Archives for October 2013

Simon’s GamePlay Tour Comes To Brea Mall Gamers of All Ages Get a Sneak Peek of Hottest New Video Games, Compete in Challenges, Win Prizes and More

Delivering yet again a unique top-level entertainment experience that no retail venue can match, Brea Mall announced today that the 2013 Simon GamePlay™ tour, connecting fans of all ages to the hottest video games before they are officially launched and available in stores, will come to Brea Mall on Saturday, November 2, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Center Court.

  Simon GamePlay, powered by Coke Zero, will take place exclusively in 27 Simon® properties around the country. The free event will run from August through November 2013. Last year, more than 900,000 gamers across the country participated  in Simon GamePlay.

“One of the great things about Simon GamePlay is that it has something for every gamer – from young kids to parents to hard-core gamers,” said Cathi Weiner, Senior Vice President of Business Development for Simon.  “The tour is one of our most successful on-mall programs, and we’re excited to present it to consumers across the country.”

“We are really looking forward to bringing this exciting event to Brea,” said Anna Cotter, director of marketing and business development at Brea Mall. “Brea Mall is the perfect place for this terrific event that appeals to all ages.”

The Nintendo Experience lounge will be at the center of this year’s GamePlay tour. Shoppers will have the opportunity to play the latest games on Wii U™ and Nintendo 3DS™. New games for Wii U such as The Wonderful 101™, The Legend of Zelda™: The Wind Waker HD, and Wii Party™ U, will be available to play as they release throughout the fall. For Animal Crossing: New Leaf fans, stop by the Nintendo booth on select dates throughout September for Animal Crossing gatherings from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. local time. Gamers are encouraged to bring their Nintendo 3DS to connect with other gamers through StreetPass™ while they visit. For the Animal Crossing gatherings, and Tour schedule, please visit:

Other sponsors include of the 2013 Simon GamePlay tour are Namco Bandi®, Ubisoft® and Leapfrog®.

The tour includes 10 gaming pods, including two mature zones, with a variety of products from leaders in the video gaming industry.


About Brea Mall

Brea Mall is an upscale center showcasing four major department stores, including Nordstrom, Macy’s, jcpenney and Sears, and more than 175 specialty shops. Brea Mall also features a full-service day spa, a newly remodeled Foodworks Food Court, and several fine restaurants, including The Cheesecake Factory, BJ’s, Le Diplomate Cafe and California Pizza Kitchen, which all feature outdoor patios. Since February 2013, Brea Mall has been undergoing a large-scale interior and exterior renovation, meant to touch several areas of the shopping center, including new mall entrances, the addition of family-style restrooms, a brand new children’s Play Area on the lower level and new flooring, landscaping, handrails, signage and lighting throughout. The center will showcase updated textures, colors and amenities, creating a more contemporary and inviting shopping environment. For a map and store listings, as well as directions, events and job listings, visit or call 714-990-2732. Visit Brea Mall on Facebook at, Twitter at or Instagram at


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 326 retail real estate properties in North America and Asia comprising 241 million square feet. We are headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana and employ approximately 5,500 people in the U.S.  For more information, visit the Simon Property Group website at


About Simon Brand Ventures

Simon Brand Ventures (SBV), Simon’s business-to-consumer arm, is pioneering the transformation of shopping centers into a medium where consumer brands can build relationships with Simon shoppers who make over 2.8 billion visits each year.  Simon’s vast franchise of market-leading shopping centers nationwide provides SBV the foundation to monetize the distribution system through numerous consumer ventures. SBV and its affiliates have engaged in a number of consumer business initiatives, including the Simon Visa Giftcard® and the American Express®/Simon Giftcard; launch of Simon platform programs such as Simon dTour Live® and Simon Kidgits Club®; a national media delivery channel including static, digital and experiential marketing and advertising vehicles; and multiple national and local marketing alliances with Coca-Cola and Visa U.S.A. among others.


Spooktacular Rocking Brunch for young families Saturday, October 26 at Rockwell Table & Stage, 1714 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027(in Los Feliz Village).

