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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.) [+]
    28.10.15 .


    Sincerely hoping someone got my reference to Lana Del Ray's song in the post title here...

    So ahmm I can't seem to stop wearing these jeans, but it's OK, because you guys know how hard it is to find a good pair of slouchy girl's boyfriend jeans, right? Right. It's like, can't stop won't stop with these jeans for me, right now. 

    I have to stop documenting all my OOTDs that incorporated these jeans because as much as I love them, I don't really want people to think I don't own any other pantsor worse, that I don't ever wash them.


    I have yet to find a good ol' oversized white shirt from the ladies' section to accommodate my slouchy needsI have plenty of unfulfilled slouchy fashion needs, by the wayso I'm still sticking with this one oversized white shirt that I own from the men's side in Seed.


    Can't stop won't stop with these double strap monk shoes and polka-dot see-through socks either. Man I need more of them (the socks, I mean, but I'd always want more shoes).



    Seed white shirt (men; worn with slim jeans here)
    Bershka boyfriend jeans (worn with tied crop-top here)
    WeGo socks (worn with chunky gladiators here and with polka-dot sneakers here)
    Aldo monk shoes

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    28.10.15 .


    Sincerely hoping someone got my reference to Lana Del Ray's song in the post title here...

    So ahmm I can't seem to stop wearing these jeans, but it's OK, because you guys know how hard it is to find a good pair of slouchy girl's boyfriend jeans, right? Right. It's like, can't stop won't stop with these jeans for me, right now. 

    I have to stop documenting all my OOTDs that incorporated these jeans because as much as I love them, I don't really want people to think I don't own any other pantsor worse, that I don't ever wash them.


    I have yet to find a good ol' oversized white shirt from the ladies' section to accommodate my slouchy needsI have plenty of unfulfilled slouchy fashion needs, by the wayso I'm still sticking with this one oversized white shirt that I own from the men's side in Seed.


    Can't stop won't stop with these double strap monk shoes and polka-dot see-through socks either. Man I need more of them (the socks, I mean, but I'd always want more shoes).



    Seed white shirt (men; worn with slim jeans here)
    Bershka boyfriend jeans (worn with tied crop-top here)
    WeGo socks (worn with chunky gladiators here and with polka-dot sneakers here)
    Aldo monk shoes

    26.10.15 .


    When this bag first came into the stores, I could not stop looking at it. I have this affinity for anything lips (seen hereherehere, and here) so while the bag is admittedly not particularly the cutest or the prettiest I've ever seen, it IS in the shape of lips. Just on that basis, I feel like it was a necessary addition to my collection of lips-related stuff. I mean, you guys get me, don't you?

    The bag however wasn't getting the love from the different people I went shopping with, so I decided to appease the crowd and wait. When the bag went on sale for RM40less than half of its retail price of RM99, let me just put that out therewell, what's a girl got to do other than giving one bag a good home?

    And, hey, good things at a discounted price come to those who wait, and all of that.


    I usually wear these high-top Levi's sneakers as they are, like this and this (wearing another one of my lips-print scarf here too) but I just thought to give them an even fresher more casual look by folding down the high parts.



    Bershka blazer
    Cotton On Beetlejuice t-shirt (men's)
    H&M slim jeans (men's)
    H&M lips sling bag
    Lovisa red chunky ring

    23.10.15 .


    Alright, OK, I'm late in the acrylic game, I know it. 

    I've always stored all of my makeup products in this big structured portable makeup bag, the kind that makeup artists bring on their job. It's very convenient for me because as weird (and odd) as this might sound, I don't own a dressing table to house all of my imaginary acrylic makeup organizers, like so many makeup-obsessed people do.
    (PS: You can find these people on Instagram, and about 80% are probably beauty bloggers, too.)
    (PPS: Well, the makeup organizers don't have to be acrylic...)

    Our bedroom has all the necessities but aside from two clothes rack and a lush zebra rug, it's still pretty emptyit's just screaming for a huge gorgeous dressing table (and a cute loveseat, an elegant wardobe and perhaps a TV set, too. And maybe a new bedroom set.).

    But until then, with my medium-sized makeup bag overflowing with lipstick tubes, this little acrylic box with four little compartments that I found in the local Daiso would do. Plus, it makes reaching for a specific lipstick so much faster, as I don't have to rummage around for 30 seconds before I find the exact tube that I want!



    Real question: Where exactly does one get an acrylic makeup organizer?

    21.10.15 .


    It's October 21, 2015, guys. The future has FINALLY arrived.


