Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Universal Studios' Halloween Horror Nights and Party with Zombies.

By Laura Medina

http://www.halloweenhorrornights.com/hollywood/2014/scare_zones.php

Bored to death by trekking up and down the neighborhood, begging for cheap candy from the same ole neighbors and they know it's you.

It's time to be envious and book that hotel night room next to Universal Studios, whether it be in Hollywood or Orlando, Florida and game up to Universal Studios' Halloween Horror Nights.

The horror theme changes every year.  This year, due to the popularity, it's "Walking Dead."  Get your zombie freak flag on and wave it with pride.

Celebrities such as Chloe Grace Moretz, Ashley Tisdale, Josh Hutcherson, and Brandy were lucky enough to get the pants scared off them then party down with "Walking Dead" zombies at the thrilling Terror Tram, http://www.halloweenhorrornights.com/hollywood/2014/terror_tram.php and The Revenge of the Mummies Ride, http://www.halloweenhorrornights.com/hollywood/2014/rides.php

When Hollywood do Halloween, they do it on a huge scale, culling from their film history and current horror cable/television shows, they have the best to offer during All Hallows Eve, culling the best makeup, costumes, and actors to fright everybody's senses.

Mere "haunted houses" can't hold a candle to Universal Studios' Scare Zones,  http://www.halloweenhorrornights.com/hollywood/2014/scare_zones.phpand The Maze: The Walking Dead, End of the Line, http://www.halloweenhorrornights.com/hollywood/2014/att-the-walking-dead.php

Don't worry, there are still tons of candies at Super Silly Stuff at Universal Studios' City Walk to binge on.

When Hollywood does Halloween, they really amped it up.



Monday, October 20, 2014

Heal & Repair for Both Women & Men for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

By Laura Medina

http://cvskinlabs.com/

Not as common as women but men do get breast cancer.  Unfortunately, if you have the material, there might be a chance you'll get it.

Regardless of what gender you are, once done, you must learn how to cope.  There's a silver-lining to dealing with hormonal-based cancer, you got the excuse to pamper oneself to make things easier.  Plus, people will be really nice to you.

While dealing with irritated skin from the medications and treatments, you are welcomed to splurge and experiment with some top-of-the-line skincare that also gets Hollywood celebrities red carpet ready.

Dealing and treating ultra-sensitive cancer-treatment skin forces skincare manufacturers to up their game in delivering soothing but effective skincare that tackle the problems immediately to make daily living easier.

In other words, if it reliefs weary treatment skin, imagine what they'll do for normal everyday skin.

Hodgkin’s disease survivor and cancer care-giver, Britta Aragon, knew there must be a better way and better products to tackle chronic dryness and eczema one gets from treatments.

As a former makeup artist and skincare therapist, Britta took matters into her own hands and form CV Skinlabs, a line of practical and resourceful skin care products that most skincare manufacturers never thought of yet most cancer patients dream of, like...

CV Skinlabs' Calming Moisture for Face, Neck and Scalp, an all-over antioxidant-rich moisturizer that a no-fuss yet sensitive skinned man or woman can use in a jiffy.
  
Rescue + Relief Spray is a simple but rich spritz of a spray that you can spritz on anywhere on the body where it's itching, burning, irritated and inflamed

Restorative Skin Balm is a soothing balm and gloss for the lips while it calms severely dry and chapped skin from eczema, scars, lips and cuticles.  This balm doesn't gloss over the problems.



If you're a stickler for the drugstore classics,  Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula is donating 15 percent of the sales price (with a minimum donation of $100,000) from specially-marked bottles of its core Cocoa Butter Formula products to Susan G. Komen® beginning October 2014 through June 2015.


Giovanni’s D:tox System® intends to ease the brunt while also striving for healthy and energized skin.

Charcoal and volcanic ash from the Mediterranean Sea in the volcanic arc of the Lipari Islands, delve into pores, absorbing the day’s toxins, impurities and excess oils that interfere with skin clarity, on a comforting base of hand – harvested goji and acai, exotic super-antioxidants, nourish and rejuvenate, infusing skin with vitamins and minerals, re-establishing skin to its smoothest state. Skin will be soft to the touch and gently fragranced by essential oils of luscious fig and clean green tea.

