Fierce50 Weekend! Celebrating Life & Sisterhood!

Happy Wednesday Everyone!

I had the most amazing weekend, celebrating with my Fierce50 sisters.  For those of you who don’t know, I’m a member of the Fierce50 Revolution.  It’s a group of women bloggers and Instagramers, age 50+, who are showing the world that life doesn’t end at mid-life.  We are here and we are FIERCE!  A small group of us gathered in Redondo Beach, California over the weekend to launch the Cat & Kaehler Radio Show and celebrate one another. (Note: This is a photo-heavy post/ Courtesy of CEMO & Mike Castagna)

A Fierce50 Weekend! Celebrating Life & Sisterhood!

Friday night we met on the roof top of the Redondo Beach Hotel for a launch party, photo shoot, cocktails, dinner and dancing.  Oooohhh, it was so much FUN! The majority of us were meeting in-person for the first time and we enjoyed laughter, screaming, hugging, and chatting.  It warmed my heart so much to see several husband photographers with their wives.  I was so happy that CEMO had other guys with a common interest to spend the weekend with.  Their support means everything to us.  Priceless!!!

A Fierce50 Weekend! Celebrating Life & Sisterhood!

The evening was full of activities.  Madison Reed filmed a promo video for their company during the launch party.  We had an awesome female DJ, named Sahara, who rocked the house with some old school jams that we could all relate to.  We also got silly, in a fierce kind of way, at the photo booth.  Both the DJ and Photo Booth were provided by VOXDJ’s, Inc., so if you’re in the area and planning a party, definitely check them out.  Our dinner was catered by Rockefeller Gastro Pub.  The food was delicious and very pleasing to the eye.

A Fierce50 Weekend! Celebrating Life & Sisterhood! A Fierce50 Weekend! Celebrating Life & Sisterhood!

A Fierce50 Weekend! Celebrating Life & Sisterhood!

A Fierce50 Weekend! Celebrating Life & Sisterhood!

A Fierce50 Weekend! Celebrating Life & Sisterhood!

A Fierce50 Weekend! Celebrating Life & Sisterhood!

A Fierce50 Weekend! Celebrating Life & Sisterhood!

A Fierce50 Weekend! Celebrating Life & Sisterhood!

Upon arrival, we were given our name tags and glam tote bags from Chico’s, full of awesome products from some of the fierce50 sponsors, such as; Madison Reed, Dermalogica, Lylo, Arctic Cool, and Manna Dabholkar.  There were also lots of giveaways in the raffle held during the event.  What an amazing evening!

A Fierce50 Weekend! Celebrating Life & Sisterhood!

On Saturday morning, French Kande hosted a wonderful brunch for us from their fabulous jewelry design studio, and we got to see some of the stunning custom pieces made by the company.  We were all given a French Kande bracelet and shared a bit about ourselves after hearing how Kande got started.  It was so inspirational to hear the confidence that shined through as these women shared their stories, and I found myself identifying with a part of each one.  When I walked in the room, the first person I saw was a cute young lady who was wearing my fabric, so I grabbed her to take a photo with me.  We asked about each other’s garments and laughed.  She bought hers and I made mine.  She was such a sweetheart.

A Fierce50 Weekend! Celebrating Life & Sisterhood!

A Fierce50 Weekend! Celebrating Life & Sisterhood!

A Fierce50 Weekend! Celebrating Life & Sisterhood!

A Fierce50 Weekend! Celebrating Life & Sisterhood!

After the brunch we were on our own until Saturday evening when we met at the Redondo Beach Pier for a group photo.  Chico’s provided us with cute straw hats and we held American flag pinwheels.  Do you know how much work it is to get a lot of women together for a group photo?  Hahaha!  We were having so much fun that our photographer had to keep yelling out instructions.  Hahaha!  We love you Mike!  After our group shot, I took advantage of the ocean backdrop and posed for a few photos in my comfy caftan that I made.

A Fierce50 Weekend! Celebrating Life & Sisterhood!

Fierce50 Weekend! Celebrating Life & Sisterhood!

A Fierce50 Weekend! Celebrating Life & Sisterhood!

A Fierce50 Weekend! Celebrating Life & Sisterhood!

A Fierce50 Weekend! Celebrating Life & Sisterhood!

A Fierce50 Weekend! Celebrating Life & Sisterhood!

Fierce50 Weekend! Celebrating Life & Sisterhood!

After the photo shoot, we all walked over to Hots Kitchen for dinner.  I’ve never eaten there but I can assure you we’ll be going back.  The food was great but my favorites were the homemade tortilla chips and guacamole.  Oh my goodness!!!  I kept eating and eating them until I just forced myself to stop.  We had great conversation during dinner and I learned some awesome tips on how to create Instagram Stories.  So if you follow me on Instagram (@anitabydesign), you’ll start to see more stories from me.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get any photos at the restaurant.  I was too busy eating.

A Fierce50 Weekend! Celebrating Life & Sisterhood!

On Sunday morning, Chico’s hosted us for a brunch and shopping before the store opened.  Managers were sent from several stores and they took amazing care of us.  Chico’s is a huge supporter of the Fierce50 and I have much respect for them.  While my sisters tried on clothes, I shopped the jewelry counter and found several pieces that I took home , which you’ll see them in upcoming posts.  After more photos and a final group shot, our fabulous Fierce50 weekend was over.  Seriously, it went by way too fast.

A Fierce50 Weekend! Celebrating Life & Sisterhood!

