Follow Her Friday: Vallena Lipske

We’re inspired each day by the stories you share that show how you’re #AerieREAL. This week we wanted to highlight an incredible story from Aerie girl, Vallena Lipske. Having overcome some serious adversity growing up, she’s grown into an inspiring woman who’s certainly worth your follow! Get to know more about her after this adorable pic of her and her pup.

 

Follow Her Friday: Vallena Lipske

Aerie: Hi, Vallena! Tell us a little about yourself!

I grew up in a small earthy town in Northern California. Growing up, I spent my time outdoors; playing volleyball, hiking, going to the beach, and hanging out with my best friends (we still spend all of our time together whenever we’re home from our universities for summer).

I think a lot of my values came from home; here we all respect and support each other for our strengths and differences. In fact, our most recent paddleboarding excursion resulted in myself paddle-sitting while our most athletic friend did the paddling (no judgments made).

I recently moved across the country to Pennsylvania (Villanova University) to pursue my goal of getting my Bachelors of Science in Nursing to become a Pediatric Oncology Nurse Practitioner. And I couldn’t be happier. I love everything about nursing, and helping others, it truly is my passion.

I’m now in the committee running one of the largest Special Olympics programs in the US and this next year, I’ll be the Vice President of Membership of my sorority, Kappa Delta. I can’t wait to welcome the next class of freshmen into Kappa Delta and share our values of respect, diversity , and confidence with them.

Aerie: What does #AerieREAL mean to you?

Vallena: To me, #AerieREAL means celebrating being authentic, unique, confident, and #unretouched, inside and out.

Aerie: What makes you #AerieREAL?

Vallena: At a young age, I was diagnosed with Stage Four Neuroblastoma. I underwent chemotherapy, radiation, and had an intense surgery that left me with a twelve-inch scar across my abdomen. I used to be embarrassed of my scar, but I’ve learned to love myself for all of who I am. My scar is now a source of liberation, pride and confidence constantly reminding me that I’ve been given the opportunity to thrive and help others.

As a college-aged girl, I know how difficult it is to be authentic and confident. But, living true to my values and surrounding myself with people who respect those values has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. In my opinion, that’s what being #AerieREAL is. Nothing feels better than being true to yourself, despite what others may think.

Follow Her Friday: Vallena Lipske

Aerie: Where do you see yourself in 3 years?

Vallena: In 3 years, I see myself working as a Pediatric Oncology nurse, giving the kind of care to children that I was so lucky to receive myself.

Aerie: What’s your favorite inspirational quote?
Vallena: “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” This quote (actually a question) by Mary Oliver, my favorite poet, never fails to remind me to be grateful for the life I get to live, and that I have the opportunity to choose my attitude and future each day. Follow Her Friday: Vallena Lipske Follow Her Friday: Vallena Lipske

Aerie: What has been your biggest accomplishment thus far?
Vallena: My biggest accomplishment this summer was becoming fluent in Spanish while in Spain. I got a glimpse of what it felt like to live in a foreign country with a different primary language. I know my knowledge of Spanish will make a great difference in the lives of my Spanish-speaking patients when I’m a nurse.

Aerie; Do you have a role model? If so, who is he or she, and why does he or she inspire you?
Vallena: One of my biggest role models is my “big sister” in my sorority, Brianna. She embodies what it means to be #AerieREAL. She’s proud of who she is and lives true to her values. She balances her academic life (she’s also a nursing student), social life (she was vice-president of our sorority last year and is an amazing dancer), and physical life (she exercises, always motivated by her health, rather than image). I’ve never heard her make a negative comment about her body, or anyone else’s. Her confidence and positivity radiate to everyone around her and make them more comfortable in being who they are. Follow Her Friday: Vallena Lipske Follow Her Friday: Vallena Lipske

Aerie: Favorite song to listen to in the car or working out?
Vallena: The song “Roar” by Katy Perry never fails to leave me with that I can do anything feeling.

Aerie: What’s your favorite part of the day?
Vallena: The morning 100%! I love having a cup of coffee, watching the sunrise, and thinking about all the possibilities the day holds.

Follow Her Friday: Vallena Lipske Aerie: Do you have a secret talent, skill or quirk? Do tell!
Vallena: I absolutely love dancing, but not your typical dancing. Not the kind of dancing where you take a dance class and you’re told what to do. Not the kind of ballroom dancing that I did in middle school. Not even the kind of dancing at our sorority mixers. I’m talking about around the house while doing dishes, dancing on the porch jumping up and down, scaring your brother in the other room dancing.
Follow Her Friday: Vallena Lipske

Thank you so much for sharing your story with us, Vallena! You can follow Vallena on Instagram and Twitter, too.

Share YOUR Aerie REAL story with us and tag your photo with #AerieREAL.

xoxo,

Aerie

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Trend Tuesday: Fall Prints & Graphics

Trend Tuesday: Fall Prints & Graphics

 Put away your monochromatic neutrals and bring on the bright colors! This season we’re seeing a rise of colorful graphics and fun floral prints. We took the trend and incorporated it into our newest crew neck sweatshirts and undies. Shop your favorite prints below and get a sneak peek of our Fall Collection!

