AEO Tulum Travel Diary

Hola from Tulum, Mexico, where the ocean water is crystal clear, the sun is always shining and the food is amazing! After a quick plane ride, we landed in paradise, and Raphael, Fanny and I couldn’t wait to explore Tulum.

AEO Tulum Travel Diary We stayed at Papaya Playa Project, a tropical themed hotel where each room was decorated uniquely with straw rooftops and its own personal space away from other guests. Rather than a typical resort where there are people everywhere you go, picture a place tucked away in a lush jungle just a hundred feet away from the ocean with nothing but the sound of the waves and a light breeze; a place where you can get away and be at peace with nature but still have great company when you need it.

AEO Tulum Travel Diary

We dropped our bags off in our room and grabbed dinner at the hotel restaurant. I cannot begin to tell you just how amazing the seafood was! To be honest, everything tasted amazing in Tulum! The food was fresh and had unique flavors unlike anything else. After a decadent dessert, we called it a night to get ready for the upcoming day.

We enjoyed breakfast and the beautiful scenery right at our hotel, taking advantage of the hammocks on the beach. The ocean front was decorated with hundreds of twisted palm trees, colorful cabanas and even some iguanas. Surrounded by palm trees, we couldn’t resist getting a few fresh coconuts and taking a dip in one of the pools.

AEO Tulum Travel Diary

After our swim, we headed to Gran Cenote which is an underwater cave. Tulum has over two hundred underwater caves. The caves are great for snorkeling and swimming, but we decided to just dip our feet in and enjoy the landscape.

AEO Tulum Travel Diary

Next up on our list was lunch at Posada Margherita. This place was located right on the beach and had quite a few beach chairs for relaxing in while you enjoy an appetizer or a cold drink. Once we filled up our stomachs with delicious food, we explored the area and found a cool little rooftop that overlooked the beach and had amazing views.

AEO Tulum Travel Diary

One of my favorite things about Tulum was all of the shopping right along the beach. We browsed the shops and ended up renting bicycles to get around town. After a long first day we decided to grab a quick dinner at Mateo’s Mexican Grill before getting some sleep for our next day of adventures.

AEO Tulum Travel Diary

The next morning, we headed to the city after breakfast and checked out some unique architecture scattered throughout downtown Tulum. One of my favorite things about this place is the beautiful things around each corner, which makes exploring another country feel exciting. After some fun in town, we headed back to our hotel to relax and take advantage of the day beds and swing set right on the beach.

AEO Tulum Travel Diary We couldn’t leave Tulum without exploring the ocean, so we rented snorkeling gear and went for a dip. We wrapped up the day by watching the sunset and having dinner at Tabano. Worn out from a long day we went to our rooms to catch a great night’s sleep before heading home the next day.

AEO Tulum Travel Diary

Tulum, Mexico is destination I highly recommend. It’s full of tranquility and peace and is a place where you can relax one day then explore the surrounding beauty on another. If you could spend a week or even just a few days in Tulum, who would you bring with you? Let us know in the comments below!

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OUTFITS:
Tiered Fringe Shift Dress
AEO Mirror Lace-Up Romper
Print Bubble Cami
Denim X Cafe Hi-Rise Shortie
Textured Kimono Cardigan
Pocket Crew T-Shirt (Grey)
Pocket Crew T-Shirt (Midnight Blue)
Stripe Popover Short Sleeve Shirt
Active Flex Classic Flat Front Short (Blue/Pattern – Similar)
Core Flex Denim Cutoff Short 
Active Flex Classic Flat Front Short (Black/Pattern)

SWIM:
Blakely Bikini Top (Similar)
Aerie Teeny Bikini Bottom (Similar)

ACCESSORIES:
Headband
Straw Boater Hat
Women’s Lace-Up Sneaker
Multi-Braid Sandal
Strappy Sandal
Men’s Lace-Up Sneaker (Similar)
Aviator Sunglasses
Bead Bundle Neckalce

