What You Should Buy at the 2017 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Posted by on July 18, 2017 in Clothing Shopping Tips

Alright everyone, get your online browsers ready and your credit cards out. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is officially live on July 21st! If you have a Nordstrom credit card, you’ve probably been shopping the sale all weekend (Early Access to the sale opened to card holders on the 13th). As a card holder myself, I, along with the help of our lovely employee Ella, have combed through the very large and overwhelming sale to pick out our favorite pieces for our blog readers.

Remember to act fast if you see something you like. This is Nordstrom’s biggest and most popular sale, during which they mark down new fall merchandise before it goes on the racks at full price. Items will sell out before you realize! If any of our picks below sell out, be sure to bookmark them as certain items will restock. The sale ends August 6th!

Happy sale shopping!

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Cool Casual Clothing

What are this fall season’s trends you should be buying? Bold jeans, moto jackets, and funky sweaters. As we’ve mentioned on this blog before, Lani and I have been moving away from the toothpick skinny jean (gasp!) in favor of more daring and crazy styles. Our favorite example is the cropped flare jean, like this budget friendly pair by BLANKNYC. Not sure what you think? Check out our post on how to wear kick flares. For more fun denim styles, see anything by comfortable and fashionable favorite Frame.

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Your New Favorite Workwear

The Nordstrom Sale always has beautiful suiting from Theory and Boss, which we’ve featured below in our favorite burgundy color. For more casual workplaces, be sure to check out Nic + Zoe and the NYDJ ponte pants (which I featured in last year’s anniversary sale post too…I swear by them!). I bought multiple clients the Harlow cardigan from J.Crew last year because it is the most sophisticated and flattering cardigan I’ve seen in a long time.

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Bold Outerwear

Did you read our blog about your power color? Go read it and then you’ll realize why you need this cobalt blue Tahari coat. The super chic Soia and Kyo vest is one of my favorite pieces from the whole sale. Or if you need a new leather jacket, now is your chance!

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Shoes for Fall

I’m having a difficult time resisting these fur pom pom pumps. However, if you’re a more realistic person and you’re looking for more practical work shoes, see the Cole Haan flats and the Aquatalia block heel pumps at the end of our slider.

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Handbags for Work and Play

The hot pink Tumi backpack is my dream bag for overnight trips, while the Kate Spade phone crossbody is my dream bag for parties.

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Jewelry and Watches

For those in the market for a new watch, Check out Larsson and Jennings. I particularly love the off white version.

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The RLS Basics

Be sure to stock up on t-shirts now, especially the expensive ones like the ultra soft Majestic tees. Now is also a great time to purchase underwear, shapewear, and activewear!

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Beauty Sets

I bought the gloss in this YSL kit for Lani (and myself) for the holidays last year and we both love it! It looks perfect on its own but it also glides right over a lipstick for an extra pop. Now I’m dying for the whole set! Also how adorable is the Skinny Dip brush set? Great gift for anyone starting makeup!

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What’s Your Power Color?

Posted by on July 12, 2017 in Work Wardrobe

Do you know your Power Color? This is the color you turn to when you want to feel your most confident and, of course, powerful. Your Power Color should be a strong color, such as red, cobalt blue, purple, kelly green, a deep burgundy, or magenta. Just to be clear, black is NOT a Power Color. It is the absence of color. While black can make a chic statement, you must wear color when you want to own the room.

A bright color enables people to listen to you more and remember you and what you are telling them. You might have different Power Colors for different seasons too. For instance, purple and deep burgundy are more winter colors, while a kelly green or magenta might be more appropriate in the summer.

So how do you figure out your Power Color? Look through your closet and grab every bright color you see. Which of these colors garners the most compliments when you wear it? Which one do you feel yourself reaching for when you know you want to be noticed or feel the most confident? If you don’t know the answer to these questions, wear a different potential Power Color every day over a week and keep track of how many compliments you get each day. As an added benefit, you will be feeling very good about yourself by the end of the week!

Don’t have the right Power Color in your closet? Shop some of our favorites below! (Hint: Each slider has multiple images, so don’t forget to click next!)

Happy Shopping,

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Red Hot

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Blazing Blue

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Mad for Magenta

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What’s your Power Color? Share with us on Facebook!

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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.

Can You Define Your Style?

Posted by on July 12, 2017 in Personal Style Icons

Do you know your style type? It is amazing how many of us don’t. And by us, I’m including myself! My old boss used to say that if you took the Visual Therapy Style Type quiz, and were all over the map with your style type, you either were a fashion stylist or you needed one.

