DIY Holiday Jar

Happy Holi-DIYs! This easy DIY gift is a must-make for any gift exchange. Read on to see how to make your own festive jar just in time for Christmas.

DIY Holiday Jar

 

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Small jar
  • Glue gun
  • Glue sticks
  • Small rocks
  • Fake snow
  • Decorative sand
  • Small toy animals
  • Small plastic trees

DIY Holiday Jar

WHAT TO DO:

  1. On the inside of a clean, small jar, use a hot glue gun to secure small rocks to the bottom.
  2. Glue tiny toy animals and small plastic trees on top of the rocks.DIY Holiday Jar
  3. Add decorative sand to cover the glass bottom of the jar.
  4. Spoon fake snow around the trees and animals.DIY Holiday Jar
  5. Secure the lid on top of the jar.
  6. Gift it!

Want more DIY Christmas gifts? Check out some of our faves here and here.

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3 Ways To Wear The City Sweatshirt

Your fave City Sweatshirt is back and better than ever! Oversized, super soft and super comfy, this is THE must-have top for leggings. See how we styled one icy blue style with 3 different leggings below!

CHILL(Y)

Stay cute in the cold with sparkle leggings and our ultra warm Faux Furry Trapper Hat. Add some sunnies to block the shine from your leggings!

3 Ways To Wear The City Sweatshirt

 

COZY TIME

City Sweatshirt + Sleep Leggings = ultimate sleepy time style. Add some fuzzy socks and you may never leave your bed.

3 Ways To Wear The City Sweatshirt

 

SNOW WAY

Hit the slopes with our new Play Legwarmer Legging and pair it with a warm beanie and scarf for a look that can handle the winter weather.

3 Ways To Wear The City Sweatshirt

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DIY Wall Hanging

DIY your gifts this holiday, or make one for yourself– a woven wall hanging is a great way to get your hygge on! Read on to see how to weave your own wintry decor.

DIY Wall Hanging

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Large weaving loom
  • White yarn to wrap loom
  • Yarn to stitch with
  • Weaving needle
  • Scissors
  • 2 wooden dowels

WHAT TO DO

  1. In the loom, wrap yarn around the top and bottom pegs to make the base that you’ll be weaving through.
  2. At the very bottom of the loom, bring 4-5 pieces of yarn into a knot to create your bottom fringe. This will secure the bottom so that when you’re done with your creation, you can simply slide it off.
  3. The easiest way to get going is to simply “under and over” the yarn, making your base for incorporating fun things like poms!DIY Wall Hanging
  4. To create poms, wrap yarn in circles around your hand about 10 times.
  5. Next, cut an 8-inch piece of yarn and tie it around the middle of the yarn bundle.
  6. Cut the two loops on the top and bottom of the now tied bundle.
  7. Fluff the strings out to make a pom!DIY Wall Hanging
  8. Use the under over method with thicker yarn and tug at it to make it puff out for a fun texture
  9. Once you’re all done, use a dowel or festive stick to weave through the top loops.
  10. Have fun! It’s all about being creative. Try an assortment of yarns and mix up the textures and use your favorite colors to make it your own.

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Behind-The-Scenes: Aerie Goes To Iceland

Our team went to Iceland for our holiday photoshoot, and it was EPIC. This magical place is still fresh in their minds months after the shoot, and we want to share it with you! Read on for favorite moments (moss-covered lava rock! cats! hot dogs!) and travel tips from Summer, our Creative Director, and Erin, Aerie Stylist Extraordinaire.

 

Mývatn Nature Bath

Swimming in steamy geothermal water? Yes, please. Get more info on the Mývatn Nature Baths here.

Behind-The-Scenes: Aerie Goes To Iceland

Behind-The-Scenes: Aerie Goes To Iceland

Aerie Photographer, Ali, marked her fourth holiday shoot with us. One of Summer’s favorite parts was traveling with Ali and the rest of the extended Aerie family, “truly the best travel companions EVER! I’ve been lucky enough to travel with the same team for years, many of whom I only see a few times a year… so it was extra special to spend this ‘holiday’ season with them and create holiday magic for our Aerie girls. Definitely an unforgettable present. No egos, no divas and of course… no retouching!” 📷

Behind-The-Scenes: Aerie Goes To Iceland

The rest of the team joined later, but Summer headed into the baths before sunrise alone. Take her tip and take off your jewels! “The natural baths will rapidly tarnish sterling silver! I mean it will turn it fast! It can be polished and will return to its silvery shine but I suggest taking off the jewels unless you’re into black metals with an oily sheen. Gold is fine. I’m sure there were signs or maybe this is explained on the tour but who’s reading or listening when there’s steamy blue water and mountains to look at.”

 

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

Boats and babes are the names of the game at the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. Our team hit the water and navigated the country with the help of Hero Productions, an Icelandic company that made this shoot possible. In addition to making Aerie holiday magic, they’ve worked on a little show you may have heard of… Game of Thrones!

Behind-The-Scenes: Aerie Goes To Iceland

Whether or not you can pronounce Jökulsárlón, Icelandic is a language unlike anything you’ve ever heard, and it was one of Summer’s favorite parts: “It’s utterly impossible for this gal from central PA to imitate or comprehend Icelandic, but that makes it both stunning and fascinating to listen to.”

