Back in all black

Yikes, embarrassing how long it’s been since I’ve logged in here. I won’t lie, this year I’ve done so much reflecting. Reflecting pushes me away from opening up over social media ( this world is scary, people are too judgmental). Also, if this wasn’t a full time job for me (blogging), I don’t even think I’d want to “exist” on social media. But let me just say, social media for sure is so powerful. I’ve been networking with thousands of people this past year, and I can not wait to dive into 2018 with open arms. I have a ton to share and even more to experience!

With the semester ending, I’ve never felt more proud of myself to finally accomplish something great to show my girls! I’m finally one step closer to my degree-what’s even better than that? Being able to tap into my Creative outlets and continue to work on some amazing projects at home while the girls run around like crazy!

With a fresh start, of course I chopped my hair, and wanted to jump back into my blog with all-black-everything ….well aside from these white booties that I’ve been obsessing over for awhile now!

As always I’ll keep this short and sweet after saying-never ever let anyone over power your energy. Nothing for you will pass you. There’s never a “perfect time” for anything. Never put more effort lighting someone else’s flame, before first lighting yours! Actually, no : be the light, be the flame.

I allowed way too much to over power my thoughts, emotions, and energy. Then I realized wait: I’m a strong mother of two beautiful, smart, little girls. I’m in love with the most amazing best friend god could bless me with, and now I’m married to him for life. Not to ever boast, but just to remind myself; I already won. I have everything! Anything that comes next is just accomplished bonuses! Always aim for more, but never be dissatisfied with what you already hold close.


Ready for ya!

Hey everyone! As I say time and time again, “it’s been awhile.” “Momming,”Blogging, capturing photos, writing in general, and “modeling,” have been ways to merge all of my passions into one. 

I started this blog to write and use it as an outlet while I was pregnant. I soon turned it into a way to inspire other pregnant women who were reading. Regardless of what this has turned into; when I’m not doing it, I miss it. 

I just landed an amazing job and this is the biggest factor with not hopping on here! You will see a lot more of me now, as I begin to introduce a brand that I’m obsessed with! I am all about supporting your locals, but this women has gone a long way! She’s had her work in Museums, Universities, and Magazines all around the world. Andrea Valentini is a lifestyle brand, whom I am now the Creative Director of!!! She hand makes Vegan, textured hand bags and accessories, as well as house items!! 

I am ecstatic about this journey and I hope you all love following up with us too! You will see amazing accessories and handbags on my blog, so I wanted to make a point that this blog post will be my last post featuring none-the-less-of AV!

This set was taken the morning of my first day on the job! I hope you all enjoy and please follow me on Instagram at @Kashhmarieee as well as @AndreaValentini to keep up with a new and HUGE project we are working on! 

Staying FIERCE

Guysssss today is our due date!!! We are officially 40 weeks pregnant, and still no baby. I’ve been walking, eating, and trying my hardest to rest when I can.

A Puma distributor reached out to me telling me he loved that my blog is called 4O1Fierce and wanted me to try out a pair of their Puma Fierce sneakers!

I think when I was in middle school I had my first pair of Pumas, and these ones are soooo comfy!

I’ve been in active wear/street wear for the past few days because I’ve been so uncomfortable!

Wearing all black has for sure been sticky, but when all else fails right? Haha 

I love that the Pumas have no laces so they completely slip on!

I decided to make this my fierce post because as I prepare for labor, I’ve never felt more strong. I’ve been trying to turn my anxieties into excitement and it’s finally starting to kick in!

I know especially post-baby number 2 these shoes will be a top favorite of mine!

Now, dead serious…we are off to the hospital as I type this! Stay tuned!!!!!


So Necessary

Hello again, Ave and I are on a roll here!

I received a package from Necessary Clothing and as you all know I’ve loved them for years! I actually had purchased some items when I was pregnant with Avynn! Anyways, I was in a rush to blog this outfit, mainly because once I tried the skirt on, I realized my belly stretched out the fabric wayyyyy too much, making it a tad-sheer. This skirt has the perfect casual-to-dressy idea, and I know I’ll be wearing this post-baby! I’ve  owned a million black skirts before, and I have to say I’m most obsessed with the length of this one.

Although the photos don’t show it (because as I moved the skirt rose up), this skirt actually goes right to the ankles! Ankle length almost always screams dressy, so I wanted to play-down that vibe.

