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Introducing The Great Big Arkansas Bride Quiz!


Let’s be real. While you were engaged, you were probably guilty of gushing to your friends/family/coworkers/strangers on the bus about every step leading up to your big day. (Don’t sweat it, btw. We all do it.)

Well, get ready, girls. We just released The Great Big Arkansas Bride Quiz and we are SO excited about it! This is it: The complete A-to-Z of your wedding planning process. Here’s your chance to tell all. Venues, florists, dresses, the (water)works — we want to know all the deets! 

Here’s the rundown:



Anyone who got married within the past 5 years (no earlier than 2010)


Spilling every detail and bit of advice from YOUR unique wedding planning process 


From now until midnight, Friday, April 17 


Right here!!


We value your feedback immensely and we know that that’s enough of an incentive for you, but just to sweeten the deal (because we’re BFFs, remember?), we added a little bonus. When you complete the survey, you’ll be entered to win one of FIVE $100 Target gift cards! 


We're super pumped about reading all of your answers and using them to help fuel new content and the best information possible for the upcoming class of Arkansas Brides. All of that "I wish someone would have told me ___" junk? You have the chance to help these girls avoid those messes. 

Man, you guys are just the best. 

Click here to take The Great Big Arkansas Bride Quiz!

P.S You’re going to want to tell your friends. 


Donna Terrell's Yoga Warriors Fighting Colon Cancer Returns April 11


Last year, FOX16 News anchor Donna Terrell hosted the first Donna Terrell’s Yoga Warriors Fighting Colon Cancer event. Terrell’s daughter, Queah, found strength and comfort in yoga while she battled colon cancer before passing away in March 2011. 

Terrell is back this year with more yoga warriors, bigger and better than before. The event is free and will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 11, at the Double Tree Hotel on 424 W. Markham St. in Little Rock. Bring your own mat. 

Along with the yoga session, Lululemon will be hosting giveaways, and some of the team from Whole Foods will be there with healthy eating tips and information. The American Cancer Society, CARTI and the Arkansas Minority Health Commission will have booths set up as well. Donations are welcome and will help provide nutrition for all cancer survivors going through treatment, not just colon cancer.

Here’s an excerpt from our Q&A with Terrell before the first event last year.

LR Soirée: What would you say to encourage someone who is interested in the event, but nervous about being able to successfully do the moves, to participate?

Donna Terrell: Don't worry one bit. I can't do the moves either. Yoga was my daughter's exercise, not necessarily mine, but I'm going to try it just like everyone else who comes to "Donna Terrell's Yoga Warriors Fighting Colon Cancer" event. Maybe I'll be good at it, maybe I won't. But one thing I know for sure - it made my daughter feel so much better and gave her a clearer mind to tackle what she was facing. And she did it while she was sick.

LRS: Is this something you would like to see become an annual event?

DT: Absolutely. I think this year's event will be fabulous, but I want to build on it and watch it grow. It's a way to offer exercise to generate more healthy Arkansans. It's also another way to bring this horrible disease to the forefront and remind people young and old that they should pay attention to changes in their bodies and not be afraid to go to the doctor when things aren't right. It also continues the effort to raise money for cancer research and survivors. As my daughter would say "we're going to kick colon cancer's butt and we're taking names.”

That sounds like reason enough for us. Join the conversation and learn more over on the Donna Terrell's Yoga Warriors Fighting Colon Cancer Facebook page and on Twitter.

Tickets On Sale Now for Arkansas Foodbank's Empty Bowls 2015

Image by C. Waynette Traub

TOTALLY BAMBOO, Newboo bowl • Eggshells Kitchen Co.


Empty Bowls, the Arkansas Foodbank’s signature event, is fast approaching and preparations are well underway. In its 13th year, Empty Bowls is dedicated to raising awareness about hungry Arkansans and raising the funds to do something about it. 

The event, chaired by Anton and Jillian Janik, takes place at Thursday, April 23, at Next Level Events in Little Rock. It all kicks off at 5:30 p.m. with emcee Tom Brannon from THV 11. Guests will be treated to an extensive menu featuring some of their favorite central Arkansas eateries, and then will browse the extensive art auction complete with paintings, drawings, pottery and more.

But this year, the night doesn’t end with Empty Bowls is over. Once the live auction ends at 7:30 p.m., that’s when the after party begins. (It’s called Full Glasses, because of course it is.) Food, drinks and live music will be a-plenty to keep the celebration going. 

Tickets are on sale now and available here. Your Empty Bowls ticket will automatically get you into Full Glasses, or you can buy tickets just for the after party. For more information on the Arkansas Foodbank and Empty Bowls, click here.

Interested in donating your artwork for the auction? Call Debra Wood at (501) 569-4329.

Shop Talk: 8 Events, 3 Days, 1 New Wardrobe



So you’ve been breaking your back, cleaning the house, working in your garden, yadda yadda. We think spring cleaning should include your closet, too. It’s time to start fresh. This season is all about new beginnings, right? Here are the can't-miss shopping events taking place this week. 


