SimplyMe: Thanksgiving with Me!

Hello everyone! I am so happy to be done with the Thanksgiving season. I am so, so tired…but my paycheck shall be well worth it.  Anyways we are down to 6 days before our trip to Charleston and I need to type up a list of everything I need. Luckily my sequined blazer and hair accessories came in on time, but now I am waiting on my sweaters that I got on sale to come in. One of them I got just because I saw Lindy from BubzBeauty had it…and it was so freakin’ adorable…and 30% off. I HAVE NO SHAME. Anyways, right now I am watching the Japanese drama “Hana Kimi: Ikemen Paradise” and I keep giggling. I just love Oguri Shun and Horikita Maki and Ikuta Toma and…I’m rambling. ANYWAYS…

Here is my Thanksgiving VLOG! Please Enjoy!


SimplyMe: Thanks on Thanksgiving

Hello everyone! Yes, I know, this is an early Thanksgiving post. Unfortunately, I am going to be extremely busy until actual Thanksgiving because I work in retail and Thanksgiving just so happens to be our busiest time on the year. Also, I have to finish up some last minute details and what not for mine and Anthony’s trip to Charleston! 13 more days everyone! I am so thrilled to be getting out of Virginia…even though I went to Israel in May. That’s beside the point. I love Virginia, don’t get me wrong, but there is nothing to really do. Everything is in DC or Maryland. So getting away from the boring city me and Anthony reside in sounds amazing. Anyways, let us get back on point…NOPE! I can kind of want to do a RANDOM POST today since the stupid website I edit my photos on is a big freakin’ fail tonight. Argh. SO LAME! But I have been addicted to music lately. Specifically VOCALOID music. Like Hatsune Miku with livetune or Supercell. And of course, Utada Hikaru’s first song since her hiatus last year: 「桜流し」(Sakura Nagashi) is so freakin’ beautiful and IT’S NOT IN THE US ITUNES STORE YET! NEITHER IS RYO(SUPERCELL) FEATURING HATSUNE MIKU’S SONG “ODDS & ENDS”!! Curse you America. Don’t you know good Jpop?  I think my inner Otaku has finally revealed itself because I have been watching more anime and reading manga again. I THOUGHT I WAS PAST THIS STAGE!! Nope. I have been addicted to the renewed Sailor Moon manga series since I heard the anime version will be making its way back in 2013. So, I went out and bought the manga…and IT IS AWESOME. The plot moves so much faster and Chibi Moon is less annoying. So is Rei.

Moving on…So in case you haven’t been on my twitter or tumblr or instagram…I decided to dye the blonde parts of my hair pink. Funny thing is, IT’S ALREADY FADED OUT. Which is okay, because it is fading to platinum but still. It didn’t even last a week…but I also ended up getting my nails done for mine and Anthony’s anniversary. My mom took me out and told me that one it will help with my anxiety because I bite my nails when I get anxious. So I ended up getting acrylic nails with a nude polish from essie alongwith white polkadots on 3 of my fingers. The lady looked at me funny when I told her I didn’t want all ten fingers with polkadots. I told her that I do not like consistant designs when it comes to nails. I like it to be simply yet a hint of spontaneousness. She was just like “Ooookay, whatever.” I am pretty happy with the design but my mom said she’d rather go to her regular place next time, haha. I may get them redone depending on how these end up before my anniversary. But yeah, that is the biggest thing that has happened. I am lame.

FINALLY ON TO THANKSGIVING RELATED STUFF!!! So, I don’t know what you all do for Thanksgiving in ways of tradition. My family tends to stay in and enjoy time together especially since this year my brother is coming home for the holiday. We deep fry a turkey, bake a ham, and we always without fail make green bean cassarole. This year I think we are going to make homemade pumpkin and sweet potato pie and my brother is going to make something vegan! And this year, Anthony will probably come over too. My big thing is watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and preparing for the Christmas movies that will be thrown in our faces! Although I do love the old clay-mation Christmas videos…and the Spongebob Christmas specials. Oh gosh. But I want to share with you guys some things I am thankful for…

1. I am incredibly thankful for my Family. They are my backbone. They are my support. They hold me up when everything is tumbling down. They have done so much for me and I am so incredibly grateful for everything they do and everything they put up with…because I am probably the most annoying child especially when I Gangnam Style them in a parking lot or Shin Chan’s butt dance. They really do have patience, haha. And they love me unconditionally as I do them.

