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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.) [+]
    28.4.16 .



    One of the things that I loved about being in Japan was the street style vibes there were always bouncing off of me, giving me inspirations to try out new things with the clothes that are already existing in my own closet. Pairing a baggy, loose something with an even baggier, more loose something was ubiquitous in Tokyo; the Japanese definitely have their very own shabby-boho trend, and I lavsss it. It fits perfectly with my modest style, but with that extra edge that adds a little sum'in sum'in. 

    I feel like now that I've been back in Malaysia for a while, I'm afraid I'll soon forget how they dress, and it's getting harder to play off those vibes that are thousands of miles away... What can I say, my closet and I miss Tokyo dreadfully.

    FUCHSIA MUCHSIA?

    By the way, that deep fuchsia Bao Bao? I am officially

    Uhb. Sessed

    Got it last year in Tokyo (my wedding anniversary present awww) and I finally got around to wearing it. Hoarding all the good stuff, as usual.




    H&M poncho sweater  |  Ciaopanic dress  |  Libby Rose denim jacket  |  Pull & Bear scarf  |  Adidas Stan Smith x Pharrel Williams  |  Issey Miyake Bao Bao

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    28.4.16 .



    One of the things that I loved about being in Japan was the street style vibes there were always bouncing off of me, giving me inspirations to try out new things with the clothes that are already existing in my own closet. Pairing a baggy, loose something with an even baggier, more loose something was ubiquitous in Tokyo; the Japanese definitely have their very own shabby-boho trend, and I lavsss it. It fits perfectly with my modest style, but with that extra edge that adds a little sum'in sum'in. 

    I feel like now that I've been back in Malaysia for a while, I'm afraid I'll soon forget how they dress, and it's getting harder to play off those vibes that are thousands of miles away... What can I say, my closet and I miss Tokyo dreadfully.

    FUCHSIA MUCHSIA?

    By the way, that deep fuchsia Bao Bao? I am officially

    Uhb. Sessed

    Got it last year in Tokyo (my wedding anniversary present awww) and I finally got around to wearing it. Hoarding all the good stuff, as usual.




    H&M poncho sweater  |  Ciaopanic dress  |  Libby Rose denim jacket  |  Pull & Bear scarf  |  Adidas Stan Smith x Pharrel Williams  |  Issey Miyake Bao Bao

    26.4.16 .




    When I was in Tokyo I kind of dressed up at night just to go out and see the illuminated sakura at different parks at night. I mean, I can't be the only one who thought of these occasions as something special, surely.

    It's definitely a challenge to take photos at night (especially in such a huuuge crowd) but we tried to make it happen anyway, because when will I ever get to get photographed surrounded by illuminated sakura again?

    There were so, so many people oohing and aahing over the beautiful cherry blossoms, and everyone was taking photos of them and selfies with them, so we fit right into the crowd. No judgement here, guys, just loads of love!








    Aren't they just really something? XO

    24.4.16 .




    Honestly, the lobster meat from Luke's Lobster in Cat Street, off of the long stretch of Omotesando, was the juiciest lobster meat that had ever made its way into my digestive system. Basically bomb.com, guys. (PS: Has anyone ever checked if www.bomb.com is an actual website?)

    I think Luke's Lobster must have been relatively new because I didn't notice the little stall on my first few visits to Tokyo, but when I spotted it last November, I knew I had to give it a go, and I am SO GLAD I DID.
    That's one of the many, many things I love about Tokyo: they "import" all these amazing shops and cafes from other countries, like Max Brenner, Ben & Jerry's, and now Luke's Lobster!

    If you ever get to Omotesandoand you've got to, because Kiddy Land is therewhy not pay a little visit to Luke's Lobster? And afterwards check out the Adidas flagship store right down Cat Street, and the Ragtag opposite it?

    Ahhh, the good ol' times.

    Can't promise you there wouldn't be a long line in front of the counter, though; I think there was a good 40 people waiting in line when I was there during the cherry blossom week!





