The Day I Met Richard Gere

Events, Family & Friends, Travel

Richard Gere is the handsomest and sexiest man alive.  If you don’t agree don’t follow this blog.  ( Just kidding) Never in my wildest dreams did I  ever imagine I would be able to meet him.  What?  He must live on Mount Olympus.

The first movie I saw him portray was American Gigolo. That sleek walk!  Those shimmery eyes. After that,  I watched him in Officer and a Gentlemen and so on and so forth. I watched all his movies.  I became a teenybopper. The only problem is I was already in my late twenties and married with two children. I grew up (a lot), divorced my first husband, (who wasn’t really an angel in disguise),  and married my actual husband.

Several years later, my husband’s older son became partners, through a mutual friend, with Richard Gere on his Relais & Chateaux hotel: Bedford Post Inn in Westchester, New York.  I asked him several times when we would be able to meet Richard and there was always a rolling delay. I think he thought I would jump on top of him and ask him for his autograph. (Well, maybe he was right).

I used to hear my husband’s son and his wife talk about their trips to the Caribbean with Mr. Gere and his family and I would just sit and drool. Finally, the time came along when they invited my husband and me to the Bedford Post Inn.

We arrived at this lovely hotel and went directly to the Barn Restaurant. Great brunch!  On a corner, I saw Carey Lowell, Richard Gere’s wife at the time. She seemed to be working.   I told my husband who she was and  he said we should go up to her and say hello.  I said, “No, Rafi, these people don’t like to be bothered.  Act cool”.  All of the sudden she stands up comes to our table and says to my husband: “Are  you Pedro’s Dad”   I almost fell off the chair.  She had been waiting for my husband!  She is so pretty, so tall and thin, so nice!

But where was RICHARD?

Richard was nowhere to be found.  So no, I never met him on that trip.  “Well”, I thought to myself, “Annette, forget it”.  “He will never come down from Mount Olympus”.

Was my husband jealous?  Absolutely not!  He was enjoying the whole ordeal.  On  the second night of our stay there, both, my husband’s son and Richard Gere’s partner at the Inn came to have dinner with us at the very chic and gourmet Campagna Restaurant.  That night, Pedro asked his Dad if he could borrow our boat to take Richard Gere to Vieques, an island municipality in the northeastern part of the island of Puerto Rico with breathtaking beaches, for Thanksgiving.  The thing was that we had already planned to use it that Thanksgiving weekend because it was also our anniversary. I told them  I wouldn’t mind them coming along with us!

“Too crowded”, he said.  So when we got back home we called a friend who owns a boat. He agreed to lend it to them.



The Bedford Post Inn is an exclusive Relais & Chateaux hotel.


Entrance of The Barn restaurant at Bedford Post Inn


Next to an electric car at the Inn.

Thanksgiving weekend came along.    We made it to the island of Vieques,  together with my sister, her husband, and my niece.  Would they have missed this?  Hell no!

After about an hour, their boat arrived and we tied both boats together.  All of the sudden through the window, I caught a glimpse of Richard out on the deck of the boat! My sister and I started taking pictures of him from behind the window.  Terrible, blurry pictures. Besides the fact that we were so nervous of getting caught!

That night Rafi’s son, his wife, and their friends invited us to come over for a Thanksgiving dinner with Richard.  Did you listen to this guys?  I was going to have an intimate dinner with Richard Gere!

Rafi Annette

All dressed up to meet Richard Gere. With our 2 Eskies: Coco & Caña. November, 2012

At about 6pm, we crossed over to our neighbor boat.   Suddenly, without any soundtrack music whatsoever, I was in front of Richard Gere himself!  So handsome! And still, those shimmery eyes.

I have always been quite outspoken, but that night I could not utter a sound.  Little squeaks would come out of my throat every time I wanted to speak.  I offered him a white Albariño wine I had taken over, he drank two glasses and complimented me on it.  I think I drank the rest of the bottle by myself.  I was so uptight!  I sat all night thinking of what would be a smart question to ask  him.

My husband, on the other hand, apparently had done his homework and asked him questions about Buddhism, the Four Noble Truths, the Three Marks of Existence, the Cultural Revolution etc. which Richard kindly answered giving us a complete cultural tour.  He is such an admirable and educated man, and yes, extremely handsome. He listens attentively when people talk to him.

To this very day, I still cannot believe I was there sitting at a table eating dinner with Richard and 3 other couples.  I didn’t even eat the turkey for fear of choking on it. The ban on photography continued.

The next day we went swimming on the beach and I was a little more  relaxed but still holding my stomach in all afternoon.

On the day that he left, we all came out to the deck to wave goodbye to him and my niece (young girls they are so fearless besides the fact that they manage those IPhone cameras so well) came out also and in a flash of a second took the only photos I have of the time I met Richard Gere.

 He was transported on a dinghy to shore so he could be taken to the local  airport. (Flew on Jet Blue back to Mount Olympus!) And so, after the whole ordeal was over, I could finally relax, stop the belly holding and enjoy the beach.

Uff, it feels so  good to be married to a mortal creature!

The End

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Exquisitely Nude

Beauty, Fashion, Resort Living, Travel

 Nude is such a beautiful tone for gowns, so feminine and romantic. Love these pictures which were taken at the wonderful entrance of El Convento Hotel.

