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DAILY SKIN CARE ROUTINE

DAILY SKIN CARE ROUTINE

Since starting this blog, my love for beauty and skin care related products has continued to grow. I enjoy using make-up a lot more and I regularly – as observed and confirmed by my close friends – treat myself to the wonderful smells of body creams, shower gels and scrubs. However my relationship to facial products has always been a difficult one. I shy away from switching up my routine and until a while ago I used as little products as possible. To give you an idea about my skin, it’s acne prone with a very oily T zone, dry cheeks, a serious lack of hydration and it get’s irritated very easily. Even just wiping it with a washing cloth get’s it all red and angry. So, desperate not to agitate it more I used the bare minimum of water and a day cream. And it worked, for a while I had really good skin and my face looked better than ever. Until I switched my birth control this year. Oh my did I not see this coming, my forehead decided to break out to the extreme accompanied by red spots all over.

You can imagine at this point I was desperate to try anything and I ended up with this lot of gems as shown in the picture. I absolutely LOVE each and every one of these products. My skin is looking much better than before although I’m still stuck with the red spots. But a little patience will hopefully solve that. For the record, in combination with my new skin care routine I have been taking zinc tablets every day on the recommendation of my niece who has suffered from bad hormonal acne as well. She says it cleared up her skin immensely, so worth a shot right?

DAILY SKIN CARE ROUTINE

I reckon there’s no need to do a full explanation of all the products. In short pai skin care  is developed especially for sensitive and/or problematic skin. In their own words:

We carefully select ingredients with proven remedial and skin soothing properties and keep our products free from irritating chemicals and alcohol.

I went for is the combination & blemish-prone skin range which consists of the camellia & rose organic facial cleanser, the rice plant & rosemary bioaffinity toner and the geranium & thistle rebalancing day cream. Besides the gorgeous packaging – glass bottles people, glass bottles – they all feel so soothing on your skin and smell fresh, herbal and clean. It made me rethink my everything-needs-to-smell-sweet preference. In between the toner and day cream I apply the avène soothing hydrating serum to add moisture. The formula is very lightweight, absorbs quickly and has a pleasant barely-there smell to it. I finish off with the la roche-posay anthelios XL non-perfumed sunscreen because I get sunburned easily and we all know by now sunscreen’s the best anti-aging creme on the market. I chose this one because it’s so fluid and non sticky, the only downside to it in my opinion is the smell. I guess the closest term to describe it is ‘pharmaceutical’. But I’ll take it. Lastly, the clarins light lip comfort oil is my personal favorite. As you can see I’ve used up half of this honey scented bottle of goodness and I reckon it’ll last me a good while longer. It’s definitely a bit of a splurge but no regrets here!

I’d love to know what your go to skin care products are? 

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THE SMALL THINGS

As time goes by, I realize more and more that life is a series of moments. And that your actions in those moments define your life. Seems obvious. But what happens when you let too many moments slip away, when you fail yourself by doing nothing. You let opportunities pass you by and graduatelly get stuck in a circle of continues unhappiness. Untill you brake it. It’s easy to see the solution to this problem when looking at it from a distance but when you’re smack in the middle of it, it’s not. I reckon a lot of people struggle with this and some of you might even recognize it. I’m not ashamed to say I have had few bad months in which I lost my purpose. I’ve always known what I wanted out of life but sometimes you just lose the courage to make it all happen. In my modest opinion – and that of so many corny quotes – it IS the small things that matter. Or in other words, it’s the small things that can pull you out of your circle of self-pity.

It can be those new coffee beans you learned about through a friend and smell  like they’ll keep you caffeinated all day. The first rays of sunshine coming in through the window after – a lot – of rain. That perfume you’ve been dying to get and meets up to all your expectations after spraying it on. The magazine that cracks a smile on your face every time you read through it.

None of the things above will fix your problems, but I do believe that finding joy in certain things can change your mindset. Just enough to motivate you to find more of these pieces of happiness, until you feel like your happiness barometer has toppled over to the desired side.

The Tawny Fox: Prologue 2016

PROLOGUE ’16

Exactly one year ago, this day was the birth of The Tawny Fox. It was and still is a learning process but it has brought me closer to my passions in life – because why have only one? There are a lot of things I enjoy in this world and talking about them only makes them more tangible. 2015 was a year of discovery and self-awareness. As any year it had it’s ups and downs but writing here kept me level-headed. I’m a little closer to knowing myself and what I’m about, where my interests lie and what I want out of life.

