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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.) [+]
    27.11.15 .

    It's weird. Most people are excited to wear their new clothes immediately but me, no. I like to see them getting comfortable in their new "home" first. I'd buy a pair of pants or a top and let it chill in my closet, and a year after that I'd be like "Ah, NOW is the perfect time to wear this!"

    I bought this floral bomber jacket ages ago; I thought it was the coolest thing, especially because the floral motifs consisted largely of hibiscus, our national flower. Just like this donut sweater, it was the first and last of its kind I've seen in H&M. Then again, I don't exactly scan the entire store whenever I'm window-shopping (Window-shopping, shopping. Tomayto, tomahto). It's one size bigger than my usual size, which is just how I like my jacketa little loose and baggy.



    I really wanted to wear this jacket but the time never felt right. That is, until I went to Tokyo back in August, when I thought it was the right time to finally have it on. But it was the end of summer, when it was just too hot and dry for this jacket, as it turned out. But now I'm back again in Tokyo, where the autumn chill is just calling out for it!

    This was in Shinjuku, near the Godzilla head; I was a bit bummed about not being able to go up the building to check out the head up close, but we were losing daylight and it wasn't the best time to ooh and aah over a godzilla's head.






    Shah and I are on this Adidas kick at the moment, especially because they're sponsoring Manchester United now, who is Shah's favourite football team. You'll probably be seeing loads of Adidas shoes here in this space, so let me just notify in advance. These Adidas high-top wedge sneakers were a recent buy from an Adidas outlet, and, you guys, they're THE most comfortable wedges I've ever owned. And those faux pony hair is so kitsch, guys! Who woulda thunk it, that I'd be OK with faux hair on my shoes?



    H&M floral bomber jacket
    Zara black sweater
    Pimkie slim jeans
    Adidas high-top wedge sneakers

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    27.11.15 .

    It's weird. Most people are excited to wear their new clothes immediately but me, no. I like to see them getting comfortable in their new "home" first. I'd buy a pair of pants or a top and let it chill in my closet, and a year after that I'd be like "Ah, NOW is the perfect time to wear this!"

    I bought this floral bomber jacket ages ago; I thought it was the coolest thing, especially because the floral motifs consisted largely of hibiscus, our national flower. Just like this donut sweater, it was the first and last of its kind I've seen in H&M. Then again, I don't exactly scan the entire store whenever I'm window-shopping (Window-shopping, shopping. Tomayto, tomahto). It's one size bigger than my usual size, which is just how I like my jacketa little loose and baggy.



    I really wanted to wear this jacket but the time never felt right. That is, until I went to Tokyo back in August, when I thought it was the right time to finally have it on. But it was the end of summer, when it was just too hot and dry for this jacket, as it turned out. But now I'm back again in Tokyo, where the autumn chill is just calling out for it!

    This was in Shinjuku, near the Godzilla head; I was a bit bummed about not being able to go up the building to check out the head up close, but we were losing daylight and it wasn't the best time to ooh and aah over a godzilla's head.






    Shah and I are on this Adidas kick at the moment, especially because they're sponsoring Manchester United now, who is Shah's favourite football team. You'll probably be seeing loads of Adidas shoes here in this space, so let me just notify in advance. These Adidas high-top wedge sneakers were a recent buy from an Adidas outlet, and, you guys, they're THE most comfortable wedges I've ever owned. And those faux pony hair is so kitsch, guys! Who woulda thunk it, that I'd be OK with faux hair on my shoes?



    H&M floral bomber jacket
    Zara black sweater
    Pimkie slim jeans
    Adidas high-top wedge sneakers

    24.11.15 .

    I found this Mango "Are You Ready?" sweater to be a little ironically funny, considering it's the one question I used to get asked a lot as I'm getting ready when I was a teenager living at my family's house - usually in a frustrating tone.

    . . . . . . .

    I have news. It's bad news for me but it might be just a neutral one for you: my laptop died on me. I'm in Tokyo with a load of work to get done and my laptop is like "No, I'm done." What.

