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Blog Award Catch Up

Recently I have racked up quite the collection of blogging awards and I am super thankful for all of the ladies that constantly show me love and support by nominating me with these fabulous awards. Today I’m kicking back to answer some questions from you all and share a bit about myself. Enjoy!

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The Versatile Blogger Award/One Lovely Blogger Award- I would like to thank Currentlylately, Sincerely Dreamette, Azra, pinkfordays and Allurelaura, for nominating me for this award; you all are the best!

Rules-

  • You have to thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog!
  • Nominate at least 15 bloggers of your choice.
  • Link the nominees and inform them about their nomination.
  • Share 7 facts about yourself (being truthful!)
  1. I’m pretty sure ice-cream is a load 50% of my diet lol. I love cookie dough ice cream in a waffle cone.
  2. If I could travel to one place in the world right now I would have to choose South Africa. It looks absolutely stunning there and I feel like it would be such a cool adventure.
  3. My twin sister is my best friend.
  4. I have at least 50 pairs of shoes. Shoes are my weakness… clearly.
  5. I aspire to have hair like Carrie Bradshaw.
  6. I help out doing makeup for my school’s drama department but don’t have the courage to actually try out for a play to be on stage. However, I would love to and wish I did!
  7. I’m probably the chattiest girl you’ll ever meet.

img_5169The Mystery Blogger Award- A big thank you to Jamie from Don’t Give a Jam for nominating me for this award and Okoto Enigma for creating this tag.

Rules-

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog post
  • List the rules
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link
  • Tell readers 3 things about yourself
  • Answer the questions the blogger gave to you
  • Nominate 10-20 people
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  • Ask nominees 5 questions of your choice (one weird/funny question)
  • Share a link to your best post(s)
  1. Do you pronounce it tomato or tomahto? Tomato.
  2. What is your most used word or phrase? Hmm this one is tough, I feel as though I say the word ‘mamacita’ a lot. This means hot mama in Spanish and my friends all use the word when talking about one another lol.
  3. Favorite song of the moment? Tenerife Sea by Ed Sheeran
  4. What’s the last thing you dreamt about? I can’t remember anything more than I was eating gummy bears in my last dream.
  5. If you could only watch one tv show for the rest of your life, which would you choose? One Tree Hill; it is hands down the best TV Show out there!

Facts-

  1. I read my Bible every night before bed and try to write a bit. I’ve done this for as long as I can remember.
  2. If I had to choose between endless makeup and needless clothes I would without a doubt choose clothes.
  3. I’m convinced that 75 degrees and sunny with no humidity is the absolute best weather around.

A few of my favorite posts- 

  1. StyledbyMcKenz Turns One
  2. 1,000 Followers 
  3. GRWM- First Day Of School

My Questions to you- 

  1. What is your favorite word?
  2. If you could only choose one person to speak to for the rest of your life who would be?
  3. What was the first occupation you dreamed of having as a child?
  4. If you could change something about yourself what would it be and why?
  5. Do you ever regret starting a blog?

shokesLiebster Award with a twist- Thank you so much allofmebeauty for tagging me in this award, you are the sweetest!

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you with a link to their blog.
  2. Write a post acknowledging your award.
  3. Give a brief story of how your blog started and some advice for new bloggers.
  4. Select 15 other bloggers to do this award.
  5. Comment to all them bloggers to let them know.
  6. Share one of your favourite blog memories and give 2 of your favourite blog posts and tell us why they’re your favorite.

Brief story on how StyledbyMcKenz came to be- I have told the story of why/how I started my blog time and time again but here it goes once more: Over a year ago I sat down in my mom’s office looking for a way to combine my love for photography, clothing, makeup, and writing. She told me to start a blog. The idea made me nervous but I told her that if we could think of a name I would be willing to start one. A few weeks later my website was designed, a name was picked, and my first blog post ever was published. Just like that my life was flipped upside down and I could not be more grateful for this blog and all the people I have met along the way!

Two Pieces Of Advice- There are two things in specific that I wish someone had told me before starting a blog and making it more than a way to spend my free time. The first being, you are half the recipe to your success. If you want to reach your goals, go out and work towards them. Half of your success depends upon yourself, your passion, and your content. The other half is up to the people who read your blog and are the numbers behind it, which brings me to my next piece of advice. Stop worrying about the number. If your blog is not ‘growing’ the way you want it or you feel like there are so many people doing better than you, take the time to really look at your following. I currently stand at 1,200 WordPress followers and compared to others that number is so minuscule and to others that is so huge. Think of your following as the actual people and faces they are, not the number they make up. You’d be surprised how differently you view your following from then on.

