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Hats off to this beachy style. Every summer needs one! 

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Make your bike shorts look extra fresh and wear swim on top with this matching Longline Bandeau Bikini Top. It’s ready for running around in the sunshine or the pool—your pick! 

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Erin’s latest picks are inspired by all the flavors and colors of gelato. Sweet! 

Stylist’s Picks: Sweetest treats
Stylist’s Picks: Sweetest treats

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Stylist’s Picks: Sweetest treats
Stylist’s Picks: Sweetest treats

Like any good gelato order, this look mixes and matches two of Erin’s favorite flavors. Try Neon Peach with your bikini top and Lavender with your high waisted bottoms, and try not to eat your suit. 

Stylist’s Picks: Sweetest treats
Stylist’s Picks: Sweetest treats

It’s a cover up in the front, and a party in the back. A breezy gauze fabric is amazing for sunny beach days, and neon tassel details on the back are everything you need this summer.

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To celebrate Mother’s Day, we hosted an extra-special Real Talk in NYC with #AerieREAL Role Models Molly Burke, Brenna Huckaby, Jenna Kutcher… and their mamas! Find out what your role models were like when they were younger, when their moms knew they would do big things and the best advice their moms gave them.

Only have a few minutes? See some of our fave moments from the day.

“No matter what, it’s been my mom and I against the world.”

Molly Burke, YouTuber, Motivational Speaker & #AerieREAL Role Model

“My mom did a really good job of just letting us be us.”

Jenna Kutcher, Entrepreneur, Podcaster & #AerieREAL Role Model

“My mom taught me how to live in the moment and just be free.”

Brenna Huckaby, Paralympic Snowboarder & #AerieREAL Role Model

Our fearless leader and Aerie Global Brand President, Jennifer Foyle, got to where she is today because of the strength she learned from her mom. We talked with Jen about some of the most important lessons she learned from her mom, and what she hopes to teach her own daughter, Maggie. 

What is the best advice your mom gave you?

Everything… she was everything to me. She shared countless lessons with me and instilled many priceless values. More than her words, she was a doer. She showed me more by her actions than by her words. My mom was a super hero to me. ❤

A few lines that I practice daily are: “Work hard, play hard,” “Less is more,” and “The early bird gets the worm.”

What is a value that you learned from your mom and share with your daughter, Maggie?

My mom taught me the value of being a good person—be kind and always reach a hand out to a friend. Be there for people and take time in life to do good things.

It’s a different time now… what’s the biggest difference from how you were raised vs. how you are raising your daughter?

I think I’m more open with Maggie. I am my real self with her and am comfortable with her seeing my strengths and weaknesses, happy and sad, good days and bad. I try my best to let her know she can come to me with anything.

Share something you learned from Maggie? 

It was the moment she once looked in the mirror and asked me if she was beautiful—it made me realize how precious life is and how impressionable our children are. We have a responsibility to help support and empower each other.

What is one sentence (ish) that describes the 3 generations of women in your family?

Strong… funny… strong… honest… Yes that’s the McInnis side of our family: Strong, funny, strong! 

Wishing you and all the strong women in your life the happiest Mother’s Day! 

Amy Fraser is the founder of OKREAL, a source of wisdom and inspiration both online and offline for women. We’re proud to partner with Amy to bring her thoughts, inspiration and advice to our Aerie fam. 

What are the most valuable tools you use as a mom? 

More tools from Amy: 

  • One of my greatest parenting tools is a sense of humor. There are SO MANY TIMES when laughter is the only thing that helps. He will sneeze with a mouth full of scrambled eggs all over my only clean shirt, poop on the carpet, have a full-blown, back-arching tantrum in the supermarket aisle. We’ve all been there. If you can, try on the rule of “laughter is my reaction.’”
  • Control is an illusion! Be prepared to cope when things don’t go as planned. Refer to note on laughter! 
  • Make joy a goal. Pick one thing a day that you find joy in. Write it down. 
  • Be selective about how you spend your spare time. Do you really need to fulfill that obligation or would you feel better if you spent that time reading, napping, working, staring at the wall? You are already looking after another human being and perhaps your partner as well. Any spare time you have should be used intentionally, with purpose, on looking after yourself. 

