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Better Late Than NEVER: Grease is the Word…

9 Jul

Due to my unfortunate procrastination – I think it is high time that I start a category of posts called “Better Late Than NEVER”.  This will give me the opportunity to write about things that happened weeks ago (or most likely months ago) whenever the “blog bug” hits me.  So let’s start with a fun one….Grease is the Word!

Morgan & Brett channelling Sandra Dee & Danny Zuko

Back in December, The Red Headed Sisters – Megan & KC Connolly, threw a bowling birthday bash in Beijing to celebrate KC’s big 3-0.  And what better theme for a bowling bash than GREASE!  Every single guest came in full on Grease-worthy gear.  A custom soundtrack not only blasted through the overhead speakers to set the perfect tone, but also went home with each guest as a party favor on individual CD’s.  From cheeseburger shaped cupcakes to french fry cookies with red icing “ketchup” – these pink ladies thought of everything!

BOWL OFF: Sexy Sandy VS Not-So-Sexy Sandra Dee

Look at those amazing forms! Morgan Hutchinson with Birthday Girl KC Connolly

Sandra Dee & Rizzo: Morgan Hutchinson & Megan Connolly

Eating one of the delicious “burger” cupcakes!

Sandra Dee & Danny. Doesn’t Brett has the perfect “Zuko” Hair!?

Cutest cupcakes and french fry cookies ever!!

Those cute Connolly’s really know how to show their guests a good time!  Thank you for the wonderful memories!

Rydell High forever.
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Styled by Lady Liberty

4 Jul

Happy Fourth of July!  A wonderful day to be an American…and yet, a rather sad day to be an expat (especially when it falls on a Wednesday!).  But not to worry – we will listen to God Bless America as many times as we can stand it while eating as much American junk food as we can get our hands on.  For those of you celebrating in the land of red, white, and blue (not just RED) – I hope that you channeled your own inner Lady Liberty to dress the part of America’s independence celebration!  In case you need help – here are a few festive looks for the fourth:

For the Lady Liberty in All of Us

Andrew Gn Resort 2013

Carlos Miele Resort 2013

For the Hipsters Watching Fireworks on Brooklyn Rooftops

Isabel Marant

For the Lady Liberties Who Beach

Norma Kamali Resort 2013

Michael Kors Resort 2013

For a Picnic in the Park

Antonio Marras

Oscar de la Renta Resort 2013

For a Fancy Fireworks Fête

Prabal Gurung Resort 2013

Rachel Zoe Resort 2013

Christian Dior Resort 2013

MY PERSONAL FAVORITE!! L’wren Scott Resort 2013

 

“Sorry – I Can’t…I Am Knocked Up!”

3 Jul

Last week Beijing celebrated Roberto Cavalli’s new fragrance at the Legendale Hotel with champagne, martinis, and one crazy Eastern European exotic dancer (i.e. – her full time job is most likely a stripper at Chocolate…click to read about this Beijing “treasure”).  I, on the other hand, celebrated with sparkling water and a headache from the strobe lights and the massive amounts of perfume being pumped through the vents.  Don’t get me wrong – I had a great time…but it turns out that some parties are less preggers friendly than others.

Brett & Morgan Hutchinson – Roberto Cavalli Fragrance Launch Beijing 2012

Sarah Wilson & Morgan Hutchinson – Roberto Cavalli Fragrance Launch Beijing 2012

One thing I certainly do love about being pregnant in China is that the local ladies praise you for the smallest of accomplishments.  Case in point – the mere fact that I was wearing heels awarded me many an admiring word.  But the highlight of my night came just moments after the “dancer” finished her routine and left the stage (more of a life-size trophy stand really).

“Exotic dancer” and an admiring male model at the Cavalli Fragrance Launch

As I stood there watching and chatting with Brett and Sarah, one of the local PR girls responsible for the event approached me and asked if I would like a “go”.

 “A go?  A go… at what, Miss?”  I quite confusedly asked her.
“Would you like to go next?” She responded, pointing to the trophy stand.
After my initial shock and short, yet warranted bout of laughter – I said to her, “Sorry, I can’t – I am knocked up!”
This of course was a bit lost in translation, so I quickly added, “I mean – I really shouldn’t,  I am 5 months pregnant”.  And then guess what happened?  That’s right – more praise for the high heels.  Fabulous.

