Fierce 50 - LA Weekend


"We are a Sisterhood and a Voice ... Confident and Empowered ... 50 and Fierce!"


Fierce 50 is the brainchild of the fabulous 

A few weeks ago many of us met up for the  first time in person
in Redondo Beach California
for a weekend of activities.


Jeff and I checked into the
with the closest harbor views I have seen at a hotel.
Literally the harbor was right outside our room!

Now you might wonder why my husband would be accompanying me on such a trip?

Well it ended up to be a perfect  opportunity 
to have a wonderful weekend away together
and 
I needed my photographer.

I was not the least bit surprised how many other husbands 
also made the weekend trip.
There were so many it almost felt like a full blown paparazzi at one point.

And in full disclosure 
I was so glad to have Jeff with me
because even though I felt like I knew some of the women coming
I hadn't truly met anyone in person
which had me filled with butterflies!

For me
 even though the weekend was all about 
getting out of my comfort zone
I actually needed the support.
So many times during the weekend
I wanted to turn around out of nerves
but  I am ever so grateful I pushed through.


We had a lovely suite with a patio and the perfect opportunity to take in the harbor life.


Our patio was the perfect place to settle in with a glass of wine
and 
take in the scenery for a while.


I had gone and had my makeup professionally done before 
our  hour drive  from Orange County to LA.
So this time  getting ready was to be a snap!

Especially since my outfit had been carefully designed and prepared
weeks in advance.
It was complete with a new Crown
I designed  for the opening rooftop event.


The event was an evening rooftop event 
overlooking the ocean
I chose to wear my J Crew seersucker ball skirt
paired with an off the shoulder top
vintage woven bag and Seashell Crown.


I wanted and outfit with presence
while still having a casual SoCal vibe.
And most importantly one that was easy to wear!
This ensemble checked all my boxes.



The evening event  was truly a ton of fun!
When I walked into the event
I couldn't believe how many people I 'knew' were there!

It felt surreal like stepping into a TV show or movie.
Like you knew people even though you had never really met them.

Especially
the founder of The Fierce 50 herslf
who is truly as beautiful inside as out
and
she has one of the biggest hearts ever.


I was so amazed at the level of organization
and
work that went into the evenings festivities!

How adorable are these glittered tote bags from
who were one of the large sponsors of the
Fierce 50 weekend!


The next morning we had a brunch at the
 studio in LA.

And the best part of the brunch
was meeting Kande herself!!!

Kande pictured here on the right
(next to Shauna on the left, from Chic over 50).

As well as being a successful accessory designer
Kande has such a bright and bubbly personality
and
 a generous soul!

Brunch with Kande provided one of the most meaningful times  of the weekend for  me.

After Kande explained how she began her now thriving business
at the age of 50
she asked each blogger to introduce themselves 
and
say a bit about themselves.



In a room filled with women of such diverse backgrounds
a common theme began to emerge.
How we all found blogging in a search for something more
at a phase  in our lives that also had many commonalities.

There was also the commonality
of how we all met the challenges of learning new  technologies in order  to do so.

I was also so moved to hear other women speak
about  how sometimes it's difficult to put yourself 
'out there' day after day.

Blogging as much as I truly love it
can come with some pitfalls 
and 
hazards.

One being for me
 the need to keep my 'eyes on my own paper'
to not compare lives or numbers.

For me I have learned  over the years to immerse myself in gratitude for my life
and 
stay true to my story
and
my voice and soul.



It is always so easy to compare our own lives to others
'highlight reels'.

But when we truly have gratitude in our heart
we can not only appreciate our own stories
but we are so much more open to 
appreciate the stories of others.

I was moved to tears to hear 
I was not the only one who had struggles with various aspects of blogging  some days.

Sometimes you can  look at some blogs and think they have perfect lives
But I have never met anyone who truly did
bloggers or not.


The other muddy territory  sometimes with blogging sometimes can be
how transparent to be.

On my blog I have a whole subtitle which is
 Thoughts
where  I have shared my real life struggles.
From thoughts on Parenting, An Empty Nest, Gratitude
to defining my next chapters
I have written about it.

I have never, ever wanted to put out an image my life is perfect.
When I wrote for years about the estrangement of my son
I was overwhelmed with the not only the compassionate responses
but how many other people were that were walking the same hard path.
When the estrangement was eventually untangled
my readers were able to share in the joy.

As much as I love fashion and design
it the human soul to soul connection  that is most meaningful to me.



My favorite part of blogging is always the relationships that have developed.

Meeting wonderful women who can connect over lifestyle and aesthetics
but often grow into deeper friendships
as we realize life is hard on us all 
at one time or another.
And life can be so much richer together.


