Ask Lorna


Ask Lorna of Raindrops of Sapphire a question

As I always reply to each of you in the comments section of my blog, I thought it would be good to have a general ‘ask Lorna’ page as well. If you have any questions about fashion in general, denim, jeans, styling, blogging etc or anything you don’t want to leave on my latest blog post as you don’t think it’s relevant, just ask it here! Even if it’s something as simple as where did I get something or where do I do certain things, I will reply to every question asked! It’s the same process as always, just leave a comment below and I will respond with an answer! I thought it might be a little more structured this way as you will always be able to find this page on my sidebar and will always be able to continue the conversation. I have done lots of previous Q&A’s, if you do want to check those out by clicking here. I often find though that my mind changes a lot, so if you read a question and answer on an older Q&A, the chances are my answer has changed since then, so feel free to ask again! Lorna xx.

Written by Lorna Burford


  1. Martin
    October 18, 2013 / 12:45 pm

    Hi Lorna! Wondering what is your favourite pair of jeans?? 🙂

    • Lorna
      October 18, 2013 / 12:54 pm

      Hi Martin! I have a few favourites, I’m not entirely sure I could narrow it down to just one! But my favourites are my James Jeans Couture skinnies in Vesper, my Koral Los Angeles skinnies in Merlot, my Levi’s Junior skinnies in Black and probably my AG Adriano Goldschmied The Legging in 12 Years Dwight. For comfort though I love my Diesel Fayza jeans 🙂

      • your dream boy
        April 24, 2015 / 4:34 pm

        Your very sexy

  2. Jen
    October 18, 2013 / 2:42 pm

    Hey! I was just wondering what your favourite sites are for shopping and getting good deals? Also, which fashion blogger do you think is most similar to yourself and your sense of style?

    • Lorna
      October 18, 2013 / 2:58 pm

      Hey Jen! That’s actually a really good question! My favourite shops are definitely these:

      Those I shop and look on as much as I can as they are my favourite stores! Often they have amazing sales and discount codes so you can get things at a really great price! If I’m looking for actual discount stores then I like:

      Those 2 have past season stock and you can get it a lot cheaper than retail!

      In terms of which fashion bloggers are similar to me, I would probably say one that dresses quite similar to me and has a similar style would be Marianna from She loves Zara and has more of a casual approach to fashion like I do. In terms of personality, I would say maybe Aimee Song from Song of Style? She doesn’t drink alcohol like I don’t and she loves animals too, so we are alike there! Plus she loves jeans, she owns many of the pairs I do and ones that I lust over!

  3. October 18, 2013 / 3:45 pm

    Hi, Lorna,

    What do you think of James Perse? Celebrities here in LA adore his minimalist style. When I first checked out his store, I wasn’t all that impressed — nearly $100 for a t-shirt that didn’t look that much different from something I could pick up at the Gap. Then I tried one one and suddenly understood why Jennifer Aniston wears James Perse all the time. The t-shirts are amazingly comfortable and flattering. But I never would have purchased one if I’d shopped online (which is where I do most of my shopping.)

    Which brings me to a second question: What advice do you have for people who want to try a new designer but shop primarily or exclusively online? How can they tell if those expensive price tags are worth it?

    Thank you!

    • Lorna
      October 18, 2013 / 4:10 pm

      Hi Katherine!

      Believe it or not, I’ve not actually tried James Perse before. I’ve seen his clothes in shops and of course on celebs all the time, but I haven’t ever tried any of them. I am a bit like you were to begin with, my t-shirts usually cost me about £5 from H&M because I go through them like crazy as I wear them everyday. I don’t think I could justify the amount of a James Perse one, even if they are super comfortable and soft! If I had the money though, I definitely would! I’ve also heard that T by Alexander Wang are amazing t-shirts too! But I think anything made from Pima or Sea Island Cotton, for a t-shirt, is going to be really soft!

      In terms of advice for shopping online for designer pieces, it is a lot harder to judge the quality than it is in person for sure. The main thing I do is look for a few key things the website lists, for example the country the garment was made in, what the garment is made from, pay attention to the way it fits the model on the photos and if there is a high res image, zoom in on it to see the construction of the piece as well as the fabric. The other thing I always do is Google it. You will often find reviews or people wearing the items and you can judge from others opinions. If something costs about £500 and is made from polyester in China or India, I never see how it’s worth the money when you get the same type of thing in Topshop for around £30. You can get something for the same price as the £500 item made from better material and made in England or the USA from a different brand, but it depends what you’re comfortable with! Some people prefer paying for the name over the actual quality of the item.

      Hope that helps?

  4. Fiona
    October 18, 2013 / 4:37 pm

    Hi Lorna!
    What camera do you use for your photographs?

    • Lorna
      October 18, 2013 / 5:10 pm

      Hi Fiona!

      We use a Nikon DSLR, we have the D7000. We have a few lenses, but our latest one is the 85mm Prime lens! I saw we because it’s my boyfriends camera and he takes my photos!

  5. Kory
    October 19, 2013 / 12:00 am

    i like this idea
    and i think it might takes you to another level !
    so !
    was it ur idea !
    and about the way you choosing your outfits !
    i see that you don’t pick clothes that related to fashion of a year
    i mean your outfits aren’t related to a season –
    so you can wear it at all times !

    • Lorna
      October 19, 2013 / 12:38 am

      Thanks Kory! Yeah, I prefer to wear what I feel like wearing. I can choose browns in summer and pastels in winter, I don’t always adapt my fashion to the season. Glad you noticed!

      • Kory
        October 23, 2013 / 2:48 am

        i just noticed cause this is wt i’m trying to do
        every time i go to shopping …
        it’s a life style

        • Kory
          October 23, 2013 / 2:54 am

          by the way
          i forget to ask you about something
          maybe ur bf can help me about it
          i need to buy a Nikon D5100
          and i’m looking for the best deal – plus shipping to Egypt –
          i found a v.good deals but it only inside the US –
          thought that you might knew a site or a seller ! !

