Thursday, December 15, 2011

Holidays = Giveaways: Karina Dresses Review and Giveaway

Somehow, with my admittedly sizeable closet, I managed to not own a little black dress.  Karina Dresses has remedied that oversight by sending me this little black dress:

Yes, it was cold.  See what I do for you, Dearest Readers?

And I love it.  It looks simple enough, but is surprisingly versatile.  Today I’m wearing a winterized work version of the dress with a wool Lauren Ralph Lauren jacket (thrifted), olive tights, riding boots (Born Crown “Sosie” via Nordstrom) and a bird-print scarf (thrifted):

But I could easily dress it up with a statement necklace, or a brooch or three at the waist or shoulder, or a colorful shoe or some major earrings.  And, in the summer, it’ll work wonderfully with a metallic sandal and an arm full of bangles.

I think it’s the cut that makes this dress so versatile.  It has a flattering v-neck, waist-enhancing waistband and a thigh-approved full skirt.  I also like that it’s sleeveless, but still offers enough coverage so my bra straps aren’t tempted to run amok.  And I love the length – its one that would work for any age, any body and any height. 

Little black dresses aren’t all that Karina Dresses makes though.  They offer this particular dress (the Marissa) in several prints and colors and even offer it with sleeves.  They also offer several other dress styles in a variety of prints and colors.  And, because the dresses are made from limited edition fabrics, the prints change regularly so their customers can always find new options in their favorite style.  I love that.

There is a lot to love about Karina Dresses though.  I love that they’re a small, American company based in Brooklyn and that they produce all of their dresses on site.  I love that their dresses are targeted towards women of all ages, all ethnicities, all aesthetics and all body types (they carry up to size 20 in some styles).  And I love their fabulous fabric – it’s a microfiber blend with 4-way stretch that is machine-washable and never needs ironing; which, as a lazy gal, I truly appreciate.

And I think you’ll appreciate Karina Dresses as well.  Which is why I’ve teamed up with them to offer one reader a free dress and the rest of my beloved readers $30.00 off the purchase of a Karina Dresses dress. 

To enter the giveaway for the free dress, just do the following:

1.      Stop by Karina Dresses and peruse their wares.
2.      Visit the Karina Dresses Facebook page and “like” it.
3.      Leave me a comment letting me know which style of a Karina Dresses dress you’d choose and your email address so I can contact you if you win.

This giveaway will close on midnight, PST on December 29th.  Which gives you a couple of weeks to enter.  Just don’t forget!

And, to get $30.00 off the purchase of any full price Karina Dresses dress, just visit Karina Dresses here and enter this code PANG30 when you check out.  Also, Karina Dresses is offering FREE SHIPPING for the entire month of December! 

That’s right, a giveaway, $30.00 off and free shipping.  You’re welcome, folks.  You’re welcome.

Happy Thursday, Everyone!



  1. I Liked them on Facebook. My favorite style is Lauren! It's probably unlucky to be the first commenter, so here goes nothing. My email is

  2. Oh my what a lovely dress and liked how you styled it! Fabulous!

    I have liked Karina Dresses on FB and I have chosen the Rita syle. My email address is

    Thanks for doing this giveaway and good luck to everyone!


  3. Ooh! Ooh! Me! Um, yeah, liked them on Facebook. If I were to win anything from them right now I think my first favorite would actually be the Sybil skirt in the silver/grey diamond print. If I had to pick a dress though I'd go for the Ella in the winter white print, it's totally un-like anything else I own.

  4. Please don't enter me in the giveaway - I am a Karina Brand Ambassador already! (and I posted about my Karina today : >) I just wanted to say how fabulous you look, and how your styling of the LBD is superb!

  5. Very sharp. Your LBD has 'wardrobe workhorse' written all over it. I like how you winterized it!

  6. You look great! Love your blog.

    I liked Karina Dresses on Facebook. I like the Ella dress. My e-mail is

  7. What a great giveaway! That dress is super-flattering on you, Gracey--I've heard such good things about Karina, too. Unfortunately I can't enter the giveaway because I don't have a Facebook account, but it'll be fun to see who wins.

  8. I really like the Rita dress in the black, by apparently other people have the same opinion because it's sold out.

    I love how you're styled your dress.

  9. Hi There!

    First off let me just say I think I may need to recreate your outfit! Sooo cute! I just recently found your blog and it's been a treasure trove of ideas since I'm also in the way of being rather tall.

    And what a wonderful giveaway! I think the Penelope style would be very flattering. I liked them on facebook and my email is

    Happy Holidays!

  10. oooh I love how you've styled this number! I "like" karina on fb, and I'd choose the carmen if I won!


  11. I have long admired Karina Dresses. I have my eye on the 3/4 sleeve Gala style in navy.

    Thanks for the $30 off! Think I may gift myself with my Christmas bucks.

    The Marissa looks fabulous on you.

  12. I would love either the Penelope or the Marisa. Thanks for the giveaway and discount!


  13. that dress fits you perfectly! you look marvelous, with & without the blazer. oh, & i want your boots.

  14. I love the Adrienne and the Lauren. So excited about the discount! I liked Karina Dresses on FB too. Thanks for the great giveaway!


  15. It is possible that I would cut someone for the Marisa sleeveless animal print. It would totally be someone who deserved it, though. I would be so FIERCE in that!

  16. I LOVE this dress, Gracey. It's so flattering. What a wonderful giveaway! =D

  17. That scarf is to die it and the fact that you thrifted it. Have a great weekend look gorg. Dawn Suitcase Vignettes xo

  18. You look gorgeous. I love this outfit on you. It's so very chic.

    You make me smile!


  19. Pretty! and I really love it with the jacket!

  20. Love this dress, Gracey, and the way you styled it is perfect with the chic blazer and that amazing scarf (I looove it!). Also thought your review was so poignant and helpful! I'll be checking out Karina and stopping back by to enter the giveaway :)

  21. aw the dress fits you perfectly and i love the scarf!

    <3 steffy

  22. I like the Marissa! And the Adrienne. And the.....Anyway,the dress looks great on you. my email is lesdear2002@yahoo.

  23. Beautiful dress, so flattering too! Can I just say that I squealed a little over the CUTE!! =)

  24. Oh, I adore Karina dresses! Thank you so much for this chance to win!

    If I won, I would pick the Marisa dress. I am in love with its neckline :-)

    jackiewyse (at) gmail (dot) com

  25. You scarf is so pretty. I love the bold colors.

  26. You look amazing! LOVE the dress with the blazer and riding boots, so British :)

    I'd pick Josie for sure, I've been DYING for a swingy dress like this:

    <3 Cambria

  27. Oh yes! I love this company. They remind me of one of those restaurants that features just a few, carefully selected things on the menu and does them really well! I would definitely pick the Rita.

  28. really love the way you styled this dress! i love a LBD and a perfect blazer. lookin' good!


  29. Hard to choose, but I think I would want the Adrienne.

  30. I would choose the Megan.

  31. Whew! i almost forgot! anyhoo, i'm leaning towards the Rita in the swirls pattern....yummy. and i did finally figure out how to like them on facebook (tho it may have shown up as under my husband t*ny's account).

    Happy Almost New Years!!! steph

    pygmyowl at sbcglobal dot net

  32. I liked them on facebook, I love the rita style

    I used my work address there:teresa.o......

  33. accessories are so important, i love the scarf pdog


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