LA was Invaded by the Fierce 50 Women

LA Weekend

LA was Invaded by the Fierce 50 Women

Quote of the day: “I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.” Diane Ackerman

Something you may not know about me, is that I’m not very spontaneous! Of course maybe you had figured this out due to my planning nature in my summer bucket list? But it’s safe to say that I’m one of those women who tend to wait for invitations, and keep the calendar well planned out!

So when Catherine of the Fierce 50 suggested a photo shoot for any women living in the LA area, I immediately thought, “Bummer, I don’t live there, because it’d be so fun to actually meet these women in person!” The very next morning, I removed the previous day’s inspirational quote page from my calendar. The quote for that day is featured above! And it made me realize that I could get on a plane and join in on the fun, right?

That’s the beginning of this story which turned into a bigger party than any of us had first imagined!!

What is the Fierce 50 Revolution?

What started out as a way to connect women bloggers over 50 with the thought that we are not invisible, has turned into something much bigger! Considering the launch of the Fierce 50 only started less than 6 months ago, we are well on the way to becoming a sensation for not just bloggers, but for every woman. And soon it will encompass younger women too!! Because as I’ve been saying for years, it’s not about the age on your driver’s license.

In fact, I invite every single one of you reading this right now, to join the Facebook group Fierce 50 Revolution. We are hoping to reach 10,000 members soon, and hope you will be part of it! Why does it matter, especially if you aren’t a blogger? Because you really do count and the more we have in our group, the more we can make a difference for us and the younger generations!

 

LA Fun

It ended up that many women were interested in attending this event. And not just LA women, so Catherine put together some fun. Catherine is an amazing women with such vision. If it were me, I’d have just had the photo shoot and that’s it! But Catherine always thinks bigger and better, which is why the Fierce 50 Revolution is where it is today!

LA Weekend with LA Talk Radio

It was perfect timing since Catherine O. and Kathy Kaehler had just launched a new program on LA Talk Radio! I even had a small cameo on the show a couple of weeks ago (and there’s a newsletter that I was featured in also!) !! You can hear my appearance on your computer if you’re interested! But I should warn you, I was a huge dork!! I really need practice about talking about my blog and being coherent…that is for sure!! But if you want your dose of daily humor, then just fast forward to about 43 minutes into it and you can laugh with  me!!!

The show will be featuring all kinds of women who are FIERCE, so feel free to join in every week!

The Fashion

Since this is a fashion blog, I want to point out a couple of things, before we talk about all the activities and women!! First off, these women are all extremely beautiful. Everyone is different sizes and colors and ages, yet the inner beauty for each and every woman is shining through!!

Personally, I know mom, Nancy and I had recently styled outfits for what to wear on a plane! But I wanted to try out my Trendz skirt on this trip, which I have to report traveled beautifully. In fact, you can see in the photo below, it hardly even looks wrinkled! And this was after a night of fun at our event at the store, and then the plane ride to LA.

The other amazing piece for the weekend was my orange dress that I wore Friday night. It’s from a local boutique also, called Kaitlyn’s Collective in Cherry Creek! My husband and I have become friends with the woman who works there and I find myself getting a fun piece here and there! So like I talked about in the local boutique post earlier this week, finding unique items is such an advantage of  exploring your community shops!!

And lastly I want to tell you about the green sweatshirt in the group photo shoot photos!! It’s from FireDaughter’s clothing on Etsy, and it says “Though she be but little, she is fierce.” Shakespeare. I thought it quite appropriate for the weekend activities!!

Redondo Beach Hotel

Rob and I stayed at the Redondo Beach Hotel. This was convenient to be close to the events, and it didn’t hurt that the Friday night party was on their rooftop!! Who doesn’t love being able to head downstairs at the end of the night instead of driving home?

Here was the afternoon before the big event! Catherine & I were working on some last minute details! Rena (in the background) had been so generous and picked us up from the airport when Rob & I came in! I was blown away by such a fabulous offer, and it made me realize that there are many fabulous people in this world.

