Summer Fashion Favorites of 2014

Hello Everyone!
Sorry for the lack of posts this week! I seem to have hit a bit of a writer’s block and I am trying desperately to get out of it, I promise. I thought this week would be a good week to kind of show you all what my current fashion favorites are and hopefully inspire you to dress how you wanna and what not. So, let’s begin? Yeah.

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This summer is mostly about comfort, honestly. I’m starting to find my own personal style and the items featured in today’s post are all that I’d consider a close fit for my own wardrobe! As always, there will be links to all of the items listed and I hope they bring you much inspiration.

modcloth top

Since it’s Summer, I’m always looking for cute lightweight tops. This rad top is from ModCloth and it’s mother freakin’ adorable. This top is specifically called “A Bot to Love Top” and it’s only $35, so not too bad. Ultimately, this is the style I look for when it comes to Summer tops: flowing, adorable print, and definitely fit for a geeky girl!

hot topic pants

Next up is a bit more on the comfortable side. If you don’t know, Pokémon is one of my favorite all-time games and these Pokemon Trainer Pants from Hot Topic are pretty fantastic to me. For only $16, these are pretty appealing and I would wear them ALL THE TIME. Especially while playing Pokémon games. This may not scream Summer, but I’m digging them so I’ll probably buy them soon.

modcloth bag

I am beginning to notice I have a slight purse addiction lately. Crap. Oh well, because this bag is ridiculous in a good way. Say hello to ModCloth’s Sweet Sentiments Bag. I love brown bags and I feel that they are great for every season and every reason. I love the look of this bag and for $35, not a bad deal either.

kitsch island earrings

For accessories, I try to keep them toned down now that I have long hair. These are a perfect fit as they are delicate, small, and gorgeous. These are kitsch island Shooting Star Earrings available on YesStyle and are actually quite reasonably priced at $11! I can actually see myself wearing these for my Bridal Shower and what not. Also…I love stars.

tuk creepers

Last, but not least: Hello Kitty Creepers by t.u.k. from Journeys. Need I say more? Yeah, maybe I should. I have featured creepers in past posts and although I feel that they are great for Autumn…I’m loving them for Summer. Especially with the pastels and Hello Kitty print, where could one go wrong? Well, depending on how much you’re willing to spend…these go for a pretty $90. Whoops.

Well that is it for today! I hope you all enjoyed today’s post…I just realized that this is my first fashion post in a while. YAY!! Anyways, if you thought today’s post was great, go ahead and like it or comment down below with what you thought or if you have any Summer Fashion Favorites. If you have any suggestions or ideas for future posts, please hit the contact button above! I love to hear from you all!!! Have a great weekend everyone, be safe, and…

REMEMBER: Be Excellent to Each Other.

Thanks for Reading~! ❤
With Love,
Taylor Rae

P.S. THERE IS ONE WEEK LEFT IN THE FUNDING FOR ROOSTER TEETH’S FILM “Lazer Team”! Yes, I highly suggest that you take a moment, watch this video, follow the link below it and help contribute to an awesome film! But don’t worry, each set donation comes with a special perk for that amount! So, on behalf of the Simply Taylor Rae Crew and the entire team at Rooster Teeth and Achievement Hunters: We appreciate any donations made and we thank you for your awesomeness and time in doing so!

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Thanks again everyone and take care!

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The Geeky: An Interview with Kara & Lindsay of Rooster Teeth

Howdy!
Oh my gosh, for some reason, I have been feeling slightly lazy and I’m not too sure why. It’s been a pretty productive week though, I must say! Anyways, I hinted to you all in the last post that I had more Rooster Teeth features coming up and GUESS WHAT. I do. This time, I interviewed two amazing and lovely ladies of the RT & AH crew; Kara and Lindsay!
kara and lindsayHere is some background on Kara and Lindsay:

Kara Eberle is the voice actress for Weiss in “RWBY”, as well as the Office Manager, podcast set designer, and receptionist at Rooster Teeth.

Lindsay Jones is the voice actress for Ruby in “RWBY”. She is an employee at Rooster Teeth. She is known for appearing in the RT Recap, Rooster Teeth Podcast and the Internet Box Podcast.

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Taylor Rae: When did you begin working for RT & AH and why?

Kara & Lindsay: Well honestly, we don’t remember. God, it’s been so long that we’ve worked here. But, we tell you what, it’s been a blast working with such goofy characters, but awesome people.

Taylor Rae: What is the most entertaining aspect of working for RT & AH that keeps you motivated?

Lindsay: Well, as you know; Me and Michael “Rage Quit” Jones are married! Just [being] able to work with my man and having a good time with my co-workers and family keeps me going.

