One More Unretouched Beauty…Sonoya Mizuno

Born in Tokyo and raised in London, this Royal Ballet School graduate is the new face of #AerieREAL! Sonoya’s inner strength, talent and beauty have taken her from the ballet stage to the big screen, where she debuted in thriller Ex Machina and the soon to be released films High Strung and La La Land. Read on to learn more about our newest #AerieREAL girl!
One More Unretouched Beauty...Sonoya Mizuno

How long have you been dancing?

Way too long! I’ve been dancing for 20 years. Whoa! I used to dance really professionally in ballet companies. That’s a lot different than what I do now. Now I just dance, I take class for myself, and then I do videos and smaller projects here and there.

What do you love most about dancing?

I love the feeling of physical expression through your body and the connection that you have with the music. It’s the most cathartic thing I experience in my life.

One More Unretouched Beauty...Sonoya Mizuno

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How did you start modeling and acting?

I was very lucky when I was dancing to also be exposed to the modeling industry, because it gave me another avenue to explore. When I was living in London or Tokyo or other big cities, I had the chance to dance and start acting and do modeling, so it was more invigorating for me. Now when I dance, I’m sure I’m not technically as good as I used to be, but I’m really doing it from an authentic place.

One More Unretouched Beauty...Sonoya Mizuno

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What music are you currently listening to?

FKA Twigs.

Lover or fighter?

Fighter!

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?

India.

Who would you go with?

All my brothers and sisters.

 Breakfast in bed or dinner out?

That’s really hard! Can’t I have both?

What makes you really laugh?

My friends and family.

What is one thing you think the world needs more of?

One thing? There’s so many things! Communication.

How did you feel when you found out you wouldn’t be retouched?

First I thought, that’s a really cool concept. Then I went into, what about my legs and this and that? After I got over that, I think it’s really empowering. It’s a great message for younger girls to look up to.

One More Unretouched Beauty...Sonoya Mizuno

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What makes you #AerieREAL?

Being who you are is being #AerieREAL. My look isn’t defined by a particular place or country, and I’m really proud of that. I’m so many things. I’m just me.

Dancing, modeling, acting. What’s next for you?

Acting! But dancing, modeling, acting, they’re all who I am, so they will continue to be all of who I am.
One More Unretouched Beauty...Sonoya Mizuno

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Any advice to girls who are working hard to follow their dreams?

Just keep working hard and keep following your dreams. Do what is in front of you with all your might, and you’ll get there. That’s it. It will happen.

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Stocking Stuffers

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Little things, big loves! This Holiday we’re stocking up on…stocking stuffers! Whether you’re searching for gifts under $20 for a Secret Santa or a last minute gift, our new grab & go table has everything from phone chargers to beauty essentials!

A few of our faves: the Fringe Faux Leather Notebook, our Luxy Emoji Keychains, our I’m Real Facemasks, and Fringe Square trays (perfect for jewelry!) Stock up on the cutest stuff now at Aerie.com or head in to your local Aerie store and visit our grab & go table!

Show us your haul with #AerieHAULiday! Happy Holidays!

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Real Talk with Lauren Scruggs

“Real beauty truly comes from accepting yourself fully.” Lauren Scruggs is #AerieREAL!  Her strength and beauty inspire us every day, and her latest books show how she relates to girls everywhere. Read on below to learn more about Lauren, what #AerieREAL means to her and her picks for the holidays season.

Real Talk with Lauren Scruggs

Hi, Lauren! Thank you for chatting with us! 

How did your personal experiences help shape your body positive message? 

After losing my hand and an eye, I was faced with acceptance. It has been a process, but after four years, I am confident in my scars and my body, knowing that they are a part of what has made me who I am. My body now reflects my story, which is beautiful because it’s bigger than the shallow external; it’s a tool to bring hope and encouragement to others!

What’s your advice to girls to find their inner strength and confidence? 

After my physical appearance shifted drastically, I realized quickly that the worth I put in outward beauty did not sustain. As those around me still saw me as beautiful when I didn’t feel like I matched that adjective, it proved that beauty is truly internal.

Wow! That’s really amazing and inspiring. Thank you so much for sharing.

Now onto a holiday note: we can’t wait to spend time with friends and family. Do you have any favorite holiday traditions?

Snuggling up to Christmas movies, making hot chocolate, baking often to Christmas tunes, playing dominoes or card games, and being around people I love!

