7 things we love: Holiday Edition

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! We’re getting in the spirit with a holiday-themed edition of 7 Things We Love. So grab a glass of eggnog, settle down in front of the fireplace and check out our top picks for the season (and be sure to let us know your favorite holiday things, too).

Wake Up In Fun PJ’s
There’s nothing better than waking up on Christmas morning (or, okay, any winter day really) in a set of really fun pajamas. For girls, we’re totally loving our Fair Isle Knit Legging (currently sold out online, but check your closest AEO for availability), especially when it’s paired with a too cute for words sequined penguin sweatshirt. And for guys, we can’t get enough of buffalo check this season (the “Iced Out” graphic on the T just adds to the festive feel).

Give An AEO Gift Card To Someone Special
Still stumped over what to buy for your brother/sister/mom/dad/BFF/etc? Why not give an AEO Gift Card? Whether you choose a traditional card, an E-Gift Card or a Mobile Gift Card, they’re always the perfect gift for everyone on your list. We’ve created tons of fun designs for them this year, and you can even personalize a digital greeting for the recipient! Just visit ae.com/giftcard from your phone to include a voice or text message with the card.

Download The Elf Stickers on Facebook Messenger
Want to make the Facebook messages you send a little more fun? The Elf stickers (yes, inspired by your favorite human elf) will have you laughing and messaging up a storm. All of the best lines from the movie are included, from “Santa! I know him!” and “I just like to smile!” to “You sit on a throne of lies!” and “I’m a cotton headed ninny muggins.” The only problem? You might get addicted to sending them.

Listen to “That’s Christmas To Me” By Pentatonix
Honestly? It’s hard to even choose a favorite song from this album. The intricate harmonies and awesome voices of this five-person a cappella group soar over some of the most loved Christmas songs and give them a fresh new twist. We’re especially digging “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,” “Sleigh Ride” and “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”—but, really, you can’t go wrong with any of the songs on this album.

DIY A Hot Chocolate Bar
Come on, who doesn’t love hot chocolate on a cold winter day? We know we do. We scoured Pinterest this year for ideas on how to turn an empty space into a hot cocoa wonderland. Buy some marshmallows, cinnamon and peppermint sticks, some fancy mugs and maybe a stocking or two (oh, and lots of hot cocoa, of course)… and get ready to do some serious chocolate drinking!

Read How The Grinch Stole Christmas
Is it really the holidays without this gem by Dr. Seuss? It’s one of the most loved Christmas stories for a reason. So travel to Whoville with the grouchy, grumpy Grinch and go along on his journey toward discovering what Christmas is really about.

Watch Love Actually
We don’t know about you, but the holidays really haven’t begun until we watch this star-studded movie of intersecting plots and characters, filled with the spirit of joy, giving and love. (Not to mention a killer dance scene by Hugh Grant.) It warms our hearts more and more every year!

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Victoria Justice Gets Down With AEO

Throughout the month of December, AEO has been providing a party bus in NYC that takes shoppers all around the city to make their purchasing experience one they’ll never forget. Celebrity Victoria Justice got in on the fun and spent some time getting down on the party bus (she even DJed for a bit)!  Check out some of the highlights from Victoria’s visit below and #AEOGETDOWNNYC this holiday season.

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Shop the look:
Sky High Jegging
Jegging Sweater
Get Down Buffalo Check Puffer Vest
Ribbed Beanie
Shimmer Knit Gloves
Boot Sock (Shop Similar)
Dr. Marten 1460 Boot
Get Down Hooded Puffer Jacket

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New Year’s Eve Style Guide

2014 was a fantastic year. Katy Perry dressed up as a Flamin’ Hot CheetoMichael Jackson performed again as a hologram, Apple launched the iPhone 6, George Clooney finally got married and Miley Cyrus introduced our ears to Wrecking Ball. We want to end 2014 with a bang. Check out our look for New Year’s Eve and make December 31st, the best night ever. Cheers to bringing in 2015 with #AEOSTYLE.

Tumblr_GG_m_BestNight Shop the look:
Double Breasted Pea Coat
Plaid Scarf
Heritage Flannel
Watch Gift Set
Thorogood Moc Toe 6″ Boot
Men’s Skinny Jean

Tumblr_GG_w_BestNightShop the look:
Sequined Chiffon Shift Dress
Quilted Vegan Leather Moto Jacket
Solid Pom-Pom Hat
Kim and Zozi Glitter Lo Sneaker
Rose Gold Fringe Necklace
Silver Bracelet Watch

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Make a studded band for your hat with I spy diy

Hi everyone! It’s Jenni from I Spy DIY, back with a new series of DIY projects geared toward the holidays. This week I am going to show you how to spice up your winter hat with some leather and studs to give it a statement makeover!

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What you need:
Goorin Francis Fratelli Fedora
Leather
Screw on studs
Leather punch
Scissors

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What to do:

Step One: Measure the circumference of the hat and cut two strips of leather that when overlapped an inch on each end will fit snuggly around the brim.

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Step Two: Using the leather punch, create two rows of holes along the leather strip.

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Step Three: Screw in each stud by pushing the back through the hole and screwing on the top.

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Step Four: Connect the two ends of the strip by doubling up the leather, punching holes through both ends.

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Step Five: Take the final band and put on your hat. If you wish to make the band permanent, attach it with a couple dabs of glue. Done!

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Show us your winter hat creations with #AEOGIFTS on Instagram and Twitter!

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AEOSTYLE CHALLENGE: Mixed Knit Crew Sweater

Looking for the perfect cozy sweater this holiday season? The Mixed Knit Crew Sweater takes our classic scoop neck sweater to a whole new level with mixed knit paneling and bold pattern.

Blogger Adriana from Leopard Martini show us how she styles our favorite holiday sweater below.

Meet Adriana:
Founder and Editor of Leopard Martini Style Blog based in Texas. Lover of Saturdays, Floral Dresses, and Lavender Lattes. I love staying inspired by exploring my city, and traveling and visiting new places as much as I can.

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What inspired Adriana’s Look:
I tend to gravitate more towards cozy looks during the colder months, and this AEO sweater is just perfect to throw on over my favorite pair of leggings and mixed with a chic scarf. The pretty pattern and comfy knit make it the perfect winter staple, so ideal for a day of running errands, grabbing coffee with friends, or staying warm indoors working on my blog. I’m definitely planning to wear this sweater all winter long, and can’t wait to style it a few different ways. IMG_3721

Get Adriana’s Look:
Mixed Knit Crew Sweater
Faux Fur Snood (Similar)
Vegan Leather Hi-Rise Jegging (Similar)
DV By Dolce Vita Myste Tall Boot  (Similar)

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Show us how you style our Mixed Knit Crew Sweater with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter and Instagram for the chance to be featured on our Style Gallery.

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#AEOGIFT Guide: Athletic Guy and Sporty Girl

Do you have a sporty sibling or friend and have no clue what to buy for them? No sweat! Read on for gift ideas to give to the all-star in your life.

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Shop the look:
Get Down Hooded Puffer Jacket
Signature Graphic Hoodie
Fleece Jogger Pant
Ribbed Beanie
Vintage Plush Graphic T-Shirt

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Shop the look:
Signature Hooded Popover
Colorblock Fleece Jogger Pant
New Balance Outdoor 574 Sneaker (Similar Style)
Wear America Ribbed Beanie
Colorblock Crew Sweater

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