Wednesday, 13 December 2017

21 Christmas Party Outfit Ideas (Worn By Regular Over 40 Women!)

21 Christmas Party Outfits for Over 40 Women (worn by regular 40+ women)

In what will be my final Christmas party outfits post this year (maybe, don't hate me if it's not!), I thought I'd look to some regular over 40 women for inspiration on what to wear this festive season. 

So rather than you having to endure me wearing All The Party Outfits, you can feast your eyes on 21 party outfits as worn by my good friends from the Over40Collective instead. What's so great about featuring the members of the O40Co is that our styles are all so different, so there should be something to appeal to everyone in terms of style.

If you're not fond of all the colour and pattern that I wear so much, there are sophisticated looks based around the colour black. If you're a huge fan of sparkle and glitz, however, I've got you covered with all manner of sequins.

Monday, 11 December 2017

Casual Festive Dressing: A Christmas Jumper Special #iwillwearwhatilike

AW17 Casual Christmas party outfit: Fluffy pink sequinned reindeer sweater, navy velvet trousers, knee high boots and navy baker boy hat | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

After one or two dressed up Christmas party outfit posts, I'm bringing you the opposite end of the festive season dressing spectrum: The laid-back, casual party outfit. Something that's practical, warm and still Yuletide-appropriate.

This is one of those outfits that's all about the Christmas jumper - and oh my god how crazy have sales of Christmas jumpers got in the last few years? What used to be something that Bridget Jones mocked poor Mark Darcy for wearing has now become THE thing to wear at Christmas. Sure, there are many tasteful or elegant ones like my fabulously fluffy sequin reindeer sweater, but truth be told, Christmas jumpers are meant to be a little tacky (and isn't that what we love about them)?

Why has this happened? Did Mr. Darcy start it off as long ago as 2001? I guess we'll never know.

Friday, 8 December 2017

I've Entered the UK Blog Awards Again - Please Vote For Me? #SaturdayShareLinkUp

Catherine Summers, Not Dressed As Lamb | UK Blog Awards 2017 Individual Fashion & Beauty Winner

Yes, it's that time of year once again when the UK Blog Awards nomination process rolls around and I ask my lovely readers for their support.

It only feels like 5 minutes since I last asked for votes (though I'm aware it was a whole year ago...), and it's even less time that I somehow managed to win on my third time being shortlisted. It STILL hasn't sunk in even now that I won, eight months later!

So after having a huge surprise also winning Most Addictive Blog at the Thirty Plus Awards only last week, I feel like I'm on a bit of a roll this year (somehow, I don't know how)! This is happening to someone who never, ever won anything or came top in anything at school or competitions. I was just never one of those people who would win things, but I'd always have a good go trying.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Discount Shopping Heaven for Beauty Junkies: Dover to Calais by Ferry

Dover to Calais ferry trip, P&O Ferries | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 fashion & lifestyle
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At the beginning of last week I went on a little expedition and did something I haven't done since I was 17: j'ai voyag√© en France en ferry (I travelled to France by ferry)!

The last time I crossed over the English Channel was with my parents on a holiday to Brittany in 1989 (I'm the youngest of four so it was their last holiday with one of their children before we were ALL grown up enough to go on our own holidays) and it did seem like a lifetime ago. So when I was contacted by P&O Ferries and offered the chance to visit Calais on a day trip via ferry from Dover I was curious as to what it'd be like as an adult. It's amazing how you take the organising of trips for granted as a kid (or even a young adult as I was then) because I remember NOTHING about having to be at a certain place at a certain time, remembering tickets, passports or anything...!

As Keith was unavailable (i.e. couldn't get time off work at this time of year) I asked my two lovely friends Lisa and Michelle if they wanted to come and spend the day with me, checking out what Calais had to offer and to see what the trip over would be like. Unfortunately Michelle got a chest infection at the eleventh hour (poor thing!) so it was up to Lisa and I to get the Christmas spirit kicked off with a day in the French port after catching the ferry from Dover.

Monday, 4 December 2017

What to Wear to a Christmas Party (When You Don't Wear Dresses) #iwillwearwhatilike

Floral pyjama pajama-style suit, Christmas party outfit: Trouser/pants suit with red heels, pink velvet top and gold mirror clutch | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 fashion

It's safe to say we're fully into Christmas party season and it's that time when those of us who haven't sorted out what we're wearing yet get into a bit of a panic. "What to wear to a Christmas party" posts are everywhere, but so many of them just include dresses.

If you're NOT the kind of gal who wear dresses much - or simply just prefers to be in trousers - then the co-ords set is your new best friend. There are lots of beautiful co-ords in the shops at the moment (I've featured my favourites further down the post) and decided to style this floral blazer and trousers suit from JD Williams to prove that party dressing doesn't HAVE to mean a dress!

Friday, 1 December 2017

The Thirty Plus Awards: Winning 'Most Addictive Blog'! #SaturdayShareLinkUp

Not Dressed As Lamb - The Thirty Plus Awards November 2017

What a week I've had... I can't believe it's December already as I've been working non-stop and have barely had time to breathe: Now the week has finished with me unexpectedly winning an award - it's crazy (and of course wonderful)!

The Thirty Plus Awards are now in their second year (I was very honoured to be a judge last year) and several weeks ago someone very kindly nominated me for the Most Addictive Blog Award. That in itself is very humbling, but to be shortlisted by the panel of judges and THEN go on to win (when you're not expecting to win in any way shape or form) is absolutely amazing! I popped up to London yesterday to attend the awards even though I knew(!) I wouldn't win - I wanted to see friends, have a few drinks and celebrate all the amazing ladies doing amazing things in the blogosphere.

But then I won the award in my category...!!
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