Real Talk Interview with Kelsey A., of Altoona, PA

Today’s Real Talk interview is with Kelsey A., of Altoona, PA, an associate from the Aerie in Lehigh Valley Mall! Learn more about Kelsey, what #AerieREAL means to her, her must-have Aerie item, and what inspires her below!

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Kelsey’s favorite “going-out” make up and hair look.

Hi, Kelsey! Thanks for chatting with us. What does #AerieREAL mean to you?

There is no normal, there is no standard. Aerie girls don’t have to try to form to a mold, or try to be something they’re not. You can just be comfortable being you, in your own skin.

What makes you #AerieREAL?

I’m not afraid to speak out for what I believe in, or to try things that others might shy away from. And I’m really outgoing and kind of outrageous and weird in my own way!

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Kelsey and her husband Seth loving the fall weather!

With festivals quickly flooding our schedules, we want to know - what is currently playing in your music library?

Florence & the Machine, Franz Ferdinand, and David Bowie.

What’s your favorite movie? 

Labyrinth, with David Bowie. I am huge David Bowie Fan…that’s my little quirk!

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Kelsey’s cat Nimbus!

What is one thing the world needs more of?

The world needs more generosity and kindness…that would definitely make the world a happier and better place!

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Kelsey getting her cake & eating it too on her wedding day!

What’s your favorite summer item from Aerie.com?

This summer, I can’t live without the Racerback Tank! It’s super cute with a bandeau underneath and comes in a bunch of fun colors!

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Kelsey and her husband visit the Rose Gardens in Allentown from the past Summer.

What’s your favorite bra? 

Jacklyn! It has the most comfortable mold to it, the wire is built in, and the wing is beautiful with lace detail. It’s the most beautiful bra and gives a little push without being too overdramatic!

What’s your must have item in your purse?

Lip gloss – I love Burt’s Bees Pomegranate balm! There are always chapsticks and lipgloss all around my store…and it is all mine!

 Thank you so much for chatting with us Kelsey!

Show us how YOU’RE Aerie Real and tag your photos with #AerieREAL for a chance to be featured on Aerie.com!

xo,

Aerie

#AerieREAL Panel of Amazing Women

We’ve seen an incredible amount of support for #AerieREAL and we love seeing the support spread from woman to woman as each shares their #AerieREAL story. Your kind words, open hearts, and courage are what inspired us to launch our new challenge, “What Do You Love About You?”.

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You’re invited to self-nominate or to nominate a friend that you believe is #AerieREAL. We want to feature their moments, celebrate them and their accomplishments in hope that they inspire others.

5 individuals will be chosen to receive the ultimate Aerie experience! They’ll be invited to join us at Aerie’s HQ and will be featured in an interview on the AEO blog (right here!) complimented by a mini shoot in our Photo Studio. Then, our winners will join Aerie’s style and fit expert, Jenny Altman, as they enjoy a $200 shopping spree and more!

We have a panel of amazing, REAL women who will read through the entries! Read on below to learn a bit more about each and what makes them #AerieREAL.

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Dana Seguin, Aerie’s Senior Director of Marketing has been in the retail business for over 14 years. The last eight years has been spent in brand development and marketing for Chico’s, American Eagle Outfitters and their intimates brand, Aerie. She has spent the last year working on Aerie Real and refuses to use retouched images and helps to promote positive body image.

Amy Levin is the founder and creative director of CollegeFashionista, a fashion website featuring content from college students at more than 400 campuses around the world. A Chicago native, she launched the website in 2009 after a semester abroad in London, where the growing importance of street style inspired her to create a community for fashion, photography and self expression.

Jenny Altman, Aerie’s Style and Fit Expert, is the go-to resource from how-to’s and bra quick fixes. As a fashion editor and stylist for InStylePeople Style Watch, and O, the Oprah Magazine, Jenny has helped dress some of the world’s most celebrated personalities and most importantly she helps transform countless REAL women on a daily basis with her website ILOVEAGOOD.COM. Celebrity or not, Jenny believes intimates are (literally) the foundation of a confident look for all women and her passion is helping women find the right pieces for their body shape by talking about it in a REAL way.

