Follow Her Friday: Laura Porter

We’re inspired each day by the stories you share that show how you’re #AerieREAL. This week we’re sharing the story of 23-year-old Laura Porter, a student at the George Washington University, and founder of SPEAK GW. A recovering ED warrior and advocate for change and body positivity, Laura works each day to provide resources, and raise awareness and attention to the problem of eating disorders specifically on campus. Read on below to learn more about Laura and to follow her journey!

Follow Her Friday: Laura PorterAerie: Hi, Laura! Thanks for chatting with us. We love SPEAK’s mission. What inspired you to launch SPEAK GW?

Laura: I wanted to create a space and a community where people weren’t afraid to speak up about eating disorders.  I am inspired by the community Proud2BMe and NEDA have built online, and I love being able to bring that community to men and women in college, because that’s what I needed when I was struggling. Organizations like SPEAK and Proud2BMe give young people the opportunities to use their voices and silence stigma, which really changes lives.

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

Laura: My role models are the men and women who share their stories so bravely with others and those warriors who fought internal battles with addiction, eating disorders and other illnesses, and won.  There are so many people I have met in treatment who I now see doing amazing things and successfully and bravely taking on life’s challenges one day at a time.  Those are my role models.

Follow Her Friday: Laura Porter

Laura and her best friend and former VP of SPEAK, Katie Duman.

Follow Her Friday: Laura Porter

Laura and Brian Cuban, an Eating Disorder and Addiction Recovery Advocate at a SPEAK GW event.

Aerie: After graduation, what is your ultimate dream job?

Laura: It’s my dream to speak to young men and women around the country and share my story of recovery from alcoholism and an eating disorder. I want people to never feel alone and to know that there is always hope.

Aerie: Do you have a favorite quote or mantra? 

Laura: My mantra is “speaking up saves lives.” It’s so true because when we share our stories and use our voices, we can reach people in ways that can change a life.

Follow Her Friday: Laura Porter

Laura and her sister, Abby. <3

Aerie: What does being #AerieREAL mean to you?

Laura: It means showing my true self to others,  knowing that I am worthy of love and letting go of perfection. It’s about being me—unapologetically.

Follow Her Friday: Laura Porter

Laura sharing the #AerieREAL love! Show us your selfie with #LoveYouRealSelfie.

Aerie: What’s your favorite Aerie bra fit?

Laura: The Softest Lace Racerback Bralette.  It’s perfect to add extra color to my typically neutral wardrobe.

Aerie: Do you have a secret skill or talent? Spill!

Laura: I can do impressions really well, especially accents. I’m from Houston, Texas and have family from Mississippi, so I’ve nailed the southern twang.

Thank you, Laura! Be sure to follow Laura on Instagram and her organization SPEAK.

For more information and resources, visit Aerie.com/NEDA. Tell us your story at AerieREAL.com!

xoxo,

Aerie

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Aerie Anytime 3 Ways with Natalie Dressed

The Aerie Anytime collection speaks for itself. Whether you’re working out, running errands or lounging around the house, Aerie Anytime offers the comfiest #OOTDs fit for real life. Our girl Natalie from Natalie Dressed shows us how she styles her favorite Aerie Anytime look 3 different ways.

Meet Natalie:
Natalie Comstock is the author of the life and style blog, Natalie Dressed, and founder of Style + Spirit, a graphic apparel brand she recently started.  As a lover of both the world of fashion and the world of spirituality and self-development, she’s rooted both her blog and company in the message that style and spirituality can go hand in hand and that you don’t have to sacrifice one in order to have the other. Natalie lives in Santa Cruz, CA with her husband and rottweiler pup, Bailey, has a minor obsession with killer heels, and calls the beach her happy place. You can find her on Instagram at @natalie_dressed.

