Speakeasy Costume Ideas

Speakeasy Party fashion
I just picked up a new 20’s-inspired dress to wear to our upcoming Speakeasy Party on Saturday (details are here).  What do you think?  I can’t wait to get the final accessories in later this week and I’ll probably lose the socks. Maybe.

If you plan on coming and also want to dress in the fashions of the 1920s and early 30s, I have a few ideas of things that you can hopefully raid from your own closet.  (Or look for in the nearest vintage store like I did.)

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So the biggest trend for women was a drop waist dress.  Or you can go the other extreme with an empire waist. If you don’t own either styles, look for a sheath-style dress in your closet that doesn’t define your natural waist too much and you’ll be set to go.

Hollywood film actress, singer and dancer Gilda Gray (1901 - 1959) wearing a beaded blue georgette evening dress with a white fox fur trim, by Lucien Lelong. (Photo by James Abbe/Getty Images)

Fringe, pearls, feathers, shiny beads, and fur were all very popular, as was detailed lace.  Oooo la la!

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And of course, shoes! Mary Jane styles were popular, and thankfully for my stability, heels were on the chunky side. The toes of many shoes had a rounded point.

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Hats were popular – with either very large brims or as the decade went on, much tighter on the head.  Flashy headbands were popular too.

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For men, an easy costume would be straight-front pants with a button down shirt and suspenders or a vest that’s completely buttoned. Bow ties and straight ties were both popular.

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Perhaps a fedora or boat style hat?

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Or go all gangster with a striped suit!  A striped, button-down shirt would definitely be in keeping with this look too.

I hope you’re coming and can dress up a bit.  Even if you don’t have any 1920’s styles in your closet, come out anyway and enjoy the roulette table, hors d’oeuvres, live music, black jack, and ‘mug shot’ photobooth!

 

New Wine Release: Barrel Aged Yadkin Creek

Barrel Aged Yadkin Creek wine tag

Barrel Aged Yadkin CreekWe are thrilled to introduce a new, limited wine this weekend: Barrel Aged Yadkin Creek.  We produced just 84 cases of this barrel aged, semi-sweet red wine made entirely from Norton grapes. 

This wine is a full-flavored red, but the tannin level is soft so it’s easy to drink right now.  It has a touch of sweetness to it, but not too much – which makes it perfect to serve to a crowd with varied tastes in sugar levels.

I’m also finding that it makes a delicious mulled wine!  I used the Barrel Aged Yadkin Creek to make a batch of mulled wine syrup for our winter cocktails last week, and it definitely brought out layers of flavor in the Winter Warm Up cocktail. Barrel Aged Yadkin Creek

The Barrel Aged Yadkin Creek will normally cost $14, but during our customer appreciation weekend, we’ll be pricing it the same as our regular Yadkin Creek at $11.00.

This wine will only be available through the tasting room, but next week we’ll have it available to purchase online as well.  So if you’d like to give this Barrel Aged Yadkin Creek a try, swing on by the winery today!

And I didn’t forget that it’s Small Business Saturday, and I have even more savings for you today……

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We’ll also be serving samples of several snack dips and chocolates that I carry in the tasting room.  If you like what you try, we’ll be offering a 15% discount on any of the food items being sampled.

Plus, I’ll have that mulled wine to sip and a cozy fire going in the wood stove so you can relax for a bit. Come on out and enjoy the holiday spirit – I’m looking forward to seeing you! Cheers!

Customer Appreciation Weekend Nov. 27-29, 2015

Customer Appreciation Weekend
Yay for actually relaxing after Thanksgiving!  It’s a rainy weekend, but you can chase the gray away during our customer appreciation weekend.

Sip wine, enjoy quality time with friends sitting next to the woodstove, and join the ‘shop small’ movement at Peaceful Bend. No high-pressure sales, shoving customers, or overworked salespeople; just the chance to enjoy good people and great flavor in a welcoming atmosphere.

We are introducing a new wine this weekend (I’ll write more on that tomorrow) and you can be among the first people to try it, along with food samples, and new savings each day.  Each day I’ll be posting up what goes on sale over on our facebook event page here, just in case you want a sneak peek at the savings you can find that day. So come on out once or each day until Monday to enjoy a wonderful post-turkey day weekend during our Customer Appreciation Weekend!