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How to Wear Color

Posted by on February 16, 2018 in Shopping Tips

Raise your hand if you’re afraid of color! If you are, it’s okay. A lot of people are not sure how to incorporate color into their wardrobes. Lani and Kyle have several clients who, prior to hiring RLS, pretty much only dressed in black. Color makes a statement, but you want to be sure you are making the right statement.

Color affects your  appearance in many ways. I studied the visual arts in college and was pleasantly surprised to learn that the principles of color theory I learned in my classes are very similar to those of the fashion world. How the human eye perceives a color (in this instance, your skin, hair, or eyes) is directly affected by the colors surrounding it (your clothing).

Color affects which tones in your skin are emphasized, which can either make your skin glow or look sickly. It determines whether your hair shines or falls flat. Color also gives your overall look more visual impact; as Lani always emphasizes in her style talks and corporate image consultations, if you want people to pay attention to and remember you, wearing color is the way to go.

I’ve put together a guide to help you navigate the world of color (scroll down). However, none of this is an exact science. Just because you have cool-toned skin does not mean you will never look good in orange. Just because you are warm-toned does not mean you can never wear silver jewelry. There are exceptions to every rule, because everyone is unique!

The best way to discover your ideal palette is to just try out different colors by holding them up to your face to see how you look and seeking second opinions (like from those of us at Real Life Style).

Happy Colorizing!

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Warm-Toned

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If your skin has undertones of gold or ivory than you are probably warm-toned. Here are some tips for finding out if you have a warm complexion:

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1. Warm-toned people look better in ivory and off-white rather than pure white.

2. Gold jewelry flatters warm skin more than silver.

3. If your hair has red or gold undertones, then you may have warm-toned skin.

Margot Robbie | Jamie Chung | Eva Longoria | Beyonce Knowles

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Color Palette for the Classically Warm-Toned:

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If you have warm skin, look for yellows, dark greens, orange/reds, and browns. Aim for colors that fall closer to the red than blue on the color wheel. Avoid pastels and go for earth tones.

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Cuyana Silk Tee Dress in Palm, $215

BLANKNYC Life Changer Moto Jacket in Neutral Milk, $98

SÖFFT Welling Bootie in Wine Red Leather, $129.95

Urban Originals Streetstyle Vegan Leather Tote in Black/Green, $98

by/ natalie frigo Wing and Agate Necklace, $315

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Cool-Toned

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If your skin has blue, pink, or violet undertones than you are probably cool-toned. Here are some tips for finding out if you have a cool complexion:

 

1. Cool-toned people look better in pure white rather than ivory or off-white.

2. Silver jewelry flatters cool skin more than gold.

3. If your hair has blue or ash undertones, then you probably have cool-toned skin.

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Cate Blanchett | Lupita Nyong’o | Priyanka Chopra | Anne Hathaway

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Color Palette for the Classically Cool-Toned:

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If you have cool skin, look for purple/pinks, sea greens, blues, and greys. Aim for colors that fall closer to the blue than red on the color wheel. For example, rather than choosing a yellow-green top, opt for a mint green or turquoise blouse.

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H&M Pleated Blouse, $39.99

PAIGE Transcend Vintage Colette Crop Flare Jeans, $219

Steve Madden Daisie Pointy-Toe Pump in Blue Multi, $89.99

Rebecca Minkoff Large Jamie Metallic Leather Satchel in Dusty Blue, $375

Argento Vivo ‘Marquise’ Earrings in Sterling Silver High Polish, $58

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The Universal Color Palette

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Jewel tones (cobalt blue, coral, turquoise, magenta, and ultra violet) tend to be universally flattering. If you feel stuck on what colors to look for while shopping, jewel tones are good go-to hues.

