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Happy 4th Birthday to The Little Style File

The Little Style File is FOUR!  It's hard to believe that when Betsy and I had a crazy idea to start a blog together four summers ago that it would turn into this.  When TLSF started, Mia was 5, Ellie 4 and Dylan and Madeline had just turned 2. little-trendstar-5-1024x881 little-trendstar-4-710x1024 little-trendstar-8-769x1024 little-trendstar-1-674x1024

 

Now the kids are 9, 8, 6 and almost 18 months.  We sent 2 kids to school the first year of The Little Style File.

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This year we sent 4 on the bus!

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Thanks to all of our family, friends and readers for your support over the last 4 years!  Here's to many more.  Cheers!

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Rainbow Unicorn Birthday Party

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Rainbow Unicorn Birthday Party

rainbow unicorn birthdayMadeline loves a good party.  She also loves to plan them.  When we started discussing birthday parties a few months ago she was very specific.  "I want a Rainbow Unicorn Birthday Party." You got it, girl.

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Pinterest has tons of ideas for rainbow parties.  Going into this party we knew we HAD to have two things - a rainbow backdrop and a rainbow cake.

Our rainbow backdrop was made by hanging a red, orange, green, blue and purple plastic table clothes over our curtain rod.  Our house is still new so we didn't want to tape to the walls or use push pins.  Draping the table clothes lengthwise gave the perfect backdrop for our cake table and party decor.

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A unicorn piñata also doubled as table decor. Unicorn lollipops were favors for the kids and looked adorable in an arrangement on the table.  Tassels are still huge in party decor, and this rainbow string of tassels was a great back drop finishing touch.  Framed photos of Madeline in party colors and a cute rainbow print from her bedroom completed the table decor.

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When the guests arrived, they sat down to a box of crayons, white bag and unicorn coloring pages while they waited for the rest of the guests to arrive.  Kids decorated their white bags for the piñata and put their crayons inside to take home as part of their favor.

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Once all of the birthday girl's friends had arrived we sang Happy Birthday and cut the cake!

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After the cake it was time to head outside for water fun!  Isn't that how all Rainbow Unicorn parties go?

These girls have been friends since before they were 2!

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The backyard had a Slip 'N Slide, bounce house and pool.  It kept all 18 kids busy, busy, busy!

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Thanks to our family and friends who made this day so special for our sweet Madeline Claire.

rainbow unicorn birthday partyWe hope your year is as special as rainbows and unicorns!

 

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Macy's Presents American Icons LIVE Events!

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Macy's Presents American Icons LIVE Events!

I am a member of the Everywhere Society and Everywhere has provided me with compensation for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

As summer rolls in, there are so many iconic moments that I have captured with my children. Charlotte JUST had her first popsicle, which I recall consuming mass quantities of as a child. She rode her bike around the block for the first time last week, with some help from mom. She wore her first denim jacket, which is so fashionably iconic America.

As for Bryson, he started playing baseball this year, America's past time. He discovered his love for s'mores on a camping trip with my mom and I last summer. He also loves to bake, and makes a huge mess in the kitchen! These are all the childhood memories that many kids share across America, making them iconic moments in our lives.

Macy's is hosting a series of events to celebrate what makes America the place we love to raise our children, and you are invited to join the in-store party! Macy's American Icons events are family fun and fashion bashes to kick off the summer right. I will be attending the event at the Chicago State Street Macy's location on this Thursday, May 14th at 12pm. Make sure to join me and participate in these events sure to get you ready for the warm weather!

Take an #AmericanSelfie with Chicago's own Stanley Da Bear, snack on Garrett's Popcorn and hit up the lemonade stand.

How about BBQ, is that iconic America enough? Well, you can learn tips & tricks from Milt's Barbecue for the Perplexed AND Brad Saylor, Macy's Executive Chef.

If you are in the mood for a little music, the steel band Potts & Pans and a cappella quartet No Big Deal will be on site, belting tunes and charming the audience.

And of course, what Macy's event would be complete without shopping? Everything you need to put together a timeless ensemble will be on hand during the fashion party as you shop to the DJ-mixed beats.

