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Here Are 27 Gifts For Your Pan Dulce-Obsessed Self

Pan dulce isn’t just an obsession; it’s a way of life and my Latina sweet tooth is here for it. Sometimes, we forget that we’re *worth* treating ourselves to pan dulce in all its forms. Here’s 24 ways to treat yo’self or your pan dulce obsessed friend:

Pencils

Etsy / Chicpartygoods

If you’re writing with a pencil, you’re probably taking a scantron test, in which case, you need ‘Concha Power’ to push you through. Personally, ‘self-conchas’ isn’t even in my vocab so I wear these guys behind my ear like a lady boss.

Dad Hats

Etsy / GildedNopal

Wear your heart on your sleeve, your concha on your hat, and do it all with this one dad hat. Catch me walking into every wedding with this hat so you know what I’m really here for.

Concha Fuzzies

Etsy / MiBarrioCo

I won’t gamble on any other sweets, so why would I gamble on my car decór?! Concha dice for my rearview drive, dalé!

Garland

Etsy / LiliBun

I’ve been waiting 3 years to decorate my apartment and I think I finally found what I was looking for. I’ll be celebrating conchas for the next 3 years. Or you can be a normal person and just whip these out for actual festivities.

Fan Club Patch

Etsy / Major Crimes Division

Pan dulce fan?! Guilty as charged, Major Crimes Division. Sew this bad boy on all your other dad hats so you can switch up your look.

Mickey Mouse Ears

Etsy / FloresCrafts

Do I even need to say anything here? I’m just praying that somewhere, in a land far, far away from my waistline, there’s a Magic Castle made of pan dulce, topped with a crown churro.

Workout Tees

Etsy / MamaMonsterDesigns

I won’t workout for my health, for girls, or for looks, but this shirt scores a 2 out of 3 in my books. Either way, I’m eating pan dulce.

Motivational Posters

Etsy / Odysseyroc

Mantra. The French brought conchas to Mexico and Mexican bakers made them even better, like Mexicanos do. I don’t know if that’s what this motivational poster artist had in mind, but that’s the kind of inspiration I need to eat my way through this borderline dictatorship. Let your conchas be your guide.

Concha Boobies Sweatshirt

One time I saw Regina George wearing a concha boobies sweatshirt so I had to get a concha boobies sweatshirt. Shhh, we’ve got a secret deal for our readers : shop our Concha Collection with a 15% discount using the code TAKE15, only at the Mitú Shop.

Enamel Pins

Etsy / rebeccamarquez

I don’t know why the marranitos are shaped like little pigs, but my guess is that the best pan dulce is so sweet with a little bit of spice, that it had to take a shape of its own. And I eat those suckers like a pig.

Phone Socket

Etsy / ShimmerySweetsDesign

These are great because now, you can finally continuously scroll through your feminista af IG feed on one hand while eating pan dulce the other. Find them in your favorite flava flave.

Keychains

Etsy / ThatcraftykatStore

Keep losing your conchas keys? Attach a concha to them and you’ll never lose them again. #NoConchaLeftBehind

Tumblers

Etsy / TumblersByCindy

Ok, I don’t know a single person who owns a tumbler, but I’m willing to go Florida Panhandle tacky for the conchas. I mean, “I like big conchas and I cannot lie”?! I’m here for it!

Tote bags

Cafe Press / Pan Dulce Bags

I don’t care what you say about tote bags, mine has a marranito on it AND it’s saving the planet. Get one!

Retro Tee

Zazzle / Sol T-Shirts

It’s Stranger Things mixed with my favorite breakfast food, and helps anyone talking to me get straight to the point. “Sorry, como? I’m thinking about pan dulce.”

“Payaso” Coin Purse

Xochico

If I have any spare change that hasn’t gone to pan dulce, I keep it here. More often, I’m pulling change from the purse than putting it in.

“Niño Envuelto” Coin Purse

Xochico

It’s a jelly roll pan dulce! It’s so cute, I’m about to just spend what’s left in my coinpurse for this one too. You can never have enough coin purses. The better to fit in my backpack…

Backpack

Xochico

Yup. That’s a concha backpack, and you better bet it’s stuffed to the brim with conchasmarranitos, campechanas y orejas. And that I need the backpack to free up my hands, which are (you guessed it) holding a concha pop socket phone and a full-fledged concha.

