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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

Pretty in Pink – Beijing Fashionista

8 Sep

It is no secret that I am a lover of fashion.  To me – clothes, shoes, jewelry (specifically bangles), belts, and hats are all small decorations of everyday life…Like sprinkles on a cupcake, they make everything better!  Apparently, my love of playing dress-up (I just couldn’t give it up after childhood!) has not gone unnoticed here in Beijing.  In fact, I was actually selected for City Weekend Magazine’s August Fashionista.  It was a super fun experience!

In addition to the crew of City Weekend, I specifically want to thank Make-Up Artist Extraordinaire, Meili Autumn.  Please check out the link to her website on the right.  It is full of fun facts and helpful tips.

Below is the link to web version of the article and a few snapshots from the shoot.

http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/beijing/articles/blogs-beijing/bj-photo/fashionista-pretty-in-pink/

Morgan Hutchinson

Morgan Hutchinson

Morgan Hutchinson

Morgan Hutchinson

City Weekend Cover August 2011

City Weekend August 2011 Fashionista Spread

Make-Up by Meili Autumn

Costume Change!

Southern Ladies and Their Lipstick

24 Aug

Stereotypes would have us believe that women raised below the Mason Dixon Line and women raised above it are polar opposites.  Perhaps in the days of Scarlet and her beloved Tara – Belles and Yankees didn’t often see life in the same way – but in today’s world (sans plantations and bonnets) when comparing my mother and her southern friends to my mother-in-law Donna and her north of  the line friends – the main difference is as small as lipstick.  I am not suggesting in any way that Donna or her friends are not big fans of lipstick.  It is simply a difference in the number of applications per day. For example – our sweet southern friend Gay Haverstock (who does happen to own a clothing store with a full Estée Lauder counter) is a real stickler.  When playing doubles tennis – she will call out the ladies who need to reapply theirs “lips”.  In my 100% honest opinion…this is her way of saying, “I care about you, and I want you to be (look) your best.”  Now – after playing golf with Donna, as well as several of her close (and wonderful) friends, I can assure you that they are not reminding each other to reapply.  Which might lead one to believe that they are a more competitive group – perhaps more focused on the game.  Well…I believe that the dance off at the “Circus of Love” proves a very equal amount of competitive nature between the two groups of ladies (who I might add…also became fast friends)!

The pictures set the stage better than my words possibly can.  But for a short and sweet clarification – the final round for the southern ladies included a “how low can you go” move all the while perfectly applying their lovely lip-sticked lips!  Full disclosure – Donna and her friends took the top award.  Coincidently – it involved lips as well…big “carnie” wax lips.

My mother starting to lead the pack of Murray women in the lipstick challenge. Love that this group includes both of my 80-year-old grandmothers!

Going as low as we can go while perfectly applying our ruby reds! The tallest blonde to the right is Gay...the instigator of our lipstick talent show.

Back up and doing a celebration shimmy! I love how Ruth (2nd from left) is raising her tube of lipstick like she is toasting with a glass of champagne!

The Columbus Crew with their answer to the lipstick dance...big wax lips and a lollipop routine!

The Columbus Crew with their answer to the lipstick dance...big wax lips and a lollipop routine!

And then came the wax mustaches...

I absolutely love all these ladies and I sincerely want to thank them for stepping up the game on the dance floor!  It was tough for the younger crowd to keep up!  Obviously – I give them 5 blondes out of 5.

Teaching the craft to the beautiful Fiona York!

Schafer Welcome Song and Magic Show Up Next….

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!

Calling All Circus of Love Ticket Holders

18 Aug

To all of you Circus of Love Attendees out there…Brett and I would like to thank you from the bottom of our “carnie” hearts!  It means the world to us that you traveled to celebrate with us under the big top!

Mr. and Mrs. Brett Hutchinson sipping on the signature circus drinks...Spiked Pink Lemonade and Mint Julep Snow Cones!

Much more Circus of Love coverage to come….

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