Lollapalooza Festival Guide

Lollapalooza Festival Guide

Festival season is in full force. With two months of great artists, events and tunes behind us, who’s to say we have to stop now? We’re packing our bags to spend a weekend filled with music and good vibes at Lollapalooza in the Windy City. Originally created in 1991 by Jane’s Addiction, Lollapalooza has come a long way and has featured some of the biggest names in the music industry. Take a look at some of our favorite artists to hit the stage this time around.

Friday:

Hot Chip: Originally from London, this electronic band spits out catchy tunes that will leave you wanting more. We recommend “Ready for the Floor” and “I Feel Better.”

Band of Horses:  Formed in 2004, this rock band from Seattle is insanely talented. Check out “The Funeral” and “Slow Cruel Hands of Time.

Lana Del Rey: Formally known as Elizabeth Woolridge Grant, Lana Del Rey is lyrically and vocally blessed. Check out hit songs like “Radio” and “Video Games.”

The Killers: This talented quartet has been rocking out to fans all over the planet. We recommend any song from the albums Sawdust and Battle Born.

Saturday:

Mumford and Sons: This British quartet has been creating a folk rock sound since 2007. We recommend checking out “Roll Away Your Stone” or their newest hit, “I Will Wait.”

Major Lazer: If you need a pick me up, head over to Major Lazer for an insanely fun time. Originally created by American DJ/Producer Diplo and British DJ/Producer, Switch, Major Lazer keeps the crowd jumping… literally. Check out videos from their performance at Coachella.

The Postal Service: The Postal Service has been pumping out romantically quirky songs since 2001. We recommend “Such Great Heights” and “Brand New Colony.”

Matt & Kim: This indie pop pair from Brooklyn is quite the duo. Their sound is so bright and funky that no matter how hard you try to resist dancing… your body will rebel and you will find yourself wiggling up a storm. Listen to “Daylight.” Another thing to note is that they make some killer playlists. Check out the one they created for us here.

Ellie Goulding: Not only is Ellie Goulding vocally talented, she’s multi-talented when it comes to playing instruments. The 26-year-old Brit has a unique voice that has landed her some awesome collaboration projects. Check out Skrillex’s “Summit” featuring Ellie, and “Starry Eyed.”

The Lumineers: Formed in Denver, this folk rock band writes insanely good lyrics and pairs them with their gifted musical skills. Dance the night away to “Flowers In Your Hair” and “Ho Hey.”

Sunday:

Phoenix: This alternative rock band has been around for more than a decade and they continue to put out catchy and high energy sound. Check out their newest album Bankrupt! Or, go for some of their older songs like “Run Run Run” and “Summer Days.”

Alt-J: One of the more—if not most!—buzzed about new bands. The unique blend of post-rock, folk and electronic elements doesn’t sound quite like anything else… and maybe that’s why it’s so addictive. Check out “Dissolve Me” and “Matilda.”

Two Door Cinema Club: This Irish powerhouse will have you dancing all night long to their new wave rock sound. Listen to “Something Good Can Work” and “Sleep Alone.”

Vampire Weekend: Formed in New York City, Vampire Weekend has a unique sound that is known to fans all over the world. We love “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa” and their hit album, Contra.

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AE Friends & Family: NYDO Design Assistants

AE Friends & Family: NYDO Design Assistants

Meet Amanda, Colleen, Nina & Rachel – four of AEO‘s Assistant Designers. We brought these four in from our New York Design Office for a special photo shoot on the streets around our home office in Pittsburgh. After the shoot, we sat down to chat about their lives in New York and what makes these designers tick. Read on to learn more about how they discovered their passion for design and their fave hang out spots in NYC.

 

How did you get your start with AEO? 

Amanda: I started as our AEO Receptionist and also worked with the HR Department.  After working here for a couple months, I knew that I wanted to move into design and after a lot of hard work I finally got a position in the accessories department!

