AE Friends & Family: Christina Caradona, Trop Rouge

AE Friends & Family: Christina Caradona, Trop Rouge

To celebrate the launch of American Eagle Outfitters’ Rock Your Walk, celebrities, bloggers, and fashion editors all convened at our Times Square store on July 30th to watch the debut video. In attendance was blogger/model, Christina Caradona writer of one of our favorite blogs, Trop Rouge. She was sweet enough to sit down for an exclusive interview for our blog!

 

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Christina Caradona from Trop Rouge at our Rock Your Walk event in Times Square. Photo credit: Michael Simon, StarTraks Photo 

 

What are your favorite American Eagle pieces from the new Back to School collection?

I love the Faux Washed Leather Sleeved Denim Jacket and the Striped Fit & Flare Dress. I’m a true sucker for stripes—I think it must be the French in me! The Skinny Crop Jean in black will always be one of my staples. Pair them with red flats and a plain white tee, and you’re good to go!

 

Jacely models two of Trop Rouge's favorites from our BTS line: the AE Quilted Leather Jacket and the AE Fit and Flare Dress.

Jacely models two of Trop Rouge’s favorites from our BTS line: the AE Quilted Leather Jacket and the AE Fit & Flare Dress.

I also love the Faded Denim Jacket and the Quilted Cardigan, and the Studded Chambray Shirt Dress and Quilted Backpack are perfect for back to school. I always use a backpack!

 

We shot our Back to School campaign in New York City, where you are based. Would you say the city influences your personal style? If so, how?

New York City definitely has a major influence on my style, from the music to the food to the museums to the street art. I tend to dress how I feel that day: New York is a city where you can actually tell someone’s mood just by their clothes, which I find to be a really unique quality. For example, when I’m feeling happy and flirty I tend to dress girly, and when I’m having a bad day or it’s raining outside, I find I wear darker colors. When I’m getting ready to go out, whatever music is playing in my room will also influence my dressing!

 

What is your favorite fit of American Eagle jeans?

My favorite fit of American Eagle jeans is the Skinny Crop Jean and the high-waisted shorts. They’re both classic staples that will never go out of style—plus they make your legs look smokin’!

 

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Christina Caradona from Trop Rouge rocking her fave High-Waisted Shorties at our Rock Your Walk event in Times Square. Photo credit: Michael Simon, StarTraks Photo

 

How did you start your fashion blog, Trop Rouge? What tips do you have for aspiring fashion bloggers?

I started Trop Rouge as a fun hobby. My brother came up with the title, teasing “just name it Trop Rouge—no one’s going to read it anyways!” I had no clue what a blog even was at that point, but I thought it would be a great way for me to show my friends back in France what I was up to in New York.

One of the best tips I’ve ever been given was to do what you love for you. When you start a blog, make sure you’re doing it because you believe in what you’re expressing and sharing with others. Don’t try to be different just to be different; others know when it’s insincere, and once you brand yourself, it’s hard to turn back. Make a blog that you yourself would be interested in reading.

 

Was there a breakthrough moment for your blog that helped you gain a larger readership very quickly? Was it a partnership with a brand, a mention on another blog, or something else similar?

I’d like to think that my blog gradually climbed the ladder on its own, but doing the Kmart “Money Can’t Buy Style” campaign definitely helped me gain recognition in the blogging world. I was a model and an aspiring actress before I started blogging, and now I juggle all three: I’m currently playing the part of Lucy Condon on the Nickelodeon show Alien Dawn. Trop Rouge definitely helped advance my modeling career, but I can proudly say I got the part of Lucy all on my own.

 

What trends would you love to see happen in fashion for Fall or Winter?

I’d love to see the overalls trend continue, and I hope flannels come back around for Fall style!

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Project Live Your Life: Bailey S., Photographer

Project Live Your Life: Bailey S., Photographer

Project Live Your Life is back and we’re looking for inspirational people with unique style to be a part of our brand. Each week we’ll share entries that are standing out to us to help you with building your profile.

Bailey S., is a Photographer from Port St. Lucie, Florida. He challenges himself to be a better person everyday and finds inspiration and creativity from the people around him.

Check out some of the highlights from his profile below.

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Bailey lives in sunny Florida 

Project LYL Bailey S.

Bailey is passionate about Photography 

Enter Project Live Your Life now or vote for your favorites to be a part of an AEO campaign.

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Aerie Friends & Family: Jocelyn L., Bright Pink Ambassador

Aerie Friends & Family: Jocelyn L., Bright Pink Ambassador

For the past few years, Aerie has been partnering with Bright Pink, a national non-profit organization focused on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women. Meet Jocelyn L., a Bright Pink Ambassador from Chicago, IL. Read on to learn more about how Jocelyn got involved with the organization and why it is important for young women to be proactive with their health.

Meet Jocelyn, a member of Team Bright Pink

Meet Jocelyn, a member of Team Bright Pink

Tell us a little bit about yourself. 

My name is Jocelyn and I live in Chicago, Illinois. I am twenty nine years old and I work at a downtown Chicago firm as a fire protection engineer. In my free time I love knitting, running, and cooking with my husband Tim! We also love craft beer, and exploring all our great city has to offer.

How did you hear about/ get involved with Bright Pink?

