DIY: Halloween Pumpkin Painting

We love Halloween at Aerie! Haunted houses in our conference rooms, pumpkin spice latte breaks, and of course, pumpkin picking! This year we put our carving tools away and opted for an unexpected alternative to pumpkin carving – pumpkin painting. Read on below to learn how our team created 3 easy no-carve pumpkin DIY ideas to help you make your Halloween extra BOO-tiful!

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What You’ll Need

Multi-surface paint in a vintage finish

Spray paint in the color of your choice (we love gold metallic tones!)

Painter’s tape

Paintbrushes in various sizes

A dropcloth or newspaper

Fun stickers

Loose glitter

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Vintage White 

Our first pumpkin painting idea is simple and classic. Our team used a 2fl oz bottle of multi-surface acrylic craft paint to cover the entire pumpkin except the stem. We used 1 flat brush and 1 small brush to paint carefully around the top.

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Voila! Now the white pumpkin gives you a sort of blank canvas to design anything you would like – continue reading to see what we did to complete the look.
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Leaf It Be 

We painted another one of our pumpkins classic white, let it dry for 2 hours, and added one more very simple step. Using stickers purchased at a local craft store, we embellished the white surface to make one very chic pumpkin!
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Preppy Pumpkin 

Our last pumpkin DIY is a bit more difficult and will take more time. Use 1.5″ painters tape to create 2-3 chevron lines across the circumference of your pumpkin.
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After you finish taping your pumpkin, use a can of spray paint to color the tape-free sections. We chose gold because of the metallic finish, but feel free to try any color!

8 Let your now spray-painted pumpkin dry for at least 30 minutes. Very carefully, peel off the tape. 9

You did it! Be sure to show us your pumpkin creations with #AerieREAL on Instagram and Twitter.

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We can’t forget about the lil’ pumpkins! We sprayed a few with gold or white spray paint and added some sparkles for extra glam!

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Which pumpkin design is your favorite? Comment below!
16Happy Halloween, Aerie girls!

xoxo,

Aerie

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How To: Style Your Romantic Lace Bralette

Whether you’re looking to lounge in soft, romantic lace or add a bit of whimsy to your outfit, the Romantic Lace Bralette is pure perfection. We asked three of our favorite bloggers to show us how they style the bralette, proving that this piece is a total must-have.

Meet McKenna:
Hello! My name is McKenna Bleu, a southern girl who has always had a love for fashion. For me great style doesn’t have to cost a lot, doesn’t have to be what’s popular or limited to a certain size. Being real and having confidence is the greatest style to obtain. McKenna Bleu is just that, a site to gain fashion inspiration, travel & beauty tips. I hope you will stop by and say hello!

What inspired  McKenna’s look:
For me, I have a love for color, bold prints and anything that sparkles!

How To: Style Your Romantic Lace Bralette

McKenna in our Romantic Lace Bralette in Holiday Red

How To: Style Your Romantic Lace Bralette

Meet Eleni:
20-something year old Life and Style Blogger behind Convey the Moment from Calgary who lives a vegan friendly lifestyle.

What inspired Eleni’s look:
Sometimes a girl wants to feel as comfortable as she does sexy and the Romantic Lace Bralette did just that.  I absolutely like that I can casually relax in it in the privacy of my own home or dress it up with a high waisted skirt and a sheer blouse over top.

How To: Style Your Romantic Lace Bralette

Eleni in our Romantic Lace Bralette  in Soft Muslin

How To: Style Your Romantic Lace Bralette

Meet Kelsey:
Hi everyone! My name is Kelsey from Kelsey Gonder. I’m a 23 year old from Pennsylvania. I graduated from Penn State University this past May where I majored in Business Management. I now hold three jobs- marketing coordinator, sales associate, and my personal favorite, blogger! I blog for so many different reasons but my number one reason is to make women feel better about themselves. I love providing outfit inspiration to ladies and sharing some of my favorite shops along the way!

What Inspired Kelsey’s look:
When I received the Romantic Lace Bralette, I was so intrigued with its details. Although simple in form, it has this beautiful lace overlay which screams attention. I’ve seen as well as styled bralettes with open back shirts and loose sweaters so I really wanted to try something different. That’s when I thought about wearing it as a crop top. Now I know not everyone likes this trend, so as an alternative I would recommend putting a button up over the bralette, loosely tucking it in, and leaving the first few buttons unbuttoned. That way you can still see the details but are very comfortable. After all, isn’t that what confidence is about? Pairing the bralette with this grey pleated skirt gave the look the exact effortlessness that I was going for, and I just slipped on a pair of sparkly flats to complete the outfit! I think this look is perfect to transition into fall. You can tack on as many extra layers as you’d like and even dress it up with a pair of heels!

How To: Style Your Romantic Lace Bralette

Kelsey in our Romantic Lace Bralette in Deep Plum

How To: Style Your Romantic Lace Bralette

Looking for more style inspiration? Check out our Blanket Scarf Style Challenge with Christina from Oh So Glam here! xo

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Style Challenge: The Blanket Scarf

It’s no secret that we’re obsessed with blanket scarfs and we want the world to know it. Christina, blogger behind Oh So Glam, shares our love of all things cozy, so who better to show us how to style this must-have cold weather accessory?

Meet Christina:
Christina is a style and beauty blogger based out of Connecticut.

Style Challenge: The Blanket Scarf

Style Challenge: The Blanket Scarf Style Challenge: The Blanket Scarf

What inspired Christina’s look:
While the foliage in New England is gorgeous this time of year, the temperature drops fast and the blanket scarf becomes the perfect accessory!

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Can’t get enough of our blanket scarf styling tips? Read more here! xo

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Follow Her Friday: Ali Mitton

Cue the cold nights, the cozy knits, and snowball fights! This Holiday we partnered with a new photographer, who just so happens to be our first Aerie REAL girl photographer, to help us prepare for one of our favorite gifting seasons. Aerie girls, meet Ali Mitton. This Gold Coast Australian native added just the touch of magic, simplicity, and elegance to make our favorite cozy products come to life. Read on below to learn more about Ali, her favorite parts of the shoot, and her thoughts about 100% not retouching.

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Aerie: What does #AerieREAL mean to you?

AM: It means honesty and confidence!

Aerie: What’s your favorite Holiday recipe?

AM: Christmas in Australia is summer! So I love barbecue seafood and fresh salads. :)

Follow Her Friday: Ali Mitton

Follow Her Friday: Ali Mitton

Aerie: What’s your favorite Holiday tradition?

AM: If I’m in Australia its swimming and eating all day, and running around on the beach. If I’m in America its making cookies with my boyfriend’s family and sitting by the fireplace.

Aerie: Did you have a favorite Aerie item from the Holiday line?

AM: I love all the fabulous Christmas print socks. :)

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Aerie: Cute! We love those, especially with winter boots! What was your favorite scene to shoot?

AM: All our snow scenes were super fun!

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Aerie: How do you feel not retouching the girls? 

AM: I love not retouching the girls. They don’t need it. No girls actually do. It’s just an industry expectation, a bad habit I love breaking. These girls look amazing without any retouching.

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 Aerie: What is your favorite camera to shoot with?

AM: A 5D MK III.

Follow Her Friday: Ali Mitton

Aerie: What do you believe not retouching means to young women?

AM: I think retouching has made us place unrealistic expectations on ourselves. We are all trying to live up to something that is not real. Retouching is standard in my line of work, its sad but true. I’m really excited to work with Aerie who is breaking that rule.

Aerie: How would you describe your personal style?  

AM: Relaxed, comfortable, and minimal. :)

Follow Her Friday: Ali Mitton

See more from Ali on Aerie’s Instagram, in your local Aerie store, and at Aerie.com!

Also, don’t forget to follow Ali now on Instagram.

xoxo,

Aerie

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How To: Styling The Blanket Scarf

Blanket scarves are definitely the must-have accessory on all of our wishlists this season! We were looking for inspiration for styling fall’s hottest trend, so we turned to an expert for some guidance.

Aerie Accessories Buyer, Ann, is here to show you step-by-step her 3 favorite ways to wear the blanket scarf. Watch and learn!

