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Fashion News October 2020

I usually save my little tidbits of fashion news as an extra bonus for my newsletter subscribers. This week however, I had more to share than would fit in the newsletter. So here you go, the first RLS Fashion News blog!


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New Styles & Special Discounts from ALLY!

The Classic Pump

The Classic ALLY Pump, $285-295

The Classic ALLY pump with arch support and cushioning is the only pump I can comfortably wear. Did you catch me wearing it in last week’s blog and on Insta? As a reminder, all ALLY shoe styles come in US sizes 4-12, in half sizes, and four different widths (narrow, medium, wide, extra wide).

Use code RLS10 for 10% off one pair of shoes or automatically get 20% off your second pair when purchasing two pairs (through Oct 13, 2020)!

Although the ladies at ALLY have brought us both a MaryJane and a detachable ankle strap style, the classic pump silhouette remained consistent.

The Bold Block Heel

The ALLY Bold Block Heel, $295

I’m excited to announce…the new bold block heel! The bold block heel comes in 16 colors of suede and leather so you are sure to fill any hole in your shoe wardrobe. The ALLY block heel also comes in the same 4-12 size range and four different widths as the classic pump.

The Forever Flat

The ALLY Forever Flat, $195

Pandemic have you abandoning your heels altogether? The ladies at ALLY thought of that. Read the story of how they developed the Forever Flat to meet your needs for an elegant but healthy flat.

Lani wearing her Forever Flat in Courageous Caramel (c/o ALLY), $195

As a personal stylist, I am (well, I used to be!) on my feet all day. I’ve had foot surgery so I don’t mess around with uncomfortable shoes, knowing the true cost of the damage they are inflicting.

My Ally flats don’t give me shooting pains through the arch of my foot or dig into the front of my foot like other dressy flats do. I don’t even miss my custom orthotics, which I wear with almost every other pair of shoes I own. I am so happy to be able to bring this chic silhouette back into my wardrobe and introduce it to my clients!

Use code RLS10 for 10% off one pair of shoes or automatically get 20% off your second pair when purchasing two pairs (through Oct 13, 2020)!

Banana Republic Rereleases the Notorious Necklace

The landing page for the necklace Ruth Bader Ginsburg made famous, $98

The good news is that Banana Republic has rereleased the rhinestone bib collar necklace Ruth Bader Ginsburg made famous as her “dissent collar” necklace. The late Supreme Court Justice received the necklace in a gift bag at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards, which she won in 2012. Banana Republic rereleased the necklace in 2019, officially renaming it the “Dissent Collar”, with 50% of the proceeds going to the American Civil Liberties Union.

The bad news is that although Banana Republic rereleased the now named Notorious Necklace again recently, it sold out immediately. We will all have to keep clicking on the link to find out when the Notorious Necklace is back in stock. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the necklace will be donated to the International Center for Research on Women, which honored Ginsburg with its Champions for Change award for vision in 2016.

Levi’s to Recycle Denim for Gift Cards

A Pair of Levi’s Secondhand Denim

Levi’s is expanding their Secondhand program by offering customers gift cards in exchange for their previously worn denim. Customers can bring their Levi’s into a store to have them reviewed and assessed to determine their worth.

If the piece is up to resale standard, a gift card is issued for between $15 and $25, applicable toward a future purchase. The denim is then priced according to its value, from $30 to $100. If the piece is not up to resale standards, customers will still receive $5 toward a future purchase and Levi’s will recycle the denim responsibly. 

Goodbye for Now, Betsy Fisher!

From Left to Right: Rosana Vollmerhausen of DC Style Factory, Betsy Fisher, and (me) Lani Inlander of Real Life Style.

Betsy Fisher, the iconic DC boutique, closed this weekend. I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to Betsy and her amazing staff, who were an important partner to Real Life Style over the company’s last 10 years in Washington, DC. Betsy supported the area’s personal stylists, knowing that how she and her staff treated our clients was a reflection on our businesses. The store was also an important partner to Stylist Studio, the RLS personal stylist training program. We conducted one of the two days of training at the Betsy Fisher boutique each session.

I hope this is the not the last the fashionable women of DC will hear from Betsy Fisher! She has supported the working women of this city for over 32 years, introducing them to new designers and handing them a glass of wine when they really needed it. Enjoy your rest, Betsy. You deserve it!

Real Life Style is a style consulting firm that teaches busy women to wear their power so they can live their lives fully and confidently. Lani Inlander and Kyle Dunphy are based in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and serve clients nationwide. We offer personal styling services, an on-demand e-course, corporate services, and training to become a personal stylist.

Once in a while, you can find Lani Inlander and Real Life Style on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. Mostly, they are happily busy serving their fabulous clients, not hanging out online!

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