    22.4.16 .



    I honestly was planning on putting these marigold pants away for a bit because I've been reaching for them too many times; it felt like I wasn't sharing the love with my other pants. But then I was about to pack this rainbow pea coat into my bag for Tokyo and I realised my coat match the pants so wellI just had to wear them together, because when will I ever get to break this coat out again?


    Miss Selfridge pea coat  |  Mango black t-shirt  |  Ciaopanic marigold pants  |  Aldo monk strap shoes





    In case you're wondering about the backdrop, it was this tiny arcade near my hotel in Chiba, and it was completely empty. I was getting 'clown' vibes: colourful and supposedly promises fun times, but yet so, so creepy. I swear, if I had stayed there long enough, I could probably convince myself zombies would walk into it at any moment. And I NEVER had zombie thoughts, guys. Seriously.

    Thanks for reading this post! XO

    20.4.16 .

    If you've shopped online before (and we all have, no need for secrets in this safe space), you would know that nothing beats the thrill of receiving a box full of goodies you ordered online. The excitement of seeing your things for the very first time, the anticipation of trying them outit's like getting a present every single time, from you to you!

    My closet is in need of some freshening up so I think a good session of spring-cleaning would do: out with the old, worn-out things and in with the new, exciting stuff!

    To get a head start, I've already compiled a list of things that I would LAVVV to get my hands on from Zalora:



    (1) tw2oo Chrissy shades   |   (2) Aldo Delias Espadrilles in khaki green   |   (3) New Look Day Dreams And Ice Creams Zip Top Coin Purse   |   (4) L'Oreal Paris Super Liner V-Sculptor in bronze   |   (5) Juju Milky Blue Faux Marble Shard Cuff   |   (6) Something Borrowed Pencil Pointed Toe Flats   |   (7) Adidas White Santiago watch   |   (8) Maybelline The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette   |   (9) Factorie Crossover Drape Shirt   |   (10) Keds Champion Glitter Sneakers

    It's perfect timing for me to do a bit of online-shopping too since I just found out about ShopBack, a site that offers cashback reward program, which means I'm free to make use of any of the latest Zalora coupons to purchase the things on my wish list!

    If you don't know what 'cashback' is, it's basically this:
    • Choose the things you want to buy online
    • Buy them
    • Get some cash back after buying
    Seriously, did you guys know this was a thing with clothes-shopping? I thought this only happens when you make mega purchases, like cars. Shopping is already such a fulfilling experience (it really is) but to actually get some cash back immediately after spending cash kind of makes shopping a triple times better, doesn't it? If you're an avid fan of online shopping, you might as well start earning from it too with online deals at ShopBack!

    So many people shop online for the convenience, and not just at Zalora too, so it's a great thing that ShopBack has great deals and cashback rewards with other online sites as well; you can get your fashion fix with so many other tantalising fashion deals.

    Who doesn't want to shop and earn, right? You can have your cake and eat it too, you know, so start the process today by registering with Shopback right here.

    If you're not into online-shopping for clothes, no worries: ShopBack has deals with other non-fashion websites too, so make sure to check those out.

    Check out this video on cashback with ShopBack to get a clearer idea of the whole concept, and start getting money back from shopping!

    18.4.16 .




    I never get the chance to wear this paded bohemian-inspired cropped jacket in Malaysiait's just much too humid for it! (What else is new.) I've only worn it once early last year, and I just had to seize the chance to put it on once again when I was in Tokyo recently, and pull a double-denim duty alongside it.

    I can't wholeheartedly agree with the "You Can Never Be Overdressed" saying on my tee. I wear the top just because I think it's kitschyand actually because I'd feel bad about wearing it only once; it was purchased on a whim right before I watched a movie in a cold cinema, where I layered it on top of whatever outfit I had on at the time. Anyway I doubt that statement would be taken seriously by anybody reading it.
    Well, at least I hope it won't...

