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Update: Maggie Sottero 'White Weekend' Sales Now at Two AR Bridal Shops!

Image by Jason Masters

The “Esme” tulle ball gown by Maggie Sottero features a fully encrusted bodice of Swarovski crystals with a sweetheart neckline and inner corset; available at Danielle’s Bridal, Clarksville.

Earrings from Proposals, Little Rock.


Remember when we told you about the killer "White Weekend" sales happening at Danielle's Bridal in Clarksville?

We know some of you might have been a little bummed that the shop was out of your driving range, so we have even more good news!

The Bridal Cottage in North Little Rock is also in on the "White Weekend" fun! Brides who come in Nov. 13-15 will receive 10% off of any Maggie Sottero/Sottero and Midgley wedding gown.

Remember the gorgeous “Esme” tulle ball gown (pictured above) by Maggie Sottero featuring a fully encrusted bodice of Swarovski crystals with a sweetheart neckline and inner corset from our Spring/Summer 2014 issue?

THAT’s the kind of deliciousness you’ll find at this sale, so don’t miss it!

The Bridal Cottage is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. The shop is located at 3305 JFK Blvd. in North Little Rock. Call (501) 753-4138 to set up an appointment today!

The Rep and Loblolly Creamery to Host Naming Contest for 'Elf'-Inspired Ice Cream

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If smiling’s your favorite, then get ready, because we have incredible news!

To coincide with the Arkansas Repertory Theatre’s upcoming production of “Elf the Musical,” they’ve teamed up with Loblolly Creamery to create a specialty ice cream to serve at The Rep throughout the play’s run.

The even better news? You get to name it!

Starting today, Loblolly and The Rep are hosting a flavor-naming contest for the ice cream, which is a sweet cream with peppermint chunks and house-made marshmallows. (Be right back; we’re dying over here.)

All you have to do is submit a unique name on the survey page (NOT on Facebook) before Nov. 17. We repeat: Do not post your idea on Facebook or some Scrooge will definitely steal your idea.

The professionals will whittle down the submissions to five, post them on The Rep's Facebook page and then it’s up to the followers to vote for the best one. The winner gets two free tickets to “Elf,” a pint of the ice cream with the name on it and the most trump-worthy bragging rights known to mankind or elf-kind.

You can find this delicious treat at Loblolly Creamery and at The Rep until the end of the year.

We strategically left out any “Elf” flavor references in this article so you can’t steal our ideas. The race is on, and you are going down.

Winthrop Rockefeller Institute Releases 2015 Culinary Class Lineup

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Cue the drool.

The Winthrop Rockefeller Institute has released its 2015 culinary calendar. After the success of the 2014 program, the Institute mixed in some crowd favorite with some whole new experiences in next year’s lineup.

The Basic Training and Made From Scratch classes are back with a wide variety of demonstration-only workshops. Executive Chef Robert Hall (pictured above) will be spearheading the classes, and guests can expect everything from sourdough and Caribbean food to knife skills and chowder tips.

Both Made From Scratch classes and Basic Training classes will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesdays in 2015. Click here for a full schedule. 

The highest demand in 2014, however, was the Table for Two class, and for obvious reasons. The class offers an overnight mountain getaway in addition to a culinary date night. Guests will not only presents how to cook the night’s entrée, but also sharpen their culinary skills under Cheff Hall’s guidance.

Because every 2014 Table for Two class had a waiting list, it will be offered at least 21 times in 2015, each with a different meal. 


And just to get your tastebuds flowing, here’s the lineup for the 2015 Table for Two sessions:


January 16 -  Filet Mignon with Mushroom Wine Sauce

January 30 -  Pan Seared Scallops on Linguini 

Febrary 13 - Bacon Roasted Chicken Breast

March 6 - Honey Pecan Pork Cutlets

March 20 - Roasted Lobster Tails with Ginger Sauce

April 10 - Peper-Crusted Filet Mignon

June 12 - Chicken Parmesan

June 26 - Rosemary Shrimp Scampi Skewers

June 27 - Asiago Chicken

July 10 - Veal Marsala

August 21 - Chicken Picatta

August 29 - Blackened Chicken Pasta

September 11 - Chicken Cordon Bleu

September 18 - Lemon-Butter Crusted Orange Roughy

September 25 - Beef Filet Oscar

October 23 - Chicken Milanese

October 30 - Chipotle-Lime Grilled Shrimp

November 13 - Stuffed Pork Loin Chop

November 20 - Chicken and Asparagus Crepes


It’s almost unbearable, we know. 


For more information and to register for classes, click here. Slots are filling up fast, so don’t wait.

The New York Gallery Art Scene Descends Upon Little Rock

Image by Jiha Moon and Ryan-Lee Gallery, New York

The New York gallery scene returns to Little Rock this week! 

Are you looking to add a new piece of art to your exisiting collection? Maybe you're a novice hoping to begin one. Art lovers won't want to miss the 46th Collectors Show and Sale at the Arkansas Arts Center. 

This annual tradition offers varied selections of work from 25 New York galleries with pieces ranging from below $1,000 up to $100,000 (Hey, big spenders!). 

Arts Center members get the first look at this exclusive preview featuring more than 150 pieces of work Thursday, Nov. 13 at 6:30 p.m. Not a member and want to be one, click here. 

