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    is a virtual space where Liyana Aris documents her evolving modest personal style, which is based on the art of looking casually stylish while still remaining modest and doing it all on a budget; about 93% of her closet are filled with affordable things. (PS: The remaining 7% has a lot to do with her secret addiction to Adidas shoes and her occasional splurges on discounted high-end bags and clutches, shhh.) [+]
    26.2.15 .

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    26.2.15 .

    25.2.15 .

    I'm back in Tokyo!

    These instagrams are from my previous trip here in November last year. Don't forget to follow @theliyanaaris on Instagram for more glimpses into my new Tokyo adventures <3<3<3

     // Drinking hot tea at Hooters Shibuya // Poster on underground train etiquette // Favourite dessert place, Dalloyau // Golden hour in Shinjuku Garden //

     // Sulley and Shah // Minnie Mouse sorbet // Best pastries at Gontran Cherrier // "Date" for the day //

    // Gudetama lovin' // Blue sky // The most gorgeous sushi set // Tokyo Tower // 
    24.2.15 .

    Lazy weekends are for letting loosefor my outfit, that is.

    20.2.15 .

    Visiting a colder country soonloving the idea of layering a sweater over a denim shirt

    Swooning over these batik motif Nikes

    Structured bucket bag

    Pro-lashy look, especially when it looks like a strip of falsies was applied UNDER the eyes
    via www.glamour.es

    Check out my Pinterest boards at pinterest.com/liyanaaris/ and don't forget to follow them for more inspirations.
    18.2.15 .

    Unless, of course, you don't consider zebra print a neutral, which would be totally understandable.

    I've been seeing a lot of neutral shades on the runway and on street stylers, and I really like the vibe. This camel sweater from Zara might just be my most favourite neutral thing I own at the moment. Well, next to my Speedy, anyway...

    Scarf: Bow Bow   |   Camel sweater: Zara   |   Jeans: Pimkie   |   Strappy stacked pumps: Timberland
    16.2.15 .

    There will always, always be a place in my closet for another statement clutch. 

    This black dress comes with thin chiffon sash but take it off and you've got yourself an abayalove the versatility!
    I had to rack my brains when figuring out what to wear with the dress. Do I wear a matching rose gold hijab to match the sleeves? Should I wear a pair of black ballet flats so that the attention remain on the sleeves? But it's a great opportunity to play mix and match with such a plain dress so I opted for more fun accessories, like the leopard loafers and the statement clutch, which coincidentally has a strap that perfectly matches my red shawl.

    Shawl: Girlies Barn   |   Dress: Berjaya Times Square (a complete bargain at RM 39!)   |   Leopard print loafers: Twins De Castle   |   Clutch: Accessorize (50% off)

    *photos taken with iPhone 5s
    12.2.15 .

    I love spending time poring over blogs that belong to super bloggers. I don't only regard these fashion and lifestyle blogs as eye candy but as a source for inspiration as well. These women just seem to have it all together! Oh sure, sure, they're just normal human beings like the rest of us but it's hard not to notice how these admirable ladies are not only a step ahead of us mere mortal bloggers, but a hundred, a thousand few thousands steps ahead.

    There are many lessons we could take away from studying their blogs and from studying them as bloggers but here are some of the things are worth noting from my daily trips to their site:

    *Note: These images were taken from these bloggers' respective blogs! Links to the photo that still works are included (some are no longer available to be viewed on their blog)

    They have the best blog design and layout
    Even though all of their blogs' different design and layout reflect their unique personality, they all have some things in common: they're clean-cut, easy to navigate and beautiful to look at. Really, how is it that all of their blogs so effortlessly evoke a sense of glamour and elegance?

    They seem to always find the coolest location/background for their photoshoot
    Where I live, there really isn't that much fun option for a photoshoot backdropor is there?
    Some bloggers have let it known that they scout for locations for their outfit photoshoots so not everything is about luck for these girls; they put in actual hard work into making their blog the best that it could be.

    "Coffee Run", sincerelyjules.com
    A cool, simple and structured dark grey wall is the perfect backdrop for Julie Sarinana's cool casual outfit

    "Swallows", stylescrapbook.com
    Not all of us live in Amsterdam like Andy Torres, where there are aplenty of kitschy bikes and picturesque narrow houses

    A dreamy outfit on Nicole Warne made more magical when shot amongst the trees, accompanied by perfect golden lighting

    They are an expert at mixing high-end with high-street
    There's this rule in fashion that says it's tacky to wear a brand head-to-toe. These bloggers don't only comply with that rule; they even go way above it by cleverly mixing more affordable pieces into their whole outfit.

    "Urban Light", leblogdebetty.com
    Betty Autier mixing Isabel Marant and Topshop

    Andy Torres combining high-ends Dior sunglasses and Coach jumper with high-streets Zara coat and ASOS jeans

    They can actually afford serious high-end
    Many people wonder about what it is exactly bloggers do. The answer? The thing is, I don't think there is a definitive answer. These giant names in the blogging industry are unique and different from each other, making them mavens in different areas; as similar as they seem, no two bloggers do exactly the same thing. One thing for sure, these girls do earn some serious cash from their role as bloggers. Some of them will tell you that they don't earn as much money as we think they do, though, which could only mean two things: they have savvy shopping habits, and have a good eye for selecting the best high-end pieces to secure for their closet.