          • Lorna
            October 23, 2013 / 3:12 am

            I only know of the UK websites that sell it, like John Lewis, Currys, Jessops etc, but I am not sure if they ship to Egypt. Have you tried Amazon? I know they have the Nikon D5100 on Amazon UK, perhaps they might have it available to ship to Egypt? Are you buying just the body or the body with the lens too?

            • Kory
              October 24, 2013 / 8:31 pm

              body with the lens –
              i found it at amazon – they are ship to Egypt – but they too expensive –
              i found one at E-Bay —
              and the price is better than Amazon –
              but i never had something from E-Bay !
              is it trusted !

              • Lorna
                October 24, 2013 / 9:13 pm

                It completely depends on the seller. Is it a shop on eBay? Or just someone selling their own camera? Each item is sold by 10000s of different people, so you need to check their feedback and things. Do you have a link?

                • Kory
                  October 28, 2013 / 11:36 pm

                  no – i don’t have any experience about it – !

                  • Lorna
                    October 28, 2013 / 11:57 pm

                    Oh ok, it’s up to you!

        • Lorna
          October 23, 2013 / 3:10 am

          Yeah, I think it’s a good way to be. Wear what you feel comfortable wearing and what looks good! If you love something, it doesn’t matter if it was meant for a particular season!

          • Kory
            October 24, 2013 / 2:01 am


  6. Jen
    October 19, 2013 / 3:11 pm

    What’s your least favorite pair of jeans that you’ve tried?

    • Lorna
      October 19, 2013 / 11:33 pm

      Hmm that’s a good question! Based on fit, I’m not that fond of the J Brand 810 jeans or most of the 8 series, the back pockets are placed too high on me, but then a very long time ago, I had a really old pair of Frankie B. jeans with padded patchwork pockets and they fitted me terrible, but I adore new Frankie B. jeans! Also not a fan of the MiH Marrakesh, the pockets are spaced really wide and high and they made by butt look awful! But I like other MiH jeans, it’s just the Marrakesh. So I would probably say the 2 in particular would be the Marrakesh and the padded Frankie B.s that were my least favourite. Oh actually, I tried Diesel Liv in 86C a really long time ago, they were not good on my butt either, made it flat, so I don’t like Liv. I much prefer the new Livier cut they replaced it with!

  7. Sara
    October 27, 2013 / 12:22 pm

    Hi lorna I saw a pair of jeans on eBay I want to purchase but it won’t let me. Please can u advise how I can buy them.

    • Lorna
      October 27, 2013 / 2:59 pm

      Hi, yeah of course, I sent you an email!

  8. Amanda
    November 9, 2013 / 11:19 am

    Hi lorna do you know if mulberry do the deep berry coloured bags with black ribbon and bells every year for Christmas ? 🙂

    • November 9, 2013 / 11:36 am

      Hi! You mean the gift bags? I believe they do the bells at Christmas. I have a bag with bells! The actual gift bag colour is brown though with black ribbons and gold bells 🙂

  9. Amanda
    November 9, 2013 / 11:05 pm

    So they have already begun using those particular bags with the bells etc,. for this year or is it not until December ? 🙂

    • November 10, 2013 / 2:00 am

      I’m actually not sure when they start, I haven’t purchased anything from Mulberry in a really long time 🙁

  10. Matthew
    November 13, 2013 / 5:00 am

    Lorna, you have mention in your biography that you would in the future would like to start your own clothing business or make denim. Well, when I was reading it I actually am trying to start a denim business myself. I absolutely love denim too. In fact, the reason that I started to love denim was right around late 2010. I came across this Amsterdam based brand, you may know them, they’re called Scotch & Soda. I fell in love since then. They have this amazing denim line for men as well as women. There men’s line is called Amsterdams Blauw and there women’s line is called Maison Scotch, both who I love dearly. They also have a children’s line which started in 2010! If interested let me know, but Int’ll then, have denim good day!

    • November 13, 2013 / 11:10 am

      Hey Matthew! Yes, that’s the goal one day! I do know Scotch & Soda and their Amsterdam Blauw line 🙂 so what’s your denim brand like? 🙂

  11. Mar
    November 23, 2013 / 3:03 pm

    Hi Lorna!!!
    I´m in love with your joules boots. Where did you buy them? at the joules shop online is impossible, because they only have two colors: navy and black-brown. I hope you can help me to find them. Do you know any online store that has them?. Thanks.

    • November 23, 2013 / 5:26 pm

      Thanks Mar! They are over a year old so they are no longer available, I’m sorry!! The ribbons can be removed though so you can add your own!

  12. Christina Held
    November 28, 2013 / 12:11 pm

    Hi Lorna!
    I just made some research about Hunter Wellies – and found your blog…
    You look so amazing in this wonderful outfit! A great inspiration for me, if I’ll get my hunter wellies – hopfully very soon…
    The boyfriend jeans tucked into the boots looks so great! Of course, skinny jeans also look nice – but also some kind of “normal”. With this jeans, the outfit look some kind of classic, comfy, elegant and a bit debonair. For me just fantastic, also because I dont’ like it to always wear skinny jeans myself (e.g. the most time not, I don’t think they fit me well…), and was not sure about tucking looser jeans into hunter boots. But now I’m not afraid any more 🙂 .
    A short question: How dit you tuck your jeans into the boots, that it fittet so well? Do you hava a trick ore did you “just tuck/put”?


    • November 28, 2013 / 12:29 pm

      Hi Christina! Thank you 🙂 I’m very happy you like my blog so much and that you like my Hunter wellies! I love them! I just tucked these jeans in and they stayed, they are a skinny boyfriend jean so they are fitted at the ankles, but I think other boyfriend jeans with a wider leg opening would work ok, they might be difficult to get in when you put them on though, so you could put an elastic band around your lower calf to hold the jeans in place? I have done this before with boots and it works! Just make sure the band isn’t too tight though! Which colour Hunter wellies did you buy?

