yumi kim red dress

When it comes to putting on something slinky (especially around Valentine’s Day!), sometimes the one thing that can make you feel confident is a great tan. You guys know the phrase, “if you can’t lose it, tan it?” Ha – you know you’ve heard it!

Before heading to Hawaii, I knew having some color would make me feel better in a swimsuit, and I had this red dress picked out for a pre-Valentine’s Day date night at the Ko’a Kea with Christian (he will be in Palm Springs and I’ll be in New York on the 14th!).  I have been getting spray tans from Palm Beach Tan since college, and they always do the trick (and for me last about a week – more info here).  Not to mention if you don’t love your spray tan, it’s free. That’s got to make you feel good about it!  With Valentine’s Day around the corner, who couldn’t use a quick spray tan to make that red dress pop?

SO, today I’ve teamed up with Palm Beach Tan to give five readers a spray tan visit and one reader a three-month unlimited +  a Chi styling kit + $150 to pick out something special at Nordstrom! Just scroll on down to see how you can enter.

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dress c/o, also love this dress and this one for Valentine’s! | similar heels here and here (splurge) | clutch – Bahamian souvenir, love this clutch and this clutch | cable bracelet 1, 2, 3, 4 | similar necklace | longer statement necklace c/o | sunnies | similar statement ring c/o

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113 thoughts on “Red Maxi Dress

  1. Your dress looks stunning on you!! My Valentine’s Day plans will prob be a nice dinner in and a movie. Hope you have a good rest of your trip 🙂

  2. That dress is absolutely stunning! And yes, your tan just adds to it! My birthday is Feb 20th, so we usually do a combined birthday/valentine’s day…not sure what it’ll be yet though! 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. Such a pretty dress! Red looks killer on any skin tone! But being the pale shade I am I definitely do love a little tan to make those light colors pop! Especially living in Southern California where it is basically summer year round!

    XO, Destinee Nicole

  4. You look AMAZEBALLS in that dress! Love it and that necklace!!! Our V Day plans will be a low key dinner at home because it’s our dog’s birthday…and we are crazy dog people who think he would know if we didn’t celebrate on his birthday! 🙂

  5. Loving all your snaps from vaca! We’re double dating with the couple that introduced us!

  6. Love the dress! I started following your blog the other week and your vacation outfits are a great inspiration as I start to shop for honeymoon outfits!! Valentines day plans are brunch with friends, my fiancés Rite of Election Mass and a home cooked meal for dinner! Thanks for offering such a great giveaway!

  7. I love the mint and red together, great combo! Valentine’s Day will be a 90 min massage and dinner out, I’m so excited I can’t wait!

  8. My fiance is currently out of town as an ER Travel Nurse. He’ll be coming back in town next week for our pre-marital counseling so we’ll go out to dinner and see a movie then. Since he travels so much for work, I’m just looking forward to being in the same place at the same time!

  9. My hubby and I will be going to a charity ball on February 13th. On the 14th, we will stay in and cook our favorite meal- steaks on the grill!

  10. Nothing better than being tan! And that dress is top notch! Our Valentines plans include a glass bottom boat and manatee watching in a fresh spring not too far from us!

  11. For Valentine’s we’re cooking breakfast for dinner and having a low key night at home–the local crowds are too much on Valentine’s Day.

  12. Don’t you wish we could wear dresses like this everyday!? That’s one of the best things about Hawaii is the casual/island/laid back lifestyle. This dress is GORG!

  13. Since I will be single for the 28th year in a row, I will be driving home from hanging out with my old roommate, Cupit and probably watch the housewives on Bravo.
    Me, myself and I for another holiday.

  14. I might just be buying this dress for Valentines Day! My husband and I are going to a champagne bar. So excited!

  15. My VDay will probably be spent with my two Valentines!!!! One of my fav holidays! Looking fab sista!

  16. Beautiful dress! My hubby and kiddos and I will be making dinner and watching a movie together <3

  17. I love that dress & color combo! My Valentine’s Day plans are to hang out with husband & kids! My daughter & I will probably bake cookies too 🙂

  18. I love that dress & color combo! My Valentine’s Day plans are to hang out with my husband & kids! My daughter & I will probably bake cookies too 🙂

  19. My husband is a chef, so he has to work, but we’ll end up celebrating a few days late. We’ll get dressed up and go to our favorite sushi place! 😀

  20. Beautiful dress! I remember when you wore one of those necklaces with the hot pink dress. The turquoise really pops against the red (and the hot pink)! Valentine’s Day plans? Well, two toddlers later, maybe we should settle for cooking at home and dancing in the kitchen?!

  21. You look gorgeous. I used to tan in college and I miss the confidence it gives me, but I haven’t found a good place like I had when I lived in Tucson. We haven’t talked about Valentine’s Day (together 9 years) but we are remodeling our bathrooms so that is the gift and we will probably go out to dinner.

  22. Love this red maxi! I can’t wait for the warmer weather to be here again. I’ve been debating on starting back at PBT- so over the white legs! 🙂

  23. Wow what a beautiful beginning of Valentine’s week by looking at you in red and with that flawless tan.
    Valentine’s is always special and since my hubby’s birthday falls on 12th Feb its becomes more special. Planned for a special cozy dinner and nice walk holding hands together and re-living the courtship days…
    Sshhhhh please dont tell him 😉

  24. My husband and I will be hiding from the crowds at home with a home cooked dinner and scary movies, it’s our v-day tradition.

  25. Very pretty! My birthday is the 12th so my husband and I usually celebrate Valentine’s and my bday together with our little one.

