New Denim and Blues from AEO

New Denim and Blues from AEO

American Eagle Outfitters is one of those brands that I feel has grown up along with me. They’ve been a favorite since all the way back in my early college days! Back then, most of what they carried seem to be catered specifically to the college student, but they’ve done something that not many other lifestyle brands have done: been willing to change, stayed attentive to consumer demand and kept up with some amazing innovations, especially with their denim and the introduction of their one-size-fits-all brand Don’t Ask Why. They’ve grown way beyond their current age boundaries and now offer pieces for any stylish lady to wear. I remember when I was just getting into denim, I wasn’t all that fond of theirs (I was instead obsessed with their sheer tees back in the day) due to the fact that much of it seemed so-so, and didn’t fit me all that well. Now, they’ve payed attention to what the best premium brands in the industry were doing, especially when it came to competing with the athleisure industry. AEO jeans have come a LONG way, and I have to say if there was one non-premium brand I wear, this is it. In fact, sometimes I feel they have crossed into the premium realm, and with the release of their amazingly soft, stretchy, and shape-keeping Denim X line in 2014 they pretty much solidified their place in the premium denim market. This line has since expanded into several sub-collections and from what I’ve read, AEO is doing incredibly well compared to most other lifestyle brands who were hit a LOT harder by the economy, and will be here to stay for a long time. AEO’s new denim additions stick with the high vintage denim demand, almost looking like something out of RE/DUN! The distressed boyfriend has been a huge looker since Spring and AEO knows the trend is not going anywhere fast. The same goes with flares and denim shirts. Along with their new arrivals come a few non-denim pieces with a very denim appeal like sweaters and pullovers, a super cute lace up denim dress, a chambray skirt, and of course, they stuck with their tried and true denim shorts. I grabbed my favorites from these new arrivals and listed them below!

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Halloween Denim Sales

Halloween Denim Sales

Halloween Denim Sales

I can’t believe it was already a year ago that I dressed as a “sexy” Mad Hatter for an impromptu Halloween party at the house of a coworker, and then another one again the weekend after for a company party…that was definitely one of my favorite ones. I often laugh at the influx of “sexy” costumes out there, but inside, I’ll admit it’s just good plain fun. This month I already had two parties, and I think I’m already pretty partied out…both of them were Halloween-themed DJ gigs, both at which I dressed as dark as I could, in a black corset with lots of metal hardware, a spiked collar, a garter belt, black fuzzy Spirit-Hoods-style half hood, stockings and stripper heels…with the intention of being a bat. However, the wings just weren’t working, so I resorted to a hellcat, thanks in part to the first party being a Heaven & Hell theme. I DJed on the Hell stage, which was my choosing, spinning some ultra dark and sexy techno (bwahaha). This is definitely my favorite part of the year! Whatever you choose to do this party weekend, here are a few sales I found in my inbox from some of my favorite denim brands (I’m actually surprised I haven’t seen more) just in case you figured you’d squeeze in some shopping as well. I’m keeping this brief as I doubt many will be by their computers this weekend…so with that said, be safe, and have loads of FUN! Happy Halloween! Mrowr….

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American Eagle Outfitters Releases Denim X Café

American Eagle Outfitters Releases Denim X Café

Image: AEO

American Eagle Outfitters Releases Denim X Café

There’s always been a lot of buzz in the denim world about how often you should wash your jeans…hardcore fans who wear nothing but raw denim might say never, along with Levi Strauss & Co. CEO, Chip Bergh who has water conservation and sustainability in mind. The general idea though is that washing less reduces breakdown in high quality denim. I personally have so many pairs from doing reviews that I don’t really need to as I circulate through them, but when the time comes, it’s a cold cycle and hang dry (as grossed out as you might be about not washing them in the first place, the dryer is DEFINITELY not the greatest idea, especially for stretch denim). Several brands have come out with ideas of self-deodorizing jeans (which I wanted to write about sometime here), but American Eagle Outfitters found a ridiculously unique way of doing so, and added these jeans to the already-successful Denim X line. Denim X Café, along with Denim Flex Café for men, are the new collections of jeans infused with recycled coffee grounds that are meant to absorb odors and keep you from needing to wash your jeans so often.

