Galentine’s Day Party Guide

Valentine’s Day always renews our nostalgia for handwritten love notes and heart-shaped treats – things worth celebrating regardless of your relationship status, really.  And even better, in our opinion, is February 13th – a.k.a. Galentine’s Day. What’s that, you ask? “Only the best day of the year,” according to Lesley Knope, Galentine’s Day gives us the perfect opportunity to honor the magical combination of friendship and females. This year, why not show your pals some love by hosting your very own Galentine’s party?  We have a few ideas to get you started.

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PARTY TRICK #1

DIY invitations. They’re fun, easy, and who doesn’t love getting snail mail? All you need for these ones are some watercolor paints, paper and markers! Create a watercolor wash by spreading a thin layer of paint across the paper, adding more water as needed for a translucent effect. Use the markers (and your best penmanship) to fill in the deets, and for an added touch, throw some heart-shaped confetti, rose petals, tea bags or candy in the envelope.

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PARTY TRICK #2

Flowers. They make everything prettier. Decorate your tables with some small floral arrangements of your choice. (Pro tip: make enough so that all of your Galentines can take one home!)

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PARTY TRICK #3

Chocolate. And what’s better than chocolate? Pink chocolate! Whip up this impressive treat by melting bars of white chocolate and stirring in freeze-dried raspberries until the chocolate turns a blush-pink shade. Pour the melted mixture onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and sprinkle on dried culinary rose petals, crushed pistachios, dried raspberries or sugared almonds. Allow the chocolate to set completely and then cut or break it into squares.

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PARTY TRICK #4

Fancy refreshments are a necessity! This hibiscus-rose iced tea is the perfect complement to your DIY pink chocolate. Start by freezing rose buds in water in a large ice cube mold. Brew some hibiscus tea, stir in honey to sweeten and let it chill on ice. Finally, pour in a bottle of rose water (you can find these at Whole Foods) and fill glasses with the tea mixture and the rose-petal-infused ice cubes. Top with extra rose petals and fresh raspberries.

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PARTY TRICK #5

Get creative with your table settings! Arrange your mini bouquets, desserts, drinks, some scented candles, small string lights, or anything else that sets the Galentine’s mood. Turn on the tunes and get the party started!

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SHOP IT: Wrap Romper | Denim X4 Hi-Rise Jegging | Vintage Hi-Rise Jean | Choker Neck Sweater

As for your #OOTD, keep your theme going with blush tones and florals. This pretty sweater paired with hi-rise jeans is cozy and perfect for chilling with gal pals. For something a little dressier (but just as comfy), you can’t go wrong with a romper. The flared sleeves and floral print have GIRL POWER written all over them.

The fact is, sometimes life gets in the way of our free time – and scheduling much-needed girl time gets lost in a sea of other (seemingly more important) to-dos. Luckily, Galentine’s Day offers us the perfect reminder to appreciate and prioritize our friends – and the perfect excuse to shower them with love. Happy Galentine’s Day to you!

Show us what you’re wearing, doing & eating this Galentine’s Day with #AEOSTYLE & tell us what you love about your friends in the comments below!

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Valentine’s Themed Unicorn Hot Chocolate for Two

Found your unicorn?  We’ve got the perfect treat to impress your main squeeze & show them just how special they are. Put a little magic into your Valentine’s Day celebration with Unicorn Hot Chocolate! This dessert is deceptively easy, and most of the work comes from adding the toppings. We found fun, festive candy at a craft store and upped the fantasy factor with bright pink cotton candy. If you’re embracing Valentine’s Day alone this year (#single #notmadaboutit), this recipe can easily be cut in half – and let’s be real, it’ll taste just as sweet.

Unicorn Hot Chocolate: Make Your Own Valentine's Day Treat for Two

Unicorn Hot Chocolate tastes as magical as it looks.

Unicorn Hot Chocolate: Make Your Own Valentine's Day Treat for Two

All you need to create this bright drink: milk, white chocolate, food coloring & whipped cream!

Unicorn Hot Chocolate: Make Your Own Valentine's Day Treat for Two

Melt the chocolate into the milk over low heat.

Unicorn Hot Chocolate: Make Your Own Valentine's Day Treat for Two

Stir in a few drops of food color & add vanilla extract.

Unicorn Hot Chocolate: Make Your Own Valentine's Day Treat for Two

Colorful toppings? Not optional!

Unicorn Hot Chocolate: Make Your Own Valentine's Day Treat for Two

Add a few drops of food color to a bowl of whipped cream & swirl for a marbled look.

Unicorn Hot Chocolate: Make Your Own Valentine's Day Treat for Two

Top & serve!

