Karina’s Nora & Giveaway & Fun Fashion Friday Link Up!

June 9, 2016

I found the absolute most perfect summer dress.  The Nora by Karina Dresses is fun, flirty, and even has pockets!
the perfect summer dress, summer 2016, July 4th party dress
I love this cobalt blue with classic white dots.  Isn’t it fun with red shoes and white bag?  I’m ready for a July 4th party!  Or a date! Or the office!
Karina dresses are wonderful for traveling too.  They always look fresh and wrinkle-free!

machine washable, wrinkle free dress
The Nora is a knee-length fit and flare dress with pockets. It has flattering shoulder pleats with cap sleeves.  The Nora is V-neck with a wrap-look front that never shows too much.  

Karina Dress review, Nora dress, dresses with pockets

A reminder of all my fav things about my Karina dresses:

Figure flattering!
Machine washable!
Wrinkle free!
Made in the U.S!

wrinkle free dress, made in the US
And a pretty Karina dress always makes me wanna twirl!

feminine dresses, retro dresses, red white and blue look for summer
Ready for the very best news?  Karina has agreed to hold a giveaway just for my readers and one lucky gal will win the Karina dress of her choice! Enter through the rafflecopter widget below. Enter your email address to get on Karina’s mailing list and be the first to know about new styles, prints, and sales.  And get extra entries for following Karina and Fashion Should Be Fun on social media.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

style over 40, fashion over 40, midlife style
Which dress would you choose? 
I feel it’s only fair to warn you though: once you have one Karina dress, you’ll want more and more!  
(Karina gave me this dress to review. All opinions are my own as always!)
Some of last week’s favs … 

Tiina at Elegance Revisited is mixing prints like a champ.

Samantha of Fake Fabulous looks lovely in this pretty color combo.

And Imogen of Tia-Cherie looks like a little doll is this sweet look.

Okay, Gals … link up, link back, and have fun!

Dawn Lucy


  • Reply Mica T June 9, 2016 at 10:24 pm

    Such a gorgeous dress! I love that it has pockets, the best!

    Thank you for the link up!

    Away From The Blue Blog

  • Reply jodie filogomo June 9, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    Well I can totally see why you love this dress—it's absolutely a dream on you!
    I have yet to try out the Karina's dresses—shame on me!! Maybe I'll win one and then get addicted!!
    Thanks for both the giveaway and hosting!!

    • Reply dawnlucy June 10, 2016 at 5:53 pm

      I hope you do win one! 🙂

  • Reply Andrea June 9, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    You look fabulous! I love the cut of the dress, and how great that it's wrinkle free! Your accessories are awesome, too! I love the red heels & the bag! Your are indeed ready for anything!

    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

  • Reply vanity andme June 9, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    Love the dress! Gorgeous colour and playful. Thank you for hosting x

  • Reply Tiina L June 9, 2016 at 10:49 pm

    Thank you so much for featuring me! What a lovely surprise!
    And a dress with pockets, brilliant! You can never have too many of those, especially in such a pretty shade of blue. Have a wonderful weekend!

    • Reply dawnlucy June 10, 2016 at 5:54 pm

      Loved this pattern mixing outfit of your, Tiina! so FAB!!

  • Reply 50 Days Of No Grey June 9, 2016 at 10:57 pm

    The dress is such a gorgeous colour on you!

  • Reply Andrea Nine June 9, 2016 at 11:05 pm

    OH sweet, dear lady, how you shine in blue. Blondes look spectacular in Blue, but there is something extra special about this ensemble…YOU!!!! And that twirl…..so frickin' Fabulous!!! Hugs for an awesome weekend love!!

    • Reply dawnlucy June 10, 2016 at 5:55 pm

      Hee … you're always the sweetest! 🙂

  • Reply Jaymie Ashcraft June 9, 2016 at 11:17 pm

    Adorable dress!!

  • Reply J. Elle June 10, 2016 at 12:57 am

    So, so jealous of this dress! You may send it to me at the first opportunity. Beautiful and perfect styling.

