SUMMER CASUALS | AESTE BLANC
SUMMER CASUALS | AESTE BLANC
SUMMER CASUALS | AESTE BLANC
SUMMER CASUALS | AESTE BLANC
SUMMER CASUALS | AESTE BLANC
SUMMER CASUALS | AESTE BLANC

Notice anything strange? It's the bangs– which means these photos were taken last summer. I don't know why, but I'm constantly finding new outfit photos in my hard drive that I've never came around to posting. Regardless, I really liked my outfit on this day. I decided to go for a striped top, but instead of wearing it as a normal shirt, I threw on a black t-shirt for a casual look. 

It's so important and useful to come up with more than one way of styling something, especially if you hate repeating outfits. It's like giving your clothes a new life. For my pants, I chose simple dress pants with a white stripe going down the sides to complement my top. I slipped into some black flats and threw on one of my favorite purses to complete my look.

A side story, but after writing this post, I wanted to wear these pants the next day. I dug through my entire closet and even the washing machine but I just can't find them anywhere. I'm hoping they show up tomorrow, or else I'll be very sad. Anyway, I hope you have a bomb ass summer! 


xoxo Ariel

WHAT'S ON ME
H&M stripe shirt
F21 tshirt
Zara pants (styled here)
Sam Edelman flats (styled here)


With so many options out in the market, finding the right one can be challenging. I mean, who has time to go through all of Sephora's sunscreens? To help you choose, I'll break down everything you need to know about sunscreens.

THE ULTIMATE SUNSCREEN GUIDE | AESTE BLANC

1. Why should I care to use sunscreen? 
Applying sunscreen protects your skin from harmful rays known as UV (ultraviolet) radiations. 
You may have heard of UVA and UVB. UVA stands for "ultraviolet A" and it breaks down collagen deep within your skin. UVB or "ultraviolet B" burns the superficial layers of your skin, leaving you with increased risks of skin cancer. Without proper protection, overexposure of UVA and UVB can damage your healthy skin. Your best bet to protect against either is to– you got it, wear sunscreen.

2. Ok, I'll wear sunscreen. But, where do I start?
First things first: there are two types of sunscreens. One is physical sunscreens and the other is chemical sunscreens. Physical sunscreens contain ingredients such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. Once applied, it forms a physical barrier on your skin to reflect UV rays. The pro side of using physical sunscreens is that they work immediately, is gentle on the skin, and safer to use.

Chemical sunscreens generally contain para-aminobenzoate (PABA), oxybenzone, avobenzone, and octinoxate. It works by absorbing UV radiations and converting it into heat. Unlike physical sunscreens, chemical sunscreens are better at blocking UVA rays and requires about 30 minutes after application to start working. One concern many people have is that chemical sunscreens can penetrate into the skin. But, I firmly believe applying sunscreen is better than not applying it.

THE ULTIMATE SUNSCREEN GUIDE | AESTE BLANC

3. Yeah yeah, enough with the physical and chemical stuff. Which product should I use then?
When choosing sunscreens, pay attention to SPF and PA. SPF or "sun protection factor" measures a sunscreen's UVB protection. On a daily basis, I use SPF 50 because it translates to 500 minutes (SPF 50 times 10 minutes) of sun protection. Considering how most makeup products contain SPF, aim for at least SPF 30 or 300 minutes of sun protection. On the other hand, PA measures how much UVA protection a product has. PA rankings are often written as PA+ up to PA++++. The more pluses, the more protection. I tend to use products with ratings of PA+++ or higher, but PA++ suffices.

4. My reccomendations!
I know we all get lazy but you should never leave the house without having applied sunscreen– think of it as a long term investment for your skin. As there are many types of sunscreens out in the market, it is crucial to find what works for your skin. Choose one with the right texture– one that you feel comfortable using everyday. Some of my favorite products are here.



What are your go-to sunscreen brands?


xoxo Ariel


References: Tatcha

HOLY MATCHA | AESTE BLANC
HOLY MATCHA | AESTE BLANC
HOLY MATCHA | AESTE BLANC
HOLY MATCHA | AESTE BLANC
HOLY MATCHA | AESTE BLANC

HOLY MATCHA | AESTE BLANC
HOLY MATCHA | AESTE BLANC

HOLY MATCHA | AESTE BLANC

HOLY MATCHA | AESTE BLANC
HOLY MATCHA | AESTE BLANC

You, me, and matcha? Couple weeks ago, I went to visit Holy Matcha with my friends. Located in North Park, this gram-worthy cafe offers a small selection of drinks and pastries. I believe they serve everything from matcha lemonade to avocado toasts to acai bowls. I didn't order anything, but I tried my friend's lemonade and I thought it was alright. 

The tropical wallpapers and pink Parisian seatings were chic, but the Christmas decors were what really caught my attention. Personally, I thought the Christmas trees and wreaths were too much for the small space. I was actually becoming dizzy since everything was so pink. Other than its overly pink decorations, Holy Matcha is a great place to capture some photos for Instagram. Also, I went on a random Tuesday so I didn't have a problem taking photos. If you want to visit, I suggest avoiding the weekends. 

