Finding Yourself

Trusting God’s Plan

I know that many of you are probably going through some stuff right now, and that sometimes makes it hard to put your faith in the Lord’s hands. Trusting God’s plan is something scary, so today I decided to round up ten Bible verses that really speak to me and help remind me that there IS a light at the end of the tunnel. I hope you guys enjoy these verses as much as me. Remember that God’s love for you is absolutely endless and His path for you is greater than anything you could plan yourself. Wishing you all the best today and all the days to come. With love, McKenz.

Isaiah 60:22- When the time is right, I, the Lord will make it happen.

Isaiah 49:23- She who trusts in the Lord, will never be disappointed.

Psalm 56:3- When I am afraid, I will trust in you.

Psalm 37:4- Delight yourself in the lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Psalm 118:6- I will not be afraid, because the Lord is with me.

Proverbs 4:13- Take hold of my instructions; don’t let them go. Guard them, for they are the key to my life.

2 Corinthians 12:10- When you’ve done everything you can do, that’s when God will step in and do what you can’t do.

John 13:7-  Jesus replied, “You don’t understand what I’m doing now, but someday you will.

Proverbs 3:5- Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and He will make your paths straight.

Philippians 4:4-7- Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Fashion

TBH What We Actually Wear

Yes, the truth is I love to dress up. I love to wake up every morning and put on makeup, lace up my sandals, and put on a cute outfit. But reality is, that’s not ALWAYS me. My friends and I adventure, sometimes that requires a t-shirt ans sneakers. My friends ad I play sports, sometimes that requires a sports bra and running shorts. My friends and I go out, sometimes that requires a fancy top, and heels. Sometimes my friends and I hang around the house, and that requires jeans and a tee. My point is, I’m not always put together with my hair done up, and my eyelashes coated in mascara.  And that’s okay. I’m a teenager and in the midst of a normal high school life. Here are some pictures of my friends and I in our day to day life, among many different occasions. So, to be honest; this is me. Styledbymckenz is me in its entirety. This is my life and I can not thank you enough for joining me on this journey. With a whole lot of love, McKenz.

Fashion · Makeup · Uncategorized

Summer Essentials

Hi friends, I hop you’re having the best day. Aside from Fall, Summer has to be my favorite season. I know I’m not the only one which is why today I wanted to share with you all my Summer fashion essentials. I’m going to be sharing some of my favorite clothes, shoes, and accessories. Along with that I also want to share with you the book “Just Friends” by Billy Taylor. It’s a beautiful love story about two college students and is a perfect beach book id you’re looking for one. Anyways, let’s get on into my Summer essentials!


My Summer’s don’t always require me to get all fancied up, so a simple tee and jean shorts are appropriate for most of my days. I adore stripes because they look perfect with anything, a white tank top is my absolute favorite clothing piece. This one’s from Forever 21 and looks perfect with shorts or jeans. Yellow is my favorite color, as it’s sunny color makes me so happy. I love wearing yellow in the summer, it’s the best.

American Eagle, Forever 21, American Eagle

My current favorite shoes are Chacos and lace up sandals. Chacos are fit for all of my adventures and perfect when I know my toes are going o get wet. I have a habit of spending too much money on Target sandals… oops. This tan, lace up pair look super boho chic, which I’m currently loving.

Chacos, Target

I love hats so much! This ‘happy, blessed, thankful’ one is a custom order from Hunter&Honey. Check out their Facebook page for more items like this one! My large Longchamp is perfect for everything. I can use it for traveling, the pool, and shopping. It’s so worth the investment.

Hunter&Honey, Longchamp

The Dollar Store is the best place to get sunglasses. Why?  You may ask. Well that’s because I always misplace them or scratch them up. So spending a dollar every Summer is so much more convenient. My rose gold watch has been on repeat this whole Summer, it’s from Target and is adorable. I love my Boho Betty bracelet is one of my favorites, go to their website and type in the code ‘styledbymckenz’ for 20% off your order.

Dollar Tree, Target/Alex and Ani/Boho Betty


Thank you so much for stopping by and reading. If you missed my most recent posts, check them out: Weekly Wrap Up #28, 5 Ways To Style Birkenstocks, God’s Everlasting Love. If you have any requests, comments, or questions please leave them below. I hope you all have the best day. With love, McKenz.

