#OOTD: Intern Style

Internship season is in full swing! Luckily for us at AE and Aerie HQ, it’s casual Friday every day…which means we get to wear our favorite Aerie pieces 24/7! But getting your casual looks from a 9AM meeting to dinner with friends can be a challenge. We already knew our merchandising interns have great fashion sense, but mastering the ability to show off their personal style while keeping it professional? They’ve got it down to a science.

Get to know some of our Aerie and AE merchandising interns, and find some major outfit inspiration in how they rocked their favorite new Aerie pieces.

Name: Chelsea S.
Hometown: Jacksonville, Florida
College: University of North Florida
Major: Marketing
What I’ve learned interning: “It’s amazing how much my voice is valued here. All members of your team look to you for fresh ideas since as an intern, you are the target customer. I love being able to influence decisions with my knowledge and opinions. At the same time, you have to accept that as an intern, you don’t have all the answers.”
More about me: “I’ve worked in an Aerie store as a bra expert back home for 2 years!”
Why we love her look: Chelsea’s denim vest is perfect for a little coverage around the office – plus, layers are key for unpredictable air conditioning! She kept it casual and cool with dressed down sandals. The topknot is a no-fuss way to top off her look!

Name: Kristen P.
Hometown: Griffith, Indiana
College: Indiana University
Major: Apparel Merchandising, Minor in Business and Fashion Design
What I’ve learned interning: “Moving to a new town and a new company is a big change! It can be challenging to get adjusted, but it’s a fun learning process.”
More about me: “When studying abroad, I visited 24 cities in 10 different countries!”
Why we love her look: Kristen’s hat and strappy heels put an urban spin on a cute critter print! We’d wear this outfit for a big presentation or meeting – Kristen’s style would definitely help put our best foot forward.

Name: Ali G.
Hometown: Winnetka, Il
College: Indiana University
Major: Apparel Merchandising
What I’ve learned interning: “It’s been an amazing experience seeing everything that goes into getting product in the stores, and seeing how styles I think would do well perform every week. I’ve also been surprised how even though everyone is really nice, young, and fun, they work super hard and all are amazing at their jobs.”
More about me: “At home I live on the lake, so I’ve also started to take up a hobby in paddleboarding! It’s super fun, relaxing, and also good exercise.”
Why we love her look: We love Ali’s glam and girly style! Her accessories add a bit of edge, but she keeps it pretty with easy, beachy waves. A light sweater also makes her look workplace appropriate. We’ll say it again – layering is key!

Name: Megan L.
Hometown: Elizabeth, PA
College: University of Pittsburgh
Major: Marketing & Supply Chain Management
What I’ve learned interning: “My favorite part of the internship is that I am encouraged to use my creativity and think outside the box. It is amazing to wake up every morning to go do something I am passionate about! The most surprising part of the internship for me is that each associate you meet really wants you to succeed. This program places success right at your fingertips, you just have to grab it!”
More about me: “I have read the book Looking for Alaska over 10 times.”
Why we love her look: Megan’s outfit is comfy, but still pulled together. This look is perfect for 9 to 5 – and beyond! Just toss on a great pair of heels and you’re ready for your post-work evening plans.

Name: Ellie S.
Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
College: Indiana University
Major: Marketing and Apparel Merchandising
What I’ve learned interning: “The Back to School season, in my opinion, is the best part of the year! It has been so exciting to see all of our hard work pay off with HUGE denim sales. It has definitely been challenging to learn every detail of each pair of jeans, from the fit to the exact wash…but now, after weeks of working with the product, it’s so fun to help my friends find the perfect pair of AE jeans!”
More about me: “I just studied abroad in Milan, Italy for five months! When I was there I learned how to make homemade pasta, gnocchi and tons of different sauces.”
Why we love her look: This cute boho style feels so fresh and fun! While it’s perfect for summertime, the pretty jewel tone colors also make it a great transition look to take you between the fall and summer seasons.

Name: Kelsey B.
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
College: University of Notre Dame
Major: Marketing & International Business
What I’ve learned interning: “All the financial metrics and ratios that are specific to the retail industry. College accounting classes can’t prepare you for this!!”
More about me: “I once spent an entire summer living out of a tent and hiking in Oregon & Washington!”
Why we love her look: Some days when we’re running out the door, a sneaker is the only shoe that will do. Plus, this graphic fleece is the perfect solution for those days when you just need to be comfy, but still cute. Kelsey’s taking tomboy to the next level with this look!

