Dress Up Your Summer

We love the carefree, effortless feeling that summer brings – less responsibility, more fun! Summer is the time of year when plans can happen on the fly, and you need the quick, pretty #AEOSTYLE to match. One of our favorite ways to put together a spontaneous outfit is by slipping on a one-and-done piece like a dress or romper. This season offers one of our biggest dress assortments yet, so it’s the perfect time to check out everything from our shift dresses to rompers to maxi dresses. Plus, you’ll find styles to fit any look, like an edgy romper or a polished pattern maxi dress. Make it work with your individual #AEOSTYLE! Keep reading to see how AEO will dress up your summer.

Weekend Concert
Whether you’re visiting NYC, Austin or Chicago for one of the major music festivals or keeping it low-key and heading to a local concert, a flirty, boho romper is always a top choice. Festival outfitting is all about the accessories, so an understated romper with small details like the bow on the one-piece below will allow you to amp up your festival style. Layer on necklaces, rings and bracelets, and don’t forget a pair of sunglasses. Lately, we’re loving trendy round shape. Finish the look with a fringe bag that will hold your wallet, cell and, of course, a retro camera!

Dress Up Your Summer! Take this look to a free concert in the park or music festival on the weekend.

Shop The Look: Soft & Sexy Babydoll Dress | Crochet + Bead Crossbody Bag
Round Sunglasses | Horn & Arrowhead Layered Necklace | Sunnylife Underwater Camera

Brunch With Friends 
Kick off the summer season by grabbing your friends for amazing food. Summer menus are popping up at all of our favorite restaurants, and brunch is the best excuse to catch up with friends while eating some mind-blowing waffles. Since brunch is usually relaxed, you’ll want a soft, feminine look to match. Pair a floral maxi dress with a wide-brim straw hat for a vacation-vibe. A faux-leather handbag in a neutral color will hold all of the necessities, like cat-eye sunglasses and lip balm.

Dress Up Your Summer! This look is perfect for weekend brunch with your BFFs.

Shop The Look: Hi-Neck Maxi Dress | Street Level Reversible Mini Tote
Aerie Panama Hat | AEO Cat Eye Sunglasses

Flea Market Browsing
Refresh your #AEOSTYLE and your interior design! Head to a local flea market to find a hidden gem. A casual, free-spirited look is great for wandering around outside. Be sure to take a light jacket that you can carry on your shoulder or pop on if it gets chilly in the morning. A comfortable pair of fun, patterned shoes adds interest to finish the look. Don’t forget a carry-all bag!

Dress Up Your Summer! Take this look to the Flea Market for a shabby-chic feel.

Shop The Look: Tiered Fringe Shift Dress | Denim Jacket | Slip-On Platform Espadrille | Street Level Reversible Tote

Hang at the Park
If you want to have a chill day but still take advantage of beautiful summer weather (and, let’s be real, show off this adorable look), plan a day at the park. Take a blanket, snacks and light reading material to carry you through the afternoon. This floral romper is vibrant and sweet, and the shorts silhouette will allow you to move around all day with ease. We’re all about the cold-shoulder lately, so feel free to work on that summer tan! Pull on a pair of bright white sneakers to complete the look.

Dress Up Your Summer! Grab some reading material and head to the park for a relaxing day.

Shop The Look: Floral Wrap-Front Romper | Keds Original Champion Sneaker | Cat Eye Sunglasses

How will you dress up your summer? Tell us in the comments below and show us on Twitter and Instagram using #AEOSTYLE.

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10 Ways To Spend Your Summer Friday

What’s our favorite summer holiday? Summer Fridays! Summer Fridays are a phenomenon that workplaces are starting to embrace, and we can’t image the months of June, July and August without them. If you’re not sure what we’re talking about… we’re sorry, and we hope that you get to experience the gift of walking out of work early every Friday in the summer very soon. We’re here to help you make the most of the hours you gain with a list of 10 ways to spend your Summer Friday.

1. Visit A Museum: If you’re lucky enough to live in a city with multiple museums… visit them! A little knowledge never hurt anyone, and you might be surprised at what you can learn in just a few hours walking around a museum. If you typically don’t have time on the weekend, an early-out Friday is a great way to fit a visit into your schedule.

