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What’s cooking this weekend?

Confession: I absolutely love to cook! I may not have mentioned it before (blame my lack of self confidence and food photography skills…), but I genuinely go cuckoo over food. Crazy as I am, I actually get excited when thinking about what to make for dinner, tweaking recipes, discovering new things, flavours, cuisines,  and when my head goes into overdrive, there’s nothing quite like some time in the kitchen to calm me down (and have a delish dinner to boot). The weekend is my time to cut loose, experiment and take my time in the kitchen. No hustling up dinners in 20 mins because the kids are too tired; no being too tired to be slicing and dicing, just me, my hands, my taste buds and a delicous array of gorgeous produce. Here’s a little round up of what tickled my taste buds this week and what I cannot wait to give a try this weekend! Million Dollar Macaroni Easy Tin Foil Sausage & Veggies  Candied Pecan, Pear and Pomegranate Salad Thai Butternut Soup Pictures courtesy of …

Luxury Christmas Wishlist

‘T is the season to be jolly… and to run around in a mad dash trying to score that perfect Christmas gift for your loved ones. I may be a little late to this gift list party, but I’ve rounded up the items on my wishlist and the bits and bobs I’ve been eyeing for Mr B, Little Miss C and Mister A. Gifts to be enjoyed on your own or together, from one single moment to every day; just to give you some inspiration before you start that last minute shopping spree. That spice grinder…. insert hear eyed emoji… EL x VB eyeshadow / Yoga By Julz top / Yoga By Julz pants / Sophie Bille Brahe earrings / Spice Grinder / Grown Alchemist Face Oil / Nespresso Lattissima / By Terry Lipstick / Sophie Bille Brahe Necklace / Dalmore King Alexander III / Cookbook / Scapa Cuff / Lego / Toy Camera / Daily Planner    

Blogging rat race – in or out?

This article has been in my draft folder for what seems like forever, always wanting to post it, but always just a hint too frightened for it to go live. But how could this little place ever truly be my own if I can’t share what’s really running through my mind. So here it goes, and we’ll get back to the fun bit of this blog soon enough. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this, so please don’t hesitate to drop me a line in the comments below. An article written a while ago by a friend of mine on him not wanting to no longer participate in today’s blogging world rat race got me to thinking. Thoughts, bits and pieces of what could become a post simmered and bubbling in my mind, and it was not until earlier today (it is now well past midnight), when I read this and this post on the fakeness of the generality of blogging, the fakeness of leading bloggers and the illusions created by their images that …

New Beauty Haven Alert – Philvert

“It’s Friday, I’m in love!” Well, in this case it’s almost Friday, but I am in love nonetheless! Today saw the launch of a brand spanking new beauty webshop, Philvert, and it’s like Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter have rolled into one for this skincare lover. As it would befit a true beauty haven, Philvert is helmed by one of the most knowledgeable skincare connaisseurs out there, Philippe Bijnens. Created when his own extensive search for a Belgian webshop offering effective and organic niche brands skincare fell short, he set out to select the most effective of organic brands with that price / quality ratio we all love, and introduce them to the Belgian market. Kosas lipstocks, Kure Bazaar, Mr Bean scrubs, Antipodes, Marvis Mint, Leonor Greyl, Voya, I don’t know where to look first and more importantly, what to try first! Beauty heaven has arrived! “Practically nobody has time to fully understand what they’re buying or using for beauty and health, so we’re doing that for them, we take out the guesswork and show that there …

Counting Down To Christmas

That crisp, freezing chill in the air this morning bore promise that the most wonderful time of the year really is just around the corner. While those 4 candles in the Advent Wreath might be a touch too dangerous with my two mini’s blazing through the house, if there’s anything that could get them equally enthousiastic about Christmas as their mum, it’s their own Lego Advent countdown calendar. Excited feet pussyfooting from their beds to mine every morning, enthousiasticly tearing open that day’s surprise (and only keep it to that one per day), and after that breathless gasp of surprise, a joyous while spent playing before the morning rush starts. It’s beginning to look a lot like Chistmas…

