Global Genes 4th Annual RARE Tribute To Champions of Hope Gala and Patient Advocacy Summit Raise Over $1.2 Million Funds

 Global Genes™, a leading global rare disease patient advocacy organization, hosted the fourth annual RARE Tribute to Champions of Hope Gala on Saturday, September 26, at the Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa in Huntington Beach. More than 800 patients, advocacy leaders, biotech, and pharmaceutical executives, healthcare philanthropists, star athletes, pop stars and celebrities came together to support the fight against rare disease. The evening of heartfelt awards, presentations and performances raised funds to directly benefit Global Genes’ educational programs, as well as the organization’s new Patient Impact Grant program.

The star-studded evening kicked off with a pre-event cocktail reception sponsored by Healthcare at Home. Celebrity award presenters and guests in attendance included Bryce Dallas Howard (Jurassic World), Jason Ritter (Gravity Falls, Girls),Lindsey Shaw (Pretty Little Liars), Kit Hoover (Access Hollywood LIVE), Max Charles (The Amazing Spider-Man 2, American Sniper), Melanie Lynsky (Two and A Half Men), Madison Mclaughlin (Supernatural), Camryn Howard (Straight Outa Compton) Travis Flores (philanthropist, author and actor), and Lisa Bentley (11x Ironman champion and Pan Am Games winner).  Rare disease patient advocate and syndicated radio talk show host, Scot “Froggy” Langley, played the master of ceremony for the evening of festivities.


As the gala began, CEO of Global Genes, Nicole Boice welcomed guests with a champagne toast noting, “We are so honored tonight to be in a room filled with so much hope and courage. On behalf of Global Genes we extend our deepest thanks to everyone here for their unwavering dedication to the rare disease community.“


Tribute to Champions of Hope alumni performer and 2013 Teen Choice Award Web Star Winner, Cimorelli, delivered the first performance of the evening. American Idol season 8 winner and Platinum Recording artist, Kris Allen, took the stage for a special collaborative performance with RARE Champion of Hope, 12-year old Global Patient Ambassador honoree, Ben Lou. Later in the program breakout-recording artist, Aleem, performed. 2015 Macy’s iHeart Radio Rising Star Contest, Christina Grimmie, took the stage and delivered the final songs of the evening with a moving a capella performance.

Seven standout honors were presented during the night and included RARE Champions of Hope: Teen Advocacy: Shira Strongin, patient advocate, Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and founder of The Sick Chick Network; Global Patient Ambassador: Ben Lou, patient advocate, Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA); Awareness: Andrew Lenchewski – Executive Producer, Michael Rauch – Producer, Writer, Director & Mark Feuerstein, Actor (Royal Pains); Brave Feats of Courage: Noah Coughlan, 3x transcontinental racer and patient advocate, Courtnay Midkiff, transcontinental walker, patient advocate, Jonathan Maidment, Appalachian trail hiker, patient advocate, and Bonner Paddock, Kona Ironman competitor, marathoner, author, patient advocate; Patient Impact Grant Program: Caroline Harding, CEO Genetic Disorders UK and Natalie Douglas, CEO Healthcare at Home; Documentary: Marianna Palka, writer and producer and Lucy Walker, director, The Lion’s Mouth Opens; and Industry: Alexey Salamakha, manager of patient advocacy and Nicole Riley, director of public relations, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation.

The 4th annual two-day RARE Patient Advocacy Summit took place September 24-25, prior to the gala, and brought together rare disease patients, parents, advocates, clinicians, and key stakeholders for a series of best practices panels, policy driven discussions and recognitions. Between the two events, Global Genes raised over $1.2 million with proceeds going directly to fund Global Genes Educational programs and recently announced Patient Impact Grant Program.

It is estimated that it takes over seven years for a patient suffering from a rare disease to receive a proper diagnosis, with 95% of those diseases having no FDA approved treatment. Global Genes’ RARE Patient Advocacy Summit and Tribute to Champions of Hope Gala annually raise awareness for more than 7,000 different types of rare diseases that affect roughly 30 million Americans and approximately 350 million people worldwide.

