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Sep

Celebrating the launch of the @modfarm @muckbootco. Such a fun color!

Celebrating the launch of the @modfarm @muckbootco. Such a fun color!

Despite the eighty degree weather I assure you fall is upon us. Thankfully Swarovski is prepared to replace the sunshine of summer with shimmer and shine via its 2014 fall winter collection. The assortment of high-end accessories are inspired by light and art. The pieces maintain the same beauty and sophistication associated with the brand and offers some innovative new materials fashioned into bangles and baubles. LED effects, holograms, kaleidoscopic and moving-image inspired motifs are all part of this stunning collection. The palette is filled with color and vibrance. Purples, greens and reds are paired with traditional clear crystals for a fascinating show of light.

Jewel tones are always popular this time of year and Swarovski offers this chic set of jewel tones bangles to add some color to the fall wardrobe.

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Statement necklaces are always in season and Swarovski gives the wardrobe staple a fall update with deeper tones. This bib necklace will look amazing with a basic black shift or sweater.

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To match a more structured wardrobe the brand also offers more architectural pieces like this gorgeous necklace and cuff set.
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@Swarovski Fall 2014 Collection Despite the eighty degree weather I assure you fall is upon us. Thankfully Swarovski is prepared to replace the sunshine of summer with shimmer and shine via its 2014 fall winter collection.

This past weekend the Longines Los Angeles Masters took place at the Los Angeles Convention Center. This event which was created by EEM World is “a unique global event concept created to bring Equestrian Show Jumping to the forefront of the international sporting and social scenes.” This was the first time that The Masters Grand Slam which includes events in both Paris and Hong Kong came to LA. The Masters’ competition offered class formats that were designed specifically with grabbing the attention of both equestrian aficionados and those that are new to the sport in mind. The most prolific riders and Show Jumping horses in the world competed for prize money that equaled one million dollars during the four day competition.

Prior to the start of the Longines Los Angeles Masters I had the opportunity to tour the event space and learn a little be more about what makes the Longines Los Angeles Masters special. Walking into the Los Angeles Convention Center and seeing the setup was jaw dropping. We all know what a convention center normally looks like but what I saw upon entering the venue was far from the norm! Outside of the main competition ring there was one area that stood out, and that was The Prestige Village.

The Prestige Village “showcased ephemeral boutiques by well-known brands gathering luxury, fashion, cuisine, food, wines & champagne…who [all] share the same passion for horses and equestrianism.” Within The Prestige Village there were some pretty amazing pieces of art that were curated by Shirley Yablonsky, the Director of the Opera Gallery. My two favorite pieces were a 13 foot horse sculpture made out of over 3000 coat hangers created by David Mach and a huge horse head made from a Formula One Peugeot engine created by Pierre Matter. Both pieces showed off the power and beauty that horses possess. Yablonsky stated that “when you think about horses you think not just of their immense power and exceptional beauty, but also of their great spirit.” Shirley’s main goal while curating for this event was to “celebrate the beauty and power of horses and the creative interpretation by major contemporary artists.” From what I experienced Shirley and the Opera Gallery achieved that goal and then some.

Opening day of the Longines Los Angeles Masters saw France’s Patrice Delaveau take home the LA Times Trophy. Once competition was completed for the day The Prestige Village played host to a spectactular gala! There were 600 plus people in attendance. Those spotted included the likes of Jessica Springsteen, Georgina Bloomberg, Sebastian Roche, Kerry Condon, Lucas McGarvey, Clémence Faivre, and Judith Hill.

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Throughout the weekend there were many great moments, one awesome one was the Charity Pro-Am ‘Style & Competition’ which was “a unique team competition composed of one professional rider and one amateur rider, riding for charity. Each team chose a costume to dress up in as they rode to a music selection complimenting their costume’s theme.” The charities represented in this event were Ride On Therapeutic Horsemanship, Andre Agassi Foundation, Children for Tomorrow, JustWorld International, AMADE Mondiale, Mustard Seed Ranch, Jump, Baby2Baby, Compton Jr. Posse, Thrive Animal Rescue, and Autism Speaks. 2008 Olympic Team Gold medalist Laura Kraut and Hannah Selleck, daughter of Tom Selleck, walked away with the victory and were crowned the Charity Pro Am Style & Competition winners.

The inaugural Longines Los Angeles Masters came to a close Sunday afternoon with eighteen-year-old Belgian rider, Jos Verlooy, taking the top prize in the Longines Grand Prix. Verlooy won the competition with a time of 38.11 seconds. With the victory Verlooy took home $475,000 in prize money.

Noteworthy attendees over the course of the 4 day event included but wasn’t limited to Bill and Melinda Gates, Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa, Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf, Paige Johnson, and Wilmer Valderrama.

The first annual Longines Los Angeles Masters was a complete success, I’m happy I was able to experience it firsthand! I can’t lie, I’m already looking forward to next year. In the mean time I will definitely be following the Masters Grand Slam as it travels to Paris in December, and Hong Kong in February!

