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Style-OMatic Clean new looks for fall

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AgAINsT The grAIN: A designer reshapes our idea of furniture re-fAB: What’s Old Is New hALLOWeeN AT hOme


On the Cover: Britney Haynes models a silk flutter dress by French Connection, perfect for any cocktail party, $168. Pair with textured tights from Michael Stars and a pair of gray booties from Pink Studio, $117. All clothing and jewelry available at Box Turtle. ❘

hat’s me (below) with my pirate friend in Bryant, scanning the horizon for exciting finds. We went to check out the new Goodwill Store there, which even has a café so you can sit and read that second-hand book you just scored. A recurring theme this month seems to be recycling; there’s Habitat for Humanity’s “Restore and After,” our new feature “Waste Not Want Not” and re-sourced pieces in Inspired Buy. We’re totally thrilled to welcome back Lila Ashmore who has once again gone all out with Style Cue; there’s jewelry, fabulous clothes and beauty products and even a reality TV star. We also check out Me in Bryant. Photo by Christa Masters interior designer Shelby Cotton’s fanciful and festive Halloween décor and chat with supremely talented furniture designer Tommy Farrell. (I share his chair fetish, so when I visited his warehouse I thought I’d died and gone to vinyl heaven.) If you thought Powder and Smoke was a tobacco store, well, you were wrong. This long-established perfume shop is also home away from home for some very pampered pets. If we handed out awards for pedigree and Lucky says grooming, they would win—paws arrrrggghhh! down. While we’re on the topic of animals, we’d like to give a shout out (or howl out) to Out of the Woods Animal Rescue of Arkansas, who are hosting their first ever “Howl-o-ween” event for families and dogs. Saturday, October 23, 1-4 p.m. at Burns Park Dog Park. Our very own Alan Leveritt will be a judge. Check out their website to learn more. An aside, or what-I’m-digging-these-days: Living, etc. (a Brit pub that fills the void in my heart left by Domino) and, an anti-decorating, voyeuristic look into the homes of others. (Thank you, friends—you know who you are—for keeping me in the know.)


elcome to “Waste Not, Want Not,” a new section in which we offer a roundup of recycled, repurposed and vintage goods. The purpose of this feature is perhaps most succinctly explained by the title of the book shown here. Everyone knows that thrift store shopping is hit-or-miss, but on this day, the second-handstore-gods were smiling down on us. Here’s what we found on at the new and awesome Bryant Goodwill and The Salvation Army Thrift Store on Geyer Springs Rd.

’70s family tree, proof that grown men should not wear shirts with cartoon characters on them. (See top branch.)

Lion pillow, king of the couch.

Ice bucket, keep it cool.

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Butterflies, decor for the amateur entomologist.

Clock, timely and timeless.

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BY Katherine Wyrick Photography Brian Chilson, christa masters

inspired buy (n.) In these pages we choose an item that inspires us and run with it, finding others that also inspire and assembling a pleasing assemblage accordingly.


nspired by this window from the old Steak & Ale on Cantrell, we turn our attention to architectural elements that you can add to your home. When the light comes through the embedded green glass, the effect is dazzling! For a moment, it’s as if you were tucked into a banquet in that dim, smoky room, ale in hand. Find at Fabulous Finds.

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A Tommy Farrell custom table top can easily be turned into one fantastic wall hanging. Available in a variety of designs and finishes.

Frames like this one from Pennsylvania Trading Co. are inexpensive and can be used for a myriad of purposes—stick some antlers or an old film reel at its center for instant (and unusual) art.

These wooden corbels from Clement would look great anchoring a door or just atop a table. We love the distressed look of this louvered window from Pflugrad’s Antiques.


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This French antique fireback from Ellen Golden Antiques is sophisticated and brings the heat.

This small fireplace surround from Sweet Home would make a warm hearth all the sweeter.

To a T. Follow this design decree to the letter! Incorporate this piece, salvaged from an old hospital, into your home for something altogether different. Contact Tommy Farrell.

In the right setting, a stained glass window can add charm without looking too folksy. Find a wide selection at Blackwell Antiques.

Screen saver. Screen doors aren’t for outside use only. Originally on the front of a downtown home, this outsized one now ingeniously serves as a pantry door. The artfully arranged all-white dishware adds to the appeal.

