Sunday, December 15, 2013

Where Orlando's Best Shoppers Buy Gifts

Mall at Milennia's and Florida Mall's Best Kept Secrets

Mall at Milennia's and Florida Mall's Best Stores for Women
David Yurman
Neiman Marcus
Macys (Perfume and Handbags)
Victoria's Secret (area's largest and most upscale)

Mall at Milennia's and Florida Mall's Best Stores for Men
Tag Heur
Tommy Bahama
Sunglass Hut
All Saints

Mall at Milennia's and Florida Mall's Best Stores for Teen Girls
Bath and Body Works
Macys (Perfume and Handbags)
Victoria's Secret

Mall at Milennia's and Florida Mall's Best Stores for Teen Guys
H & M

Mall at Milennia's and Florida Mall's Best Stores for Techies
The Apple Store
Microsoft Store

Mall at Milennia's and Florida Mall's Best Stores for the Home
Pottery Barn
Pottery Barn Home
Crate and Barrel
Neiman Marcus


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Desperately seeking caffeine

Craving a Grande pumpkin spice latte?  Or a Vente caramel macchiato?

Head for one of the 2 Starbucks outposts  in the center of the Mall at Milennia. You'll find one upstairs by the food court and one downstairs by the front entrance across from the Cheesecake Factory restaurant.

Don't forget, you can get hot and iced tea at Starbucks too.  Homemade chocolate milk is a great choice for children, too, in a sturdy plastic cup with a straw.

If you want a bagel or a pastry with your coffee, head for local fave Panera Bread at the back  of the food court by the doors.

Coffee news:
There is a NEW latte stop inside Bloomingdales, by the makeup counters, where the Dylan's candy store used to be.  They also serve  gelato and other snacks.

Friday, August 2, 2013

News Flash! Capital Grille at Mall of Milennia!

Fine dining in a bright new dining room!  

Capital Grille fans rejoice. A new version of this favorite has opened in the spot where McCormick and Schick was located.  For newbies, that's on the Conway Road side of the mall between Blue Martini and Neiman Marcus. There's valet parking for the restaurants or you can park in front. If that lot is full or the valets have marked off all the good spots, park in front of Neiman Marcus; it's just a short walk over.

The new Capital Grille is brighter and less clubby inside than it's I-Drive cousin, but they share a menu. Crab bisque, steaks, seafood...martinis.

If you like a FULL BAR with real bartenders to go with your mall-based dinner, you'll love Capital Grille. In fact, you can start with a great martini and eat dinner at the bar... That's a less fussy, but equally satisfying way to end a great shopping outing!

Capital Grille is fun for a date, too. Walk around the mall first and window shop at the designer boutiques or browse the home stores including Pottery Barn and Crate and Barrel (above Pottery Barn, next to Bloomingdales) and Williams Sonoma.

Darden (yes, it's owned by the same group as Olive Garden and Red Lobster, but don't let that stop you) service is reliable if not inspired. You will rarely have a service disaster in a Darden restaurant and if you do, be sure and ask for a free dessert or to have your bad drink replaced. Darden stands behind every dish and every meal, they're awesome that way.

Attention beef lovers:  Capital Grille wins awards for great hamburgers. And they are GOOD. 

For more info, go to  Capital Grille at Mall of MIlennia

Friday, July 26, 2013

Cafe Bistro, Florida Mall's best restaurant.

  ***Local Secret***

Don't miss this New American Bistro upstairs at Nordstrom. 

Enjoy a view of the exhibition kitchen in a vibrant cafe that delivers fresh bistro cuisine.

"Nordstrom restaurants are committed to offering a superior dining experience. Our menus
feature fresh, local ingredients to create made from scratch dishes." 
Based in the health conscious American Northwest, Nordstrom is committed to using sustainable, natural and organics foods, including cage-free eggs and milk free of BGH.

Menu faves include Roasted Chicken and Goat Cheese Panini, Bistro Flat Iron Steak Frites and Nicoise Salad with Salmon. Or try Grilled Shrimp with Asparagus Risotto or Rustic Vegetables and Three Cheese Pizza if you're feeling creative.

By the glass wine choices are varied and interesting, for example, there's a Pinot Gris from Acrobat and a Red Blend called The Magician.

For the munchkins, there's a Cafe Menu with games and kids meals, including pasta with tomato sauce and a simple chicken breast sandwich. All kids meals come with raisins and a drink in a complimentary kids cafe cup.

Stay Calm and Go to Nordstrom

Nordstrom- A Tranquil Island of Civility in Orlando

Locals were excited to hear that Nordstrom, the retailer famed world-wide for a unique brand of customer service, was coming to town.  Visit the Orlando outpost in the enormous, yet accessible Florida MallYou'll be glad you did!

Nordstrom's 5 Best Kept Secrets

At the inside mall entrance to Nordstrom, you'll find 5 ways to RELAX and enjoy yourself.

