Saturday, October 27, 2012

On My Way and Have Arrived. Willow Manor Ball 2012

At last I have left Trinidad!  I was swept through (I think it was the luggage)  and am now sitting at 35,000 feet relaxing.


And when I say relaxing, I mean it.  I passed up on the Buck's fizz and my first drink on the flight  was a Kir Royale the taste of which takes me back to happy times in the Ivory Coast.  A glass of champagne with a touch of blackcurrant liqueur . Bliss!


There was a light change in plan as Placido had to make a guest appearance at a Charity Gala at the New York Met 


but that's not a problem as it gives me a few extra flying hours during which time I can get myself into some sort of order.


The lady below of course if not me but I wanted to give you some idea of what my flight accommodation looks like.



I will be met in New York by  a friend who will ensure that I get to the jet without any hassle.  We will wing our way to Dublin, Ohio where Tess and her friends will soon be gathering.



Placido will be ahead of me by about three quarters of an hour so will be well settled by the time I board.  ( I could die when I think that I took John Travolta last year but one thing in his favour was his ability to dance!)

I thought perhaps you'd like to see the inside. Some I looked at were definitely over the top so I thought we'd go with this one - cheaper too! 


Coming from the Caribbean I know I'm going to feel the difference in temperatures so I threw a  conservative Donna Karan over my arm


which I will wear with a pair of old favourites,  Jimmy Shoo boots



The dress (well two actually) is packed, the shoes are packed, the jewels are packed (in my hand luggage) and the mask is packed, also in my hand luggage.  I had to pay extra to AA because I had more than one suitcase - I should have travelled via Caribbean Airlines because they allow you two pieces.

If I haven't got it altogether now, well - I'll just have to fake it!

I wonder if we'll have any little by the way dramas in the wings! Jealous partners and all that.  It happens.  Last year, or was it the year before, Nigella disappeared at the same time as a prominent figure!  I see hers is a little less rounded these days!

Here's to a happy Willow Manor Ball where elegance will prevail!  See you all there!

By the way, I have already sent the kegs of Trinidad rum aged in oak ahead so that Jacqui and Johnny could check them out before serving.  I didn't send the entire distillery!



Oh and lookee here - here comes the flight attendant again. Thank you so much!




We have arrived and are circulating!

I went against everything I had planned and have ended up in this which I know you've all seen somewhere else before!


The cap sleeves and gloves solved the arm problem!

You can see the jewels so I don't have to describe them.

I have a pair of much loved Jimmy Choos on - shorter heels than usual for me but the dress wouldn't take anything higher.



I decided on some colour.







Why does that man with the twitching eye  keep staring at me?? His eye is hooded. Does that mean he's hoodwinked?? Why isn't he wearing a mask? That would cover the blinking eye!


The Manor looks wonderful as always.  It has been worth the journey.

Ah there's Tess and Helen so will say bye for now and see you all later.

45 comments:

  1. Bee, I think you made an excellent choice of gown. It is absolutely a classic, as is your handsome escort. Do you think you could convince Placido to sing us just one song? E lucevan le stelle, maybe?

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    1. I think so too - it was very last minute but you should see the hem!! I tried with the song but it wouldn't post! Anyway he's being a bit of a pain - I wanted to dance with Jacqui's Johnny Depp - just once but talk about possessive - what's good for the goose......he's such a flirt with the ladies! Huh! Oh look here he comes now with a glass of champagne for me - all doe eyed. I don't like it when they get like that!

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  2. Absolutely love gown. Never trust myself with white but on you it will be perfect. We have arrived and while I have settling in to my rooms and unpacking gowns. Johnny and pirate crew are sampling the rum you sent ahead. I do think that task is in good hands.

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    1. Yes it was very last minute. I'm not normally a white person although last year's Chanel was fine. I think it's the cut on this one and the slight tan that's an advantage.

      I saw JD with the rum - where is he now?

      Do you now I actually have the mask that Catherine's wearing (I've used it as an avatar) and I almost wore the same dress! I cast that aside because it was red!

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  3. Love love love the Eliza Doolittle gown! Perhaps you and Placido will take me for a little spin in the private jet? Looks ever so luxurious, darling! I'm so pleased you brought the rum...sampling some as we speak...hic...

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    1. Are you ready to roll Tess? We can come back for more absinthe and dancing!

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  4. It sounds like you had a good journey, despite having so far to travel. You're very organised bringing two dresses - wish I'd thought of that. Your mask is so pretty and your gown so elegant

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    1. Why thank you Kit. You looked stunning and am so glad you decided to wear yours one more time.

