How To: Spring Break Hair

Heading to a pool party or a day on the beach? This no-fuss look will stay in place all day so you don’t have to!

Step 1: Brush all of your hair to the back.

How To: Spring Break Hair

Step 2: Separate two side pieces from the front and twist both of them inward.

How To: Spring Break Hair

Step 3: Tie the two strands together in a knot, keeping them separate from the rest of your hair.

How To: Spring Break Hair

Step 4: Starting with either the left or right section, take a small strand of hair from one of the outer edges, and cross it over the opposite section of hair. Once you’ve added this strand to the other section, forget about it! You will always be working with just two sections, not three.

How To: Spring Break Hair

Step 5: Keep repeating this process from side to side until you reach the end.  As you work down, you can take smaller sections of hair if you want a tighter braid. Make sure you’re always taking strands from the outer edges.

How To: Spring Break Hair

Step 6: Tie an elastic band around the bottom, then gently pull the hair from the braid to make it a little wider.

How To: Spring Break Hair

Step 7: Give it a spritz of hairspray to set everything in place.

How To: Spring Break Hair

Step 8: Add flowers, starting from the outside and working in. Secure them by pulling the stems through your braid.

How To: Spring Break Hair

How To: Spring Break Hair

How To: Spring Break Hair

How To: Spring Break Hair

Step 9: Go rock it!

How To: Spring Break Hair

How To: Spring Break Hair

Show us your spring break style on Instagram or Twitter with #AerieREAL

Want more hair inspo? Try learning a waterfall braid!

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10 Ways To Celebrate U-Day

Forget V-Day. This year is all about U-Day! Make yourself happy and celebrate everything you love about U. Need a little celebration inspo? Read on for some of our fave U-Day plans.

10 Ways To Celebrate U-Day

  1. Have a spa day. Splurge for the pros or DIY at home: add flowers to your bath and settle in!
  2. Make a fancy dinner just for U. Finally cook the recipe that’s been on your list forever. Dress up, light some candles and dig in.
  3. Get moving! That spin class you’ve been putting off? Sign up and sweat it out! 10 Ways To Celebrate U-Day
  4.  Give yourself a break. Life can be crazy. Make time for a reading day, binge watch a new show or just take an extra-long nap. Sometimes doing nothing can be the best way to recharge.
  5. Go on an adventure. Is there a museum close by you’ve been wanting to check out? A trail you’ve been wanting to hike? GO!
  6. Sweet stuff! Eat all the ice cream, all the donuts and all the chocolates. 10 Ways To Celebrate U-Day
  7. Sign up for a class. Was taking up a new hobby on your New Year’s resolution list? Make time to try it out for U-Day.
  8. Treat yourself to something new! Get a pretty new bralette and undie set, and lounge around in it all day.
  9. Have a girls day. Girl time is the best time. Spend your U-Day with your friends! 10 Ways To Celebrate U-Day
  10. Love yourself! The most important part of U-Day is self-love. Today and every day, celebrate everything you love about U.

What are your U-Day plans? Comment below & tell us!

 

 

 

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ERIN’S OUTFIT OF THE WEEK: HAPPY HUES

Our stylist is sending spring vibes Phil’s way. Wear her happy hues and keep your fingers crossed for Thursday!

ERIN’S OUTFIT OF THE WEEK: HAPPY HUES

Shop Erin’s Look: Embroidered Peasant TopHappy Unlined Plunge Bra Chambray Short | Cutout Cheeky Undie | Street Level Mini Backpack | Aviator Sunglasses | Panama Hat

Our Embroidered Peasant Top has all the breezy, flowy vibes you need to get this spring thing started. Underneath, wear our Happy Unlined Plunge Bra, our newest fit that’s just like your fave bralette, now with underwire support. On the bottom, start the happy blues with our Chambray Short and add more spring shades with our Cutout Cheeky Undie underneath.

Spring starts when you say it does!

ERIN’S OUTFIT OF THE WEEK: HAPPY HUES

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Power Up Smoothie Recipe

Power up your winter with a fruity smoothie! This bright drink is full of vitamin C and antioxidants, aka all the good stuff you need for a healthy start to your year.

Power Up Smoothie Recipe
 
WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 3/4 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 2 kiwis, peeled
  • 1 cup almond milk or juice of your choice

Power Up Smoothie Recipe

WHAT TO DO:

  1. Let frozen fruit thaw for about 10 minutes
  2. Place it into blender and add kiwi and almond milk or juice
  3. Blend on high until it reaches a smooth consistency
  4. Garnish with more fruit
  5. ENJOY!

Power Up Smoothie Recipe

What are your favorite smoothie combinations? Comment and tell us below!
 

 

 
 

 

 

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10 Ways To Take A Digital Detox

New year, new reasons to put your phone down! We’ve been making time to take a digital detox and focus on real life over likes. Find your ME time with our ideas for unplugging.

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  • Go on an adventure. Use a REAL map to plan a trip, but don’t worry about getting lost along the way.
  • Read a book. Or make time to write in a journal. Let your imagination run wild!
  • Stop and smell the roses. Bring home fresh-cut flower to look at instead of a screen.

10 Ways To Detox For The New Year

  • Create your own music. Learn an instrument, sing in the shower, dance in your undies.
  • Watch the sunset. There is so much beauty around you… take time to appreciate it.
  • Get outside. Weather or not, bundle up and connect with nature.
  • Choose people over pixels. Meet up with some friends for lunch or coffee, no phones allowed!

10 Ways To Detox For The New Year

  • Take a yoga class. Reconnect with your body and get moving.
  • Learn a new skill. Pick something that’s been on your list forever and finally go for it!
  • Close your eyes. One of the easiest ways to take a digital detox is to just breathe, and just be.

Now get off the screen and take a digital detox!

 

 
 

 

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Mocha Peppermint Holiday Cookies

These festive cookies are a must for cookie swaps, parties or for keeping all to yourself!

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WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp unsweetened natural cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp espresso powder or 1 tbsp instant coffee granules
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 8 oz. chopped white chocolate
  • 3 large candy canes, crushed

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DIRECTIONS:

  1. Beat butter for 1 minute on medium speed until it’s creamy and smooth.
  2. Add both types of sugar and continue to beat on a medium speed until the mixture is light and fluffy.
  3. Turn up to high speed, and mix in egg, vanilla and peppermint extract.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, espresso powder and salt.
  5. Add flour mixture to wet ingredients and mix at a slow speed until completely combined.
  6. Continue to beat on high and add in the chocolate chips.
  7. Chill for at least three hours or overnight.
  8. Remove cookie dough and bring to room temperature.
  9. Preheat oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  10. Roll dough into small balls and place onto lined baking sheets.
  11. Bake cookies for 8-9 minutes and allow to cool for an additional 5 minutes on the sheet.
  12. Melt white chocolate (make sure you don’t burn it!)
  13. Dip each cookie halfway into the melted chocolate and place on wax paper.
  14. Before the chocolate hardens, sprinkle crushed candy canes onto each cookie.
  15. Place in the refrigerator to help chocolate set completely.
  16. Enjoy!

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What’s your favorite Christmas cookie? Comment below & tell us!

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