Sunday, May 7, 2017

Dear Diary: Herbs, Flowers and Brocante


Hello, dear person who is reading this ♡

Though my night was difficult because of scary dreams, my day was entirely the opposite. It felt like a beautiful dream, because it was filled with flowers in all the colors of the rainbow. Before you think I did something super special: no, not really, I just went to the garden center. But I enjoy all the beauty that can be found in everyday places like that. To me, those things are what makes life special.

For years already, I've wanted to learn more about herbs and plants. Witchcraft in particular has always fascinated me and when I was a child my mother already let me read books about the subject. Therefore, learning the healing powers of plants and herbs has always been a small life goal for me. Wouldn't it be so cool to be that knowledgeable person who can name all the plants wherever they go?


This morning I finally started to read a book about the subject, that I got from the library yesterday. It's called "The Magical Powers of Herbs and Plants". The first part of the book has an entire section on the history of plant healing and folklore, which interests me a lot as a history major. Later in the book there are pictures of plants with their ascribed powers next to them.

Tip: if you don't know a lot about plants I recommend reading the last part first, so you can read the historical background while actually knowing what plants the author is referring to. At least I wish I had done that, since unfortunately my plant knowledge is very minimal. Still, I love the book because of its beautiful images.

My family and I moved about a year ago, and the garden of the new house hardly had any plants when we got there. Now that the weather is growing warmer we are very busy planting new flowers and plant life everywhere. I love to see how our quiet garden is evolving from a brick desert to a more colorful and living place. Today we went to the garden center to buy a rue, which helps keep cats away from our flowers. I saw many beautiful things there.


Thursday, May 4, 2017

Fashion Favorite: Crystal Jewelry in Different Shapes


Hello dear readers ♡

Jewelry with crystals is my favorite kind to wear, because I find that crystals affect my mood a lot. They can make it just a little easier to be kind or cheerful, or give you just that energy boost that you need.

Another thing I like about them is that they come in so many different shapes. It makes them easy to adapt to your style. But in addition to that, I feel like the different shapes also affects the energy the crystals radiate.

Here, I'll list some different crystal shapes that I really like and what energy I think they connect with. However, please keep in mind that everyone has a different relationship with their crystals, so for you their vibes might be completely different! These are just my feelings.

Heart-Shaped 




A few years ago I bought a necklace with a rose quartz in the shape of a heart and I've been wearing it almost every day. Apart from the fact that it's super cute and makes me feel like a magical girl from an anime, I also love its soft and peaceful energy. Rose quartz is the stone of love and I think that in the shape of a heart it's even stronger!

But I've seen lots of other crystals in the shape of a heart, too. In my experience they contain the same properties as the crystal normally would, but usually softer and with a more joyful energy. I think they make the wearer look like a princess, prince or fairy from a fairytale.

These are some shops that sell heart jewelry:
♡ HighVibrationsDesign
PositiveMindSo
♡ NandNJewelry
JGBeadedJewelry


Moon Shaped



The moon is a powerful mystical symbol that encourages us to use our intuitive abilities. I think wearing a moon shaped crystal sends out the signal that you're a wise person who trusts in their own inner magic. In addition to that, I believe that moon crystals can help you accept your own shadow side, like the part of the moon that is often hidden from our sight.

When you wear a crystal shaped like a moon, the spiritual abilities the crystal amplifies become even stronger and you become more aware of them. It makes it easier for you connect to the divine qualities within you, helping you realize you're literally made of love and light and you're the very definition of magic.

Here's a list of places where you can buy moon jewelry:
KnottyByChoice
WillowAndMoonDesigns
YouEarthAsh
shopriseandshine

Cross Shaped




The cross is a symbol we usually connect with Jesus Christ. That's why wearing a crystal with this powerful symbol can help you connect more easily with Christ's consciousness, that gentle power to heal people and create miracles for yourself and others. It's a state of mind of complete faith and surrender to a higher plan.