My sister was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008 at the age of 27. At her gentle prodding, I finally began regularly seeing an OB/GYN who recommended I look into Bright Pink based on my family history. I put it on the back burner for awhile and then began to use it as a resource after my sister passed away, looking for information about my high risk. Because my sister was positive for the BRCA2 genetic mutation, I eventually met with a genetics counselor and was tested myself. After testing positive, I underwent the regimen of increased screening, and ultimately had a prophylactic double mastectomy in 2012. I remember distinctly after finding out I was BRCA2 positive, looking for people like me–people who didn’t have cancer, but those who were still at high risk. It’s a group that is very much a middle ground, people who are aware of their risk and what it means, but with the time and knowledge to do something about it. I was hungry for information during that time, and Bright Pink was a great resource for me.

Who has been the most important influence in your life?

My sister has been the most influential person of my life. I always looked up to my big sister growing up and as an adult valued her advice and opinions above all. Seeing her struggle with breast cancer, and ultimately succumbing to the disease in 2011 was the push I needed to become more involved in Bright Pink and to truly take care of myself. I would be foolish to see how serious the disease is and see her life cut short and not learn lessons from her experience. She’s still with me every day helping me navigate through life. I miss being able to talk to her, but I know she would be proud of my decisions.

Why is it important for girls/women to become educated in breast/ovarian health?

I think it’s important because it’s our bodies, and no one knows them like us. If we don’t take control then we passively wait to see what happens. Growing up when women in my family were diagnosed with breast cancer, I always imagined that it was something I would deal with in old age. But my sister’s diagnosis at a young age and its aggressiveness really shocked me. Not everyone’s case is so extreme, but it’s possible, and women can’t just put their breast/ovarian health in a box and wait to unpack in it their 40s, when they’re done having children, or when they have time. Cancer doesn’t wait until it’s convenient for you. It may never come, but accepting the possibility that it may come is what goes along with being a high-risk woman. There’s a lot of information out there, and it’s up to everyone to read between the lines and find out what’s best for them and their bodies.

What inspires you in everyday life?

The memory of my sister, and knowing that undergoing the mastectomy has made me proactive instead of waiting to be a victim. If I had to see my sister undergo what she did, and then do nothing to prevent it from happening to me, it would be wasteful. I feel like the gift of knowledge that my sister gave me through this experience is the greatest gift I could ever receive. Seeing strong women empowered in the face of adversity is inspiring to me.

What do you love about Bright Pink?

I love that Bright Pink networks you with real people, not just people in glossy pamphlets. I have participated in the Pink Pal program and spoken with a woman who was in my exact situation and could lend her experiences. I love that the outreach programs are fun and conducive to real discussions about the unique problems high risk women face. The women I meet there are a wealth of information, and they make me feel normal navigating my path. We can discuss anything. I love that there are also educational programs with experts who I feel I can ask anything. Bright Pink’s focus on knowledge and empowerment is the message I needed and I hope can continue to share.

How can girls/women get involved with Bright Pink?

All sorts of ways! Women can attend an outreach program, use the website as an informational resource, participate in the Pink Pal program, volunteer at events, or participate in fundraising activities. Last year I ran the Chicago Marathon (my first!) for Team Bright Pink, raising money for the organization and training with the team. This year I plan to run the Chicago Half Marathon with Team Bright Pink as well.

 

Bright Pink’s message is about the importance of taking a proactive approach to your health and they offer an interactive online quiz that combines your family health history and lifestyle factors to create a personalized risk assessment for you to save, print, and bring to your doctor to craft a proactive breast and ovarian health strategy unique to you!  Check out Bright Pink’s Assess Your Risk tool and check back for more updates on our partnership.

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Introducing… #RockYourWalk

Introducing… #RockYourWalk

Check out menswear blogger Bryan Boy “Mincing Around” as part of an exclusive AE.com experience called Rock Your Walk. Get your AEO Jeans and camera ready and practice your best strut to be a part of the longest denim fashion runway from NYC to LA.

Learn how to make your video and submit it now to be part of denim history at http://www.ae.com/rockyourwalk.

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Styled by Lauren: AE Crew Sweatshirt

Styled by Lauren: AE Crew Sweatshirt

American Eagle Outfitters stylist Lauren shows you how to wear the AE Crew Sweatshirt for Back to School. We’re all about the crew sweatshirt this season. The Dorito details and indigo wash pair perfectly with chinos and boots—now you’re rocking the best rugged look out there!

Shop this Look:

AE Crew Sweatshirt

AE Slim Straight Khaki

AEO Canvas Backpack

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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Styled by Preston: Vintage

Styled by Preston: Vintage

How to Wear the Vintage Trend: American Eagle Outfitters’ Back to School 2013

Our Director of Styling, Preston, shows you how to wear the Vintage trend for Back to School. A lace-inspired top creates an amazing bohemian feeling this season. Embrace the vintage vibe and give it a little edge with destroyed jeggings and a studded moto boot. Add a beaded headband and sunnies and you’re ready to rock out at a concert!

Shop the Look:

AE Embroidered Mesh Peplum T-Shirt

Skinny Crop Jean (similar)

AEO Studded Lace-Up Boot

AEO Aviator Sunglasses

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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