HOUSE OF INTUITION HAUL & MY FAVORITE ONLINE SHOPS FOR CRYSTALS

Acquiring new crystals is my go-to guilty pleasure these days. I already told you guys in my post on the Daft Punk pop-up shop that we stopped by the House of Intuition on Melrose later that day… So now I’m sharing what I got and their metaphysical properties and benefits!

In case you’re all like, “WTF Nicole? Crystals? What happened to the makeup? Have you lost your mind?”

NO GUYS, I am alive and well. This shit actually helps me feel better/calmer and deal with my anxiety and ADHD more effectively. I want to share about it because I think it’s useful and of equal or more value to knowing what I think about the newest foundation launch. Also, they’re PRETTY AND SPARKLY. I am bougie and like to decorate with them and enjoy the actual good vibes… Get into it or just don’t read it. K? K.

I have a bunch of big ass scholarly books and articles explaining crystal healing, vibrational resonance, and all different kinds of energy medicine. I’ll get down to the nitty gritty scientific ish on how it physically affects our bodies in another post… For now, let’s talk about my new crystals and their metaphysical properties, aka how they can help support/align/clear/help US. Maybe one of these will catch your interest!

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Starting with the big black piece in the center, going clockwise:
Black Kyanite > Lepidolite > Snowflake Obsidian > Blue Calcite > Turquoise > Smoky Citrine > Fenster Quartz

Black Kyanite: I am obsessed with regular (blue) kyanite, so finding this blade was easily the highlight of my trip. Black kyanite is a high vibration, powerful healing stone. It is grounding and energizing, helps align all the chakras, unblock stagnant energy and balance yin/yang in the body, and fosters communication. It’s popularly used with meditation and dream recall work.

Lepidolite: Lepidolite is that pinky, purple-y slice of stone off to the right in the picture. It is derived from the Greek word “lepidos,” meaning scale… It helps relieve stress, promote calmness, awaken insight and remove and restructure outgrown behavioral patterns, and dissipate negativity. It contains lithium, which is helpful in stabilizing bipolar disorder (there is also lithium quartz). It’s beneficial for use with addictions, eating disorders, bipolar disorders, depression, nightmares, obsessive thoughts and stress.

Snowflake Obsidian: I have a bracelet made of snowflake obsidian… I just really like how it feels to me so I wanted a piece to keep somewhere in my office. It is an empowering stone of purity – helping to provide balance for the body, mind, and spirit. It helps eliminate disruptive thoughts and beliefs, increase feelings of safety and security, and release emotional blockages.

Blue Calcite: This is a super chill stone. Calming and soothing, blue calcite promotes relaxation, enhances intution, and improves communication, focus, and memory… It helps quiet mental chatter, soothing nerves and lifting anxieties. You should *NOT* use salt or water to cleanse this crystal.

Turquoise: This is a well known protection stone that helps foster honest, truthful communication and free expression. It’s useful for situations around friendship, loyalty, self-realization, mood swings, romantic love, exhaustion, subtle energy fields, shame, guilt, and detox… Basically it works with you for basically anything and everything. And, it’s a Pisces birthstone! You’ll find turquoise in a LOT of jewelry, as it’s been used in talisman pieces and amulets since like, ever. Literally forever. It is sacred to Native Americans and has adorned the rulers of ancient Egypt, the Aztecs, Persia, and more…

Smoky Citrine: Smoky citrine has a mix of the properties of smoky (quartz) and citrine. The golden abundance/high vibe traits of citrine are grounded by those of smoky: it is protective, stabilizing, and helps provide boundaries. Citrine is a feel good stone, one to support feelings of abundance (not just financial) so I love that it’s grounded by smoky.

I gravitate towards crystals that are useful for mental support (anxiety, focus, creativity, etc.) or those that are grounding. If you’re into astrology, you’ll understand what I mean when I say that I am super water/air dominant and I have (almost) literally no planets in earth/fire signs. I’m always up in my head (hence the affinity for “mental” crystals) and need help being present in my body and the real world and staying grounded, which is why I go for crystals associated with the root and lower chakras – obsidian, hematite, and smoky quartz are my top 3.

Now, let’s take a sec to look closer at this piece of quartz.

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 Now, this isn’t just any regular old piece of clear quartz – it’s Fenster Quartz. 

