Valentine’s Day Brights of Red, Pink, Lilac and White #iwillwearwhatilike

Winter brights of red, pink, lilac and white | Not Dressed As Lamb
I think we’ve all known for a while that pink and red can be worn together – it’s yet another fashion no-no that’s now a definite yes-yes.

So whether you wore pink, red, or pink AND red for Valentine’s Day (or at any other time or for any other reason), do add your outfits to this week’s iwillwearwhatilike link up! As always the theme is optional so all outfits, accessories and make-up looks are welcome.

My husband and I don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day, but we did go out this year because it was Sunday and it seemed wonderfully ironic to go and see Deadpool at the cinema. (If you’re wondering, it was awesome and Ryan Reynolds is, of course, absolutely hilarious.) An early morning showing of 9:15 means you miss the crowds and no one is chomping popcorn or rustling sweet packets at that time of the day… It makes cinema-going a relaxing treat!

Winter brights of red, pink, lilac and white | Not Dressed As Lamb

I thought it’d fun to wear pink and red anyway, and cold weather dictated a coat, scarf and boots. It’s the first time I’ve worn my snakeskin boots (sadly sold out, but these are almost the same) since wearing them just the one time before I slipped the disc in my back. I’m back in heels now and then (when I don’t have lots of walking to do) which makes me rather happy. I think these bright colours of red, pink and lilac look rather beautiful with winter white to set them off.

The location where we shot is actually one of the exits at the cinema (last since here) and I can’t thank Vue Cinemas enough for providing glass walls on the first floor and a bright orange interior. A fashion blogger’s paradise…!

What did you wear/do for Valentine’s Day? Link up all the outfits you’ve been wearing below and tell me about them in the comments (or tweet me @notlamb)!

Winter brights of red, lilac and white with snakeskin boots| Not Dressed As Lamb
Winter brights of red, pink, lilac and white | Not Dressed As Lamb
Winter brights of red, pink, lilac and white | Not Dressed As Lamb
Winter brights of red, pink, lilac and white | Not Dressed As Lamb
Coat: ASOS | Scarf: ASOS | Sweater: Dorothy Perkins | Jeans: ASOS | Boots: Mango | Bag: c/o Brenda Mcleod



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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!

So link up all your fabulous outfits (or shoes, accessories, make-up, etc.) every Monday at 3pm UK time – it’ll 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!

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My favourite LAYERING outfits from last week’s link up:

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1. Please follow your host Not Dressed As Lamb (via Bloglovin or Instagram)
2. Link up your outfits (blog or Instagram posts) that show how you choose to wear what you like – as many as you like!
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4. Include a link back to this post if you’re linking from a blog post, or add my button (below)
5. Post your outfit on Instagram (if you use it) with the hashtag #iwillwearwhatilike – Monday’s the day to join in the IG fun
6. Visit some of the other links and share the love!

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  1. 24 February 2016 / 2:16 am

    I know, I know, it's about the outfit, but don't you love it when you find The Great Wall to match YOU?! I love this wall!!

    The other item that is totally covetable, and I really wish I could find a flatter version, are those incredible snake bootis. Wow! Aren't they just super duper cool!?

    Love your style Catherine. So much!

    Love, Ann from Kremb de la Kremb

    • 24 February 2016 / 1:46 pm

      The wall's the best, Ann – and it's indoor which is even better!! The cinema on a Sunday morning is unbelievably quiet as you can imagine, so we have that lobby to ourselves. If only it were down the road from us (or in my house, haha)!! Thanks my lovely, you're super sweet as always x

  2. 21 February 2016 / 9:41 pm

    That's a lovely mix of colours and patterns. The boots are fab! It must feel so good to be able to wear heels again!

    Emma xxx

    • 24 February 2016 / 1:44 pm

      Oh Emma it does, it does!! They can't stay on too long, or if I'm doing a fair bit of sitting (like being at the cinema!) then I'm fine. Thank you sweetie, so glad you loved the colours too! x

  3. 19 February 2016 / 7:24 pm

    Great styling of this winter white coat with the tartan wrap Catherine. I'm delighted to see you back in heels again, even if it's only for a short while. These boots are fabulous with a capital F x
    Anna's Island Style

    • 20 February 2016 / 4:40 pm

      I'm improving every single day, Anna – so even since I wore this outfit I'm even better in heels, hurrah!! hehe thank you sweetie xx

  4. 17 February 2016 / 11:07 pm

    Beautiful outfit! Really love the white coat with the lavendar pants and pink top. Very classy looking!!

