Monday, March 13th 2017
The pendulum of our experiences fascinates me. Like the rhythmic pull of tides, if we throw ourselves so deeply into something, eventually we’ll be pulled hard in the other direction. We have a need for balance that’s deeply ingrained. And if last year was one in which an obsession with social media lead to an infatuation with everything external, there’s a beautiful polarity in the movement unfolding all around us, where our gaze has turned inwards to The Self.
Never in our lives have we been so exposed to the world of others. For all of the benefits of community and inspiration, incessant glimpses into a curated highlights reel of someone else’s life inevitably leads to comparison. We've become compelled to make our own everyday match the filtered lens through which we view the world around us. We've learned that the things we love and moments shared aren’t enough, and seek validation through constant feedback from others. Exposed to the extraordinary, we thrive on the need to achieve things beyond ourselves. And a lot of the time it's not even for ourselves. Romanced by far flung destinations, seduced by advertising and drawn into the stories of others, never before have we been pulled in so many directions away from ourselves.
Finally that voyeuristic bubble seems to have burst. We’re exhausted from trying to keep up. We’ve realized that in our obsession with other, we were depleting ourselves. Polarity has us craving the opposite. We're questioning just how authentically we are living and if we're really using our time on things that set our hearts on fire. The things that fill us up.
Inspired by the beauty in this movement, this month’s Style Guide Issue takes a deep dive into the Self; a celebration of living wildly, authentically, and unapologetically you. This month we’re committing to ourselves, motivated by the profound changes we could make to our lives if we used even one day a week replacing the hours spent on social media, and poured it back into our selves. We’re pulling out journals we used to write in, we’re seeking simple pleasures in art and creativity, we’re taking those classes we put off. We’re getting up early to catch the sunrise, to cook a meal from scratch, to learn that second language. We’re pulling ourselves up for using busy as an excuse when we can find hours to trawl mindlessly through social media. This month is about inspiring action. Keeping our promises. Walking our talk.
There’s nothing we believe with more conviction that than in order to love somebody else, we must first learn to love ourselves. We're deeply inspired by the impact these little commitments to self might have on a larger scale, as they trickle down into the external world. There are all kinds of love we might experience but none more pure, honest, and freeing than the love that unfolds in every part of our lives, and touches everyone that enters our world, when it spills from a cup that is already full.
Of all the Style guide Issues I’ve worked on, none resonates more powerfully than this one, and I’ve never felt more inspired than being surrounded by the creatives I had the privilege of working with to put this issue together (and the articles to come). From the team at The LANE who dug deep to meet a brief of stripped back, confrontingly real, and openly honest, to the powerful women we interviewed who live life on their terms. Women forging their own paths, who share with us the commitments they’re making this month to honor themselves. We interviewed our favorite writers whose words about self love forever seep into our skin, aesthetically we explored the concept of reflection, using tangible styling pieces like mirrors as abstract references to self. And finally, were humbled that one of our biggest muses Alex Elle, took the time to create a series of wedding vows for us to share with you throughout the month - vows that inspire us to create the kind of love that’s built on a solid foundation of two whole selves.
Stationery / Calligraphy: Alex, Terrace Press
Style Guide Articles:
Concept Exploration: 5 Creative Entrepreneurs on the Meaning of Self
Expert Interview: Painting with Words: Victoria Erickson
Monday, March 13th 2017
When it comes to creative entrepreneurs, we believe it’s those who give most intensely of themselves that tend to find their place, their purpose and their success. The connection is too powerful, too ever-present to be refuted.
As we explore the idea of self, we realize how in awe we are of those who have the courage to expose their depths and their essence through their work. Those whose selves are so enmeshed with what they create, they’re unable to be separated. It’s a level of authenticity that can’t be simulated, and it’s intoxicating to observe.
We selected a group of intensely creative entrepreneurs who we feel embody this concept and asked to take a glimpse into their inner workings. We wanted to know what nourishes and drives these women, whose work and sense of self conjoin rather than collide.