Do you see the triangle-y formations etched in the crystal? It’s almost like a mirror effect within the planes… That is what sets it apart. This is a high vibration stone that harmonizes all the chakras and aligns the aura (I’m not even sure what that means, but I’ll keep you posted on how my aura feels). It carries the generic properties of crystal quartz the “master healer,” and specifically it helps heal dysfunctional patterns and outgrown emotions. I was really intrigued so I got it. Stay tuned.

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DSP and I each got a “magic candle” as well – clarity for him, strength for me. I am a candle fiend as most of you probably know by now… I love having candles that are for a specific purpose, i.e. writing, meditating, taking a bath – whatever, so one that’s programmed with a quality I want more of or feel I’m lacking in, is totally my kind of thing. Specific candles or scents (double points when paired with crystals!) always help get me in the groove and stay focused on task.

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(L-R: smoky quartz, celestite, howlite, titanium quartz, amethyst)

SO, that’s all of the new new I’ve got going on in the crystals department. As I said in an earlier post, I am planning to continue on with my crystals series so I’ll cover a lot more stones and their functional uses in life soon. To learn more general info, check out this post, or the one I wrote about my favorite crystals for some book recommendations, many of which I referenced for info writing this post.


ALSO… I thought I would share my fave websites for crystals if you’re interested to try them out and start using them on your own. I’m lucky to be in LA where there are a TON of crystal shopping options, however living in Seattle there were fewer, so I did most of my buying online. Here are some of my faves:

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(Celestite from The Hoodwitch)

The Hoodwitch: Bri is my GIRL. My first crystals were from her, and I am still a huge fan of The Hoodwitch and her product selection. She has all the sage, tarot cards, vintage occult books, and crystals you could ever want. This big ass celestite cluster I just got myself for Christmas was from here – this is my #1 go-to place for crystal shopping online.

Light Love & Lace: If you like watching YouTube you’re probably familiar with Marissa Lace. She has a crystal shop now that has some pretty legit little bundles of tumbled stones (all small pieces you can easily keep with you or around the house). I got a heart shaped piece of labradorite from her that I keep in my office. Her shop only is open during launches – one is this Sunday at 1:11pm PST so if you’re interested, mark your calendar.

Sage Goddess: Besides obviously having a lot of sage-focused items, this shop has a tonnnn of other goods. I really liked the candles I got from here, as well as the sage bundles, but she also has a variety of crystals and bundles to help a beginner get started.

House of Intuition: You can get a few things online but you really need to visit one of their stores in LA for allllll the crystals and other goodies.

Blue Button Boho: If you’re into crystal JEWELRY, this is where I got a ton of my necklaces, pendants, and rings over the last few years. Sarah is a super rad girl and is always updated her shop with cute new pieces – there’s something for everyone. If you’re not sold on crystals yet, maybe start slow with some jewelry!

Cleanse your crystals when you receive them, and you can program them if you have something specific you’re working with them for. Be sure to check that your stones can take salt or water cleansing if you’re going that route – clearing them with sage or using (Full Moon) moonlight is also just as effective.

If anyone has questions about what crystals are good for what (i.e. stress, anxiety, creativity, dreaming, shielding bad vibes, etc.) leave me a comment here so I can cover it in an upcoming post! Or, if you want me to talk about a specific crystal and its uses/benefits, tell me about that too.

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ADDITIONAL READING:

STONE: The Crystals App You Need In Your Life

I found a really cool crystals app the other week, that I wanted to share with you guys who are interested in crystals and crystal healing! Alternative medicine and healing modalities have become a serious interest of mine in the last few years – but it started with crystals.

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Amethyst was one of the first stones I ever got. At first I just knew it was a Pisces birthstone, but turns out it is SO MUCH MORE THAN THAT.

“Amethyst’s purifying energy is linked to releasing addictive behaviors and can help illuminate an inner purpose… When it’s time to surrender vanity, pride, and victimhood and start living with positive purpose, gear up with Amethyst and start really living.”

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STONE is “the crystal app designed to bring a little light to the modern life.” It’s a gorgeous visual reference guide, with metaphysical properties and background info on a continuously growing list of crystals. To give you a preview, let’s look at a few of my most-used and favorites for managing life.

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Howlite is one of my favorites, probably because having zero chill is a chronic issue of mine… It’s a “heady, clutter clearing stone.” It helps with creativity, calming the mind, and improving emotional well being and attitudes, and effective emotional expression. I have a small piece I can carry around with me.

