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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.) [+]
    30.1.16 .



    Mustard is like fuchsia for me; I always want more of it in my closet, but, I don't know, as much as I like mustardseriously into itnot many mustard things please me. It's an almost annoyingly difficult colour to work with, but I can't decide if it's the colour mustard that's being annoying or if it's just me. (I know it's the latter, I just don't want to say it).

    But I promise I've been making more mustard efforts. For starters, well, this mustard cardigan. In love with this mustard cardigan, OK. It's made even more perfect because it's thin enough to be worn comfortably in hot and humid Malaysia, but I layered this on when I was in Japan in the cold weather and it helped combat the cold.
    Magic cardigans like this are the best.

    By the way, I also got a winter coat in mustard. I didn't even know when I would get to use it when I bought it in a shop in Ginza, but it's one of the things where I thought "Gots to have it man, GOTS TO."




    Can we talk about these mom-jeans-like jeans that are actually boyfriend jeans? I got these ages ago at a sale; I think Pull & Bear was experimenting with boyfriend jeans and got the proportions all wrong because there was a whole stack of them. The sizes were just confusing; I got them in about three sizes smaller than my usual size. I did try my usual size but it was like I had men's jeans on; it just felt all wrong on me, even with a belt on. I had to keep going out of the fitting room to get one size smaller, each time thinking "OK the next one down has to be the one", but, what do you know, the third time (going back out of the fitting room and in again) is the real charm.




    Rope Picnic mustard cardigan
    H&M black t-shirt
    Pull & Bear boyfriend jeans (that I'm wearing as mom's jeans)
    Cotton On leopard print slip-ons
    Ciaopanic black handbag


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    30.1.16 .



    Mustard is like fuchsia for me; I always want more of it in my closet, but, I don't know, as much as I like mustardseriously into itnot many mustard things please me. It's an almost annoyingly difficult colour to work with, but I can't decide if it's the colour mustard that's being annoying or if it's just me. (I know it's the latter, I just don't want to say it).

    But I promise I've been making more mustard efforts. For starters, well, this mustard cardigan. In love with this mustard cardigan, OK. It's made even more perfect because it's thin enough to be worn comfortably in hot and humid Malaysia, but I layered this on when I was in Japan in the cold weather and it helped combat the cold.
    Magic cardigans like this are the best.

    By the way, I also got a winter coat in mustard. I didn't even know when I would get to use it when I bought it in a shop in Ginza, but it's one of the things where I thought "Gots to have it man, GOTS TO."




    Can we talk about these mom-jeans-like jeans that are actually boyfriend jeans? I got these ages ago at a sale; I think Pull & Bear was experimenting with boyfriend jeans and got the proportions all wrong because there was a whole stack of them. The sizes were just confusing; I got them in about three sizes smaller than my usual size. I did try my usual size but it was like I had men's jeans on; it just felt all wrong on me, even with a belt on. I had to keep going out of the fitting room to get one size smaller, each time thinking "OK the next one down has to be the one", but, what do you know, the third time (going back out of the fitting room and in again) is the real charm.




    Rope Picnic mustard cardigan
    H&M black t-shirt
    Pull & Bear boyfriend jeans (that I'm wearing as mom's jeans)
    Cotton On leopard print slip-ons
    Ciaopanic black handbag


    26.1.16 .


    I'm not going to pretend like I'm the first person to mix something grungy and edgy like the ripped jeans with something a little more feminine and fancy like this statement necklace together, and talk about "juxtaposition" or whatever. But I think there's a reason why we keep seeing outfits put together with contrasting pieces like that, because, well, they always look really interesting and good together.

    When I first received this necklace in the mail I already knew I wanted to pair it with ripped jeans, but it was with a pair of ripped jeans that only existed in my mind and not in my closet. I mean, do you know how hard it is to find a pair of ripped jeans that is ripped without gaping holes? Sure, you could argue and say that's the whole point of the existence of ripped jeans. Not going to argue with you on that, because I don't have strong fighting points to go against that argument. But for people like me, who want to cover up but are still totally into the idea of ripped jeans, we need those with lining underneath the ripped part. 