What is your favorite holiday movie?

“Miracle on 34th St” and “The Santa Claus” are my two all time favorites.

What’s on your wish list this year?

Cozy pullovers for those chilly LA nights, new slippers, and a lightweight robe to lounge in!

How do you give back over the holidays?

We love inviting people over who don’t have a place to go for Thanksgiving or Christmas, and we have a mission to be extra generous (the way that plays out looks different every day!).

Real Talk with Lauren Scruggs

How are you getting cozy this holiday?

Those closest to me know that I change faster from my normal clothes into sweatpants than anyone when I get home. The perfectly snuggly clothes encourage my homebody mentality, and having the ability to feel cozy and “at home” in public is as real as it gets for me.

Do you have any advice to leave with our girls?

There is no benefit in comparing yourself to other girls. The most freeing thing is to be who you are and pursue your passions fearlessly!

Real Talk with Lauren Scruggs

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Thank you, Lauren!

xoxo,

Aerie

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Winter Beauty Essentials

Winter Beauty Essentials

Shop now: Letter Pouch | NPW Tissue | Compact Mirror | Kikkerland Peppermint Lip Gloss

What’s in our beauty bag this winter? Must have lip tints, rollerball fragrances, Nudestix and more. No retouching here. Just touchups! Shop head-to-toe products by brands we’re crushing on below.

Winter Beauty Essentials

Shop now: Royal Apothic Tinties | Cozy Up Rollerball Fragrance 

Here’s a teaser: what hairspray are we crushing on right now? Not Your Mother’s Volumizing Hairspray. The Apple Blossom and Bamboo spray will keep your ‘do still and smelling uh-mazing all day. Pair it with our favorite tinted lip butter by Royal Apothic in Berry, Kissed, Coral Crush, Nude, or Pink.
Winter Beauty Essentials

Make it a double! Need a great gift idea for your BFF? You’ll love our Nail Polish duo now in stores at our Grab & Go table. Winter Beauty Essentials

The eyes have it. This winter try our new Nudestix Mascara. Enriched with skin-saving vitamins, antioxidants and moisturizers, this Mascara is a lash strengthening and lengthening treatment. Learn more about the girls behind the brand who mean business! We love the warm, shimmery colors of our latest eye-shadow palette. Stop by at your local Aerie store and check it out!

xo,
Aerie

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Real Talk with Nicolette Flaherty, Graphic Designer

Get REAL with Nicolette Flaherty, Aerie’s Graphic Designer! Read on to learn more about how she helps to create Aerie’s marketing for each season, her must-have gift for Holiday and what #AerieREAL means to her.

Real Talk with Nicolette Flaherty, Graphic Designer - Aerie What’s a typical morning for you like?

While the first thought that runs through my mind when I hear my alarm is usually “MORE SLEEP!,” “MUST EAT” is a close second and always wins. I like to start my day with a hearty breakfast and loud music. My morning routine of selecting my outfit (which takes several attempts) and styling my messy hair is usually accompanied by a solo dance party, plenty of water and a number of humorous text messages from my friends.

What’s your favorite design that you’ve worked on for Holiday?

This holiday has been one of my favorite seasons to work on. The photography and product are gorgeous and easily helped to provide me inspiration during my designing, so its hard to narrow it down to just one project. I had a lot of fun designing our holiday gift guide mailer that will be mailed to customers across the country (look for it!) and I can’t wait to start shopping for everything featured.

What Aerie item do you have on your Holiday wish list?

I definitely have my eye on the lace bralettes – I love showing off the straps & details under a low back shirt or a sweater. I feel as though that little pop can complete my outfit and I always get compliments. The new holiday colors are perfect for the season, too.

Real Talk with Nicolette Flaherty, Graphic Designer - AerieDo you have any favorite Holiday recipes? Do share!

I love cooking around the holidays as much as I love giving gifts, so I like to combine the two. My favorite little gift to give to friends or family or to take with me to a party as a “thank you” are Sweet & Spicy Rosemary Nuts. And I’m always sure to make a little (a lot) extra for myself.

