I’m a Bleeding Heart

But not like, a bleeding heart liberal, really.  I’m pretty socially liberal, but that’s not the point.  I want to bring home all of the animals.

In fact, I almost brought home a dog this past Thursday, because he was a breed recommended by the AKC for allergy sufferers and he was already housebroken.  But I’m also constantly complaining about being broke, so I ultimately decided it wasn’t a good idea.  And it wasn’t, but you know, I regretted it anyway.  He was adopted out this morning.

After the Nash incident, where I adopted a dog I thought I wasn’t allergic to, I quit looking for about two weeks.  And then I was back on the stuff, checking shelter websites multiple times a day for a dog that I might be able to keep.  This is a totally heartbreaking process, just so you know.

Steve is allergic to cats and I’m allergic to dogs.  It’s a good thing he’s basically everything I was looking for in a partner, because if he wasn’t this awesome, I might have picked a cat.  Just kidding.  (Sort of.)

I know this post is weirdly personal and not at all related to sex, toys, or relationships, but this is still a lifestyle blog right?  I’m really hoping someone else struggles with this, wanting to cuddle and feed and house everything they see.  I actually kind of want to adopt Pandora Box from the second season of Ru Paul’s Drag Race, but I don’t think drag queens are the same as cats.

If anyone wants to send me a Bichon for my birthday, that would be rad, and I would love the hell out of that little bugger.  Just kidding sort of.

Long-Overdue Instagram LIfe

I haven’t posted pictures from Instagram in at least a month, maybe two!  I hope you’ve missed them as much as I have.  I’ve been posting regularly on Twitter and Instagram itself, but they haven’t made it to my blog in a while.  (If you want to keep up with me, you can find me on IG @nicetobelieve!)

My dad’s an architect and sometimes likes to design and build model buildings.  This one is my favorite!

Page Dairy Mart!  If you’re ever in Pittsburgh, I seriously recommend grabbing some ice cream.  They have crazy soft serve flavors and the most amazing sundaes ever.

Blogger cliche #1,956,783: Froyo and toppings, shot from above.  So good.  Every bite.  Taro yogurt, raspberries, mochi, and graham cracker crumbs.

Every time I go into Madewell, I just leave wanting all of the things.

No Instagram post is complete without a shot of the fluffy pup, Dmitri!

Shrimp fajitas from Mad Mex?  Yes, please.  I was kind of shocked by how excellent they were as leftovers the next day.  College kid working 8 hour retail shifts win.

The flowers outside of my parents’ house attract the most adorable bumbly bees.  I can’t get enough!

Steve and I have taken to laying on his roof and watching the sunset, sometimes with dinner in hand.

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Instagrams of My Daily Life

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Hi pretties!

My hell weekend is finally over (on Tuesday night! sheesh!) and I am so excited for a relaxing night of Instagrams with you.  I really wanted to share my blog planner, but then I lost it for a week, and only found it again tonight after the sun had set and the lighting got too bad for pictures.  Le sigh.  So, that post will be coming in the very near future.  If you’re a terrible organizer like me and need a notebook a little different from most people’s to get things done, I hope my DIY fix will help you out!

In the mean time, to the photos!  I’m trying out a new layout this time, so stick with me, por favor!

1. Most delicious turtle sundae at Klavon’s! // 2. Look, a planet!  I don’t know which one, but it’s a planet!

3. New friend Mike has giant hands.  //  4. Any fellow Chivers?? That’s a mislabeled states shirt!  (It’s actually of Kentucky.  I wouldn’t have noticed.)

5. Hello, bright and sunshiny day!  //  6. I go to Pitt, and that’s the Cathedral of Learning. It’s like Hogwarts inside!  The first floor is, anyway.  Pretty spiffy.

7.  Reading Salt outside this Saturday!  //  8.  Told you I had a rough St. Patrick’s Day!  Tumbled over my futon.  Thanks, Jameson.

9.  Your weekly dose of Dmitri!  // 10.  I heard this pathetic crying outside my window yesterday, and ended up “having” a cat for an hour and a half.  He was so precious.

