18 Unmissable Reads, The Best of the Blogosphere (August 2021)

18 Unmissable Reads, The Best of the Blogosphere (August 2021) | Not Dressed As Lamb

In my Best of the Blogosphere this month I have alarming HRT info, thoughts on therapy, ‘people who feel like sunlight’ and more!

I recently read somewhere that “August is the Sunday of months”: it definitely feels like that as summer is drawing to a close. We’ve had glorious bank holiday weather this weekend in the UK (traditionally it’s HORRIBLE), so it feels even more like the last hurrah than normal. And I’m posting today (Monday) as I always publish my best of the blogosphere on the last Sunday of the month, and by rights that’s what today is.

I found some lovely links for you this month, the first two being my absolute favourites (maybe even for the whole year). Both are total feel-good posts. And no social media posts this month, which is getting more and more unusual now as so many have abandoned their blogs over the years, but I’m glad that those who DO still publish blog posts are producing some top quality content.

Blogging ISN’T dead I’m glad to say…!


[Reading time: 3 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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Favourite post this month: ‘Stay close to people who feel like sunlight‘ is a wonderful concept about finding people that support and respect you. “It’s truly remarkable how we can adapt and grow when we’re soaking up sunshine rather than spending too much time in the shade“. Love it.

My other favourite post this month (I’ve allowed myself two) is Lost in translation by Krystal: obscure, beautiful feelings that have words in other languages with no direct translation in English. For example, Wabi-sabi (Japanese), a world view centred on the acceptance of transience and imperfection.

Two absolutely beautiful outfits that Cyn wore in Lisbon (oh, that tropical print)!

Vitoria discusses the pros and cons of working with your partner… in the past I thought I’d like it if Keith worked from home too, but I’ve since realised we need our own space after all. And that’s perfectly okay.

10 best air-purifying bedroom plants. I have quite a few of these and it’s good to know they’re making the air I breathe a lot cleaner.

This I don’t understand at all, and I didn’t even realise some people were doing it: Why some bloggers are killing off the comment section on their blogs. I mean, WHY?!

I’ve yet to see the new Cruella movie (it’s on my watch list) and I’m deeply into Keiko’s Cruella de Vil-inspired outfit.

Sharon found out (to her cost) that your HRT can stop working: she’s written a brilliantly frank, informative and helpful post in her latest menopause update.

Alice Catherine has shared some thoughts on having therapy [in Great Britain]. She’s talked openly about her own personal experiences with it and how it can often feel frustrating and lonely. I also thought that the differences between having therapy on the NHS and having it privately were VERY interesting.

This is a bit worrying, but at least this list is here to keep us informed: 21 ways you’re probably violating social media guidelines without realising (so many things I see people do all the time could get their Instagram/Pinterest/Facebook accounts suspended and permanently deleted… crikey).

With winter coming up, these 5 tips for preventing dry skin by Laura are good to make note of now.

Patti discusses some of the ways experience can make us more beautiful; for example, our style reflects who we are more closely because we know who we are and grow more confident every year.

This is really good info for bloggers: what influencers should know about exclusivity in sponsored content (i.e. if a brand asks for an exclusivity period, make sure you charge extra for it).

4 things that Tiffany likes to do on Sunday to prep for the week, like planning her workouts (I so need to do this).

I love my morning porridge and this banana nut protein oats recipe is right up my street.

Kristin embraced the grey a few years ago and is now embracing grey curls (and they look stunning).

I am LOVING Joy’s living room reveal with all the soft pinks, yellows and tangerine with splashes of gold and white. Just heaven.

Like the question I ask in my life hacks post, here are 22 questions to ask when you want to avoid “So, what do you do [for a living]?”

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

Ditching White Skinny Jeans For White Straight Leg Jeans,
22 Things in Life I’m Absolutely CRAZY About,
12 Outfits to Wear With a Genuine Panama Hat
Vintage 1980s Sequins: Is There Anything Better?


