Saying Goodbye to Lala Land

When I landed in LA a month seemed like an eternity.

I didn’t have to rush anything because I was staying for such a long time… but of course, it went by in the blink of an eye.

Before I knew it my last day had crept up on me, tapped me on the shoulder, looked me in the eye & told me to say my goodbyes. It was time to go home.

Determined to make the most out of my day, I started with breakfast at Stella with the girls.

Just in time for Sophie’s birthday!

After we popped over to my favourite coffee shop, Urth for one last gulp of heaven.

ASOS Blazer // Gucci Bamboo Tote // Ray Ban Aviators

Language of Flowers Tee (pop ROSIELOF into the promocode section)

G-Star Powerstretch Jeggings // Topshop Woven Pumps

Before heading home.

After shoving my belongings into cases with all the grace of a fleeing bank robber, I slipped into a pair of leggings, a sloppy cashmere jumper & my London-friendly boots and set off to the airport.

After a tearful goodbye and a Duty Free haul, I finally took my seat & snuggled down.

Last time I mentioned flying with Virgin a few people said “Well what’s so great about them?” so I figured I’d show you the ropes.

As soon as you sit down, you’re given a glass of bubbly (my kinda hello).

Seriously, is there anything better than a new book and a good drink?

Soon after take-off you’re given something else to read.

The menu! (My kinda reading.)

I went for tuna tartar.

And a good old fashioned, buttery steak.

After supper you pop off to the bathroom to brush your teeth while the cabin crew make your bed.

Then all you’ve got to worry about is which movie to choose.

I watched the brilliantly ridiculous “Olympus Has Fallen” before falling asleep and waking up a good 9 hours later.

To breakfast in bed!

While I’m happy to fly as cheaply as possible for Euro trips, when you’re talking about spending 11hours on a plane I really think a good night’s sleep on the way home is worth its weight in gold. And Virgin always have deals on if you book early enough, check them out next time you’re thinking about jumping the pond.

Soon the plane kissed British soil and we all bustled off to collect our luggage and get home.

As I queued through customs I thought about all the amazing things I’d seen on my trip… Hollywood, Beverley Hills, The Pacific Coast, priceless works of art, incredible architecture, wild dolphins. But you know where I saw the most memorable view of the trip?

The arrivals gate at Heathrow.

Mum! Waving & grinning at me from the very front of the crowd.

I’m finally home!

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  • Wow I can’t believe you have been in LA for a month.. which makes me think.. and I have been in the states for two months now, which means I am half way through my adventure. Weird how time flies while some days seem to last forever isn’t it? And your mamma looks so happy, can’t imagine how its going to be to see my mom when I get back.. uhoh, just got a little homesick/emotional haha. That flight seems perfect though! How are you liking that book!?

    Love,
    Yara

  • Your mom is so cute! Love that!

  • Nana_05

    welcome backkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk!!!!! :)))))

  • The slow pace

    πŸ™‚ My mum is visiting but she leaves tomorrow and I won’t see her in two months πŸ™ That picture of your mum made me smile, but sad… I want to see my mum like that really soon! Snif!
    xx,
    E.
    http://www.theslowpace.com

  • Charlotte

    Sounds like it was a fantastic trip, welcome home!! Hope the jetlag isn’t too bad. Xx

  • Mars C.

    It must have felt so good to be greeted by your mum in the airport after all that traveling! Lovely holiday you were on, Rosie!

    http://blondeinkuwait.blogspot.com/

  • Talisa Lauren Tossell
  • Gaby

    Welcome back Rosie! Glad to have you back and can’t wait to read more Brit Adventures πŸ˜€ xx

  • You’re back!! Your mum must be in heaven! I hope you’re snuggling by the fire under a blanket away from this rainy day! xx

  • Rachel

    There is nothing better than being picked up from the airport by a loved one πŸ™‚ Welcome home!

  • Wow! That month has flown by (pardon the pun!). I used to fly with Virgin on business all the time & really rate them!

    Happy Monday Rosie xoxo

    http://www.intotheblonde.com/

  • Glad you have had such a lovely trip! Though, honestly I’m kinda glad you’re back so I don’t have to deal with all the nostalgia and missing the city from reading your blog anymore!

  • Cate Elise

    That photo of your mum is just so cute, is there anything better than seeing your mum after a while apart?! Sounds like you had a fab time πŸ™‚ xxx

    The perks of being a
    hipster

  • jeniferjamie

    I’ve loved reading all about your LA trip – such a talented & engaging writer. Can’t wait to see more of your adventures!

