Monday, June 27, 2011

Karina Dresses Review and Giveaway


You've already seen me parading around proudly in my Karina dresses, and now I'm delighted to tell you a bit more about them and the company that makes them!

Karina's mission is aligned with my own: To help women with a variety of figure types and sizes feel fabulous about themselves. The dresses are designed to flatter many shapes while still remaining stylish and comfortable, and my impression is that the designs will work well for a range of body types. Sizing varies by style, and I recommend checking the detailed size listings here. Many dresses start at size 0 but some dresses only fit through a size 8 while others fit to a size 20. The material is a heavy, stretchy microfiber that drapes beautifully, never wrinkles, and washes easily. They're all made in Brooklyn in small batches, so prints tend to come in and out of rotation pretty quickly - nab 'em while you can!

I was sent the Megan and Alicia dresses to review.* You see the Megan style above, and I'm completely in love with it. Crossover style tops and dresses usually gape on me, but this one has the elegant, wrapped styling of a crossover with no gaping and a nice, modestly high neckline. The high waist works beautifully on me, and I adore the full, drapey skirt.And that print. SO cute.


This little number is the Alicia, and it's also super flattering and adorable, It's a one-shouldered style, which I find delightfully sassy, but it only comes in one size and is a bit snug in the neck/armpit area for me. I take a size 8 in most mall dresses, so I imagine this dress is suited to women who take a 6 or smaller. Still, love the pattern, construction, design, and fit overall.

These dresses are ideal for travel since they're lightweight but layerable, fold or roll up small, absolutely never wrinkle, and come in some eye-catching yet versatile prints. They'd also be great for women with active lifestyles: They're tough but flexible, stylish but comfy, and wonderfully washable. And if that's not endorsement enough? I got these two dresses to review, and then ponied up for a third one - another Megan!

I'm excited to have a Karina dress to give away to one lucky Already Pretty reader! Here's what you've got to do to enter:
  1. Like Karina Dresses on Facebook. You MUST do this to qualify, and we will be checking entries!
     
  2. Visit the Karina website and pick out your favorite style.

  3. Leave a comment on this post telling us which dress you'd choose if you won, and A VALID E-MAIL. Comments without a valid e-mail in the comment will be disqualified.

  4. This contest is open to all readers, including international. HOWEVER if you are not a U.S. resident, you will be responsible for paying postage.
     
  5. Cross your fingers!

Enter by midnight CST on Sunday, July 3, 2011. I'll draw a winner at random the following week. This giveaway is open to all readers, including international. HOWEVER if you are not a U.S. resident, you will be responsible for paying postage. (Yes, I know I said that already, but it bears repeating.)

Bonus! If you choose to purchase a Karina dress, the company has generously given us a coupon code to use. Enter alreadypretty1 at checkout for a $30 discount on your purchase.

P.S. If you end up purchasing a dress and love it to bits, here's tip: The company is quietly seeking brand ambassadors in all 50 states to participate in its upcoming home-based selling initiative. Contact them if you're interested in learning more.

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Dana LeBlanc Necklace Winner


And the winner is ...


Cee! Lucky lady. I'll be in touch.

More giveaways right away!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Dana LeBlanc Giveaway


I've been a fan of Dana LeBlanc's gorgeous jewelry designs for years, as evidenced by the sheer number of mentions she's gotten on the blog. This gal has a great eye for color, picks stellar materials, and constructs some of the best understated statement necklaces out there, in my opinion.

And I'm thrilled to announce that Dana is letting my give away one of her Julie style necklaces to a lucky Already Pretty reader!

Here's what you've got to do to enter:
  1. Follow Dana Leblanc on Twitter, like Dana LeBlanc on Facebook, or sign up for the Dana LeBlanc e-newsletter (send an e-mail to danaleblancdesigns@gmail.com with "newsletter" in the subject line). You MUST do one of these three to enter.
     
  2. Visit Dana's shop and pick out the Julie style necklace you'd love to have should you win.

  3. Leave a comment on this post telling us which necklace you chose, and A VALID E-MAIL. Comments without a valid e-mail in the comment will be disqualified.

  4. Cross your fingers!

Enter by midnight CST on Sunday, June 26, 2011. I'll draw a winner at random the following week. This giveaway is open to everyone, including international readers. Good luck!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Elizabeth Dehn Face Mist Winner


And the winner is ...


Margosita! Congrats, lady. I'll be in touch.

More giveaways soon!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Elizabeth Dehn Face Mist Review and Giveaway


My gorgeous and talented friend Elizabeth Dehn, the mastermind behind Beauty Bets, has recently achieved her long-time goal of formulating a line of nourishing skin care products made from 100% natural ingredients. Can we just take a moment to applaud her for that? I'm so proud, impressed, and inspired by her achievement.

Even MORE so since she gave me a set of her products to try out for myself.* As you all know, I have extremely sensitive, acne-prone skin that breaks out every time I sneeze, drink water, or think about puppies. (It's possible that I'm exaggerating, but you catch my drift.) So I must say that I was a little apprehensive about testing Elizabeth's products. But friends, I am thrilled to say that they are all absolutely marvelous.

I've been using the shea cream on my face's dry spots and under my eyes, and it has made my skin soft, plump, and radiant. The serum is now a nightly ritual for me - makes me a little too shiny for day - and has actually HELPED with my acne while simultaneously moisturizing and smoothing my skin. And the face spray? My only problem with this product is that every time I use it, I want to drink it. It smells absolutely delicious, and does everything it's designed to do: Hydrates, refreshes, and moisturizes. Utterly perfect now that we're headed into the dog days of summer.


So it's a good thing I've got a bottle of that yummy face spray to give away, isn't it? You know you're dying to try it! Here's what you've got to do to enter:
  1. Be a U.S. resident.

  2. Follow @byelizabethdehn on Twitter or sign up to receive the Beauty Bets e-mails (under "Subscribe to the newsletter on the right). You MUST do one of these things to enter.
     
  3. Leave a comment on this post telling us why you'd love to win the face spray, and A VALID E-MAIL. Comments without a valid e-mail in the comment will be disqualified.

  4. Cross your fingers!

Enter by midnight CST on Sunday, June 12, 2011. I'll draw a winner at random the following week. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Good luck!

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