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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.) [+]
    30.12.15 .



    I was a sucker for polka dots back in the days, but apparently not much has changed since "back in the days", but, really, this particular head-to-toe dots-filled outfit just has a lot to do with my perpetual crush on Pharrell Williams, which started back in 2004 when I was listening to N.E.R.D's 'Maybe' and 'She Wants To Move' non-stop.

    Does anyone else remembers Pharrell's Ice Cream shoes? If you don't, or never heard of them (which is OK, it was ages ago), they're like the inferior version of these. I wanted them SO BAD when they first came outonly because they were Pharrell'sbut back then I wasn't fully aware of the magic of online shopping. Plus, my allowance back then was enough to buy me maybe one tiny t-shirt from Topshop and an actual ice cream and that's it, so aside from the online-shopping issue I didn't have actual financial resources for those shoes anyway.

    So it's a no-brainer that I'm super on board with these polka dot Stan Smith sneakers and polka dot track jacket from the Adidas Originals x Pharrell Williams Polka Dot Pack. The line was apparently released approximately a year ago but I wasn't hoarding Adidas stuff back then, so I am SO glad some of Pharrell's polka dot stuffs were still available at the Adidas outlets in Japan last month!








    Adidas x Pharrell Williams Polka Dot Pack track jacket
    Ciaopanic two-piece dress
    Adidas x Pharrell Williams Polka Dot Pack Stan Smith sneakers
    Mousse sling bag


    This post is part of a '4 Colours or More Style Challenge' I'm doing with five other bloggers, so you have to visit their blogs to see moreall of the links are listed below. Here are all of our six takes on the challenge:

    Left:
    Anna Parkes, of Anna's Island Style
    Tabitha jacket, BCBGeneration shoes, St Michael dress, Zara belt, Magpie vintage necklace

    Right:
    Samantha Blair, of Fake Fabulous
    Forever 21 skirt, Boden jumper, La Redoute polo neck, JohnnieB shoes, Lidl tights, Necklace from Ebay, Topshop bag, Newlook scarf

    Left:
    Nicole Kestenbaum, of Lipstick & Brunch
    CeCe dress, ASOS cape coat, The Cottage Shop clutch, Burdlie earrings, Custom-made shoes by Coronation Vintage local stylist Dawn Bell, Ray-Ban sunglasses

    Right:
    Sheela Goh, of Sheela Writes
    Thrifted black and white polka dot sweater, Poshmark mustard top, Zara orange and red plaid blanket scarf, Herban Devi on Etsy black capris, Shoedazzle burgundy suede boots, Anastasia Beverly Hills Veronica lipstick

    Left:
    Ann Krembs, of Kremb De La Kremb
    ASOS leopard faux fur, Macy's arrings, Maybelline Lip Studio Color Blur red lippy, Zara sweater, Forever 21 pants, Red fur cuffed gloves from market in China, White shirt tailored from China, Louis Vuitton Speedy 35

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    30.12.15 .



    I was a sucker for polka dots back in the days, but apparently not much has changed since "back in the days", but, really, this particular head-to-toe dots-filled outfit just has a lot to do with my perpetual crush on Pharrell Williams, which started back in 2004 when I was listening to N.E.R.D's 'Maybe' and 'She Wants To Move' non-stop.

    Does anyone else remembers Pharrell's Ice Cream shoes? If you don't, or never heard of them (which is OK, it was ages ago), they're like the inferior version of these. I wanted them SO BAD when they first came outonly because they were Pharrell'sbut back then I wasn't fully aware of the magic of online shopping. Plus, my allowance back then was enough to buy me maybe one tiny t-shirt from Topshop and an actual ice cream and that's it, so aside from the online-shopping issue I didn't have actual financial resources for those shoes anyway.

