Interview: The Wind and the Wave

Austin, TX is known for live music. In fact, you can’t walk down Sixth Street without being pulled into a bar by the sounds of guitar riffs and kick drums. Trust us, we’ve tried. But that being said, the city is obviously a hotbed for burgeoning talent in the rock and country arena. Enter, The Wind & the Wave – an Austin-based duo that charmed their way into our hearts when they stopped through Pittsburgh on their tour with the Jameston Revival. Get to know more about Patty Lynn and Dwight Baker and listen to a song from their new LP!

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I like your tattoo.

KM:  Oh, thanks. It’s a celtic knot.

Dwight:  Are you Scottish?

KM:  No, I’m a bit Irish.

Dwight:  We played in Ireland.

KM:  That’s so cool, tell me about it!

Patty:  We went on a tour with a band called Stereophonics. They’re huge over there. So we were on their US/Canada tour.

Dwight:  Yeah, we played Ireland, Scotland and mainland Great Britain.

KM:  Tell me about how you found each other and became a band.

Patty:  I was in another band and I was living in Austin. And he came out to see somebody that my band was opening for. And liked what he heard, I guess.

Dwight:  I just thought you were pretty. No, I loved what I heard. She’s got an enchanting voice. It’s magic.

Patty:  And so after that, my band built a relationship with him. He has a really nice studio in Austin. We made a couple records with him. And then through that process, we just became friends. We just enjoyed each other’s company. Definitely more so than I enjoyed the company of my bandmates. It was just kind of a natural thing that happened.

Dwight:  And then she quit her band. And I had a break in my schedule so we started writing together and it became that record very quickly. Then three months after that, we signed to RCA. It was very weird and very quick.

KM:  That is quick. So you’ve been a band for about a year?

Dwight:  Yeah, I think we’re at about 18 months. It’s been fun.

KM:  People usually want to know what any artist’s influences are. But we’re going to make you narrow that down to the one album that truly affected your path in music.

Patty:  Transatlanticism by Death Cab for Cutie just opened my brain. Before that I didn’t really know what I liked in music. Like, I liked whatever my friends liked, or thought I did anyway. And then I heard that record and it’s just in another world.

Dwight:  I’d say that the first record that affected me was Pet Sounds by the Beach Boys. The first one that I went like, “whooooa. I want to sing along with all of this! This is genius!” And I’m like, 6.

KM:  I wanna go back to the topic of touring for a minute. Which place was your favorite to play and why?

Dwight:  I like the Midwest. I like Des Moines and …

Patty:  Like Omaha.

Dwight:  Yeah! There’s something really awesome about the Midwest. Or just out-of-the-way places, Portland’s been great too. When you don’t get a band everytime they come through on tour, like a city doesn’t get every tour, kids are just dying for it.

Patty:  Which is the way it should be all the time. But it’s not. I mean, we’re from Austin and I love Austin. Favorite place to go? Austin. But the people who live there see live music 10 times a day.

Dwight:  We loved European fans too. ‘Cause they just get up on each other’s shoulders and throw a beer in the air.

Patty:  They know how to do it right.

Dwight:  It’s like a working class crowd with Stereophonics and they’re just out for a good time. And it just makes the show more fun. Listening, paying attention but being rowdy too.

Patty:  They’re always in the moment.

Dwight:  American fans these days tend to spend a lot of time on their cell phones.

Patty:  Me included! I’m on my phone all the damn time! But when you go to a show, it’s like, why are you there?

Dwight:  You almost want to give a lecture. Let’s all put our phones on silent like on an airplane and all participate and afterwards, let’s go crazy!

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Current Obsession: The Silky Lace Kimono Jacket

The Kimono Jacket, our current obsession… Why? Because it is the easiest way to add effortless style to your outfit. With an easy open silhouette and flowy short sleeves, this piece is the perfect lightweight layer to elevate your summer wardrobe.  If you are an avid pinterest, instagram or blog crazed follower then we’re pretty sure you have seen this trend pop up in your feeds over and over again.

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This delicate top is perfect with a bralette and denim shorties

Shop the Look:
Silky Lace Kimono Top
Cutout Bralette
Longhorn Charm Necklace
Vintage Hi-Rise Shortie
Studded Belt Hipsack
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The kimono has been spotted countless times at beaches across the globe and all over festival grounds at this year’s hottest shows. Take your kimono from the sand and grass to your everyday activities. Whether you are spending your summer days lounging by the pool, doing some retail therapy at the mall or meeting friends for coffee, grab this trendy extra layer and your #AEOStyle has just been launched to the next level.

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 The crocheted lace sleeves add a feminine touch to jeggings and booties

Shop the Look:
Silky Lace Kimono Top
Young Hearts Graphic T-Shirt
Turquoise Pendant Necklace
Jegging
DV by Dolce Vita Clark Bootie

From our favorite fashion bloggers to celebrity style icons including Jessica Alba, Nicole Richie, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, to name a few, all have been spotted wearing their favorite kimono styles. Join the kimono club and challenge yourself to create your perfect look. There are endless ways to outfit the kimono… from mixing with prints and patterns, pairing with skirts and crop tops, wearing over rompers, or just simply with jeans and wedges – basically what we are trying to say is you can wear a kimono with ANYTHING (even your shortalls)!!!

Don’t forget to show us how you styled the kimono trend on Instagram and Twitter with #AEOStyle for a chance to be featured on AE.com.

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Graph-Tastic! Celebrating Men’s & Women’s Graphic T-Shirts

This summer, it’s all about expressing your #AEOStyle through Graphic T-Shirts and Tanks. Check out some of our favorite prints, available in stores and online and get graphic for your next outing.

