#AEOSTYLE ROUNDUP: #AEOSELFIESTICK

This weekend, we’re offering a free #AEOSELFIESTICK when you purchase $75 or more in stores 4.3- 4.4 and online from 4.5-4.6. We challenged some of our favorite instagramers to post their best AEO selfie. Check out this week’s roundup below and get your selfie stick before they’re gone!

Show us your best selfie with #AEOSELFIESTICK on Instagram for a chance to be featured on AE.com.

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As Seen In #AEOSTYLE: Spring Style in Full Bloom

From GQ to Miranda Lambert, we’ve been spotting #AEOSTYLE on some of our favorite celebrities and in some of our favorite magazines. Check out where we’ve been spotted in this week’s edition of As Seen In #AEOSTYLE.

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Gladiator sandals are a huge trend this season. Get yours at AE.com.

Shop the look:
Lace-Pp Gladiator Sandal
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Miranda Lambert looks red hot in AEO Festival Shorties.

Shop the look: 
AEO Festival Shorties

20150401_blog_seen_in_prNeed a light jacket? We’ve got bright colors to spruce up your spring wardrobe.

Shop the look : GQ | Neon Jacket (coming soon)!
People Style Watch | Skinny Jean
20150401_blog_seen_on_prIt’s time to bring out your short sleeves and sunglasses. Add a pair of flared jeans for an on trend look this season.

Shop the look: Refinery 29 | Short Sleeve Oxford Shirt | Oversized Sunglasses
Shop the look: The Huffington Post | Hi-Rise Artist Flare Jean

What are you most excited to wear this Spring? Tell us in the comments below!

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Follow Her Friday: Ashley Williams

We’re inspired each day by the stories you share that show how you’re #AerieREAL. This week we’re sharing the story of 26 year-old Ashley Williams, a graduate of University of Southern California who has used her focus in broadcast and digital journalism to launch her own inspirational social network, RIZZARR. Read on below to learn more about Ashley and to follow her journey!

Follow Her Friday: Ashley Williams

Meet Ashley Williams, our Follow Her Friday feature of the week!

Aerie: Hi, Ashley! Can you tell us a bit about RIZZARR?

Ashley: Rizzarr is based on the concept of the ripple effect… how one person can generate ripples of change in the world that can impact numerous people. RIZZARR is a news website that is combined with a social network and is targeted to Millennials. We have an editorial team but we also have a team that works on our product development and managing the social network element. Users can connect with, chat, and inspire their friends and other users from all around the world, but they can also post writing to their profile or submit it to the RIZZARR team to review, edit, and publish out to our main audience. I believe this is a new form of journalism that young people can take part in and really begin to take part in creating change that they wish to see and to disseminate changes or initiatives happening in their community.

Aerie: We love your entrepreneurial spirit. What is your ultimate dream job? 

Ashley: I think my ultimate dream job is doing what I am doing now, which is to own and manage my own company as well as to use it to inspire, empower, and uplift young people around the world. I would love to travel to different countries too as we scale to help with the company’s development. My other ultimate dream job that I wanted was to host my own show for a major news company. I am very thankful to have been given this opportunity early in my career and to been able to see that come to pass.

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Ashley loves to travel! Here she is in Egypt near the Sphinx. What a shot!

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Ashley in Spain during her study abroad experience in college.

Aerie: Do you have a role model? If so who is he/ she and why does he/ she inspire you?

Ashley: I do. For me, my role models are Sara Blakely, Oprah Winfrey, Steve Jobs, Chris Guillebeau, President Obama, and my parents. I really admire these individuals because they defied the odds and they stuck to their ultimate passions and dreams, despite all of the setbacks or situations they encountered. They never gave up on their dreams or what they believed in and they have led people to believe that anything is possible and that they too can put a dent in the universe. They just have to believe in themselves and never give up.

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Ashley and her BFF Anna visiting the Getty Museum in college.

Aerie: What does being #AerieREAL mean to you?
Ashley: It means fully and authentically embracing who you are, who you want to be, and who you will become while never allowing naysayers, doubters, or haters get in the way. Living your life to the fullest with no regrets.

Aerie: Do you have a favorite quote or mantra? Do tell!
Ashley: I do! It’s by Steve Jobs: “Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.’

And I just love the mantra of these:

“We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are.” –  Max Depree

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs

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Thanks for sharing the #AerieREAL love, Ashley!

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Ashley loves mentoring young people. During her career, she often visits schools to talk about journalism and RIZZARR.

Aerie: We must ask – do you have a favorite Aerie bra fit?

Ashley: I like a couple of them. I like Jennifer Lightly Lined, Hannah in Strapless and in Multi-way, and Brooke! I think these all really help with elevating my body more and my curves. And honestly, they are just really comfortable and fit how I want to be presented.

Aerie: Last but, not least…do you have a secret skill or talent? Spill!
Ashley: I used to be really involved in acting and still believe it is one of my passions that I will tap into my later in my life. As a result, I can speak in multiple accents.

Thank you, Ashley! Want to stay in touch with Ashley? Be sure to follow her on Twitter and her network RIZZARR on Instagram!

xoxo,

Aerie

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Meet the Cast: AEO Bunnies

Our latest models to hit American Eagle Outfitters are bouncing with energy and sweet as can be (probably because of all the carrot cake they’re eating). Check out their profiles below and learn more about how you can adopt them from the Western PA Humane Society.

