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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.) [+]
    29.9.17 .

    wearing traditional korean dress hanbok in seoul
    I think this is one of the funniest outfit shoots I've done; there I was in this sweet demure traditional dress, and you see the sweet flower wreath, the little cute "jacket", the voluminous skirt (there's a crinoline underneath FYI), and suddenly it's like wait, what the  are those TRAINERS under that dress??

    wearing traditional korean dress hanbok in bukchon hanok village seoul
    Obviously ideally I would have loved to wear a more appropriate pair of shoes to go with the hanbok, which is basically a traditional Korean dress (more on Wikipedia) but I am very positive I am just another person in a line of tourists who have worn (and who will wear) sneakers / trainers with a hanbok, walking around a touristy site in Seoul.
    I mean, travel = comfortable shoes, guys, it's common knowledge!

    To be fair, I had no idea I would be renting out Korea's traditional wear on that day. Shah and I  were on our way from Gyeongbokgung Palace to Bukchon Hanok Village, which is this beautiful Korean traditional preserved village when we walked past one of the many hanbok rental shops scattered around the touristy spots in Seoul. We then decided on the spot that it would be fun to shoot an extra outfit for that day.
    See: My original outfit of that day at Gyeongbokgung Palace featuring a peach mesh dress

    wearing traditional korean dress hanbok in seoul


        wearing traditional korean dress hanbok with flower wreath in seoul
        wearing traditional korean dress hanbok in seoul
        There was quite a selection of hanbok to choose from, all in pretty sunny happy shades, but  I surprised myself by going with this pastel yellow and purple one instead of one of the more bold-coloured dresses. You can see a girl wearing a hot pink one in a photo below, which I love too, but I thought the huge silver dots and the pastel hues on my rented one were simply adorable.

        If I could change another thing about this getup however it would be to wear a matching scarf, as that black appears so harsh here, doesn't it?
        (PS: I might have gone with this exact scarf.)

        All in all, trainers or no trainers, dressing up in a hanbok and feeling like a princess (how big skirts tend to make one feel) was truly a memorable experience for both Shah and I  one that I honestly wouldn't mind recreate in the future! (Perhaps at a different location with a different coloured hanbok?)

        Bukchon Hanok Village in Seoul Wearing Hanbok

          Bukchon Hanok Village in Seoul

            Bukchon Hanok Village in Seoul Wearing Hanbok

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            29.9.17 .

            wearing traditional korean dress hanbok in seoul
            I think this is one of the funniest outfit shoots I've done; there I was in this sweet demure traditional dress, and you see the sweet flower wreath, the little cute "jacket", the voluminous skirt (there's a crinoline underneath FYI), and suddenly it's like wait, what the  are those TRAINERS under that dress??

            wearing traditional korean dress hanbok in bukchon hanok village seoul
            Obviously ideally I would have loved to wear a more appropriate pair of shoes to go with the hanbok, which is basically a traditional Korean dress (more on Wikipedia) but I am very positive I am just another person in a line of tourists who have worn (and who will wear) sneakers / trainers with a hanbok, walking around a touristy site in Seoul.
            I mean, travel = comfortable shoes, guys, it's common knowledge!

            To be fair, I had no idea I would be renting out Korea's traditional wear on that day. Shah and I  were on our way from Gyeongbokgung Palace to Bukchon Hanok Village, which is this beautiful Korean traditional preserved village when we walked past one of the many hanbok rental shops scattered around the touristy spots in Seoul. We then decided on the spot that it would be fun to shoot an extra outfit for that day.
            See: My original outfit of that day at Gyeongbokgung Palace featuring a peach mesh dress

            wearing traditional korean dress hanbok in seoul


                wearing traditional korean dress hanbok with flower wreath in seoul
                wearing traditional korean dress hanbok in seoul
                There was quite a selection of hanbok to choose from, all in pretty sunny happy shades, but  I surprised myself by going with this pastel yellow and purple one instead of one of the more bold-coloured dresses. You can see a girl wearing a hot pink one in a photo below, which I love too, but I thought the huge silver dots and the pastel hues on my rented one were simply adorable.

