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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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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!

The Happy Couple at The Circus of Love!

24 Sep

We are so excited to be able to share some pictures!  Abigail at Eden Ink Photography did such an amazing job capturing our big top day!

 

More images from The Circus of Love by Eden Ink Photography to come!

 

 

 

Birthday Love from LUDA!

19 Sep

As if Brett’s birthday wishes weren’t enough (and they totally were!)…Mr. Dirty South himself, Ludacris showered me with birthday wishes backstage at the Black Rabbit Music Festival here in Beijing.

Backstage with Ludacris. One more perk of being Blonde in Beijing...it is much easier to get the attention of the people in charge of backstage passes when you are blonde in a sea of brunettes!

This was the inaugural year for the Black Rabbit Music festival  – which made one-day-only stops in Beijing and Shanghai.  The craziest part – Ludacris wasn’t even the headliner.  It was 30 Seconds to Mars.  We skipped out for that and went over to see Grand Master Flash. Sorry Jared.

Morgan and Jared Leto. He is an odd bird - very nice but still...odd. I think I liked him more as Jordan on "My So Called Life" than front man for 30 Seconds to Mars.

The festival was fun – but I really credit that to Brett and our wonderful friends who came with us…and Luda of course!  His portion of the show was great.  But as far as festivals go, Black Rabbit has a lot to learn.   My favorite oddity of the night was that the VIP Area (this was just a perk to an upgraded ticket type – which I wouldn’t recommend except for the parking and easy entry access) only served wine.  Who drinks Merlot with a hot dog?  Or better yet who drinks Merlot at Grand Master Flash? I guess the answer in this case is – me. When in China, right?

Our Black Bunny Crew: KC Connolly, Lena Abed, Sara Wilson, Megan Connolly, Brett and Morgan Hutchinson (picture is missing Moya Li and David Soffer!)

Morgan and Brett at Black Rabbit (I prefer Bunny) Festival in Beijing

Morgan and Lener Beaner!

This picture was taken just after “THE GIRL” finished crashing the stage at Grand Master Flash. By the way, Mom, can you guess who “THE GIRL” was? That’s right…your 31-year old daughter! I use the phrase “THE GIRL” in quotes because after my exit from the stage (okay maybe it was more like a removal…) GMF yelled out, “Give it up for THE GIRL”!  To this, my friend Megan replied, “Couldn’t he have at least said THE BLONDE?”  I couldn’t have said it better.

Morgan sporting the Black Bunny Mask with Megan & KC Connolly and Moya Li.

For a first attempt – I think the Bunny people did an okay job.  Is there room for improvement?  Of course.  Can they do it?  No doubt (well…as long as they ask for some outside help).  We will definitely give it another go next year!

Red Rules as Black & Nude Drools at the 2011 Emmy’s

19 Sep

Sofia Vergara could rock a red burlap sack and make it look like couture – but as a star on the Emmy winning show Modern Family, she certainly doesn’t have to.  Here she shows off her signature curves in a very flattering mermaid style Vera Wang.

Sofia Vergara of "Modern Family" in Vera Wang

Nina Dobrev looked drop dead gorgeous in this form fitting Donna Karan gown.  Honestly, I had to google who she was.  For the other non-vampire loving people (like myself) she is one of the “vampires” in one of the vampire shows. I am pretty sure she is already quite famous, but this lady-in-red moment is a fashion turning point for her.  I believe she will now become one-to-watch on the red carpet.   Agree?

Nina Dobrev from "The Vampire Diaries" in Donna Karan

This is not Kerry Washington’s first time in Zuhair Murad…but it may be her best yet.  Her simple hair, make-up, and accessories really let the dress shine.

Kerry Washington from the new crime show "Scandal" in Zuhair Murad

While red ruled on the red carpet…a few black & nude looks left much to be desired.  I am a huge Gwyneth fan, and I am also a big fan of Emilio Pucci…but this look just isn’t working. How can someone this svelte look like she has a flabby belly and saggy boobs? The ruffles and the pattern design on the chest are not doing her any favors.  In her case, I think a red burlap sack would be an improvement.