      • Christina Held
        November 28, 2013 / 12:56 pm

        Hi Lorna! Thank you for your quick answer and the good tip! An elastic band would be the solution – it probably works better than putting the folded pants into the socks first (wich was told to me from a friend at work 😉 . I still have to order the wellies, but now (having seen your outfit here) I totally confirmed to order a pair (now that I know, that wider fitting jeans aren’t a problem 😉 . I wasn’t sure about glossy grey oder berry; glossy black would also be nice and fit with erverything, but would also be some kind of “normal” 😉 . But now I have seen, that navy is also a very nice and suitable colour…. 🙂 . I searched throug your blog and found out, that you also have very nive welles from Joules! If you have to choose, wich ones would you prefer? Can they keep up with Hunters? Do wear your Jouls boots as well, and wich wellies for wich occasion?

        • November 28, 2013 / 12:57 pm

          You can tuck your jeans into socks too! I do that all the time, but sometimes I find the elastic band more comfortable because having my jeans pushed into my socks causes some lumps and can be a bit irritating, but both do work! It depends how wide the jeans are around the calf!

          I do have Joules, I have 2 pairs of Hunter, one short in Dark Ruby Gloss, one tall pair in the Navy Gloss which you see here, then my Joules are black gloss with pink ribbons. I love them all really, the Joules pair are beautiful because of the ribbon, but they are heavier than my Hunters and are a bit more clumpy, I don’t find them as sleep or as classic, but the ribbon is beautiful. Overall though, for versatility, I prefer Hunter 🙂 🙂

  13. kristine paro
    November 28, 2013 / 12:32 pm

    I need ur advice… I have this same style of your orange Cambridge Satchel bag but mine is orange with lots of splash colors like diff paints on it. What sort of color of a dress and heels should I pair for it as a guest in a wedding? 🙂

    • November 28, 2013 / 12:32 pm

      You can always go with something pale and neutral, like a cream or white, that’s always good for weddings, but if you want to make a statement then I often find doing contrasting colours works, the opposites on the colour wheel, so pairing orange with blue, it stands out a lot. Since your bag has a lot going on with printing on it though, I would suggest the neutral option so nothing is too over powered 🙂

  14. Brenda
    December 8, 2013 / 7:43 pm

    Hi Lorna,
    Hoping you can help me with Zara skirt sizing. I’m looking at a leather pencil skirt and I’m not sure what size to order. Do you have any of their skirts? Any help would be appreciated! 🙂

    • December 8, 2013 / 9:02 pm

      Hi Brenda 🙂 I actually haven’t ever tried any trousers or skirts from Zara, so I’m not sure how they run, sorry!!

  15. Eric R
    December 30, 2013 / 3:33 pm

    Lorna, in the UK is Polo Ralph Lauren a popular brand? Its very big here, its even usually our country’s clothing provider during the olympics. I am curious if it is popular what is most commonly worn from there?

    • December 30, 2013 / 3:58 pm

      We have Polo Ralph Lauren here, it’s not anywhere near as popular as it is over there for you guys, but we have it. Nobody really wears polo shirts here though, well they do if they are supporting their rugby or other sports teams, but in terms of fashion, they are not that popular, so I don’t see the brand out much. I see a few sweaters on the university guys by Polo Ralph Lauren, those are more popular, as are the perfumes!

  16. Eric R
    December 30, 2013 / 4:01 pm

    Ah yes the big pony perfumes. Very popular. I love the way their polos feel, much comfier than generic off brand ones much like rain boots. I have a couple pics of me in my big pony polos if you wanted to see em

    • December 30, 2013 / 4:16 pm

      That’s entirely up to you if you feel comfortable putting them here, your choice! But yeah the specialized brands are often better as they have experience and know what they are doing!

  17. Lala212
    January 30, 2014 / 4:05 pm

    Hey Lorna! I need your denim expertise! I’m looking for a new pair of dark denim skinnies. My current fave is the DL1961 Emma in Skye but I’ve had them for three years now and they look worn in. I was think of trying either the AG ankle legging or the Paige Verdugo ankle (at 5’3 they should fit me like regular length jeans :P). Which do you find more flattering in terms of cut, back pocket placement and most importantly, which pair holds you in the most? I haven’t worn either brand since bootcut jeans were in, has the sizing changed? I’m a 27 in most brands, although I take a 28 in Rag&Bone and a 26 in Current /Elliott. If there’s any other brand or style you recommend, please do so! I shop at Revolve and Shopbop so you can even give me links to those sites.
    Thank you and keep up the great work on your blog!

  18. Lala212
    January 30, 2014 / 9:41 pm

    Wow! Thank you so much!

    • January 30, 2014 / 10:02 pm

      You are very welcome!

  19. February 9, 2014 / 3:43 pm

    i am going to burford fashion show at the end of feb and i was just wondering what it is like its my first time at this one. also do you go all dressrs up or casual each one is very different. thanks kay

    • February 9, 2014 / 4:40 pm

      Hi, I haven’t ever been to Burford, that’s just my surname, but I’ve never been to the town before. I’ve been to Bristol Fashion Week though, is that any help?

  20. BallyHoo
    April 7, 2014 / 3:58 pm

    What size do you wear Lorna? How tall are you? I’m thinking we’re around the same size and love your style 🙂

    • April 7, 2014 / 4:45 pm

      Hi, it depends what you mean in terms of size. Do you mean jeans, shoes, or just normal clothes? I’m a shoe size 39/40 or UK 6/7, a jeans size 26/27 and general clothes size UK 6-8 in brands like Topshop, Zara, H&M, River Island etc. Occasionally I will need a size 10 to fit my butt when it comes to trousers lol. My height is 5ft 5 🙂

  21. Amelia
    April 17, 2014 / 2:08 pm

    How did you get your ombre more cool and ashy and toned?

