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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.) [+]
    30.12.16 .

    I remember last year in December when style bloggers were making "round-ups" of their favourite outfits of 2015 and feeling ridiculously jealous, thinking, "Why didn't I do a round-up myself??", because I thought it was a brilliant idea. It would have given me the chance to see my past outfits of the year, to assess them and to decide what trends I still like and don't like (which I also see as an opportunity to weed out clothes and bring new ones in, too).

    Now, OK, I honestly attempted to narrow it down to 'Ten Most Favourite Outfits of 2016' but as it turns out, I'm bad at choosing only 10 out of the 94 or so outfits I've shot this year - sorry, guys! Perhaps I'll do better at the end of 2017 (!!!2017!!!) because rounding up 17 freakin' outfits sounds so much worse than choosing 16, which is what I've done in this post... My bad, my bad.
    I actually have a few outfits from this year that I haven't posted up yet (I already know they're not in my Top 16 of 2016), but they'll still be coming into this space soon - although I'm already way more super excited about new clothes and new outfits to wear in the new year!

    Which ones of these 16 outfits are your favourite? Let me know in the comment box down below, including your plans this New Year's Eve! Mine is a little intimate party of dinner and card games with my family, which, as always, has been my favourite way to ring in a new year.

    ♥ ♥ ♥

    Clockwise from top left: 

    Clockwise from top left:


    Clockwise from top left:


    Clockwise from top left:
    1) What I Wore To F1 Qualifying Day: Pyjama Love (love this scarf more but prefer these shoes)
    4) A Little Masculinity + A Whole Lotta Femininity


    PS: Whatever fun thing you've planned, don't forget to be safe when celebrating the arrival of next year! XO

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    30.12.16 .

    I remember last year in December when style bloggers were making "round-ups" of their favourite outfits of 2015 and feeling ridiculously jealous, thinking, "Why didn't I do a round-up myself??", because I thought it was a brilliant idea. It would have given me the chance to see my past outfits of the year, to assess them and to decide what trends I still like and don't like (which I also see as an opportunity to weed out clothes and bring new ones in, too).

    Now, OK, I honestly attempted to narrow it down to 'Ten Most Favourite Outfits of 2016' but as it turns out, I'm bad at choosing only 10 out of the 94 or so outfits I've shot this year - sorry, guys! Perhaps I'll do better at the end of 2017 (!!!2017!!!) because rounding up 17 freakin' outfits sounds so much worse than choosing 16, which is what I've done in this post... My bad, my bad.
    I actually have a few outfits from this year that I haven't posted up yet (I already know they're not in my Top 16 of 2016), but they'll still be coming into this space soon - although I'm already way more super excited about new clothes and new outfits to wear in the new year!

    Which ones of these 16 outfits are your favourite? Let me know in the comment box down below, including your plans this New Year's Eve! Mine is a little intimate party of dinner and card games with my family, which, as always, has been my favourite way to ring in a new year.

    ♥ ♥ ♥

    Clockwise from top left: 

    Clockwise from top left:


    Clockwise from top left:


    Clockwise from top left:
    1) What I Wore To F1 Qualifying Day: Pyjama Love (love this scarf more but prefer these shoes)
    4) A Little Masculinity + A Whole Lotta Femininity


    PS: Whatever fun thing you've planned, don't forget to be safe when celebrating the arrival of next year! XO

    28.12.16 .



    I feel so grateful and like my old self, recovering from the nasty cold I had contracted on Saturday (from people who never learned to cover their mouth while coughing, like is it not about to be 2017, people?? If you haven't learned by now when will youuu).

    This morning I woke up feeling well enough to finally check out year-end sales (after lunchtime, as I was celebrating getting my taste buds back by indulging in brunch), then ended up going to a different mall for dinner to see what else is out there - then promptly regretting my decision, because I ended up buying things I don't love a hundred percent.

    So typical, Liyana.
    Ty. Pi. Cal. 

    But let's see if I can exchange those items tomorrow... (Dang it do stores allow exchange on sale items??)


