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 Spring Break – Cancun Cutie!

#AerieREAL Spring Break – Cancun Cutie!

Hey, cutie! What are you packing for your Spring Break destination? Whether you are packing for a tropical trip or keeping it local, we have the top 5 must-have items and tips for your getaway!

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Cancun Cutie!

1. Rock the cutest bikini on the beach! Shop for a suit for your body…and your adventures! Whether you are the type to start the pool party with a cannonball and a splash or happily soaking up the sun in peace and quiet,  your suit needs to match! Try our Brooke Island Paisley Print Bikini for support and a great fit. Trying to avoid tan lines? You’ll love our royal blue Crochet Center Bandeau Bikini.

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2. Mix and Match – With over 700 ways to mix and match your favorite fits, we make it that much easier to find the perfect suit! We recommend to pack 2 suits so that you can alternate on the beach each day.

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3. Keep It Cozy – It’s called Spring “Break” for a reason…you deserve this much needed vacation! Our Lightweight Skinny Sweatpants can be the perfect sleep pant or beach cover-up. And, they fit perfectly in your suitcase, leaving you room for more bikinis!

Plus, we recommend packing at least 1 lightweight sweater for the cooler nights. It can serve as a super cute beach cover up during the day, too!

#AerieREAL Spring Break - Cancun Cutie!

4. The Beach Cover-Up – We took our favorite trend of the season and turned it into a delicate beach cover-up. For pretty perfect boardwalk style, pack our Mediterranean inspired, embroidered Drop Waist Dress.

#AerieREAL Spring Break - Cancun Cutie!

5. Shade Those Eyes With Style – Whether you grab your favorite Floppy Wide Brimmed Straw Hat or Aviator Sunglasses, be sure to protect your skin and eyes! Don’t forget that suntan lotion, too.

Show us what’s in your suitcase and tag your pictures on Instagram or Twitter with #AerieREAL!

Bon Voyage!

xo,

Aerie

Made In America Festival Guide

Made In America Festival Guide

Labor Day is almost here! And with summer sailing off, it’s hard not to feel a little blue. Celebrate the last weekend of summer by going to Made In America. This two day festival, located in Philadelphia, features incredible artists that will have you dancing and singing your end-of-summer blues away. Take a look at what we’re packing and who we’re most excited to see in this year’s lineup:

To Pack:

For girls :

Right now it’s all about mixing edgy, street-ready elements with classic girly pieces.  We especially love the way soft vegan leather takes a circle skirt silhouette to the next level.  Stay cool by pairing it with our adorable cropped corset and then piling on heavy metal jewelry.  Play up the black and white with a floral baseball cap and finish things off in a pair of awesome sneaker wedges you can dance in all day.

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Shop the look:

AE Eyelet Crop Corset Top

AE Faux Leather Circle Skirt

AEO Floral Baseball Cap (similar)

Reebok BB7700 Sneaker

AEO Two-Tone Sunglasses

AEO Classic Bracelet Set (similar)

AEO Fan Burst Necklace (simiar)

For guys:

Go for classic cool in a timeless khaki and t-shirt look.  Add a little edge by going for a slimmed down fit and bold photo real graphic. Effortless, stand-out style is epitomized in an essential jean jacket washed in dark, vintage-inspired indigo.  Once you’ve got that all together, all you need is your go-to sneakers and a great pair of shades.

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Shop the look:

AE Photo Real Shirt

AE Dark Denim Jacket

AE Skinny Khaki Pant

New Balance 565 Sneaker

AEO Bracelet Set

AEO Metal Aviator Sunglasses

To See:

August 31:

Phoenix: Known for their popular tunes that have been blasting in our speakers since the late 90′s, Phoenix delivers an energetic sound. Check out some of their newer songs like “Trying to Be Cool” or dance to their earlier hit “Summer Days” for an appropriate way to end summer.

Deadmau 5: For an endless dance party, shimmy your way over to Deadmau 5. Formally known as Joel Thomas Zimmerman, Deadmau 5 throws an energetic punch, new sound and nonstop electronic beats. We like “Ghosts and Stuff” and “4X4=12“.

