The next fashion blogger that I’m featuring in my blogger spotlight series is Catherine Summers of the blog Not Dressed As Lamb, a clever play on the words mutton dressed as lamb as she is a 40 something blogger. I think Catherine is proof that age doesn’t come into it where fashion is concerned, she looks gorgeous in all of her outfits and really knows how to dress appropriately. Check out the full interview with her below!
– What’s your history in the fashion industry?
Erm – none! Apart from a very brief internship in a fashion photographer’s London studio during my photography degree (which actually put me off wanting to be a fashion photographer – they weren’t very nice to me), I have no experience of working in fashion at all.
– What made you decide to start your fashion blog?
I started the blog in 2011 on my 39th birthday – it was initially only intended as a one year project to see if I could improve my style as I approached my 40th. My favourite things have always been photography and fashion, and when I was younger I always loved creative writing – a fashion blog seemed a natural thing to start to combine those two loves and encourage me to pick up the third again. I also needed a creative outlet because my job in sales and marketing was losing direction and becoming less and less fulfilling.
– Where do you get your inspiration from?
Mostly from other blogs, and Pinterest. I used to keep a scrapbook where I’d stick outfits cut out of magazines, but I have Pinterest to do that for me now. And reading blogs has opened my eyes to just how many stylish women there are out there, and just how creative they can be. Even if I “recreate” an outfit I’ve seen, mine will usually be quite different because unless you have all the exact pieces in your wardrobe you’re simply influenced by the colour combination, or what accessories they’ve added.
– How would you describe your personal style?
I usually describe my style as “eclectic, but erring on the side of preppy with a twist”. I can swing between girly dresses with heels one day to masculine chic in boyfriend jeans and brogues the next.
– Do you have some favourite pieces in your closet?
I’m very attached to my vintage 1970s black and orange polka dot sheer dress; my Zara black and leopard winter coat; my sequin Breton stripe boxy sweater I bought from Paris in May, and the newest addition to my wardrobe: a baby blue 1950s style dress from Hobbs (seen quite recently on the blog). They’re my “I’d want these things saved if my house was on fire” pieces.
– What one thing can’t you be without?
Depending in what context you mean, I have a few – but if it’s an everyday material possession I’d choose lip balm. I have one in every drawer in every room in the house, one in the car, one on my keyring, one in my handbag, one on my desk… you get the idea!
– The Fashion Supernova