Day Tripping in Essex

You’ve been requesting more Day Tripping posts and we’re more than happy to oblige! We love randomly picking a town in CT we want to discover, research, and plan a fun itinerary for the day. It almost always involves baked goods and coffee, some culture, some shopping, scenery, and of course lunch and a cocktail. Essex is our pick today, and what a picturesque town it is located in the Connecticut River Valley. Here are 5 stops you should make when you’re next Day Tripping in Essex!

Dottie’s Provisions

Dottie’s Provisions is everything you could ask for in a bakery and a coffee shop. It’s got the location (in a beautiful cobblestone courtyard in the lovely town of Litchfield), the baked goods (hello famous Dottie’s donuts and more!), the coffee (😍), and the lovely family who uprooted everything to move to Connecticut to run it!

Yep, it’s pretty perfect, and as we’re quickly turning into Unlocking Connecticut Bakeries….here’s our expert synopsis 😉

New York Fashion Week SS19

How we love New York Fashion Week. It’s like the Superbowl of the fashion world, as we like to explain to our hubbies. We always look forward to any event that The Riviere Agency + Fashion Palette put together. We were really excited to attend a group show that included: Bronx & Banco, Elliatt, Saski Collection, Elle Zeitoune, Jagger & Stone, Santina Nicole, Harvey the Label, NNCY, The Blonde Republic, Avery Verse, and Daniel Alexander.

Check out our recap and faves of some of Australia’s hottest designers and learn the who’s who of the Aussie fashion world! 

Switching to Sprint with Paul Marcarelli

Does the thought of switching cell phone plans make you break out into a cold sweat? Would you rather do your laundry, weed the garden, and unload the dishwasher, than try to figure out where to begin with swapping carriers? Same here!

Luckily for us, our friend and #1 Sprint customer Paul Marcarelli lives on the way to the Torrington Sprint store. So we stopped by to pick him up and bring him along to assist us with the whole process – with some careful planning, of course, as his filming schedule is pretty crazy with all of those commercials!

Our all time favorite 80s songs 😂

We’re 80s chicks through and through and you may have noticed our love of playing some of our favorite 80s songs in our #unlockingthecar vids! Recently, in a moment of brilliance, Lora decided we should jot down our combined top 10 and throw in some pics of us in all of our big hair glory. And so here we are. You’re welcome. And happy #throwbackThursdayonsteroids!

Blueprint CT Home

You’ve heard us talking about Blueprint CT Home before on the blog. We love owner Louis Lemieux’s aesthetic flair (and name). We especially love his new home for his store and even bigger collection of global treasures! Located in beautiful Bantam, we traveled one of our favorite routes in CT (Route 202) to pay a visit. Here’s what’s new at Blueprint CT Home!

KentPresents – A Festival of Ideas

KentPresents is the incredible brainchild of co-founders Donna and Ben Rosen. This three-day event is in its fourth year of bringing prominent speakers and guests from around the country to share ideas and thoughts on a multitude of important topics. Read on for our quick Q+A with the Rosens on everything you need to know about KentPresents!

Kemble Inn | Table Six Restaurant

Craving some “me” time? Want to treat your spouse/significant other to a romantic getaway? Then it’s time to discover a historic place that USA Today named the “Best Northeastern Small Town.” Take a drive to Lenox, Massachusetts and enjoy relaxed elegance at the Kemble Inn. Think Champagne in blue jeans. While Bev is busy and in “camp-mode” at her full-time job, I took my hubby for a little R&R…

The Bakehouse of Litchfield

Within Litchfield’s recently renovated jailhouse, you’ll find The Bakehouse, a lovely cell filled with the best of baked goods! Being that one of our mission statements is to try every bakery in CT, we stopped by, did a thorough taste-testing, and got the low-down. Read on…and because scratch and sniff websites still haven’t been invented, imagine the smell of fresh, baked pastries as you do so.