Monday, 29 June 2015

Summer Style | Multi-Coloured Patterned Top, Distressed Denim, Panama Hat

Summer style | Multi-coloured patterned top, distressed boyfriend jeans, Panama hat
Last week I went to the Eden Project in Cornwall (home of the artificial Mediterranean and tropical biodomes and all-round fabulous place to visit) to see Paloma Faith play live at the Eden Sessions courtesy of ASUS UK. I'll be writing about that separately (oh wow was it good), but meantime this is what I wore for a day's sightseeing: Walking, eating, photographing and general touristy stuff.

I thought a little bit of multicoloured florals would be apt, so I went with my Warehouse patterned top (a touch of the 80s, no?) and distressed jeans with comfy flats and a Panama. The tropical biodome always gets really hot once you go up high. We went a couple of years ago and I wore this outfit so I knew the jeans would be a little unwise, but at least they had some ventilation and were a loose fit. You do see people people in skinny jeans who start to look unbearably hot halfway up :(

Are you planning any tourist breaks close to home this summer - if so, where? I'd love to know what's local to you...!

Summer style | Multi-coloured patterned top, Panama hat
Summer style | Multi-coloured patterned top, distressed boyfriend jeans, Panama hat
Summer style | Multi-coloured patterned top, Panama hat
Top: Warehouse (I like this botanical print one) | Jeans: Asos | Shoes: Asos (similar) | Hat: Tumi at Amazon (this one's almost identical) | Bag: Debenhams (similar) | Necklace: Asos | Bracelets: c/o Yosa / New Look | Mickey Mouse watch: Asos (silver version) | Sunglasses: c/o Lulus (similar)

The Eden Project - @notlamb Instagram
(Images above from my Instagram feed)

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Sunday, 28 June 2015

Some of My Favourite Fun and Fabulous Links - June 2015

Not Dressed As Lamb's Favourite Fun & Fabulous Links - June 2015
How to grow older, new over 40 fashion bloggers, healthy shaming, blogging for money... As today is the fourth Sunday in the month that means it's time for my Favourite Fun and Fabulous Links! Here's some great weekend reading for you. Enjoy, and Happy Sunday :)

(Photo credits: Top left | Top right | Bottom left | Middle right | Bottom middle | Bottom right)

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Someone agrees with me: "I will say that “age appropriate” dressing makes me crazy".

14 movies all fashion-lovers must see. I'm ashamed to say there are a lot I haven't seen (but must).

I've just discovered the wonderful blog Bolder - How to Grow Older. Full of inspirational men and women over 70 with a serious lust for life.

Lauren and Felicity effortlessly style two of my favourite things for the UK summer: Dungarees and sleeveless jackets. I have the former but not the latter... that needs to change.

Two of my fellow Brits have just started fashion blogs: 50-something Anna of Anna's Island Style shares my love of pattern and colour and 40-something Samantha of Fake Fabulous 40 has a gorgeous red crop (for now) and is as much of a shoeaholic as I am. Do please visit and give them a little love.

This really resonated with me: Healthy shaming - criticising those who eat healthily and workout - exists (unfortunately) and I totally get where Amy is coming from.

The most perfect tropical print shirt dress worn beautifully by Rachel.

Becky talks about why there are no wrong reasons to blog. Because there aren't any.

Christine's summery striped co-ords and novelty clutch are breathtaking.

It may be aimed at job seekers, but this is a terrific article on the importance of personal branding and it's perfect for bloggers.

I can't stress enough just how incredible Amber's post about blogging for money is. It's truthful. It's hard-hitting. Most of all, it's full of great analogies and a hilarious read.

The best Facebook page I've seen in ages: Knickers Models Own. In Caroline's own words: "Wearing charity clothes 24/7 throughout 2015, raising funds for Cancer Research UK, in memory of my Mum. My knickers are always my own."

Which of these were your favourites?
Catherine
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P.S. Like this post? You might also enjoy May's Fave Fun and Fabulous Links!

