Don't Stay In Your Lane Girl

 
Manda Lee Smith | EvocativelyChosen.com
Manda Lee Smith | EvocativelyChosen.com
Manda Lee Smith | EvocativelyChosen.com
Manda Lee Smith | EvocativelyChosen.com
Manda Lee Smith | EvocativelyChosen.com

| MY TWEED BLAZER |

I hope you like my style, but I couldn't care less if you don't.

Despite this statement, I promise this an encouraging post. Too blunt? I don't think so and this is why...

My style is about ME it's NOT about YOU. 

Whether you're a content creator or just someone who loves fashion, there can be a stigma to wear what others expect you to. It's easy to loose sight of what you actually love and slide into a habit of dressing for other people. 

If you're a content creator this happens on a slightly different scale, shifting from dressing in what inspires you to putting the focus on what you think the consumer wants. What's trendy. What sells. 

Take a look at your favorite Insta famous style accounts. What is it that sets them apart? They do their own thing. They're setting the trends because the don't care what you think. They're not doing it for the likes or the follows. They're dressing because they're passionate about style and move to dress in an emotional way. 

This isn't about where you get your inspiration from. I'm inspired by other bloggers, Pinterest, spaces, and even random objects on a daily basis. I mean, I love a trend as much as the next girl. What I'm talking about it refraining from taking risk or not wearing what you feel because you're worried whether or not it'll appeal to the masses. What I'm talking about it staying in your 'niche' solely because it's cohesive to your feed when you're really itching to branch out. 

 For the woman not involved in the blogging world, that might mean dressing in Lily Pulitzer even though you don't really feel like you in it, only because you live in the South and everyone else wears it. The minute you stop focusing on what other people think, you experience creative freedom and you learn so much about yourself. 

We change a little bit each day. Think back to five years ago. I bet you're a much different person now then you were then. If we are ever evolving, then certainly our style should as well. 

Paid content. You might be fine with dressing for you but when it comes to paid content you find yourself tailoring to the brand. Most of us have been given the advice, at one time or another in our career, to look at the brands feed and tailor your shoot to their vibe. DON'T. Remember ladies and gents, they contacted YOU. They wanted to work with YOU. They like YOUR style. They like YOUR feed. They like YOUR results and that is why they are choosing to work with you. Sure a repost would be nice for exposure, but don't loose part of what makes you unique for a chance of a repost.

So how do we dress for ourselves. 

Part of the reason Evocatively Chosen exist is because I was an indecisive content creator. A new mom that moved to South Carolina and thought part of my identity would be defined by how I dressed. My identity is NOT in what I wear. I had to break free from that mind set. I needed to be me and express myself differently each day.

Get inspired by scrolling and searching. Find a piece you get lost in, a piece  you're so excited for that an instant vision of an entire outfit ensues.  Maybe it's a piece from your favorite blogger. Maybe it's a texture, color, or simply the feeling you get looking at it. What ever it is, don't settle. Think about why it inspires you and the feeling you have about it.

Try on your 'it' piece and pair items with it that you had in your initial vision. Assess how you feel starting at your head and finishing at your toes. That recent chop chop on my hair? This is why. If you have a feeling. It's right. Trust yourself.

The initial vision might not always pan out because you feel different today then the day you purchased. If doesn't feel good. DON'T WEAR IT. Style it with something different. Think about your mood but be practical. Keep interchanging until it all feels right. As with anything, it's a process.

For me, it's NOT a process that becomes second nature. The reason I do these steps with every outfit is so I don't start running in circles. So that I don't put boundaries on myself. There are plenty outfits I've worn that I feel are too common. Typically when I've felt that way about a look, it's because I didn't follow my own advice and trust myself. You know that or I was just being lazy. 

Don't be afraid to have undefined style. Style without boundaries. Style that's emotionally derived. Style that's ever evolving. 

Don't stay in your lane girl.

