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Oscar 2014 – The predicted winners: part 1

February 20th, 2014

Update: Read Part 2 of these predictions here.

Well gang, Oscar season is almost over. With the 86th Annual Academy Awards set to air live Sunday, March 2 I figured it’d be a good time as any to start predicting the winners in the categories.

This first part consists of the documentary, shorts and craft/technical categories that go into making a film, but don’t get as much attention as the big eight categories (i.e. picture, direction and acting).

These predictions were made by looking at the winners in precursor awards and gut instincts. Winners are in bold and italicized just because it looks fancy. Enjoy reading through them, and don’t forget, if you use any of my predictions in your Oscar betting pool, you’re obligated to give me a portion of your winnings.

 Oscar 2014   The predicted winners: part 1

Let’s start this off by lumping together all the Oscars that acclaimed space thriller Gravity is a clearly a lock to win.:

Cinematography

All of the nominees in this category are either first-time Oscar nominees (Nebraska’s Phedon Papamichael and The Grandmaster’s Phillipe Le Sourd) or veterans of this category who have yet to win despite multiple nominations. Gravity’s Emmanuel Lubezki, who has six nominations under his belt, will win his first Oscar for the film’s thrillingly claustrophobic camerawork.

Score

For most of the film’s runtime, Gravity’s score by Steven Price is the only sound you hear in the film. In a movie that’s surrounded by terrifyingly immersive silence, Price’s hauntingly beautiful score guides us through such awe-inspiring imagery, ranging from the destruction of a space station and astronauts in zero gravity that we see, but cannot hear.

Visual Effects

Gravity. Duh.

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Sound Mixing/Sound Editing

Part of what makes Gravity such a transcendent cinematic experience is how it astonishes not just because of its visuals, but also because of its sound, or rather lack of it.

Since there’s no sound in space, the movie is surrounded by silence, save for the muffled sounds coming from the inside of Sandra Bullock’s space suit.  This adds to the disorienting, but immersive, feeling of being lost in space alongside Bullock, which only serves to make her struggle feel more urgent and personal.

Editing

Gravity will win. No explanation needed.

*From here on out, there will be no more mention of Gravity in this post*

Best Animated Feature Film

Maybe the Academy will want to recognize acclaimed anime director Hayao Miyazaki for his 20th feature, The Wind Rises, a historical WWII drama which Miyazaki has said would be his last film.

However, the edge goes to the critically acclaimed Frozen, which, let’s face it, is the one that most members of the Academy are familiar with.

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Original Song

Dear Academy, if Frozen’s  “Let it Go” doesn’t win, a riot will happen.

Sincerely, every Frozen fanatic.

Production Design

12 Years a Slave could win here for its subtle, simple sets. But seeing how this category usually rewards the film with the most lavish, beautiful sets, expect The Great Gatsby to win instead.

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Costume Design

See above.

Make-up and Hairstyling

How the heck is American Hustle not nominated here?!?! Christian Bale’s elaborate comb-over is worthy of an Oscar alone.

Anyway, how hilarious would it be if the the Jackass spinoff Bad Grandpa won this award? I doubt it’ll happen though, so I’m giving it to Best Picture nominee Dallas Buyers Club.

Documentary Feature

The most acclaimed film in this category is the Indonesian documentary The Act of Killing, which focuses on Anwar Congo- an Indonesian militant responsible for the deaths of 1,000 “communists” during a genocide in the mid-1960s. The documentary features Congo and several of his colleagues reenacting the murders they’ve committed that turned them into local heroes.

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Personally, I think that The Act of Killing might be too dark for the Academy’s taste, so they’ll probably go for the “inspirational” pick 20 Feet From Stardom, a critically acclaimed documentary that explores the lives of background singers.

Foreign Language Film

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The Italian drama The Great Beauty has a couple of advantages that will help it emerge victorious in this category. After all, the film won in this category at the Golden Globes last month and at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (the British Oscars) last weekend.

The closest competition it has is the Dutch romantic tragedy, The Broken Circle Breakdown, in which two musicians fall for each other due to their love for American Bluegrass music.

Documentary Short Subject

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The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved my Life tells the story of Alice Herz Sommer, the world’s oldest pianist and living Holocaust survivor. Admittedly, I haven’t seen any of the nominees here, but this category usually rewards the most uplifting film in the category, and Number 6 looks like it fits the bill.

Animated Short Film

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Disney’s Get a Horse! has the advantage of starring Mickey Mouse, which to me is good enough to see it win.

