Monday, 27 March 2017

How to Do Corporate Chic Meets Rock Chick #iwillwearwhatilike

Corporate rock chic look: Black biker jacket \ red textured t-shirt \ navy culottes \ Finery pointed strappy snakeskin buckle shoes \ neon yellow suede clutch | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

This was a simple outfit worn to a photography exhibition I went to last week - without a doubt one of the most last-minute ensembles I've worn in a long time.

If you take one pair of culottes (though they're really wide leg trousers tbh) worn with some suitable-for-the-office-but-still-funky shoes and add a black biker jacket, what do you get? Corporate chic meets rock chick, that's what...! I gave this outfit the briefest glance in the mirror before leaving and simply hoped for the best - I was late and wouldn't have had time to change if it wasn't working.

Thankfully I think it worked.

'David and i'

A few months ago we got ourselves VIP tickets for the "David & i" fine art photography exhibition of David Bowie prints by rock photographer Denis O'Regan and it was absolutely wonderful, whether you're a Bowie fan or not (but then, who isn't?!). You'll see one of the Instagram selfies I took on the night below, you can imagine the fun I had going round taking all the photos...!

I DIDN'T WANT TO CARRY A COAT AROUND WITH ME BUT DIDN'T WANT TO GET TOO HOT/TOO COLD EITHER, SO A BIKER JACKET ALWAYS, ALWAYS WORKS FOR ME IN THIS SITUATION. 

This outfit is pretty straightforward - it started with the shoes (funky but flat for comfort) and then came the wide leg cropped trousers (similar). I've worn the trousers before to an event and they work well as a smart alternative to skinny trousers. So that was the corporate part done - those two are well suited to the office.
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Friday, 24 March 2017

Sharing a Beautiful Moment After a Sad Week #SaturdayShareLinkUp

The Brandenburg Gate lit up with the Union Jack after the attack on Westminster, 22 March 2017 - by @theladyofstyle on Instagram

A short pondering post this week - it's been yet another week where we've been left shocked and saddened and wondering what the hell is happening in the world. 

(Photo credit: @theladyofstyle, with permission)

I'm not going to dwell on it at all here - I'm sure anyone who's reading this is thinking the same thing as me. All I wanted to share with you this week is the fact that we should be thankful for what we have. Hold your loved ones a little tighter. Take time out to appreciate the beautiful things in life.

This photo of the Brandenburg Gate in Germany lit up with the Union Jack got me 'right there' - after the history between our two countries it proves that there is hope for the future and sometimes the worst rifts can be healed. Though let's hope that if and when the current rifts heal, we have the opportunity to come together for less tragic reasons.

This evening I drove back from Cornwall after a business meeting and a very wonderful day with regards to a new brand campaign I'm going to be working on soon. I was in a positive mood because of the great day I'd had. The sun was setting as I drove over Bodmin Moor, and it was quite simply one of the most spectacular sunsets I've ever seen. It went on for what seemed like ages, getting low in the sky and turning into a big glowing ball of fire that I could see in my mirror, eventually dropping below the horizon and disappearing from view.

It was the sort of moment that if I'd not been on my own and I'd been a passenger in the car, I would have jabbered on about how amazing it was and taken lots of crappy pictures of it with my phone that didn't do it justice whatsoever (in other words, not simply appreciated it for what it was).
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Thursday, 23 March 2017

The Number 1 Trick That Makes All Your Clothes Look Good

Styling an original band t-shirt: Longline black blazer \ vintage Duran Duran tour t-shirt \ taupe peg leg menswear-style trousers \ snakeskin and panelled suede Finery ankle boots | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
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There is one very easy trick to making all your clothes look good (even when you're wearing your own 34-year-old Duran Duran t-shirt - the oldest piece of clothing I own by a very, very long way).

That number 1 trick? Get your underwear right. Oh, I can't tell you how many years I spent wearing the wrong kind of underwear. The wrong size bra, ill-fitting knickers, the wrong shape bras... I've learnt a new trick just recently - but first, that t-shirt!

