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February Favorites

Hello everyone, and welcome back to styledbymckenz! I hope your day is off to a fabulous start; the end of February is here already (feels like just yesterday was Christmas) which means it’s time to share with you all what I have been loving this month + what’s been going on!

Not much has changed this month as far as my taste in clothing. I am still obsessed with all things street style but haven’t been wearing things that necessarily reflect this. Where I live we had about ten days where the weather ranged from mid-sixties to upper seventies that was so amazing. I was able to pull out my overalls for a day and a few other spring pieces I am so happy about it and am trying to incorporate more color into my day-to-day outfits. Oh, and my white Vans. I seriously wear them everywhere all the time.

Processed with VSCO with hb2 presetI have been loving natural makeup this month so my Buxom Lip-glosses and the Lumene Bronzer have been staples for my everyday makeup routine. I have finished the cycle of eyeshadow palettes for my Makeup Of The Week’s and have been eyeing a Morphe palette and the Anastasia Modern Renaissance palette to get next as it has been quite a while since I last purchased a new palette.

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetI figured I would show you my favorite page in my Bible from this past month. I doodled this page from the verses Isaiah 42 and am so in love with how it turned out. I’ve been spending a lot more time with Jesus recently and praying for peace of mind and in every aspect of my life. I am in the midst of reading Acts as of right now!

I am currently watching Gilmore Girls and am in the middle of Season 1 and am liking it so far but hope that it picks up a bit because it’s kind of slow right now! As far as music goes, I have been obsessed with Spotify and all the different playlist’s they have made up. I love how there is one for bad days, study time, relaxation, shower singing, and so on.

I am slowly but surely accomplishing what I talked about last month as far as goals go. I am really putting forth effort into my Instagram and making this blog exactly what I want it to be while still staying true to myself. In March I hope to hit 2,000 Instagram followers and accept that life is only as good as we chose to make it.

Processed with VSCO with hb2 presetWell, what have you ben loving this month?! Let me know in the comments below, along with any questions, comments, or requests you may have for me! I am always happy to chat. Wishing you the best today and always. With love, McKenz.

This month on Styledbymckenz-
Valentine’s Day Gift Guide
Makeup of The Week- Naked Smokey Edition
Styling My Twin Sister for a Week
Weekly Wrap Up #5 (Week In My Life + OOTW)
Galentine’s Day- Craft, Activities, and Pajamas
Valentine’s Day Makeup Tutorial//YouTube Video
Date Night Outfit Ideas for Valentine’s Day
Weekly Wrap Up #6 (Week In My Life + OOTW)
Feeling God’s Love || Finding You Series
Valentine’s Day GRWM (Hair, Makeup, and Outfit Idea)
Pinterest Outfit Recreations
Blog Award Catch Up
Makeup of The Week- Too Faced Chocolate Bar Edition
Weekly Wrap Up #7 (Week In My Life + OOTW)
New York Fashion Week in Review
Spring Vibes// and OOTD
February Fashion Forecast
Makeup Of The Week- Drugstore Edition
Weekly Wrap Up #8 (Week In My Life + OOTW)
February Empties
 

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February Empties

Hey everyone, welcome back to styledbymckenz! Last month I shared my first ever empties post of all the products I used up throughout the month and my honest opinion/review on all the products I got such positive feedback and finished so many products this month that I figured, why not do another one?! Alright, before I start to ramble let’s get on into it.

img_5688This month I finished up all of my holiday scents from Bath&Body Works that were sitting around my bathroom. I usually love all of their products around the holidays but didn’t love the scent of the lotion and felt that Vanilla Bean Noel was too strong of a scent in the wallflower form. I loved their soap and body wash as per usual.

Product: Vanilla Bean Noel Shower Gel
Stars: 5/5
Repurchase: yes

Product: Tis the Season Hand Soap
Stars: 5/5
Repurchase: yes

Product: Marshmallow Pumpkin Latte Body Lotion
Stars: 2/5
Repurchase: no

Product: Vanilla Bean Noel Wallflower
Stars: 3/5
Repurchase: Would purchase the original Vanilla instead.

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It’s very rare that I ever finish makeup products it seems like since I am constantly rotating the products I use. However, this month was an exception as I finished several face products and cleared out a good chunk of my stash. Almost all of these were repurchases and I was hardly disappointed by any of them. Although, the Elf primer seemed to not do as good of a job when I used it everyday consecutively so I switched it up regularly with other primers. And I do not feel the Maybelline Age Rewind deserves the amount of hype it gets, although it is very good.

Product: Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
Stars: 5/5
Repurchase: yes, already have

Product: Maybelline Matte Fit Me Foundation
Stars: 5/5
Repurchase: yes, already have

Product: Elf Mineralized Face Primer
Stars: 3.5/5
Repurchase: Maybe

Product: NYX HD Concealer
Stars: 4.5/5
Repurchase: yes, *lighter consistency than Maybelline Fit Me Concealer

Product: Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer
Stars: 4.5/5
Repurchase: yes

IMG_5687.JPGLastly,  have a couple random products. I do not typically have a deodorant preference so it doesn’t really matter to me what I use. The Dove Dry Shampoo was fairly good for the price, it is much cheaper than the Batiste dry shampoo. My only complaint would be the strong smell, however I have found that every dry shampoo has a smell that I am not too fond of.