    It's alright. I'm heavily relying on my iPad, so it's all good. And you can't do work on iPad. You just can't, it's just good for checking emails and Instagram and Facebook and that sort of thing. That's it.

    I'm OK though. I'm OK. I think. But it just means that I'll be blogging less than usual, which is probably appropriate since I'm supposed to be enjoying Tokyo anyway!

    So about this outfit. My favourite two colours currently happen to be dark emerald green and yellow mustard so this sweater was like meant to be. In my closet, that is.



    I wanted to just throw on a pair of jeans and be done with it but that's like taking the fun out of dressing up, so I paired the sweater with this draped striped pants instead. For RM 59 a pop (serious) I reeeaaallyyyyyyy should have bought three more pairs.

    Do you guys know how hard it was for me to track down a pair of white Adidas Superstar? It is SO HARD to find a proper female Superstar pair these days. The ones that are in stores are all the men's designs. It's a mystery. On a side note, I am so glad they're re- stocking Stan Smiths for ladies!



    Seriously into dark plumy lipstick shades now. Autumn <3.


    MNG sweater
    Draped striped pants from random store, Berjaya Tomes Square
    Adidas Superstar shoes
    Bucket bag from random stall, Atria bazaar

    21.11.15 .

    There have been many, many times when I stood in front of my closet and declared, "OK, I have nothing to wear."

    Obviously this is just an exclamation for dramatic effect (and to fish for an opportunity for another shopping spree from Shah) but we all know that that isn't true; it's always simply the case of me being unadventurous with the choices that are hanging in my wardrobe.

    So, once in a while I try to mix it up a little bit and stray from my usual top and jeans combo, like on this day when I made use of the two of my lesser worn items: a zebra print kimono cardigan and a black jumpsuit.




    I'm really into belting outerwear at the waist at the moment (like in this outfit). The only problem is I don't find many waist belts that I like. This particular leopard print waist belt was a find about four years ago; it was a time when I thought waist belts would never work on my pear-shaped body, but I literally changed my mind on that with this belt.

    By the way, guys, this faux leather bucket bag with the red suede lining? It cost me a freakin' RM 29. Like, what whattt. I scored it at a random bazaar in Atria a couple of weekends ago, and I honestly felt like asking the seller "Are you sure? RM 29? You could sell it for more you know".







    Topping off everything with these fierce not-made-for-walking cutout peep-toed booties I got from Zalora, by the brand Something Borrowed. Did I mention they're not made for walking? To wear to a dinner date with an entrance twenty meters from where you park your car, sure thing. Strutting up and down a street for taking photos, why not? But not for walking, guys, not for walking.


    H&M zebra print kimono cardihan
    H&M black jumpsuit
    Something Borrowed cutout peep toed booties
    Bucket bag from random stall at a bazaar

    19.11.15 .

    I can't believe it, I'm back in Tokyo, guys.

    SUPER happy to be back here! I arrived yesterday but was a little jet-lagged. Tokyo is actually only an hour ahead of Malaysia but the downside of taking the plane during my normal sleeping hours is I don't get to properly sleep. You could chuck me in business class, economy class, perhaps even first class (never been in this class...yet)sleeping for 4-5 straight hours just never worked for me.

    But it doesn't matter, because I got a good night's sleep last night and I am in Tokeeeeyooooooooooooo.



    I do have a bit of a concern, though; my laptop, which is 8 years old, is in danger of dying out on me. But, well, let's just hope it doesn't...

    In the meantime, follow me on my Instagram @theliyanaaris for my Tokyo 4x4 updates!

    17.11.15 .



    So I can be a complete sucker for kitschy prints, can you tell? Seriously, the only reason I bought this top was because of those donuts print. 

    I spotted this sweater on H&M sale racks late last year and it was the last piece (and the first!) of donut-sweater-goodness I had seen in any H&M store at that time. I didn't even care for the fit or anything, can you believe that? Sucker, I'm telling you.

    It was on sale for like RM40 (!) but I think if I had seen this in the store earlier on when it just came in, I would've probably still grabbed it and went to the cashier straight away and only found out the price thenand would still happily paid for it.

