Expert Shopper Raves About The Mall at Millenia in Orlando

It was all shop and no drop when style expert and fashion blogger Melanie Pace visited The Mall at Millenia in Orlando.

It was all shop and no drop when style expert and fashion blogger Melanie Pace visited The Mall at Millenia in Orlando.

By Melanie Pace

When shopping for myself as well as for my clients, I am always looking for unique and luxury items that will not only be purposeful but will also stand out. The Mall at Millenia in Orlando is the perfect place to find all of this and so much more! When shopping for the finest vacation items this summer, check out these 10 stores featuring items I love — and that you must have!

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1. Swimwear at Tommy Bahama

Tommy Bahama is first on my list. The love for fabrics is what attracts me to this brand the most. They are so soft, and the prints are bright and fun — perfect for summer. Most of their styles are reversible, have a UPF 50 rating and are chlorine resistant.

2. SPF at Kiehl's

Kiehl's has the most important item on my summer must-have shopping list: SPF! Specifically, Activated Sun Protector by Kiehl's, which comes in SPF 50 and SPF 30. This is the first thing you should be putting on every morning! It's paraben-free, fragrance free and doesn't clog your pores. It's also water-resistant for up to 80 minutes and leaves the skin feeling smooth.

3. Something for the Guys at Billabong

Billabong has the secret for every man this summer: Submersibles. They are all-terrain, all-day walk shorts designed for travel, offering both board-short and walk-short functionality in one pair. They also come in three lengths, so there's a style for everyone.

4. Workout Gear at Under Armour

Working out is a part of my daily routine! When I travel, my workouts don't stop. Under Armour is the best place for your everyday workout needs, and their clothes are both fashionable and functional.

5. High-Fashion Phone Accessories at Apple

Apple offers unlimited options to choose from when it comes to decking out your phone. It's also the go-to stop for a lost or forgotten charger, or if you're in need of a last-minute repair!

6. Statement Earrings at Kendra Scott

An easy way to freshen up your style is with a pair of statement earrings! Kendra Scott is the best place for that and so much more. And here's a bonus ... you can take your unique Orlando vacation to a whole new level at Kendra Scott by visiting their color bar and creating your own unique jewelry! You're able to design pieces in three easy steps: Choose your favorite style, choose your favorite metal and choose your favorite color.

7. The Perfect Denim for Literally Everyone at Buckle

Buckle's denim goes with everything. I love their style and fit. More importantly, their sizes range from 000 to 22 for women and 25 to 46 for men. Buckle prides itself on offering 80 different fits, which makes it a win for most anybody.

8. Sunglasses for Every Face at Ray-Ban

Ray-Ban has been styling faces around the world since 1937, and they have the right frames to fit every face shape with affordable prices. I wouldn't be shocked if you leave with multiple pairs for the whole family!

9. Flats at Gucci

Gucci has everything you need, from sneakers to slippers, to slides, sandals, espadrilles and loafers. But please prepare yourself before you go in there: They're also home to the most attractive, elaborate flats you've ever seen. From details like velvet bows to Swarovski-encrusted butterflies on top of white lace-up sneakers, I promise you, this is a place where you will want to stock up for your summer shoe game!

10. You Get a Handbag, You Get a Handbag, Everybody Gets a Handbag at Jimmy Choo

Jimmy Choo is a name we all know and love! On my recent visit, I found a few handbags I could not live without — and I have a feeling you will too. The tote is perfect for fitting anything and everything, and we all know we need a bag like this. The clutches are perfect for a night out. The exotic cross-body is a perfect gift — or a splurge for you. And the backpack was seriously the most comfortable and stylish handbag. (By the way, did I mention backpacks are a popular trend for the season?)

I had so much fun running through The Mall at Millenia for the day and showing you all of the must-haves for your summer vacation. Now hurry and go shopping before I get back in my car and grab one of everything for my clients and myself. Happy summer and happy shopping!

Melanie Pace is a distinguished fashion advisor, on-air style expert and wardrobe stylist born and raised in Florida. Frequently featured on panels as a style virtuoso, her strengths include editorial styling in print, TV, photo and video, as well as event hosting, red carpet coverage and private wardrobe consulting.

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