Fashion

Upgrade Your Outfit- Winter Edition

Hello, everyone! As almost of you know, fashion and styling are my favorite things to blog about and I love dressing for the colder months because there are so many different options, ways to layer, and fun pieces to work with so the outfit possibilities are endless. Today I’m going to be sharing a few ways on how you can spice up your everyday outfits and make the even more fabulous. Also, sorry for the indoor shots today, the weather was so crappy out so I had to make do with some pictures against my backdrop. Anyways, let’s get on into it!

sweater: TJ Maxx, necklace: Charming Charlies, watch: Kohls, jeans: Gap, socks: Kohls, booties: UGG

My first tip for you is to layer! Throw on a flannel over your basic graphic tee, pop a sweater over your flannel, or add a jacket to your favorite outfit. This is a simple way to add a variety of textures to your looks and bundle up for the chillier temperatures.

I can not stress enough how much socks change an outfit. Put on a pair that match your scarf or sweater and you instantly have an added something to your outfit.

turtle neck: Aeropostale, scarf: Old Navy, jeans: Hollister, socks: Aeropostale, booties: Old Navy

Add accessories! Hats, scarfs, and purses effortlessly alter your outfit. I always throw one of these three on if I feel as though my outfit needs a little something extra or is lacking balance. Balance is key in styling the perfect outfit!

Lastly, add some jewelery. Necklaces and bracelets instantly draw attention to a specific area wich is why I love wearing jewelry. If I had my ears pierced I would totally go for some statement earrings or classic pearls to achieve a sophisticated look.

sweater: Old Navy, flannel: Old Navy, jeans: Hollister, boots: DSW, purse: TJ Maxx, bracelets:
Alex and Ani, watch: Kohls

How do you add some extra pizzazz to your everyday outfits?! Let me know in the comments below along with any questions, comments, or requests you may have. I have been loving using these tips to spice up my outfits and hope you got some inspiration from this postnas well. Have a happy Saturday! With love, McKenz.

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Related Post: Upgrade Your Outfit- Fall Edition
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Makeup

Makeup Of The Week- Naked 2 Edition

Good morning, friends! As you all know, I usually post my Makeup Of The Weeks on Saturday mornings but with no school today due to Inauguration Day and not having today’s post fully ready to be uploaded (oops) I figured I might as well sit down and share this week’s Makeup Of The Week a day early. This week I used the Naked 2 palette from Urban Decay which I find is one of the hardest palettes to create a variety of looks with. Although, as I was editing and uploading these pictures I realized I liked the looks a lot more than I had originally anticipated.  Anyways, before I start talking too much let’s get on into the looks.

Monday (ps. this look is super glam but I actually wore it to cheer at a basketball game!)

Nivea Mens Shave Balm
Maybelline Matte Fit Me Foundation
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
Lumene Bronzer
Anastasia Contour Kit- highlight
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Naked 2 Palette- ‘Chopper’, ‘Tease’, ‘Snakebite’, ‘Bootycall’, ‘Suspect’
Wet N Wild Glitter- ‘White’
Anastasia Dip Brow- ‘Blonde’
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil- ‘Milk’
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
Rose Salve Lip Balm

Tuesday

Benefit Porefessionals
Maybelline Matte Fit Me Foundation
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
NYX HD Concealer
Anastasia Contour Kit- contour, highlight, banana powder
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Maybelline Color Tattoo- ‘Barely Branded’
Naked 2 Palette- ‘Bootycall’ ‘Tease’
Anastasia Dip Brow- ‘Blonde’
Maybelline Great Lash Mascara
Covergirl Flamed Up Mascara
NYX Lingerie Lipsticks- ‘Corset’ ‘Embellishment’

Wednesday

Nivea Mens Shave Balm
Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
Lumene Bronzer
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Maybelline Color Tattoo- ‘Barely Branded’
Naked 2 Palette- ‘Half Baked’,  ‘Bootycall’, ‘Snakebite’
Anastasia Dip Brow- ‘Blonde’
Maybelline Great Lash Mascara
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
Buxom Full On Lipstick- ‘Rouge’

