where have i been?

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Welp.

Needless to say…it has been a l o n g while since I have last touched this website.

And if you haven’t been here for a while, you may have noticed a lot of things changed.

First things first; where have I been?

I haven’t done anything crazy, I promise. I just needed a break from a few things which included the website. I lost a lot of motivation for it to a point where after I made drastic changes, I just wanted to not look at it for a long time. It was heartbreaking to see Simply Taylor Rae go and replace it with something new…but I was mostly upset because I just didn’t have the creative spark I once did when I was updating the website on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. I kind of felt like I failed, I suppose? It was a weird feeling. So, I suppose to answer the question fully; I’ve been working, going to school, focusing on DJ’ing and trying to gain some sort of creativity and drive for the website and the youtube channel.

S E C O N D L Y; what happened to Simply Taylor Rae?

As I said before; I lost all drive for it and didn’t put the effort that I once wished for it. I didn’t want to maintain a site or a blog that I just didn’t have the heart for…so I re-did the site and made it more focused on my DJ’ing events and releases because I know for sure there will be content and it kind of releases me from the creative grasp I was trying to constantly achieve with Simply Taylor Rae. Needless to say, the old posts are still available to view so no worries there. But from here on out; my posts will now contain pictures, videos, and other bits of content from any events I attend, main releases, and behind the scenes here and there of whatever the heck I am doing. I know this will be much different than what I was posting prior…but I hope you all will continue to support me.

And finally; life updates!

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Honestly; I don’t know if there’s much for me today. This past weekend, I celebrated my 25th birthday and let me tell you; that quarter life crisis is already sneaking up on me. I found out around Thanksgiving that I was going to be an aunt to a baby boy. I’m still in school and I’m still working, but life is pretty good so no complaints.

And I think that’s where I am going to leave it for today. Thank you guys for all of the support for the last 5.5 years and I hope I created content that made you smile or you were able to relate to. I hope I will continue to make you smile as I move on forward as a DJ.  Here’s to the future…

Taylor Rae

 

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SimplyMe: Changes, Parties, and Updates

Wow, I thought I posted more in September but I suppose I did not? My bad, guys!!

So, needless to say, this last month has been a bit more hectic than usual hence the lack of posts. I guess I let myself get a bit overwhelmed before getting everything taken care of? I’m not too sure, but a huge thing I was really focused on was getting everything ready to go back to school. After a year hiatus, I felt that I needed to get my butt back in gear and go back to receive my bachelor’s degree which is fine but reapplying for college is very stressful for me. Thankfully, everything worked out and I’m hoping to hear within the next month whether I’ll be accepted into the college or not, but I’m so nervous. ╰[ ⁰﹏⁰ ]╯

There’s also a huge part of me that was struggling with anxiety over everything happening at work, college, and home that I felt so rushed for no reason and just wanted to sleep or relax rather than worrying about the website or the YouTube channel.

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However, today I was able to get a lot of things done I think! I made a lot of updates and changes to Simply Taylor Rae! If you notice, the header image has changed and I absolutely adore it. I wanted to leave it simple (obviously) and make it universal to changes on the site. I also made changes to categories; the categories are back up at the top menu to make searching for posts easier, however older posts have been categorized as “older posts” which you can find at the bottom. There are still more aesthetic changes to come but in terms for formatting and such, that’s finally complete. ⁽(◍˃̵͈̑ᴗ˂̵͈̑)⁽

Anyways, let’s move on to updates!

If you were on Twitter or Facebook, I had announced that Anthony and I were planning on attending Nekocon in November to cover the VOCAMERICA concert. Although I would really like to go, that is no longer set in stone due to financial priorities. If we decide that we have the finances to go then there’s a possibility we will be there, however it’s kind of a bad time for us as we have a trip to California coming up along with Christmas so it’s kind of a long shot.

BUT SPEAKING OF CALIFORNIA…yeah that’s a thing we’re doing. I am hoping to vlog as much of the trip as possible, but no guarantees if we can’t find the vlogging camera. However, I will definitely be taking plenty of pics for the site so no worries there.

And finally, let’s talk about this past weekend!

