Happy New Year!

I can’t quite find the words to sum up 2013.

I want to pour my feelings and memories into the screen, tie them with a bow and leave them for a few years so I can look back and remember how I felt.

I do that, you know? Look back at the blog. Read through it as though it’s someone else’s diary I’ve found on some old forgotten bookshelf.

Sometimes I worry that if it wasn’t all written down like this that it would fly away. Like the last 2-3 years of experiences I’ve shared with you would just cease to exist. That I’d wake up and be back where I started; Stuck with a man I was afraid of, in a job I didn’t like, hating myself and not knowing what to do about it.

That probably sounds stupid to you. Only a mad woman would put that much stock in her diary.

Anyway.

Whirlwind. I suppose that sums up life this year, doesn’t it?

My New Years Resolution in 2013 was to have a “year of firsts” and do something I’d never done before, once every week. Well, NY resolutions are made to be broken. I didn’t quite manage it every week, but I did do more things for the first time than I can count on my fingers and toes… so maybe that counts?

Mostly though I’m grateful for you. I love this blog, even with its difficulties. You’ve spurred me on, encouraged me and given me the confidence to finally feel utterly comfortable in my own skin.

I am far from perfect. There are people who don’t like me, and that’s ok. I don’t write to them, I write to future me and to the people who do enjoy it. I’m deeply touched that you choose to spend your time with me. I’ve loved meeting you, Tweeting with you, jabbering away on Facebook with you and learning more about you (especially when you send me photos or come say hi, that’s my favourite).

I know that there will be people out there who feel as lost as I used to. I just want to remind you, you and only you have the power to do something about it. I saw a nice quote the other day that went something like this:

“You have exactly one life in which to do everything you’ll ever do. Act accordingly.”

It’s something I’m going to keep in the back of my mind this year.

But before that, I thought I’d share a few snaps I took around midnight a couple of days ago!

The Mayor of London & Vodafone very kindly invited my friends and I to the fireworks to ring in the New Year together.

We’d never been so slipped into our party dresses and headed out to say farewell to a whirlwind of a year.

Before braving the cold we were treated to a few glasses of bubbles and supper. You’ve got to keep your strength up when you wont be eating again until next year, after all!

We ducked out of the party for a little while and roamed the glittering hotel like a small pounce of cats.

(Did you know pounce is a collective noun for cats? I think it fits rather beautifully. But, I digress… Back to the glittering hotel.)

Having eaten our fill we were hurried out into the cold, slurping down our coffees as fast as we could as we were pushed out of the door and through the heaving crowds.

But when we got to the water’s edge, it was all worth it.

Check out the view!

The organisers beetled around with hats, gloves and flasks full of hot, spiced punch.

Which we naturally dived right into!

Before long the countdown began.

The excited crowd whooped, screamed & heaved forwards.

Finally, in unison we all chimed in for the final countdown…

(It’s the FIIINAAAAL COUNTDOWN DoDo Do Do. DoDo Do Do Do!)

Big Ben bonged and the sky erupted.

The crowd stood open mouthed in awe… only to find that this wasn’t just a feast for the eyes, oh no.

This was an evening of sensory exploration. These guns:

Sprayed delicious flavours into the night.

Peach snow floated through the air.

Followed by banana confetti that you had to catch on your tongue while rockets boomed and crackled over head.

Seemingly from nowhere orange bubbles rose into the sky, floating over the crowds before bursting and raining that fresh, Christmassy scent over the revellers below.

Still, the fireworks continued.

Just when we thought it was all over, the finalé blew us all away.

It was a hell of a night & a cracking start to what I hope will be the best year yet!

Happy New Year!

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  • Happy new year Rose. Hope 2014 is – just is!

