All posts tagged: Kids

Insta Update

It’s been a bit of a whirlwind of late (and that’s an understatement…), and whoever said that it is easy for women to have it all, surely never has walked a day in a working mum’s high heeled pumps. I’ll stop the whining here, and just swiftly move on to the matter of today, a sneaky look into what I’ve been up to on Instagram these past few weeks. A little post, a lot of pictures, and there you are, back up to date! I drank, ate and double dated with some of our best friends, tried and tested a few beauty trinkets, and spent a bucket load of quality time with Mr B and our littles ones… Can you says bliss? View this post on Instagram Rocking some French beauty (and coquetterie) today. Light base, pearly eyes and a cherry lip, j'adore! #friday #beauty #sisley #french #guerlain #morning #phyto #lips A post shared by Leen | Beauty & Food Lover (@leenstruyf) on May 19, 2016 at 11:34pm PDT View this post on Instagram Please …

IKKS JUNIOR x ARMOR LUX – A Breton Stripe Extravaganza

Got your attention now, didn’t I? If you’re anything like me, nothing gets your fashion heart racing faster than a Breton stripe. A France Fashion Fanatic at heart, I could wear a Breton stripe all day, every day, any day, and I’ll be damned if my kids don’t have a stripe here and a stripe there tucked into their wardrobe. Armor Lux has this maritime themed Breton stripe thing down to a t, and when IKKS approached them for a collaboration, kids spring summer 2016 fashion just got a whole more interesting. Fusing Armor Lux’s nautical inspiration with IKKS’ French rock-vibe created a kick ass IKKS Junior x Armor Lux Collection, almost like Brigitte Bardot and Serge Gainsbourgh had a Saint Tropez love child. Reds, whites and blues, a Breton stripe meets a touch of graphic design… Spring, we’re longing for you! IKKS Junior x Armor Lux collection – available now in IKKS stores and on http://www.ikks.com.    

Marmalade Sky

Instagram is swoon worthy, time consuming and oh so addictive, but above all, it is a true treasure trove for discovering new brands. Case in point: Marmalade Sky! I recently stumbled across this kids fashion brand while scrolling through my Instagram feed one lunch break, and the Milk Print Skinny Leg Harem pants kept my index finger hanging mid air, my breath gasping and my eyes glistening with excitement! I needed to know more, and I needed to know asap! A quick study session later taught me that Marmalade Sky is the result of a cool mum’s creativity and keen eye for design! Keen but unable to find cool, quirky but above all gender neutral clothes for her son, womenswear designer Sarah Ives took matters into her own hands (I love a mum like that!) and started creating her own pieces for him. Not content with just designing the pieces, she went a step further and printed her own fabric as well. Stylish babies always get noticed by fellow mums, and soon one thing led …

Saint Nicolas Loves Lego + GIVEAWAY

December is peeping round the corner, and if you’re a kid in Belgium or the Netherlands, exciting times are ahead! While the rest of the world is gearing up for Christmas, children all over the Low Countries are rejoicing because the 6th of December is coming up, and that can only mean one thing! Saint Nicolas is coming! And he brings toys! And chocolate! And cookies! One of the great things about having children is how they bring all your childhood memories back to life. All of a sudden, that magic of Saint Nicolas is real again, with the overenthusiastic jumping up and down when the toy catalogues come falling onto our doorstep to helping them write their letters and preparing their shoe. But above all, it’s a great excuse to start playing with your favourite childhood toys! Both Mr B and I were huge Lego-lovers when we were little, and for now to see that A & C not only adore it as well, but hardly want to play with anything else, makes it …

Life Through Instagram Glasses

Instagram is by far my favourite social media channel, a picture tells a thousand words and each one is an instant flashback to that moment, mood and emotion. Last month was a calmer one, less events and meetings, but even with most of time spent with the little ones and at work, I still want to take pictures of every single second. A memorable Bugaboo presentation, a gorgeous sunrise, a failed outfit shoot and lots of beauty and quality family time, care to join me for a few of the highlights of this past month? When you ask your husband to take some outfit pictures and end up with a complete windtunnel effect series… #outfitoftheday #fail #fun #instafun #fashion #massimodutti #grey A photo posted by Leen Struyf (@leenstruyf) on Nov 9, 2015 at 8:36am PST The early bird gets the prettiest sunrise… #sunrise #beautifulmorning #50shadesofpink #nofilter #instagood #lier A photo posted by Leen Struyf (@leenstruyf) on Nov 3, 2015 at 11:15pm PST Selfies are never an easy task, especially with a 4.5y old. Thanks @oona_be …

