7 things we love…

Welcome to this week’s edition of 7 Things We Love! Get inspired by all the things inspiring US right now, from what we’re reading and eating to what we’re wearing and listening to. Let us know what you think about our picks in the comments —and give us yours, too!

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WHAT WE’RE WEARING: STAR PRINTED SNEAKERS
Get a little patriotic with your #AEOSTYLE by slipping a pair of star-printed sneakers on your feet! Whether you go for slip-ons or chukkas, this trend is all red, white and you.

WHAT WE’RE EATING: SALT & STRAW ICE CREAM
Let’s face it—nothing says summer like a big scoop of ice cream. But we’re not talking your typical, run of the mill vanilla here. Portland’s Salt & Straw ice cream is handmade in small batches with 17 percent butterfat, all-natural dairy, organic and local ingredients (with a few imported flavors thrown in for good measure). They had us at Chocolate Chip Mint Julep and Sea Salt with Caramel Ribbon.

WHAT WE’RE READING: ELEANOR & PARK BY RAINBOW ROWELL
Honestly? We’re loving this book for the cover alone. It’s just a bonus that this story of two star-crossed teens who meet in 1986 and bond over their mutual love of comic books is SO. FREAKING. GOOD. This is the book EVERYONE is reading right now, so don’t be left out. (Oh, and The Fault in Our Stars’ very own John Green wrote a glowing review of it in The New York Times, so there’s that.)

WHAT WE’RE WATCHING: TAMMY
It seems Melissa McCarthy can do no wrong. Her latest movie centers around a character who loses her job and finds out her husband has been cheating on her. Doesn’t sound like the most uplifting start, sure… but something tells us McCarthy’s physical comedy will find a way to give people more than a few laughs.

WHAT WE’RE DOWNLOADING: THE NEW EMOJI LIST
All right, so these aren’t TECHNICALLY available yet, but we’re chomping at the bit to get our fingers on all new emojis for our texts and Instagram posts. A few of the gems include a sports medal, chipmunk, candle, crayon and a wind blowing face.

WHAT WE’RE LISTENING TO: HUNGER OF THE PINE BY ALT-J
Indie rock band Alt-J isn’t only cool because they’re from England. They have a way of drawing you in with their mesmerizingly awesome beats. This song in particular is tranquil with an edgy vibe and just a little mysterious. (Oh, and it includes Miley Cyrus on a loop. So there’s that.)

WHERE WE’RE GOING: BOSTON
There really isn’t a better place to celebrate the 4th than in one of our most patriotic cities. Boston is home to the Freedom Trail, which includes everything from Old North Church (which, hint hint, played a major part in the American Revolution) and the beautiful Boston Common. But what we’re most excited for is the annual Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, which takes place on the Esplanade at the Charles River and includes the concert and one of the most awesome fireworks displays you can possibly imagine. If you need a quick bite, stop at Spike’s for a Junkyard Dog—be sure to get one with a pickle spear inside the bun.

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What’s Trending this month? you asked, we tell…

Music with a starter course and a can of paint? Yep, you read that right…

So what’s this all about? First things first: let’s discuss music and how it plays into our everyday lives. Your favorite song that you play over and over again. The song that reminds you of summer nights or your first kiss. The playlist that tells the story of your life. The song that helped you get through your first breakup. If that’s not enough to remind you of the impact that music has on our lives, new research shows that it can impact your food and your personal space too!

How, you ask?

You’re about to move into your new college apartment and the first thing you want to do to claim your space is paint the walls. Now the big question comes into play… how will you choose between that light grey color or the cool mint green?

Kelly-Moore Paints teamed up with researchers at UC Berkeley on The Sound of Color project to help consumers display their feelings through color in their personal space. Check out how they translate music and color correlations into paint palettes!

If you love throwback hits like Nirvana’s Smells like Teen Spirit and want to evoke a sense of nostalgia then light purple is your color. Or maybe Beyoncé’s Crazy In Love has you feeling a little romantic… then swap the purple for pink.

