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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.) [+]
    28.11.17 .


    Last weekend I went to a local "interactive" arts and lights installation exhibition with my family, and I've got to admit that one of the main reasons for my going was for the (quite Instagrammable) photo ops! But seriously, in all honesty, cool events like this rarely happen in my hood so it was a great way to spice up what would have otherwise been a regular non-exciting weekend.


    I wanted to wear something really casual and fun so I whipped out my wide-legged   REAL wide-legged  polka dot culottes that I haven't worn in like forevahhh (last wore them in Tokyo, probably, when I didn't even know what to call them).

    I matched them with this two-toned oversized denim jacket which, OK, at first sight really does look like most of the existing denim jackets in my closet (I may like denim jackets a bit too much). With this particular one though there's a chance that when I turn, you could be like WOAH is this the same jacket Liyana??
    I especially like the detailing where the black side starts halfway along the sleeves!


      I wrongly assumed the exhibition would take place mostly indoors but it was about 50-50 indoors-outdoors, and in case you need a reminder, where I live is hot and humid so THANK GOODNESS this jacket wasn't heavy-duty or anything.

      The breeze from wearing culottes definitely worked in my favour too so extra points for the wide legged pants ✌




      Also I'd like to think I scored extra points for my Alice In Wonderland socks too because HOW ADORABLE ARE THEY guys.

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      I'll be sharing some of the photo I took around the exhibition soon so keep your eyes peeled for that one!


      Wearing: Monki two-tone denim jacket  |  Adidas "Tokyo" t-shirt (which I really like to wear with denim jackets apparently!)  |  Vintage (OK, second-hand is  more like it) polka dot culottes from Kinji Used Clothing, Tokyo  |  Typo 'Alice In Wonderland' long socks  |  Mango oxford shoes (last seen with my green bomber jacket)

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      28.11.17 .


      Last weekend I went to a local "interactive" arts and lights installation exhibition with my family, and I've got to admit that one of the main reasons for my going was for the (quite Instagrammable) photo ops! But seriously, in all honesty, cool events like this rarely happen in my hood so it was a great way to spice up what would have otherwise been a regular non-exciting weekend.


      I wanted to wear something really casual and fun so I whipped out my wide-legged   REAL wide-legged  polka dot culottes that I haven't worn in like forevahhh (last wore them in Tokyo, probably, when I didn't even know what to call them).

      I matched them with this two-toned oversized denim jacket which, OK, at first sight really does look like most of the existing denim jackets in my closet (I may like denim jackets a bit too much). With this particular one though there's a chance that when I turn, you could be like WOAH is this the same jacket Liyana??
      I especially like the detailing where the black side starts halfway along the sleeves!


        I wrongly assumed the exhibition would take place mostly indoors but it was about 50-50 indoors-outdoors, and in case you need a reminder, where I live is hot and humid so THANK GOODNESS this jacket wasn't heavy-duty or anything.

        The breeze from wearing culottes definitely worked in my favour too so extra points for the wide legged pants ✌




        Also I'd like to think I scored extra points for my Alice In Wonderland socks too because HOW ADORABLE ARE THEY guys.

        •     •     •     •     •     •     •

        I'll be sharing some of the photo I took around the exhibition soon so keep your eyes peeled for that one!


        Wearing: Monki two-tone denim jacket  |  Adidas "Tokyo" t-shirt (which I really like to wear with denim jackets apparently!)  |  Vintage (OK, second-hand is  more like it) polka dot culottes from Kinji Used Clothing, Tokyo  |  Typo 'Alice In Wonderland' long socks  |  Mango oxford shoes (last seen with my green bomber jacket)

        24.11.17 .


        Lately my looks have been very much pared down to super casual. I mean, 'super casual' is my go-to style, but I kind of miss being a little extra when it comes to dressing up, you know?

        It seems like my style "heyday" happened whenever I traveled overseas; I remember being completely inspired by the street style of Tokyo and incorporating whatever new tip or trick I spotted into my own personal style, and how much fun it was to experiment.


        I'm not going to abandon my "Canadian tuxedo" outfits and sneakers, but there's something about taking small steps to make an outfit feel fresh and just that little bit special once in a while. I figured the best ways to do it  while still maintaining my own personal style  are to add on "extra" pieces to things that I usually wear casually, and / or substitute the regular accessories that I'm used to putting on for something unexpected.



          Take this outfit as an example:
          I always wear this black maxi skirt but it usually goes under a casual oversized sweater or a t-shirt + denim jacket. And then there's this kitschy shapeless grey duster coat, which has always been a bit tricky to style. They actually look pretty good together on their own but adding an edgy waist belt really transforms both pieces for me!

          I would be really tempted to finish with sneakers (can't help it I LOVE MY SNEAKERS OK) but the goal was to substitute and be different this time around, so I went with these red mules with glass blocked heels that I should definitely wear more often (and would have if they were really made for walking).

          As for those earrings? Ever since I discovered I love wearing earrings with my hijab, I've been sticking with mostly hoops so I'm happy to discover crazier statement earrings could definitely work for me too!
          (It makes such a statement though, so I'd probably save such fancy earrings for fancier events  or for a photoshoot, that obvs works as well...)

            And of course, red lipstick is a great way to elevate ANY outfit.

            See: How I matched this duster coat with my usual sneakers and culottes, and the last time I wore the maxi skirt with a mesh top


            Not my usual kind of outfit, but it succeeded in making my OOTD feel fresh and new, plus it feels great to be riding on a new wave of inspiration! ❤

            What do you think of this "a litte extra" outfit compared to my super casual outfits?