Favorite blog memory- I feel as though I haven’t done anything super out of the ordinary in terms of blogging but nonetheless my favorite blogging memory has to be getting dressed up in my ribbon skirt and lace up heels before stopping on the side of the road with snow on the ground to take my one year anniversary pictures. I had so much joy and pride filled inside, like everything I had worked so hard for had paid off in one way or another.

Two favorite posts and why- Inevitably ‘StyledbyMcKenz Turns One‘ is my all time favorite blog post for reasons stated earlier and in close second would have to be ‘The Power of Makeup‘. I received such positive feedback from this post and felt so comfortable in my own skin, so proud of what I wrote and the message I was sending to other girls of all ages and ethnicities.

Below are nine girls I tag to answer any of the tags mentioned today (Versatile Blogger Award, Liebster Award, Mystery Blogger Award)-

  1. mergingthreads
  2. trip by triplets 
  3. marioness 
  4. fadedrouge 
  5. kaylee marie 
  6. beautybyadutchgirl
  7. whowhatfab
  8. amyhedgecook
  9. apocketfulofprep

Alright friends, that’s a wrap for today’s blog post. I hope you all enjoyed and hopefully learned a bit more about me. Be sure to leave me requests for upcoming blog posts you would like to see along with any other comments or questions you may have for me. Sending you all my love. With love, McKenz.

Latest Post: GRWM Formal- (Hair, Makeup, and Outfit)
Related Post: February Blog Award Catch Up
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Blog Awards Catch Up

Hey, friends! I have been tagged in a couple of blogging awards over the last few weeks and felt that today would be the perfect day to sit down and answer all of your questions and tag some of my favorite WordPress ladies for you to follow too.

I would like to thank Abigail from thefreckledfashionista for nominating me for the Blogger Recognition Award! She is the sweetest and am so thankful for her tag!

Rules-

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
2. Write a post to show your award.
3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
5. Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.

Brief Story- Over a year ago I sat down in my mom’s office looking for a way to combine my love for photography, clothing, makeup, and writing. She told me to start a blog. The idea made me nervous but I told her that if we could think of a name I would be willing to start one. A few weeks later my website was designed, a name was picked, and my first blog post ever was published. Just like that my life was flipped upside down and I could not be more grateful for this blog and all the people I have met along the way!

Two Pieces Of Advice- There are two things in specific that I wish someone had told me before starting a blog and making it more than a way to spend my free time. The first being, you are half the recipe to your success. If you want to reach your goals, go out and work towards them. Half of your success depends upon yourself, your passion, and your content. The other half is up to the people who read your blog and are the numbers behind it, which brings me to my next piece of advice. Stop worrying about the number. If your blog is not ‘growing’ the way you want it or you feel like there are so many people doing better than you, take the time to really look at your following. I currently stand at 1,200 WordPress followers and compared to others that number is so minuscule and to others that is so huge. Think of your following as the actual people and faces they are, not the number they make up. You’d be surprised how differently you view your following from then on.

15 Bloggers I tag-

  1. Mercy Immanuela
  2. Azra
  3. Absolutely Olivia
  4. Abeautifulthing
  5. Kristen Shane
  6. Makeup_By_Makena
  7. Mackmarie
  8. Apocketfulofprep
  9. miprepp
  10. Queen City Petite
  11. akmakeupaddict
  12. Meredith Ann
  13. Jessica Jade Beauty
  14. lexrayn
  15. sunnyskieshazeleyes

I would like to thank soosophisticatedbeauty for tagging me in the Mystery Blogger Award! Check out her page for the cutest beauty reviews. This award was created by Okoto Enigma, be sure to check her out here.

Rules-

  1. List the rules.
  2. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link them
  3. Mention and link the creator of the award
  4. Tell your followers 3 things about yourself
  5. Answer the 5 questions left for you by your nominator
  6. Nominate 10 bloggers and notify them
  7. Ask your nominees 5 questions
  8. Share links to your best/fav blog posts.

Three things about me:
1. I am a fraternal twin. My sister’s name is Madison and she almost always takes my blog pictures.
2. I really love planning things out. I always am writing something down in order to keep my thoughts organized.
3. I hope to travel to fifteen states this year.

5 Questions Left By My Nominator- 

  1. Lipstick or Lipgloss? Both! I am such a sucker for glossy, plump lips but love wearing lipstick on an everyday basis.
  2. Top 5 wishlist products. Currently on my wishlist is a marble computer case, New Balance sneakers, red Hunters, a microphone for YouTube videos, and a dress for Winter formal.
  3. If you could anything at this very moment, right this very second, what would it be? If I could be anything right now, it would be successful in all the ways I wish.
  4. What’s your current favourite TV series to watch? Right now I’m watching 90210 and love it but my all time favorite show is One Tree Hill.
  5. Next Travel Destination ? New York to visit my aunt is where I’ll be headed next!

