Music Monday: Get To Know Michelle Chamuel

You may have heard Michelle Chamuel’s powerful and upbeat voice on in store Aerie playlists. Or, you may have been introduced to the spunky and pretty hilarious gal two years ago on The Voice. No matter where you discovered the talented artists, you know you’re lucky you did. We sat down with Michelle to talk about music, #AEOSTYLE and what she values in life (hint: being happy, healthy and honest are qualities she values most). Take a look at our exclusive AEO interview below and get to know a bit more about Ms. Chamuel.

 

AEO: Please introduce yourself, where you’re originally from and how you got your start in music.
Michelle: Hi! I’m Michelle Chamuel. I’m from Massachusetts and I got my start in music by being fascinated with sound, starting from a reeeeaaaalllly early age.

AEO: 2 seasons ago, you were a finalist on The Voice. Tell us about your experience!
Michelle: It’s was a trip! The truth is, what goes on in Reality TV stays in Reality TV…That said, I learned a lot, worked hard, had a great time, made new friends, got my butt kicked by all the new things I was learning, got a stronger butt as a result, and now am on that cycle all over again. I think that’s what life is about, eh?

AEO: Was there a specific artist, band or album that’s influenced your path in music?
Michelle: There are many! Imogen Heap, Ella Fitzgerald, Max Martin, Christina Aguilera, Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, Burial, and Usher – to name a few.

AEO: Where is your favorite place to perform?
Michelle: In a well loved and considered, sound-treated space designed for listening.

AEO: Funniest or most embarrassing moment on the road?
Michelle: This one time, my band didn’t have much money at all and we were sleeping 8 of us in one motel room in Texas. In order to save time and be discreet, two of us climbed out the window in order to get back to our bus. The motel owner saw two of leave through the window and began shrieking that she would call the sheriff. We made a speedy getaway onto the highway before the angry motel owner could make good on her word but didn’t realize that our back trailer door was open, exposing hundreds of dollars of our valuable gear to being smashed. We thankfully caught this pretty early on, and it was a miracle that the drum hardware bag acted like a door, keeping the gear in. We immediately pulled over, closed the door, and continued our epic journey home. And that was just the beginning of that crazy trip…

AEO: Biggest pet peeve?
Michelle: When one is not accountable for being mindless and the resulting harmful actions, as well as a lack of desire to improve on this. To sum it up: negatively based apathy.

 

AEO: Describe your everyday #AEOStyle
Michelle: There’s this 100% cotton hoodie I got from you guys that I rock a lot. It’s quite comfy.

AEO: What advice would you give to someone wanting to get into the music industry?
Michelle: There’s always something new to learn. Work on being an open, happy, healthy, and honest person. Be good to yourself and others, because the thoughts you think and the actions you take become who you are. No amount of followers, or money, or award, or whatever is more important that this. Try to remember what really matters, because success is a subjective thing, while the other stuff isn’t.

AEO: We heard you were at SXSW. What are some of your favorite parts of this festival?
Michelle: SXSW feels like some sort of bizarre family reunion of extended family members I never knew I had. All these artists and musicians are coming together, and for several days leading up to it, you can see this fleet of school busses, 15 pass vans, Prevosts, stuffed cars, Winnebagos, etc – all making their way from around the world to Austin, TX and it’s great!

AEO: Congrats on your debut album! Where can someone find out more about what you’re up to?
Michelle: Thanks!! Yeah! You can check out my album, Face The Fire, which came out this February on iTunes, Amazon, and additional online stores, as well as get updates from my Facebook page. I’m really excited to be making music and wear comfortable clothing!!!

What’s your favorite song of Michelle’s? Tell us in the comments below.

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#AEOSTYLE ROUNDUP: Festival Fashion

Last weekend was a major music moment in Palm Springs. Thousands of festival goers entered the Empire Polo Fields in Indio, California for a weekend full of good vibes, festival fashion and performances by Alt-J, Hozier, Milky Chance and many more. Check out some of our favorite celebs and concert dwellers spotted in #AEOSTYLE in this week’s roundup.

Actress Bella Thorne was spotted rocking out in #AEOSTYLE.
Shop Bella’s Look:
Hi-Rise Festival Shorites
Stitched Cowboy Boots
Ribbed V-Neck Cami
LIFE Line #Loveisproject Bracelet

Beauty Lea Michele is festival ready with Aerie and AEO.
Shop Lea’s Look:
Hi-Rise Festival Shorties
Crocheted Button Cami
Aerie Softest Lace Racerback Bralette

Exclusive... Peyton List Roaming the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival Wearing American Eagle & Aerie

Actors and Twins Peyton and Spencer List

Twins Spencer and Peyton List roam the Empier Polo Field in #AEOSTYLE.
Shop Spencer’s Look:
10.5″ Jogger Short
Legend v-Neck T-Shirt
Microstripe Button Down
Slide Flip-Flop
Shop Peyton’s Look:
Don’t Ask Why Cropped Tank
Destroyed Lace Hem Shortie

