Thursday, March 17, 2011

Holy Cupcakes!!

I've got 3 words for you:  Cupcakes on Kavanaugh!!  This dream bakery is the home of daily fresh baked cupcakes who's fluffy clouds of icing begs you to take a bite!  The aroma of Heaven greets you as you walk through the door and you immediately head for the display case to TRY and decide which cupcake speaks to your soul.  Which was hard for me, because they ALL spoke to my soul........sweetly and tenderly:)



Cupcake Fairy, Mary, is busy behind the counter as the day begins.




At 'Cupcakes' the day begins at 2:00 a.m..  Yes, I said, "2:00 A.M."!!  While we are peacefully dreaming in our cozy beds the cupcake fairies are busy at work making those dreams come true.  Everything at 'Cupcakes' is made from scratch with natural and organic ingredients, so it makes indulging in their sweet treats SO MUCH EASIER to do:)  And what's even better; a lot of the recipes belong to owner, Christy Milligan's mother and grandmother.  (You have to try the Oatmeal Creme Pie cupcake!  It tastes like 'home'!  It's the perfect cupcake to eat while you are curled up on the couch writing a blog!) ;)



Owner, Christy Milligan, showed me around and I gotta say, the place is emaculate!  They obviously take pride in every aspect of the business and it shows!  I love that they bake, decorate and package everything in their open air kitchen.  You get to watch the magic as it happens!





Cupcake Fairy, Kim, begins the task of decorating Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes.  YUM!



But the most important thing to remember when visiting Cupcakes on Kavanaugh is this:  Aways take a little extra cash when you go!  You KNOW you have to get more than just one!  Heck, you have to get more than 2 or 3!  Here's what you do: Get a box of 6 and mix it up.  I came home with a Classic Vanilla, Black Tie, Nutter Butter, Red Velvette, Nutty Irishman and an Oatmeal Creme Pie cupcake, (which is resting  comfortably in my tummy!).




My stash!  OH....SO....GOOD!

Going to Cupcakes on Kavanaugh is a MUST for every cupcake lover in the Central Akansas area!  Go now and GO OFTEN:)  There's absolutely nothing wrong with making weekly trips to the bakery!  You know what they say, "Don't Worry, Eat Happy!"

Owner, (and SUPER gracious host), Christy Milligan.
'Cupcakes' is owned by couple, Chris & Christy Milligan.  Cupcakes on Kavanaugh is located at 5625 Kavanaugh Blvd. in Little Rock, Arkansas.  They are also located at Cupcakes on the Ridge at Pleasant Ridge Town Center, 11525 Cantrell Rd., also in Little Rock, Arkansas.  Business hours are Tue-Fri 10-6 and Sat. 10-5











Friday, March 11, 2011

This Week's Feature: Sassy Shears


 This week's featured business is one of my very favorites!  One: because this is where my family and I get our hair done.  Two:  Owner, Stephanie Witherspoon, is a wonderful friend of mine! :)  Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to Sassy Shears Salon!!


Owner, Stephanie Witherspoon

Sassy Shears' waiting area welcomes you as you walk through the doors.  Business hours are Tuesday thru Friday: 9-6 and Saturday: 9-2
 Two years ago, Stephanie decided that after 12 years of working for someone else it was time to branch out on her own.  She opened Sassy Shears Salon at 17328 I-30, Suite 5 and the rest is history.  The salon is bustling with 5 stylists, 2 massage therapists and 1 esthetician. 
Call Sassy Shears today!  1-501-794-1007



 The friendly atmosphere is so inviting!!  Each time I walk in the door there's always a friendly smile to greet me.  And you won't lack for great conversation!  I mean, come on.....isn't that the REAL reason we go the salon?  So, if you're looking for a fresh new style, just a trim or a brand new color call Sassy Shears!  And if you just need some revitalization and 'YOU' time, call for a massage or a facial!  NOTE: Yam and pumpkin enzyme peels are coming soon!   (Doesn't that sound YUMMY??)  Contact Jennifer Jasay for more details! 
Owner, Stephanie Witherspoon and Stylist, Leslie Hudnall stay very busy!

Stylist, Laura Cowart bangs out a fresh color.
Esthetician, Jennifer Jasay


Sassy Shears Stylists:  Stephanie Witherspoon, Leslie Hudnall, Sarah Maples, Laura Cowart & Brandie Taylor
Massage Therapists: Sarah Sullivan & Chris Tripplet
Esthetician:  Jennifer Jasay

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Spring Has Sprung!