    As much as I didn't care if it fitted right, well, thankfully it did!

    It felt like my outfit of the day couldn't decide if it wanted to be cheery or moody, what with all the black but then it's like "Oh wait a minute what's with those pinks and purples". Instead of my usual sweater-and-jeans route, I dressed up the donuts a bit with a flared skirt, my little purple zebra sling bag and my crazy pink Timberland boots, which I still can't believe I own.




    I mean, guys, look at how pink they are. They're legit Barbie pink. I gotta say, they make me feel a little like a hijabi Barbie.

    Which sounds like it has a nice ring to it. Mmm. I might just start calling myself that from now on...


    H&M donut print sweater
    Mango skirt
    Timberland pink boots
    Guess zebra print sling bag

    14.11.15 .


    Nope, I did not visit the US of A recently, I wish! These were all brought back to me by Shah, who had a meeting there (lucky him). I decided not to go because it didn't make sense for us to pay so much for the pricey flight ticket just for me to spend a couple of days there. That being said, I did ask for something(s) in return...

    I originally requested makeup products from H&M as we don't get those here (total travesty) but unfortunately Shah didn't come across a single H&M during his time there (this is a travesty as well). But there was one day when he was totally jet-lagged and ended up at Taco Bell at midnight and made his way to Walmart right after. I was like, "There are like a gazillion makeup products in Walmart, why didn't I think of Walmart?"

    I went into Walmart's website and, trust me, I wanted everything. But I'm pretty good at compromising (oh hi Shah, sure, we can agree to disagree) so I listed down the things that I wanted more than others and just hoped that Shah could locate most of themand he actually did pretty well!




    I never owned anything from Covergirl so I'm happy Shah got me a little Covergirl palette, but I am SUPER STOKED about the Covergirl Star Wars mascara (!!!).

    The product that I'm most excited about is actually the Revlon Colorstay foundation for Combination/Oily skin in shade 360 Golden Caramel. I happen to LOVE Revlon Colorstay foundation. This foundation range is available in every city I've ever been toand I think that I've been to quite a fewbut for some reason the shade 360 Golden Caramel is NOT sold in any of them.

    Which is a little confusing to be honest, because I see people whose skin tone is similar to mine here in Malaysia like every day, so, maybe Revlon should launch another in-depth study on which shades would sell here? All this is entirely my own personal, non-professional opinion, of course.



    By the way, do you guys own any of the products in the photos here? Let me know how well they fare if you do.

    12.11.15 .


    So about nine weeks ago (Instagram-time) I saw a sneak peek of this bold printed fabric on my Instagram feedposted by the brand Covered By Sipi Alidrus, who's also the brand responsible for this super cool space-age shawland I immediately thought "OK whatever that's going to turn out to be, it should belong in my closet".

    Fast forwarded a few weeks and they unveiled this long cardigan, and, I mean, look at it... Uhbsessed, guys.


    I'm always looking for a piece of clothing that's a little different, that has that something special about it, and I love how this cardigan fits the bill. I was wearing a simple black t-shirt and plain black jeans with Adidas trainers on, but the moment I added this printed Hanaa cardigan, my whole look was instantly transformed and elevated onto a whole other level.


    By the way, this clutchyou in? You hatin'? Because I'm kind of weirdly seriously into it.


    So, about this badass Hanaa cardigan; it's priced at RM 115 at the moment but use this code: LIYANA15 when you're getting your very own Hanaa cardigan from Covered By Sipi Alidrus and you'll automatically get a sweet 15% off!
    This Hanaa cardigan comes in different colours and also in tie-dyed prints, which you can check out at their official Instagram page @coveredbysipi.

    The code LIYANA15 is applicable to ALL of their Hanaa cardigans!

    Whatsapp or message the Covered team at this number: +6012-6237713 and place your order (or orders, your call, they've got other cute stuff too!) and simply type something like "I want to use the code LIYANA15 to get my 15% off!" when you're ordering, or you could just literally type "LIYANA15" and still get your discount!

