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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!

Have a hankering for a quick weekend getaway where you can relax, unwind, and smell fresh, salty air? An idyllic and not-too-far-away place that’s only six miles long by three miles wide exists, and it’s called Block Island. Gentle breezes (bring sweatshirts!), a laid-back atmosphere, fresh seafood, and many options for quiet solitude are waiting for you. I hope you enjoy the photos and must-see ideas from my recent trip! Cheers, Lora

Hello, my name is Lora and I’ve got “Red Rock Fever”. Wait, what? Many people develop this “condition” after visiting Sedona for the first time. Symptoms include a lump in the throat and teary eyes when it’s time to go home.

This magical Arizona town had been on my bucket list for years, so the hubs and I planned a trip for some hiking fun. If you haven’t been, maybe you’ll understand why I had to wipe those tears away after you see the photos below…

“There’s something wonderfully healing in Arizona air.” ~Zane Grey, The Call of the Canyon, 1924

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It had been much too long since our last “getaway,” so we decided on a quick and easy overnight stay and shopping trip to NYC. Don’t get us wrong, a trip to Paris would be lovely, but who has that kind of vacation time? Not us. We booked a night at the fantastique Hotel Elyseé located on East 54th Street between Park and Madison Avenue, i.e. luxury shopping central!

Come, we’ll show you around, and fill you in on our NYC adventure that includes being surrounded by thousands of police officers and a close encounter with Kathie Lee and Hoda…

Art Hearts Fashion always puts on an amazing fashion show during NYFW, so we had to attend again this season! If you don’t know about AHF, their website gives a little recap, “Art Hearts Fashion was created by designer and philanthropist Eric Rosete in 2011. Events are a leading platform for designers and artists to showcase their collections in a contemporary fashion week setting.” This season they will showcase over 20 designers at 5 of New York’s iconic locations.

We first heard of Leanne Marshall in 2008 when she took the season 5 win on Project Runway. Since then, she has taken the fashion industry by storm with romantic, whimsical, and earthy collections. Unlocking Litchfield was invited backstage to meet Leanne for a little one on one at the Art Beam gallery in Manhattan at New York Fashion Week.

When we arrived, we walked through a dreamy mist created by a smoke machine into a dimly lit gallery that led us backstage. There was quite a flurry of activity, yet quiet in a way; a focused energy on the task at hand, to introduce Leanne’s 2016 spring/summer collection.

Heads turn when a beautiful and stylish woman wearing wedge sandals and truly fabulous jewelry walks in the door at Shag Boutique in Roslyn, New York. She greets us immediately, and her smile lights up the shop. Meet Simone Smith. She was in town at the first store to carry her jewelry line, so we decided to take a little road trip to Shag, where co-owner Ann Corn welcomed us like family.