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Shelby uses low lighting and candles to create atmosphere around the dining room table.

in house (n.) A section in which we peek into homes of the chic and stylish that you probably won’t see elsewhere.


The Halloween Scene

An interior designer shares her spooky-cool style secrets BY Katherine Wyrick photography brian chilson



n interior designer by trade, Shelby Wittenberg Cotton knows a thing or do about party planning and decorating for the holidays. Cotton, whose career began at Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia, worked for AMR Architects for years before leaving to be a stay-at-home mom. As with her work, she brings her creative spirit (and in this case, spirits) to her home. Cotton graciously invited us into her airy yet cozy Pleasant Valley home to show us how to conjure up a Halloween party like a pro. What a rare treat!

1. When decorating for the holidays or a themed party, remember to edit your everyday décor. 2. Have food stations in several different locations, encouraging people to move around instead of gathering in one area. 3. Use plants and/or cut flowers to create warmth and interest. 4. Don’t forget to add festive touches to small spaces, such as the bathroom. 5. It is important to have several light sources in a space, and if your party is in the evening, the use of candles is an easy way to create warmth. 6. Play music that sets the tone for your gathering. 7. Sometimes simple is better . . . don’t over decorate!

This large-scale dog portrait by India Gomez makes a statement in the entryway.


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Contact Shelby Wittenberg Cotton for your event- and party-planning needs. See resources for info.

We love the pairing of pretty place settings with mischievous mice atop a jumble of pumpkins. (far left) Sons Thomas (4) and Witt (8) in a Headless Horseman costume handmade by Shelby. Eek! (left) Bring your skeletons out of the closet—and place them on the mantle for a festive Halloween hearth. (below)

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Steal this idea: Attach bat cutouts to the inside of lampshades to create eerie ambiance.

Halloween hors d’oeuvres—Shelby offers an assortment of dark plums, black almonds, and orange cheeses (the mini-cleaver adds a nice, creepy touch). The peanuts wrapped in newspaper and tied with raffia are too cute, and that lantern? Gourd-eous!


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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.

Tommy’s TopSeven my cell phone and/or laptop clients who challenge me my Scion xB

Into the woodwork

What innovative furniture designer Tommy Farrell brings to the table


Guajardo my appetite (as long as Paula’s cooking) beach time in Rhode Island my wiser-than-their-years children, Max (21) and Zoe (14)

and Hrand DuValian just to name a few—are really talented, and when they invite me to contribute to their projects it makes me want to design great furniture to fit in their buildings. Historically, I love Frank Gehry, Alvar Aalto , Eero Saarinen, Paolo Soleri and Isamu Noguchi.

isiting Tommy Farrell’s warehouse in North Little Rock’s industrial section is an edifying experience. Sawdust covers the floor, in places accumulating like drifts of snow; slabs of wood sit in various stages of transformation; hospital gurneys repurposed as dollies hold tabletops and lethal-looking tools. Farrell points us towards a recent project—a beautiful cabinet made of rich, warm wood, from which a flat-screen TV magically arises when summoned. For the past 20 years, Farrell and his talented team of craftsmen have worked closely with architects and interior designers to create custom pieces ranging from dining tables to largescale corporate projects. But, as his clients know, Farrell’s pieces don’t just serve a function—they are works of art. CUE: You became interested in making furniture as a teenager. How did this come about and what was one of your first projects? Tommy Farrell: My parents had seven children, and we lived in big brownstone in Brooklyn. With seven children, there were no funds to hire tradesmen to do any remodels, so my mother taught herself to be the handyman. I was the second youngest, and she made me her assistant at five years old. We built fences, shelves and tables and repaired lamps and furniture we acquired or found in Brooklyn’s best furniture source—the street. We also spent summers in an old farm house that my mother’s family owned in the Berkshires in western Massachusetts. It required constant repair. My family still vacations there, and I can still see the work my mother and I did together. In my late teens I salvaged wooden barrels from Goya foods and made upholstered chairs, wading pools and planters out of the them. I also remodeled homes for other people after school and on Saturdays.

my children’s stepmother, Paula

CUE: Do you have a favorite wood? TF: Despite my appreciation of exotic woods, I always go back to walnut. It looks great with a simple clear finish. The more sap wood and swirling grain in it, the more I like it.

