Author: lstruyf

A Bit Of ZebraBook Magic For My Mini’s

An Instagram post of mine earlier this week already gave it away, but my kids really are turning into certified bookworms, and I could not be happier. I was that little girl that could always be found in that quiet corner, a book in hand and completely enthralled by the story in front of me, and seeing my children now being equally captivated by that magic makes my heart burst. Christmas is the perfect moment to add even more of that literary magic to their collection, and  ZebraBook‘s personalised children’s book add the perfect fit! Allowing kids to be the hero of their own story, the letters of their first and last name weave together a stunning and personalised story, taking them on grand tours of Europe or empowering them with cool talents. These are the kind of stories that power their imagination, enhances their love for reading and builds their self confidence. This is a gift that will last a lifetime. Available via the ZebraBook website From € 29,50  

The Tasting Club Invites You To Push Your Boundaries

The Tasting Club will see you now…. Life is all about pushing yourself, about steering off the known route and onto ventures unknown. Sometimes life leads you down the path of a new passion, and before you know it, you reach that point where you either stop (and wonder ‘what if’ for the rest of your life) or jump, eyes closed, heart in your hands and mind wide open, eager to learn and push your boundaries beyond what you thought was possible. My crossroads presented itself when an invitation of The Tasting Club for a session on the Vins De Provence (Wines of the Provence) popped into my mailbox. It’s no secret that I love food and that I adore to cook, that has been seeping in here onto LeenLovesStyle this year, but to call myself a fully fledged food blogger would be a few steps to far (#2018goals). One invitation, 3 challenges! An unknown wine region begging to be discovered, an Iranian finger food and matching Vins de Provence wine exploration courtesy of Leading …

Family Favourites

In a family of four, especially strong willed characters like the LLS household, a product we all love is a rare occurrence. A few weeks ago, the almost unthinkable happened, and there was not one, not two, not even three but a whopping four products that we all loved and used on a almost daily basis. Of course, the blogger in me immediately saw a post in this occurrence, did an impromptu photoshoot, and started writing this very article. But of course, Sod’s law…. Truly being her mother’s daughter, Little Miss C suffered an allergic reaction to two of these four products (and several other fo that mather, thus needing a complete new order of products), so the four out of four love had turned into a three out of four upper hand. The La Roche-Posay Lipikar Balm AP+ and the Avène Trixera Nutri-Fluid Balm are the Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal of my body cream collection. Two superhero peas in a pod, they both excel in their supreme soothing, moisturizing, softness boosting powers, but their …

Wanted: Christmas Inspiration

Christmas is in the air, and I am just bursting with excitement! I am beyond ready to deck the halls, decorate the tree and jingle all the way till Boxing Day! Much to my husband’s despair, I love going with a theme each, and after going red and gold these last few years, I feel torn this time. Red and gold really exudes that ultimate Christmas feeling of warmth, festivity and togetherness, but somehow I am also drawn to that crisp, fresh white Scandi Christmas feel (maybe I’ll keep that hint of gold)… On top of that, I am hosting the Christmas dinner this year and I took almost a fortnight off from work to be at home with the kids, so my mind is just bubbling with ideas, inspiration and recipes. All that’s left now is to create some order in the chaos that is my brain, and see where my hours spent procrastinating on the ingenious trap that is Pinterest will lead me… Pics via Pinterest

Autumn Newbies – How do they stack up?

Autumn is more than halfway, I know, but still…Earlier this week I mentioned my skincare routine being in dire need of a shake up (check this article), and as some interesting skincare tidbits had landed on my desk and my skin was no in the best shape ever, I trialled and tested some new bits to see if they had what it takes. What came next is a tale of the good, the bad and the ugly. Or, the good, the semi-ok and the not-for-me! Caudalie and I go way back (check the first years of this blog, and you’ll find a myrriad of pieces on Caudalie), and whenever they launch a new product, I am all ears, and in this case, all face. The Caudalie Vinoperfect Concentrated Brightening Essence is the first one that actually made me want to try essences, because what one earth could be the added bonus of an essence? For starters, what do it actually do? Is it a cleanser? A toner? A micellar water? No, no and no! More …

