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Macy’s Back to School Shopping & Photo Shoot Experience

Macys back to school

Once in a while, you get an opportunity that seems too good to be true. About a month ago, I was asked if I would be interested in working on a project with Macy’s. What would it entail? A $1000 gift card to buy an outfit for myself and the Tiny Dancer, an all-expenses paid trip to NYC and a photo shoot with the Tiny Dancer. It took me a nanosecond to say yes!

The Shopping

Fortunately, I live near San Francisco so I did my shopping at the Macy’s in SF which is also the West Coast flagship store so they have an amazing selection there. The first things I tried on were some of my favorite brands that they carry: Marc by Marc Jacobs, Theory, Moschino Cheap & Chip and Rachel Rachel Roy. There were so many great pieces and the sales people were so friendly and patient with me. I have what I call a “special needs” body – I’m under 5 feet tall so purchasing clothing is difficult for me. Alas, I loved so many items but they did not fit my petite frame. I ended up going with what I knew would work for me and I also wanted to look like myself in the photo so I went with “my look” – white button up Lauren by Ralph Lauren shirt, Lacoste black polo shirt, Lauren by Ralph Lauren boat neck tops in black and white and J.Brand jeans. I usually keep the clothing basic and have fun with the accessories.

Since buying the accessories was dependent on which top I wore, I decided to go with the white button up Lauren by Ralph Lauren top. After I finalized my outfit purchasing the accessories was easy (and very fun!). I opted for a Marc by Marc Jacobs tote (that I’ve been eyeing for two years!), red pointy flats by Steven by Steve Madden, oversize faux diamond Kate Spade earrings, a Vince Camuto black leather and gold bracelet, and a chunky, oversize faux gold chain link necklace by M. Haskell. Look complete!

Now for the Tiny Dancer. I have to say shopping for her was very easy. I headed straight to the Polo by Ralph Lauren section for children and one of the first things I saw was a bright yellow raincoat. What says classic childhood school clothing more than a yellow raincoat? The iconic yellow jacket was updated with technical fabric that was soft and had updated design details like a bubble hem. I instantly fell in love with the raincoat and planned the rest of the outfit around the jacket. I kept the top simple since it wouldn’t be seen so I bought a white Polo top, black leggings by First Impressions, and Nike Cortez for her little feet. I also bought the Tiny Dancer her first pair of Levis but I decided for the photo that the leggings would look better.

Traveling to NYC

Fortunately the Tiny Dancer is a pretty experienced jet setter so traveling with her to NYC was a breeze.

Silly ladies making silly faces on the plane

After we landed in NY we headed to the Mondrian Soho, the nicest hotel I’ve ever stayed at in NYC. The decor was inspiring and the staff was very helpful and friendly. We had a wonderful time there and part of me didn’t want to leave because it was just so beautiful there.

It was so much fun to walk the city streets of New York with the Tiny Dancer. While I’m from NY and used to live in Manhattan, it was the Tiny Dancer’s first trip into the big city. She kept pointing out all of the cars and trucks and I showed her the really tall, big buildings. We had little lunch and breakfast dates and did a little mother-daughter bonding. The experience was wonderful!

The Photo Shoot

The Tiny Dancer waiting for her time on set

I have to say that most of my photo shoot experience is behind the scenes – I’m usually the one producing the shoot, not the one in it! So it was a nice change of circumstances that put me in the makeup chair. There’s nothing like getting your hair and makeup done. The experience is very relaxing and if you’re working with good people, they transform you into a better version of yourself. Fortunately, I was working with the best. Lindsey Gallagher did my makeup and it was one of my favorite professional makeup looks I’ve ever had.

For hair, I wanted to keep my curls so I didn’t think there was much Altajana Banja could do. Was I wrong! She showed me a technique to get the most amazing curls ever which I am going to definitely try at home.

Even the Tiny Dancer had her hair curled. I didn’t think she’d sit still long enough but she’s such a girly girl and loved getting pampered.

Shooting was much easier than I thought it would be. I was worried about the Tiny Dancer because every time I take out my camera and point it at her she turns around or runs away. I didn’t want her to do that at the shoot and in true nature, she did the complete opposite! She was such a ham in front of the camera. I think it had a lot to do with the wonderful photographer we were working with – Ana Schechter.

Photo by Ana Schechter – taken from Instagram

Specializing in taking photographs of children, Ana was a pro with the kids. She could get them to laugh, smile, dance and most importantly, look natural. We had such a great time taking the photos.

Getting direction from Ana

I’m so excited to have a nice photo with my daughter – most of the time I’m the one taking the picture so I have very few photos with my daughter. This was a really special experience because now I have a professional photo of the Tiny Dancer and me that I will cherish forever.

If you want to see more of the cute selections for kids that Macy’s has to offer, check out my Macy’s Back to School Pinterest board. I pinned all of the selections of my back to school picks since the Tiny Dancer recently started Montessori school. You can follow my Pinterest boards at

Miss Omni Media’s Macy’ Back to School Pinterest Board

Want a chance to have your own shopping extravaganza?  To win a $1,000 shopping spree at Macy’s simply enter Redbook’s Back-to-School photo contest! Tweet a back-to-school photo of your kid(s) and tag it #SchoolSnaps. So easy! Check out the entries here:  Good luck!

This post was sponsored by Macy’s.

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3 Responses to “Macy’s Back to School Shopping & Photo Shoot Experience”

  1. Alexis Dayers Alexis says:

    what an awesome opportunity! you and your mini me look fantastic!

  2. Gabriella Gabriella says:

    Thank you!


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