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    This cowl neck long sweater is one of my cosiest sweaters EVER, one that I've terribly missed wearing as it's much too warm to wear out and about around my hot and humid town! I bought it specially for my previous back-and-forth trips to Japan, during which it ended being really useful; not only is it comfortable but as mentioned, it kept me warm as toast during the super cold winter with just Uniqlo heattech layers underneath (those things are a GODSEND) and a coat on top (like with this zebra coat).

    My trip to Bukit Tinggi for my anniversary was the perfect opportunity to break out this sweater from deep inside my closet as the place is a lot cooler than Kuala Lumpur, but when Shah decided to do a quick visit to Genting Highlands - which has an even cooler temp - during night time, I thought, "Perfect!" and did a quick change from this denim-on-denim outfit by substituting the top parts out into this cowl sweater (and hid the cowl under my hijab so people don't think I'm delusional, because we were still in hot and humid Malaysia, after all) and a different pair of shoes.



    Wearing: H&M cowl sweater  |  Monki jeans  |  Adidas AdiHoney sneakers  |  H&M bag

    25.12.16 .



    I don't know why so many people hate on denim on denim, but it's totally OK that they do, of course - everyone's entitled to their own opinion. But one thing's fo sho, I'm a total staunch supporter of the "Canadian tuxedo", as some of you might know!

    It's not easy to find the right balance with this look, though. I mean, it's quite a challenge to look expensive when piling denims on yourself, isn't it? Britney and Justin's infamous combined load of denims probably cost more than all of my affordable but too many clothes put together (it's hard to have denim-on-denim conversations without mentioning them), so as adorable as they looked next to each other, they don't exactly look like a million bucks, do they?
    (PS: We can agree to disagree with the usage of adjective "adorable" to describe the insane amount of denims on them, by the way; you can use "horrifying" and I'd still respect your opinion.)

    Basically I'm saying it's too easy to look cheap when you have too much denims on, but this is obviously a balance beam that I don't mind crossing over - and by the way I hate balance beams, so this proclamation is a huuuge deal.




    To be completely honest, I don't know how long I'll be into this trend; if the look disappears from street-style snaps, or if a verbal ban is placed on the trend (by people whose fashion taste buds I trust and rely on, that is)...or maybe once I turn 40 years old, I don't know, I might think otherwise, look at old photos of me in jeans shoulders-to-ankles and say to myself "The HECK was I thinking??"

    But judging from these pics (taken during the second day of my anniversary trip!), I think it's pretty obvious I won't be changing my tune on the trend anytime soon...





    What's your take on the trend?

    Wearing: Vintage Levi's denim jacket  |  Miira Mew split-side long t-shirt  |  Monki cat jeans (first worn in Pink Cool Cat)  |  Adidas Superstar Snakeskin sneakers  |  Kate Spade bag  |  Nichii scarf

    To see more outfits from my anniversary trip, read When Will My New Favourite Come Along? and Peach Mesh Dress!

    PS: Merry Christmas to those celebrating the festivity! I hope it will be an extra merry occasion for you all this year - wish I could be joining in on the feasts that's about to go down! <3

    23.12.16 .


    Who knew I'd like anything mesh? I mean, mesh? MESH?? 

    It was unthinkable, yet made so much sense as an addition to my wardobe. And - surprise surprise - I want more mesh stuff now.


    I had no idea how I would wear it or what I would wear it with but I did know I wanted to wear it somewhere special, so I decided to bring it along to my anniversary trip with Shah in Bukit Tinggi - without much planning, may I add, because I really would have preferred a different pair of shoes to go with the mesh dress. And a different bag. 
    I mean, I look decent here and all, but, still. Remind me to plan out entire outfits next time I go travelling, will yah? 

    Shah and I ended up going to this beautiful serene, calm Japanese garden in the afternoon but I didn't realise how contradictory my outfit would feel to the ambience there initially. Then again, this won't be the first time my outfit mismatches the location (and knowing me and my track record in the lack of early-planning, I know this wont be the last time, either).

    But you have to know one thing about my Eiffel Tower Longchamp Le Pliage: I bought it way, wayyy back in 2013 when I was living in Paris, but it has not been out to see the world since the lady at Longchamp wrapped it up there. How. Freakin'. Amazing. Is that? I mean, such a testament to the power of my hoarding abilities, is it not?



