Dream in Color by Prada

By: Ashleigh K. Copeland

Over the years, Miuccia Prada has turned out some memorable fashion shows for the brand in her namesake.  Prada continues to outdo herself by leaping to new creative heights every season.  Each collection has an inspiration made real by the scenery, music, and ambiance of her runway shows.  Prada asks you to dream bigger, look into the future, and expand your ideas about what fashion is supposed to be.  For 11 minutes, the audience is brought into the mind of Miuccia Prada and her team.  It is apparent how detail-oriented the Prada team is when it comes to the brand’s footwear & accessories collections.

For Prada’s spring 2019 collection the shining lights of the entire show are the accessories.  Each model is adorned with a futuristic, 1960s inspired head piece.  Some are studded to look like crowns, others are finished with a colorful satin.  Either way, every women walking on the runway looks like they are rocking a crown.

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Legwear is another huge take way in the accessories division.  Every look is accompanied by opaque knee highs with the signature, triangular, Prada logo showcased on the side of the calf.  These school girl style knee highs won’t be considered a fall-only staple going into 2019.

Along with legwear comes footwear.  The always innovative mind of Prada does not disappoint this season.  Platform oxfords that are reminiscent of Nike Air Max 270s, at least the extreme fashion version of them.  Slingback, negative heel, Mary Jane pumps, with peep-toe and Prada logo accents, in colors to match the bags.  Last but not least, new age loafers and flat sandals made in multi-colored knitted fabrics.

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Of course, who can live without fawning over the fantastic handbags almost every model carried on the crook of her arm.  Luxurious leathers in red, stark white, creamy ivory, black, baby doll pink, saddle tan, and even tie-dye.  As usual, Prada will be dictating the eyewear trends for next year as well.  Back to oversized, flamboyant, pieces of art used to protect your eyes from those UV rays.


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We’re Obsessing Over This

Today, we’re here to talk about our current shoe obsession…patent leather!  We simply cannot get enough of this glossy finish. We’ve been following this trend for the last few years, and still love it. 

Wear your patent as a stacked patent leather boots, sleek patent pumps, or adorable, men’s inspired oxfords.  Street style queens, and influencers alike, are always stomping around New York, Milan, Tokyo, and Paris in patent leather, causing heads to turn on all continents. 

There’s no hiding when you’re rocking patent leather.  This trend is perfect for a night out with your girls, or as a bold choice for a weekend shopping trip.  Patent leather just turns up the volume on any outfit.

Pair your patent oxfords with a cigarette style trouser, graphic tee, and tailored blazer for a modern business look. Or pair your patent boots with flared denim and oversized outerwear, and your favorite pullover.

Re-create our favorite street style trend by throwing a neutral turtleneck under a long, navy trench coat, grey plaid pants, or light wash denim, and of course patent boots.

You’re sure to create a buzz in your patent look!  Are you feeling the patent craze?  Let us know below and on our Instagram @AKCstyle






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Your Next Essential: The Pullover

Welcome back to AKCstyle!  Winter may be over, but we all still have one piece we’re clinging to this spring. Our early spring essential is the pullover sweater. Wear it casually, or a little dressed up for a fun fashion moment. Dig into your closet and find your pullovers before the humidity hits Boston. Our latest obsessions for the month, are oversized coats and classic pullover sweaters. 

No New England closet is complete without at least a few pullover sweaters.  Whether your pullover is casual or dressed up, we’re here to show you how to maximize the number of looks you can pull off with this staple piece.

Pair a casual pullover with your oversized coat or jacket to make a statement this season.  We love pairing a neutral color sweater with denim or a mini skirt to pull this look together.

Wear your pullover turtleneck in white or gray with a plaid mini or dark denim for a more traditional and business casual look.

Or, get comfy in a chunky, bright colored pullover with light wash denim, and neutral colored booties.

The pullover sweater will never go out of style, so this is sure to be a piece you will always wear.  It’s worth investing in neutral colors like white, black, gray, and tan to wear year after year.  Go for bold cobalt blues, corals and reds, yellows, and even shades of green for a trendier look.

What’s your go to sweater look this season?  Comment below and follow us on Instagram @AKCstyle.

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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

Photos courtesy of Unsplash & Sephora.com

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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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