All posts tagged: Christmas

A soft look for Christmas

If you’re anything like me, you just love to plan everything. Christmas decorations need to have a theme, table decorations need to match that theme, your Christmas outfit has been chosen long in advance, and even make up looks are contemplated well up front. Not everyone always wants to go all out with a smokey eye so glam the Christmas Tree looks rather dishevelled next to you, but if you want to keep it simple yet elegant, my soft-lit look might just be what you’re looking for. First things first, start by prepping your base with the Clinique Universal Superprimer to keep it looking extra fresh, extra long. Buff in the Sisley Phyto Teint Expert All Day Long Foundation until you’ve got the coverage you prefer, and then finish off by covering those pesky dark circles and red spots. My weapons of choice for that? The NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer and the Bobbi Brown Corrector. A very light dusting of the Bourjois Java Rice Powder delicatly illuminates skin without looking like a disco ball, a …

Christmas gifts – for the husband

Christmas is only a week away and despite promising to do things differently this year, many of us still have to rush out to get those last minue gifts (guilty as charged…). In case you’re out of inspiration or still not quite sure what to get, I’m here to help you score that perfect gift for your better half, father, brother, friend or brother-in-law. Tech-savvy, wannabe Top Chef, stylish and suave or classics-loving average Joe, here’s what’s the LeenLovesStyle Christmas Tree has to offer the men in our lives this year: Cookbook / Sweater / Watch / Cufflinks / Perfume / Meat Thermometer / Cordless Battery / Jacket / Sunglasses / Cashmere Herringbone Print Scarf

Christmas Gifts – for your loved ones (and yourself)

Christmas is only a week away and despite promising to do things differently this year, many of us still have to rush out to get those last minue gifts (guilty as charged…). In case you’re out of inspiration or still not quite sure what to get, I’m here to help you score that perfect gift for your mum, sister, style- and beauty-addicted friend or even mother-in-law you want to keep happy. Here’s what’s the LeenLovesStyle Christmas Tree has to offer this year: Monogrammed Mugs / Bobbi Brown Warm Glow palette / Copper Pillow / Nespresso x KitchenAid / Pai Intensive Nourishing Facial Set / Cashmere Scarf / Perfume / Golden Shoes / Cutting Board / Une Nuit A Bali Travel Kit / Necklace / Verso Skincare Set / Sweater      

An Italian Christmas, Alessi Style

An overly excited tweet on my part earlier this week made it already overly clear, but just in case that you missed it, allow me to repaint the picture for you: November 25, I wake up to grey, overcast skies, chilly temperatures and the lingering scent of the previous night’s scented candle (this one, if you were wondering), but all of a sudden I realized the one thing that would make my week: Only one more month to go before Christmas! True, I have been spamming you since early Novermber with my Christmas cheer, and by December 15, you’ll probably be begging me to stop, but for now, I’ll just keep getting into that X-Mas cheer and hopefully infect you along the way as well. This month is the one month I forego all my monochromatic preferences and Scandinavian streamlining obsessions, all ideas of capsule collections and strictly curated decorations go straight out of the window. Out come the tealight holders, the red and gold ornaments, and above, my dearly beloved and extremely cherished Alessi …

All I want for Christmas: Hotel Amigo x Diane Von Fürstenberg

Anyone planning a trip to London, Paris or New York these next few weeks to get their Christmas shopping done? Or just savour that Christmas spirit? Wander the local markets, enchanted by beautifully put together window stills, fairy lit shopping streets and stay in gorgeously decorated hotels, where well known designers often display their take on seasonal cheer and create the epic Christmas tree in the hotel lobby. Why not forego the often-visited, traditional December weekend-trip destinations, and discover the gem that is our own capital, Brussels, during a little Christmas-lovin’ weekend? First point: where to stay? A grand hotel in truest form of the word, Hotel Amigo has long been one of the finest luxury hotels Brussels has to offer, having been the choice of hotel for high class dignitaries, European Union officials and first class celebrities such as U2, Tina Turner, Robbie Williams and the ever graceful Nicole Kidman . This Yuletide season, the luxury 5-star hotel has chosen Diane von Fürstenberg to magically transform their hotel lobby into a winter wonderland. Returning back to …

