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 AEO SWING TANK DRESS
We’re all about easy, effortless dressing—especially when we can take a piece from boho to moto with a few simple accessories or the addition of a leather biker jacket. And this dress is one that lets us do it all. We love the bold stripes and the swingy silhouette, especially since it’s forgiving—which means we can eat all the cookies we want…

WHAT WE’RE EATING: GLUTEN FREE PUMPKIN CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
…Which leads us right to our next love. These. Cookies. Are. Everything. Now that it’s officially fall, we’re craving all things pumpkin—and these are a great way to satisfy our sweet tooth while still, shockingly, not being too unhealthy. Pumpkin’s full of good-for-you stuff like beta-carotine and fiber, but don’t let that fool you—these taste delicious.

WHAT WE’RE READING: FANGIRL BY RAINBOW ROWELL
Now that we’ve read (and are still obsessing over) Rowell’s Eleanor & Park, we’ve been devouring everything else she’s written. Fangirl is written in a similar style but this time follows Cath (short for Cather), a college freshman who writes widely followed fan fiction, has an identical twin and, in short, is struggling to figure out who she really is in the world. While the passages of Cath’s fan fiction seem a bit extraneous (and, if we’re being honest, we ended up skimming them), the story in between is sweet, honest and funny.

WHAT WE’RE WATCHING: GONE GIRL
We’re pretty sure we don’t need to give you a synopsis of one of the most widely hyped, must-see movies of the year. So we’ll just say that we’re going to be first in line to see it. It stars Ben Affleck as the protagonist/antagonist and promises to be just as thrilling and captivating as the book (that pretty much never leaves the bestseller list).

WHAT WE’RE DOWNLOADING: THE PARTYPARTY APP
Not only is this app one of the easiest to use EVER, but it’s SO. MUCH. FUN. You can select 4, 9, 16 or literally infinity photos to upload from your camera roll and put into a slideshow that’s shareable on Instagram, Facebook and even your blog. (Definitely good news for Blogger users.) You can add filters, you can add different frames, you can control the slideshow speed. Basically, it’s a party in your pocket.

WHAT WE’RE LISTENING TO: ELEVATE BY ST. LUCIA
Want a unique throwback sound with a modern feel… that almost sounds like you’re listening to Phil Collins and Genesis, but in a totally new way? This feel-good song will make you dance in your seat and will put the biggest smile on your face. Guaranteed.

WHERE WE’RE GOING: THE HUDSON VALLEY
Want a really great view of fall foliage? The Hudson Valley is where it’s at. A drive through upstate New York is breathtakingly beautiful in the fall thanks to the leaves changing colors on the trees. There’s a ton to do here, from a visit to the little town of Nyack (filled with cute boutiques and restaurants) to the Mohonk Mountain House, where you can go hiking or visit the spa. There are farmer’s markets and places to go apple picking scattered all over the area, too.

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7 things we love…

After an exhausting (but amazing!) weekend at the Budweiser Made in America music festival, we’re back with another roundup that we put together just for you of 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: DR. MARTENS
They’re been a cult classic for decades… and for good reason. Docs, as they’re more colloquially known, bring together every subculture from emo to punk. We’re super excited to be featuring them on our site for the very first time, and we’re totally digging the iconic 1460s in bold floral for girls and rugged leather for guys.

WHAT WE’RE EATING: COCONUT OIL, HONEY AND SEA SALT POPCORN
Is there anything better or more delicious than a bag of freshly popped popcorn? We think not. Snuggle up on the couch for a movie marathon with a bag of this tasty treat, which is not only super easy to make but perfect for savory and sweet lovers alike with its mix of coconut oil, honey and Himalayan pink sea salt.

WHAT WE’RE READING: DOROTHY MUST DIE BY DANIELLE PAIGE
The Wizard of Oz is one of those stories that seems to pop up in everyday conversation at least once. Think about it. Well, this book spins the story into a whole new tornado with its lead character, Amy Gumm, whose sole mission after being recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked is to—you guessed it—make sure everyone’s favorite Ruby Slippers-wearing heroine, well, dies.

