Olive + Annie 

Hey everyone! I’m sure you’ve all realized how quickly October flew, and I never have complaints about this; my birthday is October 30th, I’ll be the big 2-5! 

Of course then comes Halloween, and since I was young it’s always been my favorite. Probably because I love to dress up, right? Well holidays are so much more exciting now that I’m a mom. I get to watch how excited Avynn is to run around at a pumpkin patch, and how nice it feels to bring Ivory with us and make new memories! 

A few days back, my sisters and I (of course with the kids) decided to visit Clark Farm!

This place is fun for kids and adults, and has such an assortment of activities for only an $8 admission! As I always say-support your locals! 

I also figured it would be the perfect day to whip out the perfect little gift from Olive + Annie 

How perfect are these leather moccasins?! These ones are ‘3-6 months’ and I love that they have an elastic around the ankles to make them easier to slip on! Ivory is still tiny so these were easy to throw on! 

I’m so obsessed with the color I chose, and it was so hard to choose. This color is popular in all seasons, especially fall-for me. 

Their real, genuine, leather moccasins are so vibrant and super classic. What I loved most when asked to represent the company is their passion. 

Olive + Annie moccasins are handcrafted in Kenya where their mission is that each purchase supports their initiatives to end sexual violence in and beyond East Africa! 

I loved this, and in recognition of that would love to offer my readers a discount using my code ‘fierce15’! 

Someone’s excited for their new moccs! 
We’ve already gotten endless compliments on these! They are in the color ‘Sahara Brown,’ I need an adult pair, haha

Head over to their site at Olive + Annie and also check out their Instagram page at O+A

These are so gender neutral and perfect for the holiday season coming up! Thank you again to Ellie and the Olive + Annie team, we are in loveeeee

Small business Sunday!

Happy Sunday everyone, and everyone here in Rhode Island-we finally have a decent day to relax and watch football (yesterday was miserable)! Right when we were in the hospital for Ivory Elle’s arrival I had received a box of Macaroons from JOY and let me tell you, my family and I were obsessed!

Growing up, working for small businesses made me appreciate the quality of items tremendously, and it inspired me to interview Liz about their small business. When I was younger, I had a million dreams and goals. I once wanted to be a pediatric nurse, until the thought of seeing blood made me cringe. Then my mind swayed to teaching children, I’ve always loved kids. Finally, once I had a daughter of my own, I changed my mind again and considered owning my own clothing line one day, or possibly owning a boutique. This made me start thinking.

I asked Liz what inspired her to become a baker and how long she had been in the business for?

I have always loved baking and bakeries, and have always had a fascination with bakeries and sweet things. I started seriously baking about 10 years ago, and was inspired to make Macarons while waiting for my first baby to be born. I so loved the process, that I found myself making tons of them and giving them to family and friends. I worked in retail most of my adult life and thought it would be great to own a bakery, so I went for it. We have been in business for two years now.”

Just reading Liz’s response gave me such a connection. Not many people find a career in which they love and enjoy, and sometimes our children (or being pregnant with our children) give us inspiration to consider career paths in which we may never have considered before.

When I was pregnant with Avynn I had a complete change of heart towards teaching, and I ended up taking a long leave of absence from school. With my second pregnancy I realized that after all I did want to get into the medical field because such of a high demand for jobs. However, because of my queasy stomach I had to consider something in an opposite atmosphere. I finally talked to a career adviser and decided I wanted to study Medical Sonography. This career is rewarding, and I enjoyed learning all aspects.

When I asked Liz what training/experience she had prior to opening the bakery she says,

“I had no experience in the food industry, but -(As she stated before), I did have retail experience and customer service experience along with marketing. I rented commercial kitchen space where I learned how to use the appropriate equipment and asked tons of questions along the way.”

I absolutely love hearing real life inspiration, and she definitely radiates this. Naturally, with all of the good vibes going around, I had to ask about the food, haha

Liz tells me their best selling items are their Pistachio, and their Honey and Lavender Macarons. She says, “Our ice cream sandwiches have become super popular as well.”

I have to agree that Pistachio was one of my top favorites too!

And like all things, with the good always comes a challenge . I ask her what kind of unexpected challenges they may have faced when operating/owning a bakery?

She states, “I have been surprised by how tough you have to be owning a business. I created JOY with the intention of spreading Joy to people and making them happy. You can’t please everyone and I really want everyone to experience the best from JOY “

Every business that I have ever worked for always had the same intentions. “The customer is always right,” was always a factor. Pleasing the customer and making sure that you develop a great reputation was always a priority. And of course the main goal is to always keep the customer coming back, and wanting more. As a business the one factor that will always try to get in the way, is the competition. How do you set yourself apart? Many businesses set themselves apart with the smallest little “extras.” The “little things.”

Liz, how do you compete with others in your area? What makes you stand out and why do you feel you’ve been so successful with other bakeries in the area?

She explains, “We work very hard on having the best product and are constantly working to make it better. We try to have original flavors using the best ingredients and we NEVER use artificial flavoring. Because Macarons are all we do, we set high for ourselves and aim for perfection everyday, and we have standards of FUN!”

This is exactly what I was explaining-the ability to take the extra TLC to use natural sweetness and make sure to always find ways to improve are key in staying original!

This is definitely respectable and in just two years I am sure this is what their customers have noticed most (aside from the delicious recipes)! With so much success I wondered what she considered her greatest accomplishment?

“My biggest accomplishment is creating a business that my entire family can be involved in. I have three kiddos and my husband works with me, and I have the perfect work/life experience.”

This is honorable. To be able to spend time doing what you love, with who you love is a blessing. I embrace my love for writing along with fashion, in this blog, and being able to include my experiences as a mother, and share these moments with my girls is amazing. Having James photograph it is the biggest bonus.

