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Give Mom the Gift of Kipling!


Kipling at Fashion Valley celebrates Mother’s Day with ways to show your appreciation for that extraordinary woman in your life!  Whether that special mom is adventurous, super, new or stylish, Kipling has what you need to find that perfect gift.  And in honor of Mother’s Day, select items will be 25% off!

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you’ll know Kipling is my mom’s favorite brand and she would probably adore anything we find for her, but I personally love the new Louna Vegan Leather Saddle Bag in black.

I’d like to wish all my fellow mums a wonderful and blessed Mother’s Day, cheers!

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(Photos c/o Kipling Fashion Valley)

Mother’s Day Events at Las Americas & Carlsbad Premium Outlets!

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If you still haven’t solidified your plans for Mother’s Day, there are some fun things happening at two of my favorite outlets: Las Americas and Carlsbad Premium Outlets!  Both locations will have a “We Love Mom” photo booth and Brand Ambassadors to help you find the perfect gift for mom:

Brand Ambassadors available noon to 4pm

The ambassadors will be interacting with shoppers and handing out Mother’s Day promotional rack cards, which contain additional deals for those in search of special Mother’s Day gifts. Shoppers can also search #foundatsimon on social media for deals and Mother’s Day gift ideas from bloggers in their local community.

Check out additional details below!

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Las Americas Premium Outlets

May 6 to May 8, 2016

Moms and shoppers who spend $250 or more, or purchase a Simon gift card for $250 or more will receive a complimentary Mother’s Day Gift!

Carlsbad Premium Outlets

May 6 to May 8, 2016

On Saturday, May 7, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. guests can treat mom to a fun, fashion-focused experience where shoppers can enjoy makeup application tutorials, and retailer product displays showcasing gift ideas for the extra special woman of the hour. The soiree will include informal modeling hosted by Under Armour, bra fitting sessions by Jockey, a cooking demo from Le Creuset, jewelry cleaning and inspection from Zales, Wetzel’s Pretzels samples, and a display from Clarks.

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


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.

Quality Time

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!


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


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

Indulge Yourself for Mother’s Day with Simon Premium Outlets!

Indulge Mothers Day 2015This weekend is Mother’s Day!  As a mum myself, I had a great time at last year’s Simon Indulge event at Fashion Valley (post here).  THIS year, Simon has two events scheduled, one at Las Americas Premium Outlets and the other at Carlsbad Premium Outlets.  Details are below and a Happy Mother’s Day to all the mums out there, cheers!


Friday May 8, 2015 from 6p-8p


Free, Style-Focused Event Lets Moms Enjoy an Evening of Fashion, Beauty, Shopping and Food

Las Americas Premium Outlets invites moms to celebrate Mother’s Day by enjoying an evening that focuses on fashion and fun. Indulge, Fashion + Fun for Moms, takes place on Friday, May 8 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Front Court, between Old Navy and Coach, and provides moms with a much-needed opportunity to treat themselves to a night out and celebrate motherhood through a fun, fashionable shopping experience.

At Indulge, event attendees can do much more than just shop for spring style must-haves. Moms and their friends can experience:

  • Pampering Stations: Moms can indulge in pampering stations including perfume testing and make-up demos.
  • Food Sampling: Try samples from the area’s local eateries, including Godiva, Subway and more.

  • Stylish Sounds: Local jazz performers Lower Left will transform the mall’s atmosphere into a chic, lively entertainment event venue.

  • Gift Bags with Purchase: Premium Outlets gift bags with special retailer gifts and discounts will be available with $175 mall purchase during the event.

  • Giveaways: Enter to win (1) $100 gift card from Steve Madden, (4) $25 gift cards from New York & Company Outlets, perfume sets from Tommy Hilfiger, Perfumania, and more.


May 9, 2015 from 11a-3p


Free, Style-Focused Event Lets Moms Enjoy a Day of Fashion, Beauty, Shopping and Food

Carlsbad Premium Outlets invites moms to celebrate Mother’s Day by enjoying a day that focuses on fashion and fun. Indulge, Fashion + Fun for Moms, takes place on Saturday, May 9, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Center Court and provides moms with a much-needed opportunity to treat themselves to a day out and celebrate motherhood through a fun, fashionable shopping experience.

