Real Talk with Erin Collins-Rittling

Get REAL with Erin Collins-Rittling, Manager of Aerie Styling! Read on to learn more about her favorite Aerie product, new found love of yoga and what #AerieREAL means to her.

Real Talk with Erin Collins-Rittling

We know you’re a big fan of yoga and meditation! What  is your go-to studio look?

I always wear tight tanks and leggings.  I can stretch easily without getting a lot of fabric in the way and go up into a headstand or arm balance without my shirt flying up.  I also always have a loose layer nearby to throw on during warmups and when I leave the studio on a cold day.

In three words, how would describe your style?

Comfortable, Minimalistic, Classic

Real Talk with Erin Collins-Rittling

What are your favorite trends this season?

I love olive! Olive is the new neutral and It goes with everything.  I also love our white binding undies…very retro!

Real Talk with Erin Collins-Rittling

What is your favorite Aerie item?

Our Sports Bras! I just ordered 3 new styles.  My newest favorite is the aerie Mesh Seamless Racerback.

Real Talk with Erin Collins-Rittling

Shop Erin’s Look: Waffle Low Back Tee |  Sport-ish Crop Legging | Lightly Lined X-Back Sports Bra (Similar)Real Talk with Erin Collins-Rittling

What does being #AerieREAL mean to you?

Being true to yourself! Give yourself a break!!!!

Tell us more!

I always put too much pressure on myself to eat healthier, run faster, work harder.  Yoga has challenged that!  Last year I had a serious running injury from overuse and it sidelined me.  I had put so much of my identity into the fact that I ran marathons and I ran fast.  When I couldn’t run anymore, I didn’t know who I was, but something has changed over the last year.  I allowed myself to slow down and take a day off here and there.  It’s important to take care of yourself.  No one else can do that for you.  I make sure to take a moment every day and sit quietly.  No TV, no music, just breathe.  My Aerie REAL is loving myself enough to stop pushing. And my wild curly hair. My hair is untamable, and sometimes I have to let that go too!

Real Talk with Erin Collins-Rittling

Thank you, Erin!

xoxo,

Aerie

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Erin’s Outfit Of The Week: Saturday Adventure

Week already looking too long? Start planning for a Saturday adventure with our stylist’s outfit of the week!

Erin’s Outfit Of The Week: Saturday Adventure

Get Erin’s Look: Chevron Kimono | Print Bralette Top | Harem Pant | Geo Lace Cheeky | K-Swiss Belmont Sneaker (Similar) | Street Level Reversible Mini Tote | Chronicle Books Eat Pretty | Fringe Faux Leather Notebook | Nudestix

Your first priority is a big bag like AEO’s Street Level Reversible Tote. After you throw in your camera and notebooks for documenting your adventure, it will still have plenty of room for adding anything else you may pick up along the way.

When you’re running around all day, you want an easy, comfy outfit. Underneath, try our Geo Lace Cheeky Undie and NEW Print Bralette Top: bra meets top in this all-new style that you can wear on its own! Finish your look with with our extra-comfy Chevron Kimono and Harem Pant. And don’t forget your K-Swiss Sneakers for running around all day!

Erin’s Outfit Of The Week: Saturday Adventure

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Erin’s Outfit Of The Week: Spring Break…Book It!

Spring Break: book it! Make warm weather dreams a reality & schedule your trip now. Then pack your bags with our stylist’s outfit of the week!

Erin’s Outfit Of The Week: Spring Break...Book It!

Get Erin’s Look now: Henley Shirt | Tie Short | Scoop Bikini Top | Hipster Bikini Bottom | Panama Hat | Beach Bag | Cat Eye Sunglasses | Huarache Flat

Our favorite place to start packing? Swim! Our new Scoop Bikini Top and Hipster Bikini Bottom have two of our favorite new trends this season: ruffles and army green. Bring our new Henley Shirt to wear on top: its bright white color and breezy fit will make sure you can show off your swim underneath. On the bottom, try our new Tie Short in the softest chambray fabric.

No matter how far away your trip is, pack your Beach Bag now and keep it close as a reminder of sunny days to come. Think spring!

Erin’s Outfit Of The Week: Spring Break...Book It!

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Follower Her Friday: Dana Falsetti

This week we’re inspired by yoga instructor and #AerieREAL girl, Dana Falsetti from Nola Trees Yoga! Read on to learn more about how yoga helped her discover self-love and what #AerieREAL means to her.

Follower Her Friday: Dana Falsetti

Get Dana’s Look: Romantic Lace Racerback Bralette | Boyfriend Jogger

We love that your passion for yoga has taught you self-love and given you the strength to believe in yourself now more than ever! What are some of your other interests or hobbies?
I’ve only been practicing yoga for about a year and half, and in that time my reality has shifted so much. Before yoga existed in my life, everything was about music. I’ve been singing since I could speak. There were times that I felt music was the only thing that understood me. You know when you listen to a song and it just sounds exactly like how you feel? I pretty much always felt like that. And on the flip side, singing and making music with my friends did and still does bring me more happiness than almost anything else. Just like my personal yoga practice, music is a way for me to express myself and to better understand myself. I also love to travel, especially road trips, and I even love to do them alone. 20+ hour drives with nothing but me, beautiful sunsets, and my favorite music. I always loved spending time alone more than most people. I find it comforting.

