Music Monday: AEO Up Next: Vance Joy

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For this week’s installment of AEO Up Next, we present Aussie indie folkster, Vance Joy. He’s been super busy on tour and handling the new-found stardom that comes with a chart-topping hit. That hit is called “Riptide” and it’s just about the most simultaneously lighthearted and painful love song out right now. Check it out below and read on to get to know the man behind Vance Joy in the Q & A after the jump.

AEO:  People usually want to know what any artist’s influences are. But we’re going to make you narrow that down to the one album that truly affected your path in music.

Vance Joy:  Elliott Smith: Either/Or

AEO:  Where was your first show and what was it like?

VJ:  It was at the Queenscliff Music Festival when I was 10. I was with my family. My little sister and I sat near the edge of the stage as Jimmy Little played his set. We had had his album “Messenger” in the family car for a while before the show, so we knew the tunes. I have a few strong memories of that night.

AEO:  Anyone who’s seen any movies about rock bands knows that the tour bus can be like an extension of a wild backstage party or a place for band antics. Tell us the craziest or funniest tour bus story to date.

VJ:  Our tour bus isn’t crazy at all it is pretty calm. On the long road trips you need to just zone out and read or watch some t.v show. We have had some late night music dancing sessions which have been memorable. I get so pumped up listening to “Turn Down For What.” And also Sheryl Crow “If It Makes You Happy”, but mainly “Turn Down For What”. We were driving around Maine with turn down for what pumping and getting so fired up.

AEO:  What was the last song you played on your phone?

VJ:  “Mad World” cat Stevens

AEO:  What’s your favorite thing to do when you have a creative block that you need to work through?

VJ:  Go run errands and make them the focus. Make coffee dates and run around like a headless chook.

AEO:  Top 5 albums that anyone who’s reading this should go out and buy right now:

VJ:  Cat Stevens – Tea for the TillermanColdplay – Rush of Blood to the HeadElliott Smith – Figure 8Father John Misty – Fear funKillers – Day and Age

Now that you’ve gotten to know about Vance, channel his look with #AEOStyle.

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1: Solid Poplin Button Down Shirt
2: Slim Jean
3: Downtown Leather Belt
4: Thorogood 1892 Boot
5: Slim Jean
6: Plaid Button Down Shirt

Want more Vance Joy action? Check out our BTS 1 playlist curated by Vance on Spotify!

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MUSIC MONDAY: AEO UP NEXT: DESERT NOISES

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For our second installment of AEO Up Next, we called up Kyle Henderson of the band Desert Noises to talk about the great state of Utah, Alabama beaches and life on the road. The twangish, indie-rock quartet recently released their LP, “27 Ways,” which is something of a tribute to their roots in Utah coupled with their life on the road. Get to know more about Kyle and listen to a track off of “27 Ways” after the jump.

AEO:  Were you born and raised in Utah?

Kyle Henderson:  I was,  yeah. Most of us were. Brennan was actually born in California and then we’ve all lived here for most of our lives.

AEO:  What’s Utah’s music scene like?

Henderson:  It’s actually really good. It’s all sorts of different stuff. But yeah, there’s a really good music scene in my hometown of Provo.

AEO:  How has the scenery of Utah or the music scene itself inspired your work?

Henderson: I think a lot of it is inspired by the surrounding nature. How this place is, you’re surrounded by mountains and kind of just trapped in, ya know? It’s also a really hard place to leave because it feels so closed. And the culture is so tight-knit and everything, that I’d definitely say that the beauty of this place plays a huge part.

AEO:  Can you tell us a little bit about “27 Ways”? How long did it take to create and what was the process like?

Henderson:  We were working on it for probably about two years before we started recording it. And it was basically like in between tours, we’d be writing new songs and really trying to focus on that. We’d take them out on the road and change them as we were touring. So it became an album that came from being on the road and living on tour. We’re on tour a lot. So we kind of have to do things a different way by trying out new ideas on the road.

