An Update On My Favorite Splendid Booties

Posted by on February 25, 2017 in Blog

Remember the blog on my favorite new sparkly shoes? Well…I was a bit overwhelmed by the response of my dear readers, especially to the champagne colored Hamptyn Splendid booties. A few of you were disappointed you didn’t jump on the Nordstrom Rack sale sooner, so we’ve done some more research to find them for you at an awesome price from other retailers. And, ahem, look what arrived for me today from Amazon…I’d been trying to replace a pair of light grey booties that died a few seasons ago and so I just couldn’t resist the Amazon sale on the Hamptyn bootie…And then I hopped over to the sale on Splendid and bought them in black snake too! If you are going to shop the Splendid sale, reminder that they are FINAL SALE, and that you will only be able to see all of the colors available if you search “Hamptyn” on the site.

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PS If you need a flatter bootie, see the Petunia style too!

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Splendid Hamptyn Boot, $89

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Splendid Hamptyn Bootie, $89 on Splendid

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Splendid Petunia Bootie, as low as $35.99 on Amazon

 

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.

Spring 2017 Nail Polish Trends

Posted by on February 23, 2017 in Blog

Come on people, you know this weather is not going to last. This is why we are giving you the Spring Trend blogs in a very particular order this year.  First up is nails, because you can take advantage of these trends regardless of the weather. Next up is accessories, because it always takes a while to find the perfect shoe or bag for the season. And by the time we get to clothes, we hope it isn’t snowing in April!

Back to nails. The three major trends we are seeing this season are pastels, metallics and brights. Kyle, the RLS nail guru, has picked her favorite hues for each of these categories. Keep reading. I would trust her if I were you.

By the way, did you know that you could make your own nail polish? Join us at Washington Hebrew’s Ladies Night Out with  Kate Friedman, the author of Mother, Can You Not? and her mother, Kim, on March 16th for free fashion advice and to make your own nail polish in the latest spring colors. Click here for more details on the fun and to buy tickets. Did I mention the Champagne bar?

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Lela Rose  |  Paul Costelloe  |  Jil Sander

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Pastels are back for spring, so bust out your petal pinks and lavenders. If you’re ready to try a new pastel, paint on a peach shade. It’s safe for work because it reads as a neutral, but the orangey hue will feel fresh for the new season.

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Deborah Lippmann Peaches and Cream, $20

Smith and Cult Ghost Edit, $18

OPI Chillin’ Like A Villain, $9

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Pale Grey

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Marc Jacobs  |  Brock  |  Tibi

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Grey is another sophisticated neutral for spring, whether you gravitate towards purple-grey, blue-grey or taupe. I just bought the new grey OPI below, “I Can Never Hut Up,” and I’m so excited to try it this spring. It looks slightly minty in this picture because it has a green shimmer, but it’s actually very subtle on.

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OPI I Can Never Hut Up, $9

Smith and Cult Subnormal, $18

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored, $18

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Desigual  |  Marchesa  |  3.1 Phillip Lim

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Metallics have been surging in popularity this year, especially with the recent chrome nails trend. I especially love rose gold and pewter polishes. At Marchesa, the nail artist used Zoya “Claudine,” which is seriously calling my name.

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Zoya Claudine, $10

Nails Inc Kings Cross Road, $15

OPI Worth a Pretty Penne, $10

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Bold Cobalt

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Novis  |  Mugler  |  DKNY

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Cobalt nail polish is such a great option for spring. You can choose a deeper navy, like at Mugler, or a teal-toned shade, like at DKNY where they are wearing Jinsoon “Beau.” However, if you love bright colors for spring, Essie “Butler Please” is the exact tone of the blue in Novis’s gorgeous nail art.

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JINsoon Beau, $18

OPI Super Trop-i-cal-i-Fiji-istic, $10

Essie Butler Please, $9

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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.

