Thursday, December 20, 2012

I'M REALLY GOING TO MISS THIS PLACE


The university I attend (University of Saskatchewan, in Saskatoon) has the absolute most beautiful campus in Canada. I think so, anyway.

Tomorrow is my last final exam of my undergraduate career, and I am really looking forward to forever being done with university. Academics really are not for me, I learned. I see the value in having a university education, and I definitely see the value in holding those little letter behind your name (in my case it will be B.A.) but school just wasn't my favourite thing to do.

I started out University thinking I wanted to be a lawyer. My brother and my sister both went through engineering, or were studying it at the time, and I thought that in order to be successful, and even "accepted" in my family, that I needed to go to a professional college as well once I hit university. I later learned that was bullshit and that my family doesn't care if I become an engineer or not. Science was never my strong suit - I don't think it was due to being dumb, because I most certainly am not, but I think it was completely due to wanting to be different than the rest of my family. My brother and sister are both engineers, so obviously science and math are their strong suits! My mother has a B.Sc in math, and as well a teaching degree, where she teaches all the maths and sciences at a college. My dad was studying Chemistry before leaving Chile. So me - oh rebellious me - I decided I wanted to do something different. Law it was. Well, then first semester of my undergrad hit, and I decided that law really wasn't where I wanted to be. I'm getting a political science degree, by the way.

So I did a lot of soul searching. I knew that I loved politics and looking at governmental systems. I knew that I loved learning about international development and democratization. So political science was where I remained to finish off my bachelor's degree.

Summer of 2011 I went to Zambia for four months with a Canadian NGO, and I worked on a really cool project alongside some amazing Zambians. I won't go into detail of which NGO I went with, etc, but it was a life-changing experience. I am still a part of the NGO, and soon I will be attending my third national conference with them, and I couldn't be more excited to see in which direction we will lead.

A year and a half later, here I am. Sitting at my desk with my Democracy in Africa notes beside me and trying to visualize what my life will be like two years down the road. My plan is to move back to my hometown on Saturday and back in with my parents. It will be a big adjustment moving back in with them, but it will be worth it to save some money. I'm going to be working with the art gallery there, as well as planning cultural festivals. I did this once as a summer job a few years back, and they have offered me a full-time position. I'm really looking forward to it. I will be working with them January-June.

In July, I'm moving to Vancouver where I am going to study graphic design. Being an artist I think is where I really want to be. I would like to be the creative director of an up-and-coming fashion company, or work for a magazine, or I'd like to create all the marketing materials for a non-profit magazine. That's where I need to be. So, I'm going to pack up all my things, and drive out west to Vancouver. I might never come back - who knows. I just know that this is something that I need to do for me.

So tomorrow, I write my last final exam of my undergraduate career, and then I am turning a new page over in my book. I'm really excited to see what these next few years will bring, but god damn, I am really going to miss Saskatoon, the university campus, and of course all the people I have met along the way. I hate to leave this wonderful city, and leave my beautiful friends. But in the end, it will all be worth it.

After my final I am going to trek around campus one last time. This time, with my camera. I would like to take photos of all my favourite places that I have so many memories from over the last 4.5 years I have been here.

Thanks for reading,

xo Raquel


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

GET LOW COVER

This is what happens when a guy with a beautiful voice covers the famous 'Get Low' by Lil Jon. A friend of mine posted this on Facebook the other day, and I just had to share it with you guys. Prepare to be entertained.

This guys voice is seriously beautiful though!


HOLIDAYS // Game to Play: Bezzerwizzer


This post is going to be a little bit different than my usual ones... but hey, I guess that's why I call this a 'Lifestyle Blog' rather than a 'Fashion/Beauty Blog'.

One of my favourite things about the holidays is playing games with my family. We always play a lot of cards and Settlers of Catan (favourite game ever!). But, Bezzerwizzer is going to be on the list this holiday season!

Bezzerwizzer is a trivia game, but it's not your typical Trivial Pursuit type game, where you can often go 11 rounds without knowing the answer to a question. There are 20 different categories, and each round, you choose 4 new categories out of a little baggie. Then, you can steal other people's questions and answer before them, or swap tiles with someone else if you are unhappy with your categories. It takes awhile to fully understand the rules, but once you have them down, it is a lot of fun to play.

The categories are: Architecture, Art & Stage, Business World, Communities, Design, Film, Food & Drink, Geography, History, Humans, Language, Literature, Music, Nature, Politics, Science, Sports & Games, Technology, Traditions & Beliefs, and TV & Radio. There really are categories for everyone!

Some sample questions are:
Humans: What are the vessels which conduct the blood away from the heart?
Food & Drink: In which country did "tzatziki" originate?
Music: Borrowing notes from "The Music Man," what was the only Broadway show tune recorded by the Beatles?

So I really love this game and can't wait to introduce it to my family this Christmas! I think we will all enjoy playing it quite a bit.

What are your favourite games to play over the holiday season?








