Archives for January 2014

Burke Williams Introduces the Enhanced Nourishing Facial! Giveaway Opportunity!


Burke Williams Day Spa is pleased to introduce the new enhanced Nourishing Facial now available at all spa locations. The service is a fresh take on the classic Nourishing Facial that incorporates a new science that promotes dermal building, collagen production and hydration to restore youthful, beautiful skin.


The Nourishing Facial restores intense hydration and replenishes vital skin nutrients, resulting in an improved skin tone and texture. Infusing an inviting and fresh blend of tangy citrus extracts and sweet, powdery lavender flowers, this facial blends nature and science for optimal results.


The facial includes a customized application of a unique skin serum that nourishes, soothes and hydrates. This restoring dermal-filling serum uses moisture absorbing nutrients, anti-wrinkle peptides and a powerful Hyaluronic Acid to target and smooth out wrinkles and restore suppleness and hydration to the skin. Estheticians target the serum’s application to focus on the most bothersome areas of fine lines and dehydration. The skin’s moisture levels are raised to fill-in furrows, plump up tissues and tone-down age lines. The final layer of the facial is a soothing Lavender Rosemary mask for extra hydration that leaves the skin nourished and firm. The customized serum and mask applications combined with an ultra-nourishing and lifting facial massage restore vital nutrients to the skin while stimulating collagen production.


The new enhanced Nourishing Facial is currently available at all Burke Williams Day Spa locations starting at just $169 for an 80-minute service. Experience a Burke Williams near you and indulge, regenerate and relax with a signature treatment or custom membership program catered just for you.

I had the opportunity to escape to Burke Williams Day Spa in Torrance last week. I say escape, because you really feel like you are completely out of the South Bay the moment you walk in to this Spa! I was so in need of an afternoon to relax, and that is exactly what I did! I really enjoyed the spa facilities such as the jacuzzi and steam room and well..just the “quiet.” The customer service is just amazing and I am still trying to find out how they make their water with fruit taste so good! I add lemons and or oranges to my water at home and it just doesn’t quite taste the same! 

Now, for the Nourishing Facial! This is just amazing! I really don’t have any other words to describe it! But, I will try! It’s relaxing and left my skin feeling amazing and so hydrated! I can honestly say this was one of the best facials I have ever had! It really is designed just for your skin and my skin felt wonderful. I absolutely loved this facial and my entire afternoon at Burke Williams Day Spa.

So, who is in need of a day at the Spa? We have teamed up with our friends at Burke Williams Day Spa to offer two readers a Spa Pass!  Spa Passes welcome guests to enjoy any Burke Williams spa facilities (the Jacuzzi is the best!) complimentary on three occasions. While at the spa, you can book services and receive 20% off. Simply leave a comment below telling us your favorite way to escape and have “me” time! Maybe, it’s a walk along the beach, a good book or a chat with a friend! Let us know in the comments below!  Next, go to their Facebook Page and “like” them. Make sure to like our Facebook Page too! Deadline to enter is January 29th, 2014 at midnight. Two winners will randomly be selected from all entries!

Self Disclosure: I did receive Spa Services (Facial) for free but any opinions expressed are my own.

Photo Credit: Burke Williams Day Spa.

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Build-A-Bear Grand Opening! Local Children to Make Teddy Bears for Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles at Grand Opening of Newly Imagined Build-A-Bear Workshop Store at Del Amo Fashion Center

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                        Grand Opening Celebration Today at Build-A-Bear!

10 a.m:

We all waited patiently and excitedly to enter the New Build-A-Bear at the Del Amo Mall! There was the Build-A-Bear Workshop Mascot, Bearemy to keep us all entertained and the amazing Balloon Artist!

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Then there was the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony! Local children (and their parents) were then invited in to make bears to donate to Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles.  These bears will be distributed to local children in needs of a teddy bear hug! The First 100 Guests were invited to make these special bears.


A fun morning was had by all! My son really enjoyed his experience of creating his own Dog and also a bear to be donated! This really was a fun morning! What really impressed me was how friendly all the employees were at this Grand Opening!


