An Old Fashioned, Reely Good Boyfriend

This time last week I uploaded my first Reel to Instagram, and then wrote a blog post about it – and that is my plan once a week until further notice, and with that comes the challenge of finding something original to Reel about every time.

Fortunately, I live with my partner Jack who is not only a good sport (did you see his help on the last blog post?) but also a lot of fun to live with, and has no issue being dolled up and put in a Reel for the benefit of the greater good (or in this case, A Decadent Pea).

Before I continue, I would like to say that this particular reel of Jack amassed 500 views within the first five minutes, with that kind of reach you may be seeing him more often. After all, he is destined for stardom and has an amazing singing voice (stay tuned on this, excuse the pun).

Anyway, for this reel we decided to do a transformation from Jack’s slouchy look into a suave vintage geezer. Scroll down to see the end result.

I think I should give a mention the Old Fashioned Cocktail that I made Jack as part of this Reel. I am not a whisky drinker unfortunately, but he loves it, so… this may be the start of my career as a mixologist, but then again probably not.

You Will Need:

  • Whiskey of choice
  • Angsostura Bitters
  • Water
  • Sugar

Usually a drink such as this would require a maraschino cherry, or at least a slice of orange – but alas my bar was not stocked. The only whiskey we had to hand was Jack Daniels Honey, but I think it worked quite well in replacement of the fruit, and for a decadent sweet twist.

Anyone reading this who is actually a mixologist please don’t judge me (at least not publicly) for my drink making skills. I found out along my googling way, that this drink was created purely to disguise the rancid taste of some bootleg whiskies back in the day! Interesting…

Anyway, you need to sprinkle some sugar in the bottom of a rocks glass (we love this one from Anthropologie) dash it with a bit of Angostura and water, and mix until the sugar is dissolved. Then, you want to add whiskey and stir again. You can add ice cubes, and we love the refreezable ones, no more slamming the ice cube tray on the kitchen side – bonus that these ones are orange, kind of makes up for the lack of orange in the drink… Serve, or in my case, hold as a reward for the Reel video, and use it as a prop in the meantime.

Back to the Reel!

Using a bit of Brylcreem, his smart dinner shoes from a trusty charity shop (remember when I said that Vintage doesn’t have to be expensive?) and the confiscation of his playstation remote we transformed Jack to this vision below. Humphrey Bogart who?

I just want to say that as fun as this was, this was not an attack on Jack, or slouchy boys anywhere – as much as I love vintage it does not take over my every day life (not yet) and most of the time, I don’t dress vintage all day either. Just some fun between us during what seems like a never ending lockdown, so make your Old Fashioned and relax, nobody is offended here.

Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram for more Reels and fun vintage stuff!

Until next time,

A Decadent Pea x

P.S You continuity queens may notice that this drink is not the same as the one in the video, but when I was caught up in the madness of Reel making, I forgot to take photos. Meaning that Jack gets to enjoy it all over again! Win win.

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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


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