Posts Tagged ‘DIY’

Wedding Wednesday #1: Wedding Wears

Yeah, that’s right. We’re getting all ~lifestyle blog~ up in here with some Wedding Wednesday shit.

Yesterday, Steve got his official offer from the University of Kiel. So, as long as his defense goes well, we’re gettin’ married and shippin’ out. Because we’re not exactly ballers right now (hint: I have two jobs and one of them I took mostly for the free food), we’re looking to make this a cheap but surprisingly classy affair.

My first priority is finding a dress for around $100 or less. My taste in wedding dresses is mostly nontraditional, and right now, I’m leaning towards this cute piece from ModCloth:

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Our biggest problem (or, should I say, my biggest problem – Steve isn’t much into wedding planning) is trying to differentiate our wedding from some weird combined graduation party. Because the reception will be at my parents’ house in the suburbs, it’s a fine line to walk. Any suggestions? I’m thinking of asking our guests to wear “garden party attire” like cocktail dresses, light suits or pants/jackets, etc. I suppose it’ll help that I’ll be in a white dress and Steve will be wearing a suit (grey, most likely, with some kind of mint green accent).

We aren’t having a wedding party, partly because we’re having a very small ceremony at the courthouse. Also, I just didn’t feel right prioritizing some friends, and then asking them to spend money on dresses and all of the other expenses that come with it. Because the one thing I’m willing to splurge on is a great photographer, I’m considering asking our immediate family to coordinate something so we all look good in photos together. Grey/mint green/coral pink/white?

Last, but not least, I’m planning on involving the dogs in the reception festivities. They’re both very social pups. Since they both love attending parties and having guests over, so I’m not worried about them being overwhelmed. I’m hell bent on finding Dmitri a mint green bow-tie and some kind of matching accessory for Daphne. I honestly could not care less if this is considered tacky.

Any ideas or suggestions for our big day?

A Very Short Engagement

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Surprise! Or not, if you follow me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram…

Last night, Steve and I got engaged! It wasn’t unexpected, but it was very sweet. (And I got to have a burger with goat cheese on it so you know, classin’ it up.)

So why was I expecting it? Well, we’re about 95% sure we’re moving to Germany at the end of the summer! I can’t include too many details yet, but it looks like Steve will be completing a post-doctorate, so we’ll be there for a few years. We already knew we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together, but the threat of me potentially being deported if I didn’t find a job within 3 months lit a bit of a fire under us to make it official before we start our journey.

We’ve spent a little time discussing names in the past, and whether or not we expected to change mine, his, or both. While Steve encouraged me to keep my name (feminist ally jackpot over here), I decided I want to hyphenate. If we ever have kids, I’d like for us to share a name. Plus, Daphne’s last name just sounds better as the hyphenated version of his and mine. Don’t act like that’s not a legitimate concern.

We’re thinking about getting married in late July or early August, but haven’t set a date yet. I’m really excited to blog about this whole process! It’s no secret: I want to have the most awesome but least expensive party-like wedding reception possible. I’m the first of my friends to get engaged, and I’m looking to keep it pretty low-key. No bridesmaids – no wedding party at all – and as DIY/handmade as possible for the reception. Of course both Daphne and Dmitri will be attending.

What was the most awesome wedding you’ve been to, and what made it so great? Do you have any good DIYs or tips that you don’t mind me using? 

Another Lazy Sunday

As I write this, a ridiculous mixture is drying on my face.  I smell like jam.  But I’ll get back to that later.

I’m pretty certain that I end up linking to Yes & Yes every. single. Lazy. Sunday.  This Sunday is no exception!  Taylor Roades wrote a guest post about traveling to Northern Thailand that is giving me a pretty serious case of wanderlust.  Is it weird that I’ve never before felt the overwhelming urge to travel anywhere in Asia?  It just didn’t seem like my jam.  Thailand looks like it would be the exception.

You probably don’t know this, but I’m a huge beauty junkie.  I’ve never really been blown away by any lip stains (though I haven’t tried the new Revlon ones everyone is raving about), but I’m absolutely dying to try this KoolAid lip DIY from The Beauty Department.

I’m still not sure how I personally feel about pumpkin spice lattes, but if they inspired Kristen of KV’s Confessions to make this pretty September calendar, I’m all for them.

So the reason this week’s links section is super-short is really two-fold: 1) It was syllabus week, and unlike most people, syllabus week makes me panic.  I mean, I cried, for no reason at all.  I only had 45 pages of reading and there I was, bawling.  This did not leave much time for perusing the internet.  On a much happier note, 2) I made my own face mask that I’m excited to share with you all!

In a small bowl or custard dish, combine:

2 mashed strawberries

1 tsp honey

1 dash baking powder

1 tsp apple cider vinegar

2 tbsp oatmeal

Smear that goodness on your face, neck, and chest.

Wait 20 minutes.

Rinse and admire.

Lazy Monsoon Sunday

It’s been another working Sunday in the Marvelous Darling household.  For me, anyway – boyfriend’s been home, rats have all been home (that’s right - all - more on that soon).  It was a super slow day at the shop, but I did get to work with a coworker I don’t see much so catching up was lots of fun!

Without further ado…

& I know this will shock you, but Sarah Von of Yes & Yes wrote another post about travel.  (If you don’t know Sarah, shame on you.  But she travels like a BAMF.)

Kira of Her New Leaf made a beautiful freebie wallpaper to share, both for your desktop and your smartphone!

Sarah of SillyGrrl (how many Sarahs blog? Seriously, about half of us.) posted a rad how-to on fake eyelashes.  Since she’s an acrobat/circus performer/professional glamorous athlete, I was psyched to see her sharing her knowledge with us ground-bound mortals!

 

I also have something to discuss with you.  One of my favorite sex bloggers and sex toy reviewers, Epiphora, chooses to remain anonymous.  Presumably, she has a job and a life and relationships that are mostly or wholly disconnected from her online persona and success.  I decided to embrace the field as my choice for my career, my blog, and what I hope to be my future business.  Do you think I’ve completely screwed myself for later in life, or do you think I’m building what I want: a relationship as an informed and at least semi-professional sex blogger and aspiring educator?

Lazy Sunday

Hi darlings!

I have to head to work in about 12 minutes, but I wanted to get this post up and off the ground because there’s a chance I’ll be pulling a Ke$ha and leaving for the night (I ain’t comin’ back).

First of all, despite my not having a Facebook page for the blog (good idea? bad idea?), I absolutely love the ideas from Kira’s post  on Her New Leaf about fan-only content.

& Kara of I Just Might Explode and Stuff Kara Made blows my mind.  Check out her shop, her 40 before 20 list (which she completed, because she’s a badass), and her classes, if you want some awesome to brush off on you.

& For some reason, I’m always skeptical of low-priced products touted as “high quality”, but I think I might have to make an exception for Ladygasm’s Cici, which is currently on sale for $25.  Ladygasm makes their own line of silicone toys and I have to say, they’re really unique.  The clitoral stimulator on Cici has little nubbies, which have made me kind of obsessed with it.  (Also, remember my love MiMi?  Obviously I must own Cici.)

& I really can’t take any credit for locating Laura of Wrapped Up In Rainbows, since she followed me on Twitter and I was like, “Oooh, Rainbows you say?”  Just the first few posts on her home page right now include: VW camper vans, ice cream, and a super simple DIY apron tutorial.  If you want anything more than that, I just don’t understand you at all.

& All this week, I’ve spent basically every free second reading Epiphora’s sex toy reviews.  The woman knows what she likes and she is not afraid to be blunt.  Some day, I hope to have amassed the toy knowledge and collection that she has!

 

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