Fashion

5 Ways to Style an Army Jacket

I survived my first high school exam week and I have never felt more relieved. I’m so excited, here on the East Coast we’re getting our first big snow storm of the season, with a prediction of eighteen to twenty four inches! Super exciting, right?!! Besides that, today I’m here watching Quantico while writing today’s blog post which is based on one of my absolute favorite clothing pieces in my closet. I purchased my army jacket in October of 2015 from TJ Maxx for a whopping $20. To say that this jacket was a good purchase on my part is an understatement. I hope you enjoy these five outfit ideas that range from dressy to casual; as always outfit details will be listed below.


Off white and olive green will forever be one of my favorite combos and this outfit is always what I reach for if I’m in a rut over what to wear.It’s comfy and casual. The jacket adds an extra layer to stay warm in the winter and coordinating your socks to your sweater is an easy way to dress up your outfit and add some complexity to it.

Outfit Details: jacket – TJ Maxx, sweater – Gap, jeans – Hollister, leg warmers – Kohl’s, riding boots – Target, watch – Kate Spade, bracelets – Alex and Ani and Charming Charlie’s

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An easy way to dress up a plain black tee and black booties. I always reach for a plaid scarf with coordinating boot socks. Along with this I like to add my army jacket to use several different textures and add a pop of color. I love this style for the weekend when I’m going out and want to look stylish but still comfortable and warm.

Outfit Details: jacket – TJ Maxx, shirt – Old Navy, scarf – Target, jeans – Hollister, booties – Steve Madden, socks – Francesca’s, watch – Kate Spade, bracelets – Alex and Ani

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Need to spice up a dress? Add an army jacket and some jewelry! This is my go to when I feel that my outfit is bland and needs some spicing up. Along with the jacket, heeled booties add some dressiness, ensuring you to look stylish and score tons of compliments.

Outfit Details: jacket – TJ Maxx, dress – Target, tassel necklace – Forever 21, booties – Kenneth Cole Reaction, watch – Kate Spade, bracelets – Charming Charlie’s and Alex and Ani

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Every girl needs a day spent in leggings. Black and white stripped shirts are my absolute favorite, I have enough to count on two hands. To complete this casual outfit I wore my trusty black high tops that have never gone out of style.

Outfit Details: jacket – TJ Maxx, shirt – American Eagle, leggings – Victoria’s Secret Pink, socks – Loft, shoes – Converse, watch – Kate Spade, bracelets – Alex and Ani and DSW

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Don’t be fooled, flannels can be paired with army jackets too! I like to wear mine with a scarf (the top button on my shirt came undone causing this picture to be crappy, rolls eyes) and of course paired with matching socks and coordinating boots. This outfit is perfect for school if you’re trying to look more put together or even a girls night out.

Outfit Details: jacket- TJ Maxx, flannel – Old Navy, scarf – idk sorry guys!!, jeans – Hollister, leg warmers – Francesca’s, riding boots – Target, watch – Kate Spade, bracelets – Alex and Ani

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Hope you all enjoyed these looks. Don’t forget to subscribe and follow me on Instagram @StyledByMcKenz and leave requests for any blog posts you wpould like to see in the near future. Enjoy your night; with love, McKenz.

Makeup

Naked Palette Reviews and Comparison

Hey friends, happy Tuesday. I am so pleased to say that tomorrow are my last two exams—Math and Spanish. It’s going to be a rough one but I’m feeling pretty good about them considering I’m finding time to write this blog post for you today. Have you been debating whether or not to purchase a Naked palette? And if so which one? If you’ve read my 2015 beauty favorites you would know that the Naked palette is my favorite one in my collection. Today I am here to review and compare Naked, Naked 2, Naked 3, and Naked Smokey. I’ve received these palettes in chronological order which is why Naked is my favorite and Naked Smokey is my least. I’ve had more time to play, swatch, and create endless looks with my older palettes. Despite this, I find that all of these palettes serve a different purpose and have their creamy formula is full of pigmentation and is certain to last all day when used with the Urban Decay Primer Potion.


Naked one is my baby as you can tell by the pictures. It can be purchased at Ulta or Sephora and retails for $54.00. This palette consists of ten sparkly shadows, and two mattes. I find that this palette is the creamiest, richest, and most pigmented of the four. These shadows are very warm toned and look absolutely stunning on olive green skin tones and people with blue and green eyes. Eye shadow names swatched from bottom to top are: gun metal, creep, hustle, toasted, dark horse, smog, half baked, buck (matte), sidecar, naked (matte), sin, and virgin.