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This weekend began a bit stressful; we had a 50th birthday party to attend but I also needed to make cupcakes for and although normally that doesn’t sound too hard…it’s difficult when you work full-time and still need to buy supplies and things just were not working the way you’d thought. Thankfully, the cupcakes came out super clean and classy and we did have fun at the party!

Aaaaand, I think this is where I’m going to wrap today’s post! I hope you guys enjoyed this post though I know it was a bit more informative rather than fun, but I really do appreciate you all being incredibly patient and supportive through this process!! (ෆˊ͈ ु꒳ ूˋ͈ෆ) If you have any suggestions for the site and constructive criticism, please let me know! You can leave a comment down below or click the contact button at the top of the page.

I hope you all have a wonderful week and I shall see you next time!

Thanks for Reading~! ❤
With Love,
Taylor Rae

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Happy Valentine’s Day & Updates

Hello Everyone!

I’ve kind of been on an unannounced hiatus, sorry guys. There were a lot of things that caused me to kind of lose my focus with a lot of things and now I am trying to get it all back, slowly but surely. I do plan on resuming posts next week, but I do hope you all understand. Thank you so much for your continued support and I will have a surprise announcement within the next month or so! I can’t wait to share it with you all~!

With that said, Anthony and I need to get ready for our Dinner Date, so I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day whether you are single or taken!

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Because nothing says “I love you more” than our Tyrant Lord Espurr! (If you watch OtakuHaven72 on Twitch, you may get the joke…)

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As always, I hope you all have an awesome weekend and I shall see you all again next week! You know the deal…

REMEMBER: All Hail the Mighty Lord Helix and Lord Mega Bidoof. (Yay Pokemon Jokes…)

Thanks for Reading~! ❤
With Love,
Taylor Rae

SimplyMe: Finals, Birthdays, Reading, And WHAT!?

Hello everyone!
I cannot believe how lethargic I have been feeling lately. Actually, no. I can believe it because I’m neglecting my blog…whoops. Sorry guys. Right now, I am currently dealing with a full-time work schedule, homework, studying for next week’s finals, prepping for my final semester, and trying to get at least one day a week where I can just sleep in and rest. It’s proving difficult, but I am trying really hard to keep up! Just one more week!

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Welp, yes. I am indeed studying for my Japanese and Oceanography finals next week and the struggle is real. I will be 100% honest: I suck at exams and I suck at science, so one of those subjects is a double whammy. I am trying my hardest to find any motivation possible to study, but then I think of something else and that becomes a priority. I have found ways to help me enjoy studying, but actually getting to study is most difficult. Le sigh…

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On a happier note, my little sister’s birthday was this past week and we ended up at Bahama Breeze in Woodbridge.  She turned 19 years old and we brought our family and her boyfriend’s family together! And guess what, the STR Crew’s Kyler was there! Huzzah.

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Finally, I guess I will show you guys what I’ve been reading as of late! I was thinking about doing a separate post on this, but I have some other ideas floating in my head so I’ll show them to you now!

First up is “The Console Wars” by Blake J. Harris. Ever since I saw YouTuber, TheJWittz, tweet about this book, I was immediately intrigued. I am a huge video game fan and my favorite thing about video games is the history behind them as well as the easter eggs and glitches that plague them. “The Console Wars” focuses on the Sega v. Nintendo wars and although the book is pretty lengthy, it’s incredibly detailed and a fantastic read for all you gamer nerds. I highly recommend reading it!

Next is the manga 「きのこいぬ」or “Mushroom Pup”. Now, I had picked this up on a complete whim and I do not regret it. It’s far from my personal taste in manga, but it ended up being something new, refreshing, and ridiculously adorable. It’s a bit difficult to explain the premise, but I suggest reading it if you’re looking for a light comic.

Finally, I ended up picking up two copies of Otaku USA! Why? Because Sailor Moon is on the cover, duh. Why else would I purchase a magazine? Actually, I purchased it to showcase in my room…so I expect to frame it sometime soon. If I’m correct, this is the first US magazine cover Sailor Moon has graced since the original series arrived in America.

