Hello! I’m Carolyn Yuen Marino.

Hey Pretty Thing celebrates the “pretty things” in life. The idea came years ago when I was talking with friends about the value of beauty. I thought things that existed only to be beautiful seemed frivolous, and sometimes I got too serious and utilitarian about life. So I created a blog that reminded me to slow down, enjoy life, and pursue beauty – whether that comes in the form of wearing a fun top, being engrossed in a good conversation, or traveling to a new city.

In addition to blogging, I work full-time as a high school English teacher. For undergrad, I majored in English and Law, and I also received my Master in Teaching from the University of Washington. I love that my career combines my passions of language and social justice with the empowerment of young people.

I was born in Hong Kong, and I speak three dialects of Chinese (Shanghainese, Mandarin, and Cantonese). Currently, I live in Seattle, Washington with my Husband. Here is my City Guide for Seattle.

Thank you for reading!


Who takes your photos?
My then boyfriend and now husband.

What kind of camera + gear do you use?
My husband shoots with a Canon 6D. He mostly uses the Canon 85L and Canon 35L for shooting the blog. He shoots with a Sony A7 when we travel.

How do you edit your pictures?
I use Adobe Photoshop CC on my laptop, and VSCO on my iPhone.


For questions and business inquires, email me at heyprettythingblog@gmail.com.

Collaborations and Features

Hey Pretty Thing has collaborated with Virgin AtlanticNordstromDolce&Gabbana BeautyMacy’sBlue Nile, and more.

I have also been featured in The Seattle Times, Seattle Met MagazineStyle Me Pretty, and The Everygirl.

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