#AerieREAL Love From Iskra: Beach Bag Essentials

Hey Aerie girls,

It’s finally feeling like summer is here, so I wanted to share my Beach Bag Essentials with you 🙂

In June I’ll be taking my yearly trip and this time I plan on heading somewhere in Europe – maybe Santorini then onto a beach vacay hopefully in the Caribbean like Turks and Caicos. Eeekk so excited!

So I’m going to make sure I pack very carefully as I tend to overdo everything and end up not wearing half of my clothes. This year I’m thinking of planning day by day, so literally writing out each day I’m away in numbers then deciding the type of outfit I need for the different days. So for days I’m flying I’m going to need my sweatpants!

#AerieREAL Love From Iskra: Beach Bag Essentials

Here’s my overview of what I’m taking away with me this summer:

  • Sunnies!!! OK so I don’t know why but I’m pretty forgetful especially with sunglasses yet they are so important so they will literally be the first I pack and the Aerie flower shades are super fun and I will also want to take a mirror pair as I love that look.
  • Bright happy bikini so I feel happy and confident on the beach! I try on a ton of swim to make sure I get a two piece I feel secure and sexy in so I just enjoy being on the beach.
  • A cute coverup that I can throw on over my swim at the beach, or a scarf when it cools down in the evenings.#AerieREAL Love From Iskra: Beach Bag Essentials
  • I love having a hat on holiday that can finish off an outfit and doubles up to protect my face, hair and neck!
  • A good pair of shorts that can be worn casually, over swim or even dressed up for a cool outfit. I personally love these stretchy grey pair as they are super comfy and easy to wear as well as the on trend lace up detail.
  • I take a ton of easy tees on trips. I’m all about comfort and I usually need to cover up my shoulders because i burn so easily :O
  • Usually I use perfume daily but when I’m on vacay I want something lighter and fresher so I tend to use a body spray which I will spritz throughout the day to keep smelling yummy lol.
  • Finally a new addition to my beach bag is going to be a cute purse / wallet but one that’s big enough to keep my money safe and my bits and bobs like keys / lip balm / sunnies and that way I’m going to be able to find those essentials more easily in my bag and it can double up as a cute clutch bag at night too 🙂

#AerieREAL Love From Iskra: Beach Bag Essentials

I hope you enjoyed finding out what’s going in my beach bag! I hope you all have a wonderful summer and make sure you tag your unretouched swim pics with #AerieReal. I want to see them!

Lots of love,

Iskra xxx

 

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Love the Swim You’re In with Rae Everyday

#AerieREAL girl Raeann of Rae Everyday shares how she learned to love the swim she’s in!

“I was invited to a pool party in the third grade for a classmate’s birthday. From the moment I received the invitation, I could barely contain my excitement. Swimming was always one of my favorite activities. The day of the party arrived and I slipped into my blue one-piece swimsuit that I wore for swim practice and dashed to the pool to join the other girls playing mermaids, although the fun didn’t last long. My excitement was quickly shattered when one of the girls at the party said I looked like the Michelin Man. At first, I didn’t understand. Why would she tell me this? Surely, my nine-year-old body didn’t resemble the Michelin Man whose body was made of well, tires, that created large roles from head to toe.”

Love the Swim You're In with Rae Everyday

“From that day forward, I began to believe the hurtful words that were said to me. I would stare at my reflection and ask myself why I was so fat and why I didn’t look like the other girls in my class. Every single day I would wake up and say, I’m going to start losing weight today. This lasted throughout my teenage years. When I was in high school if I knew we would be around a pool or a hot tub I would purposely “forget” my swimsuit because I couldn’t bare the thought of someone seeing me in a swimsuit. Looking back now, it makes me sad that I let my insecurities about my body hold me back in life.”Love the Swim You're In with Rae Everyday

“At 5 foot 10 inches tall and a size 12/14, I am much larger than most women and I felt like a monster compared the women I grew up seeing in the glossy pages of magazines. My journey of accepting my body and loving myself has not been an easy one. For me, seeing women of all sizes in the media like Ashley Graham, Iskra Lawrence, and many others has been a huge factor in loving the parts of my body I once hated. I had to intentionally change my way of thinking about my body. I started by focusing on the things I loved about my body rather than the things I hated. Yes, my stomach rolls over my jeans when I sit down and my thighs are sprinkled with cellulite, but this body is what gives me life and it’s beautiful! My size does not define who I am as a person and that took me a long time to realize.”

Love the Swim You're In with Rae Everyday

“I’m excited to partner with Aerie as part of their #AerieReal campaign. Aerie was one of the first major brands to take a stance against retouched images and promoting an unrealistic body image for women. Aerie made a decision to showcase their models in their natural, unretouched state. They spread the conversation with the #AerieReal campaign, encouraging women to share images of their photoshop-free bodies.”

Love the Swim You're In with Rae Everyday

“I want to thank Aerie for allowing me to be a part of their #AerieReal campaign and for spreading body positivity and helping young girls and women find their confidence. I truly believe that Aerie has been a trailblazer in evoking conversations about unhealthy body standards in the fashion industry. It’s about time that we shatter the false and unrealistic beauty standards we have been surrounded by for far too long.”Love the Swim You're In with Rae Everyday

Post your unretouched swim photos with #AerieREAL & we’ll donate $1 (up to $10K) to the National Eating Disorder Association for every new share!

