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Check back every Monday for our roundup of the week’s best looks, events and more!

1) $20 bras? YES PLEASE.
Need a little help recovering from the sunniest weekend of the year? Starting today, ALL bras are $20. We like to make our girls happy!

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2) Looks of the week
Our stylist, Erin, is the brains behind the amazing looks that come out of our photoshoots and so much more. Every Monday on our Instagram, she brings the styling to you and features her fave look of the week. Her head-to-toe outfits are the best inspiration to start your week on a stylin’ note. Don’t miss them!

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3) Bring out your inner Yoncé
Karaoke, or as the girls in the New York Design Office like to call it, “Aerieoke,” is one of our favorite things. Whether you’re a pro or keep your vocal skills confined to the shower, try out a karaoke lounge. They have separate, private rooms so you can let loose and sing your heart out with your girls!

4) Up, down & all around town
Our Real City collection takes our faves to the streets. Keep it simple in a Wrap Front Knit Jumpsuit made for running around town, or prepare for AC blasts with cozy layers like Knit Dusters. Easy, comfy faves—city-fied!

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5) Find your best fit!
AA-DDD! We’re SO excited to announce that you can now try on our ENTIRE bra size range in stores. Every fit in every size she comes in is now available in our bra armoire for you to try on. If we don’t have that specific style for sale in the store, we’ll ship it to you for free! Stop in today and find your BFF (best fit forever).

5 REAL FavesWe’ll see you next week, Aerie girls! Be sure to check back for our next round of REAL Faves. xo

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Follow Her Friday: Rosie Clayton

This week we’re inspired by our friend and photographer Rosie Clayton! Her creativity and passion for bringing ordinary objects to life with bold, bright colors continues to amaze us. Read on to learn more about this social media maven!

Follow Her Friday: Rosie Clayton Tell us about yourself! What got you interested in photography?
“Hi everyone! I’m Rosie Clayton (@rclayton) and I’ve taken some photos that you might have seen on the @Aerie Instagram feed this Summer. I grew up and currently live in Chicago and am opening an upscale, craft cocktail bar with my husband next year. I studied Textiles and Apparel Management at Cornell University and went on to work at some brand name retailers, as well as my own women’s clothing boutique, Roslyn, of eight years before deciding to pursue a career in hospitality. As we’re working on our bar concept and location, I have been able to dedicate some time to a passion of mine, photography. Being able to curate my Instagram feed has given me a wonderful creative outlet that has led to some incredible collaborations!

I first got interested in photography after taking an introductory course on film photography and dark room techniques in high school. My passion was to travel the world and capture moments on camera. I love that photography helps me look at the world in a different way, and how seemingly ordinary places and objects can be interpreted so beautifully in a photograph. Anyone at any age can start taking photos and it’s such a personal experience, a chance to tell a story without uttering a single word. My Instagram gallery features bright, bold photography with an emphasis on color. I feature design, fashion, and travel photos, as well as a lot of creative flatlays in my feed. Social media is such a wonderful outlet to be able to share visual experiences and I’ve been fortunate to meet some incredible people in the creative community.”

We love your bright, fun aesthetic. Where do you draw inspiration from?
“I love how a pop of color can lighten your mood and brighten your day! Overall, I’m inspired by clean spaces, bold graphics, and interesting color combinations. I love finding and shooting abstract and colorful street murals in various cities, especially Chicago! I’ve included some fun, fashion photos to my feed to incorporate my love of retail and showcase my personal style. A lot of my flatlays feature candy and Summer themed objects like flamingos and watermelons.”