WHAT WE’RE WATCHING: CANDIDLY NICOLE
We’ve been fairly obsessed with Nicole Richie ever since she first appeared on The Simple Life with Paris Hilton. And ever since, her various clothing and accessory lines have catapulted her into fashion super stardom (not to mention the fact that she constantly sets beauty trends). But it’s this show, with gems like her dad (yes, the one and only Lionel Richie) trying to teach her how to parallel park, that has us loving her more than ever.

WHAT WE’RE DOWNLOADING: THE B612 APP BY LINE
Let’s “face” it… everyone takes selfies. Well, this app, which uses only your phone’s front-facing camera, is out to change them for the good, better, best. You can take a photo by touching any part of the screen and perfect it with 43 different photo filters. Oh, and it doesn’t make a shutter sound, so no one has to know what you’re really up to while you hold your phone in front of your face. Now come on, #letstakeaselfie.

WHAT WE’RE LISTENING TO: ANOTHER STORY BY THE HEAD AND THE HEART
Melancholy. Sweet. Romantic. Endearing. This song is all that and more. You know the quirky love story, Juno? That’s what this indie folk band from Seattle makes us think of every time we play it.

WHERE WE’RE GOING: THE JERSEY SHORE
Summer may be officially over, but we’re pretending it isn’t with one last trip to the beach. Whether you want to party like your favorite (least favorite?) friends from MTV’s now-kaput show or not, the Jersey Shore offers a little something for everyone. Spend a day at Six Flags Great Adventure, take in a minor league baseball game, visit a lighthouse, go out to the clubs, stroll up and down the boardwalk, just relax on the beach… it’s pretty obvious you’re bound to have a good time no matter what.

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Budweiser Made In America: L.A. Festival Guide

We’re back with your go-to guide for Los Angeles and if you haven’t already heard the fantastic news, American Eagle Outfitters is the official fashion partner of the Budweiser Made In America Festival! We’re so pumped to bring you some of the best beats, #AEOStyle and travel tips for this festival that takes place in L.A. and Philly. Check out our L.A. hour by hour festival guide to ensure that your time spent at Made In America is something you’ll never forget.

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Day One: Saturday, August 30th:
8:00AM:
  Rise and Shine! The sun is out and it’s festival weekend, baby!

9:00AM:  Hop in the shower, dry yourself off and put on your #AEOStyle! Guys, it’s all about having a good time. Pair a Graphic T-Shirt back to a pair of light denim, sneakers and a knit beanie for SoCal #AEOStyle. Girls, our Hi-Rise Festival Shorties are a must-have for any festival fashion. Add a flower crown, floral booties and lace top for a perfect BOHO beauty look.

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Shop the look:
40 Ounces Graphic T-Shirt
Slim Straight Jeans
Canvas Sneaker
Camo Reversible Beanie

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Shop the look:
Hi-Rise Festival Shortie
Lace Swing Tank
Cascading Floral Headwrap
Dr. Martens Hackney Floral Boot
FJALLRAVEN Totepack #1

10:15am:  Take a look around, enjoy the palm trees and sunny skies. Think about what fillings you’re going to add into your Taqueria El Tapatio breakfast burrito

10:45am:  Snap an Instagram worthy picture of your Taqueria El Tapatio breakfast burrito, and inhale. Feeling health conscious? Grab a super green juice from the Punch Bowl.

2:00pm:  Enter the Made In America festival grounds. Be sure to grab an exclusive #AEOMIA T-Shirt!

2:01pm  Take a selfie and let your friends know you’ve made it! (Don’t forget to tag us with #AEOStyle and #AEOMIA)

2:45pm: Pinch yourself because yes, you’re really in L.A. for Made In America. There are so many artists to see! Pull out your festival grounds map and start creating your schedule. Be sure to include Metric, Capital Cities and Dr. Dog as must see bands.

3:10pm:  Head on over to your first show. Don’t forget to stay hydrated

4:00pm:  Try to face time your friend who couldn’t make it to the festival. Let them know how much fun you’re having and that you wish they were here with you…just try not to rub it in too much.

4:50pm:  Grub break! Sniff out some delicious pizza and finish it off with some ice cold Pinkberry!

5:00-9:00pm:  Continue to view bands like ZZ Ward, Afrojack and Sublime with Rome. Yes you’re feet are hurting but  you’re having too much fun to care.

