A Holiday Letter From Jen Foyle

HI AERIE GIRLS!

Let’s get real… Holiday shopping begins in less than 40 days and it’s time to get in the spirit! NO worries — Aerie has everything you need for every girl on your list—and some special treats for yourself, too! 

A Holiday Letter From Jen Foyle

I’m feeling EXTRA excited about this season because it is our most beautiful collection to date AND one of the most fun, too. I love every piece but a few of our favorite things are our Merry Aerie PJ Pants in fresh plaids and cutie prints, our joggers are the chicest you can find and totally necessary for chilly days.

A Holiday Letter From Jen Foyle

A Holiday Letter From Jen Foyle

We have tons of cozy fleece and accessories with the most adorable pom-poms ever. YOU have to have a pom-pom hat or pair of mittens this year! Our blanket scarves are cloud soft and feel like you’re wearing your childhood blanket. Everyone is wearing them in our office already. They are so special. The perfect gift (and we don’t believe in perfection!) We’re also very proud to launch our 5th fragrance, COZY UP… our yummiest, most delicious scent yet. It’s like wearing cotton candy! And if you’re not sure what to get, you can always get one of our gift sets—all wrapped up in our signature holiday ribbon.

A Holiday Letter From Jen Foyle

A Holiday Letter From Jen Foyle

And no holiday would be complete without giving back. This year we decided to sell our gift boxes for 50 cents each and donate the money to the non-profit Bright Pink, whose mission is to save young women’s lives from breast and ovarian cancer. Now that’s REAL.

Remember, no matter what you give this holiday being the REAL you is the best gift you can give anyone!

A Holiday Letter From Jen Foyle

Mistletoe Kisses & Holiday Wishes…

Jen Foyle, Aerie’s EVP and Chief Merchandising Officer & The Aerie Team

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How To: 5 Minute Make Up

This season we have two new gorgeous eye shadow palettes that are perfect for any occasion. Our beauty team tested their favorite shades for our newest How To: 5 Minute Make Up tutorials! Join Jessica, our Associate Beauty Buyer as she models two looks: a 5-Minute “I Woke Up Like This” look and a Holiday look below!

How To: 5 Minute Make Up

Are you a repeat “snooze button” offender? That makes two of us! We love how natural the first look is. A touch of mascara, a bit of blush, and a coat of lipgloss. Flawless! 5 MIN MAKEUP_1132 5 MIN MAKEUP_11365 MIN MAKEUP_1156 5 MIN MAKEUP_1183 5 MIN MAKEUP_1212“I love our lip gloss! It moisturizes my lips and it isn’t tacky. It also has a sheer and shiny coverage, so I can wear it alone or over lipstick or lip stain. And, I love the yummy vanilla flavor! :)” – Jess P. 5 MIN MAKEUP_1219 5 MIN MAKEUP_1236

Our next look is perfect for nights out with friends and Holiday parties at the office! Let out your hair and scroll down to see how Jess completed her mistletoe-ready look. 5 MIN MAKEUP_1239 5 MIN MAKEUP_1252 5 MIN MAKEUP_1282

“My go to is a shimmery champagne shade…it can easily be worn alone allover, used as a highlighter on your brow bone or the inner corner of your eyes.” – Jess P. 5 MIN MAKEUP_1288 5 MIN MAKEUP_1323 5 MIN MAKEUP_1335

 What’s your winter beauty secret? Comment below!

xoxo,

Aerie

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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!

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

xoxo,

Aerie

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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.

Follow Her Friday: Ali Mitton

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. :)

Follow Her Friday: Ali Mitton

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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Follow Her Friday: Krystal Cantu

We’re inspired each day by the stories you share that show how you’re #AerieREAL. This week we’re sharing the story of a truly incredible woman who overcame some seriously extreme obstacles to make her dreams come true.

Krystal Cantu is an award-winning weightlifter, a sister, a fighter, a daughter, and a graduate from the University of Texas at San Antonio. At 25, she can lift 200lbs – with only one arm!

On August 2, 2013, Krystal and her boyfriend Daniel were in a car accident where her right arm was severely crushed and had to be amputated immediately. Her first concern? Never being able to compete again. Despite the odds and with outstanding amounts of courage, Krystal was back in the gym 3 weeks later. Shortly after, by serious will and faith, Krystal begun beating all of her old records and lifting more than she ever could. She says the accident is ‘the best thing that could have happened’. Read on below to learn a bit more about Krystal and what makes her Aerie REAL.

