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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.) [+]
    29.4.15 .


    This t-shirt actually means something to me, considering the countless times I went to visit the number 44 store on Avenue des Champs Élysées. To think that I've been to what is probably the most famous boulevard in the world, I mean, it was ages ago and feels like a dream now...


    It's weird but before I went to live in Paris in 2012, I wasn't into Zara. It's weird because right now I can't even fathom the idea of not liking Zara, but, there you gonever say never, and all that.

    When I was in Paris, I was mildly curious as to why people love Zara so much, and by "people" I was also including my sisters who were too-regular customers of the high street brand. The Zara branches in Malaysia were popular enough but every Zara store in Paris particularly were constantly filled to the brim with well-dressed ladies, and I felt like had to find out why.


    After a few visits I kind of got the idea, but it wasn't until I went to my first Zara store in Barcelona that I got it. It makes sense, though, doesn't it? I was in the birthplace of Zara, and I finally GOT IT. I went back to Paris and couldn't stop making my way to Zara in Les Quatre Temps, to its branch near Galleries Lafayatte, to the one in Les Halles, and to number 44 on Champs Élysées, because nothing beats the feeling of shopping on an iconic boulevard... Now I'm hooked on Zara, just like you are.

    It's not often I wear one brand shoulders-to-ankles but as a nod to this Zara Champs Élysées t-shirt, I think why not?

    T-shirt: Zara   |   Print blazer: Zara   |   Jeans: Zara   |   Loafers: Timberland

    *Photographed by Hazrina Aris

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    29.4.15 .


    This t-shirt actually means something to me, considering the countless times I went to visit the number 44 store on Avenue des Champs Élysées. To think that I've been to what is probably the most famous boulevard in the world, I mean, it was ages ago and feels like a dream now...


    It's weird but before I went to live in Paris in 2012, I wasn't into Zara. It's weird because right now I can't even fathom the idea of not liking Zara, but, there you gonever say never, and all that.

    When I was in Paris, I was mildly curious as to why people love Zara so much, and by "people" I was also including my sisters who were too-regular customers of the high street brand. The Zara branches in Malaysia were popular enough but every Zara store in Paris particularly were constantly filled to the brim with well-dressed ladies, and I felt like had to find out why.


    After a few visits I kind of got the idea, but it wasn't until I went to my first Zara store in Barcelona that I got it. It makes sense, though, doesn't it? I was in the birthplace of Zara, and I finally GOT IT. I went back to Paris and couldn't stop making my way to Zara in Les Quatre Temps, to its branch near Galleries Lafayatte, to the one in Les Halles, and to number 44 on Champs Élysées, because nothing beats the feeling of shopping on an iconic boulevard... Now I'm hooked on Zara, just like you are.

    It's not often I wear one brand shoulders-to-ankles but as a nod to this Zara Champs Élysées t-shirt, I think why not?

    T-shirt: Zara   |   Print blazer: Zara   |   Jeans: Zara   |   Loafers: Timberland

    *Photographed by Hazrina Aris

    28.4.15 .


    Girl wants French toast, girl makes some. These are SO easy to do and takes too little time to do.
    (And if you live in Malaysia, guess what, I didn't even use any fancy bread. Gardenia wholemeal slices are my homegirls.)

    25.4.15 .


    A little quirk, a little bit kitschalways my cup of tea.
    On a side note, I do love tea, addicted to it, actually. I also seem to have an addiction for impractical bags...

    I was window-shopping in Shibuya 109 when I saw a chain white bag that has a print of a bag on it (Chanel-like, uh huh) hanging from a mannequin's arm in Avan Lily; it was pretty much instant love for me.


    "Window-shopping", I mean, come onnn, that almost never happens, right? But on that particular day it did happen for me. Really. If I'm being honest, I was amazed at my own willpower! I walked away from Avan Lily but I couldn't stop thinking about that bag...as well as two clutches, one of which was in Laforet, which I went to before going to Shibuya 109.

    But that white bag was like a magnet; I found myself going back to Shibuya to get it but to my surprise there was a denim version too, so I got this denim baby instead of the white one. As much as I wish I could take home both white and denim bags, I must say I'm happy I chose the denim in the end because I didn't already own anything like it. 
    And, well, I guess my willpower isn't all that impressive...

    Sky blue top: Zara   |   White sleeveless t-shirt (underneath): Supre (old)   |   White pants: Uniqlo   |   Sneakers: Levi's   |   Denim chain bag: Avan Lily, Shibuya 109

    I was itching to match that bag with the split sides t-shirt with the frayed edges I got from Zara in Roppongi Hills because their colours are so similar: sky blue and sweet.
    Pairing them with my white Uniqlo pants and this scarf that has always been one of my favourites, but I never even noticed how the spots on it are shaped like little hearts until this photo <3


    23.4.15 .