    • Reply dawnlucy June 10, 2016 at 5:56 pm

      This dress would look stunning on you, Jennie! 🙂

  • Reply Rachel June 10, 2016 at 1:52 am

    Pretty dress and it looks fanatastic on you too. I need to check Karina out.
    Rachel xo

  • Reply Celia M. High Heeled Life June 10, 2016 at 2:53 am

    Wow that is a beautiful dress! love that it is machine washable!! looks stunning on you .. thanks for hosting. Celia M. – HighHeeledLife.com

    • Reply dawnlucy June 10, 2016 at 5:57 pm

      Right? I hate spending the time and money getting things dry cleaned! Thanks, Celia!

  • Reply Marta June 10, 2016 at 3:45 am

    This dress is so cute & looks amazing on you! Have a great weekend Dawn Lucy!

  • Reply Yvonne Aeberhard Stutz June 10, 2016 at 5:16 am

    Such a super cute post Dawn – that dress looks absolutely amazing on you!

    XOXO Yvonne

    • Reply dawnlucy June 10, 2016 at 5:58 pm

      Aww thanks Yvonne! 🙂

  • Reply Happiness at Mid Life June 10, 2016 at 5:22 am

    Love this dress on you!

    Thank you for hosting and hope you are having a fab week!


    Hope to see you for TBT Fashion link up.

    • Reply dawnlucy June 10, 2016 at 5:58 pm

      Happy Friday, Alice! 🙂

  • Reply Katie D June 10, 2016 at 6:05 am

    Your dress is gorgeous! I love the unique heel on your shoes too. Everything looks fabulous together! Thanks for hosting!


    • Reply dawnlucy June 10, 2016 at 5:59 pm

      Thanks so much, Katie! 🙂

  • Reply Elizabeth Yeowart June 10, 2016 at 6:13 am

    What a beautiful dress Dawn Lucy. The shape is perfect as is the length. Gorgeous! Thank you for hosting xxxxx

  • Reply Sheree Ho June 10, 2016 at 6:15 am

    Cute polka dot dress, playful and fun indeed! Thank you for hosting the linkup!

    xo Sheree
    IG: @poshclassymom

    • Reply dawnlucy June 10, 2016 at 5:59 pm

      Thanks so much Sheree! 🙂

  • Reply Anna Parkes June 10, 2016 at 7:13 am

    I love this sleek spotty dress. It looks like the kind of versatile dress we could all do with. Thanks for the linkup party!
    Anna x

  • Reply Emma Peach June 10, 2016 at 9:28 am

    Beautiful dress! You look gorgeous! I really must get one of these dresses 🙂

    Emma xxx

    • Reply dawnlucy June 10, 2016 at 6:00 pm

      It would look fab on you, Emma! 🙂 Seriously they are my favorite dresses ever!

  • Reply Shelbee On The Edge June 10, 2016 at 10:51 am

    Dawn Lucy, this was my reaction to your beautiful polka dot Karina dress…"oh. Oh. OH!" It is just gorgeous! I want one!


    • Reply dawnlucy June 10, 2016 at 6:00 pm

      Aww thanks Shelbee! You're so cute! This dress would look so cute on you too! 🙂

  • Reply Doused In Pink June 10, 2016 at 10:58 am

    I'm a sucker for dresses with pockets! You look fabulous! Thank you for the linkup and giveaway!

    Doused In Pink

    • Reply dawnlucy June 10, 2016 at 6:01 pm

      Right? I love having pockets! 😀

  • Reply Kathrine Eldridge June 10, 2016 at 11:08 am

    Love this Karina dress on you! That color are fit are gorgeous!


    • Reply dawnlucy June 10, 2016 at 6:01 pm

      Thanks so much Kathrine! 🙂

  • Reply RedTagChicLosAngeles June 10, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    Love the retro vibe of the dress!

    Come check out how I styled my fave Joe's Jeans shorts at the blog!

    Happy Weekend!