Tommy Farrell outside his NLR warehouse.

CUE: Who or what inspires you? Who are your influences? TF: Local architects—like Rick Redden, Reese Rowland

CUE: What is one of your favorite projects you’ve worked on? TF: My associate, and the person I rely on heavily, Glenn Williams, and I built a curved dividing wall for the top floor of the Spine center at UAMS [see photo below]. Structurally, the piece was complicated; Glenn called an engineer from MIT to walk our draftsman through the drawings so we could build a sound piece. It took months to build but is really stunning. I’m really proud of the work we did at the Spine Center.   CUE: Where do you get your materials? TF: I prefer to select all my wood veneers by hand from local suppliers; otherwise, I order from the internet, request samples and lay them up on plywood to show to clients. CUE: Any advice for up-and-coming designers? TF: Don’t be shy. Love what you do. You will make mistakes, but you’ll always learn something from them and might even profit from some of them.

CUE: Was there a particular moment you realized that you wanted to make furniture? TF: Once I saw that people liked the barrel furniture, I was hooked. I started architecture school but transferred after two years to study furniture design at Evergreen. o ct o b e r 2010



Make a fashion statement on any occasion in this cashmere animal print legging by Dolce Gabbana, $1,408; Michael Stars tunic, $78, Alice + Olivia crocheted sequin shrug, $468, black leather fold over boot, Chie Mihara, $688. All clothing, jewelry and boots available at Barbara Jean.

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Arkansas native Britney Haynes recently returned home from a 67-day stint on the CBS hit reality show: “Big Brother.” Voted as America’s Favorite Houseguest, Britney models the season’s top laundry list.

Photography Patrick Jones Styling Lila Ashmore Makeup Tom Crone, Barbara Jean Hair Summer Campbell, Fringe Benefits Shot on location at Triple Coin Laundry in Hillcrest

Watch your back in a flirty silk dress with black ruffle detail by Rachel Antonoff, $318; Available at Minx. Nothing says ooh la la like the must have accessory of the season: black leather gloves, available at Fletcher & Bensky Furs.

Nothing says fabulous and luxurious like this lace jacket with mink inserts by Trilogy, $1,995. Top it off with a black mink beret and a sexy pair of black leather gloves. All available at Fletcher & Bensky. Slide into a pair of Betsy Johnson black satin peep toe booties, $198, available at Solemates.

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Make a stand in a ruched, strapless dress by Petit Pois, $180. All clothing and jewelry available at Vesta’s. Brown suede strap platform sandal by Naughty Monkey completes the look, $85, available at Solemates. october 2010


Nothing drab about this gray, ruched drawstring tunic by Neon Buddha, $80. Wear as a dress or pair with black Neon Buddha leggings, $55. All available at Barbara Graves Intimate Fashions. Add an edge with a chunky heeled pair of gray booties by Not Rated, $75, available at Solemates. o ct o b e r 2010


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Britney haynes

Gets Real


Name: Britney Haynes

Age: 22 Current Residence: Huntington, Ark. Occupation: Hotel Sales Manager Three adjectives that describe you: Argumentative, comedic and opinionated

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Wrap yourself in whimsy. Many other throws to love, too. (No animals were harmed in the making of this ad.)

Favorite activities: Traveling, arguing, taking my dog on walks, cooking and cleaning What do you think will be the most difficult part about living inside the Big Brother house?: Sharing a bathroom and pretending to laugh at dumb comments Strategy for winning “Big Brother”: Pretending to be nice and always a bit elusive; people want what they can’t have! What types of people would you NOT choose to live with you in the house: Egomaniacs. A recurring theme on “Big Brother” is expect the unexpected. How would you handle “the unexpected”?: I think I can handle anything. I wouldn’t like the forced alliances, though.

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Which past “Big Brother” cast member did you like most or least: I liked Janelle and Dr. Will. Finish this sentence: “My life’s motto is . . .”: Never regret anything that made you smile.


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Is there anything else you want the fans to know about you: I am so much more than meets the eye! I look like a typical blonde from the south, but I’ve got a lot of spice to my personality. I’m a good mix of Chelsea Handler and Martha Stewart.

