Birthday Sleep Over

After lunch in the clouds with Milly, I went home.

(Skipped home is more like it!)

But as I got to the door I couldn’t help but notice an ominous black car waiting on the street, with a very serious looking driver. There was no-one else around and I could feel him staring at me… I fumbled with my keys and quickly let myself in.

Sitting in the hallway was an enormous bunch of blossoms and a note;

“Grab your stuff and jump in the car, you’re not coming home tonight Birthday Girl! xXx”

I smiled and rushed upstairs. Grabbed a few jumbled (fairly random!) bits & pieces and ran back outside again.

This time the serious driver was standing with the car door open and smiling. I grinned, jumped into the back seat and immediately called my mum.

We wound through the streets as I chatted away excitedly and it wasn’t long until we came to a stop in Belgravia.

We had arrived at The Halkin. (I’ve blogged about this place before and it was a little nod from the boy to let me know that he reads the blog and knows what I like.) I laughed to myself and the front desk sent me up to my room where he was waiting with bubbles and cake!

He gave me my pressie and we got ready for dinner.

I’d love to have snapped him in his smart, blue suit… but honestly, based on his reaction when I have a camera in my hand, you’d think I was waving a gun around.

He wanted one on his iPhone, so I stood for the firing squad (sorry about the quality).

I am head to toe in birthday gifts!

Oh My Love scuba dress // Givenchy Clutch // Louboutin Shoes

Thankfully I didn’t have to walk far in my new shoes. Just down the stairs to the Ametsa Restaurant.

He insisted we both go for the full tasting menu. What followed was a series of delicious and beautiful dishes… and people pouring things over them.

It all started innocently enough, with little nibbles and wonderfully plump scallops.

Next we were presented with beautiful crab on a bed of snow.

And from here on out, it was simply a masterclass in drizzling.




And glazing.

Even the puddings weren’t safe!

Each course came with it’s own, unmissable wine. Each wine was chosen to compliment the dish and make every flavour sing.

8 courses of wines and a bottle of bubbly made for a fairly merry Birthday Girl!

So it’s lucky they had one more pudding up their sleeve to sober me up!

We stayed in the restaurant until long after everyone had left.

The waiters abandoned us as we continued to chat into the early hours of the morning.

Eventually we retired and headed upstairs. I crashed out, sprawled myself across the entire bed and we both woke up fully clothed, shoes & all!

Not quite the night of hotel romance he may have had in mind… but a hell of a fun one!

The next morning we padded down for breakfast at the very same table.

We continued our date over pancakes, bacon, berries and tea.

He went off to a meeting on Motcomb Street and I headed back to Notting Hill.

I planned to detox for a week… but my girlfriends had other plans. I’ll tell you all about that little shindig tomorrow, though!

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  • What an incredible looking meal! That beef looks perfectly cooked and is that pork belly in the pictures above?! If so, YUM. Pork belly is one of my favourite cuts of meat.

    I’ve been reading your blog for a couple of years now and have found it so inspiring. It was one of the reasons that I decided to start my own little blog – I like the way that blogging allows you to share with friends and family, and even people across the world who have the same interests as you. I think when you had your blogroll you said something like “everyone should have their own piece of the internet” (very rough paraphrasing!) and I completely agree. If you have two minutes to have a look at my blog that would be lovely – I’m afraid it’s only a few modest posts right now, but I’m enjoying it so much.

    Happy belated Birthday!

    Anna x

    • Rhea

      Okay don’t mean to intrude but your pasta looks amazing!!!

  • Katie

    Wow! I think I might have to send this to the boy as a little hint for my birthday next month..
    And I love the shoes- in all honesty I thought they weren’t to my taste when you instagrammed them off but they are gorgeous! What was I thinking doubting Christian? xx

  • Sheila

    Oooohh, is this Valentine’s Day flowers boy? This is so dreamy and romantic and so very Sex and the City! Le sigh. I hope he’s as sweet, smart, and fun as he is romantic;-) Lovely!



