WE’RE BACK & More Obsessed Than Ever!

After a long few months away, we’re back to bring you the latest fashion news, and talk about what’s trending now.  There are quite a few projects in the works, and we can’t wait to share them with you all soon!

On to our latest obsession…the oversized outerwear trend.  From where we are in Boston, it’s pretty cold to say the least.  Bundling up in what essentially is a giant blanket with arms, is perfect for winter weather.  This is certainly a trend to get behind.  Having a staple oversized coat in your wardrobe is a must for 2019.

This trend is seen on everyone from influencers like Kendall Jenner and Hailey Bieber, to fashion editors and other chic influencers stylists alike.  We love an oversized coat with skinny jeans and sneakers to really complete your look. 

What do you think of the oversized outerwear trend? Tell us in the comment below!  Check back here for more style inspiration and the latest fashion news.  Find us on Instagram @AKCstyle.


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Give Your Skin A Break!

The calendar may read May, but it still feels like early March here in New England.  Frigid temperatures, cuddling up by a toasty fire, throwing on wool socks, and layering up on the moisturizer are in the rear view mirror.  But, the chilly, rainy weather hasn’t yet caught the hint that we’re longing for sunny days with 70 degree temps.

While we can’t force the weather to change, we can get into a spring mindset with our skincare routines.  No need to keep lathering up on the thick moisturizers and oil based serums we use in winter.  Keep reading for helpful tips to get your skin on track for (hopefully soon) more agreeable weather.

1.Use a face moisturizer with a water-based formula

Humidity & heavy moisturizers are not friends, think oil and water. Choose something with Hyaluronic acid instead. Light moisturizers help keep sweat and toxins from building up in our pores.

2. Up your SPF game

Spring is a high risk time of year for our skin. We don’t often expect the sun to be as harsh in spring, as we do in summer. Switch out your SPF 30 moisturizer for SPF 50 giving your face maximum protection from those rays. While this may not be everyone’s desired SPF strength, the point is we need more protection from the sun rays in warmer weather. Protection is key, be gentle on your skin.

3. Let your pores see the light of day

After a long day in the sun, toxins and pollutants linger on your skin just as they do in the air. Wash your face with a cleanser after taking your makeup off each night. Cleansing your face before bed, gives you a clean canvas for the next day. Your pores will thank you!

4. Exfoliate!

The best time to exfoliate is when you feel your skin is dry. Try a moisturizing or exfoliating mask up to three times per week. Less is more when it comes to masks. Exfoliating removes dead skin cells and gives your pores the chance to see the light of day, free and clear.

5. Throw away your old products & clean your makeup brushes

We all do it, holding onto an old foundation or moisturizer for as long as we possibly can due to cost of a new one or sentimental value. Maybe it was an expensive serum or concealer your mom gifted you after graduation. Or a great shade of blush you splurged on. Well, it’s time to stop and evaluate how long it’s been in your makeup bag.

Harmful bacteria and buildup are probably lurking in your old products and supplies. Makeup brushes are the worst offenders here. Clean your brushes frequently with soapy water, and blow dry them instead of letting them air dry. You wash your face daily, why wouldn’t you wash your brushes frequently too?

Wash your face to unblock your pores, exfoliate to remove dead skin cells, switch to a water-based moisturizer, up the strength of your SPF, and throw out your old products. Seems pretty basic, but I can attest that change is not easy.  After switching up my skincare routine and using brand new makeup brushes, my skin is clearer and I’m ready to take on spring! 

The most important thing to remember this spring is to be gentle on your skin, by protecting it. 

What’s the best skincare advice you’ve received? Comment below!

Until next time, fashion your best way,

Ashleigh K. Copeland

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Good Acids for Your Face

I’ve always had a negative feeling about acid. As far as I know, most people do. But, did you know there are acids that are actually good for your skin?  Keep reading to find out more about which good acids you need to add to your beauty regime stat!

