How To Make A Fishtail Braid

We love “double tapping” beautiful hair looks on Insta but when it comes to our own DIY moment…we’re lost! One of our favorite hair styles we have been loving this season is the gorgeous, but very intimidating fishtail braid. We asked our studio hair stylist, Julie M., if she could show us step-by-step instructions to teach us this hot new ‘do. Follow her tips below to learn how to style the fishtail braid like a pro in no time!

Before you begin: gently brush out any tangles in hair but leave as much of your natural texture as possible. For a little extra lift, use a dry shampoo at the roots and crown of head.

Step 1: Gather hair into desired side ponytail and secure it with a small elastic band.

Aerie Hair How To: Fishtail Braid Tutorial

Step 2: Separate the ponytail into two equal strands.

Aerie Hair How To: Fishtail Braid Tutorial

Step 3: Starting with either the left or right section, take a small strand of hair from one of the outer edges.

Aerie Hair How To: Fishtail Braid Tutorial

Aerie Hair How To: Fishtail Braid Tutorial

Step 4: Pass this strand to the opposite section of hair.  Once you’ve added this strand to the other section, forget about it. You will always just be working with two sections, not three.

Aerie Hair How To: Fishtail Braid Tutorial

Aerie Hair How To: Fishtail Braid Tutorial

Aerie Hair How To: Fishtail Braid Tutorial

Step 5: Now take a second strand of hair from the opposite side [always concentrating on just taking from the outer edge] and add it to the other section like above.

Aerie Hair How To: Fishtail Braid Tutorial

Step 6-9: Keep repeating this process from side to side – taking pieces from outer edge, one side to the next until you reach the end.  As you work down the braid you can also take smaller sections if desired.

Aerie Hair How To: Fishtail Braid Tutorial

Step 10: Once you are done, secure the bottom of braid with a second clear elastic.

Aerie Hair How To: Fishtail Braid Tutorial

Step 11: Carefully cut out the first elastic on the top that you used at the top.

Aerie Hair How To: Fishtail Braid Tutorial

Aerie Hair How To: Fishtail Braid Tutorial

Step 12: This braid looks best messy! Once you’ve finished, mess it up a little by carefully pulling apart the braid, to create a less structured look. You can even take a teasing comb around the edges to mess up the edges.

Aerie Hair How To: Fishtail Braid Tutorial

 Viola! Show us your favorite hair DIY’s with #AerieREAL on Instagram or Twitter.

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Make a studded band for your hat with I spy diy

Hi everyone! It’s Jenni from I Spy DIY, back with a new series of DIY projects geared toward the holidays. This week I am going to show you how to spice up your winter hat with some leather and studs to give it a statement makeover!

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What you need:
Goorin Francis Fratelli Fedora
Leather
Screw on studs
Leather punch
Scissors

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What to do:

Step One: Measure the circumference of the hat and cut two strips of leather that when overlapped an inch on each end will fit snuggly around the brim.

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Step Two: Using the leather punch, create two rows of holes along the leather strip.

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Step Three: Screw in each stud by pushing the back through the hole and screwing on the top.

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Step Four: Connect the two ends of the strip by doubling up the leather, punching holes through both ends.

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Step Five: Take the final band and put on your hat. If you wish to make the band permanent, attach it with a couple dabs of glue. Done!

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Show us your winter hat creations with #AEOGIFTS on Instagram and Twitter!

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Holiday Beanies with I Spy DIY

Can’t get enough of our Fuzzy Beanies? We’ve teamed up with Jenni from I Spy DIY to show you how to give your beanie a little sparkle this holiday season.

What you’ll need:
Fuzzy Beanie
Gems (We love these!)
Gem glue
Needle and thread

Holiday Beanies with I Spy DIY

Holiday Beanies with I Spy DIY

Step 1: Arrange gems on to your beanie.

Holiday Beanies with I Spy DIY

Step 2: Use glue to adhere gems to beanie.

Holiday Beanies with I Spy DIY

Holiday Beanies with I Spy DIY

Step 3: Sew on gems to reinforce.

Holiday Beanies with I Spy DIY

Voilà! Add an Aerie Blanket Scarf into the mix and you’re all set.

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Holiday Beanies with I Spy DIY

Holiday Beanies with I Spy DIY

Looking for ways to style your beanie? Check out our Graphic Sweater Style Challenge here! xo

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Personalize your wrapping paper with I SPY DIY

Hi everyone! It’s Jenni from I Spy DIY, back with a new series of DIY projects geared toward the holidays. This week, I’m showing you how to perfectly wrap your holiday presents for the best gift giving ever. Read on to see how to turn your #AEOGIFTS into a work of art!

