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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.) [+]
    30.1.17 .

    If you're looking to add a face scrub to your beauty routine, look no further than Skin Food Black Sugar Mask.   

    Or, you know, of course you can look further, but I don't think you'll regret circling back to this one, that's all.



    This Korean beauty 'HG' is referred to as a "mask" but with the addition of the tiny sugar granules inside, it really works more like a face scrub as the granules do its thayng by exfoliating your skin when you're gently massaging it in. It's pretty gentle for a scrub, too; it doesn't irritate my skin in any way, unlike some face scrubs I used in the past that felt a tad brashpartly the reason I stopped scrubbing my skin in the first place! I was initially worried about it smelling too sugary sweet from its name, but I'm so glad I found the scent pleasant enough.         

    Unlike most Korean masks—that are of the peel-off kind, whose serum is meant to be left on the skinyou're supposed to rinse this off with water after leaving it to rest on the skin for about 10 to 15 minutes, and that's when you'll remember what it was like to have your old baby-soft skin. No joke.         
    Well, except the "remembering" part, because that's not really true; no baby ever knew to appreciate how soft and dreamy their skin is, including you and I. But I've snuggled with my nephew and niece enough to know about #skingoals. Two words: Super. SOFT.

       I'm definitely recommending this product to you all! But perhaps any of you have tried it before?

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      30.1.17 .

      If you're looking to add a face scrub to your beauty routine, look no further than Skin Food Black Sugar Mask.   

      Or, you know, of course you can look further, but I don't think you'll regret circling back to this one, that's all.



      This Korean beauty 'HG' is referred to as a "mask" but with the addition of the tiny sugar granules inside, it really works more like a face scrub as the granules do its thayng by exfoliating your skin when you're gently massaging it in. It's pretty gentle for a scrub, too; it doesn't irritate my skin in any way, unlike some face scrubs I used in the past that felt a tad brashpartly the reason I stopped scrubbing my skin in the first place! I was initially worried about it smelling too sugary sweet from its name, but I'm so glad I found the scent pleasant enough.         

      Unlike most Korean masks—that are of the peel-off kind, whose serum is meant to be left on the skinyou're supposed to rinse this off with water after leaving it to rest on the skin for about 10 to 15 minutes, and that's when you'll remember what it was like to have your old baby-soft skin. No joke.         
      Well, except the "remembering" part, because that's not really true; no baby ever knew to appreciate how soft and dreamy their skin is, including you and I. But I've snuggled with my nephew and niece enough to know about #skingoals. Two words: Super. SOFT.

         I'm definitely recommending this product to you all! But perhaps any of you have tried it before?

        27.1.17 .



        Honestly, I didn't even realise I was wearing fringes from head to toe until I see these photos. I mean, even my hijab has fringes, guys.         

        (PS: All that's missing is a fringe bag, but I've yet to find one that I simply must have.)       

        In case you think I was totally clueless about owning all these fringes in my closet well nah son of course I was very much aware of the fact that the different pieces in this ensemble all have fringes, but it was not my intention to put them all together because they have fringes; I just thought they all look good together.         

        Obviously someone is mad for fringes...

             
            Wearing: Ciaopanic fringed denim jacket  |  Zara t-shirt  |  Mango fringed jeans  |  Mango fringed loafers (last worn in this shabby chic look)  |  Rocawear sling bag

            25.1.17 .



            PS: Can my post title be more original?

            I've been wanting to try out this trend for monthsssssss, guyslook at how many 'S' I used there, because it really has been the case for months and months. I've done the layering-dress-over-top look before but doing it with a slip dress is a different game altogether.       

            The tricky part, as a hijabi, was finding the right slip dress that's decent enough, so I put myself on a slip-dress prowl; I wanted one that has a neckline low enough that it can be seen below the lines of my hijab, yet a neckline that appears modest at the same time. (PS: Low + Modest = legitimately the trickiest part)     

            Plus, the dress has to have enough room that it doesn't cling to every curve of my body (especially the curves of my food-baby bump, which isn't that cute, so here's a golden tip: clutches help!).



              I don't think this particular dress is The One but it's definitely the closest one. Instead of layering over a plain tee, I went with this sporty-chic top with bold leopard-print patterns that has bright red and teal hues, just perfect for my belated birthday dinner with Shah!
              Note: We went to a Swiss restaurant in Bukit Damansara that serves raclette cheeseee which was also basically the only reason we went there.



