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Races, Real Estate, and Hotels Above Par

14 Jul 2020

written by Cindy Matalucci

Live Show Friday July 10th:

We welcomed Bridget Potterton from Bridge Coast Team & Keller Williams Realty Metro

We talk with Bridget about Real Estate Trends During the pandemic and whether it is a Buyer’s or Seller’s Market!

Bridget is such a resource to her clients and explained several tips for getting your home ready to sell including how to stage it!

Contact Bridget for all you need to know if you want to buy or sell a home in San Diego!
Bridge Coast Team

About Bridget and her team:

We understand that buying or selling a home is more than just a transaction: it’s a life-changing experience. That’s why our team of highly-seasoned real estate professionals is dedicated to providing exceptional, personalized service for all of our clients. We take great pride in the relationships we build and always work relentlessly on the client’s behalf to help them achieve their real estate goals.

Our team of experts represents the best and brightest in the industry, and we’re always striving to lead the field in research, innovation, and consumer education. Today’s buyers and sellers need a trusted resource that can guide them through the complex world of real estate. With our extensive knowledge and commitment to providing only the best and most timely information to our clients, we are your go-to source for real estate industry insight and advice.

Our Mission Statement:

Our philosophy is simple: clients come first. We pledge to be in constant communication with our clients, keeping them fully informed throughout the entire buying or selling process. We believe that if you’re not left with an amazing experience, we haven’t done our job. We don’t measure success through achievements or awards, but through the satisfaction of our clients.

We then welcomed Brandon Berkson from Hotels Above Par:

Brandon is so enthusiastic about hotels and the travel industry and explained to us what the inspiration was behind his instagram account, Hotels Above Par!

Originally from San Diego, Brandon Berkson has lived all around the world, including Paris, London, and New York City. Brandon has a palpable passion for travel, one that was further cultivated by working in a boutique hotel in San Francisco, as well for an array of hotel brands—from W London to The Luxury Collection—at PR agencies in the UK & US.

With the travel industry being decimated by COVID-19, Brandon was furloughed. As devastating as it was, he wanted to support hotels at a time when they need love most; of course, while infusing his deep passion for the industry. So he created Hotels Above Par, a tasteful, upmarket Insta-guide that showcases and inspires hotel-enthusiasts around the world. Since the account’s inception in April, Brandon has grown Hotels Above Par’s following to over 22k. In addition to posts and a weekly travel segment with one of Mexico’s leading radio networks, Brandon has led a series of exciting discussions with hotel experts—influencers, journalists, and hoteliers—with his Instagram Live series, “Checking in with Hotels Above Par.


We also showcase Deena Von Yokes from Studio Savvy Salon who teaches us some looks we can style for the Virtual Hat competition for Opening Day which is July 10th!

The best hair salon in San Diego and North County:

Not many know fashion like Studio Savvy’s owner, Deena Von Yokes. At the early age of 17, while most other teenagers were preoccupied with the drama of the school day, Deena was hard at work cutting, styling and coloring hair. Her mother’s salon was the perfect playground for her talents and she quickly fell in love with the fashion world.

Fast forward 34 years and Deena is still rocking the local glamour scene. Her salon, Studio Savvy, a cornerstone in Rancho Santa Fe, is best known for their crew of color specialists. Having been dubbed a “salon for the perfect blonde”, Deena contests the title. “Our glam squad doesn’t try to specialize in blondes. It’s just a niche that we happen to be very good at. Personally, I just love working creatively with color. It’s important not to be limited in such a creative arena. I think hair is a beautiful art form and I consider myself, above all else, to be an artist.”

With her expertise in all things fashion and beauty, it made perfect sense when Craig Dado of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club approached her with the opportunity to direct the famous Opening Day Hats Contest at the Del Mar Races.

Her experience in the community with events for the Rady Children’s Hospital, National Charity League, Art of Fashion, San Diego’s 10 Best Dressed and her collaboration in the industry to fashion leaders like Zandra Rhodes lend credibility to her new position and make her the perfect spokesperson for the event. “This event is a blast.” Deena commented. “Fun for the judges, fun for the contestants and fun for the spectators. It’s a great way to honor the tradition of the racetrack’s early days with new creative flair.”