                If I could change another thing about this getup however it would be to wear a matching scarf, as that black appears so harsh here, doesn't it?
                (PS: I might have gone with this exact scarf.)

                All in all, trainers or no trainers, dressing up in a hanbok and feeling like a princess (how big skirts tend to make one feel) was truly a memorable experience for both Shah and I  one that I honestly wouldn't mind recreate in the future! (Perhaps at a different location with a different coloured hanbok?)

                Bukchon Hanok Village in Seoul Wearing Hanbok

                  Bukchon Hanok Village in Seoul

                    Bukchon Hanok Village in Seoul Wearing Hanbok

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                    26.9.17 .

                    Zara Black Ruffles Denim Top
                    One disadvantage while traveling is you can never pull out the exact things you want from your closet to make up a day's outfit, so you just have to make do with whatever you brought along. I'm not exactly known to have impeccable in-advance outfit-planning skillz; on normal days, I usually decide on an outfit one hour before going out (the remaining hour is for applying makeup).

                    As much as I do try to plan out outfits before any long trip, who has the energy to figure out five or six outfits down to a tee and try to jam every single thing comprising each outfit into one single luggage? I certainly don't, especially when I don't get much warning before my trip commences.
                    (PS: I usually find out I have to travel anywhere from 2 to 5 days before flying/driving off, and by the way do you know I'm a professional procrastinator?)

                    Zara Black Ruffles Denim Top
                    Zara Black Ruffles Denim Top
                      Statement Rings Haji Lane Singapore
                      I don't know if it is obvious, but this outfit somehow takes me out of my comfort zone a little bit... (Hoping it isn't obvious at all though.) It's always good to take yourself out of the zone of comfort you've drawn up for yourself though, because how else will you challenge yourself otherwise?

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                      Here I wore the ruffled denim Zara top I mentioned in my off-the-shoulder post, and like I talked about, the placement of the ruffles is so ideal for a hijabi, with my scarf not in the way or obscuring the ruffle details.

                      I usually find crop(ish) tops hard to style, including this black denim long-sleeved; I just find them not working with most of my jeans so this is why I love my faithful androgynous grey pinstriped pants (and also the navy blue one!) which have "rescued" plenty of my crop(ish) tops in their hour of need!

                      Zara Black Ruffles Denim Top
                      Aldo Pom Pom Tassel Green Quilted Chain Bag
                      Zara Black Ruffles Denim Top
                      This was taken on my last day in Singapore in the National Gallery Singapore where Shah and I managed to catch Yayoi Kusama's exhibition, which I loved SO MUCH. This was also the day we were due to leave for Malaysia so I also wish we had more time to enjoy it, but really, I feel lucky enough to have caught some of the polka dot works that resulted from the brilliant yet complicated mind of Yayoi Kusama.

                      Note: Follow me on Instagram to see some of Yayoi Kusama's famous polka dot art works

                      Read: More about Yayoi Kusama here

                      Androgynous Grey Pinstriped Pants
                      Adidas Relace Low Sneakers
                      PS: I am UHBSESSEDDD with that green bag, guysss! Another outfit post with a clearer look at my green baby will be up on Affordorable soon so stay tune for that! xo


                      Wearing: Zara black ruffles denim top  |  Hotwind pants  |  Adidas Relace Low sneakers  |  Aldo bag  |  Rings from Haji Lane, Singapore  |  Stradivarius hoop earrings


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                      22.9.17 .


                      It might be a little weird, but I can't remember the last time I went leisure-walking in Malaysia during a hot afternoon, when the sun is at its highest. And I'm talking about serious walking here, not about walking from my doorstep into my car and walking from my car into an air-conditioned restaurant or mall.
                      It's an entirely different situation when you're visiting an exciting city overseas though, and wanting to make the most of your time there. Hot or cold, you'd be out exploring!