    • 18 February 2016 / 3:59 pm

      Debbie thank you, that's lovely of you to say! x

  5. 17 February 2016 / 7:58 pm

    I've worn pink with red, purple with pink, but never have the three met together in one same outfit, with animal print AND plaid thrown in for good measure. Catherine, you are one thoroughly inspiring colour whisperer.

    • 17 February 2016 / 9:18 pm

      Oh Sheela I love that – The Colour Whisperer! That's such a great compliment, thank you so much #daymade xx

    • 20 February 2016 / 11:09 pm

      And I've just purchased a pair of lilac skinnies. It's all your fault, you know xoxo

  6. 16 February 2016 / 7:18 pm

    As always you look great, I love the color combo and the boots.

    Joly Look

    • 17 February 2016 / 9:12 pm

      That's so nice of you, thank you Catherine! x

  7. 16 February 2016 / 5:20 pm

    I'm with you Catherine – not really anti Valentines Day just don't really get it. Neither does Mark so it always passes us by without notice.
    I've said it before & I'll say it agian, love love love those boots! So pleased for you being able to wear them finally after your horrible disc debacle xxx

    • 17 February 2016 / 9:11 pm

      Aww thank you Michelle – it's like having new boots again as I only wore them the once…!

  8. 16 February 2016 / 2:40 pm

    Thanks for hosting Catherine. I always enjoy your creative ensembles and those of the participants.

    • 16 February 2016 / 3:19 pm

      It's my pleasure, Judith – thank you for the kind comments and for linking up! xx

  9. 16 February 2016 / 2:22 pm

    You look so great in pastels like that blush coloured top! Love the vibrant shades in this post! Lovely!

    • 16 February 2016 / 3:18 pm

      Aww thanks Kristin – I'm somewhat all over pastels rather early this year! x

  10. 16 February 2016 / 2:16 pm

    You look beautiful! Such gorgeous colours. I think since you went all rosy with your hair a whole new palette has opened up to you hasn't it? And yes that was most thoughtful of the cinema to decorate in a blogger-friendly way! x

    • 16 February 2016 / 3:18 pm

      I think you're right, Porcelina – I didn't realise it had affected the colours I wear but looking back it definitely has I think…!! Thank you sweetie x

  11. 16 February 2016 / 10:50 am

    Such amazing boots Catherine but your hair is the best. You look sooo lovely. Thank you for hosting and happy to put that badge on my blog 😉 Have a wonderful day beautiful! Sabina

    • 16 February 2016 / 1:07 pm

      Aww Sabina thank you, that's really sweet of you!! x

  12. 16 February 2016 / 10:09 am

    Ohh happy belated Valentines day wishes to you sweetie. And you look as sweet as sweet could be. These colours look just wonderful on you. And that coat… swoon!!! <3
    And those boots are on point as the kids are saying these days, i cant wait to see how you style them up over the next few months as they look like they could be such a versatile piece.
    We went to see Deadpool yday (we aren't big on V-day either. Deadpool was brilliant, Ryan played it so so well.
    Wishing you a wonderful week lovely lady xxx

    • 16 February 2016 / 1:06 pm

      Wasn't RR so brilliant, Rachel…?!!!! The film was hilarious!!

      Thank you sweetie, I can't wait to wear the boots more either. Have a lovely week yourself! xx

  13. 16 February 2016 / 1:16 am

    Those python shoes are incredible Catherine! Loving the lilac pants, such a refreshing look! Thank you for hosting.


    • 16 February 2016 / 1:05 pm

      My pleasure, Cherie – and thank you!! xx

  14. 15 February 2016 / 11:29 pm

    Who knew that orange wall would be such a great backdrop? Love it! Love the colors in your outfit too. That sweater looks so soft and comfy.

  15. 15 February 2016 / 10:43 pm

    Red, pink, lilac, orange, blush, snakeskin, tartan!!! Yeah!
    That scarf just looks hot and itchy from our heat in Australia 🙂
    I linked my pink boxing gloves post. Hope you enjoy it.
    xo Jazzy Jack

    • 16 February 2016 / 1:04 pm

      Gosh yes I bet you're right in the middle of your hot weather, Jack – and no, a tartan scarf don't look appealing I'm sure!! Glad you liked it though, thanks for linking up x

  16. 15 February 2016 / 9:42 pm

    Love the soft colors together. I remember growing up that red and pink together was such a big no no and it is such a great combo! Thank you for hosting and hope you are having a fab week!


