Wednesday, 26 April 2017

14 Unmissable Reads - The Best of the Blogosphere (April 2017)

The Best of the Blogosphere April 2017 - 14 Unmissable Reads

In my Best of the Blogosphere this month I have creativity boosters, husbands styling their wives, the rise of 'Instagram face' and more! 

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

It's been a crazy week for me with having won the Individual Fashion & Beauty prize at the UK Blog Awards (and still being in shock about it) - Friday's #SaturdayShareLinkUp post will tell you all about it, meantime you can see what I wore here!

Do have a read of these great links - you never know who or what you might discover that makes your day/week/month!

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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Last year Katy wrote about how she failed at her lifelong dream and quit - but she was perfectly okay with doing so.

Monika let her husband loose on her wardrobe to style her and he created this (pretty fabulous) outfit.

The crippling rise of ‘Instagram Face’ - where makeup looks have become totally homogenised - is discussed in this revealing (and very worrying) article.
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Monday, 24 April 2017

Lady in Red: I WON at the UK Blog Awards!! #iwillwearwhatilike

Awards ceremony outfit - Long red fitted gown with shoulder detail \ crystal embellished box clutch \ red crystal earrings | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

Winner, winner, chicken dinner...! I couldn't resist that expression - it just about sums up the craziness of this weekend that was the UK Blog Awards. 

What can I say - I'm STILL totally and utterly in shock at the fact that I was the Individual Fashion and Beauty Winner at what is probably the UK's biggest blogging awards event (you can read more about it in last Friday's post). I had convinced myself this year that I wasn't going to win after being shortlisted twice before, so I went simply to have a great evening with the girls from the Over40Collective, celebrate all things about the blogging community and just be proud that I represented the over 40s in what is always a very tough category for older women.

However, not only did I win, but my Over40Collective colleague Niki of Midlifechic was Highly Commended: So 25% of the category was won by over 40 bloggers. That in itself is an incredible boost for the 40+ blogging community, and I'm immensely proud to be part of that.

Anyway! Today's post is all about the outfit (I'll discuss the event and what it was like to win in Friday's #SaturdayShareLinkUp post) - these photos were taken during the calm before the storm so all I can say is: CHECK OUT THAT DRESS!!

There's no getting away from it - I had to pour myself into that dress, but boy was it worth it... I won't lie, and there's no use being modest here, because I absolutely felt like a MILLION dollars. I can see why celebrities have such confidence on the red carpet: Put on a magnificent red carpet-worthy dress and it changes everything about the way you stand, the way you move, the way you feel. Being somewhat restricted is actually a benefit because there is no slouching, all night long. And mine wasn't even designer, it was high street - the Abriella red dress from Coast which is currently on sale at Zalando. And also available in black, direct from Coast.


I CAN SEE WHY CELEBRITIES HAVE SUCH CONFIDENCE ON THE RED CARPET: PUT ON A MAGNIFICENT RED CARPET-WORTHY DRESS AND IT CHANGES EVERYTHING ABOUT THE WAY YOU STAND, THE WAY YOU MOVE, THE WAY YOU FEEL.

Once I knew I'd been shortlisted I knew I had to find a dress that would top last year's fairy princess outfit - it seemed like a completely impossible task. That outfit was stunning, it was so pretty and floaty and sparkly... What do you do when you have to beat THAT?
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Friday, 21 April 2017

The Importance of Visibility of Older Women in Fashion #SaturdayShareLinkUp

UK Blog Awards: The accessories | Not Dressed As Lamb

When this post goes out I'll be at the UK Blog Awards - probably the biggest date in a blogger's calendar for those who attend! 

As many of you may know (and know perhaps because you voted for me, for which I'm eternally grateful), I've been shortlisted for the third year in a row for best Fashion & Beauty Blog. It's going to be a big night and one I can't wait for, for all sorts of reasons. I thought for my Saturday Share post I'd share my thoughts on industry awards, what being shortlisted means, and most of all why the visibility of older women in the fashion and beauty industry is so very, very important.

(Pictured above is a sneak peek of my accessories for the night - I think my outfit may well top last year's fairy princess outfit, so be prepared...!)