2. Check Out A Baseball Game: Pump a little excitement into the start of your weekend by checking out a baseball game. Baseball is the sport of the summer, and from the thrill of the game to the amazing food (um, nachos anyone?), we really can’t think of a reason not to go to at least one game per season.

3. Try A New-To-You Restaurant: Warm weather equals porch season! Grab some friends after work or school and go to a restaurant you’ve never tried, preferably with outdoor seating! Summer is the perfect time to try some trendy foods like avocado toast or acai bowls (because we all know you’re #eatingfortheinsta).

4. Go For  A Bike Ride: Get out and move! While the sun is still shining midday, take your bike out for a spin. A lot of cities even offer bike rental services with parking hubs around the city, so there’s no excuse not to take a ride in #AEOSTYLE.

Spend your Summer Friday taking a bike ride around the city in #AEOSTYLE.

Shop The Look: Denim X Shortie | Plaid Boyfriend Shirt | Round Lens Flat Sunglasses
Mixed Metal Ring Pack | Street Level Faux Leather Bucket Bag (Similar)

5. See A Free Concert In The Park: One of the best perks of summer are free concerts! It seems like free festivals are popping up more than ever, and chilling out with some friends and listening to music is a beautiful way to spend a Friday afternoon. Grab a blanket to sit on & some snacks to earn bonus points with the BFFs.

6. Take A Last Minute Mini-Vacation: You’re gaining a few extra hours on Summer Fridays, so make the most of it! Plan a quick, last minute getaway & leave as soon as the work. Whether you end up camping nearby or driving all night to find a beach, you’re sure to make some memories that will last longer than just the season.

7. Volunteer For A Few Hours: You get what you give! Since you’re getting time off from everyday activity, take the time to give back to your community by volunteering with a local organization. Not only will you have more fun than you expect, you’ll feel great about your actions after. If you need some inspiration, we recommend visiting a volunteer match website.

8. Check Out Your Local Farmer’s Market: We’re huge fans of supporting our local communities, and one way to do that is by buying local. Wandering around a farmers market is a great way to spend an afternoon. You’ll be able to try fresh pastries, local veggies and fruits and even meet new people. Ice cream cone in hand not optional!

Take your #AEOSTYLE to the farmer's market for a sweet treat on your summer Friday.

Shop The Look: Chambray Dress | Round SunglassesCurved Bar Necklace | Bead Bracelet Trio (Similar)

9. Head To The Pool: Wind down after a long week by heading to the pool. You don’t need to be a member at an exclusive club to go for a swim –
community pools are a great option for catching some rays. Pack your Aerie swim in your work bag for easy access after the day is done.

10. Hang Out At The Park: Be a kid for the day! Hang out at the park for the afternoon and jump around the playground or take a walk through the grounds.

How are you going to spend your Summer Friday? Tell us in the comments, or show us using #AEOSTYLE on Instagram & Twitter for a chance to be featured in our Style Gallery.

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Banana Pineapple Matcha Bowl

Didn’t think your morning smoothie could get any better? Serve it inside a pineapple! This tropical smoothie bowl will brighten your day and help you welcome in summertime.

Banana Pineapple Matcha Bowl

INGREDIENTS

1/2 lime, juiced

1 frozen banana

1 pineapple

1/4 cup almond milk

1 1/2 cups spinach

1 1/2 tsp matcha powder

Banana Pineapple Matcha Bowl

OPTIONAL TOPPINGS:

1 kiwi

1 tbsp chia seeds

1 tbsp coconut flakes

DIRECTIONS

1] Slice the pineapple in half length-wise. Use a knife to cut the outline of the “bowl” in the pineapple and scoop out the fruit with a spoon.

Banana Pineapple Matcha Bowl

2] Place 1 cup of pineapple in a blender, add in all other ingredients and blend until smooth!

3] Pour the smoothie into your pineapple bowl, top with coconut, chia and kiwi and eat up!

Banana Pineapple Matcha BowlABOUT CHAARG

We believe that working out can (and should!) be fun. We’re an organization of 5,000+ girls at more than 37 universities that encourages college-aged girls to find their fit, whether it’s yoga, CrossFit or anything in between.