Personally, I feel like the cross symbol can give you enormous emotional strength like Jesus had. At the same time it will help you to be as kind and compassionate as he was. It can give us the courage to follow the plan of the Universe, for the highest good of all, instead of our small human plans. I wear my rose quartz cross necklace almost every day to remind me of Jesus' teachings, so I can stay positive and centered.

Here are some places where you can buy cross jewelry:
Wolf shaped




While this type of crystal can be a bit pricey, I just think it's so magical, so I've been wanting to write about it ever since I first saw them. For some reason I love wolves, though you probably wouldn't expect that from someone who wears pink all the time.

I believe that wearing a wolf necklace can help you enormously with your self-confidence. Wolfs are strong and fearless, walking calmly towards their goals. They know that their place in the pack is important, but they also know their individual worth. They're not afraid to make their voice heard, howling at the moon and everything (not really, but still).

While wolfs usually live in packs, I think that they can also inspire the "lone wolf" within you, meaning that they help you trust in your ability to take care of yourself. Wearing a wolf necklace can remind you to silently walk away from the pack once in a while and reflect on your own wishes and emotions.

Since wolfs are wild and free and follow their own instincts, a wolf shaped crystal also makes you become more aware of your inner guidance and gives you the courage to act on it. Thanks to its strong energy you worry less about the opinion of others so you can calmly follow your own truth instead.

Here's a little list of places where you can buy wolf shaped jewelry:
♡ RockCandyPendants

Point shape




Pointed crystals are probably the most commonly worn out of this list, having been a trend for a while now. Often you'll see them being worn by fashionable people on choker necklaces. So if you are afraid to show people in public your spiritual side, you can wear one of these and pretend it's nothing more than a fashion statement!

A crystal like this concentrates a lot of its energy stream into one point. That's why it provides the wearer with crystal clear focus and intentions. It can help you know exactly what to do to reach your goals. When studying, a pointed crystal can help you concentrate better. In addition, it helps the energy flow more smoothly in your body without it being blocked.

Since point crystals have been a popular fashion point for some time now, there's probably an infinite amount of places to buy them, but here's a small list:
TheBohoMinimalist
7ChakraJewelry
lotusfairy
Sunvsmoon
PeekaBelle


These were just a few of all the different crystal types out there! If you are afraid to show people you like crystals or new age-y stuff, you can simply choose a special shape so other people's attention goes out to that, instead of the fact that it's a crystal. I hope I could show you different ways to be a little bit creative with your spiritual routine and practice. Do you like to wear crystal jewelry?

Wishing you a fantastic week full of magic and happiness,

~Mayte ଘ(੭*ˊᵕˋ)੭*

P.S. The silly illustrations in this post were made by me. Feel free to use them, as long as you keep the credit on the image intact. ଘ( ˊᵕˋ )ଓ

Monday, April 10, 2017

March Thrift Store Finds: Colorful Spring Wardrobe and Vintage Ponies


Hello dear readers ♡

We have already flipped the page from March to April a while ago, but due to exams and papers I only had time to show you my thrift store finds now. I'm very sorry I didn't post as often as usual.

This month I went to the thrift shop a few times and I'm very thankful for the things I found. I thought it was super fun that the thrift store brought out all the cute Easter related things they had. So much cute stuff with chickens, bunnies and eggs.

It's really convenient that they change their selection of items like this. It does make me wonder how much stuff they must have. The clothing section now seems to be sort of in between the seasons. They still have some warm clothes, but also lighter ones. I bought a few clothing items, I'll show them to you now.

Summery floral skirt 



This skirt is patterned with small yellow and orange flowers. It reminds me of summer, lemonade and oranges. Like many of my thrifted clothes, it was originally from a Dutch department store called HEMA.  

What I love most about this skirt is that the lining makes it a little bit fluffy. When worn, it's not flat, but it has a nice a-line type of shape. It makes me feel very elegant. It also has ties so I can adapt it to my size, and when tied into a ribbon it looks princess-like. 