    Wearing: Monki mesh top layer dress (it's on sale!)  |  no-brand black maxi dress |  Adidas high top sneakers  |  Longchamp Le Pliage Eiffel Tower

    22.12.16 .



    Honestly, wearing makeup is fun. I usually hold a private party for one (one = me) while applying it, too, usually blasting my fave songs of the moment and singing along to them - I even snack whilst doing my makeup at times! (Is it just me?)
    Finding the right match in foundations, however? A complete, total chore.

    Well, for my NC43-44 skin tone, anyway - but honestly, is there anyone out there who doesn't find the quest to find The One (of foundations, that is) more than a little stressful?

    Also, what is up with the need that some girls have to test out as many foundations as they could, even when they've found a foundation / foundations that have proven to be their best friend? It's truly a mind-boggling mystery to me, and it's made even more mysterious because I happen to be one those girls myself...

    . . . . . . .

    I had loved NARS Sheer Glow; out of the number of foundations I've tried, shade Syracuse is probably the one foundation that matches my skin shade the closest - and it evens suits my oily-combination skin. You'd think after I ran out of it, I'd just buy another bottle, right?
    Nope. Wrong.
    (Refer to the paragraph above.)

    Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua was my "HG" as well (the finish is so natural and divine!) but I have a good excuse for not repurchasing it: shade 44 Beige Ambre that I bought in Charles de Gaulle airport (Terminal 2) is not sold in Malaysia.

    So as much as I loved those two foundations, of course, I decided to try out new things after all: NARS Velvet Skin Tint and Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet foundations. To be fair, it isn't that crazy of an idea, because both have had such great reviews. I'm here to share another great one myself, but with one complaint: their shades are not right for me. But if you can find your perfect match in either one of these foundations or both - you lucky soul, you.



    Summing them up:

    NARS Velvet Skin Tint

    Texture:
    • Smooth, creamy paste
    Scent:
    • Tiniest hint of medicinal-alcohol whiff, but isn't bothersome at all
    Finish:
    • Medium coverage, more so than Sheer Glow; concealer needed less
    • Natural mattifying finish
    • Non-cakey
    • Evens skin out
    • Great staying power
    Cons:
    • Med 2 Annapurna slightly too dark and orangey on me; shade Med 1 on the other hand turns ashy on me
    Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet

    Texture:
    • Smooth watery liquid
    Scent:
    • Pleasant florally smell
    Finish:
    • Light coverage, but more than Vitalumiere Aqua
    • Natural finish; slightly dewy but not as dewy as Vitalumiere Aqua
    • Evens skin out
    • Great staying power
    Cons:
    • Shade 40 Beige is slightly too light and turns ashy on me

    Final verdict: I think I prefer the finish of these two foundations compared to their previously tried counterparts (NARS Sheer Glow and Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, that is), but unfortunately I can't say the same for the shades offered. what a pity! In the end, I'll be sticking with my two "HG"s in the future, thank you very much.
    But I'd like to find blessings in disguise, so since one foundation is darker than my skintone while the other is lighter, it means I am able to mix them to create a shade that suits my skin better at the end of the day - but this also means creating hassles, since I can't get the mix right or even the exact same shade every single time! But when life gives you lemons, you make lemon cupcakes. 
    (Not a fan of lemonade, but cupcakes, well, I'm on board every single time.)

    . . . . . . .

    The story long story is, I purchased Perfection Lumiere Velvet first, with the salesperson in Chanel One Utama applying shade 40 on me and insisted it would be completely pointless for me to try shade 50 as it'd be too dark for me, so, basically, mistake number 1: I listened to her. She was wrong. 
    Reminder: Salespersons ≠ makeup artists.

    Mistake number 2: Not testing my purchased foundation properly within the first seven days and realising its shade was too light for me until it was too late. (Yes, as it turns out, Chanel Malaysia gives customers SEVEN FREAKIN' DAYS ONLY to return purchased products, as written in not-so-visible font at the very bottom of the receipt. Plus, they never returned my polite email to them, either; I have to say I expected better from Chanel.)