Live Action Short Film

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Another category in which I’m not familiar with any of the nominees. Going by the plot description alone though, I can see the British short The Voorman Problem, in which a psychiatrist squares off against a patient who claims to be God, winning because it sounds really cool.

What are your predictions? Comment below, follow me on Twitter, and keep an eye out for Part 2 of my predictions next Thursday!

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The Lego Movie

February 13th, 2014

We’ve officially reached the pinnacle of cinema, ladies and gentlemen. That’s all. Go home. No need to see any other movie ever, for nothing else you see will surpass the quality The Lego™ Movie provides.

As the film’s theme song says, everything is awesome!

Am I overselling it? Yes. However, heed my advice when I say that The Lego Movie is the kind of cinematic spectacle that is balls-to-the-wall-crazy, whose irreverence recalls The Simpsons and South Park in their heyday. Presented to us is a movie that is so chock-full of laughs delivered at a breakneck pace, often moving with a sense of unhinged enthusiasm that is usually reserved for an eight-year-old playing with an unlimited supply of toys, that it never stops surprising you.

As the title implies, The Lego Movie is set in a world in which everything is entirely built out of Lego, those colorful, interlocking bricks everyone played with as a kid (Maybe you still play with them. If so, awesome). Literally, EVERYTHING is made out of Lego. The characters eat Lego drumsticks, drink overpriced Lego coffee, shower with Lego water and fire guns that shoot Lego bullets (Over 15 million Lego pieces were used in the making of this movie).

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However, this world is ruled by the evil Lord Business (Will Ferrell), a fascist tyrant who rules the city of Bricksburg with a iron plastic fist. That all changes when construction worker Emmet (Chris Pratt) finds “The Piece of Resistance,” a non-Lego piece that, as a prophecy foretells, will cause the finder of the piece to become “The Special,” a savior who will save the Lego universe from Lord Business’ reign of terror.

The problem? There’s nothing special about Emmet at all. This is a guy who has literally never had a creative idea before and loves following the rules. He’s a Joe so average that when asked what his favorite restaurant is, he blissfully answers “Any chain restaurant.”

The plot is one you typically watch in any of those movies where a nobody saves the day. What separates The Lego Movie from those other storylines though is how flashy and self-aware the entire movie is. In one scene, when a complex backstory is being explained to Emmet, it’s dismissed as “unnecessary” exposition. This is a film that knows it’s silly, and it wants the viewers to know that they know.

Also, this is a gorgeous film. Made with a combination of CGI and stop-motion animation, The Lego Movie is vibrant with so much color and inventiveness that your inner child will be screaming with joy. I mean, where else are we going to see a movie in which characters from Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, The Simpsons, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the DC Universe and more interact with each other in the same room? It helps that the film features an enthusiastic voice cast that includes Elizabeth Banks,  Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman, Will Arnett and Alison Brie, all of whom are game to whatever the script throws at them.

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Of course, with so much energy on display (one can only handle so many jokes thrown at you in 90 minutes), the film does get a tad exhausting toward the end. However, a surprisingly daring third act, one which I dare not spoil, sees the film spinning in an unexpectedly emotional and profound direction. This is an act that raises the kind of deep, poignant questions about the nature of creation and imagination while also elevating the film from a standard kiddy movie into one that’s sure to become a classic.

 

 

 

 

 

The most cynical viewer would dismiss the movie as nothing more than the biggest product placement ever seen on film. While the film will undoubtedly see Lego stock rising, this movie is so much more than that. Here is a film that expresses how toys are an outlet for creativity, a right that should not be denied, but nurtured. This is the best kind of cinematic product placement out there: one with heart.

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15 years of Harry Potter

September 19th, 2013

This month sees the 15th anniversary of the U.S. publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

To commemorate this monumental occasion that has brought joy to readers worldwide, I have written about 15 things that the series has produced that I love.

As you can imagine, since I’m going to go over an entire series you should proceed with caution because there are SEVERAL SPOILERS AHEAD!

Now that that obligatory spoiler alert is over, enjoy!

1) Midnight premieres

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Several of my fondest memories in my very young life are that of being in line until midnight to be among the first to watch the Harry Potter films, or to get my copy of the books.

I cannot describe what a joy it was to be in a place surrounded by friends, family and other Potter fans as we all got together to be nerds as one.

I still remember how, after attending the midnight premiere for the last few books, I did not go to sleep until I finished reading the books. I still remember how heartbreaking it was to attend the midnight release for the final Harry Potter book. It felt as if part of my childhood had died once I realized that there were no more Harry Potter books to look forward to.

