For the last 3 years I've not bought many things retail because I do most of my shopping at thrift stores or consignment shops.
I do buy retail when my friends give me gift certificates or my mom surprises me with new shoes/sandals from Macys because she thinks that I'm always wearing cheap and not so good for my feet shoes.
However when it comes to underwear, socks and sleeping clothes, I always do buy retail.
I needed some undies and instead of going to my local mall again; I decided to go visit my mom and go to a mini mall within walking distance from her place.
The view of the mall entrance as we were walking and my mom was asking if "I'm insane because in Miami Beach you can't walk and take picture without having the chance of being run over by a tourist in a rental or a drunk local".
Well, I guess this is my definition of living dangerously.
This are the two palm trees in the Romero Britto's sculpture that is right at the mall entrance.
I'm completely obsessed with his use of colors and shapes.
Here is little me at the bottom of the sculpture trying to catch some shades while instructing my daughter in which angle to take this photo.
I traveled many miles in Miami Beach and so far, this is the larger ball by the largest palm trees I've seeing.
In the words of Bon Scott:
"But we've got the biggest balls of them all"- here in sunny South Florida!
A closer look at the palm trees.
Britto's work has a bit of cubism, graffiti and pop art influences.
He has a gallery here in Miami Beach and lives in Coconut Grove.
Somehow my clothes are matching the big ball!!
The inside of the mall is just 4 giant stores. You need to take elevators and the moving escalator in order to go from one level to another.
Besides this Ross there is a TJMaxx on the top floor; we shopped for our undies in both stores.
Love the art deco touches in this mural and the turquoise color.
This is the mall's side area and it gives you a great look at this part of the city.
When my mom and my brother moved to Miami Beach around 10 years ago, most of these buildings were just small retirees condos and now it's a giant concrete metropolis.
Sometimes, I miss the old buildings but I understand that progress is here and things must change.
But, I also believe that the architecture of this area is still visually pleasing.
The exit stairs have this fantastic shinning paint that remind me of the ocean.
Me at the ocean stairs getting ready to face the afternoon heat.
I was wearing: my very old A.N.A. sandals, Old Navy (and about 7 years old) long-style shorts, Target polo (6 years old), stripes purse (no name). A collection of brown necklaces and bracelets, some thrifted some were purchased locally.
This is one of the outside cafes. No-one was outside because of the horrific heat.
Another cafe area deserted as well.
I was in love with the chairs modern and sleek look as well as their color.
Another terrifying moment for my mom; here I go again walking and photographing the concrete beauties around me, a bus advertising Chile and those heavenly palm trees (real one not Romero Britto's like).
Here we are on our way home.
My youngest daughter and I love the phrase: "Object in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear".
For me it has a reminiscence of Robert Frost, "The Road Not Taken".
Have a lovely week,