I t Takes An Army T

he Salvation Army is more than red kettles, chiming bells and devoted ringers. For over 100 years, this army of volunteers has extended its love, service and active care to benefit ravaged communities, disaster areas and homeless shelters. They, and their auxiliary, are constantly and visibly “doing the most good.” When we citizens help the many causes of the Salvation Army, we take direct aim at fulfilling the basic needs of the tired, the poor and the huddled masses everywhere. It is my distinct pleasure to host this year’s Autumn Runway fashion luncheon and fundraiser, to be held at Embassy Suites on October 28th. The amazing faithful of the Salvation Army Auxiliary will enthusiastically exhibit fall fashions from generous local merchants such as Barbara Graves, Faux Pas, Pinky Punky and others. The funds raised at this lovely event will fuel the Salvation Army’s good deeds for many months to come. We want everyone to come join the fun! Speaking personally, the Salvation Army has been an admirable cause my family has embraced for many decades. My grandmother saved a delicate invitation to a fundraiser for the Salvation Army from 1926 and shared it with me when I was a young girl. In her words, “”The Salvation Army staff and auxiliary deserve our help in every way. They go where no other organization goes, and they do not ever shrink from the worst of circumstances. It’s more than a few coins in their kettles. Our family has been rescued by these fine folks, and we will support them—always.” Join me, our models, our auxiliary and our community in helping our Salvation Army. The Autumn Runway will be just one of our many chances to show support and gratitude.

In service and love, Rita Harvey Mitchell

Autumn Runway Fashion Show Benefitting The Salvation Army Time: Thursday, October 28

Silent auction begins at 10:30 a.m.

Program and lunch begin at 11:45 a.m.

Location: Embassy Suites, 11301 Financial Centre Parkway

Admission is $35 per person.

Tickets may be purchased with a credit card by calling Veronica at 501 374-9296 ext. 106, with a check by calling Ann at 501-758-2434 or in person at 1111 West Markham.

This year’s event is sponsored by Landers Mitsubishi in Benton, The Arkansas Times, McFarland Eye Care, The Heritage Company, Tyson Foods, Entergy and Cary Hunt — Women’s Auxiliary Member

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cheektocheek cheek to cheek (n.) Where we inform you of the best offerings in the world of heavenly beauty products.

Going to Greater Lengths E yelash extensions and hair extensions are all the rage. This month we visit with local pros who are taking lashes and tresses to a whole new level.

Lash Out

Mondi Madden at work

Batting long eyelashes has never been easier. The pros at Indulgences by Body Bronze keep a full appointment book with women who want the season’s hottest trend: eyelash extensions. Whether it is a set of natural lashes that enhance and help your own eyelashes grow or a glamour set that gives your peepers a more dramatic look, Indulgences by Body Bronze can give you the desired look. The Natural Set of lashes is for everyday and is shorter in length than the Glamour Set. Either choice can be applied within an hour and a half and will last from 60-90 days depending on your natural hair growth cycle. Eyelash Extension specialists apply approximately 100 lashes per eye. Best of all—no mascara needed, and the upkeep is minimal. A visit every two weeks will keep lashes lush.

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Anything is possible with hair extensions, and Little Rock fashionistas now have many options. Mondi Madden of Mondiva has created and trademarked a private collection of extensions that can be taken in and out daily. For clients wanting a semi-permanent treatment, Mondi is the go-to pro for all things hair. By using top quality human hair and products, Mondi is able to blend semipermanent hair extensions into natural hair to create longer and fuller locks. This type of extension procedure can last up to six months with six weeks maintenance and care. Prices begin at $1,000 and range upward depending on your desired style. Mondi’s new clip-in extensions are ideal for an impromptu hair style change without the wait or maintenance. Her design enables versatility in wearing hair up, down, teased or tamed. Mondi applies two sets, ear to ear and temple to temple, and customizes to each client. The cost of her “clip-in” version is $195, and the product lasts forever.

Li Lash Eyelash Growth, $140; Rejuvenation Clinic

A thin, daily coat applied to the base of eyelashes will produce growth within two weeks. This tube of magic potion should last up to three months.

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Oohs & Ahhs from the jewelry box T

alk about autumnal splendor! Just look at this fall bounty. From classic pieces to trendier ones, there’s a jewel in the box for every gal.



