Saturday, 23 July 2016

What It's Like Being Married to a Fashion Blogger, by an Instagram Husband

What It's Like Being Married to a Fashion Blogger, by an Instagram Husband
"Good things come to those who wait"... True? I think so.

I've vicariously observed the growth of Catherine's blog as an 'Instagram Husband' over the past few years and seen how she has nurtured it from a small side interest created to steal her away from the humdrum toil of a 9-5 office job into making the decision to "dive in at the deep end" and go full-time on the same venture.

Oh, how I remember the day when she confidently strode down the stairs to tell me that this is what she wanted to do with her life from now on... How we cheered HUZZAH and slapped each other's backs, danced a little jig and dismissed all our financial worries as mere trivia.

ON THE 5TH BLOGIVERSARY OF NOT DRESSED AS LAMB (AND CATHERINE'S BIRTHDAY IF YOU DIDN'T KNOW) I'M TAKING OVER AT THE HELM

On the 5th blogiversary of Not Dressed As Lamb (and CATHERINE'S BIRTHDAY IF YOU DIDN'T KNOW) I'm taking over at the helm... tapping the keys to make "words" if you will. Settle back and have a cuppa, for you are going to hear the naked truth of what it's like to be married to a fashion blogger!

What It's Like Being Married to a Fashion Blogger, by an Instagram Husband | Not Dressed As Lamb
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Thursday, 21 July 2016

The Marks & Spencer Challenge | Styling the Basics: A White Top and Denim

Styling a basic white top and denim: Marks & Spencer white bell-sleeve shirt and wide leg cropped jeans | Not Dressed As Lamb
Having introduced you to The Over 40 Collective at the end of May, I'm sharing another collaborative project with you from this group of seven over 40 bloggers I'm so happy to be a part of. My fellow O40Co co-workers and I set ourselves a styling challenge: Could we show that anyone - and in our case women in their 40s and 50s - can style the basics from British staple brand Marks & Spencer?

The brief for "The Marks & Spencer Challenge" as we called it was simple: Purchase a white top from the M&S website or store and style it with denim bottoms. Easy, I thought - but the reality was that the challenge turned out to be a lot harder than I imagined, for all sorts of reasons. (See the end of the post for all the white top/denim bottoms outfits that the other members of the O40Co styled.)

THE REALITY WAS THAT THE CHALLENGE TURNED OUT TO BE A LOT HARDER THAN I IMAGINED.

I'll start by saying I'm incredibly happy with the final outfit: A white bell-sleeve shirt with wide-leg jeans (also Marks & Spencer, I'd been wanting a pair like this for a while), accessorised with a skinny scarf, bright bag and those crazy-comfy mules. But I thought I'd give you an honest opinion of the process of finding and buying the right basic piece to style, and doing it with M&S.

Styling a basic white top and denim: Marks & Spencer white bell-sleeve shirt and wide leg cropped jeans | Not Dressed As Lamb
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Monday, 18 July 2016

Why Black and White Patterns Are the Easiest to Mix + the #iwillwearwhatilike Link Up

Black and white pattern mixing for summer: Dandelion flower print and paisley, red strappy sandals, fringed bag | Not Dressed As Lamb
It's properly summer at last in the UK, so light layers are all that's required in these warm evenings. I finally had a chance to wear the lovely dandelion print blouse from a couple of years ago (this one is a pretty alternative), and naturally thought another pattern was the best choice for the bottom half. (As someone who is known for her pattern explosions, I thought it high time that this ultimate rule breaker featured as this week's optional  #iwillwearwhatilike theme!)

If you've ever wanted to mix patterns but don't know how, black and white patterns are a great place to start. The key to pattern mixing is the ensure you have one or more colours in both prints, so black and white are the easiest to mix. (See my pattern mixing masterclass post from last year.)

THE KEY TO PATTERN MIXING IS THE ENSURE YOU HAVE ONE OR MORE COLOURS IN BOTH PRINTS, SO BLACK AND WHITE ARE THE EASIEST TO MIX.

The classics are combinations of polka dots, stripes and florals. Move onto something less obvious - like the dandelion print and paisley I've paired here - and you'll be a pattern mixing connoisseur in no time.

Putting this outfit together I of course had to add a splash of colour somewhere... All that black and white (especially in the summer!) brings me out in hives ;)

Black and white pattern mixing for summer: Dandelion flower print and paisley, red strappy sandals, fringed bag | Not Dressed As Lamb
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Sunday, 17 July 2016

10 Spring Outfit Ideas (My Best of Season, Spring 2016)

10 Spring Outfit Ideas (My Best of Season, Spring 2016) | Not Dressed As Lamb
Here's my best of season outfits from the spring (March to May) - there may be some you missed. Hopefully this will give you 10 springtime outfit ideas!

We had a very wet and windy spring, so I compensated for the lack of sunshine with a lot of bright colours - orange became my new obsession. My fave of the faves is undoubtedly no.8 (my fairy princess look for the UK Blog Awards), though for an everyday outfit I'd go with no.4 - the floaty pleated maxi skirt and blue blazer. Those colours scream spring...!

Click on the titles or images to see each original outfit post in full and to get shopping links.

WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE OUTFIT FROM MY SPRING 2016 BEST OF SEASON? TELL ME IN THE COMMENTS OR TWEET ME @NOTLAMB!

SS16 pastel bright stripes, mustard yellow trousers, coral heels | Not Dressed As Lamb

1. How to Wear Pastels, Brights and Winter White

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