7 things we love to bring in 2015

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Happy new year! Our 2015 is off to an awesome start and we hope yours is, too. These are some of our favorite things to kick off the year. How are you heading into 2015?

WHAT WE’RE WATCHING: INTO THE WOODS
Whether or not you know or have ever seen the show, this movie is a must see. The all-star cast (led by Anna Kendrick, Emily Blunt, Chris Pine and Meryl Streep) take you through some of the most well-known fairytales (including Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Cinderella)… but, as you’ll soon find out, everything is not as it seems. As Cinderella’s Prince, Pine’s rendition of Agony (sung with Rapunzel’s Prince, Billy Magnussen) is especially hilarious.

WHAT WE’RE LISTENING TO: BORNS
We can’t get enough as of late with this Michigan born and bred (but now LA dwelling) singer, whose blend of folk, glam and electro rock makes us feel like we’re living inside a dream. (In the best way possible, of course.) Make sure to download his EP, Candy.

WHAT WE’RE READING: BLOGLOVIN’
Need a way to keep all your blogs under one online roof? Bloglovin’ is SO the way to go. This blog reader organizes every post into a feed that you can scroll through all together or break up by individual blog, making it super easy to read all your favorite sites at a glance. (Plus it’s such an easy way to follow both this blog and our Tumblr, meaning you’ll never miss out on anything happening right here at AEO.)

WHERE WE’RE GOING: LOS ANGELES
The City of Angels is calling our name right now (probably because as we type this it’s only 17 degrees outside at our Pittsburgh home office headquarters). But in all fairness, L.A. has tons of awesome stuff to do and see. Catch a game or a concert at the Staples Center, go shopping on Abbot Kinney in Venice, stroll along the pier in Santa Monica, catch the waves in Malibu, be super touristy and go to Graumann’s Chinese Theater and the Hollywood Walk of Fame… there’s something for everyone (and tons of neighborhoods to explore).

WHAT WE’RE DOWNLOADING: HYPERLAPSE
In a word? O-B-S-E-S-S-E-D. Turn all of your videos into a work of art with this app, which make it so easy to create time lapse videos (and to upload them to Instagram). Truth be told, we’re pretty much spending all our free time making them.

WHAT WE’RE EATING/DRINKING: DETOX SMOOTHIES
Whether your NYE was full of debauchery or you just hit the cookies a little too hard over the holidays, there’s no time like the present to do a little detoxing. And what better (and more delicious) way to do that than with a detox smoothie? We’re especially loving the idea of a blueberry and avocado smoothie. Just blend it with a banana, cucumber, spinach and coconut water and voila: instant refreshment (and good for your body antioxidants to boot).

WHAT WE’RE WEARING: DESTROYED JEANS
Really want to break into 2015? You need a new pair of destroyed jeans. Ripped, repaired, mended, stitched, faded, distressed, patched… the more destroyed your jeans are this year, the better.

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Best of 2014 Playlist

We’re wrapping up the year with our favorite songs from 2014. Check out the playlist below and be sure to hear it in stores and on our Spotify channel! What are your favorite songs from this past year? Tell us in the comments below.

