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5 Things I Learned in Calligraphy Class

Gallery by Grant Harrison Photography


Unless you’ve been hiding under a big, fat rock, you know that calligraphy is back in a big way. Our friends at The Social Type in Little Rock know exactly what we mean and recently let us sit in on a lettering class they hosted taught by the lovely Shannan Inman of Paperglaze Calligraphy.

We’re not quite experts yet, but here are five of the most important lessons we learned that night.


1. Be willing to learn.

Yes, you might have pretty handwriting, and yes, you might have a natural propensity for this sort of thing. However, calligraphy is a skill that is handed down. Whether you attend a Paperglaze Workshop or pick up a copy of Modern Calligraphy, you have to learn from those before you. Do it in whatever way works best for you, but look for guidance somewhere. 


2. Don't be too critical.

This is especially hard when you start to see some progress in your own work, but maybe not as much as you were hoping for. Like anything else, calligraphy takes time. It has to be honed. So be patient, but be persistent. You will get better.


3. Start analyzing letters you see.

More of a decree than a lesson, this is a habit you will need to pick up. Some of it will come naturally as you spend more time concentrating on the intricacies of the craft. You can probably point out Comic Sans and Helvetica, but try looking at letters like the art forms that they are and you’ll be amazed at what you see.


4. Find your style.

There are a zillion different personalities your calligraphy can take on. From copperplate to parisian and everything in between, there’s no telling where your strengths will lie. Find the style that comes most naturally to you and perfect it. Never stop challenging yourself to learn new designs, but don’t fall apart if one isn’t exactly your forte. 


5. There’s freedom in the flourish.

Now that you know your style, ditch it. Just kidding. What you need to remember is that even the same style will vary between artists, so put your personal touch on it. When you’re able to make a style your own, that’s something you can be proud of. 



Photos courtesy of Grant Harrison Photography 

25 of Our Favorite Oscar de la Renta Bridal Looks

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Think of any prominent style icon in the past 50 years and they probably wore an Oscar de la Renta creation at least once. He dressed everyone from Jackie O and Princess Diana to Taylor Swift and Beyoncé.

So in honor of one of fashion’s greatest, we’ve put together a Pinterest board of some of our favorite bridal looks from the world-renown designer. Join us in celebrating the unforgettable talent and fashion fierceness of Oscar de la Renta.


Follow Arkansas Bride Magazine's board Oscar de la Renta on Pinterest.

UAMS Partners Card Week Starts Friday

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The savings begin this weekend. 

In our September issue, we told you about Paula Gean and her involvement with the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute (WRCI) and the Partners Card. Well, pull out your checkbooks because the Partners Card’s 10-day program kicks off this Friday, Oct. 24.

Purchasing a $50 Partners Card gets you discounts and specials to nearly 200 of your favorite local shops and restaurants, with full proceeds going toward the WRCI Auxiliary’s contributions and projects for UAMS.

To get you ready for those 10 days of excellence, here’s a very abridged look at some of the establishments joining UAMS. For a full list, check out their website.

To purchase a Partners Card, you can stop by a card-selling retailer, call (501)-686-8286 or click here.

Now on to the goods.



Belle & Blush

Go! Running

J. Duke and Co.


The Label

Mr. Wicks Gentlemen’s Shop

Ozark Outdoor Supply

Proposals Boutique

The Toggery




Cobblestone and Vine

Emporium Home

Good Earth Garden Center

I.O. Metro

Marshall Clements

Mrs. Polka Dot

Obsessions Interiors

Southern Accented

Urban Pad

White Goat



All Thru the House

Box Turtle

Fifth Season

Milk & Honey

The Painted Pig

Powder and Smoke

The Social Type


Vivid Designs

Wordsworth Books and Company



Blue Coast Burrito

Burge’s Restaurant

Corky’s Ribs & BBQ

Damgoode Pies

Graffiti’s Italian Restaurant

Maddie’s Place

Ocean’s at Arthur’s Prime Steakhouse

Old Mill Bread Bakery & Cafe

Ristorante Capeo

Two Sisters Catering

Mrs. Polka Dot Opening Pop-Up Shop at the Promenade

Image by The Promenade at Chenal


Monogram lovers (or for those shopping for monogram lovers), we have great news for you!

Mrs. Polka Dot, supplier of all things cute and personalized, it setting up a pop-up shop for the holidays in the Promenade at Chenal.

The locally-owned gift boutique will be nestled between Crazy 8 and Kenneth Edwards Fine Jewelers, and will offer all sorts of goodies from home decor to tote bags and everything in between.

"The excitement is building at The Promenade at Chenal in anticipation of the holiday shopping season,” said Promenade General Manager Linda Hinton. “The Promenade is elated to have Mrs. Polka Dot opening during this high traffic time specializing in unique items for kids and adults.”

