15 Unmissable Reads, The Best of the Blogosphere (September 2021)

15 Unmissable Reads, The Best of the Blogosphere (September 2021) | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 fashion and lifestyle blog

In my Best of the Blogosphere this month I have an ingenious way to shop vintage, being unapologetically ourselves, the happiest bride I’ve ever seen and more!

I’m so pleased that the majority of links I’ve chosen this month are all blog posts by over 40 bloggers (which is just coincidence, I wasn’t choosing them that way purposely), proving the fact that older bloggers are killin’ it in the blogosphere. I often include social media (well, Instagram) posts in my monthly BOTB round ups, but that’s because I see things I just can’t help but share… usually they involve cute animals or similar. But this month we have amazing outfits, thought-provoking thoughts and brilliant insights all featured in old-school blog posts.

I couldn’t be prouder of my fellow 40/50/60 (etc.)-something bloggers. It’s true what they say: older women really DO have so much wisdom and experience to share.


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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 content creators to follow? Comment below…


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33 small ways to feel like you have your life together, like learning to say no, or keeping up to date with your medical appointments/checks (like your cervical screenings or checking your breasts. SO important).

Stella’s head-to-toe mustard outfit is all sorts of yellowy goodness.

If you’d love to see a beautiful wedding at a 900-year-old castle and a bride that looked like the most gorgeous woodland fairy, you MUST read Lizzy’s wedding day post. I was lucky enough to attend and have never, ever seen a happier bride in all my life.

Tracey has encouraged us all to be unapologetically our beautiful selves – don’t miss her account of getting “caught” mooing at cows. She’s deciding to just friggin OWN her crazy and I love her for it ; -).

I can totally relate to how Emily is currently struggling and points out that what you see is not always what you get (and how social media is so often to blame for that): “mental health doesn’t give a damn about your circumstances. It doesn’t care about your race, gender, financial or relationship situation. Mental illness is an equal opportunity afflicter.”

Megan has the 70s-inspired pink wallpaper of my dreams in her hallway.

One of the best mixed checks outfits I’ve seen in ages (okay yeah, I’ll admit autumn IS good for pattern mixing…)

Amber explains the difference between a fear and a phobia and how her fear of crabs (kabourophobia) came about – I now know I’m “just” afraid of spiders and don’t have arachnophobia. It’s a very interesting read.

I may not be a huge procrastinator, but a procrastinator I am. Debbie has talked about the unsexy truth about procrastination and how three simple steps can break its cycle.

Michelle asks if fashion can do more than just be sustainable – there is always SO much valuable information in her posts and I always learn something new. Plus she’s listed brands who have already moved past the sustainable and explained how their business models work.

Thanks to Beth of B. Jones Style I’ve just discovered Gem where you can search ALL vintage clothing across the entire web… this is a goddamn gamechanger. Search by location, price, size, decade, etc. and it’ll give you everything you’re after that’s available on Etsy, eBay or anywhere that sells vintage. My vintage-loving heart is so excited right now.

Susan, having reached her 50s, ponders her thoughts about ageing: “in my own mind, I am in a constant stage of 26”.

I just LOVE seeing older bloggers modelling and Judith is killing it on the catwalk.

Laurie’s shared her tanning truths and what’s she’s learned so far about tanning. I’m someone who wishes she’d stopped sunbathing many, many years before she actually DID stop, so all of Laurie’s tips about fake tanning are very welcome.

I’m DYING over Trina’s simple pink knitwear/peach ruffled tulle combination.

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

A Whole Lotta Seventies Styling in a Bold Summer Outfit,
What to Wear on a Cruise: OTT Vintage Ruffles and Pleats,
22 Things in Life I’m Absolutely CRAZY About
Vintage 1980s Sequins: Is There Anything Better?


Stay safe XOXO

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Linking up to… Monday: Stylish Monday, Inspire Me MondayMy 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: WowOnWednesday || Thursday: Chic & Stylish, Ageless Style Linkup (third Thursday of the month), || Friday: Neverending Style, Fancy Friday, On the Edge, Fabulous Friday’s Link Up



  1. 22 March 2022 / 4:53 am

    Thank you Cathrine for share theese details.

  2. 31 October 2021 / 12:13 pm

    Thank you so much for including my post in this! And sorry it’s taken such an embarrassingly long time for it to register! It’s so appreciated 🙂 xxx

  3. 1 October 2021 / 2:03 am

    Catherine I love your posts on best of the blogosphere- I get to discover so many new blogs. And wanted to say that I also discovered Gem through Beth in her video! Ok, off to read more! Have a great rest of the week xx

    • Catherine
      4 October 2021 / 5:07 pm

      Isn’t Gem absolutely brilliant Lucy – I am SO grateful to Beth for mentioning it!! It won’t help my bank balance though, LOL

      And thank you, I’m so glad you enjoy these posts… I love compiling them because it forces me to go out and find new bloggers/blogs 😀

  4. 28 September 2021 / 8:23 pm

    Some great reads here Catherine, nice to see more blogs too. Have a super week Hunny. Jacqui x

    • Catherine
      29 September 2021 / 6:40 pm

      Thank you Jacqui – yeah I was pleased to have a much higher percentage of blog posts this time 🙂

  5. 28 September 2021 / 9:07 am

    Thank you so much for featuring my post, Catherine. Made my day! I also enjoyed susan’s post about being 50. So true! xx

    • Catherine
      29 September 2021 / 6:39 pm

      My pleasure, Laurie – I think pushing the message of safe sun and fake tan is so important!!

  6. 27 September 2021 / 2:40 pm

    These are all great picks!

    • Catherine
      29 September 2021 / 6:38 pm

      Thanks Erica, glad you enjoyed them x

  7. 27 September 2021 / 4:11 am

    Time for a cuppa and a blog binge, methinks.

    • Catherine
      29 September 2021 / 6:38 pm

      Hehe you might be there a while so make a pot, Ratnamurti!! 😉

  8. 26 September 2021 / 9:31 pm

    Catherine thank you so much for including my post in this group of awesome bloggers. I’m thrilled to bits!
    I’m also looking for funky mid century style wallpaper at the moment so again, THANK YOU! And of course thank you for introducing me to GEM, I.AM.DEAD.

    • Catherine
      29 September 2021 / 6:38 pm

      I KNEW you’d like Gem, MT – I was going to Whatsapp a link to it to you in case you hadn’t seen this post!

      And it was my pleasure, I’m always in awe of your research, knowledge and information shared x

  9. 26 September 2021 / 9:28 pm

    I just went down that rabbit hole too Suzy!

  10. 26 September 2021 / 9:50 am

    OMG I’ve just been looking at Gem!!! FECKING brilliant (I’ve obviously read Tracey’s post too lol)
    Suzy xx

    • 26 September 2021 / 9:27 pm

      I just went down that rabbit hole too Suzy!

      • Catherine
        29 September 2021 / 6:36 pm

        I thought I had to share the rabbit holiness with you all, I needed the burden shared LOL 😉

    • Catherine
      29 September 2021 / 6:35 pm

      Gem is a gem, isn’t it?!! And YES to the use of “feck” as described by Tracey… anyway, I found out long ago it’s not literally an Irish pronunciation of f*ck, it’s a less sweary word in its own right!

  11. 26 September 2021 / 9:33 am

    I always love these posts, Catherine! You always introduce me to a bloggers I hadn’t previously heard of. Off to have a read now!
    Suzy xx

    • Catherine
      29 September 2021 / 6:33 pm

      Thanks Suzy, so glad you enjoy the BOTB 😀

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