After two weeks of medication, I am definitely on the upswing. Life is not super easy right now, working two jobs and trying really hard to pay bills and parking tickets, but at least I can get out of bed/the house now and bring myself to regularly dress like I’ve got somewhere to go. I’m so freaking grateful that I’ve received so much awesome support in the last few weeks, from people like Caitlin, Sugarcunt, the Redhead Bedhead, and even my partner’s mom.
Saturday May 25th at Kennywood, a Pittsburgh staple. This is the Black Widow, which you could not pay me enough to ride.
This past Thursday, one of my dear friends moved to Albany, NY, with her boyfriend. She’s the one in the green towards the right, pictured above, next to the superblonde (another close friend, shout-out guuurl). I’m super sad about her leaving. She and I lived together last summer and have been through a lot together, but I hope she finds success up in New York. Also, her apartment looks rad so I’m kind of jealous. It has a gym! In the complex! What is this, adulthood!?
Steve and I are gearing up to get the final word on our future. We should have all the necessary information early next week, and I’m hesitant to share too much before that happens. He’s been told to consider it set in stone, but being as cautious as he is, I certainly don’t want to jinx it for him! (Unless I’m Jinkx Monsoon-ing it. Bad joke? I’m going through Drag Race withdrawal.)
I have a couple new projects I’d like to start, but I’ve noticed a curious phenomenon. After working a 4-6 hour shift at Chipotle (yup, second job), I am totally freaking exhausted. Like, sit on the couch and watch 4 episodes of How I Met Your Mother exhausted. God, give me strength. I want to learn to code and design WordPress layouts (I have basic HTML, CSS and Photoshop skills), sell some old clothes on Instagram, and make an effort to blog 2-3x per week. Finally, my ambition is returning!
How has your life been lately?
I’m happy to announce that you can now find Marvelous Darling on Facebook!
Thanks to Kira’s rad Primp My Blog features, soon you’ll have access to exclusive Marvelous Darling content on our Facebook page. My plans for the Facebook page are to provide Facebook exclusive content, grow my readership, stay better connected to my readers, and maybe even host a few giveaways once I get this ball rolling!
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I have excellent news! The wonderful and talented and ocularly stylish (is that how you say “has nice glasses?”) Sarah Von of Yes & Yes was kind enough to let me review her fabulous e-course The Post College Survival Kit!
Full disclosure: I wanted to read the kit, badly, but I was broke, and Sarah was sweet enough to give me a discount in exchange for an honest review. She’s pretty rad. But I am not being paid for this post, and all opinions are 100% my own. She didn’t even ask me to say she has nice glasses (she just does).
Now for the fun stuff! If you’ve never seen me post about Sarah before, here’s what you need to know:
She has all of the awesome. All of it. How so?
> She’s furnished her apartment entirely from thrift store and secondhand items, and still managed to make it chic.
> She’s gone on countless solo trips, lived to tell the tale, and never needed Liam Neeson to come save her.
> If you’ve ever spoken with her, you know this already, but if you haven’t, you should… because she’s one of the most interesting, genuine people I’ve had the pleasure of e-meeting.
So what’s the Post College Survival Kit? It’s basically How to Be Awesome After College. It’s all of the life stuff people don’t tell you until after you’re all like, “Hey, mom and dad, I have like $5,000 of credit card debt, my boyfriend deals coke, and he’s not even always in the air never flying coach. I live in a roach infested apartment that costs $1,200. And all of my friends are blood-sucking leeches.” Then, maybe, maybe someone will step in and help you. Maybe. But why not avoid all of that and go straight to Sarah’s collection of awesome advice and life tidbits? Why not indeed.
What will I learn? ALL OF THE THINGS. Memes aside, in just the first installment (of 3! Trifecta of knowledge!) you will learn about apartment hunting, roommate finding and keeping, relationships out of college, moving in with your SO without killing them, and more!
Can you give me some highlights or something? I want to know I’m getting my money’s worth. First of all, the course is $45. Let’s be realistic. What were you going to buy with an extra $45? If you don’t live in a big city, you could probably get a semi decent amount of weed. Which, ok, is going to sort of reduce your stress level, but it’s surely not going to make you better informed, and it’s going to be gone soon anyway. And you’re going to spend even more money on pizza because we all know that you get the munchies. Weed is not a good $45 investment for your future. But yes, I will give you some ballin’ highlights to prove to you how much better than weed Sarah’s e-course is.
& Sarah will teach you how to decorate your first teeny-tiny apartment (that’s not roach infested because you first learned how to apartment hunt in chapter one!) on a mini-bitty budget. That’s right. And if you doubt her design skills, interest, or tastes, check out the design tags on Yes & Yes.
& You know how you probably met the majority of your friends in college because of where you all lived, the classes you took, and your clubs and organizations? The adult world doesn’t have it set up so easily for you. This sometimes throws me into a state of hermit panic. No more! GUYS, SHE TELLS YOU HOW TO MAKE FRIENDS. This is shit we haven’t seriously had to practice since like 3 years old, and we’ve gotten rusty.
& The included dating advice is like the Anti-Cosmo, as in, it makes sense and it’s not sexist or heteronormative. You like to date girls? Sarah’s not going to tell you how to “snag a man” (ew). Why is the course set up this way? Because the focus is on being a YOU that a great other would like to be with! Also included are tips on meeting interesting people you might want to date, date ideas now that you have more choices than the cafeteria or the local $5 pizza joint, how you shouldn’t take shit from any scrub, and…
& How to move in with your SO without killing them or being killed! I love, love, LOVE the points Sarah makes about communication. There are hills to die on, and she addresses the important ones, and the ones on which you should consider waving the white flag to kiss and make up.
Are you convinced? Even if you don’t end up purchasing the Kit, I highly, highly suggest paying Sarah a visit over at Yes & Yes to osmose some of her awesomeness for yourself. You can also find her on Twitter.
It’s time for more Instagrams! I really can’t get enough of this app, as you’ve probably noticed. I keep forgetting to include this, but if you want to follow me, you can find me at “nicetobelieve”. I would be thrilled!
This is my friend Alicia’s guinea pig, Barney. We became bffls last night, and he cuddled with me for about forty minutes. I got lots of guinea pig kisses, and now I’m kind of addicted to these little dudes!
Dice nails! I just felt like doing something kind of silly on my nails instead of my standard sparkles.
This was my view on Tuesday afternoon from behind the counter. Don’t we have an adorable sign??
Of course, I had to get a picture of some of the best prints on our vintage kitchen table. It’s an unwritten rule.
I think this face was the product of the only night I stayed up past 12:30 over spring break. This is actually me trying to duckface and failing. Little known fact: I am physically incapable of duck facing.
We make the best chai at the cafe. It’s actually made totally from scratch and I’m kind of obsessed with it, but I’m unorthodox because I think it’s better with vanilla than it is with honey. Watch out, we got a badass on our hands.
This is my beautiful friend Megan painting pottery at Color Me Mine last weekend. Don’t you love her glasses?
Beautiful Megan’s equally beautiful twin sister Nicole, who was making the most unique dish I’ve seen!
Alicia, of guinea pig ownership and mojito drinking fame, painted a chevron mug that matches her office. Girl got it together.
And this was my floral mug! I can’t wait to pick up our pieces today! I might even get to use mine at work to make some delicious chai.
Safe & sexy,
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,