November is here!!

Happy Saturday guys! We are finally seeing the sun again after all of this rain; and that speaks reality about the weather and everything else for me! 2019 has been quite a journey for me I must say, and October changed that all around for me in the most positive light! Something about my birthday season and Scorpio season puts me right back in my power!

It’s been super rainy and windy here in Rhode Island, so it’s stopped me from blogging and shooting for the past few weeks. I just turned 28, and hit my halfway (20 weeks) mark of pregnancy. Just 20 weeks to go and we will be a family of 5!!! wow.  As my excitement grows, and my heart grows, so has this big ole belly- haha!

I absolutely love fall fashion especially when pregnant, because any outfit can be spiced up with either a cute sweater or pair of shoes! I’ve been receiving so many goodies from different places, and feeling so spoiled, and so cozy lately! Today I wanted to highlight Pink Blush Maternity again! In my last blog post I bragged all about the comfiest PJ set that was sent my way! I still wear that at least 2x a week!

I still have yet to snap some photos in a sweatshirt they sent me ( I practically live in it). I’ll plan to do that this week! However, when I received this beauty below in the mail- I fell in love!!!

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This sweater is legit perfect in every way. I love the khaki color, it’s so so so soft! It’s perfectly over sized and will for sure fit me for the rest of my pregnancy! You can dress this up or down, and make a ton of outfits with it! It’s perfect for the expecting mama’s , and every other sweater-obsessed babe out there! I really wish this came in more colors because I need it in every color!

Yesterday was the first day of November so I threw this cozy little outfit together! It’s rare for me to find a pair of flats that I love, so when I received these I also fell in love. I paired the sweater with jeans for a cute little day-date with James to a local farm. These jeans are super stretchy- and you can’t even tell they have to stay unbuttoned now, hahaha

By the time James got out of work the farm was closing, and the sun was setting, but being outside with the crisp air and orange sun was so refreshing. I promised myself for the rest of my pregnancy I’d stay more active outdoors- spending time in nature. As I mentioned in my Instagram post I’ve been doing anything and everything to avoid seasonal depression!

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When it comes to “dressing my bump,” I have to keep staple items in my closet that are easy to throw together. My days consist of early mornings yelling a thousand times “Avynn wake up, we can’t miss the bus.” And, “Ivory Elle wake upppppppp.” Then we spend 20 minutes brushing our teeth, getting them dressed and doing their hair. Usually the first time I leave my front door, is the last time until I get all of my errands done- which means how I leave that door is how every other human being that sees me that day will see me- yikes! 

I have about 3 pairs of jeans that semi- “fit” me now. My entire wardrobe consists of high waisted mom jeans – my top fav and least do-able while brewing a babe. Having stretchy jeans is a must. Then of course there’s a pile of leggings, printed pants, and a huge collection of shoes and coats. What’s been hard is finding shirts that cover the bottom of my belly, and sweaters that don’t make me look like a house!

This sweater having the hi-low cut and the cute slits on the side, keep me looking effortless, and I love that. Being able to snag a cute sweater in the morning rush of my life is exactly what I need all fall and winter long! Now that November is here the weather is getting more crisp, so the coziness of this sweater is so perfect.

Heading to the farm yesterday I quickly threw this outfit together and didn’t even need a coat over it. My mom spent a few hours with the girls and James and I got to spend some mom and dad time alone! muahahaha. 

All of the bright colors and set up here was so aesthetically pleasing.

You can see more detailed photos on my Instagram post from yesterday here –@Kashafierceeee

 I’ll be featuring this sweater in a little clip on my IGTV next week showing 3 ways to style a sweater this fall! So look for that soon!

If you want to purchase this sweater the link is here – Olive Ribbed Popcorn Knit

And omg guys!!! It does come in more colors!!!!!! Needing to grab this in black asap!

 

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Pink Blush will forever be my favorite women’s/maternity line for my pregnancies and postpartum ! You can follow them on Instagram here – @Pinkblushmaternity

You can also like their page on Facebook here – Pink Blush Maternity

 

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Hope you all are enjoying the last few months of this year! You’ll hear way more from me on here, and a lot more items from Pink Blush as I get further along in my pregnancy!

xx, 4O1Fierce

 

Comfy cozy with Pink Blush Maternity

Hi guys! As always, it’s been forever- and this is how I always start my blogs haha. I’m 17 weeks pregnant now, and still so exhausted. I feel like it’s because I’m not working out yet this pregnancy. I had a month of scares at the beginning, because working out was too strenuous on my body, and my placenta was super low!

