DIY Wall Hanging

DIY your gifts this holiday, or make one for yourself– a macrame 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!
  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!
  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.

DIY Wall Hanging

DIY Wall Hanging

 

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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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4th Of July Packing Guide

Rock your stars and stripes! Use our guide to get set for anything the holiday weekend throws at you– working out, laying out and any way you’re celebrating.

 

4th Of July Packing Guide

Pair our Real Soft Lace-Up Bodysuit with a baseball cap and American Eagle denim shorts for a sporty laid-back look. We are LOVING the red stripes on this top!

4th Of July Packing Guide

Firework it out with our newest navy Chill. Play. Move. styles for the weekend. Our Chill Sunflower Lace Sports Bra can be paired with your fave muscle tank and leggings or shown off with a sundress.

4th Of July Packing Guide

Bralettes and undies in light and breathable fabrics are extra necessary in the summer heat. Pack them all!

4th Of July Packing Guide

Festive stripes and retro shades are all the rage. Pair this vintage look with a bright bandana for a pop of color.

4th Of July Packing Guide

Heading to the beach? Be the star of the day with our Piping One Piece and ombre shorts. Pack a picnic-ready change of clothes with our Cutout Maxi Dress and floppy hat!

4th Of July Packing Guide

What is your must-have for the Fourth of July?

Are you loving our summer faves? Check out more trends we’re loving this season!

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Call Your Doctor Day With Bright Pink

Call Your Doctor Day is today, June 13th! We’re teaming up with the non-profit Bright Pink to remind YOU to take a minute TODAY and schedule your yearly checkup. Need some encouragement? We talked to Dr. Deborah Lindner, OB/GYN and Bright Pink’s Chief Medical Officer, about why it’s so important to see your doctor every year and what to expect from your appointment. Read on to find out why you should take charge of your health and call your doctor!

Call Your Doctor Day With Bright Pink

Why should women go to their doctor every year?

DL: Seeing your doctor or other primary care provider once a year is one of the most important actions you can take for your breast and ovarian health. I remind women that even when you feel healthy you still need to go. It’s important for you and your doctor to have an understanding of what healthy means for you specifically. It’s your baseline.

What if I’m nervous or uncomfortable about going?

DL: That’s natural! But don’t let it stop you from taking care of your body. I encourage women to see their annual exam as this one day a year that you have a partner in managing your health. National Call Your Doctor Day is all about getting up the motivation to call and put your health first. It’s important to find a provider that takes time to answer your questions and makes you feel comfortable. And don’t forget that it never hurts to get a second opinion.

What should we know before our appointment?

DL: It’s helpful to come prepared with your questions—ask us anything, we’re here to work with you—so you can walk away with a more personalized plan to manage your risk for cancer and other diseases. I recommend taking the AssessYourRisk.org quiz by Bright Pink to get a comprehensive report on your baseline risk for breast and ovarian cancer that you can print and bring to your appointment.

Also, it’s helpful to keep track of any changes in your body, specifically in your breasts, or changes to your menstrual cycle or digestive system. If anything has persisted for longer than 2 weeks, bring this to your doctor’s attention.

What should we expect when we’re there?

DL: A well woman exam should include a clinical breast exam, where your healthcare provider will feel your breasts with their hands. It should be thorough, cover all the breast tissue, and typically last several minutes. If your doctor offers this exam, say yes—and if your doctor doesn’t bring it up, make sure you do.

Your provider will also perform a pelvic exam where he or she will actually feel your ovaries to see if there is anything abnormal. During your pelvic exam, you may also receive a pap smear. It’s important to note that a pap smear checks for cervical cancer – not ovarian cancer.

As an OB/GYN, what is your biggest piece of advice for young women?

DL: You’re your own best health advocate. Be confident and take charge of scheduling your appointment. Let Bright Pink help you – join us and Aerie on June 13th  and make the call. Get all the resources you need by visiting CallYourDoctorDay.org.

Through 2017, all annual well woman exams are covered by insurance through the Affordable Care Act.

 

Want to learn how to keep good health and become your breast self? Check out our Bright Pink Smoothie Recipe!

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