#HEARTTHISCITY: San Francisco

As part of Alternative Spring Break 2014, American Eagle Outfitters has teamed up with the Student Conservation Association to beautify and clean up urban parks throughout the country as part of Alternative Spring Break. We’ll bring you the story of each location throughout April. Join the movement this Spring Break and don’t just go somewhere, do something! Read on to learn more about our San Francisco project from Jean, an SCA team member.

Our volunteers arrived in droves to Golden Gate Park starting at 10am on Day One. I had nonstop registration traffic for about an hour! I loved the energy and excitement of all the volunteers. Once we did a quick introduction, we all headed out to different projects including building planter boxes, painting, cleaning around the building, planting, mulching, and weeding.

SCA Leader Teamer Marvin V. preps planter boxes.

SCA Leader Teamer Marvin V. preps planter boxes.

I took a deep breath, drink of water and led 25 volunteers into Golden Gate Park to work near Alvord Lake, spreading mulch and weeding planters along the bike path. Immediately, visitors to the park began thanking us as we worked. One man said the mulch was especially needed because “it’s gotten so dusty around these trees. It used to be so pretty. This will be great!” We even got a few thumbs up from people on tour buses as they yelled “thank you!” to us.

Right before lunch, we regrouped with everyone involved in the project and heard from some speakers. They did a great job motivating us and articulating the importance of not only conservation work, but urban conservation. Phil Ginsberg, the General Manager of San Francisco Recreation and Parks, was especially inspiring. He spoke of the need to protect urban greenspaces, to help the environment and give people a connection to nature within cities.

Christopher C. speaking on the history of Golden Gate Park.

Christopher C. speaking on the history of Golden Gate Park.

Throughout the week, we forged ahead with our projects, completing them with enthusiasm. I spoke with an SCA alum, Amanda Botsford, who said she came out to the event because she remembered how transformative her SCA experience was and she wanted to reconnect with SCA.

Working on the mural.

Working on the mural.

Throughout  the week,  I was so impressed to see volunteers working past 4pm to ensure everything was completed on time. The SCA members from Oakland and Menlo Park were a huge help cleaning up once we completed our work. It was awesome to see them in action! They embodied the spirit of volunteerism, and reminded me why I love working with SCA members.

The project was an incredible success. The park looks better than ever and we left our stamp with the colorful mural created by Chor Boogie.

Volunteers in front of the completed mural.

Volunteers in front of the completed mural.

Keep checking back for coverage of our clean up and art installations this Spring Break in New Orleans, Chicago and Pittsburgh.

Follow the SCA on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and go to AE.com/SCA to donate.

Meet the Cast: Matty

matty

Meet Matty, an aspiring chef from Bend, Oregon and winner of American Eagle Outfitters Project Live Your Life. We had the chance to learn more about Matty — read on to learn why she loves to cook and what her specialty dish is.

You’re originally from Dalles, OR and now live in Bend, OR. What do you heart about those cities?
The things I heart about Dalles is that most of my family lives there and it is a place I can always run away to if needed. I heart everything about Bend! Bend, Oregon will forever have my heart. From the breath-taking scenery, to the kindest people you’ll ever met, and the small town feel… I love it all!

You love to cook. What is your specialty?
My favorite thing to cook is Chicken Parmesan.

Do you feel like food is a form of art?
I definitely feel like cooking is a form of art. It’s crazy to throw together so many different ingredients together and have it turn info something amazing that you’ve never even tasted before!

When did your love for cooking begin?
My love for cooking began when I was a pretty little, around 8 or 9 years old I would say. I would always watch my grandpa in the kitchen and watch cooking shows on TV with him for hours. I think I fell in love with all the different smells!

Do you have any cooking traditions?
A cooking tradition in our family is everyone coming together to help make great meals for the family. I think that’s what I really love about cooking, it brings the ones you really love together.

Who inspires you to cook?
My grandpa inspires me too cook, as well as most of my family.

What do you enjoy most about cooking?
The thing I enjoy most about cooking is making everyone happy through food and bringing everyone together. Who’s not happy when they are eating good food?

You love nature and enjoy working in your community garden. What are some of the reasons that you love doing this?
I loved working in the community garden over summer for the fact that I was helping out someone else. It felt really good to give back to such a beautiful town.

And the Winner Is… Project Live Your Life Week 5

And the Winner Is… Project Live Your Life Week 5

To celebrate our Spring 2014 photo shoot in San Francisco as well as our #HEARTTHISCITY partnership as part of Alternative Spring Break, we wanted to make the prize for the last week of Project Live Your Life a trip to the City by the Bay. Gil A. from North Laredo, Texas will be taking a friend on a trip to San Francisco! Congrats, Gil!

Be sure to check back here and at ae.com/liveyourlife to meet the grand prize winners who will be part of our Back to School 2014 campaign.

#AEOSTYLE Challenge: Global Prints

Our designers travel the world to find the coolest print inspiration to create global prints exclusively for you. Sometimes global prints can seem a little tricky to style, but fashion bloggers Ashlyn from Let it Be Beautiful and Shanna from Because Shanna Said So created two looks to help us out. Be sure you visit each girl’s blog to see even more shots of their looks.

