Watercolour Maxi Dress in Mexico

You know that one item in your closet that you rarely wear but refuse to give up?

For me it’s this open back watercolour maxi dress. I’ve had it for a few years now but have only worn it a handful of times. Once to a ballet (where I still felt overdressed because I live in Lululemonville), once for a fancy dinner at home just because, and last week in the Riviera Maya of Mexico. You’ve got to wear a dreamy maxi during sunset on the beach at least once in your life.

I’m not doing a travel diary for Mexico because we went to an all inclusive resort. Our vacation was literally eat, beach, sleep, repeat. Except for a kayak ride in the Caribbean where I learned that I’d be doomed if I were ever to get lost at sea. Normally I prefer exploring-type vacations. The kind where you walk around and discover your destination until your feet feel like they’re about to fall off. But sometimes it’s nice to escape reality and get an amazing tan. Really nice.

We did cheesy things like drink pina coladas, go for romantic walks on the beach, and eat guacamole and nachos for lunch every day. The vacation felt way longer than it actually was, and I think that’s due to our excessive beach bumming. Time flies when you stay busy, so chilling all day everyday for four days made it seem like eight.

We also shot almost every day, except for day 1 when we took a red-eye flight induced nap instead. I really love how the photos turned out, but with such a gorgeous backdrop it wasn’t hard to get good shots. Hope you enjoy this first installment and the rest of the photos to come!



  • Seline

    Such a pretty dress! You look awesome:) <3

    xx Seline

    • Maria

      Thank you Seline! x

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  • Nataliya

    OMG girl those pictures are so stunning!! It looks (and sounds) like you guys had an incredible time! The setting is amazing, and I definitely feel ya about time feeling different when you’re just kinda lounging and doing your own thing. It also helps if you’re just staying in one place since you don’t waste time in transit.

    So glad that you enjoyed your vacation! I’d love to go somewhere tropical and relax on the beach sometime soon. 🙂

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    • Maria

      Aw thanks Nataliya! I think the sunset was a big help 🙂 and yeah, our resort was less than half an hour from the airport so we spent just under an hour on transit. We did get lost a few times on the resort though haha. Hope you get to go somewhere warm soon xx

  • Maria Jose Gomez

    Bellissima. Amazing dress and photos

  • Neha

    U look so beautiful and outfit is fab…xo, neha


    • Maria

      Thanks Neha! x

  • Daeyz

    your dress is amazing!


  • Melis

    stunning dress, beyond gorgeous dear!

    xx Melis

    • Maria

      Thanks Melis xx

  • Paola Lauretano

    Such a lovely maxi dress and wonderful beach!
    Kisses, Paola.

    • Maria

      Thanks Paola, it was a beautiful beach x

  • Milex Roj


    This dress is so pretty and PERFECT for Mexico. You look absolutely beautiful!

    Love, Lindsey

    • Maria

      Thanks Lindsey! It is a good beach dress 🙂

  • Rina

    The watercolor print of this dress makes it the perfect maxi to take on vacation, especially one that includes a beach! I also love the subtle cutouts, it really adds to the overall chicness of the outfit!

    xoxo Rina

    • Maria

      Thanks Rina! I love the cutouts too, it makes the design so much more interesting.

  • Dora Toubanaki

    I love love the look!! Amazing photos!
    Dora http://www.BangsBang.com

    • Maria

      Thanks Dora!

  • Thanh Nguyen

    Sigh, so pretty! I have many dresses that I reserve for vacation. When you travel to poorer countries do you ever feel awkward wearing them though? I recently felt this when I went to Cuba. I even had someone ask me to leave my clothes there for them!

    • Maria

      It’s from LK! I had to have it after staring at it every day for a season haha. Kind of, but not just for the dress in particular. When we arrived we had to go to a presentation where they gave us tips for our stay, and they told us that minimum wage was $4 a day in Mexico and I felt awkward and bad just for being there. They also told us that you can leave clothes as tips, I wish I knew because I would have gladly brought some for the workers.

  • Monique | WritingMonique

    These photos are gorgeous, the dress is special! It looks fantastic on you!

  • Christina Gliati

    My God that is a wonderful dress and perfect for you! The beach is beautiful and I am glad you had a great time! I adore nachos ! Many kisses!!!

    • Maria

      Thanks Christina! I miss the daily guacamole haha.

  • Cristina - Memories of the Pacific

    The dress looks amazing, it’s perfect for a holiday at a seaside resort 🙂

  • Batsheva

    is this WHITE I see? And PINK? and FLOWERS? So much color. It hurts my eyes. Maria, I have to honestly say, that you look beautiful. You look like Aphrodite. I’m sure your boy friend will agree. It’s a shame that you don’t get to wear that maxi more often because it is so gorgeous on you. And of course the back drop is fantastic, but hey it’s Mexico. I’m looking forward to the next post!


    • Maria

      It is! Haha I’m so obsessed with that print. The dress is from back in my sales rep days from the brand I repped, and I got 2 other things in that print when the collection came out. Aww that’s so sweet Batsheva! I’ll try and wear it more this year. I’ll wear it out in the summer just for the hell of it for sure.

  • Paola

    Happy Friday bellissima!
    Kisses, Paola.
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  • hsinwei ho

    I love your winter styles but I have to say summer suits you!! you look stunning just a beautiful summer dress!
    and would like to let you know that I have moved my blog to stylebyH2W.com it is under wordpress.org now
    I am still not quite understand how it works with both accounts but I will be only posting under the new blog from now.

    anyway, hope you are having a great week by far and have a lovely weekend!
    x Hsinwei H2W


    • Maria

      Thanks! I do prefer summer clothes. And thanks for letting me know 🙂 I’m still getting your emails so I think it’s redirected to your new blog.

  • Marta

    You are so pretty! And this dress is amazing!


  • Yasmin Hussein

    Such a pretty dress! So beautiful!
    xo, Yasmin

  • Melis

    stunning dress and photos dear!

    xx Melis

    • Maria

      Thanks Melis!

  • Caroline

    Such beautiful pictures <3
    I went to Playa del Carmen and Tulum last summer,and I loved it!!! Mising the pina coladas 😉
    x from Copenhagen, Caroline

    • Maria

      Thank you! I wish we could have made it down to Tulum, we’ll have to go back. And yes they were so good! xx

  • sonia // daring coco

    I love the print of that dress so, so pretty!


    • Maria

      Thanks! I’m obsessed too x

  • Sharon Wu

    Omg that dress is just to die forrr! I need it for my trip to Cabo in April haha xo, sharon


    • Maria

      Thanks Sharon! I’m jealous of your trip haha x

  • Rachel

    Dress is amazing and you look gorgeous ! Beautiful photos!


    • Maria

      Thanks Rachel x

  • Charlène Jiho Travel Blog

    I love the colors of this dress !

  • Sophia

    omg the color and the cut of that maxi is just perfect! Love!

    And what an amazing location – lucky you 🙂 xx


    • Maria

      Thank you Sophia! xx

  • Pinja

    This dress is gorgeous! Would love to wear something airy, light and summery like that right now but guess we’ll have to wait a few more months here in Europe haha 😀 Anyway, you look amazing in it! xx

    • Maria

      Thank you! I’m back home and will also have to wait a few more months to wear it again, oh well! xx

  • Agness of Fit Travelling

    Amazing location, Maria. The photos are gorgeous!

    • Maria

      Thank you! It was a beautiful resort x