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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.) [+]
    29.6.16 .


    YAY summer is hereee 

    oh wait it's summer all year around in Malaysia anyway, so, nope, the excitement is not applicable here - not so much. I've always wondered, do people who live in four-season countries feel bad for Malaysians because we only ever get "summer" every day, or are people maybe even jealous of that fact? I'm not sure if I'll ever know the answer.

    There's a story behind every thing in my closet, and as for these red pumps: 
    Shah and I were in London and I was shopping for an outfit to wear to see Matilda the Musical that very night. I adore all of Roald Dahl's books but my absolute favourite is Matilda - I'm in love with the book - and I was so exhilarated about getting to watch its West End adaptation that I wanted to dress up for it. 

    I ended up with these red pumps and a matching red top at H&M, and we went back to our hotel room where I got all dolled up (full-face makeup, spritzes of perfume, the whole deal) in preparation for the night. But right before we were going out of our hotel room door, I freaked out about hobbling on wet pavements (it was a rainy day but hey it's London, right?) and ultimately falling on my way there and missing the show, so I hastily switched to flats. 

    Cute red heels or no cute red heels, I had a fabulous night out in London; I felt like crying when the show ended, it was so moving. On top of that, Shah and I stumbled upon Jamie Oliver's Jamie's Italian restaurant on our way back to our hotel OHEMGEE Jamie Oliver guysss and had the best time eating pasta for supper. (PS: Nope, Jamie didn't magically appear, as much as I was willing it to happen.)

    Wearing: Mango long-sleeved crop top  |  no brand polka dot peplum top  | Mitsumaru Emsexcite ripped jeans  |  H&M red pumps  |  Furry bag from Nishi Ginza mall

    And that is the story of these shoes, and now you see me wearing it. It's amazing how just one piece of my closet can remind me of a whole wonderful adventure I had once upon a time - even when I didn't have it on during that particular adventure! Do your closet pieces do the same for you?

    Well, heels aren't really for me, anyway; the pain is not worth the hours of looking elongated and extra womanly. I'd have a pair on for one hour and go "Oh God no this is not working where my sneakers at WHERE THEM AT." But I guess putting them on for 59 minutes won't hurt me too much!
    Unless I fall over or tripped, which I didn't on the day these photos were taken, thank God.

    I wish I have the strength to not even look at heels when I'm out shopping, because why look at things that you can't get much wear out of (<--- this sounds like a lie, but nevermind that for now) but, well, I'm weak, and heels are too pretty...

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    29.6.16 .


    YAY summer is hereee 

    oh wait it's summer all year around in Malaysia anyway, so, nope, the excitement is not applicable here - not so much. I've always wondered, do people who live in four-season countries feel bad for Malaysians because we only ever get "summer" every day, or are people maybe even jealous of that fact? I'm not sure if I'll ever know the answer.

    There's a story behind every thing in my closet, and as for these red pumps: 
    Shah and I were in London and I was shopping for an outfit to wear to see Matilda the Musical that very night. I adore all of Roald Dahl's books but my absolute favourite is Matilda - I'm in love with the book - and I was so exhilarated about getting to watch its West End adaptation that I wanted to dress up for it. 

    I ended up with these red pumps and a matching red top at H&M, and we went back to our hotel room where I got all dolled up (full-face makeup, spritzes of perfume, the whole deal) in preparation for the night. But right before we were going out of our hotel room door, I freaked out about hobbling on wet pavements (it was a rainy day but hey it's London, right?) and ultimately falling on my way there and missing the show, so I hastily switched to flats. 

    Cute red heels or no cute red heels, I had a fabulous night out in London; I felt like crying when the show ended, it was so moving. On top of that, Shah and I stumbled upon Jamie Oliver's Jamie's Italian restaurant on our way back to our hotel OHEMGEE Jamie Oliver guysss and had the best time eating pasta for supper. (PS: Nope, Jamie didn't magically appear, as much as I was willing it to happen.)

