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This Business Life
October 09, 2019

This Business Life

​A lot of people have commented that it looks like Lani the Carni is doing well and it is easy to come across in the virtual world as eternally positive and flourishing (both personally and in a business sense). 

I know how it looks at the surface. I have turned a vision and a concept into reality and that reality is a beautiful and high quality clothing range. I have entered the children's fashion world where I have literally no connection, no foundation and it seems like I have always been here. 

I am a mum who gets to work from home and be at school pick up, drop off and do all of the dance runs while still running an amazing business. 

I have been given the opportunity to travel to amazing places. 

The reality behind it is underpinned by the fact that I am learning. I rarely get to bed before 1am, finding quality time with my family is a struggle and my house is a big giant mess (and I HATE messes 🤣). I also work around kids screaming and getting a solid block of uninterrupted work time that isn't in ungodly hours of the night time is a rarity. 

Instagram and Facebook show none other than pretty pictures and my core values which indicate wholesome, happy, steady growth both personally and professionally. It also seems to ooze confidence like it is an overflowing pot of beer😜.  And I recently discovered how disturbing that is. 

Aside from the challenge of a new business, I have encountered an array of personal challenges this year (the universe has an art for impeccable timing right? 🤣)  and I was having a day where I was just feeling completely depleted of my energy and any emotional resources. 

I was at the supermarket when my phone buzzed (Instagram was calling) and I responded to a comment with this emoji 😂. I cannot for the life of me remember what the comment was but I do know that the comment was something I ordinarily would have found amusing. But as I inserted that laughing emoji, I felt empty. No joy - no connection to the emoji whatsoever. 

As I pressed send, it clicked in my head how messed up that is - How I can project myself as joyful and elated at a time where I really just wanted to crawl into bed for a week. It just isn't right. Which is why I felt compelled to speak truthfully here - this is for all those humans out there who are struggling personally and look at socials and feel they don't measure up and their lives aren't polished enough. 

The truth is that I am often living in a paradox of two extremes; positive:negative, high:low, success:failure, energetic:exhausted and terrified:hopeful all at once as I cross this busy road and try not to look. My life is far from perfect. I am content, I am blessed but my days, my emotions and my circumstances vary like the regular human that I am. 

To everyone like me, who are working through challenges, remember "New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings" (Lao Tzu) 

xx

 

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LOOK OF THE WEEK - CANDY FLOSS OMBRE STREET DRESS
October 08, 2019

LOOK OF THE WEEK - CANDY FLOSS OMBRE STREET DRESS

 You know what we are loving about our Candy Floss Ombre Street Dress? The fact that it sums up what Lani the Carni is all about - a fusion of dance and streetwear 🤸🏻‍♀️😎 

We obviously are obsessed with our acrodance print and of course the fun colours...but functionally, there is just as much to love 💜

Made from our premium ultra soft and stretchy fabric means the versatility allows for any activity level. Like all of our styles, this dress was designed to minimise constriction and maximise comfort, so this dress is perfect for anything from ballet, to shopping expaditions to movie marathons and beyond! 

Just because we love you too, we are offering a discount this week on this style - Use code CANDYFLOSS at the checkout to get 30% off it right now until Monday!

 

 

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October 03, 2019

How our Gear (and maybe Ventolin) Saved the Day!

 

Turns out our gear is so ridiculously comfy it is not only ideal for dancing and weekend antics, it is also perfect for travel 😎

Lani and I overcame every single possible hurdle to make our flight to Shanghai last week.

I thought our flight was direct. It wasn’t.

Assuming our first domestic flight was on time, we had an hour to catch a bus to change terminals via bus and go through immigration.

Our flight got held up by air traffic control.

Then we landed as boarding for our shanghai flight commenced.

We got stuck in a queue to get onto the bus in spite of our express passes.

When we arrived at the international terminal the door got stuck for several stressful minutes and we couldn’t get inside. By now, boarding had commenced 20 minutes ago.

We finally made it inside.

Security made the express people unpack all our bags (there was nothing express about this) 😂

I got chosen to be tested for explosives.

Our gate was the furthest away so Lani and I bolted, fuelled purely by Adrenalin as we left the house way too early for breakfast (not to mention coffee 😂)

I had an asthma attack from running with our bags.

Lani desperately needed to pee but that pee would have cost us our flight.

We also had to throw away our water during security so both of us are panting like dehydrated wildlife in a bushfire.

