「ぴこぷり」Animal Crossing Amiibo Festival Tote Review

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

Merry Christmas

 

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”

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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?)

beauty

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)

 

SimplyMe: Christmas & Travels… (+Pics)

Well Hello Everyone~!

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season! It’s been a bit more relaxing here lately. My full time work schedule has ended so I now have more time to dedicate toward taking pictures and working on future posts. It’s about to be 2015 or it may already be, after this post is edited…haha *cough* get to work broham *cough cough* haha, but I thought I would share with you all the pictures of my and my family’s Christmas holiday! So I hope you enjoy~!

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CHRISTMAS

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RICHMOND

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Well, that’s it! For now at least… I’m currently working on a New Year’s post so be sure to look out for that. Also stay sharp for a new addition to “The Foodie” series! Wanna guess what it is? It’s another noodle soup. I’ll also be doing a recent purchase post soon, as well, once my final package arrives~. If you liked today’s post and wanted to share your thoughts, go ahead and leave a comment down below. If you’d like to suggest topics for future posts, please hit that “Contact” button above and send me an e-mail!

As always, I hope you all have a Happy & Safe New Year and I shall see you all in 2015…

REMEMBER: Herp Derp Insert Cheesy Quote Here.

Thanks for Reading~! ❤
With Love,
Taylor Rae

The Geeky: 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

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Why hello there everyone!

For the past two years I have done a quick holiday gift guide to help you shop for the geeks in your life! Today I’m following the annual tradition and this year’s guide is geared toward the ladies in your life. From jewelry to home decor, here are five items that make perfect and adorable gifts for your girl friend, female friend, maybe even your mom.

hatsune miku bag

Let’s face it, many ladies love purses and backpacks. Plus they make the perfect gift for the holidays.  If you have a Hello Kitty or Vocaloid fan in your life, this bag is definitely a must!  This is Hot Topic‘s “Hatsune Miku x Hello Kitty Hobo Bag” is reasonably priced and on sale for $14.63~! If you really want to fancy up a bag gift then stuff some fun or delicious things inside! It’ll be a cute surprise for the recipient!

luna p cushion

Who doesn’t like a little something to spruce up their living space?  With all of the Sailor Moon products being released this product is probably one of my favorites (that I have yet to purchase…)!  This product is JList‘s “Luna P Ball 1/1 Beads Cushion” it’s a wee bit expensive at $35 plus shipping, from Japan, BUT if your recipient is a huge Sailor Moon fan then this gift is beyond perfect. Also this product brings a ridiculous wave of nostalgia!

ack-bar tee

You can never go wrong with buying a T-shirt as a gift. It’s simple, cost effective and can make some feel as if though you know them all too well.  This year I have a shirt for ALL of you Star Wars nerds! Say hello to ThinkGeek‘s “Ack – Bar Ladies’ Tee” and it’s priced oh so lovely at $19.99. Who doesn’t love Admiral Ackbar and corny puns? Maybe with some added chocolate on this side this gift will surely be out of this world in a galaxy far, far away.

pikachu mug

This year has been the year of Pokemon, and, I am loving it. If your lady has bought it then she is rocking one of the new Pokemon ORAS games. Why not buy her a cute mug to drink hot chocolate or coffee from while they spend about 10 hours a day trying to collect all 8 gym badges and catch all of the legendaries? This mug is the Pokemon Center‘s “Pikachu Big Face Coffee Mug” and it goes for $14.95! You can place a hot chocolate packet with a candy cane and some popcorn inside side to spruce it up a bit! Tis an easy yet awesome gift, yes?

roam necklace

Ah, yes. Statement jewelry made a wonderful…statement…this year! And here is a clever statement for the Wanderlust laden lady in your life: ModCloth‘s “No Place Like Roam Necklace”! It’s slightly expensive at $29.99, but it’s sure to bring a smile to that wonderful lady’s face as she lets her eyes roam over the map set in the necklace itself! It’s a stunning gift that is sure to catch some glances and make them wander!

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Well that’s all I have for today! I hope this helps you with shopping for your ladies ~. If you liked today’s post and or want to suggest other items perfect for Christmas go ahead and please leave a comment down below! If you would like to suggest topics for future posts please click the “Contact” button above and shoot me an email! I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and Happy Holidays~! And like always…

REMEMBER: IT’S A SNACK! (I love this pun…)

