Color Run Part 2: Brighton, Gola and New Balance

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When I heard about the Color Run, I didn’t just book one event – I booked two! And inevitably, pushed the later one into the back of my mind just in time to make it extra exciting (read: stressful) to get back into condition for it… However, I did have the benefit of a new pair of awesome trainers to motivate me, courtesy of Gola!

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These pretty pink and white Gola trainers are part of the Active range – reasonably priced and well manufactured, they prove you don’t have to spend a lot to get a great quality product.

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One thing I loved about the Imala was the fastening – my other trainers are standard lace-ups, but this pair features a flexible elastic drawstring style, complete with Velcro strap. So much easier to get on in a hurry!

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I also really liked the design motif of the elasticated bands around the sides to give support to the foot. This is a really flexible shoe, perfect for loads of activities – although I’ve mostly worn them running recently! And what better run to test out a pair of nearly white shoes than The Color Run?

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In case you’re not familiar with this event, check out my previous post… Basically, it’s a really casual 5k event where you run through four colour stations where people throw coloured dye all over you…

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So you start off pristine…

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Then get a little pink…

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A little blue…

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A little yellow…

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And a little orange!

There’s no pressure, no timings, but there is a great atmosphere and an amazing party at the end, when all the finishers dance together and release extra packets of colour over each other to music!

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By the end of it, my Gola Imalas were well and truly brightened up – although, a quick cycle in the washing machine later, and they’re good as new! I also wore my new running tights by Heidi Klum for New Balance – from Next. I love the cool cut out detail on the bottom of the leg!

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If you want to check out Gola’s range of sports shoes, their Active range is here. The Imalas are on sale at the moment for £20 – a fantastic bargain!

See the New Balance range from Next here. (I also have the khaki rocker tee, and I totally love it – it’s not an obviously sporty top, but it’s really refreshing to wear when running, and it makes a change from all the event tees you see on the tracks!)

Check out the Color Runs here! At the moment, all the 2014 events have finished, but if you keep your eye on the page the 2015 events may appear…

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Hunter Wellies for Autumn

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It’s autumn, my favourite time of year! Bonfire night, Halloween, pumpkins, casseroles, hot apple cider, golden leaves, sunny, crisp walks… What’s not to like? Last year I did a post about my favourite wellies of the season, and this year I went out and actually bought a pair (or two!).

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When it comes to classic wellington boots, Hunter is the go-to brand. Once the realm of farmers and country folk, since Kate Moss donned a pair at a festival, the Hunter brand exploded.

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Known now for their fashionable status as much as their quality, a pair of Hunter wellies can be found by anyone’s back step, from royalty to farm hands to Chelsea yummy mummies!

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Thanks to their new status as a fashion icon, Hunter have expanded their range, introducing new colours, styles and ways to customise your own pair, including these awesome Hunter socks (c/o Country Attire). I decided to pick out a fairly plain pair of side adjustable black matte wellies, also from Country Attire, as the site has an amazing range of Hunters at great prices.

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(Prices correct at August 2014)

As you can see from the above, Hunter have an incredible range! However, I really wanted a very versatile pair that would go with anything – hence the black, and hence the adjustable sides, which allow room for baggier trousers or thicker material. To keep my toes warm for the upcoming festivities – including bonfire nights, Christmas fairs and long snowy walks – I plumped for a pair of panther black welly socks, which have an awesome furry top! (Check out Country Attire’s full range of Hunter welly socks here!) One of my wellington boot fantasies actually includes a pair of glossy red Hunters topped with a pair of cream cable knit welly socks – the perfect Christmas morning walk combo, but let’s just say, I already have two pairs of Hunters now, so any more at this point borders on lunacy. (Aka, we’ll wait and see…)

Also, Duchess of Cambridge fans take note, Country Attire also carries Le Chameau wellies – Kate has previously worn the Vierzonord style, I think in olive. As well as this, the site carries other brands the Duchess favours, including Barbour, Sebago, Ted Baker and Penelope Chilvers!

I’m planning another post with my new wellies in action, so make sure to check it out later this week!

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Weight loss begins again: Boossh and Sweaty Betty

Summer’s over, and despite best laid plans (which are invariably dreamed up reading health mags, and involve yoga on the beach, eating salads, playing tennis in the sunshine and the like), it might be that perhaps I’ve gained a few more (cough) pounds than I’ve liked. So, it’s back on the weight loss train for me – and I thought I’d share some of the things I’m doing to speed up the process.

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Always go full brogue

You learn something new every day. I didn’t know this, but there are degrees of brogueness…

 

Full Brogue

 
This style is called the full brogue with wingtips, if you want to be all technical about it… I love brogues and have this style in navy from French Sole (available in black here), and in nude from Dune (available in various colours here). There’s just something really awesome about a nice pair of brogues!

What about you? Do you like to go full brogue?

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FFF’s Guide to Marseille: La Maison du Pastis

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(St Ives Grab Bag, Modalu (past season) / DKNY 4109 sunglasses, c/o sunglasses-shop.co.uk)

One of the specialties of the south of France is pastis, an aniseed liqueur which is usually diluted in chilled water and consumed as an aperitif. Pastis grew in popularity following the ban of absinthe and anise in 1915 – bartenders would concoct their own blends of a similarly tasting tipple and offer these illegal drinks under the bar to enthusiastic customers.

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