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After Seeing Hat Prices, This Mexican Milliner Wanted To Make Them Affordable

You might not know Gladys Tamez… but you’ve definitely seen her hats. The Mexican-born, L.A.-based hat designer has fitted the heads of several big names in the entertainment industry.

Gladys Tamez is the milliner (hat maker) to the stars.


You’ve seen her hats on Jennifer Lopez…


… Alicia Keys…


… Kylie Jenner…

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… Kate Del Castillo…

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…and, most famously, Lady Gaga.


“Gaga told me she loves pink,” Tamez told PeopleStyle. “I brought several samples, several designs and we agreed to have one, and then two and then more and more.”

Like, Lady Gaga might be obsessed with Tamez’s hats.


The L.A.-based fashion powerhouse is a proud Mexicana.


Tamez was born and raised in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico and her home country still holds a very special place in her heart.

“I grew up in and around the ‘fiesta brava’ in Mexico, and that pageantry, drama and regalia had a huge influence on me,” Tamez told Divine Living. “I’m very proud to have just started selling my hats at the boutique LOL Tulum and for all the recognition I’ve gotten in Mexico. Mexico is magic, tragic and yet full of hope and positivity. My homeland and its diverse cultures continue to inspire and inform my designs.”

Tamez has incorporated her love of mysticism in one of her most successful collections: Zodiac.

"Zodiac Collection" This Collection was inspired by the Zodiac. The 12 Zodiac symbols are derived from the suns travels through the constellations. Each hats design is derived by the characteristics represented by each Zodiac and how astrological and cosmological complexity is matched only by the inner life of sentient life on earth. The 12 designs are symbols of our primal nature and the universal desires of health, fortune and love. The Zodiac speaks to all our loves, hopes, dreams as well as our flaws, quirks and habits both good and bad. With the Zodiac all of us are drawn to and fro like tides by the power of the universe and the inescapable physics of this life on earth. #TheZodiacCollection #GladysTamezMillinery We will be displaying the 12 signs over the next 12 days. There will be 1 winner who follows all 12 days that will win their sign or a sign for a friend at the end. Stay tuned!

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“I’m a mystic; I believe in signs. For two years I’ve been thinking about how to incorporate the zodiac sign in a collection,” Tamez told Racked LA about her Zodiac collection. “Each hat features the lines of a different zodiac sign. I used the zodiac colors, too, but styles also come in black. The collection is doing very well. I’m so happy about that.”

For Tamez, a hat is more than just the latest must-have accessory, it is a physical manifestation of one’s inner being.


“A hat can say everything,” Tamez told Los Angeles Magazine. “A hat can say if you’re fun, if you’re risky, if you are mysterious.  If you have questions about someone, their hat will tell you [the answers].”

But the person wearing the hat also has the power to transform how the hat is perceived.


“I also love to see how people transform and represent a hat,” Tamez told Los Angeles Magazine. “Sometimes, when I create a hat I have a vision of how it should look on a person, but then someone will wear it and transform the hat so beautifully, in ways I wouldn’t have thought of.”

But, most importantly, Tamez wanted to make a hat line that people afford which is evident in her pricing.

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“After seeing Saint Laurent’s extra-wide brim hat going for $1,400, we wanted to create an iconic collection at a price point that people could afford,” Tamez, who has hats available for less that $300, told Racked LA. “Of course, some of our hats do go up to $3,000, but you’re paying for quality.”


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3 Sites That Have Super-Fast Shipping For Your Last-Minute Mother’s Day Buys

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3 Sites That Have Super-Fast Shipping For Your Last-Minute Mother’s Day Buys

Listen, we get it. These days are hectic, crazy and very nearly apocalyptic. Whether you’re juggling your work from home routine or dealing with your kids, finding the perfect Mother’s Day Gift might be harder this year than most.

When it comes to this, know that we’ve got your back and understand that procrastination happens. To help we put together the top three Mother’s Day gifts that’ll help you navigate fast-shipping.

Check them out below.

Etsy

Etsy now allows an option that will allow you to search results by delivery date ensuring one-of-a-kind options that will arrive just in time for Mother’s Day. From handmade sweaters, specialty baskets soaps, candles, and embroidered pillows you’ll be able to find it all.

Amazon.com

No doubt for the extreme procrastinator Amazon guarantees on-time shipping for just about everyone. While Prime members are more likely to strike shipping gold with orders from the site, shoppers who’ve yet to subscribe to the premiere membership will likely not be disappointed in last-minute shipping fees.

Start off with Amazon Handmade and their Mother’s Day gift guide.

Nordstrom

Nordstrom now offers all sorts of quick delivery options. From their expedited shipping and pick-up in store to curbside pickup, the big box retailer options all sorts of Mother’s Day goods for the last-minute shopper!

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Mexicans Travel To U.S. For ‘Vaccine Tourism’ Say It’s A Matter Of Survival

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Mexicans Travel To U.S. For ‘Vaccine Tourism’ Say It’s A Matter Of Survival

The United States is one of the world’s most successful countries when it comes to rolling out the COVID-19 vaccine program. So far, more than 200 million vaccines have been administered across the U.S. and as of this week anyone over the age of 16 is now eligible.

Meanwhile, in many countries around the world – including Mexico – the vaccine roll out is still highly restricted. For many, who can afford to travel, they see the best option at a shot in the arm to take a trip to the U.S. where many locations are reporting a surplus in vaccines.

Wealthy Latin Americans travel to U.S. to get COVID vaccines.

People of means from Latin America are chartering planes, booking commercial flights, buying bus tickets and renting cars to get the vaccine in the United States due to lack of supply back in their home countries. Some of those making the trip include politicians, TV personalities, business executives and a soccer team.

There is an old Mexican joke: God tells a Mexican he has only a week left to live but can ask for one final wish, no matter how outrageous. So the Mexican asks for a ticket to Houston—for a second opinion.

Virginia Gónzalez and her husband flew from Mexico to Texas and then boarded a bus to a vaccination site. They made the trip again for a second dose. The couple from Monterrey, Mexico, acted on the advice of the doctor treating the husband for prostate cancer. In all, they logged 1,400 miles for two round trips.

“It’s a matter of survival,” Gónzalez told NBC News, of getting a COVID-19 vaccine in the United States. “In Mexico, officials didn’t buy enough vaccines. It’s like they don’t care about their citizens.”

Mexico has a vaccine rollout plan but it’s been too slow in many people’s opinions.

With a population of nearly 130 million people, Mexico has secured more vaccines than many Latin American nations — about 18 million doses as of Monday from the U.S., China, Russia and India. Most of those have been given to health care workers, people over 60 and some teachers, who so far are the only ones eligible. Most other Latin American countries, except for Chile, are in the same situation or worse.

So vaccine seekers who can afford to travel are coming to the United States to avoid the long wait, including people from as far as Paraguay. Those who make the trip must obtain a tourist visa and have enough money to pay for required coronavirus tests, plane tickets, hotel rooms, rental cars and other expenses.

There is little that is fair about the global race for the COVID-19 vaccine, despite international attempts to avoid the current disparities. In Israel, a country of 9 million people, half of the population has received at least one dose, while plenty of countries have yet to receive any. While the U.S. could vaccinate 70 percent of its population by September 2021 at the current rollout rate, it could take Mexico until approximately the year 2024 to achieve the same results.

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