Aerie Friends & Family: Sarah R., Bright Pink Storyteller

Aerie Friends & Family: Sarah R., Bright Pink Storyteller

For the past few years, Aerie has been partnering with Bright Pink, a national non-profit organization focused on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women. We wanted to celebrate our partnership with them by showcasing some of the members that make up the soul of the organization. Meet Sarah R., Bright Pink Storyteller and Fitness Director for Chicago Athletic Clubs. Read on to learn more about how Sarah’s journey with Bright Pink began and how you can get involved too.

 

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Sarah R., Bright Pink Storyteller

 

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am fortunate to be living in a city I love and working doing what started as a hobby, now turned passion. I started teaching group fitness classes in 1997 in Denver, Colorado before and after my “day” job as an marketing and event director for a publishing company. When my husband, son and I moved to Chicago seven years ago, I picked up some classes at several Chicago Athletic Clubs locations. I am now the Fitness Director for CAC, overseeing the Group Fitness and Personal Training Departments of all six locations and, of course, still teaching classes!

How did you hear about/ get involved with Bright Pink?

I was introduced to Bright Pink through lululemon four years ago. I am closely connected with the fitness community and was introduced to Lindsay prior to the very first Fit Fest (now Fab Fest). I was honored to teach a class at the inaugural event and am thrilled to continue my involvement.

Who or what has been the most important influence in your life?

My father is the most important influence in my life. He introduced me to fitness when I was nine years old. I ran my first race with him when I was ten. We ran the same race thirty years later and crossed the finish line hand in hand. His strength, dedication, compassion, commitment and unconditional love influences me daily.

Why is it important for girls/women to become educated in breast/ovarian health?

It is important to know our body, to know what it should be and to know what it should NOT be. This applies not just to breast/ovarian health, but overall health and fitness, as well. Awareness is the first step in being and staying healthy.

What inspires you in everyday life?

The real people around me inspire me daily. The people I see every day who often say they look to me for inspiration inspire me. They make me want to be better so I can continue to inspire and positively influence them.

What do you love about Bright Pink?

I love that Bright Pink focuses on education and prevention of breast/ovarian cancer to young women. The proactive nature of Bright Pink, combined with the support network and the fun events targeted to young women set it apart from other organizations.

How can girls/women get involved with Bright Pink?

Bright Pink has so many ways to get involved from donating, volunteering or participating in chapter events. I am a little biased though… one of the most fun ways to get involved would be to build a fundraising team of eleven friends and come to Chicago in September for Fab Fest 2013! Visit www.brightpink.org for opportunities and information.

Bright Pink’s message is about the importance of taking a proactive approach to your health and they offer an interactive online quiz that combines your family health history and lifestyle factors to create a personalized risk assessment for you to save, print, and bring to your doctor to craft a proactive breast and ovarian health strategy unique to you!  Check out Bright Pink’s Assess Your Risk tool and check back for more updates on our partnership.

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AE Friends & Family: NYDO Design Assistants

AE Friends & Family: NYDO Design Assistants

Meet Amanda, Colleen, Nina & Rachel – four of AEO‘s Assistant Designers. We brought these four in from our New York Design Office for a special photo shoot on the streets around our home office in Pittsburgh. After the shoot, we sat down to chat about their lives in New York and what makes these designers tick. Read on to learn more about how they discovered their passion for design and their fave hang out spots in NYC.

 

How did you get your start with AEO? 

Amanda: I started as our AEO Receptionist and also worked with the HR Department.  After working here for a couple months, I knew that I wanted to move into design and after a lot of hard work I finally got a position in the accessories department!

Colleen: I was recruited just before I graduated last year from the University of Cincinnati. I got called back for an interview in NYC and got the job as Assistant Designer for Women’s Sweaters a week later!

Nina: I started last August (2013) as a part of the AEO Designer Trainee Program.

Rachel: I met with some of the AE recruiters a few months after I graduated from school. I flew to NY to interview with my team, and left knowing that I wanted to work with them. I received a phone call a few days later offering me a position with women’s denim, and I moved two weeks later. It all happened very fast!

