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S t yle Council speaks! Fashion, beauty and home advice from the experts

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kay, I’ll admit it. My first baby didn’t even sleep in a nursery. In part, because we didn’t have one, and also because, well, he just didn’t want to (don’t judge). So I’m always kind of amazed when parents-to-be have the wherewithal to “do” a nursery. We check out a West Little Rock one that has been done to the hilt with help from the gregarious gals of Cynthia East Fabrics. We also offer a comprehensive style guide that includes expert advice from retailers all across this great city. They’re opinionated, inthe-know and ready to help you become your most stylish self. We then travel Beyond the Garden Gate and discover ceramic chickens, pots, realistic artificial flowers and two literary long-haired dachshunds named Simon and Schuster. We chat with these blokes about retail and why they find the term “wiener dog” demeaning. I thoroughly enjoyed my conversation with self-taught photographer Ed Barham, whom we met at the Old State House on a hot summer day to discuss life behind the lens. We love his Photo by Jane Colclasure southern sensibility which is reflected in his impressive body of work. Please feel free to drop me a line anytime at

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his month we explore the art of books (and books as art) and take a special field trip to our beloved local bookstore, Wordsworth.

Up first, New York artist Jane Mount, whose bookshelf paintings have recently generated quite a buzz both stateside and abroad. Mount began painting portraits of people’s bookshelves a few years ago, and their popularity has soared. She says, “The bookshelf paintings have taken off in a way I never expected—kind of funny. But I’m thrilled, of course, and I certainly feel insanely attached to my books, so I do get it.” Her work even earned her a mention on the Paris Review’s blog. I highly recommend checking out her site at to see her complete works.

Felt cupcake tape measure Also shown here are some noteworthy side items to go along with your Movable Feast. Thanks to Georgette Sims, Wordsworth has the coolest selection around. And, oh, how I adore this handsome new collecBird clips by tion of Penguin classics Two’s Company. at left (also available at Wordsworth)! They’re sure to liven up any library.

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Crib notes

A West Little Rock nursery gets some TLC (textile loving care)

Team Players Smith-Hobbs Interiors: Interior design

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lmost from the moment Monique Overton found out she was pregnant, she set out to create a oneof-a-kind nursery. To do that, she called on Barry Smith and Julie Hobbs of Smith-Hobbs Interiors. Barry remembers the day Monique told them that she wouldn’t be needing their decorating services for Christmas that year. “I have another project in mind . . . ,” said Monique and added (after a pregnant pause), “. . . a nursery!” Smith and Hobbs were tickled pink (and, as turned out, tickled zebra print) to be involved. “Monique knew she didn’t want a theme. She wanted a room that could go from little girl to preteen,” explains Hobbs. She also knew that she wanted a room specifically tailored to baby Shelby Marie. “I wanted everything customized!” says Monique. (And lest there be any confusion about just whom this room belongs to, almost every surface bears a monogram). Each detail was lovingly attended to, even down to the drawers, which Monique lined with zebra print paper. Asked about her initial vision for the room, Monique holds up a pink and zebra-stripped hair bow like a freshly picked flower. She marvels at how Julie and Barry were able to create an entire nursery based on this small, bow-tied bit of inspiration. “I just

loved this combination,” says Monique, admiring the ribbon. “It took a team to make it all happen,” insists Julie. A major team players included Kelley Vogelgesang of Cynthia East Fabrics, and both Barry and Julie are quick to sing her praises. “Kelley made the mobile, chose the fabric combination, even sketched out the bedding. Had it not been for her . . .,” well, Julie shudders to think. Kelley, who during this process found out she too was pregnant, says, “They didn’t want a typical baby room with a typical palette. They wanted it to be fancy and sophisticated but also fun and whimsical.” Of the mobiles, she says that she and co-worker Kristen Goodwin first made one for a friend a few years ago and that she has made several since. The nursery is a shining example of how fabric alone can transform any space. Other changes, however, were also in order. Barry and Julie replaced the ceiling fan with a chandelier from Light Innovations and embellished a chandelier print (from Unpainted Furniture Center) with ribbons and craft jewels. Other special additions included painted pieces from Art by Andrea. The end result is a unique, bold nursery—sure to be the envy of Shelby’s baby friends. It’s also a room that a little girl can grow into and enjoy for years to come.