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  • Afrojack – Ten Feet Tall
  • Aloe Blacc – The Man
  • alt-J – Every Other Freckle
  • Architecture In Helsinki – In the Future
  • Arctic Monkeys – Do I Wanna Know?
  • Ariana Grande – Problem
  • Avicii – I Could Be The One [Avicii vs Nicky Romero] – Nicktim – Radio Edit
  • Avicii – Hey Brother
  • Bastille – Pompeii
  • Becky G – Shower
  • Betty Who – Heartbreak Dream
  • Bingo Players – Knock You Out
  • Bleachers – Rollercoaster
  • Calvin Harris – Blame
  • Calvin Harris – Summer
  • Cash Cash – Here and Now [feat. Kerli]
  • Christina Perri – human – Passion Pit Remix
  • CHVRCHES – Recover
  • Classified – Higher (feat. B.o.B)
  • Classixx – All You’re Waiting For – feat. Nancy Whang
  • Clubfeet – Acapulco & La
  • Coldplay – A Sky Full of Stars
  • Cultfever – Animals
  • Dillon Francis – Get Low
  • Dillon Francis feat. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – Without You
  • DJ Snake – Turn Down for What
  • Drake – Hold On, We’re Going Home
  • Echosmith – Cool Kids
  • Echosmith – March Into The Sun
  • Ecstasy – Frnds 4 Lyf
  • Fenech-Soler – Stop And Stare
  • Flo Rida – How I Feel
  • Foxes – Youth – Funk Generation Club Mix
  • French Cassettes – Too Young
  • Grouplove – Ways To Go – Captain Cuts Remix
  • Hardwell – Young Again – Radio Edit
  • HOLYCHILD – Playboy Girl
  • Hunter Hunted – Keep Together
  • Icona Pop – Girlfriend
  • Imagine Dragons – Demons
  • Jagwar Ma – Come Save Me
  • Janelle Monáe – Dance Apocalyptic
  • John Legend – All of Me – Tiësto’s Birthday Treatment Remix – Radio Edit
  • Katy Perry – This Is How We Do
  • Kid Mac – Dream Weaver
  • Kiesza – Hideaway
  • KONGOS – Come With Me Now
  • Krewella – Alive
  • Lana Del Rey – Summertime Sadness [Lana Del Rey vs. Cedric Gervais] – Cedric Gervais Remix
  • Lilly Wood and The Prick – Prayer in C – Robin Schulz Radio Edit
  • Little Dragon – Shuffle A Dream
  • Lorde – Million Dollar Bills
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Can’t Hold Us – feat. Ray Dalton
  • Magic! – Rude
  • Miniature Tigers – Swimming Pool Blues
  • MKTO – God Only Knows
  • Probz – Waves – Robin Schulz Radio Edit
  • The Neighbourhood – Sweater Weather
  • Nico & Vinz – Am I Wrong
  • NONONO – Pumpin Blood
  • One Direction – Steal My Girl
  • OneRepublic – Counting Stars
  • Paramore – Ain’t It Fun
  • Pharrell Williams – Happy
  • Ra Ra Riot – Dance With Me
  • Rebecca & Fiona – Taken Over – Radio Edit
  • Rixton – Me And My Broken Heart
  • Rixton – Wait On Me
  • Sam Smith – Money On My Mind
  • Smallpools – Dreaming
  • Smallpools – Over & Over
  • Strange Talk – Morning Sun (Dillon Francis Remix)
  • Terraplane Sun – Get Me Golden
  • Tiësto – Red Lights
  • Vacationer – The Wild Life
  • Vance Joy – Riptide
  • The War On Drugs – Red Eyes
  • Wild Cub – Colour
  • Youngblood Hawke – We Come Running

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7 things we love: Holiday Edition

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! We’re getting in the spirit with a holiday-themed edition of 7 Things We Love. So grab a glass of eggnog, settle down in front of the fireplace and check out our top picks for the season (and be sure to let us know your favorite holiday things, too).

Wake Up In Fun PJ’s
There’s nothing better than waking up on Christmas morning (or, okay, any winter day really) in a set of really fun pajamas. For girls, we’re totally loving our Fair Isle Knit Legging (currently sold out online, but check your closest AEO for availability), especially when it’s paired with a too cute for words sequined penguin sweatshirt. And for guys, we can’t get enough of buffalo check this season (the “Iced Out” graphic on the T just adds to the festive feel).

Give An AEO Gift Card To Someone Special
Still stumped over what to buy for your brother/sister/mom/dad/BFF/etc? Why not give an AEO Gift Card? Whether you choose a traditional card, an E-Gift Card or a Mobile Gift Card, they’re always the perfect gift for everyone on your list. We’ve created tons of fun designs for them this year, and you can even personalize a digital greeting for the recipient! Just visit ae.com/giftcard from your phone to include a voice or text message with the card.

Download The Elf Stickers on Facebook Messenger
Want to make the Facebook messages you send a little more fun? The Elf stickers (yes, inspired by your favorite human elf) will have you laughing and messaging up a storm. All of the best lines from the movie are included, from “Santa! I know him!” and “I just like to smile!” to “You sit on a throne of lies!” and “I’m a cotton headed ninny muggins.” The only problem? You might get addicted to sending them.

Listen to “That’s Christmas To Me” By Pentatonix
Honestly? It’s hard to even choose a favorite song from this album. The intricate harmonies and awesome voices of this five-person a cappella group soar over some of the most loved Christmas songs and give them a fresh new twist. We’re especially digging “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,” “Sleigh Ride” and “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”—but, really, you can’t go wrong with any of the songs on this album.

