Festival Fashion With Matalan (*)


Festival season has arrived and although some of us don't actually have our hands on some trusty tickets that doesn't mean we cant put a twist on our weekend outfits, get out those pasty white British legs and donning something fringed, right?

Festival fashion typically has that 70's bohemian vibe but as I was challenged by Matalan to create a look i wanted to go with something a little less boho and a little more minimalist and monochrome.

So sticking with comfort and the with unpredictable British weather in mind i chose this plain black t-shirt with a fringed hem. I actually sized up for a more over-sized, relaxed longer look and (although i was braving bare legs) i threw on a plain body con skirt to add a couple inches of material just in case the sun doesn't make an appearance. 

I was going to opt for your typically statement necklace but this beautiful cream fringed pashmina scarf caught my eye. I think it adds more of a statement than a necklace would and scarves are pretty darn versatile at a festival as you can use them to keep warm, protect your hair from rain, sit on - in a less muddy field and also to protect your outfit when you're eating (if you're a messy eater). 

I know most people opt for the good old industrial wellingtons but for me if there weather isn't too shabby then I prefer footwear that can let your tootsies breath. These metallic silver buckle sandals are great as the soles are made from rubber so they're perfect if you accidentally stumble in a puddle or two as they won't soak up moisture and are easy to clean! They're so comfortable and make a change from your general tan or black sandals. 

To complete the look i chose this classic tan satchel with adjustable straps that are great for throwing across body or shoulder. It has more than enough room for all your festival essentials and adds contrast to any monochrome outfit. Going with the tan/brown accessories i paired it with these amazing oversized tortoise shell sunglasses with cat eye frames that are perfect for protecting your peepers and hiding those overnight bags!

Need more festival style inspiration? Shop my look at Matalans Festival Fashion 

Beki Xo 
Healthy 5 Ingredient Chocolate Avocado Mousse

I've been wanting to try this dessert recipe for a while but never got around to it until i was raiding my kitchen cupboards for a sweet treat. The great thing about this recipe is you can tailor it to whats in your kitchen, as long as you have cocoa powder and 1 or more avocados the rest is up to you. The coconut sugar adds sweetness, the coconut milk softens the texture and the vanilla extract adds flavour. So technically you could use anything from honey to soy milk to almond extract or even dried dates! 

I found that just by using these 5 ingredients I created a healthy, dairy free, rich chocolate dessert that is guilt free!

Ingredients: 
1 ripe avocado 
1/3 cup of coconut milk
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/3 cup coconut sugar 
2tsp vanilla extract 

Method: 
1. Spoon out ripen avocado into chunks and add into blender
2. Add in the other ingredients in any order
3. Blend until thick and serve (or chill for an extra chocolatey taste in the evening)

This recipe makes 1 large portion or 2 small portions and can last around 2-3 days refrigerated.

For mousse that's a little more whipped, just add 1tsp baking soda!

Beki Xo
Rodial Glamsticks (*)

It’s only recently that I finally managed to bring myself to cut down the stupidly large lip product collection I was growing and rid some of those shades I no longer took a fancy too.

However as the saying goes, ‘out with the old and in with the new’.

The Rodial Glamsticks have to be the most beautiful scented lip product I own, with a mix of cocoa butter and hint of coconut its practically Summer in a stick. The butters themselves contain hydrating ingredients such as cocoa butter and protecting ingredients such as vitamin E, all whilst providing a wash of highly pigmented but also buildable colour to your lips.

The shade ‘Crush’ is what I can only describe as a creamy beige shade with a slight peach undertone. I’ve been on the hunt for a brown/ nude shade for a while as I’ve been getting bored with my usual ‘your lips but better’ pink tones. So this a great everyday silky lip butter that adds hydration, protection, colour and a healthy sheen… it pretty much ticks all the boxes!

The shade ‘Revenge’ is much more of a milky hot pink shade that you could either dab on for a light day time butter or build up the coverage for a bold and bright pink lip. This shade is typically one i own and i do have some similar but the Rodial Glamstick will be one I’d be reaching for over the rest.

All the benefits of a lip butter with the pigmentation you’d expect from a lipstick. Its creamy texture means your lips don't dry out and the formula does stay on the lips for quite a while with the odd top up after eating and drinking. I'll definitely be purchasing more shades and consequently building back up my lip product collection!

Beki Xo


Dress-Primark, Bag-Promod, Sunglasses-H&M, Watch-Primark, Hat-DorothyPerkins, BeadBracelet-Market, SilverBirdBracelet-Etsy, SkullBracelet-ClairesAccessories, Shoes-NewLook, BandRings-Ebay,  TurquouseRing-TheBohemianCollective, OpalRing-CheapFrills.

Well, I never thought I'd be one to catch onto the whole fringing thing but more recently if I'm opting for more of a lade back look my style seems to take a boho, festival vibe (without purposely meaning to). I suppose its because its all about casual, lose fits, comfortable light fabrics and interesting details.

I picked up this amazing t-shirt dress in Primark (of all places!?) after its bright tribal pattern and fringed hem caught my eye. I actually purchased a larger size for a looser, more oversized fit which is ridiculously comfortable. Its one of those dresses that you can throw on with some sandals, no jewellery and still look effortlessly put together.

This look is great for casual weekends, festivals or even for those days when you just want to throw on something lose and easy to style. I teamed the dress with my typical fedora hat which is also the perfect accessory for those days were you just can't be bothered to do your hair.

I wore this look to a casual BBQ (yes, i took that wee critter too - Pokey) and actually ended up taking off boots and slipping into my black sliders as the day gradually got warmer (It may be Summer but I'm still not parting from my ankle boots)!

