Sunny days ahead have us daydreaming of a trip to the tropics
Lost + Wonder citrus -print dress and Yochi disc earrings. Tulips, Little Rock, (501) 614-7343, instagram.com/tulipsinlittlerock…
A retro color palette combines with classic silhouettes and bold embellishments to give fall’s newest styles an old-school appeal
Blakeman’s Fine Jewelry | Gumuchian “Nutmeg” three-row earrings and five-row ring in yellow gold with diamonds, Plevé mosaic bib necklace in yellow gold set with 2.00 carats of fancy-shaped diamonds Blakeman’s Fine Jewelry, Rogers, (479) 845-0088, blakemansfinejewelry.com (Clothing shown here provided by Tulips)
Grand On Oak | Alberto Makali laser-cut suede cardigan and Lola and Sophie silk tank with JamesJeans “High Class Skinny” jean, G. Spinelli freshwater pearl necklace, G. Spinelli cameo necklace, and G. Spinelli cherry blossom bead bracelets with Lucchese “Shortie Mosaic” cowboy boot Grand on Oak, Conway, (501) 499-6436, grandonoak.com
Tulips | Paul & Joe Sister collared crochet dress, Zenzii cocktail ring, and felt hat Tulips, Little Rock, (501) 614-7343, tulipsarkansas.com
Companions | Quinn leather and knit jacket over a Quinn blush blouse paired with Henry & Belle jeans, gold agate necklace, stone bead wrap necklace, Dolce Vita “Arlynn” bootie in Brandy Leather, and Monserat De Lucca silver clutch Companions, Little Rock, (501) 868-8484, companionsclothier.com
Bauman’s | Plaid shirt, sweater, wool hat and paisley tie, all by Luciano Barbera, shown with a Doriani cashmere jacket, and Peter Millar brown twill cotton pant and suede boot Baumans, Little Rock, (501) 227-8797, baumans.com
Accessory Gallery | Tribal Jeans cable-knit sweater with chain detail, Lyssé ankle leggings, Aratta silk print shirt, Charleston Shoe Co. bootie, and Zenzii pewter bracelets Accessory Gallery, Hot Springs, (501) 321-9168
Beyond Cotton | Miraclebody by Miraclesuit blue jeans paired with a Cynthia Ashby linen blazer, B. Aston bead necklace, bracelets, and multi-bead necklace with agate detail Beyond Cotton, Little Rock, (501) 221-9195, beyondcotton.com
Beige | Oskar the Label fleece vest, Rachel Zoe turtleneck and Rachel Comey laminated tweed skirt with a Paige Novick “Miranda” tassel necklace, Charmed Circle leather link bracelet, Jerome Dreyfuss felt handbag, and Emerson Fry “Sterling” mule BEIGE, Little Rock, (501) 904-2994, beigelr.com
Bell & Sward | True Grit indigo check shirt with a Peter Millar quilted vest, Citizens of Humanity Man “Atticus” jeans, Johnston & Murphy brown leather belt and Trask “Brady” boot Bell & Sward, Conway, (501) 504-6880, bellandsward.com
Blakeman’s Fine Jewelry | Milano gold necklace, bracelet, and ring in yellow gold with pavé set diamonds paired with Roberto Coin link earrings Blakeman’s Fine Jewelry, Rogers, (479) 845-0088, blakemansfinejewelry.com (Clothing shown here provided by BEIGE)
J. Duke & Company | Vince chambray shirt and Empire wool coat with a Tallia knit scarf, AG “The Graduate” pant, and Martin Dingman leather belt J. Duke & Company, Little Rock, (501) 219-2040, jdukeandco.com
Haus Werk | Origami crochet long vest with fringe and CP Shades chambray shirt, Big Star corduroy pants, Bed|Stü “Craven” boots, leather wrap bracelet, pendant necklace, and leather and opal necklace Haus Werk, Little Rock, (501) 663-5251, shophauswerk.com
FALL FASHION MUST-HAVES
Spartina 449 “Ellis” square phone wallet Full Moon, Little Rock, (501) 663-4367, thefullmoonlittlerock.com
Steven Alan sunglasses BEIGE, Little Rock, (501) 904-2994, beigelr.com
Zenzii gold geometric bracelet Accessory Gallery, Hot Springs, (501) 321-9168
Shot on location at Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center, ferncliff.org
Conway is filled with merriment during the month of May. From college and high school graduation celebrations to the highly anticipated Toad Suck Daze festival, there are plenty of reasons to visit this centrally located jewel. Whether you’re in town for a day or call the city home, read on for a few of our favorite stops.