A Fierce50 Weekend! Celebrating Life & Sisterhood!

A Fierce50 Weekend! Celebrating Life & Sisterhood!

Fierce50 Weekend! Celebrating Life & Sisterhood!

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A Fierce50 Weekend! Celebrating Life & Sisterhood!

Being with the women this weekend further supports my belief that when you are confident in who you are, when you follow your passion, living from a place of gratitude and embracing your position in life, God will bless others through you.  We need community!  We need companionship!  We need purpose!  Above all we need God!

I wish you all a lovely rest of the week!

Remember:  “When you live in your DESIGN, it is from there that God SHINES!”

Anita

 

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33 Comments

  1. Linda L

    Hi Anita I just adore all of your outfits in these photos. The Fierce50 group is awesome, love it. Keep doing what you are doing. You are a blessing and an encouragement. Thank U

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    1. Anita MorrisAnita Morris (Post author)

      Hi Linda! Thank you so much! I really appreciate your comment.

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  2. Catherine

    Fabulous post. Adored meeting you and can’t wait to do it again!
    XO,
    Catherine

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    1. Anita MorrisAnita Morris (Post author)

      Thanks Catherine! Can’t wait to see you again.

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  3. Shawn

    This looks like fun!!!! Your outfits are awesome!!!

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  4. Wendy Beadel

    Anita
    you were definitely the most fashionable of the group. So happy to see all that you are involved with and I know you bring Christ’s Spirit and love with you to all
    I am so proud of you, love Wendy

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    1. Anita MorrisAnita Morris (Post author)

      Heeey Wendy! So nice to see you here! This is an amazing group of women and I adore them. There’s not a competitive spirit anywhere. We support and value one another as middle-aged women and that strengthens our bond. Thank you so much for stopping by.

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  5. Tawanna Craig

    Anita, thank you for sharing this with us. I can see you ladies had an amazing time. Hopefully this will happen again, and I will be able to attend.

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    1. Anita MorrisAnita Morris (Post author)

      Hey Tawanna! It was lots of fun. I’m pretty sure there will be another event in California, and it would be great if you could attend.

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  6. Jean Murray

    Anita, You look great in every outfit from head to toe. I enjoyed these pictures and the last picture was in front of one of my favorite stores, Chico’s…I have just started reading your Blog and really enjoying your style. I really feel inspired after reading your blog and looking at your creations.

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    1. Anita MorrisAnita Morris (Post author)

      Hi Jean! Awesome! Thank you so much for your support and feedback. There’s lots more fabulousness in the making. Have a great week!

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  7. Tracy Griffin

    One thing that always strikes me about your photos, Anita, is how clearly your husband’s adoration of you comes through. He photographs you so beautifully…although he does have someone beautiful to work with. The happiness you share shines through!

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    1. Anita MorrisAnita Morris (Post author)

      Oh gosh, Tracy, thank you so much for that! I have to go tell him what you said right away. He loves to hear feedback on his photography.

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  8. Rosalind D....

    Anita, it is so nice that you are sharing these beautiful pictures with us. I enjoyed the fact that you rocked “our” updated muu-muu. Simply beautiful.

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    1. Anita MorrisAnita Morris (Post author)

      Hahaaha! Thanks Rosalind! Yes, the caftan took on the beach.

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  9. Cheryl E Brown

    You look Very beautiful and classy!! Keep doing what you do!😁😁😁😁💕

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    1. Anita MorrisAnita Morris (Post author)

      Thank you!

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  10. Mrs. Chi

    Beautiful! Glad you had an awesome time. You are so beautiful as always. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Anita MorrisAnita Morris (Post author)

      Thanks Mrs. Chi!

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  11. LaToria Bolling

    Anita, I LOVE this post. I can see how much fun everyone had. It’s sooo nice to be in the company of like-minded people. I enjoyed reading the post and looking at the pictures. Everyone looked sooo beautiful. The smiles on your faces showed what a good time was had by all. You are right, “life doesn’t end at mid-life”, that’s when we really start living and you all are living a Fierce50 Life.

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    1. Anita MorrisAnita Morris (Post author)

      LaToria, YES! We’re living fierce50 lives! Thanks sister!

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  12. Carmen

    Great post, great pictures! Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Anita MorrisAnita Morris (Post author)

      Thanks Carmen!

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  13. Peggy

    Hi Anita, Oh my that is so awesome!! We are here and we are FIERCE! I like that because I’m 53. I know you all had a wonderful time. Amazing pictures and I’m loving the caftan and the flora dress. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Anita MorrisAnita Morris (Post author)

      Well HELLO my FIERCE sister!

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  14. Yvette

    Great post, Anita!! Thank you!! Did you make the purse you are carrying with the blue floral maxi dress? It’s adorable!!

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    1. Anita MorrisAnita Morris (Post author)

      Thanks Yvette! I purchased the purse many years ago. Isn’t it a great match?

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      1. Yvette

        Oh wow! It’s definitely a great match! I’m kind of sad, I thought maybe we’d be getting another purse tutorial!! 🙂 Thanks Anita! Continue to thrive with your sophisticated style!! 😉

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        1. Anita MorrisAnita Morris (Post author)

          Thanks Yvette!

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  15. Pam

    Love it – amazing support by women for women.

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    1. Anita MorrisAnita Morris (Post author)

      It really is so wonderful to have community like this, Pam.

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  16. Kelly

    Great post Anita😊!

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    1. Anita MorrisAnita Morris (Post author)

      Thanks Kelly!

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