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Ding, ding! Litchfield County just got really lucky! Globe-trotting, Emmy award winning stylist, Scott Bond has put down roots and opened Byrde + the b, a salon and dry bar in Washington Depot. Scott has been bopping around LA, London, and NYC for many years coloring and cutting clients hair at home, including some fabulous women such as Meredith Vieira, Kim Basinger, and Hope Davis. And now, we can all access Scott’s talents at his awesome new hair studio.

We stopped by to say hi to the team and enjoy some services. Blow dry and brows for Lora, brows and a six-inch chop for Bev!

And now for something completely different! Herbal remedies, paranormal activities, life stories, vortexes, and special tonic shots…this post has it all.

Velya Jancz-Urban (mom, historian) and Ehris Urban (daughter, herbalist) form “Grounded Goodwife,” a business based out of their Woodbury 1770s colonial farmhouse home, offering hands-on unique herbal workshops & presentations. Classes begin with a tour of the home the family purchased in 2011, which is like taking a step back in time to colonial days. The Urban family and their 247-year-old home have many a tale to tell and lessons to teach…

In this crazy overloaded world we live in, we could probably all use a visit to Valley Spirit Cooperative & Wellness Center in Washington Depot. This is definitely a place for some good self-care. The studio is beautiful, the people welcoming, and the class and therapy offerings are diverse. Classes include meditation, Tai Chi & Qi Gong, and yoga, and therapy options include Chinese medical massages, acupuncture, cupping, and organic facials.

Valley Spirit opened last year and we’ve been eyeing it up on the occasions we’ve passed it. After we realized it wasn’t a liquor store, we were extra intrigued and couldn’t wait to go, “unlock” ’em!

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!

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.

Neither of us had ever been to a life coach before our session with Tal Fusion. We weren’t even sure what kind of issues people bring to life coaches! So, we showed up with only our preconceived ideas. For me, a Brit, I thought I’d end up talking about feelings and cry…and Lora thought she’d talk about feelings and laugh hysterically. Not the case at all. As we learned from Tal, life coaching is not therapy; it’s mostly “helping people get out of their own way.” Who can’t use some of that in their lives?! 

During our rainy drive north to Sharon, CT to take a Kinesoma class and meet Sandrine Harris, the founder of the program, we realize that neither of us really have any idea what we’re about to do! We haven’t had time to do our research, but we do know there will be elements of movement and dance. So, we arrive with open minds and our usual sense of adventure (and humor)!

We asked Pilar DeMann of Pilar’s Mobile Beauty to kindly shape our brows and provide her mad makeup skills for a fashion shoot we had lined up with Workshop Inc.

She’s quickly become known as the “Brow Queen of Litchfield County.” Pilar does brows at Joe’s Salon, she does brows in your home, and she’ll even do brows in the parking lot (if your kid happens to go to the same school)!

These are the many faces of cryotherapy! What is cryotherapy, you ask? Well, we had the same question. Lucky for us, our friend Charis Wipfler owner of Grace Medical Aesthetics is the first to bring whole body cryotherapy to Connecticut and asked us to come along to check it out.

Knowing not much more about cryotherapy other than it being the latest thing in celebrityville, and that loads of top sports athletes swear by it, we decided to give it a whirl. We brought along Lora’s husband Michael for a male POV….and to go first!

The Spa at Litchfield Hills ladies wrote us explicit instructions on how to use the products they sent us after our appeal to them for help – which went something like this:

Dear friends at The Spa at Litchfield Hills,

Our skin is dusty and wintery, our hands rough and leather like…We have zero, zilch, nada time to come to your beautiful spa for the day (though we intend to make time soon 😉 ). Please send supplies for us to do-it-ourselves.

Love, your dry and crispy friends,

Unlocking Litchfield xo