In Style, What I bought

June 2012: What I Bought

Not much!

Quite a bit, surprisingly… or not?! 🙂



I went to go see an amazing hairstylist, and she told me that my dandruff was a result of my scalp drying out and my itchier scalp was the result of the oil and bacteria building up on my scalp.


Anyway, she recommended this Paul Mitchell shampoo and conditioner (I’ve heard this recommendation a number of times already), and I hunted down where to buy them in a salon. You can also buy them on Amazon here.

In the past 3 weeks of using it, I am surprised.

My dandruff has pretty much disappeared and it smells great. I feel as though my scalp is still a bit itchy, but I have a feeling that’s more psychological than true.


A nice bonus of this shampoo and conditioner, is that I’m starting to go longer in between washing my hair.

My hairstylist says that you can train your scalp to use less shampoo and conditioner (she washes her hair weekly), and my attempt to wash my hair less was part of the reason WHY my head was itchier as well, but she said I was just going about it the wrong way.

Washing it daily, is something she and many hairstylists advocate against. It really destroys your hair.


The trick is to drag it out slowly by adding 6 hours in between washes every week, rather than trying to do it all at once.

You have to use a very small dollop of shampoo about a quarter-sized shape, rub it into your hands, and then when your hair is damp, pat it on top of your head, and underneath your hair at the base of your head.

Slowly rub and massage the shampoo onto your scalp itself, getting right to the roots until you are sure your scalp has been massaged with the shampoo, otherwise the grease will still stay in your hair.

She also said not to freak out about it not lathering a lot (it doesn’t mean it’s cleaning any better), which I already knew.

Then rinse, add a dime-shaped dollop of conditioner at the ends and lightly on the top, and away you go.

After 3 weeks, my hair now feels good enough to wash every 72 hours, and I’m aiming for once a week now, as long as I don’t feel like my hair is greasy or too icky to bear.

(I still shower every other day, but with my hair tied up).

I am not loving the ingredients, but she basically told me that my hair would not accept anything more simple or “natural” like castile soap from Dr. Bronners, because it is too drying for me, and it would make my dandruff return with a vengeance, and perhaps cause my hair to start snapping and falling out again.

*sigh* The price we pay for beauty. I’m consoling myself with the fact that I will be washing my hair less, and therefore using less product in the long run.



I wanted something simple to carry my yoga mat. Nothing fancy, and no bags where I have to cram the mat in there. I also didn’t want to waste time looking for something.

I went to Lululemon and picked up the no brainer mat strap.

It kind of sucks that it’s velcro (seriously!?) and I’ve been frantically brushing my clothes away from it just in case it catches on the fabric and causes it to pill.

Otherwise, it’s a strap. What more can I ask of it?


I also realized that all my workout gear got tossed because it was just too big on me and I wasn’t about to get them tailored.

Enter: Nike.

Step: $80 spent on Dri-Fit capri pants and fitted Dri-Fit top.

Result: Savings of $66 because Lululemon (yoga-specific gear) would have cost me about $146.

Here’s the outfit, in case you’re interested:

I find it very comfortable, no weird strings, or strange poky bits like tags and seams where they shouldn’t be, and it’s all very covered and perfect for yoga.


I found THE MOST amazing design for a belt. No buckles!

They are not cheap, but they’re handmade in the USA by independent artisans (yes, I bought them on Etsy).

This is perfect for traveling (security scanners will not require you to remove the belt), and although I find the design slightly unwieldy in the sense that I have to hold a part of it closed while I tie the belt, it is a small price to pay for something so cool.

It won’t slide out of the loops either. Once it’s in, you can sit down, breathe, eat and move without having to worry about the belt loosening.

This WAS on my Wardrobe Wants list — a red belt. I wanted something interesting but not flashy or too trendy.


I also picked up the same belt in different widths in black, cognac and espresso. I’ll probably only use them around dresses and tops, but if they can fit around my waist for my pants as well, score!

I was tempted to pick up navy blue and plum too, but I thought that would have probably been too much. 🙂


It was on sale, but I was more interested in that I FOUND IT!

I had been searching for this exact style of striped top for about a year now, and it’s even in my Wardrobe Wants image.

Thick wide navy bands with thin white stripes. I found the perfect top — ALC Travis White Stripe — but it was sold out everywhere, until on a whim I found it online again.

I snapped it up immediately.

The cotton is thin, beautiful, not at all sheer and lightweight. This is definitely a delicate wash top.


I am a sucker for beautiful art, especially Japanese prints.

I purchased this Japanese Poppies silk scarf from The Met for $55, which is a print of one of my favourite pieces in the museum.

