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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.) [+]
    29.2.16 .



    So, guys, my laptop's power cord was completely blown out when I was in Tokyo. By the way, I arrived back in Malaysia yesterday, and it is HOT here. I obviously miss Tokyo very muchno, make that so very damn much, but it's always a case of "better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all" kind of thing.

    If you've been reading my blog for a while, you might remember my laptop refused to start up back in my November Tokyo trip, and since I'm too good of a procrastinator, I had not gotten it checked out, especially because it was OK again the moment I arrived home. Now we all know it was the dying power cord that was the problem so the moment I caught up with my sleep yesterday, I went to get a new power cord at Jaya Digital Mall, so good stuff, good stuff.

    I miss reading the blogs I follow on Bloglovin' while my laptop was out of order, but first, there's plenty of Tokyo outfits to catch up on, now!




    So, again, if you've been keeping up with my outfit posts from my previous Tokyo trips since November 2014, you might recognise this chunky zebra-print knit cardigan, because I wore it as many times as I was allowed without looking like 'the crazy zebra lady walking around Tokyo'. In fact, if you check out this post, it's like a series of deja vu; I was talking about my laptop plight in there, and I talked about how you "might have seen this many times", and I had photographed my zebra cardigan in the same. Exact. Place. In Shibuya. I'm very original that way, with my deja vu.

    So I guess I don't really need to tell you how much I am in love with this cardigan, and how sad I am that I can't wear it in Malaysia...




    That shawl, how crazy cool is it? It's called Metallic Splash and it's super intergalactic chic, guys. I have three of these Metallic Splash babies in my closet, and they're so pretty that I find myself not wearing them as often as I should, but they instead stay nestled like prizes amongst my worn-out scarves. It's from my friend's modest clothing line, Covered By Sipi; you can check out Covered's Instagram right here (and maybe shop a little bit, since they do deliver internationally). I also love their funky Hanaa cardigan, too (it's on sale, I just found out!).

    I have to give a special shout-out to my panda-bear gloves from H&M, as they kept me extra warm and cosy while I was out and about in Tokyo (and extra cute too...).



    H&M chunky zebra-print knit cardigan
    Mango denim shirt
    Zara patched jeans
    Adidas sneakers
    H&M panda gloves

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    29.2.16 .



    So, guys, my laptop's power cord was completely blown out when I was in Tokyo. By the way, I arrived back in Malaysia yesterday, and it is HOT here. I obviously miss Tokyo very muchno, make that so very damn much, but it's always a case of "better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all" kind of thing.

    If you've been reading my blog for a while, you might remember my laptop refused to start up back in my November Tokyo trip, and since I'm too good of a procrastinator, I had not gotten it checked out, especially because it was OK again the moment I arrived home. Now we all know it was the dying power cord that was the problem so the moment I caught up with my sleep yesterday, I went to get a new power cord at Jaya Digital Mall, so good stuff, good stuff.

    I miss reading the blogs I follow on Bloglovin' while my laptop was out of order, but first, there's plenty of Tokyo outfits to catch up on, now!




    So, again, if you've been keeping up with my outfit posts from my previous Tokyo trips since November 2014, you might recognise this chunky zebra-print knit cardigan, because I wore it as many times as I was allowed without looking like 'the crazy zebra lady walking around Tokyo'. In fact, if you check out this post, it's like a series of deja vu; I was talking about my laptop plight in there, and I talked about how you "might have seen this many times", and I had photographed my zebra cardigan in the same. Exact. Place. In Shibuya. I'm very original that way, with my deja vu.

    So I guess I don't really need to tell you how much I am in love with this cardigan, and how sad I am that I can't wear it in Malaysia...




    That shawl, how crazy cool is it? It's called Metallic Splash and it's super intergalactic chic, guys. I have three of these Metallic Splash babies in my closet, and they're so pretty that I find myself not wearing them as often as I should, but they instead stay nestled like prizes amongst my worn-out scarves. It's from my friend's modest clothing line, Covered By Sipi; you can check out Covered's Instagram right here (and maybe shop a little bit, since they do deliver internationally). I also love their funky Hanaa cardigan, too (it's on sale, I just found out!).

    I have to give a special shout-out to my panda-bear gloves from H&M, as they kept me extra warm and cosy while I was out and about in Tokyo (and extra cute too...).



    H&M chunky zebra-print knit cardigan
    Mango denim shirt
    Zara patched jeans
    Adidas sneakers
    H&M panda gloves

    23.2.16 .


    Even though black is such a staple colour, I just realised that I don't own much black in my closet at all, so to see me wearing a black head-to-toe outfit is, well, never going to happen; I'd just be itching for more. A black shoulder-to-ankle look however is a different thing, but even then it's a pretty rare sight on me. 

