Speaking of Style – XelaView More

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“I’m a bargain hunter, it’s extremely rare that I would buy anything full price. My most beloved pieces are from
thrift stores. I grew up thrifting so I actually find myself more comfortable shopping there than a department
store. Something about the hunt of thrifting that excites me is when I find treasures that I know I won’t see
anyone else wearing the same thing. For current trends I shop at Nordstrom Rack, H&M, and Zara.”

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“I personally like to plan an outfit around an item. It helps me get dressed in the morning so either a piece of
clothing, shoes, a necklace, etc. There’s usually one thing I’m excited to wear, so from there I plan what will
go with it and what will help it stand out. I also like to have a solid collection of statement pieces and basic
pieces so that I don’t have to keep updating them with new things because that can get expensive. It’s
good to shop with your wardrobe in mind and know what works well for you.”

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Hometown | Born in the Philippines, grew up in California
Occupation | Technical Designer & Freelance Fashion Designer/Wardrobe Stylist
Favorite Designers | Alexander Wang, Vivienne Westwood, Karl Lagerfeld
Currently Listening to? | Jhene Aiko and Iggy Azalea right now. Their songs are so damn relatable.

Xela’s wearing a Forever 21 tank, H&M sweater and pants, Reed Krakoff heels, and thrifted Gucci watch.
Her lipstick is
Bobbi Brown Lip Color #32 in “Rum Raisin.”

Photographed & interviewed by Aliya Armorer

04.23.14  /  No Comments  /  

The Highs and Lows of Turning 35View More

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I never really felt self-conscious about revealing my age to people…until I started a fashion blog. When I follow
Garance & Jayne, I feel like an empowered soon-to-be 35 yr old blogger, but when I photograph 20something yr
olds who refer to me as a woman on their IG, I just feel like an old…woman. For awhile I’ve been a little hesitant
to “out” my age on Aesthetic.Li, but after reading a quote from Garance (yes she’s my hero!) I realized that it was
a lame insecurity to have. She said one day that her blog was always her dream and that’s really how I feel
about mine. Since dreams never expire or get “old” with age, why should I then worry about mine? So peeps,
I’ll be 35 in a few days, and here’s what I’ve learned so far in the game of life.

I can read people easier, and I don’t try to people please as much as I did in my 20s. There’s an uncomfortable
feeling I get when someone’s intentions aren’t clear so I really listen to that now and not second guess myself.

I feel pretty competent at work. This is probably more a reflection of being in the same profession for awhile, but
I don’t wonder anymore if I said or did something wrong because I know I have the experience to back it up.

You can really change major issues you have with yourself if you just get out of your head. I used to feel really
self-conscious about doing things by myself like watching a movie or going out to eat or going shopping, but I felt
like I was holding myself back so I just starting doing them. At first, it was a big deal and I hated that feeling of
discomfort, but over time it went away and now it’s like second nature for me to go places by myself. It’s also a bit
freeing because you don’t have to worry about someone else’s schedule or whether they want to do the same
thing you want to do, you can just do whatever whenever.

If there’s something you want to do, don’t spend too much time weighing the pros and cons. I did this for a very
long time with wanting to do something more creative. I would talk about it all the time with my friends and family
and analyze it to death in my head. Should I start my own line, what about a vegan bakery truck, wait an
activewear line! It wasn’t until I started taking classes and workshops on things that interested me that I really
started to feel creative, and I’m much happier now doing these things than just getting excited about an
idea and then analyzing how it will turn out.

So these are some of things I’ve learned so far, and more importantly, I just learned that
this dress is the best silhouette for me!

04.22.14  /  1 Comment  /  

So Regretful…View More

Isabelle Bois & Other Stories

Well let me rephrase that, so sad. I hate when you find out about a collection after the fact and then everything’s
sold out. Case in point for the above oversized clutch by Isabelle Bois who collab’d with
& Other Stories. And that
brings me to another sad point. Why can’t & Other Stories ship to the U.S.?  Anyways back to this clutch.
The color, the lines, the size; everything about it is perfect.

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Ugh….so sad.

Source | Minimalissimo

04.21.14  /  1 Comment  /  

El Yunque RainforestView More

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When my friends and I started emailing each other about things to do in Puerto Rico, El Yunque Rainforest came up
and initially I said yes without hesitation. Then about 2 days before we arrived, it actually hit me that rainforest
would most likely translate to snakes, bugs, spiders, frogs, mosquitoes, and other wildlife I’ve never been wild about.
Anxiety started setting in because I REALLY don’t do well with buglife, snakelife, froglife, etc. I didn’t want to be a
killjoy and not go, but I did warn them that wailing and/or screaming like a little b*tch was a strong possibility.
Much to my delight, when we got there we were told that there were no mosquitoes, their national frog, the coquí,
is nocturnal, and at most we would see mongooses or snails. Ok, mongooses or mongeese would still make me cry,
but that was totally manageable. The four hours we were there, I never got bit or even laid eyes on a mongoose,
just some birds and snails. So I really enjoyed El Yunque sans screaming sans crying.

This is a lagoon that our tour guide, Jamila took us to. Apparently it was off the beaten path of the tourist routes
so there were about 5 locals there before we showed up. Sorry I’m not in any of the photos, once my friends
starting going into the lagoon, all I saw was photos so I just got into that mode!