Now what I’m in my second trimester, I have a tiny bit more energy, a little less nausea, and then a lot more time to snuggle with my Ivory since Avynn is well over a month back into school!

Right now I’m in the awkward stage of my pregnancy, where my bump is soooo low and my bloat is allll around! I’ve been in loungewear every day, and baggy jeans when I leave the house. However I received a package from Pink Blush with some goodies and I’ve been obsessed with both. For today’s highlight I’ll just talk about my Pjs I received!

I don’t know about you mamas but I love me some stripes during pregnancy! These grey and white striped Pjs are so soft and comfy! I’ve always loved Pink Blush because their clothing isn’t that boring maternity clothing a ton of women dread!

If the weather was still warm I would wear these shorts with a tank and sneakers!

I also love how the crewneck sweatshirt is versatile as well so I pair this with some mom jeans and Chuck Taylor’s and head to grab my oldest off the bus!

The material is super stretchy so I know the shorts will at least last me through my entire pregnancy in terms of the fit! I may just start showing “under belly,” with the sweatshirt!!

Here’s a link to this outfit! Pjs!

And you can find more intimates here- Intimates!

If you scroll a few years back I teamed up with Pink Blush while pregnant with Ivory, and that’s when I fell in love! Also let me mention their brand doesn’t just offer maternity, but women’s wear, and plus!

You’ll definitely see more to come with me and their brand! I received a really cute top I’ll be shooting next week! If you have any questions about the brand feel free to reach out! You can find their Instagram page here – Pink Blush Maternity , and their Facebook page here- Pink Blush !!

Thank you so much to the team over at Pink Blush Maternity! Your clothing is the perfect transition from early pregnancy, full term, to postpartum!! My post just went live on my Instagram at @kashafierceeee

Xx, 4o1fierce

Wait….Winter workouts?!

So obviously we’ve all heard of “making summer bodies in the winter” right? I really never even attempted this until after I had little babes! You know the whole no shaving in winter? Haha let’s just say I used to hibernate my workouts all winter long pre-babies.

In today’s society I swear bullying is getting worse, and self esteem is dropping lower-let me re-phrase true self acceptation is decreasing no matter how much confidence people show online. I won’t get much into that today, after all this is about outer appearance I want to focus on!

After kids not only did my day-to-day life/school/work schedules change but my eating habits/workout habits/”lack-there-of” have all gone bonkers. After Avynn, and again after Ivory I developed umbilical hernias. This made my workouts super painful and made my stomach constantly bloat. After giving birth to these huge monsters my midwife suggested for me to grab a waist trainer and train 2 hours a day to help re-build my core. After undergoing a surgery to repair 2 huge hernias in July my workouts have fluctuated.

This post is for the Mama’s, or really anyone super busy who needs alternatives. Or maybe this post is for me-to motivate, to look back and see progress.

After Avynn my stomach was terrible. I carried a 9lb 4.5 oz 21.5″ beast , and once she arrived my skin was stretched, my stomach was scarred and marked. I did core workouts and used a ton of “wraps” on my tummy and almost 2.5 years later I was seeing results but never publicly would reveal my stomach (aside from family). However, my confidence remained because I gave birth to a mix of myself and the love of my life- life’s greatest gift.

It reminded me of childhood where I remember never judging myself, never caring about anything physically aside from how skinny I was and how hard it was for me to gain weight. I remember buying boxes of Twinkie’s and housing them before bed-lol gross.

After Ivory my hernias were worse-another big babe: 9 lb 1.5oz 20.5″ thanks Jamesy

Now after Ivory, I realized how much harder life was with 2. Guys….INSANE. Two girls is like having 20 I swear it. I love it though, I’m busy, or stressing 24/7. So when I’d want to bang out a workout I’d finally get Ivory down, while Avynn destroyed her room with dolls, clothes, and anything she could steal from my room.

I soon started chopping workouts in half-then I’d throw my waist trainer on and be out-the-door.

