Galentine’s Day Party Guide

Valentine’s Day always renews our nostalgia for handwritten love notes and heart-shaped treats – things worth celebrating regardless of your relationship status, really.  And even better, in our opinion, is February 13th – a.k.a. Galentine’s Day. What’s that, you ask? “Only the best day of the year,” according to Lesley Knope, Galentine’s Day gives us the perfect opportunity to honor the magical combination of friendship and females. This year, why not show your pals some love by hosting your very own Galentine’s party?  We have a few ideas to get you started.

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PARTY TRICK #1

DIY invitations. They’re fun, easy, and who doesn’t love getting snail mail? All you need for these ones are some watercolor paints, paper and markers! Create a watercolor wash by spreading a thin layer of paint across the paper, adding more water as needed for a translucent effect. Use the markers (and your best penmanship) to fill in the deets, and for an added touch, throw some heart-shaped confetti, rose petals, tea bags or candy in the envelope.

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PARTY TRICK #2

Flowers. They make everything prettier. Decorate your tables with some small floral arrangements of your choice. (Pro tip: make enough so that all of your Galentines can take one home!)

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PARTY TRICK #3

Chocolate. And what’s better than chocolate? Pink chocolate! Whip up this impressive treat by melting bars of white chocolate and stirring in freeze-dried raspberries until the chocolate turns a blush-pink shade. Pour the melted mixture onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and sprinkle on dried culinary rose petals, crushed pistachios, dried raspberries or sugared almonds. Allow the chocolate to set completely and then cut or break it into squares.

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PARTY TRICK #4

Fancy refreshments are a necessity! This hibiscus-rose iced tea is the perfect complement to your DIY pink chocolate. Start by freezing rose buds in water in a large ice cube mold. Brew some hibiscus tea, stir in honey to sweeten and let it chill on ice. Finally, pour in a bottle of rose water (you can find these at Whole Foods) and fill glasses with the tea mixture and the rose-petal-infused ice cubes. Top with extra rose petals and fresh raspberries.

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PARTY TRICK #5

Get creative with your table settings! Arrange your mini bouquets, desserts, drinks, some scented candles, small string lights, or anything else that sets the Galentine’s mood. Turn on the tunes and get the party started!

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SHOP IT: Wrap Romper | Denim X4 Hi-Rise Jegging | Vintage Hi-Rise Jean | Choker Neck Sweater

As for your #OOTD, keep your theme going with blush tones and florals. This pretty sweater paired with hi-rise jeans is cozy and perfect for chilling with gal pals. For something a little dressier (but just as comfy), you can’t go wrong with a romper. The flared sleeves and floral print have GIRL POWER written all over them.

The fact is, sometimes life gets in the way of our free time – and scheduling much-needed girl time gets lost in a sea of other (seemingly more important) to-dos. Luckily, Galentine’s Day offers us the perfect reminder to appreciate and prioritize our friends – and the perfect excuse to shower them with love. Happy Galentine’s Day to you!

Show us what you’re wearing, doing & eating this Galentine’s Day with #AEOSTYLE & tell us what you love about your friends in the comments below!

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Valentine’s Themed Unicorn Hot Chocolate for Two

Found your unicorn?  We’ve got the perfect treat to impress your main squeeze & show them just how special they are. Put a little magic into your Valentine’s Day celebration with Unicorn Hot Chocolate! This dessert is deceptively easy, and most of the work comes from adding the toppings. We found fun, festive candy at a craft store and upped the fantasy factor with bright pink cotton candy. If you’re embracing Valentine’s Day alone this year (#single #notmadaboutit), this recipe can easily be cut in half – and let’s be real, it’ll taste just as sweet.

Unicorn Hot Chocolate: Make Your Own Valentine's Day Treat for Two

Unicorn Hot Chocolate tastes as magical as it looks.

Unicorn Hot Chocolate: Make Your Own Valentine's Day Treat for Two

All you need to create this bright drink: milk, white chocolate, food coloring & whipped cream!

Unicorn Hot Chocolate: Make Your Own Valentine's Day Treat for Two

Melt the chocolate into the milk over low heat.

Unicorn Hot Chocolate: Make Your Own Valentine's Day Treat for Two

Stir in a few drops of food color & add vanilla extract.

Unicorn Hot Chocolate: Make Your Own Valentine's Day Treat for Two

Colorful toppings? Not optional!