RECIPE

Serves 2

INGREDIENTS
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 8 oz. white chocolate
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup whipped cream
  • Food Coloring
  • Toppings of your choice
DIRECTIONS
  1. On low heat, melt the white chocolate in the milk over the stove top until small bubbles appear along the edge of the pot (don’t boil it!), stirring every few minutes so that the chocolate doesn’t stick to the bottom.
  2. While the chocolate melts into the milk, make the rainbow whipped cream in a wide bowl. Drop in two or three food colors in various spots. Using a knife, swirl the color around a few times to create a marbled effect. Set aside.
  3. Stir vanilla extract into hot chocolate.
  4. Add 3-4 drops of food color of your choice. Stir.
  5. Pour the hot chocolate evenly into two mugs.
  6. Spoon a few dollops of rainbow whipped cream on top & add other toppings of choice (we found these at a craft store)!
  7. Share 🙂

Share your Unicorn Hot Chocolate pics with us by tagging @americaneagle!

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Valentine’s Day #AEOSTYLE: Date Night Looks

Are you ready for Valentine’s Day? We are! Show your look some love this year with #AEOSTYLE that’ll make your heart skip a beat. Get ready to crush your Valentine’s date night look with flirty floral prints and shades of red that’ll make you blush. Whether you’re headed to the movies, out to dinner or just hanging in with your boo, these V-Day looks will definitely set the mood.

GIRLS

Your swoon-worthy look starts with a red romper in a bold floral pattern. Even though your look will be bringing the heat, throw a lace-up sweater cardigan on top for added texture. For an on-trend touch, wear chunky heels with light pink socks bunched around the ankle. Complete your look with delicate accessories that add just the right amount shimmer like gold necklaces and rings. Don’t forget little loves like a lacy Aerie bra and fragrance keep your look pretty on every layer!

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SHOP IT

Flutter Sleeve Short Romper | Lace-Up Back Cardigan | Swedish Hasbeens Covered High | Happy Unlined Plunge Bra
Street Level Tote | Layered Neckalce | Rings | Live Your Life Fragrance

GUYS

Splashes of red in this outfit will make your Valentine fall in love (with you AND your look). Ground your look in neutrals, but add a little punch of V-Day color by layering a red print button down under a tan jacket. Get festive with boxers covered in hearts, and finish the look off with black boots, a belt and cologne that will definitely score you the final rose.

Valentine's Day looks for Ment

SHOP IT

Print Button Down Shirt | Twill Trench Coat | Extreme Flex Slim Straight Chino | Heart Boxer | Leather Watch
Belt | Leather Desert Boot | Real Cologne

Tell us your Valentine’s plans in the comments below, and show us your date night #AEOSTYLE on Instagram & Twitter for a chance to be featured in our Style Gallery.

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Gift Guide: Valentine’s Day Gifts for Her & Him

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, but there’s no need to panic if you’re still looking for an amazing gift to show your bae that you care. We’re here to help! The “perfect gift” can mean something different to everyone, but we’re pretty sure that your S/O would love some #AEOSTYLE (but not more than they love you… obvi). With brand new accessories and extras perfect for V-Day gifting plus all of the basics you know and love, there’s no need to look any further. We’ve made this Valentine’s Day Gift Guide super easy for you: just keep scrolling to find the personality that fits your hunny best and gift your little heart out.

GUYS: Make him swoon, no matter his style. Is your guy always ahead of the trends? He’ll love staple pieces with leather details like a watch or belt, and our latest denim technology will keep up with his constantly updating look. If your guy is always on the move, he needs #AEOSTYLE that can keep up with his adventurous spirit, like our  new Flex/4 360 swim trunks and a power pack so his phone is never our of battery. Is he into fitness and sports? No problem. Our favorite basics like joggers, sneakers, graphic tees and socks will only improve his style game.

For The Guy With #AEOSTYLE On Lock

FOR THE GUY WITH #AEOSTYLE ON LOCK: Keep him ahead of the trends with iconic style essentials and of-the-moment finishing touches.
Colorblock Crew T-Shirt | Skinny Core Flex Jean | 3″ Classic Trunk | Woolrich Beebe Leather Boot
Wool Fedora | Oiled Leather Belt | Brown Leather Watch | Aviator Sunglasses | LMNT Bluetooth Speaker

For The Guy On The GoFOR THE GUY ON THE GO: Whether he’s beach-bound or road-tripping cross country, we’ve got styles and essentials for every adventurer.
Flex/4 360 Swim Trunk | Denim Jacket | Clubmax Sunglasses | Sunnylife Underwater Camera
Heritage 4.5 oz Body Spray | LMNT Power Pack | Wolverine Plain Thomas Hiker Boot
Sunnylife Soap On A Rope | Bigmouth Pizza Pool Float

For The Guy Who's Got Game

FOR THE GUY WHO’S GOT GAME: Perfect styles to take your man from sport to street, featuring revolutionary AEO/Flex technology, must-have sneakers and more.
Signature Graphic T-Shirt | Vintage Baja Hoodie | Extreme Flex Fleece Jogger | 3″ Classic Trunk | Body Spray
Low Cut Socks | New Balance 515 Sneaker

GIRLS: The key to your #AerieREAL girl’s heart? Pretty little things! If your girl is head over heels, she’ll love bright, lacy bralettes and undiesAerie sports bras, leggings and the best workout essentials will help the girl who’s always active to get her sweat on. Score some extra points by gifting some sweet fragrance, too! Is she inspired by travel? Aerie swim will take her from the beach to the bike trail and everywhere in between. Still can’t decide? You can’t go wrong with fun accessories or basics like denim and tanks!

