Monday, 1 August 2016

Summer Sightseeing in the Cotswolds in Mixed Patterns + the #iwillwearwhatilike Link Up

Summer brights - neon florals and Aztec print mixed patterns | Not Dressed As Lamb
Last week we spent several days in the Cotswolds, an area we've always wanted to visit... We were not disappointed, it absolutely lives up to its reputation as one of the most beautiful areas of England! The day after my birthday - which we spent in Cheltenham - we did a little sightseeing drive in the car around a few villages and ended up in the gorgeous (and strangely named) Lower Slaughter.

The name doesn't mean what you'd think: It stems from the Old English name for a wet land 'slough' or 'slothre' (Old English for muddy place) upon which it lies [source]. One of its streets was also named the most romantic street in Britain in 2011 due to the unspoilt limestone cottages and stunning views... I won't argue with that!

So if you want to see a lot of both look no further than this photo shoot - we've captured just about everything in this picture-perfect place!

ONE OF ITS STREETS WAS NAMED THE MOST ROMANTIC STREET IN BRITAIN IN 2011 DUE TO THE UNSPOILT LIMESTONE COTTAGES AND STUNNING VIEWS - IF YOU WANT TO SEE A LOT OF BOTH LOOK NO FURTHER...

No theme for this week's #iwillwearwhatilike link up as I've been away - for our day out I wore mixed patterns (again) and was just about warm enough for a rather cloudy summer's day. Though I think the colours in my outfit made up for the lack of sunshine:

Summer brights - neon florals and Aztec print mixed patterns | Not Dressed As Lamb
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I wore the same printed trousers I wore on holiday last year (elasticated waist, wide legs, cotton - there's nothing comfier) and picked out the pink in the pattern with my floral neon pink t-shirt that's seen a few summers now. The silver embellished sandals were a recent purchase (the leather is incredibly soft) and perfect for a day trundling round pretty villages... they add to the slightly mismatched boho look with the vintage butterfly belt and floppy straw fedora.

There's all sorts to see in this photo shoot: An impromptu vintage car procession, huge trees to sit under, old stone bridges, limestone cottages, country cottage gardens, shallow streams - not forgetting a strangely-dressed fashion blogger who walked, posed and smiled her way through the village, followed closely by her Instagram husband ;)

(Just to note: We did go to the very well-known village of Bourton-on-the-Water - I wouldn't recommend it in the summer holidays: It was so full of people you practically couldn't see the place itself. It was obviously very beautiful but we decided to visit again at another time of year when it's a lot quieter...!)

Until such time that you've started planning your own getaway to the Cotswolds(!) you can add your outfits to this week's link up - you may be featured* next time if it stands out because remember, anything goes this week!

HAVE YOU BEEN TO THE COTSWOLDS - IF SO, WHERE AND WHEN? TELL ME IN THE COMMENTS OR TWEET ME @NOTLAMB!

Summer brights - neon florals and Aztec print mixed patterns | Not Dressed As Lamb
Summer brights - neon florals and Aztec print mixed patterns | Not Dressed As Lamb
Summer brights - neon florals and Aztec print mixed patterns | Not Dressed As Lamb
Summer brights - neon florals and Aztec print mixed patterns | Not Dressed As Lamb
Summer brights - neon florals and Aztec print mixed patterns | Not Dressed As Lamb
Summer brights - neon florals and Aztec print mixed patterns | Not Dressed As Lamb
Summer brights - neon florals and Aztec print mixed patterns | Not Dressed As Lamb
Summer brights - neon florals and Aztec print mixed patterns | Not Dressed As Lamb
Summer brights - neon florals and Aztec print mixed patterns | Not Dressed As Lamb
Summer brights - neon florals and Aztec print mixed patterns | Not Dressed As Lamb
Summer brights - neon florals and Aztec print mixed patterns | Not Dressed As Lamb
Summer brights - neon florals and Aztec print mixed patterns | Not Dressed As Lamb
The Cotswolds - Lower Slaughter
Summer brights - neon florals and Aztec print mixed patterns | Not Dressed As Lamb
Warehouse top via ASOS (I like this plain bright pink t-shirt) | New Look trousers (love these printed wide leg pants) | ASOS silver embellished sandals | Hobbs tote c/o (try this orange leather tote bag) | La Redoute hat (this straw fedora is almost identical) | ASOS sunglasses (these oversized round sunglasses are similar) | Vintage 80s butterfly belt from eBay (try this black stretch belt or search "vintage butterfly belt" on eBay) | Lizzy O diamante wrap bracelets c/o | New Look earrings (similar teardrop gold earrings)

