STYLE CHALLENGE: THE CAPE

The Cape is one of our favorite layering pieces this season! Whether you’re staying in or going out, the Cape is perfect for throwing on over your cozy tops. Blogger babes Bows & Sequins and My Style Vita show us how they style this must-have trend below!

Meet Jessica:
Jessica Sturdy is a twenty-something living life to the fullest in New York City. By day, she is the Brand & Business Development Manager for an up & coming jewelry brand and by night, she writes Bows & Sequins, a fashion-focused lifestyle blog. On Bows & Sequins, you’ll find Jessica’s feminine, polished, and playful take on personal style, beauty products and tutorials, home decor, fitness, & food. Jessica has been featured in Lucky Magazine & Teen Vogue, as well as on Elle.com, Glamour.com, The Glitter Guide, and more.

STYLE CHALLENGE: THE CAPE STYLE CHALLENGE: THE CAPE

What Inspired Jessica’s Look:
When I’m not dressed up in my fanciest dresses for festive fetes, you can usually find me relaxing and unwinding around my apartment during the holiday season. My off-duty attire revolves around comfortable and cozy basics that I can mix and match. The Aerie Cape is the perfect PJ-topper because it’s super snuggly, not bulky at all (you can layer it over long sleeves!), and so apres-ski chic, too. Who knew snuggly and stylish could work together?! (And you can’t beat the fuzzy hood!)

STYLE CHALLENGE: THE CAPE

Get Jessica’s Look: Fairisle Cape | Layering T-Shirt (Similar) Flannel Boxer (Similar) | Crew Socks (Similar)

STYLE CHALLENGE: THE CAPE

Meet Jessica:
Jessica is a fashion and lifestyle blogger for My Style Vita in Atlanta, GA. She shares her everyday style from fashion, food to decor. She is also the co-founder of the first blogging community of it’s kind,  Southern Blog Society and Southwest Blog Society.

STYLE CHALLENGE: THE CAPE

STYLE CHALLENGE: THE CAPE

What Inspired Jessica’s Look:
My inspiration for this perfect Cape was keeping the rest of my look pretty simple to let the bold piece standout. I paired it with my favorite Skinny Jeans from AE and my go to booties this fall. The color of the long sleeve top provides the perfect amount of contrast to the grey poncho to pull the whole look together.

STYLE CHALLENGE: THE CAPE

Get Jessica’s Look: The Aerie Cape | Hi-Rise Skinny Jean

STYLE CHALLENGE: THE CAPE

Need more style inspiration? Check out our Blanket Scarf Style Challenge here! xo

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Style Challenge: The Lace Trim Nightie

If you haven’t already heard, our Lace Trim Nightie is something to talk about. Between the adorable prints, lace trim and über soft fabric, this piece will make the perfect addition to your loungewear wardrobe. Blogger, Tieka from Selective Potential shows us how she slips into a something a little more comfortable with a cozy night-in #OOTD!

Meet Tieka:
Tieka of Selective Potential is a personal style blogger based out of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Her blog features fashion, travel, and everyday life.

Style Challenge: The Lace Trim Nightie

Style Challenge: The Lace Trim Nightie

What Inspired Tieka’s Look:
My inspiration behind this look was a “cozy night at home”. With winter quickly approaching, I spend a lot of my weekends in warm + cozy clothing. Whether I’m catching up on blogging, watching a few favorite T.V. shows or sitting on the porch enjoying a cup of coffee, I love to be comfortable and warm. And why not look adorable while doing so? This Aerie Lace Trim Nightie is perfect for wearing around the house, and comfortable enough to head straight to bed when I’m ready. I could also imagine pairing this nightie with a fitted blazer and heels too. 13 Going On 30, anyone? ;) And to keep myself warm, I paired the knee-high socks and a fuzzy beanie with my look. I love that all of these items can easily be remixed into my everyday attire, too. xo

Style Challenge: The Lace Trim Nightie

Shop Tieka’s Look: Lace Trim Nightie | Sweater Cardigan | Pom Beanie | Knee Socks

Style Challenge: The Lace Trim Nightie

Style Challenge: The Lace Trim Nightie

Need more nightie #OOTD inspiration? Check out our How to: Style Your Nightie post here! xo

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How To: Style Your Nightie

Ever wonder why they call it beauty sleep? Well, we like to think our cozy sleepwear has something to do with it! Blogger McKenna Bleu shows us how she styles our Lace Trim Nightie for the perfect early morning #OOTD.

Meet McKenna:
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!