Name: Kristin S.
Hometown: Richmond, VA
College: University Of Virginia
Major: Media Studies
What I’ve learned interning: “How much it has taught me about the working world as well as about who I am and what I like.”
More about me: “One quirky fact about me is that I am OBSESSED with astrology!”
Why we love her look: Kristen’s look is flirty, but still super office appropriate! We love the Aerie Jumpsuit paired with a fun platform heel for a little bit of a dressier look. This is a style we’d wear to work, but totally rock on the weekends, too!

Name: Natalia C.
Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
College: Anderson University
Major: Marketing and Spanish
What I’ve learned interning: “It’s definitely been a challenge getting familiar with all of our Aerie undies choices…there are so many! But probably my favorite part has been getting to see product before it comes out!”
More about me: “It’s my second year interning at AE!”
Why we love her look: Her style is totally sporty chic, from her jacket to her wedge sneakers! We love how her bold berry lip adds some extra color and a feminine touch to her style (plus, it matches her bralette)! Natalia’s got the laws of layering down – a pretty bralette or bandeau peeking out from under a tank can act as an amazing accessory!

Name: Taylor J.
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
College: Kent State University
Major: Fashion Merchandising
What I’ve learned interning: “So much planning goes into every single style, and it takes place so far in advance! Also, our opinions are valued, so it’s important to stay strong in your point of view when presenting to higher-ups!”
More about me: “My favorite things to do in my free time are practicing yoga and hanging out with my friends and family.”
Why we love her look: Who says you can’t wear your comfiest pants to work, and still look amazing? Taylor’s style is so downtown cool! We love how she dressed up her basic look with some fun heels and a statement necklace. Joggers are a great alternative to your favorite jeans when you feel like mixing it up!

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Three’s never a crowd when cute critter prints are involved! One print, so many ways to style…we heart Chelsea, Ali and Kristen’s looks!

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Work it, ladies! We love how Megan and Kristen styled the same Aerie romper to make looks that are totally unique.

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The AE Jegging, two ways. Sporty or sweet…we cant choose! Can we have both, please?

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We want to see your Aerie #OOTD! Show us on Instagram or Twitter with #AerieREAL for the chance to be featured on our blog or Aerie.com!

Xoxo,

Aerie

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The Go-To Girls Bra Collection

Bras and best friends have a lot of similarities. We’re serious…think about it! You depend on them to keep your outfit in check. You take care of them! They provide support when you need it. Okay,  so maybe the analogy ends there…but you get the point.

This season we’re focusing on the basics that every girl needs to complete her bra wardrobe from Multi-Way and Strapless Bras to Lightly Lined or a va-va voom Pushup! The Go-To Girls include Bridget, Charley, and Blakely…all priced at $20! Read on below to learn a little bit more about each.

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Crystal and Rachelle are wearing our newest bra, Charley! Perfect under v’s and scoops, Charley is a plunge bra with just enough pushup to add a subtle lift. In the center (or the gore) of the bra, there is a key ring that let’s the cups swivel with your body. This works seamlessly with the j-hook in the back for when you want to convert her into a racerback!

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Blakely is back with new pop color lace details as your go-to lightly lined bra. Her soft cotton cups offer demi coverage and is perfect to pair with your favorite tee. What we love? Her neon vintage lace side wings. Go ahead, show her off under your summer tanks!

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Allison and Amber are rocking our Bridget Bra! Bridget is always there for you when you need a little lift! You’ll love her soft, smooth microfiber and lace trim design. She’s offers demi coverage for your lower cut tops. 

Looking for other bra fits to fill your wardrobe needs? Check out Bra Guide! If you have any fit questions, be sure to reach out to our Fit and Style Expert, Jenny Altman at AskJenny@ae.com.

xoxo,

Aerie

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What Does #AerieREAL Mean To You?

What does #AerieREAL mean to you? Since the launch of our campaign: “No supermodels. No retouching. The real you is sexy.” we’ve been listening to your answer. Whether it’s the 42,000 tweets that celebrate body confidence and what Aerie REAL means to you or the 9,000 Instagram photos where our community has shared their “no retouching” moments” we have felt the support and positive response for women everywhere to feel comfortable in their own skin…not retouched.

We feature your Aerie REAL stories and moments everyday on Aerie.com, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram! Today we are featuring 4 girls that truly wowed us with their confidence, drive, and empowering stories.