Monday, December 10, 2012

HIBERNATION






This is what studying from home looks like. Finals. Wish me luck.

xo Raquel

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Revlon Matte Lipstick in Wine Not Review





Revlon is my favourite of all the drugstore brand lipsticks. The packaging feels more luxurious than the others, and they have really great formulas. I normally quite like their matte lipsticks... but I find this one "Wine Not" particularly drying. I exfoliate my lips quite a bit before application, then put on a deep conditioning balm, but it still goes into all my fine lines and really accentuates any dryness. I love the colour - I had been wanting a dark vampy red for quite some time - but I think I will have to bite the bullet and just go buy Media by MAC.

Thanks for reading!

xo Raquel

Friday, December 7, 2012

IF I RULED THE WORLD









Tunic: H&M
Disco Pants: American Apparel
Jacket: Only
Faux Fur: Costa Blanca
Jewelry: Aldo
Studded Belt: Forever 21
Shoes: Forever 21
Lips: Revlon Lip Butter in Raspberry Pie

When in doubt, wear all black. That's what I always say. Black is my go-to uniform. It always calms me when I'm frantically trying to find something to wear, and make me feel put together. It's a library day for me today and tonight, unfortunately. Actually, I think the next eight days will be that way. I'm sure I'll be wearing a lot of black over the next week.

The post is really photo-heavy. I was having way too much fun photographing today... probably because I knew that once I was finished, it was back to the books!

I hope everyone is doing well. Thanks for reading.

xo Raquel

Thursday, December 6, 2012

COLD, COZY WINTER DAY










Yesterday was the last day of classes. My first exam is on Tuesday, but I have a few papers to get done before then. I can feel a few sleepless nights coming up. So, instead of stressing myself out after classes, I went over to my best friend's house for some tea + kitty time. I'm not a huge cat person... my eyes get itchy around them. But her cat, Willa, is just so dang photogenic. My friend had also cut a circle out of construction paper (big enough to fit a camera lens) then punched a heart through it a few days ago. So, we stuck it on my camera, and surprise! Heart bokeh from her Christmas tree, and christmas ornaments.

We got about a foot of snow yesterday... it was a beautiful morning, but then in the early afternoon as Jill and I were driving away from the university, it became a blizzard. It was not great... but it only lasted a few hours. Thankfully.

Now it's time to hit the books! Take care everyone.

Thanks for reading!

xo Raquel

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

MAC: Pink Lipsticks

I'm obsessed with pink lipsticks from MAC. I wear them every day! Watch the following video to see which ones are my favourites.


Please leave a comment and subscribe =) oh, and remember to watch in HD!


What are your favourite lipsticks?

xo Raquel

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

COLD WINTER DAY UNIFORM






 Jeans: Nudie
Sweater: Forever 21
Striped Blouse: Vero Moda
Hat: H&M
Rings: jwlry

I have lots and lots of homework to get done over the next few days, and then my exams start! For the next few days, I will be hibernating in the library, drinking ample amount of tea and hot chocolate, eating trail mix like it's my job, listening to white noise (helps me concentrate soo much!), and trying to get some writing done. Wish me luck!

If you're in school - what do you do to stay concentrated and motivated?

Thanks for reading
xo Raquel

Monday, December 3, 2012

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Antwerp Review



NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Antwerp is a really gorgeous colour for every day, with really nice pigmentation. As far as application goes, it glides quite easily, but I find that when you are trying to reach the edges of your lips, that it can clump on the edges, so it is kind of difficult to get a full and even coverage. At first, the texture is nice and smooth, but once it dries I feel that it leaves a little bit of a weird feeling on my lips. Not quite sticky, but I'm not entirely sure how to describe the feeling. I find that it stays on quite a long time, which is great. I get around 4 hours of coverage before having to reapply. Overall, I like the product, and will repurchase in more colours. The price is definitely right! I think they are around the $5 mark.

Have you tried any of the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams? What did you think?

Thanks for reading,

xo, Raquel

Sunday, December 2, 2012

SPIKES & DISCO PANTS

Sweater: Forever 21
Disco Pants: American Apparel
Necklace & Bracelet: Tonic
Rings: jwlry
Shoes: Forever 21
Lips: NYX soft matte lip cream in Antwerp (review tomorrow)

I rarely wear my disco pants, and I have no idea why! They are so unbelievably comfortable. Maybe I would wear them daily if they weren't so shiny... hmmm my goal for December is to wear them once a week, to get my moneys worth of them!

I love the monochromatic "colour"-blocking of this sweater. I think it makes a rather plain sweater look a lot more interesting, while still mainting my love for dark colours. I really wish that I liked wearing more colours... but I prefer to keep my colour on my lips!

I woke up to extreme prettyness this morning! There's beautiful hoarfrost on all the trees. Check it out.



I made a quick OOTD video on my YouTube channel. Check it out, and subscribe! I will do OOTD videos whenever I have time for them. I hope you enjoy.


Thanks for reading and watching! I really appreciate it.

xo,
Raquel