Monday, 30 January 2017

A Simple Orange Party Dress and a Diamond Anniversary #iwillwearwhatilike

Orange fit and flare dress with pleated skirt \ fishnets tights \ birthday party outfit | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

This weekend was spent celebrating my parents' diamond (60th) wedding anniversary, 

so of course a party dress was absolutely the order of the day. After my little run of wearing black for several outfits around Christmas I've worn my favourite colour - orange - for the third time in a row.

I bought this orange pleated midi dress quite a few months ago and unfortunately I don't think there are many sizes left, but below I've featured a selection of alternatives you may love (especially this reddish-orange broderie one) - or the same dress is available in a pretty khaki colour if you're more of a neutrals fan.

IT WAS THE PERFECT OCCASION TO BREAK OUT THE AS-YET-UNWORN ORANGE DRESS AND TEAM IT WITH A CHUNKY BLACK NECKLACE, MY LOW BLACK HEELS AND THE BACK-ON-TREND FISHNET TIGHTS.

As for the party, my parents hired a huge holiday house down at the coast looking out to sea to accommodate the (roughly) 45 friends and family that came, and as always with the girls in our family (with Christmas, birthdays and anniversaries) we usually put on a party dress. It was the perfect occasion to break out the as-yet-unworn orange dress and team it with a chunky black necklace (similar), my low black heels (good for being on my feet all day) and the back-on-trend fishnet tights.

(Don't miss the photo I've included from their super stylish 1957 wedding below...!)

Orange fit and flare dress with pleated skirt \ fishnets tights \ birthday party outfit | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
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As you can see I managed to abduct the helium balloons from the party for a cliché blogger photo - it's not as easy as it looks as any wind makes it hard to control them...! But it gave the people out walking their dogs along the path something to look (laugh?) at.

And in case you're wondering, yes we did suck in the helium later and we even sang along to the Bee Gees butchered Staying Alive. I know it's bad for you but who can resist overdosing and giggling on helium...?!

We all had a wonderful weekend but we did have one (somewhat major) mishap... Unfortunately my 87-year-old father had a nasty fall on the steps outside and not only cut his head but also hurt his hip and cut his arm - paramedics came and we did have to take him to hospital. He came out the next day and isn't too bad considering (he's pretty fit and healthy for a man his age), but he sure gave us all a fright and of course we're now joking about him being a drama queen and stealing the limelight at his own party.

So a two day party turned into a four day one with the extra help we had to give my parents, but it was all worth it in the end and we carried on partying despite his trip to the local A&E...!

Do add your outfits to this week's link up and if you've added a link to here or my button to your post you may be featured next week!

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Orange fit and flare dress with pleated skirt \ fishnets tights \ birthday party outfit | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
Orange fit and flare dress with pleated skirt \ fishnets tights \ birthday party outfit | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
Orange fit and flare dress with pleated skirt \ fishnets tights \ birthday party outfit | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
Orange fit and flare dress with pleated skirt \ fishnets tights \ birthday party outfit | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
Orange fit and flare dress with pleated skirt \ fishnets tights \ birthday party outfit | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
Orange fit and flare dress with pleated skirt \ fishnets tights \ birthday party outfit | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 styleOrange fit and flare dress with pleated skirt \ fishnets tights \ birthday party outfit | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
ASOS dress (I adore this red/orange embroidery midi dress) | ASOS necklace (love this black crystal statement necklace) | ASOS shoes | Fishnets tights

OTHER ORANGE OR RED DRESSES TO TRY:




A chic 1950s wedding

1950s white wedding \ wedding dress \ 50s style \ vintage style wedding \ simple white velvet wedding gown
Above: My parent's wedding, 1957. Far from being embarrassing, I don't think either of them could look more chic or stylish. My mum designed and made her own dress out of white velvet (it being January), and even when I was a kid I admired its simplicity...!
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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!