    • Reply dawnlucy June 10, 2016 at 6:01 pm

      I'll be right over! 🙂

  • Reply Fashion Fairy Dust June 10, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    That dress is so very flattering on you Dawn! And I have to say I'm loving those sandals.

    • Reply dawnlucy June 10, 2016 at 6:02 pm

      Thanks so much, Debbie! These are my vintage Pradas … thrift store steal!!

  • Reply Straight A Style June 10, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    This is your color! You are stunning!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Reply dawnlucy June 10, 2016 at 6:02 pm

      Aww thanks Amy Ann! Now I want to wear it all the time! 😀

  • Reply Pam @ over50feeling40 June 10, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    What a great dress…looks like it was made for you Dawn! Thanks for the link up…have a great weekend.

    • Reply dawnlucy June 10, 2016 at 6:06 pm

      Thanks so much for joining in the fun, Pam! 🙂

  • Reply Shannon at Gamine & Stripes June 10, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    I love this dress! It's such a flattering cut and the color is gorgeous. It looks like you were having fun with it. Thanks for the link up. xx-S

  • Reply Laura Bambrick June 10, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    That dress is just darling! Love the cute print!

  • Reply Monika Faulkner June 10, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    Cutest dress ever, dearest Dawn…and yes!! Definitely bonus points for the pockets!! Polka dots are fast becoming a new favourite pattern of mine…and you already know how much I adore those A.May.Zing Prada platforms!! Have a fab weekend!! XOXO


    • Reply dawnlucy June 10, 2016 at 6:07 pm

      Aww thanks so much Monika! Can't wait to stop by and see what you're wearing this week, Gorgeous! 🙂

  • Reply Amy Johnson June 10, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    That is a cute dress! Love the vintage flair!

  • Reply Mary June 10, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    You look amazing, Dawn Lucy! The bright cobalt dress is gorgeous! I love the silhouette and the fun red shoes! Really pretty!

    Enjoy your weekend!


    • Reply dawnlucy June 10, 2016 at 6:08 pm

      Thanks so much Mary! 🙂

  • Reply Deborah Boland - Fabulous After 40 June 10, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    This dress is spot on! Great look on you and that empire cut is so flattering.

  • Reply Elise Von E June 10, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    Beautiful dress! Love the color. You look gorgeous!!

    xx, Elise

    • Reply dawnlucy June 10, 2016 at 6:11 pm

      Aww thanks so much Else! 🙂

  • Reply Glenda June 10, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    Very pretty choice. The color is so romantic.

    • Reply dawnlucy June 10, 2016 at 6:12 pm

      Thanks so much Glenda! 🙂

  • Reply Jessica Jannenga June 10, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    I am in love with the Nora dress on you and in general. I have a couple and the pockets and color are great.I will take a few Karina dresses on vacation as they are easy!
    jess xx

    • Reply dawnlucy June 10, 2016 at 6:12 pm

      Love my Karinas! Thanks Jess! 🙂

  • Reply Isabelle Edson June 10, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    You look AHmazing! Love the shoes you paired with the dress.

    🙂 Izzy

  • Reply josep-maria badia June 10, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    That beautiful dress, I love the pattern and design. A gorgeous look.

  • Reply Lanae Bond June 10, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    That is a cute dress and those sandals look good with your dress!

    • Reply dawnlucy June 14, 2016 at 10:49 pm

      Thanks so much Lanae! 🙂

  • Reply Imogen June 11, 2016 at 12:45 am

    I love this classic look of blue and white polka dots, so beautiful. Thank you so much for featuring me as a favourite from last week, such an amazing surprise!

    • Reply dawnlucy June 14, 2016 at 10:50 pm

      Well deserved! You always look fab, Dear! 🙂

  • Reply Charlotte Issyvoo June 11, 2016 at 1:30 am

    The cut of the dress is a classic, early 1940s style, popular on the dance floors of the day (not your desire to twirl), and almost universally flattering on curves.


