Love Live! Nishikino Maki “Sunny Day Song” SPM Figure Unboxing

Hello~!

I accidentally took too long in posting again…crap. (╬ ꒪Д꒪)ノ I’m sorry guys; I let time get the best of me again. But I’ll have two posts this week so there’s a plus! Anyways, I couple weeks ago I was able to get my hands on a wonderfully adorable figure of my Love Live! bias and I took pictures of me opening it. TA-DA.

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Ah, yes. My main bae; Nishikino Maki. The store I go to for many things Korean and Japanese started carrying LEGIT (I emphasize this because some of the stores in California carried awful fakes…) figures and goods and when I saw her, I just couldn’t walk away without her. The weeb in me was let out in full force as I rushed to the check out counter. (⁎⁍̴̀﹃ ⁍̴́⁎)♡ It was a beautiful moment.

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Let’s begin with the box and what not. The box art itself is quite cute although not entirely my aesthetic to be honest. The front of the box features the figure with Maki posed and in position. The side art features of profile view of Maki from the anime. The back of the box had information that wasn’t exactly necessary for pictures. The inside of the box had Maki nicely wrapped in bubble wrap and cardboard.

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This what she looked like after being removed from said box. If I remember correctly; assembling her took a little bit of work because although it’s literally two pieces…the holes where you insert the tags in her feet weren’t cooperating and I couldn’t get both in at the same time. HOWEVER. I somehow managed to do it and I can’t even remember how. (๑•̀ㅂ•́)و✧

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After assembling her; I was awestruck at the amount of details. The pleats and folds are what got me the most. She’s a sturdy figure for sure which is good especially if you’re clumsy like myself. (๑•́‧̫•̀๑) I think the item I love most about her is the transparent fabric over her skirt which they did so beautifully.  It really made me love the figure just a tad more.

Overall; it was definitely worth the amount of money I spent which I recall was about $35 but I could be mistaken. If you’d like to purchase the doll, I found it on Amazon for $27! Here is the link! This is a great item for anyone who loves Love Live! or just Nishikino Maki. Definitely a good purchase. Anyways, I hope you guys enjoyed this post! Like I said; another post is on the way this week so please be on the look out. Also, I have a trip to Charleston coming up again so if you’d like to see a blog post or a vlog, please let me know in the comments down below. With that said I hope you have a wonderful rest of your week! I’ll see you next time~!!!

Thanks for Reading~! ❤
With Love,
Taylor Rae

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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!

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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.

+ POKEMON SUN & MOON +
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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.

+ADIDAS SHOES+
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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.

+DISNEY JIM SHORE FIGURINES+
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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.

+MY BED+
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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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【初音ミク Project DIVA X -Complete Collection-】Unboxing + Video

Well hello!

It’s been a wee bit of a while, huh?

Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of brainstorming and planning for the website and YouTube channel’s re-vamp. I’ve got a lot of changes to make but I know they will be for the better to enhance your experience here at Simply Taylor Rae. WITH THAT SAID…

A week ago, I ordered something from CDJapan and it finally arrived yesterday so I filmed and took pictures while unboxing it and OH MY GOD. It’s Miku Bae again. Sorry guys…

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Yep, that’s right. I ordered「初音ミク Project DIVA X -Complete Collection-」 and I got the limited edition along with little to no regrets. It wasn’t too pricey either, so YAY. But like I said; I also did a video to go along with this post so that will be down below after all the pictures and what not!

LET’S GET STARTED~.

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The Collection is kept in a rather nice and high quality box compared to Project Mirai Deluxe box I got a while back. It’s not flimsy and the artwork (by KEI) is GORGEOUS. It’s easy to open and the artwork goes all the way around.

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As soon as you open the box, you’re greeting by the best freakin’ phone stand you’ve ever seen in your life. You also have the logo floating all over the inside of the box.

Project Diva Phone Stand

The phone stand is made of acrylic and very easy to assemble. It does it’s job well by holding your phone and it looks like Miku is waving to you to put your phone on her. I don’t know how I feel about that last statement, I’m so sorry. (シ_ _)シ But I actually really liked this little addition more than I thought I would. It’s so cute; I don’t know whether to bring it to work to be used or leave it at home with my other Miku stuff.

