If anyone tries to tell you there are “rules” involved with wearing white, give them our number. Before Memorial Day, after Labor Day, any and every day…. we think it’s always all white to wear all white. Need a little inspiration? Our stylist pulled some of her brightest faves from our latest collection to get your summer started.
Hola from Tulum, Mexico, where the ocean water is crystal clear, the sun is always shining and the food is amazing! After a quick plane ride, we landed in paradise, and Raphael, Fanny and I couldn’t wait to explore Tulum.
We stayed at Papaya Playa Project, a tropical themed hotel where each room was decorated uniquely with straw rooftops and its own personal space away from other guests. Rather than a typical resort where there are people everywhere you go, picture a place tucked away in a lush jungle just a hundred feet away from the ocean with nothing but the sound of the waves and a light breeze; a place where you can get away and be at peace with nature but still have great company when you need it.
We dropped our bags off in our room and grabbed dinner at the hotel restaurant. I cannot begin to tell you just how amazing the seafood was! To be honest, everything tasted amazing in Tulum! The food was fresh and had unique flavors unlike anything else. After a decadent dessert, we called it a night to get ready for the upcoming day.
We enjoyed breakfast and the beautiful scenery right at our hotel, taking advantage of the hammocks on the beach. The ocean front was decorated with hundreds of twisted palm trees, colorful cabanas and even some iguanas. Surrounded by palm trees, we couldn’t resist getting a few fresh coconuts and taking a dip in one of the pools.
After our swim, we headed to Gran Cenote which is an underwater cave. Tulum has over two hundred underwater caves. The caves are great for snorkeling and swimming, but we decided to just dip our feet in and enjoy the landscape.
Next up on our list was lunch at Posada Margherita. This place was located right on the beach and had quite a few beach chairs for relaxing in while you enjoy an appetizer or a cold drink. Once we filled up our stomachs with delicious food, we explored the area and found a cool little rooftop that overlooked the beach and had amazing views.
One of my favorite things about Tulum was all of the shopping right along the beach. We browsed the shops and ended up renting bicycles to get around town. After a long first day we decided to grab a quick dinner at Mateo’s Mexican Grill before getting some sleep for our next day of adventures.
The next morning, we headed to the city after breakfast and checked out some unique architecture scattered throughout downtown Tulum. One of my favorite things about this place is the beautiful things around each corner, which makes exploring another country feel exciting. After some fun in town, we headed back to our hotel to relax and take advantage of the day beds and swing set right on the beach.
We couldn’t leave Tulum without exploring the ocean, so we rented snorkeling gear and went for a dip. We wrapped up the day by watching the sunset and having dinner at Tabano. Worn out from a long day we went to our rooms to catch a great night’s sleep before heading home the next day.
Tulum, Mexico is destination I highly recommend. It’s full of tranquility and peace and is a place where you can relax one day then explore the surrounding beauty on another. If you could spend a week or even just a few days in Tulum, who would you bring with you? Let us know in the comments below!
Shop The Story:
Tiered Fringe Shift Dress
AEO Mirror Lace-Up Romper
Print Bubble Cami
Denim X Cafe Hi-Rise Shortie
Textured Kimono Cardigan
Pocket Crew T-Shirt (Grey)
Pocket Crew T-Shirt (Midnight Blue)
Stripe Popover Short Sleeve Shirt
Active Flex Classic Flat Front Short (Blue/Pattern – Similar)
Core Flex Denim Cutoff Short
Active Flex Classic Flat Front Short (Black/Pattern)
Getting up early to make breakfast is probably low on your list first thing in the AM… mornings are hard enough! Overnight oats are an easy way to get in protein and fiber to keep you satisfied and start your morning right. The best part? This breakfast can be made the night before, meaning you don’t have to give up those few extra minutes of sleep!
For the oats:
1/2 cup oats
1 cup almond milk
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp hemp seeds
½ tsp vanilla extract
½ cup fresh blueberries
For the blueberry granola:
2 ½ cups oats
½ cup agave
1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup sliced almonds
½ cup dried blueberries
1 tsp salt
1] In a small mixing bowl, combine all ingredients for the overnight oats. Stir and place in the fridge overnight.
2] Preheat the oven to 320℉ and line a baking sheet with foil.
3] In a large mixing bowl, combine the salt, vanilla extract, agave and coconut oil.
4] Add the oats and almonds to the liquid and mix.
5] Spread the granola on the baking sheet and bake for 18-20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes to prevent burning.
6] Once the granola is done baking, sprinkle on the dried blueberries.
