Follow Her Friday: Vallena Lipske

We’re inspired each day by the stories you share that show how you’re #AerieREAL. This week we wanted to highlight an incredible story from Aerie girl, Vallena Lipske. Having overcome some serious adversity growing up, she’s grown into an inspiring woman who’s certainly worth your follow! Get to know more about her after this adorable pic of her and her pup.

 

Follow Her Friday: Vallena Lipske

Aerie: Hi, Vallena! Tell us a little about yourself!

I grew up in a small earthy town in Northern California. Growing up, I spent my time outdoors; playing volleyball, hiking, going to the beach, and hanging out with my best friends (we still spend all of our time together whenever we’re home from our universities for summer).

I think a lot of my values came from home; here we all respect and support each other for our strengths and differences. In fact, our most recent paddleboarding excursion resulted in myself paddle-sitting while our most athletic friend did the paddling (no judgments made).

I recently moved across the country to Pennsylvania (Villanova University) to pursue my goal of getting my Bachelors of Science in Nursing to become a Pediatric Oncology Nurse Practitioner. And I couldn’t be happier. I love everything about nursing, and helping others, it truly is my passion.

I’m now in the committee running one of the largest Special Olympics programs in the US and this next year, I’ll be the Vice President of Membership of my sorority, Kappa Delta. I can’t wait to welcome the next class of freshmen into Kappa Delta and share our values of respect, diversity , and confidence with them.

Aerie: What does #AerieREAL mean to you?

Vallena: To me, #AerieREAL means celebrating being authentic, unique, confident, and #unretouched, inside and out.

Aerie: What makes you #AerieREAL?

Vallena: At a young age, I was diagnosed with Stage Four Neuroblastoma. I underwent chemotherapy, radiation, and had an intense surgery that left me with a twelve-inch scar across my abdomen. I used to be embarrassed of my scar, but I’ve learned to love myself for all of who I am. My scar is now a source of liberation, pride and confidence constantly reminding me that I’ve been given the opportunity to thrive and help others.

As a college-aged girl, I know how difficult it is to be authentic and confident. But, living true to my values and surrounding myself with people who respect those values has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. In my opinion, that’s what being #AerieREAL is. Nothing feels better than being true to yourself, despite what others may think.

Follow Her Friday: Vallena Lipske

Aerie: Where do you see yourself in 3 years?

Vallena: In 3 years, I see myself working as a Pediatric Oncology nurse, giving the kind of care to children that I was so lucky to receive myself.

Aerie: What’s your favorite inspirational quote?
Vallena: “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” This quote (actually a question) by Mary Oliver, my favorite poet, never fails to remind me to be grateful for the life I get to live, and that I have the opportunity to choose my attitude and future each day. Follow Her Friday: Vallena Lipske Follow Her Friday: Vallena Lipske

Aerie: What has been your biggest accomplishment thus far?
Vallena: My biggest accomplishment this summer was becoming fluent in Spanish while in Spain. I got a glimpse of what it felt like to live in a foreign country with a different primary language. I know my knowledge of Spanish will make a great difference in the lives of my Spanish-speaking patients when I’m a nurse.

Aerie; Do you have a role model? If so, who is he or she, and why does he or she inspire you?
Vallena: One of my biggest role models is my “big sister” in my sorority, Brianna. She embodies what it means to be #AerieREAL. She’s proud of who she is and lives true to her values. She balances her academic life (she’s also a nursing student), social life (she was vice-president of our sorority last year and is an amazing dancer), and physical life (she exercises, always motivated by her health, rather than image). I’ve never heard her make a negative comment about her body, or anyone else’s. Her confidence and positivity radiate to everyone around her and make them more comfortable in being who they are. Follow Her Friday: Vallena Lipske Follow Her Friday: Vallena Lipske

Aerie: Favorite song to listen to in the car or working out?
Vallena: The song “Roar” by Katy Perry never fails to leave me with that I can do anything feeling.

Aerie: What’s your favorite part of the day?
Vallena: The morning 100%! I love having a cup of coffee, watching the sunrise, and thinking about all the possibilities the day holds.

Follow Her Friday: Vallena Lipske Aerie: Do you have a secret talent, skill or quirk? Do tell!
Vallena: I absolutely love dancing, but not your typical dancing. Not the kind of dancing where you take a dance class and you’re told what to do. Not the kind of ballroom dancing that I did in middle school. Not even the kind of dancing at our sorority mixers. I’m talking about around the house while doing dishes, dancing on the porch jumping up and down, scaring your brother in the other room dancing.
Follow Her Friday: Vallena Lipske

Thank you so much for sharing your story with us, Vallena! You can follow Vallena on Instagram and Twitter, too.

Share YOUR Aerie REAL story with us and tag your photo with #AerieREAL.

xoxo,

Aerie

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What to Wear Under Your AEO: the Muscle T-Shirt

Muscle t-shirts were one of our favorite trends this summer. And this AEO Don’t Ask Why Muscle T-Shirt is one of our faves. Luckily, the season’s not quite over yet! Fit and style expert Jenny Altman’s last-minute tips for what to wear under this AEO look are here to help you make the most out of our favorite summer styles.