Unicorn Hot Chocolate: Make Your Own Valentine's Day Treat for Two

Add a few drops of food color to a bowl of whipped cream & swirl for a marbled look.

Unicorn Hot Chocolate: Make Your Own Valentine's Day Treat for Two

Top & serve!

RECIPE

Serves 2

INGREDIENTS
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 8 oz. white chocolate
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup whipped cream
  • Food Coloring
  • Toppings of your choice
DIRECTIONS
  1. On low heat, melt the white chocolate in the milk over the stove top until small bubbles appear along the edge of the pot (don’t boil it!), stirring every few minutes so that the chocolate doesn’t stick to the bottom.
  2. While the chocolate melts into the milk, make the rainbow whipped cream in a wide bowl. Drop in two or three food colors in various spots. Using a knife, swirl the color around a few times to create a marbled effect. Set aside.
  3. Stir vanilla extract into hot chocolate.
  4. Add 3-4 drops of food color of your choice. Stir.
  5. Pour the hot chocolate evenly into two mugs.
  6. Spoon a few dollops of rainbow whipped cream on top & add other toppings of choice (we found these at a craft store)!
  7. Share 🙂

Share your Unicorn Hot Chocolate pics with us by tagging @americaneagle!

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National Strawberry Ice Cream Day: No-Churn Strawberry Ice Cream Sandwiches

Our good friend Erin, the blogger behind The Almond Eater, is back again and celebrating National Strawberry Ice Cream Day with us! For more from The Almond Eater, check out her recipes herehere, here and here

Hey, hey, hey–happy National Strawberry Ice Cream Day! I know, ice cream day in January? Who thought that up? To be honest, I’m not mad about it. Though I’m a year-round iced coffee drinker, I tend to gravitate toward warmer foods during the colder months, which leaves me missing some of my favorite cold foods like ice cream! I know a lot of people who drink smoothies in the winter, so why not eat ice cream too? It’s baaaasically the same thing except, well, better.

The awesome thing about this recipe is that you don’t need a fancy shmancy ice cream maker–nope! This no churn strawberry ice cream is just that: no churn. One of these days I’m sure I’ll cave and purchase an ice cream maker, but until then I’m going to keep doing things this way because it works and it’s GOOD. ….and because I feel like the majority of people out there don’t own an ice cream maker, but maybe that’s just me.

National Strawberry Ice Cream Day No Churn Strawberry Ice Cream Sandwiches

ANYWAY, let’s talk out this ice cream recipe real quick so you can see how easy peasy it is. You’ll heat the strawberries and sugar over the stovetop essentially until the strawberries turn into a sweet strawberry compote. Then you’ll let them cool off while you whip the whipping cream. Whipping the whipping cream (<–hate that I love saying that) requires a liiiiittle bit of patience, but nothing crazy. Five minutes, max. You got this.

So yeah, you’ll whip the whipping cream until stiff peaks form and then you’ll add the sweetened condensed milk and vanilla, fold the strawberries into the whipped cream and BOOM that’s it!! You freeze it to form hard serve ice cream for these ice cream sandwiches, or you just eat it straight up like the ice cream-obsessed person you are.

The trickier part is getting the ice cream sandwiches to actually look presentable. If you make this recipe, PLEASE tag me on Instagram @thealmondeater so I can see your pretty creation and how you one-upped me in that department.

These no churn strawberry ice cream sandwiches are LEGIT and you need them, even if it is the middle of winter.

National Strawberry Ice Cream Day No Churn Strawberry Ice Cream Sandwiches

Recipe

Ingredients

For the ice cream:

  • 1 lb. fresh or frozen and thawed strawberries, chopped
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream
  • 1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the cookies:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Directions

For the ice cream:

  1. Place the strawberries and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat to a simmer and use a wooden spoon to break down the strawberries, forming mashed strawberries. Simmer for five minutes or so.
  3. Remove from heat and set aside, allowing mixture to cool completely.
  4. While mixture is cooling, make the ice cream.
  5. Place heavy whipping cream in a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer for about 5 minutes, allowing the cream to form stiff peaks. Tip: mix on low for about 2 minutes, and then on high for the final 2-3 minutes.
  6. Once peaks have formed, add the condensed milk and vanilla and mix until everything is combined.
  7. Fold HALF of the strawberries into the whipped cream mixture and transfer to a baking pan.
  8. Pour the rest of the strawberries on top and stir so that there are some swirls and some strawberry chunks.
  9. Cover pan with aluminum foil and place in the freezer for at least 6 hours, but preferably overnight.

