Finding Yourself

Best Of 2016- Makeup, Clothing, Moments, and More

As promised, today I will be sharing the best of 2016. From the moments to the makeup and everything in between; I am so thankful to be able to share it all with you.

Alright starting with the clothing. This was the year I truly began to experiment with my style and really try new things that forced me to step out of my comfort zone style wise. No doubt about it sandals and booties were what I lived in during 2016. My most worn shoes this year had to be my lace up sandals from Target and my maroon booties from Old Navy. My Gap Girlfriend jeans were always on repeat as well as my Gap overalls. You could count on a watch being on my wrist at all times as well. You can check out my top 16 outfits from 2016 by reading that post here.

Makeup is definitely narrowed down to my Too Faced Chocolate Bar, liquid lipsticks, and contouring. I really stepped up my game this year. I still have tons of stepping up to do but I gained a lot of skill and experience this year.

Sorry Gossip Girl- One Tree Hill takes the cake for best show of the year. No doubt about it.

Song of the year- my gosh this is tough. Maroon 5, She Will Be Loved. This one reminds me of all the good times, therefore I have to give it my top pick for the year.

My favorite book of the year has got to be The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Although, I really didn’t do too much reading this year so it’s not like I had tons to choose from. As far as reading in my Bible goes, Proverbs takes the win. It is beautiful in every way shape and form. It has short, sweet verses that will really speak to you. It provided such a gorgeous learning experience for me.

As far as the year goes as a whole I am so thankful to have been the school’s makeup artist for our most recent plays throughout the early months of the year. In March I traveled to New York for Spring break and in April I found the most amazing friends and my relationship with Jesus completely took off. In May I turned 15 and celebrated with all of my dearest friends after making Varsity Cheer for the second year in a row. In June I finished my Freshman year and took off to spend a few weeks in Wisconsin. Half of my July was spent at the beach with my best friend and once I came home I had the most amazing opportunity and was interviewed for the local new station. A huge milestone for my blog. Another one came shortly after in August when I reached 1,000 Instagram followers and released my first YouTube video. I started Sophomore year and blogging really began to take off for me. In September football season as well as competition was in full swing leaving me cheering every second of my ‘free’ time. October meant homecoming everything which is always so fun. In November my high school cheer team placed second in the county and my school’s football team finished with a perfect winning season. December treated me oh so good in every way. The first week of the year my boys became State champs for the second year in a row. It was the best feeling. December 7th I hit 1,000 blog followers leaving me with more than double my original goal for the year. Basketball started up and my love for cheering for it came back in a heartbeat. I then had Winter break and was back in New York with family. January 1st I celebrated one year of styledbymckenz.

Success was my favorite. Feeling proud of what you’ve accomplished is truly a feeling like no other.

This was the year I felt like I did the most growing. I really feel like I began to found myself and understand my place in the world and that is a wonderful feeling to have. I was a flower, blogging was my sun, and people were my rain. I’ve grown now.

Although this year had its downs it most certainty had its ups and I could not be more thankful for that. Thank you for joining me on this journey. I hope you had a fabulous 2016 and that 2017 blesses you with something even greater.

With a whole lot of love, McKenz.

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Top 16 Outfits of 2016



Top 16 Favorite Outfits of 2016

With the year coming to an end I am left with many more memories, laughs, and of course clothes. As I have looked back at my year of blogging in review I have come to the conclusion that my viewers mostly like to see my outfits, and I’m pleased about it because that’s what I enjoy most, as it was the sole purpose of this blog to begin with. With over four hundred outfit ideas plastered across this blog’s face over less than a year’s time period, I was able to narrow down my top sixteen favorites of twenty sixteen.

(ps these are in no particular order and this was super fun for me to see how much my quality, style, and looks have changed over the year!!)