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Get Natalie’s Look: Aerie Tank | Cotton Plunge Bralette | Skinny Yoga Pant | New Balance Colorblocked Sneaker Aerie Anytime 3 Ways with Natalie Dressed

What Inspired Natalie’s Look:
“As someone who loves basics, does yoga, and works from home, it’s important to me have to pieces in my wardrobe that are versatile, comfortable, and stylish. All of the pieces here fit that criteria. ”

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Aerie Anytime 3 Ways with Natalie Dressed

“The Aerie tank has become my new favorite top. I have worn it more times than I’d like to admit since it arrived in the mail. It’s so soft and has the perfect amount of slouch to it. I also love that you can see the lace of the bralette peak out, which adds something a little more feminine to the mix. The bralette is super comfy and is making me want to add many more to my wardrobe! These pieces can be mixed and matched with so many other things I own. One thing is for sure – they’ll make me feel much cuter and put together when I’m working and working out!” Aerie Anytime 3 Ways with Natalie Dressed

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Aerie Anytime 3 Ways with Natalie Dressed

“I love that these yoga pants are super fun while still being neutral and versatile. I can wear them while working at home during the day without feeling like a slob and then throw on a pair of tennis shoes for an afternoon workout. They’re also great for lounging around the house on the weekends.”Aerie Anytime 3 Ways with Natalie Dressed

Show us how you style our Aerie Anytime collection with #AerieREAL on Instagram and Twitter for a chance to be featured on our Style Gallery! xo

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Retro Swim with Lush to Blush

Whether you have a beach trip in the works (Spring Break anyone?) or you’ve been dreaming of soaking up some sun, it’s officially time for Aerie Swim. Bikini or One Piece, Classic or Retro, we’ve got you covered! Undecided? You can Mix & Match until you’ve found the perfect combo.

Megan from Lush to Blush took her favorite #AerieSWIM to Hawaii for a romantic getaway and it’s safe to say we’re in love.

Meet Megan:
Megan Elliott is the creator and blogger behind Lush to Blush. She is an avid lover of the earth and everything on it, especially flowers, and has been a vegetarian for seven years. On her blog, she explores fashion, lifestyle, and all things lovely.

Retro Swim with Lush to Blush

Retro Swim with Lush to Blush

What Inspired Megan’s Look:
“These photos were taken at the beach at the Koa Kea resort we stayed at for a couple nights. The whole place was so nice and absolutely perfect for our romantic getaway to Kauai. I wore my retro style aerie bathing suit and as I ran into the water, I totally felt like Allie from the Notebook! I really really love the flattering style of the top and the high rise bottoms. I felt totally happy and comfortable with my body, which is not common for me when I’m in a bikini. But this style fit my body perfectly and I had so much fun running around on the beach and enjoying the beautiful sunshine. After a day full of beach fun in this bathing suit, I think the retro style has become my favorite.”
Retro Swim with Lush to Blush

Get Megan’s Look: Retro Halter Bikini Top | Hi-Rise Bikini Bottom

Retro Swim with Lush to Blush

Show off your #AerieREAL for a chance to be featured on our Style Gallery! Share your photos on Instagram and Twitter with #AerieREAL.

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Every Girl Needs Her Best T

Let’s get real. Every girl needs her Best T. Whether you’re searching for the perfect every day tee or planning a casual-glam Galentine’s Day #OOTD, basics are always better.

Bloggers and real-life besties, Britt and Whit, show us how to style our favorite basic tee. With it’s soft, silky fabric and flattering fit, it’s a must-have in every girls’ wardrobe!

Meet Britt and Whit:
Britt+Whit is a San Francisco based fashion blog run by two best friends who love to play dress up! They chronicle their daily style including what they wear to the office and out on the weekends.Every girl needs her Best T with Britt + Whit

What Inspired Their Look:
“Being besties, we find that we always end up dressing alike!  The number of times we have shown up places wearing nearly identical outfits is astounding.  So when we set out to style our Aerie Best T Tees it was no surprise that we styled them in very similar ways, though still maintaining our own unique twist! The best things about sharing a blog with your best friend is that while we like similar looks and trends, we always incorporate and style them a bit to differently, so that means double the looks and outfits!”