How To: Style Your Nightie

How To: Style Your Nightie

Get McKenna’s look: Lace Trim Nightie | Scarf (Similar) | Knee High Socks (Similar)How To: Style Your Nightie

How To: Style Your Nightie

Love McKenna’s style? Be sure to check out our How To: Style Your Romantic Lace Bralette post here! xo

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Cozy Up Winter #OOTD

When the temperature drops, cozy loungewear is our best friend. Blogger Ally Cog shows us how she styles our Sleep Cami and Cable Knit Skinny Jogger for a lazy Saturday afternoon in our nation’s capital. Can you say layers? Yes, please!

Meet Ally:
Alison Coglianese is the Washington, D.C-based personal style and fashion blogger behind AllyCog.com.

Cozy Up Winter #OOTD

What inspired Ally’s look:
When I’m just hanging around at home, I love being in something cozy but still cute. It’s so easy to throw on a pair of old sweats, but I’ve really been trying to up my loungewear game — starting with these joggers! In addition to being adorable, they’re so incredibly soft (seriously, you should feel the inside!) and easy to move around in, which is important since I have a little one to keep up with.

Cozy Up Winter #OOTD

Cozy Up Winter #OOTD

Get Ally’s look: Sleep Cami | Cable Knit Skinny Jogger | Cardigan (Similar)

Cozy Up Winter #OOTD

Cozy Up Winter #OOTD

Need more style #OOTD inspiration? Check out our Cable Knit Skinny Jogger Style Challenge here!

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Style Challenge: The Cable Knit Jogger

When something we love to wear is both stylish and comfy the universe aligns and all is well in the world. That’s exactly how we feel about the Cable Knit Skinny Jogger. Between its softest stretch cotton fabric and cable knit detailing, it’s really a win, win situation. See how our girls from Classic & BubblyBeautyosauruslex and Here & Now styled them below!

Meet Stesha:
Stesha is the writer of the personal style blog; Classic & Bubbly. Her style is a mixture of casual and feminine with a pop of color (usually pink!).

Style Challenge: The Cable Knit Jogger

What inspired Stesha’s look:
I love being casual yet put together so these navy joggers are the perfect staple for my fall/winter wardrobe! Whether I am lounging around the house or out running a few Sunday errands comfort is all key for me! I added a chambray shirt to this specific outfit giving it a more dressed up look and the blanket scarf for keeping me warm. Levi (my little pup) came along, he also loves to snuggle in the blanket scarf as well!

Style Challenge: The Cable Knit Jogger

Style Challenge: The Cable Knit Jogger

Meet Alex:
Alex Good is a blogger and Youtuber that wants to live in a world where tutus are accepted in everyday attire, chai lattes and donuts are a daily indulgence and dogs talk back. When she is not blogging, you can find her watching romantic comedies (shamelessly) with her husband and dog, dreaming up her next blog post or hunting for the best red lipstick. Explore and be inspired at Beautyosauruslex.

Style Challenge: The Cable Knit Jogger

What inspired Alex’s look:
Mixing pieces has always been a love of mine. A structured oxford button up with some classic heels, a party dress and sneakers, and for today’s outfit, fitted jogger pants and a statement necklace. Finding a balance is key to achieving a relaxed and yet polished look. The greatest thing about these jogger pants isn’t even their adorable cable knit detail along the side, but how absolutely soft and comfortable they are. Consider these part of your new weekend wardrobe and don’t be afraid to mix in pieces with pattern!

Style Challenge: The Cable Knit Jogger Style Challenge: The Cable Knit Jogger

Meet Jessica:
20-something student learning to live in the Here & Now & discover her sense of style along the way.

Style Challenge: The Cable Knit Jogger

Jessica in our Cable Knit Skinny Jogger in Deep Plum.

Style Challenge: The Cable Knit Jogger Style Challenge: The Cable Knit Jogger

Need more style inspiration? Check out 3 ways to style our Blanket Scarf here!

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Follow Her Friday: Sam Ellis

Every day, we’re inspired by the stories of our #AerieREAL girls. Today, we’re featuring Sam Ellis! Sam is a college athlete who overcame compartment syndrome early in her collegiate career. She went on to compete for all 4 years, finally playing in the lacrosse World Cup for the first ever Israeli women’s lacrosse team. Get to know Sam by reading her inspiring story below!

Go #33!

Sam: I was #33 in high school, so wearing the number again was symbolic of my beginning and my end.

Aerie: Hi Sam! Thanks so much for chatting with us. First, tell us a little about yourself!

Sam: I graduated from college just over a year ago and now I live in NYC. In college, I was lucky enough to be a member of the Princeton women’s varsity lacrosse team. It was honestly the best time of my life – minus the 5 AM practices.

Lacrosse runs in the family!

Sam: Both my brother and sister played lacrosse in college, so it was always pretty special when they would come and support me when I played.

Aerie: Then you joined the first Israeli National Women’s lacrosse team! What was that experience like?