Saturday, January 25, 2014

Stuffed with Hugs

10 a.m.

  • First 100 Guests invited to make a special bear for free to be donated to Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles
  • Family-friendly entertainment throughout the day, including appearances by Bearemy.


WHERE:         Build-A-Bear Workshop

Del Amo Fashion Center
3525 Carson St.

Torrance, CA 90503

*Located near Macy’s North and The Disney Store


WHY:              To celebrate the grand opening of the new Build-A-Bear Workshop store at Del Amo Fashion Center. The new store heightens the traditional bear-making experience with a bold new design that incorporates modern technology. The updated store allows Guests of all ages to personalize the bear-making process and can offer a different experience each time they visit.

About Stuffed With Hugs

Stuffed with Hugs™ is a charitable program of Build-A-Bear Workshop now in its thirteenth year of helping kids in need around the world by providing teddy bears to children’s causes. Stuffed with Hugs was created to give children the chance to help others. Since Stuffed with Hugs began in 2001, more than 450,000 teddy bears have been made and donated to children in need of a hug. Stuffed with Hugs partners have included adoption agencies, children’s  hospitals, firefighters and police officers, the USO, UNICEF, Ronald McDonald House and other worthy organizations.


About Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc.

Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. is the only global company that offers an interactive make-your-own stuffed animal retail-entertainment experience. There are more than 400 Build-A-Bear Workshop stores worldwide, including company-owned stores in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Canada, the United Kingdom and Ireland, and franchise stores in Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Middle East, Mexico and South America. Founded in St. Louis in 1997, Build-A-Bear Workshop is the leader in interactive retail. Brands include make-your-own Major League Baseball® mascot in-stadium locations, and Build-A-Dino® stores. Build-A-Bear Workshop extends its in-store interactive experience online with its award winning virtual world website at The company was named to the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® list for the fifth year in a row in 2013. Build-A-Bear Workshop (NYSE: BBW) posted total revenue of $380.9 million in fiscal 2012. For more information, call 888.560.BEAR (2327) or visit the company’s award-winning website at®.


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Staying Fresh & Beautiful with Olay Fresh Effects! Skincare for the New Year!

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Looking for Skin care products that really do leave your skin feeling fresh, clean and beautiful? As many of you know, if you have been following SoCal City Kids, I am a big fan of Olay products. I really like the Olay Fresh Effects line up. They have added new products and I was thrilled to try them all out. I love the Out Of This Swirled! These are Deep Pore Clean Exfoliating Scrubs and now are with the essence of Honeysuckle and White Tea or White grapefruit and Green Tea. They are both oil-free and I love how clean they leave my skin! Also, gentle enough on my skin that I can use them more than once a week like most exfoliating scrubs. It also comes in Green Apple and Jasmine Tea. Retails for $6.99 (although prices may vary).

There are also the Olay Fresh Effects Everything Off! Deluxe Make-Up Removal Wet cloths with the Essence of Honeysuckle & White Tea. They retail for $4.99. I love these because they are just perfect for quick make-up removal and leave my skin feeling soft! I love the fragrance of Honeysuckle too! One of my new favorites is the Soak Up The Sun Protection! This one is Lightweight Moisturizing Sunscreen with SPF 15 and the best thing is that I can hardly feel it at all! It is so lightweight and also has the essence of Honeysuckle and White Tea. You can find it for $12.99. I really love the fragrance and how this one feels on my skin and  protects it too!

Another wonderful Moisturizer is the Dew Over! Hydrating Gel Moisturizer with Essence of honeysuckle & White Tea. What I love about this one is how it instantly hydrates my skin! It’s lightweight and oil-free and won’t clog pores and it actually feels like my skin is hydrated for 24 hours. It retails for $12.99, but prices may vary. To find out more, check out these products at

Self Disclosure: I received these products to facilitate this review but any opinions expressed are my own.


America’s Super Bowl game day favorites Fun data visualization of the top recipes US home cooks are gearing up to prepare for the big game.

