Beach Happy! #AerieREAL Pop-Up Tour

We’re taking our newest swim, sunnies & apparel on the road this spring to a school near YOU! See where we’re heading below.

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Here’s where we’re heading:

2.19 – 2.21: Clemson University

2.26 – 2.27: University of Georgia

3.1 – 3.2: University of Mississippi

3.5 – 3.7: Texas Tech

3.13 – 3.14: UCLA

3.19 – 3.20: UNLV

 

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Come see us for freebies DIY fun & (of course!) shopping. Get $20 swim tops & bottoms + extra saves on the rest of our collection, only at our pop-up. Hope to see you soon!

 

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Strong. Beautiful. YOU!

Strong. Beautiful. YOU!

We’re so proud to celebrate our fourth year partnering with NEDA, a non-profit that supports individuals and families affected by eating disorders and serves as a catalyst for prevention, cures and access to quality care. Aerie sponsors all NEDA walks across the country that help raise money for advocacy and educational programs and provide support for local communities.

Strong. Beautiful. YOU!

Along with our sponsorship, #AerieREAL Role Model, Iskra Lawrence, will continue to partner with the non-profit as a NEDA Ambassador and attend walks throughout the year. Iskra is always open about her personal journey of learning to accept her body and love her REAL self, and her brave story helps encourage others to do the same.

Strong. Beautiful. YOU!As always, we’re launching a limited-edition collection so you can shop to support NEDA. This year, not only did we bring back our Limited-Edition NEDA Tee, but we also added three styles of NEDA undies! Shop the tee and boybriefs and we’ll donate 100% of sales to NEDA. Want to show your support instead? This spring and summer, we’ll donate $1 (now up to $25,000!) to NEDA for every unretouched swim photo or video you share with #AerieREAL.

Check out Aerie.com/AerieSupports and MyNEDA.org to learn more about NEDA and for additional resources. Always remember… love yourself just as you are. YOU are #AerieREAL!

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Real Talk with Hannah Skvarla from The Little Market

Hannah Skvarla co-founded The Little Market to empower women and support brighter futures for the artisans around the world. We talked with this #AerieREAL Role Model about her non-profit, the positive impact she’s making on the world and what it means to be #AerieREAL. Read all about it below!

Real Talk with Hannah Skvarla from The Little Market

You are Co-Founder of The Little Market. What inspired you to start a non-profit?

Lauren and I have always felt a responsibility to help others. We love traveling and have had the opportunity to meet incredible women who are surviving and thriving because of the help of nonprofits. When we travel, we love to visit local marketplaces and support local artisans.  We realized that if we could bring these handmade products to a wider audience, then the artisans would be able to support themselves and their families while making their beautiful goods.

In 2013, we founded The Little Market, a nonprofit, fair trade shop with a collection of artisan-made goods from around the world. We ethically source products from 60 artisan groups in 28 countries. By bringing these beautiful artisan-made goods to customers, women can support themselves and their families while preserving cultural techniques that have been passed down for generations. Through The Little Market, we can empower women around the world, without a limit by geography.

We work with artisan groups from marginalized, rural communities to share their beautiful products with a wider audience. We seek out partnerships with artisan groups that follow fair trade practices and empower women. Many of the artisan co-ops and social enterprises provide much-needed resources such as job and skills training, access to education, and family healthcare. Every purchase of fair trade goods creates sustainable jobs and a positive, long-lasting impact. By shopping fair trade, our collective efforts generate meaningful opportunities and help to combat poverty, empower artisans, and create social justice.

Being a nonprofit was a clear decision for us because we started it to help others, not to personally gain. As a nonprofit, all profits are dedicated to expanding operations and reaching more artisan groups.

The Little Market is fair trade. Why was this business decision so important to you?

Every purchase of fair trade goods creates sustainable jobs and a positive, long-lasting impact for artisans and their communities. Fair trade ensures that marginalized producers earn a fair, sustainable wage, work in safe and supportive environments, implement environmentally conscious and sustainable practices, and preserve their cultural identity. Through fair trade and equitable trading partnerships, artisans and other small-scale producers have a platform to sell their goods for a sustainable price. It is very important for us to ensure our products are made while following fair trade principles.

We love hearing concrete examples of the positive impact fair trade has on the artisan groups we work with. Earning a fair income means that artisans do not have to keep their children home from school to work to supplement the family income — this allows the children to go to school, often becoming the first in their family to attend middle or high school. Many artisans can purchase more nutritious and healthier food, which leads to fewer medical problems like worms.

Personally, when thinking about the importance of shopping with purpose, I love the quote by Anna Lappé that says, “Every time you spend money, you’re casting a vote for the kind of world you want.” With each purchase, a vote is casted. When purchasing items that are fair trade and ethically made, you are valuing the well-being and story of the individual behind a product. As conscious shoppers, we can make a positive impact through fair trade, ethically sourced goods and show respect for human rights.

Real Talk with Hannah Skvarla from The Little Market

What makes you an #AerieREAL Role Model?

