International Women’s Day 2015

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International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.  This year’s theme, “Empowering Women – Empowering Humanity” envisions a world where each woman and girl can exercise her choices, such as participating in politics, getting an education, having an income, and living in societies free from violence and discrimination.

In 2015, International Women’s Day will highlight the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a historic road map signed by 189 governments 20 years ago that sets the agenda for realizing women’s rights. While there have been many achievements since then, many serious gaps remain. This is the time to uphold women’s achievements, recognize challenges, and focus greater attention on women’s rights and gender equality to mobilize all people to do their part.

This year I’ve partnered with Stargazer Barn to help raise awareness for International Women’s Day which is Sunday, March 8.  Stargazer Barn is located in coastal Northern California, where they grow tulips, lilies (like the beautiful Starfighter lilies pictured above) and iris and work tirelessly with nature to produce the most spectacular fresh cut flowers and are part of the American Grown Flowers Movement.  Stargazer Barn also has a small vineyard on the property where winemaker Wil Franklin creates small batch wines, which express the terroir of Humboldt County’s Trinity River.  Stargazer Barn also partners with like minded artisanal makers in their community to create gift collections which include their handmade products with their wine and flowers.

To celebrate International Women’s Day, Stargazer Barn sent me this lovely Stargazer White Collection which features a classic combination of flowers, white wine and chocolate. All your favorites, right? This collection includes 12 stems of big, bold Starfighter Lilies in a galvanized French Bucket style vase,  a bar of craft chocolate from Dick Taylor Chocolate Company (one of the few “Bean to Bar” chocolate makers in the country), and a bottle of their small batch Stargazer Barn Chardonnay. This gift collection is the perfect way to celebrate International Women’s Day, or any special day.  For more info about Stargazer Barn please check our their site at: and to learn more about International Women’s Day please visit: