Archives for August 2, 2014

Simon and Teen Vogue Introduce “Back-to-School Saturdays” with Special Offerings throughout August

 With the new school year fast approaching, Simon®, a global leader in retail real estate, and Teen Vogue, the number one source of fashion, beauty and pop-culture news for trendsetting teens, are hosting a series of back to school events at more than 80 shopping centers across the country to get young people prepped to head back to class. The Shops at Montebello’s kick-off “ABC’s of Style” festivities take place on Saturday, August 2 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.in Center Court, helping families have fun while shopping for seasonal must-haves.

 

Simon’s ABC’s of Style events, presented by Unilever brands St. Ives, Simple and Q-tips in association with Coca-Cola and Fox’s new fall series RED BAND SOCIETY, also launch the shopping centers’ collaboration with Teen Vogue for its “Back-To-School Saturdays” initiative, chock full of offerings throughout the month of August.

 

“This is an exciting time of year and as The Shops at Montebellois the center of fashion in Los Angeles, teaming up with Teen Vogue elevates our back-to-school shopping season into a true fashion and entertainment experience that helps parents and students alike get set for the upcoming school year,” said Marida Petitjean, Director of Marketing and Business Development at The Shops at Montebello.

 

The Shops at Montebello’s ABC’s of Style events will include various elements to give students the social shopping experience they seek. Featured event activities were created by keeping young shoppers’ preferences top-of-mind:

 

  • Fashion Show: Don’t miss a fashion show kicking off at 3 p.m. that will feature the hottest trends for back to school, coordinated by Barbizon Modeling. Check out the latest styles from Macy’s, JCPenney, GAP, New York & Company, Charlotte Russe and American Eagle Outfitters. The first 200 fashion show attendees who check in at the social media table and “like” The Shops at Montebello on Facebook will receive a Shops at Montebello sports cinch pack filled with school supplies, mall-wide discount offers and samples.
  • Exclusive Style Guide: ABC’s of Style event attendees and back-to-school shoppers have the chance to pick up an exclusive Simon and Teen Vogue style guide, featuring fashion looks curated by style experts. Beyond the event, shoppers can also pick up a guide at The Shops at Montebello’s Guest Services or access it online at http://simon-malls.publ.com/Fashion-Trend-Report.
  • Mall-Wide Discount Offers & Samples: Event attendees can engage in free interactive activities and pick up a SWAG bag at the registration table filled with other goodies and offers (while supplies last) from St. Ives, Simple, Q-tips, and Fox’s new fall series RED BAND SOCIETY.

“We are thrilled to once again be collaborating with Simon during the all-important back-to-school shopping season,” said Teen Vogue Vice President and Publisher, Jason Wagenheim. “Through this alliance, we’re able to bring relevant and authentic fashion content to Simon.com and into consumers’ everyday mall experience—starting with Teen Vogue‘s Back-To-School Saturdays, but with much more to come. Simon’s ‘ABC’s of Style’ events are really the perfect complement to our BTSS initiative and we’re looking forward to bringing the excitement to many Simon shopping centers nationwide throughout the month of August.”

 

In addition to offering on-mall events, Simon will launch several digital-focused back-to-school elements that give students and their families the tools to gear up for school and stay connected to The Shops at Montebello. Shoppers can impress Simon with their Back to School look using the hashtags #foundationsimon and #contest to be entered to win a $500 Simon shopping spree. Entries must be received by December 31, 2014, and official rules are available here: http://www.simon.com/foundatsimon-bts.

 

Visit The Shops at Montebello on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram at www.facebook.com/shopsatmontebellowww.twitter.com/shopsmontebello or www.instagram.com/shopsmontebello to stay up-to-date on the latest events, trends and news.

 

For more information about Simon malls ABC’s of Style events, visit http://www.simon.com/teen-vogue-style.

 

About The Shops at Montebello

The Shops at Montebello is a modern indoor super regional shopping center featuring four department stores and more than 160 shops, eateries, and restaurants—remaining the leader for shopping in the San Gabriel Valley. The Shops at Montebello is home to Macy’s, jcpenney, Forever 21, Coach, G by Guess and more, with dining options such as BJ’s Restaurant and Brewery, Hikari Sushi, Marie Callender’s and Olive Garden. The Shops at Montebello serves communities in San Gabriel Valley and East Los Angeles including Montebello, Monterey Park, and Rosemead. With its modernized look and feel, The Shops at Montebello strives to provide the best shopping experience with its retailer and dining selections for the entire family. For a map and store listings, as well as directions, events and job listings, visit http://www.simon.com/mall/the-shops-at-montebello or call 323-722-8454.