04.18.14  /  2 Comments  /  

My Friend Jenna…View More

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Jenna’s a pretty easy subject to photograph because she’s extremely laid back and extremely comfortable in her
own skin. I met her in 1st grade and we’ve been close friends ever since, and every time I’m around her, it still amazes
me how comfortable she is with herself. I guess that’s not a characteristic I see that often in people so when I’m
around someone who’s that secure, I take notice. She’s very good at putting you at ease, which makes sense seeing
that she’s a doctor. We both live in the same state now so it’s easier to see her throughout the year. These
photos were taken in Old San Juan where as you can tell we spent a lot of time!

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Jenna’s wearing an RVCA tank and skirt, Aldo sandals, and Lucky bag.

04.17.14  /  2 Comments  /  

Old San JuanView More

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This is the first time I’ve really brought my camera on a trip so I was eager to take some snaps, but after awhile
I realized that I was barely going to appear in any of them. Oh well, c’est la vie right? Old San Juan was probably
my favorite area of Puerto Rico from an urban perspective because of the history tied to the architecture. When
you venture north you can get away from the tourist spots because the cruise ships dock right at the base of OSJ.
And then if you keep on walking north, you get to overlook the ocean and the big fort! It’s really been a great
trip so far and very grounding to be around friends I’ve known for 20+ years.

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My friend Jenna!

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My friend Charry who I tried to do an impromptu “photo shoot” with, but we ended up laughing because I was
drilling her like a sergeant (“Take your hand off your hip, don’t smile too much, look relaxed though!”).

04.16.14  /  2 Comments  /  

What I’m Wearing in Puerto Rico!View More

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Hey everyone, I’m coming to you live from Puerto Rico! My friend Jenna, who you’ll soon meet on the blog, took
these photos of me in Old San Juan. We’ve been having a great time here, horseback riding on the beach, hiking
in El Yunque rainforest, eating lots of food, and even taking a local Zumba class. I’m here with four of
my childhood friends for a girls trip since we never see each other.

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I decided to be print-astic in PR with this ASOS top and skirt.

Photos by Jenna Laviña Boyhan
Edited by me

04.15.14  /  1 Comment  /  

Tell Me About Your Hair – GinaView More

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“Generally, I’m kind of lazy in the morning. I love accessorizing and having an outward style, but I won’t put a ton
of work into my hair so I like to go for styles that are pretty easy to take care of, but very distinct. I looked a
ton on Instagram and put in hashtags like #bobs and #bobswithbangs. I’ve always wanted Alexa Chung’s hair,
but my hair doesn’t do that because she has this wavy sensibility so I guess I kind of started from her.
I knew that I wanted bangs and I knew I wanted to cut it short.”

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“I use Redkin Glass, it’s a shine serum, and I’ve actually used it now for 15 years. Just for straight, slick hair,
it’s awesome. I’ve strayed away and always gone back.” – Gina

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Gina’s wearing Revlon Just Bitten Lipstain in “Lovesick.”

Photographed & interviewed by Aliya Armorer

04.14.14  /  No Comments  /  

Puerto Rico BoundView More

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Hey peeps! Sorry I haven’t been blogging as much as usual, I’ve been super busy and stressed!! Next time I decide to
plan a vacation with my friends right around tax time please tell me to calm. down. Anyways, I’m off to Puerto
Rico!!!! Never been before and I’m linking up with my childhood friends so if you have any suggestions of places
to eat or non-touristy things to do, let me know! Hopefully, some photos of my travel will make their
appearance on the blog! Have a great weekend!! #exclamationoverload

04.11.14  /  No Comments  /  

Speaking of Style – ChiView More

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“It’s very tough when it comes to categorizing myself into a certain style. There’s times when I want to dress more
boho like the Olsens or grungy like Erin Wasson, and the next day I might want to live in my cozy sweater and rock
my Nike Flyknits with a bun on my head like Adrianne Ho. Primarily the number one most important thing to me
is comfort, and feeling good in what I wear. Learning to balance your style by color, fabric, texture, and
silhouette is not always easy, but once you find your essentials and the pieces that suit you the most,
putting an outfit together just becomes second nature.” – Chi

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Hometown | Grew up in China – LA – Portland – San Francisco
Occupation | Personal Banker
Go To Outfit | My Vintage Levi’s 501s or 606s, classic white tee, black Acne Pistol boots,
and leather jacket is a MUST.
Style Tip | Minimal, learn to feel comfortable yet sexy in my own skin. I like to stick to a laid-back Cali girl vibe,
keep it simple and cool, and don’t over do it to confuse myself (cause I’ll just end up looking confused, lol).
Favorite Blogs |
Freunde von Freunden, Miss Moss, Lace & Tea
Favorite Brands | The Reformation, Acne, Creatures of Comfort
Shop Spots | Steven Alan, Wasteland, Mill, AB Fits, Voyager, General Store, Painted Bird,
No, and thrift shops here and there just to name a few.
Currently Listening to? | Rhye – “Woman,” Lykke Li – “I Never Learn,” Beyonce – “BEYONCE”
Style icon(s) | Alexa Chung, Erin Wasson, Kiko Mizuhara, Elli-Rose

Chi’s wearing a Nanushka top, Rachel Comey dress, Acne boots, and a vintage Coach backpack.

Photographed & interviewed by Aliya Armorer

04.09.14  /  No Comments  /  
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