Christmas at Bellagio

Las Vegas probably seems like an unusual place to spend the holidays, but before I headed home to my family, I made a pit stop here and found the city to be sparkling with its usual elaborate decoration.  Walking with my dad along the Strip, no visit would be complete without some time at Bellagio.  Previously, my visits to their Conservatory and Botanical Gardens have transported me to Japan, but tonight, their annual Christmas display is up for show.  While the glass flowers in the lobby ceiling are another impressive arrangement from Dale Chihuly, whose work I’ve also admired in Denver and Seattle, you shouldn’t miss out on any floral display from this hotel in the Nevada desert.  A few photos from my visit will show you exactly why the Bellagio’s Conservatory and Botanical Gardens should be on your list for a future trip to Las Vegas: Continue Reading ›

It’s Christmastime in Chi-Town

Nestled in the Rocky Mountains with a fresh layer of snow, last Christmas found me in Denver, Colorado, but this holiday season I ventured on to Chicago.  Although its known for plenty of snow, it seems the unusual heat wave this winter has spread to Chicago as I found myself drenched in rain, not covered in snow.  The strong winds were up to their usual tricks, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t find the joy of Christmas spirit in the Midwest.  It was actually the opposite as I made my way through brightly lit window displays at Macy’s and Christmas trees and wreaths surrounding the hallways of the Palmer House Hilton Hotel.  This was one of the first times I experienced such great decoration and was entertained by this popular holiday.  A few photos from my walks downtown in the Loop and in surrounding neighborhoods nearby will show you just what I mean about Christmas in Chicago: Continue Reading ›

My Christmas 2015 Wish List

When it comes to Christmas lists, do you have yours well in advance, or are you always thinking of one last minute?  For me, I’m always last minute.  Whether it’s giving my mom a few ideas or if I’m finishing up a D.I.Y. project for someone else, the result is always the same.  In the past I’ve grown a little tired of Christmas and had very little time to spend with family and friends to celebrate.  During past Christmas seasons, I was lucky if I took the time to think of anything other than a day to sleep in, lounge around in PJs and do absolutely nothing.  However, this year I’ve decided it’s going to be different and rather than delay my Christmas wishes and put celebrating this holiday on the back burner, I have a couple of Christmas lists ready: Continue Reading ›

A Christmas Carol Style

It’s that classic time of year when red, green, and white decorate the streets of downtown Denver and the Clocktower isn’t the only building lit up as Christmas lights cover trees nearby.  It’s not only the holiday season, but a time for my annual work backstage on A Christmas Carol at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts Theatre Company which usually involves re-attaching miscellaneous pieces to Phantoms, carrying laundry baskets full of costumes up and down stairs from Stage Right to Stage Left, and systematically applying make-up and taping microphones to child actors eagerly lined up outside of the Wardrobe Room.  Add to my work the stress of finals week, trips to purchase Christmas gifts, and continuing to update my blog and Social Media, and you can see how it is easy for me to slip into moments of “Bah Humbug!” a la Scrooge.  Although my days are jam-packed, after seeing atrocities during protests throughout America for Eric Garner and Michael Brown, hostages held in Australia, and attacks at a school in Peshawar, Pakistan, I can’t stop feeling the need for the Christmas Spirit and a reminder that all of humanity matters, it makes no difference your place in the world.  Rather than be a Scrooge, I still reach out to others to spread hope and cheer.  Do the holidays find you overwhelmed or sad?  If you’re still not quite convinced to make a special visit to see A Christmas Carol, read on to see Kevin Copenhaver’s beautiful costume designs that have inspired my modern ethical fashion style sets and Christmas Spirit. Continue Reading ›

Christmas Colors

A strange phenomenon is occurring this holiday season: my Pandora is playing “Christmas Radio,” a selection I’ve made and haven’t changed.  After running and hearing songs during A Christmas Carol, the last thing I want to hear is Christmas music, unless it’s the jazzy tunes from A Charlie Brown Christmas.  Last year I recall telling my sister Ming that she would be proud of me for listening to Christmas music on Christmas Eve, a rare circumstance given the fact that my co-worker Alan and I remind the child actors we help with microphones and make-up to “Leave singing for the stage,” anytime a cacophony of tiny voices is heard outside the Wardrobe Room door.  Perhaps this feeling is because I’ve seen more possibilities to assist artisans through my summer work with the social enterprise Run by Rural and my spirit is renewed.  Are you feeling overwhelmed by crowded shopping malls and endless advertisements for sales flashing before your eyes?  Then enliven your Christmas spirit by taking a look at some of my style inspirations from Christmas Colors featuring social enterprise and sustainable fashion companies that seek to improve the lives of artisans in marginalized and impoverished countries: Continue Reading ›