Vintage Art

Etsy / LoteriaPrints

Pan dulce is our mother f*cking heritage, people. It’s our moral obligation, to our ancestors, to show our appreciation… via pan dulce shaped gifts to ourselves. We’ll pass it down so our nietos can sell it on their Etsy accounts. 😉

Heart Earrings

Etsy / CulturaCorazón

Concha heart shaped earrings?! Please hold while I wipe a tear from my eye and tuck my hair behind my ear. Y’know, so you can see my concha swag.

Cardigan Pins

Etsy / Dulcecalaveritas

Are you forced to wear cardigans to your school or work? Do you feel depressed by the inability to express your true self? Finally, a product that will bring all your passions and interests in one single pin! Wear it proud, mi amigo, you’re reppin’ pan dulce now.

Wall Art

Etsy / Good Walrus Goods

A little wall art, anyone? If you’re redecorating a room in your home and need something for those bare walls, this is perfect for you. The little elote is killing me.

Rings

Killer Sprinkles / Etsy

Talk about that bling bling! Obsessed doesn’t even begin to describe my feelings on these rings.

Stickers

PlanStick / Etsy

Truly, I need no other stickers. What’s my plan for today? Conchas for breakfast, orejas for second breakfast, cochitos for lunch, wedding cookies for second lunch…

Phone Case

Society6

Because what’s a concha without some café con leche? It’s still the greatest thing in the whole world, I’ll admit.

Cookies Phone Case

we are mitú

Here you have an entire panadería on a phone case. Now you’ll be able to carry all of your favorite galletas with you everywhere you go. To shop for one of your own, go here.

Concha Backpack

we are mitú

Here’s a backpack that will have all of your classmates drooling with hunger in the morning. If you want to rock this concha backpack at school, you can get your own here.

Concha Beach Towel

we are mitú

Now this is a beach towel that every fierce woman should have. To show your support for body positivity and pan dulce, get your concha towel here.

Victoria Cruz Sees Hope For The Future Of LGBTQ+ Rights 50 Years After She Witnessed The Stonewall Riots

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Victoria Cruz Sees Hope For The Future Of LGBTQ+ Rights 50 Years After She Witnessed The Stonewall Riots

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The history of Gay Rights in the country date back to the late ’60s and the epicenter was Manhattan. The core fighters of the LGBTQ community include Marsha P. Johnson, Scott G. Brown, Sylvia Rivera, and a slew of other pioneers. The sad thing is this generation has passed or will very soon, which is why we have to honor their legacy while they’re still alive. One of those people is an inspiring person in our Latinx community.

Victoria Cruz, who is in her 70s, is a survivor of the Stonewall Riots and is still very much a part of the fight for LGBTQ rights.

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Cruz, who was born in Puerto Rico, is one of 11 children that grew up in New York. While Cruz was born a male, she knew since she was in high school that she was a woman. Back in the ’60s, that was no easy thing to admit, yet her Puerto Rican family supported her transition.

While her family and close community were supportive, Cruz faced immense hardships including harassment from the police, and later in the ’90s, she was assaulted.

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Four of her coworkers physically assaulted her, which left her in ruins.

“I was very angry. Very angry,” Cruz said in an interview with Vanity Fair in 2017. “The worst part of it is that I couldn’t feel the ground beneath me, and added that she was “was contemplating suicide,” at the time.

But she overcame that tough time and is recognized as a leader in the movement for Gay Rights.

Yet, despite the hate and violence she faced, Cruz pushed on standing up for her LGBTQ+ family.

“I used to go to St. Vincent’s on my lunch hour…and I would see her,” Cruz told The Advocate. “She called to me, ‘Victoria, come here.’ And she always called me Dickie, you know, so when she said, ‘Victoria come here,’ I knew that she meant business. I sat down, and she looked at me. She said, ‘Try to keep the community together because we are our own worst enemy. And there’s power in numbers.’ And then she said, ‘The world will come up to try to divide us, and when you divide a community, you conquer it. So try to keep the community together.’”

