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A Day Spent at Hudson Yards

I am going to lead with the conclusion here. To be clear, RLS loved Hudson Yards and we think you should all go yourselves if you are able.  The mall covers a wide range of price points, from H&M to Dior, but most importantly, there are some new discoveries you might not have had a chance to see, feel, and try on in person before.  This was the most fun part for me and Kyle. Well ok, I also had a lot of fun picking out “boy” sequin-flip tees for my kids at H&M, but even more we enjoyed discovering …


9 Tips for Doing New York City with Kids

I have to tell you, I was very worried about our trip to New York with the kids. You’d have thought living there myself for over 15 years would have relaxed me. On the contrary, I knew exactly how much we would be walking, how crowded the subway could get, and how overstimulated my DC-born-and-bred children would become. Alas, our preparation and planning was prudent and all went well. And as when we took the kids to Richmond, VA for the day, I wanted to share some of my tricks that worked. Be forewarned, there is no shopping in this …


Lani’s Travel Capsule Wardrobe Formula

Our readers who subscribe, and therefore get our weekly newsletter detailing our comings and goings, will know that I have been doing A LOT of traveling for clients lately. After using the same strategy for 4 trips in one month, I thought I should be nice and share my new travel capsule wardrobe formula. (Aside: To those of you who think the life of a personal stylist is glamorous, my 4 year-old is scotch taping me to my desk chair as I write this. Apparently he thought I needed help focusing on the task at hand.) But I digress…. So …

Shopping Tips

A NYC Shopping Marathon, a.k.a. Field Research

Mr. Real Life Style called me in NYC last Tuesday morning from DC to ask what Kyle and I had on our schedules for the day. No clients, I said, but we are going to the Met to see the Versailles Exhibit (there would be clothes) and to some stores downtown. “So you are playing in New York all day?”, he asked in a slightly amused tone. I say slightly because he was alone with our two young children for 3 days while I was in New York “working.” Trying not to sound too defensive, I explained that we needed to …


Our Day at Barney’s in Chelsea

Barneys, what fashion dreams are made of… I think, actually I know, that all fashion people remember their first Barneys purchase. As well as their second, and maybe even their third. My first purchase was a magenta, mohair skirt from Mark Eisen. It was 1995 so give me a break, ok? My second was a more sensible khaki eye shadow from Nars, when Barneys was the only place you could get it. Both of these purchases were made at the original temple of style, the Barneys store in Chelsea. The Madison Avenue location had already opened when I arrived in …