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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.) [+]
    30.9.15 .


    I'm far from being the best cook you or I know but I can tell you one thing: I'm good at making those easy, delicious, short-cut dishes. Basically, what this means is, in the kitchen I'm not a hard worker but more of a smart playahhh.

    I'm such a takeout-and-watch-movie-on-TV kinda girl because life's the best that way, but occasionally girl does crave for some healthy good-ol' home cooked meal.


    The story is, I felt like eggs for lunch this one fine day, so I had happily eaten cereal earlier that morning, did my chores and things. When lunch time came, I opened my fridge only to discover there was only one egg left in the egg carton. ONE. MEASLY. EGG. I mean, a good egg is a good egg, but...still.

    My original plan was to make a two-egg omelette filled with parmesan sprinkles, button mushrooms and these New Zealand spinach (so fanceyhhh) Shah had gotten for me the day before. But I can't be satisfied with a one-egg omelette.  No. Because an omelette needs to be luscious and big and fluffy. One egg ain't gonna deliver that.

    So I improvised. Smart playahhh, remember? So this frittata came to be.


    It is SO EASY to do; work here is a bare minimum. However, since this is a one-egg frittata, you do need a small pan for the one egg to fill up. Like, really small. Like the-size-of-your-palm-small. But, of course, if you don't have a pan that small, then crack yourself more than one egg and improvise.

    What you need:
    - One egg
    -A handful of spinach (I used New Zealand spinach. Which is actually not as good as normal non-fancy spinach. Next time, then.)
    - 3 huge white button mushrooms
    - Parmesan cheese
    - 1-2 tablespoons of milk
    - 1 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)
    - Oil of choice (I always use extra virgin olive oil), or even butter for frying if you're really into that sinfully good buttery taste
    - Salt and pepper

    How you do it:
    1. Crack the egg in a small bowl and use a fork to whip it. (P/s: I immediately wanted to type 'nae nae' damn that song is catchy) Whip it as much as you can so that it becomes all light and fluffy.

    2. While we whip the egg, let's multitask and take care of the spinach and mushroom; after washing them, chop spinach roughly (or not roughly, your call), and slice the button mushrooms. Heat up a large pan, pour a little extra olive oil and brown mushroom slices first. Add chopped spinach pieces after the mushrooms brown and let them wilt.


    Don't leave them in the pan for too long, because you still want them to taste fresh. It might be a good idea to transfer them into a bowl first after the spinach wilted.

    3. While you're doing step number 2, don't forget to keep on whipping the egg. Add these to the whipped egg: milk, salt to taste, garlic powder and a little pepper. Whip some more. (P/s: Nae nae too, if you want)

    4. Heat up the small pan we talked about earlier with a little oil in it. Transfer spinach and browned mushroom slices into this little pan, then pour the egg mixture on top of them so that the egg flows through and around the veggies. Sprinkle loads of parmesan on top.


    Make sure the heat is on low because we want to make sure the insides of the egg will cook. Covering the top of the pan is a good idea because the heat gets trapped in the pan that way and will help the egg to cook faster, and help cook the surface too, hence preventing the top of the frittata from becoming runny.

    5. Occasionally check the edges of the frittata to see it they've turned brown and if the top part no longer seems runny. If they're A-OK, your frittata is done here!

    This frittata is ideal for brunch, but also good to be eaten whenever your heart desires it. Serve with some golden, buttery toasts and you, too, are golden.

    Feel free to sprinkle more salt, pepper and garlic powder to adjust its taste to your liking.


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    30.9.15 .


    I'm far from being the best cook you or I know but I can tell you one thing: I'm good at making those easy, delicious, short-cut dishes. Basically, what this means is, in the kitchen I'm not a hard worker but more of a smart playahhh.

    I'm such a takeout-and-watch-movie-on-TV kinda girl because life's the best that way, but occasionally girl does crave for some healthy good-ol' home cooked meal.


    The story is, I felt like eggs for lunch this one fine day, so I had happily eaten cereal earlier that morning, did my chores and things. When lunch time came, I opened my fridge only to discover there was only one egg left in the egg carton. ONE. MEASLY. EGG. I mean, a good egg is a good egg, but...still.

    My original plan was to make a two-egg omelette filled with parmesan sprinkles, button mushrooms and these New Zealand spinach (so fanceyhhh) Shah had gotten for me the day before. But I can't be satisfied with a one-egg omelette.  No. Because an omelette needs to be luscious and big and fluffy. One egg ain't gonna deliver that.

