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

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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