A Jewellery Box (and how to fill yours)

Gold or Silver?

Costume or High End?

Layering or Just One?

There are so many things to think about when you are choosing your jewellery for the day. If you are like me, you might have one piece that you never take off, or maybe, you change your look every day depending on how you feel or what outfit you are wearing.

I have always loved rummaging through peoples jewellery boxes, it started with looking through my Granny’s jewellery box. I loved feeling all of the different beads, and seeing the glittering brooches in the sunlight. But more than textures and colours, these items told a story – a jewellery collection can be so personal, like a scrapbook for your ears..and neck…and hands… you get what I mean.

My own jewellery collection is a mixture of statement earrings, delicate chains, and chunky rings usually with birthstones in them (my favourite is an amber ring that I found at an Antique shop in Lyndhurst). As I have so many varying pieces, I like to keep them in my Stackers jewellery box to keep everything neat and organised, but for the finer pieces I keep them in their original boxes for safety.

If you are a bit of a magpie like me, then you will enjoy studying the image at the top of this blog – although, admittedly this isn’t my whole collection, just the ones that made the cut for the photo!

As I have come to love vintage more and more over the years, I have learnt that jewellery purchasing doesn’t end on the high street in multipacks of earrings from your local fast fashion store. Instead, you can dedicate ages to finding the right pieces, and building up a collection that will not only tell your story, but also many peoples stories before you. I’m talking about places like.

  • Car Boot Sales – A haven for wacky necklaces and funky rings, if you can handle getting muddy feet.
  • Vintage Emporiums – I know, this seems to be my favourite phrase, but I bet you have some near you. I’m fortunate that in my town we have quite a selection!
  • Charity Shops – Again, not for everyone but I love knowing that I am supporting a good cause, grabbing a bargain and supporting sustainability.
  • Antique Shops – These can sound really expensive, and sometimes they are… but if you ever find yourself on holiday or away from your hometown then please find the local Antique store. You won’t be disappointed, and it will be a new experience entirely.
  • Ebay – Never. Underestimate. Ebay. Everyone is always selling on this platform, you will find some amazing pieces and I can guarantee you will always find what you are looking for.
  • Vinted – Similar to Ebay, but not as large a platform – people are always selling their old stuff on the cheap, and you know what they say – One mans trash is another mans treasure.
  • Olio – Now this one, may be a bit more unknown to you readers. I challenge you to get to know it because EVERYTHING on this platform is free. People not only give away surplus groceries, but clothes, jewellery, furniture and DVD’S. It’s amazing, and it’s such a great feeling when you can share with your neighbours and give away your unwanted things.
  • Flea Markets – It’s like a car boot sale but better, usually targeted for vintage lovers like you and I. Find your local facebook groups and community newsletters and get on the hunt.

All of these options are sustainable (yay) and, like I said will hold stories from people before you – where did this piece originally come from? Who wore it? How did it get here? I’m a daydreamer, this is what I do for fun.

I know, I know. We are in the middle of a pandemic and most of these places to shop are sadly not options right now – but you can still rummage on Ebay until we are allowed to get our muddy shoes back on and trek it to the car boot field, or dust off our tote bags to do a charity shop run.

A girl can dream….

I hope this has inspired you, and I would love to know where/ how you acquired your jewellery collection. Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

A Decadent Pea.

P.S My blog is one week old today, yay for A Decadent Pea!

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A Vintage outfit idea

My first week of blogging has been so much fun. I feel like i’ve learnt a lot already, and I’ve seen some great content that has given me ideas for future posts. One of the things that keeps popping up are Instagram Reels. For those of you that don’t know, an Instagram Reel is a short, cut together video clip. I’ve seen some beautiful reels of cooking, make up tutorials and styling tips from a lot of other bloggers, and it inspired me to have a go myself.

It wasn’t as easy as it looked, at all. For someone that comes from a film background in my career, hobbies and education I am ashamed at how long this took me to figure out. I have a fairly old phone which did not like creating this video at all. The process went something like this.

  1. Record a clip.
  2. Worry if clip is good enough.
  3. Record next clip.
  4. Repeat steps 1-3 until you have enough to create a minimum 15 seconds.
  5. Deep breaths.
  6. Import the clips into Reels, and cut them together as you see fit.
  7. Really deep breaths as the phone glitches out of the app many times.
  8. Smile smugly when you realise your video is cut together.
  9. Wipe that smile away quickly when you realise that you still need to add music.
  10. Restart App.
Me as a GIF

Anyway, I feel like 10 steps is quite enough to share with you. I got there eventually – that’s the main thing. My focus for this Instagram Reel was to show off a vintage outfit that I really liked; the best part being, that most of my outfit is second hand and sustainable – something that is really important to me.

