Power 

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Growing up whenever I would hear the word power/powerful I always thought it meant how strong someone was, and that to me was always physical. Years later power to me doesn’t just boil down to muscles, haha

I went through a huge funk this past year, and it allowed me to get back in touch with me. My passions, who I am, and what I love. Growing up I loved to read and write. I was super late in the game reading Girl Boss about 8 months ago, but let me tell you I’ve re-read it a thousand times; even just small excerpts to remind myself to never give up during those times when my overthinking brain screamed louder than my open heart.

Luckily I’ve been anything but negative lately, something has come over me and it feels so amazing! I picked up “Power of Broke” by Daymond John ( for those of you who don’t know Daymond he is the “people’s shark” from ABC’s Shark Tank).

To me, Daymond isn’t just the “people’s shark.” I remember growing up my older sister would rock FUBU and whenever she’d sleep out at a friends house I would steal her clothes and wear them…growing up with sisters man haha

So Daymond has always been a HUGE inspiration for me, mostly because of the fact that I could relate to him 100%. I remember years ago I was reading an article about him and his journey, and the one point that’s always stuck with me was his ability to build a brand out of his house-sleeping in a sleeping bag on the floor right nearby some clothes he had to ship out.

This image never left my head. I’ve received handfuls of advice about entrepreneurship from plenty of experienced people, bitter people, and helpful ones; but I’ve always felt they’ve never been delt my cards, felt my footsteps. And man when I tell you, Daymonds book is speaking levels. I’ve screamed YASSSS outloud so many times, and smiled twice as much.
I am the Power of Broke. Since day 1 nothing, ever has been handed to me. This is 100% the reason why success never came easy. I’ve always been lazy with excuses and doubts; telling myself nothing could ever happen for me. I’ve never felt things were in reach, or even at the end of the tunnel for that matter. This was until I became a mom. At first I let life beat me up a little, then I grabbed the gloves. Now I am hungry.

Never in my life have I ever felt so powerful, and a huge reason for this is because of the push. I’ve been pushing out of my comfort zone, and having faith in prayer. But guys, prayer is only so powerful ’til backed with action.

I’m on my way to a meeting that will push something I’ve been working on, and I can’t wait to share with you all. Reading to me, alters reality for me, well actually it puts reality back into perspective. Hearing multiple success stories has overwhelmed me with faith.

I want to thank you Daymond for your down-to-earth real advice. It’s such a breath of fresh air to hear reassuring words from someone who never let money change him. Just know you pulled me out of a depression-you gave no false hope, just reality. So I thank you. You hit it right on the head when you described the power I hold as an individual in my circumstances. The power of positivity is really what this generation needs.

If you guys haven’t had the chance to read, and you’re one of those who have been in a rut lately; he got you!

And in honor of power, you all know Red is the perfect symbolic color! I chose to mix pink and powerful. Pink was a huge theme of my first collection I dropped; then I snatched it back. I wasn’t ready, but now more than ever I feel so powerful. Ladies don’t be scared to colorblock-although James wasn’t feelin’ this look at first, he came around haha


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Back-to-fall

Hey guys!! 

Just wanted to say wowwwww it’s September 1st, and I’ve never felt happier to feel that breeze outside. Fall is my season, not just because of my birthday (October’s very own) haha 

I’m heading back-to-class in less than 1 week and it’s keeping my spirits high. It’s never too late to reach “old-goals” man. These goals are for my girls, and now finally for myself. 

Back-to-school means I’m more in a rush than usual (is that even possible?!) so as low-maintenance as I am…this means even less.

Lately I’ve been focusing on my beauty routine-I’ve been neglecting myself lately. Totally normal as a mom of two, but honestly it’s been making me feel a little down. So I decided to switch up my routine a little! I’m so used to throwing my platinum locks into a bun, and these bright blondes turned rose gold, then just a natural extreme root. Yikes

For a few months now I’ve been using products from a brand called L’Ange – one of my mom friends introduced me haha. 

After trying their products out I fell so in love with how much my hair has grown and how healthy it’s starting to look!!! I never thought it would be possible for growth and a healthy glow to take over my life again. And now my low-maintenance hair has a new life….

I’ve never favored my straight hair I’ve prayed for curls since birth haha but reallllllly.

I started using L’Ange’s 25mm wand and my hair has been even more low maintenance ( but finally with that “I-woke-up-early-and-spent-time-look.”

I still have an amazing discount code to offer to all of my readers, and ladies take.advantage.asap. 

