5 years of simply taylor rae

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H O L Y CRAP GUYS.

5 MOTHER FREAKIN’ YEARS.

I CAN’T PROCESS THE EMOTIONS I AM FEELING WITH THIS.

Who honestly would’ve thought this would be happening?! This is just too much for me…and I have so much to say and hopefully I am able to convey my feelings properly through just a post. First off, here’s the top 5 accomplishments over the last 5 years!

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There are days where I feel like in the last 5 years, I haven’t accomplished as much as maybe other bloggers or writers may have but looking back on it now…I feel as though I should be proud of even the little accomplishments.

ACCOMPLISHMENT #1: 32,000+ Total Views & 23,900+ Total Visitors

I remember at some point within my first 3 years of blogging, I was obsessed with views and subscribers to the point where I became frustrated and unmotivated to continue. I then made a decision to NEVER look at my view count and today, for the first time in what feels like years…I looked and I am so so thankful for each view and each visitor. I never would’ve imagined 32k views and 23.9k visitors. You guys are so amazing, each and every one of you.

ACCOMPLISHMENT #2: 175 Posts (not including this one…)

Today, I was looking through my first couples years of blogging and realizing how uninspired and generic a lot of my posts were. I had tried to fit into what maintain bloggers in the area did so I could get “famous” and popular. Needless to say, that’s changed over the last two years. I’ve found myself posting things that interest me or personal projects and it’s become easier to write.

ACCOMPLISHMENT #3: 123 Subscribers!!

To every single subscriber; thank you. Thank you for continuous support of Simply Taylor Rae whether you’ve been a subscriber for a few years or relatively recently…thank you so so much. You guys are honestly wonderful and there are no words to describe how I feel about your support over the years. Thank you.

ACCOMPLISHMENT #4: Sponsored 4 Times!

I admittedly began blogging for the fame and sponsorships, but I was quick to realize that expecting those things from the get-go was unrealistic and awful of me. This was supposed to be a place for me to share tips and personal things and just have fun. Needless to say, I have had a change in perspective since then…but to those who were kind enough to sponsor me; YesStyle, Fanatics, Kabbage, and Museum Hack, thank you for supporting me and my website. You guys are truly awesome.

ACCOMPLISHMENT #5: Five Years Later

Never in my life did I imagine blogging for five years. I have wanted to stop many times. I wanted to give up. But between my family, my fiancé, and my friends along with those who subscribed and visit…you guys kept me going. You’ve encouraged me to keep writing, keep taking pictures, start a YouTube channel, and keep progressing to bigger and better things through Simply Taylor Rae. Speaking of progressing to bigger things…

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SAY HELLO TO DJ TAYLOR RAE

That’s right!! I have been practicing to become a DJ and I am set to make my debut in 2018! If you have been following my social media accounts; you would probably have known this for about a week or two. I can’t wait to enter this exciting chapter of my life and while I’m no where near a pro yet, I hope one day to make it to the big leagues.

Here are some specific things to address with the DJ announcement;

  • No specific debut date in 2018 yet.
  • I plan on focusing more on Vocaloid EDM, however other genres are not completely out of the question.
  • There will be live streamed mix sets; those will be announced via social media.
  • Mix sets and mixtapes will more than likely be uploaded to SoundCloud and/or YouTube.
  • There will be a page dedicated to DJ Taylor Rae added to the website shortly.

I can’t wait to share my progress and experiences with you all.

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To be quite honest…I am still unsure of what the future holds for myself as well as the longevity of Simply Taylor Rae. While I hope it can go on forever, I also want to be realistic. At this point, I can’t guarantee a post every week or even every two weeks at this point let alone videos…but I want to try and continue to provide quality content that both I and you, as readers enjoy. I want to try hard to be the very best blogger and DJ I can be as well as a person in general.

Needless to say, thank you guys. You’ve made this 5 year journey worth while. Here’s to another 5 and more. I love you all so much.

Thanks for Reading~! ❤
With Love,
Taylor Rae

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「ラブライブ!The School Idol Movie -Premium Edition-」Unboxing + Video

Long time, no see!

I can’t believe there’s only 16 days left until our anniversary trip to California. There’s so much I want to do and see and show you guys! I’m still unsure whether to vlog the trip or just take photos and share on the blog…maybe both? I have to find the vlog camera though. σ(´し_`〃)ゞ

Anyways, this weekend was a bit fun! We stopped by Annandale for a card show and a local anime shop for kicks and giggles. Let me tell ya’ll…so much worth omg. I ended up finding this jewel to expand my small and tiny Love Live! collection for only $48. BLESS.

