Vacation-Ready Floral Dress

When I was three years old, I wanted to Minnie Mouse. I wore polka dots every day and didn’t dream of leaving the house without a giant bow attached to my head. As an adult, I can say that I’m happy that my goals have expanded past becoming a cartoon mouse; however, I can’t say that my taste in clothing has evolved that much. I’m still a sucker for polka dots, and if it was socially acceptable for someone approaching thirty to prance around town with giant bows in their hair…I totally would. Scratch that. I’d probably still do it regardless of social norms. As soon as I saw the floral dress featured in today’s vacation ready outfit, I knew that it was the perfect adult-friendly Minnie Mouse dress for my staycation in Orlando. It may not have polka dots, but it puts a smile on my face and earns compliments every time I wear it on the town.

During our weekend getaway in Orlando at the gorgeous Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando, I needed outfits that were cute and comfortable. My husband and I spent our days exploring every inch of the hotel and our evenings meeting up with friends at Universal CityWalk, so I needed looks that would work all day long with minimal tweaking. This affordable floral dress from Express was the perfect fit for our daytime and nighttime activities. During the day, I styled the dress with my trusty platinum Jack Rogers (BTW- 5 shades, including platinum, are 25% off right now!), and in the evening, I slipped on these gorgeous nude lace-up sandals from Sam Edelman.

While the gorgeous weather and luxurious resort amenities were my favorite part of our romantic weekend vacation, this red floral dress was definitely my favorite outfit of the trip. Of course, I absolutely love the cheerful floral pattern and flattering cut (still fit after three days of stuffing my face with delicious vacation dinners haha), but I can’t get over the dainty bow details on each sleeve! This dress also includes a string that can be tied around your neckline to create an additional bow, but I opted to tuck them in to avoid awkward tan lines. As a lifelong Floridian, I’ve had more strange tan lines than anymore needs in their entire lifetime; however, the bow is an adorable feature for less sunny occasions.

In addition to packing low-maintenance outfits for vacations, I’ve made a new habit of only packing a small amount of accessories. After taking nearly half of my jewelry collection with me across the country multiple times (typical blogger haha), I realized that I really only wore the jewelry that I took out of the case on the first day. After that, I simply re-wore the same accessories for the rest of the trip. Thankfully, I was a little bit smarter for our staycation in Orlando, and I only packed one set of accessories.

My metallic cat eye sunglasses from Express (under $30) looked great with all of my looks, and Stephanie kindly let me borrow her Gigi New York nude clutch when we went out each evening. I loved it so much that I’m currently saving up for one of my own! I also wore the Dogeared Accomplish Magnificent Things necklace (a gift from Michelle) all weekend long. The dainty gold starburst design was comfortable to wear in the heat, and it added an extra special something to every look.

Outfit Details: Express Floral Print Bow Sleeve Dress (super cute dress in the same print here) | Sam Edelman Yardley Heeled Sandals in Golden Caramel c/o (currently 50% off here + on sale in additional colors here and here) | Gigi New York Uber Clutch | Taudrey Engraved Gold Bangle c/o | Tortoiseshell Cat Eye Sunglasses (under $30!) | Dogeared Gold Starbust Pendant Necklace (currently 25% off!) 

If you want to hear about everything we did during our romantic staycation in Orlando, check out my post detailing our stay at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel. If you’re looking for more vacation-ready outfits, check out my second look from our weekend getaway featuring this adorable floral-print camisole dress or check out my vacation looks from my trips to Rosemary Beach, Boca Raton, and Tampa.

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1 Comment

  1. April 5, 2017 / 4:16 pm

    Love the bright, bold print!