#aeostyle challenge global prints ashlyn let it be beautiful jumpsuit

Ashlyn from Let it Be Beautiful in our Soft Floral Jumpsuit.

Meet Ashlyn: Ashlyn is a personal life + style blogger living in DC with her better half + English Bulldog, Tinsley. Let it Be Beautiful was originally created as a personal outlet where she could share her life as a physician assistant student. Quickly, her blog evolved into a place to share her inspiration with others. Let It Be Beautiful offers a daily dose of style, design & prettiness!

#aeostyle challenge global prints ashlyn let it be beautiful jumpsuit

Detail shot of our Soft Floral Jumpsuit.

 

#aeostyle challenge global prints ashlyn let it be beautiful jumpsuit

Ashlyn took the romper in a completely different direction by adding a denim vest.

What inspired Ashlyn’s look: When deciding on what to pair with the jumpsuit, I was thinking ‘cozy & casual’ for spring or summer. I tend to throw on my denim vest over a dress, tank or t-shirt & the outfit is completely transitioned. Also, adding a pop of color to any look is important to me, so my red bag was a no-brainer. Get Ashlyn’s look: Soft Floral Jumpsuit Denim Vest (similar)

#aeostyle challenge global prints ashlyn let it be beautiful jumpsuit

Shanna from Because Shanna Said So in our Soft Pant.

Meet Shanna: Shanna is a personal style blogger born and raised in Texas. She currently resides in the Austin area and is living life to it’s fullest. She began her blog in late 2011 with a passion for reaching women of all ages and sharing affordable fashion, accessible style inspiration and her favorite cosmetics. She truly believes that women do not have to spend a lot too look like they did.

#aeostyle challenge global prints ashlyn let it be beautiful jumpsuit

Shanna shows off the versatility of a soft pant by wearing sneakers for a casual-cook look.

#aeostyle challenge global prints ashlyn let it be beautiful jumpsuit

Detail shot of our Soft Pant.

What inspired Shanna’s look: I opted to style these pants on a very casual level. They are easy to move around in with an elastic waist and airy material. They are super comfortable and perfect for running weekend errands. The versatility is amazing and could easily be taken into the evening with a pair of heels, a solid crop, long chain necklace and clutch. Get Shanna’s look: Soft Pant Show us how you style your global prints with #AEOSTYLE on Instagram, Tumblr and Twitter for a chance to be featured on our AE.com Style Gallery, our Instagram and Tumblr accounts or blogs.

Meet the Dog: Tippy

Meet Tippy, a happy tail-wagging pup. Tippy is one of the fierce models starring in our American Beagle Outfitters campaign. We wanted to learn more about Tippy, so we asked her mom Chrissy, to share the inside scoop on her daring daughter.

tippy

Dog Name:

Tippy

Dog Age:

Two years old-ish (birthday is celebrated on Christmas, because she is a miracle)

Screen Shot 2014-02-27 at 3.41.08 PM

Tippy in the city

Dog Breed:

German Shepard Mix (but I’m pretty sure she’s a domesticated coyote)

Tricks for Treats?

Sit, Shake, Other Shake for turkey, chicken, bacon, and anything cooked in butter.

Why did you think your dog would be a good model for our newest line?

She’s an adventurous and independent free spirit pup…SHE LITERALLY LIVES HER LIFE.

What are your dog’s favorite places to hang out?

Presque Isle, Erie Pennsylvania with her best friend Nellie the yellow Labrador. It’s the perfect combination of beach and woods.

Does your dog have any shameful secrets?

She’s terrified of water.

What’s your dog’s most embarrassing moments?

She ran into a stop sign once while checking out another German Shepard.

Screen Shot 2014-02-27 at 3.41.17 PM

 Ready for my close up

What is your dog’s favorite outfit to wear?

Anything that’s easy-to-wear, she’s a T-shirt and jeans kind of pup.

Would you recommend American Beagle Outfitters to other dogs?

Absolutely! She has so many dog friends who love clothes. (especially her friend Ella)

Is your dog single or attached?

She’s kind of a babe. Doesn’t want to settle down anytime soon. She digs Pnewman, though.

Screen Shot 2014-02-27 at 3.40.48 PM

Tippy looking fine.

Ride in the car vs. Walk in the park?

Walk in the park, as long as it’s off the leash.

Screen Shot 2014-02-27 at 3.41.00 PM

Relaxing in the grass at the park

Rope vs. Fetch?

Both, but loses attention quickly, she would rather hang out with her friends.

Favorite treat?

Cloud Star Buddy Biscuits or Tricky Trainers

What’s your best memory with your dog?

The day I adopted her.

Why did you pick this specific dog?

Those ears.

What was it like seeing him/her up for the first time after you purchased the dog?

MAYHEM.

Is the dog an only child?

She has a step brother who lives in Columbus, OH (Ogi)

Does your dog bite or lick the mailman?

“What’s a mailman?” – Tippy

Nappers vs Players?

Perfect combination of both.

What words do they know?

Sit, stay, “no, no, NOOOOOOO!” “COME HERE!”

