Cut Outs

Friday morning was jam packed with meetings.

I had to go to my agent in Soho’s offices and there we had back-to-back introductions, planning sessions & brainstorming huddles.

It’s all (hopefully) leading somewhere very exciting and I can’t wait to share it with you, when I get the go-ahead.

Bursting with nervous, excited, and really rather hungry energy we headed off into Soho for a bite to eat.

Lapping up the glorious sunshine as we went!

Wearing my new dream of a dress. It’s made of stretchy cotton, making it cool, breezy, unimaginably comfy and stays flattering… even after a big ol’ Pizza Pilgrims pizza!

After lunch (and a little Oxford Street snooping) I ventured south of the river to meet Bella.

We’d been planning an attack on The Tate for a while.

She spotted me first…

I think I can safely say that B is one of my most artistic friends.

She teaches wonderful life-drawing classes, aspires to learn how to sculpt, loves nothing more than a live music gig (or a musician!).

Just check some of these out:

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I’ve promised to strip off for her soon and have her draw me.

Anyway, she’s wonderfully arty and by far my favourite person to gallery with. She gets so much out of the experience that it doubles my pleasure too.

Plus she’s a member of The Tate, so we get free tickets!

The Henri Matisse show is on until 7th September and is well worth a trip.

“This landmark show explores the final chapter in his career in which he began ‘carving into colour’ and his series of spectacular cut-outs was born.

The exhibition represents a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see so many of the artist’s works in one place and discover Matisse’s final artistic triumph.”

I had hoped to take lots of photos, but was told off very quickly and told to put my snapper away.

Perhaps it’s for the best, I don’t think I could really do the pieces justice.

The Chapel room, showing Matisse’s designs and process of creating the famous Chapelle du Rosaire de Vence, is worth a trip in itself.

If you can’t make it, the show will be moving on to New York at the Museum of Modern Art, before being returned to private owners & collectors around the world. Try and catch it before it all disperses once again!

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Having taken in as much of the show as possible, we headed out into the sinking sunshine to enjoy the last of it.

We’re both headed off to Glasto at the end of the month so poured over the lineup, excitedly planning who we wanted to see most (Dolly Parton for me, Arcade Fire for B!).

Don’t judge me too harshly! I just LOVE country music.

I think I should have been born Southern.

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  • Alex

    I love love the dress!

    And the pizza looks pretty alright too- and talking of pizza, yours has been featured in The Guardian! http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/jun/10/25-recipe-ideas-leftover-pesto

    Great post!xx

    • Rosie

      What lovely timing, thanks for sending it my way Alex, I hadn’t seen! x

  • I love the shadows in the last photo! Your friend is such a wonderful artist I think I would secretly love to have someone paint me too. Also, thank you Rosie because I told my boyfriend your advice about taking tons of photos for outfit posts & my most recent fashion post came out really well!

    hellomissjordan.blogspot.co.uk xx

    • Rosie

      New post is BEAUT Jordan, congrats! x

  • I LOVE Matisse! I will have to catch this!! You look beautiful as always Rose! & Who doesn’t like Dolly haha 😉 xx

    • Rosie

      Thanks Jools! Glad to hear we’re both lovin’ her 9-5! 😉 xx

  • That pizza looks gorgeous. Matisse is one of my favourite artists, which I lived in London.

    Hayley

    Water Painted Dreams xo

  • That dress looks so comfortable and yet so classy! I hope the pizza was yummy 🙂

    http://www.theladylovely.com

  • If you love country music, surely you are heading over to Dublin to see one of 6 Garth Brooks shows this summer?! I’m from North Carolina, but not a real fan of country music… all the people I run into over here in Dublin are shocked!

  • That dress is amazing! I have one similar and I absolutely love wearing it – it’s quite freeing. And I can never get enough pizza. I just posted about my weekend adventures that also included pizza 🙂

    Whitney

    http://www.livingwithlocks.com

  • I am so jealous you got the see the Matisse exhibition — I’ve just missed it. Will have to pop down to NYC to catch it there!

    Also, THAT DRESS! Rose! You have a beautiful back.

  • Beccy

    Beautiful dress! The exhibition looks great – I’ll have to check this out. Can’t wait to hear your exciting news!

    Beccy ~ http://www.bluebellandbumpkin.com

  • Joelle

    There’s no shame in loving a bit of Dolly! I play ‘Islands in The Stream’ and ‘Jolene’ waaay too much! 🙂

    Joelle
    xx
    FebruaryGirl.

  • With the food we have, you weren’t just meant to be Southern, you were meant to be a South Louisianian. Seriously, best food you could imagine.