    It's just always less of a hassle to find ripped jeans that already comes with lining underneath them (perfect for winter, by the way) as it saves extra trips to the tailor, so I was so glad when the ripped jeans of my dreams materialised in a shop in Shibuya 109 last November.










    Zara-split-sides long-sleeved t-shirt
    Ripped jeans from Shibuya 109 (worn in this post)
    Something Borrowed peep-toed cut-out booties
    Clapboard clutch from Shibuya 109
    Mirina Collections 'Vivian' Statement Necklace

    20.1.16 .

    I seriously wish I could live on just drugstore foundations. FYI we don't actually call them "drugstore" foundations here in Malaysia, because we call those stores "pharmacy" here, but since nobody ever calls them "pharmacy foundations"...

    The only reason I can't is the colour selections of foundations at our local pharmacies are really not the best. Considering that Malaysia is made up of plenty of races, with varying degrees of fair, tanned and dark skin tones, the idea that a foundation range comes in only about five shades is almost absurd, but that's what's basically happening here.

    Back in the days I was willing to mix two shades to get the right one but I discovered it's too much of a hasslewhy bother mixing two foundations when you can get one high-end foundation that perfectly (or almost perfectly) matches your skin colour? And yet that didn't stop me from dipping my toes back in the local drugstore pool of foundations (drugstore pool? Sounds dodgy), but I always come out disappointed. One option for me is to buy from overseas. Hardly the best option, but why not?


    Revlon Colorstay for Combination / Oily Skin 360 Golden Caramel: One of the very first foundations I used and extremely loved, there are very, VERY limited shades of Revlon Colorstay foundations in the pharmacies here. I used to mix shades 350 and 370 to get a nice match, so I figured 360 would be the one for me, and searching about it online confirmed this. Weirdly this shade isn't being sold in Asia or Europe; I couldn't even find this when I was studying in New Zealand. Thankfully Shah visited Atlanta a couple of months ago and managed to buy me this.
    I really like its semi-matte finish, and I'm pleased that the full coverage doesn't end up cakey on my face. My favourite part of this foundation is shade 360 is pretty spot on for me! Some drugstore foundations made me break out but this one never has, so thumbs-up all around.

    Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup in 110 Honey Beige: I knew about this foundation from watching Marlena of Makeup Geek's videos years ago. I had no idea what shade I was, though, so Shah had to compare their foundation shades to L'oreal True Match N7 and W7 when he was in US' Walmart (what a trooperand a keeper!), and he decided on Honey Beige. It's a close match to my forehead, which is darker than the rest of my face, but it still works for me. One of the advantages of wearing the hijab is you don't need to exactly match your foundation shade to your neck or body!
    This foundation feels light on the skin and I really like the glowy, dewy finish. It provides less coverage than Revlon Colorstay but as always I'm all for a good natural-looking foundation. I might even go as far as saying Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup is almost as good as NARS Sheer Glow.
    Not quite. But almost.



    Colour-transfer could be a bit of a problem with these two, though. I always think it's better to splurge on a really good high-end foundation than to get a subpar one in a pharmacy / drugstore, but that being said, I would still re-buy both these foundations as they're so affordable, and good enough.

    Nowadays I only use Mario Badescu Special Healing Powder to finish up my makeup, because I discovered that my pressed powders changed the colour of my foundation. I did mention that I would one day ditch my regular makeup powder for it, but to be honest I didn't think it would actually happen!

    If you're a Malaysian (or an Asian), do you experience the same kind of frustration of not finding the perfect foundation shades from pharmacies as I do?
    To those who have tried out these two foundations, what do you think of them?

    19.1.16 .

    I had a surge in the number of shoes I own since my first trip to Tokyo. Obviously the reason for it is seeing these kickass cool kids of Tokyo in their kicks, getting inspired by them all and going "I want that" and "But I might need those too" and buying all of them without considering the consequences. There was definitely one thing I did not consider in, say, the madness of purchasing six different kinds of sneakers in one trip: the space to properly store them all.

    So how to store shoes in a small, tight space that is the corner of my walk-in closet/room (a tiny room that I turned into a closet, that is)? I figured that there is only one way, and that is up:



    Stacking them up, that is.