Thursday 

Benefit Professionals Primer
Maybelline Matte Fit Me Foundation
NYX HD Concealer
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Naked 2 Palette- ‘Foxy’, ‘Tease’
Anastasia Dip Brow
Liquid Liner
Maybelline Chaotiques Mascara
Buxom Lip Gloss- ‘Rouge’

Well… which look was your favorite?! I have to say mine was Monday’s. I love a glam makeup day, it always makes my day better and I always feel super confident in the way I look. Let me know which look was your favorite in the comments below along with any other questions, comments, or requests you may have. Plus, stay tuned for a Naked 3 Makeup Of The Week coming next week! Have a fabulous day.  With love, McKenz.

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Blog Awards Catch Up

Hey, friends! I have been tagged in a couple of blogging awards over the last few weeks and felt that today would be the perfect day to sit down and answer all of your questions and tag some of my favorite WordPress ladies for you to follow too.

I would like to thank Abigail from thefreckledfashionista for nominating me for the Blogger Recognition Award! She is the sweetest and am so thankful for her tag!

Rules-

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
2. Write a post to show your award.
3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
5. Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.

Brief Story- Over a year ago I sat down in my mom’s office looking for a way to combine my love for photography, clothing, makeup, and writing. She told me to start a blog. The idea made me nervous but I told her that if we could think of a name I would be willing to start one. A few weeks later my website was designed, a name was picked, and my first blog post ever was published. Just like that my life was flipped upside down and I could not be more grateful for this blog and all the people I have met along the way!

Two Pieces Of Advice- There are two things in specific that I wish someone had told me before starting a blog and making it more than a way to spend my free time. The first being, you are half the recipe to your success. If you want to reach your goals, go out and work towards them. Half of your success depends upon yourself, your passion, and your content. The other half is up to the people who read your blog and are the numbers behind it, which brings me to my next piece of advice. Stop worrying about the number. If your blog is not ‘growing’ the way you want it or you feel like there are so many people doing better than you, take the time to really look at your following. I currently stand at 1,200 WordPress followers and compared to others that number is so minuscule and to others that is so huge. Think of your following as the actual people and faces they are, not the number they make up. You’d be surprised how differently you view your following from then on.

15 Bloggers I tag-

  1. Mercy Immanuela
  2. Azra
  3. Absolutely Olivia
  4. Abeautifulthing
  5. Kristen Shane
  6. Makeup_By_Makena
  7. Mackmarie
  8. Apocketfulofprep
  9. miprepp
  10. Queen City Petite
  11. akmakeupaddict
  12. Meredith Ann
  13. Jessica Jade Beauty
  14. lexrayn
  15. sunnyskieshazeleyes

I would like to thank soosophisticatedbeauty for tagging me in the Mystery Blogger Award! Check out her page for the cutest beauty reviews. This award was created by Okoto Enigma, be sure to check her out here.

Rules-

  1. List the rules.
  2. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link them
  3. Mention and link the creator of the award
  4. Tell your followers 3 things about yourself
  5. Answer the 5 questions left for you by your nominator
  6. Nominate 10 bloggers and notify them
  7. Ask your nominees 5 questions
  8. Share links to your best/fav blog posts.

Three things about me:
1. I am a fraternal twin. My sister’s name is Madison and she almost always takes my blog pictures.
2. I really love planning things out. I always am writing something down in order to keep my thoughts organized.
3. I hope to travel to fifteen states this year.