If you want to watch my tutorial I did on their page you can head to my FB business page here 4O1FIERCE

If you don’t have an hour to watch me make a fool of myself you can make life easier by following this link to receive your special discount code and check out their site! Kasha x L’ange

My favorite go-to items for that low-maintenance schedule I’ve been boasting about are these guys:
This nourishing gloss is amazing on my ends…while my hair has been growing that dry damaged look- looks so shiny and feels so hydrated and healthy! The vitamins and minerals have literally healed my ends so I don’t have to chop my locks!

This guy has me in loveeeeeee

This is exactly how I get myself and my two girls ready in the morning-I skip morning showers haha I can literally get 3-day hair with this! 
And lastly, the star-of-the-show-this is their beautiful 25mm wand in blush! It’s so easy-to-use; I only use it twice a week and have a week of wavy hair! 

I have some more favorites to share with you guys, but that will be another post-this was all about low maintenance and my hair transformation! 

As I put above, you can click my link for your special discount code, as well as check out my Instagram to keep up with my hair journey each and every day! Kasha on IG

Any questions? Don’t hesitate! 
Xx, 4O1FIERCE 

Saturday Blues 

It’s been a long summer for me. I’m just now hitting 7.5 weeks post-op from my hernia surgery and lawddddd what a recovery. As always recommended please do your research before you agree to procedures! No complaints here-but I thought I’d bounce-back quicker!

And summertime is all about feeling comfortable, cooling down, and making memories. So I finally decided to throw on a bathing suit I’ve had for months
I love the denim-on-denim, since childhood so let me tell you-it will always be my go-to!

It took a lot for me to post these photos of my stomach, because I’m not fully healed, and I never expose it! But hey, beauty is skin deep guys, better to be natural and embrace your flaws then to be like the rest of ’em- photoshopped.  My goal is to actually get to the beach before I start classes! I hope you’re all enjoying the last of your summer, I’ll keep this short and sweet! 

Love who you are, fix things you want to improve, but realize you’re more than what you look like. It’s hard to feel comfortable with my stomach showing because it’s been my biggest weakness for years. But I’m working on it, and for now I realize I’ve held two huge and beautiful baby girls in this body, and I have the best man who loves me for me. I’m happy and healthy and that’s what counts. I remind myself of all of these blessings every single day, and this has helped me move past my looks and towards my goals! 

Xx, 4O1FIERCE 

Throw it together 

Perfect day to start a routine right? Things have been so crazy for us this summer and I’ve never been more excited to jump back into the books! Going back to school has been a huge goal of mine since my first postpartum experience, but unfortunately finding and maintaining childcare was always the biggest hurdle. 

Avynn will be entering Preschool, and I’m hoping my school schedule will work perfectly with Ivory being cared for. 

I’ve never realized how much overthinking my brain could actually handle, until I became a mom! Now that I have two daughters I’ve found ways to cut corners and care less about things I used to beat myself up for. 

With school starting, and finally being recovered from my stomach surgery, I’ve been trying to get back into the swing of blogging. James and I finally decided hey we do have some extra time to create our channel- months ago we announced our “Life in the Fierce Lane” YouTube channel; but depression is no joke.

I went through months of hating social media, deleting photos, and staying low-key with my family. I realized my blog and my collaborations with brands really gave me a creative outlet, and I missed it. I will be re-launching a new and improved brand later this month – I’ve been hesitant for 3 months now – yikes 

Getting my “ducks-in-a-row” has been like pulling teeth because our brains are so powerful, yet so damaging when our mental health is sad. 

I’ve been finding clarity, and feeling like Kasha again (so corny)!

I felt this look is my perfect representation of how I’ve been for the past few months- thrown together!

I took a men’s tee and threw a twist on it- literally-twisting my belt 

I felt comfy, and a stranger told me to wear more color! Haha 


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

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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!

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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)

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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!

CLICK HERE TO ENTER EMAIL! GOOD LUCK!!!!

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Any questions about the GIVEAWAY? Or questions about DIY, shoot me an email –> 4O1fiercely@gmail.com

Xx- 4O1Fierce

 

Sunsets + Shop Elle G

Hello All! In my last post I introduced one of my favorite local Boutiques, Elle G!

Their Spring Collection is out and who doesn’t love the biggest convenience of Spring-throwing on a dress! ‘Tis the Season of dresses, rompers, skirts and shorts making appearances from my closet!

Last Spring my favorites were skorts and shorts because it was so easy to pair them with cropped tops, or a tucked-in/tied-up tank!

Well, this Spring + Summer I’ll be nice and pregnant, so my wardrobe will have to adjust for sure! This is especially why I LOVE that I will be pregnant during the two seasons most popular for dresses!

This dress that I pulled from Elle G was a Springy Coral color, and such a girly choice (having a bow and all)! I loved wearing this dress after the sun went down because of how thin and breezy the material is! This dress was originally supposed to be tied as a halter dress, however I got super sun burned the first few days and my bathing suit left an “X” from the way I tied it, so like so I tied that way as well! I love adding new dimensions to a piece so simple!

