Tag, You’re ALL It!

Hi pretties.

I was tagged by my lovely friend Kasia at Koju bofu to complete the “versatile blogger award” post.  Thank you, Kasia!!

Share 7 things (that possibly no one knows) about you:

1. Despite working in a coffee shop, I generally prefer tea to coffee.  Earl grey with milk is my favorite breakfast drink.

2. My favorite album is Death Cab’s Plans, and yes, I do like it better than Transatlanticism (and if you do too, we should definitely be friends).

3. I prefer shooting with my Canon A-1 (which is a film camera from the 1970s) over my digital SLR, but I can’t really afford to develop and print rolls of film regularly.

4. I want to adopt a couple of shelter cats as soon as I can, and I’ve already picked out a couple of names for them.

5. I have a little bit of a penchant for slightly tacky, gaudy things.  Right now, I have my eye on a metallic gold crocodile-print iPhone case.

6. For the first season and a half of Mad Men, I really liked Betty Draper.  Joan is my favorite, though.  I know you’re really supposed to like Peggy, but I think she’s a little overrated.

7. It took me two days to write this post because I’m a hot mess right now because of school hahaha.

Share with 15 other bloggers  I actually want my followers to participate!  If you want to, please leave your response in the comments section!  I’d love to see your 7 facts. 🙂

Safe & sexy,



Instagrams of My Daily Life

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Hi pretties.

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,



Lazy Sunny Sunday

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Hi pretties,

This lazy Sunday post is being brought to you from the only sunny spot in my basement apartment – the living room.  But the sun is doing its best to stream through our meager windows and I feel kind of like a cat, trying to find a spot of sunlight to curl up in.  *purr*

How was your week?  Anyone have exciting news?

It’s been a fantastic week for valuable content, over here!  I have so much to share with you today, I hope you don’t mind an extra long Lazy Sunday post!

I invested in Kaelah’s PR + Marketing eBook just two days ago, on Friday night, and I had finished it by Saturday at 11am.  I couldn’t put it down.  It’s seriously a wealth of valuable information, and I’m so happy I picked it up in the early stages of my blog because I can’t wait to put it to good use!  If you’ve been thinking about blogging, or if you want to give your blog a PR/Marketing facelift, this is definitely a book I would recommend!  On top of what you get out of it, you’re supporting a lovely lady’s indie business.  Win/win!

& It seems like every single day, I find at least 3 new blogs to follow, and I’m so happy I found Bobbi’s this weekend!  Today, I’m Bobbi has some truly gorgeous photos, unique how-tos, and her design is unique but clean.  I’m hooked!  I always have the utmost respect for bloggers who take the time to respond to comments or tweets, and Bobbi is one of those ladies.  Plus, she’s spent 2 years living in Australia and New Zealand – how cool is that?

& Do you have big dreams but feel trapped, not knowing how to get them off the ground?  I’m loving this post on Nubby Twiglet right now on just that topic!  Nubby’s blog is full of great content and awesome resources, on everything from design to blogging to fashion.

About six months ago, I found The Emma Edition by way of Refinery 29’s article on teen bloggers.  I love Emma’s blogging voice!  She’s such an impressively creative and unique young woman (is that a weird phrase coming from a 21 year old?), and she actually writes for Refinery 29.  Basically, I hope to be as cool as Emma when I grow up.

Cute girls with rats!  There’s a whole Tumblr full of ’em!  I knew there were more like me in the world!  If you’ve seen my posts with Ewan in them, you know I’m a rat momma.  If you didn’t know before, you know now!  Rats have such a bad rap, but really, they’re sweet and very loving pets.  They tend to be smart, clean, and incredibly tame.  If you’re curious about rats as pets in general, you should check out RatsRule.com!

This week coming up, I’m on spring break!  What does this mean for Marvelous Darling?  Even more content!  I’m planning on showing you all how I took an ordinary Moleskine-like notebook (honestly, you can use a Moleskine or a generic equivalent from your local art supply store – I’m not a notebook elitist) and turned it into a functional blog planner.  I’ll also be doing a full review of the Je Joue Mimi, which by the way, is getting excellent marks in every category thus far.  And last, but not least, I’d like to do a short piece on my favorite Twitter personalities that you may not have heard of.  Of course, expect an Instagram post or two thrown in for good measure.  So stay tuned!  

Safe & sexy,


What’s the Buzz? Part 2

I hope you had a very sexy week!

Last week, we talked about vibrator material basics.  This week, we’re going to address the most fun part of choosing a new toy: different types of vibrators.  Who’s excited?  This girl is!

Because there’s so much to say about each kind of vibrator, I’m going to break up this topic into a few separate posts.  

Today, we’re going to look at clitoral vibrators.  The clitoris can have up to 8,000 nerve endings, and exists for only one purpose: pleasure.  It’s there, with a ton of nerve endings, for fun.  Show it some love – that’s what it’s there for!

Clitoral vibrators are in most cases made to be used externally.  These toys vary so greatly that there’s sure to be something for everyone, from beginner to toy expert.  When looking for a clitoral vibrator, think about a couple of things:

1) Ease of cleaning (go go gadget silicone!)

2) Do you want a small bullet-style vibrator, a larger egg, or something totally different?

If you know what kind of vibration strength you like, you can usually browse a toy site by strength of vibration.  If you’ve only ever had inexpensive vibrators from Spencer’s or another novelty shop, those were probably not very strong, rumbly vibrations.  (In toyspeak, we call vibrations either “rumbly” which means they’re strong and deep or “buzzy” which means they’re weak.  If buzzy gets you off, rock on!  But a lot of ladies need the rumbles to get goin’.)

Above, I linked an example of each category within the “family” of clitoral vibrators.  All of the toys I linked above after from Babeland, an online retailer that does not sell any toys with phthalates in them – you know you’re safe shopping with them!  There’s the PicoBong Honi, which is a classic bullet-style vibrator.  It’s waterproof up to three feet, so it’s perfect for a little bathtime relaxation.  Second, there’s the Je Jouie Mimi, my newest favorite vibe.  It’s a bit larger than a bullet, waterproof, and just like you’re phone or iPod, it has a rechargeable lithium-ion battery so it’s easy on the earth, too.  In my experience, you can’t beat Mimi’s vibrations, either!  If you’re looking for something with a lot of power, the famous Hitatchi Magic Wand is “the Cadillac of vibrators,” though it’s not the smallest or most discreet of toys.  I’m also intrigued by the PicoBong Kiki and since it’s made by Lelo, a very well-respected toy company, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it, either!

Do any of my readers have a clitoral vibe they love and swear by?  Are you excited for the next installment where we’ll look at G-Spot vibes?

Safe & sexy,