How To Create A DIY Printed Tote With I SPY DIY

For our last holiday installment with Jenni R., from I SPY DIY, we’re creating a do-it-yourself printed tote! Do your last minute holiday shopping in style or, fill your bag with goodies and gift to your bestie for something you know they’ll “totes” love. Check out Jenni’s easy step-by-step guide below and start creating your very own.

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What you need:
Street Level Metallic Reversible Tote

Leather paint

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What to do: 
Step 1: Start by painting on a row of triangle.

IMG_1635Pro Tip: To keep your rows straight, you can use tape to create lines, or mark dots for the top of each triangle.

Step 2: Fill in random triangles with silver and neon yellow. Let dry.

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Step 3: Pack up your gifts and head home!

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How To Create DIY Marshmallows With I SPY DIY

This holiday has been one of our favorite seasons to date. With great #AEOGIFTS, friends and family, it’s no wonder we’re embracing every day with open arms. To make the holidays even better, our favorite DIY guru, Jenni R., from I SPY DIY shows us how to make our very own marshmallows! Check out her recipe below and start sprucing up that hot chocolate. Don’t forget to add critter mittens to make this tasty treat taste look even sweeter.

IMG_0118What You’ll Need:

  1. Critter Mittens
  2. 9×13 baking dish, buttered generously
  3. snowflake cookie cutters, any size
  4. 1 cup water
  5. 3 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  6. 2 cups granulated sugar
  7. 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  8. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  9. 2 tablespoons pure vanilla
  10. 2 – 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar, for coating

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Step 1: In a stand mixer, fitted with a whisk attachment, add gelatin packets and 1/2 cup water. Let stand for water to soak into the gelatin. (You could use a large bowl and hand mixer if you do not own a stand mixer. Just make sure the bowl is deep enough to avoid anything splattering out. Mixer will become very hot later.)

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Step 2: In a saucepan, on high heat, add in sugar, salt, corn syrup, and remaining 1/2 cup water. Stir to combine, and then let mixture come to a boil. Let mixture boil for 1 minute, and then remove from heat.

Step 3: Turn stand mixer on to low to combine the gelatin. Then slowly start to add the hot mixture. Be very careful at this point!

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Step 4: Once the hot mixture is combine, turn stand mixer up to high, and mix for 12 minutes. Batter should become white and thick. Turn off mixer to add in vanilla, and then back on briefly to combine.

Step 5: Using a spatula, transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish. Working quickly, smooth out mixture evenly. (Because holy moly this stuff is sticky!)

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Step 6: Using a piece of greased plastic wrap, cover the marshmallow mixture and let sit at least 3 hours. (Or overnight!) Marshmallows will be too sticky to cut out right away.

Step 7: Cookie cutter time! This is where the powdered sugar comes in. As you start to cut out your shapes, coat the marshmallows with a generous amount of the powdered sugar. (I also find it beneficial to coat my cookie cutters with the powdered sugar as I go.)

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Step 8: Eat and Enjoy! Or wait and make some hot chocolate to put them in.

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How To Create A Dip Dye Scarf With I SPY DIY

For our next DIY installment, we’re adding a pop of color to our #AEOSTYLE! DIY expert Jenni R., from I SPY DIY will show you how to create your very own dip dye scarf using our Heritage Plaid Blanket Scarf. Follow her easy step by step instructions below and be sure to tag us on Instagram and Twitter wearing your new accessory.

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What You’ll Need:
Heritage Plaid Blanket Scarf
Rit Liquid Dye
Hot Water

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  1. Mix the liquid dye with hot water

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3. Ring out excess liquid

4. Let dry.

5. Hand wash in cold water.

6. Enjoy!

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How To: Make a Peanut Butter & Jelly Smoothie Bowl

Although serving such a convenient breakfast in a bowl may take away from a smoothie’s to-go factor, there are some upsides. Power bowls top the list as some of our all-time favorite meals and make your breakfast more nutritious just by showering it in delicious and healthy toppings.

