DIY Advent Calendar

Sleigh away the December days with our easy DIY advent calendar! An updated twist on your fave childhood tradition, this customizable calendar is the cutest addition to your holiday decorations. Read on below to see how we made this countdown to Christmas!

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Pencil
  • Black permanent marker or black paint
  • Fine point permanent marker or fine point brush
  • Wooden sign
  • Nails
  • Hammer
  • Pine sprig
  • String

WHAT TO DO:

  1. Using your pencil, draw numbers on each line, forming the shape of a Christmas tree. Starting with #1 as the top of the tree and work your way down to #20-25 as the trunk.
  2. Go over the pencil numbers with your permanent marker or black paint, whichever you prefer.
  3. Tie pine sprigs together in a circle to form a wreath roughly the size of each number. Add a small bow or ribbon to make it festive!
  4. Once the paint or marker is dry, hammer a nail above each number. This will act as your “wreath” hanger.
  5. Start your countdown to Christmas!

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DIY Glitter Candy Apples

Make your Halloween a little sweeter with this fun addition to your fave classic treat! These candy apples are glitterally everything.

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Red Delicious apples
  • Candy apple kit
  • Edible glitter
  • Edible star glitter
  • Sugar
  • Cookie sheet

WHAT DO DO:

  1. Following the directions on your candy apple kit, mix the contents with water and sugar and bring them to a boil.
  2. Continue cooking over medium to high heat.
  3. While the candy cooks, firmly put a wooden candy apple stick in the apple so you can hold it by the stick.
  4. Also while the candy cooks, lightly grease a cookie sheet.
  5. Once the candy reaches 302° Fahrenheit, remove from heat.
  6. Dip each apple into the candy mixture and set it on the cookie sheet.
  7. Before the candy hardens, dust apples with glitter.
  8. Let your candy apples harden and enjoy!

*Do not refrigerate apples. Store in a cool, dry place.

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

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Aerie-ize Your Halloween!

Ready, boo? Aerie girls are! #AerieREAL girls around our office played dress up and made four Halloween looks in ALL Aerie and AE faves. Read on for deets and get ready to party!

 

Make Unicorns #AerieREAL

By title, Morgan is Aerie’s Associate Marketing Manager, but we all know she’s a unicorn. Make your own horn by rolling up a piece of paper and giving it a big dose of glitter. Add all the sparkle and shine and colorful makeup you can!

Aerie-ize Your Halloween!

Get Morgan’s look: Shift Dress | Chill Sparkle Legging | AEO Platform Slip-On Sneaker

Aerie-ize Your Halloween!Aerie-ize Your Halloween!

Get Your Granny On 

Early bird party special! Natalie, Aerie Bottoms & Dresses Buyer, goes granny chic in our favorite new velvet sleep set. Make granny proud and add rollers and your most serious specs.

Aerie-ize Your Halloween!

Get Natalie’s look: Velvet Sleep Top | Pocket Cardigan | Velvet Pant | Glitter Stripe Socks

Aerie-ize Your Halloween!Aerie-ize Your Halloween!

 

Purrrty Fur The Party 

The Aerie spin on the classic cat costume: make it cozy! Rebecca, Aerie Tops Buyers, is basically in her PJ’s, and she’s not complaining. Meow.

Aerie-ize Your Halloween!

Get Rebecca’s look: Real Soft® Bodysuit | Faux Fur Vest | Plush Harem Pant | Cat Ears Headband | LFL By Lust For Life Fur Slide

Aerie-ize Your Halloween!

 

Be Your Own Hero!

Party and rescue-ready. Full-time AEO Associate Digital Designer and part-time superhero… Candice is a WONDER in our softest and shiniest new arrivals.

Aerie-ize Your Halloween!

Get Candice’s look: Velvet GRL PWR Corset | Shine Sleep Skivvies | Sparkle Crew Socks | Stars Headband | AEO Velvet Heeled BootieAerie-ize Your Halloween!Aerie-ize Your Halloween!

Are you making your own all-Aerie Halloween look this year? Comment below and tell us how!

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#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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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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