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Based On Superstition, Here’s What Your Year Looks Like If You Tell Us What Color Underwear You’re Wearing

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Time to dive into the Latino New Year’s superstitions. Latino legends have it that that your luck for the new year depends on the color of calzones you’re wearing. So… tell us what color underwear you’re wearing and find out what 2017 will look like for you.


READ: 11 Unwritten Latino Rules for the Holidays

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21 Places To Spend New Year’s Eve In Latin America

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21 Places To Spend New Year’s Eve In Latin America

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New Year’s Eve is big in Latin America and Latin America is HUGE!  

Brazil and Mexico, together, are bigger than all of Europe. Mexico — alone — is bigger than the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Poland, Spain, and Portugal combined! And, Mexico is 25 percent smaller than Argentina! Brazil is just a hair smaller than Canada, the U.S., and China. Brazil is that big, yet it makes up less than half of the South American land mass.

The other half of South America includes includes countries like Peru, Colombia, Venezuela and Chile — all Latin American countries that are larger than any European countries, save Greenland. Even the smallest countries in Latin America are big. Costa Rica, for example, is bigger than Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands, and Taiwan!

No where on Earth is there a larger geographical area of people speaking the same language than Latin America.

And no culture loves to celebrate quite like Latinos! If you really want to celebrate New Year’s Eve, Latin America is the place to do it! Below are 21 great places to spend New Year’s Eve in Latin America!

1. Pacuare River, Costa Rica

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The Pacuare River is the heart of Costa Rica. A big-volume, Caribbean-jade-green river spills over black-volcanic-boulder rapids through dense jungle canyons. It is breathtaking. Run half the river day one; stay in one of the three 5-star river lodges on New Year’s Eve; and paddle out the next morning!

2. Merida, Mexico

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The most regal, progressive, clean, vibrant city in Mexico, Merida is also home of exceptional beaches as well as the Dzibilchaltun Ruins. Arguably the most beautiful pyramid in the Americas,  Dzibilchaltun towers over the jungle. Merida is everything Latin America can be!

3. Turneffe Atoll, Belize

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A tiny island just off the coast of Belize, Turneffe Atoll’s lapis-blue and turquoise-green Caribbean waters spill over coral reefs up onto pearl-white sand beaches that are backed by jungle. The one resort on the Turneffe Atoll is an island paradise.

4. El Cabo San Juan, Colombia

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With tropical-green waters and orange, yellow, and brown sand, El Cabo San Juan is a kaleidoscope of colors. The people are just as diverse. And, there is lodging for every type of traveler. El Cabo San Juan is an unforgettable New Year’s Eve.

5. Managua, Nicaragua

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Managua’s architecture is the definition of Spanish-Colonial style. In Managua, there is history abound and beautiful buildings everywhere. And, Managua’s people are tranquil like those from by-gone eras. If you want a New Year’s Eve in a traditional Latin American Country, try Managua.

6. Quetzaltengo, Guatamala

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There might not be prettier architecture in all of Latin America than there is in Quetzaltengo. Roman Catholic Churches and Parthenon-style columns holding up the buildings make Quetzaltengo a sight to behold on New Year’s Eve!

7. Utila Cays, Hondures

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The water is so clear and so shallow in Utila that its snorkeling rivals any anywhere in the world. The Cays offer a plethora of things to do out of the water as well, if you can drag yourself out of the Caribbean long enough to go see it.

8. Boca Del Toro, Panama

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Costa Rica has some of the most exceptional beaches in the world. But, so big and long and beautiful and unsullied are the beaches in Boca Del Toro, Panama that Costa Rica’s ticos go to Boca to “get away!” The lodging is great. The Night life is wonderful.

9.  Costa Del Sol, El Salvador

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El Salvador is Latin America’s smallest country, but very few places in the world have beaches as big as those in El Salvador. At low tide, you can walk five minutes from the palm tree line across sand out to the ocean. If you love big, sandy beaches, think Costa Del Sol on New Year’s Eve.

10. Tulum, Mexico

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With respect to pure aethetics, there may not be a more beautiful New Year’s Eve destination in the Americas than Tulum. It has everthing including ancient ruins looking out over the most extraordinary of Caribbean settings.

11. Quepos, Costa Rica

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If your highest priority on New Year’s Eve is an endless choice of great establishments — all of which are right along or overlooking the ocean — go to Quepos. Quepos is so much fun. And Quepos, Costa Rica is super safe.

12.  Canoa Beach, Ecuador

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A long, deep, beautiful beach that butts up against cliffs on the north end, Canoa’s Pacific view is unmatched. And, the night life in Canoa offers plenty for a New Year’s Eve celebration as well.