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Stylist Coco Yokoyama in #AEOSTYLE

Stylist Coco Yokoyama is all about the Romper this season.
Shop Coco’s Look:
Wrap Front Romper

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AEO Director of Styling Preston Konrad

AEO Director of Styling Preston Konrad took over our Instagram account to showcase all the action at Indio.
Shop Preston’s Look:
Striped T-Shirt (shop similar)
8″ Prep Short

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Sister Bloggers Dylan Suarez and Natalie Off Duty

Sisters Dylan and Natalie roam the festival grounds in #AERIEREAL and #AEOSTYLE.
Shop Dylan’s Look:
Aerie Crop Bikini Top
Shop Natalie’s Look:
Hi-Rise Festival Shorties
Light Destroyed Denim Jacket
Aerie Scoop Bikini Top

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How to Make Pom Pom Shorts with I Spy DIY

Hi everyone! It’s Jenni from I Spy DIY, back with a new set of DIY projects geared toward festival season. This week, I’m showing you how to make pom pom trimmed soft shorts in three easy steps. Pair with your favorite AEO tank and you’ll be ready to hit the music scene in #AEOSTYLE.

How to Make Pom Pom Shorts with I Spy DIY

What you need: Pom pom trim | Unique Stitch | AEO Printed Soft Short

How to Make Pom Pom Shorts with I Spy DIY

What to do: 
Step One: Glue your trim to the bottom edge of your short using fabric glue.

How to Make Pom Pom Shorts with I Spy DIY

 Step Two: Trim each leg opening and then cut off excess.

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Step Three: Let dry. Done!
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Get this Look:  Lace Crop Top | AEO Printed Soft Short | Straw Sun Hat Birkenstock Arizona Sandal | Colorblocked Icon Sunglasses (Similar) | Tie Dye Beach Towel

Show us how you style the AEO soft short with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter and Instagram for a chance to be featured on the AEO Style Gallery!

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How to Wear the AEO Denim X Hi-Rise Shortie with The Fashionista’s Diary

If you haven’t tried our AEO Denim X collection  yet, now is the perfect time. We’ve merged our high performance stretch denim with the classic Hi-Rise Shortie to create, you guessed it, the AEO Denim X Hi-Rise Shortie. So now you can enjoy this revolutionary soft stretch cotton denim all year round.

Lauren Ashley from The Fashionista’s Diary pairs her AEO Denim X Hi-Rise Shortie with a textured blouse and statement necklace for the ultimate casual glam look.

Meet Lauren:
“Hi, everyone! I’m Lauren Ashley and I blog over at The Fashionista’s Diary, which is a personal style and beauty blog based out of the sunshine state. Living in Miami, I have to get creative with my looks and really find ways to dress cute without dying of heat (seriously, it’s so hot here!). You’ll often see me sporting either neutrals or fun prints. I also love nothing more than some amazing jewels! Being a college student, comfort is key for me. While I love to get dressed up, I have to be comfortable to walk around campus and head to class!”

How to Wear the Denim X Hi-Rise Shortie

What Inspired Lauren’s Look: 
“I absolutely love my AEO Denim X Hi-Rise Shortie in the dark rinse. First of all, darker colored jeans make you appear slimmer, so what girl doesn’t love that? Also, they are so comfortable. Seriously, guys, I could wear these all day! They have an amazing stretch to them and really make you feel confident and comfortable. I decided to go with a blush textured high/low shirt and paired it with my newest statement necklace. I wanted to keep a neutral look while still adding a bit of sass and print. I love that there are so many ways to dress up or down a great pair of denim shorts and I chose to keep things classic and casual. I also want to wear my new shorts with scalloped ballet flats and a printed top. These will most likely be my staple shorts for the summer!”

How to Wear the Denim X Hi-Rise Shortie

Get Lauren’s Look: AEO Denim X Hi-Rise Shortie | Lace Paneled Button Down Shirt (Similar) | Turquoise Beaded Fringe Necklace (Similar) | Round Tortoise Shell Sunglasses (Similar) | Open Side Flat  (Similar)

How to Wear the Denim X Hi-Rise Shortie

Show us how you style the AEO Denim X collection with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter and Instagram for a chance to be featured on the AEO Style Gallery.

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How to Wear the Soft & Sexy Henley with Little J Style

Our Soft & Sexy collection just keeps getting better. Designed to drape flawlessly in silky, lightweight, undeniably soft jersey, these ultra comfy T’s & tanks are must-haves. The Soft & Sexy Baby Henley is no exception. With it’s cropped silhouette, bold stripes and scoop neck, it’s a match made in henley heaven.

Jackie from Little J Style shows us how she styles our new favorite tee with cargos and chunky heels below.

