Current Favorites + December 2016 +

Hello Everyone & Happy 2017!

I’m sorry I didn’t do the “annual” new years post this year…I had sincerely thought about it but I just couldn’t get into the spirit of it. 2016 was a difficult year for me and although I tried not to let it get in the way of me blogging and filming, it did decrease my motivation substantially for a good portion of the year. But I feel that this year I will try to take better care of myself in terms of physical and mental health. But I do want to say; thank you guys so so much for spending 2016 with Simply Taylor Rae. 2017 marks my 5th year of blogging and I’m not too sure whether to celebrate or just spend the year finding my “identity” and keeping it calm. Either way; you guys ultimately kept me going and I appreciate everything you do. Thank you.

Anyways, here’s to the first post of 2017 and the many more that will follow!

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December was a really weird month for favorites; I kind of started changing my thinking and taste in many things but I still hope you all enjoy the post. By the way, please enjoy looking at my incredibly nosy doge who likes to bust in when I take pictures.

+ POKEMON SUN & MOON +
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Ya’ll know I was excited for this release and it was worth the wait entirely. Pokemon Sun and Moon have really brought about a well needed change to the franchise; instead of gyms, there are trials where you get Z-crystals rather badges. Many cute Pokemon have been introduced as well…but shiny hunting has become a pain in my butt I tell you what. Overall though, I really really loved this game and although it took me a wee bit to finish it; so so worth.

+ADIDAS SHOES+
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During our trip to California, Anthony bought me a pair of new Adidas shoes for our anniversary and I love them. They are quite comfortable to walk in and are cute for many occasions including Disney Land. We got these for a pretty good price I believe and I’d definitely suggest them. They’re quite aesthetic in my honest opinion.

+DISNEY JIM SHORE FIGURINES+
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This is kind of what began my taste change…I had originally received the Minnie figurine from a very kind coworker and I adored it. So much to the point where I bought the Marie one because I just felt the need to buy another one. They are so cute and the small ones aren’t too expensive from the Hallmark store. I’m hoping once I get another shelf from IKEA, I can go and get a bigger figurine or two.

+MY BED+
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And finally, we come to the staple of my favorites. My bed. This seems so freakin’ depressing but I have literally felt a need to stay in bed a lot more lately. I know it’s probably part of my anxiety turning into a mild depression, but it has become kind of like a safe zone for me. I want to edit in my bed, I want to watch movies…IN MY BED. I want to play my video games from the comfort of my warm bed. And my dog only wants to love me and stay for cuddles on my bed. But yes…it’s sad, but my bed is possibly the number one thing on this list. *le sigh*

And that is it for today’s post! If you have anything you’ve enjoyed during December or have any suggestions on how to celebrate 5 years with Simply Taylor Rae; please let me know in the comments down below. I hope you guys had a wonderful and safe new years and I hope you have a wonderful rest of your week. ❤

Thanks for Reading~! ❤
With Love,
Taylor Rae

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Current Faves +August 2016+

Hello all!

I missed doing current favorites posts…actually, I miss posting in general. I’ve been going through a hefty writer’s block hence why I’ve been working on YouTube videos rather than writing. (。•́︿•̀。) However, I felt that this month had some lovely favorites that I wanted to share with you as we relax together during this Labor Day weekend.

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+ Diamond/Micro/Nano Blocks +

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In case you haven’t checked out the YouTube channel; I’ve really gotten into nano blocks…or was it diamond blocks…so many different names for tiny legos! Σ(-᷅_-᷄๑) I normally purchase mine at a local Korean shop in Annandale, but they do carry a few brands at Barnes and Noble. They’ve become rather theraputic for me and my anxiety but these can get a tad expensive depending on the brand. In terms of completing a build; it can take me anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours, but I normally try and have snacks and tea on hand.

+ Exit Tunes presents EDM3 +

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This freakin’ album is the epitome of #3Hype5Me. Earlier this year, I purchased the first EDM compilation album from Exit Tunes and I adored it. So when the cross fade for the third installment was released, I immediately went ahead and ordered it and I was far from disappointed. As of today, my favorite tracks from the album are “Satallite” and “ARTIFICIAL SKIN.” It may not be great music for relaxing but it does help me wake up in the morning on my way to work and keeps me sane during traffic hours.