LA Weekend planning

The Launch Party!

The night started off a little cold and windy, but that didn’t stop us from having a great time.

Many of us also were able to be part of a Madion Reed video too! Notice I stood beside Barb since we were representing Bronco colors, LOL!!

LA Weekend

The dinner was catered by The Rockefeller in Hermosa Beach. The food was very good, and the staff made sure that my husband had enough to eat as he was the check-in person! That was a plus in his book!!

Kim, who Rob & I dragged into the VOXDJ’s  photo booth with us, had volunteered to help check in the women at the event along with Rob!! She really was a big help for Rob. You can tell she has a great sense of humor!!

LA weekend photo booth with Kim

I also would love you to meet the other Fierce 50 women throughout this post!! Each of their names is linked to their blog or social media site!! I hope you take the time to check them out, because each and every one of them is amazing!

Below is Tamera who has the most incredible style with her accessories. It makes sense once you find out she’s been an accessory designer!!

Fierce 50 women for an LA Weekend

Here is Julie in the denim jacket, who blogs with her 2 other friends, Cindy & Lori!! The 3 of them met in college and have been great buds every since and now have a blog together!! The woman in the red coat is Heike, who flew in from Germany!! She is a flight attendant and also designs jewelry!

New friends at our LA Weekend

Helen is squeezing in at the bottom of the photo with Carol right behind her! On my other side is Anita, Michelle in the background and Rena!!

LA Weekend Talk Radio launch

If the woman on my left below looks younger than 50, then you’re correct. This is Jessica who will be helping out with our next campaign for the Fierce 50 about bridging the gap! Because really, we are all wonderful women, no matter what our age! The other woman on my other side is Anne, who Rob & I got to go to breakfast with the next day!!

Women at our LA Weekend Party

Goody Bag

We even were gifted a goodie bag full of fun items! A huge shout out to all of the sponsors of the night because it was an incredibly, fun evening!! Thanks to ChicosMadison Reed, Lylo, Dermalogica, Artic Cool, Manna Dabholkar, and Kathy Kaehler! There were even some raffle prizes and thank you gifts!!

Goodie bag full of sponsored items at our LA weekend

Saturday Activities

I was so lucky to finally meet the woman who created the wonderful graphic for me at the top of my website. Her name is Anne, pictured above, and she is an amazing artist! We had scheduled to meet for breakfast and Anne chose Gjelina in the Venice Beach area!! Did I get a photo of the four of us?? Of course not because I was enjoying our company and conversation!! But you’ll see Anne in a bunch of these photos!!

Then we were treated to brunch at the French Kande studio! Just the door itself is so gorgeous, I thought!

LA weekend at French Kande

Here is Kande welcoming each and every one of us as we came in!! The medallions are the backbone of her creations, although there are some variations in all of her items! They are amazing pieces!!

French Kande our LA Weekend

Below is Kande herself giving us an inspirational talk about how she started her jewelry design business at the age of 50! It’s evident in the design and look of her studio, that she is a creative force!

Kande of French Kande in LA

Here is Karen and I as we arrived at the studio for our brunch!

French Kande studio in LA

We were joined by Helen & Susan!!

LA Weekend at French Kande

Kande was so generous in gifting us a bracelet similar to the one I linked for you. They have an affiliate program for their jewelry, and since they are a small business, I would love to be a supporter of their company. You can see by the link that their pieces are not inexpensive. So I am in a conundrum…

French Kande jewelry at our LA photo shoot

After the brunch, Rena drove us down to Venice Beach where we walked around and oogled the different offerings!! This was at the Fluevog’s Shoe store! If you look closely, you can see that Anne in the Sunday, Chicos photo is wearing a dress where the graphic is fluevog’s shoes!!

