22 Oct

Wardrobe Revamp and Style Challenge

fashion challenge

While this isn’t really a fashion blog, every now and again I like to share something fashion related. If you are interested in fashion, then this is the post for you.

Since fall began, I started examining my wardrobe and discovered I may be missing some key pieces. For example, I have plenty of tops but am lacking in the bottoms department. I would like for my wardrobe to be both functional and stylish with a couple of wardrobe capsules. That’s why I decided to join Imogen Lamport’s Evolve Your Style Challenge.

While the challenge is typically 30 days, you can participate for as long as possible. I noticed that I really enjoyed certain parts of the challenge while other parts, I had a bit of trouble with (like wearing florals…umm yeah never gonna happen unless it’s just a scarf)

During the challenge, we were given a “theme” (for lack of a more appropriate word) to wear for the day. Some of these included:

* Wear a Statement Necklace
* Wear Contrasting Colors
* Wear Something Floral

Here are some of the other outfits I came up with during the challenge:

red and animal print purple blouse neutral fashion black and white fashion anniversary outfit

While there are still some days of the challenge that I have yet to complete, I feel comfortable narrowing down the key items I need to purchase to begin revamping my wardrobe. They include:

* Black pencil skirt
* Little black dress
* Bootleg jeans
* Black dress pants
* White tailored shirt
* Cashmere sweater
* 2 Sweat Suits

There are so many places to buy clothing but when it comes to your key pieces, since they will be worn most often they need to be higher quality than trendy items.  On the flip side, you don’t want to break the bank purchasing clothing so it’s a good idea to shop clearance and sale items off season. Well, that’s what I plan to do and have been doing :-)

Discovering the pieces I need to fill my wardrobe with is only the first step. Now, to focus on coloring.

I tend to gravitate toward neutrals (beige, black, forest green) but would love to infuse more color into my wardrobe. Red and purple are colors I’d like to see more of in my closet.

Is your closet all together or do you need to revamp your wardrobe to get out of  a style rut?


14 Sep

ModCloth Dazzling in the Daytime Inspired Manicure

modcloth dazzling dress manicure

Every now and again I post something fashion related here on Radiant Brown Beauty. These posts are usually reserved for special occasions. Well, it’s a special occasion!

September 14th is my 7 year wedding anniversary (today if you’re reading this post the day it went live).

For my special day, I wanted to do a really cute but elegant manicure. To do my nails, of course they had to match my outfit but I also created my manicure to match a beautiful dress I found over at ModCloth. One of the ModStylists over at ModCloth reached out to see if I would be interested in being a part of their Nail Klub and Dresses challenge. I happily agreed because when it comes to nail polish, I’m simply all for it. A great manicure is a must have “accessory” for any radiant beauty ;-)

Now, here’s my personal disclaimer. I’m not the best when it comes to nail art. Neither am I one who likes to wear a lot of prints. So, the Dazzling in the Daytime Dress was right up my alley where fashion is concerned – minimal texture print and simply elegant. It reminds me of a Jackie O. style dress when she was feeling a little daring :-)

Modcloth Dazzling in the Daytime Dress

I haven’t done my nails in quite some time (totally abnormal for me) because my nails had been undergoing a period of breaking and splitting. I finally traced it back to my poor eating habits. I’ve since begun correcting that and while my nails are in a short state right now, they are back on track for gaining a bit of length.

growing short nails

So that’s two special things to celebrate :-) (anniversary + healthier nails)

How To: ModCloth Dress Inspired Nails

To create my ModCloth inspired manicure, I used 3 different nail polishes from my favorite brands along with my  Nail Vinyls:

nail polish collection

    • Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure  #160, Shall We Dance? as the base

nail vinyls

    • Cover Girl Outlast Stay Brilliant, #230
    • China Glaze , #997 Street Chic

manicure using nail vinyls

dazzling nails one finger

modcloth inspired manicure

The Sally Hansen polish is actually a very pale pink but with just the right amount of application, it appears to be more of a neutral tan. It worked perfectly as the base because it’s the lightest color and darker colors cover nicely (hey, I said I was challenged when it came to nail designs. I know how to layer my polish though!)

This manicure was not only fun to do, it was really easy. So, if you are challenged for coming up with nail art, you’ll first need to get you some Nail Vinyls. They are a tremendous tool for those of us “skillfully challenged.”

ModCloth offers a nice selection of indie clothing, accessories, and decor. You’ll find everything from dresses to swimwear to underwear! Looking at pictures of various dresses like what ModCloth offers can greatly inspire. Check out more of the dresses available on ModCloth at http://www.modcloth.com


06 Feb

Pairing Colors & Patterns to Match Your Personality

Loving yourself by designing your wardrobe colors and patterns to match your unique personality.

how colors and patterns reflect  personality

Love. It’s assumed that if you don’t love anyone else, at least you love yourself. That couldn’t be more untrue. BUT, I love me some me! LOL OK. Was that a vain way to start this post or what?

Seriously though, loving yourself is more than just making sure you take care of your basic needs and wants. It’s got a lot to do with how you present yourself to the world.

How you dress each day sends a message to the world about who you are. Are you loving yourself by being true to your unique personality? True to what you really like? Fashion and beauty that is. (Hey, this is a beauty blog. Not some self help resource ha!)

What I mean is, are you afraid to rock a flaming red lip or a pair of hot pink pants for fear of what others may think of you? Well, I say forget what everybody else likes. What do you like? What does your fashion color palette say about your personality?

Being that February is deemed, the “month of love,” why not kick it off loving yourself by choosing to wear what is reflective of your own unique personality?

Maybe you’re not exactly sure what it is that you want your clothes to say about who you are. Here are some guidelines based on Color Psychology:


Yellow – You like order and can be a little over-analytical. You also have a cheerful disposition.

Blue – You like peace and strive to be friendly with others. Your’e reliable and sensitive.

Green – You are down to earth and well balanced but you can be needy at times.

Red – You’re daring and bold.

Purple – You’re sensitive, compassionate, understanding and supportive.

Black, Brown and Grey – You’re a bit mysterious but mostly independent and you thrive on power.

White – You are a sophisticated lady and feel empowered to make a statement. You’re probably also a neat-nick – pure as the driven snow. :-)

Neutrals – You have a simple outlook on life. You may be a minimalist and/or you’re generally low maintenance.

Bold colors – In general, you’re easily adaptable and very outgoing and social.


Colors aren’t the only ways you can incorporate your personality into your wardrobe. Patterns also make a statement. Here are some ideas:

Bows, Ruffles and Fringes – You’re a romantic at heart

Bohemian Patterns – You are free-spirited, whimsical, and romantic ❤

Bright, quirky patterns (ie, zig zag, floral and bold prints)- You may be eccentric and a bit of a risk taker

I am a lover of neturals and earthtones. I also prefer solid colors. That’s where my personality gravitates. While I do add a pop of color to my wardrobe from time to time, for the most part I keep it neutral. It may seem boring to some but it’s what I like and reflects who I am – low maintenance, independent, down to earth and reliable.

How about you? What colors and patterns match your personality?

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More info: Color Psychology | What your color says about your personality