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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, August 28, 2014

Real Life Style Fall Events and Lani's Fave Emmy Dress

Real Life Style has some fun fall shopping events coming up! Join us on September 17th at the Theory store at Leesburg Outlets in Leesburg, VA and again on October 18th at Neiman Marcus Friendship Heights. Keep reading for more details and scroll down for Lani's favorite dress from this week's Emmy Awards.

Theory Leesburg Outlets - September 17th

Fall Shopping Preview with Theory Leesburg

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 - 12:00 PM

Theory Outlet @ Leesburg
241 Fort Evans Rd NE
Leesburg, VA 20176

Enjoy an afternoon of fall shopping at Theory Leesburg with Lani! Meet Personal Stylist Lani Inlander of Real Life Style as she shows you her favorite Theory classics and new releases. Lani will be giving personal style makeovers and advice about how to dress for the upcoming season.

Theory will also be offering a 20% off discounts to guests who present an invitation at checkout. Real Life Style will be sending out the official invite to all blog subscribers next week. Not a subscriber? Join now!

Neiman Marcus Mazza Gallerie: Get Fit and Feel Fabulous - October 18th

Neiman Marcus Mazza Gallerie presents: Get Fit and Feel Fabulous!

Saturday, October 18th, 2014 - 12:00 PM

5300 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20015

Join Lani Inlander of Real Life Style as she reviews her favorite fall trends. After her presentation, there will be complimentary bra fittings by Neiman Marcus' Lingerie Extraordinaire and Lani's favorite bra fitter, Cynthia Hanson. Enjoy refreshments and mingle as you peruse Lani's picks from the Neiman Marcus fall collection.

Lani's Favorite Emmy Dress

Lately I have found awards' show dresses a big yawn of red, black and white. However, I perked up big time when I saw Anna Camp's ethereal confection from designer Lorena Sarbu. I didn't actually watch the Emmys because who has time to watch TV, but I enjoyed the recap of the best dresses on Vogue.com!

Hope to see you at one of our fall shopping events! Shoot us an email if you have any questions or want to schedule your own event at home or at a retail store. 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Haute Sneakers

Have you heard the good news? Sneakers are HOT again! Not just your average gym shoes, sneakers have been given a new life by top designers. Karl Lagerfeld once said, "The sneaker is like jeans for the feet." Just like jeans, they've been reinvented from something functional to something much more stylish and daring.

As usual, don't freak at the price tags for the first few pairs. We'll show you some more affordable options after you absorb the HAUTENESS of this new trend.

Just a quick note to all of my loyal readers and subscribers about some upcoming changes: we will be switching the blog and website over to a new platform in the next few weeks! I can pretty much guarantee there will be some glitches. Please be patient with us as we freshen things up and prepare to bring you the RLS blog daily.

Hope to see some of you on my webinar  tonight at 8 p.m. and again on Tuesday at 10 a.m. for The 3 Step Challenge to Looking and Feeling Put-Together Everyday! 

The HAUTEST of Sneakers

Classic Styling, Still Haute

The Classic, Beloved by Fashion Designers et al

Still Stylish, More Affordable

Thursday, August 14, 2014

A Few of My Favorite Things This Week

We are hard at work over here at Real Life Style on the new website and blog, which should be launching by September 1st! Want some more exciting news? We will soon be posting on the blog most days instead of once a week. Don't worry, I won't be overwhelming your inbox with this change. You will still receive your email once-per-week but as a digest of all the week's blogs. In the meantime, here are a few of my favorite new products this week. Happy Shopping!

On a trip to Morocco in 2012, Tory Noll asked a cobbler to turn a handwoven rug into a pair of shoes. When she returned to New York with her custom-made shoes, everyone was asking about them. With high demand, Noll went back to Morocco to work with the local cobbler on designing and making more shoes. Combining vibrant Moroccan textiles with local craftsmanship, Noll's label TEN & Co. sells sandals, oxfords, flats, and booties.  

The Sandal

The Slip-on

The Bootie

Do you love the original Sugar lip balms as much as I do? Wouldn't it be awesome if you could get the same gorgeous scents and moisture as the balms combined with even more gorgeous glossy color? Well now you can! I CANNOT wait to try the new Sugar Lip Shine Treatments from Fresh. The Rosé seems like one of those all-flattering colors one should have in their purse at all times! 

