oh noooooooo, end of june means it’s time for my second report card on my no shopping goal, which means you will see how fantastically i am failing.
but fret not! i came up with a simple system to manage my obsession.
nevermind that it is only 5 days old at time of writing, we shall be optimistic that it will help me.
wraps and carriers i bought
• solnce phases rainbow pop 6
i love solnce’s phases pattern, and i love confetti. so when they released this i went amg. i missed the launch date but one day i noticed they had one in stock, so i grabbed it. it turned out to not be compleeetely love, and just so happens my friend wanted to buy it, so i said ok please.
• solnce phases noir 6
i was holidaying another mama’s noir and i really enjoyed it. it’s cushy, has this lovely stretch that makes it easy to wrap quickly and securely, supportive, and really forgiving towards messy wrap jobs. so… the mama sold it to me. hurhur. it’s also got confetti though it doesn’t photograph as well.
• shearwater weaving odyssey 4.2m
i put out an ISO (in search of) and a mama offered to sell me hers. i’m pretty sure there were other interested mamas, so i’m touched she offered it to me. which is not justifying the wrap purchase lah, i’m just saying only…
• didymos prima ziegelrot 6
ok this was an impulsive buy. the only consolation is that it’s fairly cheap so hopefully i won’t have trouble selling it away if i need to??
• blue hibou conversion slot
i started to feel really gatal to try different types of carriers, especially wrap conversion ones, and i also started lusting hard over mad hatter duchess (fyi the toddler tula is going for usd 2,000) so i decided to dream up my own custom. gonna try make a dupe. just like how the beauty community finds dupes/very similar shades to cult hits, i’m doing the same for my carrier hurhur. it’s slated for second half of the year and is not going to be cheap.
• spellbound weaving semi custom
i scored a conversion slot, but then i need a wrap right? so i signed up for a semi custom with spellbound weaving, which is based in australia. she charges same ish prices as the american weavers BUT in aud, which works out much, much better for me. it’s sunset inspired (purple to orange, again! i can’t help myself) i tried saving costs a teeny bit by choosing an off the rack weft instead of having the weaver hand dye it for me 🤷🏻♀️
• woven wings tom kitten droplets pocket weave pre-order
i am a big fan of Oscha but lately i’ve been feeling like it’s time to cut down on my Oschas and explore other brands. so i started looking for my first ww quad blend. but in my search, i stumbled upon this low woolie pocket weave piece and went to sign up 🤦🏻♀️ i am pocket weave curious, after all. anyway, i hope this piece turns out EPIC because the price tag is pretty epic.
i sold 2 other wraps, traded 1 and received a small cash top up yay, and have received interest in one of my ring slings so hope that goes thru!
but overall, i know the list above is too long since it’s ideally supposed to be zero. Watermelon refusing ups is a double edged sword: one side has me going like “no point buying wraps!” the other side has me like “faster buy all the wraps!”
i’d just be kidding myself if i say i won’t buy any wraps in the next quarter. maybe it’d be a bit more realistic to aim to buy *less* wraps? i also fell back into travellers, both hosting and sending out. it makes me busy but i guess the good part of hosting is that i get to try more wraps without having to buy them.
i was less good with clothes compared to last quarter. especially during my holiday to europe. i bought two tops there, one of which i’ve not worn, which kinda goes to show i could have done without it eeps. i also bought two sets of PJs from Primark which i also didn’t need but couldn’t resist. and silly me, one of them was in the wrong size. idk why i didn’t double check. so now i’m torn between selling it, wearing it anyway, or hoarding it till my next pregnancy. oh and i also bought a black maxi skirt from Primark to replace my old one.
then came raya … i allowed myself to get another baju kurung, but i ended up not getting any. yay me. partly coz my closet is getting really crowded with kurungs and partly coz nothing appealed to me this year.
i did try to get the baju kurung kedah that Vivy wore, but i ordered a size too big from the FV sale and now it’s completely sold out.