Aside from the physical changes, what other benefits did you experience from yoga?
The physical changes were pretty unexpected, so were all the others. When I started practicing I never dreamed my practice would look like it does now. Yes I’ve gotten strong and more flexible in my body, but the most dramatic changes are the unseen. Yoga showed me how to believe in myself after years of feeling like nothing. Growing up as the fat kid isn’t easy. I felt unworthy. I didn’t understand why I had to be different when all I wanted was to fit in. I came to my yoga practice after years of binge eating, and after a year of focusing on my health. At the time I had lost a significant amount of weight, but absolutely nothing changed. My body changed, but I brought myself with me to my “new body.” I still felt unworthy, I still felt limited, I still felt stuck. When I started practicing yoga I thought my body would limit my practice. But when you show up everyday and put in the work, things change. This is where the magic happens. I started getting poses I convinced myself I could never do. When those moments happen, it’s a huge paradigm shift. I started wondering what else I was telling myself I couldn’t do that I could have been doing all along. I started realizing that limitations are in the mind. Slowly over the last year and a half I have learned to love myself, to believe in myself and my worth, and to work for the things I want and deserve. Yoga does not look like a handstand or a backbend, it looks like love. Self-love first, and then it starts showing up all around you. But you have to show up for it, too.

Follower Her Friday: Dana Falsetti

Get Dana’s Look: Hi Neck Sports Bra | Boyfriend Jogger

What advice would you give someone who is interested, but never tried yoga before?
Just go. You have to just go. I know how intimidating and scary walking into your first yoga class can be. I couldn’t hold a down dog when I started. I felt like (and was) the fat newb in class. We all have insecurities and you’ll bring them with you into the room. But honestly, that’s kind of the point. Most of us come to yoga from a place of darkness when we are looking for healing. At the end of the day, you show up on your mat for you. You have to decide you’re worth it despite anything else. I promise if you can dedicate yourself to the practice, or to anything really, you’ll get exactly what you didn’t know you need.

What is your favorite yoga pose?
This answer changes all the time, but right now it’s probably Pincha Mayurasana, also known as Forearm Balance. This is a tough posture, one I never dreamed I would be able to do, and I put in a lot of work to find a place of ease in it. When I’m balanced upside down I kind of feel like I’m flying or defying gravity. It’s pretty amazing what we are capable of.

Follower Her Friday: Dana Falsetti

Get Dana’s Look: Long Sleeve Bodysuit

You offer trainings and workshops ALL over the United States! Where can our Aerie girls go to find more information?
Yes! I feel like the luckiest girl in the world most days. All of my workshops are on my website, nolatreesyoga.com. I also occasionally host retreats and team up with other teachers on trainings, so look out for those. I’m about to launch some online content as well, so we can practice together even if we never get to meet :) I’m also on Facebook as Dana Falsetti, and Instagram as @nolatrees.

What does being #AerieREAL mean to you?
I’m all about knowing your worth, so to me, that’s being #AerieREAL. My worth isn’t defined by my body, my stretch marks, or my yoga practice. And honestly, knowing your worth brings immense freedom. Mostly freedom from your own mind, but it will permeate throughout your entire life.

Thank you, Dana! Be sure to check out her site and follow along on Instagram.

xoxo,

Aerie

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Trend Alert! Hi Neck Sports Bra

The new year not only brings new trends, but new challenges! #AerieREAL girl Lauren LeBouef wore our Hi Neck Sports Bra and Sport-ish Crop Legging for a day of yoga at the beach. Read on to learn more about her experience! Trend Alert! Hi Neck Sports Bra

“I can honestly say that I am SO in love with this new workout outfit of mine! Something in particular that I love would be how the sports bra has a high neck line! I don’t own any other sports bras that are like that and I’m really liking not only the look of it but also the breathable mesh fabric at the top! When I’m shopping for workout clothes I like to try and find tops that show the cool details of the back of my sports bra’s! This grey top from Aerie has the perfect back cut out to show the crossing details of the sports bra!”

Trend Alert! Hi Neck Sports Bra

Trend Alert! Hi Neck Sports Bra

“This month is the perfect time to try something new this year that gets you out of your comfort zone and challenges you! When it came to the yoga part of this photoshoot, it was my first time doing some different and challenging hand stands! I definitely fell down a time or two but yet, kept trying again and again and the challenge was totally worth it! If you’re afraid of trying something new this year, don’t be! Getting out of our comfort zone and got for it! Trying something new this year is an awesome goal to have!”

Trend Alert! Hi Neck Sports Bra

Get Lauren’s Look: Hi Neck Sports Bra | Sport-ish Crop Legging | Waffle Low Back Tee

Trend Alert! Hi Neck Sports Bra

Trend Alert! Hi Neck Sports BraTrend Alert! Hi Neck Sports Bra

Trend Alert! Hi Neck Sports Bra

Photos by: Jessy Spohr Photography

Show us how you wear the Hi Neck Sports Bra with #AerieREAL on Instagram and Twitter for a chance to be featured on our Style Gallery! xo

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Erin’s Outfit Of The Week: YOGA FLOW

The easiest way to be the star of your next yoga class is to be the one with the best outfit. Our stylist is here to help!

Erin’s Outfit Of The Week: YOGA FLOW

Get Erin’s Look: Hi Neck Sports Bra | Sport-ish Crop Legging | Supersoft Knit Poncho | Crochet Beanie | Seamless Boybrief | TonyMoly Cleansing Tissues | Ban.do Water Bottle | Ban.do Exercise Mat

When it comes to hot yoga, it’s no shirt, no problem. We love a matching set like our Hi Neck Sports Bra and matching Sport-ish Crop Leggings for keeping cool and cute. Stay inspired during your practice with Ban.do’s Exercise Mat and hydrated with their Water Bottle. When class ends, keep the heat by adding our Crochet Beanie and Supersoft Knit Poncho to your look. Then get refreshed with a sweep of TonyMoly’s Cleansing Tissues and head out for a green tea or matcha with friends.

Erin’s Outfit Of The Week: YOGA FLOW

Namaste!

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