Real Talk with Catherine Gignac

Get REAL with Catherine Gignac, AEO’s Manager of Digital Creative! Read on to learn more about how she uses yoga to help balance the stress of everyday life, her favorite pose and what #AerieREAL means to her.

Real Talk with Catherine Gignac

You’re amazing at yoga! How did you begin?
Haha, thanks! It’s fun to be able to go upside down and stand on my head. Those poses constantly push me to try new, scarier things. But really, that’s not why I do yoga. Work and life are stressful (so gross, right?) and yoga balances all that out. I can have a rough day, go to yoga and then feel completely decoupled from what was dragging me down prior to class. I get far fewer headaches because my back and neck muscles are stronger. I take myself less seriously because I’ve learned to goof around and take risks on my mat. I’ve felt my highest highs and my lowest lows emotionally while practicing, but it’s always healing and empowering to just be alone with my breath and my thoughts. Plus, no one can tell whether you’re dripping tears or sweat! Most importantly, like-attracts-like and the community of yogis at my studio has sourced most of my closest friendships in life. We support each other and often say, “Detox before you retox,” and go out together after my Friday night class.

Real Talk with Catherine Gignac

What’s your favorite yoga pose? 
I have a love-hate relationship with double pigeon. It’s a crazy deep hip-opener that feels so good sometimes and so tense others. Yogis often say that we hold our emotional baggage in our hips. We run on them, sit on them, drive on them and they’re the biggest joints in our bodies. When we slowly open them up, we also peel away at layers of built up emotion that we haven’t let go of — kind of like peeling layers off an onion. Sounds crazy, but it’s true!

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For somebody who is interested but hasn’t given yoga a chance, what would you say to them?
Just go and try it! Ironically, I hated my first class, but I found myself going to teacher training just a few years later. As a teacher, I always hear things like “I’ve thought about it but I don’t like the heat,” “I’m not flexible enough,” “Oh, I couldn’t do what you do!” but it’s not about that. I have students in my class from 11 to 72 years old (seriously!) of all different weights, health issues, and injuries. We encourage everyone to go at their own pace and do what they can. This week, a student of mine told me she’d been in a car accident and needs yoga to help rehabilitate her back. Another told me yoga helped her remain calm and get through the nightmare of having her newborn in the NICU for many months. Everyone comes to yoga for a physical experience, but if they stick with it, they end up having a total mind, body, spirit experience that few other forms of exercise can mirror.

Real Talk with Catherine Gignac

Real Talk with Catherine Gignac

Do you have a favorite quote or mantra?
My favorite quote is “You may think I’m small, but I have a universe inside my mind.” — Yoko Ono. I’ve loved this one for awhile because I’m pretty small in stature but I’m big in personality. Anytime I feel like I’m being underestimated or unheard, I think about this quote and remember we’re all pretty freakin’ powerful and expansive in what we can dream and accomplish. Another really great reading I love to share with my yoga class was introduced to me by my yoga mentor and it’s called the Invitation by Oriah Mountain Dreamer. Check it out, it’ll move you!

Real Talk with Catherine Gignac

What does #AerieREAL mean to you?
Ah, so much! I’ve loved watching the #AerieREAL campaign grow from a wee idea into a huge movement over the last few years. It’s the best feeling to have friends of mine, all in their late twenties and early thirties, tell me they’ve discovered Aerie and love, not just our undies and bralettes, but what we stand for. I’m proud of be part of the organization who decided to take a risk and start talking to girls in a way that we all relate to and deserve. #AerieREAL has inspired me to be less curated…on Instagram, in relationships, with what I say in my yoga classes. I’m unapologetically me, even if it’s means I don’t please everyone or say and do all the right things.

Real Talk with Catherine Gignac

Be sure to follow Catherine on Instagram @catherinegignac and Snapchat at Cathgig!

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5 Stretches to do in the Morning

Whether you’re an avid runner or starting off the new year with a new exercise routine, stretching is key. While often overlooked, stretching can lead to fewer aches and pain, making working out much more enjoyable and long-lasting. Lisa from LMP Collections shows us how to do 5 easy stretches that can be added to any workout regimen.

5 Stretches To Do in the Morning

“Since I’m a runner, and training for a half marathon here in April, stretching is a BIG part of preventing injury and a great way to loosen up tight muscles. Stretching in the morning is a great way to start off the day and is also very relaxing. Benefits include less muscle aches, more energy, and better posture.” 5 Stretches To Do in the Morning 5 Stretches To Do in the Morning

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Real Talk With Fo Porter

This Pilates powerhouse was made for our new Aerie Studio faves. Read on and find out what makes this freckle-faced beauty #AerieREAL!

Real Talk With Fo Porter What music are you currently listening to?

Forever Jeff Buckley and Gwen Stefani.