Here are some of the warm-toned and cool-toned ladies shown above rocking some amazing jewel-tone gowns:

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Jamie Chung | Lupita Nyong’o | Anne Hathaway | Eva Longoria Parker

 

Jewel Tones:

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Banana Republic Suede Trench Shift Dress, $498

kate spade new york Bay Street Small Rachelle Leather Satchel, $348 $144

Vince Camuto Ankia Suede Pump in Tipsy Taupe, $119.95

Kendra Scott Dani Stone Drop Earrings in Royal Blue Kyocera Opal/Gold, $130

Monica Vinader Havana Friendship Bracelet in Yellow Gold/Corn Flower Blue, $175

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Which color palette is yours? Share on our Facebook page!

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Kyle Does a Tiny Edit of Lani’s Closet!

Posted by on February 16, 2018 in Shopping Tips

Although I have plenty of clothes I love (and, therefore, plenty to wear), I have been frustrated of late with how crowded my closet has become. I should also mention that I took great advantage of the January sales, which probably did not help matters. And then I read Courtney Carver‘s “10 Tiny Steps to Take Towards Your Tiny Wardrobe,” and I was like, “I must do something!” (Scroll down to read the steps and click through for the details on her website.)

Yep, it was time to purge the personal stylist’s closet. So who does the stylist ask for help when her closet needs some editing? Her fashion partner-in-crime, of course! I asked Kyle to take at least ten things out of my closet. Not only did she take things out that she thought should go, but, as an added bonus, she also took out things she thought I should wear more!

Click through the slider below to see the clothes she pulled and notes she wrote about them, as well as my rebuttals and actions taken. 🙂

Kyle: “I think, like you were saying recently, the striped tee/cropped jeans is your new casual uniform and this is you circa 2014.”

Lani: “You are correct. These are the shirts I wore when the kids were really little so I am having a hard time letting go.”

Action taken: Top 3 go in the give-away pile, the bottom purple check is actually newish and yet to be worn. Lani will wear it this weekend and give it away if it doesn’t feel right.

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Kyle: “I feel like this is the old you.”

Lani: “I agree with you for daytime, but this jacket gets TONS of compliments when I wear it over a Little Black Dress for evening.”

Action taken: Lani will keep it for now, but only wear it as an evening piece.

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Kyle: “These are short.”

Lani: The sequin skirt is short, but I wear it with opaque black tights. However, I haven’t worn it in awhile so it can go. The purple patterned one is one of the first pieces of Liberty of London I every got, so…I’m going to need to try it to make sure it truly doesn’t fit before giving it away. The purple-y stripe one is actually amazing for casual in the summer.

Action taken: Lani tried them all on and decided to put the two purple ones in her summer closet. They will be cuter than shorts for casual with the kids!

Kyle: “As I’m sure you know, this has a hole.”

Lani: Isn’t a girl allowed a super-soft purple cashmere sweater to sleep in? Seriously, I use this sweater as pajamas. That said, it doesn’t get worn enough because it belongs in my pajama drawer, not my working closet.

Action taken: Sweater goes in the pajama drawer where it belongs.

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Kyle (on pink cords): “I feel like these are stiff and uncomfortable. Do you still wear?”

Blue (on cotton pants): “Last time you wore these, they stretched out and you got really annoyed.”

Lani: “Let me try them on one more time before I say goodbye.”

Action taken: Yep, pink cords are uncomfortable and the blue pants have seen better days. Sayonara!

Kyle (on black suede Theory jacket): “I may be forgetting something, but  I’ve never seen this! So cool!”

Kyle (on navy cashmere deconstructed blazer): “You never wear this anymore, but it’s obviously the coolest?”

Lani: “Why, thank you! I will break out the black suede jacket for Valentine’s day (I have a matching skirt!), and promise to wear the navy cashmere a lot this month while it is still cold.”

Action taken: Two pieces come back into the rotation!

Do you have ten pieces you could edit from your closet? I actually only got to 6 pieces at the end of the exercise so I pulled 2 more skirts out of my closet for donation, and am on the hunt for more.

Happy Editing!

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Courtney’s 10 Tiny Steps:

(Click here to read Courtney’s full entries for each step.)

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1. Box up everything that doesn’t fit you right now.