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What you need:
Pompom ribbon
Pink ‘Cheer’ gift wrap
Multicolored pompoms
Circular necklace holder
Yarn in ‘Grenadine’
Stamp set
Wrapping paper

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Pom poms: Embellish your printed wrapping by gluing on pom poms. A simple upgrade that make your present infinitely more fun!

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Puff: Use this tutorial to create a bright pink gift topper.

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Printed paper: Instead of using wrapping paper and use Letter stamps to create a personalized message with letter stamps and ink.

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Pom pom trim: You can NEVER have enough pom poms! Outline your gifts in the festive trim for a pop of color.

Show us how you are wrapping your holiday gifts with #AEOGIFTS on Instagram and Twitter!

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Aerie Holiday Blogger Party

What better way to kick off the holiday season than with a party? Last month we invited our favorite NYC bloggers to join us for some holiday fun with Aerie’s Fit and Style Expert, Jenny Altman and the queen of DIY herself Jenni Radosevich from I SPY DIY.

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Christina from Minnie in Manhattan and Justine from Pretty in Pistachio looking festive in our Fuzzy Beanie.

Aerie Holiday Blogger Party

Aerie Holiday Blogger Party

Bloggers got a sneak peek of our holiday collection and favorite gifts of the season. Heather from Fashionista NY Girl had her eye on our Blanket Scarf in Holiday Red.

Aerie Holiday Blogger Party

Aerie Holiday Blogger Party

Aerie Holiday Blogger Party

Aerie Holiday Blogger Party

Party goers indulged their sweet tooth with a cup of hot chocolate from our do-it-yourself hot chocolate bar. Treat yo self? Don’t mind if we do!

Aerie Holiday Blogger Party

Aerie Holiday Blogger Party

And what Aerie party would be completely without adorable, mix and match Pajama Tops and Pants cookies?

Aerie Holiday Blogger Party Jenni from I SPY DIY showed blogger babes how to bedazzle a Aerie Fuzzy Beanie with the perfect amount of bling. Jordan from Opal and Violet mastered the art of glue gun.

Aerie Holiday Blogger Party

Aerie Holiday Blogger Party

Aerie Holiday Blogger Party

Let’s take a selfie! Alex from Lex What Wear and Jackie from Living After Midnite loved their bedazzled beanies.

Aerie Holiday Blogger Party

Carina from The Fashion Student posed for a photo before checking out the holiday collection.

Aerie Holiday Blogger Party

Olivia from The Corporate Catwalk, Jackie from Living After Midnite and Alex from Lex What Wear.

Aerie Holiday Blogger Party

Bloggers got the VIP treatment, complete with bra fittings and style advice from Aerie’s Fit and Style Expert, Jenny Altman. Jenny takes a break from fittings to snap a photo with Wendy from Nitrolicious.

Aerie Holiday Blogger Party

Karina and Toni from Under the Sweater leave the party all smiles with Aerie totes filled with goodies!

‘Til next year!

xo,

Aerie

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Make a Cozy Stripe Sweater Pillow with I SPY DIY

Hi everyone! It’s Jenni from I Spy DIY, back with a new series of DIY projects geared toward the holidays. This week, I’m showing you how to make a holiday-inspired pillow from an AEO sweater plus a bonus pillow, just for fun. They’re perfect for lazy afternoon naps (and also for a little holiday inspiration year round).

Final4 (2)What you need:
AEO Shag Striped Sweater
Scissors
Needle and thread
Fray Block (optional)

What to do:
Step 1: Cut off the sleeves and the neckline of the sweater to create a square.

Sweaterpillow_step1Tip: If needed, use fray block to stop unraveling.

Sweaterpillow_step2Step 2: Turn sweater inside out. Then, whip stitch the neck and arm holes closed.

Sweaterpillow_step3Step 3: Turn right side out, and put pillow inside.

Sweaterpillow_step4Step 4: Whip stitch the bottom with matching thread to close.

Sweaterpillow_step5Done!

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Pom Pom Printed Holiday Pillow:

FinalWhat you need:
Carving Block
Carver with assorted cutters
Fabric Ink pad
Pillow Case
Yarn
Scissors

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What to do:
Step 1: Draw your tree design on the carving block.

Treepillow_Step0Step 2: Carve away everything outside of the tree.

Treepillow_step1Step 3: Press stamp into ink and create a pattern on your pillow.

Treepillow_Step2To make the pom pom:
Wrap yarn around three fingers.

Treepillow_step4Next, take the yarn off your hand and tie another piece around the middle of the yarn, tie in a knot.

Treepillow_step5Then, cut the loops.

Treepillow_step6Trim uneven ends.

Treepillow_step7Next, sew pom poms on to your pillow corners.

Treepillow_step9And your Done!

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Enjoy your festive new holiday pillows and be sure to check back next week for another holiday inspired DIY project.

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