To start the day, head for Oak Street and the historic downtown Conway area. Make Bell & Sward (501-504-6880, bellandsward.com), the well-stocked gentlemen’s clothier, your first stop. Here, you’ll find the latest in menswear, from casual dress to fine suits. Owners Zanette Bell and Erik Sward have filled the shop with high-quality lines including Southern Point Co., Peter Millar, Criquet, Collared Greens ties, and Ballin leather goods. In addition, they are now carrying the newly revitalized Duck Head line, which is made in the U.S.A. You’ll love the interior of the store which has exposed brick and mortar, hardwood flooring, and leather furniture—giving it a natural, masculine feel that perfectly complements the store’s selections.
After outfitting the men in your life, walk a couple of doors down to White Goat (501-504-6643, whitegoatstyle.com). This open and airy home boutique, which also has a location in Little Rock, offers a wide selection of furniture, custom artwork, and one-of-a-kind “found” accessories. Choose your favorite Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan to try on pieces at home, or attend one of the in-store classes to learn the techniques from the trained staff. White Goat also offers bridal registry featuring Juliska tableware. If you’re in need of a quick gift idea, shop their selection of candles, bath soaps, and design books.
Continuing down charming Oak Street, you’ll find Grand on Oak (501-499-6436, grandonoak.com). Just beyond the cheerful yellow-and-white striped awning is one of the area’s most unique boutiques. Offering everything from clothing, handbags, and sunglasses to fragrances and candles, Grand on Oak strives to make every shopper feel special, while helping her look her best. You’ll find such sought-after lines as Frye, Lola & Sophie, Johnny Was, Muche & Muchette, Michael Stars, and—a new addition—the Bare Minerals makeup line.
If you call Conway home—or are looking to move to the area—we know just the place to find stylish, affordable, and quality furnishings: H3 Home + Décor (501-327-6523, h3homedecor.com). Formerly Hambuchen Home Furnishings, this family-owned and operated business has been a part of Conway for three generations. Their recently renovated showroom features lines such as La-Z-Boy, Flexsteel, Hickory, Stanley, and Bernhardt. You’ll find contemporary and traditional pieces as well as a great selection of accessories for every room. Don’t miss the O.W. Lee Co. line of made-in-America outdoor furniture, which offers custom finish and upholstery options.
If you’re considering a renovation or working on a new-construction home, design help is just a phone call away. Contact Tami Risinger of Risinger Interiors (501-454-2575) for a full-service consultation. Known for her clean, transitional style, she can use her knowledge of both residential and commercial interiors to transform your home or office space. Based in Conway, she consults with clients throughout the region and is sure to give your space a look every bit as charming and personable as she is.
Home to “The World Championship Toad Races,” this family friendly festival, which is held annually during the first weekend of May, isn’t just for frogs. You’ll find arts-and-crafts and food vendors as well as a 5K and 10K, a golf tournament, local and nationally known entertainment and a carnival. Free admission. toadsuck.org
Step into the season with subtle yet sublime retro inspiration for your wardrobe
BEYOND COTTON Flowers have real power in an updated, tie-front pantsuit by Isabel, shown with a B. Aston vintage necklace, bangle, and earrings, and an Asian Eye black fedora. Beyond Cotton, Little Rock, (501) 221-9195
ACCESSORY GALLERY The updated sheath dress by Joseph Ribkoff shifts into graphic focus in black and white knit with yellow accents. Chain necklace, silver hoops, and geometric bracelet by Zenzii. Shoes by Charleston Shoe Company. Accessory Gallery, Hot Springs, (501) 321-9168
J DUKE & CO. Feel the blues in a gingham Thomas Dean shirt paired with a bold striped J.Z. Richards tie, 1883 Coppley windowpane-plaid lightweight wool sport coat, and gray Alberto slim-cut trousers. The look is accessorized with a Bill Lanvin belt and Cole Haan leather loafers. J. Duke & Co., Little Rock, (501) 219-2040, jdukeandco.com
BAUMAN’S Lighten up for spring in Zanone’s ice cotton knit polo teamed with Boglioli’s updated soft jacket and DiMaestro navy cotton chinos. The look is accessorized with suede slip-on loafers by Ermenegildo Zegna and a Martin Dingman belt. Bauman’s, Little Rock, (501) 227-8797, baumans.com
BARBARA JEAN Ltd. A Valentino military- inspired butterfly embroidered jacket salutes spring. It’s paired with Mother flared jeans, Valentino rock-studded sandals, and a coordinating fringed hobo handbag. Tom Ford sunglasses and L. George chain earrings. Barbara Jean Ltd., Little Rock, (501) 227-0054, barbarajean.com
HAUS WERK A floral, boho tunic by 3J Workshop by Johnny Was tops off Big Star Vintage cuffed jeans accessorized with a Bed|Stü cross-body, fringed handbag and platforms, Lulu and Me leather band bracelet, and Natural Life crocheted headscarf. A tapestry print ottoman pouf is the perfect accessory for the home. Haus Werk, Little Rock, (501) 663-5251, shophauswerk.com
BELL & SWARD Color pops in a “Tolowa” red perfect henley by Mizzen+Main layered over DL 1961 washed jeans. The look is accessorized with a Mountain Khakis messenger bag. Bell & Sward, Conway, (501) 504-6880, bellandsward.com
For the inaugural edition of our new “Discover” feature, the At Home team traveled just thirty minutes from our office to Conway. Filled with a mix of modern boutiques, quaint antique and home décor shops, and delightful eateries, this city has something for everyone. Follow along to experience it as the natives do.