            Wearing: Duster from Shibuya 109  |  Uniqlo maxi skirt  |  Mango heeles mules  |  H&M belt


            20.11.17 .


            Hi, remember how I like to "steal" Shah's clothes? I'm back it againnn  except I'm stealing my regular favourite again, namely this chambray shirt. Honestly at this point I should just call it my shirt since I cherish it more than he does...

            (PS: I don't think he's even worn it since the last time this shirt made an appearance on Affordorable, when I wore it with these fringed loafers, so you see what I mean about how this shirt is basically mine.)


              I'm "recycling" a bunch of things here including the chambray shirt: those flared jeans and the cutout jelly bag (both worn with cat-print pajama top previously) and my lips-print scarf, but this day was the first time I put on these red studded strappy ballet flats. If you've been a loyal reader of Affordorable (btw, THANK YOU), maybe you can recall these exact flats but in black?


              Bringing more looks your way soon xx

              Fun Useless Fact: Red is my favourite colour but also probably the least colour in my closet (this needs fixing, yesss!).


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              16.11.17 .


              I call myself a "colour chaser" (seriously, it used to be in my Instgram bio even) but I'm not opposed to an all-black outfit either. I definitely understand the appeal of dressing oneself in black head-to-toe  or in my case here, almost all black head-to-toe.



                Just like any other colour, black seems to have different shades too (if you need proof, just test a bunch of liquid black eyeliners from different brands guysss) but unlike other colours, pairing shades of black together is practically foolproof.

                Most of my wardrobe purchases were discoveries I made in stores themselves, meaning they were not things I set out to buy when I stepped into their stores  which is how most people we know shop anyway, am I right or am I totally right?

                I love being pleasantly surprised when I find something that I immediately fall in love with and must have in my closet, but for some reason finding this witchy, perforated-like black robe felt like a true marvel! I think the facts that I'm a hijabi and for 5 days out of 7 every week I'm the "throw-anything-clean-on" kind of dresser mean I will be getting a whole lot of use out of this easy casual robe.

                (Side note: It does need a little ironing, annoyingly, but hey if no one sees the wrinkles on this blog or Instagram, did the wrinkles even really happen?)




                By the way, I am UHBSESSED with these champagne coloured mules. They were one of my Singapore scores and I find it hard not to wear them with every single outfit I put on. I'm not very happy with how these photos turn out so I'm looking forward to wearing them again very soon just for them to make another appearance on Affordorable!



                  Wearing: H&M robe  |  Zara black jeans  |  Mules from Haji Lane, Singapore  |  Mirrorcle bag/clutch (I seem to like wearing this ringed bag with robes!)
                  14.11.17 .

                  It was so exciting when I found out my Instagram friend @ati_o had taken the time to sketch me and watercolour it in! I've never met Ati before but I've always admired her from her feed: she's basically a super woman who travels the world for work and yet has time to compete as a triathlete in various competitions  and yet has time to draw wee little me!

                  Thank you again for this honour, Ati <3



                  If you want to see the photo of me that inspired Ati's sketch, visit my How Hijabis Can Wear Skirts Without Looking Too 'Girlie' post!

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                  10.11.17 .


                  With the exception of the love affair I had with my Adidas drawstring backpack which I wore throughout my F1 experience last year, I don't think I'm much of the backpack fan in general. But seriously though, I have been carrying this little thayng with me everywhere I go, including to F1 Race Day recently  and I mean EVERYWHERE. I never fully realised how having both hands free at ALL times can be so liberating!

                  (Also, try using the frightfully wide and spanking heavy iPhone 7 plus using just one hand, guys. Just, nope, not happening for me.)


                    So I know the checkered blazer trend is SO on right now but hey I just got this blazer a few months ago on sale in Bershka (you might have seen it paired with my metallic skirt from my Milan post?), so I'm not about to add another blazer into my closet so soon!

                    But, you know, let's not rule out me scoring a checkered blazer in a future sale...






                      Wearing: Bershka pinstriped blazer  |  Zara Champs Élysées t-shirt  |  Levi's slim jeans  |  Mango denim mules  |  Backpack from Myeongdong market in Seoul
                      7.11.17 .


                      As sad as I am about not seeing F1 at Sepang anymore, I do think Malaysia had a good run hosting the event for 19 years — I mean, Formula One in Malaysia was as old as a 19-year-old teenager for goodness sake!
                      (PS: Still constantly wish I had discovered my affinity for the sport earlier though...)

                      Sure, my Sepang F1 experience this year was nowhere near as good as last year's: we had assigned seats in 2016 (which meant guaranteed seats!!!), and the security this year was particularly disappointing, with no one manning the entrances to the different seating sections (again, unlike last year), plus I was distinctly alarmed when the security was extra lackluster on the Race Day as they waved people through without even doing proper security check! Horror much?

                      And let's not forget the cherry on the awesomeness cake of F1 Sepang 2016 (vs. the small less delicious cake that is F1 Sepang 2017, that is) which was getting to witness freakin' USHER performing  MAJOR HIGHLIGHT!!! And not just our F1 highlight, but basically LIFE highlight, OK guys?

                      Even so, with all these pros and cons (mostly cons of 2017), it really felt like the end of an era.







                        Shah and I didn't spend too much time around the circuit in last month so I didn't manage to snap as many photos as I did last year, but I still want to share some of these scenes from the F1NALE  hope you enjoy perusing through them!










                            For more F1 scene photos, check out these posts from my experience from last year's event (ahhh so nostalgic!):
                            Photo Diary: Scenes On Day 1 / Qualifying Formula 1 Sepang
                            Photo Diary: Day 2 / Race Day Formula 1 Sepang


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