Real Talk With Nia Pettitt

We met Nia last year, and since then she’s been inspiring us with her honesty about natural beauty, insecurities and confidence. Nia’s curls were always huge part of her life—she co-founded the Go With The Fro Tour, a movement to empower women with natural curls—but when she realized that her hair was starting to define her, she knew she had to let it go. We talked to Nia about that process and what she learned from it. Read on for more from this #AerieREAL Role Model!

 

Real Talk With Nia Pettitt

You’ve recently changed your look! Tell us why you decided to cut your hair.  

I knew I wanted to let go of my hair when the image of the woman I aspired to be wasn’t who I was. I was bored of looking the same every day just for validation through social media. I felt unhappy and drained but I couldn’t figure out why until I listed all the things I felt were holding me back. I wanted a fresh start and to completely step out of my comfort zone to finally see myself. I feel amazing, I feel so confident and free.

 

Real Talk With Nia Pettitt

What did you learn in the process?

That you should never remain in a career, relationship or friendship just because of the comfort. I could’ve remained talking about hair just because it was what I built my brand on but it wasn’t what I was truly passionate about anymore. I also learned that some people will be in your life just because of how you look which is sad but it made me appreciate the people in my life who love me for me. I also learned that I used to spend way too much time doing my hair because I can now sleep for an extra hour!

 

Real Talk With Nia Pettitt

#AerieREAL is about standing together and feeling confident and comfortable in your own skin. How do you personally identify with that message?

I have never felt more confident and comfortable in my skin as my comfort used to lie within my hair. I hid all of my insecurities underneath my hair because people always gravitated towards it. At first it was fun being known for my hair but I couldn’t keep up with the image of always having to look the same, I felt obliged to always wear my hair out for the gratification of others and thats when I knew I was no longer living for myself. I now identify with it through acceptance of my natural beauty, my intelligence, my kind soul and my ability to always evolve.

Real Talk With Nia PettittWho is your role model and why?

My role model is the older version of myself. We all have this idea in our head of who we want to be and sometimes we never know how we are going to get there. Whether that is a healthier version, a smarter one, a version that is more stylish or more happy. My version is a woman that doesn’t allow likes to validate her worth, that is free with herself to be herself at all times and never feel like she has to be in a box.

Real Talk With Nia Pettitt

What makes you an #AerieREAL Role Model?

I no longer look at my flaws as flaws. I look at my stretch marks as lines of love from girl to woman. I look at my acne scars as reminders to stop stressing over unnecessary things. I look at the hair which grows on my skin as a blanket and my belly button as a cool and unique part of me. I am an #AerieREAL Role Model because I understand that the natural me is the best version of me.

How do you stay true to yourself? Comment below & tell us what makes YOU an #AerieREAL Role Model.

 

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Give Real. Our Gift Guide Is Here!

We shopped for you! From pom-tastic presents to our coziest sweats, find something for every girl on your list with this season’s holiday gift guide. Read on for our must-get, must-give gifts and shop them all here.

Give Real. Our Gift Guide Is Here!

Most Giftable

Sweaters and Skivvies and City Sweatshirts, oh yes! Our Most Giftable faves this year are all kinds of cozy.

Give Real. Our Gift Guide Is Here!

PJ Mix & Match

Sweet dreams are made of these! Make a matching set with NEW Sleep Leggings, or mix flannel tops and bottoms for a set that’s all you.

Give Real. Our Gift Guide Is Here!

Want a shortie sleep set instead? Our new Sleep Skivvies put the ZZZ in cozy!

Give Real. Our Gift Guide Is Here!

Give Cozy

Give the gift of warmth, starting with this season’s softest new cable knit, chenille and boucle sweaters.

Give Real. Our Gift Guide Is Here!

Stocking Stuffers 

CUTENESS OVERLAD! Get your pom on with Pom-Tastic Hats, Snoods and Slippers, then add a mix and match pom to snap on! Give Real. Our Gift Guide Is Here!

