What to Pack for Spring Break

Good news, Aerie girls…Spring Break is almost here! After daydreaming about lying on the beach with our besties since, oh, December, we can’t wait to hit the sand and stay there all week (with plenty of sunscreen, of course!).

Obviously perfecting your beach style is an essential part of the week. Check out our packing guide to be sure you’re not missing any of the necessities!

Oceanside Stylin’: 

We’ll be posted up on the beach all day, thank you very much! The Holly Scallop Bikini and a reversible bottom (perfect for any Aerie girl with commitment phobia), is sure to make a splash.

Don’t forget sunny day essentials like a hat, beach blanket and sunscreen – nothing ruins a vacation like a sunburn!

What to Pack for Spring Break

A hat and some Sun Bum balm has got your cutie bootie covered from the rays.

Cute Suit, Will Travel:

Sometimes, there are only so many days a girl can do absolutely nothing. We’ll be spending at least one day experiencing our Spring Break destination with some sightseeing! (Extra props for using your trusty map, but we won’t tell if you use your phone.) Break out your most adventurous swim style for the occasion – perfect for exploring!

What to Pack for Spring Break

You may get lost, but you’ll look great doing it!

Last Rays of Spring Break:

Spring Break, like all good things, must come to an end. Make your last day memorable by mixing it up and take some risks with your style! A mix-and-match look with a hi-rise bottom shows you’re up on Spring’s newest trends, and have the confidence to rock them! Get it, girl.

Pro tip: tote some extra sunscreen to your spot on the beach! It’s a good way to make friends…or to talk to the cutie the next towel over.

What to Pack for Spring Break

This Hi-Rise style will leave a lasting impression.

Happy Spring Breaking, Aerie girls!

Xoxo,

Aerie

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It’s a Mix and Match Bikini Bash!

Spring Break is right around the corner, and Aerie’s here to help you get the cutest bikini on the beach! Make your bikini as unique as you are with Aerie’s Mix and Match Bikini Bash tool! Don’t get caught wearing the same suit as all your besties…create your own!

It's a Mix & Match Bikini Bash!

Buh-bye, boring bikinis! Mix and match to make yours your own!

 

Boring bikinis are a thing of the past. Your Spring Break look should make you stand out, not blend in! We heart our Reversible Bikini for a versatile look you can switch up.

It's a Mix and Match Bikini Bash!

Same bikini as your bestie? Flip it and reverse it.

Show us your mix and match look for Spring Break with #AerieSWIM!

 xoxo,

Aerie

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AEO Friends and Family: Lakwena, Street Artist

Meet Lakwena, the super-talented artist behind our Alternative Spring Break project at the Wynwood Walls in Miami, #HEARTTHISCITY. We spoke with Lakwena about how she got her start, what it was like to work with the AEO cast and crew and where she finds her inspiration.

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Lakwena with her team in front of our #HEARTTHISCITY mural. Photo from Lakwena’s Instagram.

When did you first discover your love for art?
I’ve always loved art. My earliest memory of art is learning to write in school when I was about 4. It was my first introduction to typography.

Did you attend university for art or are you self-trained?
I studied at the University of the Arts London.

Tell us a little bit about your style and work.
I like to play with typography, colour, and pattern. I love working on a large scale.

Who has been a mentor or inspiration to your career in art?
My mother. She always knew I was an artist and encouraged me and believed in me.

What piece of your work has the most meaning to you? Why?
Hard question. Maybe my recent piece in Wynwood, ‘I remember Paradise’. Being given the opportunity to paint on such a large scale is an actual dream come true. Regardless of what happens from here onwards, that’s something that I’m really proud to have accomplished.

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Lakwena’s “I remember Paradise”. Photo from Lakwena.com.

What is the most challenging part of being an artist?
At least with commercial work, having to be creative on demand, often with very little time.

How did you get involved with the installation art at Wynwood Walls?
A friend who has a gallery in Los Angeles put my name forward to be involved, the curators liked my work, so I was invited out.

What was your inspiration for #HEARTTHISCITY?
The designs came from sketches that I’d been experimenting with, playing around with quite intricate patterns inspired by memphis patterns amongst other things. A friend described the original sketch works as ‘afro-futuristic circuit boards’, which I liked a lot.

What is your favorite memory of working with American Eagle Outfitters and Project Live Your Life?
Seeing lots of people working together on my designs.

What do you heart about your hometown, Bromley in the United Kingdom?
I love the trees there. What I love most about East London is the creative energy there.

What do you heart about Miami?
The creative community.

Tell us a fun fact about you.
I’m a wrestling champion!

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Meet the Cast: Matty

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Meet Matty, an aspiring chef from Bend, Oregon and winner of American Eagle Outfitters Project Live Your Life. We had the chance to learn more about Matty — read on to learn why she loves to cook and what her specialty dish is.

You’re originally from Dalles, OR and now live in Bend, OR. What do you heart about those cities?
The things I heart about Dalles is that most of my family lives there and it is a place I can always run away to if needed. I heart everything about Bend! Bend, Oregon will forever have my heart. From the breath-taking scenery, to the kindest people you’ll ever met, and the small town feel… I love it all!

