Monday, 23 May 2016

Blazer and Jeans: A Peach Double Breasted Blazer and Boyfriend Jeans + the #iwillwearwhatilike Link Up

Relaxed Spring/Summer Style: Peach double breasted jacket, Breton striped top, boyfriend jeans | Not Dressed As Lamb
After a hectic couple of weeks I'm back down to earth and back on schedule with my posts! The #iwillwearwhatilike link up hasn't been affected apart from there being no theme for a second week - next week we'll be focusing on pastels so get your lemons, baby blues and pale pinks at the ready. I'm wearing peach this week, but as a lover of all shades of orange right now that's no great surprise...!

The peach jacket is just the yummiest colour ever, and for a day out involving breakfast then an early morning cinema treat the blazer/boyfriend jeans combo was the comfiest I could go for. Smart, but not over dressed. Casual, but not scruffy. This was basically the Goldilocks of all outfits.

THE BLAZER/BOYFRIEND JEANS COMBO WAS THE COMFIEST I COULD GO FOR. SMART, BUT NOT OVER DRESSED. CASUAL, BUT NOT SCRUFFY. THIS WAS BASICALLY THE GOLDILOCKS OF ALL OUTFITS.

Relaxed Spring/Summer Style: Peach double breasted jacket, Breton striped top, boyfriend jeans | Not Dressed As Lamb
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Friday, 20 May 2016

9 Fashion Bloggers With a Really Unique Sense of Style

9 Fashion Bloggers With a Unique Sense of Style | Not Dressed As Lamb
It's time for another post in my series of featured fashion bloggers - today I'm featuring fashion bloggers with a really unique sense of style!

Bloggers that don't look like "typical" fashion bloggers are, in my eyes, always a refreshing change from the countless generic bloggers you see filling Instagram these days. Don't get me wrong, it's lovely to see minimalist, chic looks in neutral colours with the obligatory loose beachy waves and long, tanned legs, but when you see one after another after another...

When that is all you see (I'm looking at you, rewardStyle and your "Spotlight On" feature), you find yourself craving quirky. Or kooky. Or loud. Or bold. Or colourful. Or anything that's different to leggy, tanned 20-somethings making their way round Coachella in cut-off jeans and fringed everything.

YOU FIND YOURSELF CRAVING QUIRKY. OR KOOKY. OR LOUD. OR BOLD. OR COLOURFUL. OR ANYTHING THAT'S DIFFERENT TO LEGGY, TANNED 20-SOMETHINGS MAKING THEIR WAY ROUND COACHELLA IN CUT-OFF JEANS AND FRINGED EVERYTHING.

So I've picked out bloggers whose style I admire greatly for their ability to step out of that tanned, minimalist, sleek box and just have fun with what they wear - and show off a huge amount of creativity and individuality. They don't look like anyone else. They just look like, and dress for, themselves.

They're true style bloggers rather than fashion bloggers; fashion bloggers are often ten-a-penny and all much of a muchness. So if you're tiring of that generic fashion blogger "look" that's all over Instagram then get yourself comfy, make yourself a cup of tea and enjoy these ladies and their originality.

HAVE YOU FOUND ANY NEW-TO-YOU BLOGGERS THAT YOU'RE NOW OBSESSING OVER? (I HOPE YOU HAVE!) TELL ME IN THE COMMENTS OR TWEET ME @NOTLAMB!

9 Fashion Bloggers With a Unique Sense of Style | Not Dressed As Lamb
Image credit above: Keiko Lynn | Top image, L-R: I'm a Norbyah | Delightfully Tacky | Lella Victoria | Bag and a Beret | B. Jones Style

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Monday, 16 May 2016

Classic White Tee and Asymmetric Midi Skirt + the #iwillwearwhatilike Link Up

Ladylike Spring/Summer look: Plain white tee, pastel grey assymetric hem midi skirt, grey strappy heels, headscarf | Not Dressed As Lamb
No theme for this week's #iwillwearwhatilike - I'll be hosting the 30-40+ Blogger Meet in London when this post goes live so feel free to add anything and everything you've been wearing, old posts or new (no link ups or giveaways though please, the linky is called #iwillwearwhatilike, after all)!

This was a simple but (I thought) elegant outfit worn on one of the warmer days we had recently. I wore the asymmetric midi skirt once before on the blog - in the autumn with boots and a peach jacket - and thought it was about time it was dug out and styled in another way. Luckily this skirt isn't too office-like thanks to the hem line, though it's not a style I'd recommend on a windy day... Cue much holding down of that wrap front!

