The Shops of Merrick Park Mall in Coral Gables, Miami

Fashion & Wine Magazine's Beauty, Fashion & Dining Faves at The Shops of Merrick Park

Montserrat's favorite picks

Christian Dior Beauté:
Located at Level 1 inside Nordstrom; Christian Dior is the timeless French House of Beauty; choosing the right foundation, brushes and highlighters to enhance is not an easy task so we got expert advice from Yolanda Ayala who kindly guided us in the search for the perfect tones; loved the Dior show in 2 steps: maximizer and dramatic mascara. Another favorite is the Forever foundation with 35 SPF and shine control; this makeup feels great on the skin leaving a sun kissed look.
For the perfect eyebrows I recommend the Dior Show brow styler, with a few touches following the arch of the eye brows to create a natural and filled look.

By Montserrat Franco - Lifestyle, Food and Wine Reviewer -
Twitter: @montserratfranc

On the Photo: Christian Dior's 2 steps: maximizer and dramatic mascara, Dior Show brow styler, and Forever foundation with 35 SPF and shine control.

Dolce & Gabbana : The Sicilian Bronzer - Limited Edition
When you first see this beautiful bronzer you say to yourself: "I must have it", and I did too, thanks again to Yolanda who made it happen. The limited edition "Sicilian Carretto" designs on this beautiful coffret will make envy any other ladies at the powder room.
The Sicilian bronzer will give you that natural glow needed to complete your makeup. Try the Dolce Matte lipstick in Flirt; a long lasting color that can stay intact for hours.
On the Photo: Dolce & Gabbana Bronzer and Dolce Matte Lipstick in Flirt.

L'Occitane en Provence:
On the Level 2 of Village of Merrick Park; we stopped to say hi to Cal Campos, the Beauty expert at L'Occitane (Mr. Cal as everyone knows him). I became a big fan of L'Occitane and the Divine Collection; creams and serums made with essential oils extracted from the "Immortelle flowers" that grow in the wild island of Corsica and can live forever.
Try also the restorative hand creams and lotions made with original resources from the South of France; almond, lavender, roses and get all the steps to make your own spa indulgence at home.
Did I mention L'Occitane gives back? Not only a promise to the environment, all organic made, never tested on animals but also a support to charities all over the world.

Island Girl:
Always on the second level and next door to L'Occitane we are at Island Girl and Sandra (Sandy) Saavedra gives us some insights on resort style. Fashion that is eco friendly and supports fair trade. Just take a pick at this boutique and you will find everything you need for that weekend or exotic getaway; from limited edition handmade espadrilles to pom pom greek sandals to charms and ethnic bijoux by Indieluu..
Sandy is the designer behind Indieluu, her own brand. I can't get enough of the very unique pieces found on this store; Indian accessories and Colombian guayuu bags; there is something for everyone. On the Photo: Indian bajaraas; native American beaded jewelry and mini Wajuu bags made by the Wajuu people of Colombia at Island Girl in Merrick Park.

Lilly Pulitzer:
When entering the Lilly Pulitzer store at Merrick Park we can't be more happy; because Lilly's designs are just all about a Floridian dream lifestyle, a scape to the tropics.
The iconic prints on the shift dress that made it to our first ladies and socialites closets are here to stay; find one for every occasion at Village of Merrick Park's first level.
Bright neons, turquoise hippocamps, pink flamingos, green palm leaves, yellow pineapples and all in between mosaics combined with tassels and charms; Lilly's artistry is still alive on every dress.

The native of NY who settled in Palm Beach and opened a lemonade stand with her husband never thought how brilliant could be to start her own shift dress business after everyone loved the designs, sooner she sold more dressed than lemonade cups. When packing for a vacation never miss a statement piece and a Lilly dress, after all life is better at the beach.

The Town of Coral Gables and City Hall depicted on a hand painted wall at the dressing room of Lilly Pulitzer Village of Merrick Park.
On the Photo: Posing with Lilly: Colorful handprinted walls at the Lilly Pulitzer boutique of Village of Merrick Park

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