    Chiara's ensemble comprised of Celine sunglasses, Cartier ring and Chanel double flap bag

    Zanita's enviable Chloé Drew bag

    They don't just own high-end; they own the coolest of the high-end
    Just like anyone who has earned their rightful place in the fashion industry, these women seem to have a knack for picking out the coolest of the cool from any brand.

    "Venice Beach Sunset", leblogdebetty.com
    Betty Autier's cool sunnies probably sending fashion lovers into a frenzied search for a knockoff

    Andy Torres' incredible Coach piece that has the autograph of the famous American artist who designed the adorable print

    They always have perfect hair and makeup
    Most of these bloggers do get their hair and makeup done by pros from time to time but these super girls must do their own hair and makeup most of the times. I don't doubt that they put effort into taking care of their body and skin by eating healthy, working out and having a proper beauty routine, toojust like any of us should.

    Emily Schuman sharing her how-to's to a pretty, no-fuss holiday makeup

    Kristina Bazan, a luxury brands' favourite with those luscious locks and perfect makeup

    Nicole Warne and her flawless skin

    Their photo-taking and editing game are unbeatable
    Sure, some of them have a real photographer following them around, unlike you and I who rely on a tripod or a disgruntled husband/boyfriend/friend/sister who feels coerced into photographing you. But, come to think of if, we're not all that different from them because they, too, have had their photos taken by their tripod/husband/boyfriend/friend/sister! It is however undeniable that these super bloggers (or the team they have commissioned) have extensive knowledge about photo-taking and plenty of handy editing tricks up their sleeve to make their photos stand out.

    The aesthetic of Aimee Song's job as interior designer translates into her blog, which shows through photos like this

    Nicole Warne defying the laws of gravity through the power of editing

    Probably the first blogger to do so, Zanita Whittington has decided to share in-depth tips to get great edited photos

    Posing in front of the camera comes naturally to them
    They're not models, per say, but it won't be wrong to say they're modelling in their blog. Then again, you have to remember that these bloggers started out years ago and have had many, many practice; they're bound to learn the best poses to do and the right facial expressions to have when taking photos along the way. Some of them have shared with their readers how they cringe when they see photos of themselves from when they first started out so it is safe to say that even though they appear effortlessly cool and look natural in their photos now, it hasn't always been that way.

    Who are your favourite super bloggers? My favourite supper bloggers can be compiled into a pretty long list: Le Blog De BettySincerely JulesStyle ScrapbookGary PepperKaytureSong of StyleThe Blonde Salad, and Zanita—and there's plenty more where that came from!
    Do you have your own favourite set of super bloggers as well? What are the things that you have noticed from studying their blogs?
    9.2.15 .

    Rule number two that "govern" the use of the Travelling Pants, of The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants, state that: 
    "You must never double-cuff the Pants. It's tacky. There will never be a time when this will not be tacky."

    Sorry to disappoint the sisterhood, but...cuffing the jeans, double or triple or more, has now never been less tacky. 
    In fact, it's the go-to style trick now.

    I had on my pair of straight-cut Levi's that borders on the boyfriend-jeans territory. Boyfriend jeans usually have that edgy feel to them by either having a few artistic holes over the knee area or are frayed at the hem but my pair here might just be the most boring boyfriend jeans ever. I find that most affordable boyfriend jeans that are currently in stores are a little bit too unconventional for a hijabi, though, so I tend to look for plainer looking ones to be on the safe side.

    That being said, these Levi's are maybe a little tad too plain. If I had worn these jeans as they are, I get that funny 'mum-jeans' vibe off of them but cuffing them up or rolling them up multiple times instantly breathes new life into them.

    Cuffing the jeans is a great way to update the look of any old jeans you own, plus it's the easiest way to give that pair of jeans you wear too many times a whole new feel. I think pairing cuffed pants with heels is such a pretty combo but I love to match those cuffs with some casual sneakers as well.

    Top: Lana Del Ray x H&M Floral Peplum top   |   Jeans: Levi's   |   Strappy heels: Aldo   |   Lipstick: Revlon Super Lustrous Kiss Me Coral
    7.2.15 .

    It's unusual to find yourself feeling pretty in a shapeless sack of a dress, isn't it? But then again the best caftan is no ordinary dress.

    5.2.15 .

    I've had a love affair with Revlon Super Lustrous range ever since I started getting to know makeup so any addition from the range to my stash of lipsticks is always a happy one.

    3.2.15 .

    I'll be honest; I never ever ever thought a hijabi could put on a beanie and look presentable.

    It was my very last day in Tokyo and it was a cold, cold one. I had packed away my warmest jacket and was left with this lighter duffle coat that didn't do much to keep me toasty. Have you heard of a myth that says most heat comes out of your head? Well, it is what it is, a myth, but it does help your body to retain heat better when your head is coveredor in my case, extra covered.

    I absolutely do not own a beanie but at that time, desperate cold time calls for desperate measure, so it made sense to steal from his closet again. Shah happened to have two beanies at hand, a black one and a bright red one; the black one would have been more discreet but I thought the red one just happened to match my mandarin red handbag (and my lips, too) perfectly! 
    It's actually Manchester United's official beanie which we bought when we were in Old Trafford, with MU's logo prominently displayed. As much as I like Manchester United, I didn't want the logo to show so I just turned the beanie inside out.

    Beanie: Official Manchester United merchandise   |   Duffle coat: H&M   |   Top (not seen): Uniqlo SPRZ NY Sweat Long Sleeve Dress   |   White pants: Uniqlo   |   Ankle boots: Forever 21   |   Handbag: Michael Kors Selma in Mandarin Red