  • Sounds like a good man Rosie πŸ™‚ super excited to read more tomorrow!

  • Luba

    Happy birthday lovely ! This looks like fairy tale celebration and I am so glade you enjoyed it !

    Lucky girl !

    XX Luba


  • Salara

    Such a nice and thoughtful birthday treat. I actually laughed out loud at this “I’d love to have snapped him in his smart, blue suit… but honestly, based on his reaction when I have a camera in my hand, you’d think I was waving a gun around” My guy is the same! He hates pictures and either pulls a stupid face or ducks for cover lol.

  • Courr Rose you have got yourself quite a catch!! In all seriousness though.. what is it with boys and thinking cameras are like guns? Couldn’t agree more.. makes you feel a little awkward taking pics! Can’t wait to see what this mystery man looks like though! He certainly sounds like a keeper. What a fairytale birthday XXX

  • Anna

    What an incredible birthday, and only so far! And is that two new pairs of loubies?!? Lucky girl!
    Can you link your other Halkin post? I can’t seem to find it when I search..
    Happy Birthday!

  • Dickiegirl

    Wow – How romantic?! Amazing! xx

  • Wow! This is amazing, so glad you had so many great celebrations for your birthday πŸ™‚ I hope you enjoyed every minute of it!

    I’ve been trying not to read your recent posts lately as I’ve been a complete fan girl loser and gone through all of your old ones and don’t want them to run out! How could I not look at the birthday sleepover though. So jealous!

    I bet those pancakes aren’t as good as my home made ones though πŸ˜‰ (Recipe :
    Happy belated birthday!
    Lucy xxx

  • Bev

    those are some seriously fluffy pancakes.. i wonder if being stuck at home warrants a second breakfast?!?
    and your with a guy who is camera shy? i guess the surprise romance might just make up for it.. love bev x

  • What an absolute Babe! I have to say I thought my Man (The Gentleman) was pretty romantic, but this just blows every man out of the water. I wonder why he’s a little camera shy.

    Please tell him that we don’t bite/won’t judge (ok we will a little teeny bit) and will welcome him with open arms! Looking forward to seeing what tomorrow has in-store. Hilarious that you just fell asleep fully clothed – makes for a good story at least! πŸ˜‰

    Might I add that you look beautiful in your new outfit. Love the dress in yellow – wish I could pull off that colour, it’s simply stunning!

    Katie <3

  • Happy belated Birthday Rosie! I love reading about your adventures, this sounds like something out of sex in the city when the black car rolled up! You look gorgeous in your outfit πŸ™‚

    Hanh x | hanhabelle

  • You look gorgeous in that dress. Soo happy to see you enjoyed your birthday! πŸ™‚

    Maggie A

    • CatsLoveHam

      Bit rude to post your youtube videos in someone’s comment page isn’t it?

  • Oooh this all looks so yum Rosie!
    And I love love love that dress.

    NRC ♥

  • Wow what a man ! Great present I’d love this for my birthday πŸ™‚
    Lauren x

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  • Absolutely stunning dress Rosie, as always! Looks like a great birthday! X


  • Beth Schofield β™”

    wow, you were completely and utterly spoiled! looks absolutely incredible, what an amazing birthday!! absolutely love your blog, my favourite by far! xxx

  • You live a very charmed life!

  • Brittany Foley

    What a perfect evening! Every dish looked marvelous. Your mother must be so happy that her beautiful daughter has found such a lovely boy! Your birthday adventures have inspired my best friend and I to start planning our own birthday surprise for each other.

    Happy birthday Rosie!

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    To this….

  • Alice

    You lucky girl! That dress is gorgeous you literally look like a little ray of sunshine!

  • What a fantastic birthday and a very generous boy! I love your shoes and your dress!

    Lots of love,


    SilverSpoon London<a

  • Phoebe Ray

    I have two questions… Who is that unbelievable man? And where can I get me one!?

