Picks from Amazon’s “The Fix”

Picks from Amazon’s “The Fix”

On July 25th, Amazon launched its new private accessory line called “The Fix.” Excited? So was I, and The Fix did not disappoint. The collection is stuffed with statement shoes and trendy handbags, all at pretty affordable prices! Of course, it’s one thing for the products to look nice. It’s another for them to actually be nice. So, like any fashion enthusiast with fingers a bit too eager to click the “Checkout” button, I ordered a pair of Fix shoes. (FYI, the collection is only available to Amazon Prime members, so if you don’t have Prime, maybe you have a Prime-member friend who would be willing to be your proxy!) I decided on a pair of block heel pumps in a snakeskin print: . . The Fix Women’s Ramsey Sling Back Block Heel Dress Pump in Mushroom Python Print, $79 (Also available in black and camel!) . I bought a pair of $15 snakeskin-patterned ballet flats at H&M in May and LOVE how they can bring a little extra zing to my outfits. However, like any pair of $15 shoes, they’re rapidly falling apart. Coming across this pair of pumps felt like a sign that it was time for an upgrade! . . Excitingly, the shoes fit perfectly – very true to size! I am extremely excited to start pairing them with different outfits. They can give a boost of chic-ness to a casual outfit or a cool edge to a more formal look. I definitely see myself returning to The Fix the next time I’m itching for a new addition to my shoe closet. Scroll down to see some of my favorite Fix shoes and handbags. Every item comes in multiple colors/patterns, so if you see something you like, be sure to click the link and check out the other options! Happy Shopping! .   . Shoes . . . The Fix Women’s Finley Dome Stud Slide Sandal in Black, $79 . . . The Fix Women’s Esmeralda Bow Slide Pointed Toe Flat in Silver Metallic, $89 . . The Fix Women’s Nash Star Sequin Oval Heel Ankle Bootie in Black, $125 . . The Fix Women’s Belle Block Heel Mule in Bright Blue, $75 . . The Fix Women’s Foley Tassel Slide Sandal in Taupe, $75 . . The Fix Women’s Brystal Frayed Cross Strap Slide Dress Sandal in Denim, $69 . . The Fix Women’s Singh Elastic Strap Lace-up Ankle Ballet Flat in Black, $79 . . Purses . The Fix Love Mini Top Handle Crossbody Bag in Navy, $79 . .The Fix Joni Deconstructed Suede Tote with Chain Shoulder Strap in Black, $119 . The Fix Hampton Crossbody Leather Circle Bag in Bright Orange-Red, $99 . The Fix Bailee Color Block...

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How Long Does a Complete Wardrobe Overhaul Truly Take?

How Long Does a Complete Wardrobe Overhaul Truly Take?

So how long does it really take to totally overhaul your existing wardrobe so that you can look and feel put together every single day? A day and a half. Seriously, there is only a day and a half standing in between you and your style evolution. Each part of the process; the Wardrobe Makeover, Personal Shopping, and Shop Your Closet/Outfit Creation, takes around 3-4 hours. Some sections may take longer, some shorter, but most clients can change their wardrobe so that they can change their lives in around 10-12 hours. Did you know that I offer free 30 minute phone consultations to determine which of our services is right for you? Did you also know that we have multiple stylists at different price levels so that we can craft a personal plan for your Wardrobe Makeover and style evolution? Keep reading for details on how the process works! . Don’t waste any more time feeling bad about your wardrobe. Schedule your free consultation with Lani! . . How A Personal Stylist Works: The 5 Phases of Working with Real Life Style . Phase 1. The Appraisal Start out with a free 30-minute phone consultation with Lani Inlander, Owner and Chief Stylist of Real Life Style and DC’s most experienced personal stylist, to discuss your clothing needs, what it’s like to work with a fashion consultant, and which RLS stylist might be right for you. After you book your first appointment, you’ll fill out a Style Questionnaire so that your stylist can get to know you better. . . Phase 2. The Wardrobe Makeover Transform your closet into a collection of clothes that reflect your personal style. Real Life Style works with you to evaluate, edit, and organize each item in your wardrobe. You’ll get a fresh perspective from your dedicated personal stylist and a clean closet. The wardrobe makeover will also provide you with a Personalized Style Report that includes: A future-purchase wish list Store recommendations Your own fashion formula—the cuts, styles and colors which look best on you—enabling you to take your wardrobe to the next level Total time estimate of 3-4 hours. . Phase 3. Personal Shopping Whether you hate shopping or make expensive mistakes, a personal shopper can make your life easier. Real Life Style will make sure you find the pieces to fill out your wardrobe. Meet us in your favorite store, shop online, or sit back as we bring a rack of individually selected clothing to your home. Real Life Style leverages its relationships with designers, boutique owners, and store managers to your benefit. Total time estimate of 3-4 hours. . . Phase 4. Shop your Closet Never say, “I don’t know what...