    Jen xx
    http://kitsch-n-sync.blogspot.com

  • Danit

    There is no place like home! But vacation it’s always nice πŸ™‚

  • Your mum looks so excited! So lovely! xxx

  • Wow I can’t believe you’ve been away for so long! We’ll be glad to have you back in London so we can go to the places you recommend =p

    Glad you had a safe journey home!

    KatieJane
    katies-rose-garden.blogspot.co.uk

  • I adore the pic of you mom at the end, Rosie! It makes me miss my mom and getting a wonderful hug from her – can’t wait ’till I see her next at Thanksgiving! Meghan xo

  • Holly von Bock

    Your mum is such a cutie!! I’ve never flown first class – I kind of don’t want to as I think once I do, I could never go back to economy!!! It looks perfect! I’ve been very jealous of your month away – I think its so brave & important to try new places and experiences before you are beholden to school term dates & breast feeding schedules (I’m not complaining at all – I love it – truly) but I think for you, you will have such wonderful memories and knowledge to pass on when you are older! That sounds very patronising, I don’t mean it too, I’m just excited for you – my two have been away all week so have just spent the week spending time being me, so I guess it just reminds me of my child free days! Enjoy! p.s. how could you not bring the weather back with you?!! πŸ™‚ xxxx

  • Ria

    Oh my gosh, look at your cute mama waiting for you!!! She’s so glad her baby’s home:) That plane looks amazing. I’ve only flown within the U.S. for the last 3 decades where we’re packed in like sardines and, if we’re lucky, we get a packet of stale pretzels tossed our way. I left England when I was only 8 so I really hope to get back there someday soon and will for sure check Virgin out.

    I’m glad you had fun in L.A. but look forward to your London/Europe blogging again:)

  • Sarah Boston

    I flew with Virgin to NY (economy class) and really enjoyed it, even though I’m pretty terrified of flying. The food was great, the plane was comfortable and the air crew were lovely. I wouldn’t say I’m cured of my phobia, but the pleasant experience definitely helped πŸ™‚

  • Katie Brigstock

    so glad you had such an amazing trip! unfortunately you’re now back to this kind of English autumn weather! Katie x
    http://www.katieskitchenjournal.com

  • Anon

    Not to be funny but an upgrade to premium economy (versus economy) is an additional Β£400 and a first class seat is an eye watering Β£3200 for a return Virgin Atlantic flight from London to LA.
    I’m pretty sure that most people probably opt for economy because spending 50-400% more on a plane ticket just isn’t financially viable for them. So whilst the service and food does sound and look amazing, you are paying for it quite handsomely.
    Surely it’d just be more cost effective to have an extra day at your destination in a hotel to re-coup and get over the jet lag? At lease you’d have a proper bed.

  • ellak27

    reminds me of the song ‘chinese’ by lily allen about coming home from the airport and seeing her mum. cute

  • that’s so cute!

    alice
    xo

  • Jessica Ss

    “If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaky feeling that you’ll find love actually is all around.” (Say it like Hugh Grant)

    Am I seriously the only one who thought that?!?! Heathrow? Her lovely Mama waiting to greet her? Just me? Maybe cause I am feeling Christmassy πŸ™‚

    Love your blog Rosie!

    • Lucy

      Me too! I love that film πŸ™‚

      Lucy x

  • yay you’re coming back to blighty! glad you had an awesome holiday in the states, but England’s missed you! and have to agree, i used to fly all the time, the sight of a happy waving mum on the other side of the barrier is definitely one of the best πŸ™‚
    Bumble Speaks

  • Valli

    It looks like it was such a lovely trip, your mum is so cute and welcome back to England. xx

    http://momentsofmylifeme.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Sepideh

    Welcome back home Rosie! I loved the ending of your post- how sweet!!! I love that you’re so close to your family!! It’s refreshing!! And I’m sure you’ve taken loads of memories (and pictures) with you from your trip.
    How’s the jet-lag?

    http://www.seppysmontreal.com

  • Emily Davenport

    Your mom is so cute- love her orange shoes!!

  • Nichola Allan

    Aw! My eyes teared up a little bit that your Mum made the effort to come pick you up! How lovely!

    nicholawithanh.blogspot.co.uk

  • Sarah

    You seem to have had the best time! Seeing the mention of the arrivals gate at Heathrow really reminds me of Love Actually. So thanks for that smile and reminder of one of my favorite movies!

