Selena Quintanilla: Dreaming of You

Y’all I could cry writing this post.

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Selena touched so many lives and hearts and that’s why I still get emotional just thinking about her. Her music is legendary, her style continues to be seen in trends today and her talent was truly one of a kind.

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I love celebrity culture so much that I’m making a career out of it but I’ve never felt so passionate or connected to a celebrity as much as I have with Selena. Her personality was infectious and she made her fans feel like they were part of her family.

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I didn’t cry when David Bowie died and I didn’t shed a tear when we lost Prince. It wasn’t because I never listened to their music, but I just never felt connected to them. With Selena, I cry just watching old interviews. I need a box of tissues when I listen to her music and hear the way fans talk about her.

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Selena was my first real role model (well, first celebrity role model). I was 3-years-old when she passed away, but you better believe that this little sassy Latina was rocking bedazzled skirts and vests sown by my grandma and I was already singing her songs with my grandma’s tortilla roller.

I’m from Southwest Texas, so Selena was OUR jam.

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She was the person who gave Latinos hope that we could aspire to be anything. She paved the way and put us on the map. In fact, she was so beloved that People Magazine discovered the Spanish market was a profitable one after completely selling out their Selena tribute issue.

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I really wish Selena was still alive today. I know she would’ve had a successful fashion line, makeup collection and movie career. I’m just glad her impact has been so powerful that one of her dreams came true.

Mac cosmetics learned that when Latinos are passionate and excited about something, we put our heart and soul into it. They made the Mac x Selena collection after her fans urged the company to create the makeup line. Now that the line is out, I can’t even get my hands on it!

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If it weren’t for Selena, I’m not sure we would have Eva Mendes, Eva Longoria, Sofia Vergara or all of the great Latinas dominating Hollywood right now. She broke the mold and inspired us to embrace our heritage, curves and passions.

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She put Latinos in the spotlight and she gave us hope that we think big and turn our dreams into a reality with hard work, strong values, and courage. She was such a magnetic force that I know she would still be more popular than ever – I mean, she still is after all of these years.

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This is my little tribute to Selena, and I hope that I can get my fingers on her makeup collection. Stay tuned for more Selena tributes and tutorials.

P.S: While these images are not new, I did want to compile all of my Selena inspired makeup looks/outfits for this post. She has seriously meant so much to me. ❤

This is my all time favorite Selena song:

besitos,

Alyssa

Selena Quintanilla Inspired Makeup Looks

Hi dolls!

I want to dedicate this post to one of my idols – Selena Quintanilla.

No one rocked red lips like she did. I channeled my inner Selena in this post with four of my favorite looks.

Selena Quintanilla Inspired Makeup Looks

Selena Quintanilla Inspired Makeup Looks

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She was the definition of glamor and yet she humbly shopped at Wal-Mart just like everyone else. Her style was effortless and it’s still influential in today’s fashion. Her bustiers are iconic. Selena was definitely ahead of her time.

Selena was the ultimate star. Not many performers today can sing better live. If you look back at old videos, Selena’s voice sounded incredible while she was on stage and you could feel her passion with every single note she hit. It’s honestly so amazing.

Selena was the most down-to-earth celebrity. She connected with all of her fans, and wasn’t afraid to be real with them. 

I know I sound like I met her or like I actually saw her in concert, but that’s what is so great about her. Selena’s music, fashion, and impact on the Latin community still lives on. It’s almost as if she never passed away.

Selena Quintanilla Inspired Makeup Looks

Selena Quintanilla Inspired Makeup Looks

I was about 2-years-old when Selena tragically died on March 31st. Even then, I still knew about her music because that’s all my family played. I’m born and bred from Texas, so best believe Selena was a big deal to me. Not to mention, I’m also a Mexican-American just like her.

When the movie came out, that’s when I really understood what happened to her. After the film, I fell even more in love with her music. It’s crazy to think she passed away when she was only 23. I’m 23 and still feel like a teenager sometimes. It’s insane to think she was already so successful in her career and creating music that would live on forever. Gone too soon.

Here are my favorite looks:

Selena Quintanilla Looks

Selena Quintanilla Inspired Makeup Looks

Selena Quintanilla Inspired Makeup Looks

Selena Quintanilla Inspired Makeup Looks

Selena Quintanilla Inspired Makeup Looks

Selena Quintanilla Inspired Makeup Looks

Selena Quintanilla Inspired Makeup Looks

Selena Quintanilla Looks

Selena Quintanilla Inspired Makeup Looks

Selena Quintanilla Inspired Makeup Looks

Selena Quintanilla Inspired Makeup Looks

Selena Quintanilla Inspired Makeup Looks

Selena Quintanilla Inspired Makeup Looks

Selena Quintanilla Inspired Makeup Looks

Selena Quintanilla Looks

Selena Quintanilla Inspired Makeup Looks

Selena Quintanilla Inspired Makeup Looks

Selena Quintanilla Inspired Makeup Looks

Selena Quintanilla Inspired Makeup Looks

Selena Quintanilla Inspired Makeup Looks

Selena Quintanilla Inspired Makeup Looks

Selena Quintanilla Looks

Selena Quintanilla Inspired Makeup Looks

Selena Quintanilla Inspired Makeup Looks

Selena Quintanilla Inspired Makeup Looks

Selena Quintanilla Inspired Makeup Looks

Selena Quintanilla Inspired Makeup Looks

Selena Quintanilla Inspired Makeup Looks

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Hope you enjoyed this post! Share your favorite Selena looks with me in the comments below! xoxo

 

My Top 10 Favorite Movies EVER

My life.