2. Photograph yourself in clothes you never wear but have sentimental value.

3. Donate anything you haven’t worn in 5 years.

4. Unsubscribe from all shopping sites and stores.

5. Make a list of your favorite 3 outfits.

6. Identify your weakness.

7. Watch inspiring documentaries.

8. Trade shopping for self-care.

9. Curate visual inspiration.

10. Put Project 333 on your calendar.

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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 20 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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“Black Panther” Premiere: A Royal Flush

Posted by on February 8, 2018 in Style Icons

It’s Black History Month, a fitting time to release the first Marvel film to center around a black superhero! (Seriously, it’s about time…)

Black Panther tells the story of T’Challa, the new king of the fictional African nation of Wakanda (played by Chadwick Boseman), who must defend his kingdom from multiple evil forces. He is assisted by his best friend (David Kaluuya of Get Out), a CIA agent (Martin Freeman of Sherlock), and his ex-girlfriend/warrior woman (Lupita Nyong’o of 12 Years a Slave). The movie is set to release on February 16th and has already received rave reviews from critics.

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Lupita Nyong’o at the Black Panther world premiere (LA Times)

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Unless you have been living under a rock, you’ve probably seen pictures of and read about the jaw-dropping outfits at the movie’s world premiere on January 30th. To put it briefly, the event took the fashion world by storm. The theme was African royalty, and the attendees took it all the way! This red (well, purple) carpet event was an exciting celebration of African culture and identity that we rarely see in Hollywood. As you might know, Lani absolutely loves African prints, so she was very excited about featuring the premiere on the blog!

Scroll down to check out some of the most prominent trends and eye-catching looks from the Black Panther premiere!

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Coronation Ready

Was this a movie premiere or a royal ball? Honestly, I wasn’t sure as I flipped through images from the event. Lupita Nyong’o looks perfect in absolutely everything, so of course she slays in that amazing ultra violet custom Versace gown; however, I think my favorite looks are that of Insecure‘s Issa Rae (wearing a pleated Rose Assoulin dress) and David Kaluuya, who wore a velvet Burberry jacket over a kanzu (a nod to his Ugandan heritage).

L to R: Lupita Nyong’o in Versace | Donald Glover in Dolce & Gabbana | Janelle Monae in Christian Siriano | Michael B. Jordan in Calvin Klein | Issa Rae in Rosie Assoulin | David Kaluuya in Burberry

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Prints Galore

African-inspired prints, fittingly, ruled the night. The biggest show-stopper was Black Panther stunt-woman Janeshia Adams-Ginyard in a two-piece dress and matching hat by Tamara Cobus, a fashion and costume designer and former costume director for the Atlanta Ballet. I also loved Chadwick Boseman (the Black Panther himself) in that gorgeous Emporio Armani shirt! It’s a look fit for a king!

L to R: Tankia Ray in Claude Kameni | Atandwa Kani in Maxhosa & Vukani Fashions | Janeshia Adams-Ginyard in Tamara Cobus | Chadwick Boseman in Emporio Armani | Marija Abney | David Oyenowo

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Tassels & Fringe

Fringe is such a fun choice for a “purple carpet” event. These three women look fabulous, but my favorite is Angela Bassett (who plays the Queen of Wakanda in Black Panther) in her crazy yellow all-fringe jumpsuit by Naeem Khan. Since the jumpsuit is such a statement in and of itself, most people would tone down their accessories so as not to complete with it; however, Bassett opted for large gold earrings and multiple chunky bracelets and it works!

L to R: Angela Bassett in Naeem Khan | Yara Tashidi in Etro | Angel Parker in Jovani

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Heirs to the Throne

Just allow the cuteness to wash over you for a moment. I don’t think there is anything cuter than children in fancy clothes, except maybe the smiles on those little boys’ faces! Marsai Martin of Black-ish looks particularly adorable (and chic) in her little blue Maje dress.

L to R: Miles Brown in Kenneth Nicholson | Marsai Martin in Maje | Seth Carr in Stella McCartney

 

What was your favorite look from the Black Panther premiere? Share on our Facebook page!