    Wearing: Mango long-sleeved crop top  |  no brand polka dot peplum top  | Mitsumaru Emsexcite ripped jeans  |  H&M red pumps  |  Furry bag from Nishi Ginza mall

    And that is the story of these shoes, and now you see me wearing it. It's amazing how just one piece of my closet can remind me of a whole wonderful adventure I had once upon a time - even when I didn't have it on during that particular adventure! Do your closet pieces do the same for you?

    Well, heels aren't really for me, anyway; the pain is not worth the hours of looking elongated and extra womanly. I'd have a pair on for one hour and go "Oh God no this is not working where my sneakers at WHERE THEM AT." But I guess putting them on for 59 minutes won't hurt me too much!
    Unless I fall over or tripped, which I didn't on the day these photos were taken, thank God.

    I wish I have the strength to not even look at heels when I'm out shopping, because why look at things that you can't get much wear out of (<--- this sounds like a lie, but nevermind that for now) but, well, I'm weak, and heels are too pretty...

    27.6.16 .

    My head is throbbing from the headache I'm currently having, but I feel like I haven't checked in with you guys for a little too long!



    1) It's the 22nd day of Ramadhan already, I mean, just, wow - time flies, guys.
    Eid, which is on the first day of the month of Syawal in the Islamic calendar, is a huuuge celebration here in Malaysia. The hugest, as a matter fact. One of the biggest part of Eid is the outfit we wear - not even kidding. It's not just me, I promise; it really plays a big part in everyone's Eid. We usually go for a more traditional garb - or modern versions of traditional garbs, more precisely. I wore this super simple top and songket sarong last year on Eid, but I much preferred the pink and green caftan I had on in 2014 - plus that MRANDMRS clutch is one of my favourites, evahhh.
    Most people buy fabrics and have their outfits made for Eid but ever since I got married to Shah, we've made ready-made-Eid-outfit-hunting a sport, which we will have to do sometime this week!
    I'm also thinking of getting henna done because I am Uhb-Sessed with henna designs (love the one in the photo, which I got done before Ramadhan), but we'll see if I can make it happen.


    2) Getting sick is one of the uncool things that can happen in the month of Ramadhan, and unfortunately, I'm a little under the weather at the moment - it's also why I've not been spending time on my laptop and on Affordorable. Fortunately, though, I'm currently not fasting because of that time of the month. If there's a time to be sick in the fasting month - for the ladies, anyway - it's when we're having our period!
    I enjoy fasting, and I love the month of Ramadhan, so I'm looking forward to continuing my fasting soon, and with ease as well.

    3) I got myself two magazines, and seriously guys, it is the biggest deal ever. Not even kidding, I can't remember the last time I bought a magazine. Maybe when I was 15...? I never really needed one after the Internet blew up, but when I found out Nicole Warne was gracing the cover of the June edition of Harper's Bazaar Malaysia, I just had to get one; I've been a huge fan of Nicole ever since I started blogging about my personal style.
    Coincidentally, the UK's Glamour did a "social issue" featuring some of the most famous digital influencers, so I thought "Well I might as well!".
    Only I then subsequently brooded over the fact that magazines are so expensive nowadays, and started reminiscing about how magazines were super affordable back when I was in my early teens, which enabled my friends and I to collect all our fave heartthrobs' posters.


    To my Muslim friends, how is your Ramadhan going so far (and have you gotten your Eid outfit yet please do share, and what kuihs and cakes are you guys making for Eid)? The final ten days now, so let's make sure we all make them count!

    I hope all of you have a fantastic week! See you when I get better (it's just cold and sore throat, nothing to worry about!), love you guys, always XO

    23.6.16 .


    I'm totally fixated on denim jeans right now (still not sick of them and always talking about them) so flare ones just seem like a natural progression.

    Well, and also because I've worn and re-worn my other jeans so many times that I'm not left with much choices, and these flare jeans just happen to be at the bottom of my stack of jeans...


    It's a real revival, alright; these jeans are almost a decade old. A decade. I didn't even realise I could care for a clothing item for that long, so I feel like this should call for a celebration or something. I can't even remember the moment I bought them, but I can tell you for sure now that it is not a joke to say jeans are one of the few things in your closet that will stand the test of time - even when you didn't provide it with as much care and loving!

