SimplyMe: A Bridal Shower & A Birthday

Hello everyone! It’s been a week since my last post and I am so happy to finally have a night where I’m not exceptionally exhausted. I have been running around as always, but it seemed this week was especially busy with all the events that occurred! But in case you haven’t noticed, the past week has been about a bridal shower and my birthday. I guess we’ll start with the Bridal Shower!photo2_zpsc4fb938eSo, the 16th of March, I attended my very first Bridal Shower for a dear friend of mine and Anthony’s. The theme was red, white, and black so I guess I’ll give you the low down on my outfit!

Cardigan: ModCloth
Sweater: TJMaxx
Jeans: WalMart
Wedges: Payless
Purse: ModCloth
Jewelry: Charlotte Russe, Forever21, & Betsey Johnson.

Moving on, the shower was actually really laid back and I got to see a few girlies I haven’t seen in a while. I would post more pictures, but I don’t have everyone’s consent, so I will just tell you to go to my Instagram (@TaylorRae319) for pics. I was asked to bake cupcakes for the dessert and they were actually quite difficult..only because my hands would not stop shaking when it came to applying the edible pearls. So I had to use tweezers. Two hours. Two slightly painful hours. But, they came together beautifully and my iPhone took a freakin’ fantastic picture I must say. It was really great for my first Bridal Shower, but a couple people asked a relatively popular question: “Are you and Anthony thinking marriage?” and truth is; Yes. We’ve been talking about it more and more, but at the same time…we aren’t trying to rush things and we want to be prepared when we decide to take that next step. I’ll have my very own Bridal Shower one day…

401231_10151808239379867_1133642771_n_zpsfc5cc2dcMan, I must admit…these pictures look better on Instagram. But anyways, for those who did not know; I celebrated my birthday at home this year. Honestly, I feel like 20 is such an awkward age in America. In Japan, I would be allowed to have a beer or something, but in America…I am left with only the ability to pay for a renewed license. So, I felt that this year should be spent in the comfort of my home with my family and of course, Anthony. But…I did ask Anthony for one day where we could go to the National Zoo in DC since it has been 2 years since I’ve gone. And he agreed. SO, the zoo is my birthday celebration. And I enjoyed myself entirely.5636_10151808236274867_1817589509_nArgh, the HD pictures are on Instagram people! Sorry for the terrible quality…OH! I am trying to do more OOTD posts, so I am starting with another OUTFIT RUNDOWN.

Denim Top: Forever21
Cardigan: Ross
Jeggings: Kohls
Sneaker Wedges: Target
Purse: Coach

So, I know I mentioned the Cherry Blossom festival in my last post and how I was dying to go. But, we ended up spending more time at the zoo then we had originally anticipated and we missed pretty much all of the available festival activities. I wasn’t too down about it though because we were already pretty tired. (We’re like old people…) So we ended up just heading toward Kushi for dinner.

601152_10151803688609867_1550987459_nAnthony had some beef skewers and pork shoulder. I decided that LOTS OF RICE and soup would fill me up and make me happy. So, I went with the beef gyuudon (ビーフ牛丼), two rice balls (お握り); one with ume and the other with okaka, and miso soup (味噌汁). It was so delicious and well worth the money! It tasted just like I remember in Japan! I also liked the restaurant itself because it wasn’t like a hibachi joint. It was so casual and relaxed. I would highly recommend it if you live in the DC area!!!
But afterwards, we decided that we are like old people and called it night with a long metro trip home and some heavy TV watching once we got back. For me, though…that sounds magical and well worth it. I did vlog about the trip, but I am figuring out my new HD VIDEO CAMERA! Yes, that is correct! I recieved a wonderful new camera from my parents for birthday. They said they wanted me to enhance my blog and youtube and boy did they set me up to do so! Trust me, I thank them everyday when I go through the zoo footage and when I write down ideas. I am excited to give you guys awesome videos to enhance your SimplyTaylorRae experience! So, be on the lookout!254946_10151808235384867_1341848537_nThank you to everyone who wished me a happy birthday! I know I only turn 20 once, but I was surely the most blessed 20 year old ever. If you want to see more pictures from our DC adventure, visit my instagram or my twitter, both are @TaylorRae319! If you have any requests for future posts, feel free to contact me with the button above. Until next time…take care everyone! Have a great weekend! And all that jazz~!!
Thanks for Reading~! ❤
With love,
Taylor Rae

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SimplyMe: 20th Birthday Plans!

Hello everyone! Sorry it has taken me so long to post. I am currently on my Spring Break vacation, but I’ve had to work and I recently lost my wallet and it is no where to be found, so I had to go to the DMV and everything to make sure it is all replaced in reasonable time. So, today was really the first day I’ve had free…but then I had to go out and get baking supplies for a Bridal Shower and I thought “Well…since I’m out…why don’t I just go ahead and get my nails done?” So I did. And now here I am.
Moving on, today’s post is going to be a little personal. It is going to be about my 20th birthday plans. To be honest, there are some aspects on my birthday that my family and apparently some of my friends decided to surprise me with so I am kind of unsure of what they are…I’ve never been surprised before so this is entirely new to me. And I am anxious. But other than that, I definitely know how the rest should play out…I hope.b44d45e8-ef70-4e7a-81cd-c6c261268984_zps220c17d1So, hopefully you all know I live in the Northern Virginia area. So, there were quite a few areas I had thought about going for my birthday…I love going to Annandale for the amazing Korean food and adorable cakes and what not. But, I go there so often that there is no adventure in it at that point. I go there to stock up on all the goodies I miss in Japan and all the Korean goodies and baked goods that I have grown to love and eat. I thought about staying here in Fredericksburg like last year or maybe eat in Downtown…but it doesn’t seem like an adventure either. So, after much though and consideration…26409ac1-f733-4f50-bdd2-037db6c2e640_zps9d9a3d70I AM GOING TO BE IN WASHINGTON D.C. MARCH 23RD! I decided I wanted to go to D.C. because I have always had a soft spot in my heart for the Nation’s capital. I remember being so mesmerized by the city when I was little and it has yet to disappear. It’s been a year or two since I have done anything in D.C. and I have been dying to go to the National Zoo since my first date with Anthony! Add the National Cherry Blossom Festival to that and I am to excited for words! I am definitely going to be filming our day in D.C. and show you guys the beauty I am talking about. Of course there is always the question of where to eat…Well, I was thinking Kushi would be great for dinner because of the menu choices and they serve お握り(Rice Balls) with 梅 (Chinese Plum)! I’m hoping to stop by a little cafe for a light lunch or snack to keep us going until dinner. Any good cafes near the National Zoo that you’d recommend? AH! I am so excited. 🙂 But, I must say that my birthday is on the 19th! (in less than an hour actually) so all I’ll be doing tomorrow is school and a nice stroganoff dinner at home with Anthony and the family!

Well, I am sorry with the delay in posts but with all the snow and the slow internet and of course work and other events, it was a bit difficult. But if you frequent Twitter and Instagram, I am posting pretty much every day on those so…go ahead and follow me @TaylorRae319 on both apps/websites! I hope you all enjoy the rest of your week and I’ll probably be posting quite a lot this week! Take care everyone!
Thanks for reading~! ❤
With love,
Taylor Rae