+ Alex and Ani Bracelets +

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There are two people to blame for my recent addiction to Alex and Ani; thanks Alex and Katie. I cannot tell you how this happened but I remember being so flipping excited to buy the Jellyfish bracelet from their “Under the Sea” charity collection…and the feeling is still the same when I buy another. My latest bracelet is the Unicorn charity bracelet and holy crap, it is too precious for words. I love the look of each one and the idea of revealing bits and pieces of my personality to people via each bracelet. The unfortunate part is that they are a tad expensive so collecting all of the ones I set my sights on will be rather difficult, but I’m in no rush.

+ Starbucks “You are Here” Mugs +

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If you’re unaware, I thoroughly enjoy traveling. I love the process of leaving my home to go somewhere brand new and different. I have been noticing that I have a ridiculous addiction to Starbucks so if we go anywhere…I like to make sure there is a Starbucks nearby so I can get a latte or refresher when necessary. When we were in New York for Miku Expo, I thought…WHY NOT BUY A FRIGGIN’ STARBUCKS MUG AS A SOUVENIR RATHER THAN SOMETHING LOGICAL. And now here I am because I adore these mugs. I love the artwork and I love how large they are and to be honest, they’re only $13 which is not bad at all for a souvenir in NYC or other places.

That’s a wrap for my August favorites! I hope you guys enjoyed and if you have any questions or comments about any of the items on today’s post, please feel free to drop a comment down below and I will reply as soon as I am able to. As always, have a fantastic week and I will see you all next time~!

Thanks for Reading~! ❤
With Love,
Taylor Rae

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Recent Purchase: Miku Expo & NYC Haul

Howdy and Hello!

I don’t know why but I somehow keep mistaking today as June 1st but it’s the 31st and I am so confused…

Anyways; I originally planned for this post to be a video but while editing I noticed that my camera didn’t focus properly and the slight blur actually hurts my eyes so I’m going to work on that and see how to better it for future reference.

Therefore, here’s a recent purchase post featuring all the lovely items I purchased during our trip to NYC and Miku Expo! ❤

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A heads up; I did purchase a few more items than that shown today but they were purchased for other people so I don’t feel it necessary to share those items. I also had a budget so I didn’t buy as much stuff due to having participated in the PledgeMusic Campaign and the such. With that said, LET’S GET STARTED!

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First up is the Miku Expo Illustration Tote. While I’m not the biggest fan of the illustration, the tote itself is rather cute. I wasn’t intending on purchasing this item but after I had two shirts and other goods in my hand and nowhere to put them…I ended up buying the tote for $15 and it actually held strong through the night. It’s pretty roomy so I will more than likely use it again for like an overnight stay or something. I also ended up decorating it with a teal bow I purchased at Claire’s a while back…it fits really well.(๑•́ ₃ •̀๑)

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This was an intentional purchase. I have a weird obsession with small pouches but since I wasn’t planning on spending $50 on a backpack with the same pattern, I’d go ahead with the tiny pouch and use it for smalls like makeup or something. The quality isn’t too bad to be honest and the print is growing on me the more I stare at it. I also like how the logo is sewn onto the pouch also…it adds a slight touch of class.

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HERE’S MY FAVORITE PURCHASE FROM THE CONCERT. Okay, my original goal wasn’t to buy a shirt since I already had the shirt from the PledgeMusic Campaign…but LOOK AT THAT ARTWORK. I love it and Anamanaguchi was phenomenal opening and closing the concert. The shirt sizes are unisex and I normally fall between a small and a medium depending on how I want the shirt to fit. I wanted it to fit snug so I bought a small and it fits perfectly and comfortably. The shirt quality is actually quite nice and as I said; the artwork is gorgeous to me. So worth the money spent.