  • Steph

    Wow Rosie, looks absolutely awesome, fab photos. We watched London on the TV as we partied the night away at home with our NYE fancy dress party! Here’s to 2014 x

  • Meghan

    Happy new year I hope 2014 is an amazing year for you!
    Meg xx
    ps- LOVE your red dress 🙂

    peachpips.blogspot.com

  • so sorry that you’ve had to deal with so much negativity this year. i think you’ve done a beautiful job of handling yourself with grace throughout all of it. hope this new year is a better one! xx

  • Suzie

    Rose – you’re awesome! I wish I had a best friend like you!!!!! Thank you for inspiring me all the way through 2013! I look forward to continually procrastinating all thoughout 2014! Lots of love and Happy NY xoxox

  • wow! that looks incredible – happy new year to you.x

  • Corrie

    Happy new year, Rose! My life couldn’t possibly be more different from yours (well, it could, but you get my point), yet I always find something to appreciate in each of your posts. Your joie de vivre is refreshing, and I so enjoy living vicariously through your adventures and clothing and recipes. Thanks for bringing us along for the ride! And for always being so positive. Best to you and your family (and Custard). x

  • rachel green

    great post Rose, and thank YOU for keeping us/me engaged. Here’s to many more wonderful posts. x

  • Kirra Jayne

    Lovely post! I have only just started reading your blog, so I am amazed that you started it in such a bad place – you seem to be in such a good one now. So I am very happy for you and all you’ve achieved in the past few years.

  • Valeria Visoso

    Wow those fireworks! What a show!! Happy new year Rose!!!

  • Amelia

    Happy New Year, Rosie! I’ve enjoyed reading up on your adventures and look forward to reading more 🙂 I hope 2014 is an amazing year for you, take care and have fun!

  • Happy new year Rosie! You looked gorgeous. I hope that 2014 is as good to you as the last year. Bon Chance!! http://jennydoraexplores.blogspot.co.uk

  • House of Herby

    My new year was significantly…crapper. Happy new year! I’m glad you’re sharing everything as I absolutely love reading your blog!

  • Emp90

    Amazing photography! Happy new year to you! Hope this year is all you wish for. Em xx

  • wow this sounds like one heck of a magical night!! I mean we have fireworks in Canada but nothing like that! you ladies looked gorgeous 🙂
    I’m glad you were able to turn your life around and become happier, wish you an amazing 2014!
    xo

  • Jenn

    Beautiful, Rosie! A gorgeous night for a gorgeous girl. Looking forward to peering in on the adventures that 2014 brings your way xo

  • Ariel Watt

    awesome post! looks like lots of fun! Loved sharing your expreiences with you this year Rosie! xoxo

  • Ashlee

    Happy New Year Rosie!

  • Beautiful photos, looks like you had a wonderful NYE! I’ve so enjoyed your blog and hope you continue to love sharing your adventures as much as we enjoy tagging along. Cheers from Charleston!

    -Anne Marie
    http://vinovogueandpearls.blogspot.com

  • Adaleta Avdic

    Thank YOU for consistently posting about your adventures, stories, likes/dislikes, fashion, cooking, etc. I look forward to each and every single one of your posts-even the ones that I know won’t be relevant for me (recipes mainly since I’m not much of a cook.) Your personality shines through your writing, and I absolutely adore it. I tell all my friends to read your blog as well, and they have grown accustomed to knowing some of my stories and suggestions are spurred from your posts. I’ve even written about you as my inspiration for blogging on my very own blog! Keep doing what you’re doing- we love it!
    -Ada

  • Declan Farrell

    Your such a amazing woman Rose keep the faith and the believe in yourself, You are doing great. Sorry to hear that you have been throught bad days and weeks the last year. Thanks for been engaged with us all on your blog/twitter/facebook it’s appricted. May I wish you with my heartfelt wishes that 2014 will be a great year for you

  • grateful

    this is probably really cheesy but I just wanted to say that recently I’ve been feeling how I think you felt a couple years ago and reading your blog and hearing just how great the last couple years have been for you honestly gives me so much hope that this year will be different and I can make my life as unique and wonderful as yours is turning out to be, so thank you for that.. xx

  • Amanda @ A Latte Learn

    Your pictures are fantastic! Thank you for all that you write and share! Cheers!

  • Bec

    Happy New Year! What incredible fireworks.

  • Sonja Nelson

    Rosie I am a mother of three and a wife of almost 9 years at age 31 and I still feel lost sometimes! I think everyone does sometimes! All the best in 2014 from canada!

