10 Ideas For A Daycation

Tired of the same old routine? Switch it up with these 10 ideas from CHAARG (Changing Health, Attitudes & Actions to Recreate Girls) to do on a free weekend day or in those few hours after your 9-5 and get addicted to these routine refreshers!

1] BE A TOURIST IN YOUR OWN CITY

Fall in love your city all over again and discover some new favorites! Head into the heart of your city, walk the side streets, check out the shops you’ve never been in before and don’t be afraid to get a little lost. Exploring your own city on foot will force you to look at things in a new light.

2] SAY NO TO NETFLIX

Instead of diving onto the couch immediately after walking in the door, try something different. Take an art class, volunteer in your community or try a new workout class you’ve never done before. The fewer hours you spend in front of the TV, the greater your mental and physical health.

3] REFRESH YOUR HAPPY HOUR

Instead of your go-to place, give your happy hour a different meaning. Pack an easy, travel-friendly picnic dinner, head to a local park and share a meal with friends. Not only will the new scenery be a refreshing change, but you’ll likely save a few dollars. Spending time outdoors can be a serious happiness booster, too!

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4] SWITCH UP YOUR COMMUTE

Do you take the same route to work every morning? It’s pretty easy to switch it up. If you walk to work, try taking a new path, even if it’s a few blocks out of the way. Drive or ride your bike? For a more health-conscious option, try running or cycling home from the office. You’ll see things from a new perspective and that unavoidable commute will feel exciting again.

5] BUSY ALL DAY?

Even if your daily responsibilities run long past 5 pm, you’ve still got time to squeeze in a mini-adventure. Summer skies are usually cloud free, so head out for a nighttime walk the next time there’s a full moon. This new, fresh perspective can be great for sparking creativity or getting a quick mental refresh.

6] CAMP OUT (OR PRETEND TO)

If you or a friend has a truck, pack it up with some snacks, sleeping bags and a couple flashlights. Drive out to a nearby campground and set up camp in the truck bed. You’ll get the feel of camping with no equipment or major planning needed. No truck? Bring the same supplies, build a fire and roast marshmallows, then pack it all up and drive home at the end of the night. You’ll get the camping feel even if you don’t make it an overnight!

7] SIGN UP FOR A RACE IN A NEARBY CITY

Grab some friends and sign up for a race in a different city. You’ll get the chance to explore a new city in a unique way, and race weekends often have great deals on food, hotels and more!

10 Ideas For A Daycation with Aerie and CHAARG

8] CHASE THE SUNSET

Unless you’re a West Coast local, the sunset can be a bit elusive. Just as the evening light begins to fade, hop in your car and start driving toward the sunset. Be sure to bring your GPS so you can find your way back! Find a nice place to stop along the way and watch the last rays of light fade. The excitement of not knowing where you’re going and spending a few hours cruising to your favorite summer songs make this mini-roadtrip feel like a great adventure.

9] JOIN THE DAWN PATROL

If mornings are more your style, try squeezing in a sunrise activity before heading off to work or class. Outdoor workouts like yoga, paddling or hiking give you the added benefits of sunrise views. If it takes you awhile to wake up enough to work out, try grabbing an early morning breakfast with a friend—most cities have cafes that open at 6 for just that.

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10] CONTROL YOUR TIME

Are you always wishing you had more time? Turns out you do, but you just haven’t taken advantage of it yet! Did you know that waking up 20 minutes earlier or staying up 20 minutes later each day will earn you 5 more days each year? It’s true! Take 20 to sip your morning coffee and enjoy those few minutes before the world starts buzzing awake, hit the streets for a few quick miles or use that time to try out that hobby you didn’t have time for before.

If these options still seem too challenging to fit into your schedule, remember that simply leaving your phone at home and going for a walk can be enough of a break from the constant buzz, and may be just what you need. Tiny changes can help make big improvements in your daily life!

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 weight lifting 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? To learn more about us, check out CHAARG.com and find us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

ABOUT TERESA //

Teresa Sandoval is a CHAARG blogger from The Ohio State University. 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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Real Talk with Ban.do

When we set out to bring you some of the cutest gifts around, there was no question that Ban.do was a perfect match! Between their fun, cheery products and positive message, it’s no secret why we’re obsessed with this LA-based powerhouse. We sat down with our friends at Ban.do to talk inspiration, staying organized and what it means to be #AerieREAL.