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Naked 2 is definitely my second most loved palette and is always on repeat during the high school Cheerleading season. It can be purchased at Ulta or Sephora and retails for $54.oo. Naked 2 and Naked both contain my favorite Urban Decay eye shadow of all—half baked, which is a beautiful, creamy gold. This palette also contains booty call which is another favorite color for highlighting the inner corner and brow bone. This palette never disappoints when in need of a subtle, silver, smokey eye. It contains three matte shadows and nine sparkly. I recommend this for brown or hazel eyes. Eye shadow names swatched from bottom to top are: black out (matte), busted, ydk, verve, pistol, suspect, snake bite, tease (matte), chopper, booty call, half baked, and foxy (matte).

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Naked 3 is absolutely perfect if you love rose gold undertones, have fair skin, or have blue eyes. This pallet can be bought at Ulta or Sephora and retails for $54.00. This palette has three matte shadows and nine shimmery. Although the last third of this palette looks super dark, the majority of this palette shows up on the lighter side and is super gorgeous. This is a great one for the spring and summer time and looks the most beautiful of them all. Dust has the most fall out of the four palettes and black heart is a perfect color for the outer V and lower lash line. Eye shadow names swatched from bottom to top are: black heart, dark side, mug shot, factory, liar, nooner (matte) , trick, buzz, limit (matte), burnout, dust, and strange (matte).

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Naked Smokey is essentially Naked Four. This palette was recently launched in September of 2015 and instantly got mixed reviews. Naked Smokey can be found at Ulta and Sephora and retails for $54.00. This palette has the prettiest packaging of them all with a tortoise shell inspired case and a gorgeous crystal clear mirror. This palette has four matte shades and eight sparkly shadows; six of them are cool toned and six of them have warm undertones. I feel that this palette aimed to fit all skin types and coloring. However, the formula of this palette has changed from the first three leaving shadows a little harder to blend and causing more fallout. Eye shadow names swatched from bottom to top are: thirteen, combust, whiskey, password, smolder, black market, dagger, slanted, armor (matte), radar (matte), dirty sweet (matte), and high (matte).

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I hope you enjoyed my thoughts on all four Naked palettes by Urban Decay and that this helped you in any way, shape, or form. They are by far my favorite and hold a special place in my heart. Wishing you a very awesome Wednesday ahead. With love, McKenz.

 

Fashion

Old Navy Haul and Styling

Good evening everyone and happy MLK day. Yesterday I walked the whole mall and bought nothing until I went into Old Navy, which didn’t surprise me one bit considering it’s my favorite store. I found some awesome deals since clearance was up to 75% off and select styles were up to 50% off. Today I’m showing you the items I purchased, their prices, style name, and how I paired them along with the rest of the outfits’ details.


New Item: Felt Panama Hat Price: $5.99. Outfit Details: hat- Old Navy, necklace- Charming Charlie, V-neck – American Eagle, jeans- Hollister, lace up flats- Old Navy, watch- Kate Spade, bracelets- Alex and Ani 

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New Item: Perfect Crew Neck Tee Price: $2.99 Outfit Details: cardigan – Abercrombie & Fitch, tee – Old Navy, jeans – Hollister, leg warmers- Kohls, riding boots – Target, watch – Kate Spade, bracelets – Alex and Ani, necklace – Charming Charlie

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New Item: Women’s Cable-Knit Sweater Price: $8.99 Outfit Details: tank top – American Eagle, sweater – Old Navy, jeans – Hollister, socks – Target, booties – Sam Edelman, watch – Kate Spade, bracelets – Alex and Ani

 

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New Item: Women’s Boatneck Sweater Price: $9.99 Outfit Details: sweater – Old Navy, necklace – Old Navy, booties – Old Navy, socks – Francessca’s, jeans – Hollister, watch – Kate Spade, bracelets – Alex and Ani

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I hope you enjoyed today’s blog post. Wishing you a happy week ahead full of cute outfits and positive thoughts. Don’t forget to enter your email to subscribe to the blog and follow me on Instagram @styledbymckenz. With love, McKenz.