5 Questions Left By My Nominator- 

  1. Lipstick or Lipgloss? Both! I am such a sucker for glossy, plump lips but love wearing lipstick on an everyday basis.
  2. Top 5 wishlist products. Currently on my wishlist is a marble computer case, New Balance sneakers, red Hunters, a microphone for YouTube videos, and a dress for Winter formal.
  3. If you could anything at this very moment, right this very second, what would it be? If I could be anything right now, it would be successful in all the ways I wish.
  4. What’s your current favourite TV series to watch? Right now I’m watching 90210 and love it but my all time favorite show is One Tree Hill.
  5. Next Travel Destination ? New York to visit my aunt is where I’ll be headed next!

10 Bloggers I Tag-

  1. Emily Clare Beauty
  2. Beauty and the Ballroom
  3. Sophie Maie
  4. Ivana’s Makeup World
  5. Beautybyadutchgirl
  6. marioness
  7. theresamariedaily
  8. lamodefou
  9. thatswhatsupblogger
  10. jasistyleforever

and the 5 Questions for them-

1. What are your favorite blog posts to write?
2. What do you want to be when you’re older?
3. If you could eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
4. Are you closer with your mom or dad?
5. Have you ever been out of the country?

My Three Favorite Blog Posts-

1. The Power Of Makeup
2. Styledbymckenz Turns One
3. 1,000 Followers

Well that’s a wrap for today’s blog post. I hope you all enjoyed and congratualations to the twenty five ladies who I have nominated! Wishing you all the best today and always. With love, McKenz.

 

Fashion

One Sweater Four Ways

Happy Monday, y’all. As I was sifting through my closet trying to plan my outfits for this week I noticed how many times I reached for a simple black sweater to pull my looks together. And not just for one style.. dressed up or down, the ‘little black sweater’ has become more iconic in my wardrobe than the ‘little black dress’. So here I am, styling one of my favorite sweaters from Old Navy four different ways.

Look #1- All Bundled Up A simple black sweater is almost always the basis of my outfit when I plan on layering outerwear over top. Throwing on my black and white vest along with a fluffy scarf and some socks to keep me warm and stylish all the while looking super cute.

Outfit Details- sweater: Old Navy, vest: Old Navy, scarf: Steve Madden, jeans: Hollister, socks: Kohls, booties: TJ Maxx

Look #2- Comfy Cute For the days I’m running errands all over town or planning on sitting around but still want to get dressed in actual clothes,  my Yeezy look alikes and some cut out leggings for the win.

Outfit Details- sweater: Old Navy, leggings: TJ Maxx, sneakers: TJ Maxx

Look #3- Classy Girls Wear Pearls I cannot be the only girl who feels nothing short of priceless when wearing jeans and heels together. Ditching the ‘no white after Labor Day’ rule and pairing them with some simple black heels and some pearls.

Outfit Details- sweater: Old Navy, necklaces: Forever 21, jeans: Gap, heels: Steve Madden//DSW, watch: JC Penny, bracelets: Boho Betty (20% off your purchase with the code ‘styledbymckenz’) and Alex and Ani

Look #4- Business Casual Layering a simple window pane flannel under my little black sweater and adding a pop of color by adding a maroon statement necklace and some maroon booties.

Outfit Details- sweater: Old Navy, flannel: Old Navy, jeans: Hollister, necklace: Old Navy, booties: Old Navy, socks: Kohls, watch: JC Penny, bracelets: Boho Betty and Alex and Ani

Well that’s a wrap for today’s post. I am so in love with these outfits and the endless way you can style different pieces. How do you style your ‘little black sweater’? Let me know in the comments below along with any questions, comments, or requests you may have. Wishing you the best day. With love, McKenz.

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Weekly Wrap Up

Weekly Wrap Up #2- Week In My Life + OOTW

Hey, friends! I hope you’re having a great day so far and am so happy you decided to join me here today. If you’re new around here, Weekly Wrap Up’s are where I share a week in my life along with a week’s worth of outfits! This week was a full week of school…sigh. Full of cheer, as always (this is my ‘off-season’ haha) and lot’s of blogging accomplishments. Current Tally: 1,200 WordPress Followers, 1,800 Instagram Followers, and record views all in one week! As always, thank you. I wouldn’t be where I am without you all. Alright, before I give away everything I did this week, let’s get on into it. Enjoy! With love, McKenz.