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Performing in “The Groovy Lounge” on Saturday will be fabulous kindie musician Mista Cookie Jar andBronkar Lee (the world’s only rhythmic juggling beatboxer, as seen on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno).
Doors open at 10:00 am. for food, face painting and other fun activities. The show begins at 11:00 a.m.
Tickets are $10, with kids 2 and under free.
Valet parking is available behind the restaurant.
A  special kids’ menu will be available.
For complete event information or to make a reservation:
Phone reservations:  (323) 669-1550
For questions about this event or The Groovy Lounge series at Rockwell Table & Stage, please call Groovy David at(310) 614-8060 or email him at
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“The Hunters” Puts An Exciting Spin On The Classic “Snow White” Story

The Hunters is a modern day fairy tale adventure, based on the magical mirror from “Snow White,” and follows the brothers Flynn as they embark on an international quest to find their parents and save the world from the clutches of evil.  KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Gerry O says, “The Hunters” is a great and thrilling movie for everyone! There is comedy, romance, action, adventure, thrilling scenes, a great and engaging story line and, of course, a puzzle to solve!” The Hunters is the fifth world premier film in Hallmark Channel’s new Friday night movie series, “Walden Family Theatre,” airing this Friday, October 25th at 8/7c on Hallmark Channel. See Gerry’s full review below.

“The Hunters”
Reviewed by Gerry O., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11
Video Review available here.

From the title, it’s really hard to predict what the movie will be about. Based on the title, I had an open mind. I only have one thing to say, I was pleasantly surprised! “The Hunters” is a great and thrilling movie for everyone!

I absolutely love how many things there is in this film! There is comedy, romance, action, adventure, thrilling scenes, a great and engaging story line and, of course, a puzzle to solve!

The adventure begins when three people are looking for some artifacts to build together a legendary item. When one turns on the others, everything goes wrong. The two kids of the couple who are searching for this item and their friend, go on a epic adventure to save the world and their parents!  If you want to find out if their parents are ok and if they were successful in this quest, you have to watch the film!

This film brings so many perks! It has especially great actors and the directing is also very good. The camerawork will impress you for sure – there are so many actions –  climbing and jumping and even some scary stuff. But, the picture if very clear and the storyline easy to follow!

I have to say that my favorite scene is when the older brother discovers his little brother has skipped school and he is very mad at him. I can greatly appreciate this scene. It has brotherly “love” or as I call it “bromance.” It’s extremely funny and will hit home with many viewers.

I recommend this movie to ages 8-18, because it is a very intense film. I also give it 5 out of 5 stars and wouldn’t be surprised if they eventually turn this movie into series. I know I will be watching out for that.

Credit: KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions

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Need an Artful Dodger for Dickens Day @ The Printing Museum in Carson

Auditions (Non-union) local actors in South Bay Los Angeles area for “Dickens Day Celebration” in December  Sat. Dec. 14th &  Sun. 15th 2013 from 10:00 AM- 3:00 PM”
Looking for Dickens characters to improvise and interact with guests at Dickens annual event @ International Printing Museum , Carson, CA  Sat. Dec. 14th &  Sun. 15th  2013 from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM (Holiday Lunch included with comps)
Will be auditioning this Sat. Oct. 26th 12:30 pm-2:30 pm 
@ The International Printing Museum

315 Torrance Blvd, Carson, CA 90745


Call Phil for information 310-515-7166 or 714-225-2078
Looking for:
Artful Dodger from “Oliver Twist”: Boy, 4′-5’8″, age range 12-15 yrs. Caucasian, impish boy, moves like a street rat, great angelic smile,good slapstick / body movement/pantomine, sleight of hand and magic a plus! Fagin’s right hand lad! Cockney or British accent a plus!
All roles require great Comedy & Improv skills!! * Minors must be accompanied by adult w/ application signed permission by parent /legal guardian required to participate in production.


Dear Master Dragon by Alva Sachs and Illustrated by Patricia Krebs ~ a Comic Coloring Book Story


Danny Dragon decides to write a letter to The Master Dragon for help. Why would Danny need help? Will the Master Dragon write him back, or will he have to solve his problems by himself? Join Danny on his adventure as he discovers what it is like to be a REAL dragon. Dear Master Dragon is a really fun story with an extra bonus: your child can also color it! It’s such a fun and entertaining story for young children and the illustrations are quite imaginative and kids will enjoy coloring it! If you order directly from the Author, you will also receive a pack of coloring pencils to go along with it. Check out the Alva Sachs website here. The book will also be autographed!

We have more exciting news to share! Alva Sachs will be at a local event!