 

About Simon

Simon is a global leader in retail real estate ownership, management and development and a S&P100 company (Simon Property Group, NYSE:SPG).  Our industry-leading retail properties and investments across North America, Europe and Asia provide shopping experiences for millions of consumers every day and generate billions in annual retail sales.  For more information, visit simon.com.

Celebrity Stylist Jeannie Mai’s Style Tips

Friday, July 25th celebrity stylist, Jeannie Mai  hosted a style session as part of a recent Colgate Optic White contest. One lucky winner took home the grand prize of a one-on-one style consultation with Jeannie. During the style day, Jeannie  dressed the winner in Walmart apparel, accessories and shoes in addition to sharing tips and tricks on how to rock the latest and greatest summer fashion trends without breaking the bank.

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Celebrity Stylist Jeannie Mai’s Style Tips

  1. While not everyone will be walking the red carpet, you can still get that red carpet glam look in the comfort of your own home! I always say your smile is your best accessory so make sure your smile is sparkling bright with the new Colgate Optic White Toothbrush + Whitening Pen. Use twice daily to achieve whiter teeth in 2 days.

 

  1. I am a fan of a bright, bold lip. But if you are drawing attention to your lips you need to make sure your pearly whites are sparkling white. I recommend stashing lip colors with blue undertones and the new Colgate Optic White Toothbrush + Whitening Pen in your purse for an on-the-go beauty update.

 

  1. Accessories are a girl’s best friend, am I right? We all love to dress up our look with bangles, earrings and the hottest new handbag. But ladies, don’t forget your best accessory is and always will be your smile! Make your smile pop by using the full Optic White line of products – brush, rinse, whiten and go for whiter teeth in just one day!

 

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  1. One of the most stylish and sensible ways you can partake in summer trends without jumping into temporary trends is to shop vintage. Today trends are taking strong struts from the past, and celebrities like Beyonce and Carrie Underwood are jumping right in. A good tip to help you shop vintage and stand out is to aim for statement accessories that add the throwback to your modern wear. Tortoise shell sunnies, natural fiber woven clutches and bags, or low block heel footwear are essentials. One of my ultimate fave places around the world to shop at is in my very own home of Los Angeles. Decades on Melrose is a legendary must to all the fashion mavens everywhere. It’s worth the trip back in timeless style.

 

  1. As a fashionista, it’s important to stay on top of the latest trends. This year’s Pantone color of the year is Radiant Orchid – so swipe some lavender polish onto your lovely nail beds the next time you go to the salon. Manis and pedis are fun and easy ways to add pops of color to your look.

 

  1. Neon orange lips are officially in. The bright orange shade provides the necessary pop to your lips and looks great on multiple skin tones.

 

  1. While not everyone will be walking the red carpet, you can still get that red carpet glam look in the comfort of your own home! I always say your smile is your best accessory so make sure your smile is sparkling bright with the new Colgate Optic White Toothbrush + Whitening Pen. Use twice daily to achieve whiter teeth in 2 days.

 

  1. I am a fan of a bright, bold lip. But if you are drawing attention to your lips you need to make sure your pearly whites are sparkling white. I recommend stashing lip colors with blue undertones and the new Colgate Optic White Toothbrush + Whitening Pen in your purse for an on-the-go beauty update.

 

  1. Accessories are a girl’s best friend, am I right? We all love to dress up our look with bangles, earrings and the hottest new handbag. But ladies, don’t forget your best accessory is and always will be your smile! Make your smile pop by using the full Optic White line of products – brush, rinse, whiten and go for whiter teeth in just one day!

 

  1. While we all love to rock bright and bold colors, remember that black is and always will be classic. Make sure to keep a little black dress stashed in your closet to rock at the next event you attend or night out on the town.

 

  1. Tie your look together with some great accessories. Adding a statement necklace can really set the tone for the rest of your outfit. You can really transition an outfit from day to night with the help of a stylish accessory.