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The High-Fashion Pump You Should Be Wearing Now

Posted by on February 6, 2018 in Shopping Tips

One of my clients showed up to a shopping appointment in a shoe that rocked my world. After 20 years as a personal stylist, it usually takes a Valentino dress to do that. She was wearing what fashion people would call a “V-Neck Pump.”

Started by Céline (the uber avant-garde fashion line) in 2016, the V-Neck Pump is now available from other brands at a range of price points and heel heights. In fact, Céline now makes them in a cool, low cone-shaped heel that even I could probably wear. (The client’s V-Neck Pump was actually from Diane Von Furstenburg, not Céline.)

I could not get over how the V-Neck Pump made every single thing she tried on, whether a dress or a wide-leg pant, look even more fabulous. The V-shape elongated the leg as did the very high, skinny heel. In an effort to get more V-Neck pumps in her closet (never put all of your fashion eggs in one basket!), we tried the lower heels from Céline, which also looked fabulous. They come in a range of colors and fabrics too. I stopped in my fashion tracks when I saw the burgundy velvet Céline pair at Barneys in New York! FYI, Céline does not currently sell online so if you want a pair from them (see different versions below), you will have to get them from the Céline boutique or at a store like Barneys or Saks Fifth Avenue.

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Want to see the V-Neck Pump on an actual foot, in an actual outfit? We pulled some great street style photos for you from the blog Who What Wear. In my experience, nothing makes a wardrobe feel as new and exciting as a fresh, modern pair of black pumps. Well, maybe a new leather jacket. 🙂 More 0n that later! A cross between a bootie and a traditional pump, the V-Neck Pump works in all seasons.

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Who What Wear

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Not sure you are ready for the full-on V-Neck Pump? Look for a version like the Manolo Blahnik below, which does not cover as much of the foot, yet still has the flattering V-shape. Don’t want to spend a lot on the trend? Try the Tahari version below, on sale for $54.99. Also, the Vince Camuto version comes in a range of colors at $119.95.

What do you think? Will you do it? Let us know on our Facebook page!

Happy Shopping!

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Manolo Blahnik Urgenze Pointy Toe Pump, $735

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Pour La Victoire Kora Bootie, $274.95

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Ted Baker London Bexzs Pump, $244.95

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Vince Camuto Ankia Suede Pump in Soft Pink Suede, $119.95

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Tahari Benedict in New Cognac Suede, $99 $54.99

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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 20 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.

Journey to the LAND of distraction

Posted by on February 2, 2018 in Shopping Tips

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70’s-inspired fashion is so on trend that there’s now a whole new women’s clothing line dedicated to nostalgia for the decade. On February 1st, new contemporary brand LAND of distraction launched its inaugural collection self-described as “for the thrill seekers, the rule breakers, the path finders.” The brand combines a retro cool-girl attitude with gritty Southwest flare in a collection that definitely takes some risks.

In an interview with V Magazine, founder Danita Short says of the brand, “There is a movement of empowering women right now happening globally and I want to enhance that. Like in the 70’s, I want our clothes to be fun, colorful and sexy and which can continuously be mixed and matched amongst future collections.”

LAND of distraction has already garnered some hype after celebrities Kate Bosworth and Jaime King gave the brand their stamp of approval. The two actresses arrived at the LAND of distraction launch party in November dressed from head to toe in pieces from the collection:

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Jaime King (in a Jett jacket and Drew and Nona dresses)

Kate Bosworth (in Bruce pants, a Daddy jacket, and a Kate T-shirt)

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This new brand takes a unique approach to the incorporation of menswear elements in a women’s collection. Rather than the boyfriend blazers, tuxedo-stripe pants, and brogue loafers we are so used to seeing at this point, LAND of distraction offers utility-style jumpsuits, leather hoodies, and T-shirt maxi dresses.

While some of the pieces in the collection are pretty out-there, I appreciate how many women are probably jumping for joy over this fresh take on women’s fashion. Click through the sliders below to view selections from this new brand!

