Love the Swim You’re in with Jenna Kutcher

The adventure begins with you. #AerieREAL girl Jenna Kutcher shares her journey to finding rest, achieving self-love and body acceptance on the island of Maui.

“For the past six years I’ve spent hour after hour hustling after my dreams! After leaving my windowless corporate office, I’ve never looked back. Now a full time photographer, educator, public speaker, and podcaster, my life is filled to the brim with things that set my soul on fire. While some look at the life I’ve built and consider it a “success,” I measure success in terms of rest and presence. For so long I’ve worked from a place of hustle, a place of stress, and I knew that going into this year I wanted to focus on incorporating true rest into our lives.”

Love the Swim You're In

Shop Jenna’s Look: Super Scoop One Piece Swimsuit

“What did that look like for us? Well, it looked like a month long sabbatical in Maui. I’m sure you’re thinking, wait, what? A whole month? Yes. We spent 33 days on the island and it was as magical as it sounds. What people didn’t see behind the scenes was the work that went into making it all happen: my husband left his job of five years to start his own business, we worked double time in January to prepare, we had to kiss our furry pups goodbye, but it was our dream and we made it happen.

This trip to Hawaii was a redemption song for us. Just one year ago we found out we were expecting our first baby while in Maui and celebrated those blissful days on the island. One month after returning home we experienced a miscarriage and had to say goodbye to that life we loved so dearly. As a woman, it was such a painful experience. I hated my body, I felt outside of it, I felt like it had failed me – though I had this peace that there was a bigger story for us.

As we packed for our trip this time around, my suitcase filled with Aerie. I had to smile because just a year ago I was a part of this campaign and my images were from when I was pregnant. As I slipped into my one piece and hit the beach, I finally felt back at home – both in Hawaii and in my skin. I felt stronger, healthier, more emotionally present. Body positivity isn’t just about our outer appearance, it comes from within.”

Love the Swim You're In

“Our month on the island was a time for us to reconnect, to disconnect from work, to dream bigger, to sit on the beach, to explore each corner. It was a time for me to come back to this body that has carried me for 28 years and to celebrate all of the amazing things it can do. Aerie embodies all the things I stand for and in sharing my real, not retouched images I was reminded how important it is for people to take a stand for what they believe in.

I am always shocked at the response when I post things about my body. So may days I would see the images Drew took of me, my eyes would well up with tears about my size ten bod, I would change swim suits, be tempted to cover up, and would vow that I wouldn’t be caught dead at the pool…. But then I would think of you and why I couldn’t hide. 

You see, these images don’t do well because of me, it’s because of you. You see yourself in my jiggly thighs, you feel your fears in my cellulite, you hear the voice in your head when you see my extra loving love handles, you feel more at home in my wide hips, you relate to one boob being a bit perkier than the other, you feel the shame in oversized arms… BUT (and this is a BIG but) we are all so much more than all of that.”

Love the Swim You're In

“Maybe it’s simply refreshing to see a double digit sized body baring it all or just a body that isn’t retouched. Whatever it is, I am loving myself a little harder and praying that you’ll do the same! I am not a number on a scale or a size in my clothes, neither are you! 

Our time was incredible, SO incredible we ended up purchasing a second home on the island. It’s become a sacred place to us – a place of healing and rest. We are thrilled to get to spend more time in our bathing suits on the beach and are even more thrilled to open our doors to our friends, family, and followers and let them into our little slice of heaven. Oh, what an amazing redemption song it is.”

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How to Style a Maxi Dress

You’ve arrived at your dress-tination! First stop? The Cutout Maxi Dress. It’s cool gauzy fabric and cutout details will make the perfect addition to your Spring Break outfits.

#AerieREAL girl, Mel Denisse, styles our favorite maxi with black booties below!

How to Style a Maxi Dress

Get Mel’s Outfit: Cutout Maxi Dress

How to Style a Maxi Dress

“I’m finally back in Los Angeles after a week of NYFW. It’s been so nice to be able to get back to warmer weather and a new spring piece from Aerie. A simple maxi dress is something I could never grow tired of, but I especially loved the back details that gave this a more feminine edge.”

How to Style a Maxi Dress

How to Style a Maxi Dress

How to Style a Maxi Dress

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CHILL. PLAY. MOVE. with Om & the City

Our CHILL. PLAY. MOVE. Collection works for every body and any activity. Read on to learn how Jules from Om & the City values the importance of feeling confident in what she wears.

“There’s nothing better than waking up on a day with no formal plans or obligations. Just an open day to do whatever makes my heart happy. No matter how I end up spending my time, I make sure to wear clothing that makes me feel good on the inside and out. This, my friends, is why I love wearing Aerie so much – I feel comfortable, beautiful, and dare I say unstoppable? From practicing yoga to eating popcorn on my couch, here’s a glimpse of how I chill, play, and move as an #AerieREAL girl.”