This week on Styledbymckenz: Winter Clothing Haul, Over The Knee Lookbook, Matte Eyes + a Matte Lip Tutorial//YouTube Video, Makeup Of The Week- Naked 1 Edition

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Check out what I was doing this time LAST year: Weekly Wrap Up #2

1.8.17- Happy Sunday, loves. Today I went to church with Jeanie to start off my morning and then spent the day taking blog pictures and revamping styledbymckenz’s look! Must already be paying off because I hit record views today!

Outfit Details- sweater: Forever 21, leggings: PINK, socks: Kohls, shoes: UGGs

1.9.17.- Monday mornings are so much better when you have a gorgeous sunrise awaiting you as you get on the bus. It’s too bad they never look as good on camera; I suppose that’s what make them so much better when you actually get to see one.

Outfit Details- sweater: Old Navy, necklaces: Charming Charlies and Kendra Scott, jacket: TJ Maxx, jeans: Gap, socks: Target, boots: Old Navy

1.10.17-Cheesing with Ashley at lunch today. We had no Fashion Club meeting this week so we sat and chatted about clothes instead… obviously!

Outfit Details- cardigan: TJ Maxx/Hollister: tank: Old Navy, jeans: Hollister, socks: Kohls, booties: TJ Maxx, necklace: Kendra Scott

1.11.17- Honestly, this picture is from yesterday but I thought it was cute. Cheering for wrestling today and bringing home a much deserved win.

Outfit Details- turtle neck: Aeropostale, sweater: Old Navy, jeans: Hollister, socks: Kohls, boots: DSW, watch: JORD, bracelets: Alex and Ani

1.12.17- After a long day of school in one of my favorite outfits ever I am off to cheer for boys basketball. They didn’t win as per usual but it was a fun game which always makes me happy.

Outfit Details- sweater: Old Navy, necklace: Loft, OTK boots: DSW, skirt: Forever 21, watch: Kohls

1.13.17- For weeks now I have been planning on watching Forrest Gump the first Friday I find myself doing nothing and today was that day. I love that movie so much and doodled what has to be one of my favorite pages ever in my Bible. Plus I wore my patch jeans so it obviously was a good day.

Outfit Details- shirt: TJ Maxx, jeans: DIY/Old Navy, shoes: VANS, choker: Forever 21

1.14.17- Spending my Saturday off shopping around with my mom and sister before we went home so Madison could dye and highlight my hair to refresh my color! Thankful that she has enough patience to do so.

Outfit Details- cape: AC Moore, shirt: Old Navy, leggings: Gap Fit, socks: Kohls, booties: MK, purse: TJ Maxx

Makeup

Makeup Of The Week- Naked 1 Edition

Hello, friends! I am back today with another Makeup Of The Week except today is Naked One Edition. If you’re new here or haven’t read any of my previous Makeup Of The Week’s, this is where I share five days worth of makeup from my school week all based on the same eyeshadow palette. This helps me use all of my shadows and challenges me to really use a diverse selection of products from my makeup collection. Let’s get on into the looks!

Monday-

Benefit Poreessionals
Maybelline Matte Fit Me Foundation
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer
Lumene Bronzer
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Maybelline Color Tattoo ‘Barely Branded’
Naked 1 Palette- ‘Virgin’, ‘Sin’, ‘Toasted’, ‘Naked’
Anastasia Dip Brow
Maybelline Chaotiques Mascara
Covergirl Flamed Up Mascara
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil ‘Milk’
Buxom Full On Lipstick ‘Rouge’