    It's odd, but this natural way to exfoliate was the one thing that I truly remember from the number of camping trips I took when I was a scout (or as we call it, "Pengakap") in primary school. I did learn a few other things, like: (1) I enjoy the occasional jungle-trekking, (2) I love bathing in river water, (3) I don't like sleeping in tents, and (4) I hate leeches. But if there is one lesson that I've taken with me from my camping experience to this day, it was to recognise river sands and beads as nature's exfoliators.

    Whenever I get the chance to experience the delicious taste of cold river water, I take the opportunity to get some exfoliating done as well; I suppose the metaphor "Kill two birds with one stone" might just be appropriate here. This could be done at any nature's body of water that has sands and beadseven at your favourite beachbut shallow river is just my favourite, like the place I visited here.

    It's so super simple to do that you simply must just give it a go the next time you're near some natural sands and beads. Here's how:

    Pick up some of the sands and beads from the river bed. Please make sure there are no foreign object amongst them to be safe.

    22.4.15 .


    That fire-engine red colour, I mean, seriously, Lady Danger is a force to be reckoned with. It's a shade so bold and beautiful that I couldn't help but fall in love with itbut then it TOTALLY intimidates me at the same time.

    Let's break The Good and The Bad of MAC Matte Lady Danger, shall we?:

    20.4.15 .


    These adorable cat ears sunglasses are definitely one of my top favourite things to come out of my second Tokyo trip.

    I've always been a little bit of a hoarder, in the sense that I buy clothes and accessories and store them away in my closet, only putting them to good use weeks and even months afterwardsactually, even years, come to think of it. I'm just one of those who like to "find the right moment" to wear something, especially when I really like that something.

    Never did it occur to me the right moment would be Shah's work department's "family day" outing to a little river near Genting Sempah! It's a quaint place that's ideal for a day trip, especially for families with little children; the river water was shallow, nicely cool and very clean. It was a pretty hot day so even though I was in a thin layer of clothing, I had to will myself not to just immerse my whole body in the cold water. My feet did have the pleasure of cooling off, though.


    About the cat ears shades: I saw them in Tokyo Solamachi, the mall at the base of Skytree Tower, and just fell in love with them. They cost only about 1000 yen, too, I mean, have you seen a better bargain? I saw the same shades in Shibuya 109 as well. The funny thing is, just like the French, the locals I see in Tokyo are not big on sunglasses. Funny, because they have such an interesting collection of shades there, not to mention affordable!

    More for the tourists, then?

    Scarf: Red's Revenge   |   T-shirt: Forever 21   |   Leopard joggers: Cotton On   |   Flip flops: Ipanema

    Leopard cotton joggers against all the nature and green backdrop, I mean...
    16.4.15 .


    Hey, everyone repeat their clothes and accessories, right? Only we don't all like to admit it, especially if you own a style blog...

    It was this outfit, consisting of the blazer with the faux leather sleeves, that I wore on Saturday. It felt like a really lazy perfect weekend (or is that perfectly lazy?) in which, unlike other weekends, I chose to not put too much thought into what I'm wearing, so on Sunday I just went for the same scarf and used the same clutch.
    The third accessory? My glasses, of course; some days girl just don't feel like sticking contacts onto her eyeballs.

    Throw a denim jacket over the shoulders for the tiniest touch of sophistication, and I'm pretty much ready for my fancy Sunday mocktail.

    Denim jacket: Jeanswest (old, from New Zealand)   |   Grey sweater: Zara   |   Black maxi-skirt: random shop near Les Halles station, Paris   |   Purple & navy loafers: Timberland   |   Doraemon clutch: came with a magazine in Tokyo!

    It's funny but listing down the things I'm wearing here made me realise that my outfit consists of things that came from four different countries. It's kind of dope! Am I allowed to say the word "dope"?


    It's a "hopter", people! Plus the freshest berry mocktail and the perfect flavoured tea for a Sunday.

    xo


    *note: all photos taken using iPhone 5s
    14.4.15 .


    That's one thing I can scratch off my wishlist!

    It was between a denim jacket with faux leather sleeves oractually, no, I really did want a denim jacket with faux leather sleeves. I saw some affordable ones but none felt right on me. 

    Then I saw this blazer and I didn't even know I wanted a blazer with faux leather sleeves. But magical things happen when you're on a shopping trip: you see things you didn't even think about but in your heart you just knew you always wanted it.