Thanks for Reading~! ❤
With Love,
Taylor Rae

SimplyMe: Merry Christmas & Lots of Love

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Hello everyone! I am so sorry with how late this Christmas post is! Right after Christmas, I was hit with a nasty sinus infection and I finally got some time after work. Anyways, I’m sure you all had a great Christmas and Happy Holidays! I surely enjoyed my holidays with my family. Anthony and I were able to spend them with both families and my heart was so happy and full afterwards! And let me tell you that EVERYONE knows me too well because all the gifts were spot on…speaking of gifts, a very special Christmas Eve gift from Anthony had me all choked up and excited!
image_2YES, MY BUSINESS CARDS ARRIVED RIGHT IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS EVE. Both Anthony and I were surprised when they arrived because the confirmation said after Christmas. They are full of perfection honestly. The color and design matches that of the website, all my information is on the back, and the back has an awesome iconic repetitive background. Anthony ordered 2500, so I have plenty to last! (Thank You Anthony!!!)
image_3So, Christmas Day went exceptionally well! Anthony came over to my house for Christmas Breakfast! My parents made an amazing meal of ham, scrapple (if you don’t know what this is, you probably don’t want to know…), waffles, bacon, fruits, and other things! It was a magical morning. We opened up gifts and hang out with my family before heading over to Anthony’s house for dinner. Anthony’s mother prepared a feast too! Spanish rice, mashed potatoes, ham, turkey, rolls, and dessert. We all opened gifts and spent time watching movies and playing video games. It was perfect! Everyone was full of love, laugh, and smiles and it was too much for my heart. I was so happy and thankful for the love, the smiles, the warmth, and the gifts to each other.
image_4The day after Christmas, I wanted to meet up with my best friend (and beautiful maid of honor)! We went to Choi’s in Fredericksburg and I had my usual Bibim-myon and oh my gosh for the first time in ages, I finally finished an entire meal. It was truly magical for a foodie such as myself! We spent a lot of time catching up and I was able to give her her Christmas present which included a Sailor Moon 2014 Schedule Book, Hello Kitty Perfume, Face Masks, and a card. I am so happy she liked it!! After Lunch/Dinner, we headed back to her house and watched one of my favorite movies – “Kiki’s Delivery Service” and it was awesome. It was possibly one of the best bonding times ever. I am so happy I got to see her gorgeous face this season!
image_5With all of that said, I just want to thank you all for all the love and support. As we draw closer to the end of the year, I began to reflect on everything that has occurred this past year and my mind is blown. You readers and followers have been so consistent and enthusiastic and inspiring to me! I am so grateful to you all because if it weren’t for you all, this blog would not be what it is today. So, thank you. Thank you for reading. Thank you for supporting. Thank you for loving. Thank you for everything. You really are so special to me. Thank you so very much. Remember to always be safe, be thankful, and be you. To live. To laugh. And to smile.
Thanks for Reading~! ❤
With Love,
Taylor Rae

SimplyMe: Tree Decorating & More…

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Ah, guess what? THE END OF THE SEMESTER HAS ARRIVED AND I AM SO EXCITED AND HAPPY. I did pass both of my classes, in case you all are wondering. Anyways, my life hasn’t been too exciting since Thanksgiving! I didn’t get the chance to take a lot of pictures…BUT I did manage to get video!

So, that’s a little video on how I spent my Thanksgiving and the few days after! It doesn’t seem too exciting, but it was a super special day. MOVING ON:
image_1We finally got a chance to decorate the Christmas tree! For some reason, every year it gets more and more special and beautiful…maybe that’s because as I get older and closer to mine and Anthony’s wedding, I’ve realized that we may not get to have this chance for a long time after. My parents make fun of me for making it a big deal, but it’s still special to me regardless.
image_2Recently, I had a chance to catch up with my dear friend, Mariko, during Thanksgiving break! We were both craving some awesome Korean food so we went straight to Choi’s and we ate so much, it was AMAZING. For some reason, the dukbokki (or tteokbokki) was extra delicious! We had some really nice conversations and caught up on life. I’m jealous because she’s heading to Japan for Winter Break! I’ve been trying to convince Anthony that we should go, but I think he’s afraid of the language barrier for him…even when I suggested Okinawa. After dinner, we had a light dessert of coffee and sweets at Starbucks. It was so great to see her before she jets off!
image_3So, if you read my post on how I am maintaining my hair for growth, HERE’S AN UPDATE! So, the before picture was earlier this year I believe prior to March. I have been growing it out since and it is showing some length finally! So, I’ve been sticking to my routine of using the Essentials Hair Mask every other day and now that Winter is here and DRYING UP MY HAIR, I am using an avocado and almond butter based conditioner that my hair is loving. I haven’t used any heated products since the engagement photo shoot back in September. My hair is finally at the length where I don’t need to brush it or straighten it or anything. It’s laying pretty darn well on it’s own! I missed these days because now it means MORE TIME TO SLEEP. But overall, my hair is at it’s healthiest and it’s growing and growing! I told people I didn’t need no horse shampoo…pfft!
photoFinally, Anthony and I celebrated our first anniversary as an engaged couple! (We are now into our fourth year!) Unfortunately, Anthony was incredibly sick for the actual date but a week later we were able to celebrate appropriately! I bought us a lovely and quiet Chinese dinner at a local restaurant we frequent. I had the veggie lo mein and Anthony has the beef yake-udon. I told him to get some miso soup to help him pass the final days of his cold, but he insisted no. We then had mochi ice cream for dessert! After dinner, we went back to the house for some sparkling cider and to rest up before we head out to see “Frozen”!! And can I just say…IT WAS AWESOME. Honestly, I am just purely thankful that we got the chance to do a date night and really get out of the house. I love those days when we get time to ourselves.

