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Moveable Type

Last Thursday, me and my fill-in photographer (Aaron) went to Electric Heart Tattoos to meet Kyle Durrie, see her cool Type Truck and hang out with some cool folks for the Moveable Type event.

This is Kyle. We jumped right onto her truck-turned-studio and she showed me how to do a little letterpressin’.

And there you have it. I had something to take home that I will most definitely be framing for my gallery wall.

Big thanks to Christie and Caleb of Roll & Tumble Press and Electric Heart for hosting the event! And if you’re looking for local- or hand-made gifts for Christmas, both Christie and Kyle offer some great options in their Etsy shops.

Local gift roundup

In case you haven’t noticed, our little city is brimming with talent. I could go on for hours about the talented people I know and the amazing things they create. I won’t, but I could.

With this much creative talent in one town, why look to any place else for Christmas gifts? Below, a round up of some favorite locally made items that would make great gifts for everyone on your list.

A charming, quirky letterpress print from Roll & Tumble Press, $15-25, for the BFF who loves all things retro-cool.


One of Summer Daniel’s colorful dresses, $80-100, for your stylish little sister. Available at Box Turtle.


Cody Belew‘s Paradise album, $7, for your cool, music loving uncle. Available on iTunes.


One of Bryan Frazier’s personalized pet portraits for your boyfriend that keeps Fido’s picture in his wallet. Available at Box Turtle. Prices/sizes vary.


And for Fido, super stylin’ collars and leashes by Angel Court, $40. Also available at Box Turtle.


Matt Owen’s minimalist movie posters, $12, for your roommate (so you can enjoy them too).


A homemade pie, $25, courtesy of Avant Tarte for your sweet-toothed brother who can’t boil water.


An anthology of works by local writers from weatethebook publishing, $4, for your English major cousin.


My Brother’s Salsa for your foodie co-worker. Available at Shoppes on Woodlawn.


A photograph print by Evan Hallmark, for your dad who “just doesn’t get out West enough.” Prices starting at $35. Sizes vary. Email


Handmade and custom designed feather hairpins and assorted accessories from Rosey & Ev, starting at $7. Email jenniferashleyjones(at)gmail(dot)com or call 501.658.2620.


What are your favorite sources for locally made gifts?


Fashion Friday: Anthropologie VIP Opening

What do I love more than shopping at Anthropologie?

How about shopping at Anthropologie in the city where I live, with friends, while sipping wine and eating hors d’oeuvres from YaYa’s, and at the end of the night, knowing 10% of proceeds went to Heifer International? Well, I’m a lucky, lucky girl because that is exactly what I did last night.

Anthropologie Little Rock is officially open for business, y’all! Yes, the Promenade at Chenal is sort of ridiculously far away (unless you reside in Chenal, I suppose), but it is 100% totally absolutely worth the drive. I received a very nice invitation from the corporate office (someone from their PR office stumbled across this) to attend the VIP opening party last night, so accompanied by my friend Elizabeth and with camera in tow, I went to check it out.

Anthropologie, Little Rock edish

In all her glory

This little, uh, shack housed lots of adorable kitchen supplies (and a tiny hidden bird's nest in the wall).

Loved the carpeted deer head with branch antlers.

Mmm..loved the book vignettes. These were found throughout the store.

Tani and Valerie of Heifer International


It should be noted that my friend Mark, pictured above, is a very talented artist and part of the visual merchandising team at Anthro.

Elizabeth saw this jacket on my recent post and had to have it (ok, maybe I pressured her a little...)!

I wanted to just roll this entire cart home with me.

Yikes! This was moments before the nice sales lady awkwardly informed us that, um, they were preparing to close, so we should probably start a dressing room. Ha!

I kept my purchases at a minimum last night for two reasons:

1. I’m going to NYC this month, y’all!

2. Notice that beautiful ring on my middle finger? Yeah, I’d purchased that earlier in the day.

However, I couldn’t leave without this lovely lady that has now been added to my closet:

The Facile Camp Shirt which I can’t wait to pair with some black riding pants and brown over the knee riding boots. These in particular. Gush.