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Graduate in #AEOSTYLE

Congratulations, Class of 2016! You made it. It’s your time to graduate, and we’re going to show you how to do it in #AEOSTYLE. Sure, you’re going to wear a cap and gown for the majority of your ceremony, but you need a graduation outfit to show off when it’s time to capture the moment on Instagram after! The key to a perfect graduation outfit is to keep the look simple, modern & classy. Stick to shades of white, blue, black, grey and tan, since your cap and gown will be school colors. Girls – we recommend a casual heel for the ceremony, since you’ll be doing a lot of walking; a strappy wedge is our shoe of choice since it’ll give you the support you need to avoid tripping on stage! And guys – no sneakers allowed. Keep scrolling down, and get ready to graduate in #AEOSTYLE!

Girls: Light and Classic
You’ve been studying equations for the past few years, so here’s one we know you’ll get: light dress + graduation gown = no distracting colors showing through! White is a traditional, clean color (which is why it’s perfect for important occasions like graduation), and it’s also appropriate because it won’t show through your gown & will look great in pictures. Make sure the dress you choose hits right above the knee so it doesn’t peek out below your gown! Strappy tan wedges are neutral and will pair well with any color gown. If you want to bring a little personality to the look, do it by adding small details like a fun bralette or a statement necklace.

Graduation in #AEOSTYLE! Congratulations Class of 2016.

Shop Our Graduation Outfit Idea: Embroidered Babydoll Dress | Aerie La Playa Lace Plunge Bralette
Strappy Wedge SandalPoint Stone Necklace (Similar)

Guys: Simple and Bright
You graduation outfit is all about muted tones & classic styling. The key to making the grade is an airy button-down shirt and simple pants. If khaki is your thing, then go for it! Remember, black or grey pants would work well, too. If you’re going to wear a patterned shirt, make sure that the print is subtle and not too dark. The light blue striped shirt below will work well since it won’t overheat you underneath your graduation gown – it is a two-hour long ceremony, after all. Casual shoes like boat shoes or loafers will complete your look.

Congratulations Class of 2016! You made it. Now, it's time to graduate in #AEOSTYLE.

Shop Our Graduation Outfit Idea: Core Flex Shirt | Skinny Active Flex Pant | Eastland Boat Shoe | Tumbled Leather Belt

What will you wear to your graduation? Show us using #AEOSTYLE on Twitter & Instagram. We want to see those diplomas!

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AEO Summer Beach Essentials

One of our favorite pastimes is hanging out by the pool or beach. With beach season just over a month away, we can’t stop daydreaming about laying in the sun and hanging out in the sand! This year, AEO has everything you need for a day by the water – we’re talking hats, sunglasses, sunscreen and, of course, pool accessories. Wherever your vacation destination is (even if you’re staying in your own backyard), you need to check out our summer beach essentials!

#AEOSTYLE Summer Beach Essentials... Everything you need fora weekend in the sun & sand!

Take it to the beach! A few key items to pack in your tote are a blanket, sunscreen & a big sunhat. Summer is the season of fun, so don’t be afraid to get adventurous with your vacation style. We’re obsessed with whimsical accessories like our pineapple sunglasses, and we think a matching mini drink float is necessary. When you’re ready to relax, play a game of cards or turn on your pool radio.  Don’t forget a small bag to stow away your phone and sunnies while you’re in the water. If you want to capture all of the beach action without risking a broken phone, an underwater camera will be your best friend!

SHOP EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR YOUR BEACH DAY:

1. AEO Straw Hat
2. Hang Ten 08 Tanning Oil
3. AEO Crossbody Sunglasses Case
4. AEO Cat Eye Sunglasses
5. Sunnylife Underwater Camera
6. AEO Medallion Paisley Blanket (Similar)
7. Big Mouth Mini Fruit Float Drink Pack
8. AEO Huarache Flats
9. Sunnylife Retro Sounds Radio
10. Invisibobble Hair Tie (Similar)
11. Hang Ten 30 SPF Sunscreen
12. AEO Sunglasses Case
13. AEO Pineapple Sunglasses
14. Slant Pineapple Tumbler
15. AEO Washed Linen Tote
16. Sunnylife Giant Playing Cards

Show us what your summer beach essentials are using #AEOSTYLE on Twitter & Instagram for a chance to be featured in our style gallery!