Follow Her Friday: Rosie ClaytonDo you have any tips you can share on how to take an amazing Instagram photo?
“I honestly don’t think there is such a thing as the perfect Instagram photo. Being true to yourself and what makes you happy is the best way to really convey a specific mood or thought.  Sure, there are editing apps that are fun to use, but post what makes you happy and hopefully, it will resonate with others! The most important thing is to have fun and never let the photos become a chore, that’s when you can start feeling uninspired to post. In terms of specific apps, I like using VscoCam, Afterlight, and sometimes Snapseed but there are a ton of great apps out there. I would say to take a moment to review and edit your photo rather than hastily posting- each post is like a visual signature and a way people can get a glimpse into your personality through your Instagram feed. Make sure lines are straight and you’re happy with the colors and brightness of your photo before posting.  Consistency is also really important to your overall feed- try to use the same filter or editing tools so there’s a common thread to tie all your photos together.”
Follow Her Friday: Rosie ClaytonWe know you love to travel! Do you have a favorite destination?
“I am obsessed with travel! There are too many wonderful places in the world to pick just one favorite destination but some of my favorite countries that I’ve been to are: Italy, Argentina, Brazil, Thailand (my family is originally from there), Scotland (my husband’s family is there), Morocco, and the Maldives. In the U.S., I love New Orleans, San Francisco, Palm Springs (color heaven!), New York City, and of course, my hometown, Chicago!”

Follow Her Friday: Rosie Clayton

Do you have a favorite Aerie product?
“Ooh this is a tough question! I love the fit and feel of the Sunnie Pushup Bra as well as all the Aerie swimwear. Everything seems to always hit in the right spot, sizes are consistent and true, and the fabrications are so comfortable!  I also live in the Aerie Skinny Skinny Jogger pants– -the fabric is the perfect thickness and they’re super soft. I wear them to sleep, around the house, and throw on filp flops, army boots, or converse to walk the dogs.”

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What does being #AerieREAL mean to you?
“To me, being #AerieREAL is being true to yourself and “owning it!” It’s about having confidence, being comfortable in your own skin, and creating your own definition of happiness and beauty. Being #AerieREAL is a state of mind that you exude physically.”

 Thank you, Rosie! Be sure to check out her photography and follow her on Instagram!

xoxo,

Aerie

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5 REAL Faves

Check back every Monday for our roundup of the week’s best looks, events and more!

1) SUNNIE DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN!
Last week, the skies cleared and our NEW Sunnie Pushup shined in. Have you tried the Perkier version of our #1 T-shirt bra yet? With 17 colors and 26 sizes to choose from, we KNOW you’ll love this girl!

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2) Holiday photoshoot sneak peak!
Check our Instagram on Wednesday for an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at our Holiday 2015 photoshoot! Rumor has it we’ll be making it snow…

3) Inspired by him. Loved by her.
New! Gym Brief. Our fave boybrief fit takes notes from the boys with sporty new details. From piped pockets to sporty graphics to cute button details, this newest undie is a major favorite.

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4) Summer YUM-in’
Summer’s not over yet, and you still need to find ways to stay cool. Try a refreshing treat with this Raspberry Lemonade smoothie: take 1 can of lemonade concentrate, 1 ½ cans of water, 2 cups of frozen raspberries, ¼ cup of sugar and 4 cups of ice. Mix all together in a blender, top it off with some fresh lemon slices and enjoy!

5) ALWAYS #AerieREAL
Our new Assistant Swim Designer, Kathryn, says she’s #AerieREAL  “because I have an athletic build and don’t let myself get sidetracked by what the fashion industry says I should look like. I own my big booty!” As always, we want to hear your stories too! Share what makes you #AerieREAL on Instagram or Twitter.

We’ll see you next week, Aerie girls! Be sure to check back for our next round of REAL Faves. xo

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10 Ideas For A Daycation

Tired of the same old routine? Switch it up with these 10 ideas from CHAARG (Changing Health, Attitudes & Actions to Recreate Girls) to do on a free weekend day or in those few hours after your 9-5 and get addicted to these routine refreshers!

1] BE A TOURIST IN YOUR OWN CITY

Fall in love your city all over again and discover some new favorites! Head into the heart of your city, walk the side streets, check out the shops you’ve never been in before and don’t be afraid to get a little lost. Exploring your own city on foot will force you to look at things in a new light.

2] SAY NO TO NETFLIX

Instead of diving onto the couch immediately after walking in the door, try something different. Take an art class, volunteer in your community or try a new workout class you’ve never done before. The fewer hours you spend in front of the TV, the greater your mental and physical health.

