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Mar
8

Riffraff Unveils New Bridal T-Shirt Line

Riffraff

Y'all (and your closets) are probably well acquainted with Riffraff, a clothing boutique based out of Fayetteville with arguably the best social media game in the biz. We teamed up with Riffraff and their sister company Friday + Saturday to reveal their newest bridal tee launch tailor-made for brides before, during and after the wedding bells. 

Kelsey Sugg, director of Friday + Saturday, chatted with us about what goes into making a new tee and what girls can expect with this new line (which you can shop here!).

AB: How did the idea come about to start a specific tee line for weddings/brides/bridesmaids?

KS: We realized that there was a huge demand for wedding apparel as well as tees that could be worn for bachelorette parties. It was definitely something that Kirsten and I wanted for ourselves and we knew that our customers were looking for something similar.

AB: We're guessing that the line will be part of the Friday + Saturday brand? Tell me a little about the distinction between Friday + Saturday and Riffraff and how the two are intertwined.

KS: Yes, the bridal collection is part of our Friday + Saturday brand, which is specifically a wholesale line that is carried by Riffraff and hundreds of other retailers across the nation. Riffraff is our sister store that sells Friday + Saturday as well as multiple other brands direct to the consumer.

AB: We know you (Kelsey) and Kirsten have both gotten married in the past year. (Congrats, by the way!!) Did planning those weddings spark any fun ideas for these tees?

KS: We actually planned the collection before both of us were engaged. Kirsten really loved the Getting Hitched tee and was so excited to wear it wedding dress shopping. After going on our honeymoons we both realized that there was a need for a tee that you could wear after the wedding was over. For this collection, we introduced the Married Vibes design with the idea that you can wear it on your honeymoon and long after the honeymoon is over.

AB: Friday + Saturday has so many cute tees… how does a t-shirt idea go from being just an idea to a buyable item?

KS: We start out our planning meetings by tossing around ideas and from there we try to narrow down what would actually look good on a tee. We then mock the designs on tees and play around with different colors and fonts. Lastly, we lay it all out as a collection to make sure it’s cohesive and from there it goes to print.

AB: Are the tees made in-house?

KS: Yes, all of our tees are designed in-house by a team of all women.

AB: Tell us about the newest line. What can girls expect?

KS: We are launching 6 tees, 2 koozies, and a hat. When designing around a theme, we knew we wanted to make something that everyone involved with the wedding day could wear. We designed tees that were specific to the bride as well as tees that her family, besties, or bridal party could wear. We are especially excited about the Married Vibes tee because it can be worn by a bride that is just married or one that has been married for 10 years.

To snag one of these adorable tees, head to ShopRiffraff.com! 

  • Friday x Saturday Riffraff bridal tee line
  • Friday x Saturday Riffraff bridal tee line
  • Friday x Saturday Riffraff bridal tee line
  • Friday x Saturday Riffraff bridal tee line
  • Friday x Saturday Riffraff bridal tee line
  • Friday x Saturday Riffraff bridal tee line
  • Friday x Saturday Riffraff bridal tee line
  • Friday x Saturday Riffraff bridal tee line
  • Friday x Saturday Riffraff bridal tee line
Feb
15

Everything You Need to Know About She Said Yes In The Heights

Jason Hudson Photography

She Said Yes In The Heights has been open for business since late 2017, but we finally got the chance to talk with store owners Lorrel and Myka Lyles about the newest addition to their business! The busy duo is excited about the future of She Said Yes and bridal fashion in Little Rock.  

Without further ado, here's all you need to know about the new She Said Yes In The Heights! 

Q: Tell me about the decision to open up a second location in Little Rock. What was that process like?

A: "We heard about the opportunity to purchase Proposals through a friend and we jumped with excitement! After several days of thought and prayer, we just knew we had to take the opportunity to come to central Arkansas. After our decision was made, the process happened rather quickly. God really opened all the doors for us and we could not be more blessed or thankful to have a second home in Little Rock."

Q: The Heights is such a great neighborhood for a bridal boutique... how have you liked the neighborhood so far?

