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GIRL ABOUT YORK

Charlotte

Hey there, I’m Charlotte and I’m thrilled to be the official ‘Girl about York.’

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I moved to York four years ago, just before my daughter Florence was born. I’m originally from the other side of the Pennines but fell in love with Yorkshire when I lived in Leeds during my early twenties and I knew this would be an idyllic place to raise a little human.

Now I’m a fully adopted Yorkshire lass (I’ve always preferred white roses to red ones!) and I’m proud that Florence is a born and bred ‘Yorkie.’ I feel so lucky to call York home, I genuinely can’t think of anywhere else I’d rather have chosen to live. It’s not just me who thinks this: The Sunday Times named York the ‘best place to live in Britain’ in their latest poll and it’s not hard to see why. Yes, it is beautifully steeped in history and character with picturesque medieval streets, iconic city walls and the magnificent Minster defining the city’s skyline. But behind all that, there lies a buzzing modern metropolis of destination restaurants, artisan cafes, cutting-edge bars and a vibrant cultural scene. I still feel like I’ve only just scratched the surface of what York has to offer so I’m looking forward to sharing with you all the hidden gems I find.

My day job is designing flowers for luxury weddings and events in London – but happily I get to work remotely from Yorkshire. Once upon a time I had a high-flying career in advertising. After climbing the post-university, corporate ladder and enjoying the crazy glitz and glamour that advertising had to offer, I decided to leave to pursue my passion for floristry. I went back to college to study floristry and worked my way up from washing flower buckets as a Saturday girl to now being in the incredibly lucky position of having a job I absolutely and utterly love. Part of my work which I particularly enjoy is writing for national press and magazines (I get asked to do pieces on floristry and floral trends) so it’s going to be a lot of fun to write as part of the Girls About Yorkshire blog squad.

I can’t wait to share my experiences and adventures in York with you – I hope you enjoy my posts!

 

10 Facts About Me:

  1. My claim to fame is doing the flowers for a wedding where I had to pin a buttonhole on Ross from Friends (mind you, I’d have preferred Chandler).
  2. I’m a single mum to Florence, who is a gorgeous, feisty three-nager. I do the parenting thing completely on my own without any paternal support for Florence which can be challenging at times but also incredibly rewarding. Flossie and I are a very close little team of two.
  3. I called my daughter Florence because, as well as loving the name and the city, it means ‘blossoming’ in Latin and I liked the flowery reference.
  4. My favourite flowers are peonies but being a florist, no one ever buys me flowers (hint, hint).
  5. I’ve always been fascinated by sharks (I blame Jaws) and one of the most incredible moments of my life has been diving with Great White Sharks in South Africa.
  6. I have a weird pigeon phobia. Give me a Great White Shark any day! Walking down the street with me can be (highly) embarrassing due to the high-pitched scream I involuntarily emit when encountering the pesky birds.
  7. I studied psychology at university but am still none the wiser about understanding people. Or maybe just men!
  8. Talking of which (!), I got divorced 2 years ago. It’s been a very difficult and traumatic process but I’m so grateful for emerging from it so much stronger and happier.
  9. I grew up on a farm in Lancashire but prior to moving to York, I lived in London for 10 years.
  10. I turned 40 this year. I’m massively embracing this landmark age and I feel super excited about the next chapter. Naughty forties right?!

Charlotte Xx

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