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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.) [+]
    27.8.15 .


    Seriously, I don't even know what to call these pants (they're pants, guys).

    Should I call them skirt-pants, or perhaps skants, which sounds like a bad word? Or maybe the ultimate palazzo pants?

    I got these polka dot pants at Kinji Used Clothing, the same place where I bought this retro-looking top (in which I pair it with a different version of skirt-pants). I love Kinji; I discovered it only in my second trip in May after Googling "vintage shopping Tokyo". 

    If you're really into proper vintage hunting, Kinji wouldn't be at the top of the list of shops you'd go to in Tokyo as Tokyo is chock-full of amazing vintage stores, but with my kind of normal-everyday-person budget, Kinji would be a great shopping destination for a little taste of vintage. It's full of second-hand clothings but they do stock vintage high-end items as well, which means that if you're there on your lucky day, you might just get your hands on a piece of treasure. 

    I wouldn't call these polka dot pants "treasure" but, seriously, how comfortable do they look, right?


    Honestly the most voluminous and airy pants I have ever owned and I'm all loved up.

    I spotted a red version at first but then saw these black ones and I decided to get both of them. At 700 yen a apiece (happy danceee) they're such bargains.

    Under RM150
    Adidas Relace Low sneakers

    Under RM100
    Zara split sides top

    Under RM30
    Polka dots pants from Kinji Used Clothing

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    27.8.15 .


    Seriously, I don't even know what to call these pants (they're pants, guys).

    Should I call them skirt-pants, or perhaps skants, which sounds like a bad word? Or maybe the ultimate palazzo pants?

    I got these polka dot pants at Kinji Used Clothing, the same place where I bought this retro-looking top (in which I pair it with a different version of skirt-pants). I love Kinji; I discovered it only in my second trip in May after Googling "vintage shopping Tokyo". 

    If you're really into proper vintage hunting, Kinji wouldn't be at the top of the list of shops you'd go to in Tokyo as Tokyo is chock-full of amazing vintage stores, but with my kind of normal-everyday-person budget, Kinji would be a great shopping destination for a little taste of vintage. It's full of second-hand clothings but they do stock vintage high-end items as well, which means that if you're there on your lucky day, you might just get your hands on a piece of treasure. 

    I wouldn't call these polka dot pants "treasure" but, seriously, how comfortable do they look, right?


    Honestly the most voluminous and airy pants I have ever owned and I'm all loved up.

    I spotted a red version at first but then saw these black ones and I decided to get both of them. At 700 yen a apiece (happy danceee) they're such bargains.

    Under RM150
    Adidas Relace Low sneakers

    Under RM100
    Zara split sides top

    Under RM30
    Polka dots pants from Kinji Used Clothing

    24.8.15 .

    Every year in summer, sunflowers bloom in Zama city in the Kanagawa prefecture and they do a festival out of it. I never imagined I would get the opportunity to be in a field full of sunflowers so I was more than willing to travel 50 minutes on the train and bus to Zama (and 50 minutes back to Tokyo) just to be able to snap a few photos of these gorgeous sunshiney yellow flowers.

    SO worth it.

    [ That's Shah waving his hand on the podium like he just don't careee ]



    Find out more about my outfit for this trip here!

    22.8.15 .


    "Vintage" is a sacred word in fashion so I always try not to use it carelessly, but it's sort of a romantic idea of mine to call this top my own vintage find.



    I got this fab striped, button-at-the-back top from Kinju Used Clothing store in Omotesando back in May and never found the right moment to wear it until I came back here to Tokyo. The thing is, it doesn't look old enough to be vintage but the unique, 70's cut of it makes me think it could actually pass off as one.

    I imagine that buttoning the top all the way down the back would give anyone a very pin-up look, especially if that person matches it with something black and tightbut going in the direction of my personal style, loosening the top just makes more sense (and makes it more comfortable!).

    Best part about this top? It was like 900 yen, guys. 900 YEN. That's like RM 30. Or 9 US dollars. It's crazy.