Well, that’s all that has really happened so far! I am going to making more videos so please be on the look out! I am so happy that I am able to upload videos without waiting 7 to 16 hours! IT WAS A MAGICAL EXPERIENCE, THANKS APPLE. Anyways, so there will be more videos to come. I am also currently working with Anthony on my business card design as well as a new banner to match the business cards. I hope you all remember that this does not mean I am only doing sponsored posts or anything of the nature! I created Simply Taylor Rae to embody who I am and to help others embrace themselves whether they like fashion, beauty, food, or geeky things! This is for you all and it will remain so. I am so thankful of how far this blog has gone though. Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought I’d enjoy writing or blogging or photography or MAKING VIDEOS.

OK OK, The post is finally done. I hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving and I hope the Christmas/Holiday season hasn’t been too frightening so far! (Holidays scare me…) Please take care everyone and remember to Live. Laugh. Smile.
Thanks for Reading~! ❤
With Love,
Taylor Rae

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The Geeky: 2013 Holiday Gift Guide

HELLO ONE AND ALL!
We are officially in December and I am HAPPY. Although I am not a fan of the cold weather, I still love the holiday season because I love buying people gifts and seeing their faces. One thing I have heard a lot of when it comes to buying gifts for friends or even me (my parents still have no idea), is that it’s hard to find the perfect gift for a geek/nerd. It can frustrating because if you don’t know what specific topic a person is ultra geeky about, you then have no clue on what to get. Well, here are a few item ideas that you can get for the geek in your life or for yourself…no judgement here, I promise.

imageOh gosh, do I love that picture. ANYWAYS, so like always I will post a link to the product mentioned however feel free to do your own search for cheaper prices! I am so excited to show you all what I’ve found!! LET’S BEGIN:
image_1I think you all saw this coming after the first picture. Well, if you don’t know what this is…this is a Sailor Moon Mobile Charger! This is one of the many items being released by Bandai in Japan to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Sailor Moon and I feel like it is definitely a helpful product. Unfortunately, it is not solar charged, but it does run on AA Batteries. It makes use of the USB end of most chargers so it should work with Apple products, Samsung products, Windows products, and so on. It’s cute as well featuring the Sailor Moon logo and the lovely pair of Luna and Artemis! This product is up for pre-order and international delivery at JList.Com for $22.00. I may have told Anthony that I needed this in my life.
image_2If you’re a fan of the show “The Big Bang Theory” then you know exactly why I chose this. In the show, Leonard and Sheldon have a shower curtain that features the periodic table like the one shown above. I LOVE this item. It’s a great gift for you TBBT nerds and for the Chemists in your life as well. I did one for a reasonable price of $19.99 over at Bed Bath & Beyond so you may not even need to order it! I believe the one at BB&B is one that looks exactly like the one in TBBT, but let me know if I am wrong! (Speaking of which, this gift would go great paired up with Season 6 of TBBT!!)
image_3In case you haven’t noticed or been on my Tumblr, I love Doctor Who and the 50th Anniversary recently passed and let me just say that the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) is my favorite doctor out of the entire series. I also enjoy the gift of socks…because they keep my feet warm and protected. I remember that time when socks were the lamest gifts, but if you’re looking for a cute stocking stuffer, these are perfect for that Doctor Who fan in your life! Who doesn’t love a Dalek and Tardis on their feet? So funny thing is, I found these on Hot Topic and now these exact socks are not on their. However, they have other pairs of socks for sale so don’t be worried!
image_4I love food. I love comics. I enjoy pictures of food. THIS HAS IT ALL!! I am loving the ideas just on the front cover…like the Green Lantern Pizza. If you have some who is a bit of a nerd but loves to cook, this is great along with some cooking supplies. This book has 50+ recipes from banana pancakes to awesome cupcakes, there’s a recipe for all meals! I found this on ModCloth which has it listed for $18.99 which is awesomely affordable. This would be an awesome gift and collectable. (Anthony may buy this just to convince me to cook more…)
image_5Last but not least, we have the game that takes FOREVER: Monopoly. If you love the classic board game and also love classic Nintendo characters…well say hello to the Nintendo Monopoly Board Game. I must admit, I am pretty competitive when it comes to board games…or games in general. The game pieces resemble those little symbols we enjoyed in Nintendo games such as the mushroom from Super Mario, Link’s Sword from Legend of Zelda, and even Samus’s Helmet from the Metroid series. It’s an awesome gift that you could even play on Christmas day if you wanted to! I found this lovely game for $29.99 at Kmart, so once again there may be no shipping required!

Well, those are a few gifts to hopefully give you ideas on what to get those geeks in your life! I am so tempted to order all of these…this post may have been a bad idea. Christmas is only 19 days away though! Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? I am SO CLOSE. I have Anthony, my dad, and my sister left! SO CLOSE. I can’t wait to see everyone’s faces though! AHHHHH. Let me know if you’ve finished your Christmas shopping or what items you got the geek in your life! I am excited to hear from you all!

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend! Please be safe and take care! Flu season is among us so stay warm and healthy!! And as always, remember to Live. Laugh. Smile
Thanks for Reading~! ❤
With Love,
Taylor Rae