Thursday, February 16th 2017
We travel because we need to, because distance and difference are the secret tonic of creativity. When we get home, home is still the same. But something in our mind has been changed, and that changes everything.
When I look back on 2016, it was a year of foreign travel that spilled with moments that stirred my soul. The nature of a big project last year, (The LANE Man which launches soon!) took me to wildly unexpected places; inside Icelandic Glaciers, to Mayan Ruins and vibrant Mexican towns, a light drenched Californian desert, winter adventures in Wyoming, and road trips through the Swiss Alps. I drew so much from those experiences; the profound beauty of nature and it’s ability to dissolve life’s complexities, rambling conversations with strangers that moved me beyond words, the intoxicating beauty of tiny towns and their aged patina walls washed in pastel tints. I found magic in other people’s mundane, and poetry in human experiences. Travel fuelled me. I was allured by its vibrancy, in love with the way a constant sense of impermanency intensified the need to soak up every moment. I was addicted to the way new surroundings ignited all senses. That beautiful but dizzying world became my new norm for all of last year, and I was convinced there was nothing like travel that could stir the soul.
I found myself obsessed with dreaming up new adventures, excited by the sheer volume of places I’d not yet explored. My fleeting visits back home revolved only around work commitments I couldn’t avoid, I was there because I had to be, I loved the comfort of familiarity for a few days but my gypsy mind would always default back to old ways, a gaze locked on the horizon, fixated on what came next.
After a year of transience, I landed back in Australia in early January, slowly wrapping my head around needing to stay put for the next 4 months. On a sunrise swim that first morning at home in Sydney, the impact of all that travel hit me hard. The same landscape I’d taken in a hundred times on morning walks was richer in detail, the ocean had an iridescence I hadn’t paid attention to before, the sky was stained a shade of pink that didn’t seem real. I was suddenly viewing my familiar world through a completely new lens. The same romance I found in exploring new destinations, spilled from familiar surroundings. The difference was that this time I was present enough to notice.
I quickly realised that while my passport overflowed with reminders of life changing memories etched in my heart, it was never about the travel. The moments that seeped into my skin were a result of the mindset that travel demands. Travel and its experiences grounded in unfamiliarity, were the perfect alchemy for internal change. Travel taught me a lesson in the importance of presence; one that made me fall deeply in love with all of the little things that had always been right there in front of me.
As I started working on The Romance Issue, I couldn’t help but find an inextricable link between romance and presence. A belief that romance is hidden everywhere, revealed layer by layer in a myriad of forms when you’re open to seeing it. So rather than focus on romance as being something that’s reliant on another, this month is a celebration of romance that starts with ourselves. The challenge to focus. To look up. To draw on travel’s lessons and extract romance from our every day. To fixate on the detail and beauty of your immediate surroundings. As they are. In morning light that spills through windows, the simple beauty of fresh flowers, of tiny apartments filled with decadent scents, the experience of live music, the drama of torrential rain, conversations sparked with strangers that shift your headspace, the days that go "wrong" when fate intervenes to change your trajectory.
Romance is about making time for the things that fill us up in order to be present…getting up an hour early to jump in the ocean at sunrise, watching an old film, leaving your phone off for an entire Sunday to experience the simplicity of uninterrupted and uninfluenced thoughts, scribbling rambling thoughts that make sense to no one but you, creating space and time to just be, exactly as you are, exactly where you are. To realise that romance isn’t something we need to travel to the other side of the world for or work hard to feel, it isn’t always an epic love story, or an exotic overseas adventure, there’s something so profoundly beautiful about the romance thats interlaced with ordinary moments. And the infinite access you have, when you discover that it starts with yourself.
Bracelet: Cartier LOVE
Style Guide Artices:
Theme: Night Swim
Cakes: Eroded Surfaces
Jewelry: Hidden Stones
Bridesmaids: The Blush Edit