This feeling echoed when I attended the midnight release for the final film. Yes it was a sad feeling, but one I’m glad I experienced.

2) Luna Lovegood

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Luna Lovegood is my favorite character of the whole series.

She was introduced in the later half of the series when it got notoriously dark. However, Luna provided much needed humour by being an oddball who genuinely didn’t give a damn about what other people thought about her.

Whether she was supporting Harry’s claim that Lord Voldemort had returned in Order of the Phoenix, or serving as a comic foil to Hermione, Luna represents how being weird is something that should be celebrated as much as the power of friendship and loyalty.

Also, the series would’ve been better if Harry Potter had ended up with Luna Lovegood. I’m just saying.

3) Crying over The Prince’s Tale

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Heading into the final book of the series, The Deathly Hallows, one of the biggest questions on everyone’s mind was where Professor Severus Snape’s true loyalty lay.

In the chapter titled “The Prince’s Tale,” author J.K. Rowling answered that question, but the answer proved to be so beautifully not-so-simple.

We learned that along Snape, the cruel, unlikeable professor that was so easy to hate, was Dumbledore’s man through and through and risked everything because he was in love with Harry’s mother.

Sadly, this love was never returned. In what is possibly J.K. Rowling’s greatest piece of writing, she turns what could be a simple, exposition filled chapter into one of the most epic and romantic things I have ever read. Who knew that we could care so much about such an unlikable character?

4) The many lessons that will stay with me

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One of the greatest achievements of the series is how it matured along with the fans, and it did so by tackling several touchy subjects.

The series dealt with themes ranging from racism, classism, prejudice and ignorance. They taught us that it doesn’t matter how you were raised, we have to be kind, brave, loyal and true to one another. Reading the books showed us that we need to be strong under the pressure of this world and to stand up for what is right, no matter the consequences.

5) Introduction to all things British

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As if it’s not enough that the book series are set in a fictional world in which supernatural beings coexist with muggles, the series already took place in a world alien to me, Great Britain.

 Seriously, reading all the British slang that was used throughout the books was an experience as bizarre as the wizarding sport of Quidditch (apparently, spotted dick is not what it sounds like.)

The films continued this tradition by having a predominantly British cast that introduced a generation of young viewers to such actors like Alan Rickman, David Tennant and Maggie Smith.

6) 15th Anniversary Edition Books

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To celebrate the 15th anniversary of Harry Potter, Scholastic has released newly designed paperback editions of the series, available now.

The new edition comes with seven new covers for the books, which you can view here.

Also, when the books are combined you get this cool image of Hogwarts Castle seen above.

7) Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection

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A must-have for every home video collection.

This 31-disc box set weighs in at 19 pounds and comes with all the movies on DVD and Blu-Ray as well as a plethora of collectibles.

These include an eight-part ‘making of’ documentary, a sketchbook with drawings from set designer Stuart Craig and a map of Hogwarts.

Again, this is a must-have.

9) More books!

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I hate to sound like a cliche, but it’s true. The Harry Potter series led me to branch out and read more books.

The series was recognized for getting kids to read more, and I definitely fall into that category. In elementary school, I wasn’t much of a reader, but during the very long hiatus Rowling took to release Goblet of Fire and Order of the Phoenix, I decided to explore several other novels in the fantasy section.

These included J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy, C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia, and then popular YA novels like Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Heck, the books even got me interested in mystery as I began devouring The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew series. Currently, you can find me reading The Princess Bride and searching for the latest bestseller to devour.

10) Hogwarts

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Reading the series, what kid didn’t want to go to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry?

I fell in love with all the secret passageways, the grand feasts held in the Great Hall, the moving staircases and more.

Personally, I would always get mad whenever Ron would complain about all the homework he had to do, which often led me to think “Ron! You’re in a school of MAGIC learning MAGIC! I’d gladly switch places with you!”

Sadly, I’ll probably never get to go to Hogwarts…

11) Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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…Or can I?

12) The transformation of Neville Longbottom

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Neville Longbottom was a character who, in the span of seven books, went from a seemingly dimwitted klutz to an undeniable BAMF who helped lead the rebellion against the Death Eaters and single-handedly destroyed the final horcrux.

Also, the actor portraying him in the films, Matthew Lewis, grew to be a total hottie.

12) This line

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Molly Weasley got the best line of the entire series.