    I always see street-stylers doing all-black right, but, I don't know, I crave for colours too much, I suppose, but when you have so much black clothings on it's probably the perfect time to add a crazy accessory to it all. Not that I'm calling my leopard print ankle boots crazy but, honestly, I don't even know when I'll be putting them on again.
    Plus they actually give me the starting of blisters. Not that I need to mention that...





    I mentioned in my last outfit post that my first weekend on this Tokyo trip was exceptionally warm so I was glad out of all the jackets and coats I brought from Malaysia, I chose this hooded coat that I bought back in my November trip (seen here and here) for a day when the temperature shot up to 23 degrees Celcius (supposed to be winter here, guys!). Nowadays though I could be going out with three layers underneath a winter coat, but on that hot winter day this coatthat's more like a duster (remember when I learned the name 'duster'?)was the perfect choice.




    Ciaopanic hooded duster jacket
    Zara black sweater
    Zara cropped black flared jeans
    H&M leopard prints ankle boots

    21.2.16 .



    Ever since my trip to see the Godzilla Head from afar (see here), I've been waiting for the day when I would get closer to itand last Sunday was the day, so yasss. I initially wanted to go during the day but there's a 1-minute light show on the head every few hours, so it was probably best to see that at night time.

    The size of the head is certainly impressive but since there isn't wide enough space nearby the humongous head, visitors need to crane their neck to look at it, which kind of hindered anyone to get a good all-around look at the head. The best view of the head might just be near the terrace's entrance, if you're not that into getting only an eyeful of its neck and pretty set of teeth.

    I was still super stoked to be able to cross this off my To-Do-In-Tokyo list, especially because I adored the 2014 Godzilla movie (serious correlation here).


    There is a sign at the base of Shinjuku Toho Building saying the Godzilla Head is supposedly only open to guests of the Hotel Gracery or customers of Cafe Terrance Bonjour, which is at the lobby of the hotel on the 8th floor. Unlike our last trip to have a look at Godzilla in November, no one seemed to be stopping any visitor from entering.

    I was on my way to the WC from the cafe and heard two Caucasian tourists standing in front of the cafe saying, "Do we pretend to be ignorant, or do we buy something from here?", and I'm quoting them verbatim here. I'll tell you straight away that they chose the former.

    I wanted to chill at the terrace cafe anyway (and I don't usually like to break clearly-written rules) so Shah and I ordered the salmon bruschetta appetiser and the Godzilla cake set, which is pretty delish. It was coincidentally Valentine's Day, a day that Shah and I don't celebrate but if we were celebrating, it seemed like a great Valentines date in Tokyo for us, to romantically gaze at Godzilla Head while holding hands on the celebrated day of love...


    [ View of the head (and bits of its spikes) from inside the cafe ]


    [ The prettiest cake in their Godzilla Cake Set (with paw prints too cute to be Godzilla's) ]





    [ View from the terrace ]





    18.2.16 .



    This mustard duffle coat, which resembles Paddington Bear's a lot (loves it), was one of my buys during my last trip to Tokyo in November last yearfinally got to wear it on this trip! If you've been to Affordorable recently, you might have caught up with this post on my mustard cardigan. I just have a thing for mustard now, can't be helped.

    Pairing the coat with this super duper old 'A' sweater that I probably bought when I was 13? Not even kidding, this sweater is legit vintage now. A little reminiscent of Easy A (love that movie), am I right?
    I found these patched jeans in Zara in their last sale, and I realise that I don't only need more winter jackets, I need more patched jeans as well...

    It's inching towards the end of winter here in Tokyo but the temperatures during previous weekend didn't represent that; it was a relatively hot winter weekend, peaking at 18 and 23 degrees on Saturday and Sunday respectively. If I had known how hot it would be, I wouldn't have gone out with multiple layers. In fact, I shed an extra layer (Uniqlo heat teach, which has proven reliable so far!) AND my socks (which were heat tech, too) sneakily in a fitting room, because it was getting too stuffy...








    Mustard duffle coat from NZ Ginza
    Super old 'A' sweater
    Zara patched jeans
    Adidas Stan Smith Honeycomb gloss in green

    15.2.16 .



    The proportion of this duster is pretty weird and wild: a little oversized and a little too long, but it fits me perfectly. I don't think I'd own something unconventional like it had I not seen a girl on a Tokyo Metro train wearing something similar and looking nonchalantly super cool in itI think I will forever have a special kind of envy for these "cool Tokyo kids"...