Check out Jenny’s tips below for her favorite Aerie pieces to wear under your muscle tee!

While a bralette could be a super cute option, we’re partial to Jenny’s pick…the Blakely Lightly Lined Bra with a pop of pink!

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This muscle t-shirt and Blakely with a pop of pink are a match made in heaven!

Want to see more of Jenny’s tips for wearing Aerie with your favorite AEO looks? Check out her style advice on pulling off the Crop Tee trend!

Xoxo,

Aerie

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Back to Real Life

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Ok Aerie girls, it’s time to get real. Summer has officially come to an end and that means Fall style is upon us. That’s right. Start packing away those shorts & swimsuits, because it’s leggings & layers from here on out! Our Back to Real Life lookbook proves that Fall never looked so good.

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Summer may be over, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t have fun with prints. Our Hi-Rise Printed Legging is sure to turn heads on campus with its pretty floral pattern and perfect berry palette. Complete the look with our Legging T-Shirt, Varsity Jacket Sweatshirt and Slouchy Beanie.

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Fall means a jam-packed social (and academic, of course) calendar, filled with pumpkin spice latte dates and late night study sessions. When you get a minute to relax, being comfortable is an absolute must. Our Woven Bomber and Scoop Neck Tank is the perfect pairing to catch up on the latest Aerie playlist and de-stress.

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Running errands between classes? Throw on our Skinny Jogger or Hi-Rise Printed Legging to check things off your to-do list in style.

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Cruise around campus in ultimate comfort with our Lounge Sweatpant. The softest stretch fabric is perfect for yoga or meeting up with your BFFs for lunch. Throw on a Long Sleeve T-Shirt for a pop of color and bring along our Varsity Jacket Sweatshirt just in case it gets chilly.

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If your back-to-school style is a bit edgier, the Print legging in Charcoal Sky is going to be your new best friend.  Slip on our Softest Modal Bralette and pair with a Swing Tank to take care free to a whole new level.

Need more back-to-school style inspiration? Check out our What to Pack: Dorm Essentials post!

xoxo,

Aerie

 

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Trend Tuesday: Fall Prints & Graphics

Trend Tuesday: Fall Prints & Graphics

 Put away your monochromatic neutrals and bring on the bright colors! This season we’re seeing a rise of colorful graphics and fun floral prints. We took the trend and incorporated it into our newest crew neck sweatshirts and undies. Shop your favorite prints below and get a sneak peek of our Fall Collection!

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 Talk about a cutie booty. We’re really loving these new boybrief undies that feature a pop of lace at the hip!

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 Show of those legs! Pair a bold printed legging with a solid colored top. Take these bad boys from day to night by switching between flats, sneakers, or boots! These leggings are perfect for a long day of classes or a busy, errand-filled weekend.

Trend Tuesday: Fall Prints & GraphicsHow are you rocking prints this season? Tag your Aerie look with #AerieREAL for a chance to be featured on Aerie.com or on our Instagram!

xoxo,

Aerie

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Real Talk: Why You Need a Pushup Bra

Even if a pushup isn’t your daily go-to, it’s a total necessity in every girl’s bra wardrobe! Whether you’re looking for everyday perky or weekend whoa, Aerie has the perfect bra for you. Pushup bras are great for girls of all shapes and sizes to provide just the right amount of support and push.

Watch below for reasons why our Merchandise Manager for Aerie bras, Kerstyn, and fit and style expert Jenny Altman love a good pushup.

The Bridget Pushup bra is one of our go-to’s for every day. Jenny’s favorite? The Ella Gel, for its natural, perky lift. Kerstyn loves the Charley Plunge for her v and scoop-neck tops!

Drew Pushup

The Drew Pushup bra adds two cup sizes for some serious “whoa!” factor.

What’s your favorite Aerie pushup bra? Tell us below!

Xoxo,

Aerie

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Jenny’s Picks: Fall Favorites

Fall’s almost here! Haven’t done your shopping yet? No sweat…Aerie’s fit and style expert, Jenny Altman, is here to help you get ready for the cooler months with a style upgrade.

Jenny's Picks: Fall Favorites

Jenny’s here to talk her favorite Fall styles, from socks to joggers!

Watch below as Jenny gives the rundown on her favorite styles of the season, and her expert tips for wearing and pairing.

One of Jenny’s quick tips? The Aerie collection is made to mix and match! Pick your favorite bra as the foundation, then have fun with your undies in cute patterns, prints and details. It’s easy to create your own, unique look.

Jenny's Picks: Fall Favorites

With so many ways to wear and pair, the possibilities are endless!

 

Here are some of our favorite looks below! Jenny's Picks: Fall Favorites Jenny's Picks: Fall Favorites AERIE_JENNYS_PICKS_08_28_140031 Jenny's Picks: Fall FavoritesWant more tips from Jenny on Fall style? Email your fit and style questions for Jenny to AskJenny@ae.com, or tweet @Aerie with #AskJenny!

 Xoxo,

Aerie

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