A: "We LOVE The Heights! We are still new to the neighborhood and truly can’t wait to build relationships with not only our clients but with the other businesses in the area. Everyone is so kind and welcoming. In fact, SEVERAL local businesses sent us flowers and treats to welcome us!"

Jason Hudson Photography

Q: What are you looking forward to the most about this new location?

A: "We are most looking forward to meeting all of our future clients! We are passionate about helping our customers feel their best and finding their dream gown for their wedding or a formal event! We want to make it a fun and enjoyable process. We want to be there to hold their hand as much as they would like us to!"

Q: Will SSY In the Heights carry the same lines as SSY in Rogers? 

A: "She Said Yes Bridal In The Heights will carry some of the same lines of gowns as our Rogers location, although we will have one or two that will be unique to each location. We want our Little Rock boutique to have the same welcoming feel as our Rogers location but different enough to also be distinct from it."

Jason Hudson Photography

Q: What types of renovations have you all done inside the shop?

A: "Our goal for the renovations was to create a chic, welcoming experience! We have completely revamped the entire inside AND outside of the building - including new floors, paint, brand new displays with crown molding detail for the showroom, new windows, a beautiful double door PLUS we added a little splash of fun to the side of the building — oh, and did we mention the fabulous crystal chandeliers?!"

Yes, those crystal chandeliers are beautiful. Congrats again to Lorrel and Myka on their success and expansion of She Said Yes! For more information about She Said Yes In The Heights or to book an appointment, head to the boutique's website

Jason Hudson Photography

Feb
6

New Bridal Boutique Alert: Unveiled Bridal Collection

Meredith Melody Photography

It seems that almost overnight Unveiled Bridal Collection appeared on Cantrell in Little Rock. But bridal boutiques don't just happen. Owner Betsy Manning can attest to the hard work that went in behind-the-scenes to make this beautiful new bridal boutique a reality. 

Unveiled is an upscale bridal boutique and formal wear store located in the same shopping center as Barbara Jean. Manning says her overall inspiration for Unveiled was to bring the indescribable and amazing way every bride feels on her wedding day into the dress shopping experience. 

"It can not be described and is so hard to replicate, but that's our goal — to make every bride feel cherished from the moment she steps through the door," Manning says. "Our mission is to provide an amazing experience to all who walk through the door and unparalleled service from purchase to event day."

A Fashion Background

Manning is no stranger to the fashion apparel world. For the past 17 years, she's been involved in various aspects of fashion. Manning designed high-end ready-to-wear apparel for a Little Rock-based company named Normandy & Monroe. 

"We sold a beautiful collection featuring some Scalamandre fabrics to retailers like Neiman Marcus, Saks, and specialty retailers like B Barnett and Stanley Korshak," Manning says.

After that, she worked for Dillard's as a manager of their private label handbag division and eventually was Creative Director for all of Dillard's accessories, home and intimate apparel departments.

"God very graciously has allowed me a number of jobs that honed the skill set I would need to tackle this new fun opportunity," she says.

Meredith Melody Photography

The Unveiled Experience

After Manning saw that many brides were going out-of-state to look for wedding gowns, she knew there was an opening in the Arkansas market for high-end gowns. 

"Arkansas is the state of the Clinton's, Walton's, Dillard's, and Tyson's," she says. "From running the country to outfitting it, we have produced entrepreneurs with vision and spirit. In that same spirit, we saw the opportunity to offer the brides of Arkansas the best of the best!"

Manning chose Little Rock as the perfect locale for her new business because it's at the center of the state and it has the largest population of any city within the state. Manning also has family ties to Little Rock because she grew up here. 

The Unveiled experience rivals big-name bridal boutiques with outstanding service and a special attention to detail. 

"At Unveiled, our goal is to start that amazing feeling of your wedding day, from the moment you walk in the door," Manning says. "With an appointment, we have contacted the bride beforehand and asked her to share photos of gowns she loves or has looked at. We can then have those types of gowns pulled together from our stock, and call in gowns from our lines that fit what that bride is looking for."