 

 

Weekly Wrap Up

Weekly Wrap Up #3

Hey friends, I hope you’re doing well this Sunday! I’m super sorry for the lack of posts this week, unfortunately exams are taking over my life, but I hope you enjoyed “Bootie Collection 2016” and “Upgrade Your Outfit”.  This week I finished up wearing the last of my new shoes that I received for Christmas which was of course bittersweet. Although I’m in the midst of planning out five blog posts for the upcoming week I would appreciate any requests or blog post suggestion!!  Also, thank you so much for over 150 followers on Instagram (@StyledByMcKenz) and for helping me break record views on last weeks Weekly Wrap Up. As always, outfit details and happiness posts will be listed below. Wishing you nothing but a happy and positive week ahead. With love, McKenz.

1.11.16 – Perfecting winged eyeliner and trying on falsies always relieves my stress, sometimes it’s the littlest things in life that make you feel the most confident.

Outfit Details – shirt: Ann Taylor, jeans: Hollister, socks: Kohls, booties: Old Navy, watch: Kate Spade, bracelets: Alex and Ani

1.12.16 – One goal I really want to accomplish this year is reading one book every month and learning to accept and love myself entirely. Right now I am reading See Me  by Nicholas Sparks and I am loving it!

Outfit Details – vest: Old Navy, sweater: Old Navy, rain booties: Old Navy, jeans: Hollister, socks: Kohls, watch: Kate Spade, bracelets: Alex and Ani and DSW

1.13.16 – Nothing better than lunch at your favorite Mexican place ever with your bffs. Today we went to Chipotle and got burritos.

Outfit Details – sweater: American eagle, flannel: Old Navy, scarf: Old Navy, jeans: Hollister, boot socks: Hunter, rain boots: Hunter, watch: Kate Spade, bracelets: Alex and Ani

1.14.16 – I absolutely adore long walks with friends. today I went on a two mile walk with one of my good friends Sasha and my twin sister Madison, nothing better than catching up with one another.

Outfit Details – shirt: Old Navy, jeans: Hollister, loafers: Old Navy, watch: Target, bracelets: Alex and Ani, necklace: Charming Charlies

1.15.16 – My friend Lauren reads my blog and asked if her exam day outfit could be featured on the blog so of course I had to make her my happiness post for today. Love that girl to death, she brings so much laughter to my life.

Outfit Details – flannel: Old Navy, scarf: Old Navy, jeans: Hollister, booties: Sam Edelman, leg warmers: socks, watch: Kate Spade, bracelets: Alex and Ani and DSW, purse: Longchamp size large

1.16.16- I love going into CVS and walking out with a handful of endless eye shadow and lip gloss swatches.

Outfit Details – denim shirt: Hollister, scarf: Old Navy, jeans: Hollister, socks: Kohls, boots: DSW, watch: Kate Spade, bracelets: Alex and Ani

1.17.16 – Strolling around the mall with my best friend Jeanie who is such  a light in my life and of course stopping to take a pic in the Old Navy dressing room, what a surprise. (,:

Outfit Details – shirt: Gap, denim jacket: Kohls, jeans: Hollister, lace up flats: Old Navy, necklaces: Charming Charlies, watch: Kate Spade, bracelets: Alex and Ani, purse: Target


… and that’s a wrap! Don’t forget to subscribe to the blog and follow me on the gram @StyledByMcKenz

 

Weekly Wrap Up

Weekly Wrap Up #2

Hello friends, happy Sunday, and welcome to Weekly Wrap Up #2! The first week back to school seemed like a breeze which was super surprising to me; unfortunately I’m gearing up for my first exam on Friday. I hope you all have had an amazing week and have found happiness at least a few times this week. Outfit details and happiness shares will be listed below this weeks pictures. Please leave any requests below, I really appreciate all of the feedback. Thank you so much! 🙂

With love, McKenz.

1.4.16- Nothing better than starting the week off right with a nutritious breakfast; my favorite is scrambled eggs and fruit. Sometimes its the littlest things that can make your day.

Outfit Details- cowl neck sweater: Old Navy, jeans: Hollister, socks: Columbia, shoes: Steve Madden, watch: Kate Spade, bracelets: Alex and Ani

1.5.16- Cuddling with my sweet dog Abby was the highlight of my day.

Outfit Details- tank top: Forever 21, army jacket: TJ Maxx, jeans: Hollister, leg warmers: Kohls, riding boots: Target, watch: Kate Spade, bracelets: Alex and Ani

1.6.16-Making it into the school newspaper for one of my outfits from a previous week felt so rewarding.