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Underneath the phone stand lies a cute booklet filled with lyrics and incredibly adorable artwork for each song featured in Project DIVA X. I am definitely loving the illustration for “Love Trial.” (*’∀’人)♥

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And finally we’ve reached the TREASURE of the box; the CDs & Blu-Ray. The front of the CD case is decorated with the same image featured on every piece of merchandise for this freakin’ game apparently…not that I mind, I find it quite adorable but it’s a tad redundant I suppose. The back of the case lists the songs featured on each CD as well as the PVs for the Blu-Ray. The case is quite thick since it holds 3 CDs which I am actually a bit surprised seeing as how the Project Mirai Deluxe box had a bunch of smaller cases…I guess it makes more sense like this.

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The CD art also features the same exact artwork. Nothing new except that the CDs are one color whereas the Blu-Ray is the actual full-colored illustration. I have nothing to really say about these except THE MUSIC IS AMAZING AND I LOVE IT AND I AM FANGIRLING EXTREMELY HARD.

This video covers much of the same stuff; just with better commentary and you get to watch me fail putting together the phone stand. (੭ु ‾᷄ᗣ‾᷅ )੭ु⁾⁾

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THIS WAS SUCH A LONG POST OMG. It was so worth it though. I love this box set so much and I’m glad I got to share the unboxing with you guys! If you purchased or planned on purchasing this item; leave a comment down below! I’d love to hear what you think of it!

I have a weekend trip coming up in two weeks, so I’ll be sure to either vlog or take pictures for you guys! I also plan to do an unboxing of another item soon, so stay tuned!

Thank you for reading~! ❤
With Love,
Taylor Rae (ง ´͈౪`͈)ว

Current Faves +January 2016+

Hello Ladies and Gents!

I’m sorry this post is rather late for a monthly favorite series. It’s been a bit busy here but I’m trying!! ( ˃̶͈ ̯ ̜ ˂̶͈ˊ ) ︠³

Anyways, this month I really focused on things that are calming and help me relax. So, it’s nothing too crazy but I really wanted to share these things with you in case anyone is looking for something to help them relax!

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In terms of fashion, music, and books; these items are really incredibly helpful for me with combating my anxiety a bit. Although different things help different people, I highly recommend all of the items in this post! ヾ(・∀・*)

MUSIC

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I have been so addicted to Akdong Musician lately. There’s something so calming and uplifting with their music that I have found myself listening to it at work in the car if I feel that I’m on the verge of a panic or anxiety attack. They’ve only released one album called “Play” but it’s so wonderful, I highly suggest it. My favorite tracks are “Artificial Grass” and “Melted.” They also released a powerful ballad as an online single called “Time and Fallen Leaves.” This song leaves me in tears every time, but it’s also relaxing. The feels guys, the feels. ꒰๑•̥﹏•̥๑꒱

BOOK

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I’ve had a lot of free time at work so I’ve been doing a lot of reading and found myself buying Marie Kondo’s newest book, “Spark Joy” to help with the clutter in my room which (hopefully) will help with my anxiety and kind of get me in the right mind set in terms of life and spending money among other things. The book is really simple in terms of instructions and doesn’t shame your clutter habits, but rather helps you determine which items spark joy in your life and which items aren’t. Plus, the illustrations are really cute.

GAMES

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I don’t know how or why, but I downloaded Love Live! School Idol Festival one night and I haven’t stopped playing since. The app is available on iOS systems and it’s really just…an otaku’s dream. I love the music and game play, it’s hard but the music makes me enjoy the challenge. It’s a tad difficult to rank up, but I love collecting the cards and MAKI IS ULTIMATE BAE YOU GUYS. This doesn’t really help with my anxiety, but it’s an overall fun game that I’d totally suggest for people with an iPad.