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Jones & son Fine Jewelry A. Ritani ring from the Masterwork Collection 18kt white gold for 3 carat center and 0.52 cts tw of round diamonds in ring, $4,400. B. 10.07 cts Morganite by Makur with 1.43 cts tw in round pave set diamonds in 18kt rose and white gold necklace, $9,000. C. Tacori Champagne Sunset bracelet with 1.10 cts tw in diamonds and 18kt yellow gold, $8,190.

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Kenneth Edwards Fine Jewelers A. 18k gold and diamond interlocking “crown” rings $10,000 B. Yellow sapphire “Cha Cha” earrings in 18k with diamonds $12,800 C. “Super Cool” 18k links bracelet with “Love” charm $3,600 D. 18k bangles with gold and platinum diamond charms $3,600 - $6,800 All by Erica Courtney





Kyle Rochelle Jewelers A. Handcrafted diamond hoop earrings 2.0ct, $2,850 B. Handcrafted diamond bracelet 5.90ct $11,000 C. Handcrafted diamond necklace .91ct $4,200 D. Diamond ring 1.14ct $2,750 E. Aqua blue ring aqua 1.88ct $4,500



Braswell & Sons A. 14k white gold diamond dinner ring, $4,973 B. 14k diamond bracelet, $1,195 C. Sterling silver bracelet adorned with garnets, $950


New Orleans Antiques & Jewelry A. Cameo pin set in platinum, $2,000 B. Handcrafted Jade necklace with Mayan detail and framed in gold, $400 C. Citrine ring set in platinum and accented with diamonds, $3,500. o ct o b e r 2010

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Restore and Af ter

BY Katherine Wyrick Photography brian chilson


abitat for Humanity’s fundraiser, “Restore and After,” held September 30th in the Lafayette Building downtown, featured furniture and decorative items that came from junkyards, antique stores and the Habitat Restore in North Little Rock. Local artists, schools and other creative types

rehabbed the pieces to be auctioned. Artists of note who contributed were Barry Thomas and the protean, multitalented Jeremy Estill (our favorite). Others included: The Maumelle Art Group, Cara Wilkerson of “Live the Home Life,” Cara Beth Photography, Forest Park Elementary and At Home in Arkansas. Here’s a sampling, sure to inspire you to take materials into your own hands. Barry Thomas’s chickens behind windows and Estill’s large-scale man with penetrating gaze.

Jeremy Estill’s gorgeous barstool.

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At Home’s fun reupholstered chair.

Chalkboard bar by At Home. 2206 Cantrell Rd. (501) 399-9909  

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

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


resources In House Shelby Wittenberg Cotton

Save the Date

Autumn Runway Salvation Army

Cheek to Cheek

By Design Tommy Farrell Custom Furniture 1601 E. 5th St. North Little Rock (501) 375-7225

Inspired Buy

Tommy Farrell Custom Furniture 1601 E. 5th St. North Little Rock (501) 375-7225

5914 Highway 5N Bryant (501) 653-2209

Habitat For Humanity 3805 W. 12th St. (501) 376-4434

Arline’s Individuality in Skin Care

The Salvation Army Thrift Store 5817 Kavanaugh Blvd. (501) 219-2080 6501 Geyer Springs Rd. (501) 562-6340

Blush Salon 8201 Cantrell Rd. (501) 309-7999

1505 W 18th St. N. Little Rock (501) 758-7297

Indulgences by Body Bronze 14524 Cantrell Rd., ste. 130 (501) 868-8345

Rejuvenation Clinic & Day Spa 11125 Arcade Dr. (501) 228-4545

Clement & Sweet Home

John & Emily Gaiser 501-607-4747, John 501-580-0298, Emily

Goodwill Store 3000 Kavanaugh Blvd., ste. 201 (501) 840-1153 23650 Interstate 30 N. Bryant (501) 847-2191

Pennsylvania Trading Co.

