Fashion Valley mall is my favorite "browsing" mall. I like to go in and out of the stores there and look at everything. They have all the big anchor stores (Macy's, Nordstrom's, JCPenny, Gap, Crate and Barrell, etc) plus loads of little ones. Their sales are not as good though and the mall does tend to be upscale.
This mall I find is not a good one to take little kids to. There are no fountains or fun things for them to break up the shopping trip or distract them. They do have a good food court, but the McDonald's (my child's favorite place) on the other side from the food court so not all that convenient.
The theaters there are great.
This mall tends to be one of the most overcrowded and hard to get in and out of, and does run out of parking. It is not a good one for holiday shopping of any type because of that. It is accessible by trolley and bus directly and that is a point in it's favor.