#AEOStyle Awards

In honor of the infamous MTV Video Music Award’s tonight, we were inspired to create our own awards! We went through hundreds and hundreds of #AEOStyle photos and chose the following winners for each of our categories. So what are you waiting for … pop your popcorn, grab a spot on the couch, and pregame with the #AEOSTYLE awards before the big show!

BEST MALE #AEOSTYLE

levytation@levytation

BEST FEMALE #AEOSTYLE

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@katie_did_what

FIT TO WATCH

lifeofacoyfish

 

@lifeofacoyfish

BEST COLLABORATION

codyjohns@codyjohns

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

misstarabelle

 

@misstarabelle

BEST ART DIRECTION

sisterlystyle

 

@sisterlystyle

OUTFIT OF THE YEAR

mox_ie

 @mox_ie

Tell us which artist you want to see win for the MTV Video of the Year award in the comments below!

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How To: Throw the Perfect End of Summer Party!

Let’s face it, it’s never easy saying goodbye to summer. It’s like saying au revoir to your favorite Aerie bra. No one REALLY wants to do it, but there comes a time when it must be done.

So we figure, why not have one last hurrah? We’ll tell you how to make your end of summer party the one your friends will be talking about all winter long. Yes, we said the ‘W’ word. Too soon? Ok, maybe a little.

First and foremost, you’ll need the perfect Aerie bikini. After all, you should be the life of the party, right?

How To: Throw the Perfect End of Summer Party!

Our Bridget Bikini Top and Hi-Rise Hipster Bottom definitely fit the bill. Between the soft foam padding and silky stretch nylon, you’ll be comfortable enough to wear this number all night long. And did we mention how much we love this floral print? Adorbs.

How To: Throw the Perfect End of Summer Party!

Once you’ve decided on the perfect suit, be sure to pick up a few layering essentials. Our Swing Tank, Fleece Shorts and Henley Popover are perfect to throw on after a quick dip in the pool. And don’t forget to grab your favorite pair of sunnies and a worn in baseball cap to help keep the rays at bay.

How To: Throw the Perfect End of Summer Party!And what party would be complete without yummy snacks? Take full advantage of the last few weeks of warm weather by indulging in our favorite summer staple, s’mores. Ok, so we may be a week late on National S’mores Day, but really, who’s paying attention?

Gather all your friends around a mini bonfire, grab a bag of marshmallows, and start roasting to perfection! xo

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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:  AEO EMBROIDERED TOTE
The bold geometric design and metallic embellishments make this tote the one we’re grabbing for everything from beach vacays to brunch dates. It’s just roomy enough to hold all our essentials, but designed in a subtly flat silhouette that doesn’t overwhelm you.

WHAT WE’RE DRINKING:  MINT ARNOLD PALMERS
There is just nothing more refreshing in the summer than a big glass of ice cold lemonade. But we’re taking ours to the next level by combining it with green tea, honey and sprigs of mint. The result? The beverage you won’t be able to stop drinking for the rest of the summer.

WHAT WE’RE READING:  IF I STAY BY GAYLE FORMAN
What if you had the opportunity to decide whether you stayed on Earth… or left it behind? 17-year-old cellist, Mia, is in a car accident with her family that, impossibly enough, leaves her this choice. What follows is a beautiful, heartwrenching story about love, loss and the difficult choices we all have to make in our lives. Be sure to read this book before the movie, starring Chloe Grace Moretz, comes out on August 22.

WHAT WE’RE WATCHING:  VERY GOOD GIRLS
We’ve been excited about this movie since we first heard that it was filming. Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen (AKA Mary Kate & Ashley’s sister) star as two girls in NYC who make a pact to lose their virginity during their first summer out of high school… and then both fall for the same guy. We bet we’ll beat you to the concession stand.

WHAT WE’RE DOWNLOADING:  BROKEN AGE
If hand painting, sci-fi/fantasy/adventure and iPad games aren’t your thing, maybe the fact that this one is voiced by Elijah Wood and Jack Black will make you take a second look. The gamer in us is pretty excited to play this one.

WHAT WE’RE LISTENING TO:  FIFTEEN BY GOLDROOM
LA-based Goldroom combines emotive choruses, soulful rhythms and lush electronic ornaments to create a sound that’s somehow a throwback to the 90′s with a totally modern feel. The lyrics of this song, which features Chela, really speak for themselves: “It’s been a long time, wondering why/the summer smells like sin and wonder/Feels like it got inside of a place and time/I dream about when I get a walk in”

WHERE WE’RE GOING:  SAN DIEGO
From the world acclaimed San Diego Zoo to Legoland, there’s a little something for everyone in the balmy paradise that is San Diego. Plus the weather is pretty darn awesome, pretty much all the time. (Okay, okay… and we can’t help but think of Will Ferrell talking about how San Diego’s name came to be in Anchorman.)

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Pitchfork Packing and Festival Guide

Pitchfork Music Festival is one of Chicago’s best music festivals that the city has to offer. The three day event features musicians with genres from alternative rock to hip hop to jazz and beyond. Check out our list of what to pack, places to explore and who to listen to while in the windy city.