Weekly Wrap Up

Weekly Wrap Up #28

Hi friends, thank you so much for stopping by. This week was super casual and spent catching up with my girls. We’re trying to soak up every minute with Celia before she heads back to school and we head to the beach. Getting back into the swing of home which means lots of cheer, walking, and hanging around. Make sure to read all the way to the end to hear all about my 15 seconds of fame this week. Yes, that’s right; I got to talk about styledbymckenz on the news!!! It’s crazy what can happen in a matter of months, thank you all for your endless support. Have a fantastic week. With love, McKenz.

7/4/16- Madison and I are so happy to be coming home today. We had an absolute blast in Wisconsin but we’re so excited to come home and sleep in our own beds. After the flight home we joined the Apgars for some fireworks down town. It was so much fun.

Outfit Details- shirt: Old Navy, jeans: Gap, shoes: Converse, watch: Target, bracelets: Alex and Ani, Boho Betty, necklace: Forever 21

7/5/16- First full day home was spent tanning with Celia, and then walking to get ice cream with the clan. We came home and played some old board games for a throwback to our first grade play dates. Celia slept over and we stayed up talking all night.

Outfit Details- shirt: Duke, shorts: Nike, shoes: Rainbows, watch: Target, bracelets: Boho Betty

7/6/16- Catching up on One Tree Hill and walking around the neighborhood with Celia, Madison, and Jeanie after a super hard first day of cheer.

Outfit Details- shirt: Hunter&Honey, shorts: Nike, shoes: Nike

7/7/16- Spent the day hoolahooping and cooling down with the hose with Celia and Madison after a long, hard morning of cheer and walking. That night we went to a yoga session and hung around the house.

Outfit Details- shirt: cheer spiritwear, shorts: Nike, shoes: Nfinity

7/8/16-  A very exciting day for styledbymckenz!!! I got my fifteen seconds of fame on Fox 5 News for being a junior reporter. Here’s the link if you’d like to see my interview. Came home and went to John Haines with the clan, Sean, and Brandt before heading out to dinner and the Fourth of July parade.

Outfit Details- shirt: Old Navy, necklace: Forever 21, shorts: Aeropostale, shoes: Converse, watch: Target, bracelets: Boho Betty and Alex and Ani

7/9/16- Out and about running errands in one of my favorite graphic tees today. I was able to pick up a few things before vacation and got some much needed outfit planning in.

Outfit Details- shirt: Hunter&Honey, shorts: Thrifted, shoes: TJ Maxx, watch: Kohls, bracelets: Boho Betty

7/10/16- Spent the whole day babysitting with Madison at the pool. Nothing beats a day spent getting tan!!! Celia’s coming over to have a huge movie marathon before spending the night!

Outfit Details- romper: Forever 21, shoes: TJ Maxx, bathing suit: Target

Fashion

5 Ways To Style Birkenstocks

Birkenstocks stole the show in 1774 and have been a staple piece in many people’s wardrobes since. With them being all the rage right now I decided to bring to you all five ways to style them. I personally adore Birks and think they are so easy and fun to wear. Everyone around here has a pair. I have both the two buckle, and the t-strap, but I find myself reaching for my buckle ones more often. Mine are also black, so they match with almost everything. Without further ado, let’s get on into the outfits!

FullSizeRender (10).jpgFor the first outfit I tried to keep it more realistic and relaxed. If I’m being honest, as a teenager I don’t always have a reason to get dressed every summer morning, and when i do it’s not like I need to be in full glam mode. A hat, tee, and your favorite cut offs is perfect!

Outfit Details- hat: Tourist Shop, shirt: H&M, shorts: American Eagle, shoes: TJ Maxx, watch: Target, bracelets: assorted/Boho BettyFullSizeRender (11).jpg

Along with Birkenstocks, denim is also sweeping through the fashion world. I thrift-ed this denim, button front skirt a few years back and think it pairs adorably with these shoes.

Outfit Details- shirt: H&M, skirt: Mossimo Supply Co., shoes: TJ Maxx, necklace: Forever 21, watch: Target, bracelets: assorted/Boho Betty

FullSizeRender (9).jpgWooo overalls make me so happy!!! I think they look so adorable paired with Birks for a laid back country feel, and a sleek cut tank and jewelry to add a bit of class. This is defiantly one of my favorite outfits.

Outfit Details- shirt: Hollister, overalls: Gap, shoes: TJ Maxx, necklace: forever 21, watch: Target, bracelets: assorted/Boho Betty

FullSizeRender (8).jpgI love a good t-shirt dress. And not to mention one with stripes. This has to be one of m favorite go to outfits because of how simple and easy to wear it is.