Dressing for different occasions and clients is an opportunity for expression and experimentation. For instance, on Monday I wore a dress in a very Bohemian print to see a very Bohemian client. However, the dress was silk, not cotton, making it appropriate. Tomorrow I will wear Classic colors to see a Classic client, but the jacket is a relaxed silhouette, so I won’t look like I’m dressing up for a corporate job I don’t have.

My methodology is too much work for anyone who is not a personal stylist, but it does bring up the point that our style type should be appropriate to the situation for which we are dressing. You can dress a little more Bohemian than usual for a beach wedding. If we feel a younger client is looking too matronly in her Classic wardrobe, we will urge her to dress a little more on the Chic side. We help our clients discover and define their own style types so that they understand why certain pieces have sat unworn in their closet and can teach them to shop within their particular range for a flexible, wearable wardrobe.

Does that mean you have to be one style type all the time? Of course not! Say you are naturally Whimsical but work in a law office. You can be Whimsical in the evenings and on the weekends, but perhaps Avant-Garde at the office. You are still creating interest with your wardrobe, but you won’t distract the other lawyers.

Scroll through the Style Types below and see what resonates with you. Which images make you just say YES? Share on our Facebook page!

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CLASSIC

Simple, Clean, Traditional

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Loro Piana

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Gotham Magazine | Mirror

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Style Icons:

Kate Winslet, Kate Middleton

Colors:

Navy, black, grey, beige, ivory, red

Where to Shop:

Brooks Brothers

Massimo Dutti

Ralph Lauren

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CHIC

Powerful, Sharp, Effortless

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Rag & Bone

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Daily Mail | Glamour

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Style Icons:

Amal Clooney, Melissa McCarthy

Colors:

Black and white

Where to Shop:

Banana Republic

Theory

Everlane

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WHIMSICAL

Playful, Colorful, Romantic

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Diane von Furstenberg

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The Frisky | Fashion Bomb Daily

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Style Icons:

Michelle Williams, Kerry Washington

Colors:

Anything and everything

Where to Shop:

ASOS

Milly

Kate Spade

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AVANT-GARDE

Modern, Dramatic, Creative

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Victoria Victoria Beckham

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Just Jared | Glamour

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Style Icons:

Tilda Swinton, Solange

Colors:

Black, white, bold colors

Where to Shop:

Zara

Barneys

Topshop

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BOHEMIAN

Relaxed, Earthy, Funky

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Mara Hoffman

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Glamour | Cosmopolitan

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Style Icons

Rachel Zoe, Kate Moss

Colors:

Earth tones

Where to Shop

Anthropologie

Madewell

Francesca’s

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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 Must-Have Pieces for Your Work Wardrobe

Posted by on July 7, 2017 in Work Wardrobe

If you work in an office, this is a blog to which you should pay special attention. Every professional wardrobe needs these 5 essential pieces. Take stock in your closet. Do you have all 5 of these work wardrobe must-haves? If not, start clicking!

Happy Shopping!

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Your Power Color

Do you know what your power color is? We all have a color that makes us feel our best and garners the most compliments from others. You could get it in a blazer, a full suit, a blouse or a dress. Find it, buy it, work it. For more instructions on finding Your Power Color, stay tuned to the blog next week 🙂

Argent Coolmax Single Button Blazer in Cobalt, $328

Argent Cuffed Coolmax Trousers in Cobalt, $225

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A Perfectly Tailored Trouser

Do you have a trouser that accents your best features down below? Is it perfectly tailored to your waist and your best-looking, most comfortable shoes? You need a pant that won’t let you down. It should pack well for business trips and be of a year-round, wrinkle-resistant fabric. Look for a fabric with some weight and stretch and buy the best pair you can afford. Better to have one perfect pair of trousers than 5 mediocre pairs. Trust me, no one will notice if you wear them 3x in one week. Don’t wear pants? The same principles can apply to a pencil skirt.

 

R Label Essential Trouser in Black, $145

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A Comfortable Blazer

Cardigans do not project authority. Buy a blazer in a color that will match most of your wardrobe and that is comfortable enough to wear at your desk and on an airplane. Keep it on the back of your chair so that you are always prepared for a last-minute meeting with the boss or a client.