10 Bloggers I Tag-

  1. Emily Clare Beauty
  2. Beauty and the Ballroom
  3. Sophie Maie
  4. Ivana’s Makeup World
  5. Beautybyadutchgirl
  6. marioness
  7. theresamariedaily
  8. lamodefou
  9. thatswhatsupblogger
  10. jasistyleforever

and the 5 Questions for them-

1. What are your favorite blog posts to write?
2. What do you want to be when you’re older?
3. If you could eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
4. Are you closer with your mom or dad?
5. Have you ever been out of the country?

My Three Favorite Blog Posts-

1. The Power Of Makeup
2. Styledbymckenz Turns One
3. 1,000 Followers

Well that’s a wrap for today’s blog post. I hope you all enjoyed and congratualations to the twenty five ladies who I have nominated! Wishing you all the best today and always. With love, McKenz.

 

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1,000 Followers

I remember New Years Eve working away on my mom’s laptop at my Grandma’s kitchen table while snacking on some week old deserts as the rest of the family laughed around their circle of chairs at the same old joke we have been telling for years. I was frantically typing, choosing colors, fixing layouts in hopes to have my own corner of the Internet by  January first. I remember clicking “Publish” on my first blog post. I acted so nonchalant at the time, thinking it wasn’t too big of a deal.

I remember the day I hit 100 followers. I hadn’t been blogging more than two months. I was in math class at the time and smiled with glee, it seemed absolutely unreal. I sent a screenshot of the “Congratulations, your site has reached 100 followers” notification in my group chat and my friends congratulated me, smiling at me with a sense of pride in their eyes as we passed in the hallways. I remember Tim telling me how awesome it was.

I remember the day I hit 300 followers. It was so late at night and I was on the phone with Sean after a long day at the beach. We were chatting up a storm, really getting to know one another. That night I got a notification saying I had reached 300 followers. I cried, I was so happy. Sean was the best friend about it too.

I remember the day I hit 500 followers. It was a long day of school and I came home, logged onto my computer and glanced at my following count. And in that moment I have never felt so proud of myself. Proud of who blogging had made me, how it was beginning to change my life, and how supportive everyone was towards me. My friends congratulated me and Sean told me I deserved it. My parents seemed so happy for me, Celia too.

I remember the day I hit 800 followers. I was having one of those week’s that made you feel like you could hardly breathe it was so packed. It was calming to know how many people were along for the ride with me. Success was one of the things GB and I had prayed for just nights before this one.

Monday I hit 1,000 followers. But what is one thousand people to you. To me it’s not just a number and it’s sad how easily we get caught up in our world of technology. It’s sad how much we downplay our success because we think it’s not a big number COMPARED to everyone else. One thousand people. To me that’s every single person at my school following me. That’s hours worth of time to meet every single person. One thousand people, to me that’s incredible, rewarding, simply  unforgettable.

It’s funny to think that there was a time when the only person that read my corner of the Internet was myself. It has grown into something so much more than that and I could not be prouder. I am so unbelievably thankful for all of the people who have made this journey so incredibly unforgettable because it is to you who I have to thank for all of my success.  The girl who thought would never have something created for her, was certainly wrong. I’ve created something I’d never even dreamed of…

 

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Catching Up On Tags + 10 More WordPress Followers to Follow NOW!

Hey ladies I was tagged to do the 20 Questions Tag by sophiemaie and the 20 Things That Make Me Happy Tag by mergingthreads. I figured what better way to kick off the month of December by answering some questions, telling you what makes me happy, and sharing ten more WordPress bloggers with you all?! I also want to wish you all a happy December! I am not participating in Blogmas this year but will be posting five times a week. If you all have any holiday post requests please leave them below along with any questions or comments. I hope you all enjoy this post and have a fabulous Friday. Sending you all my love. With love, McKenz.

Starting with the Twenty Questions Tag…

  1. Things you cannot live without? My computer, clothes, and my family.
  2. Favorite makeup brand? As far as high-end goes, I love Urban Decay for any eye products. From the drugstore I prefer Maybelline. I adore their face products and lippies.
  3. Favorite flowers? Sunflowers, how can you look at them and not be instantly happy?!
  4. Favorite clothing stores? Old Navy by far, Gap, Forever 21, and Nordstrom Rack.
  5. Favorite Perfume? Warm Vanilla Sugar from Bath&Body Works.
  6. Heels or flats? Shoes with heels make me feel so good about myself, so def heels. However, flats are far more comfortable.
  7. Do you get good grades? Yes, I am a fairly good student and always make Honor Roll.
  8. Favorite color? Yellow is my favorite color but if I had to pick my favorite color to wear it would totally be white or a shade of green.
  9. Do you drink energy drinks? Nope.
  10. Do you drink juice? Not usually but I do like it.
  11. Do you like swimming? I’m not very good at it but I do love swimming. I love lakes best.
  12. Do you eat chips with a fork? Of course not.
  13. What’s your favorite moisturizer? Cetaphil has my favorite moisturizer, it’s super thick which I love.
  14. Do you want to be married in the future? Yes, I would love to be married and have a big family one day.
  15. Do you get mad easily? Not necessarily, more so irritated.
  16. Are you into ghost hunting? Absolutely not. I do not like anything scary either.
  17. Any phobias? I don’t have any phobias, but flying over water scares me. I do it anyways though.
  18. Do you bite your nails? Yes, when I’m super nervous. This habit bothers me so much which is why I love having my nails painted to keep me from biting.
  19. Have you ever had a near death experience? Nope.
  20. Do you drink coffee? On the occasion, but it’s not an everyday thing for me.