 

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Shop the look:
Girls: 
Dream Graphic Tank
Neon Heart Graphic Tank
Graphic Hoodie T-Shirt
Real Soft Signature V-Neck Graphic T-Shirt
Nothing To Wear Graphic T-Shirt

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Guys: 
‘Murica Graphic T-Shirt
Dream Graphic T-Shirt
Photo Real Hoodie T-Shirt
Graphic Hoodie T-Shirt
Owl Graphic T-Shirt

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Pitchfork Packing and Festival Guide

Pitchfork Music Festival is one of Chicago’s best music festivals that the city has to offer. The three day event features musicians with genres from alternative rock to hip hop to jazz and beyond. Check out our list of what to pack, places to explore and who to listen to while in the windy city.

Pack:
Girls:
Keep your festival #AEOStyle city sleek with neutral tones. Add a pop of color to incorporate some extra energy into your outfit.

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Shop the look:
Embroidered Zipper Bag
Don’t Ask Why Strappy Tank
Khaki Boy Bermuda (Similar)
DV by Dolce Vita Clark Bootie
Heart Pendant Necklace

Guys:  Keep your style comfortable and cool for long days at the festival grounds. Tie a button down around your waist for added warmth when the sun goes down. Don’t forget to pack comfortable walking dancing shoes and a duffel bag to carry your festival essentials.

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Canvas Duffel Bag
Canvas Sneakers
Legend Crew T-Shirt
Plaid Button Down Shirt
10″ Classic Length Short

Eat:
Homeslice: Wheel House: 
Pizza, a French Bulldog named Gary, and a fantastic atmosphere to boot. This place rocks.

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Home Slice Wheel House (and Gary the French Bulldog). Photo Credit: @Addie_Perkins

Old Crow Smokehouse:  This country themed bar serves up a mean moonshine with muddled blackberries, lemon sour and topped with a mint sprig. Yeehaw!

Waffles Cafe: bWonuts…a hybrid between a waffle and a doughnut. Need we say more?

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Holy Wonuts! Photo Credit: Thrillist.com

Bobtail Ice Cream:  Homemade creamy goodness with flavors like Cubby Crunch, Peanut Butter Cup and Signature Sunset.

Do: 
John Hancock Observatory:  The best view in town. Treck 1,000 feet above Lake Michigan to enjoy breathtaking views of the city.

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Check out the view! Photo Credit: Fodors.com

Beach Volleyball Bump, set and spike on the shores of Lake Michigan.

Wrigley Field:  Crack open a box of Cracker Jacks, root for the Cubs and celebrate the parks 100th birthday.

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Celebrating 100 Years. Photo Credit: Crownaudio.com

Lincoln Park Zoo:  Enjoy free admission and views of lions, tigers and bears…oh my!

Listen: 
Beck:  This LA born musician is well known for his unique sound which incorporates genres like funk, soul, alternative rock, jazz and psychedelia…to name a few.  We love, Loser and Blue Moon.

Grimes:  This Canadian beauty spits out a synth pop sound so alluring, it will keep you wanting more. We love: Genesis and Go. Ft Blood Diamonds.

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Grimes. Photo Credit: Grimesmusic.com

Real Estate:  This all-american band from New Jersey delivers beachy vibes that meet a hazy indie rock sound. We love: Talking Backwards and Past Lives.

Tune-Yards:  Known for her entertaining stage presence, we can’t get enough of this energetic, world beat, indie pop gal. We love: Water fountain and  Wait for a Minute.

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Tune-Yards photo credit: Thebabybridged.com

 

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Denim Try On Event- What’s the best fit for you?

This July, we’re celebrating denim in a BIG way. With over 22 fits, 81 washes and 84 sizes, it’s hard not to spread the love on America’s #1 favorite denim brand. We sat down with Manager of Styling, Lauren R. to get the deets on her favorite fits this season and what works best for every body type.  Check out her denim picks below and don’t forget to try on our jeans in store from July 10th -23rd for your chance to win amazing prizes which include, a Macbook computer, AEO gift cards and more!

Body Type: Athletic. Jean Fit: Sky High Jegging
This super Hi-Rise and ultra tight fit will create and accentuate your beautiful curves.

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Body Type: Full-Figured. Jean Fit: Kick Boot
This fit really flatters full-figured body types. Clean lines will slim those problem areas and our stretch fabric will help create comfortable and elongated silhouettes.

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Body Type: Petite. Jean Fit: Jegging
The Jegging fit is perfect for a petite frame. Super stretch fabric, low rise and a hem that hits right at the ankle ensures a great fit and mimics the appearance of longer legs.

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Guys: No matter if you like Original Straight, Loose or Classic Bootcut, we’ve got styles and washes that match your personality. Bonus to these awesome jeans… try on a pair in stores for your chance to win one of the awesome prizes below!

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Click here for the AEO BTS 2014 Denim Try On Event Official Rules.

 

 

 

 

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#AEOStyle Roundup: Red, White and Blue Edition

We love all things red, white and blue! And, on July 4th, we saw an overwhelming number of posts on Instagram and Twitter showing off your Independence Day getup with #AEOStyle!  We were so impressed by your photog and styling skills that we just had to share a few of our faves (so hard to choose)! Take a look and tell us your favorite image in the comments below.

Shop the look:
Denim Shortie
Flag Graphic Tank (shop similar)

Shop the look:
Denim Shortall
Don’t Ask Why Long Sleeve Sweater

Shop the look:
Hi Rise Festival Shortie

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Shop the look:
Skinny Jean
Silky Kimono Top (shop similar)
Silver Wedge

Shop the look:
Coca-Cola Graphic Muscle Tank
Stars and Stripes Denim Shortie (shop similar)
Star Printed Bandanna 

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