Camp Aerie is hitting the road!

Camp Aerie is hitting the road & we’re bringing swim, freebies & fun to YOUR school. Get all the info on this spring’s #AerieREAL Pop-Up Tour below!

Camp Aerie is hitting the road!

At every stop, take 40% off your purchase when you sign up (it’s free!) or use your AEO Connected® account. Make sure to bring your cards! No cash will be accepted.

Head to our pop-up between class and enjoy free treats from SmashMallow.

The first 25 people in line either day get a free swim bag with any swim purchase and a free tote with ANY purchase!

Camp Aerie is hitting the road!

Let’s get together… the #AerieREAL way! RSVP to a stop near you.

Wednesday 2.27-Thursday 2.28: UT Arlington Hang with #AerieREAL Role Model, Iskra, on Wednesday!

Wednesday 3.6-Thursdsay 3.7: Rice University

Monday 3.11-Tuesday 3.12: University of Louisiana – Lafayette Hang with #AerieREAL Role Model, Iskra, on Monday!

Wednesday 3.20-Thursday 3.21: San Diego State University

Wednesday 3.27-Thursday 3.28: Cal State – Fullerton Hang with #AerieREAL Role Model, Iskra, on Thursday!

Monday 4.1-Tuesday 4.2: UNLV

Camp Aerie is hitting the road!

Which #AerieREAL pop-up stop are you heading to? Comment below & tell us!

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Stylist’s Picks: Made for happy campers

Wear love inside & out with a super soft fleece & your new favorite colorblock leggings. Erin’s picks this week are made for happy campers!

Stylist’s Picks: Made for happy campers

Stylist’s Picks: Made for happy campers

This Happy Camper Sweatshirt is DREAMY soft and oversized for an extra comfy fit. Underneath, wear our newest addition to the Real Me Collection: the Real Me Crop Bralette. This latest style has a longline fit, still with super light support and amazing second-skin fabric. On the bottom, our latest Move High Waisted Legging has the Feel Cool fabric you know and love with 4-way stretch and wicking, and this latest style has a fun stripe detail at the ankle. This look is all love!SPR1_Insta_14.jpg

Stylist’s Picks: Made for happy campersAdd shine with your Flip Flops and pretty greys with your camo Fanny Pack, and you’re ready for any adventure.

Stylist’s Picks: Made for happy campers

What is your go-to camping look? Comment below & tell us!

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Camping Guide

Welcome to Camp Aerie! This spring is all about taking a break to unplug, get outside and camp (ok let’s be real… GLAMP) at the first rays of sunshine. Inspired by our trip to Lake Tahoe for our photoshoot, we brought all of our camping tips together—from destination ideas to packing tips to power snacks. It’s all for YOU, happy campers!

Camping Guide

Show this camp what’s up with our newest spring loves!

What to pack:

Don’t forget the camping essentials:

  • Lantern
  • Binoculars
  • Map
  • Cooler for food
  • Tent and tent stakes
  • Sleeping bag (make sure it’s fit for the temps!)
  • Sunscreen
  • Whistlewhere_to_go

Camping GuideWe headed to Lake Tahoe to bring Camp Aerie to life, but there are tons of amazing places for you to unplug and unwind. Here are a few camper-friendly areas we recommend across the US:

  1. Lake Tahoe in California: From skiing and snowshoeing in the winter to hiking and scuba-diving in the summer, Tahoe has fun all year round.
  2. Arches National Park in Utah: If you love backpacking, amazing sights and all the photo ops you could ever want, this Insta-worthy park is for you.
  3. Olympic National Park in Washington: Whale watching? Check. Hiking? Check. Beautiful green forests? Check check and check! This park has a little bit of something for everyone.
  4. Assateague Island in Maryland: This one is for the animal lover. Kayak along the island to see tons of wildlife, including herds of wild horses that live near the shores.
  5. Acadia National Park in Maine: This park is the first place in the US to see the sunrise. If you’re an early riser, you won’t want to miss it!

No matter where you go, be safe!

  • When you’re picking out your camping spot, be sure to find someplace dry, flat and clean.
  • Use the buddy system! Never hike alone and keep an emergency whistle on you at all times.
  • Before you hit the sleeping bag, make sure your fire is completely out and all food is put away.
  • When going to any park—especially a national park—be sure to follow park rules while you’re there to keep our national parks natural and beautiful.

Camping GuideCamping GuideS’more fun? Yes please. Put a new spin on a classic fave with this trail mix. It’s a must for your next hike!

