Real Gifts Made With Love: DIY Mossy Monograms

These have GIFT written all over them!

What you need:

  • Cardboard Letter of Your Choice
  • Green Acrylic Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Fairy Lights
  • Moss

What to do:

  1. Paint your letter
  2. Add glue
  3. Add moss
  4. Wrap with fairy lights
  5. Give with love!

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

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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.

greenweek1_ig

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

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

How To Host An Easy Friendsgiving

Let’s face it – the holiday season is stressful. We’re embarking on a month of non-stop holiday adventures and family gatherings, and the last thing we want on our plate (other than a tenth scoop of mashed potatoes) is another party to plan, right? Still, in a time when we have the MOST to do, it’s nice to sit down and relax, preferably with friends who totally get what you’re feeling. That’s why we’re huge fans of Thanksgiving’s BFF, Friendsgiving. Friendsgiving is great because there’s no pressure to make every detail perfect – you can play with your decor & food and still throw a beautiful gathering for your closest pals (who, honestly, are like a second family).

In the spirit of giving thanks for all of the people who we can spill our deepest, darkest secrets to & who make us laugh uncontrollably, we’re showing you how to host an easy Friendsgiving dinner. Preparation for this get together doesn’t need to be difficult; a few DIY decorations really set the mood. Send out invites to your friends (we recommend a potluck dinner to keep things as simple as possible) & get the party started. Check out our Friendsgiving Guide below for our favorite tips, tricks & an easy dessert recipe to complete your Friendsgiving menu.

Set The Table

  • For a quick & festive tablecloth you already have on-hand, drape large blanket scarves over the table. Any spills can be removed in the wash! We like this one: Plaid Blanket Scarf.
  • Don’t be afraid to mix & match dishes. Check out your nearest thrift store to find pieces that are mismatched but still work together. Stick to a similar color family.
  • Cut brown paper down for DIY placemats for a no-hassle cleanup & a rustic feel. You can even use brown paper bags!

How To Host An Easy Friendsgiving Meal for Thanksgiving 2016

Remember Why You’re Gathering

  • Yes, one of Friendsgiving’s main pros is the amazing food & drink spread, but take a minute to remember the real reason you’re hanging out around the table. On each placemat, prompt guests to write down what they’re thankful for & talk about it before digging in.

How To Host An Easy Friendsgiving Meal for Thanksgiving 2016

Pumpkin Serving Bowl

  • Find a huge pumpkin and a bowl that is just a bit smaller in size.
  • Cut the top off the pumpkin & scoop out the insides.
  • Place the large bowl inside the pumpkin to serve drinks, mocktails & more.

How To Host An Easy Friendsgiving Meal for Thanksgiving 2016

Gourd-geous Votive Candles

  1. Choose different sizes and colors of gourds or small pumpkins.
  2. Using a pumpkin carving knife, cut small circles out of the tops of each.
  3. Scoop out the insides.
  4. Put votive candles of varying sizes in each pumpkin.

How To Host An Easy Friendsgiving Meal for Thanksgiving 2016

How To Host An Easy Friendsgiving Meal for Thanksgiving 2016

Simple Rice Krispie Treat Pumpkin “Pie”

Ingredients

  • 3 TBSP butter
  • 1 package marshmallows (10.5 oz)
  • 1 box Rice Krispie cereal (18 oz), with 2 c set aside
  • 1/2 c pumpkin
  • 1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Directions

  1. In a large saucepan over low heat, melt the better.
  2. Add marshmallows and melt, stirring occasionally.
  3. Once the marshmallow mixture is melted, combine 2/3 c of marshmallow with 2 c cereal and mix together.
  4. Add 1/2 c pumpkin & pumpkin spice to remaining marshmallow mixture in the pan and combine.
  5. Press the cereal/marshamallow mixture around the outside of a springform pan to create the “crust”.
  6. Remove the pumpkin/marshmallow mixture from heat and, after a few moments, mix in the rest of the cereal in the box.
  7. Press pumpkin/marshmallow/cereal mixture into the center of the “pie”.
  8. Cover & let cool completely before cutting.

Do you have any tips for throwing a Friendsgiving party? Let us know in the comments & show us how you’re celebrating on Instagram.

Tags: , , , ,

ERIN’S OUTFIT OF THE WEEK: MERMAID HALLOWEEN

Erin is a mermaid at heart… so this Halloween look was the most fun to create! If you’re heading out tonight and need a last-minute costume, head under the sea in this mermaid look. And if you didn’t catch our post for 4 easy and all Aerie Halloween costumes, click here for 3 more!

