3 Ways to Style Lace Up Flats (Spring Edition)

Good morning everyone. Today I decided that I would she you three ways to style lace up flats in the Spring time. These shoes are all the rage right now. I personally love them and find that they make any outfit look instantly chic and put together. My pair are from Old Navy’s Winter collection; however, I know Steve Madden and Target both have similar options. I hope you all enjoy these outfits. If you have any questions, comments, or requests please leave them below. Thank you! With love, McKenz.

This outfit is perfect for brisk days. Girlfriend jeans add a distressed look while the lacy bralette keeps the outfit looking girly. I paired my lace up flats with this look and they coordinated perfectly with my necklace and black bralette.

Outfit Details- tank: Old Navy, bralette: American Eagle, jeans: Gap, shoes: Old Navy, watch: Kate Spade, necklaces: Forever 21 and Charming Charlies, bracelets: Alex and Ani

I love my button front skirt. They are so in trend right now so I just paired it with a simple black top and my flats for a somewhat dressed up outfit.

Outfit Details- shirt: Target, skirt: Target, shoes: Old Navy, necklace: Forever 21, watch: Kate Spade, bracelets: Alex and Ani

We definitely have some bipolar weather where I live. I’m someone that hates wearing jean shorts if I’m going to be stuck in jeans the next which is why I often times opt for rompers and dresses in the spring months.

Outfit Details- bralette: American Eagle, romper: Old Navy, shoes: Old Navy, necklace: Forever 21, watch: Kate Spade, bracelets: Alex and Ani



Closet Confidential TAG

Happy Tuesday everyone. I came across this tag as I was scrolling through my YouTube subscriptions this past weekend. Although I wasn’t tagged I thought it might be fun to answer these questions. It’s a fun way to explore and rediscover old pieces from your closet. Anybody is willing to answer these questions, here are the three people I tag. (Anne from Merging Threads, Ashley from Lovealwaysashleyj, and Lindsey from Lindseylouthatswho.) I hope you enjoy and have a good day. With love, McKenz.

What’s the oldest item in your wardrobe?
The oldest item in my wardrobe is just an old football t-shirt.
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What’s the newest item in your wardrobe?
The newest item in my wardrobe is this red tank top from Abercrombie&Fitch that my friend Ashley gave to me as a hand me down.FullSizeRender (27).jpg

What is the cheapest item in your wardrobe?
I have this Old Navy tank in about six colors and purchased them for $4 each. They were some of the best purchases ever.
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What is your biggest bargain?
My biggest bargain had to be these knock off Birkenstocks that I purchased at the end of summer last year from Target. They were $6 and I wear them everywhere. They’re comfy, cute, and are so easy to throw on and just head out the door.FullSizeRender (24).jpg

What is the biggest waste of money?
My biggest waste of money was definitely my Uggs. I love them I just never reach for them unless I’m bumming it that day.
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What is your favorite item that you got as a gift?
My favorite item that I got as a gift would definitely be my bean boots or my blue Long Champ.  I wore my bean boots like crazy and they look good with everything.
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What is the most comfortable item?
Scarves have to be my most comfortable item. I wear them all the time in the winter and it feels like you’re laying on a cloud.
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What is the most uncomfortable item?

My tan flats from Target have to be the most uncomfortable item in my closet. They give me the worst blisters but they’re so cute that I often times just suck it up and deal with it.FullSizeRender (30).jpg

Three of your favorite items right now?
My white Jack Rogers, ripped girlfriend jeans from Gap, and my white bralette from American Eagle are by far my three favorite items right now.

Something you love but everyone else hates?
I adore my lace up flats from Old Navy. I think they’re super chic and in style. However, very few of my friends feel the same way lol. I get asked if they’re comfortable at least three times every time I wear them, it surely doesn’t feel like you’re walking on clouds but they aren’t like walking on nails. :,)FullSizeRender (22).jpg

Something that you’re excited to wear soon?
I’m so excited to wear shorts soon, it’s not quite warm enough but I’m so ready for eighty degree weather!FullSizeRender (21).jpg

Weekly Wrap Up

Weekly Wrap Up #17

Hello and happy Sunday friends, it feels like we haven’t talked in forever. I am so sorry for only having up two blog posts this week  (GRWM: Cheer Banquet and A Lookbook: White and Denim). It has been an absolutely packed week between our schools play Into The Woods and our annual cheer clinic which you will hear all about below. The weather was so nice this week so I was able to break out some of my favorite dresses and rompers. I’m too scared to break out the shorts lol. Before I go I wanted to thank you all for 460 followers on Instagram and 125 followers here on StyledByMcKenz. I’m so grateful for the love and support you all continuously provide me with. 1 Corinthians 13:7 says “Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.” I love this verse so much and am trying my best to keep it in the back of my head throughout the week ahead. Sending nothing but smiles and happiness your way. With love, McKenz.

4.18.16- A crazy insane week leading up to our first show of Into The Woods on Thursday!! So excited for eighty degree weather and for being able to eat lunch in the courtyard.