For several books, Mrs. Weasley was the perfect maternal figure for everyone, providing love and support for our heroes.

However, in one moment in the series she showed us that, when provoked, even our moms can turn into a roaring lioness who are ready to defend their young.

And it was awesome.

13)  A Very Potter Musical

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Part parody, part love letter to the series, this musical lampoons the Harry Potter saga with some spectacular musical numbers

Check out act one, scene one from the first musical here.

 

 

14) New movies!

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On Sep. 12, J.K. Rowling announced that she will write a brand new series of films based on the wizarding textbook, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

In short, this new film series will be based on the author of the book, Newt Scamander, and it’ll take place in New York City 70 years before the start of Harry Potter.

Frankly, I’m excited to return to the world of Harry Potter and to see some more world-building take place in a cinematic wizarding universe.

To reiterate, not only we will be able to see how the U.S. Wizarding World looks like, but we’ll be able to see some flapper witches.

Awesome.

 

15) I got to blog about it

The greatest thing about Harry Potter is sharing the love I have for it with others, which is what this post is about.

The 15th anniversary of this series brought in a ton of nostalgia for me that made me remember how much what a blast I had while reading it. Life-changing is perhaps too strong a word, but I’ve yet to see a book  series that I have emotional ties to as strong as Harry Potter.

So, what memories does Harry Potter provide for you? Comment below and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter!

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No Gym? No Problem!

September 3rd, 2013

Throughout the past two years I’ve tried many types of workouts. If there is one thing I can tell you, it’s that not everyone is meant to do certain workouts. I know a lot of women who have seen some amazing results through Zumba, but I never got myself to like it. I love Crossfit, but I’ve also met a handful of people who will do everything in their power to preach against it! Everyone is different when it comes to training and, in order to get yourself to exercise daily, you have to really like what you’re doing, or else motivation is easily lost. Last year I went through this phase where I was just so sick and tired of the gym. Looking at the treadmill made me roll my eyes. I was frustrated with how packed the gym was, and felt so impatient waiting my turn at the Smith machine. So for a good four months, I only worked out at home. I tried a variety of different workout DVDs and want to share my top three with you all.

1. Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30- $10

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I completely fell in love with this workout DVD It is a 30-day workout routine that never gets old. The reason I loved this one so much was because each week was a different workout, so it never got dull. This DVD stars the Biggest Loser trainer, Jillian Michaels, alongside two other trainers. There is a trainer doing the workout in beginner mode, Jillian working out in intermediate mode, and one more trainer practicing the advanced version of the workout. So whether you’re barely looking into a workout routine or already a veteran to working out, this DVD will give you a killer workout. Definitely my favorite, and not to mention a bargain.

2. Insanity’s The Asylum- $90

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I’m sure everyone has heard of Tim Horton and his crew making these insane workout DVDs. He first produced P90X, which is a 90-day transformation program, then there is Insanity which is a 60 day program, and The Asylum is a 30 day program. I skipped right to The Asylum, and it was definitely a love-hate relationship. This one is a little more on the expensive side, but the results are promising. Shaun-T stars in this DVD, and he is a BEAST. I found myself cursing at the T.V. screen on numerous occasions because of the intensity of this workout! This Asylum had me at the lowest body fat percentage I’ve ever been at. It really is a great program. The only reason I ranked it #2 was because it’s made for those trying to become a better athlete, which I’m not, so I had a hard time with some of the exercises. He specifies how a certain workout will help a basketball player, a hurdler, or even a linebacker. I’m 5’1, 120 lbs.- I ain’t no linebacker. So If you’re an athlete, this would be perfect for you. If you are already regular to working out and are just looking for an insane challenge, I do recommend this.

3. Jillian Michaels Yoga Meltdown- $10

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This workout DVD is great if you’re just shying into the fitness world. Jillian helps you stretch muscles you never knew you had, while working up a mini sweat. Since I was already used to working out when I bought this, I would kind of just throw this into my day if I had time on top of another workout. I’m short, so weight training can make me look a bit stocky if I don’t stretch my muscles a couple times of week, and yoga is a great way of doing it. Yoga is also soothing, so I would wake up 30 minutes earlier just to do this before I start my day. It gives you a great feeling. I would recommend this one for people barely starting a workout routine, or like me – add it as a two-a-days type of a deal a few times a week to stretch and elongate those muscles!

I’ve had better workouts at home then I’ve ever had at the gym, hands down. The gym isn’t for everyone. Maybe you’re shy or maybe you’re just fed up with it, either way from first-hand experience, these DVDs are just as efficient as hitting the weights. Give them a try, you will not regret it!