The importance of the UK Blog Awards

Basically, these awards are the biggest in the UK (as far as I know) - every single genre of blog is represented, and awards are given to both individual blogs and company blogs (so I won't be up against any clothing brand's blog, for example - just other individual bloggers). So you can imagine just how many people will be there if you consider there are 17 categories, 8 finalists in each - and then double it for companies and individuals... so yeah, 272 finalists alone. That's a lot of movers and shakers.

While many people do get annoyed about bloggers asking for votes (which okay, I do get when it's incessant), I think it's important to remember just how hard bloggers work, most of whom do everything themselves: Photographing, writing, editing, marketing, networking, accounting, administration, negotiating... Most of us cannot afford the luxury of an assistant, or an administrator, or even an accountant. So to be recognised for all the hard work you put in - and to actually be able to say you've been nominated for/have won an award - is a very rewarding way to allow yourself that pat on the back that we quite rightly deserve.

Most other industries have awards nights and presentations for services within their industry, and blogging is just as worthy of recognition in the same way.

The representation of 40+ bloggers in the Fashion & Beauty category

This year is more than just my third nomination in the Final 8 (it was a Final 10 until last year, so it was even harder to get shortlisted!) - it's the year that not one but TWO over 40 bloggers have made it to the final 8. My fellow Over40Collective member Nikki of Midlifechic has also been shortlisted, and I couldn't be prouder that older bloggers have made up A QUARTER of the fashion and beauty finalists... that's no mean feat, considering our [fashion] industry is still very youth biased.

MIDDLE AGED WOMEN OF TODAY ARE NOT THE SAME AS THE MIDDLE AGED WOMEN OF YESTERYEAR. THEY ARE, LOOK AND FEEL MUCH, MUCH "YOUNGER" - AND ARE LESS CONSTRAINED BY SOCIETY'S EXPECTATIONS ON THEM. 

For me, therefore, it was important to be shortlisted because I wanted to make sure that 40+ bloggers are represented and seen to be making waves in the tough world that's saturated with Chiara, Leandra, Aimee and their equivalents. Blogging is another branch of the large tree that is fashion and beauty, and one that is gaining rapid momentum in this world of powerful influencers.

We NEED older women to be visible in fashion. The amazing Lyn of Accidental Icon has recently been modelling for Mango - a brand known for having a very young target market. This is fantastic news and certainly shouldn't be the last time a major high street brand picks up on how chic and ageless older women are these says.

Middle aged women of today are not the same as the middle aged women of yesteryear. They are, look and feel much, much "younger" - and are less constrained by society's expectations on them.
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Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Smart, Versatile British Tailoring For You and the Man in Your Life

Smart British tailoring by Arthur Shirtley. Her: Check shirt \ tweed silk blazer \ camel wide leg trousers \ silver slip on sneakers \ camel fedora - Him: Dark wash jeans | Not Dressed As Lamb & Silver Londoner, over 40 style/menswear
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Here you have it, folks - the first ever joint photo shoot from Not Dressed As Lamb and Silver Londoner

It's been a long time coming as many people have requested an outfit post featuring Keith and myself since he started his blog way back when... This week the timing for a joint shoot was absolutely perfect: I've partnered with a young brand to show you some smart, versatile tailoring that's made for you AND the man in your life!

Today we're both wearing blazers and shirts by Arthur Shirtley, an exciting young British brand that specialises in the most exquisite tailored workwear. Now as some of you may know, as a pro blogger I don't work in an office anymore, so it does beg the question, Why would we be showing you smart workwear pieces?

The reason is simple: By styling these pieces in a very casual way, we've shown you how smart tailored blazers and office-appropriate shirts are perfect not just as workwear, but also as versatile, classic pieces for the weekend. What we wanted to do was show how quality workwear is a great investment because it CAN be worn out of the office with just a little clever styling. (Click here to see Keith's outfit and post in more detail - it's worth it, I promise!)