    Hope to see you Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

    • 15 February 2016 / 10:36 pm

      It's one of those colour combos that the more I see it, the more I love it…! Thanks sweetie, see you Thursday x

  17. 15 February 2016 / 9:18 pm

    Lovely outfit, and, yes, amazing background. You are such a beauty, Catherine, and sweet for highlighting my post from last time. I love these #iwillwearwhatilike linkups! : ) Ana

    • 15 February 2016 / 9:24 pm

      Aww it was such a great outfit, Ana – that jacket was so pretty!! Thank you sweetie, glad you liked the post this week! x

  18. 15 February 2016 / 8:39 pm

    Thank you for featuring my layered look from last week, Catherine. When I saw the first image of you in front of that orange wall with the red scarf it looked so perfect my first thought was "I hope this is inside her house somewhere". You just look like you BELONG with that colour! I'm SO pinning it. xx

    • 15 February 2016 / 9:22 pm

      Thank you Lisa – if that wall was in my house I'd be repainting and photographing against it all the time!! We live in a terraced house with small windows so there's nowhere near enough light coming in (or enough room!) – I'd have a big house with high ceilings and large windows if I could just for taking photos…!!

    • 15 February 2016 / 9:22 pm

      Oh and it was my pleasure to feature your layered outfit, the two shirts together worked SO well!

  19. 15 February 2016 / 7:19 pm

    Yay, thank you for featuring my layered look alongside the other 4 ladies. With it being the BAFTAS last night, I feel like I've won an award!
    You certainly had a great backdrop to do your photo shoot against! So satisfying when that works out! Although 9.15am??? On a Sunday???
    I love the way the scarf and the bag tie the whole look together. Beautiful colours all working in harmony together and then to top it off those fierce snakeskin boots grounding the pastels colours and giving the look an edge.

    • 15 February 2016 / 8:28 pm

      Aww Jacqueline I'm so glad, it was my pleasure to include you!! Thanks for the lovely comment sweetie, so pleased you liked the colours x

  20. 15 February 2016 / 6:57 pm

    Love this eclectic ensemble. A really unique and interesting combination of colours, especially with the backdrop.

    I've heard only good things about Deadpool. I want to go see a fellow Canadian kill it : )


    • 15 February 2016 / 8:27 pm

      Thanks so much Suzanne – I rather killed it in the brights department this week…!! And RR really does kill it – in every sense of the word, hehe!! x

  21. 15 February 2016 / 6:27 pm

    I absolutely love pink and red together, especially in your outfit! I really want to see deadpool too, it looks so good.

    • 15 February 2016 / 8:25 pm

      Deadpool was so good, Laurie – but I hope you have the stomach for gory violence…! But it is incredibly funny 😉

      Thank you my lovely x

  22. 15 February 2016 / 6:12 pm

    Only you can pair these colours so perfectly well, Catherine!
    Love the choice of your location for this post – I constantly keep my eyes open for unique spots and coloured walls 😉

    Annette | Lady of Style

    • 15 February 2016 / 8:09 pm

      Thank you Annette – thought they do get "thrown together" somewhat…!! xx

  23. 15 February 2016 / 6:01 pm

    Red, pink and lilac combo works really great on you Catherine! I feel inspired:)
    And I am so happy that you chose my LAYERING outfit as one of your favourite from last week's link up. Yay!!!
    Renata xo

    • 15 February 2016 / 8:08 pm

      It was my pleasure, Renata – I loved all the soft whites and pinks you wore! Thank you sweetie, glad you liked this week's brights 🙂

  24. 15 February 2016 / 5:54 pm

    Pairing ruby red with lilac is such a stroke of brilliant Catherine — especially around Valentine's Day. Such a fresh take on a tried-and-true combination!

    So excited to be a part of the link-ups too! I'm already looking forward to every Monday's theme now!


    Ashley || Sed Bona

    • 15 February 2016 / 8:04 pm

      Aww Ashley I'm so glad you're linking up – your outfits are always a treat! And thank you for the lovely comments, you're such a sweetheart xx

  25. 15 February 2016 / 5:50 pm

    I love running across new potential sites for photos too, preferably indoors and somewhat private as an escape from foul weather. This orange is excellent!
    Your outfit in pinks and reds and lilacs is so much fun. Thanks for the linkup.

