Musically Inspired #AEOSTYLE: Looks For The 2017 Grammy’s

The Grammy’s are back and (dare we say) better than ever. With nominees like Queen Bey, Adele, Chance the Rapper, Twenty One Pilots & more, it’s hard to say which powerhouse artists will take home a golden gramophone. Plus, we can’t wait to watch once-in-a-lifetime mash up performances from Lady Gaga + Metallica and other favorites. “Major Key”: We were so inspired by this year’s artists that we created two noteworthy #AEOSTYLE looks that have all the edge that music’s biggest night deserves. Say “Hello” to our musically-inspired looks below, and let us know which performances you’re most excited to see!

You’re going to “Love Yourself” in this look. Put your look into “Formation” by pairing black and white pieces with a glam edge. Get “Closer” to style #goals by layering a black bralette under a white mesh tank and white jeggings. Channel your inner “Dangerous Woman” in black lace-up block heels. Finish your outfit with small details (our favorite kinds of “Cheap Thrills”) like a delicate choker necklace, a gold watch and a black crossbody bag.

Grammy's Inspired Style

SHOP IT: Mesh T-Shirt | Aerie Lace + Mesh Triangle Bralette | Twill X Skinny | Steve Madden Admire
Breeda Asper Rose Black & Gold WatchChokersCrossbody Bag

Don’t get “Stressed Out”. If “Blue Ain’t Your Color”, that’s totally fine. You’ll have “No Problem” looking your best in edgy, cool black & white pieces, the most “Famous” color combo. Find some “Purpose” and ground our #AEOSTYLE in slip-on denim sneakers. Turn your look “All The Way Up” in a black tie-dyed tee under a button down shirt & black destructed skinny jeans.

Grammy's Inspired Men's Fashion

SHOP IT: Flex Dyed Crew T-Shirt | Button Down Shirt  | Extreme Flex Skinny Jean | Denim Slip-On Sneaker
Metal Cuff Bracelet | Metal Round Sunglasses

Who do you think will win big on Sunday night? Tell us in the comments below, and use #AEOSTYLE on Twitter and Instagram to show us your own Grammy-worthy style.

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Gimme Some Sugar Cookies For U-Day!

Kristen Lauterbach, our very own Associate Manager of Business Strategies, just started her very own sweets biz! Get to know the #AerieREAL girl behind Gimme Some Sugar Cookie, then get baking with her U-Day cookie recipe below.

Gimme Some Sugar Cookies For U-Day!

When did you first start baking?

KL: I started baking about 4 years ago for my friends & family only. It was a guarantee that the dessert table for any holiday would have some type of treat made by me.

What inspired you to start Gimme Some Sugar Cookie?

KL: First off, I love finding any and all creative outlets; having the opportunity to make something special for someone that brings them joy is the ultimate gift!! I thrive off those moments when people see their cookies for the first time! I started Gimme Some Sugar Cookie to hopefully give me many more of those moments in the future!

What advice do you have for young entrepreneurs who are interested in starting a business?

KL: The #1 thing I would say is make sure you absolutely LOVE whatever your business is. This is a serious undertaking that takes MANYYYY hours out of your day so it should be something you get joy out of doing! If you don’t LOVE it then you haven’t found the right business just yet!

How will you be celebrating U-Day?

KL: I will be celebrating U-Day by continuing to challenge myself to take risks because that is truly when you learn exactly what you’re capable of!

Gimme Some Sugar Cookies For U-Day!

WHAT YOU NEED:

Cookies

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, slightly softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg at room temperature
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. almond extract (makes the flavor amazing!)
  • 2 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

Royal Icing

  • 3 tbsp. 4oz. meringue powder
  • 4 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 5 tbsp. spoons warm water

Gimme Some Sugar Cookies For U-Day!