Anthropologie  |  The Promenade at Chenal  |  17725 Chenal Parkway

Summer Daniel at the Box Turtle Fashion Show

Oh Hillcrest. I miss you. Since moving to Quapaw, I pine for you frequently. I miss deciding to take a two hour walk on a whim. I miss being able to run to Kroger mid-cupcaking because I forgot food coloring. Just because I don’t live there anymore doesn’t mean I would fathom missing the annual Hillcrest Harvestfest, that glorious gathering of all that is good and right. And because Harvestfest fell on Oct. 2nd this year, I suppose we can call this my first ode to October in 2010!

Like each year before this, Harvestfest didn’t disappoint. Taco truck? Check. Beer stands? Check. Box Turtle Fashion Show? Double check. My friend Summer was showing her collection (available for purchase at Box Turtle, btw), so I was there, camera in hand, to document her sweet, multi-hued dresses coming down the runway.


Summer making her speech



Love this blue dress with the bow.

I love the belted dresses, which were shown in both blue and pink.

Great detailing on this dress. Loved the cut outs around the neck.

Summer with her models (image courtesy of Box Turtle)

All in all, I loved Summer’s collection! And not just cause she’s my friend (though it helps – LOVE YOU GIRL!), but because these dresses are feminine, flattering for anyone and totally, 100% wearable. A lot of them could be paired with opaques, boots and a turtleneck and worn straight through winter. If you’d like to purchase one, they are for sale at Box Turtle in Little Rock or by contacting Summer personally at


P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home

Last weekend,  I was invited to a garden and home tour of P. Allen Smith’s estate at Moss Mountain Farm. While most people who read this blog are from Arkansas, where P. Allen Smith is (nearly) a household name, those of you who are unaware of this “Martha Stewart of the South” should read this New York Times article, that even references the tour/dinner party I attended.

Anyway,  knowing what I know about P. Allen, I expected a beautiful old house and garden. I did not expect to walk into my dream house.  Seriously. Dream. House. I loved every bedroom, every bathroom, every detail. I loved the gardens, the barn, the table settings for the dinner party. I was taking photos for the magazine, so (thank god) I had my camera with me and was able to snap a few to share with you here.

Moss Mountain Farm exterior

This outdoor bedroom was a favorite of mine. The day I visited, it was about 105 degrees outside, but in Arkansas, it would be comfortable to sleep in this porch room from April through October.  And I probably would.

And no, I would not hesitate to take a bath in the copper tub in the porch room.

One of my favorite guest bedrooms. (Excuse the shoddy photography – I was trying to be stealthy.)

Loved the desk with vintage fan and TERRARIUMS! So presh.

This room was on the third floor and acts as a “dormitory” for Allen’s nieces and nephews. The other side of the stairwell contained four small children’s beds, but I particularly loved this room. It’s young without being theme-y and would transition well through teenage years into young adulthood.

Moving down to the basement, I loved the faux-tree limb bed frame and framed botany prints on the wall.

Dream kitchen! Oh the damage I could do…

Off the living room and kitchen on the first floor, another screened-in room included comfy sofas and an adorably blue outdoor dining table.

Allen’s studio off the main house.

An amazing set up for the dinner party. A huge tent outside the barn with hanging baskets, linen table clothes and watermelon and tomato centerpieces.

The four-course meal included tomato and watermelon gazpacho, heirloom tomatoes with buffalo mozzarella (so good!), farm-raised chicken and vegetables and a chocolate and peanut butter mousse for dessert. I’m honestly not a huge fan of tomatoes throughout the year, but an Arkansas home-grown tomato in the summertime can’t be beat. The tomato/mozzarella course was definitely a favorite, but the gazpacho was also amazing.

My only complaint about the entire evening (other than the sweltering heat) was that it once it got dark, the waitstaff had a difficult time seeing who had been served which course. This meant lots of confusion and waiting around while everyone around you ate. The entire meal took around four hours, which, in my personal opinion, is a long time to make small talk with the strangers sitting around you. It also meant lots and lots and LOTS of flies congregating on the pans of cornbread. But other than that, I had a fantastic time.

That would be me, P. and my co-worker Jillian. The event was a benefit for the Oxford American, so I really appreciated the invitation. Definitely a once in a lifetime opportunity (though an invitation for the fall would be greatly appreciated!).


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