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And now…may I introduce you the extremely teal Miku Expo VIP Package?! I actually enjoyed this year’s package whereas some people thought it was a bit cheap. The bag is definitely smaller but overall a better quality. Inside was the Miku Expo VIP Badge and Lanyard which are A LOT better than the VIP badges from 2014 and we actually got them before the concert which was nice. You also get a set of stickers which I don’t know if I’m even going to use because…I’m scared to ruin them. (。ŏ﹏ŏ) AND TO TOP EVERYTHING OFF…you get a Modify Watch x Miku Expo watch in what I am assuming is a VIP exclusive color. I know these were available during the PledgeMusic Campaign but I don’t recall the band color being available but please let me know in the comments below if I am wrong! I really love this watch though; it’s so comfortable and looks quite nice on my wrist. It’s not a tight fit at all.

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Moving on from Miku Expo; I wanted something to remember New York by since I didn’t get myself a souvenir back in2014. I really love the designs Starbucks uses for their You Are Here Collection so I went ahead and purchased their New York mug design and I love it. It wasn’t too expensive either at $11. I’m debating on whether to use it or store it as decoration…THE INTERNAL STRUGGLE IS REAL.

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And of course I bought more Miku products. The morning after Miku Expo, we explored NYC and ventured into a game store called J & L Game where they add so many video games and accessories. It was heaven. I ended up finding a Hatsune Miku Project Mirai 2 Accessory Set for only $40 which isn’t awful. It comes with decal stickers, 3DS cases, a carrying pouch for your 3DS and a carrying pouch for your petit Nendroid if you own one. It’s rather cute and I couldn’t resist buying it…one more thing to add to my Miku Collection.

Aaaaand that’s a wrap. I didn’t buy too much and that’s probably a good thing for my bank account. But I hope you enjoyed today’s post! Let me know if you went to Miku Expo and purchased anything! I’m interested to hear about your experiences and thoughts! Anyways, I hope you have a fantastic rest of your week and I’ll see you next time!

Thanks for Reading~! ❤
With Love,
Taylor Rae ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ

Current Faves +April 2016+

You guys.

This sudden burst of motivation…WHERE DID IT COME FROM? Oh yeah, I actually feel like being a productive adult today.

Anyways, today I thought it’s been a while since we’ve done a Current Faves post so ta-da~. ౧(*മ് ധമ്)੭ु⁾⁾

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I realized it’s been a couple of months since I did one of these and it wasn’t because of motivation. I just felt like I didn’t have anything really worth posting for this type of post, so I left it for a bit until I found some things that were different. AND I DID. Thank goodness. ( ಠωಠ)

MUSIC

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I’ve been a really weird music kick lately, and by that I mean…it’s not necessarily what I normally consider relaxing. But there’s one album that I’m constantly turning back to when I have a long playlist going. Say hello to “TOMOSUKE x Jazzin’park presents LANA.” This is album is a great story telling piece and there’s something about the vocals that keeps my nerves down and gets me in the mindset for work or being productive. My favorite songs on this album are actually remixes, but they’re on the album so it counts: 「キロクノカケラ (sasakure.UK Framework Remix)」and 「ヒトリノウタ (Hurt inside Remix)」. Honestly, I think the reason I fell in love with these remixes were because they were produced by well-known Vocaloid producers…“φʕ•ᴥ•oʔ

BOOK

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This was a rather spring of the moment purchase…but I had the 2nd Graphics book but not the first. So this was necessary. ԅ(≖‿≖ԅ) This is the Hatsune Miku Graphics 1 book and I bought it at a Books A Million up north and it was such a blessed purchase. I love a lot of the artists in these graphic books so it’s awesome to see some of their previous work and unreleased work within these graphics books. It was a bit expensive though at $35 but I love Miku and I feel no shame from this.