    So it's a no-brainer that I'm super on board with these polka dot Stan Smith sneakers and polka dot track jacket from the Adidas Originals x Pharrell Williams Polka Dot Pack. The line was apparently released approximately a year ago but I wasn't hoarding Adidas stuff back then, so I am SO glad some of Pharrell's polka dot stuffs were still available at the Adidas outlets in Japan last month!








    Adidas x Pharrell Williams Polka Dot Pack track jacket
    Ciaopanic two-piece dress
    Adidas x Pharrell Williams Polka Dot Pack Stan Smith sneakers
    Mousse sling bag


    This post is part of a '4 Colours or More Style Challenge' I'm doing with five other bloggers, so you have to visit their blogs to see moreall of the links are listed below. Here are all of our six takes on the challenge:

    Left:
    Anna Parkes, of Anna's Island Style
    Tabitha jacket, BCBGeneration shoes, St Michael dress, Zara belt, Magpie vintage necklace

    Right:
    Samantha Blair, of Fake Fabulous
    Forever 21 skirt, Boden jumper, La Redoute polo neck, JohnnieB shoes, Lidl tights, Necklace from Ebay, Topshop bag, Newlook scarf

    Left:
    Nicole Kestenbaum, of Lipstick & Brunch
    CeCe dress, ASOS cape coat, The Cottage Shop clutch, Burdlie earrings, Custom-made shoes by Coronation Vintage local stylist Dawn Bell, Ray-Ban sunglasses

    Right:
    Sheela Goh, of Sheela Writes
    Thrifted black and white polka dot sweater, Poshmark mustard top, Zara orange and red plaid blanket scarf, Herban Devi on Etsy black capris, Shoedazzle burgundy suede boots, Anastasia Beverly Hills Veronica lipstick

    Left:
    Ann Krembs, of Kremb De La Kremb
    ASOS leopard faux fur, Macy's arrings, Maybelline Lip Studio Color Blur red lippy, Zara sweater, Forever 21 pants, Red fur cuffed gloves from market in China, White shirt tailored from China, Louis Vuitton Speedy 35

    29.12.15 .

    It's certainly been a year full of ups and downs, in terms of beauty, for me. I had some really good hair days and some great clear months with my skin but I must say, my facial skin is like a movie; there's always a dismaying twist, only in this "movie", that twist always happens to be unprovoked breakouts.

    Pretty sure they were unprovoked, anyway.

    Can you believe 2016 is just around the corner? I mean, that corner is a few days away, guys. I thought this would be a nice moment to round up my beauty faves of this year and talk about them a little.

    I discovered these products in 2015 and I'll be making them as part of my journey into 2016, as they've been pretty, pretty good to me in 2015.



    Neutrogena Fine Fairness Brightening Serum
    I can't remember using any serum before but I am so glad I'm finally including one in my beauty regime, as I can honestly see a positive change in the condition of my skin.


    Neutrogena Fine Fairness Lotion
    You can definitely smell the SPF 30 in this, and in my head that's a good thing because I feel like it's surely giving me the protection that I need from the sun. Or maybe I'm just easily duped, who knows. I put this to good use especially when I know I'd be spending time under the sun.

    Neutrogena Fine Fairness Cream
    The SPF 22 in this cream doesn't smell as strong as in the lotion, but I'm choosing to believe it's still there, and I like that it's there. I apply a thin layer of this either on its own or on top of the Fine Fairness lotion after showering in the morning but I really pile this on when I was in Japan. I used to need two different products to cater to the hot and humid weather in Malaysia and the cold dry temperatures of autumn / winter / early spring in colder countries but this day cream does the job for both climates, so hollaaa. I like how it doesn't feel greasy on even though it's a cream.

    Neutrogena Fine Fairness Overnight Brightening Cream
    Before sleep I would just generously slather it all over my face, even under the eyes, and this stuff genuinely keeps my skin glowy the next day.