                How do you guys feel about the slip dress layering trend?

                Wearing: Zara top  |  Zara dress  |  Adidas floral Stan Smith  |  Miira Mew bag

                20.1.17 .


                If you're in your late 20s, I will tell you this (as a PSA of some sort): turning 30 might sound scary, but I promise you, being 30 is just as ordinarily amazing as being 29and 28, and 27, 26, 25, 24, and so on. (Well, for me 20 was the exception; I would NOT want to relive 2006, nu uhhh.)

                But of course, not forgetting the extra-amazing special moments you might experience in between, like perhaps when you scored your first real job, or getting your first real paycheck, or the first day of driving your brand-new car, or when you first fall in love, and maybe the day you get married to the person you fell in love with. ♥ ♥ ♥

                . . . . . . .

                At 30, you might have this jolts of realization from time to time throughout the year, like, "Wait I'm THIRTY now WOAH", but really, it's very unlikely you would fret about the number of your age because you'll be too busy living. And turning 31? Not as big of a deal, apparently.

                If anything, your age is one of the last things to define you, and yet I find that it is also one of the first things to be thankful for. When 13 January came last Fridaythus making me a very wise 31-year old (very wise, OK?)I was grateful that I have been given the privilege to live this long, to be in good health and surrounded by people that I love who love me right back.
                It was also a reminder and an opportunity to say my thanks to God, and to pray for many more birthdays to come my way!

                If I may, I would also like to add that now that I'm 31, I feel like I am now absolutely entitled to look at younger people and say "Kids nowadays..." darkly while shaking my head disapprovingly. You know, because of all the pearls of wisdom I've collected all along these years, that make me earn that right. One of the perks of being 30 or above, I suppose...?

                OK, so we'll have to continue this talk about how incredibly wise I am some other time, as my real purpose today is to talk about my birthday outfitwhich was pretty simple and sweet.



                I'm a ripped-jeans-and-sneakers kinda gal but I thought for my birthday I should step it up a notch with this see-through dark green mesh tulle dress, which I find so-o-o pretty, but since I'm "allergic" to 'overly girlie', the dark green hue balances things out for me.  And of course, the ripped jeans underneath that tulle helps in the balancing, too—it takes more than a pretty dress to break me apart from my ripped jeans, apparently...



                  Thanks for reading, guys, hope you like the outfit! XO


                  Wearing: Zara dress (currently on sale!)  |  Zara t-shirt  |  Zara jeans  |  H&M flats  |  Miira Mew bag

                  18.1.17 .

                  I had such a good run with this Japanese beauty range so it was disappointing that it stopped working for meespecially since I had repurchased the whole expensive range a few weeks before that (for the second time, too), so I was left with leftovers.
                  PS: Any of you guys ever experienced that with any beauty product? You tested something out, fell in love with it because it was amazing, stayed faithful to it and then one day you woke up from your sleep with crappy skin that doesn't recover, and felt totally betrayed? Comment in the box below!

                  I might just return to my "Japanese beauty root" one day but for now I've taken a dive into the world of Korean Beautyor K-Beauty, as it's called, and it is crazy-filled with numerous products. They have like four different kinds of moisturisers, guys. All with different names, too, so I didn't even know where to start! I find that the best way is to get recommendations from peoplebe it online or real-lifeand read up on reviews.

                  A cousin of mine with exceptionally good skin, who almost exclusively uses K-Beauty products, advised on starting with two of K-beauty's most raved items: Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence and Pure Vitamin C 21.5 Advanced Serum By Wishtrend.


                  My verdict: LOVE 'EM.

                  It wasn't love at first use; nothing changed whatsoever in my first two weeks of usage. Then I found out that you're not supposed to use these two togetherat least, not to use one immediately after the other; apparently the niacinamide from the essence and L-ascorbic acid from the serum could react in such a way that render them both almost useless.
                  Read: More on that 'reaction' here.

                  Once I started using them separately, however, my skin got considerably brighter and more even. The result isn't magical; I won't be peppered with questions on my skin how-tos because it isn't flawless, but both these products definitely improve my complexion.
                  They're not advertised as a treatment for breakouts but I used to get more random spots around my face and nasty acnes along my right cheekbone, and happily the breakouts are coming much less frequent now.