I’m excited to discover more this year and to pursue a passion I’ve only recently fell into. As I grow more comfortable, it will certainly find it’s place here but for now practice makes perfect. I decided not to make any Newyear’s resolutions as we all know they rarely stick. One thing I do want to improve at every day is to be a better version of myself and I think that’ll encompass everything any Newyear’s resolution would stand for.

I am at an age where lot’s of things change, like starting work, moving out of your parental home. It takes some time to find out how to manage such a new life but I’m sure soon enough everything will fall into place.


I wish you an amazing start of 2016, stay positive and keep remembering the person you want to be. 

The Tawny Fox: Komono pop-up

KOMONO POP-UP BRUSSELS

As hinted in the previous article, another driving adventure locked it’s way into my calendar. Last week, we – Van and I – went of to Brussels to visit the pop-up store opening of the Belgium based brand Komono. After driving by a winter fair with a festively lit ferris wheel we arrived at our destination, welcomed by music and the humming of laughing voices. Everyone seemed to be having a good time and soon enough, so were we. After getting ourselves a spiked drink – i.e. just Van since I was the designated driver – we talked to a few people from Komono, who where so lovely and kind, and they introduced us to some more people from Oona. I really enjoy meeting new people but it’s not always easy to just walk up to someone and start talking to them, especially when half of them spoke French, because Brussels.

Anyway, onto the watches and sunglasses, I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves because god there’s a lot of wishlist material in there. The pop-up remains until the 31st of january – more info on their Facebook page – so if you don’t like ordering online, here’s your chance to hop by and snatch up your favorite! I have to say it was nice to try on the sunglasses because one size does not fit all. Sunglasses with circular glasses where in my wishlist for ages and now I got to try on a gorgeous pair – the transparant one with the gold bar in the picture below – but boy did it not suit me. It’s very saddening when something you love just does not love you back. Thankfully I spotted a few more who did frame my face nicely, I’ll be back for you sunnies. Also as of christmas eve I am a proud owner of the Estelle cutout black beauty, thank you my sweet other half!

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Which one’s on your wishlist? 

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PRESS DAYS NOV’15: OONA

A bit overdue but here now, the trip down oona press days memory lane. A lot has happened since the last article, I turned 23 last week. Can’t say I feel any different though. Also the work in my future home is nearing it’s end, which means starting January – probably February – articles on The Tawny Fox will come abundantly and more regularly. Looking forward to that! This week I finished my first construction/building permit, which is kind of exiting since something I designed will actually be built in real life for the first time. It’s a renovation project of a very – VERY – small terraced house but I enjoyed turning it into proper home.

Onto the actual subject of this article. Oona represents some amazing brands, I don’t feel like namedropping every brand present without the accompanying photos and background so you can check them all out at Oona’s website. However there are few labels you will see pop up here again – very soon so!

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CAFE COSTUME will be opening a storefront in Hasselt soon, I’ll be on the lookout!

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The vintage LEVI’S jeans is still on my wishlist, long and short.

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A quick what-I-wore, with some hair sabotage.

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I think this one would love a spot in my new bedroom, come on then!

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KOMONO crushes, more coming soon! – latest pop-up in Brussels, check -

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Love me a good concrete ceiling though.

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I had to include this Christmas-y one since it’s right around the corner. I love how everything is so festive these days, I will be sad for it to end. Wouldn’t mind having one of the previous items come wrapped in a Christmas present.

All pictures were either taken by VanLauren or myself. 

Do you enjoy this time of year? 

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PRESS DAYS NOV’15: FEINEST LABELS

Apart from having at least avoided traffic, navigating through Antwerp wasn’t the most pleasant experience.  Driving down cable car tracks just feels very unnatural. As we passed the street we were supposed to drive through, I looked over to my friend Van with the ‘of-course-face’. Of course it was under construction. She grinned, threw up her shoulders and said “eh, we’ll get there”. I was so happy to have her with me, calming force to the rescue. We met up with Lauren after parking the car and soon enough we set course to our first stop of the day, Feinest labels.

It was my first time visiting the press days in Antwerp, so with no idea what to expect I stepped through the big glass doors of the showroom. We got a lengthy explanation from all of the labels present but only a few really spoke to me. Starting off with one that encompasses my biggest obsession, lingerie.

