Small summer beach break

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ouddorp-10 We had a few perfect days last week in Ouddorp at the Dutch coast. The weather was perfect and it is always nice to have nothing else to do then spend time with your family! Joey made some really nice photo’s just before sunset on the beach.

We love the beach and we both know from our childhood how fun it is to be outdoors and near the sea a lot in weekends and holliday. Since we live in the city (close to the parc and with a nice roofterrace, lucky us) we really appreciate spending time in nature.

Our dream is to have a small shack, hut, cottage over here one day! I am collecting inspiration for our little love nest in nature over on my Pinterest.

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The making of the new lookbook

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IMG_5010 IMG_5021Making the new lookbook was a lot of fun but also everytime exciting. I always have this image in my head what it is supposed to look like and it turns out different every time, but in a good way. I was so happy to find Nathalie (the model) by coincidence. I think she is really gorgeous and with my friend Sophia taking care of the photography I knew the lookbook would be in good hands. We did the photoshoot at my place, a lot of light and a lot of white.

The new collection is inspired by our trip to Bali and I used a lot of jade, amethyst and moonstone in pink and grey. And now all items are also available in rose plated.
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Retreat yourself in Friesland

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Last weekend I had some amazing days in Friesland. I met Willemien from Retreat Yourself because she ordered Lennebelle for her online shop. When I found out she organised days, weekends and even whole holidays for yoga, mindfulness and healthy cooking like ayurveda cooking I immediately thought I should book a weekend yoga & mindfulness. Already interested in both yoga and mindfulness and feeling I could use a (re) treat like this I booked a weekend in Friesland at ‘it Flinkeboskje’.2rt

After a 4 and a half hour travel by public transport cross country (which is really pretty) I arrived at this beautiful spot. A big farm turned into a guesthouse and holiday home. The surroundings and the whole interior and attention to detail were just perfect! I loved my cute little room. Across ‘it Flinkeboskje’ is another farm called ‘Flinkefarm’ here you can enjoy a monthly farmersmarket and other fun events like fairs, vintage and antique sales and more. Here you can find out about all the events. But you can also have your own event here like a wedding. I imagined how mine would be here! long tables in the field, dancing by candlelight in the farm, everybody can stay because they are planning a farmerscamping too.

The whole weekend was a beautiful experience. The other participants were really nice, the yoga lessons were relaxing and fun, held in the sunny conservatory, the food was delicious and super healthy and the mindfulness workshops were inspirational and something I should definitely continue.3rt

For more retreats by Retreat Yourself check out the website and Facebook page with a special post about our weekend!

For information about booking ‘it Flinkeboskje’ or events at ‘Flinkefarm’ take a look at their website and Facebook page.

Lennebelle Petites & Hyshil, a great team!

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Working on Lennebelle Petites gets me so excited! Everything is almost ready and I could not have done it without the beautiful work of Hyshil. She designed the logo and we did a collaboration for the first designs! The first samples were finished and we had a meeting yesterday to discuss the last details and changes at this beautiful spot. You would not think this little gem, koffieschenkerij de Oude Kerk, is in the middle of the red light district in Amsterdam. They serve delicous soup, sandwiches and yummy homebaked cakes.

Besides a productive meeting we had a really nice chat! We get along really well profesionaly and personally which is perfect when you want to get things done and find out you are on the same level with just about everything! I think we make a great team.

Now getting all the photography, pr, marketing and sales started. Can’t wait to get the world to know about Lennebelle Petites! When you are interested in Lennebelle Petites for your (online) shop or when you want to be updated on the launch of Lennebelle Petites and be the first one to get your hands on it, send an e-mail to info {at} lennebelle.com

* Lennebelle Petites is a jewelry collection that celebrates the love and special connection between a mother and her kids *

A peak into my workspace (by Sophia van den Hoek)

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These photo’s were taken some time ago and now my workspace is again totally different. I keep moving stuff around and it gets filled up with more and more stock, packinging material, moodboards and inspirational items. I moved my table to the big window which is a huge difference with the daylight coming in directly. I work best with fresh flowers around me. Soon I will also need a nice display area to show the different Lennebelle and Lennebelle Petites Collections.

All images are made by Sophia van den Hoek. Check out more of here work here.

She is getting so big!

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Mette is now almost 1,5 year. She is the cutest, prettiest, smartest little creature I have ever seen, but of course I am her mamma. She makes me smile everyday. I love getting to know her better and better, love to see how she is turning into this little lady with a strong personality.

She loves to cuddle and to ‘nose rub’, she is always very impressed by the moon and everything that looks like the moon. She talks all day long and knows already so many words, so it starts to look like we are having real conversations. She adores my cuisine and eats everything but going to bed is a battle everytime. On our days together we jump on the cargo bike and l go to the zoo, play garden, farm, library, the parc.

I had always thought she would be a mini-me, but she is absolutely not but sometimes in a blink of an eye I see something so familiar it’s like I see a little bit of me in there! My mother heart is super strong and I am amazed how this gradually changes you, a shift in things that matter and and a big change in priorities.

Paris je t’aime! Sixth year anniversary with my love

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For the first time in a two years we spend a romantic weekend together, just the two of us. We enjoyed a well deserved weekend in Paris celebrating our sixth year anniversary. We stayed at Mamma Shelter and just have ‘flâner‘ (strolled – wandered in French) around in Paris, mainly in st Germain and Le Marais.

There were three spots that we both liked a lot. L’Ilot, a cosy oister-bar. A small venue with long tables out side on a small nice square in Le Marais, serving seafood and delicous wines with really friendly staff. The second one was having a picnic in Jardin du Luxembourg, a beautiful parc with a nice pond where children can play with little sailboats. And third was a speakeasy called La Candelaria, hidden behind a taqueria you will find this little gem, a cocktailbar for the Parisian hipster. I loved my ginger, lemon, gin cocktail. I tried to make it at home but failed big time!

It was so nice to spend time together, no distractions, just us two in a pretty city like Paris!

All photo’s by my personal photographer! Find out more at Cloudcuckoo.

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