Thanks to Anchorage 5th Avenue Mall for collaborating on this post. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.
When an opportunity comes to take a weekend trip to escape the winter cold you jump on the opportunity. At the end of January, two of my close friends and I took a trip to Anchorage on a pre Valentine getaway.
You may call it Galentine’s if you wish :) A full day shopping at Anchorage 5th Avenue Mall was a must on our itinerary. You can catch all the fun on my Instagram Stories Highlight (viewable only on your smartphone.)
By the end of the trip neither one of us wanted to come back to Fairbanks. Exactly what happens when you put three friends together. Just like my last trip to Anchorage, it felt good leaving the -22ºF weather in Fairbanks for the “tropical” temperature in Anchorage. We arrived just before midnight, got our beauty sleep and were ready to kick off our day the next morning.
5th Avenue Mall IS the #1 shopping destination for Alaskans. We travel from all over the state to get items we can’t find elsewhere. If it’s your first time visiting Anchorage, you’d be pleasantly surprised to see such a mall in this small state (no pun intended. Alaska is five times the size of Texas).
As part of my collaboration with 5th Avenue Mall, I partnered with five retailers to showcase of their work. And what you can expect to get when you visit 5th Avenue Mall in Anchorage.
These Valentine’s Day post will highlight these 4 retail partners at 5th Avenue Mall:
- Circular Boutique
- Victoria’s Secret/PINK
- Sweet Chalet
My first stop was at Circular Boutique known for its unique selection of high-end fashion sourced from around the world. Kim, gave us a warm welcome and a tour around the store. She shared specifics on each brand she carries and why she only carries them.
I was intrigued by the personal connection she had with the brands and products she stocked. Here are a couple snippets from our in-store conversation. Don’t you just love Circular Boutique?
There was no way I was going to leave Circular without getting something? After the tour, I asked Kim for recommendations on products to try. She picked out a few pieces for me. I was in love with at least 3 pieces. I had a tough decision and ended up polling my followers on Instagram to help me decide.
The highest vote went to this super dramatic Mossman dress. I love pearls, ruffles and exaggerated sleeves. And this dress nailed it on every level. I’ll probably wear this stunner to a friend’s wedding later in the year.
I definitely recommend going to Circular Boutique to get outfits for special occasions. You’re not going to find another person wearing your exact outfit ;)
A few weeks ago, a friend told me her life’s story through her Pandora bracelet. I had heard about Pandora before but I had no idea that one “little” bracelet could hold so much meaning. My friend subsequently wrote a post on 10 Thoughtful Valentine’s Day Gift Guide.
Listed at #3 was a Pandora bracelet. It is no surprise that Pandora is on this Weekend Getaway – Valentine’s Day shopping edition with 5th Avenue Mall.
After getting my dream dress from Circular Boutique, I went straight to the Pandora store. The staff at Pandora are so helpful and super professional. This was my first time at Pandora. I got a quick rundown on their selection of bracelets and charms for special life events.
Essentially, Pandora helps you celebrate those special life moments with spectacular jewelry that you’ll treasure for years to come. They also have a beautiful collection of earrings, rings, necklaces, and bracelets. Take a look:
VICTORIA’S SECRET / PINK
It’s always so hard to walk past Victoria’s Secret any time I’m at Anchorage 5th Avenue Mall. Seriously, the display of their lingerie just draws me in. Steph gave me a tour of their product selection.
From the romantic & seductive, to the soft & sensual, to activewear and loungewear. It was enlightening to learn about how each item is procured and how different color gradients determine where a product falls in the store display lineup.
Stevie and Steph picked out a few product recommendations for me to try. I was especially drawn to this silky, soft and sensual pajamas set. I love the lace neckline and the chic peach panel on the pants. It literally had my name written all over it.
Victoria’s Secret has bra experts that will help you find the perfect fit. I got a bra fitting back in November so I was not due for another fitting. Here are a few other pieces I tried in the fitting room. In the past few weeks, I’ve been working hard keeping an active lifestyle. I loved the fit of this playful workout set too. So chic!
Chocolate is a girls’ best friend! Whether you’re treating yourself or the boo to a box (or two) of chocolates, Sweet Chalet got you covered. Sweet Chalet is a great locally owned and operated chocolatier.
They utilize award-winning high-quality chocolates from Switzerland dubbed one of the best in the world. Sweet Chalet is also the home of Aurora chocolate – beautiful, high-quality chocolates from the land of the Northern Lights!
My girls and I tried a handful of the Sweet Chalet chocolates and loved them. I brought some back to Fairbanks too. It melts right in your mouth. If you want to try something different, check out a few of the 10 flavors of the Pate de Fruits.
And if she’s been nice, get her a box of Sweet Chalet’s hand-painted Aurora chocolates. She’ll love you forever!
Never a dull moment in Anchorage and 5th Avenue Mall makes it so easy to get everything you need. If you’re still on the search for the perfect Valentine’s Day girl, stop my one of the retail partners. I guarantee that you’ll not leave empty handed.
For the perfect date night dress go to Circular Boutique. To celebrate a milestone together Pandora is the place to be. For the perfect Valentine’s Day lingerie Victoria’s Secret is where you want to be. Finally, conclude the day with the perfect box of Sweet Chalet hand-painted by Chef Ingrid with top-notch experience in Beverly Hills. All your Valentine’s Day shopping at one convenient location!
I can’t wait for my next visit to Anchorage! Thanks to Anchorage 5th Avenue Mall (a Simon Mall) and all the retail partners for hosting me. And as always, thank you for reading!
Professional photos by SNH Photos
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