Spring Break Essentials

Spring break starts here! Read on to see what we’ll be taking on our getaways this year

BEACH BEAUTY

Lip gloss, perfume and a cute pair of sunnies are your on-the-go essentials. Add a hat to shade your pretty face from a long day in the sunshine!

Spring Break Essentials

SWIM BREAK

Bring a bright blanket and fun towel when you’re ready for a lounge break.

Spring Break Essentials

AFTER HOURS

Keep your skin fresh all day (and night) long with a quick hydrating mask and moisturizing lotion—we love our Be Bright scents with notes of gala apple and orange smiles.

Spring Break Essentials

What are your spring break essentials? Comment below and tell us!

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Real Talk With Dana Patterson

Today, #AerieREAL girl Dana Patterson’s strength and confidence shine. But it took work to get here! She opened up to us about her journey to self-love and body positivity, an amazing story that she now shares on social media and in her work as a NEDA partner. Read on for all the inspiration!

Real Talk With Dana Patterson

Aerie loves NEDA and we know you do too! How did you decide to get involved with the non-profit?

DP: I wanted to get involved with NEDA to be able to share my recovery story, how I handle my mental health, and connect with more men and women in the ED community. This community has helped ME so much in my recovery and journey to self love, and I want to help others the same way. The work that NEDA is doing to save and improve lives is so incredibly important.

You’ve been so open about your story with your followers. How do you allow your past struggles to influence and motivate your future?

DP: I think we need more and more honesty on social media! People need to see what’s really real. I have allowed my past to shape me positively, my struggles and the adversity I have faced have shaped me to be the strong, humorous, honest, understanding person I am today. My past has allowed me to push through many difficult times where I wanted to give in and give up. I’m extremely grateful for all I’ve been through and it will continue to push me to share my much needed message to women, men, and children who need to hear it.

What advice do you have for any girls who are struggling with similar issues you’ve faced?

DP:

  1. First step is to stop identifying your body as your only value. You are SO much more than your body. Once you take the emphasis off of our physical appearances it’s so much easier to love ourselves.
  2. STOP COMPARING TO OTHERS! My dad always says comparison is the thief of joy, and it’s so true! Start celebrating your unique qualities as well as the others around you.
  3. Do not let the opinions of others affect you, and do not let your value lie in others opinions of you i.e. Boys, bullies etc. Your value comes from your amazing qualities, NOT other people’s opinions of you!
  4. Stay diligent about how you allow yourself to think. My parents always talk to me about “standing porter at the door of thought” aka watch how you think about yourself and what you allow into your thought. Negative thinking begets negative results. Stay diligent about you how you speak about yourself and others. You do not have to fall victim to BDD or your ED, you are stronger than your disorder. Your thought is such a powerful tool in the battle against ED.

What is your mantra or the most important thing you tell yourself every day?

DP: BE GRATEFUL. My dad always made me write gratitude lists every day growing up, and I never really understood why until I got older. It’s so important to be grateful for everything we have and the opportunities we are blessed with. I start my gratitude lists with things as simple as being grateful for clean water to drink, a roof over my head and my bed to sleep in. It truly gives important perspective to our way of thinking.

What makes you #AerieREAL?

DP: My honesty, my humor , and my ability to embrace my mixed Latina/Spanish/and Scottish heritage is what makes me #AerieREAL. I used to be so insecure about some of my physical attributes growing up looking very differently than other kids at my school. People would make fun of everything from my weight, to my skin color, my eyebrows, my butt and my full hair. I want to give a voice to any girl or boy who’s ever been made fun of or bullied for being different, and let them know they are loved and accepted. That is what makes me #AerieREAL.

Real Talk With Dana Patterson

How To: Spring Break Hair

Heading to a pool party or a day on the beach? This no-fuss look will stay in place all day so you don’t have to!

Step 1: Brush all of your hair to the back.

How To: Spring Break Hair

Step 2: Separate two side pieces from the front and twist both of them inward.

How To: Spring Break Hair

Step 3: Tie the two strands together in a knot, keeping them separate from the rest of your hair.

How To: Spring Break Hair

Step 4: Starting with either the left or right section, take a small strand of hair from one of the outer edges, and cross it over the opposite section of hair. Once you’ve added this strand to the other section, forget about it! You will always be working with just two sections, not three.

