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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.) [+]
    29.5.15 .


    It was like me embracing the spirit of Beetlejuice, sartorially...

    Following the appearance of my Beetlejuice tee and my sudden, surprising newfound love of black and white in Tokyo was this black and white wraparound top that I bought just before coming to Tokyo.

    I was perusing through Cotton On's sales racks in 1st Avenue Penang when I saw a bunch of wraparound tops, in limited sizes, for RM 15 each. RM 15 for a top? I'd regret not grabbing at least one for the rest of my life, I should think, so I grabbed twonaturally—this striped piece and a polka dot one. Only the sweet polka dot one was a little too snug for me around the hips as it turned out (don't worry, it found a new loving home that is my sister) but I'm so glad this striped one fits me nicely. 

    I paired the top with the only pair of blue jeans I brought on my Tokyo trip for one of the best yakiniku dinner experiences in Shibuya (post on that place coming up in the future). Horizontal stripes at the front but with vertical ones at the back, I still felt a little bit like I was paying homage to Betelgeuse himself...

    Striped wraparound top: Cotton On   |   Jeans: Levi's   |   Sneakers: Adidas Relace Low   |   Clapboard clutch: Shibuya 109

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    29.5.15 .


    It was like me embracing the spirit of Beetlejuice, sartorially...

    Following the appearance of my Beetlejuice tee and my sudden, surprising newfound love of black and white in Tokyo was this black and white wraparound top that I bought just before coming to Tokyo.

    I was perusing through Cotton On's sales racks in 1st Avenue Penang when I saw a bunch of wraparound tops, in limited sizes, for RM 15 each. RM 15 for a top? I'd regret not grabbing at least one for the rest of my life, I should think, so I grabbed twonaturally—this striped piece and a polka dot one. Only the sweet polka dot one was a little too snug for me around the hips as it turned out (don't worry, it found a new loving home that is my sister) but I'm so glad this striped one fits me nicely. 

    I paired the top with the only pair of blue jeans I brought on my Tokyo trip for one of the best yakiniku dinner experiences in Shibuya (post on that place coming up in the future). Horizontal stripes at the front but with vertical ones at the back, I still felt a little bit like I was paying homage to Betelgeuse himself...

    Striped wraparound top: Cotton On   |   Jeans: Levi's   |   Sneakers: Adidas Relace Low   |   Clapboard clutch: Shibuya 109

    28.5.15 .

    I've been to Tokyo three times in the past seven months but saying my byes this time was the hardest. Perhaps, because Tokyo already felt like another home to me... 

    I've arrived safely to Kuala Lumpur yesterday. Can't really believe I'm back home, actually. I woke up this morning feeling confused, since my bedroom here has midnight blue walls whereas it was all bright white in Tokyo. Really, I'm not even kidding, you guys. I literally wondered "Wait where am I?" for a second this morning, which never happened to me. 

    Like at the end of my second trip, I didn't know if I would ever get to go back to Tokyo, and it's the same this third time around but just like always, I'm hoping and hoping.

    I can't say I've explored the whole of Tokyo and I've only explored a tiny part of Japan, but I'm undeniably in love with the idea of being there, in that country. This trip is the shortest out of the three so Shah and I didn't get to so much, but we had our first Ryokan Experience and the short trip to Nara was one of the clinchers that just made the whole trip. 

    Not to mention, we ate SO MUCH amazing Yakiniku this time around. Too much red meat consumption, in fact...

    I got really busy exploring Tokyo and travelling around so I apologise for not being able to update here as much as I should. Can't wait to share more stuff and outfit posts with you guys! xxoo

    Shibuya Night Lights

    “Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.” 
    - Anita Desai

    25.5.15 .


    My eyes tend to stray to bright colours when I'm out shopping so I've got to say, something is in the spring-summer water here in Tokyo because everything that I've added to my closet is either black or white. A bit of a puzzler, really...

    In my welcome-myself-to-Tokyo post I talked about not bringing as many clothes as I'm used to when I'm travelling. So far I have to say it's been quite the source of frustration of my daily life here in Tokyo; I find myself getting dissatisfied with my outfit choices time and time again..

    I always take the longest time to get ready with the outfit choices I have back at home but at least, most of the times, I'm happy with the outcome. Here, though, I'd be putting the finishing touches in no time at all, look at myself in the mirror and go, "Great, I look boring AND weird. AGAIN."

