About

Not Dressed As Lamb style blog
Welcome to Not Dressed As Lamb! 

I'm Catherine Summers - a 43 year old, British ex-London resident now living with my husband in a little town house in Devon.

How it all started...
Once upon a time I had dreams of making it as a fashion photographer. I graduated with a photography degree in 1994* but never really pursued my dream, putting my talents to use teaching the subject instead (I loved it but due to lots of different circumstances it didn't continue and I wound up in lots of retail and office jobs in the following years). On a personal level my photographic skills frustratingly remained underused, but eventually I discovered fashion blogs and my love for fashion photography was reignited. Together with a passion for writing (and a huge wardrobe!) I turned to fashion blogging as a creative outlet in 2011.

*You can see my work in my husband's style blog Silver Londoner.

I launched Not Dressed As Lamb* on my 39th birthday. It was originally intended to be a one year project to see if I could improve my style as I approached my 40th - and to flex my photography muscles once more. The one year project simply continued, and I'm now a professional blogger and freelance social media and marketing strategist - and couldn't love it any more if I tried! While I've been “waving the fashion flag for 40-somethings”, the blog has grown into one of the leading 40+ style blogs in the UK and worldwide (I was very proud to have been shortlisted for best Fashion and Retail blog in the 2015 UK Blog Awards and I've been featured in the Sunday Times Style magazine, amongst others).

*See my FAQs for an explanation of the blog's name.

What to expect on the blog…
I oppose the term "age appropriate" and encourage the term "occasion appropriate" instead. I believe that women of all ages should wear things they like, what suits them, and what is appropriate to the occasion - you won’t find any age-appropriate nonsense here. I encourage women to be fabulous at any age! I also cover the following topics:


A little bit more about me…
Known for my (unnatural) red hair and having great eyebrows, I've been dubbed the "Queen of Clash" due to a penchant for pattern-mixing and a tendency to wear bright colours - I describe my style as “eclectic, erring on the side of preppy-with-a-twist”. I have a passion for keeping fit, people watching, giraffes, the theatre, astronomy, cherry lip balm, freckles and generally seeking out life's pleasures (read more in my FAQs).

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What the future holds…
I have lots of exciting plans for the future of the Not Dressed As Lamb blog and my brand Not Lamb. In 2013 I launched The Accentuate the Posi+ive Project, a Facebook page where women of all ages can share their positive body image stories. In 2015 I'm hosting a blogger meet for the older blogger (30s and over) which isn't concentrated on mummy blogging… a rare thing indeed.

I'm hugely grateful for all the support everyone has shown me to date and am very lucky to have such a loyal readership and be part of such a strong blogging community. With luck you’ll continue to follow me and my journey through my 40s - and hopefully beyond!

If you want to know more about me, click here for my FAQs!

32 comments:

  1. hi, I am just wondering about the title of your blog? explain? I think we have been following each other for a while but we lost each other along the way.

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    1. Hi Renae - if you click on FAQs it explains my blog name! It's a play on words of an expression but I don't think some areas of the US have heard it...! C xx

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  2. Hi Catherine, I love the light behind your hair in this photo--and that you can see your freckles!! :) Amy

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    1. Aww that's so sweet of you to say, Amy - thank you! C x

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  3. Hi Catherine, I am over the moon to have found your blog and have wallowed in an afternoon and evening of catching up on all your blogs and outfits. I am nearly 35 and have come to a juncture in my life when I'm not young, young but not old, old and basically I am rubbish at styling myself and live in 50's style dresses or tea dresses. This blog has given me so many ideas including what to do with my rapidly greying brown/black hair.
    So much inspiration for dress down, dress up, work wear etc.
    Lady I salute you!
    X x

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    1. Rachael what a wonderful comment... I'm so flattered that you've read so much of my blog! It's really nice to hear such great feedback, and to know I've inspired someone even just a little is lovely. Thank YOU, sweetie! Catherine x

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  4. I'm so glad I found your blog. My attitude too. Life DOES begin at 40, if we decide that it does.

    I salute you too!

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  5. Stumbled on your blog tonight after looking through Pinterest for ideas on a red maxi skirt. You are beautiful and I love the idea behind this blog! Good for you. Can't wait to explore your posts more.

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    1. Thank you Anna!! What a lovely compliment. Hope to see back again soon, keep in touch x

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  6. I just found you Catherine! And I am so excited! I love your style! I love your tips! I love the way you edit your photos. I think you have become one of my daily blogs to look in on. I'm extra excited because we're the same age. I too am 41, but that's just a number. I live in Hong Kong. I'm an international educator during the day serving as a high school librarian, but at night, I blog! I've got two kids, a dog, and a husband. I'm a pisces; when's your birthday? I am telling you all this because I think you will be seeing me around;D Love, Ann of Kremb de la Kremb

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  7. Such a pleasure to have found your blog! Greetings from California. If you ever see one of my creations that you like, I'd love to send it to you as a gift to model with your lovely outfits. We have a large fan base internationally. Smiles to you! pella

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    1. Hi Pella - sorry I seem to have missed your comment! If you wanted to collaborate, best read my Advertise page and then drop me an email... look forward to hearing from you! C x

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  8. Hi Catherine,
    so glad I found your blog. I wanted to find a 40 something blogger I liked. Is there a community of bloggers like us?
    x
    Nina
    http://trendsurvivor.com

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  9. So glad I found this - have been dwelling among th blogs of 20 and 30 somethings and feel as if I've come home!