    I remember looking at many old photos of my mom in flare jeans - loads of old photos, and loads of flare jeans. Not just on her but on her sisters, her girl friends, her cousins, her brothers, her guy friends...it was like flare or nothing back then, it seemed! Didn't your moms and aunties and dads and uncles wear the same things, too? I have to say, it's pretty darn cool that flare jeans are being revived again right now - it's truly the circle of life.

    Or, OK, it really is the circle of the flare jeans, which is more accurate, but saying Circle of Life sounds deeper, that's all.

    This top, by the way, was a birthday present from my little sister. How amazing are those intricate woven patterns? She saw the top in H&M and said it was "so me".
    Which I think it might just be.

    Wearing: H&M tied top  |  Jeanswest flare jeans  |  Something Borrowed peep toe booties (also worn here and here!)

    To be honest, even though I really like this particular pair of flare jeans, I've always been generally hesitant of them. How about you? Are you in on the flare trend that's making its comeback, or not?

    21.6.16 .


    Just a casual day out, doing the usuals, with the usual suspect, you know: grocery-shopping, taking photos outside the grocer, those sort of things.

    Still on my jeans kick, as you can see here. I've gone through almost all of my pairs of jeans, being in this 'only-denim-jeans' phase, and the dangerous thing is I'm starting to see gaps in my jeans collection. Like, have you guys ever seen me in a pair of white jeans? No, because I don't own one. Is that normal? To not own white jeans? 

    It shouldn't be normal, especially since Malaysians doesn't abide by that 'no-white-after-Labour-day' rule. (Also, our Labour Day is on 1 May every year. And also, we spell it l-a-b-o-U-r, which is the UK way.) Really, I should definitely be owning white jeans, guys.

    And you know what's worse? Not owning black jeans. Which I don't. I mean, I do, but even my most favourite pair of black jeans isn't working on me anymore. I'm living exclusively on various shades of blue jeans, guys. This needs to change.

    In the meantime, spicing my blue jeans up with this 'L' varsity jacket ('L' for Liyana, of course) and my chewing-gum clutch!

    Wearing: Factorie varsity jacket  |  Factorie grey t-shirt  |  Levi's jeans  |  Cotton On slip-ons  |  chewing-gum clutch from Laforet Harajuku  |  Heart-shaped shades from Shibuya 109

    17.6.16 .

    As much as my love for makeup go hand-in-hand with my passion for fashion, I'm just not a regular makeup-purchaser anymore, with me rather always choosing to rely on my regular makeup favourites.

    But I was really excited when I saw Revlon Colorburst matte balm lipsticks in Sasa at Mitsui Oultet near KLIA last month; I've been wanting to test out Fiery for a while after reading Kate of Kate La Vie's many praises for it (that girl can really sell makeup), but I never got around to it. There were also three other discounted shades (for less than half the retail price!) so I thought I might as well give all four shades a go!

    Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in 210 Unapologetic
    Shade: Bright pink - almost bubblegum-like (on me, anyway!)

    Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in 240 Striking
    Shade: Warm orangey red

    Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in 250 Standout
    Shade: Vibrant cooler red

    Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in 270 Fiery
    Shade: Plumy red (it appears more plum IRL though!)
    I'm a fan of Revlon's Super Lustrous range, and now I'm pleased to find another lip range from Revlon to love! I honestly adore these matte balms - I really should have acquired them sooner. I was wondering how Revlon would come out with a moisturising balm that's matte, but I think they've done a pretty good job - although it should be noted that these matte balms are not completely matte. They are however a fantastic option for those who crave for a mattifying lip result that would still be kind to dry lips.

    They're surprisingly pigmented, too; Unapologetic and Standout come out particularly strong on my lips compared to the other two. I can't decide which is my most favourite shade, but it's definitely between Striking and Fiery. All four are such beautiful colours, though.

    Have you tried any of these matte balms?