    Shiseido Professional The Hair Care Adenovital Shampoo for Thinning Hair
    Best beauty discovery ever. Ever since I wore the hijab, my hair, which was already falling loads before that, is shedding even more afterwards. I was recommended this shampoo earlier this year but since it is SO expensive here in Malaysia and not available everywhere, it took me months to finally try it out. Even so, it was only after finding it at a way more affordable price in Tokyo, and even then, this shampoo is hard to find in Tokyo, too. I've been using it for a while and there is definitely a noticeable decrease in hairfall, which pleases me extremely.


    And that's all of them! Hoping they'll be just as good to me next year!


    Note: I don't believe in skin-whitening products because I look awesome tanned (I say so myself) but I feel necessary to explain why I'm using "Fine Fairness" skincare products. First of all, I love Neutrogena; it was good to me back in my uni days and now it's good to me again. Secondly, too many products out there cause me breakouts almost overnight and the Fine Fairness range has been so good at keeping surprised spots at bay. Finally, I honestly believe, despite how misleading the name is, this range isn't meant to whiten the skin, but simply to make it appear brighter and less sallow. You know, like life has been injected into the skin. 
    Or perhaps like vitamin C has been injected into the skin. And those reasons are exactly why I love this range. 

    If you're interested to know if they did indeed "whiten" my skin, my answer would be a resounding "No", and if you think about it, that's good, because products that have the ability to seriously whiten skin are kind of scary. Like, bleach whitens too, you know. You might think that's like comparing apples and oranges but apples are red /green / yellow and oranges are orange, but whitening products and bleach both whiten. SO no they're not apples and oranges.

    Just so we're clear, one thing's for sure: apples and oranges, however different, are genuinely good for your health. And this is where my note ends xo

    24.12.15 .



    I used to think I would never go for anything marigold to fill up my closet, but I guess that's why Justin Bieber reminded us to "never say never." (I feel like any Justin Bieber reference is OK now because his new music is really good.)

    It took me about three weeks to decide if I should get these pants. I saw them, thought about it, went home, slept on it, went back to see them, thought about itmy point is, it was a vicious cycle, guys. I was thinking, "Marigold pants? Should I own a pair of marigold pants? Do I even want to?" It was really weird. On the last day before I was due to leave Japan I "visited" the pants again and Shah finally said "Just get them already." So, I did, and I'm so glad no one snapped them up in the three weeks (they were the last pair) as I'm really into these pants and also the shade marigold now.





    Kinji Used Clothing vintage Levi's oversized denim jacket
    H&M t-shirt
    Ciaopanic marigold pants
    Adidas AdiHoney Mid W sneakers
    Ciaopanic handbag

    22.12.15 .



    I remember reading advices from makeup experts a long time ago saying cream blush lasts longer on the skin than powder blush does and thinking, "Yah, um, no, I don't think so." I was a sceptic with oily-combination-skin back then, who remained steadfastly loyal to mostly powder-based products with the exception of liquid foundations.

    Ever since I learned better (I did, thankfully), I occasionally even use lipsticks as blush, which surprisingly works wonderfully well, but a proper cream blush will always naturally deliver better results, like this pretty Visée lip and cheek cream which I L-O-V-E. Lately, I don't blog about every makeup product I buy so if you see me dedicating a post on one product, that thing's a pretty big deal in my life, FYI.



    The best I can describe Visée shade PK-4 is corally pink-red, a pretty universally flattering shade. I don't like sticking my finger into any makeup product in a pot so I would use a cotton bud to pick up the cream and dab little dots onto the higher parts of my cheekbones + a little on the apples of the cheeks, then smoothing them out using patting motion.

    This cream is very sheer so I don't find much point in using it on my lips but it's a real winner for the cheeks in my beauty book. It was a recommendation by Lisa Eldridge, who always knows what she's talking about; this cream has a beautiful natural look and lasts for a really long time. You can use a tiny portion for an au naturel look or layer the cream on to make it more intense.

