Follow Her Friday: Anna Martemucci

On Fridays, we like to do a special shout-out to #AerieREAL girls who seriously inspire. This Follow Her Friday, we’d like you to meet Anna Martemucci, who comes to us by way of Los Angeles/Brooklyn.  Between writing, directing, acting, producing, and founding Periods Films, Anna took some time to chat with us. Read more below!

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Multitasking at its best! Here, she’s on set in a moving car with her team, filming on location in Pittsburgh.

Aerie: Hi, Anna! Thanks for taking the time to talk with us today. Tell us your story in a nutshell!

Anna: I grew up in small towns in North Dakota and Pennsylvania but my parents emigrated here from Rome, Italy and Prague, Czech Republic. I became first a writer and then a filmmaker. I love telling stories that promote the notions of human equality and compassion. I also want to make people laugh and feel connected to the world. And I really enjoy hot tubs.

Aerie: What does #AerieREAL mean to you?

Anna: When I saw the Aerie Real campaign, to me it meant that [Aerie] was taking a step towards a better world! All through growing up, every woman I knew, no matter what she looked like, was obsessed with losing weight and striving to look perfect, including me. Often times this obsession was so huge it would be at the detriment of our physical and mental health.  I think a lot of that is because we’re sort of brainwashed by the constant images of airbrushed faux perfection we have flying at our faces constantly, and the fact that most of our movies and TV shows are populated largely with women who have very similar body types to each other.  I love the no airbrushing idea. If we can all admit that every single human being is a flawed little snowflake of gorgeous imperfection, and that imperfection can be just as beautiful (if not more so!) than our current, narrow idea of “perfection,” then maybe we’ll all feel more free! There are so many more interesting things to think about than losing weight or looking perfect, after all.

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Anna with Zachary Quinto at the NYTVFest panel for “The Chair” and “Hollidaysburgh”.

Aerie: What makes YOU #AerieREAL?

Anna: I really love what I do.

Aerie: Where do you see yourself in 3 years?

Making movies or a cinematic TV show, hopefully somehow involving puppets. Kidding about the puppets…kind of.  I hope I’m telling stories in some form. Maybe raising a small baby into a grown human. Feeding self properly. Traveling and living and loving, baby.*  (*said in a drawl like Matthew McConaughey).

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Anna doing press for her film “Breakup at a Wedding” with Zachary Quinto.

Aerie: What’s your favorite inspirational quote?

Anna: There are so many! But I love this one, it is so good for the creative types (which I suspect every human being is in some form):

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. … No artist is pleased. [There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.”  –  Martha Graham

Aerie: What’s your biggest accomplishment thus far?

Anna: [My films] Breakup at a Wedding, Hollidaysburgh, and Periods.  These are the 3 movies I’ve made with my team at Periods Films, which includes my brother-in-law Philip Quinaz and husband Victor Quinaz. My biggest personal accomplishment has been learning how to be a team player after years of being an isolated writer. Other people are where it’s at.

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Say…cheese? Anna strikes a pose with Periods Films actor Brian Shoaf before shooting the Periods Film “FOPS”.

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

Anna: I have so many role models. I find life so much better and all of my big dreams more manageable when I focus on the people and artists that I love. So the concept of role models is big for me!  The Coen Brothers, John Hughes, Sophia Coppola, Paul Thomas Anderson, Richard Linklater, Lena Dunham, Wes Anderson, Louis C.K., Alexander Payne, Jill Soloway…they are all storytelling heroes of mine, among many others. I love the way that each of these storytellers has a very particular voice, one that can really only be theirs, and through the specificity of their voice, something universal is achieved. That’s what I strive for in my own work.

Aerie: What’s your favorite Aerie item?

Anna: This blanket scarf is super cute and I want it.

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Lights, camera…action! Some of the Periods Films crew get together on location for “Nam.”

Aerie: What are your three things you always have with you?

Anna: Shoes that look good but that I can walk in for at least 20 NYC city blocks, blotting papers (curse of the shiny face), a positive outlook.

Aerie: If you could pick any actress or actor to play you in your own movie, who would it be?

Anna: Amy Sedaris.

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Making doing it all look easy! Here’s Anna on the set of “Medal of Victory” in Wisconsin.

Aerie: Do you have a secret talent, skill or quirk? Do tell!

Anna: Badminton. The tiny rackets make me feel powerful and I just love saying “shuttlecock” as much as possible in this short life.

Thanks for chatting with us, Anna! To keep up with Anna, follower her on Instagram and Twitter   @AnnaMartemucci!