Sweet & Spicy Rosemary Nuts Recipe
• 4 cups raw, unsalted mixed nuts (I like to use cashews, pecans, almonds and walnuts)
• 4 tablespoons butter, melted
• 4 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped
• 2 tablespoons brown sugar
• 2 teaspoons course salt
• 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roast the nuts as-is for ten minutes.
Mix together in a bowl the melted butter, rosemary, brown sugar, salt and cayenne pepper. Add in the warm nuts and toss to combine.
These can be served warm after making, or saved in an airtight container and set out at room temperature.

Describe your personal style in 3 words:

This is tough. I have a plethora of random interests and with that I tend to transform my style based on what I feel like doing that day. Sometimes I’m super chic, other times I’m boho or sporty. One minute I am dressed like a motorcycle chick and the next I am snazzed up in a dress and heels. And if you catch me when I’m going grocery shopping, my clothes don’t even match. So with that, I guess my three words would be: eccentric,  adventurous, individualistic.

Real Talk with Nicolette Flaherty, Graphic Designer - AerieWhat does #AerieREAL mean to you?

#AerieREAL is about recognizing your own unique beauty and embracing it. But to me, it goes beyond appearance. You are more than just your hair or smile or your curves or lack of curves. Being real is being yourself. It’s about finding what makes your soul happy and allowing that to help mold who you are. Its about setting goals for yourself, learning, losing & winning. Feeling sadness and feeling happiness. Being real isn’t about being perfect. All the imperfections you are given in life, whether they may be scars and marks or struggles and challenges – all in one way or another make you exactly who you are. And when you remain unapologetic for these things because without them, you wouldn’t be you – then that’s what makes you #AerieREAL.

Thank you Nikki for sitting down with us!

Tune in to our Snapchat today (handle: aerie) as Nikki gives us a behind-the-scenes look into her day at Aerie!

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How To: Make Lentil and Sweet Potato Power Salad

Usually when you hear the word salad, you think lunch or a light dinner. But that doesn’t have to be the case! This power salad is filling and packs some serious nutrients. It’s a complete meal featuring greens, veggies, carbs, fat and protein. That’s right: a vegan salad with a TON of protein.

If you weren’t convinced yet, the dressing for this power salad is a great way to bring leftover veggies back to life, so you might want to make a little extra to have later in the week!

FT saladINGREDIENTS

Makes 3 to 4 servings

Dressing
2 tbsp tahini
1 tbsp agave (or honey)
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp olive oil
1/4 tsp salt

Salad
1 cup lentils (cooked according to package directions)
1 can chickpeas (rinsed and drained)
3 small sweet potatoes
1 pint cherry tomatoes
6 cups mixed greens (we used kale and spinach)
1 bell pepper
1 tbsp olive oil
1/4 tsp salt

ingredients

DIRECTIONS
1] Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2] Cube the sweet potatoes.

sweet pots

3] Spread the sweet potato cubes and chickpeas on the baking sheet, drizzle on the olive oil and sprinkle on the salt. Give the sweet potatoes and chickpeas a quick stir to ensure that they are seasoned, and pop them in the oven.

4] Bake at 350 for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the sweet potatoes are soft.

5] Measure out and cook the lentils according to the package directions. Once they’re finished cooking, set them aside to cool.

lentils

6] Combine all ingredients for the dressing into a small bowl and whisk thoroughly. The dressing will have a thick consistency, great if you want more of a sauce. If you prefer a thinner dressing (which we recommend), whisk in 1 tsp of water at a time, repeating until you reach your desired consistency.

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7] Dice the bell pepper and halve the tomatoes.

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8] Wash the greens and remove any stems. Chop or tear the greens into smaller, bite-sized pieces and layer them in the bottom of a bowl.

greens

mixed greens

9] Top the mixed greens with the veggies, lentils and chickpeas, drizzle on your dressing and EAT UP!

ABOUT CHAARG
We believe that working out can (and should!) be fun. We’re an organization of 2,500+ girls at more than 24 universities that encourages college-aged girls to find their fit, whether it’s yoga, CrossFit or anything in between.

You don’t need to be a marathon runner or a weightlifting champion to join—it’s all about finding what works for you. That’s the beauty of CHAARG. We’re a group of real girls with a passion for leading happy, healthy lives.
Sound like you? Learn more about us, check out CHAARG.com and find us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

ABOUT TERESA
Teresa Sandoval is CHAARG’s Creative Project Lead. She dedicates her free time to any and all activities that let her get outside. When she isn’t taking her dog for a run or spending time in the sunshine, she can be found getting messy and creative in the kitchen.

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