    So I improvised. Smart playahhh, remember? So this frittata came to be.


    It is SO EASY to do; work here is a bare minimum. However, since this is a one-egg frittata, you do need a small pan for the one egg to fill up. Like, really small. Like the-size-of-your-palm-small. But, of course, if you don't have a pan that small, then crack yourself more than one egg and improvise.

    What you need:
    - One egg
    -A handful of spinach (I used New Zealand spinach. Which is actually not as good as normal non-fancy spinach. Next time, then.)
    - 3 huge white button mushrooms
    - Parmesan cheese
    - 1-2 tablespoons of milk
    - 1 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)
    - Oil of choice (I always use extra virgin olive oil), or even butter for frying if you're really into that sinfully good buttery taste
    - Salt and pepper

    How you do it:
    1. Crack the egg in a small bowl and use a fork to whip it. (P/s: I immediately wanted to type 'nae nae' damn that song is catchy) Whip it as much as you can so that it becomes all light and fluffy.

    2. While we whip the egg, let's multitask and take care of the spinach and mushroom; after washing them, chop spinach roughly (or not roughly, your call), and slice the button mushrooms. Heat up a large pan, pour a little extra olive oil and brown mushroom slices first. Add chopped spinach pieces after the mushrooms brown and let them wilt.


    Don't leave them in the pan for too long, because you still want them to taste fresh. It might be a good idea to transfer them into a bowl first after the spinach wilted.

    3. While you're doing step number 2, don't forget to keep on whipping the egg. Add these to the whipped egg: milk, salt to taste, garlic powder and a little pepper. Whip some more. (P/s: Nae nae too, if you want)

    4. Heat up the small pan we talked about earlier with a little oil in it. Transfer spinach and browned mushroom slices into this little pan, then pour the egg mixture on top of them so that the egg flows through and around the veggies. Sprinkle loads of parmesan on top.


    Make sure the heat is on low because we want to make sure the insides of the egg will cook. Covering the top of the pan is a good idea because the heat gets trapped in the pan that way and will help the egg to cook faster, and help cook the surface too, hence preventing the top of the frittata from becoming runny.

    5. Occasionally check the edges of the frittata to see it they've turned brown and if the top part no longer seems runny. If they're A-OK, your frittata is done here!

    This frittata is ideal for brunch, but also good to be eaten whenever your heart desires it. Serve with some golden, buttery toasts and you, too, are golden.

    Feel free to sprinkle more salt, pepper and garlic powder to adjust its taste to your liking.


    28.9.15 .


    Suddenly I want to be all about army everything (camo love here)what is up with that? But, I don't know, combining army green and red is kind of the shiznit for me now.

    This was a super casual outfit I wore on a Sunday, one of those days when I got ready in about five minutes. I mean, 5 minutes? That's rare, guys, and I bet you're nodding to this right now.

    I threw on this army green slim cargo pants which I had left hanging on a rack, figured a black top is the best thing to go with it hence this shirt with gold buttons (gold is golden) and oh my God this leopard scarf just happens to be the perfect addition. 

    Rounding them all up with my black Adidas and I'm literally and figuratively golden.


    If you're interested to know what lipstick that is, here's the story: I applied my Revlon Super Lustrous in Kiss Me Coral and thought I had already threw it in my sling bag for the road, but turns out I had instead grabbed Revlon Fire & Ice by accident, so basically I had both of them on my lips here.



    Pull & Bear shirt
    H&M slim cargo pants
    Adidas Relace Low sneakers
    Bow 'N' Engel scarf

    22.9.15 .


    Ameyoko or Ameyayokocho is this huge market in the Ueno area in Tokyo with apparently over 180 shops, which makes me think that there is no way anyone, local or foreign, has ever been to every single one of those over 180 shops (I could be wrong, of course).

    Shah and I went searching for this market exclusively for its halal kebabonly because people kept mentioning it, which I totally get; in Paris, you could practically find a halal kebab joint at every corner but in Tokyo, it's like a rare gemstone waiting to be discovered.

