Friday, November 14, 2008

ANDRE RIEU IS FANTASTIC! WHAT A NIGHT!!














WELL LADIES....WHAT A NIGHT IT WAS!!! AS PER MY PREVIOUS POST I WAS GOING TO ANDRE'S CONCERT LAST NIGHT AT THE TELSTRA DOME IN MELBOURNE...
THIS WAS HIS FIRST CONCERT IN AUSTRALIA..AND HOW SPECTACULAR IS THIS EVENT??

THE MAIN THING I LOVE ABOUT ANDRE RIEU IS THAT HE HAS BROUGHT CLASSICAL MUSIC TO EVERYONE!! AND MORE IMPORTANTLY THEY CHERISH IT..LOVE IT..AND ENJOY IT...

I HEARD THE OTHER DAY THAT PLEASING MUSIC ACTUALLY INCREASED ONES ENDORPHORINE LEVELS..WHICH HELPS TO LOWER CHOLESTEROL ETC...SO THAT IS A GOOD THING JUST TO START WITH!

ANYWAY...I HAD MY HAIR IN THOSE CURLY TYPE THINGEYS...WHICH ACTUALLY TURNED OUT TO LOOK JUST LIKE SHIRLEY TEMPLE..!! BUT WITH A GOOD BRUSH...IT LOOKED PRETTY NORMALLY CURLY! I AM A BIT TOO OLD TO HAVE A SHIRLEY TEMPLE CURL..!!

I WAS A BIT WORRIED AS THE WEATHER HAS BEEN SOO HOT IN MELBOURNE OVER THE LAST FEW DAYS...35 DEGREES CELCIUS (90 ODD DEGREES FARENHEIT)...
SO WITH THE ROOF CLOSED IN TELSTRA DOME...I FIGURED I WOULD EITHER LOSE LOTS OF WEIGHT...GOOD THING!! OR MELT INTO A POOL OF WATER..
ANYWAY..THANKFULLY WITH MY BOTTLE OF WATER..AND A COOL BREEZE WHICH KIND OF CAME OUT OF NOWHERE..I ENDED UP SURVIVING..

MY SON PICKED UP MY MUM FROM HER HOUSE..AND THEN I HAD "OUR DRIVER" TAKE US TO THE EVENT...TO BE HONEST LADIES...THIS WONDERFUL MAN HAS HIS OWN BUSINESS..GORGEOUSLY CLEAN BRAND NEW CAPRICE CAR...LOLLIES IN BACK...AND HE IS THE SAME PRICE AS A TAXI!! I USE "JO" ALL THE TIME RE AIRPORT PICKUPS....AND ANYTHING ELSE WHERE I HATE TO DRIVE..HE IS A TOTAL GEM..AND WHATS MORE HE SPEAKS FRENCH TO ME!! TRES BIEN!!

I HAVE INCLUDED A PHOTO OF MUM...I THINK SHE LOOKS PRETTY TRES CHIC FOR 86 YO!! GORGEOUS CREAM OUTFIT...MATHCHING COAT..BERET..PANTS..SHOES..DOWN TO HER LITTLE SOCKS..AND HANDBAG..
MUM IS A REAL FASHION ICON IN MY BOOK..AND I MUST SAY SHE HAD SOOO MANY "ELDERLY" PEOPLE COMMENTING ON HOW SHE LOOKED!!

I LOOKED OKAY...ACTUALLY FELT A BIT OVERDRESSED..THAT WAS A LITTLE BIT OF A DISAPPOINTMENT..I THOUGHT AUSSIES WOULD HAVE RELISHED THIS EVENT..AND MAYBE GONE A LITTLE BIT OVER THE TOP?? OR TAKEN A LITTLE BIT MORE OF AN EXTRA EFFORT TO "ADORN" THEMSELVES...THIS WAS THE PERFECT OPPORTUNITY TO GO MAYBE A LITTLE BIT OVERBOARD WITH EARRINGS/JEWELLERY DRESS ETC...HAVING WATCHED ANDRE'S EUROPEAN DVDS AND THE BEAUTIFUL CLOTHES THE MEN/WOMEN WEAR OVER THERE..
I HATE TO SAY IT..BUT I STILL THINK US AUSSIES HAVE A LITTLE BIT TO GO TO EMULATE EUROPE!! BUT THEN AGAIN..WHO AM I TO SAY WHAT SOMEONE SHOULD WEAR AT AN EVENT..
JUST A SUGGESTION/THOUGHT!! NO OFFENCE TO ANYONE..

LOTS OF COUPLES..ELDERLY COUPLES..MUMS & DADS WITH THEIR CHILDREN WALTZING...20 YOS...FANTASTIC!! SOO THIS WAS DEFINATELY A CONCERT FOR ALL!! NOT JUST THE "BLUE RINSE SET" WHICH SOME COMMENTATORS HAVE TRIED TO LABEL THIS EVENT..