Outfit Details- dress: TJ Maxx, shoes: TJ Maxx, necklace: Forever 21, watch: target, bracelets: Alex and Ani and Boho Betty

FullSizeRender (7).jpgThis outfit is a bit more fall-ish but is still cute. I know some people live in cooler climates or prefer jeans over shorts. I try to wear white jeans as much as possible while they are still in season, plus olive green is my absolute favorite in the summer because it makes you look that much tanner! :,)

Outfit Details- shirt: Old Navy, bralette: American Eagle, jeans: Gap Outlet, shoes: TJ Maxx, watch: Target, bracelets: assorted


Well that’s a wrap for t0day’s styling post. I hope you all enjoy these outfits as much as I do! If you have any questions, comments, or requests please leave them below as I am open to chat about anything. Don’t forget to subscribe if you’re not already and have a wonderful day. Love you all tons, thank you so much for reading. With love, McKenz.

Finding Yourself

God’s Everlasting Love

Hello friends, ever since my new Bible came in the mail a few weeks ago, i have been reading like crazy! It’s gorgeous and leaves me a few inches of space on the sides to journal and write down my thoughts on the verses I read throughout the night. I purchased mine from Amazon so definitely check there if you’re looking into buying one.

One of my absolute favorite chapters is 1 Corinthians 13, as I find that the words of it are absolutely breathtaking. It says “If I have all faiths as to move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away everything I own, and if I hand my body over so that I may boast but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not get jealous, it is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.”

These words speak to me so loudly, for it is a reminder that the Lord’s love is forever and we should seek his qualities in the people we surround ourselves with. “It bears all things, believes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.” One of my dearest friends Jeanie always says “if love fails, it wasn’t really love” and as I read these verses from Corinthians it dawns on me that she is right. Love rejoices in the truth. I’ve learned that if you love life, it will love you right back and if you seek God’s everlasting love, you will have the power to love.

Let me know what you’ve been reading lately, I would love to chat about it! thank you so much for stopping by and reading. Never forget YOU are loved; wishing you the best today and all the ones to come. With love, McKenz.

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Shopaholic Tag

Hi friends, I’ve missed you tons. My first day home was so relaxing and fun. I was able to see my two best friends and soak up the sun all day which made my heart so happy. Although when I woke up this morning I realized I didn’t have a blog post planned out for today and have nobody around to help me with a post. I’m in the mood for something a little more casual which is why today I’m throwing it back to a tag that went around YouTube a few years ago that I think is so cute and fun. I’ve gotten quite a few followers recently and want to get to know them so I figured this was the perfect opportunity! If you missed yesterday’s post “Weekly Wrap Up #26 & #27” click here. I hope you guys enjoy thank you so much for reading, stay tuned to hear what five ladies I nominate! With love, McKenz.


The questions:
1. Would you consider yourself a shopaholic?

I actually wouldn’t consider myself a shopaholic. I don’t shop too much but when I do, I do my fair share of damage; usually on shoes because I adore getting a new pair of shoes and finding different ways to style them.
2. How would you classify your style?

I feel as if there isn’t one word to describe my style. In the summer I would consider it very casual, I tend to dress more like an average teenager in shorts and a t-shirt when I’m just sitting around the house doing nothing, but I always try to look presentable when out and about. In the winter I definitely opt towards the preppy style.
3. What store can you not leave without buying at least one thing?

I can never leave Old Navy without buying anything. It’s my absolute favorite store, not to mention everything there is very in style and is very affordable. Some of my favorite clothing pieces are from old Navy, 10/10 would recommend!
4. Where do you find the best deals?

Old Navy is also the answer to this question, they always have good deals running and you get what you pay for!
5. What designer are you willing to splurge for?

I don’t own much designer but I would say Steve Madden. He makes the cutest things and you can find his shoes for good deals at Nordstrom Rack and DSW.
6. Do you have a go to shopping outfit?

Yes! Jeans, a white shirt, and Birkenstocks is my favorite shopping outfit. My reason being; all pants that you may be trying on look fine with a white top, most tops that are bought can be worn with jeans more then shorts, plus they’re comfortable. Birkenstocks are comfy and easy to slip on and off so I always reach for them.
7. What is your guilty pleasure? (Not including makeup)

My guilty pleasure is either shoes or a white shirt. I always reach for white first, something about it gets me every time.
8. What is one staple clothing piece you cannot live without?

