Saturday, September 29, 2012

The Masquerade ball

My mask and shoes I wore on the night

I love a Masquerade Ball ~  watching people and what they are wearing and the mystic  of their faces hidden behind a mask. With an air of mystery, behind the mask one can hide and there is always a touch of allure. It is one night when you can dress up and feel like Cinderella for the evening.

We attended a glittering Charity Ball at the invitation of the Mayoress last weekend and the theme was 'The Phantom of the Opera.
The Charity was 'Fund for Youth'  which raises funds to support initiatives that directly benefit the health, well being, educational opportunities and employment of young people living in Auckland.
We sat at a round table with ten friends and enjoyed a lavish banquet, had a fun night out and listened to some wonderful music.
 This was the only photo of me, {sans mask } and my friend Tatiana.
 Do you enjoy dressing up for a Masquerade Ball or Fancy dress?

Enjoy your weekend


  1. Hello Carolyn!

    I love masked balls and am pretty obssessed with threatrical costumes too.

    I'm glad you had such a good evening and it's lovely to see a picture of you!

    Have a beautiful weekend.


  2. Going to a Ball for a good cause sounds like fun. You and your friend look beautiful.
    Our daughter loves dancing and often goes to events where she's in 1940s authentic dress. She's organised themed family parties at home, including a Venetian Carnival one, which was very enjoyable.

  3. I have never been to a masquerade ball, so excitng. Your mask and shoes are lovely.

  4. Sounds as though it was a wonderful night. I used to go to balls a lot when I was younger. Beautiful memories.

  5. Oh Carolyn, I AM THE QUEEN OF DRESS UP! OH YES! And you look wonderful my dear!

    Funny that you mention Masquerade next post, I HOPE, will have this theme...


  6. Hi dear Carolyn,
    OH it is so many years ago I attended a mask ball.... but I love to dress up, and to use old dresses for such an occation- you looks wonderful, and the mask and shoes so elegant.
    The charity part makes such a ball even more beautiful,I think.
    Have a beautiful weekend,-

  7. Hi Carolyn! I have never been to a masked ball...looks very exciting:) Hope you are having a good weekend!
    ~Anne xx

  8. I think that it was a nice party!

  9. Dearest Carolyn,
    Wow, that must have been a fun night♡♡♡ I have never been to a masquerade ball, and I don't know if we have these parties anywhere else in Japan. I sure would love to be invited♡♡♡
    Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

  10. If it was for a good cause, I might be talked into attending; otherwise, I'd rather stay home in pajamas. I am such a homebody. :) Looks like you had a lovely time. Hope you have a great day. Tammy

  11. How wonderful!
    Love dressing up!


  12. Oh, what FUN, Carolyn!!! I would love to go to a Masquerade Ball.

    The closest I've gone to one was years ago when I worked at a law firm we would have lavish holiday parties and one year was Mardi Gras!

    I hope you have a wonderful week!


  13. Do you have a queen in your familly ???...hahahahaha...i never been on a masqaradeball !!!...lovely weekend from a normal

  14. I have never been to a masquerade ball either it must add an air of mystery not being able to see clearly who you are talking to. I hope lots of money was raised for the charity.
    Sarah x

  15. Oh Carolyn, I haven't ever been to a dolled up masquerade ball, but would love to. Looks like huge fun to me. Glad you got to go and enjoy!!!

    Thanks for sharing with us. God bless and may you have a awesome season.

  16. I have never attended such an event, I will be in Venice soon so I maybe feel this atmosphere:)

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  17. Ciao Carolyn,
    qui per esprime al meglio questo post lo scrivo in Italiano.

    AMO FOLLEMTE il "Fantasma dell'Opera".

    Visto a Londra in un musical, e la versione del film in Italiano.

    Ho perfino comprato il cd con tutte le musiche...magnifico.

    ...come questa foto.

    Bellissimo...TUTTO! Bacio grande! ;) NI

  18. HI CAROLYN!!!
    WHAT A fabulous event!!!I go to a formal fancy dinner every year at Christmas time....but never have I gotten to wear a mask!!!That would be so fun!!!!
    And what a Great cause!!!
    You looked lovely!!!

  19. I have never been to a masquerade Ball, but your mask looks beautiful Carolyn.
    And the charity makes a ball even more special.

    Enjoy your sunday.
    Warm wishes, Mea

  20. Hi Carolyn,
    My, my...what fun! I've never had the pleasure of attending a masquerade ball, but I know for sure I would find it most appealing. I love when I see them in movies, and read about them...especially in historical novels. Hope you enjoy your Sunday.

  21. Dearest Carolyn, OMG - I have so much to catch up today! Sooo sorry that I was not able to comment more frequently! First I would like to congratulate your son Marcel to his 21st Birthday! And I am delighted that you have found a good home for your mother! Yes, it hurts when loved ones become more and more in need of help ... and it makes us happy to know that they are in good hands - I know so well from my own experience with my mother!
    Beautifully that picture of you and your friend in the "Phantom of the Opera"-Charity Ball!
    Oh, dear Yvonne from the blog Happy Sonne / Happy Sun won your lovely give-away? I will congratulate her then immediately!
    And how sweet was the duck family that you have brought to safety!
    I wish you an enjoyable new week!
    Hugs from Austria, Traude

  22. Sweet friend,

    It is really a pleasure EVERY TIME I see you come to visit me. I hope your new SPRING WEATHER is keeping you smiling in wonder of all the beauty around you!!!

    Our fall is spectacular this year. It makes me so happy to look at the leaves, the colors, to see people out and about enjoying themselves.

    May you enjoy a wonderful week of love! Anita

  23. Oh Carolyn .. this is wonderful and you look so mysterious :) I love a theatrical ball or mascaraed. What a fun theme. I saw this opera .. and was so moved by it. Such a wonderful cause Carolyn :)


  24. This sounds like a lot of fun!!
    I think I like fancy dress but I have never been to a masquerade Ball!!!
    Have a wonderful start to the month Carolyn :)

  25. Dear Carolyn,
    a lovely picture from you and your friend :O) I am glad, you have had such a wonderful evening!
    When I was a young girl, I loved Markerades as well .... but now ... ;O)
    Have a happy new week and take care,
    love and hugs,

  26. sounds fun--robyn went to one last year---i don't think they wore the masked past the few couple of minutes though!

  27. A Masquerade ball looks so much fun! I haven't been to one, but I hope to in the future!


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