AEO x Make It Right

Reuse, repair, recycle, upcycle – every day brings a new list of ways to reduce your carbon footprint and conserve resources. Most of us are happy to toss our plastic bottles and cereal boxes into a nearby bin – but Americans still produce three pounds of unrecycled garbage per person every day.

Part of the problem is that we don’t often see the end results of our efforts. Would we be more enthusiastic about recycling if we knew our trash was being used to produce something beautiful, useful or innovative? Maybe.

Make It Right is a non-profit organization building sustainable homes for people in need around the United States. Founded by Brad Pitt, Make It Right began by building homes for Hurricane Katrina victims in New Orleans. Today Make It Right works across the country – from apartments for disabled veterans in New Jersey to single-family homes for Native American families in Montana.

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Founder of Make It Right, Brad Pitt

And some of the products people recycle every day around the country end up in Make It Right homes. The countertops in the kitchens and bathrooms are made of 75% recycled content – things like glass bottles and broken porcelain dishes. Carpet is made of recycled carpet – and is recycled into new carpet when its reached the end of its use in a home. In some homes, Make It Right uses drywall made of recycled paper.

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A countertop made of recycled material

Together these products make well-designed, green homes for people in need of a safe place to live. When you choose to toss a bottle or a magazine into the recycling bin, your trash could end up helping build a home for a young person transitioning out of foster care, senior citizen, single mom, firefighter or veteran.

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 Families enjoying quality time together in their new home

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New homes made possible by Make It Right 

For Earth Day 2015, AEO is helping customers turn their old jeans into new homes. Used denim jeans can be turned into safe, sustainable insulation for homes. Better insulation increases energy-efficiency, leading to lower power bills for people in need.

More than 22.3 billion pounds of unwanted clothing, shoes and other textiles end up in U.S. landfills annually – 22.3 billion pounds! Wouldn’t you rather your favorite old jeans end up keeping someone’s home warm at night than ending up in a smelly pile of trash? Those jeans served you well – they deserve better!

It takes about 2.5 pairs of jeans to make a square foot of denim insulation. So grab your old jeans – and a friend – and bring them to your local American Eagle Outfitters store to start their new life. Even better, AEO will give you 20% off a new pair of jeans when you donate your old ones. Win-win, right?

This Earth Day your recycling effort really does make a difference to hundreds of families around the country.

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How to Wear the Jogger with Trend Styled

With a relaxed fit, drawstring waist and cuffed bottom, the Jogger is where style and comfort come together.  So basically, you get the best of both worlds.

Saul from Trend Styled shows us how he wears this extremely comfortable pant while running errands in the big apple.

How to Wear the Jogger with Trend Styled

What Inspired Saul’s Look:
My favorite thing about joggers is the athletic, relaxed feel it gives any dressed up or dressed down look. For these olive joggers I was inspired by the military color that is great with most earth tones like browns, whites, and grays and are perfectly comfortable for a day of trekking around the city. How to Wear the Jogger with Trend Styled Get Saul’s Look: Jogger Pant | Solid Crew Sweater |Tretorn Nylite Canvas Sneaker (Similar) | Camp Watch (Similar) | Chambray Baseball Cap

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

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#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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Feelin’ Festive! How to Rock the Tatly Tattoo Trend

Summer’s almost here, Aerie girls! As the rays get warmer and days get longer, one of our favorite parts of summer approaches: festival season! Whether you’re enjoying the music, or just dressing the part, Tatly tattoos are one trend you won’t want to be scene without. (See what we did there?)

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Studying up on Spring trends? Don’t forget Tatly tattoos!

Tatly tattoos are super easy to use, and add a little shimmer to your style. Like jewelry, without the jangle! They’re perfect for splashing in the surf, or dancing your heart out to your fave band.

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Just seconds to style! Application is easy as 1, 2, 3.

Here’s how to apply your Tatly tattoos:

  • Start with clean, dry skin. Remove clear top sheet & press tattoo firmly against skin.
  • Hold with wet cloth for 30 seconds. Peel off paper & gently rinse tattoo with cool water.
  • Remove with household tape or soap & water.
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Layer up for a look that’s all your own.

Mix it up! Play with placement and have fun with patterns and combos. We can’t get enough of the layered look above!

Shop Tatly tattoos at Aerie.com!

A flashy tat adds some glam to your arm party.

Go ahead, get your shine on!

Shop Tatly Tattoos at Aerie.com!

Dive in, Aerie girl!

Share your spark this summer with Tatly tattoos!

How are you rocking them this summer? Show us on Instagram or Twitter with #AerieREAL!

Xoxo,

Aerie

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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!

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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!

Follow Her Friday: Ashley Williams

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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