Well, that’s it for today’s post! I hope you enjoyed this little update on my incredibly overwhelming lifestyle. More intriguing posts are to come, I promised! As always though, I’d love to hear what you think so feel free to comment down below and if you’d like to recommend post ideas, please hit the contact button above. I hope you all have a fantastic weekend and like every week…

REMEMBER: “I’m queen of the castle. I’m queen of the castle!” – Nora Valkyrie (RWBY)

Thanks for Reading~! ❤
With Love,
Taylor Rae

P.S.: There’s a NEW VIDEO on the Simply Taylor Rae YouTube Channel! Another installment to “The STR Crew Reacts to…”!! Prepare for the ultimate of ridiculous laughter and banter courtesy of Taylor Rae & Ambrozine.

The Geeky: Sailor Moon Crystal is US Bound!?

Why Hello There!
…You guys. I have a serious problem. I AM OBSESSED WITH SAILOR MOON. In the 15 years I’ve been a fan, I feel that me having money and the gracious amount of attention span has encouraged me to bring back ALL of the childhood memories. It’s gotten so bad that I even bought the omnibus versions of Cardcaptor Sakura. SOMEONE STOP ME. Actually, please don’t. I’m having way too much fun.

ANYWAYS, there’s a lot of news in regards to Sailor Moon Crystal that I thought I’d update you on what we have thus far since my last post on the subject! So, why don’t we start?
sailor moon news 2Release News:

  • Sailor Moon Crystal is set to Debut on July 5, 2014 7PM JST (Japan Standard Time). This means it will debut at 6AM US EST.
  • There will be 26 episodes in the season with a new episode aired every other Saturday.
  • Sailor Moon Crystal will be streaming through the following sites: Nico Nico Douga (Japan), Crunchyroll (International), Hulu Plus (International), and Neon Alley (International).
  • Subtitles will be available for international audience.
  • Viz Media has acquired full Sailor Moon rights for the original Sailor Moon anime as well as Sailor Moon Crystal.
  • The original series with original Japanese Dub is currently available to watch on Neon Alley and Hulu Plus. 2 New Episodes will be available Every Monday.

English Dub News:

  • Viz Media has announced that they are going to release a brand new English dub of the original series with an all new cast.
  • The cast will be announced on July 5th at Anime Expo.
  • The English dub cast has been personally chosen by Naoko Takeuchi, creator of Sailor Moon.

DVD/Blu-Ray Release News:

  • Along with a new English cast, Viz Media announced that they will be releasing the original series on DVD/Blu-Ray in the Fall of 2014.
  • This will include the English Dub and original Japanese Dub.
  • No current release date, but more information will be available during the Anime Expo panel.
  • This will include all 200 episodes and all 5 seasons: Sailor Moon, Sailor Moon R, Sailor Moon S, Sailor Moon Super S, and Sailor Moon Sailor Stars.
  • The series will be Uncut and Remastered just as they aired in Japan. They are also Uncensored.

That’s pretty much the technical news until July 5th! Since my last post, they have revealed the inner senshi character profiles which included a look at the animation…
sailor moon animationIf you compared this to the Original series, this is incredibly different! I remember saying that I wanted the animation to resemble that of the original series, but I can see why they went this route. If you think about it, these profiles closely resemble that of the manga but also resemble a lot of today’s modern anime. The original series was made in 1992+, so they art style was a lot more rounder and shoujo animes had a certain look to them. Crystal’s art style is a bit more detailed and has a sharper look to it. I was shocked at first, but looking at it now…I actually quite like it! (Especially Usagi’s hair! Holy crap you guys.)

I already expressed my wants from the new series…BUT I have a few more:

Sailor Moon Crystal Expectations:

  • Mamoru with Glasses. PLEASE.
  • Accurate Ages! (Usagi is 14 & Mamoru is 17 in the Manga.)
  • Meaningful Filler Episodes if Necessary.
  • Accurate Depiction of Usagi & Mamoru’s Relationship.
  • Pea Green Jacket & Lavender Pants for Mamoru.

I think my list is rather reasonable…

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Anyways, that is it for tonight! It’s almost MIDNIGHT, WHAT HAPPENED TO THE TIME!? I hope all you Moonies found this helpful! I know there’s a lot of Sailor Moon merchandise being released as well and there is a helpful website for that: SailorMoonCollectibles.Com! Literally, there’s a list of all the Japanese releases and what websites ship the items internationally! That’s how I managed to purchase the Japanese Complete Edition of the SM Manga.

