And we’re back with another Karina Dresses Frockstar™ Giveaway. Excited? In the month of April there is even more to be excited about because there is not only one chance to win – but TWO!!  The first giveaway goes live today while the second one goes live halfway through the month, so just by following along and entering you now have double the chances to win! Two lucky winners this month will get $500 in Karina Dresses, which is a pretty good start at overhauling your closet for the Spring months.

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Since I have been on a Ruby kick these last several months, I figured I should give a little ode to what has undoubtedly become my favorite Karina style. The Ruby Dress is a sleeveless, faux wrap style is perfect for casual and more formal settings. The number of patterns the dress has been made in speaks to the ease with which this beauty can be worn and styled. Every pattern is unique and bold, while still being perfect for everyday use.

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Honestly this dress, in all the various forms I own, is hands down the item in my closet I get the most amount of compliments on when I wear it. Right now my closet contains this dress in 6 styles. Each and every one has been an exciting challenge to style. And while most of them I have worn during the Fall and Winter months, they will also be very easy to transition into Spring and Summer wear as well. Exchange the jackets from a simple short sleeved sweater, replace the boots and tights for a great pair of heels, and the season change is complete.

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Don’t underestimate Karina Dresses. While I’m personally obsessed with the Ruby, the company also has a number of other styles that flatter. Afterall, let’s not forget I’ve tried and styled the Rita and the Carolyn and the Gala and the Megan.  All these dresses show a different side of Karina – the bold patterns, the varying designs and fits, the ease of wear and let’s not forget the amazingness of not needing to iron these dresses.

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Lindi Skin Care Review

by katyrose on April 1, 2015

Maybe I’m getting old. Maybe it’s just the winter we had, but for some reason this year my skin is dry and gross. I don’t know why. I drink a lot of water. I don’t take super long hot showers. I moisturize occasionally, although not daily. But this year my face and hands are especially feeling the wrath of the outside cold weather and the moisture-less heat of indoors.

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But then a box of Lindi Skin products arrived on my door. Admittedly, I’m always hesitant to try new products on my face – what if something goes wrong and I have an allergic reaction? What if the product makes me face worse instead of better? Well, with Lindi I had no need to worry. Lindi Skin was born in 2003 as a skincare line specifically meant for those of us with compromised skin. The company claims “our safe, gentle, clinically-proven line of skincare is unlike anything you’ve ever tried.” and I would have to agree. So, now I have a new nightly skin care regiment, which includes the products below and has already brought about some great results.

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A few thoughts on the Lindi Products I tried:

Lindi Face Wash – my previous face wash had been leaving my face feeling dry and tight after a simple cleanse. This does the opposite. My face feels refreshed and clean, without the dryness or the tightness. It’s a non-sudsing wash, which might make you question if it is working, but it is. (Besides the more I read, the more I realize non-sudsing products, of all sorts, are the way to go.)

Lindi Lavender Facial Serum – this is my favorite product from Lindi. It smells divine, it goes on smoothly and it feels amazing! The non-oily serum spreads easily across my face and neck area and it immediately feels like it is working. Whether I put it on at night before going to bed or in the morning before beginning my makeup routine, it never leaves my face looking shiny or feeling oily! And did I say it smells amazing? Because it does. It smells heavenly.

Lindi Eye Hydrator – I’m not sure if I am at a point in my life yet where I need or would see results from a product like this. But I have been applying it every couple days around my eyes before bed. It goes on easily and feels good. Can’t say that I have seen any marked changes but if it is anything like the other products I’m sure it works near miracles for those in need of a lot of eye hydration.

Lindi Lip Balm – I haven’t used lip balms or chapsticks or any kind in years, not since I went to a presentation that pointed out those products often are actually dehydrating instead of nourishing. But this winter my lips have been cracked so I’ve reverted back to giving them some comfort. This lip balm goes on easily and doesn’t feel heavy. I’ve used it at night before bed and have noticed a difference the following morning – by that point my lips feel less dry.

 Want to try Lindi Skin products on your own? Well you are in luck, because all my readers get free shipping and 25% off your total when you use the code blog25 between now and the end of May. AND all your purchases will be giving back because for every purchase made through the end of May Lindi Skin will make a donation to the American Cancer Society’s ‘Look Good, Feel Better’ campaign.