I'VE ACTUALLY SURPRISED MYSELF AT JUST HOW MUCH I LOVE THIS OUTFIT - I WILL BE HONEST AND SAY I WAS APPREHENSIVE ABOUT STILL LOOKING TOO "OFFICEY"... MY FEARS WERE UNFOUNDED I'M PLEASED TO SAY.  

I'm wearing the Greenwich Picnic Shirt and the Hampstead Blazer, and Keith is wearing the Somerset House Fountains Shirt and the Fitzrovia Blazer. The quality of these garments is absolutely second to none, but what makes them really special is that the blazers are made of 100% silk and the shirts are 100% cotton. Therefore the blazers are lightweight enough to be worn during the summer - who doesn't want a lightweight, breathable blazer in the office in hot weather?

Smart British tailoring by Arthur Shirtley. Her: Check shirt \ tweed silk blazer \ camel wide leg trousers \ silver slip on sneakers \ camel fedora - Him: Dark wash jeans | Not Dressed As Lamb & Silver Londoner, over 40 style/menswear
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Arthur Shirtley - Smart British tailoring for men and women
L-R: Greenwich Picnic Shirt | Hampstead Blazer | Somerset House Fountains Shirt | Fitzrovia Blazer
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Monday, 17 April 2017

My Favourite Spring Outfits (With SS17 Shopping Links) #iwillwearwhatilike

My favourite spring outfits to shop | Not Dressed As Lamb

Happy Easter Monday! I hope you've managed to enjoy your long weekend and not stuffed yourself silly with chocolate...?!  

I thought the #iwillwearwhatilike link up should still go ahead, but as we're well into Spring 2017 now I've looked back over some of my favourite spring outfits from the last couple of years for some outfit inspiration. As pretty much none of these items are available any longer it seemed only right that I do a bit of research and see how you could recreate these looks for SS17.

Many of the shapes and silhouettes that are around at the moment can be translated into these looks with a little tweak here and there. Basically they've all been updated - I hope you find something that you like and can work into your wardrobe... spring going into summer is my absolute favourite time of the year (May is just the BEST month), so a little retrospective of this season it always a joy for me!


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I did take a little break from choosing my favourite outfits from last week, but don't worry normal service will resume next Monday. Scroll down to add your outfits to this week's link up and enjoy the rest of your long weekend!

WHICH OF THESE CURRENT PIECES HAVE CAUGHT YOUR EYE? TELL ME IN THE COMMENTS OR TWEET ME @NOTLAMB!

Spring style: Fluffy pink cardigan, paisley joggers, black lace up pointed flats, up do, cat eye sunglasses, evil eye brooch

1. Pink fluff and pattern

Original post: The Crazy Housewife Look: A Fluffy Pink Cardigan and Paisley Joggers

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

2. Bright pastels and bold heels

Original post: How to Wear Pastels, Brights and Winter White (and Look Towards Spring)

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Spring style | Straw fedora, Breton stripes, chinos and multi coloured sneakers

3. Super casual chinos and stripes

Original post: Simple Spring Style of Straw Hat, Sneakers and Stripes

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SS16 Style: M&S Archive by Alexa ruffled Harry blouse, distressed boyfriend jeans, black biker jacket, orange tote, pointed two-tone flats | Not Dressed As Lamb

4. Ruffles and distressed denim for town

Original post: How to Style the Archive by Alexa Ruffled Blouse

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The #iwillwearwhatilike link up with 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!



Linking up etiquette...

CLICK HERE to read the rules of linking up (and to grab the #iwillwearwhatilike button). Basically it's just good manners to link back to here - to leave a comment is even nicer!

To get yourself featured next week, make sure you've included a link back to Not Dressed As Lamb or my button in your post/sidebar!

DO SHARE THE LOVE AND VISIT AS MANY LINKS AS YOU CAN (YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT OTHER LOVELY LIKE-MINDED LADIES YOU MIGHT MEET) - THE ORIGINAL INSTAGRAM CAMPAIGN FORGED SOME WONDERFUL NEW FRIENDSHIPS SO DON'T MISS OUT!