I’m excited to hear what you all have to say! If you have any expectations, opinions, thoughts, or anything dealing with Sailor Moon Crystal, leave a comment down below!! If you’d like to suggest ideas for future posts, please click on the Contact Button above!

With all of that said, have a fantastic rest of the week everyone! I hope you enjoyed your Memorial Day as I did, stay safe and sound, and as always…

REMEMBER: Though they are lost, they are never forgotten…

Thanks for Reading~! ❤
With Love,
Taylor Rae

Engagement Photos: UPDATED!

HELLO HELLO!
I am just a tad bit excited…our engagement photos are coming up in about 3 weeks which sounds long, but I am so excited! We’ve been slowly preparing for the shoot with Mathy Shoots People and we’ve got the basis of what we want our shoots to reflect: our geeky ways, our love, and who we are individually. So, we are pretty much set at this point, all I have to do now is just make sure my engagement dress still fits…I’m going to be working out hard these next few weeks…and years. But basically this post is to update you all on what outfits I will be wearing and why! SO, let’s see what I’ll be wearing for my engagement photos…

engagement 2So, this first outfit is very simple, comfortable, and complements mine and Anthony’s geeky side. We will be wearing the same shirt and shoes for this portion and this will probably also feature our “I Said ‘Yes'” thing on the 3DS to emphasize my ridiculousness. I’m not too sure if I’ll be wearing any jewelry aside from basic necklace and such, but it’s definitely going to be the most simple outfit of the shoot. I am excited to see how we work with this!
Old School Gamer Tee – JCPenny
Jeggings – WalMart (Comfy too)
Shoes – Nike Air Jordan 3 Retro

engagement 3This outfit is definitely going to be accompanied by some Chinese food and a picnic blanket. It’s funny, our photographer asked us what our “thing” is as a couple and I told them Chinese food and relaxing! So we are going to have some Chinese food takeout boxes and a little picnic in the park of Downtown Fredericksburg. I love this outfit though mostly because of the colors and it gives me an opportunity to wear some jewelry like the bracelet shown and a handmade necklace from my mother. It is definitely a comfortable outfit, though a bit more made up in a sense.
Striped Top – TJMaxx
Jeggings – WalMart
Shoes – Nike Air Jordan 3 Retro
Jewelry – Charming Charlie’s & Handmade

engagement 1This will probably be our final outfit and is a bit more…formal, I suppose? This is actually my favorite outfit because the dress is so beautiful! It features colorful stars and the most perfect lattice cutout! It truly does show my personality in a big way. I am so excited to wear it for the photo shoot and the engagement party as well! I was debating on whether to wear heels or not with this outfit because it is for our more formal shots, but I decided to stick to who I am and chose my off-white crochet oxfords and it honestly became the most perfect outfit I’ve ever put together. This outfit is for our walk among the colorful buildings in DT F’burg and also hints at our wedding theme. I’ll also be wearing a handmade anklet that my mother also made as well as cute star earrings. I AM SO EXCITED TO WEAR THIS OUTFIT IT’S RIDICULOUS. AH.
Star Catching Dress – ModCloth
Laced Back Cardigan – TJMaxx
Crochet Oxfords – TJMaxx
Jewelry – Random Korean Store & Handmade

So, that is pretty much a detailed list of what I am going to be wearing and how we are coordinating it into who me and Anthony are. We are so excited and we are definitely going to share the experience with you all! WE WILL MAKE YOUTUBE WORK FOR US. But yes, we will be filming that day as well…or as much as we possibly can. But, I hope you all enjoyed this update and I hope you all will look forward to the video and I HOPE YOU ALL LOOK FORWARD TO MY VERY FIRST POST ON THE DC LADIES’ BLOG AS A COLLEGIATE CLUB CONTRIBUTOR ON AUGUST 22ND!!! I’m excited. :O AHHHHHH.
Anyways, I hope you all have a great rest of your week! Be safe and always remember to Live. Laugh. Smile 🙂
Thanks for Reading~! ❤
With Love,
Taylor Rae