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Blush Alana Hardin & Beth Wilson

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Makeup by Kerina Kerina Goucher, Makeup Artist

Rejuvenation Clinic Sara Molsbee, RN

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hat’s up this fall (besides Snooki’s “Bumpit”)? We asked select salon owners and other experts about town to forecast hair and beauty trends for fall. Here, they give us the lowdown on highlights, eye cream and more.

What trend impressed you the most?

What are you most excited about that you’re bringing to the store?

What are your favorite new accessories?

We really like the silver-gray hair color that is being used on runways and in high fashion; it is very bold and helps create the monochromatic look that is big for fall.

We are really excited for the new fall colors, lots of warm brown hues with soft honey high- and lowlights. We also think the full straight bang will make a big comeback.

We suggest the less is more approach: a natural wave with little to no teasing in the crown. A great way to achieve this look for those with curly, frizzy hair is with the Keratin Complex treatment. This relaxes the curl and removes the frizz and lasts between 4-6 months.

As we gear up for fall, it appears that we’ll continue to reinvent styles of the past, but with a modern edge. Our new line, Oribe Hair Care, is the perfect complement to your style. Also, braids are back—big hair, here we come!— and nothing will make that work better than Oribe.

Oribe is the most exciting line of hair care products that we’ve seen in quite some time. Oribe Canales is THE leading and most influential hairdresser of uber-chic stars to over- the-top fashion designers. Lagerfield, Tom Ford, Valentino and other greats continue to collaborate with Oribe.

Hair. You can accessorize with countless bangles, chains and fabulous Louboutins, but if your hair isn’t working, the outfit isn’t either. Show your style with a great cut and fabulous products.

I love the new mossy and sea foam green eye shadows. They’re a nice change from the basic brown we all wear, but are still neutral enough to create a natural look. Green eye shadow is like a red lipstick—there is the right shade for everyone, you just have to find it. Be sure to keep the color at the lash line or on the lids, but don’t bring it above the crease.

Chanel’s new Fall Collection which is all about creating a soft, dramatic eye with chocolate grays, deep plums and smoldering khakis. It’s a refreshing break from the silver grays and charcoal eye shadow colors that we typically use to create a smoky eye. Pair with one of Chanel’s new lip colors—pale pink, rose or plum—for a feminine, pretty look.

There are some great multi-purpose products on the market. My favorites are Stila’s new One Step Makeup ($44) and One Step Makeup Prime Color ($22), Sephora. The One Step Makeup is a liquid mineral foundation that is a primer, concealer, foundation and powder all in one. The One Step Makeup Prime Color can be used for eyes, cheeks, and lips and stays put all day!

The trend that continues to impress me is the shift toward more non-surgical procedures — Botox, dermal fillers, lasers and chemical peels. Consumers are increasingly taking advantage of treatments that offer great results with little to no downtime and risk compared with surgical alternatives.

Our most exciting new addition to Rejuvenation Clinic is Murad skin care. We carried this line many years ago and have reintroduced it to our clients. Murad has many new products including a body line for cellulite.

The most exciting skin care product we currently have has to be TNS Essential Serum from Skin Medica. You no longer need separate bottles for your antioxidant complex, vitamin C, peptide serums, brighteners, green tea, firming and tightening treatment and growth factors. Now all you need is TNS Essential Serum!

Golden Blond hair color. In 2010 look for one predominant color, though your roots could be slightly darker provided they are well blended. (It’s also not strawberry blond.) And don’t give off that “I’m too busy to get my color done” vibe.

Bumble and Bumble Treatment Line for hair: mending and quenching. Also, our new staff member, Thom Shock.

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Talk about price points:

What do you think your customers will like the most?

Name one must-have item.

Expert advice for our readers:

A new fall look including color, lows and highs, cut and blow-out, will range from $135 to $175 depending on time and technique. The Keratin treatment starts around $350.

We really think our clientele will love the more natural look for fall. It’s far less damaging than the highlights of summer.

Kevin Murphy Easy Rider. It’s an anti-frizz cream that is good for all hair types and textures. Think of it as hair lotion!

Lose the “Bumpits,” girls, and go natural!

Oribe Hair Products price points range from $31-$62, but remember: it is your hair.

Customer Service. We do what we do because we love it; we benefit lifestyles. The men and women who walk in our doors walk out with fierce hair. It can change your day, your week or your life. We love to provide our customers with the highest quality care and products.

Oribe. Product for all hair types.

Only you can be you, but only Fringe should do your hair.