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Friday, 26 June 2015

Blogging Tips | Branding For Your Blog in Quick, Easy Steps: #5 Naming Your Blog and Social Media Platforms

Blogging Tips | Branding For Your Blog in Quick, Easy Steps: 5. Naming Your Blog and Social Media Platforms
This is part 5 of my blogging tips posts where I'm doing some quick, easy tips on branding for your blog! Today I'm going to talk about how important names are... As Shakespeare's Juliet said, "What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet" - which is true, but if you're a rose calling your blog a thistle (and you're a lily on Twitter, and a dandelion on Instagram) it's time to stop confusing your readers!

So this week's tip is:

#5 NAME YOUR BLOG AND SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS CONSISTENTLY


Why do I have to use just one name?

It's the same message I've used in all these other tips posts about branding: It's about consistency. 

Like using the same avatar across all your platforms, using the same name everywhere reinforces your brand and won't make you look like two, three or four different people (depending on how many different names you use).


Is the actual name I choose important?

Yes. Using a memorable, short (as possible) name that represents you and what you write/blog about is key. It needs to say something about you - what you represent, what your likes and loves are, what you'll be talking about on your blog.

The more unique, the better.


What if I've had my blog name for a long time but I don't think it's working any more?

Change it. Even huge brands change names completely if they're not working - if you're my age or older I'm sure you remember when Snickers used to be Marathon bars...!

A total rebrand should be what you're thinking about if your blog name isn't right for whatever reason. The fabulous Rachel the Hat changed her blog name completely a couple of years ago and says this about making the change:

"I changed my blog name after running my original blog for 18 months. During those first months I found my niche and readership. I felt my original blog name didn't reflect what I had to offer and so I changed it to something which appealed to everyone. From there I have found my blog has gone from strength to strength and my blog name has become my brand, of which I am very proud.
"Readers will stand by you regardless of name if they love what you do. But don't be afraid to go with what feels right for you."
Rachel the Hat, previously Yummy Mummy's Galore 

What if I've been using lots of different names across all my social media platforms?

Decide on just one and make them consistent - preferably the same (or almost the same) as your blog.

Unfortunately there are some restrictions; for example, Twitter will only allow up to 15 characters - I tried to register @notdressedaslamb for my Twitter handle but it was one character too long. In the end I decided on @notlamb and decided to make all my social media handles this new short version. It still conveys the same message/meaning as my blog name and has actually now become my brand name: Not Dressed As Lamb is my blog; Not Lamb is my brand.

What you need to do when you change names is tell your followers.

Write a post on your social media platform that it's changing (maybe once on Facebook and Instagram, a few times on Twitter). If you have some loyal followers that you converse with regularly tag them in so that they know about the change - don't leave it to chance.


Do you have any tips if I'm about to launch a blog or wanting to rebrand?

If you haven't set up a blog yet, you're in the best position of all. You have a blank sheet with which you can create your brand. Likewise renaming/rebranding your blog means a clean, fresh start.

Here are some good tips to remember whether you're just starting out or rebranding:

  1. Choose something that's reasonably short, easy for others to spell, memorable and represents you.
  2. Google the name to check it isn't being used elsewhere on the internet or in the blogosphere, or that it's too similar to someone else's blog name. To see if the name is free everywhere use https://www.namecheckr.com (thanks to Christina of Ladybug Home & Design for the tip).
  3. Check that the domain www[dot]YOURBLOGNAME[dot]com is free so that you can a). Purchase it yourself and b). Not get confused with another website.
  4. Choose a name and check for that name across all the main social media platforms: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+, and YouTube. If anyone else is using that name on any other platform I'd strongly advise you think of something else or else you might be mistaken for them in the future.
  5. Buy the domain name (dot.com being the first choice) even if you don't make use of it straight away. Also register your name across all the social media platforms above EVEN IF you have no intention of ever using them. You never know if/when you'll change your mind, and if you do, there'll be sitting there waiting for you and not being used by someone else.