-Stephanie Rae

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Reward Yourself

May 28th, 2013

It is finally over.  Summer is in full swing. I hope you did awesome in all your classes, and for all who are graduating this semester or in the summer, my best wishes!

After all the brain power that was used and the lack of sleep due to the millions of hours spent studying, I think now is the time to reward yourself. Rest from this stressful week and reward yourself for all your hard work.

Usually I would suggest a cute manicure or pedi, but that is something you could get any other day. So this time around I am suggesting other types of goodies. Below is a little collage I made of all my favorite items this season that I think would be a great way to repay yourself for the numerous hours spent in school.

I mean, getting a cute manicure could really do wonders, but I think it is a lot more thrilling to add new items to your closet and be able to reuse them over and over again. Plus, who doesn’t like new shoes?

So for this term of after-finals-rewards I am suggesting a couple of items that could be of great help during this time of the year. If you notice, there is a similar color scheme that is followed within all the items, and that is because “nude,” “beige” and “coral” are colors that are rather popular this spring and summer season.

Below the collage I have add a brief description of why you should consider getting them or how you could wear them.

I hope you enjoy it.

Besos,

Saira

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1. Machine Leopard Combat Boots

- I am a big fan of this particular animal print, I am crazy in love with leopard. Boots are no longer just for the winter. This time around combat boots are conquering the sunny days, please notice “combat boots” not Uggs. So why not invest in lovely cheetah ones? You can practically wear them with anything, high-waisted denim shorts, black skinnies, or flowy summer dresses. However, I do suggest you keep the same color scheme and that you don’t mix prints.

2. OPI Nail Lacquer: “Dulce de leche”

- OPI is one of the best nail lacquers you could purchase. They might be a bit on the pricey side but the color definition and the strength of the nail polish itself is worth paying. Natural or light colors are best for your nails since the chemicals don’t damage them as much as the darker colors.

3. Starbucks Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccion

- I am an avid cold coffee drinker and usually get pretty excited when new flavors are added to the Starbucks menu. The “Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frapp” is the newest cold beverage to kick start the summer. I think it’s time for a quick try!

4. Maybelline’s “Baby Lips” moisturizing lip blam

- I actually own this lip balm in this particular color and I love it. If you want to have a natural makeup look or a simple light, splash of color, Maybelline’s Baby Lips is the ideal lip balm. It is light, doesn’t leave weird dry color around the lips, moisturizes and is not expensive, around three to four dollars.

5. BCBG’s Zoey Platform Wedge Sandal

- If you’re not a great high-heels walker, wedges are the easiest heels to wear. They are easy to walk in and friendly on the feet because the wedge and platform help balance the foot. For colors, nude is the new black – elegant and wearable with anything. As a matter of fact if you’re on the petite side nude shoes help your legs appear longer.

6. Asos Nude Round Sunglasses

- Round sunnies are “thee thang” this summer. Whether they are a small frame or a larger one, this season you cannot go wrong with cat-eyed or round sunglasses. Want more? Check out my blog on “Round Sunnies and Eyewear.”

1 Corintios/ 1 Corinthians 15:58

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College Fashionista

April 27th, 2013

Si es que no te has dado cuento, tenemos nuevas bloguers.

Lento pero seguro los amantes de la moda y sus seguidores excéntricos están conquistando los pasillos de tu propia universidad y permitiendo que diferentes estilos de vestir llenen el internet.

 Sara Castillo, Debora Dueñas, Alicia Holt y Tere Cortes ahora están en la búsqueda de los mejores vestidos alrededor de la escuela.

Estas cuatro fashionistas toman parte de un internado national, “College Fahionista”, en donde todos los días se toman fotos de personas con estilo y se publican en el internet con comentarios y concejos para vestir.

Asique si estas buscando inspiración local o nacional para vestir “College Fashionista” vale la pena.

Abre los ojos y estate en la búsqueda de estas chicas. Y si es que se te acercan y te preguntan por una foto sienten absolutamente honrada/o.

Tuve la oportunidad de charlar con ellas y obtuve un poco de información de quienes son.

Aquí te va un pequeña biografía en de ellas.

Asegúrate de darle un vistazo a sus blogs en Collegefashionista.com.

¡Disfruta!

SairaTrev College Fashionista

In case you haven’t seen them around campus, we have new bloggers.

