Pre-Emmys Shenanigans and a Dress Poll

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It’s almost time! OMG. Two more sleeps ’til I leave for the Emmys with Dove in Los Angeles. I head down there on Sunday, and the show is Monday night.


Here are the two gowns I rented from Rent the Runway. It’s important that I see how they move and look in pics because, you know, the paparazzi from Crazy Cat Lady Weekly will be there, and I want to look my best. Obvs.

Yup, I said gowns. Plural. Because I also ordered a backup (hey, how many times does someone get to go to the Emmys?), a black mermaid silhouette dress by Monique Lhuillier, which I got in case the hot pink Badgley Mischka Fluorescent Chiffon Gown made me look like a rejected extra from Toddlers and Tiaras.

I’m barely five feet tall, so this is a legitimate concern.


Anywho, Tabs votes for the pink.

What do you think? (This is a non-binding poll. I can still wear whatever I want, and I’m leaning toward the pink.)

Which dress should I wear to the Emmys?

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  1. Vanessa says:

    They’re both great. You can’t go wrong 🙂
    But that pink color is poppin.
    … OOOO now I’m wondering what make-up you’ll wear… hahah

  2. Christie says:

    Pink!!!! So gorgeous!

  3. Agata says:

    I vote pink. My hubby says the black one.
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  4. Erica says:

    I like the draping of the black Monique Lhuiillier better than the pink dress. The pink dress isn’t fitted as nicely. I love your exuberance in the 1st photo! Have a great time!

  5. RedWeatherTiger says:

    PINK! You look fantastic in both, but the pink is more YOU. Have a wonderful time, Karen!

  6. Dawn W says:

    both gorgeous- wear the black one under the pink one and do a mid-Emmy wardrobe change.

  7. Allison C says:

    Ooooh, they are both gorgeous! I love ’em with the glasses 😉 Pink without hesitation! Obviously, it makes you wanna dance!
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  8. Danielle says:

    I voted pink, because it looks like you’ll be more comfy in it 🙂 PLUS, that color on you!!! Beautiful!

  9. kwmechelle says:

    Like the makeup geek and dork that I am, without shame of course, I was hoping you’d do something like this. I was all for the pink gown when you described it but now that I see it compared with the black one, I vote for the black one. I dunno, it makes you look all Heidi Klum-like. As if you starred in one of those films that’s gonna win an Emmy and like you should be receiving one yourself.

    But you know, the pink one looks ethereal. Hmmm, I’m not much help am I? For the record, I voted for the black one….and I promise not to come back to the site and vote for the pink one. Now PLEASE show us the makeup look you’re doing. Or, are you getting it done professionally?

  10. Amy says:

    The silhouette of the black one is a better fit for your shape. It draws attention to your shapely hips, down from a high waist (which I also have and so have spent years thinking about this, haha!). But the color of the pink one is way better. And you seem to be having so much fun in it! The black is more elegant, but the pink looks easier to move and be natural in and has a great flow to the fabric. So I say both work, and whichever makes you feel best and gives you most confidence is the right one!

  11. Ruchita says:

    This is tough, but I went with the pink one. I love that Tabs made an appearance. That tummy! I love it. If he wears a tuxedo bow tie and collar, I might die from cuteness. 🙂

  12. Chelsea says:

    Go for the pink! Color!

    So crazy that you get to go to the Emmy’s!

  13. Ruchita says:

    This was tough, but I went with the pink one. I love that Tabs made an appearance. That belly is adorable! If he wore a bow tie and tuxedo collar, I might die of cute. 🙂

  14. Jamie Lynn Palmer says:

    I vote black. It fits your curves better. And being a shoe lover I think you could find some colored shoes that pop and some great jewels. Maybe teal? A chunky colored necklace for kate spade?

  15. Ann says:

    I vote black! It’s sexy and dramatic!

  16. Ade says:

    Looking good, Karen….
    Obviously, the pink one!
    Trust me, I’m a fashion designer by day, makeup hoarder by night & crazy cat lady for the weekend.

    *PS: It’s 11.34 am here and I’m still on my cat sweats, yeah #caturday!

  17. Spring says:

    The pink one!

  18. Samia Chaouch says:

    The black one fits you perfectly !!!

  19. Totesies the hot pink! It’s BEAUTIFUL, just as a point of fact, but it’s also SO Karen. This is so crazy and exciting! You are going to the Emmy’s!! I’m so thrilled for you! <3
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  20. Divya says:

    That pink dress! OMG! I love it! Go for that Karen its just stunning on you!! Droool! :D:D
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  21. The vibrant pink goes much better with your personality! And its really popping in the pics too! 🙂
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  22. You look stunning, Karen! I vote for pink all the way ;). Have so much fun and enjoy the experience!!
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  23. Jnee says:

    I’m going to say that my vote is based more on practicality.. While the black does accentuate your curves very well, I’m not sure if it’s that great for walking. I wouldn’t want to put myself in a position where if I was rushed that I couldn’t move quickly enough, especially in an unfamiliar environment. But aside from that, the pink is a gorgeous color and looks amazing on you!

