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 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!