Real Talk With Jessica

Get to know the REAL Jess, a sweet-toothed freckle face & one of the newest faces of #AerieREAL!

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What makes you #AerieREAL?

My sense of humor. My dad would always tell me that if I did nothing but make someone laugh, then it was a good day because I was spreading happiness.

Lover or fighter?

I fight for what I love, and then I’m pretty mellow with everything else.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Probably candy. I’m one of those people who will go to the store and come home with three bags full of candy and not-very-good-for-me food and then eat it all!

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What are you currently listening to?

Everything from Aerosmith to Skrillex. I really like old school rock.

 Breakfast in bed or dinner out?

Breakfast in bed. There’s something that’s so special about doing something in bed that the bed was not meant for!

What do you read?

I am mostly one of those romance novel type people, but I started reading this book called The Art of Asking. It’s really about how this woman came to being able to ask people for things when she was so scared to ask for things and be comfortable. Life is about asking and giving.

What makes you really laugh?

Louis C.K. He is absolutely hilarious, and I love his very straightforward sense of humor. And also he grew up in Boston, so it’s Massachusetts represent!

Favorite thing about spring?

The rebirth that all of the plants go through. And then the chirping of the birds, and all the baby animals. I just love that feeling of going outside and smelling fresh air after the winter.

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How did you feel when you found out you wouldn’t be retouched?

I was actually really excited. I, of course, was nervous about being judged, but being someone who has struggled a lot with body image, I think the whole campaign is very empowering.

What body positive message do you want to share with other girls?

Your flaws are what make you unique. There’s only one of you in the world, so why try to change yourself to conform to something else?

 What’s one thing the world needs more of?

Acceptance. I think right now, a lot of people need that and can relate to that.

 

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#AEOSTYLE Roundup: Neutral Notes

Creamy whites, sandy browns and warm olives are high on our list of favorite colors this year. If you’re not into neutrals, this is your wake up call! Get neutrals into your closet now not only for their versatility (they go with anything) but also because they’re classic, staple colors that will flatter virtually every skin tone, hair color and eye color. The monochrome look is very on-trend right now, and we think that neutrals are a great way to work the style without feeling locked in to one color – unless you want to be! Mix and match neutrals like olive and tan for a gorgeous, earthy look, or be bold and stay in one color family by matching tan with brown or grey with black and white. And don’t forget the ultimate #AEOSTYLE piece: denim! Pair your neutrals back to destructed denim like our Denim X Cafe Jegging and our new Jegging Ankle or even our Sateen X Jeggings in green or black to complete your look. Check out all the neutral notes in this week’s #AEOSTYLE roundup below.

@missbethanykate_

@missbethanykate_

Icy, destroyed denim on bottom, winter whites on top. Add a scarf for texture and a bit of color!
Shop the Look:
AEO Denim X Café Jegging
AEO Soft & Sexy Henley T-Shirt (Shop Similar)
AEO Vest (Shop Similar)
AEO Striped Scarf (Shop Similar)

@katelyn_now/@abbyweedenphotography

@katelyn_now / photo: @abbyweedenphotography

Our heavily destructed Jegging Ankle balances out a more structured jacket and heeled booties.
Shop the Look:
AEO Denim X Jegging Ankle
AEO Denim Jacket (Shop Similar)
AEO Perforated Western Heel Bootie (Shop Similar)

@emmahonohan

@emmahonohan

Look street style chic in black and tan.
Shop the Look:
AEO Sateen X Jegging
AEO Lace Up Hammer Boot (Shop Similar)
AEO Joshua Tree Sweater (Shop Similar)
Street Level Bucket Bag (Shop Similar)

@rachelsayumiporter

@rachelsayumiporter

Get back to basics this year and lean on pretty grays for your go-to #AEOSTYLE.
Shop the Look:
AEO Denim X Cafe Hi-Rise Jegging
AEO Prescott Sweater (Shop Similar)
AEO Slouchy Tall Boot (Shop Similar)
AEO Panama Hat (Shop Similar)

@stylelullaby

@stylelullaby

Channel your inner bohemian and add a scarf for a cozy, mixed neutral look.
Shop the Look:
AEO Sateen X Jegging
AEO Open Stitch Poncho (Shop Similar)
AEO Chunky Ribbed Snood (Shop Similar)
AEO Slouchy Tall Boot (Shop Similar)
AEO Panama Hat (Shop Similar)

Show us how you’re wearing #AEOSTYLE this month by using #AEOSTYLE on Twitter and Instagram for a chance to be featured in our style gallery or tell us in the comments below!