10:00pm:  I-G-G-Y with my name in bold. Need we say more?

12:30am: Head to bed you party animal! You’ve got another big day ahead of you!

Day Two: Sunday, August 31

8:00am:  Rise and shine sleepyhead. You’ve got some bands to see!

9:00am:  Rinse. Wash. Repeat. Dry off from your much needed shower and put on your second round of festival clothes.

10:30am:  Silence your hunger panes with Green Eggs and Ham from Huckleberry. Before you grub, snap a photo for Instagram. #FoodsofInstagram anyone?

2:00pm:  Ahh, MIA Festival Grounds and you meet again. You’ve got the whole security line system down by now.

3:00pm:  Lace up your dancing shoes and head on over to Weezer! Make Weezer jokes by introducing yourself as “My Name Is Jonas“. People will appreciate your knowledge of Weezer songs and Weezer sense of humor. Or, they just won’t get it…

3:01pm:  Take another selfie…this time with the stage and palm trees in the background.  Again, tag us with #AEOStyle and #AEOMIA.

4:00PM:  Make plans to see John Mayer and rock out to Classixx and Steve Aoki.

5:00PM:  Grub break! Gorge on festival food. Hopefully In-N-Out Burger will be serving their famous burgers with a side of fries…animal style.

5:45-9:00PM:  Bounce from concert to concert listening to awesome bands like Chance The Rapper, Vacationer and Yellow Claw.

10:00PM:  Get ready for a super fun concert by headliner, Kanye West.

12:30am:  Relive the weekend in your mind, and put your best festival shots on Instagram. Go to bed with plans to attend next year’s event.

Want more MIAFEST action? Check out our curated playlist in stores, online and on Spotify and listen here for live streaming of the festival.

Going to Philly? Don’t worry, we’ve created an hour by hour festival guide just for you.

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Budweiser Made In America: Philly Festival Guide

If you haven’t already heard the fantastic news, American Eagle Outfitters is the official fashion partner of the Budweiser Made In America Festival! We’re so pumped to bring you some of the best beats, #AEOStyle and travel tips for this festival that takes place in LA and Philly. Check out our Philly hour by hour festival guide to ensure that your time spent at Made In America is something you’ll never forget.

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Day One: Saturday, August 30th

8:00AM:  Hit snooze, you’ve got a big day ahead of you and you are wondering why you thought it was a good idea to set your alarm clock so early the night before.

8:09AM:  Hit snooze again…possibly a few more times.

9:00AM:  Wake up! It’s time to put on your #AEOStyle. Girls, Floral is always a good idea for music festivals. Pair your Don’t Ask Why Cropped T-Shirt back to ripped Jeggings, Cutout Booties and Slouchy Marled Beanie for city sleek festival style. Guys, Joggers are the way to go. Pair your Jogger Pant back to a Plaid Button Down, funky Athletic Sneakers and Paneled Cap for a look that will keep you spotted all night long.

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Shop the look:
Don’t Ask Why Cropped T-Shirt
Jegging
Slouchy Marled Beanie
Cutout Bootie
Chain Link Crossbody Bag

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Shop the look:
Jogger Pant
Plaid Button Down Shirt
Herringbone Paneled Cap
New Balance Ballistic 501 Sneaker

10:15am:  Hail an Uber for super quick service that you can pay for on your phone. It’s so easy!

10:45am:  Grab a coffee at Elixer Coffee. We hear their latte with almond milk is an energy lifter.

2:00pm:  Enter the Made In America festival grounds. Be sure to grab an exclusive #AEOMIA T-Shirt!

2:01pm:  Take a selfie and let your friends know you’ve made it! (Don’t forget to tag us with #AEOstyle and #AEOMIA)

2:30pm:  Lace up your dancing shoes and head on over to The Neighborhood for songs like Sweater Weather and Afraid.

2:31 pm:  Take another selfie…this time with the stage in the background. Again, tag us with #AEOStyle and #AEOMIA.

3:00pm:  Mark your calendar to see to The National and rock out to “I Need My Girl” and “Graceless“.

4:00pm:  Food break! Gorge on festival food. Hopefully Pat’s and Geno’s are selling their famous cheesesteaks. With wiz or without? You can’t go wrong.