ERIN’S OUTFIT OF THE WEEK: MERMAID HALLOWEEN

Shop Erin’s Look: Lace Hi Neck Bralette | Hi-Rise Play Shine Legging | Cape Scarf | Jeweled Crown Headband

The best part about this costume is that it’s made of all your fave layers. You probably already own a bralette like this Lace Hi-Neck style, and you’re almost all mermaid once you add our Hi-Rise Play Shine Legging in a fun aquatic print. If you don’t have these exact styles, you can still get away with a mermaid look in your go-to bralette and leggings. Accessorize with our Cape Scarf if it’s a cool night outside and Jeweled Crown Headband to make your look extra special. Then all that’s left is your fins! Get a pair of swim fins at a sporting goods store, and spray them with blue paint and glitter adhesive.

Happy Halloween, boo-tiful!

ERIN’S OUTFIT OF THE WEEK: MERMAID HALLOWEEN

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Boo-tiful Pumpkin Carving Stencils

Cutest pumpkin on the block starts here! Print one (or all) of our four Aerie-ized stencils and get carving.

Boo-tiful Pumpkin Carving Stencils

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Pumpkin
  • X-Acto Knife (scissors work ,too)
  • Sharpie
  • Printer
  • Tape

Boo-tiful Pumpkin Carving Stencils

STEP 1: Cut a circle around the stem of your pumpkin. Remove the top (save it!) and clean the seeds and goop out from inside.

STEP 2: Choose your favorite Aerie stencil from our downloadable pumpkin stencils file. Print the stencil on 8.5″ x 11″ paper.

STEP 3: With your X-Acto knife, cut around the dark outline, creating a stencil out of the printout.

Boo-tiful Pumpkin Carving Stencils

STEP 4: Tape the stencil outline onto the area of your pumpkin you want to carve.

STEP 5: Using a sharpie, trace the inner lines of the stencil.

STEP 6: Using a pumpkin carving kit or any carving tool you want (we used smaller pottery tools), begin to cut out the outline of the stenciled drawing.

Boo-tiful Pumpkin Carving Stencils

STEP 7: Be sure to follow the guidelines on each stencil, differentiating between the no-carve zones and etch carving areas.

STEP 5: Place a lit candle inside of your pumpkin and replace the top.

STEP 6: Show off your hard work!

BONUS TIPS

  • To keep your pumpkin fresh, spray it with a bleach/water mix.
  • Rub vaseline on the carved sections of pumpkin to keep mold away.
  • Use battery-powered candles to reduce hazard and provide more light.

Which is your favorite pumpkin carving design? Comment below and tell us!

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

4 Easy Halloween Costumes

Get ready to party, boo! Halloween is just around the corner, and we have everything you need for a fast and easy costume. Check out 4 looks (featuring #AerieREAL girls at our HQ!) below.

 

MERMAID

Take your fave layers under the sea, trade in your feet for fins and splash around town!

4 Easy Halloween Costumes

WHAT YOU NEED:

4 Easy Halloween Costumes

GET THE LOOK:

  • Don’t forget the fins! Spray-paint a pair of swim fins with blue spray and glitter adhesive.
  • Stick with makeup in shades of greens and blues with shimmer or glitter bases.

 

BUNNY

Grab your ears and go! The simplicity of this costume makes it a go-to for last minute party girls.

4 Easy Halloween Costumes

WHAT YOU NEED:

4 Easy Halloween Costumes

GET THE LOOK:

  • Blend a little white makeup on the area above your lip.
  • Make your own rabbit nose with black eyeliner, bringing the line down to meet your cupid’s bow.

 

CAT

Chilly outside? Play dress up and still keep cozy. Meow.

4 Easy Halloween Costumes

WHAT YOU NEED:

4 Easy Halloween Costumes

GET THE LOOK:

  • For the purrfect look, use black eyeliner to create a bold winged-look extending past the outer corners of your eyes.
  • Use the same liner to create lines that extend across your cheeks.

 

PRINCESS

This is a REAL fairy tale… no prince needed.

4 Easy Halloween Costumes

WHAT YOU NEED:

4 Easy Halloween Costumes

GET THE LOOK:

  • Stick with simple makeup, with pink eye shadow and lip color to complement the costume.
  • Try a cute, no-fuss style for your hair with pink ribbons for an extra-special touch.

Comment below and tell us what your go-to Halloween looks are!

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,