Lindsay Avner, the Founder and CEO at Bright Pink was the youngest patient in the US to bravely opt for a risk-reducing double mastectomy with reconstruction. During the experience, Lindsay was frustrated by the lack of resources for women in her specific situation. So, armed with optimism and dedication, Lindsay founded Bright in Pink in January 2007. Now in its seventh year, Bright Pink is the only national non-profit focusing on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women, while providing support to high-risk individuals.

Each day these women exemplify what being #AerieREAL means. It’s being true to you. Believing that imperfections are beautiful and believing that no one can change who you are.

Tweet us, tag us, or tell us your story today! We’ll be highlighting our favorites by April 6th, but you can always tell us your #AerieREAL story anytime on Twitter and Instagram by tagging us with #AerieREAL.

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xoxo,

Aerie

Meet the Dog: Tippy

Meet Tippy, a happy tail-wagging pup. Tippy is one of the fierce models starring in our American Beagle Outfitters campaign. We wanted to learn more about Tippy, so we asked her mom Chrissy, to share the inside scoop on her daring daughter.

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Dog Name:

Tippy

Dog Age:

Two years old-ish (birthday is celebrated on Christmas, because she is a miracle)

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Tippy in the city

Dog Breed:

German Shepard Mix (but I’m pretty sure she’s a domesticated coyote)

Tricks for Treats?

Sit, Shake, Other Shake for turkey, chicken, bacon, and anything cooked in butter.

Why did you think your dog would be a good model for our newest line?

She’s an adventurous and independent free spirit pup…SHE LITERALLY LIVES HER LIFE.

What are your dog’s favorite places to hang out?

Presque Isle, Erie Pennsylvania with her best friend Nellie the yellow Labrador. It’s the perfect combination of beach and woods.

Does your dog have any shameful secrets?

She’s terrified of water.

What’s your dog’s most embarrassing moments?

She ran into a stop sign once while checking out another German Shepard.

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 Ready for my close up

What is your dog’s favorite outfit to wear?

Anything that’s easy-to-wear, she’s a T-shirt and jeans kind of pup.

Would you recommend American Beagle Outfitters to other dogs?

Absolutely! She has so many dog friends who love clothes. (especially her friend Ella)

Is your dog single or attached?

She’s kind of a babe. Doesn’t want to settle down anytime soon. She digs Pnewman, though.

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Tippy looking fine.

Ride in the car vs. Walk in the park?

Walk in the park, as long as it’s off the leash.

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Relaxing in the grass at the park

Rope vs. Fetch?

Both, but loses attention quickly, she would rather hang out with her friends.

Favorite treat?

Cloud Star Buddy Biscuits or Tricky Trainers

What’s your best memory with your dog?

The day I adopted her.

Why did you pick this specific dog?

Those ears.

What was it like seeing him/her up for the first time after you purchased the dog?

MAYHEM.

Is the dog an only child?

She has a step brother who lives in Columbus, OH (Ogi)

Does your dog bite or lick the mailman?

“What’s a mailman?” – Tippy

Nappers vs Players?

Perfect combination of both.

What words do they know?

Sit, stay, “no, no, NOOOOOOO!” “COME HERE!”

What tricks can they do?

Sit, shake, other shake, lay down.

Do they prefer mud or baths?

Oh mud, for sure.

Describe your dog’s personality in 5 words-

Pesty, nosey, vocal, out-going, happy

Who are your dog’s best friends? Any neighborhood animals?

Andy, Nellie, Pnewman, Ogi & Ella

Where does your dog sleep?

She has no boundaries.

What’s your sleeping style? Don’t disturb the dog, or don’t disturb me?

If you want to sleep in, don’t wake the dog.

Is there anything your dog won’t do?

She won’t eat vegetables.

Does your dog have any favorite TV shows?

She doesn’t have cable.

What makes your dog bark?

Men.

What is the funniest thing that your dog does?

Whenever someone gets up off the couch, she steals their spot.

How would you describe your personal style?

Casual, simple, active.

What is your dog’s #AEOStyle?

W I L D F U R C H I L D

What do you think of your dog’s outfit?

Outrageous + fun.

When you heard American Eagle was coming up with a clothing line what were your first thoughts?

Initially I thought it was pretty wild, a dog clothing line?! I’m pretty excited that we can coordinate!

Where would your dog wear American Beagle Outfitters?

The sidewalk is her runway.

What would be the perfect look for you to match your dog?

She’s active just like me! We run a lot together. So anything that is versatile enough to look good and be functional to wherever our day leads us!