Baked Buffalo WingsSlow Cooker Chili IISimple Turkey ChiliMexican Potato Nachos, the world’s largest digital food site with more than 1 billion visits each year, partnered with Tableau Software to share a state-by-state look at America’s Super Bowl game day favorites, including chili, dips, drinks, sandwiches, snacks and wings.  Using a massive amount of data from nearly 95 million visits, Tableau has created an interactive graphic that can be viewed here. Some interesting findings include:

  •  When it comes to snack recipes, we are a nation divided. Depending on where you are, Americans appear to have a strong preference for Little Smokies recipes, nachos or meatballs as their gameday snack of champions. Note that in both Washington and Colorado, the top snacks recipe is Mexican Potato Nachos. However, in New York/New Jersey, the top snacks recipes is The Best Meatballs.
  • New York stands alone as the only state whose favorite chili recipe is turkey over beef.
  • Two dip recipes stand out as head and shoulders above the rest – the recipe for Seven Layer Taco Dip dominates much of the Western part of the country (including California) and the Northeast and Southeastern states have a preference for Buffalo Chicken Dip.
  • The one thing all Americans agree on is wings. The recipes for Baked Buffalo Wings is tops in all 50 states.

This visualization is a fun way to see the flavor and food preferences across the state ahead of the big game.

Buffalo Chicken Dip   Seven Layer Taco Dip

Credit: Based on traffic to its PC and mobile sites from 1/05/13 – 2/06/13; information spans 370,906,733 recipe pages viewed over a combined 94,608,417 visits.

Ignoramus Ninth title in the award-winning Aldo Zelnick series will leave you irrevocably infatuated.


Ignoramus, an Aldo Zelnick Comic Novel, is now available from Bailiwick Press. An illustrated novel for middle-grade readers, Ignoramus continues the laugh-out-loud adventures of 10-year-old Aldo Zelnick. If there’s a more inopportune date for an elementary school boy to have a birthday than February 14th, Aldo Zelnick wants to know what it is. With his 11th birthday-and Valentine’s Day-fast approaching, Aldo plans a guys-only party with absolutely no pink,lace, or hearts, thank you very much. But, what will happen if the girls, who all seem to have a crush on Also’s friend, Danny, crash the party? My son and I loved this book and I really liked that Aldo’s friend Bee contributes to Aldo’s sketchbook. My son (who is 10) found the book so funny and interesting that he read it within an hour or so. He couldn’t put it down! My son also loves the Wimpy Kid series but thinks Aldo is smarter and can relate more to him.

The Aldo Zelnick books, hardcover novels for 7-to 13-year-olds, feature the hybrid half-text, half-illustration format made popular by the Wimpy Kid series. The series starts 10-year-old Aldo Zelnick, a budding artist who hates physical activity but loves bacon. When Aldo’s grandmother gives him a blank sketchbook for recording “all his artsy-fartsy ideas,” a reluctant Aldo begins writing and drawing the story that becomes the first book in the alphabetical series, Artsy-Fartsy. You may remember SoCal City Kids reviewing the other books in the series! We are big fans and are looking forward to the next! This one would make a great upcoming Valentine’s day gift!

Check out the Aldo Zelnick website! For more information, you can also check out

Self Disclosure: I received Ignoramus for free but any opinions expressed are my own.

Look stylish this New Year with mark.


It’s a New Year and times for new fashions! One of my favorite new tops is the Get All The Looks Top from our friends at mark. This is so stylish and you can wear it 3 different ways! I just love the multiple looks and it is black which can be worn with so many different outfits! My favorite way to wear this top is one layer draped over the shoulders and one layer that is left loose and flowy. Retails for $34. and found at mark. Available in sizes S-xxlrg. A great  fashionable top for the whole year!

Self Disclosure: I received this Top for free to review but any opinions expressed are my own.


Olay launches Your Best Beautiful

Olay has unveiled YOUR BEST BEAUTIFUL, a new megabrand campaign designed to empower women to put their best face forward and embrace the best possible version of themselves every day.

Women want to be their best beautiful, and the campaign celebrates the power of not settling. Because when you feel your best beautiful, you feel stronger, more confident and more powerful.

