Follow Her Friday: Sam Ellis

Every day, we’re inspired by the stories of our #AerieREAL girls. Today, we’re featuring Sam Ellis! Sam is a college athlete who overcame compartment syndrome early in her collegiate career. She went on to compete for all 4 years, finally playing in the lacrosse World Cup for the first ever Israeli women’s lacrosse team. Get to know Sam by reading her inspiring story below!

Go #33!

Sam: I was #33 in high school, so wearing the number again was symbolic of my beginning and my end.

Aerie: Hi Sam! Thanks so much for chatting with us. First, tell us a little about yourself!

Sam: I graduated from college just over a year ago and now I live in NYC. In college, I was lucky enough to be a member of the Princeton women’s varsity lacrosse team. It was honestly the best time of my life – minus the 5 AM practices.

Lacrosse runs in the family!

Sam: Both my brother and sister played lacrosse in college, so it was always pretty special when they would come and support me when I played.

Aerie: Then you joined the first Israeli National Women’s lacrosse team! What was that experience like?

Sam: While I was a senior in college I tried out for the first ever Israeli National Women’s lacrosse team. Soon after I was selected to play on the team, I became an Israeli citizen, flew to Israel to train with my team, and then we competed in the 2013 World Games where we finished in 8th place out of 19 teams. Lacrosse has allowed me to experience so many things I never thought I would get a chance to be a part of. I attended an incredible university that has given me limitless opportunities, I had an athletic career that gave me some of the best friends and memories, and I was given the chance to further my lacrosse experience beyond college, and into something that was more meaningful than I ever thought was possible.

The Israeli Lacrosse Team celebrates a win against Germany!

Sam: This was Israel’s first win against Germany! I’m number 33!

Aerie: What does #AerieREAL mean to you?

Sam: #AerieREAL is about being comfortable with yourself and loving who you are on the inside and out. When it comes to girls, we all have a complex. But the most important thing that a girl can do is accept herself for who she is and allow that acceptance to evolve into confidence.

The Israeli Lacrosse team isn't afraid to get dirty!

Sam: My team and me, covered in mud from the Dead Sea!

Aerie: What makes you #AerieREAL?

Sam: When I was in college I was diagnosed with compartment syndrome in my legs, which makes it difficult to be active and have full blood circulation in your muscles. This is due to a inadequate amount of space in your legs for your muscles to expand properly. It’s a growing injury that many athletes are getting diagnosed with in recent years.

I got diagnosed with compartment syndrome when I was freshman in college. Since I wanted to play lacrosse for all four years, I decided to get surgery in the fall of my freshmen year. Even though the surgery was successful and I was able to continue to play lacrosse, the surgery left behind four 3 inch scars on my legs. I’m completely self conscious of my scars and in the first few years of recovery I was embarrassed of them.  Wearing skirts or dresses was tough because people were always staring at these dark indents and lines on my legs. As I got older, I began to  embrace my scars as my own, I feel less self conscious then I did 4 years ago and have begun to accept them as part of me. My acceptance of these visual reminders of what i once endured is what I’d like to think makes me #AerieReal.

Sam's teammates in Malta!

Sam: Having fun on the beach with teammates in our senior year of college!

Winner's Circle

Sam: This is a picture taken with my team and my baby cousins. After a win we would chant in Hebrew and jump side to side in a circle. My cousins decided to join us in the winning celebration!

Aerie: What’s your favorite inspirational quote?

Sam: “Don’t lower your expectations to meet your performance. Raise your level of performance to meet your expectations. Expect the best of yourself, and then do what is necessary to make it a reality.”- Ralph Marston

Aerie: What has been your biggest accomplishment thus far?

Sam: Representing Israel in the 2013 World Cup games was a big accomplishment for me. Being an Israeli citizen and representing my country in a way that I could make an impact has fulfilled me in ways I can’t explain. I hope to continue to give back to Israel, especially though the Israel Lacrosse community. I admire all the people who have contributed and volunteered to help to grow the the sport that I love in a country that I admire.

Sam's family selfie!

Sam: This was taken after my Mom’s birthday this year. I convinced my whole fam to take a selfie with me!

Aerie: Do you have a role model? If so, who is he or she, and why does he or she inspire you?

