All American Girl

Happy Independence Day! I was feeling really festive, and wanted to post on this all American inspired look, but I also wanted to take the time this July 4th to share a little bit of my background story on my heritage (especially, for those who always ask about my ethnicity). As a born and raised American with a Hispanic background, I truly feel like my family (along with many others like them) share the true American dream - So, here's 10 facts about me!

Red Drawstring Crop Top c/o Lola Shoetique | Distressed Jeans c/o Lola Shoetique  | Clear Heels c/o Lola Shoetique

1. I am American Born, but Cuban bred

2. My grandparents came to the USA right when the Castro regime was at its start

3. In order for my grandparents to do that, my grandfather had to work at a agricultural concentration camp for a certain amount of years (I'm so thankful they both sacrificed for their children).

4. Both of my parents were born in Cuba (my mom in Havana & my dad in the eastern country side), and were immigrants to the states.

4. Visiting Cuba is next on my list, although my parents would not like to visit at the moment.

5. I come from a long line of Cuban taught beauticians (mostly everyone on my mom's side is a hairdresser - except for my mom).

6. I made it a point when I started my blog, that my Cuban/Hispanic heritage was something I was going to strongly embrace on here.

7. Spanish was my first language (my mom made sure to speak to my brother and I Spanish at home), and I learned English when I started school.

8. Throughout my early childhood years, I grew up in the beauty salon (my grandparents took care of me at their salon while my parents went off to work).

 9. Funny Fact: half of my family migrated from Cuba to Miami, and the other half migrated from Cuba to Spain (because at the time it was a bit easier)- So, some of us have the usual Cuban accent while the others speak Spanish with a European accent & pronounce words totally different!

10. My grandparents came to the U.S in sight of the "American Dream" - and they surely achieved it.

As a Latina turned blogger, I have always believed that I have been given the opportunity to break barriers. Although being an immigrant or a child of an immigrant may be a sensitive subject in today's society, we share one very similar aspect - our story of struggle, resilience, and most importantly of hope for change that no one will take from us. However, the "American Dream" is not a handout, but lastly achieving it is what makes us Americans.  

Los Latinos son luchadores!

Until next post,


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