To end our interview, I ask if she had to be a Macaron, which would she be, and why?

“I would be the Violet and Black Currant. It is sweet and tart, but adventurous and bold. It’s my favorite flavor!”

I love this. I loved the Macarons, and I gifted one box to a lucky winner through Snapchat! He received the box and loved them as well.

A huge HUGE thank you again to Liz. I diiiieeee over the cookie dough Macaron! It was my family’s favorite! Best of luck with all you do!

To all of my readers, the packaging, vibrancy, flavor, and experience with Joy Macarons was unreal. These make the perfect gift, especially with the holidays just around the corner! Make sure to check out their Instagram as well at JOY!


Autumn Attire

Plaids, olive, burgundy, and navy’s are always fall favorites, and for me I’ve always loved mustards and tans! I’m so excited that mustard yellow is coming back this fall because I finally got to whip out my favorite faux fur!

I am at 6 1/2 weeks postpartum now and no lie I can squeeze into 3 pairs of my pants, these white ones, a pair of black ones, and 1 pair of lightwash denim. It’s insane how much our bodies transform when we have children-no complaints here! I finally hit my weight goal, and got the approval to get into my workout routine! 

I’m slowly working these “winter white” jeans into my autumn attire. 

James took the day off and we spent an amazing day in Newport, while he snapped photos of me. 

I received this gorgeous gold cuff bracelet from Ona Chan Jewelry and I’m obsessed. Usually because my wrist is tiny I don’t really appreciate bracelets, but this fits like a glove! It’s called her “Dagger Cuff” and it comes in silver and gold. What I fell in love with when Ona contacted me was her ability to create pieces that represent her life. I completely relate to the concept of embracing moments and making something your own. That’s what I’ve aimed to display with creating my blog.

The gold cuff went perfectly with my neutrals and mustard jacket.

Ona has some great pieces, along with a collection ‘Mimi Too Collection’ which will help benefit the Boston Children’s Hospital.

A huge thank you to Ona for sending me this piece! I know it will be a staple in this years wardrobe for me.

Check out her work on Instagram as well ➡️ Ona Chan

Ladies in Lanoosh

It’s officially so so chilly already, so when we received these matching dresses my first thought was layers! Since Avynn was born we’ve always matched, mostly because since James and I were 13 we used to match our outfits in school…people always called us corny haha

Although Ave and I always matched we never had identical clothing until these were sent to us from Lanoosh !

I decided to try and make our outfits more “in season,” by throwing some fringe details together! I also tied the dress up for a tunic-style. 

Other than the fact that I’m already super pale, I wanted to layer the dress with some cut off jeans to stay warm, and add balance to our outfits!

If you haven’t noticed already, I completely chopped my hair! Well not me, but my go-to friend and hair queen Complex Beauty did! We are doing something crazy to my hair right after Halloween and my birthday! 

Avynn was so obsessed with her dress, and we spent James’ day off in Newport. Everyone was driving by and riding their bikes by taking photos of us, they loved the matching outfits!

Pretty soon Ivory will be able to match us too! Check out Lanoosh on Instagram as well!  ➡️ Lanoosh

Lena Japon looks!

Hey everyone! It’s already going into the second-and chilly week of October! I looooove this month because hello I turn the big 2-5!

What comes along with these chilly months is dry skin-eek. My absolute favorite thing to do is moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! Although I’ve never considered my skin to be “flawless,” I’ve always gotten compliments on it.

Once I decided to quit indoor tanning I began moisturizing like crazzzzy, and I recently collaborated with Lena Japon which is an amazing all natural brand based out of Tokyo!

They sent me the cutest little travel kit with amazing goodies! My travel kit was made up of 4 products! The first item was a LJ moist bar! I used this first to wash and exfoliate!

Next I used both LJ Moist Balance moisturizers in ‘light’ and ‘rich’

I’m obsessed with the smell and texture of both! They are so light weight and have so much coverage with just a small amount!

Lastly she sent me the LJ Moist Shimmer UV! Because I’ll be outdoors today shooting for the blog, I decided to use this as a top coat! Below is a tiny clip from a full tutorial video that I’m unsure if I will post. I haven’t broken into the YouTube world yet, so we shall see!

All LJ products will be available in the US this December! As for now, follow them on Instagram for updates! ➡️ LJUSA …also if you are interested in purchasing from them before December I can help you out just shoot me an email!

Humpday Bootay Bag!

Can’t believe it’s the 5th of October already! It’s been awhile since I’ve had an extra chance to sit here, relax, and write. They say when the baby sleeps that’s when you rest…but with a 3 1/2 year old at home as well, there is no resting for me, barely time to eat, and there hasn’t been an extra minute to blog.

I promised myself I would keep up with it to keep me sane, haha but Rhode Island has been drowned in rain and crappy weather for a few weeks now! Today the sun finally shined through the windows and motivated me to throw a little makeup on!

A few weeks back I received an email about reaching out to my readers to introduce a monthly goodie bag! As I’ve mentioned in previous posts I’ve always received the Ipsy Glam Bag each month. This bag was sent to me for free…I am introducing the Bootay Bag!

This is a $12/month bag with 2 pairs of undies to accentuate that booty! I’m already familiar with some of the underwear brands that they’ve sent so I’m completely satisfied!

At the beginning of sign-up you choose whether you like cheeky or thongs…or maybe a mixture of both!

I chose a mix and I’m obsessed with what they sent me! And who doesn’t love new underwear? It’s like Christmas haha

Keep in mind the panties run small, so I went a size up! 

I’ll keep this short and sweet because I’m getting ready to go drastic for fall and I’m heading to get my hair done!!! Stay tuned, and make sure to sign up for your Bootay Bag today! Also check them out and give them a follow on IG, Bootay Bag !