Clowing around in the kitchen – Marcel Wanders x Alessi Circus Collection

Very rarely do I  get transfixed by a kitchenware (or any kind of) collection. I see hundreds of new collections or launches pass by on a monthly basis, so somewhat enthousiastic or lukewarm intrigued is the best reaction I can muster most of the time. The latest brainchild of Dutch creative genius Marcel Wanders for Alessi, however, left me mesmerized with its theatrical theme. My love for all things Alessi is very well documented throughout the history of this blog, just have a little search with “Alessi” as your key word, and it’ll become increasingly clear that I am, and always have been, utterly besotted with the brand. Quirky, elegant and not quite run-of-the-mill utensils and kitchen tools that combine form and function in the most perfect of marriages, one filled with love and laughter. Marcel Wanders on the other hand is of course known for putting on a show with his works, grand in thought and execution, and this time he chose the magic and trickery of the big top and the circus as his …

Little Miss C Loves Duplo – GIVEAWAY

What better way to keep a 2.5 year (and an enthousiastic 5.5 year) old entertained throughout an entire weekend? Magically make a new Lego Duplo set appear for them to discover! And what better way to start a weekend that with a giveaway? Especially with a week-long school holiday coming up, this Lego Duplo Polar Set will be the perfect play partner for your kids in a multitude of ways. Have them recreate an artic playground in your living room, let them travel around the world, hopping from the Artic to the African plains with a little playdate between two Lego Duplo sets, whale and lion side by side. And then off to the zoo or the National Historic Museum for another day of discoveries, and to see their beloved Duplo buddies in real life. Fancy winning this amazing Lego Duplo Polar Set to start that upcoming school break with a bang? You’re in the right place! LeenLovesStyle gets to offer one Lego Duplo Polar Set as pictured below to a lovely reader, and participating is extremely …

Inspiration Sunday

Time to about things differently this Sunday. Instead of focusing on a certain detail, a certain style or a certain room, how about I show you the real smorgasboard of inspiration that caught my eye this week? Food styling or a certain dishes that made me salivate just by looking at them, gorgeous tiles, images that set my wanderlust alight, cosy sweater season must haves and the most gorgeous Fall fashion colour scheme. Sundays are for dreaming….   Pics via Pinterest and Tumblr.

Instagram Life

Busy busy busy…. that could be the tagline of my life at the moment (or at any given moment, truth be told). The kids have gone back to school, events and launches are picking up again, delicious food a-plenty and a new and exciting project at work, to say that September has been a funfair is quite the understatement….. And who/what else that my trusted Instagram / IG Stories to document it all? View this post on Instagram Deco 😍. #deco #inspiration #enecoworld #white #wood #light #eneco #gogreen @eneco A post shared by Leen | Beauty & Food Lover (@leenstruyf) on Sep 27, 2016 at 4:48am PDT View this post on Instagram Dinner preppin'… #food #yum #tryingnewthings #foodstagram #sundaydinner #dinner A post shared by Leen | Beauty & Food Lover (@leenstruyf) on Sep 11, 2016 at 10:00am PDT View this post on Instagram Saturday Morning Swush… #saturday #weekend #blush #indiansummer #style #relax #enjoy A post shared by Leen | Beauty & Food Lover (@leenstruyf) on Sep 17, 2016 at 12:34am PDT View this post on …

Brand Buzz: Ollie|S|Out

Design and Scandinavia go hand in hand, but why should that privilige only extend to adults? Procrastinating the night away by working my way through an entire Pinterest catalogue of design ideas, I stumbled acrcoss Ollie|s|Out, a new Danish baby and children Interior Design brand. Founded and designed by Sarah Simone Jørgensen in 2015, the brand and it’s aesthetics is rooted in it’s Scandinavian heritage. Streamlined, timeless and subtle, unisex design, naturials materials such as wood, leather and metal, clean lines that exude calmth, every detail is the sheer embodiment of Scandinavian design. Created by a mum for other mums, it’s obvious that when it comes to Ollie|s|Out, there’s more than meets the eye. But it’s so easy on the eyes…