Outfit Details- romper: Old Navy, bralette: American Eagle, jacket: TJ Maxx, flats: Old Navy, necklace: Forever 21, bracelets: Alex and Ani and Charming Charlies

4.19.16- Today was our first day of cheer clinic and it was so much fun teaching the little ones. So happy to be wearing my button up skirt today!!

Outfit Details- shirt: Forever 21, skirt: Target, sandals: Pierre Dumas, necklace: Forever 21, watch: Kate Spade

4.20.16- So in love with this black maxi that I was finally able to break out today. Had to take a picture with Jenna at or second day of clinic as a reminder that my dreams became reality. Freshman year on Varsity cheer was everything I could want and more.

Outfit Details- dress: Old Navy, sandals: Target, bracelets: Alex and Ani and Charming Charlie’s, necklace: Forever 21, jacket: Kohls

4.21.16- Today was our first showing of Into The Woods and it was such a success. Our last day of cheer clinic and performances went perfectly. Loved living a double life tonight.

Outfit Details- dress: TJ Maxx, flats: Old Navy, necklaces: Forever 21 and Charming Charlie’s, bracelets: Alex and Ani and DSW

4.22.16- Such a fun day at lunch and a great show day. My two girls Missy and Kim looked absolutely stunning tonight. So thankful for all my friends to come watch my makeup in action as well.

Outfit Details- shirt: Old Navy, bralette: American Eagle, pants: Kohls, sandals: TJ Maxx, necklace: Forever 21, bracelets: Alex and Ani and Charming Charlie’s

4.23.16- Woke up early this morning and went straight to school to start doing people’s makeup for the play. We had two show times today, 2 and 7. My sweet theatre friends got me these gorgeous tulips for helping out!

Outfit Details- shirt: Old Navy, necklace: Forever 21, leggings: Gap, flats: Old Navy, bracelets: Alex and Ani

4.24.16- Babysat all day today and came across this Bible verse while scrolling through Facebook. A friendly reminder for the week ahead!

Outfit Details- shirt: Vineyard Vines, leggings- Gap, shoes- Nike

Fashion · Finding Yourself

Denim and White- A Lookbook (with the girls)

Words can not express my gratitude toward these girls. For as long as I can remember they’ve continuously provided me with love and support that never fails to leave me smiling. I hope one day that you find people that see the world in you the way these two look at me. And if and when you do, I hope you never let them go. If I could lock our friendship in place so that it could never be taken away, I would. When we’re together we don’t have a quiet button. We’re loud and crazy at heart. We make our own fun wherever we go and if you’re on the outside looking in we share a wild kind of love. Far from picture perfect. Today we put on our smiles and strove to look it.

I was really opting toward a white, denim, and gold color palette. The weather here on the East Coast is still rather bipolar so I wanted something that would be perfect for a brisk Spring day. It ended up working perfectly and we all looked unified without looking like we were having “Twin Day” for second grade spirit week. Here’s what we wore and where everything is from-

McKenzie: shirt- H&M, jeans- Hollister, shoes- Pierre Dumas, bracelets- Alex and Ani

Jeanie: shirt- Forever 21, bralette- Aerie, jeans- American Eagle, shoes- Pierre Dumas, watch- Target, necklace- Target

Celia: shirt- Target, jeans- Target, shoes- TJ Maxx


Fashion · Makeup

Get Ready With Me: Cheer Banquet (hair, makeup, and outfit)

Ah, seems so surreal sitting here and writing this pot. freshman year on Varsity Cheer has officially come to an end. After a very successful and heartfelt season, it was a bittersweet ending to say the least. Thankfully, we were all able to get together for one last time on Sunday night. We had an awesome dinner, received awards, and took lots of pictures. I’m so lucky to have been able to spend so much time with twenty five incredible girls, can’t thank them enough for everything they’ve done for me. With the night being one for the books I decided to do a little Get Ready With Me. These are some of my favorite posts to write so I’m very excited. I hope you enjoy and f you have any questions, comments, or requests please leave them below. Sending many smiles your way. With love, McKenz.

Makeup: I tried to keep it mostly bronze with sharp brows and a mauve lip. The products used are as follows: Elf Mineral Face Primer, Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation in “Honey”, Rimmel Stay Matte Powder, Garnier Under Eye Concealer, Anastasia Contour Kit- under eye powder “Banana”contour “Java” highlight “Vanilla”, Urban Decay Primer Potion, Maybelline Color Tattoo “Barely Branded”, Lorac Pro Palette- lid “Light Bronze”, crease “Taupe”, Lorac Mini Palette, Vaseline, brows- Ur=ban Decay Naked Basics 2 palette “Crave” and Vaseline, Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, Maybelline Great Lash Mascara, Bare Mineral Buxom Lip Pencil.


Hair: I decided to keep it super simple like most times so I just straightened my second day hair with my CHI flat iron and left it like that. Super bland but I prefer my hair as simple as possible!