Follow Her Friday: Krystal Cantu

Aerie: Hi, Krystal – thank you so much for chatting with us. What does #AerieREAL mean to you? 

Krystal: Aerie Real, to me, is something that stands for so much within an individual. It is something within someone who has looked past the media and what they portray as an ideal individual. It’s accepting who you are and being happy with what you have been given. It’s knowing that perfection is not being thin or tall, it’s being you that makes you perfect.

Follow Her Friday: Krystal Cantu

Follow Her Friday: Krystal Cantu

Aerie: What makes you #AerieREAL?
Krystal: I’d be lying if I said that I never wanted to be like the girls in the magazines. As you get older and you start to realize that looks aren’t everything, you change. I’m very happy with my body and who I am as an individual, athlete, daughter, sister and girlfriend. I don’t have the six pack or flat belly, but that’s okay.

Aerie: Where do you see yourself in 3 years?

Krystal: In three years I hope to have been in a lot more competitions with podium standings, as well as pursuing a full time crossfit coaching position. I hope to have seminars going as well around the states. Heading out to different boxes, answering questions, meeting new faces and showing everyone how strong they truly are.

Follow Her Friday: Krystal Cantu

Aerie: What’s your favorite inspirational quote?
Krystal: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. – Philippians 4:13

Aerie: What has been your biggest accomplishment thus far?

Krystal: My biggest accomplishment thus far has definitely been the progress I’ve had in Crossfit in under a year. There’s no particular event or movement that I’m proud of because I am really proud of it all. I continue to surprise myself with the strength I have mentally and physically. It’s been under a year and I can only imagine what can come in the next few years.

Follow Her Friday: Krystal Cantu

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

Krystal: I don’t have one set role model, I have various ones. I look up to my mother who is the rock of my family. She has the biggest heart and puts her family before herself all the time. She loves unconditionally and never fails to be by my side when she knows I need her the most. I look up to Daniel, my boyfriend, because he is the true representation of how everyone should love. He cares and supports me in whatever I do. He may get upset with me from time to time, but he never holds grudges or ignores me. He’s a good hearted person who I love very much. I look up to my coaches and how they genuinely care for each of their athletes. They competed in the 2014 crossfit games (Ballistic Crossfit) and they never trickled away from us nor did they focus on themselves. It’s always their athletes first, and then them. The heart and dedication they show day in and day out is very inspirational ad motivating.

Aerie: What are three things you always have to have with you?
Krystal: My iPhone, Ray Ban Sunglasses, and iPad.

Follow Her Friday: Krystal Cantu

Aerie: What are three things you always have to have with you? Krystal: My iPhone, Ray Ban Sunglasses, and iPad. 

Aerie: What’s your favorite part of the day?
Krystal: There is nothing I look more forward to than a good WOD (Workout of the Day).  I am anxious throughout the day just waiting to head outside and sweat.

Aerie: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, All, or Nothing?
Krystal: Never really got into the whole twitter thing. I have an account, but never use it. I do love me some instagram and facebook though!

Krystal, thank you so much for sharing your story with us!

Follow Krystal now on Twitter or Instagram.

xoxo,

Aerie

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What To Wear: Homecoming 2014

Start with a few bonfires in the backyard, mix in a day of apple-picking, and add a heaping amount of pumpkin-flavored everything. What do you get? Our favorite season, fall! With these traditions come two others that give us a chance to dress-up and bundle-up: Homecoming dance, and of course, the Homecoming football game!

Whether you are hitting the dance floor with your friends or you snatched a cutie from chemistry, you’ll love the way our stylist mixed and matched our favorite AEO and Aerie pieces. Start with the Maddie Multi-Way Bra and an Aerie Thong. You’ll want to pick a shade that is closest to your own skin tone. No undie lines here!

Then, she paired these must-have basics with an AEO Crocheted Lace Shift Dress and an over-sized knit blanket scarf (coming soon!)

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Homecoming games are known to be pretty chilly and you won’t want to be shivering while cheering for your team! We suggest rocking a layered look that is cozy and comfy. Start with your favorite bralette and leggings. Then, add a boyfriend t-shirt and a legging crew neck sweatshirt (the perfect pair for leggings!) Top with a sporty cap (available in store) and an over-sized blanket scarf to keep you warm. Touchdown!
SET11_9_30_14_AERIE_SM_HOMECOMING21257Have fun! Tag your pictures with #AerieREAL for a chance to be regrammed or retweeted!

xoxo,

Aerie

 

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