Kara: What she said, except the getting married part, haha. But just being able to work with great people and get this far. We also love our fans [and] reading their reactions of the things we do. It keeps me motivated to know what we do, people love it!

Taylor Rae: As female gamers; is there anything in the gaming industry or gaming community that you wish to change or maybe even encourage?

Kara: A video game with more female character leads! Now that could be a change. I know there are some female character roles that every knows of such as Lara Croft, Samus, and others…but it seems not many! What the hell.

Lindsay: Ditto to Kara.

Taylor Rae: There’s a lot happening over at Rooster Teeth it seems. Can you give us a few events that you are looking forward to and want to share with the readers? Also, what can you tell us about the upcoming Rooster Teeth film, “Lazer Team?”

Lindsay: There is so much going on at RT & AH. God, where to begin. We are so busy here…but honestly check out our upcoming movie “Lazer Team.” But really, I can’t tell you jack squat! Haha, sorry. It’s under hush hush.

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Taylor Rae: With Volume 2 of “RWBY” coming up at RTX, what is it like voice acting and working on an animated feature?

Geoff (He answered this as well): Well, me bring Grif is fun as hell. Then [watching] on screen is awesome to see the character I play. I’m glad I really don’t get my ass kicked like that in real life.

Kara & Lindsay: Well, we both agree with Geoff. So much fun and awesome. To voice characters and then feel like we are those characters! Pure badasses! It sounds weird when we do recording, but when we see what we sound like in a character, oh my god. We sound awesome. It works so well and matches the characters just as well.

Taylor Rae: What is it about yourselves that you would like readers and fans to know about you that they probably don’t?

Kara: God, I mean [there’s] basically not much to say due to [the fact] everyone basically knowing who we are anyways. I mean, I hate being scared! F*cking sucks, I’m a receptionist. Well and Gus’s little sister (according to him), hehe. I’m the voice of Weiss in “RWBY.” I guess, yeah!

Lindsay: I mean, if no one knew: I’m the main editor of AH videos [and the] voice of Ruby Rose in our show “RWBY”. I don’t know what else to say I mean. Like [Kara] said, a lot of people basically know us well…creepy.

Taylor Rae: Are there any games you are excited to be released this year? If so, why?

Kara: God, so many choices. Though I like playing games…I just have no clue! Well, there is the Shadows of Mordor game and the new Halo!

Lindsay: So many! I say mostly any game that looks amazing honestly. We are all gamers here, as long as [the game] provides a challenge.

From Lindsay & Kara to Our Readers: Well, this is the girls from RT & AH. Much love to our fans and friends and family! Check out our site and our shows on YouTube. And we do have a shout out to Chris for being an awesome dork! And to Taylor Rae! Since she has a great site, everyone needs to keep checking out her stuff and she’s awesome!! Hope to see you guys soon.

LOVE FROM ROOSTERTEETH AND ACHIEVEMENT HUNTER!
(MUAH)
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Well, here’s the second installment to the RoosterTeeth Interview series! As always, a huge thanks goes to Geoff and Griffon, Chris, Lindsay and Kara, and the entire RT & AH team! We have a lot planned for all of you so be sure to subscribe and follow us on the Twitter and Instagram and all them social media sites you see on the side. Also, the second volume of Lindsay and Kara’s animated show, “RWBY,” will be premiering in July! Be sure to watch the entire first season on the RT YouTube channel and buy the DVD or Blu-Ray at the RT Store!

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To Learn More about Kara, Lindsay, “RWBY”, RoosterTeeth, & Achievement Hunter
RT Website | RT YouTube | RT Facebook | RT Twitter
AH Website | AH YouTube | AH Facebook | AH Twitter

Thanks everyone for reading and as I said before, I definitely suggest you all watch the first season of “RWBY” on RT’s YouTube. I could not stop watching and even had to watch a couple episodes at work on my break. Be sure to stop by the RT & AH website and while you’re at it, go ahead and join their forum! Anyways, go ahead and let me know what you thought of today’s interview in the comments down below! If you’d like to suggest future post ideas or suggestions, click the contact button above! As for me, it’s time for bed and so I leave you with this…