  • Janne

    Rose you are awesome! In writing about being a yes woman you’ve inspired me to make changes of my own this year. When i started having anxiety attacks, I knew I had to. So I started saying yes to things, got a tattoo, changed my outlook on a job I hated and started enjoying small moments. I even started a blog! Thanks for sharing so much of your life, I really appreciate it!

  • Molly

    Flavored confetti!? Did the snozberries taste like snozberries!? That’s amazing. I enjoyed eating and traveling vicariously through your blog this year! AND I have yet to try a recipe from the blog that I don’t love. I’ve been reading religiously for over two years and I have yet to subscribe officially because I love being surprised when there is a new post when I click on your bookmark. It’s the small things, I suppose? I hope you have a great 2014 and thanks for taking us along with you, Rose! I’ll be heading back to Europe for vacation this year, so I’ll be on the lookout for fun ideas!

  • Anna-marie

    Thank you for the inspiring words, and all your writing from the past years Rose! Following your blog has enriched my life and you have inspired me to do more with myself, and be happy! I aspire to be doing just that – being fulfilled and living a life of firsts (and saying “yes!”) just like you! Thanks again and here’s to many more years to come! Love you!

  • Paul Brocklehurst

    great stuff, nice to see the flavours captured as well as the fireworks!

  • Happy New Year’s Rosie! And thank you for blogging! Yours is one of the blogs that has inspired me to start my own!

    Meghan xo
    http://www.fancypantsandsugarshacks.com

  • Grania Boyle

    Happy New Year Rose. I love your blog and can’t wait to read about your adventures this year. I will be in London in April and will look to your blog for inspiration on what to do and see. When I was there in September I took my sister and my Londoner friends to Dukes for afternoon tea which we so enjoyed and they couldn’t believe that coming from Melbourne I knew of such a place. All the best for 2014!

  • Ahhhh those fireworks!!! And the food! I wish you to have a great year in 2014, Rosie! You are such an inspiration and I love reading you. Hopefully someday we will get to grab a cup of tea 😉 Until then, take care!

  • Happy New Year. Thanks for letting us get to know a special person. Glad to have started following this year. Always something I look forward to reading. Keep inspiring us Rosie!

    Love, Rachel

  • Kylie G.

    Happy New Year Rose. I absolutely love with your blog – checking The Londoner is my little escape from work every day. So I just wanted to say thank you, and to keep doin’ you in the new year… You deserve the best!
    xxx, an avid fan

  • Sarah Kim

    Looks amazing! I’m so glad you are happy Rosie 🙂 Wow, Kim is so glamorous!

  • krissy

    how cool! i always love reading about your experiences and places you go to…especially all of the amazing European restaurants!

    http://www.alwaystoastyournuts.blogspot.com

  • Sarah K

    Wow those fireworks look amazing! Happy New Year!

  • Janine Maral

    Happy new year! 2014 is going to be a good one.
    – Janine

  • Oh wow, I love your pics of the fireworks. Thanks for sharing your life with your readers, and cheers to more adventures (and firsts!) in 2014!
    – Rachel @ With Love, Rachel

  • Michaela

    Happy New Year, Rosie!!! I’ve been reading your blog for a couple years now and it’s so fun to watch you grow and grow up right along with you. You’re such an inspiration to turn my life around (specifically the job I don’t love) and focus more on self-reflection and blogging through life–good parts and not so good parts! Sending you all the best! xoxo M

  • chantelle

    Your blog always makes me so content. Happy 2014 Rose! <3

  • I thought London did us so proud with their fireworks display, amazing that you were ringside! You looked a stunner in your gorgeous red dress, knew you would!!
    Thank you for keeping me inspired & thoroughly entertained in 2013, here’s to a fabulous 2014 xoxo
    http://www.intotheblonde.com/

  • Karen F

    That has to be the worlds best NYE celebration! WOW! May 2014 bring you pure happiness! Thanks for a great year of blogging.

