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Bridal Beauty: Avoid these Wedding Makeup Don'ts

Image by Miles Witt Boyer

Cassie Orr applies makeup to bride Keri Warren. Photo by Miles Witt Boyer.

We asked Cassie Orr, the owner and makeup artist of SassyCass Makeup in Northwest Arkansas, to share some her bridal beauty "don'ts" with us to help you avoid any "what was she thinking" whispers on your wedding day. Here's our mini Q&A with Cassie: 

What shouldn’t a bride do as it relates to makeup on their wedding day? A bride should NEVER try to do a completely new look on their wedding day. For instance, I once had a bride who doesn't wear much makeup on a daily basis ask for smokey eyes for her wedding day. At her consult I suggested to her that this wouldn't be the look for her but I tried it out anyways and she hated it! We went with a more natural look that worked perfectly for her. Instead of trying something totally new, aim to enhance your regular routine.

  • If you don't usually wear eye shadow, on your wedding day make your eyes pop with a nude matte palette.
  • If you don't wear lipstick, go for sheer pink colors that will make your natural lip color flawless!
  • And if eyeliner is not in your daily routine, try to smudge a darker eyeshadow with an angle brush along your eyelash line instead of opting for a harsher liquid liner.

Is there such a thing as too much makeup on your wedding day? There is absolutely such a thing as too much makeup on your wedding day. Your future husband fell in love with you as you are. You don't want to walk down the isle and introduce him to a whole new you! Enhancing your daily makeup routine just a little is the way to go. You don't want to look at your wedding photos and not even recognize yourself. Stay honest to what you look like and don't try to do too much on the biggest day of your life!

For more bridal beauty tips, check out the new Little Rock Beauty Black Book or visit our list of beauty providers in Arkansas. 

Stay tuned for more tips from Cassie on the blog or ask her a bridal beauty question yourself by emailing, 

Stanley Jewelers Gemologist Celebrates 75th Birthday This Week

Image by C. Waynette Traub

Ladies' Bulova Accutron Diamond Watch • Stanley Jewelers

Stanley Jewelers Gemologists, 3422 John F. Kennedy Blvd., North Little Rock, is celebrating its 75th birthday with an estate collection sale, a trunk show, a watch day and a full-blown birthday party with cake and prizes. Come in any time to register for a chance to win a $2,500 gift certificate.

Stanley Jewelers Gemologist was founded in 1936 by Charles Stanley in downtown North Little Rock. In 1960, Stanley’s opened in its current location on historic Park Hill. Stanley’s was the first store in central Arkansas to earn membership in the American Gem Society.

Loyd Stanley became the first Certified Gemologist Appraiser in central Arkansas in 1985. Stanley’s currently has four Certified Gemologists on staff.

Opening the festivities will be a ribbon cutting at the store at 10 a.m. Tuesday (Nov. 8) by the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce. It will be followed by a special one-day-only estate collection sale.

Watch Day will be Thursday (Nov. 10) with a Bulova and Accutron trunk show and a collection of Rolex accessories including diamond dials, bezels and replacement bracelets.

Friday's birthday bash, happening from 5-8 p.m., will offer cake, door prizes, shopping opportunities and a chance to meet staff members and other Stanley's customers.

The store will be open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 12) through Christmas. A drawing will be held for the $2,500 gift certificate.

For more information call Laura Stanley at (501) 753-1081. To view photos of Stanley's early days click here. 

Enter to Win Tickets to Arkansas Symphony Orchestra's Beethoven & Blue Jeans Performance

Selections from West Side Story will be on the program of Beethoven & Blue Jeans by the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra.

Do you like your orchestral music on the casual side? If you win a pair of tickets from to the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra's Beethoven & Blue Jeans performances -- which include music from West Side Story -- at 8 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 12) or 3 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 13) at Robinson Center Music Hall (Broadway and Markham, Little Rock), you needn't dress up.

To enter, leave a comment expressing your interest in Comments below by 5 p.m. today (Nov. 7).

Winners will receive ticket vouchers by mail. They're good for either performance.

