here comes the sun(set)

This time last week, Andrew and I were in Riviera Maya, Mexico the midst of celebrating two special occasions: his 30th birthday and our second wedding anniversary!

You may have seen the surprise I planned for him over on my Instagram Stories… when we arrived, who happened to be at the pool waiting for us other than his parents. :) I still smile when I think about his reaction! With Andrew not getting to spend nearly as much time with his parents as he would have liked due to his rigorous residency schedule, it was the perfect way to celebrate his big day.

That evening, I had one more surprise up my sleeve. A dinner for the four of us on the beach! While I went into it cautiously optimistic (would the wind be too strong? would the food be cold? would we be able to see each other once the sun went down) the experience truly blew us all away!

I’ll save the details for a longer post covering our experience at the resort we stayed at (Grand Velas Riviera Maya) but in the meantime, I thought it would be fun to share the ensemble I picked for the special occasion!

sundress alice halter dress, stuart weitzman nudist espadrille wedge, buddha girl bracelets
sundress alice halter dress, stuart weitzman nudist espadrille wedge, buddha girl bracelets
sundress alice halter dress, stuart weitzman nudist espadrille wedge, buddha girl bracelets
sundress alice halter dress, stuart weitzman nudist espadrille wedge, buddha girl bracelets

DRESS pink and orange shimmer halter dress (wearing size XS/S) // SHOES gold strappy wedges (They get mixed reviews but I personally love them. They are heavy but they break in and get more comfortable with each wear.) // EARRINGS liza yates roadie earrings (use code LONESTAR for 15% off!) // BRACELETS buddha girl bracelets // CLUTCH lisi lerch straw clutch

With the exception of a family wedding, it’s been a while since I’ve had a legitimate (and I say legitimate because I think of non-legitimate reasons all the time :) reason to look for a beautiful new dress. I wanted something really fun and beachy that screamed vacation. And when I came across this shimmery beauty, I knew it was just the thing!

The backless silhouette isn’t a style I’d opt for normally, but it felt so festive I couldn’t help myself. I know backless things can be tricky to wear – these sticky bras are my favorite solution when a normal bra won’t cut it!

I have to admit… after a year+ of far-too-few reasons to dress up, I loved every second spent in this ensemble. Cheers to spending summer in all of the fancy dresses!

Love from the Sunshine State,


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  1. Love this look and this price point so much! Thanks for sharing Kate :) Cannot wait for the resort review.

    Published 6.7.21 · Reply
    • bobsleighdiet said:

      I’ll keep the specifics for a larger article on our stay at the Grand Velas Riviera Maya, but in the meanwhile, I thought it would be fun to super mario bros share the outfit I chose for the important occasion!

      Published 11.12.22 · Reply
  2. MR said:

    You look great!!

    Published 6.7.21 · Reply
  3. Anonymous said:

    We are in a pandemic, but by all means, travel to Mexico.

    Published 6.7.21 · Reply
  4. Monty said:

    So very happy you got to celebrate your 2nd anniversary and Andrew’s milestone birthday with his parents in such a gorgeous place. The video by the pool was priceless!!

    A well deserved restful vacation after such a tough year. You and the Doc are a very special couple!! Wishing you a wonderful year #3!!

    Published 6.7.21 · Reply
  5. Marie said:

    My goodness, you look like a beach goddess!! Such a beautiful ensemble and one of my favorites of yours. So glad you had fun reasons to celebrate and travel. Happy Birthday to Andrew and Happy Anniversary to both of you!

    Published 6.7.21 · Reply
  6. Annaliese said:

    You look SO beautiful! What a perfect tropical formal look. Can’t wait to read more about the trip!

    xoxo A

    Published 6.8.21 · Reply
  7. Wow.. are you for real ! I am mesmerized by your look. Everything is on point shoes, bags, earrings, accessories……just perfect tropical formal look.

    Published 7.14.21 · Reply
  8. The color of the shirt is very nice. Not too bright. Very relevant to the theme

    Published 6.14.22 · Reply
  9. aba rtn said:

    You had a great party, I think Andrew liked how you looked for his birthday.

    Published 8.16.22 · Reply
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