Subscribe to Style: 5 Reasons to try Rent the Runway

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Clothing subscription services are all the rage these days, and a lot of people think they’re just for bloggers or influencers. I found out about Rent the Runway’s unlimited service last year from Myliek Teele, and honestly, it took me a while to decide that it was for me. But once I did finally start my subscription, I realized just how useful the service is. From shooting blog looks, to going to events and even styling clients, I’ve found so many useful ways to use this revolving closet.

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If you’ve ever considered using a clothing subscription service, or even if you never knew they existed, I’ve compiled 5 reasons why you should give Rent The Runway Unlimited a try, even if you’re not a blogger or influencer. Be sure to read through to the bottom, because I’m sharing my special code for you to get $80 off of your first 2 months of RTR Unlimited.

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1. No more useless trips to the mall

Who needs to go to the mall when you can shop from the comfort of your phone or your computer, have pieces delivered to your door and drop them at UPS when you’re ready to let them go? With hundreds of pieces to choose from, there’s always something new to try.

2. Explore trends without the commitment

Ever wanted to try the latest trends (leopard print, ruffles, faux fur) and chicken out because you don’t want to spend the money on something that you’re not sure you’ll love? RTR Unlimited completely removes that fear! You can try any trend out there from the comfort of your home, and send it back if you hate it, without anyone ever knowing!

3. Cost Savings

So think about it… let’s say you rent 12 pieces each month for a year, that comes to about $12.50 per piece! As an example, the faux fur coat I’m wearing is $325 retail and the pants are $278 retail. Not to mention you don’t have to worry about dry cleaning or paying for shipping, since both are included in your monthly fee.

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4. Keeps you from spending on clothing unnecessarily

Rent the Runway is my automatic go-to. When I have an event to attend, a speaking engagement, when I’m styling a client, planning a street style shoot for myself, going on vacation or just need something cute to wear to work I always, ALWAYS check Rent the Runway first. I’m usually able to find exactly what I need without having to spend extra money on something I may only wear once - especially if it’s a special occasion.

5. Builds confidence

You guys know I’m all about finding the JOY in getting dressed. The clothing we wear can play a major part in how others see us and more importantly, how we see ourselves. When you look good, you feel good. With RTR Unlimited, you have the ability to try out new styles, even work with a personal stylist who will help you choose the perfect looks. This can help you figure out what works for you, therefore giving you more confidence in your style choices and making getting dressed easier and much more fun!

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So what do you say? Are you ready to give RTR Unlimited a try? If you are, I’ve got a special offer from me to you - get $80 off of your first 2 months, using the code MIKAELAP40 - when you get that first shipment, shoot me a DM on Instagram to let me know what you ordered!

One pair of pants, five ways

 
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You know that I love finding ways to wear the pieces in my closet over and over again. When I tried on these corduroy pants from Zara, I saw so many different outfits flash in my head and I wanted to share them with you!

 

CORDUROY PANTS: Zara (SOLD OUT) Similar: Nordstrom: https://rstyle.me/n/depn97cix3x J.Crew: https://rstyle.me/n/depphzcix3x

BLACK TURTLENECK: Uniqlo https://rstyle.me/n/deppj6cix3x

Floral Dress: Zara (OLD) but similar here: https://www.zara.com/us/en/long-flora...

MUSTARD YELLOW TURTLENECK: H&M (SOLD OUT) Similar: https://rstyle.me/n/deps9tcix3x

WHITE POLKA DOT BLOUSE: H&M https://rstyle.me/n/deptcncix3x

RED FLORAL BLAZER: Zara (SOLD OUT) Similar here: https://rstyle.me/n/deptgscix3x

PINK TURTLENECK SWEATER: J.Crew https://rstyle.me/n/deptjacix3x

STRIPED SWEATER: Target https://rstyle.me/n/deptuvcix3x

 

Elle turns One

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I can’t believe it, y’all. My girl is ONE. I had this idea that I wanted to write this long insightful post about her first year, but honestly, I don’t have it in me. The past year has been so emotionally draining that all I want to do is celebrate HER. Celebrate that we made it, that I made it, that our girl is happy, loving, strong-willed, beautiful, feisty, smart and funny and we love her to no end.

Dress:  Amazon  Floral Headband:  Amazon  Photography: ME (yay!) and  Jasmine Rose  (with lots of help from Baby Shark! LOL)

Dress: Amazon
Floral Headband: Amazon
Photography: ME (yay!) and Jasmine Rose (with lots of help from Baby Shark! LOL)

Even though, like the past year, this photoshoot was an extreme challenge, it was SO MUCH FUN! I had a ball planning out the details, picking out her outfit(s) and accessories, combing through Pinterest to find the perfect inspiration, finding the studio and finding the right decorations and putting it all together was so, so satisfying. I couldn’t be happier about the way these images came out.