Del Mar Racing Season Scoop:

They’re calling it the next-best-thing-to-being-there when it comes to the races at Del Mar this summer. It’s “Del Mar Live” – “From your #HomeTurfClub.”

Though the track plans to run its 2020 summer season with an empty grandstand, televised and online racing opportunities will abound for Del Mar racing fans in shared and exciting environments all around San Diego.

More than 20 local restaurants, hotels and a casino have signed on to be part of “Live,” which will launch when the track begins running this Friday (July 10).

Those locations will offer a full scope of their unique foods and libations, notably the Del Mar signature drinks – the Del Margarita and the Del Martini. Also, they’ll be presenting special sign-up betting propositions from TVG – the nation’s foremost racing channel and advanced deposit wagering site – with a chance to be part of the action for fans, families and friends.

And that Opening Day jewel – this year’s 26th edition of the Opening Day Hats Contest – will strut on stage via Instagram and Twitter for all to see with a panel of celebrity judges ready to declare the 2020 winner of a fashion statement that has become one of Del Mar’s most sought-after honors.

The television connection for “Del Mar Live” consists of the TVG Network, DirecTV 602, Dish Network 399, AT&T U-verse 672 (SD) 1671 (HD) and Verizon FiOS 315 (SD) 815 (HD). Additionally, races can be seen on the TVG app.

The location lineup for “Live” includes many establishments in the immediate area of the seaside oval, among them Brigantine Del Mar, Red Tracton’s, Truluck’s, Jake’s Del Mar, Tony’s Jacal, Pizza Port (four locations), Fidel’s Little Mexico and Jimmy O’s. Also on the roster are a pair of popular hotels – the Del Mar Hilton across the street from the track and Pendry San Diego, the boutique hotel in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter. An added starter in the mix is Sycuan Resort and Casino, which will be offering a Del Mar experience complete with guest handicappers, a dedicated area for TVG watch and wagering and a handicapping tournament where the winner can earn two VIP tickets to the 2021 Breeders’ Cup World Championship.

Each “Live” location will be offering many TV screens to view the day’s 10-race card, the Del Mar drink specials and colorful Del Mar/TVG coasters for all. Fans can watch the majestic Thoroughbreds do their thing and be part of the sporting activity by wagering on their TVG app or at

The Opening Day Hats Contest is available to all who forward pictures using the hashtag #DelMarHatsContest and tagging @DelMarRacing in the photo. The Instagram location is and the Twitter access is at and they accept entries anytime on July 10 up until 6 p.m. PST. The profile must be publicly accessible to be viewed and judged.

The grand prize winner gets two VIP tickets to the 2021 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Del Mar and a $500 gift certificate for Christine A. Moore Millinery. The total value of the prize is $1,500. Second-place finisher gets a $250 Studio Savvy Salon gift basket and a $250 gift certificate to Christine A. Moore Millinery. Third prize is a $250 gift certificate to Christine A. Moore Millinery and fourth is a $200 gift certificate to Studio Savvy Salon.

The “Hats” celebrity judges are Heather Lake (Fox 5), Lauren Phinney (KUSI), Ashley Jacobs (TV personality) and Deena Von Yokes (Studio Savvy).

Del Mar will race every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from July 10 up to and including Labor Day Monday, September 7. First post daily will be at 2 p.m.

Cindy’s Look:
Dress: Stevie May
Jewelry: Pashn by Survi
Boots: Freebird By Steven

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Today’s look #onthepulsewalk #cindyslook rocking florals, eco conscious jewelry & edgy rockstar booties/shoes Paired this gorgeous floral ruffle dress by @steviemay_byronbay with gorgeous jewelry from @pashn_ig who has scarves and jewelry inspired by Nepalese and Indian culture. Finished the look with the Jacylnn bootie/shoe by @freebirdstores 💖❤️💪🙏 swipe right to see and check out my Get Cindys Look page on the website to find what I’m wearing 🎥💪🙏💖❤️

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