 

  1. Ladies, it’s all about the blue eye makeup these days! Apply shades of teal and seafoam to your eyelid or as a liner to make those gorgeous eyes of yours sparkle and shine.

10.  Looking to jump on a fashion trend from the 90’s? Well ladies, you are in luck – overalls are back in full force! This laid back outfit looks comes as a romper or in the traditional full length get up  – so why not have a blast from the past and rock the overall!

11. No one wants to feel weighed down, especially when it comes to their makeup. Instead of wearing a heavy foundation, try a tinted moisturizer – it provides the coverage you want/need in a light weight formula.

Credit: Guest Blogger Celebrity Stylist Jeannie Mai.

 

 

 

PBS KIDS Video app now available on Windows!

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Great news for everyone using Windows on their tablet or desktop! The hugely popular PBS KIDS Video App launched on Windows today, making it easy for kids to browse and watch videos from their favorite PBS KIDS programs at home, on the road, or anywhere with a 3G or WiFi connection. The app is compatible with all tablets and desktops running a version of Windows 8.1 Pro or Windows 8.1 RT, and can be found at http://bit.ly/1o3w8iM.
 
The free PBS KIDS Video App features thousands of videos from top PBS KIDS television series, including Curious George, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Wild Kratts, Peg + Cat, and Sesame Street, and also includes resources just for parents. The app is also available on iOS, Android and Chromecast, and Windows phones.

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Credit: PBS Kids.

#1 Rated Ultrasport Travel Towel From Shandali A Summer-Must-Have!

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Looking for a towel that is great for travel, sports such as Yoga and even outings to the Beach? The Ultrasport Travel Towel from Shandali is the answer! I received one of these to review and I am quite impressed! It really is great for travel especially outings to the beach. I also really like it for Yoga! It is made from 100% microfiber lightweight material and only found on Amazon. I like that it is lightweight but it absorbs wetness so well! It also drys quickly! It seems to dry much quicker than an ordinary beach towel. I also love that it easily fits in  my backpack or beach bag. This really is a Must-Have this Summer! I don’t leave home without it!
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Italian 1 Language Learning Course Makes Learning fun and easy!

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I love this program because it makes it easier to learn Italian!

The Pimsleur Italian Level 1 is great for both adults and children. Maybe not really young children but I am enjoying learning this language with my 10- year-old son. It really is the best program I have found and it is interesting, educational and fun. I’ll be the first to admit that learning another language is not easy, but this really does make it much easier. I may not be speaking fluent Italian by next week or next month but this is a fun, educational and much easier way to learn. My son and I will be using this program for homeschooling this school year. It is based on Dr. Pimsleur’s famous research. Learn the Italian language simply by listening & speaking. I like that you don’t need to download it on the computer and there are no books you need to read and study. You can find it on Amazon.  

 
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Celebrate National Coffee Month with nyakio’s Kenyan Coffee Collection

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Did you know that August is National Coffee Month? In celebration, we wanted to remind you about the nyakio Kenyan Coffee Collection, the perfect way to perk up this summer!

The well-balanced Kenyan Coffee Body Scrub and Kenyan Coffee Face Polish are infused with naturally energizing and exfoliating Kenyan Coffee which has a pleasant, non-bitter aroma. Both products help to reveal fresh, more youthful-looking skin while providing antioxidant benefits.

This collection was inspired by the beauty secrets of brand founder, Nyakio Kamoche Grieco’s namesake grandmother. She worked on the family’s sustainable coffee farm, and after spending the day outdoors under the sun, she would boil down coffee beans with honey and apply the grounds to her skin and exfoliate using a sugarcane rod.

