Trip To Cuba – Sol Rio Luna Y Mares Resort Review

Cuba Sol Rio Luna y Mares Resort Review

Hello hello my lovelies! How’s it going?

A bright one from me today! Cuba is a place I’ve always wanted to visit and if you follow me on Instagram (@sachietv) you’ll know that I was there last week! I got on a plane and flew down to C-C-Cuba for a week at the Sol Rio Luna y Mares Resort!! I’m all about warm sun and clear skies, and literally did a backflip when I found out I was going with Matt and his family.

I had never been to a resort before – the closest experience for me would have probably been when I was 12 and went on a cruise. I couldn’t wait to park myself in front of those crystal blue waters and try to get some colour into my super pale skin. I have a little photo diary ready for you, as well as a rundown of the resort we stayed at!

Sol Rio Luna y Mares is a medium sized resort but there are quite a lot of things to see there, so I’ll be breaking this into a few parts! Let’s talk about the venue itself and the beautiful beaches today!

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Redbubble Gift Guide + Giveaway!

Hiya lovelies!

I don’t know about you, but I’ve already started my Christmas shopping. Yup, the day after Halloween marks the start of 2 months of Christmas in my calendars! I can’t help it, everything about the season makes me feel happy – might have to do with the release of the Starbucks holiday drinks? Shhhh….

Anyway, one of my favourite parts of the holiday season is shopping for presents! It’s true what they say – when you get older, you start to find more joy in giving than receiving. (At least… that’s the case for me!) Don’t get my wrong – I do love a good present or two, but I love seeing the looks on people’s faces when they get open the presents I’ve given them.


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Christmas Eve!

Hallo darlings!

Every year, my parents and I go downtown Toronto to eat at Marché (previously named Richtree). This year was a bit different because I was working on Christmas Eve.  My boss was nice enough to let me off early because she knew something was different about me! I normally wear very minimal makeup at work so when I actually made the effort to look nice, everybody noticed hahaha 😀

We took the subway to King station (one stop from Union.)

This is the entrance/outer patio area. It was all lit up, and the decorations were so lovely! Of course, it was quite busy because it was Christmas Eve and everyone was out for their Christmas dinner~

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Christmas Wishlist 2012

It’s almost time for Christmas! I know I’ve been eyeing a few things within the past week.
I’ve been doing some of my Christmas shopping for friends and family, which doesn’t really leave much left over for myself haha…. But it’s always nice to wish for things, right?

Here is my wishlist for this year.

xmas wishlist 2012

Christmas sweater, 29 CAD / River Island , 6.41 CAD / Falke opaque tight, 56 CAD / H&M , 8.01 CAD / Marc by Marc Jacobs combat boots, 665 CAD / Karl Lagerfeld collar necklace, 75 CAD / Michael Kors yellow gold jewelry, 365 CAD / Bangle jewelry, 20 CAD / Beats by Dr. Dre beat dr dre, 270 CAD / Benefit mascara, 23 CAD / Makeup brush, 17 CAD / Christian Dior , 23 CAD / Space Girl, 9.94 CAD / Phoenix Rising, 9.94 CAD

Of course most of these are just examples from Polyvore, not the exact brands of things that I’d like… But here we go! My 2012 Christmas wishlist.

Sweater, tights, boots – I feel like my sense of style has drastically improved within the last year! Last year, I didn’t really care about how I dressed, it was just go to class, go back to my room, and game/watch movies/be a hermit. This year I’ve really been getting into fashion, and style blogs. I’m a huge fan of the chunky sweater + tights + boots combo! I’d really like to find a nice winter style sweater (ugly Christmas sweater hahaha :D), warm tights, and black boots. I’m sure I can find these when I go thrifting!

Watch – I use my phone most of the time to check the time, but I think watches look so classy! Especially a nice rose gold watch. The only issue is that I have incredibly skinny wrists, so most of the time bracelets and watches end up sliding off, I’d have to get them fitted.

LUSH products – Love the bath bombs so much! I’d really like to try out some more!

Benefit’s They’re Real mascara – I got a sample size mascara in the November Ipsy bag and I love it! Probably my favourite mascara so far – separates lashes very well and lengthens them like crazy! They definitely live up to their hype.

Nail polish – Last year, I had this terrible habit of biting / peeling the tops of my nails off. In order to break this habit, I forced myself to paint my nails every week. I found that I was less likely to bite at my nails if they were lacquered up all nicely. Now, I love painting my nails! I’d like a few more colours to add to my collection!

Brushes – I don’t really have that many makeup brushes, so I’d like to try out Real Techniques brushes that were created by pixiwoo! I’ve heard so many good things about them!

Headphones – This was also on my wishlist last year haha. I’ve gone through so many pairs of earbuds, they usually end up breaking or getting lost. I need a pair of actual good headphones. I’ll probably have to invest in a pair soon for my audio engineering classes + for when I edit my videos, but a good pair of headphones are quite pricey….. weh.

Lighting equiptment – Something along the lines of softboxes, a big ringlight, or umbrellas? There is next to no good lighting in my house, or nice backgrounds that I can shoot against (unless I’m outside or in a public area, in which it depends on the weather/too much background noise.) Right now I’m using regular lights and as much as it works, I still get weird yellow cast on my face and shadows.

Camera lens – Right now I’m looking at the Sigma 30mm f1.4 lens. I’d like something that can allow me to be more creative than my current 18-55mm kit lens, something that can give me the nice bokeh for both photos and video! 

And of course, some nice jewellery 😀 Like cool necklaces and stuff!

But I think, more than anything, I want….