Katy Perry Collections: Stars, Cars, and More

Posted by on February 18, 2017 in Blog

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Katy Perry is hands down my favorite pop star, for many many reasons. One is, of course, her “balls-to-the-wall” quirky sense of style. So this week, when I wasn’t pressing repeat on her new single, I was stalking her brand new shoe collection. There are three collections released in her first season: Sole-estial, Pump Up The Jam, and Hav’ana Good Time.

I love so many of the styles, and coincidentally my favorite pairs were named after some of Katy’s (and my) favorite people. There’s a sequin sneaker named after Lena Dunham and a clear block heel pump named after Alison Williams, two of the stars from the show Girls. But the shoe I’m really lusting after? The Hillary, named after Katy’s BFF Hillary Clinton.

Take a look and tell us what you think. I’ll update you once I get my first pair!

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Katy Perry Collections “The Anne,” $109

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Katy Perry Collections “The A.W.,” $119

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Katy Perry Collections “The Heart,” $99

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Katy Perry Collections “The Julia,” $109

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Katy Perry Collections “The Lauren,” $119 

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Katy Perry Collections “The Lena,” $129

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Katy Perry Collections “The Margot,” $100

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Katy Perry Collections “The Mary,” $99

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Katy Perry Collections “The Mia,” $139

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Katy Perry Collections “The Peace,” $99

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Katy Perry Collection “The Shannon,” $129

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Katy Perry Collections “The Stella,” $139

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You can find Kyle Dunphy and Real Life Style on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

Every Designer is Making a Version of This Gucci Shoe

Posted by on February 15, 2017 in Blog

You can stop wondering about the latest trend in footwear right now. The mule is back! Speaking of, I had the most fantastic pair of nude patent kitten heel mules from Miu Miu the last time they were in. But I digress…

A client asked us if she should just go ahead and get the Gucci loafer mules or a different option. Our first thought? What a great idea for a blog post! If you love the Gucci versions and can spend the money, go for it. Otherwise, scroll past the Gucci options below and check out some of our other favorite styles. I was thrilled to see that my super comfy metallic Kate Spade loafer is available in mule form too. Are you more rocker chic? There is one for you too. Start scrolling!

Happy Shopping!

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Gucci Princetown Loafer Mule, $695

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Gucci Princetown Genuine Shearling Loafer Mule, $1,190

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Gucci Princetown Mule Loafer, $750

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Gucci Princetown Genuine Fur Loafer Mule, $995

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Gucci Princetown Genuine Shearling Loafer Mule, $995

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Aquatalia Stella Weatherproof Loafer Mule, $395

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Vince Camuto Kaylana Loafer Mule, $99.95

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Free People At Ease Loafer Mule, $98

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Jeffrey Campbell Ravis Faux Fur Mule, $125

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Sam Edelman Paris Backless Tassel Loafer, $129.95

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Adrianna Papell Pam Studded Mule, $104.95

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Manolo Blahnik Elle Loafer Mule, $745

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Kate Spade New York Cece Mule, $238

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Frye Gwen Mule, $197.95

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Pedro Garcia Yanko Mule, $430

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Stuart Weitzman Slidealong Slide Loafer, $425

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AGL Penny Slide Loafer, $340

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Jeffrey Campbell Apfel Flower Tassel Loafer Mules, $154.95

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Louise et Cie Bylot Twist Mule, $119.95

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Dolce Vita Maura Studded Backless Loafer, $139.95

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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.

5 Jewelry Brands to Gift for Valentine’s Day

Posted by on February 12, 2017 in Accessories, Blog

It has been awhile since we’ve done a big jewelry round up for you, and what better occasion than Valentine’s Day? Forward this blog to a special someone, buy yourself something for the holiday or just because, or just bookmark it for a later occasion. Either way, we think you deserve it!

Happy Shopping!

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Monica Vinader

Everytime we see Monica Vinader’s jewelry, we’re shocked at the reasonable prices. The brand’s goal is open up a new category between fashion and fine jewelry, believing that women will buy the jewelry for themselves, as opposed to waiting for someone else. Her designs have been worn by Emma Watson, Olivia Palermo, and Kate Middleton.