Happy Shopping,

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Valentine’s Day Gifts She’ll Actually Use – Please Forward

Posted by on February 1, 2018 in Gift Guides

Have you ever given people gifts that end up just sitting on their desks or hanging in their closets, never to be worn or used? Let’s face it: this has happened to all of us at some point. It’s not a good feeling, is it? This Valentine’s Day, skip the cheesy chocolate boxes, the ugly heart-shaped jewelry, and the impractical lingerie that is probably the wrong size. Instead, give your significant other something she will actually put to use. (As you can tell, this blog is meant to be forwarded to your partner, since they are probably not reading this blog.)

Scroll down to see our recommendations!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Chic, Cozy Accessories

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A woman can never have too many bags and this Cuyana bag is perfect for date night.

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Cuyana Mini Bow Bag in Black, $250

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Chic, cozy cashmere? She will definitely not be returning this one from R Label. And yes, it comes in black too!

R Label Cashmere Cardi in Heather Grey, $165

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Our clients love their Jocelyn scarves! They look great with or without a coat. She can even wear it with a little black dress (or sweater) for a chic and cozy Valentine’s Day look!

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Jocelyn Overdyed Genuine Rabbit Fur Infinity Scarf, $250

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Luxurious Beauty Items

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Does she take her hair REALLY seriously? Light, quiet, and unbelievably powerful, this Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer is pretty much the best one out there.

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Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer, $399.99

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Sick of fighting over  the sink while you try to shave and she tries to put on her makeup? Buy her a fancy new makeup mirror (like this one by Impressions Vanity Co.) for her dressing table and the bathroom will be yours again.

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Impressions Vanity Co. Touch Trifold XL Dimmable LED Makeup Mirror in Black, $89

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Obsessed is the new, modern version of the classic, sexy perfume, Obsession. We even found a set on sale for you.

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Calvin Klein Obsessed for Women 3-Piece Set, $94 $54.97

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Elegant Jewelry

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Nothing says Valentine’s day like rose gold, right? Here are some of our favorite, and most luxurious, choices. These are pieces she won’t take off.

Tiffany & Co. T Wire 18-Karat Diamond Ring in Rose Gold, $1,600

Tiffany & Co. Elsa Peretti Teardrop Earrings in Rose Gold, $900

Tiffany & Co. T Wire 18-Karat Bracelet in Rose Gold, $1,200

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Anna Sheffield Hazeline Suite No. 21, $6,750

Anna Sheffield Pave Amulet Necklace, $1,000

Anna Sheffield Chasse Hooves Cuff, $725

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Lana Jewelry Small Upside Down Diamond Hoop Earrings in Yellow Gold, $430

Lana Jewelry Station Necklace in Yellow Gold, $625

Lana Jewelry Nude Small Vanity Bangle in Yellow Gold, $795

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Gift Cards

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Want to take the easy way out with a gift card? Every woman is nicer after she gets her hair done, so consider a DryBar gift certificate a gift for yourself too. The Red Door spa? A no-brainer guaranteed to get you a “Oh honey, you shouldn’t have!” reaction, which she will not mean at all of course. How about the chance to look and feel put together every day, including date night? A gift certificate for RLS services is priceless! Contact me at lani@real-life-style.com to learn more.

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Drybar, $10-$500

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The Red Door Spa, $75-$1000

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Real Life Style

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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 20 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.

My Most Controversial Fashion Post

Posted by on January 26, 2018 in Seasonal Trends

Men’s Paris Fashion Week just concluded. What were some of the trends for men this fall? According to GQ, bias-cut tailoring, the color teal, and oversized shearling jackets. While all this is fine and dandy, there was one show that made fashion reporters and bloggers lose their minds. Y/Project, an avant-garde streetwear brand, debuted thigh-high slouchy UGG boots at their runway show.

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Y/Project Fall 2018 Ready-to-Wear Men’s Collection (Vogue)

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My first thought? “These are hilariously awesome! I love UGG boots! They are my lounging ugly shoe of choice! Cover my whole body in UGG boots!”

I posted a picture of the runway shot to my Instagram stories and wrote “If thigh-high UGG boots are wrong, then I don’t want to be right.”