    This code is valid until the end of November, guys, but I was told they have less than 40 pieces of Hanaa cardigan, so, maybe hurry up and get it real soon?


    Zara t-shirt
    Pimkie slim jeans
    Covered By Sipi Alidrus Hanaa cardigan
    Adidas trainers
    Chelsea (Laforet Harajuku) chewing gum clutch

    10.11.15 .

    For someone who has a virtual space to document her daily outfits (no, wait, weekendly outfits?), I find that it is such a waste when I dress up all cute but couldn't find a window of opportunity to take proper photos of my outfit.

    Like on this day:


    We can agree to disagree on the "all cute" part, no worries.

    The thing is, I had a less than stellar week last week. I was down with a cold and was woozy all the time as a result of my taking medication for it, and that in turn resulted in my lack of participation in social media and lack of interesting entries here on Affordorable. I just couldn't muster up the energy to pose for multiple photos, or sit down in front of my laptop and edit things. The thing is, though, I always feel guilty whenever I leave my blog silent for too long...

    These photos were taken on Saturday using my iPhone, the day of my nephew's kindergarten concert. I'm one of those crazy doting aunties so even with a cold, I was game for watching cute kids re-enact scenes from Cinderella, Beauty & the Beast and Snow White (Note: My nephew played a reindeer in Snow White, SO CUTE).

    I'm still not feeling a hundred percent unfortunately, but I feel much, MUCH better now, so more posts coming this way soon! xxoo



    Emerald green peplum top from random stall, Berjaya Times Square
    Teetoo palazzo pants
    Kate Spade wicker camera sling bag

    8.11.15 .


    You know what, I have very little yellow in my closet. Very little. I'm starting to think that it's not enough. Like, some topping off is needed. Pronto.

    I remember walking along the narrow "streets" of Asian Avenue in Sunway Pyramid years and years ago, when I was exclusively into independent brands. Well, I'm using the term "independent brands" loosely here; I was simply not into big brands back then, not even high street oneswe didn't have H&M back then and Zara and Pull & Bear were too pricey for me. I would scout for these little stalls which were and still are ubiquitous in bazaars around KL/PJ area, or tiny shops that stock one-off things flown in from around Asia, usually from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea and Japan. 

    I still explore the same kind of vendorsactually I literally just bought a dress, a top and a bucket bag from pop-up stalls in Atria today, but more on those in later posts!but nowadays I just prefer high street clothings, which undeniably have greater quality and are better in terms of longevity.


    Anyway, rewinding back to that day in Sunway Pyramid, this yellow top was one of my scores, which no doubt cost less than RM 100. I'm a complete sucker for mustard at the moment but back then yellow was not a colour that I thought belong in my closet. When I saw this top however, I took a liking to its charming tied-at-the-waist ribbon idea, so I decided to open up my mind to the bright neon yellow colourby the way, trust me, the camera does not pick up the neon-ness very well. It's still a neon that I could handle though, no issue!

    Back to the future (this term is still fresh on my mind) and I'm making full use of it with my most favouritest bestest songket printed sarong!



    Asian Avenue top
    Bhaju songket print sarong
    Nuovo chunky gladiator sandals, from Tokyo


    PS: I've been feeling under the weather these past few days, hence the short break from blogging (and Instagramming). Thanks for coming back and reading this, guys! xxoo
    3.11.15 .


    Happy Birthday to the Picnic Table and the Simply Sandwiches team!

    I can't believe it has been exactly a year since I attended their launch party on Halloween day last year! It didn't feel that long ago, somehow.

    I was a little late this year to the party, which started in the early morning with an emcee and all the food bloggers around, but better late than never, right guys? I still immensely enjoyed my day there! I probably enjoyed it a little too much, because I literally stayed the whole day there. I mean, girl can't say no to the flow of free food and drinks, can she?



    Their salted caramel brownies have been their best-seller dessert for the past year, to nobody's surprise. Tip: Ask their staff to heat them up for you so they go all gooey and extra delish!