For the cookies:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt together in a large bowl and set aside.
  3. Cream butter and sugar together in a separate bowl; add eggs and vanilla and stir to combine.
  4. Fold wet ingredients into dry ingredients and then, once everything is mixed, stir in the chocolate chips by hand.
  5. Scoop dough out a spoonful at a time and transfer to a baking sheet.
  6. Place cookies in the oven and bake for approximately 10 minutes, or until cookies are harder around the edges but still soft in the middle.
  7. Transfer to a cooling rack and cook completely before making the ice cream sandwiches.

For the sandwiches:

  1. Scoop ice cream out onto a cookie and then place a second cookie on top, carefully smashing it down on the ice cream.
  2. Repeat this process until cookies are done. You will have ice cream leftover, but I don’t think that’s a problem!
  3. Place cookies on a plate or baking sheet and back in the freezer for at least an hour, allowing time for everything to harden and solidify.

National Strawberry Ice Cream Day No Churn Strawberry Ice Cream Sandwiches

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Bloggers Across the Pond: #AEOSTYLE With Style Lobster

As the last of autumn weather makes its way out of our hemisphere, we’re starting to brace for the cold of the holiday season. We teamed up with UK lifestyle blogger Emily of Style Lobster for a feature we’re calling Bloggers Across the Pond. Emily’s styling a full AEO look perfect for chilly days lounging inside or warming up at a local coffee spot. Keep scrolling to see Emily’s #AEOSTYLE & get to know her a little better!

Bloggers Across The Pond: UK Blogger Style Lobster shows you how to stay warm this winter.

MEET EMILY:

My name is Emily Valentine and I am a London-based blogger, YouTuber and influencer. I launched my blog just over 2 years ago and have since grown it into a platform covering beauty, fashion and lifestyle. In fact, it took over my life so much I waved goodbye to my career in fashion photography to continue working on my “digital diary” full-time. I dabble in yoga, I‘m the first in line for a new restaurant launch and I’m in constant pursuit of the perfect epidermis. This year has been the year of style for my blog. I grew up in Puerto Rico, which is where I first discovered the AEO brand so its a dream to work with them to create my ultimate autumn chill look.

Bloggers Across The Pond: UK Blogger Style Lobster shows you how to stay warm this winter. Bloggers Across The Pond: UK Blogger Style Lobster shows you how to stay warm this winter.

WHAT INSPIRED EMILY’S LOOK:

Winter comes late in London, so my outfit was inspired by autumn comforts – you know, when the temperature drops a few degrees so you can throw on a down filled jacket and a chunky knit without shivering or sacrificing your style? For me, the ultimate chill look is a pair of jeans and a sweater. Although these are wardrobe basics I choose designs that are trend led. I’m obsessed with these Tomgirl jeans. The bleached out denim and rips tick all the insta-cool boxes for me. I’m also a massive fan of the low-slung hip riders with relaxed girlfriend leg. Nobody wants to lounge around in a pair of tight skinnies. My Ahhh-mazingly Soft Jegging Sweater knit is made of the softest chenille fabric. The design is long on my arms and cropped slightly higher on the hips so as not to drown me in fabric.

I’ve paired my Tomgirl jeans & sweater with the ultimate outdoor jacket. The Quilted Parka doesn’t let in a smidgen of cold, which is great for keeping out wintry winds. It’s feel so snuggly. Footwear comforts are important to me as well, and I fell in love with these faux-sherpa suede black booties. Comfort meets chic!

Bloggers Across The Pond: UK Blogger Style Lobster shows you how to stay warm this winter. Bloggers Across The Pond: UK Blogger Style Lobster shows you how to stay warm this winter.

SHOP THE LOOK: Quilted Parka | Ahhhmazingly Soft Jegging Sweater | Tomgirl Jean
Faux Sherpa Crossbody Bag | Faux Sherpa Sneaker Bootie

*Links are to US Website. For UK purchasing & shipping, please visit aeo.com/UK.

Show us how you’d style your cold weather pieces using #AEOSTYLE on Instagram & Twitter for a chance to be featured in our Style Gallery.

