Friends & Family: Jenni Radosevich from I Spy DIY

You may have seen some of our amazing collaborations with DIY superstar Jenni Radosevich including our Embroidered Graphic Tank Top and Neon Gem Sandals. Read on to learn more about one of our favorite blogger contributors, Jenni!

Jenni from I Spy DIY.

Jenni from I Spy DIY.

How did you discover your love of crafting?
I have always been a crafty girl and growing up in Wisconsin I always created my own style: thrifting clothes, making friendship bracelets and covering everything I owned with tie dye and puffy paint (I was not afraid of multiple pops of color). When I moved to New York on a tight budget, I continued to make the trends I was seeing in magazines and on the runway. I got a great response from my coworkers at InStyle, which lead to a story in the mag, then a column, and then a book, I Spy DIY Style and ISpyDIY.com.

The I Spy DIY studio.

The I Spy DIY studio.

What’s next for I Spy DIY?
I am jazzed to be partnering up with Darby Smart to release new DIY kits every other week for the next year! I think its a great way to evolve the DIY tutorial so readers can get the same material I am working with. I am also teaching Craft Classes in I Spy DIY Studio, which I such a cool way to get off the computer and make cool stuff with rad people in real life.

Jenni's Darby Smart Kit.

Jenni’s Darby Smart Kit.

What is the most difficult part of running your own business?
There are a ton of fun things about having a crafty job, but I think the most difficult is the pace of websites and making sure that you are constantly coming up with new projects and inspiration for others. I also think social media has become an untamed beast. People are forgetting to unplug and enjoy life instead of just Instagramming about it.

Jenni's DIY Pineapple Pillow.

Jenni’s DIY Pineapple Pillow.

What is the most rewarding part of I Spy DIY?
I LOVE seeing readers make my projects, it still amazes be that people read about my projects and are inspired to create them. It’s pretty cool. If you make one, make sure to tag me on Insta (@ispydiy), I want to see it!

Jenni modeling her DIY Ribbon Necklace.

Jenni modeling her DIY Ribbon Necklace.

What is your all-time favorite DIY project?
Ohhhh, If I had to pick just one it would be my chain and rhinestone wrapped bracelet. It was one of my first jewelry projects, and it came out when wearing a stack of bracelets was the must thing to do, so it really took off on the internet and put me on the map as a DIYer.

One of Jenni's favorite projects, her Chain and Rhinestone Wrapped Bracelet.

One of Jenni’s favorite projects, her Chain and Rhinestone Wrapped Bracelet.

What’s currently on repeat on your playlist?
I am OBSESSED with Sam Smith. Obsessed. I listen to “Latch” approximately 47 times everyday. It is my instant mood lifter. That man can sing!

Where do you find your inspiration?
Everywhere! I love Pinterest. I love window shopping for ideas. I am a magazine connoisseur. Once you change your mentality for buying to DIYing, you find inspiration all over the place.

Jenni's DIY bracelets and phone case.

Jenni’s DIY bracelets and phone case.

What is your favorite fit of AEO Jeans?
I have been searching for great pair of Boyfriend jeans and AEO nailed theirs. Great fit and great distressing… stay tuned for an amped up version soon.

Jenni's customized Thick Strap Sandal with our jeans.

Jenni’s customized Thick Strap Sandal with our jeans.

What is your best DIY tip?
Start with a simple project, like a bracelet. Once you experience the excitement of making something, the instant gratification of wearing it, the compliments, and being able to say you did it yourself, you will be hooked.

Once you start crafting, you'll be hooked!

Once you start crafting, you’ll be hooked!

What’s always in your purse and why?
I switch purses so often I am lucky to get out of the house with the essentials! Keys, wallet and iPhone always make the transition from bag to bag, and if it’s a good day, there will be some powder and a pen in the new bag. And lipstick, I also have between 5-7 lipsticks in everybag… but never the color I want. My DIYed phone charger is always handy, and my Frend’s headphones are usually slung over the strap.

Jenni's DIY Phone Cord.

Jenni’s DIY Phone Cord.

