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The Romance Issue.

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.

Karissa x

Bracelet: Cartier LOVE

Style Guide Artices:

Theme: Night Swim

Cakes: Eroded Surfaces

Jewelry: Hidden Stones

Bridesmaids: The Blush Edit

Styling: 4 Styling Tips for Simple Table Decor

Photography: Mara Visuals

Style Guide Issue 9: The Artist Issue

Thursday, November 5th 2015

Meraki (v) to do something with soul, creativity, or love; when you leave a piece of yourself in your work.

We see a lot of work pass us by at The LANE. These days anyone with a camera can call themselves a wedding photographer, anyone replicating high end couture gowns with budget fabrics and amateur skills can promote themselves as designers. There's a lot of people jumping on the bandwagon trying to make a quick buck, too impatient to study, learn and perfect technique.  But there's absolutely no comparison to the breathtaking work that is executed with raw passion and authentic soul. In a heart beat you can see and feel the difference. 

With the Artist Issue we wanted to celebrate imagination and draw attention to the artists in the wedding world who are truly dedicated to their crafts. Our gaze turns to the talented creatives who work tirelessly behind the designer gowns and beautiful events that we like to promote at The LANE, and invest so much of themselves in the process. From makeup artists who use the face as a canvas to paint with light and shade, stationery designers imprinting luxurious paper on ancient letterpress machinery, photographers who artfully frame emotive moments forever frozen in time, jewelry designers creating hand forged pieces that echo your personal style, and caterers who invest deep thought into creating cohesive, beautifully presented menus that are as much a work of art as your decor styling. 

This month it's about quality not quantity. It's about slowing down, stripping back and appreciating the beauty of technique and process. It's choosing hand crafted pieces over massed produced goods, which then become lifelong keepsakes and tell a story.  It's not settling for a one size fits all package deal on your wedding day. And most importantly it's about connecting with and investing in likeminded professionals who will breathe life into your dream wedding plans, and do it with integrity and passion, because it's far more than just a job for them. 

We delve deep into the art world this month, intrigued by the minds of some of our favourite creatives, and how we can be guided by their approach for event styling in terms of colour palettes, composition, shape and form. From painterly handmade ceramics as non traditional gifts, otherworldly pastel dreamscapes as ceremony backdrops, artful jewellery shapes, tablescapes accented with geometric details, and the allure of poetic sleeves on your honeymoon, the art world has beautifully inspired each Style Guide article you'll see throughout this month on The LANE.

We're so excited to kick off The Artist Issue with an exciting collaboration (pictured above) which we photographed at Sky Gallery in New York City recently with Paridust, (adorned in Marchesa) - an architect turned internet sensation exploring art through the lens of fashion, and one of our favourite artists Kim Keever (who famously creates the poetic, liquid artwork we've long adored). You can read the full interview with Pari here.

I hope this month inspires you to draw upon the magical world of creative minds, to push boundaries when it comes to styling, to never get so busy ticking off a to do list that you don't approach each planning decision thoughtfully, and see each component as part of a cohesive whole. Most importantly we hope you're as touched as we are by the talented creatives who feature in this issue, and get the chance to experience working alongside artists who invest their heart and soul into their craft. Because the results are always extroadinary.

Karissa x

Paridust x Kim Keever Shoot Credits:

Dress: Marchesa

Model: Pari Ehsan

Artwork: Kim Keever

Studio: Sky Gallery / Gowanus Hospitality Group

Photos: Tylor Hóu

Hair: Cosma De Marinis

Make Up: Samantha Dametta

The Artist Issue:

Gifts: Painterly Plates

Ceremony Spaces: Pastel Palette Landscapes

Love Stories: Artist & Muse

Jewelry: Artful Shapes

Reception Decor: Geometric

Vacation Style: Poets Blouse

Style Guide Issue 8: Time.

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.

Karissa x

Theme: Timeworn

Bridal: Nomadic Embrodiery

Ceremonies: Ornate Entrances

Stationery: Dip Dyed

Planning Advice: Lo-Fi Honeymoons 

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