Friday, 17 July 2015

Evolution

As anyone who follows me on social media will have seen I've slowly been changing my identity!! 

I feel that I've changed a lot since I came up with the name "Of A Vintage Air" and to more fully encompass who I am, I've gone for (drumroll please!!):

A VEGAN PINUP!

I'm still a long way off being a "proper pinup" but I'm getting there. Being vegan is a big part of my life now and I'd like to help others who are making the change. 

You can now find my blog at:

www.aveganpinup.blogspot.com

Twitter: @a_vegan_pinup
Instagram: @a.vegan.pinup
Tumblr: @a-vegan-pinup

Hope to see anyone who reads this around still! :) x

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

January Blues - Outfit Post

Given that I had a fairly lazy day on Sunday, no dancing (till the evening!), flying or fettling required, I felt a pencil skirt was in order! 

I love a good pencil skirt! Thanks to some Christmas money my pencil skirt collection has increased almost exponentially over the winter break. 

This one arrived as a £2.50 gift from my mum a few days ago in the mail and Sunday seemed to be the perfect day for its first outing! 


I've also got a bit obsessed with the Bardot tops that seem to be all over the place at the moment. I've got a lot if colourways in the sale from Matalan which has been brilliant. 

They're perfect for me as I don't feel my arms are my best feature, and the sleeves hold that area together nicely!


Outfit Details:
Bardot top: Matalan £3 (currently in their sale)
Pencil Skirt: George @ Asda £2.50 (currently in their sale) 
Boots: New Look (if you see them in the sale, let me know! I want another pair!!) 

Decided to take the photos while we were at Stow Marie's (awesome WW1 aerodrome and museum), aeroplanes providing a good backdrop for everything of course! 

I love that you can put a whole outfit together with high street bargains at the moment with a good retro feel, comfort and no fear of ripping your vintage pencil skirt! (...of course this has never happened to me...!!)

Grabbed any bargains in the sales? 

Jo :-) 

Thursday, 8 January 2015

New Year's Resolutions - 2015

Well it's that time of year again. I've waited till a week into the new year to post this as the biggest change I'm making this year was going to require some organisation! 

I've got a list of things in my new diary that I would like to do at some point this year, but these are my two main thought process changing ones! 

1) Become a better person. 

Not the best phrasing but I feel it encompasses what I want to accomplish. 

This means thinking more about others. No more rubbish excuses about forgetting birthdays etc of the people who matter to me or just not posting stuff on time. Thank you cards and real gratitude. More thoughtfulness and mindfulness in general.

The biggest thing that I'm throwing in under this is cutting down on my swearing. Obviously you can still swear and be a good person, it's just become a bad habit for me that I would like to cut. So far it has gone reasonably well. The words are so ingrained in my language it's taking quite a lot to replace them! 

New favourites:

Poppycock! 
Oh bother! 
Blast! 

All said in an incredibly posh fake accent. Just for fun :-) 

2) Go Vegan. 

This is a biggie. I've been vegetarian now for eight months and veganism has been encroaching on me from all sides for the majority of that. 

I've been dabbling with aspects of it (dairy free margarine, dairy free milks and vegan baking!) for quite a while now and feel like I've been copping out of really doing it. 

I was staying with my mum and godmother at the very beginning of the year and straight to work where I stay in a caravan for the last few days so it just wasn't practical to begin right away as I don't really feel like a lifestyle of my own choosing should make others lives difficult. (....and let's be honest here, I wanted to finish my mum's Christmas cake! Any vegan suggestions for next Christmas?!) 

So yesterday I took the step. I had cereal with oat milk for breakfast. I had veggie curry and rice for lunch and I had Tesco's nut cutlets with mash and veg for dinner. (Yup, I eat a lot!) Plus banana custard for dessert made with soy milk. Dad was unimpressed. I thought it tasted the same. 

I've prepped by buying vegan store cupboard essentials. I've accepted the thought that eating out is going to be difficult now. I've researched about vegan cosmetics etc. 

What I'm not doing is throwing things out that I already use. Cosmetics, shampoos, nail polishes etc that I already own I'm not throwing away. I'm having to balance being vegan with having a very limited income. Anything new I buy will be BUAV approved. A lot of the stuff I use already is.

Superdrug you reasonably priced bit of brilliance I'm looking at you. Can't recommend them enough. Sainsburys and Marks & Spencer's are also BUAV approved which is great. 

3) Be HAPPY. 

All the usual new year stuff. Love myself, make good decisions, practice gratitude. 

I believe gratitude is a big part of this. I'm trying to keep a diary this year. It's online and one day maybe I'll share it. But at the end of every entry I write down three things I'm grateful for. Hopefully this will help! 

So that's me this year. Hopefully a better person all round by the time 2016 hits our lives. 

What're your resolutions? Have you broken them already? :-) 

Jo :-) 

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Lemon Drizzle Cake - Vegan Recipe

I suppose it's slightly more tropical lemon drizzle cake than its non-vegan cousin, as I've used banana as an egg substitute, it's still very tasty though! 