EATS & SWEETS While they may be known for their “scratch-made” cheese dip, we suggest breakfast at Stoby’s. This cozy Conway staple is a favorite of local college kids and families alike. Try the thick, warm biscuits, colossal cinnamon rolls or pink strawberry pancakes topped with a generous dollop of whipped cream. By your second cup of coffee, you’ll feel right at home.
While you’re in the neighborhood, walk across the back parking lot to PattiCakes Bakery where the sugary scents of coconut meringue pie, red velvet cupcakes, and cake pops are enough to tempt any sweet tooth. The bakery devotes itself to serving desserts reminiscent of a childhood trip to grandma’s house. Patti herself will hand you a cupcake catered to your tastes (peanut butter chocolate, perhaps?) in a tiny Chinese takeout box. Never mind that it’s only 10 a.m., you can always save it for an afternoon snack.
When you’re ready for lunch, drive to historic downtown Conway to sample the fare at Cross Creek Sandwich Shop. Attached to Jennifer’s Antiques, this down-to-earth eatery offers fresh choices in a vintage setting. Try their Cross Creek chicken salad or turkey bacon wrap, and be sure to save room for a heaping piece of strawberry pie. Pop in Jennifer’s after you eat to hunt for treasures of your own.
Finally, if you’re looking for a divine dinner spot, dine at Mike’s Place on Front Street where you’ll experience a taste of the Deep South. We suggest the seafood crepes or New York strip.
LOCAL FINDS Wander down Oak Street, a charming strip of boutiques, antique shops, and home décor stores. Grand on Oak (501-499-6436; grandonoak.com) beckons with its welcoming yellow-and-white striped awning. Owner Sena Lovette-Crafton will show you the entirety of the boutique and gift shop (it’s huge!), filled with colorful spring dresses, chic cowboy boots, fragrances, handbags, and more. Go ahead—buy those trend-setting sunglasses for your next beach vacation.
Men and women alike will appreciate the style and sophistication at Bell & Sward (501-504-6880; bellandsward.com), a gentlemen’s clothier with such class it’s hard to resist purchasing a Collared Greens bow tie. The rustic setting creates a rugged and inviting shopping experience with exposed brick walls, wood, skulls, paintings of hunting dogs, and a chalkboard sign that hangs mid-store. On the day we visited, we also found a perfectly neat rack of button-down shirts in any spring color you could imagine as well as state baseball hats and cute argyle Happy Socks.
If you’re in the market for home décor, you’ve hit the jackpot. Head across Oak Street to Park Hill Home (501-358-3537; parkhillcollection.com), a collection of rural-inspired European and American antiques, where the scent of lavender and sense of nostalgia for a simpler time greet you when the door opens. You’ll find old watering cans, wheelbarrows, books, lamps, their exclusive line of scented candles, and much more to incorporate a warm, cherished feel into your home.
Last, but not least, don’t miss Hambuchen Home Furnishings (501-327-6523; hambuchens.com) on Second Street. They’ll have that new Howard Miller love seat, Broyhill armoire or Thomasville lamp you’ve been eyeing, along with bookcases, mirrors, barstools and more accessories to match. If you need to upgrade your appliances, they can also help with that. There’s something for everyone in this state-of-the-art showroom.
MAKE IT HOME If you’re tempted to make Conway your home, stop by The Charlotte John Company (501-664-5646; charlottejohn.com), a full-service residential real estate company across Arkansas. They cover any neighborhood in Little Rock as well as the surrounding areas, including a variety of stunning properties throughout Conway. Stop by their office downtown for a consultation with their experts.
If you do decide to call Conway home, the first person you should visit is Tami Risinger. Pay a visit to her marvelous new all-white home, which also serves as the office of Risinger Interiors (501-454-2575). Step inside, and her two dogs, Abby and Stolee, will greet you with toys and kisses. The home echoes Risinger’s style: clean, classic and timeless. Sound like your taste? She might just be the designer for you.
If you decide to build a dream home or tackle a remodel, head down to Arkansas Rock Designs (501-679-0769; arkansasrockdesigns.com) for man-made stone to shape the exterior walls or fireplace you’ve always wanted. A blend of natural aggregate, Portland cement, and color pigments create the real stone resemblance. Whether you prefer an elegant or rugged look, the shop offers a variety of molds and colors to fit your style.
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