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This Is Not Goodbye // The New StyledbyMcKenz

It is with great pride in my heart that I sit here and I announce to you all my new website, styledbymckenz.com. Sixteen months ago I was so thrilled as I hit publish on my very first blog post. I am so happy to say that I was able to feel that same jolt of excitement as I launched my new website this past weekend.

I will no longer be posting on this site, however, this is not goodbye. Please feel free to check out my new site, styledbymckenz.com and leave some love while you’re at it. My new website holds all of my previous sixteen months of content and can be viewed there throughout all the days to come.

Thank you so much for the memories, love, and endless support. I am more than excited to see where my new site takes me and the doors it may open.

Thank you again for everything, I’ll (hopefully) be seeing you around.

With a whole lot of love, McKenz. DSC_2339

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March Favorites

Hey friends, and welcome back to styledbymckenz! Please tell me I am not the only one literally in awe that tomorrow will be the first day of April. Seriously, where has the time gone?! However, with the month coming to an end it means it’s time to share with you all what I’ve been loving this month + what’s been going on.

Honestly, this month has been an absolute roller coaster of temperatures and weather. As you can tell some days I was stuck in multiple layers and all the chunky knits and other days I could wear open toed shoes! Although, that’s partially why I had such a hard time choosing my top three favorite outfits this month. (Hence, the reason why I chose five!) I’ve been loving light wash denim, white, and stripes this month… oh and my fake glasses from Amazon.

This month was all about accessorizing as well. I’ve been experimenting with things around my neck a ton whether it be scarves, bandanas, or my new chokers from BellaDesignsByBree. Be sure to follow me on Instagram @styledbymckenz, I am giving away the daisy one today! This month I’ve also been sporting my favorite gold crossboody from Gap and my $6 espadrilles from Forever 21; they are the perfect spring shoe.

IMG_6914.JPGMy makeup favorites this month were by far the Bare Minerals Lipgloss and my Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette. This palette has always been one of my favorites as I find that it is so versatile and I can create endless looks with this palette. Other than this I have honestly been feeling super uninspired with my makeup choices and feel that a trip to Ulta is very much in need for the near future.

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As far as my Bible goes, I just finished reading 1 Corinthians and it was absolutely amazing. On top of that I’ve been reading verses here and there from Psalms. After talking with Gb a lot this month, I have realized that Jesus’s love is absolutley unfailing and that he can heal all wounds no matter how big they may be.

I have slowed down a bit on the Netflix and am only at the beginning of Season 3 on Gilmore Girls but am loving it nonetheless. Right now I am seriously in the mood to watch a fashion inspired movie or TV show like the Carrie Diaries so if you have any suggestions please leave them below! And as far as music goes, I’ve honesty been listening to a ton of country with Madison this month. Something about it just screams home to me.

Let’s talk goals; last month I set a goal to reach 2,000 followers on my Instagram and I am super happy to announce that that goal has been met. I hope to reach 2,200 and begin getting my blog subscriptions up and moving again as I reached a bit of a stand still this month.  Hopefully everything goes as planned + I’m working on a super excited project that I cannot wait to share with you.  I also have been a planning freak this month and have been using my Lily agenda nonstop to plan things out for the blog and for school. Something about my organized mess leaves me feeling a little less anxious.

March Favorites

Well what were you up to this month? Let me know in the comments below along with any other questions, comments, or requests you may have for me. I am always happy to chat. Wishing you all a very warm weathered and successful month ahead. With love, McKenz.

This month on StyledbyMcKenz- 
What’s In My Purse
Spring Wishlist
Weekly Wrap Up #9 (Week In My Life + OOTW)
Everyday Makeup Routine
Loose Curl Hair Tutorial
Winter Fashion Wrap Up 
Makeup Of The Week 
Weekly Wrap Up #10 (Week In My Life + OOTW)
Winter to Spring Transition (Outfits + Tips)
Spring Cleaning
Pre-Spring Fashion: Outfits + Trends 
Weekly Wrap Up #11 (Week In My Life + OOTW)
GRWM Formal- Hair, Makeup, and Outfit 
Blog Award Catch Up
Full Face of Drugstore Makeup Tutorial
Weekly Wrap Up #12 (Week In My Life + OOTW)
March Empties 
Spring Choker Haul + Outfit Idea (ft. BellaDesignsByBree)

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March Empties

Hey everyone, welcome back to styledbymckenz! In January I shared my first ever empties post of all the products I used up throughout the month and my honest opinion/review on all the products. I got such positive feedback and finished so many products this month that I figured, why not do another one?! Alright, before I start to ramble let’s get on into it.