FASHION

 Fashion

I’ve been buying new work clothes here and there to build up my wardrobe and one of my favorite pieces is this Merona Tunic from Target. It’s an olive green with elephants printed through the top. It’s so comfortable and light, and the color is relaxing to me. I looks cute casual with brown boots, or with black slacks and flats. It wasn’t too pricey either! I love pairing it with long necklaces too. ヾ(´▽`;)ゝ

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That’s all for today, folks! I hope you enjoyed the post. If you purchased any of these items or have any recommendations for music or books that help with anxiety or depression, please feel free to drop a comment down below! I’m not too sure what the next post will be on…maybe Valentine’s Day? Haha, but I’ll let you all know when I come up with it. Anyways, I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and week. HAPPY SUPER BOWL SUNDAY TOMORROW. (Let’s go Panthers~!)

Thanks for Reading~! ❤
With love,
Taylor Rae

Current Faves +December 2015+

What is up everyone!?

Oh wow, it’s the last week of 2015! Time has honestly flown by; it feels like 2014 just ended. This year has definitely been one to remember and I’ve definitely experienced some bittersweet moments, but I know that everything will work out in the end. ଘ꒰ ๑ ˃̶ ᴗ ᵒ̴̶̷๑꒱و ̑̑

Anyways, I thought a good idea for the last week of December would be a “Current Faves” post! Something a bit fun~! I hope you all enjoy it.

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If you don’t recall, in October’s Current Faves, I had mentioned my favorites books of the month. This month will instead include a beauty product since I haven’t read any books worth mention. (○´・д・)ノ

MUSIC

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Last month I decided to splurge a little bit on iTunes and ended up finally purchasing HachioujiP’s “Desktop Cinderella” album. I have no regrets. This album is full of fun, electric pop goodness. I listen to it while getting ready to gain some hype for the day and…it makes me feel like a princess. | ू´ᆺ`●) With so many great songs, it’s hard to choose a favorite, but the song I’ve listened to most is “Beautiful Nightmare” featuring Megurine Luka. I definitely recommend this album for Vocaloid enthusiasts!

BEAUTY

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I swear, I have no idea what Winter is anymore. Virginia’s weather has been all over the place with hot days then straight to cold; it makes no sense and it’s doing a number on my skin and lips. Although I’m struggling to find a facial product that is consistent for the weather changes, I have grown incredibly fond of my EOS Lip Balm. It’s slightly fragrant, but doesn’t have an excessive smell or taste. It’s very moisturizing and I typically only need to apply it 2 to 3 times a day. The only issue I have is reminding myself to put it on…

GAMES

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So, my dad got me “Splatoon” for Christmas. And I LOVE IT. I was so interested in playing it after seeing countless posts on Tumblr…and now I see why everyone loves it. The squid characters are actually adorable, I want all of the Callie + Marie fanart, and the game play is actually quite smooth despite my very slight frustration with the camera. I can’t wait to actually do online turf wars!

FASHION

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Oh look! Another Christmas presents. (*ˊૢᵕˋૢ*) My parents got me a really cute new tote for Christmas and it’s ModCloth’s Got One Friend in My Pocket Tote and oh my lord, it’s perfect. It’s a rather large tote, so it fits everything I carry or a normal basis PLUS an extra front pocket which I am incredibly thankful for. I can put my phone and keys in that pocket without worrying about losing them. Anyways, I absolutely adore how this tote goes with pretty much every outfit I put together. ♡( ૢ⁼̴̤̆ ꇴ ⁼̴̤̆ ૢ)~ෆ♡ It’s like a match made in heaven. (Thanks Mom & Dad)

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Alrighty, that’s a wrap! I hope you all enjoyed this post, it was a lot of fun to put together. I will be posting either tomorrow or New Year’s day like I normally do, so please be on the look out! Have a fun and safe New Years Holiday and don’t party too hard!!!! (*;´□`)ゞ

Thanks for Reading~! ❤
With Love,
Taylor Rae ˭̡̞(◞⁎˃ᆺ˂)◞*✰

AC:HDD – Tay Tay’s Favorite Designs –

Hay Guys!

