15 Unmissable Reads, The Best of the Blogosphere (December 2018)

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

In my Best of the Blogosphere this month I have (an imaginary) Grace Kelly with lip fillers, the women of 2018, black sequins for New Year’s Eve 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.)

I’m publishing everything a few days later this week due to Christmas Day and Boxing Day – I’m following the lead of the local council collecting the recycling a day or two later after a bank holiday. Otherwise I’d be working on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, and no one wants to do that if they’re in charge of their working hours, do they? Choosing what days I work is one of the perks of my job – and I’ll take them whenever and wherever I can…!

So because of Christmas falling on a Tuesday (and the #iwillwearwhatilike post being shifted to Thursday) the usual schedule of fourth-Wednesday-of-the-month for these posts has been mucked up a bit – I’m posting it on Sunday instead.

Confused? I am…! 😉

Do have a read of these great links – you never know who or what you might discover that makes your day/week/month (and I’ll see you on 1st January – Tuesday – for my annual bloopers and outtakes post)!


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

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I thought about writing something like this myself, but someone got there before I did: a look back at the history-making moments that inspired and uplifted women this year: “A year in women 2018“. Just incredible.

Poor Amber has written about her magnetic eyelashes disaster in the past, but I’m calling this latest review “The Russian Eyelashes Debacle” (gird your loins for this sorry but hilarious catastrophe).

An artist who “transforms” beauties of the past such as Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly with today’s botox and fillers and Instagram makeup… the results are fascinating, but frightening.

If you’re a lover of black AND sparkles and sequins, this is what you should be wearing on New Year’s Eve.

The business of blogging: pitching, rates and a year-end review from Alison. Very useful for bloggers.

Stunning gifts that are perfect for all year round by Lisa (she sure knows her luxury goods).

Ashley had afternoon tea at (the very gorgeous – and very pink) Sketch in London and her photos make the hype all the more believable.

How to put together your own gallery wall – if mine looks half as good as Krystal’s I’ll be happy.

7 things Lauren is doing to prepare her business for the new year (great advice for all small businesses and sole traders).

I ADORE these hairstyles: simple holiday hair two ways in 10 minutes.

As an optometrist Lizzy knows her glasses – her round up of 2019 eyewear trends is my go-to guide (check out those incredible “standout” styles)!

How Corinne got 100k unique monthly viewers on Pinterest in just 47 days.

Michelle’s observations of her first US Christmas were very interesting – how can two Western English-speaking countries be so different?

Vicki accidentally left her phone at home last week – and she found it wasn’t actually all that bad.

Leah talks about the importance of over 30s in fashion – even those in their 30s feel ignored by the media it seems.

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

3 Top Tips for a Happy, Stress-Free Christmas (pin for next year!),
Vintage 1970s One-Shoulder Gown (The Vuelio Blog Awards) and
Wearing The Pantone Color of the Year 2019, Living Coral (My Favourite So Far)



  1. 2 January 2019 / 4:44 pm

    Thank you for sharing! I love the idea of “A Year in Women 2018.” We’ve accomplished so much!

    • catherine
      2 January 2019 / 7:20 pm

      We HAVE, haven’t we Judith? I thought it was a fantastic reminder of all the amazing women that have inspired us over the last 12 months 😀

  2. 1 January 2019 / 12:38 pm

    Some really great reads here, Catherine! I love the Women of 2018 article and the eyelash extension one had me laughing in my coffee! Thank you for sharing!


    • catherine
      1 January 2019 / 6:16 pm

      That article about the Women of 2018 was amazing, wasn’t it Shelbee?! And poor Amber and her eyelashes, it’s not the first time either 🙁

  3. 31 December 2018 / 2:45 am

    All of you are amazing! Thanks for sharing!
    Happy New Year 2019!

    xo, Joling

    • catherine
      1 January 2019 / 6:17 pm

      Thanks so much Joling – and to you!

  4. 30 December 2018 / 11:00 pm

    Going through them all now .. great reads as always. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas xo

    • catherine
      1 January 2019 / 6:17 pm

      I did thanks Sharon, hope you did too! x

  5. 30 December 2018 / 10:06 pm

    That picture of Audrey Hepburn on the link is monsterous! My goodness modern Kim K beauty looks are taking all the uniqueness out of beauty! It reminds me of one of my favorite quotes about the different ways to be beautiful: “remember that flowers and Christmas lights are both beautiful, but they look nothing alike.” That’s as it should be!

    Great roundup, as always!

    • catherine
      1 January 2019 / 6:18 pm

      I agree, Lauren, it IS monstrous!! Your mother was a wise woman x

  6. 30 December 2018 / 7:43 pm

    Thank you for this Catherine. I have just finished reading ‘The business of blogging’ by Alison. Another experienced blogger giving great advice, like yourself.
    Even though I’m a newby – I’m now aware of how time consuming blogging and Instagram can be, but so enjoying it!
    Looking forward to reading the rest of the posts.
    Hope you’ve had a fab Christmas and Happy new year!!

    • catherine
      1 January 2019 / 6:19 pm

      Alsion’s advice was brilliant I thought, and I loved the bit about knowing what we’re worth. So glad you’re enjoying your blogging still! HNY xx

  7. 30 December 2018 / 6:45 pm

    Great reads C, especially love the hair do’s !
    Ashley xx

    • catherine
      1 January 2019 / 6:19 pm

      That hairstyle was SO pretty, wasn’t it A x

  8. 30 December 2018 / 5:59 pm

    Thank you for including me in this! I’ll have to check out some of your other recommendations 🙂

    Corinne x

    • catherine
      1 January 2019 / 6:20 pm

      My pleasure, Corinne! Still amazed at how you did it 😀

  9. 30 December 2018 / 4:34 pm

    Thank you for some new holiday reading! xx

    • catherine
      1 January 2019 / 6:20 pm

      My pleasure Lovely Laurie x

  10. 30 December 2018 / 3:58 pm

    Thank you so much for including my post Catherine. I read about Vicki leaving her phone at home. And now, I can’t resist finding about poor Amber’s eyelashes!!!! I can’t wait for your bloopers post either!!! Lots snd lots of love xxxxx

    • catherine
      1 January 2019 / 6:20 pm

      Thanks so much Liz my lovely… you’re always most welcome here in my BOTB posts!!

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