5 Signs You Need a Personal Stylist

5 Signs You Need a Personal Stylist

A misconception about our clientele has recently come to my attention. I’ve had a few people tell me that someone wouldn’t be an appropriate client because he or she was “too fashionable.” Let’s not discriminate! Just because you are fashionable doesn’t mean you have the time or the inclination to organize your closet, do ALL of your own shopping, switch your wardrobe out for the season, and take pictures of perfectly coordinated, put-together looks yourself.  It is okay for both the fashion-forward and the fashion-averse to ask for help. We thought we’d help you out by giving your our list of 5 Signs You Need a Personal Stylist. Do you or someone you know need a personal stylist? Keep reading to find out. . 5  Signs You Need a Personal Stylist . 1. You spend 45+ minutes putting together an outfit. . . It’s date night and your partner is pacing impatiently by the front door while you frantically flail around your closet, trying to figure out what to wear. At the end of this exercise, there is a pile of  clothing on the bed and you are still unhappy with your outfit. Sound like you? This is why our service is such a popular gift from spouses! . . 2. You are always reaching for the same few items. . . Do you ignore 80% of your wardrobe? Most people only wear 20% of what is in their closet, so you are not alone. A personal stylist makes sure that every item in your closet is something you love and feel good in. No more old rejects clogging up your closet space. Can I tell you a secret? Most of what we take out of client’s closets they were rarely wearing. Don’t be afraid of the empty space. Filling up our closets with imperfect clothing costs us time, money, and stress. Stop the madness and hire a personal stylist to solve your biggest wardrobe dilemmas. . . 3. You feel nauseous by the very idea of shopping. . . If the mere thought of shopping makes you want to hide under your bed, it’s time to hire someone to do it for you…and do it right! Shopping does not have to be overwhelming. Instead of wandering the aisles overwhelmed, you could have a fitting room filled (by us) with your wants and needs, ready and waiting for you upon arrival at the store. . . 4. You have no time (or take no time) for yourself. . . Do you consider grocery shopping alone your “me” time? If so, it’s time to treat yourself that is both practical and just for you: an appointment with a personal stylist! Have...

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When Designers and Artists Collide

When Designers and Artists Collide

As you may or may not know, I focused my college studies on visual arts and art history. Now that I work for a fashion company, nothing excites me more than when fashion and art merge (which is often). So, you can imagine my enthusiasm when, just this week, TWO designer brands launched capsule collections in collaboration with contemporary artists! Naturally, I had to share the news with the RLS readership. What do you think of these collaborations? Is there an artist/designer collaboration you hope to see? Tell us on Facebook! Happy Shopping!   . p.s. If you’re interested in seeing my own artwork, check out my Instagram account! (Okay, my shameless plug is over, return to reading!) . Masters LV x Jeff Koons . Louis Vuitton and contemporary artist Jeff Koons teamed up in April to create a collection of handbags inspired by Koons’s series “Gazing Ball Paintings,” his own reproductions of famous works of art: “In choosing works which themselves consciously referenced paintings of the past, Koons’s ‘Gazing Ball’ series of paintings placed the artist within a chain of influence and inspiration that runs through the history of Western art” (read the rest of this article here). Interesting, right? The original collection featured Koons’s work inspired by Leonardo da Vinci, Peter Paul Rubens, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Vincent van Gogh, and Titian (the latter is no longer available). On October 12, the collection added five more paintings to the collection after Claude Monet, Édouard Manet, Paul Gauguin, François Boucher, and J.M.W. Turner. Each painting is printed onto multiple purse styles, and printed on the insides are biographies and pictures of the original artists with Koons’s signature. The prices for each purse are not listed on the website; instead, there’s a button suggesting you “Call for Inquiry.” So, if you’re interested in buying yourself one of these amazing bags, you’ll have to find out the price for yourself! But knowing Louis Vuitton, they won’t be cheap… Masters LV x Koons Speedy 30 in Monet Masters LV x Koons Montaigne MM in Manet Masters LV x Koons NéoNé0 in Gauguin Masters LV x Koons Neverfull MM in Boucher Masters LV x Koons Pochette Metis in Turner Masters LV x Koons Chain Bag in da Vinci Masters LV x Koons Palm Springs in Rubens Masters LV x Koons Clutch in Fragonard Masters LV x Koons Keepall 50 in Van Gogh . . Gucci x Unskilled Worker . Just when you thought Gucci couldn’t get any quirkier, they teamed up with “Unskilled Worker” for the ultimate quirky capsule collection! U.K. artist Helen Downie, known as Unskilled Worker, acquired a large following on Instagram where she shares her eccentric paintings of wide-eyed, large-headed figures. The subjects’ weird, blank stares, paired with fantastical clothing...

