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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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#AEOSTYLE Challenge: Shorts

One of our favorite menswear bloggers, Freddy Rodriguez from Blue Perk, recently took a trip of a lifetime to Thailand. And the first thing he packed — his favorite American Eagle Outfitters shorts, essential for the hot days and nights of this Southeast Asian kingdom.

Meet Freddy:
Freddy Rodriguez is the blogger behind the popular menswear site, Blue Perk. The Texas transplant, now a New York based editor, made his way to the city to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology. He enjoys traveling at a moment’s notice and shares his unique perspectives on Twitter @FREDRDGZ.

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Freddy from Blue Perk in our 8″ Prep Short.

What inspired Freddy’s look:
While preparing for this trip I knew it would be hot. I chose to pack a lot of light layers that would breathe but would compliment the tropical atmosphere. I may have jumped the gun with my thrifted Hawaiian shirt and pineapple shoes, but I couldn’t resist fully embracing the summer weather.

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Freddy paired his 8″ Prep Shorts with a surf tropic print for a trend-right look.

Get Freddy’s look:
8″ Prep Short
Printed Sneaker (similar)

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Freddy from Blue Perk in our 11.5″ Longboard Short.

What inspired Freddy’s look:
I’m sure glad I packed accordingly. It’s been 90+ degrees each day, which I am not complaining after what seemed like a never ending winter in New York. A key tip that I’ve learned is tank-tops and shorts are the best way to stay comfortable while traveling. Though I would also highly recommend sun screen, a mistake I made and have been paying for these past two days. Other than that, you don’t need much else than tropical prints and complimenting shorts to stay comfortable while in tropical climates.

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Freddy cuffed the 11.5″ Longboard Short for this cool look.

Get Freddy’s look:
11.5″ Longboard Short
Floral Pocket Tank (similar)

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Freddy from Blue Perk in our 8″ Prep Short.

What inspired Freddy’s look:
Because it’s really hot here, the key is less is more. Coordinating colors and prints is the best way to stay true to your style, while not completely melting. White is a traditional tropical color and I wasn’t going to miss my opportunity to embrace the color before Memorial Day. Though I may have been worried all day that I was going to get my shorts dirty (I did, sigh), the real treat was feeling and looking fresh despite my constant flow of sweat. So don’t forget to pack your whites on your next tropical excursion!

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Keep cool by matching light colors like Freddy.

Get Freddy’s look:
8″ Prep Short

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Freddy from Blue Perk in our 8″ Floral Prep Short.

What inspired Freddy’s look:
While I’m sweating buckets, I figured I might as well wear as little as possible, right? Second best to being shirtless is a slim cut tank-top that allows a lot of room for breathing and light shorts that also allow your legs to breathe. Because there is no better way to win against the heat. I learned to just cope with drenching my outfit in sweat and try my best to look good while doing it.

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Dress up a basic white tank with a cool printed short.

Get Freddy’s look:
8″ Floral Prep Short
Ringer Tank (similar)

Show off your summer-ready looks with shorts by using #AEOSTYLE on Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram for the chance to see your photo on our AE.com Style Gallery or our blog!

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7 Things We Love…

Here at AEO, we’re inspired by so many different things. Food, travel, music, movies… you name it, the sky’s the limit! We’re starting a new series on the blog where you can see all of our inspirations—and maybe get a little inspired yourself. Here’s the first installment of what we can’t live without.

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WHAT WE’RE LISTENING TO: KEEP YOU BY WILD BELLE
We’re digging this song from Wild Belle’s debut album, Isles. Chicago natives (and siblings!) Elliot and Natalie Bergman have created the perfect mix of indie rock and funk. This track’s addictive sound will definitely have you playing it again and again and again and… well, you get the point.

WHAT WE’RE DOWNLOADING: TRAKTOR DJ
Have big dreams of being a DJ? Well, it’s now easier than ever (and totally at your fingertips) with this awesome app. Choose from eight different effects like Beatmasher, Filter and Flanger to cut up and rearrange beats, create quick cuts and more. Plus, you can use it on your iPad or iPhone!

WHERE WE’RE GOING: DENVER
Looking for a place to celebrate Cinco de Mayo? Denver boasts one of the largest celebrations in the US. The two-day festival includes live music and all the authentic Mexican cuisine you can handle. Work off all the tacos by taking advantage of the city’s hiking trails and mountain terrain.

WHAT WE’RE READING: THE FAULT IN OUR STARS BY JOHN GREEN
It’s only one of the most popular YA books to come out in the past five years. This story about two teenage cancer patients who find each other and fall in love is a tearjerker, for sure… but it’s also full of hope and the appreciation of living life to the fullest. Not to mention the movie, which stars Divergent’s Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, is only one of the most anticipated movie releases of the year (it comes out on June 6).

WHAT WE’RE EATING: SMOOTHIE BOWLS
The weather’s heating up (finally) (we think?) and that has us craving colder foods. Smoothie bowls are the cousin of acai bowls, which are a Brazilian treat made from frozen acai pulp blended with other frozen fruit and topped with fresh sliced fruit, granola and honey. But since acai is a little hard to find, try a smoothie bowl—all you need is spinach, avocado, and whatever frozen fruit you have in the freezer! Mmm, mmm good.

WHAT WE’RE WEARING: AE SOFT FLORAL JUMPSUIT
The oversized floral print. The mismatched pockets. The bold black and white. The silhouette. Everything about this jumpsuit just screams “I’m right on trend for spring!” It’s really just a bonus that it’s incredibly comfy, too.

WHAT WE’RE WATCHING: MEAN GIRLS ON NETFLIX
This movie totally made fetch happen. We kind of can’t believe it’s 10 years old already. This classic just never goes out of style. Thanks to Netflix, we’re watching the antics of the Plastics over and over again and quoting all the memorable lines nonstop. A few of our favorites: “On Wednesdays, we wear pink.” “That’s why her hair is so big. It’s full of secrets.” “Whatever. I’m getting cheese fries.” “You go, Glenn Coco!”

 

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A Day In Italy: Our #MadeInItaly Photo Diary

A Day In Italy: Our #MadeInItaly Photo Diary

Love our new Made In Italy For American Eagle Outfitters collection? Get even more inspiration with our photo diary from our trip to Italy, where we created and designed every piece in the line. Touring the countryside and city provided the perfect balance of beauty, edge and effortless style reflected in our exclusive collection made just for you. Show us how you’re wearing Made In Italy For American Eagle Outfitters with #AEOSTYLE for your chance to be featured on AE.com.

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Show us how you’re styling our new limited edition collection Made In Italy For American Eagle Outfitters and tag your photos on Instagram and Twitter with #AEOStyle for a chance to featured on ae.com!

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