domingo, 24 de marzo de 2013

Aurum Masquerade




 Happy Sunday, everyone!
I´ve been pretty busy lately as a consequence of  job overload.
Pre-Easter evaluation is a nightmare for teachers, I can tell you: suddenly you have a large pile of exams to correct, plus half a hundred reports to write. Besides (and as an English teacher), you are charged with the responsability of deciding who is going to take the Cambridge exams and who is not.
Result? No time for reading, sleeping or eating properly.
But now I am done with it and I have one entire holiday week (hurray!) so finally I can tell you about the great masquerade ball which was celebrated last 9th of March.

The Gentle One and I plus my friends Ana and Sade at the photocall, based in one of the Venetian gardens of the palace.

Aurum Masquerade was born as an annual event (this year was its first edition) and designed to gather recreationist, steampunk, lolita and fantasy comunities in a dream location. For this purpose, the amazing Hostal de los Reyes Católicos, a beautiful 15 th century palace in the heart of the city, was chosen. The place is a mixture between Renaissance and Baroque arquitecture, full of charming ballrooms and gardens that inmediately transport you to a glorious past.

 ♥ Some of my favourite assistants (amazing ensembles, don´t you think so?)


 ♥ The amazing organization team. I love her Marie Antoinette style!


We were received by a royal crier, who announced our names before entering to the great ballroom.
After that, The Gentle One  and me were blessed with the honour of opening the ball as dance teachers!
Well, we got really nervous but I have to say that it was an amazing experience to see all the guests following the minuet steps together. 

Funny ball-opening!

After a lovely music selection formed by precious waltzes, minuets and polkas, we could taste the supper.
Dessert was yummy, with lots of cakes and fruit brochettes.
 We could also participate in a draw!
Many amazing prizes were raffled, such as brand lolita gowns, steampunk appliances and historic jewelry.
I was not lucky this time, but my friend Ana got a beautiful necklace.

The girls of the local lolita comunity together.


This moment looks like stolen from Sofía Coppola´s Marie Antoinette.


I truly love her hairdo!




My friends and I (and too much red wine at that time).



I can say that we had the most wonderful of the nights.
The general feeling was the one of being inside the pages of Cinderella and I can´t really stop thinking about next year´s edition.
 


So if you truly want to experience a fairy tale, come to the north of Spain next year!

18 comentarios:

  1. Wow!! Amazing costumes and people You were all beautiful. It must have been an magical evening!

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    1. It was probably one of the most special nights of my whole life. I am craving for next year´s ball ♥

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  2. I am really jealous, I would love to go to the masquerade ball one day too! Those pictures say everything, you all guys look just to die for, I cant even imagine how great it hat to be to dress such beautiful unique costumes! And you and your boyfriend look just amazing in black, the best costumes from all I can see at the photographs. So lucky you were opening the ball. Thank you for this post love!

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    1. Aw, you made me blush, sweetie! ♥ But I think there were some amazing costumes around. This year The Gentle One and I decided to keep ourselves in the comfortable zone of the black colour, but maybe we´ll try something different next time.

      I also hope you can come to he great masquerade some day! You´re totally invited :)

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  3. WOW, the outfits are absolutely amazing! Everyone obviously put an awful lot of work in them! It looks like it was a most amazing night. How lovely to be able to experience something like that, Violette! :D

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    1. Yes, I totally agree! I think most of the guests spent a good quantity of time working on their outfits. To be honest, I focused more on learning to dance waltzes (my partner and I have fifty left feet, so it was a challenge!).

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  4. What an amazing event! Such wonderful outfits... the location was also perfect for the occasion. I'm really jealous of you for having the chance to participate to this dance :D!

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    1. Though costumes, music and food were brilliant, I think my favourite thing was the palace. I can´t believe we managed to spend the night in a so charming place. Indeed, the pictures don´t show the real glory of the place! ♥

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  5. That is just pure beauty and awesomeness.

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    1. I think so too. Thnaks for reading, darling!

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  6. Something like a fairy tale indeed! Oh I would absolutely love to go to a masquerade like this, the setting and costumes are all magical! I do love your dress and the lady in the cat mask- I really want a mask like that! How amazing that you and your man got to dance the opening dance too! Oh, what an experience! ♥

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    1. The cat-lady totally caught my eye too! I think she was gorgeous in a very simple way :)
      And yeah, opening the ball was a huge experience!
      I also hope you can go to a masquerade someday ♥

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  7. Wow! It all looks so enchanting! The setting, the beautiful costumes and the atmosphere looks enough to make my head spin! I loved your outfit, it looks so dark and elegant! There isn't very many occasions like this in which people can go really wild and over the top with their outfits, I would love to have joined in on all the fun! I totally want that cat mask too! It's so sassy! Also, the guy in the picture below you and your man reminded me a little of Sandor Clegane from A Game of Thrones with his mask covering what would be The Hounds burn skin! ~ ♥ ~

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    1. I totally love psecial ocassions when you can dress up, that´s the reason why I celebrate a custom party every year for my birthday ♥ There´s another ball I´d like to attend some day, it´s called Gala Nocturna and it´s really magnificent, but as long as it is celebrated in Belgium I´ll have to wait a little bit.

      And yes, the guy in the picture is Clegane´s lost twin! You are right, I didn´t notice before :)

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  8. Oh my dear :O Those pictures... no words to describe the beauty of them! You look marvellous, like a lady from a fairytale!!! It looks like a magnificent event!!!! You look stunning everything looks so beautiful and i am a little envy you right now :$

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    1. I think fairytale is the best word to describe it. No need to say how surprising was having an event of that kind in such a small place like my city, so I´ll definitely go back if we have another edition :)

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  9. This post , such beauty , don't know where to start,
    First of all I think you are very lucky to have such an event near you, this is the type of things that I only saw in movies/dreamt about.
    Second and very important both your pictures and yours and your better half outfits are beaaaaautifullll.
    You look so put together, and made for each other, it's something worthy of a painting, something I would have seen on the walls of an old palace, you are totally the belle of the ball.
    Unfortunately in work they only send me to Madrid, I have to make a away to see the North of Spain someday, specially within such occasion.
    Regards

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  10. I hope you can make the visit to the north of Spain someday. It is SO different to the rest of the country that I think you might love it.

    In relation to the ball, it was a huge unexpected pleasure for all the guests, as long as it is the kind of thing you can find at capitals, but not in a smallie place like this. I can just wait for next year to come!

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