a quick trip to charleston

Why hello!

I guess I am back from an unscheduled hiatus. It’s been frustrating trying to get back into the swing of things and keep myself from getting overwhelmed from everything going on within the last month. But it is starting to slow down and I’m getting over this writer’s block and what not.

Anyways, last month I celebrated my 24th birthday and it was so friggin’ relaxing! A huge thank you to my parents, Anthony, and my friends for all of the birthday wishes. I stuffed myself silly with cake and food. And literally the weekend after, Anthony and I went down to Charleston for a couple days as I had my cousin’s bridal shower to attend.

charleston

To be honest; this trip wasn’t as relaxing as I hoped it would be. It felt like there was always something we had to do, but there was a day or two where Anthony and I were able to go out and shop a bit and grab a delicious bite to eat. And on top of that, my camera won’t recognize my computer when I plug in the USB so there’s an entire day’s worth of photos that I can’t upload. Ughhhh. BUT I WILL TRY.

bridal shower

So, the day after arriving was my cousin’s bridal shower and it was so lovely. She had such pretty decorations and the party favors were champagne flutes with our names on them. For a gift I got her a cute towel that says “Mrs” on it along with a knife she had asked for in her registry. I enjoyed seeing her again after what has felt like years and so happy she’s finally getting married to such a kind fellow.

myrtle beach

The next day (also the day my current camera is holding hostage), we went to Myrtle Beach as a day trip so that we could go and see the Hollywood Wax Museum. The museum was okay, definitely not what I expected in terms of realness to the celebrities portrayed but still fun. The museum also has two extra interactive rooms; a Zombie room that I ended up having a huge anxiety and panic attack during and a Mirror room that…was designed for kids. After the museum, we went out for lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe which was mine and Anthony’s first time. It wasn’t like how I initially imagined, but the food was decent so there’s that. Afterwards, we all took a stroll along the boardwalk where we found some really cool stores but my main concern was filling my dairy-allergic belly with ice cream because #aesthetic.

shopping

Our last two days in town, we went out shopping at the outlet stores. I ended up finding two dresses for under $50, accessories, and goodies for mad cheap! My shopping addicted little heart couldn’t process it. We were also on the hunt for South Carolina mugs at Starbucks, but alas…they do not have any. How upsetting. But still, we found so many great deals and even had a magnificent lunch at a new Japanese restaurant that was surprisingly authentic and not that expensive.

Overall, our trip was fairly busy and I didn’t really get to do all of the things I wanted…but it was still so wonderful to see my family and spend time with Anthony in my hometown. Hopefully next time we go down, we can go to the beach and visit downtown. But that is it for today’s post! I hope you guys enjoyed and like I said, I am so sorry for the lack of pictures…I am trying to troubleshoot the issue, but nothing is working unless I get an SD card reader. (le sigh) Anyways, I hope you all have a wonderful week ahead of you and I shall see you next time! ❤

Thanks for Reading~! ❤
With Love,
Taylor Rae

 

SimplyMe: Charleston – Allergies & An Anniversary

Hello darlings! I am finally back from Charleston and it feels good to be home. Honestly, I have missed my precious blog and readers so very much. Now that I am back, I am so excited to start really putting everything I have into SimplyTaylorRae. When I say this, I mean more videos and posts along with extreme marketing and promoting. I have created a brand new YouTube account, SimplyTaylorRae. I am hoping to become a YouTube Partner with this account in hopes that I can bring you all better videos and also gain a tad bit more income so I can do giveaways and what not. So, please subscribe to SimplyTaylorRae on YouTube! My other account, TaylorRae319, will be used as my vlogging account. I am also hoping to have business cards and other supplies soon. EXCITEMENT IS RINGING AT THE DOOR. I don’t know what happened, but on my vacation I went crazy with ideas and this is what happens…ANYWAYS. Let’s talk about Charleston~.
DSC00593Ah, Charleston. It’s a shame…the moment I arrived at my grandmother’s house, my allergies began acting up and my sinuses were just as bad. I should’ve known…it happens every time. But, we got there and my grandma had spaghetti cooking and oh my gosh, it felt good to out of a car. It is a terrible 7.5 hours worth of driving. Well, our first day in South Carolina, we went around looking at prices for the iPad mini since Anthony wanted one for Christmas. We were bummed out when we discovered that Apple was completely out of stock of the 16gb iPad minis. So, we decided to call it day to discuss our options. However, after shopping we made our way to California Dreaming. If you don’t know what California Dreaming is, it is a freakin’ amazing restaurant. It means a lot to me too because that is where my parents had their very first date. So, we found it appropriate to spend our anniversary there.