How To: Spring Break Hair

Step 5: Keep repeating this process from side to side until you reach the end.  As you work down, you can take smaller sections of hair if you want a tighter braid. Make sure you’re always taking strands from the outer edges.

How To: Spring Break Hair

Step 6: Tie an elastic band around the bottom, then gently pull the hair from the braid to make it a little wider.

How To: Spring Break Hair

Step 7: Give it a spritz of hairspray to set everything in place.

How To: Spring Break Hair

Step 8: Add flowers, starting from the outside and working in. Secure them by pulling the stems through your braid.

How To: Spring Break Hair

How To: Spring Break Hair

How To: Spring Break Hair

How To: Spring Break Hair

Step 9: Go rock it!

How To: Spring Break Hair

How To: Spring Break Hair

Show us your spring break style on Instagram or Twitter with #AerieREAL

Want more hair inspo? Try learning a waterfall braid!

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Mardi Gras Treats

Treat yourself this Tuesday– no need to be in NOLA to celebrate Mardi Gras!

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 6 cups crisped rice cereal
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 package (10 oz.) marshmallows
  • Purple candy melts
  • Star shaped silicone mold (optional)
  • Green, gold and purple sugar pearls
  • Green, gold and purple sprinkles

Mardi Gras Treats

WHAT TO DO:

  1. Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat.
  2. Add marshmallows and stir until they’re melted and combined.
  3. Remove mixture from heat and add it to cereal until it’s evenly coated.
  4. Coat a 13 x 9 inch pan with cooking spray, pressing mixture evenly into pan.
  5. Let cool and cut into small rectangles.
  6. Melt purple candy according to instructions and pour into molds.
  7. Reserving half, dip the treats into the melted candy, as much or as little as you’d like.
  8. Decorate using the cooled star candies, sugar pearls and sprinkles.

Mardi Gras Treats

 

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#AerieSUPPORTS NEDA

We are SO proud to celebrate our third year partnering with NEDA, a non-profit that supports individuals and families affected by eating disorders and serves as a catalyst for prevention, cures and access to quality care. Aerie sponsors all NEDA walks across the country that raise funds for advocacy and educational programs and provide support for local communities.

#AerieSUPPORTS NEDA

We’re extra proud of #AerieREAL role model, Iskra Lawrence, who partners with the non-profit as a NEDA Ambassador. She attends walks throughout the year and shares her personal story about learning to accept her body and love her REAL self.

#AerieSUPPORTS NEDA

This year, we brought back our Limited-Edition NEDA Tee, and it’s going fast! Shop now and we’ll donate 100% of sales to NEDA. Earlier this month, we met our goal of donating $25,000 from Aerie and American Eagle Outfitters credit card sales to NEDA, and this Sunday 2.26 we’ll be matching all sales made at our SoHo pop-up in NYC (up to $10,000) in donations to NEDA. 

#AerieSupports NEDA
“Aerie’s dedication to socially-responsible campaigns is inspiring,” said Claire Mysko, CEO of NEDA. “In a world where girls and women continue to struggle with negative feelings about their appearance, Aerie is creating needed change by celebrating diversity and promoting positive body image. We thank Aerie for their continued support of NEDA and their commitment to fostering strength and confidence in their customers.”

Check out www.Aerie.com/AerieSupports and www.MyNEDA.org to learn more about NEDA and for additional resources. And always remember to love the REAL you!

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Spring Break Packing Tips

Spring break is all fun and games, but packing is no joke! Read on for our packing tips to make sure no bikini is left behind and no outfit is incomplete.
GET ORGANIZED
You’re not the only one who needs to lay out this trip! Lay out everything before you pack it away, starting with your must-packs. Avoid over-packing by making outfits ahead of time and figuring out where you can mix and match!

Spring Break Packing Tips

CARRY ON
Pack a small tote for the plane with your bikini, sunnies and beach reads and you’ll be ready for sun as soon as you land. Battling jet lag is nbd when you’re on the beach.

Spring Break Packing Tips

MIX & MATCH
Pack smart! Coordinating colors that are easy to mix and match will lessen your bag weight and give you extra options for outfits. Remember accessories like hats or headbands to take daytime beach looks all the way through to nighttime fun.

Spring Break Packing Tips

Find our Spring Break must haves in the Aerie Getaway Shop now!

Any packing tips to add? Comment and tell us below!