DIY A Hot Chocolate Bar
Come on, who doesn’t love hot chocolate on a cold winter day? We know we do. We scoured Pinterest this year for ideas on how to turn an empty space into a hot cocoa wonderland. Buy some marshmallows, cinnamon and peppermint sticks, some fancy mugs and maybe a stocking or two (oh, and lots of hot cocoa, of course)… and get ready to do some serious chocolate drinking!

Read How The Grinch Stole Christmas
Is it really the holidays without this gem by Dr. Seuss? It’s one of the most loved Christmas stories for a reason. So travel to Whoville with the grouchy, grumpy Grinch and go along on his journey toward discovering what Christmas is really about.

Watch Love Actually
We don’t know about you, but the holidays really haven’t begun until we watch this star-studded movie of intersecting plots and characters, filled with the spirit of joy, giving and love. (Not to mention a killer dance scene by Hugh Grant.) It warms our hearts more and more every year!

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AEO MIDNIGHT MADNESS 2014

We can’t believe its already that time of year again. Black Friday and holiday shopping are upon us which means the mall can get a bit crazy. If you’re planning on shopping Thanksgiving night until the sun comes up Friday morning, AEO has an exclusive Midnight Madness playlist created just for you.  Filled with song after song of upbeat and energetic melodies to keep you moving during your shopping escapade. Check out the full playlist below and be sure to follow us on Spotify. Happy Shopping!

 

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1. Basement Jaxx – Never Say Never
2. Cash Cash – Surrender
3. Cedric Gervais – Through the Night (Radio Edit)
4. Deniz Koyu – To The Sun – Radio Edit
5. Dillon Francis – When We Were Young
6. Ferry Corsten – Hyper Love (feat. Nat Dunn) [Radio Edit]
7. Galantis – You – Tiësto vs. Twoloud Radio Edit
8. Holy Ghost! – It’s Not Over (Dimitri from Paris Erodiskomix)
9. Ini Kamoze – All Night Til Daylight
10. Juventa – Superhuman – Radio Mix
11. Lucas Nord – Embrace Me Part II
12. Lush & Simon – City Of Lights – Official Radio Edit
13. NERVO – Irresistible – Radio Mix
14. Nora En Pure – True – Radio Mix
15. Owl City – Good Time – Adam Young Remix
16. R3hab – Raise Those Hands
17. R3hab – Ready For The Weekend ft. Ayah Marar – Radio Mix
18. Tritonal – Anchor – Radio Mix
19. Zedd – Find You – Tritonal Remix
20. 3LAU – How You Love Me
21. Armin Van Buuren – This Is What It Feels Like
22. Icona Pop – All Night – Dilemmachine and Tony Tone Radio Edit
23. Katy Perry – Walking On Air
24. Alesso – Heroes (we could be)
25. Ariana Grande – Break Free
26. Au Revoir Simone – Crazy
27. Avicii – Wake Me Up
28. Bastille – Pompeii – Audien Remix
29. Becky G – Shower
30. Breakbot – You Should Know – feat. Ruckazoid
31. Calvin Harris – Blame
32. Cash Cash – Lightning (feat. John Rzeznik)
33. Cash Cash – Take Me Home (feat. Bebe Rexha)
34. Classixx – All You’re Waiting For – feat. Nancy Whang
35. Cobra Starship – Never Been In Love (feat. Icona Pop)
36. Daft Punk – Technologic – Radio Edit
37. Daft Punk – Give Life Back to Music
38. Dillon Francis – Get Low
39. Emeli Sandé – Next to Me – MOTi BrightLight Mixshow Edit
40. Flo Rida – How I Feel – SCNDL radio mix
41. Foster The People – Best Friend
42. Gentlemen Hall – Sail Into The Sun
43. Icona Pop – All Night – Dilemmachine and Tony Tone Radio Edit
44. Justin Timberlake – Take Back the Night
45. Katy Perry – Birthday – Cash Cash Remix
46. La Roux – Bulletproof
47. Lovelife – Dying to Start Again
48. Martin Solveig – Hello
49. Meghan Trainor – Lips Are Movin
50. MisterWives – Reflections
51. Priyanka Chopra – In My City
52. Morgan Page – Your Love [feat. The Outfield]
53. Morgan Page – Carry Me
54. Rihanna – Right Now – Ralphi Rosario Radio Edit
55. Rita Ora – I Will Never Let You Down
56. Strange Talk – Morning Sun (Dillon Francis Remix)
57. Walk the Moon – Shut Up and Dance
58. will.i.am – #thatPOWER