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Argent Hunter Crossover Blazer, $328

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Dress Shoes You Can Walk In

Every woman should have a shoe that she can comfortably wear to an all-day conference and while running from the airport straight into a meeting. Try a block heel or a small wedge to add height without losing stability. Want to keep your shoes looking good for as long as possible? Get them polished regularly and have the cobbler put rubber on the bottom of the front of the shoe and a heel protector in the back.

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Cole Haan Justine 55 Block-Heel Pump in Black, $150 $105

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A Lightweight, Structured Tote

Is your leather bag beautiful but already heavy before you add in your computer and files? The search for a professional, lightweight tote is well worth saving yourself from shoulder and back pain later. Materials to look for are leather, faux leather, and nylon.

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Dagne Dover Classic Tote in Dagne Blue, $245

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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.

RLS Team Photoshoot – Behind the Scenes

Posted by on July 7, 2017 in Personal Style Icons

The integration of the fabulous Ella Jones marches on here at RLS! A few Saturdays ago we got up at an ungodly hour and after a stop at DryBar, trekked off to Meridian Hill Park to take new pictures featuring the whole team.

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Do you like our styling? The picture below is what started it all. I knew Ella would be joining us when I made my 2017 Inspiration board and included this image.

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The goal was to get in some good pictures before we all melted in the heat!  And to not have Kyle, Ella, and Mimi the photographer hate me (no one dislikes having their picture taken more than me!) by the end of the 2 hours. See some of our favorites below and stay tuned to see more populating the blog and website.

What do you think? Did we recreate our inspiration well?

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Easy Breezy!

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Lani’s Angels?

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Power Posing

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Solo Shots

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Owner & Chief Stylist

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Kyle Dunphy

Personal Stylist

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Ella Jones

Marketing Coordinator

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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.

Making Peace (at Age 40) with Wearing Shorts

Posted by on June 28, 2017 in Clothing Shopping Tips

As a grown up, I have always struggled with wearing shorts. Shorts made me feel silly, like I was trying to be something I’m not. Like casual, ha ha. Now that I have kids and can’t just wear skirts all summer (not great for climbing around at the park!), I’ve had to figure out the whole shorts thing. And by that I mean I just figured it out now that my eldest is 5 1/2.

How did I figure out how to wear shorts without feeling silly? It was pretty much an accident. Recently I needed to get dressed super quickly and it was really hot, so I grabbed a pair of khaki shorts a friend had given me (thanks Jessie!) when I was cleaning out her closet. I had just reorganized my closet and put my numerous black short sleeve tee shirts towards the front of the tops section, so I put on one of those too. And then this really weird feeling took over. I was wearing shorts, yet I somehow felt like…myself! Wow.

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The black tee + khaki short combo reminded me of the black tee + khaki trench coat look I had pulled out of a magazine a while ago.  I was merely translating a look that already spoken to me for a different season. Variations on my new shorts uniform are a burgundy or olive tee, as those are my optimal colors, or white when it is super hot. Add a delicate but edgy Larissa Loden necklace and voila, age and style appropriate shorts.

Happy Shopping!

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Splendid Supima Cotton and Modal-Blend Jersey T-Shirt, $65

Topshop Rope Casual Shorts, $65

Birkenstock Gizeh Birko-Flor Patent in Black, $94.95

Campomaggi Studded Saddle Bag, $450

Zoe Circular Studs, $3,650

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How do you wear shorts?

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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.

RLS Recommended Closet Tools on Super Sale!

Posted by on June 27, 2017 in Clothing Shopping Tips

Our favorite closet tools are on sale! If you read this blog regularly, and you haven’t yet changed your hangers to Huggable Hangers, shame on you. Seriously. At the current sale price of $22.49 for a box of 40, you have run out of excuses. Don’t forget to edit your wardrobe as you change the hangers.

Where should you hang your clothes as you make the Huggable Hanger switch? On a handy dandy folding rolling rack, just like the one the professionals (that’s us!) use.

Shoes still hanging out at the bottom of your closet? I don’t think so. Drop front shoe boxes stack neatly and keep your shoes dust-free and visible. And if you must purchase a box for each pair of shoes, you are less likely to keep the ones you should not. Need help editing your wardrobe? There is an RLS stylist ready to help! Shoot me an email at lani@real-life-style.com to schedule your free consultation to see which of our services might be right for you. Now is the perfect time. Book a New Client Package during the month of July, and you can look and feel put together every day for 25% off.

Happy Shopping!

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Huggable Hangers

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Shoe Boxes

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Rolling Rack

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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.

No Excuse New Client Special (Only in July!)

