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Just In Time For Gifting Season: JLo and ARod Dropped An Affordable Sunglass Collab Collection With Quay Australia

Just as there is a separation between the church and state, so too, we’ve been told to set strict boundaries in business. “Never mix pleasure with business,” goes the saying, as old as time. And we all know that keeping friendly, or even worse, romantic, relationships with people with whom you do business is not always a good idea —Unless you’re the ultimate power couple, then by all means, mix it up, finesse us all and show us how it’s done. J.Lo and ARod are just that couple. And their venture into business together is off to a pretty good looking start.

Jenny from the block mixed business with pleasure on her latest collab with her sportsman partner Alex Rodriguez, except for her, the partnership was more like a good idea than a bad one.

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JLo and ARod teamed up with Australian eyewear brand Quay Australia to create a range of glamorous statement shades that won’t set you back more than $60.

The couple shot the campaign for their collection in Miami—a place they both call home.

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The singer and actress posed with the former baseball shortstop in a series of sultry, tropical-infused images to promote the couple’s sunglass collection. The dynamic duo shot the campaign in Miami. “It was really special to be able to shoot in Miami with Jennifer, she was the one who introduced me to Quay Australia,” said ARod in an interview with Elle. Lopez, on her part, told People how shooting in Miami felt natural, since it’s the place she calls home. “I’ve had a love affair with Miami for many years, and now it’s our city—it’s our second home,” she added.

ARod and JLo are the only couple who can color coordinate their outfits and still look stylish af.

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The series of photographs feature the powerhouse couple coordinating looks in bright, bold colors giving them that #couplegoals look that many of us have tried and failed at achieving. “It’s always easy when we get to do things together,” Lopez told People about shooting the campaign. “We always wind up laughing out loud.” —couple goals I tell ya.

The shades are divided into two collections, but all the styles are unisex.

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The dual collection is already shoppable on Quay Australia’s website. None of the shades cost more than $60, and while Alex and Jennifer have ‘his’ and ‘hers’ product pages, both ranges work pretty well on both men and women.

JLo gave her shades, witty names in Spanish while ARod chose more classic styles and names.

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Jennifer’s selection is tad bit flashier —to be expected from the queen of the Bronx— they feature fancier, bolder hardware. Another detail we loved, is that J.Lo gave her shades, names in Spanish, like “La Reina,” “La Playa,” and “El Dinero.” Alex’s options though, are more understated and classic, the shapes come with a thin wire rim and they feature names such as “Poster Boy” and “Apollo.”

“I’ve followed the brand for quite some time and love how they are disrupting the eyewear category. I’ve never had a pair of sunglasses that fit so well and the fact that you can get high quality, polarized sunglasses for $50 is pretty great,” Alex said —and we couldn’t agree more on that price point remark.

The ‘Hustlers’ star first collaborated with Quay in March.

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When her first collab dropped —on the same month that she announced her engagement to Alex Rodriguez after two years of dating— J.Lo took to instagram to share the news and her love for sunglasses; “Sunglasses are my accessory of self-expression. I can wear them from the gym to the red carpet, and this line perfectly captures the sporty, but also sexy and glam vibe that I love!”

The brand has always been great at teaming up with celebrities to create glasses people want.

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Quay Australia’s most recent A-list partnership was with Chrissy Teigen, who told Harper’s Bazaar that she really wanted to ensure her looks worked for all kinds of different face shapes and preferences. “I tend to lean towards oversized sunglasses because I don’t love putting on a full face of makeup every day.” This idea seemed to be kept in mind for J.Lo’s second Quay launch as well. Though there are lots of different small options available, we have to say, the big ones are still our faves.

Comprised of 18 styles, the line offers a wide selection of chic glasses – featuring bold shields, flirty cat-eye shades and classic aviators. Shop the collection at quayaustralia.com.

AnyClip – A Valedictorian Wasn’t Allowed To Give A Speech Because He’s Gay, So J.Lo Came To His Hometown To Bring His Noise

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AnyClip – A Valedictorian Wasn’t Allowed To Give A Speech Because He’s Gay, So J.Lo Came To His Hometown To Bring His Noise

J.Lo has a long history of supporting the LGBTQ+ community, and she’s not slowing down any time soon. Just last week, the Puerto Rican superstar took the time to lend her support to 18-year-old gay-identified Nat Werth. She heard that Werth was silenced from speaking on his experience as a gay teenager and denied his right to give a valedictorian speech. Lopez was shocked.

Werth worked hard to graduate from Sheboygan Lutheran High School at the very top of his class. While he didn’t give the speech he was entitled to, his courage has certainly sparked several opportunities to empower the LGBTQ+ community since then.