This dress doesn’t come completely to floor length so I feel it should be worn with a lace-up sandal or wedge! It sure is the season of “laced-up-everything!”

I was on the beach at sunset, and am almost always barefoot!

Along with this dress option the owner Lauren pulled a cute dainty gold 2 layered necklace for me! I love love love layered necklaces! What’s better than getting 2-in-1?!

Here again I wore some sunnies, this time a brown pair from  H&M!

I highly suggest visiting Elle G on their Instagram @ Shop Elle G for more new arrivals + popular items that lace-up and cut-out!

Who doesn’t love coral on tan skin, or a beautiful beach sunset?!

 



Okay, im teasing myself already + want to be back there 😩 , and I’m sure I’m teasing you  all too!
Xx

4O1Fierce

Denim Dresses! 

The day before our last day in Florida was Ave + I in our Denim Dresses! A week before our road trip was Avynn’s 3rd Birthday, and my best friend purchased Ave’s adorable dress + fedora!

On this day, James, Avynn and I explored the neighborhood + fed the horses at the farm! The weather was overcast, and was also the perfect day for us to go thrift-shopping (my fave)!!

I’ve been styling Avynn since birth, and up until now she was always taking her accessories off and even her clothing- this baby hates clothing haha

Now that she’s 3-going-on-13 she loves to wear what “mommy wears” and she loves accessories, especially her shoes.

These lace-up gladiators I am so jealous of! I keep trying to snag a cute pair of lace-ups and they’re always sold out in my size! I believe these ones we grabbed from Target!

 

She loved this fedora, surprisingly because whenever we let her wear her hair down she usually wants it nice and free, haha

 

Our first stop of the day, after the farm was a little field next to my grandparents house! The grass was super long so we didn’t stay (I’m terrified for ticks)!

 

I have had these gladiator sandals since last summer, I snagged them at a shoe store in the Crystal Mall. Notice how she watches everything I do? Haha she wanted her foot up on the fence like mommy!


I wish I would have belted this shirt-dress, but I can’t even try to hide that belly! The denim dress was thrifted-I LOVE this one! Anything collared I snag! Also, my hat + sunnies are from H&M!

 Ave’s sunnies are from Children’s Place , and she refused to take off her birthday jewelry from my grandma, haha!
After the field we drove until we saw some pretty palms, because all I’ve wanted for a backdrop was some beautiful pops of color!

 


Again, I’m teasing myself + readers with these photos. We will be seeing sunny days soon!
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).

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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)!!

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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!

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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!

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Xx

4O1Fierce

From Vaca to Fiancé

Hello!!!

I find when I’m in the best mood my words flow easier, so here I am back from Vacation and ready to ‘Journal my Journey.’ Our week in Florida was surprisingly great weather (other than a minor storm before we left). It was great seeing my grandparents, and even better watching Avynn enjoy the Sunshine State!

We had beach days, pool days, and a few days of sightseeing and Aquariums! I packed my laptop and everything to post for you all while down there, however by the end of each day I was so exhausted and in bed by 11 p.m. haha

Instead, I figured I would use my Instagram and Facebook “outlets” to give some sneak previews of some ‘mommy + me’ blogs! Now that Ave is 3 she’s obsessed with copying her momma, so most days we tried to match 😉

Instead of posting one HUGE vaca blog I figured I would start with my most favorite-Engagement Announcement! My Jamesy proposed on our 11 year Anniversary, and now I get to marry my very best friend! After so so soooo many years of ups and downs, we’ve always challenged ourselves to hash out our problems, and learn from our mistakes-which has led us to believe we will spend forever doing so. James decided to most the proposal video on Facebook, and I figured I would just leave it there for you to see instead of double-posting! I re-watch it a million times (can’t believe it’s real).

To all of you readers out there my biggest encouragement is to please please please never take advantage of your loved ones;if anything in 24 years I have learned this lesson over and over. I’m not sure why it took me so long to realize, but I always believed he was too good for me-he IS too good for me. If you find someone who never gives up on you, never let the possibility of losing them come close.

I’ve had so many nice girls from high school and one guy message me this week asking how we found “something so special.” I really didn’t go searching for James, when I least expected it, the one I least expected to “go for,” came to me. I only took the chance and said yes to a movie date, and it’s been since that night, he’s the only one I want now + forever. So many settle for less/deal with things they don’t deserve. I don’t blame those; everyone wants to be cared for. Don’t force feelings. Don’t re-paint true colors. The ones worth it will stay, others will give you a weird gut feeling. Trust your instincts. You’ll know it’s real when no one else-ever, can make you feel that secure.

Cheers to more years!

Xx

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