Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Farewell dear reader!

The decision to archive Tweed & Tea hasn't been an easy one, for the past few months whilst moving the site over to Blogger I've changed my mind many a time, but it is with a heavy heart that I have decided to close down my little vintage blog for good.

It's been a joy to share some of my vintage tid-bits and boozy concoctions with you over the past few years, but I feel that the time is right to put this lovely vintage blog to bed, in the most luxurious sleepwear imaginable of course! 

The good news is that here at Blogger, Tweed & Tea can stay up as a permanent archive, so you can browse through your favourite articles and cheeky recipes to your hearts content. 

So bookmark the blogger url, and keep Tweed & Tea in your favourites, please note that the old tweed and tea.co.uk url will cease to function as of December 2016, but the blogger url will permanently be in place: http://tweedandtea.blogspot.co.uk/

Of course, you'll still be able to keep up with my vintage business as my lovely webshop continues to grow, where you can find some darling vintage finds! www.glitzandbits.co.uk. As well as keeping on top of my latest adventures in baking at www.cake-porn.co.uk, so all is not lost!

Thanks for your continued support over the years!  

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Size x-small? I'm sorry, you won't find that here..

I've lost count of how many times I've browsed the rails in a high street store only to find a distinct lack of smaller sized items available. The high street it would seem at times doesn't want to cater for smaller framed ladies, with even more stores reducing their range of small sized clothing down to a meagre selection, it often feels as if we're unwanted custom amongst some of the largest names in high street fashion. 

At a size 6-8 finding clothing that fits seems to have become a long winded task, with countless hours spent traipsing from store to store, and rail to rail, only to find that I've been cast aside, unwanted on the shop floor. 

But it's not just an issue of out of stock items in high street stores, take a look online at the selection available at some of the industries biggest and most well known stores, with barely a handful of items available to shop from in smaller sizes. One such retailer that was once a firm favourite of mine for their range of petite clothing has for instance whittled down their new season range to a mere fraction in smaller sizes when compared to their full range of clothing sizes.

It's not just an issue with a small handful of high street stores, many retailers appear to have drastically cut down their selection of small sized clothing in recent years, making that seasonal clothing shop a bothersome, time consuming task.

When did offering a smaller size become such a burden? Especially when it comes to everyday staple items such as work wear and day to day essentials? I've long become accustomed to the ritual of trying on a larger sized top only to go home and order it in my actual size later that day, but nowadays even that has become a tiresome task, more times often than not resulting in a disappointing lack of items in my size when I've gone online.

It could be understandable if it was a problem confined to the shop floor, with many keeping best selling sizes in stock over low selling items in smaller sizes, but if items were regularly kept in stock I know I'd certainly be far more likely to make a purchase there and then. But when the selection of items that are actually available in smaller sizes is so few and far between it can often be off-putting as a potential customer, why would you return to a store where your size is so rarely offered in their latest ranges when you could turn to a more trusted site to find those elusive new purchases?

It would seem that the high street doesn't want our custom, and that's more than disappointing when it comes to the big names in high street fashion. For now it seems that I'll just have to make do with spending countless hours researching and hunting out those smaller sizes items that I'd love to have in my wardrobe, only to be bitterly disappointed by what's actually available.

Saturday, 3 September 2016

A retro treat : Cherry cookies.

Deliciously sweet, soft and squidgy, just like a classic American style cookie. These tasty treats won't last long, and make for a smaller batch than usual, so you have another excuse to bake a second lot! 

Inspired by the classic chocolate cookie, these sweet cookies have been adapted for a dairy free diet with a tasty cherry filled twist.

Ingredients (bakes half a dozen cookies)

100g dairy free margarine
60g dark soft brown sugar
60g caster sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla essence
150g plain flour
½ tsp baking powder
80g chopped glace cherries

Pre heat your oven to 190c/170c fan/gas mark 5. Line two baking trays with baking paper.

Cream together the margarine and sugars till fluffy and well combined. Add in the egg, followed by the vanilla and mix.