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Our Favorite Slide is on Sale!

Our Favorite Slide is on Sale!

Kyle and I were shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale for a client last week when I spied what looked like the perfect gold sandal I’d been searching for what seemed like forever. An old gold Prada pair died a few years ago and although I did get a cute, casual pair for Israel last summer, I never truly replaced the dressy but comfortable gold Prada sandal. The key for me is to get something that FEELS comfortable but does not LOOK like a comfort sandal. Know what I mean? These Marc Fisher slides felt like golden slippers on my feet and as such, were pretty much the only pair of sandals NOT on sale at Nordstrom that day. I wanted them anyway. Of course I don’t actually have time to shop for myself, so I ordered them from the comfort of my desk chair later that night, along with pairs in black leather and black patent. I didn’t intend to keep both pairs of black sandals, but I wanted to be able to compare. Since I rarely wear heels (even for dress occasions) these days, I thought the patent ones might come in handy. . My original Nordstrom order. . The verdict? Patent is rarely comfortable for me and these Marc Fisher sandals are no exception. I could tell that the gold and black leather pairs would soften up after some wearing in, but the patent pair were too dicey to keep. If you do not have issues with patent, I highly recommend them. They are absolutely gorgeous in person and would do a great job dressing up an outfit. . My final haul! Gold and black leather. . I was so glad to have looked up the Marc Fisher slides online, because I saw that they also come in amazing tapestry variations. Which one is your favorite? I can’t decide! Marc Fisher LTD Wyndi Slide Sandal, $119.95 $90 . Then the most awesome thing happened! I looked up the sandals on the Nordstrom website again to write this blog post, and discovered they are now 25% off for you! As an aside and another reason to shop at Nordstrom, I emailed them to ask for a price adjustment since it had only been a few days since I purchased the sandals at full price, and they credited my credit card within a few hours. Gotta love Nordstrom customer service! More colors available (white & navy)!   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...

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What You Should Buy at the 2017 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

What You Should Buy at the 2017 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Alright everyone, get your online browsers ready and your credit cards out. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is officially live on July 21st! If you have a Nordstrom credit card, you’ve probably been shopping the sale all weekend (Early Access to the sale opened to card holders on the 13th). As a card holder myself, I, along with the help of our lovely employee, Ella, have combed through the very large and overwhelming sale to pick out our favorite pieces for our blog readers. Remember to act fast if you see something you like. This is Nordstrom’s biggest and most popular sale, during which they mark down new fall merchandise before it goes on the racks at full price. Items will sell out before you realize! If any of our picks below sell out, be sure to bookmark them as certain items will restock. The sale ends August 6th! Happy sale shopping! . . Cool Casual Clothing What are this fall season’s trends you should be buying? Bold jeans, moto jackets, and funky sweaters. As we’ve mentioned on this blog before, Lani and I have been moving away from the toothpick skinny jean (gasp!) in favor of more daring and crazy styles. Our favorite example is the cropped flare jean, like this budget friendly pair by BLANKNYC. Not sure what you think? Check out our post on how to wear kick flares. For more fun denim styles, see anything by comfortable and fashionable favorite Frame. Rails Phoenix Embroidered Chambray Shirt, $188 $124.90 BLANKNYC Canvas Cropped Kick Flare Jeans, $78 $51.90 Helene Berman Fringe Trim Tweed Jacket, $298 $198.90 FRAME Le Nouveau Split Hem Jeans, $269 $179 .90   Topshop Asymmetrical Ribbed Sweater, $68 $43.90 Halogen A-Line Leather Skirt, $249 $165.90   BLANKNYC Metallic Faux Leather Moto Jacket, $129 $85.90 FRAME Double Ruffle Cuff Sweater, $325 $216.90 Caslon Mixed Knit Moto Sweater, $79 $49.90 SPANX Faux Leather Leggings, $98 $64.90 Nordstrom Signature Asymmetrical Ribbed Cashmere Sweater, $299 $199.90 Veronica Beard Benson Moto Jacket, $550 $365.90 7 For All Mankind Roxanne Original Ankle Skinny Jeans, $229 $152.90 . . Your New Favorite Workwear The Nordstrom Sale always has beautiful suiting from Theory and Boss, which we’ve featured below in our favorite burgundy color. For more casual workplaces, be sure to check out Nic + Zoe and the NYDJ ponte pants (which I featured in last year’s anniversary sale post too…I swear by them!). I bought multiple clients the Harlow cardigan from J.Crew last year because it is the most sophisticated and flattering cardigan I’ve seen in a long time. BOSS Jenesa Suit Jacket, $625 $414.90 BOSS Denesa Sheath Dress, $595 $394.90 NIC + ZOE Fuse One-Button Cardigan, $158 $104.90 Theory Treeca 2...

