About 2 weeks ago, Aventura mall recently invited a few miami bloggers to have an inside look at a few select stores, their Turnberry for the Arts pieces, and their newest restaurant The Grill on the Alley. We were known as Aventura Insiders. We even had our own hashtag on twitter which we all took advantage of.
We started off at Sephora with Illde Goncalves, Sephora Pro artist/celebrity makeup artist (google him, his work is sick) setting the model’s look for the day and discussing summer makeup trends with us. The whole Sephora team was really great, they were my favorite stop. Very knowledgeable, helpful, friendly just all around awesome. I’d definitely recommend this Sephora for Express makeup services, one on one private sessions to revamp your makeup collection and the way you approach beauty, or their special occasion makeovers. I really feel like you’d be in good hands with this team.
Check out my other Instagram‘s from my tour
I didn’t plan on using instas for the blog but hey it happens. Above you can see some goodies Sephora gifted us. I’ve been using the Full action Extreme effect mascara for 2 weeks straight now. Though loyal to DiorShow, I usually have mascara ADD. I like to mix it up and try a bunch. This is the first time that I’ve been using something exclusively when I have all of my regular mascara’s at my disposal. Definitely recommended. The Jumbo liners are only $10 a pop and I will be hitting up Sephora for the purple, green and basically any other color they come in. These are wonderful, did I mention they are waterproof up to 12 hours. Oh yeah. Though I use some Sephora makeup brushes & their OPI collaborations, I’ve never considered using products from their makeup collection . Another great item I like is the Sephora Lush Flush lip and cheek stain. I usually avoid stain’s like the plague but these give my lips a kind of “just bitten” glow. I haven’t used it on my cheeks yet.
With our model beautifed we headed to my home away from home at Aventura, Zingara. Zingara is a Mexican brand that uses high quality Italian fabrics in vibrant colors and prints. Their store is essentially a one stop swim destination. You can grab accessories, hats, bags, wraps, cover ups even shoes with your swimsuit. You don’t need to go anywhere else. They have a very bohemian vibe to their pieces. On my Tumblr you can see some photos from another Zingara event I attended.
The final store stop was Koko & Palenki. I think Koko & Palenki really bring something special to the mall, in that it’s a boutique right in the mall. Introducing mass market consumers to boutique shopping in a way that’s comfortable for them. I love going into K&P. They carry Furla candy bags (though they were sold out on this visit), Halston, J Brand, Alexis, Equipment, Elizabeth & James…basically everything you want. All thanks to the style savvy of Pamela and stylist Shari Bloch.
This was my favorite look at Koko & Palenki. It features a snakeskin print Equipment top, with Goldsign denim flares and a Hammitt bag with 24kt studs. Apparently this bag has been featured on True Blood. I’m keeping an eye out for it. Not to be outdone by the bag’s hardware the jewelry featured is an assortment from Jewels by Dunn, Gerard Yosca, & French Kande.
Lunch time was AWESOME. I had a burger that was like bigger than my head, I had to take it home. We were given an assortment of appetizers to try and desserts but we got each picked our own entrees. The menu is extensive and I can’t wait to go back and try some of the other things the girl’s ordered that had me green with envy. Haha.
Some other things I really dig about Aventura Mall: A chance to grab mochi ice cream from Bearded Papa’s a place I frequented in Orlando. I love popping into Inglot, the only one in Florida might I add. Amazingly pigmented eyeshadow, so worth it. They’re also opening a boba (bubble tea) place. Yeah, I’m dying. The wing of the mall where it’s opening is already a fave so couldn’t be happier about THAT placement haha.
I had a friend comment on instagram that all my pictures were making her miss South Florida (she lives in Orlando now) and that it’s her absolute favorite mall. I may have to agree. All it needs is an H&M hint hint. Thanks so much to everyone involved and for inviting me out. I had a great time, hanging with my girls and squeeing over makeup, clothing and delicious food.