Helen Kang, American Eagle’s senior director of design, told Refinery29 that “The coffee grounds work to absorb odors and are fast-drying, which results in odor control.” In addition, these grounds help protect wearers against UV rays. Kang also told Refinery29, “The coffee grounds have microscopic pores that reflect UV rays, thereby providing UV protection.” I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, this is why I love denim. Once you think you’ve seen or heard it all, you realize quickly that you haven’t.

The Denim X Café line consists of six styles so far: two jeggings, two high rise jeggings, the popular Skinny Kick cut and the looser-fitting Tomgirl. Check out all the styles below:

American Eagle Outfitters Releases Denim X Café - Jegging in Demitasse Indigo

Images: AEO

I’m totally digging the Denim X Café Hi Rise Jegging in Doppio Destroy! It’s already adorned with such a pretty fade and distressing in all the right places…I’ll have to keep an eye on this one.

Shop the AEO Denim X Café line here.

Don’t forget the men’s! See the Denim Flex Café line here.

Read the Refinery29 article that turned me on to this concept here, which includes a lot of fun information on the lucky celebrities that got to help promote this new line before launch.

Sunday Funday at Monterey Bay Aquarium

Sunday Funday at Monterey Bay Aquarium - Me Tripping Out

Sunday Funday at Monterey Bay Aquarium

So today’s post is going to be a little different, since this weekend was my mom’s birthday weekend, and the family drove up the coast a bit for something that’s bit a bit of of a fixture in my childhood life…Monterey Bay Aquarium! It’s been so fun over the years to watch it grow, improve and expand so much with their wildlife rehabilitation, education and exhibits themselves, from the first time I saw them on a classroom field trip up to today. The last time I was there was a few years ago, but it had been a long time for my parents! The aquarium might be famous for its towering, two-story kelp exhibit with twice-a-day-feedings by a scuba diver, but I think over the years the shining star has become the jellyfish exhibits! There is a standard one that fits in with the overall aquarium theme, but on the opposite side of the building there is a truly trippy standalone exhibit which I feel could be a nightclub, easy (that’s me enjoying it above)…all I could think of was adding a DJ booth and dancing away. I can’t help myself sometimes. Unfortunately though, this is a temporary exhibit that closes September 7th! I’ll miss it, but it will be exciting to see what else ends up in that area. I think it’s a great idea to have different kinds of exhibits rotate though there to keep things fresh. This is definitely not your ordinary aquarium…they keep things fresh and beautiful so you always want to keep coming back!

What a day though, and I figured this would be a good post to break up the others to say a little more about myself and the things I enjoy. To keep with the theme of the blog though, I found it pretty amusing that I was wearing pretty much *all* American Eagle Outfitters, from head to toe. I’ve been a fan for too long…Anyway, I hope you enjoy the photos! I tried to get a little creative with these instead of just documenting the trip, and there were so many more. These are just my favorite ones! I hope this inspires a trip over there for some of my readers…it is well worth it.

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American Eagle Outfitters Introduces Flex/Denim for Men

American Eagle Outfitters Introduces Flex/Denim for Men

I’ve been a huge fan of American Eagle Outfitters for a long time…I fell in love with their basic, timeless pieces and good quality for the price back in college and my appreciation for them hasn’t died since. I still shop them from time to time since they always have amazing sales and good deals on their online store, but the brand keeps my attention due to the fact that they have really upped their denim game in the last few years. Whenever anyone asks me for quality denim at a lower price, I always direct them to American Eagle! My denim collection consists of all premium…and then there’s AEO, sitting amongst the rest. They’ve kept up with the higher price brands at an incredible rate, introducing the incredible partnership with Invista Lycra® for Denim X last year, the upgraded line of stretchy and shape-retaining jeans for women. I had a chance to review two of them and I still wear them to this day! Check those reviews out here, and here. Performance denim has also grown in the market lately, with an increased demand from men for denim that moves with you and makes commuting by bicycle, or just being active everyday in general, more comfortable (check out my post about that here).