Slowly but surely fashion lovers and eccentric followers are conquering the hallways of your very own university and letting styles around you fill the internet.

Sara Castillo, Debora Dueñas, Alicia Holt and Tere Cortes are now in search of the best dressed around school.

These four fashionistas take part in a national internship, “College Fashionista,” where every day pictures of stylish individuals get taken, uploaded and commented and advised on.

So, if you’re looking for local or national style and outfit inspiration “College Fashionista” is worth looking at.

Be on the lookout for these girls and if you’re approached by them and asked for a picture, feel absolutely honored.

I had the opportunity to chat with them and got a bit of info.

Here’s all a small bio of them.

Make sure to check out their blogs at CollegeFashionista.com.

Enjoy!

 SairaTrev College Fashionista

Déjame te las presento,/ Let me introduce them to you,

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Sara Castillo
“Style Advice of the Week”
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Carrera/Major: Public Relations and Advertising, Minor: Art, Spanish
Estilo/Style: Girly-chic
Tienda favorite/ Favorite store: H&M, Zara

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Debora Dueñas
“Accessories”
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Carrera/Major: Public Relations and Advertising, Minor: Honors
Estilo/Style: Glam
Tienda Favorita/ Favorite store: No tengo una tienda favorita en especial/ I don’t specifically have a favorite store

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Alicia Holt
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“Fashionista/Fashionisto Spotlight”
Carrera/Major: Marketing, Minor: French
Estilo/Style: Minimalist with a strong inspiring models-off duty
Tienda favorite/ Favorite store: Zara

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Tere Cortes
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“What to Wear”
Carrera/Major: Marketing, Minor: Art and French
Estilo/Sytle: Edgy. Girly with an edge.
Tienda Favorite/Favorite Store: NastyGal

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“Fashion Gurus at CollegeFashionista”

Juan/John 6:35

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Instagram, a sneak peak into my life

January 22nd, 2013

 

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Te invito a que le des un vistazo a mi vida.

Sígueme en mis nuevas adicciones,

Instagram y Twitter: @Sairatrev

P.D.  Si buscas inspiración e ideas para vestir puedes seguir estos sitios en Instagram, a mi me gustan mucho:

-Fashionclimaxx2

-Instalookbook

-Dearmilano

-Oliviapalermo

-Sazanbarzani

-Doseoffashion

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I invite you to take a sneak peek into my life.

Follow me on my new addictions,

Instagram and Twitter: @Sairatrev

P.S. If you’re looking for inspiration and ideas for dressing you could follow these sites on Instagram, I like them very much:

-Fashionclimaxx2

-Instalookbook

-Dearmilano

-Oliviapalermo

-Sazanbarzani

-Doseoffashion

Jeremías /Jeremiah 17: 7-8

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Undies and Outfits to welcome the New Year

December 31st, 2012

El año nuevo está por venir y todos esperamos ansiosamente mejores oportunidades y aventuras nuevas. Y si es que atreves de los años no has logrado saber qué color de prenda es el adecuado o que usar Y su significado, pues aquí te van.

La verdad no soy una persona muy supersticiosa. Pero por si es que tu si, aquí te van los significados de cada color de ropa interior que supuestamente debes de usar para el resultado que buscas.

Así que atención y con lápiz en la mano.

¡El año nuevo está por llegar y hay que conquistarlo!

Te deseo lo mejor, mucha felicidad, amor, paz y prosperidad. Que Dios os bendiga con un hermoso año nuevo.

¡Mis mejores deseos!

 

*P.D. Para todas y todos los fashionista: Si es que en este año nuevo estás buscando tener un guarda ropa repleto de ropa nueva, entonces tienes que seguir esta recomendación. Lo que tienes que hacer es usar tu ropa interior al revés. Sip, leíste bien, lo que tienes que hacer es usar tu prenda interior de abajo al revés y arreglarla dentro de unos cuantos minutos en cuanto el reloj haya marcado las 12:00 en punto. Es tan simple.

(*Todos los puedes encontrar en Victoria Secret/ You can find them all at Victoria Secret)
AMARILLO: Es para los que están buscando prosperidad, riquezas y éxito para el 2013.

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YELLOW: Is for those who are looking for prosperity, wealth and success for 2013.

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ROSA: Quiere decir un año lleno de suerte para encontrar el amor.

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PINK: Means a year full of luck to find love.

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VERDE: Es para tener un año de mejor suerte.

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GREEN: Is to have a year of better luck.

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AZUL: Será para un año lleno de buena salud.