    I think 99% of urban kids of my generation must have watched the trilogy of Back To The Future; it's totally iconic and helped shape the future. Which is NOW, obviously. 

    (Note: Statistic is not based on any study, but purely intuition.)

    This t-shirt isn't mine, actually; I bought it in Uniqlo Tokyo for my big brother. Last night at 11:14pm, I called him and said "I'm coming to borrow your 'Back To The Future' t-shirt, I'll return it tomorrow", and he said, "It's late, why don't you come tomorrow" but then I said, "No, tomorrow is no good, because tomorrow is already the future."

    OK, well, the conversation didn't go exactly like that (especially the last part) but it was pretty close. I insisted on coming anyway, just so that I could wake up on the 21st of October and put the t-shirt on. This event is only once in a lifetime, peeps.

    4:29pm Malaysia time UCT/GMT +8 has passed, but the REAL event is not here yet: Doc Brown and Marty McFly will be arriving into the real future in exactly 12 hours and 24 minutesfrom the time I hit the "Publish" button for this post!


    Doing a little reminiscing of my own with these photos from my trip to Universal Studios Japan, taking the Back To The Future ride at their 'Institute of Future Technology':


    18.10.15 .


    I went to a birthday party at a fire station last weekend, guys. A fire station! It was two hours away from where I lived so I had to wear something comfortable for the day trip there. 

    I just realised I had the same denim shirt and jeans on in this post, taken last year, but, well, it IS a super comfy combo, plus it's the easiest route to the denim-on-denim trend: just put together denims that match in colour and texture.

    I'd brought my camera with me on the trip so I thought I might as well take a couple of photos. I just wished I had taken more photos of the fire station and the party, though, my bad.


    I said in my Instagram that I'm seriously considering having my next birthday party there, but I should probably find out if they have a ready-made firefighter outfit in my size first...


    Cotton On denim shirt
    Mango slim jeans
    Levi's sneakers

    14.10.15 .


    First of all, let me clarify this: Malaysia does not experience autumn. No, I wish. We have two seasons all year round, and they are: (1) hot and humid, and (2) hot and humid.

    Wait that's one. Right, sorry, my bad, it's just one then. But we do get a little rain now and then, so thumbs up emoji.

    That being said, I've transitioned into autumn plenty of times in my life, having lived in New Zealand, Paris and Tokyo, so I feel like it's pretty fair game for me to talk about transitional autumn lipsticks (can agree to disagree).

    I've always had an affinity for Revlon lipsticks ever since I started liking makeup. Basically, I collect Revlon Super Lustrous lipsticks like how people collect MAC lipsticks. I don't know, I think it has a lot to do with the fact that I go to the pharmacies way more times than I go to MAC, so it's a lot easier for me to grab whatever's in front of me. In your sight, in your mind, I suppose...? (Plus Revlon lipsticks are almost half the price of MAC's, so.)

    I've had strong favourites from the Super Lustrous range including Fire & IceRose Velvet and Fleshtone, and I think Rum Raisin is joining the ranks. The two lipsticks appear the same in their tube but they're really different on my lips. Even though Berry Rich photographs better on me, Rum Raisin is this earthy brown tone that makes me feel like, "Alright alright alright I'm ready to GO" whenever I have it on. 

    Berry Rich is the autumnal version of Rose Velvet, which is my most versatile Super Lustrous colour. With its sweet purple-y mauve-y shade, I actually think it'll work just like Rose Velvet for me: perfect for the lips AND cheeks (like this).

    12.10.15 .


    Just another casual weekend strolling in the city, you know it.

    OK no just jokes; I took ages to dress up, surprise surprise. But anyway. Seriously, guys, I am obsessed with these shoes. Which is funny because I would have never ever ever considered anything too chunky. Before I went to Tokyo, that is. I don't know what's in the air in Tokyo but something changed my game there.

    Oh alright, what's the point, I know there's nothing in the air there. But there's a whole lot of something in the streets there, and that something is chunky sandals. 


    Those girls in Tokyo, they can sell me anything, I think, and I'm already sucker enough as I was before my trip there.

    Did I mention that there was A LOT of chunky sandals worn with socks in Tokyo? Must have forgotten to mention that. I'm too chic(ken) to pairs socks with open-toed sandals but I'd still like to dip my toes into the trend with these see-through polka dot socks (the same ones I wore here).

    'Dip my toes'that's almost literal here, somewhat, since these sandals really are open-toed, but since my toes are covered by the opaque front of the socks, an illusion is made, and you'd think the shoes came looking that way.


    I don't know about you, but I think it's really fascinating how a trend can be loathed in one fashionable part of the world and at the same time coveted in a different trend part on the same planet.