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LA Welcomes The Longines Los Angeles Masters With Open Arms @mastersgs This past weekend the Longines Los Angeles Masters took place at the Los Angeles Convention Center. This event which was created by EEM World is “a unique global event concept created to bring Equestrian Show Jumping to the forefront of the international sporting and social scenes.” This was the first time that The Masters Grand Slam which includes events in both Paris and Hong Kong came to LA.

27

Sep

Taking a break from stuffing my face 😜 to enjoy the view. #greenwichwineandfood @greenwichwineandfood  (at Greenwich Food & Wine Festival)

Taking a break from stuffing my face 😜 to enjoy the view. #greenwichwineandfood @greenwichwineandfood (at Greenwich Food & Wine Festival)

One of my faves @dinosaur_bbq at #greenwichwineandfood Festival #dinosaurbbq  (at Greenwich Food & Wine Festival)

One of my faves @dinosaur_bbq at #greenwichwineandfood Festival #dinosaurbbq (at Greenwich Food & Wine Festival)

Enjoying this beautiful Saturday at the Greenwich Wine + Food Festival for the 4th year in a row. So many great #restaurant. Oh Hey @KathieLGifford! 👋 #greenwichwineandfood  (at Greenwich Food & Wine Festival)

Enjoying this beautiful Saturday at the Greenwich Wine + Food Festival for the 4th year in a row. So many great #restaurant. Oh Hey @KathieLGifford! 👋 #greenwichwineandfood (at Greenwich Food & Wine Festival)

26

Sep

I Now Have “Happy Eyes” Thanks To felix + iris

I Now Have “Happy Eyes” Thanks To felix + iris @felixandiris

As a member of the “four eyes” club, I found it extremely hard to find a good pair of prescription glasses that fit well, were comfortable, and of course fashionable. My current daily glasses from Gant not as comfortable as they should have been and would began to squeeze my head after wearing them for a little over an hour. If you’ve experienced this, then you know it can be quite painful. I…

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Happy Friday! New today on #JohnSimonDaily.com we stopped by #districttaphouse to indulge in their new menu. Delicious cocktails 🍸
 (perfect for Kicking off the weekend) and great burgers🍔! Bring your appetite! 😆🙌😙😜😉👌✌ (at District Tap House)

Happy Friday! New today on #JohnSimonDaily.com we stopped by #districttaphouse to indulge in their new menu. Delicious cocktails 🍸
(perfect for Kicking off the weekend) and great burgers🍔! Bring your appetite! 😆🙌😙😜😉👌✌ (at District Tap House)

The District Tap House has been a garment center favorite for over 15 years.  The space has recently undergone some great new changes including a menu of carefully selected craft cocktails and delicious new dishes.  We stopped by District Tap House where we had the privilege of tasting a few of their best drinks and tasty edibles, and to also meet the team behind the updated menu. Once we entered we were ushered to a private bar area in the rear by the bubbly hostess. The rear space was equipped with a private bar and two friendly bartenders serving up some of the best cocktails in the city.

One of the unique new additions to the Tap House menu is its cocktail’s on tap.  Just as beer lovers can enjoy a cool refreshing beverage straight from a tap cocktail lovers have the same option. The bar also offers flavored ice orbs in a variety of flavors, created to be paired with premium spirits.  While I enjoyed a refreshing Moscow Mule directly from the tap my constant companion had an old fashioned with an apple spice ice orb.

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20140923_181953To go along with the amazing cocktails Tap House also offers an extensive menu of small plates and sandwiches.  Chef Mosher and his team produced a great menu of tasty treats.  One of our favorites was the District Wings.  The wings are fried with a thin crust and glazed with agave nectar and lime.  The wings area mouth watering mix of salty and sweet with a delightful crunch and moist tender meat.

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Tap House is also home to one of the most amazing burgers in the city. The burger is a beautiful 6oz patty of grass fed beef served with fontina cheese and bacon. Despite the thickness of the patty the meat was juicy and well seasoned.

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Chicken tacos are also an easy favorite. The chicken is moist and zesty served on soft tortilla piled high with fresh veggies.

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Meat lovers must order the barbecue ribs The ribs are pull apart tender melt in your mouth goodness. The sauce offers the right amount of savory and sweet, and the ribs are coated in it but not swimming in it so you can truly taste the well cooked meat.

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District Tap House isn’t just about producing great food and drinks its about creating an atmosphere of fun and hospitality. The staff is friendly knowledgeable and ready to serve you. The space also boasts on of the most reasonably priced menus in the area. Feel free to drop by and have a drink or two. The District Tap House is located at 246 west 38th Street.

District Tap House Has A New Menu @districttap The District Tap House has been a garment center favorite for over 15 years.  The space has recently undergone some great new changes including a menu of carefully selected craft cocktails and delicious new dishes. 

25

Sep

Our #California team is getting a first look at this weekends Longines Los Angeles Masters #Equestrian Show. The statue in the middle is made up of clothing hangers. Full coverage will be on #JohnSimonDaily.com 😆@iam_simone @mastersgrandslam @mastergs (at JohnSimonDaily.com)

Our #California team is getting a first look at this weekends Longines Los Angeles Masters #Equestrian Show. The statue in the middle is made up of clothing hangers. Full coverage will be on #JohnSimonDaily.com 😆@iam_simone @mastersgrandslam @mastergs (at JohnSimonDaily.com)