Hyaluronic Acid

Neutrogena Hydro Boost, $21
CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion, $18
  • Helps your skin attract and retain moisture
  • Make skin more vibrant
  • Anti-aging wonder for those not interested in needles or going under the knife
  • Hydrates deep wrinkles and fine lines

Glycolic Acid

Anthony Fresh 5, $30
Clarisonic Skin Renewing Peel Treatment, $39
  • Gently dissolves dead skin
  • Derived from sugar cane
  • Better option than an abrasive exfoliating scrub
  • Helps lighten dark spots
  • Reduces fine lines over time
  • Smooths your skin’s overall texture

Salicylic Acid

Origins GinZing Ultra-Hydrating Energy Boosting Cream, $30
Peace Out Puffy Eye, Acne, Pore Pack, $25
  • Found in most drugstore acne treatment products
  • Anti-bacterial
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Exfoliating acid
  • Loosens dead skin cells & good for promoting clear pores

Lactic Acid

Sunday Riley Power Couple Lactic Acid & Retinol Kit, $85
  • Exfoliating acid
  • Derived from milk
  • Great for sensitive skin
  • Reduces fine lines

Ascorbic Acid

The Inkey List Vitamin C Cream, $10
  • Think Vitamin C in the form of skincare
  • Antioxidant
  • Reduces fine lines
  • Brightens skin

Oleic Acid

Naturally Serious Get Even Cold Pressed Peel Pads, $38
  • Fatty acid, think almond oil and olive oil
  • Extreme moisture
  • Perfect for those with very dry skin

Ferulic Acid

Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic Acid+Retinol, $65
  • Anti-aging
  • Free radical fighting
  • Reduce fine lines and sun damage

Find the right regime and products that work for you. Remember, everyone’s skin is different. No product or ingredient is one size fits all. Always consult a dermatologist before going all out and mixing products you’re not sure will be right for your skin. Add or subtract new products a little at a time before completely switching up your skincare routine.

What are your go-to products? Do you use any of these good acids already?

Until next time, fashion your best way,

Ashleigh K. Copeland

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New Age Feminist Bliss

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By: Ashleigh K. Copeland

If Katherine Hepburn, Jackie O, and Marie Antoinette had a baby, it would be this collection.  Marc Jacob’s spring 2019 collection of ruffles, pink satin, and all things avant garde is just what women need after such a tumultuous 2018.  This collection, even down to the music selection, is lighthearted, cohesive, modern yet classic, and sums up what every woman should aspire to be.  Powerfully her.

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Though the looks aired more on the side of red carpet show stoppers than ready-to-wear, average Jane can still relate; if for no other reason than the fantasy of it all.  Jane can stick her head back in the clouds if only for a short time to enjoy womanhood.  Ten minutes of bliss is what Jacobs delivers.  When a woman can walk confidently down an aisle full of unknowns, in a dark empty space, and know she owns the room, I call that success.

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Oversized blazers and two-piece suiting bring up the “women can do it all” theme, as well as the masculinity turned feminine currently trending.  Softer touches with coral and pink satin pants, dresses, and skirts give typical feminine vibes, but in a futuristic way.  Opaque stockings in shiny grey and lime keep the collection classically Marc Jacobs, and kitten heel bow pumps keep the ladies looking elegant and light.  Jacobs is totally tuned into what is happening right now in our culture, but also has us looking forward into a more optimistic future.

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Amity High Graduating Class of 2019

By: Ashleigh K. Copeland

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September 12, 2018 at the Calvin Klein 205W39NYC spring 2019 show, seems a mixture of misdirected creativity and an uncertainty of just what classic Americana means.  A blazing, bright, cherry red carpet should have been a foreshadowing of things to come.  The imitation bloodied runway, contrasted a cobalt blue backdrop, which later, turned out to be an ocean graphic from the famous horror film JawsThe scenery laid the groundwork for what turns out to be, at the very least, a confusing collection.  Creative Director Raf Simons drew inspiration from two classic American films, Steven Spielberg’s Jaws and The Graduate starring Dustin Hoffman.

I’ll let that image hang for a bit, as you imagine how the two films are related.  Well, they aren’t.  They both just happen to be two films the French-born designer describes as, “very important movies in my memory.”

