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Designer at Home

Posted by on September 20, 2017 in Gift Guides

What’s even better than designer clothes? Designer home accessories and furniture! Why? Because they always fit, of course!

My love for Liberty of London has been well-documented on the blog, so you can imagine my excitement when my mother emailed me the announcement about the new Liberty London home line for Anthropologie. I’m particularly lusting after anything in the Strawberry Thief pattern because it isn’t quite so flower-y. Do you think Mr. Real Life Style would mind if we replaced our dining chairs with these? Maybe for my birthday (hint hint)?

We also have picks for you from the Kate Spade and Gucci (just released!) home lines. Did you know Kate Spade made rugs and tables? They are so cute. Another chair I’d love to have is the Gucci Wood Chair with Embroidered Bee, but, at $2,600, it will probably remain on my wish list! Which designer home piece is your favorite?

Do you already have some (fashion) designer home pieces? We have Vera Wang for Wedgwood china to mix in the with the family Wedgwood china, but I think that’s it…so far!

Happy Shopping!

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Liberty for Anthropologie

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Kate Spade New York

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Gucci Décor


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Lani Inlander is a personal stylist who has been working with clients who want to feel their best and look put-together every day for over 15 years. You can find her in the Washington, D.C. and New York metropolitan areas. Are you looking for professional training to be a personal stylist? Click here to learn how you can train with Lani at The Stylist Studio

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Choose Love: Fashion with a Heart

Posted by on September 20, 2017 in Shopping Tips

“And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make” – The Beatles

RLS loves when fashion and humanitarianism merge; we’ve covered several charitable brands on the blog, such as M4D3 shoes and The Giving Keys. In December, Lani wrote a blog post featuring three charitable fashion enterprises founded by people she met during her trip to Israel last summer with the Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project.

This week, I want to share two fashion enterprises that help those in need while promoting love and kindness. If you’re feeling distraught about the state of the world right now, maybe this post will lift your spirits a bit.

Have you heard of other charitable fashion ventures? Tell us on Facebook! Let’s all work to spread the love.

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The Love Collection by Rachel Roy

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On September 11th, designer Rachel Roy released an exclusive mini-collection called “The Love Collection.” 20% of the proceeds from the collection are donated to World of Children, a global organization that “unlocks the future for vulnerable children by funding and elevating the most effective changemakers for children worldwide.” The organization addresses such issues as education, health care, and disaster relief.

Not only is The Love Collection super chic, it champions children all over the world! Pretty awesome, right?

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Choose Love by Help Refugees

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Another charitable fashion enterprise is the “Choose Love” T-shirt campaign by UK-based organization Help Refugees. Proceeds from these shirts (made from organic cotton) go to aiding refugees fleeing violence in the Middle East. I ordered my mom the shirt with the pink lettering as an early birthday present, but I want to buy one for myself, too! Some of the shirts also come in children’s sizes, so even kids can participate in and support the cause.

By the way, if you’re not sure how to rock a bold T-shirt, check out my post, Statement Piece, for ideas.

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You can find Ella Jones and Real Life Style on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

Fall 2017 Accessory Trend #4: Velvet Vixen

Posted by on September 20, 2017 in Seasonal Trends

Tory Burch | Caroline Herrera | Tibi | Fendi

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The velvet trend of Fall 2016 continues into Fall 2017? This year, velvet is particularly prevalent with accessories! Not only is velvet soft and cozy, it packs a strong visual punch. If you have a taste for luxury and drama, this trend’s for you! Keep scrolling for sample street style looks and links to velvet items you can buy now.

Happy Shopping!

 

 

p.s. As with glittery shoes, you can rock velvet day OR night!

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Seychelles Commute Flared Heel Slide Sandal in Grey Velvet Fabric, $94.95

Rebecca Minkoff Leo Velvet Envelope Clutch, $95

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Sam Edelman Hazel Pointy Toe Pump in Virtual Pink Velvet, $119.95

Chelsea28 Velvet & Chain Clutch in Brown Taupe, $59

Nike Cortex Classic LX Sneaker in Black/Anthracite/White, $90

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BP Mini Velvet Backpack, $49

Steve Madden Hugh Embellished Mule in Pink Velvet, $89.95

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Tasha Velvet Bow Ponytail Holder in Navy, $29

Dries Van Noten Velvet Envelope Clutch in Yellow, $725

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Stuart Weitzman Grandiose Pointy Toe Boot in Steel Pane Velvet, $525

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BCBGeneration Velvet Moto Jacket, $180

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Chic Shoes to Wear in Rain or Shine

Posted by on September 15, 2017 in Shopping Tips

As winter and its wet weather creeps toward us, you’re probably wondering how to approach seasonal shoe shopping: “Do I really want to buy cute suede booties when they’ll just end up getting destroyed in the rain or snow? What will happen to my nice work heels if I accidentally step in a puddle?”