    • April 17, 2014 / 3:01 pm

      Hi Amelia! Did you see my post on it? I used a Joico Violet Shampoo which tones down the yellow, but it’s also a nicer colour now because it’s faded over a year.

  22. April 18, 2014 / 4:26 pm

    Hi, I’m Segundo from the Inca Bag Co. I just love the pics. So much color. They look amazing. I would like to perhaps offer one of my bags for Raindrops of Sapphire in return of permitting me to post them to my FB fans.

  23. Helen
    April 24, 2014 / 7:15 pm

    Hi Lorna wondered where your black and grey cards is from on your ask Lorna photo. It looks super cosy! Thx xx Helen

    • April 24, 2014 / 7:18 pm

      No problem! Thanks for including me! :3

  24. Lena
    May 12, 2014 / 9:04 pm

    first, sorry for my bad english,
    I just wanted to know if you still have the camo jacket and where you got it from bc the link that you’ve posted shows not the same camo jacket from topshop as you had. I really need the same as you have. maybe you can help me. thank you

    • May 12, 2014 / 11:11 pm

      Hi Lena, I have two camo jackets. Do you mean the one with faux fur on it or the normal one?

  25. Lena
    May 13, 2014 / 5:00 pm

    hi, I mean the normal one 🙂

  26. Lena
    May 13, 2014 / 9:58 pm

    thank you but I can’t find the same in my size:/

    • May 13, 2014 / 10:01 pm

      It does run really big, but keep a check on eBay as they might pop up!

  27. Lena
    May 14, 2014 / 12:19 pm

    thank you so much for helping, I will look on eBay thank you

    • May 14, 2014 / 12:28 pm

      Good luck! What size do you need?

  28. Lena
    May 14, 2014 / 1:09 pm

    I think 8 or 10 it depends on the jacket

    • May 14, 2014 / 2:13 pm

      I’m usually a 6-8 UK in Topshop and had to take a 4 UK.

  29. Lena
    May 14, 2014 / 8:28 pm

    okay, I think 8 will fit me then, thank you 🙂

    • May 14, 2014 / 8:36 pm

      No problem! 🙂

  30. Rocio Forero
    June 4, 2014 / 3:05 pm

    Hi Lorna
    Yesterday I found your blog looking for some reference about Sam Edelman´s boots and I found your post about autumn boots wich was so helpful but I want to know something else about the size. I don´t have so much experience buying on internet but I know my size in Aldo´s boots and is 8.5, maybe you can help me telling me how is your experience with the sizing in Edelman´s.
    Thanks a lot

    And I already added you to my bloglovin´. Lov your outfits and style 🙂

    • June 4, 2014 / 3:30 pm

      Hi Rocio 🙂 Thank you! I’m really glad that you like my blog so much! That’s great! I actually haven’t ever tried Aldo boots, so I’m not sure of my sizing in them, however I took a 9.5 in my Sam Edelman boots and they fit perfect. I would say they were pretty true to size as I am between the 9-10 size. I hope that helps for you! They are super comfortable if you are going for the Petty!

  31. July 9, 2014 / 6:01 am

    Hey, great blog! What instagram widget do you use at the bottom of your site?
    Katie – Miss Adonis

    • July 9, 2014 / 9:51 am

      Hi, it’s by Four Sixty. Just click the little logo to their site at the bottom! Thanks!

  32. Hollie
    August 21, 2014 / 8:50 pm

    Hi, I have a pair of patent peep toe sling backs! I’m usually a size 5 but when I purchased these shoes from louboutin they advised me to go half a size down! I did this, and my right foot fits okay but my left leaves me in some serious pain where the sling back elastic digs into the back of my foot! I have owned them for 10 months and worn them just three times.. What would you suggest with this? Just keep wearing them until they stretch or perhaps could I get a slightly longer elastic added to the shoe by a professional?(<- is that a crazy idea?) any advice would be appreciated x

    • August 21, 2014 / 9:07 pm

      Hi! Oh no! Sounds painful! Have you tried pulling at the elastic and stretching it by hand? Or wearing the shoe with socks to make the shoe a bit bigger, so it doesn’t dig in? It’s not a crazy idea to have them professionally altered like that, but Louboutin uses unique leather so you probably wouldn’t get an exact match on the back from a cobbler and there’s always a risk it might not work.

  33. davis
    November 1, 2014 / 10:45 pm

    Lorna, Are you feeling better? I hope so! It makes me sad to know you are sick! Hope this made you smile!

    • November 2, 2014 / 10:22 am

      I’m a bit better, thank you!

  34. Elaine
    November 18, 2014 / 2:15 pm

    Hi Lorna, is your Mulberry Lily in Oak bag glossy or natural?

    • November 18, 2014 / 2:24 pm

      Hi Elaine, I got it about 3 years ago so it’s the normal natural one. Thanks!

      • Elaine
        November 18, 2014 / 10:02 pm

        Thanks for your quick response :).

        • November 18, 2014 / 10:09 pm

          You are welcome! 🙂

  35. rajaram
    November 27, 2014 / 9:39 am

    Hey nice taste u got u should make ur own apparels

    • November 27, 2014 / 11:12 am

      Thank you!!

  36. Elaine
    November 29, 2014 / 8:55 am

    Hi Lorna, I find the RM Love Mini a bit small for me, which one would you recommend, the Love Clutch or the Crossbody? BTW, does the black hardware chip easily on the Mini? Thanks.

    • November 30, 2014 / 7:24 pm

      I would probably recommend the normal size, the one up from the Mini if that one is too small for you. I haven’t had any chipping at the moment and I’ve worn it three times, but I am quite delicate with it. I’m not sure if it will chip if you knock it or scratch it, it might do!

