18 Unmissable Reads, The Best of the Blogosphere (September 2020)

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

In my Best of the Blogosphere this month I have Disney cottagecore, a perfectly preserved 1970s interior, Tracee Ellis Ross’s style and more!

(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.)

It’s the end of the summer in the UK (boo!) and for many other places too, so before autumn proper kicks in here are some colourful reads for you – not a whiff of spiced pumpkin anywhere to be seen/smelt.  Seems lots of interiors blog posts have caught my eye this past month, and I’m fascinated by this new internet aesthetic called cottagecore (I mean, what the cottage what?!). Plus as always I’ve thrown in a few funny and cute animal links for your amusement and for awwws.


[Reading time: 2 mins – excluding time reading links]


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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You’ll love watching John Furniss, AKA The Blind Woodsman at work (find him on Instagram here). He is – you guessed it – a woodworker who is also blind. He produces the most stunning pieces any sighted woodworker would be proud of.

I loved this transformation of a run-down house into a beautiful, airy Airbnb.

Cottagecore is a thing I keep hearing about, and I adore this photoshoot that Keiko and Courtney did of their take on it: Cottagecore Disney princesses Belle and Tiana.

I’m on a podcast! Recorded before Covid, I talked to the lovely Elizabeth Dhokia for her Good Life Unravelled podcast where we discussed all things to do with fashion over 40. We really got to the nitty-gritty of it.

Queen of bold interiors Kirsty has listed lots of places where you can get free furniture in the UK – loads of great ideas and tips (which apply to outside the UK too). Thanks to one of her tips I bagged myself four vintage dining chairs for just 99p from eBay (almost free) that I’m going to upcycle.

Here are 20 things that Janise does to relieve stress during Covid.

I’m inviting everyone [in the UK] to sign this petition to get the online forum Tattle Life shut down. It’s meant to be a place for people to leave constructive criticism about influencers – it’s actually full of bullying, harassment and discrimination. I’ve read a few threads and it’s nothing short of shameful and disgusting (WARNING: do not look up your own name. I didn’t and I won’t, and I’d prefer not to know whether I’m on there so please don’t look me up and/or tell me if I’ve been discussed in a thread).

Shelbee discusses her own relationship with her body and says you should love your body as it’s the only one you’ve got… never a truer word said.

You have got to check out this incredible 1970s-architecture house for sale in the North of England – it’s like time stood still and the decor with every single Seventies detail was perfectly preserved.

I loved this post by Debbie about procrastination and the secret to getting unstuck and getting your ass in gear.

A mother cow ‘asked’ a man photographing her herd to help him rescue her newborn calf – watch the heartwarming story unfold here.

This Shiba Inu pup named Uni is probably the cutest, smiliest dog I have ever seen.

All hail eco-warrior Michelle for creating an up-to-date list of 133 vegan and eco-friendly fashion brands (plus an explanation of leather alternatives that don’t harm people or the environment).

I’ve just discovered fashion brand Inch² and Oh. Em. Gee – how cool is their footwear?! Can I have it all, especially these caramel combat boots…?

I adore Megan’s colourful home and her removable wallpaper mural in her multifunctional office space is especially perfect for rented homes.

These hilarious groundhogs are getting pushy with each over food, but it looks more to me like they’re shoving each other out the way in order to be at the front of the photo.

It’s only recently come to my attention that Tracee Ellis Ross has amazing style, so I loved this round up of some of her best looks. Plus she’s a 1972 girl like me ; -)

This tweet from TV presenter Julia Bradbury about why walking is good for your mental health is spot-on:

Finally, a few Not Dressed As Lamb posts you perhaps missed first time around:
Four Transitional Season Ways to Wear One End of Summer Outfit,
My Current Jewellery Obsession: Stacked Gold Earrings and Ear Cuffs and
The All-New Not Dressed As Lamb: A New Look & a Fresh Start


Stay safe XOXO

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Linking up to… Monday: Inspire Me Monday, My Glittery Heart, On Mondays We Link Up || Tuesday: Style With a Smile, Spread the Kindness, Confident Twosday, Happy Now Blog Link Up || Wednesday: WowOnWednesday || Thursday: Chic & Stylish || Friday: Fancy Friday, On the Edge, Fabulous Friday, Fabulous Friday’s Link Up



  1. 30 September 2020 / 3:41 pm

    Ohhh loving all these links! Just had to check out the procrastination one and Tracee Ellis Ross! And omg, cottage core! Now I am very curious about it. Thank you for sharing!

    Life is a Shoe

    • Catherine
      1 October 2020 / 11:54 am

      Thanks Celyn, glad you enjoyed them! 😀

  2. Libbie
    29 September 2020 / 2:04 pm

    Thank you for including our Airbnb renovation in your round-up this month! Its an honor to be included. I am awed by the talent of John Furniss and am off to check out the rest of the links. 🙂

    • Catherine
      1 October 2020 / 11:54 am

      My pleasure, Libbie – you did an amazing job!!

  3. 29 September 2020 / 10:33 am

    Great post as usual, Catherine! And thanks so much for sharing my Body Positivity post. What a lovely surprise. I am so honored! I am off to check out some of these other links!


    • Catherine
      1 October 2020 / 11:55 am

      It was my pleasure, Shelbee – such a great post that gave me so much to think about…!

  4. 29 September 2020 / 12:54 am

    That pattern clash outfit Tracee Ellis Ross rocks is soooo YOU! I can picture you searching for those trousers as I type this
    Thank you for including me my Queen xx

    • Catherine
      1 October 2020 / 11:56 am

      I thought her outfit was very “me” too, MT!! 😉 Thanks lovely, your post was so good and so well-researched x

  5. 28 September 2020 / 7:35 am

    Inch shoes – fantastic. Inch is my birth surname, so naturally I’m a fan. And I’m a Shelbee fan, love her honesty. As usual, great round-up xxxxx

    • Catherine
      1 October 2020 / 11:57 am

      Wow Inch is a great name, Ratnamurti! Their shoes are incredible, aren’t they… just a bit too expensive for me to justify splashing out on 🙁

  6. 27 September 2020 / 9:17 am

    Did I miss a button to share on Twitter etc.? Interesting links!

    • Catherine
      27 September 2020 / 10:26 am

      Thanks Nancy – I’d actually got rid of them because I thought they were messy and were just making more clutter… I guess because I never use them myself (I always copy and paste links) I thought they were rarely used! I’ve added them back in 😀

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