Sam: This is going to sound cheesy but I really look up to my parents. They’ve been together for 31 years and they’ve taught me everything. My mom is my rock and my everything. She has loved me in a way that I never thought was possible and she has always been there for me and my family. My dad is my number 1 fan and hero. He has always pushed me to be great but never overworked me to be something or to do something I wasn’t passionate about.  My parents are the type of parents that just want me to be happy, feel special, and most importantly, they want me to know how loved I am. I hope I can be like that to someone one day.

Charlie and Lulu are the most adorable duo!

Sam: I’m obsessed with my dogs. Charlie and Lulu are the most adorable duo!

Aerie: Do you have a favorite Aerie item? Do share!

Sam: I’m an athlete at heart so I’m always wearing sports bras. I’m obsessed with the Aerie Seamless Racerback Bra–  its perfect for traveling or when you’re stepping out to run a quick errand.

Aerie: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, All, or Nothing?

Sam: All – Instagram takes priority though.

Aerie: Favorite song to listen to in the car or working out?

Sam: “Life of the Party” by Shawn Mendes has become my go to song for everything.

Aerie: What’s your favorite part of the day?

Sam: I love the afternoon mainly because I love eating lunch- it’s the time of day where you can eat any kind of food!

Sam's best friends

Sam: This is me with two of my best friends, Alison and Hilary. To me they are Nabs and Hug. I’m so happy I met them during school because they are a huge part of my life now. I’d be lost without them!

Thanks for chatting, Sam! Follow Sam on Instagram @SamHopEllis, or Twitter @SamEllyz to keep up with this girl to watch. We want to know your #AerieREAL story! Share your story here, or on Instagram or Twitter with #AerieREAL!

Xoxo,

Aerie

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Flashback Friday- Refresh

If you’ve been to an AEO store on a Friday, you may have heard some of your favorite throwback tunes from the 90’s early 00’s. We received an overwhelming chunk of good news regarding the Flashback Friday Playlist, so we’ve included more tunes to give you a great start to your weekend. Check out the additions to the in-store playlist below and rock out in #AEOSTYLE.flash_back_friday800x800

1. Nelly – Air Force Ones
2. Snoop Dogg – Beautiful – Feat. Pharrell, Uncle Charlie Wilson
3. Michael Jackson – Billie Jean
4. Eiffel 65 – Blue (Da Ba Dee) – Extended Remix
5. Dexys Midnight Runners – Come On Eileen
6. Sugar Ray – Every Morning
7. LFO – Every Other Time – Radio Edit & Album Version
8. Pras – Ghetto Supastar (That is What You Are)
9. Kanye West – Gold Digger
10. Counting Crows – Hanginaround
11. Willa Ford – I Wanna Be Bad
12. Savage Garden – I Want You
13. Britney Spears – I’m a Slave 4 U
14. Sum 41 – In Too Deep
15. JAY Z – Izzo (H.O.V.A.)
16. Kelis – Milkshake
17. Robbie Williams – Millennium
18. New Found Glory – My Friends Over You
19. Lit – My Own Worst Enemy
20. Third Eye Blind – Never Let You Go (2008 Version)
21. 3LW – No More (Baby I’ma Do Right)
22. Miley Cyrus – Party In The U.S.A.
23. Technotronic – Pump Up the Jam
24. Mark Morrison – Return Of The Mack – C & J Street Mix
25. Nelly – Ride Wit Me – Album Version (Edited)
26. The Offspring – Self Esteem
27. Eminem – The Real Slim Shady
28. Ace of Base – The Sign
29. The Smashing Pumpkins – Tonight, Tonight
30. Chumbawamba – Tubthumping
31. Dashboard Confessional – Vindicated
32. Spice Girls – Wannabe – Radio Edit
33. Haddaway – What Is Love
34. blink-182 – What’s My Age Again?

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#AEOSTYLE Challenge: Open Fringe Cardigan

We’re taking advantage of some serious fringe benefits this season. All jokes aside, we’re totally obsessed with our Open Fringe Cardigan and you should be, too.

We asked two of our favorite bloggers, Jess from The Golden Girl and Megan from Lush to Blush, to show us their take on this free-spirited trend.

Meet Jess:
Jess is the Founder & Editor of The Golden Girl, a life and style blog based in Chicago. She loves red lipstick and French Bulldogs, and when she’s not blogging, she can be found at the closest Dim Sum establishment or exploring the city with her Canon in tow.