March Empties

 

I finished up quite the stash of body products as you can tell. This is probably my fourth set of Warm Vanilla Sugar lotion and perfume. It is my absolute favorite scent because it’s not to perfume-y, I will definitely be repurchasing this set again. I use Bath & Body Works body washes all the time, however I wasn’t in love with this scent ( A Thousnad Wishes) so I probably will not repurchase this one again. I also finished the 3 Minute Miracle hair mask from Aussie. This was my fifth time finishing a bottle and I will most definitely repurchase this again. It is such a life saver for dry, brittle hair!

Product: Bath & Body Works Warm Vanilla Sugar Body Lotion
Stars: 5/5
Repurchase: yes

Product: Bath & Body Works A Thousand Wishes Body Wash
Stars: 3.5/5
Repurchase: maybe

Product: Bath & Body Works Warm Vanilla Sugar Fine Fragrance Mist
Stars: 5/5
Repurchase: yes

Product: Bath & Body Works Warm Vanilla Sugar Body Cream
Stars: 5/5
Repurchase: yes

Product: Aussie 3 Minute Miracle
Stars: 5/5
Repurchase: yes

March Empties

I also finished quite a few makeup products this month. First, is the only brush cleaner I have ever used. I find that it works well but nothing about it screams ‘amazing’ to me. I also finished the Maybelline Great Lash Mascara which is my favorite affordable mascara because it lengthens and volumizes at the same time, plus at $5 it cannot be beat. I also finished the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer and have already repurchased it. It is the best drugstore concealer because it covers literally everything. Lip products are something I absolutely never finish but this month I finished two; a Stila Lipgloss that is super sticky but was the prettiest color and a Buxom lipstick. I received this as a sample on Black Friday two years ago and used it at least once a week from then on. It is the perfect color and I will be repurchasing this in the full size as soon as possible. I also used the Elf Natural Lash Kit at formal last weekend. I love their lashes but the glue is awfu. I would highly suggest getting a different lash glue when using their lashes.

Product: Daily Makeup Brush Cleaner
Stars: 4.5/5
Repurchase: yes

Product: Maybelline Great Lash Mascara
Stars: 5/5
Repurchase: yes

Product: Maybelline Fit Me Concealer
Stars: 5/5
Repurchase: yes

Product: Stila Lipglaze
Stars: 5/5
Repurchase: yes

Product: Buxom Full On Lipstick- ‘Brooklynn’
Stars: 5/5
Repurchase: yes!!

Product: Elf Natural Lash Kit
Stars: 4/5
Repurchase: yes

 

Processed with VSCO with hb2 presetWell, that’s a wrap for my March empties post! I hope you all enjoyed taking a peek at my trash! I love empties posts, so leave me a link to one of yours below along with any other questions, comments, or requests you may have for me. Wishing you all a very happy Monday. With love, McKenz

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Blog Award Catch Up

Recently I have racked up quite the collection of blogging awards and I am super thankful for all of the ladies that constantly show me love and support by nominating me with these fabulous awards. Today I’m kicking back to answer some questions from you all and share a bit about myself. Enjoy!

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The Versatile Blogger Award/One Lovely Blogger Award- I would like to thank Currentlylately, Sincerely Dreamette, Azra, pinkfordays and Allurelaura, for nominating me for this award; you all are the best!

Rules-

  • You have to thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog!
  • Nominate at least 15 bloggers of your choice.
  • Link the nominees and inform them about their nomination.
  • Share 7 facts about yourself (being truthful!)
  1. I’m pretty sure ice-cream is a load 50% of my diet lol. I love cookie dough ice cream in a waffle cone.
  2. If I could travel to one place in the world right now I would have to choose South Africa. It looks absolutely stunning there and I feel like it would be such a cool adventure.
  3. My twin sister is my best friend.
  4. I have at least 50 pairs of shoes. Shoes are my weakness… clearly.
  5. I aspire to have hair like Carrie Bradshaw.
  6. I help out doing makeup for my school’s drama department but don’t have the courage to actually try out for a play to be on stage. However, I would love to and wish I did!
  7. I’m probably the chattiest girl you’ll ever meet.

img_5169The Mystery Blogger Award- A big thank you to Jamie from Don’t Give a Jam for nominating me for this award and Okoto Enigma for creating this tag.