    About the top part of my outfit, I've been wanting to belt this blazer for the longest time but it always felt wrong. Somehow miraculously I tried it out again on this day and it just made sense...


    Bershka blazer
    H&M black t-shirt
    Pull & Bear boyfriend jeans (that I bought in two sizes smaller so it doesn't look 'boyfriend' anymore)
    Nuovo chunky sandals

    11.10.15 .


    The two-ingredient banana pancakes resemble Asia's "lempeng pisang" more than anything (we have more than two ingredients though) but hey it's a recipe worth giving a go if someone says it's good enough for dinner! And the three-ingredient Japanese Cheesecake? I mean, dayummm.

    Totally not saying I'm the most perfect traveller ever but I usually try my best to hold on to this mantra: don't do to other people what you don't want them to do to you.
    Also, if you're obviously not Italian and have a distinctive accent from a certain country, hence clearly a tourist yourself, don't stand outside a restaurant in Venice, Italy that's filled with people and claim loudly, "This looks like a tourist place. Come on, let's go." Nu-uh, gurlll. (True story; not sure if I'll ever get over this girl)

    Pin away, peeps.

    I genuinely like Rachel Zoe's style AND I legit use Downy in every laundry I do (their fabric softener in the light blue bottle and pink cap has the BEST smell) so I think a Rachel Zoe-Downy collab is top notch!

    I learned an amazing trick from this article, which you can see in my recent post here.

    Dreaming of the day when I have every single one of these lining up in my makeup bag, just waiting for me...

    I personally love looking at swatches and oohing and aahing over them so this post is right up my alley.

    9.10.15 .


    My skin has thankfully been kind enough lately; I no longer experience the nasty breakouts that used to feed drama to my early 20s years. That being said, I still get nasty spots here and there which would spawn those annoying lingering scars. 

    The worst part is when a breakout is just starting to dry out, which makes the skin texture on the spot get all crinkly and bumpy; no matter how much concealer I put, by the end of the first hour, a ring of concentrated concealer would form around that it. (Question: Does this ever happen to you?).

    So I have to say I am so grateful for beauty articles like this one from Glamour.com because I actually learn a genuinely useful tip from it. I've been applying the tip to this particularly annoying, grainy little dark spot on the right side of my face for the past two weeks. 
    And you know what, it actually works, guys. Seriously.

    Here's how to do it:

    1. Squeeze out the tiniest bit of Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion onto your ring finger.
    2. Dab evenly on the naughty spot until it "disappears" onto the skin.
    3. Dip a cotton bud into your concealer tub; I don't like dipping my finer into the tub straight for sanitary reasons (or if your concealer is liquid and in a tube, make do with your own method of application).
    4. Apply onto the spot and pat gently using your ring finger, making sure the edges are buffed out.

    I tried out this method at my friend's wedding and the concealer lasted on me from early morning till very late afternoon, which is a rare occurence for me (Fact: Malaysia is super hot and humid so any makeup WILL slide around on your face). What I did was to do steps 1-2 on my bare-of-any-makeup, well-moisturised face, proceeded to apply foundation all over my face, repeat steps 1-2 again, then continue with steps 3 and 4. This way the foundation AND the concealer that were applied on top of the spot would slide around a lot less than usual.

    I only own this one eye primerI LOVE this Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potionbut I'd say feel free to try this tip with any other eye primer.

    Got a particularly stubborn breakout that needs some major concealing? Seriously, give this a go.

    7.10.15 .

    [Say wicker-camera cheese!]


    I feel like it's been ages since I came back from Tokyo. I mean, two months can hardly be considered as "ages" but, it just feels that way. What can I say, I'm a professional wanderluster.

    It was late in August and such a gorgeous hot day out. It's sort of given, isn't it, that when you're in a foreign place for a really long time, and that place has rivers, you gotta try one of its cruises? Or is it just me being a travel geek here? I don't even know. So that was what Shah and I set out to do on that day with the Sumida River Cruise. 

    We managed to snag tickets for the last boat ride on that day, at 5:30pm. With about one hour to kill, we went around the area and snap all these photos, and I got Shah to capture one of the best photos I've ever taken in Tokyo (and THE best encounter with locals I've ever had), which is down below somewhere, which means you have to click on the "KEEP READING" button if you're at my blog's main page...