    I think you can be overdressed; I ain't gonna wear a ballgown when attending my best friend's birthday party, am I? That'd be such a douche move. If it were my own birthday party then that's a whole other story.

    And you definitely can be underdressed, too. I'm a believer in dressing appropriately for certain occasions. But not to say I've got it all at the back of my handno, I wish! But hey, one never stops learning.

    But one thing's for sure: it's always better to be overdressed than underdressed.

    Right? Thoughts?



    Jacket bought from Instagram online store (my sister's)  |  Tapas statement tee  |  Mango denim shirt  |  Zara patched jeans  |  Forever 21 boots


    Thanks for reading, guys! Share your thoughts in the comment section if you have any! XO

    15.4.16 .



    When I was younger, I used to go to those little pop-up bazaars all the time and bought heaps of my closet's fillers from them. Over time I discovered that with their sub par quality, they're not exactly the best investments to make. The things you see there are also usually trendy pieces that won't last the test of time, so I made a conscious decision not to make impulsive purchases at bazaars anymore.

    But then, whaddayaknow, I decided to go "Psych!" on myself when I saw this long shirt dress.

    It's a puzzler that even with all these lessons I collected from past experiences, I still buckled when I saw this polka dot, button-down long shirt at a pop-up bazaar last year. 'Sup with that, right? The only logic explanation I can come up with is I just really, really, really wanted a polka dot, button-down long shirt.

    And you know what darn it I LAVS IT. I even deemed it special enough to wear on the first day in Tokyo earlier this month. (It's a weird thing I have: special outfit for a special first day.)

    So, I guess, never say never...?


    Vintage Levi's oversized jacket (from Kinji)  |  Polka dot long shirt-dress from random stall from bazaar  |  Zara ripped jeans  |  Adidas Stan Smith Superpink  |  Chloe Mini Marcie in Brown Sugar


    13.4.16 .



    There are days when I need to leave the house ASAP but look presentable at the same time. Now, I don't know about you guys, but I find those days challenging. Honestly, I'm that person who stares at a closet full of clothes and pants and dresses and shoes and bags for 15 minutes and proclaim "I have nothing to weaaarrrrr".

    Let's be real though: that phrase that I constantly say in front of my closet isn't the truthnu-uhbut perhaps next time I should rephrase it to a more accurate "I don't know how to wear these things right this moment".

    It certainly doesn't boast as much 'zing' as the original sentence, but isn't that really what everyone mean when they say they have nothing to wear while standing in front of a filled closet?

    I bought this chiffon-like blazer thinking it would go with any pair of jeans I own, and it does, but I bet even the blazer is bored out of its fictional mind of being paired with jeans all the time. And these marigold pants that I adore are not the easiest thing to incorporate into an outfit; I wear them like palazzo pants but they're actually really high-waist culottes, something that every girl in Tokyo seems to wear, and wear so well. Plus, the colour is a strange shade of marigold. Strangely good in my eyes, anyway.

    So it turns out this long blazer doesn't just go with any jeans I own; it goes with any pants I own. Something that's worth remembering the next time I need to get ready fast, like this day, and all my favourite jeans are in the laundry basket.

    At least I know how to wear this long blazer at any moment!

    And if I don't know which shoes to go with the outfit? I'm confident white Stan Smiths goes with pretty much any outfit...don't they?


    Wearing:
    Bershka long blazer  |  Mango black t-shirt  |  Ciaopanic marigold pants  |  Adidas Stan Smith Superpink  |  Adidas gold clutch



    11.4.16 .


    The thing is, I don't like wearing glasses. I have a list and all to tell you why:
    • My makeup looks better without them on. I don't know how Bobbi Brown slays in glasses + makeup.
    • Mascara smears on the lenses when I have makeup on = NOT COOL.
    • Eye strain that comes and goes when I'm doing work on my laptop, or when I read a slammin' book.

