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My book of choice at the moment is The Power Of Crystal Healing by Emma Lucy Knowels (Beyoncé’s lesser-known sister, probably).

I’m a spiritual MO’FO and have always loved rocks… Sedimentary, metamorphic and the other one.

But, for the past few years, I’ve also been into crystals. I don’t know if they have the power to heal, as this book suggests, but I do believe that the placebo effect has worked for me in the past.

If you believe it’ll happen, you’ll feel it.

What is my favourite rock? I have a lapis lazuli ring that I cannot live without. I actually lost it after just two weeks once, and was so panicky but the lady at the shop I bought it from kindly replaced it with another, free of charge.

According to her, if you lose the stone or it breaks/shatters, that means the rock has served its purpose. She was reluctant that I should replace the ring after losing it, but I told her that I wanted to out of choice.

Each stone has a different meaning or purpose. This book teaches you about all of them and how to cleanse them, if you’re into that.

I do believe they work, but as I said – just as a placebo thing. It’s more wishful thinking than anything… Other than that, they’re just really pretty to look at and pair with an outfit.

Oh, and there’s a stone for every birth month. Mine is opal, I think. I’d suggest looking into which ones represent yours, it’s fun to know and maybe try wearing it and seeing if it works for you [and you’re into that kind of thing]?

As I said, it might not, but if you’re into pretty and unique looking stones, you’ll love these.

I also like that they’re affordable. A small piece costs £3 depending on type and/or rarity.

Another thing, there’s a stone for every chakra. So, you don’t need to do yoga every week to strengthen yours.

Fun fact: when I first the word “chakra”, I thought it was a misspelling of Chaka Khan. 🙈

I am someone who’d collect the pebbles on a beach if it wasn’t unhygienic. So, these rocks are the next best thing. No, I don’t expect them to change my life. I just think they’re pretty and can work if you believe they will.

Does meditating with them work? I find that sometimes just wearing them is enough. I find it very hard to switch off, so meditating for me is a mission that I don’t always choose to accept. Simply because being alone with my thoughts is just annoying as heck! My mind never stops.

Where’s the best place to get one from? A specialist store. Avoid getting them from Amazon and the like as they might not be real. Also, if you’re really fascinated by them, they work best when chosen from a sea of others.

If you’re ordering online, you don’t get a sense of which is best nor the opportunity to test them out. You can’t get drawn to it. Also, they all come in different forms, so apart from the particular stone you choose, the one that’s delivered is the one you’re stuck with.

Autumn is very much on its way and I cannot cope. I’m going to be 27. It feels like just yesterday that I was trying to jujitsu my way out of my mum’s womb…

So, do I have anything special planned for my 27th? Watching Aladdin with my besties and crying into my pillow at the sorry state that is my life – not Florida.

I’ll also be prepping to spend Christmas someplace else.

What does Autumn mean to me? Crisp leaves, beautiful trees… A dressing gown, wearing soft and fluffy socks around the house [instead of slippers] and boiling water infused with mint leaves, pretending it’s “pumpkin spice latte”.

Do I have any ideas on how I’ll be spending Halloween? I had a Wonder Woman costume in my wardrobe [which I was going to wear when I take the kids in the neighbourhood] that has somehow done a disappearing act… So, Halloween is now cancelled. I’ll just do what I’ve done every other year: watch Thriller by MJ and reenact it in my bedroom.

Oh, and I’d probably like to carve my own name into a pumpkin.

Bags are one of the things I love to collect… Dune‘s new-ish collection of “True Love” garments/accessories are EVERYTHING – and I was kindly sent one of their bags to review.

It’s fair to note that they have trainers in this style too, but I was worried that the diamond detail might come off quicker if they were on my feet – and this made me hesitant. So, I was chose the bag to review instead.

Let me begin by discussing the colour of the bag… It’s white. No, there aren’t other colours to choose from. Yes, white is an extremely tough colour for me to pull off because I’m relatively clumsy, and will manage to spill anything and everything on it to the point where it’ll stain. Bags and accessories are no different.

But, the fact that it’s not just white all over means it’ll no doubt be less noticeable. Green, blue, red and pink really compliment the white background and the charms, pearls etc. They’re really cute together. It really does not look too busy or tacky. The mix of colours works!

