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.

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Leap Day 2016: What To Do With Your Extra 24 Hours

It’s Leap Day! We only get an extra 24 hours every four years, so we think you should make the most of the day. If you’re having trouble deciding what to do with your extra time, we have a few ideas up our sleeve for you. Better yet? We planned your outfits, too! Keep scrolling to check out all of our Leap Day looks.

Get Your Sweat On At Yoga: Work up a sweat & feel the burn at a yoga class today. Keep your look simple with leggings, a sweatshirt & a sports bra. Mesh details add some excitement to the look, and stretchy fabric will allow you to do all the downward dogs and Warrior II’s your heart desires. Pull the hair out of your eyes with a pretty headband. What are you waiting for? Slip on some sandals & head to class!How Will You Spend Your Extra 25 Hours This Leap Day? Get Your Sweat On At Yoga!

Shop the Look: Crew Sweatshirt | Mesh Panel Hi-Rise Legging | Birkenstock Gizeh Sandal
Aerie Sports Bra (Shop Similar) | Aerie Ruched Headband (Shop Similar) | Black Cat Eye Sunglasses

Get Artsy At The Movies: Being that the 2016 Oscars were just yesterday, there’s still time to catch up on any award-worthy films you may have missed this year, so maybe you’ll be spending an evening at the movies. Thanks, Leap Day! Whether you’re heading out with your girlfriends or going on a date, this effortlessly sweet look is perfect for a day at the movie theater. Start with a floral romper, and bring a denim jacket in case you get chilly in the theater. Finish the look off with easy heels and a long, layered necklace.
How Will You Spend Your Extra 25 Hours This Leap Day? Head To The Movies!

Shop the Look: Double Strap Romper | Denim Jacket |
BC Footwear High Spirited Bootie (Shop Similar) | Horn & Arrowhead Layer Necklace

Get Some Retail Therapy At The Mall: Shopping is one of our favorite pastimes (are you surprised?). If you’re taking a trip to the mall today, you’ll want to stay comfortable but still look trendy. Our Tomgirl Jeans will be your BFF for the occasion. Add a graphic tee and a plaid shirt tied around your waist, and make sure you wear flats to walk in. Stacked bracelets & a baseball cap will complete the outfit.
How Will You Spend Your Extra 25 Hours This Leap Day? Let's Go Shopping!

Shop the Look: Soft & Sexy NYC T-Shirt | Boyfriend Plaid Shirt | Tomgirl Jean
Flatform Espadrille | Brass & Pink Arm Party | Patch Flatbill Hat (Shop Similar)

Let us know how you’re spending Leap Day in the comments below, and show us what you’re wearing using #AEOSTYLE on Twitter and Instagram!

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Laura’s Tips: How To Style The Oversized Cardigan

If you love cold weather layers as much as we do at AEO, you’ve come to the right place. Winter is the perfect season to mix fabrics, patterns and textures thanks to layering. One of our favorite layers this year is the cardigan, thanks to amazing designs like the cascading open frontshawl collar, and drapey fit. Gone are the days of frumpy, boring silhouettes: enter the updated oversized cardi! We asked our Styling Manager, Laura, to show us three of her favorite looks and to give us some tips so that we can wear the oversized cardigan with confidence. Check out her tips below and shop each look to find your own new layering BFF.

How To Style The Oversized Cardigan

Look 1: Feminine Edge
Balance your feminine and edgy personalities with a chunky cardigan. Sticking to the same neutral color family makes it easy to mix textures and styles. Lace detailing on top and destructed, black denim below create an effortless look when paired back to a boucle knit. Finish the look with heeled clogs for a fresh take on the cozy trend.

Shop the Look: 
AEO Oversized Boucle Cardigan
AEO Lace Cami
Jegging
BC Like Clockwork Clog

Look 2: Retro Comfort
We love the subtle, retro vibes in this look. Make your look pop with a boho lacy tank that won’t get lost beneath a bold, waterfall cardigan. Perfect for a retro-meets-modern feel, add denim in an trendy silhouette like the Tomgirl jean, and complete the outfit with old-school cool Swedish Hasbeens clogs.

