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what she wears (dressing Audrey)

Since the day she was born, I have loved dressing my girl. I like classic styles, easy and comfortable with a little bit of color and pattern thrown in for fun. It’s how I dress myself and what I gravitate to when shopping for Audrey.

My baby is now four, and sometimes she has an opinion on what she’d like to wear, but mostly not. I know. It won’t last long. So for now, I’m running with it.

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joyfolie loveliness + a discount

Among the most beautifully made, beautifully designed and beautifully photographed products available today, Joyfolie shoes and clothing ranks high, high, high up there in my books.

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What once started as a creative mama sewing baby shoes for her little girl has grown into a gorgeous company with new styles being added frequently. The designs are feminine and classic with a whimsical/funky edge and are perfect for you and your stylish little ones.

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Audrey has worn several different pairs of joyfolie shoes – more so when she was younger and not so hard on her fancy shoes, but I still like to get her a special pair for the holidays or special occasions. The ruffled capelet she wore in our Tiny Dancer photos is just gorgeous and we have a few dresses from the line as well (which I love).

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Joyfolie has graciously offered JDC readers 25% off until midnight April 28. If you have a girly-girl in your life, now is the time to spoil her with something lovely.

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Use discount code SPRINGJONES25 for 25% off and don’t forget to check the sale items and shoes for women. If you are a size 9, you should get this pair – they are so perfect! Discount is good on all items except those marked new. Visit www.joyfolie.com to take a peek.

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additions and progress in Audrey’s room

Audrey’s new bedroom was put on hold for the past month or so to finish up other projects, but now I’m back at it and excited to get things put together.  To keep you in the loop, this is the direction I’m going.  The walls were painted with Sherwin Williams Pure White (nice, maybe a little on the chilly side, but it works), the striped rug is from Crate & Barrel and her bed was a craig’s list find painted Sherwin Williams Rushing River.

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I ordered this metal cart from World Market when it was on sale and it works perfectly as a night stand.

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The dotted metal is fun and different and the three shelves hold lots of favorite books.

Ryan installed her chandelier yesterday. It’s an old fixture from an estate sale that my mom gave me for Audrey’s nursery. I originally sprayed it black and gave it a new coat of glossy white for this room.

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Another addition is this sleek tufted ottoman.

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I spotted it at target a few weeks ago, and then again last week but this time on clearance (love that). Audrey uses it as a stage for her fabulous shows she puts on for her babies. Multipurpose furniture is the best.

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Yesterday I put these paper medallions on the ceiling above the bed.

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They are stuck up there with a dab of hot glue, which I don’t really recommend because I’m pretty sure it will peel off the ceiling paint when they are taken down. But they are cute and it holds them up, so we’ll deal with the consequences later.

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Still to come: bedding (on it’s way), art (being collected) and a wall of built-ins (still need to figure those out). It’s slow going, but coming together!

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tiny dancer photoshoot with my baby girl

When Paige was here this past fall, we set out one very chilly morning for a girly photoshoot at this gorgeously dilapidated old farmhouse nearby.

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Paige styled the whole thing – choosing our outfits and bossing us around with how to do our hair (kidding. She’s not bossy. But she did have a vision and I was just along for the ride). Being in front of the camera is not totally comfortable for me, but if I’ve learned anything about having your picture taken is that the more awkward you feel, the more awkward the photos turn out so you might as well just relax and smile and try to look cute so you’ll like the end product.

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And, my goodness, I just adore the end product. Paige is such a talented photographer – knowing how to find the right light and make the experience fun and comfortable.

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She perfectly captured our girly ballerina side, a tiny dancer photoshoot as Paige called it (she was headed to the elton john concert when she returned to atlanta so that probably has something to do with the cute name. PS. I love that song).

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Outfit change!

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 I wore this dress for my little sister’s wedding when I was six months pregnant with No. 2. It was all pinned up around the back to keep it from falling off, but I just love the juxtaposition of the crumbling down house and unkempt grass with the fancy black dress.

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Promptly after the photoshoot, we put on our warm coats and went to starbucks for an extra-hot latte. We were freezing!  What’s so great about these photos is that you would never guess that we were shivering. Paige did the most amazing job.

For christmas, I gave Audrey a little book with all of my favorite photos from our morning at the dilapidated farm house.

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It’s only a few inches wide and such a sweet memory for her to look through.

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 What a beautiful gift Paige gave the two of us to have this mommy-daughter moment documented for always. I sure love my little Audrey-girl and feel so grateful for a tiny dancer in my life.

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tea party birthday

We celebrated our little Audrey-girl with a pretty tea party that was every bit as sweet and happy as she is.

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Using a color palette of pinks, oranges, gold and black and white kept everything cohesive without being overly themed and made decorating really fun for me.

I started with these cute tea-bag invitations:

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A little card tucked into a glassine bag folded to get that tea bag shape. The no. 4 tag attached with baker’s twine with glittered edges is my favorite part.

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We hosted the tea party at our house and set up in our rarely-used dining room just to make it feel extra special.

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The initial inspiration for the colors were pulled from a roll of wrapping paper (found at marshalls) that worked perfectly for a table runner. It gives cheerful pattern and bright color to the table and makes a big impact for only a few dollars.

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The light fixture got a fancy treatment with tissue paper fringe (three colors of tissue cut into strips, fringed and then hung with scotch tape directly to the linen shade) and this ruffled crepe paper was draped across the window for more color.

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I inherited my grandma’s mismatched set of tea cups and saucers and I loved pulling them out for the party.

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Lunch was tea sandwiches, fruit and crackers.

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For dessert we had striped chocolate pudding in mini glass jars with an extra dollop of whip cream and golden sprinkles.

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Audrey’s little friends were perfectly polite and had a fun time drinking tea (with sugar cubes, of course) and celebrating.

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And the birthday girl had a happy, happy day.

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