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Meet Julia, Amy, Cecilie, and Shanni!

The girls were brought to our headquarters for the ultimate Aerie experience: a tour of our lab store, a meeting with Aerie’s Chief Merchandising Offer and Director of Brand Voice, a $200 shopping spree, a private consultation with our Fit and Style Expert, Jenny Altman, and more!

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Watch the video above and read on to check our their personal style and read their stories that inspired us and that we hope inspire others.

P.S. The girls in these images below have not been retouched.

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What Does #AerieREAL Mean To You?

“Being real is accepting your flaws and all. This is something I have struggled with my whole life. Whether it being my height, hips, thunder thighs, and unruly hair. I’ve learned over the years that insecurities are not flaws, but strengths. They make you unique and tell a story. My thunder thighs help me kick butt in sports and show the hard work and early morning training I’ve pushed myself through. My height has made me stretch – literally and figuratively. (Being 5 foot, me and top shelves aren’t exactly best of friends.) It gives me enjoyment when I see the perplexed faces of people who underestimate me because of my size. My hips, that don’t like, show my heritage and make me proud of where my family came from. My unruly crazy curly hair shows me life is unpredictable and beautiful. It’s my trademark no matter how hard I try to change it. I’m better off rocking it and accepting it. No one is perfect, no matter how hard we try to mask it. Our flaws tell a story that we should embrace. It makes us unique. Embrace your flaws. Share your story and be real because imperfections are a beauty to be seen. #AerieREAL – Amy

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Shop: Three Tassel Necklace | Aerie Striped Cover Up (In Store)

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SHANNI_18971Show me someone who’s got no baggage, and I’ll show you someone who’s got no story.” This is a line by my favorite musician, George Watsky. I was always a storyteller; in elementary school I would be asked to give shorter answers with less detail. But now is time to tell my story. I am not normal. I never have been. But my differences make me shine. I am an author; when I was in high school I wrote a book about quantum physics with my father while still studying for history tests and stressing over term papers. I am a feminist; I teach my little sisters that they are equal to their male peers and talk to my friends about rape culture. I am a nerd; I hold Doctor Who marathons, have books spread all over my floor, and spend hours playing computer games. I am a fighter; I have spent the past year fighting my eating disorder and spreading awareness about mental illness. I have baggage, stretch marks, scars, stories, and my purple hair. I am a girl, a sister, a daughter, a feminist, a fighter, a nerd, an author, a storyteller. But most importantly, I am real. Aerie Real.” – Shanni

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Shop: Dolman Open Knit Sweater | Silky Pants (In Store)

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Growing up, my family members would always call me Cindy Crawford because of the birthmark I have on my face. To others, no one really understood why it was there, why it was so big, and would actually give me home remedies to get rid of the mole. I used to dream of getting it removed and would find a way to hide it in public. Once I got to college, everything changed because everyone told me how unique I looked and to embrace what gifts I’ve been given. I love me and my birthmark and we’re not going anywhere! I still get the occasional stares, double takes, and comments, but that doesn’t stop me from keeping it real. I want to show people around the world that it isn’t a bad thing to have an unusual mark on your skin. Everything about you is beautiful and shouldn’t try to hide it like I used to. Embrace it! – Cecilie


julia2JULIA_18326This is Julia, she’s my cousin, my roommate, and my friend. And on top of being all those things she’s talented, driven, and passionate about her dreams. She recently just took a trip through school to Italy for a photography excursion, which is one of her passions that I always find myself in awe after seeing what she creates because they are always so beautiful. I think she knows that she’s good at it because she is so passionate about it. But what I don’t think she ever knows enough is how beautiful she is inside and out, and that is why I am doing this (also because her whole closet is Aerie and I may or may not like to borrow her clothes from time to time. :))  But like I said, Julia is a beautiful girl and I don’t think she quite knows that or embraces that with confidence and that is why I am submitting this little story about her because she would never do it herself. Julia may not find herself to be perfect, but what I see in her is more than what she sees in herself I often think. And that is why I support your #AerieREAL campaign and its aim in promoting natural beauty rather than the unrealistic body images that too many of our girls idealize. Like this photo captures my thrilling Julia’s beauty, free spirit, and zest for life, I think it also has the ability to capture her complete confidence with herself in this moment just as #AerieREAL should do with all women. – Julia was nominated by her cousin, Katelyn

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Congrats once again girls!
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What makes YOU Aerie REAL? Tell us with #AerieREAL on Twitter or write us at social@ae.com.

xoxo,

Aerie

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Real Talk with Aerie’s Undie Buyers

Sun’s out, buns out! Show off your cutie booty even more with the new Mini Cheeky! The Mini Cheeky is a hybrid of your favorite undie fits. If you’re a fan of our Cheeky, but love the no-line benefits from a thong, Aerie’s new Mini Cheeky could be the best fit for you!