Beki Xo
Top 10 Brain Boosting Foods

Whatever you put into your body can greatly impact your brain function whether that’s good or bad foods. I for one am greatly affected by what I eat; if I eat high fat foods I become sluggish and tired where as if I eat high protein, low carb foods I feel mentally and physically ready for activities… with a little help from coffee too!

So if you’re having trouble functioning in the morning, needing something to get you over that 3pm slump or struggling to get creative (such as writing a blog post in the evening) why not try boosting your brain function with food? There’s tons of fresh products that can promote brain health but I’ve managed to whittle it down and put together my Top 10 Brain Boosting Foods:

Salmon
Salmon is highly rich in Omega 3 fatty acids that are aid in the conduction process aiding cells to send signals around the body and communicate more efficiently. It is also a great source protein, vitamin B and iron which helps the brain to stay focused and the body to produce more energy.

Almonds
Almonds help in producing a steady blood flow. The unsaturated fats contains in these nuts helps to improve cholesterol levels and ease inflammation which in theory keeps the brain sharp. Almonds are also a great source of protein, zinc and vitamins B6 and E which have been proven to slow down the ageing of brain cells and promote brain health. They are also great at keeping hunger pangs at bay!

Broccoli
Broccoli is high in choline that helps spur the growth of new brain cells as well as connectivity that is essential for brain function. Broccoli is also rich in Vitamin B and Vitamin K that aids helps to improve cognitive function and improve long term memory. An additional benefit of eating broccoli is that it is a great antioxidant that works together to support the bodies detoxification process within the cells.

Celery 
No one ever thinks celery could be as beneficial as it is due to its high water content however celery contains a flavonoid called Luteolin which is associated in protecting cells from the ageing process and reducing inflammation. Celery has also been linked with lowering the risk of memory loss and also contains a high level of daily vitamins and minerals to support brain power.

Berries
Berries are a great source of micronutrients and fibre. They’re packed with anthocyanins (a water-soluble that makes berries have that vibrant colour) that aid in producing a natural antioxidant that can activate protein ‘clean up’ in damaged cells to break down toxic chemicals and renew cells. Blueberries are the highest rank of brain power berry that contains vitamin A, C and E and minerals such as potassium and calcium.  

Coffee/ Tea
Coffee and tea lovers rejoice, It has been proven that these addictive drinks can pack a memory perking punch! Just 2 cups of coffee a day can improve memory skills, reaction, and brain activity. Caffeine has been known to boost long term memory, keep sugar cravings at bay and increase longevity in concentration. Scientist have even tested that just the smell of coffee can awaken the mind and promote brain power.

Avocado
A personal favourite if mine, the avocado. Avocados are rich in fibre and monosaturated fats which are considered a ‘healthy fat’. They can aid in the process of decreasing cholesterol levels, improve vascular health and increasing blood flow which in total fires up brain cell activity.

Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate (the higher the % cocoa the better) can help promote brain activity as is contains small doses of caffeine. It also contains magnesium and is a rich antioxidant which stimulates the release of endorphins to relieve stress and heighten mental alertness. A normal 100g bar of 70-85% cocoa contains; 11g of Fibre, 67% Iron, 58% Magnesium, 89% Copper, 98% Manganese, Potassium, Phosphorus, Zinc and Selenium. Just don’t go eating the whole bar!

Tomatoes

Tomatoes contain a powerful antioxidant called ‘Lyopene’ which can help to protect cells from the type of free radical damage that can cause the development of dementia. They are also high in omega 3 fats which can boost concentration), Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Vitamin E, Potassium, Copper and Vitamin A. The best time to eat tomatoes is from early April to late October, this is when they are in season and will be jam packed with vitamins and minerals.  

Beki Xo
Maxi Dress Style with Miss Selfridge (*)
Bag, Dress,  Jacket, Jewellery, Hat - Miss Selfridge  | Boots - Oasis | Nails: TBH Colour Crush - 'Just Peachy'

So one of my favourite high-street stores 'Miss Selfridge' have challenged me to use a wardrobe style staple... the maxi dress and create a #MaxiDressToImpress look. Miss Selfridge has always been my go to store when I'm on the hunt for simple pieces with a unique twist and this maxi dress doesn't disappoint.

With its sheer fabric, high neck and clean cut its the ultimate basic maxi dress except its unique twist of double high split sides makes it an incredibly versatile piece. Worn alone as a beach cover up, over jeans for a layered summer look or (as i did) worn with a high waist body con skirt to create a casual maxi dress.

More recently the UK weather has been pretty unpredictable, so when i spied this stunning leather look tan biker jacket although i know it doesn't scream 'Summer' i had to have it! I've never owned a leather/ faux leather jacket that has not been black so when i tried this on in store i was surprised to fall in love with it! It instantly gives off a bohemian feel and looks effortlessly stylish thrown on over a plain outfit.

Swaying towards the bohemian/ festival summer look i accessorised the outfit with Miss Selfridge plain silver band rings, silver and turquoise stone cuff bracelet and a matching body chain which i managed to snap up in sale for less than half price and I'm completely obsessed with it! I also threw on an old wardrobe favourite which i picked up from Miss Selfridge a couple months... the classic fedora. I own way to many of these but they're one of those hats which can make any outfit look stylish and also its great for hiding bed head when you just can't be bothered (the secret it out).

Of course, saving the best to last I've been eyeing up this beautifully soft Black Suede Fringe Bag since it landed on the Miss Selfridge website and I've finally got my hand bag obsessive claws on it! Its the perfect summer statement handbag that can turn into a clutch and add a boho style to a party outfit or clip on the shoulder strap and (as i will be doing) team it with a casual weekend outfit for a effortlessly chic look.

Beki Xo 
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