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Here Are 24 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

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CREDIT: 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

CREDIT: 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

CREDIT: 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

CREDIT: 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

CREDIT: 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

CREDIT: 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

CREDIT: 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

CREDIT: 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.

Enamel Pins

CREDIT: 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

CREDIT: 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

CREDIT: Etsy / ThatcraftykatStore

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

Tumblers

CREDIT: 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

CREDIT: 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

CREDIT: 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

CREDIT: 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

CREDIT: 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

CREDIT: 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

CREDIT: 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

CREDIT: 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

CREDIT: 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

CREDIT: 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

CREDIT: Killer Sprinkles / Etsy

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

Stickers

CREDIT: 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

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

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These Celebs Want You To Know That They Are Proud Vegetarians And Vegans

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These Celebs Want You To Know That They Are Proud Vegetarians And Vegans

The most annoying thing about being Vegetarians And Vegans is the stereotype of the white, privileged, preachy millennial drinking their kale. The truth is, Latin America is owning animal rights better than any other part of the world. Bolivia was the first country to ban circuses that use animals, and Costa Rica was the first to ban hunting.

That’s not all. As individuals, we shake things up in the kitchen and are part of the growing rise of veganism and vegetarianism in the U.S. Here are some of your favorite famous Latinos who are vegetarian or vegan and their reasons why!

1. Camila Cabello

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CREDIT: @camila_cabello / Instagram

We need zero more reasons to love her, but I’m officially swooning off the charts since she told The New York Times that she’s vegan. Oh, how’d it come up? She ordered a kale salad–the red herring of vegans.

I’m not the only fan freaking out.

CREDIT: @Camila_Cabello / Twitter

Adopting a new lifestyle is full of exciting discoveries, like chocolate being a vegetable! No for real, I think it’s a nut? Either way, she’s got support from her fans.

2. Ricky Martin

CREDIT: @ricky_martin / Instagram

The secret to the Puerto Rican body that just won’t quit? JK, I can’t even say it’s a vegan diet. All Puerto Ricans are born fuego. #boricuaoverhere

OK, so why bother, Ricky?

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Ricky told Doctor Oz in 2017, “If you told me when I was 20 that I was going to become a vegetarian, I would have told you ‘You’re crazy. That’s never gonna happen.’ But I’ve lived a very healthy vegetarian lifestyle for 3 years. I am not eating meat at all, and I feel amazing. … My cholesterol is stable …. My head is clearer, I sleep better, my energy is where it needs to be.”

3. Kat Von D

CREDIT: @thekatvond / Instagram

Kat Von D is a talented makeup artist, model, entrepreneur and animal activist. Her makeup line, Kat Von D Beauty, is all vegan and cruelty-free. #swoon

 Her reasons are gold.

CREDIT: @thekatvond / Instagram

Kat Von D told Mercy for Animals, “Veganism changed me. It taught me to look past myself—to consider how my choices affect others—the animals, the people around me, and the planet we live on. To me, veganism is consciousness.”

4. Daniella Monet

CREDIT: @daniellamonet / Instagram

Chilean-Italian Daniella Monet is a passionate animal rights activist. She even has a V-shaped tattoo on her wrist to celebrate veganism.

Daniella will veganize Latin-American food for you.

CREDIT: Daniella Monet / YouTube

Daniella is so passionate about vegan eating, that she worked with peta2 to launch a web series showing her fans how to cook cheap vegan food! I’m starving for these Polenta Pizzas.

5. Natalia Clavier

CREDIT: @nataliaclaviermusica / Instagram

Born in Buenos Aires, lead singer for Thievery Corporation, Natalia Clavier has been vegan for awhile now. Her problem is with the industrial complex of animal agriculture, factory farming, which has spread and worsened over the years, especially in the U.S.

Why, Natalia?

CREDIT: Natalia Clavier. Digital Image. PETA Latino. 22 March 2018.

She told PETA Latino, “I consider information the most powerful weapon in this fight against factory farming, and all the the terrible things that are happening to the animals and therefore to our health.”

6. Patricia de León

CREDIT: @patriciadeleonb / Instagram

You may have seen Patricia de León on Lincoln Heights, Cold Case, and Crossing Jordan. She initially rose to famedom when she was crowned Miss Panama in 1995, and then hosted La Corte de Familia and La Corte del Pueblo.

Beyond her vegetarianism, Patricia also actively spoken out against bullfights with PETA, and for “One Love Foundation,” which defends the rights of the LGBT community. I’m heart eye-ing all over the place over here.

