#AerieREAL Love From Iskra: Goal Setting

Hey Aerie girls,

I wanted to talk about dreams and goal settings and share some ways I get creative and organised to help me achieve my ambitions.

The first thing to remember is that any dream you have is valid. We are encouraged as young children to be whatever we want when we grow up but as we move through the education system we are then told to choose a college course and pick a career that’s actually attainable…

I just want to tell you no matter what age you are or what you are currently doing we have the power to be and do anything. I recently trained with a 20 times undefeated boxing champ and she only started boxing at 29 years old! She was going through a divorce and had a 8 year old but found what she loved and was talented at and has never looked back!

So now I will share with you things that have helped me get where I am today.

First off I LOVE vision boarding.

My vision board is in my bedroom. I put pictures and quotes on it. Some are my dreams, some inspire me, and some remind me of people and moments that are special to me.

You don’t need rules to make a vision board and I love getting together with my besties and having a whole day of getting creative. I like to grab my fave magazines or images I find online and make it super colourful with crayons and pens.

You will just need a corkboard or even some cardboard you can add pictures and quotes too. Of course you can add other things too if you want, friendship bracelets, gig tickets, cards from your besties! Your board your rules!

So you put a picture of Times Square on your moodboard, what’s next? It’s not just gunna happen by staring at it lol! You’ve got to have a plan. Make your dream a goal, add a date or year when you want it happen, think about things you need to do to make this happen! I call this my POA… Plan Of Action.

A POA is great for bigger goals, which are longer term and require lots of actions. But for everyday things to do, I make lists on my cell phone. I group list items as things I need to do now and things I can do later. So I also keep the highest priority or the nearest deadline things at the top of the list.

The important thing is to find something that works for you. For me it is my vision board, POAs, and cell phone lists.

Don’t be afraid to have big dreams – they’re the best sort! Breaking them down into smaller steps and setting specific goals will make your dreams easier to achieve. You might find your your goals change over time but that’s OK, go for it! You’re still be super effective having dreams and getting things done! And don’t forget to help your besties have inspiring dreams, set goals, and have fun!

Excited to see your vision boards! Tag me @iskra and @aerie #AerieReal

Sending you so much love!

Iskra x

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DIY Yoga Mat Spray

Keep your workout gear clean with our DIY yoga mat spray! Tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic, and lavender oil is a known aromatic used to relieve tension and calm nerves. When combined, the two create a safe and clean spray that will keep your mat clean and your mind clear! Read on to see how to make your own DIY yoga mat spray.

DIY Yoga Mat Spray

DIY Yoga Mat Spray

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Small spray bottle
  • Pure tea tree oil
  • Pure lavender essential oil
  • Spring water

DIY Yoga Mat Spray

WHAT TO DO:

  1. Fill the small spray bottle with spring water.
  2. Add two drops of tea tree oil and one drop of lavender oil.
  3. Shake the bottle to mix ingredients.
  4. Before and after yoga class, spray your mat with the mixture.DIY Yoga Mat Spray
  5. Once sprayed, wipe down with a clean cloth.
  6. Keep the bottle in your gym bag so it’s readily available.
  7. Namaste all day!

What’s your must-have for yoga class? Comment below and tell us!

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Strawberry Pink Lemonade Popsicle Recipe

We combined two classic summer staples into one refreshing must-have for any sunny day. Read on to find out how to make your own!

Strawberry Pink Lemonade Popsicle Recipe

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Pink lemonade (see lemonade/water ratios below)
  • Coconut water
  • 6 strawberries
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest
  • 10 wooden popsicle sticks
  • 1 popsicle mold (holds 10 popsicles)

Strawberry Pink Lemonade Popsicle Recipe

WHAT TO DO:

  1. De-stem and thinly slice strawberries. Set half aside.
  2.  Combine 2 parts pink lemonade to 1 part coconut water.
  3. Muddle half of the strawberries and mix them into the liquid.
  4. Zest a fresh lemon and add half of the zest to the mixture.
  5. Pour mixture  into popsicle molds, leaving space at the top for expansion.Strawberry Pink Lemonade Popsicle Recipe
  6. Carefully place leftover sliced strawberries (2-3 slices per popsicle) into molds.
  7. Sprinkle additional lemon zest on top of the molds.
  8. Carefully place wooden popsicle sticks in the middle of each mold.
  9. Freeze until they’re solid, or overnight.
  10. ENJOY!

Strawberry Pink Lemonade Popsicle Recipe

What’s your favorite summertime treat? Comment below & tell us!