Rules-

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog post
  • List the rules
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link
  • Tell readers 3 things about yourself
  • Answer the questions the blogger gave to you
  • Nominate 10-20 people
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  • Ask nominees 5 questions of your choice (one weird/funny question)
  • Share a link to your best post(s)
  1. Do you pronounce it tomato or tomahto? Tomato.
  2. What is your most used word or phrase? Hmm this one is tough, I feel as though I say the word ‘mamacita’ a lot. This means hot mama in Spanish and my friends all use the word when talking about one another lol.
  3. Favorite song of the moment? Tenerife Sea by Ed Sheeran
  4. What’s the last thing you dreamt about? I can’t remember anything more than I was eating gummy bears in my last dream.
  5. If you could only watch one tv show for the rest of your life, which would you choose? One Tree Hill; it is hands down the best TV Show out there!

Facts-

  1. I read my Bible every night before bed and try to write a bit. I’ve done this for as long as I can remember.
  2. If I had to choose between endless makeup and needless clothes I would without a doubt choose clothes.
  3. I’m convinced that 75 degrees and sunny with no humidity is the absolute best weather around.

A few of my favorite posts- 

  1. StyledbyMcKenz Turns One
  2. 1,000 Followers 
  3. GRWM- First Day Of School

My Questions to you- 

  1. What is your favorite word?
  2. If you could only choose one person to speak to for the rest of your life who would be?
  3. What was the first occupation you dreamed of having as a child?
  4. If you could change something about yourself what would it be and why?
  5. Do you ever regret starting a blog?

shokesLiebster Award with a twist- Thank you so much allofmebeauty for tagging me in this award, you are the sweetest!

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you with a link to their blog.
  2. Write a post acknowledging your award.
  3. Give a brief story of how your blog started and some advice for new bloggers.
  4. Select 15 other bloggers to do this award.
  5. Comment to all them bloggers to let them know.
  6. Share one of your favourite blog memories and give 2 of your favourite blog posts and tell us why they’re your favorite.

Brief story on how StyledbyMcKenz came to be- I have told the story of why/how I started my blog time and time again but here it goes once more: 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.

Favorite blog memory- I feel as though I haven’t done anything super out of the ordinary in terms of blogging but nonetheless my favorite blogging memory has to be getting dressed up in my ribbon skirt and lace up heels before stopping on the side of the road with snow on the ground to take my one year anniversary pictures. I had so much joy and pride filled inside, like everything I had worked so hard for had paid off in one way or another.

Two favorite posts and why- Inevitably ‘StyledbyMcKenz Turns One‘ is my all time favorite blog post for reasons stated earlier and in close second would have to be ‘The Power of Makeup‘. I received such positive feedback from this post and felt so comfortable in my own skin, so proud of what I wrote and the message I was sending to other girls of all ages and ethnicities.

Below are nine girls I tag to answer any of the tags mentioned today (Versatile Blogger Award, Liebster Award, Mystery Blogger Award)-

  1. mergingthreads
  2. trip by triplets 
  3. marioness 
  4. fadedrouge 
  5. kaylee marie 
  6. beautybyadutchgirl
  7. whowhatfab
  8. amyhedgecook
  9. apocketfulofprep

Alright friends, that’s a wrap for today’s blog post. I hope you all enjoyed and hopefully learned a bit more about me. Be sure to leave me requests for upcoming blog posts you would like to see along with any other comments or questions you may have for me. Sending you all my love. With love, McKenz.

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Related Post: February Blog Award Catch Up
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Spring Cleaning

Typically when I think of spring I think of a general cleanliness, a fresh start. It feels almost wrong to me to enter the new season without deep cleaning my room. I know for many people spring cleaning may seem tedious but it doesn’t have to be! Crank some tunes, get some room decor inspiration from Pinterest, and get out the garbage bags because it’s time to get cleaning.

Spring Cleaning

Start off by stripping your bed. Wash your sheets and put on a fresh set and then make your bed. I cannot tell you how much cleaner your room will look once you simply make your bed! It’s not that hard and it will instantly make your day feel more productive.

Honesty, the only thing that makes my room seem messy is if there are clothes lying around or my closet is overflowing. If you’re looking to really analyze your wardrobe and full clean it out I recommend dumping its entire contents on the floor. This way you have no choice but to sort through it all. I do this with both my closet AND dresser.

Make three piles: Keep, Donate, and Trash. Go through every. single. piece. Until there is nothing left. If you haven’t worn it in the last six months, chances are it would be better off in the arms of a new owner. If you really want to keep it, put it on a different colored hanger so you are reminded to wear that piece before anything else. If it’s damaged to the point where it can’t be fixed or is just flat-out grubby, throw it in the trash pile.