American Eagle has expanded the women’s line for Denim X, introducing two more varieties: Sateen X and Denim X4. Sateen X incorporates a low twist yarn for extra softness, and Denim X4 is a high performance stretch using a fabric blend of about 70% Cotton, 16% Viscose, 12% Polyester and 2% Elastane (give or take for each model). But what I found more fascinating is their addition of men’s stretch and performance denim! Flex/Denim is split into three parts, like Denim X. There’s Core Flex, which is the closest to your traditional everyday jean but with a tad bit of stretch added for additional comfort and flexibility, and comes in skinny, slim, straight and bootcut styles. Active Flex “utilizes high stretch technology for superior flexibility” and currently consists of mostly skinny jeans, with a few joggers, a straight and a bootcut. Extreme Flex combines Dual FX and T400 yarns for their “highest level of flexibility.” This one comes in some supertight skinny styles and a straight.

One other thing that got me kind of excited here that I also had to mention, is that the new Denim X line includes a dropped hem flare, using the Artist Jean style! As you might remember, I recently wrote about the current raw hem trend, and I absolutely love it. I’m stoked AEO jumped forward with their own take on this look, and it looks gorgeous!

Shop both Denim X and Flex/Denim at American Eagle Outfitters, here! Right now AEO is offering free shipping for any purchase from these two collections through June 22. Also, you can enter to win a sweet discount, products from Apple or $10,000. Enter on the website or through an in-store try-on of these new denim collections!

American Eagle Outfitters for Affordable Housing

American Eagle Outfitters for Affordable Housing

Image: American Eagle (Facebook)

American Eagle Outfitters for Affordable Housing

The Earth Month campaigns seem never ending as new ones pop up in my inbox every day, and it’s awesome to see one of my favorite all-time brands participating! American Eagle Outfitters is the one brand I always refer to people when they don’t want to pay premium prices but just want quality. They never disappoint, and they were my go-to brand for a long, long time before I fell into the denim industry (but I still proudly wear their denim, and review from time to time!). Now, for Earth Month, American Eagle Outfitters is partnering with Brad Pitt’s organization Make It Right to convert unwanted denim into affordable housing. Now there’s a new one, right?

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Parker Smith and Mickey Mouse

Parker Smith and Mickey Mouse - Front View

Parker Smith and Mickey Mouse

With all the reviews I’ve done at Denimology, there’s a running joke between me and the editor, Lisette, about me always ending up with dark blue skinny jeans. But hey, they are usually the most flattering anyway, right? I usually find them to be the easiest to style, as just about anything goes with a staple dark piece, and I always start my morning dress routine with the jeans! I got to try something a little different when I reviewed the Parker Smith Ava Skinny jean back in September, and although I wasn’t sure at first, it quickly grew on me. You really cannot go wrong with the brand…they seriously know what they are doing in terms of fit, classic quality and COMFORT. I’m always receiving new jeans to add to my collection but lately I’ve gone back to the brand as we’ve been working with them a bit more at Denimology, and I am re-hooked. They are gaining some serious ground with bloggers and celebrities too, which I highlighted in a Denimology post on Thursday. I’ve also got a super comfy bootcut jean from them which I absolutely LOVE (the Becky Bootcut in Deep Azure, which I also reviewed), and I’m not much of a bootcut girl, either. I found myself wearing these pretty light blue skinnies for a few days in a row, and I don’t do that often since I love rotating styles around. They still have yet to stretch out, even since I reviewed them months ago!