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I had about 10 people message me within the next half hour with mixed responses. I had a few friends in agreement, sending “Yaaasss” or the ~raise the roof~ emoji, but more friends messaged me to express outrage. One of my best friends asked, “…you really like these?” as if she was reconsidering our friendship because of my poor taste.

This is not the first Y/Project piece that has received a love/hate response. They are also the designers behind exaggerated denim silhouettes, like this jean jacket with an extra foot of sleeve and the pants with an extra two feet of length. Some of our more petite readers will be excited to know they can stop hemming their jeans and just cuff them up to their knees. (Just kidding!)

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Or if you ever wanted your jeans to detach and become hot shorts, you are now in luck! Below you’ll find supermodels Gigi Hadid and Hailey Baldwin showing off their Y/Project pants. When I told Lani about it, she truly didn’t even believe that this was a real thing.

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Yahoo | Harper’s Bazaar

 

This new trend of avant-garde streetwear has been blowing up, and in my opinion, it has been an interesting one to watch. Demna Gvasalia is probably the man at the forefront of the movement, as the founder and head designer of Vetements and the current creative director of Balenciaga. In the past few years, Gvasalia has taken “ugly” looks and made them “fashionable.” See Vetements’ DHL t-shirts and Balenciaga’s $2,000 Ikea bag and “dad sneakers.” Y/Project’s UGG boots have also taken something seen as pedestrian and pushed them back into this particular sub-culture of fashion. I’m not going to be surprised when we see Rihanna wearing this outfit next month!

To clarify, no I would not wear thigh-high UGG boots. Would you? However, I can definitely appreciate their eccentricity, irreverence, and coziness.

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Kyle Dunphy is a personal stylist at Real Life Style. She has been helping RLS clients look their best for over five years. You can find Kyle Dunphy and Real Life Style on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

An Early Spring at the SAG Awards

Posted by on January 23, 2018 in Style Icons

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been itching for spring to come. The inconsistent weather here in the D.C. area isn’t helping my patience. One day it’s so cold my steering wheel feels like a block of ice, and the next day I’m walking around in cropped jeans and a light jacket.

The red carpet at Sunday’s SAG Awards featured exciting colors and fun florals that made me even more anxious for spring. This red carpet felt especially bright considering almost all of Hollywood dressed in black for the Golden Globes earlier this month to show support for the Time’s Up movement. (I love when people use fashion to make political statements, however!)

Scroll down to check out my take on some of the major trends from this year’s SAG Awards and see my #1 favorite look of the evening.

I’ll be over here dreaming of spring…

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p.s. I searched long and hard, but I just couldn’t find out the designers of some of the yellow and white dresses shown below. It’s surprisingly difficult to find that information for lesser-known actors. If anyone knows the designers for the dresses missing labels below, please tell me on Facebook!

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Millennial Pink

I’m not going to lie: I kind of hate the name “Millennial Pink.” This soft, ethereal color has always been around, so I think associating it with a particular generation is a little silly. Anyway, I digress. Whatever the name, this color was all over the red carpet at the SAG Awards. My favorite look in this shade of pink was that of thirteen-year-old Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown. Look how cute she is rocking her Converse sneakers with her sequin Calvin Klein dress!

L to R: Laura Linney in J. Mendel | Madeline Brewer in Reem Acra | Uzo Aduba in Christian Siriano | Millie Bobby Brown in Calvin Klein | Margot Robbie in Miu Miu

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50 Shades of Yellow

From pastel to chartreuse, yellow was a prominent color on the SAG red carpet. This did not come as much of a surprise, since yellow dominated the Spring 2018 runway shows. I guess these Hollywood women decided to get a head start on the trend and rock some yellow in January. I mean, we could all use a little more sunshine, right? I’m not a huge fan of most of these looks, but I do think Sydelle Noel of GLOW really shines in her bright yellow Leanne Marshall gown!