Colleen: I was recruited just before I graduated last year from the University of Cincinnati. I got called back for an interview in NYC and got the job as Assistant Designer for Women’s Sweaters a week later!

Nina: I started last August (2013) as a part of the AEO Designer Trainee Program.

Rachel: I met with some of the AE recruiters a few months after I graduated from school. I flew to NY to interview with my team, and left knowing that I wanted to work with them. I received a phone call a few days later offering me a position with women’s denim, and I moved two weeks later. It all happened very fast!

Meet Rachel, Assistant Designer - Denim

Meet Rachel, Assistant Designer – Denim

Who or what has been the most important influence in your life? 

Amanda: Everyone around me has had an influence on my life in some way, but specifically relating to fashion, I would say one of my close family friends.  She was always in the industry and had incredible drive that helped her to succeed and to bring her where she is today.

Nina: My family has been the most important influence on my life – they instilled values of honest, hard work early on in my life.  They’ve always encouraged me to explore my creativity. I’m really lucky to have them.

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What songs are playing on your iPod? 

Colleen: I have been listening to Why? a lot. I have a lot of hometown pride and there are tons of great bands coming out of Cincinnati lately. Why? As well as Tweens, Vacation, Wussy, and Walk The Moon are all great Ohio folks. I’ve also been super into Columbian heartthrob, Juanes, lately (sorry I’m not sorry). The song La Camisa Negra gets me PUMPED UP.

Rachel: Lana Del Rey, Santigold, Matt and Kim, Of Monsters and Men, and Florence + The Machine.

Meet Colleen, Assistant Designer - Women's Sweaters

Meet Colleen, Assistant Designer – Women’s Sweaters

 

How did you discover your passion? 

Nina: I have always sketched clothes – I started my first sketch book when I was 12.  I’ve never stopped loving design.

Rachel: Art is part of who I am, it has always been a part of my life in some form. Fashion was just another outlet but most certainly my favorite. Something just clicks when I’m designing, it’s what I’m supposed to be doing.

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What is next on your ‘To Do in Life’ list?

Amanda: TRAVEL!!! I love learning about new cultures and finding new and inspiring art around the world.  I would love to go to Morro de Sao Paulo in Brazil next!

Colleen: 1. Go to beach. 2. Eat brunch.

 

Meet Nina, Assistant Designer - Women's Wovens

Meet Nina, Assistant Designer – Women’s Wovens

How would you describe your style?

Amanda: My style depends on my mood.  Most of the time it’s pretty easy, like skinny jeans with a baggy tee or a button down, but sometimes I like to surprise people and wear super structured dresses and blazers.

Colleen: When I get dressed, I tend to channel a pop culture figure that embodies how I feel at that specific moment. In general I want to look like a girl that’s got it together, but is also a little wild. Lately I’ve been inspired by the heroines of Twin Peaks, especially Shelly. When she’s not serving diner coffee in her baby-blue uniform, she’s all big hair, dark lipstick and miniskirt. Hanging out with boys in flannel. The combination of 90’s grunge and 50’s retro seems so perfect right now.

 

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Favorite AE clothing piece? 

Nina: I love my moto jeans I scored on the shoot.  They are super flattering and I get tons of compliments on them (Yes, I’ve worn them already! I couldn’t wait.).

Rachel: A dark pair of jeggings.

Meet Amanda, Assistant Designer - Women's Accessories

Meet Amanda, Assistant Designer – Women’s Accessories

How does your work influence your style? 

Colleen: Since working at AE, my clothing choices have become much more colorful. I used to wear all black all the time because it’s easy and always looks cool, but working here I’ve been able to see how we create exciting palettes and have been better at incorporating color into my outfits.

Nina: I’m constantly in motion at work, so I like to have a cool casual look when I’m in the office.

 

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What is your dream job? 

Amanda: My current job is my dream job! I absolutely love the category that I’m in and feel so lucky to be given the opportunity.