AEO:  Interesting. That’s almost counter to what you described Utah as being like: an insular sort of culture. You created this album in completely different circumstances. Were you just traveling the States?

Henderson:  Just the States. We haven’t played outside the states yet.

AEO:  It’s coming soon, I’m sure.

Henderson:  Yup.

AEO:  I know you guys have been billed on a few festivals. Which ones were your favorites so far?

Henderson:  Oh man. They’re all so good. They’re all so different. Recently we just played this festival called Hangout Festival, which is on the beach in Alabama.

AEO:  Alabama has a beach?!

Henderson:  Yeah, you’re literally in the sand while you’re playing.

AEO:  That’s awesome!

Henderson:  Yeah. So that was very epic.

AEO: Can you tell us what the one album is that truly affected your path in music?

Henderson: I would say Led Zepplin III.

AEO:  Good one. So, festivals aside, what smaller show was your favorite to play?

Henderson:  I guess what comes to mind is Lincoln, Nebraska. For some reason, that place really just gravitated towards us. And so every time we go there it’s just like a riot. That kind of place was like our first show experience where it was like, whoa, there’s people actually coming to the shows. I think that that was a big key point in our music career.

Now that you’ve gotten to know Kyle and the Desert Noises a little better, channel their look with #AEOStyle!

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Music Monday: AEO Up Next: Tijuana Panthers

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For the first installment of the AEO Up Next Series, we called up Phil Shaheen of Cali based Tijuana Panthers to learn where his musical inspiration stems from; chat about how mowing the lawn can inspire inspiration and how cool cassettes still are. Stop into AEO to hear a playlist curated by the Tijuana Panthers. And be sure to head over to their website to buy their latest record, which, of course comes on cassette.

AEO:  Thanks for taking the time to chat with us. Where are the other Panthers though?

Phil from Tijuana Panthers:  Ha! We’re sorta spread out. We’re still close enough where we can drive like a half hour for practice in LA. Dan lives there so we just practice either in the Silver Lake area or Echo Park or Glendale.

AEO:  How has the landscape or just the vibes of California affected the sound of your music?

Phil:  I think because of the 60’s there’s a lot of these garage surf bands that came up. And of course there’s the Beach Boys and all that. There was a lot of surf music going on back then. So I guess, the environment affected those people and we are influenced by those sounds for some guitar riffs and things like that. I think, overall, the landscape didn’t really affect us that much. But it affected us in that manner, I guess.

AEO:  So you were affected by the Cali sounds that came before you more so than the space itself.

Phil:  Yeah, we just grew up playing punk music. And a lot of punk music was influenced by surfing so there was a lot of influences that come from that.

AEO:  Can you narrow your influences down to one album or artist that really affected your path in music?

Phil:  For me it would be the Dead Milkmen. “Big Lizard in My Backyard” is the name of the record. I heard that record when I was in junior high, from a friend’s older brother. He gave us the tape to listen to, a cassette tape. We wore it out. I even buried it in my yard because it meant that much to me. It was like the best thing ever as a junior high kid. I mean, it’s the best thing ever now still. I still enjoy all those records that they put out. And we got to play with them.

AEO:  Oh, you did?!

Phil:  Yeah, we got to play with them at FYF in 2011. And then someone from FYF hooked up a show on Long Beach where the Dead Milkmen came and we got to open for them.

AEO:  That’s very cool.

Phil:  Yeah, it’s insane! The heros, who maybe aren’t heros to most people, but I had them up on this pedestal, we got to hang with them and play. So it was pretty cool.

AEO:  How was that show for you? Do you remember much of it or were you just awe-struck?

Phil:  It was fun. I geeked out a bit but it was a more memorable show. We’ve gotten to play with a lot of old punk bands that I never thought we’d ever meet or play with. Like, hanging out with Keith Morris, from Black Flag and Circle Jerks, asked us to come do his radio show. So that was crazy.

AEO:  So you first heard that Dead Milkmen record on a cassette tape. And you sell your music on cassette and vinyl. How does a physical release, as opposed to a digital one, change your perception of a record?

