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Friday, October 18, 2013

Sunday - The Willow Manor Ball!

The excitement is mounting....all over the World, people are preparing to drive and/or fly to the 2013 Willow Manor Ball!

I have managed to finish all my shopping and finalised my dates for this wonderful, one-of-a-kind Event!  It's been a whirlwind for me as I (and one of my Dates have been immersed in SF Opera Rehearsals for *The Flying Dutchman*!

So..here's a preview of what I will be wearing and who will be escorting me...

My Gown(s).....this is a late night/early morning affair....a girl needs 2 of everything!


Gown 1 Versace Winter White



A Velvet Cape to protect my hair from the Autumn Chill...


A little Red for Contrast....and to please Honoured Guest Vincent Price..



Harry Winston Diamond and Ruby Earrings

Diamond and Ruby *Blood Red* Heart ring..




  Judith Leiber Red Apple Minuadiere




My Gentlemen


1. Greer Grimsley....a handsome Bass-Baritone and the Star of our current production of the *Flying Dutchman*



2. Russian Bass-Baritone, Dimitri Hvorostovsky *He is bringing Vodka!*


3.  Franz Liszt - Hungarian Pianist, Composer and the *First Rock Star*!  Yes, he is a repeat date...he enjoyed himself so much..he couldn't wait to return to Willow Manor!  He will be playing requests on Tess' Piano Forte!



4.Ralph Fiennes....  ah, need I say more..




5. Herman Melville, Author....again, need I say more!




6. I had to include one Tenor..... and Jay Hunter Morris is it!  Besides, he is the Star of SF Opera's upcoming PBS Production of *Moby Dick*.....and  wanted to meet Herman!  (Be sure to tune in to your PBS Channel on November 1st!  This is the BEST NeW OPERA I have seen - EVER!)




All these gorgeous Men and myself need automobiles to make the drive from the Airport to Willow Manor.  So....four of us will drive there in this '56 Bentley.  (The Gentlemen drew straws to see who would ride with me - when..)




The *other* three will be in this uber-cool '57 Bugatti...



(I will be riding back on Monday Morning in the Bugatti..with three ...)


Second Gown....

Lola Original..



Lilac Louboutin Sandals



Purple Diamond Stud Earrings



Second Masque....to reflect my musical Men!  




Judith Leiber Minuadiere with Seven Gemstone Hearts... (to represent the hearts of myself and my *Guys*!

So...that's my pertinent information for now...

More updates as we depart SFO on Sunday!  We are all looking forward to renewing old acquaintances and meeting new friends!

Prost!  Safe travels one and all!

Love,

♥ Robin ♥

27 comments:

  1. super outfits both. and what a crew of dates. love them all. and your arrival entourage will have us all rushing outside to ohh and ahh. see you there.

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  2. Oh wow!!!!! Gasp!!!! Such beauty and glamour!!!! Holding my breath for the rest of the story......

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  3. Loveliness! Especially that second gown! And the cape is to die for...you have excellent taste dahling...

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    1. Ah, dearest Birthday Girl!! We are all so happy to have arrived! Franz is dashing over to give you a passionate kiss...thank you for the rooms so I can change after midnight! Greer wants to sing some Wagner around eleven...if that works for you! As soon as the Sun sets and the candles are lit, Franz will take requests! ♥♥

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  4. Just gorgeous in every respect. Have a memorable time.

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  5. Linda, where are you? So hard to find anyone in the crush of dancers/drinkers! I've only been here a few hours....and have lost my shoes! A-ha-ha! The Moon is rising in the East....my Hungarian Pianist has finished (for now)..time for a little supper! ♥

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  6. Won't you share the very fine Mr. Fiennes wit me? One little dance?

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    1. Of course I meant to type "with" ..... Clumsy me, I have spilled Guinness on my fingers!

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    2. Helen, Ralph is coming over to you right now... and he's bringing you another Guinness! ♥

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  7. Lilac dahlink. I am over here behind the fern painting away. I do want to meet your dates. Especially Greer. Oh but wait, someone has just asked me to dance. Laytah

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    1. I see you... I am holding on to Greer (he is in great demand)... finish that Tango!!! He can't wait to meet you!

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  8. What style...what flair....oh the cars....oh the MEN!! You lucky lady you!

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    1. So lovely to meet you and *Henri* ! You are an elegant pair!

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  9. oh my, I've missed the ball again! and I would have stolen 1 or 2 of those gorgeous men as well as that cape - woowee!! have a wondeful time in that dress (es) and in those cars..and be a good girl!

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    1. Hi Mim.... ah, sorry you missed the ball...Suki and I rendezvoused ....I finally met *O. P*. They look so wonderful together! I DO have a nice *crop of men* this year....and so far, I am spending time with each one.... changing gowns in a few hours... but lost my Red Masque while out rowing with Jay and Herman! Darn! I will have to change earlier than planned so I have a Mask to *unmask* at Midnight with! Miss you! You must join us next year! ♥

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  10. Thank you for taking me along in this fairy tale. You will look stunning dear!!!
    I knew I had to come here and see what you would be wearing after I saw Suki's outfit.
    you will steal the show dear ;)
    Have fun :)
    ♥M

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    1. Ah, Marri, we all had a fantastic time!!! A-ha-ha! ♥♥

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    1. Cher Mademoiselle Modelle, Merci Beaucoup!
      I did have some gorgeous men!! I think a few of them danced with you too! Next year, we must have a toast together!

      Hugs,

      ♥ Robin ♥

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  12. great style.....I prefer my convertible though....oh thanks for the tango to...hope all your dates did not get jealous

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    1. Ah, Monsieur Wayne, that was a delicious Tango! (They were a little puffed up with jealousy....but...it's the Willow Ball..so many gorgeous men to dance with! A-ha-ha!) Love your convertible...bit on a cold, windy Ohio -Autumn night, a girl needs a car with the top on!

      Till next year, mon Cher,

      ♥ Robin ♥

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  13. Gosh, what a lovely ensemble you're wearing to the the Manor and back this weekend, from the lovely gowns and their matching shoes to the red/gold masks and diamond earrings. Even your gemstone Minuadieres are superb. And speaking of, so are your opera escorts. I so very much enjoyed meeting them all, as they are performing all their varyingly talented parts in one of my favourite productions, and one close to my Holland heart! So happy to have made your acquaintance at the Ball, Robin! Ta

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    1. You are too kind, m' dear! My Dates all loved meeting you too! Hope you were ok with all their dancing and singing... Musicians CAN (and do ) get carried away! See you next year!!! ♥ Robin ♥

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  14. ooooooooh!! i missed the ball!!! but am so happy that i can still live it vicariously (and most sumptuously) through my dearest twin!!!!

    you are gorgeous my dear friend - can only imagine that ralph and company were left trailing in your wake and begging for a chance to nibble on those amethyst studded earlobes!!! hehe Prost indeed!!! xoxox

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    1. Ah...my Twin...I knew at once you weren't there...
      I even checked the Wine Cellar where you and Mr. Fowles had *that encounter*!!! My lovely men and I had such fun....but it wasn't the same without you...you would have adored my Guys! Love to you, the Family and a big kiss to Mia! ♥ Your Twin ♥

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  15. This is pretty darn awesome! Every word, every gown, every accessory, every gentleman, every rendezvous. And no mention of wild passionate nights: how subtle :-)

    Love
    kj

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    1. KJ, you should know I am the *Queen of Subtlety*! A-ha-ha!

      ♥ Robin ♥

      p.s. Did you know Emily was there? She was quite a success! ♥

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