I hope you enjoy! Please feel free to ask me any questions about the process in the comments.

The day didn’t go by without a few meltdowns. LOL

The day didn’t go by without a few meltdowns. LOL

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Vanilla Cake:  Brooklyn Sweet Spot  Decorated with silk flowers and eucalyptus leaves from  Michael’s

Vanilla Cake: Brooklyn Sweet Spot
Decorated with silk flowers and eucalyptus leaves from Michael’s

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Crown:  Amazon  Dress:  Circa81 Kids  Shoes: Adidas

Crown: Amazon
Dress: Circa81 Kids
Shoes: Adidas

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Personal Style: How do you define it?

Dress: Alexis (sold out) - similar  here  and  here ; darker color  here  Boots:  Shoedazzle

Dress: Alexis (sold out) - similar here and here; darker color here
Boots: Shoedazzle

“Personal style” is thrown around all the time - especially in the age of social media where there are so many people sharing theirs in the tiny squares of Instagram. But it can be a daunting task to figure out what your style is if you’re not even sure what you like or why. You’d be surprised, but even those of us who seem to have it altogether have to reevaluate our style from time to time!

So what do you do? Where do you even start? Do you head to the same stores everyone else shops in to buy whatever you think looks trendy and cool?

Of course not.

Before you start shopping, you want to start with some questions to help you figure out what to buy and where to buy it.

  1. What words would you use to describe your style (or the style you gravitate most towards)?

 

Do you like quirky style? Or are you more modern or classic in your style preferences? Do you stray away from color because you like to blend in more or are you all about standing out and prefer more bold color choices?

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2. What image would you like to portray?

 

We can say so much with our style - we can put our personalities on display and communicate to others just by the clothing we choose to wear. What would you like people to think when they see you (because let’s get real, while most of us don’t necessarily care what others think, we do want to present ourselves in the best way possible, am I right?)? Do you want to give off an image of professionalism, confidence, creativity? Are you a little shy or straight-forward? Would you say you’re more on the sophisticated side? Feminine & frilly or a tomboy?

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3. Who are you style icons? Who would you look to for style inspiration?

 

Who is that person that EVERY time you see a photo of them, you screenshot, save, and file that image in your memory because THAT is how you want to look? Whose style is consistently something you’d aspire to? What feeling does this person (or persons) evoke and why would you like to evoke the same feeling?

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So… how did you do? Do you feel like you’re getting closer to what your personal style could be?

I have a few more questions you should ask yourself to help in defining your personal style, but I’ll be saving them for my Personal Style Program, that will be launching in the new year! I’m so excited to share my style tips and tricks with you all, and I hope you’ll join me on this new journey.

If you’re interested in learning more about my course, feel free to sign up for my mailing list below, as I plan to share more information in the coming weeks!

 
 
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How To Add Color to your Wardrobe

Coat:  J.O.A. , similar  here  Sweater: Zara (sold out), but similar  here  Pants: Zara (old) but similar  here  Shoes: Shoedazzle (sold out) but similar  here  Turban:  Emijaa Jaaemil   PC:  Jasmine Rose

Coat: J.O.A., similar here
Sweater: Zara (sold out), but similar here
Pants: Zara (old) but similar here
Shoes: Shoedazzle (sold out) but similar here
Turban: Emijaa Jaaemil

PC: Jasmine Rose

Color can be intimidating - or so I’ve heard. From choosing the right ones that make you feel confident to trying to figure out what colors to wear together (hint: everything goes with denim!), it can definitely scare some people into only wearing black. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been one to run towards any and everything bold and bright. So pairing unlikely color combinations is something that comes easily to me. I’m realizing that not everyone has a knack for it, so I’ll be sharing some easy (and hopefully not intimidating) ways to add more color to your wardrobe.

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  1. Wear classic styles. There are some pieces that will always be in style, no matter what. Can you think of a winter where people weren’t wearing turtlenecks? Me either. If you’re in a cold weather city, turtlenecks are a staple and come out of the closet every Fall. Try finding a bright orange (like this one) or bubblegum pink (like this one). You can pair a turtleneck with everything in your closet - from a pair of denim to wearing it over a dress.

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Wear a bold classic style.

I wore this classic turtleneck in a vibrant marigold, over a dress to winterize one of my favorite summer pieces. This dress is sleeveless with a low v-neck (definitely not suitable for Fall/Winter in NYC), so adding a sweater and denim jacket made it easy to wear as the temps got cooler.

