On Saturday I got to have my hair ‘done’ ,dress up to the nines and party with some of my favourite ladies. (Miss O Malley over in Spain you were missed!)
The occasion a Charity 1950’s Masquerade Ball, raising money for Sheffield’s Children Hospital.
Myself and Sue decided to treat ourselves and had booked into Purdys Hair salon on Abbeydale Road Saturday morning. As I didn’t have a mask I thought I’d better do something special with my hair. Just who goes to a masquerade ball without a mask??
It’s a fab little salon with a lot of character. I felt like I was sat on the set of Grease! (always longed to be a Pink Lady)
For £25.00 you get a set and up-do.
I took a selection of images featuring 1950’s beauties hoping that something would be achievable on my scraggy mid-length hair. I half expected to walk out looking like Kevin Keegan, but I needn’t have worried!
Sue opted for victory rolls ; I just told Victoria to go for it, do what ever.
Here’s what I ended up with.
I LOVED IT.
I want my hair like this everyday ! Unfortunately I wouldn’t have the time and unless I pay somebody to do it , it will probably never look like this again.
The sizing on the dress was a bit odd though, or maybe it’s just my odd body?
Anyway it was slightly too large on my shoulders and far too tight around the bum area. I had to have it altered. The Lovely Anna Roberts on Abbeydale Road did a grand job!
Here’s the full look …
My shoes are my first purchase from Ted & Muffy. These were also bought in the sale and have since sold out. Boo. It’s hardly surprising as they were reduced from a whooping £145.00 to £40.00
I’ve featured them a few times before on the blog and I’m boring everybody to death with them over on my Instagram feed.
I love the colour combination of grey with the gold rope detail that ties around the ankle. They matched the dress perfectly.
They fit like a glove but unfortunately I must have been sent a dodgy pair as the tie that holds the rope in place came away on my left foot! Not the most successful first outing.
What with my funny right foot and walking while trying to keep my shoe in place on my left foot ..I must have looked a right plonker!
My earrings are from Lily and Rose. Pretty aren’t they?
As a surprise (that I had to organise …the thought was there I suppose) the BF hired a big white limo for us all to get to the ball. It was a lovely way to start the evening… cruising around Sheffield, drinking Prosecco and catching up.
What’s not so lovely is me trying to get out of the bloody thing and not show my knickers! This dress was definitely meant for just standing around in!
My friend Christopher Carter / Barton Chase Inc (who I met through a photography day hosted by Social Sheffield) was the official photographer for the evening . He captured my ‘unladylike-like’ attempts !
This is about the only one were my sausage legs and knickers aren’t on show.
What is it they say – you can take the lady out of Sheffield , but not Sheffield out of the lady!
Photo (below) courtesy of Christopher Carter
Glass of bubbly upon entry, buffet, silent auction and live band.
It was organised by Anthony Cunningham who does a ‘hell of a lotta’ work for local charities and the homeless in Sheffield.
As well as organising fund-raising events like the one we attended he also does walk-rounds, soup kitchens and breakfast clubs for the homeless.
You can find him and details of up-and-coming events over on Facebook. L.I.F.E ( a new beginning)
Go and check them out!
A good time was had by all and hopefully lots of money was raised for a great cause.
Me … I hobbled out with Rach , both of us dressed like ladies, a little merry maybe …in search of chips and cheese!
I’ll say it again you can take lady out of Sheffield but not Sheffield out of the lady!!
Until next time, Tracey x
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