Walt Disney World – The happiest place on earth!

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When Disney reached out to me to attend the Royal Welcoming of the First Latina Princess, Elena of Avalor, I screamed YES with no hesitation. I’ve been to Disney twice, once with my madrina and Tio Danny when I was about 7 years old and another time in High School when I had the opportunity to play in a Disney softball tournament. This was my first trip as an adult and I felt like I could really soak in this experience. I knew I was only going to be in town for about 30 hours so I was looking forward to making the best of it.

We stayed at Disney’s Beach Club Resort.

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The property is absolutely beautiful and filled with charm. The staff was so friendly and very accommodating.

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Upon checking in, I received my Disney MagicBand and went on to explore my room as well as the property until it was time to meet up with some of the ladies to have dinner + dessert at Epcot.

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After checking into Epcot, we dined at La Hacienda de San Angel which served an authentic Mexican cuisine and killer margaritas. The best part of dinner had to be getting to know all the girls, great conversation and a ton of laughs. When we were done we headed to the Italy Pavilion for a private dessert party where we had front row seats to IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, which is an incredible show that features fireworks, pyrotechnics, laser lights, fountains, and fire to create a visual production on the park’s World Showcase Lagoon. It’s an absolute must see!

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The next day I was up bright and early because I was so excited to get together with the group again and head to the Magic Kingdom for the Royal Welcoming for Princess Elena.

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Cinderella and Prince Charming appear on the stage of the castle, dándole la bienvenida (giving a welcome) to everyone to this magical kingdom and introducing their special guest from Avalor. Princess Elena arrives accompanied by a troupe of regal banner carriers and musicians and when asked to share her historia, Elena
picks up a guitarra and joins her musicians in a performance of the song “My Time,” recounting her magical adventures and triumphant return to Avalor.

It was truly magically to witness this and as a Latina, made me super proud! After the Royal Welcoming we headed to a Disney luncheon where we got to meet and interview all the important people behind Elena of Avalor and even got to meet the princess herself.

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This trip, while short, was an incredible experience and I’m so glad that so many of you followed along with me on Instastories (@pearls_and_paris) and Snapchat (pearlsandparis). THANK YOU Disney for a magical time.

As many of you know, my son is turning ONE in just a few weeks and so we have planned a Family Disney trip for mid October!!!! Make sure you stay tuned as I will be sharing every step of the way with you guys while there.

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When we were house hunting a few years ago, one of our must haves was a great big yard. As a Latina, I love the island life and since we can’t always jet away to visit our family – we wanted a space where we could bring a little bit of the tropics to our home.

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We ended up finding the perfect one that had an incredible deck and yard with a lot of green space. We knew we had to include a hammock as laying in one instantly reminds me of being at my abuelo’s house in Puerto Rico. Since setting it up, it has easily become one of our favorite spaces. The boys love playing football on warm days out there and my son gets so excited to lay in the hammock with his dad and read his favorite books en espanol. We literally spend hours our there and it has become our little get away space.

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La Gata star and telenovela veteran Maite Perroni shares the scoop on her character’s signature hairdo with Glam Belleza Latina’s contributing editor, Kika Rocha, in the 2014 fall issue, out now.

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Maite on the process behind getting Esmeralda’s hair on La Gata

“It is a big and wild mane at the beginning, but at the end my look is much more sophisticated. For the wild look, the hairstylist braids my hair, then flatirons each braid before undoing it. My puffy hair adds drama to my character, but my hair suffers a lot!”

 

Maite on how she keeps her hair shiny…

My hair goes through so much during taping, but I really take care of it. When you’re good to your hair, it shows. I try to wash it every day, and I use hydrating masks. On set, I insist on using products that protect my hair from heat styling.”

 

Maite on her natural beauty tips

My grandmother taught me a great trick of using tomato, or jitomate, as a mask. I mash it up and apply it all over my hair and scalp. I like to leave it on for a few hours when I’m spending a lazy weekend at home or even overnight. The jitomate really nourishes every strand and gives it super shine.”

 

Maite on her makeup routine…

“[My] makeup always starts with lots of mascara. I don’t wear heavy makeup when I’m not working, but I never leave home without my sunblock, a light foundation, pink blush, and a natural gloss. I also like bronzers for a bit of shimmer. That’s my everyday look. If I’m going to a party or event, I wear red lipstick.” 

JESSICA ALBA COVERS GLAM BELLEZA LATINA’S FALL ISSUE

She might be humble about her striking looks, red-carpet chops, and to-die-for body, but when it comes to her career skills, Jessica Alba is willing to brag. As founder of The Honest Company, a brand of nontoxic household, health care, and beauty products, Alba has built an exhaustive resource that educates consumers, especially young moms, on their natural-product choices. Launched just two years ago, the company has already created more than 85 products sold in 2,500-plus stores and online, with sales of over $60 million. In other words, this isn’t some Hollywood A-list vanity project; the Honest Company, says Alba, is a “legacy” that she hopes to leave her daughters, Honor, six, and Haven, three. Meanwhile, her movie career is also in high gear, with this past summer’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For the most recent on her long list of big-screen moments. She opens up to Glam Belleza Latina about her Mexican American roots, her beauty philosophies, and her love of mariachi music.

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Jessica on the differences between her business and her movie career…

“Having a company that’s making the world a better place is a life calling. Performing has also been a life calling, but they’re so different. It takes a completely different side of my brain to do one versus the other. But I’m truly very proud of The Honest Company.”

 

Jessica on her process for getting red-carpet ready…

“[W]e start with what I’m wearing, and we go from there. I don’t like my skin to look overly done. But I still love to play with makeup. I love a smoky eye or a cool colored eyeliner. I just don’t do all of it at once!”

 

Jessica on the beauty lessons she learned from the women in her life…

“My grandma, whom I grew up with and who helped raise me with my mom, loved aloe vera. If anything was wrong, she’d break her aloe vera plant and rub it all over.”

 

Jessica on the importance of race to her identity…

“It’s always been the same. I’ve always felt closer to being a Latina than anything else, because I grew up with my dad’s family, who are Mexican American. I never really identified any other way. But I think that today it’s less and less about having to identify with one race and holding on to that completely. I mean, my kids are African-American and Caucasian on their dad’s side, and Latino and Caucasian on my side.”

 

Jessica on the Latinas she admired when she was growing up…

“I grew up in Southern California, where Latin culture is just everywhere. I mean, I still love mariachi music! I looked up to Jennifer Lopez. She is someone who broke through barriers, a powerhouse. You know: I could be a dancer, singer, actress, entrepreneur—I can do all of it. And Daisy Fuentes too. What she did with her platform was incredible. It took the rest of the country a second to catch up to Latinas in the United States being mainstream.”