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Meet Praline

Name: Praline
Age: 1 Year
Sex: Spayed Female
Breed: Rinelaunder
Special Note: I am bonded to, and must go home with Marshmallow.
Enjoys: I love eating hay with my best buddy Marshmallow. We hop to the beat of our own drum. I also love being pet by my favorite people and the company of other rabbits, especially Marshmallow.
Prefers not to: Be ignored- I mean, who does!
Family Match: Adults, calm and gentle children over 7 years old, and please no dogs.

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Meet Marshmallow!

Name: Marshmallow
Age: 1 year
Sex: Spayed Female
Breed: Rex
Special Note: I am bonded to, and must go home with Praline.
Enjoys: My BBFL (best bunny for life) is Praline. Everybunny says we’re friendly and sweet. I also like to nibble on hay, being pet and the company of other rabbits, especially Praline.
Prefers not to: Be ignored- I mean, who does!
Family Match: Adults, calm and gentle children over 7 years old, and please no dogs.

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Meet Bun Bun!

Name: Bun Bun (or you can call me Bunny)
Age: 6
Sex: Neutered Male
Breed: Gap Lop Eared
Special Note: Doesn’t like dogs
Enjoys: Eating Timothy hay, chewing on things and long “hops” on the beach.
Prefers not to: I can be a bit shy from time to time and I need some time to warm up to people. With time, TLC and a patient owner I should adjust quite well! I’m still young so I have lots of time to bond with family.
Family Match: Adults and respectful children only please.

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Meet Jake!

Name: Jake
Age: 5 months old
Sex: Male
Breed: Florida White
Special Note: I am available for adoption but may need to be neutered before I can go home.
Enjoys: Eating Timothy hay and chewing on things. I love hip hop music.
Prefers not to: I can be a bit shy from time to time and I need some time to warm up to people. With time, TLC and a patient owner I should adjust quite well! I’m still young so I have lots of time to bond with family.
Family Match: Adults and respectful children only please.

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Meet Bezai!

Name: Bezai (I’ve been called Rabby.)
Age: 1 Year
Sex: Neutered Male
Breed: English Spot
Enjoys: I enjoy being friendly, nibbling on hay, being pet by my favorite people and hoppin’ with other rabbits. I also like to dance… especially to the bunny hop!
Prefers not to: Be ignored- It makes me hoppin’ mad.
Family Match: Adults, and calm and gentile children over 7 years old.

Info for all the bunnies above:
Housing:
Indoors only! There are predators outdoors and its not safe for me. A cage and a bunny proofed area to explore are acceptable.
Bunny Bathroom: Litter box (one for inside the cage and one for the exercise area). AVOID cedar pine shavings- they are hazardous to my health.
Diet: Unlimited fresh water, timothy hay (alfalfa hay until 6 months), dark leafy greens and one quarter cut of pellets per 5lb body weight.
Handling: Rabbits are ground loving creates so not all rabbits tolerate being held.
Healthcare: Rabbits should have an annual checkup and may require teeth trims. A veterinarian specializing in exotic pet care is needed.
Adoption Fee: $50 for either a single rabbit or bonded pair.

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How To: Style the Beach Wrap

Light and colorful beach wraps are the must-have accessory to complete our summer wardrobe! This secret weapon will become your go-to for a cool summer evening, a quick and easy office cover-up, or the perfect extra layer for the beach.

Watch Aerie girl, Ebonee below as she shows off step-by-step our 3 favorite ways to wear the beach wrap.

How To: Style the Beach Wrap

#1: The Skirt 

  • Open the wrap completely and slide behind your waist
  • Cross the two ends together the top corners and make a small knot
  • Pull tight and secure the knot close to your waist
  • Looking good, girl!
  • Stylist Tip: If you are looking to shorten the length of your skirt, first fold the scarf in half! 

#2: The Dress

  • Place the wrap around your back and pull the fabric under your arms
  • Wrap the scarf across your chest covering your cute suit
  • Cross the two ends together at the front and tie a secure knot
  • Voila! The perfect cover-up!

#3: The Classic Wrap

  • Hold the wrap at one end and give it a light twist
  • Place the twisted scarf around your neck
  • Drape the scarf around your neck in a loop
  • Fluff and adjust to create lots of volume
  • Ta-da!

Wrap, knot and drape your way to stylishness this summer!

How do you wear your beach wrap? Tell us below or show us with #AerieREAL on Instagram or Twitter!

Xoxo,

Aerie

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#LoveYourRealSelfie

How do you get a perfect bikini body? Put a bikini on your body! To celebrate body positivity and our #AerieREAL initiative to #LoveYourRealSelfie, we brought more than 1,500 Aerie girls together to take the world’s largest unretouched selfie in South Beach, Miami!

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Bikini beauties were joined by actress and The Duff star Mae Whitman, DJ Hannah Bronfman, Aerie girls Iskra and Eli and Fashion Blogger Sincerely Jules! To top it off and get that AERIE-al shot, acclaimed aerial photographer Gray Malin captured the event from a helicopter, high above the Mondrian South Beach Pool.

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“We couldn’t be more proud to further our #AerieREAL campaign and bring our ‘Love Your Real Selfie’ message to life with this memorable and exciting aerial platform,” shared Jennifer Foyle, our Brand President. “Aerie is seizing Spring Break as an opportunity to challenge beauty standards, share a brilliant swim collection designed for all Aerie girls and celebrate body positivity with the world’s largest selfie.”

Now it’s your turn! Share the body positive love on Instagram with #LoveYourRealSelfie and help us to continue to celebrate #AerieREAL!

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