Box Turtle, 2616 Kavanaugh Blvd., Little Rock: This boutique gift shop is always surprising us with the independent and ethical lines they bring to the city and this time is no different. Stop in Thursday, April 2, to meet Courtney Frazier Jones, the local author behind “Things We Thought We Saw in the Water.” Hours: 5 - 8 p.m. Then pop back in on Friday to check out the G. Spinelli spring jewelry trunk show, get a special discount and meet some of the team. Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more info, click here.


B.Barnett, 8201 Cantrell Rd., Little Rock: Straight out of Montreal, the Iris Setlakwe clothing is a fresh take on fashion, focusing on how clothing actually fits a human body, as well as keeping the local workforce in mind. Check out the Iris Setlakwe trunk show April 1-3 at B.Barnet to get your hands on the luxe look. For more info, click here.


Barbara/Jean, 7811 Cantrell Road, Little Rock: Deep breath. There’s a lot happening at Barbara/Jean. Today, they’re hosting a spring break party (yes, really!) from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. complete with tax-free shopping, snacks and tiki drinks. The trunk shows break down like this: Pedro Garcia’s avant-garde fall shoe line is April 1; Blessings in Disguise globally spiritual jewelry line is April 1-2; Marie Saint Pierre’s timeless luxury line is April 1-2; and and Edward Bess Cosmetics event to boot. 


Belle & Blush, 17815 Chenal Parkway, Little Rock: This is for all you ladies too busy to make it anywhere during business hours. This cosmetics and gift shop offers the solace and simplicity of online shopping. They just opened up preorders for the obscenely popular Day Designer, a schedule maker’s bible. (And yes, preorders are necessary. We’re talking super high demand, people.) Click here to secure your Day Designer. Plus, you get free shipping when you spend $100 with the code B&B100.


Whew. Looks like we’ve got a busy few days ahead of us. Did we miss anything? Let us know!

Submit Your Designs for the Drain Smart Program by Friday

Image by Tim Hursley
On weekdays, the River Market bustles as downtown’s workforce grabs lunch in and around Ottenheimer Market Hall. Over the weekend, residents and tourists alike bustle about its shops, restaurants and museums.


Who wants to express their creativity, paint outside, raise awareness and compete for $500? Who doesn't?

Central Arkansas’s 2015 Drain Smart program has launched and is ready for action beginning in April. This program is designed to educate the public on protecting local water quality by selecting artists to paint murals on storm drains in three iconic Little Rock locations: War Memorial Corridor, South Main and the River Market/Downtown area.

The best part? You could be the one to do the decorating! Go wherever your creativity takes you, but make sure you incorporate the message “Drains to Fourche Creek” or “Drains to Arkansas River,” depending on the location of the drain, or you may include an appropriate water-preservation message.

But don’t get your paint brush ready quite yet; you must submit a sketch and application by April 3 to be selected. A total of 18 artists will paint their artwork in one of the three different locations and a $500 prize will be awarded to the artist in each location based on a public vote.  

Seal-Krete Clear Coat and acrylic paints in primary colors, black and white will provided for the selected artists.

To submit an application or get more information, visit the Drain Smart website.

Judge Buddy Villines' Work Turns Ideas Into Reality

Gallery by Karen E. Segrave


Riding bikes at Two Rivers Park is a favorite excursion for countless families visiting and living in Arkansas. There’s something about making it over the crest of that bridge and coasting down into the park with the river breeze caressing your face. It’s a gateway into another world. Cars, technology, and the cares of society are dropped like a cell phone call on a rural road.

Deer in the double digits feed and frolic in the occasional open fields along the trail. They pop their heads up from the grass momentarily as you tool by as if to say, “Oh, hey. Thanks for coming. Enjoy your visit. I’m gonna keep eating now.”

As you enjoy conversation or the therapeutic surroundings, meander through the community gardens, roll along the river or watch nature’s cast of characters, you’re sure to fall in love with the place. You’ll also probably feel a sense of gratitude that someone had the vision to make sure a place like Two Rivers exists for people to enjoy now and on into the future. Former Pulaski County Judge Buddy Villines was that someone who had the vision.

“When you make a decision, consider the impact of that decision today, but also seven generations to come,” Judge Buddy Villines paraphrases an old Iroquois Chief’s tribal council comments. “Great communities are places to live, work and play. Take that approach and think about places within that place – opportunities to experience – places where people just want to be,” he says. Those ideas are just part of what inspired Pulaski County Judge Buddy Villines throughout his multi-decade public service career. Now that he has retired (using the term loosely), he plans to continue his impactful work while also making a little more time for family fun and personal enrichment.

You can see Buddy’s handiwork just about wherever you go in Pulaski County, although he is quick to give hosts of other people credit for the positive improvements to the area. “It takes lots of people to make a difference. Without Barbara Richard, Sherman Smith and many others on staff who had the right attitude, none of this would have happened,” Buddy affirms.

