AEO Lake Powell Travel Diary

With its beautiful landscapes painted in orange and red tones as well as the many activities on land and water, Lake Powell has become a very popular vacation spot. Casey, Melissa, and I couldn’t wait to explore the area so we packed up the car in LA and hit the road for an epic weekend getaway.

When we got to Lake Powell we did some hiking through some of the most unique landscapes we’ve ever seen. One stop we made on our hike was the Rimrocks Hoodoos where mushroom shaped rock formations stick straight up out of the ground.

AEO Lake Powell

Next up on our list was one place I have been dying to see, Antelope Canyon. We took a tour through the lower canyon with smooth sandstone walls made over time by wind and water. There were even dinosaur footprints at the end of the canyon!

AEO Lake Powell

After all of the hiking we needed to refuel so we stopped at a Thai restaurant in town called Dara Thai Express. After we refueled we threw on our swimwear and hit the water. With the beautiful blue water and surrounding landscapes it really felt like we were on another planet.

AEO Lake Powell

To end our first day of adventuring, we decided to go to a lookout spot very close to the Glen Canyon Dam. We sat along the edge of one of the cliffs, listened to some tunes and watched the sunset — truly a moment I’ll never forget. Once it started getting dark we headed over to Bonkers Restaurant and had some amazing dinner before we called it a night.

The next morning, we grabbed breakfast at Ranch House Grill and then headed to Horseshoe Bend to catch some early morning light. It was a little cold outside so we grabbed a few sleeping bags and set them up right next to the edge of this beautiful windy canyon where we watched the many boats on the river below us float by.

AEO Lake Powell

The last spot was something straight out of a movie. Just off a little dirt road is a huge cliff face called Coal Mine Canyon. The canyon overlooked colorful rock formations scattered throughout the vast desert landscape. We opened up our map and decided to do some exploring. Around every corner was something new and unique. We could’ve explored the area forever!

AEO Lake Powell

Lake Powell is definitely a place to add to your travel bucket list. There is so much to do and so many beautiful places to see!

Have you ever been to Lake Powell? If so, let me know your favorite places in the comments!

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OUTFITS:
AEO First Essentials Strappy Bralette
AEO Printed Wrap Maxi Skirt
AEO Bell Sleeve Lace-Up T-Shirt
AEO Hi-Rise Denim Shortie
AEO Tassel Shift Dress
AEO Wrap Sweater Crop Tank
AEO Soft & Sexy Maxi Print Skirt
AEO Hi-Neck T-Back Tank (Similar)
AEO Black and White Poncho

SWIM:
Aerie Crochet Triangle Bikini Top
Aerie Crochet String Bikini Bottom
Aerie Crop Bikini Top (Similar)
Aerie Bikini Bottom (Similar)

ACCESSORIES:
Birkenstock Arizona Sandal
Dolce Vita Kara Bootie (Similar)
AEO Straw Boater Hat
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The Curvy Blogger Loves the Swim She’s In!

Mandy from The Curvy Blogger is summer-ready & 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.

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“It took me so long to feel comfortable in swimwear. I used to avoid pool parties, and beach vacations with friends. I am so glad I am over that phase in my life! Now it’s all about the swimwear, I go for pieces that make me feel good and a little bit sexy. This suit from aerie is perfectly my style, and fits like a dream!”Aerie_7

Shop Mandy’s Look: Hi Neck Crop Bikini Top | Hi-Rise Bikini Bottom
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Now it’s your turn! Share your unretouched swim photos or videos with #AerieREAL & we’ll donate $1 (up to $30,000) to NEDA. Then tag 2 friends & challenge them to share!

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ERIN’S OUTFIT OF THE WEEK: INTO THE WHITE

Bright whites for the coolest summer! Our stylist’s outfit of the week is all about our fave new trend.

ERIN’S OUTFIT OF THE WEEK: INTO THE WHITE

Get Erin’s Look: Triangle Bikini TopTeeny Bikini Bottom |  Crochet Fringe Trim ShortLace Strap Cami | Cat Eye Sunglasses | Dolce Vita Katirna Sandals

No matter how you mix and match this look, everything’s gonna be all white. Start with swim and our Triangle Bikini Top and Teeny Bikini Bottom. Then add in a little texture with our Crochet Fringe Trim Short paired with our Lace Strap Cami. Then grab your sandals and your sunnies and you’re set!

ERIN’S OUTFIT OF THE WEEK: INTO THE WHITE

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#AEOSTYLE Fashion Roundup: Lighten Up

Warmer weather equals lighter, brighter #AEOSTYLE! It’s simple math. Summer is all about easygoing style. Some of our favorite trends this season are tassel & lace details and neutral color-mixing, and this week, you showed us that you’re into these looks, too. Your #OOTD proved that Summer 2016 is the season of denim shorts… and endless style possibilities abound. Breezy kimonos, off-the-shoulder silhouettes & button down shirts are great toppers to both shorts and jeans.

Adding accessories like slip-on sneakers and high-tops or a great fringe bag and sunglasses won our hearts. Plus, cool denim jackets and bombers were essential to your looks (and work well for layering when nights get chilly). Keep scrolling to see the best #AEOSTYLE looks of the week.

LOOK 1:
@ohlalalita rocked the Tomgirl Jean like a pro with a white top, huge sunnies and sneakers.

@ohlalalita styles American Eagle Outfitters clothing.

Shop The Look: Tomgirl Jean | Denim Jacket (Similar) | Soft & Sexy Eyelet Tank (Similar) | Slip-On Sneaker (Similar)

LOOK 2: 
We’re obsessed with @whatcourtwore‘s take on edgy-boho. A bandana tied around the neck is a summer accessory essential.