GAMES

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You know how there are those few games that bring out the worst in you? Sailor Moon Drops is definitely one of them and it brings out the absolute worst in me because at the end of my five freakin’ hearts, I want to throw my phone at every wall and window in the area. It’s a lot like Bejeweled except you have quests inside the puzzle. So not only are you trying to get a super awesome score, but you also have a certain amount of moves you can make and you gotta do other things on top of getting a high score. I am terrible at this game, but it’s so addictive and it’s Sailor Moon so you already know it’s staying on the phone. It takes me at least a day or two to get through a stage…ugh. #TaylorSucksAtSMD

FASHION

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This is another random purchase from this past weekend. I wasn’t planning on buying a new bag, but I love LeSportsac because of the materials they use for their bags and they typically have really lovely prints such as this one. Unfortunately I cannot find the name for this specific print, BUT IF YOU DO KNOW; leave a comment down below! I’d love to know this print name. But anyways, I got it for a pretty big steal over at Marshall’s and what was once a $46 bag was $17 and I just couldn’t resist buying it. The smile on my face was creepy but I mean…cats #AmIRight?

AHAHAHAHA, that’s the end for this post ladies and maybe gents? I hope you enjoyed this easy going post and if you have any suggestions for the topics listed, go ahead and let me know in the comment section! And while you’re at it; if you actually liked this post then click the like button as well because you’re awesome. I hope you all have a magnificent rest of your week and until next time. BAI BAI.

Thanks for Reading~! ❤
With Love,
Taylor Rae (°◡°♡).:。

Current Faves +January 2016+

Hello Ladies and Gents!

I’m sorry this post is rather late for a monthly favorite series. It’s been a bit busy here but I’m trying!! ( ˃̶͈ ̯ ̜ ˂̶͈ˊ ) ︠³

Anyways, this month I really focused on things that are calming and help me relax. So, it’s nothing too crazy but I really wanted to share these things with you in case anyone is looking for something to help them relax!

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In terms of fashion, music, and books; these items are really incredibly helpful for me with combating my anxiety a bit. Although different things help different people, I highly recommend all of the items in this post! ヾ(・∀・*)

MUSIC

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I have been so addicted to Akdong Musician lately. There’s something so calming and uplifting with their music that I have found myself listening to it at work in the car if I feel that I’m on the verge of a panic or anxiety attack. They’ve only released one album called “Play” but it’s so wonderful, I highly suggest it. My favorite tracks are “Artificial Grass” and “Melted.” They also released a powerful ballad as an online single called “Time and Fallen Leaves.” This song leaves me in tears every time, but it’s also relaxing. The feels guys, the feels. ꒰๑•̥﹏•̥๑꒱

BOOK

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I’ve had a lot of free time at work so I’ve been doing a lot of reading and found myself buying Marie Kondo’s newest book, “Spark Joy” to help with the clutter in my room which (hopefully) will help with my anxiety and kind of get me in the right mind set in terms of life and spending money among other things. The book is really simple in terms of instructions and doesn’t shame your clutter habits, but rather helps you determine which items spark joy in your life and which items aren’t. Plus, the illustrations are really cute.

GAMES

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I don’t know how or why, but I downloaded Love Live! School Idol Festival one night and I haven’t stopped playing since. The app is available on iOS systems and it’s really just…an otaku’s dream. I love the music and game play, it’s hard but the music makes me enjoy the challenge. It’s a tad difficult to rank up, but I love collecting the cards and MAKI IS ULTIMATE BAE YOU GUYS. This doesn’t really help with my anxiety, but it’s an overall fun game that I’d totally suggest for people with an iPad.

FASHION

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I’ve been buying new work clothes here and there to build up my wardrobe and one of my favorite pieces is this Merona Tunic from Target. It’s an olive green with elephants printed through the top. It’s so comfortable and light, and the color is relaxing to me. I looks cute casual with brown boots, or with black slacks and flats. It wasn’t too pricey either! I love pairing it with long necklaces too. ヾ(´▽`;)ゝ

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That’s all for today, folks! I hope you enjoyed the post. If you purchased any of these items or have any recommendations for music or books that help with anxiety or depression, please feel free to drop a comment down below! I’m not too sure what the next post will be on…maybe Valentine’s Day? Haha, but I’ll let you all know when I come up with it. Anyways, I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and week. HAPPY SUPER BOWL SUNDAY TOMORROW. (Let’s go Panthers~!)

