New England Edition: July 4th Style Guide

July 4th is right around the corner which means it’s time to show off your red, white and blue #AEOStyle. We’ve enlisted the help of our stylists, Preston and Lauren to piece together looks based on where you’re celebrating. No matter if you’re in the city or at the beach, we’ve got your itinerary and 4th of July outfit covered! Check out our favorite haunts and styles below and don’t forget to show us your Independence Day style with #AEOStyle for a chance to be featured on AE.com.

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Chatham, Cape Cod. Photo Credit: joesretirementblog

Destination:  Chatham, Cape Cod
Why:  Filled with quintessential New England charm, Chatham offers beautiful beaches, great food, penny candy and an all-american vibe. Plus, during the 4th, downtown Main Street turns into full blown parade!
Stay:  Chatham Bars Inn. Celebrate their 100th anniversary in the main hotel, or rent a bungalow footsteps away from the beach
Indulge:  Chatham Candy Manor. Homemade fudge with samples to boot plus hundreds of homemade chocolatey goodness.
Enjoy:  Ridgevale Beach. Ocean on one side, bay on the other. Rent sailboats and kayaks for the day then munch on lobster rolls and insanely good cheeseburgers at the Ridgevale Beach Snack Bar!
Packing Guide: 

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Girls: All-American #AEOStyle. 

Shop the look:
Chambray Sundress
Keds Champion Originals Sneaker

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Guys: Prep up your #AEOStyle.

Shop the look:
Denim Workwear Shirt
11.5″ Longboard Short
Canvas Chukkah

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Annapolis, Maryland: Photo Credit: car.realestatesbs.com

Destination:  Annapolis, Maryland
Why:  Crabcakes and Football (and beautiful water sprinkled with sailboats). It’s the perfect spot to watch fireworks and celebrate America’s Independence.
Stay:  Historic Inns of Annapolis. This quaint inn makes you feel right at home with beautiful rooms and fantastic hospitality.
Indulge:  Annapolis Ice Cream Company. You can’t go wrong with the sea salt caramel waffle cone. OMG its delicious.
Enjoy:  Pussers Caribbean Grille. Enjoy scrumptious fish tacos by the bay-side and turn your flip flops in for dancing shoes
Packing Guide:

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Girls: Red, white and blue with an east coast vibe. 

Shop the look:
Coca-Cola Graphic Muscle Tank
Stars and Stripes Denim Shortie
Thick Strap Sandal

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Guys: Prepster All-American look with an unexpected East Coast twist.

Shop the look:
Americana Tank
10.25″ Denim Cutoff Shorts
Canvas Sneaker

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New York, New York. Photo Credit: parliamenttutors.com

Destination:  New York City
Why:
 It’s America’s #1 city. Do we need to say more?
Stay:  AirBnB. Perfect for the traveler on a budget. We recommend staying in East Village or the Lower East Side.
Indulge:  Sprinkles Cupcakes. They change up flavors every day and offer specials multiple times per week, plus they have a cupcake ATM to satisfy cravings 24/7
Enjoy:  Fireworks. They’re being set off from Brooklyn and the East River this year so you can see them from Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn. It’s a spectacle like no other!
Packing Guide:

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Girls: Keep it city sleek in #AEOStyle.

Shop the look:
Eagle Graphic Muscle Tank
Sky High Button Front Shortie
Birkenstock Gizeh Habana Sandal

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Guys: Laid-back prep meets busy city streets.

Shop the look:
Photo Real Muscle T-Shirt
10.25″ Destroyed Denim Cutoff Short
Canvas Sneaker

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Newport, Rhode Island. Photo Credit: njcharters.com

Destination:  Newport, Rhode Island
Why:  Beautiful beaches and mansions in the heart of New England. Enjoy stunning beaches along the coast of Rhode Island.
Stay:  The Attwater. This cozy boutique hotel has that old New England charm with updated decor and technology (they’ve got iPads in every room!)
Indulge:  Tallulah on Thames. Focused on finding seasonal ingredients from local resources, this restaurant offers delicious and flavorful meals.  We recommend the tacos.
Enjoy:  Schedule a mansion tour with Preservation Society of Newport County. Tour and learn all about the famous mansions that line the town’s coastline.
Packing Guide:

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Girls: New England vibe meets comfortable #AEOStyle. 

