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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, June 27, 2013

The Perfect Outfit

What is The Perfect Outfit you ask? It is flattering, appropriate for multiple occasions and makes you feel LIKE A MILLION BUCKS. A few weeks ago a long-time client showed up to lunch in the above outfit and it rocked my world. Why? She had created it herself using tools she learned from yours truly. Keep reading for the details...

Where did she find this awesome blazer, with a waist-creating shape and a color made for the camera? On this blog of course! It arrived in her inbox just as panic about a TV appearance was beginning to set in. She had it overnighted and wore it on the Today Show a few days later.

How much is the perfect under-top worth? In this case, $285. Although initially floored at spending this much on a tank top to go UNDER a jacket, she realized that after 4 hours of searching, time saved shopping plus umpteen wears would make this a value piece after all.

Who makes the perfect pant for you, baby? Theory, every time. This is a lesson none of my clients ever forget.

I recommended this perfect pump to the client (and many more since!) 8 years ago. She has now bought multiple pairs and it still goes from work to dinner to cocktail without missing a step.

Ok, so this is not the exact black tote the client was carrying, but I just had to add it. RosaLovesDC featured it on her blog a few weeks ago in a great denim color and I must agree with her, it is the perfect tote. 

Happy shopping!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Lani's Most Recent Buys!

This week I thought I'd show you a few of the things I've bought myself lately, starting with the iPad sleeve highlighted in my Tech Accessories blog. I did finally give up on the anonymity of a plain black case and give in to my inner Rainbow-Brite. And can I tell you how happy this one accessory makes me?!

PS. Scroll to the bottom for the perfect Mom accessory!

As much as I hate being accosted in the cosmetics department, I can never resist trying a new concealer. Veil's Illuminating Complexion Fix is a new concealer that actually seems to live up its promise of covering and brightening my black under-eye circles while also moisturizing the eye area! Although it isn't available on their website, I picked mine up at the Henri Bendel store in NYC, home of all cool new beauty products.

Don't you hate when you design your outfit around rain boots, then it doesn't rain that much so you are stuck in a non-optimal outfit and hot boots? Now you can match your shoes to the outfit you want to wear! I was grabbing a pair of pedicure flip-flops for a client at ZChemist on 57th Street when I ran into THE PERFECT RAIN SHOE. They only had my size in black but I've decided that everyone should have them in nude, black, and a fun color such as fushia or a neon. They are so comfortable they could even double as comfy commuting shoes instead of the dreaded flip flop...

These Uniqlo light denim legging pants are THE PERFECT SUMMER JEAN. Lightweight and stretchy, I'll be wearing them all summer with neon tees.

I am officially obsessed with Gwyneth Paltrow's new cookbook, chock full of "clean" versions of what we would like to be eating, not just what we should be eating. The best part is how kid friendly most of the recipes are. Max is a huge fan of the Sweet Potato Muffins and has eaten two in one sitting.

MOMS WITH NO HANDS, THIS ONE'S FOR YOU. Something I've been searching for seemingly forever is a wristlet/iPhone wallet. I featured this Michael Kors  one in my Tech Accessories blog and intended to purchase it once I decided upon a color. However, leaving behind a leopard print wallet, solid colors just weren't doing it for me. Enter Kate Spade's gold heart version, available for a steal at her outlets. Excuse the bad eBay picture but it is no longer available on her website and I just had to show it to you!

Kate Spade Metro Spade Jazzy Perforated Phone Case Wristlet

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Spring Purse Trends: The Reality

Last week, I showed you Spring 2013's most lust-worthy handbags. However, I couldn't leave you hanging with only the high end version of each trend. This week, I bring you Spring's best bag trends at more playful prices. Enjoy!

Clear and See-Through

Graphic Black and White

 Exotic Prints

Plastic Clutches


Colorblocked Bags


Thursday, June 6, 2013

Spring Purse Trends: The Fantasy

So far this season I've shown you a few of the hot spring/summer clothing trends, as well as some of the shoe trends. This week I'l be sharing the hottest purses and handbags of the season! While many shapes and styles stay in from season to season, this spring we saw an emergence of amazing new trends in standout colors and textures. The trends range from totally see-through totes to bright metallic cross-bodies to plastic minaudières and clutches. Let me know your favorite trend!

And before any of you complain about the high prices of this week's selection, The Reality will be coming next week!

Clear and See-Through

Graphic Black and White

Exotic Prints

Plastic Clutches

Bright and Neon Colors

Floral Patterns


Colorblocked Purses