    I do love the keep the original boxes of the shoes I bought but since Shah and I brought plenty of shoes from overseas and couldn't fit the boxes into our luggages (we always filled them to the brim with goodies), it was a good idea for us to buy these see-through stackable plastic boxes from Daiso. I love the practicality of these boxes, as they allow us to instantly see the shoes we want to wear and they also eliminate any possible "shoe odour" that I prefer not to have mingling with my clothes.

    I used to arrange my shoes on the floor, or outside our front door (which was dangerous since my dad thinks we have too much shoes and is always threatening to throw some away when he comes visit), both of which were not very practical and looked really messy, as you can see:



    I laid down papers underneath the shoes because I intensely dislike the idea of getting my floors dirty (which is totally normal, by the way).

    There are three downsides, though, to using the stackable Daiso boxes: (1) it takes a longer time to extract a pair of shoes that's in a box near the ground, (2) not all shoes would fit into these one-size-only boxes, like my boots and high-heels, but luckily I can still make use of the floor and my three-tiered shoe racks for the heavier and taller shoes:



    and (3) they don't look as glamorous as the displayed shoes we used to see on MTV Cribs.
    But I'm really OK with that, so it's all good.

    Until I get a real built-in sort of shoe storage space, I'll be sticking to this way to store all my shoes!

    16.1.16 .

    I had a very, very special birthday on Wednesday the 13th. Thank you so so SO much to those who wished me, either by messaging me personally, through Facebook or by commenting underneath the video of me extremely enjoying my best friends' rendition of Happy Birthday on my Instagram.

    Shah wasn't around on my birthday but I always have this little tradition of continuing to celebrate my birthday for at least a week after my real birthday, so he didn't miss much, really! I had the loveliest day out with my friends, then sleeping over at my parents' home that night. Shah's back home now, and we have plenty of fun stuff planned this weekend with our family since my little sister and baby niece are January babies as well!

    I hope, and I pray, that I will get the opportunity to have a long and happy life, filled with wealthiness in the forms of health and love. Here's to a great year ahead! xo<3Liyana

    PS: And here's a photo of me holding my slice of salted caramel macadamia cheesecake and yes the cake is as good as it sounds.


    12.1.16 .



    I can't be fancying up every weekend you know; there are days when I'm like "Ah screw it I'll wear whatever rags I want!" Well, only to change my mind two seconds later, of courseI still want to look cute and all. So on this kind of days I guess I just need to strike the right balance between looking like Cinderliyana and Liyana.
    (PS: I just re-watched the live-action Cinderella film starring Lily James, hence the reference. Today is Charles Perrault's birthday, by the way! And more importantly, mah girl Mel C's birthday, too.)

    It was a hot, hot day, so I settled on this super thin sweater and printed pants, and I kind of think the pants look like something tourists coming from colder countries usually wear when they visit hot and humid countries. To be fair, I was actually playing tourist anyway, as these photos were taken in front of a museum in Kedah (the museum was closed though, but, still.)

    I actually just really wanted to wear my new cat sling bag that I bought from Jonker Walk in my recent Melaka trip. Truthfully, I don't see myself wearing this bag that often so still I can't believe I bought this bag. Must be those mesmerising blue eyes on that Siamese cat...





    Mango sweater
    H&M pants
    Adidas Relace Low sneakers
    Cat sling bag from Jonker Street, Melaka
    Cat ears sunglasses from Shibuya 109

    8.1.16 .



    I first wore this dress on one of my best friends' wedding day, and someone commented on how "princess-y" it is (still not sure if it was a compliment or an insult, but I'm viewing life positively, always). That isn't actually a bad fitting, because I do feel a little like a princess when I put this dress on and swish it about. I'm not one to "princess" all the way though, so adding my peep-toed booties and my kitschy lips clutch helped add that tiiiny bit of edge that I always want in my outfits!







    Tailor-made floral dress
    Lips clutch from Omotesando Tokyo station, imported from Korea
    Something Borrowed peep-toed booties

    7.1.16 .

    One of the most exciting things about 2015 for me was definitely being asked to contribute to Yahoo! Style UK; I remember reading getting an email from them and reading it in disbelief like it was just yesterday, even though "yesterday" was two and a half months ago.

