How To Make A Waterfall Braid

Looking for a quick and simple Valentine’s Day hairdo? Look no further than the romantic waterfall braid. There is nothing to this braid if you’re already familiar with how to french braid your hair! We asked our studio hair stylist, Julie M. to give us the inside scoop. Follow her tips below to learn how to style the waterfall braid like a pro in no time!

 Step 1: Decide where you you want your braid to begin. Then, start with 1 – 1” section of hair and divide it into 3 strands.

 

How To Make A Watefall Braid

Step 2: Start a basic three strand braid. Do this at least one full pass so that your braid is secure. How To Make A Watefall Braid

Step 3: Next, like a traditional french braid you’ll always be adding hair to that top strand, although the difference is at the bottom — instead of adding in hair to that strand, drop that piece. Once that piece is dropped, pick up a little hair in it’s place to continue the braid like a french. How To Make A Watefall Braid

Step 4: Moving along your head, keep adding hair to the top and always dropping out the bottom piece to create waterfall effect. How To Make A Watefall Braid How To Make A Watefall Braid How To Make A Watefall Braid

Step 5: When you reached the desired part where you’d like to stop, you can do a traditional three strand braid down to bottom, put a small elastic in first to secure, then bobby pin.  Or like shown below, just bobby pin in place.

There are different variations of this so play around and see what you like best! How To Make A Watefall Braid

How To Make A Watefall Braid

Perfect for a Valentine’s Day date! Want to try a different style? Check out our recent Hair DIY: How To Make A Fishtail BraidHow To Make A Watefall Braid

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How To Make A Fishtail Braid

We love “double tapping” beautiful hair looks on Insta but when it comes to our own DIY moment…we’re lost! One of our favorite hair styles we have been loving this season is the gorgeous, but very intimidating fishtail braid. We asked our studio hair stylist, Julie M., if she could show us step-by-step instructions to teach us this hot new ‘do. Follow her tips below to learn how to style the fishtail braid like a pro in no time!

Before you begin: gently brush out any tangles in hair but leave as much of your natural texture as possible. For a little extra lift, use a dry shampoo at the roots and crown of head.

Step 1: Gather hair into desired side ponytail and secure it with a small elastic band.

Aerie Hair How To: Fishtail Braid Tutorial

Step 2: Separate the ponytail into two equal strands.

Aerie Hair How To: Fishtail Braid Tutorial

Step 3: Starting with either the left or right section, take a small strand of hair from one of the outer edges.

Aerie Hair How To: Fishtail Braid Tutorial

Aerie Hair How To: Fishtail Braid Tutorial

Step 4: Pass this strand to the opposite section of hair.  Once you’ve added this strand to the other section, forget about it. You will always just be working with two sections, not three.

Aerie Hair How To: Fishtail Braid Tutorial

Aerie Hair How To: Fishtail Braid Tutorial

Aerie Hair How To: Fishtail Braid Tutorial

Step 5: Now take a second strand of hair from the opposite side [always concentrating on just taking from the outer edge] and add it to the other section like above.

Aerie Hair How To: Fishtail Braid Tutorial

Step 6-9: Keep repeating this process from side to side – taking pieces from outer edge, one side to the next until you reach the end.  As you work down the braid you can also take smaller sections if desired.

Aerie Hair How To: Fishtail Braid Tutorial

Step 10: Once you are done, secure the bottom of braid with a second clear elastic.

Aerie Hair How To: Fishtail Braid Tutorial

Step 11: Carefully cut out the first elastic on the top that you used at the top.

Aerie Hair How To: Fishtail Braid Tutorial

Aerie Hair How To: Fishtail Braid Tutorial

Step 12: This braid looks best messy! Once you’ve finished, mess it up a little by carefully pulling apart the braid, to create a less structured look. You can even take a teasing comb around the edges to mess up the edges.

Aerie Hair How To: Fishtail Braid Tutorial

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Our Favorite Things

From snuggly fleece tops to beautiful bras, we chose a few of our favorite things to share with you this Holiday season! With free shipping all season long, it’s the perfect time to get those must-have gifts for your secret keeping BFF, your always-there-for-you sister, your loving mom, (and even yourself!)

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Shop tops, our favorite sleep essentials, cozy joggers, cold weather accessories, and bras now!

Show us your new favorite Aerie goodies with #AerieHAULiday on Instagram and Twitter. Have a merry Aerie!

xoxo,

Aerie

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DIY: Glitter Ombré Holiday Nails

Keeping in step with ombré, one of our favorite beauty trends, we winterized our go-to mani with a sparkly twist. We partnered with Nails By Dallas at our most recent photoshoot where they taught us step-by-step how to make the cutest, yet simple holiday mani! Read on below to learn how to create the perfect glitter ombre nail.

DIY: Glitter Ombre Holiday Nails

1. First, organize your supplies. You’ll need a chunky gold glitter polish, a sheer pink polish and some fine gold or rose gold craft glitter (we like Martha Stewart’s Rose Quartz). Also, a file, buffer, orange wood stick or cuticle pusher, small nail art brush, alcohol and cuticle oil.