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Check out their Pinterest board for more music and color inspiration

Don’t want to have your feelings on the wall quite yet? Then check out:

(Dis)Play That Song was created by Barcelona-based creative designer Hendrik Hohenstein who developed an app that converts song lyrics into a pattern of graphic elements and color. The project not only allows people to see what their favorite songs look like, but also provides a different medium through which to discover new music.

And to top it all off… studies reveal that sound can affect and even enhance the taste of your food and suggest songs people should play while enjoying them.

Making mac and cheese and need a playlist to go with it?

Supper provides food and drink recipes from notable chefs and mixologists, as well as recommendations for related songs that they curate. Meal recipes come with two playlists: one to listen to while cooking and another to hear when eating.

Would you paint your walls based on your favorite songs? Tell us in the comments below.

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7 things we love…

Welcome to this week’s edition of 7 Things We Love! Get inspired by all the things inspiring US right now, from what we’re reading and eating to what we’re wearing and listening to. Let us know what you think about our picks in the comments—and give us yours, too!

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WHAT WE’RE WEARING: MUSCLE TEES
Summer’s hottest tops are a little rock ‘n roll inspired (and a whole lot of awesome). Right now we’re especially loving this Muscle T-Shirt from our brand-new Don’t Ask Why collection, which fuses the effortless street style of New York, L.A. and Milan with festival-inspired edge.Wear it with soft shorties, like we’ve styled it here, or try it with jeggings or a maxi skirt.

WHAT WE’RE EATING: GRILLED STRAWBERRY PARFAIT
Did you know that grilling and roasting fruit helps bring out its natural sweetness? Well, it does… and right now we’re obsessed with adding grilled strawberries to Greek yogurt and granola for a healthy yet totally sweet treat.

WHAT WE’RE READING: THE GIVER BY LOIS LOWRY
Whether this was/is required reading for you in school or you just pick it up for fun, this book is a must-read. Lowry’s book was at the forefront of the YA dystopic craze, and for good reason… her story centers around Jonas, who lives in a community in the future where everything has become controlled to the point of Sameness. After receiving the position of The Receiver for the community, Jonas goes on a gripping path of self discovery. Read the book now before the movie (featuring one of our current #MCMs, Brenton Thwaites) comes out in August.

WHAT WE’RE WATCHING: GIRL MEETS WORLD
Okay, it hasn’t premiered yet (it starts on June 27). But in the meantime, we’re obsessively watching (and rewatching) the trailer featuring our favorites, Cory and Topanga. (And we might just be watching old episodes of Boy Meets World to get even more excited.) We’re really hoping this show lives up to our expectations.

WHAT WE’RE DOWNLOADING: YOUTUBE CLIPS OF THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON
Simply put? Jimmy Fallon is killing it as the new(ish) head of The Tonight Show. We watch every clip he posts on YouTube and laugh uproariously at every one, from his Lip Sync Battle with Emma Stone to the celebrity photobomb he did with Jon Hamm. We can’t wait to see what happens every night.

WHAT WE’RE LISTENING TO: CLUBFEET BY HEARTBREAK FEATURING CHELA
A combination of disco, electronic, electro and synthpop sounds like it might be a little overwhelming… but in the case of Heartbreak, the duo of Ali Renault and Sebastian Muravchix, it somehow works. You won’t be able to keep from dancing to the beat of this track, which feels like a mix of 80’s pop with current electro pop.

WHERE WE’RE GOING: SEATTLE
Did you know that Saturday is the longest day of the year? That’s why we’re heading to Seattle, where we’ll have our pick of the Fremont Fair, Solstice Parade and the first ever Solstice Concert Series. We also can’t wait to check out the different boutiques, nightlife and the restaurant scene. Oh, and we’ll probably be picking up a few of our favorite Starbucks lattes.

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7 Things We Love…

Welcome to this week’s edition of 7 Things We Love! Get inspired by all the things inspiring US right now, from what we’re reading and eating to what we’re wearing and listening to. Let us know what you think about our picks in the comments—and give us yours, too!