                  Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence
                  • Essences are an extra step in hydrating and nourishing the skin, and also work as a skin-brightener
                  • For my night-time use: I pour a dime-sized amount into the palm of my hand then quickly rub between my hands (do this very quickly as it's very watery!) and straight away pat all over my face; this is done right after I cleanse, tone and apply a facial acid (PS: "Facial acid" sounds scary, but I promise it's not; it's one of K-Beauty's secrets! I might talk about the facial acids I use in a future post...).
                  Pure Vitamin C 21.5 Advanced Serum By Wishtrend
                  • Vitamin C serums have anti-aging properties and improves the overall appearance of skin so I was excited to add this to my skincare routine. (Read: More on the benefits of vitamin C serums at Paula's Choice and here.)
                  • For my daytime use: After washing and toning, I place four Vitamin C drops into the palm of my hand, dip my finger into it and apply to all over my face. I find that I waste less Vit C with this form of application, rather than rubbing the solution between the palm of my hands and rubbing it all over, as it dries very fast and doesn't spread well.
                  • Wait for 20-30 minutes after applying before continuing with your skincare routine to let it "do its thayng", if possible
                  • Might sting a little the on first few uses, or if you use too much than needed!
                  • Note: It's best to keep this in the fridge to maintain the consistency of the solution; I read that it could turn very orange if it's not stored properly (thus potentially giving you an unwanted Oompa Loompa-like orangey tan!).


                  I definitely recommend these two babies to anyone who wants to elevate their skincare regime, but I would advise you to read more reviews to determine if they would suit your skin type.

                  Any of you guys already into K-Beauty?

                  16.1.17 .


                  You know how some people say leopard-print is a neutral? By that definition, I'm wearing an all-neutral outfit here.
                  Which is RARE for me, guys.
                  (But it has also sorta happened, once.)

                  One trend from last year that I was excited to bring into 2017 is statement sleeves, like this tier action. The black sweater that I have on here looks basic at first glance but I think the little chiffon underlay is darling, and I LOVE the tied detail going on at the end of those sleeves.




                  I turned 31 on Friday by the way, guys! Can't wait to share the outfit I wore on my birthday, but first I want to say thank you to my sweetest cousin Achot for getting me these studded strappy ballet flats as an early birthday present last month <3<3<3


                  Wearing: Zara top  |  Pimkie jeans  |  Mango flats  |  Chloe bag

                  11.1.17 .


                  "I woke up like this."

                  You know...because of the pyjama-like matching number I have on here...?

                  Lame jokes aside, I can't remember how my preference for pyjama-like ensembles came about but I'm pretty positive Pinterest was the number one culprit; my 'Style Inspiration' board includes plenty of photos of street-stylers in their best fancy jammies, photographed mid-movement while walking outside fashion shows venues.

                  Perhaps it's more acceptable for them to be wearing pyjamas in public, because these people were at fashion week, wanting to be photographed making a fashion statement and all...but what is my excuse? Their "public" isn't the same as my "public", after all, so if you're asking "Liyana why would anyone wear her PJs while going to the mall?", I'm just going to answer with:

                  "FASHUNN 4 LYFEEE"

                  but only as an attempt at deflection, because if you ask me that question it probably means you hate the guts of my outfit (so maybe it's nicer if you don't ask it to my face and just gossip about it behind my back like normal people).

                  In all seriousness and honesty, though? I just genuinely think matching sets are cute. That's it - simple as that. Plus, the matching sets/"pyjama" that I wear out are fortunately comfortable enough to be passed off as actual pyjamas, so regardless of how the public feels about this trend, I'll just be over here, happily recycling this outfit (and also this other one) again and again!







                  Wearing: Monki striped top  |  Monki striped pants  |  H&M ballet flats  |  Rocawear sling bag (SUPER OLD)

                  8.1.17 .


                  Honestly, three years ago, if you show a picture of someone wearing this long of a sweater dress with a maxi skirt, I would think it's the Weirdest. Thing. EVER.
                  Now? Um, kind of uhbsessed with its supersweater length.

                  It's just amazing how much things can change in a few years, because now it seems as if I treat Proportions like a playground sometimes: I know it involves a lot of playing around (and testing the boundaries around danger), and it's an area of a whole lotta fun.
                  I blame Tokyo street style for getting me into this fantasy game, really...



