FLORAL DRESS AND BLACK BOOTS | AESTE BLANC

I recently posted a Youtube video titled "Sporty Chic Summer Lookbook!" In it, I share four outfits for when you want to sport the model off duty vibe. All the outfits consist of similar items that I'm sure you already have, so they're easy to recreate. If you haven't checked it out, please do! 

This look wasn't included as it's not particularly sporty, but it's one you should consider if you're about that chill yet chic trend (aka what models wear on the street). My floral pattern dress is from Zara. I don't think they have it in stores anymore, but herehere, and here are three alternatives. You can't go wrong with a print maxi dress since prints were everywhere last season and are here to stay for another. Finished the look with black round sunglasses (styled here) and boots. You can opt for sneakers like this or this if you want to keep it casual.

FLORAL DRESS AND BLACK BOOTS | AESTE BLANC
FLORAL DRESS AND BLACK BOOTS | AESTE BLANC
FLORAL DRESS AND BLACK BOOTS | AESTE BLANC
FLORAL DRESS AND BLACK BOOTS | AESTE BLANC
FLORAL DRESS AND BLACK BOOTS | AESTE BLANC
FLORAL DRESS AND BLACK BOOTS | AESTE BLANC


xoxo Ariel

OUTFIT DETAILS
Dress: Zara (similar here and here)
Shoes: Zara (similiar)
Sunglasses: Prada (here)

OAHU FOOD GUIDE | AESTE BLANC

Remember a while back where I shared eight foods you must try in Kauai? Well today, I curated an Oahu edition. Oahu or the "Gathering Place" is more populated compared to other Hawaiian islands so its food selection is quite attractive. With so many activities and sights to see already, I understand the struggle to find and plan delicious places to eat at. But food is as equally important, no? To help you grasp Oahu cuisine, here are 9 local foods you can't miss out on!

OAHU FOOD GUIDE | AESTE BLANC
OAHU FOOD GUIDE | AESTE BLANC
OAHU FOOD GUIDE | AESTE BLANC
Goma Tei
Try: Tan tan ramen, Curry katsu, Seafood fried rice
Located in the heart of Waikiki, Goma Tei is a restaurant chain that serves Japanese delicacies. You will find curry, rice bowls, and cold noodles on the menu, but tan tan ramen is their signature dish. As a variation of ramen, tan tan ramen is made with flavorful sesame broth– great for when you want to spice things up a bit. Its thin noodles are cooked al dente and complements the creamy broth in the right way. If you enjoy rice, order Curry Katsu or Seafood Fried Rice. Both dishes will not disappoint.

Marukame Udon
More like a cafeteria than a restaurant, Marukame Udon serves satisfying udon bowls for an inexpensive price. Noodles are made from scratch and later completed with broth and toppings. You can also add musubis and tempura to your order for an authentic Japanese experience. Especially during peak hours, the line can get unbelievably long but don't stress. People move in and out pretty quick so you'll find seats in no time.

Giovanni's Shrimp Truck
Try: Shrimp Scampi, Lemon Butter shrimp
Giovanni's hails as one of Oahu's most popular food trucks. Only three choices on their menu and they have a national reputation– I don't know what else to say haha. They are surrounded by other food vendors so you aren't limited to just shrimp. Prices aren't cheap ($14 for a bowl), but you'll want it anyway. Oh, make sure to bring enough cash since they don't accept card.

OAHU FOOD GUIDE | AESTE BLANC
OAHU FOOD GUIDE | AESTE BLANC
OAHU FOOD GUIDE | AESTE BLANC
OAHU FOOD GUIDE | AESTE BLANC
Island Vintage Coffee
Try: Acai bowl, Macadamia Nut mocha
Found this gem completely by chance. They're widely known for their quality Hawaiian coffee, but I fell in love with their acai bowls. In fact, I had to stop by every single morning because I couldn't resist myself. If you visit, try their lilikoi and papaya acai bowl! Trust me, it's a magical bowl filled with fresh seasonal fruits and granola. Each bite melts in your mouth but you still get the perfect amount of crunchiness when you chew. If you're feeling coffee, try their Macadamia Nut Mocha.

