The Masquerade Ball

Last week, Mr Man and I attended a masquerade ball at The Old Course Hotel in St Andrews. We went with our friends, Karen and Jan, and had such a fantastic evening. It was so festive, and all the party go-ers had made such an effort to get dressed up and find their perfect mask. (There were one or two slightly eccentric outfits, but I’ll not go there).
The mask was obviously the pièce de résistance, so Karen and I had planned in detail what we would wear around our chosen masks. Karen’s mask was an ornamental bronze mask with swan-like detail, which she found at Mask Boutique and my black metal filigree mask with diamante detail was by Just Posh Masks. They were both absolutely gorgeous and tied with pretty ribbons (no hair dents) – we each have them hanging on our dressing tables as a souvenir.
Originally, I had planned to wear this amazing Harriet dress by Dina Bar-El, which I found on Girl Meets Dress (an amazing site that rents designer dresses for a fraction of the RRP – I also blogged for them on LFW last season) but sadly, it was slightly too big for me. With just 24 hours until the ball, I had only Saturday morning to find myself a dress! Thank the shopping heavens for the Next store in the Overgate – I found a simple black maxi dress with cowl back, and it was just perfect. (It’ll also be great with gladiator sandals and boho hair come summer). I wore my high street dress with Jimmy Choos and an Accessorize clutch which was a gift from my best friends. Karen looked amazing in William Tempest, while the boys were ever so handsome in their kilts.
The evening itself was a blast. A delicious three course meal (salmon, beef, chocolate mousse cheesecake thingy) and all evening the wine flowed freely. I stress freely. After that was a spot of dancing (Beyonce and Shakira, Maroon 5, basic cheesy pop with a few Christmas numbers thrown in) including a bit of a ceilidh which was great fun.

Make up:
Clinique foundation
MAC eyeshadow and individual lashes
Clarins cream blusher
NARS bronzer in Laguna (the best bronzer ever)

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