    Just like "the duster" here, there are certain pieces of clothings I didn't know what to call until after I've bought them (I mean, why are these called monk straps shoes? Why 'monk'?)but then again, come to think of it, it's not like I need to know what exactly the name of a thing is before I bring it up to the cashier, or after I've placed it in my closet, even.

    Like this thing that I initially just think of as "that super thin super light long thin grey coat": I bought it in November last year but the moment it struck me that I had no idea what it's called is only well after I've taken these photos and wanted to blog about it here, at which point I thought, wait, what do I list this item down as?

    And then this post totally conveniently came up in my Bloglovin' feed, and I can finally put a name to this grey thing!





    Duster, Shibuya109
    Ciaopanic culottes (last worn in this post)
    Adidas Superstar
    Furry navy blue handbag, Nishi Ginza mall (last worn in this post)

    14.2.16 .

    I'm SUPER stoked to be back in Tokyo.

    Obviously I'm really, really, REALLY looking forward to doing some shopping but I'm really excited about the food, too! All the barbecued beefs and barbecued seafood and shabu-shabu and ramen and donburi and tempura...

    [ Fitting room instructions for makeup-wearers ]

    [ Eating the yummiest seafood-based ramen in Shinjuku in my last trip here ]

    12.2.16 .

    With spring just around the bend, it’s pretty much the perfect time to start thinking about our future wardrobe additions and how to incorporate this year’s trending coloursaffordably, of course! InStyle has already covered Pantone's top ten spring 2016 colours so I have a great list to work with.

    Fortunately, no one ever needs to break the bank to look stylish, and I have several examples of great spring staples to show you that I'm not kidding about not needing to break any kind of bank.

    Well, piggy kinds excluded, I suppose...

    Serenity

    One of Pantone's top two colours of 2016, this sweet blue hue definitely lives up to its restful and peaceful moniker; Serenity is a light baby blue that really embodies springtime pastels and softness. Rather than going down the typical "dainty" path with this colour, I've incorporated the hue into our warm-weather wardrobe goals with a pair of trainersI mean, talk about the perfect balance, guys. The blue Copenhagen sneakers seen above from Topshop feature a cool all-over snakeskin embossment for added texture and interesting detail, and they would look amazing paired with casual skirts, jeans, and more this spring. Two words: Lust. WORTHY.

    Lilac Gray


    Sunglasses are a must-have for spring but rather than sticking to the less-exciting basics like black and brown, why not switch things up with a livelier colour? Lilac Gray is a soft, versatile hue that can be worn as a neutral, and it would look SO spring-ready paired with white or off-white. The above T.V. Eye lilac and gray gradient sunglasses from Crap Eyewear are anything but lousy. These vintage-style shades offer a super bold frame that’s perfectly offset by the soft lilac gray colour.

    Peach Echo


    Peach Echo is a welcome addition to the top ten colours for spring; it’s cheerful, sophisticated, and reminiscent of the fiery sunset that punctuates the end of a lovely spring day (which you know will make an appearance in about 90% of existing Instagram accounts, can't wait!). Dresses are an excellent warm-weather wardrobe staple, which is why I've chosen this beautiful pleated maxi dress suggested by Lyst in the most gorgeous, lustrous peach hue from Y.A.S. This piece adds just the right amount of fluidity and movement for spring!

    Iced Coffee


    Slouchy, low-rise trousers are in according to Harper’s Bazaar, and I'm always up for 'in', guys, so I've chosen a pair in one of the darker shades of Pantone's list, Iced Coffee. Not only does it sound yummy (and so welcomed after all the hot beverages of the colder days!) but it’s also that rare beautiful lighter brown that is perfect for pairing with neutrals as well as stronger colours for the impending spring season. The wide leg linen drawstring pants from Style & Co. would look great with heels, flats, and trainers, plus it can really go with a variety of tops, so this makes for a versatile, warm-weather bottom.

    Rose Quartz

    Unsurprisingly, the other colour in Pantone's top two for 2016 is the dusty pink Rose Quartz. This sophisticated hue is a great way to feminise an outfit without looking juvenileperfect for those who have always been a little scared of dipping their toe in the pink pool! Accessories are a great answer to this wearable shade of pink, so I've chosen the above tasselled saddle purse by Forever 21. I especially like the idea of wearing this with gray, white, and brown, but combining with other soft colours would work well, too. Whatever rocks your boat, girl!


    I hope you've enjoyed my spring 2016 colour trend coverage. Even though it’s still a few weeks away, I hope with the help of these tips, you’ll have a nice jump-start on what to wear this coming warmer season. Remember to include your own interpretations for a more personalised overall look and pretty soon, you'll be on your way to acquiring an affordable (or I should say affordorable) and successful spring wardrobe!