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    Affordorable.com

    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.) [+]
    31.3.15 .


    I've always loved the quote by Candace Bushnell, uttered by the fabulous Carrie Bradshaw: "I like my money right where I can see it...hanging in my closet."
    Only, if we get technical, since I'm a homemaker (shaker) and my husband provides my wardrobe choices, then technically the statement on this tshirt is more befitting for me.

    I realised one problem I have when travelling: I bring the all these colourful yet practical pieces for the weather of the place I'm visiting, but I always forget to take into account the setting of that place, like the time I went to the serene Shinjuku Gyoen garden in too-casual varsity jacket and patch jeans during my first trip to Japan. 

    It's apparent I didn't learn from it because I repeated the offence in my second trip, this time in the gorgeous, romantic Arashiyama district in Kyoto. If I could do-over the day I packed for my Kyoto trip, I would've brought the loose floral jumpsuit or the flowy black dress I had just bought from the H&M sale during the days leading to my trip; I probably wouldn't have looked too different than from the locals in their kimonos.
    Or, you know, I could've just not chosen the leopard joggers paired with red plaid shirt, with the statement long-sleeved tee.



    But then again, I was biking everywhere in Kyoto. I could just imagine ripping my black dress in half from the rented bicyle's chain... So all is good, if you think about it.

    Plus, I honestly adore all the pieces I have on here, and they make me happy wearing them.

    Down jacket: Playboy (old)   |   Statement t-shirt: Zara   |   Leopard joggers: Factorie   |   Red plaid shirt: Pull & Bear   |   Leather sneakers: Timberland   |   Handbag: Marc by Marc Jacobs (bye bye, you)

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    31.3.15 .


    I've always loved the quote by Candace Bushnell, uttered by the fabulous Carrie Bradshaw: "I like my money right where I can see it...hanging in my closet."
    Only, if we get technical, since I'm a homemaker (shaker) and my husband provides my wardrobe choices, then technically the statement on this tshirt is more befitting for me.

    I realised one problem I have when travelling: I bring the all these colourful yet practical pieces for the weather of the place I'm visiting, but I always forget to take into account the setting of that place, like the time I went to the serene Shinjuku Gyoen garden in too-casual varsity jacket and patch jeans during my first trip to Japan. 

    It's apparent I didn't learn from it because I repeated the offence in my second trip, this time in the gorgeous, romantic Arashiyama district in Kyoto. If I could do-over the day I packed for my Kyoto trip, I would've brought the loose floral jumpsuit or the flowy black dress I had just bought from the H&M sale during the days leading to my trip; I probably wouldn't have looked too different than from the locals in their kimonos.
    Or, you know, I could've just not chosen the leopard joggers paired with red plaid shirt, with the statement long-sleeved tee.



    But then again, I was biking everywhere in Kyoto. I could just imagine ripping my black dress in half from the rented bicyle's chain... So all is good, if you think about it.

    Plus, I honestly adore all the pieces I have on here, and they make me happy wearing them.

    Down jacket: Playboy (old)   |   Statement t-shirt: Zara   |   Leopard joggers: Factorie   |   Red plaid shirt: Pull & Bear   |   Leather sneakers: Timberland   |   Handbag: Marc by Marc Jacobs (bye bye, you)
    30.3.15 .

    Kyoto is one of the most beautiful cities I've ever visited but I say this because of this little district called Arashiyama, which is known to be one of the most beautiful places in Japan. The moment Shah and I cycled out on our rental bikes onto the street that led us to Togetsukyo Bridge, the scenery that met my eyes just took my breath away.
    I was pretty much in awe of the romantic surroundings, and it was the greatest feeling ever.

    I only had a few hours to spend in Arashiyama but I already made a secret vow to stay there for at least two full days the next time I go thereif I ever am lucky enough to be there again. When that time comes, I plan to spend time on Togetsukyo Bridge and in the Bamboo Grove again, walking hand in hand with Shah (and possibly gazing into each other's eyes, with me in a flowy dress).

    I can never quite capture the essence of any place I visitedthe photos I took just cannot matched the majesty of a place. But it's always a good idea to have some pictures to help me reminisce in the future...

    28.3.15 .

    I've been obsessed with my eyebrows lately and apparently I really like talking about them. In case anyone is interested, some things have changed since this post: my right eyebrow is back to being my favourite brow, my eyebrows are slightly fuller now, and they're still refusing to stay united and grow in the same direction.

    My eyebrows have always been on the thinner side so I guess this is as "Cara Delevigne" as they could go. Although it wasn't actually Cara who got me so concerned with my eyebrows, no—the heart of my brows belongs to AnnaSophia Robb, who has this combed-up eyebrow look that I just love (refer here and here). 

    Lucky for us, eyebrows not only can be shaped but they can also be groomed to grow in a certain way. Grooming your eyebrows is harder than shaping them but it is absolutely doable with time and with a lot of patience.

    I'd like the brow hairs nearest to the nose to point upwards, with the others still pointing upwards but with decreasing angle as you go towards where the brow ends (like I said, I'm obsessed). It's OK if you don't like your eyebrows to look the same way (some of you might want to pluck my eyebrows away, but please refrain!) as you could still use these three steps below to groom your eyebrow hairs however way you want them to and whichever direction you want them to face.


    Use regular facial moisturiser
    This lotion action is sort of a "kill two birds with one stone" thing: you're moisturising your skin and you're grooming your brows as well! Apply this step whenever you're using moisturiser in your daily beauty routine. This step isn't for the moisturising properties, of course, but there's something in moisturiser that clings to eyebrow hairs and help coax the hairs to face a certain direction—albeit temporarily, but I find it helps in my grooming procession.

     Get a teeny bit of face moisturiser

    26.3.15 .