But why, Patricia?

CREDIT: Patricia de León. Digital Image. PETA Latino. 22 March 2018.

Patricia has *also* stripped down for the vegan message. She tells PETA Latino, “Growing up, I was always in and out of the hospital with stomach problems, and no one could figure out what was wrong. I decided to give up meat and become a vegetarian, and I haven’t had stomach problems since!”

7. Juanes

CREDIT: @juanes / Instagram

We all know Colombian god, Juanes, for all the joy and moves he’s brought to your local club dance floor (and the tearjerkers). What you might not know about this Key Biscane resident is that he’s been vegetarian for four years now.

Read: 20 Latino We Grew Up With And Didn’t Know Were Vegan

Pero, why, Juanes, why?

CREDIT: @juanes / Instagram

In an interview with Que Rica Vida, he told them, “[My wife and children] eat fish or chicken, and I eat my vegetables or grains, eggs or cheese. I quit soda for good, as well as sugar and meat, something I’ve always wanted to do. The result is that I feel great, more energized for everything I do.”

8. Christian Serratos

CREDIT: @christianserratos / Instagram

Christian is Mexican-Italian, and you probably recognize her as Angela Weber in Twilight. Don’t even front like you didn’t watch at least the first one. She even won an award for her role! She’s also now a main cast member for The Walking Dead. Ironically, she won’t eat flesh of any kind off the set.

Read:It’s Called Pollo Loco For A Reason, But You Can Also Order Vegan Meals

This is why…

CREDIT: Christian Serratos. Digital Image. PETA. 23 March 2018

Christian has worked with PETA for campaigns ranging from promoting veganism to speaking out against the Canadian seal slaughter, and even stripping down to speak out against fur.

In her own words, “I’ve always been opposed to slaughtering, eating, wearing carcass.”

9. Vida Guerra

CREDIT: @vidaguerra / Instagram

OK, obviously, Vida is a model. Born in Havana, she’s made a name for herself posing in magazine spreads, to even dropping an album in 2006 and lending her voice to the video game Scarface: The World is Yours.

So why go vegetarian?

CREDIT: Vida Guerra. Digital Image. PETA Latino. 22 March 2018.

Vida’s debut nude shoot with Playboy PETA was just the beginning. She stripped down for a PETA’s vegetarian campaign. She tells , “I just felt better and brighter and lighter, and I had more energy. … It was a big deal to me, being an animal lover.”

Read: 21 Reasons Chipotle Is A Vegan Haven

10. Constance Marie

CREDIT: @goconstance / Instagram

YUP–that’s Selena’s mom, 20 years later (Selena, as in JLo, in the film Selena). Constance is Angie Lopez in George Lopez and in Switched at Birth. Fun fact: she was spotted dancing in an LA club by David Bowie’s dance choreographer and was hired for his 1987 tour. #goals

Constance has been vegetarian since before it was cool.

CREDIT: @goconstance / Instagram

She’s raised her daughter veg and has also appeared in PSA’s encouraging folks to spay and neuter their pets. Her IG is just one more platform for her to use her fame for causes she’s passionate about.

11. Marco Antonio Regil

CREDIT: @marcoantonioregil / Instagram

You know him from your living room as the host of every Spanish version of Family Feud, The Price is Right, Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader and so on. He’s a passionate animal advocate and you can tell by his Insta feed. Try to find a photo of him without his dog, Bernie.

CREDIT: PETA Latino / YouTube

Not only has Regil narrated the Spanish version of Glass Walls (brace yourself), but he also works extensively with a variety of animal rights and welfare organizations. He’s worked with PETA Latino in this rad video series to debunk the myths of being vegano, and he’s lobbied in Washington for humane research methods that don’t include using cute lil mice and rabbits for chemical testing. Conclusion: I’m even more obsessed.

12. Sie7e

CREDIT: @sie7emusic / Instagram

You guys, full disclosure I’m a full-fledged stan of Sie7eLike I’ve literally met him and teared up when he started singing to my friends. Sie7e is a Puerto Rican stud and Latin Grammy winner.

He’s been vegetarian for 14 years and vegan for the last few, and now I’m crying.

Mira ese perfecion:

CREDIT: Sie7e. Digital Image. PETA Latino. 22 March 2018.

Ok, ok, I know we’re seeing a lot of PETA Latino here, but that’s because it’s the ONLY international animal advocacy group that actually lends a voice to Latinos and all the good things we do for animals. Plus they include cute mutts in their ads. Hear all about Sie7e’s reasons for going vegan and try not to fall in love.