    • Reply dawnlucy June 14, 2016 at 10:50 pm

      Thanks for dropping by! 🙂

  • Reply Abril Ponce June 11, 2016 at 2:23 am

    That dress is really pretty. I entered to the giveaway 🙂
    The Color Palette

    • Reply dawnlucy June 14, 2016 at 10:50 pm

      Oh good! Good luck to you! 🙂

  • Reply Veronica Cid June 11, 2016 at 2:43 am

    What a pretty dress, I am sucker for polka dots! 🙂
    I started link up too, would love it if you join and link up.
    Come take a look at CidStyleFil.com #UntamedStyle

    • Reply dawnlucy June 14, 2016 at 10:51 pm

      I linked up Veronica! Remind me again next week! 🙂

  • Reply Sheela Goh June 11, 2016 at 5:03 am

    You had me at wrinkle free, my friend!! What a lovely piece xoxo

    • Reply dawnlucy June 14, 2016 at 10:51 pm

      Right? Hate to iron! 🙂

  • Reply Rena June 11, 2016 at 6:56 am

    That silhouette with the wide waistband and crossover bodice has always been a favorite of mine and the pockets are a great bonus. And wow, you look fabulous in the shade of blue. Thank you for adding your post to my Up, Down, All-Around link-up.


    • Reply dawnlucy June 14, 2016 at 10:52 pm

      Thanks so much Rena! 🙂

  • Reply Beatrice Brozzoni June 11, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    You are gorgeous, so glowy and happy! And the outift is amazing! x


    • Reply dawnlucy June 14, 2016 at 10:52 pm

      How sweet! Thanks Beatrice! 🙂

  • Reply Lana June 11, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    This is the perfect dress on you – the cut, the color, everything! Absolutely beautiful! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  • Reply Chichi June 11, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    in love with this print!

  • Reply Carrie June 12, 2016 at 2:18 am

    Aren't you cute as can be in this dress? The color, fit… everything is just so YOU! This has got to be one of my favorite dresses I've seen you wear, LOVE!!! Those shoes really complete the look, too.


    • Reply dawnlucy June 14, 2016 at 10:47 pm

      Aww thanks so much, Carrie! Hope you entered the giveaway!

  • Reply The Wardrobe Stylist June 12, 2016 at 6:04 am

    I love the Nora dress! Looking amazing in that colour. Would love if you can link up to http://the-wardrobe-stylist.com/2016/06/06/diy-pallet-projects-organize-beautify-home/

  • Reply Chelsea Marrs June 12, 2016 at 11:49 pm

    I adore the print of that dress, it's so perfect for summer!

    Chow Down USA

  • Reply The Velvet Runway June 13, 2016 at 7:58 am

    Such a gorgeous dress! I love the print and it fits you perfectly!
    Julia xx

  • Reply StyleDiaryByOsy Osehie June 13, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    I absolutely love those shoes with the dress. Great styling, and you look amazing.
    I dont think I will able to stop dancing if i had on this trudy dress (http://www.karinadresses.com/products/trudy?ref=yotpo_94), i love the print.

    • Reply dawnlucy June 14, 2016 at 10:42 pm

      Hee … you're so cute! We can wear them and dance together! 😀

  • Reply Jeans and a Teacup June 13, 2016 at 11:01 pm

    This dress is so chic! Love the polka dots!
    Jeans and a Teacup

  • Reply Rachel June 14, 2016 at 11:13 am

    Beautiful dress! You look stunning!


  • Reply Foxy's Domestic Side June 15, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    Oh my goodness that dress, to die for, super cute! I love that picture of you twirling, such a kid at heart, I love it.

  • Reply Diana Petrillo June 15, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    LOVE the dress! Thanks so much for the visit 🙂

  • Reply Anonymous June 17, 2016 at 7:12 am

    you are gorgeous in this blue , you should twirl more often-Paul

  • Reply Amanda May 23, 2018 at 9:52 pm

    Adorable styles! I am inspired by these looks. I want this blue dress for me. Thanks a lot for sharing the wonderful article.

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