  37. Elaine
    December 1, 2014 / 9:41 pm

    thank-you and get well soon!

    • December 1, 2014 / 10:10 pm

      Thank you!

    • December 1, 2014 / 10:10 pm

      Thank you!

  38. Lorna
    January 26, 2015 / 8:42 pm

    Hi lorna my name is lorna i really like ur style what advise would give me for a begginner

    • January 26, 2015 / 8:54 pm

      Hi! It’s always nice to meet another Lorna, there aren’t that many of us around! What kind of advice are you looking for?

  39. Lorna
    January 27, 2015 / 1:18 am

    Like what style should i use

    • January 27, 2015 / 1:24 am

      Style is really about whatever you feel suits you, what you feel inspired by and what you like. So you need to find your general genre first, then you can think about putting outfits together as a whole. You can’t really tell someone what they should wear without knowing what kind of things they like first.

  40. February 2, 2015 / 1:17 pm

    I’m wondering about the 7 For All Mankind jeans (which you look amazing in BTW :)). I surffer from severe M.E. & am pretty miuch permanently bedbound but that doesn’t stop me wanting to get dressed & I’ve always been a Jeans girl. Over the past 5 years I shopped on emotion & have ended up with so many clothes but nothing I like to wear, there’s always one outfit I go to which is my black jeggings & a white tee. But, now I want less clothes but high quality items that I’ll always wear. I’ve decided that I’d like a pair of jeans from 7 For All Mankind but I have no idea what would suit my needs. Pleas could you help? I need them to be soft & super comfy but I miss the way jeans make my body look, standing up or walking, so I want them to look hot sitting down too. Any ideas? (I’m in the UK)
    Thank you 🙂 x

    • February 2, 2015 / 1:36 pm

      Hi Laura,

      That’s so strange you said that. This subject hits really close to home for me, but it’s not something I have spoken about on my blog. I have M.E as well, I was diagnosed when I was 14 (I’m 26 now). I will email you 🙂

  41. nate
    February 17, 2015 / 7:56 am

    What brands and style of girl jeans would u recomend for guys to wear

    • February 17, 2015 / 11:37 am

      Higher rise skinny jeans are a good option, they can slouch on the hips then! Plain ones like J Brand, Frame, Paige and Citizens of Humanity are good. R13 also has a masculine feel to it!

  42. February 22, 2015 / 8:21 pm

    are you still student

    • February 22, 2015 / 8:23 pm

      Hi, no I’m not a student, I’m 26 so I haven’t been to school for years 🙂

  43. dave bisley (airealleader)
    April 25, 2015 / 9:13 am

    Hi lorna ,what is your u_tube link , ?i just love to listen to you speak

  44. Dan
    May 23, 2015 / 6:11 pm

    Hi! How many pairs of shoes and boots do you have?

    • May 24, 2015 / 12:16 am

      I have no idea! Maybe 60?

  45. Greta
    August 10, 2015 / 3:18 pm

    Hi Lorna!

    I’ve been channeling Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz and have been obsessed with glittering my shoes. However, after doing five different pairs over the last two years, I’m continually disappointed with how long they last. I’ve tried many different approaches and it doesn’t work out and materials. I’ve been shopping for shoes that are already glittery/crystalized and I’m not finding anything I like. I saw your blog on strassing your shoes and I absolutely LOVE the look of them. It’s everything I would want in a shoe. I’m curious to how long they last? How often do crystals fall off? Have you tried strassing patent leather yet? I read on one blog that you hadn’t, but was curious if you have at this point. Any input and advice you could give me would be great!

    Thank you!

    • August 10, 2015 / 4:53 pm

      Hi, I actually can’t really help too well on this question as I haven’t gotten much use out of my shoes. I can’t say how long the crystals would stay on with a lot of use, but they do seem really strong and stuck. I haven’t tried patent yet, I was worried the crystals would pop off the shiny fabric, but it might work! I definitely recommend doing it if you get the chance! But hard use is something I can’t say the outcome on, sorry about that! But good luck with it if you decide to do it, it does take a long while though!

  46. Kristi
    September 8, 2015 / 3:03 am

    Hey there 🙂 i was wondering what your measurements are? I want a love and lemons dress and having a hard time deciding between small and extra small.

    • September 8, 2015 / 10:09 am

      Hi, I wasn’t able to wear a bra with it, but my measurements with a bra on the chest are 38 inches, waist is 26 inches, hips are 38 inches. The body slip underneath is super stretchy. I’m usually a size UK 8 and took a size Small in the dress I had on. Thanks!

  47. Dmitriy Krasnov
    September 28, 2015 / 10:11 pm

    Lorna, who are Your Fashion Stars among Actresses and Singers? I mean whose outfits you like the most. Personally I like the style of Claire Danes, Diane Kruger, January Jones, Karen Gillan, Andrea Corr, Taylor Swift and some others.

    • September 29, 2015 / 1:47 am

      I don’t think I have many, but maybe Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Taylor Swift and Jessica Alba?

      • Dmitriy Krasnov
        September 29, 2015 / 8:49 am

        Ah, yes. Rosie is from the Transformers. Nice woman. Style is nice but doesn’t attract much as a person. Megan Fox gives more life on the screen. I just love this movie. And what movies do You like? I like adventures like “National Treasure”, detective movies like “Seeking Justice” and “Punisher”, comedies, documentary. Mostly Nathional Geographic and BBC. And Mr. Bean 🙂

        • September 29, 2015 / 11:19 am

          Rosie is actually a model firstly, so her role in Transformers was terrible. I don’t think she should act at all, definitely stick to modelling. I just like how she dresses, I like how Olivia Palermo dresses too. I don’t know these people though so I don’t know there personality or if I like them. I met Rosie once at an event that I went to and she seemed quite cold to me. I think the only person I like for their personality in the Hollywood world would be Christ Evans (Captain America) and Lindsey McKeon. Both are such beautiful people 🙂

  48. Chloe
    October 9, 2015 / 12:24 am

    I saw on Pinterest a pair of galaxy jeans and when I clicked on it, it lead me to your website the pin is from a long time ago but I was wondering if you still sold them?