4:45-9:00pm:  Bounce from concert to concert listening to awesome bands like Holy Ghost, Baauer and City and Colour.

10:30PM:  Be blown away by the notoriously unexpected performer, Kanye West.

12:30am:  Go to bed, this time pushing your alarm back an extra hour so you’re ready to rise-and-repeat for day two!

Day Two: Sunday, August 31

8:00am:  Rise and shine sleepyhead. Day two is here and it’s time to get up!

9:00am:  Rinse. Wash. Repeat. Dry off from your much needed shower and put on your second round of festival clothes.

10:30am:  Is it thundering? No, that’s just your stomach telling you it wants food now. Belly on up to brunch at the Pub & Kitchen. We hear their Spicy Bloody Mary is one of the best in town.

2:00pm:  Ahh, MIA Festival Grounds and you meet again. You’ve got the whole security line system down by now. Text your friends and let them know you’ll meet them in approximately 8-10 minutes…depending on what security guard you get.

2:30pm:  Break out that festival schedule! It’s time to mark down must see bands like Grimes, Girl Talk and Bear Hands.

2:31pm:  Take another selfie…this time with the stage in the background.  Again, tag us with #AEOStyle and #AEOMIA.

3:00PM:  Boogie on over to Pharrell Williams, Spoon and Tiesto!

4:00PM:  Grub break! Gorge on festival food. Burger and fries anyone?

4:45-9:00PM:  Bounce from concert to concert listening to awesome bands like Mimosa, Vacationer and Gareth Emery.

9:30PM:  Get ready for a super fun concert by headliner, Kings Of Leon.

12:30am:  Relive the weekend in your mind, and put your best festival shots on Instagram. Go to bed with plans to attend next year’s event.

Want more MIAFEST action? Check out our curated playlist in stores, online and on Spotify and listen here for live streaming of the festival.

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7 things we love…

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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!

WHAT WE’RE WEARING: OUR NEW VINTAGE DENIM COLLECTION
Here’s the thing. We really, really, REALLY love jeans. And we’re always coming up with ways to put new twists on all your favorite staples. To that end, we just introduced our new Vintage Denim Collection, which is crafted from our very best fabrics for superior quality and durability. With details like destruction, tinting, sanding and nicking, these jeans are made to look and feel like the favorite pair you’ve had for years. Find Vintage now in some of your favorite fits, from Jegging for girls to Slim Straight for guys.

WHAT WE’RE EATING: BLUEBERRY SALTED CARAMEL POPSICLES
There really isn’t a better way to feel refreshed and happy in the heat of summer than with a popsicle, #amiright? We’re loving this take on the hot day treat from The Healthy Maven, which takes antioxidant-rich (and always delicious) blueberries and pairs them with a gluten-free recipe for homemade popsicles. (The caramel? It’s actually made out of dates!)

WHAT WE’RE READING: SINNER BY MAGGIE STIEFVATER
This is the latest book in Stiefvater’s The Wolves of Mercy Falls series, and just like all the rest, WE. ARE. HOOKED. This series focuses on a pack of werewolves who are human in the summertime and turn into wolves in the wintertime. (It’s WAY better than Twilight, we promise.) Sinner centers in on former rockstar Cole and his girlfriend Isabel (and it’s completely and totally addictive). Read the whole series. You won’t be disappointed. (Oh, and you might want your boyfriend to turn into a werewolf.)

WHAT WE’RE WATCHING: STEP UP ALL IN
The newest movie to hit the Step Up franchise promises to be bigger and better than ever before. More tricks, more dancing, more of the faces from the previous movies that you’ve come to know and love (plus some So You Think You Can Dance favorites/alumni/obsessions like Twitch and Cyrus). Bring on the poppin’ and lockin’.

WHAT WE’RE DOWNLOADING: SIA’S CHANDELIER MUSIC VIDEO
Okay, we have to admit, this was a tough one. We’ve had both this music video and Pharrell’s Come Get It Bae playing on repeat in the office (and our homes) for the past week and a half. But Sia’s got the edge thanks to the fact that she used 11-year-old dancer/wunderkind/all around awesome Maddie Ziegler (yes, one of the girls from Dance Moms) as the star. (The song is pretty awesome, too.) We can’t get enough of Ziegler’s creepy/cool dance moves in this haunting video.