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  10. Adore your blog! In love with your sense of style!

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  11. Catherine! Thank you for the sweet comment on the bloggy! ^_^ Can't believe I haven't seen you before. Plus, we have the same name :D
    And still can't believe you're 40, this must be magic! :D I want to look like you when I'm 40, though I doubt it :D

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  12. Hi Carherine, I am soon to be 44, consider myself to by stylish, am tall and slim and like to think I have my own style, but find myself constantly worried about looking like mutton dressed as lamb!! The idea just popped into my head to search for a 40 something fashion blog and there you were! I can't believe I haven't thought of this before as your site is fantastic and really inspirational. The challenge for 40 something's is to look cool, stylish and fashion forward without bearing too much flesh (my tummy baring days are long gone), but not to resort to the beige anorak just yet. I have subscribed to your site and look forward to browsing your past 'looks'. Thanks so much for making me more confident to continue to follow current trends, with a 40 something flair!

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  13. Hi Catherine,
    Absolutely love your trendy style!!!
    I am 40 and felt frumpy with my clothes, wish I was brave enough to mix things up a little!
    I shall take inspiration from you!
    Lucy x

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  14. Hi Cathrerine,
    Lovely blog, lovely photos, lovely style! Keep inspiring us!
    Greetings from Greece,
    Vassiliki

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    1. Hi Vassiliki, thank you so much for dropping by and your lovely compliments! x

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  15. Oh my goodness, I have been on your site for half an hour checking out your " + 40's" posts. I am so glad I ran into your blog. As a 42 year old newbie blogger, it is so refreshing to find you and learn more about other 40+ bloggers! Keep it up!

    www.girlinahotcity.com

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    1. Oh Ivete that's so nice of you - thank you ever so much! I hope you find lots of inspiration! :-)

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  16. 1. You are absolutely gorgeous, and I love your style (especially the pattern-mixing).

    2. I oppose the term "age-appropriate" too! I'm nowhere near hearing it yet for myself (I'm in my 20s) but my grandmother on my mom's side would never grow out her hair because she said she was "too old" and my grandmother on my dad's side had this beautiful, long, silver and white hair and I thought it looked SO COOL. And that's when I realized "age-appropriate" was a farce! So glad to see a blogger encouraging this in women over 40!!

    3. I almost never read fashion blogs, and I totally love yours and your writing style and all of it. Thanks for being awesome!

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    1. Samantha what a wonderful comment - you're an absolute sweetheart!! I love the sound of your grandmother's long silver hair... I'm pretty sure that's what I want when I'm older! I'm honoured to be one of the few blogs you read - but please, please please check out more blogs, there are some mighty fabulous ones out there! Thank you so much xx

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  17. Love your blog. I just turned 40 last week, and whilst my 39th year was awesome in lots of ways, I would say that 40 now needs to be about connecting inside and out. The exterior needs celebrating.... I might start with the eyebrows... And work my way down. Thanks so much for the inspiration.

    See you in more comments

    With gratitude

    Belle

    Oh and merry Christmas!

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    1. Happy Birthday Belle - and welcome to the club! ;) Good for you for wanting to be even more fabulous - the eyebrows are a great place to start. Thank you so much for your lovely comments, I hope you have a very Merry Christmas too! C x

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  18. Just found this after being pointed towards it by an agency I work with. Brilliant blog, and so nice to see something not filled with skinny little pretty things! Not in my 40s yet, but love the content and find it a welcome change to see a blog by a woman-not-in-her-twenties that is focused on things other than the humdrum of bringing up small children.
    Looking forward to reading more!

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    1. Laura thank you SO much - it is good to have a mixture of all sorts in the blogosphere, and that was really nice of the agency to recommend me to you! I guess they say you have to write what you you know, and really that's all I'm doing. No kids, lots of clothes, one underused camera... voilà!! But seriously - to know I'm connecting with people such as yourself (and no matter what age you are) is lovely to know!!

      Catherine x

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    2. Glam not bland .....Catherine, Ladies - have to share as very excited ...have loved following NDALblog over the last couple of weeks, in an attempt to try and pull myself out of my hum drum , tired look . Well really excited to tell you all , that this week end , while visiting Harrogate , went into Suzie Hamilton and bought not just one but two new fab 50s inspired dresses , complete with under skirt and funky bag! Thank you Catherine for not only giving me the courage to try them on , and not just the courage to then buy them but to have the courage to go out and wear them! Despite being a good size 16, the dresses look fab and most importantly I feel fab so I'm really pleased that I dared and hopefully starting to say bye bye bland! - Thank you and keeeep blogging! LA xx

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    3. LA that's such a lovely thing to hear - I'm so flattered that I had a hand in inspiring you! The dresses sound amazing, and don't forget it's the confidence you wear them with that will make them look fabulous, not the shape or size you are. Bye bye bland as you said, and thank you for the lovely, lovely comment!! C x

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