I slowly started slipping into a depression- life, unfortunate events, and lack of workouts took over me. So the waist trainer turned to a habit. Then I had my surgery. After surgery I had 8 weeks with no lifting-yikes

Depression grew and grew, I needed a boost quick. I hurdled over all of my downfalls and slowly started workouts again. Once I started my semester in September between classes I drove home while my mom still had my girls and I killed every workout. To speed up results I started using a scar cream from Celsus . They sent it to me just in time for my surgery and I finally whipped it out.

It’s now 5 months later and my skin is finally tightening, my abs are slowly creeping through, and my surgery scars are fading beautifully-esp with a fresh spray tan

Their scar cream is used for not only scars but stretch marks and also helps with anti-aging!

I’m offering a discount for anyone interested!

However, to complete this post I have a few tips to reaching those body “wins.”

First: Accept that you’re human, but don’t use that as an excuse. I did this for too long. Telling myself “oh well, you’re never going to look better you had two kids.” This is crap. Because I’m a strong woman, I bounce back; we all do. It’s mind over matter for sure, and I wish I screamed this in the mirror 4 years ago.

Second: Make time for you! I’m extremely blessed with way too much help from my huge family. My mom, my sisters, my brother, James’ family; everyone. Since day one if I had appointments, work, school, blog events, anything: I could count on someone. Don’t be scared to ask for help, or accept help. You’re not a bad person for taking some time for you. Don’t go crazy, just take a segment of time out of your day/week to get yourself pampered, go to the gym, escape life and read a book for an hour. Mine was going home and working out before picking the girls up

Third: EAT! No seriously, too many people stay so busy they skip meals. This was 2017 in a nut shell for me. First I started working 2 jobs trying to hustle-only eating breakfast then a late dinner after 9:30pm. Then I started classes and picked on snacks between classes-you could say the coffee diet was reaaaaaal. However I soon realized the only words out of my mouth each day was “ughh I’m so tired.” Breakfast is most important, we all know that, but all day we need to snack, and eat for energy- otherwise we crash, slump, and become lazy. Common sense right? So I learned to plan ahead. Left overs are perfect lunches. Eggs with peppers and onions cooks in 6 minutes-bam. And then, grab a protein shake, this gives me more energy than any coffee!

Lastly: Find balance. It’s the hardest part of becoming a parent let me tell you. It’s a tough feeling knowing you have to rely on someone else to care for your children so you can selfishly go to school or go to work. This is why I understand why people wait until career stages to have children. Or why people marry then have children-I don’t know how single parents do it-I’m so blessed to have James. I’m so blessed for my family for helping me. However, as I said it’s tough finding balance/accepting balance. You want to dedicate all of your energy into one thing; being a good parent, but spending time away from the girls to go to class or work kills, especially knowing someone else is with them so much. Or wanting to put all of your energy into taking care of your body but instead skipping meals. But we can all be selfish. Again, take an hour a day to do something for yourself.

I find flexibility in motherhood. I won’t workout every day, but I find 5 Days. I throw some Celsus on my stomach, clip on my waist trainer and keep it on for a few hours after my workouts. Not only has my waist trainer helped with workouts, but after workouts it makes my stomach feel so much better. You have to find what works best, what boost helps results come quicker. I always thought it was harder to workout than to be lazy but I was 100% wrong. It’s way harder being lazy. Because all the results we’ve built up, restarts and it’s 10x harder to step back up again.

To all the Mama’s 

Without Mothers, who would we be? Nothing, no one, non existent. Since becoming a mother I’ve appreciated life 100x more. Not only was pregnancy an amazing feeling for me, but giving birth changed my life. Pushing through the struggle made me witness my own strength; a strength I never knew I had. Watching James smile the biggest I had ever seen made me fall in love 1000x over again. Then staring into Avynn’s eyes, realizing him and I made the perfect little child. Round 2 came 3.5 years later. Pregnant with Ivory was an entire different experience. I was scared shitless. Two children, another birth, how could I handle this? 

Avynn made me excited, James made me brave. 10 months later we had two beautiful children, and felt our family was finally complete. It’s taken time to adjust to being a younger mother of two, especially when I didn’t finish college yet.  

In life so far, 25 years of lessons taught me to not ever reflect on the negative; it takes you back 10 steps. Instead, I use my downfalls as inspiration. I signed up for school, and BAM September will be here and I will reach a goal I have neglected, and made excuses for, for too long.

Adjusting into motherhood never meant I stopped my low maintenance daily routines; hair in a bun, slap on mascara, throw on fitness attire, tomboy vibes.

