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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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Recent Purchase: Star Wars x Vans from Journeys

What’s a Happening!?

Oops… I just realized that it’s been a while since my last “Recent Purchase” post. Thought I’ve bought a few items since then…BUT I’m bringing it back with a super cool purchase today. I’ve waited so long to buy these bad boys and, with the help of Anthony, I finally did. Say hello the Star Wars x Vans from Journeys.

recent purchase

Like I said, I’ve waited months and months to buy these babies. So when Anthony and I came across them at a Journeys, up north, he not only persuaded me to buy them he went half with me on a pair and BOOM! Here they are in all of their glory! This pair ran about $60 in store and online  which is how much we paid. A wee bit pricey but, for a Star Wars collector like myself, it felt like a valid investment.

the box

Honestly, these shoes are amazing because they feature my favorite Star Wars character; Darth Vader. They also feature other well-known characters such as Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca, some storm troopers. Even R2-D2 makes a minor appearance on the shoelaces! The soles remain the same as most Vans shoes do, but the insoles have both the Star Wars and the Vans logo printed in sight on them. Overall I am super excited with this purchase and I can’t wait to wear them out and about on the town!


the shoes

the shoes 2

the shoes 3

Alrighty, well that’s it for today! I hope you all enjoyed the post and guess what!? That super awesome surprise announcement is coming up TOMORROW! Can you guess what it is? Here at home I’ve gotten all sorts of guesses and none of them have been correct! I can’t wait to tell you all. Anyways, I hope you all have a fantastic week and weekend! Remember to stay safe and as always…


Thanks for Reading~! ❤
With Love,
Taylor Rae

Recent Purchase: Shoes & More Polkadots…

Hey Hey Hey!
I cannot believe how hot it is for Spring…although I guess this is rather ok since we are approaching Summer soon. I am so ready for Autumn though! I miss layering up. But anyways, Anthony and I made a recent run to TJMaxx this weekend where I bought a few items for reasonable prices and I am absolutely in love with them! So, what did I buy this time?purchaseI ended up spending only $54 during this trip, but it includes a black pair of casual loafers for $12.99 and a cute, nautical inspired pair of round-toed flats for only $16.99. I also ended up buying yet another polka dotted button up by Dalia Collection which typically runs $40.00+, but I ended up getting it for $19.99 and it fits like a dream!shoesThis is a close up on the flats! If you can’t tell, it’s almost like a rope or thick thread that makes up the texture and what not. With the striped pattern, I really feel like these are so perfect for the hot days ahead and bring a summer, nautical feel to an outfit easily. I can also see these with my polka dot top, shorts with tights, and a cute cardigan for Autumn. tumblr_mn22tmMumq1qa95aho1_500These were so comfortable for work! I like the unique-ness of the toe as well. At first, I thought they reminded me of TOMS, but I feel like TOMS are just a tad bit rounder when I compared pictures. I feel like these would look so adorable with simple patterned socks, such as what I wore above. It gives an outfit some zest and fun and you manage to stay comfortable at the same time. You can wear these with flared or skinny jeans and you’d still look comfy and casual. Definitely a recommended buy.

I wish I had a good picture of me wearing the shirt, but unfortunately…I do not. But, if you keep an eye on my instagram, you’ll probably see one in the future! With that said, that was my recent purchase from TJMaxx, one of my favorite stores because of all the wonderful deals~! I hope you all enjoyed this post and I know I need to include from health and beauty posts!! That might be happening more often now that I’m on a tight saving budget!

Anyways, I hope you all have an amazing week! For those affected by the Tornado in Oklahoma, my prayers go out to you. Please stay safe everyone and stay blessed. And always remember to Live. Laugh. Smile 🙂
Thanks for Reading~! ❤
With Love,
Taylor Rae

BONUS PICTURE:tumblr_mn3qu06xow1qa95aho1_500Among the flowers and bushes is the newest member to our family! His name is Boss (subject to change) and he is a 3 month old Pit Bull/Black Lab mix! He is the silliest thing ever with his long legs and stubby body. He’s found joy in jumping into flowers and playing hide and seek. But, he is getting along so well with our Yorkie Poo and the 2 Chihuahuas! We are so happy to have a new member to our growing family.