Recent Purchase: Cookbook & Miku Chan!?

Hello There!
How have you all been?! I am definitely starting to realize what life in the adult world is like… Working full-time is so frustrating and exhausting and not to mention being a full-time student. I am trying to find time to do everything that needs to be done, but posting once a week will have to do until I am able to come up with some sort of schedule.

Moving on, OH EM GEE. Have you all seen the first installment of Simply Taylor Rae’s newest YouTube series: The STR Crew Reacts To…!? Last week, it was Sailor Moon Crystal Act One. We will be filming Act Two sometime this week so you should look forward to that, but just in case…you can view the video HERE.

titleAnyways, I feel like I haven’t done a recent purchase post in what feels like a rather long time. I mean, I’ve bought stuff here and there, but never seemed to take any pictures until the other day! So, here are a few things that I have purchased within the last month or so!

the cookbook

Remember when I did Awkward Chef posts!? Yeah, those are coming back with the help of this really adorable cook book. This is “Yum-Yum Bento Box: Fresh Recipes for Adorable Lunches” and I honestly had no intention of buying this book, but I thought “Why the heck not?” and purchased it for $11.17 on Amazon (HERE). I can’t wait to make pink rice and add faces to sandwiches that will at one point be in stomach, digesting. Yum-Yum indeed.


In case you haven’t noticed, I am on a nostalgia kick! I don’t know how this happened, but I suddenly want to buy everything that reminds me of when I was little. Quick question: Is this what they call a quarter-life crisis? I had already purchased the first three not too long ago and I wanted to finish another manga series so I found “CardCaptor Sakura Omnibus #4” on Amazon for $17.07 (HERE) and I am so happy to have the complete collection now! What shall be my next venture?

skin care

Well, when you see any products from TheFaceShop on my blog…you already know where I went. Surprisingly enough, I did not buy as much this time!! Lately, my face has been producing enough oil to run my car for the next 3000 miles or so and I am in need of water and anything to keep my face properly hydrated! I ended up purchasing the Lovely ME:EX Magic Pink Powder Mask which was about $8 I believe. The adorable packaging and the calamine are what suckered me into buying it. I also purchased the Herb Water Powder Mist to replace my TonyMoly facial mist. This was about $11 or so, and it leaves a slight shimmer when used which I like since…well, everyone likes sparkles. Thankfully, every time I make a purchase I get the cutest samples and this time I was given a mini Green Tea Toner & Lotion Kit and a Core Seed Purifying Essence!

miku chan

Finally, we have the two items that I have been so excited to get my hands on! Yes, these are the new Hatsune Miku POP Funko Figures and they run about $12.90 each. Honestly, it took me a bit longer to find the Hot Topic Exclusive release…I had asked my local Hot Topic like three times if they had gotten it in and they told me no each time. I had checked online and couldn’t find it and I felt a wee bit heartbroken. So, I sucked it up and bought the regular edition on Amazon (HERE). I’ll admit, I still loved it but I just had to have the HT Exclusive edition. So on my way home from Annandale, I decided to do one last check at a Hot Topic way up north from home and BY GOD THEY HAD IT. Talk about #Winning.

Well, there you have it. I promise the next recent purchase will be much better and hopefully much more…full? Anyways, let me know what you all think of today’s post in the comments down below! I am excited to hear what you all have to think and while you’re at it; if you have any suggestions for future posts or videos on the STR YT Channel, go ahead and click on that contact button above!

As always, I hope you all enjoy your week and take good care of yourselves! I’m going to be working, but hopefully it won’t be too bad…ugh.

REMEMBER: MikuExpo in NYC is officially three months away! Will you be there? :O

Thanks for Reading~! ❤
With Love,
Taylor Rae


Sailor Moon Crystal Reaction & Videos

Well hello there!
Holy crap! I haven’t posted in over a week. I’m so sorry everyone! It’s been ridiculously busy lately and to top everything off…my car decided it needed a tuneup this week, so I had been taking care of that and what not. But hey, I’m a full-time student and a full-time employee now. Whoop. That’s been my life in a nutshell as of late.

P.S. This Post will Feature Spoilers!

SMC Reaction

Anyways, in case you haven’t read my previous Sailor Moon posts or looked at any of my social media accounts…SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL FINALLY PREMIERED and my life has been changed for the better. Two years after the initial announcement and a year’s worth of delay we finally got the reboot we’ve been waiting for on Saturday and yes, my amazing friend and newest member of the STR Crew, Ambrozine, decided we would film our initial reaction! So, you should watch it:

Seeing as how it’s been a few days since the premier, I’ve found myself in a calm position to tell you all why I thought this reboot was fantastic.

First of all, let me take you back to when we had received the artwork teasers.

shoujo legs

And I loved it.

There are a lot of people who would beg to differ, but the artwork was gorgeous to me. It was modern and sharp, bright and bold and most of all…it was different. I remember reading the initial announcement regarding the anime and the one thing that stood out the most was that Sailor Moon Crystal was not a remake, but rather a reboot that was meant to stand alone from the original 90’s series. And the artwork reflected just that.

Afterwards, I had nothing but high hopes and expectations.


Next thing you know, July 5th has arrived and the world premier of Sailor Moon Crystal had begun. I’ll admit, I had a minor fear: “What if it’s not as good as I hope?” “What if it is only hype and it turns out to be everything I hated about anime?” But, I managed to keep an open mind, once again reminding myself that this is to stand apart from the original.

And holy crap, it did.

The animation was everything I had seen and much more. The background music was glorious, the opening theme was glorious, the ending theme was glorious. IT WAS ALL JUST SO FREAKIN’ GLORIOUS. I couldn’t contain my excitement for what I was seeing! It really did appear as it had in the manga and all the small details as well such as the star locket or Mamoru’s tuxedo when he and Usagi first meet. The title cards are so ridiculously gorgeous, I want to tattoo all of them to my soul.


The only thing that I was kind of hit me in a weird way was the transformation sequence. I wasn’t sure about the whole CG kind of deal…I mean, it wasn’t bad but I don’t suppose I was expecting it either. I know there are a lot of people who are really upset about it, but it’s just a sequence that will be shortened anyhow. It doesn’t make or break the series. BOOM.

I thought I’d just drop this off here! Our good friend, Roger from Tainted Reality, has recently uploaded two new Sailor Moon videos, but this one is a definite watch for those of us who were SM Fans since the 90’s! So go ahead and give it a watch and his review of SMC Act 1!

So, there you have it! My reaction to the premier of Sailor Moon Crystal. And hey, a new video on the STR YT Channel…can you tell I’m attempting to be productive?? Anyways, I’d really enjoy hearing your thoughts on today’s post or your thoughts/feelings about Sailor Moon Crystal in the comments down below! Also, if you’d like to suggest ideas for future posts, click on the contact button above and fill out the form, por favor!

I hope you all have a fantastic week, be safe and all that stuff and just for giggles…

REMEMBER: 「月に代わって、おしおきよ!」- 月野うさぎ (“In The Name of The Moon, I will Punish You!” – Usagi Tsukino) 🙂

Thanks for Reading~! ❤
With Love,
Taylor Rae