Buddy’s campaign slogan throughout his entire career was, “Together, we CAN make a difference!” It’s also his mantra for life. “I want people to remember that about me and that there IS a way to get things accomplished that’s most successful,” he says.

“My father, grandfather and great grandfather were all Methodist preachers. I thought a lot about the idea of being called to service. Everyone is called in some way to serve,” he says. “Also when I was in sixth grade a teacher signed my yearbook, ‘Buddy Villines-You have a lot of potential,” shares Buddy. “My life is about service and doing things, not about the things that I’ve gotten. Over the years, people would talk to me about running for higher offices. I’ve not been part of local government for the office, but to do the things I thought needed to be done and then let the voters decide.”

His Road to the River Project and Beyond


While Buddy attended Hendrix College, he won several class elections and was later elected head of the Arkansas Student Government Association. It was during that time he met many state political leaders. He then served in Vietnam and went to law school. His first offices included Little Rock Zoning Officer and Deputy City Manager.

During the late 1970s, he met his wife Beverly at a church activity. They have two daughters, Meredith, 37, and Corey, 32. Meredith has a daughter, Hazel Rose, 4. Corey has a son, Carter, 18 months and is pregnant with her second son. Corey is married to Charles Brooks. “Parenting and living in the public eye can be difficult. You have to find a shield. It has also been very good for Meredith and Corey though. They are both very issue oriented and conscientious. No matter what I’ve done in my life, the greatest thing I’ve ever been a part of is the birthing of my children,” Buddy lovingly explains.

Buddy never liked negative campaigning. He says, “You can complain or you can try to do something.” That was inspiration for his all-time campaign slogan and his continued work in public service. His work progressed from Little Rock City Board Member to Vice Mayor to Mayor in 1989-90. He shares, “There were more issues that stretched beyond city limits to the region. I reached out as mayor to other mayors. Then I worked to resolve differences as County Judge. I represented all of the same people then. The sales tax to build Verizon Arena passed because of everyone working together.”

“Anytime there are new ideas…the more important an idea is, the more criticism it’ll receive. You have to stay focused on what you’re trying to do,” Buddy says. Buddy met with considerable opposition when it came to his ideas for the Big Dam Bridge and the Two Rivers Bridge and Park because the projects seemed too far-fetched and expensive. “People said we can’t do it and that we needed to cut our losses,” Buddy shares. “Leadership is sometimes like that. You have to just decide and do it.”

“The projects have had a remarkable impact. They have changed the culture of the community. All of the pieces impact the family. There are testimonials of people who have said the bridges have changed their lives. In an era of obesity, kids get interested in activity instead of video games. At any given time, you can see family groups and a real cultural mix. That’s why we have the “Family” sculpture by Kevin Kresse out there. It’s the story of what’s going on. A hundred years from now there’ll still be that scene – people teaching kids to ride bikes, people with pets, moms with strollers,” he explains.

He feels the work that has been accomplished in Pulaski County promotes the idea that “we can do things we didn’t think we could do. The next generation will say let’s see what WE can do now.”

When asked what his favorite work over the years was Buddy responds, “I can’t really say. I see a community like a mosaic. Every piece is important to the whole. We started great youth programs to provide a place for kids during the height of the gang wars. Water, sewer and community parks and improvements, the Two Rivers Bridge, the Junction Bridge, the Rock Island Bridge, the River Rails. All those things are important and became an integral part of the whole. We did it for people with families and it made sense for the community.”


Shocking Science: Tesla Coil Debuts at Museum of Discovery in July

Image by Dustin Nevill

A new feature is coming to the Museum of Discovery this summer and it is sure to shock and amaze. In fact, the tesla coil that will debut at the museum on July 4 can produce 250,000 volts of electricity!

Built by Goodchild Engineering in Arizona, the device will share the Guinness Record for the world's largest bi-polar tesla coil. The other record-holding device is housed at the Hands On Regional Museum in Tennessee.

The impressive coil creates high-voltage electricity that visitors can actually see--even more impressive, the coil at the Museum of Discovery will emit electrical discharges to a variety of songs. The tesla coil is named after the inventor Nikola Tesla, who developed the alternating current system of electricity that we use today.

The new Tesla Coil Theater in the museum's Discovery Hall will house the device, which will remain as a permanent attraction. Visitors can experience the theater show for an additional $2 fee. For more info, visit

Tuesday Shoesday: A Look At Some of Our Fave Footwear


Ladies, we’re not going to lie to you. We feel like this is a safe place to share, so here goes… We have an obsession with shoes.

Oh, who are we kidding? That was no secret. We LOVE shoes of all kinds. Pumps, flats, wedges, closet-toe, strappy, it really doesn’t matter. We’re already drooling just thinking about it. 

So it comes as no surprise that we have a soft spot for the “let’s-take-a-gorgeous-photo-of-the-bride’s-stunning-shoes” trend. We rounded up a few of our favorites so you can join us in this daydream. Be warned: Side effects include a dropped jaw, heart palpitations and a racing pulse.

Have mercy. 









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