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Blog Award Catch Up

Hey, loves! Over the last few weeks the number of nominations I have received for blogging awards has been piling up. As I was sitting down and sketching a general skeleton of a schedule for each month at the beginning of the year, I promised myself to do at least one blog award catch up/life update each month. Because sometimes it’s okay to sit down and just chat and not have every little thing planned out. So, that’s simply what I am going to be doing today. Get cozy, this is going to be a long one.

Blog Award #1- Thank you so much everlastingnikita for nominating me and Okoto Enigma for starting such a brilliant tag!img_5169.png

  1. Display the award logo on your blog.
  2. List the Rules.
  3. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  5. Tell your readers three things about yourself.
  6. Answer five questions from the nominee.
  7. Nominate anywhere from ten to twenty bloggers.
  8. Notify the bloggers by leaving a comment on their blog.
  9. Ask your nominees any five questions of your choice, including one weird or funny question.
  10. Share the link to your best post.

Three things about me- (school edition)

  1. I am apart of the school’s newspaper and I love it. Being able to write stories about fashion and events taking place at my own high school is so much fun and has really opened up my eyes to all sides of my school.
  2. This will be my second year helping out with my school’s drama department by doing makeup! I love being able to hang with a completely different side of my school.
  3. I am in my first AP class (AP Government) this year and I have learned an astonishing amount since the beginning of the class.

Here are the questions I was asked-

  1. If you had the choice of knowing when and how you would meet the love of your life, would you want to know? No, I don’t think I would want to know. I think that you must experience heartbreak to know what love is therefore I would not want to rush into nowing.
  2. What is your biggest flaw you have? I am seriously so anxious it’s not funny. I wish I could help myself from worrying about things that I have no control over.
  3. If you had to choose where you would spend your life, where would It be? I’m not sure. Out of college I would love to live in New York City for all the amazing fashion and opportunities; however, I would love to live somewhere with a warmer climate. I hope to live somewhere one day that screams home and is as comfortable to me as where I am now.
  4. Let’s pretend you’re in an abandoned island, what is 5 things you wish you would have with you? My sister for sure, water, a pair of sneakers, a camera, and something to for self-protection.
  5. How are you doing today? Today I am doing well. I am slowly but surely checking as many things as possible off of my to-do list for today.

Here are my questions to you-

  1. Where do you picture yourself in ten years?
  2. What was the first camera you ever had like?
  3. How has your dad impacted your life?
  4. What is your favorite TV show to binge watch? YouTuber?
  5. When do you feel most productive?

Nominees-

  1. lovealwaysashleyj
  2. bakersfieldbeautyblogger
  3. courteneynoonan
  4. hipsterhana 
  5. foodfashionanddesign

Blog Award #2- Thank you so much asmilingheart for nominating me!

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Rules-

  1. Display the award
  2. Thank the person who gave the award (and include a link to their blog.)
  3. Share seven things about yourself
  4. Nominate Bloggers

Seven things about me-(blogging edition)

  1. This month is my fourteenth month blogging! (ah that’s so crazy!)
  2. My mom helped design my ‘Styledbymckenz’ logo for my site launch in January 2016 and I still love it till this day.
  3. My sister and my mom take the majority of my blog photos and I love them for it.
  4. Sundays are my favorite day of the week. I always wake up around 8 and clean my room, pick out outfits, write, blog, and take pictures for the week ahead. It’s my most productive day of the week.
  5. Growing my Instagram account is something I am working really hard to do. Be sure to give me a follow here. 🙂
  6. My blogging schedule has almost always been Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday. With an additional post Saturday if I have enough ideas for the month.
  7. I have a list of blogging goals sitting above my desk to keep me motivated. My two main goals are to switch to a self hosted site and reach 2,000 blog followers by the end of the year.

Nominees-

  1. sincerelyashxx
  2. laceandflannels
  3. bdarielle
  4. laleelovesbeauty

Blogging Award #3- Thank you so much Caitlin for nominating me!

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  1. Display the award
  2. Thank the person who gave the award (and include a link to their blog.)
  3. Share seven things about yourself
  4. Nominate Bloggers

Seven things about me- (random edition)

  1. I love to read and wish I had more time to do it. If you have any book suggestions leave them below please! 🙂
  2. I have over fifty pairs of shoes. In my defense, my foot hasn’t really grown in a few years so I don’t typically have to get rid of shoes.
  3. I really want a pair of fake glasses.
  4. White is probably my favorite color to wear.
  5. I eat popcorn almost everyday.
  6. In the Summer I try to walk five miles a day when I’m not traveling or in a different state.
  7. My goal is to make it to ten states this year.

