A Small Business Christmas with Be Designer

Hello peas, today I want to talk about shopping. As a vintage lover, when I’m shopping I look for the quirky, the different, the decadent – and my means are often thrift shopping, charity shops, or independent sellers. Basically, I like to avoid the high street where I can, so when I come across somewhere new to shop that’s a little bit different, I jump at the chance to browse and find that new piece and that’s exactly what happened when I learned of BeDesigner.

This way of shopping is not only a great way to come across something unique, but it’s also a wonderful way to support the businesses that need it most. Whatever country you are in, I can almost guarantee that the small businesses around you have been impacted in some way by the pandemic. It can be hard to support yourself as one small entity when you are up against so many large corporations.

BeDesigner is a great place to go when you are searching for that something special, it hosts a multitude of independent brands, so you know that you can support small sellers from the comfort of your own home – but also, because it hosts so many brands you have the convenience of a department store, win win! Imagine how great it feels to be able to order a whole Christmas new outfit from somewhere, while supporting a bunch of small businesses in the process.

I was extremely lucky to receive a package from BeDesigner on my birthday which included a delicious Mojito smelling body scrub, and some lovely sunglasses (you can even change the arms! Hello, matching outfits). Upon receiving my package, I knew the love and support that goes into the business and sales at BeDesigner – you wouldn’t get a hand written note and cute stickers from a high street delivery I bet! The scrub was gorgeous to use, and I’d love to try the fairyfloss martini next! We all love a martini here at A Decadent Pea.

Virgin Alchemy Mock Mojito Body Scrub

When speaking to people in the past, I understood that they found it difficult to know where to shop with independent sellers as there were so many, and also, how were they to know that a business was reputable? On BeDesigner, every brand has a short biography about their business – and they even have a handmade section, so you really know that you are getting a one off special piece (I love the card holders!)

It’s not only for women, there is a section for men too, so you can find something special for that man in your life – while making a small business owner somewhere to do a happy dance – what’s not to love?

Anyway, I will let you get back to your Christmas shopping.

Until next time,

A Decadent Pea x

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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 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