  24. Sylirael says:

    Come on, Karen – look how happy and fabulous you look in that leaping cover photo! You know your heart belongs to that pink dress 😉 The black one is cool too, but I think the pink one is more fun, and I think you’re a super fun person, so it matches you ^_^

    You’re gonna look fabulous whatever you wear! (I think you should find a way to work cats into your outfit somewhere…)
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  25. Lisa says:

    I vote pink. You look gorgeous in it.

  26. Laarni says:

    BOTH! But I chose pink to make you more visible! Unless you don’t want to be the center of attraction, go black! Black is elegant and classy as always! YAY! Have a great time!!!! Lucky!
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  27. Talia says:

    Both dresses look great on you Karen but I think the pink suits your better! Hope you have a great time!!
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  28. Sunny says:

    EEEE so excited!

    I love both, but I’d vote for the black one. I think the pleats and structure make it more haute couture, if that makes sense?
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  29. I’d go for the black dress. But you look stunning in both, Karen! You can rock both black and color.
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  30. Katherine M says:

    I love both, but personally I would go for the pink, because it’s a memorable color and looks the most fun. That is so seriously awesome that you are going to the Emmy’s! The closest I have come to meeting celebs is meeting Jane Seymour from Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman at a Grand Prix show jumping show (for horses).

  31. Kelly Cummins says:

    I love the pink dress for the movement and ease it will allow you, plus the color is fabulous. I think it would look gorgeous with some statement turquoise jewelry.

  32. Kris says:

    The pink for sure. You just come alive in that color. Either way: you DESPERATELY Need a Bracelet!

  33. Debra says:

    Go with the pink! You can switch to the black for a surprise invite to Wherever.

    Impressive foot work on that leap!

  34. Erin says:

    I think the shape and fit of the black suit you more in terms of making you look more rockin’ in the bod department. I’d go with the pink though because it’s a stand out shade. No one will remember the black dress even though the fit is better. Plus the pink makes your complexion sing.
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  35. Orla says:

    The pink is absolutely STUNNING!!!

  36. Kristy says:

    They would both benefit from a beautiful belt!

  37. Lisa J says:

    You’re rocking them both. The hot pink makes such a great statement and it’s a gorgeous dress but you look uber sophisticated in the black one. Either way you can’t go wrong.

  38. Rachel R. says:

    Both are gorgeous, but the pink one looks amazing on you.

  39. Helene says:

    I love the pink, but I think the black looks like it has a better fit. I love the jump photo, did you do balett?

    • Jules says:

      It’s actually spelled ballet. ^_^

      I like the pink dress – it stands out against your gorgeous skin tone and looks more summery. The black dress makes you look thicker than you really are (I think it’s the pleats that do it).

  40. Martha Nelson says:

    Pink is your colour girl!! but you look lovely in both

  41. Lisa C. says:

    The pink is a gorgeous color, but the black fits you like a glove and is SO glamorous!!! I vote for the black…sorry, everyone! 🙂

  42. Maren says:

    The pink dress is PERFECT on you.
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  43. Barbara says:

    Hi Karen. Both dresses look beautiful on you, but I say go with the pink! When it comes to dresses, I’ve always been one to go with a cool color, instead of basic black. It’s so exciting that you’re going to the Emmys! I can’t wait to read all about it! Enjoy! 🙂

  44. Julie says:

    OMG you are stunning! You are going to turn heads, girl.

  45. Laure says:

    I like how the black dress accentuates your nice figure, but you look happiest in the pink one, so I vote PINK.

  46. Lulubelle says:

    Hope you have a wonderful time at the Emmy’s!

  47. Tatyanna C says:

    I love the ballet pose!

  48. Judy says:

    Wow, you’re going to the Emmy’s! So.Not.Jealous!

    I like the black gown and the cat looks like the perfect accessory!
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  49. Barbara says:

    I didn’t know you were barely 5 feet!!! I think you have a large personality which made me think you were 6 feet tall!

    I am sure you are excited to be going — I think you will look beautiful in the pink dress — maybe with a beautiful barrette in your hair also. Smile and nod to everyone like you know them!
    Say hello to everybody there for me. Enjoy!

  50. Emily says:

    The black one is stunning,

    FYI – your body is banging – body inspo!


  51. Molly says:

    If you are already wearing heels in the pink one, then I’d so go for the black one. The pink one looks like it’s too long. I like the neckline better on the pink one, but the black one looks more expensive.

  52. kisha says:

    I would normally instantly say PINK!! I actually would wear that as my wedding dress (yea traditional I think NAWT)but with ur height it swallows u and the black dress **in my tyra banks voice** eloooongates u daaaarling!! u lookin 6ft in that black dress hunty!!

  53. Polarbelle says:

    Bae, every picture I saw from the Emmys, I got out my magnifying glass and searched for that pink dress!! It was the most excellent choice. First, you look fantastic in it and secondly, it stands apart from the crowd. LOVE

    now, thirdly, I didn’t see a makeup breakdown on your Emmy post, shame, shame, shame for keeping me dying in my recliner wondering what you wore on the red carpet!!! I’m just so happy for you to have had that opportunity!
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