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  • Samantha Bei

    I always try to visit at least one museum when I’m in NYC. I’ll have to try and stop by MoMA next time I’m there. Hopefully the Matisse exhibit will be there 🙂

    thefoxandtheclown.blogspot.com

  • I absolutely love your dress, you look gorgeous! That pizza also looks amazing! xx

    http://www.secretsofarose.com/

  • English Rose

    Hi Rosie I’m also Rosie 🙂 I’m studying Art in Cambridge…
    I want to open up my own blog for my art. Who is your blog host and how did you get started?
    Thank you! X

    • Hey Rosie, I recently started a blog also and use Blogger – I’ve found it really simple to get started, I’m a bit of a tech newbie but it’s so easy to use. Hope that helps, and good luck with your blog! x

      Meg | meg-says.com

  • Pacific to Park

    That pizza looks delicious and I can’t wait to see the exhibit when it comes to NY! Thanks for sharing!

    xx http://www.pacifictopark.com

  • Cathryn Daws

    Looks like a beautiful day and that dress is amazing (and the pizza too)!

  • fab pics, and love the dress on you

    Mel x http://www.mediamarmalade.com

  • love that dress, and your day just looks lovely. I love Country music too 😉

    xo

    The Fashionista Bubble

  • I saw the Matisse show at the weekend. I LOVED IT. Such a happy show. Made me wish I was in the south of France, and it was raining outside while I wandered round, so it was all the more uplifting….

  • ktmcwhirter

    seeing as I moved to England via Nashville (aka Music City USA), I can support your Dolly love 100%! There’s a very fun neighborhood in Nashville called 12 South and she has a very mysterious compound/house right in the middle of a cluster of restaurants and shops. Granted, the palm trees peeking over the high, unsnoopable walls only add to the intrigue!

    • Courtney

      Hey I’m moving to London via Nashville soon too! Is it the right decision? Don’t you miss Nashville?!

    • I’ve ALWAYS wondered what that house was! I live in Nashville and am in that neighborhood all the time. Thanks for clearing that up!

  • Jessica

    What a beeeeeautiful dress! Looking so summery and gorgeous in it!
    xx
    http://edinburghlover.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/he-liked-it-so-he-put-ring-on-it.html

  • The Matisse show looks amazing (so does the pizza-yum)!! Also there is nothing wrong with loving Country music. You go ahead and enjoy Dolly Parton girlfriend! x Kate
    theintellectualswan.blogspot.com

  • Kelsey Wilburn

    gorgeous dress and love your friends’ art

    ladies in navy

  • Sneaky afternoon posting Rosie!! I like….;)

    http://vodkaandarose.blogspot.co.uk

  • Camille Beygui
  • Really excited to see what you’re cooking up with your agent!
    http://www.perpetuallycaroline.com

  • your dress is perfect for summer i love it ! the pizza looks glorious and Bella’s still life is amazing, i wish i’d drawn like that back in college

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography – http://www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

  • English Rose

    Hi 🙂
    I’m studying Art and would like to start up my own art blog. Who is your blog host and how did you get started?
    Thank you
    P.s nice post! X

  • Nashville watcher?
    Civil Wars is also great listening too. I hope to make that exhibition when I am next down in London …..

  • Beautiful dress. And who doesn’t love Dolly!!

  • I could totally see you as a southern girl!

    Vanessa | Everyday Embellished

  • I really want to see this exhibition – thanks for the reminder! I also love life drawing – any recommendations for a class in London? Beautiful dress

    http://www.artsandsparks.com

  • Your friend is very talented!
    Love the dress, it looks uber comfy! x

  • Imogen May

    Ah can’t wait to hear the good news! Beautiful day to mill about the Southbank, definitely my favourite spot at this time of year. ALSO I am yet to try Pizza Pilgrims, terrible I know >:o Immy X http://www.immymay.com

  • You’re both dressed to the nines, perfect for gallery hopping!

  • Always in awe of your photography, beautiful pictures and the pizza looks delicious! xx
    http://www.lifeinthefashionlanee.blogspot.co.uk

  • I’m seriously craving pizza now, haha. Love your backless maxi dress by the way! It’s so effortlessly chic! 🙂

    http://everydayingrace.blogspot.ca/

  • I live in and am from Nashville and while I am not a country music fan, I could certainly point you in the right direction in the food department!

  • Laura

    Ooo can’t wait to find out your secret news! Hoping it’s a range of some kind 😛

    whatlauradoesnext.co.uk

  • You have until June 21st to check out the Chihuly exhibition at Bond Street’s Halcyon Gallery – sooo photogenic, & they let you take as many photos as you like! I snapped away here: http://hyhoi.com/2014/03/chihuly-halcyon-gallery/

  • Stunning drawings and looks like the perfect day!