Shop the Look: 
AEO Draped Cardigan
AEO Lace Bubble Tank
AEO Denim X Café Tomgirl Jean
Swedish Hasbeens Slip In Super High

Look 3: Free-Spirited Cozy
Make a statement by wearing patterns + graphics together, and  let your free-spirited side shine. Wrap yourself up in this oversized, patterned cardigan and stay cozy in Minnetonka fringe sneakers. Contrast the cardi with a bold graphic t-shirt (from our Soft & Sexy line!), and pair everything back to denim in a unique indigo wash.

Shop the Look: 
AEO Patterned Cocoon Cardigan
AEO Soft & Sexy Long T-Shirt
Super Soft Indigo Jegging
Minnetonka Venice Sneaker

How will you style the oversized cardigan this season? Show us using #AEOSTYLE on Twitter & Instagram for your chance to be featured in our Style Gallery.

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#AEOSTYLE Roundup: NYC Holiday Party

Last Wednesday, we hosted our annual Holiday Shopping Party at the AEO store in SOHO, NYC. Each year we are lucky enough to be in the company of some of the coolest fashion editors in the business (think Refinery29, TeenVogue.com, UsWeekly!) plus some of our favorite bloggers and stylists including Christina Caradona, Natalie Suarez, Dylana Suarez, Christine Bibbo-Herr, Anarosa Trotta and Jenni Radosevich. We offered self-portrait lattes by barista artist Michael Breach and participated in the shopping fun by picking out favorite #AEOGIFTS for everyone on our list! Scroll on to check out a full picture recap of the event.

AEO Holiday Party In NYC Soho Store

VP of AEO Public Relations @rachel_dicarlo sipped on a sweet logo latté.

AEO Holiday Party In NYC Soho Store

Our SOHO store looked merry, bright & full of #AEOSTYLE.

@ispydiy

 We totally have heart eyes for @ispydiy‘s coffee selfie.

@ispydiy at the AEO Holiday Party In NYC Soho Store

@ispydiy enjoys her latté (it’s not weird to drink your own portrait, right?!).

@nycpretty

@nycpretty is head over heels for our chunky knit beanies and winter accessories.

@noelledowning

@noelledowning sips & shops.

@natalieoffduty

@natalieoffduty is all about the cozy holiday season.

@troprouge at the AEO Holiday Party In NYC Soho Store

@troprouge or AEO mannequin? She’s winter-ready in AEO accessories.

AEO Holiday Party In NYC Soho Store

What do we want under our tree this year? #AEOGIFTS, of course.

@baristart at the AEO Holiday Party In NYC Soho Store

Coffee artist @BartistArt creates a one-of-a-kind #AEOGIFTS latté.
@coffeendclothes

@coffeendclothes (literally).

@anawoza & friends

@anawoza & friends shopping for denim from our amazing AEO denim wall.

@troprouge and @anawoza at the AEO Holiday Party In NYC Soho Store

@anawoza & @troprouge hanging out and making new friends.

Natalie Off Duty & Dylana Suarez

Sisters @dylanasuarez & @natalieoffduty rock Holiday #AEOSTYLE.

@dylanasuarez

@dylanasuarez, you definietly need those Boho Arist Flare Jeans!

@anawoza

Could @anawoza’s latté selfie be any more perfect?

AEO Holiday Party In NYC Soho Store

We had so much fun shopping & chatting with everyone at the party. We’ll see you next year!

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How To Style The Nylon Parka With Fashionisto Diaries

As the temperatures drop, it’s time to start thinking about heavier weighted jackets to keep you warm and stylish. Menswear blogger, Ryan Charchian from Fashionisto Diaries walks the streets of brisk New York City with our Nylon Parka. Get to know Ryan and the inspiration behind his #AEOSTYLE below.

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Meet Ryan: Ryan Charchian is a men’s fashion and grooming blogger and YouTuber living in New York City. Ryan has been creating content since high school and has featured collaboration with fashion industry icons such as Tim Gunn on his blog, Fashionisto Diaries.

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What Inspired Ryan’s Look: I love walking around New York around this time of year. Trees are still losing their leaves and there is just a magic in the air as the city gets ready for the holidays. Sticking with the New York staple of a black pants, I decided to add a flannel to keep me in the spirit of winter. This American Eagle coat was the perfect item to top my look as it is super warm and the detail on the brim of the hood gives it an extra pop.

