A Must Read for Back to Work After Baby

A Must Read for Back to Work After Baby

. Lori Mihalich Levin’s book, Back to Work After Baby: How to Plan and Navigate a Mindful Return from Maternity Leave, should be required reading for all new mamas. Mom of two and creator of Mindful Return, an e-course and blog for moms heading back to work after baby, this woman knows her subject. I encourage you to purchase multiple copies for baby gifts. (Full disclosure: your’s truly is quoted in the book about after-baby fashion.) What I find interesting is that Lori mentions more than once that she was able to feel her way through the return to work after her first child, but it was the second one that really put her over the edge. (Aside: Oh my do I concur!) My point is, this book is good for all new mamas, not just first-timers. My boys are 3 and 5 and I found so many useful nuggets of information in the book that apply even now. Please support yourself and a local DC author by buying yourself a copy of this book on Amazon Prime right now. The book is also available on Kindle.  One of my favorite quotes is about what does and doesn’t “have” to get done in the house. Can you believe I used to spend an hour every morning after I dropped Max off at childcare straightening my apartment? And that I couldn’t go to sleep with dishes in the sink? Oh the sleep I could have gotten! You smarten up when the second one comes, if only because you literally do not have the time to adhere to your neat freak ways. The only solution, which is not an option for most of us, is to hire someone to be in your house 24/7 to clean up the constant messes. If you want to get over your OCD neatness, have children. Trust me, it works. Don’t just take my word for it, see what Dana Bash of CNN has to say about Back to Work After Baby. “This book is what every new mother needs, but just doesn’t know it. It is a must-read for practical reasons, with invaluable coping tips, and for emotional reasons, reminding us women that we are not alone. There is a sisterhood out there, and Lori’s book gives permission and a path to tap into it. Bravo!” – Dana Bash, CNN Chief Political Correspondent Have you read Lori’s book? What did you think? Happy Reading! . . 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...

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Reset your Wardrobe. Reset your Life.

Reset your Wardrobe. Reset your Life.

Looking for reasonably priced, simple but chic clothes that will take you from work to school event? The why behind The Reset’s clothing line is this: “We were tired of chasing trends and styles that looked bad, clogged our closets and cost too much. So we created R|Label, a simple line of clothes that’s easy to wear, flattering, and affordable.”  I am not going to argue with that premise! While you are shopping, you should also check out the site, meant to be a digital homebase for a new generation of women who are choosing to do things differently and create their own reset. I’m going to stop chatting now because, really, the clothes do all the talking. Happy Shopping! P.S. I’m loving the silk blazer! . R Label Cocoon Sweater, $145 . . R Label Perfect Moto, $185 . . R Label Open Silk Blazer, $165 . . R Label Silk Caftan Dress, $155 . . R Label Silk Tee, $115 . . R Label Silk Trench, $185 . . 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...

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Larissa Loden, Edgy but Affordable Jewelry

Larissa Loden, Edgy but Affordable Jewelry

Raise your hand if you’d love to know about an off-the-radar, edgy but affordable jewelry designer that you won’t see on everyone else? Yeah, me too! Mr. Real Life Style loves me so much that while his friends were doing other things he might have found more interesting, he accompanied me to the American Swedish Institute (more on this next week!) in the pouring rain, when we were in Minneapolis for a wedding last weekend. Not only did he accompany me through The Weather Diaries, the West-Nordic fashion exhibit at the museum, he also discovered local designer Larissa Loden’s delicate jewelry in the chic gift shop. Her tagline is Elegance with an Edge, and she is true to her word. We suggest you make an order, stat. Scroll down to see the pieces Mr. Real Life Style helped me choose, as well as Kyle’s favorites. However, I encourage you to go to the website to scroll through the pages of interesting necklaces, earrings, and bracelets.  She even makes custom area code and map pieces. We hope you love Larissa’s pieces as much as we do! Happy Shopping! . Lani’s Necklaces . Larissa Loden Inception Necklace, $34 . . Larissa Loden Araya Necklace, $34 . . Larissa Loden Pirouette Necklace in Black, $34 . . Kyle’s Favorites . Larissa Loden Fringe Necklace, $36 . . Larissa Loden Waves Necklace in Rainbow Jade, $54 . . Larissa Loden Spined Spike Earrings, $30 . . Larissa Loden Entomologist Necklace, $68 . . Larissa Loden Georgia Earrings in Snowflake Obsidian, $34 . . Larissa Loden Black Drops Necklace, $32 . . Larissa Loden Labradorite Bar Drop Earrings, $34 . . Larissa Loden Large Brass Tiger Head Necklace, $13.50 . . 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...