I must be honest though – I was tempted.  If only the “stage” had been a little larger (and safer).  What a great story it could have been to tell the little one some day…  But alas – I guess I will just have to stick to the legendary tale of how her grandmother, Momo, beat out scores of 18-year olds at age 37 to win a HOT LEG’S CONTEST.  Not even an official mother yet – and I am already a disappointment  to our family’s legacy ♥

Look at Us in Lowveld Living Magazine!

28 Jun

As a small town girl from Murray, Kentucky (population = tiny) marrying a mid-western boy – I never dreamed that my wedding might one day be featured in a South African magazine.  But “Lowveld” and behold…here we are!

Below is a link to the entire magazine, although you can only view a few pages for free.  We are on page 87.

Morgan & Brett in Lowveld Magazine Winter 2012

Lowveld Magazine Cover Winter 2012

Lowveld Living | Winter 2012 | Inside | Zinio Digital Magazines

My Great 8 of the Met

8 May

Of the 8 great looks…which is your favorite?

VOTE BELOW

1. Amber Heard in Zac Posen

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2. Coco Rocha in Vintage Givenchy

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3. Karolina Kurkova in Rachel Zoe

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4.  Christina Ricci in Thakoon

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5.  Caroline Sieber in Christopher Kane

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6.  Bianca Brandolini D’Adda in Dolce & Gabbana

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7.  Karlie Kloss in Jason Wu (Her After Party Dress)

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8.  Amy Adams in Giambattista Valli Haute Couture

The Look of Love – Met Gala 2012

8 May

The list of beautiful gowns and ladies in them on the red carpet at the 2012 Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala is endless.  I will get to the standouts…but first – the real standout of the evening (for me anyway) – was the THE LOOK OF LOVE.  There is just something about the look of a happy couple…it’s always in style.

Andre Balaz and Chelsea Handler

Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady

Funny Couple Will Arnett and Amy Poehler

Emily Blunt and John Krasinski

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel (in Prada)

More of the Best Dressed at the Met to come…

Met Worthy

7 May

Sorry sports fans…this entry is not referring to baseball players worthy of wearing a Mets’ uniform (in fact, as a Yankee fan – I am not even sure what that means anyway).  Quite the contrary – this entry is dedicated to Oscars of the East Coast, otherwise known as the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala.  A once a year event that unites the entire fashion world together and brings designers and muses to the red carpet dressed in head-to-toe perfection.

The day is now upon us and in its honor  – I have compiled a list of “Met Worthy” looks that I hope to see grace the red carpet.  Each designer will bring a “display date” – I.E. a beautiful piece of arm candy to model one of his/her most outstanding gowns.  Here are a few looks from designers and their confirmed dates.

LEFT: Karlie Kloss, Jason Wu’s Date RIGHT: Jason Wu Pre-Fall 2012 Gown

LEFT: Azealia Banks, date to Alexander Wang RIGHT: Potential Wang dress – although it will need to be “glammed” up for the event. That said, her knock out bod will look great in a simple, figure hugging classic black gown.

LEFT: Arizona Muse, date to Erdem Moralioglu RIGHT: Erdem gown…in need of some work – lengthening perhaps? BUT – the color pink is perfect for honoring Schiaparelli – the real star of the evening.

LEFT: Karolina Kurkova, date to celebrity stylist and designer Rachel Zoe RIGHT: Rachel Zoe Fall 2012 Gown

LEFT: Bite-sized Christina Ricci, date of Thakoon Panichgul RIGHT: Thakoon dress – perhaps in need of tightening and lengthening.

And here are looks that I truly hope make an appearance on the muses yet unknown…

SHOW STOPPER! Giambattista Valli Spring Couture 2012

Christian Dior Couture Spring 2012

Monique Lhuillier Pre-Fall 2012

Zac Posen Pre Fall 2012

And finally – the vintage that I hope to see… As the gala is to celebrate the opening of the Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations exhibit,  I am excited about the possibilities of a variety of beauties gracing the red carpet in Schiaparelli’s famous pink and puffs!

Vintage Schiaparelli Gown

Vintage Schiaparelli circa 1951

Vintage Schiaparelli circa 1955

Vintage Schiaparelli Gown

Elsa Schiaparelli circa 1933

Be sure to watch the live stream of the Costume Institute’s red carpet for the first time ever!  Follow the link: http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2012/impossible-conversations/audio-and-video

Derby Day Digs

3 May

This Saturday marks the best day of the year to be a Kentuckian…The Kentucky Derby is upon us!  And while, we unfortunately cannot make it this year, we will still be watching the Run for the Roses from over 6,000 miles away (albeit at 4AM).

