AEO Tulum Travel Diary

Hola from Tulum, Mexico, where the ocean water is crystal clear, the sun is always shining and the food is amazing! After a quick plane ride, we landed in paradise, and Raphael, Fanny and I couldn’t wait to explore Tulum.

AEO Tulum Travel Diary We stayed at Papaya Playa Project, a tropical themed hotel where each room was decorated uniquely with straw rooftops and its own personal space away from other guests. Rather than a typical resort where there are people everywhere you go, picture a place tucked away in a lush jungle just a hundred feet away from the ocean with nothing but the sound of the waves and a light breeze; a place where you can get away and be at peace with nature but still have great company when you need it.

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We dropped our bags off in our room and grabbed dinner at the hotel restaurant. I cannot begin to tell you just how amazing the seafood was! To be honest, everything tasted amazing in Tulum! The food was fresh and had unique flavors unlike anything else. After a decadent dessert, we called it a night to get ready for the upcoming day.

We enjoyed breakfast and the beautiful scenery right at our hotel, taking advantage of the hammocks on the beach. The ocean front was decorated with hundreds of twisted palm trees, colorful cabanas and even some iguanas. Surrounded by palm trees, we couldn’t resist getting a few fresh coconuts and taking a dip in one of the pools.

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After our swim, we headed to Gran Cenote which is an underwater cave. Tulum has over two hundred underwater caves. The caves are great for snorkeling and swimming, but we decided to just dip our feet in and enjoy the landscape.

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Next up on our list was lunch at Posada Margherita. This place was located right on the beach and had quite a few beach chairs for relaxing in while you enjoy an appetizer or a cold drink. Once we filled up our stomachs with delicious food, we explored the area and found a cool little rooftop that overlooked the beach and had amazing views.

AEO Tulum Travel Diary

One of my favorite things about Tulum was all of the shopping right along the beach. We browsed the shops and ended up renting bicycles to get around town. After a long first day we decided to grab a quick dinner at Mateo’s Mexican Grill before getting some sleep for our next day of adventures.

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The next morning, we headed to the city after breakfast and checked out some unique architecture scattered throughout downtown Tulum. One of my favorite things about this place is the beautiful things around each corner, which makes exploring another country feel exciting. After some fun in town, we headed back to our hotel to relax and take advantage of the day beds and swing set right on the beach.

AEO Tulum Travel Diary We couldn’t leave Tulum without exploring the ocean, so we rented snorkeling gear and went for a dip. We wrapped up the day by watching the sunset and having dinner at Tabano. Worn out from a long day we went to our rooms to catch a great night’s sleep before heading home the next day.

AEO Tulum Travel Diary

Tulum, Mexico is destination I highly recommend. It’s full of tranquility and peace and is a place where you can relax one day then explore the surrounding beauty on another. If you could spend a week or even just a few days in Tulum, who would you bring with you? Let us know in the comments below!

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AEO Lake Powell Travel Diary

With its beautiful landscapes painted in orange and red tones as well as the many activities on land and water, Lake Powell has become a very popular vacation spot. Casey, Melissa, and I couldn’t wait to explore the area so we packed up the car in LA and hit the road for an epic weekend getaway.

When we got to Lake Powell we did some hiking through some of the most unique landscapes we’ve ever seen. One stop we made on our hike was the Rimrocks Hoodoos where mushroom shaped rock formations stick straight up out of the ground.

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Next up on our list was one place I have been dying to see, Antelope Canyon. We took a tour through the lower canyon with smooth sandstone walls made over time by wind and water. There were even dinosaur footprints at the end of the canyon!

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After all of the hiking we needed to refuel so we stopped at a Thai restaurant in town called Dara Thai Express. After we refueled we threw on our swimwear and hit the water. With the beautiful blue water and surrounding landscapes it really felt like we were on another planet.

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To end our first day of adventuring, we decided to go to a lookout spot very close to the Glen Canyon Dam. We sat along the edge of one of the cliffs, listened to some tunes and watched the sunset — truly a moment I’ll never forget. Once it started getting dark we headed over to Bonkers Restaurant and had some amazing dinner before we called it a night.

