Archives for May 3, 2015

Parking Improvements Slated For Del Amo Fashion Center As Part Of Ongoing Transformation EV charging stations, car counters and expanded parking on deck for center

Del Amo Fashion Center will tout a new nearly 2,000-car parking structure complete with quick-charge electric vehicle charging stations, car counters and direct access to the new Nordstrom when it debuts at the center this October.

The parking updates are part of the ongoing transformation of South Bay’s premier retail destination.

“Our goal is to continue to offer updated amenities that make shopping at Del Amo Fashion Center even more convenient and enjoyable for our shoppers,” said Lindsay Hermance, director of marketing and business development at Del Amo Fashion Center. “We’re excited about all the enhancements taking place, and can’t wait to unveil our new look and feel this Fall.”

Located along Fashion Way between the Marriott Hotel and Del Amo’s newer Outdoor Village, the five-level north parking structure will showcase car counters on each level, giving shoppers a quick and hassle-free way to locate open parking and setting the stage for a more convenient shopping experience.

The structure will also give shoppers direct access to the 140,000-square-foot Nordstrom and the new Grand Court, which connects the Outdoor Village to the grand entrance of the center. The Grand Court, which will showcase natural light and an open-air feel, will also be home to the Guest Services center.

The new parking structure will also offer 21 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, including two new fast-charging NRG eVgo (ee-vee-go) Freedom Station sites that can recharge shoppers’ vehicles in 30 minutes or less, allowing them to plug in while they shop or grab a bite to eat in the new Patio Cafes dining pavilion.

The eVgo Freedom Station sites will be designed to support both current and future charging technology, by serving southern California EV drivers’ on-the-go charging needs regardless of what kind of electric vehicle they drive. The stations currently support CHAdeMO direct current (DC) fast charging, as well as standard alternating current (AC) J1772 Level 2 EV charging and can be upgraded with an SAE Combo charger as more EVs with that charging standard become available.

Ambience upgrades are being made as well. In addition to the green screen vine trellis that will adorn the new parking structure, a mile-long pedestrian walkway is being created along Hawthorne Way, with low water flow throughout the property.

The initial opening of phase two of the renovation, which is expected to accompany the Nordstrom opening in October 2015, will feature a state-of-the-art, two-level fashion wing with retailers including a two-level, 25,000 square-foot Zara, a two-level, 25,000 square-foot H & M, and a 15,000 square-foot flagship Victoria’s Secret thatis slated to be twice the size of the retailer’s typical space. The second phase will showcase the beginning of a restaurant row north of Carson Street, with Great Maple, FRIDA, and Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que as the first of five eateries set to join the center.


Several more retail and dining announcements are forthcoming as the grand reopening of Del Amo Fashion Center approaches this Fall.

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 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, a joint venture of institutional investors advised by J.P. Morgan Asset Management and Simon, isthe South Bay’s retail destination for shopping, entertainment and dining. Del Amo Fashion Center 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.

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Credit: Simon.

DIY Party Ideas from Balloon Time for Cinco de Mayo! It's Fiesta Time!

DIY Fiesta Balloon Ceiling2      DIY Sprinkle Margarita      Churro Bar

Cinco de Mayo is almost here! Check out these fun DIY crafts for Cinco de Mayo: Fiesta Balloon Ceiling and Fiesta Bar Signs. They are simple and creative decorations for any celebration.  I also really like their idea for a Churro Bar!  You can find Balloon Time products near you! I know that out local Target carries their products and also many Party City locations.

Let’s Fiesta!

Check them out on Social Media sites! Balloon Time’s Twitter handle is @BalloonTime and Facebook is, and Instagram is @balloontimeheliumtanks.

Self Disclosure: No compensation was received to post. Photos and info provided by Balloon Time.

Raise a Toast to Spring with Nielsen-Massey Vanillas Perfect for Mother's Day Brunch!

This spring, join Nielsen-Massey Vanillas as we raise a toast to the return of warmer weather with a refreshing, fruity cocktail recipe. Whether at a Mother’s Day brunch, an outdoor dinner party or a graduation celebration, spring cocktails are a delicious way to bring the gathering together.


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I received a sample of  2-ounce bottle of Nielsen-Massey Tahitian Pure Vanilla Extract and enjoyed trying out some of the delicious recipes! The Lemon Lime Raspberry Twist is my favorite!

Following are some tips and tricks for creating the perfect drink at home (courtesy of our friends at Nielsen-Massey):

  • Use frozen fruit or juices in lieu of ice cubes to keep beverages from getting watered down.
  • Instead of using simple syrup to sweeten your drink, use a spoonful of marmalade or jam to add a fruity flavor along with sweetness.
  • Turn to punches or pitcher-style drinks for large parties. They are easy to mix ahead of time and ensure that you will spend the evening socializing with your guests instead of tending bar.
  • For mixed drinks, keep additional soda, sparkling water or juice on hand to make alcohol-free versions for children or adults not imbibing.

This Lemon Lime Raspberry Twist recipe from Nielsen-Massey Vanillas, included below, is the ideal springtime cocktail. Fragrant Nielsen-Massey Tahitian Pure Vanilla Extract and Pure Lemon Extract highlight the fresh flavors of raspberries and lime juice for a drink that is as refreshing as it is beautiful. Replace the vodka with an additional ounce of lemon sparkling water for a mocktail that anyone can enjoy.

Lemon-Vanilla Simple Syrup
(½ Cup)

¾ cup water
½ cup sugar
¼ teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Pure Lemon Extract
½ teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Tahitian Pure Vanilla Extract

In a small saucepan, add water, sugar and lemon extract; stir to combine. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until syrup reduces, about 10-15 minutes. Remove from heat. After syrup has cooled, add vanilla extract and stir. Refrigerate unused syrup in an airtight container.

Lemon Lime Raspberry Twist
(Serves 1)

6 fresh raspberries
½ ounce fresh lime juice
½ ounce Lemon-Vanilla Simple Syrup
1 ounce vodka
2 ounces organic lemon sparkling water
lime twist
2 frozen raspberries
orange wedge

In a cocktail shaker, muddle fresh raspberries, lime juice and Lemon-Vanilla Simple Syrup. Add vodka and sparkling water; shake and strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Drop lime twist and frozen raspberries into glass. Top with a freshly squeezed orange wedge.

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Self Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate this post. Photo and Recipe Credit with tips: Nielsen-Massey.