IT WAS SPECTACULAR...THE ONLY DOWN SIDE WAS WHEN WE HAD TO LEAVE AND FIND WHERE JO WAS WAITING FOR US...
AS I HAVE SAID BEFORE..IT LITERALLY NEVER RAINS IN MELBOURNE...WELL GUESS WHAT?? IT RAINED LAST NIGHT WITH SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS..SO MUM & I HAD TO WALK FOR ABOUT 10 MINS IN TORRENTIAL RAIN..LIGHTENING..THUNDER...TO OUR PICK UP POINT...
SO I DID START OUT AS A KIND OF PRINCESS...(IN MY MIND)..AND ENDED UP A TOTALLY DROWNED WATER RAT...HAIR HAD GONE!! MASCARA RUNNING DOWN MY FACE.

OH WELL IT ALL ADDS TO LIFES LITTLE ADVENTURES!!

LAST BUT NOT LEAST...I THINK YOU ALL KNOW I AM A DRIED FREAK!! DRIED FLOWERS THAT IS..ALTHOUGH OTHERS MAY SAY OTHERWISE!! I HAVE DRIED THE ROSES MUM BOUGHT ME FOR MY BIRTHDAY...MINE FOR HERS...AND HER PEONY ROSES ...I HAVE PUT THEM IN A GORGEOUS FRENCH CHIC CONTAINER NEXT TO MY GORGOEUS NEW CHRISTMAS PRINT FROM GAIL MCCORMACK...HOW CLEVER IS THIS LADY???

ANYWAY..I AM A BIT WORRIED I HAVE BEEN A LITTLE TOO SELF INDULGENT THIS BLOG...BUT I KNOW I WANT TO READ WHAT YOU OTHER LADIES ARE UP TO...BUT I STILL FEEL A BIT SELF CONSCIOUS TALKING ABOUT ME/MUM ETC..

HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A NICE SAFE WEEKEND....

XX ANDREA

8 comments:

our shabby cottage said...

Va Va Va Voom! Ladies you were both knockouts! I watched the highlights on the news this morning and the concert looked wonderful. A touch of class to Melbourne. I'm glad you got all dressed up because there aren't many opportunities to do that. Shame more people didn't do the same. Pity about being a drowned rat - was it past midnight? At least you didn't turn into a pumpkin!!!!

MelsRosePlace said...

Oooh wonderful...was wondering how it all went..you both looked fantastic and yes i agree it is a shame people dont take the opportunity to dress up more at things like this. They probably all looked at you and wished they had! Your mum looks wonderful, mine is 81 and they would be great mates as she is FOREVER getting compliments too about what she is wearing, how she looks etc (and yes she never neglects to recite all the compliments back to me). Anyway, glad to hear you had fun! Mel xxx

Webmaster Sally said...

You looked Wonderful and fit for the Wonderful Concert by André Rieu!
I am so impressed with the way, the crowd was able to get to and from the venue. And, well...it's always impressive to see Andre's Stage and all the decor he brings for us fans.
Your mother looked like a movie star. Very Elegant!
I would love it if you would share your story with AndreRieuFan.com (our blog)
Andre Rieu Fans & Friends All Over the World have been watching Andre in Australia. :)
Kind Regards, Sally

A Bite of Country Cupcakes said...

Ohhhh It all sounds Magical!!
You looked like a starlet!
And stop stressing and enjoy "YOUR" blog!
I write whatever I want like it is my diary and forget that others may read it...It is my way of journalling my memories.
I love comming by to see what you have to say.
My father in law got to go as part of St Johns...Free!
I know exactly where you live and remeber all to well the swan pond,I took all my nieces and Newphews thwere at one time or another and still have a Brother in law there in James Street.
Beautiful Cosmoplitan part of the world:)

Sarah said...

Hi Andrea,
You & your darling mum looked just devine! What a spectacluar event to go to, looks like you both had an amazing time. How amazing would it be to dress like that all the time...
Have a fab weekend,
Sarah

Shabby Vintage dreams said...

WOW!!!! what an awesome night you guys had!! You both looked stunning in your outfits!! Ive seen his advert's on Television they looks amazing!! A real show!
Glad you had a great time, sorry the night ended up in the rain but hey just think now youve got another story to remember!
Have a great weekend!
mandii

My Pink & Cream Cottage said...

Ok Andrea where on earth do I start to comment on your post. WOW is all I can think when I look at the photos of you & your gorgeous Mum, what a knockout or rather 2 knockouts. Your Mum is just like mine, always immacualatley (not sure on the spelling here) dressed! I knew that dress would look stunning on you & your hair is gorgeous (take it from a former hairdresser hon) I love Andre Rieu although I only get to listen to him when I am home alone, he is not a favurite with anyone else in my home! My Mum & Dad got me onto him, they would have loved to come over to see him, I looked into getting tickets for the concert you went to but by the time airfares from NZ were added on it was just too much.
How lucky are you to have *Joe* & at the price of a taxi, not bad girl & how at least it didn't BEFORE the concert, Im sure you still looked stunning even with the running mascara!
Oh & before I forget, those dried flowers, they are to die for & look perfect next to Gails Christmas print. I have been thinking of getting one myself, need to pull finger before they all sell out.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend Sweet

Lyn xoxo

Cottage Rose said...

Looks like you had a great night. Your mum looks fantastic, no way is she in her eighties! You look great too.
Rose