Sponsors of the 2015 RARE Tribute to Champions of Hope Gala and RARE Patient Advocacy Summit include the following organizations:

Premiere Sponsors:
Alexion, Amicus, Healthcare at Home, Horizon Pharma, Takeda, Walgreens, and Genzyme.

Other Sponsors include:
Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, Abeona Therapeutics, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals,​ Ambry Genetics, Audentes, BIO, BioMarin, Biogen Idec, Boehringer Ingelheim, Cambridge BioMarketing, Clementia, Connexion, Counsyl, Dohmen Life Science Services, Every L​ife Foundation for Rare Diseases, ​Genentech, GSK, Illumina, Insmed, Intellia, Intercept, Idis, Invitae, ​ Janssen, Jazz Pharmaceuticals, New Enterprise Associates, ​Novartis Oncology, Pfizer, Recordati Rare Diseases, Retrophin, Raptor Pharmaceuticals, Sarepta, SERMO, Shire, Sigma-Tau Pharmaceuticals, SmithSolve, Synlogic, Synageva, Ultragenyx, Vanda, Vertex and Watson Land.

Credit: Global Genes.

Eat More Fruit and Veggies!

Did you know that more than 90 percent of adults and children don’t eat the daily amount of fruits and vegetables recommended? By just adding one more fruit and/or vegetable to each of your meals, you can feel more energized and healthy.

Chef Anthony Stewart, Executive Chef at Pritikin Longevity Center+Spa, has created fruit and vegetable dishes that incorporate the sweet taste of fruits mixed with the hearty flavor of vegetables.

Pritikin’s Asparagus Orange Salad

Yields 4 servings


  • 2 bunches asparagus
  • 2 tomatoes firm & ripe. cored, quartered and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 3 blood oranges peeled and sectioned
  • 1 large bunch romaine shredded


  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon garlic fresh, minced
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper fresh ground


  • For dressing, combine all dressing ingredients and whisk.
  • Remove tough asparagus ends, cut on the diagonal into 1-inch pieces, and blanch. Put asparagus, tomatoes, oranges, and romaine in large bowl. Toss gently with dressing, and serve.


Pritikin’s Garden Vegetable Potato Salad

Yields 10 servings


  • 10 petite red potates boiled quartered
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes quartered
  • 1 green bell pepper diced
  • 1 small red onion diced
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried oregano
  • For the dressing
  • 4 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • fresh ground pepper to taste


  • Bring a pot of water to a boil; add potatoes and cook for 10 to 12 minutes, or until fork tender.
  • Cut each potato into fourths.
  • Combine potatoes and the rest of the salad ingredients in one large mixing bowl; set aside.
  • Pour balsamic vinegar into a small bowl.
  • Add minced garlic and a few grinds of black pepper.
  • Whisk until thoroughly combined.
  • Adjust the pepper, or the proportion of vinegar to taste.
  • Gently stir dressing into salad.
  • Cover salad with plastic wrap and set in fridge for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  • Mix and serve.


Pritikin’s Sweet Potato Kale Soup

Yields 16 servings


  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes peeled and diced
  • 1 onion peeled and diced
  • 1 carrot peeled and diced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh sage finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoon garlic minced
  • 2 quarts low-sodium vegetable stock
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 cup celery root peeled and diced
  • 1 bunch kale cleaned and de-stemmed, then sliced thin


  • In a stockpot, add all ingredients except kale.
  • Cook over medium heat until all ingredients are soft, about 1 hour.
  • Puree and put back on heat.
  • Add kale and cook 15 minutes more.