Phil:  I think its personal preference. Some people really like the sound of analog. They love the sound of the hiss, pops and cracks on records. I never stopped collecting records from when I started listening to music. I think that maybe that’s the area that I grew up in. Long Beach, it’s pretty easy to get records. And it wasn’t even like my parents kept listening to records. It was my friends. When we were growing up tapes were what the medium was. Digital is great. I love it. I’m definitely not one to go either way. I like ‘em both. With digital, you can get music out to everyone, for free too a lot of the time.

AEO:  So, what’s the songwriting process like for you guys?

Phil:  We work on everything by ourselves. And then we come together and just hash stuff out. That’s just something we’ve always done, even when we first started out. We kind of jammed a little but we were never like a jam band. We’d never really get into it like that and just have a jam session. There are moments of inspiration, like I’ll be mowing my lawn and I’ll have this moment of, “Oh, I got some lyrics now.” It’s not about mowing my lawn. It’s just doing that mundane task helps me write stuff. Dan is different. Chad is different. Everyone has their own way of doing things but I kinda just zone out on some stupid task. Things come to me that way. I can’t just sit down and write anything.

Now that you’ve gotten to know more about Phil and the Tijuana Panthers, channel the band’s Punk rock style below:

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1: Signature Graphic T-Shirt
2: Global Print Paneled Hat
3: Reverse Belt
4: Skinny Jean
5: Plaid Button Down Shirt
6: Skinny Jean in True Black
7: Canvas Sneaker
8: Dark Denim Jacket

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Designer Interview: Sarah Day

Bohemian, or as many refer to as boho, is a style that can sometimes be difficult to describe. Why? Because its can mean something different to everyone. It’s unique and that’s why we love it. Dubbed the “Boho Queen” by her team (for very good reason!) our Associate Design Director of Dresses, Skirts & Woven Shirts, Sarah sat down with us to discuss all things bohemian and where she draws her inspiration from.

Name & occupation:
Sarah Day, Associate Design Director of Dresses, Skirts & Woven Shirts

Where are you from?
Portsmouth, UK

Where did you draw inspiration from for the boho trend?
My life experiences – I love to travel. Everywhere I travel, I always buy clothing, accessories and things for my home. My home is my bohemian sanctuary full of treasures I find.

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Shop the look:
1. Stone & Turquoise Bracelet Set
2. Huarache Flat
3. Hi-Lo Boho Maxi Dress (Coming soon in August!) Similar: Printed Empire Maxi Dress
4. Floral Button Front Slip Dress
5. Cutout Back Tank
6. Embroidered Yoke Maxi Skirt
7. Turquoise & Triangle Midi Ring
8. Macrame Thong Sandal
9. Chambray Shirt
10. Star Printed Bandana

The boho trend is known for being carefree and casual; can you tell us how you would transform this look from day to night?
Add a ton of accessories – you can never have too much jingle when it comes to jewelry! I personally can’t live without my collection of vintage Native American turquoise jewelry.  It’s always the finishing touch for all my boho clothing and I definitely use it to take me from day to night.

I always invest in jackets, bags & shoes. Great accessories and outerwear can make an inexpensive dress or outfit look more expensive and take your outfit from day to night. Boho is about pulling together pieces and putting it together in a different way. I love white feminine dresses worn with boots or a washed black favorite tee with destroyed denims and a ton of turquoise jewelry. It’s about pretty and tough – mixing lace with leather, mixing vintage and new.

The best way to describe bohemian style and taking it from day to night is – it’s about being unique, being yourself & putting outfits together in a way that lets the world see your personality through your clothing. You should never feel too done up or too put together. Boho should feel effortless and your choices in accessories can really make you stand out from the crowd.