Shop the look: 
Sky High Shortie
Open Knit V-Neck Sweater
Marled Beanie
Slip-On Sneaker
Aviator Sunglasses

4TH OF JULY LOOK 3_11923Guys: Go for the all-American #AEOStyle

Shop the look:
Jersey Polo
10″ Classic Length Short
Canvas Boat Shoe

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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: MUSCLE TEES
Summer’s hottest tops are a little rock ‘n roll inspired (and a whole lot of awesome). Right now we’re especially loving this Muscle T-Shirt from our brand-new Don’t Ask Why collection, which fuses the effortless street style of New York, L.A. and Milan with festival-inspired edge.Wear it with soft shorties, like we’ve styled it here, or try it with jeggings or a maxi skirt.

WHAT WE’RE EATING: GRILLED STRAWBERRY PARFAIT
Did you know that grilling and roasting fruit helps bring out its natural sweetness? Well, it does… and right now we’re obsessed with adding grilled strawberries to Greek yogurt and granola for a healthy yet totally sweet treat.

WHAT WE’RE READING: THE GIVER BY LOIS LOWRY
Whether this was/is required reading for you in school or you just pick it up for fun, this book is a must-read. Lowry’s book was at the forefront of the YA dystopic craze, and for good reason… her story centers around Jonas, who lives in a community in the future where everything has become controlled to the point of Sameness. After receiving the position of The Receiver for the community, Jonas goes on a gripping path of self discovery. Read the book now before the movie (featuring one of our current #MCMs, Brenton Thwaites) comes out in August.

WHAT WE’RE WATCHING: GIRL MEETS WORLD
Okay, it hasn’t premiered yet (it starts on June 27). But in the meantime, we’re obsessively watching (and rewatching) the trailer featuring our favorites, Cory and Topanga. (And we might just be watching old episodes of Boy Meets World to get even more excited.) We’re really hoping this show lives up to our expectations.

WHAT WE’RE DOWNLOADING: YOUTUBE CLIPS OF THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON
Simply put? Jimmy Fallon is killing it as the new(ish) head of The Tonight Show. We watch every clip he posts on YouTube and laugh uproariously at every one, from his Lip Sync Battle with Emma Stone to the celebrity photobomb he did with Jon Hamm. We can’t wait to see what happens every night.

WHAT WE’RE LISTENING TO: CLUBFEET BY HEARTBREAK FEATURING CHELA
A combination of disco, electronic, electro and synthpop sounds like it might be a little overwhelming… but in the case of Heartbreak, the duo of Ali Renault and Sebastian Muravchix, it somehow works. You won’t be able to keep from dancing to the beat of this track, which feels like a mix of 80’s pop with current electro pop.

WHERE WE’RE GOING: SEATTLE
Did you know that Saturday is the longest day of the year? That’s why we’re heading to Seattle, where we’ll have our pick of the Fremont Fair, Solstice Parade and the first ever Solstice Concert Series. We also can’t wait to check out the different boutiques, nightlife and the restaurant scene. Oh, and we’ll probably be picking up a few of our favorite Starbucks lattes.

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Lauren and Preston’s Summer in the City Style Guide

Let’s face it, Summer is HOT... and after this winter, we won’t complain (promise!), but we WILL show you how to stylishly dress for the rising temps! Our very own (and very stylish) Director of Styling, Preston and Manager of Styling, Lauren put together relaxed beach looks inspired by some of their favorite beach towns. Check out the outfits below to keep your #AEOStyle cool all season long.

