GET INSPIRED with #WeAllCan featuring Syma Raza

We’re inspired by stories of passion and people turning their dreams into reality. Every day we get the chance to work with some extraordinary individuals right in our home office. Individuals who are empowered to live authentically and work tirelessly toward their goals, both personal and professional. We’re proud to highlight a few of their unique stories and inspire YOU to share what you can do, be or create with #WeAllCan.

This week we’re featuring the creative, stylish & motivated Associate Manager of PR, Syma Raza. Learn what inspires her and get a glimpse inside her NYC lifestyle.

@symaspeaks #WeAllCan

Show us what you can do, be or create with #WeAllCan.

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#WeAllCan X Project 24

One  in  every  10  people  globally  lack  access  to  clean  water,  with 1 in 4 using  a  drinking  water  source  with  fecal contamination. It’s time we  change  this!  This  World  Water  Day,  March  22,  American Eagle Outfitters is  joining  forces with  Planet  Water  Foundation for PROJECT  24.

PROJECT  24’s  mission is to  build  24  water  filtration  systems  in  24  hours,  bringing  clean  water  to  24,000  people across 5  countries including  Cambodia,  Colombia,  India,  Indonesia,  and  the  Philippines.  American Eagle Outfitters has sponsored  one  of  the  24  clean water  towers  that  are  part  of  this  initiative  providing  critical  support  to  a community  in  need  in  Greater Delhi, India.

American Eagle Outfitters is  honored  to  step  up  to  the  challenge  and  play  an  important  role  in  helping  change the  lives  of  24,000 people  in  a  span  of  just  24  hours. Join  us  and  together  we  will  abolish  water  poverty,  one  community  at  a time!

In efforts to help bring clean water to communities, we are donating 15,000 dollars to build a water tower at Sangat Green Public School in Deri Machha Village. Ajay, a Grade 6 student at the school said, “I carry my drinking water from home as school water is dirty, and it smells bad. I feel sick for days after drinking water at school.”

American Eagle Outfitters is proud to help bring clean, filtered water to thousands of people in Deri Machha.  You can help provide clean water to even more kids in need by visiting www.planet-water.org.

Happy World Water Day!

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GET INSPIRED with #WeAllCan featuring Catherine Gignac

GET INSPIRED with #WeAllCan featuring Catherine Gignac

We’re inspired by stories of passion and people turning their dreams into reality. Every day we get the chance to work with some extraordinary individuals right in our home office. Individuals who are empowered to live authentically and work tirelessly toward their goals, both personal and professional. We’re proud to highlight a few of their unique stories and inspire YOU to share what you can do, be or create with #WeAllCan.

This week we’re featuring our amazingly vibrant Manager of Digital Creative, Catherine Gignac. Learn what drives her and get a glimpse inside her adventurous lifestyle.

 

Show us what you can do, be or create with #WeAllCan.

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#AEOFESTIVALSTYLE: 2017 Music Festival Packing Guide

Pack light, pack right. As we’re heading into the 2017 music festival season, we’re on a mission to be super efficient packers without sacrificing any #AEOFestivalStyle. One thing we like about packing light is that challenges us to make several outfits using just a few essential staples and some great fashion pieces and accessories. First, think about how many days you’re going to be at the festival (three is pretty typical!). You’ll need to bring enough clothes to create three awesome looks, but have no fear – by swapping out key items like tops, you can mix and match your festival style without being an outfit repeater. Check out our packing guide for girls and guys below, and let us know what festivals you’re heading to this spring and summer in the comments!

WHAT TO PACK THIS FESTIVAL SEASON

GIRLS: All vintage, all day. This festival season, focus on vintage details in tops, denim and accessories like old-school lettering and lace-up or tied details. Mini backpacks, bandanas and round sunglasses are a must, especially when you’re pairing them back to vintage, two-toned denim shorts. Here’s what you need to pack: one pair of shorts and effortlessly pair back to tanks in neutral colors (we chose dark grey and one of our fave new neutrals, blush). If you want to switch it up one day, bring a lightweight slip dress and a kimono to layer on top. Bonus: you can layer the kimono over the tanks, too. Finish your look with a pair of versatile buckled ankle booties!

Music Festival Season 2017 Packing Guide: What To Wear To Music Festivals

PACK IT
TOPS:
Crop Tie Tank | Raglan Lace-Up T-Shirt | Hi-Neck Lace Trim Cami | Paisley Kimono
BOTTOMS:
Tassel Slip Dress | Vintage Hi-Rise Festival Short
ACCESSORIES: Printed Bandana | Perforated Belt | Blue Lens Small Aviator Sunglasses
Metal Round Sunglasses | Dolce Vita Spur Booties | Street Level Mini Backpack

GUYS: Guys, when you’re packing take a note from Drake and start from the bottom. What base layers do you really need? Our essentials are shoes, underwear and a great pair of denim shorts. We chose a pair of shorts that will last you throughout the festival (but we wouldn’t discourage you from packing one more pair, just in case!). Festivals can get a little sweaty, so make sure you have enough tees to wear each day. Vintage band tees, baseball tees and tie-dye tees will keep you festival ready. If there’s any time to get a little wild with your #AEOSTYLE, it’s during festival season – so go ahead and pack that printed poncho! It can double as rain gear, anyway. Top off your look with a snapback and beaded bracelets.