For my outfit, I wore my new furry coat from Zara. It's super soft and reminds me of a teddy bear– similar to the MaxMara coat that everyone is raving about on Instagram. I decided to keep everything else simple by layering a white turtleneck and black jeans underneath. I also threw on a newsboy cap to cover up my two-day hair and black boots to create the illusion of longer legs.


xoxo Ariel 



WHAT'S ON ME
Zara coat
H&M sweater
Zara pants
Doc Marten boots


SNOOPY JUMPSUIT AND VAPORMAX | AESTE BLANC


I don’t know about you, but sneakers are my go-to’s. From fashion staple to workout necessity, sneakers have made their way into the fashion scene for years now. A few seasons back, white sneakers were the craze. Currently, the fashion world is obsessed with dad shoes. Regardless which style you prefer, picking one that suits your tastes and comfort is most important. Here is a succinct list of some sneakers I believe you should know about. 

Fashion

1. Gucci Rhyton Logo Leather
2. Nike Air Force 1
3. Balenciaga Triple S Cream
4. Fendi Fun Fair Logo
5. PW X CC HU NMD
6. OFF-WHITE X NIKE Vapormax
7. Balenciaga Color Block Sneakers

My all-time favorite is the Nike Air Vapormax. I first saw these on Korean celebrity G-Dragon (here) and fell in love with them right away. I heard they were sold out one minute after his advertisement was released in Korea. Considering how much I love him people adore him, I'm not surprised at all. Not only are they easy to wear, these babies are super chic and versatile. I tend to style mine with joggers and an oversized hoodie since I prefer to work in comfy clothing. I also wear them with jeans like here and here or if I’m feeling girly, I can wear them with a sheer ballerina dress. For today, I paired them with my olive jumpsuit. I love how the Snoopy characters add youthfulness to the outfit since wearing a solid olive jumpsuit would’ve turned me into a janitor. 

SNOOPY JUMPSUIT AND VAPORMAX | AESTE BLANC
SNOOPY JUMPSUIT AND VAPORMAX | AESTE BLANC
SNOOPY JUMPSUIT AND VAPORMAX | AESTE BLANC
SNOOPY JUMPSUIT AND VAPORMAX | AESTE BLANC
SNOOPY JUMPSUIT AND VAPORMAX | AESTE BLANC
SNOOPY JUMPSUIT AND VAPORMAX | AESTE BLANC
SNOOPY JUMPSUIT AND VAPORMAX | AESTE BLANC

What is your favorite sneaker?

xoxo Ariel



WHAT'S ON ME
Zara jumpsuit
Louis Vuitton bag (styled here)
Nike Air Vapormax (styled here)



3 THINGS I LEARNED IN COLLEGE | AESTE BLANC

It has only been two years since I began college, but I’ve learned more about myself than ever before. I'm constantly surprised by how much I have grown and changed. So, here are 3 things I learned in college thus far.

1. It's ok to say no.
One thing I struggled with even before college was saying no. I can’t count the number of times I would say yes to someone even when my mind responded otherwise. I get it– we all try to be people pleasers. Refusing someone often equates to selfishness and is something we aren't accustomed to. However, I have come to realize that saying no doesn’t mean anything bad. If I don’t want to do something, I kindly decline the offer and move on. If I believe something affects my priorities, I don’t accept the request. Not that I am a bad person, but I say no just ‘cause I want to. Remember to stay true to yourself and say no when you mean it. It’s honestly no big deal when you decline people because they will understand. 


2. Time is my greatest asset.
I didn’t realize how valuable time was until college. With papers and exams due every week, I had to use my time more efficiently because I couldn’t afford to waste my time. I don’t have the luxury of surfing the internet for three hours after school anymore. There is always something I should or needed to do. I also found it difficult to set time aside for myself, but I told myself that if I was truly passionate about something, I will find time for it no matter how tired I am. I mean, we only have 24 hours in a day. It just depends on how you want to use your time. Don’t spend waste it on lying in bed and scrolling through your phone because you have all the time to do so when you are sixty. Try to spend it on things you enjoy doing. Trust me, once you start your career, time flies even faster.

3. Depend on only yourself.
I’m not saying you can’t rely on your friends to hang out with you or cheer you up when you are down. All I’m saying is that the only person you can depend on is yourself. I’m sure you have heard this from your mom or grandma, but it’s so so true. No one is obligated to do anything for you. No one is responsible to motivate you when you are at your lowest. Besides your family members, no one will care about you as much as you care about yourself. Although this might sound harsh, you will experience this feeling at some point in college if not earlier. Learn to appreciate alone time and accept the fact that only you can change yourself. 

