CITYWIDE — A British socialite is visiting Santa Monica, and she’s offering $500 to help her plan a trip around the city. The only thing is, she’s a mannequin.

To celebrate the impending re-opening of the Santa Monica Place mall on Aug. 6, the Santa Monica Convention and Visitor’s Bureau has created an online contest featuring a “traveling mannequin” with the persona of a London jet-setter named Sandy Monica, offering a chance to win a $500 shopping spree to the mall.

Sandy Monica will be making her way around the city, experiencing Santa Monica activities suggested by residents and fans of the city by the sea.

Experts and enthusiasts are encouraged to visit the contest’s website, where they can help plan Sandy’s trip by submitting their suggestions for fun Santa Monica activities until July 30. Each day, Sandy will travel to a selected destination, where her trips will be documented on the website. The most creative suggestion, chosen by the CVB on Aug. 3, will win the shopping spree.

After she has traveled around the city, Sandy will be on display in the mall as part of the Mannequin Collective art exhibit, presented in partnership with the Otis School of Design.

According to the CVB, the contest will help accent Santa Monica’s many interesting destinations, and celebrate the opening of the newest one — the mall.

To follow Sandy’s adventures or submit your suggestions for a chance to win $500, go to

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