I believe in the power behind empowering women, using our voices to lift each other up, and speaking up against injustices. I love the message and mission behind #AerieREAL — it is incredibly important for women to support each other. Women are one of the most underserved populations. For instance, with the current pay gap, women earn 80 cents for every dollar earned by men in the United States; this is greater for women of color. Women face a greater risk of experiencing domestic violence. And we are underrepresented in government. Knowing the disparities and inequalities women face around the world, we founded The Little Market to empower women in marginalized communities. When we have opportunities to earn a sustainable income, we can work toward a brighter future for themselves and their families. I am honored to be an #AerieREAL Role Model and to support authentic beauty and women empowerment.

#AerieREAL is about standing together and feeling confident and comfortable in your own skin. How do you personally identify with that message?

Encouraging women to stand together and to feel confident and comfortable is very important to me. Growing up, I remember feeling like I would never look like the women I would see in magazines or on TV. The images and messaging that I was exposed to through media made me feel like women were valued based on their looks. As a mother to a little girl, it is more important to me than ever to tell girls and women that they are beautiful just as they are. Each of us is different and that’s what makes each of us uniquely beautiful.

Who is your role model and why?

I have always been fascinated by Jane Goodall. Jane has always done things that prior to her work people believed were impossible. She worked jobs that no woman had ever worked before. Before her years of research, scientists did not believe that animals had emotions. She discovered the complex social behaviors and personalities of chimpanzees during her 50 years of observing them. For instance, her research uncovered that chimps can not only use tools, but they can make them as well. Observations like these led to rethinking our connections with humans and animals. She has been dedicated to activism from animal rights to environmental causes.

As an animal rights activist, she speaks up for those without a voice. I have always believed that it is our responsibility to use our voice to speak for those who don’t have one. Many women around the world are treated as if their voices do not matter. We have learned that when a woman has her own income, this can change. Several of the inspiring artisans we work with have shared with us that now that they have a way to make money, domestic violence has decreased and men treat them more equally.

Jane Goodall has not only made breakthrough discoveries through her research, but she has also taught us the power of using our voices to make a difference. She found causes she was passionate about at a young age, bravely set out to pursue her research, and reshaped our understanding of the connection between humans and animals. We can all learn the power of following our passions, using our voices, and showing compassion for others from Jane Goodall.

 

What makes you an #AerieREAL Role Model? Join the movement and share your story!

DIY Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Give the gift of chocolate (aka love) this V-Day! We used an edible rose gold powder to give this fave treat a pretty new update. Read on to see how to make your own!

DIY Chocolate Covered Strawberries

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Strawberries
  • Milk chocolate candy melts
  • White chocolate candy melts
  • Wax paper
  • Edible rose gold dust
  • Brush

DIY Chocolate Covered Strawberries

WHAT TO DO:

  1. Rinse strawberries and dry completely.
  2. Over a double boiler or very carefully in a microwave, melt chocolate candy melts until they’re smooth.
  3. Holding each strawberry by its stem, dip each strawberry into the chocolate.
  4. Set each covered strawberry on wax paper until they’re all dry.DIY Chocolate Covered Strawberries
  5. Alternate between milk and white chocolate for a mix and match look.
  6. Once the chocolate has hardened, brush the white chocolate strawberries with edible rose gold dust.
  7. Drizzle leftover chocolate for additional designs.
  8. Gift or treat yourself!

DIY Chocolate Covered Strawberries

What’s your go-to V-Day treat? Comment below & tell us!

STYLIST’S PICKS: CHILL. PLAY. MOVE.™ SETS

Get sets for spring! This season, your best basic Chill Legging has a fresh new color update and a matching friend in our Chill Cross-Back Sports Bra.

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ALL THE INFO

Chill. Play. Move.™ Matched! We updated your basic Chill Legging with tie dyes and burnout solids, and added a matching high neck sports bra for each new shade. If you’re wondering where you should wear them, the answer is everywhere.

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WHY ERIN LOVES IT

Any new trend that adds another pair of leggings to our stylist’s closet is a love.

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HOW TO WEAR IT

Sport a matching set to yoga, wear your sports bra as a crop top with a cute skirt, throw a jean jacket over your set for a night out. All the ways and all the places to wear your new leggings and sports bras are ENDLESS!

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What is your fave way to wear our Chill. Play. Move sets? Comment below & tell us!

Spring Break Packing Guide

First stop: Aerie. Next stop: spring break! Check out some of our must-pack picks.

SWIM YOUR HEART OUT

A cute new suit for the beach is a MUST. Throw on a pair of your fave ripped denim shorts, bright sunnies and slides for easy beachy style. We love a high waisted bikini bottom for a retro pretty look.

Spring Break Packing Guide

CHILL. PLAY. MOVE.

Whether you’re hitting the beach for a run or hitting the streets for a stroll, our newest leggings and sports bras from our Chill. Play. Move.™ collection have everything you need. Pack a high neck sports bra for a look that can take you from working out to going out.

Spring Break Packing Guide

FROM BEACH TO BOARDWALK

Heading to town? Grab a cropped sweater that can keep you cool in the shade or after the sun goes down. These supersoft tops are made for sunny days and warm nights.

Spring Break Packing Guide

What are you packing for spring break? Comment below & tell us!