8 Tricks for Throwing The Best Halloween Party Ever

You’ve been planning your Halloween costume since last Halloween. You’ve found the perfect wig to go with your over-the-top costume…but how are you spending your Halloween night? Don’t get stuck going to another get together that turned out to be a “dead” beat party. Check out our 8 tips and tricks for throwing the best Halloween party ever and start inviting your friends asap.

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  1. Pick a Terrifying Theme: No party is complete without having a theme. No matter if you go with a Monsters or Ghosts theme, it gets your guests excited to dress up.
  2. Send Spooky Invites: Another way to ensure you have enough punch and snacks to go around are invites. Make sure your guests RSVP. Don’t feel like using snail mail? E-vites is quick, easy and has a library full of eerie invitations that you can pick from.
  3. Freaky Finger Food: Don’t let your guests go hungry! Create freaky fun food like Worms in Dirt or English Muffin mummies.
  4. Boo-gie Down Beats: Don’t forget to add an awesome playlist to your party. Check out our Boo-gie Down Playlist on Spotify for awesome Halloween type songs to get your guests dancing all night long.
  5. Colorful Candy: What Halloween party is complete without candy? Make sure you satisfy all types of candy cravings with chocolates, sour and gummy confections. Try not to overdo it though or you’ll be stuck with a stomach ache!
  6. Play Scary Movies: Not only will a scary movie draw attention to your non dancing guests, its visually thrilling too. We like The Shining or if you’re not into super scary, go for a funny movie like Hocus Pocus.
  7. Deadly Decorations: Include scary decorations to transform your everyday living space into a bone-chilling room.
  8. Perfect Party Favors: Nothing says “thanks for coming” than a party favor. Hand out bags of goodies at the end of the night so your guests have something to remember the night by.

No matter what you decide to do for Halloween, have fun, be safe and don’t forget to rock the perfect costume! Visit the blog tomorrow for #AEOSTYLE inspired Halloween costumes. You won’t be disappointed.

 

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Guys: Why you need the jogger pant now

Jogger pants continue to be the craze in menswear right now. These tapered sweatpants are the ultimate staple for cool and fashion-forward #AEOStyle. With a relaxed fit, drawstring waist and cuffed bottom, this is where style and comfort come together.  The legs of the sweatpants, which feature elastic at the feet, are designed to fall just above the ankle to so you can perfectly pair them with your favorite sneakers.  We put together three looks to help you master the jogger look.

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Weekend Style:
Jogger Pant
Quilted Wool Vest
Buffalo Check Bomber Cardigan
Flannel Slip-On Sneaker

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City Street Style:
Ripstop Jogger Pant
Tipped Polo
New Balance Heritage 501 Sneaker

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Campfire Cool:
Jogger Pant
Heritage Flannel
Reebok GL 2620 Sneaker (Similar Style)

Hey Guys! Have you rocked the Jogger Pant yet? If so show us how you wear the pant by using #AEOSTYLE on Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram for the chance to see your photo on our AE.com Style Gallery, Instagram, Tumblr or on our blog!

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DIY: Halloween Pumpkin Painting

We love Halloween at Aerie! Haunted houses in our conference rooms, pumpkin spice latte breaks, and of course, pumpkin picking! This year we put our carving tools away and opted for an unexpected alternative to pumpkin carving – pumpkin painting. Read on below to learn how our team created 3 easy no-carve pumpkin DIY ideas to help you make your Halloween extra BOO-tiful!

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What You’ll Need

Multi-surface paint in a vintage finish

Spray paint in the color of your choice (we love gold metallic tones!)

Painter’s tape

Paintbrushes in various sizes

A dropcloth or newspaper

Fun stickers

Loose glitter

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Vintage White 

Our first pumpkin painting idea is simple and classic. Our team used a 2fl oz bottle of multi-surface acrylic craft paint to cover the entire pumpkin except the stem. We used 1 flat brush and 1 small brush to paint carefully around the top.

