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Giveaway: Karina Dresses

Lately, behind the scenes here at Medicinal Marzipan, I have been busying myself with the task of updating my wardrobe to include more professional (ahem.. adult..) items that are both appropriate for my burgeoning career as a social worker, and FANCY. These purchases have included blazers, high-waisted skirts, (teensy) heels, cardigans, and dress pants. As always, when looking for clothing, I pay particular attention to shopping for my curves, as well as a new interest in buying clothing made locally or within the US. I figure, if it’s good for the economy, and it makes me get a little warm and fuzzy to buy from lovely people, it’s a win win.

That is one of the reasons that I am beyond gleeful to introduce you to one of my new favorite companies – Karina Dresses. This up-and-coming Brooklyn, New York based clothing company contacted me last month, and inquired about a collaboration with me. I was beyond flattered, but when I put on my very first Karina dress I near about died with how pretty it was! And colorful! And not in the slightest bit restrictive! (These are pretty much my three requirements for clothing. I am not into drab or anything that requires squeezing.)

Some facts about the dresses:

  • Made from imported microfiber blend fabric with 4-way stretch. Dresses are machine washable, and come in limited edition prints, constantly changing selection because they do perpetual small-batch production.
  • Karina prides themselves on making dresses to fit every body. Currently their sizes range from 0-20 on most dresses, but I am secretly hoping that they will expand their sizing options even more in the future.
  • Dresses are uber-versatile, can be dressed up or down. Or say, perfect for running from the office to the bar – awesome. They also can be scrunched up really small, and thus, are perfect for traveling. Also, they don’t need to be ironed, which is good, because I don’t really “do” that.
  • Dresses are on the expensive side, but they are made with love in the US and I plan on getting a serious amount of wear out of mine.
  • Insider secret: Karina is quietly looking for brand ambassadors in all 50 states. They are really blogger friendly, have a body positive advertising approach, and thus far, I have very much enjoyed all of my interactions with them.

I am also super excited that Karina Dresses has offered me the opportunity to give one of their gorgeous dressed away on Medicinal Marzipan!

To Enter (leave a separate comment for each entry):

  1. “Like” Karina Dresses on Facebook. This step is required!
  2. Leave a comment with your number one rule is for dressing your body with love and compassion. My all time favorite is: forget the number on the tag, and buy the size that fits.

The contest is open to readers internationally, however, if you live outside of the US you will be required to pay for postage. Contest ends Friday, July 22, at Midnight EST.

p.s. FTC: I received this dress from Karina Dresses for my very own twirling and skipping around town pleasure.

p.p.s. a HUGE thank you to my sweetheart for photographing me when I was being a total brat and wouldn’t make any nice faces.

76 Comments to Giveaway: Karina Dresses

  1. amanda's Gravatar amanda
    July 18, 2011 at 9:14 am | Permalink

    I keep telling myself that the size of my clothes doesn’t define who I am. I will wear clothes that fit me and flatter me regardless of the size.

  2. Emily's Gravatar Emily
    July 18, 2011 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    It’s not clever, but: wear what fits and flatters you (and don’t hide your body!).

    You look so pretty in those pictures!

  3. July 18, 2011 at 9:19 am | Permalink

    I make sure to buy stuff I feel fantastic in!

  4. July 18, 2011 at 9:20 am | Permalink

    and I liked them on FB :)

  5. christa's Gravatar christa
    July 18, 2011 at 9:27 am | Permalink

    I would also say, only buy things that fit and are comfortable. I find that if I feel uncomfortable in my clothes and am thinking about it all the time, I dont feel good.
    Liked on FB! Thanks for the giveaway.

  6. July 18, 2011 at 9:31 am | Permalink

    I liked them on Facebook!

  7. July 18, 2011 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    I wish I had something clever to say. I like comfortable, FITS, and makes me feel pretty!

  8. July 18, 2011 at 9:34 am | Permalink

    I’ve already liked them! (Also, favorite rule, stole from Wendy Brandes: wear what you love!)