Sam: While I was a senior in college I tried out for the first ever Israeli National Women’s lacrosse team. Soon after I was selected to play on the team, I became an Israeli citizen, flew to Israel to train with my team, and then we competed in the 2013 World Games where we finished in 8th place out of 19 teams. Lacrosse has allowed me to experience so many things I never thought I would get a chance to be a part of. I attended an incredible university that has given me limitless opportunities, I had an athletic career that gave me some of the best friends and memories, and I was given the chance to further my lacrosse experience beyond college, and into something that was more meaningful than I ever thought was possible.

The Israeli Lacrosse Team celebrates a win against Germany!

Sam: This was Israel’s first win against Germany! I’m number 33!

Aerie: What does #AerieREAL mean to you?

Sam: #AerieREAL is about being comfortable with yourself and loving who you are on the inside and out. When it comes to girls, we all have a complex. But the most important thing that a girl can do is accept herself for who she is and allow that acceptance to evolve into confidence.

The Israeli Lacrosse team isn't afraid to get dirty!

Sam: My team and me, covered in mud from the Dead Sea!

Aerie: What makes you #AerieREAL?

Sam: When I was in college I was diagnosed with compartment syndrome in my legs, which makes it difficult to be active and have full blood circulation in your muscles. This is due to a inadequate amount of space in your legs for your muscles to expand properly. It’s a growing injury that many athletes are getting diagnosed with in recent years.

I got diagnosed with compartment syndrome when I was freshman in college. Since I wanted to play lacrosse for all four years, I decided to get surgery in the fall of my freshmen year. Even though the surgery was successful and I was able to continue to play lacrosse, the surgery left behind four 3 inch scars on my legs. I’m completely self conscious of my scars and in the first few years of recovery I was embarrassed of them.  Wearing skirts or dresses was tough because people were always staring at these dark indents and lines on my legs. As I got older, I began to  embrace my scars as my own, I feel less self conscious then I did 4 years ago and have begun to accept them as part of me. My acceptance of these visual reminders of what i once endured is what I’d like to think makes me #AerieReal.

Sam's teammates in Malta!

Sam: Having fun on the beach with teammates in our senior year of college!

Winner's Circle

Sam: This is a picture taken with my team and my baby cousins. After a win we would chant in Hebrew and jump side to side in a circle. My cousins decided to join us in the winning celebration!

Aerie: What’s your favorite inspirational quote?

Sam: “Don’t lower your expectations to meet your performance. Raise your level of performance to meet your expectations. Expect the best of yourself, and then do what is necessary to make it a reality.”- Ralph Marston

Aerie: What has been your biggest accomplishment thus far?

Sam: Representing Israel in the 2013 World Cup games was a big accomplishment for me. Being an Israeli citizen and representing my country in a way that I could make an impact has fulfilled me in ways I can’t explain. I hope to continue to give back to Israel, especially though the Israel Lacrosse community. I admire all the people who have contributed and volunteered to help to grow the the sport that I love in a country that I admire.

Sam's family selfie!

Sam: This was taken after my Mom’s birthday this year. I convinced my whole fam to take a selfie with me!

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

Sam: This is going to sound cheesy but I really look up to my parents. They’ve been together for 31 years and they’ve taught me everything. My mom is my rock and my everything. She has loved me in a way that I never thought was possible and she has always been there for me and my family. My dad is my number 1 fan and hero. He has always pushed me to be great but never overworked me to be something or to do something I wasn’t passionate about.  My parents are the type of parents that just want me to be happy, feel special, and most importantly, they want me to know how loved I am. I hope I can be like that to someone one day.

Charlie and Lulu are the most adorable duo!

Sam: I’m obsessed with my dogs. Charlie and Lulu are the most adorable duo!

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

Sam: I’m an athlete at heart so I’m always wearing sports bras. I’m obsessed with the Aerie Seamless Racerback Bra–  its perfect for traveling or when you’re stepping out to run a quick errand.

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

Sam: All – Instagram takes priority though.

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

Sam: “Life of the Party” by Shawn Mendes has become my go to song for everything.

Aerie: What’s your favorite part of the day?

Sam: I love the afternoon mainly because I love eating lunch- it’s the time of day where you can eat any kind of food!

Sam's best friends

Sam: This is me with two of my best friends, Alison and Hilary. To me they are Nabs and Hug. I’m so happy I met them during school because they are a huge part of my life now. I’d be lost without them!

Thanks for chatting, Sam! Follow Sam on Instagram @SamHopEllis, or Twitter @SamEllyz to keep up with this girl to watch. We want to know your #AerieREAL story! Share your story here, or on Instagram or Twitter with #AerieREAL!

Xoxo,

Aerie

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