What’s next on your life to-do list?
More travel! San Fran, Mexico and Abu Dhabi are all on the list.

Jenni in Mexico on vacation.

Jenni in Mexico on vacation.

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#AEOSTYLE Bloggers and Editors Love: Summer Fashion

Friday marked the official first day of summer and we couldn’t be more excited. We love our new summer arrivals and some of our favorite bloggers and editors do too! Editors from CosmopolitanStyle Bistro, Time Out New York, E! and Refinery29 have been adding some of their favorite American Eagle Outfitters pieces to their summer collections. Check out some of their top choices below.

Fashion blogger Christina from Oh So Glam wore our Acid Washed Plaid Shirt while attending the Nashville Music Festival.

Fashion blogger Christina from Oh So Glam wore our Acid Washed Plaid Shirt.

Fashion blogger Christina from Oh So Glam wore our Acid Washed Plaid Shirt.

Get her look:
Acid Washed Plaid Shirt

Cosmopolitan featured our Hi-Rise Printed Shortie in their feature, “Look Hot at the Beach”.

Cosmo featured our

Cosmo featured our Hi-Rise Printed Shortie.

Get the look:
Hi-Rise Printed Shortie

E! featured on of our favorite beach essentials, Printed Rubber Flip-Flops.

E! is packing our Rubber Flip-Flops for the beach.

E! is packing our Printed Rubber Flip-Flops for the beach.

Get the look:
Printed Rubber Flip-Flops

Want to show off your bra in public? Refinery29 has a cute way to show a little edge with our Destroyed Boy Jean Crop.

Refinery29 featured our Destroyed Boy Jean Crop.

Refinery29 featured our Destroyed Boy Jean Crop.

Get the look:
Destroyed Boy Jean Crop

How do lazy girls pack like a pro? By including staples like our Hi-Rise Festival Shortie.

Refinery29 featured our Hi-Rise Festival Shorties.

Refinery29 featured our Hi-Rise Festival Shorties.

Get the look:
Hi-Rise Festival Shortie

Have you noticed lately that some of your favorite TV characters have been wearing mixed media jackets? StyleBistro helps you get the look with our Denim Vested Hoodie.

Our Denim Vested Hoodie was featured on Style Bistro.

Our Denim Vested Hoodie was featured on Style Bistro.

Get the look:
Denim Vested Hoodie

Time Out New York featured several of our men’s summer pieces in their Essential Festival Fashion Guide.

Time Out New York featured their favorite men's festival fashions from AEO.

Time Out New York featured their favorite men’s festival fashions from AEO.

Get the look:
Shop Men’s

We want to see what you’re wearing this summer from AEO. Use #AEOSTYLE on Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram for the chance to see your photo on our AE.com Style Gallery or on our blog!

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#AEOSTYLE Challenge: Printed Hi-Rise Shortie

Flag ‘em down this summer in our Printed Hi-Rise Shortie. Emily from Life with Emily, Kate from Katie’s Bliss and Maggie from Moda and the Mar each styled our Printed Hi-Rise Shortie as part of our #AEOSTYLE Challenge series. Check out their looks below and be sure to head to their blogs to see more.

Emily from Life with Emily in our Printed Hi-Rise Shortie.

Emily from Life with Emily in our Printed Hi-Rise Shortie.

Meet Emily:
Emily is a North Carolina life and style blogger who aims to bring affordable fashion to her blog daily. Emily began blogging in 2010 during her sophomore year of college as a way to creative outlet to share parts of her life and daily outfits. You can still find her blogging, almost four years later, about life, outfits, her latest fashion finds and everything in between.

Emily's look has us looking forward to the 4th of July!

Emily’s look has us looking forward to the 4th of July!

What inspired Emily’s look:
Denim shorts are a classic wardrobe staple, so I wanted to style them as such. By pairing them with other classics like a white tank and sneakers, it’s a casual, yet classic look for running errands or hanging out with friends!

We adore the details on the Printed Hi-Rise Shortie.

We adore the details on the Printed Hi-Rise Shortie.