S’mores Trail Mix
WHAT YOU NEED:
  • 5 cups Golden Grahams cereal (reserve 1 cup for later)
  • 3 cups Chex cereal
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips (reserve 1/2 cup for later)
  • 1 3/4 cups mini marshmallows (reserve 3/4 cup for later)
WHAT TO DO:
  1. In a large bowl, combine 4 cups Golden Graham cereal and 3 cups Chex cereal.
  2. Combine peanut butter and 1 cup of chocolate chips in a large microwave safe bowl. Microwave until creamy, stirring every 30 seconds.
  3. Add 1 cup of mini marshmallows to the chocolate peanut butter mix and stir to combine.
  4. Pour mixture over cereal and stir until cereal is coated.
  5. Slowly pour powdered sugar over covered cereal. Mix until cereal is fully coated.
  6. Pour mixture into a separate large bowl and mix in remaining chocolate chips, mini marshmallows and Golden Grahams cereal.
  7. Place into a small sandwich bag for easy transportation.
  8. Enjoy!

Camping GuideAlong with our trail mix, we packed a cooler full of camp-worthy food. Here’s some tips to spice up your camp menu!

  • Paper bag bacon and eggs. Trust us. For an easy take on breakfast, line a brown paper bag with bacon to create a “nest” and crack in some eggs. Close the bag and roast it over a fire grate for ten minutes or until cooked through.TIP: Save the plate and eat it right out of the bag!
  • Keep it classic and roast hot dogs! Forgot your roasting sticks? Find some thin, long sticks and sharpen to a point. Burn the ends to sanitize and you’re good to get cooking.
  • Freeze your water bottles ahead of time. Use the frozen bottles in place of ice in your cooler. Once they thaw, use the water to drink or freshen up!
  • Pack granola or protein bars for some on-the-go snacks that will keep your energy levels high. Fresh fruit like apples, bananas and oranges are some of our top picks that come in their own bio-degradable “packaging.”

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Camping Guide

Retreat Yoga with Erin, Aerie Stylist 

For more practiced yogis, use Erin’s flow as a guide to wake up and start your day.

Before you start, set an intention for your practice. Allow yourself to be present and feel like your truest, most authentic self. Put away any expectations you may have for today, and take a moment to appreciate yourself for showing up and appreciate your body for being here.

Start in a seated position and lengthen up through your spine. Slowly turn your head to one side, then the other. Move to hands and knees, and move through a few rounds of cat/cow. Add a few hip circles.

Open up to your first downward dog. Then, lift your right leg and move into a 3 legged dog. Stretch your right leg forward into a low lunge, and lift up into cactus arms. Put your right leg back, and repeat on the left side. Move through 3 rounds of Sun As. Move through 3 rounds of Sun Bs, adding a balancing half moon on each side.

Move into warrior 1. Open up to warrior 2. Reverse your warrior. Next, move into side angle pose. Reverse your warrior and move through a vinyasa. Repeat 1 more time on the right, then 2 times on the left.

Sit back into utkatasana an open into a twist on the right side. Move through center and open to a twist on the left side. Next, move through a vinyasa and open up to warrior 1. Then, move into humble warrior. Open up to warrior 2, into Triangle pose and then move back into warrior 2.

Move into archers pose and hold for 3 breaths. Then, land back in warrior 2. Open up into goddess pose. Forward fold. Then, repeat 1 more time on the right, then 2 times on the left. Next, move to Eagle. and move your elbow to knee 3 times. Then, leg raise, twist, center, open knee and opposite arm, move back to center, then to airplane, twisting half moon, then tree pose—first on the right, next on the left.

Lay on your stomach on your mat and open up for 3 belly backbends. 2 can be bow pose. Move onto your back and open up for 3 backbends, bridge or wheel. Then, lay on your back with the soles of your feet touching for supta baddha konasana. Move into your inversion of choice, or put hips on a block. Then, move the block up your back for fish pose.

Slowly move into pigeon pose, first on the right, next on the left. Come to a seated position on your mat, and stretch your legs out for double leg extension, first on the right, next on the left. Lay down on your mat for happy baby. Let your knees fall to the left and twist to the right. Flip your knees and repeat on the left side.

Savasana.

Namaste!

Camping GuideWhat are your go-to camping tips? Comment below and tell us!

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Stylist’s Picks: “THE ONE”

“THE ONE” Piece Swimsuit

Meet “THE ONE”: the sportiest, chicest racerback one piece swimsuit (or bodysuit!) of the season. Because when it’s the one, you know.

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Add all your favorite accessories to this look—slides to shine in, a scrunchie and—of course—your favorite pair of sunnies.Stylist’s Picks: “THE ONE”

Stylist’s Picks: “THE ONE”Wear your swim as a bodysuit and add cute new Camp Shorts to take your look with you when you’re running around town. These Camp Shorts have a super soft and light woven fabric, pockets and tie at the waist.Stylist’s Picks: “THE ONE”

Stylist’s Picks: “THE ONE”

The One comes in tons of colors and extra-special fabrics like this comfy pique. It adds a little texture to your suit and always stands out—from the beach and beyond!