Thanks for Reading~! ❤
With love,
Taylor Rae

Current Faves +December 2015+

What is up everyone!?

Oh wow, it’s the last week of 2015! Time has honestly flown by; it feels like 2014 just ended. This year has definitely been one to remember and I’ve definitely experienced some bittersweet moments, but I know that everything will work out in the end. ଘ꒰ ๑ ˃̶ ᴗ ᵒ̴̶̷๑꒱و ̑̑

Anyways, I thought a good idea for the last week of December would be a “Current Faves” post! Something a bit fun~! I hope you all enjoy it.

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If you don’t recall, in October’s Current Faves, I had mentioned my favorites books of the month. This month will instead include a beauty product since I haven’t read any books worth mention. (○´・д・)ノ

MUSIC

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Last month I decided to splurge a little bit on iTunes and ended up finally purchasing HachioujiP’s “Desktop Cinderella” album. I have no regrets. This album is full of fun, electric pop goodness. I listen to it while getting ready to gain some hype for the day and…it makes me feel like a princess. | ू´ᆺ`●) With so many great songs, it’s hard to choose a favorite, but the song I’ve listened to most is “Beautiful Nightmare” featuring Megurine Luka. I definitely recommend this album for Vocaloid enthusiasts!

BEAUTY

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I swear, I have no idea what Winter is anymore. Virginia’s weather has been all over the place with hot days then straight to cold; it makes no sense and it’s doing a number on my skin and lips. Although I’m struggling to find a facial product that is consistent for the weather changes, I have grown incredibly fond of my EOS Lip Balm. It’s slightly fragrant, but doesn’t have an excessive smell or taste. It’s very moisturizing and I typically only need to apply it 2 to 3 times a day. The only issue I have is reminding myself to put it on…

GAMES

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So, my dad got me “Splatoon” for Christmas. And I LOVE IT. I was so interested in playing it after seeing countless posts on Tumblr…and now I see why everyone loves it. The squid characters are actually adorable, I want all of the Callie + Marie fanart, and the game play is actually quite smooth despite my very slight frustration with the camera. I can’t wait to actually do online turf wars!

FASHION

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Oh look! Another Christmas presents. (*ˊૢᵕˋૢ*) My parents got me a really cute new tote for Christmas and it’s ModCloth’s Got One Friend in My Pocket Tote and oh my lord, it’s perfect. It’s a rather large tote, so it fits everything I carry or a normal basis PLUS an extra front pocket which I am incredibly thankful for. I can put my phone and keys in that pocket without worrying about losing them. Anyways, I absolutely adore how this tote goes with pretty much every outfit I put together. ♡( ૢ⁼̴̤̆ ꇴ ⁼̴̤̆ ૢ)~ෆ♡ It’s like a match made in heaven. (Thanks Mom & Dad)

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Alrighty, that’s a wrap! I hope you all enjoyed this post, it was a lot of fun to put together. I will be posting either tomorrow or New Year’s day like I normally do, so please be on the look out! Have a fun and safe New Years Holiday and don’t party too hard!!!! (*;´□`)ゞ

Thanks for Reading~! ❤
With Love,
Taylor Rae ˭̡̞(◞⁎˃ᆺ˂)◞*✰

「ぴこぷり」Animal Crossing Amiibo Festival Tote Review

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

Merry Christmas

 

Why yes, it is indeed Christmas and I actually have time to write a blog post. I suppose a little update on how things are going would be a relatively good way to start!

I’m not too sure if many of you know but I recently got a new job! I’m currently in the process of transitioning into it, but I’ve been really busy with my current job and Christmas shopping. But I am finally able to relax and get some good rest and work on pictures for future posts! In terms of Christmas, it was quite wonderful and quiet but a bit lonely since Anthony is visiting family this year. He’ll be home soon enough though!