There are many budget friendly makeup lines on the market these days. Pick and choose what you want to splurge on. For example, don’t break the bank on mascara (there’s a reason makeup artists use Maybelline Great Lash) but do invest in foundation and lipstick. Every woman should treat herself to a Chanel lipstick or a Dior lip gloss every once in a while. I’m also hooked on e.l.f. cosmetics; most of the products are only $1!

Stila’s Smudge Stick waterproof eyeliners. These liners are waterproof, smudge proof and glide on smoothly and effortlessly. Instead of getting one of these liners in black or brown, try Blue Ribbon (Navy Grey) or Moray (Olive). They are gorgeous colors but still very neutral. $20, Sephora.

Concealer—it makes a world of difference! Even on the days I don’t wear much makeup, I will always wear it. My all-time favorite is L’Oreal’s True Match. I have tried so many different concealers at different price points, and this drug store brand is still the best I’ve found.

First of all, wear the right shade of foundation. You want to make sure that it blends into the color of your neck and chest. Look at your makeup in natural light to check. Also, it’s important to invest in some makeup brushes. You will never achieve the look you want without some good brushes for blending and detail work.

For the price of all the previously listed individual products you could easily spend close to $1,000 from leading cosmeceutical brands. TNS Essential Serum is convenient and only $250. Pair this product with a retinol, and you’ll have all you need for a thorough home anti-aging treatment.

I think that customers most appreciate the convenience and comfort of the Rejuvenation Clinic. There are so many new and exciting products that it is nice to browse the latest in the comfort of such a therapeutic atmosphere.

If the TNS Essential Serum is still too much to budget, my next must-have is the TNS Recovery Complex. This was the original growth factor product from Skin Medica and works wonders on the neck and face.

Regardless of the products you use or the treatments you have done, the best insurance for your investment is year-round, daily sunscreen use!

We have a special running right now with select stylists: Two haircuts for the price of one!

Bumble and Bumble Wear and Care Treatment Line for Hair.

Murad Intensive Wrinkle Reducer eye cream.

When it comes to hair treatments, whether in a salon or purchased for home, seek professional advice when choosing the color, brand and application process.

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by design (n.) A place where we check in with tastemakers about town, from decorators to clothes designers and others in between.

Picture this

a homegrown photographer shows the south anew

Ed’s Topseven I love everything about my wife. I’m the most happily married man I know. My family—the one I was born into, and the one I lucked into. Working in public health. Homemade peach ice cream, coconut pie and chocolate cake. Jazz and blues music. Reading a great book on my wonderful sofa. Standing waist-deep in Sylamore Creek at Blanchard Springs.


uring working hours, Ed Barham may be Public Information Officer of the Arkansas Department of Health, but off the clock, he’s Ed Barham, Photographer. An Arkansas native, Barham takes as his subjects the southern locales he holds dear and knows well. Whether it’s a sensual close-up of an Arkansas peach or a haunting, mysterious photo of the Old State House, Barham’s work forces the viewer to look at familiar objects anew.

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Barham says, “I have always loved looking at pictures and have almost always enjoyed making them, even when it was just a job. I can get lost and start having fun when I start to compose in that little window and am sometimes amazed at what happens when creativity pushes me to try something a different way.” In college, Barham majored in English and entertained dreams of academia. “I wanted to become a professor if not at an Ivy League college, at the very least at an ivy-covered one,” he jokes. Yet he never became the corduroy-clad, pipe-smoking academic he’d envisioned and instead pursued a career in advertising—and a successful one at that. Of his commercial work, he says, “I started my career with a desire to do commercial photography, and I have done that off and on now for more than 35 years.” Barham traces his interest in photography back to his childhood in El Dorado

Barham behind the lens in New Orleans.

Ed Barham in front of the lens at the Old State House.

during the ’50s. When he was eight, his Christmas list consisted of two items: a Brownie Hawkeye Box Camera and a 45 of Bobby Darrin’s “Mack the Knife.”

Early influences include Ansel Adams and Edward Steichen. Barham reflects, “When I really got serious about photography, in my early twenties, [they] were my heroes. Those two set the standard long ago for landscape, fashion, and abstract design in the elements of nature. Today I’m amazed by pictures I see by people I know here at home. Some are professional photographers, but most are not . . . you don’t have to look too far to find folks who can make great pictures.” Barham believes that digital photography and Photoshop have made the medium more accessible—and that’s a good thing. He abandoned the dark room long ago in favor of digital and can’t see a reason to return. He says, “It’s a step in the right direction. There’s a more democratic spirit, and I like that.”