Red and White Poppies, a hanging scroll painting by Kitagawa Sōsetsu

 I just hang it up to look at how pretty it is. What’s nice is I can also wear it. 😉

My wardrobe wants list looks like this now:


I should probably revise it, but I am still only looking for that white blazer, a simple black long-sleeved top and those mid-calf boots.

Other stuff I bought:

  • Tailored 3 pants and 2 skirts — $145 (ouch)
  • Adobe Acrobat Pro Software for $500
  • Steak knives for $230 (exciting, I know..)
  • Increased my cellphone plan to 4GB so that I could FINALLY use my iPhone as a wireless internet tether instead of sneaking into Starbucks to steal WIFI – $20 a month or $120/year
  • Cheese — Does this count? 😛


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Am my own Sugar Daddy. Am a millionaire at 36 after getting out of $60K of student debt in 18 months, a little over a decade earlier, using I have worked 50% of my career (taking 1-2 year breaks), and quadrupled my income within 2 years of graduating, going from $65K to $260K with an average lifetime savings rate of 50%. I have 11 side incomes that are on track in 2020 to make me $50K - $75K. I could retire today if I wanted, but love my work-life balance as a freelancing consultant in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). I am all about balance - between time and money, and also enjoying my money. I also post daily on Instagram @saverspender.

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  1. Daisy

    Ahhh my comment didn’t finish. Woops! So two days between washes can make my hair look a little ratty. 

    1. Mochi & Macarons

      I can go 48 hours without my hair looking ratty but getting to 72 is a lot harder….

  2. Daisy

    I love those belts and I LOVE THAT SCARF. it’s SO beautiful. 

    I have been trying to wash my hair less because I have very sensitive hair and VERY sensitive skin. The only thing is, is that I’m naturally blond and have very fine hair. So 

    1. Mochi & Macarons

      Thanks! I saw a similar belt style at Longchamp the other day for way more than $50!!!!
      You can try washing with 6 hours longer in between.

      E.g. Wash Mon morning, don’t wash until Wed morning or late Tuesday.

      Then keep adding 6 hours in between.

  3. Inhae Koo

    I have a huge thing for scarves myself. My favorites are large silk squares, 35″x35″ or larger. Been lusting after a Hermes but the prices are crazy – so I turn to vintage/consignment shops 🙂

    1. Mochi & Macarons

      I see a lot of Hermes scarves in consignment shops!! It is an economical way to shop for nice things.

  4. Kbradley

    I really like your blog so please don’t take this the wrong way. I am just not sure how you can claim to be a minimalist as you suggest in your ‘About’ page. For one month, this seems anything but minimal.

    1. Mochi & Macarons

      Good point!

      As you will note I am a lazy minimalist. I don’t claim to only own 100 items.
      That said, I just recently sold a lot more than what I bought and donated the rest that didn’t sell.
      I also bought the shampoo and conditioner because my old shampoo finally finished. I don’t keep a huge inventory of toiletries or smells.
      I am mostly trying to make room for a piano I want I buy.

      Everything I own (with BF’s stuff and household included), fits into one car.
      If you were referring to the money spent, they are two separate concepts and I never claimed to be super frugal either.
      What do you think is minimalist?

      I think what I own and the fact that I can pack and move in less than half a day is extremely minimalist even if it seems odd that I am buying so much in one month.

  5. Bridget

    I love these posts.

    I think I will try that shampoo. I’m washing my hair 2x per week right now, and usually only with conditioner because I find shampoo dries out my scalp so badly (I’m using cheap shampoo right now though which is probably the root of the problem)

    1. Mochi & Macarons

      The conditioner is AMAZING. I didn’t think it would be great because I was used to watery, not-so-great conditioners, but this one just takes ONE dime-shaped dollop and it totally moisturizes and coats my entire head.
      Doesn’t wash out either or feels dry when I rinse it out.

  6. gerald

    you should bargain on Etsy when buying 4 pieces at once!

    1. Mochi & Macarons

      I should, but they’re independent artisans and it sounds fiscally stupid but I want them to keep going and build their business.
      I don’t want to nickel and dime them.

  7. Katie

    Thanks for the tip on the Muse belts. Sold!

    1. Mochi & Macarons

      They are really quite incredible

  8. B. (Below Her Means)

    Your blog keeps me focused on paying down my student loans so I can start investing in my wardrobe like you do!

    1. Mochi & Macarons

      Well, I wouldn’t call it ‘investing’ in my wardrobe but I am certainly buying higher end pieces and being more selective about my purchases!! Or at least I am trying to

  9. Leigh

    $16 for a yoga mat strap? That seems a little expensive 😛

    OOoooh at those belts! I think this one might go nicely with my black dress:

    I love these posts of yours!

    1. Mochi & Macarons

      I found it expensive too, but it was that or spend time going to MORE sports stores to find that darn strap.
      I went to 3 stores before giving up and going to Lululemon.


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