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Dress by Eclíptica; Photograph: Jaime Rivera; Makeup & Hair: Ingrid Román;  Jewelry: Letrán

The Truth Behind This Photo Shoot

Beauty, Fashion, Resort Living, Travel

Well, the dress didn’t fit. The girls from Eclíptica were in a real rush finishing dresses for “Premio lo Nuestro” and “San Juan Moda”, so they had to give me this particular dress, which is absolutely stunning but I believe it must have been a size 4 or 6, right off the runway. Okay, so I was walking around the hotel with an open back. The hotel was packed because of the blizzards and all the tourists would stare at me in astonishment. So this is what I would tell them: “Well you see, my son is getting married and we’re doing a casual photo session. I gained a little weight but, no problem, I’m on a diet right now and will definitely lose the extra pounds before the celebration. Oh dear!

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Dress: Eclíptica; Makeup & Hair: Ingrid Román; Accesories: Merodea

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Destination Wedding

Beauty, Events, Fashion, Resort Living, Travel

I don’t worry about people seeing me wear the same dresses repeatedly. I truly believe in recycling EVERYTHING.  What you can do though, is be creative. I have used this dress by Eclíptica in photo shoots prior to this one. I just updated it with a white shirt tied to the front. It makes an excellent alternative for destination weddings.  Change the accessories, add a Pamela hat and  you’re all set.  Enjoy the ride.

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Sunglasses:; Necklace: Turmelinda & Durando;  Shirt: Ralph Lauren;   Location: El Convento Hotel; Makeup & Hair: Ingrid Román; Photos: Jaime Rivera



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Black Night

Beauty, Fashion, Resort Living, Travel

I love this hotel.

The Monasterio del Señor San José de la Orden de nuestra Señora del Carmen was founded in 1651 by Doña Ana Lanzós, a wealthy widow who donated her money and her magnificent residence (a large double sloped tiled roof) in the street that since then bears the name: de las Monjas. Historian María de los Ángeles Castro tells us that the delay in the arrival of a nunnery was due to economic reasons but also for lack of since the fortifications of the city were still not complete. Three nuns brought especially from Santo Domingo served as founders.

The building was expanded between 1854 and 1861 after the original building was torn down. Governor Fernando de Norzagaray personally helped raising the necessary funds and personally inspected the work daily. Certain elements stand out in the façade of the chapel, besides the entrance, the pair of Tuscan columns, the two towers and the latticed choir arch. The frieze above the door is interrupted for a legend that never was placed. The building was closed from 1903 to 1959 and then sold. During its conversion to hotel the two towers were removed and the cross that identified the site as a temple.

In 1903 it was closed until 1959, when Robert Woolworth started the renovation to turn it into the El Convento Hotel. It reopened in 1962 to the stars of the day, including Rita Hayworth. In The 90’s it was renovated again and rechristened as Hotel El Convento, a 4 star small luxury hotel with five stories, a central courtyard, a pool on the fourth floor terrace, and great views of Old San Juan.

More to come…

Source: Wikipedia

Lovely black gown from Ecliptica.


Notice the sheer skirt beneath the dress


Love my shiny makeup. accesories. Dress by Eclîptica; Hair&Makeup: Ingrid Romån; Photos: Jaime Rivera


Detail: Sheer skirt

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Resort Casual

Beauty, Fashion, Travel

I love maxi dresses. So feminine, so unrestrained.  One of the most comfortable outfits for resort casual wear. If you are not going  to do much walking, you can wear it with platforms, but usually sandals  or ballerina flats will be the best choice. I usually find lovely maxi dresses at Macy’s, TJ Maxx and Marshalls.  Keep a shawl or pashmina inside your purse. You will probably need it inside the restaurants.

photo 2Valentino bag; Miu Miu platforms; Tom Ford sunglasses.

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Medieval Romance

Beauty, Fashion, Resort Living, Travel

photo 1I love this luxurious floral printed silk chiffon ruffled tunic with black lace and matching silk chiffon palazzo pant.  Perfect for resort travel. By Lisa Cappalli.

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Lovely Eclectic Decoration at Casablanca Hotel.


Coconut Water

Fashion, Health, Travel

I love coconut water. Straight from the coconut. It has more potassium than several bananas. Full of electrolytes. This was a particular hot and humid day. I drank it all. It hydrated my body immediately. Wonderful.


Victorian custom fitted ivory blouse with gorgeous lace, together with a silk chiffon bohemian maxi evening skirt, decorated lavishly with vintage laces. Both paired with “La Niña”, a chiffon lace open tunic.  All by Lisa Cappalli.

                         Photo: Jaime Rivera; Hair & Makeup: Ingrid Román

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                                                           Valentino Shoes

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DetailsLovely French Vintage Lace.

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Old San Juan

Fashion, Travel

Old San Juan is located on the island of Puerto Rico, about 35 miles from the east end. It is one of my favorite places.  It dates back to the 16th and 17th centuries when Puerto Rico was a Spanish possession. It is a small island in itself connected to the main one by three bridges. I absolutely love it!  When visiting Puerto Rico it is definitely a “must see.”

This photo session took place in some of its lovely cobblestone alleys.  We came across a beautiful Boutique Hotel called CASABLANCA, where we shot some more pictures, which I will post very soon.

My gala dress is from a very well-known local designer called Lisa Cappalli. Beautiful French laces mixed together to create an original unique collage with delicate touches of sparkle. Louboutin shoes.

Sure hope you enjoy it!

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To be continued…

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