Catherine

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Friday, 14 April 2017

When You Hate Photos of Yourself #SaturdayShareLinkUp

Not Dressed As Lamb fashion blog bloopers and outtakes

This week I was editing photos of myself for a campaign I'm working on, where I had to shoot close up (portrait) photos for the brand's own use. Before I do any sort of editing to colour casts, contrast, shadows, etc. I go through and pick out the images I like the best. 

While I was doing this I thought to myself, Thank goodness I have control over this - I get to choose which images the brand uses. Sure, I'll give them two or three different final shots to choose from, but out of the 50-odd photos we took it's my choice as to which I present to them.

Now I know only some of my readers are bloggers (and even then not all bloggers take photos of themselves), but I'm sure everyone has, at some time, had the task of going through photos of themselves and having to pick out the ones they like for the final image... For wedding photos, or holiday photos, or passport photos when you have to select the photo to print while you're actually there in the booth (oh, the pressure of the photo booth!!)

[By the way in case you're wondering, the photos in the image are not ones I just didn't like, they are actual bloopers...!]

When someone else chooses a bad photo of you

The picking out of these photos this week got me thinking about when you DON'T have control over which photo of yourself is chosen, for example when you're a guest/bridesmaid/mother of the bride at a wedding and someone else has picked out the photos to go in their album. You excitedly open the album to see...

... A shockingly HORRIFIC photo of yourself. One that you would never have picked out in a million years. You're either pulling a weird expression, or your smile is just "off", or your eyes are dead, or it just doesn't look like you. I'm not talking about body image or the fact that you may have put on a few pounds - I mean a shot that would have been so much better had you just smiled properly or turned your head the other way to show your "good" side.

WHEN I SAW THE SHOT THEY USED, I WAS ABSOLUTELY HORRIFIED. DEAD EYES, WEIRD SMILE, HEAD AT THE WRONG ANGLE. BUT THERE IT WAS, PUBLISHED FOR EVERYONE TO SEE. 

And a little bit of you dies inside because you know that photo will be there forever in their wedding album, or in their photo frame, or on their Facebook page (though at least you can ask them to take those down, wedding albums are trickier)!

This happened to me a while ago, where some photos were taken of me and I didn't have control over which ones were chosen. It was a professional photo shoot, but the editing was all in the hands of X Brand (which shall remain nameless). And when I saw the shot they used, I was absolutely horrified. Dead eyes, weird smile, head at the wrong angle. But there it was, published for everyone to see, and there was nothing I could do about it.

What everyone else saw

But this was the truly weird thing: I was the ONLY person that hated it.* Everyone I knew who saw it told me what a wonderful picture it was, that I looked so youthful, so serene, all sorts of words that I couldn't believe they were actually using to describe this horror of a portrait. In fact because my mum knew where to find the photo online, she'd looked it up before I told her not to bother - she went to the trouble of ringing me to say what a gorgeous photo it was of me.

What on earth was it they saw that I didn't??!!! WHY did they think that awful shot was a nice picture of me?

It goes to show that what you see is totally different to what everyone else sees. It might have something to do with the fact that what we see in the mirror is a reverse image of what everyone else sees, and that would explain why some people hate all photos of themselves. But I've seen my mug close up enough times and edited enough photos of myself to see (mostly) what other people see, and I can usually pick out (what I deem to be) the good ones.
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Wednesday, 12 April 2017

10 Romantic, Feminine Style Fashion Bloggers You Should Know

10 Romantic, Feminine Style Fashion Bloggers compiled by Not Dressed As Lamb

Just to warn you straight away: If you're not a fan of pink or florals, you'd best look away now...! 

As I'm featuring fashion bloggers who capture that stunning romantic, feminine style on a daily basis, there will be pink... And baby blue, and ruffles, and pleats, and bows, and florals, and heels, and lace. All the girly stuff is here, and I love it.

These are the bloggers who you'll rarely find in Doc Martens, camo, boyfriend jeans, or any sort of masculine chic. There are always exceptions to the rule, but generally these bloggers always have a touch of the feminine to their outfits, even in the dead of winter when they have to pile on the layers like the rest of us.

However, spring and summer is their time to really shine - all the floaty dresses, pastels and florals come out in full force. April seemed like the perfect time to shine a spotlight on these lovely ladies and their romantic looks.