(credit: @vivyyusof) the baju that i wanted
i threw out 3-4 and bought 2. ok lah kan … no? alright.
i did not have any carter’s order this quarter! i almost can’t believe it haha. i did however grab 3 dresses from janie and jack coz i realised she’s outgrowing her fancy dresses for jemputans dan sebagainya. hopefully these will tide us through until she’s much bigger.
ok i was bad. not expensive bag-bad, just tote bag-bad, like i alr have a lot-bad, why do you need more-bad. i sinned in cath kidston in london, when i got a foldable ice cream print tote bag that sumpah is the cutest. i thought over it for the entire trip and caved in towards the end. sigh.
i also got me a cath kidson london print foldable shopping bag because … you guessed it, it’s super cute lah. has the palace guards and london eye and urgh, geram. if it makes things better, i have been more environmentally conscious these days so i do try to use it when i can.
lastly, i finally caved in and ordered a box from Sonder Social because i couldn’t get the nasi lemak batik print tote bag out of my head 😭 it is so up my alley, you guys. and since you’re here, let me share a bit more about Sonder Social: it’s a subscription box service of socially conscious goods. admittedly the price is a tad steep, but the girls do amazing work in curating beautiful collections and promoting social enterprises from all over SE asia. follow them on instagram even if you don’t plan to buy yet!
(credit: @sondersocial) nasi lemak batik bag by @thebatikboutique)
oh and funny story: my last quarter report was a few days shy of jujube’s super hot rose gold collection launch. i scored 4 things from the US website: two for me, and two for friends. guess what … i got refunded for my items because OOS, but received the two items for my friends. the universe was trying to tell me something..!
ooh … my biggest area of weakness this quarter. it was the raya spring cleaning / sprucing up period that made me look into home improvement, and i started scouring the web for storage solutions (e.g. containers for drawers, little baskets to put toys in, clear containers for overhead storage compartments etc).
and kitchen accessories ooooooh this was a bad, bad, baaad one. i bought all sorts of things: ice cube trays, Pyrex measuring cups, cake pan, spatula, wooden spoons, new set of long tongs, egg yolk separator, rolling mat etc. all with some reason (or so i told myself), but it was a LOT of money going out VERY easily. eeks. also i learnt that one of the things i bought from Robinsons was 55% cheaper on Amazon Prime. OUCH?!?! so lesson learnt, please check Amazon Prime first in case it’s cheaper. heh. with same day delivery, it sure gives department stores a run for their money…
separately, i also got me a menstrual cup and some uber cute cloth pads from an aussie home business. there’s a learning curve to the cup and some people say it takes about 2-3 cycles to get used to it. i’ve only done 1. it’s been good so far and insyaAllah i plan to blog about it when i’m a real pro. now, not so much.
not a good quarter, resolutions wise. i guess i got carried away, many times. ironically (or not) i’m doing an e-course on minimalism called Uncluttered. i need to spend more time on it but i hope that it’ll help me get to where i want to go.
especially since i feel like i’m at a crossroads in my career. i don’t know whether to chiong until my next baby, or cut back and spend more time with Watermelon instead. if i could break away my attachment for things and shopping and spending money, i think i would feel more free to choose either choices. now it’s like “but if you cut back on your career, you’ll have to give up so and so. can you handle it??”
otherwise, alhamdulillah for a good past few months. trying out the menstrual cup felt like an exciting time of learning some new life skills. i also bought my first house plant, a succulent, from Aida’s (she used to be a BTB blogger too!) new business Sprout and Spruce at the Laloolalang bazaar in Ramadhan. i then got myself monsteras, money plant and fittonia. there was a time when i was really kemaruk watching people’s house plants videos lol. again i felt very happy about learning something new and also developing newfound respect for plants. i’ve never cared much about them coz i’ve black thumbs, but hopefully these black thumbs are turning green! (nevermind that my succulent thrived for 2-3 weeks then quickly died in 1 day 💔) the plants breathe life into my house, and i’m happy to be a new plant mummy 💚
my monsteras 😍
i also joined a make up class by nora zee, and it was great for a noob like me! at least now i know what to look out for when buying make up 😬
oh yes, the new system i mentioned earlier: i’ve started a WTB (want to buy) list where i note down the date of my want, the item, the price, and the reason for wanting it. i tell myself that i have to wait at least a week before proceeding to buy. i’ve failed on certain items (kitchen accessories that i told myself was “urgent” and that i should order before the $20 discount code is fully redeemed) but for most items i’m adhering to it! hopefully this is a smaller step in helping me to keep to my resolution.
if you finished reading this entry till the end, thank you for joining me on my journey! i am not doing the best, but i think it’s good for me to log down my thought processes. till the next quarterly update, insyaAllah!