    Since I found the Chanel too light on me and badly needing (OK OK, wanting) a decent foundation, I set out to NARS Mid Valley to see what Velvet Skin Tint was all about - and then the salesperson there tried to get me to do the same thing: buy one shade lighter, which looks much, much too ashy on me. When it comes to foundations, I find that looking darker but getting the tone right is always a better option that looking lighter and greyish - especially for someone in a hijab with her neck covered at all times, of course - so I'm embarassed that I even fell for mistake number 1, because I thought I had learned from past mistakes! I'm also beginning to think I can't trust anybody who works at makeup stores in Malaysia, honestly. 
    But here's mistake number 3: Not buying the damn Sheer Glow, Liyana.

    . . . . . . .

    One thing's for sure: if natural finish is your thayng and if you can find your exact match, don't hesitate to BUY THESE FOUNDATIONS - you (probably) won't regret it.

    Have you guys tried these foundations? And ever had annoying experiences with buying foundations? Share with me!

    20.12.16 .




    I find that putting on a flowy, long-sleeved maxi-dress is the easiest way to achieve 'fast modest fashion' - but seriously why is it so darn hard to find a good-looking, affordable, long-sleeved maxi-dress?
    Whyyyyyyy?
    Perhaps I'm just picky, but I can't seem to find another good one that ticks all of MY right boxes: maxi ✓, long sleeves ✓, flowy ✓, comfy ✓, kitschy ✓...seriously, my requirements aren't even that strict, really.

    Well, OK except for the kitschy part, maybe - I'm a little choosy about that one. But still, I'm not asking for the moon or anything, you know.



    It's been quite the search to find a similar dress - or at least a dress that can evoke the same feeling as this one did - but I can honestly say my sartorial needs aren't making things any easier for me because after all, it was love/lust at first sight with this floral dress! Like it was legit all heart-eyes emoji with me when I saw it on the mannequin in H&M's store front, guys.

    I'm not going to give up on my search for my next Most Favourite Dress though; when the going gets tough, the tough get going! You know that famous saying "I could give up shopping, but I'm not a quitter"? I'd really like to think I'm the same kind of person who inspired that saying...

    I still plan to get as many wear as I can out of this dress, though; it was special enough to wear to my first ever F1 Race Day experience (I danced to Usher's live performance in this, too), and it was certainly special enough to wear for my dinner with Shah, to celebrate our 7th marriage anniversary <3





    Wearing: H&M dress  |  Adidas sneakers  |  H&M bag

    PS: See the outfit I wore when I first arrived to this French-inspired resort!

    16.12.16 .



    Shah and I wanted a chill, relaxing vacation for a few days to celebrate our 7th year anniversary (PS: It's normal to anually be surprised at the number of years you've been married to your spouse, right? Like all couples experience that?) and we got it in Bukit Tinggi, which is located about one hour from where Shah and I live - and I actually meant "chill" in the literal sense, too, since the place is a tad higher up in altitude and can get about 10 degrees Celcius cooler than good ol' hot and humid Kuala Lumpur.

    My goal during that one-hour drive was really just to be comfortable, because if you've been to Genting Highlands (whose exit is before Bukit Tinggi's, I mean) you'd know how dizzying the snake-like roads up there can get.
    Tip: If you're one of those people who can't help but get motion sickness, do NOT lust after any McD's that you'll spot along the way - no no NO.

    Thank God I don't get motion sickness easily but as someone who constantly travels as a passenger in a car on looonnnggg drives (Shah's hometown is 4-5 hours away and we go back pretty often), I've learned to prioritise comfort over style; like I legit am in constant fear of bumping into an ex-schoolmate or an ex-boyfriend (horror) or anyone I know - or you even, because in my head, there's that risk of you seeing me and being all "And she calls herself a personal STYLE blogger mah GOD", and I can't handle seeing that on your face to be honest. But this fear is real, guys, so if you see me at any R&R or any stop along the way, and I look like I just rolled out of the bed or similarly, I'd rather you just pretend you don't know me, really...

    But even though comfort is number 1, it was my anniversary after all, and if I wanted to look slightly cuter for my husband instead of looking like the usual real-life version of I-Woke-Up-Like-Dis (not the Instagram kind), I think that's totally understandable! Which explains why I put on my precious Adidas floral skirt for this particular trip, instead of sweatpants, or those jeans from my A-Levels days that's gone horribly loose (but so sinfully comfortably, guys) around the hips that I exclusively reserve for long drives.