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Real Talk With Jess (Jam)

You can call her Jess and you can call her Jam, and you can always call her #AerieREAL. Read on & get to know one of our newest REAL girls.

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What makes you #AerieREAL?

What I think makes me #AerieREAL is my confidence in myself, and being myself, and always putting my best self forward. One of my favorite quotes is by Joseph Campbell: “The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.” I feel like so many people are afraid to show people what’s underneath. How can you get to know anyone without showing them yourself? Be yourself! Be real! Be you!

Lover or fighter?

I love everyone, but I’ll fight you! I like a little fight, a little wrestle. Tickle fight? Good.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

My cat! I love her so much. Nilly! The queen feline. She’s so regal. She is my guilty pleasure. She’s on my credit card, she’s the background on my phone. When I close my eyes she’s in my eyelids: meow.

What are you currently listening to?

Led Zeppelin. Rolling Stones. Steely Dan. “Coffee table jazz” on Spotify, get down with that!

Breakfast in bed or dinner out?

Dinner in bed! I don’t like breakfast foods, and I love dinner in bed, actually.

What do you read?

I really like inspirational books. Many Lives, Many Masters, that’s an interesting one. I read it in a day. Walked around reading. Read it in the car, not a good idea. But I couldn’t stop. It was so good.

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How did you feel when you found out you wouldn’t be retouched?

The thought of me not being retouched is actually exciting. I want everyone to see me for who I am, my crazy self. Whether I’m skin and bones, or a couple little hairs here and there, little rolls, whatever! Take it as it is. I like it.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Right now I want to go to Thailand. I want to check out the temples, see the culture, see the people, but then I also want to go to the beautiful islands and explore that crystal blue water and go on those crazy looking boats.

 Who would you go with?

Probably my boyfriend, or just myself. But boyfriend. We’re fun together.

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Favorite thing about spring?

The flowers. The birds. Everyone comes to life.

What body positive message do you want to share with other girls?

The number one thing to do is to not compare yourself to other humans. We are all different. There’s nothing about us that is the same. I haven’t found one person that looks like me, or has my same belly button, or my pinky toenails. It’s you. Embrace it. Love it. Live it. If you like yourself and if you love yourself, then others will love you too.

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What’s one thing the world needs more of?

I feel like everyone’s gonna say love. Everyone in the world needs love. But why not a smile? You can walk outside and make someone’s day by smiling at them. Bring out all the smiles.

 

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How To Wear The Denim X Jegging With The Style Bungalow

In our last denim installment with Stephanie from The Style Bungalow, she’s styling one of our favorite denim fits, the Denim X Jegging. You’ve most likely heard us rave about the Denim X Jegging thanks to its revolutionary high performance stretch, but now, this jean is softer than ever before and comes in a variety of great washes. Denim X keeps its shape day and night and looks amazing with everything from a classic button down to your coziest sweatshirt. Check out Stephanie’s #AEOSTYLE inspiration below.

Style Bungalow AEO Denim X Jegging in White

What Inspired Stephanie’s Look: “If you live in South Florida like me, you can totally wear white jeans year round. I love them because they look great with tees, button-downs, blazers – just about anything and everything in your closet. Plus, they make your legs look great!”

Style Bungalow AEO Denim X Jegging in White

Stephanie says, “This style is by far the best fit for my petite frame. Not only do they hug my curves, but also feel like second-skin and never lose their shape! They’re definitely a favorite pair and very versatile!”

Style Bungalow AEO Denim X Jegging in White

“For this look, I styled my white jeans with a lightweight button-down and bright blue heels. I threw in a brown clutch and aviators to tie it all together and to add a classic touch.”

Style Bungalow AEO Denim X Jegging in White

Shop The Look: Denim X Jegging | AEO Boyfriend Plaid Shirt (similar) | Stacking Ring Set (similar) | Aviator Sunglasses (similar) | AEO Classic Pump (similar) | Street Level Reversible Tote (similar)

Style Bungalow AEO Denim X Jegging in White

Show us how you wear our Denim X Jegging with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter and Instagram for a chance to be featured on the AEO Style Gallery.

Photo Credit: Chelsea Anne

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Follower Her Friday: Dana Falsetti

This week we’re inspired by yoga instructor and #AerieREAL girl, Dana Falsetti from Nola Trees Yoga! Read on to learn more about how yoga helped her discover self-love and what #AerieREAL means to her.

