Home For The Holidays Packing Guide

Whether you’re going home for winter break or visiting family for the holiday season, our packing guide will have you prepared!

LAY EVERYTHING OUT

Before you start packing things into your suitcase, lay them on your bed so you can see what you have set out. This will help you remember things you may be forgetting and can help with chronic over-packing.

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Here’s what we’ve packed: Slipper | Lace Keyhole Triangle Bralette | Real Soft® Flannel Sleep Pant | Cable Sweater Jogger | Boucle Turtleneck Sweater | AEO Sateen X Hi-Rise Jegging | AEO Sweater All Weather Boot | Hand Knit Beanie | Hi-Rise Play Legging | Cable Pullover Sweater | Fuzzy Scarf | Aerie Sparkle Crew Socks | Swedish Hasbeens Husband Clog | Lace Longline Bralette | Shine Cheeky + Lace | Boyshort | Cheeky + Shine Waistband

BEGIN WITH THE BASICS

Don’t spend so much time planning your outfits that you forget the basics. Start with your some cute undies, a versatile bralette, warm socks, and your PJs. These are the things you’ll most likely spend the most time in.

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DRESS FOR THE WEATHER

It’s always helpful to check the weather for  your destination. Remember to bring warm clothes and cold weather accessories when needed. Packing the proper shoes is important. Always have an extra pair of weather-friendly shoes.

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CHECK IT TWICE

Once you have everything laid out, check your haul twice. After you have everything set to go, pack it up in your suitcase. Keep a carry-on or backpack out for last minute additions.

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RELAX!

All the work is done, now snuggle up for some snowflakes and chill. Bring your backpack with you for long trips, making laptops, books, magazines, and snacks easily accessible on the plane or in the car.

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How do you pack to go home for the holidays? Comment below and let us know!

 

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#RealWishes Recap: How We Gave Back

This December has been all about #RealWishes. We’ve been giving back in our community and encouraging our girls to join in and help make a difference, no matter how big or small.

We kicked off our project by asking our girls to share their #RealWishes with us, and Iskra surprised our winners with a PJ party. Congrats again to the Sigma Kappa Theta Theta chapter at Albright College! These girls give back to their community all year with monthly visits to their local senior living home, and we were so excited to celebrate them.

Check out more of our #RealWishes below!

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1. #RealWishes & REAL dogs!

We collected pet toy and supply donations for Animal Friends, then hosted a puppy break with adoptable and therapy dogs.

2. Sweet break at the University of Pittsburgh 

We surprised Pitt students with a much-needed coffee and sweets break during finals week.

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3. Mini Christmas trees at the Ronald McDonald House

Families stay at the Ronald McDonald House while their kids receive treatment at Children’s Hospital, and many will still be there over the holidays. We brought dinner and mini Christmas trees for them to decorate so they could feel a little piece of home while they’re away during tough times.

4. Local women’s shelters

We visited two Pittsburgh women’s shelters this month. We brought cozy accessories and sweet treats to the first group of women, and treated the next group to care packages and manicures.

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It’s been a big month! Thank you for joining in, and keep sharing your #RealWishes with us.

 

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25 Ways To Give Back #RealWishes

To us, the holidays are about giving back. Whether you’re donating toys to kids in need or just holding the door for someone, it’s easy to make real wishes come true. Throughout the month, we’re giving back to our communities and sharing our #RealWishes along the way.

We want you to join! Check out our list of 25 easy acts of kindness and share how you’re making a difference with #RealWishes on social.

  1. Buy coffee for the person behind you in line.
  2. Bake cookies for your colleagues.
  3. Send a note to a friend.
  4. Donate toys or supplies to pets at a local animal shelter.
  5. Buy a meal for a homeless person.
  6. Compliment someone amd tell them they’re beautiful.
  7. Write a note of encouragement and leave it in a random place.
  8. Sit with someone who is eating alone.
  9. Buy groceries for someone behind you in line.
  10. Give an extra generous tip to a server.
  11. Call a friend you haven’t spoken to in a while.
  12. Say hello to five strangers today.
  13. Write a note to thank someone who positively influenced your life.
  14. Donate books to your local library.
  15. Shovel snow from an elderly person’s driveway or sidewalk.
  16. Send flowers to someone who is having a rough day.
  17. Shop at a small, family-owned business.
  18. Donate Christmas presents to a local charity.
  19. Pay the toll for the car behind you.
  20. Leave a treat for your mailman.
  21. Donate your clothes to a non-profit thrift store.
  22. Hold the door for someone.
  23. Send a care package to an active duty military unit.
  24. Donate board games to the Children’s Hospital.
  25. Leave $1 in a random spot with a note encouraging others to pay it forward this holiday season.

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How are you giving back this year? Comment below & tell us!

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REAL Talk: Holiday Edition!

Iskra Lawrence, our #AerieREAL Role Model, sat down with the #AerieREAL girls at our Holiday ’16 photoshoot and asked what REAL means to them. Watch them all now and share your story below.

“It’s priceless to feel how you are.” – Katty

“Everyone should feel beautiful because the are!” – Lily Jean

“You have to embrace your story. You can never forget where you come from.” – Iesha

“I always try to tell people not to compare themselves. Just embrace your own beauty.” – Diana

“I’m really comfortable in my skin, and I know what matters is what’s in your heart.” – Allison

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Gift Guide: Cozy Ever After

Extra cute, extra comfy, extra cozy. Cozy Ever After is our shop curated especially for the snuggler on your gifting list. This collection in our gift guide combines some of our favorite Real Soft® pieces with some of our coziest knits and furs to make your white Christmas a warm one, too.

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Feel the love in super soft bouclé, velvet and faux fur!

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Shop the look: Boucle Turtleneck Sweater, Velvet Bodysuit, Faux Fur Earmuffs, Marled + Stitched Beanie, Graphic Tee Nightie, Sunnie Boybrief, Cable Sweater Jogger, Sparkle Crew Socks

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How To: 90’s Trend

Now trending: all 90’s everything. Bring back the past with 4 easy layers!

1.  START WITH SOFT

First layers should always start with the super-soft Real Soft® fabric you know and love. For the colder months, add sleeves!

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2. LAYER ON THE 90’s

Layer your prettiest sleepwear on top with our Satin Slip Nightie, then tie our Legging Flannel around your waist. It’s not 90’s without flannel!

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3. FINISH WITH A BEANIE

Get cozy on top with our Cable Sweater Beanie, made for any kind of hair day.

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4. DREAM ON!

Your throwback look is done! But if you want even more “As if!”, add a tattoo choker and military boots like the Woven Chokers and Lace-Up Hammer Boot from AEO.

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What’s your favorite 90’s trend? Comment below & tell us!

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