  • Jessica Gittens

    Happy New Year Rose! Your blog is my favorite (its actually the only one I read religiously). Hope you have a great year. Love from Barbados – you should visit one day!
    x Jessica

  • What a delightful post! I will be reading more of you in 2014! … PS I feel the same way about my blog. Not exactly a Bridget Jones, but filled with fantastic memories. I am, too, writing to my future self. 😉

  • Imogen McFarlane

    Happy New Year Rose! It has been wonderful having a peak into your adventurous and inspiring life over the year. I feel a bit stuck in my life and my city at the moment, I’m finishing off uni and looking after my family so I feel like I’m waiting for my life to start! But I took I leaf out of your book this year and decided to be a Yes Woman and it made my life much more interesting and fun. I’ve had a great year doing things I would never normally have done before, thanks to you! Keep it up, you are amazing and I hope you have a great year!

    Imogen xo

  • Thanks for sharing your journey with us Rose, you’ve become somewhat of an enigma, this perfect being living a life most people only dream of, it’s nice to get to know the person behind it all. Happy new year, I am so looking forward to whatever you get up to as it is always entertaining and top quality! xo

  • Nicola Farrell

    I love your Blog which is so well written and witty and this is nothing against you personally., however, I know some people will think I’m all ‘Bah Humbug’ which I’m not, but I do find it hard to wrap my head around seeing people sleeping on the streets whilst millions of tax payers money literally goes up in flames behind them.

  • aligater7

    Hi Rosie, Happy New Year. I just started reading your blog at the end of last year and I think it is fab. Thank you for sharing your adventures. They inspire me to do and try new things so thank you. I’m about to start the anti-diet so any healthy food posts would be much appreciated. Xx

  • Nicole Madon

    happy new year!! the fireworks look incredible and leave me pining for london! i look forward to reading about your adventures in 2014! xxx

  • I was watching the fireworks with a bottle of Moet from Primrose Hill, they were incredible but this view is so much better! Looks like you had a lovely time, I was in bed by 1.30am!

    I hope 2014 brings you everything you desire; happiness and health!

    Katie <3

  • elizabeth norris

    Happy new year! Your blog is definitely inspiring!

  • eatbakelovecake

    Happy New Year Rosie! This post is one of my favourite – it has inspired me to be so determined and ambitious this year. As my father always says, “You miss 100% of the shots you never take”! xxx

  • Lisa S

    Embrace yourself Rosie – good for you!
    It’s far better to an original than a clone!

    http://thefab40.net

    Here’s to a fabulous 2014 (Already, I have a rewally positive feeling about this year, for all.)

  • Katie Brigstock

    Such a lovely inspiring post! I was at the fireworks too but had a very side on view! – had to watch it on tele after! Have a happy and healthy new year xx

  • You look like you had an awesome night Rose! I love that you managed to snap pictures of the “taste sensation” they were talking about it on the telly but didn’t really explain how it would work! Happy New Year, i look forward to more wonderful adventures from yourself 🙂 xx

    http://www.thelibrarian.co.uk

  • Tamara Ettenfield

    I don’t normally comment on blogs, but I have been reading your blog for about a year and a half now and eagerly await your next post to be put up. You have given me the confidence to get out there and take new experiences by the horns, I know that sounds silly that a blog has done this but it truly has. Thank you Rosie x

  • Happy New Year Rosie!

    I can’t believe I missed this sensory explosion! Heard so many talk about it, seems so incredible.

    {Teffy’s Perks} X

  • Izzi C

    Thank you for your blog Rose, I always look forward to reading it and it never fails to inspire me.Have an amazing new year x

  • Happy New Year Rosie! Your photos just blew me away… I’m glad to hear you had a better year! I went for a year of ‘Yes’ and it was without a doubt the best decision ever. I travelled a lot, met some incredible people (including yourself!, and started a blog which hit its first birthday on New Years Day. A big thank you, it was the best decision I made all year which gave me incredible opportunities, and it was you that inspired me to begin.

    Thank you & Happy New Year!

    Emily xx

    My Ginger Bread Journey

  • Ruth

    Illegitimi non carborundum

  • Sarah

    Happy new year! Any news on the watch giveaway?

  • Rosie W

    Oh wow! What a night to experience! I had no idea about the scented bursts either, that’s incredible!