                        My sartorial choices are more adaptable to air-conditioned surroundings and that meant I made some questionable wardrobe choices when I visited Milan recently during what felt like the hottest days of summer. What I learned was: skirt = good, jeans = not as good, so I made sure to bring one of my favourite skirts EVAH to Singapore with its matching shirt. I wish I could find more matching sets like this, or even a dress like it.





                          I have this habit of saving special things for special occasions. In this case, my trip to the amazing Gardens of the Bay in Singapore definitely warranted this adorable clutch in the shape of a watermelon slice  only my most favourite fruit in the whole entire universe, guys!

                          I bought the clutch last year so seriously guys I waited a longgg time for the "right time". I could've gone with simpler shoes but I've been loving the "maximalist" vibe lately so I slip into these lips print slip-ons, which I wore in my 'How To Dress When You're Feeling Lazy & Still Look (Mildly) Cool' post.

                          Gardens of the Bay in Singapore was AMAZING. I've seen so many photos of the place on Instagram and knew roughly how unique the whole place is, but seeing it in real life was something else! These shots were taken in the Cloud Forest dome, where the amount of greenery they grew in there was simply breathtaking.

                          This might be weird but the one thing that blew me away about the dome was the fresh, cool air in it, which doesn't feel artificial at all, amidst the hotness and humidity in Singapore! I kept saying "HOW does the air here tastes so good??" Some seriously fantastic air-conditioning going on in there guys, just amazing. I turned to Shah at one point in there and said, "If I live in this city I would come heree every month!"

                          Although that might not be so practical, seeing as how the entrance fee into the dome wasn't exactly minuscule, but a girl can dream right?


                                *Cloud Forest dome photos taken using iPhone 7+



                                Wearing: Avan Lily striped shirt & skirt  |  Kate Spade watermelon clutch  |  Flossy Style slip ons  |  Lovisa earrings


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                                18.9.17 .


                                Can you believe I visited Pull & Bear twice before I finally took the plunge and got this ruffles top? But really, pure LUCK guys, especially since this was the very last one in that particular branch I was in.




                                OK, so, the colourful poms poms straw bag, guys: do you love it, or do you LAVS IT. It's so kitschy and cute, I don't even care that I'm riding on the pom pom trend waves  not that I nor anyone else should ever care about doing so or care about others doing it! In fact, some might think I've piled on too many trends here and honestly I have, kind of, but also honestly, I love everything together and would absolutely repeat this outfit anyway.

                                Heart over mind, and all that, I suppose...


                                I got the bag earlier on the day I shot this outfit but was so keen on featuring this bag immediately with this sky blue ruffles top and my gingham platform sneakers (which are surprisingly comfortable!) that I swapped it with my original bag right before Shah photographed my OOTD.

                                Speaking of shooting these photos, these were taken in this huge supermarket in Singapore called Mustafa Centre. That place is freakin AHMAYZING, guys; it's not an exaggeration to say it has literally everything you need in your daily life, and on top of that it's open 24/7. I've always wanted to do an outfit shoot in a supermarket (seriously) so it was so satisfying that I get to do it in Singapore in such an impressive outlet. (Also, as a cereal-lover, this cereal-boxes background is A DREAM.)


                                  The thing is, I always repeat items from my closet and shoot them for my blog  in fact I make it a point to do so, and I usually link older posts that feature those items  but I try not to re-wear one thing too soon so as not to appear repetitive. 

                                  But seriously, I love these two toned jeans SO MUCH I don't care too much this time around, even though I just posted my Dubai outfit in which I had them on; I just couldn't wait to shoot them again so I brought the jeans with me to Singapore. I think they're flattering and they fit so well, plus I am uhbsessed with the split hues at the front.

                                    By the way, I've been back from Seoul for a couple of days now, where I got to photograph plenty of outfits. As a style blogger that makes me incredibly happy because that means content content CONTENT, which I can't wait to edit and share here.