I gotta say; There's nothing like spring in the south!  I have begun my busy season and couldn't be happier!  Back home in Illinois I had to wait until April or May before people really got serious about getting back outside for pictures.  Here in Arkansas I can pretty much shoot all year 'round, but February and March seem to really kick the winter dulldrums out the door and people are ready to get outdoors!  LOVE IT!

This past weekend I shot one of my Senior Ambassadors and had a ball!  I'd like to share some of her images and let you know that I'm still on the hunt for 5 more seniors to take part in my Ambassador program.  Call or email for details!  501-303-7383 or tia1973@tiawindphotography.com



Saturday, March 5, 2011

Wye Mt. Daffodil Festival!

I'm so, SO excited to be shooting spring sessions at Wye Mt. during their annual Daffodil Festival!  It's just a week away!!  I'll be shooting next Sunday, March 13th and I have a few spots that still need filled!! :)  I've got a 10a.m. spot as well as a 2 p.m. & 4 p.m. open.
On Saturday, March 19th I'll be headed back and would love to fill my 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. spots!  Please let me know if you're interested! 
The total cost for your sitting and a disc with ALL the images plus rights to the images is just $112.50.  You will be able to make your own prints and even upload the images to your social network sites:)
This will be my first trip to Wye Mt. and I'm really looking forward to it! 
You can reach me at 501-303-7383 or through email at tia1973@tiawindphotography.com
Hope to hear from you SOON!!
~Tia

Friday, March 4, 2011

The Pink Purse

It's amazing what you can do with $300 and a dream!  For Rachel Standridge and her family, it meant building a super fun, super colorful business called, The Pink Purse.  The Pink Purse was born a year ago tucked away in a small store here in Benton, Arkansas.  But, this week they moved to a higher profile location at 2013 Military Rd. with more square footage for their rainbow assortment of handbags, wallets, jewelry, shoes, t-shirts, jeans and SO MUCH MORE!!


Price points on items in the store are incredibly affordable and fit quite nicely into any budget.  Rachel keeps the store running like clockwork with the help of her husband, mother and just one other employee.

Store owner, Rachel Standridge
And the storefront?  It has a personality all it's own!  You can't miss this pink VW Bug that seems to come crashing through the front of the store!  Um, can you say, 'ADORABLE'??!!  It's hard to miss as you drive by, which makes it all the more appealing.  And really, it just makes you smile:)

On a personal note, I had a great time wandering through the store snapping pictures and shopping at the same time.  I walked out with a red clutch wallet encrusted with a blinged out fleur de lis! And I'll be headed back soon!  My daughter, Bailey, has made a list of very specific items from the store for her upcoming 13th birthday.

The Pink Purse is every girl's dream boutique!  Make this store a 'must shop'!  Whether you need a gift for a friend or just want a new handbag, The Pink Purse has exactly what you need!  So, head on in and tell Rachel I sent you!  She'll be glad you came.........and so will YOU!!!

ANOTHER New Adventure:)

The fun just keeps comin'! :)  I've been thinking for a few weeks that I need to do something for small local businesses that would be a win-win for everyone.  I wanted to stay behind the camera doing something new, yet give people with businesses of their own a venue to get more face time.
So, I decided to head out with my camera and profile these businesses on my blog:)  I didn't realize it was going to be so much fun!  Yesterday I headed to The Pink Purse.  It's a DARLING boutique here  in Benton where you can shop till you drop!  Stay tuned!!!! 

Tia Wind Photography

Welcome to my blog! I'm so glad you stopped by! I try to blog daily, but I'm sure I'll fall off the wagon eventually:) So, here's a little about me.....









I'm a wife, mother, sister and friend. I take my camera EVERYWHERE I go. Creating images that make my customers happy is my one and only goal! I love, love, LOVE getting behind the camera and do so every chance I get! I'm located in the Benton/Bryant/Central Arkansas area.









I'm an on location natural light photographer, which means I come to you and I use whatever light is available. I don't lug around heavy lights and equipment. And the best part about that is the fact that I don't have any overhead! Which means I can offer YOU great pictures at amazing prices!

























Enjoy cruising through my blog:) Call me for details on my sessions and investment. I look forward to building my list of new friends and clients!

Enjoy!!!
~Tia
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Above all, I'm a mom of 3 amazing kis and a wife to the hottest man on the planet! :) Secondly, I'm a photographer. You can use this blog to keep up to date on recent sessions, news, upcoming events or just random posts about my life:) I shoot primarily in natural light and on location. I stive to capture my subjects' spirit and personality in every image I take! I'm living my dream!

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