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“I’m one of those people who goes to bed verrrry excited to wake up and make coffee in the morning. It’s therapeutic, and I enjoy the process from grinding the beans to brewing it in my French press. It makes me feel calm as a clam 🌊 – which is how I feel when watering my plant babies. These tiny and seemingly mundane moments can actually be some of the most beautiful little details that make your mood 💯!”

CHILL. PLAY. MOVE. with Om & the CityShop Jules Outfit: Sunnie Play Twist Back Sports Bra | Move Ankle Wrap Legging | Fleece Crew Sweatshirt

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“Consider this a version of mind-play – It’s my job to write, so grabbing my journal and writing down my dreams and ideas is exciting to me. Whether it’s writing song lyrics, full blog posts, or even simple lists, I always appreciate the little dreamstorms. You never know if an idea you have on a rainy Sunday afternoon will turn into something real and substantial someday. Give your mind a break from the constant noise of social media – put pen to paper and see what happens when your mind is at ease and has time to wander. ☁️”

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CHILL. PLAY. MOVE. with Om & the City

CHILL. PLAY. MOVE. with Om & the City

“You gotta move to groove. Exercise doesn’t have to come from a superficial place. Staying active keeps your mind, body and spirit healthy, and that should always be a priority. I feel super energized after a sweaty yoga sesh or a breezy walk around my neighborhood. Find what it is that excites your spirit – maybe it’s rock climbing, biking, or dancing. You don’t have to be a slave to a gym if that’s not your jam. It’s certainly not mine! #YogiProbs” “Aerie empowers women to be who they are in their realest and rawest forms. I love the fit, feel, and look of Aerie’s clothing, and I feel incredible knowing I’m supporting a brand that supports me right back. Celebrating diversity and being vulnerable is what makes us human and what brings us together. That and high-waisted yoga pants.”

Thanks, Jules! Be sure to check out her blog & follow @Omandthecity.

xo Aerie

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U-Day with Cali Ally

Forget V-Day. This year is all about U-Day! Make yourself happy & celebrate everything you love about YOU. Read on to learn how Ally Arrigo, the blogger behind  Cali Ally spends her “me time.”

U-Day with Cali Ally “Valentine’s Day (which is one of my favorite holidays) is right around the corner! I know, I know… Valentine’s Day can be a real drag if you’re not taken. But it doesn’t have to be that way!  Before I met my fiance, I would go out with my girlfriends for a fun night of dinner and drinks. Now, Hayes and I like to cook for each other in our pajamas, listen to music, and watch movies at home.”

U-Day with Cali Ally “As much as I love spending lots of time with Hayes and my girlfriends, I do love some good quiet “me time.” Sometimes I’ll walk around my neighborhood with my headphones in or sit by the bay at the end of a long week reflecting on the last few days. But one of my absolute favorite things to do is take my parents dog Poppy for a walk on the beach.”

U-Day with Cali Ally “Newport Beach, my hometown, really dies down during the winter especially on week days which makes it the perfect time to let Poppy run loose. When the tide is low and the waves are small, I’ll throw a tennis ball for her into the water and watch her splash across the sandbar. She is just the cutest! Except when she chases a bird for half a mile down the beach and I have to chase after her. I definitely get my cardio in that way! Spending time in the sun and salty air gives me time to reflect and unwind which is something we all need from time to time.”

U-Day with Cali Ally How will you celebrate U-Day? Comment and tell us below!

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New Year, New You

It’s a new year.  Aerie girl The Cake by Hannah  plans to master baking. What will you do with it?

New Year, New You “I am rocking my favorite Aerie sweater and satin pants with this awesome bralette to kick off my year at mastering baking. Nothing gets me motivated like a good pair of panties (to each her own, right?!) This bralette really does make me feel sassy and on top of the world. These pants are so cozy, and you can wear any of these items for lounging straight to the street. These are the best kind of items to purchase for your wardrobe- versatile, cute, and #AerieREAL.”

New Year, New You Shop Hannah’s Outfit: Braid Back Sweater | Basket Weave Lace Scoop Bralette | Rise & Shine Satin PJ Pant

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Real Gifts Made with Love: DIY Holiday Cards

Ho-ho-holiday cards are extra special when you DIY.

What you need:

  • Cardstock Paper
  • Glue
  • Markers/Pens, etc.
  • All The Glitter!

What to do:

  1. Write Your Message In Glue
  2. Sprinkle on the twinkle!
  3. Shake shake, shake it off
  4. Repeat for everyone you love
    Write your message inside
  5. Seal it with a kiss!

What are your DIY gifts this year? Comment below & tell us!

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