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I'm wearing the Flickering Attraction Double Breasted Tweed Coat from Chicwish. A definite show stopper, perfect for the holidays, I paired it with Parker Smith Novak Trouser which are exquisitely tailored and comfortable. They'll be included as part of my denim guide coming soon. 

*Thank you Chicwish for sponsoring this post. All product choices and opinions are my own. 

 

 

#MandaLeeXShoesOfPrey | Part 2

 
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Hey guys! I'm back with Part 2 of my #MandaLeeXShoesOfPrey Capsule Collection. It was so fun designing these for all of you. Evocatively Chosen is all about your own uniqueness. It's about not defining yourself or your style. I encourage you to wear what feels right to you in each moment. This is exactly why I choose to partner with Shoes Of Prey! You can take these designs and purchases them the way I created them OR you can tweek anything you'd like making them uniquely yours. I hope you've had a chance to go over and take a peek of the entire collection but if not you can see it HERE.

Let me introduce you to Alesia 70. I designed her with black Nappa leather and forest green metallic leather. I wanted this shoe to help you slay the day then relax into an evening out. Adding a pop of metallic, allows this shoe to transition with you from day to night. 

While she equally enjoys both, she understands the need for balance between work and play. 

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The last lady from my collection is Mercer 100. Croc and snake print are both on my hot list right now, specifically in shoe design. I chose this to be understated for you. I wanted to incorporate the trendiness of croc print in a minimal way allowing you to wear this boot for seasons to come. 

She wears you in the way you want to be wore. She's unforgettable. She's timeless. 

Manda Lee Smith | EvocativelyChosen.com
Manda Lee Smith | EvocativelyChosen.com

I hope you guys have enjoyed this collection especially since you all are the ones that inspired me! So what shoes can you relate most to? 

Como 100- She exudes sophistication with a smize. 

Brighton 0- She's a chameleon. The one that takes each NO and turns it into a YES!  

 Carroll OShe's striking but easy to fall into. 

Alesia 70While she equally enjoys both, she understands the need for balance between work and play. 

Mercer 100She wears you in the way you want to be wore. She's unforgettable. She's timeless. 

Thank you so much Shoes of Prey for bringing this all to life! You guys are amazing! 

 

Lifestyle: Season Beauty Update

 
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New season, new beauty and skin care. See my thoughts below on all of the products above and more! 

Juice Beauty: Makeup & Skin care with a focus on organic and sustainable practices. I first used their makeup line, which Gwyneth Paltrow is the creative director for, about a year ago and was really pleased with it. With eager anticipation, I was thrilled to try their skin care line. 

Green Apple Peel: This peel is to be used one to two times a week for spa like exfoliation. It reduces the appearance of dark spots and discoloration. You'll feel some slight tingling while letting this product work it's magic for 10 minutes or so. 

Green Apple Brightening Essence: Gently press into your skin to allow this essence to smooth, moisturize, and brighten. 

Green Apple Age Defying Moisturizer: The mix of beautiful organic ingredients smells wonderfully close to Fruit Loops. This cream evens texture and smooths. I can fully feel the rich hydration my skin absorbs! 

If you're looking for a natural and organic line, I haven't tried any better! Truly one of my favorites in skin care. 

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Musely Hydrogel Eye Mask: An over-night eyes mask, I've been using this two times a week. Grape seed reduces fine lines and aging. Prickly pear seed oil works to brighten and promote elasticity. These can be purchased as a one time purchase option or as a subscription, (which I love) saving you time and money! A perfect under eye revival to use before a event, meeting, photo shoot, or just as a weekly refresher! 

