U-Day with Cali Ally

Forget V-Day. This year is all about U-Day! Make yourself happy & celebrate everything you love about YOU. Read on to learn how Ally Arrigo, the blogger behind  Cali Ally spends her “me time.”

U-Day with Cali Ally “Valentine’s Day (which is one of my favorite holidays) is right around the corner! I know, I know… Valentine’s Day can be a real drag if you’re not taken. But it doesn’t have to be that way!  Before I met my fiance, I would go out with my girlfriends for a fun night of dinner and drinks. Now, Hayes and I like to cook for each other in our pajamas, listen to music, and watch movies at home.”

U-Day with Cali Ally “As much as I love spending lots of time with Hayes and my girlfriends, I do love some good quiet “me time.” Sometimes I’ll walk around my neighborhood with my headphones in or sit by the bay at the end of a long week reflecting on the last few days. But one of my absolute favorite things to do is take my parents dog Poppy for a walk on the beach.”

U-Day with Cali Ally “Newport Beach, my hometown, really dies down during the winter especially on week days which makes it the perfect time to let Poppy run loose. When the tide is low and the waves are small, I’ll throw a tennis ball for her into the water and watch her splash across the sandbar. She is just the cutest! Except when she chases a bird for half a mile down the beach and I have to chase after her. I definitely get my cardio in that way! Spending time in the sun and salty air gives me time to reflect and unwind which is something we all need from time to time.”

U-Day with Cali Ally How will you celebrate U-Day? Comment and tell us below!

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Valentine’s Themed Unicorn Hot Chocolate for Two

Found your unicorn?  We’ve got the perfect treat to impress your main squeeze & show them just how special they are. Put a little magic into your Valentine’s Day celebration with Unicorn Hot Chocolate! This dessert is deceptively easy, and most of the work comes from adding the toppings. We found fun, festive candy at a craft store and upped the fantasy factor with bright pink cotton candy. If you’re embracing Valentine’s Day alone this year (#single #notmadaboutit), this recipe can easily be cut in half – and let’s be real, it’ll taste just as sweet.

Unicorn Hot Chocolate: Make Your Own Valentine's Day Treat for Two

Unicorn Hot Chocolate tastes as magical as it looks.

Unicorn Hot Chocolate: Make Your Own Valentine's Day Treat for Two

All you need to create this bright drink: milk, white chocolate, food coloring & whipped cream!

Unicorn Hot Chocolate: Make Your Own Valentine's Day Treat for Two

Melt the chocolate into the milk over low heat.

Unicorn Hot Chocolate: Make Your Own Valentine's Day Treat for Two

Stir in a few drops of food color & add vanilla extract.

Unicorn Hot Chocolate: Make Your Own Valentine's Day Treat for Two

Colorful toppings? Not optional!

Unicorn Hot Chocolate: Make Your Own Valentine's Day Treat for Two

Add a few drops of food color to a bowl of whipped cream & swirl for a marbled look.

Unicorn Hot Chocolate: Make Your Own Valentine's Day Treat for Two

Top & serve!

RECIPE

Serves 2

INGREDIENTS
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 8 oz. white chocolate
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup whipped cream
  • Food Coloring
  • Toppings of your choice
DIRECTIONS
  1. On low heat, melt the white chocolate in the milk over the stove top until small bubbles appear along the edge of the pot (don’t boil it!), stirring every few minutes so that the chocolate doesn’t stick to the bottom.
  2. While the chocolate melts into the milk, make the rainbow whipped cream in a wide bowl. Drop in two or three food colors in various spots. Using a knife, swirl the color around a few times to create a marbled effect. Set aside.
  3. Stir vanilla extract into hot chocolate.
  4. Add 3-4 drops of food color of your choice. Stir.
  5. Pour the hot chocolate evenly into two mugs.
  6. Spoon a few dollops of rainbow whipped cream on top & add other toppings of choice (we found these at a craft store)!
  7. Share 🙂

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Outfit Completers: Finish Your Look In #AEOSTYLE

The quickest way to elevate your look? Add some accessories! Our favorite way to finish a look is by adding some outfit completers like hats, jewelry, belts or bags. Adding an accessory (or, like, three!) can take a look from good to great in a flash. Stocking up on little details – think a trendy backpack or a go-with-anything pair of sneakers – make it easy to build a complete look.

