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April Showers: A Rainy Day Lookbook

Unfortunately the infamous saying ‘April showers bring May flowers’ holds true for the state that I live in, leaving us with humid showers and muggy temperatures throughout the days of April. And quite honestly those are the days that I struggle to find the perfect outfit to wear the most. If you have trouble choosing what to wear on a rainy day, don’t sweat it, I’ve gotcha covered. Below are four outfit ideas styled for this time of year.

A neck scarf paired with light hues is the perfect way to keep your outfit feeling springy. Try opting for rain booties they are an ideal option if you’re not up for wearing clunky rain boots all day.

neck scarf: Michael’s, tee: TJ Maxx, jeans: American Eagle, rain booties: Michael Kors/
TJ Maxx, watch: Kohls, purse: Target

Don’t be afraid to show your legs even if the rain is falling down. Skirts pair perfectly with Hunter’s during the muggy temperatures that rainy days bring. I went for a preppier look and paired this J Crew skirt with a flannel and pearls.

flannel: Old Navy, sweater: Gap, skirt: thrifted/J Crew, rain boots: Hunter, necklace: Forever 21, bracelets: Kohls

This is one of my favorite outfits for those days when it rained the night before and is still damp everywhere but not actually raining. Olive green rain booties pair so well with your typical everyday outfit plus vests are perfect if a light bit of outerwear is needed.

vest: thirfted/Target, jeans: American Eagle, rain booties: Old Navy, tank: TJ Maxx, bracelets: Alex and Ani, purse: Gap

Spring weather is the epitome of unpredictable weather. Where I live the rain can either mean two things: super muggy or chilly temps that make you want to snuggle up. This outfit is perfect for those colder rainy days. An oversized sweater with a colored pair of rain boots is my go to in this scenario.

sweater: Kohls, jeans: Hollister, socks: Kohls, rain boots: Hunter, choker: BellaDesignsByBree

What are you all wearing to keep dry this month? Let me know in the comments along with any other questions, comments, or requests you may have for me. Stay dry folks! With love, McKenz.

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March Favorites

Hey friends, and welcome back to styledbymckenz! Please tell me I am not the only one literally in awe that tomorrow will be the first day of April. Seriously, where has the time gone?! However, with the month coming to an end it means it’s time to share with you all what I’ve been loving this month + what’s been going on.

Honestly, this month has been an absolute roller coaster of temperatures and weather. As you can tell some days I was stuck in multiple layers and all the chunky knits and other days I could wear open toed shoes! Although, that’s partially why I had such a hard time choosing my top three favorite outfits this month. (Hence, the reason why I chose five!) I’ve been loving light wash denim, white, and stripes this month… oh and my fake glasses from Amazon.

This month was all about accessorizing as well. I’ve been experimenting with things around my neck a ton whether it be scarves, bandanas, or my new chokers from BellaDesignsByBree. Be sure to follow me on Instagram @styledbymckenz, I am giving away the daisy one today! This month I’ve also been sporting my favorite gold crossboody from Gap and my $6 espadrilles from Forever 21; they are the perfect spring shoe.

IMG_6914.JPGMy makeup favorites this month were by far the Bare Minerals Lipgloss and my Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette. This palette has always been one of my favorites as I find that it is so versatile and I can create endless looks with this palette. Other than this I have honestly been feeling super uninspired with my makeup choices and feel that a trip to Ulta is very much in need for the near future.

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As far as my Bible goes, I just finished reading 1 Corinthians and it was absolutely amazing. On top of that I’ve been reading verses here and there from Psalms. After talking with Gb a lot this month, I have realized that Jesus’s love is absolutley unfailing and that he can heal all wounds no matter how big they may be.

I have slowed down a bit on the Netflix and am only at the beginning of Season 3 on Gilmore Girls but am loving it nonetheless. Right now I am seriously in the mood to watch a fashion inspired movie or TV show like the Carrie Diaries so if you have any suggestions please leave them below! And as far as music goes, I’ve honesty been listening to a ton of country with Madison this month. Something about it just screams home to me.

Let’s talk goals; last month I set a goal to reach 2,000 followers on my Instagram and I am super happy to announce that that goal has been met. I hope to reach 2,200 and begin getting my blog subscriptions up and moving again as I reached a bit of a stand still this month.  Hopefully everything goes as planned + I’m working on a super excited project that I cannot wait to share with you.  I also have been a planning freak this month and have been using my Lily agenda nonstop to plan things out for the blog and for school. Something about my organized mess leaves me feeling a little less anxious.

March Favorites

Well what were you up to 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 a very warm weathered and successful month ahead. With love, McKenz.

