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We Found The Perfect Gifts For Your Selena-Obsessed Friends And Created A Gift Guide

Congratulations! If you’re reading this, it means you keep very good company. Whether you know all about Selena or just need a little guidance from a trusted source, we’ve got all the necessary items to be a Selena fan club member in good standing. Before Selena’s untimely death, she paved the way for women to take the stage in Tejano music. During a time when Cosmopolitan was telling women with curves how to properly hide those curves, Selena, somehow, remained mentally unscathed and showed us all how to properly show off our Latina curves, and keep eating pizza. While nothing can bring her contagious smile and unforgettable voice back, we can be reminded of her empowered, easy-going spirit when we notice a pin on our backpack or pick up our keys and see an Apartamento 512 keychain. 

If you don’t understand what feeding your friend’s obsession is all about, trust that it’s pure female empowerment.

Apt. 512 Keychain

Be warned, if there is anything less than platonic about your ‘friendship’ with this Selena-obsessed person, this keychain may be taken as a hint that you want something more. Otherwise, compas, your friend will scream to carry this around on her keychain. If you know, you know.

Chico in Apt 512 Tee

Oh, so you know what you’re doing and trying to make that Selena-obsessed friend your Selena-obsessed novio or novia? The key is to wear this Chico in Apt 512 Tee under a hoodie, and as your “friend” is opening the keychain gift, unzip that hoodie and reveal yourself. You’re the dreamy guy next door.

Selena Pin Pack

Pins are one of the most popular gifts because there are no sizes and one little pin can tell you a lot about a person. These three exclusive pin designs include Selena’s iconic red Porsche, “El Busti-Caca”, and “I Could Fall In Love With You” Pizza. If you don’t get it, trust that they will.

The Life of Selena Lil Libros Book

As we all trailblaze into a new decade, and a new year, some self-empowerment may be on your friend’s mind. If that sounds like your friend, then what better way to empower that self-reflection than from the mind’s eye of the Selena? Buying someone a journal almost always feels passive-aggressive, but only tears of laughter can be produced by this gift.

Bidi Bidi Guau Guau Dog Bandana

If your friend is obsessed with Selena, she’s probably also obsessed with her dog. This makes the perfect two-for-one package present to show your friend you care about her dog’s solid fashion sense, and that they properly rep family values. Plus, it’s on sale right now!

Selena Plush & Bib Bundle

If your friend has become a new mom, this handmade gift, and it’s backstory, will have her weeping with joy. When Erika first got pregnant, she started making baby shoes for her soon-to-be newborn. By the time she gave birth to her third child, this hobby became a full-out passion project and company, now called Luna Impressions. Your new mama will appreciate that this gift is 100 percent handmade by a Latina mom who became a businesswoman while her children were still in diapers.

Bidi Bidi Baby Onesie

If a Bidi Bidi baby doesn’t tell you they’re a Bidi Bidi baby, are they even a Bidi Bidi baby? Complete the gift set with the most adorable baby onesie there ever lived, available in baby pink, white, and black as well.

Bidi Bidi Busti Youth Tee

When her baby is a full-grown child, we’ve still got the merch she’ll need. Growing up in a Selena-obsessed household is contagious. Before Selena, Tejanas were rare or ignored in Tejano music. After a childhood of rewatching the stunning Selena belt “Como La Flor” from Houston’s Astrodome, she’s going to want to do the very same. Make that kid’s dreams come true.

Bidi Bidi Guac Guac Plushie

The ultimate mitú x Selena gift is perfect for the friend who may also have an obsession with Guarcado or avocados in general. Guarcado is donning Selena’s iconic sparkling purple jumpsuit and even has a convenient keychain attachment, so your friend can hold onto it forever!

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From Churros To Buñuelos And Atole— 12 Latino Comfort Desserts To Get You Through This Weird Quarantine Season

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From Churros To Buñuelos And Atole— 12 Latino Comfort Desserts To Get You Through This Weird Quarantine Season

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Updated on May 13, 2020, originally published on November 20, 2019.

Sure, it’s summertime but there’s nothing wrong with tapping into the holiday season for some good o’l comfort food. Especially these days. Latinos don’t settle for just one dessert option, we have plenty to choose from and you best believe a few tías will bring different ones. From pastel de tres leches to churros and all the drinks that go with them, there are some wonderful treats in store. Yes, more often than not, a good cafecito will pair up perfectly with your postre, but how about a Mexican ponche? Or a Guatemalan Atol? We rounded up our fave cold-weather desserts for the summer that every Latino should whip up for quarantine!

