Lani Says

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

Month: June, 2013

fancy-pants oats


If you follow me on instagram you’ll know that I haven’t exactly been strictly enforcing my healthy eating rules, but I have been getting breakfast right.

Here’s the mix I’m loving right now, in case anyone else out there needs a yummy healthy breakfast option:

A bowl of oats, with roughly a half a cup of water, and a dash or two of almond milk (add more or less water/milk depending on personal preference). Microwave for 60 seconds. Add frozen raspberries and/or blueberries and put back in microwave for another 30 seconds. Add sliced banana & flax-seeds. Depending on the taste you want, you can add a teaspoon of organic peanut butter and mix through OR a sprinkle of cinnamon, or both, up2ug.

I find the banana adds all the sweetness you need. It will keep you full til lunchtime at least, and is perfect for energy for a work out. If you have any other delicious porridge ideas – put it in the comments so we can all give it a try please!!


Mondegreen – Fearless In The Jungle


Birdwatcher shirt, Rain Dance skirt


Sun Seeker cami, Chorus pants

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Lani Loves – new music, weekend antics and a few choice articles


Karaage chicken, deep fried shrimp and Japanese mayo is certainly not the way to reach my fitness goals, but it is the way to reach my happy place, which is what I did on Saturday with girlfriends, eating and drinking the night away. I don’t think we ever go to Kens Yakitori without staying until closing, and after that it was Karaoke, and hilarious renditions of ‘Mercy’ and ‘On One’.

While we were out, Drake made me very happy by releasing three new tracks and added a verse to Migos -Versace, on his new website. I’m sure you’re already up on that, but here are the tracks after the jump, if you haven’t downloaded yet 🙂

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prom-hangover & mafia wife

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lingerie and pretty cakes

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BU2MU – “I am smiling, I think of you”


“And nothing can compare, to when you roll the dice and swear your love’s for me”

Loving someone requires a certain amount of faith, there are no guarantees. There is always a risk, always a gamble involved when you choose to love someone completely – but when you both decide that the reward and journey of trying to love each other outweighs the risk of it not working, when you both decide to roll the dice, to go all in…well, ain’t that a beautiful thing? Finlay Quaye is right, nothing can compare.

dress-ups with sequins & cupcakes

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Lani Loves – tea, sales, vine, viva, kickboxing & new goals

peppermintteaFresh Mint with Honey Tea at Zus & Zo

This week I am loving that the bf is back from Australia, my new laptop, fresh mint with honey tea, getting a buzz out of seeing myself in the NZ Herald’s Viva magazine, writing about X-Factor fashion over on The Corner and browsing boohoo for hours to pick out my top five sale items & these Mi Piaci heels. I also love that my sister Talia of Talia’s Treats took me to a beginners kickboxing class and her husband Joe started teaching me how to punch and kick. You may have noticed that I have been talking about exercise a lil more again, after basically falling off the last 6 months. I had my measurements and body-fat percentage done again, which shows unsurprisingly that I have regressed back to what I was (and a bit worse) for the same time last year – so while that sux a bit, I love that I know exactly where I am again, and am able to accurately set fitness and health goals once more. I love vine and am now addicted to making very amateurish stop-motion videos. I love being able to hang out with friends on the weekend and do absolutely nothing but play youtube vids and talk shit, and still have the best time. Oh, and I had a Georgie Pie last night, I loved that too. (this was before health goals were set, haha!). Click through for more pics and random links to things I love.

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Sydney Food Reminiscing


laduree1 laduree2 messina

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Talia’s Treats : White Raspberry Chocolate & Macadamia Nut Cookies


Oh, heyyyyyy!! I’m posting this off my brand new macbook, w00p! So, things should be starting to get back to business as usual round here very soon. In the meantime, may I suggest whipping yourself up a batch of these cookies to warm your belly? Good choice.


The freeze dried raspberries in Whittakers White Raspberry chocolate lifts this recipe to a whole ‘nother level. Don’t skip the vanilla either, cos that ties it all together :

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

1 egg

125g butter

1 1/2 cups flour

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp vanilla extract

100g macadamia nuts, chopped roughly

1/2 block of white raspberry chocolate, chopped roughly – you’ll want pretty large chunks.

Beat the sugars, butter and egg together until well mixed – but don’t cream them. Add the vanilla, flour, salt and baking soda, mix well. The dough will be quite stiff. Fold the nuts and chocolate through. Drop spoonfuls onto a lined tray. Bake 180C for 10-12 mins or until golden brown.