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Apr
11

Save the Date for The Bridal Cottage's Love Is Sweet Event

The Bridal Cottage and The Vintage Kitchen are teaming up to present Love Is Sweet, an event full of macarons and pretty wedding dresses on Saturday, April 13.

The Vintage Kitchen is a home-based bakery located in Maumelle that specializes in making amazing gourmet French macarons. Owner Ashley will be at The Bridal Cottage on Saturday handing out yummy samples for you to try.

During the event, brides have a chance to enter in a drawing for a 6-tier macaron tower. And, if you book a macaron favor or macaron tower on Saturday, you get 20% off your order! 

"We love to help showcase local wedding vendors to our brides and this is a fun way to do it," says Lindy Lanford, owner of The Bridal Cottage. "We are trying to bring more awareness to the wonderful local businesses around us. Plus who wouldn't want to have a delicious macaron while looking at pretty dresses?"

No appointment necessary, brides can pop into The Bridal Cottage from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday. For more info, head to the Facebook event page.

 
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Apr
10

SPONSORED: How to Plan the Perfect Bachelorette & Bachelor Party in Fayetteville

Experience Fayetteville

We get it. A rowdy weekend in Vegas or an expensive trip to Mexico isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. That’s why we’ve come up with this handy guide to help you plan the perfect bachelorette and bachelor weekend in Fayetteville. The northwest corner of Arkansas is home to all kinds of hidden gems, so if you want a weekend of fun with your pals before the big day, Fayetteville is the place to be.

 

Stay

Before you do anything else, book your stay at one of these incredibly unique hotels to start your bachelorette party off right.

The Chancellor Hotel

Vibe: Sophisticated, modern and chic

Why you should book now: You can rent space for events and enjoy the bed-and-breakfast package which can include breakfast in bed. On a nice day, you and your besties can take a dip in the hotel’s indoor/outdoor pool.

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The Inn at Carnall Hall

Vibe: Upscale, charming and nostalgic

Why you should book now: The location puts you on the edge of the University of Arkansas campus, so you can enjoy the beautiful views and are within walking distance to Dickson Street. Plus, Ella’s Table downstairs serves a delicious brunch.

Dickson Street Inn

Vibe: Historic, comfortable and welcoming

Why you should book now: The Dickson Street Inn is in a great location that puts you in the heart of Dickson Street. Guests also get access to road bikes and the inn’s private grotto.

 

Dine

Now that you’re all set with a place to crash, let’s take a look at the best brunch, lunch and dinner spots in town.

Breakfast/Brunch

Prelude Breakfast Bar

Vibe: Relaxed, hip and comfortable

Why you should eat here: Two words: Pancake flight. But in all seriousness, Prelude is a breakfast staple in Fayetteville known for their delicious spin on breakfast staples like their This Is Sin pancakes made with bacon, caramel and cinnamon butter.

Arsaga’s at the Depot

Vibe: Free-spirited, eclectic and intimate

Why you should eat here: In Fayetteville, Arsaga’s at the Depot is synonymous with crepes. Whether you’re into sweet chocolate hazelnut-filled crepes or more of the savory variety, the Depot is the perfect spot. And there’s no need to stop for coffee before brunch. Arsaga’s roasts their own beans and offers creative coffee concoctions as well as lattes or cold brew.

Lunch

Hammontree’s Grilled Cheese

Vibe: Unique, casual and fun

Why you should eat here: Hammontree’s is where it’s at for an adult take on the classic grilled cheese sandwich. Oh, and get a side of the bacon gouda fries. You’ll thank us later.

Farmer’s Table Cafe

Vibe: Farm-to-table, local and cozy

Why you should eat here: For a true taste of the local food scene, look no further than the Farmer’s Table. This quaint little cafe serves everything from farm-to-fork dishes from fresh salads to burgers.

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Dinner

Hugo's

Vibe: Funky, historic and laidback

Why you should eat here: This basement restaurant off the Fayetteville square is a longtime favorite among the locals. Known for their delicious burgers and laidback atmosphere, it’s a perfect place to grab a bite before hitting the town.

Bordinos

Vibe: Upscale, modern and sleek

Why you should eat here: If you’re craving a yummy pile of pasta or small plates to share, Bordinos is just the ticket. Their extensive wine list and cocktails make it an ideal place to start your evening on Dickson.

Theo's

Vibe: Timeless, comfortable and nostalgic

Why you should eat here: You get all the fun of American contemporary dining in an elegant yet comfortable restaurant right on Dickson Street.

Ella's Table inside the Inn at Carnall Hall

Vibe: Cozy, upscale, farm-to-table fare

Why you should eat here: Ella's recently had a major renovation and the new space is perfect for a weekend dinner. While you wait for your table, you can pop over to the new Lambeth Lounge for a signature cocktail.

 

Explore

When it comes to activities, Fayetteville is full of unique opportunities to truly experience the city. Here are some of our favorite ways to explore Fay.

Morning

Farmers' Market — The Fayetteville Farmers’ Market is the place to be on any given Saturday from April to November. The market is bustling with fresh flowers, artisan crafts and fresh produce. Even if you're not looking to cook on your bach trip, the farmers market is a fun opportunity to explore the historic Fayetteville Square.

