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I’ve Moved! | Introducing www.AStyleSoiree.com

11 Mar

A Style Soiree - A Latina  Soiree

Bonjour!

Wondering where I’ve been?
I have been busy updating the all new A Style Soiree!

I’ve moved my blog to http://www.astylesoiree.com
Please visit me there from now on and stay updated all the chic fashion, beauty, lifestyle and culture happenings and events!

With Love,
Christie

#IWant360 Christmas Contest by 360FM

17 Dec

360FM Christmas Contest

The super popular Toronto based online radio station, 360FM, is having a fabulous contest for the holiday season. They are giving their audience a chance to win their top item on their Christmas list!

All you have to do is post an image of what you want for Christmas, along with the hashtag #IWAnt360, on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for a chance to win! The winner will be picked at random on December 20th, 2013 so hurry and post your pic ASAP!

The cutest part about this contest is that the gift will be mailed on behalf of Santa. Perfect for your little ones! There are also various sponsors that have donated fabulous gifts; therefore you have a chance to win those too!

I wish you the best of luck!

With Love,
Christie

PS. Remember, it’s cool to have an accent! xo

360FM Christmas Contest 360fm.ca

Home For The Holidays! Lima, Peru

16 Dec

Marca Peru LogoI’m super excited to be writing this blog post from my home country of Peru! I was born in Lima, the capital city of Peru, and moved to Canada when I was 7 years old. Even though I have spent most of my life in Canada, nothing will take way what it means to me to identify myself as a proud Peruvian!

This is my first trip home on my own as I always come with my family, usually over the Christmas season. The fun part about this trip is this time I get to do it my way! I will be visiting various restaurants, cities, attractions and venues during my stay. Fortunately, I will be going on all these adventures with my family; therefore you will get an idea of the top places to visit from top locals!

Peru On A World Map

Peru Map with CitiesPeru has made a strong mark on the world stage by winning various awards in 2013. Usually, when you hear about Peru, there is a direct link to Machu Picchu; since it is one of the 7 wonders of the world. Travelers that visit Machu Picchu fly into its capital city, stay for a day or two in Lima, then skip towards Machu Picchu. Lima, Peru and its surrounding areas have SO much to offer and experience! Especially during the Christmas season as it blooms with cheer and spirit.

In 2013, Machu Picchu, Peru was named as number 1 on a list of the” Top 10 World Landmarks” by Trip Advisor. For the second year in a row, Peru also won the World’s Leading Culinary Destination  by the Wold Travel Awards, among other honourary awards. Not just saying this because I’m Peruvian, but the food is delicious here!

Marca Peru

Marca Peru is a promotional program created by the Ministry of Tourism in Peru that is made up of 3 parts; tourism, investments and exports. Of course, we will focus on tourism in this case. It was launched in 2012 with the following video:

This video caught my attention as soon as I saw it and since then I have been so intrigued, even more than before, about all that my country has to offer. Even though I was born here, the country is constantly changing and growing so quickly so there is so much for me to visit and learn about every time I come back.

From nature, to culture, to adventure and gastronomy, you can find all the info on the Marca Peru Travel website.

costa verde lima marca peru

Throughout my visit, I will be writing about different experiences in and around Lima, Peru. Stay tuned to learn more about what this beautiful country has to offer. Whether you are Peruvian or a tourist, I promise to make my posts super insightful! After all, it’s true what they say, everything you need is in Peru!

With Love,
Christie

Jennifer Lopez Pays Tribute to Celia Cruz at AMAs 2013

25 Nov

The most talked about performance at last night’s American Music Awards, without a doubt, belongs to Jennifer Lopez!

Her tribute to the “Reina de la Salsa”, Celia Cruz, had everyone in the crowd doing more than just a two-step. From a Latina’s perspective, the most beautiful thing about this performance was that it blended what our parents and grandparents grew up listening to and what I have grown up to. It blended decades of Latin music and, in particular, represented the integration of Latin and North American culture. If you grew up in a Latin household, Celia Cruz is no foreign name! Of course, in today’s media, neither is Jennifer Lopez!

See the full length performance below:

Jennifer Lopez is a top name when it comes to entertaining the audience, bringing us top notch performances and providing a brilliant spectacle. She has amazed us for years; from her early days dancing “In Living Color”, to her acting debut in Selena, to the 2013 AMAs. From today’s media frenzy, there is no doubt there is much more to come from her!

Celia Cruz is the top female in Latin music. Her legacy is one that cannot be overcome! As much as I liked Jennifer’s performance, I would have liked to see more Latina entertainers taking part in this performance. For example, Olga Tañon and/or Gloria Estefan would have blown the roof off the AMAs. Their voices would have better reflected the talent that Celia Cruz brought to the music industry. Having them on stage together would truly be the epitome of Latina empowerment in the music industry. Who knows, maybe the Latin Grammys have that up their sleeve for an upcoming year. We can only hope!

Overall, I’m super delighted that the Latin American culture was highlighted in such a beautiful way. I particularly love how welcome it was, not only by everyone at the venue, but by the audiences at home and the media. I’m proud that our culture has come such a long way in the North American media; from the past days of Celia Cruz to the current days of Jennifer Lopez.

Con Amor,
Christie