Beyoncé: She’s fierce, fabulous and freaking fantastic. Beyoncé knows how to rock a crowd with her powerful voice, insane dance moves (go ahead, try to emulate them, we know we will be) and catchy lyrics. We say her concert is a go-to must. Listen to “Grown Woman” or “Single Ladies” for addicting tunes that never seem to get old.

September 1:

Wiz Khalifa: A Pittsburgh, PA native, Wiz has become a well-known name in the rapping industry. Wiz’s “Black and Yellow” was a national hit that took his career to a whole new level. With his smooth and quirky lyrics, Wiz cooks up an impressive concert filled with buzz and pizzazz. We like “No Sleep.”

Calvin Harris: This Scottish DJ, singer, songwriter and record producer has recently been making a huge name for himself in the US. His trendy beats will have you dancing all night and have been heard most recently in Ellie Goulding’s hit song “I Need Your Love.” Will Ellie be making a special appearance this weekend? Who knows, but we surly hope so.

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis: Known for their hit songs like “Thrift Shop” and “Can’t Hold Us,” Mackelmore and Ryan Lewis have become well-known names in the hip hop world. In this past year, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have racked up numerous awards for albums and songs and have become both a critic and crowd favorite. Plus, their newest song, “Same Love,” sends a powerful and heartfelt message to their listeners.

No matter who you choose to dance to at Made In America, you’re guaranteed to have a great time. Send your Made In America pictures to Music@ae.com for a chance to be featured on our Tumblr.

AE Friends & Family: Meet the Merchandise Planning & Allocation and Finance Interns

AE Friends & Family: Meet the Merchandise Planning & Allocation and Finance Interns

American Eagle Outfitters welcomed 60 interns for Summer 2013. Meet ten interns currently working in Merchandise Planning & Allocation (MP&A) and Finance! Read on to learn more about the interns and what it’s like to work at American Eagle.

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Top Row (l-r): Brooke L., Will W., Eddie M., Brandon W., Erin K.
Bottom Row (l-r): Julie H., Gauri J., Kat M., and Brianna S.
Not Pictured: Kristin D, Abby E. and Jason T.

 

Why did you apply for an internship at American Eagle?

“I chose to do an internship with AE because my major is finance and I have a passion for retail. I think it’s a good mix of the two.” -Brianna S.

“I applied for an internship with AE because I really liked the company culture. I thought everyone was really welcoming and I thought it would be a good opportunity.” -Kristin D.

 

What did you hope to get out of this internship?

I heard about the AE internship from a friend at Georgetown that completed it the previous year.  She told me about her experience and it intrigued me.  After I went to the informational meeting held at Georgetown, I knew I wanted to apply for the planning internship.” -Jason T.

“I wanted an understanding of what the retail business is like and what a job in the corporate world consists of.”  -Julie H.

“Being a finance major, I wanted to see how the numbers are integrated into a corporate retail environment.” -Erin K.

 

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Interns Julie H., Alice F., Brooke L., Cameron B., and Brianna S.

 

What’s something about working at American Eagle that you didn’t expect?

I didn’t expect to be wearing jeans at work. It threw me off guard at first.” -Brandon W.

“I knew the culture was fun but it still surprises me how nice everyone is and how awesome and relaxed everyone is but also has that really good work ethic.” -Brooke L.

“The opportunity to meet a lot of people. The fact that we’re interns and we get to have open conversations with executives is pretty amazing and a great opportunity.” –Abby E.

“I didn’t expect it to be as easy as it is to speak with different people around the entire company.  I expected it to be more closed off than it is.  AE has really made an effort into putting the interns in front of a lot of different people.” -Jason T.

 

AE’s headquarters are in Pittsburgh, PA—what’s the coolest thing you’ve done in the city so far?

I’ve really enjoyed the different neighborhoods in Pittsburgh. Just the way that you’re feeling, you can go to a different neighborhood and get a different experience there.”  -Brianna S.

“I really enjoyed going to the strip district for brunch at De Luca’s on the weekend and shopping at the really cool market. The Cathedral of Learning has a really cool view. And Schenley Park.”  -Kristin D.

