Macy's Holiday Styling Contest

Thank you Macy’s for letting me participate in the Holiday Outfit Styling contest! Macy’s gave me a $100 gift card to shop and pick out a holiday party look to compete in the contest with four other bloggers. The winning blogger with the most votes by December 10 will give one of the voters a $100 Macy’s gift card as a “Thank You!” 🙂

You can vote for Hey Pretty Thing as the “Best Styled”:
1. Comment on this blog post OR
2. Tweet @Macys and @HeyPrettyThing with the hashtag #MyHolidayStyle

Rachel by Rachel Roy dress c/o Macy’s
Gap neon belt (similar)
Forever 21 earrings
Pierre Hardy heels (similar)

A perfect holiday outfit needs to have a few elements: sparkle, fun, and glamour. With the high neckline and busy design of the dress, I kept accessories simple but chose high-impact ones, like statement rhinestone earrings and a neon belt for some color. The dress actually has a sweater-like panel in the middle, which makes it ideal for a winter party. Obviously, you can’t just wear this out in the cold, but even so, a holiday dress should be the appropriate material — for right now, I’m loving the luxurious look of velvet, metallic jacquard, and sequins (so light fabrics like linen need to be shelved away for warmer days). Add some chunky heels, and you’re ready to ring in the holiday season in style!

For a chance to win a $100 gift card to Macy’s, you can vote for Hey Pretty Thing as “Best Styled”:
1. Comment on this blog post OR
2. Tweet @Macys and @HeyPrettyThing with the hashtag #MyHolidayStyle

Thank you! 🙂

Check out the other participating bloggers here:
Alix Rose
Fresh Jess
Mollie in Seattle


  1. November 27, 2012 / 5:29 pm

    REALLY love this dress on you. The styling is so chic and classic at the same time. Love the details! I can see this dress being dressed up or down depending on the items you wear with it.
    My vote goes to you! =D

  2. November 27, 2012 / 5:30 pm

    I really love this look. You accessorized the dress, which was pretty on its own, perfectly! Hooray!

  3. Anonymous
    November 27, 2012 / 5:35 pm

    So pretty! Love the high neckline and print accents.

  4. November 27, 2012 / 5:43 pm

    i like the zipper details.

  5. November 27, 2012 / 5:44 pm

    you look great mrs. marino!

  6. November 27, 2012 / 6:06 pm

    Oooh wee…my wife looks hot!

  7. November 27, 2012 / 6:06 pm

    pretty as ever! tweeted! 🙂

  8. November 27, 2012 / 6:24 pm

    Loving the contrasts…you have my vote!

  9. Yeji
    November 27, 2012 / 6:47 pm

    You for sure have my vote!!! Love this dress, great find~! I'm loving the photoshoot site as well 😉

  10. November 27, 2012 / 6:59 pm

    Love this dress! so bad ass.

  11. Nguyen
    November 27, 2012 / 7:15 pm

    Love the outfit!

  12. November 27, 2012 / 7:16 pm

    Gorgeous outfit! & Love the lighting in the photos. 🙂

  13. November 27, 2012 / 7:24 pm

    Great outfit and love the commentary! You look fabulous.

  14. November 27, 2012 / 8:01 pm

    this is so unique and beautiful! so excited for the holidays 🙂

  15. Tai
    November 27, 2012 / 8:26 pm

    Carolyn, you look absolutely stunning in this dress!!!! So beautiful.

  16. November 27, 2012 / 9:39 pm

    This dress looks amazing on you – I think the texture and colors are perfect for the winter season, and you're right – with just the right accessories and pop of color, it looks festive and holiday party ready.

    I love the heels! What a great combination.

  17. November 27, 2012 / 9:52 pm

    GORG pick from Macy's. Hope you win – you have my vote 🙂


  18. November 27, 2012 / 10:38 pm

    Ahh absolutely love the sparkles!

  19. November 27, 2012 / 10:54 pm

    I love the dress and color of the belt combination!