2. Start by manicuring your nails: file to preferred shape, push cuticles back gently and lightly buff the shine off nail plate. Cleanse nails with alcohol to remove oil.

3. If you have a preferred base coat, apply that first and let dry. Then apply two coats of Aerie’s light pink polish and let dry. (Shop at your local Aerie store!DIY: Glitter Ombre Holiday Nails

4. Start by dabbing the chunky gold glitter on just the free edge of the nail. Take your small nail art brush and gently brush glitter towards the cuticle. *When doing this, use a feather touch to ensure no streaks in your base polish* DIY: Glitter Ombre Holiday Nails

5. Next, mix some craft glitter in with your chunky glitter polish and apply the same way. This will add smaller pieces of glitter to your design, making the ombré look really pop. DIY: Glitter Ombre Holiday Nails

6. End with a top coat of your choice and be sure to cap the free edge where all the glitter is!

 

DIY: Glitter Ombre Holiday NailsToo cute! Show us your new mani looks and designs with #AerieHAULiday!

xoxo,

Aerie

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DIY: The Perfect Holiday Hot Chocolate

If we could sip only one type of drink all winter it would most definitely be hot chocolate! Last week we hosted our first ever Holiday Blogger Party for our friends in New York City and had our very own DIY Hot Chocolate Bar! Despite our attempts to persuade our team to build a hot chocolate bar at our office (we’re not feeling optimistic) we had so much fun decorating our drinks with very necessary amounts of whipped cream that made our hot chocolates incredibly Instagram worthy. Read on below to see how we created THE perfect hot chocolate!

AERIE-BLOGGER-PARTY_0478Whether it’s from a packet or a homemade recipe, pour your hot chocolate mix into your favorite winter mug! (Ours are plastic – easier to clean up at the party!)
AERIE-BLOGGER-PARTY_0497Load on the whipped cream! Don’t forget to shake the bottle, push down a bit into your mug, and swirl!

AERIE-BLOGGER-PARTY_0508 Next step…add MORE chocolate! We placed chocolate chips on the whipped cream and sprinkled a dash of cinnamon on top. We placed little mini marshmallows on top AND added one large marshmallow right in the middle.

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Last step? Add a candy cane. Stir as desired!

Enjoy! Stay cozy!

xo,

Aerie

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Follow Her Friday: Olivia McMillan

We’re inspired each day by the stories you share that show how you’re #AerieREAL. This week we’re sharing the story of 17-year-old Olivia McMillan, an extremely talented and determined young woman who stands for body image, beauty, and more as she breaks the pageantry mold as Miss America’s Outstanding Teen (the little sister to Miss America).

A high school student currently residing in Warner Robins, Georgia. Olivia spends each day balancing her studies, practicing her singing (she’s an unbelievable opera singer), representing young women, volunteering, and applying to colleges. Despite her successes, Olivia faced many challenges growing up and it’s the way she faced them that inspires us today.  Read on below to learn more about Olivia and to follow her journey!

Follow Her Friday: Olivia McMillan

Olivia sporting her #AerieREAL tee at school.

Aerie: Hi, Olivia! We’re so excited to talk with you. Can you tell us a little bit more about your background? 

Olivia: Like many of you, I’ve faced various challenges in my life. As a biracial baby, I was adopted by white parents in Georgia, and so was my brother. At one point I turned to emotional eating to help me cope with the special needs of my brother and the challenges it posed to my family. Singing became my refuge. I joined a local university’s children’s choir, sang with the youth from my church, and began taking classical voice lessons with a private instructor. I also discovered pageants as a wonderful opportunity to showcase my talent and develop poise and stage presence…and I was fortunate to be awarded $25,500 in scholarship money for my college education by Miss America’s Outstanding Teen!

Follow Her Friday: Olivia McMillan

Olivia, Miss America’s Oustanding Teen and and Kira Kazantsev, Miss America. – Photo by Allen Dye

Aerie: What does #AerieReal mean to you?
Olivia: I believe #AerieReal is necessary and relevant for teens all over the world, and it’s something I’ve been waiting for, for a long time. As a 5’10” biracial girl who has struggled with weight her entire life, it was hard for me to look at magazines with seemingly perfect models on the covers. I told myself that that is the way I was supposed to look, as if that form of perfection was the goal. But for me and so many others, that “goal” is unattainable. The #AerieReal campaign features beautiful and confident women who are comfortable in their own skin and refuse to be retouched to live up to society’s ideal of perfection. It is inspiring to finally be able to look at models and feel like I can relate to them. Teens everywhere can now say, “Oh, that model kind of looks like me.” They are perfect in their imperfections, giving girls everywhere the confidence to be themselves and to embrace their bodies. That is beautiful.

