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Switch Witch - Fall 2018




Would you like a postcard from the fancy schmantsy St Pancras Renaissance hotel that I'm about to stay in several times over the next month? Don't have a huge amount of space for keeping postcards, but it does look awesome!

Does anything catch your eye from Future Primitive, including oos things? I'm not a big bar soap person, but I am almost out of scrubs and low on whipped soaps, and body creams/lotions. Their clotted peach cream whipped soap sounds nice, as does the cracked coconut body cream.

Speaking of OOS/Discontinued - Are there any old favorites from no longer operating companies that you would like if either anyone had a stash OR could find a reasonable dupe?
Yes. There used to be a company on Etsy I loved called SideShowSoaps, and one of their main scents was Ginger Tea with Coconut Milk (Sword Swallower), and I ADORED that scent, especially in fall. It was soothing and creamy, but a bit warm and spicy - perfect for a hot shower when the sinuses and cold-weather ickies gotcha down. If someone found a duplicate scent at a different indie company, I'd love it in a lotion, a whipped soap, a scrub - pretty much any incarnation!

Booze, yea or nay? Favorite kinds?
I am all over this one. I'm big into local craft booze (beer, cider, wine, mead, spirits, ALLOFTHAT) - EXCEPT, I just don't get vodka, what is the point of vodka? I use it to make pie crusts... that's pretty much it. Also, anything neon, artificially flavored/colored/sweetened is a big NO.

Knitted stuff? Need/want anything specific? Colors?
I've got a hoard of basic scarves, though I see some that are in interesting shapes/patterns that look very different and interesting. Not too bulky arm warmers could be good, or like those boot socks that aren't really boot socks, they're just a 4-6" long tube that LOOKS like the top of a chunky sock that sticks out the top of a boot? Colors, I like most colors, except I'm not a fan of greys/beiges/neutrals, with the exception of winter white and dark/warm chocolate browns. I tend more towards jewel tones, or darker/more saturated shades of red, purple, blue, and green. Not a huge fan of the gold-yellow-orange color specturm, except in weird occasions that I don't understand how to describe. (Confused yet?)

Feelings re: Lewis Carroll/Alice in Wonderland? Love it, hate it, meh it?
I'm not obsessive, but I do really like Alice in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass. I'd put myself probably just a little shy of LOVE IT! (Like, I think it's AWESOME that there is a double-decker London bus serving as a Mad Hatter's alcoholic Tea Party in my neighborhood all this summer. I've walked past it, I've read the website a couple of times... but I'm not paying $40 per person just to go inside... If it were $20, I'd be in there!)

Are you thinking of participating in NaNoWriMo this year? Any merch or pre-Nano supplies you might want?
No. I have a hard enough time maintaining my blog writing, which is now down to once a week. :-P

I just recently discovered MoonMagic -jewelry with a focus on moonstones but also opals and labradorite. They currently have a sale. Anything that stands out to you? (moonmagic.com)
I am a fan of those stones, and a lot of it is really cute. I just don't see anything that I'm sure I'd wear.

Are you interested in anything from Nerdlacquer (nerdlacquer.com)?
I've been more into Nailwraps lately (specifically Espinoage), but I could use to refresh my polish stash, too. Antimatter, White Hole, Carrie (plain), Nazi Punks Fuck Off.

Let's get specific about this knitting thing! Do any of these items/styles appeal?
Only the dragon-wing cowl is sorta my style. Also, my circulation is so bad (Reynaud's (idiopathic)) and NYC winters can get bitter and are ALWAYS windy, that things related to my hands need to be as wind/cold proof as possible - I generally stick exclusively to heavy-duty lined leather and sheepskin. I love arm warmers, though, and things that can go over my bulky gloves without further reducing manual dexterity. Hats are a close second with sheepskin and heavy felted wool being my go-to's most of the time. If the wind can blow through it, it's probably not going to do much to keep me warm. Things that go about the neck and shoulders being the exception because they just become a part of under-coat layering, and can be a fun way to add color and whimsy when I'm wearing 4 layers for 3 months of the year (and 3 layers for another 2 months on top of that).

If your witch was able to obtain digital media that you could not access (TV, movies, books, etc.), is there anything you have been in search of for quite a while? If yes, what devices do you use to play such (i.e. Windows, Mac, etc.; can you use a flash drive)?
OK... yes... now if I can remember it all (ha! I may need to keep updating this question on my blog as I remember new things) - mostly mp3 or avi, I use Windows, and flash drive is great!
Farscape, an album from a UK band called Chimera (90s, female singer?), digital sheet music from Tori Amos's Under the Pink would be awesome! (pdf) - I'll have to really think about this one for a while!