    Some of the shops in Ameyoko reminds me of the stalls in Uptown markets in KL and PJ, filled with knick knacks, random stuffs that you don't need, clothes that you're better off not wearing and jerseys and shoes that might or might not be fake. But then there are stalls that sell great souvenirs to bring back home and shops that stocked actual useful things, like home accessories and homewares. And of course, not forgetting the endless food stalls lining the streets, but unfortunately not for us *sadface emoji*.

    Whatever it is that rock your boat, it'll still be fun to wade through the streets of the market! I found a shop that sold hair clips and scarves that I spent 10 minutes in but came out empty-handed, because I decided I could buy those things cheaper somewhere else.

    We did come across a great little store on our way over to the market though, and I did buy something there!(P/s: It's this super cute top)

    The kebab? It was alright, but I left Shah to his kebab and got myself some roast chicken at the halal chicken place next stall, which was more my cup of tea (or plate of...something, I suppose).


    If I'm being entirely honest, I wouldn't recommend Ameyoko if you have limited time in your Tokyo visit, but since Shah and I were almost running out of touristy options in Tokyo, Ameyoko made sense for us. But like I said, whatever rocks your boat!

    20.9.15 .


    I mean, they're boyfriend jeans, but they're not my boyfriend's jeans.

    If you've been following my blog for a while you'd know that I love to pinch from Shah's closet, especially this one particular piece (which you can see here and here). I've gotten myself a few pairs of men's jeans for myself since, from the men's section, and it's been great.

    I like the looseness of men's jeans but they're obviously designed with men on their makers' mind, which means they won't fit absolutely perfectly. So when I saw these boyfriend jeans in Bershkaboyfriend jeans that actually look like they're your boyfriend's, except they're designed with women in mindI GOTS TO HAVE IT, you know what I'm saying?


    Now moving on to the shoes. 

    THESE SHOES, guys.


    Seriously, lust at first sight. I was a little apprehensive about them being patent leather as I've never had a pair of shoes this shiny, but there's a first time for everything, right? It was the last pair left in Aldo and it was exactly my size, so what does this tell you?

    MEANT. TO. BE.

    I didn't know what these shoes are called, but I did a little digging (translation: Googling) and found out the straps are called 'monk straps'. Which is making me wonder about the origin of the name, like ??? monk + straps ???

    So basically they're called 'monk shoes', or if you want to get very specific, 'double monk strap shoes', and I feel so good about learning something new. If you're interested, check out the 'monk straps' article here and you'll get to brush up on your shoes vocab, too.



    Black tied top from random stall
    Bershka boyfriend jeans
    Aldo monk shoes
    Glass Line sling bag
    Smart Life Market oval shades

    19.9.15 .


    One word: FAVE.

    Actually that might not be an actual word in the dictionary, isn't it? But you know what I mean. 

    Just like how people say their wedding dresses "found" them, I think this long-sleeved t-shirt "found" me too. It found me at the right moment in life.

    I talked about not feeling my glasses and how, in my mind, it affects my overall look; it's like this nagging thing that's been coming in and out of my thoughts for the past few months or so. 

    Shah and I were heading towards a day market in Tokyo last month, somewhere in Asakusa, when Shah saw this shop selling mostly discounted men's clothes, which had Levi's and some other Japanese brands. He was off finding goodies inside and I was outside looking through the tiny ladies' section, perusing through these stack of sweatshirts with Disney characters on them (p/s: LOVE) when I saw that one of the Mickeys was wearing glasses. Mickey in GLASSES.

    What are the odds? There I was in the midst of my glasses identity confusion situation when Mickey reached out to me.

    Seriously, I just feel like he did, he really did, and it's like therapy for me and my glasses-wearing self-confidence.


    Wait, does this mean Mickey has been wearing contact lens all these while? Oh gosh.

    Pairing my outfit with this chunky cutout oxfords hybrid I lugged all the way from Bershka in Shibuya and another pair of see-through socksI have a couple more pairs but I've discovered that they're another one of those things that no matter how many of them I have, I would always want more... 




    Official Disney Mickey t-shirt from random store in Asakusa
    H&M burgundy slim pants
    WEGO striped see-through socks
    Bershka chunky cutout oxfords

    17.9.15 .


    When I was 10 years old, my little brother and cousin, both in the year below me at school, started wearing glasses. I would go to school with them and stared enviously at their sunglasses, wishing I had a pair on me, too. A year later I got my wish, and I was probably the one kid that was happy having a pair of glasses (or specs, as we called them) perched on my nose.

