Crazy Rich Asians

Fashion, Food, Fun and Romance

Crazy Rich Asians BookCrazy Rich Asians based on Kevin Kwan’s novel is the romantic comedy of 2018 that is winning the hearts of audiences worldwide and critics as well. Director John Chu takes us vicariously on a sumptuous tour of the beautiful sights, scents and lifestyle of the affluent in Malaysia and Singapore.  This richly created world helps set the contrast between Constance Wu’s character’s Rachel Chu’s life and Henry Golding as Nick Young’s upbringing.

Each member of the cast is brilliant in their role in serving up the laughs, heartwarming moments and drama.  I love how Constance show’s Rachel’s lovable vulnerability combined with fiery strength.

The film has all the elements of a romantic comedy we love including a satisfying Cinderella ending and characters we adore.

I am so proud and inspired by this movie’s representation and story that has resonated with so many people. It is exciting to know that due to the overwhelming positive box office response the second book in the series China Rich Girlfriend has been approved as the next film sequel.

Courtney Kato Crazy Rich Asians Fashion
This year fashion continues to be filled with many Asian influences that are staples in everyday life. I love wearing kimono styled sleeves and jackets.


Christopher Robin: Film and Walking in the Woods

The movie Christopher Robin is a heartwarming film that reminded me of the many reasons I love being a creative.  There is something so special about being in the moment, taking in people and environments with an open heart and slowing down to be grounded.  The film reminds a grown up Christopher Robin played by Ewan McGregor what it was like to be loved and give love. He is also reminded of the importance of playfulness in discovering new ideas with a fresh perspective.

Some of my favorite quotes from the stories on Winnie the Pooh:

“You’re braver than you believe and stronger and smarter than you think.” —Winnie-the-Pooh

Winnie The Pooh: What day is it?
Christopher Robin: It’s today.
Winnie The Pooh: My favorite day.

“There’s always time for a smackeral of wonder.” —Winnie-the-Pooh

I have been enjoying reading the book “A Walk in the Wood: Meditations on Mindfulness with a Bear Named Pooh” by Joseph Parent.  The book brings up the point of being grounded and connected to the earth.  One of my favorite expeditions to take is to go grounding where your bare feet can touch the ground.  I have come away with a clearer mind, sense of calm and inspiration to do something new.  


Friday Film: “Oklahoma!” Beautiful Mornings

One of my favorite musicals is the filmed 1998 version of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” starring Hugh Jackman as Curly. The musical opens with Jackman richly signing the song “Oh What a Beautiful Mornin’!”

“Oklahoma!” launched the collaboration between the composing and writing team Rodgers and Hammerstein and celebrates its 70th anniversary this year. beautifulmornings2

I like how the musical opens with a song about finding beautiful positivity in the morning and later explores the message of tolerance.

How do you start the day with beauty? Happy Friday!

The taped 1998 version starring Jackman can be enjoyed in high definition this Friday, November 15 at 9 p.m. on THIRTEEN’s Great Performances as part of the PBS Arts Fall Festival. Please check local listings.  If you miss it on PBS then watch it on YouTube by clicking here.

Friday Film: The Wizard of Oz


The beloved and iconic film “The Wizard of Oz” celebrates its 75th anniversary!  Experience the vibrantly restored movie in IMAX and 3D in theaters starting tomorrow.  It is the oldest film to be converted to 3D and will only be in theaters for a week!  Check out local movie listings or click here to find a movie theater near you!

To celebrate the film’s anniversary I created a pinterest board serving as a nod to the “Wizard of Oz” in fashion, architecture, design, food, photography, quotes and fun. Check out my pinterest and follow my board of Oz inspiration!