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Ditch The Uggs: Here Are 10 Fashion Statement Pieces That Will Keep You Cozy And Cool This Fall

September has come to an end, and you know what that means right? Apart from it being about time we wake up Billie Joe Armstrong, it means that October is here. And with that, the leaves are falling, the air is crisp and Pumpkin Spice is in the air: Fall has fallen upon us. As a self-proclaimed summer-hater (fight me), I live for this season. With the arrival of fall, we get the opportunity to actually, properly ‘dress’, and by that I mean, pull out your boots, sweaters, cardigans, and scarves from the back of the closet because it’s ‘autumnal dressing time’ baby, and we’re gonna need layers. 

With so many jaw-dropping pieces on the F/W 19 runways, we knew back in February that this was going to be a big season for fashion. Yes, we all love a cozy sweater, but working an entire outfit around one standalone piece just doesn’t cut it. The weather can be unpredictable so take advantage of it, it’s the perfect time to rock a fancy trench-coat or a pair of waterproof boots (just not the rubber ones pls). Use this time of year to explore new silhouettes so you won’t grow tired of wearing the same thing each day —ahem, skinny jeans and chunky knits. 

Follow through for the best fall fashion finds on a budget:

1. Knee-high boots 

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Knee-high boots might be the biggest trend of the season. Forget the chunky flat bootie that belongs in seasons past. This year they’re slick and they’re a little bit heeled, reminiscent of the nineties. For extra cool-points, invest in a light-colored pair in hues of white or cream, like the ones pictured above by Chinese Laundry. Just be sure to keep the equestrian style knee boots at bay.

2. Updated Turtleneck

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A turtleneck is the quintessential fall staple piece you just have to have. So how about you forget the chunky, oversized turtleneck and swap it out for a more minimalist and modern take? This Selva Negra top embodies more than one trend for the season; its slick and updated silhouette brings the classic high-neck top straight to 2019, it’s ribbed which is very 90s cool and it comes in soft pastel and citrus hues. The best part? Selva Negra is a brand founded by Latinx creatives Kristen Gonzalez and Sam Romero, who celebrate their heritage through fashion, bringing awareness to young Latinx creatives showing them that owning a fashion brand is attainable. 

3. Suit Sets

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Ditch the antiquated notion that suits are only for corporate environments. Sure an outdated, traditional suit can take you through your 9-to-5, but nowadays there are plenty more options to choose from. This ASOS pinstriped number can be worn to work and to those after-hour drinks, it all depends on how you accessorize it. For fall, we say pick something oversized, Pachuco, but make it fashion.

4. Earthy-toned staple pieces

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This summer we experienced a bit of color overload. First millennial pink and then all the neons. Our wardrobes basically morphed into an acid-stained rainbow. For fall, how about you go for earth tones to match the season? Chocolate browns, sandy tans, and forest greens are the ‘it’ colors this month. And because ‘Día de Muertos’ is coming, we thought we’d show you something festive. If Raggedy Tiff’s custom ‘Calaca Velour Top’ doesn’t have “fall” written all over it, we don’t know what does. Wear your traditions with pride baby girl, and sport the ‘cempasúchil’ clad top this Day of The Dead as a tribute to those who are no longer with us. 

5. Satin Midi Skirts

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This style isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Yes, maybe they’re overused at this point, but aren’t they the most comfortable option in the skirt category? Long enough that you don’t have to worry if anything is showing. Loose enough that you can go crazy with your choice for lunch and dinner. And cool enough that you can wear it all the time —sorry not sorry. Pair it with those boots we were telling you about and maybe a fun hoodie to take away from the lady-like vibe. Here’s a nice and simple option by ASOS to keep you comfy and chic. 

