About | Raquel Z. Duarte

Oh hey!  Thanks for stopping by.  I'm Raquel.

To start things off, I am an Oregon human through-and-through.  Born in Portland, then raised in a small town of less than 2,000 people.

My occupation is a barista at Black Rock by day, writer by night, and a worshiper at all times.

I am a lover of dark chocolate, oversized sweatshirts and flannels, the smell of horses, rainstorms and star-gazing.  I am a firm believer that a mug of hot tea (I have an infatuation with matcha), a good book, and a cozy blanket can cure just about anything.

Music is in my blood.  Writing is in my heart.  Exploration is in my feet.

23.  Aries.  Type 4.  A daughter to two.  A sister to 6.  A bondservant to One.

I love radical ideas and passionate feelings, honest thoughts being spoken and gracious forgiveness when wronged.  I love languages and the complexities they posses.  I love human hearts that truly feel, and hurt deeply because they love deeply.  I love warm beds in cold rooms.  And sun amidst the raindrops.



  1. Miss Raquel,
    Hi, I'm new to your blog, but I really like it so far! I love Jesus as well and desire to serve Him! He is my Daddy and He is the King of kings!! I also believe in and choose to save myself emotionally and physically for my future husband (if God's plan for me includes marriage). I am looking forward to reading more from you!
    God bless you,

  2. Hello Raquel!
    I really like your blog and more importantly, your morals and convictions. Our oldest son got married this past August. He courted his wife. Their very first physical contact, including holding hands, was at the wedding. Their first kiss was in private after the ceremony. It was just beautiful. What a blessing to marry in total purity.
    Now we have another son ready for marriage and are praying for the Lord to bring the right young lady.
    May the Lord bless you.
    PS. My 13 yr old daughter just started a blog. I'll have her take a look at your for some ideas. Hers is www.garmentsofgrace.blogspot.com

  3. I just found your blog, and I am glad that we agree on a almost everything above!! So glad to find another young lady whom has the same convictions as I and my family!

    ~Jamie Joyce, age 16

  4. Hi Raquel this is Lexi from Masters School of Art! Your blog is totally awesome! I look forward to reading more!

  5. Hi I'm futurejedigirl but you can call me Sophia
    I'm a Christian girl who loves Star Wars
    I would follow your blog but the followers button isn't showing up right now sorry :p I have an old computer.
    my blog is www.geekystuffilove.blogspot.com
    Nice to meet you!

  6. Hi! I just started visiting your blog and I LOVE it! I just became a follower.....you can check out my blog @ www.abbietheawesome.blogspot.com

  7. Hey! Well, I've been a follower for a little while now, but I just wanted to tell you that I love this blog, it's pretty encouraging, but it's always interesting. :)
    My blog is
    if you want to check it out! :)

  8. I really like your blog, Miss Raquel! It is very beautiful and God-honoring!

  9. Hey!!! I am really glad I found your blog....it's really awesome!!! I especcially have to agree with the Lecrae and Royal Tailor parts!!! Definately Lecrae's biggest fan and i also love Royal Tailor!!! Keep it up!!!

  10. Hey!! Love your blog and i'm really glad i found it!! Keep up the good work and stay strong for Jesus!!!

    BTW....I am Lecrae's BIGGEST fan and totally loving Royal Tailor right now!!!

  11. i'm getting a d3000 for my sweet 16! ah! i can't wait! :D

  12. Miss Raquel, you blog is awesome! I love all of your posts and read some of the "From a Guy's Point of View". I loved those, too! It was a cool idea to have guys answer questions like that considering that they don't normally talk about that kind of stuff. I have followed your other blog "In the Spotlight Fashion" for a little while, so I decided to check out this blog as well! I am so glad I did! Thanks for being such an encouragement to be modest and stay pure.

  13. You are taller than me by 2 inches :)
    How do you pronounce you name?

  14. You have a very pretty name! I loved reading through your list of things you enjoy! You do photoshoots too?! I love it! :)


  15. Hi!! I'm new to your blog, but I have to say, I already love it! You're a very wise person and I hope that I'll be like you one day. :)


  16. Racquel!! Those photos are absolutely gorgeous, and so is your spirit. Keep glorifying God!