13.  Barquisimeto, Venezuela

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Barquisimeto is arguably the most progressive city in South America. It’s just different. The art, the architecture, the restaurants and entertainment, Barquisimeto is wildly entertaining day or night and certainly on New Year’s Eve.

14. Cuzco, Peru

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If you love history and beautiful architecture, it does not matter how far back you want to go, Cuzco has it. Close to Machu Picchu, Cuzco has colonial-style Spanish architecture that rivals anything found anywhere in the Americas. And there is boundless nightlife.

15. Sorata, Bolivia

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It is hard to believe there are really places like Sorata Bolivia. The geography is shockingly beautiful. And, Sorata is small and safe and friendly. Sorata, Bolivia is a place everyone should see.

16. Puerto Varas, Chile

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Puerto Varas, Chili is the one city in Latin America that is completely out of place. It belongs in Europe. The old buildings are flawless. The new buildings are cutting edge. And the people have that easy going but sharp confidence only found in Europe. And wow what a place to celebrate New Year’s Eve!

17. Bariloche, Argentina

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If you love a mountain setting, one like you imagine you’d find in Switzerland or Sweden, Bariloche, Argentina is can’t-miss. Everything in Bariloche is big and beautiful: the mountains and valleys and rivers and lakes. It’s how you imagine British Columbia, but bigger!

18. Florianopolis, Brazil

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Florianopolis, Brazil has mountains that come right up to the beach, mountains with great hiking and wonderful views. But, the beaches in Florianopolis are equally beautiful. No matter what you decide to do in Florianopolis, you can’t miss!

19. Roura, French Guiana

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Roura, French Guiana is for those people who want to do something on New Year’s Eve that no one has done. It is so small, that if you get a guide, it is as safe as any place in the Americas. But, Roura is really out there. Roura is at the edge of the map!

20. Punta del Este, Uruguay

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Puenta del Este, Uruaguay is a Miami style city with sky rises and beautiful beaches and harbors with yachts and tons and tons to do at night. It is also exceptionally beautiful. If you like the best a big resort town has to offer, Punta del Este is the place to be on New Year’s Eve!

21. Kaieteur Falls, Guyana

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If you want to take a seat and enjoy a seven-wonders-of-the-world type view, go to Kaieteur Falls in Guyana for New Years Eve. Think Niagara Falls, only much, much bigger!

Here’s Why One Latina Helped To Create A Queer-Friendly Clothing Line With Underwear For Everyone

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Here’s Why One Latina Helped To Create A Queer-Friendly Clothing Line With Underwear For Everyone

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I first heard about TomboyX from a podcaster who claimed they were the most comfortable, queer-friendly underwear to ever exist. And then my girlfriend bought us a pair of matching holiday patterns, one in bikini and one in boy shorts. I was sold.

Trust, these underwear are already super comfy and make you feel like the most comfortable you you can be. What you’re about to find out about the Latina co-founder, Naomi Gonzalez, and the kind of company you’d be supporting will make you feel like an actual modern day hero. Except you’re sporting heroic underwear under your streetwear.

They have an agenda. It’s not feminist. It’s not gay. It’s human.

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They create bras, underwear, sleepwear and activewear for all bodies, all genders, and basically, just all people. Their definition of good underwear is one that “any body could feel comfortable in, regardless of where they fell on the size or gender spectrum.”

Known as “Fran + Naomi,” these tomboy founders have shaped a company they’ve dreamed of.

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In an interview with GO Mag, Gonzalez made it clear that what she’s doing is fulfilling an unmet need for the queer community.

“I’m a first-generation Cuban who grew up in New York City. We were working class and my parents always struggled to make ends meet, working all the time. I knew at an early age that I was going to do whatever I could to find a way to fulfill my dreams of doing something different and meaningful with my life.”

Obviously, there’s hella gay pride.

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This is literally just the tip of the iceberg. You can choose to have underwear with a white elastic band or a rainbow. You could get them all and just wear what you want depending on the mood.

And TomboyX customers help shape the brand Fran + Naomi set out to create.

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In their mission statement, they admit, “In trying to fill a need, we unwittingly unleashed an outpouring of emotion. The comments and conversations, emails and letters that we’ve read from our customers told us long ago that we were onto something bigger. At the heart of it all, we’re still us, the same founders since the beginning, with the most supportive and thought-provoking customers we could’ve ever hoped for. You helped us to create what TomboyX is today. ”

One thing’s for sure: TomboyX is showing us breathtaking beauty we don’t see in the mainstream.

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Just follow their social media channels and you’ll feel affirmed in every single way. People all across the gender spectrum, physical abilities, shapes, sizes, skin colors, everyone is proud to wear a brand that is proud to feature people that look like them, like us.

Plus, their values start at the source of production: women-owned factories.