Nominees- 

  1. littlebeautyblogxo
  2. darlydarly
  3. inthemodeof
  4. klytalks

Blogging Award #4- Thank you so much Happy Go Lucky Hoosier Girl for nominating me!

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  1. Display the award
  2. Thank the person who gave the award (and include a link to their blog.)
  3. Share seven things about yourself
  4. Nominate Bloggers

Seven things about me- (life after high school edition)

  1. The thought of not living down the hall from my sister absolutely breaks my heart even though she’s a pain in my butt half the time.
  2. I hope to study something in the fashion industry in college.
  3. I am currently looking at schools to visit within the coming months! If you have any recommendations please leave them below!!
  4. Going to school in a big city sounds like a dream come true.
  5. I love the idea of being in a sorority but most likely would never join one.
  6. I love the idea of knowing almost nobody in college because it gives you a complete fresh start.
  7. I hope to live within driving distance of Madison once we are both in the real world!

Nominees- 

  1. jessicajadebeauty
  2. kingdomofsequins
  3. anotheronecalledbecky
  4. themakeupcase17

*For the Versatile Blogger Awards I chose to base my seven facts on different topics but feel free to talk about whatever you would like!

Well that is it for today’s blog post. I hope you all found this insightful and were able to get to know me a little better plus discover some new bloggers to add to your subscription box! Thank you again to all the beautiful ladies that tagged me; I am so grateful! Have a fabulous day everyone. Talk soon; with love, McKenz.

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Galentine’s Day- Craft, Activities, and Pajamas

Don’t be fooled y’all, Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be just for the couples; grab your gal pals and plan a girl’s night in this Valentine’s Day! You’re sure to have as much fun watching Nicholas Spark’s movies as the girls eating expensive meals at the diner down the street.

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First things first, a night spent in the basement calls for pajamas that are fit for the holiday. Madison and I are wearing red and white polka-dotted pants from Old Navy and plain white shirts for our cozy night lazing around. Yes, we are those twins that still match sometimes at fifteen years old, lol.

We started off our girl’s night by popping some popcorn and grabbing all the candy we could find. Opting for ice cream with too many sprinkles and whipped cream is always a good idea too. (Candy hearts are a must have for me every year even though it feels like my teeth are rotting on the spot whenever I eat them!!)

Movie marathons are always on our agenda so we picked all the sappy ones we could find around the house. ‘The Lucky One’, ‘The Vow’ and ‘The Longest Ride’ from Nicholas Sparks were on our TV tonight as well as some of our childhood favorites ‘Bride Wars’ and ‘27 Dresses’. Don’t forget the tissues because these chick flicks are sure to have you in tears. Getting cozy on the couch to watch a few movies is always a good way to end the week anyways.

Whenever we have a girl’s night we also do a stupid little craft along with it because it brings back memories of when we used to have sleepovers and craft for hours. I found these Valentine’s Day stickers lying around and since I’m obsessed with candy hearts I decided to make a few cheesy Valentine’s for my girls that couldn’t be here tonight. It’s the little things (plus the thought) that counts, my friends!

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What did you do for your Galentine’s Day?! I love a good girl’s night in and am so happy to have had this one be Valentine’s day themed. Let me know what you’re doing this Valentine’s Day in the comments below along with any questions, comments, or requests you may have for me. Wishing you the best today and always, plus sending all my love your way! ❤ With love, McKenz

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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Whether you have a special someone in your life or not, it’s always fun to receive a little something on Valentine’s Day. Today I have put together the perfect gift guide if you’re on the hunt for something special. Whether it be for your girlfriend your bff, or yourself, they are sure to appreciate it!

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I selected a few pieces of jewelry for the gift guide simply because it’s Valentine’s Day and that is the first thing that comes to mind when I think of the holiday. A watch, necklace, or earrings would all make excellent gifts. It’s easy, chic, and every girl loves to receive jewelry. Rose gold is perfect for this time of year and screams elegant in my opinion.

I included some gorgeous velvet heels because who could not love them?! They would be perfect for a date night. You can’t go wrong with Hunter boots either. My sister and I have been eyeing the red pair for ages now.

Sunglasses are a simple yet thoughtful gift. This pair from Steve Madden are trendy and perfect for all times of the year.