Anyways, I recently ordered the latest issue of 「ぴこぷり」or Pico Puri and it came with the cutest Animal Crossing Amiibo Festival themed tote! So I’m going to review it~. ( ๑‾̀◡‾́)σ»

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What is Pico Puri? Pico Puri is a gaming magazine in Japan geared towards young female gamers. The magazine has comics featuring popular game characters, QR codes for Animal Crossing, and more. It’s honestly the cutest thing I’ve ever read however a tad bit expensive at $12.99. But this month it came with Animal Crossing Amiibo Festival Themed Tote….and I could not say no to anything with Lottie and Isabelle’s face. Let’s be honest. ʸ(➜◡ु⚈᷉)♡⃛

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Let’s start off with the packaging! Everything came wrapped in plastic and bubble wrap which I certainly appreciate because I try to keep my magazines in the best condition possible. The actual tote was also kept in a brown box with a plastic wrap with Animal Crossing characters scattered on it. The box was a tad difficult to open, but nothing a knife couldn’t fix!

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I’ve never been so aesthetically pleased by a little tote in my life. Let’s be real, the whole reason I purchased the magazine (aside from the QR codes) was for the adorable tote that features my three favorite characters; Lottie, Isabelle, and Reese! Plus, the tote itself is a light pink with polka dots. So freakin’ adorable, omg. (੭ु。╹▿╹。)੭ु⁾⁾ The material is a soft plastic that is waterproof and quite comfortable. In terms of size, it’s rather small, so I will probably use this as like a lunch bag or something~.

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There isn’t much going on with the inside. The tote isn’t lined with anything in particular, but it’s still waterproof which is the main thing for me. It doesn’t open to much further at the bottom, but like I said; it’s a small tote for small uses, so that isn’t much of a concern. ╮( ꒪౪꒪)╭

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Overall, I absolutely adore the tote for aesthetic reasons, however it’s going to see close to no use due to it’s small size. _:(´□`」 ∠):_ But hey! It’s cute, right? With that said, I hope you all enjoyed today’s post! I also hope you all have a wonderful and safe Christmas and Holiday season. I have a few posts to put up hopefully before New Year’s Eve if all goes well! Anyways, you guys are so incredible and I love you all loads!!!

Thanks for Reading~! ❤
With Love, 
Taylor Rae ヾ(๑ㆁᗜㆁ๑)ノ”

The Geeky: 2015 Holiday Gift Guide

Well Hello Everyone!

Oh no guys, it’s almost Christmas and if you’re like me…you like to do that little thing you learned in school at an early age.

PROCRASTINATION.

Oh yes, the concept is a lovely one. But have no fear, I’ve devised a lovely list of perfect gifts for the lovely ladies in your life.

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Ah, yes. Who’s ready for some incredibly cute, geeky, and classy gifts!? Tay Tay sure is. ೕ(⁍̴̀◊⁍̴́ฅ) This year we are going to go through each of the STR categories; Fashion, Geeky, Beauty, & Food. ARE YOU READY!? Let’s do this.

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You guys already know how big of a Star Wars nerd I am and this year, ModCloth has the cutest Change Purse with Greatest Pun of a Name: Be the Change Purse you Wish to C-3PO. For $19.99, you can get that awesome Star Wars nerd in your life some flippin’ style just in time for the new Star Wars movie release! I am personally loving it like crazy.

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Oh my, yes yes yes to this. This is a bit more expensive than 99% of the items I’ve posted on the blog before, but believe me…it’s worth it. I’m talking about that beautiful New Nintendo 3DS XL from GameStop. At the tender price of $199.99, you can experience faster processing while playing phenomenal games such as Super Smash Bros. and Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer. I recently got one as an early anniversary/Christmas gift from Anthony and I LOVE IT. I highly recommend this for the gamer who ignores you. (I mean, why not right?)

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You guys know I couldn’t do a gift guide without something Sailor Moon, right? ∠( ᐛ 」∠)_ And guess who just found a seller for the BEAUTIFUL and limited edition Creer Beaute Sailor Moon Make Up Powder? You guess it; YesStyle.Com! I’m not one to wear make up but if I could open up that gorgeous broach every day, I’d consider it greatly…or just keep it to look at and stare. This lovely powder will be a bit pricey at $66.90, but I’m sure the Sailor Moon loving fangirl in your life will adore you and it FOREVER. Just saying.