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Sun’s out, buns out! Show even more cheek with the new Mini Cheeky undie!

We had the opportunity to sit down with 3 of the Buyers behind this hot new arrival! Meet the women behind-the-scenes…Kristen L., Ta Jane’ P., and Rebecca H.!

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Meet Undie Buyers: Ta Jane’, Rebecca, and Kristen!

Hi, girls! Let’s begin with learning a little bit more about you. What University did you attend and what did you study? 

KL: I attended the University of Pittsburgh and was a Dual Business/ Communications Major.

TP: I went to Georgetown University and I studied International Business and Marketing.

RH: I went to Miami University in Oxford, OH and majored in Marketing with a minor in Sociology.

We’re sure you get this question a lot, but we are curious…what’s the difference between a buyer and a merchant?

KL: At AEO a buyer and a merchant are synonymous. Whatever terminology you choose, you are an integral part of the cross-functional team. A buyer works with their design, production, planning, allocation, strategy, visual/marketing and store ops teams weekly if not daily to keep your department moving forward. You are a key player in mastering the competitive landscape to identify trends that are relevant to our customer, and helping to strategize/plan upcoming seasons from concept to in-store and analyze business weekly in order to chase upside or mitigate risk within current or future seasons. No matter the callout/challenge at hand, the merchant is usually the center of communication.

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Meet Kristen L., Aerie’s Associate Buyer for Flirty Undies!

What is your favorite part about the new Mini Cheeky? 

TP: I absolutely love that I can still get adorable prints on the back without having to go for a fuller coverage fit! I’m a thong girl but I love a cutie booty so this fit is perfect for me!

RH: The Aerie lace at the waistband and leg opening, it’s super soft and doesn’t give you muffin top! I also think the prints are really fun and the colors are pretty and feminine.

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We love these blue hues in the new Mini Cheeky!

What is the difference between the Cheeky and the Mini Cheeky? 

KL: The Mini Cheeky is exactly what the fit name denotes—a miniature cheeky. The Mini Cheeky has a lower rise, shorter side seams and extra cheek peek. Our Mini Cheeky fit bridges the gap between our Cheeky and Thong fit offerings. If you are looking for a little more cheek peek but not to the total cheek peek extent of the Thong—the Mini is your go to.

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Which Mini Cheeky print is your favorite? Comment and tell us below!

Do you prefer printed, solid, or lace undies? 

RH: I prefer all 3! It honestly depends on what mood I’m in.

KL: All the above!?! From neon bright laces, classic dots/stripes, to our everyday basic solids—there’s no need to discriminate. You can pick up an eclectic mix of all style offerings in your 7/$26.50 bundles! :)

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Meet Rebecca H., Aerie’s Assistant Buyer for Favorite Undies!

What’s your favorite type of undie? 

TP: I love undies with flirty details. A few bows or lace trims can go a long way!

RH: I’ve actually really grown to love our Seamless and Outta-Sight collection. The fabrication is so soft and buttery and I can pretty much wear it under anything. It’s very versatile.

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Our hearts race for lace!

What’s the first thing you do when you start off your day at work? 

KL: My morning cannot begin without my Grande Skinny Vanilla Latte. I love the ritual of going up to the café every morning, then again at 2:30 PM for my afternoon caffeine pick me up. Yes, I realize I have a slight coffee addiction but at least I recognize I have a problem, that’s the first step right direction. :)

TP: When I first get to work, I start up my computer and grab my tea and oatmeal. Have to have my energy drivers.

RH: Clean up all of the undies that are usually on my desk. :) I typically go straight to my email but sometimes it’s nice to do a little bit of competitive or trend analysis before I dive into my work.

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It’s hard to choose just one, which undie is your favorite fit?

Let’s talk trends. What’s summer color trends are you excited about? 

RH: I absolutely love the coral and turquoise we have in our assortment, they’re really feminine colors and go great with a tan.

TP: I am all about the saturated pinks and purples right now!

KL: Every season, I am a sucker for saturated neons—fuchsias, grapes, pinks, turquoises, aquas, acidic greens…I don’t discriminate! Adding a pop of color to any ensemble instantly brightens my mood….