How to Wear the Soft & Sexy Henley with Little J Style

Meet Jackie:
“My name is Jackie and I am a personal style blogger at LittleJStyle.com! I live in beautiful Salt Lake City, Utah and I love spending time outdoors with my husband. I blog about my outfits, styling tips, hair and beauty, and travel.”

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What Inspired Jackie’s Look:
“This AEO soft & sexy baby henley tee goes with SO MUCH. Because it is cute and slightly cropped, I wanted to wear it with a great pair of high waisted pants. I’ve been really inspired by the Coachella vibe lately so these dark green cargo pants called out to me! An easy fedora and chunky sandals completed my easy casual look. It is the perfect easy cropped tee for summer and I can already think of a ton of different ways to wear it!”

How to Wear the Soft & Sexy Henley with Little J Style

Get Jackie’s Look: Soft & Sexy Baby Henley | Don’t Asky Why Soft Cargo Pant (Similar) | Wide Brim Fedora (Similar) | Strappy Stacked Heel Sandal (Similar)

How to Wear the Soft & Sexy Henley with Little J Style How to Wear the Soft & Sexy Henley with Little J StyleShow us how you style the Soft & Sexy collection with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter and Instagram for a chance to be featured on the AEO Style Gallery.

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AEO Music Monday: April 2015 In Store Playlist

A new month means a new playlist in AEO stores. Check out who’s made the playlist this month and be sure to follow us on Spotify to access all of our current and past playlists.

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  1. East of Eden- Carousel Remix- Zella Day
  2. Up & Beyond- Wildcat! Wildcat!
  3. We Are The Kids- Walk The Moon
  4. Riptide- FlicFlac Remix- Vance Joy
  5. Searching For Silence- Summer Heat Remix- Urban Cone
  6. Happy Idiot – TV on the Radio
  7. Brag- Tove Styrke
  8. Buffalo- Toro Y Moi
  9. Come on Strong- Thumpers
  10. Sunshine- Teddybears
  11. Take it Slow- Tapioca and the Flea
  12. Bridge to Hawaii – Tacocat
  13. The Sea- Swim Deep
  14. Do You- Spoon
  15. Lucky Young- Someone Still Loves You
  16. Wicket Youth- Sego
  17. Jackrabbit- San Fermin
  18. Stay Low- Ryn Weaver
  19. Cheap Sunglasses- Cherry Cherry Remix- RAC, Matthew Koma
  20. Whatever You Want – The Preatures
  21. Hunny Girl- Pepper
  22. Calling Out – Penguin Prison
  23. Lost On Me- Peace
  24. Lifted Up (1985)- Passion Pit
  25. Water Hymn- Painted Palms
  26. North Ave.- The Orwells
  27. Jigsaw Puzzle- Of Montreal
  28. Morocco- Moon Taxi
  29. Goddess ( feat. G-Eazy)- MOD SUN
  30. Flash Junk Mind- Milky Chance
  31. Love You Crazy- Mikky Ekko
  32. Seven Days – Mighty Oaks
  33. Dear Future Husband- Meghan Trainor
  34. Billion – Mat Kearney
  35. Believe – Mapei
  36. You’re On- Oliver Remix – Madeon Kyan
  37. Cut to Black- Lemaitre
  38. West Coast- ZHU Remix- Lana Del Ray
  39. You Are My Summer – La+tch
  40. Westside – The Kooks
  41. Airfield – Javelin
  42. To U – featuring AlunaGeorge – Jack U, Skrillex, Diplo
  43. Peaches – In The Valley Below
  44. Running Behind – HOLYCHILD
  45. I’m With You- Grouplove
  46. Coastal Love- GRMLN
  47. The Struggle- RAC Mix – Grizfolk
  48. U Got The Sunshine – Graffiti6
  49. Here For You- Gorgon City, Laura Welsh
  50. When I Come Home – GOLDHOUSE
  51. Hold Me (Pat Lok)- Gold Fields
  52. Reviver- Generations
  53. Make You Smile- Elle King
  54. Let’s Go Surfing- The Drums
  55. Competition – The Dodos
  56. No Room In Fame- Death Cab for Cutie
  57. Revelation Blues- Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  58. Up Again (featuring Rae Morris) – Clean Bandit, Rae Morris
  59. T-Shirt Weather- Circa Waves
  60. Carry the Zero- Built To Spill
  61. Superstar- Broods
  62. Past Lives- BORNS
  63. Wake Me- Bleachers
  64. Shine- Kygo Remix – Benjamin Francis Leftwich
  65. Warm Weather- Snakehips Remix – Banks
  66. Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf)- AWOLNATION
  67. 2AM- Astrid
  68. Safe & Sound – Alfred Hall
  69. We Got Nothing – Alex Winston
  70. Cool – Alesso, Roy English

What songs would you like to hear on our May 2015 playlist? Tell us in the comments below!

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