Posts Tagged ‘photography’

Why 2014 Will Be Our Best Year Yet

By our, I mean yours and mine, this blog, for everyone who interacts with it. I’m determined to take it to new heights this year, while I have nothing but time and at least decently appropriate tools of the trade.

Expect many more high-quality photos to be hitting this blog! As it turns out, you can’t really use Amazon.com gift cards to buy things in Germany. For some reason, I was totally convinced that shipping would be no big deal – WRONG. Very, very wrong. So we split the card values, and I Donna Meagled my half. For Black Friday/Cyber Monday, I scored a Nikon D3200 with the regular kit lens (18-55mm) plus a bonus telephoto lens (55-200mm). Now, I just have to get back behind the viewfinder and dust off my skills!

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So far, I have four products in my review line-up for early 2014: the WeVibe 3, the Magic Banana, the Tantus Meteorite plug, and the Crave Wink. I had to visit the customs office twice, and explain each product to a disapproving lady with hideous frosted hair, but I finally got my hands on those last three. Oddly, my favorite toy of the bunch so far is the one I was least sure about. (Anyone care to guess which?)

In the coming year, I’d really like to expand my review horizons. I’d love to tackle another wand vibrator, like the new Magic Wand, or one of its competitors. Because my G-spot can be even more fickle than most, I’m still looking for the perfect G-spot vibrator for my anatomy. As an exceptionally short lady with a tall partner, I think I’d be able to really put a position assist cushion through its paces. And, of course, to go along with more G-spot play (because I would love to make 2014 the year of the female ejaculation), it would be pretty rad to finally try an absorbent sex throw. As always, anything else you want to throw at me I will at least happily attempt to put into one of my orifices.

So, what would you like to see on Marvelous-Darling.com in 2014? More reviews? More dating advice? More on sex, with and without toys? Let me know, please!

 

Bonus: While this has nothing at all to do with sex toys, in the last two months, I’ve fully rediscovered my love for makeup. If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you might have noticed, since literally half of what I got for Christmas or had shipped to the US for myself was made by Urban Decay or Stila. One of my major goals for 2014 is to begin writing about beauty. Since I recently refocused Marvelous-Darling.com on sex toys and sexuality, I’m not sure if I’ll be doing that here, if I’ll be pitching to outside publications, or if I’ll be turning to Tumblr. I’d love to hear your thoughts on that.

It’s a Holiday, Not the Zombie Apocalypse

Happy German Unity Day!

Do you want to hear a story about my day, and about how I know absolutely nothing about this country so far? Read on! If you want to just look at some of the pictures I’ve taken since our arrival, scroll. (Totally SFW. I promise.)

Today, our seventh day in Germany, is also a national holiday. I did not know this when I woke up this morning, convinced I had to hide Daphne from the crew that cleans the guest housing in which we live. So, I put a sweater on the tiny dog, and we ventured out in search of breakfast, anticipating the need to stay out for at least a few hours. I honestly never thought that having a place that came with a cleaning crew could ever be inconvenient, but being that we’re the ones breaking a very important rule (no hunden allowed), I can’t very well complain.

I thought it was a little strange that all of the streets were so empty. Then, I began to look in cafe windows. Dark, empty, tables still clean but stacked from the night before. What the hell? Is there some kind of early morning break that everyone gets that no one told me about? Do cafes open late on Thursdays? Have the zombies come?

Nein. I got a text explaining the holiday situation, then quickly decided that my best shot at a breakfast was Starbucks. Which, by the way, is way better over here. The croissants in American Starbucks? Dry, not at all flaky, or if they are flaky, it’s because they’re stale. Here? I could eat one every single day. I might actually have eaten one every single day. Whatever. Also, they gave me a tiny packet of Nutella for my croissant, so basically there’s no reason for me to ever come back to the United States. Except like, maybe loved ones. Maybe.

So because holidays are actually holidays for the majority of the population in Germany (shops are mostly closed, many cafes are closed, and evidently cleaning people do not clean), Daphne and I were able to head home.

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On Friday the 27th, we arrived in Frankfurt. This was the view outside of our hotel window. The buildings were absolutely beautiful!

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On Saturday, we took the train from Frankfurt to Kiel, which is a 4 and a half hour trip. The train was very nice – clean, comfortable, and very punctual. Daphne agreed that it was much nicer than the plane.