My original Duran Duran Seven and the Ragged Tiger tour t-shirt is mine - from 1983. I cannot tell you how happy I am to be wearing my most treasured t-shirt and oldest item in my wardrobe, an item I thought until recently was most probably lost. I knew I hadn't deliberately got rid of it, I just knew I'd put it somewhere 'safe' (that old chestnut!) and I'd been looking for it for years. In the end it was in a small storage box I'd forgotten about, found during a clearout of the spare room. Crisis averted.

Styling an original band t-shirt: Longline black blazer \ vintage Duran Duran tour t-shirt \ taupe peg leg menswear-style trousers \ snakeskin and panelled suede Finery ankle boots | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

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

The Best of the Blogosphere March 2017 | Not Dressed As Lamb

In my Best of the Blogosphere this month I have mutton shaming thoughts, chic workwear, makeup hacks 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.)

How are we nearly at the end of March already?! That's the first quarter almost gone... I have so much to do this year. In the last month we've acquired an absolutely adorable dog who I can't imagine life without now, so life is already very different to how it was a month ago.

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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Mutton-shaming is horrible to experience and serves no purpose - Sinclair describes why she's glad she's never been mutton-shamed and why she truly wears what she wants.

I love a gorgeous home interiors blog or two, and Kimberly's list of 9 design rules you should never break are both helpful and spot-on make sense (unlike my grammar).
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Monday, 20 March 2017

An Easy Way to Throw Yourself into Spring: Stripes and Florals #iwillwearwhatilike

Bright spring weather outfit: Floral Seasalt raincoat \ high neck stripe Breton top \ wide leg cotton denim trousers \ red brogues \ ochre bucket bag | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

That classic mixed print combination of stripes and florals can be a real mood-lifter when spring is still desperately trying to make its presence felt. Breton stripes and florals, what's more spring-like? 

As we're fully in the territory of milder days but there's always a sunshine-and-showers danger, it seemed the perfect time to get out my old favourite Seasalt raincoat that I've had a few years now. The quality is so good it's as if it's almost brand new, and I have worn it loads. The happy pattern is just perfect for any time of year and it gets so many compliments.

The new addition to my wardrobe is this unusual Breton top - Breton stripes with a twist is what I'd call it - from the Finery Outlet section. You can't really see from the photos but the fabric is ribbed and stretchy (amazing quality as with all Finery items, as discussed in Thursday's transitional season outfit ideas post) and the stripes are graduated down the top from narrow to wide.

I own a gazillion Breton stripe tops (no I'm not exaggerating, and as no one really knows how many is a gazillion I think I'm safe in making that there declaration) but this one has a special something. It's quite boxy and works tucked in or untucked and I'm super happy with my reduced price purchase, especially considering it has a high neck which is even more unusual for a Breton top. Top shopping marks pour moi.

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Friday, 17 March 2017

I Don't Like Mondays, I Love Them! 5 Ways to Love Mondays #SaturdayShareLinkUp

I Don't Like... 5 Reasons I Love Mondays | Not Dressed As Lamb

Mondays... They're the worst, right? Well please don't hate me, but I actually really like Mondays. In fact I love them. 

Of course they don't beat the weekend - for me that's the main time I get to spend with my husband, friends and family and try to at least spend a bit of time away from the blog (note the key word "try").

But this week I woke up Monday morning refreshed and really rather excited about a new working week. I thought I'd share the reasons why I love Mondays so much, and hopefully it can give you a few suggestions as to how you can make it at least not the worst day of the week (we'll leave that accolade to Tuesday).

1. I enjoy my job, so I like Mondays. Full stop.

A new working week is always a positive thing for me. I've usually done a photo shoot or two over the weekend and seeing how the photos came out and editing them is one of my favourite things to do. I like to remind myself of the projects I've got coming up by going through my emails. I like to catch up on the social media messages I've missed because I've been out doing other things at the weekend (otherwise known as "having a life", which can be hard to remember to do when you're a blogger!). But because I like what I do, it is easy for me to not hate Mondays.

