At the end of January, RJ and I spent an hour or two immersed in the world of Paul Smith at his exhibition in the Design Museum, London. Entitled "Hello, my name is Paul Smith", it was an amazing insight into his life, from humble beginnings in a Paris hotel suite in 1976, to the company that now shows seasonally in London and Paris fashion weeks and includes fourteen different collections. It was inspiring, uplifting and motivating, showing that anyone can achieve their dreams if they just go for it and make their own opportunities. His parting words are emblazoned on a giant post-it ... "Every day is a new beginning".
So this week I got a little bit pink-happy with a pack of Dylon Powder Pink machine dye! And I'm loving the results so much. Pink everything! It's a fairly foolproof process, but dyeing isn't without it's woes. At the start of the month I attempted to dye a wool coat of mine. I was like it's wool! It'll dye. I was wrong. I completely ignored the instruction leaflet ("I've done this a million times") and then proceeded to wash it down the drain. Literally. It wasn't a rookie mistake, it was an I Think I Know Everything mistake. Needless to say the coat was completely unchanged, just a soggy heap of the exact same colour wool. Don't bother trying to dye anything with a dry clean only label as it's usually been treated. Lesson re-learned! So this week I gathered my dyeable items!
Do we all remember this pair of white converse style low tops I bought recently? Primark, £4. Very white, but not for long!
After a run with in the washing machine with the dye, the are now an exact ringer for the Converse Quartz Pink! Love them! I took the laces out before dyeing. The top stitching white thread didn't dye as thread is pretreated also.
Being vegan definitely does not mean you can't still pig out. In fact, I've stared carbs in the face for about a month now, and I've still lost a few pounds. Here are 11 things I've had too much of.
1. Oreos. Yes "milk's favourite cookie" is also "vegan's favourite cookie". There are no dairy products in those creamy centres. Why not try a vegan oreo smoothie with this recipe:
2/3 cup milk of choice
1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 to 3 Oreos
1 medium frozen banana, then blend!
2. Unfrosted Strawberry Poptarts. No need to cut them out of your vegan diet! You can also make your own pop tarts with some puff pastry and strawberry jam!
3. Jus-Rol Puff Pastry! As above. All Jus-Rol Ingredient Pastry is free from milk, milk products and lactose except the All butter and Sweet Shortcrust products which contain butter. I love making Puff Pastry pizza's with olive tapanade and lots of veggies.
4. Sainsbury's Bourbon Biscuits. RJ's favourite. Seriously, the man can down a pack of these before you can say veganism. The are an old classic after all (just like him.)
5. Tiger Tiger Mayonnaise. If you love mayo like I do then you don't have to go without. Also you can get it in Sainsbury's so WIN WIN for us Londoners/UKers!
6. Pink Panther Wafers. You know, the ones your gran always has in a tin and for ages you were like bleehh and then you get older and you're desperate for them? Well, they're vegan so go get them!
7. Hula Hoops, ready salted. So good for if you're on the go and need a quick snack which I've discovered is a pretty tough thing in vegan world.
8. Sorbet. Yummy alternative to icecream. I would say read the label to double check, but Sainsbury's again do a lovely mango flavour which is vegan friendly.
9. Chilli Heatwave Doritos. I know a vegan or two who are mad on these. So mad in fact they grind them down to crumbs and use them as a seasoning. I'm not saying it's good for you but there's only so much kale you can face.
10. Jammie Dodgers. The chocolate ones are also vegan yay!
11. Starburst! They'll always be Opal Fruits to me... You can go get a sugar high and be a vegan at the same time.
So if you still think being vegan is all nutloaf and lentils (mmm) you should probably get the net.