Cool in Cabo:
GUYS: Our classic denim shirt is the go-to for beach layering. Easy to throw on with a print bathing suit after the beach or to head out for lunch or drinks with friends. The accessory statement is all in the wrist – layering up vintage inspired cord & beaded bracelets for a cool, simple summer vibe.

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Cool in Cabo- Men’s

Shop the look:
Denim Workwear Shirt
Photo Real Muscle T-Shirt
Tropical Floral Board Short
Rubber Flip Flop

GALS: This look is all about laid back, easy items, perfect for a resort town like Cabo. We love a soft pant paired back to the sandal of the season, the Birkenstock… and worn with an easy print tank for an effortless look. Nothing says chill vacation mode more than a fedora to top off the look.

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Cool in Cabo- Women’s

Shop the look:
Birkenstock Gizeh Habana Sandal
Tie Dye Tank
Metallic Straw Fedora
Surplus Linen Pant
Tropic Printed Tote
Half Rim Sunglasses
Beaded Coral Necklace

Major in Miami:
GUYS: Our short sleeve half-pipe shirts are killer  with an awesome fit and perfect to wear from the beach to the bar. We’re seeing tons of florals in mens summer dressing and we love our floral version paired back to our new chino jogger for a summery yet urban vibe. Don’t forget a fresh pair of trainers and good wrist gear to top off the look.

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Major in Miami- Men’s

Shop the look:
Printed Short Sleeve Button Down Shirt
Jogger Pant
New Balance 501 Sneaker
Men’s Jewelry
Knit Beanie
Leaves Icon Sunglasses

GALS: Whats so fun about Miami is the ability to go from the sand to the street to the beach club all before dusk. We love the graphic print on this dress to throw over a bikini or for lunch on Ocean Drive. Wear under our vegan leather jacket for when the sun goes down. Miami dressing is all about versatility while looking cool and on trend.

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Major in Miami- Women’s

Shop the look:
Cutout Sundress
Cropped Vegan Leather Moto Jacket
Aviator Sunglasses
Silver Wedge

Vibrant in Venice:
GUYS: The SoCal surf scene is the epitome of laid back cool… this is where pattern mixing is natural and effortless. A bright striped tank paired to a denim cut off feels easy, on trend, and perfect for Venice. Our slip-on skate inspired Ollie is killer in the stripe print. Throw on the 5 panel cap with floral detail as you jump out of the water or off your surf board.

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Vibrant in Venice- Men’s

Shop the look:
Vintage Striped Tank
10.25″ Destroyed Denim Cutoff Short
Printed Slip-On Sneaker
Floral Brim 5-Panel Hat
Leaves Icon Sunglasses
Canvas Magic Wallet

GALS: The summer vibe in Venice beach all goes back to the influence of surf and skate. Our sky high shortie is super street ready when paired with a skate inspired lace up sneaker, cool print tank and fresh metallic sunnies. We love the hint of color in the trucker hat (totally SOCAL, right?) to top off the look.

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Vibrant in Venice- Women’s

Shop the look:
Sky High Acid Wash Shortie
Lace Up Sneaker
Tie Dye Tank (shop similar)
Aloha Trucker Hat
Aviator Sunglasses

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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 AE SOFT ROMPER 
Need something amazing to wear to all those graduation parties you’ve been invited to? This romper is designed in soft, lightweight jersey to keep you cool while the parties heat up. We’re loving the tied back straps, the slouchy fit and the can’t help but be noticed bright pink hue.

WHAT WE’RE EATING/DRINKING: ICED COFFEE
There really is just nothing better than a cold, refreshing drink in the middle of a heat wave. Now that summer is (almost) (finally?) here, we can’t get enough of iced coffee. Whether you like it black or with cream and sugar, it’s got the perfect amount of caffeine to give you that needed boost when you feel like you’re starting to drag. (Plus, we love taking afternoon walks to Big Dog, a coffee shop near our South Side campus.)

