DIY: Halloween Pumpkin Painting

We love Halloween at Aerie! Haunted houses in our conference rooms, pumpkin spice latte breaks, and of course, pumpkin picking! This year we put our carving tools away and opted for an unexpected alternative to pumpkin carving – pumpkin painting. Read on below to learn how our team created 3 easy no-carve pumpkin DIY ideas to help you make your Halloween extra BOO-tiful!

DIY Pumpkin Painting - Halloween at Aerie

What You’ll Need

Multi-surface paint in a vintage finish

Spray paint in the color of your choice (we love gold metallic tones!)

Painter’s tape

Paintbrushes in various sizes

A dropcloth or newspaper

Fun stickers

Loose glitter

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Vintage White 

Our first pumpkin painting idea is simple and classic. Our team used a 2fl oz bottle of multi-surface acrylic craft paint to cover the entire pumpkin except the stem. We used 1 flat brush and 1 small brush to paint carefully around the top.

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Voila! Now the white pumpkin gives you a sort of blank canvas to design anything you would like – continue reading to see what we did to complete the look.
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Leaf It Be 

We painted another one of our pumpkins classic white, let it dry for 2 hours, and added one more very simple step. Using stickers purchased at a local craft store, we embellished the white surface to make one very chic pumpkin!
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Preppy Pumpkin 

Our last pumpkin DIY is a bit more difficult and will take more time. Use 1.5″ painters tape to create 2-3 chevron lines across the circumference of your pumpkin.
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After you finish taping your pumpkin, use a can of spray paint to color the tape-free sections. We chose gold because of the metallic finish, but feel free to try any color!

8 Let your now spray-painted pumpkin dry for at least 30 minutes. Very carefully, peel off the tape. 9

You did it! Be sure to show us your pumpkin creations with #AerieREAL on Instagram and Twitter.

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We can’t forget about the lil’ pumpkins! We sprayed a few with gold or white spray paint and added some sparkles for extra glam!

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Sitting pretty on our new blanket scarf15 - Instagram

Which pumpkin design is your favorite? Comment below!
16Happy Halloween, Aerie girls!

xoxo,

Aerie

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How To: Style Your Romantic Lace Bralette

Whether you’re looking to lounge in soft, romantic lace or add a bit of whimsy to your outfit, the Romantic Lace Bralette is pure perfection. We asked three of our favorite bloggers to show us how they style the bralette, proving that this piece is a total must-have.

Meet McKenna:
Hello! My name is McKenna Bleu, a southern girl who has always had a love for fashion. For me great style doesn’t have to cost a lot, doesn’t have to be what’s popular or limited to a certain size. Being real and having confidence is the greatest style to obtain. McKenna Bleu is just that, a site to gain fashion inspiration, travel & beauty tips. I hope you will stop by and say hello!

What inspired  McKenna’s look:
For me, I have a love for color, bold prints and anything that sparkles!

How To: Style Your Romantic Lace Bralette

McKenna in our Romantic Lace Bralette in Holiday Red

How To: Style Your Romantic Lace Bralette

Meet Eleni:
20-something year old Life and Style Blogger behind Convey the Moment from Calgary who lives a vegan friendly lifestyle.

What inspired Eleni’s look:
Sometimes a girl wants to feel as comfortable as she does sexy and the Romantic Lace Bralette did just that.  I absolutely like that I can casually relax in it in the privacy of my own home or dress it up with a high waisted skirt and a sheer blouse over top.

How To: Style Your Romantic Lace Bralette

Eleni in our Romantic Lace Bralette  in Soft Muslin

How To: Style Your Romantic Lace Bralette

Meet Kelsey:
Hi everyone! My name is Kelsey from Kelsey Gonder. I’m a 23 year old from Pennsylvania. I graduated from Penn State University this past May where I majored in Business Management. I now hold three jobs- marketing coordinator, sales associate, and my personal favorite, blogger! I blog for so many different reasons but my number one reason is to make women feel better about themselves. I love providing outfit inspiration to ladies and sharing some of my favorite shops along the way!

What Inspired Kelsey’s look:
When I received the Romantic Lace Bralette, I was so intrigued with its details. Although simple in form, it has this beautiful lace overlay which screams attention. I’ve seen as well as styled bralettes with open back shirts and loose sweaters so I really wanted to try something different. That’s when I thought about wearing it as a crop top. Now I know not everyone likes this trend, so as an alternative I would recommend putting a button up over the bralette, loosely tucking it in, and leaving the first few buttons unbuttoned. That way you can still see the details but are very comfortable. After all, isn’t that what confidence is about? Pairing the bralette with this grey pleated skirt gave the look the exact effortlessness that I was going for, and I just slipped on a pair of sparkly flats to complete the outfit! I think this look is perfect to transition into fall. You can tack on as many extra layers as you’d like and even dress it up with a pair of heels!

How To: Style Your Romantic Lace Bralette

Kelsey in our Romantic Lace Bralette in Deep Plum

How To: Style Your Romantic Lace Bralette

Looking for more style inspiration? Check out our Blanket Scarf Style Challenge with Christina from Oh So Glam here! xo

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Style Challenge: The Blanket Scarf

It’s no secret that we’re obsessed with blanket scarfs and we want the world to know it. Christina, blogger behind Oh So Glam, shares our love of all things cozy, so who better to show us how to style this must-have cold weather accessory?

Meet Christina:
Christina is a style and beauty blogger based out of Connecticut.

Style Challenge: The Blanket Scarf

Style Challenge: The Blanket Scarf Style Challenge: The Blanket Scarf

What inspired Christina’s look:
While the foliage in New England is gorgeous this time of year, the temperature drops fast and the blanket scarf becomes the perfect accessory!