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#iwillwearwhatilike | Not Dressed As Lamb
Thank you for joining the #iwillwearwhatilike link up! This started as a campaign on Instagram in August 2015 where women over 30 wore everything on a journalist's list of "inappropriate" items for 30+ women (including leopard print, short dresses and oversized sunglasses. Yes, really). It was so popular that I decided to carry it on weekly where women of all ages link up their fabulous style, never mind what anyone tells them not to wear!

The link up goes live every Monday at 3pm UK time and will stay open for a week. Whilst the original article was of course aimed at the 30+, you can be ANY age to link up. The only criteria is that you're wearing whatever you damn well like!




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Catherine

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49 comments

  1. What a fabulous place for visiting and pictures!! It goes to show that many things get better with age, right?
    You really know how to mix your prints, Catherine---I feel like a constant student in your presence! Thanks, thanks & more thanks!
    jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. Aww thanks Jodie - to be honest I'd be rubbish at minimalism, I think I have only do pattern mixing now...!

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  2. Beautiful photos of both you and the location. It sounds like it was a lovely get-away. Thanks for hosting.

    Rena
    http://www.finewhateverblog.com

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  3. Just loving the patterns and shots of the Cotswolds. Quite beautiful. x

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  4. I love the pattern mixing you have done here. The colors and prints are so gorgeous! And the photos are just breathtaking! Great post, Catherine!

    Shelbee
    www.shelbeeontheedge.com

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  5. What a lovely treat for your birthday, and a great location. You look stunning as always Catherine. I have actually played along with the link up this week! x
    www.vanityandmestyle.com

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  6. You look absolutely lovely Catherine, just last Friday I told Joerg that you are the queen of pattern mixing for me. I haven't been to the Cotswolds yet but am dying to go there, even if it's just to take outfit photos haha. Love this post and am so happy we finally met. Love, Kirsten xx

    www.thelifbissue.com

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    1. Yes you should, Kirsten - you'd love it and as you can see it makes for beautiful outfit locations! Thanks sweetie x

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  7. What a great look Catherine. I'm loving the way you've mixed those patterns and the colour is perfect for a (almost) sunless summer's day.
    I'm so glad you had a good birthday break.
    Michelle xxx
    http://www.thebarefacedchic.co.uk

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    1. Thank you MLD - we had such a nice break, shame it wasn't longer! x

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  8. Oh you are a vision in Pink! Gorgeous. And thank you for sharing this beatiful neck of the woods with us. It is somewhere i am desperate to visit, my sister went in Jan and said it was stunning. I must must go. Thanks so much for hosting lovely, wishing you a fab week
    Rxx

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  9. Wow that truly is one of the most charming streets I've ever seen! Happy belated Birthday Catherine! And also please wear more pink, it makes your auburn hair positively GLOW!

    Xoxo,

    Ashley || Sed Bona

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    1. Thanks so much Ashley... there's plenty more pink where that came from!! ;)

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  10. What a charming spot to visit! Your outfit really brightens up the place.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  11. Sooo pretty...both you and the Cotswolds. It's somewhere I've always wanted to go but have never got around to it. You are a Summery vision in pinks! Hope you had a wonderful birthday :-)

    Emma xxx
    www.style-splash.com

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  12. Love the pink and the bright patterns. The detailed butterfly belt so pretty as well. I love the look of this place, very charming. Looks like something out of Midsommer!
    Thanks for linking up with turning heads tuesday
    jess x
    www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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  13. Great print mixing and wonderful photography.
    I can´t hardly wait to spend 3 weeks in cool green England (up north)
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    1. We should swap, Sacramento - I'll have your Spanish sunshine any day...!! Thank you my lovely x

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  14. Great pattern mixing! Love the colors! The Cotswolds look like a very nice place to visit.