How will you wear “The One”? Comment below and tell us!

 

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Real Talk with Aysha Emmerson

Aysha Emmerson founded Self.I.E. (Self Inspiration and Empowerment) Camps to help girls in their pre-teen years. Read on to find out what inspired Aysha to become an advocate for empowerment and learn more about the camps that bring girls together at such an important time in their lives.

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What inspired you to create Self.I.E. Camps?

My fervent belief in the powerful strides girls can take when they support one another drove me to create Self.I.E Camps. I experienced this support from inspiring young women double my age when I was hospitalized with anorexia as an eight-year-old. I battled with this life-threatening disorder from ages seven to twelve. The unkind words and actions that were all too common in middle school only made my struggle worse. I watched my peers’ attempts to conform, while wearing my own feelings of not being “good enough.” In high school, as I found my niche and grew a stronger voice, things began to change for me. I realized that I was not alone in my experience of insecurity and isolation. Believing that no other girl should have to hurt like I did—I heard my call to action. I could not find a pre-existing venue to help inspire and empower younger girls using the approach that I felt was needed, so I decided to create my own.

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Tell us about how your camps empower girls and young women & why that’s important to you.

I believe that our uniqueness is what makes us beautiful and I have experienced the pain that comes from struggling to change the body we are born into. I no longer want to live in a culture that perpetuates an unattainable image of beauty. I no longer want to see girls’ and boys’ true selves be degraded by their own low self-esteem, which can lead to any number of serious issues that inhibit an individual’s capacity to reach their potential. I no longer want to feel helpless to a situation that I can help improve. I want everyone to embrace themselves and each other.5 Days_Themes

Self.I.E (Self Inspiration and Empowerment) is a day-camp for girls entering grades 5 and 6. Led by high-school students, the camp includes activities and reflections designed to build a strong sense of self and skills to navigate the pre-teen world. Each day of the camp centers around one of five themes: self-care, self-acceptance, self-expression, self-defence, and self-to-others. The goal is to help participants at a vulnerable age develop a rich appreciation and understanding of themselves, allowing them to build resilience and flourish, while also enabling them to support other girls and give back to their communities. It creates a safe space where girls entering middle school can come to see the value in being themselves and can be given love and support from their peers and positive teen role models, who were in their shoes just a few years earlier. In addition, sharing and role modelling Self.I.E’s five themes helps the camp counselors to better embody these lessons in our own lives, while strengthening their confidence as leaders.

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What would you tell your ten-year-old self?

To my ten-year-old self: you deserve kindness. Surround yourself with people who make you feel good about yourself and who accept you as you are—and if you can’t find them just yet, hold on a little longer—they do exist. Treat yourself as you would treat others. Be kind, be patient, be accepting, and know that it is okay to be confident in who you are. Stop focusing on others’ opinions and focus on what you think of yourself. In the end, that’s all that matters.

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What advice do you have for someone who is struggling?

Find trust. Trust the resilience of life’s little joys. Trust that there are people who care about you and who can help you. Trust what your own body is telling you. Trust that you can and will get through this. Like when you are on the last stretch of a run and all you want to do is quit, physically override any negative thoughts with each step you take—no matter how small. Trust that you and others have crossed a finish line before and can do it again.

Final Reflection

What makes you #AerieREAL?

I am #AerieREAL because I believe our real selves are our best selves. I live each day with the intention of lifting others up and building their self-confidence. I see the world through an accepting lens, recognizing the beauty in everyone and everything. I focus on the things I do control—who I am and how I treat others—rather than the way I look or what others think of me. I recognize that I will always have my flaws and challenges but that these are an important part of the real me and the person I am becoming. By using my voice and personal story I hope to inspire and support others, while helping to bring about social change.

 

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Stylist’s Picks: GRL PWR

Attention! You know the military trend is everywhere, but what about the Aerie way to do it? Start with our stylist’s picks and make it pretty by mixing in Erin’s fave extra feminine pieces and pops of pinks!

Stylist's Picks: GRL PWR

Stylist's Picks: GRL PWR

ALL THE INFO

Bodysuits and dresses and bralettes, oh yes! Feminize your camo with our favorite girly pieces and add pink, rust and rose gold details. Forget stiff uniform feels—these military-inspired pieces are the softest side of the trend and especially comfy for all-day wear.

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WHY ERIN LOVES IT

Blending our favorite camo print of the season with pretty pink pieces puts an unexpected twist on the military trend.

Stylist's Picks: GRL PWR

HOW TO WEAR IT

How to wear it = when to wear it = all the time!

Stylist's Picks: GRL PWR

Stylist's Picks: GRL PWR

 

How are you wearing the military trend this season? Comment below and tell us!

Stylist's Picks: GRL PWR

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