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Can changing your wardrobe really change your life? Of course it can! Imagine how light and powerful you would feel if 100% of the clothes in your closet were the right clothes for you right now. Imagine that your wardrobe reflected both your personality and your personal style, while suiting your lifestyle. That, ladies and gentlemen, is called Real Life Style. Want to be able to look and feel put together in just 2 minutes a day? You can.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Three Outfits to Buy Now- On Sale!

Do you know about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale? Once a year, to motivate us all to get a head start on our fall shopping, Nordstrom holds a crazy amazing sale on new fall merchandise. This year the sale is until August 4th. RLS has gathered a few shopping ideas for you in case the options are too overwhelming. Happy Shopping!

Ok, full disclosure. We selected this Theory suit in the awesome Dark Merlot color, then realized that only the black and charcoal suiting were part of the sale. We think you should start saving to buy the Dark Merlot suit for your Fall wardrobe anyway! Need well-fitting, modern pieces for your work wardrobe? Theory, check. Need a perfect work pump? Cole Haan, check. With top notes of blueberry and mandarin, and base notes of licorice blackwood and sandalwood, I am dying to try ME, the new fragrance from Lanvin. 

Nothing says cool and casual like this butter soft leather jacket from Marc New York. Haven't tried the slip-on sneaker trend yet? This is a great opportunity. Love these Vince suede slip-on sneakers. A lucite necklace from Alexis Bittar is an unexpected twist on the statement necklace. Have you heard about the renaissance at Coach? Read more here. I'm loving the fresh line by new designer Stuart Vevers.

Fur! Glorious fur! LOVE this fur collar from Pologeorgis. Buy one and wear it with everything, as seen in this blog post from a winter past. This quilted Burberry coat (more merlot!) is an investment worth making for the future health of your fall wardrobe. Looking for a comfy, tall boot in which you can pound the pavement while looking totally chic? Ugg has you covered with their Dree Suede Harness Boot.

6. UGG Dree Suede Harness Boot, $199.90 (from $274.95)

Happy Shopping and don't forget to let me know what you've bought! Take a picture and post it on Instagram with the hashtag #RLSNordstromSale. You can find us at @LaniInlander. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Rainy Day Style

Were you prepared for the rain this week? Real Life Style has found the coolest raincoats on the block to inspire your next rainy day look. Think your umbrella should be functional and make you smile? We found a few fun ones for you, including my personal favorite, the one from Liberty of London. Too hot for rainboots in the summer? How about a short, glossy pair in a bright color? Better yet, have you bought the RLS endorsed best rain shoes ever? They come in a million styles and colors at a reasonable price, so you can match all of your rainy day looks!


Wanda Nylon Raincoat, $380

How fun is this Wanda Nylon coat? I would love it over a bright colored dress.

This Lanvin coat is part of my fantasy rainy day outfit.


Liberty London Undercover, $77.10

My favorite: Liberty prints!

Goggles Umbrella, $56

(You can see where you're going with this umbrella!)

Rain Boots

Tretorn Plask Mid in Sea Spray, $69

Heavy duty but with a wedge!

Hunter Original Short Gloss Rain Boots, $91

The classic Hunter boot with a shorter shaft- made for humid summer rain.

I love these fun flamingo boots with the clear heel! The bright colors will stand out on dreary days.

These must be the chicest rain boots ever. And they're on sale!

These biker boots will look great with a trench and skinny jeans.

Last, but certainly not least, are my tried and true rain flats. I buy these for all of my clients as the perfect summer rain solution. No need to wear clunky rain boots to work! I own mine in black, but at only $38, you can get your basics and your brights to match anything.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Two New Brands You Should Know About

Who doesn't love discovering a well-priced, well-designed line? Here are two new fabulous ones for you! Hardest part? Deciding what to buy. I'm voting for the rumpled blazer from Ayr and the Tamitha backpack in a chic nudey-pink leather from Aimee Kestenberg. Happy Shopping!


AYR is the brand new women's line launched by menswear company Bonobos in February. The brand is the concept of two friends, Maggie Winter and Jacqueline Cameron, who met while working for J.Crew and Madewell. An acronym for "All Year Round," their goal was to create beautiful, streamlined basics, beginning with the perfect everyday pair of jeans. Their denim is all made in LA and is carefully crafted to be as flattering and comfortable as possible, two traits that don't come together very often! Along with jeans, AYR partners with independent artists every season to create a limited-edition line of graphic tees printed in Brooklyn. Although AYR is sold exclusively through their webshop, you can always schedule an appointment at their New York guideshop to try anything on. Interested in learning more about AYR? Check out their feature on Style.com.

Use code FRESHAYR at checkout for 20% off your first purchase!

Aimee Kestenberg 

While flipping through my Parson's alumni magazine recently, I found the most gorgeous and functional handbag. The Tamitha backpack, pictured below, is the creation of Aimee Kestenberg, an Australian accessories designer and 2010 Parson's grad. After launching her own line of leather handbags two years ago, she has made the Forbes 30 under 30 list and won two American Handbag Designer of the Year awards. The best part about the beautiful, soft leather bags? They are all under $300!  You can find them at Nordstrom, Macy's, Lord and Taylor, QVC, and her own website.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

It's a DIY Fourth of July!

It's a DIY Fourth of July here at RLS! Kyle, my right-hand woman, found this awesome DIY guide to making your own "designer" sport slides without the designer price tag on the Love Aesthetics blog. Intern Teta then did an awesome job making a pair for herself as well as one for Kyle. Wait, where are mine?! 

Keep reading to see Kyle's latest DIY nail polish job and Olivia Palermo's DIY wedding outfit. Well ok, DIY with the help of Carolina Herrera. Happy Fourth of July everyone!

"Designer" Sports Slides

Sandals inspired by this blog post

What you need:

a pair of slides
measuring tape or ruler
hot glue


1. Measure the sandal top and cut it out. 

2. Once you have one side done, you can trace it onto the leather but make sure it's mirrored so that you have a right and left side.

3. Test it and make sure they cover the tops of the sandals. Cut off excess leather if needed.

4. Using a hot glue gun, glue the ends of the strip. Try not to glue the top to avoid lumps unless you can do it smoothly.

5. Voila! Now do the next sandal!

6. And you're done! Simple!

Olivia Palermo's Wedding

Olivia Palermo wore Carolina Herrera separates on her wedding day! What do you think of the look?

Read about the wedding day and the outfit. Check out the blue shoes too!

© by Johannes Huebl

© by Johannes Huebl

Fourth of July Nails

Kye is infamous among clients for her always creative, always classy nail designs. Check out the look she created for the Fourth of July!