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OPHELIA

lingerie was founded by Ophelia Debisschop – the wonderful woman in the photo below – who makes each individual piece by hand in her hometown Antwerp. Her aspirations are to make women feel less self-conscious about themselves and their bodies by working together with their husbands/boyfriends. The men come to her with the measurements of their significant others and together they design the perfect boudoir set as a surprise. I think this is a wonderful incentive and I’m sure she will make a lot of women – and men – happy through this original concept.  She also designs ready to wear pieces and sells them on her – brand new – webshop.

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The growling of my stomach indicated the arrival of noon and lucky for us SOUP & CO was present to still our hunger. They provided delicious carrot spice soup and pasta salad. They are based in my hometown Hasselt, so if you ever find yourself here, lunchbreak check. While eating my attention was drawn towards a big table in the middle of the room filled with beautiful tableware – which brings me to my second obsession, interior.

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EVOLUTION

interior design concept was thought out by three people who share a passion for architecture and interior design. They run a store, produce furniture under their own label and make design projects for an entire house/office/shop. Their latest pop-up is also located in Hasselt and carries a few of my favorite scandinavian brands and many more. I encourage you to visit, if only for the building they chose. I can’t put into words how gorgeous it is, I’m pretty sure everyone would want to live there – it’s basically is a home turned to store – and the interior is spot on.

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CHALO

The last stop in our tour was a new label that produces the perfect end to our visit, chai latte. AND they brought samples. Needless to say we stayed just a bit longer. I reckon that it’s something you either love or hate because of the spices. But I loved it. They have four flavors in their assortment – Masala, vanilla, cardamom and lemongrass. The minute the masala flavored goodness touched my tastebuds I new it was going to be my favorite, all the right spices were there in all the right amounts. The vanilla one actually tasted like pudding, which is never bad – especially for people who don’t enjoy the spices like Lauren. One thing though, Van checked the amount of sugar in it and it is very high. It’ll be more of a dessert for me than a regular thee I’d drink throughout the day – but one I’ll be looking forward to nonetheless. #Ahuginamug

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Since I was the idiot that forgot to bring her camera – don’t ask – all pictures were taken by Van or Lauren. I hijacked Van’s camera a couple of times though because I couldn’t help myself. 

Do these labels speak to your obsessions as well?

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A LOCAL’S GUIDE TO WARSAW AND KRAKAU

During my stay in Milano earlier this year, I met the most amazing – twin – girls. We – my sweet friend Vane and I – knew then and there we needed to see them again. No sooner said than done,  Vane and I flew off to Warsaw this summer to stay with them for four days. I didn’t have a lot of expectations for Poland since I really had no idea what it was like there, but I was pleasantly surprised to say the least. Krakau – which we visited by train – was definitely the prettiest with all of it’s old architecture, cozy streets filled with typical Polish shops and big town square as a podium for a weekly market filled with handmade goods. Warsaw on the other hand was a big city, and with big I mean BIG. Since it was bombed during the war, they basically built it back up from scratch. A lot of skyscrapers, big streets, harsh architecture – meaning very clean, cold, straight, communist – and very busy as well. Though if you know where to be it also has a lot of charming places like a beautiful park and a nice neighborhood for having drinks. The place where our friends lived was also very quiet, domestic, had a river, charming old buildings, you get the idea. In conclusion, I will be back.

Now for the most important part, food and drinks. Having locals as guides means visiting only the best – and hipster – places. Unfortunately due to our four-day time limit the list isn’t very long, but the places we did eat and/or had drinks were amazing! So read on for five must-visits in Warsaw and Krakau.



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B U L K E  P R Z E Z  B I B U L KE

Zgoda 3Warsaw, Poland
For all you fit-girls and health freaks out there, this breakfast bistro will blow up your tastebuds. Granola, porridge, homemade jam, they’ve got it all. Though they also make a mean omelette and sweet pancakes.

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A Ï O L I

Świętokrzyska 18, 00-052 Warszawa, Poland
More breakfast goodness with homemade jams, brioches and some good coffee. If you’re looking for a place to eat dinner or even drink cocktails, this place will also serve your every desire.

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G R E E N  C A F E  N E R O – U N I W E R S Y T E T

Krakowskie Przedmieście 20/22, 00-332 Warszawa, Poland
You’ve probably heard of cafe nero before, they have coffee shops all over the world. Just in Warsaw are about eighteen of them. The one we visited had a very cozy, living room style, a very typical nero interior. If you happen to pass one, be sure to stop buy and grab a coffee!