At Indulge, event attendees can do much more than just shop for spring style must-haves. Moms and their friends can experience:

  • Pampering Stations: Moms can indulge in pampering stations including styling sessions and mini makeovers by Lancome – The Company Outlet and jewelry cleaning by Zales.

  • Food Sampling: Try samples from the area’s local eateries, including Green Dragon Tavern & Museum, P.F. Chang’s and Wetzel’s Pretzels.

  • Stylish Sounds: Scot Taber, Instrumental Guitarist, will provide live music entertainment in Center Court.

  • Gift Bags: Attendees will receive gift bags with special retailer gifts and discounts from BareMinerals, Chico’s, DKNY, Dooney & Bourke, Jockey, Nine West, Ruby’s Diner, Samsonite, Theory, Tommy Hilfiger, Vitamin World, and Wilsons Leather while supplies last.

  • Giveaways: Enter to win one of five spa packages, valued at $500. Additional raffle items include gifts from Calvin Klein, Carter’s, Kipling and OshKosh B’gosh.

Simon’s Indulge events are free and open to women of all ages. For more information, visit 


Fashion Valley News: A Stylish Treat For Mother's Day & The Arrival of TOPSHOP & TOPMAN to San Diego!

Hooray for fun happenings and awesome grand openings at Fashion Valley!

Firstly, Fashion Valley presents Indulge: A Stylish Treat for Mothers, presented by Diet Coke.  It will take place tomorrow night (my birthday, May 8, 2014).  I’ll be there, and I hope to see you there as well!

A Stylish Treat for Mothers

At Indulge, event attendees can do much more than just shop for spring style must-haves. Moms and their friends can experience fashion tips from Francesca’sThe Walking Company and Tous Jewelry, style consultations, beauty services from Carlton Hair Salon and Day Spa: Fashion Valley, gadget bar from Microsoft Store, delicious refreshments and drinks, plus special event giveaways from Harlequin® books and retailer offers throughout the mall. Additional Indulge offerings include:

  • Mini-Style Makeover Giveaway: During the first 30 minutes of the event, three lucky attendees will be selected to experience a free mini-fashion makeover. Lisa Moore of fashion blog Mona Lisa Marie and Style Setter for the center will surprise women at random with the chance to shop for a new look, receive expert style advice and reveal their new ensemble at the end of the event.
  • Mixology Stations: Mixologists will shake up appealing drink combinations for moms to sample and explain how to replicate recipes at home. Bacardi will be sampling their Grey Goose Le Melon Vodka brand.
  • Food Sampling:  Moms can try samples from some of the area’s best restaurants and hear about the latest food trends. Moms can try lite bites from Stacked, appetizers fromCalifornia Pizza Kitchen, and healthy desserts from Pinkberry, as well as hear about the latest food trends.
  • Stylish Sounds: Local musical performers like Liquid Blue and a live DJ spinning tunes will transform the mall’s atmosphere into a chic, lively entertainment event venue.
  • Diet Coke Sampling:Enjoy a refreshing ice cold Diet Coke.
  • Chicest Mom Photo Op:Moms can walk the red carpet and strike a pose as they remember the night with a fun photo op and share their experience via social media (#indulgeatsimon).
  • Swag Bags: Swag bags containing retailer offers and discounts will be given to the first 200 shoppers who register at the event on a first-come, first-served basis.

“Many moms are long overdue for – and certainly deserve – a break to celebrate themselves and all they do,” said Jayne Stilson, Assistant Vice President of Business Development at Simon Property Group. “That’s why Simon Malls are hosting Indulge events just for them, where moms can shop, socialize and be recognized for the important role they play in our lives.”

Simon Malls’ Indulge events are free and open to women of all ages. For more information, visit shopfashionvalleymall.com. Follow Fashion Valley at www.facebook.com/FashionValleyMall, www.twitter.com/fashionvalleycaor www.instagram.com/fashionvalleyca/.

Secondly, I’m beyond excited to announce that TOPSHOP and TOPMAN are opening jointly at Fashion Valley this fall!  Read all about it below!



