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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.) [+]
    30.3.16 .



    Hi, Spring!

    Well, not that "Spring" is in Malaysia, so I'm saying "Hi!" from afar, that is.

    Last month I talked about getting spring-ready with affordable pieces in spring's trending colours, so now it's finally time to break out those pieces, guys!

    I never used to care about wearing season-appropriate colours. I mean, why should I, living in Malaysia? I'm free to wear khaki green in spring and an all-black outfit in summer, because frankly it won't be spring OR summer; it's just hot and humid. That's our one season: hot and humid (this isn't scientifically true, but I feel that daily). We welcome the constant rain too, because it takes some of the heat away. 

    Truth be told, I only became very concious about seasonal colours when I started going back and forth to Japan. I remember wearing bright blue on my first trip there in November 2014 to a park and thinking "Omg I am so out of place here", with everyone else in either black or an "autumn-appropriate" shade of neutral hue.
    Not that anybody cared, and not that I should either, but it's just oddly personally satisfying to do colours "right". 

    Plus, I do get readers from all over the world, so it makes sense to keep up with the seasons!



    Wearing:
    Rose quartz top from Berjaya Times Square (it was RM 30!)  |  Zara ripped jeans  |  Aldo floral & polka dot clutch and platform sandals  |  WeGo striped see-through socks  |  Bow & Engel polka dot scarf



    I wasn't sure I could handle having that much pink on me but it's all about balancing it out, and in this case it's ripped jeans to the rescue.

    Actually, ripped jeans can rescue anything.

    Eh. Nee. THING.
    Try it.

    I've never been into soft pinks but I'm definitely starting to buy into this rose quartz shade. I mean, you could gimme a hot pink thing any day and I'd take it, but hot pink clothings do tend to be quite overwhelming. I think this warmer shade of soft pink would be the perfect alternative if you want to add some pink into your wardrobe without appearing too girlie-girlie.

    As always I itched to put on some sneakers and call this outfit a day but I'm wearing too much sneakers nowadays, I already feel really bad for my other non-sneaker shoes. I got these matching clutch and platform shoes to wear to one of my best friend's wedding last year in December and had only gotten one use out of them, so, why not? I'm already doing pink, so might as well add in some florals and polka dots while I'm at it!

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    30.3.16 .



    Hi, Spring!

    Well, not that "Spring" is in Malaysia, so I'm saying "Hi!" from afar, that is.

    Last month I talked about getting spring-ready with affordable pieces in spring's trending colours, so now it's finally time to break out those pieces, guys!

    I never used to care about wearing season-appropriate colours. I mean, why should I, living in Malaysia? I'm free to wear khaki green in spring and an all-black outfit in summer, because frankly it won't be spring OR summer; it's just hot and humid. That's our one season: hot and humid (this isn't scientifically true, but I feel that daily). We welcome the constant rain too, because it takes some of the heat away. 

    Truth be told, I only became very concious about seasonal colours when I started going back and forth to Japan. I remember wearing bright blue on my first trip there in November 2014 to a park and thinking "Omg I am so out of place here", with everyone else in either black or an "autumn-appropriate" shade of neutral hue.
    Not that anybody cared, and not that I should either, but it's just oddly personally satisfying to do colours "right". 

    Plus, I do get readers from all over the world, so it makes sense to keep up with the seasons!



    Wearing:
    Rose quartz top from Berjaya Times Square (it was RM 30!)  |  Zara ripped jeans  |  Aldo floral & polka dot clutch and platform sandals  |  WeGo striped see-through socks  |  Bow & Engel polka dot scarf



    I wasn't sure I could handle having that much pink on me but it's all about balancing it out, and in this case it's ripped jeans to the rescue.

    Actually, ripped jeans can rescue anything.

    Eh. Nee. THING.
    Try it.

    I've never been into soft pinks but I'm definitely starting to buy into this rose quartz shade. I mean, you could gimme a hot pink thing any day and I'd take it, but hot pink clothings do tend to be quite overwhelming. I think this warmer shade of soft pink would be the perfect alternative if you want to add some pink into your wardrobe without appearing too girlie-girlie.

    As always I itched to put on some sneakers and call this outfit a day but I'm wearing too much sneakers nowadays, I already feel really bad for my other non-sneaker shoes. I got these matching clutch and platform shoes to wear to one of my best friend's wedding last year in December and had only gotten one use out of them, so, why not? I'm already doing pink, so might as well add in some florals and polka dots while I'm at it!

    28.3.16 .




    I normally wouldn't grab a sequinned dressespecially a green sequinned dressfor a normal day out. But this wasn't a normal day out; it was a day when one of my best friends' sister got married. I knew my best friend and her sister from way when we were younger. And free.

