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 +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

HERPDERP

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!

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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)

 

AC:HDD – Tay Tay’s Favorite Designs –

Hay Guys!

I can’t believe I haven’t really done an Animal Crossing post before on the blog, but HAY…Why not today? Lately, as I said in the previous post, I have been playing Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer so much and I thought I would share some of my favorite designs thus far! I don’t quite use the Happy Home Network yet, but when I do I’ll post the codes for them!

Favorite Designs

Please feel free to use these designs as inspiration for your own Animal Crossing characters and such!

Coffee ShopCOFFEE SHOP & CAFE – SHOP DESIGN 

This design was inspired by my love for cafes and lattes. A Very bright and organic appearance with coffee beans and supplies for the caffeine enthusiast along with a small cafe for taste testings and coffee-loving customers! Very adorable and comforting to me.

AnnaliseANNALISE’S HOME – STAINED GLASS TEA HOUSE

Annalise asked for a home with lots of Stained Glass and tea…MY KIND OF STYLE. I love the antique and colors of stained glass and thankfully you can customize the large stained glass panels so it can be a mix of patterns. I also love the use of dark colors to contrast the bright glass panels. It’s so luxurious and screams “Grandma fashioned” at the same time and I love it. Plus…tea. (灬♥ω♥灬)

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AURORA’S HOME – FLOWER SHOP

OH GOD I LOVE AURORA. She wanted a Flower Shop so I immediately went to town! Lots of bright colors, brick, and wood. I absolutely love the look of the white crate display tables, they look so beautiful in 95% of anything. I featured a lot of bright flowers, flower seeds, fertilizer, and even a watering can because reasons. Put some soothing music to give the shop a quaint feel and bOOM. Aurora loved it and I am so pleased with it as well.

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CLAUDIA’S HOME – HIGH CLASS CAFE

Claudia asked for a fancy, high class cafe…she won me over when I saw “cafe.” I didn’t want to go for too high class because I want something that’s a bit more welcoming. So while using the Gorgeous Counter, I added some Zen Wooden Tables and stools to add a more homey feel. I absolutely love the look of her home! I’d visit any day. (人*´∀`)

GayleGAYLE’S HOME – QUEEN OF HEARTS

I was a bit worried with Gayle’s home. She asked to be surrounded by hearts and of course I immediately thought of using the Lovely Furniture series…but I was worried because THERE ARE SO MANY FREAKIN’ HEARTS. It ended up coming out really cute though. I fell in love with the Illuminated Heart in the very back and used it for the landscape outside as well. I think her house is indeed perfect for her and her heart-shaped bookmark. (◍•ᴗ•◍)

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LYMAN’S HOME – VEGGIE PALACE

I was a bit skeptical with this design at first. I thought it’s too pale, but after I continued to look at it…I found it so perfect for Lyman! Loads of Veggies and a Kitchen, I loved the use of greens and light browns. Even Lyman was thrilled with the home! P.S. Retro Fridge is WINNING.

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OLIVIA’S HOME – PIANO LESSONS

Finally, we have Olivia’s beautiful school of piano! She asked for a home where she could teach piano lessons and I was a bit worried that the home layout I set for her wasn’t going to work BUT with the awesome use of the Ivy Screens, I was able to set up a waiting area and teaching area. I used Classic Furniture for the waiting area since it had that dark wood finish that looks so bae with the light wood floors. For the teaching area, I used Regal Furniture to match the White and Gold Piano. Olivia ended up loving the home as much as I did! Yay~.

That is it! I’m working on more designs and I’ll be doing some redesigns soon. Tomorrow I will be streaming some Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer on my Twitch Channel! I should be starting streaming around 9AM EST! I hope I can see some of you there. If you’d like more Animal Crossing posts on the blog, drop a like or a comment down below. With that said, I hope you all have a wonderful rest of your week!

Thanks For Reading~! ❤
With Love,
Taylor Rae ❣‧✩͓̊(ᵕ̴̤‧̮ ॣᵕ̴̤∗)ɞ₎₎☽˟

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

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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⁾⁾

Pokemon: Symphonic Evolutions — A Review

What’s Happening Everyone!?
I hope everyone is doing well! It’s been an awesome week and I am starting to get back into the swing of blogging; and it feels good. Anyways, Anthony and I recently had the chance to see Pokemon: Symphonic Evolutions in Vienna, VA…so we thought, why not do a review on our experience?

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Before I begin this review, I believe it is needless to say that I am an ADAMANT Pokemon fan. I have been heavily influenced by my mother who had bought my brother and I Pokemon Red and Blue during it’s original release and I haven’t stopped since! So you can imagine the amount of excitement I was feeling as Anthony and I made our way to Vienna for the event.