    It's definitely an incredible feeling to be asked to write for such a huge platform. Blogging-wise, I constantly wish and strive for so many things, like to be a better writer, to come up with photos that are higher in quality, to provide better contentjust to be better, basically. That being said, being recognised from the work I've already done on this blog is definitely something.

    The best part about it is actually getting the creative freedom to write about whatever my heart wants because it always wants what it wants, with no strict schedule or anythinga lot like writing for my own blog, really, which is why it's such an awesome opportunity, so I'm actually having fun going with the flow. 

    I've written three articles for them so far, so I'm thinking you should totes click on them and enjoy the read:
    I can't wait to bounce ideas for my next articles!

    Click here to visit Yahoo! Style UK website, or you can keep up with your girl's own personal articles for them here at liyanaaris.tumblr.com!

    5.1.16 .



    A couple of weeks ago I went to Melaka for an overnight trip. It was meant to be a quick one with Shah so I didn't put that much thought into packing (zero makeup, too), and I even left my camera at home. But we couldn't resist! Melaka, or Malacca City, has always been a favourite city of ours, with its tasty food and fun historical touristy places to visit. And the malls, of coursenever forget the malls. So we decided to spend a little extra time in the city after checking out from the hotel instead of embarking on the two-hour back home journey straightaway.

    Our favourite asam pedas restaurant was closed so we went searching for a different one in the city, and stumbled upon this square with colourful blocks in it, which also included an all-pink hotel in a corner. Which has a pink wall. I need this pink wall in my hometown. But since that might not happen, I need to go back to Melaka in a cute outfit and bring my camera...

    We went to Dataran Pahlawan Megamall (fave) and off to Jonker Walk (an even bigger fave; you can find my 2014 photo diary on Jonker right here), which is a night market full of things that you want but absolutely do not need. But there are a few exceptions, thougha few things that you do need to make your 2016 a better year than you could imagine, and they are cute cats and cute dogs printed pillow / purse / bag. You'll see what I mean when you scroll down.

    We ended our trip with supper at Pak Putra which is this Indian restaurant with the best butter naan. The best, guys. Mmmmmmm. OK bye off to persuade Shah to leave for Melaka now.








    OK, best things at Jonker Walk that you NEED:



    I mean. OHMYGOD. Too much cuteness TOO MUCH CUTENESS.



    I obviously took home a little something for myself, that isn't seen in photos above, but you might see it in a future outfit post, hopefully!








    Hearts all around for Melaka <3


    *photos taken using iPhone 6s and 5s

    3.1.16 .



    Happy 2016, everybody! Can you believe that it's already the third day of the new year? Time sure flies! I had an utterly amazing 2015, by the way, with all my Japan trips as the obvious highlights!

    I hope you all had a fun and safe time ringing in the new year. Shah and I did nothing but lounge at home the whole day and night, on the account of having the flu and a slight fever. We especially didn't want anyone catching anything from us, because we're so nice and sweet like that, so we decided to have a relaxing night injust the two of us, watching movies and binging on our favourite food. Nothing like celebrating with your most favourite person in the whole wide world!

    I'm definitely looking forward to sharing more things with you on my little virtual space here. I have real hopes to up my makeup and food content, which would be a challenge (especially if it involves the kitchen). I don't foresee doing as much travelling as I did last year but, well, you never know!

    Since my outfit posts are my favouritebecause they're documentations of the cuter version of real-life me, and perhaps years from now I'd be happy looking back at them and thinking "Dayummm I looked gewddd"it's only natural I start 2016 with one.




    You guys, I love this abaya. I mean, an abaya with pockets? LovesIt. I got this baby from Covered by Sipi, the one who's also responsible for this gorgeous cardigan. It's so airy and comfy, and as shapeless as it is, I actually feel pretty and all demure wearing it. Well, as demure as I could be, since I paired the abaya with my favourite, loudest multi-coloured leopard print scarf. I only wished I had gotten this abaya in other colours as well!




    To those who visited Affordorable.com all of last year, thank you so so SO much, and I hope you'll continue to catch up with me all throughout this new year, too! If you're new here, well, hello, there!

    I hope I'll see you here again soon xo


    Covered by Sipi abaya
    Adidas sneakers
    Pull & Bear leopard print scarf
    Swatch watch