    (Did anyone notice all these Adele's Hello references? The title has one too. I'll be pretty sad if no one did, tbh.)

    I had always thought of my best friend's sister, who is a year younger than we are, as just "my friend's sister", and that was it. I think it happens to a lot of people, right? Most people don't tend to become friends with your friend's siblings, which is weird because don't we all want a group of friends like F.R.I.E.N.D.S?

    I was in Tokyo early last year when the sister planned to visit Tokyo with her friends and asked me if I could take her around. Of course I said "Of course", but then there was also the thought of "What are we going to talk about, I wonder?" She and I had hung out before and we always had fun, but my best friend was around every time.

    Surprisingly to the both of us, we discovered that we get along really well. She and I spent one whole day together, going to Asakusa, Ueno, Omotesando, and Shibuya (seriously, we went to ALL FOUR places in one day), and it felt like we never did run out of things to talk about. No awkward pauses eitheryou know you're comfortable with someone when you feel like you don't need to fill up any silence that might ensue. Even my best friend never expected her sister and I to have as much fun as we did.

    I definitely learned something from that experience: to always give a chance. Not so much to other people, but to myself, because I realise I don't take enough leaps of faithnot as much as I should. To be a little less afraid, to have a little less fear, to take one tiny step at a time. Chances are, I'll either find something new to love or discover something about myself from taking more leaps of faiths.

    Or in this little story of mine, someone new to love! Since I adore my best friend's sister now, I wore this kitschy Kate Spade 'Hello Tokyo' clutch to her wedding as sort of a homage to our little rendezvous in Tokyo, because I'm kitschy like this clutch myself. I bought it way back in May last year but just could not find the perfect time to break it out of its dust baguntil this wedding, that is!





    Wearing:
    Dress from a stall amongst the many many many stalls in Berjaya Times Square  |  Kate Spade Hello Tokyo clutch  |  Nuovo gladiator platform sandals

    25.3.16 .

    I was really happy to find out the latest article I wrote for Yahoo! Style UK ended up on Yahoo!'s main site, yahoo.com. It was a really simple, really short and really fun post on denim jacket being the perfect transitional piece for going from winter to spring, so check out the article by clicking here. I'm such a denim-jacket girl myself so I really enjoyed writing it up!



    If I'm being honest, the best part about doing the article was looking for those amazing photos of denim jackets that I myself want in my closet! You guys should really go have a look; my personal favourites are the military-style denim jacket and the patched onewhich ones are yours?

    To read my previous article on 'Culottes vs. Palazzo Pants' for Yahoo! Style UK, head over here.
    To catch up on all of my Yahoo! Style UK articles, visit my Yahoo! Blogger Network Tumblr page.

    23.3.16 .



    I might have been back and forth to Tokyo in the past 15 months but there was one important period of time when I should have been there but was not: the cherry blossom blooming season. So many people travel to Japan just for this season and even the locals make a party out of this season, so I definitely feel I missed out on one pivotal part of the Japanese tradition.

    Well, I didn't go watch a sumo-wrestling match either, but I have a lot less regret about not watching two huge men wrestle each other wearing next to nothing, to be honest.

    Even so, missing out on sakura season didn't mean you'll be missing out on sakura altogether! If the time is right, you'll see them already blooming towards the end of winter, like I did just last month (and also in March last year!). I was surprised to see so many of them already popping out in Shinjuku Gyoen (my favourite park EVER possibly) which made a very picturesque scene, with the sky so blue and the grass still mostly a soft shade of brown.





    All from Shinjuku Gyoen, February 2016

    I'm not just about the sakuras though; there are so many different types of the prettiest flowers blooming freely in the wild in Tokyo that captured my heartby "in the wild" I really mean in these everyday places that your eyes naturally wander at: by the roadside, in a park, in your own gardensomething that I normally don't get to witness in tropical Malaysia. I constantly wish Malaysia could have beautiful green gardens like the ones I've seen in Tokyo but I suppose even if we do, the comfortably cool weather can't be duplicated here!

    I mean, guys, THESE FLOWER BEDS. They NEED to be in my own garden.


    Shinjuku Gyoen, November 2014


    Shinjuku Gyoen, November 2014

    Every ounce of my will was used to not jump on this flower bed. Again, how insanely beautiful is this, guys?


    Shinjuku Gyoen, November 2014 (see more here)

    If you're all about the roses, Yoyogi Koen is where you need to be.


    Yoyogi Koen, August 2015


    Yoyogi Koen, May 2015


    Yoyogi Koen, May 2015

    Even the zoo in Tokyo has sprinkles of prettiness like this!