Pritikin’s Pineapple Hummus Dip

Yields 8 half-cup servings


  • 15 ounces  garbanzo beans canned, no salt added, drained
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice (adjust according to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon garlic fresh, minced
  • 2 tablespoons Italian parsley fresh, leaves chopped
  • 1/4 cup dill fresh, chopped
  • 1 cup pineapple fresh or canned (no sugar added) diced
  • 1 dash tabasco sauce
  • 1/2 cup celery chopped


  • Puree all ingredients in food processor.
  • If mixture is too thick, add 1 tablespoon water.
  • Serve with raw vegetables.


Credit: No compensation was received. Courtesy of  Pritikin Longevity Center+Spa.

CicLAvia Heart of LA Explores Six Miles of Car Free Streets in Downtown Los Angeles Take a Break from the Route and Go Little Tokyo!


‘Next Stop Little Tokyo’ is a curated guide to one of Los Angeles’ most vibrant neighborhoods. Presented by Go Little Tokyo, these bi-weekly itineraries report on the best dining, shopping, arts and cultural destinations while providing the tools to navigate and explore the streets of Little Tokyo in a whole new way. On Sunday, October 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.CicLAvia – Heart of LA will celebrate what has become a Los Angeles institution with a fifth-year anniversary route that will take participants through Boyle Heights, the Arts District, Civic Center, Chinatown, Little Tokyo, Historic Core and as far west as Macarthur Park.


CicLAvia began as an idea with an uncertain outcome when it first removed cars from the streets of downtown Los Angeles on October 10, 2010. Now, five years, fourteen events and hundreds of thousands of participants later, CicLAvia is the largest open streets event in North America. Heart of LA will have six miles for participants to explore by bike, foot, skateboard, wheelchair and other non-motorized traffic.


Take a break from route and explore one of LA’s most historic and culturally rich neighborhoods – Little Tokyo. Stop off at the “Go Little Tokyo Zone” at the Japanese American National Museum (JANM)’s Plaza (100 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles California 90012) to learn about Little Tokyo, relax in the shade, listen to live music and participate in an art workshop. Park your bike at the FREE bike valet station at JANM Plaza provided by the LA County Bike Coalition (LACBC) and come back for it when your are done exploring, getting lunch, and shopping.


Enjoy the sounds of Taiko drumming performances throughout the day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the JANM Plaza. Students and staff of Los Angeles Taiko Institute will present new work for Japanese drums written specifically for CicLAvia, including a “trap”-inspired improvisation, a Taiko bike-trailer, and audience participation.  More information can be found at


Participants can create one of kind 3D geometric art at the Go Little Tokyo Origami Workshop in collaboration with Raw Materials Art Supplies from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Stop at the Go Little Tokyo booth for all the latest information you need to explore the neighborhood, find out about the local great restaurants, shops, and cultural programs. Also enter a free drawing to win various raffle prizes including orchestra seat tickets to La Cage Aux Folles at East West Players, tickets to performances at the Aratani Theater, and prizes from local Little Tokyo shops and restaurants.


For more information on Go Little Tokyo and Next Stop Little Tokyo visit complete with an interactive map, multi-venue calendar listings, business and community directory and blog for all the latest news. Sign up for the mailing list and be the first to receive bi-weekly Next Stop Little Tokyo self-guided tours that highlight neighborhood favorites and uncover local hidden gems.


Go Little Tokyo is a Little Tokyo Community Council (LTCC) project developed and produced by Community Arts Resources (CARS) and made possible with support from Metro.

Credit: Go Little Tokyo.

New Chuggington DVD “The Big Freeze” Releases October 13! Giveaway Opportunity!

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Cool high-speed adventure is on the way to preschoolers nationwide with the newest“Chuggington” DVD, “Chuggington: The Big Freeze”! The latest release in the popular DVD collection from Anchor Bay Entertainment is jam-packed with six fun-filled adventures – including a never before seen holiday special episode from the top-rated Disney Junior series. “The Big Freeze” pulls into retail on October 13, 2015, just in time to help families from coast-to-coast celebrate the season – Chuggington style!

