Back to School with Simon Malls!

Growing up I LOVED the end of summer, because that meant shopping spree for back to school stuff! I loved roaming about the The Shops at Mission Viejo going in and out of every store with a sense of a fresh start of “who I wanted to be” that year. Preppy, classic, girly, trendy, geeky-you name it I tried it; and no matter what look I decided to go for-it was always at this Simon’s Mall location.

Flash forward, and here I am with TWO boys heading back to school! Now I am loving the end of summer for a whole new reason-I’m looking forward to some alone time 🙂 And what better way to carry out the B2S tradition than to shop at the very same location I did when I was younger?!

The Shops at Mission Viejo has all of my favorite spending destinations (Nordstrom’sH&MJ. Crew, Forever 21, and Gap to name a few). So to fuel up for a day full of B2S shopping we stopped at the new Islands Restaurant 


Can we just take a moment and talk about this lunch please? SO GOOD. First of all, the space is amazing. Any time there are giant tv screens with surfing on it-my boys are in heaven and automatically entertained so I can enjoy my meal. The outside patio area has a glass fire table that is perfect and oh so fun for date night and happy hour, the space is clean and well laid out, the location is incredibly easy to get to-whether you’re in the mall or just wanting to eat only.


We were shocked at the remarkable service that not only us, but everyone we saw around us received from the staff at this Islands location! The managers and team really go out of their way to make sure that your table is well taken care of, and that you have the best and most enjoyable experience possible.




The food was incredible and we all found something we loved! We left with full and happy bellies! We will definitely be back soon!


Shopping around the mall, we found so many great B2S sales and deals it was kinda out of control! Here are my favorites:

Gap  40% off your purchase with code: MORE plus more deals in store

Old Navy 30% off your order. Plus 50% off jeans, 60% off school sale, and tees starting at $4. Also, they have uniforms starting at $5 best price around!

Banana Republic  50% off items, plus 40% off sale

J Crew 25% off styles for work, school, and meetings. Extra 30% off sale with code: WEEKOFSTYLE

H&M  killer kids outfit deal-pants AND shirt for $9.99 plus sign up for their newsletter and get %20off and free shipping

Nordstrom over 3,000 items for kids (clothing, shoes, and accessories) under $30!!

Also, they have an awesome back to school section (backpacks etc) HERE

While shopping around, we stopped at the super fun Simon Mall Back to School pop up Photo Booth and had such a fun time using props and signs while goofing around for pictures.


We had the best day at The Shops at Mission Viejo for B2S Shopping! I can’t wait to continue to keep this tradition with my crew!

Links to outfits/some things we got (click the photo to shop)