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WHAT WE’RE WEARING: THE AE SOFT ROMPER 
Need something amazing to wear to all those graduation parties you’ve been invited to? This romper is designed in soft, lightweight jersey to keep you cool while the parties heat up. We’re loving the tied back straps, the slouchy fit and the can’t help but be noticed bright pink hue.

WHAT WE’RE EATING/DRINKING: ICED COFFEE
There really is just nothing better than a cold, refreshing drink in the middle of a heat wave. Now that summer is (almost) (finally?) here, we can’t get enough of iced coffee. Whether you like it black or with cream and sugar, it’s got the perfect amount of caffeine to give you that needed boost when you feel like you’re starting to drag. (Plus, we love taking afternoon walks to Big Dog, a coffee shop near our South Side campus.)

WHAT WE’RE READING: RECONSTRUCTING AMELIA BY KIMBERLY MCCREIGHT
There’s a mystery surrounding the death of Brooklyn teen Amelia, and her mother is determined to get to the bottom of it. Multiple plot twists, gasp out loud surprises and intertwining characters make this a highly entertaining and seriously obsessive read. We even started an office book club just so we could read this one!

WHAT WE’RE WATCHING: LABYRINTH
We can’t wait for this two-part miniseries, airing on May 22-23 on The CW. Not only does it star the gorgeous Jessica Findlay (who played Sybil on Downton Abbey), but this story that shifts back and forth between medieval and modern-day France features Tom Felton (AKA Draco Malfoy) and Sebastian Stan (AKA the Winter Soldier). We can’t wait to travel in time with these three.

WHAT WE’RE DOWNLOADING: BOOTIE MASHUP
Want to listen to some awesome bootleg mashups? Head to this site, run by A Plus D, which promises to “provide the soundtrack for the A.D.D. generation.” Find mashups of everything from “Turn Down For What” and “#Selfie” to “Timber” and the can’t help but dance to it “Happy” by Pharrell.

WHAT WE’RE LISTENING TO: “RED EYES” BY THE WAR ON DRUGS
These four guys from Philly have been rocking since their debut studio album, Wagonwheel Blues, in 2008. Off their third studio album, Lost In The Dream, “Red Eyes” is the perfect road trip song—it has just enough energy to keep you going but with a relaxed, laidback vibe.

WHERE WE’RE GOING: MUIR WOODS
Did you know today is Love A Tree Day? And there’s really just no better place to do that than the Muir Woods. It’s filled with redwood and sequoia trees with ancestors that date back millions of years—and the sight of these massive trees is, in a word, magical. After you get your fill of nature, be sure to take a drive down the coastal highway for some truly breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean.

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7 things we love…

We’re back with another 7 Things We Love! Here are all the things inspiring us right this second, from what we’re eating and watching to what we’re wearing and downloading. Let us know what you think about our picks in the comments—and give us yours, too!

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WHAT WE’RE LISTENING TO: WATER FOUNTAIN BY tUnE-yArDs
When playing live, New England native Merrill Garbus can create drum loops on the spot and layer them with ukulele, vocals and electric bass. The first single off her 3rd album, Nikki Nack, “Water Fountain” is an awesome mix of eclectic, upbeat and world music inspiration. This is definitely the kind of song that will be stuck in your head for days on end (in a good way, of course).

WHAT WE’RE DOWNLOADING: 100 NEW EMOJIS 
Avery Monson is kind of a genius with this new Vine, which features everything from “A Tupperware Container Full of Secrets” and “Season 3 of The OC on Blu-Ray” to “Incriminating Browser History” and “A Guy Who Refuses to Eat Over-Ripe Bananas.” Each one is darn near perfect in its execution—we dare you not to keep watching (and pausing) for hours at a time.