    I've bought some stuff to add to my options but I must say, as a lover of bright colours, I can't quite figure out why all the things that caught my eyes are either black, white or shades of grey. But, you know what, it's OK, really, but I've gotten some staples that I've been coveting for a while, like:

    • A pair of high-waisted pants that rests a little lower than my actual waist, which is good, as my shorter upper body is not proportionate to my long legs
    • Black jumpsuit (almost identical to this colourful jumpsuit!)
    • Long blazer-like jacket from H&M that I found Refinery29's H&M under $100 list, EXCEPT the one I got wasn't from H&M but was actually from Bershka
    • Black sneakers; didn't realise how darn hard it would be to match all my outfits to either my tan cut-out boots or red loafers, which are what I brought from home
    • Kate Spade "Hello Tokyo" clutch (which has splashes of colours!) and piano clutchboth of which I loved but were too expensive, but now they're on sale here!
    • The clapboard clutch I wanted since my second trip here, and I FINALLY OWN IT (note: clapboard, or clapperboard, is the thing used for "Action" and "Cut" actions in film-making)

    Black or white, or even grey, but, hey, I did compensate with the cutest, brightest yellow coin purse from Coach!


    22.5.15 .


    It's always fun to have new lipsticks to experiment with, but with new Revlon Super Lustrous ones? As a big fan of the Super Lustrous range (scroll down to bottom of post for proofs), even more fun for me! I took the opportunity to get this cute cube consisting of nine lipstick shades in-flight to Tokyo last week.

    20.5.15 .


    Why steal from his closet when you can just shop from there?

    I've been looking for a slightly oversized white shirt for a while but apparently I've been looking in the wrong placesor should I say the wrong department?
    I went shopping with Shah for his office shirts and what do you know, the white shirt in size M at Seed's men section is pretty much the perfect fit for me!

    White shirt: Seed   |   Jeans: Pimkie   |   Cut-out boots: Bershka   |   Crossbody bag: ChloĆ© Marcie Mini in Brown Sugar   |   Sunglasses: Zara

    I never thought I'd be one of those people who bring white clothes while travelling and actually wearing them, I mean, there I was, in a park of all places, with the prospect of getting brown earth smudges on that perfectly clean white canvas... Can't take all the credit though, because Shah was the one who convinced me that it'll all be fine, and it was. Went for a head-to-toe neutral palette on this day with white, black and shades of tan!

    I'm obsessed with these shades and tan cut-out boots, by the way; I found these boots at the sale section in Bershka at Shibuya on my second trip to Tokyo in March but I wore them for the very first time boarding the plan to Tokyo on this third trip!



    Head over to this post to check out my most recent men's clothing discovery; I'm just LOVING the men's section nowadays.

    18.5.15 .


    I felt like this t-shirt was just waiting for me to go to Tokyo to make an appearance...

    If you didn't know it, I'm a big fan of Tim Burton's films, and I EVEN GOT TO MEET HIM, how amazingly cool is that??
    I grew up watching Tim Burton's moviesShah has said before that that is the exact reason I would wake up in the middle of the night sometimes gasping from a nightmare; he thinks I'm forever traumatized by Tim Burton's movies that I watched when I was "too young", movies that he finds more than a little odd, but you can totally agree to disagree in a healthy marriage.

    Beetlejuice is a movie that's in my earliest childhood memories, so when I saw this t-shirt hanging in the men's section in Cotton On, I knew I had to have it.


    I didn't find the time to wear it in Malaysia but, I don't know, it feels really natural to be wearing it for the first time here in Tokyo...

    Beetlejuice t-shirt: Cotton On (men)   |   Denim jacket: Bershka   |   Leopard print pants: Cotton On   |   Red leather loafers: Timberland   |   Crossbody bag: Chloe Marcie Mini in Brown Sugar

    By the way, I know I said in the previous post announcing my arrival in Tokyo that I would update my blog with outfits from my recent Penang trip, but I'm finding it hard to concentrate on anything not Japan-related at the mo. So many things to plan, so little time... Hope that's OK! xxoo

    14.5.15 .

    Pretty ecstatic, because I'm back in Tokyo, guys!


    The last time I was here was when it was still winter-cold; it was one of the warmer days when I took this photo in Asakusa in mid-March, but I still felt the need for my winter jacket. Honestly speaking, I thought I wouldn't get to come back here, but here I am a mere two months later. I feel like such a lucky girl.

    Shah had to come back here for business and of course he found out about it only TWO DAYS before our flightnot that I mind, really! Give me 5 hours notice and I'd probably still make it! I was a crazy llama going around town buying things we needed (mostly food; we're Asians after all, and Asians bring food to other Asian country) and doing laundry (dirty clothes that I want to bring here). In the end, we brought only a small amount of food and, I can't believe it myself, the least amount of clothes I've ever carried to another country. 

    Not bringing any winter clothes helped tremendously though; our bags didn't threaten to burst at the seams this time around. I've decided to buy clothes (and some shoes and handbags) here instead of lugging half my closet here as I did the previous times. A bit nervous about that, but either way I will want to shop here so I might as well save on luggage weight.

    By the way, the weather is GORGEOUS here in Tokyo. I just arrived this morning (slept for 40 minutes in the 6-hour overnight flight, am pretty jetlagged even though Tokyo time is one hour later than Malaysia time) but I'm already in love with how pleasantly cool the temperature is.