@whatcourtwore styles American Eagle Outfitters clothing.

Shop The Look: Denim X4 Shortie | Soft & Sexy Swing T-Shirt (Similar) | AEO Lace + Mesh Kimono (Similar)

LOOK 3: 
@i_karlee_ proves that sometimes simple wins in a pretty bell sleeve shirt and jeans.

@i_karlee_ styles American Eagle Outfitters clothing.

Shop The Look: Denim X Cafe Jegging | Tiered Lace Top (Similar)

LOOK 4:
@lisamarieprang mixes patterns with vivid solid colors effortlessly in this look.

LOOK 5:
Street style perfection by @girlandcloset. Add sunglasses for a weekend-ready look, day or night.

@girlandcloset styles American Eagle Outfitters clothing.

Shop The Look: Skinny Jean | Ruffle Hem Tank (Similar) | Eyelet Bomber Jacket (Similar)

LOOK 6:
This @aeo_timessquare associate knows that a bold shirt on top balances out with neutral bottoms. Add a baseball hat for a laid-back vibe.

@aeo_timessquare styles American Eagle Outfitters clothing.

Shop The Look: Striped Popover Shirt | Skinny Active Flex Pant (Similar) | Lace-Up High Top Sneaker (Similar)

LOOK 7:
Beach-ready @chiclibellule has us hoping for zero rainy days – boater hat necessary!

@chiclibellule styles American Eagle Outfitters clothing.

Shop The Look: Hi-Rise Festival Shortie | Off-The-Shoulder Tassel Shirt (Similar) | Straw Boater Hat (Similar)

How will you lighten up your #AEOSTYLE this summer? Tell us in the comments below, or show us using #AEOSTYLE on Twitter & Instagram for a chance to be featured in our Inspiration tab on the AEO | Aerie App.

@blackbunnnnny shows off her #AEOSTYLE in this week's fashion trend recap.
@blackbunnnnny shows off her #AEOSTYLE in this week's fashion trend recap.
@sarahstyleseattle shows off her #AEOSTYLE in this week's fashion trend recap.
@simplybethanyxo shows off her #AEOSTYLE in this week's fashion trend recap.
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AEO Laguna Beach Travel Guide

Laguna Beach is absolutely one of my favorite places in Southern California. From its beautiful crystal clear beaches to its abundant art and music scene, it is definitely a locale to put on your travel list. Lauren, MK and I went on a day trip to explore the town, its beautiful scenery and all the culture it has to offer.

AEO Laguna Beach Travel Guide

We started with a short hike to Table Rock, a beach with a beautiful little cove. The weather was amazing and we explored the area and had some fun before we headed to The Montage Resort. Just below the resort was another beach cove and we took the opportunity to snap some photos before we grabbed lunch at La Sirena.

AEO Laguna Beach Travel Guide

Next up was a fun little flower shop named Browne’s Flowers. One of the best things about California is the abundance of fresh flowers and flower shops. After snagging a few bouquets we headed down the road to Main Beach. With amazing views including a Gazebo perched on top of one of the many sea cliffs it’s no wonder this is one of the most popular beaches in Laguna.

AEO Laguna Beach Travel Guide

We rinsed the sand off our feet and were off to our third beach of the day, Crescent Bay. This is one of my favorite areas in Laguna. Perched up on the cliffs we took in the majestic views of turquoise colored water, white beach sand, and countless tall palm trees making it one of the most amazing photo spots.
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We drove along the coastline to Newport Coast for ice cream at B.Candy. With its bright and vibrant exterior you can’t miss it! With ice cream cones in hand, we continued along the coast and had to stop when we saw a gorgeous bright orange old school VW bus. We chatted up the owner as he talked about the hard work he had put into restoring it. Talk about the ultimate road trip vehicle!

Our day was coming to a close but we couldn’t leave Laguna without having dinner at Brussels Bistro.

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Laguna Beach may seem like just another beach town but it is one of my favorite places to visit. Have you ever been to Laguna? If so, tell me some of your favorite spots in the comments! Or, share your favorite beach destination for a perfect getaway adventure below!

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How to Make Chicken Tacos

What better way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo than with tacos? You can also easily transform this recipe into a burrito bowl by serving it over rice or into a taco salad over a bed of greens— whatever you want!
How to Make Chicken Tacos

INGREDIENTS

For the salsa:
1 cup of pineapple, diced
1 cup of grape tomatoes, sliced
1/2 small red onion, sliced thinly
1 jalapeño (seeds removed), diced
1 large red bell pepper, diced
1/2 bunch of cilantro, chopped
2 tbsp juice

How to Make Chicken Tacos

For the chicken:
1 lb chicken (breasts or tenders)
1 lime, juiced
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp cayenne
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp salt (optional for serving)

How to Make Chicken Tacos

Optional for serving:
Arugula
Avocado
Tortillas

DIRECTIONS

1] To make the chicken, combine the spices and lime juice in a small dish. Season the chicken with the spice rub and allow it to marinate in the fridge for at least an hour.
2] Combine bell pepper, onion, jalapeño, tomato, pineapple and cilantro in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Squeeze in the lime juice and mix to combine. Set aside or place in the fridge.
3] Cook the chicken in a skillet on medium-high heat until it’s cooked through and no longer pink, about four minutes per side. Cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces, assemble your tacos and eat up!

How to Make Chicken Tacos

How to Make Chicken Tacos

ABOUT CHAARG

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.

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

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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