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ECRU New York: I had the wonderful opportunity of being introduced to this brand during NYFW. Here I'm wearing their Velvet Air Lipstick in Mulberry. It's ultra pigmented satin to matte formula is one that I adore and have been wearing non-stop this season. I'm also quite obsessed with their  Dry Texture Spray. It's a mix of dry shampoo and hair spray giving my new cut curl definition, hold, and volume without the stickiness you normally associate with a texture spray. #OBSESSED 

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Insta Natural Eczema Cream: After my post on clearing up Brookies time to time eczema, I received questions about what other brands I thought were helpful for this. Insta Natural instantly came to mind because of the wonderful price point, natural ingredients, and general trustworthiness. This cream uses the power of Oatmeal, Shea butter, Meadowfoam and Safflower Oil, and Niacinamide & Panthenol. All of this works together to sooth, replenish, calm irritation, strengthen the skin barrier, reduce moisture loss, reduce redness, and nourish skin. 

Age-Defying Eye Cream: I share a good bit of lux skin care and with that I understand that while the products I share are truly wonderful, they don't fit everyones budget. As I mentioned above, Insta Natural has wonderful price points that make natural, great skin care affordable! This $20 cream has a multi-tasking formula that addresses all skin eye concerns. Chamomile to reduce puffiness and dark circles, peptides to smooth lines and wrinkles, and Shea butter with safflower oil for radiance, combine for an all encompassing eye cream. 

Claris Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil: Just posted a full review HERE with links so if you haven't read it, know the wondrous reputation Clarins has, and are curious of one of my favorite oils, follow the link to catch up! 

Avène Xera Calm: Read the full review of these products and the Kindness Is Power Campaign HERE with links as well. A trusted brand for our entire family. This is a highly recommend product. 

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ScentBird: You know I love this subscription fragrance service and I know many of you enjoy them as well. They've just launched a fun line of hand creams. Easy to throw in your bag, or give as a stocking stuffer, I truly thought you'd like to know about this fun new venture from ScentBird. Light scents made with fruit extract and essential oil are both hydrating and fun. The best part? You can try them as a part of your subscription if you already use Scentbird! 

Bliss Foaming Energizing Face Mask: This is one of my favorite products right now. It revitalizing and energizing. It brightens and detoxifies your skin. It's self activating and works in 5 minutes. I've naturally gravitated toward it not only because of the wonderful fresh citrus scent, but that I can pack in so much goodness to my morning routine in only five minutes. I usually use this in the shower because let's face it, everyday I don't have time for a full skin routine. P.S My husband loves it too! 

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Michael Kors Sexy Ruby: Although I enjoy scent variety, I can be very particular when it comes to scents I love and use regularly. Key notes: Raspberry, Apricot, Indian Jasmine Sambac, making  this scent feminine and romantic without being too sweet or overly floral. It comes in three sizes that I've linked, one of which you is the rollerball that you can purchase as an introduction to the scent. It's all I've been wearing lately. 

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Pranamat: This therapeutic massage mat is something I use each day. I don't want you to be surprised by the texture so you should know it's a bit sharp but not painful. I've found it's hits all the right points and I usually lean or rock into the areas I most need the pressure on. It's been extremely helpfully in reducing muscle and overall back and neck pain. It also can increase skin and elasticity while helping sleep. Another wonderful holiday gift idea for those you know that are health and beauty conscious or are having trouble with muscular pain and sleep. 

 

Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil

 
Manda Lee Smith | EvocativelyChosen.com
Manda Lee Smith | EvocativelyChosen.com
Manda Lee Smith | EvocativelyChosen.com
Manda Lee Smith | EvocativelyChosen.com
Manda Lee Smith | EvocativelyChosen.com

Just as my style changes for the seasons, so does my skin care. With cooling temperatures and gusty winds, it's apparent that my skin has different needs then the blissful humid days of summer. 

With winter days soon approaching, my skin's become increasingly more dry. Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil is the decadence my skin desires after a long day facing the elements and a face full of makeup. Cleansing, toning, then applying this luxurious oil is something I look forward to every night.  