Style Challenge: The Blanket Scarf Style Challenge: The Blanket Scarf

Can’t get enough of our blanket scarf styling tips? Read more here! xo

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Follow Her Friday: Ali Mitton

Cue the cold nights, the cozy knits, and snowball fights! This Holiday we partnered with a new photographer, who just so happens to be our first Aerie REAL girl photographer, to help us prepare for one of our favorite gifting seasons. Aerie girls, meet Ali Mitton. This Gold Coast Australian native added just the touch of magic, simplicity, and elegance to make our favorite cozy products come to life. Read on below to learn more about Ali, her favorite parts of the shoot, and her thoughts about 100% not retouching.

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Aerie: What does #AerieREAL mean to you?

AM: It means honesty and confidence!

Aerie: What’s your favorite Holiday recipe?

AM: Christmas in Australia is summer! So I love barbecue seafood and fresh salads. :)

Follow Her Friday: Ali Mitton

Follow Her Friday: Ali Mitton

Aerie: What’s your favorite Holiday tradition?

AM: If I’m in Australia its swimming and eating all day, and running around on the beach. If I’m in America its making cookies with my boyfriend’s family and sitting by the fireplace.

Aerie: Did you have a favorite Aerie item from the Holiday line?

AM: I love all the fabulous Christmas print socks. :)

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Aerie: Cute! We love those, especially with winter boots! What was your favorite scene to shoot?

AM: All our snow scenes were super fun!

Follow Her Friday: Ali Mitton

Aerie: How do you feel not retouching the girls? 

AM: I love not retouching the girls. They don’t need it. No girls actually do. It’s just an industry expectation, a bad habit I love breaking. These girls look amazing without any retouching.

Follow Her Friday: Ali Mitton

 Aerie: What is your favorite camera to shoot with?

AM: A 5D MK III.

Follow Her Friday: Ali Mitton

Aerie: What do you believe not retouching means to young women?

AM: I think retouching has made us place unrealistic expectations on ourselves. We are all trying to live up to something that is not real. Retouching is standard in my line of work, its sad but true. I’m really excited to work with Aerie who is breaking that rule.

Aerie: How would you describe your personal style?  

AM: Relaxed, comfortable, and minimal. :)

Follow Her Friday: Ali Mitton

See more from Ali on Aerie’s Instagram, in your local Aerie store, and at Aerie.com!

Also, don’t forget to follow Ali now on Instagram.

xoxo,

Aerie

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How To: Styling The Blanket Scarf

Blanket scarves are definitely the must-have accessory on all of our wishlists this season! We were looking for inspiration for styling fall’s hottest trend, so we turned to an expert for some guidance.

Aerie Accessories Buyer, Ann, is here to show you step-by-step her 3 favorite ways to wear the blanket scarf. Watch and learn!

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#1: The Triangle Wrap

  • Fold scarf in half diagonally to create a triangle
  • Place triangle tip in front
  • Wrap the sides back around the neck
  • Bring the sides under the triangle tip
  • Tuck and adjust to create lots of volume
  • Ta-da!

#2: The Knot

  • Fold scarf in half diagonally to create a triangle
  • Twist and roll the scarf
  • Drape the scarf around the neck
  • Cross the two ends together at the front and tie a loose knot
  • Looking good, girl!

#3: The Simple Drape

  • Fold scarf in half diagonally to create a triangle
  • Place triangle tip in back
  • Drape the sides around the shoulder
  • Ann’s styling tip: “I like to wear this one for chilly days in the office!”

And voila! Wrap, knot and drape your way to stylishness this fall! Thanks, Ann!

How do you wear your Aerie blanket scarf? Tell us below or show us with #AerieREAL!

Xoxo,

Aerie

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How To: Style Your Leggings 3 Ways

It’s no secret that we’re obsessed with our leggings. Why? Because not only are they ultra comfortable, but also super versatile. We asked Allexis, the blogger behind Life of a Coy Fish, to show us how she styles our Printed Legging and the results couldn’t be cuter.

Meet Allexis: 
Hi, I’m Allexis, an adventurous, book-loving, running addict, fashion obsessed, 22 year-old and the blogger behind Life of a Coy Fish. The inspiration behind the three looks I styled with Aerie’s fab Printed Legging was simple. I wanted to create three easy looks to fit all different kinds of occasions to show that leggings don’t just have to be a lounge wear item!

How To: Style Your Leggings 3 Ways

How To: Style Your Leggings 3 Ways

What inspired Allexis’ looks:
The first look is all about a stylish yet casual way to wear leggings for a night out exploring the town! The key is to add more dressed up details like a leather jacket while adding color & texture with a denim top and bright accessories like these gold slip-ons and pink beanie!

How To: Style Your Leggings 3 Ways

How To: Style Your Leggings 3 Ways

The next look is all about those lazy days off spent running errands or for those days when we’re rushing. The key to this look is simplicity and really allowing the cute print of the leggings to do all of the work! Just add a soft colored sweater, minimal accessories, cute/simple crossbody, and some glittery slip-ons and you’re good to go!

How To: Style Your Leggings 3 Ways

How To: Style Your Leggings 3 Ways

For the final look I wanted to stay true to the purpose of leggings and do a stylized yoga look. When it comes to cute yoga outfits, it’s all about the prints. The crazier the better, so these leggings were spot on. Not to mention, that they’re so easy to move through postures in!

Need more style inspiration? Check out our Trend Tuesday: The Romantic Lace Bralette post now! xo

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