Stay safe XOXO

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Linking up to… Monday: Stylish Monday, Inspire Me Monday, Ageless Style Linkup (first Monday of the month), My Glittery Heart, On Mondays We Link Up || Tuesday: Style With a Smile, Trend Spin/Walking in Memphis in High Heels, Turning Heads Tuesday, Spread the Kindness, Confident Twosday, Happy Now Blog Link Up || Wednesday: Style Me Wednesday, WowOnWednesday || Thursday: Chic & Stylish || Friday: Fancy Friday, On the Edge, Fabulous Friday, Fabulous Friday’s Link Up



  1. 11 September 2021 / 10:30 am

    Thank you for highlighting all these wonderful bloggers. I’m always on the lookout for new blogs to read so this is really helpful. Have a great weekend!

    • Catherine
      24 September 2021 / 7:37 pm

      Pleasure, Suzi – hope you found some fabulous blogs that are new-to-you! x

  2. 1 September 2021 / 8:48 am

    Thanks so much for including my menopause & HRT journey in your round up, Catherine. Saw it in the newsletter and did a double take!

    I had to dig deep to share it as 2021 has been a touch challenging shall we say?

    I love these round ups btw. So far I’ve read the one about blog comments which really intrigued me. I always thought they were great for SEO too.

    Thanks again xo

    • Catherine
      1 September 2021 / 11:27 am

      Sharon thanks to you, so many women are being armed with the information they (we) need for the time when they need it: I would NEVER have known about HRT possibly stopping working had you not written this! Thank goodness for blogs and writers like you writing about so much brilliant and helpful content about menopause, it was my pleasure to feature you yet again xx

  3. 30 August 2021 / 9:54 pm

    Thank you so much for highlighting all these wonderful bloggers and theirs posts. Thank goodness blogging isn’t dead! Now I’m off to have a good read. I hope you have a fabulous week! X

    • Catherine
      1 September 2021 / 11:28 am

      I’m so glad blogging isn’t dead as well, Mrs Grey! Thank you, and I hope you enjoy the links xx

  4. Lise
    30 August 2021 / 5:09 pm

    This month was a really great round-up. Thank you!

    • Catherine
      1 September 2021 / 11:29 am

      Thank you Lise – one of my favourite months of reads too I think! x

  5. 30 August 2021 / 5:08 pm

    I love these, Catherine, and allot myself 10 minutes to go down the various rabbit-holes when you send this out. The one about comments on blogs was thought-provoking to a relatively-new blogger like myself. I used to be terribly disappointed when bloggers didn’t respond to my comments – it felt like dropping a stone over the side of a ship into the ocean. Like, why bother to accept them in the first place? I feel like if someone took the time the write and send, the least you can do is acknowledge it – and this is not a guilt trip for you if you haven’t, Catherine;)… I also wish everyone used a system that lets you know when the blogger replied to your comment, like Disqus. Unless I’m missing something, I have to go BACK into their blog post to see if they replied, which I just never have time for, so it doesn’t really matter…Yikes – THAT went on far too long! Just keep up the good work, friend.

    • Catherine
      1 September 2021 / 11:39 am

      Hehe I’m sorry if I make you go over your 10 mins, MK…!! There are so many good ones this month I have a feeling you might 😉

      And yes I agree about the comments… I will admit sometimes I do take a little while to reply to comments but I always make sure I do eventually (I’m 100% with you on the thing about acknowledging the comment, it’d be like having a real-life conversation with someone who never responds when you’re talking to them)!!

      I hope the “sign up to replies” thing works on my blog, some people have said they stop getting the response notification after a while and I have no idea why. So if you’re reading this via a look back on the blog because you’d wondered if I’d replied PLEASE let me know, I’m hoping you’re getting the reply because you got an email to say I’d responded?

      And thank you, I’m glad you like the links posts… I always enjoy compiling them over the course of the month, it forces me to read more blogs than I probably would without the BOTB posts being a regular thing! xx

  6. 30 August 2021 / 3:30 pm

    Hello dear Catherine and I hope you are well! Thank so much for the shout out and for this collection of inspiring reads. I adore your white straight-leg jeans and how you’ve styled them. They’re now on my list. Stay fabulous and rock on, xx.

    • Catherine
      1 September 2021 / 11:40 am

      No worries, Patti, it was a lovely concept that you write about and makes perfect sense! Thank you xx

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