L to R: Emma Myles in ? | Alexandra Breckenridge in ? | Hong Chau in Rodarte | Greta Gerwig in Bottega Veneta | Sydelle Noel in Leanne Marshall

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White Out

Pure white is such a stand-out choice, especially for a red carpet event. I just invested in a pair of white, block-heel loafer pumps (yes, they are as crazy as they sound) that automatically boost the interest of any outfit I wear. My favorite white look here has to be Tracee Ellis Ross in a beaded Ralph & Russo number. The Black-ish star looks like a Grecian goddess with that one extra-long sleeve trailing behind her.

L to R: Abbie Cornish in ? | Sadie Sink in Chanel | Yvonne Strahovski in Ester Abner |  Leslie Bibb in ? | Tracee Ellis Ross in Ralph & Russo

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Festive Florals

Sure, people wear florals all year ’round, but there’s definitely something spring-like about the floral red carpet looks at the SAG Awards. I love florals (seriously, it’s my go-to choice of print); therefore, seeing many leading ladies sporting flowery looks made me very excited. To me, the clear winner in this category is the show’s host, Kristen Bell. I would wear her fuchsia J. Mendel gown in a heartbeat!

L to R: Zoe Kazan in Miu Miu | Gina Rodriguez in Rasario | Kristen Bell in J. Mendel | Kelly Marie Tran in Mary Katrantzou | Maya Rudolph in Zac Posen

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The Best Look of the Evening

Mandy Moore, I bow to you. The This Is Us star glows in this stunning cobalt Ralph Lauren dress. Moore’s look is both effortlessly elegant and extremely eye-catching. It is hands-down my favorite look from the SAG Awards.

Mandy Moore in Ralph Lauren

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The Stylist Studio, Round 2

Posted by on January 19, 2018 in Style Icons

Last January, DC Style Factory founder Rosana Vollmerhausen and I launched The Stylist Studio, a two-day intensive, interactive training program that teaches up-and-coming personal stylists what they need to know to start their own professional personal styling business. Due to the program’s great success, we decided to offer it again over MLK weekend this year. (And we were lucky enough to have photographer-extraordinaire Emma McAlary there to document the occasion!)

This professional development program equips aspiring personal stylists with the skills to work one-on-one with clients. The Stylist Studio’s Introductory Training consists of two modules to help you become a personal stylist: “Personal Styling and the Client Relationship” and “The Business of Personal Styling: Entrepreneurship 101.” As part of the training, students receive The Stylist Studio Training Manual to use as a reference while pursuing a career in personal styling and image consulting.

Graduates of the Introductory Training can sign up for further training in the form of three intensive courses that dive deeper into the core elements of personal styling: the Closet Review, Personal Shopping, and Outfit Creation.

Are you interested in becoming a personal stylist, image consultant or personal shopper? Do you know someone who is interested in working in fashion? You can register for the next Stylist Studio (date tba) by sending me an email (lani@real-life-style.com) or registering through the Stylist Studio website.

Happy Styling!

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p.s. Thanks to the team at the Neiman Marcus at Mazza Gallerie and Betsy Fisher for hosting us!

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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 20 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.

The Right Tights for Right Now

Posted by on January 16, 2018 in Shopping Tips

During the cold months, we at Real Life Style field the same question over and over: what type of tights should I wear for work/date night/a formal event?

For all these different occasions, our answer has been the same. 50 Denier tights are the perfect level of opacity. 100 denier super opaque black tights can read as casual, young or dated. 10 denier hose work well for certain events and dresses, but can be a little trickier to style. Our go-to 50 denier tight is the Wolford Velvet de Luxe 50, which we also buy in knee-highs for trousers. Recently, we discovered Wolford’s Pure 50 tights, which are created to be silky soft and comfortable, and the Power Shape 50 Control tights, which shape and suck you in without digging or being restrictive. Wolford tights are very expensive but we still swear by them!

Do you have a brand of hosiery you love? Shoot us an email or tell us on Facebook!

Happy Shopping!

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Wolford Velvet de Luxe 50 in Black, $49

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Wolford Pure 50 Tights in Black, $61

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Wolford Power Shape 50 Control Top Tights in Black, $61

 

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Kyle Dunphy is a personal stylist at Real Life Style. She has been helping RLS clients look their best for over five years. You can find Kyle Dunphy and Real Life Style on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.