Wednesday, 24 May 2017

13 Unmissable Reads - The Best of the Blogosphere (May 2017)

13 Unmissable Reads - The Best of the Blogosphere (May 2017)

In my Best of the Blogosphere this month I have thoughts on turning 50, women running their own businesses, trolls getting shut down in style, the downfalls of sharing our lives online - and more.

(In case you've not seen these posts before my Unmissable Reads are a monthly round-up of things I've seen, watched and liked in the blogosphere that I'm sure you'll love too.)

I've picked a mixture of fashion, musings and hilarities this month... I'd picked them before the tragic events in Manchester on Monday but I thought it was important to still include them - we must remember to laugh and enjoy life still as well as feeling sorrow at the appropriate times.

Stay safe and hold onto your loved ones, lovely readers 💗

Do have a read of these great links - you never know who or what you might discover...!

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

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

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Melanie talks about the pursuit of the perfect photo (and how generally it really doesn't exist).

Great post from Chloe about why you're not failing at life if you don't go on a fancy AF holiday. She's mostly talking to 20-somethings but it applies to all of us (we've had to cancel the 2017 holiday we'd been planning for YEARS due to lack of funds).

Leah discusses the realities of running your own business - I know EXACTLY how she feels.

This 80s style sequin dress is absolutely to die for.
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Monday, 22 May 2017

The Best Summer Shoes to Wear With Denim Flares #iwillwearwhatilike

Pattern mixing: Black and white window pane jacket \ abstract print pyjama shirt \ denim flares \ wedge espadrilles | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

Okay I think I've cracked it: The best shoes to wear with denim flares. Not only the best shoes, but the best SUMMER shoes.

Now I love the fact that full-on flared jeans came back in. Not just the awkward bootcut shape of the 90s, but proper flared 70s-style jeans. The problem they pose? What shoes to wear with them. They are a NIGHTMARE to get right (or rather, they're so easy to get wrong).

I usually wear them with sneakers (Stan Smiths or Adidas Originals), platform heeled boots or ankle boots, but it's the summer that poses a problem. Flat sandals are okay (you end up with a bit of a boho vibe) but sometimes you want more of a shoe than a boot or a sandal.

Here's my theory: ALWAYS wear them with a round-toe shoe. As soon as you put on a pointed-toe shoe with a flared jean, it starts giving you that early Noughties feel which is a bit dated now (think Charlie's Angels movie). So in my quest to find a suitable summery shoe with a round toe, I found these fabulous espadrille wedges. They've got that slight 70s feel to them so are perfect for a flared hem.
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Friday, 19 May 2017

Are Today's 40 Plus Women More Attractive Than They Were in Their 20s? #SaturdayShareLinkUp

Are Today's 40 Plus Women More Youthful Than They Were in Their 20s?

This week I was looking through my boxes of photos trying to find a photo for a friend and I came across some truly awful photos of me. (This one above isn't anywhere near the worst.)

It got me thinking: Why do I think I look better now? Is it because I pose better in photos? Or was it just because of what I was wearing, along with my hair and make up of the time that made me look so awful (by today's standards)?

Have you ever had this thought: Are today's 40 plus women more attractive than they were in their 20s?

The thing is, there are so many variables.

Of course there are changing fashions. Are we misled by the dated hair and makeup of the 1980s and 90s... or do we simply embrace a more youthful look these days?

There's the expectation of grooming today: More and more of us are aware of getting our hair done, doing our nails, getting facials, grooming our eyebrows... I don't remember women talking about it when I was in my 20s - nothing like how young women of today do it as a matter of course. I don't remember anyone whitening their teeth, going for a bikini wax or getting their eyebrows threaded (or even plucked - in the early 90s we just attacked them with a tweezer frenzy until there was almost nothing left and we were left looking permananetly surprised).

Do celebrities look better today?

When you consider older celebrities today, think how many of them look a HUNDRED times better in their 40s and 50s (and older!) than they did in their 20s. BUT (and it's a big but) they have access to all the treatments and, er, "tweaks" in the world. When money isn't an object, I guess we could all look as groomed and glowing as they do. (And =cough= smooth.)