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e know that a picture’s worth a thousand words, but this month we’re going with the thousand words. That’s because retailers all over town had a lot to say about what’s in store for fall. Hence we bring you our most verbose (and informative) style cue ever.

What trend impressed you the most?

Arkansas Arts Center/ Museum Shop Kim White

Barbara/Jean Tiffany Robinson

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What are you most excited about that you’re bringing to the store?

What are your favorite new accessories?

With fall right around the corner, there are many interesting trends. Colors are bright and bold, and nature is a recurring theme.

I’m particularly excited about our new jewelry artists. And with the big Mexico 2010 celebration, we have chosen fun, festive colors and Frida Kahlo and el Día de los Muertos inspired items.

Pearls, feathers and lace, all these things woven into exciting pieces of wearable art.

The soft top silhouette is my favorite. There are so many ways to wear a great flowy top or cardigan, and they can be dressed up or down so easily. And most important of all—they’re comfortable!

There are two lines that I’m really excited about: Catherine Malandrino and Halston Heritage. With Sarah Jessica Parker as Chief Creative Officer at Halston, this collection is reminiscent of the classic Halston look, but with a new twist.

Connie Starke, our accessories buyer, says the chunky chain look, mixed with crystals. Designer Janis Savitt has the look perfected, and it just keeps getting better. Pile it on! The more the merrier!

Lace is huge for fall, but it’s not your grandmother’s lace. This lace is modern and playful. Anyone can wear it if paired with the right items and accessories. It’s still feminine but with a modern edge.

We are most excited about bringing in clogs! We love clogs, always have, and this fall they are making a huge comeback in all shapes and colors. We can’t wait to get them in stock and buy them for ourselves.

Gloves! This year they are truly accessories. All styles and all fabrics will be worn like jewelry. A long leather pair will dress up your T-shirt or a wool fingerless pair will dress down your dress. 

For men, it’s really not about “trends”; it’s about fit and developing your individual style. That’s what we do.

Wrist cuffs, a ring, a necklace. Pick up some “man stuff.”

Furs for the winter of 2010-11 are more sophisticated, sportier and have cleaner lines. Special color and surface effects were featured as well as unusual fur combinations.

Accessories—fur gives accessories sophistication like no other material can. I look at them as being fun fashion pieces.

Any fur accessory is a favorite.

The modern military look. Hot this fall!

All the great styles of dresses. They all have a richness to them.

Metals, metals, metals! Chunks of it!

Kenneth Edwards

Oxidized sterling and yellow gold jewelry.

Oxidized sterling and yellow gold and white topaz jewelry collections.

Everyone is crazy about Toy Watches!

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Designers are giving attention to detail on clothing, accessories and shoes. A basic white shirt will have a tinge of lace or a handbag may have some unexpected treatment. Very feminine and inviting.

I’m excited to pack up the casual feel of summer and don a more serious wardrobe. Love the idea of a little fur here or there for play time and look forward to scoping out a cool vest to throw on with jeans. Easy and relaxed.

Pearls are back in a big way. Mixed with silver or gold and layered like crazy. Vintage pieces remain on the fashion forecast and that makes me happy.

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Talk about price points:

What do you think your customers will like the most?

Name one must-have item.

Expert advice for our readers:

Our price points are conducive to any wallet size.

The fact that since our jewelry is unique not everyone in town will be wearing the same thing.

A pair of earrings from the new fall line of Ayala Bar jewelry.

Be adventurous in what you wear. It’s okay to have something that no one else has!

It was refreshing to see that designers are focusing on bringing price points down but keeping the quality and look to the standard we expect from them.

I think our clients will like the different ways the trends can be interpreted. Take sequins, for instance. A more forward client might choose a shiny allover sequin mini dress, while a more traditional client might select a top with matte sequin trim.

Leather leggings. Leather is such a big trend on its own, showing up as trim on sweaters jackets and pants, but the leather legging is going to be a staple this season.

Keep the animal print. It has turned into a classic, showing up season after season, year after year. Animal print is everywhere this fall from accessories (scarves, handbags, hats) to dresses and tops in a rainbow of colors.

Price points are all over the spectrum. People tend to spend more on things that will last or a special piece and less on trendy items. We always strive to have items that range from $10 to $300, however, most things we sell are under $100.

Wraps and capes never go out of style, are extremely comfortable and can be so chic. This year I saw more wraps/capes than ever—in all lengths and fabrics. You’ll want more than one in your closet.