Featured favourites

Fashion bloggers that believe in #iwillwearwhatilike
My favourite outfits from last week's link up:

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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Orange fit and flare dress with pleated skirt \ fishnets tights \ birthday party outfit | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
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Friday, 27 January 2017

Love Art & Illustrations Printed on Stuff? You'll Love This Website #SaturdayShareLinkUp

Love Art & Illustrations Printed on Stuff? You'll Love RedBubble.com

"Uncommon designs by independent artists everywhere" is how Redbubble describe their site. In other words, 

if you, like me, love art and illustration and would love it printed onto stuff, then this website will be an absolute godsend/revelation/nirvana for you - as it was for me when I stumbled across it in my web surfing earlier this week.

In fact I was so excited at the prospect of looking through thousands (in fact, probably tens of thousands) of different designs - that I could buy in everything from postcard to a chiffon top to a laptop skin - that I whiled away a good two and a half hours just going through everything and seeing all the designs they had.

Don't say I didn't warn you...!

Basically, Redbubble is the perfect website to get something for someone that you know just a little - or even a lot. For example, I'm utterly obsessed with giraffes. If you type in "giraffe" to the search box you get no less than 10,929 results of different products with different designs on them. And the designs/illustrations couldn't be more varied: You've got modern, pop art, cartoon, fantasy, typography, graphic, abstract, romantic, photographic... Everything.

Not Dressed As Lamb - Redbubble.com fave picks
You could get someone a sticker for £1.78, a cushion for £14 or a canvas print for £42 (all in different sizes). Or a kid's t-shirt, or an adult hoodie. Or a duvet cover, or a travel mug. Or a tote bag, or a greetings card. (You can see how I spent hours on it, can't you.)
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Thursday, 26 January 2017

How to Avoid Black Entirely in the Winter and Go Bold

Bold, bright winter outfit: Orange animal print coat \ chunky white roll neck sweater \ camel wide leg trousers (pants) \ white Stan Smiths \ red tote bag \ camel felt fedora | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

So after my little run of wearing a lot of black in my last few outfit posts, I'm back to my comfort zone of colour. 

I know it's totally alien to some people to be so afraid of black (especially in the cold months), but I get really uncomfortable knowing that I've worn black on three out of the last four occasions. I feel like it'll affect my mood - January can be depressing enough as it is, so this time I avoided black altogether and went for bold!

The star here is, of course, the orange animal print coat. It's Marks & Spencer AW15 I'm afraid, and even when I bought it a year ago it then almost instantly sold out because they reduced it by a whopping 70%. However don't despair: I've found a selection of warm-coloured animal print and different orange coats for you to consider instead - just keep scrolling to the end of my pictures and you'll see the thumbnail selections.

WITH ANY BOLD COLOUR AND/OR PATTERN YOUR BEST BET IS TO TEAM IT WITH NEUTRALS, AND ALTHOUGH BLACK IS A SAFE CHOICE I OFTEN THINK IT CAN DEADEN THE LUSH LOOK OF BRIGHTS.

This was a weekend outfit for a quick trip to the shops and then the cinema in the evening - I left off the hat for the evening to avoid the wrath of the person behind me... I know you can take it off but it would have meant having "hat hair" for the duration. And yes, I know it's dark, but I can't stand flat, limp hair.

Bold, bright winter outfit: Orange animal print coat \ chunky white roll neck sweater \ camel wide leg trousers (pants) \ white Stan Smiths \ red tote bag \ camel felt fedora | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
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Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Best of the Blogosphere + How January Doesn't Have to Be the "Depressing" Month

Best of the Blogosphere - Unmissable Links

If you're after angles on midlife's good and bad points, thoughts on being nice to Melania Trump, tips for visiting Disneyland and some worrying facts about faux fur, then you're in the right place...!

My Best of the Blogosphere - Unmissable Links 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.
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Monday, 23 January 2017

Wide Leg Trousers: How to Get the Katharine Hepburn Look #iwillwearwhatilike

How to get the Katharine Hepburn look: Wide leg check turn up trousers \ masculine-cut black coat \ polka dot blouse with embellished black bow neck tie \ black box handbag \ cone-heeled black pointed shoes | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

Masculine chic is one of my favourite looks, and although it can come in many forms one of the chicest is classic Katharine Hepburn style. 