The chuggers perform one heroic rescue after another in this cool new seasonal collection of “Chuggington” adventures! When icy temperatures cause the town to run out of fuel and all diesel engines are grounded, it’s wheels-to-the-rails as Chief Jackman and his team of brave Chug Patrollers work together to find a way to the frozen docks to retrieve fuel and get the town of Chuggington moving once again. Fans can join Fletch as he tries to repair the lighthouse, chug along with Calley as she tests to become a first responder, watch as Brewster gets closer to being a Chuggineer, and more! “The Big Freeze” will help teach little chuggers nationwide important lessons about safety, responsibility and teamwork as they ride alongside their favorite friends, Wilson, Koko, Brewster, and Asher!

I received an advanced copy and I highly recommend for younger children! It is fun and so entertaining! I love that it also teaches important lessons for young children such as safety. reports: “Now this is what good children’s entertainment is about! The stories are terrific, the characters are delightful, and the animation is awesome!” And, for double the turbo-charged adventures, Anchor Bay Entertainment will release in tandem the new-to-DVD dino-sizedChuggington” title, “Wilson and the Dinosaur.”


Young fans can experience even more “Chuggington” fun at Amtrak Train Days events, taking place across the country. For information visit


Now in its fifth season on Disney Junior, “Chuggington” is a colorful and contemporary CGI-animated TV show fromLudorum that reinforces early social readiness skills. The series has become a global sensation since its debut in September 2008 in the U.K. The show has been licensed to more than 175 territories worldwide and has established ratings records in several key international markets, including the U.K., Germany, France and Australia. The series made its U.S. debut in January 2010.

We have teamed up for a Special Giveaway! One winner will win both DVDs! 

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I haven’t reviewed Chuggington Wilson and the Dinosaur but it looks like a great one!

To enter, leave a comment below telling us why you would love to win this cool combo! Deadline to enter is October 15th, 2015 at noon PST. One winner will randomly be selected via 

In the meantime, also click on the following link for some more fun!

chuggington wilson & the dinosaur Coloring Pages

Self Disclosure: I received a free DVD to facilitate this post, No other compensation was received. The winner will be sent both DVDs from Anchor Bay Entertainment.



Last weekend, My family had the chance to visit the All-New Boo at The LA ZOO and it’s something you definitely want to check out this month! Our favorites were the Spooky Caves and the Pumpkin carvings were quite amazing! One thing I really like is how educational and fun this outing can be. There were plenty of helpful staff around to tell us amazing facts. We learned new facts about the Flamingos and my favorite Pumpkin Carving was one of Elsa from Frozen.

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 Annual Event, Sponsored by 99 Cents Only Stores,
Is Reimagined and Expanded to Every Day in October

October 1 through 31, 2015
10 am – 4 pm
Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens

This Halloween season, the Los Angeles Zoo offers families and Halloween lovers of all ages a chance to feed their imaginations with treats at the all-new BOO AT THE L.A. ZOO, expanded to an entire month of seasonal fun and learning beginning Thursday, October 1 and continuing through Saturday, October 31, 2015, 10 am to 4 pm.  BOO AT THE L.A. ZOO 2015 features daily activities such as spooky caves spotlighting animals’ “super” natural senses, while weekends include a “Graveyard Safari” adventure, “Boneyard” education station, themed crafts, storytelling, live music, strolling characters, pumpkin carving, animal feedings and other family adventures.  Kids are invited to dress in costumes, and costume contests are presented throughout October.  Activities at BOO AT THE L.A. ZOO, which is sponsored by 99 Cents Only Stores, are free with paid Zoo admission.  Check for details and daily schedules.

In a twist on a more traditional Halloween haunted house, the L.A. Zoo debuts spooky caves in the Winnick Family Children’s Zoo, which are filled with shadows and projections of slithering snakes and crawling spiders and eerie sounds of nocturnal creatures and other special effects, as well as live tarantulas, scorpions and other critters.  Visitors wandering through the spooky surroundings can expect to unearth shocking facts about animals’ “super” powers such as heightened senses that help them survive in their environments.  Other daily activities include fun photo ops in front of a “Haunted Barn” backdrop and up-close “Animals and You” encounters with some of the Zoo’s smaller (and creepier) residents.