Don't live in the Chicago area? Make sure to check out macys.com/americanicons for over 20 additional locations. I am almost tempted to hit up NYC at Macy's Herald Square on May 14th to meet Carl Ray, makeup artist for America's First Lady and Maksim Chmerkovskiy from Dancing with the Stars! Or how about Macy's Union Square in San Francisco? The Pitch Perfect 2 costume designer Salvador Perez is hosting a fabulous fashion show celebrating iconic style from some of my favorite American designers on May 16th. Make sure to check out the website to see if the Macy's American Icons party is coming to a Macy's near you!

Macy's is also a proud partner with those who have served our country alongside Got Your 6. Each year, 250,000 incredibly brave women and men return from service, and Got Your 6 works to make sure they have the support and tools they need to become leaders at home. (The phrase "Got Your 6" originated from an old pilot system where directions correspond to hours on the clock, so anyone at your 6 is behind you, so "Got Your 6" means "I've got your back.") These are the true American Icons, and Macy's has declared Saturday May 16th Got Your Six Saturday- if customers donate $3, they get a 25% off pass to use all day May 16th.

I hope to see you this Thursday, May 14th at 12pm at the Chicago State Street Macy's!

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Party Planning with Birthday Express

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Party Planning with Birthday Express

March has become really busy for birthday parties in our house!  Ellie and Will are (7 years and) 10 days apart so party planning was intense.  Down the road I'm sure there are joint parties in their futures but we wanted to make sure Will got his big blow out first birthday party and Ellie had the sleepover of her dreams. Ellie, now 8, has big party ideas that she needs me to help her execute.  She knows what she wants and has specific taste.  For her American Girl sleepover, we used their classic star for our party decorations.  Birthday Express has an amazing selection of balloons of stars in every color that were the perfect compliment.

We used the pink chevron plates and napkins for a fun pop of pattern and the pink tablecloths to keep our granite free of craft casualties and food spills.  Polka dot paper straws are always a fun addition to any party.

Will's party had a classic rock theme based on his nursery.  We again used a chevron print - grey this time - and a really fun backdrop for super cool photos.

Star balloons were a great accent for the party as well as paper straws in vintage milk bottles.

What makes Birthday Express so fun and easy to use is their Complete Birthday In A Box.

You simply plug in your number of guests and all of the coordinating party supplies.  Cups, napkins, plates, table clothes, decorations and more are all right there available to purchase.  It takes the guessing and searching out of buying party supplies online.

Not only can you buy a complete party in a box, Birthday Express also has tons of great party ideas based on your theme.  One of the suggested themes for boys is 'take me out to the ball game'.  When you select the theme, these ideas and DIY tutorials pop up as well.

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Birthday Express also can really personalize banners, plates and party supplies.  How cute is this birthday banner with the birthday boy's picture?!

We love these personalized favor boxes with birthday kid photos as well as plates with the child's name!

So cute, and truly personalized to make the birthday boy or girl feel special.

What parties are you planning?

Thanks to Birthday Express for providing products for this post.  All opinions are honest and my own.

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M.A.D. Grrl Clothing Will Make Your Girls Happy (giveaway!)

You know that feeling you get when you look GOOD in a dress.  The stars align and you just feel great in what you're wearing.  Little girls get that feeling, too.  It's so fun to watch.  I don't know if I've ever seen it as much as with Ellie in her M.A.D. Grrl  dress. Ellie just had an American Girl 8th birthday party.  Her invitations and party decorations were the classic American Girl star.  Her personalized M.A.D. Grrl dress and doll dress were perfect compliments to the party theme!

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M.A.D. Grrl dresses are great for younger girls but they also are super cute for older girls and tweens.  The cut of the dresses and shape of the tutu skirt make the girls look their age without being too young or too grown up.

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And if you want to dance at your party, this is the dress for you.  The skirt twirled and bounced, the birthday girl couldn't have been more thrilled!

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Here are some of the other fun M.A.D. Grrl styles that can be purchased here.

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We're thrilled to be giving away a $75 gift card to M.A.D. Grrl for you to get a tutu dress for your girl!  Good luck!

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