    The Purse Snatcher

  • I blubbed at that last shot! Lovely. Now our turn, we’re off to the US of A tomorrow for 3 weeks! Welcome home x

  • πŸ™‚ that photo of your mum! I haven’t seen mine in months, I can’t wait for those amazing two weeks when I get to go home for Christmas! Cant wait for more of your adventures!

  • I’ve always wanted to fly first class on a long flight, but alas, has never been in my budget. I got lucky on my last flight in coach and had an empty seat next to me to lay down on. Not quite as cosy as those little pods look though I must admit!

  • Loved the book The Tigers Wife! I hope you like it, and glad you got such a good long trip to the West Coast! Next time….. try Seattle. It’s awesome! I’m definitely going to have to try Virgin next time I hop over your direction!

    Kendra
    http://www.justplainshenanigans.wordpress.com

  • chantelle

    I adore adore the ending of this post. Your mom is the jam.

  • Nel

    Conveniently not mentioning the fact that you flew first class, which obviously would make anybody brag about how ‘good’ an airline is…. but other people that do not have money to throw around and spent a whole month overseas because they have to look after their family (yes, nephews that doesn’t have parents or parents that doesn’t have an income because of corruption in our pathetic country).
    So next time, please be more specific (tell the whole truth) on how ‘grand’ and ‘luxurious’ and ‘money spending’ your life is….for the so called down to earth person you claim to be.

    • LatterlifeMidwife

      I get what you mean, Nel. But I do wonder that readers don’t seem to realise that this blog is like a job. As wonderful as it is, and I am definitely a fan, it earns Rosie money! Notice how she posts details of what she’s wearing? Did she really need to write the words “First Class” alongside the photos for you to realise she wasn’t in Economy? She wasn’t being devious. I don’t know what sort and degree of comps Rosie enjoys, but she is lovely enough, and writes well enough, and shoots photos plenty well enough, to make a living from being a lifestyle blog writer. P.S. I have never, and probably will never, be able to fly First Class.

    • Katie

      If she’d said “how ‘grand’ and ‘luxurious’ and ‘money spending’ her life” is then it wouldn’t have been down to earth at all “Nel”. People asked her what flying with Virgin was like and she showed them. She can’t show them anything other than her experience.
      There are lots of things “other people” can’t afford to do, that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be able to enjoy them and appreciate the life they can afford. I can’t afford a Gucci bag and wouldn’t want to but couldn’t care less that Rosie does because she enjoys it so I appreciate her joy as another human being.
      You are able to get online to spend free time on a girl’s personal blog and leave comments *free speech* which makes you richer than 99% of the world’s population. Before you start complaining about your “pathetic country” you might want to get off your b-u-t-t and do something more constructive than telling people you don’t know on the internet how they should live their lives and conduct their business.

      I enjoyed the post Rosie and very much look forward to seeing Custard a little more.

      • Nel

        Yes I’ll tell my parents to get off their butt to do something, because the “lazy bastards” they are!! Its obviously their slacking shit lifestyle that made them being fired from their jobs because they couldnt care less to change their skin colour…..

  • Ok, you and your mum are officially the cutest.

  • saradujour

    Flying in style like that is on my bucket list for sure! Sure looks marvelous. Glad you had a wonderful time in LA, though I will be happy to live vicariously through your London adventures again. Welcome home! xx

    -Sara

    http://www.saradujour.me

  • Inge

    Seriously your Mum is the cutest. They are the best, we would all best lost without them!! x

  • Your mom is so adorable! So happy you enjoyed your time in California & the States – I just hope that the next time you show up, the government doesn’t pull a temper tantrum and treats you right! πŸ™‚ I bet you’re very happy you are home though!
    http://perpetuallycaroline.blogspot.com

  • Loving this post,
    I’ve been keeping up with your LA adventures and it looks as though you’ve had an amazing time!
    So excited for more London based posts though πŸ™‚
    Glad you’re home!
    Lots of love
    Kate xo

    http://www.and-kate.blogspot.com

  • Looks like you had a great vacation. Any airline is great if you are flying first class! πŸ™‚

    http://liveitinerantly.com

  • Wow, flying Virgin really seems to be a treat! I need to give them a go next time I fly overseas!

    avidaebelaofm.blogspot.com

  • Shulamit E

    glad you had a blast in Hollyweird! love looking at the pics

  • Eileen

    Rosie! I am so sad that I wasn’t able to make your meet-up in LA. Your blog has been a cheery light on some of the most lackluster days. You are wonderful! I hope you enjoyed California, and I’m sorry about the SF misadventure- it is actually a marvelous place!