Lipstick is always a fun gift; the Too Faced Melted line is to die for and they have so many gorgeous pinks and reds that are prefect for February. I also included a perfume because it’s something I would much rather receive than purchase myself.

And saving the best for last is this gorgeous Chloe bag. Obviously the price tag is extremely hefty but hey, a girl can dream + there are so many cheaper alternatives out there for this beautiful bag.

Well that’s a wrap for today’s post. I hope you all enjoyed this gift guide and took some inspiration from it. If none of these work out I’m sure some chocolate will do just the trick. (,: If you have any questions, comments, or requests be sure to leave them below; I am always happy to chat. Have a fabulous day. With love, McKenz.

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January Favorites

January has come and gone in the blink of an eye meaning it’s time for another monthly favorites post. Keep reading to see what makeup products, outfits, and Bible verses I have been loving, plus everything in between.


This month I have absolutely fallen in love with street style and any clothing piece that is out there and different. I haven’t necessarily incorporated these things into my everyday wardrobe but it’s getting there! This month I experimented with lots of denim, chokers, anything velvet, and various shoes that I received for Christmas. Above are a few of my favorite outfits from this month.

IMG_4339.JPGAs far as makeup goes, I have fallen in love with matte liquid lipsticks and lip gloss. Something about lip gloss just does it for me. I have gone back to using one eyeshadow palette per week in hopes to equally use my makeup and have to say that Naked One was definitely my favorite this month. Other than that, I haven’t really come across any jaw dropping products this month.

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I figured I’d show you all my favorite page in my Bible from this month. It took me forever but Psalm 86 is so beautiful that it was worth it. These verses are such a reminder that Jesus has the power to save us with his love if we open up and allow him to. I highly recommend you reading these verses!

I am still watching 90210 but will most likely be finishing soon so leave me Netflix suggestions below… please. For music I have been loving the songs ‘More Than Anyone’ by Gavin DeGraw and ‘Be Yourself’ by Harrison Storm.

This month I have really wanted to be better in every way. I am trying to really step up my blogging game and slowly but surely up my Instagram game and I want to thank you all because I wouldn’t be where I am without you all. Also a huge hank you for helping me break record views this month! Stay tuned for some very exciting content coming your way in February!

IMG_4340.JPGWhat have you been loving this month. I would love to hear or read your monthly favorites post. Leave your comment or link below along with any other questions, comments, or requests you may have for me. Wishing you the best February ahead. With love, McKenz

This month on Styledbymckenz-

Styledbymckenz Turns One
What I Got For Christmas 2016
Best Of 2016-Makeup, Clothing, Moments, and More
Bootie Collection 2017
Makeup Of The Week- experimenting with new goodies
Weekly Wrap Up #1
Winter Clothing Haul
Over The Knee Lookbook
Matte Eyes + a Matte Lip Makeup Tutorial/YouTube Video
Makeup Of The Week- Naked 1 Edition
Weekly Wrap Up #2
One Sweater//Four Ways
Blog Awards Catch Up
Makeup Of The Week- Naked 2 Edition
Upgrade Your Outfit-Winter Edition
Weekly Wrap Up #3
GRWM School Day- Hair, Makeup, and Outfit
January Fashion Forecast
January Empties
Makeup Of The Week- Naked 3 Edition
Weekly Wrap Up #4

 

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January Empties

Hey, friends! Recently I have been loving watching empties videos and reading empties posts. I find that seeing what people have used up recently and hearing their thoughts about those products is so intriguing for some odd reason. Please tell me I’m not the only one that finds pleasure in ‘trash’!? Anyways, here I am today sharing with you what I finished up this month. Enjoy!

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As far as shampoo and conditioner go, I almost never use the same one twice. I am constantly changing up what I use and it takes me forever to finish hair products. I recently finished up a couple products from Suave and was super pleased with how soft my hair was after it had been washed and how replenished it felt. My only complaint for this product is I am not in love with the smell, otherwise I would give it five stars.

Product: Suave Sea Mineral Infusion Shampoo and Conditioner
Stars: 4.5/5
Repurchase: Yes

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This Biore face wash is beaded and leaves your skin feeling super clean. It has a minty feeling to it and I found that although it didn’t necessarily getting rid of breakouts, it did a fairly good job at preventing them. This Cetaphil moisturizer is one of my favorites. It is very thick and not meant to be used before applying makeup. After the shower and before bed are my favorite times to use this product.

