Monday, November 9, 2009

My so-called Fabulous life

There have been several occasions when I've explained to someone that we are members of the Diplomatic Corp here in Brazil, and the response is always, "Oh! How exciting, how glamorous!"
Just so there's no confusion:
our life down here is interesting, challenging, and sometimes even exciting - in a "Wow, that's different" kind-of-way, but in no way is it glamorous.

There is one night, though, each year when we have the chance to put on our best bling for a very good cause. We did just that Friday night - in celebration of the 234th Birthday of the United States Marine Corp.

Each year, the Marines host the Ball to recognize the history of this honorable and valiant branch of the Armed Forces.
It was moving to watch the color guard pay tribute to their fallen brothers...
And a privilege to share in their celebration - Here, the Embassy Unit cutting ceremonial birthday cake with a sword.

But, as we ARE in Brazil, the pomp soon segued into festivity - with a truly perfect night as our backdrop...

The bar...where I made Ben order a girly, blue cocktail!
DJs, and Big Screens, and Flame-Throwers - Oh, My!!
We had a wonderful time

...And, by the end of the night, were kicking our (well-heeled) feet up!

Happy Birthday, to the Marines!

29 comments:

love lives in the kitchen said...

great party! and i love your shoes!
wish you a sweet monday!
justyna

sara@augustfields said...

wow! that is fabulous :) happy birthday marines...God Bless America.

on a side note...your dress and shoes ! you looked beautiful :)

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

Now that looks glamorous and a lot of fun.

Darby said...

What fun! You look fabulous... the dress, necklace, shoes... all so fun!! And I love that Ben was willing to order something blue. I don't think I could have convinced Justin of that one! :)

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

What a fun night...and you both look FAB!

my favorite and my best said...

that color is crazy beautiful on you and i would knock you down for those shoes.. your hubs is pretty cute too! i might knock you down for him too...did i just say that out loud? ;)

Southern Aspirations said...

what a fun evening! And, you do look quite fabulous!

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

Your dress is gorgeous - and you look great!

JMW said...

How exciting - what a great event to attend. God Bless our service men and women. Your dress and shoes are fabulous, btw. :)

PS~Erin said...

What a fun night! You looked beautiful!!

Morning T said...

You both look gorgeous Alison and that green is so pretty on you! Sounds/looks like a fun evening.

The Matters of Style Girls said...

Fun! I also attended a Birthday Ball this year, though it did not have flame throwers! Nice to see the celebrations all over the world.

Rachel said...

This looks like a lot of fun!

Haven and Home said...

You look fabulous!

Carrie said...

Love that dress on you and the shoes are killer! Looked like a lot of fun!

Becky @ The Shea Family said...

U look great! My husband is a Marine so we get to experience the ball every year as well. However,we have never experienced one in Brazil! Glad you had a good time, they are always a great time for us as well!

Re:Fresh Design Studio said...

Looks like you guys had a great time. I love your dress and you looked beautiful in it!

bluehydrangea said...

Your life does look fabulous and so do you!! (cute husband!)

paula said...

you look gorgeous. what a special event to be a part of. I feel very blessed to have been able to grow up in this country (I am Venezuelan by birth).

Simply Mel said...

You are stunning! Love the dress and shoes - total GLAMour!

And you and your hubs are beyond a hot couple - yowza!

Averill said...

Now that looks like a glamorous evening! I love your turquoise dress and jewelry...and need I even mention the shoes -- divine!

LindsB said...

Looks like a fun time! I love your dress and that your husbands drink matched it :)

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

You looked beautiful, and your husband is so handsome. This looks like it was a wonderful celebration. laurie

spark! (Ada-Marie) said...

Alison, you've got the glow going on! You look great!

Style Redux 2 said...

You looked wonderful and very glamorous.

Sarah - La Jeune Marie said...

You looked GORGEOUS! What a perfect shade of green!

corine said...

You both look like a million bucks.

sarah @ realestatestyle said...

you look great! I love the color of your dress!

Sweet Nothings said...

how fabulous! what a great dress, and a great celebration of those who give their all for us!