Shirokiya Japan Village
Try: Takoyaki, Ramen, Tonkatsu curry, Sweet potato & taro mochi
Beneath Ala Moana Shopping Center lies Shirokiya Japan Village, a decent food court showcasing Japanese food culture. It is a great place to rest and dine at after shopping. Food selection is wide so you are bound to come across something you like. Ramen, takoyaki, mochi, curry, tonkatsu, boba (to satisfy your Asian cravings though not authentic Japanese), etc. Also, there are plenty of seats!

OAHU FOOD GUIDE | AESTE BLANC

Leonard's Bakery
Try: Malasada puffs
Made fresh daily, Leonard's malasada puffs (Portuguese donuts) have stolen our hearts. They come in a variety of flavors such as plain, custard, haupia, and dobash. The best thing about them is that they aren't overly sweet. As someone who's not into sweet sweet foods, I found them light and fluffy. One tip I have is buy different flavors and share them with a family or friend so you don't overload on sugar. Parking can get tricky since their parking lot is tiny so it'd be better if park on the neighboring street.

Kua' Aina
Try: Pineapple burger
Obama's favorite burger spot on Oahu! That's right– this quaint joint offers big, juicy burgers at an affordable price. Each patty along fresh lettuce, tomatoes, and onion is sandwiched between two brioche buns. You can also request avocados (yes, please!), cheese, and pineapples. Don't forget about their crispy french fries too. Overall, you have to stop by when visiting North Shore.

OAHU FOOD GUIDE | AESTE BLANC
Haleiwa Bowls
Try: Hapa bowl with almond butter/strawberries
If you searched "acai bowls" on IG, this smoothie stand has definitely popped up. Another trendy spot, Haleiwa Bowls whips up bowls of heaven in a matter of minutes. You can choose either hapa bowls or mana bowls. Hapa bowls are a thicker blend of acai, strawberries, blueberries and bananas and topped with organic granola, fresh fruits, coconut flakes, and honey. Mana bowls, on the other hand, are of sorbet consistency with the same toppings as a hapa bowl. You can also order additional toppings for less than a dollar each.

Musubi Cafe Iyasume
Try: Spam musubi
You must drop by this little shop if you crave musubis. Musubi Cafe Iyasume has a wide selection of spam musubis to choose from such as plain spam, kimchi spam, and plum and shiso spam. Of course, my favorite is the avocado, bacon, and egg spam musubi. God I love my avocados. It may sound like a lot, but you'll change your mind once you give it a try. Beside musubis, they have unagi bowls and musubi bentos. 


And there you have it– 9 local foods in Oahu you can't miss. Do you have any recommendations? Please let me know!


xoxo Ariel



The LWB (little white blouse) is just as much a wardrobe essential as the LBD (little black dress). Mine is from Free People (similar here) and it has a special place in my heart because of the ruffles. Going along sides of both sleeves, the ruffles add a feminine touch to the outfit. 
For that Parisian chic look, I paired my LWB with boyfriend jeans (similar here and on sale here) and a low block heel (similar here).

What are your closet must haves? Let me know in the comments!

xoxo Ariel

OUTFIT DETAILS
Top: Free People
Jeans: (styled here)
Shoes: Zara (styled here)


Photographer: Aries

THIS AIN'T YOUR AVERAGE MILITARY JACKET | AESTE BLANC

No really. I couldn't resist my conscience telling me to leave it when I saw this jacket at the store. Maybe because I've been wanting one after seeing an IG fashion "it" girl wear something similar. Or maybe because my mom says I look good in green. Either way, I just knew I had to buy it.