J.Lo is on her #ItsMyPartyTour, and, apparently, everyone is welcome.

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She invited Werth to the Milwaukee concert and arranged to meet with him backstage. She wanted to make sure that he felt some support for being out, open, and courageous enough to share in a vulnerable place.

The fact that Werth even wanted to open up about a painful, personal experience to an audience that is likely unreceptive is courageous.

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Werth decided to take the staged opportunity to talk about his experience of being gay at the Christian school and to offer his understanding of the Biblical passages that are often used by homophobes to condemn homosexuality. 

The school refused to let him give the speech.

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He let them know that he was willing to cut the parts they didn’t like, knowing it was a controversial move on his part, but one worth taking. The school ultimately told him that, given his “track record,” they couldn’t trust him to stick to the script. Let us remind you his track record landed him a valedictorian title.

The salutatorian gave the speech instead, but Werth was honored with an even bigger stage.

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PrideFest Milwaukee honored him with its 2019 Valor Award and gave him an opportunity to finally deliver that speech. He started by telling the crowd, “I came out to my family on my 18th birthday. I knew that being forced out of my home was a very real possibility. I knew that my parents did not approve of gay people but I also knew they needed to know the truth in order to overcome their prejudice.”

“At church, I was taught that there was something wrong with me and that I had to change in order for God to accept me,” he told a [now, sobbing] crowd.

“I took it upon myself to examine the six passages in the Bible that talk about homosexuality. It quickly became clear that God, in fact, does not hate gay people,” he announced to a round of applause. Werth laughed off an “Amen,” in response. 

Werth is also meeting with the Department of Public Instruction to correct Lutheran High’s discrimination towards its LGBT students.

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Since the time of Werth’s graduation and his speech at PrideFest, he’s been getting to work on some policy changes. He informed the crowd that, “the Wisconsin School Choice Program allocates vouchers to students who qualify for financial aid in private institutions. Sheboygan Lutheran participates in this program. It is important to know that School Choice requires participating schools to follow certain guidelines, which include nondiscrimination, the option to take religion classes and the opportunity for students to speak with the board of directors if they would like, all of which Lutheran does not do.”

“No child should be taught by their school that they have to hate themselves to love themselves,” Werth concluded.

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We know that J.Lo–a GLAAD Vanguard Award recipient, is in absolute agreement. Werth had to endure his own school teaching him that the essence of what allows him to love is wrong. The “Free Mom Hugs” signs at Pride make us all weep, but seeing this mami taking the time to give this wronged young man a hug is breaking our hearts into a million pieces and glueing it all back together. ❤️

J.Lo also made sure to tweet out her support for both Werth, and the entire gay community.

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J.Lo is “always standing with” Werth, and what a beautiful way to graduate high school. Werth himself said that meeting J.Lo was “absolutely an amazing experience he will never forget,” Today anchor Carson Daly reported.

READ: Receiving High Praise, J.Lo Uses Gender Neutral Pronouns To Describe Her Sister’s Second Child

Sponsored article – ’Tis the Season For Regalos Y Pampering With This Ulta Beauty Gift Guide

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Sponsored article – ’Tis the Season For Regalos Y Pampering With This Ulta Beauty Gift Guide

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If there’s one thing that’s true about Latina moms, it’s that they never put themselves first. And when times get tough this sense of selflessness gets amplified 1,000%. So what do you give to the person who has given so much of herself to everyone else? Fear not, because we’ve got your back! When it comes to holiday gift shopping for the most important woman in your life, you have to pamper her with something thoughtful and unexpected. 

That’s why we’ve partnered with Ulta Beauty to create a gift guide with plenty of options to surprise and pamper mami — and yourself too!

Florence by Mills Mind Glowing Peel Off Mask – $20

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Being a mamá can be pretty harsh on your skin. Motherhood comes with sleepless nights and estrés (it’s like regular stress but in Spanish) that shows up on mami’s skin. Give the special mami in your life the chance to recharge with the Florence by Mills Mind Glowing Peel Off Mask. With purifying charcoal, soothing witch hazel, and calming lavender, it’s sure to bring a smile (and glow) to her face!

Kiehl’s Merry Masking – $39

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You know your ‘ama LOVES when people mistake her for your sister, so she’s going to be pretty hyped to receive these youth-enhancing masks from you. The nature-powered Kiehl’s Merry Masking kit includes a Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Mask that uses white clay to minimize pores and keep her skin looking fine. There’s also a Ginger Leaf and Hibiscus Firming Mask, DID YOU READ WHAT I SAID?! Hibiscus = Jamaica, just like the agua fresca! Plus Calendula and Aloe Soothing Hydration mask, you know your mom will love that! Just be ready to have people say she’s too young to be your mamá wherever you go!