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What’s In My Purse
Spring Wishlist
Weekly Wrap Up #9 (Week In My Life + OOTW)
Everyday Makeup Routine
Loose Curl Hair Tutorial
Winter Fashion Wrap Up 
Makeup Of The Week 
Weekly Wrap Up #10 (Week In My Life + OOTW)
Winter to Spring Transition (Outfits + Tips)
Spring Cleaning
Pre-Spring Fashion: Outfits + Trends 
Weekly Wrap Up #11 (Week In My Life + OOTW)
GRWM Formal- Hair, Makeup, and Outfit 
Blog Award Catch Up
Full Face of Drugstore Makeup Tutorial
Weekly Wrap Up #12 (Week In My Life + OOTW)
March Empties 
Spring Choker Haul + Outfit Idea (ft. BellaDesignsByBree)

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GRWM Formal- Hair, Makeup, and Outfit

Hi, friends and welcome back to styledbymckenz! As I mentioned in my latest Weekly Wrap Up, this past Saturday was my school’s spring formal. I had such a good time with all of my friends and it felt so good to get all prettied up for a night. At my school, formal is a pretty casual dance in the sense that not too many people go, the girls don’t go out and buy super fancy dresses, and typically nobody goes with a date. Nonetheless we always have a good time. I posted a get ready with me from this dance last year and felt that it was only fitting for me to post one this year as well. Keep reading to see how I did my hair, makeup, and what I wore for the night.

Makeup- I typically like to do my makeup first when getting ready for a dance so that I don’t mess up my hair or anything of that sort. I honestly attempted to take pictures for this post- tutorial style but it was far too much and the steps to this makeup look seemed endless so I decided to just write it out for you all instead.

As far as what I was aiming for when doing my makeup look I pretty much had no idea what I wanted to do with my makeup other than I knew I wanted to wear falsies and a super glossy lip. Here’s what I came up with and how I achieved this look:

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GRWM Formal
  • To begin the look I started by priming not only my face with the Nivea Men’s Shave Balm but my lids with the Urban Decay Primer Potion as well. It’s super important to prime if you know you’re going to be moving around a lot and/or sweating a lot.
  • Next, I took the Maybelline Matte Fit Me Foundation in the shade ‘220’ on a damp beauty blender and buffed this into my skin to bring an evenness to my face and match my face to my neck.
  • I then went in with the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder and set my face to ensure that I did not get oily as the night went on.
  • I then concealed my underlies with the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer and set that with the shade ‘Banana’ from the Anastasia Contour Kit. 
  • Next, I began to skip around a bit by moving to my eyes. I applied the Maybelline Color Tattoo in the shade ‘Barely Branded’ to my lids to act as a base for my shadows.
  • I decided to go for a soft pink eye look that would match my dress. I began by taking the shade ‘Champagne’ and ‘Light Pink’ from the Lorac Pro palette and packed this onto my lids with a flat shader brush. For the crease I took the matte shade called ‘mauve’ on a crease brush and blended this out. For my outer -v and my lower lash line I took the shade ‘BFF’ from the Tartest palette. 
  • I then filled in and shaped my brows using the Anastasia Dip Brow in the lightest shade ‘Blonde‘. (note: the lightest shade is still rather dark if you ask me)
  • To carve out my brows I used the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in the shade ‘Milk’. This step will leave your shadows and brows looking super crisp and clean.
  • I then applied the Elf Natural Lash falsies and blended my real lashes to my fake lashes with the Maybelline Chaotiques Mascara. For my lower lashes I used the Maybelline Great Lash Mascara. 
  • Moving back to my face I contoured my temples, nose, and cheek bones with the Lumene Bronzer. I chose to use a bronzer to keep it from looking too harsh.
  • I then highlighted the bridge of my nose, brow bone, inner corner, cupids bow, and high points of my cheeks with the shade ‘Champagne Truffle’ from the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette. I also applied a bit of blush to keep my face from looking flat.
  • For the lips I used the Buxom Full On Lip Cream in the shade ‘White Russian’. I loved how plump and full this made my thin lips look.
  • To finish off the look I used the Urban Decay All Nighter Spray to keep my face looking dewy and prevent my makeup from completely sliding off my face by the end of the night.

Hair- I decided that I wanted my hair to look super big and full for the night so inevitably that left me the option to curl my hair.

I used my USmooth Wave Iron and the Got2BGlued Blasting Freeze Spray to create this Carrie Bradshaw inspired hair look. I loved the way it looked with my velvet dress and choker- all the 90’s vibes baby!

