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  • Shine Latina spoke with celebrity stylist and Panamanian-native Karla Birbragher to discover how to build a full wardrobe with five basic elements and a few trendy pieces. Create these well pull-together looks without spending a fortune.

    Start with these five key pieces

    Start with these five key pieces

    Five essential pieces
    According to Birbragher, begin building your wardrobe with the following pieces:
    1. A good pair of jeans: Choose a more versatile dark wash that can be worn either day or night.
    2. A button down shirt in basic white
    3. A black dress: Choose the style and cut most flattering to your figure. The LBD can go from the office to a night on the town by changing its accessories.
    4. A pencil skirt: having at least one in a neutral color, like black or gray, is a must. For a trendier look, get a second in burgundy or royal blue
    5. A blazer: an essential element to dress up a pair of jeans; the blazer should be fitted to the body to create an hourglass silhouette.

    Trendy pieces

    The key is in the accessories
    You can create many combinations with tho

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  • By Liliana Moyano for Shine Latina

    Avocado salad

    In Latin America, it is very common to add lime and salt to fruits and vegetables. Mango and radishes are two of my favorite lime-salted treats. My mom found this to be the only way I ate my veggies, so she began to add limón y sal to everything.

    My mom is a weekday-vegetarian by choice. She has a unique passion for vegetables, and through the years she's found delicious ways to satisfy her semi-vegetarianism. My all time favorite recipe is her avocado-lime, leafless salad filled with color and crunch. This is the same concept of fruits and vegetables with limón y sal, but she adds olive oil to make the salad less tangy. I make it at nighttime when I come back from work and want to eat something light, yet filling.

    Prepping the veggies

    (4 servings)
    ½ red pepper, julienned
    ½ red onion, julienned
    3 celery stalks, chopped
    1 tomato, chopped
    ¼ cup carrots, shredded
    2 Hass avocados
    2 1/2 tbsp. olive oil
    ¼ tsp. sea salt
    11/2 tbsp. rosemary leaves

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  • Financial expert Andrés Gutiérrez tells us why buying may not be as beneficial as people think.

    Find out if renting may be a better option

    Among many families, the talk of buying a home takes on a serious tone when you factor in the importance of attaining the proverbial "The American Dream"- especially among Latinos. But the idea that renting is a waste of money may need to be reconsidered. "It's a big mistake to buy a home early, especially right after graduating or getting married," says financial expert Andrés Gutiérrez, who believes that there are great benefits to renting.

    Keep your options open
    There's something to be said about renting a home, especially for young couples or someone who has moved to a new city. It's the right decision if you need to remain mobile and keep your residence options open in case of unforeseen changes. "Buy only if you know you'll be [in that home] for longer than five years," says Gutiérrez. Purchasing a house too soon, without the necessary financial foundation, is a risky proposition. It&

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  • Savoring a warm plate of homemade soup is at the heart of the Latin kitchen throughout the year, but it's never more celebrated than when the chill of winter sets in. Dive into some of the heartiest recipes you'll ever make (and taste!).

    Chupe de camarones

    Chupe de camarones

    A traditional chowder from the mountain regions of Peru, the original "chupe" recipe calls for fresh river shrimp, caught by hand.

    (6 servings)


    2 lbs shrimp, with shells and heads
    4 cups water (more if necessary)
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
    1 garlic clove, finely chopped
    1 tablespoon aji panca chili paste (can substitute tomato paste)
    1 teaspoon aji amarillo chili paste
    1 cup peas, either fresh or frozen
    1/4 cup long-grain white rice
    1-2 ears of corn, cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks
    1 lb russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks
    1 teaspoon salt (to taste)
    1/4-1/2 cup queso fresco, cut into 1/2-inch dice
    1 cup evaporated milk
    1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopp

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  • Learn how to create a polished and professional makeup look perfect for work in just a few, quick steps.

    By Charleen Gonzalez for Shine Latina

    Work-ready makeup

    When you're getting ready for work in the morning, you may not have a lot of time to apply your makeup. But, just because you may be rushing out the door, doesn't mean you can't enhance your natural features quickly! You want to remember to go with something natural and neutral for work; not too heavy on the eyeliner or mascara, and maybe a light lip.

    I'll show you simple eye makeup that you can do in minutes, plus a quick base that perfects the skin without hard work. This is a five-minute makeup routine that will leave you looking polished and ready for work.

    Step 1: Apply a Base
    The brushes I'm using are all from Eco Tools. For the base I chose this fantastic new product by Tarte, their BB Tinted Treatment 12 Hour Primer, which triples as a moisturizer, primer and light foundation. If you like a little more coverage, apply your regular ...Read More »


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