Aerie: Tell us about Ban.do! How did the company get started?

Ban.do: We started making one-of-a-kind hair accessories (think: flower crowns before they were a trend) that sold out pretty much immediately. The thing is, since they were one-of-a-kind, once they sold they were gone. So we began to make things in multiples, which allowed us to create accessible price points for every girl, and ban.do was born! We’ve evolved a lot since the beginning, but we’ve always been built on strong branding and the desire to bring fun products to all girls everywhere. We’ve always been very serious about fun!

Real Talk with Ban.do

Aerie: We’re obsessed with ban.do’s bright, fun aesthetic. What inspires the team on a daily basis?

Ban.do: Why, thank you! We find inspiration in a lot of places: Pinterest, Instagram, and our spectacular ban.do girl gang, to name a few. Connecting and collaborating with artists is one of our favorite things. We’re also inspired by our Los Angeles office, a.k.a The Ban.do Party House! There’s a disco ball wall, glitter wallpaper, and a pop up shop in the back: major creative fuel. When we’re not at the office, we love to explore LA by checking out museum exhibits, catching a movie at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, or treasure hunting at the Rose Bowl Flea Market.

Real Talk with Ban.do

Aerie: Staying organized can be tough at times! Do you have any tips for how to step up your desk game?

Ban.do: Totally! Our latest product line is all about creating the ultimate dream desk. The goal is to make your desk a place that totally works for you AND that you love looking at. Because if you’re not inspired, what’s the point? We love putting the “fun” in functional with cute desk accessories like pretty file folders and notebooks, bright markers and washi tape, and extras like colorful prints and tiny disco balls. Disco balls definitely increase productivity. Or at least remind you to have regular dance parties.

Real Talk with Ban.do

Aerie: Our ban.do collection is amazing! We know it’s hard to choose, but is there one product you’re REALLY excited about?

Ban.do: You guys, that’s basically impossible. But OK! We’re super excited about the I Am Very Busy Agenda, which is packed with magical things like compliments, stickers, a secret code language, and fun, weekly to-dos. People are obsessing over our agendas and interacting with them in really cool ways (see: #omgbandoagenda on Instagram), and we want to pop champagne and jump up and down about the whole thing!

Real Talk with Ban.do

Aerie: It’s no secret we’re excited to partner with a REAL company like ban.do! What does being #AerieREAL mean to you?

Ban.do: To us, being #AerieREAL means being who you are without apology and with a lot of celebrating and confetti-throwing. One of the phrases in our agenda is “Do whatever, be weird, it’s OK!” and we pretty much live by that. We can’t get enough of the individuality of our customers, who are sparkly, edgy, preppy, and everything in between. We’re all about inclusion, because that’s what makes things fun. And we just really want to be friends with everybody.

Show us your favorite Ban.do products with #AerieREAL on Instagram and Twitter for a chance to be featured on our Style Gallery! xo

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Wedding Day Essentials: The Bare Bra

When your wedding day rolls around, having the right undergarments will make a world of difference. Whether you need strapless, backless or a little push up, our bra accessories have got you covered. Looking for a seamless finish? Our Outta-Sight collection is tagless and smooth for zero undie lines.

Megan from The Things She Sees gave us a sneak peek into her big day and talks the importance of choosing the right undergarments.

Meet Megan:
Megan is a lover of all things beautiful: style, home design, projects, but most importantly beautiful and meaningful lives. She is the Founder and Editor of The Things She Sees, a lifestyle blog that covers everything from date night outfits to home improvement projects, all the while aiming to inspire others to also see the beauty in their lives!

Wedding Day Essentials: The Bare Bra

“I wish I could say that everything went smoothly when it came to choosing my dress, but it definitely did NOT. I had some major fit issues as my upper body doesn’t quite match in size with my lower body (you know what I’m sayin’?!) and while I’m not complaining, it made for some tough fittings! The Bare Bra Pushup was a lifesaver on my wedding day to help boost me up top but also last me throughout my honeymoon for all of my low-back dresses.