Kenyan Coffee Collection:

Product Collection Product Detail Price
Kenyan Coffee Body Scrub

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Kenyan Coffee Collection This scrub blends naturally energizing and exfoliating Kenyan Coffee with Sugar to remove dull skin while providing antioxidant benefits. With Mongongo Nut Oil, Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil, Grape Seed Oil and Avocado Oil, this unique fusion leaves all skin moisturized, smooth and soft. $55
Kenyan Coffee Face Polish

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Kenyan Coffee Collection Blending naturally energizing and exfoliating Kenyan Coffee with Jojoba, this face polish gently removes dull skin while providing antioxidant benefits. With Lemongrass and Neroli Oils, indigenous to Africa, this unique fusion leaves all skin toned, moisturized, soft and immediately radiant. $34

 

NEW Products: August Launches from nyakio:

Product Collection Product Detail Price
Firming Face Serum with Baobab Complex

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Firming Baobab Collection This lightweight concentrated serum helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while it helps skin feel instantly firmer. It’s infused with the Miracle Oil, Marula, and the Baobab Complex for face, made up of African Baobab Oil, Soybean Seed and Peach Leaf Extract. $55
Firming Eye Balm with Baobab Complex

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Firming Baobab Collection This rich eye balm absorbs quickly to help skin feel instantly firmer. It also helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, puffiness and dark circles – the ultimate multi-tasking eye balm! It is Nyakio’s secret to keeping the eye area moisturized for 8 hours, smooth, bright and more youthful-looking. $45
Firming Face Gel Cream with Baobab Complex

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Firming Baobab Collection This refreshing gel cream helps skin feel instantly firmer while it helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also improves elasticity and helps skin appear more supple. $55

I received a sample of the  Firming Face Serum with Baobab Complex and really love how it feels on my face. It is lightweight and does not feel greasy on my skin and it does seem to make my skin feel firmer and lines on my face seem to be less noticeable.

Self Disclosure: I received a sample to facilitate this feature. Photo Credit: nyakio.

 

Guardians of the Galaxy – A Futuristic Adventure-Comedy Exploring the True Meaning of Friendship KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions, www.kidsfirst.org

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In the vein of mythological-based films comes Marvel brings us Guardians of the Galaxy featuring Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper and Zoe Saldana. After stealing a mysterious orb in the far reaches of outer space, Peter Quill, a half human/half alien is now the main target of a manhunt led by the villain known as Ronan the Accuser. To help fight Ronan and his team and save the galaxy from his power, Quill creates a team known as the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ to save the world. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Gerry O, age 12, comments, “The film has something interesting for everyone – a sense of adventure with a side of romance and perfectly timed jokes as well as can’t-beat action all rolled up in one film.” Willie J, age 15, adds, “The finest thing about this movie is the comedy that goes with it. Writer James Gunn really does a fine job of using the archetypical characters (tough female, dumb big guy, sassy little guy) and gives them attributes that add to their farce.”  Shelby R, age 14, concludes, “Marvel has created a 3D futuristic adventure-comedy that explores the true meaning friendship.”See their full reviews below.

Guardians of the Galaxy
By Willie Jones

It’s predictable, cliché and often times cartoonish…yet, Guardians of the Galaxy is still one of the most entertaining blockbusters you’ll see this summer. Boasting beautiful special effects and constant humor, Guardians of the Galaxy may not be a groundbreaking entry into its genre, but it certainly is a welcome addition.

The finest thing about this movie is the comedy that goes with it. Writer James Gunn really does a fine job of using the archetypical characters (tough female, dumb big guy, sassy little guy) and gives them attributes that add to their farce. Really, the comedy is the film’s saving grace, as its predictability sucks away any suspense. Remember, with a film such as this, it’s not where the path ends that matters, it’s how much fun you have along the way.

I give my utmost respect to Bradley Cooper for his sensational, and hilarious voice-over work. Between his pre-recorded deliveries and the wonderful editing of Fred Raskin, Hughes Winborne and Craig Wood, the character of Rocket becomes an instant fan favorite. I also enjoyed his lovable sidekick, Groot who tells you his name a ton of times in the film in comedic fashion. If you’re a film and acting nerd like me, I think you might find more excitement in seeing Glenn Close and Benicio Del Toro in their fine supporting roles. They don’t do much but their presence alone is enough.

I find it interesting that Groot, who has the least amount of lines, is the best-written character in the whole film. Groot says so much without saying anything and is easily the most lovable and the most human character in the film. Despite the fine characterization and portrayals of the “good guys” in the film, the villains are terrible. They are probably the worst thing about the movie. They are overly cartoonish and come off as B-movie caricatures. From the overly dramatic, yet beautiful, score accompanying the villains, to their hammy portrayals, they are just hard to watch. It’s funny how films of this nature (action, comic book based) spell out everything, as if you wouldn’t get it on your own.