Product: Degree Motor Sense Deodorant
Stars: 5/5
Repurchase: yes

Product: Dove Volume Dry Shampoo
Stars: 4/5
Repurchase: yes

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Well, that’s a wrap for my February empties post! I hope you all enjoyed taking a peek at my trash, lol. I love empties posts, so leave me a link to one of yours below along with any other questions, comments, or requests you may have for me. Wishing you all a very happy Monday. With love, McKenz

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February Fashion Forecast

Hey, ladies! It’s about time I upload the fashion forecast for this month! If you’re new around here or missed my January Fashion Forecast, these posts are a place for me to share my favorite trends and pieces that I have been seeing everywhere from magazines to Pinterest to the people of our very own streets. As I have stated before, I adore trendy fashion that is different from the normal these days so here I am sharing with you what I have been loving lately.

First things first, band tees. I have been seeing these everywhere, paired with fishnets, over the knee boots, or an oversized denim jacket. I have always been a huge fan of oversized tee and will hopefully be jumping on this bandwagon sooner rather than later!

Fishnets are back ladies and gents… for real. I have seen these paired under dresses, under jeans, or even in sock form peeking out of your favorite kicks at the moment. I cannot wait to pick up a pair myself because I am seriously obsessed with this grunge edgy trend right now. Plus the girls from FIT (one of my dream fashion schools) that I follow on Instagram have been styling these nonstop and they look ah-mazing to say the least.

Everything that goes around comes around… especially in the fashion industry these days. Scrunches had their resurrection a few seasons ago but lately I have been seeing ones in velvet, fun Spring patterns, or just worn on the wrist for a super fun look. They remind me of sunshine, so maybe that’s why I love them so much.

And last but not least for this month, fake glasses! I have bene loving simple wired frames that are not needed for actual vision problems. They are so cute and something about them just really draws my attention. So obsessed!

What fashion have you been loving this month?! Let me know in the comments 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 days ahead. With love, McKenz.

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Date Night Outfit Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Hey y’all! I have been on such a Valentine’s Day kick lately and since my twin sister Madison and her boyfriend Colton are always happy to help me out when it come’s to blogging they didn’t seem too disappointed when I asked them to help me out with a few date night outfit ideas and get some cute pictures together.

Originally I was hoping that I could have a few more of my friends and their boyfriends be featured in this post but that didn’t end up working out as I had hoped. So instead the three of us all had to do an outfit change. Which despite the freezing weather, didn’t end up being so bad.

I picked out all of our outfits to somewhat coordinate for the sake of the cohesive feel I hoped this post to have, For the first set of outfits I went for the pops of pink and of course Colton’s red flannel. This worked out perfectly with the Valentine’s Day banner that I had hanging from the gate.

For the second group of outfits I went for olive-green and some pops of pink in my shoes and Madison’s necklace. Nothing too overpowering, but still a subtle touch to remind you of the holiday.

Breaking out my light pink lace ups and a coordinating necklace for this look to keep it simple and chic.

Left Outfit Details- top: Old Navy, necklace: Francesca’s, jeans: Hollister, flats: Glicks, watch: Kohls, bracelet: Boho Betty (use code ‘styledbymckenz’ at checkout for 20% off)

I went for my cargo jacket for this look and pinched it at the waist, plus threw on this gold purse for some added flair.

Right Outfit Details- jacket: TJ Maxx, jeans: Hollister, flats: Glicks, purse: Gap, watch: Kohls, bracelet: Boho Betty

Madison is all for the preppy style so I put her in a pink button up and a simple white vest. She looks so classic and of course her hair looks perfect as per usual.

Left Outfit Details- shirt: Gap, vest: Old Navy, necklace: Kendra Scott, bracelet: KJP, watch: Fossil, jeans: Hollister, leg warmers: Kohls, riding boots: Kohls

As you can tell from these looks and my post ‘Styling My Twin Sister for a Week‘ Madison is a vest kind of gal. This coordinated perfect with Colton and her light pink necklace added a subtle pop.

Right Outfit Details- vest: Old Navy, sweater: American Eagle, necklace: Charming Charlies, jeans: Hollister, leg warmers: Kohls, riding boots: Kohls

Let me tell you, picking out boy outfits is so far from easy. This red flannel was perfect for this post with the red and pops of white. Colton is a Khaki’s kind of guy and his black shoes pulled the look together.

Left Outfit Details- shirt: Abercrombie&Fitch, pants: TJ Maxx, shoes: VANS

This simple outfit is so simple and matches so well. Thank you Colton for not being complicated in front of the camera!!
Right Outfit Details-  Shirt: Unknown, pants: TJ Maxx, shoes: VANS

The banner used in today’s post is from Hunter&Honey and is seriously so adorable.

Feel free to check out their Instagram here, and their Facebook page here if you’re interested in this banner or any other personalized goodies!

I want to give a huge thank you to Colton (and Madison!) for being such a good sport in front of the camera and my sweet momma for taking these gorgeous pictures for today’s post! I could not be happier with how they turned out and had such a good time taking them.

Alright ladies and gents, that’s a wrap for today’s post. I hope you got some ideas from these casual date night inspired looks. Let us know which look was your favorite or what you’re doing this Valentine’s Day in the comments below along with any other questions, comments, or requests you may have for me. Have a fabulous day! 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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heels//earrings//purse//sunglasses//watch//necklace//lipstick//shoes//perfume

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.