Our rugs have never seen more stains, my cheeks have never witnessed more tears; of frustration, and pure blessed happiness. This is my fifth year as a mother. Because of my lifestyle, creativity and drive, I’m so proud to share with you something I’ve designed and waited months to share with you all! 

With back-to-school on my mind, and having to be hands-free at all times (carrying Ivory, while holding Avynns hand) I decided a backpack was necessary. And the fabric we design with is so perfectly baby-proofed; stain and water-resistant! 

A Diaper bag Back pack!  This is unisex, durable, and the front flap turns into a built in changing mat! 


This diaper bag will last through multiple children, and let’s be honest-how chic?!

I hated walking around with an ugly diaper bag, and how gorgeous is this pearl white?! 

Feeling relaxed w/ The Floating Market 

If you didn’t already know, tomorrow is our due date for baby #2! What a long, but amazing 40 weeks it’s been! Being pregnant while staying home with a 3 year old has been stressful, but rewarding! As the days creep closer to having a family of 4 my anxiety has been through the roof.

If you were to ask my family and friends all they would say is that I haven’t sat still, I’ve cleaned the house a trillion times-the car over and over, tried to get rid of every last piece of dirty laundry and sheesh I’ve even given Avynns fish a whole new tank haha! Talk about nesting right?!

One thing I’ve learned since giving birth to Avynn was that we are never fully prepared. Nothing makes us more ready than the simple pure fact that we are women and this is what we were born to do. I remember how proud I felt after bringing Avynn home…all 9lb 4.5 oz 21.5″ of her….yikes!

Happy and healthy, and we treasured her. Just knowing I will feel that explosive amount of blessedness any day now is nothing but motivating. In the mean time I could lie and say I’ve been relaxed, but I’ve been non-stop.

A little company in Denver, CO called The Floating Market spoiled me with a box of goodies this week!


I dove right into the box a few days ago! As seen in the top right corner in that little purple wrapper is a “shower burst” known commonly as a bath bomb! I had a rough day with Avynn and to get her to relax too, I filled the bath and dropped one of these in!

Ave loved watching it fizz and I looooved climbing in the tub with her, while we both relaxed and I sat there brushing through her curls.

The smell filled our entire bathroom and I even used the silky water to shave my legs haha

Last night Avynn begged to use another one, so I saved this last one for me!

Along with the bursts were 3 bars of soap! “The Naked Bar” can be broken into smaller pieces and used for Ivory when she arrives! And the Lemongrass one is a vibrant green and yellow and smells so nice!

I cannot wait for my shower later because let me tell you this raspberry lemonade soap smells like heaven! And you have no idea how much the slightest smell of something has satisfied me this pregnancy! This is to die for.


I also am in love with the look of the soaps, everything about this company is perfect down to the packaging!

Another smell that I’m crazy over is this Grapefruit Sugar Scrub pictured in an orange-tone below! Kristine encouraged me to use now and after baby on my belly, especially for stretch-marks!

I have a ton of goodies for post-baby as well…for a nice calming bath with Ivory, and even some tea to drink! Like I said, this company spoiled me! 

Pictured above is their Organic Lemongrass and Hibiscus Tea! I can’t wait to try!

I encourage you all to check them out through the link above, and to see sneak peeks of new products they’re making make sure to follow them on Instagram ➡️ The Floating Market

These bath and body products are the perfect gift, and hey-treat yourself too! I’m finally feeling relaxed, the house is ready for Ivory and so are we!!!  P.s. Wishing my older sister a huge Happy 30th Birthday!!!!!!

Xx, 4O1Fierce 

Mom’n on a Monday!

Guyssssss….we are at our 4 day countdown and it’s so so crazy! I’m feeling so anxious more than anything and I’m trying my hardest to turn the anxiety to excitement.

Since Ivory is my second birth I know what to expect now (for the most part), and that’s enough to throw me in panic mode…have any other mommies of 2 or more experienced this? I sound so selfish but I’m being honest. My nerves are getting the best of me. Regardless it’s all always well worth it!

Today I switched hospital bags because a company from LA called HAPP brand reached out to me and sent me this amazing bag. Im.in.love.

I love the backpack style, and you can never go wrong with denim! I love the California vibes it brings. That’s also why I decided to throw on my fringe nude top from Cali Trends

The backpack has so much space, and the pops of lime green have me obsessed!


