Dressing in Bold, Saturated Autumnal Colours (and #iwillwearwhatilike News)

Dressing in Bold, Saturated Autumnal Colours \ check statement coat \ bottle green trousers \ burnt orange heels \ burnt orange suede messenger bag \ mustard yellow sweater | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

The blog has a new look! Plus it’s all change for the #iwillwearwhatilike link up and the blog generally…

If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen that I posted about changes that would be happening here – Keith and I already made a major change in our lives this year by moving house (best decision ever!) and I mentioned a bit of a change in the hair department that’ll be happening soon too. I also addressed the problem that was my (now) terrible health and fitness routine by attending a detox retreat last month, so lots of things have changed which I LOVE.

Change is gooooood…!

In terms of the blog, it’s my full-time job, and it’s the one area of my life that was in desperate need of attention. I nearly always have a blog refresh in the new year (new layout, maybe a tweak to the colours, header, etc.), but I hadn’t changed anything at the beginning of this year as I was happy with everything and the way it looked. But recently I realised that the old blue header had to be updated – it’s a colour I don’t wear very often, and it no longer represented my bold, colourful style.

I had the new header all planned and ready to go for the new year, but then yesterday I had a bit of a mini-meltdown work-wise.

Dressing in Bold, Saturated Autumnal Colours \ check statement coat \ bottle green trousers \ burnt orange heels \ burnt orange suede messenger bag \ mustard yellow sweater | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

SHOP THE LOOK:

 

It was Monday, the day that the #iwillwearwhatilike link up is due to go out, and yet again I didn’t have the post ready for the “usual” posting time of 3pm. Mondays are always a crazy day for me: I try to not work over the weekend, but emails build up. I have a ton of editing photos to do. I haven’t quite yet got into my working week “groove”. It’s SO HARD to get the post up at 3pm on the dot when everyone’s coming at you for answers to emails and edited photos and drafts for sponsored work.

BUT MONDAYS ARE THE LINK UP DAY! IT HAS TO GO OUT ON A MONDAY!

I thought that it would be SO much better if the link up were on a Tuesday instead. And within 10 minutes, I’d changed the day to Tuesday, and I’d planned my new blogging schedule and decided to bring the new design date forward. My work/life balance was (soon to be) restored.

 

 

The changes

So without boring you with the details why TOO much, here’s what’s changed/is about to change on Not Dressed As Lamb:

  • I have a new header in bold pink and orange – much more representative of my colourful style
  • I have a new profile picture (though I might still reshoot this with a pink background)*
  • There are a few new fonts here and there – always good for keeping your blog looking fresh and modern
  • The Monday #iwillwearwhatilike link up will be on Tuesdays instead – I switch to Tuesdays when we have bank holidays so this makes sense
  • The #SaturdayShareLinkUp will now switch to Thursdays and be renamed the #ShareAllLinkUp – Fridays have consistently proved far too hard for me
  • Two posts a week will be much more manageable for me – and when I have extra posts to publish they’ll be on a Wednesday or Friday
  • With two posts week going out I should have more time for social media (I might even get back to Facebook and post to Instagram regularly)!

*Edit: I’ve changed this to a photo I since remembered and think I’ll stick with… no reshoot hopefully!

 

My new posting schedule

And here’s my new posting schedule overall – this is what to expect from Not Dressed As Lamb throughout the months and the year:

  • Weekly, Tuesdays: #iwillwearwhatilike link up
  • Weekly, Thursdays: #ShareAllLinkUp
  • Monthly, second Wednesday: OOTD featured favourites – see details below about the new feature
  • Monthly, fourth Wednesday: Best of the Blogosphere links – no change
  • Quarterly: My year in review (of the previous three months)
  • Quarterly: My favourite Spring/Summer/Autumn/Winter outfits from last year (with shopping links)
  • Bi-annually: Everything I wore on the blog, now in the sales
  • 1 January: Bloopers and outtakes for the previous year
  • 23 July: My blogiversary and birthday post

Hopefully that’ll be much more manageable for me, and you’ll hopefully see some regularity back again! The link up should go out at 3pm on a Tuesday (UK time), but today the blog changes took me longer than planned, eep. From next week it’ll be 3pm, I promise 🙂

 

The outfit…

Of course as it’s the #iwillwearwhatilike link up I’ve got to talk outfit! This fabulous look is head-to-toe Next and was kindly gifted to me for an Instagram post I’ll be publishing very soon. The check coat is an absolute dream – HOW many of my fave colours does it have in it?! – and you may have seen the mustard yellow sweater and the tortoiseshell earrings in last week’s outfit post.