 Follow Tippy:

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Want to show off your dog’s style? Then use #AEOSTYLE on Twitter and Instagram for the chance to see your pup on AE.com.

Meet the Dog: Pinkie Pie

Meet the Dog: Pinkie Pie

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Introducing you to Pinkie Pie — one of the models for our newest collection, American Beagle Outfitters. We asked her owner, Sarah, a few questions about Pinkie Pie so we could learn more about this teeny-tiny sweetie starring in our campaign.

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 Pinkie Pie and her mama, Sarah

Dog Name:

Pinky Pie

Dog Age:

Nine

Dog Breed:

Chihuahua

Tricks for Treats?

Will sit, lay down, roll over (multiple times in a row), give paw and hi-five for beef dog treats

Why did you think your dog would be a good model for our newest line?

She’s itty bitty and everyone she meets seems to fall in love with her instantly. She’s super friendly and loves being around other people. She’s also used to being dressed up – she has tons of clothes and occasionally even wears nail paw-lish.

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 Pinkie Pie in her glory in a sea of clothes

What are your dog’s favorite places to hang out? Anywhere I am or where there is a pillow or blanket for her to cuddle up to.  She’s the best cuddler ever!

Does your dog have any shameful secrets?

She’s sneaky!!! If you take your eyes off of her for a SECOND she’ll do bad things – unwrap presents under the tree, tear up the garbage, eat thru a box of k-cups, eat half a bag of chocolate covered coffee beans! She can’t help herself when she smells food.

What’s your dog’s most embarrassing moments?

Sometimes, I put boots on her and she hates them. She will freeze. Not even a treat can get her to move.

What is your dog’s favorite outfit to wear?

She’s a sweater girl. She likes to be cozy – especially if it’s pink!

Would you recommend American Beagle Outfitters to other dogs?

OF COURSE. She’s so excited to be in the campaign with her friends Carson and Lottie Moon. They’re telling everyone they know.

Is your dog single or attached?

She’s a single lady.

Ride in the car vs. Walk in the park?

Car all the way! She loves going for long drives to visit her cousins in West Virginia. When we get close to their house she can tell and gets super excited!

Rope vs. Fetch?

Neither. Sleep!

Favorite treat?

Canine Carryout Beef Treats. Or any cat food she can sneak from her sister or people food she can weasel out of her mama.

What’s your best memory with your dog?

There are so many. She’s been around for all the big things – she went to college with me; she traveled to NY with me while I was recording an album, she traveled to Portland with me for an American Eagle Outfitters photo shoot and she was there when I met the guy I’ll marry this summer (she pooped in his shoe the first time she met him. She had to show him who was boss!!)

Why did you pick this specific dog?

She was so tiny and adorable and I couldn’t resist her big shiny eyes. She weighed one pound and fit in my hand when I first got her.

Is the dog an only child?

She has a sister named Coco who is a cat and they’re best friends. They cuddle together in bed (next to me of course).

Does your dog bite or lick the mailman?

Barks.

Nappers vs Players?

Naps, all day, every day!

What words does she know?

Sit, Laydown, Roll, Gimme Paw, Hi Five, Food, Treat, Go Outside, Go for Ride, Get up in Bed, Cagey, Under (what I say when I want her to get under the covers and cuddle up, Potty.

Does she prefer mud or baths?

Baths – she’s a girly girl.

Describe your dog’s personality in 5 words-

Chill, Sweet, Cuddly, Protective, Alpha

Who are your dog’s best friends? Any neighborhood animals?

She likes hanging out with Lottie Moon and Carson when they can fit it in their schedules. Emma and Murphy are her cousins she loves.

Where does your dog sleep?

Right next to me… as close as she can possibly get.

What’s your sleeping style? Don’t disturb the dog, or don’t disturb me?

I’ll be uncomfortable if it helps her stay cozy. Sometimes though if I roll over and move the blankets, she tends to go flying across the bed. She’s so small.

Is there anything your dog won’t do?

She’ll do it but she doesn’t like swimming. She also hates the vacuum and hides every time.

Does your dog have any favorite TV shows?

She watches a lot of Food Network with her mama; anything involving food is fine by her.

What makes your dog bark?

If she hears a noise while I’m home, she barks to protect me. If it’s vice versa and she’s home with AJ and I’m the one that makes the noise, she doesn’t even bother trying to protect him. She loves me most.