There is a clip of the Reel here, but you can watch the whole thing on my Instagram!

SHIRT – Massimo Dutti (Charity Shop Find)

SKIRT – Unknown Brand (Ebay Find)

BELT – Unknown Brand (Given to me by a friend)

SHOES – Marks and Spencer

EARRINGS – My beloved Robins Nest Emporium

HANDBAG – Karen Millen (A gift from my 18th Birthday)

HAIRCLIP – A brand I have worked with before as a photographer, the wonderful WinstonsArt. If you like the clip you should see the earrings Mia makes!

BASE – Body Shop BB Cream

BROWS & SHADOW – Chanel

MASCARA – Chanel

CHEEKS – Besame Crimson Cream Rouge

POWDER – Besame Violet Powder

LIPS – Besame Reds

So, there we have it. My first Reel! I hope you enjoyed it. Let me know what you’d like to see on the next one.

Until next time,

A Decadent Pea

A Decadent alphabet

I have a very overactive mind, and sometimes it’s hard to slow down…especially when I am trying to go to sleep. As a result, I often pester my partner into playing word association games or something equally random, and last night I requested that he help me make an A-Z of decadent things.

“What do you mean? Like, foods.” He said. “Or people?”

I had to start off with a few of my own ideas, but I think on the whole we did quite well, let me know what you think. We ended up with a mixture of phrases, songs, books, films and superstars. Job well done, I fell asleep soon after.

A is for Art Deco – A style of visual art, responsible for the geometric patterns we know and love, if you’d like to read more click here.

B is for Boardwalk Empire – [2010] One of the best shows I have seen that depicts the Prohibition and Scorsese produced it! A cinema lovers dream.

C is for Chanel – duh!

D is for Dean Martin – Ain’t That A Kick In the Head? [1960]

E is for Ella Fitzgerald – Go and listen to all her music. All. Of. It.

F is for Flapper Girl – The bob haircut, the rouge lips, the beaded dresses. More than just a halloween costume.

G is for Gatsby – You say Leonardo Dicaprio, I say read the book.

H is for Highball Glass – Just waiting for a cocktail.

I is for Ingrid Bergman – Casablanca [1942]

J is for Jane Russell – Half of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes [1953]

K is for King Kong [1933]

L is for Lee Miller – I bought the book Age of Light by Whitney Scharer during my trip to Bordeaux and have recommended it to EVERYONE. Including you, reader.

M is for Marilyn Monroe – The other half of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes [1953]

N is for Negroni – A tasty Gin based cocktail originally from Florence, Italy.

O is for Orson Welles – HE WAS 25 WHEN HE MADE CITIZEN KANE [1941]. 25. I’m 25 (in two weeks) and I’m writing this list.

P is for Pin Up – The original poster girl! Marilyn Monroe.

Q is for Queen (See: Audrey Hepburn.) This one was hard to think of, but I think we can all agree Audrey is a queen.

R is for Rear Window – [1954] Essential viewing from Mr Alfred Hitchcock.

S is for Sunset Boulevard – [1950] Also essential viewing. “I’m going to be bigger than peanut butter!”

T is for Tinsel Town – Hollywood, baby.

U is for Un Chien Andalou – [1929] We love surrealism here.

V is for Vile Bodies – Written by Evelyn Waugh [1930] I would also recommend this!

W is for Warren Beatty – Okay, so we are moving forward a lot here – but the man made Bonnie and Clyde [1967]

X is for Xerox – moving backwards again, the invention of photocopying, and the brand that bought it to light.

Y is for You Can’t Get Away With Murder – [1939] Mr Humphrey Bogart.

Z is for Zelda Fitzgerald – The Mrs F Scott Fitzgerald. The original Flapper girl.

And there we have it, a list of random, decadent things. I hope you enjoyed it, learned some things and have some inspiration of what to watch or listen to next!

Until next time,

A Decadent Pea

A Monday Movie

A Monday movie #1

Over the weekend I thought that a nice thing to do would be to write about a movie on Monday’s. Seems simple, right?

Wrong. Unfortunately, I have already failed in my mission to watch a movie today (or this past week for that matter, I’ve been binge watching Suits) so I don’t have anything to review or suggest for you.

But, what I do have is a film of my own that I thought would be good fun to share. It’s on brand, on theme, and I think gives another little breadcrumb into who I am away from the blog.

I made ‘The Grumpy Director’ with my beloved crew at The Dazey Hills Company, with the class of UK Film Academy, and wonderful composing by Vintage Keys Studios – creating a Charlie Chaplin inspired (or Buster Keaton, take your pick) short film. Often, films these days are all about moving forward with the latest technology, and for this one it was so much fun to travel back in time for the day – I think the students really enjoyed it to!

