I first met Lila when the magazine I worked for interviewed her and her husband, David, for a feature on cabin life on the Little Red River. A captivating storyteller, I was immediately drawn to her laid-back sensibility and impeccable style. And even though she's only a handful of years older than I am, I totally want to be her when I grow up
1. Name, occupation, years in LR, neighborhood: Lila Ashmore, Dressing Room Coach – Vesta’s, 30 Years, the Heights.
2. You have an amazing sense of style. It's going to take a lot of restraint not to ask you all shopping questions! I'll settle for this one: What are your three favorite local style finds? In my humble fashionista opinion, Little Rock is the shopping mecca of the south. We are fortunate to have a plethora of boutiques to satisfy the native Little Rockian or visitor. From chic boutiques such as B. Barnett offering European designs to Box Turtle in Hillcrest showcasing the looks of local designers, Little Rock has style covered. I’m grateful to share in this phenom as a dressing room coach at Vesta’s. We cover the gamut on style by catering to women of all ages, sizes and sass.
3. What do you do to treat yourself? I always anticipate a day of PTO – personal time off. I usually find myself wrapped up in soft cotton linens by my esthetician go to girl Teresa Gulley at Caracalla Spa, located in the Heights. I’ve treated myself to facials around the globe and Teresa has the best touch, bar none. She offers a menu of pampering that even the most discriminating woman would die over. I always leave feeling rested and renewed.
4. It's Saturday. Tell me what's on your agenda. Bellying up to the barre, has become my favorite “must do “ to kick off my Saturday mornings. Zenspin is the neighborhood joint where I plank, split, spin and plie. Owner Camden Hyneman and her barre babes have created a frenzy for this middle aged, ballerina wannabe. Saturday classes are especially fun as the work-week is behind us barre flies as we bend and contort. My favorite Saturday jaunt is a stroll through the farmer’s market downtown. I look forward to the season every year. Not only am I able to grab up the freshest produce possible, I am honored to visit with the farmers who share the fruits of their labor with us city folk. When fall rolls around, Saturdays are spent anticipating Razorback football or trips to Camp David, our cabin on the Little Red River.
5. Where do you make sure to take out-of-town guests when they visit? When out of towners pay us a visit, a tour of Little Rock highlights is on the agenda. Aliens to the area find the Hillcrest and Heights neighborhoods beautiful yet funky, charming yet majestic. Especially fun if spring is abloom and the dogwoods are bragging. A drive through downtown and Argenta is a must with stops at Argenta Market, Capital Hotel Bar & Grill, Clinton Presidential Center, and the Arkansas Arts Center. Dining options in Little Rock continue to amaze me. We love to share the love with visiting friends. So happy Bruno’s has returned – sharing the antipasta platter along with a bottle of vino has become a ritual with friends and family. Staying in the zip code works too. My husband David declared me a SO Hoe as I haunt the bar when Veo is tending at SO Restaurant and Bar. Receiving a Christmas Card from the staff takes the line “…where everyone knows your name…." to a whole new level. I could entertain guests without leaving my hood. From a cozy lunch at Cheer’s, or Boulevard Bread Company, shopping up and down Kavanaugh, ending with a stop at By the Glass (love owner Susan Crosby) then dinner at Sushi Café or Café Prego and a nightcap and live music at Browning’s. – Love my neighborhood.