Music Festival Season 2017 Packing Guide: What To Wear To Music Festivals

PACK IT
TOPS:
Palm Print Packable Poncho | Short Sleeve Tie Dye T-Shirt | Short Sleeve Band T-Shirt
AE Active Long Sleeve Crew T-Shirt
BOTTOMS:
Extreme Flex Denim Short | Cooling Base Layer 6″ Flex Trunk
ACCESSORIES:
Double Buckle Sandal (Similar) | Beaded Bracelet Set | Horn Pendant Necklace | Patch Snapback Hat

Where will this festival season take you? Gov Ball? Lolla? ACL? We want to know! Tell us in the comments below & show us your #AEOFestivalStyle on Instagram & Twitter.

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How to Detox: 12 Healthy, Easy Ways to Refresh Your System

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Aaah, the cleanse.

By now, most of us have either attempted one or at least dealt with the hanger-induced rage of a mid-cleanse friend. Perhaps that friend was Beyonce circa 2006*, when she did the so-called “Master Cleanse” in preparation for her role in Dream Girls, drinking only a lemon-cayenne-syrup mixture, a saltwater drink, and herbal tea for a week straight.

Sounds pleasant, right? Yeah, not really. And while these more extreme versions will likely result in immediate weight loss, they can be dangerous if not done properly, and you’ll likely gain the weight back pretty quickly after returning to a normal diet.

Luckily, it IS possible to detox in a way that won’t make you want to throw things at strangers. A healthy detox is more gradual, and will leave you feeling energized, rather than depleted.

*Okay, so it was probably not Beyonce. You get the picture.

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So, what is a detox?

A detox, simply put, is a method of eliminating toxins. Though the body naturally detoxes on its own, you can lessen its workload and improve the detoxification process by 1) decreasing the toxins you put into your body and 2) supporting the systems that work to remove those toxins.

This is where a detox comes in! Benefits include restoring balance in your body, increasing energy, speeding up metabolism and strengthening immunity, just to name a few.

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How to detox the right way

Instead of extreme, short-term cleanses with short-term results, aim for a gradual approach with long-term benefits. To get you started, we put together a list of 12 simple ways you can start incorporating detoxifying habits into your everyday routine.

Now, you do NOT need to try all of these at once. Choose a few (maybe even just one for starters!) that seem most achievable to you and go from there. (And, of course, consult your doctor if you have any questions about which kind of detox is right for you.)

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  1. Start your day with lemon water or tea – Lemons are full of citric acid and pectin, which support digestion. Tea is tasty, makes you feel kinda fancy, and it’s ALSO rich in antioxidants.
  2. Avoid processed foods, refined sugar and alcohol – Don’t make your liver work any harder than it needs to by filling yourself with processed junk, refined sugar or alcohol. Reach for healthier alternatives instead. Which leads us to…
  3. Smoothies! – It’s surprisingly easy to throw together a great-tasting smoothie that’s also full of vitamins, minerals, and fiber to keep you full longer and aid your digestive system. (Tip: the sweetness of pineapple totally cancels out the flavor of spinach in a smoothie, so you can reap all the benefits without feeling like you’re drinking a salad! Because, gross.)

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  1. Hydrate, a LOT – Duh. Water helps your kidneys and digestive system function properly by flushing out toxins. The Institute of Medicine suggests that women drink 2.7 liters per day (make that 3.7 liters for men). And no, alcohol does not count! Nice try, though.
  2. Incorporate superfoods into your diet  – Superfoods like spinach and kale are rich in nutrients and antioxidants, and many specifically enhance liver function (cranberries, for example).
  3. Eat more fiber – A high-fiber diet means healthier bowel movements, which means fewer toxins. The Mayo Clinic recommends that women eat 25 grams of fiber a day and men eat 38 grams. Some awesome sources of fiber include whole-grain products, fruits, vegetables, beans, and nuts.

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  1. Try probiotics – Probiotics are good bacteria that help the digestive tract and boost the immune system. Natural probiotics can be found in things like yogurt, kombucha, and miso. They’re also available in supplement form.
  2. Work it out – Yoga in particular is great for increasing circulation, which brings more nutrients to the liver. And regular aerobic exercise breaks down fat tissue that toxins are stored in, helping remove those toxins. Aim to exercise 20-30 minutes a few times a week, and don’t forget the tunes!
  3. Treat yourself to a massage – Massages stimulate the lymph system, making it filter waste faster and more efficiently. The perfect excuse to treat yourself.

