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Don’t Fret. Here Are Some Perfect Galentine’s Day Gifts Created By Latina Entrepreneurs

This Valentine’s Day, let’s celebrate all the strong, fierce, and beautiful Galentines in your life. You can celebrate by gifting them items made by some equally strong and beautiful Latina entrepreneurs. You could even host a major dinner for all of your besties to celebrate the love. Whatever way you celebrate, here are a few wonderful gifts to show them how much you love them and their friendship.

Say it with a Spanish Valentine’s Day card.

Sometimes things just sound better in Spanish, like this card from Magic Mood Art. You might not be rolling in the dough, but you can brighten up your Valentine’s day with a funny greeting card for less than the cost of a latte.

Show them how much you appreciate them with a Viva La Mujer shirt.

Give the MUA in your life something to add to their collection with a Melt Cosmetics Metal Gloss.

Kiss nude lips goodbye this Valentine’s Day. Your friends can thank you when they coat their lips with this glossy pink finish from Latina-owned Melt Cosmetics.

How about a Latino-inspired greeting card in English?

Your squad knows you love them pero like food comes first sometimes before morning hiking workouts. These cute cards are just some of the fresh sayings Martha Valdes. She is the owner of the boutique Martha of Miami.

Give them a wardrobe boost with some Valentine’s-Hued clothing from Eye Candy Boutique.

Owner Elsa Fernandes wants you and your bffs to know that love comes in all shapes and sizes. That’s why she’s celebrating plus size girls with adorable clothing and accessories from her Eye Candy Boutique. Grab some purple, pink or red items that will make your Galentine’s Day attire pop!

Show that you want to hold these friendships tight by way of a hair clasp.

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For your ArtSy best friends, get them a pearl-studded barrette from Miami-based Style Mafia, owned by fashion blogger Simonett Pereira. Her avant-garde style mixes fresh and feminine finds with some minimalism.

Josefina by Vero Solis is always a good choice.

Give a Galentine’s Day gift your friends can wear with pride—they can show off their Mexican roots. These chic and colorful pieces from Mexican designer Vero Solis are a must-have. This ‘Mexicanita’ shirt can be your friends’ dose of required red on Valentine’s Day. ♥️

Mapache Jewelry will make anyone shine.

Give your girls the right crystals to heal and #bless their life with pieces from Rochelle Martin’s jewelry line. Trinkets include little crystal charms that can be incorporated into accessories for their everyday errands.

HoneyBGold Hoops because hoops are a girl’s best friend.

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Help your friends take on the world this Valentine’s Day with or without a honey by their side. All they need is some rockin’ pairs of hoops by Latina jewelry designer HoneyBGold!


READ: Best Valentine’s Day Gifts And Activities For the Love of Your Life That Aren’t Just A Dinner

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Here are Some Fun and Creative Date Ideas for a Quarantine Valentine’s Day At-Home

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Here are Some Fun and Creative Date Ideas for a Quarantine Valentine’s Day At-Home

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To say 2021 won’t be your typical Valentine’s Day would be an understatement. Almost a year after COVID-19 shutdown pretty much every romantic destination outside of the house, couples everywhere are now being forced to come up with creative ideas to celebrate their love for one another at home.

But just because we’re stuck inside, doesn’t mean this year’s V-Day won’t be special. Sure, the old Netflix-and-chill recipe might be a little tired at this point of quarantine (nine months and counting…), but there are a million other fun dates to take part in at home. Take a peak below at our list of fun and creative at-home date ideas for Quaran-tine’s Day (see what we did there?)

1. Game Night

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Make Valentine’s Day an opportunity to bring out you and your partner’s fun side. Break out some tried-and-true games that work for two people like Twister, Jenga, Code Names or Guess Who. But if you want to keep the good vibes going, avoid ultra-competitive games like Risk or–god forbid–Monopoly

2. Wine & Paint Date

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Going to your city’s local Paint & Sip studio might not be an option this year, but you can always bring the studio into your own home. Prepare for your at-home wine and paint night by heading to a nearby craft’s store to stock up on canvas, paint, and paint brushes. Then, hit up a wine & spirits shop to pick out a few high-quality vintages for you and your Valentine.