6. Wide leg jeans 

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Hope you’re ready to throw it back to the 70s this fall because for Fall-Winter 2019 you’re going to have to let go of your skinny jeans. Wide leg pants are the chicest pants right now. Plus, they’re very flattering; nipping in at the waist and visually lengthening your body, they work like magic. This pair is from Nordstrom and we’re loving the earthy tone, remember how we already talked about that color palette?

7. Weather-proof Trench coat

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What’s cool about trench coats (and about this particular one) is that they are, most of the time, gender-neutral. Yes, some might be more cinched at the waist for the ladies, or heavier on the shoulders for the guys, but all in all, they’re pretty much a standard shape, they’re classic and they’re timeless. This one by COLLUSION is unisex, with its black contrast belt and relaxed fit, it’s perfect for anyone and will keep you safe from the elements.   

8. Go for Beanies Baby

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Beanies have so much more going on for them than just keeping your ears warm or hiding your bad hair day. For the past few season’s fashion has embraced the ‘streetwear’ style, which means that this year, you should switch out the basic ‘floppy hat’ for a more up-to-date look with a beanie. Make it extra cool by picking yours in a neon hue. And because we’re all about supporting Latinas, why not cop Viva La Bonita’s design for when you’re feeling Bonita AF.

9. Square necklines

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With colder days closing in on us, it’s time to give the off-the-shoulder trend a little break. But don’t worry, a new décolletage is in town. Welcome into your closet, the square neckline —which is flattering as hell. Infinitely less basic than the shoulder-baring option, the square neckline is flattering, elegant, and versatile. Consider layering over a turtleneck in winter or adding it into your weekend closet in the form of a ribbed bodysuit like this one pictured above, and pair it with jeans for a classic fail-proof OOTD. 

10. Eeny mini handbags

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As cellphones get bigger, handbags get smaller. While functionality clearly doesn’t define this trend, a high rank in cool-factor does. Carrying a mini bag enables mobility and feels liberating; less to carry, less to worry about. Live like a minimalist with this tiny Topshop bag in the animal print of the moment. You guessed it, cow print. 

Netflix’s ‘Gentefied’ Renewed For Season 2, Fans Overjoyed

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Netflix’s ‘Gentefied’ Renewed For Season 2, Fans Overjoyed

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Any and all news is welcomed right now and Netflix came through this week. “Gentefied” is coming back for a second season and this is absolutely not a drill. Soon we will be back in Boyle Heights with Ana, Chris, Erik, and the rest of the cast we have come to love so much.

Netflix has confirmed “Gentefied” for a second season.

The show is a fan favorite for Netflix with praise and love pouring in for the groundbreaking show. “Gentefied” is set in Boyle Heights and it is all about the fight against gentrification. The show premiered this year to big fanfare and excitement from Latino Netflix users. The show, created by Marvin Lemus and Linda Yvette Chávez, was picked up for an eight-episode run of the 30-minute show.

The show is one of the most relevant portrayals of the Latino experience in the 21st century.

The show highlights the plight of gentrification on communities across the U.S. Boyle Heights in Los Angeles has been the center of growing tension as the neighborhood slowly gentrifies. Rising rents have forced some residents and businesses to close and leave because of the changing demographic in the neighborhood.

Hearts are full as everyone celebrates the news of a whole new season.

The show originally premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival as a digital series. Lemus and Chávez debuted the show and it was an instant hit with festival-goers. After three years of waiting, the show was released by Netflix and became a national hit. The show has shone a light on the cost of gentrification for more Americans than knew about it before the show aired.

Low key, it has made for perfect binge-watching during this quarantine.

There isn’t a whole lot any of us can do at the moment. Most of us are at home because of self-isolation and social distancing guidelines designed to save lives during the pandemic. Might as well us some of your time to watch and support and very important moment in our community. This kind of representation is something that Latinos have been asking for.

While excited, some fans want more, like a cross-over with Starz’s “Vida.”

Now, just to be clear, we are not concerned with what it takes to make this happen. Netflix and Starz can come up with the actual plan. We are just going to be here waiting to be heard so we can all have the kind of cross-over the world deserves. Just imagine a chance for those two shows to collide in Latino excellence.