Really all you need is a pair of wide leg, turn up trousers - they were her signature style and she was probably the person that made them incredibly popular for women. I styled mine for a meal out to celebrate a family birthday party last week - but first, my hair!
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Friday, 20 January 2017

Donating Unused Make Up and Toiletries to Help Vulnerable Women #SaturdayShareLinkUp

How Your Unused Make Up and Toiletries Can Help Vulnerable Women - Give & Make Up
I thought I'd share with you a very worthy cause that I only discovered this week (one that helps women in danger),   

which was quite timely considering some of the allegations made against a certain someone whose inauguration took place today.  I am someone who often donates to charity, but when I hear about something that means I can help in a different (and, sometimes, more direct) way then I'm all ears.

Give and Make Up was set up by Caroline Hirons (she of the very successful carolinehirons.com) when she realised she should do something with all the excess make up toiletries that she had received as a (beauty) blogger.
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Thursday, 19 January 2017

Capsule Wardrobe Pieces: 16 Warm, Stylish Winter Coats to Shop

Capsule Wardrobe Pieces - 16 Warm, Stylish Winter Coats

In this latest post in my series about building a capsule wardrobe I've decided to concentrate on warm, stylish winter coats - 

and when I say warm, I mean properly warm... Not just smart, long wool coats but padded, quilted and down and/or feather lined coats. There are some parts of Europe that are seeing temperatures way, way below freezing at the moment, and although in the UK we're having the odd milder days it's been I'm-cold-to-the-bone on many occasions.

Today was bright and sunny - rather gorgeous weather for an early morning walk in fact - but wow my face was frooooozen...

I ALWAYS (FONDLY) THINK OF 1970S SCRUFFY SCHOOLBOYS WHEN I SEE A PARKA WITH A FURRY HOOD.
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Monday, 16 January 2017

Styling a Plain Grey Sweater Dress #iwillwearwhatilike

Winter layers: Burgundy sleeveless coatigan \ grey midi sweater dress \ tan over the knee (OTK) boots \ ochre slouch hobo bag \ rose gold heart pendant | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style blog

A grey sweater dress doesn't exactly conjure up images of a wildly exciting outfit, does it?

Strangely enough I'd had this basic item on my (wardrobe) radar for a while now, and to be honest I hadn't really thought about how I was going to style it, or whether I'd just look like a big grey lump in it. First of all though: The hunt for the right grey sweater (or jumper) dress!
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Friday, 13 January 2017

Why You Should Never Believe What You Read in the Papers #SaturdayShareLinkUp

Why You Should Never Believe What You Read in the Papers | Not Dressed As Lamb \ Catherine Summers \ newspaper article

You know when people say you shouldn't believe anything you read in the papers? 

And we all sort of know it but still look at headlines and think, Ooh, guess what so-and-so's said/done...? Well I've just had a little taster of that, but I was on the receiving end, meaning I was the one who was adversely affected by something in the papers that wasn't accurate. To explain...

On Thursday this week I had a tweet from a lovely reader (hi Gail!) to tell me that she enjoyed my article in the XX paper.
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Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Bleaching Dark Eyebrows to Match Red or Blonde Hair

Eyebrow bleaching results for dark brows to match red or blonde hair - before and after

Some of you may have seen that I've been talking about a few changes I've been making to my beauty look lately - today I'm showing you the results of my latest endeavours to change my eyebrows!

Desperate to avoid getting stuck in a beauty rut, back in October I kicked the whole thing off with the very simple task of changing my nail shape, and then before Christmas my teeth got an overhaul with a two-step process of whitening and filing down (not as "ouch" as it sounds).

Finally I've had (been having) eyelash extensions to not only have lovely long lashes but also to look half decent with minimal eye make up or no make up at all (they make a huge difference to preventing me looking like death warmed up in the mornings).

So this is almost the final stage of my "Face MOT" (I should trademark that expression, don't you think?!), and one that I've been meaning to do for ages: Bleaching my eyebrows.
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Monday, 9 January 2017

Underwear as Outerwear: Styling a Lace Trim Camisole, Over 40 #iwillwearwhatilike

Smart chic look with a blazer and camisole \ black blazer \ black and white camisole top \ burgundy kick flare trousers \ black block heels | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

So I may be a bit behind the trend of wearing underwear-as-outerwear 

especially if we hark back to Madonna donning lace everything in the 80s, but when you see a pretty lace-trim camisole top you just have to go with it, no?