#AEOSTYLE Challenge: Open Fringe Cardigan#AEOSTYLE Challenge: Open Fringe Cardigan

What inspired Jess’s look:
This sweater is is the ultimate casual fall essential! Since I work remotely, my favorite coffee shop is usually my office. It’s become my “work outfit” staple — comfy and cozy has never been so stylish! I paired mine with a pair of high-waisted jeggings and my favorite graphic tee. (I’ve got an obsession with French Bulldogs!) My favorite compliment to the sweater is these amazing boots, which add a little edge. They’re rugged and glam all at the same time. Finally, I added high knee socks for added warmth. (Combatting the Chicago weather is a full-time job!)

#AEOSTYLE Challenge: Open Fringe Cardigan

Get Jess’s look:
AEO Hooded Blanket Sweater
Sky High Jegging (Similar)
BC Big City Boot
Shimmery Cable Knit Boot Sock (Similar)
#AEOSTYLE Challenge: Open Fringe Cardigan

Meet Megan:
Megan Elliott is the creator and blogger behind Lush to Blush. She is an avid lover of the earth and everything on it, especially flowers, and has been a vegetarian for seven years. On her blog, she explores fashion, lifestyle, and all things lovely.

#AEOSTYLE Challenge: Open Fringe Cardigan

#AEOSTYLE Challenge: Open Fringe Cardigan

What inspired Megan’s look:
I’ve been searching for the perfect wine colored sweater for quite some time now and I’m so glad that I finally found it at American Eagle Outfitters. There were actually a few different sweaters I was deciding between, but ultimately chose this one because of its rich hue and perfect amount of thickness. I layered it with a relaxed, boho style cardigan to keep warm and to keep the look casual. I have to say, I’m not typically a ripped jeans kind of girl, but I figured it’s important to have at least one pair in my closet, and when I tried these high rise skinnies on, I knew I had to have them. Finally, I let my socks peek out from under my boots for a little extra cozy factor.

#AEOSTYLE Challenge: Open Fringe Cardigan

#AEOSTYLE Challenge: Open Fringe Cardigan

Get Megan’s look:
Open Fringe Cardigan
Heathered Raglan Crew Sweater
Hi-Rise Jegging 
BC Lace Back Boot
Shimmery Cable Knit Boot Sock
#AEOSTYLE Challenge: Open Fringe Cardigan

Show us how you style the Open Fringe Cardigan with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram for the chance to be featured on our Style Gallery!

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How To: Style Your Blanket Scarf 3 Ways

As the temperatures cool down and the leaves fall, we only have one thing on our minds…the Blanket Scarf. This must-have accessory is extra large, super soft and perfect for Fall to Winter weather.

Three of our favorite bloggers show us how they style this oh-so-cozy staple below. Show us how you style it by sharing photos on Instagram and Twitter with #AerieREAL.

Meet Alex:
Alex Good is a blogger and Youtuber that wants to live in a world where tutus are accepted in everyday attire, chai lattes and donuts are a daily indulgence and dogs talk back. When she is not blogging, you can find her watching romantic comedies (shamelessly) with her husband and dog, dreaming up her next blog post or hunting for the best red lipstick. Explore and be inspired at Beautyosauruslex.

How To: Style Your Blanket Scarf 3 Ways

What Inspired Alex’s look:
Consider this cozy scarf your new autumn staple! Imagine being able to wrap a soft, but adorable, blanket around you, that is exactly what this scarf. The scarf is not lacking in size so I wanted to keep the rest of the outfit structured and fitted. Perfect for everyday with a pair of your favorite jeans or dress it up for those chilly fall evenings!

How To: Style Your Blanket Scarf 3 Ways
How To: Style Your Blanket Scarf 3 Ways

 

Meet Jessica:

20-something student learning to live in the Here & Now & discover her sense of style along the way.

How To: Style Your Blanket Scarf 3 Ways

What Inspired Jessica’s look:
Nashville is holding out on full blown Fall. Over the weekend I could have easily sat by the pool in my swimsuit (would have been nice if I wasn’t grading a 5 foot stack of papers instead!) So in order to ease my way in, I am mixing up my own transitional style. White jeans, gray accents, & a blanket scarf? Sounds good to me! Speaking of this blanket scarf – it IS the size of a blanket, & might be the most fabulous scarf I have ever worn!

How To: Style Your Blanket Scarf 3 Ways

How To: Style Your Blanket Scarf 3 Ways

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

How To: Style Your Blanket Scarf 3 Ways

What inspired Eleni’s look:
Fall is one of my favourite seasons for fashion. I absolutely love the layering, scarves and booties that compliment the cooling temperatures. This look is totally practical for your every day life but when I knew I was heading on the highway for a couple of hours I still wanted to look cute but feel comfy. I love that I am able to dress it up or down and the versatility of it makes it a must have item for every girls’ closet.

