This one’s a call for advice! I have naturally very curly hair which for years and years I have straightened and tortured in an attempt to look like a Victoria Secret Model, ultimately making it dry and snapping off quicker than it can grow. Not Ideal, so I’m taking a stand! I have always admired the thick afro curls of Latin American ladies, especially when my perfectly straightened hair frizzes up in the humidity of the salsa bars when their curls stay perfectly wild…
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With the warmer weather and sunny evenings getting closer it’s time to invest in a statement pair of sunglasses for the summer season. It was a difficult search to find the perfect retro pair with that 50’s vintage Cuban style that works so well in the sun but luckily I have found the answer…
The inspiration was taken from an unusual place, none other than Mr Johnny Depp himself. I am a huge fan of the film The Rum Diary, in which Mr Depp and his now-wife, the beautiful Amber Heard, star; the film is set in the 50’s in Puerto Rico and the costumes, both Male and Female, are absolutely stunning. Throughout the film Johnny sports a pair of retro sunglasses with a metal bar across the top that look great with his tropical tailoring – I knew these were the sunglasses for me, exactly what I was looking for! Luckily I found this very similar pair from Asos, £12, with a more feminine cat-eye shape for that exaggerated retro look. What do you think? What type of sunglasses do you go for in the summer?
I have long been a fan of Cuban legends Buena Vista Social Club and I’m lucky enough to have bagged a ticket to their Adios Tour in Manchester this weekend so a review of their latest album ‘Lost and Found’ seems somewhat appropriate…
Buena Vista Social Club are a group formed in the 90’s comprising of veteran Cuban musicians who performed in the famous Havana Buena Vista Social Club before it closed in the 1940’s. The original self-titled album sparked a revival of Cuban music amongst a wider audience and introduced the world to Cuban classics such as ‘Chan chan’. Their new album ‘Lost and Found’ featuring previously unreleased recordings of the band does not disappoint and is the perfect summer soundtrack for every listener, from the seasoned latin music fans to those new to Cuban sounds! So what does the album sound like?
Wednesday night is Salsa night here in Manchester! Instead of the usual black ensemble favoured by dancers, last Wednesday I opted for something a bit more Eye-catching…This orange crop top from Miss Selfridge did just the trick and worked perfectly with my khaki harem pants to stay cool in the underground salsa bar. Accessorised with this pineapple necklace from Primark it was perfect for showing off the remainder of my ballroom tan!
On Saturday I competed for the University of Manchester in the Liverpool University Dancesport competition; I thought I’d share with you my experiences of the day and give you an insight into the rhinestone-filled world of competitive ballroom and latin!
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I love shopping and I’m very excited for spring to arrive and bring with it some warmer weather! I have put together a wishlist of items that I’m lusting over at the moment – put together they make a gorgeous monochrome look! The full white skirt is inspired by the classic Cuban look of the 50’s teamed with a more modern-cut crop top to bring the look up to date. I love that the halter neck on this top gives it a sexy latin edge! The black sandals are almost an exact copy of my latin dance shoes with the crossed straps and silver detail so I will definitely be adding these to my collection for the summer months! I personally would wear this look with simple make up – a sultry flick of eyeliner, bronzer and a slick of bright red lipstick, Charlotte Tilbury of course, which would tie in beautifully with this bargain envelope clutch bag. The perfect look for hot summer evenings in the city…if only they would hurry up and arrive!
Crop top – River Island £24.99
Skirt – New Look £19.99
Shoes – River Island
Bag – Dorothy Perkins £10
Feline Flick Eyeliner – Charlotte Tilbury £22.99
Lipstick in Red Carpet Red – Charlotte Tilbury £22.99
Let me know what you think of this #cubanstyle look! Would you wear anything differently?
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When I first created Salsa in the City it was really an experiment, a chance to practice blogging with a subject matter that I’m familiar with before launching a science blog. When I finish my Biochemistry PhD I would like to go into writing and managing my cosmetic science blog thescientificbeauty.com is a great way to get experience in the area. Since July this is what I have focused my spare time on, as well as my stressful PhD; I’m ashamed to say I even stopped dancing salsa. The Scientific Beauty has really started to take off and I’m really proud of what I’m achieving over there but now that I’ve reintroduced dancing back into my life there’s a whole host of posts that I want to write about my experiences that just don’t fit with that brand. I love writing and I love dancing so I’m reviving this blog, Salsa in the City, purely for my own enjoyment and to encourage myself to enjoy my life more again, away from the PhD, the latin way! Expect lifestyle posts from the heart of Manchester, fashion posts bringing some latin flair into your wardrobe and of course dance tips and tricks from my adventures in Manchester’s Latin Quarter!
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People often ask me what sorts of salsa music I like to listen to, expecting the answer to be the classics along the lines of Tito Puente; of course I love a bit of Tito, but actually my favourite songs to listen to are well-known pop songs that have been remixed for the salsa dancefloor. I think they’re great for bringing a salsa party to life and great for adding latin flavour to an evening when you have non-salsa dancing friends over! I thought I’d share with you a few of my favourites, so stick them on and kick off your summer!
1. La Isla Bonita – Squeeze Up (Salsa)