What lessons have you learned? 

More lessons from Amy: 

  • “Everything is a phase.” The most repeated, most annoying-to-hear-at-the-time but also most true piece of advice I have heard since becoming a mother. Helpful to remember when gritting your teeth through the sleepless nights and also during times that you want to savor. 
  • I will always be able to create work. But I can never create more time with my child at certain times of his life. I remind myself of this when I feel guilty for not paying my career enough attention. 
  • Your children will become your biggest teachers. They will constantly make you reassess who you are because they’re constantly changing. 
  • You can’t be everything to everyone all the time. Work hard on setting, then keeping boundaries. What is important for you to maintain within for yourself, for your family? 
  • One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned is to let go of my expectations of what motherhood looks like. I let motherhood teach me what it needs to when it needs to, as opposed to setting up a structure that it needs to fit into. 

How do you balance being a mom with having a career? 

  • For the first 6 months of my son’s life, I tried to kid myself that I could work part time. I ended up feeling constantly frustrated and thinking about work when I was with him. As soon as I was honest with myself about needing—and wanting—to work full time, I was able to enjoy time with my son so much more, and take the weekends completely off. It also allows me to take a half day if I need to or pick him up from daycare early when I feel like it. If you’re a working mother, what is your ideal split between parenting and work? Are you being honest with yourself? 
  • One thing I know for sure is that life is seasonal. Sometimes work will be crazy busy and I’ll miss downtime with my baby. I ride it out. Sometimes work will be quiet but instead of stressing about it, I’ll enjoy the extra time with my partner and son. I’m getting better at trusting life to happen to me without having to white-knuckle the steering wheel. I used to focus so much on dictating a certain outcome. Now I just love as hard as I can and trust it will come back to me. 
  • Be open to the fact that there will be an inherent shift in your level of productivity, particularly if you’re an overachiever type who is used to ticking everything off your list! Since becoming a mother, my to-do list just gets longer and longer. Every day I make the choice to work as hard as I can, then accept what doesn’t get done. 
  • I love the Cheryl Strayed quote “You don’t have a career, you have a life.” It reminds me that all of my decisions should serve my life as a whole, and that all of the good things in my life feed into one another. 

Squeeze the day! This lemony treat is easy to make (& even easier to eat). Bring it to the pool, your summer picnics, long weekend parties… or just your couch any time you need a sweet refresh.

How to: Lemon sorbet

WHAT YOU NEED

  • 1 lemon peel, diced
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup seltzer water
  • Slice of strawberry for garnish (optional)
How to: Lemon sorbet

WHAT TO DO

  1. In a medium saucepan, add lemon peel, water and sugar.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil and reduce to medium heat.
  3. Simmer for 5 minutes, then remove from heat to cool.
  4. In a bowl, stir in the cooled syrup with the lemon juice and seltzer water.
  5. Pour into a freezer-safe container and freeze for 2 hours.
  6. Remove and whisk, then place back into the freezer.
  7. Freeze for 4 more hours, whisking once every hour.
  8. Enjoy!
How to: Lemon sorbet

Not in the mood for lemon? Try this recipe with other citruses like orange, grapefruit or lime. Then tell us which flavor is your fave!

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Squeeze the day! 

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In honor of skin cancer awareness month this May, we’re proud to share Kate’s story, one of strength and survival in the face of Melanoma. Today, Kate is a healthy mom of 5, and she uses her experience to spread awareness and encourage others to be proactive about their skin health. 

Can you share your story with us? 