Start with the basics: a cool pair of jeans and a tee or sweater. Next, think about adding layers, like a denim shirt, jacket or sweatshirt. Then, it’s time to finish your look. Right now, we’re all about athletic details like sneakers and baseball hats or 90s accessories like a bandana and metallic pieces. Check out the looks below for inspiration to build your own complete look & show off your unique #AEOSTYLE!

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Show us how your unique look using #AEOSTYLE on Instagram & Twitter for a chance to be featured in our Style Gallery.

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ERIN’S OUTFIT OF THE WEEK: ISKRA’S PICKS

What happens when our stylist & our #AerieREAL role model get together? A sweeps! Head to our Insta today, 2.6, for a chance to win a $100 gift card to shop Iskra & Erin’s picks.

ERIN’S OUTFIT OF THE WEEK: ISKRA’S PICKSShop Iskra’s Look: Blooming Lace BodysuitOff-The-Shoulder Peasant TopSatin Track Pant | Blooming Lace Bralette | Shine Cheeky Undie | Stainless Steel Waterbottle | Blossom® Scented Lip Gloss | Blossom® Cuticle Oil | Round Sunglasses | Kocostar Mask

Iskra is in full U-Day mode this week with her fave pretty, feminine pieces. Start with our pretty track trend on the bottom with our Satin Track Pant, and go with the flow on top with our Off-The-Shoulder Peasant Top. Layer our Blooming Lace Bodysuit underneath, or swap it for our Blooming Lace Bralette paired with our Shine Cheeky Undie. It’s all about U, girl!

ERIN’S OUTFIT OF THE WEEK: ISKRA’S PICKS

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V-Day = U-Day

Forget V-Day. This year is all about U-Day! Make yourself happy & show us how you’re celebrating everything you love about YOU. Whether it’s treating yourself to a pint of ice cream or spending the day in a spa, U-Day is about making yourself happy and loving the real you!

Watch the video below to see how some of our #AerieREAL girls are going to be spending U-Day and celebrating themselves!

How will you be spending U-Day? Comment below & tell us!
 
 

 
 

 

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#AerieREAL <3 All Woman Project

We’re so excited to support the All Woman Project on their new campaign and celebrate REAL, unretouched beauty in all women. Started last year by Charli Howard and Clémentine Desseaux, the project aims to challenge the “standard” definition of beauty as shown in fashion and the media. Beauty doesn’t come in one size or color, and the All Woman Project reflects that by featuring a diverse group of women with different body types, ethnicities and ages.

#AerieREAL &lt;3 All Woman ProjectPartnering with these amazing women was an easy decision for our brand. Like the beautiful images in the All Woman Project, all Aerie images feature 100% unretouched women. Beyond no retouching, #AerieREAL is our commitment to empowering and inspiring confidence in all girls, inside and out.

#AerieREAL &lt;3 All Woman ProjectCheck out some of our favorite photos from the new campaign shot by Heather Hazzan, and see more at allwomanproject.com.

As always, love the REAL you!

#AerieREAL &lt;3 All Woman Project

“Perfection does not exist and so we should stop comparing ourselves to anyone else.” – Iskra Lawrence

#AerieREAL &lt;3 All Woman Project

“I want all women to feel free and limitless.” – Clémentine Desseaux

#AerieREAL &lt;3 All Woman Project

“You will have disappointment. You will make mistakes. But just trust the process. Trust that you are exactly where you should be.” – Holly Rilinger

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