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AEO Lake Powell Travel Diary

With its beautiful landscapes painted in orange and red tones as well as the many activities on land and water, Lake Powell has become a very popular vacation spot. Casey, Melissa, and I couldn’t wait to explore the area so we packed up the car in LA and hit the road for an epic weekend getaway.

When we got to Lake Powell we did some hiking through some of the most unique landscapes we’ve ever seen. One stop we made on our hike was the Rimrocks Hoodoos where mushroom shaped rock formations stick straight up out of the ground.

AEO Lake Powell

Next up on our list was one place I have been dying to see, Antelope Canyon. We took a tour through the lower canyon with smooth sandstone walls made over time by wind and water. There were even dinosaur footprints at the end of the canyon!

AEO Lake Powell

After all of the hiking we needed to refuel so we stopped at a Thai restaurant in town called Dara Thai Express. After we refueled we threw on our swimwear and hit the water. With the beautiful blue water and surrounding landscapes it really felt like we were on another planet.

AEO Lake Powell

To end our first day of adventuring, we decided to go to a lookout spot very close to the Glen Canyon Dam. We sat along the edge of one of the cliffs, listened to some tunes and watched the sunset — truly a moment I’ll never forget. Once it started getting dark we headed over to Bonkers Restaurant and had some amazing dinner before we called it a night.

The next morning, we grabbed breakfast at Ranch House Grill and then headed to Horseshoe Bend to catch some early morning light. It was a little cold outside so we grabbed a few sleeping bags and set them up right next to the edge of this beautiful windy canyon where we watched the many boats on the river below us float by.

AEO Lake Powell

The last spot was something straight out of a movie. Just off a little dirt road is a huge cliff face called Coal Mine Canyon. The canyon overlooked colorful rock formations scattered throughout the vast desert landscape. We opened up our map and decided to do some exploring. Around every corner was something new and unique. We could’ve explored the area forever!

AEO Lake Powell

Lake Powell is definitely a place to add to your travel bucket list. There is so much to do and so many beautiful places to see!

Have you ever been to Lake Powell? If so, let me know your favorite places in the comments!

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OUTFITS:
AEO First Essentials Strappy Bralette
AEO Printed Wrap Maxi Skirt
AEO Bell Sleeve Lace-Up T-Shirt
AEO Hi-Rise Denim Shortie
AEO Tassel Shift Dress
AEO Wrap Sweater Crop Tank
AEO Soft & Sexy Maxi Print Skirt
AEO Hi-Neck T-Back Tank (Similar)
AEO Black and White Poncho

SWIM:
Aerie Crochet Triangle Bikini Top
Aerie Crochet String Bikini Bottom
Aerie Crop Bikini Top (Similar)
Aerie Bikini Bottom (Similar)

ACCESSORIES:
Birkenstock Arizona Sandal
Dolce Vita Kara Bootie (Similar)
AEO Straw Boater Hat
AEO Floppy Hat

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#AEOSTYLE Fashion Roundup: Lighten Up

Warmer weather equals lighter, brighter #AEOSTYLE! It’s simple math. Summer is all about easygoing style. Some of our favorite trends this season are tassel & lace details and neutral color-mixing, and this week, you showed us that you’re into these looks, too. Your #OOTD proved that Summer 2016 is the season of denim shorts… and endless style possibilities abound. Breezy kimonos, off-the-shoulder silhouettes & button down shirts are great toppers to both shorts and jeans.

Adding accessories like slip-on sneakers and high-tops or a great fringe bag and sunglasses won our hearts. Plus, cool denim jackets and bombers were essential to your looks (and work well for layering when nights get chilly). Keep scrolling to see the best #AEOSTYLE looks of the week.

LOOK 1:
@ohlalalita rocked the Tomgirl Jean like a pro with a white top, huge sunnies and sneakers.

@ohlalalita styles American Eagle Outfitters clothing.