I THINK WE EMBRACE MORE GROOMING AND EXPECT IT FROM TODAY'S CELEBRITIES - GLOSSIER HAIR, WHITER TEETH AND WARMER, SUN-KISSED GLOWING SKIN. ALL THINGS THAT MAKE YOU LOOK MORE YOUTHFUL.

The ones that come to mind for me would be the three Kates: Kate Winslet, Cate Blanchett and Kate Beckinsale. Now I'm not saying for a minute that they haven't had anything done, but all three look so much more gorgeous now than they did in their 20s. You can see that grooming has a LOT to do with it. None have succumbed to fillers, thank goodness (not that I can see, anyway) - no pillow faces or overfilled lips.

(And I really hope that none of them ever do...)

If they have had anything done, it's been done very, very well - all are radiantly beautiful IMO.

Are Today's 40 Plus Women More Youthful Than They Were in Their 20s?

Kate Winslet (both Getty Images, leftright)


Are Today's 40 Plus Women More Youthful Than They Were in Their 20s?

Cate Blanchett (both Getty Images, leftright)

Are Today's 40 Plus Women More Youthful Than They Were in Their 20s?

Kate Beckinsale (both Getty Images, leftright)

(I've deliberately chosen red carpet photos as opposed to studio portraits: They're less likely to be Photoshopped. Rarely are paparazzi photos retouched because they're often the occasional "terrible" ones that the press like to splash about *she rolls her eyes*)

Grooming

Personally, I think it's a little bit of everything: old photos (especially of the 1980s and 90s) will ALWAYS date someone and therefore make their overall appearance less appealing. But I also think we embrace more grooming and expect it from today's celebrities - glossier hair, whiter teeth and warmer, sun-kissed glowing skin. All things that make you look more youthful.

And in a way that expectation has filtered into the lives of us regular ladies: Whether it's pressure from society and the media or pressure we put on ourselves (we always have to be "social media-ready" at the drop of a hat for goodness sake), I do think that overall we ARE more youthful, and therefore more attractive. More products, more technology, more access to everything means we experiment more and try new things.

I don't think the majority of midlife women in the 1970s, 80s or even 90s did the same.

I think I look better now than when I was 22 because I had very chubby cheeks (even though I was slim). My bone structure has come out more and I take more care of my appearance now. I've learnt how to take a "good" photo - what my best angles are (see my selfies tips post from the other day if you want some pointers). I'm more aware of what looks good and what doesn't on me - plus I have more confidence overall.

We all have a little bit of that happen to us. It makes me wonder if they'll look back at us in another 20 or 30 years and think how rough we looked...?!

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Thursday, 18 May 2017

A Long Dress Layered Over Jeans & My Seasalt Brand Ambassadorship

Summer dressing: Strappy printed maxi dress over jeans and white t-shirt \ retro styling \ preppy style | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 blog
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A couple of weeks ago I posted an outfit perfect for dog walking in the summer (though with this week's rain it seems like summer has been and gone already...) - I mentioned that I'd be featuring Seasalt, the brand I was wearing, more over the coming months. Well here is the first post to tell you all about this fabulous Cornish brand!

Seasalt Cornwall is a UK company that I've been a fan of for quite a while since I discovered their amazing raincoats a few years back. Regular readers will recognise the floral Seasalt raincoat I've been wearing for years (it's my go-to for walking Riley in the rain).

I'm really proud that Seasalt have asked me to be one of their brand ambassadors for 2017, and I couldn't be more excited to tell you more about this very unique and responsible brand - not least because I am a fan of Cornwall, Breton stripes and dogs(!) - all of which play an important part in influencing their style.

Their designs include lots of sailor stripes, garment-dyed linens, organic cottons, in-house designed prints and relaxed shapes with more than a touch of the nautical... This suits me and my love of preppy style perfectly. They have a great selection of accessories and footwear as well as clothes (see details of what I'm wearing below) plus homewares and gifts - all in soft, seaside-inspired colours. And for those of you that are keen crafties they sell their own cut fabrics too, which is a great way to make your own items in a unique Seasalt print.

About Seasalt the company

I won't talk about this too much today as I'll save it for another post - I'll tell you then about their values and manufacturing methods, all of which are admirable. With so much talk of fast-fashion and so-cheap-you-can't-believe-it clothes it's refreshing to find a brand that believes it has a great responsibility in all aspects of their business.

