13 Unmissable Reads, the Best of the Blogosphere (May 2018)

13 Unmissable Reads, The Best of the Blogosphere May 2018 | Not Dressed As Lamb

In my Best of the Blogosphere this month I have brilliantly illustrated work-from-home outfits, doing what you can’t, a floral explosion cake design 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.)

Everything’s shifted a bit at the end of this month – Monday’s #iwillwearwhatilike post went out yesterday because I now take bank holidays off, and this monthly post is a week late because I was up to my eyeballs in essential GDPR admin last week… thank goodness THAT’S over!!

All sorts of interesting things caught my eye this month. I love how summer affects what we blog about – clothes, makeup, attitudes and subject matters all become lighter and more refreshed somehow.

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


(Photo credits: Top left | Top middle | Top right | Middle left | Middle | Middle right | Bottom left | Bottom middle | Bottom right)

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May’s unmissable reads…

Do what you CAN’T. A fun, inspirational video for all those people who are told what they can’t do. Just do it anyway.

I totally love the black-bra-under-a-white-blouse look but keep forgetting and reach for a nude bra every time. Ann has inspired me to give it a try.

Even with all the amazing cake designs around at the moment I still saw a cake that took my breath away – I NEED this for my birthday in July.

Liz’s blog has just turned five and she talks about how she’s progressed and, most interestingly, how different blogging (and her blog) was back then.

Margaret has a love-hate relationship with the expression “Girl Boss” – I get exactly where she’s coming from, but I still love it all the same.

A real life capsule wardrobe for work and play by Alison (simple but effective, it will make your mornings so much easier).

No makeup-makeup for older women: Michelle is 50 and does pure, truly minimal makeup to perfection.

In the same vein: it’s really refreshing seeing a beautiful young woman bucking the Instagram make-up trend and going almost natural as her go-to makeup look.

These “work from home outfits” illustrations are embarrassingly accurate.

Hayley reminds us not to judge other people’s fashion choices now that it’s summer (which I, as the blogger who kicked off the #iwillwearwhatilike hashtag, totally agree with).

The Queen of Statement Everything, Lisa, shows how to wear statement earrings with pizzazz (her grandmother’s word)…!

Annette wears a white trouser suit with a splash of colour to her daughter’s graduate fashion show and looks like a proper fashion mom (if there is such a thing). Check out the stunning black and white shot.

Yvonne gives us the most important styling tip you’ll ever need.

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

What to Wear to a Summer Wedding: 80 Wedding Guest Dresses for All Shapes & Sizes,
My Futuristic 1940s-Style Secret Cinema Blade Runner Costume,
The Benefits of Helping Others (in Life and in Business) and
How Becoming a Redhead Boosted My Confidence

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  1. 4 June 2018 / 7:11 pm

    I look forward to this post every month! Sometimes I get stuck (not STUCK, but…) just reading the same blogs (cuz i love them!) and it can be a challenge to find the time to go searching for new blogs to love. I usually get at least one new favorite from your Unmissable Reads post, so thanks!


    • catherine
      5 June 2018 / 8:00 am

      I’m so glad, Bettye… it’s always fabulous to find new blogs to follow, isn’t it?!

      • 5 June 2018 / 8:23 pm

        Ha, you totally just made me think of that old/new friends are silver/gold saying…but with blogs…”Find new favorite blogs, but keep the old; Those are silver, these are gold.”
        You’re blog is gold 🙂


  2. 3 June 2018 / 10:11 am

    this is such a great idea for a post…you recommending other bloggers is so sweet.

    • catherine
      4 June 2018 / 12:17 pm

      Aw thanks Ivana! x

  3. 2 June 2018 / 4:21 pm

    Love this round-up Catherine! Thank you for sharing all of these links with us!

    • catherine
      4 June 2018 / 12:16 pm

      So glad you like them Suzanne! x

  4. 1 June 2018 / 11:56 pm

    The Tyler Feder IG is so darn funny! Thanks for pointing me in her direction.

    • catherine
      4 June 2018 / 12:16 pm

      She’s so funny, isn’t she Anne – and it’s all embarrassingly true!!!!!! 😉

  5. 31 May 2018 / 8:17 am

    Thanks so much for featuring me Catherine – hugely appreciated! x

    • catherine
      4 June 2018 / 12:16 pm

      It’s an absolute pleasure, Hayley – in response to your post: “Well said!” x

  6. 30 May 2018 / 8:59 pm

    Thank you for including me, and thank you for always finding such inspirational and good content! You remain my truffle hunter on the interwebz. xxx

    • catherine
      30 May 2018 / 11:35 pm

      Hehe “interweb truffle hunter”!!!!! Love it! x

  7. 30 May 2018 / 8:41 pm

    Thank you as always for including me Catherine. It’s always lovely to see faces both new and familiar. You’re wonderful xxx

    • catherine
      30 May 2018 / 11:34 pm

      Aww bless you Liz, thank you xx

  8. 30 May 2018 / 8:18 pm

    Oh wow Catherine, such a lovely post idea but more importantly a huge THANK YOU for featuring me. This was so so sweet of you!!!

    xoxo Yvonne aka FunkyForty

    • catherine
      30 May 2018 / 11:34 pm

      It’s a pleasure, Yvonne! I always love a good styling tip x

  9. 30 May 2018 / 3:30 pm

    Love love love that video Catherine!
    Found myself smiling all the way through it. I was told the same thing when I bought a hairdressing salon at 16 years of age, when I chucked it all in at 20 to backpack around Europe ALONE & then again at 23 when I decided to do hair & make-up for film & Television. Tick, tick, tick…Then I moved to London by myself & did H&MUP there!
    Funnily enough, being told I can’t do something is a bit like a challenge – “Oh yes I bloody can, just you wait & see!” 😉

    • catherine
      30 May 2018 / 11:34 pm

      You sound like me… tell me I can’t do something and it brings out the “I’ll show you” in me too…!!!!

    • 1 June 2018 / 10:15 am

      Yes, I love that video too. I have something to say to those who say “you can’t” – but it’s not very polite!

      As an occasional art teacher I’ve heard people use the words “I can’t”. I always ask them “says who?” The saddest case was a 12 year-old boy who was so angry he was struggling with his artwork he destroyed it. It turned out his father had been telling him that there’d be limitations in his life as he was dyslexic. I had steam coming out of my ears when I heard this. And of course, my answer is that if something doesn’t work out then learn a positive lesson from the experience and try again.

      Good choice of links, Catherine. X

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