Product: Biore Pore Unclogging Scrub
Stars: 5/5
Repurchase: Yes

Product: Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream
Stars: 5/5
Repurchase: Yes

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For makeup related products, this month I finished the Great Lash Mascara from Maybelline. I love the ‘Blackest Black’ formula of this product as I find it lengthens and volumes my lashes best. If you’ve ever been around to my blog before you would know that any day I wear eyeshadow I wear the Maybelline Color Tattoo in ‘Barely Branded’. This is my third one and I am obsessed. One pot typically lasts me a year or so, so considering I wear eyeshadow about five times a week for an average of 44 weeks out of the year, I use this product at least 220 times per pot. Seriously, best product ever if you’re looking to step your makeup game up to the next level!!! Micellar Water is the absolute best at removing makeup. Squirt the tiniest bit on a cotton round and you would be amazed that all your makeup comes off just like that.

Product: Maybelline Color Tattoo – ‘Barely Branded’
Stars: 5/5
Repurchase: Yes, already have!

Product: Maybelline Great Lash Mascara
Stars: 5/5
Repurchase: Yes, already have!

Product: Garnier Micellar Water
Stars: 5/5
Repurchase: Yes, already have!

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Of course I couldn’t forget about the random products I seem to finish every few months. As many of you know, I am a cheerleader so the Got2B Glued hairspray is an essential hair product for me. It seriously holds anything. The typical nail polish remover; this one was so stubborn and made removing polishes a tedious task. As for shaving cream, whatever my mom buys I will use. Scent or brand doesn’t typically matter to me. And mouth wash; as you can tell Madison and I have been working on this bottle of Crest for quite some time now.

Product: Got2B Glued Blasting Freeze Spray
Stars: 5/5
Repurchase: Yes- a must have for cheerleaders!

Product: Up and Up Nail Polish Remover
Stars: 1/5
Repurchase: No

Product: Skintimate Skin Therapy Shaving Cream
Stars: 5/5
Repurchase: Yes

Product: Crest Pro Health Mouth Wash
Stars: 4.5/5
Repurchase: Yes

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Well that’s it for my January empties. Let me know what you finished this month or if you enjoyed this type of post in the comments below! I am open to all feedback so please leave any questions, comments, or requests you may have below. I appreciate you stopping by. 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.

 

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Styledbymckenz Turns One

Three hundred sixty-five days ago I hit ‘publish’ on my first blog post ever. It took a lot of courage to hit that button too. I remember spending hours with my mom at my Grandma’s kitchen table on New Years Eve designing my logo, editing every bit of the website’s layout, and triple checking my very first post, unable to put my first thoughts into words in a way that made sense.

It takes a lot more than courage to write about your life and post it on the Internet. It takes a lot more than hard work to stay consistent and achieve the goals you’ve set for yourself. And it takes a lot more than real, raw feelings to write something with true passion beneath it.

It is more than unbelievable how much I have grown as a person and blogger over the last year and it is through the support of my friends, family, and viewers that I have become half the person I am. Don’t get me wrong, I am by no means the perfect person now, but I truly believe that blogging has bettered me in every way.

Every little accomplishment feels so huge when you have passion behind what you’re doing. The day I hit one hundred followers on my Instagram I felt like I was on top of the world despite the fact that I had twenty times as many followers on my personal account. The day I created a YouTube channel I had tens of DM’s from people that I don’t actually know saying how proud they were of me. The day I hit one thousand blog followers the amount of comments, congratulations, and hugs I received from my family, friends, and bloggers was absolutely heartwarming. I never knew so many people actually payed attention to what I spent every ounce of my free time pouring my heart into.

Those are the days that I feel like nothing can stop me. The days where I want to work five times harder so I can feel that feeling again. The days where I feel so surrounded by love that my heart feels like it’s bursting at the seams. It’s love, success, and so much more all in one.

I love every bit of what I do. I love the slight bit of stress I have when I wake up Sunday morning knowing I have thirty different pictures to take and four posts to write. I love posting pictures of my outfits every day and talking to my camera rather than hanging with my friends on a Saturday night. I love that I am half the recipe to my own success. I love the love I have created.

I can’t imagine spending my free time any other way.

Three hundred sixty-five days ago my whole life changed, and I had absolutely no idea. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. Thank you for the love, thank you for the support, and thank you for the presence you provide. I am far more than grateful.

Wishing you the world and more to come in your next three hundred sixty-five days.

With a whole lot of love, McKenz

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All pieces from my birthday party are from Hunter&Honey except for my lace up heels. Those are from DSW and the balloon is from Party City.

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