Pre-heat your oven to 180*C

Ingredients:

- 175g ripe banana 
- 1tsp baking powder
- 100g muscavado sugar
- 75g caster sugar
- 100g margarine
- 2tbsp lemon juice (fresh or bottled!)
- 200g Self Raising flour

Drizzle:

- 3tbsp lemon juice 
- 3tbsp caster sugar 

Icing:

- 5 heaped tsp icing sugar
- 2tsp water

Method:

Mash up your banana with the baking powder


Add both the sugars plus the margarine and mash them in as well!


Add the lemon juice and mix up well. Might be time for a blitz with an electric whisk if you a) have one and b) can be bothered! I'm a lazy baker unfortunately...


Add flour until the mixture is a good consistency. About 200g is right but it will depend on the ripeness of your banana! It wants to be fairly thick and glossy, but not too runny. 


Pour into a 2lb baking tin (I used a liner too....less washing up. If you don't, grease the tin with plenty of extra margarine!!)


Bake in the oven for 30 minutes, then turn down to 150*C and and cook for another ten until the top is springy and a skewer comes out clean. 

While it's still warm, poke all over the top with a skewer or cocktail stick. Mix up your drizzle until the sugar is fairly well dissolved. Pour it all over the warm cake! 


While you're waiting for the cake to cool, (A good couple of hours) mix up your icing. When it's cold, drizzle your icing over artisticly, write a message or draw a silly picture! 



Then enjoy! 



Jo :-) 

Running From Zombies - Alteration Tutorial

I've been getting back into running slowly and at the same time have been loving the newest series of "the Walking Dead". I haven't seen the earlier ones, but hopefully a DVD set will rectify that at some point. 

So when I saw this tshirt at my local MOD surplus store (Gillings, it's The Best) I knew I had to have it!


Unfortunately it was a men's size XL. Gratifyingly big on me! Not so nice for running in. 

I took a little (shrunk, thank you tumble dryer) dress I have that I like the fit of and laid it centrally on top of the shirt. 


Cut around one side. Along the arm too so it was longer than before. Make sure you leave a gap around the edge big enough for your hem. I left about a cm as I didn't want it to be too bulky. 


Fold it over with the fold right down the centre so that it's nicely symmetrical and cut the other side to match the first. Because it's T-Shirt material it doesn't fray so you don't need to worry about the edges. 



Then all that's left to do is to turn the shirt inside out and stitch along the cut edges making sure to line up the cuff and hem neatly. You could pin first, but I just winged it! 


Love my vickers sewing machine! 


Aaaaaaand you're done! 


Geeky posing and gun props optional! 


Love my new T-Shirt! 

Jo :-) 

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Lady in Red! - Outfit Post

Quick outfit post from the other day as I felt rather well put together for a change! This is part of my "it's old, I don't mind it getting grubby but I still want to look cute" wardrobe that I utilise for work a lot of the time! 


Beret: First Avenue Classics via a charity shop
Shrug: New Look years ago!
Necklace: gift
Dress: F+F Tesco via eBay 
Belt: Dorothy Perkins via a charity shop
Vest and Leggings: Primark
Boots: New Look

Mostly my work wardrobe just needs to be warm. Layers are such a good friend! Primark is amazing for cheap items to wear under my clothes in the winter. Ditto all the supermarket clothing lines! 


I'm sure as winter gets here I'll go back to trousers and heavy fleeces but for now I'm hanging onto my skirts for as long as possible! 


Also a selfie because my make up went beautifully that day and matched my outfit perfectly! Make up is all by Collection except my Mascara which is by Marks and Spencer's. Slowly upgrading my make up to BUAV approved cruelty free brands, but I'm not one for waste! 

Hope you're all having a lovely week! 

Jo :-) 

Monday, 6 October 2014

Banana Chocolate Cupcakes - Vegan Recipe

I made these the other day for my Dad's birthday. They're very rich and moist and very chocolatey! The recipe makes 10 small cupcakes. Or fairy cakes. But not big ol' muffins! 

Ingredients:

1 fairly ripe banana
1 tsp baking powder
A heaped table spoon of dark cocoa powder 
50g muscavado sugar (could be subbed for other sugar but this is very rich!)
50g vegan margarine 
75g self raising flour 

Method:

Mix the first three ingredients together. Mashing the banana until it's as smooth as possible. 

Add the sugar and the margarine and beat together. 

Add the flour a bit at a time until it comes together in a smooth, glossy, fairly thick consistency. 

Restrain yourself from eating it out of the bowl....

Divide into cake cases!


Bake for 15 minutes in a 180 degree C oven until a skewer comes out clean. 


I hope you enjoy them! 

I want to try out more egg substitutes in my baking as cooked banana isn't always my thing!! Dad loved them though:-) 

Jo :-)