AMANDINE DE PAEPE
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Marianne Janssens, Ciska Dings and Amandine De Paepe are enterprising women with a mission and a preference for Belgian fashion and sustainability. Day or night, home or the office, weekday or weekend… As Xandres puts it: 'always be in the moment'. Each with a fantastic personality and unbelievable style.
Who is Amandine?
THIS MONTH, AMANDINE DE PAEPE FROM INSENTIALS IS ONE OF OUR #XANDRESWOMEN. Amandine is 38 years old and lives in Ghent with her husband and 2 children. She is passionate about food, sports and a healthy lifestyle. She also enjoys last-minute adventures. Her mission with Insentials is to help all women live a healthy and carefree life by supplementing the nutrient and vitamin deficiencies that every woman faces. Because every woman's body is unique, she developed an online questionnaire to personalise your vitamin needs as best as possible (with or without DNA testing).
For Xandres, Amandine is an 'inspiring woman' because she uses her scientific expertise and passion in an innovative way and with a holistic approach to build a sustainable and healthy future for every superwoman.
FEMALE VITALITY STARTS WITHIN
— AMANDINE DE PAEPE
WATCH THE INTERVIEW HERE
What is Insentials?
I HAVE BEEN PASSIONATE ABOUT HEALTHY FOOD SINCE CHILDHOOD. I eventually studied it and am now busy with it professionally daily. I am a nutritionist and am also specialised in orthomolecular medicine; I strongly believe in the use of vitamins and natural nutrients. Healthy food is the basis for me, but today we see a reality in which many women have vitamin and nutrient deficiencies. Stress plays a role, but ready-to-eat food can also have consequences.
INSENTIALS ORIGINATED FROM THE IDEA THAT EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT AND REACTS DIFFERENTLY. It is a platform where you can take a self-test to see which vitamins you should take and in what dosage. We also always provide nutritional advice. I think this holistic approach is very important. Honest communication based on science. Our supplements are produced in Belgium. I believe very strongly in Belgian companies; Xandres is one of them. We stand for quality and mainly work online to be able to offer that quality to the end consumer at a good price.
What characterises you as an entrepreneur?
I'M NOT THE PERFECT CEO, but I surround myself with the right people who can support me. Innovation is my strength; I like to look ahead. I follow the market trends and I continuously make adjustments where necessary, both in dosage and in ingredients. I am aware of the latest scientific analyses and keep learning. As an entrepreneur, I try to be visionary, but I am chaotic. Because I have a lot of ideas, I would like to work 24/7, but that is, of course, not the intention. That's why I like to work with people who give me direction and structure and slow down that impulsiveness in me.
And what characterises you as a woman?
I AM VERY ENTHUSIASTIC AND POSITIVE AND I ENJOY THE SMALL THINGS IN LIFE. As a mom, I'm not around much, but when I'm there, I try to do something fun with my kids. I am not a traditional mother who cooks every day or helps her children with their homework. Perhaps you can best describe me as a bon vivant. Yes, I definitely love life.
What do you think Xandres stands for as a Belgian fashion brand?
I AM VERY HAPPY TO BE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROJECT. My mom has been a fan of Xandres for a long time, and I have now also found lovely pieces here that suit me well. Chic yet with personality. I like to wear unique, elegant pieces for my consultations as a nutritionist because I don't like the typical white shirt. The fact that it's a Belgian brand is great!
'Always be in the moment', what does that mean to you?
I AM DEFINITELY SOMEONE WHO LIVES IN THE MOMENT. I really enjoy spontaneous moments and often find them the best. I especially love the impulsiveness of a last-minute adventure. 'Always be in the moment' suits me perfectly. As a mom, that doesn't always work, but that doesn't change the fact that I think you have to live in the now. Both professionally and privately. I always find it hard when people complain. I think you should enjoy every moment and every age.
Do you have a message that you would like to share with all our #xandreswomen?
EAT HEALTHILY, EXERCISE AND, ABOVE ALL, LISTEN TO YOUR BODY. Love yourself and be proud of what you do. Show yourself some respect and feel free to schedule some me-time. And shop at Xandres now and then!
CURIOUS ABOUT AMANDINE'S FAVOURITE LOOKS FROM THE XANDRES AUTUMN COLLECTION? DISCOVER THEM HERE!