Venice Beach shopping

LA Photo Shoot Time & Dinner

Then it was time to get over 30 women together and take some photos!! Beforehand, this seemed almost as impossible as herding cats! But it turned out great, and there was even a drone taking some of the shots!! You can actually see the drone in the picture below!!

group shot of the Fierce 50 Under the boardwalk in LA

These fabulous photos were taken by Mike, who is Catherine’s business partner and a huge help to our Fierce 50 group!!

Hats off at our LA weekend

There are a couple more women that I want to point out. If you click on their links, then you’ll recognize them in the photos above and below!! Julie, Angelique, Sherry, Val, NoraLesley, Nancy and Shauna

Gathering around the flat in LA

And I learned a new term this weekend. As a land locked girl, I had no idea what Anne was talking about when she said she was waiting on the pier at the tide line!! But I am now not only educated about this term but also the term June Gloom!!

At the tide line in LA

Chico’s

#LoveChicos has been a big supporter of the Fierce 50 ever since the group started. It started out with them sending all of the original members a Chico’s bracelet! And then continued by having a couple of the women be involved in their Girlfriend Event in March!

Well, they have continued being wonderful with their love and support of the Fierce 50 by not only giving us a couple of great gifts, but also sponsoring a brunch and a private shopping experience for us on Sunday morning!! The hats and bags were donated by Chico’s, and I have to tell you how wonderful the staff was at the Santa Monica Chico’s!

Chicos in Santa Monica, LA & the Fierce 50 Women

Another couple of women that you might have missed are Rae and Deb!! And below is Lesley who is also a fabulous vocal artist!! You can see a couple of the CDs, I now have in my possession, and will hopefully be sharing with you soon!!

Chicos in LA with Lesley

Catherine & Val with me and my hat below!!

Chicos Hat with Catherine & Val

I laughed when I noticed that a bunch of us were wearing orange or red shoes!! Shoe pic!!!

Orange & red shoes

And thanks to my incredible husband, Rob for being our walking backpack for the entire weekend! He took photos, let me have fun with my new girlfriends, and even got to eat a treat or two! How cute are these leopard print cupcakes that he’s sampling??

LA Weekend at Chicos

Whew—that was a long post!! But it was a long weekend full of laughter, love and Fierce 50 women!! Don’t forget to join the Fierce 50 Revolution on FB—even if you aren’t 50 yet!! And thanks for reading!!

Keeping in Touch

Are you registered for my email reminders to let you know when a post goes live? I’d certainly love it if you take the time to sign up and make sure all your friends sign up too!! There are other ways to follow my blog. Facebook readers can see my posts by liking my page. Or my Pinterest page has all of our outfits in a nutshell!

And if you’re new to the party, you can always see our outfits organized by categories, here! Don’t forget to check out the deals & discounts too, on this page!

  • Sounds like so much fun, and you all look so stylish!

  • I enjoyed reading this so much! What a fantastic day Jodie! And the photos are amazing. It’s so lovely when you get bloggers together. I also love being part of the fierce 50 group xx
    http://www.vanityandmestyle.com

    • It was such a blast, Laurie!! It’s always so refreshing when everyone is so nice and friendly!!
      XOXO

  • Jodie, thanks for sharing all about this fabulous gathering of fierce women! So many beautiful photographs and all of those amazing smiles! This post will be a featured favorite on today’s link up which will be live later on today!

    Shelbee
    http://www.shelbeeontheedge.com

    • That’s so fabulous Shelbee—thanks for the feature!!
      We really had such a great time this weekend!! Now I just can’t wait to meet up with you sometime!! Your kindness is always so genuine and uplifting!!
      XOXO

  • Christina Makri

    You look so gorgeous all together! I think you had very good time together!

    http://www.artdecorationcrafting.blogspot.com

    • Thanks Christina!! We really enjoyed each other, which is so nice!!
      XOXO

  • HappyFace313

    🙂 OMG, this looks like SO much fun!
    I would have LOVED, LOVED, LOVED to join and no joke, I would have hopped on a plane and joined you ladies!
    Who knows, perhaps there will be a revival some day…
    Have a very HAPPY week 🙂

    http://happyface313.com

    • It really was a fabulous time!!!
      I don’t doubt there will be another event in the near future!! If you join us on FB on the Fierce 50 Revolution Group, you would be welcome to join us!!! And we’d love to have you!!
      XOXO

  • What a fun weekend! And what a fabulous movement! And how wonderful that you brought your photographer!