Sift in the flour and baking powder and mix till well combined, the mixture will be the perfect cookie dough mix at this stage, a lovely caramel colour that's slightly thick.

Add in the cherries and mix to combine, so you have a good mix of the cherries throughout the cookie dough.

Spoon mounds of the mixture onto the baking trays, smooth down each one slightly as you go to make rounded shapes. Leave a generous gap between each cookie as these will spread out when they bake.

Bake for 10-12 minutes, till lightly browned on the edges. Then leave the cookies on the trays once removed from the oven for a further 3 minutes, as these will continue to finish cooking.

Remove the cookies from the trays and place on a wire rack to cool down. These are delicious when slightly cooled, with a lovely squidgy centre to the cookies!

This recipe makes a great base for any cookie, easily swap the cherries for your favourite sweet treat to add to the cookie mix.

Recipe adapted from: BBC Good Food.

Friday, 2 September 2016

The new look Tweed & Tea is here!

Welcome dear reader, you've reached the new look Tweed & Tea! 

Over the past few months I've been moving home, making sure that you can still browse the archives to your hearts content, whether it's a spot of boozy tipple that your looking for, or some handy vintage style tips.

You'll find all of the archived content with ease thanks to the handy tabs at the top, from fashion, to food and culture. So why not dig in and take a peek through some of your favourite posts from the site!

You'll be able to keep on top of the latest posts by subscribing and following the blog, so you'll be the first to know when there's a new boozy concoction or some vintage tips. So why not sit back and let's get re-acquainted as you take a peek around the new look Tweed & Tea!

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Vintage beauty tips and tricks that are worth trying out.

Why spend hours devoting your time to countless beauty products and techniques when you could easily use a few tried and trusted vintage tips to achieve beauty perfection! Who needs a staggering amount of beauty creams, lotions and potions when you could try a few classic beauty tricks out with ease at home, you could even save yourself some cash!

If it was good enough for the starlets of Hollywood's hey day, surely it's worth trying at home. We're constantly seeing tips for beauty hacks and styling tricks, but why spend hours devoting your time to achieving beauty perfection, when a few minutes spending dabbing on a spot of vaseline could do the trick.

For every beauty problem there's an easy solution, and more often than not it's a time honoured tip that's been tried for generations. These handy vintage beauty tips and tricks aren't just old wives tales, they're tried and trusted tips that you won't know how you coped without them, and all they require is a few basic bits that you'll already have to hand!

Who'd have thought that a jar of petroleum jelly would have so many uses! Not just used for tending to scrapes and cuts, a jar of Vaseline can be used for so many things that you wouldn't have even thought of trying.

Tame those brows by using a small dab of Vaseline to shape and style, simply swipe your brows to shape once plucked. If you fancy something a little sweeter smelling I swear by Rose & Co's Rose petal salve which works wonders at taming those brows!

To prevent tried puffy eyesapplying a dab of Vaseline under your eyes before you go to sleep can also work wonders, especially if you've had a spot of tipple or two.. simply dab it under your eyes for a brighter look in the morning.

You can also use it to treat cuticles and rough patches of skin on your hands, simply dab a small spot of vaseline on the problem area and gently rub in.

Hair conditioner.
Not just used to create luscious waves, a spot of hair conditioner can also be used for a budget cutting beauty trick. Instead of investing in shaving creams and oils, apply a handful of hair conditioner to your legs prior to shaving, and wet shave as you normally would, it will help remove those pesky hairs with ease, as well as leaving your legs feeling soft.

Run out of blusher? Try using your favourite lipstick as a replacement, a tried and tested trick often used during times of rationing in the forties, simply dab a small amount of red or pink lipstick onto your cheek and rub in to blend.

Nowadays we wouldn't think twice after applying our morning moisturiser to our face, but a tried and tested vintage beauty method involved also applying that moisturiser to your neck. Instead of using your usual body lotion, why not try applying a generous dab of your face cream to your neck, guaranteed to help prevent dry skin as well as maintaining a youthful glow.

