The Fierce 50 Campaign

I am thrilled and honored to introduce and be part of The Fierce 50 Campaign, where over 50 women over the age of 50 have come together to celebrate and honor one another on this 50th day of the year, February 19th.

The brainchild of Catherine McCormick, this movement highlights the powerful demographic that is women over 50, intends to shifts outdated and inaccurate perceptions of midlife and beyond, and show the world that we are just beginning.

I will be turning 50 this fall and to be included in this movement is like getting an early birthday present from a fabulous group of friends! I was thrilled to be asked. When I once would feel anxiety about turning the page on a new decade, I now feel invigorated, inspired, excited. Being 50 will indeed be fierce!

Read more about this movement in this article at Thrive Global.

Illustration by Beth Briggs

Meet Tamera Beardsley

Each participant in The Fierce 50 campaign was was paired with another woman. It’s my pleasure to introduce you to my dear friend and fellow blogger Tamera of Tamera Beardsley, whom I would venture most of you are already familiar with. Tamera has a huge following and many loyal readers.

Being Tamera’s partner in this experience has been such a treat! I can’t wait to tell you about her. I’d like to start with what originally drew me to Tamera’s blog back in 2012: her glamorous signature style.

Glamorous Style

I can’t recall the first time I came across Tamera’s blog, but the moment I laid eyes on her gorgeous outfits with the beautiful Southern California backdrops, and of course her beaming smile and jaw-dropping good looks, I was hooked.

Feminine, bold, unique, inspiring, creative, fashion-forward, artistic, and glamorous are all words I use to describe her unforgettable style.

With a background in high fashion jewelry design, her creations gracing the pages of many fashion magazines, it’s no surprise Tamera has a style that gets noticed.

Everything she does, she does with passion, style and flair. From her magnificent mother-of-the-bride ensemble to something as simple as preparing a cocktail for a guest in her home, Tamera puts her unique and always gorgeous touch on everything she does.

She intentionally seeks out, creates and surrounds herself with beauty. Tamera has a gorgeous aesthetic both for fashion and home décor – indoors and out.

And the parties she throws for family and friends are absolutely amazing!

Southern California Living

Tamera and I have many things in common. One of the predominate interests we share is our love for the aspirational California lifestyle – I’m in the north and Tamera’s in the south. I think between the two of us, we’ve got most of our fabulous state covered!

Tamera fully embraces the “So Cal” lifestyle and enjoys bike riding, kayaking, hiking and even surfing.

She explores restaurants, shops and hotels in Southern California, from Los Angeles to Palm Springs and Orange County to San Diego. Her gorgeous photos and interesting stories and tips make you want to pack a bag and hop on a plane!

Crown Yourself

If Tamera’s blog was about fashion and her fabulous Southern California lifestyle, that would certainly be wonderful enough, but she offers so much more. Tamera is willing to share openly about life’s ups and downs and her own journey as a mother raising and homeschooling three beautiful children to what brought her to blogging: a creative outlet to help ease the highs and lows of her children leaving the nest and beginning their adult lives.

Tamera’s authenticity, openness and willing to be vulnerable are special gifts I – and many others – treasure. Certainly these qualities are important reasons we became friends beyond fellow bloggers.

Tamera wants you to take time for you. She expanded her love for making and wearing gorgeous crowns – some created with silk flowers, others with beads, shells and even wood – into an important and meaningful symbolism in her Crowning Yourself series. In Tamera’s words:

“I see Crowning Ourselves as akin to self care, the kind that believes in taking the time to self invest and self reflect on our qualities that make each of us special in our own right. It’s a reminder to take the time to nourish your own soul – in order to give better to others. It’s not about being Queen…it’s about celebrating your own unique soul.”

How I Wear My Boho

Tamera was the first person to introduce the term and concept of self-care to me. Like nearly every woman I know, it’s something I struggle with. Tamera, through her creating, wearing and writing about Crowning Ourselves has helped me tune-in with my own needs for care, whether it’s taking time to exercise more, allowing myself to relax or just setting aside obligations for a bit to focus on me.

Family

To say Tamera has a gorgeous family is certainly an understatement! It’s easy to tell on Tamera’s blog how important her family is to her.

I have had the pleasure of meeting two of her three beautiful and kind children and have also spent time getting to know her husband, Jeff.

Last year, Tamera’s gorgeous daughter, Ellis, was married. I can never get enough of these stunning photos from the wedding. See more of them here.

Tamera’s husband Jeff is a lovely and kind man who is so easy and enjoyable to be around. I see many similarities in Tamera and Jeff’s marriage to my own marriage. Like us, Tamera and Jeff have a true and solid partnership that is built on love, support, and shared interests.

They make such an attractive couple and when you’re in their presence, it’s clear they are deeply in love and truly enjoy spending time with one another. In fact, they recently celebrated their 29th wedding anniversary last fall. Congratulations, you two!

Tamera makes time to plan special dates with her husband on a regular basis as I do. Whether it’s checking out a new Orange County hotel or heading to the beach for one of Tamera’s magnificent beach picnics, I always love to see where the two of them are headed next.

Our Friendship

Tamera and I met in the summer of 2013. Bill and I planned a road trip to Southern California to explore and visit some friends. Tamera invited us to dinner at her home. This was not the first time I would meet a fellow blogger but it was the first time I would meet a fellow blogger in her home. I was very nervous, I admit. But the moment she opened the door and gave me a big hug, I knew the evening would be delightful and I was right.