WHERE WE’RE GOING: BALTIMORE, MD
The Kentucky Derby may be this weekend, but we’re gearing up for Preakness Stakes… or, our favorite part of it, “The Freakness.” This giant outdoor party attracts thousands of people and always promises to be a good time. While you’re in town, why not enjoy some of what Baltimore has to offer, like the sights of the inner harbor and the locally owned shops and restaurants in Fell’s Point. (Or if you’re into baseball, a visit to the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum is a worthy stop.)

WHAT WE’RE READING: THE SELECTION SERIES BY KIERA CASS
In this series’ (near) dystopian future, America has become Illéa, an empire complete with a system of eight castes and The Selection, a competition for the prince’s hand in marriage. America Singer, a Five, becomes one of 35 girls to enter the competition. These books are full of intrigue and plot twists you’ll never see coming—and with Cass’s third book, The One, coming out on May 6, we can’t wait to find out what happens next. If you’re a fan of dystopian literature like The Hunger Games, Divergent and Delirium, this series is a must read.

WHAT WE’RE EATING: FISH TACOS WITH MANGO MINT COCONUT COLESLAW
Say what you want about Gwyneth Paltrow, but the woman can come up with some seriously amazing recipes. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in true #AEOSTYLE with these fish tacos, which combine cod coated in salt and pepper with charred peppers and some good ol’ fashioned grill time. Be sure to top them with this fresh take on cabbage slaw.

WHAT WE’RE WEARING: NINA PUSHUP PINEAPPLE BIKINI TOP
Pineapples are this season’s IT print. They lend an immediately cheerful and retro-inspired vibe to every outfit, and we’re simply loving them festooned on our Nina bikini top. Plus, now we’re totally ready for a visit to the Dole plantation in Hawaii.

WHAT WE’RE WATCHING: NEIGHBORS
Okay, so technically this movie doesn’t come out until next week. But we’re already obsessed with the new sure to be hilarious movie starring Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne as a couple with a new baby and Zac Efron and Dave Franco as the leaders of a raucous fraternity who moves in next door. We can’t even count how many times we’ve already watched the trailer.

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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with #AEOStyle

Cinco de Mayo is only a few days away and with the weekend coming up, it’s the perfect chance to extend the celebration! We’ve put together some tips and tricks for throwing a great Cinco de Mayo party as well as some outfit inspiration to make sure that your #AEOStyle is gran estilo!

Wear:
Guys: Celebrate the 5th of May in #AEOStyle that’s not only comfortable, its party ready too. Pair your cutoff denim back to a graphic tank and canvas sneakers. Add some shades if your outside and don’t forget your sunscreen!

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 Tequila soup anyone? 

Shop the look:
Photo Real Ringer Tank (similar)
10.25″ Destroyed Denim Cutoff Short
Canvas Sneaker

Girls: This season, we’ve been seeing a lot of crop tops paired with maxi skirts! Keep the party going with great accessories and booties.
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 Fiesta ready! 

Shop the look:
Cutout Cropped T-Shirt
Embroidered Yoki Maxi Skirt
Western Bootie
Accessories

Eat:
You can’t throw a great party without scrumptious eats. Check out this recipe here from Dish by Dish for insanely good guacamole and homemade chips.

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Photo Credit: Dish By Dish

Pinata Cookies: We couldn’t resist putting these little guys in our celebration post. Your friends will be pleasantly surprised when they crack open these cookies! Find the recipe from She Knows here.

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Photo Credit: She Knows

Drink:
Margarita. Served shaken, blended, with salt or straight up, the Margarita is a must for Spanish inspired celebrations. We found a recipe for Blackberry Margaritas from Tide and Thyme that adds a twist to the traditional recipe.

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Photo Credit: Tide and Thyme

Decorate: 
It’s all about endless amounts of colorful tissue during Cinco de Mayo! Check out this super cute DIY idea from Oh Happy Day and start building your garland now.

Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Photo Credit: Oh Happy Day

Listen: Another staple to a great party? Fast beats! We’re loving Armanda Latina- featuring Pitbull and Marc Anthony and Jump In The Line- Harry Belafonte. Check out more of our favorite Cinco de Mayo songs on Spotify.

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