2. I am most definitely thankful for Anthony. He really does have a ton of patience even though he denies it. I am a stubborn person at times and I can be annoying especially when I wake him up in the morning by screaming his name and kissing his face. (He hates his face being touched when he wakes up.) He spoils me and doesn’t expect anything back in return, even though I do try to spoil him when I can…I make a bit less than him. He will do anything in his power to make me smile…except lose at Bubble Galaxy. He supports me and encourages me to continue with SimplyTaylorRae.Com and my singing. He lets me be myself, pink hair and all. He knows I am simple and he appreciates that. I am so thankful for him and his love.

3. I am thankful for my job. I have been at my job for almost two years now and it has certainly helped me in many ways. I finally own a car and can pay for the gas and repairs when necessary, I am able to buy things for my family and Anthony, I am able to go on trips, and I am able to save for my future. Plus it is a federal job for DOD, so I have made a mark and can only climb up. Plus it is pretty awesome that my dad can drop by and see me…and maybe buy me lunch from time to time.

4. I am thankful for a roof over my head. I try not to take what I have for granted, because there are people affected by homelessness. Every time I see someone on the street without a place to sleep or to eat or to feel comfortable…it truly breaks my heart. Some people say I am too compassionate, but that is who I am. So, I am thankful for my possessions, for the home my parents provide, for my meals, and everything else a home provides. Especially the comfort of my bed.

5. I am thankful for my voice. You all know I love to sing. Singing has helped me with so much in my life. It takes me to an entirely new place in this world that is for me only. It makes me feel secure and…beautiful. It’s wierd, but I don’t care about my insecurities when I am singing and it’s as if it disappears the moment I begin. I could stay up all night singing songs and my heart would be at peace and my mind would be cleared. It is something that keeps me together. And for that, I am beyond thankful.

Alright everyone! As I said, I am sorry that I could put pictures! My photo editor is being super lame, but I hope you all enjoyed this post regardless. Hopefully after Thanksgiving I will have time to post before me and Anthony leave for Charleston…OOOH MAYBE A LOOK BOOK!!! 🙂 Sounds good to me, personally. I hope you all have a great and safe weekend. And I especially hope you all have an amazing and blessed Thanksgiving. Don’t take anything for granted.
Thanks for reading~! ❤
With love,
Taylor Rae

SimplyMe: Taylor Rae’s Advice on Being Happy

Hello again! I know I just posted, but I have been working on that post for 3 days because I either got tired or I was too busy coughing and still recovering from bronchitis. But I have recently been inspired by a number of posts and people and media and oh my gosh I have been dying to do this post. I have been seeing so many people saying “I hate this. I hate that. I dislike this person.” and so on and so forth. I will even admit that I have those days as well, but I want to share with you guys the things that help me smile and laugh and live every day with the least amount of negative thoughts. It may seem hard at times and you may have your own ways as well, but this is purely suggestions and advice, so you can use them to your own discretion. With that said, here is my advice on being happy.

So, as you all know I suffer from stress and heavy anxiety. I think about things way to much and think way too far in the future instead of focusing on today or the present. I would constantly focus on other people rather than myself. I would constantly say “I hate this. I hate that. Why isn’t it the way I want it? I hate life.” It wasn’t until I turned 17 when I could finally refocus everything and work on my own happiness. Here is how I did that:

I am one of those people who dwells on something that happened years ago. One thing I have learned to do is to look away from the past. I recently read a quite from Lindy of BubzBeauty; “Your eyes are designed to be at the front of your head, not the back. So why live life constantly looking back?” Looking back will deter you from looking at what you have today. The blessings you currently have are what are important rather than the suffering or the struggles you’ve had in the past. As someone who has had a past of being bullied and sexually harrassed. I continued to look back and let those things affect me as a person. Now, I am focused on my present and I am looking forward to what blessings life has to offer.

Everyone has something unique about their personality. And someone is always going to have something negative to say about it. Don’t let their comments or actions keep you from being YOU. I am constantly told that I have a “wierd” personality because I don’t follow norms. I am the girl no one would think to even have a tattoo; the moment they see that I have two tattoos they immediately think it’s wierd and criticize me for it. I have the wierdest sense of humor and I can act like a total dork in public and that is completely normal for me. But to others, they find it awkward and will make their snoody comments. Do not take those to heart. Be who you are and make no apologies for it. Don’t fake a personality because that is what people expect. Be yourself. For yourself. There are going to be people who adore you for your true self. It may not seem like it now, but trust me. Once you give up on acting “normal” and start being you, a heavy weight will disappear from your shoulders.