Turns out, you don’t have to exchange your booties and heels for rain boots and snow boots. There are actually several brands that offer cute shoes designed to withstand the elements. This blog features RLS’s three favorite waterproof shoe brands: Aquatalia, Blondo, and Italeau. Some of the prices may seem a bit high, but keep in mind how much time you will save checking and worrying about the weather!

I’m in desperate need of a new tall black boot so the Blondo Ellie Waterproof Riding Boot might be coming home with me very soon! I plan to try them on when we are shopping for clients at Nordstrom this week. They are beautiful and an amazing price point.

Happy Shopping!

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Aquatalia Michaela Weatherproof Pump in Black Suede, $395

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Aquatalia Fleurette Weatherproof Bootie in Mushroom Suede, $375

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Aquatalia Genna Weatherproof Tall Boot, $495

Aquatalia Perla Weatherproof Genuine Calf Hair Ballerina Shoe in Leopard, $425

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Blondo

Blondo Marla Waterproof Boot in Cognac Nubuck Leather, $149,95

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Blondo Ellie Waterproof Knee High Riding Boot in Black Leather, $149.95

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Blondo Kelly Waterproof Bootie, $149.95

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Blondo Pakita Waterproof Riding Boot in Cognac Nubuck Leather, $169.95

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Blondo Elvina Waterproof Bootie, $159.95

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Italeau

Italeau Foliana Ankle Boots in Nut, $395

Italeau Miralda Ankle Boots in Blu Notte, $395

Italeau Lunella Ankle Boots in Nero, $445

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Lani Inlander is a personal stylist who has been working with clients who want to feel their best and look put-together every day for over 15 years. You can find her in the Washington, D.C. and New York metropolitan areas. Are you looking for professional training to be a personal stylist? Click here to learn how you can train with Lani at The Stylist Studio

You can find Lani Inlander and Real Life Style on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

5 Reasons this is the Perfect Black Flat

Posted by on September 14, 2017 in Shopping Tips

Every so often there is a shoe that we deem “perfect”, and order for many of our clients. The Cole Haan Heidy pointy toe flat is our “it” shoe for Fall 2017. Let me count the reasons we love this shoe:

Cole Haan Heidy Pointy Toe Flat, $180

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1. The shoe itself is truly comfortable.

2. The block heel is modern and offers more support than a traditional flat.

3. The pointy toe elongates the leg and mimics the smooth line of a heel when peeking out from under a trouser.

4. The asymmetrical line of the top of the shoe adds interest and a sophisticated twist to an outfit.

5. It’s gorgeous!

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Happy Shopping!

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P.S. The Cole Haan Heidy is an exclusive to Nordstrom, so head there if you want to try it on in person!

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Lani Inlander is a personal stylist who has been working with clients who want to feel their best and look put-together every day for over 15 years. You can find her in the Washington, D.C. and New York metropolitan areas. Are you looking for professional training to be a personal stylist? Click here to learn how you can train with Lani at The Stylist Studio

You can find Lani Inlander and Real Life Style on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

Fall 2017 Accessory Trend #3: Twinkle Toes

Posted by on September 8, 2017 in Seasonal Trends

Marco de Vincenzo | Mary Katrantzou | Dolce & Gabbana | Ashish

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This trend has my full support. Nothing will make your outfit pop like some good old-fashioned sparkle! If you’re prepping for a night on the town or just looking to spice up an everyday look, a pair of glittery shoes will definitely do the trick. Scroll down to check out sample street looks and some fun, glittery shoes available right now (some of which look pretty comfy). Oh, and by the way, the RLS ladies wholeheartedly endorse wearing glitter by day!

Happy Shopping!

 

 

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Gentle Souls Elliot Block Heel Loafer in Multi Glitter Fabric, $218.95 

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J. Renee ‘Bambalina’ Block Heel Glitter Pump in Blue/Gold Glitter Fabric, $99.95 

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Jimmy Choo ‘Romy’ Pointy Toe Pump in Pink/Black, &675

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Shellys London Emma Platform Oxford in White Gold Glitter, $119.95

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Chinese Laundry Mara Glitter Loafer Mule in Summer Nude Satin, $79.95

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Gucci Brixton Star Loafer, $670

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SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Daze Cap-Toe Pump, $365

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Keds for kate spade new york Glitter Sneaker in Silver, $85

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Our New Favorite Blazer

Posted by on September 7, 2017 in Shopping Tips

Did you know there’s an affordable blazer on the market that you can rock at the gym and at work? I promise I’m not teasing you. This is real!