WHAT WE’RE LISTENING TO: MESS IS MINE BY VANCE JOY
Australian singer/songwriter Vance Joy (AKA James Keogh) has officially stolen our music-loving hearts with this song from his latest album, “Dream Your Life Away.” Joy combines folk with pop to create a unique sound that we find ourselves listening to over and over (and over) again.

WHERE WE’RE GOING: MIAMI
From the art-covered Wynwood Walls (where we shot our spring break campaign) to the ridiculously gorgeous sandy beaches and nothing-like-it-anywhere-else nightlife, Miami’s got plenty for you to do and see. Go surfing in South Beach, get a little nature happy at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, hit the clubs… just make sure you come back with a tan.

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Music Monday: Lollapalooza Festival and Packing Guide

Chicago is an amazing city. The beaches along Lake Michigan allow for fun times in the city, their infamous deep dish pizza will keep you satiated for days and the music scene is out of this world. This weekend, Lollapalooza gears up for another fun filled weekend in the Windy City. Check out our favorite haunts, who to see and where to go while touring this fantastic mid-western town.

Pack:
Girls.
Hi-Rise Festival Shorties are a must. Dress them up with booties, a loose fitting tank and a hat to top off your look.

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Shop the look:
Slip-On Bootie
Hi-Rise Festival Shortie
Pleated Lace Tank
Embroiderd Zipper Tote Bag
Mixed Media Bracelet Set

Guys: Mixing patterns is major for August. Pair your plaids and camo prints with solid undertones, like a white t-shirt and black shoes. Add some shades for #AEOStyle you can rock out to all day long.

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Shop the look:
Plaid Button Down Shirt
Canvas Sneakers
Legend Crew T-Shirt
Icon Sunglasses
12″ Ripstop Cargo Short (Shop similar)

Eat:  Pequods Pizza:  In our minds, the best deep dish in town. Crunchy, gooey golden crush smothered in marinara and cheese and covered with crispy pepperoni.

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Deep dish anyone? Photo credit: Yelp

Pierogi Wagon:  A food truck filled with Polish cuisine! Who doesn’t love a good dumpling filled with mashed potatoes and cheddar?

Dryhop Brewers:  50% kitchen, 50% brewery, 100% amazing. Try any one of their hop-centric ales.

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Dry Hop Brewers. Photo Credit: dryhopchicago.com

Batter and Berries:  A dynamite breakfast and brunch spot. We can’t get enough of their French Toast Sampler, it oozes with flavor.

Do:

Headquarters Beercade: Play old school arcade games while drinking ice cold suds. Mortal Combat anyone?

Kingston Mines:  One of the best blues bars in Chicago, hear the best of the best play any night of the week.

Sail on Lake Michigan:  Set your sails and enjoy views of the city from the waters of Lake Michigan.

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Sail Chicago. Photo credit: Flickr

Shedd Aquarium:  From sea turtles to sharks, see it all at the Shedd Aquarium.

Listen:

Lorde:  Shes a 17 year old bold beauty that’s making her mark on the music world. With songs like “Royals“, “Tennis Court” and “Love Club“, we can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.

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Lorde. Photo credit: hollywoodlife.com

Vance Joy:  We’ve got a soft spot for Vance (he helped curate our current playlist for stores)! This singer-songwriter from Australia stole our hearts with “Riptide” and we can’t stop listening to his new release, “Mess is Mine.”

OutKast:  With 20 years of experience, this band knows how to keep fans happy! Classic tunes like “So Fresh So Clean” and “Hey, Ya” keep our dancing shoes on and our nostalgia game high. We can’t wait to see these boys take center stage.

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Outkast. Photo credit: MTV.com

Grouplove:  The ultimate college band, this five member band spits out an alternative rock sound that will automatically make you feel like your having the best time of your life. Check out “I’m With You” and “Let Me In.”

Cut Copy:  Well known in the Synthpop world, Cut Copy knows how to generate wild sound that is catchy, energetic and mysterious at times. Check out “Lights & Music” and “Take Me Over.

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Cut Copy. Photo credit: BitTorrent Blog

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