To go to the United Kingdom! I need to start on my exchange application soon…. but if all goes well, I’ll be in the UK from September 2013 – June 2014! Spending my third year of university there! I am so excited. Hopefully I get accepted. From what I understand, we have to fill out an application, write a personal essay, and do a one-on-one interview with the exchange counsellors? As daunting as it is, I’m extremely excited. I am just SO BORED of Canada, I want to get out of here, if at least for a little while!

I’ll make a separate video/post dedicated to this later, but yes. I’d take a year in the UK over everything. 

Christmas Shopping @ Eatons

Yesterday, I met up with Sami to do our annual Christmas shopping trip at Eatons Centre! We’ve been doing it for the past two years. We usually do it before DTAC, but since we’re not going to that any more + exams, we decided to do it a bit earlier on in the month.

First we stopped off at the food court to get some food! Eatons has really renovated their food court area, so it looks super modern now. They have a lot of healthy options for food, which is great. We decided to eat at a Chinese place. 

 The serving was huge! It was good though, although it was quite salty. When I was ordering it, the lady asked if I wanted spice and I said no… but it was spicy anyway… v__v /sigh

 Eatons had some really pretty Christmas decorations up! Throughout the mall, they put up giant reindeer!

It’s nice being able to go out and do girly things once it a while, since I feel like I’m trapped at university. (The city that my university is in is really boring, and there really isn’t much to do.) I also hardly ever get to see Sami since we live pretty far apart during the school year. 
I did most of my Christmas shopping at Crabtree & Evelyn, and H&M. Bought myself some cool holographic print shoes, I’ll show those in my next post. I’m actually shit broke now though, won’t have any money until I start working again during the Christmas break… wehhhhh
 It was also a nice destresser before exams start! First one is this Friday, wish me luck! 🙁
Oh, I’m also doing Vlogmas! Here’s my most recent video! 

Christmas Eve

Merry Christmas everyone!
I hope everybody had a wonderful Christmas! ヾ(。・ω・。) Here’s how I spent mine!
Christmas Eve- 
My family has this tradition for the past few years were we go to Richtree in Christmas Eve for Toronto! The Richtree that we always go to is located downtown Toronto.
Before going to Richtree we stopped by Eatons Centre which is a huge mall! Each year at The Bay across from Eatons, there are pretty front displays! ヾ(・ω・o)

Pretty picture taken on my camera lol!
They also had some pretty outfits in the window displays! 

 I love the gold dress here sosososo much! I really love metallic clothing/accessories… Like gold/silver/bronze shoes, dresses, hats, accessories! ♥(ノ´∀`)

 Love this jacket, it reminds me of Remi Altava’s (from Professor Layton) yellow trenchcoat! 

Anyway after that, we headed to Richtree!
Richtree is basically an open kitchens restaurant. You’re given little card type things when you enter! Basically the restaurant has little kitchens serving different types of food – they have areas for sandwiches, pizzas, pastas, seafood, roasted meats, soups/salads/juice bar etc! So you go to each area and choose something from that menu to eat! They make it in front of you and then take/swipe your card. 
Took pics in the washroom~ 

 I actually wanted to wear circle lenses that night but my eyes were red and irritated so I couldn’t… I tried to do my makeup with more warmer brown colours to make my eyes pop more though! Although it doesn’t really show. ヘ(;´Д`ヘ)

Sweater: borrowed from my mom; white cat shirt from h&m; bag from forever21. *attempt to sound like a fashion blog*  (ノ´д`)

Now, this is what I had to eat! 

Penne pasta with veggies and meat sauce! The plate was quite big, I’m glad I skipped out on appetizers or else I wouldn’t have been able to finish it! Omg the food was so good! 〜(^∇^〜)Seriously, love eating here! I love taking food pics lol, if only I had a dslr these would’ve been so much nicer! Too bad I don’t have that big of a stomach or else I would’ve ordered loads more.

I always buy the coca-cola in the glass bottles… I don’t know why but I like the glass bottles more, it seems…classier? I feel much cooler with a glass bottle wahaha. #sachiereasoning. Also, Christmassy nails! ヾ(゚∀゚ゞ) 

After the food we always have crepe!

This one had ice cream and strawberries, blueberries, chocolate sauce and vanilla icecream! It’s so good! Even if I’m stuffed and can’t eat anymore, it’s like I have a separate stomach for dessert!

Blood orange juice! 

This was the building that Marche was in! The lights were gorgeous!

Pretty tentacle decorations.  
After eating we headed towards Nathan Philips square! 

 There was a giant glowing signboard that provided some good lighting haha, people were looking at me strangely while I was taking pictures. I’m so purple!! ヾ(*д*)ノ゛
It actually looks like I have short hair in these pictures but I don’t lol, my hair is all tucked under my scarf.

We walked by Nathan Philip square! Loads of people ice skating! I’m not very good at ice skating, and it’s also cold… (。・_・。 ) Although, ironically enough, we haven’t gotten any snow here! It’s been like this for the past few years, the snow usually starts in January and can last until late March! Stupid global warming.

So that was my Christmas Eve! I’ll blog about Christmas Day soon, so please look forward to that!  It wasn’t very eventful though lol.

Also, if you’re interested in figures/nendroids, check out my Akiyama Mio (K-On!) nendroid giveaway!It ends on the 31 of December. 

Aaaand finally, I shall link this random picture of me planking in the subway station. Aw yeh first time planking. ☆-(ノ゚Д゚)八(゚Д゚ )ノ

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone!
Hope you have a safe and happy Christmas! 

This is a picture of the Swarovski Crystal Christmas Tree in Eatons Centre, downtown Toronto! It’s very glittery~ There were also giant reindeer that were entwined with lights! Very pretty. 

I’ll post about my Christmas + Eve later!
Everyone, have a happy holidays!