Outfit- Like I mentioned earlier, this dance is pretty casual in terms of what we wear. My mom picked up this pink velvet shift dress from Nordstrom Rack on clearance. I wore some Steve Madden heels that I previously wore to a dance and a black choker that I already had. I chose not to wear any other jewelry because honestly I just find it annoying while I’m dancing. And my nails and toes are both painted the color ‘Ruby Do’ from Sally Hansen.

Below are a few pictures of me and my gals before the dance.

Well that’s a wrap for today’s Get Ready With Me! What did you all think?! Let me know in the comments below along with any other questions, comments, or requests you may have for me. Thank you all so much for stopping by; I hope you enjoyed. Sending you all my love. With love, McKenz.

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Pre-Spring Fashion: Outfits + Trends

One of the most exciting parts of Spring is seeing all the styles from February’s  Fashion Week slowly making their way into wearable, everyday clothing. Walking into your favorite clothing store and seeing all the light colors, floral prints, and open toed shoes is the best feeling after being stuck in clunky winter wear for the last few months.

The first trend spotted all over during New York Fashion Week that has slowly found its way into stores is denim as always, and in many new forms. Seen as chokers, raw hems, skirts, two toned jeans, and jackets I am certain that denim will be all the rage for yet another season in a row.  In addition, you can’t forget to pull out the white jeans; they are the best for this time of year. Spotted on the streets lately have been neck scarves. They seem like an inevitable wardrobe option as we slowly transition into warmer weather these next few weeks. Plus with the endless color options and pattens everyone is sure to find one they love. Velvet was everyone’s one true love this past season and seems to be here to stay for spring, especially in the color blush! It is the trendiest color for the upcoming season. Along with funky sleeves and cutouts, pleets were spotted on everything from dresses to tanks. Lastly, the footwear. I have been seeing lace ups everywhere along with sneakers in every color and in the most creative styles! I am almost certain that Target’s spring shoes line will be steeling my money this season.

Here’s my take on these pre-spring trends-

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(neck scarf, denim)
Outfit Details- cardigan: Abercrombie&Fitch, jeans: Gap, flats: Target, tank: Old Navy, scarf: Unknown

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(velvet, blush, lace ups, trendy sunglasses)
Outfit Details-
top: Nordstrom Rack, jeans: Hollister, heels: DSW, purse: Gap, sunglasses: TJ Maxx/Steve Madden

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(raw hems, two-tones jeans, white sneakers)
Outfit Details- top: TJ Maxx, jeans: Gap, shoes: Vans, hat: Old Navy

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(white jeans, lace ups, boho vibes)
Outfit Details-
top: American Eagle, bralette: Urban Outfitters, jeans: Gap Factory, sandals: target, purse: TJ Maxx

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(pleets, denim)
Outfit Details-
top: Kohl’s, jeans: Gap, sandals: Pierre Dumas, necklace: Charming Charlie’s, watch: Target

Well what did you all think of these outfits?! Spring officially starts in three days, woohoo; I am so sick of winter! Unfortunately, us East coast peeps have been stuck with the most miserable weather the last week with freezing cold temps and alllll the snow so these outfit’s aren’t exactly as ideal for me as they would’ve been in the sixty-five degree weather we were having two weeks ago. However, I have come to the conclusion that it’s time to start putting together some ideas for the warmer temps (hopefully) headed our ways, which is what lead me to today’s post.

These are my absolute favorite posts to write so I really hope you all enjoyed! Let me know what trends you’ve been eyeing lately along with any other questions, comments, or requests you may have for me. Wishing lots of warm weather upon you all. With love, McKenz

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Spring Cleaning

Typically when I think of spring I think of a general cleanliness, a fresh start. It feels almost wrong to me to enter the new season without deep cleaning my room. I know for many people spring cleaning may seem tedious but it doesn’t have to be! Crank some tunes, get some room decor inspiration from Pinterest, and get out the garbage bags because it’s time to get cleaning.

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Start off by stripping your bed. Wash your sheets and put on a fresh set and then make your bed. I cannot tell you how much cleaner your room will look once you simply make your bed! It’s not that hard and it will instantly make your day feel more productive.

Honesty, the only thing that makes my room seem messy is if there are clothes lying around or my closet is overflowing. If you’re looking to really analyze your wardrobe and full clean it out I recommend dumping its entire contents on the floor. This way you have no choice but to sort through it all. I do this with both my closet AND dresser.

Make three piles: Keep, Donate, and Trash. Go through every. single. piece. Until there is nothing left. If you haven’t worn it in the last six months, chances are it would be better off in the arms of a new owner. If you really want to keep it, put it on a different colored hanger so you are reminded to wear that piece before anything else. If it’s damaged to the point where it can’t be fixed or is just flat-out grubby, throw it in the trash pile.