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Finally, we’ve reached my favorite subject; Food. Although you’ll probably be eating loads of food on Christmas Day; why not give the wonderful gift of reading and teaching via a cookbook? I’d highly recommend Shirley Wong’s “Kawaii Bento” cookbook which you can purchase on Amazon. For $23.01, your friend can make the most ridiculously adorable food that you’d regret eating because it’s that freakin’ cute. Pair it with a cute lunch box or bento box, and I’d think you got a marvelous gift idea on your hands.

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Well, I think this year’s holiday gift guide was an incredible success! I hope this helps you in some way, shape, or form. (Quite frankly, I’m tempted to spoil myself on a couple of these items…whoops.) If you have any gift ideas or have purchased these bad boys before, drop a comment down below! I love to hear from you all. ღゝ◡╹)ノ♡ I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday and a very safe Holiday weekend! Next week, I think I’m going to do a more personal post. There’s a lot going on here and I really just want to share it with you all. Anyways, take care guys!

Thanks for Reading~! ❤
With Love,
Taylor Rae ( ื▿ ืʃƪ)

 

Current Faves +October 2015+

Hey Everybody!

I’m sorry it’s (yet again) been a while since my last post. To say this month has been stressful is an understatement. I am trying to find better ways to cope with it, but all will work out in some way, shape, or form. Anyways, I thought I’d do a fun post where I’ll share some things that I am thoroughly enjoying. I’m not 100% sure if this will be a monthly series, but for now I’ll keep the title as “Current Faves!” (๑•͈ᴗ•͈)

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I honestly had trouble picking specific items and themes…so I decided to include them all! A bit of music, books, games, and fashion~. (⑅˘͈ ᵕ ˘͈ ) If there is anything you’d like to know specifically that isn’t mentioned in this month’s post, please let me know in the comments below!

MUSIC

MUSIC

I’ve always enjoyed jazz music but lately I’ve found myself listening to different jazz circles more and more. I’ve been especially fond of Baguettes Ensemble and Comiket 81! ♪(๑ᴖ◡ᴖ๑)♪

Baguettes Ensemble covers a lot of Vocaloid and Touhou songs which is actually how I discovered their music in the first place. Their songs may be covers, but they always add their own touch of incredible instrumental or vocal talents that really keeps me on my toes and gets me excited! One of my favorite songs at the moment is “Double Lariat” and I can’t help but spin around to it.

Comiket 81 focuses a bit more on Touhou background music and instrumentals. Their covers range from traditional jazz to cafe and lounge music. I prefer to listen to the Cafe de Touhou albums when I’m playing video games or at a local Starbucks while I catch up on some reading.

BOOKS

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For the longest time, I’ve been wanting to order the “Cardcaptor Sakura” Nakayoshi 60th Anniversary edition books and I finally got the chance as of recently…and I have no regrets. (≖ᴗ≖๑) First off, let me just say how stunning and gorgeous the artwork and details are on the cover. It was so pretty, I had trouble removing the plastic. ( ・ั﹏・ั)  Overall, the quality of the book entirely is just amazing. The pages are a lovely glossy paper that will not rip easily and I freakin’ adore CLAMP’s artwork throughout the entire series. This was an such an awesome purchase and I can’t stop fangirling!

I have had questions about how I read Japanese manga. I will admit, I have the entire CCS series in English and read it already. But for other series, I have a pretty good grip when it comes to reading Japanese, however there are certain kanji or phrases that I do get confused with. At that point, I just type it into my translation app and 95% it helps!

GAMES

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You guys…I have an addiction. AN ANIMAL CROSSING ADDICTION. ( ⁺⌓ॢ⁺;)՞ Actually, when I first heard news about Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, I thought it was the dumbest idea ever. All you do is design houses…and schools…and a hospital. However, when the Japanese version was released and let’s plays began appearing on YouTube, I took a gander and fell in love. Within moments, I was at my local GameStop pre-ordering the NFC-reader bundle. It was magical. Now that I have the game; I CAN’T STOP PLAYING. I must design EVERY HOUSE AS PASTEL AS POSSIBLE. (๑•̀ㅂ•́)و I’ll do a blog post soon on my favorite designs thus far!

