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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.) [+]
    30.7.15 .

    Third day of Eid, third outfit, all green.

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    30.7.15 .

    Third day of Eid, third outfit, all green.

    28.7.15 .

    Red might be my most favourite colour but personally it's a hard colour for me to add in my wardrobe...

    24.7.15 .

    When I was younger, my mom would always take us sisters to those textile shops and retailers where she would help us pick out the prettiest fabrics, which we would send to our tailor and get them made into our favourite traditional wear for us to don on the first day of Eidusually the baju kurung

    But those were the good old days; I still occasionally buy fabrics (the lace section is always so dreamy) but I just never seem to find the time to scout for the right ones and send them to the tailor in time for Eid nowadays, preferring to just buy off the rack.

    Even so, I find that it's hard for me to make up my mind about which Eid outfit to buy without Shah's input so it's always been about us shopping around his work schedule. This year we couldn't fit a full-blown shopping session into a proper slot so we found ourselves perusing the racks at Subang Parade the night before we left for Kedah (Shah's hometown's turn this year!) in the space of one hour before the mall closed.

    I honestly didn't really find anything that I fell head over heels in love with. Well, at first, anyway. I had settled on a sea-blue-green asymmetrical caftan to wear on Eid day, which I did buy, but then I made my way to Bhaju to get two caftans that were on sale (which I could just wear at home). 

    Shah and I were already at the cashier when one of the sales persons in Bhaju sneakily whipped out this songket-like wraparound sarong to show it to me, and it was just chemistry. I knew I had to have it.

    I don't know what it is about the sarong but I just thought, OK, that HAS to go into my closet.

    Honestly, it's the most beautiful sarong I'ver ever owned. I think the fact that the print resembles a traditional songket is what really cinched the deal for me.

    It's made of a really thin material but thankfully isn't see through, which makes it perfect! Everyone's always getting hot on Eid day, what with us moving around as much as we talk and eating all those hot Eid food.

    The other stores in Subang Parade were already closed by the time I decided to get the sarong to wear on Eid day, but then I had to make a quick decision on which top to match it with. The sales people were pulling out some promising pairingsShah went for a white flowy chiffon blouse, which is really prettybut when I turned to scan the shop, my eyes immediately rested on this lone electric blue caftan.

    If you've been around Affordorable long enough, you'd know my intense relationship with the electric shade (see herehere and here) so the caftan top was the obvious choice.

    The white chiffon was too good too miss out on, though, so I ended up getting both tops, and I'm free to mix and match them with the sarong any time, which is a plus!

    I put on my Eid outfit right after Eid prayers, around 10am, and these photos were taken real close to sunset time, so even though I did a short outfit change in the afternoon (I napped for half an hour like a baby) you would have thought I'd be feeling majorly uncomfortable. The top was already a little wrinkled (the sarong is WRINKLE-FREE, rejoice!) but there's just something in the air during Eid that makes you stay joyous and positive. I was in this caftan and sarong right up to 11pm, imagine that, and I was in a cheery mood all day long. It IS a day of celebration, after all!

    To see my Eid Aidilfitri outfit from last year, click here!

    Under RM 100
    Bhaju electric blue caftan top
    Bhaju songket printed sarong
    Zara electric blue ballet flats

    Under RM 10
    Hand socks from random stall in Souq Al-Bukhary

    22.7.15 .

    First thing first, this is what it is all about:

    Secondly, I have a confession to make: I have never used my oven.

    20.7.15 .

    To my fellow Muslims in Malaysia and around the world,
    Happy Eid!!!

    It's actually Monday and it's already the fourth day of Eid, or Raya Aidilfitri as we call it here. Eid has always been such a joyous and pretty magical day for Malaysians because: 
    (1) it's a national holiday
    (2) Raya food is OFF THE CHARTS

    I was a little sad too because it was the end of Ramadhan, but I'm glad to have had a good one this year. It was the first time in my life where I felt genuinely blessed to be able to witness Ramadhan again.

    When I was younger, my goal for Ramadhan was to go through the fasting month as fast as possible because as children, I felt like we had the most fun during Raya day. New traditional garb, latest additions to closet (my parents used to take us all shopping for new dresses and pants and tops and shoes!), mint Raya shoesand the best part was collecting Raya money from adults!