Weekends at BOO AT THE L.A. ZOO offer a slew of additional “sweet and spooky” entertainment and education attractions.  A new Graveyard “Safari” hay bale maze is stocked with “tombstones” and silhouette cut-outs of skunks, possums, raccoons and other creatures that inhabit backyards – like yours! — in the dead of night.  Animal skeletons and skulls at a “Boneyard” Station may actually make guests jump out of their skins a bit, as might mysterious characters strolling through the Zoo.  Adding a lighter touch are pumpkin-carving demonstrations, Halloween crafts, “Professor Johnson, Organ Donor’s Haunted Halloween Musical Review” featuring “silly songs and sing-alongs,” and “Dress Up With Campfire Cat,” including face painting with a choice of spiders or fangs with four shows each weekend day.

Zoo residents celebrate along with everyone, so guests are encouraged to keep their eyes peeled for seasonal feedings of pumpkins for plant eaters and carcasses for carnivores on select dates (parental discretion for the latter is advised).  Feedings are set for lions on Saturday, October 3; for Komodo dragons on Sunday, October 4; for jaguars on Saturday, October 10; for elephants on Sunday, October 11; for the black bear on Saturday, October 17; for the tiger on Sunday, October 18; for snow leopards on Saturday, October 24; and for Komodo dragons on Sunday, October 25.  On Halloween, Saturday, October 31, guests can celebrate the one-year birthday of Rosie, the Zoo’s near-legendary baby hippo, with activities to be announced.  Traditional trick-or-treating at the Zoo takes place on Saturday and Sunday, October 24 and 25 and Saturday, October 31.

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The landmark Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, drawing 1.6 million visitors each year, is home to a diverse collection of 1,100 animals representing 250 different species, many of which are rare or endangered.  Its lush grounds on 113 acres feature the LAIR (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles); Elephants of Asia; Campo Gorilla Reserve; Rainforest of the Americas, an extraordinary collection of endangered and exotic mammals, reptiles, fish and amphibians living in spaces that exemplify their natural habitat in the rainforest biosphere; Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel; an Indian Rhino Encounter direct-contact opportunity; Chimpanzees of Mahale Mountains, home to one of the largest troops of chimpanzees in the United States; Red Ape Rain Forest, where visitors can walk among orangutans; the Winnick Family Children’s Zoo; one of the largest flocks of flamingos in any zoo in the world; a botanical collection comprising over 800 different plant species with approximately 7,000 individual plants; and much more.  Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), whose members meet rigorous professional standards for animal welfare, the Zoo has achieved renown as an international leader in the preservation of endangered species and a conservation center for the care and study of wildlife.  The private, non-profit Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA), which has supported the Zoo in partnership with the City of Los Angeles for more than five decades and provides funding for and operates seven essential Zoo departments, has 60,000 member households representing more than 240,000 adults and children.

Admission to the Los Angeles Zoo is $20 for general admission (ages 13 to 61); $17 for seniors (ages 62+), and $15 for children (ages 2 to 12).  No ticket is required for children under 2.  Admission for Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association members is free.

The Los Angeles Zoo is located in Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways.  5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA  90027.  Free parking is available.  For additional information, contact (323) 644-4200 or visit

Photo Credit: Top Elephant photo:  Jamie Pham. All other photos: SoCal City Kids.


Del Amo Fashion Center Celebrates Style Evolution And Announces Nearly 100 New Brands Center also adds 2,000-car parking structure along Fashion Way


Starting today, South Bay shoppers will be able to enjoy new brand name stores and restaurants like Kate Spade, Hugo Boss and Pink’s Hot Dogs as part of the ongoing style evolution of Del Amo Fashion Center. Simon officials and Torrance Mayor Patrick Furey shared the exciting announcements this morning at a Grand Opening ribbon-cutting event.