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Monica Vinader Riva Diamond Hoop Ring, $250

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Monica Vinader Riva Diamond Circle Earrings, $425

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Monica Vinader Siren Medium Stacking Ring, $150

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Monica Vinader Fiji Evil Eye Toggle Bracelet, $595

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Monica Vinader Marie Pendant with 17″ Chain, $265

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Alex Monroe

London-based designer Alex Monroe makes the most adorable delicate jewelry inspired by flora and fauna. PS. Now is the time to order from London, as the pound is currently only 1.25 dollars! I was loving Alex Monroe’s jewelry at Liberty of London!

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Alex Monroe Duke Burgundy & Tsavorite Cluster Hook Earrings, £270.00

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Alex Monroe Baby Bee Necklace, £132.00

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Alex Monroe Honeybee Cufflinks, £195.00

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Alex Monroe Daisy Wreath Ring, £195.00

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Alex Monroe Peacock Feather Necklace, £132.00

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Alex Monroe Chrysanthemum Flower Earrings, £135.00

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Faris

Faris’s designs are funky, geometric, sculptural pieces that are created in Seattle. For those looking for the everyday artful jewelry, this line is for you!

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Faris Droplet Studs, $395

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Faris Luro Necklace, $135

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Faris Nica Earrings, $225

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Faris Cutout Necklace, $175

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Faris Sliver Necklace, $165

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Mociun

This fine jewelry line based out of Brooklyn makes the most beautiful clusters of diamonds and gemstones. We are super obsessed with watermelon tourmaline here at RLS. Scroll down for a stunning example.

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Mociun Peach Sapphire Cluster Earrings, $2,395

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Mociun Watermelon Tourmaline & Diamond Necklace, $2,835

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Mociun Small Black Diamond Dot Hoops, $3,425

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Mociun Luna Cluster Ring, $2,830

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Local Eclectic

Local Eclectic is amazing for finding indie jewelry designers that make truly unique styles at really great price points. I can’t get over the hand necklace!

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Leah Alexandra Black Garnet Multi-Stone Ear Climbers, $130

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Dea Dia Vertical Pyrite Necklace, $58

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Merewif Wink Earrings With Opal, $75

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Morphe Jewelry Constellation Ring, $312

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Eyland Jewelry Magritte Necklace, $68

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Which are your favorite pieces? Let us know 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.

Blue is the New Black

Posted by on February 9, 2017 in Blog

Blue is the new black, didn’t you know? The blue tuxedo is officially “a thing.” It used to be that only the most fashion forward of men messed with the classic black tuxedo. I’m not going to say that anything goes now, but you will hardly be looked at askance if you decide to shake things up a little by going blue.

We’ve been doing our blue tuxedo research for a client for a good month now and thought, why not share it with our dear readers? Would you let your husband go blue? Let us know on Facebook!

Happy shopping!

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Boss Hugo Boss Haakon/Grady Virgin Wool Tuxedo, $1,095

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Canali Textured Peak Regular Fit Tuxedo, $2,090

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J.Crew Ludlow Tuxedo in Italian Wool, $790

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Suitsupply Navy Plain Tuxedo, $639

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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.

Help Lani DIY!

Posted by on February 5, 2017 in Blog

Hey peeps! I have some new patches and I need your help figuring out where to put them.

Remember my last DIY coat, the black one with the gorgeous Hamsa on the back? I’ve been wearing it this season to great acclaim, which has made my plain grey Lacoste coat just seem so plain…

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See what I mean?

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So I thought I’d spice it up a little! Can you believe I found this fabulous patch on Amazon?

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What do you think? Do you like the Love Potion patch on the grey Lacoste coat? Let me know!

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Remember my awesome Velvet Lily Aldridge army jacket?

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And the Day of the Dead patch I put on it?

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Do you think I should add this new Hey Gorgeous patch to the front of the army jacket?

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I also love the new Pac-Man motif happening.

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Anya Hindmarch Ghost Leather-Trimmed Shearling Backpack, $2,950

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I really want this patch for my plain black purse!

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Anya Hindmarch Ghost Leather Sticker, $75

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Should I add my new Pac-Man patch to the sleeve of my army jacket?