This smoothie bowl is a spinoff on a childhood fave: the classic PB+J. It’s both a twist to those iconic flavors and an upgrade to the ingredients—so long refined sugars and grains! Stay #inCHAARG of your day by starting your morning with this delicious breakfast.

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup yogurt (we recommend Greek or coconut yogurt)
1/4 cup vanilla almond milk
1 frozen banana (+ additional for topping)
1 tbsp almond butter or any nut butter
1/3 cup Kind Peanut Butter Whole Grain Clusters
1/3 cup pomegranate seeds
1 tbsp chia seeds
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DIRECTIONS
1] Add the yogurt, almond milk, almond butter and frozen banana to a blender and blend until smooth. You want the smoothie bowl to have a thick texture, so we recommend adding the milk a little at a time.

2] Pour the smoothie into a bowl.

3] Top with banana, pomegranate, chia and Kind clusters.

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ABOUT CHAARG
We believe that working out can (and should!) be fun. We’re an organization of 2,500+ girls at more than 24 universities that encourages college-aged girls to find their fit, whether it’s yoga, CrossFit or anything in between.

You don’t need to be a marathon runner or a weightlifting champion to join—it’s all about finding what works for you. That’s the beauty of CHAARG. We’re a group of real girls with a passion for leading happy, healthy lives.

Sound like you? Learn more about us, check out CHAARG.com and find us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

ABOUT TERESA
Teresa Sandoval is CHAARG’s Creative Project Lead. She dedicates her free time to any and all activities that let her get outside. When she isn’t taking her dog for a run or spending time in the sunshine, she can be found getting messy and creative in the kitchen.

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How To Create A DIY Pom Pom Hat With I SPY DIY

At AEO, we love a good DIY. Taking what we make and creating it into your own #AEOSTYLE is a motto we love to stand by. That’s why we brought in our DIY expert Jenni R. from I SPY DIY to create a super fun Pom Pom using our Chunky Cable Knit Beanie to wear all winter long. Check out Jenni’s easy step-by-step instructions below and start getting creative! Plus, check out her other DIY projects for AEO on our blog.

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What You’ll Need:
AEO Chunky Cable Knit Beanie
Scissors
Yarn
Safety Pin

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To make the pom poms: 

  1. Wrap yarn around your fingers
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  2. Next, take the yarn off your hand and tie another piece around the middle of the yarn, tie in a knot
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  3. Then, cut the loops
  4. Trim uneven ends
  5. Next, use a safety pin to attach the pom pom to the top of you hat.
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And you’re done!

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How To Create A DIY Patch-Covered Outerwear Jacket

Temperatures are dropping but that doesn’t mean you have to lower your #AEOSTYLE standards too! Erik from MOG Blog put together a super easy step-by-step guide on how to create your very own patch covered outerwear using our Aviator Jacket. Get to know Erik and the inspiration behind his work below.

What Inspired Erik’s Look: “I chose to wear the jacket with a really simple outfit underneath. Because it’s is one-of-a-kind, I wanted it to be the star player of this look. A simple black hoodie, tee shirt and jeans, contrasted with a great pair of suede boots. Add any signature jewelry you typically wear (for me, it’s this vintage gold bracelet) and you’ve got a look that’s uniquely you – and that’s the best part!”

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Step 1: Go hunting for patches, pins, buttons and anything else you’d like to adorn your jacket with. I found these at a cool vintage store in my neighborhood, though there’s plenty of great resources online. Check out Etsy as well!

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Step 2 – Gather your materials, including a needle and thread, some scissors, and Fabri-tac (or similar fabric glue.)

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Step 3 – Lay out your design, and when you’re satisfied, attach the patches either by sewing or gluing with Fabri-tac. Be sure to follow the instructions on the bottle before washing or wearing. I’m sewing mine, because I would be letting myself down after my years as a costume designer in grad school, if I had decided to glue. Lol.

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Step 4 – Last, but not least – attach your pins and buttons and get stylin’!”

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