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Bethany Watson is a co-host on the extremely popular iHeartRADIO “Elvis Duran and the Morning Show,” which has millions of listeners tuning in every day. Bethany is also a kindred spirit. She is never without a coffee in hand…and if she is, then there’s a cocktail in its place. She keeps us up-to-date with the news and what’s trending, and can be (self-admittedly) totally nerdy (she does a piece on the morning show called Hip Hop Clarinet).

Lora knew Bethany from a previous photoshoot, so we said, “Hey Bethany, we’re going to be in the city, can we come visit you at the studio and ask you a bunch of random questions?” to which she replied, “Suuuuure, come on over!” She’s super nice like that.

We couldn’t have been more thrilled to be invited to spend some time “behind the scenes” with the MOMIX dance company before their performance at the Warner Theater. Who hasn’t sat in the audience, waiting for the curtain to lift and the magic to begin, and wondered what’s going on back there?! We felt truly privileged to sit in with some of the dancers as they went through their pre-performance practices.

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!

…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!

MOMIX is an internationally acclaimed dance company based in Washington Depot. We joined Choreographer and Artistic Director Moses Pendleton and Associate Director Cynthia Quinn at their home, also 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!

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!

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!

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!”

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.

We’ve done it again, only this time our Holiday Gift Guide has doubled in size! There are so many great options for shopping locally in Litchfield County that we couldn’t limit the list to 10 like we did last year. We’ve found 20 different gift ideas for you – something for everyone on your list, and in every price range. Forget Amazon and keep it in the Litchfield County family!

Our gift to you – making your holiday shopping easy. Click the business name or photo to visit their websites!