May 2012 archive

Spread the Love

Hi darlings,

Long week!  And it’s Wednesday!  But my new job has been super exciting, and with one of the most crucial members of the team on vacation, it’s been busy for all of us.  Honestly, I didn’t find it difficult at all to get used to talking to strangers about intimate products.  I guess I don’t really have much of a filter for that kind of thing…  The strangest thing to get used to?  Not everyone wants to talk about the products as much as I do!  It’s a little sad when I don’t get to tell them the great things about ben-wa balls and Liberators, but some people just like to shop alone.

Thank you all for being there for me during this transition.  I’ve really never worked this much at a job that I actually love before, and while it’s far less draining than working at a big box retailer was (many moons ago), at the end of the day it’s still been eight hours on the floor.

Speaking of thanks, here are some of the lovely ladies that keep me going!  Their posts always put a smile on my face, or a sticky thought in my mind.  (That sounds kinda gross, but I meant that they sometimes pose questions or ideas that need time to sort out in your brain.  Not, like, anything disgusting.)

Kasia has been around here since pretty much the very beginning, and she’s one of my favorite ladies.  She blogs over at Koju Bofu, all about her travels and her daily experiences.  She’s definitely earned an International Playgirl status!

Corinne of Frock & Roll is a new friend that I’m head over heels for!  I think she’s one of the only bloggers I know who hadn’t embraced the smart phone trend until very recently.  But we got her!  She’s on the dark side now!

Carmen always makes me laugh like crazy.  She blogs at Cheeky Cheeky and I have a blogcrush on her.  I’m also one of her May sponsors, and she’s such a pleasure to work with that if I have to stop sponsoring her at some point, I’ll probably shed a tear.

Chantilly is a fantastic singer/songwriter/blogger based in New York.  She’s an amazing lady who really works hard to live out her dream, and her blog is so honest and unpretentious.

Em of Lick My Cupcakes is an Australian baller and hilarious lady blogger of awesomeness.  She keeps me entertained on the Twitter machine and her latest blog post cracks me up.

Thank you ALL!



Blog Funk


A few months ago, I remember reading more than a handfull of posts by some of my favorite bloggers discussing their own blog funks and dissatisfaction.  Most of them rebounded quickly and have continued to be some of my favorites.

Working 30-40 hours a week in retail is exhausting, I’m not going to lie to you.  I absolutely love it, but a lot of human contact means a very tiring day.  I’m kind of an introvert (I’m an INFJ, if you’re curious) so this work leaves me wanting to do a little more hibernating.

The best thing about my job is that I get to spend hours nearly every day helping people.  Maybe selling someone a rabbit vibe isn’t quite like serving them dinner at a shelter, but if I can help someone’s relationship with themselves or their partner(s) evolve, I consider that a human service.  I’m proud to do what I do.

Truthfully, this has left me with way less time for blogging.  I think it would be a good idea for me to plan out 1-2 good, meaty posts per week, in addition to regular Lazy Sundays (which, did you know, is actually a Lonely Island song!?  Legit, I had no clue).  I’m not a big time blogger, but I hope that I won’t be losing anyone if I try this schedule out.

I’m definitely in no way abandoning the Darling Mothership.  Bear with me while I adjust to this crazy awesome new life schedule??



Sick & Lazy Sunday

Hi darlings,

So apparently retail is a danger to your health and well-being.  Not like, shopping, but working in retail.  But actually, it’s probably just my weak-ass immune system, which essential works about 70% of the time.  If there’s something going around, I will come down with it.  My throat hurts like the dickens.

Luckily for you, this means I’ve had plenty of time to sit in bed looking for Sunday links!  Hoorah!

Throwback: This guest post by Kyla Roma on My Girl Thursday was one of the first posts I read about starting a blog and how to do it your way.

&  As you probably know, I love all things Instagram.  I’m an Instawhore.  Ergo, I was completely giddy when Gala posted Ten Ways to Make Your Instagram Photos Pop, because Gala ‘grams with the best of ‘em.

