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Classic Trends We Love: Black & White

Meredith Melody Photography

Arshia Khan Photography

Stephen Thetford Photography

Danielle Davis Art/Photography

Carper Creative Photography


It’s no secret we’re in love with color. 

The right palette can make you swoon without a second glance. It sets the atmosphere and mood of an event, cheery or glam. It’s powerful stuff. Let’s be honest: Some of you even said “I do” to your hues before your said yes to your guy.

But today, we’re taking a look at a classic color combo that can’t be beat: black and white. Whether they stand alone or with an accent, they’re a stellar option no matter what.

Here are a few of our fave B&W details from the blog. Enjoy!


Photography by Meredith Melody PhotographyArshia Khan PhotographyStephen Thetford PhotographyDanielle Davis Art/Photography and Carper Creative Photography


'Tales from the South' is Back Tonight

Image by Tales from the South


"Tales from the South" is back, y’all. The Argenta Branch Library in North Little Rock will host the latest installation featuring Dr. Daniel Black tonight (Oct. 7) from 6-8 p.m.

Dr. Black, who is from Arkansas, received his a Ph.D. in African American Studies from Temple University and is a professor of African American Studies at Clark Atlanta University and Morehouse College. He’s authored many award-winning novels, the most notable being “Perfect Peace," which earned him the title of Author of the Year in 2011 by the GOG National Book Club Committee.

Dinner will be catered by Trio’s Restaurant with live music by the Salty Dogs and blues guitarist Mark Simpson.

Tickets are required for this event and seating is first come, first served. For the show alone, tickets are $10 and are $30 to add dinner. They’re almost gone, so don’t wait.

Get more information about “Tales from the South” here and purchase tickets here.

If you have any questions, call (501)-771-1995, ext. 105.


Seventh Annual Women's Business Luncheon to Feature Kristi Crum

Image by Jason Masters

Kristi Crum


We’re all about women making waves in their industries, in case you couldn’t tell from our June issue, and that’s why Kristi Crum, president of the South Central Region of Verizon Wireless and a 2014 Soirée Woman to Watch, will headline the seventh annual Women’s Business Luncheon on Oct. 16.

Crum is a native Arkansan and graduate of Hendrix College. With over 13 years of experience with Verizon and Alltel, she now is head of directing sales, operations marketing and financial performance for the South Central Region, which includes Arkansas, Oklahoma and parts of Tennessee and Mississippi. She was also responsible for the implementation of Verizon’s recycling program.

The event, hosted by the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce in partnership with PDC Construction and Little Rock Soirée,  will take place at the Chamber from noon to 1:30 p.m.Tickets are $30, or $25 for members.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit their website.

7 Ways to Make Apples Part of Your Big Day


It’s fall, y’all. You know what that means. No, not boots and pumpkin spice lattes. Apples! 

Delicious, nutritious and endlessly wonderful all year round, they only get better when autumn rolls around. In celebration of this enchanting time of year, we decided to round up some of our favorite ways to incorporate this A+ fruit into your nuptials. 

Check it out!

Apple Pie (duh)

From tiny pie pops to large and in jars, there’s a reason this treat is a staple. Including these on you dessert table means hundreds of variations and 100% of your guests leaving happy.




Orchard Engagements

The colors, the scenery, the relaxed and cozy atmosphere all blend together to make one daydream of a photoshoot.

Candy Apples

We’re seeing this more and more as a guest gift or just to munch. Love! Customize them with other sweets or stick with the no-fail classic




Escort Cards

If you’re worrying about dishing out money for an extra feature, but just can’t get escort cards off the brain, use apples. Attach them to the stem with twine for a rustic feel or pin the cards straight into the fruit for a fab quick fix.


Trust us, it’s not weird. Make apples part of your floral arrangements, stack them in a tall column vase or simply leave a couple of overflowing apple buckets around. Simple, stunning and out of the ordinary.



If you’re just not the floral type or you’re over the chalkboard craze, why not give apples a shot? They’re picturesque and timeless without feeling campy or stuffy. That’s a win-win.


So maybe none of these fit your theme, but you can’t ignore your apple fever any longer, ditch the realism and go for more of a nod to you favorite fruit. Decadent reds, cheery greens and elegant golds are all captivating hues no matter the motif.


Are you a red delicious kind of gal? Let us know! We want your ideas!


Photography by Drew Cason Photography, Jason Masters and BnBauman Photography

Fire Prevention Week: 2 Events for Families

Image by Dan Holm /

This week, Oct. 5-11, is National Fire Prevention Week, and there are several ways that families can (and should!) observe the holiday. First: Test the smoke alarms in your home! Most of us don't test our smoke alarms as often as we should, and this is the perfect time to begin testing your alarms monthly.

Second: Attend a free event hosted by your local fire department. Both North Little Rock and Little Rock's Fire Departments have fun family events scheduled this week.

North Little Rock Fire Department's Firefest at Kroger in North Little Rock: On Tuesday, Oct. 7, join the North Little Rock Fire Department at Kroger (2509 McCain Blvd.) for an up-close view of fire trucks and emergency vehicles! Kids can climb through the fire obstacle course, snack on free hot dogs and enjoy a puppet show. The Lions Organization will conduct free eye screenings. 5-8 p.m. Oct. 7. For info: (501) 340-5377, FREE!

Little Rock Fire Department Fire Safety Day at Clinton Presidential Center: On Saturday, Oct. 11, engage in fire safety demonstrations and activities for kids, courtesy of the Little Rock Fire Department. Families can also snack on free food and drinks, enjoy entertainment and take photos with a fire truck. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 11. For info: FREE!