  • afoks

    The beginning of this blog is beyond overwhelming for me – I feel as lost as a puppy and not knowing what to do about it is the scariest thing. Seeing as it worked for you, I think I will pull on my big girl pants and follow by example, a year of ‘firsts’ it is!! Thank you! X

  • Nichola Allan

    Happy New Year, Rosie! I had a bit of a chill night with board games and champagne. T’was bliss!

    nicholawithanh.blogspot.co.uk

  • Camille Beygui

    Fab photos and these fireworks seemed amazing . Happy new year

    Xoxo

    http://camilleslifestylediary.blogspot.fr/

  • Amie Hubbard

    Rose these photographs are amazing of the fireworks! Plus you all looked beautiful as always!
    http://www.british-couture.com

  • Claire Mc

    Rosie, thank you for your utterly joyous blog. I’m starting to love London again thanks to your inspiration. You are a very talented writer and photographer. Well done for ignoring the haters and having the guts to leave the scarey boyfriend. You are fabulous!! Claire xx

  • Happy New Year Rosie! Your pictures make me really sad that we couldn’t get close enough to see the fireworks on my first NYE in London, your pics make them look WONDERFUL! x

  • Happy New Year Rosie….may you and your family be blessed with good health and happiness in 2014. I spent the New Year in the countryside….not too far from your neck of the woods!!

    http://vodkaandarose.blogspot.co.uk

  • Looks like ye had a cracking time! Happy New Year, thanks for being such a positive inspiration 🙂 xxx

  • Happy New Year, Rosie! Wishing you the very best in 2014. 🙂 xx

    Keep calm and carry lipstick.

  • Ellen P-H

    Your photos of the fireworks are gorgeous! Happy new year 🙂

    ellenunderwater.blogspot.co.uk

  • Haidee De Fraine

    Happy new year

  • Happy new year! Those fireworks are some of the best I’ve seen in London yet!

  • Rachel

    Yay – your NYE dress arrived on time! That looks like an amazing way to ring in the New Year – very impressed with the flavoured bubbles etc.! Wishing you all the best in 2014, have really enjoyed reading your blog this year and love that you’re doing it full time so now we get even more posts 🙂
    xx
    Wee Bit of Rachel

  • Amilia Sofia

    Fireworks look amazing! Happy new year!

    http://milimola.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Two Loves London

    amazing photos! Happy New Year xx Isobel @twoloveslondon

  • Jo’s Jottings

    Wow it looks like you had a fab night. Your photos of the fireworks are amazing!

    Jo x
    http://www.josjottings.co.uk

  • Holly von Bock

    Wow – Jessica Rabbit eat your heart out! You look beautiful xxx

  • Becca

    Happy new year! I watched those fireworks on the TV (was a quiet new year for me) and was just astounded by them!! They were immense! I loved how they did the taste stuff – must have been an amazing atmosphere!

    I look back on my blog too (although it’s a far cry from yours) I find it comforting to know that I’ve grown. I’m starting this year as a single woman for the first time in a number of years and although the first things alone are hard I know I’ll get through it… ’cause people do! You did and look at you now!

    I hope you have a great 2014, I look forward to reading about it!

    Sincerely, Me
    Becca x

  • dang girl, that dress is AMAZING!
    and loving the firework shots 🙂
    happy new year!

    xo, Brikena
    http://www.jarofjoy.blogspot.com

  • Talisa Lauren Tossell
  • Susanne V.

    Wow, absolutely amazing! Have a great 2014!!
    xxSusanne

  • I think I’ve been checking, what feel likes, months, for a new post! And it finally arrived!!!!! 🙂
    Happy New Year! And you look stunning in that dress! Red is definitely your color! Can’t wait for your 2014 adventures & thank you for sharing your world of adventures with us!
    XX,
    Jewels

  • Danielle Styles

    Happy New Year! Love your dress 🙂

    http://www.sohostyles.blogspot.nl

  • saradujour

    What a wonderful post, Rose. I especially loved the heartfelt intro. Wishing you the best in 2014 – can’t wait to read all about it, gorgeous! x

    Sara
    http://www.saradujour.me

  • Beth

    Happy New Year! You’re awesome. Keep blogging!

