Wednesday, August 12th 2015
As we delve this month into an exploration of Time, it’s a little ironic that I find myself writing this letter on a flight from Sydney to LA. It seems 25,000 feet in the air, phone on flight mode, forcefully disconnected from social media & the noise of every day life, is the only time I find these days to truly stop and focus. And while I probably should switch off completely, a glass of red wine, our cocktail hour playlist, and a day long journey to write, dream up creative plans and delve into editorial briefs with a crystal clear mindset, feels like pure luxury. It’s certainly not the flying that I love, but the rare time to pause that it offers in the midst of the frenetic life we live in 2015.
Sadly I know that for myself and everyone else on this flight currently transfixed by films, immersed in conversation with strangers over vacation plans or restfully sleeping, this momentary escape from a world where we’re constantly ‘on’ ends when we touch down. iPhones on. Global Roaming activated (less expensive than your hotel internet these days), emails coming in thick and fast & an Instagram feed of narcissistic selfies unabashedly vying for your likes & comments.
I’m totally aware of the sardonicism in sending you an EDM (for an online publication) in which to vent about our addiction to technology (which we’ll later promote on social media). I do love the creative inspiration, cultural exposure and global connectedness that social media elicits, but we need to regain a real time presence. I miss the days where overseas travel without iPhones meant disconnecting and being truly present. Everyday conversations with friends were deeper and life wasn’t curated in a series of Instagram squares. Social media fuels creativity and connection by documenting the events of every day life, but overused can leave us without the beautiful spaces in between to let your mind to drift, to day dream, to recharge. Instead, we fill our spare moments with an unhealthy dose of voyeuristic scrolling, liking and life comparison to a highlights real of moments curated.
In this month’s Style Guide Issue we wanted to draw attention to our relationship with Time and the conscious choice we have spend it in enriching ways. The effect that taking time to pause can have on our happiness, quality of relationships and magic that comes from the creative process when it’s given time. Some of the best moments in life are the ones we forgot to take pictures of. As inspiration, we’ve pulled together a worldwide hit list of low-fi honeymoon ideas (think luxurious glass igloos or remote tree houses!) where you can completely switch off, we pay homage to the design techniques of artisans who handstitch the nomadic embroidered gowns we love this season. And aesthetically this month we’ll show you how to create styling inspired by the crumbling façade of timeworn interiors for your own events.
If there was ever a more perfect location to explore this month’s theme, it’s Cuba. A destination we’ve forever dreamed of visiting, romanced by its unchanged soul; a vibrant culture unaffected by technology and time. We can’t wait to share our adventures, travel diary and next fashion editorials in this magical place. An experience where willingly, patchy dial up internet will force us to disconnect. Our captured moments may feel more like postcards from Cuba.
Friday, July 31st 2015
Mood: You find yourself sipping them well and truly into the night, whether you’re poolside in the middle of tropicana or dreaming of slow afternoons that take you into sunset… the cocktail classic, for the nomadic girl, or the girl that gets a serious sense of wanderlust when the weekend rolls around. This week we were lucky enough to have the team from Anise Catering in the office, mixing up the most incredible Pina Coladas we've ever tasted! Just add a few of our favourite cocktail hour tunes...
Cocktail: Pina Colada
40mm / 1 1/3 ounces White Caribbean Rum
20mm / 1/2 ounce Spiced Caribbean Rum
50mm / 1 1/2 ounces Coconut Cream
50mm / 1 1/2 ounces Pineapple Juice
25mm / 3/4 ounce Agave
10mm / 1/3 ounce Lime Juice
Fresh coconut (to garnish).
Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker, shaking quickly and vigorously to combine. Strain into a tall glass over ice, or a chilled coupette, garnishing with coconut shavings.
Playlist: (Follow The LANE Playlist on Spotify)
Salad Days / Mac Demarco
The Heat / Jungle
Little Bit / Lykke Li
Sun Models / OZESZA, Madelyn Grant
No One / Thelma Plum
Tell Me / Golden Features (feat. Nicole Miller)
You Were Right / Rufus
Thursday, July 30th 2015
Exotic, a meaning, a feeling, an aesthetic we've been exploring this month at The LANE. We've asked a handful of our favourite creatives who, to us, design, create and live an embodiment of exotic... what does it mean to you?
Charlotte Blakeney of By CHARLOTTE (Jewelry Designer)
“When I think exotic, I think of travelling to a distant country where I feel most connected, where my creative mind is heightened and where my designs come alive…”
Sybil Steele (Photographer)
“Exotic for me usually means a far flung land, somewhere that once seemed unattainable in a dream but once you truly get there reinvigorates your senses on nearly every level. It starts with a smell in the air, like citrus trees in a courtyard in Morocco while there is a call to prayer echoing about. It then evolves with unfamiliar faces, dress, food and customs. The end result of exotic is the understanding that the world is dynamic, multi-layered and diversity is not lost in the monotony of a modern day world.”
Hanalei Reponty (Model)
"Exotic is an eternal freedom of roaming the world. For myself, it is a frame of mind where there are endless possibilities through adventure of the unknown. This is why I wake up every day feeling inspired."
Kristy Ellen (Makeup Artist, Contributor / Winged Eye)
“Escaping to the unknown with my husband, just us two! Whether it is a new destination, or simply a new restaurant! Experiencing something unique & something that at first seems strange, but fun & adventurous all at the same time!”
Simon Upton (Photographer)
"When I think of this word, the first thing that comes to mind is locations,I’ve spent the last 15 years,travelling to some of the most remote places in the world and seem more and more drawn to the most exotic,exotic in terms of remoteness,beauty,isolation and culture,as I find its really key to my work,I try and seek out the most beautiful place I can find and delve into the culture and especially the people as its here where I find what I’m usually looking for."
"Exotic to me means... sexy islands, blue oceans, bright Suns, coconuts, kisses."
Cassandra Ladru (Photographer)
"Exotic to me is that immediate connection and ability to evoke feelings to a foreign place... For me, travelling to a different country is this incredible sensory overload in many ways; and when I think back to some of my favourite places around the world, that is what takes me right back to that place and time. The visuals, the sounds, the scents, the tastes; just the overall characteristics of that specific place."
Victoria Beattie (Founder, The Beach People)
“Exotic is a faraway place. That breathtaking place that demands all your senses to take note. It’s where you feel the unfelt.”