One must-have item is a bold piece of jewelry. With fall’s color palate of grey, taupe, olive and camel, you need something to punch it up. A bold piece of jewelry in amethyst, garnet or sea green will definitely do the trick.

If you haven’t gotten that pair of skinny jeans/pants yet, it’s time. Don’t think you are too old or not the right size. Most trends can work with all kinds of people—it’s just how you pull it all together.

We’ve got a price point for every budget: button up shirts $25 to $150, denim $65 to $300, tees $15 to $65.

Our selection of denim and wovens.

A great fitting blazer for a night out.

Take your time to try on everything and make sure it fits. Each line is cut differently, and the fit is the most important thing.

Supply and demand have driven up wholesale prices, but at Fletcher & Bensky Furs we are committed to holding our prices as low as possible, and many items are offered at last year’s prices.

Our customers really enjoy the sheared reversible furs. They are so versatile, practical and lightweight.

Everyone should own at least one fur accessory in their wardrobe—a scarf, collar, gloves, earmuffs, headband or hat.

When it comes to purchasing fur, know the people you’re dealing with.

Prices range from $48 and up on fall dresses.

The great colors and styles for the fall collection with a unique edge. If you like couture looks, you will like us as well.

Toy Watches are $150-$350. Oxidized sterling and yellow gold pieces from $600.

The white topaz collections. The pieces are in yellow gold and white gold, and white topaz goes with everything!

Fortunately for Little Rock, we have so many local boutiques that offer a value for fashionistas across the board. We are lucky to have a plethora of options.

More structured clothing will be in stores this fall. A soft military look that can take you to work and then off to play. Great pieces that stand alone and can be worn with many things already in your closet. Ponchos are also big for fall.

A unique, trendy black blazer.

Note: just because something is hot for the season doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a hot style for you!

A white Toy Watch!

By using sterling silver in place of gold, jewelry designers have created great new collections that are very price friendly. We have a lot of great looks for less money!

Boots—booties, tall boots, over-the-knee boots, cowboy boots. I heart boots. You simply can’t have enough.

Some trends are your friends; others, well… not so much. Know what to bypass. If you weren’t a leggings girl in the ’80s, chances are you’re not in 2010.

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What trend impressed you the most?

What are you most excited about that you’re bringing to the store?

What are your favorite new accessories?

The ’60s silhouette has returned which means focus will be on the waist again— think belted swing coats, shift dresses and pencil skirts. Expect to see the girlie frocks and trapeze styles to be replaced by edgier, yet wearable dresses.

Plomo’s gorgeous thigh high boots and booties in rich gemstone colors, as well as the black fringed motorcycle flat boot that I plan on living in this fall.

Ophelie hats and headpieces have stolen my heart. I’m in love with the vintage feeling they evoke — they are like little pieces of art. Whenever I see a woman in a beautiful hat, I believe it conveys confidence, elegance and true style.

Soft cashmere, longer flowing cardigan sweaters.

New pastel color knitwear for fall and beautiful feminine evening wear.

Multiple chain bracelets and necklaces and large, long hanging pendants.

Jewel tones are huge for fall black-tie gowns — emerald, sapphire and garnet gowns with more flow and more detail. Sequins have made a return to the runway.

We will be offering lines that no other store in Little Rock carries. We’ll have options for women of all ages and sizes.

The one-shoulder ball gowns need no more than a great pair of earrings. Proposals offers local artist Gina Spinelli’s hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind jewelry.

Cozy, but cool energized classics. These are lovely-lady looks with high-voltage exclamation marks of personal style, such as a sleek sheath popped with a giant lizard bag or a bold bohemian boot.

The market’s astute expression of an array of style-setters, suitable for myriad figure types. Headliners are “Glam-vamp,” Goth, Switchedon Classics and a cross-over fave—the tunic/legging/boot craze.

The new “super spotlight” accessory accent married to a lean and clean apparel. Top players are show-stopper bags, chunky “peek-abooties,” giant pendants, cabochon cuffs and grown-up gypsy earrings.

Military-inspired everything! Camo, patches, army green.

Elizabeth & James shoes.

Vintage. I love Angel Court and am so proud that they are local.

The trend that impressed me the most is the unique ornamentation on shoes on boots. From chains to rhinestones, companies have decided to make things more interesting this season.

We have a wonderful new line called Mojo Moxie. Cute flats and pumps all under $90. They add a little splash to any outfit.

