The Ultimate Summer Playlist

We’re celebrating the summer sunshine with new swim, weekend getaways and great music. Whether you need tunes for an upcoming road trip or while you’re soaking up the sun at the beach, we’ve got a fresh playlist that will get you in the summer state-of-mind in no time. Check out our playlist below and be sure to follow us on Spotfiy to gain access to what we’re listening to. Have a song request? Tell us in the comments below!

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How To Style Hi-Rise Shorties & The Hi-Neck Tie Side Tank With Hustle + Halcyon

The best of summer is yet to come… the season’s just getting started, and now is the perfect time to refresh your #AEOSTYLE. Some of our favorite pieces are both modern and bohemian retro, like our hi-neck tanks and destructed denim shortsPayton from Hustle + Halcyon styled our Hi-Neck Tie Side Tank and Hi-Rise Shorties with festival flair. Get to know Payton and the inspiration behind her #AEOSTYLE below. Love her look? Check out Payton’s past post featuring #AEOSTYLE, too.

Payton from Hustle + Halcyon styled our Hi-Neck Tie Side Tank.

Meet Payton:
“Hi friends! My name is Payton. I’m a life & style blogger and Texan who just moved out to sunny Los Angeles, California! I’ve always been obsessed with aesthetics and messing around with colors and textures in my personal style and through home décor, which ultimately led me to blogging about style. Hustle + Halcyon was born from the love of all things pretty, coupled with my affinity towards living a healthy, but balanced and realistic, lifestyle!”

Payton from Hustle + Halcyon styled our Hi-Rise Shorties and Hi-Neck Tie Side Tank.

What Inspired Payton’s Look:
“For this look, I kept it pretty simple because I wanted the crisscrossed sides and the texture of the top to be the real star of the show. I’m all about the neutral colors, so the suede-look top paired nicely with some western-vibe suede booties. I LOVE these shorts! They’re super flattering rolled up or left rolled down, and they’re so, SO comfortable! I added a silver collar necklace to liven up the neckline a little, a calf-hair cross-body to add in some extra texture, and let my hair just kind of do it’s big, blonde thing. I could totally see this look working perfectly for an outdoor summer concert!”

Payton from Hustle + Halcyon styled our Hi-Rise Shorties.

Shop The Look: AEO Hi-Neck Tie Side Tank | AEO Hi-Rise Shortie

Photography: XJENN3 Photography

Show us how you wear your Hi-Rise Shorties or the Hi-Neck Tie Side Tank with #AEOSTYLE for a chance to be featured in our Style Gallery on AE.com.

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Summer Fashion 2016: #AEOSTYLE Picks

It’s the summer solstice! We finally made it – the first day of summer has arrived. We’ve never been more ready to soak up everything this season has to offer. From ice cream on the weekends to walks along the beach, we’ve got the perfect #AEOSTYLE to go on any adventure. Our styling manger, Laura, picked out two looks that will start your season off right, with just the right mix of trend-right pieces and seasonal basics. Below, we’ve got the best start-of-summer looks for girls and guys.

GUYS: Graphic tees are where it’s at this summer – go for a bold stripe or a bright pattern to really stand out. Basic denim cutoffs with deliberately destructed details pair well with almost every t-shirt or button down. Slip on a pair of athletic sneakers for a cool contrast, and finish the look with classic sunglasses.

It's the first day of summer! Our styling manager picked out the perfect look to start the season.

Shop The Look: Crew T-Shirt | Core Flex Denim Cutoff Short | Pony Sneaker (Similar) | Classic Sunglasses

GIRLS: We’re living for a bold shoulder silhouette this season, and we also love the ease of styling a one-piece like a romper or dress. A breezy, bright cold-shoulder romper with eyelet details and bell sleeves is definitely Instagram-worthy #AEOSTYLE. Pair your romper back to metallic strappy sandals and a crochet crossbody bag. Rose gold aviator sunglasses complete the look!

Our styling manager picked out your perfect first day of summer look! All you have to do? Get dressed!

Shop The Look: Cold Shoulder Romper | Woven Huarache Sandal | Crochet + Bead Crossbody Bag | Aviator Sunglasses

What are you wearing this first day of Summer 2016? Show us using #AEOSTYLE on Instagram & Twitter, and tell us in the comments below.

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ERIN’S OUTFIT OF THE WEEK: SUMMER SHOULDERS

We’ve been thinking summertime for months, and now it’s official! Celebrate the first day of the season by baring your pretty shoulders.

ERIN’S OUTFIT OF THE WEEK: SUMMER SHOULDERS

Shop Erin’s Look: Strapless Jumpsuit | La Playa Lace Padded Bandeau Bralette | Thong | Floppy Knit Hat | Towel Bag Tote Cat Eye Sunglasses | Half United’s Wrap Bracelet | TonyMoly Face Mask | AEO Huarache Thong Flip Flop

Show off your tan in our Strapless Jumpsuit, an easy look for summer days and nights. We’re obsessing over poms this season, so its pom trim makes it even more of a favorite. Keep it simple in black and white underneath and our La Playa Lace Padded Bandeau Bralette and printed Thong. Accessorize with Half United’s Wrap Bracelet and give back while looking cute: every Half United item sold provides 7 meals for a child in need.

Happy summer!

