Behind the Scenes: Endless Summer 2013

Behind the Scenes: Endless Summer 2013

We took 18 individuals from our Project Live Your Life contest to Sayulita, Mexico for an adventure of road, waves, and freedom. Check out our behind the scenes footage and tell us about your endless Summer style in the comments.

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Weekend Getaways: Portland, OR

Weekend Getaways: Portland, OR

Planning a weekend trip to Portland, one of the hippest cities around, and not sure what to wear, eat, or do? We’ve got you covered. Read on to see what to pack, can’t miss food spots, and the coolest places to check out.


Guys can keep things simple with time-honored favorites that work no matter what. We’re loving a vintage-inspired chambray shirt thrown over an ombre stripe tee and faded grey denim shorts. A pair of leather flip-flops ties the look together.

Portland Packing Guide for Guys

For girls, it’s all about vibrant extras teamed with simple starters like a sleeveless denim shirt and slouchy short. Add some color with a striped scarf, bangles, strappy sandals and even a bracelet watch. Don’t forget the shades for that blazing sun and a backpack to hold all your essentials!

Portland Packing Guide for Girls

Shop This Look


AE Striped Ombre V-Neck Tee

AE Chambray Western Shirt

AE Grey Denim Cutoff Short

AEO Leather Flip-Flop


AE Denim Safari Shirt (similar)

AE Sateen Midi Short (similar)

Bass Clementine Sandal

AEO Striped Scarf

AEO Embroidered Backpack

AEO Bracelet Watch

AEO Printed Icon Sunglasses



Portland, also known as “America’s Capital of Cool“,  is a city known for its greenery (it’s often awarded as the “Greenest City in America”) and eclectic mix of culture. Whether you’re there to see a comedy sketch in northeast Portland or have the urge to explore the Japanese Gardens, there is always something to keep your mind, body, and soul engaged. Below are a few places to check out while you’re wander-lusting in the city of roses.

Columbia River Gorge: North America’s second largest river, The Columbia River Gorge is the outdoorsy type’s paradise. Whether you like camping, hiking, rafting or photography, you’re bound to find excitement within this national scenic area.  No matter what you put on your to-do list, make sure you check out the various waterfalls littered throughout the gorgeous park.

Portland Saturday Market: Loaded with pieces from artists around Portland, you can find all sorts of treasures tucked away within the booths of the Saturday Market.

Oregon Zoo: This 125 year old zoo has some of the world’s most exotic and exquisite animals that have walked the earth. Check out animals like the amur leopard, kinkajou, dwarf mongoose and monkeys for a way too cute experience.

International Rose Test Garden: Portland is also known as the City of Roses. Many rose gardens are planted throughout the city, but our favorite is the International Rose Test Garden. The sole purpose of this garden is to test out new rose varieties. Not only is it a great spot to check out new species, it smells wonderful too.


Now that you’ve explored what Portland has to offer, its time to chow down! Take a look at our top haunts to fill your belly.

Tasty N’ Sons: Brunch. It’s the hybrid between our two favorite meals and makes it completely acceptable to have waffles and a BLT at the same table, at the same time. Tasty N’ Sons knows how to cook a meal… and they do it well. Whether your into a griddled bacon wrapped date with maple syrup &  almond or a cobb salad, Tasty N’ Sons has got the fixins’ for it. We recommend Erin’s Sweet Biscuits with Oregon strawberries & whipped cream.

Beast: Although it’s a bit pricey, Beast offers a six-course Prix-fixe dinner five nights a week with more meat than you know what to do with. We say go wild, channel your inner carnivore and indulge.

The Bent Brick: Known for their eclectic variations of ingredients and locally sourced produce, The Bent Brick serves up a tasty treat. We recommend trying their salmon smoked chips and the hamburger dog.

Saint Cupcakes: Their baked goods are insanely good they should be considered a sin! Full of flavor and fun, each sugary treat is baked to perfection. We recommend trying the Red Velvet Cupcake or the Who Needs a Brownie? cookie.

Voodoo Doughnuts: Dangerously delicious and known for their crazy creations and clever names, Voodoo donuts puts a spin on traditional tasty treats. Not sure you want cereal or a doughnut for breakfast? No need to decide… try the Captain My Captain doughnut to satisfy both cravings or bite into a Voodoo Doll Doughnut to kill your chocolate craving.  We’ve come to the conclusion that the Voodoo Doughnuts are too deliciously “sweet” to be considered evil.