3] REFRESH YOUR HAPPY HOUR

Instead of your go-to place, give your happy hour a different meaning. Pack an easy, travel-friendly picnic dinner, head to a local park and share a meal with friends. Not only will the new scenery be a refreshing change, but you’ll likely save a few dollars. Spending time outdoors can be a serious happiness booster, too!

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4] SWITCH UP YOUR COMMUTE

Do you take the same route to work every morning? It’s pretty easy to switch it up. If you walk to work, try taking a new path, even if it’s a few blocks out of the way. Drive or ride your bike? For a more health-conscious option, try running or cycling home from the office. You’ll see things from a new perspective and that unavoidable commute will feel exciting again.

5] BUSY ALL DAY?

Even if your daily responsibilities run long past 5 pm, you’ve still got time to squeeze in a mini-adventure. Summer skies are usually cloud free, so head out for a nighttime walk the next time there’s a full moon. This new, fresh perspective can be great for sparking creativity or getting a quick mental refresh.

6] CAMP OUT (OR PRETEND TO)

If you or a friend has a truck, pack it up with some snacks, sleeping bags and a couple flashlights. Drive out to a nearby campground and set up camp in the truck bed. You’ll get the feel of camping with no equipment or major planning needed. No truck? Bring the same supplies, build a fire and roast marshmallows, then pack it all up and drive home at the end of the night. You’ll get the camping feel even if you don’t make it an overnight!

7] SIGN UP FOR A RACE IN A NEARBY CITY

Grab some friends and sign up for a race in a different city. You’ll get the chance to explore a new city in a unique way, and race weekends often have great deals on food, hotels and more!

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8] CHASE THE SUNSET

Unless you’re a West Coast local, the sunset can be a bit elusive. Just as the evening light begins to fade, hop in your car and start driving toward the sunset. Be sure to bring your GPS so you can find your way back! Find a nice place to stop along the way and watch the last rays of light fade. The excitement of not knowing where you’re going and spending a few hours cruising to your favorite summer songs make this mini-roadtrip feel like a great adventure.

9] JOIN THE DAWN PATROL

If mornings are more your style, try squeezing in a sunrise activity before heading off to work or class. Outdoor workouts like yoga, paddling or hiking give you the added benefits of sunrise views. If it takes you awhile to wake up enough to work out, try grabbing an early morning breakfast with a friend—most cities have cafes that open at 6 for just that.

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10] CONTROL YOUR TIME

Are you always wishing you had more time? Turns out you do, but you just haven’t taken advantage of it yet! Did you know that waking up 20 minutes earlier or staying up 20 minutes later each day will earn you 5 more days each year? It’s true! Take 20 to sip your morning coffee and enjoy those few minutes before the world starts buzzing awake, hit the streets for a few quick miles or use that time to try out that hobby you didn’t have time for before.

If these options still seem too challenging to fit into your schedule, remember that simply leaving your phone at home and going for a walk can be enough of a break from the constant buzz, and may be just what you need. Tiny changes can help make big improvements in your daily life!

ABOUT CHAARG //

We believe that working out can (and should!) be fun. We’re an organization of 2,500+ girls at more than 24 universities that encourages college-aged girls to find their fit, whether it’s yoga, CrossFit or anything in between.

You don’t need to be a marathon runner or a weight lifting champion to join—it’s all about finding what works for you. That’s the beauty of CHAARG. We’re a group of real girls with a passion for leading happy, healthy lives.

Sound like you? To learn more about us, check out CHAARG.com and find us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

ABOUT TERESA //

Teresa Sandoval is a CHAARG blogger from The Ohio State University. She dedicates her free time to any and all activities that let her get outside. When she isn’t taking her dog for a run or spending time in the sunshine, she can be found getting messy and creative in the kitchen.

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5 REAL Faves

Check back every Monday for our roundup of the week’s best looks, events and more!

1) Girrrrrrl, do we have a treat for you!
Check back on Friday for one of our best deals EVAH.

