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Find Your “Summer Essentials” at Fashion Valley!

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Can you believe it’s 4th of July weekend already?  Where did the time go?  If you’re still trying to figure out what to wear or pack for the upcoming season, I’ve teamed up with Fashion Valley to share some of my favorite summer picks and I’m also giving away a $100 gift card to get you started!  I recently ran around Fashion Valley to show you some of favorite “Summer Essentials” all available now!


FABULOUS FLATS

There really isn’t a better way to run around during the summer than in flats.  I know a recent blogger favorite are a cool pair of sneakers (which I own many of), but my favorite flats for the summer are lace-up sandals, slides and mules.  I like lace-up sandals because they can be worn casually with a great pair of shorts or wide-legged cropped pants, or dressed up with a cute little sundress.

Slides and mules are my favorite shoes of the moment because they’re so easy: slip them on and off you go!  For the beach, the slides are the perfect alternative to flip-flops.  For everywhere else, mules feel so preppy, yet modern.  They’re like really dressy bedroom slippers!

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Clockwise from Top left: The Bridget Lace-Up Sandal in Thai Chili by Madewell; The Boardwalk Lace-Up Sandal in Heather Soot Metallic by Madewell; The Willa Slide Sandal in English Saddle by Madewell; French Connection slip-on loafers from Bloomingdale’s (no longer available, but they have a great selection of mules and slip-on loafers available!)


SHORT STORY

Shorts are a summer staple, but they don’t need to be basic.  Check out the scalloped edge pull-on shorts below at Madewell.  Aren’t they adorable?

Denim cut-offs just scream summer to me.  I always prefer a raw edge when it comes to my denim shorts, like the ones below from Madewell.

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Scallop-Hem Pull-On Shorts in Coastal Blue and True Black; Denim Boyshorts in Thornecliff Wash, all by Madewell


BEYOND BASICS

I have my go-to items that create my “uniform”, which consist of striped t-shirts, great pants and easy dresses.  I also choose items that are easy to mix and match, stretching your wardrobe to more than just basics.

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Radio Tee in Delray Stripe by Madewell

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Cropped Wide-Leg Chinos by Pilcro in Sand at Anthropologie

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Cleophee Tunic Dress by Cloth & Stone in Mint at Anthropologie


PURPOSEFUL PURSES

I could spend all day on the subject of purses, but for the summer, I like to stick to the most practical: totes and cross-bodies.  Totes provide the room needed to carry all of my loved one’s essentials to the beach or outdoor family gatherings.  Cross-body purses are the best for amusement parks and exploring anywhere!

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Pomaria Tote at Anthropologie

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The Holepunch Transport Tote in English Saddle (leather) by Madewell

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The Brisbane Camera Bag in Dried Rose and The Transport Tote in Dark Cocoa, both by Madewell

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The Take Two Connor Handbag in Purple Wonderwall and The Take Two Abbot Handbag in Black Island Style, both by Kipling

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The New Addison Crossbody Bags by Kipling


THE FINAL TOUCHES

These are my final go-to items for the summer: hats, sunnies, sunblock and lip balm.  The hats and sunglasses below are not just cute, but incredibly necessary if you’re going to be under the sun for longer periods of time.  You will always find me in a hat and sunglasses, especially at the San Diego County Fair.  And if you are going to be out and about in the sun, I highly recommend the Super Fluid Sunscreen and #1 Lip Balm at Kiehl’s, which I restock again and again.

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Hat assortment at Anthorpologie

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The Row Parquet sunglasses by Oliver Peoples

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Super Fluid Sunscreen and Lip Balm #1, both by Kiehl’s


THE GIVEAWAY DETAILS!

1. Find and “Like” the picture below on Instagram
2. Follow @fashionvalleyca and @any2ndnow on Instagram
3. Leave a comment telling me about your favorite “Summer Essential” at Fashion Valley mall
4.  Tag a friend for a bonus entry!
Winners will be chosen at random by July 8, 2016 midnight PST and is open to those living in the San Diego area or nearby cities.
Good luck and have a wonderful holiday!
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Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Guide!

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In the past couple of years, I’ve posted a “Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide” to help those of you who are procrastinators (like me) get through the Christmas holiday.  Although I missed Valentine’s Day, I’m going to start putting together some “Last Minute Gift Guides” for other special occasions.  Not only will it help me get creative with my own gift giving, but I hope it will help you as well!  For this Mother’s Day version, I’ve gathered ideas from stores at Fashion Valley Mall to help with giving your mom (and mine) something unique on her special day!


The “Go-To” Gift

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A New Purse – This is a great “go-to” gift because it’s easy and if your mom is like mine, anything practical will do just fine.  As I’ve mentioned before, my mom is a big fan of Kipling (2nd floor), so getting her something she will like immediately is a snap.  My mom loves backpacks or cross-body purses, and there are so many fun styles and colors to choose from.

Jewelry – This is always a great “go-to” because if you get something your mom loves, you have the pleasure of seeing it on her all the time.  I think charm bracelets are wonderful because you can pick out charms that are meaningful to the both of you.  If you are not worried about a budget, Tiffany & Co (2nd floor) has gorgeous bracelets and charms in sterling silver, rose gold and gold.  If you are looking for more wallet friendly bracelets and charms, Swarovski (2nd floor) has a lovely little selection that will be easier on on your pocketbook.


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Day Spa – There are two day spas at Fashion Valley:  Carlton Hair (1st floor) and Happy Nails (1st floor).  Gift cards are available at both locations to give any mom a wonderful full day of pampering from head to toe!

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Brunch and a Movie – Treat your mom to a mid-morning meal and movie, all at Fashion Valley!  True Food Kitchen (1st floor) is one of my favorite restaurants there, and they have a healthy and oh-so-delicious brunch menu.  Then take her to see a new flick at AMC Fashion Valley 18 (2nd floor), maybe the upcoming Captain America: Civil War?


Bring it on Home

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Home Cooked Meal – How about some pampering at home? Either cook something special for mom or get her some new gadgets if she’s the culinary wizard at Williams-Sonoma (2nd floor).  I’m a baker myself and there are just so many cool things to find there for anyone who wants to dabble in cookery.

(Pictured: Mother’s Day Cookie Gift Box & Williams-Sonoma Goldtouch Nonstick 6-Piece Essentials Bakeware Set from their official website)


New Parking Guidance System

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If you’re a regular shopper at Fashion Valley (like me), then I’m sure you’re already aware of this awesome bit of news:   The guess work has now been taken out of the parking situation with their new “parking guidance system” that helps inform you of how many spaces are available!  This new system is available at all eight of their parking garages (structures A through H).

FTC Disclosure:  This post was sponsored by Fashion Valley

Kipling’s 2016 Spring Line!

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Last month, a few bloggers were invited to an “Empowering Women Event” at Kipling’s Fashion Valley location, where patrons could save 20% on their purchase that day by donating their gently used handbags.  We were treated to sips, sweets and songs as well as a preview of their new Spring line.  I adore the staff at Kipling because everyone is so sweet, and they were so excited to share with us all their latest handbags, totes and backpacks.  What better way to celebrate the “Year of The Monkey”!

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Always great to see my blogger friends Lilia of Curls & Fashion, Laura of Laura Neuzeth and Alessandra of Alessandra Gonzalez!

(Photo courtesy of Alessandra)

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Isn’t Laura holding the cutest Kipling monkey?  With his little laptop, it’s perfect for bloggers!

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Bright and Colorful: Key words for Kipling’s new Spring line!

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My absolute favorite:  The new Claudia handbag in stone metallic.  Looks like leather!

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Thank you Kipling at Fashion Valley for the bright new additions to my growing collection, these will come in handy for traveling this summer!

