Finding Yourself

Feeling God’s Love || Finding You Series

Hey y’all. So often I find that we lose ourselves in the midst of life’s happenings. Pulling ourselves apart and almost forcing ourselves into the mindset that we are the problem. So often we seem to forget that we are rooted and grounded in love. And how comforting is it to know that that love is from our sweet, sweet Jesus?!

A few days ago I read 1 Corinthians 13 for the hundredth time and every ounce of uncertainty and doubt from my thoughts was diminished afterwards because the love of our sweet Jesus was so abundant and right there in scripture for me to read as many times as I needed.

Read these verses so we can chat some more about how sweet His love is.

1 Corinthians 13 – 1 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

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my Bible on the page of these verses

I cannot tell you how many times I have gone back to read these verses.

Whether the love you are feeling is painful or reassuring, that love is Jesus’ and every bit of that love has meaning. Understanding that Jesus has a meaning and a reasoning behind his actions is something that has always been rather hard for me to wrap my head around. When I cry to Jesus and allow Him to hear my prayer I often find myself feeling disappointed when I don’t see or hear or discover His immediate response. And that is what’s wrong with our perception of Jesus and his doings. His love is far more than good. It is bad and it is painful and it is disappointing at times but it is graceful and rejoices with the truth and is worthy of us all.

So next time you find yourself wondering where Jesus’ love is, read these verses so you too can be reminded that his love is present in more ways than we could ever imagine. And if you’re in need of something more to read, check out any or all of the verses from Proverbs and you will instantly feel at rest. This book is longer but consists of beautiful, short verses that have so much meaning behind them.

I prefer to journal my favorite parts of a book. All I use is a pen and this helps me really feel God’s love in every aspect. Try it out and see if this is something that might work for you too.

How does Jesus speak to you and what verses make you feel His love? Let me know in the comments below, I would love to chat about it. Be sure to check out the rest of the girls blog posts that were apart of this collab as well. Sending lots of love and many blessings your way. With love, xx McKenz.

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rubies.blog.com
kelsemoriah.wordpress.com 

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The Entertainer Blogger Award

Hello everyone! I am so thankful to have been tagged in yet another blogging award from one of my fellow WordPress friends, Azra from simpleserenity. She has been putting in so much time and effort into her beauty blog right now and I’m sure it would make her day if you checked her out. Click here to be forwarded to her blog. For now, let’s get on into the Entertainer Blogger Award questions!0393b90d163f349022b49d8c39909b7ci.jpg

Rules:

Write a post including the award picture
Nominate 12 other bloggers who are funny, inspiring, and most importantly entertaining!
Nominees will answer the same questions as the ones below
Thank the person who nominated you and leave a link to their blog
Answer the questions down below

Questions:

What do you hope to gain from blogging?

From blogging I hope to gain better communication skills and some lifelong friends. Along the way I hope to continue creating something that I am proud of and find a piece of me I wasn’t sure was even there to begin with.

What genre of film entertains you the most?

I personally am a chick flick kind of girl. Anything by Nicholas Sparks is probably one of my favorites!

Do you consider yourself a writer, and what inspires you to write?

I suppose you could call me a writer; although I’m clearly no professional. Following my dreams inspires me to write, stay organized, and chase after what I want no matter how much effort it takes.

Why did you choose your particular WordPress username?

It took my mom and I quite some time to pick out the perfect name for my blog but chose styledbymckenz because it seems classy, and as if no matter how old I got it would still suit me.

What is your favourite book, and why does it speak to you?

My favorite book is definitely the last book of the Hunger Games series. I can not explain why this book is my favorite other than the meaning of it is so much deeper than the average person may read into. The epilogue is absolutely breath-taking.

What is your favourite song, and why does it speak to you?

This is so hard because I’m always changing up what I listen to. ‘She Will Be Loved’ by Maroon 5 will forever be one of my favorites though!

What is your favourite photograph, and why does it speak to you ?