&  I’m always freaking out over being “an adult” – mind you, I have a Hello Kitty toaster and received an Easter basket this year – and the blog Adulting makes it so much easier.  If you feel underprepared to be an adult, go.  There are tons of tips on everyday things life throws at you that you will need to take care of because mum & dad are no longer responsible for you.

&  Stela always posts amazing tutorials on her blog Stelabird; one of my favorites is this zippered mini pouch.  Also, she’s a small business owner, so she automatically gets +500 cool points.

&  Have you been following Sarah’s 6 Weeks to a Better Blog series?  I’m addicted!


I think the rest of today will be spent cleaning and shopping at H&M.  I’m in major need of some new summer dresses and skirts, and I’ve noticed that my old clothes just don’t fit my body like they used to.  Instead of cramming myself into them and feeling awkward and guilty, I think I’m going to try shopping for my new hips instead.  (I gained about 7lb this year, and it all settled on the hips, boobs, and butt… I’m counting myself lucky!)  Anyone else in need of a seasonal wardrobe update?




New Job Announcement + Instagrams!


I know it’s been ridiculously long since last I posted, and I even neglected Lazy Sunday (because ironically, it wasn’t lazy at all).  I’m a failure.  Except I’m not a failure because I’ve been working at my new job for around 25 hours a week!  It’s pretty fantastic, and now I can actually tell you about it!

I just started at Adam & Eve Pittsburgh!  If you’ve never heard of Adam & Eve, it started in the 70’s as a mail delivery service for condoms, and grew until it became a well-known and trusted brand for toys, contraception, and even lingerie.  The Pittsburgh store is pretty heavily lingerie based, and caters particularly to women and couples.  In the two weeks since I started, I have to say, it’s been a great experience.  I’m loving the staff, I have fun at work, and I really feel like I’m helping people in an under-served niche.  If you’re in Pittsburgh but you’ve never been to a “sex toy store” or you’ve been to Adult Mart and found it just a little too skeevy for your tastes, I think you would like Adam & Eve.  Full disclosure: The store did not pay me to write this, and I do not receive any special perks for it.  I legitimately am really enjoying my new job!  

Ready for some Instagrams??


I totally forget what this is called, but it’s delicious. //  I hung out with lingerie models at my new job.  Nbd.

Fresh mozz and roasted tomatoes on bruschetta.  //  Me, in the car, being washed out.

My new 1970’s era typewriter.  It needs some TLC.  (No Scrubs)  //  My faaaavorite flowers are yellow roses.  So pretty.

I finally learned how to use a framing app for my Instagrams!

Whew!  Be back soon with more, including an actual real Lazy Sunday post!



Reading on My Nook to Avoid Judgment

Any of my darlings have e-readers?  I’m kind of obsessed with my Nook.  Anyone staunchly opposed to e-readers?  Then you obviously don’t do any guilty pleasure reading outside your own home.  Don’t look at me like that.

This morning, I caved.  I bought the first 4 books in the Pretty Little Liars series by Sarah Shepard.  After watching the first two seasons of the show in less than a semester (hey, I’m not proud), and upon realizing I have nothing to read that’s not intellectually enriching, I thought, hey, why not?

I could have bought the paperback boxed set, but then I would have had to become a hermit and read them only from the confines of my own room.  Let’s be serious – this is basically what the Nook was created for: embarrassing reading.  I want to be able to sit at the little corner coffee shop, sip a chai latte, and hope that everyone else thinks I’m reading a masterpiece.  And if anyone asks, I will lie.  And I will do whatever I have to, including read some SparkNotes, to keep up with that lie because I’m a proud little bitch.

Ah-hem.  The point of this post is that I will be updating you accordingly if these books are worth reading.  Because I can’t possibly be the only one looking for light summer material, right?

What are you reading this summer?  Did your spring semester kick your ass, too?  Have you read Fifty Shades of Grey yet?  Tell me!

Marvelously and with her nose deep in a Nook,



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