    Speaking of good ol' things, remember this LA sweater? Look at how big that grin was when I wore it for the first time in Tokyo, guys. I remember being stoked at finding it amongst the random sale items in H&M KLCC last year; I was in between my trips to Japan and was determined to find more nice new clothes to bring there, so the moment my hand wrapped around this sweater - which feels SO cosy and lush on - it felt like it was meant to be.
    Because Liyana Aris, guys. Of course.



    Wearing: H&M sweater  |  Adidas maxi skirt  |  Adidas Superstar snakeskin

    PS: Took these photos right outside our hotel room, which had the prettiest lush greenery view and adorable colourful buildings and pretty cobblestones -  can't wait to share with you guys more photos of the French-inspired resort we stayed in!

    14.12.16 .


    Truth be told, I wish I could look like this every day.

    I'm not talking about getting away with wearing the same exact outfit every single day. No, not that - but even if I were, of course I am a hundred percent aware that I can't, because unlike the Duchess of Cambridge, me recycling outfits won't appear as "charming"; it'll just look as if I don't ever wash my clothes.

    I'm talking more about how I'm totally feeling the state of this outfit. Casual, but also dressy. Sweet, yet a little edgy. Fun, with a touch of ladylike. Love it or hate it (or like it or dislike it, if you don't feel too strongly about it), I happen to really dig this ensemble.


    I am uhbsessed with those darling, bell-like sleeves - but they're made more darling as I don't just get one bell on each sleeve, I get multiple tiers of it. I adore statement-making tops, with details such as ruffles, sequins, embroidery, drapes - you name it, I want it - but tops with statement sleeves makes THE perfect and easiest choice as an addition to a modest fashion wardrobe.

    As a hijabi  - who has zero affinity for turbans, may I add, because they look no good on me -  the strategic placement of details on a top plays a huge role in choosing which top to shop for. Like Peter Pan collars, some details that are above my chest area would most probably get lost in translation - or should I say lost under the folds and twists of my hijab. 


    If you've been sticking with me through my style-blogging journey for some time, you might have read a few posts describing the kind of fashion hoarder that I am: I'd buy clothes and store them away for ages, constantly finding the "right" moment to put them on - this zig-zag dress is just one of the many, many examples.


    I've been told by a few people to just "seize the moment" but I can't, I just can't! I'm a self-confessed through-and-through hoarder, so I might as well choose to embrace that wholeheartedly! 

    Out of the six pieces of items I have on in this post (shades, scarf, top, jeans, shoes, and bag = 6), only the scarf has been worn countless times, while the rest is new - OLD new, that is. But one thing to know about me: once I "break" into an item, you can bet I'll be wearing them again and again and again, so nobody has to worry about me being a re-hoarder - or is it double-hoarder...? 
    Whatever it is, what's important is, I finally let them out to see the light. Finally coming together to combine the kind of outfit whose vibes I'd want to recreate Every. Single. Day.

    Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to the sales to look for more statement-sleeved tops! (And would probably hoard them for a little while, too...)


    Wearing:  Top from Berjaya Times Square  |  Zara jeans  |  Mango heels  |  Monki bag  |  Ilymix shades  |  Swatch watch  |  H&M belt

    10.12.16 .


    Shah and I are so thankful as we recently celebrated our 7-year anniversary! We knew we wanted to go for a little vacation somewhere nearby - with two hours of driving away at most - but for some unexplainable reason we left the planning till the very last day before our anniversary, and had the hotel booked on the very same day as well! (Thank God the place isn't all booked up, since school holiday has started!)

    We had a fun, relaxing three-day-two-night stay, just the two of us. Since it was somewhere higher up amongst the mountains where it's a bit cooler, I had the opportunity to wear some of the clothes that I had not worn since my trip to Japan. I'll be sharing with you my outfits from my stay there, but in the meantime here's what I wore on the morning of our anniversary. 