Great new selection of jewel tone bags from Chocolate New York.

Ruffles, skinny jeans, bright colors, neutral colors, blazers and embellishments.

We are excited about our outerwear, classic pieces with holding power.

Textured purses with add-ons and studs, tassels or chains. Also leather and metal belts.

It wasn’t so much the trends, but the twists on classics we like—very feminine touches in fabric choices and small details and wow factors added to apparel.

We are in love with the soft dressing pieces for work and for play; they’re versatile enough to go with what’s already in your closet and great for something new. Old Gringo Boots will be a staple this fall.

Charms hanging from long chains remain an accessory trend this fall. We are excited about a new line from Spain that we’ll be carrying—silver, leather, simple, beautiful.

Cut up clothing will be a big hit this fall, from jeans to jackets and dresses.

Military-style items. This style is classic but very fashionable; it can be worn for work, dinner with friends or girls night out.

The new style will be the “double ring,” a ring that covers two or three fingers, or “layering ring,” wearing several chunky rings on both hands.

Talk about price points:

What do you think your customers will like the most?

Name one must-have item.

Expert advice for our readers:

Investment pieces such as a classic white button up, the little black dress and a fabulous overcoat are the items I encourage my clients to spend money on. Typically, I try to keep these essentials under $300. As for the trendier “must haves” to update your wardrobe staples, I like to offer these purchases anywhere from $25-$150.

That’s a tough one. I’d have to say Rachel Antonoff’s vintage style dresses. You’ll want to show them off every chance you get, and they’ll keep in your closet forever so you can even pass them on to your granddaughter.

A Suzi Roher belt. You’ll need at least one this season if you want to be on trend.

Buy: a military jacket Store: frilly dresses Toss: acid wash jeans—they were tragic the first go around.

There is no universal rule set in stone, for example “If you’re short you should wear . . .” or “If you’re tall you shouldn’t wear . . .” It’s all about proportion and how you pull it all together.

We’ve always tried to carry moderately priced merchandise.

Unusual colors for fall instead of all earth tones or black.

We do our best to offer beautiful gowns and dresses at a value. There is something for everyone.

The choices at Proposals are abundant. Our community has so many black-tie events that we covered all the bases. Customers will also like our extended lines of short dresses for daytime and evening as well as fancy cocktail dresses.

A black cocktail dress. It will be your go-to item in the closet for many occasions.

Under garments are important. We carry a full line of Spanx products that hide a multitude of sins.

Thankfully, they are everywhere.

Deep, rich colors like forest-green, teal, gold, ruby and violet and grays, browns and neutrals rather than just black. Customers will also like being able to update their wardrobes by using just a few bold, key pieces.

Heart-throb handbags, biker boots, tiered tunics, attention-grabbing accessories and lean-legged works in denim, leather or Lycra.

A full-length mirror is your best friend. Let the mirror speak to you bluntly and clearly; you’ll walk out of the door dressed well.

We try to incorporate all price points.

Our new line that looks couture and is under $100!

Check out the designer comparison prices at

Boots are going to be huge this fall, from flat to heels, leather to suede, there is a boot for everyone this season.

We offer ALL price points. We sell highend couture jackets for $400, and then we also have Tulle jackets for $90. We also serve many different age groups.

Skinny cargo jeans in army colors.

There is something for everyone at Vesta’s. Our price points vary throughout the store.

Old Gringo Boots remain a coveted item. Our customers will also like all the red we’ll be bringing into Vesta’s. We also carry a plethora of leggings in different weights and styles.

A ruched tunic that can be worn with leggings, jeggings or bare legged as a dress.

Lower prices will be in style. People want to feel good about their clothes and not feel guilty about spending too much, so you will start seeing lower prices in department stores and boutiques.

Mixing designer clothes with low-end clothes. Taking a $300 leather jacket and pairing it with a tee or shirt for $30 or taking a $190 pair of jeans and matching it with a $70 blazer.

Leather jacket with embellished stones, metal or cutouts.

The perfect legging.

McGinn cropped tweed jacket.

The one must-have item is a pair of nude leather booties with crystal ornamentation from Poetic License. So cute and comfortable.

Juicy Couture blazer.

Don’t be afraid to mix sweatshirts and sweatpants with dressy pieces (i.e. sweatpants with a blazer or sweatshirt with a silk skirt).

A pair of flat boots they are the perfect addition to any wardrobe.

Stay current by looking effortless, don’t try too hard and let your look be natural.