1. Alfajores

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These soft, delicate and buttery cookies are held together by the addicting caramel sauce, an elixir of the gods; dulce de leche. This option goes perfectly with a good old cafecito and chisme. That sobremesa is sure to get lit with all that sugar pumping up the tías and abuelitas. 

2. Arroz con leche

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A foolproof winter classic. Arroz con leche is the ultimate Latino comfort dessert any time of year tbh. Try it calientito with a good amount of cinnamon and raisins. Provecho!

3. Buñuelos —Colombianos and Mexicanos

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The Colombian iteration isn’t quite a sweet treat as it’s filled with cheese, but the addition of brown sugar, butter and tapioca make it a dessert in our book. As for the Mexican version, they’re usually made during the winter holidays. Mexican Buñuelos are made of fried dough, covered in cinnamon sugar and if you’re not about fried dough covered in cinnamon sugar, idk what to tell you, there’s something wrong going on.  

4. Chocoflan

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Also known in Mexico as ‘Impossible Cake’, this delicious mass of goodness combines two great things into one god-sent hybrid. If you love flan, but would also like to have a slice of chocolate cake, Latina moms everywhere say; “¿Por qué no los dos?” The rich dense chocolate, topped with creamy vanilla flan, drizzled with a thick layer of cajeta is, quite literally, what dessert dreams are made of. 

5. Churros

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There’s something so satisfying when biting into a warm, doughy, crunchy and sugary churro. You can find these delicious treats all over Latin America, and they’re particularly yummy when paired with a cup of hot chocolate! Extra points if you stuff them with cajeta or chocolate. 

6. Flan

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Almost every Latin American household will have its own version of flan. From Puerto Rico to Costa Rica and everywhere in between, Latinos love flan. The creamy vanilla-flavored concoction is basically irresistible. 

7. Natilla Colombiana

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This Colombian custard dessert is very traditional during Christmas, but we like to think that it’s also good at any time of the year. Natilla is a rich, custard-like dessert traditionally served alongside the deep-fried cheese buñuelos we told you about earlier. You’ll definitely have to forget about la dieta if you want to have this option. 

8. Suspiro de Limeña

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Its name literally translates to “Sigh of the lady from Lima.” This Peruvian dessert is definitely sigh-inducing. The creamy, caramel-like custard, topped with a Port flavored meringue is an extra sweet treat for this cold season. The dessert originated in the city of Lima, and it is said that it gained its name after a poet said it tasted soft and sweet, like the sigh of a woman.

9. Pastel de Tres leches 

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This quintessentially Latino cake is made with three types of milk: evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk and whole milk. This is definitely not for the lactose intolerant. The cake soaks up all these liquids, making it a super decadent treat. If you’ve never had this traditional Latino dessert, prepared to be delighted, and have the coffee pot a-ready. 

10. Ponche Navideño

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Traditional Mexican fruit punch is a hot, delicious concoction. Made with more than ten fruits including apple, tamarind, jamaica, tejocotes, raisins. This punch is spiced with cinnamon, clove, and piloncillo. It’s basically Christmas in a cup.

11. Camotes en dulce 

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Mexican candied sweet potatoes are a must. Día de los Muertos, on Nov. 1, marks the beginning of Camote season. ‘Camotes Enmielados’ is made of sweet potatoes, simmered in a cinnamon and piloncillo syrup. This dish makes for the perfect fall treat. 

12. Guatemalan Atol

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Made of ground corn, the flavors of this drink range from cinnamon to black beans to chocolate to cajeta. Guatemalan Atol, or Atole in Mexico, is a drink made differently in many countries of Latin America, but there’s one thing that remains the same everywhere, and that is that it’s a fall-winter staple you can’t miss out on.

20 Forgotten Photos Showing Selena With Today’s Biggest Celebrities

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20 Forgotten Photos Showing Selena With Today’s Biggest Celebrities

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During her short life, Selena Quintanilla accomplished more than most manage to do in a lifetime. She conducted hundreds of tours, made performances on TV and movies, and often alongside some of the biggest names in music and entertainment.