How To: Style Your Blanket Scarf 3 Ways

How To: Style Your Blanket Scarf 3 Ways

Love the Blanket Scarf, but still unsure of how to style it? Check out this video!

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4 Days of Nighties

We can’t get enough of Aerie’s new nighties! Our favorite part? Not only are they soft and comfortable for sleep, but they’ve also been crafted with a fabric that’s thick and sturdy enough to wear out of the house! If it’s one thing we love, it’s a look that can take us through all 24 hours of our busy days.

Our Aerie buyers rocked their nighties for a day at the office to show their favorite styling tips and tricks. Read on to learn 4 ways to style your nightie from a few of our favorite girls in the know.

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Look 1: The Laws of Layering

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Natalie shows us that it’s all about the layers for fall. A chambray shirt under an army jacket with a cozy snood is perfect for unpredictable November weather.

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Don’t forget your over-the-knee socks and boots to complete the look!

Shop Aerie Nighties!

What Aerie girl can resist a pretty pop of lace?

Shop Natalie’s Look: Nightie | Open Knit Circle Scarf | AEO Chambray Shirt | Socks

Look 2: Keep It Simple

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Natia’s look shows that A+ style doesn’t need to be complicated. Her slouchy cardi lets the nightie totally take center-stage here, and the open sweater shows off the pretty lace neckline detail.

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A neutral outer layer helps a fun print pop!

Shop Natia’s Look: Nightie | Aerie Sweater Cardigan

Look 3: Cozy Coverage

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Katie layers on a wrap sweater for a style with just a little more coverage, and adds a few accessories to the mix. Extra points for the navy polish that matches her nightie!

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And again, over-the-knee socks for a fun and cozy detail! (Note to self: must. have. all. the. socks.)

Shop Katie’s Look: Nightie | Socks

Look 4: Urban Edge

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Mai-Anh adds a funky twist to her look with a silk tunic. We love how she buttoned her blouse all the way to the top for a little edge.

Shop Aerie Graphic Socks!

We’re suckers for a cute critter sock!

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Striking the perfect note between sweet and trendy is a tricky balancing act, but we think Mai-Anh’s got this one covered.

Shop Mai-Anh’s Look: Nightie | Socks

Shop Aerie Nighties!

Thanks for the inspo, Aerie buyers! Be right back…we’re just running over to Aerie to buy the nightie in every color.

How do you style your nightie? Tell us below or show us with #AerieREAL!

xoxo,

Aerie

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A Holiday Letter From Jen Foyle

HI AERIE GIRLS!

Let’s get real… Holiday shopping begins in less than 40 days and it’s time to get in the spirit! NO worries — Aerie has everything you need for every girl on your list—and some special treats for yourself, too! 

A Holiday Letter From Jen Foyle

I’m feeling EXTRA excited about this season because it is our most beautiful collection to date AND one of the most fun, too. I love every piece but a few of our favorite things are our Merry Aerie PJ Pants in fresh plaids and cutie prints, our joggers are the chicest you can find and totally necessary for chilly days.

A Holiday Letter From Jen Foyle

A Holiday Letter From Jen Foyle

We have tons of cozy fleece and accessories with the most adorable pom-poms ever. YOU have to have a pom-pom hat or pair of mittens this year! Our blanket scarves are cloud soft and feel like you’re wearing your childhood blanket. Everyone is wearing them in our office already. They are so special. The perfect gift (and we don’t believe in perfection!) We’re also very proud to launch our 5th fragrance, COZY UP… our yummiest, most delicious scent yet. It’s like wearing cotton candy! And if you’re not sure what to get, you can always get one of our gift sets—all wrapped up in our signature holiday ribbon.

A Holiday Letter From Jen Foyle

A Holiday Letter From Jen Foyle

And no holiday would be complete without giving back. This year we decided to sell our gift boxes for 50 cents each and donate the money to the non-profit Bright Pink, whose mission is to save young women’s lives from breast and ovarian cancer. Now that’s REAL.

Remember, no matter what you give this holiday being the REAL you is the best gift you can give anyone!

A Holiday Letter From Jen Foyle

Mistletoe Kisses & Holiday Wishes…

Jen Foyle, Aerie’s EVP and Chief Merchandising Officer & The Aerie Team

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