First-in-market TOPSHOP to Join Retail Scene at Fashion Valley

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (May 5, 2014) – Get excited for the British invasion San Diego fashion connoisseurs! TOPSHOP and TOPMAN, the men’s version of the British fashion retailer, will be calling Simon Property Group’s (NYSE: SPG) Fashion Valley home this fall, with its first-in-market joint stores in San Diego.

Known as a major British fashion authority with more than 440 stores in 37 countries, TOPSHOP and TOPMAN are slated to open 17,500-square-foot adjoining stores on the lower level of Fashion Valley, near JCPenney.

“We are beyond thrilled to have TOPSHOP and TOPMAN call Fashion Valley their San Diego home,” said Chris Lane, director of marketing and business development at Fashion Valley. “The addition of this iconic retailer will up the fashion game in San Diego, even further establishing Fashion Valley as the premier retail and lifestyle center in this region.”

The retailer specializes in trend-driven fashion, which includes glamorous pieces for going out, footwear, accessories, an extensive selection of denim and jewelry, and TOPSHOP Make-Up. Founded in 1964, TOPSHOP is a pioneer of design collaboration with young talent and fashion icons.

TOPSHOP and supermodel Kate Moss recently launched their spring/summer 2014 collection, a range of pieces encapsulating the British fashion icon’s unique style. Key design categories for this collection include Balearic Dressing, Pyjama Dressing, Cocktail Hour and Tailoring Noir.

San Diego’s TOPSHOP is one of just four new store openings for the retailer in the U.S. by 2015. It’s also slated to open the second largest TOPSHOP and TOPMAN flagship store in the world at 40,000 square feet, on Fifth Avenue in New York this fall.

(Thank you Noelle from Curator PR for allowing me to share these exciting happenings at Fashion Valley!  Photos 1 & 2 courtesy of Fashion Valley.)

(FTC Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post.)

Weekend in Pictures: Mother’s Day 2013

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As I mentioned in my last post, we had a very easy weekend for Mother’s Day.  On Friday we celebrated my birthday as a family, and my sister bought me that delicious cake above.  It’s a Tiramsu cake from Goldilocks, which is a bakery/restaurant specializing in Filipino cuisine.  This cake is divine and my mom and I get it each year for our birthdays.  Saturday was celebrated at Scott and Erika’s place (our good friends), for the first birthday of their adorable son, Jett.  Sunday, my husband, son and I went shopping before meeting my sister and her family for dinner at Italian Cucina at Barona Casino (we dropped my mother off at the casino early so that she could get in some slot games before dinner).  I used to take my mom to Barona during the weekends before I got married, and we always would partake in their fantastic buffet.  My sister and her family ate at Italian Cucina for the first time a week ago and loved it, so they thought it would be a great place to spend Mother’s Day.  After our delicious dinner, my sister, mom and I were each given a beautiful tulip as a Mother’s Day gift, which was a nice surprise.  I hope all the mothers out there had a wonderful Mother’s Day!

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1. Patrons could view their meals as they were being prepared, which made for a dynamic atmosphere.
2. Butter Squash Gnocci (Crisp Prosciutto, Basil Drizzle Gorgonzola Cream Sauce)
3. Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Beef Meatballs (Smoked Mozzarella, Rotini Pasta, Spicy Marinara, Parmesan Cheese)
4. Baked Macaroni & Cheese (Fontina, Parmesan, Mozzarella, and my sister added bacon)
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Weekend in Pictures: The Best Day Ever!

For Mother’s Day last weekend, we celebrated first at home with a simple lunch with my sister, her husband and my niece, myself, my husband, my son and our mom.  I then treated my niece to a spa day while my hubby took our son out for a game of mini-golf.  After I treated Mei-Lin and myself to a mani-pedi, we shopped for two pretty rings because she gave me such a beautiful set of stackable ones.  My sister said she picked them out herself (Mei-Lin already has great taste)!  We then had Tutti Frutti yogurt to end our day of relaxation.  Meanwhile, my husband called us and proudly proclaimed Dominic shot his first hole-in-one on #12!  As Mei-Lin said, that was the best day ever.  Hope you had a great weekend!