 

 

 

 

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Styling The Cutout Floral Dress with Amanda Oleri

Growing up just outside of NYC, Amanda Oleri (@eastcoastfox) was introduced at a young age to the culture, fashion and pace of the city –  an energy that still influences her unique style (an effortless mix of trendy, modern and bohemian) today.

These days, you’ll most often find the founder of lifestyle destination East Coast Fox exploring her Brooklyn neighborhood, jet-setting to her next spontaneous escape destination, or updating the blog with her latest style tips and adventures.

We asked Amanda to style this ultra-feminine floral dress (with some eye-catching cutouts), and she gave it her signature NYC spin by pairing it with these bright-white high tops – because, as she puts it, “you can’t walk the city in heels!” The combo of flirty florals and sporty sneakers makes for an effortless, throw-on-and-go look.

Check out Amanda’s full look below…

East Coast Fox styles the keyhole cutout floral dress

East Coast Fox styles the keyhole cutout floral dress

Amanda on the inspiration behind her look:
“A cute floral dress is all you need ATM. Lucky for you, I’ve got one right here. And don’t be silly, it’s not your average floral dress – this baby is a head-turner. Between the sweet little cutouts on the side and the keyhole in the front, it’s the perfect blend of flirty and cute.”

Shop the Look: AEO Keyhole Fit & Flare Dress | K-Swiss Classic VN Mid Sneaker

Show us how you’re styling cutout dresses using #WeAllCan on Instagram & Twitter for a chance to be featured in our Style Gallery.

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ERIN’S OUTFIT OF THE WEEK: THE NEW SUMMER BODYSUIT

We know you’ve been wearing your Super Scoop One Piece Swimsuit as a bodysuit for months already, so we decided to make it a whole lot softer… meet the Real Soft® Scoop Bodysuit! It’s just like your fave swim fit, now in your favorite, softest-of-all-time fabric.

ERIN’S OUTFIT OF THE WEEK: THE NEW SUMMER BODYSUIT

Shop Erin’s Look: Real Soft® Scoop Bodysuit | Plunge Racerback Bralette | Wide Leg Chambray Pant | Pouch |  Pom Floppy Hat | Suede Flatform Sandal | Julie Nolan Constellation Necklace | Quay Don’t Change Sunglasses

Pair your bodysuit with our easy Wide Leg Chambray Pant and a pretty lace bralette for your new summer repeat look. Accessorize with Julie Nolan’s Constellation Necklace and check out the rest of the collection of one-of-a-kind, 14k gold dipped pieces by a one-of-a-kind #AerieREAL girl at Aerie.com now!

ERIN’S OUTFIT OF THE WEEK: THE NEW SUMMER BODYSUIT

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Make it your own: styling the Flat-Front Short with Sarunyu Nadee

Meet Sarunyu Nadee. An LA-based content creator, Sarunyu shares his cool Cali lifestyle on his Instagram, @godofcloudz, which features everything from his love of coffee to the sleek design and architecture that inspire him — all with a modern, minimalist aesthetic.

Sarunyu is a strong believer in the power of positive energy in making goals achievable and amazing feats possible. That vibe definitely resonates on his Instagram feed. And what’s NOT to love about that?

Check out Sarunyu’s look below…

@godofcloudz styling the flat front short

@godofcloudz styling the flat front short

What inspired Sarunyu’s look:

Sarunyu uses a ton of black, white and grey as the base for his modern, laid-back wadrobe, making it easy to mix, match and add in color and prints as he goes.

For this look, Sarunyu styled our Extreme Flex Flat Front Short in black (the 9″ inseam hits just above the knee) with a simple white graphic tee, a black denim jacket with distressed details, and a fresh pair of bright-white sneaks. We’re digging the combination of modern-monochrome and lived-in destruction — gives the whole look an athleisure-meets-streetwear tone.

@godofcloudz styling the flat front short

@godofcloudz styling the flat front short

SHOP THE LOOK: Extreme Flex 9″ Flat Front Short | Short Sleeve Graphic T-Shirt |Reebok Classic Leather Sneaker (Similar)

Show us how you’re styling YOUR AEO shorts using #WeAllCan on Instagram & Twitter for a chance to be featured in our Style Gallery.

Getaway Packing With Iskra

Get ready for weekend getaways with a little help from #AerieREAL role model Iskra Lawrence! Watch the video below to see which new faves she can’t leave behind.

From brunch to beach, coverups are a must!

Getaway Packing With IskraShop the look: Reebok Classic Leather Sneaker | Passport Holder | Baseball Cap | Saturday Skin Face Mask | Saturday Skin Essence MistSaturday Skin Eye Cream | Soul Sunday Shimmer Stick | Tie Shoulder Dress | Quay Lexi Sunglasses

Switch up your swim look every day of your getaway by packing a simple statement suit and a bold and bright one. Two suits, four options!

Getaway Packing With IskraShop the look: Chambray Peasant Dress | Scoop Piping Bikini Top | Piping Bikini Bottom | Hi-Rise Piping Cheeky

Wear leggings when you travel to stay comfy at the airport and for extra options on your trip if you want to squeeze in a workout. Pair them with a sports bra for more comfy support, and let the back details show through your tank!

Getaway Packing With IskraShop the look: Panama Hat | Sunflower Lace Tank | AEO Flip Flop | Chill Hi-Neck Sports Bra | Move Hi-Rise 7/8 Legging

Keep it simple and pack only the essentials, leaving room to mix and match your heart out!

Getaway Packing With Iskra

What are your getaway must-haves? Comment below & tell us!

 

 

 

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