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C H A R L O T T E

plac Szczepański 2, Kraków, Poland
This place. I can’t even. I would like to spend all my days there, industrial yet domestic interior with food to die for. If there is one place you MUST visit in Krakau – or Warsaw since there’s one too – it’s this one. They serve breakfast and lunch, but they are open all day for a small dinner as well. I recommend the ‘Tartines’, which are toasted sandwiches, in particular the ‘Jambon Gruyère’ or the ‘Chèvre Chaud’. Makes my mouth water just thinking about it.

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K A R M A

Krupnicza 12, 31-123 Kraków, Poland
Can’t go without a good coffee break. With various coffee blends and some quiches to go along you will satisfy your cafeïne cravings in no time.

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Have you ever been to Warsaw and/or Krakau? If not, do you want to now?

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DV JEWELLERY

It seems like my love for – minimalistic – jewellery is slowly becoming a thing on The Tawny Fox. When I went to C-mine to visit ‘Handgemarkt’ – an indoor market filled with handmade pieces – and also bumped into the labyrinth a while ago, I strolled past various stands not really being intrigued by any of them. Until some dainty silver jewellery pieces caught my eye. I could not help but share this amazing Dutch brand called Danielle Vroemen Jewellery.

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Pieces like these can only be designed by someone very talented and passionate, so there’s no doubt Danielle has a lot of both. Having grown up in a family of DIY’ers – so to speak – working with her hands came natural from a young age. After graduating the Academy of fine arts in Maastricht, she took the time to figure out what she wanted out of life. But soon enough her creativity got the better of her and she designed and created her first jewellery collection ‘GEOM’ in 2010. Now, five years later, she has four collections, GABARIT being the latest one – and my personal favorite. 

I thought it would be amazing to be able to create something I had designed myself. After five years I still think it’s the most multi-faceted work you can do. Danielle

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It comes as no surprise geometry is the biggest inspiration for her handmade designs. Though patterns, graphic design, architecture and travel can be inspiring to her as well. From the range of metals, silver is her all time favorite material to work with. She explains it suits her best because it has a timeless feel to it and can be combined endlessly. 

Metals add some toughness. I can best express my style with them, something I would’t be able to do with wood or ceramics for example, because I work with a lot of facets. Metals show them off the best, silver in particular. Danielle

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Her unique designs add something different to your personal style. My top three favorites are the GABARIT small ring, the GABARIT zigzag earrings and the SIKS bracelet.

Head over to DV JEWELLERY website to check out all her geometrically inspired designs. TEASER: next week and at the end of the month she will release another small collection! Think small diamond shaped pendants..

Do you have any favorites in mind?

THE TAWNY FOX: C-MINE LABYRINTH

C-MINE LABYRINTH

Entering fall has made me more appreciative of the few sunny days we have left. So when the sunday morning blue sky predicted a good day ahead, there was no way I was staying inside. I called a friend, grabbed my coat – which in retrospect I could have left home – and left to visit a market filled with handmade goods located in C-mine, Genk – more about that later.

Stepping out into the giant courtyard our eyes locked onto a big square steel structure filling up a big part of the space. Obviously we weren’t about to leave without checking it out. It turned out to be a labyrinth - and a rather difficult one at that – designed by the art and architecture duo Gijs Van Vaerenbergh and Herman Meuwes for C-mine’s 10th birthday. Apparently, people like to get lost because due to it’s succes it’s staying put until september 2016!

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I LOVED it, visiting on a sunny day was the best coincidental choice we made. The structure has circular cut outs all over, creating different view points, perspectives and amazing shadow play. We unintentionally – because it turned out we’re not particularly good maze runners – and  intentionally postponed finding the exit to see the steel planes intersect in the various places. From some viewing points the environment was framed, though I was completely caught up admiring the structure itself. Definitely, definitely recommend visiting this while it’s still possible, preferably on a sunny day to fill you with awe.

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I had a lot of fun, because admittedly it makes you feel like a child again. My hat goes off to the talented architects who put time and effort into making this amazing structure. More info can be found here.

Did you enjoy it as much as I did? 

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INTERIOR. #1

Mind – since the day I wrapped my head around the fact I’m actually moving out – on decorating none stop. I think Pintrest is sore from me scrolling through endlessly. ‘I don’t need a Pintrest house’ he says, but dear boyfriend, I do. I’m trying hard not to drive him completely crazy with my ideas so instead I might as well share them with you.

These are some interior objects I’m fawning over, and will hopefully end up in my house too.

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C A N D L E S

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C O P P E R

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Which interior trends/items get you excited?