3 THINGS I LEARNED IN COLLEGE | AESTE BLANC
3 THINGS I LEARNED IN COLLEGE | AESTE BLANC
3 THINGS I LEARNED IN COLLEGE | AESTE BLANC
3 THINGS I LEARNED IN COLLEGE | AESTE BLANC
3 THINGS I LEARNED IN COLLEGE | AESTE BLANC
3 THINGS I LEARNED IN COLLEGE | AESTE BLANC
3 THINGS I LEARNED IN COLLEGE | AESTE BLANC

What are some things you've learned that I missed?

xoxo Ariel


WHAT'S ON ME
Mustard sweater 
Corduroy overalls
UGG boots



Photographer: Anthony


PALM SPRINGS, SD & LA | AESTE BLANC

My family is never impulsive when it comes to traveling since we prefer to plan everything out. However, over the holidays, my mom made the sudden decision to visit go on a road trip on Christmas Eve. My mom didn’t really say where we were going until we all got in the car, so I had to pack my clothes blindly. Our first destination was Palm Springs. I’ve never been to Palm Springs before so I didn’t know what to expect besides the desert and sand. As my predictions, Palm Springs is a place for relaxation as it consists of multiple resorts, golf courses, small boutiques, eateries, and homes. We stayed at Indian Wells, located just outside of Palm Springs. The weather was quite chilly and colder than I expected. I actually wore a big puffy jacket on top of my sweater while I was there. Besides going to visit La Quinta for an afternoon hike, we spent the rest of the time relaxing in the hotel. Despite the cold temperature, my dad, sister, and I still swam in the cold waters at night. I also remember many guests giving us strange looks as they walked by, but it’s whatever. No need to care about how others look at you as long as you are having fun :) 

PALM SPRINGS, SD & LA | AESTE BLANC
PALM SPRINGS, SD & LA | AESTE BLANC
PALM SPRINGS, SD & LA | AESTE BLANC

Our second stop was San Diego. We arrived in late at night but we stopped by Fashion Valley to shop nonetheless. The mall offers a wide variety of stores ranging from department stores such as Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom to trendy fashion such as Urban Outfitters and Topshop. In fact, I believe Fashion Valley is the largest mall in San Diego. Since it was right after Christmas, the sales were pretty sweet, but we resisted our temptations (well... I guess it’s just me). During this time, we also booked our hotel for the night at Hard Rock. Located near Gaslamp Quarter, Hard Rock is a rock-n-roll themed hotel with hip vibes. It is within walking distance from Seaport Village and driving distance from other tourist destinations. You can also take the trolley to Little Italy and even Fashion Valley if you want to save some money. However, it might not be as convenient as driving since the trolley stops at specific locations.

Seaport Village is analogous to Fisherman’s Wharf up in the bay. There are plenty of seafood restaurants and boutiques you can explore. The ocean view is super clear so I think you will have an amazing experience if you eat dinner and watch the sunset with your loved ones there. We continued to walk up the port to the USS Midway Museum. The maritime museum is an aircraft carrier that offers flight simulators, tours, and other activities. We decided to skip the museum since the line was insanely long and we hate waiting in line haha. If you plan to visit, I recommend going early and purchasing tickets online. Oh, and since we walked to Seaport Village, we didn’t have to deal with parking. From what I remember, the parking lot is pretty tight. While you are there, make sure to snap a quick photo at the Unconditional Surrender statue which is located right before the museum. I’ve been there once before (read here) so I got the perfect shot for my family in no time.

About noon, I made the executive decision to eat at Phil’s BBQ because I am a good daughter and knew my dad wanted to eat barbecue. Ok fine, to be completely honest, I just used this chance to satisfy my desires to try this place. Ever since I came to San Diego for school, everyone I ask for food recommendations would rave about this place and tell me I must go. Normally, I don’t have a car so I can’t go so why not use this chance to check this place off my bucket list? I mean, it’s a win-win situation if you think about it… Anyway, we played it safe and ordered one Full Baby Back Ribs, one Full Beef Dinner ribs, and one order of Onion Rings. The servings were huge, but just right to feed all of us. I could literally taste the smoked texture of the ribs blended with barbecue sauce in my mouth. It was ah-may-zing. 

Before heading back, we made a short stop at Pressed Juicery. I got the vanilla and matcha freeze with almond butter and some other toppings, but I didn’t like it. Maybe my expectations were too high since I only had it once before… or bougie ice cream just isn’t for me haha. By the time we finished our lunch and dessert, it was already late afternoon so we left for Los Angeles. We stayed there for one night and left for home the next day so we didn’t do much LA exploring. 

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PALM SPRINGS, SD & LA | AESTE BLANC
PALM SPRINGS, SD & LA | AESTE BLANC
PALM SPRINGS, SD & LA | AESTE BLANC
PALM SPRINGS, SD & LA | AESTE BLANC
PALM SPRINGS, SD & LA | AESTE BLANC
PALM SPRINGS, SD & LA | AESTE BLANC
PALM SPRINGS, SD & LA | AESTE BLANC
PALM SPRINGS, SD & LA | AESTE BLANC
PALM SPRINGS, SD & LA | AESTE BLANC
PALM SPRINGS, SD & LA | AESTE BLANC
PALM SPRINGS, SD & LA | AESTE BLANC


Our spontaneous trip lasted for 36 hours but I had so much fun. I also captured some moments of this trip here so if you’re a visual person, I got you covered. What is your perfect vacation?

xoxo Ariel


WHAT'S ON ME
Fenty Puma sweater
Zara jeans
Nike shoes


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