Is there anything you want from Japan? Some kind of food, cute stationary, fandom merch, maybe you collect lucky cats, anything!
Yes please!! I know it's totally the wrong season, but I have a weird fixation with Sakura stuff, I have sakura essence, and I'm almost out of sakura sugar, but I've never tried sakura kit-kats! Aside from that, my one trip to Tokyo was just before Halloween, and WOW! is Halloween cool over there!! I like how their Halloween pumpkin stuff is actually pumpkin custard-y flavor, and not pumpkin spice like in the US. Only time I've liked pumpkin-flavored stuff was over there. I've also been kinda pinterest-researching mori and dark mori styles/accessories, and love all sorts of cute koi-themed stuff. I also am an Aggretsuko fan!

Are you witchy or like witchy things like incense, sage, palo santo, crystals, tarot, altar supplies, candles, etc.? Whatcha like/need?
I'm like neptueanblues with the "low-key witchy". I love my Stephanie Law tarot deck, but I don't use it often, honestly. I love my candles, and do use them, though I currently have no anointing oils, and would LOVE decants of some TAL stuff (or non-TAL anointing oils) - but I don't use incense (cones/sticks) because the strong smell isn't always kind to my sinus. I used to have this loose-incense stuff I got from a witchy shop that I liked, and I have a special burner for it, though I'm out of the base (charcoal??) - I LOVE all sorts of rocks and minerals, have quite a bit, but am always drooling at others. I'm a little light on things that represent elemental Air, except stones that are associated with air. I've never used/had a wand or an athame. My alter tends to be very nature/fae centric. crystals, my candles are mostly honeycomb, a crystal bottle of melted snow that I collected during a major storm, found tiny bits of nature that attracted me like properly WEE pinecones, or giant acorns, bundles of herbs (got a couple of sage bundles drying currently from my own garden), etc... Hopefully that would give any Witchy-Witch some good ideas!

Practical Magic or Hocus Pocus?
I like both, but probably Practical Magic more.

Does anything from either of these shops interest you?
Close, but not quite.

Is there something (either a specific item, or type of item, like bath/body, perfume, candy etc) you're really looking forward to or hoping to get?
Not so far, I always like to keep things a surprise, so I'm just trying to be open to all the possibilities :-D

What's something you want or look at, but always talk yourself out of buying (or for whatever reason never purchase)?
Guh.. I do this a lot. I've done it for literal years over basic necessities (I finally caved and bought a non-broken hairbrush this summer after using a broken one for almost 2 years!) Off the top of my head, I only ever think about kitchen stuff. Our kitchen is tiny, I have no space, and my sister either breaks everything, or hoards broken things and won't throw them away even when there's a non-broken replacement... --siiiiggghhh- So I know I look at things like, a whisk with silicone wrapped tines so I can use it in a non-stick skillet, or the cute nessie ladle... there's normally a few small kitchen tools like that that I always look at and then just pass on...

What are your DISO BPAL dreams?
Well, you did say Dreams, so... Champagne & Roses, Philommeides, Lovers in a Ricefield, Prunella, Mori Girl, Shy, Virgo 2016, Pinning up the Shimada HG, Spirit Board: Yes

Are there any subscription/subscription style boxes you have an interest in?
I like the idea of subscription boxes, and I currently do Ipsy and Graze. Graze I've had for years and years for office snacks, and it's fine. Ipsy is kinda meh to me, it's better than Sephora Play, and Birchbox since they stopped doing all the point stuff so much... so, I haven't really found one that I really really enjoy regularly.

Is there any scents from the more current releases you have been wanting to try (Weenies, Motherhood/Fatherhood)?
In my wishlist, for the Weenies/Liliths this year, I mostly only wanted to test decants, nothing seemed bottle worthy.

For those of us Switch Witches who ARE witches...….if you have a BoS would you like a page for it from your witch?
I don't have a proper BoS...

What house were you sorted into?
Totally Ravenclaw

There are some really awesome spice shops in NYC. Would you like/need any herbs or spices?
I am good. I am a spice/herb hoarding fiend.

Coffee or tea?
Tea pretty much exclusively. I'm a fan of Adagio, in particular, and mostly stick to black/green/herbal blends. Please nothing with added artificial colors/flavorings/sweetener (no stevia, either). Favs have include things like chocolate mint black tea, black tea with roses, pomegranate (or raspberry) and vanilla, and we are now entering the season of ginger/gingerbread, spicy black teas, and the like. I have two signature blends for fall that are Double Spice Apple and Ginger Morning II... not sure if they're searchable...

board games:
I am a board/table top games geek of all varieties. However, I don't think there's anything I'm looking for at the moment. The sith has almost every expansion pack for Cards Against Humanity, and Exploding Kittens and Unstable Unicorns are both too new/unplayed to warrant even opening expansion packs beyond the NSFW decks (which I threw in immediately!)


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