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Flashback Friday- Refresh

If you’ve been to an AEO store on a Friday, you may have heard some of your favorite throwback tunes from the 90’s early 00’s. We received an overwhelming chunk of good news regarding the Flashback Friday Playlist, so we’ve included more tunes to give you a great start to your weekend. Check out the additions to the in-store playlist below and rock out in #AEOSTYLE.flash_back_friday800x800

1. Nelly – Air Force Ones
2. Snoop Dogg – Beautiful – Feat. Pharrell, Uncle Charlie Wilson
3. Michael Jackson – Billie Jean
4. Eiffel 65 – Blue (Da Ba Dee) – Extended Remix
5. Dexys Midnight Runners – Come On Eileen
6. Sugar Ray – Every Morning
7. LFO – Every Other Time – Radio Edit & Album Version
8. Pras – Ghetto Supastar (That is What You Are)
9. Kanye West – Gold Digger
10. Counting Crows – Hanginaround
11. Willa Ford – I Wanna Be Bad
12. Savage Garden – I Want You
13. Britney Spears – I’m a Slave 4 U
14. Sum 41 – In Too Deep
15. JAY Z – Izzo (H.O.V.A.)
16. Kelis – Milkshake
17. Robbie Williams – Millennium
18. New Found Glory – My Friends Over You
19. Lit – My Own Worst Enemy
20. Third Eye Blind – Never Let You Go (2008 Version)
21. 3LW – No More (Baby I’ma Do Right)
22. Miley Cyrus – Party In The U.S.A.
23. Technotronic – Pump Up the Jam
24. Mark Morrison – Return Of The Mack – C & J Street Mix
25. Nelly – Ride Wit Me – Album Version (Edited)
26. The Offspring – Self Esteem
27. Eminem – The Real Slim Shady
28. Ace of Base – The Sign
29. The Smashing Pumpkins – Tonight, Tonight
30. Chumbawamba – Tubthumping
31. Dashboard Confessional – Vindicated
32. Spice Girls – Wannabe – Radio Edit
33. Haddaway – What Is Love
34. blink-182 – What’s My Age Again?

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Music Monday: St. Lucia

This #MusicMonday, we’re bringing you an exclusive interview and behind the scenes photos of the super-talented, Peter Gabriel influenced and South African natives St. Lucia. Check out the interview below:

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Behind the scenes photos of St. Lucia on September 25th at Mr. Small’s Theater in Pittsburgh, PA

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.

St. Lucia:  I can easily say Radiohead’s ‘OK Computer’. It was a turning point in the whole way that I thought about music, and it’s still an incredibly impressive album today. My parents got it for me one Christmas because of a recommendation of some guy at a mall that they asked what they should get their son, and I remember listening to it the first time and it sounded like noise. I’d never heard anything remotely like it, and so I wanted to return it, but all the ships were closed because of Christmas weekend. So, I was forced to listen to it a few more times, and it started to open up to me. Eventually, I was listening to it nearly every single day a few times. It made me realize that music can be accessible, catchy and can act in a deeper and more cerebral level as well.

AEO:  Being a musician means traveling to a lot of different cities and playing to a lot of different crowds. Which place was your favorite and why?

St. Lucia:  Playing in South Africa was pretty incredible to me because when we did it, I hadn’t played there since I left about 12 years ago. My family all still lives there, and so it was incredibly moving to see all of my old friends and family in the audience, and get to hang out with them afterwards.

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

St. Lucia:  Our first show was a secret show at Union Hall in Brooklyn. It was terrifying. We already had a fair bit of hype at that point, and so we felt a lot of pressure to do something great. I think that at that point we were more-or-less standing completely still on stage, at least compared to now.

AEO:  If you could bring just three things on tour, other than your equipment, what would they be?

 St. Lucia: Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Zebra Shirt.

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.

St. Lucia:  Our craziest one, was when we forgot to close the door of our trailer in Minneapolis on our Winter tour earlier this year. It was the coldest day in 100 years there, -40F, and we ended up driving 30 minutes with the trailer open. Fortunately for us, the only things that fell out were two suitcases. Things could have ended VERY badly.

AEO:  Describe a day in your life in five words.

St. Lucia:  Coffee, Music, Food, Sleep, Try-to-work-out- (In no particular order).

Love St. Lucia as much as we do? Then check out our in-store playlist which features their song, Closer Than This.

 

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