Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Reinventing Those Lips

Coco Chanel was and still remains an icon of style and grace. As the founder of the French fashion brand, Chanel, she had an extraordinary influence on the fashion world, and her brand continues to do so today. Her seemingly effortless approach to style is unattainable for many. However, her “look” is about to get easier to recreate with the launch of a new lipstick line in her honor.

Rogue Coco Hydrating Lip Colour is making its debut at Dillard’s make-up counters around the country tomorrow, February 25th. Lipstick transforms and reinvents with just one coat, and this one is no exception. With long lasting color and shine, as well as varying finishes from matte to shine, Rouge Coco has a color and style to suit just about any woman.

Spring is all about fresh looks and bright red lips that pop. Stop by your local Dillard’s tomorrow to sample the wares and find the perfect shade of Rouge Coco to match your own style and personality.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Help Crystal Bridges

Since the announcement of the project, we here at Celebrate have been really excited about the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Currently under construction in Bentonville, we look forward to Crystal Bridges and what it will provide for our community here in Northwest Arkansas and the rest of the state. The museum will house world-class art exhibitions as well as education programs and community gatherings in a unique setting that is unprecedented in our area.

In order to determine what impact the museum will have on Northwest Arkansas and the surrounding region, they need our help by participating in an online survey. Their quick survey will be instrumental in shaping the image of Crystal Bridges and critical to the success of the museum.

You can find the survey at

Please share the survey with your friends and colleagues. The more people who participate, the more beneficial the results will be for the museum and ultimately, our community.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Turning House Into Home

The cycle of home repairs and updates never stops it seems. Just as soon as one project is finished, another is waiting to be started. From replacing outdated wallpaper to getting new carpet or even planting flowers outside, there is always something to do.

Well lucky for us, this weekend the Home Show is coming back to NWA to provide us with the inspiration we need. Today at noon, the three-day event kicks off in the Springdale Holiday Inn Convention Center. Filled with various vendors, the show will be just the place to give us the incentive to check more things off our list, or maybe add a few additional “to do’s." With 20,000 square feet of exhibition space and hundred of vendors, plan on spending a few hours checking out everything from landscaping ideas to home remodeling.

Even better, if you buy a ticket to the Home Show, you can get $1 off the admission to the Boat and Sport Expo also taking place this weekend at the John Q. Hammons Center in Rogers, or visa versa. Tickets for the Home Show are $5 per person, kids 12 and under are free. To find out more, visit their website.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Korto is Coming to NWA

Just in time for spring, Arkansas designer Korto Momolu, who you may know from Project Runway Season Five or recognize as our February 2009 cover girl, has designed an exclusive line of jewelry and handbags for Dillard’s. You’ve watched her on TV and read about her in the pages of Celebrate, now is your time to meet her! Stop by the Dillard’s in Rogers this Saturday to get your chance to meet Korto herself. She will be making a personal appearance in the store from 1-4 p.m.

The new line, which launched just this week, features beautiful beaded jewelry that will make a statement this spring, as well as bright handbags that certainly don’t disappoint. Some of our favorites include the North-South Satchel, which comes in purple and looks like it could be just the piece to spruce up any boring old outfit. As well as the Cluster Necklace and Stretch Bracelet that are made of agate slabs in vibrant shades of purple, yellow or pink.

It has been an exciting week for Korto. Along with this line for Dillard’s, the designer also made her return to the runways of New York City Fashion Week. On Monday she showed her latest collection of original pieces, her first showcase since Project Runway. The show included pieces straight from her line at Dillard’s.

Korto’s personal appearance at the Dillard’s in Rogers is part of a nationwide tour that began in Little Rock and will continue in major cities such as Dallas, Houston, Memphis, Atlanta, Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville, New Orleans, Charlotte, Las Vegas and Phoenix.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Green Thumbs for a Good Cause

Gardening is awfully rewarding. Watching your hard work grow and change into something that will eventually find its way onto your table. Being able to produce something tangible and delicious. After all, there is nothing more delicious than home-grown vegetables, straight from the garden out back.

A new project has started in Gravette that is built around the rewards of gardening and sharing it with others. The Gravette Community Garden was started last year to provide fresh vegetables for families and individuals around the area. Since the first meeting about the project in April 2009, the garden has flourished and operated on donations of money, time and supplies from generous community members. Over the summer of 2009, the garden was able to provide fresh produce to over 1,000 people including four needy families and seniors.

Several clubs and individual volunteers helped maintained the harvest of the garden, which included vegetables such as tomatoes, zucchini, potatoes, bell peppers, and even jalapenos. With a bountiful harvest that far surpassed many expectations, the garden is about to embark on another fruitful year, with hopes of planting this year’s crop around the middle of March.