    Note: If anyone is wondering, buying makeup at an outlet - where things tend to be out-of-season and are unused old batches - is actually not a bad idea at all, providing the MFG date (manufacturing date) is recent enough; all of these Revlon lipsticks were made late last year.

    Check out my recent favourites from Revlon's Super Lustrous range:
    14.6.16 .


    Lumberjack chic is a thing, right?

    I'm reviving plenty of old things in this outfit: I loved these cutout boots, a purchase I made in Bershka Shibuya last year and had only worn at most thrice (not for the lack of love though, for sure!) - and believe it or not, the last time I wore this short-front-long-back top was two years ago.

    Well, at least nobody can't accuse me of wearing my things only once! I feel like my own best version of a casual Kate Middleton right now, so proud of myself.

    I'm foreseeing wearing these boots more often, because girl wants to wear some boots and cutout boots are the only practical boots to wear in hot and humid Malaysia, after all!

    Wearing: Adidas jacket  |  Pull & Bear top  |  Bershka boyfriend jeans  |  Bershka cutout boots

    10.6.16 .

    A woman dressed to the nines more often than not gives the impression that she spent a fortune on her outfit, even though in the back of our minds, we know that clothes aren't indicative of our bank account. Take a look at Mark Zuckerberg: his net worth is estimated to be $51.6 billion (!) yet he wears the same grey t-shirt pretty much every day.

    But having all the money in the world doesn't necessarily dictate your fashion sense, does it? I mean, I'd like to think that of all people, I should know, being the person who makes a point to always buy affordable clothes (and constantly surprising people when they find out how much I spend on my clothes!). So, by that logic, it’s completely possible to look like a million bucks - figuratively, that is - without breaking the bank.



    Shopping on a budget is often easier said than done admittedly, and too many times we fall into the trap of browsing through every aisle and spending much more than originally intended. Sounds all too familiar, doesn't it? But really, it’s all about shopping smartly, ladies! (And dudes, of course!) 

    To help you with that, here are a few things to keep in mind:

    1) Buy What You Need
    Trust me, I know all too well about buying things on a whim, but that is exactly how I know that strictly buying what you need as opposed to what you're lusting after is what will ensure you're being really kind to your bucks. Versatility in your items are key in your buys along with the fabric makeup - which means it’s not enough to purchase on “looks” alone. As Redbook Mag explains, clothing that is short, tiny and shiny will look cheap, no matter how much you spend. Knowing your wardrobe essentials will instantly make your trips to the mall efficient in terms of time and money.

    2) Find a Good Tailor
    It’s tough finding items that fit you perfectly - something that my pear-shaped self know all too well! Even if you spot a clothing items that is made of great quality material, is on sale and is something you foresee as being totally functional, trying it on and finding out that it is too long or loose might make you give up and hurtle in the direction of an overpriced boutique.

    But hold it! As the Full Beauty brand Woman Within states, a great fit is the basis of loving your body, but if there’s an inexpensive item that needs some adjusting, you'll save a lot less to get it tailored to your body rather than hopping from shop to a more expensive shop to find a better-fitting garment - and that may very well end up in you forking out for something above your price range. 

    It took me a few tries, but I have found my go-to alteration shop that helps me fix ill-fitting clothes to adapt better to my body. The service is inexpensive, and when combined with the price of my purchase, the total would still be much lesser than buying something higher-end. This way, I'm happy, and so is my wallet!

    3) Embrace Thrift Shopping

    Hand-me-downs get a lot of flack for being outdated, but you’ll be surprised with what you find at a thrift store! I really got into thrifting when I lived in Paris and Tokyo, both of which were havens for quality second-hand stuff. From vintage pieces to classics and beyond, there really are plenty of treasures to choose from, all at bargained prices.

    One good tip for getting a great deal out of your thrift trip? Look for jeans, as suggested by Fuelzee; those jeans will have already been broken into, allowing you to move freely in them compared to a brand new pair of denim jeans!



    Any other tips on how to shop for clothes on a budget?

    9.6.16 .


