Not Dressed As Lamb is my personal style blog, started on my 39th birthday to see if I could improve my style as I approached my 40th. That was three years ago, and I now freelance as a full time blogger and freelance writer - 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, if not worldwide.
Who is Catherine Summers…?I'm a 42 year old Brit, a West Country-dwelling ex London resident with a degree in photography (earned when I had dreams of making it big as a fashion photographer in the early 90s) now put to good use in blogging.
My style philosophy…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.
Topics I cover on Not Dressed As Lamb…Personal style and fashion
Health and fitness
The age process and being 40+
Better blogging tips
A little bit about me…Known for my (unnatural) red hair and having pretty 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, cherry lip balm, people watching, giraffes, the theatre, astronomy, freckles, and generally seeking out life's pleasures.
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 Positive Project, a Facebook page where women of all ages can share their positive body image stories, and I’ll soon be hosting blogger meets for the older blogger (30s and over) which aren'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!
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Who I've worked with...To date, I’ve collaborated with brands such as La Redoute, Marks & Spencer, Bare Minerals and Fever London, and been featured in Grazia, Woman & Home and Woman magazine.
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Gray & Osbourn
Mark Milton Jewellery
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