What are your 3 favorite boho pieces from this season’s collection?
Hi-Lo Boho Maxi Dress (Similar: Printed Empire Maxi Dress)
Boho Embroidered Tank (Similar: High Neck Embroidered Tank) with Hi-Rise Festival Shortie
Printed Pintuck Tank (Similar: Embroidered Crossback Tank)
All three styles coming soon in August!

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Sarah with Merchandise Manager of Dresses & Skirts, Robbin Choi and the Hi-Lo Boho Maxi Dress

Now we would love to learn a little about you!

What television show are you obsessed with at the moment?
I’m a sucker for talent shows! I love it when the underdog is really talented and win. At the moment, it’s America’s Got Talent, but my favorites are X Factor & American Idol.

If you weren’t working in fashion, what would you be doing?
Lion tamer! No, seriously, I’d work for the ASPCA to help rescue animals.

What are 3 words to describe your personal style?
Bohemian, feminine, western and turquoise jewelry. Sorry, I need 4!

Favorite place you’ve ever visited on vacation?
Tulum, Mexico (See my most recent visit above!)

If you hosted a dinner party with a favorite style icon, who would you invite?
Stevie Nicks

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
Choose a job you love! When I was young my Dad encouraged me to pick what I love (clothes) and make it my career, which was the best advice ever. I LOVE designing dresses and I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.

For more Boho Beauty inspiration, watch our video below!

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#OOTD: Intern Style

Internship season is in full swing! Luckily for us at AE and Aerie HQ, it’s casual Friday every day…which means we get to wear our favorite Aerie pieces 24/7! But getting your casual looks from a 9AM meeting to dinner with friends can be a challenge. We already knew our merchandising interns have great fashion sense, but mastering the ability to show off their personal style while keeping it professional? They’ve got it down to a science.

Get to know some of our Aerie and AE merchandising interns, and find some major outfit inspiration in how they rocked their favorite new Aerie pieces.

Name: Chelsea S.
Hometown: Jacksonville, Florida
College: University of North Florida
Major: Marketing
What I’ve learned interning: “It’s amazing how much my voice is valued here. All members of your team look to you for fresh ideas since as an intern, you are the target customer. I love being able to influence decisions with my knowledge and opinions. At the same time, you have to accept that as an intern, you don’t have all the answers.”
More about me: “I’ve worked in an Aerie store as a bra expert back home for 2 years!”
Why we love her look: Chelsea’s denim vest is perfect for a little coverage around the office – plus, layers are key for unpredictable air conditioning! She kept it casual and cool with dressed down sandals. The topknot is a no-fuss way to top off her look!

Name: Kristen P.
Hometown: Griffith, Indiana
College: Indiana University
Major: Apparel Merchandising, Minor in Business and Fashion Design
What I’ve learned interning: “Moving to a new town and a new company is a big change! It can be challenging to get adjusted, but it’s a fun learning process.”
More about me: “When studying abroad, I visited 24 cities in 10 different countries!”
Why we love her look: Kristen’s hat and strappy heels put an urban spin on a cute critter print! We’d wear this outfit for a big presentation or meeting – Kristen’s style would definitely help put our best foot forward.

Name: Ali G.
Hometown: Winnetka, Il
College: Indiana University
Major: Apparel Merchandising
What I’ve learned interning: “It’s been an amazing experience seeing everything that goes into getting product in the stores, and seeing how styles I think would do well perform every week. I’ve also been surprised how even though everyone is really nice, young, and fun, they work super hard and all are amazing at their jobs.”
More about me: “At home I live on the lake, so I’ve also started to take up a hobby in paddleboarding! It’s super fun, relaxing, and also good exercise.”
Why we love her look: We love Ali’s glam and girly style! Her accessories add a bit of edge, but she keeps it pretty with easy, beachy waves. A light sweater also makes her look workplace appropriate. We’ll say it again – layering is key!