The concert's program includes:

  • Beethoven's Leonore Overture No.3, Op. 72b, a celebration of bravery and defiance based on the Reign of Terror that followed the French Revolution. 
  • Guest artist Daniel Bernard Roumain's Voodoo Violin Concerto No. 1, a loud, extroverted and funky expression of the contemporary composer's roots in Haiti.
  • Bernstein's Symphony Dances from the musical West Side Story including Prologue (the growing rivalry between teenage street gangs the Sharks and the Jets), Somewhere (a visionary dance sequence in which the two gangs are united in friendship), Scherzo (a dream where the gangs break through city walls into a world of space, air and sun), Mambo (competitive dance between the gangs), Cha-cha (star-crossed lovers see each other for the first time and dance together), Meeting Scene (the lovers speak), Cool Fugue (the Jets practice controlling their hostility), Rumble (climactic gang battle) and Finale (love music that recalls the vision of Somewhere).
  • Beethoven's Egmont, Op. 84 Overture, music to accompany the play Egmont by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

For more information call (501) 666-1761.

Ingredient Swaps Can Save Cooks A Mad Dash to the Supermarket

If a recipe calls for green onions and you don't have any, substitute chive, regular onions, shallots or pearl onions.

If you don't have a particular ingredient for a recipe -- or you don't want to buy it, or you run out while you're cooking -- here are some swaps you can make with ingredients at hand, according to the November issue of ShopSmart.

If the recipe calls for:

Allspice: You can also use a mix of equal parts ground cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg. Two out of three will do.

Bay leaf: You can also use thyme or rosemary.

Cayenne pepper: You can also use bottled hot sauce, ground red pepper red pepper flakes, dried chopped chiles or chili powder.

Cilantro: You can also use parsley and a little lemon juice.

Curry powder: You can also use a combination of cumin, coriander, red pepper, turmeric and ground ginger. 

Fresh ginger: You can also use powdered ginger with a dash of white pepper and lemon juice.

Fresh mint: You can also use creme de menthe in sweets and basil in savory dishes.

Paprika: You can also use turmeric with a dash of red pepper.

Oregano: You can also use dried basil, marjoram, rosemary or thyme.

Scallions or green onions: You can also use chives, regular onions, shallots or pearl onions.

Sesame seeds: You can also use finely chopped almonds.

For more practical cooking and shopping tips from ShopSmart click here. 


Five Ultra-Cool Car Safety Features

A car equipped with attention assist notices when your concentration appears to be wavering.

We've heard about cars with dual-stage airbags, rear-view cameras, tire pressure monitoring systems and adaptive headlights.

Here are five more high-tech safety features, courtesy of, that you might find useful on your next new car.

1. Attention assist/driver alert control. Mercedes-Benz’s Attention Assist works by creating a unique driver profile through behavioral observation. It then alerts the driver with alarms and lights on the console when it detects drowsy deviation from this profile.

 Volvo’s Driver Alert Control assesses whether the car is being driven in a consistent manner through the use of cameras, sensors and a control unit. If the car’s movements become erratic or the car starts going over road lane markings, the system sounds an alarm and displays a little picture of a coffee cup and the message “time for a break.”

2. Inflatable seat belts. Inflatable seat belts, introduced in the 2011 Ford Explorer, combine the best attributes of air bags and seat belts. They are designed with children and the elderly in mind as those are the people who often ride in the rear seats and are most vulnerable to head, neck and chest injuries.

3. Night vision. BMW offers Night Vision on most of its 5-, 6- and 7-Series models. This system can see in the dark through the use of infrared cameras and detects objects -- moving or sedentary -- up to almost 1,000 feet ahead of the car.

4. Lane departure warning systems. Once offered only on luxury models and now starting to enter the mainstream market, the system sounds an alarm when the vehicle gets close to or crosses over a lane marker.

5. Pedestrian detection with full auto brake. Through the use of cameras and radars, this Volvo system will sound an alarm -- in darkness or light -- if it senses something or someone in the vehicle’s path. If the driver fails to act in time, the system will automatically activate the full power of the brakes to help avoid a collision.

To see videos and read the full story on click here. 

Cold is Hot: Hit the Streets With These Super-Structured Boots

Image by C. Waynette Traub

Kayden, Diba • DSW

Stay warm while taking advantage of the best of fall/winter fashion with these stylish chilly-weather footwear and outerwear from Box Turtle, Dillard's, DSW, Scarlet, Vesta's and Warren's.

To see more images and read the full story in the November issue of Little Rock Soiree click here. 

