Blog Posts by Cosmo Latina

  • What to Eat at 3am

    Brian NavarroBy Caroline Buia

    Whether you stop at the pupusería on your way home from the club or scarf a plate of empanadas after a night on the town, after dark is the worst time to eat. If you're risking starvation (or at least a killer hangover), go ahead and indulge your craving. A few words to the wise:

    -Fill up on water or caffeine-free tea before so you'll eat less.
    -Keep the food portions small
    -Eat slowly
    -Out with friends? Share your plate so you're only having half the amount of food.

    Buen Provecho!

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    A Yen For Mexican

    NIX:

    Burrito

    738 cals/86g carbs

    Chicken quesadilla
    563 cals/37g carbs

    SWAP FOR:

    Burrito bowl with greens, beans, cheese, chicken and pico de gallo (skip rice) 340cals/30g carbs

    Quest For Cuban

    NIX:

    Ham croquetas
    280 cals/30g carbs

    Tostones
    139 cals/21g carbs

    Flan
    471 cals/77g carbs

    SWAP FOR:

    Sopa de pollo
    172 cals/14g carbs

    Baked sweet potato fries
    140 cals/23g carbs

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  • 6 Things You Need for a Kitsch-Free Día De Los Muertos Party

    By Ariel Nagi

    El Día de los Muertos has been the party of the year for the indigenous of Mexico for hundreds of years… Ready to try your own modern take on this bizarrely fun tribute fest? Here's what you'll need.

  • 7 Easy Latin Diva Halloween Costumes

    By Ariel Nagi

    You don't even have to go to the costume shop for these.

  • How to Meet Hot Men

    By Michelle Herrera Mulligan

    You walk into a bar, you see a bunch of dudes, and you….a) leave immediately, everyone looks a loser b) see a few prospects, but would rather just catch up with friends or c) Chat with everyone who looks employed, hey, you never know… If you answered a or b, you fit into the majority of mujeres we know. We get it. It's easy to get burned out on barside coquetones, after all, they're used to running their game on every hot chica they see, no? That's why you need to take control. Here's how to be the big player yourself, taking charge of how to meet the best man in any situation, no PUA lingo required.

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    If you're at the bar/club...

    We recommend: Go for a lounge or neighborhood spot, much more likely to weed out the douche factor
    The approach

    1. See a muscly hottie who actually seems smart? Send him two drinks (one for you and one for him). It's sure to be cute conversation starter.
    2. Can't get a word in

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  • Latina Designers We Love: Alicia Estrada

    Courtesy of Alicia EstradaWhere are you from?

    I was born and raised in Long Beach, Ca. My mother and father were born in Mexico, so I'm Mexican-American.

    How did you get started in the industry?

    I started sewing when I was 16, just as a hobby. I'm so grateful to God that my hobby turned into a full-fledged business! I feel like I'm living in a dream world!

    What advice would you have for someone wanting to start their own line or business?

    Immerse yourself in fashion, learn everything you can about every part of this industry. Be a sponge, and never give up on your dreams,-you're going to make it!

    Related: 6 Things That Inspired Designer Emilio Sosa

    What were some of the challenges you faced in starting out and how did you overcome them?

    I never had capital or investors, so not having money was challenging in the beginning. But in the end, not having money was the best thing for me. It forced me to learn everything about the industry, like sales, marketing, patterns, design, etc. It

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  • Cosmo for Latinas 10 Beauty Commandments

    Cosmopolitan MagazineBy Milly Almodovar

    Celebrity makeup artist Andrew Sotomayor has worked on the most beautiful women in the world, including Nina Garcia, supermodel Arlenis Sosa, and Kerry Washington. Today, he's bringing us his 10 Beauty Commandments-commandments he says you must follow or face the punishment of looking like a hot mess.


    1. Thou Shalt Wash Makeup Brushes Regularly
    Washing your brushes once a week will prevent you from getting acne or skin infections, reduce facial oils from getting into your compacts, and extend the lives of your brushes. Clean synthetic foundation and concealer brushes with regular face wash, but use shampoo for fluffy powder puffs and shadow brushes. Allow time to air dry.