Aerie undies have been my favorite for years for the simple fact that they’re undoubtedly the most comfortable! Most brides gravitate towards everything WHITE when it comes to the countless parties, showers and events you have during your special time so a comfy nude no-show panty is a must, like the Outta-Sight Thong!”

Wedding Day Essentials: The Bare Bra

Photos by: Wandering Heart Photo

“I wish I could go back and celebrate our big day over and over again! A year and a half’s work of saving, planning and organizing culminated in the most beautiful ceremony full of intimate details with my new husband. The best part? Having an epic dance party with everyone until last call!”

Are you a bride-to-be or a Maid of Honor this summer or fall? Share your wedding photos with #AerieREAL on Instagram and Twitter for a chance to be featured on our Style Gallery! xo

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How To Make Avocado Toast 3 Ways

Have you jumped on the avocado toast train yet? If not, today’s CHAARG (Changing Health, Attitudes & Actions to Recreate Girls) post will bring you up to speed on this amazing snack!

How To Make Avocado Toast 3 Ways with Aerie

Avocados are incredible nutrition. They provide more potassium than a banana and 15 grams of healthy fats like oleic acid, which has been linked to reduced inflammation and beneficial effects on the genes that fight cancer. The great thing about avocados is they are so versatile—you can add them to smoothies, throw them on tacos for dinner, eat them plain out of a bowl or even add them to desserts. We are avocado obsessed, and after trying these recipes for Avocado Toast, you will be too! Avocado toast is a quick and easy way to get a healthy and filling breakfast or snack. All of these recipes take less than 5 minutes to make and will keep you full and energized for hours!

  1. Blueberries, Pomegranate & Honey

For our sweet lovers! If you’re looking to take a walk on the wild side and try something completely out of the box, this Blueberry, Pomegranate and Honey Avocado Toast is the best combo.

How To Make Avocado Toast 3 Ways with Aerie

INGREDIENTS

1 mashed avocado

1 toasted slice of bread of your choosing

1 handful of blueberries

1 tbsp pomegranate seeds

1 tbsp honey

DIRECTIONS

  1. Cut and pit the avocado and spoon into a small bowl.
  2. Using a fork, mash it until there are only small chunks left.
  3. Spread the mashed avocado onto the toasted bread and top with blueberries and pom seeds.
  4. Drizzle with honey, serve and enjoy!

Red Pepper, Garlic, Egg & Sriracha

If you like things on the spicy side, this is the toast for you!

How To Make Avocado Toast 3 Ways with Aerie

INGREDIENTS

1 mashed avocado

1 toasted slice of bread of your choosing

1 sunny side up egg

1 tsp red pepper flakes

1 tsp garlic powder

1 sprinkling of cilantro

1 tbsp Sriracha hot sauce

DIRECTIONS

  1. Cut and pit the avocado and spoon into a small bowl.
  2. Using a fork, mash until there are only small chunks left.
  3. Sprinkle in half of the red pepper and garlic seasoning and mix well.
  4. Spray a pan with non-stick spray and crack the egg into the center of the pan.
  5. Cook over medium to high heat for about 3 to 4 minutes or until the egg white is no longer clear/runny.
  6. Spread the mashed avocado onto the toasted bread, top with the egg and sprinkle with the remaining seasoning and cilantro.
  7. Drizzle with Sriracha, serve and enjoy!

Strawberries, Feta & Balsamic Vinegar

Still thinking about this toast… and so are my friends! It has a great sweet taste from the strawberries, but the balsamic vinegar and feta add an incredible tang to it.

How To Make Avocado Toast 3 Ways with Aerie

INGREDIENTS

1 mashed avocado

1 toasted slice of bread of your choosing

1 handful sliced strawberries

1 tbsp crumbled feta cheese

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

DIRECTIONS

  1. Cut and pit the avocado and spoon into a small bowl.
  2. Using a fork, mash until there are only small chunks left.
  3. Spread the mashed avocado onto the toasted bread and top with the sliced strawberries and feta cheese crumbles.
  4. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar, serve and enjoy!

Get creative and make up your own combinations! You really can’t go wrong with avocado, so get crazy and let us know what you come up with.

