ORGÁNACHS FARM TO SKIN

We learned so much during our visit to ORGÁNACHS FARM TO SKIN in Westport. The high-performing, natural luxury skincare boutique opened last year and is the dream and vision of Siobhan McKinley. Leaving behind her position as a cosmetic executive in the conventional beauty industry, she opened ORGÁNACHS, selling only the best, natural and organic brands in skincare.

When Siobhan started questioning which ingredients were in her own daily skincare routine, she realized just how badly the US regulates known toxins. The quest began to replace everything she was using to natural products that work, resulting in ORGÁNACHS FARM TO SKIN!

Hey, Billy Blanks Jr., let’s dance!

Billy Blanks Jr. had Paula Abdul as a mentor, is a self-taught accomplished dancer and entertainer, his parents are famous for creating one of our favorite workouts from the 90s, Tae Bo, and he was recently appointed the role of Artistic Director of the Wall Street Theater in Norwalk!

We caught up with Billy for a private Dance It Out® (DIO) session – his own fitness-based dance program that you may have seen when he picked up a deal on Shark Tank. You may have also caught DIO® on Dr. Oz, Ellen, the Meredith Vieira Show, The View, ABC, NBC, FOX, The Hallmark Channel, So You Think You Can Dance, and now….Unlocking Fairfield!

Wall Street Theater

Thanks to Lora’s job working for Theatre Projects, we were tipped off to a very exciting new theater just opening in Norwalk, the Wall Street Theater. We went along for a sneak peek to see it just weeks away from its grand opening performance, “8” A NIGHT WITH BROADWAY’S BEST…which is actually this Monday, May 15th. There’s still time to buy tickets. We’ll meet you there, we’re going, and we can’t wait!

We spoke to three key players in getting this amazing renovation and opening off the ground; from dream to reality: Frank Farricker of Lockwood and Mead, the Developer; Suzanne Cahill, the President and Chairperson of the Board; and Billy Blanks, Jr., the Artistic Director. We had questions!

A chat with Broadway legend Betty Buckley

We had the pleasure of taking a break during our workday and chatting with Broadway legend, Betty Buckley. An award-winning career that has encompassed TV, film, stage and concert work around the globe, Betty is probably best known as the quintessential musical theater actress.

This talented Tony Award winner will be singing songs from her recently released live double album, Story Songs, in a couple of upcoming shows at the Wall Street Theater in Norwalk (and look out for our exclusive Wall Street Theater blog post coming this week!). Her album is a collection of music from all genres, from theater, to folk, to Top 40.

Olley Court

Olley Court, located on Main Street in Ridgefield, is one small-but-mighty, utterly sumptuous boutique! Selling home decor, clothing, jewelry, art, gifts, and interior design services – you can cancel your round-the-world trip, they’ve found all of the most exquisite objects from around the globe for you! We spent the morning with store owners and interior designers Susan Buzaid and Robin Curnan, discovering everything there is to know about Olley Court.

Dojo Fairfield/C.O.B.R.A. Self-Defense

Because you never know when you might find yourself in a situation that requires some element of self-defense, we decided to visit Karina Gramesty and Kailen Pirro, owners of Dojo Fairfield, to receive some C.O.B.R.A training (Combat Objective Battle Ready Applications).

Today’s post is dedicated to passing on all of the valuable lessons we learned, and hope that none of us ever have to use it. Knowledge is empowerment!

What’s Cooking with Kimberley Locke

I don’t know what’s happening, but you just can’t seem to get us out of the kitchen these days! We were in the kitchen with Anthony LoFrisco a couple of weeks ago…and now we’re back, this time in Kimberley Locke’s kitchen. Yes, Kimberley Locke of American Idol fame, and so much more.

We did a “What’s cooking with Kimberley” segment a couple of years ago when we first launched Unlocking Litchfield, where we “cooked” a salad. For those new to our site, we are not cookers. We are very grateful for our husbands that do like to cook…and we usually stay far away from all those “tools.” We much prefer the eating part. But, we are always open to learning new skills, so Kimberley promised she’d make something simple.

A visit to the JED NYC showroom

During a recent trip to the city, we decided to mix business with fashion pleasure and drop in on the Jed luxury knitwear showroom. We wanted to say hi to Jed Krascella and his team, and see what they’re cooking up for fall 2017. Hint – an abundance of the finest sweaters you could ever want! 

At home with Sam Allen

Neither of us claim to have any real interior design skills. We know what we love, and have lovely homes, but we truly admire those that can “put together” a room. When we spent the afternoon with Sam Allen, founder of Sam Allen Interiors, at his Weston family home, we learned so many great tips. Both of us were inspired and went home to rearrange coffee tables and pile books together in coordinating colors! 

Solemates Co-Founder Monica Ferguson

We do so love a great entrepreneurial success story. Especially when the story involves two inspiring and ingenious women and shoes. Monica Ferguson (Greenwich native) and Becca Brown are the founders of Solemates – a company that came up with a way to save our high heels!

Ever had that daydream of inventing some kind of lifehack “thing”? “I’m going to make and sell this “thing” that nobody else has thought of yet.” Usually followed by, “I’ll have my own company selling this “thing” and I’ll be wildly successful!” Well, friends and co-founders Monica and Becca acted on that dream and started their own company, Solemates. They also charmed the judges on Shark Tank with their invention, the “High Heeler.”