Xoxo,

Aerie

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Make a Cozy Stripe Sweater Pillow with I SPY DIY

Hi everyone! It’s Jenni from I Spy DIY, back with a new series of DIY projects geared toward the holidays. This week, I’m showing you how to make a holiday-inspired pillow from an AEO sweater plus a bonus pillow, just for fun. They’re perfect for lazy afternoon naps (and also for a little holiday inspiration year round).

Final4 (2)What you need:
AEO Shag Striped Sweater
Scissors
Needle and thread
Fray Block (optional)

What to do:
Step 1: Cut off the sleeves and the neckline of the sweater to create a square.

Sweaterpillow_step1Tip: If needed, use fray block to stop unraveling.

Sweaterpillow_step2Step 2: Turn sweater inside out. Then, whip stitch the neck and arm holes closed.

Sweaterpillow_step3Step 3: Turn right side out, and put pillow inside.

Sweaterpillow_step4Step 4: Whip stitch the bottom with matching thread to close.

Sweaterpillow_step5Done!

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Pom Pom Printed Holiday Pillow:

FinalWhat you need:
Carving Block
Carver with assorted cutters
Fabric Ink pad
Pillow Case
Yarn
Scissors

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What to do:
Step 1: Draw your tree design on the carving block.

Treepillow_Step0Step 2: Carve away everything outside of the tree.

Treepillow_step1Step 3: Press stamp into ink and create a pattern on your pillow.

Treepillow_Step2To make the pom pom:
Wrap yarn around three fingers.

Treepillow_step4Next, take the yarn off your hand and tie another piece around the middle of the yarn, tie in a knot.

Treepillow_step5Then, cut the loops.

Treepillow_step6Trim uneven ends.

Treepillow_step7Next, sew pom poms on to your pillow corners.

Treepillow_step9And your Done!

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Enjoy your festive new holiday pillows and be sure to check back next week for another holiday inspired DIY project.

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#AEOGIFTS GUIDE: Really Rugged Guy and Animal Lover Girl

From best friends to sisters, Secret Santas to cousins, the holidays can become a bit tricky when trying to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Luckily, we’re coming to the rescue and making your shopping experience a little bit easier. If your guy is really rugged or your girl really likes animals, check out our gift guides below. We’re sure they’ll love what you picked out for them… and “yule” love it, too.

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#AEOGIFTS for the Animal Lover Girl

 

Shop the look:
Polar Bear Onesie
Polar Bear Sweatshirt
Polar Bear Crew Sock
Intarsia Critter Sweater
Thermal Graphic T-Shirt
Shimmery Graphic Sweatshirt
Aerie for AEO Polar Bear Print Mini Boybrief
Aerie for AEO Printed Boybrief
Aerie for AEO Printed Boybrief- Penguins
Aerie for AEO Printed Sleep Pant
Cat Ears Headband
Cozy Roll-Down Bootie

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#AEOGIFTS for the Rugged Guy

Shop the look:
Reversible Quilted Vest
Reindeer Beanie
Plaid Scarf
Rag Sock
Flip Mitts
Canvas Buckled Backpack
Downtown Leather Belt
Rugged Flannel Workwear Shirt
Thorogood 6″ Moc Toe Boot
Heritage Flannel Shirt (Shop Similar)
Slim Jean

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AEOSTYLE CHALLENGE: THE PONCHO

When we say that our Patterned Sweater Poncho is the perfect piece to layer over every fall to winter look, we mean it. Between it’s cozy wide ribbed cowl neck, earth tone hues and tonal pattern, what’s not to love?

We asked bloggers Shannon from Upbeat Soles and Nifesimi from Skinny Hipster to show us how they style this must-have item below.

Meet Shannon:
 I am a born and raised Florida girl that is a medical professional by day, fashion blogger by night. I am married to my high school sweetheart and we are parents to a crazy Aussie mix and kitty. I created Upbeat Soles as a way to express my fashion juices that are held in by wearing scrubs most of the days. I also believe that fashion doesn’t need to cost an arm and leg and that you can look fabulous on any budget!

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What inspired Shannon’s Look:
During Fall everyone wants to be comfy, but yet still stylish and this amazing poncho is just that! I have been loving that the poncho has made a comeback because is doesn’t get much cozier! I really wanted to play up the Earth tones of the poncho,  so I paired it with these gorgeous taupe, suede boots and broke up the colors with a dark wash AEO skinny jean. Simple, cozy, but yet still chic!

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Get Shannon’s Look: 
Patterned Sweater Poncho
Skinny Jean 
DV By Dolce Vita Myste Tall Boots

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Meet Nifesimi:
Skinny Hipster is owned and curated by Nifesimi, a Nigerian- American living in Baltimore, Maryland.  The concept of “Skinny Hipster”  began in 2008  as an online fashion diary showcasing her love of unique and bold pieces.  Since then, her site has grown beyond personal style to serve as a platform for sharing fashion inspirations from social media, red carpets, street style as well as features from other stylists and bloggers across the world.

