Help Lani DIY!

Help Lani DIY!

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… . . See what I mean? . . So I thought I’d spice it up a little! Can you believe I found this fabulous patch on Amazon? . . What do you think? Do you like the Love Potion patch on the grey Lacoste coat? Let me know! . . Remember my awesome Velvet Lily Aldridge army jacket? . . And the Day of the Dead patch I put on it? . . Do you think I should add this new Hey Gorgeous patch to the front of the army jacket? . . I also love the new Pac-Man motif happening. .   Anya Hindmarch Ghost Leather-Trimmed Shearling Backpack, $2,950 . . I really want this patch for my plain black purse! . Anya Hindmarch Ghost Leather Sticker, $75 . . Should I add my new Pac-Man patch to the sleeve of my army jacket? . . Or my plain black sweatshirt? . . Option 1: Patch at the top . . Option #2: Patch on the pocket . . Help me decide! Comment on our Facebook page or email us back. . . 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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Angelica in the City’s “30 Questions with Lani Inlander”

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

. 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! . . 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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Sparkly, Comfortable and On Sale

Sparkly, Comfortable and On Sale

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.   Kate Spade New York Carima Loafer, $174.99 on sale from $250 . . 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. Splendid Hamptyn Almond Toe Bootie, $99.97 on sale from $178 . . 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! . . 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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Pantone Color of the Year 2017: Greenery

Pantone Color of the Year 2017: Greenery

. 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. . Lacoste  |  Max Mara  |  Gucci  |  Mary Katrantzou . 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.” . . But there was one person in the crowd who was totally digging the look… . . 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. . . 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! . Turn on your JavaScript to view content . .   You can find Kyle Dunphy and Real Life Style on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, and...

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Inaugural Weekend Fashion

Inaugural Weekend Fashion

Four more years of glamour! After this current term is over, there will have been 12 years straight of a fashion forward First Lady. As far as I’m concerned, Melania can do no wrong. Powder blue Ralph Lauren cashmere with matching powder blue pumps and gloves? The fashion world was agog, paying Melania the ultimate compliment by comparing her outfit to that of Jackie O’s inauguration look. I was at first shocked by the seeming simplicity of Melania’s Inaugural Ball gown, as it wasn’t much of a gown. However, I’ve come to realize how well she was expressing her true classic/chic style in her collaboration with Hervé Pierre, the former creative director of Carolina Herrera. This time around we have the added bonus of a grown-up, fashionable first daughter, Ivanka. Her Inaugural weekend wardrobe by Carolina Herrera and Oscar de la Renta was spot on. Hopefully the general population of DC will look at these glamorous moms and decide it is time to up their clothing and style game by calling in a Personal Stylist/Personal Shopper/Image Consultant. We don’t care what you call us, Kyle and I are here to help! Love, . Melania Trump in Ralph Lauren . . Melania Trump in Reem Acra at the Candlelight Dinner the night before inauguration . . Melania at the Inaugural Ball in an Hervé Pierre gown she helped design . . Ivanka at the Inaugural Ball in Carolina Herrera . .    Kellyanne Conway in Gucci . . Michelle Obama in a red belted dress . . Michelle Obama changed into boots and added a matching red coat for the ceremony . . Lani Inlander is a personal stylist, working with clients who want to feel their best and look put-together every day. You can find her in the Washington, D.C. and New York metropolitan areas. You can find Lani Inlander and Real Life Style on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, and...

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The Stylist Studio

The Stylist Studio

The first ever session of The Stylist Studio, the only professional training for personal stylists in the DC area, is complete! There was absolutely no way my partner, Rosana of DC Style Factory, and I could have predicted what an amazing group of women we would bring together and how much fun we would all have. Kit & Ace Georgetown and Betsy Fisher were absolutely incredible hosts of our training, and it was such a pleasure to train our students using the stores’ fabulous clothing. I think everyone there would agree that the best part of the training was when trainees got to dress each other up in color and body type appropriate outfits! Click through to the group picture to see some of the great looks our graduates put together. I especially loved seeing Kyle in a cold shoulder skirt look! If you know anyone interested in becoming a personal stylist, tell them to email me at lani@real-life-style.com The next weekend-long session of The Stylist Studio will be held in June. We can’t wait! Stay tuned to The Stylist Studio Instagram account for more information. .   . . Lani Inlander is a personal stylist, working with clients who want to feel their best and look put-together every day. You can find her in the Washington, D.C. and New York metropolitan areas. You can find Lani Inlander and Real Life Style on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, and...

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