  26. For serious, that red and turquoise on you is perfection! Glad y’all had a wonderful time in paradise! can’t wait to get back there soon! xoxo

  27. Stunning dress❤️Love the red. I’m spending Valentine’s Day with my two kids. Their making mommy a nice dinner at home and then we’re watching some family movies together.

  28. Love this red dress! A good tan can make anyone feel ten times more amazing. I have no valentines plans yet, but I’m sure we will be doing something!

  29. I love the dress ?? My fiancé and I are spending the day together eating chocolate while watching chick flicks.

  30. Love the dress!?? I’m not sure what my Valentine’s Day plans are yet, but most going to dinner with my boyfriend.

  31. That dress is gorgeous! My Valentine’s day will be spent with my love probably going out to dinner ?

  32. Stunning dress! My Valentine’s Day will be spent with my beau eating at our favorite Mexican restaurant here in Fort Worth.
    XO, from a fellow Chi O

  33. I love that maxi dress!! every year for valentines day my husband and I just spend the day together and then cook a nice dinner together. We love just having a night in together. =]

  34. I would love to spend Valentine’s Day in this dress and a tan! Nothing makes you feel better about yourself than a new dress and a tan!

  35. I love that dress! I’ll be spending Valentine’s Day with my husband- we’re going to cook a special dinner at home!

  36. My fiancé and I are both residents and on call 🙁 maybe we can have a coffee date at the hospital.

  37. There’s a cute guy in my life that I’ve been growing more & more excited to spend Valentine’s Day with! I love all the cliche red hearts & chocolate dipped strawberries that come with February 14th, but, honestly, I’d be very happy with a movie night in, while curled up together with margaritas & dinner from my favorite Thai restaurant!

  38. Date night out at a restaurant we’ve both been wanting to try! Who doesn’t love a wine bar? ?❤️

  39. Beautiful!! My fiancé and I are getting married on Maui and honeymooning on Kauai in September… So our Valentine’s Day will probably be laid back and low key in preparation of the whirlwind months ahead of us!

  40. As of now the girls are planning to both come home from college and we are going out to eat Saturday evening and then do a little shopping. My youngest daughter has a 3 hr drive back to school therefore we are having our date on Saturday rather than Sunday.

  41. This look is stunning! This year my Valentine’s Day is going to include a night in with a few romantic comedies and Some chocolate.

  42. Love that dress & the color combo! I’ll be relaxing with my kids & husband on Valentine’s Day 🙂

  43. My husband and I will be visiting the first restaurant we have ever gone to on Valentines Day!! A little restaurant called The Refuge in little ‘ol Antigo Wisconsin!

  44. I am in LOVE with this dress & how you styled it! I have one that is similar in pink and now you’ve given me some motivation to go out and rock it! Looks like you had a great time in Hawaii – but let’s be real…how could you not?! Thank you for the opportunity to win! 🙂

  45. Oh & as for Valentine’s day — hubby is taking me to the Wisconsin Dells and we’re staying at our favorite resort with an indoor waterpark – could definitely use the tan for that! haha

  46. Not going to lie…I wish I KNEW what my guy has planned for me for Valentine’s Day. But its a surprise and he is keeping it super secret! He won’t even give me a clue! And believe me, I’m sneaky, and I still can’t figure it out!

  47. Gorgeous! My valentines plans include cooking in (a challenge for me!) and baking something sweet. And…pretending I’m in Hawaii?

  48. Love the pop of turquoise with the dress! No plans – the hubs is a law student studying his way through valentines!

  49. You look gorgeous! I’m obsessed with that dress! A good tan always makes me feel more confident too 🙂 this valentines is going to be low-key as we’ll be on separate coasts, so probably going to do a belated date-night when I get back!

  50. My fiance and I will celebrate Valentine’s the weekend after! We like to stay in, open a bottle of wine, cook a meal together and watch Netflix 🙂

  51. Such a gorgeous red! I need to find a lipstick in that color. For this Valentine’s Day I’ll be working during the morning as will my boyfriend ( but it’s ok, he farms grapes aka wine ) and then after I’ll cook him a nice dinner and we will probably take the dogs for a walk and just enjoy each other’s company. Next weekend is our anniversary so we have more fun plans for then.

  52. My sweet baby girl was born on Valentines Day, so this year we will spend Valentines celebrating her 8th birthday!

  53. This Friday I’m going to a Great Gatsby themed Valentine’s Day party that I’m SO STOKED for!! I’ve been wanting to go to one since before the movie came out. On actual Valentine’s Day I don’t have any plans except for church 🙂

    XO Katie

  54. this Valentine’s Day I plan on cooking chicken parm and spending the night in with my loved ones!

  55. We actually are going out to a small little place that is offering a great special which includes a bottle of wine. It is being offered all month so I think we will go late in the afternoon for an early dinner.

  56. omg that dress. slay girl slay! I’m in sunny Florida at FSU so I’ll be laying out and desperately trying to get tan in time for our spring break cruise. As for Valentine’s day, I’ll probably go to a nice dinner and a movie with my love 🙂

  57. Love your blog Kathleen. The mix of higher end clothing and affordable clothing is great. I always look at your blog when I need outfit inspiration!

  58. I NEED some tan in my life! So white and would love a little color for our cozy night in- our tradition is sushi and champagne in comfy clothes, snuggling and watching a movie.

  59. I absolutely love the dress, but that turquoise statement necklace is stunning. Picking the perfect accessories is so much a part of completing any look, and you have that mastered. Love it!

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