Fashion

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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Makeup

Makeup Do’s and Don’ts

A few weeks ago I was requested to do a Makeup Do’s and Don’ts, as it has come to my attention that a lot of my younger readers are interested in posts like this one when starting off with makeup. It took me quite some time to learn all the ways of my face and the art itself. Hopefully, this will make your journey a bit easier!

Do- Match your foundation to your neck. Always be sure to match your foundation to your neck, your face is almost always naturally paler than the rest of your body and your neck is the closest color you will find. Be sure to blend your foundation onto your jaw line and a bit down your neck so you have no distinct lines.

Do- Prevent your under eye concealer from increasing. Nobody likes creased concealer. be sure to set any place you put concealer with a powder. This will ensure that you have no creasing and keep you from looking cakey.

Do- Use a primer. Always use a primer. Whether it’s for your face or your eyes. Makeup tends to slide, and look almost stale if you forget primer. this will leave you looking fresh and keep your makeup in tact all day.

Do- Wash your brushes regularly. Don’t forget to wash your brushes regularly. They do get dirty and contain bacteria so stay consistent with washing them. Better safe than sorry.

Do- Blend. Always blend, your contour, face makeup, and eye shadow. A little extra blending never hurt! Use a fluffy crease brush for your eyes, they work wonders!

Don’t- Forget to set your face makes with powder. Be sure to set your face with powder so you don’t appear oily and damp throughout the day,

Don’t- Apply too much blush. A little goes a long way when it comes to blush. Be sure to apply it to the apples of your cheeks and use a light hand when applying. You wouldn’t want to look like a clown!

Don’t- Contour in the wrong spots. Make sure to watch a video or read a post before contouring. Cheek bones, temples, and the sides of your nose should be contoured. Contouring in the wrong place can make your face appear bigger rather than thinner.

Don’t- Use makeup that is expired. If a makeup product is bothering your face or appears old/expired; throw it away! Especially mascara.

Don’t- Forget to curl your lashes. Curling our lashes makes all the difference. It makes them appear longer, more lush, and really completes the makeup look! Don’t forget this simple step.

Well that’s it for today’s blog post! If you want to learn more about makeup and get dome beginners tis, definitely check out my Beauty Basics series for some in-depth talks about makeup! I hope you all enjoyed this post and were able to learn something from it. Thank you all so much for reading. Have a fabulous day. With love, McKenz.