Summer dressing: Strappy printed maxi dress over jeans and white t-shirt \ retro styling \ preppy style | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 blog
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Seasalt Chalet Dress Seasalt Idless bag, navy  Seasalt Sailor Square neck scarf, grey  Seasalt Skipper hat  Seasalt Sunny Cove sandals, navy

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017

How to Improve Your Selfies in 11 Easy Steps (Without Facetune)

How to Improve Your Selfies in 11 Easy Steps | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style blog

A couple of weeks ago I published a selfie on Instagram after thinking about how we (bloggers, influencers, celebrities, women in general) present themselves on social media - especially Instagram. The word "selfie" wasn't even in use 10 years ago, but it's such a common word these days... Have you ever thought about how many you see on a daily basis?

The selfie in question was one I was really happy with, because everything seemed to work for that photo: I was happy with my outfit, my hair, my makeup, the lighting, my expression (click here to see it)... It prompted me to leave this caption:
DO NOT BE FOOLED by photos like this on Instagram - I often have people compliment me on my "flawless" skin or tell me I look younger than I really am... so kind but it's all smoke and mirrors! I look JUST as rough as the next person without a good foundation, the right lighting and a practised "selfie" face. However I don't use Face apps to smooth anything out and I don't take a gajillion selfies like a Kardashian to get just one (I take maybe 3 or 4). I just know how to make myself look the best I can. And I'm perfectly okay with not looking perfect 95% of the time! So don't look at mine or anyone else's selfies or blog posts and think they look like that all the time... THEY DON'T, and you shouldn't beat yourself up about it as a result. Remember - smoke and mirrors...!!

It triggered a lot of really interesting comments, most of which were the answer "Yes!" to the question I left at the end of the caption: If you want to know a few clever tricks I have for taking a good selfie let me know and I'll do a blog post.

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Monday, 15 May 2017

How to Dress For Spring Sightseeing in London's Holland Park #iwillwearwhatilike

Bright spring/summer outfit: Blush pink trouser (pants) suit \ matching sneakers \ tomato orange red sweater \ yellow ochre suede hobo bag \ tortoiseshell sunglasses | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 styleBright spring/summer outfit: Blush pink trouser (pants) suit \ matching sneakers \ tomato orange red sweater \ yellow ochre suede hobo bag \ tortoiseshell sunglasses | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

This photo shoot very nearly didn't see the light of day: Ever deleted a whole bunch of photos off your memory card unknowingly or by accident? No? Just me then...

Before I explain what happened, I will just put the location and outfit into context: These photos were taken when we did a bit of sightseeing in London's Holland Park, somewhere neither Keith nor I had ever been before. It was the day after the UK Blog Awards, so we wanted a gentle, easy day out. We've done most of the royal parks (Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, Green Park, Greenwich Park, etc.), but never Holland Park.

I wore something that was perfect for a spring day (sunny with just a hint of chill in the air) - a trouser suit and orange sweater with coordinating pink sneakers. My hair was still wavy/messy from the hairstyle I did to go with my lucky red gown. Comfy, warm but not hot, bright and super-colourful. All very me.

So, onto the reason for the major memory card cock up (now known as Memory Cardgate)...
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Friday, 12 May 2017

Why Instagram Really Isn't Much Fun Anymore #SaturdayShareLinkUp

Why Instagram Really Isn't Much Fun Anymore

Once upon a time there was a social media app where you could share pretty or interesting pictures and talk to other people about their pictures. You could add sparkly heart bokeh filters and funky frames. You could follow people whose pictures you liked and see what they'd just posted whenever you opened up the app. It was exciting, and fresh, and fun.

In case this app doesn't sound familiar to you, you may not have been on Instagram very long (or not at all, in which case this post may not be very interesting to you...) However, IF it's made you sigh and feel all wistful about how Instagram used to be, then it's probably taken you back to a more carefree time when we used to actually enjoy the social media platform.

Those were the days - before algorithms. Before shadowbans. Before the strategic placement of hashtags. Before bots. Before sponsored posts. Before incessant follow/unfollows. In other words, the days when Instagram used to be fun - because I'm sure many of you would agree:

Instagram really isn't much fun anymore, is it...?!