    [Spying on this man gorgeously sketching the view]

    I was fascinated by the group of girl in their bright floral summer yukata, taking selfies and talking and laughing with each other. Shah asked, "Why don't you ask for a picture with them?" and I said, "Why don't you ask for me?" because for some reason I was being such a wuss that day. So Shah did, and here is my favourite:

    Let's be honest, it's probably my favourite because when I got up from my seat to take this photo, the girls immediately came over and smilingly said to me "Kawaii! Kawaii desuyo!" while touching my red dress. The cynical in me thinks it's just the dress that they find kawaii but the optimist (and perhaps vanity?) in me totally agrees it's really me who they think is kawaii. 
    Either way, getting a 'kawaii' compliment from the locals is always, always a huge plus, be it on your bag or dress or face.
    These girls ended up being the flavour of the moment after that because other tourists were starting to ask for photos too, which I think would feel really awesome if it happens to my girls and I in our home country, if we were walking around in our traditional wear.

    [Summer giant bugs (crickets?) that made the loudest krik krik known to mankindfelt really lucky to spot one, but all thanks to the curious photographer who went snooping under this tree]

    [Summertime madness]

    [Meow]

    Check out my other Tokyo little photo diaries from August!

    5.10.15 .

    I definitely caught the stripes bug in Tokyo back in May; it was like instead of painting the town red, the super trendy locals of Tokyo had painted the town...stripes? OK that doesn't sound right, but I think you guys know I mean. 

    I got so into the whole striped trend that my August-September lookbook became ALLABOUTIT.


    For all I know this top really was a pajama topI wouldn't have known (or even cared to be honest) as I had found this striped gem at Kinji Used Clothing in Omotesando, a shop that's a mishmash of second hand and vintage clothings and accessories that are free to be interpreted however you wish.

    I'd never thought to pair palazzo pants with a strong top such as this one but, I don't know, it seems to work here. Topping off the outfit with Adidas Neo and adding a couple of rings plus my new chunky black round ring that I'm kind of obsessed with now.



    Striped top from Kinji Used Clothing
    H&M black taselled palazzo pants
    Adidas Neo (men)
    Lovisa chunky round ring


    Check out my previous outfit post: Army Green + Red Lips

    3.10.15 .


    Honestly, I think L'oreal True Match foundation is a real drugstore gem. But, let's just say there is a 'but'... (or two or more).

    When I purchased L'oreal True Match in N7 Nude Amber about two weeks ago, I genuinely thought I have never, ever tried it out. Sure, I remember having tested L'oreal True Match foundation in shade W7 (you could read about that one here) back in Paris, but not shade N7. So, two weeks ago, I somehow managed to convince myself to try out True Match again, but this time in shade N7 Nude Amber (must be from the "This is it, THIS is the right colour" pep talk I gave myself. Plus, the makeup people at NTV7 seem to use this foundation for talk shows' guests!).

    But as fate had it, I found a big bag full of old makeup in my guest bedroom literally yesterday and L'oreal True Match foundation in shade N7 Nude Amber was in that bag. Then I remember having tried it out. Sad thing is, I even wrote a short review on N7 but had completely forgotten all about it.

    But, oh well, that's life, I suppose.

    Having tried out both shade N7 and W7 and coming up with a subpar review for both of them, you would think that I would be disheartened from ever touching a bottle of True Match foundation again, but I'm surprising myself: I still really like this foundation, and I'll tell you the whole story using my 'The Good vs The Bad' list.


    The Good
    • Semi-matte / semi-dewy (can't decide which)
    • Medium coverage (make concealer your best friend)
    • Smooth finish
    • Evens out skin
    • Natural finish
    • Affordable (retails for RM59.90 but I scored this at RM35.90!)
    The Bad
    • Turns ashy on me
    • Oxidises with time

    I have oily / combination skin, and even though my face gets oily after a few hours (it does that with ALL foundations), I'd just blot away and my skin would still look just as even as when I first applied it. The fact that the foundation is semi-matte / semi-dewy and provides medium coverage might be cons for some people but those are brownie points for me. 

    I just really wish that True Match wouldn't come with that ashy side effect because it would have been a real winner for me otherwise. I had my Bourjois chocolate bronzer in 52 in the photo above along my cheekbones and those parts were where my skin look most natural, which makes me think that I need a 'warmer' shade to suit me. But all in all, I would still put this foundation on once in a while, maybe in a less important event or a casual day / night out, as I seriously love the smooth finish of it.

    Both N7 and W7 shades could very well be the wrong shades for me though, which might explain the ashy look. That being said, N7 is a much better match for me than W7.
    And with that being said, I'm game for trying out W6except that shade isn't available in Malaysia as far as I know. That might be a good thing, because it seems as if I'm unstoppable when it comes to True Match...