AEOSTYLE CHALLENGE: Mixed Knit Crew Sweater

Looking for the perfect cozy sweater this holiday season? The Mixed Knit Crew Sweater takes our classic scoop neck sweater to a whole new level with mixed knit paneling and bold pattern.

Blogger Adriana from Leopard Martini show us how she styles our favorite holiday sweater below.

Meet Adriana:
Founder and Editor of Leopard Martini Style Blog based in Texas. Lover of Saturdays, Floral Dresses, and Lavender Lattes. I love staying inspired by exploring my city, and traveling and visiting new places as much as I can.

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What inspired Adriana’s Look:
I tend to gravitate more towards cozy looks during the colder months, and this AEO sweater is just perfect to throw on over my favorite pair of leggings and mixed with a chic scarf. The pretty pattern and comfy knit make it the perfect winter staple, so ideal for a day of running errands, grabbing coffee with friends, or staying warm indoors working on my blog. I’m definitely planning to wear this sweater all winter long, and can’t wait to style it a few different ways. IMG_3721

Get Adriana’s Look:
Mixed Knit Crew Sweater
Faux Fur Snood (Similar)
Vegan Leather Hi-Rise Jegging (Similar)
DV By Dolce Vita Myste Tall Boot  (Similar)

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Show us how you style our Mixed Knit Crew Sweater with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter and Instagram for the chance to be featured on our Style Gallery.

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Holiday Gifting: The Blanket Scarf

Once you’re done creating your own mini stockpile of Aerie Blanket Scarves, it’s time to think about the special people in your life. The holidays are, of course, a time for giving. And who wouldn’t want an extra large, super soft (not-to-mention super cute!) blanket scarf to add to their winter wardrobe?

Our girl Kristin from Living in Color Print couldn’t agree more. Check out her favorite Aerie Blanket Scarves below!

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Why Kristin loves the blanket scarf:
I personally can’t get enough of them! I think I’ve added about 8 new prints, colors and patterns to my collection this year, and the season isn’t even over! A blanket scarf if a great way to mix up a look without too much effort. For example: take a simple look like jeans and a solid long sleeve shirt – add in a plaid blanket scarf, or a stripe version. Either option completely transforms the look a little differently without the need to change anything else. A definite must-have for the year!

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Want a chance to win an Aerie blanket scarf? Head over to Living in Color Print to learn more about Kristin’s #LICPChristmas twelve days of giveaways!

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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

Supplies

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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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.

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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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DIY: Glitter Ombré Holiday Nails

Keeping in step with ombré, one of our favorite beauty trends, we winterized our go-to mani with a sparkly twist. We partnered with Nails By Dallas at our most recent photoshoot where they taught us step-by-step how to make the cutest, yet simple holiday mani! Read on below to learn how to create the perfect glitter ombre nail.

DIY: Glitter Ombre Holiday Nails

1. First, organize your supplies. You’ll need a chunky gold glitter polish, a sheer pink polish and some fine gold or rose gold craft glitter (we like Martha Stewart’s Rose Quartz). Also, a file, buffer, orange wood stick or cuticle pusher, small nail art brush, alcohol and cuticle oil.

2. Start by manicuring your nails: file to preferred shape, push cuticles back gently and lightly buff the shine off nail plate. Cleanse nails with alcohol to remove oil.

3. If you have a preferred base coat, apply that first and let dry. Then apply two coats of Aerie’s light pink polish and let dry. (Shop at your local Aerie store!DIY: Glitter Ombre Holiday Nails

4. Start by dabbing the chunky gold glitter on just the free edge of the nail. Take your small nail art brush and gently brush glitter towards the cuticle. *When doing this, use a feather touch to ensure no streaks in your base polish* DIY: Glitter Ombre Holiday Nails

5. Next, mix some craft glitter in with your chunky glitter polish and apply the same way. This will add smaller pieces of glitter to your design, making the ombré look really pop. DIY: Glitter Ombre Holiday Nails

6. End with a top coat of your choice and be sure to cap the free edge where all the glitter is!

 

DIY: Glitter Ombre Holiday NailsToo cute! Show us your new mani looks and designs with #AerieHAULiday!

xoxo,

Aerie

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Create a DIY mug with I SPY DIY

Hi everyone! It’s Jenni from I Spy DIY, back with a new series of DIY projects geared for the holiday season. This week, I put together a fun DIY project for you to do while you are cozied up by the fire after Thanksgiving dinner. It’s the perfect project to create for your friends (or yourself) this holiday season.

Photo Credit: Jessica Kaminski

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What you need:
Mug
Tissue paper
Dishwater safe ModPodge
Brush
Cute heart print gloves (optional) ;)

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What to do:

Step 1: Rip off smaller pieces of tissue paper.

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Step 2: Spread ModPodge on mug.

IMG_8451Step 3: Place tissue paper pieces, then paint over the top with ModPodge. Let dry.

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And Voila, You are done! Now it’s time to relax with some hot cocoa out of your new mug!

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