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The 62 piece collection features inspired looks from both films, including chain strap handbags, rubber Chelsea boots, and tasseled graduation caps.  First, the vintage-style Jaws t-shirts and tanks, with the noticeable “cK” logos slapped on them.   Then, there are deflated raft-like dresses, smooshed and molded in a variety of colors and hem lengths.  As if all that is not enough, we move onto tailored, black graduation gowns for both men and women, and shark bite hem skirts.  Finally, tailored wet suits obviously inspired by the infamous Jaws character, Hooper, as he takes his plunge into the Amity Ocean.  Before Simons’ latest show, I though nautical themes consisted of little white sailboats, boat shoes, and Bermuda shorts.  Turns out, nautical themes can be more on the nose than I ever thought possible.

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Almost Dying or Dead? The MK Review

By: Ashleigh K. Copeland

The eclectic fashions Michael Kors shows for his spring 2019 collection, gives the brand in his namesake new life.  Though, we are not 100% sure if this new life is living up to the luxurious quality we are accustom to from Kors.  The jet-set lifestyle the brand is known for still rings true, but done with a more youthful approach.  The tailoring and skin-tight, white skinny jeans, we usually see on a MK runway, are replaced by sleekly cut mini dresses and flowy maxi skirts.  The bright turquoise, lime, and watermelon printed fabrics bring a light-hearted approach to the collection.  However, the new colors and prints give the collection a look of lesser quality than the classic camel, saddle, and navy fabrications usually seen from Michael Kors.

For spring 2019, bold tropical prints in stretch fabrics dominate.  Slingback wedge sandals, platforms, espadrilles and thick, strappy sandals in white, pink, blue, and black are stand-outs.  Bored of the single gender runway shows, Kors added male models wearing various oversized pants, pullover sweaters, and crossband slides. 

Paradise printed, drawstring beach bags are paired with graphic sweaters with “Michael Kors Beach Club” printed on them, and chicly wrapped head scarves adorn the heads of black and white models alike. 

There is no mistaking the inspiration for this collection, although in your face, not over the top or too repetitive, the same cannot be said for the music choice.  The same phrasing over and over again, during the ten minute show, is so monotonous the clothes are the least of your worries.

While trying to grab the attention of millennials, Kors seems to have missed the mark a bit on the actual execution of the collection.  Loyal followers of MK adore the feeling the brand evokes, more than the actual pieces.  Which is why the company has been struggling financially for quite some time.  In 2017, MK announced the closure of 125 stores due to, “a difficult retail environment with elevated promotional levels,” as well as stale product and in-store experience, according to Fortune.com.  One can understand the need for a total 180 degree change, but veering too far right, or too far left can have just as much of a negative impact on business as remaining stagnate.

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The Cool Kid Flourish

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Stage is set, lights, camera, action!  Heavy metal instrumentals crack through the blank silence on the white rooftop.  Flashes of white hot lights zig and zag reflecting on chalk-like surfaces.  While the music pulses through the audience, strobing lights dance brilliantly in sync to the bass and drum beats.  If first impressions mean anything, we know we are in for a show tonight.

Set on a rooftop, above the South Street Seaport, New York City in June, Alexander Wang strives to show himself as the contemporary, forward-thinking designer who should never need gimmicks or celebrities to push his designs onto the world.

After an unsettling previous year of shows, Alexander Wang is eager to impress his fashionable audience once more.  We anticipate the excitement and overwhelming energy he brings to all his shows, but the last few collections have been more chaotic than chic.  This spring 2019 show, dubbed “Collection 1”, as he strives to move away from traditional seasonal names, is much anticipated.

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Collection 1 lives up to everyone’s desires.  From the Axl Rose (Gun’s & Roses) style bandanas, oversized moto jackets, new Adidas x Wang collaboration sneakers, and new age combat boots, this collection brings the loyal Alexander Wang fans out of hiding.  Wang boldly blends his Chinese heritage with the American culture he is accustomed to.  Though over styled at times, the collection shows a considerable amount of detail and thought to every look.  It seems Wang is finding his footing again, and leaving audiences craving for his next collection to be shown in December.

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