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Kristen and Rebecca organizing the new summer assortment!

No wonder our summer assortment is so colorful! :)  What are 3 words to describe your personal style? 

KL: Feminine. Colorful. Stylish.

TP:  Casual, sometimes quirky.

RH: Classic, simple, and tiny bit preppy.

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Meet Ta Jane’ P., Aerie’s Assistant Buyer for Direct Undies! (all the undies you see at Aerie.com!)

Instagram, Twitter, or neither? 

RH: Instagram! Find me @Hammonrj.

TP: Instagram, too! Find me @InTaJicated.

KL: Definitely Instagram! @Klaut727.

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Sun’s out buns out! We love these pinks and corals. Is it summer yet?

We love Instagram, too! What’s your best advice for a student looking to pursue a career in fashion? 

TP: If you want to pursue a career in fashion, I’d say the best thing you can do is research! Know what the competitors are doing or know what’s happening on the runway. You can’t assort to what you don’t know and understanding how these pieces interact is one of the best things that you can do. It’s all about knowing the business.

RH: Make connections and build relationships. Whether you search for someone at a company you’re interested in on Linked In or meet someone at a career fair, don’t be afraid to reach out as often times it’s the relationship that will get you through the door.

KL: If you show immense passion for whatever it is you want to do, I’m talking the type of enthusiasm and drive that is contagious to those around you, you are half way there. Passion is something that can’t be taught and is immensely valued; so pursue whatever it is that you are passionate about in life and good things will be in store for you. :)

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xoxo,

Aerie

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#AerieREAL Panel of Amazing Women

We’ve seen an incredible amount of support for #AerieREAL and we love seeing the support spread from woman to woman as each shares their #AerieREAL story. Your kind words, open hearts, and courage are what inspired us to launch our new challenge, “What Do You Love About You?”.

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You’re invited to self-nominate or to nominate a friend that you believe is #AerieREAL. We want to feature their moments, celebrate them and their accomplishments in hope that they inspire others.

5 individuals will be chosen to receive the ultimate Aerie experience! They’ll be invited to join us at Aerie’s HQ and will be featured in an interview on the AEO blog (right here!) complimented by a mini shoot in our Photo Studio. Then, our winners will join Aerie’s style and fit expert, Jenny Altman, as they enjoy a $200 shopping spree and more!

We have a panel of amazing, REAL women who will read through the entries! Read on below to learn a bit more about each and what makes them #AerieREAL.

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Dana Seguin, Aerie’s Senior Director of Marketing has been in the retail business for over 14 years. The last eight years has been spent in brand development and marketing for Chico’s, American Eagle Outfitters and their intimates brand, Aerie. She has spent the last year working on Aerie Real and refuses to use retouched images and helps to promote positive body image.

Amy Levin is the founder and creative director of CollegeFashionista, a fashion website featuring content from college students at more than 400 campuses around the world. A Chicago native, she launched the website in 2009 after a semester abroad in London, where the growing importance of street style inspired her to create a community for fashion, photography and self expression.

Jenny Altman, Aerie’s Style and Fit Expert, is the go-to resource from how-to’s and bra quick fixes. As a fashion editor and stylist for InStylePeople Style Watch, and O, the Oprah Magazine, Jenny has helped dress some of the world’s most celebrated personalities and most importantly she helps transform countless REAL women on a daily basis with her website ILOVEAGOOD.COM. Celebrity or not, Jenny believes intimates are (literally) the foundation of a confident look for all women and her passion is helping women find the right pieces for their body shape by talking about it in a REAL way.

Lindsay Avner, the Founder and CEO at Bright Pink was the youngest patient in the US to bravely opt for a risk-reducing double mastectomy with reconstruction. During the experience, Lindsay was frustrated by the lack of resources for women in her specific situation. So, armed with optimism and dedication, Lindsay founded Bright in Pink in January 2007. Now in its seventh year, Bright Pink is the only national non-profit focusing on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women, while providing support to high-risk individuals.

Each day these women exemplify what being #AerieREAL means. It’s being true to you. Believing that imperfections are beautiful and believing that no one can change who you are.

Tweet us, tag us, or tell us your story today! We’ll be highlighting our favorites by April 6th, but you can always tell us your #AerieREAL story anytime on Twitter and Instagram by tagging us with #AerieREAL.

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xoxo,

Aerie

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