FASHION

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This shirt is an original design by the always so lovely artist; kinok0girl! The sale is already over but the shirt design was called “Bear With Me”! The shirt is a dark navy blue with an illustrated pocket featuring a cute little Mochi Bear poking out. (♥ó㉨ò)ノ♡ Prior to this purchase, I had never ordered anything from TeeSpring before, but their t-shirt quality is actually very nice and comfortable. It doesn’t shrink and it washes and dries really well. I enjoy wearing this shirt so freakin’ much especially with my green military jacket! I can’t wait for kinok0girl to create more designs~.

THAT’S IT. ლ(́◉◞౪◟◉‵ლ) I hope you guys enjoyed this post and as I said before; if there is anything specifically you’d like to know about any of the products listed or if you’re wondering what’s my favorite of a different category (keep it family friendly please), go ahead and comment down below! You guys are awesome, I hope you all have a wonderful and safe weekend. Oh…HAPPY HALLOWEEN ꐑ(*ꐌ◡ꐌꐐ*)࿐࿔࿓

Thanks for Reading~! ❤
With Love,
Taylor Rae (੭ु。╹▿╹。)੭ु⁾⁾

WE DID IT! ~100+ Followers + Giveaway~

HOLY HELIX GUYS.

Three precious years ago I created Simply Taylor Rae with one goal in mind: to have fun and inspire others! We’ve grown incredibly since 2012 and I am happy to announce that we have reached a major milestone…

WE HAVE REACHED 100+ FOLLOWERS ON THE WEBSITE!

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Oh my gosh! This is so wonderful you guys! I am so happy, proud, thankful, and astounded with you readers and followers. I want to continue to make a website that you all can readily enjoy and I want continue to grow as a blogger and gamer with all of you by my side.

To celebrate reaching such an encouraging milestone, I have decided to host my very first Giveaway, here on Simply Taylor Rae!

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Do you guys remember when Anthony and I went to New York for the Hatsune Miku Expo as VIPs? We ended up saving a VIP package for a special occasion and I think it is the right time to give it an amazing home! This VIP Packages includes:

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1x VIP Badge featuring the Virtual Diva herself!

1x VIP Only “Sharing the World” by BIGHEAD Vinyl LP

1x VIP Only Vocaloid Fan

1x VIP Only Miku Expo Reusable Shopping Bag

1x Miku Expo x Good Smile Company Reusable Shopping Bag

Giveaway Rules

AS FOR THE RULES, THEY’RE SIMPLE:

1.) To Enter: Leave a comment down below with your favorite Vocaloid song and why! I want to know what brought you all to enter the world of Vocaloid or what makes you love it!

2.) You can only enter ONCE.

3.) You must use a valid e-mail address; this is because if you are chosen I will be notifying you by e-mail! Please make sure to check your e-mail the day of the drawing.

4.) You must be willing to give me your address. This one is self-explanatory.

5.) Open to U.S. Residents Only. Once we build up more followers, international giveaways will be soon to follow.

6.) The last day for entries will be JUNE 1ST! The Drawing will happen DURING OUR TWITCH LAUNCH ON JUNE 5TH at 6PM.

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Thank you guys so much for all of the awesome support and love! I do have a couple of announcements! We will be attending the Pokemon: Symphonic Evolutions concert in Vienna, VA in July! We also will be holding a MIKU-CHAN SPECIAL TWITCH LIVE on September 8th or 11th depending on my work schedule. This is because “Hatsune Miku Project Mirai DX” was originally suppose to release next week and be a main part of our Twitch launch however, it’s release was delayed 4 months. (Thanks SEGA.) So I still wanna make a big deal out of it, but it’ll just happen 4 months from now!

Anyways, I am so excited to see what Vocaloid songs you guys choose and I hope you find this giveaway ridiculously fun. As always, I hope you all enjoy your week and AHHHH:

REMEMBER: Miku is Love. Miku is Life.

Thanks for Reading~! ❤
With Love,
Taylor Rae