Now for the twenty things that make me happy; these are just a few (,:

  1. Spending time doodling in my Bible and chatting with Jesus every night.
  2.  Wearing heels. It makes me feel so elegant.
  3. Friday night football games in my small hicktown.
  4. The little things.
  5. Checking something off a list; it makes me feel so accomplished.
  6. Wearing a new outfit.
  7. Sundays!!! They are the best days to collect your thoughts and get work done.
  8. Boys that hold the door open for you. (the way it should be)
  9. Blogging and all the internet friends I’ve made from it.
  10. A freshly made bed.
  11. Long walks around the neighborhood with Celia.
  12. Pictures that have been developed.
  13. People that play the piano.
  14. Flying at night.
  15. Anything sentimental, letters are some of my favorites!
  16. When the blinds to my bedroom are open!
  17. Mumford and Suns, Jack Johnson, and Hozier
  18. Doing something on the weekends.
  19. Reading before bed.
  20. The overwhelming amount of love I feel when logging onto styledbymckenz.

And lastly, ten WordPress bloggers you need to be following! Ladies, feel free to answer the Twenty Questions above and she twenty things that make you happy.

  1. Mergingthreads
  2. Marioness
  3. Fashion With a V
  4. CharitySantibanez
  5. lovejennyxo
  6. Azra
  7. Andshewentonandon
  8. Aoifelr
  9. maceyalexandra
  10. kimberlyhseih
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15 WordPress Bloggers You Need to be Following

By far one of my favorite things about blogging is being able to interact with different bloggers and reading their content. I love being able to interact with different girls, become inspired by their style, and develop friends along the way! I feel as though sometimes it is hard to discover new bloggers (maybe you’re just like me and want to share all the love!!!!) which is why I am sharing twenty girls you need to follow. Shoutout to all these ladies that make me smile daily and have shown me so much love over the last year while blogging.

  1. alsoknownaschar–  Char is a high school blogger that started blogging this year as well and runs a fashion and lifestyle blog that is the cutest thing ever. Seeing her bubbly posts makes me so happy.
  2. lexrayn– Lex is a college gal with the most amazing fashion sense ever. Check her out for some major fashion inso almost daily!
  3. mackmarie- I discovered Mack not too long ago but instantly fell in love with her She has the sweetest soul and I adore her travel posts.
  4. ingsepingse- Ingrid has a lifestyle, fashion, and beauty blog that has the most amazing content. Her pictures are beautiful and so is she.
  5. everythingandnothin- Elisabeth is one of the very first bloggers I followed when I started my WordPress journey. She is so kind and is an incredible beauty blogger that posts daily!
  6. abigaillindsay– One of my favorite blogs for style and makeup posts, I always adore her pictures as well!
  7. beautyonabudget123- Tessa is one of my favs too, she always puts a smile on my face. She is stunning and I promise you’ll love her blog just as much as I do.
  8. beautifullyclassic– Ashley is a college blogger with a sense of style that I absolutely adore. She is so cute and I always look forward to seeing her posts.
  9. lovealwaysashleyj- Ashley was another blogger I followed right off the bat, her love for Jesus is so amazing and so are her outfits.
  10. sophiemaie– Sophie runs a beautiful blog that is well-developed and has the most amazing pictures included, highly recommend you check her out!
  11. gabriellarose– Four words. Flawless sense of style.
  12. lifebyjaclyn– Jaclyn’s blog is stunning and I always appreciate seeing her sweet comments on my posts.
  13. alanathropolgy- Alana blogs about almost everything and is around my age which I always appreciate.
  14. quirksandskirts– One of the friendliest people I’ve come across in the blog world, check out our collab on booties and riding boots once you give her a follow!
  15. styleprn– Yuliya wears the cutest outfits and I always look forward to her posts!

Well that’s a wrap for today’s list. I hope you all check out these wonderful ladies and send them some love. If you have blog that you would like me to check out, leave the link below and I will be happy to check it out and give you a follow. Thank you so much for stopping by. Have a fabulous day. With love, McKenz.