    Happy Belated Birthday!


    • I’m wondering the same thing! I’m pretty sure your birthday is every girls’ dream! Well done blue-suit boy! πŸ™‚

  • The food looks incredible and you look stunning as per usual, loving the dress! Hope you had a lovely birthday. xo

  • Amy Byram

    Those shoes are literally TO DIE for!

  • Holly von Bock

    what an absolutely lovely birthday – you’ll remember it for the rest of your life! xxxx

  • Michelle

    That dress is a beautiful colour on you!

  • Flick

    Oh my goodness!! He sounds like an absolute keeper, what an amazing treat! And those shoes look fabulous.

  • emmadiggins

    Beautful as usual Rosie – spoilt rotten πŸ™‚

    Emma | Em & Them

  • Gabrielle

    Prince Charming exists. πŸ™‚ Lucky girl πŸ™‚ <3

  • Hannah

    Keep him!!

    PS Happy Birthday!! Looks like you had an absolutely incredible one!

  • Sarah

    What an amazing birthday! Love it when restaurants pair wine with dishes- but somehow I end up more tipsy than if I’d just shared a bottle?! Must have something to do with the need to enjoy every sip before the next dish/ wine arrives! haha Thailand first then this……. it only just March! Whats the rest of the year going to have in store? can’t wait to read about it πŸ™‚

  • This literally looks perfect, I love little courses and bursts of flavour as opposed to just one course and i love the touch of the complimenting wines! And those shoes. They are actually unreal.
    Boy did good! πŸ™‚
    I forgot about breakfast that looks unreall aswell!!! lucky girl

    Mollie xoxo

  • Looks like you had an incredible birthday! I’m off for a weekend London in April, can’t wait to visit all the restaurants you’ve blogged about πŸ™‚ Xx

  • pinkschmink

    Lucky lucky you! What a wonderful boy you’ve got there. πŸ™‚ Top marks!

  • Claire Bosselut

    Fairy tale much? You lucky girl Rose ! Hope you enjoyed every single moment. Can’t wait to know more about the boy

  • Gahhhh he sounds like such a charmer! Your eyes are full of twinkles – he sounds like a keeper! πŸ˜‰

  • I am glad you had a very happy birthday! I know what you mean about the camera/gun!


  • Wow! Looks like you had an amazing birthday! Love the outfit and love the food photos! x

  • How Lovely! He sounds charming!! And these pancakes look goodddddd!!!!


  • With each paragraph I read I got a little bit more excited (I’m silly like that!). You look stunning in your birthday gifts Rosie & sounds like you were thoroughly spoiled (as it should be!!)…this boy could be a keeper!!!!

    The food looks AMAZING.

    Hugs xoxo

  • Sarah Boston

    What an absolute dream – glad you had such a fantastic birthday! (p.s. can’t believe the scuba dress is such good value, you make it look a million dollars!) x

  • that meal looks incredible! seems like your birthday was amazing all around, and you certainly have found an amazing guy to share it with!

    xx Milly

  • Anon

    Your dress / shoes / bag don’t go together. At all.

  • Alice

    Please tell me this is the American from the lobster roll date?? I really liked the sounds of him!!

  • chantelle

    Eeeeeeeek…. you in that dress πŸ˜‰ Damn girl!

  • Beautiful photos!


  • Ooooh, I think he’s a keeper! What a thoughtful guy huh?! So, are the shoes as painfully beautiful as they look?

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  • Queenie Lee

    Wow, your boy has impeccable tastes when it comes to present buying – that dress looks stunning on you! Sounds like an amazing night! xxx

  • Lesley

    Is this valentine’s day flower boy? If so, he’s doing a real good gob! So glad you’ve enjoyed your birthday! Happy belated x

  • kristen

    what an incredible night, meal and breakfast – and man! all the good things.

  • Punky Brewster

    Gorgeous pics, happy birthday beautiful Rosie!