2) Wake up. Go out. Work out. Or not.
Our NEW! Gym to Swim collection takes a new spin on working out. Running on the beach or hiking by the lake? Wear our crop bikini top with a pair of our skinny skinny joggers. When you’re done sweating it out, take off the extra layers and jump in the water! It’s that simple.

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3) Savor the summer
This watermelon, arugula and feta salad is SO yummy and SO easy to make. Take 3 cups of watermelon, ½ cup of crumbled feta and mix it in with 7oz of arugula. Top it off with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and chow down!

4) Mani Monday (& every day)
Nothing complements a cute outfit like freshly painted nails. This season, warm shades of coral, electric neons and pretty pastels are all the rage. Shop shades like Dream On & Flower Power in stores!

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5) Going, going…
Almost gone! If you don’t have a Boho Bralette yet, get it NOW. This pretty fave is almost sold out!

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We’ll see you next week, Aerie girls! Be sure to check back for our next round of REAL Faves. xo

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Real Talk with Ban.do

When we set out to bring you some of the cutest gifts around, there was no question that Ban.do was a perfect match! Between their fun, cheery products and positive message, it’s no secret why we’re obsessed with this LA-based powerhouse. We sat down with our friends at Ban.do to talk inspiration, staying organized and what it means to be #AerieREAL.

Aerie: Tell us about Ban.do! How did the company get started?

Ban.do: We started making one-of-a-kind hair accessories (think: flower crowns before they were a trend) that sold out pretty much immediately. The thing is, since they were one-of-a-kind, once they sold they were gone. So we began to make things in multiples, which allowed us to create accessible price points for every girl, and ban.do was born! We’ve evolved a lot since the beginning, but we’ve always been built on strong branding and the desire to bring fun products to all girls everywhere. We’ve always been very serious about fun!

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Aerie: We’re obsessed with ban.do’s bright, fun aesthetic. What inspires the team on a daily basis?

Ban.do: Why, thank you! We find inspiration in a lot of places: Pinterest, Instagram, and our spectacular ban.do girl gang, to name a few. Connecting and collaborating with artists is one of our favorite things. We’re also inspired by our Los Angeles office, a.k.a The Ban.do Party House! There’s a disco ball wall, glitter wallpaper, and a pop up shop in the back: major creative fuel. When we’re not at the office, we love to explore LA by checking out museum exhibits, catching a movie at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, or treasure hunting at the Rose Bowl Flea Market.

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Aerie: Staying organized can be tough at times! Do you have any tips for how to step up your desk game?

Ban.do: Totally! Our latest product line is all about creating the ultimate dream desk. The goal is to make your desk a place that totally works for you AND that you love looking at. Because if you’re not inspired, what’s the point? We love putting the “fun” in functional with cute desk accessories like pretty file folders and notebooks, bright markers and washi tape, and extras like colorful prints and tiny disco balls. Disco balls definitely increase productivity. Or at least remind you to have regular dance parties.

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Aerie: Our ban.do collection is amazing! We know it’s hard to choose, but is there one product you’re REALLY excited about?

Ban.do: You guys, that’s basically impossible. But OK! We’re super excited about the I Am Very Busy Agenda, which is packed with magical things like compliments, stickers, a secret code language, and fun, weekly to-dos. People are obsessing over our agendas and interacting with them in really cool ways (see: #omgbandoagenda on Instagram), and we want to pop champagne and jump up and down about the whole thing!

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Aerie: It’s no secret we’re excited to partner with a REAL company like ban.do! What does being #AerieREAL mean to you?

Ban.do: To us, being #AerieREAL means being who you are without apology and with a lot of celebrating and confetti-throwing. One of the phrases in our agenda is “Do whatever, be weird, it’s OK!” and we pretty much live by that. We can’t get enough of the individuality of our customers, who are sparkly, edgy, preppy, and everything in between. We’re all about inclusion, because that’s what makes things fun. And we just really want to be friends with everybody.

Show us your favorite Ban.do products with #AerieREAL on Instagram and Twitter for a chance to be featured on our Style Gallery! xo

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