    The thing that I love most about The Picnic Table is the ambience; I always find myself hanging out there for hours at a time. Evidently loads of people agree with me on this as TPT is also usually booked every weekend for private parties for a few hours per day.
    Aside from the ambience, the fact that they serve tasty, healthy food is also a HUGE plus point for me.

    My favourite dish there was originally the meatballs spaghetti but TPT recently released two new dishes: soft-shell crab pasta and soft-shell crab sandwich. I haven't tried the sandwich version but since I happen to be a sucker for soft-shell crab, I take forever to order when I'm there, going back and forth between the different options, trying to decide which to get. It's tough, but it's also good, guys.
    I also tried their vegetarian pesto pasta on this anniversary day of theirs and I LOVED it.

    As for drinks, if you're a tea lover like I am I would suggest the apple tea, but if you're into lattes, how about trying their peanut butter latte? I'm always ordering their infused water too as I like the hint of fruitiness in it but since I like my drinks at least a little hotter than room temperature, I always ask for the warm version instead of the usual iced one.

    They're always game for me customizing my order, so don't be afraid to share with them about your personal preferences!

    The updated menu:


    I didn't get to take any photo of the main courses because people kept digging into them, plus most of the food was gone, so I couldn't snap a proper pretty one! But, of course, it only meant that the event must have ended on a positive note for them, so good for TPT!

    Check out The Picnic Table by Simply Sandwiches in Kota Damansara, guys! Scroll down to the bottom of my post The Picnic Table by Simply Sandwiches for more info on how to get there and how to contact them.


    *photos taken using iPhone 5s

    1.11.15 .


    OK, so, I like this liquid lipstick. I really, really like it. But then there are a couple of cons, and they are:
    • In my head now ---> "Oh great this is JUST grrreeeattt now I have to get the other two shades." (PS: This is a con in my case.) (PPS: Malaysia only gets three shades out of the full five, if I'm not mistaken.)
    • This liquid does NOT like to come off your lips. Not at all, girls.
    Since I said I really like this lipstick, I also want it to just win, basically, so I've got to list down some pros now just to outweigh the cons:
    • They are affordable.
    • They look adorable.
    • Hence, they are affordorable.
    • It doesn't come off your lips.
    It's funny how one thing can be the pro AND the con, isn't it? Life is made interesting because of that, I feel.

    I've been showering Japanese makeup products with so much love that I feel it's time to expand my makeup horizon just a little bit, and what better way to do that than trying on some Korean makeup products? 


    I spotted the brand Peripera at Watsons and was immediately drawn to its cutesy, kitschy design. So cute, guys, I mean, look at that wide-eyed dolled up girl on the bottle and tube! I've heard great things about the quality of Korean makeup so I immediately swatched Peri's Ink in shade 5 on my hand with its lipgloss-like applicator, which came out as this strong, very pigmented and pretty pinky-red shade. Loved the colour and texture, so bought the lipstick.

    Normally when I swatch lipsticks on my hand in a store, I'd wipe it off with a tissue and it would smudge off right away; if the lipstick has particularly good pigmentation, a wet wipe or a makeup-removing wipe would do the trick. 

    Well, that did not happen with this ink; I went home and used my best makeup wipe to get rid of it and about 30% of it would NOT budge. Took me a day and half of eating and drinking just to get it completely off. (Note: Eating and drinking help. A lot.)

    So THAT explains why they sell Peri's Ink remover... I finally (and wisely) got the remover and put the Peri's Ink lipstick on again just to test out the ink remover, which you're supposed to squeeze out on your finger and buff all over your lipsbut even then, about 5% of the ink haloed my lips still.

    All in all, like I said, I really like this lipstick. This is my first ever liquid lipstickand my first Korean lipstick!and I have to say it's a really good one. Love the bright colour with the slight sheen finish. 
    But just don't forget to grab a tube of the ink remover if you decide to buy a bottle of Peri's Ink!

    I'm quite a practical person when it comes to makeup but I'm willing to endure the frustration of not getting it off just for Peripera's vibrant hues!