Sometimes it's life's hard roads
that can make us realize to seize joy 
as often as we can.


On a much lighter note
after brunch it was time for a group photo shoot.

As often as I have my picture taken for fashion shoots
nothing makes me cringe like group photos!
But this weekend for me was getting out of my own comfort zone
so with some urging of one gorgeous women
I decided to go for it.


Yep, this is how I felt about it.
But  also with the firm urging of my husband
I took off my shoes, donned the new hat
and 
down to the sand I went.


I am glad I went.
Yep, I sucked at the group picture
but boy did I learn a lot by watching some of the other women!
They were on their game and a photographers dream!!


These two beauties were absolute pros at getting each shot so right!!
On the right is Shauna of 
(and boy is she!)
On the left is the fabulous Sheree 

They both had me leaving the weekend wanting to up my photo game for sure!!
My photos from Palm Springs  (HERE) last week would never have come out so well
without seeing these two
 do their craft with poise, elegance, energy and fashion  passion!!


They celebrate this phase of life so beautifully!!


Another true highlight of the trip was getting to spend time with
the Fierce 50 Founder!

She is on a true  mission to change perceptions on what it means to be 50!
And she is doing one hell of a job!

Women banding together can do so much to change aging perceptions
not only do they inspire others
but so many of these fabulous women
make aging truly aspirational!

It is going to  take all of us to help change the perception of aging
not only for ourselves
but those following behind us.

To promote a new viewpoint 
and
 to  realize aging is not something to fear
but can be with intentional gratitude and  focus
be a truly wonderful stage in life!


As always my friends

I wish you love and joy
as you style your life





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La Serena Villas ... Palm Springs


We were back this week at my favorite Palm Springs hotel
La Serena Villas
which truly is 
'The ultimate  luxury hotel tucked in the heart of downtown Palm Springs'

One of my favorite parts
it's 21 and over!
As empty nesters who have done the kids thing
an adult luxury hotel definitely checks my boxes!


We found La Serena several months ago
just driving through the historic downtown area.

I saw the Linus bikes
in the most amazing shade of blue out front
and
literally made Jeff stop the car to find out more about this amazing place!


Their front chairs are made for blogging dreams.
Neither the bikes or the chairs could oversell the property.
It just keeps getting better around every turn!!


The property was converted from small apartments
which means the hotel rooms are luxuriously spacious!


Take a look at this dreamy spacious walk in closet!
I may have been ruined for ordinary rooms now!


The room comes with a delightful wet bar
and small fridge.
The perfect place to set up our traveling bar!


Since I knew it was going to be a hot stay
I brought a 'bouquet' of tropical branches for the room
from my garden
instead of my usual oversized floral bouquet.


The bathroom was also huge with double sinks.


The tile work and brass finishes 
have me dreaming once again
of a bathroom remodel!


Talk about luxurious details
the Turkish towel shower curtain is something I must
reproduce at home!


Each room comes with a large sized private courtyard
complete with a bench, fire pit 
and 
claw footed tub!


A cold bath outside  in the desert heat
are what traveling dreams are made of!

And who knew the shampoo from the hotel
could make a tub full of the softest bubbles!!


A mojito from the bar was the finishing touch!



Speaking of their bar
how absolutely adorable is the Frida Room!



The property is small and intimate
complete with 
The Whispers Spa.


I absolutely love dressing in Downtown Palm Springs.
It's an area that appreciates a love of aesthetics.
I love to bring my glam best.




Another wonderful aspect of La Serena's location
we can simply walk to our favorite restaurant Melvyn's
for dinner and drinks.
We alway meet the most interesting people at the bar!


For me Palm Springs is also all about hanging at the pool.
At La Serena's pool
not only do you have to be 21 or over
they have a rule against talking on your phone while at the pool!
Ahh how I love a well done pool!


But there was still plenty of opportunity for some pool fun!


It's off season in Palm Springs.
The up side is that summer rates can be lower
the downside
the property's restaurant isn't open.
But they have plenty of coffee set out in the bar
as well as in room Kurig's.


Not only is coffee plentiful in the mornings
but they will deliver a simple breakfast
to your room or pool
in the cutest wooden picnic baskets!


Nothing like a poolside picnic
with your morning coffee!



How about a swinging chair on your front porch?


I finally got a chance to ride the fabulous
Linus Bikes that are complimentary at La Serena!
It was these gorgeous bikes that had me stopping in my tracks 
when I first drove by the property.

What a fabulous way to tour this historic district!

If you find yourself in Palm Springs
and
 are looking a lovely, luxurious boutique hotel
I highly recommend the ever stylish
La Serena Villas!



As always my friends

I wish you love and joy
as you style your life





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