrit, unification.

    Just like his father, baby Milan became a member of FC Barcelona at birth.

    Baby Milan weighed approximately 6 lbs., 6 oz., and the hospital confirms both mother and child are doing well.

    Outlets ignited when Shakira hinted at the impending birth on her Twitter account, asking for fans' prayers "on this very important day".

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  • Latinas Shine at the 2013 Golden Globes

    From presenters to nominees, Latinas brought the glam to the Golden Globes.


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