Meredith Melody Photography

Unveiled also offers refreshments and treats for any appointment ranging from coffee and water to La Croix and champagne.

"We have just as much fun as our brides at any appointment," Manning says.

The Selection

Manning has curated a wide range of brands at price points ranging from $1,000-$10,000. She has chosen designer brands new to Arkansas, but also some of the designer's entry lines to meet the needs of a variety of brides. 

"We are privileged to have the amazing designs of Monique Lhuillier, Anne Barge, Marchesa, Liancarlo, Amsale, Lazaro, and Theia," she says. 

In addition to bridalwear, Unveiled will offer formalwear, bridesmaid gowns, mother-of-the-bride and mother-of-the-groom gowns, gala wear and shoes and accessories. 

The Space Itself

Meredith Melody Photography

The store is bright and airy, filled with gorgeous elements such as the paper flowers lining the wall behind the counter. Manning said she tapped into her experiences at amazing retail stores she's seen around the world when designing the interior of Unveiled. 

"From Paris to Hong Kong to New York to Istanbul there have been little things I have seen that made me feel that the owners were very specific with every single detail," she says. "That is the feeling that I wanted in our store, that we were intentional and thoughtful in all that we did. I also wanted to stay in a color scheme that complements a gown while still feeling lush and beautiful so we stayed with cremes and whites and blushes and champagnes."

Open for Business

Manning has stayed busy since the opening of Unveiled earlier this year and she's excited for what the future holds for the new bridal boutique. 

"I am the most excited about the women," she says. "So far every woman and bride that we have had the blessing to serve has been such a joy! Whether she is looking for the perfect occasion dress, Mother of the Wedding [dress], or her stunning gown for her wedding day, everyone has been so much fun and have made our jobs more fun than I truly could have imagined. I walk out of this door every evening with a smile on my face knowing that we have made a woman feel beautiful and excited and special, no matter what the occasion."

Meredith Melody Photography

For more information on Unveiled or to book an appointment, head to their website or call (501) 747-2561. For all things Unveiled, follow along on Instagram and Facebook

Jan
22

Styled Shoot: Au Naturel State

This wedding style is inspired by the romance of Italy and Arkansas’ rustic beauty.

Photography by B.Matthews Creative

B.Matthews Creative
Wedding style inspired by the romance of Italy and Arkansas’ rustic beauty

B.Matthews Creative
Wedding style inspired by the romance of Italy and Arkansas’ rustic beauty

B.Matthews Creative
Wedding style inspired by the romance of Italy and Arkansas’ rustic beauty

B.Matthews Creative
Wedding style inspired by the romance of Italy and Arkansas’ rustic beauty

B.Matthews Creative
Wedding style inspired by the romance of Italy and Arkansas’ rustic beauty

B.Matthews Creative
Wedding style inspired by the romance of Italy and Arkansas’ rustic beauty

B.Matthews Creative
Wedding style inspired by the romance of Italy and Arkansas’ rustic beauty

B.Matthews Creative
Wedding style inspired by the romance of Italy and Arkansas’ rustic beauty

B.Matthews Creative
Wedding style inspired by the romance of Italy and Arkansas’ rustic beauty

The Professionals

  Vision & Styling Jessika McCuin, JM Wedding Group, Conway
Floral Design Petal Chik Designs, Little Rock
  Photography B.Matthews Creative, Little Rock
  Venue The Ravington, Centerton
  Stationery Encre Studio, Etsy.com
  Tile Place Cards Birch & Quill, Etsy.com
  Candle Holders HobKnobin, Etsy.com
  Rentals Eventures Party Rental, Fayetteville
  Videography Brad Fugere Media, Benton
Wedding Gown Inverness Bridal Couture, Conway
  Bridesmaids Attire ASOS.com
  Groom's Attire JM Wedding Group, Conway
  Hair & Makeup Olivia Blair Yeager, Fayetteville
  Model Devynne Diaz (bride)
Max McFarlin (groom)
Taylor Friedman (bridesmaids)
Hanna Hasek (bridesmaids)
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