The shine without the stickiness! 

Does a fluffy stool seem random? I promise, it isn't! I've been lusting after an adorable fluffy foot stool such as this one from Anthropologie ever since I didn't buy one on my honeymoon in Argentina 4 years ago. After a long day with too much shopping for his taste, my husband was in no mood for my trying to bring a foot stool home in our suitcase, despite my cries of how cool and inexpensive it was. I missed out on the real thing then but will be first in line when a $55 version from Nate Berkus becomes available on Target.com on August 31st. Are you a better DIY'er than me? Try making your own following the directions in this post from blog, A Beautiful Mess

Which of my favorite things is your favorite? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

The Shirt That Takes Off Ten Pounds

Am I the only one out there trying to hide my post-baby belly? I didn't think so. I mean seriously, who has time to go to Pilates when you have two kids and work full-time? I'll just have to be like my clients and get a rockin' bod when I'm in my forties! In the meantime, I'm here to share my fave new "hide the belly fashionably" trick: the layered top. I have had one (see below) in my closet for two years but it has never quite worked as my body changed constantly with pregnancies and breastfeeding. I pulled it out again about a month ago and EUREKA!, suddenly it covered all sins. The good news is, the one-off shirt I picked up for myself a few years ago is now a trend so you can have one too. Happy shopping!

The Inspiration

Buy One of These Options Now

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The RLS Nail Guru Report

This week's blog post was written by Kyle, my lovely assistant and fellow Real Life Style stylist. 

I have an addiction to nail polish. It's not anything I try to hide or deny. When friends ask me how long I spent on my manicure this week, I simply reply "Too long. I know, it's a problem."

I've been collecting nail polish since high school, when my favorite polish color was still pink (I remember being particularly infatuated with Charged Up Cherry). I refused to step out of my comfort zone. That eventually changed! I had to buy my first nail polish rack last year when my Hello Kitty plastic manicure I've had since I was in elementary school started overflowing. There are about 60 nail polishes in the picture below, taken last year.

This is what that same rack looks like now, exactly one year later. It is completely full and I now own about 120 nail polishes. My collection doubled in one year.

No need to worry though, all of these colors get great use. I use at least 3 or 4 colors each time I paint my nails. My everyday nails look something like this.

And this is how I have come to be known as the Real Life Style Nail Guru! For more of my nail pics, check out the hashtag #rlsnailguru on Instagram. Lani consults me with all her nail questions, such as which top coat will help her nails last the longest (I recommend Seche Vite!) or which nail polish remover will keep her apartment from smelling like chemicals (have you tried Karma Organic Spa's?) 

We even did our toes together last week! 

Get Lani's Glitter Gradient Look:
1. Start with a gorgeous deep green. We recommend Julep's Valerie, a shimmery teal.
2. Once your base is dry, layer glitter polishes over the polish. Start at the top edge of the nail and work your way down, painting a little bit lower each time. Leave the most glitter at the top and only a few pieces towards the middle. For those looking for the perfect silver glitter to create this look, Julep's Joelle layers beautifully!
3. Finish with a top coat. When you're ready to take your glitter off, don't spend hours tearing up your nails! Check out Party's Over to learn how to make glitters an ease to remove.

Get Kyle's Sparkly French Look:
1. Start with your perfect nude. See Julep's guide to picking out nude polish.
2. Cover your base with Seche Vite top coat. With this top coat, your nails will be completely dry within a few minutes. Kyle waited about 15 minutes before moving to the next step, just as a precaution.
3. Use scotch tape to create straight lines on the top edge of your toes, as if you were painting a french pedicure. 
4. Paint your glitters! With the tape in place, you shouldn't have to worry about any slip-ups. Julep's glitter polishes are some of the best out there! Kyle used her polishes from the Julep Gem Collection: Jasmine, Carly, Oscar, Hilary, and Barbara.

To see more of Julep's gorgeous colors, check out their website!

For more pictures of my nail art, follow me on Instagram: @KyleAnnDunphy

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.