  • Anonymous

    Hi Rosie, I turn 18 later in January and want to come to London to go out with some friends… clearly you know London pretty well so I wondered if you have any recommendations on where to go (best clubs, bars?)
    Thanks & Happy New Year! X

  • nickzytotre

    Wow Rosie! You honestly look so absolutely stunning and beautiful!
    I’m so happy that I discovered your blog and it has really helped me throughout 2013, I wish for you that you’ll get a happy and wonderful 2014! XXX

  • Erica Zurawski

    I have loved following your blog Rosie! I have recently started my own and yours has been a huge inspiration in more words than I could possibly express. Happy new year to you and yours! xo, Erica

    http://www.thatdistantafternoon.com

  • Michelle

    lovely post! Happy New Year!

    http://pomegranateandcoffee.blogspot.co.uk

  • Phoebe

    I would love to be in a major city for the midnight fireworks! I settled for a TV version, but still caught London’s offerings this year 🙂

    http://www.northoflondonblog.com

  • Alessandra

    London is always a cracker for new year.
    Wishing you the best throughout 2014!… Can’t wait for us all to delve into this big ol’ world together this year, what an adventure.

    http://rocknrise.blogspot.co.uk/

  • This is wonderful, those are some awesome fireworks! It looks like you had a wonderful time bringing in the new year, and here’s to hoping 2014 is going to be the best yet!

    Cheers!
    Marisha
    avidaebelaofm.blogspot.com

  • I just started following your blog but I’m the same, always tricky to write a new year’s post! Looking forward to keeping up! xx

  • Queenie Lee

    Looks like an amazing night, the fireworks look incredible! The peach snow also sounds rad 🙂

    http://peanutbutterandmussels.wordpress.com/

  • Lucy

    Happy New Year Rosie! Your blog has truly inspired me to go out and live my life and say yes to opportunities that come my way, thank-you for being such a light of positivity in the world!

  • Happy New Year! You ladies all look gorgeous.

    Congratulations on a fantastic year of blogging; I’ve loved following your antics so thanks for sharing them with us!

    I also want to say thank you for helping me out with my own blogging – I wrote a blog in 2013 about doing a new New York experience every single day (which I somehow completed yesterday) and initially (and vainly!), I felt a bit down about the lack of interest in what I was up to. But something you said ages ago really stuck with me (Don’t judge your beginning against someone’s middle) and that’s really helped me appreciate the growth and development of my blog without getting down when no one likes what I do! So thank you. And thanks for keeping me entertained all year!

    Best wishes for 2014. I can’t wait to see what you get up to next.

    Lydia x

  • Lizzie Palmer

    Your evening looked amazing! happy new year!

    http://maylight.blogspot.co.uk/

    x

  • Audrey Burke

    Happy New Year, Rose!! Cannot wait for another year reading the blog 🙂 xo

  • MissEmmySue

    What a gorgeous way to ring in the new year! And you look stunning, of course!
    Here’s to another year filled with freedom, joy, and excitement! I can’t wait to see where 2014 takes you. xoxo

  • Bee

    The people who like to hate on you are probably jealous of you. Its a reflection of them not
    you! I haven’t been following your blog for long, but it’s one of the best blogs I’ve come across! THANK YOU for creating such an awesome blog. let negativity roll off your back like water off a duck (that’s right!) Happy New Year Rose!

  • Anna Hart

    I love your dress in this – you look fab! And what a lovely start to this post, frank and honest – just like you always are! xx

    South Molton St Style

  • Stephanie Carus Bowker

    Amazing. Thank you for sharing, I follow numerous blog but yours is without doubt my favourite as you share so much of your life with us. Thanks for inspiring me in my own new years ‘to do’ list (not resolution) which is to invest money in experiences, rather than worrying so much about saving for a rainy day all the time (and thus not really ‘living’). It’s easy for so many of us to become insular, cut ourselves off from friends by working to targets a what feels like a relentless pace. Thanks for reminding me that there is so much to do out there! Also, thank you for being so open and honest about your relationships, this too has hit home with me and will encourage me to be more brave in that aspect of my life. Have a great year, can’t wait to see what you get up to! x

  • Lia

    Hi Rose! A close friend of mine recommended your blog to me a while back and now I look forward to each new post. I’m not in the habit of leaving comments but your last post calls for an exception. I’m saddened to hear about the difficulties you’ve experienced. In spite of what you’ve been through, your blog has been positive and uplifting. I also had a very rough 2013 and I can relate to feeling stuck, confused and heartbroken. New Years is my favourite holiday because I like the idea of a fresh start with new possibilities to improve and grow. So here’s to a happy, healthy and prosperous new year! All the best.