Organize your shoes however you desire but get them in order, untie the laces if you were too lazy to take them off the right way the last time you wore them and put each shoe with its rightful other.

I tend to throw all of my socks in a bin to keep them in one designated spot and hang my scarves on a holder to keep the massive mound of scarves off of my closet floor. By hanging things like my shoes and scarves on the dooor I can maxamize the space of my closet. Processed with VSCO with hb2 preset

If you have a desk or bookshelf, rearrange it! It can open up the space of your room or in some cases, any change of scenery is good for the mind.  I decorate my shelves with hats, old magazines, sunglasses, shoes, anything that screams me. I like to switch them up as the seasons change so I don’t get bored with them.

My room is by no means the biggest which is why I always clean it from season to season. My closet is tiny but I keep it packed and organized that way I am constantly sifting through different clothes and can turly see what I have to wear. If you find yourself staring at your closet each morning thinking ‘omg I have nothing to wear’ chances are you just need to reorganize it and see whats inside.

If you have any tips for spring cleaning or how to keep a tiny room tidy be sure to leave a comment 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 day. With love, McKenz.

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Winter to Spring Transition (Outfits + Tips)

Boy oh boy am I bummed that the weatherman is calling for a half a foot of snow tonight… all I want is warm weather so I can start wearing some spring pieces and begin packing away my boots! (Is that too much to ask?!) In the meantime, I have been dreaming of warmer weather and putting together a few spring outfits plus coming up with a handful of tips that will help you easily transition your winter wardrobe to spring.

Outfit Details- sweater: Banana Republic, statement necklace: Francesca’s, jeans: Hollister, shoes: Palm Beach Sandals, bracelets: Alex and Ani 

I know for a lot of people right now it is much too cold to neglect their sweaters all together which is why my first tip is to start breaking out the color. By adding a colored sweater to your wardrobe you can continue staying warm during those brisk mornings but won’t feel confined in the dark hues that tend to be worn during the colder months.

I also recommend swapping out your boots with some lighter shoes like flats or even sandals. I tend to switch over to sandals once it gets to be about  65 degrees.

Outfit Details- tee: Aeropostale, cardigan: Hollister/TJ Maxx, skirt: thrifted/Target, shoes: Forever 21

I am also well aware that the transition from jeans to shorts can be super awkward so I tend to ease my way to showing some more leg by opting for dresses and skirts for a while. This way, when I’m finally ready to start wearing shorts once it begins to get even warmer it doesn’t feel like such a harsh transition.

Don’t pack away your cardigans, they are seriously perfect for the spring time. I tend to pair them over dresses or over a cute springy tank. This way I am incorporating some warm weather pieces while not completely freezing my booty off.

Outfit Details- blouse: Loft, jeans: Gap, flats: Glicks, bracelets: Alex and Ani 

My last tip is to start wearing lighter denim if you can help it. I feel as though it just adds a touch of lightness to a look. White jeans scream spring and look good with almost anything- don’t be afraid of them!

I hope you all enjoyed today’s post. How do you start transitioning from winter clothing to spring?! Let me know in the comments below along with any other questions, comments, or requests you may have for me. Wishing you all the happiest day. With love, McKenz.

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Spring Wishlist

Hey y’all! After a long week of school, I am super happy to be sitting down and writing this post. After Christmas, I told myself I wouldn’t spend any money while shopping until Spring rolled around and as we all know, it is right around the corner; woohoo! I cannot wait to get my hands on a few new pieces for the upcoming season so I decided to put together my wishlist and share it with you all today! fullsizerender-11

I have been dying to go on a really good thrifting trip lately and with the denim craze still in full swing this upcoming season, I am hoping to find a dress as spunky and unique as the denim dress I have featured here. I also am on the lookout for an oversized denim jacket. I currently have a light wash, fitted one but would love to try to find a medium wash, larger one to create an edgier look for some street style outfits I have been looking to recreate.

Oh how I adore the Mark Fisher LTD espadrilles wedges have been all the talk from every fashion blogger on my Instagram freed lately so inevitably the cute ‘dupe’ for these wedges (Steve Madden Jaylen Wedge Sandals) are on my wishlist. They are absolutely beautiful and could easily be transitioned into every season. Plus the Steve Madden pair is nearly $100 cheaper than the Mark Fisher pair!

I also am on the hunt for a light pink velvet choker. I feel like this would be such a good accessory to have to pair with a simple sweater and she sandals for the Spring time!

Along with that, I have been eyeing the gold Mantra band that reads ‘She Believed She Could So She Did’. I have been feeling so motivated to be better and improve my blogging plus  this simple bracelet would look so precious with my everyday stack.

