16 Unmissable Reads, The Best of the Blogosphere (April 2020)

16 Unmissable Reads, The Best of the Blogosphere (April 2020) | Not Dressed As Lamb

In my Best of the Blogosphere this month I have LOADS of cute animal stuff, inspiring TED Talks, surviving-quarantine tips and more!

[Reading time: 3 minutes – not including time spent down any internet rabbit holes…!]

(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.)

Just a few short weeks ago I would never have believed that people would be crying out for more and more blog/social content to soak up on a daily basis – and who am I to deny you all these great reads that are doing the rounds on the old interwebs?

I’ve actually struggled to get any content out at all this week as I badly sprained my arm and wrist digging the garden over Easter weekend, and even after 10 days it wasn’t getting any better (it just got more painful). I called the NHS 111 number and was told to COMPLETELY rest it if I stood any chance of it healing. I couldn’t even bring my hand to my face it was so painful – things like typing, teeth brushing or feeding myself with my right hand was out of the question.

I put it in a sling and didn’t move it for three whole days and it’s a little better… I can at least type this, albeit slowly (most of it was typed with my left hand)! I always compile this post over the course of the month so at least there wasn’t that much to do to get it finished.

Anyway, enough of my woes – 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…!

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

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Hero friends of ours in London have spent lockdown making visors for the NHS for FREE (9,000 to date!) – all funded by themselves. They have a Just Giving page and will donate leftover funds from the £31,000+ they’ve raised so far (after taking money for supplies and delivery costs) to healthcare charities… please donate if you can (the link’s in their profile), or at least show them some support with a follow/comment/sharing their story. They’ve been slogging their guts out for weeks and I want them to know how much we appreciate what they’re doing and how proud we are of them ♥

You want to see some cute sheep having fun on a kids’ roundabout in a deserted playground, don’t you? Here you go.

The most awkward – but most hilarious – online team meeting.

This is as cute as it is funny: a rescue fox runs away with her owner’s phone and tries to bury it – and the whole thing is captured on video. You’ll die from the cuteness 😉

Love a TED Talk or two? Here are the 7 best TED Talks that will change your life.

Mind-blowingly beautiful landscape photography by Russian photographer Kristina Makeeva: incredible pictures taken at a frozen lake in Siberia.

Blair gave us a tour of her Florida home and it’s every bit as gorgeously colourful as her personal style.

You know when you do that thing with someone else’s hands through your behind-your-back arms and you talk/do things with their hands? This woman uses her husband’s hands to do a make-up tutorial (the result is of course hilarious).

If you haven’t yet discovered the world’s smiliest hedgehog and his Bengal cat BFF then you haven’t lived.

Krystal has been musing on finding inspiration in the time of coronavirus and subsequently, her blog post inspired me.

Missing Wagamama? Here’s a video with one of their chefs cooking a katsu chicken curry. Easy peasy and OMG delicious.

MAJOR mascara warning: After noticing that Ken slept with a photo of his late wife every night, one of his carers presented him with an incredible gift.

You are not alone: Debbie has discussed why we must allow ourselves to feel angry or sad, mourn what is gone and then work towards acceptance and being kind to ourselves.

If you missed Toothy Thomas – the Yorkie that stole his owner’s set of comedy teeth – gird your laughing loins and watch it now.

There have been loads of recreations of famous paintings made during lockdown – one of my favourite accounts is To Be a Muse which posts amazingly accurate recreations of female portraits by artists like Gustav Klimt and Frida Kahlo.

A very interesting article on why coronavirus could finally pop the influencer bubble.