  49. November 11, 2015 / 8:58 pm

    Hi Lorna! What kind of underwear do you prefer on men? Boxers briefs or plain old tightly whites (lol). If like to know what you think about each of the three thanks!

  50. November 13, 2015 / 6:46 pm

    Awesome blog Lorna! Great job! Love you and your blog! Stay blessed!

  51. joan
    November 18, 2015 / 10:29 pm

    Hi Lorna!

    Recently discovered your blog somehow and recognised you from thejeansblog! I was wondering if i could have your expert opinion on denim. Some info beforehand: I’m about the same height as you are, and roughly a similar build (save that i often take 28 in jeans) and I usually get my jeans from 7 for all mankind as their “the skinny” fit fits me incredibly well. I’m quite new to premium denim and would like an alternative to 7 for all mankind, as i’d like a different wash… and maybe different fabric. (Just got a pair from 7FAM that i realised only after the first wear is slightly scratchy due to the polyester blend… argh! this gives me the sads.)

    Looking into Diesel and AG jeans, and was wondering if you knew of any good alternatives and if you have particular fits that you like. Thank you in advance!

    PS: really enjoy your blog as well as thejeansblog. 🙂

    • November 19, 2015 / 2:13 am

      Hi Joan 🙂
      Glad you found me here too! I own quite a few websites! Of course I can help! I’m very familiar with The Skinny from 7FAM and I hate polyester blends too, so much! Nothing worse than scratchy and itchy jeans! Did you read my blog post on The Jeans Blog about my 10 favourite jeans? For my my ultimate favourite cut is the Citizens of Humanity Rocket. If you are wanting to try AG though, I would say The Stilt or The Legging Ankle are great options to try, but Paige do an amazing Verdugo as well. The Transcend fabric in the Verdugo is like silk! It’s so soft and comfortable. I wouldn’t say any Diesel are similar to The Skinny from 7FAM or similar to many jeans I wear actually, they are often extremely tight in the waist for me, so I tend not to wear them much anymore. If you let me know what kind of rise you like and what size leg opening, I might be able to help even more 🙂

      • joan
        November 19, 2015 / 8:01 am

        Hi Lorna,

        I did read the post on your 10 favourite jeans! Unfortunately, I don’t / can’t handle high rise jeans as my torso is pretty short, so high rise come up uncomfortably (and unflatteringly) high. I like a mid rise (18cm or so) and a leg opening of 10 inches (about 25cm?)

        I don’t mind if the leg opening is a tad smaller or bigger but i like denim to be pretty skinny all the way through the leg. I hope that made sense! I need jeans with a comfortable waist as i’ve got to run after a 7 year old, so i’m really glad you mentioned that bit about Diesel! I hope to manage to find a pair that I can get within Europe/UK too… the add on taxes are an awful surprise.

        Thank you for all your help!

        • November 19, 2015 / 11:14 am

          10 inches would be a flare, as we measure just flat across, or did you mean 5 inches? For a super skinny? Sorry you can’t do high waisted, I find them extremely comfortable on me as they hold everything in, ha ha. A 7 inch rise (18cm) is considered low though, mid is around 8 and over. I think you should go with AG Stilt or AG Legging, they both have a lower rise and are skinny! And yeah I know what you mean about taxes, living in England does that to you too. If you order from Shopbop though you can pay taxes at the checkout and they have a big sale coming up soon! It’s cheaper to buy jeans in the US too and import them as the retail price is way, way less than the UK price. I never buy them over here due to that lol. For example Paige jeans are about $200 in the US, here in the UK they are about £200 which makes over $350… Ridiculous right?

          • joan
            November 19, 2015 / 11:37 am

            Oh good lord, sorry, my newness to premium denim is obvious. I didn’t know it was measured flat across, I actually had to check the 7FAM website, and they stated 10″. I just measured a pair which came up to 12cm, so yes, 5 inches! I didn’t know a 7 inch rise was also low *sheepish* it must feel mid rise because my torso is that short…! I feel like a 7 inch rise already holds everything in for me!

            I didn’t know ordering at Shopbop gave you the option of paying taxes at check out, that’s brilliant! I realised many brands do make a huge mark up on jeans from the US to the UK/EU, maybe because of import or branding… no idea, but it’s painful to our pockets. I’ll check AG’s Stilt and Legging styles out, thank you! Also didn’t know Shopbop have a sale coming up… yaaaay! Pretty excited now. Thank you for the tips!

          • joan
            November 19, 2015 / 11:58 am

            Regarding the rise: i went to go measure a pair of my skinny jeans from 7FAM, and the rise is 20cm (about 8 inches) , not 18 cm. (no idea why it states that on the website). Sorry about that!

            • November 19, 2015 / 12:05 pm

              No problem! Makes sense, 8 inches is a good enough rise! Everyone is having a sale very soon because of Thanksgiving coming up, Black Friday is the best time to shop!! If you like an 8 inch rise, I might recommend the Paige Verudgo to you too! Can I ask a favour of you? When it comes to your time to buy your jeans online, would you do it via my blog? So use an URL on my blog to go to the site you’re using, like Shopbop? It means they know I sent you then and I make a small commission on it, at no extra cost to you, but because I sent you to the site, it makes them happy to work with me! That would be amazing if you could!

  52. joan
    November 19, 2015 / 2:55 pm

    Had to start a new comment thread because i couldn’t reply your last comment. I’m partial toward indigo washes (dark or medium doesn’t matter… but i didn’t find any from either brand unfortunately) and dark washes in general. 🙂 I agree, the first Paige and first AG ones are the ones i like most! might get both…

    • November 19, 2015 / 4:16 pm

      Ha ha, yeah that’s not a bad idea! Both it is! 😀 I will make an announcement when the Black Friday sales start next week so make sure you keep an eye out!