3. At-Home Spa Night

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If the COVID life is stressing you out, think about unwinding with your amor with a spa night. Prepare a night of candles, mud masks, bubble baths, and of course, massages for you two to enjoy together. Relaxing never felt so sexy.

4. Rom-Com Movie Marathon

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Sure, not everyone is into rom-coms (apparently some people think they’re cheesy?), but if you and your lover are both fans of the feel-good genre, create a list of your favorite movies to watch together. Don’t forget the popcorn and the milk duds.

5. Bake-at-home Date

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What’s sweeter than sugar? Literally nothing. Bond with your novio/a by making a delicious creation together. If you two are both novice pastry chefs, try out some simple cookie or cupcake recipes. If you both are up for a challenge, think about making traditional Latin pasteles like alfajores, milhojas, or pastafrola.

6. Fondue Fun

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If you and your amor are both the type of people who like their dates to revolve around food (and look, we can relate), consider having a fondue night. With fondue, the possibilities are endless. You can go the savory route, dipping veggies, meats, and bread in queso or hot oil. You can also end your meal with a dessert fondue of chocolate y fruta.

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Dating 101: The Expert’s Guide on How to Find Love in 2021

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Dating 101: The Expert’s Guide on How to Find Love in 2021

Valentine’s Day is just a few days away, which means that if you’re single, you might be taking a good, hard look at the state of your love life. If, like many of us, you’ve spent the past year focusing on your own growth and self-development, then you might be ready to jump back into the dating pool. 

But if you feel off your game or unsure of how to proceed in this brand new, post-COVID world of dating, fear not! We’ve employed the help of Jorge Lozano H. to give us the do’s and don’ts of finding love in 2021.

Jorge Lozano H. is a best-selling author, speaker, and dating expert who knows exactly how challenging this new dating scene is–but he also knows how fun it can be. Lozano shared his tips and tricks with us on how to attract “the one” in 2021. Check out his advice below!

1. Spend More Time on Dating Apps

We know, we know. There are about a million-and-one dating apps out there. But it’s a simple fact that you can’t find something if you’re not looking for it. Download one or two dating apps and commit to spending time and effort on finding a viable match (so, no mindless swiping).

If you feel like the sheer number of options is too overwhelming, try out a dating app that narrows down the dating pool by common interests–like Chispa, the dating app specifically made for millenial Latinos. 

2. Confidence is Key

It’s tempting to approach every date with a pessimistic mindset. Sure, there’s “plenty of fish in the sea,” but there’s also plenty of duds in the sea as well. Lozano suggest looking on the bright side by trying out positive affirmations.

“Go into every virtual date with a positive mindset by repeating these eight words when you need a confidence boost: ‘I want, I can, and I deserve it,'” he says.

3. Build meaningful connections

Lozano suggests creating “emotional anchors” during your conversation with you date in order to make meaningful, memorable connections. Lozano suggests bonding over common interests like similar tastes in music or the favorite Banderas you have in common.

4. Don’t be a “bad texter”

Even if a potential partner is head-over-heels for you, that doesn’t give you an excuse to be a bad texter (i.e. giving low-effort, one-word responses). “Elaborate, ask questions and show interest so your potential novio/a will keep you in mind at all times,” says Lozano.

5. Flirt with finesse

If you’re wondering why none of your matches are graduating to the next step, like a FaceTime date or a virtual date, it might be because you’re not giving them much to work with. “Coquetear adds an extra spice to any conversation,” says Lozano. He suggests using three universally-beloved topics to keep the convo going: food, pets, and (pre-Covid) travel of course.

Now that you’re armed with Lozano’s great advice, you’re ready to take on the 2021 dating scene with renewed confidence. Now head out there and find your soulmate!

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