Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Cara Lee Masks

This is a still from Cara Lee's new video for the song "Do You Speak English?" & using our masks are UDP! 

You can see the the video by clicking on the image

What Are Venetian Masks?

Venetian masks were worn during the medieval times in the Republic of Venice in Italy. Worn mostly during the Carnival of Venice, these masks were used during several occasions to hide the wearer’s identity and social status. During the repressed and religiously strict times in medieval Italy, people found a way to find freedom by hiding behind colorful masks. Interacting with different members of society was made possible due to the anonymity these masks offered. The rich could mingle with the poor and vice versa, with no judgments being made on anyone’s behavior given the lack of identity.

The Venetian masks thus unwittingly became tools for mischief, and people engaged in illicit, criminal, and immoral activities. For others who were less rebellious or adventurous, the masks allowed for the development of personality and romantic encounters.

Of these masks, the Bauta mask was an important political tool whose use was allowed by the Republic of Venice and regulated by its police in medieval times. Only citizens of Venice were allowed to use the mask while representing themselves in decision-making meetings. It was noticed that these masks allowed both top and low ranking citizens to freely express themselves in meetings. This was not the case earlier, when a person expressing his free opinion was targeted by others and sometimes even killed. As a result, it was officially declared that wearing these masks were a necessity in order to participate in meetings.

Other than the Bauta mask, the other masks were not approved for public use. However, encouraged by the official grant for the Bauta mask, people continued to use masks during the day and behaved in ways in which they normally would not. This led to a lot of free and unrepressed behavior and even though Venice was a republic, the Catholic Church that was behind the government in all aspects decided to ban these masks. After several unsuccessful bans, the Catholic Church decided to allow the use of masks during the three-month period after Christmas until Strove Tuesday. This time is known as Carnivale, or a period when meat is removed from one’s diet. Today it is known popularly among Christians as Lent.

The core aspect of Venetian masks is their ornate design, the use of bright colors, precious metals such as gold or silver and complex decorations in the baroque style. You’ll find full-face masks that belong to the Bauta style, or masks that cover only the eye such as the Columbina style. Each style gave birth to many different kinds of masks that are popular to this day in carnivals across the world, notably Mardi gras.

Today these masks are used only during carnivals or during masquerade balls and parties. Even today, these masks allow people to mingle freely and let go of their inhibitions and prejudices and embrace their true selves openly. It’s easier to appear in public clothed minimally when you’re hidden behind a mask. In today’s open times, these masks are a novelty and a joy to watch during carnivals, not a cause for worry as it was during medieval times.

Many people around the world collect Venetian masks, especially antique masks that have survived the centuries. These are valued and treasured by collectors the world over. Famous auction houses hold Venetian mask auctions that are always well attended. The monetary value of a mask, even a new one, depends on its design, its styling, its materials and the quality and value of the gemstones and precious metal that’s used on it. Venetian masks are loved for their mystique, their beauty and the intrigue of the anonymity they offer while adding glamour and beauty to one’s personage.

Step Up 4 - Miami Heat Mask

Just found this "still" from the film Step Up 4 - Miami Heat, the mask is a Occhialino Venetian Filigree Mask & we have it in stock...A really stunning mask for the ladies.

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

NOOK HD+32GB Tablet For Sale

*** Barnes & Noble NOOK HD+ 32GB Wi-Fi Slate 9" (RRP£269)***

For slick, high quality viewing on the move try the NOOK HD+ 9" Full HD Tablet.....Unwanted upgrade...OUR PRICE £220 with FREE DELIVERY!....Please e-mail us

Stunning screen
The NOOK HD+ is equipped with a Full HD screen, showcasing supreme levels of clarity on a device of its size. The 256 pixels per inch screen highlights this further, with bright lucid viewing immersing you in your content.
Enjoy videos, books, magazines, and apps as they look amazingly crisp from every angle.
Powerful operating