What tricks can they do?

Sit, shake, other shake, lay down.

Do they prefer mud or baths?

Oh mud, for sure.

Describe your dog’s personality in 5 words-

Pesty, nosey, vocal, out-going, happy

Who are your dog’s best friends? Any neighborhood animals?

Andy, Nellie, Pnewman, Ogi & Ella

Where does your dog sleep?

She has no boundaries.

What’s your sleeping style? Don’t disturb the dog, or don’t disturb me?

If you want to sleep in, don’t wake the dog.

Is there anything your dog won’t do?

She won’t eat vegetables.

Does your dog have any favorite TV shows?

She doesn’t have cable.

What makes your dog bark?

Men.

What is the funniest thing that your dog does?

Whenever someone gets up off the couch, she steals their spot.

How would you describe your personal style?

Casual, simple, active.

What is your dog’s #AEOStyle?

W I L D F U R C H I L D

What do you think of your dog’s outfit?

Outrageous + fun.

When you heard American Eagle was coming up with a clothing line what were your first thoughts?

Initially I thought it was pretty wild, a dog clothing line?! I’m pretty excited that we can coordinate!

Where would your dog wear American Beagle Outfitters?

The sidewalk is her runway.

What would be the perfect look for you to match your dog?

She’s active just like me! We run a lot together. So anything that is versatile enough to look good and be functional to wherever our day leads us!

 Follow Tippy:

@stuffpupdoes

Want to show off your dog’s style? Then use #AEOSTYLE on Twitter and Instagram for the chance to see your pup on AE.com.

Meet the Dog: Wilco

Introducing you to Wilco, one of the models for our new collection, American Beagle Outfitters. We asked his owner questions about Wilco so we could learn more about the crazy and mischievous dachshund starring in our campaign.

wilco

Dog Name:

Wilco (Willie) Leedy

Dog Age:

Seven

Dog Breed:

Standard Dachshund

Tricks for Treats?

Will jump up for treats.

Why did you think your dog would be a good model for our newest line?

I thought Wilco would be a good model for your newest line, because he embodies that everyday style that dogs all around are searching for.

IMG_1095

Wilco checking out his casting picture

What are your dog’s favorite places to hang out?

Wilco’s favorite place to hang out is in the kitchen.

Does your dog have any shameful secrets?

No, not really! Wilco likes to keep it real most of the time.

What’s your dog’s most embarrassing moments?

Wilco’s most embarrassing moments are when he tries to hang with the bigger dogs, because although he is a tiny dog he tries to act like the big ones which never really works out.

What is your dog’s favorite outfit to wear?

Wilco loves to relax in his hot dog costume!

Would you recommend American Beagle Outfitters to other dogs?

Already have.

Is your dog single or attached?

Neither, Wilco seems to attract lots of ladies.

Ride in the car vs. Walk in the park?

Walk in the park

Rope vs. Fetch?

Fetch

Favorite treat?

Snausage

What’s your best memory with your dog?

My best memory is going to the beach with him and playing catch.

Why did you pick this specific dog?

My dad had a dream he wanted a dachshund so we knew it was meant to be!

What was it like seeing him/her up for the first time after you purchased the dog?

It was so cute! Wilco was so tiny he could fit in the palm of your hand.

Is the dog an only child?

No! Wilco has an older sister Maggie.

Does your dog bite or lick the mailman?

He only barks, would never bite.

Nappers vs Players?

Wilco is most definitely a player!

What words do they know?

Sit (only if my dad says it), Potty, but most of all food!

What tricks can they do?

Wilco doesn’t know how to do much of anything besides eat.

Do they prefer mud or baths?

Mud!

Describe your dog’s personality in 5 words-

Crazy, lovable, mischievous, stubborn, and criminal.

Who are your dog’s best friends? Any neighborhood animals?

His sister Maggie.

IMG_1105

Besties on the set of the American Beagle Outfitters photo shoot

Where does your dog sleep?

In the bathroom.

What’s your sleeping style? Don’t disturb the dog, or don’t disturb me?

Don’t disturb me.

Is there anything your dog won’t do?

Not at all!

Does your dog have any favorite TV shows?

He loves the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. (He loves seeing Jiggy on the big screen!)

What makes your dog bark?

Any loud noise!

What is the funniest thing that your dog does?

One time he jumped up on the table and drank my dads rum and coke! lets just say he couldn’t walk straight for a while!

How would you describe your personal style?

“I like to be comfy and cute at the same time!”

What is your dog’s #AEOStyle?

He’s inspired by Preston [AEO's Director of Styling]! He would like to be Preston when he grows up.

What do you think of your dog’s outfit?

He loved his look.

When you heard American Eagle Outfitter’s was coming up with a clothing line what were your first thoughts?

“What took them so long and it must have been Preston’s idea because he’s a genius.”

Where would your dog wear American Beagle Outfitters?

Around town, the kennel, the groomers and to his vet check ups.

What would be the perfect look for you to match your dog?

Jeans and a tank top.

Want to show off your dog’s style? Then use #AEOSTYLE on Twitter and Instagram for the chance to see your pup on AE.com.

 

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 57 other followers