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The concert was held at the Wolf Trap’s Filene Center and the two of us had purchased Prime Orchestra tickets. To be honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect as Anthony and I had never been to Wolf Trap before and i found the pictures of the venue on the website to be a bit confusing. Upon our arrival, and to our relief, we found a beautiful venue… under ferocious blistering heat.Though I can’t really blame the heat on the venue, besides, Anthony and I drank our weight in water during the wait so we stayed safe and hydrated! In spite of the heat the wait was still an incredible experience. The crowd was packed with so many Pokemon fans — both young and old — mingling with one another, battling each other, and some were even shiny hunting (like me)! It was an awesome sight to see.

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We waited for the performance a couple of hours and, in the mean time, purchased some rather expensive concert goods; a t-shirt for $30 and two posters for $30. We were finally able to go to our seats and enjoy some good ole’ “Who’s That Pokemon?” trivia! Within minutes the orchestra was finally seated and prepared to begin. The minute Susie Seiter took the stage my heart began to pound and I was immediately at the brink of tears.

The Orchestra began with arguably one of the most iconic pieces of Pokemon music from the last 20 years since it’s debut; “Pallet Town.” With amazing visual effects from the games themselves I found myself watching in awe and totally captivated by nostalgia. Each song becoming more powerful and emotional than the next. I found that my favorites pieces from the performance were “Ecruteak City” and “N-Counter.”

After two hours and a 20 minute intermission we were wound down with an amazing encore performance of two songs that hit me right in the feels. The oh-so-famous Anime theme “Gotta Catch ‘Em All” and the ending theme to Pokemon XY. They also performed , “KISEKI” as a loving tribute to the late Satoru Iwata who passed recently. My heart was heavy and my eyes wanted to tear up as the concert came to an end in a most heart felt and emotional way. But thankfully the fun didn’t end when the music did.

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After the concert both the conductor, Susie Seiter, as well as creative director for the concert, Jeron Moore, were out seated signing posters. Anthony and I both managed to get our posters signed in a timely fashion. We were glad too because though there were A LOT of people in line and it was already close to 11PM. Susie was super sweet and so beautiful and Jeron asked me if I had “Kept Calm” during the concert (I was wearing a shirt saying “Keep Calm & Catch ‘Em All”) and I happily said “Not at All” with a huge smile.

So, I must say….my overall impression of the Pokemon: Symphonic Evolutions was….AMAZING.

If you have an opportunity to see it you should. Don’t hold back especially if you’re a heavy duty die hard Pokemon fan. The music will leave you breathless, and the visual effects keep your eyes if not in set in awe as they stroll down memory lane. Anthony and I both thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and we’re so happy to have taken the time to go out and see it. One piece of advice for you poke fans out there; make sure to bring some money. This merchandise is expensive…BUT…it’s also very cute. The ” like you really really can’t help yourself from emptying your wallet because it’s so cute” kind of cute.
For more information about the Pokemon: Symphonic Evolutions tour and to see if it’s coming to a town near you, please visit the website HERE.

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Anyways, that’s it for today’s post and review! I hope you all enjoyed reading about it as much as I enjoyed writing about it. The next post will be a follow up to the last SimplyMe post so please look out for that coming soon! I hope you all have a wonderful week and weekend, please be safe and as always….

REMEMBER: “Gotta Catch ‘Em All”…especially if you want that shiny charm.

Thanks for Reading~! ❤
With Love,
Taylor Rae

STRcrew Official Twitch Launch!

Hello Everyone!

I am so ridiculously excited to announce the date of our Official Twitch Launch Date…

JUNE 5TH!

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That’s right! We will be having a 12 hour launch special to celebrate and we will be announcing the winner of the Hatsune Miku Expo VIP Package Giveaway at 6PM!

I know what’s really going through all of your minds though…WHAT GAMES ARE WE GOING TO PLAY?

Welp, I am currently planning to play:

Osu!
Pokemon X/Y & ORAS
Final Fantasy Theatrhythm: Curtain Call
Super Smash Bros. 3DS
Mario Party Island Tour

I hope you all are able to make it! I would also like to ask you all to help spread the word by putting this flyer on your social media accounts or just telling your friends and family! I believe in you guys so freakin’ hard. Also, don’t forget to enter the Hatsune Miku Expo VIP Package Giveaway while you’re at it! I’m hoping for enough participants so we can do an awesome giveaway in the near future!

See you all on June 5th!
Thanks for Reading~! ❤
With Love,
Taylor Rae

REMEMBER: Be There…or Be Square.

OH EM GEE Surprise Announcement!

What is up!?

Guess what ladies and gents? Today is my birthday! Yep, I turn 22 today and there’s your surprise announcement…

JUST KIDDING.

Though it may be my birthday there’s an actual surprise that I’ve been waiting to announce…

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The STR Crew and I are extremely proud to announce the Official Simply Taylor Rae Twitch Channel: STRCrew!!!

Why is it called “STRCrew” rather than “Simply Taylor Rae”? Well that’s because I want Kyler and Anthony to make awesome use of our Twitch channel too! We are all super excited to expand Simply Taylor Rae into the gaming world and what better way than to stream on Twitch?

With Twitch we will be able to stream 3DS games and possibly others when they become available to us. So far we will be sure to stream Shiny Hunts on Pokemon ORAS and XY, battles on Super Smash Bros, Mario Party, and others! We may even do some crazy online games like Hammerhead High or something ridiculous like that.

We don’t have a specific date for our premier stream as we are currently in the process of tailoring our computer for streaming. I do hope that we will have the premier sometime at the end of April or the beginning of May. In the mean time we ask that you please help us build up all of the hype for our channel and help us reach at least 500 followers! Our goal is to become partnered with Twitch! Let’s make it happen!!!

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With all of that said, THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH for your amazing support of Simply Taylor Rae in the past 2+ years. We hope to continue bringing awesomeness to the internet and to Twitch when the time comes! You guys are freakin’ awesome and we are so thankful for every reader! I hope you all have an amazing weekend and as always…

REMEMBER: It’s still my birthday….HAR HAR.

Thanks for Reading! ❤
With Love,
Taylor Rae

Hatsune Miku Project Mirai: DX News & Thoughts

What is Happening, My Homies?

I have to give it to 2014 for being such an incredible year for gaming! So many fantastic releases and announcements are here and expected. 2015 looks most promising!

One announcement from late last year, the Hatsune Miku Project Mirai DX, has finally shown development at both the Tokyo Game Show and with the most recent Nintendo Direct for Japan. So for today, I thought it’d be cool to discuss the international release of Project Mirai DX.

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In mid 2013 and early 2014, we saw the international release of the first installment of the Project Diva F series for the PlayStation3 and Vita systems respectively. We Nintendo loving Miku fans were happy and surprised to hear news of a 3DS counterpart. Project Mirai was reported to be making its way to the U.S. and other parts of the world under the name, which has changed, Project Mirai: Remixed. As you can imagine, I was super excited.

However, aside from the initial announcement, there hasn’t been any additional news regarding the international release for some  months. Because of the time lapse, I feared the idea may had been scrapped. Then came the glorious Tokyo Game Show where we saw the name had changed to Project Mirai Deluxe, or DX for short, along with some sweet gameplay footage.

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After TGS the news once again slowed down. Not until the first Nintendo Direct release of 2015, that aired January 14th, did we hear anything new. From the stream we were given some details, and a glimpse of what the gameplay will be. All delivered brilliantly in a trailer that doubled as an awesome music video.

Here is What We Know:
Release Date: May 26th (U.S.) May 28th (JPN) May 29th (EU)
Theme Song: 「はじめまして地球人さん』by ピノキオピー (“Nice to Meet You, Earthling” by PinocchioP)
All songs are from Project Mirai 2 and will have full 3DPVs and costume modules to accompany them.
Snow Miku 2014 and 2015 as well as Halloween Miku have been added to the costume module list.
Four New Gameplay Items and Options including Sudden Death and Recovery.
New Playback Features have been added as well.

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So what are my thoughts on this international release? I AM SO FLIPPIN’ EXCITED I HAVE ALREADY PRE-ORDERED THE GAME!!! I was hoping that the Project Mirai series would come over to the West after the Project Diva F series did. And as much as I like the Project Diva F series, I prefer rhythm games on the 3DS. PS3 and Vita just don’t feel as natural to me as the 3DS. Also, I really wished that Sega would’ve used songs from both Project Mirai 1 and 2 for the Deluxe edition. I know both games weren’t released internationally, but Project Mirai 2 does have some awesome songs. So I know this title will make for a  great, worth while purchase.

I also hope that the DLC for Project Mirai DX is not as expensive as it was for Project Diva F 2nd, though I have a feeling that it may be. There tends to be a lot of modules and accessories in Hatsune Miku games. As for the 3DPVs, I am really super excited. Don’t get me wrong I like the original artwork PVs, but I much prefer 3DPVs. I think they add a moving aspect making the game appear like it will be a bit more challenging. I am also excited to see all of the costume modules that will be included for the 3DPVs. Speaking of costume modules, I hope that the Americana module will be included. Just like they did in Project Diva F 2nd! (Please Sega, Please.)

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Overall, I am super excited for this awesome release. And the closer we get to the release date I will have a super awesome surprise for you all! The surprise will include this game, Pokemon ORAS and Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask so stay tuned! With that being said, I hope you all have a fantastic weekend and a safe one as well. Be careful everyone! There is supposed to be even more snow in Virginia. Take care everyone and you already know…

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Thanks for Reading~! ❤
With Love,
Taylor Rae