  • Eve

    You look amazing Rose! I think that dress would be gorgeous with bare legs as well- when weather permits!! Happy New Year 🙂

  • Shahid Ali

    New year Celebrations in London were amazing , could have been more nice if weather was nice. Hate this rain

  • Happy New Year Rosie! Lovely to start reading your blog towards the end of this year-I had a meeting at United and they mentioned your blog to me! Here’s to an even more fabulous 2014!

  • Kristi Kowalski

    Sounds like something straight out of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory 😉

  • aleit

    Love you Rosie, your post couldn’t mean more to me today… My bf of 5 years just dumped me on NYE and I’m stuck in a boring job (actively looking for a new one though). Your blog has always been a great escape, and I’ll probably need it even more for now! Thanks for being so inspiring x

  • Emma Handley

    happy new year Rose!!

    http://lifebyemmy.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Schmoo

    Those are the most gorgeous pictures of fireworks! It looks like it was an awesome evening! Happy New Year!

  • Sue Fry-Clarke

    I love your blog. I was unaware you had been through such a tough time. Keep on keeping on and inspiring us all. X

  • Lisa Hartlieb

    Rose, My dear unknown friend.

    I want to take a moment to thank your for sharing your life with us. I found your blog about a year ago and I have ravenously read every post since. This is the first and the top on a very short list of blogs I follow. Sometimes I need an adventure, and escape an anecdote or some new indulgence to snack on and you always give me exactly what I want! You are beautiful and strong, honest and lively, I am so thrilled that you have committed your time to sharing your wonderful wanderings and playful view on life with the world so that those of us far away can partake in your experiences. Please keep writing, keep living fully, you are inspiring, educating and entertaining and I wish all the biggest and best things yet for you in 2014.

    With playful admiration,

    Lisa

  • Your New Year’s Eve looks amazing, as do you in that bombshell dress! I am so glad that you get such satisfaction out of writing your blog because we readers just love it. I know, personally, discovering your blog this past year has really inspired me in starting my own and finding new adventures everyday, and for that I just want to say thank you ever so much! Hope your new year is spectacular!

    yourskenna.blogspot.com

  • Mike Elm

    fabulous cleavage !!!!

  • Aurè

    Hello,Ciao Rosie…nice Fireworks there!…Auguri di un Felice Anno Nuovo/Happy new year!
    by the way…Your dress make shining your Beauty and Charisma!
    http://aureart.blogspot.com

  • Happy New Years Rosie! So nice that you feel more on top of things this year. I think 2014 will be a great year – for all of us 🙂
    http://www.creamstop.com
    P.s Now I want to be in London next NYE!

  • Frances B

    Happy new year Rose! My favourite quote is from Anais Nin – ‘We write to taste life twice, in the present moment and in retrospect’. Savour the memories!

    http://www.thenletsbegin.co.uk

  • Gemma Fearnley

    A really inspiring post. I admire your passion and determination so much. I hope 2014 is a really great year for you.

  • Hi Rose, Happy new year. I watched those fireworks from the 9th floor of my building in Wandsworth Common. You could see all of London! I just wanted to say that two years ago I’d just left a man who I never thought I’d be able to leave; 6 months later I left my job. This year, I left my career completely and started my own company. We launch at the end of next week. So. This entry chimed with me especially. Good luck in 2014. May it bring both of us (all of us!) everything we want!

  • Valentina Beatrice

    Happy New Year Rose!! looking forward to another year of your amazing posts!! xx

  • Jenna

    Amazing photos! What a night!

    Jenna || Jennafifi.co.uk

  • Happy New Year to you too gorgeous! OMG the dessert 😯

    Narine from – Mad About Beauty

  • Rachel Kupferman Stein

    happy new year. love your blog, rose. i’ve read for a while and never commented but have tried many of your recipes.