As a result of the ongoing transformation of South Bay’s premier retail destination, Del Amo Fashion Center is expected to add about 100 brands, beginning with the opening today of a 140,000-square-foot Nordstrom.

“The lineup at Del Amo Fashion Center continues to expand, with more selection and retail, dining and lifestyle experiences than ever in store for South Bay shoppers,” said Lindsay Hermance, director of marketing and business development at Del Amo Fashion Center. “We’re excited for what this means for our shoppers and their experience and choices, and also for the momentum this brings to our existing tenants.”

Designers like Kate Spade, Hugo Boss, Brooks Brothers, Vince Camuto and a re-located Z Gallerie are set to open South Bay-exclusive stores in Del Amo Fashion Center’s new, state-of-the-art two-level fashion wing, which will open its doors alongside Nordstrom.

In addition, the iconic Hollywood mom-and-pop hot dog stand Pink’s Hot Dogs will join Del Amo Fashion Center’s beautiful new Patio Cafes dining experience, which touts greenery walls, lounge and communal seating for more than 700 people and other exciting dining options like Australian-based Sumo Salad’s first-ever U.S. location and Open Sesame Grill, slated for a 2016 opening. Michelin star-rated Din Tai Fung, a global chain that’s particularly known for its “xiao long bao” soup dumplings, will join Great Maple, FRIDA, and a relocated Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que in a restaurant row along Hawthorne Boulevard. Next year will also bring Lemonade and Luna Grill to phase two of the center.

Simon announced additional new names that are slated to be a part of the 100-retailer expansion at Del Amo Fashion Center, including the following retailers:

  • 18 | 18 Fine Men’s Salons
  • A’Gaci*
  • A Pea in the Pod*
  • APEX by Sunglass Hut
  • Auntie Anne’s
  • Ay Guey!*
  • Bebe
  • Ben Bridge/Rolex
  • Brow Arc Dry Bar*
  • Charlotte Russe*
  • Chico’s
  • Clarks
  • David’s Tea
  • Eden Sky*
  • Flight 23/Footaction
  • Fly Zone
  • Hot Topic
  • J.Crew
  • Journey’s*
  • Kaitlyn Clothing*
  • Lenscrafters
  • L’Occitane
  • lululemon athletica
  • Madewell
  • Marbles The Brain Store
  • NYX Cosmetics*
  • Nordstrom Espresso Bar
  • Ohana Bros.
  • Oil & Vinegar*
  • Payless
  • Popbar*
  • Sephora
  • Six 02
  • Soma
  • Stride Rite
  • Sugar Nails
  • Sugarcloth*
  • Swarovski
  • The Body Shop*
  • The Walking Company
  • Torrid
  • U.S. Polo Association*
  • White House | Black Market
  • Windsor Fashions
  • Zales


*indicates exclusive to South Bay


The new list of retailers joins an already outstanding slate of dining and shopping experiences that will call Del Amo Fashion Center’s new, state-of-the-art two-level fashion wing home. These include: ZARA in a two-level, 25,000 square-foot space; H&M in a two-level, 25,000 square-foot store; Victoria’s Secret in a 15,000 square-foot flagship store (twice the size of the retailer’s typical space); Express in an 11,208 square-foot space; and a 10,200 square-foot Uniqlo.


