Follow Her Friday: Laura Porter

We’re inspired each day by the stories you share that show how you’re #AerieREAL. This week we’re sharing the story of 23-year-old Laura Porter, a student at the George Washington University, and founder of SPEAK GW. A recovering ED warrior and advocate for change and body positivity, Laura works each day to provide resources, and raise awareness and attention to the problem of eating disorders specifically on campus. Read on below to learn more about Laura and to follow her journey!

Follow Her Friday: Laura PorterAerie: Hi, Laura! Thanks for chatting with us. We love SPEAK’s mission. What inspired you to launch SPEAK GW?

Laura: I wanted to create a space and a community where people weren’t afraid to speak up about eating disorders.  I am inspired by the community Proud2BMe and NEDA have built online, and I love being able to bring that community to men and women in college, because that’s what I needed when I was struggling. Organizations like SPEAK and Proud2BMe give young people the opportunities to use their voices and silence stigma, which really changes lives.

Aerie: Do you have a role model? If so who is he/ she and why does he/ she inspire you?

Laura: My role models are the men and women who share their stories so bravely with others and those warriors who fought internal battles with addiction, eating disorders and other illnesses, and won.  There are so many people I have met in treatment who I now see doing amazing things and successfully and bravely taking on life’s challenges one day at a time.  Those are my role models.

Follow Her Friday: Laura Porter

Laura and her best friend and former VP of SPEAK, Katie Duman.

Follow Her Friday: Laura Porter

Laura and Brian Cuban, an Eating Disorder and Addiction Recovery Advocate at a SPEAK GW event.

Aerie: After graduation, what is your ultimate dream job?

Laura: It’s my dream to speak to young men and women around the country and share my story of recovery from alcoholism and an eating disorder. I want people to never feel alone and to know that there is always hope.

Aerie: Do you have a favorite quote or mantra? 

Laura: My mantra is “speaking up saves lives.” It’s so true because when we share our stories and use our voices, we can reach people in ways that can change a life.

Follow Her Friday: Laura Porter

Laura and her sister, Abby. <3

Aerie: What does being #AerieREAL mean to you?

Laura: It means showing my true self to others,  knowing that I am worthy of love and letting go of perfection. It’s about being me—unapologetically.

Follow Her Friday: Laura Porter

Laura sharing the #AerieREAL love! Show us your selfie with #LoveYouRealSelfie.

Aerie: What’s your favorite Aerie bra fit?

Laura: The Softest Lace Racerback Bralette.  It’s perfect to add extra color to my typically neutral wardrobe.

Aerie: Do you have a secret skill or talent? Spill!

Laura: I can do impressions really well, especially accents. I’m from Houston, Texas and have family from Mississippi, so I’ve nailed the southern twang.

Thank you, Laura! Be sure to follow Laura on Instagram and her organization SPEAK.

For more information and resources, visit Aerie.com/NEDA. Tell us your story at AerieREAL.com!

xoxo,

Aerie

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Valentine’s Day Essentials Guide

What are your plans this Valentine’s Day weekend? Whether you are opting for a gals night in with your besties or have a hot date – we have a look for you!

Galentine’s Day: Tell your friends to grab their cutest PJs, favorite rom coms, and their comfiest bralettes – while February 14th may be a night for lovers, February 13th is known as a night for BFFs! Don’t forget to make a sweet treat!

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 Sleep Cami | Print Boxer | Softest Lace Plunge Bralette | Seamless Hi-Rise Undie | Find the socks and nail polish in store!

Valentine’s Day: Whether you have a date with that cutie from chemistry or with your handsome guy of a few years, our favorite finds below will keep your date OOTD simple and sweet. We paired a boho printed sundress with a light pink racerback bralette for a feminine, but laid back look. Before you go out the door don’t forget a spritz of our new Spring Fling fragrance, a swipe of lip gloss, and a few mints! Go get ‘em, girl. VDay1

AEO Printed Flounce Front Dress | Booties | Spring Fling Body Mist | Racerback Bralette | High-Waist Cheeky Undie

What are your V-Day plans? Tell us below! Need a fun date idea? Try our VDay quiz!

xoxo,

Aerie

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How To Make A Reverse French Braid

We’re always looking for a quick and simple hair DIY for the weekend! With Valentine’s Day just around the corner we’re opting for a reverse french braid.  We asked our studio hair stylist, Julie M. to give us the inside scoop. Follow her tips below to learn how to style a reverse french braid like a pro in no time!

Step 1: Untangle any knots to make braiding easier.

How To Make A Reverse French Braid

Step 2: Divide a section on top of your head into 3 equal strands.  You can start at the very top or if you have bangs or front pieces you want out, start a little further back leaving those out. How To Make A Reverse French Braid

Step 3: To establish a secure braid, start by taking right section and go underneath the center strand and pull it to the middle. How To Make A Reverse French Braid

Step 4: Now take the other end strand and go underneath to the middle. How To Make A Reverse French Braid

Step 5: Do this one more time with the other end strand, going underneath to the middle. How To Make A Reverse French Braid

Step 6: Now it’s time to start pulling additional hair from the sides. Like a typical french braid, start pulling equal slices of hair on each side of the head, adding it to the outer strand and taking it to the center…but instead of going overtop the center strand, take everything underneath.

Keep repeating from side to side, taking equal sections of hair from sides of head and taking it underneath the center strand.  This creates a braid that sits on top of the head rather than underneath.

How To Make A Reverse French BraidHow To Make A Reverse French Braid

Step 7: When you reach the nape of the neck, do a traditional three strand braid to the bottom. How To Make A Reverse French BraidHow To Make A Reverse French Braid

Step 8: Secure with elastic. How To Make A Reverse French Braid

Step 9: Viola! How To Make A Reverse French Braid Looking for other great hair DIYs? Check out how to make a waterfall braid or learn how to make a fishtail braid!

xoxo,

Aerie

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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 Waterfall 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

Show us your favorite hair DIY’s with #AerieREAL on Instagram or Twitter.

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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

 Viola! Show us your favorite hair DIY’s with #AerieREAL on Instagram or Twitter.

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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!)

Aerie's Favorite Things | Gift Guide

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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