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Voila! Now the white pumpkin gives you a sort of blank canvas to design anything you would like – continue reading to see what we did to complete the look.
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Leaf It Be 

We painted another one of our pumpkins classic white, let it dry for 2 hours, and added one more very simple step. Using stickers purchased at a local craft store, we embellished the white surface to make one very chic pumpkin!
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Preppy Pumpkin 

Our last pumpkin DIY is a bit more difficult and will take more time. Use 1.5″ painters tape to create 2-3 chevron lines across the circumference of your pumpkin.
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After you finish taping your pumpkin, use a can of spray paint to color the tape-free sections. We chose gold because of the metallic finish, but feel free to try any color!

8 Let your now spray-painted pumpkin dry for at least 30 minutes. Very carefully, peel off the tape. 9

You did it! Be sure to show us your pumpkin creations with #AerieREAL on Instagram and Twitter.

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We can’t forget about the lil’ pumpkins! We sprayed a few with gold or white spray paint and added some sparkles for extra glam!

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Which pumpkin design is your favorite? Comment below!
16Happy Halloween, Aerie girls!

xoxo,

Aerie

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#AEOSTYLE: All Black Everything

This week, its all about tricks and treats. Whether you plan on giving more treats than tricks or tricks than treats, black #AEOSTYLE is your perfect getup for mischief night. Take a look at our all-black-everything #AEOSTYLE below and try to be somewhat good this Hallow’s Eve.

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Shop the look:
Vegan Leather Moto Jacket
Soft Cable Sweater
Plaid Jegging Button Down
Hi-Rise Jegging
Suede Bootie

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How To: Style Your Romantic Lace Bralette

Whether you’re looking to lounge in soft, romantic lace or add a bit of whimsy to your outfit, the Romantic Lace Bralette is pure perfection. We asked three of our favorite bloggers to show us how they style the bralette, proving that this piece is a total must-have.

Meet McKenna:
Hello! My name is McKenna Bleu, a southern girl who has always had a love for fashion. For me great style doesn’t have to cost a lot, doesn’t have to be what’s popular or limited to a certain size. Being real and having confidence is the greatest style to obtain. McKenna Bleu is just that, a site to gain fashion inspiration, travel & beauty tips. I hope you will stop by and say hello!

What inspired  McKenna’s look:
For me, I have a love for color, bold prints and anything that sparkles!

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McKenna in our Romantic Lace Bralette in Holiday Red

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Meet Eleni:
20-something year old Life and Style Blogger behind Convey the Moment from Calgary who lives a vegan friendly lifestyle.

What inspired Eleni’s look:
Sometimes a girl wants to feel as comfortable as she does sexy and the Romantic Lace Bralette did just that.  I absolutely like that I can casually relax in it in the privacy of my own home or dress it up with a high waisted skirt and a sheer blouse over top.

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Eleni in our Romantic Lace Bralette  in Soft Muslin

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Meet Kelsey:
Hi everyone! My name is Kelsey from Kelsey Gonder. I’m a 23 year old from Pennsylvania. I graduated from Penn State University this past May where I majored in Business Management. I now hold three jobs- marketing coordinator, sales associate, and my personal favorite, blogger! I blog for so many different reasons but my number one reason is to make women feel better about themselves. I love providing outfit inspiration to ladies and sharing some of my favorite shops along the way!

What Inspired Kelsey’s look:
When I received the Romantic Lace Bralette, I was so intrigued with its details. Although simple in form, it has this beautiful lace overlay which screams attention. I’ve seen as well as styled bralettes with open back shirts and loose sweaters so I really wanted to try something different. That’s when I thought about wearing it as a crop top. Now I know not everyone likes this trend, so as an alternative I would recommend putting a button up over the bralette, loosely tucking it in, and leaving the first few buttons unbuttoned. That way you can still see the details but are very comfortable. After all, isn’t that what confidence is about? Pairing the bralette with this grey pleated skirt gave the look the exact effortlessness that I was going for, and I just slipped on a pair of sparkly flats to complete the outfit! I think this look is perfect to transition into fall. You can tack on as many extra layers as you’d like and even dress it up with a pair of heels!

