Wednesday, 24 August 2016

My Favourite Fun and Fabulous Links - August 2016

Favourite Fun & Fabulous Links August 2016 | Not Dressed As Lamb
There's so much good stuff out there to read right now - August may traditionally be the 'quiet month' where blogging's concerned but that doesn't seem to have affected the quality of what I've been reading lately!

My Favourite Fun and Fabulous Links is a monthly post of things I've seen, watched and liked on the internet that I'm sure you'll love too. This month I'm sharing Audrey's entire Breakfast at Tiffany's wardrobe, a stunning photo shoot in the rain, a natural make up look for 40+ women and thoughts on dressing your age - by a (very articulate) teenager.

The weekly Capsule Wardrobe Pieces series will take a break this week as my fave links post comes to you every fourth Wednesday of the month, so that series will be back next week with no.4 - plain white t-shirts!

WHAT LINKS DID YOU LIKE - AND HAVE YOU FOUND ANY FABULOUS NEW BLOGS TO FOLLOW? COMMENT BELOW, OR TWEET ME @NOTLAMB!

Favourite Fun & Fabulous Links August 2016 | Not Dressed As Lamb
(Photo credits: Top row, left | Top row, right | Middle row, left | Middle row, right | Bottom row, left | Bottom row, right. Also - lead image: Bottom row, middle | Bottom row, right)

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What Instagram would look like on Windows 95 is absolutely hilarious (and may make you feel old if it looks all-too familiar).

Having done a Cornwall road trip in a vintage VW bus myself a few years ago, I loved reading about Molly's travels in a camper van down to Tintagel, Padstow and Land's End.

Lily has proved that the same piece of clothing can work for both teenagers (herself) and older women (me) alike. Thoughts on dressing your age by a very astute, intelligent young lady.

6 fashion truths you learn in your 30s with thoughts and quotes from digital influencers - myself included.
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Monday, 22 August 2016

How to Wear All-White Without Feeling Like a Giant Marshmallow + the #iwillwearwhatilike Link Up

How to style white dungarees in the summer: Grey marl t-shirt, white shoes, tan crossbody bag (great for redheads) | Not Dressed As Lamb
Happy Monday folks! I thought I'd show you another way to style the white dungarees I bought this summer (last seen without a t-shirt and with red espadrilles). All-white can be difficult to wear without looking like (or rather, feeling like) a giant marshmallow...!

I think what's great about these dungarees is that they're not pure brilliant white, they're actually off-white. That can cause some problems where matching white accessories is concerned, but I think off-white always looks good with neutrals. So for this weekend's casual look (that you may have seen on my Instagram stories!) I threw on a grey marl t-shirt and added my tan crossbody bag that matches my hair of all things.

APPARENTLY WHITE SHOES ARE THE SHOES TO BE SEEN IN AT THE MOMENT, SO OF COURSE THAT MAKES ME [AHEM] THE ULTIMATE IN ON-TREND FASHION BLOGGERS.

Rather than donning tan shoes (and I wanted something a little flatter than the tan heels I have) I wore my off-white block heel shoes - it was just a stroke of luck that they're off-white too. Apparently white shoes are THE shoes to be seen in at the moment, so of course that makes me [ahem] the ultimate in on-trend fashion bloggers. Oh, the lengths I go to to make sure I'm ahead of the game ;)

Anyway - the trick to avoiding marshmallow-like status in all white!

How to style white dungarees in the summer: Grey marl t-shirt, white shoes, tan crossbody bag (great for redheads) | Not Dressed As Lamb
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Friday, 19 August 2016

Feeling Good About Your Wardrobe When You Don't Fit into Anything Anymore | Comfy Summer Neutrals

Styling summer neutrals: Blue chambray shirt, khaki pants, crossover mules, Panama hat, Cambridge Satchel Co cloud bag | Not Dressed As Lamb
There comes a time in many a girl's life where she opens up the wardrobe and tries to find something to wear, only to reject item after item because she simply can't fit into anything any more. This has happened to me a lot over the years - my weight yo-yos up and down, and I can often remember the times that I've sat on the bed crying, clothes strewn all over the place, because everything I've tried on is just too tight, uncomfortable or simply won't. Go. On...!

Not wanting this post to be too much of a downer, I'll mention that the #notlambFIT series stalled big time in May, and it in fact went the other way... It's going to be resurrected, and I'll take responsibility for my eating and exercise habits once more.

I FOUND THAT I ABSOLUTELY COULDN'T FIT INTO ABOUT 50% OF MY SUMMER WARDROBE. ANYTHING THAT WAS REMOTELY FITTED WAS JUST A NO-GO.

Meantime - there is a way to feel good about your wardrobe once again, albeit temporarily. With the summer season clothes changeover (it never warms up till about June-July in the UK, so I'm usually still wearing my winter clothes till then), I found that I absolutely couldn't fit into about 50% of my summer wardrobe. Anything that was remotely fitted was just a no-go.

Styling summer neutrals: Blue chambray shirt, khaki pants, crossover mules, Panama hat, Cambridge Satchel Co cloud bag | Not Dressed As Lamb
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Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Capsule Wardrobe Pieces That Suit All Body Shapes & Sizes - No.3 Midi Skirts

Capsule Wardrobe Pieces That Suit All Body Shapes & Sizes - No.3 Midi Skirts | Not Dressed As Lamb
Week three of my series about classic wardrobe pieces that suit all shapes and sizes, and this time it's what I consider the most flattering skirt length on most people: The midi!

(In case you've missed the first two, I featured lots of classic shape sunglasses to shop in the first week and dark wash jeans in the second... There are many more coming up so keep an eye for the weekly series every Wednesday or Thursday :)

Everyone suits a midi length - you just need to get the proportions right for your height and shape. You shouldn't forget, however, that any particular midi could be either just below the knee, mid-calf or practically ankle length depending on whether you're tall, average height or petite. And due to the fact that most of your legs are covered, they're great if you're not fond of showing off your legs (like me). A high-waisted midi that's at least mid-calf length will create the perfect "rule of thirds" proportions and elongate your legs - perfect if you feel you're on the short-waisted side.

YOU SHOULDN'T FORGET THAT ANY PARTICULAR MIDI COULD BE EITHER JUST BELOW THE KNEE, MID LENGTH OR PRACTICALLY ANKLE LENGTH DEPENDING ON WHETHER YOU'RE TALL, AVERAGE HEIGHT OR PETITE.

It's often a case of trial and error, and knowing what lengths different brands call a midi... I often get frustrated when filtering my online searches for skirts by "midi" only to find a long list of knee-length or even above-the-knee lengths. Those are not midi skirts IMHO...!

So don't forget that these are all just suggestions for a classic length skirt in order to build a capsule wardrobe - #iwillwearwhatilike still applies! - and remember to inject your own personality into your outfit every time.

Capsule Wardrobe Pieces That Suit All Body Shapes & Sizes - No.3 Midi Skirts | Not Dressed As Lamb
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