Different from any other, this military coat is spiced with random paint splatters, patched letters, and most importantly, dual toned sequins. I'm not sure when I started to appreciate sequins because I hated it when I was younger. I'd make a scene to get my point across that I wasn't going to put on anything sequin back when my mom still dressed me. 

Anyway, I adore this jacket tremendously because it has character to it. Wear this with a half-tucked tee and denim shorts for causal or with a midi-dress and slippers to dress it up. You'll look chic without trying too hard. 

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THIS AIN'T YOUR AVERAGE MILITARY JACKET | AESTE BLANC
THIS AIN'T YOUR AVERAGE MILITARY JACKET | AESTE BLANC
THIS AIN'T YOUR AVERAGE MILITARY JACKET | AESTE BLANC
THIS AIN'T YOUR AVERAGE MILITARY JACKET | AESTE BLANC
THIS AIN'T YOUR AVERAGE MILITARY JACKET | AESTE BLANC
THIS AIN'T YOUR AVERAGE MILITARY JACKET | AESTE BLANC
THIS AIN'T YOUR AVERAGE MILITARY JACKET | AESTE BLANC
THIS AIN'T YOUR AVERAGE MILITARY JACKET | AESTE BLANC
THIS AIN'T YOUR AVERAGE MILITARY JACKET | AESTE BLANC
THIS AIN'T YOUR AVERAGE MILITARY JACKET | AESTE BLANC


xoxo Ariel


OUTFIT DETAILS
Jacket: Zara
Shorts: Abercrombie (styled here)
Cap: similar here and here
Shoes: Nike (styled here and here)

4 SUNSCREENS TO MAINTAIN YOUTHFUL SKIN | AESTE BLANC

Summer may be coming to an end, but that doesn't mean it's time to retire sunscreen from your skincare routine. If anything, you should adopt the habit of wearing sunscreen every day if you haven't done so. Did you get that? Let me repeat myself. Wear sunscreen EVERY SINGLE DAY. No excuses.

As I've mentioned here, sunscreen protects you from painful sunburns, skin cancer, and more importantly, fights premature aging. Who wants to walk around with a face full of wrinkles and sunspots?

When it comes to choosing the right sunscreen, you really need to test it out yourself. Since we all have different skin types/problems, it's difficult to pinpoint one product that works for everyone. But, here are four sunscreens you (and your family and friends) need to step up your sunscreen game.

4 SUNSCREENS TO MAINTAIN YOUTHFUL SKIN | AESTE BLANC
4 SUNSCREENS TO MAINTAIN YOUTHFUL SKIN | AESTE BLANC
4 SUNSCREENS TO MAINTAIN YOUTHFUL SKIN | AESTE BLANC
4 SUNSCREENS TO MAINTAIN YOUTHFUL SKIN | AESTE BLANC

1. Anessa Perfect Gel and Essence Sunscreen
I've been using Anessa for years and I'm in love with their products. My two favorite sunscreens from their brand have SPF 50+ and PA++++. I love both formulas because they don't leave white blotches/streaks of sunscreen upon application. They aren't sticky to touch and glide easily on the skin. Specifically, Anessa Perfect Gel Sunscreen creates the illusion of glowing skin by adding subtle shimmer to my face. They come in convenient sizes so they're perfect for when you're on the go and want to take them with you.

2. Skin Aqua UV Moisture Gel
I came across Skin Aqua coincidentally during my trip to Japan. As I was shopping in the beauty stores, I saw many people stock up on Skin Aqua products so I decided to give their sunscreens a try. Their UV Moisture Gel contains SPF 35 with PA+++. The reason why I love this product so much is because of its consistency. Since I don't like the oily residue some sunscreens leave behind, I tend to go for gel or essence ones. If you're like me, consider this product. Also, this sunscreen is super light and good for people who have sensitive skin. 