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When we arrived at our guest housing, we found that we had been transported back in time, to the land of dorm rooms! I did manage to rectify the situation by using every single ounce of strength in my little body to move those beds. Did you know that most of Europe sleeps with a fitted sheet and a blanket, but no top sheet? I cannot get over this. I just can’t.

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There’s a small park right outside our building, and a handful of other parks in a ten minute walking radius. Now I just need to figure out the perfect outfit that will keep me warm and comfortable enough to get out and enjoy the 55 degree sunshine.

Thanks so much to everyone who wished us a safe trip! We’re definitely still settling in, but it’s been great so far. Keep your fingers crossed for us – we’re seeing an apartment on Sunday!

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It’s been a long while since I’ve shared photos from my Instagram feed, and I kind of miss seeings some visuals on this blog!  I try not to post too many toy pics in case any of you read at work or in public, but I swear, my life involves many other things besides sex products!

Beautiful days in Pittsburgh make me a little sad that, come next summer, we’ll be moving to wherever Steve gets hired!

Nathaniel is adamant that I don’t properly clean my nails and frequently takes matters into his own hands.

I took my sparkly legs out on the town with some of my best friends from high school.

Steve models our new bed: 1 full plus 1 twin.  There’s no such thing as too much bed.

Really though, my life is about 96% rats and bearded man.

…and sometimes we use the blowtorch to light toys on fire, you know, to see if they’re pure silicone. (The Doc Johnson Mood: Naughty? Not silicone.)

Be still, my heart!  Nathan Fillion, marry me.

The most perfect shirt in the history of the world.

 

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Lazy Moved-In Sunday

Hi all!

Since I skipped out on the last two Lazy Sunday posts, I’m going to have to make this one really worth your while.  We have a lot to catch up on!

Do you have a Jux yet?  I haven’t created one yet, but people like Danielle Hampton make it look super cool!  Apparently, it’s like Tumblr, but more focused and with fewer 13-year-olds.  Not a bad idea, in my opinion.

& I recently discovered A Prince and Prozac, and I was sitting there laughing to myself, alone, glass of wine in hand.  If you want to lead as glamorous a life as that, click on over and pour yourself some vino.  Snark, honesty, and just enough narcissism.  Plus, her one-photo posts are beautiful!

& I absolutely love this post on Queerie Bradshaw about “looking straight in a gay world.”  Straight girls with very short, pixie hair often have the opposite problem (holla!), but I can only imagine how much more frustrating this would be.

& Have I already tried to make all of you watch the Tangents & The Times series?  No?  Yes?  Well, either way… You can find it right here on the good ole YouTubes.  Marissa A. Ross is hysterical, and her dog Zissou is the world’s best friend.  Plus, I think she likes wine even more than I do, which is really saying something.  You can also find her on her blog.

& Jessica Florence, a photographer and rattie enthusiast, takes incredible pictures of her pet rats.  Have you seen the popular photo of a light colored rat holding a little teddy bear?  That’s her work!  You can find more on her Flickr, but for a shortcut to rattie cuteness, check out her photo set for her rat Bug. **

& It’s no secret that I <3 Babeland, but have you seen their Sex Info section?  One of the things that makes Babeland so great is that they have a huge array of helpful articles to make sure your sex life stays safe and steamy.  They really care about the education of their customers.

While I was on vacation, our hosts got us hooked on some new TV.  If you’re on Netflix and you like quirky comedy (not quirky like Zooey Deschanel, but quirky like Juno), you will probably really like United States of Tara!

 

** We’re adding 3 new fuzz faces to our menagerie next weekend!  I’ll be so excited to introduce you once they come home, are settled in, and named.  But right now, I want to take the opportunity to introduce the Pittsburgh Rat Lovers Club to you!  I’ve had the pleasure of working with them for years, and adopted my pair Finley (RIP) and Ewan from them in 2010.  I know I’ve written a post about rats as pets before, but I’m always eager to talk about the little furry things that make my life so much more fun.

If you’re at all interested in adopting a pair or a trio, please shoot me an email (marvelousdarling . blog @ gmail . com) and I will put you in touch with the head of adoptions.  They currently have over 40 babies looking for homes.

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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