We arrived at the gate. They let us go down the tarmac. By the time we got down the door to the plane was shut and the tarmac was no longer attached.

Spacer and Ventolin on hand, I am gasping for air as I call out to the one person walking down the tarmac.

 

He escorts Lani and I down the backend and we literally collapse in our chairs.

The plane begins to taxi and I commence my asthma management plan. Lani is holding on to her pee like a champion until thank goodness, after what feels like an eternity that seatbelt light turns off and we are settled for 11 hours until we touch down in magnificent Shanghai.

All I can say is, thank goodness I only brought one child 😂

 

As for Lani, thank goodness she was dressed for the challenge. The non-constrictive, stretchy softness of Lani’s outfit kept her looking and feeling awesome throughout the pre-flight chaos as well as lounging on the Long-Haul Flight. Check out our Dusty Pink Aerialist Hoodie, our Taupe Acrobat Troupe Tee and Taupe Midi Harem pants for your travel-ventures, especially with Christmas coming up (Yay! Holiday time)

 

Now a special thanks to Qantas and all the peeps flying to Shanghai that day for waiting! Anyone else been “those late people” holding up a flight? Also check out below our awesome landing into Shanghai! What a sunset! 

 

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September 29, 2019

Look of The Week; Double Taupe for Spring!

Australian Springtime usually means warmer days and cool evenings. Untimely growth spurts are common too as us parent's just want to wait for summer to update the kid's wardrobes (Murphy's law 🤣 - happens EVERY. SINGLE. TIME!)The pain of this is real - Lani literally just complained she needs new school shoes the other day, and really, could her feet not wait until the summer break?! 🤣

The look of the week has this in mind as Spring time outfits should be versatile enough to cater to the ebbs and flows of the season changes - this means the ability to layer, choice of open or closed footwear and of course breathable fabric!

We are absolutely digging the double taupe look with our Taupe Acrobat Troupe Tee and Taupe Acrobat Midi Harem Pants for Springtime ventures - ensuring full mobility for dance, acro, circus or gym training and ultra comfy for weekend hangs. As per all our styles, these are made with premium quality cotton/spandex which are unbelievably soft and stretchy ensuring that not only will you look fab, you won't want to take them off!  

The harems are mid length for warmer days, and throw on one of our hoodies or sweatshirts for those cooler mornings (tip, our mustard daredevil contortionist sweatshirt looks amazing with this outfit!) 

Make sure you tag us in your pics in our outfits on Facebook and Instagram (and use hashtags #lanithecarni and #quirkylikelani if you want to be featured by us on our feed and look of the week posts 😃

 

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Kindness is not just a social media buzzword
September 14, 2019

Kindness is not just a social media buzzword

Just two days ago it was RUOK day which is a movement to advocate for community support for those suffering from mental health conditions in a bid to save the lives of those most vulnerable to suicide. 

Mental health conditions, including depression and anxiety affect a large proportion of our society and as we know it is becoming more and more prevalent the preteen/tween and teen years. Often these conditions for young people correlate with isolation and bullying and can lead to the unthinkable. 

Nobody should ever feel like nobody cares

Nobody should ever feel worthless. 

As a society we have so much to answer for but as individuals we have the capacity to either help or be a hindrance.

Yesterday while I was in the line I witnessed a mother at the shops who was with her preschooler son. The boy was fixated on the automatic doors at the store entrance and was not complying with his mother's instructions to come in the store with her. 

The mother was patiently and calmly coercing him. He was non responsive and continued to remain in the doorway watching the doors open and close. The boy's lack of communication and overall behaviour resembled the fixation and repetitive behaviours that are consistent with Autism. 

Meanwhile a woman entered the store and manoeuvred around him to get in. She smiled at the mother and chuckled endearingly at the all too familiar scenario of a non-compliant toddler. 

The mother continued to beg and plead for her son to come and was clearly exhausted and upset as his fixation intensified and he continued not to respond. 

The next woman that walked in, instead of manoeuvring around the boy, she deliberately walked into him and shouted at the mother "control your child". 

She shouted at a mother who was clearly in distress. She walked into a child who would have been no more than three. She implied that this mother was incompetent and that her child was bad which I just cannot understand. 

If the adults of our world can't be kind, what hope do our children, preteens and teens have? Kindness, as so eloquently stated by Charles Glassman "begins with the understanding that we all struggle". To truly be kind we need empathy for our fellow humans and connect to our own bad days, our own challenges and weaknesses. And we so desperately need to stop posting memes about it and start actioning it, because if we can't do that, this woman and many others may not survive. 