Just Engaged: Amy Gillham of Little Rock & Curt Sutton of Kirby

Image by Rebecca Beck Photography

Amy Gillham of Little Rock and Curt Sutton of Kirby are engaged! The couple will tie the knot at a private ceremony in Belize, Central America in January 2012. Amy and Curt will continue the celebration of their nuptials with family and friends on January 14, 2012 at the Timber Lodge Ranch in Amity

Their engagement photos were taken by Rebecca Beck Photography.

Click here to see more great photos of Amy and Curt!

Safe travels and best wishes to the happy couple!!


Game Guide: Razorback Stadium's Top 10 Clash Earns Prime-Time Slot On ESPN

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Razorback Stadium hosts the second Top 10 matchup since 1979 when No. 7 Arkansas hosts No. 9 South Carolina on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. on ESPN.

South Carolina (7-1, 5-1) at Arkansas (7-1, 3-1)
: Reynolds Razorback Stadium - Fayetteville
: 6:15 p.m.
: ESPN on TV • ARSN radio affiliates (including KABZ-FM, 103.7 The Buzz in Little Rock) • ESPN3 online
: The Razorbacks return home to play in Fayetteville, where they are 3-0 this season, for their second on-campus game in 48 days that begins a run of three straight home games. • Saturday’s game marks the eighth time in school history and second time since 1979 two top 10 teams have met in Fayetteville. Last season, 10th-ranked Arkansas hosted No. 1 Alabama in Fayetteville. • The game against South Carolina will be the 90th homecoming game in school history. The Razorbacks are 53-32-4 (.618) in the previous 89 homecoming games.

Arkansas State (6-2, 4-0) at Florida Atlantic (0-7, 0-4)
Location: FAU Stadium - Boca Raton, Fla.
Kickoff: 3 p.m., CDT
Media: EAB Sports Radio Network affiliates (including KABF-FM, 88.3 in Little Rock and KFIN-FM, 107.9 in Jonesboro) and
Notes: The Red Wolves have matched their most victories ever as an FBS member and are undefeated through four Sun Belt Conference games for the first time in school history. • An Arkansas State victory would give the Red Wolves three consecutive road victories for the first time since 1986, their first road victory ever over Florida Atlantic and guarantee ASU a winning record for the first time since 1995 when it finished 6-5.

UCA (6-3, 5-1) at Northwestern State (5-3, 3-1)

: Turpin Stadium - Natchitoches, La.
: 3:05 p.m.
: Southland Conference TV including KARZ-TV, Channel 42 in central Arkansas and KPXJ-TV in Texarkana. • Radio broadcasts on KHLR-FM, 106.7 The Heartbeat, KUCA-FM, 91.3 The Bear and online at
: Both teams enter the game with winning streaks. UCA has won five straight since a loss at FBS Arkansas State on Sept. 24. The Bears were a perfect 5-0 in the month of October. Northwestern has won three in a row since a home loss to McNeese State on Oct. 1. • The overall series between the teams is tied 2-2, with all games played since UCA joined the Southland Conference in 2006. • The teams have split 1-1 in both Conway and Natchitoches. The Demons won the last meeting 24-10 in 2010 in Conway.

Alabama State (6-2, 6-1) at UAPB (4-4, 3-3)
Location: Golden Lion Stadium - Pine Bluff
Kickoff: 2:30 p.m.
Notes: UAPB's homecoming will feature a parade on Main Street in Pine Bluff beginning at 10 a.m. and pre-game activities at 12:30.

GREAT AMERICAN: With a perfect 5-0 record, Ouachita Baptist can claim the league’s first-ever football title this Saturday with a win over Southeastern Oklahoma State. Kickoff is at 2 p.m. in Durant, Okla. Arkansas Tech travels to Weatherford, Okla., this Saturday for a 2 p.m. contest against Southwestern Oklahoma State, the first meeting between the two squads since 1994. • Arkansas-Monticello travels to Southern Arkansas for a 2 p.m. kickoff. This game is the first meeting between the two squads at a home site since the 2008 season. • Harding, the league’s top scoring team by nearly 100 points, travels to East Central, the GAC’s third best scoring team, for a 2 p.m. start. • Henderson State concludes the non-conference portion of its 2011 schedule this Saturday at home against McKendree University, which is in transition from the NAIA ranks into the NCAA Division II as a member of the Great Lakes Valley Conference. It will be the first meeting between the two squads on the football gridiron. Kickoff is at 1 p.m.

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