Shop The Look: Tomgirl Jean | Denim Jacket (Similar) | Soft & Sexy Eyelet Tank (Similar) | Slip-On Sneaker (Similar)

LOOK 2: 
We’re obsessed with @whatcourtwore‘s take on edgy-boho. A bandana tied around the neck is a summer accessory essential.

@whatcourtwore styles American Eagle Outfitters clothing.

Shop The Look: Denim X4 Shortie | Soft & Sexy Swing T-Shirt (Similar) | AEO Lace + Mesh Kimono (Similar)

LOOK 3: 
@i_karlee_ proves that sometimes simple wins in a pretty bell sleeve shirt and jeans.

@i_karlee_ styles American Eagle Outfitters clothing.

Shop The Look: Denim X Cafe Jegging | Tiered Lace Top (Similar)

LOOK 4:
@lisamarieprang mixes patterns with vivid solid colors effortlessly in this look.

LOOK 5:
Street style perfection by @girlandcloset. Add sunglasses for a weekend-ready look, day or night.

@girlandcloset styles American Eagle Outfitters clothing.

Shop The Look: Skinny Jean | Ruffle Hem Tank (Similar) | Eyelet Bomber Jacket (Similar)

LOOK 6:
This @aeo_timessquare associate knows that a bold shirt on top balances out with neutral bottoms. Add a baseball hat for a laid-back vibe.

@aeo_timessquare styles American Eagle Outfitters clothing.

Shop The Look: Striped Popover Shirt | Skinny Active Flex Pant (Similar) | Lace-Up High Top Sneaker (Similar)

LOOK 7:
Beach-ready @chiclibellule has us hoping for zero rainy days – boater hat necessary!

@chiclibellule styles American Eagle Outfitters clothing.

Shop The Look: Hi-Rise Festival Shortie | Off-The-Shoulder Tassel Shirt (Similar) | Straw Boater Hat (Similar)

How will you lighten up your #AEOSTYLE this summer? Tell us in the comments below, or show us using #AEOSTYLE on Twitter & Instagram for a chance to be featured in our Inspiration tab on the AEO | Aerie App.

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AEO Laguna Beach Travel Guide

Laguna Beach is absolutely one of my favorite places in Southern California. From its beautiful crystal clear beaches to its abundant art and music scene, it is definitely a locale to put on your travel list. Lauren, MK and I went on a day trip to explore the town, its beautiful scenery and all the culture it has to offer.

AEO Laguna Beach Travel Guide

We started with a short hike to Table Rock, a beach with a beautiful little cove. The weather was amazing and we explored the area and had some fun before we headed to The Montage Resort. Just below the resort was another beach cove and we took the opportunity to snap some photos before we grabbed lunch at La Sirena.

AEO Laguna Beach Travel Guide

Next up was a fun little flower shop named Browne’s Flowers. One of the best things about California is the abundance of fresh flowers and flower shops. After snagging a few bouquets we headed down the road to Main Beach. With amazing views including a Gazebo perched on top of one of the many sea cliffs it’s no wonder this is one of the most popular beaches in Laguna.

AEO Laguna Beach Travel Guide

We rinsed the sand off our feet and were off to our third beach of the day, Crescent Bay. This is one of my favorite areas in Laguna. Perched up on the cliffs we took in the majestic views of turquoise colored water, white beach sand, and countless tall palm trees making it one of the most amazing photo spots.
AEO Laguna Beach Travel Guide

We drove along the coastline to Newport Coast for ice cream at B.Candy. With its bright and vibrant exterior you can’t miss it! With ice cream cones in hand, we continued along the coast and had to stop when we saw a gorgeous bright orange old school VW bus. We chatted up the owner as he talked about the hard work he had put into restoring it. Talk about the ultimate road trip vehicle!

Our day was coming to a close but we couldn’t leave Laguna without having dinner at Brussels Bistro.

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Laguna Beach may seem like just another beach town but it is one of my favorite places to visit. Have you ever been to Laguna? If so, tell me some of your favorite spots in the comments! Or, share your favorite beach destination for a perfect getaway adventure below!

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