3. Sun Bum Sunscreen Lotion
Can't forget the body! Use Sun Bum SPF 70 for ultimate sun protection whenever you are out. To the beach, the pool, or just to the mall. While this sunscreen claims to be water resistant, I encourage you to reapply every two hours. This sunscreen is easy to apply and isn't as greasy as many people say it is. It is more for the body than the face, so skip the face with this one.

Tell me, do you use sunscreen every day?

xoxo Ariel

SUNSCREENS FOR FACE AND BODY

5 TIPS TO STAY STYLISH WHEN IT'S HOT | AESTE BLANC
5 TIPS TO STAY STYLISH WHEN IT'S HOT | AESTE BLANC
5 TIPS TO STAY STYLISH WHEN IT'S HOT | AESTE BLANC
5 TIPS TO STAY STYLISH WHEN IT'S HOT | AESTE BLANC
5 TIPS TO STAY STYLISH WHEN IT'S HOT | AESTE BLANC
5 TIPS TO STAY STYLISH WHEN IT'S HOT | AESTE BLANC
5 TIPS TO STAY STYLISH WHEN IT'S HOT | AESTE BLANC
5 TIPS TO STAY STYLISH WHEN IT'S HOT | AESTE BLANC
5 TIPS TO STAY STYLISH WHEN IT'S HOT | AESTE BLANC
5 TIPS TO STAY STYLISH WHEN IT'S HOT | AESTE BLANC


As a Cali girl, I've had my fair share of hot toasty weather. As a result, I completely understand the temptation to grab something easy when it feels like a sauna outside. But you don't always have to sacrifice comfort for style. Today, I'll share with you 5 tips on how to stay stylish even when it's hot.

1. Don't be afraid of black.
One misconception people have is that you can't wear black when it's hot outside. While black does absorb heat, the key point when it comes to wearing darker colors is choosing the right material. I recommend going for breathable fabrics such as cotton, chambray or linen. You can also wear light blouses (here) or jackets for a chic yet breezy look. 

2. Find the right shoes.
As I've shared here, I'm a sneakers kind of girl. If you're the same, wear lightweight shoes like this (on sale for only $15!). You don't need an extra pound on you when the heat is already killing you. Trust me, choose shoes that make you feel like you're walking on air. 

3. Rock those sunnies.
Sunglasses are not just about brand– shapes matter most. Choosing the right frame can instantly make you look expensive even if the sunnies aren't breaking your bank. The trick in buying them is to find ones that complement your face shape. If you have an oval shaped face, you've hit jackpot since you suit round (here), cat eye (here and here), and angular frames. If you have a square shaped face, look for cat eye frames. For round shaped faces, go with rectangular frames as it gives the illusion of a slimmer face. And for triangular shaped faces, pick aviators (here) or cat eye styles.

4. Go minimal.
 The last thing you want on a sweltering day is sweat trapped between your clothes and skin. I like to keep things easy by wearing one-pieces because I don't have to worry about my bottoms. Tossing on a romper (here) or dress (here) is a great way to look cute without spending too much time. Just make sure to steer away from tight clothing– you don't want to feel constricted. Plus, you'll definitely regret wearing them when you try to take it off at the end of they day but they're stuck to your skin.  It's about keeping things light and minimal.

5.  Easy on the accessories.
Furthering tip #4, you should keep accessories to a minimum. I'm not saying to forgo accessories, but I'd rather not have ten bracelets dangling on my arm. Look for dainty pieces so you don't feel weighed down.  

6. Bonus tip: PROTECTION IS CRUCIAL!
Notice how I typed this in caps? That's how important protection is. While it's perfectly fine to chase after sun-kissed skin, you don't want to overdo it and end up with painful sunburns or an uneven tan. Not cute at all. Save yourself the tears and apply sunscreen. Besides, it helps with premature aging. 


And that's it! Now you're set for the hot weather! Do you have any tips?
xoxo Ariel


OUTFIT DETAILS
Jacket: styled here and here
Romper: Zara
Shoes: styled here
Sunglasses: similar

Photographer: Cami

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