I'm super thankful I have found this skirt, I think I'll wear it a lot this summer. Its fabric is sturdy and not transparant, so it can easily be worn without tights. 


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Cardcaptor Sakura Mood Boards


Hello dear readers ଘ( ˊᵕˋ )ଓ

These days I'm sort of busy with exams and papers. Please don't worry, the materials I have to study are really interesting, so I don't mind at all. It just leaves less time to write blog posts for you, sorry! However, when I have free time I still like to put together little mood boards with pictures from Polyvore and WeHeartIt to wind down, so I thought I'd share some of them with you!

I had the idea to create mood boards around Cardcaptor Sakura. It's one of my favorite anime. I love to listen to the soundtrack while studying, since many of the songs are so dreamy and beautiful. Did you know that CLAMP made a sequel to the manga, called Clear Card-hen? It started in 2016, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Cardcaptor Sakura. I never expected that to happen and it makes me super happy. Do you think they will also make an anime adaptation?

I made two mood boards this time, one for Sakura and one for Tomoyo. I might make more in the future, if I have time?

Outfit for Sakura 

Named from the beautiful flower that blooms in the spring

"I believe, 
and with just that, 
there is nothing I can't overcome."
- Sakura Kinomoto

Actually, I think the idea started because this skirt from MILK reminded me of Cardcaptor Sakura so much! It probably has to do with the color scheme, pink and yellow, which is definitely my favorite color scheme at the moment. Also, the motif reminds me of Sakura's Star Wand and the patterns that appear all around her when she releases her wands' powers.

The leather backpack reminded me of Sakura's randoseru, a type of backpack Japanese children often wear to school. And I don't know why, but the boots also looked like they were made for Sakura to me. Maybe it's because of the bows that they look slightly like the shoes Tomoyo always makes Sakura wear. I only added the unicorn accessories because they fitted with the outfit so well, sorry! Do you think Sakura would like unicorns? She does like plushies a lot.


Mood board for Tomoyo 

In the gentle night, I sing this song alone

"The greatest happiness
is when the one you love
is happy." 
- Tomoyo Daidouji

Maybe it's silly, but my favorite songs from the Cardcaptor Sakura soundtrack are definitely the songs Tomoyo sings for the school choir, Tomoe, Yasashisa no Tane and Yoru no Uta. Her voice is so angelic and calming. Because of Yoru no Uta, she always reminds me of the night sky. When I think of Tomoyo I also think of her selflessness and her ability to somehow understand everyone just from observing them. 

Because she's such an angelic person I always picture her wearing white clothing and holding small white flowers in her hand. Of course she always has her camera with her, too. I imagine her to be the kind of person who is always looking at old pictures she took and daydreaming about the memories they hold.



Thank you so much for reading my post! Did you recognize the characters in these mood boards? Or would you make them completely differently?

Wishing you the most wonderful week possible,

~Mayte ଘ(੭*ˊᵕˋ)੭*


P.S. Another song I love from the Cardcaptor Sakura OST is Shiawase no Sakura Namiki. So dreamy!
P.S.S. Click here if you're interested in this week's oracle card reading ♡ 

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Making Your Own Home Altar for Prayer or Meditation

Dear readers,

Maybe you remember that way back in January I wrote a post about my thrift store finds? The above dresser (is that how you call furniture like this in English?) is another item I found at the thrift store that month.

I'd already had the idea for a while to make a prayer altar somewhere in my room, a quiet place where I could light a candle and listen to my inner voice. So I asked the Universe if it could maybe make a suitable table cross my path. When I saw this one, I felt it must be the one because of its Barbie pink color! Added bonus: it can store items in the drawer, so I keep my yoga mat there.

To be completely honest, I noticed it does feel slightly personal to post pictures of my altar here! However, because I'm really happy that I made the choice to arrange a sacred space for myself, I thought that maybe I could inspire others to do the same.

You see, over the past few months I noticed that whenever I sit down in front of my altar, I immediately feel calmer. It's as if my mind switches into prayer mode and my body notices the different energy in this space. That makes it a lot easier to focus on prayer and stillness without being distracted.