My journey begins the week of my 26th birthday. Birthdays are such a happy, memorable time, aren’t they? At least that had always been true for myself, and this was one I would truly remember for the rest of my life. This birthday week would be the point of impact for my story, because it is indeed when the bomb was dropped that would change the rest of my life. Up to this point in my life I was free-spirited, outgoing and driven but after this, things would be different forever.

Let’s rewind to my teenage years and my early twenties. Back then I loved tanning and being tan. It didn’t matter if I was laying on the beach, in a tanning bed or in the standup machine, I just wanted my skin to have some color. I have milky white skin, which I undoubtedly inherited from my Irish father, and call it a blessing, call it a curse or maybe even one of those cases where you want something you don’t have, but all I longed for was that sun kissed skin tone. In order for myself to obtain this, I had to follow a process which consisted of getting a real good sunburn and letting it fade until I ended up with just the right color. The sad truth is, what I was actually doing was arming all of these little land mines, “moles,” under my skin, and it would just be a matter of time before they decided to detonate.

Let’s jump to me being 24 and at an annual physical, still 2 years before impact. Physicals were never an issue for me because I always knew I’d get a clean bill of health. Somehow however, this physical was a bit different. During this visit, while my physician was listening to my lungs from my back, his focus turned to a mole sitting just below where had placed his stethoscope. Now, he had mentioned before that it may not be a bad idea to see a dermatologist due to all my freckles and moles, precautionary of course, but today his tone was different. He became insistent that I have this mole checked out immediately. I explained that mole had been there forever and my pediatrician always kept an eye on it. He then explained regardless of the past, it was irregular in shape and quite dark and needed to be checked. So in the interest of maintaining my clean bill of health, I appeased him by assuring him I would make an appointment with someone in his group ASAP. The truth is, I did nothing of the sort.

So we’re at the week of my 26th birthday and it’s been two years since my last physical, so I may as well get one out of the way. I’m not even thinking about the fib I told my physician last time, that I would have that mole checked out, but he was thinking about it. He had not forgotten and was in shock to learn I had done nothing about this mole. The physical quickly turned to “cancel whatever you have going on for the rest of the day” and he would make sure I was seen by a dermatologist in his group today. In my head, I couldn’t understand why he was overreacting like this. I just didn’t see why the sense of urgency, but decided to just go along with it knowing it would be a minute to have this thing removed and I would be on my way, and indeed that was the case. About 48 hours later, when I was asked to return to the dermatologist’s office due to the biopsy results, the reality of the matter still hadn’t kicked in. I went to the appointment alone, figuring this would be a quick visit, and after showing up, “you have malignant Melanoma Kate,” “you’re going to have to meet with an Oncologist and have surgery as soon as possible.” I simply replied, “Why can’t you just laser it off?” which I was then greeted with the response “obviously, you do not understand the severity of this.” He was right, I did not. To say I was naïve when it came to skin cancer was an understatement. I always associated it with the elderly or someone that looked like Magda from the movie “There’s something about Mary.” Regardless, this was happening to me, and my entire birthday week turned into one big blur to me. The only way to describe it was like if I was a famous actor on the press tour from hell. I was being rushed off from one place to the next, answering the same questions and giving the same answers. I was poked, prodded and studied from every angle. Everything felt so invasive however the surgery and partial lymph node biopsy did prove to be a success. Of course this was at the cost of a whole lot of pain and a huge reminder on my lower back of what I went through. The remainder of that year proved to be one of the most challenging I would ever live.

Adjusting to this new lifestyle of being constantly biopsied and having surgeries, all I really wanted was my life to go back to the way it was before my diagnosis. Until now, the focus of my biopsies and surgeries were all on my back, so I began having the mentality that I would treat my body like a paper doll. Focus on the front and just ignore the back, ultimately pretending that nothing ever happened. Then I had to have surgery due to squamous cell carcinoma on my breast and stomach. I received many stitches during that surgery and when I could finally shower, I remember catching a glimpse of my front in the mirror and it hit me like a ton of bricks. That was the first time I had felt an emotion, anger, and I was overcome by it. My body was no longer the paper doll, instead I saw a body that was quite broken and I did not like it. I began punching things and yelling, yet surprisingly, not a tear would fall. And with that anger, my life just took a downward spiral. My boyfriend and I had ended our relationship, I decided to just up and quit my corporate job, and I could not concentrate or focus on anything. I was separating from the person I once was, and people were noticing. It was my Oncologist that finally requested I see a cancer therapist. His recommendation and a dash of my parents telling me that they hadn’t seen me smile in so long was just the right mixture for me to agree to see someone.