Tuesday-

Nivea Men’s Shave Balm
Loreal Infallible Foundation ‘107’
NYX HD Concealer
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
Anastasia Contour Kit- banana powder, highlight, contour
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Maybelline Color Tattoo- ‘Barely Branded’
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil ‘Milk’
Naked 1 Palette- ‘Virgin’ ‘Naked’ ‘Sidecar’ ‘Busted’
Anastasia Dip Brow
Maybelline Chaotiques Mascara
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
NYX Lingerie Lipstick ‘Corset’

Wednesday-

Nivea Men’s Shave Balm
Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
Garniar Undereye Concealer
Lumene Bronzer
Naked 1 Palette- ‘Buck’
Anastasia Dip Brow
Maybelline Chaotiques Mascara
Maybelline Great Lash Mascara
Buxom Full On Lipstick ‘Brooklynn’

Thursday

Benefit Porefessionals
Maybelline Matte Fit Me Foundation
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
NYX HD Concealer
Anastasia Contour Kit- banana powder, highlight
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Maybelline Color Tattoo ‘Barely Branded’
Wet N Wild Glitter
Naked 1 Palette- ‘Virgin’ ‘Buck’ ‘Naked’
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil ‘Milk’
Anastasia Dip Brow
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
Maybelline Color Whisper ‘Tough As Taupe’

Friday

Nivea Men’s Shave Balm
Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
Garniar Undereye Concealer
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Naked 1 Palette- ‘Half Baked’, ‘Smog’, ‘Darkhorse’
Covergirl Flamed Up Mascara
Smash box Full Exposure Mascara
Anastasia Dip Brow
Stila Hypershine Lipgloss
Anastasia Contour Kit

Naked One is my favorite eyeshadow palette which is why I have such a hard time choosing my favorite look. There’s just endless looks you can create with this palette and every shadow is so opaque. There is simply nothing not to love about this palette. Although, if I had to choose a favorite look I’d have to say that Thursday’s look really takes the cake for me. Which look is your favorite?

If you have any questions, comments, or requests be sure to leave them below as always. Wishing you all the best day! With love, McKenz.

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Related Post: Makeup Of The Week- Naked One
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Makeup

Matte Eyes + a Matte Lip Makeup Tutorial//YouTube Video

Hey all my beautiful friends, I hope you’re having a fabulous day so far! It has been quite some time since I have filmed and uploaded a video on my YouTube channel. Shortly after making it I began to feel so uninspired and felt as though I want the main focus of styledbymckenz should most definitely be my blog. Therefore I never find myself posting on my channel. Although as I was thinking about it a coupe of weeks ago, I was like… why not just do both?! Why not post whatever I want? Why not post whenever I want and stop worrying about every little detail? I realized I had been forcing myself to meet criteria that I set for myself and that is so unnecessary! I want to film and write and blog because that’s what I love to do. So that’s what I’m going to do.

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Anyways, with several requests from my blog friends and IRL (in real life!!) friends, I decided to make it my goal to start getting back into YouTube in the new year.

So that’s what I’m doing today. As I’ve said in previous posts, I’ve been obsessed with matte eyeshadow and liquid lipsticks so I’m combining my two loves for today’s post/YouTube video.

Click here to watch it!

Below are the products used prior to filming:

Nivea Men’s Shave Balm
Covergirl Ready, Set, Gorgeous Foundation
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer
Anastasia Contour Kit

Below are the products featured in the video:

Urban Decay Primer Potion
Maybelline Color Tattoo- “Barely Branded”
Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette- “Foxy” “WOS” “Naked 2” “Faint”
Maybelline Chaotiques Mascara
Anastasia Dip Brow
Liquid Liner- unknown brand
NYX Lingerie Lipstick- “Embellishment”

Well, I hope you all enjoyed today’s post/video. Be sure to subscribe if you’re interested or leave me any questions, comments, or requests you may have below. If you have a YouTube channel too, feel free to leave it below; I would love to subscribe and support you! Thank you so much for sticking around. Sending you my love today and always.
With love, McKenz

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