Get Emily’s look:
Printed Hi-Rise Shortie

Katie from Katie's Bliss in our Printed Hi-Rise Shortie.

Katie from Katie’s Bliss in our Printed Hi-Rise Shortie.

Meet Katie:
Katie Manwaring lives and works in New York City where she blogs in her spare time about her personal style, beauty tips and life in NYC. Check out more at her blog KatiesBliss.com!

Katie's look is perfect for the 4th of July - and all summer long!

Katie’s look is perfect for the 4th of July – and all summer long!

What inspired Katie’s look:
I wanted to style my Printed Hi-Rise Shorties for a casual, 4th of July-ready summertime look. To not take away from my fun shorts, I chose a simple stripe cotton t-shirt for my top. Since it’s hot, hot, hot out now I topped my outfit with a Panama hat.

Go for the gold in red, white and blue printed shorties.

Go for the gold in red, white and blue printed shorties.

Get Katie’s look:
Printed Hi-Rise Shortie

Maggie from Moda and the Mar in our Printed Hi-Rise Shortie.

Maggie from Moda and the Mar in our Printed Hi-Rise Shortie.

Meet Maggie:
Maggie is a twenty-something beach bum living in Eastern North Carolina. By day she is part of Corporate America and trying to make the 9-5 a bit more fashionable. Moda & the Mar is her outlet to create, dream and inspire.

Maggie's style is perfect for any summer party.

Maggie’s style is perfect for any summer party.

What inspired Maggie’s look:
Distressed denim is a summer staple. Dress these shorties for a music fest with your favorite boots and a little fringe or take them to the beach for the weekend with white chucks and a chambray popover.

Maggie expertly mixes prints.

Maggie expertly mixes prints.

Get Maggie’s look:
Printed Hi-Rise Shortie

Show us your summer style with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram for the chance to see your photo on our AE.com Style Gallery or our blog!

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#AEOSTYLE Challenge: Sleeveless Plaid Button Down

We’re channeling our inner-90s this summer – think Boy Meets World, My So Called Life, Full House… And the one piece we can’t forget? The plaid shirt. Fashion bloggers Megan from Style’d Avenue and Sara from Love by Lynn each styled our Sleeveless Plaid Button Down. See their looks below and be sure to visit their blogs to see even more photos.

Megan from Style Avenue in our Sleeveless Plaid Button Down.

Megan from Style’d Avenue in our Sleeveless Plaid Button Down.

Meet Megan:
Megan is a 20-something living in Salt Lake City Utah & blogs at Style’d Avenue. She has always loved expressing herself through fashion pieces and accessories. Before she began blogging, she was working as a personal stylist and needed a place to document her love for fashion: that’s when when started Style’d Avenue!

Megan from Style Avenue wears an updated take on the 90s trend.

Megan from Style’d Avenue wears an updated take on the 90s trend.

Add a bit of prep with a cozy cardigan.

Add a bit of prep with a cozy cardigan.

What inspired Megan’s look:
This colorful plaid button up makes you look more tan than ever. Plaid will always give your outfit texture and personality, so I styled it with some simple destroyed denim. For chilly nights, I tied my favorite sweater around my waist for a relaxed and chic look. I love this plaid top paired with your favorite denim shorts and some simple sneakers. It’s the perfect summer top!

Keep your look fresh with destroyed Jeggings.

Keep your look fresh with destroyed Jeggings.

Get Megan’s look:
Sleeveless Plaid Button Down
Jegging (similar)
Waffled Boyfriend Cardigan (similar)

Sara from Love by Lynn in our Sleeveless Plaid Button Down and Boyfriend Short.

Sara from Love by Lynn in our Sleeveless Plaid Button Down and Boyfriend Short.

Meet Sara:
Sara was born and raised in Utah and writes the fashion and fitness blog, Love By Lynn. She loves sharing her fashion, fitness, and nutrition tips to help others reach their goals and giving them fashion inspiration. She loves staying active and living a healthy life.

Sara from Love by Lynn updates a 90's-inspired look.

Sara from Love by Lynn updates a 90′s-inspired look.