Tamera’s home is a gorgeous representation of her aesthetic. She has turned every inch of her abode into a stylish, comfortable place for enjoyment.

We dined al fresco in her backyard, which overlooks a vast open space. Jeff grilled while he and Bill got acquainted and I sat down with Tamera to get to know her better.

At some point during the evening, I wore a crown of Tamera’s  – an unforgettable moment during a momentous evening and the official start of our friendship.

The following year, Tamera flew to Wine County for our Bloggers in Napa Valley getaway which you can read more about here.

From left to right: Kim of Northern Cal Style, Heather of Style Mind Chic, me, Tamera Beardsley, Jennifer of A Well Styled Life

We also shared the runway in the Stella Carakasi spring fashion event. It was such a treat to have that experience with her.

Tamera and Jeff spent a few extra days here in Wine Country. It was such a pleasure to show them around. We even had a chance to visit my friend Abi’s home and winery for a very special afternoon.

Thank you, Tamera ❤️

Tamera offers her many readers inspiration, aspiration, thoughts to ponder, fantastic travel ideas, DIY projects and plenty of fabulous eye candy.

She makes midlife not just okay but wonderful, exciting and fabulous! She is all about embracing life.

Tamera has taught me much since I first found her blog and became her friend:

~  Add your own style, flair and beauty to whatever you do – the big things and the little.

~ Give of yourself, but not at the expense of your own well-being. Caring for you not only benefits you, it benefits those you love and who love you.

~ Make the people and the things that matter the most a priority.

~ Surround yourself with beauty at every opportunity. If you can’t find it, create your own!

~ Own your age and be proud of your years.

Follow Tamera on Instagram for stunning images of style, fashion and Southern California living.

Meet all the other #fierce50 women on this page that was specially created for this campaign! There you will find other Fierce 50 duos with links to their posts.

Also, check out this inspiring and informative interview with Hannah Storm, conducted by Catherine.

If you are interested in either joining or supporting The Fierce 50 movement, please contact [email protected] for more information. There’s lots more planned for this year and beyond!

 

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Arrowood Winery is located in Sonoma Valley, just a few miles from where I reside. It’s a beautiful winery that sits majestically on a hill overlooking a vineyard, nearby vegetable farm and lots of beautiful oak trees.

Photo Courtesy of Arrowood Winery

Emily Martin of The Jetsettting Fashionista and owner of Emily Martin Communications & Events collaborated with her client, Arrowood Winery, to host several San Francisco and Wine Country bloggers for a sit-down wine and food pairing.  I was delighted to be included and couldn’t wait to visit this well-known winery. This delicious and educational event included a panel discussion with Arrowood’s winemaker, Kristina Werner, and a three-course meal created by Chef John Toulze of the The Girl & The Fig. and designed to pair with a selection of Arrowood’s wine.

It was a wet and rainy January day, which is just what California needs after a long drought.

Arrowood Winery is always a stunning property, no matter what the weather or time of year.

When we arrived, we were greeted immediately by the warm and welcoming staff. We were offered a glass of Sauvignon Blanc to start off the afternoon.

The tasting room is warm and inviting!

I was curious about the view from the balcony so took my glass of Sauvignon Blanc outside to take a look around.

I loved the cozy and stylish seating areas and plan on returning another day with my husband to enjoy the patio and also the view.

Once we had a chance to explore the tasting room and the patio area, we 12 bloggers headed upstairs to their elegant dining room that overlooks their expansive vineyard. A gorgeous table had been prepared just for us.

We would be enjoying this educational food and wine pairing with two important members of the Arrowood team, winemaker Kristina and Guest Relations Supervisor Joe Label.

Kristina told us about her background including how she began her career as a winemaker in the Midwest before coming to California’s Wine Country. She also shared Arrowood Winery’s story, as well as, lots of interesting tidbits about grape growing, winemaking and more. Joe shared intriguing facts about Sonoma County AVAs (American Viticulture Area), their terrior and some fascinating wine history.

Our food and wine pairing began with a root vegetable dish, perfect for wintertime. Roasted carrots and honeyed almonds were lightly dressed in a saffron crema. I loved the addition of citrus to this lovely dish. This course was paired with the Arrowood Winery Viognier, which was crisp and light. It was one of my favorite wines of the day, though it was hard to pick favorites among such fantastic wines.

For the second wine and food pairing, we moved from white wines into reds. A braised oxtail dish that included house ground polenta, cocoa nibs, Delicata squash and sage pesto, was accompanied by Arrowood’s 2012 Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. Winter comfort food at its finest!

The third course was my very favorite of the three. That is really saying something since the first two were so delicious! This dish had one of those taste sensations you can’t stop thinking about days or even weeks later. Chef John made black truffle ravioli with triple cream mornay and black truffles and topped with micro greens. It was hard to resist licking the plate clean! This phenomenal dish was served with 2013 Arrowood Winery Proprietary Red Wine – a fantastic pairing!

Be sure to put Arrowood Winery on your wine tasting itinerary next time you head to Sonoma Valley.

Thank you to the staff at Arrowood Winery, The Girl and the Fig, and Emily Martin for a wonderfully delicious, fun and educational afternoon.

Arrowood is offering 15% off wines to The Rich Life readers. Just use code ARROWOOD15 for your online orders.

 

 

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