So crazy to me that we are packed and ready for the hospital, I know I’ll miss my bump soon enough (we always do)!


I’m sure you will all see more of this diaper bag in future posts! Today we have our 39 week appointment at 2:20 p.m. And I’m so excited to see if we are 2+cm dilated!


This diaper bag can be found on their site at Happbrand.com it is called the “Levy backpack”

Also give them a follow on Instagram ➡️ HAPP

Stay tuned for baby number two!!

Leather + Lace 

It’s officially our 1 week mark, baby number 2 could arrive any day….so so crazy!

Looking at old photos from the hospital with Avynn’s birth experience is making me so anxious.

I’ve been staying so busy and everyone around me keeps reminding me to rest, I swear it’s so impossible. It’s mind blowing that I’ll be a mother of 2 little girls. I just feel so overwhelmingly blessed. Having James through it all definitely fills my heart.

I try to capture every moment, always have and always will. I purchased the cutest high-waisted lace bell bottoms for Avynn a month back at H+M and although I wanted to wait for fall to whip these out, I couldn’t help but throw them on Ave for a leather + lace vibe.

Taking these photos for my blog has always just been something to keep us busy and it was a way for me to transform my love for “modeling” into an every-week lifestyle.

I just signed with a blogging site who is now actively paying me to write. It’s amazing to be appreciated for both passions of mine, fashion photography + writing.


Keeping this post short and sweet, attempting to get some rest today before photographing my youngest sister. I didn’t mention she was just signed to a local modeling agency, I now get to style her shoots!

Baby Ivory is the size of a mini watermelon today, can’t wait to kiss her cheeks and finally have my family of four!!

 

Jypsy in the 4O1 

Hello!!

So I’ve been dying to connect with more lifestyle brands and when I finally jumped on the phone with founder of Jypsy Life, I fell in love! Her story was completely inspiring!

It’s always so important to understand and believe in a companies vibe and vision!

The Jypsy Life is a movement, focusing on both it’s people and growth. This is no doubt the most organic underground movement of this generation.


Everyone who has a custom-made Jypsy item has met a Jypsy and has been linked into the movement.

The company has even refused to grant access of the website to the general public.


The Jypsy Life is the wanderlust of mind, fashion, art, relationships and celebration.

Getting lost in our lives on purpose serves a purpose and in the end we as Jypsies realize the best things in life were never the things we can touch, but the things we feel!


I never planned to become a mother of 2 at 25 years old, but that’s what life’s journey is really about, the unexpected. We get thrown these rocks and we either catch them and stack them, scatter them, or we can choose to let them weigh us down.


I really don’t know what my life would have turned out to be, but my shifts in job titles, career, friendships, and future goals have all slowly changed and now finally are aligning.



Based on true journeys and experiences, the jypsies are nomadic people of all ages, cultures, and backgrounds that share our individual style, secrets and philosophies to eachother.

We live to inspire, to give back, to take life as a journey, and as it comes.


With another little girl on the way any day now, embracing how life has turned out for me has done nothing but humble me and fill my heart. Red is the most powerful color, I am a powerful woman. We as women, mothers, daughters, sisters, wives; we are the future. Embrace your journey, even when it feels like you’ve hit rock bottom. The grass sometimes shines greener on the other side.

 

Friday in the fields!

Today marks 38 weeks, I can’t even believe it. And even dresses are getting so so sticky. Also let me just add sandals are just not an option anymore….I think my swollen feet have broken 2 pairs already haha

So sneakers (especially these netted ones) are so necessary! I’m either in sneakers or barefoot, that’s all I can do!

Driving up to class every day I always go past these gorgeous fields which I’ve known about for years, but today I decided I loved how vibrant the corn stalks looked, and we pulled over to shoot!


Today I chose to mix prints, you can never go wrong with stripes, and I threw in some camo on this bandana to match with the green in my sneakers.


I’m almost always without makeup these days so I always have some sunglasses on to hide my tired eyes-yikes! I’m obsessed with these black “cat-like” QUAY sunnies!



This is the stretchiest dress I own, I found it for $15 at Old Navy . I’ve been checking in there non stop for the girls because their baby/children section has come such a long way. I always find something perfect for my girls!

Pictured above is this beautiful bangle sent to me from Pairie …later on this week I will be hosting a giveaway for their collection-so stay tuned!