  • Rosie:

    I have been to LA many times- I sincerely loved all your California posts. I feel you captured the true essence of the culture and lifestyle. Glad the states showed you such a great time. Looking forward to your next adventure.

    Rachel xo

  • So glad you had a great time, but I do hope you come back to SF! It has lots more to offer, I promise! πŸ™‚

  • haha I love that your mum wears orange converse…I have the same pair! One cool mama x

    (I got mine because of this music video… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5rozUSeGQ4 )

    http://visualcoffee.blogspot.com/

  • Shannon

    So sad you are leaving our beautiful state, i was so nice to follow you on your adventures. Having grown up in Los Angeles all my life I have not experienced all the places you’ve visited, but I certainly will now. Hope you enjoyed the sunshine! Ill be in London for Christmas, so I will continue to follow your amazing restaurant choices and adventures for my trip. xo

  • emma

    You should go on made in chelsea x lucy wore one of your bikinis last week and this week louise has a blazzer that is nearly identical to that one lol

  • haha my mom has done this so many times, aren’t they the best πŸ™‚

  • Emily

    I can’t believe your month in LA has already come to a close. It was SO fun to follow your adventures considering I frequent 75% of the places you visited. I love living here but definitely take it for granted- you reminded me just how beautiful Los Angeles is!

    PS: I will be flying Virgin from now on. Without a doubt.

    http://www.buildyourbliss.wordpress.com

  • There really isn’t a better sight than family at airport arrivals!

  • Kelsey B

    if i have to fly on an airplane, i think i will fly virgin airlines just from this post haha

  • Christina Marie

    That’s the best feeling in the world when someone makes you feel like a super star as you enter through the airport gates! Glad you had such a lovely time here on our side of the pond and Im sure custard was through the ruff excited to see you πŸ˜‰

  • Honey What’s Cooking

    Wow, that’s amazing you got to spend a month in LA.. I’ve been following your blog. So exciting. THat coffee place looks so good. I can vouch for Virgin, I’ve never flown Business/First, but even their Economy is amazing, love the Chicken Tikka Masala. πŸ™‚
    Love that last picture of your mum!

  • Johanna Filipson

    Following blogs is so funny, because I remember reading your first LA blog post, and that does NOT feel like a month ago. Time flies so fast and I completely understand it flew past for you ! Hope you enjoyed LA! Did you ever get down to San Diego? /Johanna

    http://www.foreignswede.blogspot.se

  • Janine Hardy

    Thats so sweet about your mum I love the close relationship you have mum’s really are amazing. Loved reading about your LA adventure it seems like you’ve had a fantastic time.

  • Marci Gallagher

    Glad you made it home safely!!! Hope you enjoyed your time in Cali – it sure seemed like you did!!!

  • Virginie

    Your pics are just amazing, thank you for make me dreaming
    I’m going to LA next September, can’t wait !!!

  • Alicia Logan

    So happy LA treated you well Rosie! And I’m glad to hear you found Urth cafe! I went there during my first tour of the crazy city and absolutely fell in love. Oh and you’re mom is adorable!!

  • Ashley McCollum

    The commentary was even more “amusing” than the post. Though I quite understand how easy it can be to become jaded by the resources available to others…dial it down a bit eh? She lives in London–pretty sure that’s disclaimer enough. Hihi–all the way from Atlanta! First time commenting and I do love it here. The blog is really inspiring and you remind me of a Ralph Lauren catalog. I’ve always said I aspire to be a “Ralph Lauren wife” (among other things). Do you run into expats from America a lot? I’m always curious as to who is doing what to earn their keep while abroad. I haven’t had the pleasure of living in London, but I did live in Den Haag for about a year. Anywho, great job on the blog. True, I can’t afford half of what you post; though it’s the intangibles that matter most: traveling and memories. Thanks for the weekly inspiration. Ciao!

  • I’m a long time reader and follower, and you’ve inspired me to start my own blog πŸ™‚

    Check me out for posts on Seoul!!
    http://www.lxstboys.blogspot.com

  • I’ve always loved reading your blog! πŸ™‚ I enjoy reading your travel posts and they inspire me a lot! πŸ™‚

  • Haha Advil PM spotted in one of the pics. That was my main souvenir from my recent trip to the US!

    http://talesof-wanderlust.blogspot.com

  • Iseabal Hutcheson

    Im so in love with your language of flowers tank that I had to buy one for myself!! Love all of your LA posts, they make me want to jump on a plane and fly to the US right away!
    http://w-andered.blogspot.co.uk

  • You are so freakin cute Rosie! So glad you got to see Cali! (my home state btw;) )