Your new go-to summer shirt: our Sleeveless Plaid Button Down.

Your new go-to summer shirt: our Sleeveless Plaid Button Down.

What inspired Sara’s look:
I gave this sleeveless plaid shirt a more casual look by wearing Birkenstocks, boyfriend shorts, hair pulled back in a messy pony and added this fresh red bag for a pop of color. It’s an easy, fresh look you can pull together for any occasion.

Sara from Love by Lynn updates a 90's-inspired look with a bright colored bag.

Sara from Love by Lynn updates a 90′s-inspired look with a bright colored bag.

Get Sara’s look:
Sleeveless Plaid Button Down
Boyfriend Short
Birkenstock Arizona Sandal

Show off your Sleeveless Plaid Button Down – and all of your 90s-inspired looks – with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram for the chance to see your photo on our AE.com Style Gallery or our blog!

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DIY Neon Gem Sandals with I Spy DIY

If you’ve been reading our blog for a while, you know that we love DIY projects. We partnered with the super-talented Jenni Radosevich from I Spy DIY to customize our Thick Strap Sandal with neon gems for a perfect, one-of-a-kind summer shoe.

Jenni from I Spy DIY in our Cutout Back Sundress, Chambray Boyfriend Shirt and Thick Strap Sandal.

Jenni from I Spy DIY in our Cutout Back Sundress, Chambray Boyfriend Shirt and Thick Strap Sandal. (Photo Credit: Jessica Kaminski)

Summer is finally here and it's time to slip on my sandals! I have been looking for the perfect white ones to wear with my sundresses, and was super jazzed to find this pair. 

Summer is finally here and it’s time to slip on my sandals! I have been looking for the perfect white ones to wear with my sundresses, and was super jazzed to find this pair.   (Photo Credit: Jessica Kaminski)

Meet Jenni:
Growing up in Wisconsin, Jenni Radosevich was always creating her own style. If she saw something in a magazine that she couldn’t find in her local department store, she would make it herself. Now living in New York, her affinity to “spot style you love, and do-it-yourself” has manifested itself into a website: ISpyDIY.com and book, I Spy DIY Style, which has been featured on The Martha Stewart Show, Rachel Ray Show, CNN.com, The Today Show, Wall Street Journal and InStyle magazine.

Get Jenni’s look:
Cutout Back Sundress
Chambray Boyfriend Shirt
Thick Strap Sandal

Jenni's customized Thick Strap Sandal.

“I love the thick strap, but every time I looked down, all I saw was a blank canvas asking to be decorated.” -Jenni    (Photo Credit: Jessica Kaminsky)

Supplies:
Thick Strap Sandal
Neon gems
E6000 heavy-duty craft glue
Paint brush

Supplies for Neon DIY Gem Sandal.

Supplies for Neon DIY Gem Sandal.

Step 1: 
Layout your ideas for the neon gem design.

Step 1: Layout your ideas for the neon gem design.

Step 1: Layout your ideas for the neon gem design.

Step 2:
Put a spot of heavy duty E6000 glue on the back of the neon gem with your paint brush.

Step 2: Put a spot of heavy duty E6000 glue on the back of the neon gem.

Step 2: Put a spot of heavy duty E6000 glue on the back of the neon gem with your paint brush.

Step 3:
Press neon gem firmly onto sandal.

Step 3: Press neon gem firmly onto sandal.

Step 3: Press neon gem firmly onto sandal.

Step 4:
Continue gluing neon gems on shoe in your design.

Step 4: Continue gluing neon gems on shoe in your design.

Step 4: Continue gluing neon gems on shoe in your design.

Step 5:
Let dry overnight before wearing.

Step 5: Let dry overnight before wearing.

Step 5: Let dry overnight before wearing.

Two different design inspirations from Jenni.

Two different design inspirations from Jenni.

We're ready to add a little color to the beach with our neon gem sandals!

We’re ready to add a little color to the beach with our neon gem sandals!

Have you made an awesome DIY project with your favorite American Eagle Outfitters pieces? Show us with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram for the chance to see your project on our AE.com Style Gallery or our blog!

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