    My only regret is obviously not buying more shades as it's not available in Malaysia. I see some being sold on Ebay but I'm not sure if I would ever buy a makeup product from Ebay to be honest. If you're going to Japan, don't forget to buy some and add more as a backup!


    20.12.15 .



    I spent a really long time looking for the perfect dark long blazer and I found this baby on the very day I arrived in Tokyo last month. Meant to be, guys. Meant to be.

    But, well, it was on sale for 7000 yen though, which is about RM 250, and if you've been following my blog for some time you might noticed how I seriously rarely fork out more than RM 100 for any piece of clothing. "Less is more": the less I pay for one thing, the more things I can get.

    But, I don't know, I used words like "baby" and phrases like "meant to be" so I think it's pretty obvious I just really wanted it to belong to me.

    I've been wanting a furry carry-on ever since I let go of this one furry clutch in Marc Jacobs at Gotemba Premium Outlets back on my very first trip to Japan in November 2014. Regrets, man, regrets. But this little furry cutie kind of makes up for that Marc Jacobs. I should also tell you it cost me like RM 60—a definite sweet steal.

    Can we talk about how hard it is to find ripped jeans with underlining? Is it called underlining? Whatever you call that patch of fabric under the ripped section then. Like, I can't find an affordable, decent pair of ripped jeans appropriate for a hijabi like myself in Malaysia but I tracked them down in Shibuya 109 of all places, guys. If that isn't illogical I don't know what is...






    Glass Line long blazer, Yaesu Mall
    Ripped jeans, Shibuya 109
    Grey sweater from random shop, Berjaya Times Square
    Furry navy blue handbag, Nishi Ginza mall
    Adidas Superstar sneakers
    Swatch watch

    17.12.15 .




    Just like this floral bomber jacket, I've been waiting FOREVAH to put on this two-toned leather-sleeved bomber jacket. This jacket is just as amazing a find as that floral piece, and you know what, just as affordable. Those front pockets? Super useful when the temperature is dropping as the day creeps up towards night time. You've just got to love and appreciate these amazing finds at H&M sales.

    To be honest I bought this jacket so long ago that I can't even remember if it was before or after that floral oneall I know is they cost about the same, like RM 60. See, this is why I don't shop at retail prices, guys, because why spend almost RM 200 (that might have been the retail price, since I obvs can't remember) for this jacket when you could get this for RM 60?

    Actually I've discussed this before: if you see something you absolutely got to have and you'd regret not getting it for the rest of your life, flip the price tag over, get it to the cashier and just be willing to fork out however much it costs. I mean, you might walk into the same store three months later and see the same thing being sold for half the price or whatever, and you might (and you totally will) feel a little pang in your heart somewhere, but it's OK. The important thing is, YOU ALREADY OWN IT.

    Although, still, it would hurt a little bit. I've experienced this hurt too many times so I always try not to go into a store when they don't have a sale. Even when there's a sale, I make sure to only concentrate around the area with that red sign above it that says "DEALS" (still talking about H&M here, you guys are all familiar with that red sign, I know it), but I'm a normal human being and I do stray into retail-priced area sometimes. Or even if it's all the time, that's OK, too. But I have a pretty strong shopping willI really doso my buys are usually from the "DEALS" section.

    These photos were taken on the day I got my new glasses from Zoff, which I LOVE. They're the flexible kind but I've been careful not to flex them too much. Zoff is a huge spectacles chain shop in Japan and they're famous for supposedly being able to whip out a new pair of glasses, normal prescription and all, in just one day. I can't attest to that claim since I have astigmatism, so mine took a week to be ready.

    I am now trying out the computer lens, also known as PC lens, in those snazzy new black-and-gold frames as I've experienced eye-strain for as long as I can remember, so since only time will tell, we'll have to wait and see how effective they are at combating strained eyes! For now, all I can say is it's harder to be photographed when wearing them, as these yellow-tinted lenses reflect blue light a little much, but if they're going calm my eyes down, that's a small price to pay.

