Christmas checklist: speed cleaning my house for the holidays
Ashford

Christmas checklist: speed cleaning my house for the holidays

At this time of year, our home becomes the stage upon which all the magic of Christmas is played out. With friends and family coming to visit throughout the holiday season, it’s time to get my place sparkling clean.
Keeping a clean house while pregnant (I’m due next month) has proved more challenging than I ever imagined – fatigue in pregnancy is real, as are other symptoms (back pains, leg cramps, etc) that sometimes keep me from cleaning or feeling like cleaning. I was a once-a-week cleaner before, but now I try to do chores in 15-20 minutes segments, one in the morning, one in the afternoon (before my daily nap) and the last one in the evening.

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11th December 2018
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Andreea Panciuc is the creative mind behind the fashion and lifestyle blog, Launeden whose previous collaborators include Samsung, Marks & Spencer, Elizabeth Arden, Amara, Next, Maserati, BMW, etc. Through her blog, Andreea aims to educate and inspire her 80K+ community, serving each day a mix of content - from fashion to beauty, lifestyle and more recently parenting.
The blog was launched in 2012 as Dreaming of Chanel and re-branded in 2017. The reputation and the success of Launeden has been built on press, industry recommendations and collaborations which have resulted in international recognition.
Andreea welcomes every collaborative opportunity - to request a media pack, drop us a line at contact@launeden.com and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.

Take a peek inside my bedroom
Ashford

Take a peek inside my bedroom

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20th November 2018

Around this time last year, we were picking up the keys to our new home - a truly momentous occasion, full of emotions and excitement as we moved away from all the stress and involvement of buying a property. Fast forward 12 months, we have just finished decorating our bedroom and the nursery for the baby's imminent arrival. One lesson I have learned throughout this journey is to have patience - decorating a home is like a never-ending love story. Every house tells a different story and every chapter of our life brings a fresh perspective. It can be daunting and slightly frustrating when an entire house appears to be entirely redecorated in the span of one TV show, but it's very likely that the owner of the house you admire on Instagram took a long time to acquire that look too (or had their decorator shop for them to speed things up). I have had no choice but to learn to be patient and jump on the slow decorating bandwagon, even if I occasionally find it very hard. Our bedroom is a work in progress - we currently don't have the time and the resources to make all the necessary changes to acquire the final look (a hybrid of modern and traditional), but it's slowly coming together.

New in my wardrobe
5 ways to style your pregnancy bump
London

5 ways to style your pregnancy bump

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23rd October 2018

Pregnancy doesn't have to mean nine months spent wearing leggings and oversized jumpers - there are so many maternity and non-maternity options right now that are guaranteed to flatter your beautiful new shape. Whether you're carrying high or low (like me!) or big all over - styling your pregnancy bump without losing style points is easy, trust me! With only one week away from my third trimester (where did the time go?), I decided to share with you 5 styling ideas that have seen me and my growing bump through the past 7 months, without investing in a whole new wardrobe.  Size up! This is a no-brainer really, but if you are committed to buying most of your pregnancy wardrobe in non-maternity styles this is the easiest route. Because I'm carrying low, I had to invest in a few pairs of maternity jeans (Topshop is the winning ticket when it comes to maternity jeans, just have a look for yourself) because unlike regular denim these styles are softer on the waistline.

Beauty favourites
Chunky trainers – the best new buys
Ashford

Chunky trainers – the best new buys

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15th October 2018

Up until recently, it was all about the streamlined elegance of Adidas' Stan Smith but, skip to 2018 the chunky trainers trend is sweeping through the fashion pack. It all started with Balenciaga's Triple S - a big hit for the brand and one of the most popular luxury sneakers of the last year. Throughout the 80's and 90's, this style of trainer was worn exclusively by dads (cue the 'ugly' dad trainer name) and, as such, became the epitome of uncool. They now offer a fresh new change from the popular minimalism that prevailed before. Because they look rather different from the slim, elegant styles we're used to wearing, the opinions on the chunky trainer might be a little divisive.

Mother & baby essentials
What no one tells you about being pregnant (but should!)
London

What no one tells you about being pregnant (but should!)

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11th October 2018

The moment you announce that you're pregnant, everyone from your mother, grandmother, aunts, and friends (sometimes even strangers on the bus) seem very eager to share totally unasked for advice and horror labor stories with you. 'Should you really be eating that/drinking that/be careful with that/make sure you don't do that' - I could write a book about it, no doubt!  But there are actually are a few tips that expectant mothers really do need to hear - and chances are they were left out in the 'becoming a mummy' manual. Pregnancy is hard - and it's ok not to love it. Don't get me wrong, being pregnant is the most beautiful experience imaginable - you're creating a mini version of you and your partner. Isn't that incredible? But it's ok not to love everything that comes along with growing your baby for nine months - constant bathroom breaks, terrible leg cramps, sore breasts etc. 

Interiors
Favourite London coffee spots you’ll want to Instagram
London

Favourite London coffee spots you’ll want to Instagram

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10th October 2018

I have scoured the streets of the city to bring you the best London coffee spots you'll want to Instagram right now. Don't get me wrong - a perfectly crafted cappuccino is a must, but equally as important, at least to me, is the aesthetic. It's downright essential if you spend a lot of time in a place, right? I've made my way through a majority of London's coffee spots, so I'm sharing my favourite 7 that not only offer an amazing selection of coffees, food, and pastries but are also beautifully decorated. That's an Instagram win-win.