  9. Lori's Gravatar Lori
    July 18, 2011 at 9:45 am | Permalink

    My rule: Used to be that when I was feeling down and dumpy and frumpy, I’d dress dumpily and frumpily, and that just compounded my feeling bad. Now when I feel that way, I make an effort to dress how I want to feel, I take more care with my appearance. It doesn’t always improve my mood, but it helps me demonstrate to myself that I do matter. (Does that make sense?)

  10. Kalisa's Gravatar Kalisa
    July 18, 2011 at 10:04 am | Permalink

    My rule is: Larger clothes don’t hide your body & make you look smaller; quite the opposite actually. If you want to look smaller, wear clothes that FIT. (Love the wrap dress, BTW.)

  11. July 18, 2011 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    Mara! That dress is amazing! And it’s BEYOND amazing with you in it!

    Okay, my #1 rule for dressing with love is to never sacrifice comfort for aesthetics and vice versa. I shop with the firm mindset that I CAN HAVE IT ALL. I can have clothes that feel yummy AND look gorgeous. I won’t settle for less.

  12. wendy's Gravatar wendy
    July 18, 2011 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    Wear what makes you feel like 1,000,0000 bucks and immediately puts a amile on your face. Also, equally important, something that you can always get down and dance to in an impromptu parking lot dance off.
    P.s. I “liked” them.

  13. Amy's Gravatar Amy
    July 18, 2011 at 10:43 am | Permalink


    A big one for me is to keep pushing out the “Is this slimming?” and focus on whether or not I actually LIKE what I’m trying one. I too often get stuck in buying something because it’s 1) Black 2) Supposedly slimming or 3) Adequately hides a pudge when really I’m not crazy about how it feels, the style, color, etc. I lose any sense of myself or my authentic style in efforts to shield the public from a roll. It’s not about making myself “easier” to look at– it’s about being comfortable and expressing myself in a way that enables me to love myself and be ME!

  14. July 18, 2011 at 11:02 am | Permalink

    My tip is to buy things that you REALLY love and that’s “you”. I’ve noticed that sometimes I’ll just buy something because it fits but I don’t really like it all that much, and then I don’t even wear it. Or if I do, I don’t feel that great in it!

  15. July 18, 2011 at 11:06 am | Permalink

    I “liked” them on facebook! :)

  16. July 18, 2011 at 11:13 am | Permalink

    My rule is just if you feel good, you’ll look good! :D

  17. July 18, 2011 at 11:27 am | Permalink

    I “like” them now!

    My main rule is modesty. It has to be able to cover the things I want covered without slipping off me constantly. I’m all about a good cami underneath, but I wear very, um, restrictive underwear and I can’t have any of that showing.

  18. krista's Gravatar krista
    July 18, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

    My number one rule is: it doesn’t matter what size it is, where it comes from–if it looks good and makes you feel good, it’s worth it!

  19. July 18, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

    Wearing the size that fits is important but always try to be adventurous with each purchase. Try a different cut to see if it flatters you. Try color if you stick to neutrals. Try a little shorter if you typically cover your knees. My adventures with dresses this summer has boosted my confidence. Eventually led to some yummy lingerie purchases. :-) I wore sleeveless this summer! I stopped giving two shalarmas(yup,made up that word) about what people may thing about my chunky arms. It is too damn hot in DC to worry about that! You know what? There is nothing wrong with me and no one was is staring at me. lol Most people told me I looked gorgeous. I felt sexy and gorgeous with each dress I wore. Very liberating. No more shame! I’m loving my curves. :)

    • July 18, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

      crap. Shalarma is a name. Sorry if I offended anyone. :(

  20. Whitney's Gravatar Whitney
    July 18, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    Wow! So cute!
    I don’t have any great original mantra, but I do like to wear clothes I can “rock it” in. So, if I don’t put them on and feel like I can take on all the day has to offer… then back onto the rack it goes.

  21. July 18, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    You radiate your gorgeousness in that dress, Mara :) And you had me at no-iron and non-restrictive! And the print is dashing!

    Okay, so liked the company on FB. Done.

    As for number one rule about dressing your body with love and compassion – I would echo your rule, but that would be copying so I’ll come up with something similar, but slightly different. My number one rule is don’t rule anything out because you don’t think it “works” for your body type, height, skin color, etc.