Hot Tools Professional Limited Edition 1-1/4″ Pink and Gold Curling Iron – $49.99

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When a Latina mom sits down to curl her hair, she’s bound to get interrupted by unique Latina mom issues. Maybe a comadre stopped by unannounced for a chisme sesh, or she got interrupted because you know someone at home always needs her attention. Luckily, this curling iron gets hot quickly and stays hot. If you get this for her, there isn’t an interruption in the world that can keep her from living out her beach waves fantasy. Plus, it’s hot pink! Qué bonito!

Drybar Shimmer Spritzer Rose Gold Finishing Spray – $20

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This Dry Bar Shimmer Spritzer Rose Gold Finishing Spray is exactly what your mom needs for a picture-perfect ‘do. You’ll want to frame that masterpiece because this spray will give her hair a light-diffusing shimmer that adds 3-dimensional sparkle, a hint of rose gold highlight, and light hold on her hair. Mírala, no pos tan fancy. ?

Too Faced Limited Edition Christmas Star Makeup Collection – $44

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For a lot of Latinas, the holiday season means one thing and one thing only: serving killer looks in your tia’s sala (living room). Want your mom to be the talk of the dinner table? Of course, you do. With this Too Faced Christmas Star Makeup collection, their face will be primed and holiday-ready. Just a dash of Feliz Navidad and some Ginger Snap lip gloss and they’ll be the envy of all the comadres at the nochebuena.

Makeup Revolution Precious Stone Eyeshadow Palette in Ruby – $15

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The ESCÁNDALO this eyeshadow palette is going to cause amongst your tias is more than enough reason to gift this to your madre. Rubies are considered the most precious of stones, and you know, yes YOU KNOW, your mother is the most precious stone of your family. So hook her up with this combination of 20 matte, shimmer and pressed glitter shades so she can get them “HÍJOLE, COMADRE!” comments from all her friends.

EcoTools Vibrant Vibes Brush Kit – $14.99

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Your mom needs the right tools for her beauty routine, so you need to make sure that she’s always ready. These gentle and gorgeous brushes from EcoTools will help your mami evenly apply, brighten, set and define her makeup. She’ll look like she’s on the cover of a magazine, even if it’s really just your tia’s live stream of the party.

Ulta Beauty Collection Frida Kahlo by Ulta Beauty Lipstick – $10

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Every mamá deserves to feel like a true work of art, especially in this season when so much of their hard work behind the scenes goes unsung. What better gift to give the number one mamá in your life than this collection inspired by one of the most iconic and talented Latinas in history? The Ulta Beauty Collection Frida Kahlo lipsticks include bold shades like Destiny and Corazón so she can show the world what you already see. That she is bold, she is brave, and she is ? a ?work ?of ?art.

Ulta Beauty Collection Holiday Confetti Water Bottle Gift Set – $16

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On top of everything, your mami is doing this holiday season between hosting distant relatives, driving around looking for that one supermarket that sells the good masa… you know what she’s not doing enough of? Staying hydrated! Well, you can put an end to that if you get your mamá this gift. The Cupcake Body Sorbet moisturizers will keep her skin glowing, and the water bottle is so cute, she’ll stay hydrated throughout the holiday season and beyond.

Essie Cheer’s To The Perfect Shades for the Holiday Season Duo – $12.99

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Mami’s also going to have some fresh nails to type away the chisme with her comadres! The Essie Cheer’s To The Perfect Shades for the Holiday Season Duo comes with a copper shimmer and fierce burgundy polishes that are PERFECT for all the holiday gatherings. This pack will shine almost as bright as her eyes when she opens this gift on Christmas!

Jennifer Lopez Promise Eau de Parfum – $45 – $65

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We all know that a holiday look isn’t complete without the finishing touch, a.k.a: the perfect fragrance. This fragrance merges beautifully woody scents with crystallized amber and is sure to make mami feel like the strong, powerful, talented, multifaceted woman she is. Just like Jennifer Lopez herself! She’ll love it, we promise!

Let’s be real fam, nobody works harder during the holidays than moms. Especially Latina moms, because for us, the holidays are next level. Have you ever made a tamal from scratch? It’s HARD. So make sure that when it comes time to open gifts, your mom has something to open that’s almost as incredible as she is. She selflessly works hard throughout the year and deserves to be treated like the reina she is! If you follow our Ulta Beauty holiday gift guide, there’s no way you can go wrong. Every one of these gifts will make for beautiful and unexpected surprises and let your mamá take some much needed me-time to pamper herself.