    Right? Well, sort of...


    I thought I'd take out my Doraemon clutch for a spin, too. I used to watch and read Doraemon as a child but when have I ever thought, "One day I'm going to own a Doraemon clutch"? But here I am with one. 

    It might be a bit of an overstretch to call it a clutch as it came with a Japanese magazine, so it's more of a little bag/pouch. I don't understand the Japanese language but I saw the clutch first, and when I found out it came free with a magazine, I went, "I'll get the magazine."

    Blazer: H&M   |   Plain black t-shirt: H&M   |   Boyfriend jeans: Pull & Bear   |   Shoes: VKI

    13.4.15 .

    Hi guys,

    So after the whole missing posts debacle, I had decided my blog should have a template as plain as possible; hence, the previous black and white look. I had contemplated leaving my blog that way but I just missed my old grey-red-pink look I had before so much, so what you're seeing is the new look that is very, very similar to the old pre-nightmare episode.

    One issue I have is I have never, ever been truly happy with any previous blog faces. I have this tendency to compare my blog's appearance to other blogs; I'm always tweaking and changing things so I think I just have to accept that it is a little "condition" that I havebut don't worry, I'm vowing to keep this blog looking like this for as long as I could stand it.

    I really hope I've done the coding for the blog's template better this time around, though! Here's to hoping there won't be another blogger's scary story of disappearing posts (or worse) coming your way.
    If it does, I might have to consider calling in the pros...

    Thanks for reading this, and  I hope everyone is having a stellar dayno Monday blues, I hope?



    Liyana <3




    11.4.15 .


    My last day in Tokyo was a bittersweet one...can't quite explain why. Perhaps I was sad about leaving Tokyo at a time that was so near to the time of blooming sakuras, but I was happy when reminiscing the journey throughout my second Tokyo trip.
    And maybe because I don't know when I will get to see Tokyo again, but I got to take these pink sweeties back home with me.

    Speaking of sweeties, at the very last minute in Omotesando, I snagged a chewing-gum-shaped clutch at Laforet. It might show up in a near future post, who knows...


    I was going to the airport straight after this little bye-bye session at Omotesando so I wanted to wear something truly comfortable for the 6-hour flight back home. Nothing restrictive, everything loose, so I went for this oversized Zara top and baggy leopard joggers, plus almost no makeup aside from a little concealer under the eyes.

    Two-tone top: Zara   |   Leopard joggers: Factorie (worn in my birthday outfit post)   |   Bright pink boots: Timberland   |   Lips print scarf: random shop along Montmartre, Paris   |   Coat: (borrowed from my Mommeeyh, better believe it)
    10.4.15 .

    One of the best purchases I made in Tokyo was this sleek electric blue Mote Mascara.


    There were five newly-released Mote Mascara but the blue-black colour of the formula in this blue tube was what got me hooked. Girls loves the blue eye makeup trend after all!
    This mascara is targeted to those who need a lift in their lashes and I have to say, this mascara really does deliver. I like this mascara so much I bought the orange Mote Mascara in my second trip to Japan. 


    The only frustrating thing about Mote mascaras is I can't seem to find a place online to buy them. If anyone knows where I can get the Mote range online, do let me know and share with everybody here.

    I suppose it is a little unfair that I'm writing about it but this post is really for those who are planning to visit Japan, are already in Japan or know someone who's about to visit Japan/who lives in Japan—you should own this mascara for some serious curlicious action.

    Japanese mascaras really are some of the best in the market; another old favourite of mine which is just as goodif not better than Mote Mascara!—Heroine by Kiss Me, which is thankfully available in major pharmacies and beauty stores in Malaysia!
    8.4.15 .


    Maybe I could say the varsity jacket is the boyfriend jacket and floral t-shirt is the girlfriend top?
    And L is for Liyana, of course.

    Four minutes until the train to Shibuya would come...

    Varsity jacket: Factorie   |   Floral t-shirt: Zara   |   Cotton joggers: Cotton On   |   Fringed sneakers: Adidas
    6.4.15 .


    You know what, I don't remember having an attachment to Barbie dolls when I was a little girl. I remember playing with them whenever I was over at my neighbour's house, but that's about it; I was always more of a kitchen-set kind of girl.

    So I cannot explain why I chose to buy this Zara Barbie top, other than my grown-up affinity to kitschy things.
    And, OK, I like the Moschino Barbie sweater, and this top is so OBVIOUSLY a dupe for it. Ironic, considering I wrote about this issue before...