Undie Bundles

Wrap up this season’s best sets, from prints & patterns to logo love to soft & cozy new fabrics.

Give Real. Our Gift Guide Is Here!

What are you gifting the girls on your list this holiday? Comment below and tell us!

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#AerieREAL Love From Iskra: Real Me Collection

Hi Aerie girls,

If you haven’t seen the stunning new Aerie Real Me collection, you HAVE to check it out. I’ve been so excited for you to see the all new collection of bras and bralettes in the softest fabric ever, most stretchy yet supportive fits and in the most beautiful array of skin colour tones and shades.

It’s what we’ve always wanted and more!

So I wanted to make a quick video to tell you about my fave real me bra from the new collection.

I can’t wait for you to feel the fabrics, enjoy trying all the new shades against your unique skin and celebrate being the real you in Real Me. 🙂

I’d love to see your #AerieREAL pics and get your feedback on the new collection on social. Be sure to share with #AerieREAL or tag us @aerie.

Sending you all loads of love,

Iskra xoxo

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New Aerie Fun Fragrance Collection

Introducing NEW Aerie Fragrances: four new scents for you to love! Fruity, floral, tropical, fresh and feminine, our fragrances are made to help you feel good and smell amazing. You’re already beautiful. These just add a little extra!

Keep an eye out for our sweeps on Insta all week long, where you and 3 friends will get 4 chances to win our entire collection! Click here for official sweeps rules.

 

New Aerie Fun Fragrance Collection4 new scents for you to love!

Aerie REAL, Beach Happy, With Heart and It’s All You come in extra cute (& travel-friendly!) round bottles.

New Aerie Fun Fragrance CollectionThe real you is sexy.

Aerie REAL is a floral and fruity scent with notes of lychee, ballerina rose and pink pepper.

New Aerie Fun Fragrance CollectionSunshine all the time.

Make every day a beach day with Beach Happy, our tropical and fruity scent with notes of wild mango, beach orchid and sandalwood.

New Aerie Fun Fragrance CollectionLuv the real you. xoxoxo

With Heart is made for U-Day! Make yourself happy with this cozy and feminine scent featuring notes of apricot, angelica flower and amber.

New Aerie Fun Fragrance Collection

Feel good & go. Do you, girl!

It’s All You is our soft & fresh scent with notes of pear blossom, bamboo and musk.

Which scent are you most excited to try out? Comment below & tell us!

 

 

 

 

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Holiday Traditions

We asked some of our #AerieREAL girls to share some of their favorite holiday traditions with us. Watch below and find out how they spread cheer!

 

 

 

 

What are your favorite holiday traditions? Comment below & tell us!

 

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#RealWishes Recap: How We Gave Back

This December has been all about #RealWishes. We’ve been giving back in our community and encouraging our girls to join in and help make a difference, no matter how big or small.

We kicked off our project by asking our girls to share their #RealWishes with us, and Iskra surprised our winners with a PJ party. Congrats again to the Sigma Kappa Theta Theta chapter at Albright College! These girls give back to their community all year with monthly visits to their local senior living home, and we were so excited to celebrate them.

Check out more of our #RealWishes below!

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1. #RealWishes & REAL dogs!

We collected pet toy and supply donations for Animal Friends, then hosted a puppy break with adoptable and therapy dogs.

2. Sweet break at the University of Pittsburgh 

We surprised Pitt students with a much-needed coffee and sweets break during finals week.

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3. Mini Christmas trees at the Ronald McDonald House

Families stay at the Ronald McDonald House while their kids receive treatment at Children’s Hospital, and many will still be there over the holidays. We brought dinner and mini Christmas trees for them to decorate so they could feel a little piece of home while they’re away during tough times.

4. Local women’s shelters

We visited two Pittsburgh women’s shelters this month. We brought cozy accessories and sweet treats to the first group of women, and treated the next group to care packages and manicures.

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It’s been a big month! Thank you for joining in, and keep sharing your #RealWishes with us.

 

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