Adding Crystals and Other Magic

Adding Crystals and Other Magic

I wrote my birthday list as the clock struck midnight on my birthday, and little did I know, I would be making progress on it by the end of the day. 

Clear Quartz from the Fairy Shop

With some extra time to spare in Boston on the day of celebrations, I requested a stop by The Fairy Shop to say hello and goodbye before jetting across the ocean. Coincidentally, Michael had just started stocking crystals again, even though I had never seen them there before. I selected an über magical clear quartz pendant, which was sprinkled with fairy dust before being tucked away.

Adding Crystals and Other Magic

Strawberry Quartz from the Astrology Shop

We happened to choose a restaurant in London right next door to the Astrology Shop, so I had to collect a crystal here too. I chose the one that drew me the most, then read the description of its properties. It is the perfect crystal to keep in my pocket to relieve travel stress and fill my heart with hope.

Adding Crystals and Other Magic

Aquamarine from Amsterdam

I found this beautiful bracelet at The New Label Project in Amsterdam. Now that I’m looking for crystals, I spy them everywhere. This particular bracelet by Ish Jewels is called Blue Ice Flower, and is a symbol of self-wisdom, energy, and courage.

Adding Crystals and Other Magic

And some crystals for you!

Do you want to add magic into your life? I have been working on a very special project. My life’s work, perhaps.

Blogwarts is a course based on the values we can learn from fantasy, literature, and believing in magic, structured by the Hogwarts houses and taught alongside some inspiring and talented ladies. I am so excited to work with the wonderful group of students we have already admitted, and I hope that you will join us! Wizard school is within reach. Heroines who wish for training, this is for you. Magic crystals, Hogwarts letters, and extra wishes coming your way. 

With these crystal phials, you will receive a 20% discount on your admission! All you have to do is mention it in your application. Hurry – applications due 29 August.

apply-now-blogwartsDo you collect anything magical?

miss xandra bee

Mini Adventure: Amsterdam-ing

Mini Adventure: Amsterdam-ing

Get a new stamp in my passport: an eternal item on my annual Birthday List. This year, I ticked it off by visiting the Netherlands with Monkey. This spontaneous venture involved limited planning in the form of  a) advice from my parents, who just had a layover there (book the Anne Frank House in advance! Go to the Van Gogh Museum!), b) pages from my 36 Hours: 125 Weekends in Europe book, and c) the neon orange Wallpaper*City Guide I picked up at Stanfords in London on the way over. 

Mini Adventure: Amsterdam-ing

Our first stop was Pancakes!, a seriously delicious eatery where we sampled authentic Dutch pancakes. My favourite part, though, was the sidewalk chalk provided as we queued just outside.

Mini Adventure: Amsterdam-ing

We realised that the best thing to do in Amsterdam is wander around the canals and the “Nine Streets” – a lovely indie shopping district to browse. I was enchanted by The Darling, an adorable boutique/tea house, with cupcakes spinning on vinyl in the window. True story.Mini Adventure: Amsterdam-ingThe streets exploded with colour and character. It’s wonderful to feel right at home in my favourite brights. 

Mini Adventure: Amsterdam-ingThe things I carried were coincidentally pink, with the exception of a black Muji pen. Sadly, I dropped it in the canal during a rush to whip out the umbrella, making everything Officially Pink. 

Mini Adventure: Amsterdam-ing

In between wandering through bike-filled streets [see best decorated bike, ever, above], we stopped in cute cafés to read [more Harry Potter for Monkey, Lola and the Boy Next Door for me] and play cards, my new obsession ever since the William Schaff pack arrived in the post.

Mini Adventure: Amsterdam-ing

Before heading to the Van Gogh Museum, we fueled up on some of the best pizza ever at Pazzi

monday mini adventuresmaking the most of one’s surroundings through conscious exploration and appreciation 

miss xandra bee

Sunday Sampling: Take it Personally


♡ A nice way of looking at the job hunt: it’s like dating.

♡ If you have only five minutes, try one of these quick and super-productive mental exercises.

for UK dwellers: this is a lovely site for finding mini adventures in “your kingdom”.

50 simple steps for cultivating self-love: an excellent go-to list.

♡ an in-depth, mind-expanding article on how watching less tv can change your life.

