Fashion: Rugby Ready

I posted last week about some of my favourite moments in Rugby (though there’s now a new one to add, go Japan!). This week it’s time to showcase my lovely England shirt a bit more.

 photo 2015-09-25 17.03.44_zps55yglzyy.jpgKitbag have kindly sent me over a new England shirt so I can #WearTheRose, and I’ve discovered that wearing skinny jeans, high boots, rugby top and red lipstick is one of my favourite looks. Who knew?!

 photo 2015-09-25 17.03.10_zps4ozc6xqf.jpgI initially panicked a little bit when I opened my parcel, noting that my requested Size 10 had been mysteriously replaced with a Size 18…now either I have a mis-sized shirt or these come up veryyyy small. As it is it’s a little baggy, but I doubt I’d have squeezed into a 10. Something to bear in mind if you are ordering! Having said that, this is the first women’s rugby shirt I’ve owned as I’ve always opted for a men’s fit before. This one is nicely shaped, still relaxed and baggy and (I say very proudly) still spotlessly white.

Safe to say this won’t be coming to university with me, as I know damn well I’d wash it with my socks and it would be grey by the end of the World Cup…

 photo 2015-09-25 17.02.57_zpsbypp1wqs.jpgI’ve pair it with some skinny jeans, high boots and a red lip – because RED LIP. I’ve also got freshly cut hair (which since it was cut wayyyy before Italy is a relief!), and you’ll be pleased to know the roots/”ombre” look has been sorted since these photos were taken.

Now all I need is a reason to go out and celebrate wearing this. Come on England!

Are you getting into the spirit of the World Cup? I have to say London was definitely buzzing for the opening weekend!


Lifestyle: RWC 2015

I can still remember the few minutes in 2003 when my house literally shook with the sound of my dad’s voice. From what I remember we all danced around the room, my mum cried, and it seemed like our family celebrated for months. That’s the effect that Jonny’s one kick had.

 photo 2015 Rugby World Cup5_zpsb4ru9xcf.jpgI remember the tenseness watching the TV that day. At full-time with both teams on a score of 14 the match entered extra time. Nerves were frayed as both England and Australia successfully kicked penalties. Then England had possession, the ball passed to Jonny Wilkinson and with his right boot it flew over the posts. The most stunning drop-goal, the most iconic moment in English rugby.


I was a mere 9 (soon to be 10) years old at the time, and even now I can feel a little teary watching those two minutes of footage. began my first real crush, I idolized Jonny for years. It fired up the rugby supporter in me – I’d been to a few matches before but after this I was far more interested.

I’m sure it’s probably a bit of a cliche to say, but Jonny’s kick has definitely been my rugby highlight over the years, it just has to be my entry in the #toprugbymoments competition. There have been many more though! Watching Martin Johnson having his head stitched a few yards away from me before continuing the game. Being squashed against the barriers of the terraces in tense moments. I bought my dad a pint for the first time at Welford Road, as they announced my eighteenth birthday over loudspeaker. Then there was the ‘friendly banter’ at school – being a Leicester Tigers supporting girl in a Boy’s School in Northampton was never going to be easy. And of course, converting my boyfriend to support the best team…

 photo 2015 Rugby World Cup4_zpszudwbzdu.jpgI’ve not managed to get to an actual rugby match for nearly four years – university has put a stop to that! Unfortunately tickets are expensive, and getting up to Leicester (because Welford Road is my holy ground) also isn’t cheap. And then there’s been the disappointment of the World Cup ballot. Applications in for every single game, and not one was successful.

 photo 2015 Rugby World Cup6_zpsdz6ljdto.jpg photo 2015 Rugby World Cup1_zpsssmfwyh8.jpgInstead you’ll find me watching England important matches from the comfort of my sofa. I’ll hope to have a cider in hand (as soon as I’m off this damn antibiotics!), a good pie-and-chips for after (standard rugby fare!).

Are you a fan of rugby? Who will you be supporting this World Cup?

Lifestyle: Exercising At Home

Gyms are all very well and good, but at £25+ a month I just can’t justify the cost. I was planning on signing up over my placement year, but said gym is the other side of town from where I am living, and I don’t feel comfortable with the walk in the dark. Sure, I still go swimming on occasional weekends but the majority of my exercise is done at home, in my teeny tiny room.

 photo 2015-02-08 17.08.52_zpsztvdyxqu.jpgI’m planning on heading out for proper runs as soon as the evenings lighten up – which shouldn’t be long now as there’s now enough light to see the keyhole when I get back (I was shining my phone at the door last week – note to self: ring council to fix street light). I’ll be using the Couch-to-5k program, but my real goal? I really, really, really want to run a 10k by the end of the year. I wasn’t going to mention it here, but I’m feeling that telling you all with give me motivation. Feel free to nag me if I get lazy!

 photo 2015-02-08 16.05.34_zpsfrjcw865.jpg photo 2015-02-08 16.04.36_zpsmpi05k2t.jpgI’ve also been loving the motivation from Youtube videos – this one is my current favourite although I find it really tough. I’m not really a huge fan of celebrity exercise DVDs, but I’ve enjoyed Charlotte’s 3 Minute Belly Blitz. The exercises are actually really fun, and it’s not too teeth-grittingly cheesy. 3 Minutes is a total lie, the Warm Up is 5+ minutes, but the actual routines are quick, fast-paced and seem to be having the desired effect. I find them fun too, with the best part being they don’t require too much space. Thanks to Cash Generator for sending me this!

 photo 2015-02-08 17.10.53_zpskjeaus1h.jpgI’ve also been doing some of these 3-day Challenges – my favourite being the Squat one. I do them twice a day. In the morning I use the time it takes to boil the kettle (now I’m on 150 I’m filling it up a bit more!), in the evening I just slot it in after whatever other workout I’ve done. I’ve been skipping rest days too, as I really struggle the next day! The Lunge one I’m taking slowly as my technique is poor, and I’m struggling through the Tricep Dips. I’m picking up an exercise mat this week to start on the Abs too!

 photo 2015-02-08 17.11.17_zpstde8mprn.jpgFinally, weights. I’m not after muscle, but I am after tone, and using light weights is actually making a real difference. I don’t do an awful lot with them at the moment, but just a few reps in between more fast-paced cardio bits is fine for now. Once I’ve lost weight I’ll be upping the toning!

Alongside this I’ve been eating healthier, taking low-fat soups to work and cutting down on the tea. Dinners are more packed with vegetables, and I’ve really cut down on white processed carbs. I must admit I am finding that tough, I was far more reliant on pasta and potato than I realised. Keep an eye out for more healthy recipes over the next few weeks…

Do you have a gym membership, or do you exercise at home? Tell me about your routine!