While I thoroughly enjoyed this film I also found it to be a bit frustrating. Like Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy,  The Guardians of the Galaxy actually has a deep and darker meaning. Beneath the explosions and punch-lines, the film is about the loss of loved ones. I’m not going to give the movie away for you but be aware that the film is about losing family and friends and how that affects your motivations and loves. If the film wasn’t quite so formulaic, it would be one of the greatest films of its genre. Easily. The characters are deep enough and their motivations and loves are justified enough through rational traumas, that this film could have been Marvel’s Dark Night. Unfortunately, for me, it’s too predictable to hit that mark.

I rate this film 3.5 out of 5 stars, and recommend it for ages 13 to 18. You can see this film in 3-D or 2-D at your local theater. Guardians of the Galaxy is a fun, entertaining romp that offers a lot of laughs, has a great soundtrack and is a guaranteed good time.

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Reviewed Shelby R.

The sweet sounds of 80’s music, amazing stunts, hilarious one liners, a talking raccoon and a loving, giving tree named Groot are some of the highlights I like most about this film. Marvel has created a 3D futuristic adventure-comedy that explores the true meaning friendship. Chris Pratt plays Star-Lord who is a really good at making enemies and finds himself in trouble when Gamora, Rocket and Groot are after him for stealing the most powerful orb in the galaxy.

One of my favorite scenes is when Star-Lord distracts Ronan from destroying the universe by singing Sweet Child and dancing. Everyone asks him what is he doing and he explains that this is what people do on Earth and he challenges Ronan to a dance off. A memorable moment is when Ronan comes charging toward the guardians and he says “Star-Lord.” Star-Lord replies finally because everyone is always calling him by his real name, Peter Quill and he wants a cool superhero. It is funny that he is excited by people calling him his alias when he should be worried about getting blown to pieces.

Alexandra Byrne, (known for designing costumes for Thor, The Avengers and Finding Neverland) has changed the look of costumes for Sci-Fi and adventure movies. Every costume has more depth for each character especially that of Star-Lord. In the opening scene, you see Star-Lord with a dark maroon cape and metal mask and then, when the aliens try to kill him he escapes by flying via his built-in rocket shoes. The cinematographer, Ben Davis, creates a galaxy never seen before. Throughout the movie I felt as if I was sucked into another galaxy filled with unique aliens and different landscapes.

The moral of this film is that friendship is more important than anything. James Gunn shows how desperate all of the characters are to get 4 billion units and then get rid of each other.  But, they are meant to do something greater together and that is to protect the galaxy and learn how to love others. I recommend this film for kids 12 to 18 and I give this five stars out of five stars.

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Reviewed by Gerry O, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic,Age 12

This is a funny and action packed adventure that fans of Marvel will adore! When I heard about this film, I thought this will be another add on to the series of films based of super hero comic books, and well, maybe it was time for something fresh, but Guardians of the Galaxy pleasantly surprised me – it is a fantastic adventure that many people will enjoy.

The film has something interesting for everyone – a sense of adventure with a side of romance and perfectly timed jokes as well as can’t-beat action all rolled up in one film.

The story starts with a young boy who just experienced a tragic loss and has been abducted by aliens. What do you think they do to him? Train the boy to be an outlaw. Twenty years later, he finds a powerful object and teams with other outlaws to make sure it doesn’t get in the wrong hands. Can they succeed or would he switch to the “dark side?” You have to watch the movie to find out

This movie is stupendous. The jokes aren’t everyday flat jokes, they are one-of-a-kind, ironic humor all the way. The special effects are crystal clear and pretty amazing and, to add to all that, the story is nicely done and plays smoothly. However, even though the jokes are a bit more unique, the rest is rather normal. One item I craved for and didn’t get was to see something unique that would separate this film from the rest of the comic book-based films. However, I still greatly enjoyed it.

My favorite scene is when StarLord  (as he calls himself) is about to face a huge enemy that may destroy billions of lives. What does he do? He starts a dance off! The villain is very confused which gives enough time for the crew to plan something to save everyone!

This movie has some gore and a lot of very intense scenes so I recommend it for ages 10 to 18. I also give it 4.5 out of 5 star for over all a good film, but not much different from a lot of others.

Credit: KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions, www.kidsfirst.org