SPRING AND SUMMER IS THEIR TIME TO REALLY SHINE - ALL THE FLOATY DRESSES, PASTELS AND FLORALS COME OUT IN FORCE. 

Even within this style category you get a huge range of different styles. Some bloggers have a romantic style with a little preppy thrown in, and others veer towards a slightly more edgy-but-still-feminine look. Some are simply full-on girly with pretty pinks, ruffles and florals.

Hopefully you'll find more than a little inspiration and new bloggers to follow - even if you don't do feminine all the time (I certainly don't), you may want to throw yourself at midi skirts and ruffles now and then (I certainly do)...!

HAVE YOU FOUND ANY NEW-TO-YOU BLOGGERS THAT YOU'RE NOW OBSESSING OVER? (I HOPE YOU HAVE!) COMMENT BELOW, OR TAKE IT TO TWITTER @NOTLAMB!

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Monday, 10 April 2017

A Simple, Pretty Way to Style a Classic Breton T-shirt #iwillwearwhatilike

Perfect spring outfit: Red Breton stripe t-shirt \ white full midi skirt \ black d'Orsay patent heels \ tortoiseshell sunglasses \ black box handbag | Not Dressed As Lamb

Rather unusually for April, the sun was out in full force for most of the UK over the weekend and it was nothing short of glorious (and, dare I say it, even a bit hot). So out came the Breton stripe t-shirt, midi skirt and bare legs for the day! 

HOWEVER (such is the English weather), by the time we were able to get out and shoot some photos not only had the sun gone behind the clouds but the temperature dropped significantly and there was the mother of all winds hampering our efforts. Damn you, Mother Nature (I'm sure she can't be a feminist, that one, otherwise she'd do what she can to actually HELP us poor fashion bloggers in times of need)!!

IF BRETON STRIPES AND THE OBLIGATORY BLOSSOM BACKGROUND DOESN'T SCREAM SPRING TO YOU, I DON'T KNOW WHAT WILL

But really, it was such a beautiful weekend and a welcome change in April. We sat outside and ate lunch and I even dared to show my bare legs with my white midi skirt (similar) I haven't worn in an age. I've worn my red Breton stripe t-shirt over the winter a couple of times by layering it over a white roll neck and pairing it with dark denim or navy trousers... It takes on a whole other spring-like, preppy meaning when you put it with white.

If Breton stripes and the obligatory blossom background doesn't SCREAM spring to you, I don't know what will...!
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Friday, 7 April 2017

Why I Wish the "Best Over 40 Bloggers" Lists Were More Varied #SaturdayShareLinkUp

Why I Wish the "Best Over 40 Bloggers" Lists Were More Varied | Not Dressed As Lamb

Earlier this year I was featured on Who What Wear as one of their "Stylish Fashion Bloggers Over Age 40" - I'm truly always so honoured to be featured and included among such stylish ladies. 

However, the moment proved to be bittersweet (from my point of view at least) - whilst I was so flattered and pleased to be featured by Who What Wear (it doesn't do my traffic any harm whatsoever), I realised that it was the third time they'd included me on a similar list-style post. To date, I've appeared in the following "best older bloggers" articles (at least these are the ones I'm aware of):

Style Wise: The 7 Best Blogs by Older Women
The Best Fashion Bloggers in Every Age Group
Meet the Stylish Fashion Bloggers Over Age 40
Fashion Bloggers and Fabulous
On Our Radar... Influencers Over 40
Fashion Blogs UK Top 20
13 Fashion Bloggers Over 40 You Should Follow Now
10 Best Fashion Blogs for Grown Ups

(Not including similar lists by other bloggers - I've only included large fashion sites and magazines, etc.)

Now pleeeease don't think I'm tooting my own horn or being ungrateful (far from it - the exposure from these sites is amazing!) when I say this, but the crazy thing is that I'm nearly always featured on these "Best over 40 bloggers" lists... it makes me think, Why can't they feature someone else for a change? Someone who should be celebrated at least once instead of me every time?

Here's another interesting thing: There are about seven or eight bloggers, including myself, who are also regularly featured on these lists.

