Some Quick Instagram Snaps From London

lorna burford london shopping Some Quick Instagram Snaps From London

Doing some shopping on New Bond Street!

As I explained in my previous post that I made on Monday, I took a holiday break in London with my boyfriend. We stayed in The Cumberland Hotel which is literally just off of Oxford Street and right next to all of the shops. Selfridges was within a 5 minute walking distance and the majority of the other shops were close too, which was amazing. It’s also located right next to Hyde Park, so I definitely would recommend this hotel to anyone looking to see London! It’s worth the money as it’s gorgeous inside too!

We did lots and lots of shopping, going in Selfridges, Zara, French Connection, Victoria Secret, Cambridge Satchel, Butler & Wilson, Chanel, Jimmy Choo and loads more! I’ve got quite a few things that I ended up buying, including 6 new bras from Victoria Secret which I have been living in, a new Cambridge Satchel in yellow which is an early birthday present to myself and a grey glitter one from my boyfriend, but I can’t have it yet. Both were in the sale too!

I got a top from French Connection which had been reduced £11.50, some new Butler & Wilson jewellery, some chocolates from Liberty, some new Pixi lip balms which I adore, a linen dungaree piece and spotted tee from Zara and I think that’s it! I will be making a purchases post for you soon though so you can see everything. But anyway, here are the snaps that I took from London for Instagram (@LornaRaindrops) from my iPhone as I never took the real camera. Enjoy!

lorna raindrops london shopping Some Quick Instagram Snaps From London

All of my shopping bags! Some of these are my birthday presents though which I can’t have just yet!

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After Some Down Time

lorna burford casual outfit After Some Down Time

(Jeans – Exact, Tee – Exact, Shoes – Similar, Sunglasses – Exact, Watch – Exact, Necklace – Exact)

I’m back! I took a much needed little holiday with my boyfriend from Friday night to Monday afternoon and we didn’t have a laptop or camera with us. It was really nice to spend time away from the computer for a while and just have some down time, not stressing out too much about blog work or social media as I usually tend to do. I have been updating Instagram, but I do that for fun, so I will have a few photos to show you from London, but not a huge amount. I managed to get lots of shopping done, lots of eating and rest, despite being so hot I could have melted!

These photos were taken quite a while ago, however I never got around to posting them. They were shot at my favourite park with the animals all around and I thought it was fitting to go with the relaxing weekend I just had. I wore my Paige Jimmy Jimmy jeans in Clifton Destructed, a green tee from ASOS, my Topshop Koala espadrilles, Ray-Ban mirrored aviators, my Daniel Wellington watch and a Floating Memory Locket necklace that I got given by Your Fashion Jewellery. It’s called Believe and has a little bee and sapphire inside, to represent my blog name and believing in yourself. I love it!

Anyway, this was just a little update before I get back into the swing of things tomorrow. I’m sure other fashion bloggers can relate when I say that down time is needed and I really should learn to take more of it so I don’t burn myself out sometimes. Running 4 blogs is a lot of hard work, as well as it is time consuming. This outfit isn’t anything amazing, just something incredibly comfortable and easy going for a days rest! Have you all had a nice weekend?

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How To Walk In Your Christian Louboutin Shoes

christian louboutin pigalle 100 kid black shoes How To Walk In Your Christian Louboutin Shoes

How To Walk In Your Christian Louboutin Shoes

As I have quite a few popular blog posts here on Raindrops of Sapphire about Christian Louboutin shoes, including getting your Christian Louboutin shoes to fit as well as my DIY Christian Louboutin strass shoes and finding the right Christian Louboutin shoes for you, I thought it would be a nice idea to write up a blog post on how to walk in them. I know so many ladies struggle to walk in Msr. Louboutin’s heels, I did at first, but I have managed to pick up a few tips and tricks along the way and I figured it was only fair that I share them with you! So, first things first, taking a look at the soles of his shoes and what makes them difficult.

christian louboutin pigalle red soles How To Walk In Your Christian Louboutin Shoes

The soles of Christian Louboutin shoes are made of bright red leather, which is really smooth and silky, so they can be quite difficult to walk in on shiny or slippery surfaces due to no grip. A lot of ladies get the red vibram rubber soles attached to the bottom of their shoes to add some traction when walking while not messing up the red entirely. I haven’t ever done this with my own shoes though as I’ve not needed to since I don’t wear them out in the rain or for longer periods of time. You might want to consider it if you plan on wearing them to work or for a few hours at a time. It will help preserve the soles and stop them from wearing out completely.

Over the duration of a few wears though, the soles break down and the leather wears off, leaving behind more of a brown/beige colour, but this actually gives you more grip when walking, so it’s beneficial that they wear out. Now, after I have spoken about the soles of the shoes, I want to move on to actually being able to walk in them without any trouble.

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Keeping It Casual In Skinny Jeans & Trainers

lorna burford uk fashion blogger skinny jeans Keeping It Casual In Skinny Jeans & Trainers

(Jeans – Similar, Top – Similar, Shoes – Exact, Earrings – Exact, Necklace – Similar, Bag – Similar, Watch – Similar)

When the sneakers/trainers trend became fashionable again earlier this year, I wasn’t really feeling it and I didn’t want to jump on board. While I think they look cool in neon colours when worn with cuffed skinny jeans or pants, I don’t like them worn with dresses, skirts or more dressier pieces. Even though I am attracted to the bright shades, my feet are pretty big in proportion to my legs, which often means that I can only pick flat shoes that are slim, or I risk looking like the next Crusty the clown! One pair of trainers that came out a little while ago though was these ASH Dino Trainers in Beige from Daniel Footwear. The thing that attracted me to them and made me fall in love with them was the fact that they do have a concealed wedge inside which you can’t really see, yet they still remain sporty.

It’s somewhat of a refreshing change actually walking around in trainers at the moment! I’m so used to heels or espadrilles, I had forgotten the hidden comforts of sports shoes and considering I used to live in them when I was younger, that’s saying something! I genuinely adore these though due to them being a versatile colour, I’ve worn them plenty of times for shopping and my day trip to Wales last week, however I decided to wear them then with neon orange socks to be different! You can see an Instagram photo of that by clicking here.

Now moving onto the outfit, I wanted to keep things casual so I decided upon my older 7 For All Mankind Gwenevere skinny jeans in Zuma Sunset and my Sparkle & Fade beige top. I then chose my Mulberry Alexa Clutch in Sparkle Tweed Powder Beige and my Olivia Burton Butterfly Watch. I then layered on my Topshop Cross Necklace and wore my Azendi Pearl Earrings (you can see these up close if you scroll down and read more about them). Overall it’s an incredibly comfortable outfit and definitely one that I would wear again! As a general unspoken rule among fashion bloggers, you shouldn’t repeat outfits, but I wore something very similar to this a couple of years ago, minus the shoes, and I still love it. I don’t think you can beat something classic and easy going! What do you think of the outfit? I would love to know your thoughts!

ash dean ter clay wedge sneakers trainers Keeping It Casual In Skinny Jeans & Trainers

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