    Andrea
    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

    • Thanks Andrea!! My husband and I are great travel partners, so when you ask for one, you get both, ha ha!!
      XOXO

  • So glad you shared this in a post! It looks like so much fun!

    Mary
    https://www.themarycurator.com/

  • Amber Temerity

    Oh my gosh, this looks like it was SO much fun!! I love all the photos! 😀

  • Looks like fashionable women know how to throw an event! Everyone looked fabulous and I absolutely love that sweatshirt you are wearing….now that’s my style.

    • Thanks Jennifer!! And you’d wear the sweatshirt over a sparkly dress just like I did, too, right?? I know I’m crazy, but it’s fun!!!
      XOXO

  • This looks like so much fun and it’s great hearing about the fun weekend everyone had. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Ann-Marie | http://facetocurls.com

    • Thanks Ann-Marie!! It really was a fabulous weekend!!
      XOXO

  • The Real Lara Shoe

    Sounds like you all had a fabulous weekend. Bless your husband for all his hard work. I’m loving the hats off photo! Thanks for linking up with us at #FabFridayPost

    • My husband is definitely a saint for putting up with all of us for this weekend!! But at least he got some goodies to eat! LOL!
      🙂

  • OMGosh… Jodie what a great post about the weekend. You really captured the essence and I am so thrilled to be included in your post! It was a pleasure meeting you and your husband, so glad you came to California, and for your support for making this event so successful!

    • You are so amazing, Kande!! Your eye for beauty and style is so evident just walking up to your studio!! Thanks for hosting us and letting us “take over” your place again!!
      XOXO

  • Wow! What wonderful weekend you have had! Perfect location, surrounded with wonderful people and food. You are shining through – well done for stepping out of your comfort zone. Good for you! You look really happy in this and you are so in the happy zone! 🙂

    Thank you so much for linking up with us for #FabFridayPost

    • Thanks Su!! I am so glad I went and met these women!! I guess it goes to show that personal connections really are important!!
      XOXO

  • Oh very great event darling~
    This initiative seems fabulous to me.

  • Courtney Livingston

    This sounds so fun! I love all the photos and the outfits 🙂
    xx
    Courtney // courtneylivin.com

  • sue

    What a fun time you all had! I’ve said it before but maybe you could bring Fierce 50 on tour to Australia!

  • This so so amazing!!! Looks like you had a fabulous time!! Such an incredible experience, so glad that you stepped out of your comfort zone.

  • This looks like so much fun! I love LA!
    Have an awesome day!
    xx Kris

    https://dreamingofpink.wordpress.com

  • What fun you had that weekend! I can see how much everyone is enjoying themselves! I love your gingham blouse and hat. What a wonderful result of creative women coming together!
    Xx, Elle
    http://www.theellediaries.com/

    • Thanks Elle!!
      It was so nice to get to meet the women you communicate with regularly!!
      XOXO

  • Jodie, this is a wonderful recap of our fabulous Fierce 50 weekend. I’m so delighted to have met you (and Rob) in person and to have be able to get to know you. I feel like I can now call you an IRL friend and not just a blogging buddy. BTW, I grabbed a few of the photos to include in my post and I’ll make sure to give credit where it’s due.