Outfit: Keeping a super classy look for tonight’s outfit. This dress is from last season and is Old Navy, my heels are Steve Madden purchased from Nordstrom Rack and my necklace is Forever 21.


Weekly Wrap Up

Weekly Wrap Up #16

Hello everyone. It feels like I haven’t sat down to write a blog post in forever. This week was so busy between theater, supporting Jeanie t her lacrosse games, and having Celia finally home for a weekend. It’s been so long since Jeanie, Celia, Madison, and i were all together and it felt so good. Life seems like it’s flying before my eyes these days but I’m happier than ever. if you have the chance and read the Bible, read Psalms 118. It was such a refreshing reminder for this past week. Thank you all so much for helping me reach 445 followers on Instagram, can’t thank you enough for all the love and support. If you missed this weeks blog posts: Hot or Not: Overalls- click here, and Everyday Makeup Tutorial for Beginners- click here. Wishing you the best this week. With love, McKenz.

4.11.16- The week before the play is so stressful! We are frantically running around trying to finish up paper macheing and painting all of our trees and sets. I’m so excited to see it all come together.

Outfit Details- jacket: TJ Maxx, tank top: Forever 21, jeans: American Eagle, sandals: Pierre Dumas, watch: Kate Spade, bracelets: Alex and Ani and Charming Charlies, necklace: Forever 21

4.12.16- So excited to support Jeanie at her first home lacrosse game. We stayed after and watched the Varsity game. Not being able to feel our toes when we got home was totally worth it.

Outfit Details- shirt: American Eagle, bralette: American Eagle, jeans: Hollister, shoes: Old Navy, watch: Kate Spade

4.13.16- Got to wear my new t shirt dress to school today and to say I was excited for it would be an understatement. I got to eat with some of my girls at lunch and we decided to get a few pictures cause it’s definitely been a while.

Outfit Details- dress: TJ Maxx, socks: Fransescas, shoes: Converse, watch: Kate Spade, bracelets: Alex and Ani and Charming Charlies, necklace: Forever 21

4.14.16-  So excited to wear this shirt today, I got so many compliments. I got to watch Jeanie’s lacrosse game today and take a few pictures with her before. So happy with how the sets for the play are coming!

Outfit Details- tank top: Abercrombie and Fitch, bralette: American Eagle, jeans: Hollister, shoes: TJ Maxx, bracelets: Alex and Ani and Charming Charlies, necklace: Forever 21

4.15.16- Happiest when I’m wearing yellow. Today we started a new project in art class that required these super cool mirrors. Celia finally had no practice and was able to join Madison, Jeanie, and I for the volleyball game and a sleepover.

Outfit Details- shirt: American Eagle, shoes: Bass Co., jeans: Gap, bracelets: Alex and Ani, necklace: Forever 21

4.16.16- Went to Jeanie’s lacrosse game and she scored today!! So proud of her. Afterwards Madison took some picture of Jeanie, Celia, and I for an upcoming blog post. We hung out with the boys after and than Jeanie slept over, which is no surprise.

Outfit Details- stay tuned for Thursdays blog post!! :,)

4.17.16- Today we had our cheer banquet. It’s so bitter sweet to see it go. Luckily, cheer season will be rolling back around in no time!

4.18.16- stay tuned for Tuesdays blog post!! :,)


Beauty Basics: Beginners Everyday Makeup

Hi guys, it’s been quite some time since my last Beauty Basics post. That being said, today I decided to do a beginners everyday makeup routine. This look is a super fresh face and looks very natural. It’s perfect for people who are just starting out with makeup! If you are new here or new to makeup consider checking out my other posts in Beauty Basics. It’s a series based around teaching you all about makeup and I highly recommend reading if you’re new to makeup.

Beauty Basics: Learning Your Face and Makeup Terms

Beauty Basics: The Purpose of Makeup and The Different Kinds

Beauty Basics: My Everyday Makeup Tutorial

To start off my makeup I’m taking the Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless Foundation and applying a light layer to my face with a damp beauty blender. This foundation keeps you from looking oily throughout the day and is a light/medium coverage. After I apply the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder with an Elf Powder Brush all over my face. Avoid rubbing on your powder and opt for patting it into your skin so you stay matte all day and don’t end up rubbing away the foundation you just applied. I than apply the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer under my eyes to brighten them up and keep me from looking dead. I love this concealer  because it covers everything and is only $7 from the drugstore. I than am applying two coats of my Maybelline Great Lash Mascara. Don’t forget your lower lashes. I find that this mascara makes my eyes look super big and as if I spent a lot of time on my eye makeup when in reality all I did was apply mascara. Lastly, I apply the color “crave” from my Naked Basics 2 Palette on my eyebrows to reshape and define them. Never neglect your eyebrows, they change a whole look entirely. I than applied chap-stick and went on with my day.


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I hope you all enjoyed this post. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions please leave them below. Thank you so much for reading, don’t forget to check out all of my other Beauty Basics posts linked above. I hope you have a fabulous day! With love, McKenz.