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Packing 101: How to Create a Better Travel Experience

Packing 101: How to Create a Better Travel Experience

Sometimes a blog post just begs to be written. Like when multiple people ask you to write a post about packing in the span of a few weeks. I was just about to tackle it when I received a fabulous packing blog in my inbox. Fortunately, it was from my friend Rachel Rosenthal of Rachel Company, an oft-quoted professional organizer. And lucky for you, she agreed to let us share her packing wisdom on the RLS blog. Bon Voyage! . . Packing is not a fun task, but–similar to organizing–when you create a system to help get the job done you are not only going to cut down on the time it takes to get ready for a trip, but you’ll also spare yourself the stress, second-guessing, and overstuffing that is commonly associated with it. In this post, I share my tips and tricks to create a better travel experience and how to (realistically) improve the functionality of your closet. Create a packing list. I don’t know about you, but I rely on lists to reference in every aspect of my life and the same goes for when I’m packing. I have found it helpful to have a base packing list for every trip that you go on that includes your “must haves”, and then adapt as needed depending on the climate or activities that you will be doing on your trip. Here’s a packing list to help you get started, and a blank version if you want to start from scratch and customize based on your needs. Plan your outfits in advance. Try on your full outfits (yes, even the shoes and accessories) so that you aren’t over-packing and to reduce the guesswork (or failed outfit attempts) during your travels. And remember: you don’t need nearly as many options as you may think! Pack exactly the amount of items that you need then throw in a versatile extra (like a top) in the off chance that something goes awry with your planned choices. Want to make the most out of your options? Choose one color family (black, brown, grey) and pack versatile pieces that you can mix and match. Choose travel clothing wisely. Choose flexible, breathable clothing that can be layered to make yourself not only comfortable on the plane, but also prepare you for any temperature changes. This is a great opportunity to save space in your suitcase by wearing your heaviest articles of clothing and shoes. Since you can’t control the temperature on board make sure to bring a couple of essential layers for the inevitable chilly moments. Thick socks are great to slide on after you board (or opt for compression socks to help with circulation), and...

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True Confessions of a Personal Stylist

True Confessions of a Personal Stylist

I lied to you. Seriously. I tell my friends, clients and blog readers to pick a date by which they want to fit into their pre-baby or other weight gain/body change happening clothes, and stick to it. If the clothes don’t fit by that date, away they go. I’ve also told you that even if you are hanging onto clothing that doesn’t currently fit, you should review it every season to make sure you still want to hang onto it. It is amazing how out of style your “favorites” will look to you after sitting in a bin for 5 years, or even 2. So this is where I really tell you the down and dirty. I had a bin of clothes that pretty much hadn’t fit me since I became pregnant after my first year of marriage, 6 years ago. With every pregnancy I would rotate my bins of clothes, always ending up with one bin for each season labeled “Too Small”. I managed to either fit into or give away everything in the “Too Small Fall” bin a few years ago. However, I couldn’t seem to let go of the “Too Small Spring” bin, even after my youngest (James) turned 2 in 2015. I mean, if they didn’t fit by then, when were they supposed to start fitting? The super bad part is that I was so sure the clothes in this bin were too small, that I wouldn’t even open it! I stashed it at the top of our office closet (sorry Kyle!) and tried to forget it was there. . The bins that have held my treasured “too small” clothes all this time . Then…miracle of miracles…I finally lost some weight recently. Just in time for spring. It wasn’t much, but I figure it is as good as it is going to get with 2 kids and my own biz. This meant the day of reckoning for “the box” had come. And just like my clients, I hadn’t even remembered half the stuff that was in there! Why did I save an H&M tank top for 6 years? It was the perfect thing for a few skirts I had at the time but is certainly not age appropriate now and looked worn on top of that. I edited about half the box, put a quarter of it back in my closet (it fit!), and “archived” 3 or 4 dresses that I wore for wedding events and wasn’t ready to get rid of yet. Maybe they will fit again one day, maybe they won’t. But I promise I’ll review the idea of keeping them every year. I mean it this time! Do you forgive me? Are...

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Avant Garde at the Met Gala

Avant Garde at the Met Gala

“Just how many celebrities have the guts to wear Comme des Garçons on the red carpet?” I’m stealing that opening line from the Women’s Wear Daily coverage on the Met Ball because it was the same question I had before getting a peak at the looks Tuesday morning. This year’s Met exhibit from The Costume Institute honors Rei Kawakubo, the founder and designer of Comme des Garçons. This is only the second exhibition that covers only one living designer’s work, the last being Yves Saint Laurent in 1983. The Met Gala is the annual fundraising event for The Costume Institute, and this year the invitation called for avant garde attire. Yet many of the attendees barely broke out of their comfort zone. I mean, why wouldn’t you take the opportunity to rock a piece of crazy beautiful, wearable art? This is the one time of the year where it is completely accepted encouraged. Check out this W Magazine article for pictures of the 9 celebrities bold enough to wear Comme des Garçons.  My favorite? Tracee Ellis Ross won my heart in this amazing cobalt blue dress. . . . Rihanna, who has been deemed a Met Gala Queen, wore the most dramatic Comme des Garçons dress with humongous 3D flowers. I could do without the thigh-high strappy sandals, which took her an hour to get into, but I love her makeup. . . . Model Anna Cleveland is no stranger to Comme des Garçons garments; she’s walked the runway for the brand for the past two years. This deconstructed suit complete with hundred of white bows was part of their Fall 2015 collection. You can read more about her relationship with Rei Kawakubo in this Vogue article. . . . Caroline Kennedy wore this floral look from Comme des Garçons Fall 2016 collection, the same collection Rihanna pulled from. I think she is one of the only people who could pull off this look with such grace and poise. . . . Of those not wearing Comme des Garçons, below are my favorite looks. Which one was your favorite? . . Ruth Negga in Valentino . . Solange Knowles in Thom Browne . . Evan Rachel Wood in Altuzarra . . Rami Malek in Dior Homme . . You can find Kyle Dunphy and Real Life Style on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, and...

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