W. David Herman Gallery

We were long overdue for an artsy afternoon and felt it was high time we stopped by the W. David Herman Gallery in Kent. We’ve admired those shimmering stainless steel sculptures from afar for long enough (the gallery is a few doors down from SoDelicious bakery). It was time to pay the artist and gallery director, David and Eileen Herman a visit.

Taste of Litchfield

Litchfield Magazine and TownVibe, we tip our hats to you for putting together the Taste of Litchfield! Litchfield County is a tasty place, so to get so many incredible restaurants, specialty markets, and distillers in one glorious location was so much fun, and super convenient for us tasters!

This was a foodies paradise…aka our paradise! Without further ado, here’s our highlights of the day, Unlocking Litchfield style. 🙋🏼💁🏻

NYFW – SS18

Ahh, New York Fashion Week. What’s more fun than a train ride to the city? Watching fabulous shows and presentations where we just drool and daydream about owning just one piece from each collection is! Here’s a recap of some of our fun at NYFW this season…

Hanging on to summer…🌞 🏊🏻‍♀️

As we said last week, Dobson Pools made the perfect backdrop for the fashion feature of our dreams! With stunning pools, fabulous sunglasses, Natori clothing, and cans of rosé being delivered to us by floating flamingos, there was nothing more we could wish for! Too many pics for last week’s post, so here’s a bonus, “just look at the pictures” feature. A feature we’ll look back at in the winter months ahead and sigh. Farewell, summer… 😢

In collaboration with…

Julie Jacques and Dobson Pools

Hair: Byrde + the b, Washington

Clothing: Natori

Sunglasses: Pared – seriously, you need to check out their website. Aussie brand of sunglass coolness!

Flamingo handler and photog assistant: Riley Cotton


Pics: Lora Karam and Riley Cotton / Words: Bev

Dobson Pools

Just in time for the pool-closing season, a post about Dobson Pools in Litchfield! Good timing actually, because when you finish reading, you can start dreaming about your new Dobson Pool for next summer season!

Established in 1968, Dobson Pools is going into their 50th year in business. Founder Jim Dobson, who at 75 still oversees daily operations, runs the company alongside his son, Brian Dobson and daughter Julie Dobson. Julie (who we met when we visited RIDE, her other business!) put together a pool experience for us that will be hard to top, and a post to honor her father’s 50 years in the biz!

At home with Paul Marcarelli + Ryan Brown

Here’s a little glimpse into our typical conversation on the drive to any of our “At home with” features. You know, the features where we basically invite ourselves over to interesting people/local celeb’s homes, for a chat and to hang out. It goes back and forth like this, “I hope they like us, I hope they feed us, I hope they’re fun, I hope they offer us a drink, I hope they don’t think we’re weirdos.”

Our visit with actor Paul Marcarelli (the “Can you hear me now?” guy) and Ryan Brown at their recently renovated country home in Litchfield, did not disappoint on any hope…

Strong Core Wellness Center

Owned by a former Team USA Lumberjill, Shannon Strong has opened Strong Core Wellness Center in Kent, to offer clients a one-stop location to rehabilitate, restore, and strengthen their core. We went along to take a morning group fitness class, and to meet Shannon, the woman who Sylvester Stallone didn’t want to go up against on the Late Show with David Letterman (more on that later)!

A Vermont Getaway

I lovermont. Vacationing as a child, and then living there for a short time after high school (which are some of my fondest memories), I always felt relaxed and carefree when I was among its lush mountains and quaint picturesque towns. So it seemed the perfect location for a weekend getaway to celebrate my one year wedding anniversary with Michael. Here are some ideas on things to do and where to stay for your visit to the Manchester area!

At home with Sheila Nevins

We enjoyed Sheila Nevins’ book, You Don’t Look Your Age…and Other Fairy Tales so much that we bought it twice! Once, on Audible, because that’s how we roll, and because the cast of famous readers were too much to resist! Christine Baranski, Meryl Streep, RuPaul, Gloria Steinem, Whoopi Goldberg, and Rosie O’Donnell, to name just a few. The second time we bought it was in hardcover, for Sheila to sign when we went to meet her at her gorgeous Litchfield home. Over the course of the evening, we discussed the book, life in Litchfield County, the acceptance of aging…and other fairy tales.

This week’s #WCW is Sheila Nevins!

White Horse Country Pub

Pssst! Did you know that the ever popular and award winning White Horse Country Pub in Marbledale just grew 2,000 square feet or so? Now there is even more cozy, English-tavern goodness to go around! We arranged to go along for a sneak peek of the impressive new dining room and kitchen before the grand opening. While we were there, pub owner John Harris insisted that we order a bunch of our favorite dishes to photograph (and eat) then take the famous Audrey (the taxi) out for a spin. Best lunch ever.