Behind-The-Scenes: Aerie Goes To Iceland

Iceland makes it a priority to use eco-friendly practices and maintain the untouched feel of the land. In Erin’s view, “it is our responsibility to keep it that way as Iceland’s tourism booms and more and more people visit.” From large, refillable containers in the hotels instead of mini refillable bottles to opting for the delicious tap water over bottled water, Erin loved “how green and socially responsible the Icelandic people are.” ♻️

Behind-The-Scenes: Aerie Goes To Iceland

 

💎 Diamond Beach 💎

Poppy braved the temps in her Aerie Swim, but don’t forget the extra layers. Erin’s tip: “Wear weatherproof layers and you will be warm and cozy. Don’t try to look cool! Nerd out in the gear and you will be much happier and drier.”

Behind-The-Scenes: Aerie Goes To Iceland

Behind-The-Scenes: Aerie Goes To Iceland

 

Úlfjótsskáli Luxury Lodge

“Horses and sheep and puffins, oh my! 🐴🐑😻 And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.” Summer and the team traveled to Úlfjótsskáli Luxury Lodge and made some new friends along the way. Start planning your own trip here.

Behind-The-Scenes: Aerie Goes To Iceland

See a stream nearby? Take a drink! Summer drank “straight from a stream with my hands. If it’s good enough for an Icelandic horse, it’s plenty good enough for me!”

Behind-The-Scenes: Aerie Goes To Iceland

Behind-The-Scenes: Aerie Goes To Iceland

Summer and Erin were both ALL about the animals. Horses weren’t the only furry friends to meet. Erin loved the “remarkably loud sheep. Chatty creatures.” And if you know these Aerie girls, you know they’re passionate about one pet in particular— cats!

Behind-The-Scenes: Aerie Goes To Iceland

Behind-The-Scenes: Aerie Goes To Iceland

 

Matur (Food)

It’s not a good trip without amazing food, and Iceland was no exception.

Behind-The-Scenes: Aerie Goes To Iceland

Summer was into a surprisingly Icelandic delicacy: “Hot dogs 🌭 try them all! I had the pleasure of sharing my first Icelandic hot dog experience with Iskra and styling assistant, David. Throughout our trip I was able to taste test three dogs from three different places but this was my first and by far the best! First class, #1, Pylsuvagninn Selfossi. Located near the bridge when you arrive in Selfoss, you will not miss it! It’s less than an hour east of Reykjavik.” Erin loved Plokkfiskur, fish stew 🐟 “Warms and coats your insides on the cold day, and you are always on your feet hiking and walking around so don’t be afraid. Protein and carb up!”

 

Akureyri

This little town in northern Iceland was one of Summer’s favorite moments: “It has red hearts in place of the red circles on all the traffic lights. ‘STOP FOR ❤’ what’s better than that? Can we just make a worldwide update to all traffic lights? The whole town has a happy positive vibe and even though we were just passing through, it left a lasting imprint on my heart.” Plan a love stop here.

Behind-The-Scenes: Aerie Goes To Iceland

 

A World Of Amazing 

Between locations on the shoot, Erin “was obsessed with stopping to touch the moss-covered lava rock. It looked like broccoli cotton candy. I had to put my feet in it and feel it between my toes. It was just as good as I imagined. Maybe even better! And we got the most memorable shots with the sun setting as we drove back to hotel after our last day of the shoot. That’s a wrap!” 🌍

Behind-The-Scenes: Aerie Goes To Iceland

Behind-The-Scenes: Aerie Goes To Iceland

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STYLIST’S PICKS: BARE LAYERS

Neutrals are trending from the inside out. Fill your closet with all shades of bare!STYLIST’S PICKS: BARE LAYERS

ALL THE INFO

Wear your favorite makeup hues on your sleeve… literally! Erin’s picks are all your favorite Aerie layers in the same shades as your go-to neutral makeup palette.  STYLIST’S PICKS: BARE LAYERS

WHY ERIN LOVES IT

Our stylist is ALL about these colors. From soft to spicy, they remind you of all the best things about fall. Match your outfit to your pumpkin spice lattes!

STYLIST’S PICKS: BARE LAYERS

HOW TO WEAR IT

The easiest way to pair your neutrals is with a monochromatic look. Try pink on pink or rust on rust and layer on the softest side of fall.

STYLIST’S PICKS: BARE LAYERS

What is your fave bare layers product? Comment below & tell us!

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4th of July Mocktail Recipe

4th of July is a Tuesday this year… take it easy with this pretty mocktail! Mix up summer fruit and fresh flavors for a refreshing drink that’s all red, white and YUM.

4th of July Mocktail

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Club soda
  • Lemon lime soda
  • 3/4 tsp. grenadine
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 1/4 cup raspberries
  • Starfruit slice (for garnish)
  • Ice

4th of July Mocktail

WHAT TO DO:

  1. Place raspberries in the bottom of the glass.
  2. Pour grenadine on top of raspberries.
  3. Muddle raspberries and grenadine until slightly crushed.
  4. Fill the glass 1/2 of the way with ice and pour club soda until the glass is 3/4 full. 4th of July Mocktail
  5. Slowly add lemon lime soda to the glass, continuing to create a layered look.
  6. Place  blueberries on top.
  7. Garnish the rim of your mocktail with a slice of starfruit.
  8. ENJOY!

4th of July Mocktail

What’s your go-to 4th of July drink? Comment below & tell us!

If you’re looking for another fun summer treat, check out our strawberry pink lemonade popsicle recipe here.

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