    By the way, those really are culottes; they look more like palazzo here since I'm wearing them on my hips as opposed to right smack on my waistlike how all those chic so-stylish-it-hurts Japanese girls dosince I'm about showing less skin and all. And by the way, palazzo vs culottes? That's one real conversation I'm going to have with you guys, one day, maybe. Watch out fi dis. I mean, watch out fo dat.






    H&M bomber jacket with leather sleeves
    Zara black sweater
    Ciaopanic culottes
    Adidas Stan Smith in Super Pink
    Chloé Mini Marcie in Brown Sugar

    14.12.15 .

    One thing important lesson I learned from my recent Tokyo trip was you can never have enough denim jackets, because there's no such thing as one denim jacket, do you know what I mean? There are just too many varieties around to settle on just one.

    Did you guys know that there are like 7000 different kinds of apples in the world, and even if you eat a different one every day, you'd need about two decades to finish trying out every single one of them? Obviously I'm not saying denim jackets are exactly like apples, noI'm saying there are MORE denim jackets than there are apple species in the world.

    Also, since apples are not my favourite fruit at all, I'm going to go on a limb and say I find denim jackets more delicious than apples. Unfortunately a jacket a day won't really make the doctor away, but it WILL help you combat getting the flu in cold weathers, so remember that!

    But all jokings aside (or were they jokes?), I was pleased to have added a few more to my denim jacket collection, which originally consisted of just two pieces before my November Tokyo trip, and this cropped, frayed baby is one of them.




    It was already really cold in Tokyo so I had to keep my hands in my overalls pocket, and by the way those are really overalls. I haven't found a pair of overalls that I truly like because the top part of most overalls don't look effortless enough on me, but the pants portion of them were something else. I figured I might as well just buy them and pull the top part downwards!




    I did the same thing with these striped pants too, where I pulled down the straps because they just did not look good on my shoulders, but I just really like the effortless (or you could call it lazy, whichever) effect of leaving them hanging down!


    Ciaopanic cropped frayed denim jacket
    Ciaopanic overalls
    Adidas mint and purple trainers

    10.12.15 .



    I think I'm borderline obsessed with this pile jacket. If it were acceptable to don it in Malaysialike maybe in malls, or when I go to Cameron Highlands, or when I go to a fancy wedding in an air-conditioned hall (on top of my traditional wear or a formal dress), or somethingI'd totally put it on. And I'd be getting myself a different pile jacket in black, too, to wear to all those places.

    But, no, as cold as some malls and some slightly-higher-altitude resorts are in my hot and humid country, it won't be cool at all to wear one around here. In fact, it'll actually be hot as heck. Somehow, though, that doesn't change the impractical fact that I want another one of this in my closet. I've got to say, looking at things like this pile jacket makes me feel extra grateful that I get the chance to visit a four-season country like Japan because only then I get to bust this baby out of my closet.

    I was going to link a previous outfit post in which I wore this pile jacket and oh my God, I voiced the same exact sentiment: I wish I could wear this all. The. Time. It's like I'm re-blogging that post, except I've styled the jacket differently.

    It's appropriate that I took these photos in front of a shutter that says 'Tokyome' because the idea of owning a pile jacket only came to mind after I saw a lady at Shinjuku Gyoen in a pile jacket and platform chelsea boots on my very first trip to Tokyo back in November last year (click here and scroll down to see my sneaky photo of her). 

    So I guess in a sense, if we want to get all philosophical about it...how very 'Tokyo' of me to be wearing this in Tokyo, a year later.

    Except, in hindsight, I suppose it would have been loads better if my t-shirt didn't say Atlanta on it. But I'm not one to wear a t-shirt that has the name of the city I'm currently in anyway, so, everything still makes sense in the end, guys.





    H&M pile jacket
    Adidas 'Atlanta' t-shirt
    Mango straight cut jeans
    Adidas Honey Mid sneakers
    MAC Rebel lipstick + MAC Currant lip pencil (check out short review of them in  my previous post here)

    9.12.15 .

