Simple Tips to Better Smartphone Photos

Are you ready for some simple tips to get better cell phone photos? Well, here you go! I’ve compiled my “secret” tricks to make phone pics look like you used a professional camera. Sometimes it’s just easier to carry my phone in my back pocket while traveling, rather than lugging my 3.5 pound 5D Mark II around while walking up and down the streets of San Francisco, or while out on a hike!

Fife ‘n Drum Restaurant & Inn

Restaurant: Fife ‘n Drum Restaurant, 53 Main Street, Kent, Connecticut

When you are hankering for: New American, eclectic, seasonal, comforting food. A restaurant steeped in history (family run and owned since 1973) serving up some classic favorites plus specialties that you would be hard pressed to find anywhere else around here. When you want to sit by the fire and have the best Caesar salad or filet au poivre made for you tableside. Also, for those who like to choose from an extensive wine list (28 pages and they have made the Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence every year since 1992). The Fife ‘n Drum is a beloved Kent institution. The ambiance feels like a hug from a loved one – it’s so darn cozy. The perfect place to go after an afternoon of shopping in Kent on a cold, frosty day! We loved every moment of our 20-course meal…

Our New Year Resolutions…

…yeah, you saw those dots. We take new years resolutions with a grain of salt because we think every day is a day to resolve to be more fabulous than yesterday!

In any case, here we have our resolutions for 2017…we’ll try our best to stick to them. Please comment below with any of yours, however serious or funny. We love it when you comment, share, like, heart, emoji, whatever us. 😁😁🙋🏼🙋🏼

We can’t believe how many amazing people we’ve met and businesses we “unlocked” in 2016 (hence the trip down memory lane with all the pics above)! We’re so excited for 2017 and the adventures we’ll surely have…and of course, we can’t wait to launch Unlocking Fairfield (January 9th, btw).

Happy New Year everyone!

Cheers!

At home with Moses Pendleton

The internationally acclaimed dance company MOMIX will be performing 3 premieres plus a selection of Company favorites at the Warner Theater this coming January 14th and 15th. We joined Choreographer and Artistic Director Moses Pendleton of MOMIX and Associate Director Cynthia Quinn at their home in Washington Depot for a fireside chat.

Moses Pendleton impressed us with his passion and enthusiasm about pretty much every topic we spoke about. We both left the interview inspired and seeing nature and our surroundings in a slightly different perspective. Moses and MOMIX will do that to you!

Kate’s Saddlery & Feed Store

Whoa! Litchfield County just got a brand new store. Kate’s Saddlery opened in Morris three weeks ago and Kate Scappini, new biz owner, invited us to come check it out, Unlocking Litchfield style. We love that drive up to Morris and felt we could always use a new pair of jodhpurs, so off we trotted…

The Little Guild

Everything is just plain better when you hug a dog or cuddle a cat (those with allergies, sorry, does not apply). We decided to schedule a visit to an animal shelter during the extra busy weeks leading up to the holidays. A visit to The Little Guild in West Cornwall was just what we needed – a little animal loving is good for the soul.

There was a lot of wiggle to put up with but Lora’s a pro. Check out the pics – so cute! If you see anyone you like, give us a shout, we’ll meet you at the shelter and give an introduction!

Lulu Face Company

Raise your hand if you have ever walked into Sephora and felt completely overwhelmed and walked back out again. Or, your makeup routine is pretty much the same as how you did it in high school. Or, if you’d love to find a cosmetic line that’s easy to use, is skincare quality, and comes with a little guidance from the experts. Between Lora and I, all hands are raised!

Our Fairy Beauty Godmother – as we named Linda Temkin, the owner of Les Beaux Vous back when we did one of our very first blog posts – has created a makeup line that we both love. We’ve been wearing/using Lulu Face Company since the summer when Linda asked us to be guinea pigs and give her feedback. We were happy to oblige!

Onyx II Open House and Trunk Show

When Daniel Sanchez and James Michael Murphy at Onyx II Fine Jewelers invited us to join them for dinner at Good News Café to chat about a possible partnering idea; we won’t lie, we were intrigued!

To say we’re two women who love a bit of glitz and glam is an understatement. We do. We love it. Dan and James are perhaps the very definition – suave, stylish, and they know their diamonds. Dan is movie star handsome and James has cheekbones and hair that any supermodel would envy. When they proposed that we partner with them to host their annual open house and trunk show…we didn’t hesitate to say, “We do!”

Kingsley Tavern

Restaurant: Kingsley Tavern, Kent

When you are hankering for: “Creative, fresh food from local farms, and a great selection of craft beer, wine and cocktails in a friendly, casual setting.”

Occasion: Comfort eating season is upon us…we knew Kingsley Tavern would be just the ticket!

Eyes on Litchfield

First, let us share with you some fascinating “did you know…?” eye facts. Because, why not.

  • Did you know it’s impossible to sneeze with your eyes open? (probably)
  • Did you know the pupil of your eye expands as much as 45% when you look at somebody you love? (possibly not)
  • Did you know…there are colors that are too complex for the human eye to perceive, called “impossible colors.” *

*all facts provided by a Pinterest board called “eye trivia.”

Ok, and on with the show…

We popped in to Eyes on Litchfield to say hello, and check out some frames. Having had a mutual heart fest on Instagram we felt like we knew the team already! Dr. Tommasina – Owner/Doctor, Christian Baillargeon – Optician, and Nick Wescott – Practice Manager were all there and gave us a warm welcome. This is not your average Optometrist office, apparent the moment you walk through the doors.