    – rachel. mom of three, lover of fashion and food. long island, NY.

  • Chrissabella

    Really love your blog and looking forward to more fashionable blog posts this year! You all look gorgeous, love the pics!

    Greetings from London,

    chrissabella.blogspot.com

  • Rosie–love all your posts! Trying to start a lifestyle blog myself and would love for you give it a cheeky view 🙂 http://www.lovemilly.blogspot.ca
    happy new year!

  • Jacob Phelps

    looks to have been a lovely holiday!

    jacobcphelps.blogspot.com

  • Emily Alice Clark

    Happy New Year
    Your blog has helped me so much this year. I began the year afraid, depressed and diagnosed with an eating disorder. My confidence was on the floor and my sparkle had all but gone. Your blog reminded me of the life that is out there, that women are strong and that we are beautiful. I am so grateful for the many smiles you have given me and the confidence in my mind and body you have inspired.
    I am more thankful than you will ever know, you are an inspiration to me.
    Can’t wait for more of you adventures!
    Love, Emily
    emily_clark14@hotmail.co.uk

  • wonderful post, happy new year! x

  • Nadia

    Happy New Year Rosie. Can you help make my 16 month old niece, Margot’s New Year by sharing this video http://youtu.be/2-Y71G4JIR0. Wishing you a healthy and happy 2014.

  • Christine Cattan

    Rose what a fantastic way to ring in the New Year! London for New Years Eve has just made my bucket list…peach snow and banana confetti. May 2014 be your best year yet, wishing you every day filled with happiness.

  • If you’re mad for putting that much store in your diary, then I’m right there with you! I love the prospective that writing a diary gives me: sometimes I’ve looked back on a summer, say, as a time I wasn’t happy, but then read my blog for the period and realised it wasn’t all that bad.

    And that red dress is to die for!

  • Just discovered the blog this afternoon while searching for new and interesting stuff to read. Great photography – I’ll be back 🙂

  • Sepideh

    Happy new year Rosie! Thank you for giving us such a fun blog that has become an escape on an almost-daily basis for me. I really enjoy and look forward to reading your posts and you make us feel like we’re all your BFFS.

    http://www.seppysmontreal.com

  • Happyeverafter_Bride

    Oh my, Why weren’t the fireworks this good when we were there last year? Sigh. Happy New Year btw Rose!

  • HAPPY NEW YEAR! I am new to your blog and already a massive fan!
    Here’s to an exciting 2014
    Much love, Bailey from Vanilla Blonde

  • Chris

    Absolutely amazing! I love London!

  • Rose, I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed reading your posts over the past year, it inspired me to start my own blog. I wish you and Custard a wonderful New Year!!

  • I thoroughly enjoyed reading this post, and really love your outlook on life. I think setting yourself the aim of a year of firsts is a great idea, we should all try something new as much as possible. I’ve just written a blog post all about my mottos for the coming year, if anyone is interested in it here is the link http://anenglishrosie94.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/a-rosie-outlook-for-2014.html. Happy new year Rose, and to all of the followers!

  • TheGivingBride

    How spectacular! I love London in the summer but its clear that I need to go back for New Years!

  • Teddy Ads

    Nice. I really like
    http://www.teddyads.com

  • Kathryn D

    Happy New Year!! I love this post and your honesty in it…(That I’d wake up and be back where I started; Stuck with a man I was afraid of, in a job I didn’t like, hating myself and not knowing what to do about it.). I’d love to see a post on what you did to grow into the lovely person you are today!

  • Rosie! I bought this dress when I saw it on you and I’m in love! Fits me like a glove! Hoping I get to wear it on a Valentines Day date this year!!

  • Amy

    This is amazing! London does everything better.

    Amy

    withallthebellsandwhistles.wordpress.com

  • gina

    excellent pics- have you blogged anywhere about your personal life before this blog – your job etc? http://www.thewanderlusthasgotme.blogspot.co.uk

  • Love this girl’s new years! Looks like it was fun. Do you have any suggestions on what tools are best for creating GIF’s like the one you have in this post? im constantly disappointed with what I have used!

    Brittney!
    http://bubblyandbold.ca/