Life: We've Moved Into Our London Flat!



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We've moved in! Finally!!!

After all the drama, Adam and I now permanently live together, no more long distance, no more week long stints together. After two long years, a BA and a Masters later, we finally get to wake up next to each other every morning, even if for the time being on a blow up air bed! We're getting our mattress delivered next week (Yayyyyy!)

We really had a hard time getting to this point, we are the poster people of how not to move to London, everything that could have gone wrong did and it took longer than expected.

So gone are the overnights in hostels, long cross country commutes and late night face times!

We're finally unboxing all the things we've been buying for the past 18 months and although it took me 15 minutes to find underwear this morning, we are starting to see light at the end of the tunnel.

It's crazy how much stuff we have between us, despite us both having massive clear outs prior to moving, but with our things in the building it's starting to feel like ours, it's our new home. How grown up.

Speaking of grown up: moving, living and being located in London is expensive. Like super expensive. Tax is painful, rent makes you cry and council tax don't come cheap at nearly £1400 per year. So yeah, friends if you want to go out, I'll be on tap water!

I'm so glad to have done this with Adam, he really is the best. We also couldn't have done it without our super supportive friendship group and our amazing Dads!

It's been a challenge, but in the end, we're in, it's ours and our new pad is starting to shape up! Prepare for lots of homeware stuff, DIYs and life stuff over the next couple of months. It might be a little slow off the blocks as we don't have internet yet, but it'll be all good in the end!

Speak soon,

Clo :)


Life: Moving House: What A Disaster


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Adam and I were all set to move into our new flat on Saturday, after a week of stressful drama on the landlords side, we were finally ready to go. Our Dad's at the ready, Adam and his dad had already driven all of Adam's belongings down on Friday night, with the idea being Saturday would be smooth, plain sailing. The irony.

Life: Going Home For The Weekend



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I'm on the 8:03pm from Euston, London heading home for the weekend. I'm loving my new job, not so much loving the living situation: Central London hostel with 5 other humans, bunked up and on top of each other (Not literally, thank god.) But I'm two weeks in and feel like I'm getting the hang of city life. I've commuted for years, but I feel like I'm seeing a different side of the city now. The commuting, the walks through the city, the sights, smells and sighs of fellow commuters that are pissed off because they're so impatient they can't wait 3 minutes for a train, that's london for you.


Life: Living In A Youth Hostel



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Hello!

I write this little update post from my boiling hot room at Generator Hostel, London. The fan is blowing but there's nothing that can banish the smell of over warn shoes and 6 people and all their luggage. Nice.

This is my second week at the hostel, which is by far the cleanest in the city. I've started my new job which is very exciting (EEEEEKKKKKK!) Every day I'm learning something new and basically being like 'OMG as if this is a career!' I'm having a blast, I love love love it. I've been staying in a hostel as I can't commute doing a 9-5 from Birmingham, so bunking down was my only option whilst Adam and I look for a place in the house hunting monster that is London. Which is honestly harder said than done. It's stressful and very tedious!

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Career: First Week In My New Job



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My first week of being a fully fledged working woman is well underway! It's been such a whirlwind, especially as I volunteered with London Graduate Fashion Week and have mystery dined in more Prets than I care to count!

I am loving my new job. The company is so interesting, the work is grabbing my attention and the team is super friendly. And although I'm new, I don't feel like the new girl.

It's a bit strange, being away from home but not in a place that's my own, but I'm not spending too much time in my hostel other than to sleep and shower. I'm spending most of my time at work, before and after my start and finish times, because I'm so interested in all the stuff that I'm working on and as a real bonus they have Yorkshire tea. Tonnes of it. The very best type of tea. Great people + great tea = job match made.


Brain Dump: 12



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This week has been crazy busy. I start my new job on Monday, left my old one on Wednesday and currently don't have anywhere to live in London. Adam finished the major part of his masters degree and after 8 weeks apart I finally got to see him!

It's a simultaneously stressful and exciting time for the both of us, it's a big change for our Dads too, and I am very conscious of striking the balance between being excited, but also being aware that our dads may not share the same enthusiasm, we're moving away and that's hard for any decent parent, no matter how old your child is.

Fortunately for me, Dad took this week off, I actually delayed my start date so that I could spend some quality time with him before I move out. It's been great! We've been on lots of adventures, picnics and car journeys and I've also managed to catch up with old friends, up my eBay game and lose my Wagamamas virginity. It was fabulous.


University: I Got A First!



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As ever, getting my final marks for my university degree was dramatic and unusual, like the rest of my life. I had walked from Euston to Brixton (Yes, you read that correctly, yes I am mental, yes I have sore feet and they smell.) It was the hottest day of the year and unbeknown to me at the time I'd burnt the top of my head because I'd put suncream everywhere but my head. I digress.

My friend Maria (Hey Gurl!) phoned me excitedly telling me that the marks were up just as I was figuring out which way to go towards Streatham Hill. The smarty pants had obviously got a first and I am super proud for my buddy. I got off the phone with pure panic. It's one thing to panic about marks and It's quite another to panic about your mark and know that it's sat there waiting for you.


London: Starting The Flat Search



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If you've ever looked for a flat to live in, you know how stressful, agonising and god damn expensive it is. There's fees, packing shit up, location scouting and that's all before you've moved in.

Adam (My boyfriend) and I decided two years ago that we would move back to London after we'd finished university. When we met we both lived in London and soon after getting it together, Adam moved back to Geordie Land, Newcastle to do his Masters and I moved back home to Worcestershire and decided to commute to London instead. If I wasn't going to live with Adam, I was't going to flat share with anyone else!

So, here we are. Two years later and I have a week until I start my new job (Never been so excited about work) and Adam still hasn't finished university. So i'm in a hotel for the first few weeks of my new job, which, granted isn't ideal, but it was my compromise and that compromise has taken the pressure off both of us, big time.