    Rena
    http://www.finewhateverblog.com

    • You are the loveliest of people Rena!! And our memories of LA will be dotted with post office shenanigans LOL!!
      Did you get the drop box link for the photos from Mike? You can of course use any of mine, but he has others if you want to check them out!!!
      XOXO

  • This looks like so much fum, and what a cool idea! I’m especially loving your hats!

    Annessa
    http://www.seekingsunshine.com

    • It was a blast, Annessa!! Aren’t the hats perfect—I wear mine all the time now!
      XOXO

  • Your enthusiasm jumps through the computer monitor and is positively palatable. Love your wide-eyed expression in some of the pictures, like a child at Christmas. Have heard nothing but wonderful things about this experience. Well done, my amazing friend, well done!

    • It was quite the event!! And I do love meeting women and hearing their stories. I find everyone is so amazing!! I’m glad it came through in this post, Leslie!!
      XOXO

  • Catherine McCormick

    A fabulous and thoughtful post. You’re so special

  • It looked like a great time. I missed that it was going to be of a conference caliber. For some reason, I thought folks were just getting together for a photo; think I need to pay better attention!
    Hopefully, there will be a next time.

    • I don’t think you missed it, because that’s how it all started. But it grew and grew!! I think that’s just how Catherine rolls, and idea starts and then blooms!!
      XOXO

  • dan

    Hurray for all the fierce over 50 years old women!!!

  • Hi Jodie, I love all your photos and hearing about the fun weekend everyone had! So fun! xoxox, Brenda

    • It really was, Brenda!!!
      How are those fabulous puppies of yours??
      XOXO

      • Annie had major abdominal surgery to remove a wire she swallowed. Had to be on a leash for 4 weeks. Now Lulu has a UTI and is on antibiotics for 2 weeks. Right now I’m trying to keep her from eating the plumber! I feel like have newborn twins! It’s always something!

  • Loved reading all about the event and seeing the fun photos. Looks like an amazing time!

  • Damn! Why am I not living there! It looks like so incredible much fun! And that red dress is gorgeous on you Jodie!

    • It was super fun!! But not a hop, skip & jump from where you live, like it was for me, Nancy!!
      Thanks!!
      XOXO

  • such wonderful photos
    http://www.yesbabyonline.com/

  • Jodie!!!
    I adore you and feel so blessed you crossed my path … you really outdid yourself on this post ! Beautiful words and well done ! Thanks for including me ! I can’t wait til
    We meet again and fun to meet Rob as well !

    Xoxo

    • That’s exactly what I though—how blessed I am to have met you and made new friends!!
      Tell Jonie hi too and hopefully we will see you in October!!
      XOXO

  • Rebecca Saffer

    Wow – how exciting! Thanks so much for taking such wonderful photos. I felt that I was right there with all of you fabulous Fierce women. You have such a beautiful smile, Jodie and I loved that dress on you.

    • Rob really did such a fabulous job taking photos, didn’t he, Rebecca? The photo shoot ones were by Mike, Catherine’s business partner!! Totally fun and amazing…the entire weekend!!
      Thanks!!
      XOXO

  • Jodie, this is a WONDERFUL post that really captured the entire weekend perfectly. That was so sweet of you to include all your sisters in your post. Cecil and I just adore you and Rob. I pray to God that I get to see you again. I love you fierce50 sister.

    • Of course we will meet again, Anita!! We are but fierce!!!!
      XOXO

  • Susan Andrews Kanoff

    Thanks for this fabulous post! I was so disappointed to have missed out on the fun but your blog was the second best thing! Looks like you all had a blast!! XOXO Susan http://www.themidlifefashionista.com

    • You’ll have to come to the next one, Susan!! It was such an amazing weekend!!
      XOXO

  • Sarah M

    Hello,

    Amazing pics !