The Cheeses of Europe Pop-Up at Fashion Valley

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I love attending events that are different from what I’m used to, especially at a place like a major shopping mall.  Recently, I attended the media event for “The Cheeses of Europe” pop-up shop held at Center Court at Fashion Valley.  It featured several varieties of cheeses from Europe (mainly France), offered at a lower price point.  The Cheeses of Europe is presented by The Cheeses of France Marketing Council, and their hope is to build awareness and demand for The Cheeses of Europe in the US and the world through national and regional programs.  My favorite cheeses of the sampling were the creamier ones and the salted butters.  Although I didn’t purchase any that night, I’m happy to know that these cheeses are available at any local Whole Foods, because I will most definitely be trying some of the fabulous dishes on their recipes page.  Without a doubt, The Cheeses of Europe know how to Make it Magnifique!

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Wine and champagne was available to try with all of the wonderful cheeses for the evening!

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The dishes in this mini-sampling were so delicious!

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It was great to check out all of the tasty cheeses with Lilia of Curls and Fashion and Vanessa of Fashion Mixtape.  One of my favorite cheeses was that Paysan Breton whipped cheese, and another favorite was the Baked Brie with Chipotle Mango Honey Cilantro Shots from the flight of dishes pictured above (pictured bottom right).

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Of course I downloaded the app!

KIPLING SPRING 2016 COLLECTION REVEAL + HANDBAG CHARITY DRIVE

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This Friday from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Kipling at Fashion Valley will reveal their 2016 Spring Collection and host a handbag charity drive.  Enjoy sips, sweets and tunes and 20% off any Kipling handbag with your handbag donation (please make sure any donated handbag is gently used and work appropriate).

I’ll be stopping by, hope to see you there, too!

Kipling Holiday Monogramming Event This Weekend

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Kipling will be doing free monogramming with purchase on Sunday December 13, 2015 from 1p-5p at their Fashion Valley location.  A monogram on a purse or backpack will add a great personal touch if you’re looking for holiday gift ideas.

RSVP by calling their store at 619-574-0684

I’ll be stopping by as well, so please be sure to say hi!

Santa Is Waiting For YOU at Fashion Valley!

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This Saturday marked our third year taking pictures with Santa at Fashion Valley’s Santa Photo Experience.  This was by far the easiest year yet because we got his photos completed in the first week of December (rather than the third), and we did it by appointment straightaway, not having to brave the line at all!  I’m so glad we did because even with our appointment, we still were able to sneak in a bit early because we had the very first appointment at 10:35 am.  We finished with his photo within about 10 minutes, and were able to get in an early day of shopping, eating and enjoying the holiday sights at Fashion Valley.  I ended up choosing the “Photo Package Plus Accessory” plan, which really provided the best choice for the price (which included the multi-image CD).  To help save time when you visit the Santa Photo Experience, click the following link to make your reservation!

http://noerrsanta.com/simon/

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It’s amazing how much he grows each year!  I hope he can still sit on Santa’s lap next year!


Also new at Fashion Valley (and Carlsbad Premium Outlets) is Simon Magazine.  It’s available at both locations in limited quantities, but if you already subscribe to a Condé Nast publication, you will get a copy of your own.

The first issue looks amazing!

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“SIMON AND CONDÉ NAST LAUNCH LUXE LIFESTYLE PUBLICATION SIMON MAGAZINE AVAILABLE NOW AT FASHION VALLEY AND CARLSBAD PREMIUM OUTLETS

Luxury focused fashion, beauty, travel and culture glossy available this holiday season

Fashion Valley and Carlsbad Premium Outlets are pleased to offer shoppers Simon Magazine, a 98-page, high-end lifestyle publication designed to provide readers with the latest must-haves and must-dos, from fashion and beauty, to dining and travel. A limited supply is available to shoppers at Fashion Valley’s Guest Services, located on the lower level underneath AMC Theatres, near Banana Republic. Copies are also available at Carlsbad Premium Outlets’ Information Center, located behind Gap.

The premiere edition of Simon Magazine, produced in collaboration with Condé Nast, features diverse content including covetable gift ideas, an A to Z listing of cultural event happenings around the world, rising technology stars and the gadgets of the future that are here today. The magazine will reach select Simon locations just before the holiday season.”


 FTC Disclosure:  I received a gift card as a courtesy to enjoy the Simon® Santa Photo Experience, but not as compensation for this post.  Although I did receive a gift card, the opinions in this post are strictly my own.