All posts filed under: Personal

June Favourites

6 months have come and gone, 2017 is halfway, and it’s time for something new on this blog! I’ve been blogging for over 4 years, and in all those years, I’ve never done of the great classics of beauty blogging, the ‘Favourites’ post. Never one to let something go by untried, I realised this was the perfect moment to line up my favourites as I discovered some exciting products! The DHC Deep Cleansing Oil, I must admit, has been a favourite of mine for a long time (check this article!), and after a litle time apart, I fell in love with this golden beauty all over again. Nothing takes away my make up like this one, and not a dry skin-moment in sight. I’m on my 4th bottle, and nr 5 is already waiting it’s turn. All the next bits really are brand spankin’ new ones, pinky swear! It wouldn’t be the LeenLovesStyle favourites if it weren’t filled to the brim with skincare, and my skin has been particularly loving the Uriage Eau Thermale Water …

Pickled Watermelon Salad

Aka going out on a limp and experiment in the kitchen (and on this blog!)! Yes, I am venturing into food! Remember this article? I am slowly but surely pushing myself to overcome that lack of self confidence and food photography skills, and put myself and my food out there! A fresh take on a summer side dish, my interest in this recipe was first tickled, or should I say pickled (#puninteded), when I saw it on a cooking show on tv. I adapted the recipe to my family’s taste, gave it a go, and there we had it: instant hit! If you’re having a family BBQ on a hot summer’s eve these next few months, add this to your table, next to the potato salad & corn on the cob and enjoy! Oh, and please do read to the end for delicious second spin on this recipe! (#2forthepriceofone) Ingredients:  1 watermelon (preferably 1 – 1.5 kg) 275ml apple cider vinegar 500ml water 1 cup white sugar 2 tbsp salt zest and juice of 1 …

Sorry For What I Said When I Was Hungry…

But not for what I’ll say when I am not! It’s Friday afternoon, my eyes keep drifting outside instead of being glued to my computer screen, my limbs are aching to walk my body outside into the sun, and my mind is racing with recipes and foods I want to savour! The weekend is here, so finally time to go all out again, not think about cooking time restrictions, and just go where my taste buds take me. I attended an amazing food event yesterday, and now my head and hands are brimming with inspiration and the gusto to get cooking! Maybe go low and slow tomorrow for some pulled pork, and then a delectable club toast with the leftovers? Or maybe a red cabbage salad with shreds of Danish Blue and some slices of smoked duck breast? Keep the kids entertained by whisking up a batch of lemon madeleines? Or maybe a pickled watermelon salad with Asian style ribs to round out the weekend…. Am I the only one who’s salivating? Time to get cooking!

5 Instagrams That Make My Heart Bloom

AKA credit where credit’s due… I admit, I am a social media addict, and especially Instagram knows how to tug my heart strings (and keep my mind occupied). Any moment of the day, Instagram is awash with beautiful feeds, pops of colours, floral hints of pastel and anything to please my visual OCD. Nothing inspires me like a stunning visual, so I’ve pulled together my five favourite feeds of the moment all dusted with a hint of magic and a sprinkle of inspiration for all of you to enjoy.                                                           BEAUTYMINDED BE Ready for a new week? 🌴 beautyminded.be will have some new articles about these loves this week! ❤️ | #beautyminded #tomford #neroliportofino #aceandtate #glossier #chanel #lamer #maccosmetics #burgundytimesnine #spanishpink #lapiscine #byredo #orchidsoleil #jomalone #starmagnolia #deciem #theordinary A post shared by Katia Martens (@beautymindedbe) on Apr 17, 2017 at 9:35am PDT Katia from BeautymindedBE is undoubtedly …

Marble loving

Marble, marble, oh how I love thee marble. That should be my eulogy! Two years ago I became infatuated with all that looked, smelled and felt like marble, and to this day (and to the great dispair of Mr B and our interiur), that infatuation still hasn’t subsided. So how about a sunday spent marvelling at the splendour that is that gorgeous Spiel on grey and white? Here we go! Pics via Pinterest