    Raya is still an exciting time for me, of course, and the things I mentioned above still do happen for me, actually! Except for collecting money from adults, since I am one now myself (but I still get some money, yasss). But those things now feel less important than the time of Ramadhan, the holiest month in the Islam calendar, the time when we're all encouraged to sort of cleanse our souls and be generous in doing good deeds. and basically be the best human being we possibly could, and hoping that the goodness carries through after Ramadhan.

    But Raya celebration will always be very special. I had hoped that this Raya would be all about visiting my relatives, catching up with old friends and sampling loadsa Raya food, and so far it's going pretty well. We fast for a whole month in Ramadhan and I don't know about other parts of the world but here in Malaysia, we pretty much celebrate Eid for the whole month of Syawal, which is great because there are still many people that I'd like to visit and celebrate Raya with!

    I already miss Ramadhan, but here's to hoping I will get to meet the holy month of fasting again and experience it in a better way next year.

    I hope you all are having a great day! Loads and LOADS of love from me. Sending virtual hugs and kisses to you, all the way from Malaysia!

    15.7.15 .

    Does everyone else have a Flavour of the Moment kind of thing when it comes to shades? Because I do, and these are mine at the moment.

    13.7.15 .

    Some beauty experts say to use an actual contour instead of bronzer to contour your cheekbones. Heck, the verb here is "contour", so using a contour (the noun) to contour would make more sense, wouldn't it? I get that, but there's something about using bronzer to add definition to the face that appeals to me. It's not about trying to mimic that natural greyish shadow under the cheekbones, but just adding a different type of definition to the face structure altogether.

    I'm not the only one doing it either; other beauty experts than the "some beauty experts" I mentioned earlier even do it themselves. Where else do you think I learned to apply bronzer to my cheeks?

    I'm usually more of a just-blush kind of girl but it's a good idea to keep have a spare of everything! Here are my favourite affordable contour and bronzers that are currently residing in my makeup bag:

    Sleek MakeupUP Face Contour Kit in Medium
    My go-to colour when I want to contour the hollow of my cheekbones to give the illusion of a slimmer face. I'm usually very stingy with this though; put too much and your cheeks could end up looking a tad muddy.

    The Balm Bahama Mama

    This is my favourite bronzer! The colour looks cooler in the pan but it goes warm when applied on under my cheekbones, but I still like to contour using this anyway. I use this a lot in the crease of my eye as well for extra definition.
    Available at local Malaysia Sasa stores

    Bourjois Bronzing Powder in 52 (the chocolate one)
    Definitely not the most ideal product to contour with as it is a little too warm and golden. I love using this as a blush, though, but my skin tone is deep enough to pull it off.
    Not available locally in Malaysia

    What are your favourite contour and bronzer products? Do you contour with bronzers, too?

    10.7.15 .

    You know what, now that I'm really thinking about it, I'm not sure what to call this buttoned-down top. It's neither a varsity jacket nor a cardigan. But, I don't know, it's like a cardigan that's made to look like a varsity jacket, which sounds super odd, but it is what it is.

    8.7.15 .

    One of my go-to eye makeup looks is a slightly thick line drawn right above the lash line and extending the line straight out instead of flicking the ends upwards (see hereherehere, and here) but when I saw this eye look on Pinterest, I was intrigued by the winged-out style. I think it looks SO gorgeous on the model, with the liner starting from the middle of the iris and gets thicker as it extends out, without any flicked cat-eye effectjust straight lines and clean "wings".

    I then tried to replicate the look on myself and as a result, found out that it is the darn hardest liner I have ever drawn on myself.

    In the end I managed to get half-decent "wings" going on but they were much much more exaggerated than I would have liked them to be, on the account that I had to keep re-drawing the straight line across my lids and adding more black liquid liner.

    The problem for me personally was the fact that I have two tiny folds on my lids. You can see this model having a tiny fold above her liner but I have two of those folds, one being right above the other. They're barely visible so I never had a problem doing my makeup but as it turns out, those two tiny folds are the reason why the winged-out liner isn't the most ideal eye makeup for me.

    If you have a fold on your lids (or two, like me) I definitely would recommend you to "sketch" the look with a pencil liner first and going on top of that with either a liquid liner or a gel liner.

    Here's how it went down for me:

    First, looking straight into the mirror and with a black pencil liner, I started to draw a straight line, starting from the middle of my lid and extending the line outwards. Best to use a smudgy eye pencil here to make the drawing smoother!