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Making Peace (at Age 40) with Wearing Shorts

Making Peace (at Age 40) with Wearing Shorts

As a grown up, I have always struggled with wearing shorts. Shorts made me feel silly, like I was trying to be something I’m not. Like casual, ha ha. Now that I have kids and can’t just wear skirts all summer (not great for climbing around at the park!), I’ve had to figure out the whole shorts thing. And by that I mean I just figured it out now that my eldest is 5 1/2. How did I figure out how to wear shorts without feeling silly? It was pretty much an accident. Recently I needed to get dressed super quickly and it was really hot, so I grabbed a pair of khaki shorts a friend had given me (thanks Jessie!) when I was cleaning out her closet. I had just reorganized my closet and put my numerous black short sleeve tee shirts towards the front of the tops section, so I put on one of those too. And then this really weird feeling took over. I was wearing shorts, yet I somehow felt like…myself! Wow. . The black tee + khaki short combo reminded me of the black tee + khaki trench coat look I had pulled out of a magazine a while ago.  I was merely translating a look that already spoken to me for a different season. Variations on my new shorts uniform are a burgundy or olive tee, as those are my optimal colors, or white when it is super hot. Add a delicate but edgy Larissa Loden necklace and voila, age and style appropriate shorts. Happy Shopping! Splendid Supima Cotton and Modal-Blend Jersey T-Shirt, $65 Topshop Rope Casual Shorts, $65 Birkenstock Gizeh Birko-Flor Patent in Black, $94.95 Campomaggi Studded Saddle Bag, $450 Zoe Circular Studs, $3,650 . How do you wear shorts? . . 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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RLS Recommended Closet Tools on Super Sale!

RLS Recommended Closet Tools on Super Sale!

Our favorite closet tools are on sale! If you read this blog regularly, and you haven’t yet changed your hangers to Huggable Hangers, shame on you. Seriously. At the current sale price of $22.49 for a box of 40, you have run out of excuses. Don’t forget to edit your wardrobe as you change the hangers. Where should you hang your clothes as you make the Huggable Hanger switch? On a handy dandy folding rolling rack, just like the one the professionals (that’s us!) use. Shoes still hanging out at the bottom of your closet? I don’t think so. Drop front shoe boxes stack neatly and keep your shoes dust-free and visible. And if you must purchase a box for each pair of shoes, you are less likely to keep the ones you should not. Need help editing your wardrobe? There is an RLS stylist ready to help! Shoot me an email at lani@real-life-style.com to schedule your free consultation to see which of our services might be right for you. Now is the perfect time. Book a New Client Package during the month of July, and you can look and feel put together every day for 25% off. Happy Shopping! . Huggable Hangers Joy Mangano Black Huggable Hangers (Case of 40), $29.99 $22.49 Joy Mangano Platinum Huggable Hangers (Case of 40), $29.99 $22.49 Joy Mangano Ivory Huggable Hangers, $29.99 $22.49 .   Shoe Boxes Drop-Front Shoe Boxes, $7.99 $6.39 Linen Drop-Front Shoe Box, $14.99 $10.49 Grey Drop-Front Shoe Box, $14.99 $10.49 Men’s Drop-Front Shoe Box, $9.99 $7.99 . . Rolling Rack Chrome Metal Folding Commercial Clothes Rack, $69 $49 Chrome Metal Folding Commercial Clothes Rack, $69 $49 . 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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