DSC00545The dinner was amazing and I darn near cried when I had the croissant. T’was beautiful. But, moving along, we pretty much spent most of our time Christmas shopping at North Woods Mall and Rivers Avenue. We also got a chance to go downtown to South Carolina Aquarium and meet up with one of my old friends from high school! It had been about 4 years since I’ve seen her, so it was certainly refreshing and very enjoyable. Along with that, we went to our first South Carolina Stingrays hockey game which was a blast because I “Gangnam Styled” my way onto their big screen like a champ with no shame. And poor Anthony sat there embarrassed. I cannot help it. PSY has done something to my legs where everything I hear his song, I automatically drop everything and start dancing. Curse him. But, in shorter terms, we had a fantastic and relaxing time in Charleston! Unfortunately, right not my vlog will not upload on YouTube, but the minute it does, I will post it up and keep you all updated. UPDATE: The vlog is now up (after waiting 3 hours…)!!!


Anyways, thanks everyone for being patient with me when it came to posting and what not. I am going to be on a roll here soon so watch out! Also, 12 days until Christmas!! Have you finished your Christmas shopping? I FINALLY DID MUAHAHAHA. Oh, if you want to see more photos from my trip, be sure to follow me on Instagram: @TaylorRae319!! Ahh! It is 2:30am…I suppose it is time for bed. Good night everyone, have a fantastic day, take care, and stay blessed.
Thanks for reading~<3
With love,
Taylor Rae

Fashion & Travel Ideas for Our Anniversary Trip…

Hello everyone! Today’s post is a bit more on the personal side simply because it deals with my ideas for mine and Anthony’s trip to Charleston. So, I want to show you my ideas of romantic places to visit/eat at and romantic and cute fashion ideas for fall/winter that I could incorporate into my trip. Me and Anthony are so excited to be getting away from our jobs and the hustle and bustle of Virginia and he is happy that he finally gets to meet the Hispanic side of my family. Plus, he gets to see the town I am from and this will be his first time visiting South Carolina! So I am excited to show him my roots (even though I am a military child who moved alot…) and experience another year with him! So…LET’S GET STARTED!!! Rawr..

Rainbow Row is one of my favorite sites in Charleston. The houses are so incredibly cute with their colors and elegant with their architecture. It’s actually quite romantic because they actually have horse carriages in this area that take you up and down Rainbow Row. Although it is something that is preferred during the day so you can actually see the color of the houses…ha!

Mercato is an Italian restaurant in Historical DownTown Charleston. I actually visited this restaurant 2 years ago while visiting my grandmother for a couple weeks. My mom had actually came down to pick me up (since I lacked a car at the time…) and so she, I, and my grandmother came here for a nice dinner and it is just beautiful. The food was actually magnificent and if you dine on the 1st floor, you actually witness the cooks preparing your food which is quite beautiful to me, but we actually ate on the 2nd floor which overlooks DownTown Charleston and its beauty. I really want to take Anthony here because he likes Italian food and it is the perfect spot for a romantic evening!

My dad actually mentioned this to me when I told him about the trip. The Battery is a wall around the shore of DownTown Charleston and it actually has some really beautiful scenery. There are a couple gazebos that people love to propose in, but I’m mostly in it for the beautiful architecture of the civil war era buildings. Most of the buildings are white and overlooking the sea. So lovely in my opinion. And while I’m at it, I might as well add how much I love DownTown Charleston and how much time I want to spend there!

There are more places, but I am afraid that this post would be a bit lengthy so I am just going to move on to the fashion portion of the post…

Oh yes! You guys should know by know how much I love sweaters, hoodies, pullovers! OH THE GALORE! I plan on wearing plenty of sweaters since the weather in Charleston is about 10 degrees higher than Virginia. So, it won’t be snow weather, but it should still be a bit chilly. Plus, sweaters are cute for dates and can make anything casual and adorable!

Oh yes. Unless you’ve seen or follow me on Instagram, you guys are probably not aware of the fact that I freakin’ love oxfords. They are so comfy and add a vintage flare to any outfit. They are so versatile too! They can go with dresses, slacks, and even cool and casual. I will be bringing my favorite oxfords to Charleston and they will be seeing great action.

Cardigans!!! Who doesn’t love cardigans? They are perfect for all weather types and they are super comfy to me! I love wearing cropped cardigans, long cardigans, oversized cardigans…ahhhh! So you will definitely be burdened with photos of either me in cardigans or me buying cardigans…because I can. Muahahaha. But yes, I am trying to find a cute oversized cardigan to wear on the actual anniversary date because I have been planning a cute outfit for a while. IT MUST HAPPEN. I know Aeropostale had some freakin’ cute knitted cardigans back when I was a freshman in high school…but I don’t think they’ve brought them back for a while. 😦 Well! I have some time to hit the mall/online and look. 🙂

Ah! After 2 days typing this up, I am finally done! I hope you guys enjoy this post although it is a tad bit more on the personal side I suppose? Let me know some ideas for a good anniversary outfit! I have 9 days to dress up cute for…so I need inspiration like crazy! Anyways, I hope you all have a great and safe weekend. Don’t do anything crazy and stay blessed~!
Thanks for reading~! ❤
With love,
Taylor Rae