    I first learned this rule when I saw a curvaceous young lady rocking the crap outta some “skinny” (I cringe at the terminology, but just to be clear am using it in this instance) jeans, which I am sure I had said to myself and others “I could never wear those.” I was SO wrong. Also, I didn’t wear anything sleeveless in 7th and 8th grade, convinced my arms would offend the world. Now I say, F*CK that frame of mind.

    Okay this is a giveaway. I’ll stop cursing now :) Yay!

  22. July 18, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    whoa lady! yous a knock out :)!

    my number one rule: wear what you will be comfortable in. always.

  23. July 18, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    I liked Karina on Facebook!

  24. July 18, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    I always feel fabulous when I wear clothes that fit. Too many years I tried to diet down to a “happy weight” and would feel so down when getting dressed. Finally I jumped off of the yo-yo diet wagon, bought bigger clothes and felt and looked fabulous!

  25. July 18, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

    My numero uno rule : knowing that regardless of what I wear or what size it is, that my awesomeness comes first , even in sweat pants and a t shirt I can still be glorious. Oh and if the out fit includes not having to wear pants, its definately a WIN :-D

  26. M.J.'s Gravatar M.J.
    July 18, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    FB fan~ MJ Moore

  27. M.J.'s Gravatar M.J.
    July 18, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    My rule is, go shopping with a positive attitude. Too many times I’ve gone shopping with my mom who has body image issues, and all she sees is the flaw in whatever she looks at. By starting out with optimism and a touch of reality, I can find things that I love and make me feel great, even if they don’t make me look like Gisele Bundchen!

  28. Molly's Gravatar Molly
    July 18, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    Never wear pants that are too tight no matter how good they make your butt look!

  29. Gabrielle's Gravatar Gabrielle
    July 18, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

    You look gorgeous Mara and you radiate confidence in the dress. I’m a long time reader, first time commenter. I’ve become a FB fan of Karina dresses and after checking out their website I’m keen to enter the giveaway.

    My rule of dressing – The clothing you wear should be like good friends. They should make you feel confident, loved and items you look forward to spending you time with. If getting up in the morning dressing fills you with dread or what I’m wearing makes me uncomfortable & self-critical then it isn’t something I need to have in my life.

  30. Anna's Gravatar Anna
    July 18, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Permalink

    The clothes have to fit your body, not the opposite way around. Nothing short of surgery is going to give me the boobs that 98% of dresses think I should have, but that’s what keeps tailors in business

  31. July 18, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

    To all the great gals who Liked us from brand ambassador blog Medicinal Marzipan…THANK YOU !!! And most of all thanks to Mara for believing in our little company.

  32. Melissa's Gravatar Melissa
    July 18, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Permalink

    I wear items that make me feel fantastically and fiercely femme.

  33. Jolene Lenahan's Gravatar Jolene Lenahan
    July 18, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Permalink

    Liked karinas dresses on FB!

  34. Jolene Lenahan's Gravatar Jolene Lenahan
    July 18, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

    I’ve learned to not worry so much about dressing in the newest fad. I know what looks good on my body and I stay true to those styles and what I personally like. I feel so good about myself when I know that I am expressing my own personal style. I also feel so true to myself.

  35. Signe's Gravatar Signe
    July 18, 2011 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

    I wear something that makes me feel like myself, something that makes me feel beautiful without my having to tug at and readjust it all day. Nothing makes me feel more self-conscious or disheveled than an outfit that doesn’t feel right on my body.

  36. Hillary S.'s Gravatar Hillary S.
    July 18, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Permalink

    I don’t worry about keeping up with the current fashion trends. When I buy clothes, fit is far more important than that little number on the label; sizing between brands seem pretty inconsistent anyway. Most important of all, if it doesn’t make you smile don’t put it on your body!

  37. July 18, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

    Don’t dress for others — dress for you!

    I “like” Karina Dresses on FB. Wish I could LOVE them!

  38. July 18, 2011 at 10:59 pm | Permalink

    Wow! I’m always on the look-out for dresses that flatter my body! But you know, lately my rule for dressing is wearing things that make me feel sassy and classy. It doesn’t matter if I’m wearing yoga pants and a tank, or kitten heels and an LBD… it’s all about how it makes me feel. And I liked it on FB too!