North Mall Area to Make Way for Two-Level Mall at Del Amo Fashion Center Stores relocating to new spaces by end of January

Stores in the north mall area of Del Amo Fashion Center will begin relocating to their new spaces by January 31, to make way for construction of a new two-level mall as part of a complete transformation of South Bay’s premier retail destination.


The section of the north mall slated for closure and relocation runs from Typo and Lids, moving north up to H&M, where the center’s outdoor lifestyle wing starts. The state-of-the-art two-level mall will connect the existing Macy’s women’s store with a new Nordstrom store (to be located near the intersection of Hawthorne Boulevard and Fashion Way). 


Shoppers can still find their favorite stores (and some stellar deals too) during the relocation and construction with the help of directional signage and additional backlit directories with updated store locations and store information. Directory greeters will be available on select weekends to help shoppers navigate the mall and find the new locations of their favorite stores.


“We’re excited for the transformation of Del Amo Fashion Center that is underway and want to help our loyal shoppers through the process as much as possible,” said Lindsay Hermance, director of marketing and business development at Del Amo Fashion Center.


A list of preliminary store locations thus far, is as follows:

  • Cotton On, Cotton On Kids, Frederick’s of Hollywood, Lane Bryant, MAC, PacSun, American Eagle, Justice, Express and Claire’s are slated to temporarily relocate to the south portion of the center, between Macy’s and Sears. Victoria’s Secret and Lens Crafters will keep their locations in the south portion of the center as well.
  • Temporarily relocating to the second level of the outdoor lifestyle wing are Robert Wayne Footwear and Stride Rite. H&M Men, Women and Kids, which will be relocating by Valentine’s Day, will have two locations on the first level of the lifestyle wing. In addition, Old Navy will celebrate the grand re-opening of its new permanent location on the second level of the lifestyle wing on Jan. 24 and throughout the weekend, through Jan. 26.
  • In addition, the following stores will be relocating to their permanent homes near the new Patio Cafes dining experience, near the central Macy’s store: The Disney Store, Zumiez, Aeropostale, Gymboree and Hollister. Also moving near Patio Cafes is Build-A-Bear Workshop’s newly imagined store, which has been enhanced with innovative technology to provide a richer, more interactive experience for children and families. Shoppers can celebrate at the grand opening on Jan. 24 at 10 a.m. with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony and family friendly entertainment throughout the day.


The community is encouraged to watch the Del Amo Fashion Center Facebook page for up-to-date news on the renovation efforts, including timing of store re-openings.


The redevelopment project will also include enhancements to the outdoor lifestyle village, additional parking capacity with a new 1,900 car garage, the addition of lush landscaping throughout the entire property, new informational signage, and improvements to customer circulation in and around the center. Completion of this work will be timed with the grand opening of Nordstrom in Fall 2015.


For ongoing updates and to learn more about the transformation of South Bay’s retail destination, follow Del Amo Fashion Center on Facebook at, Twitter at or Instagram at Check out a 3D architect rendering animation at for a bird’s eye perspective on the future Del Amo Fashion Center once this transformational, property wide renovation is complete.


About Del Amo Fashion Center

Del Amo Fashion Center is the South Bay’s retail destination for shopping, entertainment and dining. It boasts more than 200 stores, including Macy’s, H&M, Anthropologie, Barnes & Noble, Coach, and more. Visit the outdoor promenade and enjoy dinner at Stacked or PF Changs before a movie at our 18 screen AMC Theater. The indoor mall offers fashion for women, men and children plus jewelry, footwear and electronics. Del Amo Fashion Center serves the nearby communities of Palos Verdes, Lomita, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Redondo Beach and Gardena. For a map and store listings, as well as directions, events and job listings, visit or call 310-542-8525.


About Simon Property Group

Simon Property Group, Inc. (NYSE: SPG) is an S&P 100 company and a global leader in the retail real estate industry.  The Company currently owns or has an interest in more than 325 retail real estate properties in North America and Asia comprising approximately 242 million square feet. We are headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana and employ approximately 5,500 people in the U.S.  For more information, visit