Real Life Style is a style consulting company providing personal styling and corporate style consulting services in the DC and New York areas. Real Life Style was founded in 2006 on the belief that everyone deserves a wardrobe they love. Fashion should be fun, not frustrating!
At age 11, Lani was being mistaken for a salesperson by other customers as she would bring clothes back and forth to the fitting room for her mother and twin sister. Her precociousness notwithstanding, this was the beginning of a long career as a personal stylist/ fashion-guru/ client-cheerleader.
Lani Inlander has been helping clients look and feel their best for over 15 years. Her fashion expertise has been featured in In Style, New York Magazine, The Washington Post, and Washingtonian. She has styled segments for major television programs, including Oprah Winfrey and The View. Lani is deeply passionate about empowering clients through fashion and helping them find clothing and accessories that fit their figures, suit their style, and boost their confidence. A Chicago native and graduate of Parsons School of Design in New York, Lani lives with her husband and two sons in Washington, DC.
Kyle developed a sense of fashion early as her parents’ senses of style are legendary. Her father founded trendy boutique “Up Against the Wall” with his college frat brother in the 1970s, bringing the new and daring low-rise jeans to the streets of DC. There he eventually met her mother, who worked at the boutique as a sales associate. While her parents eventually moved away from the fashion industry, Kyle followed in their footsteps and began working at Up Against the Wall at 16.
From her experience at her retail jobs, Kyle learned how to graciously pair high-end fashion with more affordable pieces. She has continued to apply this styling skill along with her thorough knowledge of clothing brands throughout her four years assisting clients at RLS. A graduate of American University in Public Relations and Marketing, Kyle is known for her social media prowess, sweet disposition, attention to detail, and tasteful nail designs.
Ella’s interest in fashion emerged from her passion for color, form, and pattern. She started at Real Life Style as an intern during the summer of 2016 and is now a full-time employee, helping Lani and Kyle manage their marketing, social media pages, and blog posts. A native to the D.C. area, Ella is an alumni of The Potomac School in McLean, VA. Known for her playful style and bubbly attitude, Ella’s RLS Instagram posts will always put a smile on your face.
Ella graduated magna cum laude from Kenyon College in 2017 with a BA in Studio Art and a minor in Art History. She also completed The Stylist Studio in 2017, Lani Inlander and Rosana Vollmerhausen’s professional training for the personal stylist.
As a child of the ’80s, Leslie and her sisters embraced popular fashion and trends, and she grew up wanting to achieve her best self. In addition to her work with personal styling clients, Leslie enjoys styling editorial and on-air talent for photo and video shoots, and event style production for corporate clients and non-profit organizations.
Leslie earned a technical degree in Merchandise Marketing from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles and received a certification in Image Consulting from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. She also earned a B.S. degree in Economics from the City University of New York and comes to Real Life Style after a successful career in Finance.
Alison is a trained make-up artist, licensed esthetician, and skilled cosmetic mixologist. She helps individuals enhance their natural beauty with make-up and skincare suggestions, applications, and lessons. Graduating from The New School University with a specialization in Art Therapy and Fine Arts, Alison furthered her education at Christine Valmy (Esthetician certification) and Make-up Designory (MUD).
Alison works with private clients on the East Coast to shop for cosmetic products, mix custom make-up and skincare, and train them to become their own make-up artist. She also does make-up for special occasions, weddings, headshots and photo shoots. Alison holds NY State Esthetician License and a Beauty Make-up Certificate from Make-Up Designory (MUD).