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#WeAllCan Adventure Together: How To Enter The Sweepstakes

WIN YOUR NEXT ADVENTURE

Our latest sweepstakes gives you the chance to experience a new adventure by sharing your last one. Whether you’ve been rock climbing in the Rockies or scuba diving in the Pacific, we want to see it! This is your chance to share your last adventure to unlock your next one.

One new adventure will be given away every day. To enter, share your adventure on Instagram or Twitter & include #WeAllCan #Sweepstakes. OFFICIAL RULES.

Keep scrolling to see exactly how to enter! Your next adventure could be just a share away. Plus if you’re not one of the daily winners, you can still feel good about participating because we’ll donate $1 to Feeding America for your entry!

STEP 1:

Post your last adventure to Twitter or Instagram with #WeAllCan #Sweepstakes.

How To Enter the #WeAllCan Adventure Together Sweepstakes on Instagram and Twitter

STEP 2:

Visit share.ae.com and authenticate your Instagram or Twitter profile to complete your entry.

How To Enter the #WeAllCan Adventure Together Sweepstakes on Instagram and Twitter

STEP 3:

If you posted your photo using #WeAllCan #Sweepstakes, you’ll be prompted to shake your phone to see if you’ve won!

How To Enter the #WeAllCan Adventure Together Sweepstakes on Instagram and Twitter

STEP 4:

You could be on your way to winning your next adventure! If you receive a message that you’ve won, submit your email address so that we can get in touch with you to claim your prize.

How To Enter the #WeAllCan Adventure Together Sweepstakes on Instagram and Twitter

Questions? Get in touch with us @AEO on Twitter or @americaneagle on Instagram.

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#WeAllCan: AEO x Feeding America

Since the start of #WeAllCan, we’ve been asking you to tell us how you’re making a difference in your community or making a positive impact in your world. Now, it’s our turn – this season, we’re putting our words into action and partnering with Feeding America over the holidays to provide up to 1,375,000 meals to local food banks across the country (with your help, of course!), and we’re getting out there to volunteer with our local food banks.

Last month, AEO corporate employees volunteered at the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank as part of our partnership with Feeding America. We helped the facility sort non-perishable items donated to the food bank before being processed and sent out to local food pantries. We were happy to assist during the especially busy holiday season! Take a look at our volunteer photo diary to see how we spent our time at the food bank & keep reading to see how you can get involved.

“More than 42 million people in the United States face hunger, including 13 million children. We all have a role to play in getting more food to more people. American Eagle’s #WeAllCan initiative ensures every generation can play their part. We are grateful to be included in their holiday promotion.” – Nancy Curby, Interim Senior Vice President of Development at Feeding America

AEO x Feeding America: Home Office Corporate Employees Volunteer with Greater Pittsburgh Area Food Bank

WHY FEEDING AMERICA?

  • 34% of the homeless population in America is under age 24.
  • Persistently poor children are 13% less likely to finish high school and 43% less likely to complete college.

GET TO KNOW FEEDING AMERICA

  • Feeding America is the third largest charity in the U.S.
  • *$1 is able to provide 11 meals for those in need through the Feeding America network.
  • Millennials ages 21-30 are the demographic group most likely to say they intend to support Feeding America.

HOW WE’RE MAKING A DIFFERENCE:

  • Thru 12.25, AEO will donate up to 1,375,000 meals to local food banks across the country.*
  • Associates will be hosting internal food drives in stores and delivering food to their local food pantries in January.

AEO x Feeding America: Home Office Corporate Employees Volunteer with Greater Pittsburgh Area Food Bank

Sorting, packing & stacking boxes to prep them for shipment to food pantries.

AEO x Feeding America: Home Office Corporate Employees Volunteer with Greater Pittsburgh Area Food Bank

Touring the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank Facility.

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Checking labels and expiration dates is an important part of sorting food received.

AEO x Feeding America: Home Office Corporate Employees Volunteer with Greater Pittsburgh Area Food Bank

Filling boxes with a variety of packages (cans, boxes, bags) help to evenly source food for the pantries.

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Each box shipped to food pantries must weigh 30 lbs., so volunteers are equipped with scales to make the job easier.

AEO x Feeding America: Home Office Corporate Employees Volunteer with Greater Pittsburgh Area Food Bank

HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED:

Show us how you’re making a difference this year with #WeAllCan on Instagram & Twitter!

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