How To: Layer For Summer

Packing your bags this summer for a few weekend getaways? Plan for layers to make the most of limited suitcase space. Our stylist, Erin R., put together two layered looks to take your #OOTD from brunchin’ to beachin’!

How To: Layer For Summer

Shop now: Triangle Bikini Top | Beach Short | Striped Crop Tank | Beach Backpack
How To: Layer For Summer

Shop now: Triangle Bikini Top | Embroidered Skirt | Ribbed Tank | Panama Hat | Embroidered Tote

Show us your summer style with #AerieSWIM for a chance to be featured on our Instagram or Twitter!

xoxo,
Aerie

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Follow Her Friday: Rachel Hollis

This week we’re inspired by the courageous, career-driven, body-loving blogger, Rachel Hollis! Her proud bikini photo received tons of media buzz and we couldn’t help but want to learn more about this beautiful, mother of three.

Aerie: We love your body positive message – what inspired you to share this photo with your readers?

Rachel: So many reporters asked me this and the answer is kind of silly. I theme my Instagram every month to a color and that month’s color was orange… the exact shade of my cute new bikini top. We were in Cancun and I thought it would be a cute picture and so I had hubs snap a bunch. I am no kind of model and being in a swimsuit feels especially awkward so the one I chose is the one where I’m laughing at how silly I felt. When I saw it I noticed my stretch marks right away but I figured plenty of my followers are moms and have them too so I just decided to post it anyway. I couldn’t have anticipated what would happen with that picture, it still blows my mind.

Aerie Follow Her Friday: Rachel Hollis - Body Positive message

Aerie: How did you get started with The Chic Site?

Rachel: I was an event planner for ten years in Los Angeles and initially I started The Chic Site as a virtual way to house all my ideas. At the time I thought people would want to see pictures from fancy parties but what I quickly learned was that they were much more interested in recipes and parties from my own real life. When I started to focus on my personal style (down home with a little fancy thrown in) that’s when the site really started to gain a following.

Aerie: What’s your favorite part about running a lifestyle website?

Rachel: There are a lot of things to love. I’m my own boss, which is a great feeling. And I work with an incredibly talented group of people that I got to hand pick. In the words of Confucius, “Choose a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” Also, I truly love the idea that we’re being helpful to women who read our site. Whether it’s a recipe, a makeup tip or a tutorial on how to decorate your bedroom I want our readers to come away feeling inspired and encouraged.

Aerie: Do you have any advice you would give to girls interested in starting their own blog or business?

Rachel: Be yourself, everyone else is already taken. Seriously, there are so many businesses and blogs out there and the only way you’re going to make a splash is with a genuine message that is authentically you. Also, if you want to start a business you can’t treat it as a hobby. A lot of new bloggers decide to throw up a post here or there without structure behind it. Build an editorial calendar, collaborate with people smarter than you, take yourself seriously and others will to.

Aerie: Do you have a favorite quote or mantra?

Rachel: There is no such thing as luck, there is only preparation meeting opportunity at a moment in time.

Aerie: What’s your favorite Aerie product?

Rachel: I love a great t-shirt but I am such a sucker for a summer sweater! Haha, only in LA would someone consider the term summer sweater but it’s a real thing! You know the kind with a loose weave or the ones that are so light it’s like wearing cotton? I love them! It’s a way to feel cozy even if the weather is warm.

Follow Her Friday: Rachel Hollis

Aerie: What does being #AerieREAL mean to you?

Rachel: #AerieREAL is the idea of not just being comfortable with but grateful for who you are today. I love the idea of wanting to better your self, to become a better person inside and out. But that doesn’t mean that who you are right now (at this exact weight, with that exact hair, with your nose and your smile) isn’t awesome. Celebrate where you are, the real you because the real you is fabulous!

 Thank you, Rachel! Be sure to check out The Chic Site and follow her on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!

xoxo,

Aerie

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Real Talk with Beauty for Real

Good beauty products not only make you look beautiful, but make you feel beautiful. Our new Beauty For Real For Aerie collection does just that. We had an opportunity to sit down with Leslie, the founder of Beauty for Real, to find out more about this collaboration and inspiration behind the amazing product line.

Aerie: Can you tell us about Beauty for Real and how it got started?

Leslie: As a make up artist with the perspective of working with thousands of women over the years, I recognized a need to address beauty from a more realistic point of view.  Both in terms of the way products are developed and produced and also the way they are presented to the consumer.  Great, natural ingredients, simple straight forward and functional packaging along with a more “real” approach to photography and models is our highest goal.