Another handy tip is to double up the use of your cold cream, if you prefer to use this as your daily moisturiser. It's an excellent make up remover, simply dab a little on to a cotton wool pad and use it to remove your make up with ease, it will also leave your skin feeling soft afterwards!

Images: Flickr Commons.

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Cake for dessert! Apple and almond cake.

Is it cake, or is it a tasty dessert? Why not have both with this tasty recipe for apple and almond cake, a sweet treat that will certainly go down well and it's much easier to prepare then you'd think!

  2 bramley apples
  lemon juice
  1 tsp of granulated sugar
  175g butter
  175g caster sugar
  3 eggs
  125g ground almonds
  75g self raising flour
  1 tsp baking powder
  icing sugar to finish

Before you start preparing that baking tin start by peeling and chopping the apples, cut them into quarters then larger slices - save 2 quarters to cut into smaller slices to place on top. Place the sliced apple into a bowl and pour over 2 tsp's of lemon juice with the tsp of granulated sugar and mix well, set aside.

Prepare your baking tin, I used a 20cm springform tin with a removable base for my cake. Lightly grease and line the tin. Pre heat your oven to 180c/160c fan oven/gas mark 4.

Cream together the butter and sugar till pale and fluffy, then add in the eggs one at a time and mix.

Sift in the ground almonds, followed by the self raising flour and baking powder, and fold well to combine.

Add the larger slices of apple to your mix and fold to combine, then spoon the mixture into the tin and smooth over. Place the thinner slices of apple on top to finish, then bake for 40-45 minutes. In my fan oven this took 40 minutes to bake, this may take longer in a conventional oven.

Set aside to cool in the tin, then remove the outer ring, followed by the loose base. Place the cake on a wire rack to cool down, then finish off by sprinkling icing sugar on top.

A lovely sweet treat, you can easily make this bake gluten free by substituting the self raising flour with a gluten free flour and adding an extra egg to help with the rise.

This will last well for several days kept in an airtight container, perfect to eat as a cake or for a spot of dessert!

Recipe adapted from: Annabel Karmel.

Monday, 29 August 2016

A vintage gem in the Cheshire countryside : Blakemere Village.

Who'd have thought that you could take in a spot of vintage shopping in the middle of the Cheshire countryside?! Blakemere Village is a delightful hidden gem that's home to several independent shops and a tea room to boot, with plenty of finds to keep you busy throughout the day.

Set in the historic location of Blakemere Hall, where better to spend a few hours away in the country to take in some shopping, dining and much more. Blakemere Village is set around the hall's historic stable block, first built in 1878, which now houses several shops, a tea room and even a cupcake shop!

Blakemere Hall has certainly seen it's fair share of activity over the years, taking in some historic parties, to housing troops during WWII. Whilst the hall itself may have long been demolished, it's quaint stable block has remained intact and it's become the focal point for this picturesque countryside getaway.

Now home to several shops and outdoor activities,Blakemere Village is the perfect setting for a spot of vintage shopping, boasting several specialist antiques and vintage shops around the village. 

Whatever era you prefer your bound to find something that takes your fancy, from stunning furnishings and home wares, to collectables and costume jewellery in the village's specialist shops.

A visit to the Antiques emporium is a must, with several traders offering a broad range of vintage finds your bound to find a hidden gem or two. If it's home furnishings that you prefer, take a peek inside Pegotty's attic for a wonderful array of finds.

But it's not just home to some astounding vintage finds, you'll also find some wonderful crafts, jewellery and home wares stores amongst the village. From the quaint vintage inspired décor and home wares inside Heirs and Graces where you can also take in a spot of tea, to delightful sweets and treats from The chocolate box (where you can also snap up some free from treats) to a sweet cupcake shop Fairy dust cake shop, where you can build your own cupcake.

Certainly a delightful little getaway to spend a few hours shopping and dining, where better to spend your summer in vintage style with several events on at the village including a bank holiday extravaganza.

Blakemere Village is located off Chester Road in Sandiway, Northwich, CW8 2EB. Simply follow the signposts and you can't go wrong! Open daily from 10am – 5pm with free parking on site. Visit www.blakemerevillage.com to find out more.