Proving that the colours of my new header and link hover colour were the right choice, my messenger bag and those flattering pointed toe heels are both a stunning burnt orange (a bit matchy-matchy I know, but as the bag is suede and the shoes are leather I think the texture contrast stops them being too m-m). I haven’t worn these bold, saturated colours since the early 90s when I went ALL OUT for burnt orange, dark green and purple. I may not have fallen back in love with purple (lilac and mauve are the exceptions for me), but I’ve added an abundance of burnt orange and mustard yellow to our house interiors. It makes sense that these saturated colours make their way into my wardrobe for autumn…!

That’s it – don’t forget to scroll down to add your outfits to this week’s link up!

DO YOU LIKE THE NEW BLOG DESIGN? ARE THESE SATURATED, AUTUMNAL COLOURS YOUR FAVES TOO? COMMENT BELOW…

Catherine

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Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links which means if you click through and buy I may receive a small commission at no cost to you (click here for my full disclosure). Items listed as c/o were gifted. I was not paid to write this post or under any obligation to feature the gifted items on my blog (the Instagram feature post is sponsored however).

Dressing in Bold, Saturated Autumnal Colours \ check statement coat \ bottle green trousers \ burnt orange heels \ burnt orange suede messenger bag \ mustard yellow sweater | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
Dressing in Bold, Saturated Autumnal Colours \ check statement coat \ bottle green trousers \ burnt orange heels \ burnt orange suede messenger bag \ mustard yellow sweater | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
Dressing in Bold, Saturated Autumnal Colours \ check statement coat \ bottle green trousers \ burnt orange heels \ burnt orange suede messenger bag \ mustard yellow sweater | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
Dressing in Bold, Saturated Autumnal Colours \ check statement coat \ bottle green trousers \ burnt orange heels \ burnt orange suede messenger bag \ mustard yellow sweater | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
Dressing in Bold, Saturated Autumnal Colours \ check statement coat \ bottle green trousers \ burnt orange heels \ burnt orange suede messenger bag \ mustard yellow sweater | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
Dressing in Bold, Saturated Autumnal Colours \ check statement coat \ bottle green trousers \ burnt orange heels \ burnt orange suede messenger bag \ mustard yellow sweater | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
Dressing in Bold, Saturated Autumnal Colours \ check statement coat \ bottle green trousers \ burnt orange heels \ burnt orange suede messenger bag \ mustard yellow sweater | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
Dressing in Bold, Saturated Autumnal Colours \ check statement coat \ bottle green trousers \ burnt orange heels \ burnt orange suede messenger bag \ mustard yellow sweater | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
Dressing in Bold, Saturated Autumnal Colours \ check statement coat \ bottle green trousers \ burnt orange heels \ burnt orange suede messenger bag \ mustard yellow sweater | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

All items c/o Next: Coat | Sweater | Trousers | Shoes | Bag | Earrings

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Not Dressed As Lamb #iwillwearwhatilike link up
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!

The link up goes live every Tuesday at 3pm UK time and will 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!

 

Linking up etiquette…

CLICK HERE to read the rules of linking up (and to grab the #iwillwearwhatilike button). Basically it’s just good manners to link back to here – to leave a comment is even nicer!



PLEASE NOTE: This is for linking up WHAT YOU’VE BEEN WEARING ONLY. Non-outfit links will be removed and you might be blocked if you turn out to be a repeat “offender”! Do share the love and visit as many links as you can (you never know what other lovely like-minded ladies you might meet) – the original Instagram campaign forged some wonderful new friendships so don’t miss out.