You love to cook. What is your specialty?
My favorite thing to cook is Chicken Parmesan.

Do you feel like food is a form of art?
I definitely feel like cooking is a form of art. It’s crazy to throw together so many different ingredients together and have it turn info something amazing that you’ve never even tasted before!

When did your love for cooking begin?
My love for cooking began when I was a pretty little, around 8 or 9 years old I would say. I would always watch my grandpa in the kitchen and watch cooking shows on TV with him for hours. I think I fell in love with all the different smells!

Do you have any cooking traditions?
A cooking tradition in our family is everyone coming together to help make great meals for the family. I think that’s what I really love about cooking, it brings the ones you really love together.

Who inspires you to cook?
My grandpa inspires me too cook, as well as most of my family.

What do you enjoy most about cooking?
The thing I enjoy most about cooking is making everyone happy through food and bringing everyone together. Who’s not happy when they are eating good food?

You love nature and enjoy working in your community garden. What are some of the reasons that you love doing this?
I loved working in the community garden over summer for the fact that I was helping out someone else. It felt really good to give back to such a beautiful town.

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And the Winner Is… Project Live Your Life Week 5

And the Winner Is… Project Live Your Life Week 5

To celebrate our Spring 2014 photo shoot in San Francisco as well as our #HEARTTHISCITY partnership as part of Alternative Spring Break, we wanted to make the prize for the last week of Project Live Your Life a trip to the City by the Bay. Gil A. from North Laredo, Texas will be taking a friend on a trip to San Francisco! Congrats, Gil!

Be sure to check back here and at ae.com/liveyourlife to meet the grand prize winners who will be part of our Back to School 2014 campaign.

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#AEOSTYLE Challenge: Spring Break Looks

#AEOSTYLE Challenge: Spring Break Looks

We’re ready for Spring Break at American Eagle Outfitters — and so are Jessica and Justin, two up and coming fashion and lifestyle bloggers. With spring break season quickly coming to an end, and last minute trips or day outings needing to be planned, we  find ourselves asking these questions: “I need a head-to-toe spring break look? I don’t have the time to pull an outfit together?” — so if you are in the same boat, no worries, we got you covered! We asked Jessica and Justin to each put together a spring break look to wear for a daytime outing and the result — awesome. Stylish, fresh, and fun are exactly what these outfit say. Read on to learn more about Jessica and Justin, their blogs, and what inspired the styling behind their spring break looks.

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Jessica of My Style Vita enjoying a sweet treat (Photo Credit: Jnelly Photography)

Meet Jessica:

Jessica is the fashion and lifestyle blogger behind My Style Vita. A place to find great outfit inspiration, recipes and home decor for the everyday girl.  Sometimes her cute pup, Pork makes an appearance or two. Jessica is also the co-founder of Southern Blog Society, a community of bloggers in the southeast.

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Jessica’s spring break look (Photo Credit: Jnelly Photography)

 

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 These shoes are a must-have for spring (Photo Credit: Jnelly Photography)

What inspired her Spring Break look:

“One of my favorite color combinations is coral and olive. I chose this fun printed sun dress for the perfectly girly silhouette and the unique cut outs in the back. I always love a fun detail that’s unexpected. Layering a relaxed moto vest over it was a great way to add color and interest to the look. Plus, I’ve been wanting a great vest to layer for at least a year now and was so excited to be able to style this for Spring. Add a classic wedge and mirrored aviators and I’m ready for Spring break, sunshine and sweet treats.”

Get the look:

Mirrored Aviator Sunglasses

BC Wedge Sandal

Brown Bag – Similiar Style

Surplus Vest

Printed Sundress

Follow Jessica:

Twitter: @mystylevita

Instagram: @mystylevita

Facebook: Facebook.com/mystylevita

 

Meet Justin:

Justin is a creative consultant and freelance writer with a focus on menswear and home interiors. His passion for style was born in Mississippi and bred in New York City, where he currently resides. Justin spends his days scouting out new discoveries for readers of his lifestyle blog, Scout Sixteen. He has three main loves: whiskey, good times, and french bulldogs.

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Justin of the lifestyle blog Scout Sixteen ready to run errands around the city

About Scout Sixteen:

Scout Sixteen is a New York-based lifestyle blog covering style, home, and travel from the desk of editor Justin Livingston. With an original voice and unique perspective, Scout Sixteen is a forest of inspiration and a place of daily discovery. Every day is an opportunity to explore a life built around style… let Scout Sixteen be your guidebook.

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 Justin’s ready to pound the pavement in his New Balance Sneakers

Why Justin chose this look:

“When I’m running around the City, it’s important that I’m dressed as comfortably as possible. However, being comfortable doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your style.  These American Eagle Outfitters pieces keep my day relaxed and my outfit on point – bright colors, neutral basics and grey kicks that keep me on my toes.”

Get the look:

Spring Jacket

Original Straight Jean

Canvas Bag

New Balance 501 Sneaker

Follow Justin:

Twitter: @justinliv

Instagram: @justinliv

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ScoutSixteen

Did you get inspired by Jessica and Justin to create your own spring break look? Show us your looks on Twitter and Instagram with #AEOSTYLE for the chance to see yourself on AE.com.

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