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





linking with
Not Dressed As Lamb






12 comments:

  1. Tamera!! It was such a blessing to get to meet you!!!
    I admit, that I love having my husband around at these kinds of events for the support too!! It's always nice to have a soulmate in our pocket!!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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  2. What a lovely post, and your look gorgeous in your shell crown and beautiful neutrals. It sounds like such a treat to meet some fellow bloggers in that fabulous setting, and the photos show a team of fantastic over-50s! xo

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  3. Tamera! This is so well done! I am always so touched by your honesty. I am so shy and introverted and I feel you can understand that. I always think how lovely it would be to be out going but I am a watcher and thinker. Lovely post dear!
    Cheryl Tucker
    Http://www.northwestmountainliving.com

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  4. Tamera, it is so lovely to see your whole beautiful face as you always wear sunglasses. You are so vibrant now, your soul lit up in these gorgeous shots. xx

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  5. That shell headpiece is spectacular! And what a wonderful event this looks like, I love the group shot. Blogging is definitely about the friendships. X

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  6. HOW MUCH FUN WAS THAT? A group hug for this mid 6-0 girl! You always look amazing, Tamera! Your passion and candor has truly gifted me!
    w/L

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  7. :-) This looks like a ton of fun and had I know, I'd have flown in from Europe to meet all you lovely ladies!
    Maybe next time.
    Have a very HAPPY week :-)

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  8. You didn't look like you were at all out of your comfort zone! Beautiful and creative as ever! What a terrific time all of you had. Thanks for sharing, Brenda

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  9. Tamera you look amazing and the professional make up suit you so well. No fears 50 Dear ...and all
    the other ladies too. What a great idea from the founder to encourage all women in that age group
    (and hopefully older too)

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  10. Looks like you had a BALL!
    I have a question for you........recently I was SCOLDED for using the hashtag #FIERCE50.I realize it's a GROUP.............since Iam NOT A PART OF THIS GROUP should I NOT be using that hashtag?Or do they want the word to spread with others who are over 50...........please advise as I do not want to tread on painted toes!
    How are the CONTESSA PEARLS doing?I just ADORE MINE.........I could wear them daily!
    AGAIN I THANK YOU FOR THAT SPECIAL GIFT!!!!
    XX

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  11. Tamera, I use to receive your posts, but have not received anything for quite some time. I tried to re-enter my email address smckellar607@bellsouth.net, but it says it is invalid. Not sure what the problem is. Thanks

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  12. What a beautiful post! Your photos are fantastic! I'm sorry I missed this but I hope I'll be able to go to the next one. Xoxo

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