Now we wait for an air date.

We are patient. We will be here when you are ready. All you have to do is let us know when to tune in and you know we are coming through.

READ: I Watched ‘Gentefied’ On Netflix And These Are My Brutally Honest Thoughts

Latino Bookstore In North Carolina Faces Very Uncertain Future Just 6 Months After Opening

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Latino Bookstore In North Carolina Faces Very Uncertain Future Just 6 Months After Opening

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Epilogue Books Chocolate Brews is a relatively new bookstore in Chapel Hill, North Carolina that is facing a very uncertain future. The Latino-owned bookstore opened its doors to the Chapel Hill community six months ago and now COVID-19 is putting their future at risk.

Epilogue Books Chocolate Brews is a Latino-owned bookstore in North Carolina that is fighting to survive COVID-19.

Epilogue Books Chocolate Brews came from a need that the owners saw in downtown Chapel Hill. A bookshop had recently closed in the area so Jamie and Miranda Sanchez knew that it was time for them to help fill that sudden loss.

“We felt like there was a big hole in downtown,” Jaime told The Daily Tar Heel. “A bookshop creates this whole sense of community for the town so we decided to go forward and try to open our own bookstore.”

The bookstore was serving a community that needed a place to gather and discuss ideas after a former bookstore closed its doors.

“The core of our idea began years ago as the union of Jaime’s heritage and Miranda’s passion for writing and the transportive nature of reading. Wanderers and wonderers, our idea continued to grow in the plazuelas of Mexico and the chocolaterías of Spain, in the plazas of every country where such spaces form quasi-families for both the briefest of moments and the longest stretches of time,” reads the bookstore’s website. “In these spaces, people share everything from decadent chocolate to fried street food, to myth-like tales, to the memories of our own childhood selves chasing pigeons and sucking the sticky droplets from paletas off our hands.”

While the bookstore was well received by the community, the COVID-19 pandemic had other plans.

COVID-19 has swept through the U.S. and the number of cases continues to climb. While New York might be seeing fewer cases, the rest of the U.S. is in an uptick. The virus has forced businesses across the country to close or retool to be online only. That is what Epilogue Books Chocolate Brews did to make sure they can weather the storm.

The owners of the bookstore realized they needed to retool their business strategy when students stopped coming back from Spring Break.

“We started adjusting our plans in early March to accommodate for the new lack of traffic,” Jaime told NBC News. “Students weren’t coming back from spring break, so we had originally thought the locals would come out like they did during winter break to take advantage of the lack of downtown traffic, but that obviously didn’t happen because of coronavirus, so we started getting ready to adjust and pivot online for when we’d no longer be able to sustain brick and mortar operations.”

The Sanchezes are keeping their literary dream alive through the pandemic.

“Jaime’s always wanted to open a business and bring a piece of home to it,” Miranda, who is originally from Tijuana, told NBC News. “We felt that continuing that tradition of having a bookstore in the area would be a good mesh, not just of who we are as people but how we want to engage with our community. A community that works to sustain an independent bookshop has certain values.”

Independent bookstores are one of the hardest-hit businesses since readings and events in the spaces have been canceled.

Bookshop started to help struggling independent bookstores weather the storm. COVID-19 has left millions of people without jobs and businesses are having to close permanently because of the virus. Bookshop is giving independent bookstores a chance to survive the closures and social distancing.

Bookstores serve a vital role in communities. They give people a place to gather and share ideas. The easy access to literature can change the lives of children in underprivileged communities but allowing them to see themselves reflected in new lights. They also serve as a place to explore the world around you by flipping open a book cover.

If you have time on your hands and enjoy reading, check out Bookshop and build up that 2020 reading list.

READ: Celebrities Are Reading Children’s Books To Help Parents And Children Cope With COVID-19