2. Wear bold colored outerwear. The great thing about coats (in most cases, but you know I’m extra) is that you don’t have to worry about putting a whole outfit together to match your coat. If you’re *not* like me, and actually plan on CLOSING your coat, then it doesn’t matter what colors you’re wearing underneath, because your outwear will do all the talking. This cobalt blue coat from J.O.A. (a brand I also carry in my shop) is a showstopper!

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Wear a bold statement coat.

Adding a statement coat can bring any outfit to life! Although this look already had a lot going on, adding the blue coat gave it the extra edge.

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3. Wear a bold shoe. Y’all know I LOVE a good shoe! Add any color (and I’m not talking black or brown) to your look and it’s an instant LEWK, honey. Shoes can take an outfit from blah to YAAAASSS, b*%^c in a matter of seconds. Whether it’s a bold yellow pump like this one or a red one like the one below, try adding an extra pop of color this way.

Wear a bold shoe.

Adding a pop of color on your feet is a super easy way to infuse more color into your outfits. Even if it’s a colorful pair of sneakers - no need to wear heels to be fly!

PC: SimplyShannah

Et voila! Those are my tips for taking baby steps to add a little color to your wardrobe. Let me know what you think in the comments, and when you try one (or all if you’re feeling super adventurous!) of the tips, be sure to let me know over on Instagram!

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A New York Love Story

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Everything the dating “experts” tell you NOT to do/expect is pretty much a part of our story. 

1. We met in a club

2. Became “familiar” quickly. 😂 

3. Had in-house dates early on.  

4. Dealt with ex drama

5. Broke up & got back together.

6. Moved in before engagement or any talk of marriage.  

7. No magical marriage proposal moment.  

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BUT, here we are, happy and in love.  

Funny thing though: we *almost* didn’t even make it to our first date. So here’s the story:

Dre and I met at a club. 😳 It was my friend’s birthday and we had plans to go to Atlantic City for the weekend. At the last minute, she changed her mind and another friend of ours invited us to a party that she was working (as a a promoter). There were 3 of us, my friend & her boyfriend, and me. I knew a lot of people there, so I did my little social butterfly thing and roamed around/danced alone most of the evening so her and the bf could hang. At one point, I wandered, tipsy and in a great mood, over to the bar to get a glass of water - where I bumped into Dre. Literally fell into his arms. The dress I had on had an open back and his hand found his way to my bare back and conversation ensued.

Me: My back is sweaty.

Dre: *shrugs* I don’t care, do you? 

Me: *shrugs* not really.  

I don’t quite remember what else was said #blamethevodka, but at some point he introduced me to his sister and friend who he’d come to the party with. I do remember mentioning where I lived, and him saying that his friend lived a block away. He’ll say I invited him over to our table for a drink but I don’t remember that, I just remember that once I walked away, I kept seeing him every time I turned around. On the dance floor, by the stairs, by our table. LOL. I gave him (& 2 other guys) my number that cold, December Saturday night.

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I had heard from the other two already, but by Tuesday evening, hadn’t heard a peep from Mr. Touch My Sweaty Back. LATE that night - like after midnight - I finally get a text, “hey, can you talk?”

Um, no. *ignore* And best believe I won’t be talking to him if he decides to call later. Who does he think he is that he can text me that late, for the first time, and I’m supposed to be ready and willing to talk at that hour. No, again.

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I get a call the next afternoon from the same number. *sends to voicemail*

And I was determined to not even listen to the message. But my curiosity got the best of me, so I finally checked it as I was heading home from work that day.

Ugh. He has a nice voice. DOUBLE UGH. He’s witty & funny.

So now I have to call him back. I don’t really know what it was, but something about hearing his voice made me smile. Just typing this out now gives me that same happy feeling - what we later called the “warm & fuzzies” for each other.

On that call, we planned a first date, and well, it never happened. HE STOOD ME UP!

Not really, but I like to say that. LOL! He called me a few hours before our date and told me he was styling a photoshoot and it was running later than he expected so he wouldn’t be able to make it, and politely asked if we could reschedule.

He was STYLING A PHOTOSHOOT. If that right there doesn’t tell me we were meant to be together…! So yeah, we rescheduled, had a blast (even though our friends who were on the double date with us were kissing before we’d even hugged each other LOL) and, well there’s a whole lot of other stuff that happened before we got here, but I’m sure you’re just ready to see some cute kids. Maybe I’ll share more of our story later. Until then, feast on the cuteness!

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