Aerie is a sub brand of American Eagle retailing lingerie and fitness apparel to 20 something's such as myself. When I read about their grand opening featuring an appearance by English mode Iskra Lawrence promoting #aerieREAL, a body positive campaign, I decided to check it out. The event started at 2pm at north park and when I arrived at 1:45 the line was only 20-30 people deep. Much better than the Luke's pop up I had went to earlier this week. Also I had brought my son, Samson, as well as Dustin and Van. We were offered watermelon mint juice while we waited which Samson loved then spit everywhere. I was already in a frustrated mood from shopping earlier in the day for shelves. Which seems like an easy task to most but lately the simpliest tasks have become... overwhelming.
Once inside they had a DJ set up and it was pretty pack inside the small store connected to their parent company American Eagle. Overstimulation and anxiety ensued. Earlier when entering the store, I noticed Iskra walking in and snap chatting her entering the building. I wanted to approach her then but I felt bothersome. Which then led to more anxiety when in the store.... I took some deep breathes and tried to reset myself mentally.
I squeeze through and took a candid photo of Iskra as I worked my way through the store filled with mostly dainty lingerie. I'm not a huge lingerie person but I loved the quality of their workout gear and the pricing was on point. I grabbed some things hastily, wanting to take advantage of the grand opening 40% off sale with an additional 10% off for signing up online for their rewards program.
Dustin stayed inside the store the whole time taking care of the kids because I was sinking deep into tunnel vision anxiety while waiting in line. It can be so frustrating and defeating just... not being able to function some days. The staff was great though directing everyone where to go pleasantly while offering more drinks. Quickly I escaped the crowded store after checking out.
I received all these pieces for $48 including tax! I'm so happy I stuck it out and my only regret was not getting a picture with Iskra for you guys! Next time. Maybe. I mean, I can't make promises because that gives me anxiety as well 😐.