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I love layering flannels under Vineyard Vines tees. It’s classic, preppy, and comfortable. Perfect for the colder months.
Outfit Details- shirt: Vineyard Vines, flannel: Old Navy, jeans: Hollister, leg warmers: Fransesscas, boots: DSW, watch: Kate Spade, bracelets: Alex and Ani
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These boots were a huge favorite this year, they are perfect for dreary weather. This outfit is one of my favorite because it’s cute while still wearing leggings.
Outfit Details- shirt: Tahari, jacket: Kohls, scarf: Old Navy, leggings: PINK, rain boots: Hunter, bracelets: Alex and Ani

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These jeans, cardigan, and flats were on repeat almost all year.
Outfit Details- cardigan: American Eagle, jeans: Gap, shirt: H&M, flats: Old Navy, watch: Kate Spade, bracelets: Alex and Ani

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Hand me down tanks that are white lace make me feel so cute. This was my birthday outfit so of course I loved it.
Outfit Details- tank: Forever 21, shorts: American Eagle, sandals: Target

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Patch work anything has been one of my favorite pieces this year. Plus burnt orange. Together they are perfect.
Outfit Details- shorts: Pacsun, tee: Old Navy, sandals: Target, watch: Target, bracelets: Boho Betty
Processed with VSCO with a5 presetNew street style trends were something I was really into this year. I loved the bandana around the neck of this outfit.
Outfit Details- tank: Old Navy, jean shorts: Levi’s, sandals: Target, bandana: Michaels, watch: Target, bracelet: Boho Betty

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First day of school outfits are always one for the books, how cute are these shoes?!
Outfit Details- dress: Forever 21, bralette: Urban Outfitters, shoes: Forever 21, watch: Kohls, bracelets: Alex and Ani, necklace: Charming Charlies
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Overalls were by far one of my all time favorite clothing pieces this year. This outfit was the cutest as a whole. Fun, trendy, and out there. Everything I want.
Outfit Details- overalls: Gap, shoes: Converse, tank: Old Navy, watch: Kohls
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I don’t love dressing for the warmer months so I always have a dress and sandals on when it’s necessary. This cardigan is one of my favorites.
Outfit Details- cardigan: American Eagle, dress: TJ Maxx, shoes: TJ Maxx, necklace: Ann Taylor Loft, watch: KohlsProcessed with VSCO with a5 preset

Sweaters, socks with sandals, and overalls. enough said.
Outfit Details- sweater: Forever 21, bralette: Urban Outfitters, overalls: Gap, socks: American Eagle, shoes: TJ Maxx Processed with VSCO with a5 preset

I love the fall months. Navy and orange are some of my favorite colors together and I adore my bean boots.
Outfit Details- flannel: Old Navy, scarf: old Navy, jeans: Hollister, socks: Kohls, boots: DSW, purse: Long Champ

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Chokers and mustard were two super on trend things this year, I loved this outfit and wore it multiple times.
Outfit Details- jacket: Kohls, dress: Forever 21, choker: Forever 21, watch: Kohls, leg warmers: Kohls, riding boots: Kohls Processed with VSCO with a5 preset

Maroon and layers are some of my favorite for the colder months. These booties have been on repeat all year.
Outfit Details- cardigan: Hollister, tank: Old Navy, purse: Long Champ, jeans: Hollister, booties: Old Navy

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 Like I said I have been loving orange lately. This long necklace looked too cute with this outfit. I definitely wore this outfit more than once this Fall.
Outfit Details- cardigan: Target, tank: TJ Maxx, jeans: Hollister, socks: Kohls, booties: Sam Edelman, watch: Kohls, necklace: LoftProcessed with VSCO with a5 preset

 This is one of my more recent outfits and I love it because of the turtle neck. They are some of my favorite pieces from the year.
Outfit Details- cardigan: Hollister, shirt: Hollister, jeans: Gap, booties: GapProcessed with VSCO with a5 presetI adore this hand me down denim mini skirt and lace up sandals were some of my most worn pieces of the Summer.
Outfit Details- shirt: American Eagle, bralette: Urban Outfiters, skirt: Guess, sandals: Target, necklace: Forever 21, watch: Kohls