ERIN’S OUTFIT OF THE WEEK: SUMMER SHOULDERS

 

 

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Pineapple Mint Fauxjito

Our good friend Erin, the blogger behind The Almond Eater, is back with her final recipe for our summer countdown series. If you missed her other posts, you can find them here, here and here. Cool down this weekend and celebrate the summer solstice with a sweet drink! Keep reading for Erin’s recipe. 

Enjoy a non-alcoholic version of this classic drink! This Pineapple Mint Fauxjito tastes like a fruity and refreshing mojito minus the morning hangover. It’s sweet, refreshing and ready in just 5 minutes!

 

Make this Pineapple Mint Fauxjito & celebrate the summer solstice!

So, instead of a mojito, today we’ll be enjoying a pineapple mint FAUX-jito. Get it?! I thought I was beyond clever when I “created” that word but, as it turns out, the fauxjito is real. Which is a good thing, because the flavors of a mojito deserved to be enjoyed with or without alcohol.

My cocktail of choice is a mojito. In one word, they are REFRESHING. In more than one word, they are refreshing and come in a variety of flavors and I’m fairly certain you can’t mess them up.

You definitely can’t mess these fauxjitos up – they’re that easy! They’re five ingredients and they come together in approximately 5 minutes, maybe 10 if your pineapple isn’t already cut. THAT’S IT. You’ve got your pineapple (duh), your club soda (necessary), your mint leaves (refreshing!), your lime juice (yes please!), and your…wait for it…coconut milk (YES I’M SERIOUS).

Make this Pineapple Mint Fauxjito & celebrate the summer solstice!

For whatever reason, I’ve been into adding coconut milk to cocktails recently, specifically coconut milk. Coconut milk plus any fruit equals tropical to me, and tropical equals fruity alcoholic and/or non-alcoholic beverages. Yes, it’s true. Coconut and pineapple may be the most common combination, and that’s because they go perfectly together. A match made in heaven, if you will.

So whether you’re sitting poolside with your BFFs your on your couch watching Friends reruns (no judgment here), I hope you find an excuse to sip on a pineapple mint fauxjito. Trust me, you won’t regret it!

Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups pineapple, muddled
  • 2 cups pineapple juice (1 cup fresh pineapple+1 cup water, mixed in a blender)
  • ½ cup club soda
  • 10 mint leaves
  • ¼ cup coconut milk
  • Juice from 1 lime

Directions:

  1. Place cubed coconut in a bowl and use a muddler (or a fork) to smash it down; divide evenly between two glasses.
  2. In a separate bowl, stir pineapple juice, soda, mint, milk, and lime juice together really well; pour overtop of muddled pineapple, dividing evenly.
  3. Garnish with a lime wedge and enjoy!

Share your fauxjito pics on Twitter & Instagram using #AEOSTYLE! We’d love to see how you’re celebrating summer.

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Summer 2016 Beach Reads

Our motto for hanging out at the beach? Sun, sand and books. With more free time, summer is a great season to catch up on all of the bestsellers from the past year. Beach days are pretty much made for relaxing, and we love to do so with a book in one hand and a cold drink in the other (+ #AEOSTYLE, of course). We’ve rounded up some of our recent favorite novels – including everything from YA lit to fiction to memoirs – so that all you have to do is head to the bookstore or open up your Kindle! Check out our picks below, and let us know what you’re adding to your summer reading list.

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Aerie Triangle Bikini Top
Denim X4 Hi-Rise Shortie
AEO Cat Eye Sunglasses

1. Me Before You by Jojo Moyer: How could we not include this bestseller AND movie on our list? If you’ve already seen Me Before You in theaters, you know just how deep the feels are in this humorous and heart-wrenching story. The book follows Lou Clark as her life unexpectedly changes forever after becoming a caretaker for a man who lost faith in life and love. You’re going to laugh and cry – maybe at the same time – during this read!

2. Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell: It wasn’t long ago that we were obsessing over Rowell’s hit novel, Eleanor & Park. Rowell has a talent for creating characters that are both unique and relatable, and the characters in this short story are no different. Truly a perfect beach read due to its shorter length, Kindred Spirits will make you just a little less alone in this world – because who isn’t a little bit quirky?

The best books to read when you lounge on the beach this summer in #AEOSTYLE.

3. The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer: At this point it’s pretty clear that Amy Schumer is all of us. Get to know 2016’s favorite comedian better in her autobiographical look at everything from her romantic adventures to embarrassing moments… then try to tell us you don’t want to be in her #squad.

4. Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty: Moriarty became one of our favorite authors with her breakout bestseller Big Little Lies. This author has a gift for exposing our true selves, even when we don’t want her to. In this novel, two best friends discover just how much one small moment can change your life… for better, or worse. We can’t wait to get our hands on this book on July 26th!

The best books to read when you lounge on the beach this summer in #AEOSTYLE.

5. Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave: What would you do if everything you thought you knew about your soon-to-be husband changed in one second? In Eight Hundred Grapes, Georgia retreats to her family’s vineyard in Sonoma after her life is thrown for a loop. She only has one week to decide if she’s going to get married or not, but when she learns that her family has been keeping some secrets, the decision is tougher than ever. Bonus: there’s a rumor that Eight Hundred Grapes could become a film, so read it now!

6. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs: The first novel in a bestselling series of three, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children explores a hidden world right inside our own. Follow Jacob as he journeys to find the truth about his grandfather’s death and discovers something… peculiar… about himself along the way. Be sure to check out the movie trailer here, too.

What books made your beach reads list this summer? Tell us in the comments below!

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