      • joan
        November 19, 2015 / 4:23 pm

        will do, thank you! 🙂

      • joan
        November 19, 2015 / 4:52 pm

        So sorry, Lorna, i forgot to ask; what’s the sizing like on AG’s Legging & Paige’s Transcend?

        • November 19, 2015 / 4:54 pm

          They are quite similar to each other, Paige has a thinner denim and much more stretchy, but roughly the same. I’m a 26 in both. I’m also a 26 in 7FAM so they should run true to size. I haven’t tried the particular washes you like though, so I’m making a generalised judgement.

          • joan
            November 19, 2015 / 5:21 pm

            Thanks a lot for your time and detailed replies and for helping me make an informed decision. I appreciate it! 🙂

            • November 19, 2015 / 7:06 pm

              You are welcome! 🙂

  53. November 24, 2015 / 3:27 am

    Hi Lorna! I’m just curious to know, what is your opinion on the brand Levi’s? I own six pairs of jeans (a far cry from your 400 unfortunately haha!) and five of those are Levi’s. I have a hard time bringing myself to try other brands. Anyway, just curious to get your opinion. 🙂

    • November 24, 2015 / 2:45 pm

      Love Levi’s! I have quite a few pairs ranging from vintage cut off 501 shorts and skinny boyfriend jeans to their Slight Curve skinnies and Jeggings. Huge fan! I feel like Levi’s is just iconic and really embodies the heritage of denim 🙂

      • November 24, 2015 / 3:31 pm

        Cool! I agree, I think Levi’s are the ultimate icon when it comes to denim.

        • November 24, 2015 / 3:37 pm

          They definitely have a great heritage!

  54. November 29, 2015 / 4:07 am

    Hi Lorna! I hope it’s okay to post another question. I’m looking into buying another pair of jeans soon so I was just curious to get your perspective. When it comes to jeans for men, do you have any suggestions for good brands to check out? I love Levi’s but wouldn’t mind branching out a bit. I do own one pair of Silver brand jeans and have really liked them. I’ve thought about looking into Diesel as well. Also, do you like certain washes for guys over others? In any case, thank you for your time!

    • November 29, 2015 / 5:31 pm

      I would definitely recommend Nudie and Diesel to you, for men’s brands, those two are really good for washes and fits and quality!

      • November 29, 2015 / 5:37 pm

        I’ll check them out, thank you for the advice!

        • November 29, 2015 / 8:48 pm

          No problem!

  55. January 1, 2016 / 1:11 am

    Although the answer may be found in this blog, I would like to ask how do you get the inspiration of ‘Raindrops of Sapphire’ as the theme of this blog. Or why you titled this blog as ‘Raindrops of Sapphire’? Thank you and Happy New Year!

    • January 1, 2016 / 3:08 pm

      Happy New Year to you too! I chose Raindrops of Sapphire as I live in England, so it’s often raining and I love gemstones, I thought sapphire rain would look beautiful. I wanted something really unique and went with that one!

  56. marco
    January 1, 2016 / 12:19 pm

    Hi lorna, may i ask you where you are? I live in north of Italy. Marco

    • January 1, 2016 / 3:06 pm

      I live in South of England. I like Italy, very beautiful.

  57. Thomas
    January 15, 2016 / 6:19 am

    Hello Lorna! I’m just curious, what is your opinion on Levi’s new line of “Wedgie” jeans??? I’m still not entire sure what to make of them myself. I love Levi’s, and a vintage look, but these are pretty unique to say the least. Haha.

    • January 15, 2016 / 8:46 pm

      Hi Thomas! I saw them, but I don’t think I like them a huge amount actually lol!

      • Thomas
        January 15, 2016 / 8:50 pm

        Haha yeah, they are a bit weird looking. When I first saw them advertised I thought it was some kind of joke. To each their own I guess!

        • January 15, 2016 / 9:03 pm

          They don’t look like a good fit from the front as they look really vintage, but the back is super tight lol.

  58. Ed
    January 18, 2016 / 9:11 pm

    Hi Lorna! I was wondering if you’ll be posting any new images of yourself in Hunter boots jumping / splashing in puddles / mud? You look great!

    • January 18, 2016 / 9:21 pm

      Hi Ed,
      Thanks! At the moment I don’t have any wellies shoots done, but I’m sure there will be some more. I’m yet to debut my navy Hunter wellies with the plaid pattern on the blog, so maybe those will be next!

  59. Thomas
    January 29, 2016 / 9:16 pm

    Hi Lorna! A question regarding the future of jeans. Do you think the “athleisure” trend will kill off denim, particularly among women??? I really hope not myself, jeans absolutely rule! I can’t imagine life without them, but things do change over time. Anyway, thank you for your time!

    • January 30, 2016 / 10:19 pm

      I honestly don’t think anything will kill off denim. It’s too popular. I mean a lot of people are opting to wear leggings and sweat pant style bottoms now, however they usually team them with denim jackets. A lot of brands are using super stretchy denim and making hybrid denim like ‘jogg jeans’ which combine the both, so we can still wear denim. I think it’s safe!

  60. Jason
    February 4, 2016 / 8:54 pm

    Hi Lorna would wear specic outfits if we gifted them for you ? Im in USA but am a huge fan and love not only your beautiful body but also attention to fashion. There are seceral things id like to see you in let me know if we can make it work

    • February 4, 2016 / 9:15 pm

      Hi Jason, this depends entirely on what it is. I only work with brands and companies that I feel represent my style and likes well, so depends on what it is that would be sent. Thanks!

  61. Maja
    February 4, 2016 / 9:16 pm

    Hi Lorna,
    Love your blog. Would you be interested in selling your black mini lily cookie ?

