Fashion

Pre-Spring Fashion: Outfits + Trends

One of the most exciting parts of Spring is seeing all the styles from February’s  Fashion Week slowly making their way into wearable, everyday clothing. Walking into your favorite clothing store and seeing all the light colors, floral prints, and open toed shoes is the best feeling after being stuck in clunky winter wear for the last few months.

The first trend spotted all over during New York Fashion Week that has slowly found its way into stores is denim as always, and in many new forms. Seen as chokers, raw hems, skirts, two toned jeans, and jackets I am certain that denim will be all the rage for yet another season in a row.  In addition, you can’t forget to pull out the white jeans; they are the best for this time of year. Spotted on the streets lately have been neck scarves. They seem like an inevitable wardrobe option as we slowly transition into warmer weather these next few weeks. Plus with the endless color options and pattens everyone is sure to find one they love. Velvet was everyone’s one true love this past season and seems to be here to stay for spring, especially in the color blush! It is the trendiest color for the upcoming season. Along with funky sleeves and cutouts, pleets were spotted on everything from dresses to tanks. Lastly, the footwear. I have been seeing lace ups everywhere along with sneakers in every color and in the most creative styles! I am almost certain that Target’s spring shoes line will be steeling my money this season.

Here’s my take on these pre-spring trends-

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(neck scarf, denim)
Outfit Details- cardigan: Abercrombie&Fitch, jeans: Gap, flats: Target, tank: Old Navy, scarf: Unknown

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(velvet, blush, lace ups, trendy sunglasses)
Outfit Details-
top: Nordstrom Rack, jeans: Hollister, heels: DSW, purse: Gap, sunglasses: TJ Maxx/Steve Madden

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(raw hems, two-tones jeans, white sneakers)
Outfit Details- top: TJ Maxx, jeans: Gap, shoes: Vans, hat: Old Navy

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(white jeans, lace ups, boho vibes)
Outfit Details-
top: American Eagle, bralette: Urban Outfitters, jeans: Gap Factory, sandals: target, purse: TJ Maxx

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(pleets, denim)
Outfit Details-
top: Kohl’s, jeans: Gap, sandals: Pierre Dumas, necklace: Charming Charlie’s, watch: Target

Well what did you all think of these outfits?! Spring officially starts in three days, woohoo; I am so sick of winter! Unfortunately, us East coast peeps have been stuck with the most miserable weather the last week with freezing cold temps and alllll the snow so these outfit’s aren’t exactly as ideal for me as they would’ve been in the sixty-five degree weather we were having two weeks ago. However, I have come to the conclusion that it’s time to start putting together some ideas for the warmer temps (hopefully) headed our ways, which is what lead me to today’s post.

These are my absolute favorite posts to write so I really hope you all enjoyed! Let me know what trends you’ve been eyeing lately along with any other questions, comments, or requests you may have for me. Wishing lots of warm weather upon you all. With love, McKenz

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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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Fashion

Winter to Spring Transition (Outfits + Tips)

Boy oh boy am I bummed that the weatherman is calling for a half a foot of snow tonight… all I want is warm weather so I can start wearing some spring pieces and begin packing away my boots! (Is that too much to ask?!) In the meantime, I have been dreaming of warmer weather and putting together a few spring outfits plus coming up with a handful of tips that will help you easily transition your winter wardrobe to spring.

Outfit Details- sweater: Banana Republic, statement necklace: Francesca’s, jeans: Hollister, shoes: Palm Beach Sandals, bracelets: Alex and Ani 

I know for a lot of people right now it is much too cold to neglect their sweaters all together which is why my first tip is to start breaking out the color. By adding a colored sweater to your wardrobe you can continue staying warm during those brisk mornings but won’t feel confined in the dark hues that tend to be worn during the colder months.

I also recommend swapping out your boots with some lighter shoes like flats or even sandals. I tend to switch over to sandals once it gets to be about  65 degrees.

Outfit Details- tee: Aeropostale, cardigan: Hollister/TJ Maxx, skirt: thrifted/Target, shoes: Forever 21

I am also well aware that the transition from jeans to shorts can be super awkward so I tend to ease my way to showing some more leg by opting for dresses and skirts for a while. This way, when I’m finally ready to start wearing shorts once it begins to get even warmer it doesn’t feel like such a harsh transition.