Be careful when shopping for trends. You’ll want to love it for more than one season.

Learn how to layer your clothes. A good stylist knows that fashion is layering not labeling!

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bY Katherine WyricK


nimal prints are perennially “in,” especially zebra. Wear it—and walk on it! This rug from Aladdin comes in various sizes and adds edge to any room. Other design tips are offered below in this decorating dialogue.

What trend impressed you the most?

Local Style Council

Clinton Museum Store Connie Fails The most important trend is how people are contributing to emerging economies through the purchase of art and other handcrafted items. A closely related trend is the support for companies like TOMS shoes that donate an item for every one purchased.

Ken Rash’s Casual Furniture Store Lawrie Rash Outdoor living is always “in” at Ken Rash’s. It just changes with the seasons, and autumn in Arkansas is the best! Firepits, heat lamps and outdoor lighting can warm up the cooler temps, and animal print pillows and rugs create a cozy atmosphere.

Lewis Lighting & Home Wade Keeter, Marlo McMillan, Brian Lawrence & C.J. Ellis

home Martinous Oriental Rug Co. David Martinous

Bold and saturated colors in graphic patterns used on both accessories and walls.

A refreshing change is a trend in softer colors—soft blues, taupe, cream, eggshell/ivory. Everything is more subdued, not bold and bright.

What are you most excited about that you’re bringing to the store?

We are especially excited about the items we are offering from Haiti since there is such a need there. Later this year, the Clinton Library will be having an exhibit about Haiti that tells the story of President Clinton’s major commitment to Haiti since 1975.

Sectionals offer a greater versatility because you can mix and match, and they can be arranged so many different ways.

We are most excited about welcoming Art Glass by Arkansas artists to our showroom.

Peshawar Persian patterns and rugs from Kabul and India. These original handmade rugs are exquisitely beautiful, and since weavers from these areas are leaving their looms in record numbers, owning one is like owning a piece of history.

What are your favorite new accessories?

Our Haitian wall sculptures made from flattened steel drums are very dramatic. We also have beautiful new hand-etched bracelets from Namibia made from recycled PVC pipe that look like they’re made from ivory!

Outdoor rugs. Area rugs pull individual pieces together in any room, including an outdoor one, and they offer the biggest bang for the buck. We have a great selection of styles and sizes.

Cord covers, in all colors, and magnetic prisms in all colors and shapes to dress up any fixture.

All over designs, those that extend to the edge of the rug, in subtle, soft colors offer a richer look than just the soft colors alone.

What do you think your customers will like the most?

There’s really not one favorite. Everyone seems to find something that’s meaningful to them.

Chat groups—four big comfy chairs around a table or firepit create a comfortable conversation area.

Customers frequently compliment us on our prices, and we always say that we are making a living, not a killing.

I know that once my customers see the new selection of soft color rugs they’ll love the change; and one look and touch of the rugs from Kabul and India will win them over.

Expert advice for our readers:

Find a cause and support it—even if it’s in a small way. It makes such a difference to those in need—not only in income, but in their feelings of self-worth.

Always buy the best quality you can afford.

Don’t be afraid of color.

If you are putting a room together and considering using an area rug, it’s easier to start from the floor up and then pull the colors from the rug for your fabric, accessories and furnishings.

Thank you for once again voting us Best Day Spa We appreciate you!

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BY Katherine Wyrick Photography brian chilson

shop dogs (n.) A feature profiling our canine friends in retail. (Not just limited to dogs. Other species—cats, canaries, lizards—will appear here, too.)