Ooo this is an interesting question! I am not sure I have a favorite photograph, simply because I feel every one has its own story, therefore it’s hard to choose just one.

Who I Tag:

I could pick out just twelve ladies to answer these questions but instead I’m deciding to leave this open-ended. My reason being, all the gals I follow are inspiring, pretty, and entertaining. It would be unfair to choose just one. That being said, if you consider yourself my blogging friend I certainly hope you will answer these questions and tag me in your answer because I love learning more about the girls I spend almost every minute of my free time writing to!

Well that is it for today! I hope you ladies enjoyed and are having the best day.. can’t wait to read more of y’alls Blogmas posts. As always if you have any questions, comments, or requests be sure to leave them in the comments below! Talk soon. With love, McKenz.

Latest Post: Holiday Makeup Tutorial 
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Makeup

Holiday Makeup Tutorial- A Collab With Sophiemaie

Good morning, ladies! It is very rare that I ever blog on a Tuesday but I made a special exception when my dear blogging friend Sophie from sophiemaie asked me if I was up for posting a collab. Of course my answer was yes, as I am delighted to be working together on such  fun post. We love the holidays and of course all the festive makeup looks that come with the month. We are both going to be sharing holiday makeup looks so you are sure to get some inso for your next holiday party!

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Although my skin is by no means bad, as you can tell, it is quite pale compared to the rest of my body and rather uneven. Therefore, I will be applying face makeup today to make the overall appearance of my look put together, and fresh.

To begin I am applying the Nivea Men’s Shave Balm all over my face to prepare my skin for the following products being applied. This product is sure to keep your makeup on for hours on end and smells so good!

 

I am then applying the Maybelline Matte Fit Me Foundation all over my face using a beauty blender. As you can tell this step alone completely transforms my face now that my whole skin tone is evened out. Afterwards, I am buffing the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder onto my face to keep my face matte all evening. This powder is the best and is under $5 at the drugstore.

Then, to cover my under eye circles I am using the NYX HD Concealer (perfect dupe for the Urban Decay Naked Skin) . To set my under eyes I am applying the banana powder from my Anastasia Contour Kit. This will keep the concealer from creasing and brighten up that general area.

I am then contouring the hollows of my cheeks, my temples, and the sides of my nose to slim down the overall shape of my face and define my features a bit more. I am then highlighting the bridge of my nose and my cheekbones. I used the Anastasia Contour Kit for both of these steps- this palette is such a good investment!

In order to prep my lids for eyeshadow and ensure that my shadows don’t crease and keep a flawless appearance all night I am applying the Urban Decay Primer potion and the Maybelline Color Tattoo in “Barely Branded”.

I am then using the colors ‘snakebite’ and ‘bootycall’ from the Naked 2 Palette along with a few matte brown shadows from my Naked Basics 2 palette and creating a monotone look that will not draw too much attention to the eyes.

I am then filling and shaping my brows with the Anastasia Dip Brow. After, I am going in with the Maybelline Great Lash Mascara and fully coating my lashes. These two steps alone will instantly transform the face and make your eyes look much more awake!

Processed with VSCO with a5 presetI am then applying one of my favorite red lipsticks from Essence. Any red lipstick will do and will make this look so festive and perfect or this time of year.

Here are a few pictures from the final look. I hope you all enjoyed this simple, festive makeup look and were able to take some inspiration from this. Don’t forget to check out Sophie’s blog post here; she’s doing Blogmas on her page so you are sure to find some cute holiday themed posts! As always, if you have any questions, comments, or requests please leave them below. Have a great day, ladies! With love, McKenz

Latest Post: Holiday Outfit Ideas
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Fashion

Styling Riding Boots: A Collab With quirksandskirts

Good morning ladies, I hope you all are having a wonderful day so far. With the holiday season right around the corner and chillier temperatures  quickly coming, my friend Melany from bequirkystaylovely (formerly known as quirksandskirts) and I thought what better way to kick off November than with styling our favorite boots! This collab will feature three outfit ideas featuring riding boots from myself, styledbymckenz and three outfit ideas featuring booties from Melany, quirksandskirts. Be sure to check out her half of the collab; her style is seriously the cutest and she is so sweet! ( ps she’s also a WordPress gal!) She’s also super faithful which we both have in common, so we will both be sharing a Bible verse we’ve been loving at the end!

