Kick Flare Jeans for Cheap

Kick Flare Jeans for Cheap

RLS is really, really excited about the kick flare denim trend. So excited in fact that we’ve brought you a multitude of options at every price point, from $35-$250. There, now you have no excuse not to at least try this trend! As a bonus, most of the kick flares have a higher waist, which is what those of us in the over 35 set are looking for in our denim. Wondering what shoes to wear with your new kick flares? A barely there sandal, cute sneakers, a mule of any kind, and chunky sandals are all good options. Not a good option? The ballet flat, which is how Old Navy decided to style their version of the kick flare in the picture below. Beware, ballet flats are best worn with your skinny jeans. Happy Shopping! . Frame Le High Flare Crop Jeans, $229 . . Rag & Bone/Jean Crop Flare, $250 . . BDG Kick Flare Cropped Jean, $64 . . Topshop Moto Vintage Wash Kick Flare Jeans, $70 . . Old Navy Flare Ankle Jeans, $34.94 . . 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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My New Competition

My New Competition

Amazon echo look, $199 . Watch the video first!!! In case you haven’t read the news recently, the so-called Amazon effect is putting a lot of retailers out of business these days. Is it also going to put personal stylists and image consultants out of business? Need to put coconut water on your shopping list? Ask Alexa. Need to know which necklace to wear with your outfit? Ask Alexa. No, seriously. With echo look, Amazon has not only included a hands free, LED light enhanced camera that takes outfit flattering pictures and videos, but also Style Check, Amazon’s answer to the personal stylist. See below. . . Want one? Well, click here to request an invitation when it is available. The echo look is so fashionable it has a virtual velvet rope! The other fabulous aspect of the echo look is that it can automatically upload your #ootd (that is Outfit of the Day for those of you who don’t know) to the cloud for you, creating your own virtual lookbook. Wondering what you wore last Thanksgiving so that you don’t repeat your favorite dress this year? Just ask Alexa. I’m thinking about getting one for the RLS office. First and foremost, we have been struggling forever to find a good way to take outfit posts ourselves. Lighting is the biggest issue. Well actually, the biggest issue is that I hate every picture that Kyle (who is great at photos!) takes of me, and rarely let her post any of them on our Instagram. If Alexa takes professional quality photos and videos that make my outfits sparkle and make me look as if I’ve lost 10 lbs, the echo look is hired. In the meantime, I’m still waiting for my invitation. Love, . . 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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Who Says A Uniform Has To Be Boring?

Who Says A Uniform Has To Be Boring?

. OBSESSED. Seriously. Who wouldn’t love a dress that was designed to be comfortable, flattering and travel friendly? This combo usually results in a big, boring mess of a dress. But imagine if this combination came in always changing, limited edition African dutch wax prints that made you happy just thinking about them? Welcome to Zuri, created by American expats and friends, Sandra Zhao and Ashley Gersh Miller, while living in Nairobi, Kenya. Oh, and did I mention the business is run with the focus of supporting the local population in a sustainable fashion? . . We’ve been talking a lot lately about the idea of a uniform, which again, usually equals sameness, resulting in wardrobe boredom for those of us who need to be inspired by our clothes. But what if you kept the same always flattering silhouette, thereby eliminating all wardrobe decisions other than which brilliant pattern shall I wear today? It is like taking out only the painful part of getting dressed (is my belly sticking out in this skirt?) and leaving all of the fun.  The brands hashtag? #justonedress . We’re here at @stfranktextiles in Palo Alto! Come by and say hi 🤗 #justonedress #heyzuri A post shared by Shop Zuri (@zurikenya) on Mar 22, 2017 at 4:48pm PDT . Do my readers know that I am obsessed with African/Indian/batik prints? I’ve always loved the idea of a western style in these exotic prints. I have a few dresses that I’ve managed to procure over the years, and even had a plain linen dress of mine copied in a gorgeous block print one of our State Department clients brought back for me from India. I’m hoping to have another one made this summer from another print I have. . . Do you love these dresses as much as me and Kyle? Do you like the idea of a fashionable uniform? Tell us what you think on the RLS Facebook page. Happy Shopping! P.S. I love that the the model is wearing our favorite Birkenstock style! I can’t wait to break out my silver ones for the season. . . 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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Words of Wisdom from André Leon Talley

Words of Wisdom from André Leon Talley

André Leon Talley on Diversity, Fashion, First Ladies — and Kellyanne Conway’s Inauguration Outfit . André Leon Talley, one of fashion’s most storied journalists and a former long-time VOGUE editor, recently sat down with journalist Tamron Hall for an in-depth discussion. Tamron called him a “black superhero.” I just see him as a “fashion superhero.”  Check out his voluminous red caftan (he is known for his caftans) which reads as his own sort of fashion superhero cape. He was and is such an important voice in fashion. As someone raised and supported by his Grandmother, a maid at Duke University in North Carolina who instilled in him a love and understanding of luxury, he used to escape into the pages of Vogue as a teen. This man knows the power of fashion to transform and transport. He does not take it lightly. Below is my favorite quote from the very quotable article I read on the interview in WWD.   “It is a moral code to dress well. Whatever your budget-you can wear a white shirt from Banana Republic and be well dressed.” -André Leon Talley   Is he saying it is a form of respect for yourself and others to dress well? And that budget is not an excuse? I think that maybe he is. What do you think? The number one thing our clients tell us they want from our personal styling/personal shopping/image consulting (whatever words you want to call it!) service, is to look and feel put together. Which brings us to my second favorite quote from Mr. Talley’s interview with Tamron Hall.   “Fashion lifts you up out of the doldrums.” -André Leon Talley   Yes, André, we know. Amazing how some people don’t see it though. We see it everyday here at RLS, which is why I’ve always said I get paid to make women feel good about themselves, not to style clothes. Oh how lucky am I?! Want to hear more words of wisdom from the venerable André Leon Talley? Check out his new SiriusXM radio show, Full-Length, on the Andy Cohen channel. . . 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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The Official List of RLS Approved T-Shirts