    Ueno Zoo, December 2014 (see more here)

    One truly spectacular scene that I will never forget is the stunning vast field of sunflowers in Zamawhich, granted, isn't exactly in the heart of Tokyo but the 50-minute trip to Kanagawa prefecture really felt like a short one from the city centre that I barely felt I was out of Tokyo. I may have missed sakura season but to experience the sunflower season absolutely helped healed the wound!


    Zama, August 2015 (see more here)

    Zama, August 2015

    Want to be indoors but still enjoy your flowers? Then you should definitely check out Aoyama Flower Market, located in Omotesando. This cafe is probably the most gorgeous, most quaint cafe I've ever seen in my life; the inside is brimmed with beautiful vibrant flowers, making it really extra special.

    I found out about this cafe (and its supposedly legendary French toast) only in my last trip last month, but alas, when I went, their oven was broken, so I never did find out how good their French toast is. I cried so hard on the inside, I wanted them French toast So. Bad. (PS: There was a 60-minute line to get into the cafe, by the way!) Nevertheless, I spent some time admiring the pretty flowers inside right outside the entrance of the cafe.





    I don't know when I'll ever see all these flowers again (and get a taste of that French toast) but here's to hoping it's very soon! If you've been keeping up with Affordorable, you'd know how amazingly in love I am with Japan, and I think you should totally visit if you haven't. If you have a free spot for a vacation left opened in your calendar, guys, go visit Japan! My personal favourite cities are Kyoto and, of course, Tokyo.
    PS: Sakura season is coming up, you can check out their blooming forecast in different Japan cities here (seriosuly, they even have sakura forecast!)

    To find an accommodation in Tokyo can be pretty tricky (because they're mostly relatively pricey!) so here's one useful tip: visit HotelsCombined to compare the best accommodation deals for your next trip to Tokyo, or really, anywhere else in the world. Good luck, and happy vacationing!

    21.3.16 .




    I know, I know, you've seen this coat over and over again here but I promise this is the last time you'll see it. I mean, not the last time in FOREVER, I meant like in a long while, because it's back to one-layer outfits for now! By the way, Malaysia is currently experiencing a heatwave, so to my fellow countrymen and countrywomen, keep chugging loadsa water, guys, and stay out of the heat as much as you can!

    This was my last day in Tokyo and fortunately I had some time to visit Shinjuku Gyoen, which is my most favourite park there. Shinjuku Gyoen is absolutely beautiful and so very serene, and I wish I could be back for the sakura season next month, because I can just imagine the view taking my breath awayperhaps in the future, some day. Some sakuras were already out though, which pleased me to no end! 



    Wearing:
    Sense of Place camel coat  |  Mango cropped jeans  |  Zara sweater  |  Adidas AdiHoney MidW sneakers  |  SpRay slingbag/clutch from Shibuya109


    It's my dream to repeat this outfit in the future, but perhaps with a sleek pair of strappy black heels next time! Already dreaming for that day to come...

    18.3.16 .



    You know...as opposed to "No, I don't want no scrub."

    I'm actually a pretty low-maintenance gal. I rarely go out for mani / pedi, and I don't do waxing, threading, facials, spa sessions...although I suspect some people think those are what I do all week long, with me being a full-time homemaker. (PS: I really don't. But I WISH I DO.)

    But it doesn't mean I don't like to pamper myself once in a whileI'm still a gentlelady myself, and all that! So a while ago I found myself a nice skincare routine that's providing me with some relaxation time (go here), and now it seems like I've discovered a great body-pampering product as well: the Crabtree & Evelyn Pomegranate body scrub.

    It's not so much the process of applying the body scrub I find pampering actually, but more of the luxe feeling I get from my skin right after I've used it. I've always just used normal liquid soap on a loofah when I'm showering and call it a day, but adding a good body scrub kind of up my showering game a bit, really!

    Seriously, this body scrub is SO GOOD; my skin feels super duper smooth and lush after using it. I've never fancied strong-smelling body products so I really like the milder, sweet smell of the pomegranate in this body scrub, which actually lingers on the body in a pleasant kind of way, so you'll end up smelling it on your skin the whole day!

    Well, actually the actual fruit pomegranate doesn't have a fragrance, does it? I'm not sure what exactly the sweet smell is (Argan? Grapeseed?) but I'm loving it regardless!

    I would use it only about twice a week at most, firstly because it's pretty pricey but also because using any body scrub too often could be abrasive to your skin. I like saving this up for a special occasion, for that extra special feeling. It's definitely one way to give some lovin' to yourself, this scrub!

    15.3.16 .