Real Talk with Beauty for Real

Aerie: Beauty for Real for Aerie is all about enhancing your natural beauty. Can you tell us what inspired the collection?

Leslie: Gorgeous skin is always the canvas for looking beautiful and because this is a summer collection where more skin is exposed, we focused on enhancing and highlighting the skin.

Aerie: We love that these products contain natural ingredients. Can you explain this process?

Leslie: There are many old natural remedies that are tried and true, but there are also new natural ingredients that are being discovered everyday.  We work with our research and development chemists to utilize the most natural ingredients in the most beneficial way.

Aerie: The Sugar Rush Scrub smells delicious! When is the best time to apply?

Leslie: Of course, it can be used morning or night in the shower, but I love to wake up with it in the morning as a reinforcement to my morning coffee.  The brown sugar and coffee extract are like a sweet, yummy latte without the calories!

Real Talk with Beauty for Real

Aerie: The Beauty For Real for Aerie Sun Kissed Lip Gloss offers the perfect combination of moisture and shine. Can you tell us about the two different shades?

Leslie: They do have lots of great hydrating ingredients; Aloe Vera, Avocado Oil along with super anti oxidants; Green Tea Extract and Grape Seed Oil.  Not only are they terrific summer colors, but the benefits are substantial.  Pink Sands is really like an enhanced natural lip color and Sun-shine gives a bit of nude gold.

Real Talk with Beauty for Real

Aerie: The Aerie Beauty For Real Glow Stick comes in three different shades – High Tide, Cocoa Cabana and South Peach. What is the best way to apply this pretty bronzing illuminator?

Leslie: They can be used individually, but I like to use all three!  Use High Tide as a highlighter anywhere you want to create a luminescent glow- on the tops of your cheekbones, down the bridge of your nose, on the cupids bow.  South Peach is an amazingly fresh blush color- use it on the apples of your cheeks for a subtle pop of color.  Coco Cabana is a bronzer that gives you the sun kissed summer glow you want without the sun exposure- blend it along your hairline, below your cheekbones and a touch on your nose and chin.  Apply them from the stick and blend with your fingers, the creamy texture melts right into the skin for a most natural finish.  They are also great to use on you collar bones and shoulders!

Real Talk with Beauty for Real

Aerie: The Sea & Surf Spray is a summer must-have! Do you have any tips for how to achieve perfect beach waves?

Leslie: I live in Miami where beach hair is the only way to go in the summer when it’s hot and humid.  After showering, you can spray a bit in your hair, then let it air dry. When it’s nearly completely dry, spray a large section and then scrunch it up for a few seconds to set. The Meadowfoam Seed Oil conditions your hair and keeps it from drying out when you’re in the sun and wind. It makes your hair smell like heaven!

Real Talk with Beauty for Real

Aerie: What’s your favorite Beauty for Real for Aerie product?

Leslie: I really love them all, but I have to say, I’ve already used up 2 jars of Sugar Rush!  It’s the way it smells and my skin feels so soft and hydrated after using it. I’ve become obsessed and have to use it everyday.

Aerie: What does being #AerieREAL mean to you?

Leslie: I love the idea that Aerie is more honest with its idea of what’s beautiful.  Everyone has imperfections and it’s great when we can easily accept them, enhance our best features, feel great and get on with living a beautiful life.

Show us your favorite Beauty for Real for Aerie products with #AerieREAL on Instagram and Twitter for a chance to be featured on our Style Gallery! xo

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How to Wear the Soft Pant with Love, Olia

When it comes to soft, boho inspired layers, the Soft Pant should always be your first go-to. Made for summer, this lightweight, ultra comfortable pant pairs perfectly with your favorite tanks.

Boho beauty Olia from Love, Olia styles her favorite Wide Leg Soft Pant, proving that a bold paisley print is always a good idea.