Gwyneth Paltrow from "Glee" in Emilio Pucci

One of the absolute worst looks of the day was worn by a fairly newcomer to the red carpet, Vanessa Marano.  I would say that she deserves a pass, but these young actors are surrounded by helpers.  I wish she would have asked one of them to be brutally honest with her.   Someone should have told her that this dress is a mess.  Do you think her stylist hates her?  Vanessa…you are so pretty!  Fire your stylist.

Vanessa Marano from "Switched at Birth" in a designer unknown gown (for good reason)

Images courtesy of http://www.aoltv.com

The Chinese Oscars

9 Sep

Brett and Morgan Hutchinson...fake VIP's! We are in China afterall...land of the fakes, right?

It may not have been Grauman’s Chinese Theater – but it was in fact a Chinese Theater, packed with Chinese celebrities and two clueless Americans (make that four…our friends Sarah and Abe were also with us) anxiously awaiting the results of what is considered one of China’s leading award ceremonies for motion pictures….  I am referring to the Fourteenth Annual Huabiao Film Awards that took place last Sunday in Beijing.

So…how did Brett and I end up at the pre-party with all of the nominated actors and actresses after walking the freakishly long red carpet as VIP guests?  One word (or car I should say) – Jaguar. Apparently, arranging a few cars for VIP arrival transportation (real VIP guests I would like to add – not us) gets you 6 tickets to their version of the Oscars.  (2 VIP and 4 regular seating).   Selfishly we took the VIP tickets – but we asked 2 great friends to come along, as well as, Allen (our Chinese son/Driver) and his girlfriend Vicki.

The entire night was fascinating…for many reasons.  One being that Brett and I were completely clueless as to who all of these people were (with the exception of Jackie Chan who sat directly in front of us during the ceremony).  With him in front of us – the cameras were on us a lot.  This prompted an incoming of text messages from Brett’s colleagues letting us know that we were on CCTV and we looked like we had no idea what was going on!  That was true.  We didn’t have a clue what was happening  – but it didn’t make it any less fun or entertaining.  The clothes alone made it worth it.  Seeing the gowns from Fall 2011 couture runways up close and personal was a treat in itself.

Here are a few of the fashion highlights of the evening…and one mega fashion DON”T!

Angela Yeung Wing Wearing Valentino 2011

Angela Yeung Wing. Look at that PERFECT complexion. I am not even sure she was wearing make-up. Just Stunning.

Liu Yi Fei in Louis Vuitton Fine Jewelry

Beautiful Chinese Model in Vibrant Coral with Morgan Hutchinson in an Ivory Rock & Republic Halter Gown with Metallic Gold Leather Belt

Niu Li in a Green Silk Jersey Cut-Out Dress. Only her body could do this dress justice!

One of the celeb's publicist. Doesn't she look fab in electric blue? Also, check out her glitter Miu Miu wing tips!

Now for the Fashion Don’t!

Yuan Li in a terribly see through black lace gown. Yes, that is her thong! Eek.

Close-up of Yuan Li taken in the tent right before she walked the red carpet of shame.

Beijing Blondes - Sarah Wilson and Morgan Hutchinson at The Huabiao Awards in Beijing

Our seats. Before seeing our names through the sea of Chinese characters, we clearly thought we were in the wrong section...for good reason.

Brett and Morgan Hutchinson

14th Annual Huabiao Film Awards Invitation

An Upstaged Bride

19 Aug

A Bride and Groom might assume that at their own Circus of Love Celebration – they would be the main attraction…but in our case –  Mr. Sean Platt, caricature artist extraordinaire, stole the show.   And…we couldn’t be happier about it!

Morgan and Brett Hutchinson's Circus of Love Caricature by Sean Platt

Originally, we hired Sean for two hours – but after being told numerous times that our guests were waiting in line for almost an hour for his services, we asked him to stay for the entire six hours.  He had a line out of the barn for the rest of the night!  I am not even sure if the poor guy got up to use the men’s room!  Thankfully, I do know that my Aunt Lorna and my mother were providing him with water.  Well – I assume it was water and not bourbon…although Brett and I were the last to get our caricature drawn, and I look a bit more like Kelly Ripa than Morgan Hutchinson and he looks a little more like John Travolta.  That said – Mr. Platt was wonderful and we highly recommend him!