THIS SKIRT ISN'T TOO OFFICE-LIKE THANKS TO THE HEM LINE, THOUGH IT'S NOT A STYLE I'D RECOMMEND ON A WINDY DAY... CUE MUCH HOLDING DOWN OF THAT WRAP FRONT

I wanted to keep the overall look light and fresh, so instead of a blouse (which would have made it look too formal), I went with a classic white tee, this one being from white t-shirt specialists Yunion T. It's my second t-shirt from this start-up brand and I can guarantee you won't be disappointed if you want a high quality white tee that keeps its shape and isn't thin. (Someone I know on Twitter bought one on my recommendation and she couldn't praise it highly enough either.) They sell four classic styles of white t-shirt and that's it, so of course they're bound to have perfected this wardrobe essential.

As I can't help myself where colour is concerned, I of course had to add some colour - a ready-twisted headscarf from Zara, coloured mirrored sunglasses and bold Wolf & Moon earrings did all that for me. Easy and comfortable, but ladylike and a step up from jeans.

So do add your outfits to this week's link up (scroll down for details) - you may be featured next week if I love what you're wearing (please don't forget to add a link back to Not Dressed As Lamb in your post)!

WHAT LOOKS HAVE YOU BEEN LOVING LATELY? AND HAVE YOU FOUND THE PERFECT CLASSIC WHITE TEE (OR WILL YOU TRY YUNION T?) TELL ME IN THE COMMENTS OR TWEET ME @NOTLAMB!

Ladylike Spring/Summer look: Plain white tee, pastel grey assymetric hem midi skirt, grey strappy heels, headscarf | Not Dressed As Lamb
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Thursday, 12 May 2016

Primary Brights Colour Blocking | Yellow Sweater, Denim Blue Midi Skirt SS16

Primary brights colour blocking: Yellow sweater, denim midi skirt, orange tote bag, white pointed flats | Not Dressed As Lamb
I didn't quite realise quite how bright this outfit was at the time - I guess you could call this look (extreme) primary brights colour blocking. I was purposely wearing two pieces from the Hobbs SS16 collection (the yellow cashmere sweater and the orange tote bag) as I spent a rather fabulous day with a few people from their team shooting some street style photos in my part of the country (Exeter in Devon, SW England).

The photos are for a campaign I'm working on with Hobbs at the moment - if you're in London on the 8th June and would like to meet me at an event I'm hosting (for customers, it's not aimed at bloggers), get yourself on the Hobbs mailing list or check back here on 26th June when I'll have full details in a post for you. It promises to be an exciting event and I'd love to see you there if you can make it!

I wore my sweater and took my tote because I own them already and I wanted them to be part of some of the outfits I chose for the photo shoot... It made sense to just take mine rather than having duplicates sent down from London. (You can see a little sneak preview of one of the outfits on my Instagram, the stunning red Santiago dress.)

IT WAS THE SECOND TIME I'VE DONE A STREET-STYLE PHOTO SHOOT, BUT THIS WAS IN MY LOCAL AREA. I WAS IN FEAR OF SOMEONE I KNEW SEEING ME STRUT ABOUT CROSSING THE ROAD, SWAYING IN A RED DRESS OR POSING AT A CAFÉ
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It was the second time I've done a street-style photo shoot (the first time was for Fever London), but this was in my local area. I was in fear of someone I knew seeing me strut about crossing the road, swaying in a red dress or posing at a café - all while a photographer was shooting endless shots and two other girls from the team looked on. Luckily no one I knew saw me - or at least I didn't see them [thank god]!

I've definitely got more used to having photos taken in public over the years, but you get more looks in a town that's not used to people prancing in swanky clothes doing photo shoots (London in other words) - and you attract a fair amount of attention swooshing about in a red pleated maxi dress.

So this outfit was my comfortable but stylish, easy-to-take-on-and-off outfit for the day. The gorgeous weather suited all those brights and it was so nice to finally be able to go bare-legged at last.

HOW ARE YOU WHEN IT COMES TO HAVING YOUR PHOTO TAKEN? DO YOU LOVE IT (LIKE ME AND MOST OF MY FAMILY) OR DO YOU SHY AWAY...? COMMENT BELOW, OR TAKE IT TO TWITTER @NOTLAMB!

Primary brights colour blocking: Yellow sweater, denim midi skirt, orange tote bag, white pointed flats | Not Dressed As Lamb
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