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Meet the Latinas

Submitted by on October 15, 2009 – 4:45 pm8 Comments
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Self Portait with Tiaras by Carol Cain, right.

I got a lot out of going to Blogalicious — the blogging conference for women of color. Especially great were the connections made with other Latinas whose work I have read but whom I had never met. I could go on and on about them, and the conference.

So, it is my pleasure to introduce you to bloggers I met this weekend — all women I wish I could han-geh-arr with in person, regularly.

Xochitl Gonzalez is a New York City-based wedding planner with a great name. The blog, Always a Blogsmaid, is a treat too.  I have been married nearly 17 years, and still drool over wedding pictures of dresses, cakes and flowers. (I cry at every single wedding, so being a planner would not work for me.)

Veronica Arreola writes at Viva La Feminista, the space where she offers a Latina, feminist perspective on the news and culture. Veronica is of Mexican descent. She’s smart, interesting, from Chicago, and was just featured in Ms. magazine.

If you have a cultural, or complejo, problem with using coupons, get over it, nena. Frugal is the new Fab. Hang out with Yoly from Cuponeando, who works tirelessly to help you learn the game. Yoly is based in Atlanta with her gringo husband. The site has an English version too.

I know Ms. Latina’s name, but she goes only by the moniker. La Ms. Latina, a New Yorker, blogs about beauty, fashion, health, money, reviews, giveaways, you name it, at Latina on a Mission. She’s a hoot.

Jennifer from Mami2Mommy is a Peruvian, New Yorker transplanted to Atlanta. She writes about motherhood, culture, reviews and recently became executive director of BabySpot Atlanta. She also has a super cute baby.

Boni Candelario is a career strategist who writes at Coach’m Up. Her tag line: “Know your value. When you believe it. You can sell it.” Don’t we all need to know someone like Boni during these hard days? She’s Puerto Rican, by the way.

I have been reading Aliza Sherman for many years. It started when I landed on her blog, Baby Fruit and I soon learned she has a wealth of web knowledge, she’s a great writer and this weekend, when I watched her dance non-stop at a Blogalicious party, I learned she has a Mexican abuelita.

Rachel Linares of Hyland’s, the homeopathic brand, can be found via Twitter, @comienzos, talking about Latinos and homeopathics. (I don’t know about the rest of you, but my grandmas believed tilo and cocimientos fixed everything.) Rachel has the best eyebrows ever.

Carol Cain of NY City Mama, pictured up there with me, writes about New York and travel. She’s a dominicana nuyorquina who has an MBA in International Relations and I’d give her a doctorate, or above, in Smart and Fabulous. Carol, who was the official Blogalicious photographer, recently wrote this essay for the Tiki Tiki.

Sandie writes about “entertainment, motherhood, and grief,” on her site, Urban Mama. Sandie’s Mami passed away last year and Sandie has written some really heart-warming and beautiful posts about Mami.

And, here is an Honorary Latina: Christie Crowder swears she’s not Puerto Rican. But, I say there is a boriqua hiding in her family tree somewhere. Christie’s blog is My Life…a work in Progress and she co-owns the Blogrollers, a social media company. She has chispa.

Next year in Miami, Latinas?

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