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Go Bananas for Banana Republic’s New Collection

Go Bananas for Banana Republic’s New Collection

I’ve never seen The City (a spin-off of MTV’s famous reality show The Hills). So, I had no idea who Olivia Palermo was until I came across a blurb in People magazine detailing her collaboration with Banana Republic. As it turns out, the former reality TV star is Banana Republic’s global ambassador and recently launched an amazing capsule collection with the brand. Lani and Kyle are apparently long-time admirers of Palermo’s style. Maybe RLS should start a fan club? I usually associate Banana Republic with classic, straight-forward looks, but the Banana Republic x Olivia Palermo collection is pretty bold (sometimes even verging on avant-garde). As I browsed the collection, I kept asking myself, “How would I wear these pieces?” Scroll on down to see what I came up with! The collection manages to incorporate a lot of ideas while still remaining pretty cohesive (an admirable feat). I’ve highlighted the three major style motifs I observed while checking out the collection: military influence, ruffle details, and pleats. With this collection, you truly get a designer value at a contemporary price point. I think there’s something for everyone in this collection, whether you prefer to stick to more classic looks or aim to turn heads. It all depends on how you work it! Happy Shopping!   . Military Might Banana Republic x Olivia Palermo Belted Military Jacket in Navy, $198 Banana Republic x Olivia Palermo Italian Melton Wool-Blend Long Military Coat, $398 Banana Republic x Olivia Palermo Brocade Military Jacket, $348 (currently out of stock) Banana Republic x Olivia Palermo Italian Melton Wool-Blend Military Coat in Black, $348 . . Banana Republic x Olivia Palermo Belted Military Jacket in Navy, $198 Alice and Olivia Slim Garrison Mock Neck Top, $165 L’Agence Chantal Low-Rise Skinny Jeans, $225 1.STATE Saffy Block Heel Pump, $89.95 MICHAEL Michael Kors Medium Newbury Leather Tote, $398 $238.80 Zoë Chicco Diamond Bezel Stud Earrings, $400 . . Ruffle Rampage Banana Republic x Olivia Palermo Ruffle Accent Topcoat, $198 Banana Republic x Olivia Palermo Herringbone Ruffle Cape, $228 Banana Republic x Olivia Palermo Ruffled Bomber Jacket, $168 Banana Republic x Olivia Palermo Ruffle Waist Top, $98 . . Banana Republic x Olivia Palermo Ruffle Accent Topcoat, $198 Roland Mouret Mortimer Cotton-Blend Crepe Skinny Pants, $700 Cuyana Scoop Silk Tank in Black, $135 BCBG Heidi Pump in Black Leather, $88.95 Whiting & Davis Color Block Mesh Box Clutch in Black Multi, $90 Monica Vinader Siren Semiprecious Stone Drop Earrings in Moonstone/Rose Gold, $195 . . Plethora of Pleats Banana Republic x Olivia Palermo Pleated Bell-Sleeve Top in Cayenne, $78 Banana Republic x Olivia Palermo Pleated Off-the-Shoulder Maxi Dress in Seaweed, $148 Banana Republic x Olivia Palermo Pleated Wrap Skirt in Gold Lichen, $78 Banana...