The first few times going to therapy I let the therapist do most of the talking because I still really had nothing to say. It wasn’t until our fourth session that she pulled out my chart and read the notes that my Oncologist had written about me. He described me as the following: “Kate has made a decision to avoid in engaging emotional connections. She runs from situations and I am concerned that as a survivor of trauma that she has developed into PTSD.” The therapist then pulled out a book and said that she was going to read me a poem. The poem was about a day at the beach with friends. One of the friends decides to swim out by themselves in the ocean. The undertow and waves prove to be too much for him or her. He or she can see their friends on land. There is no lifeguard on duty, so in order to be saved, they would have to ask for the help of their friends. The person tries to swim and fights to get closer to the shore but ends up letting the ocean take them instead of calling out for help. The therapist looked up at me and says to me, “that person in the ocean, that person drowning, is you. You would rather drown then be saved by asking for help.” She said to me that I am running away from something that will eventually catch up to me. Through everything I had been through, I finally cracked and broke down. The beauty of hitting bottom however, is you can only go up.

Today, I am happy and comfortable in my skin. My priorities in life have changed as well as what is really “beautiful.” I have grown in so many ways but my journey still continues. I will always have dermatology appointments and biopsies once in a while but I have accepted that. I have also made it a personal mission to raise awareness for Melanoma. Social media has proven to be a huge part of raising awareness and serves as a vehicle for victim and survivor personal stories. I commend these people because it takes a strong person to share something so raw and private and that was always something I had great difficulty with. As I conclude, I want to share two things that I have learned:

Everyone has scars, I just wear mine on the outside and AWARENESS IS BEAUTIFUL.

How has your journey changed you? 

To begin with, my journey has had a positive change on the way I look at the everyday things most of us don’t stop to pay attention to. For instance, prior to my journey, I was very naïve in thinking I was unstoppable and couldn’t be affected by any kind of health issue. After going through melanoma, I have a heightened awareness around my health and paying attention to things my body is telling/showing me. It has also taught me to slow down and take the time to appreciate the things around me, instead of going 100 mph all the time. It also changed me or trained me, depending on how you view it, as a parent. If not for this journey, I would never be as proactive as I am in teaching my kids to take care of their skin. Because of this, more often than not they’re reminding me to put lotion on them, instead of me telling them they have to. For me that’s pretty magical in itself, being able to teach what I’ve learned.

What does skin positivity mean to you? 

To me, skin positivity means embracing and feeling blessed with the skin you have. You only get one skin to live in, so take care of it, love it, rock what you have, and above all else, never stop encouraging others to do the same.  

What are your go-to tips for taking care of your skin?

First and foremost, anytime I know I’m going to be outdoors, I make sure to apply a safe and clean sunscreen. If you’re wondering what sunscreens and moisturizers are safe and clean, the “Think Dirty” app will tell you which ones are safest. Another habit I started years ago is applying a daily moisturizer and lip conditioner that both have SPF in them. Lastly, I follow a strict bedtime skincare routine.

What does #AerieREAL mean to you? 

To me, #AerieREAL means feeling confident in your own skin. It means not conforming to how someone thinks or says you should look and just being comfortable with how you look.

Need to refresh your sun protection routine? Check out Sun Bum, zinc-based mineral sunscreens that protect your skin from UVA/UVB rays. Try their SPF 50 lotionSPF 30 spray and more products at Aerie.com to stay safe in the sunshine. 

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