    Then one day, in my mid twenties, I looked in the mirror and wished my 10-year-old self's wish never came true.

    You see, I have this love-hate relationship with them. My livelihood depends on them, but I had never fully grown fond of them. I wear glasses on a daily basis and switched to contact lens only when I had an event to go to, when I'm out to see friends and family, or when I'm out on a fancy date with Shah. I might not like glasses much, but I dislike sticking things onto my eyeballs even more; I would come back home from a day out with my contact lens on with my eyeballs feeling dry as dust and practically kiss my glasses gratefully when I take them out of their case. Like I said, love-hate.

    Why don't I like wearing glasses? A few reasonable reasons:
    • They're one extra thing you have to really take care of. Like a pet. Or even a baby. Like, you can't leave your baby lying around on the sofa because a sofa is a place where sit down on, and same goes for your glasses.
    • You can't put on makeup as precise as you'd like. For example, if you apply eyeshadow and think it's already blended out, it's only because you have blurry vision and your eyes send a message to your brain that your eye makeup is already on point. In reality, your eyeshadow actually is still very much unblended.
    • Even when your eye makeup is on fleek, you can't show it off because it's hidden behind your high-index lenses.
    • They leave marks on the bridge of your nose.
    And plenty more reasons where that came from, but I want to touch on one point that I think is most important: I don't think I look good in them.

    I mean, I think I look OK in glasses. I look just fine in them. But I've never put on my glasses and thought to myself, "Hey, I look pretty good right now", or "This might be the best I've ever looked", unlike when I just finished applying mascara or swiping lipstick with my contact lens on (hence, without my glasses on).

    But once in a while, I would ask, "Is it possible I'm just being too harsh on myself?", and "Where did I get this idea that me wearing glasses is not as attractive as me not wearing them?".

    I have no idea. I think so many people look good in glasses but even then I don't see these people enough in them. Is it possible that they have the same idea as I do, that they look less cute in glasses? Is it because we probably don't get enough people to showcase how hotstuff you can look with a pair of glasses on? How many celebrities do you see walking with the red carpet with glasses on? How many bloggers are there who do outfit posts without having their contact lens on?

    Is it possible that glasses are like red lipstick, where we need the beauty and fashion experts telling us in the media and social media that glasses are "in" for glasses to be truly be "in"?

    Whatever it is, lately I've been telling myself these: wearing glasses is a major part of myself. It's what I do on a daily basis. It's how I live.
    And it's a bit of myself that I need to embrace and need to like and need to love. Because there's beauty in all sizes and colours and differences.

    But mostly because I really don't like wearing contact lens.

    So for the past year or so, for my own sake and (extra) self-confidence, I've been on the lookout for glasses-wearers and drawing inspirations from them. Bobbi Brown. Jenna Lyons. Tina Fey. Lupita Nyong'o. Random girls on the street. One girl I saw in Dip 'n Dip Bangsar (who had a cool black-and-white chevron scarf hijab on). 

    Because of all these beauties, I'm starting to really like that glasses-wearing bit of myself.

    I hope that whoever you are, wherever you are, you're learning to love all the bits and pieces that make up you, too!

    16.9.15 .


    Four little cutesy things and two big beauty buys from Tokyo.

    If there is one thing I learned from my Tokyo trips, the makeup and beauty aisles at the local pharmacies / drugstores can be overwhelming; they're just absolutely crammed with products and if you don't speak and read Japanese, chances are you'd either:
    - give up and not buy anything, or
    - buy too many things that you don't need (or even really want later on)

    To have Internet on the go would be the best thing when you're makeup-and-beauty-shopping but I never did have that in Japan (didn't have a proper real need for it, to be honest), so a little pre-study on the best of the best of Japanese beauty things is always necessary for me before I make my my trips to the pharmacies.


    One thing about the makeup scene is Malaysia is we get lots of brands from Japan and Korea, two of the countries with leading makeup industries in Asia, so basically this fact = AWESOME. The four little things I have here are all available in Malaysia (you can find them in Sasa or Watsons), and they are:
    • Canmake Cream Cheek blush in shade 14
    • Heroine Make Long and Curl mascara (Super Waterproof)
    • Heroine Make Mascara Remover
    • Kate Eyebrow Color in BR-1
    If they're all in Malaysia, why did I even bother lugging them all the way from Japan, you ask?