I cannot stress enough how much this actually helps. And to prove it does, scientific research proves that if you smile more, you will actually feel happy. It will improve your mental state and actually spread happiness to others. Whether it’s smiling to yourself or to someone else, FIND LITTLE REASONS TO SMILE. Things that make me smile are autumn leaves, Anthony snoring, my puppy Cricket, and a great cup of Starbucks Green Tea Latte. Do you ever remember the saying “It takes more muscles to frown than it does to smile”? It’s true, so stop using those uneccessary muscles and SMILE.

And last, but not least (and a picture is not going to do it justice) is to appreciate what you have. When you focus on what other people have and become envious, you lose focus of the things you already have. I used to think that I need designer things to be pretty or to be happy. I would blow through my money and I still wasn’t thrilled. Finally I told myself, I’m not one to need designer brands. I’m not a materialistic person. Little things like movies, food, and even a vacation to my hometown…those are the things that make me happy. My family, my boyfriend, my best friends…they make me happy. Not any designer purse or shoes can replace that feeling. No amount of money can replace that feeling. Don’t go by what the media tells you to buy or what they think would make you happy. You know who you are and what brings that feeling to your heart. If you like designer brands, go for it! If you’re like me and treasure simpler things, who’s to stop you? Don’t envy what others have. There is a reason why you have what you have. And always remember that there are people who would do anything to have the little things you have. So be thankful and appreciative and cherish all the small things and moments.

OKAY. Finally. Like I said in my previous post, this post has been on my heart and if it sounds like rambling…I’m sorry. When it comes to posts like this, I tend to get just a tad carried away and sometimes it turns to rambling. I tried to prevent that in this post, but just in case; Sorry!!! I hope you all found this post helpful and I would like to thank Wen from Wen McNally Photography for the pictures! These are actually from my senior year of high school when I had long hair…so nostalgic right? But they were taken during an important, life-changing time of my life so I thought they were appropriate. Anyways, have an amazing weekend everyone! Tomorrow I am going to try and go back to the gym…although I am already dreading it. But be safe and stay blessed.
Thanks for reading~! ❤
With love,
Taylor Rae

Taylor Rae’s Favorite Fall 2012 Accessories

Hello ladies! It has been such a wonderful day. My mom is finally home after being away for 5 months and you cannot believe how much I’ve missed her. My mom and I have our differences, but whenever we are together we manage to find ways to make each other laugh. Today she was mentioning how her face was breaking out so I gave her some facial sheet masks that will rehydrate her skin, brighten it, and make it appear much healthier and help with some unwanted acne. I also gave her some brightening patches for her dark circles. Hopefully, she’ll enjoy them and put them to good use! I also managed to show her “Gangnam Style” by PSY and showed her how to do the “Horse Dance” featured in the video. She found it so amusing to watch me that she didn’t even learn. -___- Laughing at my expense seems to be popular in this household, haha! Anyways, today I want to talk about some accessory trends that I am ADORING this season. And quite honestly, I am on the hunt. Because my anniversary is soon! >:) MUAHAHAHA.

Can I just first mention how much I love her nails? Anyways, I am in love with statement rings. Big and bold seems to be in for the season. I personally think they add a bit of a warm touch to an outfit. I am currently hunting some down on YesStyle and Forever21 for mad cheap prices. I would love to wear some of these bold rings on my anniversary to add a touch to my dress since I don’t wear bulky necklaces and I’ll be wearing a blazer so I won’t be wearing bulky bracelets. It’ll add the right touch without overdoing it.

This is probably the greatest accessory for the fall and winter. Brown bags add a great neutral tone to an outfit. They are easy to find and go with close to any outfit. They also add a very vintage-like touch to an outfit as well. I would probably pair a brown bag with my brown oxfords! It’s the little accessories that create the outfit and bags are a huge part, so try to indulge in a nice brown bag. I know I will!!!

Ah, my favorite accessory of the season! I am in love with chunky and thick scarves. They rock my socks big time. To be honest, the weather is getting down to the 50s through the 30s, so scarves have been neccessary just to keep warm. But the one thing I love about scarves is that they make any casual outfit just a bit more cosier and cuter. Best believe that scarves will be my main accessory in Charleston.