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Grab a Cup of Coffee — Slow down and chat with your besties while enjoying a cup of joe at Onyx Coffee Lab, Mama Carmen’s Espresso Cafe or Puritan Coffee & Beer.

Bike the Razorback Greenway — Don’t worry about bringing your bikes along with you. Fayetteville has a bike share program called Veo that lets you rent bikes through the company’s app. The Razorback Greenway winds from Lake Fayetteville Park all the way to downtown Fayetteville, with plenty of sights to see along the way.

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Unwind with Yoga — If you need a moment to relax and breathe deeply, book a yoga class for you and your crew at Zen Studio or Be One Yoga.

Afternoon

Escape Room — Put your skills to the test at one of Fayetteville’s escape rooms. Let your imagination run wild at Ozark Escape where you can choose between scenarios like being a spy or escaping from whatever goes bump in the night.

Brewery Tasting — Take a trip to the tasting room at Fossil Cove Brewing Company. Or better yet, make a day of it and travel to a few of the 15 stops on the Fayetteville Ale Trail. (Just make sure to take an Uber!)

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Decorate Cakes at Rick’s Bakery — The bakery offers decorating classes, and there’s absolutely nothing stopping you from picking up a few treats while you’re there.

Take a Floral Arrangement ClassPIGMINT offers fun floral classes if you and your girls are feeling creative.

Shopping — Shop 'til you drop at one of Fayetteville’s many boutiques like Walker Brothers, Savoir-Faire, Denim & Essentials, Maude, Riffraff and Lola.

Evening

The Vault — Start your night in style at one of Fayetteville’s newer hotspots. The Vault is a swanky bar located in an old bank vault with a wide whiskey selection and creative cocktails.

Big Box Karaoke — Love karaoke but not the whole singing in front of complete strangers part? Big Box Karaoke offers private rooms for groups of 2-25 to sing your heart out. All rooms are equipped with TVs, microphones, karaoke books, speakers and lights to make all your karaoke dreams come true.

Maxine’s Tap RoomMaxine’s is a Fayetteville nightlife staple. This hip bar is a great place to start or end your evening.

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George’s Majestic Lounge — The music venue hosts all kinds of artists and makes for the perfect place to chill out and cut loose.

Dickson Street — No Fayetteville nightlife roundup is complete without mentioning Dickson Street. Dickson is the city’s main drag of bars and late-night food. Start at Cannibal and Craft and work your way down the street, stopping at Willy D's for dueling pianos and Shotz for one of their signature ice shots.

For more ideas on what to do, see and eat while in Fayetteville, click here.

Apr
9

Autumn-Inspired Wedding Inspo with the Perfect Touch of Velvet

Natalie Smith Photography

Autumn in Arkansas is hands down one of the best times in The Natural State. We love how photographer Natalie Smith highlighted Arkansas' natural good looks with gorgeous florals and an unexpected pop of pink.

Here are a few of our favorite things:

  • Those stunning florals mixed with Arkansas' natural beauty.
  • The romantic lighting courtesy of the lovely multicolored candlesticks.
  • The beautiful place settings. 
  • The perfect touch of velvet on the table. 

Natalie Smith Photography

Natalie Smith Photography

Natalie Smith Photography

Natalie Smith Photography

Natalie Smith Photography

Natalie Smith Photography

Natalie Smith Photography

Natalie Smith Photography

Natalie Smith Photography

Natalie Smith Photography

Details

Photographer: Natalie Smith Photography
Florals & Design: The Velvet Boxwood
Paperie: Brown Fox Creative
Model: Maddy Shirley
Gown: Laine Berry Bride available at Inverness Bridal Couture
Glassware: Sissy Leigh Vintage
Rentals: A Perfect Bloom Florals & Wedding Rentals
Film Scans: Richard Photo Lab

Mar
29

Yellow Blooms and Velvet Touches Steal the Show in This Ravington Styled Shoot

Erin Wilson Photography

We can always count on photographer Erin Wilson to perfectly capture dreamy wedding moments and this styled shoot is no exception! 

Here are a few of our favorite things:

  • Pretty in Pink: We're loving the lovely shade of pink on that velvet table runner.
  • Champagne Campaign: Paper Supply Co. truly delivered with their amazing champagne wall. 
  • Sunny Blooms: These blooms from Vase & Vine are bringing all the smiles. 
  • Put a Bow on it: How great is that lowkey bow on this Tesori gown?

Erin Wilson Photography

Erin Wilson Photography

Erin Wilson Photography

Erin Wilson Photography

Erin Wilson Photography

Erin Wilson Photography

Erin Wilson Photography

Erin Wilson Photography

Erin Wilson Photography

Erin Wilson Photography

Erin Wilson Photography

Erin Wilson Photography

Erin Wilson Photography

Erin Wilson Photography

Details

Venue: The Ravington, Centerton

Planning: Jessica Kersey for JLK Weddings, Bentonville

Gown & groom's attire: Tesori, Fayetteville

Florals: Vase & Vine, Clarksville & Little Rock

HMUA: Blossom Beauty, Eureka Springs

Cakes: Earth + Honey Cakes, Rogers

Champagne Wall and Paperie: Paper Supply Co., Little Rock