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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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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AEO SXSW Travel Guide

Can you believe it’s March already? Neither can we! You know what’s even crazier? Festival season officially kicks off this month with SXSW! We’ve been waiting all year to rock out to great music and sport our favorite festival fashion. Check out our SXSW travel guide below to ensure you’re packing the right gear, watching the best shows and eating the tastiest food while having the time of your life your life Austin, Texas. Craving even more to do’s? Check out last year’s guide for extra ideas!

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SXSW-inspired #AEOSTYLE.

 

Pack:
Girls:
Festival fashion isn’t complete until a pair of denim cutoff shorties are added to your style. Mix things up by sporting black instead of your typical denim. Add a crop top and a long cardigan for a look that screams boho chic. Don’t forget to add a fedora and sandals for effortless #AEOSTYLE.

Shop the look:
Embroidered Crop Top
Hi-Rise Festival Shortie
Buckled Gladiator Sandal
Lack of Color Black Out Brim Hat
Tiered Leaf Necklace

Guys: Austin is all about expressing your creative side. Pair your favorite pair of sandals with colorful socks. Add a Solid Button Down and Joggers for guaranteed great style. Add a denim jacket to your look to keep you warm once the sun sets.

Shop the look:
Vintage Denim Jacket
Solid Button Down Shirt
Jogger Short
Birkenstock Arizona Leather Sandal
Bottle Opener Icon Sunglasses

See: One of the best things that you can do while visiting Austin during SXSW is to attend a few music showcases. It’s a great way to discover new bands while listening to some of your favorite up and coming artists as well. Two showcases we recommend checking out are Blackheart and St. Davids Church. Last year, Communion Music presented artists like Sam Smith and Hozier. during their showcases in Austin. This year, both artists were Grammy nominees and Sam Smith, a multi-Grammy winner.

Wednesday 3.18: Blackheart Showcase: 86 Rainey Street. Our favorite artists to see: Catfish And The Bottlemen and Circa Waves.
Friday 3.20: St. David’s Church: 301 E. 8th Street. Our favorite artists to see: Tove Stryke and Leon Bridges.

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Food Trucks: Austin is notorious for having some of their best food on wheels. Check out South Congress Avenue for some of our favorite food truck locations.

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South Congress Avenue Food Trucks. Photo Credit: Realty Austin

Kerbey Lane Cafe: One thing you can’t leave Austin without having is a hot delicious bowl of queso. Grab a chip and dive right into cheesy goodness from Kerbey Lane Cafe.

What is your favorite festival fashion? Tell us in the comments below!

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#MUSIC MONDAY: March 2015 Playlist

A new month means a new playlist! From BORNS to Vance Joy and Lykke Li, we’ve got a great mix hitting AEO stores. Check out the playlist below and be sure to follow us on Spotify to gain access to all of our in store playlists.

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  1. MØ – Don’t Wanna Dance
  2. ODESZA – Say My Name (feat. Zyra)
  3. The Black Keys – Gotta Get Away
  4. Tiësto – Footprints
  5. TV On The Radio – Happy Idiot
  6. Vance Joy – Riptide – FlicFlac Remix
  7. Vance Joy – Mess Is Mine
  8. BØRNS – Seeing Stars
  9. Clean Bandit – Show Me Love (feat. Elisabeth Troy)
  10. Drake – Hold On, We’re Going Home
  11. Echosmith – Come Together
  12. Gorgon City – Real
  13. Royal – Passenger
  14. Toro Y Moi – Empty Nesters
  15. Whilk & Misky – Babe I’m Yours
  16. Guster – Simple Machine
  17. James Bay – Hold Back The River
  18. Kimbra – Settle Down
  19. Kygo – Firestone
  20. Kyla La Grange – Cut Your Teeth – Kygo Remix
  21. Lana Del Rey – West Coast
  22. LIGHTS – Up We Go
  23. Lykke Li – I Follow Rivers – The Magician Remix
  24. Marina and The Diamonds – How To Be A Heartbreaker
  25. Martin Solveig – Hey Now [feat. Kyle]
  26. Moon Taxi – Morocco
  27. Priory – Put ‘Em Up
  28. Royal Blood – Figure It Out
  29. Saint Motel – My Type
  30. Tame Impala – Elephant
  31. Tove Styrke – Brag
  32. Tove Styrke – Ego
  33. The Weeknd – Wanderlust – Pharrell Remix
  34. Jason French – You Just Want My Money

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

AEO #FBF REFRESH

Back by popular demand! We’ve had an overwhelming response to our Flashback Friday playlist so much in fact that we’ve decided to refresh the mix every few months. Check out the most recent playlist below for some of your favorite throwback tunes and follow us on Spotify.

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  1. The All-American Rejects – Dirty Little Secret
  2. The Ataris – The Boys of Summer
  3. Avril Lavigne – Sk8er Boi
  4. The Black Eyed Peas – Where Is The Love?
  5. Britney Spears – Stronger
  6. Chris Brown – Forever
  7. Eric Prydz – Call On Me – Radio Edit
  8. Fountains Of Wayne – Stacy’s Mom
  9. Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out
  10. Hellogoodbye – Here (In Your Arms)
  11. Jack’s Mannequin – The Mixed Tape
  12. Jimmy Eat World – The Middle
  13. Kelly Clarkson – Since U Been Gone
  14. The Killers – Mr. Brightside
  15. Metro Station – Shake It
  16. Modest Mouse – Float On
  17. Nada Surf – Always Love
  18. Nelly Furtado – I’m Like A Bird
  19. Nine Days – Absolutely (Story Of A Girl) – Radio Mix
  20. Plain White T’s – Hey There Delilah
  21. Sean Kingston – Fire Burning
  22. The Shins – New Slang
  23. The Ting Tings – That’s Not My Name
  24. Vanessa Carlton – A Thousand Miles
  25. The White Stripes – Seven Nation Army
  26. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Heads Will Roll
  27. Yolanda Be Cool – We No Speak Americano – Radio Edit
  28. Ashanti – Rock Wit U (Awww Baby)
  29. Fergie – London Bridge – Album Version (Edited)
  30. Death Cab for Cutie – Soul Meets Body
  31. JoJo – Too Little, Too Late
  32. Jordin Sparks – One Step at a Time
  33. Rihanna – SOS
  34. Destiny’s Child – Say My Name
  35. Frou Frou – Let Go
  36. Imogen Heap – Goodnight and Go
  37. Jason Derulo – Ridin’ Solo
  38. Jet – Are You Gonna Be My Girl
  39. Julian Casablancas – 11th Dimension
  40. Justin Timberlake – Cry Me a River
  41. Kings Of Leon – Use Somebody
  42. Maroon 5 – This Love
  43. Phantom Planet – California – Tchad Blake Remix
  44. Yellowcard – Ocean Avenue

What are some of your favorite throwback tunes? Tell us in the comments below.

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