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Trying Out the Tunic Sweater

Trying Out the Tunic Sweater - Front Angle View

Trying Out the Tunic Sweater

It finally got a bit cooler here in California for some bigger, comfier sweaters, which I love pairing with black skinny jeans! Now if only this could go on a little longer so we could get the rain we need so badly…I actually shot these images last week, and it’s already back up to the 80s today. Le sigh…anyway, I grabbed this red cowl neck tunic from American Eagle Outfitter’s Extra 60% off clearance sale along with the cobalt blue waffle knit sweater I wore for this post! Again, I am wearing my distressed Level 99 Tanya jeans in Crawford jeans that were part of a review for Denimology several months ago. I can’t get enough of these jeans. The boots are by Report Signature and I snagged them off Hautelook a few years ago. They don’t see the light of day often, since I live in California! I just dug the refined look of the sweater with the boots, paired with the slight rebellious look that distressed jeans give. I like balance of several different “themes,” if you will, in one outfit, because it’s just more fun to get creative that way than to stick to one specific look. In case anyone wonders why all of my photos seem to be taken in industrial looking areas, is because it’s easier to fit quick iPhone shoots in my busy schedule while I’m at work (my hubby/photog works at the same place I do)! I like the available quick scenery for shoots like this, and it helps also to put more attention on the outfit rather than the background. However, I kind of miss Denimology shoots because we’d do them all over town…in parks, my apartment complex, downtown…but those will resume soon. We have plans in store for the popular denim blog 🙂 Anyway, happy Friday everyone, and HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY! Although, I hope you all spend all year letting those you care about know how much you appreciate them!

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Black and Blue and Booties Too

Black and Blue and Booties Too - Front Jacket View

Black and Blue and Booties Too

I can’t get enough of cobalt blue! I think it’s safe to say it’s become a staple color…almost a neutral even, which is weird because it is so vibrant. But somehow it fits with everything. I even still am carrying around my cobalt Foley & Corinna Mid City Tote, even with this outfit! I thought I’d be too blued out, but I actually like combining the color with two colorless neutrals…either the white tank underneath my sweater with my black Level 99 Tanya in Crawford or the blue sweater, black jeans and grey Forever 21 jacket. I obviously cannot get enough of these jeans…the black rips give the perfect edge to any classy sweater or top, the fit is amazing and the tencel fibers in them is just so COMFORTABLE! The jacket is also a common item in my outfits as you can probably see…not long ago I was scouring the market for a fleece-like grey peacoat-style jacket and scored this one for $20 at Forever 21, which is really not a choice store of mine but every now and then I can find a cheap but surprisingly decent quality gem in there. This soft blue waffle-knit sweater I found when I attacked American Eagle Outfitters‘ recent Extra 60% off clearance offer, and scored it along with two other sweaters which I am digging so much right now. They are so perfect with the “winters” that we get here in California…I’ll feature them in some upcoming posts!

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Burgundy and Stripes

Burgundy and Stripes - Side Angle View

Burgundy and Stripes

I totally see a pattern here…without even trying, I keep ending up wearing a lot of burgundy and black lately…often with stripes. I could maybe blame the acquisition of my striped Rebecca Minkoff Mini Mac bag, but there’s something very theatrical and playful about black and white stripes that I love…especially with, yes, burgundy or a dark plum. Yummy. Anyway, it’s recently warming up again here in California which is nice for now, but dammit we need more rain! At least it allowed me to pull out some tank tops for styling ideas again for a little while. Here, I’m wearing a tank from Old Navy with a cute hoodie my sister got from London and bestowed upon me. It has so many cute embroidered and applique details, I’m in love! I wore my American Eagle Outfitters booties with it to round out the burgundy look. As for jeans, I thought I’d try out my hand at the raw denim world. This is my first pair! For those who aren’t familiar with what that is, raw (or dry) denim is basically jeans that are just that…raw out of the factory, heavily dyed, with the wash and detailing treatment skipped. This allows for, providing you wear your raw jeans heavily for months and even years before you wash them (ew, I know), truly custom, faded jeans that tell a story, you could say…and are unique to you! I plan on making another post that gets more in detail about what raw jeans are in the future. For now, check out this great post at Denimology!

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