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How to Wear Pale Pink this Spring

by katyrose on March 31, 2015

Nothing new here, by pale pink is make a resurgence in clothing as Spring seems to be on the horizon. (At least most of the snow is gone now.)

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While I’m seeing more and more pale pink on bloggers and in stores, I’ve noticed this trend seems to be one that is much more prevalent on the coasts than it is here in the Midwest. My own closet, for example, is pretty bare when it comes to pale pink. Actually it is pretty bare when it comes to any pale shades – mint, lilac, pink. Nothing much to speak of.

Still, I’m working to slowly introduce the color into my closet through pieces that I really like and that will last through to other seasons, even if pale pink isn’t as popular in another 6 months or this time next year. This is a fashion stretch for me, but I also like that this color can be word casually or in a dressy situation. Afterall, it’s all about what the clothing item is combined with.

What colors work with pale pink?

To a certain extent, pale pink is a neutral, so it should be fairly easy to mix and match it with the things you own. But a couple simple color combinations you could consider:

Pink and Gray – This subtle, pale, very feminine combination is a personal favorite of mine. It keeps the soft hues of the pink and carries it through with the simple grays.

Pink and Black – This is a bold statement, make the pink contrast significantly with the dark color. This combination is certainly more eye-catching than a pink and gray combo would be, but it can also lend toward some fun creativity when it comes to accents and accessories.

Pink and Pink – When dressing you can combine any and every color with the colors directly next to it on the color wheel, as well as a number of other shades in the same family. This would be a combination I would tend toward, going with a pale pink and a very bold pink, keeping in the same color family but creating a bold look with the contrast.

Pink and Mint – Mint is another color of the season, but it is also the color wheel opposite of pale pink. While this color combination could leave you looking like a delicious bad of cotton candy, it is also a flattering color mix when done well. If mixing these two colors, pick items that are toned down in their pattern and style so as not to draw too much attention.

 

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Bringing pale pink into your closet.

Start small, especially if you haven’t worn this color before. Maybe that means picking up a pale pink t-shirt or a scarf.

Chances are you already have things in your closet you can pair the pink tone with. Sift through and check before making a purchase. Nearly any gray shade would work wonderfully. Plus classic denim and black are always safe bets.

For those feeling a little more adventurous maybe you want to start with a pink dress or skirt. This requires a little more forethought and styling than a simple t-shirt, but again it can be easily accomplished.

Not sure if a pale pink clothing item is your thing? Why not try a pair of shoes in the color? You could pair with with a number of different colors, making them a fairly neutral pair of shoes that you could wear with a number of outfits you already own.

Interested to know where the items in the collages above came from? You can check them out, and the rest of my collages, over at my Polyvore profile.

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Is it Spring Yet? At least this dress says yes.

by katyrose on March 30, 2015

I was provided this dress by Karina in order to give my honest opinion as one of the Karina Dresses Frockstar™ event bloggers. All opinions are my own, obviously.

 

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Dress: c/o Karina Dresses (Ruby style)
Tights: Assets from Target
Shoes: Steve Madden
Jacket: Kohls
Watch: Kohls
Bracelets: assorted places
Earrings: NYC street vendor

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I’ll admit, I’m chomping at the bit for warm weather to finally make up its mind and get here! The little 70* day teaser we had two weeks ago followed by two different days of snow that stuck to the ground for at least 24 hours just isn’t fair! I’m ready to retire my boots for at least 6 months, as well as tights, leggins, sweaters, and all the needed extra layers. Alas, I’m not sure that wish will be fulfilled in the next couple weeks. So, for the time being, I’m focusing on little transitional things I can do to usher Spring in while waiting for the weather to catch up with my mood.

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This little floral number, is my latest Ruby dress from Karina Dresses. Don’t know about my obsession with the Ruby style of Karina dress? You must be new to the blog, otherwise you would have seen a handful of different patterned Ruby style dresses that have grace this blog month after month. (I swear for May I’m going to branch out and try a new style, it’s just so hard to turn away from a good thing when it’s tried and true.) karina-ruby-spring-dress3

This Karina Dresses post is a little preview of the upcoming Karina Dresses Frockstar™ Giveaway event, which will launch on April 1st! Stay tuned for that post, which will give one lucky winner 6 stunning styles from Karina Dresses! You’ll have 15 days to enter before another giveaway launches!