Equipped with a variant of Android™ 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich the NOOK 9" Tablet has fast-flowing functionality that combines with the dual-core processor for impressive results.
The 32 GB hard drive provides suitable storage for your multimedia and can be expanded thanks to the microSD card slot!
Wireless interaction

The Full HD NOOK HD+ is equipped with built-in WiFi, connect to any hotspot and make the most out of your tablet. NOOK HD+ has the popular apps you would expect along with many more; customise your tablet and make it your own with games, news, entertainment and even games for the kids.
With over 3 million books, magazines, and newspapers including 1 million free titles there is great choice available. You can even sample books for free before you buy. Furthermore, save your favourite pages with NOOK Scrapbook - save your magazines and pages you love in one place so you can easily find them again if you care to revisit.
Keep one eye on your emails at all times as the HD+ NOOK new email app supports Microsoft Exchange Active Sync as well as renowned email services like Gmail, Yahoo!, and Hotmail. You can sync your schedule too with the calendar widget.

In the Box

  • NOOK HD+ 16GB or 32GB
  • USB Cable
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Power Adapter
  • Rechargeable battery (installed)

Monday, 14 January 2013

About Simply Masquerade And Our Venetian Masks

The truly unique and beautiful Venetian Masks have a fascinating history. For centuries, Venice was one of the most powerful republics in the world. A small city where people lived in closed proximity to one another, Venetians adopted the custom of being masked so that citizens could move freely in society during the day. Noblemen and servants alike used Masquerade Masks and Venetian Masks to keep their identities hidden and their dealings – mostly of a financial or romantic nature - unknown.

Eventually, the masks became more and more elaborate and developed specific uses: Masquerade Masks, Mardi Gras Masks, Carnival Masks, Masquerade Ball Masks, Masquerade Party Masks, the variety and styles growing ever more detailed and beautiful.

Authentic Masks – Beautiful Craftsmanship

Today Venetian masks of every description are still worn during the world famous Carnivale inVenice. They are recognized for their beauty and craftsmanship and are collected for use and display by people who appreciate fine art the world over.

Our Selection of Masquerade Masks is Unmatched

We love Venetian masks in all their variety. You may appreciate them all and you may have a favourite style. Bauta masks cover the entire face; Colombina is the half mask, usually tied with a ribbon and is among the most recognized of Venetian Masks. Medico Della Peste – the Plague Doctor has a long beak – it’s both strange and captivating. There’s the Moretta – an oval mask, usually made of black velvet. You’ll find examples of all these well-known Venetian masks as well as many others here on our website.

Why Choose Simply Masquerade?

Our business is family owned and we take your satisfaction very seriously. Have a question? We want to hear from you. If there is ever a problem with anything you purchase from us, we’ll find an immediate solution. We’re not happy until you are.

Authentic Masks AND Great Prices

We personally select all our Venetian Masquerade Masks ourselves and each one is made by Master Artisans and is 100% authentic – no imitations. Not ever. Whether you’re a collector, a first time purchaser or perhaps looking for a sophisticated and elegant gift for someone who appreciates the finer things in life, you won’t find a better selection at better prices anywhere.

Your Purchase Will Arrive Quickly – In Perfect Condition

We stock every Venetian Mask you see on our site, which means you’ll get it quickly. It’s not uncommon to wait weeks for masks from our competitors. Not when you shop at Simply Masquerade.

Shipping Your Delicate Masquerade Mask – No Problem.

We have experience packaging delicate and fragile masks and we’ve never once had one arrive in anything but perfect condition. Should any damage occur, we’ll replace your mask immediately at no cost to you. That’s our guarantee.

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

New Year Masks

Happy New Year everyone from us all at Simply Masquerade.

Well it's a new year and we should be getting some exciting new designs of mask in our shop within the next month or so, but in the mean time i have been working on our website and changing little things around to improve the customer experience....Please take a look and see what you think and if there is something that you feel we could improve upon let us know.