How this could work for you:
If you're in a job you hate, I know what it's like - I've been there. One job I hated so much I felt sick every morning and came home crying after work every night for the last few months until I left. If this is you, you CAN do something about it. You may want to read last week's post about why sometimes you need to chance a chance in life. It's not too late to change and turn your work life around, don't let your perceived ability or your age or anything else stop you.
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Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Transitional Season Outfit Ideas | Finery London by the Over40Collective

Finery London SS17: An outfit of bold colours and mixed textures \ Orange-red ballon sleeve sweater \ grey fleck cropped peg trousers \ snakeskin, suede and leather ankle boots \ large gold and black flower brooch | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

It's that time of year when anything could happen weather-wise: Snow flurries, storms, unusually mild temperatures and sunshine - they're all possible. The perfect time for some transitional season outfit ideas, don't you think? 

It's mid-March so I'm saying sayōnara, winter - time to ditch the scarves and gloves, bare a little ankle, maybe even go [GASP] bare-legged. Today I'm wearing an outfit that is, once again, heavy on the orangey-red (what can I say, I love this colour!) and suitable for both that winter-to-spring time or the other way round at autumn-into-winter time.

Unlike some parts of the world the UK takes a long time to warm up, and sometimes we don't get "hot" weather until July. A blast of sunshine in March is a joy, and mild temperatures a revelation. I've enjoyed wearing all the orange and all the red this winter, so what better way to finish AW16 and welcome SS17 than with this beautiful balloon-sleeved sweater from Finery London?


I REALLY JUST WENT FOR SEPARATE PIECES THAT I KNEW WOULD WORK WITH THE REST OF MY WARDROBE, BUT TO BE HONEST THEY LOOKED SO GOOD TOGETHER THAT I DECIDED TO WEAR THEM AS A COMPLETE OUTFIT.


If you haven't yet heard of this young British brand I urge you to check them out - you may just fall in love with them if you go for tailored, quality clothes with a touch of modern edginess at a reasonable price (just about sums me up). I first mentioned Finery back in 2015 when I was featured in the Sunday Times Style magazine and I picked the brand as a new favourite. I've worn their shoes, their trousers and their jewellery before.

Finery London SS17: An outfit of bold colours and mixed textures \ Orange-red ballon sleeve sweater \ grey fleck cropped peg trousers \ snakeskin, suede and leather ankle boots \ large gold and black flower brooch | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
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Monday, 13 March 2017

How to Create a Monochrome Look With Polka Dots #iwillwearwhatilike

Easy-to-wear colours of plum and navy blue: Red and blue polka dot blouse \ plum peg leg trousers \ silver pointed toe slip trainers | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

It may sound like witchcraft, but believe me when I say you can make a monochrome look out of polka dots - it's all in the colours you choose! 

I wore this outfit a couple of weekends ago for an informal birthday party - held at a friend's house and one that promised dancing round the living room (the adults all being in their 40s and relishing all the 70s, 80s and 90s hits we were playing... We have no shame). Therefore I wanted to wear something a little fun that also included comfy shoes for all day plus evening dancing.

The monochrome look was purely accidental, but if you look at the full-length photos you will see that the outfit looks pretty much the same colour from head to toe (squint a bit if you're not quite getting it) - a plummy-burgundy red colour. What I didn't realise was that the navy blouse with red polka dots (similar) looks like burgundy at a distance, and in fact the same burgundy of my go-to favourite peg trousers.


THE MONOCHROME LOOK WAS PURELY ACCIDENTAL, BUT IF YOU LOOK AT THE FULL-LENGTH PHOTOS YOU WILL SEE THAT THE OUTFIT LOOKS PRETTY MUCH THE SAME COLOUR FROM HEAD TO TOE.


