How To: Friendsgiving (aka REALgiving!)

Real thankful. REALgiving! Keep the thanks going and celebrate by bringing together all your friends for a REALgiving meal. Tips and deliciousness below!

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LET FRIENDS BE THE FOCUS

FRIENDS are what make REALgiving special… don’t blow your budget on centerpieces or fancy foods! Pick fresh flowers, get a few simple candles and focus on the love.

How To: Friendsgiving (aka REALgiving!)

GET DOWN TO BUSINESS: FOOD!

If cooking by yourself feels overwhelming, make your REALgiving last all day and cook with your friends.

How To: Friendsgiving (aka REALgiving!)

ROASTED CARROTS RECIPE

These carrots are gluten-free, nut-free, vegan and sure to be a fave for any foodie.

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 2 pounds of carrots, peeled
  • 1/4 cup apricot preserves
  • 2 tbs. honey
  • 2 tbs. olive oil
  • 1 tbs. butter, melted
  • 1 tsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 375° F.
  2. Place carrots side-by-side on a greased cookie sheet.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine all remaining ingredients and mix well.
  4. Using a basting brush, brush all carrots evenly with mixture.
  5. Bake carrots for 35-45 minutes, stirring halfway.
  6. Garnish with salt and pepper to taste.

How To: Friendsgiving (aka REALgiving!)

BEST-EVER STUFFING RECIPE

No THANKS, REAL or FRIENDSgiving is complete without stuffing! This easy recipe only needs a few ingredients to pack in the flavor.

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1 loaf of day-old white bread
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups celery
  • 2 1/2 cups yellow onions
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley
  • 1 tbs. thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 large eggs

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Tear bread into 1-inch pieces.
  3. Place bread pieces on a cookie sheet and bake until golden brown, stirring occasionally.
  4. Melt butter over medium-high heat, then add in and brown the celery, garlic and onions.
  5. Add spices then transfer to a large bowl and combine the mixture with bread crumbs.
  6. In a separate bowl, whisk together chicken broth and eggs.
  7. Fold broth and egg mixture into the bread and mix thoroughly.
  8. Transfer the stuffing into a casserole dish.
  9. Bake for 40-45 minutes.

How To: Friendsgiving (aka REALgiving!)

DON’T FORGET DESSERT

Cookie swaps aren’t just for Christmas! If you’re not quite ready for pumpkin pie, REALgiving is a great opportunity to bake and exchange your favorite cookies.

How To: Friendsgiving (aka REALgiving!)

Any more must-know REALgiving recipes or tips? Comment below and tell us!

How To Style The Waxed Workwear Jacket With John Philp

Everyday #AEOSTYLE requires functional clothing that still looks and feels authentic to your unique look. When comfort & style collide, we end up with great pieces like the AEO Waxed Workwear Jacket in our closets  – this rugged and durable jacket is sure to become a staple in your wardrobe during colder temps thanks to a warm flannel lining. Menswear blogger & photographer John Phlip from The Risky Jackal wore the Waxed Workwear Jacket out & about this season. Check out John’s full look below, and if you want to see more of his past #AEOSTYLE give his post a look here.

John Philp styles the Waxed Workwear Jacket.

Meet John: “I’m John Philp, a Chicago-based photographer, model and blogger interested in bringing you all things menswear, travel & more! At it’s core, Risky Jackal is an online extension of things that interest me the most: men’s style, travel, fitness, food + drink and music. It’s a little corner of the internet that can I can  call home for the time being. I’ve found the best way to grow as a photographer/blogger/human is to constantly expose myself to new people, foreign places and comically uncomfortable situations.”

John Philp styles the Waxed Workwear Jacket.

What Inspired Saul’s Look: “The Waxed Workwear Jacket is a tough and versatile Jacket, and perfect for the upcoming fall & winter. The rugged waxed cotton is durable and will be able to take a beating in the Chicago winter! An added detail I love is the plaid flannel lining on the inside of the jacket – it’s so soft and makes the jacket that much warmer. The Washed Black jacket goes with almost everything in my closet, and will for sure be a staple this season. I styled it with black jeans, desert boots. Since the jacket is such a great insulating layer, a gray or navy sweater underneath keeps it clean & simple and provides enough warmth.”

John Philp styles the Waxed Workwear Jacket.