I could not live without a dark wash pair of skinny jeans. You can wear jeans with a light blouse and lace ups in the Spring, a tank and sandals in the Summer, a sweater and booties in the Fall, and a flannel, scarf, and Hunter’s in the Winter! plus they are a timeless piece.
9. What is a trend you hope never goes out of style?

One trend I hope never goes out of style is lace up shoes. I own two pairs of flats and two pairs of sandals and think they are the cutest thing ever. They can dress up any outfit which is a plus.
10. What trend did you love that passed way to quickly?

Maxi dresses came and went way too quickly, don’t get me wrong though i still break mine out when Summer rolls around. They are seriously the most comfortable piece of clothing ever if you ask me!
11. Who is your fashion icon?

Hmm I don’t really have many fashion icons, I mostly just roll with my own style and what I like, but I adore Danielle Marie and Blake Lively.


Here are the girls I nominate:

  1. mergingthreads
  2. kimberlyloveless
  3. ayrgalaxy
  4. sethosvogue
  5. suedesunsets
Weekly Wrap Up

Weekly Wrap Up #26 & #27

Hi guys!!! It seems like I haven’t talked to you in forever but I’m finally home and so excited to be home and able to respond to your comments, catch up with new followers, and binge read yall’s blog posts! I had the absolute best time in Wisconsin and am so thankful that I was able to be there for a whole twelve days with Madison. It’s inevitable that we get closer when we go there and I’m so grateful for that. This trip opened up my eyes to so many things. I missed home so much though and am so happy to be back in my own bed. God’s glory is so great, I can not express that enough. I hope you guys have had the best two weeks, thank you so much for reading!!! Love you all thank you for your endless love and support! Wishing you the best this week. With love, McKenz.

6.20.16-  Madison and I were in Nordstrom Rack with time to kill so obviously our first thought was to try on prom dresses, it’s the little things. :,)

Outfit Details- shirt: Gap, shorts: Hollister, shoes: TJ Maxx, necklace: Forever 21

6.21.16- Today Morgan, Madison, Celia and I walked to the park and ate lunch in the middle of the basketball court because we had an absurd amount of food to get out of the house. We then had milkshakes and stayed inside because of the flood warning.

Outfit Details- shirt: Old Navy, shorts: Garage Clothing, shoes: TJ Maxx, necklace: Forever 21

6.22.16- Spent my last day here with Celia and Madison. We went to Chipotle for lunch and then walked around town. Final packing and saying goodbye to Celia and our family.

6.23.16- Flying to Wisconsin to visit our grandparents. It’s been the longest day ever but we made it here safely and in style none the less!! I missed it here.

Outfit Details- shirt: H&M, shorts: TJ Maxx, sweater: American Eagle, socks: Nike, shoes: Converse, watch: Target, bracelets: Boho Betty

6.24.16- Our first full day was spent grocery shopping and going to the farm. Madison and I have been riding the golf carts around, fishing, and walking down to the creek.

Outfit Details- shirt: Hunter&Honey, shorts: Nike, shoes: Sanuk, watch: Target, bracelets: Boho Betty, sunglasses: dollar store

6.25.16- Today we went down to the lake and went on the paddle boat which is such a work out! We got ice cream and then came home for our first actual monopoly game, we haven’t finished yet; the winner will be announced ASAP.

Outfit Details- bathing suit: Target

6.26.16- Spending the whole day with family which was much appreciated. The view is gorgeous not to mention.

Madison and I rode the golf cart around and tried to get some good Go Pro footage.

Outfit Details- dress: Old Navy, shoes: TJ Maxx, watch: Target, bracelets: Boho Betty

6.27.16- Today we visited with some more family and hung around the house. We went in the hot tub some and made huge ice cream sundaes with waffle bowls!

Outfit Details- shirt: Vineyard Vines, shorts: American Eagle, shoes: Sanuk, watch: Target, bracelets: Boho Betty and TJ Maxx

6.28.16- Went to the campground and rented out some water bikes to ride on the lake. Madison and I had so much fun and talked about some summer adventures we want to go on. We got ice cream and then came home to play some sequence.

Outfit Details- bathing suit: Target, overalls: Target, shoes: Chacos

6.29.16- We took a trip down to the driving range today and played some golf after eating out for lunch. Came home and fished up some Monopoly, I didn’t win unfortunately! :/

Outfit Details- shirt: Nike, shorts: Under Armor, shoes: Nike, hat: Vineyard Vines

6.30.16- Had a girls day out today and picked up the cutest lace up flats. We had such a nice lunch out and then came home to relax and and play some Sequence.