  39. Ellen's Gravatar Ellen
    July 18, 2011 at 11:26 pm | Permalink

    i liked them on FB!

  40. Ellen's Gravatar Ellen
    July 18, 2011 at 11:29 pm | Permalink

    The turquoise “Rita” dress is so exactly what i’ve been looking for, I just may have to snatch it up!

    My mantra is “Don’t change your body to fit your clothes. Change your clothes to fit your body!”

  41. Miz's Gravatar Miz
    July 19, 2011 at 6:03 am | Permalink

    now for some reason I want a pic of you in the dress WITH your sweetie.
    whatever face you wanna make is fine :)

  42. July 19, 2011 at 6:19 am | Permalink

    I love Karina Dresses. Have been a fan of them for a while. Only my budget hasn’t allowed me to own one…yet. I try to dress to flatter my form, not hide it. I also try and keep in mind my age and that I’m a mom. There are people out there who judge and as much as we know we should ignore them, I find it just easier not to invoke judgement by wearing something inappropriate.

  43. Shelly's Gravatar Shelly
    July 19, 2011 at 8:25 am | Permalink

    My #1 rule is if doesn’t feel good, don’t wear it. If all I’m doing all day is thinking about the pull of my shirt or how my pants are too tight, the first thing I do when I get home is take them off and put them in my give away pile.

  44. Lu's Gravatar Lu
    July 19, 2011 at 9:12 am | Permalink

    Dress well, feel well.
    Sometimes I forget my own rule and I never really get dressed for weeks at a time, wearing sweat pants and t shirts (since I was a nanny and a student, I could get away with this. Now I work from home and it’s just as bad). One day I’ll wake up and put on a dress or a skirt and realize that I feel so much better about myself. The clothes don’t have to be expensive, just nice. I’m often more comfortable in skirts and dresses and they just make me feel better.

  45. RockStarMel's Gravatar RockStarMel
    July 19, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

    Hmm…. I went to their website and didn’t see a single offering over size 12? Most dresses, it would appear, were sized from 4-12, with some one-size-fits 0-12. Am I missing something?

    I appreciate the idea of wearing clothing that fits. I do. And pretty clothing that fits and flatters, but as a size 20, I don’t see anything (yet) that applies to me? I’m a little disappointed. :(

  46. July 19, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Permalink

    My number one rule is that whatever I wear has to make me smile – happy smile, sexy smile, mischievous smile – whatever, as long as the corners of my mouth are turned up!

  47. July 19, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

    How gorgeous are you in that dress???

    I SO want to win one. My number one rule is for dressing my body with love and compassion is, before I even get dressed, I look my naked body in the eye in the mirror and tell it that I love it and that we’re only as pretty as we feel, so let’s feel good!

  48. July 19, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

    liked on facebook

  49. July 19, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Permalink

    I’ve read and heard and seen pictures of these dresses. I think I’ve even tried one on. (A little pricey for my budget, right now, but who knows?) But I love how it looks on you and how you just glow! Sign me up!

  50. July 19, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

    Oh, I forgot my Rule for Dressing: (this is from my Mom, which I still use to this day): Do you love it? Because if you don’t love it, don’t buy it. If the color doesn’t make your skin glow, if the fit doesn’t make your best features sing, if you don’t feel pretty, don’t buy it. Move on.
    Also, if you do love it: buy it in many colors!!

  51. July 19, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

    Another great rule. Don’t go shopping dreading the task or in a rush if possible. It should be fun. Thinking to yourself “I won’t find anything that fits me”, will lead to a mediocre purchase and an uncomfortable experience when wearing the dress, when in fact you should be feeling your bombshell status.

  52. July 19, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Permalink

    My rule is to buy clothes that make my SOUL happy–my body will naturally follow.

  53. Jen's Gravatar Jen
    July 19, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Permalink

    I have to like the way it looks on me.

    I liked Karina on FB.