REMEMBER: “Boop.” – Nora Valkyrie from the animated series, “RWBY” 🙂

Thanks for Reading~! ❤
With Love,
Taylor Rae

My Summer Beauty Products

Hello everyone!
Uh oh. You guys…I made a hefty purchase. I AM GOING TO BE AT THE HATSUNE MIKU EXPO IN NEW YORK! Yes I purchased VIP tickets which put a huge dent in my wallet but this is something I’ve been dying to go to for 2+ years and it’s finally a 5+ hour drive away. Please don’t judge me. So yes, I will be in NYC on October 18th! Best believe I’m taking loads of pictures for you all!
Moving on…it’s been a while since I’ve done a beauty post featuring products I actually use. So, today I’m showing you all of the products I’m using for the dreaded hot season.
Summer Beauty ProductsNow, recently my face has been breaking out more than usual and my t-zone is producing much more oil as well. So the products I’m showing you all are perfect for those of you with oily or even combination skin.
day and night faceThese items are my day and night cleansing products: TheFaceShop Charcoal Phyto Powder in Cleansing Foam and TheFaceShop Green Tea Cleansing Wipes. Now, I will admit that these products haven’t exactly treated the oily skin issue I’m having but it has settled down my acne quite a bit. With the Charcoal cleanser I tend to use my exfoliator every other day since the consistency is a bit thick. The wipes are nice to use since I feel so tired around the time I get to bed. They smell sweet but not overpowering and they are gentle and comfy on my face.
purse essentialsI am just now noticing that 99% of the items in this post were purchased at TheFaceShop. THAT’S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN ONE OPENS UP SO CLOSE. Anyways, I don’t carry much in my purse but I do have two products that are ALWAYS with me: TheFaceShop Green Tea Hand Gel Cream and TheFaceShop Oil Blotting Paper. I told you all that my face has been incredibly oily lately, so I have to now carry oil blotting paper everywhere I go to make sure my face doesn’t look too shiny and they do just that; I swear by oil blotting paper. The hand gel is actually nice as it moisturizes my hands but doesn’t leave them feeling…slippery? It smells pretty too, which is a plus.
randomThese products I do use, but not on a regular basis as I would the ones above but they are still being used. So there’s the TONYMOLY Pocket Bunny Moist Mist and TheFaceShop Black Head Aloe Nose Strips. I use the moist mist on days that are extremely hot and humid as it helps me cool down and it has a nice scent. The nose strips I use more often and they do a good job for ripping out black heads from my nose. I tend to use these products when I’m at home and just trying to relax and fix my face though, I would definitely suggest these nose strips especially because they are quite nice and reasonably priced.

Well, there you have it. All the products that I have been and am currently using for the stupid Virginia heat. I hope you all found this post rather informative and helpful! I’d love to hear what you all think. Feel free to leave comments down below and to suggest future post ideas, click on the contact button above! As always, I hope you all have a fantastic week, don’t party too hard, and for future reference…

REMEMBER: You took too long. Now your candy’s gone. THAT’S WHAT HAPPENED. – Bee from Bee and Puppycat 🙂

Thanks for Reading~! ❤
With Love,
Taylor Rae

PSST! There’s going to be more Rooster Teeth features on here. Just so you know. K, bye.

The Foodie: Downtown Eating with Sammy T’s!

Hello everyone!

It has truly been one crazy week! Who would’ve thought that the 2nd year would be the most productive and successful!? Jeez, I am so overwhelmed with all of the love and support from you lovely readers, my friends and family, the entire team at Rooster Teeth, and so many more people! I am cloud nine! You just don’t even know! BUT I have realized a lot of things are a bit behind such as my beloved series, The Foodie! So, here we are with a new review of Sammy T’s!

DISCLAIMER: I was not paid, asked, nor offered any discount for this review. This review is based solely on my own experience and opinion as a customer and the meal was paid for entirely by my party. Thank you for understanding.

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For those who don’t know; I love small downtown areas. I love how many of the shops and restaurants are not corporatized which makes for a much more welcoming atmosphere than that of a major city establishment. It also makes for beautiful pictures. My mother and I both had a day off and we wanted to get together for lunch. Well, what better place than somewhere downtown! Unfortunately, most restaurants are closed on Monday BUT there was Sammy T’s and I was far from sad about that.

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Sammy T’s is located in Downtown Fredericksburg on Caroline Street which is a nice walk from the closest parking lot, unless you can find street parking. The exterior has a few small tables and chairs for those wanting to sit outside and enjoy the nice weather, but those of us who are partial to heat…such as myself, there’s always plenty of room inside.