Outfit Details- shirt: American Eagle, shorts: American Eagle, socks: Nike, shoes: Converse, watch: Target, bag: Longchamp

7.1.16- A very relaxed day of riding gold carts, eating ice cream, and playing board games. Resting up for the holiday weekend ahead!!

Outfit Detials- sweatshirt: Handmedown, shorts: Nike, shoes: Sanuk

7.2.16- Today we drove down to spend the weekend at or cousins lake house. It was so fun being on the water with everyone. We spent the day boating, tubing, and kayaking. By far my favorite day.

Outfit Details- bathing suit: Target

7.3.16- Spending the morning with Christopher, Steph, Anna, and the rest of the family before heading back to eat our last supper and go for one more golf cart ride. We’re packing up and getting ready to head home tomorrow!

Outfit Details- shirt: American Eagle, shorts: American Eagle, bralette: Urban Outfitters, shoes: TJ Maxx

Makeup

Everyday Makeup Routine//Summer Edition

Hi friend’s. I am constantly being asked about my everyday makeup routine. i keep things at the very bare minimum in the summer. I tend to be outside and moving a lot so I keep it pretty simple and soft; however, if you would like a specific tutorial, video, or post using a specific product leave me a comment, I would be happy to do so. i hope you all enjoy this look, it’s nothing special. As you are reading this i am most likely on a plane back home, so get excited, this is the last prewritten blog post for a while! Thank you for stopping by, i hope you enjoy. With love, McKenz.

Starting off with a fresh, clean, and moisturized face I apply the Nivea Post Shave Balm all over to ensure that my face makeup stay’s put all day and won’t slide off. I also don’t wear any eyeshadow most times in the summer but hate the icky look of mascara transferred onto your eyelids so I use the Urban Decay primer Potion in ‘eden’ to conceal my eyelids and prevent my mascara from smudging.

The only face makeup I really wear is under eye concealer because my dark circles are horrendous. I use the Maybelline Instant Age rewind concealer and a beauty blender; I also apply this on any acne if it’s there. to set that and keep the rest of my face matte I use the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder.

Filling my eyebrows is always a must because I have super thin eyebrows and they are pretty scrawny so I apply Vaseline and shape and fill them out with the color ‘frisk’ from my Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 Palette.

Super simple all around, I used the Myabelline Great Lash Mascara and Covergirl Flamed Up on my upper and lower lashes. Nothing fancy, these two get the job done.

If I ever wear a lip color it;s probably one of these two. Buxom’s full On Lipstick in ‘Brooklynn’ and Essence’s Matte Lipstick in ‘Oh So Matt!”.


 

Fashion

5 Ways To Style Chacos

Hi friends, I know some of my readers are from the South which is where Chacos are super popular! I had wanted a pair for months and tried finding a good sale and finally gave in for my fifteenth birthday a few weeks back. I ended up purchasing a kids pair which ended up being $50. I wear a Womens 8 and the Kids 6 fit’s beautifully. I have a really narrow foot so the kids fit me much better and believe it or not I still have enough space if I were to grow a half a shoe size! I think these are the perfect shoes and will be wearing them tons when I’m in Wisconsin, as they are meant to get wet and to be outdoors. They are so comfortable and are perfect for my almost daily walks with Celia and Colleen. If you’re lacking outfit inspiration for them I put together five outfits that you might like. They are mostly athletic however, that’s how I usually style them.


FullSizeRender (4)Outfit Details- shirt: Simply Southern, leggings: Under Armor, shoes: Chacos

FullSizeRender (2).jpgOutfit Details- shirt: Simply Southern, shorts: Nike, shoes: Chacos

FullSizeRender (3).jpgOutfit Details- shirt: Vineyard Vines, shorts: Hollister, shoes: Chacos, bracelets: Alex and Ani

FullSizeRender (1).jpgOutfit Details- shirt: Old Navy, shorts: American Eagle, shoes: Chacos, necklace: Forever 21

FullSizeRender (5).jpgOutfit Details- shirt: Hunter&Honey, leggings: Under Armor, shoes: Chacos, necklace: Forever 21


That is it for today’s Chaco styling post, I hope you have enjoyed! Let me know how you style your Chacos below! Thank you so much for stopping by Styled By McKenz today. make sure you’ve been keeping up with my last few posts “June Favorites”, “Fourth of July Outfits” and “5 Ways To Style Converse//Summer Edition”. Don’t forget to follow me on Insta to keep up with my posts and adventures. Love you all endlessly, with love, McKenz.