The D:tox System® body line includes four products that are designed for systematic usage, giving skin a pure, natural and invigorating detoxification including Body Wash, Bar Soap, Body Scrub and Body Lotion.  The facial line features a Purifying Facial Cleanser and Purifying Facial Scrub with volcanic ash and activated charcoal work to extract impurities and remove makeup without drying skin.  Acai and goji berry help recharge and rejuvenate facial cells;  Replenishing Facial Moisturizer contains maximum antioxidant power from green tea and fig, along with acai and goji berry, combined with high-performance hydrators to make skin feel soft, alive and restored; Purifying Facial Mask contains a higher percentage of charcoal and volcanic ash to extract the deepest impurities.

Select D:tox System® facial care products are available at Target and Wal-Mart stores nationwide. D:tox System® facial and body care products available at Whole Foods and online at www.giovannicosmetics.com Prices are $9.95 each for all products except Purifying Body Bar $4.99.

http://www.juverest.com/

Now that you discovered comfortable skin and hair care, get some real beauty sleep from JuveRest, The Sleep Wrinkle Pillow.  Simple, less wrinkles. Less stress. You got enough on your mind.  During the entire month of October 2014, JuveRest will donate 20% of all proceeds from sales on www.JuveRest.com to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.


Since Breast Cancer Awareness is about empowering cancer patients and survivors, In an effort to empower women across the country, DSTLD has custom washed its popular eco-friendly Tencel Ankle Skinny into an elegant blush shade exclusively for breast cancer prevention organization Bright Pink. DSTLD will donate 25% of proceeds of the jean to Bright Pink so they can continue to spread education on breast cancer prevention and provide support for the young women and families who have so bravely chosen to take preventative surgical measures.  This pink skinny jean are great for Spring!

 http://www.ties.com/search?idfa=12Q2&srq=breast+cancer+awareness+month&utm_source=home-page&utm_medium=banner&utm_campaign=breast-cancer-awareness-month

For the male breast cancer patients and survivors,  there is nothing more sly than wearing your Breast Cancer Awareness bowtie, cuff links, and ties to flash your tenacity in pink.

This reproductive cancer survivor felt amiss for not mentioning Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  As always, this plucky survivor wants to show the way in how to cope and how to deal-stylishly. 
 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Fall Travel Deals with a Plus One.

By Laura Medina

Sure the under-aged kids are at school now but wait until they hit college or the real world.  That's when the real fun begins, you take advantage of Fall's travel deals and steals and finally see the world sans kid drama.  Make this another notch on your bucket list.

Been there, done that with Halloween.  Want to really escape and experience Fall and have a real adult treat?

Los Angeles Travel Magazine recently announced that they will be giving away a romantic destination package to the Aruba Marriott and Stellaris Casino. One lucky couple will have the opportunity of a lifetime to enjoy the beauty of Aruba while celebrating their love at the luxurious oceanfront resort.
 
Editor-In-Chief, Jennifer McLaughlin and Executive Editor, Michael Dunn were married on August 31st and wanted to share their excitement and love for traveling together with their readers. "We were so lucky to have the wedding and honeymoon of our dreams that we really wanted to extend that on to our readers.  Not everyone is as fortunate as us to be able to travel and it is the one thing that keeps our bond strong. Traveling together as a couple is really special and we hope this trip will provide the winning couple with a lifetime of happy memories." McLaughlin said.
 
To enter this giveaway, readers simply “like” LA Travel Magazine on Facebook (Facebook.com/LosAngelesTravelMagazine) or “follow” them on Twitter (@LATravelMag). Then email win@latravelmagazine and submit their story along with a photo by October 31, 2014.
 
The luxurious package includes 5 nights, six days accommodations in a Junior Suite, breakfast buffet at La Vista daily for two, a welcome bottle of champagne and a $500 American Express gift card to put towards airfare. The winning couple will be responsible for airfare transfers as well as any extra food and beverages, gratuities and any expenses not specified as part of the prize.
 
For more details, rules and regulations visitlatravelmagazine.com/romanceinaruba

Want to impress a potential soul mate or are you still taking care of your late teen/early college-aged kid?  If that's the case, getting the kid properly cultured, take advantage of Celebrity Cruises' "Plus One" Deal.

As Southern Californians plan their 2015 getaways, Celebrity Cruises is excited to announce two exclusive promotions for travelers to Alaska or Europe -- see details below. They include free airfare for two to Alaska for SoCal residents only, free companion air to Europe for suite guests, and 123Go! Perks saving more than $1800 per stateroom. Travelers must act soon – these promotions are only available now through early November.

