Yellow Gingham & White Denim with McKenzie of Styled by McKenz

     Hey, everyone!  I’m sure you’re aware by know that Faith has some amazing ladies taking over her blog and Instagram while she is away serving at YoungLife camp.  Well, I feel so fortunate to be one of the ladies who she asked to help her out.
     For those faces around here who don’t know me, my name is McKenzie and I’m from the blog Styled by McKenz.  I’m a seventeen-year-old from the east coast who’s passionate about her love for clothing and all things related.  I’ve been lucky enough to be blogging for two and a half years and have not only achieved awesome things and worked with fun brands but have made friendships with amazing people in the blogging community like Faith!
     Today I’m sharing you a simple summer outfit idea for those hot, sticky days so you can get a taste of my own personal style.  If you like what you see, feel free to head on over to www.styledbymckenz.com when you’re done to check out more.
     This adorable yellow gingham tube top is from Zaful.  It actually came as a part of a two-piece matching set.  That’s what is so awesome about sets, you can mix and match, leaving the options endless!  It paired perfectly with my high-waisted white shorts from Gap.
     Something about this pairing gives me super retro vibes that I love.  Because it’s such an easy pairing, this look is awesome for those hot summer days or even for a fun outing like a concert.
     For shoes I went with a simple pair of mixed metal Palm Beach Sandals and threw on a couple of my favorite gold accessories to tie the look together.
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Outfit Details- top: Zaful, shorts: Gap, shoes: palm Beach Sandals/DSW, cuff: Sugar Fix/Target, necklace: Kendra Scott, ring: Forever 21
     If you enjoyed this look, be sure to check out my blog for more affordable fashion options.  It was so nice getting to “meet” you all!  If you have any questions, comments, or requests for me be sure to leave them below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.  See you soon!
With love,
McKenz
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Casual & Colorful

     I always share nice, polished looks with y’all, but that’s obviously not what I wear all summer.  Most of the time I’m wearing a size large tee shirt and athletic shorts, but when I go downtown or hang out with friends I like to dress up a little bit more.  Today I’m sharing a realistic casual summer outfit!  This look is super simple but dressed up with little details like statement earrings and a dainty necklace.  Enjoy!

     In my brief time in Texas back in June, my sweet and stylish Aunt Jennifer handed down this adorable Anthropologie top to me.  Unfortunately I was unable to find anything all that similar under $200 on the Anthropologie website, but I linked a cute white tank with colorful embroidery from Target below (plus it’s under $20)!  I paired the top with a simple pair of Old Navy shorts for a casual summer look that’s realistic for me in the South Carolina heat!  These fun pink tassel earrings were a birthday gift (but the friend who gave them to me told me she got them at Oops Co., so if you live near one in SC definitely go pick up a pair) and I think they match the embroidery so well!  The rest of my jewelry was just the basic stuff I keep on my wrists and around my neck all summer.  My Kendra Scott Elisa necklace matches everything!  I received the Freestyle Shark watch for my birthday and I’ve hardly taken it off since, it’s so cute and convenient!  I can always be spotted with an assortment of friendship bracelets in the summer (I made the big colorful one with a middle schooler at Southwind and now we have matching friendship bracelets!), but my current favorite is the cute little beaded “FAITH” bracelet!  Caitlin from Moodz & Vibes recently reached out to me on Instagram and sent me this adorable bracelet and I love how dainty it is!  Moodz & Vibes makes custom bracelets, chokers, anklets, and buttons, so definitely go check them out here!  I love wearing my gold Jack Rogers sandals in the summer, so I threw them on to complete the look.

tank (similar) // shorts // sandals // earrings (similar but under $6!) // necklace // watch // MantraBand // cross bracelet // personalized beaded bracelet // rose gold ring // gold stacked rings

Thanks for reading!

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I received the bracelet from Moodz & Vibes in exchange for promotion on my blog and Instagram.  However, all opinions are honest and my own.  I don’t feature products I don’t truly love!  My blog contains affiliate links, meaning I may earn commission from your purchase of the products mentioned.

July Playlist 2018

     Another month means another playlist!  Today I’m so excited to be sharing some of my favorite songs so far this summer!  These songs are all so great for different reasons; some have an awesome beat, some are super happy, and some are just super relatable.  My definite favorites from this playlist have to be Chelsea Cutler’s recent single “Someone Else,” “Back to You” by Selena Gomez, and “My Boy” by Billie Eilish.  I hope you love these songs as much as I do!  Enjoy!

Tap on the name of a song below to listen to it on YouTube!

Someone Else // Back to You // Gravity // My Boy // All I Want is You // lovely // You Can Count on Me // Promise Not To Fall // Hold On // Wait // The Weekend (Funk Wav Remix) // Quit // these are my friends // 17 // One Kiss (Jauz Remix)

Thanks for reading!

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Taking White Shorts from Basic to Bomb with Olivia of Absolutely Olivia

     Hi friends!  I’m Olivia, and I’m here to take over A Pocketful of Faith this week while Faith is away doing big things on Work Crew at YoungLife camp!  I run a fashion and lifestyle blog, Absolutely Olivia (@absolutelyolivia on Instagram), where I share everything from upcoming trends and style challenges to activism and what’s going on in my mind.  Feel free to come on down to my corner of the Internet anytime!

     Since it’s summer, it’s hard to go anywhere without seeing people in white shorts.  It’s easy to go for a more basic look when styling these shorts, but I’m here today to show you two quick ways to take your white shorts from a basic to a bomb outfit piece!  Here we go!