    Never, ever thought I would one day miss winter weather.

    I spent my whole life hatin' on winter and not appreciating the cold weathers I've experienced, but I made a huge breakthrough in my last winter trip in Tokyo.
    Well, huge to me, at least. 

    I finally realised the root cause of the hatin'; there was one crucial item missing from my winter wardrobe, and that is the super basic thermal wear.


    [ My trusty striped thermal socks ]

    OK I know y'all are now like whaaattt that's too basic to not even know. But perhaps we can all please recall the fact that I was born and bred in a hot(test) and humid(est) country?

    I mean, OK, alright, that's probably one unacceptable excuse, because this is coming from someone who spent four and a half years studying in New Zealand and a year living in Europe and having previous wintery Tokyo trips. But, hey, no one taught me the fundamentals of winter wear, OK? Plus I used to think thermal wear equals to those sad-looking thick grey or nude coloured raggedy things you'e forced to wear under your clothes, which I did own, I think, and they've always felt scratchy and stuffy to me, and SO uncomfortable.

    And now I'm crying on the inside, thinking about those moments when I was out freezing in the cold in some of the coolest citites in the world, wishing I was back at my rented apartment or hotel room, because I was not made aware of the magical properties of thermal wear (the right kind, anyway), and hence could not appreciate being in the moment.

    Nothing more important that being in the moment when you're travelling, because that is when you're soaking up your surroundings and being aware of how blessed you are to be where you are, in that moment.

    Last trip to Tokyo was a major redemption of some sort, because I started utilising Uniqlo heattech and oh my God, the heattech tops and leggings were the best things that ever made their way to my winter wardrobe. 

    Well, maybe not the best things EVER, because let's not forget that varsity-style camel coat I am obsessed with (here and here).
    And maybe don't forget this chunky zebra cardigan too, because, come on, how many times have you seen me wearing this? Cannot. Get. Enough. Of. IT.

    But anyway, seriously, those heattech clothings were my winter saviours; I was warm as toast, practically.

    Paired the cardi with this dark grey turtleneck (cowl neck?) sweater dress that I intensely wish I could wear more often, but we all know that ain't happening where I live. Unless I drive all the way to Cameron Highlands or Genting Highlands someday, maybe those places will be cool enough for it...


    Wearing:
    H&M zebra cardigan  |  H&M sweater dress (previously worn here)  |  Zara patched jeans  |  Adidas Stan Smith Honeycomb Green  |  Uniqlo Heattech top, leggings and socks



    To those who live in countries that experience all four seasons: what kind of thermal wear do you actually layer underneath your clothes? Do you guys find Uniqlo heattech to be effective? I've heard that some don't find them to work at all, but I'm obviously on team Uniqlo here!

    Thanks for readingair kisses and virtual hugs coming your way! xxoo

    PS: How about keeping up with my posts on Bloglovin'?

    13.3.16 .

    Nothing elaborate here, guys (probably nothing Instagram-worthy, either), but super simple and pretty effective, I promise! I just want to share with you guys my simplest way of achieving smokey eye makeup, that's appropriate even for daytime.



    I mean, I love all the fancy eye makeup looks: the cut crease thing, the winged out shadow, the quatro-tone shadow Kim Kardashian look I did before (this post, by the way), but sometimes girl just wants to cut down a 60-minute makeup routine way shorter.

    I spend most of my makeup session on my eye makeupconcealing or drawing eyebrows usually comes in secondbut this particular eye makeup takes such a short time but produces quite an impact, so I'm super down with this look. And did I say it's so easy to do? SO easy.

    First of all I applied my favourite foundation, Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua in 44 Beige Ambre (primer beforehand, if you use it) and primed my eyes with Urban Decay Primer Potion (optional; this is a must for me, though). Then with a fluffy eyeshadow brusheveryone can rely on the universally loved MAC 217!apply a brown eyeshadow shade all over your lid up to the crease and buff out the edges.

    You can switch brown eyeshadow with any colour for this stepblue purple green burgundy, go nutsbut I want to keep the look as understated as possible. Feel free to use a clean finger in place of a brush for this step, too, it's all about no-fuss.

    Then, with a small angled brush or a small thin brush, or even a cotton budI used Revlon thin lip brush, which works wonderfully for eye makeupapply black eyeshadow in a thin line very, very close to your top and bottom lashes, like this:



    I like to make the top liner slightly thicker, and draw a thin line under my eyes, stopping the line three-quarter in, leaving the lower inner corner of my eyes bare.

    This step really, really doesn't have to be perfected; smudginess is A-OK. The next steps to take after this are to clean up any shadow fallout (if there's any), conceal under the eyes, curl your lashes and apply mascara, and your eyes are DONE.



