Digital Detox: Swimming With Haleigh

Real life > likes. Time for a digital detox.

With a new year just around the corner, we’re working on finding a better balance between screen time and real time. A digital detox isn’t about throwing your phone away, it’s about making sure you’re focusing more on REAL life and less on all the texts, emails and Insta posts that can get in the way.

We asked some of the Aerie girls at our HQ how they work a digital detox into their lives. First up is Social Media Community Manager, Haleigh, who heads to the pool: “Disconnecting is hard, but swimming is the one thing that forces me to do so. It’s the one time I am happy my phone isn’t waterproof. In the water you’re only connected to your thoughts – that alone is reason for me to just keep swimming.”


Shop Haleigh’s look: Chill Jogger | Cold Shoulder Tunic Top | One Piece Cutout Swim Suit | Que Waterbottle | Chronicle Books Joy of Swimming | AEO Thong Flip Flop

No matter how hard it can be to get motivated, Haleigh knows swimming always helps to clear her mind: “I have never felt bad after a good swim. I grew up on the river, so the pool just feels like home to me.  Even the worst day in the water is better than a good day on land.”

What’s your favorite way to digitally detox? Comment below and tell us!


Post-Christmas. Pre-New Years. Detox with a workout this week before you retox with party time on Saturday!

ERIN'S OUTFIT OF THE WEEK: DETOX BEFORE YOU RETOXShop Erin’s Look: Lace-Up Crew Sweatshirt | Hi-Neck Graphic Tank | Move 7/8 Legging + Mesh | Sunnie Twist Back Play Sports Bra | Grip Ankles Socks

Whether you’re sweating out 2016 or lounging your way into the new year, Chill. Play. Move. is here for you. Start with Real Soft®: Sunnie is now a sports bra! Wear our new Sunnie Twist Back Play Sports Bra under some inspiration with our Hi-Neck Graphic Tank. Cozy up with our Lace-Up Crew Sweatshirt, then add more blues on the bottom with our Move 7/8 Legging + Mesh and Grip Ankles Socks. Happy everything!


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Happy Holidays: Unlock our exclusive Snapcode

Calling all Snapchat fans – it’s time to get your selfie game on. Unlock our snap code and show us & your friends how you’re spending the holidays!

Not sure how to unlock & use the code? See our step-by-step instructions below:

How To Get the Snapchat Filter:

  • Open your Snapchat app.
  • Open the camera and snap a picture of the snapcode found below.
  • A “New Filter Found” notification should appear (expires after one hour).

How To Use the AEO Snapchat Filter:

  • Open your Snapchat camera and take a picture.
  • Swipe left to add a filter.
  • Keep swiping until you see the Holiday filter.


Mocha Peppermint Holiday Cookies

These festive cookies are a must for cookie swaps, parties or for keeping all to yourself!

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  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp unsweetened natural cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp espresso powder or 1 tbsp instant coffee granules
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 8 oz. chopped white chocolate
  • 3 large candy canes, crushed


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  1. Beat butter for 1 minute on medium speed until it’s creamy and smooth.
  2. Add both types of sugar and continue to beat on a medium speed until the mixture is light and fluffy.
  3. Turn up to high speed, and mix in egg, vanilla and peppermint extract.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, espresso powder and salt.
  5. Add flour mixture to wet ingredients and mix at a slow speed until completely combined.
  6. Continue to beat on high and add in the chocolate chips.
  7. Chill for at least three hours or overnight.
  8. Remove cookie dough and bring to room temperature.
  9. Preheat oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  10. Roll dough into small balls and place onto lined baking sheets.
  11. Bake cookies for 8-9 minutes and allow to cool for an additional 5 minutes on the sheet.
  12. Melt white chocolate (make sure you don’t burn it!)
  13. Dip each cookie halfway into the melted chocolate and place on wax paper.
  14. Before the chocolate hardens, sprinkle crushed candy canes onto each cookie.
  15. Place in the refrigerator to help chocolate set completely.
  16. Enjoy!

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What’s your favorite Christmas cookie? Comment below & tell us!

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DIY Ugly Sweater For Last Minute Holiday Parties

Holiday party season is in full swing, and there’s always a chance you might get a last minute invite to one this weekend (or already have one on the calendar!). It seems like every year holiday parties require the best (or worst?) ugly sweater attire, so if you’re scrambling for a quick outfit to wear out this weekend, we can help. All you need are a few quick decorations and tools, most of which you probably already have on hand. Keep reading for our step-by-step guide to making a DIY Ugly Sweater for last minute holiday parties.

What You Need: 

1. Find the perfect sweater. We like our Ahhhmazingly Soft Jegging Sweater (pictured) or the Raglan V-Neck Sweater. Bright colors are best to really make your look stand out!

DIY Ugly Sweater for Holiday Parties

2. Start with some tinsel. Use your hot glue gun or fabric glue to add some fun texture and depth to your sweater. In this case, the crazier it looks, the better!

DIY Ugly Sweater for Holiday Parties

3. Glue on seasonal patches or pins. Grab your DCI Ugly Sweater Kit or pins, or make your own cutout holiday shapes from thick fabric like felt or fleece. Glue the patches over the tinsel for a 3-D effect.

DIY Ugly Sweater for Holiday Parties

4. Add your finishing touches. Take your sweater over-the-top and add finishing touches like mirror balls (you could even use ornaments here) and throw a necklace on top – extra points if your sweater lights up!

DIY Ugly Sweater for Holiday Parties

COMPLETE YOUR LOOK: We like these little extras from our Holiday Party Shop for the ultimate ugly sweater party outfit .

Show us what you’re gifting & wearing this season with #AEOSTYLE on Instagram & Twitter.

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Holiday Traditions

We asked some of our #AerieREAL girls to share some of their favorite holiday traditions with us. Watch below and find out how they spread cheer!





What are your favorite holiday traditions? Comment below & tell us!


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