Waste Not, Want Not

Mondiva Hair Revolution

Blackwell Antiques

2905 Cantrell Rd. (501) 614-8181 2226 Cantrell Rd. (501) 374-3130

Pleasant Ridge Town Center (501) 375-7820

Embassy Suites 11301 Financial Centre Parkway (501) 312-9000 Rita Mitchell-Harvey

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Fabulous Finds

New Orleans Antiques & Jewelry


Unique Furniture

5701 Kavanaugh Blvd. (501) 664-7746 523 S. Louisana, Ste. M100 (501) 375-3335

Solemates (501) 690-0963

Ellen Golden Antiques

Kyle-Rochelle Jewelers

Pleasant Ridge Town Center (501) 716-2960 1309 Old Forge Dr. (501) 708-0909

2909 Kavanaugh Blvd. (501) 269-9198 7811 Cantrell Rd. (501) 312-7477 2915 Kavanaugh Blvd. (501) 223-8879

Heritage College 1521 Macon Drive (501) 224-0313

Kenneth Edwards Fine Jewelers


Gallery 26 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd. (501) 664-8996

Martinous Oriental Rug Co.


C&F Flooring & Rug Gallery

Style Cue

Powder & Smoke Pleasant Ridge Town Center (501) 225-5353

Barbara Graves Intimate Fashions 10301 N. Rodney Parham Rd. (501) 227-5537

In With the Old

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

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Braswell & Son Fine Estate Jewelry 2616 Kavanaugh Blvd. (501) 661-1167 8601 W. Markham (501) 228-7296

Elaine’s Closet 7801 Cantrell Rd. (501) 223-8655

Fabulous Finds 2905 Cantrell Rd. (501) 614-8181

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Harry Winston LOVES

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.)

• Having breakfast in bed (Mindy has to hand feed him.) • His job as customer greeter • Swinging on the deck swing

Olivia Lee LOVES

Best in Shop

The precious pets of Little Rock’s premier perfumery


•Shopping for new hair bows •Back massages •Sitting on a silk pillow and being the Princess

Willow Grace LOVES

•Chasing ice cubes across the floor •Playing with the Shih tzus’ long hair •Playing with wine bottle corks while Mommy drinks wine

indy Stewart, proprietress of Powder and Smoke, has a passion for perfume—and Shih tzus. On a recent visit to her store, I met two of them (and a renegade kitten) and learned of their impressive lineage and what it’s like being dog royalty. Befitting his noble Chinese ancestry as a prized companion and palace pet, top dog Harry Winston is proud of bearing. When I arrive, he trots to door with his head held high. Mindy tells us that his sire, Raggedy Andy, is a champion show dog from a top-drawer kennel. “He’s the most outgoing of anyone . . . He’s the greeter,” says Mindy. (You could say he’s been groomed for the position.) When he walks, his fur shifts with his movements, like swaths of silk—or the glossy tresses of women in shampoo commercials. At that moment I’m struck with a peculiar realization—I am jealous of this dog’s hair. I feel better, or at least less weird, about my hair envy once Mindy explains that a Shih tzu’s coat very closely resembles human hair. Who knew? Olivia Lee, Harry’s shy cousin, hangs back, peeking out from under the jewelry counter. She eventually emerges, on her own time, leading with her prominent underbite. Seeing her, I imagine that if she suddenly spoke, it would be in the lock-jawed way of New England bluebloods. A pink bow adorned with a simple diamond sits atop her head, as perfect and upright as the blue one Harry Winston wears. Mindy reveals that she has a professional grooming station at home and spends the better part of Sundays washing and brushing her dogs (she has two more Shih tzus who couldn’t come to the shoot due to prior engagements).

Meow mix Fortunately, Willow Grace, a frisky tabby and the wild card in this mix, takes grooming into her own paws, as cats are wont to do. A stray from the streets of Jacksonville, she’s a blur of fur as she darts in and out of hiding places, pausing only to bat a wine cork between her kitten paws (a favorite pastime). But the Shih tzus don’t look down their up-turned noses at her just because she’s from the wrong side of the tracks. To the contrary, they’ve welcomed her into the fold, patiently enduring hair pulling and being regularly ambushed. Mindy had never had a cat before but is smitten. Not to be outdone by her Shih tzu siblings, the stylish Willow sports a bejeweled collar that complements her chic, lynx-like markings. (Forget leopard print—this season I want a tabby cat jacket! Faux, of course.)

Olivia Lee (left) and Harry Winston (right) keep a safe distance from the feisty Willow Grace and her cat antics.

Fido fact: Did you know that the word Shih tzu means “lion”?

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