 

New button for your sidebar!

If you have a #iwillwearwhatilike button in your sidebar or post footer – thank you! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE update it, I’d really appreciate it if you would go to the trouble of changing or adding it. See below…

Not Dressed As Lamb #iwillwearwhatilike link up

Copy and paste this HTML code into your blog post or sidebar:

 

Want to receive an email reminder for the next link up?

Please note that due to the new GDPR laws I’m unable to send an email reminder unless you subscribe to the mailing list of your own accord. CLICK HERE if you wish to be sent an email with a reminder to link up to the #iwillwearwhatilike link up as soon as it’s live!

 

Featured favourites – NEW!

From next month I’m going to start a monthly feature post where I’ll be sharing my favourite outfits from around the blogosphere and this link up. I haven’t quite decided what format it’ll yet take (how many outfits to feature for example), but I’ll have it worked out by the time the first post is due. It will be on the second Wednesday of each month, so don’t forget to come back for the first one on 14 November.

In fact so you don’t miss it why not sign up for free email updates? That way you’ll never miss a new post ever again!

Dressing in Bold, Saturated Autumnal Colours \ check statement coat \ bottle green trousers \ burnt orange heels \ burnt orange suede messenger bag \ mustard yellow sweater | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

49 Comments

  1. October 25, 2018 / 5:36 pm

    Yes, lovely bright new colours for lovely bright you. Xx

    • catherine
      Author
      October 26, 2018 / 11:50 am

      Oh that’s a lovely compliment, thank you Emerald x

  2. October 25, 2018 / 4:05 pm

    I loev the new look of your blog. Perfect timing with your colorful, plaid fun! I’ll be showing up on Tuesdays then. Thank you for hosting and inspiring!

    • catherine
      Author
      October 26, 2018 / 11:51 am

      No worries Chrissy, and thank you! xx

  3. October 25, 2018 / 3:24 pm

    Love the new colours of your blog, Catherine. They’re totally you! And I love these photos of you. You looks HAPPY!
    Suzy xx

    • catherine
      Author
      October 26, 2018 / 11:51 am

      Thanks Suzy – I really don’t know why I went with a blue logo for so long…!

  4. October 25, 2018 / 7:19 am

    I love this new shake up Catherine. More importantly you love it, which will keep you doing what you do so well, keeping us entertained and up to speed with all we need to know. Life has swept me along for months now with new projects as well as full time running the gallery, but I do love knowing that you’re here for me to dip in and out of as I and when I can. You’re everyone’s big sister (weird for you considering my age), every reliable and always bubbling with enthusiasm and I thank you for that.
    And today’s ensemble ain’t half bad either xxxx
    Anna

    • catherine
      Author
      October 26, 2018 / 11:53 am

      Anna what an AMAZING comment… I can’t thank you enough!!!! That’s such a lovely thing to say!

      I LOVE seeing you in the JD Williams adverts on TV – every time I see you I shout “There’s my friend Anna!!” (whether anyone’s at home with me or not – poor Riley is probably sick of me saying it 😉 ) – you’re an inspiration and I’m so glad they picked you. I couldn’t be prouder xx

  5. October 24, 2018 / 9:32 pm

    Love your coat and mustard sweater! Fab new header too!

    Emma xxx

    • catherine
      Author
      October 24, 2018 / 9:41 pm

      thanks Emma – I know that mustard is one of your fave colours too…! x

  6. October 24, 2018 / 4:19 pm

    I LOVE the new colours for your title; they are perfect for you!
    It’s always so stressful trying to fit everything in that we need to get done; I’m glad you’ve found a better schedule; I hope it proves to be calmer for you!
    I’m loving mustard jumpers too right now. And I want that bag!
    Thank you for sharing and hosting 🙂
    Best wishes
    Helen x

    • catherine
      Author
      October 24, 2018 / 9:42 pm

      Helen you absolute sweetheart, thank you!!