“The coolest thing I’ve done in Pittsburgh is go to the Kenny Chesney concert.  It was a really sunny day filled with good music.”  -Jason T.

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Interns Rocky C., Brooke L. and Jason T.

 

How do you “Live Your Life”?

I live my life by trying out new things without hesitation.  I like to experience situations that I have never been in or seen before so that I can grow as a person.  I like to travel and go to places that are more unusual.” -Jason T.

 

What’s your favorite AE or Aerie item?

My favorite item is the AE Denim Festival Shorties. I love that they’re frayed and high-waisted.” -Briana S.

“I just bought a new pair of brown wedges from American Eagle. They go with everything. They’re awesome.” -Kristin D.

“Their briefs are really comfortable.” -Will W.

 

What’s one aspect of MP&A or Finance that surprised you?

I was surprised by how closely you work with other people outside your department.” -Will W.

“I was surprised by much you use Excel and how much you work with data, numbers and reports. It’s a lot of numbers.” -Julie H.

“The amount of time that it takes to make a merchandise plan. There’s so many moving parts and it takes bringing everyone together but you have to be so organized with your time. It’s all about time management.” -Erin K.

“One aspect of the MP&A department that surprised me was how quickly decisions have to be made in order for the website to be updated.  The turnaround from deciding on a new price and the price being updated on the website is extremely fast.” -Jason T.

 

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Interns Brooke L. and Erin K.

 

What’s been your favorite part of the internship?

My favorite part has been meeting all of the interns and the full time workers at American Eagle and trying to integrate everyone together. I love my mentor Lindsey Y., senior inventory planner for women’s.” -Brianna S.

“Working with my mentor, Allen M., and the other people that he works with. He’s the senior merchandise planner.” -Julie H.

 

Did you receive any good advice during the internship?

I’ve been told numerous times to be very inquisitive and question everything and soak up as much information and get as much out of people as I can.” -Kristin D.

“Be hungry to learn.” -Brooke L.

“My mentor was an intern here and he told me to ask as many questions as possible and if there’s something I want to learn not in my department to reach out to people so I can get the most out of it.” -Gauri J.

 

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Interns Brooke L. and Kat M.

 

Any advice for future intern candidates?

Show your personality, show that you’re really interested in the company and show everyone that you’re really willing to learn.” -Kristin D.

“Be yourself and don’t focus so much on resume and the fact that it’s a job and it’s an internship, focus on your passion for the fact that you want to learn more.”  -Julie H.

“My advice for the future interns is to come in ready to actually do things and not be on the sideline.  It is a fun and fast-paced internship that will fly by.” – Jason T.

 

To learn more about American Eagle Outfitters’ internship program, please visit liveyourlifeloveyourjob.com.

Weekend Getaway: Las Vegas

Weekend Getaway: Las Vegas

Pack your bags! We’re headed to the city that’s filled with lights, life, luck and love… Las Vegas. We’ve enlisted the help of our Las Vegas experts to bring you a list of the city’s best hot spots. Read on to check out what to wear and which haunts you should explore when you’re in Sin City.

It’s been too hot to even think about dressing up lately, so we’re especially pumped for this weekend’s Vegas getaway. Whether you’re meeting up with friends or just passing through on a cross-country road trip, a night out on the strip is an absolute must. Go all out in a bright, fun dress and some statement-making heels. Stacked bangles and a crossbody bag with a little metallic sheen are the perfect finishing touches.

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Las Vegas look for girls.

 

Shop the Look:

AE Ruffled Chiffon Dress

DV by Dolce Vita Tabia Wedge

AEO Quilted Crossbody Bag

AEO Hoop Charm Necklace

AEO Two-Tone Sunglasses

AEO Chain Link Bracelet

AEO Studded Bangle Set (similar)

 

For guys, the look is all about clean lines and classic style. A pair of dark wash jeans pulls together effortlessly with a slim fit button down and simple accessories.

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Las Vegas look for guys.

Shop the Look:

AE Solid Button-Down

Original Straight Jean

AEO Chukka Boat Shoe (similar)

AEO Trifold Leather Wallet

AE Silver Aviator Sunglasses (similar)

AEO Canvas Chronograph Watch

 

TO EAT:

Le Thai: Located in downtown Las Vegas, Le Thai whips up Thai dishes packed with a punch of flavor. We recommend trying the curry chicken or Pad Thai.