In the last week or so the whole "why the hell is Instagram trying to ruin Instagram for us" came to an ever-more irritating head when I realised exactly what shadowbans were and how they are actually being used to suppress my visibility and that of many other bloggers' who are also trying to work hard to gain a following as well as enjoying the platform. I did a proper test with a blogging colleague to see if what was being said was true, but first, this:

A break in the algorithm?

Around a week ago I went onto Instagram and noticed my feed looked totally different. There were NONE of the usual accounts I see - instead, I saw accounts I used to follow ages and ages ago, or ones I knew I liked but had never seen in my feed before. The feed was fresh, exciting and totally varied.

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Thursday, 11 May 2017

My Greatest Photographic Moments of 2016

Layered tunic, roll neck and paisley joggers | Not Dressed As lamb

Just over a year ago I published a round up of my favourite photographic moments of 2015, mostly as an antidote to the typical "best outfits of the year" posts fashion bloggers often publish. However I forgot to repeat the exercise for 2016... here I am, publishing it now - better late than never! 

So as well as the annual bloopers and outtakes every 1st January I'm going to schedule in a "greatest photographic moments" post at the end of the year too. As always it's an acknowledgment to Keith, my Instagram Husband, by showcasing his wonderful photography which deserves as much recognition as I get (it's one of the reasons I thanked him so much in my UK Blog Awards win post - without his skills there would be no blog)!

WHILST CHOOSING WHICH IMAGES TO INCLUDE IN EACH CATEGORY IT OCCURRED TO ME THAT YOU MIGHT LIKE TO SEE A MINI-SERIES OF PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS POSTS ABOUT LIGHTING, COMPOSITION, ETC? 

I've grouped the photos into certain categories: Beautiful lighting, great composition, details, captured movement and stunning locations... Whilst choosing which images to include in each category it occurred to me that you might like to see a mini-series of photography tips posts about lighting, composition, etc? Lots of tips on how to compose interesting shots, the same for lighting and how best to capture and work with it, ideas for photographing details (with examples), that sort of thing...?

If so, let me know in the comments and I can get that started in a month or so when my posting schedule has opened up a little!

(You may have seen on Instagram that I published a post saying you shouldn't be fooled by "perfect" selfies? I asked if anyone was interested in a "tips for taking a great selfie" post - it seems that everyone WAS interested, so look out for that soon... Unless I have to juggle posts it should be going out next week - sign up to my posts by email if you don't want to miss it!)

In the meantime sit back and enjoy these beautiful shots - here's to pretty pictures on all our blogs!

WHICH ARE YOUR FAVOURITES - AND WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE A PHOTO TIPS SERIES ON COMPOSITION, LIGHTING, ETC? COMMENT BELOW, OR TAKE IT TO TWITTER @NOTLAMB!

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Stunning locations

Embroidery and denim: Greek-style embroidered top, wide leg jeans, red lace-up espadrilles | Broadway Tower, The Cotswolds | Not Dressed As Lamb

Cold weather \ walking in the woods \ walking the dog outfit \ Tapestry coat, deep hem skinnie jeans, grey cap and wedge desert boots | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style blog

Not Dressed As Lamb best photographic moments: Stone pebble beach in a floral trench \ Mixed patterns at the Cotswolds
Original posts: 3. left, 4. right

Beautiful lighting

Winser London pale pink sweater, camel wide leg trousers, black cross body bag, flat cap, grey heels | Not Dressed As Lamb

Sleeveless summer overalls: Red, white and blue outfit - red wedge espadrilles, white dungarees, blue slouchy bag | Not Dressed As Lamb

Bold orange, black and cream - Biker jacket, skull scarf, coral sweater, wide legged trousers, orange tote | Not Dressed As Lamb

Great composition

Fairy princess Cinderella style: Blush pink crystal covered crop top, floor length tulle skirt, pink pointed heels | Evening wear, gown, dress | Not Dressed As Lamb

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Not Dressed As Lamb best photographic moments - great composition: Flute-sleeved shirt with denim \ Cropped denim flares with window pane check and block heels
Original posts: 9. left, 10. right

Christmas party outfit \ sequinned palm print kimono \ burgundy cropped flares \ high neck white top \ bronze, gold high heels | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