WHAT TO DO:

  1. Using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter in a large bowl until it is creamy and smooth (about 1 minute). Add the sugar and beat at a high speed until it’s light and fluffy, about 3 or 4 minutes.
  2. Add the egg, vanilla and almond extract and beat on high until fully combined, about 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.
  3. Whisk the flour, baking powder and salt together in a medium bowl. Turn the mixer to low and add about half of the flour mixture. Add the rest of the flour and continue mixing until combined.Gimme Some Sugar Cookies For U-Day!
  4. Divide the dough into 2 equal parts. Roll each portion out onto a piece of parchment to about 1/4″ thickness.
  5. Stack the pieces (with parchment paper) onto a baking sheet and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 1 day. If chilling for more than a couple hours, cover the top dough piece with a single piece of parchment paper.
  6. Once chilled, preheat oven to 350°F . Line 2-3 large baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. The amount of batches will depend on how large/small you cut your cookies.
  7. Remove one of the dough pieces from the refrigerator and using a cookie cutter, cut in shapes. Transfer the cut cookie dough to the prepared baking sheet. Re-roll the remaining dough and continue cutting until all is used.
  8. Bake for 8-11 minutes until very lightly colored on top and around the edges, rotating the baking sheet halfway through bake time. My cookies typically take 9 minutes.
  9. Allow to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before icing. I always let mine cool overnight, just to be sure.Gimme Some Sugar Cookies For U-Day!
  10. Make the icing (I doubled the frosting recipe to frost a majority of my cookies): beat all icing ingredients until icing forms peaks (7 minutes at low speed with heavy-duty mixer). Once it reaches your preferred consistency, separate and color in bowls with food coloring.
  11. Decorate with filled piping bags. 
  12. Once the icing has set, these cookies are great for gifts, sending or munching on right away. I find they stay soft for about 5 days at room temperature.
    Gimme Some Sugar Cookies For U-Day!

In NYC this weekend? Meet Kristen and sample Gimme Some Sugar Cookie at our SoHo pop-up on Saturday, 2.11! To see more of her amazing cookie creations and find out how to order your own, follow her on Instagram.

Gimme Some Sugar Cookies For U-Day!

 

 

 

 

 

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CANdid: What Can You Do, Be Or Create?

CANdid

What can you do, be or create? Share your stories of passion, inspiration and turning dreams into reality with us for a chance to be featured. Here’s how…

STEP 1: Get inspired by our cast members’ stories below.
STEP 2: Tell us YOUR story by creating a video.
STEP 3: Upload the video to Instagram, YouTube or Facebook and include the hashtag #WeAllCan.

GET INSPIRED

From performing and directing to coding and advocating for equal rights, these inspiring individuals are leaving a mark on the world, one story at a time.

CALLIE REIFF // @calliereiff

Callie is a quadruple threat, having proven herself as a dancer, blogger, model and most recently, an NYC-based DJ.

Callie Reiff: CANdid

BEN NORDBERG // @bennordberg

Whether he’s hitting the streets or working the camera, this skateboarder specializes in keeping it chill.

Ben Nordberg: CANdid

KAI MORTON // @hiyakai

Cyber world, bow down. This avid gamer created her first app when she was just 17 and has been busy inspiring a new generation of coders ever since.

Kai Morton: CANdid

TYLER MITCHELL // @tylersphotos

At only 20 years old, Tyler is an accomplished film director and photographer with a finger on the pulse of both the Hollywood and hip-hop scenes.

Tyler Mitchell: CANdid

ALEXANDRA SHIPP // @alexandrashipppp

With movies like “X-Men” and “Straight Outta Compton” under her belt, Alexandra is poised to be Hollywood’s next “It” girl.

Alexandra Shipp: CANdid

CAMERON DALLAS // @camerondallas

This social media star paved his own road to success (and 15 million followers!) on Vine and Youtube. Next up? A Netflix original series.

Cameron Dallas: CANdid

Style isn’t about rules. It’s about telling your story. Sharing your inspiration. Staying true to YOU – and owning it. Be anything. Do everything. Love anyone. Play nice. Make peace. Stay true.

#WeAllCan

What can you do, be or create? We want to know! Show AND tell us by uploading your own video to Instagram, YouTube or Facebook with #WeAllCan.

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How to Wear the Vintage Hi-Rise Jean

HOW TO WEAR SPRING’S MUST-HAVE NON-STRETCH DENIM

How To Wear Non-Stretch Denim The Vintage Hi-Rise Jean

Don’t get us wrong – we’ll always have a spot in our closets for a great pair of stretchy jeans (brunch, for starters). But it’s time to get back to the basics: as in, 100-percent-cotton blues. Iconic, authentic, good-old-fashioned JEANS, crafted from rigid denim that is just waiting to be broken in to fit your body perfectly.