Outfit Idea #1- jacket and a sweater
Off whitened olive-green are the perfect pairing for this time of year! They look so cozy together. When looking to add an extra layer I always pop on my army jacket and add a pair of leg warmers to match my sweater. This makes for a super warm and stylish ensemble.

jacket: TJ Maxx, sweater: Forever 21, jeans: Hollister, riding boots: Target, leg warmers: Kohls, bracelets: Alex and Ani

Outfit Idea #2- with a dress
Riding boots look great with dresses too! I paired my favorite tank-dress with a  fluffy white cardigan. My brown boots made my dress look a bit longer and gave my legs the least amount of exposure as possible which is perfect for the chillier months.

cardigan: Hollister, dress: Forever 21, leg warmers: Kohls, riding boots: Target, watch: Kohls, braceltes: Alex and Ani, Boho Betty

Outfit Idea #3- with a flannel
My last and probably most worn outfit with riding boots is definitely a flannel and sweater combo.  I love the layering and think it looks so cute and chic. Plus the possibilities are endless for this type of combo coming from my closet. Throw on some boot toppers and you’re good to go!

sweater: Old Navy, flannel: Old Navy, jeans: Hollister, boot toppers: Kohls, riding boots: Target, watch: JORD, sunglasses: Warby Parker, bracelet: Boho Betty

Melany is sharing three ways to style booties!

Recently I have been continuously reading is Psalm 119. It is fairly long, a few pages to be exact, but has the best verses that share input on trusting our God and remembering that everything we do is for Him and on his path. 119:64 says “The earth is full of your love, lord” and indeed it is!

I hope you all enjoyed those looks! Feel free to recreate any of them, I would love to see pictures. Be sure to check out Melany’s blog post and her blog here, as well as her Instagram. She is the nicest girl and I promise you will all love her. Give her blog a follow, and tell her I sent you! Have a great day, friends. With love, McKenz.

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Fashion

How To Style A White Sweater (Collab)

Good morning friends and Happy Friday! Today is very exciting and yet it may seem small to others, it’s very big to me- my first collab! I frequently get asked about how I wear my white sweater and/or tops. I find that there are endless outfits to create with this timeless piece and lucky for you, my friend Lydia and I are showing you four different ways to style a white sweater! My looks are going to be more on the casual/lounge side and Lydia’s are going to be a little dressier and perfect if you’re looking for something classy and chic! Below are all of her links, send her some love because she definitely deserves it: fashion blogwherethepreetythingsare.net Instagramwheretheprettythingsareblog

I know I’m definitely not the only girl that wants to hit the snooze for a whole hour on Monday mornings. However, for some reason nothing irks me more than starting the week off with an outfit I threw together in three seconds and lacks all adjectives, especially style. I love the way olive green and off white look when paired together and if you live on the East Coast, you’re fully aware that Mother Nature isn’t always in our favor which is why I love layering my army jacket over this already warm sweater. Pair it with some matching socks and you’re in for a put together look while staying comfy and cozy in leggings. Feel free to switch it up and add jeans if the leggings aren’t working out for you.

Outfit Details: Sweater- Hollister, jacket- TJ Maxx, leggings- American Eagle, socks- Target, riding boots- Target, watch- Kate Spade, necklace- Forever 21, bracelets- Alex and Ani

A white sweater and riding boots is a combination that will never go out of style whether it be fall or winter. I like this outfit because it can easily be altered to your taste. The sweater on its own, a flannel underneath, or even a jacket over top are all ways to wear this simple and classy outfit. Not to mention the fact that nothing screams “quick outfit idea” louder than a sweater and some dark wash skinny jeans. I cuffed my sleeves for this look and added some of my favorite arm candy to dress it up a bit.