For vacationers planning a 2015 cruise to Alaska – a leading favorite of first time cruisers – Celebrity Cruises is offering an unbeatable bonus for Southern California residents of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties: FREE Airfare, including transfers, for up to two guests departing from Los Angeles (LAX), Orange County (SNA) and Palm Springs (PSP) airports on Celebrity’s Solstice Alaska 2015 Sailings.  Guests will fly to Seattle for departures to Alaska for exciting 7-night sailings that stop in a new port almost every day, offering shore excursions for every age and interest.  This special offer is only available for bookings made from now through November 9th, 2014.

For those planning a 2015/2016 European cruise, award-winning cruise line Celebrity Cruises is proud offer its 123Go! promotion where travelers to Europe can choose from any two of the following three offers:  

Classic Beverage Package for Two Guests – beverage gratuities included - value of up to $1,350 per stateroom ($49 per day, per stateroom plus gratuities).
Free Gratuities for Two Guests – value up to $460 per stateroom (up to $30 per day, per stateroom)
Onboard Credit - based on number of sail nights – value up to $300 per stateroom.

And, as a special thank you from Celebrity Cruises, guests booking suites for their 2015/2016 European cruises will receive free companion (2nd guest) airfare from top US and Canadian getaways.

This special 123Go! offer is only available now through November 5th, 2014. If vacationers are thinking about traveling to any of the seven continents offered by Celebrity Cruises, they can also take advantage of ONE of the 123Go! amenities on most sailings across the globe.

Bookings must be made through Celebrity Cruises via:
Phone: 1-888-283-6879
Online: www.celebritycruises.com/socal (for 123Go! bookings only, free air promotions can be booked by calling Celebrity Cruises or travel agent)
Or with your Local Travel Agent

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Steak and Yeast Rolls for the "Sex and the City" and "Mad Men" Sets, STK

By Laura Medina

https://www.tastemade.com/@the_arriviste/Tj_WW1-4QeOwplwrkhREvQ

Chef Robert Liberato, the head chef at STK, was kind enough to sit down with this steak-loving scribe and chat.

For a man who mastered the art of steak, we casually chatted about what he can do with the yummy and satisfying stuffed twice-baked potatoes.

 https://www.tastemade.com/@the_arriviste/Tj_WW1-4QeOwplwrkhREvQ

Being the creative guy that he is, Chef Robert was brainstorming about what he can do to revamp those creamy stuffed twice-baked potatoes.  He was thinking scooping out the baked potatoes, stuffing them with scrambled eggs then topping them with the same toppings: cheese and bacon then serving them for brunch.

This scribe joked, if he did, this scribe wondered if he can named them "Laura's Stuffed Potatoes."  Sounds scrumptious.

This scribe casually mentioned this scribe covered Jay-Z's "Made In America" Music Festival in Downtown Los Angeles.   He really impressed this scribe when he said STK was the hidden but official VIP on-site restaurant for the headliners at the festival While the general public had to make do with fleets of food trucks, the headliners pop in, discreetly, into STK pop-up restaurant.  It wasn't underground.  It was nestled among the palatial government where Chef Robert can watch the concert and the crowd in a safe distance.

Even though the STK pop-up restaurant was protected within the walls of Los Angeles' City Hall, we both commented how frustrating it was for vendors, food truckers and STK's suppliers, to get in and out transporting ingredients and supplies but he enjoyed watching how the city's first major music festival unfolded over the weekend.

Okay, we're done with the potatoes.  Let's get on to the meat, the 10 oz. Filet topped with Crab "Louie."

The Crab "Louie" was one of the nine toppings for your choice of steak cut from the list of eleven steak cuts.

 https://www.tastemade.com/@the_arriviste/Tj_WW1-4QeOwplwrkhREvQ

Chef Robert and this scribe semi-joked that the Filet topped with Crab "Louie" is "surf & turf" for people, such as this scribe, who can't make up their minds and want the best of both worlds.

For this scribe, it was a "two-in-one" meal.  The lumps of crab drenched in creamy sauce was enough to savor as one dish but the iron-rich filet was classically mouth-watering in its own right but dunking hunky bits of filet into the rich peppercorn sauce was satisfying too.

 https://www.tastemade.com/@the_arriviste/Tj_WW1-4QeOwplwrkhREvQ

This scribe is more of a classical Joan Hollaway from "Mad Men" than "Sex and the City," in that, this scribe cherishes the classics...the 1950's classics that this scribe was raised on by this scribe's chef dad.