Don’t pack away your cardigans, they are seriously perfect for the spring time. I tend to pair them over dresses or over a cute springy tank. This way I am incorporating some warm weather pieces while not completely freezing my booty off.

Outfit Details- blouse: Loft, jeans: Gap, flats: Glicks, bracelets: Alex and Ani 

My last tip is to start wearing lighter denim if you can help it. I feel as though it just adds a touch of lightness to a look. White jeans scream spring and look good with almost anything- don’t be afraid of them!

I hope you all enjoyed today’s post. How do you start transitioning from winter clothing to spring?! Let me know in the comments below along with any other questions, comments, or requests you may have for me. Wishing you all the happiest day. With love, McKenz.

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Weekly Wrap Up #10 (Week In My Life + OOTW)

Hey, friends! I hope you all are having the best day so far. This week was a slow one for sure but I was able to hang out with all my bffs and take a breather in terms of my work load from school which was such a relief. Every year my school has a formal in March (this year’s is next weekend) so I am super excited for spirit week at school this coming week and for more plans!  What have you all been up to lately?! Let me know in the comments below along with your favorite outfit and any other questions or comments you may have for me. Wishing you all the best this week. With love, McKenz.

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3.5.17-No picture again this Sunday because there was honestly nothing to do this week so I didn’t do much other than get a head start on some blog work and study!

Outfit Details- pajamas

3.6.17- Spent the whole evening chatting with GB about our sweet Jesus. I love night’s like this one, they make my heart feel so full.

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

3.7.17- Spending time journaling in my Bible after a long day at school. I read the most amazing Psalm tonight that was such a reminder that Jesus can take away all of our anxieties if we turn our hearts to Him.

Outfit Details- jeans: Gap, shirt: TJ Maxx, necklace: Charming Charlie’s, watch: Kohls, shoes: Glicks

3.8.17-Today was a socks and Birks kind of day because I was feeling like being comfy plus it’s still too cold to wear sandals on a daily basis, lol. Check out my Loose Curl Tutorial that went live this morning!

Outfit Details- sweater: Forever 21, jeans: Hollister, socks: American Eagle, shoes: TJ Maxx, necklace: Kendra Scott

3.9.17- Chilling in my Sanuks today; the are the comfiest! Plus taking some pictures for tomorrows blog post after school today. I got stuck in hardcore denim on denim today when taking pictures of individual clothing pieces and ended up falling loving it!

Outfit Details- flannel: Old Navy, jeans: Hollister, bracelet: Michael’s, shoes: Sanuks

3.10.17- We saw snow flakes today it was so chilly! Spent the night with GB, Jean, and Jack (plus my Abby girl!) watching basketball and eating allll the ice cream. These are the best nights.

Outfit Details- sweater: Loft, scarf: Target, jeans: Hollister, boots: DSW

3.11.17- A day spent running errands and working on the blog is a day well pent especially when it involves your favorite sunglasses. I wish the weeks had more Saturdays (don’t we all.)

Outfit Details- top: Old Navy, jacket: Kohls, vest: Old Navy, jeans: Hollister, shoes: DSW, sunglasses: Steve Madden

Makeup

Makeup Of The Week

Good morning everyone and happy Saturday! I hope your day is off to a great start! Today I am back with another Makeup Of The Week; however, this week I did not have a specific palette to focus on. None the less, I still wanted to feature this week’s makeup looks. I kept things pretty simple as I have been doing lately and featured a few of my absolute favorite lip glosses at the moment. I hope you all enjoy, let’s get started.