I love the three colours (that you can see in the close-up photo below of the blouse and trousers) together - add silver in the form of my fabulously-comfortable Finery two-tone slip ons and you have yourself one very easy-to-wear outfit. It was perfect for travelling the 2.5 hour journey to our friends' house, perfect for lounging around and watching the rugby, and perfect for a spot of Dad dancing later on.
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Friday, 10 March 2017

Why Sometimes You Need to Take a Chance in Life #SaturdayShareLinkUp

The love of a family dog - Saluki lurcher mix

A little while ago I was given the opportunity to take a chance - something that would change my life to some extent - and I wondered whether I was doing the right thing (as you do). 

The life changing opportunity: To get a dog (my first, not counting our family dog when I was growing up).

The worry: Am I doing the right thing, will I be too restricted in the things I like to do in life, what will I do if we go on holiday, is my house big enough, blah blah blah.

I'm sure it's a familiar story to most dog owners: They change your life for the better and are absolutely worth it, 100%... Nothing but undivided love and devotion in exchange for food, shelter, exercise and a whole heap of attention and love.

To cut a long story short, Riley (a gorgeous Saluki, or Persian greyhound, mix) became a member of our family yesterday after much many months' discussions with a friend who realised that he just couldn't have the attention he deserved after she expanded her own family with a small and wonderful human being. My husband and I had always loved Riley every time we visited and we even discussed getting a dog "if only we could get a dog that was like Riley".

Fate intervened and the end result was him coming to live with us.

I did try and talk myself out of it with all the practical objections, and we discussed how going away for the weekend or a day out shopping would become more difficult. We discussed whether he would be happy in a smaller house than he was in before. And lots of other silly things.

The basic facts were this: Were days out shopping really better than taking a dog we adored on long walks in the country every weekend? Were one or two weekends in a hotel a year better than the love and adoration we'd get every single day from Riley?


SO WHETHER IT'S A DOG, MOVING HOUSE, LOOKING FOR A NEW JOB, JOINING AN ONLINE DATING SERVICE, EVEN JUST TAKING A CHANCE ON THAT LITTLE RED DRESS - DO IT. YOU HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE EXCEPT THE CHANCE TO MAKE YOUR LIFE RICHER, MORE INTERESTING AND MORE WONDERFUL.


Well it's been little over 24 hours in, and it's safe to say I'm so in love with him it's untrue. He follows me round the house, he puts his paw on me if I stop stroking him, he trots alongside me very close when we're out walking.

If I'd listened to all the naysaying in my head we wouldn't have this joy in our lives, but we would be able to go on a weekend break without worrying about what to do about our dog... Woop-de-dooh.

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So whether it's getting a dog, moving house, looking for a new job, starting a blog, joining an online dating service, even buying that little red dress you saw today when out shopping - DO IT, and do it now. Take a chance. You have nothing to lose except the chance to make your life richer, more interesting and more wonderful - who knows what exciting things may happen as a result?

I now have two long legged, grey haired boys in my life whom I adore. My father said that surely if you count him too that makes three - I said "boy" was stretching it a bit (he's 87), but I'll say three men to make him happy...!

Why Sometimes You Need to Take a Chance in Life and and get that dog or buy that house or leave that job or join that dating agency or start that blog... | Not Dressed As Lamb
So all that's left to say is - I've shared my thoughts/stories/tuppence-worth this week, now it's time to share yours... LET'S GET THIS [LINK UP] PARTY STARTED!

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Thank you for joining the #SaturdayShareLinkUp! Designed to allow you to share anything you like on ANY topic, it goes live every Friday at 8pm UK time and will stay open for a week. You can share blog posts or Instagram posts, old posts or new posts, and link up as many as you like.

PLEASE be kind and leave a link somewhere on your post, and share your post using the hashtag #SaturdayShareLinkUp - if you tweet your link with the hashtag and tag me in @notlamb I'll even retweet it to my followers for you :)

A hot tip for linking up:

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Catherine

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Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Capsule Wardrobe Pieces - 16 Classic White Sneakers to Shop

Capsule Wardrobe Pieces - 16 Classic White Sneakers to Shop (Gola Harrier Leather Mono Trainers)

Sneakers, trainers, runners, plimsolls, tennis shoes, sports shoes... Whatever you call them, I doubt there are many people reading this who have never worn a pair of white [description of choice] in their life. 