    Well, just like how Zara is cheaper is in its birthcountrythese makeup products are total bargains in Japan! Each of them costs RM10-15 cheaper than its retail price in Malaysia, so I've saved quite a bit there.

    But you can't have everything you want in life, like the time and money to go to Japan whenever you want just to top up your depleted makeup goodies, so at least us Malaysians have the opportunity to re-stock locally!

    Aside from the four little makeup things, I bought a bottle of the infamous (well, it's supposed to be infamous there) Natural Aqua Gel Cure (or is it Cure Natural Aqua Gel...?) and this humongous bottle of Shiseido shampoo as well.

    I might do a review on some of these products so keep your eyes peeled!

    12.9.15 .


    I feel like my fourth trip to Tokyo was the most productive out of all tripsshopping-wise, that isand I have to say this camouflage jacket plays a big part in it.

    It was really hot when we arrived in Tokyo early August but a few days before we were due to leave, the temperature dropped slightly and suddenly layering was already ideal. Shah and I always made full use of our last day in Tokyo by going out from early morning to an hour before our van arrives to take us to the airport, and Tokyo Skytree Tower was the first thing on our itinerary this last day. I had to plan my outfit early as there won't be enough time to change for my flight, which means I would be wearing that outfit for almost 24 hours straight.

    Everybody wants to be comfortable on a long flight; for me, an extra layer usually helps in that department as the cabin can get a little chilly for me, so it was the perfect day for me to throw on this camouflage jacket that I scored from Mitsui Outlet Park Makuhari just days before.


    I loved seeing other girls pulling off camo but I just honestly never really thought it was for methat is, until I spotted a girl on the train on my way to Mitsui Outlet in an army green jacket, and I thought "OK that's one trend I think I'm ready to try". 

    It's kind of funny and weird how these moments make their way into my life, like "Military trend? Oh no, not for me" and in one second I see a cool-looking girl rocking that exact trend in front of me and I'd be like "SOLD".

    I was game for anything army after that moment and, what do you know, it was fate that there was this one lone camo jacket was sitting on a rack amongst a bunch of beigey autumnal coats. Just waiting for me, it seemed. I believe in closet fate a hundred percent, guys. (p/s: Closet fate is a real thing)


    I had the littlest amount of makeup possible with only a little concealer, sheer lipstick and clear eyebrow gel, because the idea of being on a 6-hour flight with makeup layered on my face isn't attractive to me at allI could almost feel my pores clogging up just thinking about it! Comfy is key, guys!



    Under RM150
    Adidas Relace Low sneakers

    Under RM100

    Saloon camo jacket (Mitsui Outlet Park Makuhari)
    Gudetama bag

    Under RM50

    Ciaopanic DouDou pinstripe pants (Mitsui Outlet Park Makuhari)

    9.9.15 .

    It was the day I unintentionally matched my outfit to the cool grey structures of a city and its cloudy sky...


    Guys, I am OBSESSED with this outfit. Shirt, skirt, bag, polka dot socksALL of them.

    I saw the matching stripes in Avan Lily in Shibuya 109, the very same shop where I bought my denim bag in my March Tokyo trip and it was lust at first sightor probably interest at first sight but lust at first touch, because I had to pull them out of the rack to get a proper look at them.

    They were on the sales rack but even if they were selling at retail, I'd still bring these babies home because once I brought them into the fitting room with me and tried them on, I knew it wasn't just lust anymoreit was love. I would even go as far as calling them my dream outfit. Fo realz, guys, which means they're two of the best things I ever bought in Tokyo, if not the two best.

    I never used to be a fan of matchy-matchy, especially from shoulders to toe but I figured that somewhere and sometime along my trips in Tokyo, I must have caught the matchy-matchy bug from the locals. The sheer number of well-dressed women who had on a two-piece summer suit in Shibuya and Omotesando was enough to convinced me 'match is best'.

    These shirt and skirt are definite gems in my closet now, and the fact that they're from Tokyo makes them even more precious to me.


    By the way, those sockshonestly, I need more of those. MORE.


    Under RM150
    Avan Lily striped shirt (similar here)
    Avan Lily striped skirt (similar here)

    Under RM100
    Glass Line black sling bag from Yaesu mall

    Under RM50
    Cotton On red white polka dots sneakers
    See-through polka dots socks from random shop near Shibuya 109