coffee & cats – visiting crumbs & whiskers –

I’m back from the dead, ya’ll.

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I am truly sorry for my absence these past few months, but I bring with me cats and coffee. You’re welcome.

This past Sunday, my beautiful friend, Tawny and I decided to take a trip up to Georgetown for what we thought would be a tea date, but the place was booked for the rest of the day. SO OUR NEXT BEST OPTION was of course…cats. And with that, here’s a photo look at our visit to the only cat cafe in the DC Metro Area, Crumbs & Whiskers.

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Walking inside, we were immediately greeted with the most gorgeous cat sitting on the counter. I was able to place a drink and macaron order and then we were headed upstairs to meet the many cats that grace the establishment. I immediately thought I was going to die because I typically have severe allergic reactions to cats…however, I did not and all allergies ceased until the next freakin’ day when I was sneezing all day at work.

Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our time there. The cats were all incredibly friendly and there were quite a few that were extra playful. The staff was wonderful and accommodating and answered any questions we had about the cats and how they’re taken care of and such. I even had an inquiry about one of their recent additions, Ru, a three-legged cutie patootie…but unfortunately, the new house we moved into doesn’t allow cats. Otherwise I would’ve walked home with a couple cats.

If you would like to visit Crumbs & Whiskers in Georgetown or in Los Angeles, click here for more information!

Disclaimer: We were not paid nor sponsored by Crumbs & Whiskers for this post. All photos were indeed taken by either me or Tawny with a Canon Rebel SL1 with the Standard Kit 18mm-50mm Lens (because I ain’t that fancy). Please do not re-use, re-post, or anything along those lines.  Thanks for your understanding.

I hope you enjoyed this post and here’s to more posts in the near future!

Thanks for reading~! ❤
With Love,
Taylor Rae

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SimplyMe: A Few Things that Make Me Happy?

Hello Hello Everyone!
Ah, it is finals week and I am so happy that I only have one more final! I took my Computer Applications/HTML Coding exam today and passed with 100% however I am less thrilled about my business exam on Thursday…there’s a long story with that. But I kind of wanted to do a post on things that make me happy. I have been so frustrated with college recently and with all the anxiety from that and other things, I’m stressing myself out to the point of stress-eating. Do you all feel like you get too overwhelmed with college? I always feel like I’m the only one because all of my friends are so motivated and driven, but I have no idea what I want to do or major in or anything. I feel like I’m going where everyone is telling me to go. So, I feel like reminding myself of the things that make me happy and try to get myself through the rest of this week without going crazy. So, let’s start~!33d7a511-fc11-4093-8c38-9a6f21325627_zps17013a06Actually, this picture makes me smile. It was taken in my hometown of Charleston, South Carolina (also the hometown of Stephen Colbert, yes I am proud.) at the Charleston Aquarium and thanks to Anthony’s awesome photography skills, he even captured the Cooper River Bridge. I love going to Charleston because it’s a city that embodies who I am; A beautiful city with Victorian architecture and a vintage feel. Maybe that’s why I cherish vintage things so much?49caad0a-9f25-464d-a178-df41b647b060_zps0bef3687
So, if you haven’t noticed already, I love to capture moments. Whether it be in writing or pictures, I have to capture the details in some form. I have been wanting to create a photo journal lately; like buying a polaroid camera, some cute washi (tape), and taping the photos in the journal and writing down my thoughts and why I took the picture in the first place. Like keeping a journal but with pics, right? Looking back at those moment and reading my thoughts is something I treasure and always brings a smile to my face.b48796d9-be5e-47ff-843c-e04f4e045c42_zps6c28675fI used to have a cat a few years ago. It seemed to strange to own one when I had such a severe allergy to cat dander and what not, but for some reason my cat never gave me too much trouble allergy wise. I couldn’t pick him up a lot and I remember his claw marks left terrible swelling in their wake, but he would always come by and make me pet him and give him a kiss. Unfortunately, during a trip to Charleston, he got out of the house and we haven’t seen him since. So, whenever I see anything with a cat print and what not, I can’t help but smile. I can’t own a cat now because my allergies have worsen, but cat prints and pictures are comforting enough for me I guess. Everything with a cat reminds me of him and the memories and wierd yet loving a cat he was.12e541c8-c7a7-415c-b2a3-811dfb8f8400_zps0e93f32aSo, as you all know…I enjoy blogging. It is possibly one of my greater passions in life. I put blogging and reading together because I love to read other people’s blogs as well! My favorite is actually Jenny who is a blogger from DC as well! Her blog is Sushi-Cat.Net and she blogs about pretty much everything I love…and her Tumblr is also quite brilliant I must say. Along with reading, I love to read book from Howl’s Moving Castle to 下妻物語 to Jaycee Dugard’s chilling memoir to the Bible. My preference varies, I suppose. But being in my room, with a window open for fresh air, relaxing instrumental music, and nice book or my laptop with me blogging makes me smile so big! Maybe that’s why I began a blog in the first place?

77b1271c-d698-4f99-b6cf-eb62d173542b_zps5670a60aYes, I must admit…he is one of the reasons I smile the most. Spending time with Anthony is truly a blessing. We may argue every once in a while and things will not always go the way we expected, but being able to be near him or next to him…I can’t help but smile. He always makes sure that I am ok and comfortable and happy. His smile makes me smile. His laugh makes me laugh. And so on. I sound so sappy, but alas it is true. He makes me smile in general, what can I say? Anthony, if you read this…YOU MAKE ME SMILE LIKE A BIG DORK. 🙂

Alrighty, that is it for today everyone! Just a head’s up, my next post will be a “Get Ready with Me” post since Saturday I am going to a friend’s wedding! I am so excited and my mom will be doing my makeup since my hands have been too shaky recently for weird reasons. So be on the look out! I may include a video as well! AHHHH.
Well, SUMMER VACATION IS HERE. I hope you all have an amazing weekend and remember to stay safe, have fun as well as Live. Laugh. Smile 🙂
Thanks for reading~! ❤
With love,
Taylor Rae

PS: PASSED MY BUSINESS EXAM WITH AN A! THEREFORE 3 OUT OF 4 EXAMS WERE ACED! Huzzah everyone! A successful semester.