Rachel: Collaborating with my fiancé on our own line.

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What is your favorite spot in NYC? 

Amanda: I love the West Village and Nolita. Both still have that old NY charm and feel so whimsical.

Rachel: I love the Brooklyn Flea in Williamsburg. It’s right on the water and there are always fun treasures to uncover. I also really enjoy The High Line. It’s a great spot to relax and it’s beautifully designed.

 

 

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AE Friends & Family: Meet the Human Resources, Store Operations, Legal and Supply Chain Interns

AE Friends & Family: Meet the Human Resources, Store Operations, Legal and Supply Chain Interns

American Eagle Outfitters welcomed 60 interns for Summer 2013. Meet eight interns currently working in Human Resources, Store Operations, Legal and Supply Chain! Read on to learn more about the interns and what it’s like to work at American Eagle.

 

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Interns (l-r): Christina D., Sarah L., Lauren M.
Not Pictured: Buddy D. Bethany S., Laura M., Eliza P., Andrew B.

 

Why did you apply for an internship at American Eagle?

“I applied because I knew it would be something that would not only help me develop my career path but also it would be a fun environment and a way to really learn about the company and what I want to do for my future.” –Bethany S.

“I worked in an AE store for two and a half years and always loved the company’s aesthetic and what they really valued. You could really tell how much they valued all of their employees. That was what drove me to look into the program.” -Christina D.

“I felt like this company was really going to be able to test my knowledge of supply chain by giving me a project where I had a ton of leeway to do what I wanted with it.  With my internship last summer, I felt like I had not been challenged enough.  This also gave me a great chance to meet all the different types of people that work in a warehouse and understand how to build relationships with them.” -Andrew B.

 

What did you hope to get out of this internship?

“I hoped to get really great experience and to find out a little more about the company and what I might be interested in doing in the future and also find out more about myself. I hoped to develop not only my skills but my character and values along with what the company believes.” –Sarah L.

“I hoped to get more clarity on what I want to do and where I fit in in the corporate world as well as finding myself and developing key traits that carry you into your professional career, along with meeting some great people who could influence and mentor me along the way.” -Bethany S.

“I wanted to see where I would fit in the corporate world. I dragged my feet forever on picking a major, then I kind of got stuck in communications. I think everyone has that stereotype that communications majors don’t really do anything, and having an internship in store ops has really helped me see all the things that you can do with a communications major. It’s definitely broader than I thought.” –Lauren M.

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Interns Gauri J., Rocky C., Jenny M., Sarah L, Grace B., Christina D., and Natia J. volunteering at a local children’s triathlon.

 

What’s something about working at American Eagle that you didn’t expect?

“In internships I’ve had in the past, your voice wasn’t really valued as much as I think it is here at AE. They tell us all the time to share our opinions and that we are the age of the target market so they want to know exactly what we think. It’s been really great to have your voice heard to a high degree. I was surprised in a really good way.” –Sarah L.

“One thing I wasn’t expecting was the amount of real life work you’re given. With an internship you kind of think you’re doing smaller tasks that don’t really have a big impact on the company. I was shocked at the amount of tasks I’ve been given that actually do have an impact and they’re actually contributing to corporate strategy.” -Bethany S.

“I agree that they value the interns here, even with having the roundtables with executives. We even have one at the end with Robert Hanson, the CEO. I think that kind of shows the value they place in the interns and us really being the future of the company.” –Christina D.

 

AE’s headquarters are in Pittsburgh, PA—what’s the coolest thing you’ve done in the city so far?

“The coolest thing I’ve done was definitely riding the incline.  It’s basically this tram ride up the side of a mountain and you get to see all of Pittsburgh. When I came to Pittsburgh, everyone called it a city, but it’s not compact. It’s so hilly and you have to drive everywhere and there are bridges out the wazoo. It’s very scenic and very picturesque and I was sort of able to see that while I was on the incline.” -Christina D.

