Gal Meets Glam Collection, Holiday Edition

I was so honored that Julia asked me to be in the Gal Meet Glam Collection holiday campaign. It was such a fun, whirlwind experience and I love the way everything turned out. I have lived in or near (I have the complete tri-state area under my belt, lol) New York City since graduating college, yet there’s always new corners of the city to discover. It was fun to play tourist and visit spots that I already love and new-to-me places.

Holiday Dresses

Julia had given me a sneak peek of her vision for the shoot, but I more or less came in green. I have to admit that it was such a relaxing shoot for me because a) I was with my best friend and b) it wasn’t my shoot to plan. The only “stressful” part was having to pose next to someone as gorgeous as Julia and having to twirl, which is not in my wheelhouse.

I have always respected Julia and Thomas for what they’re able to accomplish together, and this shoot was no exception. Again, it was an honor to be included.

Gal Meets Glam Collection Jumpsuit

The dresses are made for holiday parties! As usual, it’s so hard to pick a favorite. But….. I think the Carmen in ruby (the red jumpsuit) might just be it. I also love the girly take on the tuxedo that Julia is wearing.

(I had a ton of questions about the shoes… They’re Prada and I wish I could say they were mine, but I borrowed them from Julia. If they’re outside of your budget too, I found these bow flats, these bow slingbacks, and these bow peep toe pumps… all under $100.)

Gal Meets Glam NYC

Gal Meets Glam Dresses

When you need a little sequin in your life, these dresses have you covered. I love that they’re more pastel and sweet. I’m wearing the Dee and Julia is wearing the Beatrix.

Julia and Carly

Julia Engel

love the silhouettes on both of these dresses. I usually steer clear of light pink, but as I’ve mentioned before, Gal Meets Glam is changing my mind.

I’m wearing the Mary and Julia is wearing the Adair.

GMG Collection Dresses

Gal Meets Glam Jumpsuit

The Carmen comes in both ruby and petunia. Should you match with your bestie? I say absolutely, go for it!

Gal Meets Glam Holiday

Gal Meets Glam Collection

This was also right up there with my favorites… the pink is so fun and bold! I’m wearing the Kennedy and Julia is wearing the Felicity (those bows!).

West Village

These two dresses are gorgeous in person. I love the rose print on mine (the Sadie) and the way it swings and twirled; it’s not as structured and falls so nicely over curves! Julia is wearing the Kimberly and it might just be the perfect Little Black Dress.

Carly Heitlinger

These two are showstoppers!!!! The Jessica (what I’m wearing) fits like a glove and the bow details on the sleeve seals the deal. Julia is wearing the Cora.

Grand Central Gal Meets Glam Holiday

And the Annabelle comes in two colorways, a pink on pink and red on red. Beautifully structured, they are like little holiday cupcake dresses, in the best way possible.

Gal Meets Glam

Let me know what you guys think of it all and if you’re going to splurge on one for your holiday parties!

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Biby Chacon

I bought one of the dresses in May for a family party and will splurge again on a dress for the holidays! I love her designs and the dresses are so comfortable and gorgeous.


I love these dresses and jumpsuits — they’re absolutely gorgeous! The Carmen would be the holiday party outfit of my dreams. What I cannot reconcile, though, is paying $200+ for a dress that is 100% polyester. That is outrageous.

Lucy Claire Prudence

Carly, these photos are absolutely gorgeous!! You two are the cutest! You really seem to be glowing in all your photos at the moment, looking so happy and radiant! Makes me so happy for you! xxx


I definitely bought the Sadie after seeing the beautiful photos and I cannot wait to wear it to a holiday party. My husband picked it out he has good taste. I’m obsessed with the drapey back


Wow these dresses are all so stunning! I love how you and Julia match and complement each other so well in photos! Another fantastic post


Light pink looks gorgeous with your hair and complexion! You should wear it more often!


OH MY GOSH. So many gorgeous shots. You and Julia are legitimate best friend goals! I absolutely love all the holiday dresses… may need to add one to my Christmas list!


I am brand new to your blog and it, and you, seem so lovely! The shots are just gorgeous and the dresses are absolutely beautiful! I’m off to the website now…!
Quick question: I didn’t know you and Julia were best friends. That’s so sweet and makes this photo shoot evan more wonderful. I had only known Julia through the Londoners blog (thought they were best friends…? But hey, people can loads of besties, right? 😃)
Off to shop now!