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Our Macy's Holiday Tradition #MacysBelieve

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Our Macy's Holiday Tradition #MacysBelieve

Nine years ago (how is that possible?!) we brought our baby to see Santa at Macy's on State Street and this happened.babys first visit with santa Quite unsure of the stranger in the red suit that was holding her, baby Ellie twisted her little fingers around his whiskers and gave his beard a tug.  This photo was published in the Chicago Tribune in December of 2007 with the title "The Yanks are Comin'!"  and our favorite holiday tradition was born.

This is another one of my favorite photos with Santa at the State Street Macy's.  Three year old Ellie is like "don't you dare mess up this present thing for me, baby!"  She's kind of holding her sister's hand but mostly looking embarrassed.

scared of santa

Things eventually get better but the next year was still a little rough for our Mads.  santaland 11

Even while Santa might not have been Madeline's favorite person her first few Christmases, she loved everything else about our holiday tradition.  Walking around the State Street Macy's looking at all of the windows, carefully selecting the perfect ornament to add to our tree and eating lunch by the great tree.macys 12

Last year, for Will's first Christmas, everyone had a very pleasant visit with Santa.  Will loved snuggling with the big guy's red suit.visit with santa 2014

After the visit was over, the girls wanted to make sure Santa didn't forget exactly what they wanted so they dropped their letters in the red mailbox at Macy's.maces letter to santaBefore we all went to eat by the great tree, the kids wanted to get a really good view so we went up a floor to the viewing stand.  Last year the entire tree changed colors.  The girls stood and watched in awe!maces great tree

While waiting for dessert, a fairy visited with us.  She sprinkled fairy dust and granted us each one wish.

fairy wishes

 Next weekend we will go downtown and continue our tradition of visiting the REAL Santa, mailing off our letters, picking out our ornaments for the year and eating by the great tree.  The best part of the holidays are seeing everything through the eyes of our children.  The excitement and wonder is contagious.
This holiday season, Macy's is inviting you and your family to share in the holiday traditions that make the season so magical.  They are hosting free events the next two Saturdays for your family to enjoy!macy's holiday events
Macy's State Street 
Saturday, November 14 at 2pm
Saturday, November 21 at 2pm

Join Macy's for an afternoon of family fun with lots of activities for the holidays. Get creative at our crafts table where you can create holiday ornaments, color, and more. There'll also be balloon twisting and more holiday fun to enjoy!  We'll see you there!

This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

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Personalized Gifts from Minted

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Personalized Gifts from Minted

It's the middle of November and the cold weather has officially hit Chicago. One thing that warms me up is thinking about decorating and giving gifts for the holiday season! We have been fans of Minted for years. Every year we create our holiday cards from Minted's amazing selection.  I didn't think it was possible but every year Minted products get better and better. They now have home decor, personalized gifts and artwork. foil pressed art

We are obsessed with their foil pressed products. They are gorgeous and unique.

minted Christmas ornaments

I love vintage ornaments. I have a collection from my husband's grandmother that I cherish. These vintage metallic ornaments need to find a place on my tree.

Kids art holiday card

If you don't have time to take family photos this year for your holiday cards, no worries! Create your own custom holiday card as a family.

personalized silhouette artwork

Silhouette artwork is classic. My mom still hangs the silhouette's of my sister and I from when we were young. A gift that any parent or grandparent would cherish for years to come.  Minted makes it simple and easy to create a silhouette. personalized holiday wrapping paper How awesome would this personalized wrapping paper look under the Christmas tree! This is wrapping paper you won't want to throw away!

You can save on Minted holiday cards and foil products until 11/16. You can find the deals here.

 

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions are honest and my own. 

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Plaid for the Holidays!

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Plaid for the Holidays!

This weekend The Little Style File is partnering with Gina Cristine Photography for an amazing holiday photo shoot!  Not only are we working with wonderful families on their photo shoot style, but we're also shooting the cover of The Little Style File's Holiday Handbook! This holiday photo session is all about plaid.  We're mixing prints of family members and accessories.  Plaid is a holiday staple, but mixing prints gives it a modern twist.  Here's a little inspiration for your holiday photo outfits!what to wear for your holiday photo shoot Tree Farm 11am Familytree family 1130 family

 

If you need help coordinating outfits for your family holiday events like photo shoots, send us an email to info@thelittlestylefile.com.

Want your brand or product included in The Little Style File's Holiday Handbook?  Email us at info@thelittlestylefile.com.  This year isn't just a gift guide, it's a complete guide to having a wonderful holiday season with your family.  Crafts, recipes, gift ideas and a whole lot more!

 

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How to Make Everyone Smile in Family Pictures

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How to Make Everyone Smile in Family Pictures

The biggest challenge when selecting outfits for your family pictures is not coordinating pieces.  The biggest challenge is making sure everyone in the family looks like themselves.  It's easy to pick four outfits with navy and mustard yellow. And Maybe when your children are small it isn't that difficult because your kids' style is really just your style.  But as they grow and get a style of their own you need to be mindful that everyone loves what their wearing and feels great.  Because feeling great in your outfit is the difference between a good family photo and a fantastic family photo.

The O Family was super fun to work with.  They have a tween son and pre-tween daughter who know where they like to shop and have strong opinions on their outfits.  Their son is Abercrombie all the way and their daughter loves to mix prints and stand out.  Add in a preppy dad, Anthropologie loving mom and new baby and you have 5 totally different styles that need to compliment each other.

Their photo session will take place outside in the fall color and they wanted outfits to compliment the changing leaves.what to wear for fall family picturesThe result is a twirly-boho-preppy-outdoorsy look that will make everyone say CHEESE!

If your interested in our virtual styling services, send an email to info@thelittlestylefile.com.  Thanks to the O Family for allowing us to open our style files to them!  We can't wait to see your pics!

 

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