“I am a huge Pittsburgh Pirates fan so going to the games have been awesome.” -Andrew B.

“I would say that even though I’m from Pittsburgh, it’s been cool exploring and experiencing the city with people that are not. We’ve been able to do a lot of things to show the beauty of the city and the sports town but also the scenic, arts, and  foodie things. Just showing the diversity of Pittsburgh to people from out of town has been fun.” -Sarah L.

 

How do you “Live Your Life”?

“I live my life by learning to be more adventurous. I started off being one of those people who always had to go with someone to a location or event, but between studying abroad and being here, I’ve learned to be able to do things on my own and have fun while doing it.” -Christina

“I live my life for horseback riding. I’ve been doing it for 14 years and that’s my time away from everything. I go out to the barn for two hours. It’s really great. It’s something I’m very passionate about.” -Lauren

“I guess I live my life for me, focusing on what I want out of life and my dreams and goals and not letting anybody’s opinion stand in the way of that. I want to get the most out of life because you only live it once.” -Bethany

 

What’s your favorite AE or Aerie item?

“My favorite is by far the Aerie bralette It’s so comfortable that I bought every color after I got my first one because I loved it so much. I literally wear it all the time and never wear an actual bra. They look really cute under tanks and tees.” -Christina D.

“I’m going to be very cliché and say our jeans. It’s the one thing I always buy of our clothing. Our jeans are great. They fit everyone well, they are so comfortable, they come in great washes, they’re a great price point. They’re also the backbone of our brand.” -Lauren M.

“My favorite AE product is the skinny denim in extra-long, of course, because I’m so tall. Even though I have to order it, they still carry it online which is great. We really have jeans that fit all different types of shapes and sizes.” -Sarah L.

 

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All of the interns at a Pittsburgh Pirates baseball game.

 

What’s one aspect of your specific department that surprised you?

“Whenever I first got the job, I had no idea what I would be doing on a day-to-day basis and it’s been really interesting since I work on the store experience team. Everything I do is based on communication toward the associates and being an associate myself,  it’s cool to be on the opposite side and see how things get developed and planned and created and sent to stores.” -Lauren M.

“I am interning in recruiting for human resources and one thing that surprised me is interaction you have with people in the entire company. You’re kind of working with somebody from every department when you’re bringing a new candidate in. I didn’t expect to have such exposure to other areas in the company.” -Sarah L.

“I’m in the field HR department. When I first joined I thought everyone I would be working with would be based in Pittsburgh and that wasn’t true. I work with people in our New York office and in San Francisco as well. Conference calls are always interesting because you can tell where people are from based on the kinds of things they say. I got to meet everybody, including our Canada team.” –Bethany S.

“I was surprised by the amount of time that I am actually in the warehouse as opposed to just being in an office on a computer.” -Andrew B.

 

What’s been your favorite part of the internship?

“I would say my favorite part so far is definitely when we had a conference the first three weeks of our job. Christina and I did a lot of things for the regional director and district manager conference that was held at the Omni William Penn. That was really cool, doing all the decorations and the setup. It was like every girl’s Pinterest dream.”-Lauren

“I really like the building, the people, the food — and the fact that we can dress down.” -Buddy D.

“I would say that my favorite part so far is being in an associate training video. I remember watching them as an associate and thinking it would be so cool to be on one. If you’re outside of the store, you have no idea what we’re talking about when we say AEO TV. All the associates watch them before each shift so they can get a better idea of the new floor set coming up or better selling practices. I got my makeup done, my hair done and I had to come in early. The whole production crew was there and I had to read off of a teleprompter. Even though only our store associates will see it, I’ll still sign autographs if you want.” –Christina D.

 

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Christina D. getting ready for her Aerie TV debut.

Did you receive any good advice during the internship?