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YAAAAAAAS! Ya girl got her hands on the Premium Edition of the “Love Live! The School Idol Movie” Premium Edition Box Set! I had an immediate moment of feels when I saw this in the store. As much as I love Aquors, μ’s will forever live in my heart as the ultimate Love Live! Ahhhhh. Plus, I haven’t even seen the full movie yet so this will definitely be a big help. ꒰⌗´͈ ᵕ ॣ`͈⌗꒱৩

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So the box is simply adorable but rather large…I’m hoping it’ll fit into my shelves no problem but I’m hesitant to try. The artwork is gorgeous on both sides and the checkerboard pattern with the scribbles is simply too cute to resist.

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Inside of the box lies a DVD that is…not as catchy as the actual box is unfortunately. I guess I expected something a bit more fun and detailed, but meh. I love the “Angelic Angel” costumes however, seeing as how it’s one of my favorite songs. And my apologies, that’s a freakin’ blu-ray disc. AHAHAHAHAHA. Thank goodness for my PS4. ╮( ꒪౪꒪)╭

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Finally is the Music Notebook. This is really quite precious and I do love that every character has their own page and the outfit designs. It’s not as thick as it appears though? It’s quite lacking but you’ll also find all of the details for the freakin’ DVD in the freakin’ book which is a bit upsetting, for lack of a better word.

Overall, I’m really happy I found this and got for a relatively cheap price. Looking at the original price…I probably wouldn’t have bought it at all seeing as how it’s only a DVD and a book. But it is adorable and a great addition to my collection none the less!

And that’s about it for this post. I’m sorry the photos came out a bit meh; the lighting today wasn’t that great in my room but I wanted to film and post today so I hope it’s okay? If you have any questions about the Premium Edition or if you already have it and have seen the movie, comment down below! I try to reply as quickly as possible. I hope you all enjoy the rest of your week and until next time. ❤

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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【初音ミク Project DIVA X -Complete Collection-】Unboxing + Video

Well hello!

It’s been a wee bit of a while, huh?

Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of brainstorming and planning for the website and YouTube channel’s re-vamp. I’ve got a lot of changes to make but I know they will be for the better to enhance your experience here at Simply Taylor Rae. WITH THAT SAID…

A week ago, I ordered something from CDJapan and it finally arrived yesterday so I filmed and took pictures while unboxing it and OH MY GOD. It’s Miku Bae again. Sorry guys…

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Yep, that’s right. I ordered「初音ミク Project DIVA X -Complete Collection-」 and I got the limited edition along with little to no regrets. It wasn’t too pricey either, so YAY. But like I said; I also did a video to go along with this post so that will be down below after all the pictures and what not!

LET’S GET STARTED~.

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The Collection is kept in a rather nice and high quality box compared to Project Mirai Deluxe box I got a while back. It’s not flimsy and the artwork (by KEI) is GORGEOUS. It’s easy to open and the artwork goes all the way around.

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As soon as you open the box, you’re greeting by the best freakin’ phone stand you’ve ever seen in your life. You also have the logo floating all over the inside of the box.

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The phone stand is made of acrylic and very easy to assemble. It does it’s job well by holding your phone and it looks like Miku is waving to you to put your phone on her. I don’t know how I feel about that last statement, I’m so sorry. (シ_ _)シ But I actually really liked this little addition more than I thought I would. It’s so cute; I don’t know whether to bring it to work to be used or leave it at home with my other Miku stuff.

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Underneath the phone stand lies a cute booklet filled with lyrics and incredibly adorable artwork for each song featured in Project DIVA X. I am definitely loving the illustration for “Love Trial.” (*’∀’人)♥

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And finally we’ve reached the TREASURE of the box; the CDs & Blu-Ray. The front of the CD case is decorated with the same image featured on every piece of merchandise for this freakin’ game apparently…not that I mind, I find it quite adorable but it’s a tad redundant I suppose. The back of the case lists the songs featured on each CD as well as the PVs for the Blu-Ray. The case is quite thick since it holds 3 CDs which I am actually a bit surprised seeing as how the Project Mirai Deluxe box had a bunch of smaller cases…I guess it makes more sense like this.

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The CD art also features the same exact artwork. Nothing new except that the CDs are one color whereas the Blu-Ray is the actual full-colored illustration. I have nothing to really say about these except THE MUSIC IS AMAZING AND I LOVE IT AND I AM FANGIRLING EXTREMELY HARD.

This video covers much of the same stuff; just with better commentary and you get to watch me fail putting together the phone stand. (੭ु ‾᷄ᗣ‾᷅ )੭ु⁾⁾

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THIS WAS SUCH A LONG POST OMG. It was so worth it though. I love this box set so much and I’m glad I got to share the unboxing with you guys! If you purchased or planned on purchasing this item; leave a comment down below! I’d love to hear what you think of it!

I have a weekend trip coming up in two weeks, so I’ll be sure to either vlog or take pictures for you guys! I also plan to do an unboxing of another item soon, so stay tuned!

Thank you for reading~! ❤
With Love,
Taylor Rae (ง ´͈౪`͈)ว

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 (°◡°♡).:。