Name: Megan L.
Hometown: Elizabeth, PA
College: University of Pittsburgh
Major: Marketing & Supply Chain Management
What I’ve learned interning: “My favorite part of the internship is that I am encouraged to use my creativity and think outside the box. It is amazing to wake up every morning to go do something I am passionate about! The most surprising part of the internship for me is that each associate you meet really wants you to succeed. This program places success right at your fingertips, you just have to grab it!”
More about me: “I have read the book Looking for Alaska over 10 times.”
Why we love her look: Megan’s outfit is comfy, but still pulled together. This look is perfect for 9 to 5 – and beyond! Just toss on a great pair of heels and you’re ready for your post-work evening plans.

Name: Ellie S.
Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
College: Indiana University
Major: Marketing and Apparel Merchandising
What I’ve learned interning: “The Back to School season, in my opinion, is the best part of the year! It has been so exciting to see all of our hard work pay off with HUGE denim sales. It has definitely been challenging to learn every detail of each pair of jeans, from the fit to the exact wash…but now, after weeks of working with the product, it’s so fun to help my friends find the perfect pair of AE jeans!”
More about me: “I just studied abroad in Milan, Italy for five months! When I was there I learned how to make homemade pasta, gnocchi and tons of different sauces.”
Why we love her look: This cute boho style feels so fresh and fun! While it’s perfect for summertime, the pretty jewel tone colors also make it a great transition look to take you between the fall and summer seasons.

Name: Kelsey B.
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
College: University of Notre Dame
Major: Marketing & International Business
What I’ve learned interning: “All the financial metrics and ratios that are specific to the retail industry. College accounting classes can’t prepare you for this!!”
More about me: “I once spent an entire summer living out of a tent and hiking in Oregon & Washington!”
Why we love her look: Some days when we’re running out the door, a sneaker is the only shoe that will do. Plus, this graphic fleece is the perfect solution for those days when you just need to be comfy, but still cute. Kelsey’s taking tomboy to the next level with this look!

Name: Kristin S.
Hometown: Richmond, VA
College: University Of Virginia
Major: Media Studies
What I’ve learned interning: “How much it has taught me about the working world as well as about who I am and what I like.”
More about me: “One quirky fact about me is that I am OBSESSED with astrology!”
Why we love her look: Kristen’s look is flirty, but still super office appropriate! We love the Aerie Jumpsuit paired with a fun platform heel for a little bit of a dressier look. This is a style we’d wear to work, but totally rock on the weekends, too!

Name: Natalia C.
Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
College: Anderson University
Major: Marketing and Spanish
What I’ve learned interning: “It’s definitely been a challenge getting familiar with all of our Aerie undies choices…there are so many! But probably my favorite part has been getting to see product before it comes out!”
More about me: “It’s my second year interning at AE!”
Why we love her look: Her style is totally sporty chic, from her jacket to her wedge sneakers! We love how her bold berry lip adds some extra color and a feminine touch to her style (plus, it matches her bralette)! Natalia’s got the laws of layering down – a pretty bralette or bandeau peeking out from under a tank can act as an amazing accessory!

Name: Taylor J.
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
College: Kent State University
Major: Fashion Merchandising
What I’ve learned interning: “So much planning goes into every single style, and it takes place so far in advance! Also, our opinions are valued, so it’s important to stay strong in your point of view when presenting to higher-ups!”
More about me: “My favorite things to do in my free time are practicing yoga and hanging out with my friends and family.”
Why we love her look: Who says you can’t wear your comfiest pants to work, and still look amazing? Taylor’s style is so downtown cool! We love how she dressed up her basic look with some fun heels and a statement necklace. Joggers are a great alternative to your favorite jeans when you feel like mixing it up!

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Three’s never a crowd when cute critter prints are involved! One print, so many ways to style…we heart Chelsea, Ali and Kristen’s looks!

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Work it, ladies! We love how Megan and Kristen styled the same Aerie romper to make looks that are totally unique.

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The AE Jegging, two ways. Sporty or sweet…we cant choose! Can we have both, please?

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We want to see your Aerie #OOTD! Show us on Instagram or Twitter with #AerieREAL for the chance to be featured on our blog or Aerie.com!

Xoxo,

Aerie

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