Other retailers that have already been announced to be part of the reimagined Del Amo Fashion Center include:


  • American Eagle*
  • Arhaus
  • Banana Republic
  • Ben Bridge
  • Cotton On*
  • Cotton On Kids*
  • Express*
  • Flip Flop Shops
  • Fossil
  • Frostbites
  • Godiva
  • Gold Elements
  • Great Maple
  • Guess by Marciano*
  • Lane Bryant*
  • Kiehl’s Since 1851
  • KIKO Milano Cosmetics
  • Kipling
  • Lette Macarons
  • LUSH
  • MAC Cosmetics*
  • Melissa Shoes
  • Michael Kors
  • Minamoto Kitchoan
  • PacSun*
  • Papyrus
  • Roberto Durville
  • Steve Madden
  • Sumo Salad
  • Tumi
  • Varga
  • Vera Bradley


*indicates relocation


Del Amo Fashion Center’s evolving style also includes the construction of a nearly 2,000-car parking structure along Fashion Way, between the Marriott Hotel and Del Amo’s newer Outdoor Village.

In addition to boasting electric vehicle charging stations, the structure gives shoppers direct access to Nordstrom and the new Grand Court, which will connect the Outdoor Village to the grand entrance of the center. The Grand Court, which showcases natural light and an open-air feel, will also be home to the Guest Services center.

Retailers that have already opened their doors at Del Amo Fashion Center include:

  • Aeropostale (only full-line store in the South Bay)
  • Billabong (exclusive to the South Bay)
  • Hollister (exclusive to the South Bay)
  • Oakley (exclusive to the South Bay)
  • Skechers (Flagship location)
  • The Finish Line featuring Nike Track Club (exclusive to the South Bay)


The third phase of the project, to be completed in 2016, will include the cosmetic renovation of common areas between Macy’s Men, Home & Furnishings and Sears, and will feature new tile floors, new glass handrails, LED lighting, paint and entrance doors. The relocation of escalators and an elevator in the two-level mall will be complete at that time as well.

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 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, a joint venture of institutional investors advised by J.P. Morgan Asset Management and Simon, is the 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.

Follow Del Amo Fashion Center on these social media channels:





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


About J.P. Morgan Asset Management – Global Real Assets

J.P. Morgan Asset Management – Global Real Assets has more than $73 billion in assets under management and more than 400 professionals in the U.S., Europe and Asia, as of March 31, 2014. With a 40-plus-year history of successful investing, J.P. Morgan Asset Management – Global Real Assets’ broad capabilities provide many of the world’s most sophisticated investors with a global platform of real estate, infrastructure, maritime/transport and energy strategies driven by local investment talent with disciplined investment processes consistently implemented across asset types and regions.

Snug Cat Litter Mat is a Must-Have for Cat Owners!


I love this Cat Litter Mat! it really does work great and I love how easy it is to clean! All I have to do is sweep it off. You can also clean it with water but so far I haven’t had to do that. I like that it is soft but it also is not flimsy. It is very durable and I think that it will last a long time. The size is perfect. It easily fits on the floor in front of the litter box and does not slip around. It stays where you put it and I love that the litter is not all over our floor anymore. (Size is 36″ x 24″)


You can purchase on



Self Disclosure: I received a free sample in exchange for an unbiased review.





Gaslamp Popcorn has New Summer Flavors! Mango Habanero Salsa and Sweet Fiesta Lime..Yum! Giveaway Opportunity!

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I love Gaslamp Popcorn because the popcorn is such a healthy snack option! Perfect for on-the-go travels this upcoming Summer!  I was quite excited to try out their newest flavors: Sweet Fiesta Lime and Mango Habanero Salsa! The Sweet Fiesta Lime is actually my favorite of the two! With just a hint of sweetness, it is delicious! The Mango Habanero is sweet and spicy, which is also a great combination!  I love that Gaslamp Popcorn is a low calorie snack option and these new flavors are great for the whole family!

Look for them at a store near you! I can find it at Safeway. Check out the website to find it near you or to buy online.

We have teamed up for a Giveaway! Two winners will win a bag of each flavor! To enter, leave a comment below telling us which flavor you are most interested in trying. Deadline to enter is June 1, 2015 at noon PST. Two winners will randomly be selected via

More about the brand:

About the brand: Gaslamp Popcorn is California made using authentic California inspiration to create happy snackers and popcorn lovers across the state.

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. Photo Credit: Gaslamp Popcorn.