Unloching Loch Lomond + Fonab Castle

Scotland was recently voted the most beautiful country ever (or something like that) and we believe it’s because the voters all visited Loch Lomond. You only have to drive but an hour out of Glasgow (1.5 from Edinburgh) to get into the most breathtaking scenery you ever did see! Rent a car, be prepared to drive on some crazy, single-lane, windy roads, and get ready for the road trip of all road trips!

Lakeville Interiors

When sisters and owners of Lakeville Interiors, Courtney Saulnier and Ashley Marchand, invited us to check out their newly expanded decoration and design center, we said, “Be right there!” They have the largest showroom and retail store in Litchfield County, the Berkshires, and Hudson Valley, second only to The Decoration and Design Building in NYC. In the small village of Lakeville?! We had to see! Shopping here we come, and while we’re there, we’ll decorate our hypothetical office with zero budget constraints!

Unlocking Glasgow

Welcome to Unlocking Glasgow! Part 2 of our 3-part tour of Scotland…Edinburgh was last week 😉

Having spent my “formative” years living in Glasgow from age 14 to 20, we would definitely be making the city of style part of our Unlocking Scotland tour! Outside of London, Glasgow is home to some of the best shopping in the UK. And for foodies, they have quite the gastronomic and bar scene going on. Here’s 9 hours in Glasgow, and five stops you should definitely hop-off on the “Hop-On Hop-Off” bus tour!

Chapman Lumber

It’s not so often we find ourselves in Thomaston. And it’s not so often we find ourselves in a full-service lumber yard/home improvement center. But on this particular Thursday, we were in both (and in our finest plaids). If you’re from the area, you’ll know we’re talking about Chapman Lumber, a (very lovely) family-run business, operating since 1981.

We chatted with owner Stuart and Lynn Chapman for a bit, had a tour…and then they left us all alone in the hardware department…

Unlocking Edinburgh

Welcome to the start of our 4 part Getaway adventure to Scotland and Iceland! This is a smidge farther than our getaways usually take us, but we decided that after 2-1/2 years of blogging together, we were ready to go international!

In case you don’t know your “Unlocking” trivia, I (Bev) was born in Scotland and moved to CT when I was 20. A wee while ago! I was due to visit my “other home”, and Lora was long overdue a trip to the UK, being that she’s a total Anglophile. Iceland has also long been on Lora’s bucket list, so we came up with a plan to bring our Unlocking show on the road. We would Unlock Edinburgh, Glasgow, The Trossachs + Loch Lomond, and Reykjavik.

Welcome to Edinburgh. Part travel journal, part guide, this is a compilation of what we did, plus some bonus “must-dos” thanks to the locals, i.e. my friends and family!

Danica Center for Physical Therapy, Pilates + Tai Chi

Have you ever noticed how Tai Chi is always practiced in the background of any movie scene set in a public park?? From the movies, it looks to be extremely soothing and meditative. Those people look calm! Based on this, and no prior experience, we thought we’d give Tai Chi a go!

To Danica (a center for physical therapy and movement integration) in Sharon, we went! Owner Bente Dahl-Busby taught us, and a few other newbies, an introduction to Tai Chi and talked to us about the history and philosophy of the martial art. Yes, it’s a martial art! We didn’t know that either! 

Litchfield County Auctions

Here’s an enjoyable outing suggestion for you – a visit to Litchfield County Auctions! Have you ever been? We’ve driven by many times and had no idea of the fun shopping opportunities we’ve been missing out on.

At a recent auction, a rare painting by the Chinese-French artist, Zao Wou-Ki (1921-2013) “Oiseaux Dans Les Nids” (Birds in the Nests), sold for a total of $487,500. Maybe we would find our own rare bird!

W. David Herman Gallery

We were long overdue for an artsy afternoon and felt it was high time we stopped by the W. David Herman Gallery in Kent. We’ve admired those shimmering stainless steel sculptures from afar for long enough (the gallery is a few doors down from SoDelicious bakery). It was time to pay the artist and gallery director, David and Eileen Herman a visit.

Taste of Litchfield

Litchfield Magazine and TownVibe, we tip our hats to you for putting together the Taste of Litchfield! Litchfield County is a tasty place, so to get so many incredible restaurants, specialty markets, and distillers in one glorious location was so much fun, and super convenient for us tasters!

This was a foodies paradise…aka our paradise! Without further ado, here’s our highlights of the day, Unlocking Litchfield style. 🙋🏼💁🏻

NYFW – SS18

Ahh, New York Fashion Week. What’s more fun than a train ride to the city? Watching fabulous shows and presentations where we just drool and daydream about owning just one piece from each collection is! Here’s a recap of some of our fun at NYFW this season…