Orchids are found across the globe and these delicate flowers are often know as a symbol of beauty and grace. They act as an antioxidant working to moisturize and sooth skin. Clarins combines the opulent properties of Blue Orchid paired with patchouli, hazelnut, shea butter, and cucumber for the ultimate vitality restoring oil. Promoting radiance and a reduction in fine lines, this must have oil softens and smooths while sealing in moisture for dehydrated skin. 

While the directions read to use at night, I've found myself reaching for Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil as part of my morning routine. Quiet time, coffee, then Clarins. The smell alone is wonderfully energizing. I use one or two drops in the morning after cleansing, either blending it into my moisturizer or applying directly to my skin. This has not only given my skin instant radiance throughout my days but it also protects against pollutants and daylight. Finishing my start to the day, Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil facilitates my makeup application and wears perfectly all day. 

End Note: If you're not directly involved in the beauty and skin care industry, I feel like it can be hard to navigate an entire skin care plan. I linked a full AM to PM fall skin care routine and if these products don't match your skin type or season, you can head to Clarins.com for a complete and comprehensive line for all ages and skin types. 

*Thank you Clarins for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.

 

 

 

Chicwish Love Note Part 2

Manda Lee Smith | EvocativelyChosen.com
Manda Lee Smith | EvocativelyChosen.com
Manda Lee Smith | EvocativelyChosen.com
Manda Lee Smith | EvocativelyChosen.com
Manda Lee Smith | EvocativelyChosen.com
Manda Lee Smith | EvocativelyChosen.com

Hey babes! I'm back today with my Love Note to Chicwish! I'm wearing Start the Adventure Trench Coat and it's likely if you've seen me out in cooler weather the past couple of weeks, I've been wearing this! I paired it with another gorgeous fall staple from Chicwish, this Demure Stamp Flap Skirt.  In addition to the army green I'm wearing, it also comes in black and a beautiful brown shade. My top is actually a body suit and I live for it! Okay, that's an exaggeration but I really love it! Right now I'm really into contrast and this is a look that's a great example of that. You guys know I love adding texture so I finished this Chicwish look with velvet boots. They're last season Zara and really, despite the bold color, have been worn miles! 

What feel can you not get enough of right now! Also, definitely let me know what you guys are planning to be (or were depending on when you read this) for Halloween!

*Thank you Chicwish for sponsoring this post and some of my pieces of all time! 

Chicwish Love Note

Manda Lee Smith | EvocativelyChosen.com
Manda Lee Smith | EvocativelyChosen.com
Manda Lee Smith | EvocativelyChosen.com
Manda Lee Smith | EvocativelyChosen.com
Manda Lee Smith | EvocativelyChosen.com
Manda Lee Smith | EvocativelyChosen.com

Hi friends! Today I'm bringing you a post in real-time! I don't think I've ever done that before! This dress was just too good to not share immediately. I have a hard time going completely girly but that wasn't a problem with this gorgeous mesh embroidered dress from Chicwish. One of those dresses that you can style a million different ways, it's going to be a staple in my wardrobe that I come back to for years. Can you imagine this with a gorgeous green sweater over it? So good!  I tell you guys I certainly cannot get enough of Chicwish. There's always something new and something gorgeous. This is a sponsored post but good gracious my feelings are so real! Go ahead an try not to fall in love with some of the additional lace/sheer gorgeousness I linked from them! 

Hope you guys are having a fabulous Saturday & come back tomorrow for part 2 of my Chicwish Love Note. 

 

 

#MandaLeeXShoesOfPrey | Part 1

Manda Lee Smith | EvocativelyChosen.com

I'm so excited to share the launch of my capsule collection with Shoes Of Prey. #MandaLeeXShoesOfPrey is focused on the daily inspiration I find from every single one of you! I wanted to create a collection that makes a statement while remaining timeless. I also focused on creating pieces that transition well throughout the day. A shoe for every level of the go-getting, goal-chasing lives you all lead! Shoes of Prey encompasses so much of what this blog is about and that's creating a style that is uniquely you for each day and every emotion! Shop this collection as is or, if you're feeling something different, completely customize each shoe to your liking! Todays post is the first of two as I introduce you to this collection however, you can head over to SHOES OF PREY to see and shop the entire collection now! 