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 weight lifting 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 MORGAN

Morgan Simpson is a CHAARG blogger from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She spends her free time cooking, kickboxing and spending time with her black lab pup, Cabela. You’ll find her snapping pictures of anything/everything she eats.
IMG_6081Looking for other delicious breakfast ideas? Check out our 5 favorite healthy breakfast recipes here!

 

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Behind the Scenes: Aerie Back to School 2015

Real friends. Real laughs. Real strong. Real love. Real now. #BackToREAL

You still have a couple months to soak up the summer sun, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get in gear for Back To School! This year, our collection is all about heading back to real life. Whether reality for you is a heavy course load next semester or coming back from vacation and returning to the rise and grind of a 40-hour work week, one thing’s for sure. We’ll get you up and running and back to reality in no time.

Take a behind-the-scenes look below at our Back To School photoshoot featuring so many new faves from the collection!

Behind the Scenes: Aerie Back to School 2015

Real cozy. We shot Back To School at the dreamiest NYC loft. Behind the Scenes: Aerie Back to School 2015Real style! Aerie girls @SakuraHeffron and @CourtneyJamesCJ and our Stylist @ErinCRittling on location.
Behind the Scenes: Aerie Back to School 2015

Real views. This roof made for some our fave shots!

Behind the Scenes: Aerie Back to School 2015

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Real smiles. Hi from @Sakuraheffron and @iamiskra! Behind the Scenes: Aerie Back to School 2015 Behind the Scenes: Aerie Back to School 2015

Real happy! @AllyLWalsh shows off our new Sunnie Lightly Lined Bra and Boyshort.Behind the Scenes: Aerie Back to School 2015Behind the Scenes: Aerie Back to School 2015

Real loves. From our closet to yours! Our Back To School collection has so many new must-haves.

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Real city. This collection is in a New York state of mind. 
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Real skills! @Elizty always makes us smile. #BackToReal Behind the Scenes: Aerie Back to School 2015 Behind the Scenes: Aerie Back to School 2015 Behind the Scenes: Aerie Back to School 2015 Behind the Scenes: Aerie Back to School 2015 IBehind the Scenes: Aerie Back to School 2015 Behind the Scenes: Aerie Back to School 2015 Behind the Scenes: Aerie Back to School 2015

Real FUN (& fun fun fun fun fun fun). @CourtneyJamesCJ

Shop your favorite looks online now! Mark your calendars, these pieces will be at your local Aerie store on 7.7.

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How to Style a Jumpsuit

Lightweight jumpsuits are a must for the summer. With their soft woven fabric and cinched silhouette, they’re both effortless and chic.

Andrea from Belair Beautiful paired our Racerback Jumpsuit with the Brooke Strappy Back Pushup Bra for a stroll around town.

How to Style a Jumpsuit

Meet Andrea:
“I started Belair Beautiful as my diary, my fashion book, my make up tips, my life and love advice, but most of all my art and my truth.”

How to Style a Jumpsuit

What Inspired Andrea’s Look:
“It’s officially Summer in Miami and I’m not gonna lie and say that I’ve been taking that too well. It has been so close to the 100’s that most days I’m just content by staying home, working on the computer with air conditioning. When I do leave the house, I make sure that I am comfortable and most importantly, that I am wearing a breathable and light material. Aerie was awesome enough to send me this gorgeous Racerback Jumpsuit which ended up being perfect for a walk around town. I headed over a local museum and roamed around the streets of downtown Miami, all while in this chic and comfortable outfit!”

How to Style a Jumpsuit

Get Andrea’s Look: Racerback Jumpsuit Brooke Strappy Back Pushup Bra | Mirrored Heart Sunglasses (Similar)

How to Style a Jumpsuit

“When you have a top that is bound to show your bra and you can’t go braless, what better way to pair it than with a really cute bra/bralette? It’s a perfect way to add a bit of color without being too loud. I added the Aerie Brooke Strappy Back Pushup Bra.

How to Style a Jumpsuit

How to Style a Jumpsuit

Show us how you style the Racerback Jumpsuit with #AerieREAL or #AerieSWIM on Instagram and Twitter for a chance to be featured on our Style Gallery! xo

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