As part of my capsule wardrobe series I'm covering classic white sneakers - 16 pairs guaranteed to last you well past this year's trends (and if my Adidas Originals are anything to go by, almost 20 years and still going strong)!

For most of us, school was the first time we were introduced to the white sports shoe. For me, they were totally plain white plimsolls (or "plimp-soles" as my young self called them) that probably had zero support or any kind of cushioning for my growing feet. Today, of course, the technology used in sports shoes is second to none and they're one of the most comfortable shoes for just about any activity.

However, judging by some of the emails I receive I know a lot of older women fear looking plain or frumpy in sports shoes... Get them wrong and yes, you could end up with an unimaginative choice of footwear that makes you look either like a tourist or like you're ready to walk the dog. However it is very, very easy to always get it right...

How to get your sneakers/trainers right every time

My best advice? Go for white, and go for a classic style. My aforementioned Adidas Originals Superstars with navy stripes have lasted me years, and although they look a little worn-out they're still my go-to pair and just as stylish - the ULTIMATE classic.

If you look at street style looks at any fashion week (especially London Fashion Week), you'll see many fashionistas wearing classic white sneakers with their outfits. Depending on your style, they work with jeans, smart trousers, skirts, dresses, jumpsuits, tailored suits or distressed denim.
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Monday, 6 March 2017

How to Do Preppy Style in Winter at the Coast #iwillwearwhatilike

Cold weather preppy outfit for the coast: Brown Barbour jacket \ cream bobble hat and roll neck \ red tartan scarf \ black skinnies and riding boots | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style blog

You may know that I'm partial to a bit (or a lot) of preppy style in the summer, but only occasionally does that tendency spill over into winter for me. 

However, a weekend down on the south coast in some pretty wet, windy weather called for some serious wrapping up, comfortable walking clothes/boots and waterproof everything... Waterproofs + a trip to the coast meant preppy, despite the lack of sun!

Just over a week ago we spent the weekend with friends who live down on the south coast - it was still February (just) so that is technically still winter. Come what may, I always, always count 1st March as spring - it's just so much more positive than to think it's the middle of March and it's still winter (I mean come on, it's so depressing)!

Cold weather preppy outfit for the coast: Brown Barbour jacket \ cream bobble hat and roll neck \ red tartan scarf \ black skinnies and riding boots | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style blog
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So for me, this was effectively the last outfit I wore in winter. It sure won't be the last cold weather outfit, but it's the last one worn for AW16 ;)

To combat the weather I went for my super-comfy Naturalizer riding boots and my Barbour jacket - the ultimate in country-style brands (which although it's technically more "Sloane Ranger" than preppy I think of them as sister styles). Again, like I do a lot this was an outfit I (foolishly) didn't try on in the mirror before packing my bag for the weekend. I literally grabbed stuff I thought would work together, and the Barbour jacket came too because it's perfect for wet, windy weather - plus I hadn't worn it in ages.

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The problem was: When I put it on on Sunday morning, I had a shock: WHY was it so much shorter than I remembered? I was certain it covered my bum, but no. Therefore I had to face the wind and the rain with an exposed legs and bum - and we were going on a 5-mile walk to the pub for lunch. The prospect of sitting in the pub with a wet bum was not good...!

LUCKILY the rain mostly held off till we got there, no wet bums were experienced and I actually stayed pretty warm despite how cold it looks in the photos.

The moral of the story: (Not what you think...) It's actually, Don't give your gloves to someone to hold while you take photos who walks very, very fast. By the time you've got your shots they've walked on miles ahead and you can't catch them up - you just have to wrap your hands in your scarf in the meantime (pockets on jeans being not large enough to thrust cold hands into).

We live and learn...!

