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Welcome to Fairfield County Lifestyle!

Helping Fairfield County residents discover the best of wellness and lifestyle. We feature local female entrepreneurs to inspire you!


  • Writer's pictureSherri Bartley Rivera

Updated: Jul 30, 2021

Are you looking for a magical evening to meet up with loved ones but want to relax and truly enjoy the experience ? Meet Jennie Julio, owner and creator of the Luxury Picnic Co.! She will make your event one to remember!

After the pandemic, Jennie had a desire to have her family and friends get together, eat great food, laugh and have a wonderful time. The pandemic proved how important time shared with loved ones truly is. She wanted the shared time to be extra special and luxurious for her loved ones. Luxury Picnic Company was born.

As Jennie explains, it doesn’t have to be a milestone event, to wait to celebrate. We need to also celebrate our time together every day. Jennie wants clients to feel luxurious without having to do all the work. One of Jennie’s favorite parts of her business is the initial reveal of the picnic space to her client. After she and her team have set up and styled the picnic space, seeing the excitement and thrill on her client's faces is incredibly rewarding.

In addition to three employees, Jennie's current team consists of Adam, her 20-year-old son, and Abbie her 17-year-old daughter. Adam and Abbie help setup the picnic spaces and Jennie styles the tables, pillows, food and extras. Furthermore, Adam is the photographer, you’ll see his work @LuxuryPicnicCo on Instagram. Abbie is the social media expert; you’ll see her creations on TikTok - @luxurypicnicco - and Instagram. Jennie handles the company's website: And just an aside, my daughter and I used to carpool with Abbie to Westchester and Abbie rocks, an absolute amazing human that positively radiates.

When Jennie isn’t planning and designing picnic experiences, she teaches yoga privately to long-standing clients. She has been a yoga therapist since 2005.

Jennie’s message:

“Never be the one to say no to yourself. The answer will always be no if you don’t ask. Let someone else give you the no and you’ll never regret a passed opportunity.”

Everyone is happy to share space created by Jennie.

  • Writer's pictureSherri Bartley Rivera

Meet Maria Flynn, owner of Hygge Home Living in Ridgefield. Maria is an interior stylist and professional organizer. A friend introduced Maria to the Danish word HYGGE, (Hygge describes an ambience as well as a state of mind; it evokes an inner sense of contentment). and the concept resonated with her. And that’s exactly what Maria accomplishes, she creates function and thoughtful design that creates a space you want to come home to!

Maria’s clients are busy women that have unfinished home décor projects and/or folks looking to simplify living everyday at home.


Inspired by beauty seen in nature, light, art, patina as well as simple life pleasures Maria designs thoughtful and functional spaces that encourages your company to stay a while and we promise they won’t want to leave!


Maria also offers professional organizing services. I (Sherri speaking here, Jean is very organized! 😉) had a kitchen junk drawer that I sought Maria’s advice on. Maria asked me general questions about my kitchen. Do I bake? Do I cook? Do I entertain? She suggested the drawer next to my oven is where I should store my oven mitts (they were on the other side of the kitchen and I never thought a second about the logistics).


So, after the questions, we spoke about zoning and she advised organizing three drawers, instead of the one! Sign me up!!! She then measured the drawers and took pictures of the contents we would be keeping.

Maria is brilliant in her organizing. She empties the entire contents and questions the usefulness of each item. She then sets up stations:






I had some items in my drawer that I received as a gift from our wedding 24 years ago and never used!

When Maria came back for the second appointment, she offered me different organization (storage) options that I could choose from. These organizing trays were selected to custom fit perfectly within the space.


And now when I come home and open these drawers, I feel contentment and love for these drawers. I like to show them off! Anyone that messes up my drawers better watch out! 😉



Mention FCL and Hygge Home Living is offering 20% off a room styling service or kitchen organization service .

And get Hygge! 😊

  • Writer's pictureSherri Bartley Rivera

Meet Jen Harding, Life Strategist and owner of Map to Succeed.

When Jen was 17, her dad brought home a personality assessment that she took along with her five siblings. The personality assessment results were startling and Jen was very intrigued! Jen worked at Lexis Nexis for 13 years where she helped customers increase productivity and improve decision making. Jen used personality assessments for her co-workers, direct reports and clients. This helped her team understand each other better and ultimately this information made for a more cohesive and successful team.

Jen stayed home for 15 years to raise her five children. Friends would send her their kids to Jen for personality assessments and guidance. Jen is a big proponent of do what you love and she loves helping others! During COVID Jen utilized a personality assessment for herself and decided to make her passion for helping others a more formal pursuit.Hence, Map to Succeed was born!

Map to Succeed will identify and maximize your skill set and unlock your inner talents. Some clients meet for three sessions, some meet for more depending on the client’s goals.

The process is:

1) Interview – you tell Jen all about you

2) Assessment – this is driven by what your goals are, will include a proprietary personality assessment

3) Analysis – getting ready to embark on your next step, uncover your passion

Jen’s clients typically fall into three categories:

· Kids transitioning to college/post high school

· Kids graduating from college

· Women going back to work

And she does take on other clients as well. In addition to working with individual clients she also works on life strategies with corporate clients.

Jen is offering FCL audience a complimentary 15 minute call. A moment into your initial call you’ll feel Jen’s energy and zest for life and will be hooked!

You may contact Jen at 203-400-0329.

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