Details, details

SS16 Style: M&S Archive by Alexa ruffled Harry blouse | Not Dressed As Lamb

Maison EBEL collection rose gold diamond watch | Not Dressed As Lamb

A smart casual look for AW16: Grid print black and white blazer, cropped flared jeans, blue fedora, peach shirt, faux croc block heeled shoes and tortoiseshell bag | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

Simple grey and khaki outfit accessorised with brights: Multicoloured scarf, pink satchel bag, red lace-up espadrilles | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

Captured movement

Easy summer dressing: Tribal-print maxi dress, wide-brimmed floppy hat | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

Wedding guest outfit - Jaeger SS16 50s style peony print floral top and skirt dress | Not Dressed As Lamb

How to Style Sequins as Workwear: Sequinned Breton top, camel wide leg trousers, black blazer | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

Christmas party outfit \ sequinned palm print kimono \ burgundy cropped flares \ high neck white top \ bronze, gold high heels | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

Catherine

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Wednesday, 10 May 2017

9 Tips To Make Wearing Heels More Comfortable, Over 40

What to wear with a safari-style khaki jumpsuit: Cream fedora \ statement crystal necklace \ cobalt blue heels \ leopard clutch | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
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Sometimes I receive comments from my readers about my outfits with high heels - they often mention how they simply can't wear them anymore. As you get older, wearing heels becomes more and more of a problem due to the various aches and pains (to a greater or lesser extent) that we all suffer from.

I haven't yet quite got to the stage where I can no longer wear high heels - I'm happy in a pair of four-inchers - but being comfortable in heels is something we all want. The feeling of relief at the end of the day after wearing heels is second-to-none - but is there anything we can do to make the actual wearing of heels easier and comfier?

I think there is! There are no miracle cures, that's for sure, but you can make steps (see what I did there) to make wearing heels easier on your feet. I'm sharing my 9 best tips to make wearing heels more comfortable - these tips are ESPECIALLY good for women over 40 as our tolerance levels do tend to go down the older we get...!

1. Break them in 

If your heels are new and for a special occasion, ensure you wear them in before the big day. I tend to wear them with a pair of thin socks around the house for at least a couple of days to make them stretch and mould to my feet a little.

2. Wear comfort insoles

Insoles are a godsend if you wear heels and are on your feet all day (or night). I've reviewed some Airpufs which are made from a shock-absorbent hypoallergenic foam and slip inside your shoes - read my full review of them at the end of the tips!

What to wear with a safari-style khaki jumpsuit: Cream fedora \ statement crystal necklace \ cobalt blue heels \ leopard clutch | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

3. Try foldaway flats

Take flats or - even better - foldaway shoes for the walking part of your journey. These are a godsend when you've worn your heels all evening and you then need to walk to the tube station/the taxi rank/home.

4. Use talcum powder

I swear by this one - dusting your feet with talcum powder before putting on your heels stops rubbing. This is the absolute best way to avoid blisters on your toes.

5. Consider heel types

Block heels are easier to wear all day than stilettoes which tend to make you wobble more. As much as I love a pointed toe shoe with a stiletto heel they do result in feet that ache more!

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Monday, 8 May 2017

How to Style Orange Breton Stripes #iwillwearwhatilike

Loose, comfy summer style: Orange Breton stripe top \ wide leg cream trousers \ pink snakeskin shoes \ rose gold aviators | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

As is the case for many women come summer (or, in some cases, all year round), we go somewhat nuts for Breton stripes. I reckon if you were to put four average women in a room you'd find at least one of them has a Breton stripe obsession... am I wrong?!

Well I am one of those women, and here I am parading the latest stripe to infiltrate my wardrobe: A yummy bright orange Breton stripe top. I can't say I'd seen one in orange before, but seeing as another obsession I have is of anything orange then it was only a matter of time before one would come hurtling through the interwebs and knocking on my door via my long-suffering delivery driver, Neil.

(He comes so often we're on first names terms =eek=)

Anyway to style said top: Give it all the attention it deserves. Pair it with neutrals to let the orange zing. Maybe add some funky pink snakeskin shoes so it doesn't feel like it's the only one being a bit obnoxious. That's all it requires, unless...
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Friday, 5 May 2017

Why Do Some People Resent the Success of Others? #SaturdayShareLinkUp

Why Do Some People Resent the Success of Others?

