Friday Cocktail Hour. Cinnamon & Anise Sour.

Friday, July 17th 2015

Mood: Transporting you to another place, a bar on the beach in Mexico, a sunlight deck overlooking the vast landscapes of somewhere far away, just you, your closest friends, cocktail in hand, you're moving to the new and the old school & you're refilling your glass for the fourth time... We thought who better to take us there than electronic DJ, singer/song writer, Elizabeth Rose, who's upcoming performance at Australian music festival Splendour in the Grass has us just a little bit excited to dance. And in the meantime she's put together for us her favourite tracks to take us to that somewhere (we've thrown in one of our favourite tracks by the girl herself because we can't get enough)... 

Cocktail: Cinnamon & Anise Sour

 60mm / 2 ounces Pear Vodka

 20mm /  1/2 ounce Lemon Juice

 20mm /  1/2 ounce Spiced Sugar Syrup

 1/2 Egg White of 1 Egg

 Pear & Cinnamon to Garnish

 To make Spiced Sugar Syrup place 3 pieces each of lemon and orange peel (pith removed), 5 cloves, 3 cinnamon sticks, 5 star anise, 1 cup of raw sugar and 1 1/2 cups of water in a pan, simmering until syrupy and reduced by half. Cool and strain. 

Place syrup, vodka, lemon juice and egg white into a shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a glass filled with ice, garnishing with a pear slice (dusted in cinnamon and dried slowly in the oven).

Playlist: (Follow The LANE Playlist on Spotify

All I Could Do / Oscar Key Sun 

Outstanding / Gap Band 

Leave Me Alone / Kaytranada 

Alone in Da Sun / Beat Spacek 

Feel It Boy / Beenie Man feat. Janet Jackson

The Way / James Welsh

Wanna Be Loved / Jill Scott

Makeda / Les Nubians

Forget Me Nots / Patrice Rushen 

Groove is in the Heart / Deee-Lite

The Good Life / Elizabeth Rose 

Style Guide Issue 7: Exotic.

Tuesday, July 7th 2015

"Live the full life of the mind, exhilarated by new ideas, intoxicated by the romance of the unusual."

- Ernest Hemingway.

Exotic. An idea we innately love and a theme we've mused over again and again, only to stop and question ourselves, putting it back down, each time we picked it up…wondering if in the world of weddings "exotic" was well and truly done. Over and out. The way everything we once loved around Bohemian over time became over-done. Props, hairstyles and dresses so expected they lost their authenticity and no longer resembled roots of originality, of living a life differently. Similarly Tribal, it all began to feel a bit contrived.  

So we re-thought it. Entirely. Forgetting everything Exotic conjured, all the bad connotations, all the literal translations and focussed instead on what it really, truly means to us. And we looked at it as a relative concept. Because what is exotic for us, is anther souls everyday. And vice versa, which intrigued us. This realising that exotic is at its simplest, a feeling of unfamiliarity. A mix of the foreign, the strikingly unusual, the beautifully strange. 

The most intoxicating, skin tingling part of travel for us is always the sensory assault of this unfamiliar. Of landing somewhere greeted by a wave of scents and sounds, language, currency, faces and places. Your rational mind already knowing you're far, far from home but not really feeling it or believing it, until you experience these sensory clues, a separate language understood (and remembered) by the body. The same language that years later, will with a single scent or sound will transport you back in a heartbeat, so fast you'll catch your breath. 

Never has this sensation felt more true for us than in Morocco. A beguiling feeling of one part fearful and ten parts fascinated. An elusive mix of the dangerous and the beautiful, the vividly different, the hyperreal. A place so foreign it reminded us of all over again of what it feels like to travel for the very first time. The culture shock and dizzying sensation of being swept up in the magic and energy of a place unbelievably unlike home, of being moved beyond words. A feeling that anyone who has traveled, has experienced, regardless of the destination. 

We wanted to explore the notion of being "in love with cities we've never been to and people we've never met". The way a place can pull, the way we're innately and inexplicably drawn to certain cultures and certain countries far from home. Deeper than a sense of wanderlust, there are some places that just resonate…different places, to different people, for different reasons. And this is what fascinates us. This is what's worth exploring, re-visiting. And what makes exotic, authentic again. 

We encourage you in exploring this months theme with us, to look both to your everyday and your wedding day. It's about drawing upon the places and experiences that genuinely resonate, that hold an affinity and an unwavering space in your heart. A sensory layering of abstract cues (not only visual or decor related, but rich in flavours, flowers, music, scent, rituals, ceremony, setting and a sense of space) to create a multifaceted, non-literal, authentic (exotic) experience, uniquely your own...

Theme: Exotic Nomadic

Bridal: Fringed Gowns

Food Styling: Purfumed Menus

Jewelry: Rutilated Quartz

Bridesmaids: Nocturnal Gypsies 

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Watercolour Workshop & Lunch by the Sea. On Film.

Thursday, July 2nd 2015

Watercolour Workshop & Lunch by the Sea. On Film. from Joseph Willis on Vimeo.

Events, often long in preparation, exciting in lead up but move by before you feel like you’ve had a chance to sip your champagne. Knowingly, we thought no one better to capture the concept & emotion of the day than Joseph Willis. Heightened in inspiration was a room full of like-minded women, all with a story to tell & we didn’t want a moment of it to lapse from our memories. Documenting the day as it unfolded, the setting by the sea, a inky mess of a workshop & the attempts to perfect technique followed by a long lunch, faultless plating & oceanic tastes that accompanied laughter over cocktails. Glimpse behind the scenes into a day of pure inspiration & artistic mayhem with Joseph Willis & The LANE…

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