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The first design is the Como 100. Bronze Metallic Leather, this holiday and event inspired pump is one I knew must be in this collection. We all need a design with enough glam to make a statement but classic enough to wear with your daily street style.

She exudes sophistication with a smize. 

Manda Lee Smith | EvocativelyChosen.com
Manda Lee Smith | EvocativelyChosen.com

O the Brighton 0. Quite possibly my favorite. These are a staple in my daily wardrobe and I know they'll be the same for you guys. I designed these with luxurious Black Snake Print Pony Hair and Burgundy Suede. It was important for me to include a shoe that was not only made for comfort but designed to wear with every outfit in your wardrobe including dressier items. This is that shoe!

She's a chameleon. The one that takes each NO and turns it into a YES!  

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I designed Carroll O in Blush Nude Suede. I wanted this design to feel light and effortless without giving up on the effect and feeling it gives you while wearing it. After all, that is why we love fashion so much isn't it? The feeling and excitement we get from the pieces we wear!

She's striking but easy to fall into. 

Manda Lee Smith | EvocativelyChosen.com
Manda Lee Smith | EvocativelyChosen.com

I hope you guys have fallen in love with Part 1 of my #MandaLeeXShoesofPrey capsule collection! You guys inspire me so much and my goal is to represent some of the amazing and wonderful women I've met through this journey and all of your street chic. Make sure to follow me on IG or hit subscribe so you guys don't miss Part 2 of my #MandaLeeXShoesofPrey collection. X0 Manda Lee

Kindness Is Power With Avène USA

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October is national bullying month and I've partnered with Avène USA and Kind Campaign to bring awareness about the negative effects of girls bullying other girls. Below is a clip of Carissa Chilean's story whom suffers with eczema. She was bullied relentlessly for her condition. Carissa was treated at the Avène Hydrotherapy Center in the southwest of France where she's made immense progress but no child should be bullied and especially for something they have no control over. As a mother this hits so close to home. As a woman, this is all too personal. It's very rare, in my experience, to find a girl or woman that's never been affected by some type of bullying. With the rise of social media it's become even easier to hurt others through careless words and actions. 100% of proceeds of this KINDNESS IS POWER XERACALM CREAM KIT and this $5 KINDNESS IS POWER TOTE BAG will go to Kind Campaign whom I feel have a realistic and action geared understanding on how we can all contribute to stop bullying in it's tracks.

We aren’t asking for everyone to become best friends…that’s simply unrealistic. However, we are suggesting something very simple: to STOP the competition, STOP the cattiness, STOP the hate, and to change your world by BEING KIND.
— Kind Campaign

 

 

Visit AveneUSA.com/HOPE to learn more 

 

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Avène care solution for eczema is personally something I've began using on my daughter. When she was a baby I was always searching to find something that would sooth and heal her eczema. As she's gotten older it's diminished but is still present in small amounts from time to time. When it shows up, it's very uncomfortable for her and she gets upset with the itchiness. She becomes very specific about the clothes she'll wear for how they feel against her skin. What we've been using.

Avène Thermal Spring Water: A perfectly balanced mineral and biological composition which aids in preventing the skin from drying out. The calcium and magnesium ratio improves skins texture. The neutral PH reduces sensitivity. Lipopolyacchairides, amino acids and sugars calm itching and irritation.  In addition to B using it, I've been using it to freshen up my makeup and daily as the weather is changing, becoming harsher on my skin.

XeraCalm: Powerful and perfect for daily use, it replenishes the skins lipids while restoring natural hydration to sooth itching sensations, irritation, and dryness. The Sterile Cosmetics delivery system ensures the formula is free of any preservatives, paragons, fragrances and it's a 2016 Allure best of beauty winner. Both products are suitable for infants, children, and adults. 

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