  7. October 24, 2018 / 4:04 pm

    As soon as it loaded on my screen I was like “WOW! I love the new header”! It looks great. Good for you switching things to fit your life better alleviate stress. I love the bold plaid jacket. Back when I needed coats I would have loved wearing one like that!

    • catherine
      Author
      October 24, 2018 / 9:43 pm

      Lisa THANK YOU – what a great compliment!!! So glad it’s been a popular choice with everyone 🙂

  8. October 24, 2018 / 1:43 pm

    Catherine I was only saying the other day about how much a small change can make a big difference!
    These colours suit you and your blog so well….YES TO ChANGE loving it all… and that coat!
    Ash xxxx

    • catherine
      Author
      October 26, 2018 / 11:56 am

      Small changes DO make a big difference, don’t they Ashley?! It’s weird how seeing a new look blog has been so inspiring for me, it sure stops complacency in its tracks 🙂

      Thank you thank you xx

  9. October 24, 2018 / 11:07 am

    I really like the look of your new layout. The colours are fab, change really is for the good. Also love that coat, it’s gorgeous.
    Alison
    x

    • catherine
      Author
      October 26, 2018 / 11:56 am

      Alison thank you – I feel so refreshed work-wise! x

  10. October 23, 2018 / 11:22 pm

    Looking smart and chic. Lovely outfit, which beautiful colours – just right for your colouring too. Thanks for sharing and hosting. Jacqui Mummabstylish

    • catherine
      Author
      October 26, 2018 / 11:57 am

      Pleasure Jacqui, and thank you!! Pink and orange is much more “me”…!

  11. October 23, 2018 / 10:55 pm

    Loving everything about the new look Catherine. Looks already like it’s always been here { in a good way} … so you.

    • catherine
      Author
      October 26, 2018 / 11:57 am

      It does, doesn’t it Sharon?! Thank you my lovely x

  12. October 23, 2018 / 9:53 pm

    The new colours are very ‘you’! The freshen up of the blog looks great. I am glad you are reclaiming that precious work-life balance. Fab outfit, such a bright and cheery look! Xx

    • catherine
      Author
      October 26, 2018 / 11:58 am

      Thanks Porcelina – it HAD to be orange really, didn’t it 😉

  13. October 23, 2018 / 8:36 pm

    Looks wonderful, Catherine. You’ve inspired me to make some changes on my own blog. Wish I had a wonderful outfit to link up here today, but alas we’ve been travelling for a month and I haven’t taken any outfit shots since September. So I’ll just enjoy your wonderful new colours and check out some of the other links. See you next week!

    • October 23, 2018 / 8:37 pm

      I’m laughing because I just realized I said wonderful three times in that comment:)

    • catherine
      Author
      October 26, 2018 / 11:59 am

      Sue what a wonderful comment, that was so wonderful of you to say such wonderful things!! heehee 😉

      Seriously – thank you…! It’s good to hear you’ve been away enjoying yourself, you’ll feel refreshed for a new start and maybe a rebrand like I’ve done?! x

  14. October 23, 2018 / 7:54 pm

    I’m so impressed with your attitude Catherine. In a job that can take over your life, you are making it work for you. Love the new logo and profile picture. I’ve made a note of your new linky dates. Great outfit, that coat is gorgeous xx Maria

    • catherine
      Author
      October 26, 2018 / 12:00 pm

      Taking over my life?? I don’t know WHAT you mean, Maria…! 😉 lol

      Thank you my sweet, lovely to have you link up every week x

  15. October 23, 2018 / 7:34 pm

    Oh this looks spectacular Catherine and it’s so you. You are such an autumn girl, colour wise. The coat is lovely too and your hair looks fab. You seem to have the spring back in your step and it’s very good to see xxxx

    • catherine
      Author
      October 26, 2018 / 12:02 pm

      Ironic that summer is my favourite season by a mile but autumn colours are definitely “my colours”, isn’t it Liz…?! Thank you darling, I have you and the other girls to thank for persuading me to get his particular coat when I couldn’t decide!!