Commonwealth: This hang in downtown Las Vegas is famous for their enormous cocktail bar and pre-Prohibition themed ambiance. If you’re over 21, we try a cocktail like “The Little Hot Mess” or the “Love Letter”.

Park on Fremont: This tasty spot offers everything from chicken and waffles to juicy burgers! Take a seat in their patio that’s laden with botanic decorations and munch on their tasty treats. You can’t go wrong with the mac and cheese cheese-steak or the veggie burger sliders with sweet potato tots.

LAVO: If you like Italian food, then this place is perfect for you. Enjoy a three-course dinner or try their world famous meatballs.

Freed’s Bakery: It makes sense to indulge in sinful treats while you’re in Sin City. Embrace your gluttonous side and feast on sweets like red velvet cupcakes, a turtle cake cookie or a mini cheesecake.

 

TO DO:

Now that you’ve got your fill of fabulous food, head to the Las Vegas Strip for endless entertainment. We recommend the following:

Michael Jackson ONECirque du Soleil’s tribute to Michael Jackson is filled with acrobatics, dance, energy and visuals. Take a seat and experience this amazing journey as the King of Pop’s songs are performed like never before.

LIGHT nightclub: As you enter the club, you’ll be joyously overwhelmed by Cirque Du Soleil acrobatics swinging overhead while you listen to DJ’s like Skrillex, A-Trak and Nicky Romero blast EDM and house music all night long.

Welcome to Las Vegas Sign: No matter what you do, you can’t leave Las Vegas without taking a picture of the welcome sign that invites tourists and partygoers from all over the world. Located at the beginning of the Strip, you can’t miss this infamous sign.

Cosmopolitan Chandelier Bar: The Chandelier Bar is a three-tiered bar with a new experience at every level. At the bottom of the chandelier, you’ll find an energetic crowd ready to party. Inside the chandelier offers a sophisticated ambiance for an audience looking for hand-crafted beers and original cocktails. The top of the chandelier is a lounge that allows guests to enjoy the entirety of the scene from top to bottom.

New York New York Hotel and Casino: Even if you don’t plan on booking a room here, the New York New York Hotel and Casino offers activities and amenities for all. Try your luck at the casino, get pampered in the spa, take a dip in the pool or test your courage on the hotel’s roller coaster.

AE Friends & Family: Meet the Aerie and AE.com Merchandising Interns

AE Friends & Family: Meet the Aerie and AE.com Merchandising Interns

American Eagle Outfitters welcomed 60 interns for Summer 2013. Meet ten interns currently working in Aerie and AE.com merchandising! Read on to learn more about the interns and what it’s like to work at American Eagle.

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Top Row (l-r):Courtney O., Priscilla Y., Rocky C., Maria B., Erika L.
Bottom Row (l-r): Chelsea S., Vaidehi T., Megan D., Claire C.
Not Pictured: Corina L.

 

Why did you apply for an internship at American Eagle?

I didn’t know I was interested in merchandising right off the bat. I knew I wanted to work in retail, and I heard a lot of great things about American Eagle’s internship program. Anyone I talked to said it was very structured, very organized and you got to interact with a lot of executives and network. So from a business perspective, I would gain a lot of experience. -Vaidehi T.

I started working in the AE stores when turned 16 until my junior year of college.  I saw the brand change from the basic jean or graphic tee American Eagle to what it is now… quite different.  Along with that, I had intended to work in corporate fashion for a long time.  AE was the company I started with and wanted to stick with! -Erika L.

 

What did you hope to get out of this internship?

Since I don’t have a background in merchandising or business – I’m a policy major! – what I really wanted out of this internship was real hands-on experience in merchandising and buying to prepare me for my first real world job. I’ve been exposed to all aspects of the business. I’ve sat in important meetings, talked to top-level executives and most of the tasks I’ve had directly pertain to the business and are often things that entry-level assistant buyers have to do. -Priscilla Y.

