Interview with Tae Bo Creator Billy Blanks!

Us: “Hiii Billy Blanks, fitness legend, karate champion, creator of Tae Bo! We totally love Tae Bo and did all your tapes. We can’t wait to workout with you!!!” Yep, two Tae Bo fangirls over here!

Come workout with fitness legend, Billy Blanks at the Wall Street Theater in Norwalk on January 28th. The best part? The Tae Bo Nation Family Fitness event is perfect for all fitness levels! We got to chat with Billy about the upcoming event, what his guilty pleasures are (does he even have any?), and lots more…👇🏻

Anticuado Jewelry

What gets us to leave our house when it’s a whopping eight degrees outside? Jewelry, that’s what. Mic Urban of Anticuado Jewelry specializes in one-of-a-kind pieces made with rare stones and also creates limited edition collections twice a year. Inspired by his unique life between Connecticut and Puerto Rico, we can tell you right here in the first paragraph that you need to check it out!

Keep scrolling to hear Mic’s fascinating story, his process, and his philosophy. Most importantly, see what you might want to add to your own jewelry collection. 😍

Pilobolus + ASAP!

Ever wondered what it’s like to be a professional dancer in a world-renowned dance company? Like, Pilobolus, for example – Litchfield County’s very own famous dance company based in Washington Depot.

What do they eat? Do they have any pre-performance rituals? Where do they all come from? We got to ask all of these questions and more, plus we got to experience a pre-performance ritual when we had the pleasure of hanging out backstage with them the night before their Danbury show.

But before we get to that part of the story, let us start at the very beginning. 

Healthy Methods Wellness

It’s December 26th, and the timing of this post could not come at a better moment. Who ate too much??! Who is resolving to kick their health goals up a notch or two in the new year? Us too. We’re so glad we visited Patti Garland a couple of weeks ago to get the full Healthy Methods Wellness treatment! This included a workout (which we can easily do at home), a talk about nutrition, and fascia blasting. We didn’t know what this was either, but we found out! 

Cheesy entertaining with 109 Cheese & Wine

We have long wanted to master “the cheese board.” You know, the kind of thing you see posted on Instagram that looks like a still life work of art. With the holidays coming and both of us hosting gatherings at our homes, we thought we’d visit the experts, 109 Cheese & Wine in Ridgefield, and ask them to teach us some cheese board skills. They also have a fabulous cheese market in Kent.

We picked up a bunch of great tips, plus a couple of great bottles of wine! Here’s how to put together a cheese board to impress your friends!

Deck your halls at The Green Spot

We don’t admit to being fabulous decorators; because we’re not. What we are though is smart! We headed to The Green Spot in New Milford for all things Christmas (ok, except the tree…they don’t sell them there). From ornaments to roping, to wreaths, to holiday decor, to gifts. Ahh, we could go on. Take a look and then head on over to this locally owned business that will help you make your home a shining star this holiday season!

At home with Meredith Rollins

We love searching out Connecticut women who we want to #womancrushwednesday on. This week’s #WCW is Meredith Rollins, who, up until recently, was Redbook Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief. We’re big fans of both Meredith and Redbook. I happen to be a subscriber and I pretty much just dog-ear every page. It’s such a good mag for useable snippets of info and recipes I feel I might be able to conquer, plus great fashion that’s affordable!

Meredith is super down to earth and was more than happy to have us over to her family’s weekend home in Sharon for a glass of wine and some woman talk.

If you haven’t already, check @meredithkrollins Insta account (this lady is funny!)

Blueprint CT Home

When enough people tell us that we must go check out a new business…well, we must go check it out! We’re a curious duo. The store in question is Blueprint CT Home, located on the lovely Litchfield Green.

Blueprint CT carries a curated collection of elements for the home. From vintage furniture, textiles, glass, and art objects from around the world, to unique items by of-the-moment artisans.

Say hello to a treasure trove of lust-worthy things…

2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Our 2017 Holiday Gift Guide is extra special this year! Why? Because we visited some of the best businesses in Litchfield and Fairfield Counties to find perfect gifts for everyone on your list. We’ve got shop-local gift giving unlocked!

⭐️WIN a $50 gift card…
While you’re out shopping, take a pic at one of the businesses on our list, post and tag us on Instagram, and you’ll be entered to win a $50 gift card to that store. Winner chosen on Dec. 10th. Good luck and happy shopping!⭐️

Sweater weather – JED

Boardman Bridge
JED sweater
JED
Tree hugging

It wouldn’t be fall and “sweater weather” for us without a JED shoot. We’ve been fans of JED, a luxury lifestyle brand, since our first feature on them in 2016, “1 sweater 3 ways”.

Continuing the JED love-fest, we stopped by the NYC showroom last spring to meet designer Jed Krascella and check out the upcoming fall collection. Predictably, we each spotted a sweater that we couldn’t continue living without, and had to add to our collection! Some people collect art, we collect JED! You’ll see why once you visit their site…