Instagram Life

Aaaand we’re easing back into a new work week. Our little family holiday is over, and now it’s time to jump back into the daily grind. Time for a little recap? That’s what I was thinking as well 🙂 Longing for summer days, hot nights, clear blue skies and faraways places….. A post shared by Leen Struyf (@leenstruyf) on Mar 8, 2017 at 11:01pm PST Throwback to many a glorious Spring day in Paris. Never not wanting to go back… A post shared by Leen Struyf (@leenstruyf) on Apr 5, 2017 at 10:22pm PDT Happy birthday darling mini me's. Mum and Dad love you to the moon and back! A post shared by Leen Struyf (@leenstruyf) on Apr 1, 2017 at 6:29am PDT That golden moment before the rest of the house awakes. Just me, my coffee and glorious silence! A post shared by Leen Struyf (@leenstruyf) on Apr 11, 2017 at 11:51pm PDT Everything tastes better al fresco… A post shared by Leen Struyf (@leenstruyf) on Mar 23, 2017 at 6:16am PDT "Mine was …

Monday Make Up

Another weekend has come and gone, and what lies ahead is a week filled with boring meetings, tight deadlines, excel sheets, mails and numbers. The weekend flew by, and to say that it was a busy one, is a major understatement. Two birthday parties, a bbq, friends, family, a battalion of toddlers and maybe a glass of bubbles too many… My face is showing on the outside how I feel on the inside (hint: not that fabulous…), so I popped out a few helpers to make me look half decent. The Sisley Sisleÿa Le Teint Foundation in 0R Vanilla needs no explanation (just check the archives for an astonishing amount of love for this brand and it’s foundations…). Many have tried, but never succeeded as the Sisley foundations continue to reign supreme in my collection. A soft touch of the Sothys Radiance Blush in Nuit Orangée as the perfect pick-me-up shade, but as this soft, satinesque powder is heavily pigmnted, I have to go in with a gentle hand. The eyes have it, but not too …

A Little Spring Wishing

Aka my weekend shopping list…. Spring is in the air, and I feel like shedding those dark winter tones and step into the blush and camel hints of those rays of that perfect soft first Summer light. The perfect shirt dress accompanied by the ultimate pair of high heeled sandals, a classic pair of glasses with a twist, a swish of powdery sunshine on my cheeks and a hint of coral to mak my lips pop. A few finishing touches in  the form of a sleek bag and stunning delicate earrings, and I am ready to fully savour that first Spring lunch al fresco, ginger ale in hand and the sunshine on my face! Rue Blanche Shirt Dress / Bobbi Brown Art Stick Liquid Lip in Papaya / Chloè Glasses / Giorgio Armani Beauty Life Is A Cruise Sunrise Palette / Dcember Zoé Crossbody Bag / Scapa Sandals / Dinh Van Pulse Earrings / Schweppes Ginger Ale      

Twitter Tasting – Bruichladdig

Life is all about firsts, better try something new and fall flat on your face than not to try anything at all. I try to live by these words, and so last Thursday evening, I went out on a limb and joined in a Twitter Tasting of Bruichladdich’s Limited Edition 10 Collection, ie the Bruichladdich Laddie Ten, Octomore 10 and the Port Charlotte 10. Pushed way out of my comfort zone, it was an amazing way to push my boundaries on a number of levels, not only when it came down to the actual tasting and iscovering notes and hints, but also in regards to my photography. Photography has slowly evolved into a love of mine ever since I started this blog, but food photography has always remained a bit elusive (hence the lack of food posts on this blog, despite my huge love for cooking and food).  Capturing that golden hue of the liquid, reminiscent of it’s barley core, or highlighting it’s pure Hebrid heritage and Scottish origin was imperative to me, so I …

My Hair Has Gone Into Weekend Mode….

And so have I! After a few weeks of plainly tending to my hair, and giving it all it needs, I’ve been slowly thinking about styling it a bit, changing it up a bit. Now don’t go imagining elaborate updo’s or twisted braids, my hairdressing skills don’t exactly go further than messy waves or a top knot… Soft, tousled waves  have long seemed like an impossible dream—the hair equivalent of no-makeup makeup, appearing effortless, but more often than not, requiring a batallion of tools. However, these two recent discoveries have proven to be quite handy (see what I did there :-)) and not a tool in sight but a spritz, a crunch and my two hands. Step one is the Miriam Quevedo White Caviar White Glacial Leave-In Conditioner. Miriam Quevedo has already seen some love on this blog before (see here), and this new spray continues that love streak. A combination of oils (Camellia, Baobab and White Caviar), Vitamins and Hyaluronic Acid keep my tresses strong, bouncy, resilient and frizz free without weighing them down, …