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Kelsey in our Romantic Lace Bralette in Deep Plum

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Looking for more style inspiration? Check out our Blanket Scarf Style Challenge with Christina from Oh So Glam here! xo

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Wear America x Wit & Whistle

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Please introduce yourself, your business name, and where you’re from.
I’m Amanda Wright, the girl behind Wit & Whistle. I design and illustrate witty greeting cards and whistle-worthy paper goods. My husband and I live in a quirky 1970s A-frame house in Cary, North Carolina with two dogs, three chickens, and an absurd quantity of houseplants.

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You have been painting since you were a child, what sparked this interest at such a young age?
I’ve been at it so long that I can’t even remember what first motivated me to start creating. I believe my urge to create is a God-given gift, so it was natural for me to start making art as early as I could. I’m sure I was hooked from the moment I experienced the intoxicating aroma of my first box of crayons.

Where do you draw your inspiration from?
I’m inspired by my love of drawing and my desire to indulge in light-hearted creativity. My goal for Wit & Whistle has always been to create a line of products that are both funny and beautiful. I leave plenty of room for frivolity in my designs, because creating is so much more enjoyable if you don’t take yourself too seriously. I want my work to feel like play!

What does the day in the life of Amanda Wright entail?
After breakfast I make a cup of tea and head to my studio. I have a short commute, just a walk down the stairs to the basement. In the morning I ship orders, reply to emails, send invoices, and reorder supplies—all the necessary but boring stuff. I try to reserve my afternoons and evenings for creative things like working on new designs, taking photos, brainstorming, and writing blog posts.

What was the first product you started selling?
I first tried to sell sets of block-printed snowflake cards around the holidays back in 2008. I painstakingly hand-printed each card in metallic silver ink. They were lovely, but no one bought a single one! So, I went back to my sketchbook and came up with a few witty Valentine’s Day cards. I had more success (and much more fun) when I started incorporating my sense of humor into my work.

Educate us on your design process and making methods, what it’s like and why do you love it?
My design process involves spending a lot of quality time with my sketchbook. I usually curl up on the couch with my dogs while I draw. Once I finish a pen and ink illustration for a new product, I scan it into my computer to make layout adjustments and add color. I love all the little imperfections in my work that make it obvious each one of my designs was drawn by hand.

witandwhistle_process1Amanda’s sketches coming to life! Jotter above and Spiral Notebook below.

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If you had one product to describe as your signature item, which would it be and why?
My “uterus” birthday card is my signature item. Slightly inappropriate greeting cards have always been my best sellers, and that particular card has been around almost since Wit & Whistle began. I think it’s the perfect blend of funny and awkward while still being pretty—just the way I like it.

We love your humorous approach on your cards and prints, do you consider yourself a ‘jokester’?
I don’t think of myself as a jokester, I just have a strange sense of humor. In the real world my “humorous approach” is usually just me saying weird things and getting strange looks from my friends, hah.

Describe your decorating style inside your home.
I like calming, neutral colors with interesting textures like metallic gold, exposed brick, and rustic wood. I prefer bright spaces with lots of natural light and a mix of old vintage finds with newer pieces. I have a weakness for anything mid-century modern. Above all, a house isn’t a home unless it’s brimming with houseplants. If I could live in a greenhouse I would be happy!

What handmade possession do you most cherish?
My coffee table is my favorite handmade possession. My dad, mom, sister and I spent a day piecing together the herringbone tabletop from reclaimed barn wood. We finished it off with hairpin legs and carved our names on the bottom. It’s gorgeous, and whenever I look at it reminds me of how awesome my family is. I even wrote a blog post about it!

Tell us something surprising about you that no one would guess!
Running Wit & Whistle is my dream job, but if I had to change careers I’d love to own a small zoo. For now I’ll just have to focus my zoo-keeping energy on my dogs and chickens.

What is the best advice you would give to designers starting their own business?
Whether you feel ready or not, just jump in. If I waited to start my business until I had everything figured out, Wit & Whistle wouldn’t exist. The most important (and most difficult) thing is to take that first step and get going. Just worry about one day at a time, and figure out the rest as you go along. Baby steps!

Check out Wit & Whistle on ae.com, and tell us which jotter or notebook is your favorite in the comments below!

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