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 Talk about a cutie booty. We’re really loving these new boybrief undies that feature a pop of lace at the hip!

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 Show of those legs! Pair a bold printed legging with a solid colored top. Take these bad boys from day to night by switching between flats, sneakers, or boots! These leggings are perfect for a long day of classes or a busy, errand-filled weekend.

Trend Tuesday: Fall Prints & GraphicsHow are you rocking prints this season? Tag your Aerie look with #AerieREAL for a chance to be featured on Aerie.com or on our Instagram!

xoxo,

Aerie

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Dressed To Chill

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Listen up, ladies!  “Athleisure” is the trend of the moment and our new lookbook is your go-to guide for the cutest ways to rock soft pants in place of your jeans. It’s a great unexpected and comfy way to switch up your look. Our joggers are meant to be worn 24/7. Here’s how you can take them from day to night!

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We have 3 jogger styles to love this season – Classic, Skinny, and Lounge Fits. Today we’ll focus on Classic and Skinny (Lounge is coming soon, promise). The classic fit comes in a super soft silky fabric so you’ll want to wear one of our Outta-Sight undies or a vintage lace thong underneath as undie lines are likely to show through. Lucky for you, we always made a t-shirt just to be worn with leggings and other pants that don’t have back pockets to gibe you structure. It’s called the Legging T-Shirt, and it features a long fit tee with flattering high side slits that was made for any kind of pocketless pant. The Satin Classic Jogger is one of our comfiest fabrics yet. And paired back with this tee, you’ve got the ultimate in fashion-forward athletic wear.

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We also love the subtle prints sprinkled across both fits like in our Heather Fawn Skinny Jogger above. Trying to pick between fits? A Skinny Fit offers a dropped rise that is low on the hips. It’s slouchy through the hip and thigh with a skinny leg. The cuff detailing at the bottom of the hem allows it to be styled straight or bunched at the calf – whichever works for you. It’s also our most fashion-forward fit – perfect to wear from class to out with friends depending on how you style it.

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Loving the Classic Jogger? The Classic offers a regular rise, and can be worn low slung on the hips. The fit is relaxed through the thigh and leg, with an elastic band at the bottom hem. Perfect for a movie night with the girls!

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Style Tip: Build your look from the bottom up! Have fun with footwear – wear heels, sandals, or sneakers to make the look your own.

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How are you rocking your Jogger? Show us on Instagram and Twitter and tag your picture with #AerieREAL.

xoxo,

Aerie

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Welcome To Bright Pink University!

Kristen L., Aerie’s Associate Buyer for Undies, had the opportunity to join Bright Pink in Chicago for one of their Bright Pink University training sessions to become a Bright Pink Educational Ambassador! From take-off to graduation, she covered it all! Read on below to get a behind-the-scenes look on all the fun!

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Sounds like a blast! Want to Brighten Up your community? Click here for more information!

xoxo,

Aerie

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What To Wear: Labor Day Weekend

The end of summer is almost here. So we had our stylists bust out their favorite bikinis and outfit essentials to compliment your last, blissful summer weekend. Rather than wallowing in end-of-summer sadness, we’re trying to look on the bright side. After all, fall brings pumpkin lattes and sweater weather. But, let’s face it. We’re going to miss you, Summer!

Bralettes, undies, sweatshirts, sunnies, and much more! Check out what we’re packing for our Labor Day Weekend below.

 What are your plans this weekend? Tell us below!

xoxo,

Aerie

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How To: Throw the Perfect End of Summer Party!

Let’s face it, it’s never easy saying goodbye to summer. It’s like saying au revoir to your favorite Aerie bra. No one REALLY wants to do it, but there comes a time when it must be done.

So we figure, why not have one last hurrah? We’ll tell you how to make your end of summer party the one your friends will be talking about all winter long. Yes, we said the ‘W’ word. Too soon? Ok, maybe a little.

First and foremost, you’ll need the perfect Aerie bikini. After all, you should be the life of the party, right?

How To: Throw the Perfect End of Summer Party!

Our Bridget Bikini Top and Hi-Rise Hipster Bottom definitely fit the bill. Between the soft foam padding and silky stretch nylon, you’ll be comfortable enough to wear this number all night long. And did we mention how much we love this floral print? Adorbs.

How To: Throw the Perfect End of Summer Party!

Once you’ve decided on the perfect suit, be sure to pick up a few layering essentials. Our Swing Tank, Fleece Shorts and Henley Popover are perfect to throw on after a quick dip in the pool. And don’t forget to grab your favorite pair of sunnies and a worn in baseball cap to help keep the rays at bay.

How To: Throw the Perfect End of Summer Party!And what party would be complete without yummy snacks? Take full advantage of the last few weeks of warm weather by indulging in our favorite summer staple, s’mores. Ok, so we may be a week late on National S’mores Day, but really, who’s paying attention?

Gather all your friends around a mini bonfire, grab a bag of marshmallows, and start roasting to perfection! xo

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