Five Things – Cool Kids Brands

Friday is here, another week has come and gone again, and what better way to spend your weekend with a spot of shopping (online or offline, as you wish!). If you’re like me, chances are that you’ve turned your kids’ wardrobe into your own personal styling project (Ain’t nobody touching it but me! Seriously!), and if so, here are 5 über stylish kids’ fashion brands you need to discover! Emile Et Ida French, cute, playful, do you need any other reason? The brainchild of Delphine and Céline, 2 Parisian mamans, the pieces are refined but easy-going at the same times, with folk and rock touches. Looks so pretty that the mums will love their kids in it, but are so comfortable the littles ones will have no problem letting loose in.  Especially their sweatshirts are too sweet, and have me caving in every time! But which one to choose next for A? The Viking? The Rain one? Oh and that kitty cat one for Miss C! Stella McCartney Kids I might be pointing out the obvious …

Star Wars – The Kids Version

Long gone are the days of dressing my little man to my own liking, he knows what he wants, and boy, does he tell me so! Already engrossed in everything that is robots, machines and all that flies or drives, he spotted these t-shirts the moment I brought them home and has wanted to wear little to nothing else ever since. Star Wars fandom has reached mythical heights ever since it’s release, and with a new episode coming soon, there’s no escaping it! IKKS realized that not only the big boys are thrilled with this new part of the saga, the little boys out there also love their C-3PO, R2-D2 and Yoda, and want to wear their heart on their sleeves (literally!). For these little guys, IKKS created the Star Wars Collection, a set of sweathsirts and t-shirts for all those wanting to be in a galaxy far, far away! Grey, black, navy and Star Wars prints, is it any wonder my little man wants to wear his longsleeves day and night?       …

Family Fun

When the invitation for the ZulupaPUWA 10 year birthday party came galloping into my mailbox, it was quickly decided that we would make it a family day at the the zoo. End of summer, an all access pass at the zoo, a gorgeous sunlit day, two happy children and a Mr B taking a day off work, all the ingredients were there for an amazing family day. Before and after the new collection presentation (which, buy the way is an absolute stunner, a real sartorial fest for stylish kids), the kids roamed, discovered and conquered the animal kingdom of Planckendael, and Mr B and I enjoyed every minute of it! Playsuit Little Miss C – JBC x Rainbow City Warriors Mr A: t-shirt – CKS / Shorts – JBC Me: Top – Esprit / Trousers – JBC 

Diapers and Milk and a brand new hotspot

Looking for the perfect marble printed tees and leggings for my little ones (Obsessed? Me?) , I stumbled across Diapers and Milk on Studio Aimée and I was sold! In an instant, hook, line and sinker! What may look like an ordinary collection of leggings to an outstander, is actually my idea of sartorial heaven for my mini me’s! What may look like just a collection of basic leggings is in fact the brainchild of Leia Sfez (check this übercool mom’s Instagram, it’s envy-enducing and inspiring at the same time!), and draws from her personal style. Minimalist, monochrome and architectural are key words,  which make that these, mainly minimalistic black and white are timeless, priceless and full of style. All Diapers and Milk pieces are made out of organic cotton and printed with non-toxic ink,  The combination possibilities are endless,  and as Leia does not follow the season but updates her collection continuously, so are the shopping possibilities! And when Leia does collaborations, so does them right! A brainstorming session with Veja led to these …

Celebrating 10 years of ZulupaPUWA

Today JBC celebrated the 10 year anniversary of their collaboration with Walter Van Beirendonck on the ZulupaPUWA collections, and  boy, did they celebrate it with a bang! It is now nearing 11 pm as I write this, and I actually had another article planned to go online, but the fun of the celebrations, the excitement of the new collection and the afterglow of the entire day makes it too hard to resist. It’s already been 10 years since JBC sent a shockwave through children’s clothing collections all throughout Belgium by announcing their collaboration with the Belgian enfant terrible of fashion, Walter Van Beirendonck, and ZulupaPUWA was born. A collection centered around Zulu, a gentle, colourful and whimsical litte alien helping kids day in day out, one happy step at a time. A decade later, Zulu and his friends are still going strong, and today, the latest ZulupaPUWA Autumn/Winter line was presented against the pefect backdrop, the animal kingdom of Planckendael. Bright colours, remarkable prints and animals are again the cornerstone of this A/W 15 offering, …