WHAT WE’RE READING: RECONSTRUCTING AMELIA BY KIMBERLY MCCREIGHT
There’s a mystery surrounding the death of Brooklyn teen Amelia, and her mother is determined to get to the bottom of it. Multiple plot twists, gasp out loud surprises and intertwining characters make this a highly entertaining and seriously obsessive read. We even started an office book club just so we could read this one!

WHAT WE’RE WATCHING: LABYRINTH
We can’t wait for this two-part miniseries, airing on May 22-23 on The CW. Not only does it star the gorgeous Jessica Findlay (who played Sybil on Downton Abbey), but this story that shifts back and forth between medieval and modern-day France features Tom Felton (AKA Draco Malfoy) and Sebastian Stan (AKA the Winter Soldier). We can’t wait to travel in time with these three.

WHAT WE’RE DOWNLOADING: BOOTIE MASHUP
Want to listen to some awesome bootleg mashups? Head to this site, run by A Plus D, which promises to “provide the soundtrack for the A.D.D. generation.” Find mashups of everything from “Turn Down For What” and “#Selfie” to “Timber” and the can’t help but dance to it “Happy” by Pharrell.

WHAT WE’RE LISTENING TO: “RED EYES” BY THE WAR ON DRUGS
These four guys from Philly have been rocking since their debut studio album, Wagonwheel Blues, in 2008. Off their third studio album, Lost In The Dream, “Red Eyes” is the perfect road trip song—it has just enough energy to keep you going but with a relaxed, laidback vibe.

WHERE WE’RE GOING: MUIR WOODS
Did you know today is Love A Tree Day? And there’s really just no better place to do that than the Muir Woods. It’s filled with redwood and sequoia trees with ancestors that date back millions of years—and the sight of these massive trees is, in a word, magical. After you get your fill of nature, be sure to take a drive down the coastal highway for some truly breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean.

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7 things we love…

We’re back with another 7 Things We Love! Here are all the things inspiring us right this second, from what we’re eating and watching to what we’re wearing and downloading. Let us know what you think about our picks in the comments—and give us yours, too!

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WHAT WE’RE LISTENING TO: WATER FOUNTAIN BY tUnE-yArDs
When playing live, New England native Merrill Garbus can create drum loops on the spot and layer them with ukulele, vocals and electric bass. The first single off her 3rd album, Nikki Nack, “Water Fountain” is an awesome mix of eclectic, upbeat and world music inspiration. This is definitely the kind of song that will be stuck in your head for days on end (in a good way, of course).

WHAT WE’RE DOWNLOADING: 100 NEW EMOJIS 
Avery Monson is kind of a genius with this new Vine, which features everything from “A Tupperware Container Full of Secrets” and “Season 3 of The OC on Blu-Ray” to “Incriminating Browser History” and “A Guy Who Refuses to Eat Over-Ripe Bananas.” Each one is darn near perfect in its execution—we dare you not to keep watching (and pausing) for hours at a time.

WHERE WE’RE GOING: BALTIMORE, MD
The Kentucky Derby may be this weekend, but we’re gearing up for Preakness Stakes… or, our favorite part of it, “The Freakness.” This giant outdoor party attracts thousands of people and always promises to be a good time. While you’re in town, why not enjoy some of what Baltimore has to offer, like the sights of the inner harbor and the locally owned shops and restaurants in Fell’s Point. (Or if you’re into baseball, a visit to the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum is a worthy stop.)

WHAT WE’RE READING: THE SELECTION SERIES BY KIERA CASS
In this series’ (near) dystopian future, America has become Illéa, an empire complete with a system of eight castes and The Selection, a competition for the prince’s hand in marriage. America Singer, a Five, becomes one of 35 girls to enter the competition. These books are full of intrigue and plot twists you’ll never see coming—and with Cass’s third book, The One, coming out on May 6, we can’t wait to find out what happens next. If you’re a fan of dystopian literature like The Hunger Games, Divergent and Delirium, this series is a must read.