How to Wear the Wide Leg Soft Pant with Love, Olia

What Inspired Olia’s Look:
“Being from San Diego, my looks are typically geared towards So-Cal effortless looks which is why I LOVED this AEO wide leg pant so much. It’s the perfect pant for Spring/Summer and I wanted to show off a boho inspired look which could easily transition to vacation wear as well. A pant like this speaks for itself which is why I chose a simple white top to go with it as to not distract from the pant. I finished the look with an easy straw hat to add that extra bit of summer elegance.”
How to Wear the Wide Leg Soft Pant with Love, Olia

Shop Olia’s Look: Wide Leg Soft Pant | Short Sleeve Button Down Shirt (Similar) | Double T-Strap Sandal (Similar) | Straw Sun Hat (Similar) | Colorblock Tote (Similar)

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Show us how you style the Soft Pant with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter and Instagram for a chance to be featured on the AEO Style Gallery.

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AEO Sneak Peek: May 2015 Playlist

Happy May! To celebrate a new month, we’ve updated our in store playlist to give you the best songs of the season. Check out our playlist below and follow us on Spotify to hear all of our in store playlists.

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  1. Here It Is (Featuring Chris Brown)- Flo Rida, Chris Brown
  2. Ship To Wreck- Florence + The Machine
  3. Never Sleep Alone- Kaskade
  4. Headlights (Featuring llsey)- Robin Schulz, llsey
  5. Adult Diversion- Alvvays
  6. So Good- B.o.B
  7. Lovin’ So Hard- Becky G
  8. Say You Need Me- The Colourist
  9. Ready- Kodaline
  10. Sunrise- The Kooks
  11. California- La+ch
  12. Crave- La+ch
  13. Open Heart (Featuring Lissie)- Morgan Page, Lissie
  14. Hurricane- Goldroom Remix- MS MR
  15. Ordinary- The Preatures
  16. Don’t Count Me Out- TeamMate
  17. Worship- Years & Years
  18. I Want You To Know- Zedd, Selena Gomez
  19. Where Does This Disco? – Yacht
  20. Sea Of Voices- RAC Mix- Porter Robinson
  21. Fossils- Circa Waves
  22. Young Blood- Kues Sunset Remix- Bea Miller
  23. All I See- Original Mix- Bondax
  24. Bright- Echosmith
  25. Too Young To Remember- Florrie
  26. Simple Machine- Guster
  27. Peaches- In The Valley Below
  28. Face The Fire- Michelle Chamuel
  29. Somebody- Natalie La Rose
  30. Woodland- The Paper Kites
  31. Shut Up and Dance- Walk The Moon
  32. Run- COIN
  33. Out Of Mind- Magic Man
  34. Never Gets Old- Penguin Prison
  35. Goodbye- Who Is Fancy
  36. Happyland- Amanda Jenssen
  37. Cecilia And The Satellite- Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness
  38. Just Because- Body Language
  39. Never Be The Same- Built To Spill
  40. The Ghost of Beverly Drive- Death Cab For Cutie
  41. Catch Us If You Can- Elle King
  42. Diversity- Family Of The Year
  43. Holding onto Heaven- Foxes
  44. Don’t Stop- Gin Wigmore
  45. Forever- Haim
  46. You Are My Summer- La+ch
  47. I Follow Rivers- Lykke Li
  48. Stay Together- Madi Diaz
  49. Heartbeat- Mat Kearney
  50. Don’t Wanna Dance- MO
  51. Follow You- Night Riots
  52. Crystals- Of Monsters and Men
  53. Admission To Your Party- Smallpools
  54. Dancing With Myself- The Knocks
  55. Nobody Love- Tori Kelly
  56. Gone- Vacationer
  57. Hand In Hand- Walking On Cars
  58. Night Window- Young Liars
  59. 1965- Zella Day
  60. Move Like U Stole It- ZZ Ward
  61. Outside- Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding
  62. One Minute More- Capitol Cities
  63. Let You Go- The Chainsmokers
  64. Imagination- Gordon City, Katy Menditta

What do you want to hear on our next playlist? Tell us in the comments below.

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Vivid Vibes

Get ready for a blast of bold swim! Our latest collection, ‘Vivid Vibes,’ has all the swim you need to brighten up the beach. Shop our fave looks below and get ready to spin the color wheel! Introducing...Aerie's newest swim collection: Vivid Vibes! Introducing...Aerie's newest swim collection: Vivid Vibes! Introducing...Aerie's newest swim collection: Vivid Vibes! Introducing...Aerie's newest swim collection: Vivid Vibes! Introducing...Aerie's newest swim collection: Vivid Vibes! Introducing...Aerie's newest swim collection: Vivid Vibes! Introducing...Aerie's newest swim collection: Vivid Vibes! Introducing...Aerie's newest swim collection: Vivid Vibes!

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