Meet Rachel, Assistant Designer - Denim

Meet Rachel, Assistant Designer – Denim

Who or what has been the most important influence in your life? 

Amanda: Everyone around me has had an influence on my life in some way, but specifically relating to fashion, I would say one of my close family friends.  She was always in the industry and had incredible drive that helped her to succeed and to bring her where she is today.

Nina: My family has been the most important influence on my life – they instilled values of honest, hard work early on in my life.  They’ve always encouraged me to explore my creativity. I’m really lucky to have them.

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What songs are playing on your iPod? 

Colleen: I have been listening to Why? a lot. I have a lot of hometown pride and there are tons of great bands coming out of Cincinnati lately. Why? As well as Tweens, Vacation, Wussy, and Walk The Moon are all great Ohio folks. I’ve also been super into Columbian heartthrob, Juanes, lately (sorry I’m not sorry). The song La Camisa Negra gets me PUMPED UP.

Rachel: Lana Del Rey, Santigold, Matt and Kim, Of Monsters and Men, and Florence + The Machine.

Meet Colleen, Assistant Designer - Women's Sweaters

Meet Colleen, Assistant Designer – Women’s Sweaters

 

How did you discover your passion? 

Nina: I have always sketched clothes – I started my first sketch book when I was 12.  I’ve never stopped loving design.

Rachel: Art is part of who I am, it has always been a part of my life in some form. Fashion was just another outlet but most certainly my favorite. Something just clicks when I’m designing, it’s what I’m supposed to be doing.

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What is next on your ‘To Do in Life’ list?

Amanda: TRAVEL!!! I love learning about new cultures and finding new and inspiring art around the world.  I would love to go to Morro de Sao Paulo in Brazil next!

Colleen: 1. Go to beach. 2. Eat brunch.

 

Meet Nina, Assistant Designer - Women's Wovens

Meet Nina, Assistant Designer – Women’s Wovens

How would you describe your style?

Amanda: My style depends on my mood.  Most of the time it’s pretty easy, like skinny jeans with a baggy tee or a button down, but sometimes I like to surprise people and wear super structured dresses and blazers.

Colleen: When I get dressed, I tend to channel a pop culture figure that embodies how I feel at that specific moment. In general I want to look like a girl that’s got it together, but is also a little wild. Lately I’ve been inspired by the heroines of Twin Peaks, especially Shelly. When she’s not serving diner coffee in her baby-blue uniform, she’s all big hair, dark lipstick and miniskirt. Hanging out with boys in flannel. The combination of 90’s grunge and 50’s retro seems so perfect right now.

 

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Favorite AE clothing piece? 

Nina: I love my moto jeans I scored on the shoot.  They are super flattering and I get tons of compliments on them (Yes, I’ve worn them already! I couldn’t wait.).

Rachel: A dark pair of jeggings.

Meet Amanda, Assistant Designer - Women's Accessories

Meet Amanda, Assistant Designer – Women’s Accessories

How does your work influence your style? 

Colleen: Since working at AE, my clothing choices have become much more colorful. I used to wear all black all the time because it’s easy and always looks cool, but working here I’ve been able to see how we create exciting palettes and have been better at incorporating color into my outfits.

Nina: I’m constantly in motion at work, so I like to have a cool casual look when I’m in the office.

 

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What is your dream job? 

Amanda: My current job is my dream job! I absolutely love the category that I’m in and feel so lucky to be given the opportunity.

Rachel: Collaborating with my fiancé on our own line.

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What is your favorite spot in NYC? 

Amanda: I love the West Village and Nolita. Both still have that old NY charm and feel so whimsical.

Rachel: I love the Brooklyn Flea in Williamsburg. It’s right on the water and there are always fun treasures to uncover. I also really enjoy The High Line. It’s a great spot to relax and it’s beautifully designed.

 

 

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Project Live Your Life: Kelly R., Writer

Project Live Your Life: Kelly R., Writer

Project Live Your Life is back and we’re looking for inspirational people with unique style to be a part of our brand. Each week we’ll share entries that are standing out to us to help you with building your profile.

Kelly R. is a Writer for The Oklahoma Daily and shared two articles on her profile that she wrote after the tornadoes devastated her hometown of Moore, OK. She also describes herself as a stylist, adventurer and volunteer.