Every girl needs her Best T with Britt + Whit

What Inspired Britt’s Look:
“I was inspired by a more sophisticated approach to the basic jeans and t-shirt look.  The v-neck cut of the tee is not only super flattering, but also gave me an excuse to add on a gorgeous statement necklace!  I love the contrast of the casual tee and ripped denim with the high heels and jeweled necklace.  Perfect look for a more casual night out with friends.”

Every girl needs her Best T with Britt + Whit

What Inspired Whit’s Look:
“I love a classic tee like this because it’s a great piece to dress down or up. While Britt went with a statement necklace, I added some fun statement earrings. With the cut of the v-neck I prefer a bit more delicate take on my necklace jewelry. I added a monogrammed W necklace Britt actually gave me! I added some black skinny jeans and classic black pumps to finish off my look.”

Show us how you style our Best Ts with #AerieREAL on Twitter or Instagram for a chance to be featured on our Style Gallery! xo

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#AerieBraletteCrush with Love, Lenore

We’ve got a crush on our bralettes and you should, too. Between the softest lace and pretty little details, what’s not to love?

Jacy from Love, Lenore shows us the perfect harmony that is our low-back tee and softest lace racerback bralette below.

Meet Jacy:
“Hi guys! I’m Jacy Overstreet, blogger behind Love, Lenore (my middle name, passed down through my family). I’m 23 and live in Missouri with my hubby and two rescue dogs, and my blog is all about everyday chic style that’s attainable for real life and real budgets. During the day I work in education PR where I have to dress up, so outside of work I love having comfortable, casual pieces that can easily take me from running errands to hanging out at home.

I’ve been a big fan of Aerie clothing for years now and can’t get enough of their cute loungewear, accessories, and gorgeous intimates! This low-back tee is one of the softest tops I’ve ever owned, and I love that the scoop back shows off the lace detail of my bralette. I love Aerie bralettes because of their gorgeous lace and color options, and how they add that special touch to an outfit while being so comfortable! They’re also great for all seasons whether under a tee like this, under an oversized sweater, or under a low-back sundress or tank in the summer.”

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#AerieBraletteCrush with Love, Lenore What Inspired Jacy’s Look:
“This outfit was inspired by my past weekend! I wore my low-back tee and bralette at home to play with my dogs, cook brunch, and get ready for the day, and then simply swapped out a few pieces for jeans, ankle boots and a beanie to quickly get me out the door for our day!”

#AerieBraletteCrush with Love, Lenore

Get Jacy’s Look: Softest Lace Racerback Bralette | Low-Back Tee | Fuzzy Beanie

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Show off your #AerieBraletteCrush for a chance to be featured on our Style Gallery! Share your photos on Instagram and Twitter with #AerieREAL. xo

 

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How To Style a Bralette with Skirt the Rules

It may be Monday, but we’ve still got the weekend on our minds. Jen from Skirt the Rules shows us how she made the most of her downtime in her Aerie bralette.

What Inspired Jen’s Look:
When it comes to weekends, I don’t mess around.  I love waking up in the morning knowing that I have the whole day ahead of me (fresh blooms on the nightstand don’t hurt either), but my favorite part has to be the weekend wear.  Comfort is key, but cuteness is pretty high up my list too, for obvious reasons.  There’s nothing like lounging around in the softest of t-shirts and a little lace bralette.  It’s like a match made in heaven!

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Get Jen’s Look: Softest Lace Racerback Bralette | Low-Back Tee | Skinny Jogger

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How To Wear a Bralette with Skirt the Rules

Show off your #AerieBraletteCrush for a chance to be featured on our Style Gallery! Share your photos on Instagram and Twitter with #AerieREAL. xo

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