This is why this scribe was so thrilled to see a "Mad Men" classic, Cherry Jubliee, on STK's dessert menu, gotta order it.

Good deal this scribe did because Chef Robert said he's planning to revamp the dessert menu; and he might remove it soon, grab it while you can.

STK's Cherry Jubliee was more of a cake sandwich with cherry ice cream and a cherry jam sandwiched between two slices of moist cake, can't complain.

https://www.tastemade.com/@the_arriviste/Tj_WW1-4QeOwplwrkhREvQ

There is one classic that is easily forgotten and taken for granted at STK, the puffy, buttery yeast rolls.

This scribe literally spoiled her appetite when the server mentioned, "yeast rolls."

The rolls they used to serve in proper steakhouses in years gone by but are now on the nearly-extinct food list.

Thank god for STK for saving it and serving it.

The crunchy crust glisten in garlic butter glaze but the interior was so puffy, the yeast rolls were more like popovers...another bread on the food extinction list...that this scribe had to gobble them up before they disappear into the forgotten food grave.

Sure the interior decor, the soundtrack, and the mature but sexy clientele speaks "Sex and the City," specifically it caters to powerful, established but sexy and trendy career women like Sam Jones, but the dishes yearn back to the sexy career women who paved the way for Sam Jones, the Joan Hollaways from the 1950's "Mad Men" era.  The professional women who drank and ate like men because it's grown-up food for adults,  nourishing, protein and iron-enriched dishes satisfying adult palates.

For this Joan Hollaway making it in a "Sex and the City" environ over-run with grains and green tea where women want to be girls, STK is a refueling station and escape for women with appetites, who want to be fed like adult women.









Wednesday, October 8, 2014

TOMS World Sight Day October 9th

By Laura Medina

TOMS World Sight Day at 1344 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 9029, is all day tomorrow.

Drop by, pick a pair of sunglasses or/and a pair of TOMS shoes and enjoy a latte and a snack at the cafe then relax in the backyard lounge.

This all-day event is raising awareness for blindness and vision impairment, at the TOMS Flagship store in Venice on October 9, 2014. Leading up to the event, fans can contribute to an Instagram gallery to share what sight means to them by using the hashtag #givesight, and select images will appear in TOMS stores around the world. Those who come out can expect to see a pop-up art gallery around the store, which could potentially feature their own photos!

Cafe Bustelo Pop-Up Cafe in Hollywood

By Laura Medina

Figuring it's about time they leap into the artisanal coffee cafe, Bustelo Cuban Coffee (which has been around for ages) is dipping its toes in the cafe pot and had been trial testing with a pop-up Cuban cafe in the heart of Hollywood this past week.

For two weekends at1540 North Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028, influential Holllywood hipster/tastemakers had dripped by and sipped rich, authentic Cuban coffee-chilled, such as singer Christina Milian, above.

During the late afternoon and early evening, Cafe Bustelo throws live entertainment and a DJ.



Here's the schedule for this final weekend:
 
Friday, October 10th
6PM – 8PM
DJ Mr. Best

Saturday, October 11th
4PM
Performance by Irene Diaz

Sunday, October 12th
6PM-8PM
DJ Spider

By the way, the coffee and the entertainment are free to enjoy.

Here's the menu:



 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Longines Los Angeles Masters Grand Slam Galloping into the US for the first time.

By Laura Medina


Marking an historical first in international show-jumping and for the City of Los Angeles, the City of Angels has joined the ranks of international equestrian show-jumping by becoming the third leg and the only United States stop of the Longines International Masters Grand Slam Tour, representing the United States in a league where Gucci Paris Masters represents Europe and Longines Hong Kong Masters represents Asia.

For Mayor Eric Garcetti, it's another jewel added to the crown, a month after Jay-Z's Made In America Musical Festival, again held in Downtown Los Angeles Convention Center...but why Los Angeles?  Why not Manhattan or New York?

Easy, space...and lots of it.

A portion of the roomy Los Angeles Convention Center garage was easily and quickly converted into comfortable horse stalls for these million-dollar thoroughbreds.

As for animal rights lovers, don't worry.  These thoroughbreds were and are better taken care of than most human beings.  Truth be told, most of the horses are "Equine Olympians" who, along with their riders, have competed in multiple Olympic Summer Games, as recently as the 2012 London Olympics.  Not only are these equines are better pampered, they're in better shape than most humans..;and they smell better with a sweeter composition.







Their eleven-hour trans-Atlantic flight was a better trip than most human beings in cargo...i.e. coach class.