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#1: The Triangle Wrap

  • Fold scarf in half diagonally to create a triangle
  • Place triangle tip in front
  • Wrap the sides back around the neck
  • Bring the sides under the triangle tip
  • Tuck and adjust to create lots of volume
  • Ta-da!

#2: The Knot

  • Fold scarf in half diagonally to create a triangle
  • Twist and roll the scarf
  • Drape the scarf around the neck
  • Cross the two ends together at the front and tie a loose knot
  • Looking good, girl!

#3: The Simple Drape

  • Fold scarf in half diagonally to create a triangle
  • Place triangle tip in back
  • Drape the sides around the shoulder
  • Ann’s styling tip: “I like to wear this one for chilly days in the office!”

And voila! Wrap, knot and drape your way to stylishness this fall! Thanks, Ann!

How do you wear your Aerie blanket scarf? Tell us below or show us with #AerieREAL!

Xoxo,

Aerie

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Follow Her Friday: Elisabeth Tavierne

Not many people can say they’ve impacted thousands of girls at over a dozen university campuses nationwide, with a movement showing no signs of slowing…but Elisabeth Tavierne can.

Elisabeth found her passion for fitness through swimming for over 10 years, finally competing at the collegiate level at The Ohio State University. It wasn’t until she “hung up her towel” midway through college when she realized that many women’s sole form of workout was the elliptical or treadmill. Not to mention, they didn’t look like they were having fun.

ElisaTThis desire to “liberate girls from the elliptical” inspired her to create CHAARG (Changing Health, Attitudes, and Actions to Recreate Girls). Through CHAARG, she set out to create opportunities for girls to find their individual passion for fitness, whether it be dance, yoga, or running marathons. She ultimately built a supportive and encouraging community of college girls wanting to lead lead happy, healthy and active lives.

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Aerie: Hi, Elisabeth! Thanks for chatting with us! What does #AerieREAL mean to you?

Elisabeth: #AerieREAL means truly loving yourself for who you are. In this day and age, so many young women are plagued with confidence issues, whether it has to do with their body, in their work, or among their peers. Although everyone is bound to have insecurities from time to time, it is important that self loves trump all. There is absolutely no one in the whole wide world who is YOU. That in and of itself is pretty awesome. Get to know who you are, and own it.

Aerie: What makes you #AerieREAL?

Elisabeth: Following my passion and helping other find theirs.

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Where do you see yourself in 3 years?

Elisabeth: As a Chicago native – either still in Chicago or living in another exciting city (I would love to live in Australia for a little — I’m actually a dual citizen!). Most importantly, continuing to do what I love every day. My goal is to expand CHAARG to every university in the United States — if not the world, so in 3 years I hope to have a good start on that.

Aerie: What’s your favorite inspirational quote?

Elisabeth: This is a long one, but I love it.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” – Marianne Williamson

Aerie: What has been your biggest accomplishment thus far?

Elisabeth: Reaching 1,000 members last fall was definitely a huge milestone for us. Also, it’s always an accomplishment hearing from girls that CHAARG has changed her life. I remember one girl specifically said that CHAARG has allowed her to be the best version of herself. It is an incredible feeling.

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

Elisabeth: All of my CHAARG girls are my inspiration. Every night before I go to bed I scroll through the #inCHAARG feed on Instagram and am blown away by their passion, dedication and positivity. These women motivate and support each other not only in gym, but in life. I am so blessed to be surrounded by them.

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Aerie: Do you have a favorite Aerie item? Do share!

Elisabeth: The Aerie Hi-Rise Printed Legging!

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

Elisabeth: Phone, Burt’s Bees and gum! 99% of the time I also a coffee in my hand.

Aerie: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, All, or Nothing?

Elisabeth: Instagram all the way!

Aerie: Favorite song to listen to in the car or working out?

Elisabeth: Lately I’ve been obsessed with Timeflies (I know, I jumped on the bandwagon pretty late).

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Thank you, Elisabeth! Keep up with her on Instagram or Twitter. While you’re at it, find out more about CHAARG on their Twitter, Instagram and Blog!

Xoxo,

Aerie

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