All White Everything

     First, I’m going to share my newfound, favorite way to style white shorts; white on white!  I’ve always seen people rock this style, but never thought to try it myself.  Now that I have, I want everyone and their mother to try this look, including you!  My biggest tip for wearing white on white is to vary the hues of white a little bit.  If you’re shorts are pure white, go for a slightly off-white top or vice versa.  Aside from that, I’d say you’re good to go out and do your thing!

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Monochrome

     The second way to up your white shorts game is to style them with a monochromatic look on top.  Me being me, I chose the color red and layered it to the max for a stand-out style.  Creating a look like this one is pretty quick and self-explanatory but can make you look put together and fashion-forward.  Bonus points if you wear shoes to match the monochrome colors on top!

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     Well, there you have it: two ways to take your basic white shorts to a bomb outfit piece!  I hope you all enjoyed this post and were inspired to try some new styles.  Leave a comment below letting Faith and I know how you wear your white shorts, and feel free to ask any questions!  Thanks so much for reading!

Love, Olivia

Scripture Sunday Vol. 35

     Good morning and happy Sunday!  Today’s I’m sharing a new “Scripture Sunday” post!  I’m so excited to be sharing a verse that I’ve found to be super comforting.  This is obviously going to be a religious post, so if you don’t think that’s for you please continue to scroll through other recent posts of mine, I hope you find something else you like (see my summer wishlist here an outfit post here, and my friend Cayleigh’s guest post on an outfit inspired by me here)!  Enjoy!

Today’s Verse:

James 4:14; yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring.  What is your life?  For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.

     At this stage in life, it’s so easy for me to get caught up in where I want to be going to school, if I’ll get in, and what I’ll do with my life afterwards.  As a rising senior in high school, there are so many days when I think all too much about myself and what I want to do.  It drives me crazy that I can’t submit my college applications yet and that I don’t even know if my top choice will want me.  I want certain answers and I typically want them pretty soon.

     Recently I read James, and in chapter four I found a lot of comfort in my uncertainty.  Verse fourteen says “yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring.  What is your life?  For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.”  The first part of the verse is so simple but such a sweet reminder.  I truly have no idea where I’ll be going, but if it’s God’s plan I know it’ll work out.  While the second part of the verse might initially sound like a rough blow, I take “For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes” as a reminder that my time on Earth is so insignificant, especially in comparison to the eternity I’ll get to spend with God in heaven.

     This week, remember that our time on Earth is little in comparison to the forever we’ll spend in paradise.  Know that God’s plan is greater than your dreams, even if there’s some uncertainty.  Be comforted and let your anxiety be eased by knowing that the same guy who paints the skies every evening is painting your future, and it’s going to be equally bright and beautiful.

Thanks for reading!  Have a blessed week!

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An Outfit Inspired by Faith with Cayleigh of CNPrepster

     Hi Faith’s readers!  For those of you who haven’t noticed already, Faith is being her sweet self and serving on Work Crew at a YoungLife camp right now!  So hello, I’m Cayleigh, from the blog and Instagram CNPrepster, it’s a pleasure to meet you!  This is my week to post on Faith’s Instagram and blog while she is away for the month and I’m so excited to get to know y’all!  Just to give you a quick rundown on my life, I’m a fashion and lifestyle blogger, a rising junior in high school, and I run cross country and track.  I’ve known Faith for quite some time and we’ve recently become pretty close blogger pals.  I’m so grateful Faith thought of me to guest post on her blog while she’s gone for the month!  The first post that came to mind for me to write was a classic Faith post, an outfit inspired by Faith!  I’ve always admired the way Faith was able to pull pieces from her wardrobe to replicate another social media influencer (see her “An Outfit Inspired by…” posts here) so I knew I had to try it!  Enjoy!

     Faith usually gives background on the people she creates outfits of, so I thought it would be fitting if I did the same.  Faith, a seventeen year old rising senior in high school, started her fashion and lifestyle blog and Instagram in 2015.  Three years, a name change (from A Pocketful of Prep to A Pocketful of Faith), and over 4,300 Instagram followers later, Faith resides in South Carolina.  Outside of her blog and Instagram she works, plays varsity lacrosse for her high school, and is an active participant in a Christian group called YoungLife.  On Faith’s Instagram, @apocketfuloffaith, she shares pictures of her outfits, travels, Christianity, and friends.  I would describe Faith’s style as trendy and chic, and no outfit complete without a ton of accessories.

     When putting together this look I knew I had to stray away from patterns and reach towards a more simple solid top.  I went for a favorite of mine from a local boutique, this purple bell sleeve off the shoulder top!  I paired this look with a classic pair of white skinny jeans from American Eagle.  Although Faith doesn’t own this pair of Birkenstocks herself, I paired them with my look to replicate a pair of her sandals.  My favorite part of all of Faith’s outfits are the jewelry!  She is always wearing a fun statement earrings so for my look I’m wearing my Kendra Scott Elle earrings, which Faith has in the larger size.  I’m also wearing a dainty gold monogram necklace from Etsy, watch from Charming Charlie, and two bracelets; one from Lily and Laura and the other from Altar’d State.

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     To further the outfit replication I even used Faith’s go-to poses from this blog post to make it even more similar!  I hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I enjoyed writing it!  You can check out more posts from me as I post on Faith’s Instagram the rest of the week and on my blog and Instagram!

xoxo,

Cayleigh