Need more ideas for your Pacific Northwest getaway? Check out our Portland Pinterest board.

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#AEDailyPic Summer Challenge Winners

#AEDailyPic Summer Challenge Winners

Last week, we challenged our Instagram followers to post a new photo each day that illustrated one of our Summer themes by tagging their photos with #aedailypic. Over the course of five days, we chose two photos a day to win an American Eagle Outfitters gift card and to be featured on our blog. Check out the winners below and stay tuned for our next #aedailypic challenge!

Day 1: Tropical Prints

Tropical Prints Winner: @abbymariine

Tropical Prints Winner: @fre3yourself

Day 2:  Photo Real

Photo Real Winner: @ilovelukeyy

Photo Real Winner: @chantelbrooke

Day 3: Shorts

Shorts Winner: @tanleggedjuliet_11

Shorts Winner: @purpleribbonsx

Day 4: Travel Style

Travel Style Winner: @andreapalesh

Travel Style Winner: @anniemarsenen

Day 5: Favorite Tee

Favorite Tee Winner: @joannepaucar

Favorite Tee Winner: @arctickate


Bloggers Do It Better: AE Festival Shorties

Bloggers Do It Better: AE Festival Shorties
We challenged four fashion bloggers – Cathy from Poor Little It Girl, Christina from Oh So Glam, Katie from Katie’s Bliss, and Kristin from Living in Color Print  – to style the AE Festival Shorties in their own way. Check out how they styled their AE Festival Shorties and let us know which look is your favorite in the comments.

“When styling denim shorts I love to keep things simple and casual. I opted for a 3/4 length slub shirt, cross-body, and neutral gladiator sandals for this summer-ready look.” -Kristin from Living in Color Print


“Summer is all about being outdoors and enjoying the sunshine! I took my festival shorts out for a day of shopping by pairing them with a classic blazer and wedges. To top off the look, I added on my favorite baseball cap to make this one of my favorite looks for summer!” -Cathy from Poor Little It Girl


“For a fun festival-inspired look, jean shorts are always a go-to for me! I love pairing jean shorts with my favorite fringe booties, cross-body bag, and colored bangles, and this flowy top is perfect for the summer heat!”-Christina from Oh So Glam


“For a summer-ready look, I styled my denim shorts with a striped yellow tee, flat sandals and a fun printed scarf. Since I spent the day exploring the West Village in NYC, I used a favorite cross-body bag and wore a panama hat to keep the sun off my face.” -Katie from Katie’s Bliss

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Styled by Preston: AE Striped Tank

Styled by Preston: AE Striped Tank

How to Wear a Striped Tank: American Eagle Outfitters Summer 2013

Our Director of Styling, Preston, shows you how to wear the AE Striped Tank trend this Summer.  We’re loving this horizontal striped tank top because the neons turn the dial up on your summer look. Pair it with a wine-colored short and boots, or you can also wear it with flip-flops. It’s just a great summer look.

Shop this look:

AE Striped Tank

AE Prep Fit Shorts

AEO Leather Flip-Flop

AEO Classic Chukka

Plus, show us how you wear AE on Twitter & Instagram with #AEStyle for a chance to be featured on our blog!

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DIY: AE Photo Real Tote

DIY: AE Photo Real Tote

Do you have a favorite Summer tee or tank that is wearing out but you love too much to throw out? Our stylist Erin had the same problem and she turned one of our photo real tanks into a tote that’s perfect for the beach, the farmer’s market, or heading to yoga class.

What You’ll Need

AE Photo Real Tank

AE Fringe Scarf

Sewing machine (not pictured)


Straight pins


Step one: Gather your materials.

Step two: Cut the fringe off your scarf and cut a square (you can choose the size) to make a pocket on your tote.

Step three: Use straight pins to pin the pocket on the back of your tank. Fold the seams in 1/2 inch to make a clean edge.

Step four: Pin the bottom of the tank closed with straight pins while attaching the fringe from the scarf.

Step five: Sew the bottom of the tank closed.

Step six: Slide one layer of your tank under the sewing machine to sew your pocket on. If you slide the entire tank under the sewing machine, you will sew your tote shut!

Step seven: Show off your new photo real tote!

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