The Stellar Blazer by Athleta is made of super-stretchy, breathable, neoprene fabric and comes in both regular and petite sizes. This piece is our new go-to for clients, including a woman currently shopping for maternity clothes. The long length is super flattering on a lot of people. Just make sure you wear it with a skinny pant. I tried it on in the store with the culottes I was wearing and it looked crazytown.

Athleta Stellar Blazer, $198

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If the Stellar Blazer looks familiar, that might be because we featured it in last month’s blog, 5 Outfits Every Mompreneur Must Have – Updated. This comfy, chic jacket is perfect for any woman on the move, mom or otherwise. The blazer pairs well with denim (see Kyle in my blazer below); a more tailored pant, skirt or dress for work; and a casual/workout legging. For size reference, I’m a size 6 and took a Small, Kyle is a 4 and needed the XS, and Ella is super excited that it comes in an XS Petite!

Happy Shopping!

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Kyle models the Stellar Blazer

Here’s an Athleta model climbing around a rooftop (?) in her Stellar Blazer!

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Lani Inlander is a personal stylist who has been working with clients who want to feel their best and look put-together every day for over 15 years. You can find her in the Washington, D.C. and New York metropolitan areas. Are you looking for professional training to be a personal stylist? Click here to learn how you can train with Lani at The Stylist Studio

You can find Lani Inlander and Real Life Style on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

Fall 2017 Accessory Trend #2: Fur Fest

Posted by on September 7, 2017 in Seasonal Trends

Miu Miu | Fendi | Prada | Michael Kors

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Now this is one cozy trend! As someone who gets cold easily (air conditioning is my sworn enemy), I jump on any opportunity to be both stylish and warm. Whether you prefer real fur or faux fur, there are plenty of fun ways to get furry this Fall.

You’ll find a plethora of furry shoes and scarves, but have you ever considered a furry phone case? A furry handbag? A furry keychain? Scroll down for sample street styles and some furry items available now!

Happy Shopping!

 

 

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Stuart Weitzman Midgofurit Genuine Fox Fur Bootie, $798

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Velvet Caviar Cozy Fur Phone Case in Cheetah, $29.99

Manolo Blahnik Pelosusrafo Genuine Rabbit & Fox Fur Slide Sandal, $895

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Kendall + Kylie Van Faux Fur Large Clutch Bag, $250

Linea Paolo Camille II Genuine Calf Hair d’Orsay Pump with Genuine Rabbit Fur Pompom, $129.95

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Aha Faux Fur Pull-Thru Scarf in Chinchilla Pattern, $125

Gucci ‘Princetown’ Genuine Shearling Mule Loafer in Pink Velvet, $850

 

Loeffler Randall Lock Genuine Fox Fur Shoulder Bag, $550

Rebecca Minkoff Amelie Genuine Mink Fur Flat, $249.95

kate spade new york Cat Pouf Keychain, $78

Prada Genuine Shearling Slide Sandal in Pink, $750

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Steve Madden Faux Fur Vest, $105

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You can find Ella Jones and Real Life Style on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

Fashion, Doggone It!

Posted by on September 7, 2017 in Shopping Tips

“Whoever said ‘Diamonds are a girl’s best friend’ never owned a dog.” – Anonymous

A few weeks ago, I woke up to an excited text from my friend (and loyal blog follower), Rose, who was traveling in Europe with her family: “In Finland and went to this concept store called ‘Ivana Helsinki,’ and it had an entire fashion collection inspired by dogs!”

Paola Ivana Suhonen, the brains behind “Ivana Helskini,” designed an entire collection inspired by her passion for animal rights and her volunteer work with animals:

“The collection is a special tribute to the dogs Paola Suhonen met and helped in Romania. Through the photo print the audience will get to know the dogs that have had a rougher life than any of us could ever imagine. Ivana Helsinki will tell the tales of each of the dogs in the print during the year 2017.” (Click here to read her full story!)

Cool, right? Rose bought me the photo book of the collection (star friend status), and it’s extraordinary.

The RLS women are pretty big dog-lovers (scroll to the bottom to see pictures of Kyle and me with our pups). In fact, I think there are few things I enjoy more than playing with dogs, eating ice cream, and shopping online while watching Netflix (pretty much how I do all my shopping).