    Sarah, https://sarahmodeeee.blogspot.fr

  • Missy May

    This is why I love blogging. You get to meet wonderful amazing people that you share so much in common with and share ideas with. You also learn new things. It is great to see amazing women come together for something positive. Great great shots here Jodie. So much beauty and happiness in one place. Love it!! Looks like everyone had a blast. Awesome! 🙂

    http://missymayification.blogspot.co.uk

    • You are exactly right Missy!! Without blogging, I would have never met these women, and it’s these connections and friendships that are the best!!!
      Thanks!!
      XOXO

  • Oooh this is so awesome, Jodie!! This event sounds amazing on absolutely every level. I would love to get to meet so many awesome bloggers in person. And each outfit your wore for the trip is so cute. Love that photo shoot you did as well!! And great photo of your husband! 🙂

    ~Lindsey
    http://have-clothes-will-travel.com/

    • It really was super fun!! I’ve only met one blogger at a time before this, and I have yet to go to a convention either!! I can see how you could want to do this all the time—especially if everyone is as nice as these women were!
      XOXO

  • Kris Ronchetti

    These pictures are wonderful! I love that each of these women have their own unique style. You looked so great in all of these pics. I live in the LA area so next time you are in town…I would love to meet up with you. Definitely going to be checking out the various bloggers…thank you!

    • Thanks Kris!! I have a feeling that this won’t be the last time we meet up in LA!! I would love to get together if we make it out again (because there could be an outing out there next spring!!). You’ll have to email me (jodie@jtouchofstyle.com) your name & #!!
      XOXO

      • Kris Ronchetti

        Oh that would be great!! I also signed up for the FB page you suggested. You make my day when I receive your emails….thank you so much!

        • That just made my day, Kris!! Thanks for such an uplifting comment!!
          XOXO

  • What a fun event! That last photo shoot is something else. I am getting close to 50 and this post makes me look forward to it. 🙂

    http://www.kathrineeldridge.com

    • That’s exactly what should happen, Kathrine!! It’s just another wonderful year under our belt, right?
      Thanks!!
      XOXO

  • Looks like you had an amazing time! I listened to your radio podcast… You did fab!
    http://styleforlessvegas.wordpress.com

    • Thanks for being supportive, Darlene!! I just need way more practice—but thanks for laughing in private!!
      XOXO

  • Nicole Mölders

    Thanks for the report and notes from the meeting. Too bad that I missed it. 🙁

    • Hopefully you can make it next time Nicole!! Of course your commute would be killer!!
      XOXO

  • Katie Mitchell

    Oh my gosh…so much fun!! Amazing!! And how great is your hubby!??! LOL Love the swag bag too!! Have a great weekend!!

    • Thanks Katie!! I agree my husband is a saint, right??
      XOXO

  • What an amazing event! I love the energy!

    XoXo,

    Tamara – LoveofMode.com

  • Chryssy Joski

    What an amazing group of women! So inspiring!
    #fdflinkparty

  • Jocelyn (@ReadingRes)

    What an amazing experience for you, and good on you for being spontaneous and going to LA. Looks like loads of fun and an inspirational event, too x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

    • We did have such a fabulous time!! I’m all about planning, Jocelyn, but there is something to be said to throwing caution to the wind, right?
      XOXO

  • Lesley Watson

    You look great in all these shots! I’m wondering how many bags you made it out of Denver with to come up with all the darling outfits you wore over the weekend. How many bags came back to Denver with you? Looks like a totally fun weekend. I recognized several faces from other blogs I follow and to see you with other favorite bloggers made me wish I was a part of that party. As usual your personal paparazzi did a great job. Have a good weekend.

    • I have to admit, I didn’t pack very smart on this trip, Lesley!! Usually Rob & I share our suitcase for a weekend trip, but this time, I commandeered the entire suitcase and he had to have his own!!
      But it’s all good, right?
      XOXO

  • Rebecca Phillips

    Ok, just joined asked to join this fabulous FB group Jodie. What a great group of women. A very inspiring post…..

