Welcome to Not Dressed As Lamb!
I’m Catherine Summers – a 45-year-old, British ex-London resident now living with my husband and lurcher in a little townhouse in Devon, South West England.
The blog started as a way to document my style leading up to my forties, but it soon grew and now I blog full time and have readers all over the world.
I write this blog to encourage women of all ages to ditch those crazy notions of “age appropriate” dressing – you’ll find me covering my personal style and high street picks as well as ageing issues and health, beauty and fitness. Read on to find out more…!
How it all started
Once upon a time I had dreams of making it as a fashion photographer – I graduated with a photography degree in the early 90s – but never really pursued my dream. I put my talents to use teaching the subject instead (I loved it but due to lots of different circumstances it didn’t continue and I wound up in lots of retail and office jobs in the following years). On a personal level my photographic skills frustratingly remained underused, but eventually I discovered fashion blogs and my love for fashion photography was reignited. Together with a passion for writing (and a huge wardrobe!) I turned to fashion blogging as a creative outlet in 2011.
I launched Not Dressed As Lamb* on my 39th birthday. It was originally intended to be a one year project to see if I could improve my style as I approached my 40th – and to flex my photography muscles once more. The one-year project simply continued, and I’m now enjoying being a full-time professional blogger. While I’ve been “waving the fashion flag for 40-somethings”, the blog has grown into one of the leading over 40 style blogs in the UK and worldwide.
Achievements and awards
I was very proud to have consecutively won the UK Blog Awards Best Fashion & Beauty Blog in 2017 and 2018, the Thirty Plus Awards’ Most Addictive Blog and the Bloggers’ Lounge award for Best Fashion Blog 2015. To date I’ve been featured in the Sunday Times Style magazine and Who What Wear three times (here, here and here), among others.
What to expect on the blog…
I oppose the term “age appropriate” and encourage the term “occasion appropriate” instead. I believe that women of all ages should wear things they like, what suits them, and what is appropriate to the occasion – you won’t find any age-appropriate nonsense here. I encourage women to be fabulous at any age! I also cover the following topics:
To read a selection of my favourite – and best – posts, click here… I’m sure there’ll be something to whet your appetite for more!
A little bit more about me…
Known for my (unnatural) red hair and having great eyebrows, I’ve been dubbed the “Queen of Clash” due to a penchant for pattern-mixing and a tendency to wear bright colours – I describe my style as “eclectic, erring on the side of preppy-with-a-twist”. I have a passion for keeping fit, people watching, travel, giraffes, the theatre, astronomy, cherry lip balm, freckles and generally seeking out life’s pleasures (read more in my FAQs).
If you want, you can…
- Get chummy with me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram (or all three) – and subscribe to my YouTube channel
- Sign up for free updates – an email every time something new is published (and the occasional newsletter)
- Collaborate with me (brands): by email notdressedaslamb[at]gmail.com – check out my PR page for ways we can work together
- Contact me (readers only): by email notdressedaslamb[at]gmail.com or via Twitter @notlamb
What the future holds…
I have lots of exciting plans for the future of the Not Dressed As Lamb blog and my brand Not Lamb.
I’m hugely grateful for all the support everyone has shown me to date and am very lucky to have such a loyal readership and be part of such a strong blogging community. With luck you’ll continue to follow me and my journey through my 40s – and hopefully beyond!
If you want to know more about me or maybe have a question, click here for my FAQs!