So, I decided to see what other doggy-focused fashion was out there. As it turns out, many major designers have been inspired by furry friends! Scroll to check out what I found. While the prices may not be everyone’s best friend, it can’t hurt to dream!

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kate spade new york Antoine Saffiano Large Lane, $328

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Dolce & Gabbana Royalty Dog Knitted Pullover, $1,695

Gucci Dionysus Embroidered Leather Hobo Bag, $3,500

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Stella McCartney Eva Mini Dog-Print Silk Shirt, $725

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kate spade new york Niles Flats, $238

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Judith Leiber Swarovski Crystal Schanuzer Dog Minaudiere, $2,675

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Dolce & Gabbana Dog-Print Smocked Chiffon Gown, $3,995

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Thom Browne Hector Bag in Black Pebble Grain Leather, $2,300

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Giorgio Armani Quilted Dog Jacquard Hooded Jacket, $4,495

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Stella McCartney Women’s White Dog Print Silk Trousers, $379

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Judith Leiber Couture Pierre French Bulldog Crystal Clutch Bag, $5,695

K Kane 18k Gold-Plated Pomeranian Dog Cuff, $272

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The Dogs of RLS

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Me with Janie | Kyle with Daisy & Sophie

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To Buy or Not to Buy: Shopping While Between Sizes – Updated

Posted by on September 1, 2017 in Mommy Fashion

This post is an oldie-but-goodie I keep updating because it’s always relevant and something we mamas need to hear. Enjoy!

One of the most frequent fashion conundrums about which I’m asked is whether or not to buy new clothes during transition times such as after pregnancy or when you’ve gained a few pounds from stress. It is natural to think you’d be wasting money by purchasing new clothes when you think you will fit back into your “regular” clothes within a few months. This is simply not true. You are actually wasting time not feeling good about yourself when you DON’T buy yourself some new clothes. Lest you think I’m being extravagant, I have a strategy for you, dear reader! And keep scrolling down for outfit ideas you can shop now.

Happy Shopping!

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Five Tips for Shopping While Between Sizes

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1. KEEP IT CHEAP AND CHEERFUL. Shop at stores like H&M, Old Navy, and Target, where you can get the most fashion for your money.

2. GO FOR THE TRENDS. If you aren’t spending much, you can reasonably assume the clothes won’t last very long, so why not embrace the trends this season?

3. BUY WHAT YOU LOVE. If your post-baby belly is making you blue, cheer yourself up with a bright top or jacket. Yes, you should get a basic black and white blouse for work, but you should also get a hot pink one if that is going to make you excited to get dressed each morning. Same goes for cotton tees for weekends or when you’re home with the baby.

4. MAKE IT FLEXIBLE. A boxy top will still look good when you are skinnier, a stretchy legging will shrink with you, and a scarf always fits!

5. INVEST IN ACCESSORIES. Wearing good shoes, a pricier bag, and an expensive pair of earrings will boost the perceived value of any outfit. Best of all, they’ll be wearable regardless of your size!

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Date night with your spouse? Evening out with your friends? Stay comfortable in a loose, breathable tunic-dress and stretchy, seamless leggings – but give the outfit a boost with a pair of patterned shoes and a statement necklace! Finish off your look with a cute crossbody bag.

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H&M Short Dress in Cornflower Blue, $29.99 $24.99

SPANX Faux Leather Leggings, $98

Marc Fisher LTD ‘Sunny’ Half d’Orsay Flat, $129.95

Cuyana Mini Tassel Bag in Black, $150

Alexis Bittar Encrusted Crystal Bib Necklace, $395

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Cute & Casual

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While you’re running errands, grabbing coffee, or picking up the kids, keep your mood bright with a shell blouse in your favorite color, a playful scarf, and stylish booties. Pair these with loose, breezy pants and your favorite moto jacket for a put together, stylish look.

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GAP Drapey Crepe Culottes, $54.95

H&M V-Neck Blouse in Powder Pink, $17.99

Topshop Suede Biker Jacket, $320

Franco Sarto Granite Bootie in Sandstone Nubuck, $119.95

Street Level Reversible Faux Leather Tote (and Wristlet), $48

 Sole Society Abstract Print Scarf, $29.95

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Lani Inlander is a personal stylist who has been working with clients who want to feel their best and look put-together every day for over 15 years. You can find her in the Washington, D.C. and New York metropolitan areas. Are you looking for professional training to be a personal stylist? Click here to learn how you can train with Lani at The Stylist Studio

You can find Lani Inlander and Real Life Style on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.