All talk and no action is useless, and statistically we are all vulnerable. So like our acrobat duo sweatshirt dress, pull people up and hold their hand and don't reserve "R U OK" for the second Thursday of every September because then it becomes a buzzword. 

Sprinkle kindness like it is confetti and save a life 

 

 

 

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Kindness is not just a social media buzzword
September 14, 2019

Kindness is not just a social media buzzword

Just two days ago it was RUOK day which is a movement to advocate for community support for those suffering from mental health conditions in a bid to save the lives of those most vulnerable to suicide. 

Mental health conditions, including depression and anxiety affect a large proportion of our society and as we know it is becoming more and more prevalent the preteen/tween and teen years. Often these conditions for young people correlate with isolation and bullying and can lead to the unthinkable. 

Nobody should ever feel like nobody cares

Nobody should ever feel worthless. 

As a society we have so much to answer for but as individuals we have the capacity to either help or be a hindrance.

Yesterday while I was in the line I witnessed a mother at the shops who was with her preschooler son. The boy was fixated on the automatic doors at the store entrance and was not complying with his mother's instructions to come in the store with her. 

The mother was patiently and calmly coercing him. He was non responsive and continued to remain in the doorway watching the doors open and close. The boy's lack of communication and overall behaviour resembled the fixation and repetitive behaviours that are consistent with Autism. 

Meanwhile a woman entered the store and manoeuvred around him to get in. She smiled at the mother and chuckled endearingly at the all too familiar scenario of a non-compliant toddler. 

The mother continued to beg and plead for her son to come and was clearly exhausted and upset as his fixation intensified and he continued not to respond. 

The next woman that walked in, instead of manoeuvring around the boy, she deliberately walked into him and shouted at the mother "control your child". 

She shouted at a mother who was clearly in distress. She walked into a child who would have been no more than three. She implied that this mother was incompetent and that her child was bad which I just cannot understand. 

If the adults of our world can't be kind, what hope do our children, preteens and teens have? Kindness, as so eloquently stated by Charles Glassman "begins with the understanding that we all struggle". To truly be kind we need empathy for our fellow humans and connect to our own bad days, our own challenges and weaknesses. And we so desperately need to stop posting memes about it and start actioning it, because if we can't do that, this woman and many others may not survive. 

All talk and no action is useless, and statistically we are all vulnerable. So like our acrobat duo sweatshirt dress, pull people up and hold their hand and don't reserve "R U OK" for the second Thursday of every September because then it becomes a buzzword. 

Sprinkle kindness like it is confetti and save a life 

 

 

 

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How Lani the Carni incorporate a sense of Inclusion in Modelling for Neurodiverse Children
August 09, 2019

How Lani the Carni incorporate a sense of Inclusion in Modelling for Neurodiverse Children

With the upcoming Hip Hop Luau fashion shoot, it has provoked thoughts about inclusion in modelling for those who are neurodiverse and how we can ensure we are aiming to facilitate inclusion and create a sense of belonging and capability for our tween fashion models

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Are we sensory friendly?
August 03, 2019

Are we sensory friendly?

Why nobody, including Lani the Carni is sensory friendly and how we incorporate an inclusive mindset for the needs of neurodivergent children, tweens and teens

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Celebrate Quirky - Encouraging Story Telling Over Conformity and Societal Submissiveness
July 27, 2019

Celebrate Quirky - Encouraging Story Telling Over Conformity and Societal Submissiveness

What quirky means to us in the fashion world and our responsibility as a brand and society to embrace individuality and encourage story telling rather than conformity.

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I am totally #quirkylikelani
July 20, 2019

I am totally #quirkylikelani

LTC is a quirky brand evolving from a quirky brain. Read on to see ADHD hyperfocus and impulsivity work at it's finest positively and the power of self awareness and acceptance.

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Love for Yellow Ladybugs
July 07, 2019

Love for Yellow Ladybugs

Why we love Yellow Ladybugs

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The Unitard - an offer just for you 🤸🏻‍♀️
June 30, 2019

The Unitard - an offer just for you 🤸🏻‍♀️

Spreading some unitard love with an exclusive offer

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Photoshoot popcorn fight from Lani the Carni Launch
June 22, 2019

We are Here and it is Competition time!

The latest scoop about our launch, discount codes and Instagram Competition!

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