      By your 4th Annual Ball you know what to expect when it comes to packing and travelling although I do tend to get lost in time and leave things to the last moment!

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  5. Dearie,
    If I were you I would have never made it off the plane! ;)

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  6. I like your choice of coat, dress and shoes ~ Fabulous outfit...see you ~

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    1. So nice to see you. isn't a great event?

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  7. You really go in grand style, I say. Must have been flying Virgin.

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    1. Si I spluttered Kir Royale all over Placido when I read this!

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  8. Traveling in style indeed! You look stunning and so classy. Cheers my friend...this is such a welcomed respite from the usual Sunday routine.! I'm off for a Tango with my handsome date....later.

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    1. If your going to travel, travel - that's my motto! Yes a wonderful respite indeed. I saw the Tango! Very good in fact better than good - more than excellent.

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  9. You're lovely from head to toes! Thanks for sending the DIVINE rum.

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    1. Thank you. Glad you enjoyed the ages rum - smooth like a vintage port not like your average Captain Morgan!!

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  10. Aaaaahhhh, I would have gladly flown from Oregon to Trinidad just to share the first class flight experience with you. You will be one of the loveliest at the Ball in that gown, those shoes, that mask!!
    Bottom's Up~~

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    1. Bottoms Up to you too. No dear, you stole the show with that fabulous designer gown. You can only wear that once so instead of leaving it at the back of your walk-in closet, I have another event coming up...............

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  11. Bee, you will have all the men swarming around you! You're a vision in that dress! Now I must take the elephants out to the garden for some fresh air. And how good of you to bring all that rum! :o)

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    1. I think not - most of them are drunk!

      The elephants are a huge hit.

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  12. Aah, darlink, so understated. It is good to know that someone knows how to live simply in these straightened times! (I've just traveled home on a Thompson flight and can only dream!) :-)

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  13. What fabulous preparations you made! I have run into you a time or two at the Ball, so I know you are having a great time. I hooked up with, er, I mean, met up with Johnny Depp last night, which explains my extended absence from the proceedings. I will try to create a distraction so perhaps you can get closer to that elusive Scarlet Pimpernel ;-)

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    1. Oh thank goodness for that - now I can post replies. I thought I'd had one too many! Don't tell Jacqui you hooked up with JD - they came together. I don't think she;ll be too put out actually as I saw her and another prominent guest slipping out of the French windows together! (I did not say that)

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  14. Oh dear...please ignore the bit about the Pimpernel...the rum has fogged my memory, you see. I love palling around with Johnny, but I never seem to remember any of it!

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  15. OMG what a blast you are having! Very fun reading your blog!

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    1. Glad you're enjoying it! a bit of frivolity (a bit??) never hurt anyone.

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  16. What a jet setter you are!! (I want the black dress if you toss it out, dahhhhhrling!) And the shimmering gown...yes I have seen it??.....but it never looked as lovely as tdoes on you!!

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    1. Thank you and for that you can have the gown.

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  17. I seem to have lost track of my carriage in the crush... could I perhaps catch a ride home with you on that jet?

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    1. Perhaps you could. Why not? Where would you like to land?

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  18. Well, you know how to travel and dress with class! Just gorgeous. I know for one, I can't wait to try the Trinidad rum. Thank you!

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    1. Smooth and as pale as a vintage port! Goes to the head though. Thank you for stopping by to chat.

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  19. The dress ! Simply perfect for the Ball. The last time it appeared was at least forty years ago wasn't it at the Ambassador's Ball. Audrey looked divine. And so do you!

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    1. You're very kind. Yes Audrey looked stunning and I don't think anyone could wear it as she did - but we can try!

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  20. Something has happened. Either I'm drunk or.......I cannot post individual; replies all of a sudden.

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    1. Yes I can now. Cyberspace is having a ball - no pun intended!

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  21. Jimmy Shoo boots- too cool! I can't believe you flew in from Trinidad- but this is the height of all society to be at this gala ball in it's 5th running! We do have to meet up for drinks sometime, chat about the ball- and perhaps you could fill me in on some great travel secrets-you do seem to fly in high style! Yes!

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  22. The purple and the ivory was soooo regal! Breathtaking actually! I love too close to Ohio to enjoy a flight, but I believe I'm jealous of the relaxation enjoyed before the event....no wonder you were so energized on the dance floor!

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  23. Lovely dress, and long gloves are SO elegant...

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