Here’s a look at 20 famous stars who met Selena including Garth Brooks and Marlon Brando.

1. Selena and Ricky Martin

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Selena and Ricky Martin presented together at the Premios Lo Nuestro in 1992. In the years since her death, Martin went on to win two Billboard Music Awards in 1993 and 1999, and has even appeared in a few movies and television shows.

2. Selena and Gloria Estefan

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During her life as a performer, the queen of Tejano music expressed her love and admiration for Cuban singer Gloria Estefan. On the same night in that Selena presented with Ricki Martin in 1992, the singer got to meet the former Miami Sound Machine lead. In 2005, Estefan covered Selena’s “I Could Fall In Love” for a tribute. 

3. Selena and Mario Lopez

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In a Twitter post to his account, the former “Saved By The Bell” actor shared a sweet picture of him with Selena writing “#TBT Early 90’s with Selena Quintanilla at a Tejano event. She looked beautiful & I wore a red coat & a hideous tie.”

4. Selena and Lorena Herrera

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The Tejano singer posed next to the Mexican singer and actress after another performance. Herrera has spent most of her career acting in telenovelas and singing. During the 90s, around the time that this photo was taken, the singer was starring on shows like “Dos Mujeres, Un Camino” and “El Premio Mayor.” 

5. Selena and Garth Brooks

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The Tejano singer had been a huge fan of country singer Garth Brooks. In 1990 the rising star, took a photo with the singer.

6. Selena & Freddy Fender

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Selena took a photo alongside Mexican-American Tejano country legend Freddy Fender back in the 90s.

7. Selena with Rick Nelson & Freddy Fender

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Selena sang alongside one of her biggest Tejano heroes and the American rock and roll star Rick Nelson. 

8. Selena & Daisy Fuentes

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Cuban American television host and comedian took a photo with Selena back in the late 90s during the height of their careers.

9. Selena and Marlon Brando

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Back in 1994, Selena Quintanilla graced the screen in a cameo appearance in “Don Juan DeMarco.” The film starred Marlon Brando who she is pictured with above as well as Johnny Depp and Faye Dunaway.

10. Selena and Ramiro Delgado

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In 1994, Selena made an appearance on the popular telenovela ‘Dos Mujeres, Un Camino.” For two episodes the Mexican-American shared the scene with Ramiro Delgado, Gaby Platas and Lupe Esparza.

11. Selena, Tweety and Bugsbunny

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During a Univision party in Las Vegas, back in 1992, Selena took photos with Tweety and Bugs Bunny. 

12. Selena and Minnie Mouse

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Selena took photos with Minnie Mouse and Donald Duck after a 1992 performance at Disneyland in 1992. Of course, for her big moment she wore her famous jeweled bustier.

13. Selena and Bonnie Brait

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Selena had a long list of celebrities she admired and the legendary definitely Bonnie Raitt topped it. At the 1995 Grammys just weeks before Selena’s death, the Tejano queen got to meet her musical favorite and take this photo.

14. Vicente Fernández

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Quintanilla had long been a fan of the legend, Vicente Fernández when she first took a photo with the Mexican singer and actor back in the 90s. No doubt, by her smile, her moment to shine next to El Rey de la Música Ranchera was a huge one.

15. Selena and El Buki

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These two gave us major hair goals back in the 90s when they posed for this photo.

16. Selena and Grupo Bronco

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Selena posed alongside Selena after performing together on the Televisa soap opera “Dos Mujeres, Un Camino.”

17. Selena and Barrio Boyzz

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In 1994, Selena joined forces with the America Latin pop quintet the Barrio Boyzz for the song “Donde Quiera Que Estés.” After recording the song, the Barrio Boyzz joined Selena on a mini tour throughout Mexico and Texas.

18. Selena and Veronica Castro

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During a visit to Monterrey in 1992, Quintanilla did an interview with Verónica Castro.

19. Selena and Cristina Saralegui

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Latinx who think Latinos who don’t speak Spanish better take a moment and learn. Selena struggled to learn Spanish for years until she became an international and decided to learn the language completely. During an interview on Cristina’s show Selena spoke in Spanish and charmed her fans.

20. Selena and Esai Morales

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Years after he played Bob Morales in the 1987 biopic “La Bamba” and years before he went onto act in NYPD Blue, Esai Morales was posing next to Selena Quintanilla as a fan.


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