    It's weird, but I go through phases with denim jeans. I remember last year when I kept putting jeans on every time I go out and subsequently got sick of them - something I didn't even know was possible! - that I bought a bunch of palazzo pants and culottes and skirts just so that I could shove my jeans at the very back of my closet and not grab them for a while.

    And now? Well, I can't seem to stop wearing and re-wearing them. Don't even care so much about palazzos and culottes and skirts. Go figure. I'd probably get sick of denim jeans pretty soon at the rate I'm going...

    Wearing: Kitschen cardigan  |  Cotton On Beetlejuice t-shirt (men's)  |  Levi's jeans  |  Adidas x Pharrell Williams Stan Smith sneakers (these ones, with yellow shoelaces swapped in)  |  Glass Line sling bag

    Question: Do you guys ever get sick of denim jeans? It'd be nice to know I'm not the only one!

    PS: Uhbsessed with this Beetlejuice t-shirt, which you can also see me style in: Sneakers + A Whole Lotta LipsSneakers Love, and Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice!

    6.6.16 .

    Can you guys believe it's June already?
    Like.
    What.
    I can't believe I've been 30 for almost a whole 6 months already!

    1) It's the first day of Ramadhan today! I feel very, very blessed and incredibly grateful to have met the holy month again.
    My first day of fasting was uneventful and went very well. I made my very first overnight oats for sahur, or suhoor (the pre-dawn meal Muslims eat before fasting starts) in the afternoon for later tonight, complete with organic peanut butter and chia seeds. (Just saying "organic" and "chia seeds" make me feel all super healthy and good, and I bet that doesn't happen with just me.)


    Ramadhan sunset <3

    2) I watched Angry Birds, Me Before You and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and enjoyed all three.
    I've played Angry Birds for like 10 seconds - and I honestly meant 10 seconds in the most literal sense, not kidding - so I didn't have much interest in the movie until I saw its humongous ad poster in the highway and thought Red the red bird and his eyebrows looked too cute to ignore. 
    Me Before You was moderately enjoyable but totally made by the sweet, amazing Emilia Clarke, whose eyebrows have the most life I've ever seen in any eyebrows - even more then Red, yesss.
    I can't miss TMNT, purely because of my childhood good times with the four turtles!


    3) Are you guys as excited about Harry Potter and The Cursed Child script book? I've pre-ordered mine at Popular bookstore, and I really hope I don't get the "Your magical book has arrived" call or text much later than the release date of 31 July.


    So what's been happening with you?

    5.6.16 .


    Do you know there's this 12-feet tall "I LOVE KL" sign in Kuala Lumpur? So, I hadn't visited it, which is not at all embarrassing, since this situation is totally just like how Parisians don't ever bother going up the Eiffel Tower, right? I thought it was finally time for Shah and I to check out the sign and get a few photos with itor, more accurately, for him to snap a bunch of photos of me with the sign.

    The sign is right next to Dataran Merdeka, or the Merdeka Square, or Independence Square when translated literally; it was the very special venue where Malaysia's flag was raised for the first time in the year 1957 after we regained independence. The current flag pole that's proudly hoisting the Malaysia flag in the square is at least 95 metres high, which makes it one of the tallest in the world, if not the tallest!


    I've always had a soft spot for the square because I find it to be one of the prettier places in the bustling city of KL with the beautiful Sultan Abdul Samad building adjacent to it, but my favourite building in the area is actually the striped National Textile Museum, which always reminds me of 'Where's Waldo?'!

    It was a very cloudy, windy day so it felt relatively cool for Kuala Lumpurperfect day for Shah and I to just chill in the square before dinner time.

    Wearing: Avan Lily shirt (part of this shirt + skirt suit!)  |  Zara ripped jeans  |  Pull & Bear strappy flats  |  Zara box clutch

    By the way, if you're wondering where my photo with the "I LOVE KL" sign is: tourists were swarming the sign when Shah and I got there, so I thought it was best to let them have their moment with it. If we didn't live 20 minutes away from it, I'd definitely be one of the swarmers myself, but there's always next time! Maybe we'll even visit the inside of the textile museum then?