The sale will take place from Nov. 14 through Jan. 4. For more information, visit the Arkansas Arts Center's webpage here. 

The headline image is by Jiha Moon, American (Daegu, South Korea, born 1973), Land of HaHaHa, 2010, ink, acrylic and embroidery patches, with mixed media on Hanji paper, mounted on fabric and panel, 18 x 18 inches, courtesy of the artist and Ryan-Lee Gallery, New York.

Photo Album: Central Arkansas Angels Pageant

Gallery by Mauren Kennedy

The 2014 Central Arkansas Angels Pageant took place in June at Geyer Springs First Baptist Church in Little Rock. The pageant is free for boys and girls of all ages and all types of special needs, and provides free hair, makeup and dress apparel. Children can be escorted onto the stage by family members, or boys can be escorted by beauty queens and girls by members of the military. Once onstage, every child is celebrated, crowned and given a sash. For more information, visit




Inspiration for Your Military Wedding

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It’s Veterans Day and we’re spending the day giving as much love and support as we can to honor and thank all who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Earlier, we share with you 5 Military Couples That Will Melt Your Heart. Now we want to take a moment and address our readers who are in the throes of planning a military wedding. If you’re looking for ideas and inspiration, we’ve got you covered over on the Arkansas Bride Pinterest page. 

Check out the board below and tell us how you honored your vets on your special day!


Follow Arkansas Bride Magazine's board Military Weddings on Pinterest.

Fit Families Challenge: Achieving Goals and Celebrating Success


Editor's Note: It's the Nipper family's fourth week of the Fit Families Challenge from Special Olympics Arkansas! The family of four -- Luke, Christy, Miles (3 years) and Molly (9 months) -- is participating in the six-week program designed for individuals with special needs and their families. The Fit Families Challenge encourages physical activity and healthy eating for the whole family. Read more about the free program here, and check out more posts about the Nipper family's journey here.

As a cross country coach, there is nothing that gets me more excited than seeing a runner’s hard work, dedication, and sacrifice suddenly pay off. Seeing someone finally achieve a goal after they have worked so hard is really special. This past week, I was fortunate to be a part of that as my teams prepared for and ran in the State Cross Country Championships. Even better—my family got to experience it with me.


In a whirlwind week full of preparations, excitement and celebrations, my teams took time to look back on how far we had come and to remember all the hard work that had brought us to this point. In a society that promotes instant gratification, I know the qualities my team displays are rare and I am SO thankful that Miles and Molly get to see these concepts lived out in front of him on a daily basis. Even if they do not understand it fully, I know these lessons are being ingrained and adopted into their own lifestyles because I see that too.

Learning new skills often requires more work and practice for Miles. During therapy sessions we are often breaking down developmental goals into individual components that we practice until he is ready to combine those skills and reach the developmental goal. When Miles was learning to walk up and down stairs we first had to strengthen quads by having him repeatedly stand up from a kneeling position. Starting with both knees on the ground, he would then place one foot on the ground, transfer his weight to that foot and push to stand. At the same time, we focused on balance and practiced standing on one foot at a time while holding onto the couch and then independently. After weeks of this we moved to the stairs where we practiced going up and down with two-handed assistance from an adult, then using the handrail and one hand of an adult, then just the handrail.

Miles is fully capable of achieving any milestone but it requires hard work, dedication, and sacrifice. It means that he has less free play and more structured “play” time (most days). It means he has to practice these skills daily. There have been many times when Miles does have free time to play that we walk in and find him practicing skills that we are targeting in therapy sessions, because he is determined and wants to be successful. And when we meet one of our developmental goals after working so hard, there is a lot of cheering, normally some dancing, and big smiles all around. Although Miles often has to work harder to meet some milestones, it makes the celebration so much sweeter!

Miles has become accustomed to being the one that works hard, achieves success and gets to celebrate. This season he got to experience that from the perspective of a coach. He watched our team work hard, stay determined, and make numerous sacrifices over the past 5 months…and on Saturday we all got to celebrate!


Nine Months and Out: Getting Prepped for Toddlerhood

Gallery by Karen E. Segrave


9 Months

Baby should:

  • move sitting to lying
  • may pull to stand
  • crawl
  • repeat sounds (mamamamam,dadadada)

12 Months

Baby’s First: words, birthday

Baby should:

  • say mama, dada, ball
  • walk with assistance
  • crawl fast
  • stand alone

By 7 months old, babies’ brains are already working on speech and trying to figure out how to form words, according to recently published research from the University of Washington. In fact, when babies listen to adults talk, it stimulates areas of the brain that coordinate and plan motor movements for speech, according to the study. So, even though she probably won’t gurgle that first word until after 12 months, Mom and Dad’s exaggerated baby babble is helping her learn months in advance.

15 Months

Baby should:

  • feed self with fingers
  • say 10 or more words
  • stand and walk
  • bend and pick up a toy while standing


18 Months

Baby should:

  • walk well
  • be starting to run
  • speak 20-50 words
  • repeat sounds and gestures
  • feed self with spoon and cup
  • be working on using a fork

Developmental timeline compiled with help from Dr. Carrie Brown, a pediatrician at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. For more baby tips and topics, visit

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