Last, but not least, visit the National Fire Protection Association website for more information about what you can do to prevent a house fire, access educational activities for kids and more.

October Editor's Letter: Wanna Pet My Bird?

Like most parents, I love reminiscing funny things our children have said and done over the years. We’ve also always enjoyed the happy-go-lucky side of Halloween. We’re not fond of the spooky side of it yet. I’m sure that’ll come when they’re teenagers and want to go to haunted houses or scary movies. They’ll probably act cool around their friends and then need a nightlight for a month or continually check under their beds. I know I sure did after I saw the movie “Poltergeist” when I was a teen. Yikes!

On Madeline’s first Halloween, we dressed her up as a pumpkin, the perennial classic baby costume. I thought it would be fun to greet trick or treaters with her in tow to hand out the candy. All she wanted to do was try to eat the mini candy bars, wrapper and all. My apologies go out to anyone in 2000 that got Milky Ways in wet packaging.

The first time we took the kids to Boo at the Zoo, Matthew was three. He wanted to be a pirate, so I got a little crafty with a prepackaged Captain Feather Sword number. I jazzed it up a bit, complete with bird hot-glued and perched on his shoulder like an authentic seafaring lad. We were waiting in line next to a group of cute tween lasses admiring his costume. He flashed his preschool, pearly whites and said, “Wanna pet my bird?” Priceless!

Of course, the month of October is full of all kinds of great family fun opportunities before October 31. There’s so much to celebrate, see and do in our amazing community. Check out our expansive calendar section and guides to spooky spots and pumpkin patches. There are also worthwhile causes and activities with which to get involved like Bully Prevention Month events, safe hunting practices, Junior League fundraisers, and the Fatherhood Family initiative. Local OB/GYN Jenny Gregory and her family are featured this month too. She shares valuable information on mommy health and how she juggles career and family.

Lots of spooktacular and spectacular information is in store for you in this issue! Also, tune in to THV 11 every Monday throughout October. We’ll have special segments on bullying all month long. Remember, we’re always here for you to help make family memories that bring a smile to your face for years to come.

The Sprint Diaries: Apps on Tap

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Jess is participating in the Little Rock Half Marathon and is scared out of her mind. She's never done anything like this, but is chronicling the whole process, blisters and breakthroughs, right here on Little Rock Soirée. Start with the first installment here.


Ok, everybody. I have now officially broken the one month seal on my half-marathon training, so I feel like I definitely have the authority to make the following statement.

Running is hard.

I know. It’s like a fact fork in your outlet brain. So far, we’ve proved that I clearly need all the help I can get, whether that be from expert runners, the shoes on my feet or a half-Powerade-half-Sprite Zero slush. Don’t ask questions; just go get one.

Because it’s 2014, I figured it was also important for me to enlist the help of my robot super space computer, or iPhone for short. I perused through endless tech websites, all boasting that they had the list of apps I just had to have. 

I won’t pretend that I downloaded them all and tried them out first because that $1.99 price tag cuts into my slush fund. However, I can tell you the apps I use to get me going and what I like about them.

Runtastic: This has been my go-to app. It covers all the basics like distance, time, calorie counting, average pace and GPS without any of the annoying junk. My body is already wigging out enough as it is; I don’t any flashing lights or sirens, unless they’re coming to scrape me up off the road and take me to El Porton. 

You can also connect Runtastic to social media to share your stats for a little added accountability. There’s even an option to choose a “powersong” from your iTunes library for an extra boost when you need it. Sometimes all it takes is the first few bars of the Mortal Kombat Theme to get you through the dark times.

The Nike Running app is very similar and, like Runtastic, offers more cool stuff when you upgrade to the pro version. However, after a glitch caused it to not actually track my run a couple times, I moved on to greener motherboards.

Sworkit: Their tagline should be “A fitness app for people who have too much to do but can’t stop over-committing.” Call me, Sworkers.

This app is basically a mobile library of exercises you can do using only your body weight, no equipment needed. Choose your time duration and style of exercise (cardio, yoga, strength, etc.) and the app will guide you through each timed step. 

Sometimes stuff happens and you absolutely can’t make it out to run. This is a great option for squeezing in some cardio instead, or even for full yoga sequences on off-days.

Podcasts: Now I’m a music lover, but it takes a whole lot to distract my brain from the strife of what the rest of me is going through while running. If you can just select a Sleigh Bells station on Spotify and go, more power to you. I need podcasts. I need to think and laugh and engage to forget. If you’re looking for suggestions, The Relevant Podcast and Radiolab are both great ones to check out. Bonus: Most podcasts are free.

As you can see, I keep my app purchases pretty basic, and I like it that way. I would love to know what apps you guys are loving, so send them my way.

Until then, I’ll leave you with a treat I came across during my research. It’s called Zombie Run. It tracks your run while also narrating a horror story, complete with gruesome sound effects. If you move too slowly, zombies eat you. This is a solid option for those of you for whom the only reason you would possibly be caught dead running would be to avoid getting caught by running from the undead.

Downside: I would die so fast. Upside: Judging by my post-run state, I would make a pretty stellar zombie.

PHOTOS: Food Truck Festival Highlights

Gallery by Mark Wagner

Hello fall! Here are a few highlights from the Main Street Food Truck Festival, just one of the happenings around Little Rock this past weekend. We miss it already and we're already looking forward to next year!






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