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Happy Black Friday Week!

Tis the week to shop. I’ve never made a secret of hating the whole Black Friday phenomenon. Most of the advertised “door buster” sales are pretty impossible to get and the deals are never worth the crowds to me.  However, the maturation of online shopping has changed everything. Although I never quite have my holiday gift list together in time to take full advantage of the deals that are offered, I sure hope you do because some of these deals are GOOD. Even if you don’t, I find that what we now call Cyber Week, is fabulous for self-gifting. Thirty percent …

Fashion Accessories

A New Backpack For Lani

This last trip to New York was so brief, I just couldn’t imagine dragging a rolling suitcase around with me for a 26 hour trip. The perfect solution? A backpack. “But wait, I don’t have a cute one,” I thought. I would have done some panic shopping but stopped myself with the same thought I always have about backpacks: as cute as they are, I don’t know if I will really use one. So I threw fashion to the wind and used my husband’s travel backpack from Osprey, which is part of a set we bought before a big trip …

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Some Great Black Friday Deals and a Note of Thanks

Are you a Black Friday woman or a Cyber Monday man? For those of you (like me!) who wouldn’t be caught dead in a store on Black Friday, you can get most of the same deals from the cozy corner of your couch. A lot of retailers now extend their deals from the (Black) Friday after Thanksgiving through the following (Cyber) Monday so no need for panic shopping. Happy deal hunting! Happy Thanksgiving, my dear readers. You have no idea how much you mean to me. To be honest, I started this blog 3 years ago because a business coach …

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How to Wear a Sleeveless Trench

“A sleeveless trench coat? Really? What is that?” I know, I know. But seriously, check out the outfits below and I dare you not to want one. This spring trend is an offshoot of the sleeveless blazer trend but I think this is the chicest. Still have doubts? The sleeveless trench adds curves for those who need them and smooths the lumps and bumps for those of us who need that too. I happen to think it is a super Mom friendly trend as it covers all of those post baby problem areas while keeping your arms free to be …

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Knife Pleats: How to Get the Runway Look

Knife pleats were ALL OVER the Spring 2014 runways in many refreshing versions. Whether you are shopping the runway look or a more affordable version, I can almost guarantee you’ll fall in love with one of our pleated skirts! Which one is your favorite? Post it on the Real Life Style Facebook page!   The Pleated Shirtdress Christopher Kane Resort 2013 J.Crew Collection Pleated Shirtdress, $198    The Floral Mini Nina Ricci Spring 2014 Madewell Floral Pleated Skirt, $70   Edgy in Leather Salvatore Ferragamo Fall 2014  Exclusive for Intermix Pleated Leather Mini Skirt, $398 Shiny Metallic Dries Van Noten …