Monday-

Benefit Porefessionals Primer
Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer
Anastasia Contour Kit- contour
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Maybelline Color Tattoo- ‘Barely Branded’
Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette- ‘Champagne Truffle’, ‘Salted Carmel’
Lorac Pro Palette- ‘Garnet’
Anastasia Dip Brow- ’Blonde’
Maybelline Chaotiques Mascara
Covergirl Flamed Up Mascara
LipSense- ‘Plum Pretty’

Tuesday-

Nivea Men’s Shave Balm
Maybelline Matte Fit Me Foundation
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer
Wet N Wild Blush- ‘Pearlescent Pink’
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Maybelline Color Tattoo- ‘Barely Branded’
Naked 3 Palette- ‘Dust’, ‘Limit’, ‘Nooner’
Maybelline Brow Precise
Maybelline Chaotiques Mascara
Buxom Full On Lipstick- ‘Sydney’

Wednesday-

Nivea Men’s Shave Balm
Maybelline Matte Fit Me Foundation
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
Lumene Bronzer
Anastasia Contour Kit- banana powder, highlight
Anastasia Dip Brow
Maybelline Great Lash Mascara
Maybelline Chaotiques Mascara
Buxom Full On Lipcream- ‘White Russian’

Thursday-

Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation
Benefit Porefessionals Primer
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Maybelline Color Tattoo- ‘Barely Branded’
Too Faced Chocolate Par palette- ‘Milk Chocolate’, ‘White Chocolate’
Anastasia Dip Brow
Covergirl Flamed Up Mascara
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
Elf Blush Palette- ‘Mauve’
Lasting Finish by Rimmel Kate Lipstick- ‘Rossetto’

Friday-

Nivea Men’s Shave Balm
Maybelline Matte Fit Me Foundation
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer
Lumene Bronzer
Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette- ‘Champagne Truffle’
Anastasia Dip Brow
Mayeblline Chaotiques Mascara
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss

Well, that is it for today’s Makeup Of The Week.  I loved Wednesday’s simple makeup look; be sure to let me know which makeup look was your favorite in the comments below along with any other questions, comments. or requests you may have for me; I am always happy to chat. Sending all my love your way! With love, McKenz.

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Fashion

Winter Fashion Wrap Up

With Spring’s arrival less than two weeks away, it’s about time to start packing away my chunky sweaters and pulling out my frilly tanks instead. Where I live, this Winter was not brutal by any means in comparison to year’s prior… which was terrible. I am not one to jump up and down for Winter itself but if it’s going to be cold outside I’d rather it be snowing than cloudy and dull 24/7. Which unfortunately, it was this year.

Anyways, with warmer temps (hopefully) on their way I decided what better way to say goodbye to Winter than wrapping it up by sharing with you all my favorite pieces from the season and a few of my favorite outfits I wore this past season?! Before I keep rambling, let’s get on into it.

I typically don’t wear a coat to school because we don’t use lockers at my school and nobody wants to carry one around all day so I tend to opt for sweaters, scarves, and a lightweight jacket to keep ‘warm’ during the Winter.

This year I could not get enough of vests! They are my preferred choice of outerwear because they are not too bulky and pair perfectly with almost anything. My most worn vest was definitely this fur one from Old Navy. I also could not get enough of blanket scarves. I picked up this one from Target a couple of years back and I am still obsessed.

Like I mentioned earlier, sweaters are always a must for me! I wore this fuzzy white cardigan from Hollister/ TJ Maxx literally all the time. I also could not get enough of flannels. They are perfect styled under a sweater, over a sweater, around the waist, I could go on and on because the options are seriously endless.

I received a pair of black over the knee boots from DSW for Christmas and absolutely fell in love. They instantly glam up any outfits so they were always on repeat. I also found myself in booties 90% of the Winter. My favorite ones this season were these blue velvet ones from Old Navy’s Winter collection.

Turtle necks in every form were on repeat for me all season long. Whether it was a sweater or a tee, I without a doubt wore it multiple times.

And last but certainly not least, my beloved denim. In any way, shape, or form, I wore the heck out of it this Winter. I really experimented with this trend. My denim jacket is from Kohls and my favorite pair of jeans are from Gap. Along with these I tried skirts, frayed edges, chokers, and so on. I am beyond excited to be carrying this trend on over to the warmer months as well because I feel so comfortable and confident in my own skin whenever I am wearing denim.

here are a few outfits I put together while trying on the individual pieces 

Well, what clothes did you wear this Winter on repeat?! Let me know in the comments below along with any requests you may have for me as we enter the warmer months. I am so excited for what’s to come here on styledbymckenz and cannot thank you all enough for your continuous love and support. I hope you all enjoyed this little Winter clothing montage; wishing you the absolute best. 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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