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BLUE: Will be for a year full of good health.

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BLANCO: Para tener una año lleno de paz, harmonía y felicidad.

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WHITE: To have a year full of peace, harmony and happiness.

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ROJO: Para los enamorados que buscan un año lleno de pación y romance.

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RED: For the ones who are in love and searching for a year full of passion and romance.

The New Year is right around the corner and we are all anxiously waiting for better opportunities and new adventures. And if throughout the years you have yet to know what garment is the proper one to wear or what to even wear and the meaning of its color, well here ya go.

To be honest I’m not a very superstitious. But if you are, here are the meanings of the color of undergarment you should wear and their supposed meanings for the results you are looking for.

So pay attention and be ready to write.

The New Year is almost here and ready to get conquered!

I wish you the best, tons of happiness, love, peace, and prosperity. May the Lord bless you with a beautiful New Year.

My best wishes.

 

*P.S. For all the fashionistas: If this year you’re looking to have a closet full of new clothes, then you have to follow this recommendation. What you have to do is wear your underwear backwards. Yup, you read right. What you have to do is wear your bottom undergarment backwards and then fix it within a few minutes that the clock strikes 12:00. Is that simple.

Ya que sabes que usar abajo, ahora la pregunta es… ¿qué me pongo arriba?

Aquí te van mis Top Tres looks:

So now that you know what to wear on the bottom, the question now is…what do I wear on top?

Here are my Top Three looks:

 

Rojo/ Red

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¡Metálicos!/ Metals

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Lentejuelas/Sequins

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Encaje/ Lace

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Hebreos/ Hebrews 4:12

 

 

 

 

 

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Gift procrastinator? Here are some last second ideas for him and her

December 24th, 2012

Si tu eres como yo que deja todo al último y la presión navideña ya se está sintiendo y aun no tienes regalos, pues tranqui aquí te van algunas ideas para él y ella.

Y como vivimos en un mundo cibernético todo puede ser encontrado por internet. Lo único que tendrás que hacer es demostrarles la foto de su obsequio y ellos lo recibirán en cuanto llegue.

¡Disfruta!

If you are like me who leaves everything for the last minute and the Christmas pressure is piling up and you have yet to buy gifts, well no worries here are some gift ideas for him and her.

And since we live in a cybernetic world everything could be found online. All you would have to do is show them a pic of their gift and then they’ll receive it as soon as it arrives.

Enjoy!

 

Unisex

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Creo que todos los universitarios necesitamos esto, bueno, si es que no saben cocinar y sobreviven de lonches y cereal. (Cómpralo aquí)/ I think every college student should have this, well, if they don’t know how to cook and are surviving on sandwiches and cereal. (Buy it here)

 

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¡Un clásico navideño! Dime, ¿a quién no le gusta esta película? Estoy segura que a él o ella le encantaría agregarla a su colección de películas. (Cómpralo aquí)/ A holiday classic! Tell me, who doesn’t like this movie? I’m sure that he or she would loved to add it to their movie collection. (Buy it here)

 

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Esto es para seguir con el buen hábito de la lectura—pero ahora mas modero. No tan solo podrás leer libros si no revistas también. Muy padre si me preguntas a mí. (Cómpralo aquí)/ This is to keep the good habit of reading—but now a lot more modernized! Not only can you read books, but magazines as well! Very cool if you ask me. (Buy it here)

 

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Para Ella/ For Her

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Créeme, serás la sensación si regalas este tipo de collar. El “Peter Pan Collar” o cualquier tipo de collar ancho están muy de moda y son muy accesible. De cualquier tipo de metal, ya sea cobre, plateado o dorado, ¡le encantará! (Cómpralo aquí)/ Trust me, you’ll be a total sensation if you buy her this kind of necklace. The “Peter Pan Collar” is very in and rather accessible. Any type of metal, whether it is copper, silver or gold, she’ll love it! (Buy it there)

 

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¿Alguna vez te han preguntado si crees en la magia? Si es que aun no crees, con este obsequio veras como por obra de magia un look cambia en menos de 10 minutos. Y dime, ¿a que mujer no le gusta verse bien? (Cómpralo aquí)/ Have they ever asked you if you believe in magic? In case you still don’t believe, with this gift you’ll see that by magic a look will change in less than 10 minutes. And tell me, what woman doesn’t like to look beautiful? (Buy it here)

 