Anyways, that is all I have for you all today! My bronchitis has been improving. I still have a terrible cough, but the fevers are gone and the mucus is also gone!! But 22 more days until mine and Anthony’s anniversary trip to Charleston. I am so excited. I’ve missed Charleston since the last time I visited in 2010 and I am so excited to show Anthony the places I loved and restaurants I enjoyed. Just the thought of being away from the stress of work and other issues sounds so amazing. Plus I will get to spend each day with the love of my life and that sounds pretty fantastic to me, honestly. But anyways, don’t stray too long. I will be posting again tonight since I have been so sick recently! I hope you all enjoyed this post and see you all in a little bit!
Thanks for reading~! ❤
With love,
Taylor Rae

SimplyMe: Coughing & DayDreaming?

Hello everyone! What a crazy week it has been. Hurricane Sandy made its landfall on the eastcoast earlier this week. Luckily, the military base I work at was on code red so I didn’t have to go to work for two days! But instead of taking those days to really do things I wanted to do, I was suffering with bronchitis and now I am left with the final stages and a lost voice. I tried to work today, but was unable to continue because I kept coughing and my customers would look at me with a wierd look when I talked. I find it funny, my doctor said I should be good to go for work today with the antibiotics, but that didn’t seem to happen. Oh well. My supervisor was very understanding and was even surprised I would come in. So, I have been resting all week and luckily I have tomorrow and Saturday off! Speaking of Saturday, my mother comes home! She has been gone for 5 months, so seeing her will be a breath of fresh air.

In other news…it is officially NOVEMBER! I’d talk about Halloween, but I spent mine at the doctor’s and passed out due to antibiotics. Anyways, the official countdown to mine & Anthony’s anniversary vacation is a go! We leave on the 30th, so 29 more days baby! I can’t wait to see my family and show Anthony my roots. Although no one believes I am from South Carolina because I lack a southern accent…but they obviously have not seen the way I devour boiled peanuts. If you don’t know what boiled peanuts are, they are a huge thing in SC. My parents and grandmother would buy me boiled peanuts whenever we went to the flea market where my grandmother would sell her look-alike dolls. They are so nostalgic to me and so delicious. Oh my gosh, my mouth is watering at the thought! 29 MORE DAYS. PLEASE COME FASTER.

So, because of my bronchitis…I have been at home. On the couch. With full control over a TV. And what does that lead to in my case? TLC BABY! I have an addiction to “Say Yes To The Dress: Atlanta” and “Four Weddings” and “Say Yes To The Dress: Bridemaids” and I have been able to watch them with no interruption and it has led to some crazy daydreaming on my part that I am sure would freak Anthony out. I have been going crazy on Tumblr with wedding pictures, wedding cake pictures, engagement pictures and LINDY FROM BUBZBEAUTY IS NOT HELPING! She showed her pre-wedding pictures that her and her fiance’ took in Seoul and OH MY GOSH they are so freakin’ gorgeous. I saw them and her vlog and I started going on the Tumblr rampage. Is this normal for people? I know some of my friends talk about how they’ve been planning their wedding since they were little and I’m just sitting here like “Yeah, that phase is just now happening for me.” One day, I’ll be able to make my wedding dreams come true!

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Also, for the past year I have been daydreaming about moving into an apartment downtown. I constantly look up interior decorations and wall decals and it’s driving me insane that I have to continue to wait in order to make this dream come true. But I know that I want a very simple look. White would be my main color because it is a very soothing color to me and because it’s easier to see dust, it would help me figure out when to clean. Plus, EVERY COLOR GOES WITH WHITE. So my secondary color would probably be a neutral color, so as not to be too destracting. And lots of floral details. I love floral print. I can’t help it, but Anthony says it’s the old woman in me. As long as the place looks good, I’ll be 19 going on 80.

But yes, this has pretty much been my entire weekend. Hopefully, once November starts picking up and I get over this bronchitis I’ll be able to talk about much more. I must say, I am not too interesting especially when I’m sick. But, I am happy to share some personal stuff with you guys! I hope you all enjoyed this post even though it was a tad short. Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter & Instagram @TaylorRae319 and Tumblr @SimplyTaylorRae! Have a fantastic weekend everyone and to those affected by Hurricane Sandy, especially those in NY and NJ, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Stay strong.
Thanks for reading~! ❤
With love,
Taylor Rae