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Everything they make is ethically produced and sweat-shop free. They even make frequent visits to their factories across Canada, China and the United States to ensure the conditions align with their values. Those visits are weekly, and even sometimes daily. Their exact words: “We have chosen to work with women-owned facilities, who share our values of taking good care of their workers and reducing their environmental impact.”

Their cotton is completely toxin-free.

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Apparently, it’s all “Oeko-tex 100 certified”—which basically means that it’s top-quality worldwide. If you’re vegan, you might want to avoid the activewear since they use crab and shrimp shells instead of synthetic chemicals to give it a quick-dry, antibicrobial and moisture-wicking properties.

And it’s sustainable for the environment.

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Their luxury MicroModal fabric is made out from sustainably harvested and processed Beechwood fibers. According to their values, their “Signature Prints use a water-based, earth-conscious method, recycling water well above the standards required. We are always looking for the greenest, cleanest method for everything we make.”

So go ahead and ditch laundry this week. Shop away. ; )

The staff even takes Earth Day as an excuse to get a little dirty.

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“For #EarthDay, we spent some time volunteering in a local park. Check out our story for more and tell us what you are doing to celebrate 🌏”

Can you spot Naomi + Fran?! Tan cute.

Their activewear has an activist message.

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You can also find briefs and trunks that are quick-dry and moisture-wicking, that way you don’t have to have a weird mesh underwear thing that you find in men’s trunks, and you can feel fly while swimming, working out, adventuring, etc.

Oh, and make that statement, mami.

You might have guessed that the brand isn’t afraid to make political statements.

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You’d be right. “We stand with the students and supporters fighting to make their communities safer. People have a right to be safe at school, at a movie theater, at a concert, and everywhere else. #EnoughIsEnough Who’s marching tomorrow? ✊🏻✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿”

The founders marched at Seattle’s Women’s March in support of immigrants.

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“What an incredible day. We brought our friends, families, and partners and took to the street in Seattle with many other incredible humans. Let’s keep fighting! #powertothepolls”

And the company made a PSA in support of Puerto Rico, donating $10,000 to relief efforts.

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“We’ll be donating 10% of our sales to United For Puerto Rico until we reach our goal of $10,000. As fellow US citizens, as humans, as sisters, brothers, and family, we are called to stand by them.”

Plus, people seem to genuinely feel themselves in TomboyX.

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The testimonials are all over the internet, and never have I ever seen such a troll-free, supportive comment feed in all my life. I mean, look at that gorgeous princesa with her cute af teacup and cozy rosy sweater on deck!

Including Vicki Martinez, rising star from “Orange is the New Black.”

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Her and her girlfriend (recognize her as the CO who had crazy PTSD this season?), walked the runway at New York Fashion week this year sporting TomboyX and looking like female warriors.

TomboyX let’s queer people demand to be seen in intimate-wear that actually feels good in our power.

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One very clever Instagram user (@m00nyeka, i.e. muñeca) wrote, “As womxn, we’re fed so many messages that strip away our inner strength, so the times that I get over my nerves, demand to be seen, and then tap into my ancestors and myself to be in my power….it’s surreal.”

Sounds too good to be true? They will also let you try your first pair free.

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You can get a full refund or exchange within 30 days, no questions asked. That’s how confident they are in their quality, fit and inclusivity. All their underwear has no back seams, which means the likelihood of a wedgie is nill, and their quality fabrics means they’ll last for a long time. 

“One day I decided to stop apologizing for my body…

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“… I decided that I didn’t have to change in order to be loved and wanted and worthy. I decided that the idea that I could be successful and inspiring just as I am was going to be a reality. I decided that I was going to speak or even yell my truth, and the truth of thousands who are constantly told they aren’t enough. There is so much that makes up the wonderful person that is you than what’s society sees through its distorted eyes. @tomboyxthank you for giving people a chance to make their voices heard, for being so inclusive, and making a new 🔥 neutrals line that everyone can feel like they are slipping clouds onto their bodies.” -@sheisalwaysenough

The brand just released a neutrals line for all skin tones.

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This should not be a game-changer in the industry, but it honestly is. Most neutral underwear you find at Victoria’s Secret is a pretty white. “You are not one thing. You are everything and quite something. #MoreToMe #TomboyXNeutrals”

But they also have some rad prints.

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OK, these underwear are not made for dogs and I have questions for the person who plans to wear those underwear at some point. Mostly, “Why?”

TomboyX proves that when Latinas run the show, everybody can feel welcome.

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Maybe it’s a gift we have, or maybe it’s the sincere intentionality behind a brand that has taken up the white space in the underwear industry. My fellow gays, we finally have underwear that’s going to celebrate us on literally every single one of their ads.

While I do enjoy TomboyX underwear, this post was not sponsored by TomboyX, though if you’re reading this, Fran + Naomi, you can sponsor me anytime. ;P 


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