One of the things I'm most excited about when it comes to moving to Edinburgh, is the sheer choice of accommodation that we will be able to afford. In London, it took us months to find our current flat - which whilst cute and cosy, is also essentially one normal sized house, separated into four but still costing as much. We have two rooms and a tiny shower room and we consider it a bargain at £1200 a month - bills not included. I KNOW - LONDON IS RIDICULOUS.
So when we started having a little practice flat hunt the other week, I was surprised and deliriously happy at the fact that you could get a decent sized one bed flat fairly centrally in Edinburgh for about half that amount. Think of all the spare money we'll have to spend on decor! Once I get a new job, obviously (in case Sean and my mum are reading this.)
I've been satisfying my interior design dreaming by building up lists of homeware items that I simply must have - here's my current pick.
Because pineapples, am I right? 'Nuff said as far as I'm concerned. I'm envisaging this cushion delicately plonked on a little armchair in the living room or in the corner of our future bedroom. That's right, non essential seating areas - I'm officially going up in the world.
I love me some tea, and I also love my teapot which Sean bought me from Emma Bridgewater two birthdays ago - which will definitely be seeing a lot of use in our future Edinburgh flat. However, it is a little large to make tea just for me - so I think this cute little teapot/cup set is a necessity.
I am OBSESSED with copper at the moment, I'm desperate to have a kitchen with enough space that I can buy loads of copper pans and have them displayed artfully on the stove even when it isn't on. Until then I will content myself with this SUPER cool vase from George, which is a bargain at under a tenner.
There are some fashion trends that I usually just firmly put in the category of 'love, but can't wear'. Whether that's because I think I'm not tall enough, not slim enough, not cool enough - sometimes I've just resolved that things are not meant to be. Sometimes that's been a bit of a blessing in disguise (man am I glad I didn't spend £80 on disco pants) but sometimes I get a bit of a FOMO type feeling. So - when I spotted this pair of culottes in Matalan last weekend, I decided to just go for it!
My mum looked a bit dubious as I added them to my basket, but when I came out of the changing room wearing them I got the ultimate mother seal of approval: "they actually look quite nice." Score! I'm still not quite convinced that they don't make my bottom look the size of Brazil Bridget Jones style, but I love the wide fit and the high waist and they've given a new lease of life to my collection of cropped tees. Teamed with a striped top and some plimsolls, I feel almost - dare I say it - cool!
So you might have seen this on Twitter already, but there's been some pretty big decisions made in my life over the last month or so. Basically, after having made the decision to move in together in London six months or so ago, Sean got offered a permanent job. Which was a big deal, because up until now he's been on a graduate program swapping roles every four months, which is how he ended up in Philadelphia last summer. The only issue was - the permanent role was in Edinburgh, and he had no idea whether there would ever be any opportunity to move back down to London within it.
Edinburgh has always been a bit of a 'maybe someday' for us, as we met in St Andrews and Sean's family are from Edinburgh - plus it's just a gorgeous city in general. But, our friends were in London, my family live in Kent and I have a job I love. So this, this was a major curve ball. The thing is, I was not prepared to go long term long distance again - Sean and I have been together six and a half years and we had JUST got to live together. Plus, I can't afford to live in London on my own - it's just not possible. In Edinburgh, there's the possibility that we'll be able to buy our first house together in the next year or so, rather than it being an almost impossible dream in the far distance. Also Sean has promised me that I can get a cat (SCORE.)
So the decision was made! Sean moves up in the next few weeks and I'll be moving up around the end of June/beginning of July. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't nervous and apprehensive - I'll be looking for a new job (if you know of any marketing or social media positions hit me up), I'm worried about making new friends and it all just seems like such a BIG CHANGE for me. At the same time though, I'm excited - it's a new direction for us and as I said - it's a beautiful city!