Simon’s favorite things... Spikey ball Greeting customers

The long view Two literary lapdogs make their home Beyond the Garden Gate W

hy is it that putting something in a wheelbarrow makes it even cuter? Darling baby — cuter sitting in a wheelbarrow. A flat of pansies, all the sweeter. So no surprise that these two dachshunds, posing in front of their Heights store, Beyond the Garden Gate, look unbearably adorable. Named after the renowned publishing house by their book-loving owner, Simon and Schuster make quite a distinguished duo. So dignified are the two that the term “wiener dog” seems somehow beneath them. While Simon holds top shop dog status, three-month-old Schuster is what you might call a shop dog in training. Still getting the lay of the land, he explores the store by snout, stopping to smell the artificial roses or to idly chew a table leg. (“He loves metal,” says owner Judy Jenders.) “They get along fairly well, but they’re not best friends yet,” Jenders says. “Simon is trying to help teach Schuster about housebreaking, but Schuster’s a little hardheaded.” The breed, cuteness and smarts aside, is notoriously obstinate. Judy concedes, however, that for a puppy, Schuster’s a very laid-back sort. Almost on cue, he rolls over and offers up his smooth puppy belly for rubbing. On the hot August morning of our visit, Simon is not really feeling himself due to an unfortunate mishap at the groomers (shampoo allergy). He still wags his tail when we arrive, but the full, robust plume he once held high is now thin and balding— which, let me quickly add, doesn’t detract in the slightest from his overall comeliness. Judy explains, “He’s self-conscious about his tail; he sits on it when people come in.” (I take him aside and whisper into his velvety crimped ear that we will touch it up in Photoshop if necessary.) Tail woes notwithstanding, we hope Simon will remember to take the long view. With a devoted protégé, an adoring owner and a shop to call his own, his future looks bright—and furry.

Belly rubs Riding in the car Chew bones Outings with Tony Avoiding the vet

Hounds on wheels — Schuster under the watchful eye of Simon.

“Some day, if I ever get a chance, I shall write a book, or warning, on the character and temperament of the dachshund and why he can’t be trained and shouldn’t be. I would rather train a striped zebra to balance an Indian club than induce a dachshund to heed my slightest command.” — E. B. White


The dachshund is a short-legged, elongated dog breed of the hound family. The name “dachshund” is of German origin and literally means “badger dog.” Dachshunds are playful but can be stubborn and are known for their propensity for chasing small animals, birds and tennis balls with great determination and ferocity.

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Jazzercise 9108 N. Rodney Parham Little Rock, AR 501.225.8222

Unique Furniture 638 West Main St. Jacksonville (501) 985-8888

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Barbara Graves Intimate Fashions

Jane Mount

Wordsworth Books & Co. 5920 R St. (501) 663-9198


Arkansas Arts Center 501 East 9th St. (501) 372-4000

Smith-Hobbs Interiors Barry Smith 681-9463 Julie Hobbs 765-0911



Style Guide

11516 Happy Valley Dr. (501) 907-0037 Pleasant Ridge Town Center (501) 223-8585 5817 Kavanaugh Blvd. (501) 614.7343

Curiosity Shop

Rush Evans Construction

By Design Ed Barham (501) 804-8063

Pleasant Ridge Town Center (501) 375-7820

Vogue Visage 301 North Shackleford (501) 223-9979

Barbara Jean 7811 Cantrell Rd. (501) 227-0054

Box Turtle 2616 Kavanaugh Blvd. (501) 661-1167


Inspired Buy Aladdin Rugs & Home Décor 4529 JFK Blvd. North Little Rock (501) 753-1166

Clinton Museum Store 610 President Clinton Ave. (501) 748-0400

Ken Rash’s Casual Furniture 7214 Cantrell Rd. (501) 663-1818

Lewis Lighting & Home 201 Edison Ave. Benton (501) 315-2400

Martinous Oriental Rug Co. 1521 Macon Drive (501) 224-0313

Midtowne 207 N. University Ave. (501) 661-0644

Fletcher Bensky 11401 Rodney Parham (501) 225-9000

Beyond the Garden Gate 5619 Kavanaugh Blvd. (501) 660-4082

Minx 2915 Kavanaugh Blvd. (501) 223-8879

Pinky Punky Pleasant Ridge Town Center (501) 227-7303

Solemates Pleasant Ridge Town Center (501) 716-2960

Fringe Benefits 5600 Kavanaugh Blvd. (501) 664-1515

Makeup by Kerina

Rejuvenation Clinic & Day Spa 11125 Arcade Drive (501) 228-4545 7811 Cantrell Rd. (501) 312-7477

Lila Ashmore

8201 Cantrell Rd. (501) 309-7999 (501) 519-4122

Kenneth Edwards Fine Jewelers

Rita Mitchell-Harvey

aug ust 2010

Shop Dogs



Blush Salon

Pleasant Ridge Town Center (501) 614-7788 5913 Kavanaugh Blvd. (501) 661-4696

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In House

Art by Andrea (501) 529-1703

Cynthia East Fabrics 1523 Rebsamen Park Rd. (501) 663-0460

Light Innovations 9101 West Markham St. (501) 223-9026

Pickles & Ice Cream Market Place Shopping Center 11121 North Rodney Parham Rd. (501) 225-7199

Salon Avatar 3625 Kavanaugh Blvd. (501) 661-1616


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