Miss Captain America

My Miss Captain America Costume Before I start this blog post, I wanted to say that this is my favourite costume and favourite set of photos that I have ever done here on Raindrops of Sapphire. Not only is Captain America my favourite comic book character as you all know, but turning myself and these photos into a real life comic book was like a dream come true for me too. It’s taken hours to edit and do this entire shoot from start to finish, but I have to say that I’m incredibly proud of these photos and I haven’t had as much fun on a shoot as this! I originally made a blog post earlier this month with Halloween costume ideas and wanted you all to guess which one I would be choosing. Most of you got it right as I had chosen to be Miss America! I got this costume from Escapade and I think it’s fantastic. It fits really well actually and is quite comfortable, but it doesn’t come with the boots, so I had some help getting hold of these thigh high pvc red ones from a friend and I think they suit the costume perfectly. Halloween is one of my favourite days of the year, not because of the holiday as I don’t celebrate it, but because it means I get to dress up in costume and I love any excuse for that! Anyway, I really hope that I’ve done Captain America justice and you all love it too! And for those of you who just want to see the outfit and aren’t into the…

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Gua Sha With The Hayo’u Method

You may remember that I spoke about Katie Brindle and The Hayo’u Method in a previous post, speaking about rituals and breathing techniques that you can do to control stress and health issues. I went in depth about the illness I have been through since I was a baby and how we have been working together to undo all of the damage that’s been done. As I’m documenting the journey, the next thing I’ve been learning with Katie is how to do Gua Sha. What’s that? Let me tell you! Gua sha, translated from Chinese into English means to scrape the skin with a blunt object (Gua) to release blood circulation and redness (sha). It’s an ancient, traditional Chinese medical treatment in which the skin is scraped to release unhealthy elements from injured areas of your body and stimulates blood flow and healing. When you Google this, it does look incredibly scary at first due to how red your skin can go and the fact that some of the stagnant blood comes to the surface and lasts for a few days. I want to say before anyone runs away though, it does not hurt at all. It feels very similar to rubbing a rounded jam jar lid over your skin, so it’s more like a pressure and a massage than anything painful. The only time it can be sore is if you hit an area that’s tender to begin with (which you aren’t supposed to do) or if you get right on a bone, so I avoid those areas and concentrate on tissue. Katie has released two different Gua Sha…

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Engagement Q&A With Lorna & Adam

As you know, Adam and I got engaged almost 6 weeks ago and the support from all of you has been incredible! There were 80 comments on the blog post alone and about 70 more via social media, so a huge thank you to all of you for the congratulations and well wishes. It truly means so much to us. As I tend to keep my private life off of the blog and hardly any of you know anything about Adam (other than the fact he takes my photos), I thought it would be nice to do an engagement Q&A with both Adam and myself so you can get to know him and our relationship a bit better. After all, he’s a huge part of my life and so are all of you, so I hope you enjoy it! If you do have any other questions, please leave them as a comment below. How did you both first meet? Lorna: We actually met online on a denim forum (DenimBlog) when I private messaged Adam about something I had seen him write in a thread. I’d often seen him posting around the site with his cool animated avatar, but never messaged him until then. We ended up speaking every day and found that we had a lot in common. Adam: We actually both met online, however it wasn’t the traditional method of a ‘dating’ site. It was actually on a denim forum (DenimBlog). We both had a love of denim long before we’d met each other. Lorna was a moderator on the forum, she private messaged me regarding some Chinese skincare…

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Oh My Gosh! I’m Engaged!

And… Here it is! The exciting news that I have been keeping a secret for a month! I’m engaged! I honestly still can’t believe it when I type the words ‘I’m engaged’ or especially when say the words ‘my fiance’. For just over 8 years now I have been used to calling Adam ‘my boyfriend’ so the adjustment is taking some time! I know you will want the story about the proposal, how it happened, where it happened, some backstory and of course details about the ring, so here you go. It was 3rd of July around about 8:30pm on Porthminster Beach in St. Ives during our holiday. Adam and I had decided to go to the beach at sunset to shoot my outfit photos and enjoy a stroll along the sand (you can see the full outfit here). I saw a photographer there taking some photos of the boats and scenery, so I did wonder what he was up to, but while we were walking closer to the edge of the sea, I saw Adam get something out of his bag out the corner of my eye and when I turned around, he was holding a ring box on one knee! He’d hired a photographer from St. Ives without me knowing, so I would have photos of the moment forever and to share with all of you, which I thought was amazing! Adam gave me a beautiful speech which I have written down, but as it’s personal, it’s not something I want to share publicly with anyone as it’s just between him and I, but let me tell you…