Outfit Details- long sleeve: Old Navy, jeans: Hollister, scarf: Target, lace up flats: Old Navy, watch: Kate Spade, bracelets: DSW

1.7.16- Reviewing my watch collection for one of my blog posts made me so happy today.

Outfit Details- sweater: Old Navy, scarf: Old Navy, jeans: American Eagle, socks: Kohls, bean boots: DSW, watch: Kate Spade, bracelets: DSW and Alex and Ani

1.8.16- A pep rally celebrating our success of winning Counties for the fourth year in a row in Division 1 as a cheer squad and flying at basketball games make me happy

Outfit Details- shirt: American Eagle, scarf: Old Navy, jeans: Hollister, boot socks: Francesscas, booties: Steve Madden, watch: Kate Spade, bracelets: Alex and Ani

1.9.16- A day well spent supporting my best friends at their pom competition.

Outfit Detail- shirt: Hollister, jeans: Hollister, socks: Kohls, riding boots: Target, watch: Kate Spade, bracelets: Charming Charlies and Alex and Ani

1.10.16- Today I took my time to spend time with Jesus and reflect on all that he does for me. I also found a favorite verse today, Psalm 9:6.

Outfit Details- shirt: Old Navy, leggings: Reebok, shoes: TOMS

Follow me on Instagram for daily outfit posts and updates on new and upcoming blog posts. @styledbymckenz

 

Weekly Wrap Up

Weekly Wrap Up #1

Hello friends. Happy Sunday, I hope you all have had a wonderful holiday season and a great start to 2016. Today I’m here bringing you the first Weekly Wrap Up of the year. If you don’t know what this is read “52 Weeks of Happiness“. Today I’m showing you three outfits that I’ve worn and where everything is from along with three things I’ve found happiness in. Wishing you nothing but the best this upcoming week!!!

With love,
McKenz


1.1.16- The first day of the year was well spent by having an ugly sweater party with my family from New York.

Outfit Details- flannel: Old Navy, sweater: Gap, jeans: Hollister, socks: Kohls, boots: DSW, watch: Kate Spade, bracelets: DSW and Alex and Ani

1.2.16-A day mostly spent in the car on our way home to Maryland accompanied by new journals to set goals for 2016.

Outfit Details- sweater: Old Navy, jeans: Hollister, shoes: Toms, watch: Kohls

1.3.16-Reflecting on winter break with one of my dearest friends Jenna over coffee, bagels, and donuts at Dunkin Doughnuts.

Outfit Details- shirt: Vineyard Vines, jeans: Hollister, shoes: DSW, watch: Kohls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly Wrap Up

52 Weeks of Happiness

Despite the obstacles life is bound to throw at you, it’s important to remember that everything happens for a reason. Happiness depends solely on yourself and that’s something that I didn’t comprehend right away. In June of 2015, I decided to participate in the ‘100 Happy Days’ campaign. It challenged me to find the good in every single day no matter how crappy I was feeling. Not only did I find happiness in myslef, I found happiness in others. The world around us is thriving with good but it’s your choice to go out and seek it. God is so good and the ‘100 Happy Days’ campaign truly did open my eyes up to realize this. Not only did I start to inspire myself, I started to inspire others. When the challenge came to an end several people came to me saying that they loved this campaign and they loved seeing how good life is if you dig a little deeper. So in 2016, I’ve decided to start something called 52 Weeks of Happiness. Something I’ve started myself, where I find something or someone that has positively influenced me each day and upload it here on Styled by McKenz. Pictures will be uploaded every Sunday along with an overview of what I’ve worn every single day of the week. Wishing everyone a fabulous first week of the year; make it great or not, the choice is yours.

With love,
McKenz

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Happy 2016

To say that 2015 has taught me a lot is an understatement. Not only have I discovered how to successfully pair a sweater and scarf with matching socks and booties and learned how to perfect a crease color and contour my face, I’ve learned a lot about myself. I’ve made new friends, new inside jokes, new memories, and now a new blog. A place for me to share the happiness that I’ve learned life will bring you if you let it. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and have rung in the New Year with all of your friends and family. Grab a cup of coffee, curl up on the couch, and hit the subscribe button so you can join me in 2016 for all things face, fashion, and finding yourself related.