                  I'm not totally unaware of others looking at these pics now and thinking what I thought years ago, but my approach to that is I tell myself these two things:
                  1. I'm all, like, comparatively super ahead of time, or,
                  2. I'm crazy / delusional.
                  I mean - hey, whatever rocks each of our style boat, amiright? 

                  If your boat is silently still (which is to say, you're currently judging this outfit in quiet disbelief), I hope it's OK that I plan to stick with this grey piece, and to continue matching it with maxi skirts and palazzo pants and whatnots - all the while hoping you'd change your mind about it some day! (And in the meantime, I'll just continue to repeatedly say to myself things number 1 and 2 from the above in the process, for my own peace of mind...).





                  Wearing: Monki sweater dress  |  Uniqlo maxi skirt  |  Adidas Stan Smith  |  Natural Beauty Basic clutch

                  Read: Another story of me disregarding "proportions rule" with this duster coat

                  6.1.17 .

                  Or a whole lot of it, sure, why not?


                  I said on my Instagram that I was going to keep my reflections of 2016 and my resolutions for 2017 to myself (to appear more mysterious and all) but for style's sake, I decided to share one of each in this post, because well why not Liyana WHY NOT - sharing IS caring, is it not?

                  I had a wonderful year filled with fun outfits last year but as I looked back at my 2016 outfits to choose my top favourites, I realised that I don't exactly want to replicate ALL outfits I've shot. I don't love each and everyone of them; there were some looks compiled of things that I threw together on a whim, hoping they would turn out great in photos, but in a short few weeks afterwards I would look back at these looks and wish I had styled things differently.

                  While I can't promise I will forever love everything I wear / photograph in this space from January to December 2017 (our taste in style gradually evolves over time, after all!), I will try my best to share outfits that I genuinely like and will want to re-wear again for months after they're shot.
                  Obviously, I can't predict the future but I'm making a promise to myself that I will put more thought and effort into each outfit before it appears in this blog.



                  This outfit was taken a few weeks before my anniversary trip to Bukit Tinggi with Shah. I don't hate it, but I'm not even sure I like it from had to toe. I'm still sharing this outfit anyway though because my Looney Tunes top never made it into my blog before and I'm not sure why, because I bought it in 2015, guys.
                  Also, SPACE JAM CHARACTERS.
                  SPACE.
                  JAM.
                  (And also because, well, I look kind of nice and decent in these photos, I don't want to banish them into oblivion forever.)

                  Not to say that you won't see me in something similar having dinner somewhere casual with Shah, with my glasses on and not a stitch of makeup whatsoever - still being realistic here, don't worry. Just saying you (hopefully) won't see a similar look in a future post!

                  But more importantly, I hope that whatever looks you'll be seeing in here are the ones that will resonate with YOU.



                  Can't wait to share my first shot outfit of 2017 with you guys soon XO

                  Wearing: Pull & Bear Looney Tunes top  |  Avan Lily shirt (part of this striped set) |  Esprit jeans  |  Adidas Neo fringed sneakers  |  Adidas backpack

                  4.1.17 .



                  It was time for Shah and I to head home after a relaxing few days at Bukit Tinggi but I couldn't leave without visiting the Animal Park! Hardly the most glamorous place to snap some outfit photos, but pretty exotic too, wouldn't you say, mmm? The deers in the background are SO adorable, guys.

                  Shah and I already checked out of our hotel before heading to the park but not before I made some changes to my previous outfit; since we were going to descend to Kuala Lumpur from the cooler Bukit Tinggi, the red-pink padded jacket would have left me feeling suffocated from the heat that awaited me, so I switched into this much thinner green bomber jacket.




                  I actually forgot to bring a belt with me on this trip! I panicked for a bit as these jeans desperately need to be held in place, so imagine my relief to discover that one of the gift shops at the hotel sell belts! I decided to pick the flashiest one of 'em all - I did good, didn't I? But what I did remember was to change my white sneakers to these black shoes, because, well, since the park is like a tiny petting zoo, animal excrements are kind of inevitable (we had to thread the park's grounds extra carefully), and I'm not about to ruin my very, very white Superstars...

                  Wearing: Miira Mew Mew bomber jacket  |  Zara jeans  |  Aldo oxford shoes  |  Kate Spade bag  |  Aldo sunnies