    I haven't decided what to do here yetdidn't really have time to plan anything, other than shoppingso in the meantime I'm going to update my blog with outfits from my previous Penang trip.

    So thankful and incredibly grateful to God right now. Can't wait to explore Tokyo (and possibly other cities) again! xxoo

    13.5.15 .


    And by 'morning after' I mean the morning after the fun-filled day of jumpsuiting while horse riding and a half-day at the beach.

    The weather has been bleak these past few days in my hometownreally different from the beautiful weather my family and I experienced in Port Dickson the other weekend. It felt really nice to be some place else and enjoying the sunniness...

    Split sides top: Zara (worn here)   |   Tank top: Mango   |   Confetti pants: H&M (worn here)   |   Flip flops: Ipanema   |   Hearts-shaped sunglasses: Factorie

    Definitely looking forward to my next vacation!

    *Photographed by Hazrina Aris

    11.5.15 .


    With my curvy hips (and, well, a generous booty), I've always find it hard to find the perfect-fitting jumpsuit. Then I found this jumpsuit, which looks like a two-piece outfit, from H&M and the warm colours and the patterns on it just got me hooked.

    My family and I recently went on a little vacay to Port Dickson so I wanted to bring as many easy-breezy clothes as I could, and this jumpsuit definitely falls under that category.

    I put this on in front of my sisters and they were like "Your booty is looking a little too delicious in this jumpsuit." Hey, I'm all about embracing your body, and I am in fact proud of my curves, but as a hijabi I try my best to be modestyou might not understand it, you might not be able to relate to that, but I hope you can accept it either way! So I thought, it's a good thing I brought my striped shirt, which I just tied that around my hips and problem solved!

    Jumpsuit: H&M   |   Shirt: Mango (old)  |   Flip flops: Jack Skellington flip flops, Disneyland Paris

    We had a little fun dabbling in horse riding at Eagle Rach Resortalthough, can you call it "horse riding" when someone else is holding the reign? Sure, you're on the horse, riding it, but... I don't know. I used to love it when I was a kid but this time around though, the guy made the horse galloped a little and I can assure you all that I don't think I ever want to be on a horse alone, by myself!


    But it was all good, and the fun day ended with us all at the beach, witnessing the sun set. Just the perfect end!

    *Photgraphed by Hazrina Aris
    9.5.15 .


    There are some days when I feel like REALLY not wearing my contact lens, which usually means not even a stitch of makeup will be applied as well, but at the same time I don't want to walk out the door knowing I don't look as best as my lazy-self can possibly look. So, what I'd usually do is opt for things that are a little bit cute, a little bit kitschylike this lips print top and high heel pendantand hope for the best!

    It's hard for me to pair a shorter top, like this lips print one, with a pair of jeans or even other straight-cut pants; in cases such as this, I settle on a pair of palazzo pants that hug me just nicely around my waist (and my bum!).

    Rounding up my outfit with my 'Call Me' clutch and leopard loafers! (I evidently like pairing these two, just like in this post)

     
    Lips top: Mango   |   Palazzo pants: Teetoo   |   Leopard print loafers: Twins de Castle   |   Clutch: Accessorize

    6.5.15 .


    I've "stolen" t-shirts, shirts and outerwears from Shah's closet but I never thought to take a closer look at his jeans collectionthat is, until that one day when my go-to straight blue jeans suddenly seemed all wrong on me, and I had about 5 minutes before I just had to go get into the car when I laid my eyes on this pair of jeans that doesn't belong to me...


    These jeans have this unique teal-blue-sea-foam-green hue that I never actively kept an eye out for my own wardrobe, but it's such a pretty pastel-y shade that I'm now convinced this pair has earned a place amongst my other jeans.

    If I'm being completely, totally and a 100% honest, though, I would have liked to have the same jeans in about two sizes smaller. I had arrived at my intended destination with Shah when I decided to tighten my poor old belt (it really is old) and it snapped in half. Not even kidding. I panicked momentarily but thankfully the belt pieces were long and thin enough to be tied into a knot. Everything worked out in the end! 

    I've got to say, I like how the playful vibes of my faux-leather sleeved blazer and Mickey tee match the jeans.


    From that moment onwards I made a vow to always look a little more closely when I'm perusing the men's section and have myself on my mind too, instead of just thinking which of these would look good on Shah.

    Blazer with faux leather sleeves: H&M (worn here)   |   Mickey t-shirt: Pull & Bear   |   Men's jeans: Pull & Bear   |   Strappy ballet flats: Pull & Bear   |   Mirror heart sunglasses: Zara

    Tell me what you thinkwould you ever wear a bigger, looser boyfriend jeans that is actually a BOYfriend jeans like these ones?