Now I would like to call on all of you who had your caricature drawn at the party!! Please email them to me at morganbhutch@hotmail.com and I will add them to this post!  I already have a few…  Also, don’t forget to subscribe to the blog so you will receive a notification when I upload a new caricature drawing.

If you live in the Central Ohio area and you are looking for a caricature artist for your next party or event – Mr. Sean Platt is the guy for you! http://www.seanplatt.com/

Mona (Mother of the Bride) and Joe Bolin. Mom - how is he supposed to draw you while you are cackling like a hyena? By the way, Joe - he nailed you!

Mom and Joe. The Finished Product!

Two of our favorite New Yorkers... Michael Zorich and Greg Reed!

Greg....I totally recognize this facial expression! It is so you!

Dione and Greg Schwartz. D...I loved your sparkly toes that night! It's a shame they can't be seen in the drawing! If only you were a circus acrobat...

Craig and Lisa Lomonico. The first two Ohio friends I met of B's. LOVE them!

Christa (my beautiful friend from college...although you really can't tell from this caricature!) and Michael Ketchum.

Please send me more!

Destination: Dalian, China

20 Jul

Before moving to China I had never heard of Dalian – a city due east of Beijing on a peninsula.  I assume that most Americans are not familiar with Dalian either, which is funny because it has over 6 million people (over 2 times the size of Chicago – the 3rd largest city in the US).  Brett and I have been spending quite a lot of time in Dalian due to his work, and I imagine there will be many more trips in the future.  So – I think the best way to document the city is through photos and captions.  This way I will be able to update the stories and experiences of this city by the sea often and easily.

The beaches in Dalian are actually quite bare. While there is definitely no shortage of humans, luxury resorts have no presence at all. In my opinion, someone is missing out on a great opportunity here. Will someone please get on this? I would love to have a cheap beach option that is only a 1 hour flight away from Beijing!

Of course most places by the sea offer tasty and fresh seafood but Dalian takes this to a new level. Almost all of the restaurants allow you to visit tanks within the dining space to select your main course while it is still living. Sometimes your dish is still living when it is served! This is Brett kissing our sashimi. The fun part....it kissed him back!

Hand picked lobster. I waited to eat him until after he was properly prepared!

Back wall of restaurant - lined entirely with tanks, buckets, and baskets with everything from sea sausage (don't ask and don't eat) to king crab.

We typically stay at the Kempinski Hotel during our trips to Dalian, which is right across from Labor Park. The park is sort of a hybrid between an amusement park and a pedestrian area. There are beautiful gardens with areas to relax mixed in with a handful of rollercoasters and games. We took the gondola ride to get a better view of the city. Unfortunately it started to rain shortly after our trip began....but on a positive note - we did get a lovely view of the inside of a cloud!

The Gondola at Labor Park

This little girl is literally fishing for gold fish. I think this explains why they are so thin. Clearly...this is going to be my new diet plan.

Enjoying local ale at the Paulaner Brauhaus & Restaurant. This place has a great live band every night. And...like everywhere else in the world - they are googoo for GAGA!

Thank Goodness for My L Visa

19 Jul

Photo booths are all the rage in Seoul. We couldn't resist!

The beauty of living in Beijing on an L visa (a type of visa to visit friends and family) is that I am forced to exit every 60 days.  It might sound like a frustration but the truth is…it creates an amazing guilt free excuse to travel and experience all that Asia has to offer.  Our most recent get away was a long weekend to Seoul, Korea.  What a fantastic and modern city!

Lucky for us a recently opened Banyan Tree Resort was running an extremely discounted introductory rate.  The room itself was enough to make for a great escape, and the Banyan Tree never disappoints with their cabana clad pools.  And while it was hard to pull away from the sunshine, the city of Seoul has so much more to offer.

First – let’s talk fashion.  (I will get to the more intellectual details later!)  I loved it.  It is fresh, inventive, over the top, and saturated with accessories – just my cup of tea!  The innovation is not limited to the clothes; the retail displays and marketing methods in Myeongong (a great shopping street) create fabulous eye candy as well.  In fact, we were so inspired (okay – maybe that “we” should be an “I”) that Sex and the City 2 seemed like the only fitting follow-up.  So…off to the movies we went.  It was cute to see that Korean girls dress to impress for SATC just like American girls.  It was also cute to see Brett dish about which outfits he liked best.