Do you use different names across your platforms and are you considering making them consistent? If you're launching a new blog or thinking of rebranding let me know in the comments, I'd love to hear whether these tips have helped you!



Catherine

P.S. Like this post about branding? You might also enjoy Branding #1 Get a Favicon | #2 Use ONE Avatar | #3 Choose Just 1 (or 2) Fonts | #4 Colour Palettes

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Wednesday, 24 June 2015

How to Style Denim Dungarees (Overalls) | With a Blue Tee Like a Jumpsuit

Blue t-shirt, denim dungarees (overalls), tennis shoes
Admittedly a blue t-shirt and denim dungarees don't really look like a jumpsuit, but I thought that a tee in a similar colour would at least give the impression of one. This was a thrown-it-on outfit for a weekend walk and jolly to the supermarket (hey, my weekends are crazy!!), and although the outfit has a touch of the painter/decorator about it I'm really not bothered... I love dungarees.

I have a little tip for styling dungarees: Whatever top you wear underneath, either make sure it's a close-fit (like a vest top/tank) or quite long. After wearing various different tops and tees with my dungarees I find that if it's a loose fit and about the same length as the top of the trousers part then it'll keep popping out and you'll have to constantly tuck it back in. This was a nice extra long t-shirt so I didn't have to worry about popping-outage (my word).

Have I converted anyone to dungarees since my last outing with them - I know many of you were considering them?!

Blue t-shirt, denim dungarees (overalls)
Denim dungarees (overalls), tennis shoes
Blue t-shirt, denim dungarees (overalls), backpack
Blue t-shirt, denim dungarees (overalls)
Dungarees: c/o La Redoute | T-shirt: Asos | Tennis shoes: Unknown, old | Backpack: Asos (I like this one) | Cuff: Unknown, old | Sunglasses: Ray Ban c/o Sunglasses Shop

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P.S. Like this post? You might also like how I styled my grey denim dungarees!

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Monday, 22 June 2015

Navy Vintage-Style Fit-and-Flare Dress With Simple, Summery Accessories

Navy floral vintage-style fit-and-flare dress, white cardigan
The day I wore this vintage-style fit-and-flare dress [last week] from Fever London was one of those days where I was determined to wear a summer dress, not matter what the weather. Unless there was a heatwave (haha!) we were going to be indoors anyway for dinner at my sister's, so I took a cardigan for when the sun went down and braved any potential chill with bare legs and my trusty age-old strappy wedges.

This is my favourite style of dress: A fit-and-flare is absolutely my best and most flattering dress shape. I like my shoulders and arms, I have a reasonably trim waist and a full skirt covers my fluctuating bum and hips. I think finding a dress that suits your style, your personality and your body shape is key to having a wardrobe that works. You'll always have a piece that you can fall back on time and time again, and you buy several in different colours and prints and you know they'll always work. I've just bought this pink one from Boden and have my eye on another blue and white floral dress from Fever London - my summer wouldn't be quite right without lots of these dresses.

Zooey Deschanel knows what she's doing, if you ask me.

Do you have a tried-and-tested dress style that you always come back to time after time? What about it makes it your favourite - do share in the comments!

P.S. Don't miss my great-nephew's brilliant photobomb on this shoot - follow me on Instagram while you're there!

Navy floral vintage-style fit-and-flare dress
Navy floral vintage-style fit-and-flare dress
Navy floral vintage-style dress
Navy floral vintage-style dress
Navy floral vintage-style fit-and-flare dress
Navy floral vintage-style dress
Navy floral vintage-style dress
Dress: Fever London SS14 (this one is very similar and I love this one too) | Cardigan: Asos | Heels: Faith (I like these ones) | Necklace: c/o SENCE Copenhagen | Watch: Asos (similar) | Earrings: Topshop (similar)

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P.P.S. You might like to see how I styled this dress last year with lots of layering and pattern mixing!

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