Lani Says

Lani Says is food & music she loves, interviews with local artists and sharing stories of her life with the man she loves.

Afghans, Coconut Ice & Smores with Bach Espresso Coffee

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Last week I was sent a glorious bag full of the new ‘Bach Espresso’ coffee range. Being the coffee fiend/lover that I am, this delivery pleased me no end. The whole ethos behind Bach Espresso is about enjoying your time with your cup of coffee, to transport you to the kind of relaxation you feel when you’re away on holiday, in your bach. I can dig this, because coffee for me is not about needing to be energised or kept awake, it’s about taking a little time out to gather my thoughts and plan my day. At work, it’s the first thing I do in the day, I sip away while I go over notes and read through the days tasks, and by the end of the cup I feel like I’m fully equipped to do what I need to. On the weekends, it’s a black cup of coffee with the boyfriend after a sleep in, or it’s multiple cups shared with friends catching up on the weeks news. With that in mind, I feel like Bach Espresso has come up with pretty apt names to describe the different ways I like to use coffee, ‘Take a Little Time Out’, for their mild roast, ‘Our Special Place’ for the medium roast, and ‘For the Working Bee’ for their strong roast. Of course, my favourite is the strong roast – because that’s how I like my coffee – strong, strong, strong.

Anyway, with keeping these themes in mind, I thought it would be cool to enlist the help of ‘Talia’s Treats’ to come up with three different treats to match the three different coffee roasts. Because, what’s a cuppa coffee without a lil treat to go with it, right? (We also came up with a pretty cool way to use the coffee beans for something other than coffee!) I think the results are pretty mean, so please, click through and check out what roasts she paired with her Afghans, Coconut Ice and Smores (yes bro, smores) treats !!

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Move With Nike – Day 2 on Hamilton Island / Qualia Resort

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Lani Loves – music & random linkages


Nick ’41’ Maclaren has not only released a super dope instrumental EP available for free-download here – he’s also come with possibly the best art-work this year, maybe ever. When Nick asked on his fb page for someone to “please draw me a picture of a Pterodactyl with grills in its mouth smoking a blunt and attacking a city.” I thought he was joking. But he said he’d never joke about something like that. Funnily enough he had two guys offer him up artwork. “Never in my life would I think I’d have to let a dude down for drawing me a weed smoking terrorist pterodactyl”.

  Lil insider info : the guy who designed the ‘Pterror Dak Trill’ artwork, Tim Checkley, also did Frontline’s ‘What You Expect’ cover. 

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Dinner Under the Stars : #movewithnike

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Move With Nike – Day 1 on Hamilton Island / Qualia Resort

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My picks of the boohoo Future Sport range


 The boohoo ‘Future Sport’ range is the range I was most excited about when I went to Sydney earlier this year to get a little sneak peek at future boohoo lines. It also took the longest to come out, so I’m excited that it’s finally here.

My favourite pieces are the separates, I’d pair the long sleeved crop tops with body-con midi skirts, or the mesh panelled baggy pants, like the ones in the picture above. Those are pretty bad-ass right? Shop the range here, & check out some of my faves below. Read the rest of this entry »

Lani Loves – fitness challenges, fashion week build-up, tea, omelettes & a zonkey!!!


How exciting. Fashion Week hype is beginning.

FIrst, The Marr Factory is back this year, a series of in-season runway shows curated by Stephen Marr with Karen Walker, Zambesi, Nom*D, Helen Cherry, Workshop & Kate Sylvester all taking part. The shows sold out last year, so get your tickets here. Also, Courvoisier has aligned with the Marr Factory, which I’m pretty excited about, because it gives me the chance to say ‘pass the Courvoisier’ like Busta Rhymes, Diddy & Mr T IRL! The shows sold out last year, so grab your tickets here quick smart.

Also, tickets for the NZ Fashion Weekend have gone on sale too. My pick is the A.OK K.Rd show – bringing together four designers from one of our most (in)famous and diverse streets, Karangahape Road : Jimmy D, Hailwood, Lela Jacobs & Maiike.  Oh, and Annah Stretton is hosting a gay marriage, during her catwalk show, titled ‘Come On Oz, Say I Do.’ Orrr, if you just feel like getting on it for the weekend, you could always just head along to the Fashion Weekend Opening Night Partay, up2ug.


So, on a completely different topic, I got my measurements / body-fat percentage taken again. This is about a month after I set my initial ‘new’ fitness goals, and failed miserably by continuing to eat whatever the hell I wanted to, which happened to be a lot of junk, hence hitting the *refresh* button (or is ctrl+alt+delete more accurate in this case?) on this whole fitness thing. So yes, my new goals are now in place, again. Read the rest of this entry »

Weekend Shopping, hearts, Nike Air Max camos & romwe - Lani Says - I heart.Click to view Lani Says – I heart. on GLOSSI.COM

The weekend is for sleeping in, relaxing, good coffee and shopping.

I had a play around last night with making an online magazine – click the picture or link above to have a look at all the pretty heart shaped or heart adorned jewellery, dresses, jumpers & handbags I’m loving right now.

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Talia’s Treats : Mini Pavs


Editors note: These are the best freaking pavs I’ve ever had, they are the perfect mixture of soft and chewy and the dark chocolate gives it that extra, super duper scrumptiousness. Blaow. Chur Talia.


4 egg whites / 1 cup sugar / 150g dark chocolate, chopped

Beat the egg whites on high. Once frothy, start adding the sugar a couple of tablespoons at a time. Continue beating until white, stiff and glossy, and all the sugar is dissolved – if you rub a little between your fingers it should be smooth. If its still grainy, keep beating. Fold the chopped chocolate through the meringue mix.

Preheat the oven to 150C. Place rounded spoonfuls on a paper lined tray. Bake 40mins – 1hr. The longer you cook them, the crisper the shell. I like them slightly soft and chewy, so I only cook them for 40mins at the most.

Serve with whipped cream, and either a berry compote or fresh fruit.


California Design, Open Late at the Auckland Art Gallery

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On Tuesday, I went along to the first of three Open Late events the Auckland Art Gallery is running for the exhibition ‘California Design, 1930-1965: Living in a Modern Way‘. It’s the first major study of California mid-century design, and the exhibits range from furniture, fashion, homeware and graphic design.

You’re allowed to take photos as long as you don’t use a flash, and as you can see from the pics I chose to take, I was most drawn to the furniture and fashion. And by that I mean, I just wanted it all in my home. I kept forgetting that this was an art exhibit, and made a mental shopping list of everything I wanted to buy, clothes included – it’s crazy how much of the fashion would totally work today. I think a lot of people went home that night inspired to re-decorate their homes. My favourite part was the different styles of fashion, swimsuits, day-dresses, and matching pant & crop-tops, hanging together mid-air, but other fun things like retro game-boards, the original Barbie and Ken dolls (!!) the polaroid camera and an early design of the Oscar statuette are also highlights. I took way more photos, but I didn’t want to ruin it for you and take away all element of surprise, so it’s best you head along yourself for a look 🙂

The next Open Late event is on the 20th of August, with Kate Sylvester as the special guest speaker, and a live performance by Sal Valentine & The Babyshakes. Check out the Auckland Art Gallery or EventFinda for more info.