1. Ebar- A Latte in a Sunny Atrium  ***Local Secret***
Meet Ebar, a great little coffee shop by the entrance to the store. 
Enjoy handcrafted coffee beverages prepared by skilled baristas, house-made smoothies, 
pastries and a variety of grab-and-go sandwiches, salads and snacks that are made fresh daily.  
Coffee s better than Starbucks, staff is friendly and best of all, you can sit at one of the many little tables in the atrium outside the store and RELAX. Get off your feet and enjoy reviewing your purchases so far. ONLY locals know about this!!

 2. Great Shoe Department
Located right inside the store next to the coffee bar
HUGE with lots of comfy seats for your guy and your kids to rest or check their phones. Always lots of new styles, but NOT trashy or cheap versions. The real thing. And they're not worn from too many try-ons like they are in some stores that get too much traffic.

3. Love Fragrance? Get a Generous FREE spray samples.
Nordstrom makes a fresh FREE spray sample of any fragrance you'd like!  
On Ebay, you'd pay $5 for a generous sample like this, but at Nordstrom, you can be a diva and enjoy as many as you'd like...  Try brand new FLASH from Jimmy Choo or a newer classic like Chanel Chance. Check out these sexy fragrances that men love- Vince Camuto, Narcisco Rodriquez Eau de Parfum (pink bottle) and Dolce Gabbana THE ONE.

4. Little Boutique with fine chocolates
Go straight into the store. Behind the escalator on the right, you'll see a new little "boutique" within a store. It's charming and there is a fine chocolate case there as well. Lots of great take-home souvenirs to be found here, from picture frames to duvet covers... 

Definitely the nicest in this mall and very clean. There's one on the first floor BEHIND the boutique by the door and a much larger one upstairs. If you like a quiet spotless quiet restroom (who doesn't?), GO UPSTAIRS. 

Okay, back to the story....You'll love Nordstrom. 
It's uniquely American, yet has a European ambiance due the the service.  Nordstrom is a quieter style of shopping than Macys. 

Although the prices are similar to Macys, Nordstrom carries UNIQUE and SPECIAL items as well as all your favorite American Designers and cosmetics.  Good examples are UGGS for kids in the newly redesigned and adorable childrens department. And a whole department of women's hair accessories that you won't find anywhere else.

Nordstrom buys it's merchandise by the store. So this store has a focus on top quality American designers like Mark Jacobs and Michael Kors for it's visitors from around the world.

 Did I mention SERVICE?   The staff is very helpful, yet not overbearing in any way like some boutiques. It is also ridiculously easy to return things to Nordstrom, they are famous for a "no questions asked" policy that has not time limits. Amazing.
In Orlando, Nordstrom is the place to go when you have a wardrobe challenge and limited time. The staff knows their merchandise which is unusual in Orlando's huge department stores due to the fast movement of inventory. At Nordstrom, it's part of the job!  

If you want full-scale styling, they'll bring you things from other parts of the store. Do you need a dress for a daytime wedding, plus a belt shoes to match?  Or a tank top to go with your new mini skirt? 

Park in between Macys and Nordstrom on the back side of the mall. 
You'll see Macys on the left and Nordstrom on your right. If you you park near Sears or Penney's or the Food Court which are the first things you see when you drive into the mall lots,  you could literally walk a mile back to the car with bags and a coffee in hand... Trust me, you'll be really sorry!

Say NO to Macys in the Florida mall!  
The store's a MESS and service is poor. Go to the larger Macys at Mall of Milennia, which has better management and a whole additional floors of childrens wear and home, plus the largest luggage department in town. It's worth a trip just for Michael Kors and Juniors. Plus Mall of Milennia has all the upscale brands, like Tiffany and GUCCI and Neiman Marcus.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Fastest Way to GLOW BRONZE. And it Lasts!


Victoria's Secret  
Instant Bronzing Tanning Spray

Victoria's Secret Instant Bronzing Self Tanning Spray
Price: $15.00  ***cheap thrill***

Great for a natural- looking glow or a day at the beach

New self-tanner technology makes the at-home spray tan a reality.  Bronzes and tans in one easy (yes, really!) step. And no orange hues here, you get a gorgeous real tan brown.

Wrap your legs in a natural coat of TAN for summer's shorter skirts and shorts.
Finally, you can wrap your body from head to toe in sexy, airbrushed perfection without the risks of a real tan or the salon price. Beach Sexy Instant Bronzing Tinted Body Spray with natural aloe leaves skin kissed with golden color for a flawless look.

Bronze tint helps blur the look of imperfections, like uneven skin tone or texture. Add a second coat to areas that you want to slim, like sides of thighs or hips.

Continuous spray makes for easy, streak-free application. Put a dark towel under your feet to keep spray off of the floor.

To use the spray for your face, just spray into hands and apply like a foundation. Don't apply to eyelids.  Use a damp cloth to remove from eyebrow area and nose (which tends to tan too dark for some reason).

For most natural results:
  • Wipe off heels, sides of toes and feet and knees with damp washcloth after applying. 
  • For arms, don't spray where sun wouldn't hit (insides of elbows and underside of triceps)
  • WASH Hands completely with soap, not just the palms. Take special care to use soap between your fingers! DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP.
Where can i get this?