Wishlist Wednesday – Sacred English Whisky Liqueur

Wishlist Wednesday is back! And with a vengeance (maybe not so much, but hey, everyone needs to release their inner Bruce Willis from time to time. Yippie ka yee…). After doing the rounds at the Press Days two weeks ago, not much made a lasting impression, but the taste of one new launch kept lingering on my lips, kept beckoning me to taste more, to discover more. Sacred is expanding their premium spirits collection with one launch at a time, taking their sweet time to craft and perfect every new member of the Sacred family. Their newest offering is the Sacred English Whisky Liqueur,  and it plans to give the current classic, Drambuie, a run for it’s money. An sweetened English whisky with a twist, thanks to it’s 3 year-long ageing on boubon casks. The first drops revealed an intriguing complexity, and I was hooked! Two sips, and I was sold, hook, line and sinker! The orange peels gave it that hint of freshness that kept it from becoming too much, and the cubeb and …

A Tale Of Caving In (Into The Ordinary)

Us bloggers are at the same time a critical and impressionable bunch. Sure, years of testing, trialling and studying have taught us a thing or two, which makes that we approach new launches with caution, but when friends and fellow beauty afficionada’s start raving about that same new launch, we end up throwing that same caution to the wind, hop on the bandwagon and end up ordering the product anyway? Me? Guilty as charged! Case in point: The Ordinary. I steered clear from the brand for a long time, not quite trusting the low price / high quality claim and feeling bulldozered by the extensive catalogue of products… something about not seeing the wood for the trees and such… But still, curiosity won, and I caved. Cue back to a few weeks ago, when my serum stash was dwindling and my skin was in need of a shake up of my skincare routine. My curiosity was getting the better of me, so I dove in, did my research and ordered the 100% Squalane Oil, the …

Coffee Chocolate Brownie Cookies

Heaven in a single bite, isn’t that what we all want? Cookies have a reputation for being just that, and these Coffee Chocolate Brownie Cookies are nothing short of divine! Crispy on the outside, chewy moelleux-esque on the inside, this cookie unites the best of both worlds. Ingredients: 35 gr self-raising flour (yes, you read this right. 35 gr) or 35 gr of flour and 1/4 tsp of baking soda 18 gr salt 2 large eggs 130 gr granulated sugar 1 tbsp coffee (the stronger the better, I usually go for the Nespresso Apeggio* ) 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 tbsp unsalted butter 200 gr dark chocolate (70% or more) Optional: 120 gr chocolate chips First of all, you really did read that right. Only 35 gr of flour go into this recipe, which makes for delicate cookie and a recipe that needs to be followed to a t. Shortcuts are a no no on the way to heaven in a bite! Preheat the oven to 190°C and line an oven tray with baking paper. …

Twinning is winning, even with bodycare

DNA is a thing of wonder, often baffling me when I recognize little things my kids do or have and that I can trace back directly to me. Case in point, my daughter’s extremely dry and sensitive skin which is so much a carbon copy of mine that it is almost scary. Equally parched, itchy, reactive and prone to contact dermatitis, I am even more obsessed when it comes to keeping her skin in tip top shape as I am about my own. So far, I’ve looked at a lot of brands, tried only a few and loved even less, so you’ll understand my caution when the Dermalex Supreme Moisturizer* and the Dermalex Baby Eczema Cream* arrived on our doorstep. I know I can handle an itchy reaction or an allergic flare up, but when it comes to Little Miss C and her skin, I’d rather take no chances at all. So first I did a little pre-testing, and then, you guessed it, testing became twinning. ‘Cause twinning is winning. With years of extensive body …

Headboard Dreams

We currently don’t have a headboard in our bedroom, as our bed is plainly positioned against a wall, but I can write books on the amount of times Mr B and I have gone back and forth on this subject. Yes, no, yes, no, an upholstered one, a rectangular dark leather one, yes, no, that one looks too cheap, that one is too bl**dy expensive etc etc…. We moved in together over 10 years ago, and at least half of that decade has been spent talking the talk,but not yet walking the walk. It’s been a while since we last attempted to find on that we both had an instantaneous love affair with, but lately inspiration had been bubbling again, and headboards have me dreaming once more (maybe a complete bedroom makeover whilst I am at it? ). Let’s take a trip down inspiration avenue… Pictures via Pinterest