                                    I hope you like this outfit, and please come back soon to Affordorable for my next one! xo

                                    PS: I really was studying that bottle of soda and wasn't just posing; I had never seen A&W's cream soda before as it isn't available in Malaysia (I think?)

                                    PPS: I am so annoyed that I can't remember the name of the shop on Haji Lane where I got this adorable bag from! If anyone is wondering, it's one of the accessories shops at the end of the lane that does not have that colourful funky Instgrammable wall!


                                    See More Ruffles Here!: My H&M floral dress and this black top with tiers on its sleeves



                                    Wearing: Pull & Bear ruffles top  |  Mango jeans  |  Pull & Bear platform sneakers  |  Pom pom bag from Haji Lane, Singapore  |  Pull & Bear scarf


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                                    14.9.17 .

                                    I always try to let you guys know my location here on Affordorable because I find it hard to blog when I'm traveling, which is always the reason for my lack of new posts! This time however I completely forgot to do an update, so I'm so so sorry. I'm currently back in Seoul for about a week, which is very exciting because I loved Seoul when I first came here in June. I managed to do some things that I didn't get to do the first time around, like witnessing a guard-changing ceremony at one of the palaces here  Deoksugung Palace, in my case!


                                    Just so you guys know, I can't wait to blog about my next outfit post because I shot them in a supermarket in Singapore and it was an interesting experience for me. (Also, I think the outfit is kind of cute.) I've almost finished editing the photos in Lightroom so hopefully it will be up as soon as I go back to Malaysia.

                                    Please do come back visit here, but in the meantime, how about checking my favourite previous Seoul outfits?

                                    Also, as always, I update my travel stories constantly on Instagram so don't forget to give @theliyanaaris a follow!

                                    Sending love to you all to all corners of the world <3
                                    10.9.17 .



                                    Just so you guys know, I love cats. LOVE them. It's my dream to keep one as a pet, but I'm afraid it will forever remain that way: a dream, for more reasons than one. Since I can't own one, I'm content with petting others' cats, or even babying and feeding cute stray cats that visit my parents' place and mine.

                                    Or, to get creative, fill that unfulfilled want in my life through my closet, by way of cat-eye sunglasses and this cat print silky pajama-style shirt that I wore together on my first day in Singapore recently.

                                    See: My cat-whiskers jeans and cat-ears sunglasses + cat-face sling bag



                                    I was in such glee when I saw this shirt during the recent Mango sales (got this shirt in Dubai Mall, btw!) and for some reason was so sure it came with matching pants that I searched the whole store for them, and when couldn't locate them, asked the person behind the counter twice about the possibility of matching pants. 


                                      I mean, really, how adorable would it be to wear this print head to toe out, right? (Really, I totally would.)

                                      Turns out, nope, it was a lone piece.



                                        And, as it turns out, I did see a matching set of cat print top and pants, only they were from a new collection in Zara, which I happened to pop into the previous week.
                                        Oh well, I can't be the first person to mix up highstreet brands that way, I'm sure...

                                        Speaking of Zara, that's where I got these cropped flare jeans from (lavvv these jeans) and this jelly cutout bag. I've seen plenty of jelly shoes and bags before but I always thought they look a bit juvenile (yep, this coming from the person wearing pajama-like cat print top), but I saw this bag in Zara and was immediately drawn to it  and it only cost me RM69.90, about 16 USD or like 13 pounds.

                                        Bargainnn.





                                        Don't you just wish there's a matching pair of pants out there somewhere? And by "you" obvs I really mean "I"...

                                        Would you wear this pajama-like shirt yourself?

                                        PS: Will keep an eye on that Zara cat print matching set in future sales FO SHO although admittedly am a little worried because I saw them in Milan and Dubai and did not spot the cat print set here in Malaysia, eeek


                                        Wearing: Mango cat print pajama shirt  |  Zara cropped flare jeans  |  Adidas shoes  |  Zara jelly cutout bag  |  cat-eye sunglasses from Shibuya 109  |  Stradivarius hoop earrings


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