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Una mujer con  manos bellas dice mucho de ella. Consiéntela y obséquiale varios esmaltes de O.P.I. y has que sus manos luzcan bellas y luminosas. También regálale unos parchecitos con estampados diferentes— ¡se ven súper reto! (Cómpralo aquí)/ A woman with pretty hands says a lot about her. Spoil her gift her with various nail polishes from O.P.I. and make her hands look beautiful and radient. You can also give her nail stick ons with different prints—they look super retro! (Buy it here)

 

Para El/ For Him

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Si conoces a un chico que no le gusta le música, entonces esto no es para él. Sin embargo, para los activos y adictos a la música este será el obsequio perfecto. (Cómpralo aquí)/ If you know a guy who doesn’t like music, then this is not for him. However, for the active and music addict this would be the perfect gift. (Buy it here)

 

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Me encantan los hombres que se cuidan. Recuerda, tu cara habla por ti, cuidala y tratala con cariño. (Cómpralo aquí)/ I love men who take care of themselves. Remember, your face speaks for you, take care of it and treat it kindly. (Buy it here)

 

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No sé mucho de esto, en realidad no sé nada, pero mi hermano está completamente obsesionado con esto. Creo que sería un buen regalo ya que la mayoría de los hombres parecen estar muy interesados en ello. (Cómpralo aquí)/ I don’t know much about this, actually I don’t know anything about it, but my brother is completely obsessed with it. I think this would be a good gift since most men seem to be very interested in it. (Buy it here)

 

2 Corintios/ 2 Corinthians 9:7

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It’s over…officially.

December 20th, 2012

¡Estamos oficialmente libres!

Este semestre ha llegado a su conclusión, y créeme que estoy realmente agradecía. ¡Gracia Dios, eres maravilloso! No se tu,  pero para mí este semestre estuvo muy pesado. Pase por muchas experiencias nuevas en lo académico, mi carrera, personal y hasta emocional.

Sin embargo, me halago en contarte que gracias a Dios terminé el semestre con honores. ¡Vaya que valió la pena el esfuerzo! Ahora me toca recuperar las miles de horas que me faltan por dormir (y algunas otras cositas más).

Y aun si este semestre no fue tu mejor, ¡ya termino! ¡Así que a celebrar sea dicho!

¿Y tú, Cómo te premiarás?

Si te faltan ideítas, déjame te regalo algunas de las mías.

 

(*Ojo, estas fotitos son de cómo YO me premié por mi gran esfuerzo y mis buenas calificaciónes. Todas los fotos son de mi Instagram: @sairatrev./ Note, these pics are how I rewarded myself for my great effort and my good grades. All of the pictures are from my Instagram: @sairatrev.)

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Un manicure siempre es necesario/ A manicure is always necessary
(A mi gusta ir a un salón que se llama “D Nails & Spa” porque aparte de hacer un muy buen trabajo, tienen buen servicio./I like to go to a salon named “D Nails & Spa” because aside from doing a really good job, they also provide a great service.)

 

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Un Cafecito-date (una cita de café ) o una visitadita para un tapioca/ A coffee-date or a visit for a tapioca
(¡Uff! Si no has probado el “Caramel Macchiato” no sabes de lo que te pierdes. Lo tienes que comprar YA./ Uff! If you haven’t tried the “Caramel Macchiato” you have no idea what you’re missing on! You have to buy one NOW.)

 

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Cómprate tus bebidas favoritas/ Buy yourself your favorite beverage
(Soy una abuelita total y el café me hace feliz.  ¡Si soy adicta a la cafeína y que!/ I am a total grandma and coffee makes me happy. Yes I’m a caffeine addict, so what!)

 

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Y lo más importante: ¡ZAPATOS NUEVOS!/ And the most important: NEW SHOES!
(Y obviamente que esto no faltaría, déjame  recordarte que no hay tal cosa como “ya tienes muchos zapatos.”/And obviously these couldn’t  be forgotten, and let me remind you that there’s no such thing as “you have too many shoes.”)

We are officially free!

This semester has come to a conclusion, and believe me I am truly thankful for it. Thank you Lord, you are marvelous! I don’t know about you, but this semester was very challenging for me. I went through many new experiences in my academics, career, personal and even emotional.

However, it makes me proud to share with you that I was able to end the semester with honors, thank God. All of my effort paid off! Now, it is time to recover the millions of hours I lack of sleep (and a few other things).

And even if this semester was not your best, it’s over! So it’s time to celebrate!

How will you reward yourself?

If you need ideas, let me give you some of mine.

 

Galatians/Gálatas 5: 22- 23

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