  54. July 19, 2011 at 10:55 pm | Permalink

    My #1 rule for dressing myself with love and compassion is to try on clothes with an appreciation for how they look on MY body, instead of comparing what I see to how I think the dress might look on someone else’s body. This shift in perspective helps me find clothes that make me feel great! (and I liked Karina Dresses on FB too)

  55. July 20, 2011 at 6:41 am | Permalink

    First, I want to thank you for introducing me to Karina Dresses. I checked out (and Liked) their FB page and I am loving their dresses. They clearly know what flatters a voluptuous woman’s body (which I have) and they are not afraid of making clothing that flatters real women. I would like to have a closet full of Karina!!!!!!

    My number one rule is to know what flatters my body and stick with those styles no matter what the fads are from season to season or year to year in fashion. But here is the real important part of the rule: If you find an article of clothing or pair of shoes that flatters AND is comfortable, buy it in multiples. You will never regret it. Because you know what I’m talking about . . . you love that sweater and it looks great on you but it got all pilly . . . the soles on your favorite pair of shoes wore out . . . that rockin’ dress that you adore-purchase it in every color!

  56. July 20, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

    Only buy clothes that make you feel gorgeous (to the point of prancing.)

  57. July 20, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Permalink


  58. Jeanette L.'s Gravatar Jeanette L.
    July 21, 2011 at 9:28 am | Permalink

    I liked Karina on Facebook!

  59. Jeanette L.'s Gravatar Jeanette L.
    July 21, 2011 at 9:37 am | Permalink

    My number one rule is: find & develop your own personal style. When you know (and wear) what flatters your body and skin tone, it makes you feel “put together” and confident…and that’s beautiful!

  60. Carolyn's Gravatar Carolyn
    July 21, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

    I liked Karina on facebook (and I expect I would looove those dresses in real life)!

  61. Bon's Gravatar Bon
    July 21, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    Loved karina on facebook…so beautiful!

  62. Carolyn's Gravatar Carolyn
    July 21, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

    My favorite rule for shopping (though I admit I don’t always remember it) is that if clothing doesn’t fit your body, it’s a problem with the clothing, not with your body. Love your body, not the one that those clothes fit.

  63. Sonja hauser's Gravatar Sonja hauser
    July 21, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

    My favorite rule has to do with comfort and loving the item. If I don’t love it I’ll never wear it. I also agree with forgetting the number and just buy what fits, especially with swimsuits!

  64. Sky's Gravatar Sky
    July 21, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

    I like them on Facebook :)

  65. Sky's Gravatar Sky
    July 21, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

    Only wear clothing that expresses the you you want to be…. and that can change day by day!

  66. Marina's Gravatar Marina
    July 21, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Permalink

    I liked Karina on fb! My rule is to buy what I love, and just cut off the tag so I don’t feel bad!

  67. July 21, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

    I liked them on Facebook! :)

  68. July 21, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Permalink

    My number one rule is simply to buy things that I love regardless of what anyone else thinks. If I like the way I look, I’ll be much happier and that will show.

  69. July 21, 2011 at 11:27 pm | Permalink

    Ooh their dresses are gorgeous! Let’s see, I know it’s maybe a cliche but buying clothing that *fits* me (including buying things from Eshakti that are actually made to fit me specifically) and that makes me feel great. Bonus points if it has things like ruffles or I can twirl in it – fun clothing is great ;)

  70. Ashley's Gravatar Ashley
    July 24, 2011 at 10:18 am | Permalink

    I like Karina Dresses on fb. My rule is to try to think outside the box and not get caught up in having the latest fashion. Trends fade, but I try to stock my closest with timeless pieces that make me feel amazing and don’t go out of style!


  71. August 13, 2011 at 2:02 am | Permalink

    I liked Karina dresses on FB – as requested :)

    I took a quick look at the site and I like the Carmen dress – simple but still pretty.

    As a single mom to twin toddlers, I wear what is comfortable. I try to look nice and sometimes even go with a trend – but when you have smushed banana on your butt – it doesn’t really matter. I dress in what fits, and sometimes that limits what I wear even though my closet is full. I have gotten much better at getting rid of things that don’t fit instead of holding on and hoping I will change sizes. I am a jeans and t-shirts girl and one day I will start dressing more like a mom. For now, I am happy with flip flops and smushed banana !

  72. August 13, 2011 at 2:04 am | Permalink

    I just realized that this is an old post. My google reader had the posts from old to new. Can you tell that I am exhausted ???

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