As a trans woman and pioneer of the LGBTQ movement, Cruz said positive change is happening right now.

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“I’m optimistic, and I’m hopeful that it will change for the better,” she told The Advocate. “There’s power in numbers. If we unite and keep united, we can make the future different, and what we want it to be. By galvanizing one another, we galvanize each other. And with the same frame of mind, the same frame of thought, we can change what’s happening.”

Trans rights are the new frontier in the LGBTQ+ movement. Despite the contributions made to the movement by trans women of color, cis members of the LGBTQ+ community ignore their plight or add to the harassment.

“There is so much hatred directed toward queer people, particularly transgender women of color. For what? Why? I think it may be about people’s own insecurities about their own identities and sexualities. And further, people don’t know their history,” Cruz told BC/Stories. “The transgender experience isn’t new. It’s as old as the human experience, and anyone who does their research would know this. I think society needs to be educated, and maybe after being educated, empathy will follow.”

READ: Zuri Moreno Made Sure The Trans Community In Montana Remained Safe

Keds Latest Designs Proves That Avoiding Cultural Appropriation In Fashion Is Totally Possible

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Keds Latest Designs Proves That Avoiding Cultural Appropriation In Fashion Is Totally Possible

Keds

It’s always really cool to see a big name brand embrace the art of our Latinidad. It’s like a nod to all of the great Latinx artisans who add beauty and color to our culture. In fact, seeing consumers enthusiastically welcome these goods feels like further validation. With this in mind, it makes this new collaboration all the sweeter for us art and fashion lovers.

Keds is collaborating with designers Thelma Dávila and Lolita Mia on a line inspired by the Latina-created brands.

Instagram / @Keds

In what the shoe company is calling a “collaboration fiesta,” Keds released three fun and vibrant new designs.

Some of the shoes borrow inspiration from Thelma Dávila’s colorful Guatemalan textiles. Alternatively, other pairs utilize Lolita Mia’s festive fringe as embellishments. These touches combine with Keds’ original platform shoes to make a unique product.

Of the partnership with these new brands, Keds’ website says:

“It’s so rewarding to be able to be a part of the professional and personal growth of women who decided to follow their dreams. Entrepreneurs (especially female ones) are always brave, they’re risk-takers that believe strongly in themselves. And we believe in them too. We’re so excited to introduce you to our latest for-women-by-women collaborations.”

The Thelma Dávila brand is named after its Guatemalan founder.

Keds

The company specializes in designing and crafting unique pieces by hand. Furthermore, their products utilize Guatemalan textiles, leathers and non-leather materials. Obviously, this collaboration is built on a solid relationship between the two brands. Since last year, Keds retail locations have carried Thelma Dávila bags and products in stores.

On their website, Keds said the design collaborations were intent on “taking geometric design and color cues from [Dávila’s] native culture, our classic Triple Kick gets transformed into a fiesta-ready standout.”

Founded by jewelry artisan and entrepreneur, Elena Gil, Lolita Mia is a Costa Rican accessory brand.

Keds

While studying abroad in Italy, Gil made a significant personal discovery. She realized that ethnic crafts and traditions were very alike across regions. Specifically, they were similar in cultural importance. In light of this, she decided to start her own brand. Lolita Mia’s handmade products embrace what Gil has coined a “Universal Ethnic Luxury.”

Of the collaboration with Lolita Mia, Keds’ website reads:

“[The] aesthetic shines through in these playful renditions of our platforms in the form of fun, festive fringe and punchy tropical shades.”

The Ked × Lolita Mia collaboration has two designs while the Ked x Thelma Dávila collab is made up of one.

Instagram / @lolitamiacr

“Triple Tassel” is a multicolored platform with purple, pink, orange and white tassels attached to the laces. “Triple Decker Fringe” is an off-white platform slip-on with multi-colored fringe and golden embellishments on top. The “Triple Kick” features a neutral platform with Guatemalan textile accents around the bottom.

Each design is priced at $70 a pair. Moreover, they are available exclusively on Keds’ website. Be sure to order yours today and add a little extra Latinx flare to your summer looks.

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