Nestled in cozy portable stalls and accompanied by a veterinarian and flown by a pilot and an airline that only specializes in flying thoroughbreds around the world, these million-dollar horses were gently guided into plush semi-trucks equipped to shield them from outside noise pollution to their equally plush stables at the LA Convention Center, in the middle of a silent night.

At 5:15am in the morning, 51 of  the 5* level international horses riding in the upcoming Longines Los Angeles Masters on September 25-28th, landed at LAX on one plane after an 11 hour flight from Liege airport in Belgium. After being unloaded their Boeing 777 Emirates Cargo plane, the athletes caravanned down the 405 and arrived at the Los Angeles Convention Center at approx. 7:15am. This is the first time the LACC has hosted a Show Jumping competition, and this was one of the largest transportation of horses in the world; horse racing transports 5-6 at a time.

At each step of the unloading from the jetliner at LAX to the unloading to their stables at LA Convention Center, handlers and groomers cradled these thoroughbreds from Belgium to Downtown LA.

Immediately upon their arrival, the 51 horses, most of which are Olympians, were escorted in the stables built out underneath the Convention Center and will remain in quarantine for 48 hours before uniting with their American competitors. The event itself is the first time in 30 years, since the 1984 Olympics, that the United States has hosted an equestrian event of this caliber. 

Recognized by the FEI (Federation Equestre Internationale) and the USEF (United States Equestrian Federation) as a CSI 5* competition, the event will attract the best riders and horses from across the globe to compete for $1 million in prize winnings at the Los Angeles Convention Center

The humans had it rougher, on the opening day and night of the competition, the rider and the press were up and early.  Operations firing up at 5am in the morning each and every day.  Riders and media getting their photo identification badges taken at 7am.

Each day of competition started early.  The mornings for warm-ups in a separate warm-up ring in the lobby.  Not too far away was a bandstand and outlining the lobby was the gourmet buffet headed by a Belgian chef personally over-seeing the buffet.  The apples were free.  They're snacks for the horses but humans can munch on them too, https://www.tastemade.com/@the_arriviste/xe9XRY5GRI6FQ3vKgnRYgQ


The first day of competition started immediately.  France’s Patrice Delaveau took home the first big prize, winning the Los Angeles Times Trophy on his mare Ornella Mail HDC. 


It wasn't all work and no play.  They saved the horse-play at night, the Opening Gala.  Since being "Hollywood,"  Longines Master Grand Slam LA brought out horse-loving celebrities and their professional equestrian daughters, such as Georgina Bloomberg and Hannah Selleck, Tom Selleck's daughter, above, who are also competing in the tournament.


On the bandstand,  soul singer Judith Hill belted out tunes, a great merriment for the European and East Coaster riders.


This scribe attended the second day and night of the tournament, the speed-show jumping challenge where the riders have to clear all the hurdles in the fastest time.

Jessica Rae Springsteen, Bruce Springsteen's daughter, placed 13th out of the 44 riders competing. Georgina Bloomberg competed too.  This international audience awed when the camera swung to the "Boss" and his wife, Patti Scialfa, watching their daughter from the sideline.

The winner was the petite but tough Swiss, Jane Richard Philips, Longines Ambassador of Elegance, took the top prize at the first edition of the Longines Speed Challenge in Los Angeles, competing the course on board Dieudonne de Guldenboom in a blistering 60.97 seconds. 

Timing and precision: these are the keywords of this Masters Grand Slam class, now held on three continents.  Known as one of the fastest competitions of the circuit, riders faced a 15 obstacle (1.45m) course where every fault is penalized with two seconds instead of four as usual in common speed classes.
Horse-loving celebrities, such as Bo Derek, watched 21st rider in the ring, Jane took the lead with an incredible time of 60.97 seconds, two and an half seconds faster than Dutchman Jur Vrieling and Zavall VDL who were leading the class so far: “I can tell you, I was very nervous,” said Jane. “I was convinced that many riders would go faster. My horse showed me that he wanted to go very fast and I tried to do my best. I kept going quick during the whole course knowing that my horse could do it.” It worked out, although Belgium’s Constant van Paesschen and Citizenguard Million Dreams are usually very fast… “But I wanted to be a gentleman today (laughs)… No, I am joking,” said Constant.
“I also really tried my very best and my horse did jump super,” said Olympic Champion Steve Guerdat, who placed third in the event on top of Albfuehren's Memphis. “There was nothing to do to beat Jane today,” he said. “When I was in the lead, I never thought that I would stay on the platform”. Last to go, U.S. rider Kent Farrington (Blue Angel) could have changed this podium. Keeping the crowd in suspense, Kent had the fastest time until a last second fault on the final fence. 
Most sports have cheerleaders or singers as half-time entertainment, not Longines.
Flown directly from North Paris, France,  the audience were treated to the very Victorian and very ladylike but no less soft, equestrian artist ClĂ©mence Faivre, who entertained the audience in the age-old dressage with her pony, Romeo, who she later performed with in addition to her horses Adagio and Gotan.  Horse fanatics consider this "Equestrian Ballet."
The 4 days and 3 nights tournament was broadcasted to over 300 million households across 100 countries, and live streamed to 800 million viewers. Broadcast partners include FOX Sports and HRTV, the Network for Horse Sports, EUROSPORT, EQUIDIA, Horse and Country, GLOBO, TVB (Hong Kong), FOX Sports Asia, and EUROSPORT Asia. A full broadcast schedule can be found at:

The Longines Master Grand Slam really ramped up the competition, the tournament, and the challenges for its Los Angeles/American edition.

In the third day of competition, Bill and Melinda Gates, Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa, Alfre Woodard, Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf, Paige Johnson, Janice Dickinson, Jimmy Burrows, Chin Han, Jeremy Sisto, and Wilmer Valderrama watched the best American riders challenged the "rest of the world's" top riders in the Battle of the Nations, inspired by the famous Ryder Cup in Golf. The battle took place in two rounds on a 1.55 m course designed by Belgian Luc Musette. The first round determined the sixteen riders to come back for the second round, representing the top 8 riders for each team   Five countries were represented against the USA, France the most represented nation, followed by the Netherlands with two representatives, Belgium, Switzerland and Egypt with the spectacular Nayel Nassar who finished in second place of the individual ranking with his Hanoverian horse Lordan.

Kent Farrington, ranked 3 in the world, took home the win for Team USA, finishing the jump off aboard Blue Angel in just 39.54 seconds. France’s Kevin Staut on top of Oh d’Eole placed third.
Sunday was coming into the home stretch, it was only day and the last day of competition, much to the relief to the exhausted horses and their riders.
Riders' prowess prowl to the very end when eighteen-year-old Belgian rider, Jos Verlooy, taking the top prize in the Longines Grand Prix, the most prestigious class of the four-day competition. Verlooy emerged the winner with a timing of 38.11 seconds stating calmly, “It’s a great feeling.” 41 world-class riders participated in the Grand Prix with a prize of $475,000.
Touches of Hollywood glamour shown through in the jump designs, creating a spectacular first Masters Grand Slam atmosphere at the LA Convention Center. The first thirteen riders were unable to clear the thirteenth obstacle without a penalty, but the rising Belgian star gave an adrenaline packed performance, jumping a perfect flawless course riding Domino.
 “My horse jumped super. I had already a good feeling in the first round,” Verlooy stated during a press conference following the prize giving ceremony. “The jump-off worked out exactly as I wanted. The idea was actually to put the pressure on the rest of the field. But when Steve [Guerdat] came in, I was very nervous. He’s one of the best riders in the world and it’s super for me that I could be first and he second… Sorry Steve!”
Second Runner-Up Steve Guerdat then chimed in with, “Albfuehren's Paille, my mare, is very new and it was very difficult to go faster. We only did three jump-offs together so far. It’s only our fourth big class. Today, it was still too soon to beat Jos. He did a great job and he absolutely deserved the win. I am satisfied with my second place and I am not thinking about what I could have done different today but just about how to work and make it different next time.”
Third Runner-Up, Georgina Bloomberg’s strategy ensured a clear round. “My plan with Juvina was a little bit different because she’s not the quickest and I usually go for a double-clear. So my plan was to be efficient and go clear,” Bloomberg said before father, former Mayor Michael Bloomberg came over to give his daughter a congratulatory kiss on the cheek.
A sold out crowd included notable attendees like Angelica and Danny Huston, James Caan, Malin Akerman, Robert L. Johnson, Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa, Alex Newell, Alison Sweeney, Arielle Kebbel, Dave Caruso, and many more. 
With the culmination of Sunday’s Grand Prix, the Masters Grand Slam will now head to Paris. The City of Light will again host the best riders in the world with the Gucci Paris Masters on December 4-7, 2014 giving fans and spectators alike four more days of top-class equestrian sport and entertaining show.