Sunday, November 25, 2012

Saturday Shopping: Village of Merrick Park

Hi everyone! I hope all of you who celebrate Thanksgiving had a great holiday and were able to spend time with family and friends. I'm grateful to have had a couple of extra days off from work to relax and catch up on reading and movie watching. I even managed to put up my Christmas tree and indoor holiday decorations yesterday, and I just finished putting up the outdoor lights a couple of hours ago. I'm so relieved to be done so I can sit back and enjoy the results!

Earlier in the day I stopped by the Village of Merrick Park, an outdoor marketplace in Coral Gables, Florida that is home to upscale shops like Burberry, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, Tiffany & Co., and Neiman Marcus--in short, a place full of temptations where I can all too easily end up doing some serious damage to my budget, very quickly! But it is a pleasant place to do some window shopping and it's never too crowded, so I like to go here rather than the bigger malls when I want to avoid post-Thanksgiving shopping madness.

"Paraiso - Otoño
Bronze, by A. E. Ted Aub III

Sculptor: A. E. Ted Aub 

To Eunice 

"Brown eyes of fair Hispania
Black hair of India Isle
Inheriting of old Britannia
- Not your languorous Latin smile, - 
But your stubborn willful spirit, - 
Your spunky saucy style..." 

from "Valentine to An Island Love'
Songs of The Wind on a Southern Shore
By George E. Merrick

"Snail and the Angel
Bronze, conceived in 1977 and cast in 1984, Salvador Dali

"The Spiral"
Bronze, base of Roman Travertine Marble, wood and iron, 1993, by Vatican artist, Enzo Carnebianca

L'Occitane always has pretty holiday packaging! 

Shabby chic planters and bare branches, outside Anthropologie

Pottery Barn window display

Every year I like to add a few new ornaments to my tree. I like modern trees and themed trees, but most of all, I love a tree that tells a story--those adorned with an eclectic assortment of ornaments passed down from one generation to the next, or collected and saved over a period of many years. You know the ones--the glazed gingerbread man you made in second grade, now faded and maybe even missing an arm (nothing a little strategic tree branch maneuvering can't hide!), or the old sequinned and beaded hand-made baubles from grandma. 

But it's still OK to buy new ornaments without any history or meaning, if for no other reason than they're just really cute! All the pretty ornaments below were photographed in Pottery Barn

Aww, look at that face!

Owls seem to be popular this year


One of the things I like most about this time of year is seeing all of the holiday decorations and lights. I especially look forward to Nordstrom's decor, as they usually come up with something unique and eye catching. And they're one of the few retailers that has a policy of waiting until after Thanksgiving to put up their Christmas decor, while so many others start early, sometimes even before Halloween is fully over. It might be a little old fashioned, but when it comes to the holidays I'm with Nordstrom--I like to celebrate them one at a time.

Holiday topiaries at Nordstrom 

This year's trees have interesting silver & gold chain link garland

Did you brave the crowds on Black Friday or do you prefer to do your shopping online at this time of year? 


  1. Lovely pictures!! i love it so much when the city is decorated with holiday decorations, the stores, the streets, etc.. I feel so warm even though it's winter now :))

    1. Thank you Jade in the Palace! :) It's definitely one of the best parts of the season!

  2. hi!!! thankyou for posting those beautiful pictures!! gosh, i wish i was in florida! i've never been there, i'm from ohio! we don't even have burberry cosmetics yet a burberry store. we do have a nordstom but, it's very small. i didn't venture out on black friday this year. i'm actually waiting for spring collections to come in, hopefully by christmas eve. i didn't care for chanel's holiday, spring appears "more wearable". can you guess i'm not a winter person! :D best wishes, wendy xo.

    1. Hi Wendy, Thank you! :) This is the absolute best time of year to visit Florida because the weather is perfect, not too hot and not too cold! I did a lot of shopping before Thanksgiving and didn't buy anything at all on Black Friday :) Your comment reminds me I should take a look at Chanel's spring collection! I also find that spring colors are usually more wearable and flattering. Best wishes!

  3. What a lovely tour! Thanks for something unique!

    Boulder, CO

    1. Hi Leigh, Thank you! :) I love all the ornaments at Pottery Barn and it was a very nice and unexpected surprise to come across the Dali sculpture! I don't think I've ever seen any of his work in person before :)

  4. Oh I've NEVER gone Black Friday shopping and I don't really plan to--I'm too scared :P But I WISH I had a shopping center that beautiful near where I live!

    1. Hi Becca, I can't remember the last time I went to a big mall on Black Friday! I still remember when the Village of Merrick Park opened in 2002 - it was pretty exciting and the first time I had ever been inside a Neiman Marcus store! Although I can't afford most of the things in the very high-end shops, it's nice to look! :)

  5. Very lovely picture you took there. It's refreshing to see the Christmas decorations in Florida. The sight of a Christmas tree surrounded by palm trees threw me off a little though. LOL. Living in the midatlantic, I'm so not used to that sight.

    The last time I went out on a Black Friday was probably 7 years ago I think... I don't find the deals to be that great that it is worth fighting through the crowd. I'd rather have a nice quiet moment, be cozily wrapped in my fleece blanket and shop online! :)

    1. Hi Paige, thank you!! :) I know it is a little odd to see a Christmas tree next to palm trees! :) Christmases here always have a little tropical flair! I totally agree - a quiet moment at home shopping online wrapped in a cozy blanket sounds way more enjoyable than hitting the malls! :)

  6. Hi Makeup Magpie, Thanks for this wonderful set of photos--- I felt like I was window shopping in the warm Florida sun (as opposed to the chilly weather here). The Christmas decorations are beautiful and I really loved the sculptures as well, especially Dali's 'Snail and the Angel'. It's really cool that there's art on display next to the marketplace!

    1. Hi Dovey! Thank you :)) I hadn't been there in a while and was really happy to see the artwork! I hope you have a great holiday season! :)

  7. Hi Magpie,
    You have successfully make me feel happy instantly! Those are beautiful pictures indeed. Christmas decorations never fails to warm my heart :)

    xoxo Meryl

    1. Hi Meryl, Thanks very much for the sweet comment! :) I am glad you liked the photos - it was fun taking them. Happy holidays! xx


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