Christmas Wishlist – Atelier Swarovski By Viktor & Rolf

“Diamonds are a girl’s best friend!”, Marilyn Monroe used to pout, but Ms Monroe hadn’t discovered the desirability of a glistening Swarovski crystal. The allure of these Austrian natural crystals is known worldwide since 1895, and 2007 saw the creation of Atelier Swarovski, their upscale accessories collection to shine a light on their star product in a way crystals had not been seen before in accessorries or decor pieces. Ever since that launch, they have joined forces with over 50 world renowed designers, in the realms of jewellry, fashion, architecture and design, all following the the flow of the Fashion Weeks. Previous collaborations include Karl Lagerfeld, Christopher Kane and Zaha Hadid, The latest partner chosen by Atelier Swarovski to express this desire to move past the nomal, to push them out of their comfort zone and elevate the brand to another level? The Dutch avant-garde rebels of fashion, the kings of dark, delicate glamour, Viktor & Rolf. Viktor Horsting en Rolf Snoeren, inspired by their Parisian flagship store completely covered in grey felt, created the Atelier Swarovski by …

Christmas Wishlist – Acqua di Parma Candela Gemme Argento

November 1st has just passed, and that always seems to be the moment for me to shift my focus and get into that deco mode that I so clearly lack in the summer. Fresh flowers remain a constant year round, but come summer, I pretty much want to come out of hibernation and into the light, so all interest in cozy-ing up the house seems to vanish into thin air. Indian Summer marks the beginning of colder seasons ahead, and thereby slowly lighting that spark that brings out my inner deco designer. The leaves start tumbling down, the air has a chillier feel to it and the sun turns a different kind of yellow, somewhat more orange, casting a beautiful light on the caleidoscope of reds, oranges, yellows and greens on the ground.  Same as last year, I welcomed Autumn into our home by making this Autumn in a bowl, and now that October has officially come and gone, I can up the ante even more and start celebrating those wonderful two months that build up to …

Weleda Christmas Crackers

With Christmas only a few days away, all decorations have been pulled out of their boxes and displayed throughout the whole house, candles are being lit every night and the kitchen continuously smells of gingerbread and cookies. Despite my advocating every year, my mum still won’t let me organize the Christmas dinner at my house, insisting we’d all gather at my parent’s, but she has relented and has handed the decoration duties over to me. One of the things I love most about setting the table for that epic feast of turkey, laughter and loudness is getting out the Christmas Crackers. Not really well known in Belgium, I tend to get mine in the UK, where they can be found everywhere and in every prive range. Christmas Crackers is a little gift, embellished as a fun game, that you place on each plate. Pull both sides at the same time, and a little surpise will come out with a bang. Normally these are filled with little toys, but Weleda managed to combine the joy of …

Guerlain Crazy Paris Christmas 2013

The Guerlain flagship store on the Champs Elysees will soon be reopened after an extensive make over, and as a celebration of that feat, Guerlain is releasing its Christmas collection in it’s (and Paris’) honour. Inspired by the Can-Can, the Moulin Rouge and those Crazy Horse beauties, this collection oozes nightly pleasures in Paris. Not quite like any other Christmas collection, this is not your classic red, gold and black offering. With mainly pinks and purples, these products will make you the star of any Christmas party by giving you radiating, glowing skin, eyecatching nails, striking eyes or enchanting lips, whatever tickles your fancy. The Crazy Paris Eye Palette Neon Look and the 2 Rouge Automatiques – 660 Illusion & 661 Reflex are beautiful in their own right, suitable for a party look but also wearable throughout the rest of the year. The Meteorites Crazy Pearls Illuminating Powder needs no further ado, this is a spin on the cult classic and is just so pretty, it doubles as a deco piece. Those who like sparkle brighther than a Christmas tree …

Beauty Updates: Christmas Edition

Om de jaarlijkse pelgrimstocht genaamd het zoeken naar kerstcadeaus iets makkelijker te maken, zijn verschillende beauty merken met leuke geschenkverpakkingen, cadeaudozen en ander leuks gekomen om onder die boom te leggen voor je moeder, zus, vriendin, tante, schoonmoeder of andere vrouwelijke of beauty-minnende familieleden. Hieronder alvast een klein overzicht. Weleda komt deze kerstperiode met 2 speciale cadeauverpakkingen op de markt. Every girl needs a handbag moeten ze gedacht hebben, dus hebben ze voor 4 van hun geuren een handtas gecreëerd. Elke tas bevat een bodylotion en douchecrème van dezelfde geur, en is verkrijgbaar in Citrus (€18.95), Duindoorn(€20.95), Wilde Rozen (€20.95) en Granaatappel (€24.95). Christmas crackers zijn al decennia een heerlijke Engelse kersttraditie (iemand ooit de kerst-afdeling van Liberty gezien te Londen? Heaven!) en nu kun je ze ook in een beauty versie vinden dankzij Weleda. Een doos bevat 6 crackers, waarin telkens 2 mini producten zitten. Een knallende verrassing gegarandeerd! (€14.95 per doos) Caudalie komt met 3 koffertjes op de markt, eerst twee welriekende coffrets met daarin een Eau Fraiche en bijhorende douchegel. Eau Fraiche …