“One of the best advice that I’ve gotten so far was actually at from district manager conference and it was, “Give me someone who has passion and I can teach them anything”. That really stuck with me because I’m the type of person who wants to know how do to everything. It opened my eyes to see that you can learn anything, almost, as long as you have that passion. You don’t have to worry about having everything memorized and step by step instructions. As long as you have a passion for what you’re doing there’s no boundaries.” -Bethany S.

“Try to learn at least one thing about each of your coworkers whether that be their hobby, likes, dislikes, anything.  That way, you always have something that you can talk about with them and help build relationships.  Some of the least likely people can teach you the most.” -Andrew B.

“I’ve finally learned that people want to be advised. My mentor taught me that I should be simple, direct, and confident because people need direction and it makes things go smoothly.” -Buddy D.

“I had a self-evaluation with my mentor and we were talking about my strengths and weaknesses. My mentor is higher up in store ops so he as a lot of meetings with merchandising and visual, so he isn’t as his desk a lot of the time. I’ve had to be self-sufficient and find tasks to do and figure out programs on my own. He told me that that was definitely a strength and that was good, but I should also be careful because I could miss out on learning opportunities if I’m looking to myself too much.” –Christina D.

 

Lauren M. and Christina D. having fun at the district manager conference.

Lauren M. and Christina D. having fun at the district manager conference.

 

Any advice for future intern candidates?

“Do it. No, besides doing it, nudge your way in. I’ve had to push myself into different opportunities because my mentor is higher up. There are times when I’m just sitting at my desk, so I’ve asked him if I can sit in on Monday meetings that they have weekly. There was a new associate training in store ops so I piggybacked onto her and was able to train with a manager in store, which was very helpful.” – Christina D.

“Be an open book. Don’t have a list of things to do while you’re here. Just go into and be open to any experience and meeting any person whether you think it’s relevant to you or not because you learn something with each person that speak whether they directly or indirectly work with you. You can gain so much more.” -Bethany S.

 

To learn more about American Eagle Outfitters’ internship program, please visit liveyourlifeloveyourjob.com.

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Project Live Your Life: Kelly R., Writer

Project Live Your Life: Kelly R., Writer

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.

Kelly R. is a Writer for The Oklahoma Daily and shared two articles on her profile that she wrote after the tornadoes devastated her hometown of Moore, OK. She also describes herself as a stylist, adventurer and volunteer.

Check out some of the highlights from her profile below.

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Kelly enjoying the lake.

 

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Kelly went to the prom with past Project Live Your Life winner Jason.

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

Styled by Preston: Chino Trend

Styled by Preston: Chino Trend

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

Our Director of Styling, Preston, shows you how to wear the Chino Trend for Back to School. Give your look an elevated touch this season with a collegiate striped oxford and a cool slim chino.

Shop this Look:

AE Bold Stripe Button-Down

AE Slim Straight Khaki

AEO Canvas Backpack

AEO Leather Belt

AEO Canvas Sneaker

 

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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Denim Done Right: AE Relaxed Straight

Denim Done Right: AE Relaxed Straight
We talked to Men’s Denim Designer Joanna S. to give you the “skinny” on all of AEO’s legendary jean fits that have been updated and redesigned for the Back to School season. Read on to find your perfect fit.
Introducing the AE Relaxed Straight Jean, our most comfortable jean, now new & improved. Always room to be you.
Our signature relaxed jean is tried, true and better than ever. Subtly taken in for a longer, leaner look, this fit looks extra fresh in dark washes paired with chambray shirts.
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Introducing the AE Relaxed Straight Jean

 

Rise (waist): Sits on waist

Front Rise: 11 3/8″

Back Rise: 15 1/4″

Fit: Relaxed through thigh. Straight leg.

Leg Opening: 17″

Washes: 5 Washes Available + 4 choices in pants!

Main Benefit: New and Improved from our “relaxed” fit. Taken in for a longer, leaner look.

Price Range: $39.95 – $54.95

Check out all the washes of the AE Relaxed Straight!

Check out all the washes of the AE Relaxed Straight!

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