…and that breaking-in process? That is KEY. Non-stretch denim is an entirely different ballgame. Like most great things in life, it is truly about the journey… with the destination being an amazing rear view (obvs) AND a pair of jeans that fits like a glove and will last forever.

Lucky for you, we have an in with one of New York’s most in-demand stylists, and we’re sharing her tips for rocking spring’s most-talked-about jeans.

How To Wear Non-Stretch Denim The Vintage Hi-Rise Jean

WEAR ‘EM ON YOUR WAIST

A high rise is CRUCIAL. It highlights your curves, lifts your butt and creates a naturally sexy and flatteringly feminine silhouette.

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SIZE UP, IF NEEDED

Keep in mind that these are literally non-stretch. As in, denim that does not stretch.

The first time you try them on, they will likely feel pretty snug around your waistline – almost a little too tight, even. That’s a good thing, because once you break them in, they will loosen up to fit you just right. Choose a size that fits your true waist snugly, and the denim will do the rest, becoming a little bit softer and more forgiving with every single wear. Alternatively, if you prefer a looser, more relaxed fit and would rather skip the break-in process, simply size up and carry on!

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MAKE THEM YOUR OWN

We love the timeless look of a skinny belt and tucked-in tee, but this is the perfect pair of jeans for experimenting with different silhouettes and layers to find your own unique style.

How To Wear Non-Stretch Denim The Vintage Hi-Rise Jean

SHOP IT:
Vintage Hi-Rise Jean
AEO Shrunken Choker T-Shirt
Aerie Lace + Mesh Triangle Bralette
AEO Perforated Belt
Kelsi Dagger Brooklyn Amory Clog

Show us how you’re styling the Vintage Hi-Rise Jean with #AEOSTYLE on Instagram & Twitter!

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10 Ways To Celebrate U-Day

Forget V-Day. This year is all about U-Day! Make yourself happy and celebrate everything you love about U. Need a little celebration inspo? Read on for some of our fave U-Day plans.

10 Ways To Celebrate U-Day

  1. Have a spa day. Splurge for the pros or DIY at home: add flowers to your bath and settle in!
  2. Make a fancy dinner just for U. Finally cook the recipe that’s been on your list forever. Dress up, light some candles and dig in.
  3. Get moving! That spin class you’ve been putting off? Sign up and sweat it out! 10 Ways To Celebrate U-Day
  4.  Give yourself a break. Life can be crazy. Make time for a reading day, binge watch a new show or just take an extra-long nap. Sometimes doing nothing can be the best way to recharge.
  5. Go on an adventure. Is there a museum close by you’ve been wanting to check out? A trail you’ve been wanting to hike? GO!
  6. Sweet stuff! Eat all the ice cream, all the donuts and all the chocolates. 10 Ways To Celebrate U-Day
  7. Sign up for a class. Was taking up a new hobby on your New Year’s resolution list? Make time to try it out for U-Day.
  8. Treat yourself to something new! Get a pretty new bralette and undie set, and lounge around in it all day.
  9. Have a girls day. Girl time is the best time. Spend your U-Day with your friends! 10 Ways To Celebrate U-Day
  10. Love yourself! The most important part of U-Day is self-love. Today and every day, celebrate everything you love about U.

What are your U-Day plans? Comment below & tell us!

 

 

 

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DIY Heart Wreath

For U, by U! Make yourself happy this U-Day with a pretty DIY decoration. Read on for directions!

DIY Heart Wreath

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue sticks
  • Wire cutters
  • Heart-shaped grapevine
  • Floral tape
  • Floral wire
  • Flowers, twigs and leaves of your choice
  • Felt hearts

DIY Heart Wreath

WHAT TO DO:

  1. Create bundles of the flowers, twigs and/or leaves by using the floral tape to combine.
  2. Attach bundles to the grapevines by wrapping the two with floral wire.
  3. Cover the wreath as little or as much as you’d like with the bundles.DIY Heart Wreath
  4. Trim any overhanging flowers or leaves, keeping the heart shape.
  5. Using the hot glue gun, attach felt hearts to the wreath.
  6. Hang it up or gift it to a friend!

DIY Heart Wreath

What’s your fave U-Day DIY? Comment below & tell us!

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