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All Posts By Cristina (Spanglish Girl)

Mi Vida Loca & Chicana Feminism

Mi Vida Loca & Chicana Feminism

Mi Vida Loca is the first film to depict working class Mexican-American life through the lives of young Latinas. Even more iconic is its portrayal of Chicana feminism.

I can still remember my first impression of the film.  I knew my mother would never allow me to watch a movie about cholos, so I waited to watch the film at my prima’s house.

My admiration for the film, as a young Latina, stemmed …

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Spanglish Girl’s Favorite Styles from the 2017 Latin Grammys

On Thursday, in the city of Las Vegas–my hometown– the 18th annual Latin Grammy’s were held.

The who’s who of Latin Music and Entertainment were in attendance, and the fashion, as to be expected, was on point. Here are four styles that reigned the night. I’ve selected the top looks in each category, highlighting the best dressed. Take a look!

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The Spanglish Girl Diaries: Happily Ever After (Season 2 Diary No. 19)

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Happily Ever After

Season Two Diary No. 19

Series Finale Part 2 of 2

My voice slightly trembling, from the guilt of the pain I was about to cause him, I replied:

“I can’t accept your offer. I’ve worked too hard for the life I have—My career, my house, my freedom—I’m sorry, but I can’t go back to depending on a man.”

I searched his eyes desperately hoping to …

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The Spanglish Girl Diaries: Ride or Die Chick (Season Two Diary No. 18)

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Ride or Die Chick

Season Two Diary No 18

The first words out of Cristiano’s mouth were, “Is it mine?”

His ex-girlfriend shook her head yes and shared she was 7 months pregnant so it had to be his. I quickly did the math in my head, and I was relieved to realize that at seven months, the baby would have been conceived before Cristiano and I, even met.

Cristiano then …

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The Spanglish Girl Diaries: Mi Novio… (Diary No. 17 Season Two)

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Season Two Diary No. 17

Mi Novio…

Earrings! He bought me earrings! Not a ring! Thank God…

As Cristiano held the earrings up to me, he asked me to be his girlfriend.

Still recuperating from the scare, my emotions got the best of me, and instead of responding to his question, I placed one hand on my heart and shouted, “Don’t scare me like that! I thought it was a ring!” …

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The Spanglish Girl Diaries: Single Girls Have More Fun (Season Two Diary No. 16)

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Season Two Diary No. 16

Single Girls Have More Fun

Finally clear of the dance floor—and my admirers—I was free to relax. I found a seat at the very edge the bar and slid off my heels. The bartender neared me and asked what I would like.  I ordered a soda and as I waited for it to arrive, my thoughts turned to Cristiano.

After all the attention I received tonight from men, …

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The Spanglish Girl Diaries: Madrina (Season Two Diary No. 15)

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Season Two Diary No. 15

As I pulled up to Carina’s house, I spotted Natalia peeking out the front window. Within seconds, the front door swung open and she came racing out, Carina following behind her.  Excited to greet my new goddaughter, I jumped out of my car and neared her with my arms wide open.

We met each other with a hug. As I lifted Natalia and twirled her, she shrieked …

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The Spanglish Girl Diaries: Special Delivery

The Spanglish Girl Diaries

Special Delivery

Season Two Diary No. 15

On the dot, right as I landed, Cristiano text me he was waiting at baggage claim. Three weeks had passed since we last saw each other. Truth be told, I could barely remember what he even looked like…

Tired from an overnight flight and drained from the emotions of having to say goodbye to my mother, I began to second guess this whole morning date. My …

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Carnitas & Cascarones: An Ortiz Easter

An Ortiz Easter

Easter Traditions from a Mexican-American Home

Easter with my family is nothing like the movies.  Instead of your traditional Easter ham, we have carnitas.  And there’s no gathering around a nicely set table with grandma’s fine china. I don’t think my grandmother even owned china… No, at our house, it’s paper plates and Norteños blasting, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

It’s been a while since I last attended an Ortiz Easter.  This year …

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The Spanglish Girl Diaries: True Love (Season Two Diary No. 14)


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Season Two Diary No. 14

True Love

I used to think the greatest love stories were those upon which fairy tales are based: Falling in love with a man who loves you so much he’d give his life for you; Someone to sweep you off your feet and save you. Romance.

But I now know better: there is a greater love …


As the plane …

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The Spanglish Girl Diaries: Trump Piñata (Season Two Diary No. 13)

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Season Two Diary No. 13:

Trump Piñata

Hair flowing in the wind, 90s Chicano hip hop booming and a beautiful convertible lowrider, we were the poster children for a lowrider magazine photo shoot.  Cristiano at the wheel, me in the passenger seat and Lupe and Adolfo in the back, we sang along to an NB Ridaz song and reminisced about our teenage years.

Turns out Cristiano and Adolfo were at one time, possible …

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