14 Unmissable Reads, The Best of the Blogosphere (November 2018)

The Best of the Blogosphere November 2018 | Not Dressed As Lamb

In my Best of the Blogosphere this month I have ignoring dress codes, reducing Christmas stress, the effect of Instagram on mental health 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.)

Normally this post goes out on the fourth Wednesday of the month; this month it’s moved to Thursday and hooked up with the #ShareAllLinkUp as I had a LOT on yesterday and the post just wasn’t going to get finished in time (that’s despite me compiling this post all month)! Maybe there are a few new readers here that usually partake in the link up… if so hello, and I hope you like this monthly feature enough to come back and see them again next month: as always there are So. Many. Good. Reads.

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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I’m all for ditching Christmas traditions if they no longer work, so I loved Kimberly’s tips on how to reduce stress around Christmas time.

This has to be my favourite (and the cutest!) Halloween costume I’ve ever seen.

I’m a bit of a perfectionist myself like Amber, who discusses how perfectionism can never be achieved: the perfect is the enemy of the okay. And it’s OKAY.

The marriage advice that will make all your relationships healthier is a long video, but really worth a watch – have it on in the background while doing chores or similar.

I love these ideas SO much: 6 Instagram ideas that will make your life happier and better (no.2 makes perfect sense and can justify time spent on the app)!

As someone who once considered the same when she was younger, I found Dana’s account about her decision to have a nose job (and the before and after) a fascinating read.

Becky decided to say yes to every opportunity offered to her for a year, and WOW what a year she had.

One of the most unique gift ideas posts I’ve read in a long time: and they’re all from Boots, no less. Who knew.

Not quite the blogosphere exactly, but this open letter to my online shopping parcel is absolutely genius (and oh so true).

With the furore surrounding Emma Thompson’s choice to wear trainers to receive her damehood, Nicki asks is it rude to ignore a dress code?

Em Ford of My Pale Skin Blog and #YouLookDisgusting fame has made an amazing follow up video: “Redefine pretty“. Sad and yet utterly inspiring.

Some of the most beautiful fashion photos I’ve seen on a blog lately: Meg in a gorgeous Sister Jane dress (not somewhere super glamorous, it was shot in an ordinary part of London).

Wendy took a month off Instagram and considers the effect it has on her mental health.

How to avoid dressing like everyone else – great advice about wearing vintage by Suzanne.

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

An Alternative Christmas Gift Guide: 9 Fantastic Indie Sellers,
Celebrating 9 Fabulous Women Who Wear What They Like and
A Day Out in London for Adults: Belgravia


So all that’s left to say is – I’ve shared my thoughts/stories/tuppence-worth this week, now it’s time to share yours… LET’S GET THIS [LINK UP] PARTY STARTED!


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  1. 30 November 2018 / 7:44 pm

    I always enjoy your eclectic mix of round-ups every month Catherine. Thanks so much for including me.

    That Halloween costume really is the best! Ha!

    I also like the idea of saying yes more often.


    • catherine
      5 December 2018 / 11:48 am

      It was a pleasure to include you, Suzanne! I love the saying Yes thing too… must learn from that experiment!

  2. 30 November 2018 / 5:11 pm

    I really don’t know how you manage to find such great bloggers Catherine. I mean I know they’re out there but it’s not always easy to stumble upon them . Besides that, often I don’t know specifically what I’m looking for so this is like getting a lovely box of quality street chocolates every month!
    Thanks Lamby xx

    • catherine
      5 December 2018 / 11:50 am

      I find them via my Bloglovin feed and Twitter mostly, MT – I follow a lot of “blogger RT” accounts so see many tweets linking to posts by bloggers I’ve never heard of πŸ™‚

      Thanks mate MUAH xo

    • catherine
      5 December 2018 / 11:50 am

      I hope you enjoy them, Vicki! x

  3. 29 November 2018 / 7:07 pm

    I’ve so enjoyed reading most of your recommendations here Catherine! So many are new to me, which I LOVE. Hope your week gets less busy – although it’s all kinds of crazy with Christmas round the corner! xx Maria

    • catherine
      5 December 2018 / 11:51 am

      Thanks Maria – whoever is saying blogs are dead really doesn’t know what they’re talking about, don’t you think…?!

  4. 29 November 2018 / 6:28 pm

    Thank you for sharing these, Catherine! I loved the article about ways to improve one’s Instagram experience. Perhaps I should stop following so many jet-setting millennials with $3,000 handbags πŸ˜‰
    Cheryl Shops

    • catherine
      5 December 2018 / 11:53 am

      YES to Sarah’s improving the IG experience, Cheryl – wasn’t it a brilliant read?! It’s so good how something that everyone is moaning about CAN be a positive thing… it’s all about working round (or ignoring) the bad bits of Instagram and concentrating on what YOU can get out of it. And yes, start unfollowing those accounts you mentioned: I did, you’ll feel so much better for it πŸ™‚

  5. 29 November 2018 / 6:20 pm

    Oooh thank you for sharing these Catherine. I’m interested in them all of course, but I’m especially interested in Wendy’s post about taking a month off Instagram. I’m off to read it now! xxx

    • 30 November 2018 / 5:08 pm

      Snap! Wendy didn’t disappoint πŸ˜‰

      • catherine
        5 December 2018 / 11:55 am

        Really well written, wasn’t it MT

    • catherine
      5 December 2018 / 11:54 am

      Having taking six weeks off IG this year Liz, I can vouch for the fact that life doesn’t stop and that it’s a really good thing…!! I loved her perspective on it πŸ˜€

  6. 29 November 2018 / 4:13 pm

    I love favorite links posts. There are so many really good posts out there. I especially like the one on Unique Christmas Gifts and the one one reducing holiday stress. I think that’s something everyone can relate to.

    • catherine
      5 December 2018 / 11:56 am

      Two things we all need at this time of year, Julie!! Thank you, glad you liked the links x

  7. 29 November 2018 / 3:49 pm

    WOW!!! You found some great links for us to ponder. Thanks for sniffing those out. XO

    • catherine
      29 November 2018 / 3:51 pm

      Thanks Lisa, it’s my pleasure πŸ˜€

  8. 29 November 2018 / 3:38 pm

    Wel sounds like a lot of good stories to read! Thanks!

    • catherine
      29 November 2018 / 3:51 pm

      Pleasure, Nancy – they’re really good this month! x

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