The inside features most booth seating with a few tables closer to the front as well as a bar. When you walk in, you are immediately greeted by a chalkboard with all of the day’s specials as well as a cute little chalkboard down below asking you to wait to be seated.

mediterranean

After being seated and ordering our drinks, my mother and I found ourselves immediately attracted to the Mediterranean platter. Unfortunately, I did not read thoroughly as the platter does come with feta cheese and I am allergic to dairy. This was entirely my fault and not that of the restaurant’s, but we made it work! Luckily, the feta did not stick to the cucumbers, olives, and the pita bread so I was still able to enjoy the best part of the platter! It was definitely light and refreshing since the day was rather hot and humid.

vegetable delight

For the main course, I originally chose the cheese tortellini and I found myself remembering that not all of the cheese is vegan friendly, so I had to change my order a bit last minute. Thankfully, the waitress was incredibly kind and wonderful! I switched my order to the Vegetable Delight, a homemade vegetable soup. According to the menu, it was supposed to be topped with parmesan cheese, but I asked my waitress if they could exclude it from the meal due to my allergy and she was incredibly kind about it and did so.

Less than 15 minutes later and we were given our meals and the amazing waitress brings mine out and tells me that she excluded the butter as well since it contained dairy and was not vegan friendly. I could not have thanked her enough for that! She took a customer’s allergy seriously and I applaud her for her thoughtfulness. I know it can be frustrating when it comes to changing orders or excluding things, but she was super nice about it and I thank her.

Now back to the soup; it was so very delicious. The soup had a wonderful, hearty consistency and the vegetables looked gorgeous. It came with a sort of garlic bread that I was unable to figure out the name for, but it looked good as well and tasted even better when dipped into the soup! It was heaven and actually quite nostalgic! I ended up demolishing the soup, the bread, and the extra crackers they give you on the side. It was the perfect portion size, it looked delicious, and tasted amazing.

Overall, my mother and I had a fantastic and comfortable dining experience at Sammy T’s and they have a wonderful and conscientious wait staff! I wish I had gotten the young lady’s name who served us, because she was very accommodating to our needs and my allergy. I would surely recommend Sammy T’s to those wishing to dine in Downtown F’burg or to those who are looking for a local Vegan or Vegetarian restaurant!

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If you would like to visit Sammy T’s, visit their website HERE for their menu, operating hours, and more.

HOORAY! I missed talking about food and taking pictures of food and just…FOOD. I hope you all enjoyed this post, by the way! I’m trying to bring back posts and ideas and trust me, they are coming! Speaking of which, I’m dying to hear what you all think! Feel free to comment down below on what you think of today’s post or if you ever at Sammy T’s! Also, if you would like to request or suggest future post ideas, please click on the contact button above and fill out the lovely form!

As always: Have a fantastic rest of the week, stay safe, and you all know what’s next…

REMEMBER: Food Brings A Family Together. 🙂

Thanks for Reading~! ❤
With Love,
Taylor Rae

 

The Geeky: An Interview with Geoff Ramsey of Rooster Teeth

Hello to you all!
Yes, in case you can’t read the title or didn’t read my last post…I have been in talks with Geoff Ramsey (and Griffon…and Gavin) from Rooster Teeth and Achievement Hunters and although we have a lot of ideas floating around, I don’t want to spill too many details until everything is set in stone. But, I am so thankful that Geoff gave me the opportunity to interview him for you all! They have been so much help when it comes to promoting and even helping me figure out how to use my YT channel efficiently. So, before I share the interview with you all…I have a few shout outs:

Many many many many thanks to Geoff and Griffon Ramsey and their adorable daughter, Millie. You all have been so encouraging and awesome to talk to and I hope we get a chance to meet real soon so I can thank you in person…and possibly play video games with you. T’would be awesome, yeah?

To my coworker, Chris: THANK YOU. For answering all my questions, for helping Geoff and I talk when we are working, and for all the help you’ve been when it came to questions about technical stuff that I am clueless about. The team at Rooster Teeth love you btw. Just saying…

To the entire team of Rooster Teeth and Achievement Hunters…Geoff had mentioned you all throughout our emails and you all sound so awesome! I hope this interview does each and every one of you justice because the work you’ve done is beyond amazing. Thanks for being so awesome.

Without Further Ado, The Interview: (I rhymed.)
interviewFor those of you who don’t know what Rooster Teeth or Achievement Hunters is…here is their information as seen on their website: RoosterTeeth.Com

“Rooster Teeth is a creative production studio responsible for award-winning online videos such as Red vs. Blue, the longest running web series in history; the reality gamer series The Gauntlet; comedy series Rooster Teeth Shorts; the upcoming animated series RWBY; and Immersion, a show that tests video game concepts in the real world.
Rooster Teeth founded and operates the gaming website AchievementHunter.com and produces the award-winning Rooster Teeth Podcast, voted Best Gaming Podcast at the 2012 Podcast Awards.
With a dedicated worldwide fan community, Rooster Teeth created RTX (Rooster Teeth Expo), an annual gaming and Internet convention held in Austin, TX which attracts thousands of gamers, online video fans, and Rooster Teeth community members from around the world.
The Rooster Teeth YouTube channel became the 8th most viewed YouTube channel in the world (non-music) in 2012, now with over 5 million YouTube subscribers and 2.2 billion views, and the Rooster Teeth website has 5 million unique monthly visitors with 1.4 million registered community members.
Rooster Teeth has won multiple awards, including 2011 and 2012 Best Animated Series (Red vs. Blue) from the IAWTV, and has been featured by hundreds of major publications and networks including MTV, G4, The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone Magazine, Wired Magazine, and many more.”