You don’t need to be a marathon runner or a weightlifting champion to join—it’s all about finding what works for you. That’s the beauty of CHAARG. We’re a group of real girls with a passion for leading happy, healthy lives.

Sound like you? Learn more about us, check out CHAARG.com and find us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

ABOUT TERESA

Teresa Sandoval is CHAARG’s Creative Project Lead. She dedicates her free time to any and all activities that let her get outside. When she isn’t taking her dog for a run or spending time in the sunshine, she can be found getting messy and creative in the kitchen.

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Music Monday: June 2016 AEO Playlist

School’s out for summer! Between BBQ’s, pool parties and summer hangs, there are plenty of reasons to ensure that you have the ultimate endless summer playlist. Check out our in store June playlist below and be sure to follow us on Spotify to gain access to our favorite songs.

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  1. Summer Ends- Agua Roja
  2. Faded- Alan Walker, Tiesto
  3. Here- Chris Lorenzo Remix- Alessia Cara
  4. I Wanna Know- Alesso, Nico & Vinz
  5. Kill The Lights- Alex Newell, Jess Glynne
  6. I’m Born To Run- American Authors
  7. Into You- Ariana Grande
  8. 2 AM- Bear Hands
  9. Off The Ground- Bit Funk, Shae Jacobs
  10. Hide Your Love- The Brinks
  11. This Is What You Came For- Calvin Harris, Rhianna
  12. Remember- Camera Shy
  13. On My Way- Cardiknox
  14. How To Love- Cash Cash, Sofia Reyes
  15. Weekdays- Catamaran
  16. Don’t Walk Away- Chromeo
  17. Best Years- Circa Waves
  18. Just Let Go- Classixx, How To Dress Well
  19. Talk Too Much- COIN
  20. First- Cold War Kids
  21. Begging Me to Come Back- Compny
  22. Deadbeat Girl- Day Wave
  23. One Dance- Drake, Wiz Kid, Kyla
  24. Shooting Shadows- DREAMERS
  25. Walking On A Dream- Empire of the Sun
  26. Moon Child- Escondido
  27. Swim- Duck House Remix- Fickle Friends
  28. Black Lemon- Generationals
  29. Turn It Around- HAERTS
  30. Colors- Sam Feldt Remix- Halsey
  31. Graduate- Handsome Ghost
  32. Shake- The Head and the Heart
  33. In the Morning- Kaskade, ZHU
  34. BULLETS- KAYTRANDADA
  35. Turn The Music Louder- KDA, Katy B
  36. Take It From Me- KONGOS
  37. Are We Electric- The Kooks
  38. X-Communicate- Kristin Kontrol
  39. Raging- Kygo, Kodaline
  40. A Love Song- Ladyhawke
  41. Operator (He Doesn’t Call)- Lapsley
  42. Old World- The Lighthouse And The Whaler
  43. Barely There- Mac McCaughan
  44. A Bit Out Of Time- Mainland
  45. Birthday Card- Marcus Marr, Chet Faker
  46. I Love Me- Meghan Trainor
  47. Out Of Sight- Miami Horror
  48. Oh- Mt. Si
  49. Red Balloon- Never Shout Never
  50. Drifting- RAC Remix On An On
  51. Laugh About It- Paper Route
  52. What Am I Becoming? – POP ETC
  53. Death Or Fame- Prism Tats
  54. You Are- Puggy
  55. Bring Back The Summer- Rain Man, OLY
  56. Ocean- Rouge Wave
  57. Satellite- Sara Hartman
  58. The Beat Comes- Snowden
  59. Make Me Feel- Sonny Alven
  60. Young & Wild- The Strumbellas
  61. Flame- Sundara Karma
  62. To My Brother- Swim Deepp
  63. Belly- Swimm
  64. New Bohemia- Transviolet
  65. Humming- Turnover
  66. Butterfly- Twin Peaks
  67. Shine On- Vinyl Theatre
  68. There’s a Brain in My Head- White Denim
  69. Summer 92′ – Work Drugs
  70. Unsteady- Jack Novak – X Ambassadors
  71. Amerika- Young the Giant
  72. Moment Goes- The Young Wild
  73. True Colors- Zedd
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Introducing K Ti per te

Italian designer Cristina Tardito’s collections for Kristina Ti have always inspired us, so we collaborated with her and created this special collection: K Ti per te. Jen from Palms to Pines pairs our K Ti per te One-Piece Swimsuit with the lightweight K Ti per te Crochet Maxi Dress for a day at the beach.

