16 Unmissable Reads, The Best of the Blogosphere (January 2018)

Unmissable Links to Read: The Best of the Blogosphere (January 2018)

In my Best of the Blogosphere this month I have beating the January blues, Golden Globes-inspired outfits, the importance of staying young (without being old) and more!

(In case you’ve not seen these posts before my Unmissable Reads are a monthly round-up of things I’ve seen, watched and liked in the blogosphere that I’m sure you’ll love too.)

A week earlier this month as I’m scheduling this in advance (I’m either at home recuperating after my operation or I’m stuck in hospital for a few days as the keyhole surgery turned to major surgery, I’m writing this the weekend before and we don’t know which way it’ll go) – it was a post I had mostly written up as December’s Best of the Blogosphere was early too. Back to the fourth Wednesday of the month from next month!

On Friday I’ll write about the operation and how it went, so many of you have been asking me to keep you updated (which is so lovely and I thank you).

Do have a read of these great links – you never know who or what you might discover that makes your day/week/month!


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Why it’s SO important to stay young and how to do it without being “old”.

The most eye-watering beautiful rainbow-bright sequin midi skirt.

“If you don’t like what someone says or does then don’t do anything other than strive to be better than that.” It’s heartening to know people DO learn from their mistakes after being involved in a Twitter drama.

For some of the most stylishly creative outfits that are TOTALLY wearable, check out Carelia’s 2017 amazing outfit round up.

It may be flexible and truly empowering, but it can also be exhausting and overwhelming – Vicki explains how to handle working online (without sacrificing your sanity or health).

I love velvet and I love kimonos, so Annette in a sumptuous velvet kimono is a sight for sore eyes.

Michelle is greeting the New Year without regrets, and so should we.

“My word for 2018 might be BELIEVE”. If you’re thinking of making a career change or going back to your studies in your 40s or later, it’s never too late to believe you can do it – and then do it.

This is EXACTLY the kind of outfit I want to be wearing all winter long: layers upon layers of stunning red, pink, orange and brown.

If John Hughes were making Pretty in Pink now in 2018, this rock n roll boho look is just what the costume designer would be dressing Molly Ringwald in.

A few simple, but wonderful, ways to beat the January blues.

Liz wrote the MOST poignant, inspiring post about her hopes for 2018 and the rest of her life.

Easy peasy DIY tassel earrings? Yes please.

Hot on the heels of all the ladies in black at the Golden Globes, here are 6 all-black winter outfits to try.

Keit was a super crazy creative blogger who I thought had stopped blogging, but she’s back and rocking a transparent raincoat and pink glitter dress. I heart.

A wonderful review of a charming British bolthole in Cumbria (the food looks to die for).

And a few Not Dressed As Lamb posts you perhaps missed first time around:

My Greatest Photographic Moments of 2017
18 Things I Wore on the Blog, Now Reduced in the January Sales
An Easy, Low Cost Way to Move Your Blog to WordPress and
The ‘Buying From Retailers That Sell Real Fur Products’ Dilemma

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  1. 21 January 2018 / 5:16 pm

    I have just stumbled across your blog for the very first time and absolutely love it! Immediately bookmarked! πŸ™‚

    • catherine
      21 January 2018 / 11:38 pm

      That’s great to hear, Claire – nice to e-meet you! Hope to see you again, and thank you πŸ™‚

  2. 19 January 2018 / 7:08 pm

    Thank you SO MUCH for mentioning me here on your round-up… I’m chuffed as nuts!
    I always look forward to this post Catherine and love finding new inspiration.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Keep inspiring us lovely lady!

    • catherine
      31 January 2018 / 9:25 pm

      Samantha apologies, I missed your comment at the time! My pleasure to feature you – your posts are ALWAYS a fantastic read πŸ˜€ xx

  3. 18 January 2018 / 2:08 pm

    This is a great idea – it’s the first one of these posts that I’ve seen, but I’ve found a couple of new blogs to follow, so thanks for that. I hope your operation went well πŸ™‚

    • catherine
      18 January 2018 / 6:04 pm

      Oh that’s great to hear, thanks Kirsty! And yes it did thank you – update in tomorrow (Friday’s) post x

  4. 18 January 2018 / 2:08 pm

    Hi Catherine – glad to hear it all went well – very best wishes and good luck with the healing process πŸ™‚

    • catherine
      18 January 2018 / 6:03 pm

      Penny thank you so much!! Update in Friday’s post x

  5. 17 January 2018 / 8:49 pm

    Oh my god, I am one of the chosen ones! <3 Seriously, I was drinking vodka with peach juice when I stumbled on this post, it made me so happy <3 You are the best! I will check those other blogsies as well, looks like I will be in for a treat.
    Waiting for the life update blog post, can't wait!

    • catherine
      18 January 2018 / 1:49 pm

      Keit we’re so happy you’re back, it was my pleasure to feature you! C x

  6. 17 January 2018 / 6:29 pm

    Such a poignant & timely post from Samantha. I’m reeling from the awful news that Dolores O’Riordan has died. Probably my most played CD ever is The Cranberries No need to Argue. In the ninties it could be classed as my generations anthem album.
    On an upnote I’m totally stoked to see Keit is back in the Blogosphere! I have genuinely missed this firecracker blogger & advise everyone to go read her snappy repartee now!

    • catherine
      17 January 2018 / 7:46 pm

      I only just found out about Dolores today, MT… SO sad!! And just about my age too

      I knew you’d be pleased about Keit making a comeback as I remember you nominating her in my great bloggers post – so good to see her back isn’t it?!

    • 18 January 2018 / 7:47 am

      Thirded re: Dolores. Such a shame.

    • 19 January 2018 / 7:10 pm

      So Sad Michelle… it seems like yesterday that I was singing along and dancing barefoot.

  7. 17 January 2018 / 6:03 pm

    Ohhhh…I thought everything was ok–my thoughts and prayers continue to be with you.

    I’m thrilled, though to see Michelle’s post here! I freaking love her blog–one of my faves–always a pleasure to re-read!!!

    • catherine
      17 January 2018 / 7:19 pm

      Everything IS okay Catherine – I wrote this post last Sunday so it was before my op and I didn’t know how it was going to go…! πŸ™‚

      Glad you love Michelle’s blog, as do I – buying three hotels is kind of amazing but she’ll be so great at it!!

      • 18 January 2018 / 10:22 am

        I still can’t pull a pint though

        • catherine
          18 January 2018 / 6:03 pm

          LOL!!!!!! Bet the locals rip it out of you for that… πŸ˜‰

    • 18 January 2018 / 10:21 am

      That’s lovely to know. Absolutely made my day!!

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