♡ some easy ways to lean [love that verb for this topic!] into ethical clothing.

♡ perhaps the best what’s-in-my-bag post ever: in Orla’s bag

miss xandra bee

A-Z Bookish Survey

A-Z Bookish Survey

Writing Heroine Training lessons, gathering materials for the Blogwarts Diagon Alley scavenger hunt, watching The Quest, and rereading some awesome books has got me in a bookish mood. So here are my answers to Jamie‘s A-Z Bookish Survey! I’ve tried to avoid repetition whenever possible. But there’s still a lot of Harry Potter.

Author you’ve read the most books from:

Ann M. Martin? Those were a lot of Baby-Sitters Club books…

Best Sequel Ever:
The Goddess Experience by Gisèle Scanlon

Currently Reading:

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

Drink of Choice While Reading:

Water? Tea for writing. Oh, maybe hot chocolate!

E-reader or Physical Book?
Physical book! But for traveling and reading in queues, I do adore Severus, my kindle.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:
Remus Lupin.

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson. Don’t judge a book by its cover.

Hidden Gem Book:
Yours Truly, Skye O’Shea by Megan Shull. Made me want to play ice hockey. [ME!]

Important Moment in your Reading Life:
Being forced to read Sorcerer’s Stone. In second grade I was a stubborn nonconformist and refused to read Harry Potter because it was popular. As a moving away present, my friend gave me book 1, and it changed my life.

Just Finished:
Isla and the Happily Ever After. Aaaaaah!

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:
The second book in a series before the first book.

Longest Book You’ve Read:
Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens.

Major book hangover because of:
The Hunger Games. I couldn’t read for a couple of weeks after finishing that series, so I discovered Survivor in the interim.

Number of Bookcases You Own:
In Boston, two: one by my bed and one by my desk. In Edinburgh, none: just piles of books by the bed.

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:
The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald.

Preferred Place To Read:
Curled up in a comfy chair, preferably my favourite armchair at the Barnes & Noble in Charlottesville. If it’s still there.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:
“Of course it’s happening in your head, Harry. But why on earth does that mean it isn’t real?”

Reading Regret:
Not reading Perks of Being a Wallflower sooner. I read it right before seeing the movie, ruining my cinematic experience with constant comparisons.

Series You Started And Need To Finish(all books are out in series):
Artemis Fowl! I still have two books to go.

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:

Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin, Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, Matilda by Roald Dahl

Unapologetic Fangirl For:
Emma Approved. And The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. And anything written by Jane Austen.

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:
Armada by Ernest Cline. I adored Ready Player One.

Worst Bookish Habit:
Reading at the table.

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:
I’ll go with my kindle shelf: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.

Your latest book purchase:
The Fairy Faith in Celtic Countries by W.Y. Evans-Wentz

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late): 
Graduates in Wonderland by Jessica Pan and Rachel Kapelke-Dale

I’d love to see your answers as well :)

miss xandra bee

Mini Adventure: Walking in Wiltshire

Mini Adventure: Walking in Wiltshire Some of my favourite things about England: afternoon tea, English breakfast, sheep, and walks. [And Harry Potter, obviously].  Because it’s so walkable, Mini Adventuring in England is quite easy. When I moved back to Boston I had to get my driver’s license, first thing, or I couldn’t get anywhere. But here some decently comfy shoes or a bike can get you pretty far. Mini Adventure: Walking in WiltshireMini Adventure: Walking in Wiltshire During my first week back in the UK, the Monkey and I considered day-tripping to a nearby city, but factoring in jet lag and to do lists, we opted for a long stroll by the canal instead: it’s basically in his backyard. Mini Adventure: Walking in Wiltshire We passed fields and canal boats and puppies. It seemed secluded and quiet, yet our destination, a tucked-away pub, was packed! With a basket of English chips [waay better than American - or shall I say French - fries!] we sat under an umbrella during a slight drizzle, then retreated inside for reading time [Divergent for me, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix for Monkey. No, I did not make him reread the Harry Potters this summer. He did that all on his own.] Mini Adventure: Walking in Wiltshire

monday mini adventuresmaking the most of one’s surroundings through conscious exploration and appreciation 

miss xandra bee  

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