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DIY Palm Print Shorts

Change up your chambray and customize your summer look! Read on to learn how to make your very own palm print shorts.

DIY Palm Print Shorts

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1 pair of shorts (find new ones here!)
  • Paintbrushes
  • Fabric paint in colors of your choice
  • Palm stencils
  • Painter’s tape
  • Cardboard

DIY Palm Print Shorts

WHAT TO DO:

  1. Place the shorts on a flat surface and put the cardboard inside so the paint doesn’t bleed through.
  2. Using the painter’s tape, secure the stencil firmly to the shorts, ensuring it doesn’t move while you paint.
  3. Dip your paintbrush into the paint and lightly dab it over the surface of the stencil.DIY Palm Print Shorts
  4. To create an ombre effect, use another paintbrush for darker colors and slowly paint over one another.
  5. Slowly remove the tape and lift the stencil up to avoid any smudges.D
  6. Repeat steps 1-5 in different areas of the shorts, wherever you want some palm!
  7. Let the shorts dry on a flat surface.DIY Palm Print Shorts
  8. Remove the cardboard and wash the shorts following paint and care instructions.
  9. Pair them with your fave top and wear them out!

DIY Palm Print ShortsHow do you customize your summer style? Comment below & tell us!

 

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DIY: Embroidered denim jacket!

We’re all about individual style, and customized denim jackets are an easy (and fun!) way to add a unique element to your look. ESPECIALLY this season – pins, patches and embroidered details are EVERYWHERE. Iron-on patches designed to look like embroidery will make your jacket look like it took hours to create, while actually only taking up a few minutes of your time.

(Pro tip: if you’re not into DIY, you can shop our embroidered jackets herehere and here)

M&J Trimming Patches DIY Embroidered Jacket

To find our iron-on patches, we took a trip to M&J Trimming in NYC. We chose big, bold floral details that complemented our perfectly worn-in denim jackets, but if flowers aren’t your thing, they have tons of other super-cool patches including stars, tigers and tattoo-inspired designs. Keep reading for our DIY tutorial!

DENIM STYLES PERFECT FOR CUSTOMIZATION: Fray Hem Denim Jacket | Denim Vest
Women’s Vintage Hi-Rise Jean | Women’s Jegging | Men’s Skinny | Men’s Slim

M&J Trimming Patches DIY Embroidered Jacket

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Denim jacket (or other denim of choice!)
  • Iron-on patches (we found ours here)
  • Iron
  • Ironing board or iron-safe surface
  • Thin piece of fabric (dish towel, washcloth, etc.)

M&J Trimming Patches DIY Embroidered Jacket

WHAT TO DO:

  1. Heat up the iron on high, no steam.
  2. Plan out your design! Lay your jacket on a flat surface and experiment with patch placement until you find an arrangement you like.
  3. Start ironing the patches on one at a time. Place patch on the desired area and cover with the thin fabric.
  4. Lay the iron over the patch for 30-60 seconds, giving the glue enough time to adhere to the jacket.
  5. Let the patch cool completely before checking to make sure it’s secure.
  6. Repeat for each patch!

M&J Trimming Patches DIY Embroidered Jacket

Will you give this DIY a try? Take a pic of your finished jacket & share it with us using #WeAllCan!

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DIY Painted Eggs

Our painted eggs are inspired by La Habana and the colors of Cuba! All you need is food coloring and paint markers, then don’t be afraid to go beyond the pattern and create your own designs. Every egg is beautiful!

DIY Painted Eggs

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • White or brown eggs
  • Food coloring or egg dye
  • Paint markers

DIY Painted Eggs

STEP 1:

Start out with a plain egg, brown or white, whichever best matches the background of the pattern you’re replicating. *If your background is heavily colored, use food color or dye to match it.

DIY Painted Eggs

DIY Painted Eggs

STEP 2:

Starting from the middle and working your way out, recreate the center design and the most basic shapes in the pattern.

DIY Painted Eggs

STEP 3:

Continue working outward. Fill in the more intricate details and designs, alternating colors as needed.

DIY Painted Eggs

DIY Painted Eggs

STEP 4:

Add any finishing touches or fix any mistakes, then let those babies dry!

 

Check out some of our Aerie associate’s Cuba-inspired eggs below and share yours by tagging @Aerie in your insta posts!

DIY Painted Eggs

DIY Painted Eggs

DIY Painted Eggs

DIY Painted Eggs

DIY Painted Eggs

If you love our DIY Painted Eggs, be sure to check out more of our crafts on the blog!

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