Lani Says

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

#boohooDIY : Festival Aztec Pattern

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Lani Loves – slides in Sicily, stationery & beautifying oil

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My girl Shirl sent me this pic of the hotel Citta del Mare in Sicily. Shall we book in now?

I’m also loving late and great birthday presents over long lunches, an overload of home-made baking, both at work, with the family and whilst watching the X-Factor finals (Go Benny!) movie date nights, weekend sleep ins, morning hugs and moments that make you double over with laughter.

You know what else I’m loving? Going into the mall with the purpose of buying a scarf, not buying a scarf, but instead coming out with a bag full of stationery from Typo and lovely smelling products from The Body Shop, ooops! / yay!

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Weekend Window Shopping – Miss Crabb, Ruby & Cats


Here is my fantasy shopping list for the weekend, perhaps you can indulge yourself a little too :

Would quite like to buy all of the yellow Miss Crabb items, which happens to be 30 % off right now.


Rather keen on grabbing these outfits from the Ruby & Liam Spring 2013 collections, which arrived in store and online just last week. Have a look for yourself here. 


Also kind of obsessed with a bunch of various cat related items, check it:


1. Cat clothes hanger 2. Cat earrings. 3. Tabby Mug 4. Cat cushion! 5. Cat handbag 6. Pirate Cat Print

Cool People Do Cool Things – Ngahuia & Jemma @ N Model Management

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You have almost certainly seen Ngahuia Williams on various large billboards and in countless magazines and television ads. The woman has dominated the fashion scene as a model for as long as I can remember. She, together with longtime friend Jemma Murray, is now more than two years deep in a more behind the scenes capacity. The two buds founded N Model Management in 2011, an agency that also boasts local legends like Penny Pickard and Georgia Fowler on its books. I remember watching with interest when N Model Management was first launched, thinking what balls it must take to go out on your own so publicly, with no guarantee of success.

quote3I got the two ladies together to talk about what led them to start up their own modelling agency, and to get a bit of an insight into the life of a model agent, and what it takes to start your own business :

Ngahuia : When I first had the idea, it was something really vague, it wasn’t really planned solidly. I used to go hang out at Jemma’s house a lot, and we talked a lot about ideas on what we’d like to do in the future. We sat there one night, and I said what I’d like to do, and Jems said she’d support me, and that we could do it together. I thought that was really cool, so we did. It was really disorganised at the time, and we just threw ourselves into it, and it just happened.

Jemma : Yeah, it was very quick, and unplanned. I think we gave ourselves two weeks, because I had two kids, and so I said, ‘Two weeks, I’ll get the kids into daycare” basically, and that’s what we did. We started with no real plan, a very random, last minute idea and we just went with it.

You’ve been a model for so long, what made you take that leap?

Ngahuia : When I started the agency, I worked for a small amount of time at 62 Models as a booker, and I really enjoyed that side. Before I was a booker, I worked on a few cycles of NZ Top Model, mentoring the girls, and I just really enjoyed that side of things. Watching people grow and booking them on jobs is really exciting. Instead of doing it for yourself, I find doing things for others a bit more rewarding, so that’s why I did it. And I’m good at it.

Did you have any idea about what you were getting yourself into?

Jemma: None. Zero. I’d never even contemplated having anything to do with this industry, it was very random.


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Lani Loves – fine dining, scary movies & luxury treehouses

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Merediths was stunning, it was such a beautiful evening, all dressed up to enjoy fine dining with my love.

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Outfit post : Spotty Chambray

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Before you read further, I just want to point out that my socks are cute and have lightning bolts on them.

What I’m wearing : ASOS Chambray Spot Print Dress (it’s my new fave of faves item), lightning bolt ankle socks, boohoo flatforms, Witchery belt & Rayban Wayfarers.

Sidenote: I’m not wearing my sunnies to try be cool, I’d started work at 5 AM, only got home after 4 PM, and couldn’t be bothered putting makeup on, but needed to take pics before it went dark, but looked like shit…so I slapped on some bright lippy and some sunnies to hide behind. The End.

Talia’s Treats : Caramel Snickers Popcorn (ho-ly shizz!)

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Talia made this for my birthday, and I can attest to its deliciousness. The melted snickers bars takes caramel popcorn to that whole ‘nother level.

Talia had seen this recipe and wanted to make an NZ friendly version, as we don’t have corn syrup. She messed with the ingredients and quantities a bit and voila! This stuff is so good.

2 x microwave bags of natural popcorn

125g butter

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup golden syrup

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 bag of mini snickers bars (or 2 bags if you want it really full of snicker goodness)

Pop the popcorn according to directions on the packs. Spread in a layer on a paper lined baking tray. Melt the butter, brown sugar and golden syrup together. Let boil for 5 minutes. Add baking soda – it will bubble up kinda like hokey pokey. Pour over the popcorn and stir it through until all the popcorn is evenly coated. ***Don’t try and eat it now even though you’ll be tempted to… your teeth will literally stick together. I tried, it hurts.

Bake at 100C for 45mins, stirring every 15 minutes. While its baking, chop up the snickers bars roughly. Add to the popcorn mix and stir through then bake for about 5-10mins or until the snickers and popcorn have stuck together.

Let cool completely. Store in an airtight container. >> Click through for more pics, mmmmm

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‘The Bro Burger’


I just had to dedicate an entire post to the fabulous ‘Bro Burger’ I had at the Opononi pub. Beef, cheese, lettuce, relish and HASH-BROWNS. Wait, I don’t think you heard me, HASH-BROWNS in a burger! Yes my bro, chur my bro. Lolz, it was delicious, and I shall mos def be ordering it the next time I’m there.

A weekend up North

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Mad Men hair x Me

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