All American. All Latina.

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When I found out Popsugar was doing this campaign with Latina bloggers about what it meant to them to be American and Latina for the launch of Popsugar Latina I knew I wanted to be a part of it.Fixin-to-thrill-latina-austin-fashion-blog-fourth-4th-july-style-holiday-themed-red-white-blue-popsugar-american-5

Popsugar Latina is the new go-to site for staying informed and connected with everything trending in the Latina world right now, from fashion, celebrity news, healthy living and family advice. Check it out here!Fixin-to-thrill-latina-austin-fashion-blog-fourth-4th-july-style-holiday-themed-red-white-blue-popsugar-american-6

My ethnic background is German and Irish on my mom’s side and Mexican on my dads. Which if you’re from Texas may seem like a pretty typical mix but I didn’t grow up in your typical blended family environment.Fixin-to-thrill-latina-austin-fashion-blog-fourth-4th-july-style-holiday-themed-red-white-blue-popsugar-american-7

My mom’s side of the family completely disowned my mother after learning of my father’s ethnicity and after what I can only imagine to be a long and difficult pregnancy my grandma had an immediate change of heart once she saw my adorable baby face. Her change of heart however only extended to me…Fixin-to-thrill-latina-austin-fashion-blog-fourth-4th-july-style-holiday-themed-red-white-blue-popsugar-american-8

I grew up never getting to know my father or my father’s side of the family because of the racism of my mother’s family. Growing up not identifying with a culture that you know you belong to can be a very confusing thing for a young girl. Growing up hearing derogatory things about a race that you know you belong to can be even harder.Fixin-to-thrill-latina-austin-fashion-blog-fourth-4th-july-style-holiday-themed-red-white-blue-popsugar-american-9

I never identified with being hispanic, I knew I was but I didn’t feel it. I just felt like a typical German/Irish girl with a wildly hispanic name and a really sweet tan. Fixin-to-thrill-latina-austin-fashion-blog-fourth-4th-july-style-holiday-themed-red-white-blue-popsugar-american-10

It wasn’t until my second apartment and a new group of friends all with different backgrounds, Puerto Rican, Mexican, Cuban, Colombian that I started to open my eyes to the latin culture and the Latin pride that I felt I was robbed of having for so long.Fixin-to-thrill-latina-austin-fashion-blog-fourth-4th-july-style-holiday-themed-red-white-blue-popsugar-american-11

Here was this amazing group of people: educated, well traveled, fun, interesting and loyal to a fault. These were the people you aspire to be like, the people you want in your corner, the people who became my family. My Latin family.Fixin to Thrill | Austin Fashion Blog: 4th of July x Popsugar Latina

There are still days I feel like I don’t have the right to call myself a Latina because I hadn’t identified with it for so long but it’s me, it’s who I am and it’s the blood coursing through my veins.

Fixin to Thrill | Austin Fashion Blog: 4th of July x Popsugar Latina

I’m All American, ALL Latina.

Fixin to Thrill | Austin Fashion Blog: 4th of July x Popsugar Latina

Fixin to Thrill | Austin Fashion Blog: 4th of July x Popsugar Latina

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