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Shop Ryan’s Look: Nylon Parka | Men’s Flannel Shirts (similar) | Active Flex Skinny Pant (similar)

 

Show us how you style our Nylon Parka with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter and Instagram for a chance to be featured on the AEO Style Gallery.

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#AEOGIFTS: Gifts By Price Guide

The Holiday shopping season will be in full swing by the end of the week. While we’re dreaming of snow, hot chocolate and time with friends & family, we also can’t keep our mind off of AEO Great Gifts. Picking out the perfect gift can be difficult, but we’ve made things a little easier for you this year with our #AEOGIFTS: Gifts By Price Guide! From the coziest sweaters for girls to a really chill onesie for guys, we’ve got everything on their wishlists. Our fragrance sets, scarves, socks & slippers are great stocking stuffers that will surprise & delight everyone you’re shopping for. We’ve broken it down for Santa below.

AEO GREAT GIFTS FOR HIM

Gifts By Price

Our $25 & Under gifts will keep him warm on every layer. Festive printed boxers keep the holiday spirit bright, and he’ll stay warm in our beanies and plaid scarves.
Shop Men’s $25 & Under Gifts:

AEO Legend Long Sleeve Henley
AEO Woven Scarf
AEO Cable Beanie
AEO Nice Rack Athletic Trunk

Gifts By Price

The $25-$35 gift category for him is filled with legendary basics and layering pieces. Plus, you’ll find all the coolest accessories, like our leather watch, and fragrance sets that will leave him feeling fresh. 
Shop Men’s $25-$35 Gifts:

AEO Flex Base Layer Tights
AEO Lace Up Sneaker
AEO Winter Woods Gift Set
AEO Brown Leather Watch
AEO Legend Hoodie

Gifts By Price

He’ll be covered top to bottom with our $35-$50 gifts. Flannels in tons of color options & the coziest Men’s slippers top the list.
Shop Men’s $35-$50 Gifts:

AEO Flagstaff Flannel
AEO 1977 Dopp Kit
Woolrich x AEO Baseball Hat
AEO Felted Moccasin

Gifts By Price#AEOGIFTS & chill? Definitely. As the temperatures continue to drop, he’ll be ready in AEO Denim, Baja sweater hoodies & seasonal boots from our $50 & Up category.
Shop Men’s $50 & Up Gifts:

Original Straight Jean
AEO Baja Sweater
AEO Duck Boot
AEO Penguin Onesie

AEO GREAT GIFTS FOR HER

Gifts By Price

We can’t get enough of fuzzy socks, patterned beanies and fringe scarves. Can you blame us? Check out our $25 & Under gifts, which we think she’d love to find in her stocking!
Shop Women’s $25 & Under Gifts:

AEO Crew Socks
AEO Knit Fringe Snood
AEO Patterned Beanie
AEO Rollerball & Lipgloss Duo

Gifts By Price

Our $25-$35 gifts have a great range of gifting options, from bootie slippers to cropped sweaters & textured leggings. 
Shop Women’s $25-$35 Gifts:

AEO Ribbed Hi-Rise Legging
AEO Feather Light Cropped Sweater
AEO Cozy Sweater Boot
AEO Textured Poncho

Gifts By Price

Filled with the trendiest ponchos to our brand new Denim X Cafe & Velvet X options, our $35-$50 gifts are perfect for the girl who loves fashion on your holiday list. 
Shop Women’s $35-$50 Gifts:

AEO Velvet X Jegging
AEO Southwestern Blanket Shawl
AEO Southwestern Cozy Boot
AEO Denim X Cafe Jegging

Gifts By Price

Our $50 & Up gifts set the gifting bar. One of a kind AEO x Woolrich blankets and faux-fur parkas are some of our favorite gifts to give and get. 
Shop Women’s $50 & Up Gifts:

AEO Denim X Cafe Hi-Rise Jegging
AEO Cable Knit Toggle Cardigan
Woolrich Somerton Jacquard Blanket
Eastland Aztec 1955 Fringe Ankle Boot
AEO Long Parka

What #AEOGIFTS will you give this season? Which gifts top your wishlist? Let us know in the comments below, and show us how you style your AEO Great Gifts with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter & Instagram.

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