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BLUE STRIPES AND DENIM | AESTE BLANC
BLUE STRIPES AND DENIM | AESTE BLANC
BLUE STRIPES AND DENIM | AESTE BLANC
BLUE STRIPES AND DENIM | AESTE BLANC
BLUE STRIPES AND DENIM | AESTE BLANC
BLUE STRIPES AND DENIM | AESTE BLANC
BLUE STRIPES AND DENIM | AESTE BLANC
BLUE STRIPES AND DENIM | AESTE BLANC
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North of San Diego, La Jolla is an affluent neighborhood with beautiful beaches, delicious brunch spots, and incredible scenery. Natives often refer to La Jolla as "the jewel" by the sea.

As one of California's best beach destinations, La Jolla attracts tourists to enjoy its clear water and warm weather. Along the coastline, there are also luxurious hotels, shopping villages, and fancy restaurants that reflect the upscale lifestyle there.

Today, I'll be sharing photos that I took during a day in La Jolla!
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WHAT'S ON ME
Stripe top (here)
Denim shorts (here)
White sneakers (styled here)


GUIDE TO STYLING STRIPES | AESTE BLANC
GUIDE TO STYLING STRIPES | AESTE BLANC
GUIDE TO STYLING STRIPES | AESTE BLANC
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GUIDE TO STYLING STRIPES | AESTE BLANC

I have a love-hate relationship with stripes. At times, I really dig my outfit. Other times, I feel as though I got dressed in the dark. Although it is still a challenge for me, I want to share you some of my tips on styling stripes.

1. Choose the right fit.
It is so important to understand your body shape when it comes to clothes. If you have broad shoulders, avoid picking oversized pieces with stripe prints. Make sure the shoulder hems are at the shoulders since some stripes can create the illusion of wider shoulders. I tend to stick with fitted cuts and vertical striped tops because of the former reason. If you are petite, go for shorter pieces to avoid looking baggy. Choose pants that end above the ankle to elongate your legs.

2. Set your direction.
It's either vertical or horizontal. Mixing stripes in one outfit can be disastrous if you are unsure on how to style them. I tend to associate Parisian chic like Gary Pepper's outfit with horizontal stripes. Simply throw on a horizontally striped top, a pair of high waisted, flared jeans and pointed heels.
As for vertical stripes, a good starting point is to begin with striped bottoms. I love wearing worn out t-shirts with light-colored striped culottes like this. For some reason, I find it soothing on the eyes and super fashionable.

3. Mix and match.
As much as this contradicts tip #2, it is perfectly fine to mix and match stripes. Fashion blogger Pernille plays around with a striped blouse and floor length pants here yet is incredibly chic. Another option is to go for one-pieces and sets if you are new to stripes. The key is to not be afraid of mixing stripes because they may end up complementing each other.

4. Keep the accessories light.
Stripes is a statement already. Just as any other, I like to choose my accessories after I curate my outfit so I don't overdo it. I mixed gold and silver jewelry to glam up my look, but I know many people are actually afraid to wear both simultaneously. Since I kept my accessories to a minimum, the "clash" in colors brought everything together and made it more sophisticated.

5. Use stripes to your advantage.
Who doesn't want model proportions? Besides through diet and exercising, we can trick people into thinking we have our ideal body proportions with the help of stripes. My blouse is a mix between thin and thick stripes. The stripes on the front of my blouse actually brings in my sides and gives me a "smaller" waistline. Contrastingly, the stripes along my sleeves are much narrower so they draw less attention to my arms when looking at me from the front. Simple manipulations like these can definitely change the appearance of your body shape to what you prefer. I recommend to first figure out what works for you and go from there.

And that's my 5 tips to styling stripes!

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WHAT'S ON ME
Top: Striped blouse (here)
Jeans: Levi's (here)
Slides: Dolce Vita 
Bag: Marc Jacobs


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Different from most, this military coat is embellished with random paint splatters, patched letters, and dual toned sequins. Not to mention, it's already a statement piece so you don't have to try too hard to style it. Simply throw on a t-shirt and a pair of shorts, and you're ready to go. 

It's also a great transition piece into autumn. During cooler months, you can easily achieve a military chic look by layering a chunky sweater underneath with a skirt and boots. But since we are still beating the heat, a light top and a pair of denim shorts are perfect. Keeping accessories minimal, I decided to throw on a black cap to block the sun and a small crossbody. I didn't want to take attention away from my coat so I wore my crossbody underneath. Doing so also makes my outfit more stylish in my opinion.

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WHAT'S ON ME
Jacket: Zara
Shorts: Abercrombie (styled here)
Cap: similar here and here
Shoes: Nike (styled here and here)


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Who doesn't want glowing skin? It's no surprise that we're starting to pay more attention to our skin as we ride the "K-beauty" wave. And among all the beauty products, face masks have made a name for themselves. In fact, it's one of the first things we go after when we want to achieve a fresh, dewy look because it's convenient to use, requires the least amount of effort, and you can see immediate results. So today, let's talk about face masks for glowing skin.

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I have always heard that Carmel by the Sea is a quaint place to visit as the town is mostly known for its natural scenery and charming museums and art galleries. To see for ourselves, my family and I spent some time there during the past weekend. 

What to See
Our destination was the famous 17-Mile Drive. The scenic drive winded through the Del Monte Forest, golf courses, beautiful homes, oceanside hotels and to Pebble Beach. Oh–before heading in, each vehicle is required purchase a ticket. Don't let that steer you away though because it's worth it! 

I believe there are 10 stops along the way, but you can always ask for a map. Couple of important stops are Inn at Spanish Bay, Bird Rock, Lone Cypress, Pebble Beach, and Ghost Tree. 


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What to Eat
Before heading home, we stopped by Sea Harvest for late lunch. I actually found this restaurant on Yelp because I wanted seafood. I mean, what else would you eat when you're in Carmel? We ordered Fish & Chips, Clam Chowder bread bowl, Seafood Pasta, and Grilled Halibut. 

Where to Shop
I think shopping in Carmel is more about atmosphere. Visit the Carmel Plaza, the Crossroads Carmel, or the Barnyard Shopping Village! Even if you aren't there to shop, you will definitely enjoy walking past small boutiques and branded stores. 

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If you are planning a short day trip, you should highly consider Carmel. It's such a refreshing and relaxing place to visit. Outside the Carmel area, there are also lots of attractions to visit such as Monterey Bay Aquarium, Big Sur, Fisherman's Wharf, Carmel Valley.

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