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The Ingredients of a Great Outfit

The Ingredients of a Great Outfit

What makes a great outfit and how do you put one together when your personal stylist isn’t around to help you? Keep reading to find out! . RLS’s Recipe for a Great Outfit . 1. Well-Fitting, Flattering Pieces Are you wearing the right pieces for you? Know your most flattering neckline, skirt-length, and pant-shape. Make sure your pants and sleeves are hemmed to the correct length. Other people can’t tell how much your clothes cost, but they can tell how well they fit. It is better to have one pair of perfectly fitting black pants than five mediocre ones. If you are petite or have a large bust, switching from a crew-neck to a v-neck top will add length to your silhouette and give you more of a waist. For some, switching from a wider leg to a skinny leg pant will give the illusion of height and more balanced proportions. . 2. A Good Base Piece Do you have a perfect sheath dress, brightly-colored blazer, or black pant you can always count on when you’re in a pinch? Having a staple set of well-made, well-fitting pieces that can form the basis of most of your outfits will cut down on wardrobe confusion and increase your confidence. . 3. The Right Color Palette What are the colors that look best on you? The right color palette will make your skin glow and your eyes sparkle. Did you know that there are many shades of red? An orange-red looks best on warm skin tones, while a blue-red looks best on cooler skin tones. If you have a hard time figuring out your best colors, stick with universally-flattering jewel tones such as cobalt blue, purple, ruby red, and emerald green. . 4. A Modern Shoe that’s in Good Shape Have you been wearing the same black pump for the last three years? It is time for a refresh! Pick up a magazine, read this blog, or walk around the shoe floor at a department store to check out the latest footwear silhouettes. Right now, we suggest buying a block or kitten heel and shelving anything with a platform. . 5. An Interesting or Personal Detail Start a conversation with your earrings! Or maybe your shoes or necklace. Try a top or jacket with an interesting detail on the back, or wear a burgundy bootie with your outfit instead of basic black. Pick one element of your outfit and give it a twist. Have you ever heard of the concept of a “third” piece? Adding a bold accessory, vest, or jacket will complete your look, lending it that “put-together” element every women wants! . And finally, keep up with the trends! Your...

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Chic Shoes to Wear in Rain or Shine

Chic Shoes to Wear in Rain or Shine

As winter and its wet weather creeps toward us, you’re probably wondering how to approach seasonal shoe shopping: “Do I really want to buy cute suede booties when they’ll just end up getting destroyed in the rain or snow? What will happen to my nice work heels if I accidentally step in a puddle?” Turns out, you don’t have to exchange your booties and heels for rain boots and snow boots. There are actually several brands that offer cute shoes designed to withstand the elements. This blog features RLS’s three favorite waterproof shoe brands: Aquatalia, Blondo, and Italeau. Some of the prices may seem a bit high, but keep in mind how much time you will save checking and worrying about the weather! I’m in desperate need of a new tall black boot so the Blondo Ellie Waterproof Riding Boot might be coming home with me very soon! I plan to try them on when we are shopping for clients at Nordstrom this week. They are beautiful and an amazing price point. Happy Shopping! . Aquatalia . Aquatalia Michaela Weatherproof Pump in Black Suede, $395 . Aquatalia Fleurette Weatherproof Bootie in Mushroom Suede, $375 . . Aquatalia Genna Weatherproof Tall Boot, $495 Aquatalia Perla Weatherproof Genuine Calf Hair Ballerina Shoe in Leopard, $425 . . Blondo Blondo Marla Waterproof Boot in Cognac Nubuck Leather, $149,95 . Blondo Ellie Waterproof Knee High Riding Boot in Black Leather, $149.95 . Blondo Kelly Waterproof Bootie, $149.95 . Blondo Pakita Waterproof Riding Boot in Cognac Nubuck Leather, $169.95 . Blondo Elvina Waterproof Bootie, $159.95 . . Italeau Italeau Foliana Ankle Boots in Nut, $395 Italeau Miralda Ankle Boots in Blu Notte, $395 Italeau Lunella Ankle Boots in Nero, $445 . . 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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5 Reasons this is the Perfect Black Flat

5 Reasons this is the Perfect Black Flat

Every so often there is a shoe that we deem “perfect”, and order for many of our clients. The Cole Haan Heidy pointy toe flat is our “it” shoe for Fall 2017. Let me count the reasons we love this shoe: Cole Haan Heidy Pointy Toe Flat, $180 . 1. The shoe itself is truly comfortable. 2. The block heel is modern and offers more support than a traditional flat. 3. The pointy toe elongates the leg and mimics the smooth line of a heel when peeking out from under a trouser. 4. The asymmetrical line of the top of the shoe adds interest and a sophisticated twist to an outfit. 5. It’s gorgeous! . Happy Shopping! . P.S. The Cole Haan Heidy is an exclusive to Nordstrom, so head there if you want to try it on in person! . 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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