Outfit Details: Sweater- Hollister, jeans- Hollister, leg warmers- Kohls, riding boots- Target, watch: Kate Spade, necklace: Forever 21, bracelets- Alex and Ani


 

I hope you all enjoyed my looks and Lydia’s as well. I want to thank Lydia for collabing with me and all of you for the endless love and support that I hope you share with her. Thanks for sticking around, have a happy Friday. With love, McKenz.

Lydia’s Blog- wheretheprettythingare.net Lydia’s Instagram- wheretheprettythingsareblog

My Blog- styledbymckenz.wordpress.com My Instagram- StyledByMcKenz




Hey dolls! My name is Lydia and I’m a fashion and beauty blogger over at wheretheprettythingsare.net. I post affordable fashion (think outfit of the days and my outfit on polyvore but under $150), beauty (tips, tricks, and tutorials!), and lifestyle posts. I’m really excited to be collaborating with Mckenzie this week on styling a white sweater. While I’m writing my post on her blog, she’s writing her post on my blog. You can check out her rendition of styling a white sweater here. Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog and stalk me follow me on social media!

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I always get tons of questions on how to style a white sweater, and it’s a pretty simple and cute outfit to create. I love styling sweaters in general, especially white sweaters, because you can have so many options with them. Add, you can pull off some pretty cool bottoms, like these. I’ve got 2 casual outfits I’m sharing with you today. Before we head into the outfits, I’m gonna give you some styling tips just to make sure we don’t have a wardrobe malfunction ;).

TIPS WHEN WEARING A WHITE TOP:::

Make sure to even out your outfit when wearing a bright white top or copy your top. Like my outfit below, I balance the crisp white with a more dull and dark pair of jeggings and black booties.

Yes, you can wear white in the winter. No, it’s not a fashion sin.

Try pairing your white top with a pencil skirt and/or a scarf to give it more of a wintery feel and look. Another cute look for fall/winter would be to pair your white sweater with overalls and heeled booties 😍

To add more definition to your outfit, pair with some distressed denim, colored pants, or patterned bottoms.

Keep your accessories to a minimum, to keep your outfit clean and simple.

OUTFIT 1:::

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top: american eagle // bottoms: american eagle (sold out of copper) // booties: sam edelman

Up first, I’m wearing this gorgeous white sweater + copper jeggings + black booties. As you can see from the first picture, I definitely take a lot of time doing my hair for pictures, lol! Like my tip above, the outfit is balanced so you get the perfect amount of bright and casual. Lately, I’ve really been liking mock neck sweaters. It’s like a turtleneck without the commitment. Amiright ladies? I ordered a size bigger (normally an XS but this is a S) and it was def a little large. I shrunk it up, but it’s still a little large. Hopefully it will shrink up after a few more washes. If you guys have any tips on shrinking outfits, comment below!! You definitely don’t need to size up for this sweater, wear your normal size! Plus, you can dress up this outfit with high-heeled booties, too!

Because I can’t wait, let’s talk about these jeggings. If you didn’t think copper-colored jeggings could get any better, they’re made of velvet. This is when I would cue my favorite saying “On a scale of literally to even I can’t”. Ever since Pitch Perfect I’ve kind of been obsessed with velvet. Is that weird? Didn’t think so. You guys know my love for comfy clothes, and these jeggings don’t fall short. This entire outfit is worthy of a LOTR binge.

OUTFIT 2:::

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top: american eagle // bottoms: american eagle // booties: nordstrom 

Next outfit, I paired with some distressed jeans with heeled booties. I love these jeans with a passion. They’re seriously the best jeans ever, and have the perfect amount of rips. I love pairing these jeans with some graphic tees (tucking them in) with some converse, too!


Thanks for reading! Which outfit was your favorite? Don’t forget to head on over to my blog to check out McKenzie’s post, click here.

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