    Personally, for me, one of the best things about autumn is actually wearing my favourite warm red lipsticks and berry-based ones. I mean, obviously I can wear them at any time of the year, I know that, but there's just something about the spirit of wearing season-appropriate shades of lippies, you know what I mean?

    PS: Malaysia doesn't experience the usual four seasons, but hey, we need some sort of parameter for keeping up with trends too, you know.

    I had gotten MAC Rebel lipstick some time before my trip to Tokyo but never got around to wearing it. I found out about Tokyo one week before I was due to leave this time aroundit's always been like that, like on the second or third Tokyo trip, I found out that I was supposed to head there in TWO DAYS, and had to get everything ready in less than 48 hours, it was crazyso I thought it would be perfect to wear Rebel only when I arrived in Tokyo. It's the perfect autumn/winter colour, in my opinion!

    You guys, I LOVE Rebel. If there's one thing I love more than Rebel, it's probably the matching lip pencil to go with Rebel, called Currant. Rebel is the first satin lipstick I've ever purchased from MAC; I wasn't the biggest fan of the texture of the creme Morange but really liked the result given by the matte All Fired Up and Lady Danger, but I have to say the satin finish produced by the satin Rebel is my favourite one so far.

    I used Currant to line and fill up my lips and applied Rebel on top, and they lasted on me almost all day long, even after eating and drinking (I'd still re-apply after eating though, just to get the full effect, always). I kept throwing them in my handbag when I was in Tokyo so they're looking pretty abused already, as poor them probably kept knocking into the other 20 things I have in my handbag.

    I'm so pleased with these two and I can't wait to try out other satin lipsticks by MAC!





    If you're a blogger and have done a review on MAC Satin Rebel or MAC Currant Lip Pencil or both, leave the link to that review in the comment section down below because I'm interested to hear your thoughts on them.

    Question: How do you pronounce the name 'Rebel'? I have serious issues on how it should be pronounced, because people from MAC counters I met with insisted on pronouncing it as a verb, which is "Ree-bell", when I thought it was called "Reh-ble", as in the noun. A majority of their lipsticks are named as nouns but then you do get some verb-like shades such as 'Speak Louder' and 'Up The Amp' (look at how much thought I'm putting into this, this is serious). I'm like this close to emailing MAC and asking them about it, just to get peace of mind...

    7.12.15 .

    Like I mentioned in this post, I'm sort of on an Adidas kick right now. Like, I'm on a kick for Adidas kicks. I blame it squarely on the fact that Adidas is now supporting Manchester United, and Shah is a staunch supporter of MU, so now our shoe closet (it's an imaginary one for now, all our shoes are stacked up in clear boxes) is filled with Adidas. 

    You've already seen my Adidas Superstar here but I obviously wanted to have a proper tennis white Stan Smith too, and guys, when I saw these pair of Stan Smith in Super Pink in Shinjuku, well, I had to have those, don't I?



    It was a cold day out in Tokyo, much too cold for a stroll in the park in my opinion, but with limited time of autumn in Tokyo, I wanted to enjoy the beautiful colours of autumn as much as I could, and Yoyogi Park was a good place to do that. I just love a good park and Tokyo is chock-full of gorgeous ones! 


    I raided Shah's closet on this day and went for a cool grey look from  head to ankles with his huge comfy sweater and his grey-black faded Levi's jeans. I don't know what it is about Shah's clothes but I'm always looking for excuses to nick anything from his closet. Must be from the overly-casual vibes when they're on me!



    By the way, just letting you guys know that I'm back in Malaysia! It's nice to be back home but I have to say, I'm sorely missing Tokyo right now...


    Edwin grey sweater (men)
    Levi's jeans (men)
    Ciaopanic hooded jacket
    Adidas Stan Smith in Super Pink
    Bucket bag