  • I’m loving the look of that breakfast! It reminds me of the Pullman Hotel near King’s Cross, hmm, so indulgent.

  • Hannah

    You look amazing! Obsessed with your loubies.

    Champagne Lifestyle on a Beer Budget

  • Oh god the breakfast food…

  • you are the one lucky girl! i am afraid i have turned green reading this post but oh well!
    glad to hear how amazing your birthday was! x and the gifts are perfect and look super good on you!

  • I’d like to say that I’m not jealous but… I’d be lying! Your pictures are beautiful, as are you. Are there any clothes that you don’t look amazing in?!

    Shel x

  • Adaleta Avdic

    I’m loving the recent blog post activity! It’s wonderful that you were really treated on your birthday and what’s crazy is I’ve been following your blog for over a year now because I remember last year’s post about your girlfriends sleepover and night out! Lovin’ every word I read of your posts!!

  • Mairead

    This is incredible. Such a thoughtful and amazing birthday surprise!

  • Bella Bandell

    Men like this exist?!

  • “based on his reaction when I have a camera in my hand, you’d think I was waving a gun around.” Hahahahaaa Love your wit!

  • Euge G

    Like a romantic comedy! I’m glad you have a great birthday night! Happy birthday!

  • How romantic!!! xxx

  • andrealeighj

    What a spectacular birthday dinner!! And those bday gifts, you lucky girl!! πŸ˜€

  • CatsLoveHam

    That breakfast looks A-may-zing! How did newbloke get into your apartment with the flowers though? I’m imagining having Harry Potteresque skillz!

  • How incredibly romantic! You look stunning in yellow. All your versions and photos of pouring had me cracking up. Can we talk about how amazing the breakfast looks also?! Can’t wait to hear what is in store for you next.

  • Cynthia

    You’re nee beau seems so romantic. What a lucky lady!

  • Sepideh

    Wow looks like a lovely birthday surprise! Love the car waiting for you outside haha I would’ve freaked out too!

  • Mia@Razzle Dazzle Rose

    Pretty dress! Happy belated birthday!


  • Sam

    I love your beautiful new shoes! Looks like such a romantic evening. Lucky girl, and of course he is a lucky guy πŸ™‚

  • Only you could wear this dress. Beautiful. Couldn’t have been a more prefect birthday I assume πŸ˜‰ xx

  • OH. EM. GEE. Rosie!!!!!!
    WHat a spectacular surprise! And those shoes?! EEEEEP!!! I’m grinning FOR you, wow! What a beautiful evening and dinner, and breakfast and EVERYTHING!! Love love loooove it, and so happy for you.
    Happy belated beautiful!

  • Happy Belated Birthday Rosie! Looks like you had a wonderful evening!


  • Cydney

    you are a very lucky girl! i enjoy reading your blog now as much as i did the first time, and each post is just as exciting. πŸ™‚

  • Aw looks so cute and adorable I am glad you got spoilt πŸ™‚ xx

  • disqus_9xkFaphpXH

    Appearing thoughtful is so simple when you’re loaded.

  • Oh this sounds absolutely amazing! What a lovely, lovely day! πŸ™‚

  • Beth

    this is possibly one of the most romantic blog posts i have ever read! it sounds like you had a wonderful and most amazing evening/night with a lovely gentleman! you looked absolutely stunning as well rosie! πŸ™‚ X

  • chia

    Your birthday sounds a tad more exquisite than mine was this year ..

    Happy birthday for last week, hope it’ll be a good year (certainly seems so, when looking at how it started – that boy’s def a keeper!)

    Cheers from a fellow pisces.

  • Offonalittleadventure

    very very jealous.

    I miss dates. Hopeful Australia might change this…

  • Rachel Burton

    I’ve bought this gorgeous dress to wear to a girlfriends 21st… unfortunately haven’t been blessed with the largest assets πŸ˜› Do you have any bra suggestions?

    Rachel x