  20. November 28, 2012 / 2:03 am

    Absolutely gorgeous!

  21. November 28, 2012 / 2:52 am

    Beautiful look, Carolyn!

  22. November 28, 2012 / 3:03 am

    this look is gorgeous!!! you picked out a winner!
    brooke @ what2wear

  23. November 28, 2012 / 3:55 am

    you look amazing!

  24. November 28, 2012 / 4:31 am

    What an amazing opportunity! I seriously love what you've chosen and especially the way you styled it 🙂 The neon belt adds a touch of sass! I love that! haha

    Also, all of your poses and photos are gorgeous. I was looking through your blog and that goes for all of your posts. I'm really loving it!

    tiana of l'esthetique

  25. Helen Hansen
    November 28, 2012 / 6:23 am

    You look gorgeous!

  26. November 28, 2012 / 7:40 am

    really stunning outfit. I am a HUGE fan of RRR and that dress fits you like a glove.

  27. Anonymous
    November 28, 2012 / 8:21 am

    Love it!

  28. November 28, 2012 / 4:37 pm

    I vote for you. Love the different elements of this dress.

  29. November 28, 2012 / 4:45 pm

    Holy smokes, those shoes! Talk about crazy beautiful. Love that the zippers are both decorative and functional! The pop of neon was the perfect addition to this outfit.

  30. November 28, 2012 / 4:54 pm

    This outfit is super elegant but also has a little edge to it. i vote for you because it still looks very classy n simple. i also love the small accent of the neon belt which looks perfect with the dress. lastely the shoes look great, it gives a suble edginess with the dress 🙂

  31. November 28, 2012 / 11:20 pm

    Cute dress! Not only does that sweater panel sound comfortable, it's perfect for a holiday dress because it should give you the room to eat as much as you want.

  32. November 29, 2012 / 12:57 am

    Amazing outfit… I like the pop of color from the neon belt…

    I really liked your blog & started following you… If you wish you can follow me back…

    xo, Violeta

  33. November 29, 2012 / 12:52 pm

    this outfit is so delicately pretty! most of my attention went to your hair updo and your heels haha :)fabulous outfit and fabulous blog!


  34. November 30, 2012 / 1:40 am

    That's a really cool dress! I'm taking your advice about accessorizing for holiday parties. 🙂 Hope you win the contest!

  35. November 30, 2012 / 2:03 am

    Killer dress! Just the right amount of sexy and edge, but still a lady. 🙂

  36. November 30, 2012 / 6:32 pm

    That dress is stunning on you! I love how you paired it with a neon belt. Hope you're doing well! <3

  37. November 30, 2012 / 10:47 pm

    Gorgeous styling! Love the details like the lip and nail color…

  38. December 1, 2012 / 6:36 am

    Very pretty! Love the pop of color with the belt.

  39. December 5, 2012 / 11:35 pm

    Those zippers are amazing! As are the color of your nails 🙂

  40. December 10, 2012 / 7:32 am

    Carolyn, you look fabulous to the extreme in these photos!
    By itself, that Rachel by Rachel by Roy dress is already pretty fantastic. The sweater-like panel, the timeless black and white color scheme, the feminine shape, and the cool addition of the zippers and contrasting panels are very holiday-worthy.
    Add to that your cuteness (seriously, why are you so amazing?!) and your accessorizing to make something that needs to immediately jump into my closet+my life. The neon belt gives the look a youthful touch, those heels add a little intricacy, and your seductive nails and sparkling earrings make everything even more glamorous and elegant.

    A vote for you as "Best Styled"? That's a no-brainer!


  41. December 10, 2012 / 1:46 pm

    you look amazing!! voting for you 🙂

  42. December 10, 2012 / 2:56 pm

    Love this look! Perfect holiday get up with just the right punch of color & sparkle! Hope you win!!

  43. December 10, 2012 / 2:57 pm

    Love this look! Perfect holiday get up with just the right punch of color & sparkle! Hope you win!!

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