Southend’s farm-to-table menu is surprisingly good compared to what the restaurant looks like from the outside. I like to sit outside in warmer months for cocktails and apps with girlfriends. I recommend the little gem Caesar salad, the burger, and the local burrata.

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Nails Hollywood

For a non-organic mani-pedi experience, Nails Hollywood in New Canaan is your place. They give the most luxurious back massages while you get your nails done and they do an impeccable job. It’s my go-to spot.

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BA Skin Lab

It took me 3 years to find a good local facial but I’ve finally found it with Barbara at BA Skin Lab. I walk out looking 5 years younger every time and my skin has never looked better. They sell Biologique Recherche products, so if you’re not interested in buying anything just note that at the beginning.

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The Whitney Shop

I stumbled into this home store one day and my jaw dropped. Everything is preppy, colorful, and gorgeous.

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It’s technically a pizza place, but Locali serves so much more than just pizza (although the kale leopard pizza is delicious). It’s always packed for dinner but get their early and wait at the bar which makes great cocktails. Our go-to order is the Umami meatballs, crispy Brussels sprouts, chop chop salad, and a pizza.

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Mead Park

Mead Park is a giant park that boasts a baseball field and two playgrounds: one for older kids and one for little kids. They were both recently redone and they’re beautiful, clean, and so much fun. They also have an amazing park lodge, The Apple Cart, with a pretty impressive menu for both kids and adults.