So if it sounds useful to you, in this post you can read some of the steps I took to create my own sacred space. Of course you should feel free to switch things up, ignore the steps or create your own ideas. It was only meant for inspiration. If you're curious, read on for some basic tips.


Monday, March 13, 2017

Collage: Blue Fairy of the Forest

Blue Fairy of the Forest

"When the winds of March are wakening the crocuses and crickets,
Did you ever find a fairy near some budding little thickets,...
And when she sees you creeping up to get a closer peek
She tumbles through the daffodils, a playing hide and seek."
- Marjorie Barrows

In my "Daily Life of a Doll" post I wrote that I'd love to make a sort of collection of collages with dress up dolls. Often I forget about ideas like that after a while, but these collages are a lot of fun to make. At the time I made this one, I was listening to interviews of the World Angel Summit with Doreen Virtue and other spiritual teachers, so my mind was full of angels, fairies and other magical things. That's why this dress up doll turned into a forest fairy.

Now that we're approaching springtime here, more and more flowers pop up to make the cities more colorful. This is my favorite time of the year, because seeing the snowdrops and crocuses while I'm on my bike in the morning makes me so incredibly happy! Flowers always remind me of fairies, since many movies and books show fairies living in flowers or taking care of them. I think fairies are like nature spirits. I feel like these magical beings also very connected to crystals, which is why I added some of these sparkly friends to the collage.

The above fairy's name is Bluebell and she likes to wear blue and lavender. Her thin wings emanate the scent of pine trees and the sea, and her eyes always sparkle. The mischievous fairy's favorite activity is to dance near a river in the moonlight together with the forest creatures. She also likes to play jokes on her friends. However, if one of her friends - or a nearby human - feels sad, she always manages to lift their spirits.


Though fairies have always fascinated me, unfortunately I'm afraid they no longer like me so much, since my parents recently took down a tree in our garden! However, my parents meant well: they just wanted to make room for new trees and plants. Maybe if we do our best to be as environmentally conscious as possible, they might forgive us some day?

Wishing you a magical and fantastic week,

~Mayte ଘ(੭*ˊᵕˋ)੭*


P.S. I did an oracle card reading for this week, click here if you're interested!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Is Fashion Unspiritual?


In many cultures, interest in fashion and beauty is considered empty and superficial. The stereotype many of us have about deep or spiritual people is that they meditate all day while wearing simple robes. Because of course we're supposed to live an ascetic lifestyle all by ourselves, instead of enjoying material life. Fashion and beauty is for vain, superficial people who just want attention.

Or so the story goes.

Personally, I am interested in both fashion and spirituality, and I think the two can go hand in hand just fine. Still, sometimes I find myself judging others for posting so many pictures of makeup or outfit posts. I also hesitate, from time to time, whenever I want to post something fashion-related on this blog. In my heart, however, I know that is silly. I think it's because of the misconceptions we have in our society.

In many religious groups, money and material things are seen as something bad and corrupted. I do think money and fashion can cause people to become selfish, but definitely not everyone. After all, we all need to buy some things and we all need to wear something! I think another reason why so many people look down on fashion and makeup, is that it's typically seen as something for women. In our old value system, women were often seen as inferior to men. Some patterns from those days still linger, and as a result, feminine things are sometimes still assigned less value. This is, in my opinion, a subjective judgement. What makes a football match better than a fashion show?


I agree that material items definitely shouldn't be our priority. In the end, happiness can only be found inside of ourselves. Our modern day consumerism is painful for our beautiful planet, but also for our souls. It keeps us buying more and more stuff, trying to compensate for inner unhappiness, instead of focusing on our spiritual development.


And the last thing I'm supporting is the emphasis on unhealthy and unrealistic beauty ideals that our modern media promotes, making people forget that they're actually perfect stardust children. But for me and many others, fashion is not about fitting into beauty standards at all, or about impressing other people.

Quite the opposite!