    But, look, it's hard to say no to cute additions to my closet if I could afford it, plus Shah didn't help by commenting he liked the top while I was holding the top up uncertainly in the Zara at Roppongi Hills.

    When my husband says he likes a topthis is a man who thinks I have too many clothesI'm daymn well gonna buy it. 
    Before he changes his mind, that is.

    Barbie top: Zara   |   Frayed t-shirt: Zara   |   Burgundy pants: H&M   |   Pink boots: H&M   |   Handbag: Marc by Marc Jacobs
    3.4.15 .

    I don't know why but beauty products that are used by celebrities have always appealed to me. That probably makes me a little bit of afor want of a better wordsucker, but we are talking about people who are mostly picture-perfect with basically flawless skin, so whatever they use must usually work!

    For that reason, Mario Badescu is one skin care brand that has always intrigued me, plus most of their products are relatively affordable. I was enthusiastic about getting the chance to try not just one Mario Badescu product, but two of them.


    Let's get into the the good and the bad of these two:

    Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner
    The one thing that was lacking from my daily beauty routine is a toner so this was the perfect product for me to try. I'm always nervous about adding a product to my facial skin care because using the wrong product could cause little bumps to appear on my skin, especially around the forehead area, so I approached this with caution.


    The Good
    • Delightfully and pleasantly surprise as this toner fits my skin really, really wellso well that the existing little bumps that were already on my forehead are even slowly disappearing! (Can a toner be this magical?)
    • Claims to remove acne scars so pretty hopeful that I will get to see that magic really soon
    • Smells pleasant
    • Doesn't sting the skin as some of my previous toners
    • Doesn't dry out skin or result in flaky skin
    The Bad
    • At RM 96, a little bit pricey compared to regular pharmacy products I've usedbut guys, this thing is almost magic, maybe just let Mario Badescu take all your money?
    • Turns my skin a little oilier than normal after several hours

    How I use Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner:
    (1) Pour a small amount of toner onto a cotton pad
    (2) Wipe cotton pad all over face, avoiding my eye area
    (3) Apply my favourite moisturiser
    (4) Conceal undereye circle if I'm heading out


    Mario Badescu Special Healing Powder
    This powder is meant for concealing redness, and since green cancels out red, that explains the slightly green-tinted powder. The powder is translucent though so don't worry, the green will not show up at all on your skinwhich is perfect as I LOVE this powder.


    The Good
    • Zaps away undesirable shine
    • Mattifies my skin nicely
    • Makes skin glow in photos (What is this sorcery?)
    • Evens out complexion (This baffles me as bit as this isn't a makeup item, but now I'm convinced this would be a great substitution to the regular makeup powder I usually apply on top of foundation)
    • Reasonably priced at RM 65
    The Bad
    • Powder puff that comes with it is a little 'meh'but I'm a brush kind of girl anyway

    How I use Mario Badescu Special Healing Powder:
    (1) Dip brush into jardon't be afraid to be generous!
    (2) Pat all over face, concentrating on where I get shiny the most
    (3) Buff all over face


    I'm incredibly pleased to introduce these two products in my daily beauty routine, and I'm even more pleased with the results! All I'd need for a lazy day out is to add some lipstick, curl my lashes and add nothing else on top of the above routine.


    Are you guys interested in trying out the magic for your own skin? Here's how: give your skin some lovin' and get your own Mario Badescu toner and powder at Luxola.com/my, or pick and choose your own favourite Mario Badescu products from the many available options! (Note: Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner is one of Luxola's best-sellers!)

    For extra Luxola lovin', just enter the promo code BLX-LIYANA at the Luxola checkout and you'll automatically get 15% off of all your first-time orders! When I say "all", I mean ALL brands that are sold at Luxola, and not just the Mario Badescu products. How cool is this, right?

    This promo code doesn't apply to already-discounted items, and will only be valid for a month from today so hurry and click your way to Luxola.com to fill up your makeup and beauty bags! Luxola delivers internationally to Australia, Brunei, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, Phillipines, Singapore, and United Arab Emirates; you can check out more details at their FAQ page. Happy Online Shopping! xo


    A huge thanks to Luxola for sponsoring this post!

    2.4.15 .

     

    Having the same initials as one of the major cities in the world does have its perks! It makes finding a cool sweater that coincidentally has my initials on it a lot easier.

    Pairing the sweater with my favourite fuzzy zebra print cardigan, my favourite black jeans, my favourite ankle boots, and my day out in Tokyo was made.

     Sweater: H&M   |   Zebra print cardi: H&M   |   Jeans: Pimkie   |   Ankle boots: Forever 21