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The AE Summer interns on their first day.

 

What’s something about working at American Eagle that you didn’t expect?

I really like how you can have access to everybody. The second day we were pulling weeds with the CEO of the company. There’s not that level of “you’re below me, you shouldn’t be talking to me or trying to communicate with me,” so I think the openness of communication within the company is really great. – Chelsea S.

AE’s headquarters are in Pittsburgh, PA—what’s the coolest thing you’ve done in the city so far?

The coolest thing I’ve done in Pittsburgh is grow up here! Yinzers are one of a kind. –Erika L.

We went to Kennywood. It was a ton of fun. I expected it to be some small, little amusement park but it was just like going out and riding rides and walking around and having a good time with a bunch of the other interns. Then we had the BBQ and got to eat good food with a bunch of different associates. It was a really good mix of interns, associates and people from the distribution center. –Courtney O.

I have totally explored through food, which for me, is what I do anywhere I go. I found a lot of good restaurants, which has been fun and you also get to see different areas that way. So that’s been my way of getting out. Picolo Forno and BRGR are really good. -Corina L.

How do you “Live Your Life”?

I like adventurous things. I went skydiving last summer. -Vaidehi T.

I love going and meeting new people and exploring new cultures and meeting new people. If you can do it with friends, that’s even better. -Courtney O.

I live my life by hanging out with my friends and attending concerts. I love to be spontaneous and experience new things. -Megan D.

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Interns Kathryn M., Amanda T. & Chelsea S. at Pittsburgh’s Jam on Walnut.

What’s your favorite AE or Aerie item?

Our Original taper jeans, which is my favorite men’s fit. I didn’t even know they existed until I started working here and bought it. The way they fit is the best of both worlds— you get the relaxed up top but then you get the skinny on the bottom. -Rocky C.

I’m obsessed with an army green vest. I wear it with everything. If I could wear it everyday without getting judged for it, I would. -Chelsea S.

I’ve been wearing my denim jacket way too much. I keep grabbing it on my way out at the last second and then it’s cold in the office so I end up wearing it all day. -Corina L.

What’s one aspect of merchandising that surprised you?

The numbers piece. I expected it to be very business-based, but I think people underestimate how much analytic thinking goes into it and how much you have to understand the numbers and the business. It’s not just the creative trends .-Rocky C.

I think with AE.com I was surprised how much marketing we have a direct relationship with on the site. We have that marketing aspect along with merchandising so that was really cool for me as a marketing major with a merchandising minor, to be able to put the two together. -Claire C.

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Interns Rocky C. and Priscilla Y. eat ice cream at Kennywood.

What’s been your favorite part of the internship?

My favorite part has been the link between the financials and the product because I know I have an interest in math and financials, and in the past I’ve worked jobs where it’s just financials. The fact that it leads to the product and that’s the end result just makes it so fun and more exciting to come to work every day. -Maria B.

My favorite part of the internship was our second day when we got to experience State of the Place. It was really cool to learn all about the company and see where they stand and of course the fashion show was amazing as well! -Megan D.

Did you receive any good advice during the internship?

I actually just had a meeting with Rachel K., Claire’s mentor, and she told me just to take advantage of the time we get to have with executives. They are people with such busy schedules and are moving back and forth all over the country. The fact that they’re spending an hour of their time with us is something that is a huge deal. -Maria B.

Interns Vaidehi T., Kathryn M., Amanda T., Chelsea S., and Abby E at the Pirates baseball game.

Interns Vaidehi T., Kathryn M., Amanda T., Chelsea S., and Abby E. at the Pirates baseball game.

Any advice for future intern candidates?

My advice would be put your name out there and get to know everybody. My department is shoes but that doesn’t mean I should be in shoes the entire time. It’s okay to wander over to tops and shadow someone else or go to chain and see what they’re doing. If you get hired here, you’re going to cycle around and know the business as a whole. -Claire C.

Always be developing a point of view. You want to be focused, up on competition, know what we’re doing well, what we can improve on. Always be ready to give your voice when it’s needed. -Courtney O.

To learn more about American Eagle Outfitters’ internship program, please visit liveyourlifeloveyourjob.com.

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