Dear Master Dragon makes it debut appearance November 9, 2013
Apostrophe Books
4712 E. 2nd St.
Long Beach, CA 90803
Join Alva Sachs award-winning children’s author as she shares her latest title along with her other books: Circus Fever, I’m 5, and On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!
Fun filled day with activities for kids!


Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation Powder ($45)


Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation Powder is a breakthrough formula that promises a flawless complexion with its customizable wet and dry coverage. This silky-smooth innovation offers a natural veil that imparts a colour true finish. I received a sample and love how it is long lasting and waterproof! It really feels light on my skin too!


Check out this video introducing Smooth Finish Foundation Powder – Check it out here:

Key Attributes:

  • ·         Blurs fine lines – never settles into them
  • ·         Oil free, natural matte finish
  • ·         Long-wearing, all day wear (8 hours), waterproof
  • ·         Instantly reduces the look of shine at application and smoothes away the look of lines and pores
  • ·         Feels creamy, light and fresh on skin throughout the day
  • ·         In 20 shades of extraordinary

Shade Range:


Self Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate this review.


Jenny Packham: Fall 2014 Bridal Collection Look created by Talia Shobrook for Laura Mercier

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Talia Shobrook, lead makeup artist for this season’s Jenny Packham show, created a “romantic and dreamy” makeup look to complement Packham’s 2014 Bridal Collection. This season’s gown designs were inspired by the “Belle Époque” or “beautiful era” of the early 20th century, when women abandoned traditional restrictive corsetry for romantic, flowing silhouettes.

Flawless Face: Flawless skin with a natural flush of colour

·         Shobrook first prepped skin with Laura Mercier Foundation Primer – Hydrating ($32).  

·         Next, she applied Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer – Oil Free Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen ($43) to create a healthy, even tone.  She then covered any imperfections with Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage ($32).

·         To give the skin a romantic, dreamy look, Shobrook flushed the cheeks with Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Colour in Barely Pink ($24) and Rose Petal ($24).

·         Then, she dusted Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Colour in Peach Whisper ($24) onto the apples of the cheeks. She dabbed Laura Mercier Secret Finish ($27) onto the cheekbones, adding freshness to the skin.

·         To add the final touch, Shobrook applied Laura Mercier Invisible Loose Setting Powder ($35) to the nose and forehead. I received this product to try out for myself and love it! Left my face looking so natural!


Simple Eyes: Soft washes of colour

·         Shobrook applied a wash of colour to the eyelids using Laura Mercier Matte Eye Colour in Ginger ($23) and Laura Mercier Sateen Eye Colour inGuava ($23). Next, she applied a layer of Laura Mercier Sateen Eye Colour ($23) in Primrose.

·         She then highlighted the brow bones with Laura Mercier Matte Eye Colourin Morning Dew ($23).

·         She used Laura Mercier Sateen Eye Colour  in Baroque and Cognac ($23 each) on the inner creases of the eyes to give a rounded look.

·         To finish the lids, Shobrook applied  Laura Mercier Sateen Eye Colour  inBaroque and Burnished ($23 each) to the lower lash lines. She then addedLaura Mercier Sateen Eye Colour in Cognac to the middle of the lower lash lines.

·         She applied Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Seashell ($26) to the inner corners of the eyes and added a coat of Laura Mercier Full Blown Volume Lash Building Mascara ($24to the top and bottom lashes.

·         To pull the look together and frame the face, she lightly defined the eyebrows using Laura Mercier Eye Brow Pencil ($22).


Soft Lips:  Mauve and beige lip

·         To create a subtle, elegant look, Shobrook applied Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Colour in Pink Blush and Peche (each $26) to the lips.


Body: Illuminated skin

·         To complete the look, Talia dusted Laura Mercier Mineral Illuminating Power in Candelight ($34) to the neck and décolletage.

*Self Disclosure: I received the Invisible Loose Setting Powder to facilitate this feature.


Umi – Hanna Andersson “Pick-your Perfect Outfit Sweepstakes”

You will land on a website where you customize your own outfits and share on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Once you share, you are prompted to enter the sweepstakes and then will land on a thank you page with an Umi coupon to use on and a link to a sale on Click here to enter.


PRIZES: Grand prize: $250 gift cards + 3 Lucky Runner-Up Prizes: $100



Sweepstakes Ends: 11/10/2013