Clearly the main focus at Churchill Downs this Saturday will be the paddock full of fine-looking thoroughbreds – but let us not forget the very close runner-up – Derby Day FASHION.  The search for the perfect Derby Day chapeau takes weeks…well months really.  But the fact that I won’t be there in person hasn’t stopped me from scouring the runways for ideas for the perfect Derby Hat.  Among the many traditional options, I also found some rather outlandish looks for those wanting to make a statement.

For the Traditionalist

For the Vintage Lover

For the Attention Seeker

For the Bigger is Better!

Happy Derby Day Everyone!

Harlem Globetrotters at Hua Xin Hospital

28 Apr

Volunteering as Magic Hospital’s Playtime Coordinator has proved to be a truly rewarding experience time and time again.  Yesterday’s Playtime visit to Hua Xin Hospital with the Harlem Globetrotters was no exception.  In fact, it was utterly unforgettable!

I am so thankful to the Harlem Globetrotters for partnering with our organization to bring ear to ear grins to the faces of these sick little ones.  While I was familiar with their basketball skills, I had no idea just how amazing they would be with the children.  It was a blessing to watch, and I am just grateful to have played a small part.

Spinning the ball like a B-ball superstar! What better way to prep for his upcoming heart surgery?

Measuring in at 7 Feet 8 Inches, "Tiny" as they call him towers over everyone. He is certainly someone to look up to!

On behalf of Magic Hospital, I would like to thank the Harlem Globetrotters and the wonderful staff at Hua Xin Hospital for making this magical day possible!

Today = 2 Years in China!

28 Dec

Two years ago today, Brett and I (along with 700 pounds of my clothing) boarded a plane in Newark bound for Beijing.  To celebrate this exciting anniversary, I would like to share photos from our Chinese Wedding party from this past August.  I think you will see that I went all out to play the part of a Chinese bride (short of dying my hair of course!)

Brett and Morgan Hutchinson

Brett and I knew that we didn’t want to host our Beijing wedding celebration in a Western style (for those of you not living in Asia – that means that we didn’t want an American or European style venue…it does not mean that Brett and I were considering a Wild-West Hoedown).  When in China, right?   So when we stumbled upon Gui Gong Fu, a restaurant famous for its history, as well as its imperial cuisine, we were sold.  Housed in the former residence of the Empress Dowager’s little brother, Gui Gong Fu set the perfect backdrop to our Chinese wedding party.  Although we didn’t hold a actual ceremony (we saved that for just he two of us in South Africa – see Chitwa Chitwa: Part 3 for more details) we did host a traditional Chinese, family style dinner for 150 of our dear friends and colleagues here in Beijing.  It was quite a feast! Luckily, Brett and I went for a tasting before hand as I don’t remember us sitting down long enough to eat any of the meal on the actual night of the party.  Between visiting each table to drink a shot of Mou Tai (Chinese liquor) with our Chinese guests and being toasted with Champagne by our Western guests…there was little time to do anything but “Cheers!”  Thankfully, I do remember being giving a bowl of rice by the lovely Connolly sisters to coat my tummy with something.

Here is the evening in pictures.  It really was such a memorable night.

Cocktail Hour. Explaining this concept to a very traditional Chinese restaurant was no easy chore. Passed hors d'oeuvres is just not the local way of doing things at a Chinese Wedding. In the end - they got it! Brett and Morgan Hutchinson

Costume change! While it is actually a Chinese custom for the bride to change from her red dress into white...I didn't need an excuse for a second dress!

Notice the size of Brett's Mou Tai glass. We are no fools! The smaller the glass...the less you have to drink! By the way...I am holding my wine glass, NOT my Mao Tai glass.

These little Chinese women can drink! Look how she is showing off her empty glass. Bottoms up!

Thank you to all of our friends in China for celebrating such a special time with us.  Thank you to Michael and Natia Davitiashvili for joining us, two great friends from New York who just happened to be in town and gave their only Saturday night in Beijing to us!

While I am in “thank you” mode…Thank you Beijing for 2 very exciting years.  We have had our moments…and let’s be honest, I have certainly “hated” you from time to time – but overall it has been loads of fun.  You have brought me dozens of amazing new friends and countless once-in-a-lifetime moments.  Most importantly though, you have given Brett at I the opportunity to share a life-changing experience together, and for that I will be forever grateful.  Xie Xie!

All images courtesy of www.sweetvision.com.  The same amazing photographers who did our engagement photo shoot.  Click here to have a peek.

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