13 Unmissable Reads, The Best of the Blogosphere (January 2021)

Not Dressed As Lamb - The Best of the Blogosphere January 2021

In my Best of the Blogosphere this month I have fashionista greyhounds, brilliant life skills, accounts of surviving lockdown – and more.

It’s my first BOTB post of the year – shall we just rename 2021 as ‘The Year We Hope Will Be A Whole Lot Better (Eventually) Than 2020’…?

Although many of us are struggling in varying degrees, it’s incredible to think of the resources that are produced and the amazing articles that are written as a result of a pandemic and people struggling with – but also finding joy in – their everyday lives. Even if we’re coping and are lucky to have escaped a truly sh*t time of it, it’s good to know how to recognise troubles in others and know how to help. And how to sympathise.


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


I’ve picked a mixture of posts, articles, reads and watches, from the hilarious and uplifting to the thoughtful and introverted.

Hope you love them as much I did (do) – 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 content creators to follow? Comment below…


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Tika the iggy [Italian greyhound] is nothing short of f***ing hilarious – her outfits put the most fashionable of fashionistas to shame. If I need cheering up, I’ll watch this, this, this or this.

The best inauguration tribute I’ve seen is Mya’s Inauguration style: vintage edition reel. So fun, soooooo classy.

From knowing the warning signs of suicide, to how to save a choking dog, to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s six rules to success, here are 45 brilliant life skills that everyone should have.

Portia tweeted how, in the UK, you can text 999 instead of calling in an emergency – but YOU MUST REGISTER to do this. Act now if you haven’t already.

Annebeth has written about how she’s reclaiming my blog for me: “I just have to be aware of the fact that my blog is my blog. I don’t have to blog for any audience, to answer to any sort of internalized set of expectations with regards to subject or frequency.”

Although I love All The Warm Colours I think I’m going to be wearing green more and more this year – Veronica’s stunning green outfit is classy to the core.

Eco expert Michelle talks about how our current linear system of take-make-waste is completely untenable, and why design matters to the circular economy: “The ultimate goal is to restore Earth’s soil, oceans and forests; ergo, flip the negative human footprint to carbon-positive.”

Krystal ponders the joys of being either a collector or a curator (I’m definitely the former).

As someone with a small waist and big hips, I found Merrick’s tutorial for how to take in the waist of your jeans very helpful.

If you haven’t watched Amanda Gorman’s recital of The Hill We Climb in full, or at least not since inauguration day (like myself), I urge you to watch it again. Beautiful, poignant, perceptive.

I always love reading others’ perspectives on life during the pandemic, so you might like to read Kate Spiers’ On surviving lockdown.

Tamera’s account of her 30 days alcohol-free is a compelling read for how it’s affected her in all sorts of positive ways (and don’t miss the incredible outfit she’s wearing in the post).

Kirsty’s got a very simple hack for how to stop your (Chanel!) brooch from falling off. I nearly lost a brooch in the same way she did earlier this month.

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

My 2020 Fashion Blogger Bloopers and Outtakes,
A Belated Christmas Day Outfit Post and
How I Styled My Old School Scarf


Stay safe XOXO

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  1. 9 February 2021 / 10:05 pm

    I’d forgotten how what a fabulous rabbit hole your botb posts were, Catherine xo

  2. 3 February 2021 / 7:40 pm

    All great reads, Catherine. I loved Mya’s blue for inauguration day. Yes, better things ahead!! Also, Veronica’s style is amazing!! What a find! Finally, I could watch Amanda Gormon all day. She is just brilliant. Thanks for sharing.

    xx Darlene

  3. 2 February 2021 / 11:09 am

    Lots of great reads once again, Catherine! My faves were Tika the iggy and Veronica’s stunning green outfit! I also really enjoyed Annebeth’s story about reclaiming her blog. Thank you for rounding up all this goodness in one spot!


  4. 31 January 2021 / 3:10 pm

    Annabeth switched a light on for me. Her post has given me perspective on my own blogging journey. Thanks so much for sharing her wisdom Catherine
    And thank you for sharing my post about cradle to cradle xx

    • Catherine
      1 February 2021 / 12:39 pm

      Pleasure, MT – and wasn’t Annebeth’s post good? Funny how one post can really help you with your own approach to things and help so much… it did me, too!

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