Check out some of the highlights from her profile below.

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Kelly enjoying the lake.

 

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Kelly went to the prom with past Project Live Your Life winner Jason.

Enter Project Live Your Life now or vote for your favorites to be a part of an AEO campaign.

Coming Soon: The Return of Project Live Your Life

Coming Soon: The Return of Project Live Your Life

Have you seen the fresh faces currently in our stores, social profiles and on AE.com? They were the winners of our Project Live Your Life Contest last fall. Lucky for you, the contest is coming back even better this February.

We want to see your personal style and what makes you unique. This is your chance to show us how you live your life through photography, music, dancing or any other hobby or passion and the style you rock while doing it.

Here’s how you can prepare:

Find some photos

Scour Facebook, Flickr, Instagram and any other photo library you have for your favorite photos of yourself showcasing your individual style. Whether your looks are Bright & Bold, Sharp & Chic, Heritage, Festival, Beach or Spring Break we want to see you highlight your style with a few awesome shots.

Put your talent on display

What’s your talent, passion or hobby? Are you an Artist? Writer? Musician? No matter what you live to do, we want to see it! Prepare your best videos, photos, artwork, song files, writing samples and more to showcase in your contest entry.

Tell your friends and family

To be considered as a finalist by our judging panel, you must be voted in to the top 200 in your category by other people. So get the word out now to your friends and family! Once your entry is live on the Project Live Your Life site make sure you Tweet, Facebook, Pin and Email to get as many votes as you can.

That’s it! Be sure to bookmark ae.com/liveyourlife so you’re ready to go when the contest launches. Good luck and be sure to check back here and our Facebook page to get more details and updates throughout the contest.

Meet the Cast: Noah

Meet the Cast: Noah

Inspired by their passion and enthusiasm, we took eight individuals on a journey to the wilds of Oregon. Read below to find out more about one of the inspiring people featured in our Holiday 2012 campaign.

Meet Noah: a soccer player, cinema lover and big time foodie from Wilson, WY. He is a laid back boarding school grad with dreams of traveling the world and even hoping to make it to the moon someday.

To get to know the personalities of our holiday cast we took a peek inside their suitcases and had them describe the contents in their own words. Take a look at what Noah can’t live without.

Soccer Ball: I’ve been playing soccer for longer than I can remember. It’s been a staple in my life and I don’t really know what I would be like without one.

Flannel Shirt: There is something to be said for clothing that looks just as good now as it did 50 years ago.

Belt Buckle: I got this for my 13th birthday and I’ve worn it almost everyday since. At first it was because I was a stick and my pants would fall down. Now I almost feel naked without it.

Carhartt Vest: I got this at Hungry Jack’s general store in Wilson, WY. Much like the flannel, it is a classic, I’m not sure if it will ever go out of style or fall apart.

Book: I love reading and Hemingway is my favorite author. Having a selection of some of his best work available is always nice. It’s great for a plane ride home or even just a lazy evening in your room.

Are you a soccer player or book lover like Noah? Let us know in the comments below. Be sure to check back Friday and meet Tiara.

Check out Noah’s Pinterest board to learn more about him and see his favorite AE styles.

Follow Noah:

Instagram: @deanparadise

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AE Vintage Collegiate Collection: USC

AE Vintage Collegiate Collection: USC

We have College graduates from all over the country at American Eagle and want to showcase their style and love for their Alma Mater. Each week we will be featuring an AE employee modeling their favorite pieces from the AE Vintage Collegiate Collection. This week we have Elizabeth N., AE Women’s Sweaters Assistant Buyer Teammate and a graduate of University of Southern California, sporting the USC Vintage Raglan Popover. She shared one of her favorite memories with us from her college days.

“It is a senior tradition at USC that on the last Thursday of classes, all the seniors attempt to run through all 30+ fountains spread throughout campus. It’s a victory lap with all your friends to celebrate all the good times, the hard times, the loves, the heart breaks, the wins, the losses, and what’s to come. Fight on!”

Get your USC gear now or shop the rest of the AE Collegiate Collection.

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