  16. October 23, 2018 / 7:21 pm

    This is SO YOU and so fabulous, Catherine! I adore the font and colours of your logo. I’m not wondering why you ever had a pale blue one when this one is so perfect?!?

    This coat is an absolute dream. If I end up with a tartan coat in my closet soon, I am blaming you. xxx

    • catherine
      Author
      October 26, 2018 / 12:04 pm

      I don’t know why it was pale blue either?! From what I recall I was heavily into Pantone’s Serenity Blue and Rose Quartz of 2016, I think pink was too pale so I plumped for the blue. Since then my orange obsession began, hence the big change. I can safely say 2018 was the year of change!!

      Thank you thank you lovely Lisa, and it wouldn’t be a bad thing to see you in a tartan coat 😉

  17. October 23, 2018 / 7:12 pm

    WooHoo Catherine I love your new colours! Yes to re-shooting your bio pic with a pink background, I’m picturing it now #plantsonpinkqueen
    Your check coat is amazing, I’m totally jelly. Been looking for a check coat with these colours for a while now actually. I do have a check coat but it’s all the browns and a bit boring if I’m honest. You’ve inspired me to up my colour game Woman!
    Nice job on the new look blog, it’s definitely more you 😉

    • catherine
      Author
      October 26, 2018 / 12:05 pm

      Thanks MT! The colours in the coat sang to me, though it took you lot to tell me it really was “the one”…! MUAH xx

  18. October 23, 2018 / 6:13 pm

    Brilliant changes, Catherine, and the outfit to match the announcement. Love your new profile photo.

    Your example encourages me to create a schedule. I felt very calm reading your posting itinerary in contrast to my haphazard here-there approach. Deadlines always give me a creative and adrenaline boost. I know many bloggers have schedules but seeing it spelled on in letters affects me more.

    • catherine
      Author
      October 26, 2018 / 12:06 pm

      I’m terrible without structure and deadlines, Melanie… I don’t think I’d EVER post anything on the blog if I didn’t have set days, lol!! Thank you my sweet x

  19. October 23, 2018 / 6:08 pm

    Love the coat! Love the new looks on the blog too! Makes me want to change! xx

    • catherine
      Author
      October 26, 2018 / 12:06 pm

      Thanks Laurie – a change feels so good, I highly recommend it! x

  20. jodie filogomo
    October 23, 2018 / 5:58 pm

    It’s funny how a little change here and there can make us feel so much better. Do you know I heard that Tuesday is our most productive day??
    So you’re on the cusp girl!!
    XOXO
    Jodie

    • catherine
      Author
      October 26, 2018 / 12:07 pm

      I didn’t know that about Tuesdays Jodie, but it does make perfect sense! Thank you!!

  21. October 23, 2018 / 5:55 pm

    Great looks! The blog and you! I will change the button tomorrow!

    • catherine
      Author
      October 26, 2018 / 12:07 pm

      Thank you Nancy! Though I’ve now seen you’re having trouble with it, I’ll look to see if I’ve messed up the code (it’s probably me) x

  22. October 23, 2018 / 5:55 pm

    Love the new header and layout—it feels much more in line with your personality. And I’ve now updated my spreadsheet so I can link up with you on the proper days! Thanks, as always, for hosting, and I love the plaid coat you’re wearing here!
    Cheryl Shops

    • catherine
      Author
      October 26, 2018 / 12:08 pm

      Pink and orange is MUCH more me, isn’t it Cheryl 😉 – thank you for always linking up and the lovely compliment! x

  23. October 23, 2018 / 5:43 pm

    Love the new layout, schedule, and your COAT!!!
    Xx
    Joi

    • catherine
      Author
      October 26, 2018 / 12:09 pm

      Thanks Joi – if I could dress just a FRACTION of how colourfully you dress I’d be happy!! x

  24. October 23, 2018 / 5:38 pm

    Love your new header. Much more you. The autumn colours of your outfit look divine with the tree backdrop.

    • catherine
      Author
      October 26, 2018 / 12:09 pm

      Thank you Gail – the backdrop was a bit of a winner, wasn’t it…?!

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