I have a big smoky quartz point on my desk – the app says, “when life throws shade, grounding Smoke Quartz acts as a super absorbent sponge that takes in the energy that orbits the dark thoughts, negative voices, and passive aggressive emails… YAS PLEASE! It’s good for clearing negative energy, grounding, and providing emotional balance and protection.

Titanium Quartz… Well, titanium quartz just LOOKS unreal — its vibrant hyper color is epic. The rainbow hues point to its multi-spectrum effects: life affirming, energizing, and fun. “Titanium Quartz can help keep the mood light. Like, candy colored rainbows light. Paid artists, writers, and funny folks can employ Titanium Quartz to stay sharper than crayons. Or, colored pencils. Or, fucking rainbow chainsaws.” 

FUCKING. RAINBOW. CHAINSHAWS.

Titanium quartz gets me excited (as it rightfully should if you just read what it’s good for) so let’s move on to a stone that brings you back into balance… Kyanite is a stone of alignment and is great for use in meditation. It helps calm us down, open us up, and gets our mental, emotional, and spiritual bodies aligned.

My most recent splurge was on a big ass piece of celestite from The Hoodwitch. Celestite is about supporting your intution and getting you to trust it (for me, at least). It also helps relieve stress, anxiety, and obsessive behaviors.

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The info on celestite is one of my favorites. One of the best parts of the STONE app is how it’s written – down to earth, easy to read and understand, and humorous. It’s relatable.

If you want to dive deeper and look into books on crystals and crystal healing, here are some I have and would recommend:

I was thinking to do a mini-series on crystals, would you guys be into it? Let me knowwww below!

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Why I’m Finally Going To Therapy For My Anxiety

Hiiiiii, everyone! It’s been a hot minute — a hot few months, really. I wanted to catch you up and explain all at once by sharing a topic that I’ve been working a lot with recently… My anxiety.

Mental Health. Anxiety. Therapy.

I know I’ve been quiet… but I’ve been busy. Busy dealing with a lot of shit. Good shit, bad shit, health shit, life shit, dog shit, annoying shit, great shit.

So, hi. Here I am.

I’ve sat behind my screen scared for a few weeks now, trying to jump back into blogging and wondering how to do just that. I have so much new work, new product reviews, new series, just SO MUCH NEW NEW, to share with you! So much that the pressure of kicking it off right kept me from starting at all. Fucking yikes, right?

This kind of pressure is not a new feeling to me… It is one of the many flavors of my anxiety.

I have struggled with anxiety for years, and it is only in the last handful that I have even been able to admit I deal with it. I spent 20+ years of my life unaware of the forces driving my life – my emotions, thoughts, perspectives, feelings, decisions, and actions.

In recent months, I started going to an acupuncturist in the South Bay. After I started going regularly, he told me he held a meditation class on Friday and Saturday mornings and invited me… fast forward a few months and I’ve signed myself up for a weeklong zen meditation treat the last week of September.

THIS IS NOT A DRILL.

It was amazing… but super intense. I’ll write more about it later or I’ll never get to my point here. During one of our sits over the course of the retreat, thoughts about going to therapy and what it meant and why I wanted to go or why I had been resistant to going came through my mind and I realized it was all so ridiculous – why WOULDN’T I want to go and improve myself? I committed a fucking week of my life to meditation – I could probably handle an hour of therapy a week. Something just shifted for me about therapy during the retreat, and I’ve been excited to get started ever since.

Instead of being resistant to the idea of “going to therapy” because it would be me admitting something is wrong with me, I was looking forward to sitting down with someone who could help me… I couldn’t wait to explain myself: here is my life, this is who I am, here are the places I am struggling and I want to figure out how to fix my issues and resolve my triggers/improve situations that cause me problems, whatever. I was and still am SO EXCITED to be getting this shit off my chest. I didn’t know how good it feels… I have been missing O U T. It’s part of the reason I’m writing this right now, so you know I’ve already made some progress.

I’m still shocked at my willingness to confront this because I spent the rest of my life compartmentalizing and denying my problems – if you know me, you’ll know I’m usually the “ha ha big smile I’m fine!” kind of girl.

I’ve just finally pieced together for myself, that my anxiety is the root source of all my negatives and vices: bad habits and behaviors, drinking too much, eating too little or emotionally binge eating, not taking care of myself, everything.

It all seems to stem from anxiety, and the anxious framework and programming I created for myself, suffocating mental confines I finally realized I could break free from. In order to do so, I need a professional to help me process and release and rebuild what needs to be so that I can move beyond them and reach my potential to be the woman I know I can be.

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