    I continued by powdering, adding a light bronzer along my cheekbones (or you can apply blush, of course), combed and gelled my brows (growing out my brows here, guys), and I finished off my makeup with a brown-red lipstick (refer top-most right photo).

    This is the kind of makeup that I always fall back on when I'm strapped for time. The beauty of this eye makeup to me is it goes with any and every lipstick imaginable! I had this exact eye makeup on for my birthday in January, which I paired with the darker MAC Rebel:



    Like I said, this eye makeup goes with everything.

    Do you guys have a go-to makeup look as well?

    These are the other makeup products I used in this post:
    The Balm Nude'tude Sultry and Serious eyeshadows
    MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NW35
    Mario Badescu Special Healing Powder
    Kiss Me Heroine Make Long And Curl Mascara
    Bourjois Delice de Poudre Bronzing Powder in 52 (the chocolate bar one)
    Kate Eyebrow Color in BR-1
    Revlon Colorstay Overtime Lipcolor in Always Sienna

    Thanks for reading! Loadsa air kisses and virtual hugs xo

    PS: So, speaking of Instagram earlier, here's mine; how about giving it a follow?

    10.3.16 .



    First of all I really just want to point this out: this H&M cat-ears beanie is right up my alley.

    Or if it's OK with you guys I'd like to switch up my words like this: my alley ---> my cat alley ---> my cat street ---> Cat Street. So it will be "this H&M cat-ears beanie is right up Cat Street".

    The reason for this is Cat Street is an actual street in Tokyo, in Omotesando, which has all the coolest shops there, so basically I'm saying "this beanie is the coolest".

    Anyway. This beanie. L-o-l-o-l-o-l-o-v-e IT.

    You know what, this is probably the first beanie I ever owned, ever. Now that I think about it, I find it a little baffling that I didn't buy at least one beanie back when I was studying in New Zealand, when I wasn't wearing the hijab yet. I mean, New Zealand was cold, guys. Plus, it's a cute accessory. Plus, beanies don't look all that bad on my hijabi-self either (I think...? Another possible evidence herered beanie was borrowed).

    In my November Tokyo trip last year I remember having this sudden need for a maxi black skirt, or a maxi black dress. Seriously, it was like a weird food craving. I swear, I went to all my favourite shops around Tokyo and could not find a single one maxi black skirt or dress. It was confounding; I felt like I was being bamboozled or something, like, "I can't find one single long black thing here? In TOKYO?" You know, like a bad joke was being played on me.

    I thought it was really weird. So weird that I'm typing words like 'confounding' and 'bamboozled' here. I would've settled for a dark grey or even a navy blue maxi something, but no. Nada. Three-quarter everything was all the rage back in November, apparently. So for my last Tokyo trip I made sure to bring a black maxi dress, just in case I had the same weird need again. Only to wear it only once, of course.


    Wearing: 
    Sense of Place camel coat (recently worn here)  |  Bershka green army jacket  |  Dotti dress (super duper old)  | Adidas AdiHoney MidW sneakers  |  H&M cat-ears beanie  |  H&M panda gloves  |  Bucket bag, random stall, Atria


    Weather forecast didn't say anything about rain on this particular day so I was really glad I had my trusty heattech leggings underneath my dress for the extra cool temp resulting from the surprise downpourwhich was underneath another pair of leggings. What can I say, I was born and bred in tropical gloriousness, so I'm afraid I'll never fully adapt to extreme cold!




    Photos were taken next to some Pachinko stores in Shibuya, using iPhone 6s because I was out shopping the whole day in Shibuya so it wasn't practical for me to carry my camera around.

    Thanks for reading, guysair kisses + virtual hugs!

    7.3.16 .



    This was one of the coats that I bought in my November Tokyo trip, alongside this mustard number, but I somehow didn't get as much use out of it as I had wanted to. (Translation: Not enough outfit photos of me in it.)

    It did such a service to me on this particular day though, when Shah and I were out exploring Tokyo on a cold, gloomy weekend day when it was pouring cats and dogs all day long. The coat isn't meant to be waterproof but it kept me warm and dry long enoughonly I arrived home late at night and discovered rainwater had soaked through around the sleeves area, but thankfully it didn't get to my skin!

    It did good, it did really good.



      [ Uhbsessed with this blue eyeliner by the waytotally intentionally matched my makeup to my hijab, too ]




      Bonika Studio navy blue coat, Ginza Inz
      Terranova yellow sweater
      Levi's slim jeans
      Adidas Stan Smith Honeycomb Green
      H&M panda gloves