All posts tagged: Travelling

PLOG: HEMA Pressday

There’s a first time for everything, so I’m giving this PLOG thing a go! Last week I already mentioned I was going to Amsterdam for the day, and when HEMA invites you to Amsterdam, you know you’re in for a day full of food, discoveries, fun and again, food! On the bus I hopped! The best way to start any day is a little breakfast and a chat with a friend,  so when blogfriend-turned-real-life-friend Katia and I finally saw each other again, we were roaring to catch up! Even our shoes were happy to see other again. Fast forward two hours and we had reached the stunning HEMA. Just outside of central Amsterdam, the HQ of HEMA world is an attraction on it’s own! We got the tour, peeked behind hidden corners and set off to discover the new launches. Beauty, food, kids and beach wear, every department has something new coming out these next few months, and keep your eyes peeled for the Easter treats, because, well, you’ll be in for a treat! After …

London calling – A Skincare Menu

I’m London bound again (yay!!!) and this time, it’s no business and all pleasure (double yay!!!). This city has always held a special place in my heart, being there feels like coming home (proof here) and to say that I am über excited to go back, is an understatement! The reason behind this trip makes it even sweeter, my darling friend is getting maried next Spring, so instead of doing some pub crawl or get a stripper or something, we’re off on a bachelorette trip! Ladies only! It’s going to be exciting, enticing and overwhelming, but above all, it’ll be a weekend to remember! Weekends to remember, and especially weekends to remember can play a little number on your skin, so I’ve packed a little skincare menu to be prepared. You know, better safe than sorry. It might be a bit preposterous to pack two masks if you’re only going away for the weekend (not doing travel sizes over here, sorry!), but a severe allergic reaction has turned my skin into a Sahara-like dehydrated, bumpy mess …

Leen Travels – An Even Lighter Body Care Menu

Yesterday you could read all about me being proud of myself for packing only the skincare essentials (major over-packer here!), but the rest of the toiletries proved to be even more difficult. Not wanting to lugg around a different set of toiletries for everyone, I chose multifunctional over fancy personal preferences, and went for the troupers that work for Mr B, the little ones and me. The Avène XeraCalm Lipid-Replenishing Cleansing Oil  is the one all rounder that works for everyone in the LeenLovesStyle household. Soft and gentle enough for me and Little Miss C yet thorough enough to get a kid clean after a day outside. Hair is covered by good old Nivea, with a little touch of Aussie for me, I’m taking the 3 Minute Miracle Reconstruction Mask to fix that dried out pool / sun hair situation.  After showering, a lick of  the La Roche-Posay Lipikar Balm AP+ does wonders for all of us, from Little Miss C’s atopic skin to Mr B’s man’s legs. Also coming on this trip is the …

Leen Travels – A Light Skincare Menu

Aaaaand we’re off! A week-long break, a little R & R before the summer rush! The only problem here? Those kids take up a lot of space leaving only a slither of trolley and toilet bag space for mummy, and yours truly does not know how to travel lightly… Leen + no options = not a match made in heaven. That does not mean I don’t want to try, and with just a little make up bag and the type of holiday in mind, I pared it down the bare essentials. But boy, downsizing is bloody difficult! A good cleanser is indispensable, so the Ren Rosa Centifolia Hot Cloth was the first to make the cut. A solid, no frills cleanser that can tackle every layer of make up or sunscreen, but is extremely gentle on my skin as well. Multitasking is key here, so that’s why the Pure Lavender Hydrolat Toner is also coming with me. A firm staple of mine since the first spritz (want to know why I love it so much? Check …

Wishlist Wednesday – Lipault – Travelling has never been this colourful

I’m counting down the days to a little week-long break in two days, and packing my bags has taught me one sad lesson: All of my suitcases, bags and trolleys are old, in need of replacement and above all, a dullingly boring black! So much for travelling in style. Looking for a splash of colour to take with me to La Douce France (or anywhere else… wanderlust taking over), I stumbled across the newest collection from Lipault. A jolt of electric neon yellow screamed from across my screen, and I knew instantly that this was the stuff my suitcase and trolley dreams were made of! Now, would I be able to get my hands on this beauty before Friday?

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 …

Holiday musings…

Only a one more week and a half, and we’re off… Not to the great unknown, discovering faraway places, extinct cultures or recovering from an 11 hour flight jetlag on a tropical white beach with crystal clear water at your feet. We’re doing the quintessential Belgian family summer holiday thing, ie packing the kids in the car, stock the car booth to the brim with clothes, baby stuff etc and crossing through France to spend a leisurely three weeks in the North of Spain. Having spent more summers there than I can remember, I know exactly what to expect from this holiday, and to be honest, there is something very relaxing about that knowledge. Fiesta, Siesta, Sangria, the kids-friendly version: Fiesta: Probably the least applicable of the three, with a baby and a toddler there won’t be a lot of fiesta-ing, and a spot of reading in the garden with a gin-tonic after the kids have gone to be doesn’t sound that mind-blowingly exciting, but that is exactly what I plan on doing. Catching up …