What’s in my bag?

Back again, I have less than 4 days until I’m back in full-time student mode, so I figured I would squeeze in as much content as possible! Blog sets will turn to tests so so soon-sigh.

So I’ve always been a big bag woman! Not “big ‘into’ bags,” but have had a love for big  bags. I throw everythinnnnnng in it, which is such a love-hate relationship.

A few months back I was sent a diaper bag/backpack/tote from Lily Jade 

I will be uploading a video on our Youtube  Channel tomorrow with all of these items I’ll be writing about here.

Being a mom “on-the-go,” means I throw everything in my bag, this is exactly why I needed a huge bag that’s sturdy, won’t bend or break, and one that will last!

The first item that always goes from my desk to my bag is my dry shampoo from L’ange

I love this dry shampoo specifically for the way it makes my hair feel and look! Usually other dry shampoos -yes correct the greasy hair, but they leave my hair feeling dry and brittle! I swear this dry shampoo is called deja vu because it brings me back to the exact moment my hair was freshly washed and dried!

It doesn’t have a color to it, so I don’t have to worry about putting this in my hair in a careful fashion-just spray, shake, and done!

I also really love how the packaging has a tight cap, so when I throw it in my bag on-the-daily, I never have spills!

You can find the dry shampoo here —> Deja Vu

Next I talked about a few more items in my bag- these amazing, thick diapers/wipes from Parasol , my favorite mascara called ‘Grand opening’ by KB  and an amazing scar cream that I’ve been using post-surgery from CELSUS!

My last 2 items I chose to share were a few more beauty items – first the Maracuja oil by Tarte , and lastly one I’m insanely crazy over, L’ange’s Root Booster

I feel as if the Root Booster and the Dry Shampoo are the dynamic duo! When my hair goes flat and greasy, especially with 2-3 day hair, or right after a work out; I find these guys are the best solution! As I said, the dry shampoo revives my hair, and this root booster gives me so much volume and fluff! I’m obsessed with the results!

I get crazy volume when I apply it to my damp hair and then blow dry it, but just as much volume with dry, flat hair! You can see the results in all of my videos where I show before and afters!

I could go on and on about every little item in my bag, it’s huge and jam packed; but these have been my go-to’s over these past few months! I would love to hear some feedback from you all about any ideas or questions you may have!

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xx, 4o1fierce

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The power of Heat Shield!

Hey everyone! Hope you are all having a great 2018 so far! I’ve been up and at ’em. If you haven’t already seen everywhere I’ve been announcing our Youtube channel has finally launched! In these videos I am always featuring my favorite products from L’ange Hair!

I wanted to dedicate this post all about the importance of Heat Shield on your hair! Before blow drying, before straightening, and before wanding I am always coating my hair with heat shield. Misting your hair with protection is so important to avoid heat damage-and i’m the Queen of damaged hair-haha

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A few years back I remember a hair dresser telling me not putting heat protectant on my hair is like throwing a dessert in the oven without coating the pan with butter/oil- yikes?!

After falling in love with L’ange it became such a habit to throw on their heat shield, and aside from feeling comfortable with not damaging my hair, I fell in love with the smell, and how it made my hair feel!

I have noticed such a difference in my hair- after straightening it with Heat shield, I no longer have those stiff dry ends. And after wanding my hair, I don’t have those little fly aways.

 

Lastly, if you haven’t seen my video about their Purple Shampoo and Conditioner duo, you can see it here –> SUBSCRIBE!

 

Don’t forget to like, comment, and subscribe! Below are also a few photos of my results-so icy, I’m in love!!

 

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Stand Out! 

Social media man….such a love hate relationship with it, I have. For years I loooooved the simple fact that I could check in on those who I wonder about. Or that simple reminder of a birthday that pops up! Then as time passed, I realized a simple text is different. More genuine, closer to the touch. 

But mannnnn how this generation allows the simple habit of posting, to take over their daily existence. Now I’m not going to sit here and point fingers, or try to act like I’m 10 feet close to perfect; but I once was that addict. I wanted to be in the “know.” I wanted to see what everyone was doing, where everyone was going. And I honestly now know why.

I lacked a busy life style, I was a stay-at-home-mom for 2.5 years ( the longest time in my liiiife) and although 2 little girls kept my hands full, I constantly had the fear of missing out. Mostly due to my stubborn mindset, I didn’t want to give up my dreams of creating. I was great at being a mother, and great at creating. 

As soon as I took the leap and began my position as Creative Director, and Production Manager, my days turned to nights! 

Hustle is the most important word thus far. If I am simply standing still I feel as if I’m taking steps backwards. I have notebooks of ideas, and years ahead. Goals so far, and some in reach as the days move ahead. One thing is clear, I’ve been neglecting social media again. Hop on from time to time, and again-feel as though I’m taking steps backwards. I see photos of this generation all looking the same, all struggling to stay on trend; Kardashians everywhere. I’ve been spending a lot of time in my head. Planning, pushing. 

On this Monday, I finished a workout and felt accomplished, I realized half way through that giving up wouldn’t make me happy tomorrow, so instead I did 5 extra reps.

Instead of placing my phone on the opposite side of the room, I turned my negative thoughts to business thoughts. Social media is powerful; so powerful it ranks top outlet for marketing. 

I’m sitting in this small house, in the smallest state, and without hesitation realized it’s time to push forward, get out of the funk, and keep going. I promised myself to use this outlet not only as I first began its use for-writing, but to also share with you everything I have been working on! 

So many of you have been following up with my last few years of life haha , and I realized that so much of my support comes from this outlet. I want to say thank you to those who came to my office to purchase bags it’s an indescribable feeling. So much hard work and dedication goes into this line. 

So this post is to remind everyone to stand out! Don’t follow what your idea of perfection is, just be yourself. I threw myself together yesterday and got endless compliments for my tomboy outfit (especially from the cutest little ole’ ladies)! 

Our Red fabric will be taking a vacation for awhile, so these are the last of them, and guysssss I’m so in love! I hope you all enjoy, and remember sometimes a bright/bold accessory can pull together your entire look ( here I felt a taddddd bit less of a boy with this red Mary) haha


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?! 

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