    Pairing it with these skirt-pants (skants?) from Zara that I have never worn but bought AGES agoearly 2013, to be exact. Anyway, it's so me; sometimes I wait forever to wear something new (even though it's considered old by the time I wore it, you know what I mean) but once in a while I buy something and put it on right off the bat, like those silver 300 yen round sunglasses (that's like RM9, or 2 US dollars, guys) and those Adidas sneakers (never again wearing white to a sunflower field, or any field as a matter of fact).


    Kate Spade wicker camera shoulder bag

    Under RM150
    Zara skirt-pants
    Adidas espadrilles sneakers

    Under RM50
    Striped top from Kinji Used Clothing

    20.8.15 .

    [ Cutest illustrations ]

    [ Hot day + sweetest cool watermelon I have EVER tasted I swear = ultimate thirst-quencher ]

    [ Fondue for two at Max Brenner ]

    [ Penguins at Sumida Aquarium in Tokyo Skytree ]

    [ x ]

    [ Skytree from its base (borrowed from my Monday post); Shah and I ended up not going to the top because of the crowd ]

    [ Bicycles with the coolest baby carriers ]

    [ "Ingin ke sana!"
    ("Want to go there!" in Malaysian language, guys) ]

    18.8.15 .


    Honestly I never ever ever thought of matching plaid with stripes but I suppose when you procrastinated packing for a three-week trip and left it to the very last minute (well, to the very last night before you left, more like it), you ended up with a pair of striped pants and no matching top.

    But then again, the term "matching" can be very subjective, because what do you know, I actually really like this pairing of plaid + stripes.


    17.8.15 .

    Guys, I'm BACK IN TOKYO I am so happyyyyyyy!

    Tokyo Skytree

    9.8.15 .


    Fourth day of Raya outfit, finally up!

    It was the second time Shah and I were on rented bicycles in Arashiyama, Kyoto, heading towards Togetsukyo Bridge. The first time we were on our bikes, we just zoomed past the line of shops on our left and right, but I wasn't planning on making the same mistake twiceespecially not when I spotted a cutesy-wootsy little shop, with cutesy-wootsy things crammed in it.

    So the second time around, Shah and I parked our bikes and entered that shop, which stock the kitschiest scarves and little bags. This particular scarf, with Asian Tapirs printed all over it, was the one scarf that stole my heart (the black and white kind is really called Asian Tapir, not making it up).


    Remember that sneakers print bag? Same Kyoto shop!


    Under RM100
    Asian Tapir print scarf from a shop in Arashiyama
    Black dress / black abaya from random stall in Berjaya Times Square

    6.8.15 .


    There seems to be an unhealthy dose of obsession with the Kardashians and the Jenners, isn't there? But you know what, I can't say I have contributed zilch to that, because I actually like the Kardashian and the Jenner girls. I can understand the obsession with them as I do think they're interesting characters. I try to see them as successful, excellent and beautiful businesswomen (we can agree to disagree) but more than anything, I regard them as my own personal source of makeup inspirations.

    I don't really keep up with the Kardashians (and the Jenners) as much as when their reality show premiered eight years ago (EIGHT years, guys) but I love scouring for photos of themespecially the three eldest sistersjust because their makeup is always picture perfect. That being said, their makeup appears as if it might be a tad too heavy for someone who prefers a more natural path when it comes to making up her face, but that still doesn't hinder my fascination with their makeup.

    On the occasion that I do catch them on tv, my eyes would immediately focus straight onto their eyes, cheek and lips; it's usually Kourtney for the blush on her cheeks, Kim for her eye makeup and Khloe for her bright lipsticks.

    Let's not pretend that you don't do that, too.

    I have always loved this kind of eye makeup on Kim because the darker eyeshadow on the outer corner of the eyes makes the eyes appear more feline than they actually are, plus the placement of the different eyeshadow shades open up the eyes, too, making them look bigger and brighter.

    The refined eye makeup on Kim isn't the simplest makeup look to do or to pull off but, hey, a girl can try!
    I actually do this kind of eye makeup a lot but it never comes off as effortless as I hope it to.


