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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Trend Alert! Satin PJ Pant

Shine on, Aerie girls! Whether you wear them in or out, our Rise & Shine Satin PJ Pant is whoa-so-smooth and right on trend.

Payton from Hustle & Halycon pairs Cozy Loop Cardi and Rise & Shine Satin PJ Pant for a cozy work-from-home #OOTD.

Trend Alert! Satin PJ Pant

“This look is all about my favorite Aerie morning must-haves from the comfy PJ pants, to the feminine bralette, to the cozy sweater on top. As a blogger, I spend a lot of time working from home, and being comfortable is a must while I work on the computer.”

Trend Alert! Satin PJ Pant

Shop Payton’s Look: Cap Sleeve Bralette | Cozy Loop Cardi | Rise & Shine Satin PJ Pant

Trend Alert! Satin PJ Pant

“I’m totally loving Aerie’s use of un-retouched images, teaching women to embrace & love their bodies as they are. Everyone’s shape is different, and that’s something to celebrate. No matter your size, your body is an amazing machine, and it should be treated as such! Show your beautiful body some extra love today, ladies!”

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25 Ways To Give Back #RealWishes

To us, the holidays are about giving back. Whether you’re donating toys to kids in need or just holding the door for someone, it’s easy to make real wishes come true. Throughout the month, we’re giving back to our communities and sharing our #RealWishes along the way.

We want you to join! Check out our list of 25 easy acts of kindness and share how you’re making a difference with #RealWishes on social.

  1. Buy coffee for the person behind you in line.
  2. Bake cookies for your colleagues.
  3. Send a note to a friend.
  4. Donate toys or supplies to pets at a local animal shelter.
  5. Buy a meal for a homeless person.
  6. Compliment someone amd tell them they’re beautiful.
  7. Write a note of encouragement and leave it in a random place.
  8. Sit with someone who is eating alone.
  9. Buy groceries for someone behind you in line.
  10. Give an extra generous tip to a server.
  11. Call a friend you haven’t spoken to in a while.
  12. Say hello to five strangers today.
  13. Write a note to thank someone who positively influenced your life.
  14. Donate books to your local library.
  15. Shovel snow from an elderly person’s driveway or sidewalk.
  16. Send flowers to someone who is having a rough day.
  17. Shop at a small, family-owned business.
  18. Donate Christmas presents to a local charity.
  19. Pay the toll for the car behind you.
  20. Leave a treat for your mailman.
  21. Donate your clothes to a non-profit thrift store.
  22. Hold the door for someone.
  23. Send a care package to an active duty military unit.
  24. Donate board games to the Children’s Hospital.
  25. Leave $1 in a random spot with a note encouraging others to pay it forward this holiday season.

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How are you giving back this year? Comment below & tell us!

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How To: Cranberry Apple Cider

Forget the PSL, it’s all about the CAC! Cranberry Apple Cider is easy to make and always a crowd pleaser.

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WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1 qt. sparkling apple cider
  • 1 qt. unsweetened cranberry juice
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • Sparkling water to taste
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup diced red apple cubes
  • Cinnamon sticks

 

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DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a large pitcher or carafe, combine equal parts sparkling apple cider and cranberry juice.
  2. Add in the honey and stir until completely mixed.
  3. Pour a small amount of sparkling water over the cider.
  4. Top with diced apple cubes and fresh cranberries.
  5. Add a cinnamon stick for garnish.
  6. Serve over ice.
  7. ENJOY!

 

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Comment below to tell us your favorite holiday drink!

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