Dope nails of the day ;)
Yesterday was a good day man! Singer, songwriter, and super dope chick Chrisette Michele posted a picture of her “Dope nails” on her Instagram page , of a pretty soft peach with a gold studded design. And guess where she got the inspiration? Right here on McKenzie Renae! How dope! This chick is the ish ;)

Dope nails of the day ;)

Yesterday was a good day man! Singer, songwriter, and super dope chick Chrisette Michele posted a picture of her “Dope nails” on her Instagram page , of a pretty soft peach with a gold studded design. And guess where she got the inspiration? Right here on McKenzie Renae! How dope! This chick is the ish ;)

Met Gala 2013- Punk: Chaos To Couture (Instagram Edition)

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The 2013 Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala (aka “The Met Gala”), is like the Oscar’s of fashion for designers, celebrities, and fashion icons! The theme for this years Met Gala was appropriately titled “Punk: Chaos to Couture”. I was thrilled that the theme was switched up this year. While I love a classic gown, the punk theme allowed attendees to have a little more fun and actually have a reason to step outside their comfort zone at such a major event! 

Instead of using all red carpet photos, I thought it would be fun to approach things from an Instagram point of view. Here is a list of my favorite red carpet looks, dope nails of the night, and some tragedies that just didn’t give me life at all. 

Read on for a healthy dose of leather, spikes, lace, and hair gel! Cheers to those who really had fun with it!

MY TOP FAVS 

I love how Nicole Richie went all out with the punk theme! Everything from the grayish blue hair to the bold lip and couture white beaded gown. You see that dope gold ear cuff? Details make all the difference! Go Nicole! 

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Model Cara Delevingne in Burberry Prorsum! Yaaasss hunny, so my style! I absolutely love the deep v neck dress with the extra edgy spikes and messy smokey eye! Young, fresh, and definitely punk.

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Donatella Versace looked hot last night in a black floor length gown with sheer cut out panels and safety pin covered sleeves! Loving the mixed black textures paired with her signature blonde hair and smokey eye. 

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Sarah Jessica Parker NAILED IT in a Giles gown and Christian Louboutin boots! 

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…and that Philip Treacy headpiece … ::drops the mic::

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I pray to God that I age like Jennifer Lopez! Every time she steps out she serves glamazon on a platter! 

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Ok, Miley Cyrus is on a roll with this fresh style transition of hers. She rocked a mesh Marc Jacobs number complete with the ultimate spiked “up-do”. 

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Rooney Mara turned heads as she donned a sexy angelic take on “punk” wearing a white, lace Givenchy dress. I probably would have selected a different shoe but she did her thing with the dark lip! 

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Madonna in Givenchy… enough said. I know she had a ball with this theme!

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Although this wasn’t the punkest of the bunch on the red carpet, I just love the artistry behind Balmain. Kate Bosworth couldn’t have been with a cuter date, Balmain designer Oliver Rousteing (pictured sitting down). I would totally rock this look!

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I love Kerri Washington. While watching her red carpet interview with Vogue, she mentioned that she threw in some cool purple highlights into her hair to really get into the punk theme. Don’t think I didn’t notice the fly ensemble Vera Wang chose! Two thumbs up from me. 

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Last but not least, the anticipated arrival from Queen B! Even the celebrities couldn’t wait to see her and ensemble selection. Beyonce literally showed up in flames rocking a strapless Givenchy dress. Givenchy made a heavy presence on the red carpet this year!

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Aaaannnnddd as far as the “not so much” crew, Kim Kardashian and Nikki Minaj were on my worst dressed list. While I appreciate a fashion risk taker, the floral frock Kim K. selected was not working for her at all. Nikki’s hair looked ok, but I was expecting something a lot more out of the box coming from her. 

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Who do you think was the best dressed on the red carpet? And how do you think Kim K and Nikki could have rocked it better?

New Years Eve 2013 Recap

I wanted to come into the new year with an open mind and an open heart. A fresh start of positivity, laughter, risk taking, and blossoming relationships! 

Every year I used to stress myself about what to wear for New Years Eve. That was not the case this year, I chose to go with clothes I already had and either hadn’t worn yet or had not worn in a while.

I got my dress for like $20 at a no name boutique, I made my vintage lace jacket and then had altered to fit my body. 

My style is pretty simple, just jazzed up with a lot of the right accessories! I looooove accessories … jewelry, shoes, bags, I love it all lol! I went with my nude sandals with the sparkle heel from Zara (pictured center) …

and my gold sparkle clutch with the rhinestone clasp. I think I got it from Forever 21 a long time ago. 

I added the finishing touches with my blue and gold statement necklace from Topshop. 

and here’s the finished look :)

Me and my girlfriends brought in the new year in style and partied the night away with Mr. “Gold all in my watch,” Trinidad James. Here are some more photos taken throughout the night via Instagram (@McKenzie_Renae) ! Enjoy :)

Happy 2013!!

Thank You For 2012!

The hours are winding down until the new year and reflecting back on it, God has really blessed me. 2012 has been one of my most challenging years and I’ve gone through my share of failures that tried to set me back from pressing on. At the same time, I’ve achieved some amazing things that turned into the highlights of my year. One of the biggest, being selected for Allure Magazines Beauty Blogger of the Year contest! What a dream…and my dream is continuing to unfold! 

I want to thank all of my family, supporting friends, and most of all my readers and supporters of my blog McKenzie Renae … because (as cliche as this sounds), I couldn’t keep going without you. For my loves who have been with me since the beginning, to my newbies who stumbled up on le blog this week, I love you all and I appreciate you! 

Let’s continue to challenge ourselves in 2013 and push ourselves to make it happen! Just make it happen and go for it! Why not? The last thing any of us want is to look back and regret that we never even tried. Set some realistic goals for yourself this year and actually follow through with them! I posted my main resolution on Instagram (@McKenzie_Renae), because sometimes you have to grow some kahunas and just put yourself out there!

2013 should be a bigger, better, and improved you! Be an inspiration to someone! Everyone stay safe tonight, party hard, and have designated drivers for all my 21+ girlies! 

Say it to yourself … 2013 is my year! Don’t worry about everyone else, what is for you is FOR YOU!

xoxo

McKenzie Renae