15 Unmissable Reads, the Best of the Blogosphere (September 2019)

Not Dressed As Lamb's 15 Unmissable Reads, the Best of the Blogosphere (September 2019)

In my Best of the Blogosphere this month I have Instagram’s “undesirables”, old portrait paintings with smiles, dogs asleep in funny positions 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.)

Autumn’s definitely here! Aaaaargh!! Where on EARTH did the summer go. Whether or not it’s your favourite season (not mine – summer all the way for me), you might like to know that this a spiced pumpkin latte-free zone… you’ll find none of that predictable fall nonsense here. How about dogs asleep in crazy-ass positions? Or Frida Kahlo grinning uncontrollably? Or great advice about knowing your worth and knowing when to say No?

THAT’S what you’ll find round these parts on these chillier days…!

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

What links did you like – and have you found any fabulous new blogs to follow? Comment below…!

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Gotta love dogs falling asleep in funny positions.

I mentioned Trinny Woodall’s IGTV video in an outfit post earlier this month, but her demonstrating how belts can make an outfit gave me loads of tips and was worth mentioning again.

This guy on a rollercoaster unbelievably caught a stranger’s phone when he let go of it as they were going around.

We’re still planning to do a three-week US east coast road trip (one day!), so I loved Megan’s guide to the Florida Keys: Where to stay, what to do, see and eat from Key Largo to Key West.

Instagram shockingly rejected Lex’s photo of her bare face for an ad because her rosacea apparently promotes an “undesirable appearance”. I have no words.

These famous old paintings recreated with smiles are hilarious – don’t miss Queen Elizabeth I grinning and the Frida Kahlo self-portrait with teeth on show.

Ratnamurti very interestingly discusses how she used to be grumpy but then learned how to be happy.

Watch the amazing colour changes of an octopus as it’s sleeping: nature at its very best.

No longer synonymous with old-style NHS glasses, transparent eyewear is a big trend I’m loving – Liz explains how to choose and style clear frames.

Hayley’s advice about learning to say no, knowing your worth and placing value on your skill is EXCELLENT.

More culture! If you’ve ever struggled to recognise painters’ works, you need this funny but accurate guide on how to recognise famous painters by their art.

It’s autumn. Mustard is back on my radar. I’m crushing big time on this mustard yellow grab bag* right now.
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Google turned 21 this week – here are 21 facts you probably didn’t know about the search engine (like what happens if you Google search the word “askew”…!)

Suzi’s examples of all her vintage and pre-loved pieces – and how she styled them – are so inspiring AND good news for slow fashion supporters (which should be all of us).

A little Insta self-promotion (and sneaky preview) of our gorgeous new adopted greyhound Suki (go to “Suki” in my Stories Highlights). We are SMITTEN.


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

My Feelings of Imposter Syndrome at the L’Oréal TV Ad Shoot,
My Year in Review: 2019, Part 2 of 3 and
9 Fabulous Women Who Wear What They Like (September 2019)

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  1. 10 October 2019 / 6:44 pm

    Such great links as always! I’m stunned at Lex’s treatment, she’s such an inspiration for turning your own differences into a superpower. She owns her issue, and not for anything, but how is suffering from a skin condition that you can’t control promoting an undesirable appearance? I mean, even if I wanted to BUY rosacea, I couldn’t. Oy vey.

    So excited about Miss Suki Summers and I can’t WAIT to see her in some outfit posts in the future.

    • Catherine
      15 October 2019 / 12:06 am

      The treatment Lex got from Insta was quite appalling, wasn’t it Lisa. As if the trolls weren’t bad enough?!!!

  2. 1 October 2019 / 9:45 am

    Awww thank you for including my post Catherine. It’s always so humbling to be alongside so many brilliant posts/stories. I adore Lex (I’ve met her twice and she’s amazing) and I was horrified and very saddened by Instagram’s treatment of her images. And Trinny is always excellent. I used to love “What Not To Wear” and have always followed her. She’s a force of nature isn’t she.
    And finally, welcome Suki Summers. I can’t tell you how happy I am for you and Keith xxxxxxx

    • Catherine
      15 October 2019 / 12:07 am

      Pleasure, Liz! You inspired me to wear some transparent frames to the Specsavers Awards last week…!

      And thank you – Suki’s been so wonderful to have at home with us πŸ˜€

  3. 30 September 2019 / 12:09 pm

    That IG story gave me a serious WTF moment! I scrolled through the dogs sleeping with my kids and we had a great big laugh! The art ones are all funny! Congrats on your new fur baby addition! Welcome Suki!


    • Catherine
      30 September 2019 / 2:10 pm

      Lex’s IG story was soooo bad, wasn’t it Shelbee?! SO bad. Glad you liked the links this month x

  4. 29 September 2019 / 11:09 pm

    Thank you for mentioning my post. I am thrilled beyond words. And, I am now happily using Garnier Olia for my hair dye, as I was so impressed by your post on it.

    • Catherine
      30 September 2019 / 2:11 pm

      My absolute pleasure, Ratnamurti! And I’m so glad you’ve discovered Olia too… it’s without doubt the best home hair dye I’ve ever used…!

  5. Karen
    29 September 2019 / 1:55 pm

    Firstly, congratulations are in order for the arrival of Suki, great name and what a pretty girl, so happy for you and Keith.
    I must say I have a love hate relationship with the clear glasses that are in fashion – whilst they look cool on people I cannot get my head round them. I started early wearing contact lens and my optician recommended a pair of glasses for emergencies…….I got a pink pair of NHS glasses…..though I did get some nicer glasses soon after ( & later always had spare contacts !)
    Those laughing portraits were fun as were the sleeping dogs, our terrier I has as a child was a ‘normal’ sleeper….but Oh boy our big apricot and white cat has us cracked up with his dozing and sunbathing positions ….usually on his back with his paws in the air !!!

    • Catherine
      30 September 2019 / 2:13 pm

      Aww thanks Karen – we three are super happy together and enjoying bonding!!

      I know what you mean about the “NHS” glasses, but I never discount anything… I always swore I’d never wear green after having to wear it head to toe at school till the age of 18 – but now I do!

      Love the fact that your kitty ends up in hilarious sleeping positions too: I swear the job of dogs and cats is to amuse us πŸ˜€ πŸ˜‰

  6. 29 September 2019 / 10:49 am

    Lex ‘s story shocked me too! I cant believe a such popular social media platform does something like that. They should set a example! Not promoting that outside beauty is everything! Shame on Instagram!

    • Catherine
      30 September 2019 / 2:14 pm

      I STILL can’t believe she was told that, Nancy! And yes, shame on them πŸ™

  7. 29 September 2019 / 10:36 am

    Those smiling portraits are brilliant!! Super creepy though, lol!
    Suzy xx

    • Catherine
      30 September 2019 / 2:15 pm

      Definitely creepy but definitely good for a giggle, Suzy πŸ˜‰ lol

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