Which outfit was your favorite? Let me know in the comments below along with any other questions or comments you my have for me. I hope you all enjoyed my sixteen favorite outfits from this year. Be sure to le tme know what your favorite form of content is and I will b ehappy to produce more for you. Thank you all for the love and support.
With love, McKenz


Top 10 Drugstore Makeup Products of 2016

Good morning and happy Monday, loves! One of the first posts I ever made on styledbymckenz was a 2015 Makeup Favorites; today I’m doing an updated version with a twist! I’ll be sharing ten of my favorite drugstore products from this past year. I have discovered quite a few new products this year and am so excited to share them with you all! Plus they are all super affordable so they are sure to not break your bank!

Processed with VSCO with a5 presetNivea Men’s Shave Balm- $7 This product was hyped up all over YouTube for months. It is a Men’s Shave Balm but due to the ingredients it works as a perfect primer. It leaves my face feeling hydrated, smells great, and has not broken me out over the six months I’ve used it.

Maybelline Matte Fit Me Foundation-$8 This has been my holy grail foundation for a the last couple of years. It has amazing coverage and leaves a matte finish. It’s perfect for my dry-normal skin and has a wide range of colors.

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NYX HD Concealer- $7 This concealer is very similar to the Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer. It’s creamy and provides a medium-high amount of coverage which is perfect for covering blemishes and dark circles.

Maybelline Color Tattoo – $7 By far the most amazing product from the drugstore. I’ve been using these babies for four years now because they’re just that good. They are the creamiest product that can be worn as a regular shadow or a base under more shadows. It also takes about a year of everyday use to finish one pot!

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder-$5 Everyone seems to have tried this powder before. It’s mattefying, long wearing, and cheap!

Processed with VSCO with a5 presetL’Oréal Pro Matte Foundation-$11 This is on the pricier side for a drugstore foundation but is well worth the few extra dollars. This foundation leaves your skin looking so good it almost looks airbrushed. It’s very dry and lasts forever. I’ve had 18 hour makeup days with this foundation and was still pleased with how it looked by the end of the day.

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara -$6 I adore Maybelline mascara. Their classic, Great Lash mascara in black is so good. It’s separating, volumizing, and doesn’t clump. Everything one could want in a mascara!

Wet N Wild Matte Lipstick-$2 These are my absolute favorite lipsticks from the drugstore. They are two dollars a pop and are the most longwearing lipsticks ever. They have a matte finish and so many shades. I would however suggest swatching them before buying; the actual shade of the lipstick almost never matches the color on the sticker.

NYX Lingerie Lipstick-$8 I love NYX products, especially their lip products. Their liquid lipsticks are so good as well. They layer nicely and have great color pay off. Not to mention they literally last forever.

Wet N Wild Comfort Zone Palette- $6 The only drugstore shadows I ever use are from Wet N Wild. This palette has eight colors that all swatch beautifully and wear so well on the lid. My high-end shadows are just as good as the ones from this palette.

If you all have any drugstore recommendations, please leave them below; I am always looking for new products to try. If you want to check out last years recommendations click here. Thank you all so much for reading. If you have any questions, comments, or requests feel free to leave them below. Have a fabulous day. With love, McKenz.


Happy 2016

To say that 2015 has taught me a lot is an understatement. Not only have I discovered how to successfully pair a sweater and scarf with matching socks and booties and learned how to perfect a crease color and contour my face, I’ve learned a lot about myself. I’ve made new friends, new inside jokes, new memories, and now a new blog. A place for me to share the happiness that I’ve learned life will bring you if you let it. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and have rung in the New Year with all of your friends and family. Grab a cup of coffee, curl up on the couch, and hit the subscribe button so you can join me in 2016 for all things face, fashion, and finding yourself related.