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Frockstar™: Catherine Summers of ‘Not Dressed As Lamb’

Name:Catherine Summers
Age: 40
Location: Devon, UK
Online homes: blog // twitter // instagram // pinterest

What are your every day, must-reads, online or off?
My top five favourite blogs are: Frassy, Eat.Sleep.Wear., It’s Not That Deep, Keiko Lynn, and Lellavictoria.  I’m reading many magazines on my iPad via their apps these days, but I’ll still buy InStyle, Grazia and treat myself to a Vogue about once a year – more for nostalgic reasons in years to come. I have copies of Vogue going back to 1990; I guess they’ll be vintage soon!

What’s your go-to outfit when you’re feeling down or not yourself?
This outfit I never have to think about too much: a pair of skinny flared jeans (I have a favourite pair from Miss Sixty) with a bright or rock band t-shirt. Then either a pair of heels or a pair of coloured loafers, depending on how much walking I’ll be doing.

You write about style for the non-twenty somethings of the world.  What do you wear these days that you wouldn’t have had the guts to wear when you were younger?
Bright colour (it was black all the way for me), and generally wearing anything that would make me stand out from the crowd. Also – I would never have worn a dress a with handbag and heels. I was in my late teens/early 20s when grunge was around plus I was a college student… so ladylike dressing was NOT something I ever considered or gave a second thought to!

If you could give your 16 year old self advice, what would you say?

If you mean from a style point of view, only to go get yourself measured properly and buy yourself some properly fitting bras (I did that far too late)! Now I look back, I wouldn’t change the clothes I wore when I was younger, as I think the best way to find your style is to learn by your mistakes. It also wouldn’t be as funny to look back on old photos if I’d been super-stylish…!

Your perfect day. What would it look like?

Oh, it would be a day out in the summer (I’m a hot weather girl) with my husband, to a nice seaside town we’ve never been to before. We’d eat ice cream, walk along the beach and watch the world go by. I live about 20 miles from the sea and there’s still lots of of seaside towns we’ve not yet visited in our part of the country. I do moan a lot about the British weather, but when it’s good then there’s nothing better than exploring a traditional seaside town.

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