Second – let’s talk food.  Gorilla in the Kitchen, a restaurant owned by a Korean celebrity, was our favorite meal. We selected the seven-course tasting menu, which offered a variety of traditional Korean dishes with a modern twist.  Every bite was better than the one before.

Please don't ask me to pronounce the name of this!

Third – let’s talk our favorite local attraction.  The Cheonggyecheon Stream, recently uncovered in 2003 after being buried under a highway for 30 years, is part of a vast urban renewal project in Seoul.  We strolled the banks for hours listening to local musicians and watching various street performers.  The greatest entertainment; however, was the light show.

Every few hours, a giant fountain emerges on one end of the stream and a light show projector beams through the spray creating a 3D show of crazy colors and holograms.  The finale…a hot pink Rockette-esque kick line.  Remarkable!

In front of the waterfall on one end of the stream

Finally – let’s talk hostess bar.  What we thought to be a cute underground hotspot turned out to be a true gentlemen’s club.  I confirmed this fact when I visited the lady’s room.  The men’s room, which I passed on my way, appeared to be a luxurious lounge. Honestly, I got excited.  I have a secret love for cool bathrooms with attendants.  Well…to say that my experience was different is an understatement.  First – I had to climb 3 flights of stairs in a dark and dingy stairwell.  Then – I traveled down a never-ending hallway, and when I finally made my way to the toilets, after stumbling through the janitor’s closet, I found a group of young girls in shirts posing as dresses counting their earnings from the night.  Despite feeling a bit out-of-place (mainly because my dress actually covered my bum) we enjoyed our drinks and had a great time people watching!

Example of one of the photo booths. They were everywhere!

We had a blast in Seoul.  I highly recommend it, and I hope that we return in the near future!



Company Party

8 Apr

Brett and The King of PopI think most Americans would agree that the era of over the top company holiday parties is somewhat a thing of the past.  This is definitely NOT the case here in China!  In fact, the Year End NCGA (Brett’s company) party was one of the most fascinating events I have ever attended.

Our first clue that the soiree was not going to be a typical year end celebration came about 3 weeks prior to the event when Brett was approached by a few staff members and asked to participate in the company wide competition on the night of the party.  I mean – why pay for professional entertainment when the company has an abundance of employees more than willing to humiliate themselves for a laugh?  When Brett accepted the request for him to play the role of Michael Jackson as a part of the corporate team, I knew that I was in for a treat!

The competition proved to be far more intense than we expected.  Brett attended dance practice 3 to 4 times a week, props and costumes were purchased, and dress rehearsals were held.  When the night of the event finally arrived, I couldn’t wait to see “Mr. Jackson” up on the stage.

As a performer, Brett had to arrive many hours earlier  – so I had the unforgettable experience of walking into a room of over 900 extremely excited Chinese people all by my lonesome.  The celebration began almost immediately.  Wine and champagne were passed around and the “Gan Bei’s” commenced.  Gan Bei, the phrase used for toasting in China, literally means, “dry the cup”.  Honestly, I had never shot an entire flute of champagne before.  I would not recommend it.

After an hour or so of shooting drinks that should never be shot, everyone was seated and the show began.  Brett’s performance was legen…wait for it…dary!  He nailed it.  I literally could not take pictures fast enough.  They even won 3rd place (1st place went to an unbeatable group of men dressed as ladies in the Chinese version of a beauty pageant).

A 12-course sit down dinner was served after the show.  Well…it was 12 courses for the executives.  As best I could tell, the other 880 guests were eating some sort of simple rice dish.  I mean at least AIG had the decency to spend government bail out money on a gourmet meal for all of their employees, right?

The night ended with most everyone dancing on some sort of higher surface – a chair, a table, or the stage.  It was a fantastic night – made even more fantastic by the fact that I got to see Brett moon walk across a massive stage and that, once again, I got to be the only blonde in a room of almost 1000 people.

Beijing Tip: At the end of the Chinese calendar year, it is appropriate to give red envelopes with money inside to those who have helped you throughout the year: nannies, doormen, drivers, assistants, etc.  In fact, red envelopes are used for all monetary gifts given for weddings, graduations, and other celebratory events.

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