    • February 4, 2016 / 9:59 pm

      Hi Maja, so glad you love my blog! I actually don’t have a Mini Lily Cookie. I assume you mean the Mulberry one? The only one I have in the Lily from Mulberry is the normal Oak and the pink denim. None of the cookie variety. Perhaps it was somewhere else you saw it? If you could show me the photo I might be able to help!

  62. February 9, 2016 / 11:37 am

    Hi Lorna!

    It’s always a real pleasure to visit your blog, and see your beautiful outfits. It’s a great idea to have a dedicated Ask Lorna section.

    My question concerns your blogging accomplishments. I wanted to ask how you manage your time effectively as a full-time blogger, and co-ordinate the various aspects of maintaining your blog? For example, how do you organise your working week to accommodate photo shoots, the writing of posts, and communications / promoting the blog? Did you have any particular strategies for building your online presence in the early stages, and staying organised?

    It would be so helpful to know your thoughts.

    Many thanks,

    Saba x

    • February 9, 2016 / 1:23 pm

      Hi Saba, this post might be helpful to you actually. I wrote it a year ago, so it needs updating a little bit but it gives a general outline.

      I only shoot photos on the weekends when I’m with my boyfriend, so we shoot them on days when I’m not blogging. I keep the working week for posting on DenimBlog, The Jeans Blog, Raindrops of Sapphire, The Fashion Supernova and more recently, Fashion Runway Blog. I have a schedule each day which outlines what I need to get done for that day and work on it through the entire day, I don’t have set hours as with my illness I need to be able to do it at my own pace. So today, my schedule looks a bit like this:

      DenimBlog – posts and schedule todays
      Raindrops – tan leather jacket + hats post (get the photos ready)
      The Jeans Blog – COH review + alexander wang post
      Fashion Runway Blog – 10 talked about accessories
      Blog commenting – return the thanks

      Then of course I have things like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc to post to, but I just do that whenever I can and feel like it. As a full time blogger it’s just about finding your balance and making sure you have a good posting system. So for Raindrops I post every 3 days now, Jeans Blog I try to post 2-3 times a week, Fashion Supernova is 1-2 times a week but I have guest writers, Fashion Runway I run with my boyfriend and we post every 2 days, but take it in turns, so that every 4 days for myself. DenimBlog is 7 posts a day but 2-3 of those are mine each day since there’s 2 other writers. Does that help? It’s definitely a full time commitment that’s for sure.

      • February 19, 2016 / 8:27 pm

        Yes Lorna, that’s a huge help! Thanks so much for giving details of how you manage your time and stay organised each week. It’s really impressive that you’ve achieved so much with Raindrops of Sapphire, while managing an illness and contributing to other blogs as well.

        In terms of staying active online, I just wondered whether you have a system in place for synchronised posts across different social media platforms, whenever a new post is published to your blog? It would be so helpful if you could please make any suggestions on this, for bloggers who don’t get enough time to go on social media.

        And if I may ask one final question. How do you avoid getting back problems or RSI as a result of sitting at your computer for long periods?

        Thanks so much for taking the time to read this and respond!

        Saba x

        • February 22, 2016 / 2:33 am

          I have the Publicize plugin from Jetpack turned on to publish posts to Twitter when they just get posted, but otherwise I do it all myself. You can use things like Hootsuite to schedule and manage posts over your social media, but I find it’s better to do it yourself as it’s more personal then. But if you need a scheduler, try Hootsuite as it works well.

          I don’t have a desk and an actual computer, I have a Macbook laptop and with that I am constantly moving around with it, so I will sit on the sofa, the table, my bed etc and I don’t stay in one place for too long else I will get aches all over. So since I move around often, my seating position is changing all the time. I make sure to do this as I used to suffer terrible back pain and I don’t much anymore.

          Hope all of that helps you, Saba! Really glad you like everything I do and that means a lot to me xx.

          • February 24, 2016 / 2:20 pm

            Those are all really good strategies Lorna. I will be sure to check out the option of using Hootsuite, which I wasn’t familiar with until now.

            I also like the idea of moving around a lot while using digital devices, in order to stay active. Whenever I sit for too long at the computer, I feel really out of sorts and definitely notice the eye strain! Working in short bursts is more likely to be effective, rather than doing everything in one sitting.

            You’re so welcome for the feedback. It always cheers me up to visit your blog, and it’s great to have a chance to discuss blogging in a bit more depth!

            Have a lovely day.

            Saba x


            • February 24, 2016 / 4:58 pm

              Glad I could help! And of course, always here to discuss it with you!

  63. Christopher
    February 14, 2016 / 11:35 pm

    Are you on snapchat?? If so whats your name? P.s. you’re stunning! X

    • February 15, 2016 / 1:09 am

      Thank you for your compliment. You can find me on Snapchat and Instagram under ‘LornaRaindrops’ if you want to add me.

  64. April 30, 2016 / 5:22 pm

    How do you feel about Abercrombie and Fitch clothing? I have noticed any posts about that brand.

    • May 1, 2016 / 12:56 am

      It’s an ok brand, but it’s not really suited to my style which is why I haven’t worn it really. Thanks!

  65. July 16, 2016 / 10:19 am

    Hi Lorna,

    I was wondering if you could help? I just bought a pair of Private number heels by Christian Louboutin and they fit perfectly comfortably around the foot and toe areas, the only problem is the sling back strap around the heel is too tight and hurts after a while. Is there any way of lengthening it or loosening it? Thanks 🙂

    • July 16, 2016 / 12:47 pm

      Hi 🙂 I’ve heard cobblers can add some extra elastic to it, but it’s tight because it helps keep the shoes secure. I know when the elastic is looser, it slips a lot and the shoes can fall off. But maybe ask your cobbler. I think there’s a couple of ladies with the sling back issue on The Purse Forum, if you want to head over there!

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