The Official List of RLS Approved T-Shirts

It’s the start of a new season. Time to put away those sweaters and get ready for t-shirt weather! If your tees from last season are looking worn, think about freshening up your drawers with a new batch. These are the 6 brands of t-shirts we’ve been buying ourselves and our clients the last few seasons. Our criteria for a good tee? A flattering shape that withstands normal and super-mom wear and tear. Happy Shopping! . The Everyday Basic Tee: Everlane I wear one of my six Everlane t-shirts most days of the week. The shapes are simple, the colors are beautiful, and the material holds up in the washer AND dryer. Yep, I’ve had these t-shirts for over a year and there are no holes after wearing, washing, and drying dozens of times. Even if there were holes, I wouldn’t be mad at my $18 well spent. My previous go-to tees, J.Crew vintage cotton v-necks, are still near and dear to my heart, but they did not stand the test of time. . Everlane Cotton Scoop-Neck Tee, $18 . . Everlane Cotton V, $15 . . The Casual Weekend Tee: Madewell I’d heard so many good things about the Madewell Whisper Cotton tees, but hadn’t tried them yet. Lani did the work for me this week by trying the t-shirt on a client looking for mommy weekend wear. The verdict? It was the perfect tee for her client, who was relieved they weren’t too sheer. . Madewell Whisper Cotton V-Neck Pocket Tee, $19.50 . . Your Favorite Color Tee: Halogen This t-shirt is another great everyday option. It’s less structured and more flowy than the Everlane tees, which is perfect for when you want to dress your t-shirt up. But what I love most? The 20-something color options this t-shirt comes in. . Halogen Modal Jersey V-Neck Tee, $32 . . The Elevated Blouse-Like Tee: Uniqlo Lani wrote a blog post about these t-shirts last summer, and I immediately questioned why she didn’t get me any. Luckily, Uniqlo brought the drape t-shirt back this season in a few more colors and I picked some up for myself at the new Tysons location. The shape is extremely flattering and looks amazing with jeans, trousers, or a skirt. I bought ivory and black, but I’m hooked! I want more! P.S. Lani’s still look brand new after washing on cold and hanging them dry for a year. . Uniqlo Drape Crewneck Short-Sleeve T-Shirt, $14.90 . . The Softest Tee: Kit and Ace While doing research for this blog, I discovered our holy grail Dana tee is marked down on final sale! Not only is this t-shirt made out of Kit and Ace’s high-quality,...

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Working Women of DC Rejoice, MM.LaFleur is Here

Working Women of DC Rejoice, MM.LaFleur is Here

. Do you remember when I went to the MM.LaFleur pop-up shop at the Jefferson Hotel?  Exactly a year ago, I set up an appointment to try on some of my favorite offerings from the online shop. I was beyond impressed with the quality and fit of the clothes. While there, their stylist mentioned that they were looking to set up a permanent DC location (because let’s be honest, no other city so desperately needs attractive professional clothing). And on March 15th, after eight pop-ups in DC, they’ve opened the showroom at 1424 K St NW, one block from the McPherson Square metro. . . The Washington Post review of the new showroom accurately describes the difficulty of shopping for business attire in today’s retail landscape. “Mid-price stalwarts such as Ann Taylor and Banana Republic seem to be operating with a broken fashion compass. Department stores are chasing hard after shinier objects, trying to win over millennials with trendy casual clothes.” And the number one reason why most of our clients shop at places like Ann Taylor? “It’s across the street from my office,” they say as they ambivalently hold up last season’s worn-to-death blouse. MM.LaFleur knows this too well, as the Post further explains that “the way to get into the closets of Washington’s overscheduled lawyers, government contractors and nonprofit executives isn’t via a posh storefront in Georgetown or Tysons Corner. Instead, plant the store in their natural habitat, so they can dash in on the way home from a client meeting or when they have a spare hour before a networking event.” Lani and I haven’t made it into a store yet, but based off our experience shopping online for our clients, it sounds like this showroom will be heaven for DC women. Ready to try it for yourself? Make an appointment with a stylist! The stylists in the showroom can pull recommendations for you, or pull any pieces you have your eye on already. Don’t have time for an in-person appointment? You can still order a bento box free of charge. A stylist will pick 4-6 pieces based on your body type, style, and needs and ship them to you. You’re only billed for what you decide to keep. Shop our new and our old favorites online below. Happy Shopping, . . MM.LaFleur Alex 2.0 in Slant Stripe, $345 . . MM.LaFleur Didion 3.0 Top in Birch, $145 . . MM.LaFleur Gibson Blazer in Black, $225 . . MM.LaFleur Lin Top in Ivory, $190 . . MM.LaFleur Tory 3.0 Dress in Black, $265 . . MM.LaFleur Woolf Jardigan in Navy, $195 . . You can find Kyle Dunphy and Real Life Style on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, and...

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