    I wanted to go to this pancake place that I've been wanting to try for so long but at the last minute found out that the place was open only at 4pm, so we just went for a super casual brunch somewhere nearby, where I finally had the chance to wear this cutesy wootsy striped jumpsuit I had gotten from Mango months ago during one of their sales. (And wearing only this concealer to even out my skin and a little flicked liner so I don't look completely bare on the face). 



    Wearing: Picnic Rope cardigan (seen in Lady Mustard)  |  Mango striped jumpsuit  |  Aldo monk shoes  |  H&M bag

    7.12.16 .



    I've talked about recycling my clothes for my blog and the problem of dressing up with the existing items (Tip: Own versatile pieces!) but I'm at the point where I'm like "I am SO READY to own new clothes again."
    PS: It's a good point of the year to be feeling this way, anyway, because YEAR-END SALES, GUYS.

    Sure, there has to be plenty of things in my closet that I haven't shot for Affordorable but lately I'd scan my closet and feel totally uninspired by what's in there. I have no problem dressing up (well, not exactly none whatsoever, but it's easier) when I'm going out for a day out or for dinner, but it's different altogether when I try to plan my next outfit for a photoshoot - so much so that I had actually put aside a budget for an all-out shopping session/sessions, but in the meantime (before the sales really start, that is), I might as well concentrate on the clothes that I'm already blessed with in my closet.





    I don't remember having shot this lips print top at all previously...have I? Since I can't locate it in my archive, it's safe to say this is the first time it's made an appearance here - but the question is why haven't I? It's a perfectly kitschy top that's right up my alley, and I had gotten it like two, three years ago...?

    UN.Be.Lie.VABLE.

    I have a sweater with a similar print but this peplum one is sweeter and more ladylike. I think black-and-white stripes are the easiest to incorporate into a prints-mixed look, because just look at how well they go with the lips print! (Note: Can agree to disagree, girrrlll.)




    Wearing: Bershka lips print top  |  Zara long-sleeved t-shirt  |  Striped pants (last paired with red-and-black plaid shirt!)   |  Aldo monk shoes  |  H&M bag

    PS: Does anyone use Depop or any other selling app to sell their clothes? I created an account but haven't gotten around to selling anything, only because I find shipping confusing! If you're used to selling clothes, I'd love to hear your experience in it, like what site or app you've used, which shipping company is the most affordable, how to package items, etc. - hope you won't mind spending some time either commenting in the box below or emailing me at liyana131liyana@gmail.com, as I would really, truly appreciate the help! XO

    5.12.16 .

    If you guys don't know this about me already, my favourite social media platform is Instagram; I don't feel like my day is complete without scrolling through my feed and liking photos! <---does anyone else think this is some sort of unhealthy condition that I have, because I kind of do, but at the same time I can't helppp ittttt.

    I know that some of you don't follow me through Instagram - it's cool that you don't, really, but if you do, THANK YOU - so I hope you guys don't mind me sharing snippets of my November Insta-snaps.


    A friend of mine thought all those yummy scarves are from my own collection but I wish; I took that photo at my favourite scarves shop in Subang Parade. But I did purchase two scarves on that day, which were ummm kind of accidental and totally unplanned, whoopsie daisie, but, I mean, no hijabi can have too many scarves...I think?



    Spent one whole day with two of my girlfriends <3



    A week after his exam, my nephew Rayyan found out he got his yellow belt in taekwando - SO proud of him! Little Princess Arya and her taekwando classmates took turn punching through a wooden board at the same event; she took the most attempts, but did it in the end!



    Unlike most people, I've always enjoyed staying for a long period of time at hotels, and my stay at Pullman Putrajaya for five nights was pretty good, too. Well, less so if I take the hotel ground's music into account, that is; read more about it in my Green Amongst the Greens outfit post. I must say, their bread station was pretty impressive, and I thoroughly regretted not trying every single piece of bread in this pic. PS: Carbs don't count when you're on staycations, right?



    I managed to watch Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them on the first night it was released here in Malaysia, so thumbs-uppp. A lingering headache was bothering me all throughout the day right up until before the movie started, when Shah reminded me about the pact to wear our Gryffindor t-shirt and robe to the cinema, which instantly lifted up my spirits! J.K. Rowling and her magic, guys.


    If you like my snaps, don't forget to give @theliyanaaris a follow on Instagram! XO