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My Health & The Hayo’u Method

I’ve shared a lot with you in the past about my health and as the months go by, I think it’s important to keep you updated on how things are changing for me and progressing. I got the lovely opportunity to meet Katie Brindle, the founder of the HAYO’U Method and speak to her about my life, my issues and more. Katie is a Chinese physician (read her story here), but her focus isn’t just on acupuncture or a lot of weird herbs like most people think Chinese medicine is. Katie works with us to help us understand our bodies, how to combat stress on our own and really take care of ourselves. She doesn’t want us to become dependent on a physician to ensure we get better, the best thing we can do is self healing and learn the techniques Katie teaches with her HAYO’U Method. Most people my age will have a few ailments and stress, which can be self treated with the methods that Katie posts about online (see them here), but for me, my story is a lot more complex. I got to chat with Katie and speak to her on a personal level, much more in depth, about how my life has been since I was born and what problems I have encountered which have led to my health being the way it is now – and what I found out was incredible. Things you don’t even think about or realise are connected and my story is fascinating to me, so I want to share the whole thing with you, in a series of posts…

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New Photos From My Instagram

It’s been a little while since I did a Instagram round up, so I’m sharing one with you while I’m away in St. Ives. I post about 1-2 photos a day in general on my Instagram now as I want to go for quality photos rather than quantity, plus while I’m not able to go out as much, it’s harder to get as many great shots for you all. I can’t believe I am almost reaching the 40,000 followers mark as well, I’m just over 1,000 away. Thank you so much, to all of you, for following me and enjoying my photos. It really does mean so much to me. Some of my Instagram photos are among my favourites, so I’m really happy to share them with you on the blog. I know not all of you follow me there (I’m @LornaRaindrops) so it’s only fair that my regular blog readers get to see my favourite ones too. These are a collection of photos taken over the past 2-3 months, so I hope you like it! Don’t forget to follow me too as I’ve got lots of pretty St. Ives photos up as well! You don’t want to miss them! Let me know your Instagram usernames so I can check out your accounts too, I’d love to see what photos you share with everyone.

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5 Lazy Ways To Stay Healthy

I’m touching on a subject that’s very close to my heart at the moment – health. You all know that I’ve struggled over the past year with different problems on top of the M.E and trying to do the normal ‘eat healthy and exercise a lot routine’, which just isn’t something that I can do. I wanted to put together a list of 5 lazy ways to stay healthy, just little changes you can make during your day to make sure your body gets the best it can from your current situation. If you’re ill and unable to do much like me, or if you don’t have much enthusiasm at all to go out and run a marathon like some do, these tips will help in the short term. Of course there are other things you can do to stay healthy like wearing sun cream, don’t eat endless amounts of junk food, not smoking, not drinking too much alcohol etc, but I wanted to touch on a few purer elements that make a difference to your life and your health on top of that. I hope you like it! Drink Filtered Water One of the most important things you can do to stay healthy is drink water. Water is the single most important thing that we need to put into our bodies in order to stay alive (besides air), without it, we will die, so make sure you drink plenty of it to keep yourself hydrated and your cells fed. Filtered water is the best, so be sure to do your best to make sure it’s clean and filtered, ready…

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18 Shameless Songs That Make Me Happy

18 Songs I’m Not Afraid To Say Make Me Happy My taste in music has always been eclectic, even in my skater girl and gothic days I still had a secret crush on dance and pop music, sometimes even rap or hip hop, despite head banging. I am being honest when I say I love every genre, especially classical, cheesy pop, hip hop, rock, dance and everything in between, I couldn’t pin point my favourite if I tried. The Nuns songs in Sister Act are amazing too! As music has always been a huge part of my life and I have such an emotional connection with it, I thought I would share with you some of my happy songs. This did originally start out as 10, but it’s now ended up as 18 happy songs and I hope you love them too! These songs always bring me out of bad moods or depression as music really controls my brain, it makes me feel an array of emotions and I connect with it so well, not just from singing myself, but from listening and getting into a song. Choosing this list was extremely hard for me as I love so many songs, I mean Elvis Presley, Queen, Abba, One Direction, Justin Bieber… I’m not ashamed to admit the latter 3, but these are some of my favourites when it comes to fun music that cheers me up. We all love and like what we like and whether that’s someone who is hated by many and frowned upon or not, I’m not afraid to really enjoy the music that I connect with.…

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