Meet Jenn! While some know Jenn as a local blogger with that “keep-you-guessing” hair style who is often sharing her favorite summer swimsuits or colors for fall on Facebook or her website – jennfalik.com – she is also a Westport Native and mom of two girls who like so many of us, is constantly trying to stay afloat in this crazy world of Motherhood. After years in PR, Jenn began creating on-air segments for national TV shows like Today, The View, E! News and more, and while she does It still, she loves being back in Westport, and living across the street from her childhood best friend! Jenn loves summer mornings at Elvira’s, is a major musical theatre geek (self-described!), and prides herself on keeping It real. Thank you Jenn for not being afraid to write, think, dress or live outside the box – and for putting down in words things so many of us are thinking, but don’t know how to express!
So many of us as moms find ourselves doing things we never initially expected after having kids, and Cori, partner to Co-Founder Sandy Friesen of Welden bags, is a great example of that! Though in another life she may be a math teacher or a stylist, she is the proud VP of Sales and Marketing at Welden bags, focused on bringing a new version of craftsmanship and creativity to the hand bag market. Cori grew up in Westport, left briefly, and returned as a mom of two, and loves Compo Beach, fall weekends at Silvermans and Jones, and is often seen – with her signature red lipstick and top knot at Bar Taco or Rizzutos with her family. Who knew a ballet class for her daughter would turn into a new career path? Thanks Cori for sharing your story!
If you looked the word “Champion” up in the dictionary, the definition should be Allison Walmark. If you know Allison, she’s an inspiration. If you don’t – within two minutes of talking to her – you will laugh, you will be amazed, and you will be inspired. After years as a Marketing Director for many well-known magazines, Allison has turned her attention to issues impacting her own family (namely Autism and breast cancer), and slowly but surely, changing the world for the better. Though Allison’s life has been devoted in recent years to Autism Awareness and the search for a cure, inspired by her son Ethan, she recently battled (and is a survivor of!) breast cancer, and will no doubt fight that fight next. In a next life, she may sleep a bit more and try acting, but for now she enjoys trips with her family (Disneyland and Atlantis being two favorites), watching her gymnast daughter and musician son perform, time with her friends, and dedicating her life to engendering positive change. Allison makes all of us want to be champions for those things that matter most in our worlds, and as her family picture spells out – LOVE – is what drives It all. So, in honor of breast cancer awareness month, we want to honor her, and the many amazing moms (and women) we know – or will know – who are champions just like her!
Who would have thought an April Fool’s joke about a mom’s child turning pink after eating too many pink cupcakes would have turned into a children’s book series, TV show, and Broadway Musical? No one, including Victoria Kann, mom of two teenage girls, and the author of the 60+ beloved Pinkalicious books anyone and everyone with little girls knows and loves. Victoria moved to Westport 13 years ago, but grew up coming here as a kid! She loves writing, time with her family, gardening, and pets; in fact, growing up she had 2 cats and 13 kittens at one point, in addition to ducks, a rabbit, and a dog (at different times!). Victoria is often known for her silly sense of humor, and swears by blush and her sleep! Don’t miss an in-person reading of her newest book, Pinkalicious and the Amazing Sled Run at the Saugatuck StoryFest THIS Saturday at 11am! We are lucky to call this beloved author one of our own!
So many people in our community have a unique story about how their realtor helped them find that perfect house and how he/she really made them excited to call Westport home. Jeannette Floto is one of those special people who leaves a mark on all the families she helps. In addition to being hard-working, passion and incredibly talented at what she does, Jeannette is a very involved mom to three, adds tremendous positive energy to any room she walks into, and loves enjoying all of the different seasons in Fairfield County where she was born and raised. Jeannette had an unexpected open-heart surgery 2.5 years ago, and now truly views every day as a chance to help others, to teach kindness in her kids, and to enjoy her husband, who she only regrets not meeting earlier in life. She swears by the app Instacart and mascara, but most importantly, is enjoying this time in life with her family and bringing new people into this community she feels so lucky to call her home.
Meet Denise! Well known for her esteemed interior design firm, D2 Interieurs, Denise has built and designed many homes in Fairfield County, and is respected for her creativity, vision, and of course her laugh! Denise lives in Weston and is mom to two teenage boys, who she loves traveling with to adventurous places including Hong Kong and Costa Rica. Locally, she loves vintage store shopping, a good night with family or friends at Bar Taco, and in another life she would be the singer in a rock-n-roll band! Denise values integrity in her friends, believes being an advocate for your children is critical to their success, and is a pleasure to spend time with, personally and professionally. Her talent reaches beyond Fairfield County into NYC and beyond, and we are lucky to have her in our community.