Last night I was sat designing some new masks, when my twitter feed started going crazy.
Now I’ve been used to receiving tweets about who my fellower tweeters are following, but imagine my surprise and excitement when I saw that Theo Paphitis has ReTweeted my tweet for the #sbs!! For those in the dark about #sbs – it means ‘Small Business Sunday’. Started by Theo in 2010, every Sunday between certain hours, businesses can tweet Theo in the hope that they will be one of 6 chosen to have their tweet re-tweeted by Theo the following day.
So yes, I got very lucky and I have been trying (although not every Sunday admittedly) for at least a year.
What does #SBS mean for me? Ask me that question in a few months time. For now, I’ve gained some new followers, lots of shares of my posts on twitter and hopefully some good networking from the #SBS family. Oh, and I get to put that great logo on my website that you clicked through on ;o).
One of my favourite wedding themes has to be the ‘Peacock Wedding’
Not only does it work well for all seasons, but you have a choice of going for an elegant white peacock theme with just a hint of blue peacock tones,
….. or a full on peacock theme with rich teal & mixed blue tones in all your wedding accessories (and even your wedding dress!)
Of course my very favourite version of this beautiful theme is the ‘Peacock Masquerade Wedding’ where peacock themed masks in all different colours and shapes make for a fun wedding idea. The bride & groom might prefer to be the only onces wearing masks so they stand out from everyone else (and can’t be ‘outdone’ on wearing the best mask!) but there are plenty of options with this ie you could just have the bridal party wearing masks or let your guests wear them in the evening instead. Have a look at these ornate Peacock Masks – some have been custom made specifically for weddings and others are available to purchase ‘off the peg’:-
If you are also wanting your guests to wear masks, then why not factor them into your budget and provide your guests with simple peacock eye masks like these:
We can offer a discount for large orders on these peacock masquerade masks as well as customising to your colour scheme – or making them simpler or more ornate.
The ‘Masquerade Prom’ is one of the most elegant, exciting and imaginative themes you can have for your Prom. It oozes mystery, giving the mask wearer more self confidence to shine on your Prom night by ‘hiding’ behind your mask. Masquerade Proms can also work with any theme as well as a stand alone theme ie. celebrity masquerade, themed colours, circus masquerade or a full on traditional costume masquerade.
As well as the year long search to find that perfect prom dress, you have the ability to wow your fellow Prom goers with a masquerade prom mask that is unique to you and compliments your whole attire. If your prom dress is highly embellished, then you might prefer something less OTT and choose an elegant & simple prom mask, leaving the focus on your gown.
Or, you can go completely over the top and have a prom mask that is elaborate, decorated with an array of feathers, embellished with pearls & Swarovski Crystals or, for more traditional Masquerade Proms, an ornate Baroque Venetian Mask.
Of course when dressing for a Masquerade Prom, it isn’t as simple as finding any old mask. It is all about matching your face to the mask – which is crucial to both shaping and contouring your face to bring the best out of your prom gown. The fuller Venetian shape, for example, like the many decorated Venetian styles at Masque Boutique, covers the eyes, cheeks and sometimes the nose for the ultimate disguise. For a woman who isn’t afraid to let her personality shine through, there are mask styles that are less traditional or which offer less coverage than other models; such as the range of ‘metal filigree laser cut’masks or the Domino mask which covers just the eye area (like the stunning Ice Blue & Crystal Mask below). (see our Mask Buying Guide for sizing, here)
Full Shaped Ornate Baroque Prom Mask
metal filigree laser cut masks
Domino style eye mask in various colours
Unique Tropical Masquerade Prom Mask
Masquerade Feather Prom Mask
If you are struggling to match your Prom Mask to your Prom dress, then here are some suggestions of how to go about it:-
1) Choose a darker, lighter or mixed tones that compliment your existing dress colour.
2) Find a mask that matches the colour of your accessories or features of your dress:
3) Colour match: like this purple beaded prom gown with our gorgeous sparkly purple & swarovski crystal venetian mask
The influx of modern day masked balls, (now popular as wedding themes, masked prom balls and charity events), have all stemmed from a Venetian tradition which started as early as the 11th Century, becoming a regular part of life well into the 15th Century and peaking in the 18th Century.
The Venetian masks themselves were originally created for the ‘masques’ or shows/theatre depicting various characters such as ‘El Captiano’, ‘El Dottore’ and ‘Pantalone’ who represented arrogance, stupidity, and greed. The Venetian masks then became popular as everyday disguises where mixing with different social classes, romantic affairs and anonymity were needed. This led to the Mascereri (the Masquerade Mask Makers) being officially recognized with their own guild as Master Craftsmen in 1436.
The range of Venetian masquerade masks increased to include the well known ‘Bauta’ (which was worn by both women and men), the ‘Arlecchino’ (the joker) and the ‘Moretta’ (a full faced masquerade mask favoured by women and usually black in colour). Of course, venetian masks were not only used for disguises, but as practical solutions to the influx of diseases. The famous ‘Medico della Peste’ (Doctor of the Plague Mask) was designed with a long beak like nose which would house aromatic grasses or herbs, thought to ward off disease or infections.
As mask wearing increased, so too did debauchery and crime. This forced a decree in the 14th Century, restricting the wearing of the Venetian masks to carnivals and special events only. One such event is the famous Venetian ‘Carnivale’, held every February/March in Venice and celebrated with street entertainers, masked balls, costumes and an abundance of gorgeous Venetian masquerade masks.
Back to modern day, the popularity of masked balls has been seen in literature, film and theatre, recognizing the important role ‘masquerade masks’ play in changing our lives for the short period of time we wear them. Films such as ‘Labyrinth’, ‘Mask of the Red Death’ (Edgar Allan Poe), ‘Casanova’ & ‘Eyes Wide Shut’ (Stanley Kubrick), have all featured a masquerade ball of some description, and of course Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ (opening with a masked ball scene) couldn’t have explained the intrigue of a masquerade better than from its lyrics “Masquerade, paper faces on parade. Masquerade, hide your face so the world will never find you”.
As masked balls moved into England and increased in popularity, we see a change from the wearing of the traditional Venetian mask to more contemporary versions – suitable to our attire than of the complimentary period dress. However, a mask in any form, achieves what the Mascereri originally intended, that it be used as a way to be someone else for the time that you wear it.
Looking for a venetian mask or masquerade mask but don’t know where to start? Checkout our Mask Buying Guide which gives you information on the types of masks you can buy and how to measure your face for them.
Special Valentines offer – get 10% off all our mask ranges if you buy before the end of January. Enter coupon code ‘valentines’ in the cart before checkout
With Christmas & New Year over for another year, the next big event has to be Valentines Day. What better way of spending the evening than to be whisked away to a romantic and glamourous Valentines Masked Ball by your beau!
Valentines Masked Balls are usually glam affairs and require Black Tie or period costume. We tend to think of the colour red when we think of Valentines, and a red masquerade mask would be a perfect way to accesorize a black, gold or silver outfit. Have a look at our red masquerade masks here but bear in mind that if you prefer another style on our website, we can of course change the colours of most of our masked ball masks to red or any other colour you require.
Here are a few ideas for the types of masquerade masks you could wear to a Valentines Masked Ball, keeping with the Red Mask colour scheme.
Looking for some dress ideas? Then check out these gorgeous dresses, perfect for a Valentines Ball!
Listed below are a handful of Valentines Masked Balls for 2014 that we have found listed for the UK. If you have one that you want to add, then please send us the relevant link and we will update our list.
Hosting a Valentines Masked Ball? If you want to offer a discount code for your guests in return for promoting our website then please contact us