I can’t believe I haven’t really done an Animal Crossing post before on the blog, but HAY…Why not today? Lately, as I said in the previous post, I have been playing Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer so much and I thought I would share some of my favorite designs thus far! I don’t quite use the Happy Home Network yet, but when I do I’ll post the codes for them!

Favorite Designs

Please feel free to use these designs as inspiration for your own Animal Crossing characters and such!

Coffee ShopCOFFEE SHOP & CAFE – SHOP DESIGN 

This design was inspired by my love for cafes and lattes. A Very bright and organic appearance with coffee beans and supplies for the caffeine enthusiast along with a small cafe for taste testings and coffee-loving customers! Very adorable and comforting to me.

AnnaliseANNALISE’S HOME – STAINED GLASS TEA HOUSE

Annalise asked for a home with lots of Stained Glass and tea…MY KIND OF STYLE. I love the antique and colors of stained glass and thankfully you can customize the large stained glass panels so it can be a mix of patterns. I also love the use of dark colors to contrast the bright glass panels. It’s so luxurious and screams “Grandma fashioned” at the same time and I love it. Plus…tea. (灬♥ω♥灬)

Aurora

AURORA’S HOME – FLOWER SHOP

OH GOD I LOVE AURORA. She wanted a Flower Shop so I immediately went to town! Lots of bright colors, brick, and wood. I absolutely love the look of the white crate display tables, they look so beautiful in 95% of anything. I featured a lot of bright flowers, flower seeds, fertilizer, and even a watering can because reasons. Put some soothing music to give the shop a quaint feel and bOOM. Aurora loved it and I am so pleased with it as well.

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CLAUDIA’S HOME – HIGH CLASS CAFE

Claudia asked for a fancy, high class cafe…she won me over when I saw “cafe.” I didn’t want to go for too high class because I want something that’s a bit more welcoming. So while using the Gorgeous Counter, I added some Zen Wooden Tables and stools to add a more homey feel. I absolutely love the look of her home! I’d visit any day. (人*´∀`)

GayleGAYLE’S HOME – QUEEN OF HEARTS

I was a bit worried with Gayle’s home. She asked to be surrounded by hearts and of course I immediately thought of using the Lovely Furniture series…but I was worried because THERE ARE SO MANY FREAKIN’ HEARTS. It ended up coming out really cute though. I fell in love with the Illuminated Heart in the very back and used it for the landscape outside as well. I think her house is indeed perfect for her and her heart-shaped bookmark. (◍•ᴗ•◍)

Lyman

LYMAN’S HOME – VEGGIE PALACE

I was a bit skeptical with this design at first. I thought it’s too pale, but after I continued to look at it…I found it so perfect for Lyman! Loads of Veggies and a Kitchen, I loved the use of greens and light browns. Even Lyman was thrilled with the home! P.S. Retro Fridge is WINNING.

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OLIVIA’S HOME – PIANO LESSONS

Finally, we have Olivia’s beautiful school of piano! She asked for a home where she could teach piano lessons and I was a bit worried that the home layout I set for her wasn’t going to work BUT with the awesome use of the Ivy Screens, I was able to set up a waiting area and teaching area. I used Classic Furniture for the waiting area since it had that dark wood finish that looks so bae with the light wood floors. For the teaching area, I used Regal Furniture to match the White and Gold Piano. Olivia ended up loving the home as much as I did! Yay~.

That is it! I’m working on more designs and I’ll be doing some redesigns soon. Tomorrow I will be streaming some Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer on my Twitch Channel! I should be starting streaming around 9AM EST! I hope I can see some of you there. If you’d like more Animal Crossing posts on the blog, drop a like or a comment down below. With that said, I hope you all have a wonderful rest of your week!

Thanks For Reading~! ❤
With Love,
Taylor Rae ❣‧✩͓̊(ᵕ̴̤‧̮ ॣᵕ̴̤∗)ɞ₎₎☽˟

Current Faves +October 2015+

Hey Everybody!

