Masquerade Ball …#Sheffield

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 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 dress I opted for is from Virgos Lounge. Its absolutely gorgeous, with the top half covered in sequins and beads. Even better it’s currently in the clearance sale. Reduced from £95.00 to £58.00

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 (above) courtesy of Chris Carter / Barton Chase Inc.


Photo (below) courtesy of Christopher Carter 

On a serious note (it happens every now and again) the event was held to raise funds for the Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

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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14 thoughts on “Masquerade Ball …#Sheffield

  1. sequinist says:

    Wow you look amazing, love the shoes, the dress, the hair, everything! The one picture toward the end where you’re whizzing around and your sequins and beads are a blur and you have a big happy smile on your face is just too gorgeous for words. I love that so much. Thanks for sharing this peek into your fun night. And a limo! Look at you going all ShefVegas! Chips and cheese sounds like the right thing after a long night of champers… xxx

    • lizandtracey says:

      Thankyou so much , such a lovely comment. I love getting dolled up and it was great to see everybody else dressed up too. Hopefully we’ll do it again soon. ShefVegas made me giggle. Thankyou lovely lady xxx

    • lizandtracey says:

      Thankyou, that really is so kind of you. I loved my hair like this. We had a good night too. ..Love spending time with the girls. Thankyou for popping over and commenting X

  2. carterfamily4 says:

    Sounds like a fabulous night and very worthy cause, you all looked so glamorous. I’ve got to say I love that photograph of you getting out of the limo Tracey it’s fab.
    Ps I love those shoes 😍

    • lizandtracey says:

      Thankyou lovely. There were 11 photos of me getting out of that bloody limo and only about 2 that were OK and not showing my knickers / too much leg- Hilarious.

      It was a good night and it was lovely to see everybody dolled up.

      Thankyou for commenting xx

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