  • Lovely dress and I really want to see the exhibition 🙂

    http://champagnelifestyleteabudget.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Joy Michelle

    Love the dress! Just ordered my own from ASOS 😉 and couldn’t agree more about the Matisse exhibit – fabulous!! Enjoy Dolly 🙂

    x Joy http://www.thejoyousliving.com

  • chantelle

    Ahhhh a Matisse exhibit! I’m so jealous! P.S. You look stunning in that dress, I may have to have an online looksie on my “study break”.

  • I love that dress and I love that artwork. Simply stunning Rosie.
    Rosie xx
    http://www.rosedogandco.blogspot.com.au

  • A Polite Anon

    As a Southern USA girl, I can objectively say that you’d make a great southern gal and the South would be proud to claim you as one of its own! <3<3<3

  • Queenie Lee

    Love your dress and beautiful photos as always! The Matisse exhibition looks awesome, wish I was in London to check it out! xxx

    http://peanutbutterandmussels.com/

  • Natalie

    Rosie rosie rosie oh how I love you!

  • Grace

    Hey Rosie, absolutely love your blog – addicted to reading it!!! Keep up the greaaaaaatt work! Was wondering if you’re gonna do meet up in London soon for your readers? Anytime from September?? xxx

  • That dress is adorable! I love stripes and cut out clothing…and this has both, so what a winner! Your friend definitely has an artistic talent and I love her hair!
    Looks like you had a fun day out 🙂
    xxx
    http://tasxxx.blogspot.co.uk

  • That’s the perfect everyday maxi & you look great in it Rosie. The Matisse expose looks great for a mooch. Can’t wait to learn more of your exciting plans, keep us posted!

    Win a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses of your choice on my blog!

    http://www.intotheblonde.com/2014/06/giveaway-win-pair-of-ray-ban-sunglasses.html

  • Danielle Styles

    That dress looks so gorgeous and comfortable! Wish I could go to the Matisse show, looks awesome. Have a great day!

    http://www.sohostyles.blogspot.nl

  • gyroEMILYfeta

    Looking phenomenal as always! Quick question: What type of bra do you wear with these backless dresses? I always feel a little too top heavy to go sans-bra but have yet to find the best option! Thanks! xo

  • Wish I had some money so I could get that dress! Looks perfect for the weather right now, so chill x

  • JB

    I’ve been reading your blog for about 2 years now and I just wanted to say thank you for sharing your adventures and your life with us. I’ve lived in London since I was 16, now 21, and it hasn’t always been easy, the cliques, the cattiness, the career highs and lows, boys, money, I can go on…but following you on here has always inspired me to keep my chin up and never fall out of love with the city and believe me there have been some tough times. It’s a tough place to live and I struggled to call it home (I’m from the country) until I found your blog. You remind me to have fun and enjoy being a woman!! You can be a young woman who is respected at work, has FUN toooo much fun with friends, take pride in their appearance, enjoy fashion and how we look, we can have it all because we are SMART and we don’t have to apologise for it or be brought down by jealous people! It’s our life and our city. That’s what you have shown me 🙂 enjoy the summer we finally have been graced with! xx

  • I am LOVING your dress! I am getting really in to stripes for this summer and I don’t know why 🙂
    http://www.thoughtsinstyle.wordpress.com/

  • I love this dress! You’ve probably said it somewhere already, but where’s it from??

    Charlie

    daintybride1.blogspot.com

  • Gabriella Granata

    Oh WOW! I have been dreaming of a dress like this for years! You look stunning in it Rose.

    I must have one. Thanks for sharing. x

    http://gabriellamanchester.blogspot.co.uk

  • Such an amazing dress, looks so comfortable and elegant!

  • Ooh… I bet it’s a COOKBOOK! I loved the Matisse show too.

    Emma Louise Layla x

  • gina

    looks like a fun day, london’s so much better in the sun… love pizza pilgrims, it’s my fave http://thewanderlusthasgotme.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/what-i-learnt-from-carrie-bradshaw.html

  • Mia Sargeant

    Love everything about this! The pizza, the dress, the art! Stunning! 🙂 xxxx

    http://mimisargeblog.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Caroline Jordan

    As a proud North Carolinian, I would say you could definitely pass for a Southern girl! (just work on your twang and you’re good to go!)
    xo,
    Caroline

  • Shanna Madrazo

    i think the last time i went to the TATE was 5 years ago on Valentines Day with my best friends… lol (random memory)
    i am IN LOVE with your maxi dress, ASOS, watch out! thank you so much for the link 🙂
    just in time for the British Summer (I’m from London too) – better late than never.

    MY LOVELY LITTLE LADYBIRD

  • Anytime you want to visit TN just let me know! We do it up big here.

  • DOLLY PARTON! Quite right too!

  • Wow! This dress is absolutely gorgeous, you’re blogs are just amazing! http://www.alicestratford.blogspot.com xxx