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Let’s keep the gift-giving going during the BlogPOP Spring Fling 2015 event! It’s day four of the fun event coordinated by Jenna of Momma Told Me. Scroll back through some of the old posts to see what other great things you can win from ModlyChic, or scroll to the linky at the bottom to work your way through all the available giveaways.

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This winter, scarves have pretty much been a daily outfit absolute. In the cold weather, scarves are pretty much an essential everyday accessory for me! It’s too easy to wrap one around my neck and run out the door. Plus they add warmth, which is essential in the snowy frigid winters, although let’s be honest I wear them all summer long too.

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As part of my love for scarves I’m giving away a scarf prize pack. Get 3 of my favorite scarves! The collection contains a variety of styles and looks – animal print, lace, bold colors, fun patterns. You’ll be able to wear these with so many things in your closet already. And each scarf will give you a chance to rediscover your class favorite looks with a new accent.
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Want to win more? Use the links below to hop around to the other blogger participating in the BlogPOP! event.

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Today is day three of the four-day giveaway bonanza known as BlogPOP Spring Fling 2015, which is coordinated by the very talented Jenna of Momma Told Me.

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One of my sisters just moved into her first home. It’s a big step and while she has a lot from her various apartments, wedding gifts, etc… she still is missing a lot of the kitchen basics. What better than to help her out with an uber-practical housewarming gift?! Forget cutesy pictures or cliche inspirational wall quotes. I put together a collection of Dexas kitchen supplies that will make her life easier and streamline her time in the kitchen so she’s able to focus on the organization, painting and unpacking of all the other rooms.

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This little collection contains a collapsible Turbo Fan Collapsible Salad Spinner, a 5 qt Salad Bowl, Spoon & Strain Serving Tongs, Leafy Greens Mezzaluna, Collapsible Kitchen KlipScoop, a KlipCup, two different sized Wraparound Contour Grippboard cutting boards and a Dexas Scraper. These things are perfect for the creation of so many great great meals and snacks for her family. I’m already envisioning amazing salads of all sorts of variations.

Want to win a Dexas collection of your own? Use the Rafflecopter below to receive: Turbo Fan Collapsible Salad Spinner ($30), 5 qt Salad Bowl ($15), Spoon & Strain Serving Tongs ($10), Leafy Greens Mezzaluna ($10), Collapsible Kitchen KlipScoop ($8), and Wraparound Contour Grippboard cutting boards ($25).

 
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Check out the links below to see what my fellow BlogPOP! Spring Fling bloggers are giving away. Check back daily because as giveaways go live links are added to the list. You don’t want to miss out on any of these!

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Onecklace Review – #‎BlogPOPEvents‬ Giveaway

March 27, 2015

Today is day two of the  four-day giveaway bonanza known as BlogPOP Spring Fling 2015. Yesterday it kicked off with a Ray-Ban giveaway from SunglassesShop on ModlyChic as well as a handful of other great prizes from my fellow BlogPOP bloggers. The best news – there is still two remaining days after today for more […]

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Ray-Ban Sunnies – #‎BlogPOPEvents‬ Giveaway

March 26, 2015

Get excited! The Fashionista Events Giveaway might have ended but today marks the start of a four-day giveaway bonanza. Each of the next four days I’ll be hosting a new, amazing giveaway, along with a dozen other blogger who will each be hosting four of their own giveaways! Pretty Great, right?!  This event, BlogPOP Spring […]

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Fashion Intelligence: A Symposium (In NYC)

March 22, 2015

Yay!!! I finally booked my tickets and got everything arranged to attend a symposium in New York City entitled: Fashion Intelligence. The all-day workshop will take place at the Fashion Institute of Technology and has some amazing speakers headlining as well as some really interesting break out panels. And I’m not just saying that because […]

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4 Diamond Cuts to Consider

March 21, 2015

This post is contributed by Mediabuzzer. I went through a phase where I wore a multitude of cheap rings. I have an adorable decorative bowl filled with them, but lately I find myself only reaching for the more expensive rings. The one with real diamonds and precious stones. Let’s be honest, buying a diamond involves […]

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