“There’s a kind of magic in masks. Masks conceal one face, but they reveal another. The one that only comes out in darkness. I bet you could do just what you liked, behind a mask … ?”
― Terry Pratchett,
Yes, yes, I know masquerade is spelled wrong in the title, I did so on purpose, as you can see from my quote above that Sir Terry Pratchett did also, so I’m in rather good company. All that aside, it is Mardi Gras weekend, a time for revelry, maybe a bit of debauchery, certainly hedonism, and then there are the daiquiri machines. Rum Runner, please? Seeing as paczki (poonch-key) day, er Fat Tuesday falls on the 13th, it is time to take a break from the romance of Valentine’s day and have some good old-fashioned, if a bit naughty fun. What can top being dressed to the nines and concealed by a mask? Because, as Terry Pratchett pointed out we can do what we like behind a mask. I thought I would post this a bit before the big day so you can have an opportunity to snag it for yourself. I apologize that you don’t get hear the tale of my wild night this way, and no I don’t promise details because what happens behind the mask, stays behind the mask!
See my laugh? I’m all anticipation for Tuesday, that is if I can still fit in this dress after gorging myself on the calorie-laden golden balls of sticky sweet fried awesomeness that is the paczki. Even if I can’t wear the dress after, this totally rocking mask, veil, and pirate hat will still work, and even better no one will know it is me with that bloated belly.
Mein Hut der hat drei Ecken (My Hat Has Three Corners)
The “Pirate Veil & Mask Tricorn” is a divine work of original mesh from Stone’s Works. The hat, mask, and a very delicate veil are all attached. It has subtle sparkle, just enough to create a touch of drama without being overwhelming. I’m including several shots of the hat in this post because there’s not a single detail that’s worth missing. For being such a hearty appearing hat, the work is intricate, there’s a bit of sheer black lace under the lacings on the top, allowing your hair color to shine through, the feathers softly plume in the back behind a gathering of red satin, the left side has a gorgeous rose made of ribbon, with an actual cameo in the center, on the right there is a metallic rose with the gently scrolling vine, and a silver chain between 2 more elegant cameos and drop heart beads, the entire hat is edged with delicate chantilly lace. The mask speaks for itself, even as briefly as I wore it in public, people asked specifically about the mask, both male and female. The veil was tricky to do justice in photographs, if you look closely at the laughing picture, you can see just a touch of the gossamer netting, and in the above picture some of the black beads that are dotted throughout it. I can hardly believe that work this detailed is only 275 lindens. There are also somewhat simpler versions in black paisley and green available for 250 lindens if those are your preferred colors. Check here for Stone’s Work’s blogger manager’s post of the black paisley.
The black lace overlay red satin of the hat is mimicked in this dress. The “Strapless Gown for Masque” is currently available by special order only and in standard sizes. I, however, think he needs to release this dress for sale for all! It’s simply exquisite. Message or drop a notecard to Darkstone Aeon for further information.
Adding More Drama
I wanted some jewelry that was both elegant and if not beads, resembled them. I took to the marketplace page for Beloved Jewelry, for both laziness, and trying to slip a fast one over on Kimbra so she wouldn’t refund my purchase as is her annoying habit of late. I found this “Drama Set” with texture change options for 9 metals and accent metals, and 12 gems for 265 lindens. This set is modify and transfer and comes with a gift box for packaging if you chose to gift it in person. I kind of ratted myself out on my purchase by messaging Kimbra and telling her not to dare (return my money), and she informed me that this was actually the first mesh piece she ever created. I thought that was an interesting bit of trivia history for the store! For this look I used etched pewter for the main metal, antique for the accent, and rubies for the gem.
News of a Hunt!
If you look at my Flickr, the shot I posted there shows a candle arrangement on top of the mantle. Is just one of 12 hunt prizes at a store hunt by the creator of this hat and gown, Stone’s Works has running now until the 14th. The roses are 15L each, and most are unisex. The sign is right, it is not easy! It was a really fun challenge, but I managed to get them all, just no asking just how long that took me allowed! I will say that most of the prizes are valued at around 200L, so this is a great deal and well worth the difficulty rating.
Hat: Stone’s Works “Pirate Veil & Mask Tricorn” -275L
Hair: Analog Dog “Rampion” – unavailable
Necklace and Earrings: Beloved Jewelry “Drama Set” -265L
Eyelashes: ATIA’s “Plume” in Swag Bag –FREE!
Eyelashes and Eyeliner tattoo: Blacklace Beauty “Eyelashes and liner 1” – 99L (fatpack)
Lipstick 2 (gloss and yes it layers!) Little Black Dress “*LBD*Glossy Sheer Lipstick – Ruby” – 149L (fatpack)
Dress: Stone’s Works “STRAPLESS GOWN for Masque Stone’s Works”-Special Order only
Nails: Hello Dave “Fade to Black”
Ring: Beloved Jewelry ” “Texture Change Gem Dome Ring”