Lover or fighter?

Passionate, so both.

Breakfast in bed or dinner out?

Dinner out!

What are you reading?

I read graphic novels. I’m a huge comic book nerd.

What makes you really laugh?

My fiancé, when he’s not stuck in his head and being a hard ass all the time. I like when he’s goofy.

Real Talk With Fo Porter

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What’s your guilty pleasure?

Celebrity tabloids, but the real stuff, not the weird stuff you see in The Enquirer. The “real” stuff!

What does the world need more of?

Love and equality.

How does it feel to know that you won’t be retouched?

It’s empowering because it’s real. It’s something that people take for granted when they look in a magazine.

Do you think retouched images have an impact on young women?

I think a lot of kids don’t even know what retouching is. It’s sad because they don’t get it, and they get older and think it’s ok. Just being comfortable in your own skin is a really big thing that should be happening.

Real Talk With Fo Porter

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Yea, I knew this girl who had a crooked tooth, and that “made” her.

Yea! Me having my freckles, people would always say “Did you not like your freckles when you were younger?” They would always try to put it down.

Because that’s how they deal with things.

Yea! But no, I’ve never been insecure with my freckles. Ever. I’ve always embraced them.

Real Talk With Fo Porter

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What makes you #AerieREAL?

I feel like as I get older, I’ve grown into a more womanly body and that makes me #AerieREAL. “I’m a woman, hear me roar!” kind of a thing. I like my curves and I like being able to look at myself in the mirror and not feel like “Ugh, I wish I could do this and this.” We all have our insecurities, but I’m definitely comfortable in my skin.

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Erin’s Outfit Of The Week: New Year, New Outfit!

Made a New Year’s resolution to work out more but still on the couch 3 days later? Our stylist knows the best way to get moving on your resolution: get the right outfit first!

Erin’s Outfit Of The Week: New Year, New Outfit!

Get Erin’s Look: Graphic Cross-Back Tank (Similar) | Hi Neck Sports BraSport-ish Crop Legging | Outta-Sight Shine Thong Sprigs Banjees’ Wrist WalletNew Balance 410 Sneaker (Similar)

Start with a pop of color and our new Hi Neck Sports Bra, then add a little inspiration in our Graphic Cross-Back Tank: its positive message will keep you motivated and encourage other gym goers around you, too! Wear our Sport-ish Crop Legging on the bottom, a fave pant for working out (or at least looking the part), and keep undie lines out of the way with our Outta-Sight Shine Thong. Then put on your best pump-up playlist, store your phone in Sprigs Banjees’ Wrist Wallet and get moving!

With an outfit this cute, you’ll have no choice but to go to the gym, if only to show it off. Happy resolutions!

Erin’s Outfit Of The Week: New Year, New Outfit!

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What to Wear on New Year’s Eve

We’re a strong believer that New Year’s Eve should be spent doing whatever your heart desires! Kaylee from Kaylee Daily proves that whether you’re going out with friends or cuddling on the couch this NYE, you can sparkle and shine!

What to Wear on New Years Eve

“This look is so perfect for New Years. If you’re spending the night out on the town and spending hours waiting for the clock to strike midnight, you want to be comfortable, but also super stylish. I love the layering of the plain tee under the dress and adding this awesome fur vest. I added some sparkle with a statement necklace, ’cause New Years is all about the sparkle, and over the knee boots to dress it up even more.”What to Wear on New Years Eve

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“I don’t know about you, but I am such a homebody. There’s nothing better than staying in with a warm cup of hot chocolate and cuddling with the one you love. I am obsessed with rompers. Like, I have at least 30. It’s a problem. This lounging romper is so great to wear around the house, and paired with this fluffy robe it’s seriously like I’m a human marshmallow. There’s nothing better!”What to Wear on New Years Eve What to Wear on New Years Eve

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Show us your best New Year’s Eve look with #AerieREAL on Instagram andTwitter for a chance to be featured on our Style Gallery! xo

 

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NYE FUN!

Out of outfit ideas for 2015? Our stylist picked her fave New Year’s Eve look for starting 2016 on a lighter note. Forget basic black and stock up on pretty purples before the big day!

What to wear on New Year's Eve

Get the Look: Don’t Ask Why Skater Dress | Shimmer Wraparound Bralette | Outta-Sight Shine Thong | D’Orsay Ballet Flat | Meri Meri Party Garland | Meri Meri Party Blowers

Standout colors like shades of lilac and blue will get you set for a bold new year. Make a fun festive pair with AEO’s Don’t Ask Why Skater Dress and their D’Orsay Ballet Flat. Then peek our Shimmer Wraparound Bralette behind the dress and hide our Outta-Sight Shine Thong underneath.

New year, REAL cute you! Happy 2016. The year is yours!

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