As only the second year of the project, Marisol Jackson, the project coordinator, is looking forward to watching the Gravette Garden grow in 2010. Because the project survives solely off donations and help from others, the garden has a list of items it would like to accomplish this year. Included on that wish list is building a shed, finishing construction on it’s children’s garden, and to start working within the guidelines of a “Wildlife Habitat” grant in order to provide a hands-on learning environment for elementary classes.

Whether it be donating money or supplies, or even getting your hands dirty in the field, there are many opportunities to get involved and help out at the Gravette Gardens. To learn more about this great project, or to find out how to donate items, please contact the Gravette Gardens at 479.899.7290.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Future of the Walton Arts Center

Well it looks like the Walton Arts Center is one step closer in their search for a new space to call their own. If you may remember, back in 2007, the arts center launched a community survey that gave them great feedback about how to grow to best suit the Northwest Arkansas area.

It has since been determined that growth was in order, and since the survey, the Walton Arts Center Board of Directors has spent their time diplomatically determining the steps that need to be taken in order to expand its operations and fill the needs of our community. At their board meeting just last night, the board decided on selection criteria for the site itself.

Among the most important criteria or highest priorities is the size of the site (three acres minimum, or six-ten acres ideally), available parking space, ease of access off I-540 and the funding for the construction project.

In deciding to expand, the Walton Arts Center has said that they will keep their current facilities, with any new spaces complimenting it, not replacing it. The arts center has said they are considering two sites, one in Fayetteville and one in Bentonville, but are still weighing their options and have come to no final decisions.

Whatever they decide, we are looking forward to seeing how the Walton Arts Center will expand. They expose our area to the arts in an invaluable way, and look forward to many more years of attending the best theatre, dance and other productions under their roof.

Monday, February 8, 2010

The Eye of the Beholder

Looking out the window, it is hard to find beauty in the dreary weather that has overtaken our corner of the world. With slush and melting snow filling the streets and sidewalks, viewing art could be a therapeutic way to remind us that beauty can come in all shapes and sizes.

Stop by White Lotus Salon & Massage in Fayetteville sometime throughout the month of February to enjoy the work of their featured artist Catherine Brimberry. Brimberry, a Fayetteville native, works primarily with watercolor but also enjoys collage and leaf pressings.

Brimberry's artwork is a reminder that we live in a colorful world, although it may not look like it right now. We should all take time and try and find the beauty of the melting snow and ice glistening on our trees.

Head to White Lotus to enjoy the vibrancy of her artwork and don't be afraid to pamper yourself while you're at it! White Lotus features great massages and facials that would make anyone feel like a queen for a day. Who can argue with that?

To learn more about the artwork or the salon's services, visit their website.

White Lotus Salon & Massage
4750 E. Mission Blvd.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Have a Heart for Haiti

A benefit in support of the American Red Cross’ Haiti relief efforts will be held tomorrow night, Friday, February 5th at Soul Restaurant and Lounge in Fayetteville. Taking place from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., the event will feature live entertainment, special guests, a silent auction and happy hour specials all night long.

Kanosha Mack, a Rogers Public School teacher, began organizing this event in order to mobilize her friends to donate to the cause. As the interest grew, so did the event. Mack was able to secure donations from local business owners and community members to help make sure “Have a Heart for Haiti” goes off without a hitch!

Already have plans? Lucky for you, Mack has also organized another event that will take place the following Friday, February 12th at Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Rogers. Stop by for happy hour, and ten percent of the proceeds will go to the relief efforts.

Soul Restaurant and Lounge
3878 N. Crossover Rd

Ruth’s Chris Steak House
3529 Pinnacle Hills Parkway

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Valentine's Day: Dinner Date Ideas

With February officially upon us, it is time to seriously start thinking about Valentine’s Day. If you are anything like us, planning for this special day usually happens at the last minute. This year we are determined to get a head start!

First up? Dinner plans! Whether you are going all out, or want to keep it casual, here are our favorite places, picked with Valentine’s Day in mind.

Go all out. Head to Ella’s in Fayatteville if you want to impress your date or show them just how much they mean to you. Serving a special five course meal, Ella’s will do all the planning for you.

Feel the amore. If Italian food and wine doesn’t say romance, then what does? Visit Belle Arti in downtown Rogers for some of the best Italian food you’ll ever have outside of Italy.

Keep it simple. If staying is more your style, have a little fun with it! Making dinner can be fun, especially if you get a little help in the kitchen. Go out on a limb and make something you normally wouldn’t. Epicurious has some great ideas on how to show the love from your own home.

So now that you know our favorite spots, tell us yours! Where are is your go-to restaurant for a special date night? Or will you keep it simple, and do all the romancing at home?

Monday, February 1, 2010

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SPRING...we can't wait!

Although I love the beautiful snow that winter brings (and adorable boots!), I cannot wait for spring! Spring fashion is upbeat and playful. Lola Boutique in Fayetteville is spreading the excitement for the season with plenty of new arrivals. Here are two of our favorites! Check out more of Lola's spring looks on their facebook page: Shop Lola.