And therein lies the problem I have.

So yes I'm very happy (VERY happy) to be always featured on these lists along with Lyn, Alyson, Judith, Annette, Cathy, Melanie and Patti, but to be honest after the latest Who What Wear I felt somewhat disappointed that the same handful of bloggers were featured yet again - myself included. The list on Marie Claire Mexico's site were five from the bloggers I just mentioned, no one new.

AFTER THE LATEST WHO WHAT WEAR ARTICLE I FELT SOMEWHAT DISAPPOINTED THAT THE SAME HANDFUL OF BLOGGERS WERE FEATURED YET AGAIN - MYSELF INCLUDED.

I'm not sure what the reason for it is exactly, but I think it's a combination of factors: Most of the bloggers I listed have been blogging for many years (I've been going nearly six years). Or they've exploded onto the scene because they're at the older end of the 40+ spectrum and very, very modern style-wise (like Lyn, for example). Or it could be lazy journalism - how do you find over 40 bloggers if you have to write an article about them? Why, Google "over 40 bloggers", of course. And what you tend to get is the same list recycled over and over again.

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Thursday, 6 April 2017

Capsule Wardrobe Pieces - 18 Stylish Wellies to Shop

Capsule wardrobe: 18 colourful and stylish Wellington boots / welly boots / wellies to shop | Not Dressed As Lamb

As it's now April (and that means April showers) I thought I'd bring you the best, most stylish welly boots I can find! 

One morning last week I was out walking Riley in the pouring rain (what joy!), and although it wasn't all that cold I was thankful for my Seasalt raincoat keeping me super dry. I then thought about how I should be wearing wellies instead of my robust walking boots that aren't really built for the rain. That got me thinking about stylish rainwear in general - raincoats, umbrellas and Wellington boots are a must for Brits of course, but there are plenty of other places that have weather that's just as changeable... the heaviest rain I've ever encountered in my life was when we visited the Statue of Liberty in New York where the rain was absolutely TORRENTIAL.

So I'll also cover raincoats and umbrellas in the coming month, but for now I'll start with wellies because I saw this pair online today and couldn't believe just how stylish and non-wellyish they were... Plus they'll keep my feet dry whilst out walking the dog. How good is that?!

I'VE LOOKED FOR INTERESTING STYLES AND GREAT COLOURS, SOMETHING A BIT DIFFERENT TO MAKE YOUR DOG WALK OR COMMUTE TO WORK IN THE RAIN FAR MORE STYLISH. 

I've avoided completely plain black wellies - I've looked for interesting styles and great colours, something a bit different to make your dog walk or commute to work in the rain far more stylish. There's a mixture of long boots and short/ankle boots, and some that don't look like wellies at all.

SHOP MY TOP FIVE FAVE WELLIES:



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Monday, 3 April 2017

How to Style Brooches: More is More #iwillwearwhatilike

Spring look: Pale blue sweater \ emerald green peg trousers \ flower brooches \ tan strappy block heeled sandals \ two tone cross body bag | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

Although I never actually stopped wearing them, brooches are back in a big way this year - I for one am glad because I have quite the collection. 

After wearing a sculptural masterpiece disguised as a brooch a couple of weeks ago on the blog, it made me remember how much I love them and how they can elevate a reasonably plain outfit into something far more interesting. And what can be better than one brooch? Why, three, of course (more is more as they say)!

I WORE SOME NEW STRAPPY SANDALS THAT WERE GIFTED TO ME... THE FIRST SANDALS APPEARANCE THIS YEAR, HURRAH! 

After I received my little rose gold initial 'C' brooch at Christmas soon after finding the New Look brooch I wore on Christmas eve (the three-flower cluster one you see here), I got the brooch bug again. It led to an impulse buy of this gorgeous rose gold crystal flower from Debenhams, and for a bright, sunny spring day this weekend I wore all three on a pale blue knit which I teamed with perfect-for-spring green trousers and some new strappy sandals (UK link) that were gifted to me... The first sandals appearance this year, hurrah!

If you're after brooches I think the best place to go is Etsy (especially this seller) - there's so much choice!
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