    Here are the 16 steps (sincerely hoping you're a patient reader!) and the many products I used to try emulate her makeup:

    1. Apply Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua in 44 Beige Ambre all over my skin using No7 Foundation brush
    2. Pat Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion on my lids and below the eyes with my ring finger
    3. Use the flat MAC 239 brush to pick up Schitzo, a shimmery golden-brown eyeshadow from The Balm Nude'tude and packed the colour all over the lids up to the crease
    4. Use the thin MAC 209 to apply the shimmery white Sassy eyeshadow from The Balm Nude'tude in the corner of my eyes, then extending the colour onto the upper lid a little bit and onto the lower lid, stopping where my lashes start (hence forming sort of a V-shape with Sassy)
    5. With MAC 239, pat Sleek, a super dark brown eyeshadow in Nude'tude, onto the farthest corner of the eyes
    6. Line underneath the eye thickly with Sleek using MAC 219, the pencil brush
    7. With the fluffy MAC 217, pick up Sultry, a warm brown shade from Nude'tude and contour the crease of the eyes, while buffing out the eyeshadows I put ealier on
    8. Buff out the Sleek shadow under the eye a tiny bit using the same brush and shadow
    9. Line above the lid using Betty Boop Queen's Key black liquid liner
    10. Get rid of undereye circle using Real Techniques Domed Shadow Brush and MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NW35
    11. Powder face by gently patting and brushing Rimmel Stay Matte Long Lasting Pressed Powder in 005 Silky Beige all over face, concentrating on my T-zone, with Real Techniques Multi Task Brush
    12. Curl eyelashes using Shu Uemura eyelash curler and apply a hefty amount of Maybelline The Rocket Volum'
    13. Shape my eyebrows using K-Palette Lating 2way Eyebrow Pencil in Dark Brown
    14. Fill in gaps in eyebrows with a thin or angled brush with Matt Ramirez eyeshadow on The Balm Meet Matte
    15. Instead of contouring, apply a golden bronzer along the higher part of cheekbones with Bourjois Bronzing Powder in 52 using Real Techniques Contour Brush
    16. Apply Revlon Super Lustrous in Fleshtone on the lips

    Done!

    Do you like the look? This looks isn't the exact replica of Kim's look but I hope you like it regardlesslet me know your thoughts in the comment box down below!
    Thanks for reading, guys xxoo


    p.s. Follow me on Pinterest for more pinspirations and Bloglovin' for more posts like this!
    p.p.s. I love doing before and after photos because I honestly believe in the power of makeupbut perhaps more on that in a future post?

    4.8.15 .

    My best friends and I had the best time celebrating Fatin and her impending wife status at Capri by Fraser hotel-residence. On top of being married / having kids / having a full-time job, some of us live in different states so it's not the easiest task to get ALL six of us in one place at a time. 
    Having this slumber bachelorette party was a great opportunity for us to just enjoy each other's company and chill and be silly and have fun!

    Left to right: Alea, Naimah, Sipi, Fatin, Husna, Me

    We originally planned to have the party at a different location but that place was fully booked by the time we agreed on it, but I think my girlfriends and I can happily say that Capri by Fraser was the perfect happy ending for this particular party! 
    Here are some of the photos we've managed to capture on our weekend stay:

    Sipi and Alea bringing Fatin to our hotel room (making her closed her eyes before entering it)

    The Nails On Wheels Malaysia team all set up before Fatin arrivedfollow them on Instagram @nailsonwheels_my!

    Sipi placing the mandatory bride-to-be crown and sash on Fatin (with her eyes still closed!)

    SURPRISE!!!

    2.8.15 .

    There are so many things, new and old, that I discover (or re-discover, I suppose) which become my favourite things of the moment, so I think I would like to create a space in my blog just for those things, just to share with you guys. 

    It's not unusual to find inspirations in the most trivial of things, so maybe even these could even serve that purposeas a source of inspirationwho knows?


    [ Ironing the coolest novelty top I got from Pull & Bear featuring Looney Tunes (and Space Jam, so nostalgic!) characters ]