{Words to live by}

by Lana on September 19, 2014

Eat mindfully


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Rustic/Chic Wedding Inspiration

by Lanalou Style on September 18, 2014

Hello Lanalou Style readers! I’m Dianna over at Our Sweetened Life and I’m thrilled to be on Lana’s lovely blog. I’m here today to bring you some spring wedding inspiration.  When it comes to weddings, I’m drawn to simplicity with sophisticated accents.  I find combining natural elements with modern elements can be so romantic. Outdoor weddings can provide some lovely natural beauty to your backdrop and quite the canvas to work with!

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 FLORAL | How cool is that daisy flower pathway? It can also be used to surround the couple as they say their “I dos”!  Some rustic/chic ideas for bouquets are to combine various textures such as succulents with wispy yarrow or baby’s breath. Or try combining an elegant flower like peony with various herbs.  Consider using different textures to hold your floral together such as twine and pearls or a beautiful satin cuff with a rustic bouquet….gorgeous!  Something else I really like is when the bridesmaids have a very simplistic bouquet such as all baby’s breath. I think the mono-floral of the bridesmaids bouquets allows the bride’s bouquet to really stand out.

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STYLE | It’s all about the beautiful bride! I absolutely adore the bohemian style dress above. It’s more on the casual end, but it’s so irresistibly flattering and comfy looking.  Brides really have such diversity in how they can style their hair, accenting by using a small birdcage veil, very long thin veil, or even a crown of flowers. The crown of flowers would be beautiful for a spring wedding!  I’ve always loved the idea of cowboy boots (and wore them at my own wedding) —there is something so sexy about the rustic boot meets wedding gown and every bride can pull it off. And when I saw the lace Tom shoes, I thought: Of course! Why not? This is genius!

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MOOD | I love seeing the personalities of the couple all throughout their wedding decor. It’s all in the details! Setting the mood for your special day is one of the most fun parts of wedding planning.  Doesn’t that beautiful white drape really pop against the red barn? It transforms the space and adds sophistication to the otherwise drab barn!  The look of old, weathered books stacked up as table decor with tiered candles/lanterns and elegant flower arrangements is so so so romantic.  The idea of a sky lantern release is such a unique way to get your guests involved in a meaningful moment during your reception.

I hope you all enjoyed my wedding inspiration for an outdoor rustic/chic event! I want to thank Lana again for having me here today. Happy wedding planning!

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Bee essential remedies

by Lana on September 17, 2014

Rain Bee Essential Remedies

I recently received a hamper of gorgeous goodies from Rain, a local company that specialises in nature friendly body-care. The Bee Essential Remedies range harnesses the active properties of honey, propolis and beeswax along with botanical extracts. The range consists of an assortment of nourishing, protective balms, butters and scrubs, all patiently hand-crafted using traditional methods.

Honey is packed with Vitamin B and C as well as amino acids and the essential minerals calcium, copper, magnesium and iron. It has powerful free radical scavenging properties due to phenolic and non-phenolic antioxidants. It promotes healthy skin, attracts moisture, soothes, softens and heals.

The range has a lovely old world feel and and the packaging is just beautiful. A selection of these products would make such a special gift, don’t you agree?

My favourites are the Gardeners hand salve and Herbal heel balm which are both so moisturising. I’m looking forward to testing out the Insect Balm on my next camping trip. It contains lemongrass and coconut oil, amongst other ingredients, so it has a delicious scent.

My sister actually tested out the Sunburn Salve after she spent an unexpected afternoon in the sun. She arrived at my house with the reddest, burnt face and so I handed over the Sunburn salve. We thought she wouldn’t be able to leave the house for days but after applying loads of the salve, her face was looking normal the next day with just a hint of colour. Amazing!

You can find a list of Rain stores here or shop online too.

Rain Bee Essential Remedies

Rain Bee Essential Remedies

Rain Bee Essential Remedies

Rain Bee Essential Remedies

Rain Bee Essential Remedies

Rain Bee Essential Remedies

Disclosure: Rain Bee Essential products were gifted to me however all opinions expressed are solely my own. I only post about a product or brand if  it’s a good fit for the Lanalou Style aesthetic and if it’s something I genuinely approve of.

All photography: Lana Kenney ©

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Explore Berlin via instagram

by Lana on September 16, 2014

So today marks the start of my three week holiday! I’m off to Berlin to visit friends and then onto Barcelona, Seville and Madrid. I’ll be sharing loads of photos when I return but you can follow me on instagram for more instant travel updates.

I’ve been following a few cool Berlin instagrammers to get a feel for the city and find out what’s in store for me. Today I want to share some amazing photos of Berlin city life from two instagrammers that I really admire. These ladies both have a great eye for detail and capture the beauty of everyday life so well.

First up is Irina, be sure to check it out more photos here.


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Next up is Linda, be sure to check it out more photos here.


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