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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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15th Birthday Haul

Hi friends, happy Monday! Many of you probably know that a couple weeks ago I celebrated my fifteenth birthday. Today I decided to share with you some of the presents I received. I am so thankful or all the people that shared this day with me and thought of me. By no means am I trying to brag, I just thought it would be fun to share with you some of the things I received! So without further ado, let’s get into the haul!

If you know me, you know I’m an absolute shoe hoarder. Whether it’s Christmas, my birthday, or any other occasion where you might possibly receive a gift, I probably asked for a pair of shoes.So these shoes are a combination of gifts from my sister, parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and myself lol. The top two pairs of sandals are from Target. I’m still all for anything that laces up my ankles so I got the cognac pair for more boho outfits and the silverish pair for more chic, classy outfits.  Call us crazy, but my sister and I haven’t gotten one another a birthday or Christmas gift in years so this year we decided to buy each other a pair of Converse. I decided on a pair of maroon ones since it’s the color I tend to wear the most all year round. Last summer I searched for these rainbow flip flops everywhere, I couldn’t find them in my size so I gave up. Luckily when my birthday rolled around I had the bright idea of ordering them off of Amazon so that’s what I did. they are so cute and comfortable so they’re perfect to just throw on and head out the door. Everyone and the mother seems to own white high top converse, so it was my turn to hop on the bandwagon and I don;t regret it even for a second. Lastly, my Chacos!!! Chacos are a huge thing in the South and I have always wanted a pair to bring with me to Wisconsin in the Summer. So I decided to go for it, I’m so excited to wear these fishing, hiking, and walking around!

Besides all the shoes, my gift from my parents absolutely dropped my jaw. I’ve wanted a navy Longchamp for a few years now and my parents were the absolute best and gave me a navy size large. I’ve already used it a ton and am so happy to have a tote that is perfect for literally everything. I got a few  bathing suits and some Dunkin gift cards which is the equivalent to being rich in high school ;).

Anyways that is it for today’s post. I will be trying to do a look-book or some outfit ideas with all those shoes if you all would be interested in seeing that, thank you so much for stopping by and reading. Check out my last post here, follow me on Instagram here, and don’t forget to subscribe! Wishing you so much happiness today. With love, McKenz.

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A Day In My Life (& outfits) : Birthday Edition

On Saturday I celebrated my fifteenth birthday along with my twin sister Madison. I really wanted to take you along with me on my day so I decided it would be the perfect opportunity to share with you A Day In My Life. Thank you so much to everyone who sent love my way  on my special day, I am truly blessed to have so many loving people in my life.

Half of my day was spent in a nice, put together outfit, and the other half was spent in comfy, work out clothes. Either way I was so happy to see the sun and have some 80 degree weather after what seemed like a whole month of rain.

Left Outfit Details- shirt:Nike, shorts: Nike, socks: Nike, shoes: Converse

Right Outfit Details- shirt: Forever 21, bralette: American Eagle, shorts: American Eagle, shoes: Target

Started off the day with a family Dunkin date plus Jeanie. We got our usual iced coffee, smoothie, and absurd amount of hash browns. We came home and changed into some comfy clothes before heading out to the park to play some basketball and lay in the sun. We brought the GoPro to take some random videos and the balloons to tie to the bench. We took the long walk home and than ate lunch as a family while opening presents. I’m so happy to say that I own a LongChamp!!! I got some super cute bathing suits and some Calvin’s too. Afterwards I did some tanning in the backyard with Jeanie and hung outside trying to take in as much sun as possible. After dinner, Jeanie and I decided to go back to the park where we walked and watched the sunset on out favorite rock. We than sat on the deck for the rest of the night and laughed with the rest of the family while consuming an insane amount of food.

It’s the littlest things that seem to bring me the most happiness. I’m so glad to have so many loving people in my life, I love you all forever. Thank you for making me feel special everyday. I wish you all the best week. With love, McKenz.