    • Yay!!! I’m so glad you’ll be part of the group Rebecca!! It was so heartwarming to find out how lovely this women were on the inside too!!
      XOXO

  • Jodie, I had such a good time reading this post. Sounds like you had an amazing trip and really got to meet these fab women. I am active on the site as you know and am turning 49 tomorrow, so I can relate to the ladies and yourself. I love the cold shoulder dress you are wearing and how fun everyone wearing orange or coral shoes.
    Have a great weekend
    jess xx
    http://www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

    • Thanks Jess!! Next time you’ll have to join us!!
      XOXO

  • Terri Webster Schrandt

    Yes! That red cold shoulder dress–stunning! How fun that you threw off planning and convention and went for it, even hubby!! Nothing like meeting people in person! Hope you enjoyed SoCal. You were so close to Sacramento (but so far)! 🙂

    • Thanks Terri!!
      It is so incredible to meet the people you “know” by blogging IRL!!
      Of course, you’re on my list to meet up with too, Terri!! Of course, I won’t be windsurfing with you, but I’ll be happy to tape you from the sidelines!! Ha ha!
      XOXO
      Jodie
      http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

  • Janis

    Love you in the orange dress. That is definitely a great color and the cut was perfect.

    • Thanks Janis!! I have to admit that it was my husband’s favorite!!
      XOXO

  • What a fun event this must have been! Loved your images, felt like I was there with you.

    • Thanks Carol!! It really was a treat to meet all these women!!
      XOXO

  • What a wonderful recap, Jodie! Almost felt like I had been there after reading this post. Sounds like great fun!!

    Enjoy your weekend!

    Mary
    http://marymurnane.com

    • Thanks Mary!! We were so blessed to be able to attend!!
      XOXO

  • Just fabulous Jodie! It looks like such an amazing trip! Love all of your photos- it really made me feel like I was there. And yay Rob- for being such a great husband!!! Loved reading this. 🙂
    ~Melissa
    https://freshairandfalselashes.com

    • Thanks Melissa!! We did have such an incredible time!! And I am blessed with the best husband ever!!
      XOXO

  • So fun!!!!!

  • Great post Jodie! It looks like LA was a very busy and very fun time! It was fun to see pictures of all my fierce sisters! Peace!
    Cheryl

    • We missed you terribly Cheryl!! But we’ll meet up soon!!
      XOXO

      • I’m a nut but had to come back and say thank you for joining the Ladies Who Link Up party! 🙂

        • And the funniest thing, is we use that term all the time!! I tell Rob, he’s a nut almost daily!!
          XOXO

  • donnanance

    You had a blast! I recognized some of the bloggers. Rob was superb in his role as supplier of necessaries, as well as an all-around good guy. So glad you made the trip. xoxo

    • Rob outdid himself really!! And it was nice because there were a couple of other husbands around so he could bond!! 🙂
      XOXO

  • Oh my gosh Jodie! Good for you! I loved hearing about your trip and recognized so many of these great bloggers! A couple I’m not familiar with, so I’ll be checking them out. But, honestly, I love that you just did this. What a great quote and way to live. You deserve this, and as I approach 50 (in 3 weeks!) I am realizing that time is short. So, you and Rob are fulfilling that quote!

    • You are exactly right, Julia!! Life is short…so we need to enjoy while we can!
      Thanks Julia!!
      XOXO

  • Judy Gramith

    Anne’s words seem very appropriate Jodie, You are exuding energy, sincerity and fun in every photograph. Also, you totally stole the show in that red, cold-shoulder dress!!
    It was good to see Rena there enjoying the meet up festivities. I hadn’t realized that you two were mutual followers of each other’s blogs. I admire you two a lot!
    It looks like your man Rob had a great time among all of you fierce, fifty, females!! He’s a keeper Jodie!