Organize your shoes however you desire but get them in order, untie the laces if you were too lazy to take them off the right way the last time you wore them and put each shoe with its rightful other.

I tend to throw all of my socks in a bin to keep them in one designated spot and hang my scarves on a holder to keep the massive mound of scarves off of my closet floor. By hanging things like my shoes and scarves on the dooor I can maxamize the space of my closet. Processed with VSCO with hb2 preset

If you have a desk or bookshelf, rearrange it! It can open up the space of your room or in some cases, any change of scenery is good for the mind.  I decorate my shelves with hats, old magazines, sunglasses, shoes, anything that screams me. I like to switch them up as the seasons change so I don’t get bored with them.

My room is by no means the biggest which is why I always clean it from season to season. My closet is tiny but I keep it packed and organized that way I am constantly sifting through different clothes and can turly see what I have to wear. If you find yourself staring at your closet each morning thinking ‘omg I have nothing to wear’ chances are you just need to reorganize it and see whats inside.

If you have any tips for spring cleaning or how to keep a tiny room tidy be sure to leave a comment below along with any other questions, comments, or requests you may have for me. I am always happy to chat. Wishing you all the best day. With love, McKenz.

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Loose Curls Hair Tutorial

Hey y’all, and welcome back to styledbymckenz. Aside from Get Ready With Me’s, I have never done a post related to hair but as I was brainstorming post ideas a few weeks back this one kept coming back to mind. I decided that since this is my blog after all and I wanted to do this post, why not?! So here I am sharing with you how I typically style my hair 6/7 days a week. Enjoy!

To begin I am brushing my hair with a comb and sectioning off the top half of it by tying it into a bun with my favorite scrunchie. This will keep it out of my face and allow the bottom half of my head to be as evenly curled as the top half! I am then taking the Infusium 23 Heat Protect and being sure to spray my strands to keep them from being completely damaged from the heat.

I am then using the 1 1/2” Infinity Pro by Conair curling iron. I typically use this iron as if it were a wand because I find it’s such easier to use this way and I like the appearance of my curls much more. After I have curled both sections of my head, reversing directions on random strands, I am taking the Got2BGlued Extreme Hold Hairspray and spraying my curls to keep them from falling throughout the day. If you’ve never tried this hairspray, you need to! It’s amazing and will hold any hairstyle. Plus, it keeps my hair looking voluminous and big which is how I like it best!

This is the finished product! It typically takes me 5-8 minutes to curl my whole head because of how fine my hair is! It’s a blessing and a curse don’t be fooled ladies…lol. This is my favorite way to wear my hair because after a couple of days the curls will naturally fall out but my hair will still have volume which it typically lacks. Plus, it leaves my hair looking much healthier than if I were to straighten it which is always a bonus!

before and after 

Well that is it for today’s post. I know it was rather different for me to share but I wanted to upload it anyways; I hope you all enjoyed! How do you all typically wear your hair?! Let me know in the comments below along with any other questions, comments, or requests you may have for me. Wishing you the best day. With love, McKenz.

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What’s In My Purse

Purses have been one of my favorite accessories for so long; whenever I leave the house I typically have one attached at my hip. Recently my sweet aunt bought me this black crossbody from TJ Maxx and I am so in love with it. I haven’t used any other bag when going out lately because this one is just too cute. Today I’m going to be sharing with you what’s in my purse at the moment.

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First things first, I have my wallet. Where I live everyone just carries a Vera Bradley wallet attached to a lanyard, mine is from Vineyard Vines and you can purchase it here. Next, I have a few lip products. I always throw whatever I’m wearing into my purse that day and I hardly ever remember to take them out so they tend to pile up. I also keep my sunglasses in my bag  most of the time. This super cute pair are Steve Madden and from TJ Maxx.

I also carry some gum or a couple of mints in my purse at all times. I also keep a lotion with me because my hands are always dry no matter how much I moisturize. (plus a hair tie just in case). Lastly, I have my phone! I have an iPhone 6 with a white Lifeproof case.

Well, that’s it for today’s short + sweet post. As you can tell I don’t keep much in this purse because it is not too big; I typically will throw in my planner when I am carrying a tote bag around. Anyways, what posts would you all like to see in the future?! Let me know in the comments below along with any other questions, comments, or requests you may have for me. Hope you all have the best day! With love, McKenz

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