For The Girl In Love With Love

FOR THE GIRL IN LOVE WITH LOVE: Shopping for a hopeless romantic? Sweep her off her feet with our prettiest Vintage Lace bralettes, dreamy crocheted tops and sweet accessories.
Aerie Lace Cross-Back Bralette | Aerie Boyshort | Denim X Cafe Jegging | Peplum Cami
The Social Type Greeting Card | Aerie Fragrance
Beauty Crop Misting Spray | Heart Cookie Cutters… Coming Soon!

For The Girl Who's Got Game

FOR THE GIRL WHO’S GOT GAME: From throwback sneakers to printed yoga mats, we’ve got lots of swoon-worthy gifts for the girl who loves to get her sweat on.
Aerie Mesh Seamless Sports Bra | First Essentials Rib Crop Tank | Hi-Lo Zip Up Hoodie | Crop Hi-Rise Legging
New Balance 515 Sneaker | Colorblock Baseball Cap
Slant Stainless Steel Water Bottle | Headwrap | Ban.do Exercise Mat

For The Girl On The Go

FOR THE GIRL ON THE GO: Satisfy her wanderlust with a printed tote and travel journal or gift her with Aerie & AEO essentials for her next adventure.
Aerie One Shoulder Bandeau Bikini | Aerie Teeny Bikini Bottom | Pullover Windbreaker | Triangle Fringe Scarf | Fringe Faux Leather Notebook | Beauty Crop Misting Spray | AEO x Slant On The Road Mug
AEO Clubmax Sunglasses | Ban.do Heart Getaway Bag | Hang Ten Sunscreen… Coming Soon! (Shop Similar)

What do you want to give & get for V-Day? Tell us in the comments below, and show us your #AEOSTYLE & #AerieREAL gifts on Instagram (@americaneagle, @aerie)& Twitter  (@AEO, @Aerie) for a chance to be featured in our Style Gallery.

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#AEOSTYLE Editors Love: Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him

#AEOSTYLE Editors Love: Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him

Are you still unsure what to buy that special guy in your life? Editors from Redbook, GQ and Explore LI all featured American Eagle Outfitters products this week in their Valentine’s Day gift guides. He’ll stay warm and dry in our Colorblock Anorak, stylish in our Floral Tie and – well – festively covered in our Heart Athletic Trunk. See why editors loved these gifts and grab them for your own guy so you aren’t empty handed on Valentine’s Day.

Not only will the Colorblock Anorak add a pop of color on the winter days that seem to never end, we think the red is appropriate for a festive outdoor date.

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The Colorblock Anorak was featured in 23 Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him.

Get the look:

Colorblock Anorak

Even if your Valentine’s Day plans don’t give your guy a reason to dress up, the Floral Tie will give a refined flourish to any look. The retro-inspired print in pastel hues makes this tie a perfect accessory through the summer months.

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Our Floral Tie was GQ’s Daily Endorsement on February 5th.

Get the look:

Floral Tie

What guy doesn’t love underwear from American Eagle? We have lots of festive options in store and online, including the Heart Athletic Trunk featured by Explore LI.

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Explore LI features the Heart Athletic Trunk in their story: Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him.

Get the look:

Hearts Boxer (similar)

Already have your Valentine’s Day shopping done? Show us what you’re gifting from AEO with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter and Instagram and your photo could end up on AE.com.

Not sure what to wear on February 14th? Take our Valentine’s Day Style Quiz.

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What’s Your Valentine’s Day #AEOSTYLE?

What’s Your Valentine’s Day #AEOSTYLE?

Is your Valentine’s Day #AEOSTYLE style ‘In Love’ or ‘Over It’? Take our quiz to find your perfect look, no matter what your plans are on February 14th.

 

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If you’re IN LOVE:

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Your ‘In Love’ look for Valentine’s Day

Get the look:

For her:

Embroidered Chiffon Tunic

Heart Shaped Sunglasses

Keds Champion Original Sneaker

For him:

Slim Straight Khaki

Plaid Button Down

Hearts Boxer (similar)

Canvas Sneaker

If you’re OVER IT:

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Your ‘Over It’ look for Valentine’s Day

Get the look:

For her:

Heartbreaker Intarsia Sweater

Jegging

Ankle Strap Sandal

For him:

Slim Straight Jean

Vintage V-Neck T-Shirt

Canvas Sneaker

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