    • Thanks so much Jude!! I do love meeting new people and hearing their stories! And that was exactly what this weekend was all about!
      I hear you are rooming with Rena in Seattle?? She just stole my heart by offering to pick us up at the airport and we spent time with her all weekend!! That’s what life is all about, right? Friends and kindness!!
      Rob just told me last night that he really enjoyed the weekend—I did hit the jackpot with him!!
      XOXO

  • Love this!

    Daniel x

    The Daniel Originals | Instagram: danielpoonvignez

  • Great recap of our action-packed weekend! The best part? Meeting you and Rob in real life!
    You light up the room, my dear! I gift you our local realtor’s tagline: Tiny but Mighty!
    xxox

    • I love that tagline, Anne!! We always say short & sassy, but then again that reminds me of the shampoo commercials from forever ago!! (totally dating myself)
      And back atcha about meeting IRL! It’s amazing how you are never too old to make new friends, right?
      XOXO

  • Thank you SO, SO much for sharing this with us! What a wonderful weekend and so many newly familiar faces.

    You are so hardworking with all this blogging biz, and always take the time to visit, comment, support…no wonder you were invited to be part of the “inaugural” group. You ARE the personification of their mission statement!

    Kudos to Rob, for being so supportive and a great photographer.

    AND, you TOTALLY ROCKED that cold-shoulder dress. Favorite outfit EVER!!!

    • Thanks so much Em…and I’m so glad you joined the group too!! We need more fabulous women to keep the movement alive!! You know how you’re never sure how everyone will be IRL? Well, it was nothing to worry about, because EVERYONE was incredible!! That’s the way life should be!!
      And thanks for the thumbs up on that dress! It’s Rob’s favorite too 🙂
      XOXO

  • Miriam Zakharova

    awww this post is so lovely!

    http://cheremimi.blogspot.com.es/

  • Mireille

    Looks like you all had lots of fun! Love how your skirt was perfect for traveling and my oh my I love your orange dress!

    • We really had such a blast—it was good that it was only 3 days, because we were exhausted afterwards!! LOL
      Thanks Mireille!!
      XOXO

  • Karen

    So much to take in here, and I can see you had a wonderful time! Spontaneity sure paid off! Love the orange dress you wore with those heels! What a great look! Thanks for sharing your fun time with everyone!

    • It was a whirlwind weekend—I had to come home to relax, LOL!! But even Rob just commented that it was such a great time!! That’s when you know it was good!!
      XOXO

  • Bev @ Walking Well With God

    Jodie,
    So glad you decided to be spontaneous and jump on a plane!! Love the orange/red bare shoulder dress – you rocked that!! Enjoyed getting to share, vicariously, in all the fun!
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

    • It’s true, Bev. Spontaneity has it’s place, and I’m so glad we traveled out for the weekend!! Even my husband had a great time!!
      Thanks!!
      XOXO

  • Cathy Lawdanski

    What a fun weekend. Love you in that red cold-shoulder dress. I love the French Kande pieces. Jennifer from A Well-Styled Life wears them all the time in her posts. They seem to be very versatile so may be a good investment. May ask for a piece for my birthday!

    • I have seen the French Kande pieces on Jennifer’s blog too, Cathy! And maybe spending more on certain items every once in a while isn’t a bad thing??
      Thanks!!
      XOXO

  • Wow such great pics! Looks like you had an amazing time Jodie. Have a lovely weekend.

    Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

  • Fantastic gathering! Would loved to have been there.

    • It was fantastic, Gail!!
      You’ll have to join us next time!!!
      XOXO

  • Wow! In love with this post! Enjoyed reading it!

    Mihaailo| mihaailo.blogspot.com

  • Deb’s World

    I loved reading this Jodie! What a wonderful time you all had together. My favourite quote is that one on the green sweat shirt! I also have orange shoes, so I would have fitted right in with you all. Thanks for all you do.

    • Isn’t that quote on the green sweatshirt just perfect?? I think we all need it!
      And how fabulous you have orange shoes!! You are truly a fashionista!!
      XOXO