Anyway, I really hope you enjoy it – it was so much fun to make! Next week, I will have another film to write about in more detail. If you have a film you’d like to recommend, then please do!

Have a great week,

A Decadent Pea

A Vanity Setup

Just as Saturday is for adventures, Sundays are for cleaning in the morning, and relaxation in the evening. I have tried for a long time to use my weekends as my personal time rather than work, and this is my favourite formula.

One of my Sunday rituals includes tidying my vanity area. Due to the size of my flat, I don’t yet have a ginormous dressing room complete with a movie star mirror and flashy lights, but I do have a delicate corner of the room where I keep all my favourite products, and an art deco style mirror to match.

Tidying might be a pain for some, but it gives us a chance to appreciate the possessions we have, and can make us think about why we have them. I’ve tried living a minimalist lifestyle which requires less objects on show, and as a result, less to dust – but I just can’t do it. I love spending time with my random vintage glassware that once had a purpose but is now empty, my lipsticks that come out for all different occasions, and of course, my beloved Chanel No.5. As I am still slowly revealing myself to you all (a burlesque attitude) I thought I would dedicate this blog today to writing about my favourite products that I have on my vanity. Please note, I am (sadly) in no way affiliated with Chanel, or any other brands mentioned below – these are just things I love and want to share with you all.

Firstly, my mirror – a gift one Christmas, with beautiful art deco detailing. Due to my space restrictions, and difficulty in finding the right height to apply my make up, this is usually placed on top a stack of books. These are often on rotation, but my personal favourites right now are.

Any vintage lover out there will know the power that a perfume atomiser has to make you feel glamorous, one small puff and I am transported right back into All About Eve.

I’ve always been more interested in skincare than make up, unless we are talking about Chanel lipstick – of which I have 6. During my brief stint working in retail, I lost my beloved Nightfall down the toilet, and I’m still not over it.

Aside from Nightfall, one of my favourite shades is Emotive – cannot beat it! A lovely nude, day to night! Chic.

Another product that I cannot go without is my Besame press powder. The packaging is enough to make you swoon, but also, if you are a shiny pea like me – this will sort you out in a pinch, and you will have great pleasure in excusing yourself to the ladies room so you can powder your nose.

My vanity area also holds a few personal items, including a flower from my bouquet at my sister’s wedding, a kitty cat tape measure, and a unicorn comb. These items have memories attached to them, and always make me smile. You can usually find random earrings here too, sometimes matching, sometimes not.

Well, that seems to be everything… But wait. I just put my hand to my head thinking about how I would end this post, when how could I forget! Right now I have a silk wrap on my head, not only does it keep my head warm and look fabulous, but it also protects against split ends (who knows when the next haircut will be? We are still in lockdown, so this is a legitimate thought.)

Anyway, that really is it now. I’m off to have a hot chocolate and listen to some Frank Sinatra, thinking about how lovely my vanity area is, until tomorrow, when I probably mess it up in a rush to get ready for the week ahead.

Until next time,

A Decadent Pea

A Saturday at home

Ah, Saturday. For me, usually a day of good food and adventure – perhaps to a vintage emporium (a personal favourite is Robin’s Nest) to buy some lovely things, and to have a pastry.

Sadly, neither of those are an option today, as we are still in the middle of a lockdown here in the UK. If I want to go out anywhere, it’s got to be the supermarket, or somewhere else ‘essential’ – not as glamorous as I would hope, so I think I’ll stay inside.

There’s no need to be bored though, I have enough classic movies to supply a cinema programmer with content for the next year, and enough vegetables to make soup for a dozen people (movies and soup are my two favourite things currently.)

Also, I have my novel, which I have sadly been neglecting for fear of the blank page. A lecturer once told me that if you imagine a Magnum pointed at you, you’ll start writing soon enough. How very noir, but I think I’ll skip the gun, and just give it a good old fashioned try…. maybe with a Martini after.

What are you doing today? I’d love to know, you can comment, or contact me on instagram at @adecadentpea.

A Decadent Pea.

I walked into the cramped, dimly lit room. I couldn’t see anyone else, but I could hear soft Jazz music playing from the record player. Gliding my silk robe along the floor, I made my way to the “bar” and poured myself a Gin, into a teacup, in true Speakeasy fashion.

Except, I wasn’t in a Speakeasy – I was in my flat, and the main lightbulb had blown, and there were no glasses clean, and my dressing gown was satin, not silk.

Hmm, not such a decadent pea after all.