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What inspired Nifesimi’s Look:
One of the items I love wearing during cold seasons are ponchos.  They work well on all body types and really keeps me warm.  I took a break from heels and dressed the poncho down by wearing a denim on denim look with moccasins.

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Get Nifesimi’s Look:
Patterned Sweater Poncho
Chambray Button Down Shirt 
Jegging
Minnetonka El Paso Ankle Bootie
Leather Belt 

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Show us how you style our Patterned Sweater Poncho with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter and Instagram for the chance to be featured on our Style Gallery!

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Style Challenge: The Graphic Sweater

Sweater weather is upon us and there’s no better way to celebrate than with one of our cute and cozy Graphic Sweaters. Pair with your favorite AEO Denim or comfy Leggings and your #SweaterWeather #OOTD will be complete.

See how bloggers babes, Jen from  Skirt The Rules, Bethany from Bethany Kate and Jessica from The Steele Maiden style this cozy, must-have sweater below.

Meet Jen:
Jen is an Arizona native, a New York transplant and the creator of the personal style blog  Skirt The Rules.  She blogs to share style inspiration and other musings of living, working, and playing in New York City.

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What Inspired Jen’s Look:
When it feels like 10°F outside, you better believe I’ll be bundled up from head to toe.  To me, comfort is key, but looking put-together comes in a close second.  I love the coziness of a thick, knit sweater with a simple pair of leggings.  Chunky-heeled booties keep the outfit looking refined while a pom beanie adds a little bit of holiday cheer.

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Get Jen’s Look: Graphic Sweater | Leggings (Similar) | Pom Beanie

Style Challenge: The Graphic Sweater

Style Challenge: The Graphic Sweater

Meet Bethany:
Bethany is the writer of the style blog Bethany Kate. The blog features her own personal style as well as the style of her little girl Grace (who’s quickly becoming a bit of a fashionista herself!). She describes her style as classic and feminine and is always on the hunt for fun new pieces. She loves looking for outfit inspiration and hopes to inspire others, too!

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What inspired Bethany’s Look:
I’m a huge fan of plaid and if you raid my wardrobe you will find many a plaid scarf, but a limited selection of other plaid clothing items. This is because I generally like a hint of the pattern in an outfit but find it a little bold to wear as a whole garment. When I saw this sweater at Aerie I knew it was the perfect way to transition plaid into other aspects of my closet. The subtle nature of the pattern means that it’s not overbearing and made it easy to style. I kept the rest of my outfit simple with navy denim skinny jeans (which highlight the navy stripe in the sweater) and a neutral bag and booties. The neutral accessories ensure that the sweater is the focal point of the outfit. I love this sweater for fall going into winter. It’s definitely the prettiest, coziest piece I’ve bought to date this season!

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Get Bethany’s Look: Plaid Sweater | Skinny Jeans (Similar)

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Meet Jessica:
Born in Pennsylvania, living in New York City, and always planning her next adventure, Jessica Steele is the style blogger behind The Steele Maiden. When she’s not blogging you can find her working as a Graphic Designer, exploring city streets, or shoe shopping.

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What inspired Jessica’s Look:
Going home to PA for the holidays means more casual looks than I usually wear in NYC – but I still like to throw in a few signature touches. I started with this over-sized sweater – it’s a great basic and the graphic ‘Oui’ adds a bit of French fun.  I can never resist a little print mixing so I grabbed my favorite plaid blanket scarf and leopard booties, then topped it off with a pop of color from this bright tote.  Distressed denim and ivory mittens kept me warm and cozy for an afternoon outdoors.. dreaming of my next trip to Paris!

Style Challenge: The Graphic Sweater

Get Jessica’s Look: Graphic Sweater | Blanket Scarf | Convertible Mittens

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Need more style inspiration? Check out How To: Style Your Blanket Scarf 3 Ways! xo

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Our Favorite Things

From snuggly fleece tops to beautiful bras, we chose a few of our favorite things to share with you this Holiday season! With free shipping all season long, it’s the perfect time to get those must-have gifts for your secret keeping BFF, your always-there-for-you sister, your loving mom, (and even yourself!)

Aerie's Favorite Things | Gift Guide

Shop tops, our favorite sleep essentials, cozy joggers, cold weather accessories, and bras now!

Show us your new favorite Aerie goodies with #AerieHAULiday on Instagram and Twitter. Have a merry Aerie!

xoxo,

Aerie

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