Pack:
Girls:
Keep your festival #AEOStyle city sleek with neutral tones. Add a pop of color to incorporate some extra energy into your outfit.

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Shop the look:
Embroidered Zipper Bag
Don’t Ask Why Strappy Tank
Khaki Boy Bermuda (Similar)
DV by Dolce Vita Clark Bootie
Heart Pendant Necklace

Guys:  Keep your style comfortable and cool for long days at the festival grounds. Tie a button down around your waist for added warmth when the sun goes down. Don’t forget to pack comfortable walking dancing shoes and a duffel bag to carry your festival essentials.

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Canvas Duffel Bag
Canvas Sneakers
Legend Crew T-Shirt
Plaid Button Down Shirt
10″ Classic Length Short

Eat:
Homeslice: Wheel House: 
Pizza, a French Bulldog named Gary, and a fantastic atmosphere to boot. This place rocks.

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Home Slice Wheel House (and Gary the French Bulldog). Photo Credit: @Addie_Perkins

Old Crow Smokehouse:  This country themed bar serves up a mean moonshine with muddled blackberries, lemon sour and topped with a mint sprig. Yeehaw!

Waffles Cafe: bWonuts…a hybrid between a waffle and a doughnut. Need we say more?

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Holy Wonuts! Photo Credit: Thrillist.com

Bobtail Ice Cream:  Homemade creamy goodness with flavors like Cubby Crunch, Peanut Butter Cup and Signature Sunset.

Do: 
John Hancock Observatory:  The best view in town. Treck 1,000 feet above Lake Michigan to enjoy breathtaking views of the city.

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Check out the view! Photo Credit: Fodors.com

Beach Volleyball Bump, set and spike on the shores of Lake Michigan.

Wrigley Field:  Crack open a box of Cracker Jacks, root for the Cubs and celebrate the parks 100th birthday.

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Celebrating 100 Years. Photo Credit: Crownaudio.com

Lincoln Park Zoo:  Enjoy free admission and views of lions, tigers and bears…oh my!

Listen: 
Beck:  This LA born musician is well known for his unique sound which incorporates genres like funk, soul, alternative rock, jazz and psychedelia…to name a few.  We love, Loser and Blue Moon.

Grimes:  This Canadian beauty spits out a synth pop sound so alluring, it will keep you wanting more. We love: Genesis and Go. Ft Blood Diamonds.

Pitchfork Music Festival and Packing Guide

Grimes. Photo Credit: Grimesmusic.com

Real Estate:  This all-american band from New Jersey delivers beachy vibes that meet a hazy indie rock sound. We love: Talking Backwards and Past Lives.

Tune-Yards:  Known for her entertaining stage presence, we can’t get enough of this energetic, world beat, indie pop gal. We love: Water fountain and  Wait for a Minute.

Pitchfork Music Festival and Packing Guide

Tune-Yards photo credit: Thebabybridged.com

 

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#AEOStyle Roundup: Red, White and Blue Edition

We love all things red, white and blue! And, on July 4th, we saw an overwhelming number of posts on Instagram and Twitter showing off your Independence Day getup with #AEOStyle!  We were so impressed by your photog and styling skills that we just had to share a few of our faves (so hard to choose)! Take a look and tell us your favorite image in the comments below.

Shop the look:
Denim Shortie
Flag Graphic Tank (shop similar)

Shop the look:
Denim Shortall
Don’t Ask Why Long Sleeve Sweater

Shop the look:
Hi Rise Festival Shortie

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Shop the look:
Skinny Jean
Silky Kimono Top (shop similar)
Silver Wedge

Shop the look:
Coca-Cola Graphic Muscle Tank
Stars and Stripes Denim Shortie (shop similar)
Star Printed Bandanna 

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Music Monday: Aerie’s Midsummer Playlist

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It feels like just yesterday that we were longing for the heat, sun and summer jams. Now it’s almost the middle of the season! Don’t let those pool parties slip away without having the perfect soundtrack to the splashes.

With this selection of tunes, we mixed up fresh new sounds with a few throwbacks for good measure. Get to know some of our favorite power ladies including Charlie XCX with her song “Boom Clap”; Ellie Goulding with “Goodness Gracious” off her hit record Halcyon Days; and “On a Roll” from the dance pop duo, Icona Pop. Also, take note of newcomer, Elle Eyre. We’ve had our eyes, ahem, ears on her for awhile. Trust, her song “Deeper” is an earworm.

We also reached as far back as 1990 to bring you Bell Biv DeVoe’s “Poison,” ‘cause, let’s face it, that song is timeless. And we jumped forward a whole decade to remember how cool the Dandy Warhols were (and still are) with their song “Bohemian Like You.” Then topped off our trip down memory lane with AlunaGeorge’s cover of “This is How We Do It”.

Go ahead. Slip into your bikini, toss on those sunnies and push play! Listen to our Midsummer Playlist on Spotify here.

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