riviera maya mexico
oh, sunshine & ocean

You’ve already seen a bunch of the outfits I wore on my Mexico vacation, but I figured I’d do a proper “capsule” recap so you could see how I fared overall. While I ended up wearing almost all of the pieces I brought with me, I spent the majority of my time in my swimsuits and either my thrifted tie dye schmatta dress or my cover-up. No surprises there, really. I always seem to forget how casual most resorts tend to be; the shorts-and-tee outfit on the right (below) was a “dressy” daytime outfit. Running around after the kids gave me one more reason to stick to the simple & comfortable.

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one, two

Speaking of shorts, I wore this pair an awful lot:

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three, four, five

I also wore them in the evenings, fancy like so:

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six, seven

Or what passes for fancy at a resort, ahem. And on that note:

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seven, eight, nine

I was mocked mercilessly by my family the entire trip for taking outfit photos, but that was not the worst indignity my blogger ego suffered; I was also ruthlessly photo-bombed, and entirely upstaged on the regular. Behold:

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who cares what I’m wearing, amirite?

Luka wasn’t the only one in the photo-bombing game, however:

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Payback’s a bitch

My kids are certified grade A hams … and I wouldn’t have it any other way:

dat smile, tho
Blue Steel-ing it on the beach
Blue Steel-ing a few selfies on the beach

Oh, right, this is a style blog. Ahem. Moving on.

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ten, eleven

All of these were on the overdressed side of the scale, but I didn’t care because – hello, pretty summer frocks! It’s been too long, my lovelies. Summer can’t come soon enough.

All in all, I was pretty happy with the things I packed. There were only a few items I never wore, which I sort of expected anyway. My workout gear never got unpacked; the resort had beautiful and extensive grounds, and everything (our rooms, the lobby, the buffet, the beach, the pools) was spread out, so we walked a lot. Let’s just say, I was not devastated that I didn’t get/have to work out. The weather was unseasonably warm for the first half of our trip, so I didn’t need any toppers in the evenings; the last few days, I wore my black cardigan for dinner – the other cardigan and my denim jacket could have been left at home. Still, you can’t predict the weather, and better safe than sorry, etc. The only piece that was truly useless was my pair of jelly pumps. Heels just weren’t going to happen on this trip. See above re walking a lot, and running after kids. I should have known better.

What got the most wear? As I mentioned above, my tie dye dress and beach cover-up were almost daily wears. I also wore my floral print shorts, and black maxi dress more than a few times. Oh, and my black J. Crew Factory sandals and Old Navy flip flops – I probably didn’t need to pack any other footwear, to be honest. And that’s all I got, folks. Nothing really groundbreaking in this post, but I did manage to sneak in a few photos of my kids, and you got an eyeful of my pasty appendages, so … um, there’s that. We’re all winners here.

14 Comments on Beach Vacation Style: Travel Capsule Review

  1. I’d say you nailed vacation resort style! I love that you’ve posted about your trip. So often, I’ve seen bloggers mention their upcoming trip and show us what they are packing in their suitcase, but they never post about the trip itself. I enjoyed seeing how the outfits you planned worked in real life. Love the dress selection here, especially the one in picture eight. And your adorable family doesn’t hurt, either!

    • Thank you! I know – I always want to see what people actually end up wearing and how it looks … and, frankly, glimpses of cool places I may not get a chance to visit myself. I guess it be inconvenient to take photos on the go, and especially to have them look “professional”. The upside of having a little blog like mine is that no one expects that sort of thing here anyway 😉

  2. I love the dresses in 7 and 8. Very pretty! I am now feeling the need to go somewhere tropical with a suitcase full of pretty prints.

    Also, your kids are adorable. I think they take after mom! 🙂

    • Hahahaha! Well, you might have some debate on your hands over at my in-laws’ house, but I’ll take that, thankyouverymuch.
      I’m quite happy to be at home, to be honest, but I would LOVE it if the weather was +20 instead of -20 right now. Brrr!

  3. I really liked seeing the different tops you wore with the patterned shorts. What to pair with patterned bottoms is my weak spot, and I always appreciate inspiration!

    • I hope some of those ideas work for you! Patterned shorts are super fun in the summer – a nice alternative to jeans, which is my casual go-to bottom option.

  4. I am so excited to see the paisley stretch shorts on you. I was intrigued with them when you posted the pre-trip picture and took a risk and ordered them. I am not a shorts person as I have a smallish waist but large thighs/booty and long legs, so finding the right fit is not always easy. These, however, look just right. Thanks for the find!

    • Ooh, let me know what you think about them when you try them! These are actually the only shorts I wear (I have them in 3 different prints) because they’re cute and still age/body-appropriate for me, without looking like, well, “mom shorts”.

      • They fit perfectly, although they are a couple of inches shorter on me than you. The fabric feels beautiful and I appreciate the fact that I don’t have to worry about the pockets gaping. Now I will be stalking ebay for more. Again, thanks!