A Decadent Pea Vintage Clothing

A Random Ramble

Oh look, I blinked and now it’s 2021. Hello peas, I missed you and I briefly forgot about you after I said I wouldn’t; but that’s only because of lots of Christmas Dinner and board games, and martini’s (obviously). But, if you are reading this then it means you are still here, so thank you and hello again.

It’s been difficult to think of content because so far this year I’ve been working lots but not really going anywhere exciting (hello, lockdown 3) or do anything too exciting (hello, inability to say no to extra work even though I am too busy) and so in my spare time I have just been cooking nice vegan meals and listening to music – so I suppose I can’t complain too much.

My ideas going forward are to set up a pea sized shop of pre loved vintage and vintage style clothing. As a filmmaker I have a great deal of old costumes and props that I probably won’t use again. Also, I am trying to scale down my wardrobe. After all, nobody needs a black cocktail gown in the middle of a pandemic do they? Or do they?

Maybe I will put it on and give off big Jane Russell energy while I schmooze between room to room. That would be quite hard to do considering my flat has only three rooms. Sigh.

Sadly, I think it’s more likely I will be galumphing around the place giving off big Marlon Brando energy in a white vest with miscellaneous stains on the front of it (could it be spaghetti bolognese, or maybe beer?) wishing I could be wearing my cocktail gown somewhere.

Either way, I think spring cleaning will be coming early this year. I want to spread the word of sustainability while sharing some loved and still fabulous clothing from my filmy adventures.

The next task though, is to train Jack (decoupage extraordinaire) to put down the sandpaper and pick up the camera, because these vintage looks aren’t going to photograph themselves now are they?

Although, I suppose if needs be then I could take the photographs and Jack could wear the gowns, then he could practice giving off big Tony Curtis energy. But then again, maybe not….

Anyway, I will be sure to keep you posted – it could be some time away yet, but as Tony Curtis says,

“It’s not how long you wait, it’s who you’re waiting for.”

Until next time,

A Decadent Pea x

A Monday Movie

A Monday Movie #2

I write this post tonight as I am sandwiched between two zoom webinars, so it may be a quick one…although, it may not. I am a filmmaker and talent agent day to day, and it goes without saying that films are incredibly important to me. I could write endless lists of films that I love and why, but I’m going to keep this blog-friendly for you all and write about a film I love that fits with the ethos of A Decadent Pea.

(Side note: and little bit of self promotion, if you would like to have a peek at the films I love outside of this vintage-sphere, you can look at my Letterboxd account)

If you did look at my Letterboxd account, you will see in my top 4 films sits A Streetcar Named Desire [1951] which is the centre of todays blog, yay!

I first learned about this film, and play when I was taking acting classes in my early teens. My teacher at the time was wonderful, she had a brilliant sense of humour, a brilliant list of things to watch and read – and fantastic advice on acting and writing.

At the age of 14 (ish) I didn’t have much interest in a black and white film from the 50’s, I was much more interested in the likes of teen comedies with pink wardrobes, and probably Lindsay Lohan. Anyway, I was told about this film from this wise lady who once taught me acting and writing, and I was adamant I just needed to see it.

So, the next time I was in town with my friends, I made a dash for HMV and searched desperately for this DVD that I had no knowledge about other than the cover.

And there it was…. Instead of me writing about my journey home, enjoy this GIF of the wonderfully beautiful Marlon Brando.

What was I saying? Oh yeah, the film.

I think when I watched it the first time, I fancied myself a bit of a teenage film connoisseur… look at me watching an old black and white film, look at me, a cinema enthusiast. In reality, I don’t think I understood the actual plot or much else until I’d watched it a few times over.

Fast forward to now, I’ve seen this film probably over 15 times – and I chase down every time that its playing on stage. Not only is it a great film, but Streetcar was originally written for the stage and I would recommend everyone to see it as and when they can. Fun fact: The play by Tennesse Williams made its debut on broadway on 3rd December 1947, wasn’t this post timed well!

I hate reading spoilers, especially accidental ones – but here is a brief plot outline of what happens in the film (please watch it)

A young woman lives with her husband in New Orleans, going about her life as normal in her tiny studio apartment when her sister Blanche (a stylish but fragile ‘southern belle’) moves in after suffering a loss (or a few losses). Drama ensues.

That’s me trying to tell you what happens without really telling you what happens. I’ve lived in a studio apartment, things get stressful.

After all, a woman’s charm is fifty percent illusion.

– Blanche Dubois

I’m really not going to say any more, because I don’t want to spoil things for you, and also my dinner is nearly ready. So, let me know if you watch the film and we can talk about it together!

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