Something I've been thinking about this week is the success of others and people's attitudes towards it. Sharing my thoughts for the week on this link up is a great way to get some really interesting discussions going - this is a gem methinks...!

I got thinking about this for two reasons: One, because of my win at the UK Blog Awards a couple of weeks ago, and two, because of a very interesting post written by Vicki of Honest Mum just this week (if you don't know Vicki, she's one of the UK's biggest parenting/lifestyle bloggers - double award-winning, very successful, lots of TV appearances. But I've met her IRL and she's absolutely lovely, and as a fellow blogger she couldn't be more generous, thoughtful and kind).

Vicki's post was entitled, How I Earn Six Figures Blogging and Vlogging and You Can Too. Just let that sink in for a minute... SIX figures. Those are some serious, serious earnings - and one that I'm not at all surprised by, considering how hard that woman works.

But when she emailed the link to her (link up) post on Wednesday, it came with a message that said how she'd hesitated for a very long time about publishing the post. As she says at the beginning of the post, it’s not very British, is it? - and no, talking about money isn't. At all. But the reason she wrote it was to show that it can be done, and it explained how she did it. It wasn't to show off - she's not at all like that - it was to inspire.

I NOTICED THAT THE UNSUBSCRIBES FROM MY NEWSLETTER (THAT INCLUDED NEWS ABOUT MY WIN) AND THE SUBSCRIPTION EMAILS TO MY BLOG AWARDS POSTS ROSE DRAMATICALLY. 

However, the fact that she had to mention that it's 'not British' to talk about something like success struck a chord with me. I was very hesitant about telling people about my Blog Awards win, as if I were showing off. I published one post before the awards saying wish me luck (though I won't win anyway), another post featuring the red gown I wore on the night, and another celebrating my win and to say thank you to my readers and loved ones.

Too much? I wondered if it was.

The increase in unsubscribes

And the strange thing was, I noticed that the unsubscribes from my newsletter (that included news about my win) and the subscription emails to my Blog Awards posts rose dramatically compared to other newsletters/emails. More than twice as many unsubscribes compared to the average, in fact.

As a blogger you ALWAYS have people unsubscribe when you send something out for all sorts of reasons, and they're not all negative. They could have changed their email address, they may want to read your blog on a different platform, they may find that they just have too many emails coming in, or they simply don't find your content interesting or relevant to them any more. It's not a big deal, if I'm not appealing to someone then I can't force them to like my content.

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Wednesday, 3 May 2017

A Colourful, Preppy Outfit for Dog Walking in the Summer

Preppy summer style from Seasalt Cornwall \ multicoloured stripe t-shirt \ wide leg red trousers \ navy knotted neck scarf \ straw fedora hat | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

At last we seem to be getting some regular warmer (or should I say milder) weather - it makes walking the dog so much more pleasant. I can't wait for longer walks in the sunshine now that we're into May (my favourite month)!

And I won't deny it... Any excuse to try and get Riley into a photo shoot is a valid excuse, though to be honest he really wasn't playing ball this time.

(I don't know why I said that - he NEVER plays with a ball. Ever. He's far too aloof/chilled/lazy for ball games, though that's probably because he thinks he's a human...!)

Normally if I don't want him in shot he stands right next to me and poses for all he's worth without leaving my side. THIS time I wanted him in the shot but he wouldn't face Keith, instead giving the camera the most delightful view of his backside - he absolutely refused to turn and face the front.

In the end we just went with the close up shots where he at least faced the camera once or twice (please don't judge me for looking like I've got my dog in a vice-like strangle hold, I really haven't!)... and I really mean just once or twice. I'm finding out that having an Instagram Dog is a lot tougher than having an Instagram Husband - at least the husband cooperates for treats, Riley just takes them and still doesn't cooperate!

Preppy summer style from Seasalt Cornwall \ multicoloured stripe t-shirt \ wide leg red trousers \ navy knotted neck scarf \ straw fedora hat | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
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Seasalt Ailsa top, multi stripe  Seasalt Carhales trousers, red  Seasalt Idless bag, navy  Seasalt Sailor Square neck scarf, navy  Seasalt Skipper hat  Seasalt Sunny Cove sandals, navy

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