James bought me some (Mother’s Day) classic Reebok sneakers which I’m pretty sure I had the same exact pair in middle school (but in pink-of course). And one of my favorite 90’s style trends aside from the skirts + skorts with sneakers, were the chokers! And man are they coming back! P.S.-James totally hated it, and told me Ave + I looked “gothic,”-how rude haha


As I talked about in my previous post, I’ve been the Queen of DIY! This black distressed tee was also sent from Necessary, and for me it just wasn’t “destroyed” enough! I decided to pull at the holes that it came with, and also take clippers to create more holes! I love love love the way it came out, and it’s been my go-to black tee lately! I will definitely be checking out their site for more colors. Also….ladies, Although this shirt only runs for around $12, you can achieve this look so easily with tops you already have! – I did a few of my old shirts as well this week 😉

Avynn’s outfit was a complete- DIY! Her skirt is actually an old small tank-top that no longer fits, so I pinned it near her back, and gave it the “90’s tie-up” just as I did to my tee! Her shirt was a long sleeve that shrunk, so since the sleeves were already too short, we chopped them!


With the sleeves we chopped from Ave’s skirt, we cut, rolled, and pinned those into chokers! And per usual, she has my look from head-to-toe (even looking down to copy my pose)



Again, I am wearing my new watch seen here –> JWW from JORD!

If you didn’t catch my previous post, or announcement on Instagram! I teamed up with JORD for a GIVEAWAY! You have ’til May 29 to enter your email below in the chance to win $75 off any wood watch of your choice! And it’s still a win-win scenario, because even if you don’t win the big prize of $75, each person who enters still receives a $20 gift card to their site! So perfect!



Any questions about the GIVEAWAY? Or questions about DIY, shoot me an email –>

Xx- 4O1Fierce



All Black + Bicycles

So as you all know, we went on a road trip to Florida last week! As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, originally I wanted to post all of my adventures while down there. However, having a 3 year old now leaves only time to rest when we have some down-time. Instead, I decided to use Instagram + Facebook to leak little previews of our vacation-opposed to full-length blog posts on here.

Now that I am home and have a few days here with Avynn while James is off at work on a small trip, I figure what a perfect time to share now!

Before we left for vacation, I had connected with a local boutique—> Elle G that I love-to collaborate with them and see what they would like to be featured for Spring! I ended up pulling 2 of the cutest dresses with necklaces to match.

Last Monday I dedicated to wearing all black (per usual). We had a decently warm day,and since it wasn’t too hot it was perfect for all black, along with a bike ride around my grandparents community.

We loved putting Avynn in the basket and riding around (especially when she was tired).


This necklace and dress were my 2 faves ! I literally won’t buy a dress or skirt without pockets unless I’m completely in love with it. This dress came with the perfect bonus (having pockets)!!


Spring weather means I whip out all of my hat collection….well who am I kidding, I’m such a hat girl year-round. I feel that Florida screams “Sun hats” so I chose my black sun hat, along with my favorite fringe-y black flats!


I thought the necklace from Elle G was the perfect length, and definitely complimented the vacation-vibes I was going for!

Because of this 18-week pregnant belly, I had to take a rope-belt and make sure to give myself a waist-line, otherwise I would be swimming in it.

How cute is this dress?! I loved the length and the sheerness at the bottom. If I was transforming this outfit to a night-time look, I would add some wedges, a slicked back pony, and a statement necklace.

You can shop this look at —> Elle G , they have 2 locations here in Rhode Island- 1 in Wakefield and 1 right in the Emporium at URI! In the meantime you can visit there page to give them a follow + stay up-to-date on their new arrivals! —> Shop Elle G on Instagram!

In regards to my Hat + cat-eye Sunnies, both are Steve Madden

And these flats were gifted months back, and they’re surprisingly comfortable + from Charlotte Russe

Lastly, one of my favorite lipsticks that I always smack on is my -“Meet Matt(e) Hughes Long-Lasting Liquid Lipstick” this product is by The Balm Cosmetics! I love love love this matte color! This stays on even after eating and the scent is INSANE. It is in “vanilla mint.” I received this sample in my October Ipsy Glam Bag and I use it atleast 3x a week. My small sample is still over-half!

mylove.jpg ^^ This little guy is my love for liiiiiife!

Hope you enjoyed my little splash of sunshine, hopefully Rhody will be seeing some sunshine soon!