I wore this as far back as Boxing Day (seems so long ago now) - we still like to dress smartly in our family the day after Christmas usually because we have more visitors coming over. And that's as good an excuse as any for me to dress up a little. I'd bought the cami on a whim a few days earlier, and thought it would look pretty under my black blazer to give my outfit a bit of a masculine-feminine contrast.
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Friday, 6 January 2017

Sharing My New Blog Design #SaturdayShareLinkUp

Not Dressed As Lamb - New blog design
Update: As of 5pm Saturday my new blog design has been uploaded! 

So do gloss over this next paragraph I wrote yesterday (Friday)...

There have been some things that need attention still - it took me a lot longer than I thought it would (oh, the joys of being a perfectionist)! It should be installed either sometime over the weekend or early next week, so please do come back and check it out, it'll be a great new look for Not Dressed As Lamb and hopefully a lot fresher and easier to navigate.

Other than that I just wanted to say welcome to the first #SaturdayShareLinkUp of 2017 and I hope your new year is going swimmingly - have you seen the last few posts I've published? You don't want to miss...
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Thursday, 5 January 2017

30 Things I Wore on the Blog, Now Reduced in the January Sales

30 Things I Wore on the Blog, Now Reduced in the January Sales

The January sales are in full swing and once again I'm bringing you the best of my AW16 (and some SS16) picks! 

As always I'm mostly featuring things I wore on the blog so you can shop the outfits I've posted at a reduced price (up to 70% off in some cases). Each January and June I research all the items I wore that are still available online and now reduced in the sales. I've included a few SS16 items in the sales that are still left over (dresses, tunics, sandals), and at these prices it makes sense to get them now and save them for the warmer days - buying out of season is really sensible and something I do quite often!

I LIKE TO SHOW YOU MY SALES PICKS WITH MY OWN PHOTOS SO YOU CAN SEE WHAT THEY LOOK LIKE STYLED INTO AN OUTFIT.
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Wednesday, 4 January 2017

A Huge Thank You: I'm a 2017 UK Blog Awards Finalist

A Huge Thank You: I'm a 2017 UK Blog Awards Finalist

My readers have come through for me yet again - with your help I've been shortlisted for a third time in the UK Blog Awards! 

Just a very quick post today to say a huge, huge THANK YOU for voting for me to get to the final eight of the Fashion and Beauty category, I'm so humbled by how kind and supportive everyone has been.

Not only have I been shortlisted, but so has my Over40Collective colleague Nikki of Midlifechic, so there are two of us (over 40 bloggers I mean)! I have said in the past that I don't enter the blog awards for the glory, there are a few (much better) reasons than that:
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Monday, 2 January 2017

Can You Wear Navy and Black Together? #iwillwearwhatilike

Navy and black together: Navy peg leg trousers \ black ruffled sweater \ black pointed heels \ mustard bucket bag | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

Now that normal (non-Christmas) service has resumed on the blog, let's get back to talking style! 

First of all I'll address the elephant in the room: This is almost head-to-toe black, an unknown occurrence in my world! I have chickened out, however, and worn navy and black together - some people say that the verdict's out on this combination. For example, I freaked out my mum with this outfit. To explain...

I wore it on Christmas Eve when we went over to my parents' house for the festive few days with them and the rest of the family, and I felt like wearing something smart (because, you know, Santa was coming). However I know she doesn't like navy and black together, so it was a bit mean in a way because she's always interested in what I'm wearing - this time she got all "Nooo, not navy and black...!"
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Sunday, 1 January 2017

My 2016 Fashion Blogger Bloopers and Outtakes

My 2016 Fashion Blogger Bloopers and Outtakes

Drum roll please: It's the annual Not Dressed As Lamb fashion blogger bloopers and outtakes post, featuring the very worst (rather than the very best) of my blog! 

And before I forget: Happy New Year, you lovely lot...!

It may be only once a year but I love this post above all others, usually because I sit laughing my head off whilst writing it (and yes, I know that's pretty much like laughing at your own jokes but I do that too, so I guess I'm allowed).

As always you will see that fashion bloggers - or at least definitely not this fashion blogger - are not the elegant, sophisticated, photogenic creatures you think they are... I couldn't be further from that description, judging by these pictures.
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