The leather is great. Apart from the strap feeling a bit flimsy, the bag itself doesn’t feel tacky.

As I explained briefly up top, the look of the bag is stunning. I love it so much. It pairs beautifully with a top and jeans. I like the fact that you can wear it during the and/or on a night out.

Look, the bag is pretty small in size, but it’s still mighty nonetheless. You can store quite a bit in there, actually.

The only down sides in my opinion are the price (for a bag of its size) and the fact that the diamonds/charms might fall off after regular use.

That’s it. It’s a good bag.

My rating: 3*

I’ve been seeing a few “Interview with” posts kicking about and I’ve gone ahead and conducted one.

So, apparently, the best “Interview with” posts feature bloggers’ most inspirational figures.

My mum is my most inspirational human. I love her and everyone who meets her does too. She’s adorable and my absolute world!

1. When I was little, what did you think I was going to be when I grew up?

A writer. I knew you were going to be a writer from the stories you used to write and leave for me around the house.

2. Do you think I have more of your good qualities or bad qualities?

If you had taken any qualities at all, it’d only be the best ones!

3. What is the funniest thing I ever said or did as a kid?

The time when you shouted at me for taking you to the gate at nursery… You kept screaming “let me walk to school alone! I’ll go school by myself! Don’t follow me!”

4. When was the first time you heard me swear?

You swear?????

5. What would you have named me if I was the opposite gender?

I like the name Jude.

6. Did I look more like you or like dad when I was a baby?

A split image of me, although you do have your dad’s features.

7. What was the most annoying thing I did as a baby?

You were very stubborn. Still are!

8. What was my very first word?

Mama.

9. Did you want me to be a boy or a girl?

They actually told me you were a boy. *fits of laughter* I was told I was having a boy.

10. How bad did giving birth hurt?

It was quite smooth in comparison to when I gave birth to your brother.

11. What is your very first memory of me?

Seeing you for the first time.

12. When you were my age, did you want kids?

I had kids when I was your age…

13. What made me cry most when I was little?

When you didn’t get your way.

14. What made me laugh the most when I was little?

You laughed at anything and everything.

15. What TV show would I watch every single day?

Tweenies.

*I pull a face and whisper “NO! Change your answer!”*

… You loved Disney films mostly.

16. Did you ever lose me in the supermarket or anywhere else?

I stepped out to go and get something, you turned the key in the ignition of the car and drove it straight into a garage. That was fun.

*interview terminates here because I have words with my mum*

*interview resumes here because I have a blog post to write*

17. What was the first movie you brought me to the theater to see?

A Disney one I’m sure…

*insert any Disney movie here, apparently*

18. What song did I listen to on repeat when I was super young?

Wild World by Cat Stevens.

19. What was the nicest thing I ever said to you?

Do you ever?

*interview breaks while I tell my mum some nice things*

20. What was the meanest thing I ever said to you?

Is there a word limit on these things?

*giggles*

*interview terminates briefly while I say MORE nice things*

*interview continues*

21. What was my favorite stuffed animal?

The big teddy bear you had which we won at the fairground.

22. What age (of mine) did you hate experiencing the most?

All 26 and 3/4 of them *laughing fit* I’m joking of course!

*interview ends*

*interview restarts for SEO purposes*

23. What age (of mine) do you feel like we were closest?

Every one. I love you.

*cries eyes out*

24. What’s the first word that comes to mind when you hear my name?

Princess.

*throws up*

25. What is the worst part about being my mother?

It wasn’t easy raising you, but I wouldn’t change you for the world.

26. What is the best part about being my mother?

How far you’ve come and how much you’ve grown. I’m proud of you.

*we both cry our eyeballs out of our faces*

27. What is my worst habit?

You bite your nails. It’s awful. STOP!

28. Which television character reminds you of me the most?

Mia from Princess Diaries.

29. What song reminds you of me the most?

Summertime. You sing it ALL the time. Can you practice something else!?!

30. What was I the most afraid of as a child?

Old people. You used to hide from the old lady I used to visit and do flower arranging for.

31. Overall, did you consider me a good kid?

Of course.

32. Are you happy with the way I turned out? 

Yeah, we all are.

Love you, mum! Thanks for being a legend.