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


Autumn - The season that forces you to dramatically swap your t-shirts for jumpers and your sandals for boots but that's fine because I love it. Along with swapping your ice latte's for hot chocolate and your bare legs for some cosy 100 denier tights, us seasonal makeup junkies have already pulled out our autumn lipsticks and are eyeing up some new shades.

But for me although I love a deep autumnal lip, it can be tricky to find the perfect tone and sometimes those berry shades just don't suit everyone and then there's the maintenance factor, so here's my 5 Alternative Lipsticks For Autumn...


Lord & Berry Crayon Lip Crayon - Dangerous Red
This shade is more of a vibrant red with pink undertones. Lord & Berry have their lip products spot on as the pencil makes it really easy to apply without a lip liner, they're incredibly silky and the wear is long lasting as the product evenly wears off throughout the day leaving a nice tinted lip. 


The Body Shop Colour Crush Shine - 06 Truly Madly Deeply
As an alternative everyday lip shade, everyone knows that a nude tone is key. But this lipstick from The Body Shop has a more festive twist with finely milled pigments that give a shimmering silver 'wet look' shine. The formula is cream based and so along side that fresh shade you get a comfortable wear. 


Rimmel Kate Moss Matte Lipstick - 107 Wine
Although this is one of the more autumnal shade, the colour is a little lighter and more reddy toned than the typical purple toned berry lip. It's also a matte shade so can be used as a build-able lip colour, whether you're wanting a tint or a full shade. I usually stray from matte lipsticks as there's always talk about them being too drying, they tend to 'crumble' and they're incredibly tight and uncomfortable to wear however I've found that Rimmel have been the most comfortable and more moisturising matte lipsticks to wear than most brands.



The Body Shop Colour Crush - 105 Coral Cutie
The shade suggests it's more of a 'coral' tone which for me is a peachy/pink shade however I'd definitely say this is more of a bright milky-orange coral. At first I was really unsure about a 'orange' toned lipstick however I actually love it! Again similar to The Body Shop's shine range the colour is incredibly comfortable to wear with it's cream based formula and rich pigment. 



Bourjois Rouge Edition Lipstick - 15 Rouge Podium
I've had this lipstick for a while and it;'s been my go to red lip for a night out. It's more of a bright toned red with a slight orange undertone. The formula is enriched with 1/4 pure lacquer giving that glide on, radiant glossy finish. I wouldn't say it's as long wearing as some lipsticks however because of it's nourishing formula it's easy to build without it becoming patchy or 'cakey'. 


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.

Enjoy!

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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