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

How to Do Your Own Gel Nails at Home (It’s Easier Than You Think),
Star Wars Fancy Dress Party for Two (Costumes on a Budget) and
The Blog Changes Have Come… Time to Get Back to Basics


Stay home, stay safe XOXO

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  1. 4 May 2020 / 11:58 am

    I hope that your arm is feeling better Catherine…Thank you so so much for including me in this edition of your must-reads! xo

    • Catherine
      4 May 2020 / 12:15 pm

      Thanks Debbie, and you’re most welcome! The arm pain is going on a bit, speaking to a specialist today, thanks for asking! x

  2. Deborah from Sydney (Aust)
    29 April 2020 / 10:40 am

    Thanks for your commitment Catherine to post to your blog friends despite your arm/wrist, pray that you have a speedy healing. I have yet to listen to the TED talks but plan too. Love the foxy fox and older gent receiving a beautiful gift, so gorgeous and unexpected. Love your blog, hope you’re doing OK overall with all that is going on. Thanks for your stories and roundup of great stuff we may have missed.

    love Deborah

    • Catherine
      29 April 2020 / 11:49 am

      Thanks Deborah – as I spend the month compiling the post I knew I couldn’t let the links “go to waste” as it were, so I struggled on, lol…!!! 😉

      You’re very kind, so glad to know you’re enjoying the blog. Everything’s good overall here and I hope you and yours are also safe and well xx

  3. 28 April 2020 / 1:06 pm

    Always a great roundup of wonderful things to read, Catherine! I am so sorry that you sprained your arm. I have been suffering from a tendinitis flare up in my left arm. It is amazing how much we use our non dominant arms/hands for. Even worse when we hurt the dominant side. I have been wearing a sling as well on days when the pain is too much to bear, but then of course, I end up using my arm too much and start right back at the beginning again. I feel your pain! May we both heal quickly!


    • Catherine
      29 April 2020 / 11:51 am

      I hear you on the using the arm too much Shelbee – it’s like one step forward, two steps back for me at the moment! But I’m getting there slowly but surely… I can at least type now BUT I have to take breaks every 10 minutes or so or my arm seizes up and the pain starts all over again.

      Hope yours gets better soon too, thank you and stay safe! x

  4. 27 April 2020 / 7:19 pm

    Thanks, Catherine – the animal videos do it for me every time! Now go rest that arm…

    • Catherine
      28 April 2020 / 9:08 am

      The animal videos are the best, aren’t they Mary Katherine 😉

      Thank you my lovely, it’s finally on the mend!

  5. 27 April 2020 / 4:41 pm

    Oeps, it’s always hard to know and feel when we are doing enough or to much, mostly when it’s too late. I hope you’re arm heels well.

    • Catherine
      28 April 2020 / 9:10 am

      It was already hurting for no reason the week before, Nancy, but then the pain just went away… the garden digging obviously exacerbated it!! It’s finally getting better thank goodness 🙂

  6. 26 April 2020 / 9:07 pm

    I love that you do The Best of the Blogosphere. Because it’s such a generous thing that you’ve done. Ok: my favourite bogs. This came down to 3 mainly, all for the same reaons. 1) I love the blog; 2) I can relate to the blogger – and in a different way for each blogger; 3) the blog inspires me – again each for a different reason; 4) each blogger stays true to themselves and it’s reflected in how they write; 5) each is not politically correct; 6) and although clothes feature strongly in each blog, I don’t feel intimidated because not being a clotheshorse type of blogger , I often feel quite insecure as a blogger., 7) and I also like the way each 3 dresses true to herself. Drum roll, please: not dressed as lamb – I have reread so many of your posts since I first found you; vintage vixon ; shelbeeonthe edge. And I would add a 4th, for different reasons, how to be chic.

    • Catherine
      27 April 2020 / 9:29 am

      Oh gosh Ratnamurti what a lovely comment – thank you! I do like the fact that readers discover new-to-them blogs. It’s great to be able to share what I’ve discovered and loved over the course of the month x

  7. 26 April 2020 / 2:36 pm

    So so good! Thank you for the TeD talks Catherine, I hope your arm heals soon sweetie xxx

    • Catherine
      27 April 2020 / 9:27 am

      Thanks so much MT – I’ve kinda killed it again by probably doing too much yesterday! Back to doing everything with my left hand I guess…

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