    2. Thou Shalt Check Your Foundation Shade Seasonally
    Your skin will usually be the lightest midwinter and the darkest midsummer. During those times of year, update by selecting a shade that disappears into your cheek when applied.

    3. Thou Shalt Buy Fresh Mascara Every Three Months

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  • Latino Designers We Love: Carlos Miele

    Courtesy of Carlos MieleWhere are you from?

    I was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil.

    How did you get started in the industry?
    I began with designing evening wear, and this is still what I am known for outside of Brazil. My international career really developed when I started showing in London and then, two seasons later in New York, which is really the most international city in the world. Now, after 10 years, I am selling in more than 25 countries and have a flagship store in New York's Meatpacking District.

    What advice would you have for someone wanting to start his or her own line or business?
    You must have drive, and you must find and stay true to your identity.

    Related: 6 Things That Inspired Designer Emilio Sosa

    Describe your customer.
    I design for a contemporary woman who represents a link between a global audience and a Brazilian perspective. She is sophisticated and wants to feel beautiful. This woman could be in New York, Paris, Hong-Kong, Sao Paulo or anywhere in the world.

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  • My Breast Cancer Journey Part 1: The Diagnosis

    Shirley RodriguezSofia Quintero is a Puerto Rican-Dominican author, filmmaker and educator and most recently, cancer warrior. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2012. Each week, she'll be sharing her story here.

    "I wouldn't push if this were routine," I told the woman at the Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention in Harlem. "But I found something that concerns me." She gave me an appointment for a mammogram on December 21, 2011. I told no one.

    The second mammogram I had done in early January revealed two additional lumps, one in the right breast. Yet when the surgeon told me she could fit in a biopsy the next day I asked, "What do you have after that?" I had already missed Day 2 of a six-day shoot for this and I was scheduled to be second assistant director the next day. Stop messin' around, Fi! I thought to myself. "Never mind. What time tomorrow?"

    Now I have to tell my executive producer, and how do I tell him and not my parents? Of course, they insisted on

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  • The 5 Sexiest Things He Likes About You

    Eduardo RamosBy Eduardo Ramos

    Women are delicious creatures by nature, and I find so much of what you all do sexy. While there are many different definitions of "sexy," one woman took the cake by striking several different chords on my scale. You might find some of this useful, so I'll share a few of her (and other) behaviors that I, and the average hombre, find deliciously appealing.

    1. Listen to what I say.
    I was planning a small birthday party at my apartment a couple of years back. The day before the bash I was cleaning up the backyard and my shorty came by to see me. We were talking, and I expressed that I needed a couple of bamboo mats to lay over the dirt in my NYC backyard. The next morning as I'm stocking the refrigerator my buzzer rings. There she stood looking beautiful as always, with six bamboo mats slung over shoulder. I was shocked, elated, and couldn't believe she'd remembered what I'd said the day before. I wanted her for lunch immediately.

    Related: How to Seduce Men

    2. Be

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  • 8 Fall Inspired Cocktails


    Courtesy of Baileys









    By Ariel Nagi

    Fall is quickly approaching, and while you're getting back into the swing of things like school, shopping, and packing away all your summer favorites, you might need to chillax and have a drink. Stir up one of these trendy autumn bebidas!


    Autumn Chai Swizzle

    2 ounces Baileys Original Irish Cream

    3 ounces Brewed Chai Tea

    Raw Brown Sugar

    Cinnamon Stick

    Brew a pot of chai tea. Add 2 teaspoons of raw brown sugar into pot and stir until dissolved. Fill a coffee mug with chai tea and Baileys Original Irish Cream.


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    Pear-Fect Martini

    1 1/4 oz pear liqueur

    Splash brandy

    1 oz pear nectar

    Splash lemon juice

    1 oz Barefoot Bubbly Extra Dry Champagne

    1 Bosc Pear

    2 tbsp cinnamon

    1 tbsp white sugar

    To prep the martini glass, mix the cinnamon and sugar in a plate. Then rub a lemon wedge around the rim of the glass. Dip the glass in the cinnamon-sugar mix until well coated. Set glass aside. Next, thinly slice the

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