WHAT WE’RE EATING: FISH TACOS WITH MANGO MINT COCONUT COLESLAW
Say what you want about Gwyneth Paltrow, but the woman can come up with some seriously amazing recipes. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in true #AEOSTYLE with these fish tacos, which combine cod coated in salt and pepper with charred peppers and some good ol’ fashioned grill time. Be sure to top them with this fresh take on cabbage slaw.

WHAT WE’RE WEARING: NINA PUSHUP PINEAPPLE BIKINI TOP
Pineapples are this season’s IT print. They lend an immediately cheerful and retro-inspired vibe to every outfit, and we’re simply loving them festooned on our Nina bikini top. Plus, now we’re totally ready for a visit to the Dole plantation in Hawaii.

WHAT WE’RE WATCHING: NEIGHBORS
Okay, so technically this movie doesn’t come out until next week. But we’re already obsessed with the new sure to be hilarious movie starring Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne as a couple with a new baby and Zac Efron and Dave Franco as the leaders of a raucous fraternity who moves in next door. We can’t even count how many times we’ve already watched the trailer.

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2014 Kentucky Derby Style and Celebration Guide

Since 1875, the Kentucky Derby has been drawing crowds to Louisville, Kentucky to watch the first leg of the US Triple Crown. We’ve put together a style guide (three words hats, dresses and blazers) as well as a Louisville travel guide to ensure you’re weekend is filled with great style and amazing memories…you can “bet” on it!

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The quintessential Kentucky Derby #AEOStyle

Pack:
Girls: Derby day is all about summer dresses and big hats. Pair a cinch waist dress with platform heels and a floppy hat for perfect derby #AEOStyle. Pack a scarf to wear around your shoulders for an elegant accessory that will also keep you warm in case the weather turns.

Shop the look:
Cutout Jaquared Sundress
Floppy Straw Hat
Embroidered Scarf
Two Tone Wedge Sandal

Guys:
Keep your style classic with a pair of khaki pants and wingtip shoes.  Pair it back to a solid oxford button down, blazer and tie for style that’s not only dapper, but comfortable too! To complete the look, throw on a fedora to add southern charm to your #AEOStyle.

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Rock your southern charm in #AEOStyle

Shop the look:
Glory Hats by Goorin Fireball Fedora
Wingtip Shoe
Slim Straight Khaki
Solid Oxford Button Down
Chambray Tie
Cotton Blazer

Eat: 
Decca: Located in Louisville’s downtown NULU district, this delicious restaurant uses locally farmed and small production ingredients.

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Eat delicious local food at Decca. Image Source: deccarestaurant.com

Rye: Southern charm with a modern twist. Try the citrus salad and triple cooked fries.

Hillbilly Tea: A southern breakfast, brunch and tea room. Try their holy basil herb tea or bourbon bread pudding.

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Do:
Belle of Louisville: Take a tour down the  river on one of the oldest operating steamboats in America.

Louisville Slugger Museum: The home of the famous baseball bat. Take a tour and snap your picture with the giant wooden bat outside.

Kentucky Derby To Do Guide

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Thirsty Pedaler: Hop on this moving bike bar (holds up to 15 people) and get a 2 hour tour of downtown Louisville.

Kentucky Derby To Do Guide

Take a ride on the Thirsty Pedaler. Image source: xola.com

Stay:
21c Museum Hotel: Voted the best hotel in the south by Conde Nast Traveler, its not only a 90 room boutique hotel, its a museum and an award winning restaurant all in one.

Kentucky Derby To Do Guide

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DuPont Mansion Bed and Breakfast: Located on Fourth Street in Old Louisville, this B&B offers the perfect mix of charm and excitement.

Tucker House Bed and Breakfast: This beautiful B&B sits on five acres of gorgeous land. Enjoy the scenery from your patio or explore the woods and lake for a super fun adventure.

Tucker House Bed and Breakfast, Louisville

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Are you going to the Kentucky Derby this weekend? Show us your #AEOStyle derby outfits on Instagram and Twitter for a chance to be featured on AE.com.

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