Friday, 28 February 2014

The Radiant Orchid Challenge!

When challenged to find an outfit for £60 to celebrate Pantones colour of the year being ‘Radiant Orchid’ I readily agreed but wow what a challenge it turned out to be.  For those of you who are not aware what the colour Radiant Orchid looks like, here it is:

Described as follows "Radiant Orchid blooms with confidence and magical warmth that intrigues the eye and sparks the imagination. It is an expressive, creative and embracing purple—one that draws you in with its beguiling charm. A captivating harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid emanates great joy, love and health".

So off I went in search of an outfit that I could purchase to celebrate this colour, I thought it would be easy because a lot of stores now have their spring items coming into stores, but oh how wrong was I when it came to finding something that might represent that above.  For hours I wondered up and down Oxford Street, went to Westfield before finally finding this:

Yes I managed to find a dress which I think suits the Radiant Orchid theme and it was priced at £13 which was at least a start, but an outfit is more than one item. So, as I have an event coming up in a few weeks time I decided that this dress would be the outfit for said occasion but I needed things to go with it and this is what I bought for the rest of the outfit.

Shoes which cost £10, Bracelet and necklace £8 from local boutique, Bag £29.50 from Marks and Spencer and the nail polish and tights are my own and all of that came to £60.50 and I have a lovely black cardigan which works really well should I get a little chilly.

One of the reasons I decided I would quite like this challenge is because I love black clothes, my Husband will tell you all that my wardrobe and drawers contain items that are mainly black with bits of blue and purple thrown here there, so predominantly darker colours which I am more comfortable with.  So, now was a good a time as any to inject some colour into my wardrobe, even if it does have black accessories.

Have you bought anything that could be classed as Radiant Orchid?



  1. Ooh I'm a sucker for always wearing black. You can never go wrong! I've tried to dabble with colour and never tried this one before so might have to give it a shot!

  2. This looks like it will make a stunning outfit - perfect for spring. I haven't anything which could be classed as radiant orchid but it is a gorgeous colour

  3. Ah I didn't think it would be that hard to find but come to think of it I haven't seen much around in this colour!

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  4. The dress is so pretty! Radiant orchid is gorgeous, excited for this year ahead already!!! :)

  5. Great post :) I love that bag!

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  6. Interesting challenge! Love your picks especially the bag!"

  7. That purple is actually a really lovely colour, really nice for adding a splash of colour to black!
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  8. Love that colour! The dress is really pretty, that bag is amazing may have to hunt that down! :) x

  9. im the same , very fare so colours make me look paler , and its more careful and easy to pair with other items lol, i am wearing fushia top today though x


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