Shop John’s Look: Waxed Workwear Jacket | 360 Extreme Flex Slim Jean (Similar)
Active Flex Thermal (Similar) | Suede Desert Boot (Similar)

Show us how you style our Waxed Workwear Jacket with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter and Instagram for a chance to be featured in our Style Gallery. Plus, check out @aeomenswear for more men’s style inspiration.

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How To: 90’s Trend

Now trending: all 90’s everything. Bring back the past with 4 easy layers!

1.  START WITH SOFT

First layers should always start with the super-soft Real Soft® fabric you know and love. For the colder months, add sleeves!

How To: 90’s Trend

2. LAYER ON THE 90’s

Layer your prettiest sleepwear on top with our Satin Slip Nightie, then tie our Legging Flannel around your waist. It’s not 90’s without flannel!

How To: 90’s Trend

3. FINISH WITH A BEANIE

Get cozy on top with our Cable Sweater Beanie, made for any kind of hair day.

How To: 90’s Trend

4. DREAM ON!

Your throwback look is done! But if you want even more “As if!”, add a tattoo choker and military boots like the Woven Chokers and Lace-Up Hammer Boot from AEO.

How To: 90’s Trend

What’s your favorite 90’s trend? Comment below & tell us!

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How to Layer for Fall

Cozy wishes come true! Marie from Marie’s Bazaar layers our Cozy Furry Vest over our Peasant Nightie and Satin Slip Nightie for a cozy Fall day. 

How to Layer for Fall“This look has me super excited to snuggle on the couch, with a cup of hot cocoa watching holidays movies (hmm hello all time fave Elf). The dress is actually a nightie, but I teamed up with Aerie to show you how you can style it into a casual outfit for those last warm Fall days, as part of their Aerie REAL campaign.”

How to Layer for FallHow to Layer for FallShop Marie’s Look: Cozy Furry Vest | Peasant Nightie | Satin Slip Nightie

How to Layer for Fall“These photos have not been retouched in the slightest, and I am so happy to be teaming up with them to share what real women look like, and empower everyone to be confident in themselves.” How to Layer for Fall How to Layer for Fall

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How To Style The Ahhhmazingly Soft Boyfriend Shirt with Kassala Holdsclaw

As the holiday season approaches, our natural instinct to get cozy and stay warm kicks into gear. Our go-to shirt this winter is our Ahhhmazingly Soft Boyfriend Shirt – our take on the ultimate cold weather staple, the flannel. We’re not kidding around with this one; it’s so soft, you’ll literally never want to take it off! Blogger Kassala Holdsclaw styled the shirt in a classic buffalo pattern & showed us how to take a flannel from day to night. Check out Kassala’s outfit featuring the AEO Ahhhmazingly Soft Boyfriend Shirt below!

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Meet Kassala:
“Hi, I’m Kassala. I’m a 23-year-old from Montana – a small town in the middle of nowhere. I recently made the big move to New York city to turn my passions into a career. I love being able to share my life with everyone over social media through fashion, photography, and traveling.”

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What Inspired Kassala’s Look:
“It’s my favorite time of year, the weather is changing. I love fall and winter fashion. I was inspired by the weather to dress up cozy pieces. The flannel is perfect for staying warm and being stylish. I have a very minimal style all together, so I styled the plaid button down with black skinny jeans, black ankle boots. I added a leather jacket to give the look a little more edge.”

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Shop the Look: Ahhhmazingly Soft Boyfriend Shirt | Classic Bomber (Similar) | Sateen X Jegging (Similar)

Show us how you’d style the Ahhhmazingly Soft Boyfriend Shirt using #AEOSTYLE on Instagram & Twitter for a chance to be featured in our Style Gallery.

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BLOG: ERIN’S OUTFIT OF THE WEEK: FRIENDSGIVING

Friendsgiving (aka REALgiving) is coming and our stylist knows just what you need… leggings and a loose top so you can eat a second helping of stuffing!

BLOG: ERIN’S OUTFIT OF THE WEEK: FRIENDSGIVING

Shop Erin’s Look: Hi-Rise Play Leggings | Ruffle Sleeve Peasant Top | Boucle Turtleneck Sweater | Aerie Lace Longline Bralette

Our Hi-Rise Play Leggings are the ultimate Friendsgiving bottoms: supportive for filling up on all the deliciousness, and super soft for spending the night around the table with friends. Wear it with our Ruffle Sleeve Peasant Top and leave extra room for extra seconds, and add our Boucle Turtleneck Sweater over it if it’s a chilly night.

Happy REALgiving!

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