My life.

I am a movie junkie. And lately I’ve been watching all of my favorites, on repeat. Because summer is approaching, and I already have so much free time here’s a list of my favorite movies EVER.

*Not arranged in any particular order. That would be too hard*

 

1. Grease

Danny hot Zuko.

Danny hot Zuko.

Because singing in a cafeteria never looked so good. And looking like a “beautiful pineapple” has to be one of the best compliments.

2. Selena

The first person whose hips didn't lie.

The first person whose hips didn’t lie.

Because bedazzling your bra is such a brilliant idea. And saying “ANYTHING FOR SALINAS” never gets old.

3.  Spice World

That's what you call diversity and originality.

That’s what you call diversity and originality.

Because saying “Girl Power” while wearing platform sneakers never looked so powerful. And, the music was obviously great.

4. Moulin Rouge

How can you not love a guy singing to you with firework hearts in the background?

How can you not love a guy singing to you with firework hearts in the background?

Because when Ewan McGregor looks like a dirty, unbathed writer he makes it look sexy. And seriously, how many guys are obsessed with love like he is???

5. Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Every girl has said those words at one time.

Every girl has said those words at one time.

Because I want that eye mask with those gold lashes. And, because what girl has her life together and all figured out?

6. Let’s Make Love

Hypnotizing.

Hypnotizing.

Because wearing a big blue sweater never made such a fashion statement before. And those red lips!

7. Valley of the Dolls

Look at that fur coat!

Look at that fur coat!

Because Patty Duke, Sharon Tate and Barbara Parkins are triple threat beauties. Also, a story about the entertainment business being cruel never looked so appealing.

8. Cinderella

Wish I could get ready that fast.

Wish I could get ready that fast.

Because everyone, I mean EVERYONE wants a glass slipper. Amiright? And who doesn’t want a fairy godmother?

9. Dirty Dancing

We've all asked our boyfriends to do this.. amiright?

We’ve all asked our boyfriends to do this.. amiright?

Because nobody puts Baby in the corner, ever. And what girl doesn’t want to be lifted like Baby?

10. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Swoon.

Swoon.

Because diamonds are a girl’s best friend…forever. And again, those red lips!

Girl Talk: Selena Quintanilla Made More Than Just Music

As I remember what would’ve been Selena’s 43 birthday, I can’t help but reminisce about the influence she had on me, and my culture. I can still remember being a 5 year-old fangirl watching the film made in her memory on repeat. As a 21 year-old, I still do that.

The film, Selena, was a huge part of my childhood. It gave me the inspiration to become whatever I desired. Some days that meant being a performer, a waitress, or even a poet. I endlessly nagged my grandmother to sew me cute outfits that matched the ones she famously wore. Because, of course, I needed costume changes during the movie. I would rummage through my grandma’s kitchen drawers, desperately searching for her tortilla roller to use as my microphone. How could I possibly sing along with the movie without a mic?

Every day we would go to my great-grandmothers house at 5, and I would gather everyone to watch me sing my little heart out to Selena songs, using my great-grandma’s walker as my microphone and her living room as my stage. She always exclaimed “mi artista.” I share many memories with my family from listening to Selena. Actually, her music is one of the reasons I picked up on Spanish, the comprehension and reading of it. I don’t speak Spanish as fluently as I’d like, but you can catch me passionately singing and saying “el chico del apartamento 512” quickly and eloquently.

She broke many cultural and gender barriers within the Mexican-American community and outside of it. Her music allowed the world to recognize our culture, and respect it. For women, she gave us the aspiration to accomplish our goals, even if that meant entering a male-dominated profession. Her breakthrough in Tejano music, which is predominately male controlled, paved the way for future female artists as well a proving that female singers could be just as successful as men.

She was not only a trailblazer in music, but with her entire persona. For me, at least, she taught me to be beautiful on the inside just as much as the outside. She taught me that being a business woman didn’t mean giving up your life, or changing into a completely different person, but rather embracing your passion and taking control of your career goals. Her sultry outfits, and sex symbol status showed that women could be in charge of their sexuality, while also remaining classy. She showed  that women didn’t have to be ashamed of  being madly in love while also remaining independent. She proved that women could be both intelligent and goofy, while continuing to be respected and admired.

Her humility and sincerity were traits that many artists today fail to have. Today’s artists provoke attention through exposing every detail of their life, or body parts. Selena kept her integrity and was one of the rare artists who let her talent speak for itself. I hope that I can use her traits as ways to remain humble and driven. I hope that her music continues to live on for younger generations, and that her example of what a true leader is can carry on. I hope that our culture can continue to be recognized and represented in a positive light. We need more Selena’s as leaders.

 

My favorite Selena song: