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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Room Tour (๑́•∀•๑̀)ฅ

Hello Hello~!

I came to a realization after being on YouTube for hours one day…I’ve never done a room tour for you guys. I suppose a big part of it was that I didn’t feel my room was that great to share with people, but I’ve been reorganizing and putting in new furniture lately so I feel that I’m comfortable sharing my space with you guys. Finally. (๑•́ω•̀๑)

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Just for grins and giggles; 95% of my room furniture is from IKEA. Other stuff varies from Target to Small Shops here and there. I don’t quite have a specific theme for my room, but I hope you all like it still!

Room Tour Bed

Let’s start with where the magic happens. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) And by magic I mean ridiculous amounts of sleep and staying away from the sun. Also…don’t let the large amount of pillows fool you; I only use two. In terms of specifics, I know I got the bed spread from Target. I’ve been on a really big white phase when it comes to decorating. I feel that white helps brighten an otherwise quite dark room like mine and it helps produce better pictures because it’s bright.

Room Tour TV stand

My TV stand is actually a bit awkward. I got with the mind set that it will be useful when I move out at the end of the year. Don’t get me wrong; it definitely will but I didn’t take the size of my SMOL TV into consideration so it looks a bit too big and awkward…so I only took pictures of the spots I liked. | ू*꒦ິ꒳꒦ີ)。oO

Room Tour Shelves

My favorite part of my room; my shelves. ❤ They hold my manga collection, my Vocaloid collection, Sailor Moon collection, and my slowly growing Card Captor Sakura collection. They are so bright and colorful and I adore them. Both of the shelves are from IKEA and were quite cheap! They hold so freakin’ much and you can adjust the height of each shelf and it’s magnificent. Absolutely adore them and I plan on getting a few more.

Sadly, the other pictures I took came out a tad weird because the settings on my camera are literally EVERYWHERE and I was heavily disappointed with how they came out. However, I did want to share some pictures I took while we were downtown last weekend! Hopefully that makes up for the rather short post. _:(´□`」 ∠):_ Anyways, I hope you all have an amazing weekend! I’ll see you next time. ❤ ❤ ❤

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Thanks for Reading~! ❤
With Love,
Taylor Rae ( ◞・౪・)

We Review: Omakase FINAL BOX Vocaloid Edition

Well hello hello!

How are you all doing today? I hope you’re well and rested and healthy!!!!! I am really feeling the exhaustion today, but I did do something that I’ve been wanting to do for a while…I GOT A NEW TATTOO!

JIRACHI

I absolutely adore it you guys. A huge thank you to Jon at Dark Horse Tattoo for taking me in last minute and doing a beautiful job in such a short amount of time! I don’t know what to name her though…I kind of want to call her Serendipity for some reason…but I don’t think that makes sense…(*´ェ`*) ANYWAYS…

I was able to get my hands on the final Omakase Subscription box which just so happened to be Vocaloid themed and I wanted to share my experience with you all as always.

DISCLAIMER: We were not asked nor sponsored by Viewster for this review. The subscription was paid for entirely by us. Thank you for your understanding.

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Let me just say; I am really impressed with this subscription box and it’s honestly a huge shame that this was the final release for Omakase. However, they went out with a BANG. I am glad to have subscribed although it was only for one box…(⌯˃̶᷄ ﹏ ˂̶᷄⌯)゚

Omakase Belt

Let’s start off with this AMAZING piece of Cosplay gear! Say hello to the Rin and Len Omakase Exclusive Cosplay belt WITH a matching strap so you can cosplay Banana Son or Orange Daughter…YES I MADE NICKNAMES FOR THEM. I haven’t actually had a chance to wear them yet, but I am planning on wearing it to Miku Expo next month along with the tons of other gear I will be sporting…

Omakase Keychain

Look at this chubby little keychain. I LOVE IT. This is the Hatsune Miku Omakase Exclusive Squishable Plush Keychain! (That was a mouthful) It’s a very soft, fleece material and it’s really really adorable. I love how high quality this keychain is because I’ve been running into a lot of cheap products, so this was such a pleasant surprise!

Omakase Shirt

AHHHHHHH. The main reason I subscribed for this box. This gorgeous Hatsune Miku Omakase Exclusive t-shirt. It’s amazingly cute, colorful…and dare I say…Kawaii. This shirt is a really nice quality and very comfortable to wear but I ran into a slight issue with mine. When I subscribed for the box, I could’ve sworn they ask you for either a men’s or women’s t-shirt and what size you’d prefer. So when I ordered mine, I got a Ladies Large…but when I tried it on…it seemed to be a men’s large. ( ´•̥ו̥` ) So I guess it has to be used as a sleep shirt because it looks horribly big on me. Aside from the size issue, however, I really do love this shirt and wish I could wear it out.

Omakase Paper Goods

One way to a Taylor’s heart…ADD STICKERS TO YOUR SUBSCRIPTION BOXES. I really like stationary goods you guys. And it’s Vocaloid. #RIPME The stickers are really cute and pastel…plus LEN IS SLEEPING ON A BANANA. My heart. Along with the stickers were a Postcard/Menu providing details on all of the products you received and a cute comic book featuring adorable artwork from amazing artists like Kaiami!

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And finally, we have the queen; MEIKO! Omakase dropped in a really accurate portrayal of MEIKO in poster form and I love it. It’s not a huge poster so it’ll fit in most spaces I assume. I’m not too sure if I’ll hang mine up since I’m not much of a drinker…but HEY! MEIKO is…hardy har har. ∗˚(* ˃̤൬˂̤ *)˚∗

And that’s the end. Honestly, this box was such a wonderful surprise and it sucks that Viewster will no longer continue the Omakase subscription service but I’m really happy that they were very loving towards to the final box with such amazing, high quality, and cute products. If you received any of the Omakase subscription boxes; what did you get and did you enjoy it? Let me know in the comments below! I’m going to call it night! So have a great rest of the weekend and have an awesome week you guys!

Thanks for Reading~! ❤
With Love,
Taylor Rae 〜(꒪꒳꒪;)〜

We Review: Japan Crate DOKIDOKI Subscription Box January ’16

Hello Everyone!

How are you enjoying the new year thus far? I must say it’s treating me quite nicely; I officially began my new job and I absolutely love it! I’m a bit more busy since my schedule is Monday – Friday rather than Thursday – Monday, but it’s becoming a bit easier to manage. Anyways, a week ago I finally got my DOKIDOKI Japan Crate Box in the mail and actually opened it today and took pictures!

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DISCLAIMER: I was not asked nor sponsored by Japan Crate to do this review. The subscription was entirely paid for by myself. Thanks for your understanding.

To be honest, I almost passed on this box. I talked myself into it after a co-worker told me about her Japan Crate subscription and how her daughter thoroughly enjoyed it. So I ended up purchasing a subscription and it arrived last Monday. (۶* ‘ꆚ’)۶” And I opened it today, so I’m gonna share what I got!

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The package is a very pink box with white for lettering and what not. It’s actually quite sturdy in my opinion, it didn’t bend or crease in my mailbox. It’s so charming with little sayings such as 「大好き」and 「かわいいですね。」and cute characters decorating the inside of the box. I may be keeping it for future unknown uses!

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Every Japan Crate box comes with a guide that explains the items you received in your package. This month was quite cute, with a pink hair girl with cute character-based items around her. They also have a photo contest and cute little comic featured in it!

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The first item was a packet of Rilakkuma memo pads! I love cute stationary so this was actually well received. I don’t know when I will use it, but I’ll probably bring it to work where it’ll have better usage. (๑ˊ▵ॢˋ̥๑)

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Who doesn’t like Domo-Kun? Japan Crate featured some really cute Domo stickers in this month’s crate and I absolutely adore them to bits. I might give a couple to friends who would enjoy them a bit more than me, but the egg one stays with Tay Tay.

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Next up was this Baby Alpacasso! Although it’s incredibly adorable, I do have to say that this was a damaged item in my box…

The left eye was actually missing from my Alpaca and although it’s unfortunate, I’ll still use it for decoration with just the right side showing. (.`・﹏・´.) It’s still very cute and fluffy though!

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This is actually one of my favorite items out of the box! They’re sushi socks! I wonder how they’ll look on my feet. They’re so cute but I’m not too sure what type of sushi they’re supposed to be. ┐(´・c_・` ;)┌ As long as they’re warm and comfy, I’m not going to be picky.

pikachu

Yes. That is exactly what it is. Specifically, it’s the Pikachu Hip Pop Parade Plush and I absolutely love it. It is literally just Pikachu’s butt as a keychain and I don’t know when or where I am going to use this blessing but it will be used. ٩( ᐛ )و

hoppe

I have no idea what this thing is…or what it is. Apparently, it’s called “Hoppe-chan” and it’s a blob that popular. I have no idea what to say or what I am going to do this it. It’s got a cute design but I’m absolutely clueless.

sailor moon

I am very familiar with this item! I’ve gotten quite a few in different series and such, but I was still so excited to receive one in this box. I ended up getting the Sailor Moon I was missing which was the face with the wink. It’s so cute and tiny, so you can place it in so many different places without having to worry about it taking up too much space like the huge figures.

hello kitty

I didn’t think that there’d be fashion accessories in this box for some reason, so this incredibly cute and sturdy Hello Kitty wallet kind of surprised me! It’s got two sides and both are quite adorable with pastel backgrounds. Unfortunately, this item was also damaged. The coin pouch zipper doesn’t work correctly and is essentially broken, so I’m not 100% sure if I’d use it… ( ˃̶͈ ̯ ̜ ˂̶͈ˊ ) ︠³

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This is so cute and rather expected from a Japanese subscription box seeing as how these are quite popular in Japan. I’m not too familiar with Sentimental Circus but this is such a cute elephant and I suppose the fan will be rather useful further on into the year.

Overall, this box was rather cute and a few items I really enjoyed. I was a bit disappointed that two of the items were damaged and some of the items were just kind of bland, but maybe it’ll get better. I renewed my subscription for next month so we shall see how it goes. └(・-・)┘

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I hope you all enjoyed this post! It was rather long…sorry! I wanted to show you everything in the box, I didn’t realize how much was in it until after the fact. I’ll be sure to share the next box with you all and hopefully it’ll be a tad better.

If you received a DOKIDOKI subscription box from Japan Crate, feel free to tell me your experience down in the comment section!

Anyways, I hope you all have a wonderful rest of your week! Please be safe if you’re experiencing a lot of snow!!!!

Thanks for Reading~! ❤
With love,
Taylor Rae