What is the funniest thing that your dog does?

Her tongue sticks out when she’s super relaxed. It’s cute but ugly at the same time. I love it.

How would you describe your personal style?

Usually casual. I’m most always in denim and a tee or tank with flip flops (at least in the Spring and Summer since the weather here is nuts).

What is your dog’s #AEOStyle?

A little flashier than her mama’s – she loves dresses, embellished sweaters and anything sparkly. Bonus points if it’s pink.

What do you think of your dog’s outfit?

If I could’ve chosen an outfit for her myself that would’ve been the one. I love how trendy the jumper is – both the fit and the black and white print. And I love that this is something different for her versus her usual T or sweatshirt.

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Supermodel status

When you heard American Eagle Outfitters was coming up with a clothing line, what were your first thoughts?

It’s such a fun idea. I love that I can shop for myself and come home with a present for her too.

Where would your dog wear American Beagle Outfitters?

Everywhere. Especially to the park or parties so she can show off her new style to her friends.

What would be the perfect look for you to match your dog?

I’d love to see us both in destroyed T’s, jeans and sunglasses. That’s our favorite go-to look.

Want to show off your dog’s style? Then use #AEOSTYLE on Twitter and Instagram for the chance to see your pup on AE.com.

 

Meet the Dog: Ruby

Meet the Dog: Ruby

Introducing you to Ruby — one of the models for our newest collection, American Beagle Outfitters. We asked her owner, Julie, a few questions about Ruby so we could learn more about this feisty pooch starring in our campaign.

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Dog Name:

Ruby Jane

Dog Age:

Six

Dog Breed:

Boston Terrier

Tricks for Treats?

She will sit and lay down for bacon

Why did you think your dog would be a good model for our newest line?

She has a great toned physique- 25 lbs. of muscle!

What are your dog’s favorite places to hang out?

Her bed

Does your dog have any shameful secrets?

She doesn’t like men

What is your dog’s favorite outfit to wear?

Her striped dress and pearls.

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Ruby looking stylish in her favorite outfit

Would you recommend American Beagle Outfitters to other dogs?

Absolutely, the collection is fabulous and the option to dress your dog in matching clothes – magnificent!

Is your dog single or attached?

Single for life

Ride in the car vs. Walk in the park?

Ride in the car, for sure.

Rope vs. Fetch?

Fetch

Favorite treat?

She is very high maintenance and will only eat Pup-a-roni, scrambled eggs, and bacon.

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What’s your best memory with your dog?

Every time we cuddle

Why did you pick this specific dog?

She’s a beauty.

What was it like seeing him/her up for the first time after you purchased the dog?

She was so teeny and precious, I didn’t want to put her down.

Is the dog an only child?

Yes

Does your dog bite or lick the mailman?

BITE

Nappers vs Players?

Player- she plays with her ball — ALL day.

What words do they know?

Ball, squeaky, treat, outside, car, walk, and surprisingly and no joke- nails clipped.

Describe your dog’s personality in 5 words-

Sweet, timid, protective, playful, curious.

Who are your dog’s best friends? Any neighborhood animals?

Molly the Maltese, Cuffs the Chihuahua, Maggie the Puggle, Baylee the Golden, Tux and Almond the Shih Tzu’s- and that’s it!

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Ruby hanging out with her clique, Almond, Baylee, Maggie & Tux

Where does your dog sleep?

In my bed

What’s your sleeping style? Don’t disturb the dog, or don’t disturb me?

Don’t disturb the dog

Is there anything your dog won’t do?

Go for long walks.

Does your dog have any favorite TV shows?

Every show on the Disney Channel

What makes your dog bark?

Men.

What is the funniest thing that your dog does?

Pins me down and kisses me – and I love every second.

How would you describe your personal style?

Whimsical Elegance with a dash of Prep.

What is your dog’s #AEOStyle?

Colorful and laid back.

What do you think of your dog’s outfit?

Amaze, Bright and Cute and totally aligns with her playful side.

When you heard American Eagle Outfitters was coming up with a clothing line what were your first thoughts?

Genius.

Where would your dog wear American Beagle Outfitters?

To the vet, walks and vacation — basically everywhere!

What would be the perfect look for you to match your dog?

One word - JEGGINGS

Want to show off your dog’s style? Then use #AEOSTYLE on Twitter and Instagram for the chance to see your pup on AE.com.

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