Mrs. Polka Dots will open Nov. 3 and run through the first of the year. Their hours are 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday - Saturday and 12 - 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Check out their website for a peek at their work or follow them on Facebook for all the updates.

Holiday House Kicks Off Next Weekend

There are nine Fridays left until Christmas. Please take a moment to find your stash of wine or bourbon (we don't judge) and take a sip. 

The arrival of the holiday shopping season always seems to creep up on us, but this year, get things started early. The Junior League of Little Rock's annual fundraiser and four-day shopping extravaganza is coming to the Statehouse Convention Center next Thursday (Oct. 30) through Saturday (Nov. 1). This is always a highlight of the shopping season in Little Rock as more than 180 specialty merchants from across Arkansas and the U.S. set up shop in one place. Did you read that? 

For ticket information and the complete schedule, click here. 

We'll probably see you there. 

Join Designer Steven Lagos at Sissy's Log Cabin Tomorrow

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Sissy Jones of Sissy's Log Cabin.

Time to get your sparkle on, folks. 

Legendary jewelry designer Steven Lagos will grace the presence of Sissy’s Log Cabin for a trunk show in Little Rock tomorrow (Oct. 23).

This event will include food and drink and all things shiny. The trunk show at the North Grant St. location will start at 11 a.m., with Lagos in attendance from 1 - 8 p.m. for autographs, photo opps and even jewelry giveaways.

If you're in the Pine Bluff region, join the party at the Pine Bluff Country Club on Wednesday, Oct. 22, from 6:30 - 8 p.m.

If your week is looking a little dull, shine it up by stopping by Sissy’s. Check out their website for more information.

Fashion World Mourns Loss of Style Icon Oscar de la Renta


It’s a sad day for the the fashion world, friends. 

On Monday, Oct. 20, fashion designer Oscar de la Renta passed away at 82 after battling cancer for nearly ten years. 

His style was a force to be reckoned with, whether on the red carpet or on the bridal runway, but he was always the perfect gentleman. He had a dedication to classic lines with modern flair, but was more interested in making sure you saw the girl first, and then her dress.

He had a long list of celebrity clients, including George Clooney’s new bride Amal Alamuddin, but he also dressed every first lady since Jacqueline Kennedy. His friendship with Bill & Hillary Clinton brought him to Little Rock in 2013 to celebrate the opening of his exhibit, “Oscar de la Renta: American Icon,” at the Clinton Presidential Library, which included many first lady fashions.

We join the rest of the style universe in grieving the loss of a genuine icon and wonderful man. Oscar de la Renta will be greatly missed.

Iconic Fashion Designer Oscar de la Renta Dies at 82

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Vogue magazine editor Anna Wintour and fashion designer Oscar de la Renta mingle at the opening of the Oscar de la Renta American Icon exhibit at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Ark.


We are profoundly saddened by the news that world-renowned fashion designer Oscar de la Renta passed away Monday, Oct. 20, at his home in Kent, Connecticut

The cause of death is still unclear, but he had battled cancer since 2006. He was 82 years old.


Oscar de la Renta was a true gentleman of the fashion world, often called the “sultan of suave.” He dressed everyone from Oprah Winfrey to George Clooney’s new bride Amal Alamuddin, but he also dressed every first lady since Jacqueline Kennedy.

He had very close ties with the Clintons, having outfitted former First Lady Hillary Clinton on numerous occasions. In 2013, the Clinton Presidential Center featured an exhibit titled “Oscar de la Renta: American Icon,” which focused on his immense impact on the world of fashion. 

The Clinton family, Barbara Walters, longtime Vogue editor Anna Wintour (pictured above) and de la Renta all attended the event here in Little Rock, which you can view here.

A statement was released from Bill and Hillary Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky, on the passing of Oscar de la Renta, and we couldn't have said it better ourselves.
We are deeply saddened by the passing of our dear friend, Oscar de la Renta. His singular talent and exquisite taste elevated American fashion, and his warmth and friendship will be missed by our family and all whose lives he touched in his extraordinary journey.
Oscar’s remarkable eye was matched only by his generous heart. His legacy of philanthropy extended from children in his home country who now have access to education and healthcare, to some of New York’s finest artists whose creativity has been sustained through his support.
We will always be grateful to Oscar for the love he showed us, and for sharing his talent on some of the most important occasions of our lives. And we will never forget the joy, adventure, and beauty we shared with Oscar, his beloved wife, Annette, and their family during our many happy times together, especially those spent in his beloved Dominican Republic.
We join his family and many friends and admirers all over the world in mourning his loss, while also celebrating his beautiful and joyous life.

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