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Cold weather preppy outfit for the coast: Brown Barbour jacket \ cream bobble hat and roll neck \ red tartan scarf \ black skinnies and riding boots | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style blog
Cold weather preppy outfit for the coast: Brown Barbour jacket \ cream bobble hat and roll neck \ red tartan scarf \ black skinnies and riding boots | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style blog
Cold weather preppy outfit for the coast: Brown Barbour jacket \ cream bobble hat and roll neck \ red tartan scarf \ black skinnies and riding boots | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style blog
Cold weather preppy outfit for the coast: Brown Barbour jacket \ cream bobble hat and roll neck \ red tartan scarf \ black skinnies and riding boots | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style blog
Cold weather preppy outfit for the coast: Brown Barbour jacket \ cream bobble hat and roll neck \ red tartan scarf \ black skinnies and riding boots | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style blog
Cold weather preppy outfit for the coast: Brown Barbour jacket \ cream bobble hat and roll neck \ red tartan scarf \ black skinnies and riding boots | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style blog
Cold weather preppy outfit for the coast: Brown Barbour jacket \ cream bobble hat and roll neck \ red tartan scarf \ black skinnies and riding boots | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style blog
Cold weather preppy outfit for the coast: Brown Barbour jacket \ cream bobble hat and roll neck \ red tartan scarf \ black skinnies and riding boots | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style blog
Jacket: Barbour c/o (similar Barbour in navy, UK link - or try this M&S one in brown) | Scarf: ASOS (similar) | Sweater: ASOS (I like this turtle-neck sweater) | Skinnies: Wallis c/o (recommended ASOS ones) | Boots: Naturalizer c/o | Backpack: ASOS (similar) | Beanie: ASOS (similar) | Sunglasses: ASOS (love these)

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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!

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Cold weather preppy outfit for the coast: Brown Barbour jacket \ cream bobble hat and roll neck \ red tartan scarf \ black skinnies and riding boots | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style blog
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Friday, 3 March 2017

What I've Learned From the Failures in My Life #SaturdayShareLinkUp

What I've Learned From the Failures in My Life

I wasn't sure what I wanted to share this week. But after a brief conversation with an old friend, I knew I had to write about not only what to remember when life generally just sh*ts all over you, but also about how understanding that the failures in your life can be hard but necessary lessons to learn. 

And how they can often make you stronger... You've just got to get through the damn things in the first place which is never, ever easy.

The brief conversation I had with Chris (not their real name, and who shall remain genderless) is something I just haven't been able to stop thinking about all week - it really, really upset me when I heard what they'd been going through. Although we haven't seen other for years, we have known each other for over 25 years and keep in touch sporadically.
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Wednesday, 1 March 2017

I Bought Clothes From a "Everything £5" Website - But Would I Recommend It?

Bold autumn/fall/winter outfit: Red three quarter sleeve sweater, leopard print joggers, pointed black heels | Not Dressed As Lamb

Last month I thought I'd try something I'd not tried before - have you seen these crazy-discounted online fashion sites where everything is one fixed price? 

I was intrigued to read about Everything5pounds.com which - you guessed it - sells everything at the one single price point of £5. Sounds too good to be true? Sounds like it could be a pile of poo? Maybe, and maybe. But I thought for the purposes of this blog I'd give the website a whirl... What could possibly go wrong?!

(This is not a sponsored post, by the way)

How it works

First of all: How can they sell everything for just £5? They describe what they sell as "high street fashion", and from what I can tell (this info isn't easy to find), they sell excess or unsold stock from various different retailers - I assume they bulk-buy to keep their own costs down. So I don't think they're seconds or rejects per se, but let's face it... you're NOT going to find a Jaeger or LK Bennett gem in there.

With this site it's no different to shopping on any other site to be honest, you just don't have to worry about what anything costs as literally every single item is £5 - no exceptions. They sell everything from shoes to clothes to accessories to menswear to kids clothes, and a few (not worth it) homewares. Generally there is a lot of tat, but it's reasonably stylish and occasionally you'll come across a complete gem that you love.

However, unlike a lot of good retailers (the ones I like shopping from most), you DO have to pay for postage and you DO have to pay for returns. So although each item is £5, you have to factor in those costs, and overall it'll make each item cost more than a fiver.
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