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  1. Get more sleep – Sleep lets your body rest and recharge, so that processes like digestion and detoxification can function smoothly during the day. The average adult needs 7-9 hours of sleep per night.
  2. Get your zen on – Detoxing can be challenging or stressful at times, especially if you’re trying to give up vices like alcohol or sugar. You can improve your willpower by meditating, according to Stanford health psychologist Kelly McGonigal. Brain changes in the prefrontal cortex (which controls decisions and behavior), have been seen after just eight weeks of short, daily meditations.
  3. De-stress – Stress can take a toll on the digestive system, causing it to function below its full potential. Try to limit stressors and unwind in healthy ways, like exercise and meditation.

Detox Foods

Since healthy detoxing is largely about putting the right things into your body, here are some foods that will cleanse your system naturally and make you feel great! (Find even more detox food ideas here.)

  • Ginger – Ginger aids in digestion and can even help relieve an upset stomach. Some say it also helps you feel fuller longer. Try it in tea form, too!
  • Beets – Beets are rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that help improve liver function.
  • Artichokes – The cynarin in artichokes stimulate bile flow, which aids digestion.
  • Milk thistle – Milk thistle is commonly associated with detoxing because it aids the liver in removing toxins from the blood.
  • Garlic – Garlic stimulates the production of glutathione, an antioxidant that helps facilitate the natural detoxification process. It’s also good for your immune system!
  • Dark, leafy greens – Superfoods like kale and collard greens are rich in chlorophyll, which has enzymes that aid in cleansing the blood.
  • Broccoli – Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage boost detoxifying enzymes, which help your body excrete toxins.
  • Raspberries – Raspberries are high in fiber, which is good for digestion. (Apples, blackberries, and bananas are also good sources of fiber!)
  • Kimchi – Fermented foods like kimchi, yogurt and sauerkraut are natural probiotics that improve digestive function.
  • Oats – Like raspberries, oats are rich in fiber, which is good for your digestive system and leaves you feeling full longer.

Remember: detoxing isn’t about depriving yourself. It’s about giving your body more of the nutrients it needs in order to function at its best (and make YOU feel your best). So stock up on those superfoods, start planning your new workout routine (in style, of course), and tell Beyonce she can have that saltwater all to herself.

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Galentine’s Day Party Guide

Valentine’s Day always renews our nostalgia for handwritten love notes and heart-shaped treats – things worth celebrating regardless of your relationship status, really.  And even better, in our opinion, is February 13th – a.k.a. Galentine’s Day. What’s that, you ask? “Only the best day of the year,” according to Lesley Knope, Galentine’s Day gives us the perfect opportunity to honor the magical combination of friendship and females. This year, why not show your pals some love by hosting your very own Galentine’s party?  We have a few ideas to get you started.

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PARTY TRICK #1

DIY invitations. They’re fun, easy, and who doesn’t love getting snail mail? All you need for these ones are some watercolor paints, paper and markers! Create a watercolor wash by spreading a thin layer of paint across the paper, adding more water as needed for a translucent effect. Use the markers (and your best penmanship) to fill in the deets, and for an added touch, throw some heart-shaped confetti, rose petals, tea bags or candy in the envelope.

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PARTY TRICK #2

Flowers. They make everything prettier. Decorate your tables with some small floral arrangements of your choice. (Pro tip: make enough so that all of your Galentines can take one home!)

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PARTY TRICK #3

Chocolate. And what’s better than chocolate? Pink chocolate! Whip up this impressive treat by melting bars of white chocolate and stirring in freeze-dried raspberries until the chocolate turns a blush-pink shade. Pour the melted mixture onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and sprinkle on dried culinary rose petals, crushed pistachios, dried raspberries or sugared almonds. Allow the chocolate to set completely and then cut or break it into squares.

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PARTY TRICK #4

Fancy refreshments are a necessity! This hibiscus-rose iced tea is the perfect complement to your DIY pink chocolate. Start by freezing rose buds in water in a large ice cube mold. Brew some hibiscus tea, stir in honey to sweeten and let it chill on ice. Finally, pour in a bottle of rose water (you can find these at Whole Foods) and fill glasses with the tea mixture and the rose-petal-infused ice cubes. Top with extra rose petals and fresh raspberries.

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PARTY TRICK #5

Get creative with your table settings! Arrange your mini bouquets, desserts, drinks, some scented candles, small string lights, or anything else that sets the Galentine’s mood. Turn on the tunes and get the party started!

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SHOP IT: Wrap Romper | Denim X4 Hi-Rise Jegging | Vintage Hi-Rise Jean | Choker Neck Sweater

As for your #OOTD, keep your theme going with blush tones and florals. This pretty sweater paired with hi-rise jeans is cozy and perfect for chilling with gal pals. For something a little dressier (but just as comfy), you can’t go wrong with a romper. The flared sleeves and floral print have GIRL POWER written all over them.

The fact is, sometimes life gets in the way of our free time – and scheduling much-needed girl time gets lost in a sea of other (seemingly more important) to-dos. Luckily, Galentine’s Day offers us the perfect reminder to appreciate and prioritize our friends – and the perfect excuse to shower them with love. Happy Galentine’s Day to you!

Show us what you’re wearing, doing & eating this Galentine’s Day with #AEOSTYLE & tell us what you love about your friends in the comments below!

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