I’m sorry it’s (yet again) been a while since my last post. To say this month has been stressful is an understatement. I am trying to find better ways to cope with it, but all will work out in some way, shape, or form. Anyways, I thought I’d do a fun post where I’ll share some things that I am thoroughly enjoying. I’m not 100% sure if this will be a monthly series, but for now I’ll keep the title as “Current Faves!” (๑•͈ᴗ•͈)

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I honestly had trouble picking specific items and themes…so I decided to include them all! A bit of music, books, games, and fashion~. (⑅˘͈ ᵕ ˘͈ ) If there is anything you’d like to know specifically that isn’t mentioned in this month’s post, please let me know in the comments below!

MUSIC

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I’ve always enjoyed jazz music but lately I’ve found myself listening to different jazz circles more and more. I’ve been especially fond of Baguettes Ensemble and Comiket 81! ♪(๑ᴖ◡ᴖ๑)♪

Baguettes Ensemble covers a lot of Vocaloid and Touhou songs which is actually how I discovered their music in the first place. Their songs may be covers, but they always add their own touch of incredible instrumental or vocal talents that really keeps me on my toes and gets me excited! One of my favorite songs at the moment is “Double Lariat” and I can’t help but spin around to it.

Comiket 81 focuses a bit more on Touhou background music and instrumentals. Their covers range from traditional jazz to cafe and lounge music. I prefer to listen to the Cafe de Touhou albums when I’m playing video games or at a local Starbucks while I catch up on some reading.

BOOKS

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For the longest time, I’ve been wanting to order the “Cardcaptor Sakura” Nakayoshi 60th Anniversary edition books and I finally got the chance as of recently…and I have no regrets. (≖ᴗ≖๑) First off, let me just say how stunning and gorgeous the artwork and details are on the cover. It was so pretty, I had trouble removing the plastic. ( ・ั﹏・ั)  Overall, the quality of the book entirely is just amazing. The pages are a lovely glossy paper that will not rip easily and I freakin’ adore CLAMP’s artwork throughout the entire series. This was an such an awesome purchase and I can’t stop fangirling!

I have had questions about how I read Japanese manga. I will admit, I have the entire CCS series in English and read it already. But for other series, I have a pretty good grip when it comes to reading Japanese, however there are certain kanji or phrases that I do get confused with. At that point, I just type it into my translation app and 95% it helps!

GAMES

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You guys…I have an addiction. AN ANIMAL CROSSING ADDICTION. ( ⁺⌓ॢ⁺;)՞ Actually, when I first heard news about Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, I thought it was the dumbest idea ever. All you do is design houses…and schools…and a hospital. However, when the Japanese version was released and let’s plays began appearing on YouTube, I took a gander and fell in love. Within moments, I was at my local GameStop pre-ordering the NFC-reader bundle. It was magical. Now that I have the game; I CAN’T STOP PLAYING. I must design EVERY HOUSE AS PASTEL AS POSSIBLE. (๑•̀ㅂ•́)و I’ll do a blog post soon on my favorite designs thus far!

FASHION

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This shirt is an original design by the always so lovely artist; kinok0girl! The sale is already over but the shirt design was called “Bear With Me”! The shirt is a dark navy blue with an illustrated pocket featuring a cute little Mochi Bear poking out. (♥ó㉨ò)ノ♡ Prior to this purchase, I had never ordered anything from TeeSpring before, but their t-shirt quality is actually very nice and comfortable. It doesn’t shrink and it washes and dries really well. I enjoy wearing this shirt so freakin’ much especially with my green military jacket! I can’t wait for kinok0girl to create more designs~.

THAT’S IT. ლ(́◉◞౪◟◉‵ლ) I hope you guys enjoyed this post and as I said before; if there is anything specifically you’d like to know about any of the products listed or if you’re wondering what’s my favorite of a different category (keep it family friendly please), go ahead and comment down below! You guys are awesome, I hope you all have a wonderful and safe weekend. Oh…HAPPY HALLOWEEN ꐑ(*ꐌ◡ꐌꐐ*)࿐࿔࿓

Thanks for Reading~! ❤
With Love,
Taylor Rae (੭ु。╹▿╹。)੭ु⁾⁾