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Following the Law, Doing Justice: Federal Judge Billy Roy Wilson

Gallery by Jason Masters

Bill Wilson’s belt with watch holder and the donkey’s bridle were all made by Billy Don Hogg; Hogg is out of Greenbrier and also designs saddles for George Strait.

U.S. District Judge Billy Roy Wilson has been known to buck sentencing guidelines to give counterfeiters more than the recommended prison term and non-violent young drug offenders less.

He calls his style following the law and doing justice, which is not always the same or easy to achieve. And he raises mules. To read all about him in the August issue of Little Rock Soiree click here.

A Rockin' Bow Tie Affair Coming Saturday to Argenta Community Theater

Argenta Community Theater will be the site of A Bow Tie Affair at 7 p.m. Saturday.

John M. A. DiPippa, dean and Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law, will be honored at Boys & Their Toys 2011 Presents: A Rockin’ Bow Tie Affair at 7 p.m. Saturday (Aug. 20) at Argenta Community Theater, 405 Main St., North Little Rock.

Dean DiPippa, survivors and other guests will wear the Foundation’s signature bow tie while dancing to the music of the B-Flats, a band of local doctors and other professionals. The Bow Tie Cause, an organization founded by Dhani Jones, NFL football player and host of the Travel Channel’s Dhani Tackles the Globe, will produce the signature bow ties.

Craig O’Neill of KTHV will emcee the event.

Tickets to the event, hosted by the Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation, are $100 per person and can be purchased by calling (501) 748-1249.  

For more information call (501) 748-1308.

Save Up to 70 Percent on Bridal Jewelry & More at Wilkerson's in August

Don't you want to know what 70 percent off of these gorgeous rings is?!

Wilkerson & Associates Jewelry in downtown Stuttgart is celebrating its 40th anniversary through August with a 70 percent off sale.

If you're searching for bridal jewelry to go with your gown, gifts for your bridesmaids, or simply want to bring in the boyfriend to pick out an engagement ring (tell him there's no better time than when there is a 70 percent-off sale!), head to Stuttgart and see what Wilkerson's got.

There will be great deals on watches, bracelets, rings, pendants, colored stones, pearls, diamonds and more. So think wedding gifts for each other, gift to ya'lls parents for paying for the wedding or just spoil yourself with a "I'm losing my mind planning this wedding" present. 

Choose from a select group of diamond studs, solitaires, and designer pieces that are 40 percent off. All Swarovski crystals are half off. And register for a chance to win a Seiko watch. 

For more information click here

Video: Behind the Scenes of Arkansas Bride's Red Haute Fashion Spread

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Watch this video of us shooting our Fall/Winter 2011 Arkansas Bride cover and Red Haute fashion spread.

Red velvet inspired this cover shoot for the fall/winter 2011 issue of Arkansas Bride.

We incorporated a vintage velvet chaise borrowed from Alda's Magnolia Hill, a custom-designed red velvet and fondant cake by Covered in Cake from Cabot (with precious red velvet ribbons and bow), red ruby jewelry from Sissy's Log Cabin, red flowers from About Vase and gorgeous gowns from bridal boutiques across Arkansas.

Thanks again to model La'Brea Rashad. Isn't she just gorgeous?!

Chipotle Is Open at Pleasant Ridge Town Center

Tacos are on the menu at Chipotle, now open at Pleasant Ridge Town Center.

Chipotle Mexican Grill, a chain of fast-casual restaurants that started in Denver, Colo. in 1993 and has a location on Dickson Street in Fayetteville, is open near the main entrance of Pleasant Ridge Town Center, 11525 Cantrell Road, Little Rock.

The open-kitchen restaurant, which has around 1,000 locations in the United States, Canada and England, specializes in tacos (with soft or crispy tacos), burritos, burrito bowls and salads with a choice of chicken, pork carnitas, chicken, beef or vegetarian (made with black beans and guacamole).

The price of the items is based on the type of meat chosen: Chicken ($5.95), steak ($6.35), pork carnitas ($6.35), shredded slow-cooked beef barbacoa ($6.35) and vegetarian ($5.95). Toppings include steamed rice with cilantro and lime juice, fajita veggies, pinto beans and black beans.

Additional toppings include four types of salsa (mild to hot), sour cream, grated cheese and chopped Romaine lettuce. Each ingredient is laid out in front of you so you can choose your favorite combination.

The company strives to use local produce including bell peppers, jalapenos, oregano, red onions and lettuce when possible.

Hours are 11 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. To view Chipotle's menu click here. To order online click here. 

Make the Summer Outdoors More Comfortable With Cloudburst Misting Fans

Cloudburst mist cooling can make the outdoors tolerable in the summer. 

Cloudburst high-pressure mist cooling is an effective and efficient way to keep cool outdoors during summertime birthday parties, family reunions, weddings, or other outdoor events.

Cloudburst misting fans will cool large tents or canopies without the higher cost of an installed cooling system. They're also effective at backyard gatherings and at sports sidelines during golf tournaments, football practices and more.

According to information from North Little Rock-based supplier BuzzOff of Arkansas, Cloudburst mist cooling forces tiny water droplets through a specially designed nozzle to create a fog. The droplets within the fog evaporate, causing the surrounding air to cool.

A Cloudburst system is in use on the patio at Denton's Trotline in Benton, and another will soon be up and running at YaYa's Euro Bistro in west Little Rock. 

The use of mist cooling can reduce temperatures by 10-30 degrees, even in humid climates, according to the BuzzOff website. 

For more information (consultations and estimates are free and the fans are in stock) call (501) 978-2899 or send an e-mail by clicking here




Does Your Four-legger Need a New Look? Come to Gina's Pet Salon in Hillcrest

Gina's Pet Salon is ready to spruce up your four-legged friend.

See that giant painting of a Scottish terrier in the window? That's Gina's Pet Salon, now open at 2017 Kavanaugh Blvd., Little Rock.

Owner Gina Drawbaugh, formerly with Cantrell Animal Clinic, says the salon provides all types of pet grooming including bathing, hot-weather haircuts, breed-specific cuts and pedicures. Prices start around $30 and the dog can be dropped off and fetched at the owner's convenience.

Day sitting is available for around $15-$20, which is helpful when your house is full of construction workers, carpet cleaners, or party guests. No overnight boarding, although Gina says she gets asked about it all the time. 

Hours are 7:30 a.m-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. For an appointment call (501) 280-0063. 



Katrina Davis Aims to Raise Scholarship Funds at AMDPA's Gala

Image by Jason Masters

Dr. Katrina Davis is wearing an Alex Evening dress from Dillard's with vintage inspired oval earrings from Proposals and a Nanni pearl necklace from Barbara/Jean.

Katrina Davis, an OB/GYN at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and her husband Dennis are co-chairing Blues in the Rock, this year’s Arkansas Medical, Dental and Pharmaceutical Association scholarship fundraising event, at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 24 at Clear Channel Metroplex, 10800 Colonel Glenn Road, Little Rock.

Since becoming an AMDPA member in 2002, Davis has observed the organization’s impact on medical, dental and pharmaceutical students. “I’ve watched them receive their financial scholarships and witnessed relief on their faces that at least some portion of their financial burden would be eased,” she said. “Throughout my life, countless people have helped me. Teachers, relatives and just good Samaritans helped me with financial and moral support. It’s my turn now.”

To read more about Davis' involvement with AMDPA in the August issue of Little Rock Soiree click here. 

For more information about the AMDPA event call (501) 686-7299 or visit

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