7] Layer the fresh blueberries and granola on the overnight oats.
We believe that working out can (and should!) be fun. We’re an organization of 2,500+ girls at more than 24 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.
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.
Congratulations, Class of 2016! You made it. It’s your time to graduate, and we’re going to show you how to do it in #AEOSTYLE. Sure, you’re going to wear a cap and gown for the majority of your ceremony, but you need a graduation outfit to show off when it’s time to capture the moment on Instagram after! The key to a perfect graduation outfit is to keep the look simple, modern & classy. Stick to shades of white, blue, black, grey and tan, since your cap and gown will be school colors. Girls – we recommend a casual heel for the ceremony, since you’ll be doing a lot of walking; a strappy wedge is our shoe of choice since it’ll give you the support you need to avoid tripping on stage! And guys – no sneakers allowed. Keep scrolling down, and get ready to graduate in #AEOSTYLE!
Girls: Light and Classic
You’ve been studying equations for the past few years, so here’s one we know you’ll get: light dress + graduation gown = no distracting colors showing through! White is a traditional, clean color (which is why it’s perfect for important occasions like graduation), and it’s also appropriate because it won’t show through your gown & will look great in pictures. Make sure the dress you choose hits right above the knee so it doesn’t peek out below your gown! Strappy tan wedges are neutral and will pair well with any color gown. If you want to bring a little personality to the look, do it by adding small details like a fun bralette or a statement necklace.
Guys: Simple and Bright
You graduation outfit is all about muted tones & classic styling. The key to making the grade is an airy button-down shirt and simple pants. If khaki is your thing, then go for it! Remember, black or grey pants would work well, too. If you’re going to wear a patterned shirt, make sure that the print is subtle and not too dark. The light blue striped shirt below will work well since it won’t overheat you underneath your graduation gown – it is a two-hour long ceremony, after all. Casual shoes like boat shoes or loafers will complete your look.
Christine from Moxie a Fashion Blog is confident & loving the swim she’s in! Share your unretouched swim photos or videos with #AerieREAL & we’ll donate $1 (up to $30,000) to NEDA.
“When I was asked to partner with Aerie (American Eagle) for their Real Campaign, I was SO excited. Not just about the product I would be featuring but about the cause. I am so so so passionate about girls, young and old loving their bodies. They challenged people to post unretouched photos of them in a swimsuit to show what girls’ bodies everywhere can look like. It’s so easy to get caught up looking at magazines and wishing we had something we don’t, whether it be the clothes we’re looking at or the body of the model wearing them. I kind of love how social media blogging has put advertising into the hands of everyday girls to try to eliminate the gap that’s sometimes felt when someone looks at a model in a magazine. Learning to love your body is one of the most freeing things ever. And so my hope is that every girl everywhere can learn to do the same.”
Shop Christine’s Look: Hi-Neck One-Piece Swimsuit
One of our favorite pastimes is hanging out by the pool or beach. With beach season just over a month away, we can’t stop daydreaming about laying in the sun and hanging out in the sand! This year, AEO has everything you need for a day by the water – we’re talking hats, sunglasses, sunscreen and, of course, pool accessories. Wherever your vacation destination is (even if you’re staying in your own backyard), you need to check out our summer beach essentials!
Take it to the beach! A few key items to pack in your tote are a blanket, sunscreen & a big sunhat. Summer is the season of fun, so don’t be afraid to get adventurous with your vacation style. We’re obsessed with whimsical accessories like our pineapple sunglasses, and we think a matching mini drink float is necessary. When you’re ready to relax, play a game of cards or turn on your pool radio. Don’t forget a small bag to stow away your phone and sunnies while you’re in the water. If you want to capture all of the beach action without risking a broken phone, an underwater camera will be your best friend!
SHOP EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR YOUR BEACH DAY:
1. AEO Straw Hat
2. Hang Ten 08 Tanning Oil
3. AEO Crossbody Sunglasses Case
4. AEO Cat Eye Sunglasses
5. Sunnylife Underwater Camera
6. AEO Medallion Paisley Blanket (Similar)
7. Big Mouth Mini Fruit Float Drink Pack
8. AEO Huarache Flats
9. Sunnylife Retro Sounds Radio
10. Invisibobble Hair Tie (Similar)
11. Hang Ten 30 SPF Sunscreen
12. AEO Sunglasses Case
13. AEO Pineapple Sunglasses
14. Slant Pineapple Tumbler
15. AEO Washed Linen Tote
16. Sunnylife Giant Playing Cards