The Color Run Manchester 2014

As you might know, a little while ago Rachael and I started fundraising for Save the Children by running the Color Run's 5K in Manchester. We'd ran it last year and were really excited to run it again as it's such an amazing event! For those who haven't heard of it, it's an event that's hosted internationally and in a variety of locations in the UK, where coloured power is thrown at you at each kilometer! I think what makes it so great though is how many people, of all different ages come along to run it...that's why I think it has such a great atmosphere!

Before we get to the pictures, I just wanted to say a big thank-you to LV= for inviting us to the event (if you like the Color Run and are looking for other fun runs, they've produced a useful list here!)

Both Rachael and I don't run very often so at times the running was a bit of a challenge! You're free to go at your own pace though, so there was no pressure getting in the way of all the fun. Above you can see the first gate and the pink cloud!
The Etihad Stadium - where the run was hosted - looked fantastic in all the sun!
Now for the second wave!
The yellow gate. The amount of powder seemed to get more extreme as we went along!
The orange gate was the last and there was SO much powder it was amazing.
In terms of fashion, I carefully chose some socks that matched the Color Run t-shirt. What do you think?
That's the Color Run - I hope that this has made you consider attending, it really is a great day out for all the family and it's just a bit different! They have events throughout the year - if you check their website you can find the nearest one to you. Our donations page is still open, so if you can spare some change you could help really change some children's lives!

Till next time :)

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Patrick Jane / Simon Baker: Perfect the Look

You may be aware that I wrote a post last year on Patrick Jane/Simon Baker (From The Mentalist) and his fashion style. 'Get the look' was good - but this post is going to be even better. I'm going to go through each aspect of his look in detail to give you the greatest fashion insight that I can. If you don't know who he is - take a look at this post - I'm sure you'll be wondering why you didn't know of this fashion genius before.

Patrick Jane's Hair

I'm not usually a fan of highlighted hair. However, Baker's hair expresses not egoism but in my opinion the exact opposite. Throughout the series, he's not one to care how he looks. He sleeps more often-than-not on a sofa in the CBI, he's often ill and disheveled. So no, he's doesn't appear to be the vain, egoist of Hollywood.  Indeed I think this is where my affection for Jane comes from. There's no effort in his style or his fashion. Enough of the words, let's look at a picture:

I don't have hair like this. You may - if you do, I am very jealous! - but if you're like the rest of us - you likely have one option - highlights.

I would probably get them done by a hair stylist because my hairdressing abilities are something to be wished for. But if you think you have what it takes to do it yourself, go for it. If you want to go all the way, there is another technique called balayage. Essentially it's a more refined form of highlighting. If you choose that option however, you might be paying a fair price.

Patrick Jane's Shirt

Comfort is what Jane is all about. There's no tie or tie-clip, there's no braces, there's just a shirt, buttoned down with sleeves rolled (most of the time).

In my opinion, you want a linen shirt, white, blue or blue-striped. If you're in the sort of weather that he is, you'll need the airing-properties of the linen and if you're in the colder countries then the linen will also keep you warm. Aesthetically, the white or blue naturally goes well with the darker suit and will offer a more open personality.

Patrick Jane's Suit

The suit is not the boundary for fashion: you can add to it - you can add a pocket square or an odd button, you can add a unique stitching or an exclusive inner-lining. You can do all these things, but you can also just give them a pass. Take a leaf out of Jane's book and just take it easy - you don't need a pocket square to make your point, neither do you need a tie. You can make a scene simply without one. The keyword is charisma. Wear your personality in place of your tie.

The three-piece suit is fantastic for this - it gives you the sophistication but leaves you with the option to have more relaxed features like the open shirt collar. Also, when it's too hot for the jacket, the waistcoat will continue to add that sophistication.

Patrick Jane's Shoes

Janes' choice of shoes makes the outfit. They have the same relaxed nature as the rest of the outfit and look as though they have really been lived in. Being brown, they also add colour to the outfit and make it more personal. The Chelsea boot or a simple suede brogue would be the perfect match.

Well that brings this post to an end. I've added a few products below if you're wondering where you can pick some of these items (or similar) up. Hope you enjoyed it and please do leave a comment below, I always love to hear from my readers.

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The Color Run 2014: Fundraising for Save the Children

Customise your trainers for the Color Run with NIKEiD

Hello everyone! You might remember from this time last year that I did a post which included a mention about The Color Run 2013 which Rachael, her sister and I took part in. We had a fantastic time running the 'happiest 5K on the planet' with its massive amounts of coloured powder being thrown here, there and everywhere! Well, we're doing it again. But this time we're giving something extra back by raising sponsorship for Save the Children, the cause that the event is fundraising for. They work in over 120 countries and do whatever it takes to improve the lives of vulnerable children. If you have some spare cash, please consider donating to our Virgin Money Giving fundraising page. It's all for a fantastic cause that will actively make a difference to children's lives. Thank-you :)

Chivalrous at The Manchester Color Run 2013