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Or my plain black sweatshirt?

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Option 1: Patch at the top

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Option #2: Patch on the pocket

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Help me decide! Comment on our Facebook page or email us back.

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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.

Angelica in the City’s “30 Questions with Lani Inlander”

Posted by on February 2, 2017 in Blog, Press

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If you have the patience to read my interview on Angelica In the City, a major lifestyle blog in the DMV, please click here! And if you don’t, you should still check out her fabulous posts on health, fitness and traveling in style with kids. Angelica is also a lovely person, a good friend and fellow mompreneur.

Enjoy!
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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.

Sparkly, Comfortable and On Sale

Posted by on January 26, 2017 in Accessories, Blog

I love to joke that when anyone says, “These shoes are so comfortable!”, about an actually attractive pair of shoes, I usually roll my eyes. Having had foot surgery and working in a job that requires me to be on my feet a lot has made me quite the skeptic. One of our clients has been swearing by the Kate Spade Carima loafer for a few years now so we’ve slowly been adding more styles into her wardrobe. I happened upon the Carima in silver (and on sale!) the other day and decided to try it. Aaah. This is what my feet told me when I slipped the shoes on. Seriously, I heard them. Aaah. The ball of the foot is seriously padded and every inch of leather inside and out is like butter.

 

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Kate Spade New York Carima Loafer, $174.99 on sale from $250

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Speaking of cute and comfortable, the shopping gods were with me that day. I also found the Splendid gold boots below on sale, in my size, and oh so comfortable. They too have a very padded footbed and a roomy toe box. Are designers finally getting the memo that we want to be cute and comfortable? I came home and threw away my super worn out gold Cole Haan ankle boots, satisfied that I had finally replaced them.

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Splendid Hamptyn Almond Toe Bootie, $99.97 on sale from $178

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Now I am trying to resist buying them in 3 other colors, as they are all on sale at Nordstrom Rack. Let your fingers do the walking and order yourself a pair!

Happy Shopping!

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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.

Pantone Color of the Year 2017: Greenery

Posted by on January 23, 2017 in Blog, Clothing, Trends

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Greenery. Pantone describes the color as “refreshing and revitalizing,” “a life-affirming shade,” “illustrative of flourishing foliage,” and “nature’s neutral.” The color of the year is a symbolic selection that serves as an expression of our current global culture. This year, Pantone explains that  “greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose. The more submerged people are in modern life, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world.”

I love that this yellow-green shade is bright, uplifting, and positive; it’s a welcome transition from last year’s mellow icy colors. While this particular shade of green is slightly jarring to wear, it’s similar to and mixes well with olive and military green. Greenery also works well in prints, such as the palm leaf print that has been trendy recently. See Max Mara’s combination of forestry and athleisure below.

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Lacoste  |  Max Mara  |  Gucci  |  Mary Katrantzou

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Funny story! Gucci’s creative director Alessandro Michele has embraced green in his collections for spring (check out our post to see/try to understand his androgynous aesthetic). The first look to go down his spring 2017 men’s show was this double breasted green trench over a ruffled blouse with pink shorts and knee-high socks . I immediately thought, “wow that looks SO strange.”

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But there was one person in the crowd who was totally digging the look

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And that person was Jared Leto. Who then totally rocked the look at the Suicide Squad premiere. How hilarious is that!? Of course, he is the new face of the Gucci campaigns.

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Beyond Pantone’s choice of color, I think 2017 is going to be a real movement back to brights.  Minimalism has been big during this decade, but something about this year’s spring runway felt different.  Take a look at Balenciaga’s creepily exaggerated runway show. Ignoring some of the crazy silhouettes, I love the bold orange, purple and pink colors. And while I acknowledging that spring shows typically bring more color than fall shows, Harper’s Bazaar listed bright pink as a spring trend and Elle listed yellow.

Are you ready to embrace bold colors? Shop our Greenery picks below. What do you think of Pantone’s description of Greenery? Let us know on our Facebook!

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You can find Kyle Dunphy and Real Life Style on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.