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Where’s Julie? Breeders’ Cup 2013 Highlights

Julie Spira and Richie SamboraThe week in Los Angeles ended on a fun note as I enjoyed the Breeders’ Cup festivities at Santa Anita Racetrack.

With the theme of “The Best is Yet to Come,” I spent the afternoon in the Trophy Lounge, along with Celebrity Ambassadors Bo Derek, The Hunger Games’ Elizabeth Banks, and John Ortiz, who played the horseracing fanatic ?Turo Escalante? in the HBO series Luck.

Women were dressed in a variety of hats and fascinators, many of which were designed by Christine A. Moore, the Official Milliner Of The 2013 Breeders’ Cup. Christine was kind enough to personally select a fascinator to go with my Armani dress, which even received a thumbs up from Elizabeth Banks.

Musical performers Kristin Chenoweth and Richie Sambora were on hand. Kristin laughed as we spoke on the Purple Carpet, as she admitted she was a “Runaway Bride,” not once, but twice. Kristin, with her new pixie haircut, appropriately selected the “Game on Dude” sign for her photo in the Twitter booth. Richie and I talked about growing up in New Jersey and shared which exits we both lived at. He was thrilled to have been selected to do the first guitar version of the “Call to Arms” as part of the ceremony.

From purple outfits to extravagant hats and an even more extravagant $25 million purse, Los Angeles was proud to host the Breeders’ Cup this year. Next year, the Breeders’ Cup will also take place at Santa Anita Racetrak, starting on Halloween. Will there be more orange outfits next year? Perhaps we’ll be able to say, “Orange is the new Purple.

Kristin Kristin Chenoweth - Breeders' Cup

Kristin Kristin Chenoweth – Breeders’ Cup

John Ortiz and Julie Spira

John Ortiz and Julie Spira

Christine A. Moore - Breeders Cup

Christine A. Moore, Breeders’ Cup Milliner

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A Stylish Party hosted by Elizabeth Banks, Malin Akerman, and Milla Jovovich

Milla Jovovich and Elizabeth Banks

Milla Jovovich and Elizabeth Banks

The invitation simply said, “Come Exposed,” but not naked. It was a star-studded crowd at the Restoration Hardware Gallery Store in Los Angeles? as we gathered to celebrate the opening of the brand’s new Spring 2012 collection, entitled “Exposed.”

Not sure what to wear, I selected a royal blue off the shoulder dress from designer Tadashi Shoji after sending out a tweet for suggestions. Malin Akerman wore a beautiful red dress that captured a few eyes.

The home decor includes settings perfect for a romantic evening at home with your date or sweetheart. Stunning chandeliers were wrapped inside bird cages for a dramatic look. Candles set the mood in the beautiful store.

The Hunger Games co-star Elizabeth Banks was on the host committee along with Milla Jovovich, Abbie Cornish, and Malin Akerman.? The film opens today. A live musical performance from The Pierces added to the evening as the crowd sipped on Bellini’s and Moroccan mint Bellocq tea.

For more details and photos, visit SocietyNewsLA.

Restoration Hardware Naked

Restoration Hardware Gallery Store

Malin Akerman and Julie Spira

Malin Akerman and Julie Spira

Restoration Hardware Naked