    The Harry Potter series has some of my favourite books ever, if not THE most favourite! I was excited about the prospect of visiting Universal Studios Japan but I was super giddy just from imagining myself stepping into The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.


    Guys, I literally teared up when I stood in front of this gate to Hogsmeade. Only for a while though, because I started to yell "Oh my God oh my GOD Shah it's HOGSMEADE why isn't anyone freaking out? Why does everybody look so CALM?" because, honestly, I couldn't understand why all these people were walking in and out of the entrance like they do it every other week (they probably do, most of them are locals). I mean, look, from the picture above you can easily tell which visitor is unfazed by the place, and which one person IS NOT.

    But it didn't seem to matter to anyone that I was screaming and jumping up and down, which is cool, because it's HOGSMEADE and oh my GOD that's HOGWARTS!!! One of the best experiences ever ever ever.


    There were all these amazing places from the books: the shops in Hogsmeade, like Zonko's Joke Shop, Honeydukes, Gladrags Wizardwear, and I even had the pleasure of having my dinner in Three Broomsticks! I've always wanted to try Butteerbeer and I finally did! 
    (P/s: Want to know how I feel about its taste? Scroll towards the Three Broomsticks photos in this post!) 
    It's amazing to see Hogwarts too, although I imagine the real Hogwarts (I just said "real", but, well, you know what I mean) would be a lot bigger than what I saw.

    I should probably warn you that this post is photo-heavy and most of them have my happy Harry Potter geek / dreamy face in them, like the photo directly abovebut I couldn't help it, I was a geek in a dream that came true, really.

    It was raining pretty heavily the whole time I was at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter so I couldn't take too many photos with my camera. Some were taken using my iPhone 5s.

    Hogwarts!

    I secretly think that if I were to go to Hogwarts, Gryffindor would be the last house that I would be sorted into. It'd probably be (1) Hufflepuff, (2) Ravenclaw, (3)Slytherin and then only (4) Gryffindor.

    The Flying Ford Anglia

    Honeydukes!

    Awww Hagrid's hut and his motorbikeor Sirius' motorbike, I guess?

    To be clad in Hogwarts' "official" school robe and scarf was not my idea, believe it or not! Shah saw a bunch of people walking around in the robe and he decided both of us should get one each, too. I'll tell you though, they are really not cheap, but we feel like they're worth it! The robe surprisingly offered loads of extra warmth, which was welcoming.

    The Flight of the Hippogriff ride can be glimpsed a little in this photo, on the most left. It was such a great fun ride but if you to come here, you MUST try the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey 4-D ride! Honestly one of the best, coolest rides I've EVER been on. The waiting line for the ride got as long as 240 minutesthat's freaking FOUR HOURS guyssswhich was bananas but Shah and I only had to wait for 10 minutes as we went on it right before the park was about to close!

    People hanging out in front of Dervish and Banges, mostly with a Butterbeer in hand

    There's a Butterbeer cart right in front of Dervish and Banges which is convenient as it was a cold, cold day. Having a hot Butterbeer seemed to be everyone's priority that day.

    Shah waiting in line in front of Three Broomsticks

    So how does Butterbeer taste like? Well, I've made up my mind that it tasted not quite like how it should be, like it does in the book. It's certainly buttery, and I did feel that sensation of warmth spreading through my body (might I have imagined it?) but it had an odd after-taste that I could not get on board with. 
    On the plus side, that mug is mine!

     The wand is supposed to pick you, but, ah well.

    Hogwarts at night

    Despite the heavy rain, I had the most fantastic time here at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Osaka! This might be a "give an inch take a mile" sort of situation but visiting this place makes me feel like I can't wait to make my way to Warner Bros. Studio Tour in London for The Making of Harry Potter, and even The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort!

    Have any of you been to these places? If you have, how fantastic was your visit? Let me know in the comments section! xo
    24.3.15 .


    Since the temperature in my second Tokyo trip wasn't going to be much different than during my first one, I figured I needed a different set of outerwear options. Buying a whole new winter-appropriate clothes, although an enticing notion, didn't seem like the best idea since I spend most of my life in one of the hottest and most humid countries around. Lucky me, I have two sisters who could offer me fresh outerwear options without me having to fork out a single cent!

    Some of the great things about having my sisters as, well, my sisters, are: (1) the three of us are about the same size, and (2) we all have quite different tastes that allow us to not have the same things in our closet, but yet there are always things that we want to borrow off each other.

    If I had seen this embroided, bohemian-inspired jacket first, I probably wouldn't get it for myself, so I have to say I'm glad my big sister went through her online-shopping phase where she bought countless jackets and shirts, and I get to borrow this unique piece from her.


    Instead of going down my usual blue-jeans-and-plain-scarf route with this jacket, I decided to switch things up a little by pairing it with a navy-and-white striped scarf and burgundy pants, letting the plain navy tee threading every piece together.

    Jacket: online (too many online shops on Instagram for her to remember which shop)   |   Long-sleeved t-shirt: Forever 21   |   Pants: H&M   |   Ankle boots: Forever 21   |   Scarf: Red's Revenge
    23.3.15 .


    My fun bug print sweater and confetti pants were in contrast with the cold rainy bleak day that I spent at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka, but maybe those were exactly what was needed for an extra dash of cheeriness.


    I love the prints combination so much, can't wait to pair them again here in Malaysia. There won't be unnecessary layerings next time, though!


    Note: Guys, this Playboy jacket is freakin' nine years oldPlayboy + 9 years, can I get more old-school than this?

    Sweater: H&M   |   Denim shirt: Cotton On   |   Pants: H&M   |   Leather sneakers: Timberland   |   Jacket: Playboy