    Andrea
    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

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  15. I love these patterns together, and the pink. Riding on its reputation, the name Cotswolds alone has a romantic ring to it. These photos show why. What a charming place. Thanks for the linkup.

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    1. I've not thought about the name before, Melanie - but you're right, it does sound romantic! Thanks sweetie, and thanks for linking up x

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  16. I've always wanted to visit there! So charming and quaint!

    Love your look and the combination of the pink floral patterns. Bravo, you pattern mixing maestro you!

    OXOX
    Dawn Lucy
    http://fashionshouldbefun.blogspot.com

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  17. I've never been to the Cotswolds but you've certainly sold it to me now Catherine. Your outfit looked perfect for a bit of sightseeing with the obligatory flat sandals looking very cute too. And let's not forget to mention that lovely pattern mixing in those feminine colours - you've nailed it!
    Anna x

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  18. That village looks magical. I am SOOOOO going there!

    Your pattern mix and colour mix is on point as always. I'm so pleased you were swanning around in a beautiful place looking beautiful on your birthday weekend. xxx

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    1. You sooooooooooo should, Lisa!! And thank you - MUAH x

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  19. What a quaint village. I love the fun mix of patterns in this outfit and it looks perfect for walking around.

    Thank you for hosting and hope you are having a fab week!

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

    Hope to see you Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

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  20. Nice print combination! It's not easy to mix prints and you've done a stellar job. The scenery is beautiful. I have not been to the Cotswolds, but friends of mine here in the US own a home there and are always inviting my husband and I to join them when they are there. Your photos have now convinced me I must make travel plans :)

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    1. Oh gosh you absolutely should!! It must be wonderful to own a home there :)

      and thank you x

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  21. The Cotswolds look like a scene straight out of a fairytale, dearest Catherine...so charming!! And even with the two different patterns going on, your pink tee and soft pants combo almost gives the illusion of a jumpsuit, don't you think?! The perfect little "getaway" outfit - especially together with the floppy hat and rockstar sunglasses!! ;) And let's not forget your new shoes, which seem made for miles of walking!! XOXO

    www.StyleIsMyPudding.com

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    1. I see what you mean about a jumpsuit, Monika...!! Thanks my lovely xx

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  22. My that outfit looks perfect for a walk, and very chic too! :)

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  23. These are such beautiful shots Catherine. It looks like such an absolutely charming and romantic place to visit. Love the bright colors and pattern mix, but I especially love the butterfly belt. It's such a cool detail.
    Debbie
    www.fashionfairydust.com

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    1. Thank you Debbie - it really is as charming and romantic as it looks...!!

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  24. Your outfit has such pretty colors! Your pictures teally show how lovely that place looks!

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  25. You look so fabulous, dear. Love how you styled this look.
    xoxo
    Liza
    Liza Corner o Instagram o Facebook

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  26. Love this mix Catherine. Already admired it on Insta. And my best friend loves the Cotswolds. Will tell her about your lovely and stylish blog. Mixing patterns can be so tricky and you just pulled it off! Thank you so much again for the feature. Feeling so honored to be on your wonderful blog. xo Sabina

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    1. Aww thanks Sabina - and it was my pleasure to feature you and your lovely blue dress!! x

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  27. What a beautiful place! Thanks for sharing, Catherine. You look gorgeous in the pinks - really sets a romantic scene.

    https://fabulousageing.blogspot.com.au/

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  28. When I turn to U40, I always think that I must wear dark color for my age and I am not confident to choose pink, green, yellow or any bright color... And my life becomes darker like my clothes...
    You are so beautiful, so brilliant, so graceful in any color, any style...
    I will change from now.
    Thanks for your posts

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  29. I commewnted earlier and will reiterate that i love the prints, and if I visit England this would be somewhere I would love to see. love the English countryside
    Thank you for linking with Turning Heads Tuesday
    jess xx
    www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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  30. Thank you so much for featuring me! Honestly, it's such an honour!

    Kat
    https://www.kittyandb.com

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