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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. 

There’s A New Urban Line Of Taco Gear And This One’s Actually Wearable

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There’s A New Urban Line Of Taco Gear And This One’s Actually Wearable

No matter your preference, how you like them, how you eat them, tacos are a way of life. They represent where we’re from and to be honest, they are not going anywhere — they will remain part of our life.

Gerald Flores understands the taco goes beyond just a dish, it’s a lifestyle. In 2014, the Corpus Christi native was trying to figure out what to wear, when an idea went off in his head.

“Like many Latinos, tacos are a huge part of my life. They represent my culture and so much more. Back in 2014, I was looking for a taco shirt for myself and I couldn’t find one that I would want to wear, so I decided to design my own,” said the taco lover. “That’s how Taco Gear® was born and it’s been a crazy and fun journey ever since.”

mitú is excited to partner up with Taco Gear® in our mitú mercado where you’ll find a wide assortment of Taco Gear® products.

We are featuring some of Taco Gear’s® most popular t-shirts, sweatshirts and trendy bucket hats.

If you’re a taco lover you know that when someone offers you a taco, you just eat it and that’s exactly what this Taco. Just Eat It. Longsleeve tee says.

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This tee takes a spin on a popular brand and makes it our own. You can shop this tee (that’s already making me hungry) on our site available in a unisex fit for only $29.99.

If tacos are life to you, say it with this bomber jacket.

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This classic bomber jacket will keep you warm during those nights you’re waiting for your tacos at your favorite taco truck. This jacket is such a favorite, it’s sure to sell out, so grab yours for $49.99 before it sells out.

When fellow intellectuals ask what your favorite work of art is, you can let them know with this Taco Lisa Tee.

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Art connoisseurs will not know what hit them when you show them this Taco Lisa Tee now available in our store in different colors for $24.99.

True taco lovers ain’t got no type. Let people know you’re not shallow with this Taco Type Tee.

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We don’t discriminate against any kind of taco and we love showing our love with this shirt that lists just a few of our favorite tacos. This comfy tee comes in different colors and is only $24.99.

When you and bae are hungry and can’t decide where to go for dinner (or breakfast or lunch), settle it with this Back To The Taquería Tee.

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Don’t know what to eat? Don’t know where to hang out? Don’t know what to “cook” for your family potluck? Back to the taquería it is. This tee comes in three colors and sells for $24.99.

And when you walk up to the taquería register they’ll know exactly what you want as soon as they look at you with this trendy Fresh Tacos bucket hat.

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At the taquería is where we spend most of our days, so represent with this bucket hat available in our shop for just $22.99. It’s perfect to shield your face from that taquería steam 😉.

A founding father once said, “give me liberty or give me death,” and in 2019 we like to apply our lives to that saying and this one: *ehem* Give me tacos or give me death.

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Because what even is life without tacos? Stop — we don’t want to know. Shop this philosophical taco tee in our shop for just $24.99.

‘El Mencho’ Is The New ‘El Chapo’ And He’s On A Mission To Prove Just How Powerful He Is

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‘El Mencho’ Is The New ‘El Chapo’ And He’s On A Mission To Prove Just How Powerful He Is

In recent years, as drug cartel leader after drug cartel leader has been either killed or arrested by authorities (or rival gangs), violence has continued to soar out of control in many parts of Mexico.

With the capture of El Chapo, and his subsequent extradition to the US, a major power vacuum was left in his wake. Various drug cartels and organized crime groups have been fighting for control over territory vacated by his former cartel. One leader to seemingly be rising to the top is Nemesio Cervantes – leader of Jalisco Nueva Generacion Cartel.

His cartel has claimed responsibility for the deaths of 14 police officers this week.

Members of an ultra-violent Mexican cartel killed at least 14 police officers on Monday, after ambushing a convoy with armored vehicles and opening fire with high-powered rifles. 

At least 9 other officers were wounded in the attack, according to the federal public security ministry.

The attack took place while police were on an operation to carry out a court order in the small town of El Aguaje, in the western Mexican state of Michoacan, which has seen a significant uptick in violence since Obrador took office last December.

Monday’s police murders are just the latest in a series of high-casualty attacks conducted by the CJNG cartel, which is headed up by 53-year-old Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes. Known as “El Mencho,” he lived in the U.S. illegally in the 1980s and served three years in prison there for selling drugs, before being deported to Mexico in 1997.

He is currently among the DEA’s “most wanted” fugitives, with a $10 million bounty on his head.

Meanwhile, Mexico’s President, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, claims his security policies are working.

At a press conference on the morning of the massacre, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador claimed his efforts to end Mexico’s gang violence problem were working. “You can’t fight fire with fire,” he said. “You can’t fight violence with violence… You have to fight evil by doing good.”

Minutes later, over a dozen police officers had been massacred.

Obrador had hoped to address Mexico’s spiraling murder rate by tackling the root causes of the violence, including corruption and poverty, but as his first full year in office draws to a close, he’s on course to presiding over a record number of killings.

Nemesio Cervantes – leader of Jalisco Nueva Generacion Cartel – has quickly risen to become one of Mexico’s most wanted.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) official who leads the investigation to capture him told Univision Noticias that El Mencho also has found his best hideout in mountainous areas of three Mexican states controlled by his crime organization.

“He hides in mountainous parts of Jalisco, Michoacán and Colima. We believe he’s not in the cities any more,” said Kyle Mori, the DEA special agent in Los Angeles who leads the team tirelessly trying to track down the Michoacan capo also known as ‘Lord of the Roosters.’

Trying to avoid compromising the investigation started eight years ago, when the DEA noticed the JNGC’s fast growth in Mexico, Mori paused when asked specifically whether El Mencho is hiding in luxury cabins, humble homes or even caves.

“I’ll say this: It’s a combination of a lot of things. I don’t believe he spends a lot of time in the same place, or in the same type of home. It’s a combination of everything that you can imagine,” he said. “He’s definitely moving constantly.”

DEA intelligence reports suggest that Oseguera Cervantes has created his own “Golden Triangle.”

In fact, he’s been claiming refuge in the same general area where El Chapo Guzman once hid for many years, a region fertile for the cultivation of poppies and marijuana that covers parts of Chihuahua, Durango and Sinaloa.

The El Mencho bastion, however, covers a large region where narcotics are cultivated and clandestine laboratories operate and includes two major seaports – Lazaro Cardenas in Michoacan and Manzanillo in Colima – where his cartel receives shipments of precursor chemicals for making synthetic drugs. The region also includes Guadalajara in the state of Jalisco, Mexico’s third-largest city and home to a vigorous economy that allows it to hide its money laundering operations.

Not only has he risen the ranks as Mexico’s most wanted, El Mencho has already entered Mexican pop culture.

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A traditional Mexican song known as a corrido by the group Los Plebes del Rancho already noted his rise as the new “Lord of the Mountain” – “Few know his face/He rarely comes down to towns/He moves between the mountains/From up there he runs everything.”