Victoria's Secret
  • Mall of Milennia
  • Florida Mall 
  • Fashion Square Mall
  • Altamonte Springs Mall
  • Seminole Town Center (Sanford)
Victoria's Secret Instant Bronzing and Self Tanning Spray

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

You'll remember this shopping day in Orlando!

Score a Michael Kors Handbag at Mall of Milennia.

Michael Kors is a uniquely American designer.  He zoomed to fame on Project Runway with former model Heidi Klum. His handbags and watches are iconic examples of American style.

For the whole Michael Kors experience, there's a Michael Kors store, upstairs at Mall of Milennia between Bloomingdales and Neiman Marcus. They have the latest styles in handbags and watches, but not a lot of inventory... it's that upscale, open space thing...  

For the very BEST Michael Kors handbag and watch selection (much larger than the Michael Kors store), head to the other end of the Mall to Macys. Vast Michael Kors handbag and watch departments beckon to you with fresh inventory. Brand new styles come in every week, so you if you saw it online, Macys probably has it. 

For a great investment that the girls will envy, ***splurge*** on a large tote or a dressy handbag that can double as a go to meeting bag, holding your iPad and folders.

For a ***cheap thrill*** score an iPhone holder with a strap. Perfect for sporting events or just running into the store. Available in lots of colors, this little bag can dip in and out of your larger purses, serving as a card and money holder and avoiding the "uh oh, my license is in my other bag" dilemma. NOTE;: Without a strap it's just a wallet and will not be nearly as useful! 
if you enjoy attention, then run, don't walk to buy a brightly-colored Michael Kors bag. There are always new colors; and you'll constantly be accosted by women who just love your bag!  This amazing pink goes with everything and, like wearing a great lipstick, it makes you feel pretty!

Finally, if there's a classic Michael Kors bag that you've always coveted, check the current version out and you'll find it''s even better!  This company is always improving their products, adding pockets or zippers for example, based on customer feedback.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

You, just happier and younger-looking!

Want to look ten years younger? 

With a few quick tips and tricks, it's easy to turn back the clock!  Introducing the newest member of our blog family- Look Younger Now .  You'll find the latest info and products that work for fresher skin and prettier makeup. 

Today's news is from Bobbi Brown's new counter at Macy's at the Mall of Milennia.  This is a full boutique within a store, one of only two in Florida, located right in the middle of the first floor. Park at either first floor entrance and it is straight ahead.  

So here's the deal. Bobbi Brown is all about natural but BETTER and younger.  Have a problem area or a question?  That's where the Bobbi Brown approach is great. They don't try to give you a full makeover with lots of eye makeup you won't wear... they solve those tricky issues like darkening and filling in your brows without looking like Joan Crawford.  Or covering blueish under-eye circles that concealer just turns gray...

Ask for Linda Carreiro when you visit the counter.  A makeup artist from South Florida, she'll show you how to get the looks you want!  Reach her at

Here are some of my fave Bobbi Brown ideas from Summer 2013-

Lipstick- Pick a lipstick that is your natural lip color but slightly darker.  This makes you look pretty and polished but still natural. LOOK at pictures of models and actresses, they rarely have bright colored lips. If you've seen the Katie Holmes ads for Bobbi Brown, that's the look she wears...

Blush- Here's where the color goes for a natural youthful look, not on the lips! The secret is the brush. Bobbi's blush brush is about $50.  Even if you don't buy it, ask to see how to use a blush brush correctly. It's not how you think!

Eyebrows- We all rely on pencil because it's easy. Well, it's not much harder to draw little strokes in the direction the brow hair grows.  The difference is....well, you'll see!

Cream Eye-Shadow and Eye-Liner- If you're an advanced beginner or a pro, try cream shadows and liner. They are easy to put on and they STAY ON all day in the Florida heat and humidity. And the moister look is more youthful!  I didn't believe it either, seems counter intuitive...  now I'm collecting pretty colors of eye shadow.  

For liner, all you need are the basics. Well-line eyes are important! They take the focus off of the little wrinkles, etc....  Black or brown to start. Add your navy or royal blue for a trendy, open-eyed look that is  sexy at night without looking like a club chick.

Don't MISS the newest member of our blog family- Look Younger Now

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Greens N' Grille near Mall of Milennia!

Check out Greens 'N Grille near the Mall of Milennia when you want to grab a great salad or sandwich after shopping.  It's an urban format, with the healthy menu on the wall and beer and wine available. Nirvana for picky eaters, dieters and vegetarians, you choose from a large variety of  items and sides, including yummy seasonal selections, prepared just the way you want it.

Perfect for meeting with girlfriends or a casual date. Linger inside or out without worrying that you are taking up a server's table...

The folks behind Greens 'N Grille are the same as the Ravenous Pig and Cask & Larder. THAT'S why the food quality is so good!

Get ready for your trip!

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