Follower Her Friday: Dana Falsetti

Get Dana’s Look: Romantic Lace Racerback Bralette | Boyfriend Jogger

We love that your passion for yoga has taught you self-love and given you the strength to believe in yourself now more than ever! What are some of your other interests or hobbies?
I’ve only been practicing yoga for about a year and half, and in that time my reality has shifted so much. Before yoga existed in my life, everything was about music. I’ve been singing since I could speak. There were times that I felt music was the only thing that understood me. You know when you listen to a song and it just sounds exactly like how you feel? I pretty much always felt like that. And on the flip side, singing and making music with my friends did and still does bring me more happiness than almost anything else. Just like my personal yoga practice, music is a way for me to express myself and to better understand myself. I also love to travel, especially road trips, and I even love to do them alone. 20+ hour drives with nothing but me, beautiful sunsets, and my favorite music. I always loved spending time alone more than most people. I find it comforting.

Aside from the physical changes, what other benefits did you experience from yoga?
The physical changes were pretty unexpected, so were all the others. When I started practicing I never dreamed my practice would look like it does now. Yes I’ve gotten strong and more flexible in my body, but the most dramatic changes are the unseen. Yoga showed me how to believe in myself after years of feeling like nothing. Growing up as the fat kid isn’t easy. I felt unworthy. I didn’t understand why I had to be different when all I wanted was to fit in. I came to my yoga practice after years of binge eating, and after a year of focusing on my health. At the time I had lost a significant amount of weight, but absolutely nothing changed. My body changed, but I brought myself with me to my “new body.” I still felt unworthy, I still felt limited, I still felt stuck. When I started practicing yoga I thought my body would limit my practice. But when you show up everyday and put in the work, things change. This is where the magic happens. I started getting poses I convinced myself I could never do. When those moments happen, it’s a huge paradigm shift. I started wondering what else I was telling myself I couldn’t do that I could have been doing all along. I started realizing that limitations are in the mind. Slowly over the last year and a half I have learned to love myself, to believe in myself and my worth, and to work for the things I want and deserve. Yoga does not look like a handstand or a backbend, it looks like love. Self-love first, and then it starts showing up all around you. But you have to show up for it, too.

Follower Her Friday: Dana Falsetti

Get Dana’s Look: Hi Neck Sports Bra | Boyfriend Jogger

What advice would you give someone who is interested, but never tried yoga before?
Just go. You have to just go. I know how intimidating and scary walking into your first yoga class can be. I couldn’t hold a down dog when I started. I felt like (and was) the fat newb in class. We all have insecurities and you’ll bring them with you into the room. But honestly, that’s kind of the point. Most of us come to yoga from a place of darkness when we are looking for healing. At the end of the day, you show up on your mat for you. You have to decide you’re worth it despite anything else. I promise if you can dedicate yourself to the practice, or to anything really, you’ll get exactly what you didn’t know you need.

What is your favorite yoga pose?
This answer changes all the time, but right now it’s probably Pincha Mayurasana, also known as Forearm Balance. This is a tough posture, one I never dreamed I would be able to do, and I put in a lot of work to find a place of ease in it. When I’m balanced upside down I kind of feel like I’m flying or defying gravity. It’s pretty amazing what we are capable of.

Follower Her Friday: Dana Falsetti

Get Dana’s Look: Long Sleeve Bodysuit

You offer trainings and workshops ALL over the United States! Where can our Aerie girls go to find more information?
Yes! I feel like the luckiest girl in the world most days. All of my workshops are on my website, nolatreesyoga.com. I also occasionally host retreats and team up with other teachers on trainings, so look out for those. I’m about to launch some online content as well, so we can practice together even if we never get to meet :) I’m also on Facebook as Dana Falsetti, and Instagram as @nolatrees.

What does being #AerieREAL mean to you?
I’m all about knowing your worth, so to me, that’s being #AerieREAL. My worth isn’t defined by my body, my stretch marks, or my yoga practice. And honestly, knowing your worth brings immense freedom. Mostly freedom from your own mind, but it will permeate throughout your entire life.

Thank you, Dana! Be sure to check out her site and follow along on Instagram.

xoxo,

Aerie

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SWIM BREAK MUST-HAVES!

NEW. SWIM. IS. IN! And that means Swim Break 2016 will be here before you know it. Whether you’re still planning or already packing, make sure to leave plenty of room for #AerieSWIM. Get started with our must-have swim trends this season!

Ruffles Ruffles | Feminine details add a special twist to solid-colored swim. Flirt & flutter in one-pieces, tankinis & more!

Retro

Retro| Make it a throwback vacay! Shop momma-inspired hi-rise bottoms and deep plunge one-pieces.

Strappy

Strappy| Whether it’s a wraparound front or a criss-cross back, strappy makes us oh-so happy. Tan outside the lines!

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