My, my.  I sure do use Nashville a lot.  Is that the most overused Instagram filter, or is it just me?  I just love it.  Can’t get enough.  Bonus?  It totally evens out my skin tone – for a girl that likes to wear tinted moisturizer instead of real foundation, that’s always welcome!

If you want to find me on Instagram, just search for “nicetobelieve”!  I would love it if you added me, as I’d love to follow my blog readers!  You’re all quite lovely, I imagine!

Safe & sexy,


Post ALL of the Instagrams!

Hi pretty things and handsome gents!  …on the off chance any handsome gents read this blog.  Oh, please, let there be handsome gents under the age of 30 who don’t think this shit cray!  Ahhem.

I come bearing Instagrams of My Daily Life, even more than usual.  I hope this isn’t boring for anyone else – personally, I love looking through people’s daily life photos, even moreso than the pretty inspiration photos on a lot of blogs.  They’re just so real, it makes me feel like a blogger’s life is attainable.

When it’s been a long week and I just need to relax, I usually take some time to hibernate with a movie (Heathers!), some junk food, and a glass of wine.  Note the fact that I don’t own wineglasses.  This is because I break glassware like it’s my job.
The cafe tends to get slow around 3-4pm, and that’s when I like to take silly little pictures.  It’s a cute place!
I got to go home last weekend for some serious R&R (my mom even rubbed all the kinks out of my back!) and of course, no trip home would be complete without a picture of my fuffywups, Dmitri.  He’s a rescued poodle/bichon mix, and sometimes we wonder if he’s half cat.
Also while home, I got lunch with one of my oldest friends, Alicia.  Neither of us can remember when we met, but it’s been a nonstop good time ever since!  We lived together last year, and I miss seeing her everyday.  We had delicious Mexican food and some really fantastic(ally strong) cocktails!  Hers is a mojito and mine is the biggest margarita known to man.
Sometimes, I like to trick myself into studying by polishing my nails at the same time.  I forget the name of the color, but it’s a very light pastel lavender by OPI and it goes on incredibly well and really has staying power.
My friend/former roommate/current roommate’s girlfriend Erin and I like to eat Nutella straight out of the jars.  Cheers!
And last but not least, my little rodent sunshine, Ewan, all cozied up in a hammock I made for him.
I want to see some other people’s Instagrams!  Please comment with your username so I can follow you.  Mine is “nicetobelieve”!
Safe & sexy,

This is Not a Test

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This is me finally taking my first foray into the world of blogging.  Why?  Because I think I lead a fun enough life to share it with you.  I hope you’ll agree.

Sometimes, I throw fancy parties, like my 1920’s Prohibition-themed 20th birthday.

I’m not sure what brie has to do with Prohibition, either.  It’s one of my top ten favorite things, though, so I’m just not going to question it.

Sometimes, I cut my hair really short because I want to look like Natalie Portman.  Then, I find Salvador Dali finger puppets and bookmarks with which I may pose.

In case you were wondering, that is a septum ring.  No, it doesn’t hurt to blow my nose.

And sometimes I paparazzi my parents’ dog, Dmitri.  If he were your dog (or as they say in New Jersey, your doawg), you would do the same.  I guarantee it.

Marvelous Darling is not intended to be a photo blog, but photography is a part of my life.  I also want to share with you opinion pieces, recipes, playlists, how-to’s, and maybe some reviews thrown in here and there since I’m a little bit of a makeup fiend.  I guess you could say this will be a lifestyle blog.

My name is Sarah and I attend the University of Pittsburgh for Economics.  I’m a junior, and I just recently learned that I don’t want to go to law school.  I think I’ll become a financial planner, since it seems to fit nicely with my Type A personality.

I shoot with a Digital SLR – a Canon Rebel XS.  I sometimes use the kit lens, but mostly I like my 50mm/1.8 for portraiture.  The above photos were not at all edited, though my photos in the future may be.

If you’ve read this and you’re curious about my next post, please introduce yourself!  Any questions are awesome and welcome.