Follow Her Friday: Olivia McMillan

Aerie: What makes you #AerieReal?
Olivia: There are many stereotypes attached to the “pageant girl” image and because of them, I thought I could never be successful in pageants. After winning my local pageant as a size 16, many thought that I was too large to compete on the state level. I was even told I was “fat.” At 16 years old, this was really hard to hear. It made me take a good look at myself, and I realized that I wasn’t fat, but I wasn’t healthy either. I made the decision to work hard to get fit and become healthy for myself. I lost 50 pounds over the last year, and competed in my state pageant as a size 8-10. I was honored to win Miss Georgia’s Outstanding Teen, and then I went on to win the national pageant competing against 52 other young women. I refused to let anyone tell me who I should be or how I should look. I took control of my health and my body, and was able to break the pageant stereotype. I was myself through and through, and to me that is what #AerieReal is all about!

Follow Her Friday: Olivia McMillan

Olivia and her girlfriends, Laura, Kayla and Hannah hanging out on spring break.

Aerie: Where do you see yourself in three years?
Olivia: In three years, I see myself in college being a normal student. I have had a pageant title all four years of high school. It has been a blessing, but also a lot of hard work and a great deal of responsibility. It will be nice to relax and focus on school and friends. I plan to be a vocal performance major in college so it will also be pretty amazing getting to do what I love every day!

Aerie: What is your life motto?
Olivia: My life motto is “Beeee yourself.” This is a quote from the genie in Disney’s “Aladdin,” and my Dad has been saying this to me since I was a little kid. It’s definitely helped me in my experience with pageants. I used to try to be what I thought everyone else wanted. That didn’t work for me. I am a biracial girl who is adopted, has a brother with special needs, and has lost 50 pounds. I used to try to cover up my story because it made me different, but I soon realized it made me special. I learned that if I was going to be successful in pageants or life in general, I needed to be myself because everyone else is already taken!

Follow Her Friday: Olivia McMillan

Olivia and her BFF McKenzie at the Grand Canyon.

Aerie: What is your biggest accomplishment thus far?
Olivia: My biggest accomplishment is definitely winning Miss America’s Outstanding Teen. The organization is committed to helping communities, and each titleholder has a personal platform. Mine is the Sibling Support Project, which helps the brothers and sisters of children with special needs. I’m also a National Teen Goodwill Ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. I’ve had the chance to meet many incredible people, perform, speak on behalf of the MAOTeen organization and support so many important causes.
It was a long journey, but I’m so happy that I could pave the way for other girls who felt like they couldn’t succeed in pageants. I got an e-mail from a girl shortly after I won and she told me that she had never competed in pageants because she struggled with her weight. She told me that she saw me win and it inspired her to compete in her very first local pageant. I am so humbled and honored to be able to inspire others to follow their dreams. I am proud that I broke the mold of what people have always said a pageant winner should be. I am even more proud that this has given other girls the confidence to go out there and do the same!

Aerie: Do you have a role model? If so who is he/she and why does he/she inspire you?
Olivia: My role model is Kate Winslet. Not only is she an incredible actress, but she has remained so humble and grounded even in the face of huge success and stardom. She encourages women everywhere to love themselves and to love their bodies. She struggled with weight in her youth and is now a healthy weight for her. She says that she will never change who she is to fit other people’s expectations. That is so inspiring to me. I applaud her realness and her promotion of self-love. In a society where size 2 is expected, it is so beautiful to see a woman in Hollywood preaching about the importance of being healthy for your own body. She is amazing.

Follow Her Friday: Olivia McMillan

Aerie: Do you have a favorite Aerie item?
Olivia: I LOVE Aerie Sweatpants! I am a very laid back kind of girl, and when I am not making pageant appearances my style is usually pretty relaxed. Comfort is key for me, and Aerie sweatpants are so soft. They are definitely a “must have” for me!

Follow Her Friday: Olivia McMillan

Olivia with two of her best friends since childhood after winning Miss Georgia’s Outstanding Teen.

Aerie: What are your three things you always have with you?
Olivia: Lip balm, my best friends, and hand sanitizer (I’m kind of a germaphobe!)

Aerie: What’s your favorite song to sing?
Olivia: I am classically trained, so I love to sing classical songs when I perform, like “Nessun Dorma” or “O Mio Babbino Caro.” But when I’m just jamming in my car with friends, I love to sing/scream out “All About that Bass” whenever it comes on the radio.

Aerie:  If you could pick any song to be your own theme song, what would it be?
Olivia: My theme song would be “Just Fine” by Mary J. Blige. When my brother was diagnosed with Autism and bipolar disorder, my parents brought in a family therapist who introduced us to this song. It is all about loving yourself and loving your life no matter the cards you are dealt. “See I wouldn’t change my life, my life’s just fine.”

Aerie: Do you have a secret talent, skill or quirk? Do tell!
Olivia: I love to do impersonations or accents. My favorite one to do is an Australian accent. I even convinced a classmate that I was a foreign exchange student from Australia!

Thank you, Olivia! Inspired by Olivia’s story too? Follow her on Instagram and Twitter to keep up to date on her adventures!

xoxo,

Aerie

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