    The problem here was, when I closed one eye to see the result, the line I drew earlier had breaks in between it, which is due to the folds I have. I then had to alternately close my eye and attempt to connect the breaks in between, then opening my eye to see if the line still appears straight. I honestly did this step like 27 times because the line just refused to look clean enough.

    If my explanation doesn't make sense, my problem here is very much like the problem faced by people with hooded eyes when they try to draw a cat-eye liner; you can see Sam Champman of Pixiwoo (I love Sam and Nic!) explaining the dilemma right in this YouTube video, and my explanation above will make more sense hopefully! I don't have hooded lids but I find the video incredibly helpful.

    After getting a satisfactory line, I then went on top of my earlier "sketch" with a liquid liner. This process is just as time-consuming as sketching it, mind you, but I find this step to be less frustrating. I made sure to have cotton buds and makeup remover in case I need to straighten and clean any rogue liquid liner (there was a lot).

    I'm happy with the final result but I don't know when I would try to recreate it again, as it takes too much timeand energy! I do know though that next time, I will try to make the "wings" a lot less thicker and less dramatic.

    It has to be noted that while the winged-out liner looks relatively straight when the eyes are opened, the shape of the liner WILL have an interesting geometrical shape when the eyes are closed or when your eyes are looking downwards. Again, this is due to the fold on the lids.

    But how about you guys? Ever had a similar problem when trying to draw a thick liner?

    p/s: Love my splashy shawl from Covered by Sipi? I'm obsessed with it! Check out the shawl and more amazing modest stuff on Covered by Sipi Instagram!

    Products used
    Embryolisse BB Cream
    MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NW35

    K-Palette1 Day Tattoo Lasting 2Way Eyebrow Pencil

    K-Palette 1 Day Tattoo Real Lasting Eyepencil in black
    Queen's Key Betty Boop liquid liner in black

    Sleek Face Contour Kit in Medium
    Bourjois Bronzing Powder 52

    Silkygirl Long-wearing Lipliner in 01 Nude

    6.7.15 .

    Sometimes a statement top doesn't need to be worn to state anything. In case you're not sure, "Je Ne Comprends Pas" is French for "I don't understand"a phrase I told myself to memorize when I was living in Paris (had to, guys).

    Well, there's nothing I don't understand here; I just saw this top on the rack at Zara and thought "Daymn that looks super comfy Imma get it no matter the size", because: (1) the top was on sale, (2) the sizes were limited, and (3) my sister, who is about my size, wanted the exact same top. 

    In case you're wondering, we both got the top in the size we want! Lately I'm really into a baggy detail so this medium-sized sweater is the perfect fit.

    I nicked Shah's jeans yet again; for some weird reason, none of my jeans worked with the baggy cut of this top. I've snapped one belt and ruined another from wearing these jeans, though, because they need a lot of tightening up and all I had were those flimsy braided belts (don't worry, bought meself a couple of proper belts with buckles and everything last week!).

    Since the top and pants are baggy and boy-ish I thought I should add daintier details like the boxy clutch that turns into a little sling bag and those two-toned ankle-strapped ballet pumps I like so much. That zebra scarf (one of my favourites ever, bought in a little shop in Brussels!) just kind of rounded everything up.

    I really like how the red-orange side of the clutch / sling bag matches the front part of my flats almost perfectly.

    Desperately looking for more shoes like these, guys.

    Under RM 100
    Zara Je Ne Comprends Pas Sweater
    Pull & Bear Slim Jeans (Men's)
    Zara Box Clutch / Sling Bag
    Pull & Bear Two-toned Ankle-strapped Ballet Flats (worn in this outfit post recently!)

    Swatch Mona Lisa Special Edition Watch

    3.7.15 .

     from Design Seeds

    Recently I read an article about the colour green being a happy colour which left me thinking along the lines of "Oh? Really?". I'm not really disagreeing with the article but I personally don't associate green exclusively with "happy". The colour green to me has a vast spectrum where there are peaceful shades of green on one end, with the greens on the other end screaming "Chaotic". I mean, this must be why the character The Joker was given green hair, isn't it?

    Now, yellow, that's one real happy colour. Yellow is Sunshine, and we all know that Sunshine makes us happy when skies are grey, don't we?