    So the most obvious alternative for me is contact lens, of course.
    (Note: Lasik isn't so obvious for me, because I'm not ready for things that invade the inside of eyeballs.)

    On the other hand, there's this issue I have with contact lens: my eyes get dry REAL fast when I'm wearing them. Much sooner than ideal! I've tried a few eye drops in the market but their pitiful attempts at moisturising my eyes just don't cut it for me.

    Until these Rohto Eye Drops arrived in Malaysia, that is.



    Rohto eye drops sell like hot cakes in Japan, apparently, and now they've arrived in Malaysia. Fo realz, guys, these things actually work on me, and I've been using them for when I'm wearing contact lens and also on when I'm not.

    I decided to apply the blue-capped Rohto Cool eye drop just in my right eye one early afternoon with my contact lens on, to see if there is any significant difference between my right and left eye as they day progressed, and you know what? There really was. My right eye felt a lot fresher as evening time rolled around as compared to my dry left eye.

    The blue Rohto Aqua might produce a temporary "stinging" sensation in the eye as it has a more intense cooling level than the white-capped Aqua one. It sort of prompts natural tears to be produced to maximise moisturising purposes, if that makes sense. When using for the first time, I would recommend warning the people around you to not be alarmed as it could appear as if you're silently crying, like I did with that single tear drop running down my face. 

    And don't worry about the sting! You'll come out the other end appreciating the amazing sense of coolness and relaxation that that "sting" just provided you with. In fact, I much prefer using the stinging blue one than the milder white one, to be honest.



    By the way I went to the Rohto Eye Drops event recently where I panicked for one second because the bloggers who attended were asked to demonstrate using the eye drop with a Rohto poster as a backdrop, and I was all "Dang it, I'm SO BAD at aiming eye drops into my eyes, and now they want me to do it in front of everybody??" But I did so well, guys, first eye drop went straight into my right eye. SUCCESS.


    As I mentioned earlier, my eyes get strained when I'm doing laptop work or do too much reading, and both these eye drops help remedy that as well; a couple of drops in, wait for a few second before opening my eyes and they feel more relaxed already. 

    Another tip for strained eyes: avert your eyes from your laptop screen or your book and stare off into a far spacelike outside your windowfor some time, so that you can give your eyes a break from whatever hard work they were doing.


    Keep an eye out (see what I did there?) for Rohto Eye Drops in major pharmacies and hypermarkets around Malaysia, retailing for RM 16.90 each!

    PS: Rohto's price in Japan is about the same as here in Malaysia, so lucky us!
    PS2: Photos taken at a gorgeous hotel in Japan, which explains the beautiful room and the in-house robe. House-decor goals, guys.



    Thank you to Rohto Eye Drops for sponsoring this post, and thanks to The Butterfly Project as well. All opinions and thoughts on them are entirely my own!

    7.4.16 .


    I'm a self-confessed clothes-hoarder; I tend to buy something and keep it in my closet for ages because there just never seem to be a "right" time to wear it. This relatively dramatic witchery dress has probably been left unused in my possession for more than a year so I was starting to feel sorry for it.

    PS: Prrretty sure I'm not the only person in the world who feels sorry for inanimate objects.

    Throughout the year I kept pulling this dress in and out of my closet, asking myself "Maybe today?" but it was never that day. In the end I put it on for a casual tea session, on a completely ordinary day, at a place where I've been to many, many times, because I figured, why not just let the dress serve its purpose already?

    And then, you know, I could stop feeling sorry for an inanimate object, because I'm not sure that's very productive.



    This tea set in Serai is basically sinfully delish and chock-full of calories, I'm sure, but did I also mention they're awfully delicious? Milk tea, fried noodles, banana fritters, zig zag dress, bright blue eyelinerif that's not living life to the fullest I don't know what is.



    Wearing:
    Dress from the many stalls in Berjaya Times Square (ps: I think it cost me RM 29?)  |  Bershka denim jacket  |  Cotton On white slip-ons