Introducing K Ti per te “If there was ever a collection that made me want to book a summer trip to Italy, it would be Cristina Tardito’s new collaboration with Aerie!  There are so many good pieces in the collection, and I love the color palette and femininity.”

Introducing K Ti per te Shop Jen’s Look: K Ti per te One-Piece SwimsuitK Ti per te Crochet Maxi Dress

Introducing K Ti per te “The swimsuits and cover-ups are perfect to pack for your first official summer getaway, whether that to the Italian Riviera or just the community pool.  I love this one-piece mesh suit with the cute printed lining peeking through underneath! Added bonus: each piece comes with a free K Ti per te drawstring dry bag. I just love it when amazing designers collaborate with brands I can actually afford to shop! ;)”Introducing K Ti per te Introducing K Ti per te Introducing K Ti per te Show us what makes you #AerieREAL on Instagram and Twitter for a chance to be featured on our Style Gallery! xo

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DIY Chocolate Dipped Coconut Popsicles

Erin, the food blogger behind The Almond Eater, is back again this week to help us count down the days until summer. Today, we’re celebrating National Chocolate Ice Cream Day with Chocolate Coconut Popsicles – definitely a must-make on our summer to-do list. These Chocolate Coconut Popsicles are dipped in chocolate and just what you need to curb your sweet tooth and cool down on a hot summer day. Bonus: they’re dairy free and only 6 ingredients!

You know, for being a food blogger, I’m pretty terrible at keeping up with the food holidays. I blame it on the fact that there are several different food “holidays” every single day. With that said, I think it’s fun when you put up a recipe that happens to coincide with a food holiday.

Lucky for me, my friends over at American Eagle informed me that today is National Chocolate Ice Cream Day, so I figured, what better way to celebrate than with chocolate popsicles?

Chocolate Dipped Coconut Popsicles

I had been eyeing a popsicle mold for two years (kind of pathetic, I know), and I finally broke down and purchased one about a month ago. Best decision ever? I think yes. Also, if you’re ever debating something for two years, you should probably just bite the bullet and DO IT.

I don’t know about you, but popsicles instantly remind me of my childhood. After spending all day out in the sun, what else was I supposed to eat to cool down? Popsicles were always the answer. For some reason, you don’t hear about adults eating popsicles nearly as much as kids, and I’m guessing that’s partially because many of the store bought popsicles are full of fake flavors and generally just not that good. Yeah, I said it. Lucky for you, these chocolate coconut popsicles are quite the opposite!

Chocolate Dipped Coconut Popsicles

These popsicles are:

  • Creamy
  • Equal parts chocolate and coconut
  • Dairy free
  • 6 ingredients
  • Sweet but not too sweet
  • Practically perfect

The cool thing is that you can make this recipe in a blender, so the prep time is only five minutes, if that! Once you’re ready to devour them, you take them out of the freezer, dip them in melted chocolate and gobble them right up. But you already knew that.

Recipe

Ingredients:
1 can (13 oz.) coconut milk
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder or cacao
¼ cup maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup chocolate chips
¼ cup coconut oil

Directions:

  1. Combine milk, cocoa, syrup, and vanilla extract in a blender and pulse for at least 30 seconds or until mixture is completely smooth.
  2. Pour mixture evenly into popsicle mold and freeze for at least 2 hours.
  3. When you’re ready to eat the popsicles, prepare the chocolate dip.
  4. Heat chocolate chips and coconut oil in a microwave-safe dish for 2 minutes, stirring the mixture every 30 seconds; set aside.
  5. Remove popsicles from the freezer and follow instructions on the mold package on how to remove popsicles from the mold.
  6. As you remove them, dip each popsicle in the chocolate mixture and then place on a plate or baking sheet; repeat for all popsicles and then place them back in the freezer for 15-20 minutes.
  7. Remove and enjoy!

What are you eating to celebrate National Chocolate Ice Cream Day? Tell us in the comments below!

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