Friday, 20 September 2013

Of a Vintage Air's 1st Birthday!

So. One year. This will be my 32nd post. Which I consider somewhat of a failure as it's not even one a week! 


Two big gaps in posting have helped attribute to that I think! It's been better the last month or so. I've tried to be more scheduled with my posting. I have four things to write about every month, and then anything interesting I might do gets tucked in between!

I think my favourite posts have been the sewing ones. It makes me quite proud to think that I've actually made something. Especially something wearable and washable! (My skirts have braved the washing machine and come out unscathed!) 

Blogging aims for the next year?

> More frequent posting. 
> More sewing/crafty projects. 
> Book reviews and research into the wartime years. 
> Airplanes!! They definitely haven't made enough of a dent in this blog yet and they're actually a huge part of my life! 

So happy birthday to the blog, and I hope to hear more from the few of you who read next year! 

Jo :-) 

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Outfit Post: Autumn Days

So Autumn seems to have turned up! I'm really rather chilly today. Jumpers at the ready I think! 

This is one of my standard, easy go to outfits for this time of year. 

The trousers are a lovely wide legged, wool blend in a deep aubergine colour. They were from a sale in New Look and are very toasty!  

It's warm enough with the sleeves for cooler days and not too bulky to chuck a thicker jumper on over the top if needed. 

I love the top. The colour is such a pretty blue and the pleating detail around the neckline is a really feminine touch on an otherwise standard top. 

It's from a Next outlet and the only bad thing is that I always find their tops a tad on the short side for tucking in. 

Pockets! Pockets are awesome. 

So that's it. Simples. Classic trousers and top combo. If I'd actually had time to do my hair it might even have looked a bit more vintage! Although I have been told that when worn with my flying jacket, I look like I'm off to fix a B17! 

Outfit details:

Pearl headband: gift. 
Top: Next Outlook £3
Trousers: New Look £5 (belt included)
Ankle Boots: New Look £15

I'll be back in a couple of days with a holiday photo post! 

Jo :-) 

P.S. what's your go to outfit as it starts to cool down? 

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

August Instagram Round Up

Well, this post was all ready to go just before I left for Germany. Planned posting on the 6th. And then there was no wifi. :-(

So here it is. Only a couple of weeks late!! 

Ooh a new month and a new Instagram round up! If you fancy seeing some more from me, my Instagram and twitter are both @ofavintageair 

Top five photos by the number of likes! :-) 

5) beautiful 50s beaded handbag. A birthday present from my fiancĂ©'s mother :-) I love it! But am so worried about damaging it on an evening out! 

4) Red gingham skirt outfit for a blog post! I love this skirt! It went down so well at the jazz club and is perfect for dancing in!

3) starting to sew up the gingham skirt of my 1940s singer sewing machine. Taken just before the "threading the needle the wrong way" failure!

2) my beautiful spitfire jewellery from one of my very best friends for my birthday! The box says from Hoarders World if anyone's interested in buying some! 

1) and people's favourite this month seems to be sparkly grey nails and my beautiful engagement ring. Can't say I blame them to be honest! Just need to get some of that nail polish for my own now! 

Well. That's your lot folks! I like doing the Instagram round ups. It's nice to look back over what you've been up to for the last month. Sort of like a photo diary! 

Jo :-) 

P.S. are you on Instagram and should I be following you? What were you up to in August?

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

How I did 20s make up

So the other week I went to the Colchester Jazz Club's Summer Party. It was wonderful fun, made all the better by my Eric joining us for a change! 

Due to a bit of idiocy on my part I couldn't sew up my red gingham circle skirt and go as a picnic blanket as I'd intended! 

Cue crazy dashing round shops looking for something twenties inspired to wear instead. Dress finally found I realised I should really do some make up to go with it! 

Now, make up has never been a hugely strong point for me, but I'm getting a lot better! 

I still think these photos look better in black and white! 

I went for a fairly heavy "film star" type look, but dispensed with any heavy foundation due to the amount of dancing that would be happening! Didn't think everything sliding off my face would be a particularly good look! 

So, if you're not going to be doing anything too strenuous, start here!

1) pale foundation. You're looking for doll like skin, looking flat and flawless for those 1920s cameras! 

Again, if you're not sweating too much, you could try covering your eyebrows and re drawing them completely, but I personally feel like I wouldn't be comfortable wearing such a stylised look out! I'm not the brave! I just used a brown liner to accentuate my own eyebrows a bit!

2) I swept a pale pink across my eyelids, right up to the eyebrow. 

3) then used a charcoal colour (that had a teeny bit of sparkle to it) and swept that across my eyelid, into the crease, and nearly up to the insides of my eyebrows. 

4) then I used my black and white smudge stick. The black I smudged on the outside of my eyelash line. All along the top of my lid and just underneath and on the outside of my lower lid. The white I used on the inside of my lashes on the lower lid. 

5) for a bit of extra definition I used a black kohl liner on my top lid and took it out to the side in a gentle flick. 

6) pile on the mascara! I did the lower lashes as well, just not quite as heavily!

7) tidy up under your eyes, maybe a sweep of pale powder. I didn't bother with blush (dancing makes me red enough!) but I think it helps with the doll like look. 

8) I used a deeper than normal lip liner. Really accentuate the Cupid's bow and don't make your lips as wide as normal either. Blot the edges with foundation. 

Ta dah! 20s style inspired make up! 

I wouldn't wear this day to day! But I quite like the smoky eyes toned down a tad for an evening look. Although everyone I asked said they liked the look even if it was heavy, that it was just a bit different! 

Which was nice of them :-) 

Jo :-)

P.S. do you have a make up go to? Like trying new styles? 

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Review: Black Felt Tip Eyeliner

So a tad overdue for a post here! 

This time, a speedy review of one of my favourite make up items. The felt tip eyeliner. 

This is the only one I've seen and I snapped it up pretty quick as I am RUBBISH at eyeliner. Liquid seems to go everywhere and most pencils seem to be smudged over half my face after a few hours!

This does exactly what it says on the tin! It's like drawing on your face with a pen! Which is about my level of make up expertise! 


By Collection
I purchased mine in Tesco for the princely sum of £2.99

I use it all the time. It has even kicked my nice brown liner's butt for everyday wear. 

I like it as a thin line for a bit of definition. Do excuse the pasty face in these photos! This is with no mascara and it is so fast to do! 

This is my favourite look. Lots of mascara, plenty of eyeliner and flicks at the corners! Easy and pretty I think. 

I find it so much easier to do flicks with this than pencil or liquid. 

I would recommend this to everyone (go buy one, now!!) and will definitely be replacing it with another when it runs out! 

The only thing I have to say against it, is that perhaps it doesn't have quite the depth or strength of liquid or gel liner, but that's not an issue for me. 

So, a quick summing up!

Price: 5/5 bargain at £2.98
Value for money: 5/5 seems to be lasting well and I don't have to scrub off first attempts and start again!! 
Look: 4/5 lovely. Not quite as dark as liquid or gel, but pretty darn good!
Staying power: 4/5 holds up well to an evening of dancing at the jazz club, but will rub off if you rub your eyes. Although I think that's true of everything! And you do have to let it dry!! 

End result: 4.5/5 perfect, cheap and incredibly easy to apply. Great for day or night! 

I purchased this with my own money, and obviously all views are my own! 


P.S. bought any new name up recent only? Tempted by this? :-)