    • 15 February 2016 / 8:03 pm

      The problem I usually have with indoor locations is the lack of light, Melanie – so this one with the all-glass walls is brilliant!! Thanks so much sweetie xx

  26. 15 February 2016 / 5:17 pm

    Love the mix of soft colors , the lilac, and palepink and pop of red. Fab! WE go to the movies in the afternoon.. 3ish orso, Im not such a late nice person, we saw Revenant. Anyhow, those boots rock as well. Since I got the lilac cashmere wrap, I had found a pair of lilac t strap shoes for spring, so it is a fav of mine.
    jess xx

    • 15 February 2016 / 8:02 pm

      Thank you Jess, so glad you liked it! We want to see The Revenant too, Leo's my absolute favourite actor… Basically if he's in a movie I want to see it, no matter what it is!!

  27. 15 February 2016 / 4:21 pm

    Love the fabulous mix of colors! So pretty. Going to the movies on a Sunday morning or early in the afternoon is the only time my husband and I go…in my opinion it's the best time!

    • 15 February 2016 / 7:59 pm

      It IS the best time, isn't it Debbie – we only found out last year they did early Sunday morning showings which I think is great! Thank you sweetie! x

  28. 15 February 2016 / 4:01 pm

    Red and Pink ! well you have proven that it's great together! I love how this all looks against the backdrop, so clever. Thank you for hosting, and great to see you in heels again.
    Laurie x

    • 15 February 2016 / 7:28 pm

      I have to admit I did know in advance about this wall, Laurie, and knew it'd be a great backdrop…!! Thank you sweetie for your lovely comments x

  29. 15 February 2016 / 3:57 pm

    Fabulous outfit! I love how all the colors that are not supposed to go together look fabulous together! And the boots are great, too! I was very tempted by them in the fall… I'm also glad that you are well enough to wear heels again for short periods of time!

    We hosted a wine tasting party on Saturday night and let's just say not much happened yesterday as a result of it… 😉

    • 15 February 2016 / 7:27 pm

      Thank you Andrea – I always figure that if colours are from the same colour family then then they should work together… Don't know that that's really the best way to do it, but it works for me 95% of the time!

      Your last comment made me laugh out loud – I can imagine that wine tasting on a Saturday night WOULD make Sunday a write-off, hehe!!!

  30. 15 February 2016 / 3:40 pm

    Oh my…I was still fast asleep at 9:15 yesterday morning; I feel like such a slouch!! ;D But I could imagine that going to a (really, really!) early show at the cinema MIGHT inspire me to give up my weekend sleep-in, dearest Catherine…along with shopping, movies are my most favourite pastime!! And speaking of inspiration?? This amazing colour combo is certainly that…with those snakeskin boots being the extra butter on the popcorn!! XOXO

    • 15 February 2016 / 7:24 pm

      Thank you Monika!! I know it seems bonkers to go the cinema at 9 on a Sunday, but I love that it gets us up and that by 11:30 we've already been out, seen a movie and done a photo shoot. It certainly makes the weekend last longer! x

  31. 15 February 2016 / 3:35 pm

    Catherine, you have done it again.
    Tempting me with the dreaded Lilac… in the form of skinnies! Bad girl! :oP
    I do love a skinny jean.
    These look great.
    {Sigh, I feel yet another shop coming on}
    None of this outfit should work, should it?
    If the fashion "rules' are to be followed then the police are on their way!
    All rules are broken in this look.
    Yet, it works so beautifully.
    The Winter white coat grounding the mix. The punch of the bright bag and scarf, adding depth.
    The mix of textures.
    Those gorgeous boots providing yet more interest.
    I was just thinking about the difference between "Unique & Interesting" and "Wackadoodle".
    The subtle things that makes one person look cool and edgy, and the next just look a mess.
    You have summed up my "unique and interesting" so beautifully.
    Great style is 80% the attitude of the wearer and your attitude rocks here!
    Casual, yet elegant.
    Edgy, yet feminine.
    Beautiful…as always!

    • 15 February 2016 / 7:22 pm

      Oh Samantha I always love your in-depth comments – they're so much fun to read! So sorry for tempting you with lilac again… I'll have to wear peach with lilac soon, it'll do your nut in, haha!!!

      Thank you my lovely for all the lovely compliments, I do appreciate them xx

  32. 15 February 2016 / 3:11 pm

    So glad to come to your party. I wish it was a real one, hahhahhaha
    Much love.

    • 15 February 2016 / 6:21 pm

      Oh wouldn't it be great if it were, Sacramento…?!! Thank you my lovely! x

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