I have been eyeing the Chloe Faye Purse for a few months on Pinterest now and it is absolutely stunning. However, it retails around $1,950.(Talk about a wish list haha) While I was looking on Missguided I found a similar one for only $4o in the most beautiful blush shade, I am obsessed with it!

And lastly, it is now secret I am obsessed with shoes. Especially, sandals. These fringed, colorful pairs have been spotted everywhere and I found the cutest pair from Target. I can’t wait to head on over there and spend my gift card!

Well, what have you all been eyeing for the upcoming Spring season?! Be sure to let me know in the comments below along with any other questions, comments, or requests (please!) you may have for me! Wishing you all the most fabulous Saturday. With love, McKenz.

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What’s In My Purse

Purses have been one of my favorite accessories for so long; whenever I leave the house I typically have one attached at my hip. Recently my sweet aunt bought me this black crossbody from TJ Maxx and I am so in love with it. I haven’t used any other bag when going out lately because this one is just too cute. Today I’m going to be sharing with you what’s in my purse at the moment.

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First things first, I have my wallet. Where I live everyone just carries a Vera Bradley wallet attached to a lanyard, mine is from Vineyard Vines and you can purchase it here. Next, I have a few lip products. I always throw whatever I’m wearing into my purse that day and I hardly ever remember to take them out so they tend to pile up. I also keep my sunglasses in my bag  most of the time. This super cute pair are Steve Madden and from TJ Maxx.

I also carry some gum or a couple of mints in my purse at all times. I also keep a lotion with me because my hands are always dry no matter how much I moisturize. (plus a hair tie just in case). Lastly, I have my phone! I have an iPhone 6 with a white Lifeproof case.

Well, that’s it for today’s short + sweet post. As you can tell I don’t keep much in this purse because it is not too big; I typically will throw in my planner when I am carrying a tote bag around. Anyways, what posts would you all like to see in the future?! Let me know in the comments below along with any other questions, comments, or requests you may have for me. Hope you all have the best day! With love, McKenz

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Spring Vibes // OOTD

Right when I started to think that spring weather would never show a glimpse of itself, Mother Nature decided to give us weather in the high sixties and low seventies! We’re going on almost a week in a row now with the most amazing sunny, warm weather and I can not say I am the tiniest bit disappointed by it.

The other day I had a girls day with my mom and wore this super cute outfit that was perfect for the fabulous Spring weather we have been having so I decided that I would share it with you all.

I paired this simple off the shoulder top with some distressed ankle lengthen jeans that I bought on clearance from Old Navy a while back. I threw on my espadrilles fromForever 21 because they scream Spring to me and added my Kendra Scott for an extra touch. I am also wearing a few random Alex and Ani’s and my Boho Betty bracelet.

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What have you all been wearing lately?! Let me know in the comments below along with any other questions, comments, or requests you may have for me. Wishing lots of sunny days upon you all. With love, McKenz.

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10 Spring Outfit Ideas

Hello and happy Thursday everyone! Today I am going to be sharing with you ten different outfit ideas for the Spring time. I personally find Spring to be the worst season of them all. It seems like its always too cold for sandals but too hot for closed toed shoes. It feels like I can never win and that I’m always lacking outfit inspiration. Luckily, at the mall the other day I had a huge wave of inspiration come over me and I was bale to think of ten different outfit ideas for the Spring time. I really hope you guys enjoy and like a few of these outfits. If you missed my last two posts, Spring Break Haul- click here and What I Wore: Weekend In Spring Break- click here. Thank you so much for reading, if you have any requests please leave them below! Life is good my friends; with love, McKenz.


 

Outfit Details: shirt- H&M, skirt- thrifted/Target, flats- Old Navy, watch- Kate Spade

Outfit Details: tee- H&M, jeans- thrifted/Hollister, booties- TJ Maxx, watch- Kate Spade

Outfit Details: tee- Simply Southern, jeans- Hollister, shoes- Amazon, watch- Kate Spade

Outfit Details: blouse- Gap, jeans- Hollister, shoes- Amazon, watch- Kate Spade

Outfit Details: tee- H&M, cardigan- American Eagle, jeans- Hollister, shoes- TJ Maxx

Outfit Details: tee- American Eagle, jeans- Hollister, shoes- Converse, watch- Kate Spade

Outfit Details: shirt- Gap, jeans- Hollister, shoes- Amazon, watch- Kate Spade

Outfit Details: tank- Old Navy, necklace- Franssescas, jeans- Hollister, shoes- Amazon

Outfit Details: dress- TJ Maxx, rain boots- Nordstrom Rack, watch- Kate Sapde