Geoff Ramsey is one of the original members of Rooster Teeth and is also the Executive Producer of the Achievement Hunter series. He also provides the voice of “Grif” in the Red vs Blue series.

Taylor Rae: How would you describe Rooster Teeth and Achievement Hunters to those visiting or hearing about it for the first time?

Geoff Ramsey: People were laughing and busting guts and that’s what we aim for, to provide entertainment and comedy. Those who visit [the Rooster Teeth headquarters] get to see how we work and where we work. Their expressions is that jaw-dropping.

Taylor Rae: When was RT and AH created and how did you build it to what it is today?

Geoff Ramsey: We started on April 1, 2003. We were just five guys playing Halo Combat Evolved and from there we figured we should do a show called “Red versus Blue”. Honestly so much fun, we didn’t have what we have now. So basic recordings and old schooled it. [Because] we got so many views and likes and subscribers, we just kept going.

Taylor Rae: You had mentioned RT’s involvement in charity work; Can you give us a few examples of what you’ve done so far?

Geoff Ramsey: Well [we did] charity to help local fire fighters, and so many others. I honestly don’t run that; someone else does.

Taylor Rae: Any future events, plans for expansion, collaborations, or appearances you’d like us to know about?

Geoff Ramsey: Honestly, we’ve gotten far; We had a 10 year anniversary not long ago and a 100th episode on Minecraft and so much. We have a big office in Austin, Texas and we’ve done so much to achieve what we have now. We are quite successful and so many people who follow us and loyal to the end. This sh*t is happening. And appearances: We have a thing called RTX and we do a lot of signings, Q&A and other stuff..I forget. Bare with me..haha.

Taylor Rae: Were there any points in the history of RT or AH where you felt that success was unattainable? If so, how did you overcome it?

Geoff Ramsey: Damn, there were times we started to think “how are we gonna do this? Is it gonna work?” Man I tell you..there been moments where sh*t seem to fall apart and we didn’t know if it was gonna work. But the more we believe in ourselves and the more we pushed our goals, f*ck we did it!

Taylor Rae: Where do you see RT and AH within five years?

Geoff Ramsey: Five years from now? The same place as I am now, duh! Playing video games for a living is pretty much it. And just f*cking having fun with my workers (friends and morons) and keeping the fans happy and enjoying our stuff.

Taylor Rae: What are you E3 plans for this year and what games are you looking forward to hearing about?

Geoff Ramsey: Sh*t, no clue. I don’t do the planning for that crazy stuff, but I will tell you…I’m pretty happy with Titanfall and now playing Watch-Dogs. God, so many games I’m looking forward too I about to sh*t my pants!

Taylor Rae: Finally, what is your favorite game and why?

Geoff Ramsey: Favorite game [is] Halo…and some others. And why? It was a great game when it first came out on Xbox…sh*t was fun as hell and crazy. And now it led us here to Rooster Teeth.

From Geoff to Our Readers: Well, that’s what I got. We had so many fun years and still going. You tell everyone to keep following us and happy gaming. And thanks for all that support.

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Well, there you have it everyone! Once again, a huge thank you to Geoff, Griffon, and Chris and the entire RT & AH team! I wish many more years of success and awesome and PLEASE UPLOAD ANOTHER PROP HUNT VIDEO OR SMASH BROS WHEN IT RELEASES. *Please.

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To learn more about Geoff, Rooster Teeth, and Achievement Hunter:
RT Website | RT YouTube | RT Facebook | RT Twitter
AH Website | AH YouTube | AH Facebook | AH Twitter

Thank you all so much for reading and I HIGHLY encourage you all to check out the websites, browse the forums and become a member because if you play video games…there’s some really good hints and tips in there, and definitely watch the YouTube channels because I haven’t laughed so hard in so long. With that said, let me know in the comments below of what you thought about today’s post and if you suggestions for future posts, hit the contact button above! I’m going to go get ready for work now…so you all know the drill!!

REMEMBER: Happy Gaming. – Geoff Ramsey 🙂

Thanks for Reading~! ❤
With Love,
Taylor Rae