Latinos In The US: Annie Vazquez Of 'The Fashion Poet' Talks Blogging, Shopping And Beauty [EXCLUSIVE]

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Blogger Annie Vazquez is a Miami-base fashion blogger who started her website, "The Fashion Poet," and has been featured on  Vogue Brasil, The TODAY Show, Marie Claire, Elle Magazine, Nylon Magazine, Paper, Glamour, The New York Times, and Refinery 29.

Hailing from Cuban heritage, Vazquez told Latin Times in an interview that she stays in touch with her roots from the stories she was told growing up, even though she's never been to Cuba. The eldest of four kids, the Latina blogger is a regular at New York Fashion Week who has a penchant for discovering new designers and labels on a local level and pinpointing trends from around the world.

Check out what Vazquez has to say about her blogging career and fashion trends for Spring 2014. You can also follow her on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube.

1. What inspired you to start your blog and what was your goal? I started my blog 3 years ago to support local designers, boutiques and style events in Miami that weren't getting the proper press they deserved in local publications. My goal was to help create a tighter knit fashion community.

2. How has starting your blog/website opened doors for you? My blog changed my life and made me become the woman I wanted to become by starting my own fashion consulting company and leaving my full time job to be self employed.  I know do television fashion segments, put together fashion shows and events, work with major companies, and have been featured in glossies like Vogue. 

3. What are your favorite trends that you saw on the 2014 NYFW runways? For Spring, styles from the 90s will be resurfacing. Pants will be looser, shoes will have more of a platform style, metallics will be monumental in everything from apparel to accessories and beauty. 

4. What advice would you give shoppers who are on a budget? Shoppers on a budget should by basics and separates that can be easily combined and are seasonless. 

5. What are your must-have beauty products? Covergirl lash blash mascara, MAC lipstick and YSL concealer. 

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Susmita Baral

Susmita Baral joined Latin Times in April 2013. Her work has been published in VICE, Weight Watchers Magazine, Unique Homes Magazine, US Airways Magazine, Vista Magazine, Daily Glow and Kaplan. She holds a B.A. Psychology from Rutgers University. A self-proclaimed foodie, Susmita is a freelance list maker, part-time Shaq devotee, and a full-time eyeliner junkie who believes mac and cheese is a birthright.