Posted by on June 23, 2017 in Clothing Shopping Tips

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It’s almost July, otherwise known as the only slow month all year here at RLS. This would be a good time to take a vacation, but my kids are off in August, so that is when that will happen.

Have you been thinking of finally giving yourself the wardrobe you deserve? We’d like to help you get over the hump by offering 25% off a New Client Starter Package if you book your appointment during the month of July. Come on, won’t it be so much easier if your closet is already cleaned out and prepped for fall before the kids go back to school?

Have questions? RLS has always offered free phone consultations. Email me at lani@real-life-style.com to schedule your free consultation. I’ll help you figure out which service is right for you and which RLS stylist would fit you best.

Usually people call us when they are at their wit’s end over the state of their closet and the feeling of dread they get when opening their closet door each morning. They want us to come over NOW. We also want to solve our client’s wardrobe issues immediately, but are hard pressed to do so in September. This is what is so awesome about July. You call, we come over. Wardrobe redone in a matter of days.

Email me to get your 25% discount or send this blog post to a friend who needs it now!

Happy Summer!

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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.

Social Media Update!

Posted by on June 21, 2017 in Clothing Shopping Tips

We’ve made some changes to our social media handles! Don’t always have time to read a whole blog post? Follow us on social media! Scroll down to see where you can find us.

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Instagram

Our handle has changed! What used to be @laniinlander is now @lanireallifestyle.  Lani’s personal account is now @laniinlander. Follow her there for cute pictures of the boys. Follow us @lanireallifestyle for daily visuals of the RLS experience as well as blog updates!

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Facebook

You can find our Facebook page with the URL http://www.facebook.com/LaniRealLifeStyle or by typing “Lani Rosenstock Inlander, Real Life Style” into Facebook’s search engine. We post blog updates, announcements, and interesting findings!

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Pinterest

New handle alert! Have a Pinterest account? Follow us at “lanireallifestyle”! In addition to pinning material from our blogs, we pin anything fun and stylish that inspires us! Lani also pins weird healthy recipes on her Recipes board. Pardon her fashion digression. She really likes to cook.

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Twitter

Tweet tweet! Our Twitter handle is @Laniinlander. Follow us for 140-characters-or-less updates on blog posts and our latest activities. Could be a good distraction from anxiety-inducing political tweets.

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The Stylist Studio

If you or a friend is interested in learning how to become a personal stylist, consider following @thestyliststudio on Instagram for course updates and nuggets of styling wisdom. The Stylist Studio is professional training for the personal stylist, created and taught by Lani and Rosana Vollmerhausen from DC Style Factory.

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What are you waiting for? Follow us!

 

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Wonder Woman Style

Posted by on June 21, 2017 in Clothing Shopping Tips

Prepare yourself for an onslaught of Wonder Woman fashion. I could not be more excited. I’ve always been obsessed with Wonder Woman and still remember watching Lynda Carter in the original series as a child.

Those of you who read this blog are familiar with the fact that I’ve seen about 3 movies in the theatre in the past five years, and the most recent of those was Boss Baby. Max was a baby the last time I saw a grown-up movie in the theatre. Drumroll please…I went on a mommy date with a good friend last night to see Wonder Woman! It was super fun. We ate popcorn and twizzlers, and the costumes are FABULOUS. I’ve dressed as Wonder Woman for Halloween with the kids the last 3 years. I’m hoping that there will be some more sophisticated costume options this year. In the meantime, I’ll just have to make do with the GapFit Wonder Woman Shield leggings. Think they’d work at solidcore?

Happy Shopping,

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Benefit Cosmetics Love, Truth, Beauty 5 Piece Set, $49

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DC Comics Wonder Woman Medium Slouch Backpack, $34.50

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Alex and Ani Wonder Woman Cuff Bracelet, $48

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GapFit Wonder Woman Shield Leggings, $69.95

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BabyGap Wonder Woman Tulle Swim One-Piece, $34.95

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Crocs Wonder Woman Clog, $50

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Her Universe Wonder Woman Armor Faux Leather Jacket, $79

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Nanette Lepore Wonder Woman Crystal Embellished Leather Watch, $124.97

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Nuyu Wonder Woman Glam Studded Varsity Jacket, $215

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Nuyu Gold Amazon Warrior Biker Legging, $95

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Her Universe DC Comics Wonder Woman Themyscira Romper, $49.90 $39.92

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Luxie Wonder Woman Face Brush Set, $95

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Warner Bros Juniors’ Wonder Woman Friday Night Graphic Tank, $24 $12.99

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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.