The Bold Red Backpack

Those that know me well will know that I have a large collection of bags, they're like my weakness when it comes to retail therapy along with scarves and boots (in the winter).  

It's that one style item that can practically change a whole 'vibe' of an outfit but it's also (I can't believe I'm saying this but...) about practicality. If I know I'm heading out of town on a day trip I'll more than likely use a backpack where my hands are free and I can throw as much of the 'kitchen sink' in it as possible and be comfortable. Where as if I just nipping into town to run some errands then I might swap it out for a small chain shoulder bag. *insert monkey covering eyes emoji*

But as we all know, you can literally pick up every style, colour and size bag that you lust over in the higher end stores with a four digit price tag for under £25 on the high street... hurrah for dupes! 

I'll cut to the chase. This little Zara beaut was gifted to me for my birthday and although it isn't something I'd typically pick up (as I'm not one for 'colour') I absolutely love it! Because I don't wear anything other than black, white, grey and khaki it adds a pop of vibrancy and something a little bolder to my outfits. It has a sophisticated appearance with it's structured material and silver hardware. It's small-medium size makes it the perfect everyday back pack to add a touch bold style to a simple outfit.  

Beki Xo

If you follow me on social media you'll know that less than 3 months ago I finally moved into a house! It's feels incredible to actually own MY home and get busy making it exactly how I've always wanted. In the run up to buying the house I'd fell deep, deep into Pinterest (which I still do every so often) and there for had all my home decor inspiration ready and waiting to be put to creative use. You'll find my board >here<

It's only been 2.5 months and (as always) we've done a hell of a lot of work, which probably had something to do with going heavy on the home front in the first few weeks with a massive help from my Dad. Before we moved in it was basically a shell with just the necessities. And although living with no flooring, on a make shift couch and with cardboard boxes littering the room was kind of fun for the first few weeks... it was stressful and not that comfy or 'homely'. 

But now we're getting there. There's still a handful of things to do on the ground floor but it's pretty much there with the spare room being next and then the bedroom! 

So all though I don't feel comfortable posting dozens of full photos of my home on the internet, I thought I'd share with you guys just a few sneak peeks of our Scandinavian-esque style. 

Beki Xo

Healthy Oven Roasted Vegetable Crisps Recipe

I have to say that vegetable crisps are a major weakness of mine. I can't resist a packet when I grab a coffee to go or a shelf lunch. However, as healthy as those factory packed bags of vegetable crisp sound, they're drenched in sunflower oil and (surprising for some) most are hand fried... yes, fried. So, although I'd never cut those oil dipped crunchy vegetable crisp out of my life, I thought I try my own healthier version. And just as the internet suggests, they're stupidly easy to make and so god damn tasty... I wish I had made more.

To make oven roasted vegetable crisp you'll need to pick your root vege. I went for sweet potatoe, beetroot (my favourite) and parsnip. I'd also add carrots but I didn't have any!

You'll also need:
1 drizzle of oil (any of your choice)
1 large pinch of salt
1 pinch of freshly grinded pepper
1 large pinch of chilli flakes (or any spice/ herbs of your choice)

And of course a vegetable peeler (to make things easier) or a very sharp knife.

Firstly preheat your oven to 180c

If you're using beetroot you'll want to leave this vegetable as the last to peel due to it's stain crazy nature, you don't want it marking all your vegetables with its... juices *shudder*

If you're using a vegetable peeler then this is the easiest way to ensure all your vege shavings are the perfect thickness and all uniform. However if you're like me and you've lost your peeler or simply don't own one then you'll want to lightly shave your vegetables by popping your knife at a 160 degree angle and slowly pulling your knife across.

Remember that these guys shrink in the oven so don't think you've done too many when you fill 2 foil lined baking trays... because (as I found out) you've not!

For the next stage I kept my beetroot separate from my sweet potatoe and parsnip, simply because this root vege contains more water and I didn't want this colouring my other vegetables!

Pop your vege onto a foil lined baking tray and add your flavouring. Oil will help to crisp up your vegetables so add a small drizzle, along with a large pinch of salt, some pepper and your flavourings (I chose chilli flakes). Massage this into your vege shavings so they're all evenly coated. 

Before you pop your vegetables into the oven you need to spread them out evenly so they're not over lapping.

Pop them into the preheated oven, on the middle shelf for approx 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

If they're golden and curling up but still look oily or uncooked, don't worry as they'll crisp up when they're cooling!

When they're golden pop the oven tray on a cooling rack and leave to cool/crisp for 5-10 minutes.

Add your crisp into a snack bowl and that's it.


Beki Xo

The Dogs of Milan 

About 10 hours ago I landed back in England after an incredible 4 days in Lake Como, Italy (apologies to anyone who was rolling their eyes at my daily Instagram posts but the place is beautiful). 

We stayed in Lecco and visited, Malgrate, Varenna, Piani D'Erna and on our last day... Milan.

Milan has never been a place I've been desperate to go but we were interested to see what it was all about and wanted tick it off of our travel list!

It's a city that looks just like any other when you step off of the train however 20 minutes down the road and just left down a side street it's a completely different place. This place is the fashion district where a bright pink carpet lined the streets of the fashion houses for breast cancer awareness.

Of course along with the high fashion and the designer street style came the the four legged friends. It's funny, only I could visit Milan's most famous streets and Cathedrals and end up taking photos of dogs. But as a bit of fun I thought I'd compile my favourite photos of the street doggy style (sorry, I had too) in Milan...

Beki Xo
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