The next morning, we grabbed breakfast at Ranch House Grill and then headed to Horseshoe Bend to catch some early morning light. It was a little cold outside so we grabbed a few sleeping bags and set them up right next to the edge of this beautiful windy canyon where we watched the many boats on the river below us float by.

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The last spot was something straight out of a movie. Just off a little dirt road is a huge cliff face called Coal Mine Canyon. The canyon overlooked colorful rock formations scattered throughout the vast desert landscape. We opened up our map and decided to do some exploring. Around every corner was something new and unique. We could’ve explored the area forever!

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Lake Powell is definitely a place to add to your travel bucket list. There is so much to do and so many beautiful places to see!

Have you ever been to Lake Powell? If so, let me know your favorite places in the comments!

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AEO Laguna Beach Travel Guide

Laguna Beach is absolutely one of my favorite places in Southern California. From its beautiful crystal clear beaches to its abundant art and music scene, it is definitely a locale to put on your travel list. Lauren, MK and I went on a day trip to explore the town, its beautiful scenery and all the culture it has to offer.

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We started with a short hike to Table Rock, a beach with a beautiful little cove. The weather was amazing and we explored the area and had some fun before we headed to The Montage Resort. Just below the resort was another beach cove and we took the opportunity to snap some photos before we grabbed lunch at La Sirena.

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Next up was a fun little flower shop named Browne’s Flowers. One of the best things about California is the abundance of fresh flowers and flower shops. After snagging a few bouquets we headed down the road to Main Beach. With amazing views including a Gazebo perched on top of one of the many sea cliffs it’s no wonder this is one of the most popular beaches in Laguna.

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We rinsed the sand off our feet and were off to our third beach of the day, Crescent Bay. This is one of my favorite areas in Laguna. Perched up on the cliffs we took in the majestic views of turquoise colored water, white beach sand, and countless tall palm trees making it one of the most amazing photo spots.
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We drove along the coastline to Newport Coast for ice cream at B.Candy. With its bright and vibrant exterior you can’t miss it! With ice cream cones in hand, we continued along the coast and had to stop when we saw a gorgeous bright orange old school VW bus. We chatted up the owner as he talked about the hard work he had put into restoring it. Talk about the ultimate road trip vehicle!

Our day was coming to a close but we couldn’t leave Laguna without having dinner at Brussels Bistro.

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Laguna Beach may seem like just another beach town but it is one of my favorite places to visit. Have you ever been to Laguna? If so, tell me some of your favorite spots in the comments! Or, share your favorite beach destination for a perfect getaway adventure below!

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#AEOSTYLE Inspiration: AEO Women’s Team in Delhi, India

Have you ever wondered where we pull our #AEOSTYLE design inspiration from? The answer is… everywhere! Our AEO Women’s team traveled to Delhi, India to explore different prints, patterns & fabrics for our Summer 2016 line. They shared highlights with us from their time in Delhi, and now we get to share their photo diary with you! Check out their work and adventures in the scenic city below.

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Where does your #AEOSTYLE take you? Tell us in the comments below & show us on Instagram and Twitter using #AEOSTYLE.

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As Seen In #AEOSTYLE: Spring Into Summer Style

From Hi-Rise Shorties to destroyed denim, we’ve spotted #AEOSTYLE in some of the coolest magazines and biggest music festivals. Check out who is wearing our clothes in this week’s As Seen In #AEOSTYLE.

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From the deserts of Palm Springs, California to the Windy City, we’ve spotted summer-ready #AEOSTYLE.
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US Weeky: Hi-Rise Festival Shorties
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We spotted #AEOSTYLE in the desert of California during both festival weekends in Indio.
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We’re seeing Spring-ready #AEOSTYLE from InStyle and Sincerely Jules.
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Sincerely Jules: Twill Midi Short

Where have you spotted #AEOSTYLE? Tell us in the comments below!

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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: 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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