A Day at Henley Royal Regatta

It was the hottest day of the year so far.

The sun blazed down, a cool breeze whipped along the river, rustling the leaves, blowing away ladies hats and billowing their skirts into the air exposing their bottoms…

…ok that last bit mostly just happened to me, but y’know, it was breezy.

The perfect day to enjoy a spot of racing in Henley.

We pulled up to the Fawley Meadows enclosure just before lunch.

And enjoyed a few bubbles in the sunshine before sitting down for a feast.

Valentina in pleated Chloé, YSL and towering wedges.

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We usually happily picnic on the river bank for Henley, dangle our feet in the water and befriend boys in striped blazers.

But not this time.

This time we were invited to get all fancy in the hospitality area.

Kicking off with an amuse bouche of chilled soup, horseradish cream and caviar.

We placed our bets on who we thought would win each race.

(Valentina invariably plumping for Holland whenever they popped up in the running!)

Before tucking into oak smoked British salmon, celeriac rémoulade and pickled beets.

Chicken ‘n’ peas…

^ A little over excited to be back together at last! Cheers to friendship!

And cheers to chocolate tarts.

We skipped the cheese course and headed right out to drink up some more of the sunshine.

Cheered on our chaps!

And made friends with the delightfully charming (and really rather dapper) Aizak.

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I’m wearing one of mum’s designs, a little blue pleated number, straw hat (can’t link to this one so have popped a few options below, make sure you use the arrows to flip to the side), and naked heels.

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We slathered on a good layer of SPF before hijacking the water taxi and heading over to the Steward’s Enclosure.

Aye aye cap’n!

Only Pimms served? My kinda bar!

After checking out Queenie’s boat, we dipped into the changing rooms to pat the rowers on the back and wish them good luck.

A tough job, but someone’s gotta do it.

The champagne & sunshine may have gotten the best of a few spectators!

Thankfully we stuck to Valentina’s “every other water” rule (which is a big thing in Sweden and something more bars should advise here, in my opinion) so managed to stay pretty chipper all afternoon.

After a few more races we sailed back to our tent for tea.

We headed off for a few more adventure in the evening, but I’ll tell you all about those next time!

C’mon spill, how was your weekend? Any exciting developments in your world?

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  • Absolutely adore your dresses! What a gorgeous day! I on the other hand, froze here in Cape Town and may or may not have spent Sunday in my onesie. πŸ˜‰

    • Rosie

      In a onesie right now, with two more girls in onesies on either side, Bailey!

      • Haha thank goodness! I was sitting here thinking I wish I had spent the day looking this glamorous instead of sitting on my sofa in my onesie drinking tea recovering from last night πŸ˜‰

        Beth x

      • Courtney

        I too, am wearing a onesie πŸ™‚

  • A post full of beautiful photos!
    You’re very right about the every other water Swedish rule. They are a classy drinking bunch!
    Cheers to Pimms Only Bars!

    • Rosie

      Such a great campaign! Cut the hangover in half too!

      • And cutting the hangover in half is what really matters!
        By the way, I just enjoyed a small heart attack at seeing you replied to my comment! Haha
        Have a great night Rosie!

  • I was there too!! And I saw you head into the Stewards Enclosure as I was leaving unfortunately! You pics look fab (as usual). Working on my Henley post right now so it’s nice to see what you were upto!


    • Rosie

      Ah no, bad timing! Say hello next time, always love meeting readers! xx

      • Will do. Looking forward to your next post πŸ˜‰ x

  • Looks amazing! And rather cheekily your bum looks excellent in that dress ;)! I love summer for outdoor events and girls wearing stunning knee and mid-length dresses.

    Fie x Coffee & Confetti

    • Rosie

      haha thanks Fi!
      Middys are a new thing for me, but I’m rather a fan! x

  • Iqraa dar

    you always look so glamorous and beautiful even in your Glastonbury photo’s πŸ™‚ xx

    • Rosie

      You’re far too sweet, thank you x

  • Love to read about your day, great blog :))

    • Rosie

      Thank you!

  • Soph

    Looks amazing Rosie ! I started reading your blog about a year ago and am hooked ! I had a crazy weekend myself with IB results (alternative to a levels) – and am over the moon with the results and am in to my chosen university- your university post from a little while ago is definitely going to come in handy ! πŸ™‚

    • Rosie

      Oh my goodness, congratulations! You must be thrilled, I’m sure your family’s proud as punch! xx

  • Hi Rosie you look fabulous as always and this event looks so glamorous, but down to eath fun at the same time! I love your hat! My parents came to visit me in Paris this weekend, so all I did was eat and found 3 restaurants you would definitely love next time you come to Paris! Le Burgundy, Thoumieux and Le Violon d’Ingres. Thanks for sharing your adventures πŸ™‚


    • Rosie

      Oh thanks Soph, always keen for a good foodie rec! xx

  • That looks like so much fun! Those two dresses are absolutely beautiful. It’s great being with a good friend that you haven’t seen in ages. It was Independence Day out here in the States so BBQs and fireworks were in order! x Kate

    • Rosie

      Ah I love fireworks! Independence day looks like so much fun, I love how patriotic everyone gets with their red, white & blue!

  • Your dress is gorgeous Rose! Looks like a fun time, and that car looks like Brum.

    • Rosie

      I thought it looked like the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang one!

  • Looks like a fabulous day.


  • Imogen May

    What a fabulously British afternoon! So lovely to see you and Valentina up to your shenanigans, looking vunnnderful! I popped back home to the Isle of Wight and spent the day in the sun drinking champagne in my friends pool before hitting the town… Then returning to the pool at 4am to watch sunrise. Followed by a shower whilst drinking a cup of tea (amazing) and a fry up. I am now very hungover indeed. Hope your weekend has been lovely! Immy X


  • You two look so gorgeous and looks like you had a fabulous time!


  • Lindsay Valukevich

    I’ve recently discovered Pimms cups (I’m American) and I feel like I’ve been missing out for so long! So delicious!

    This looks like a great time. It’s always wonderful to reunite with old friends!

  • Guest

    You always look so marvellous Rosie!! And so pleased that so many of your outfits are affordable, as reading a blog is so much more fun if you can actually buy the outfit. Lots of loveee (and to Phoebe – she’s brilliant) xxxxxxx

  • The pastel turquoise really suits you as a colour on you Rosie. What an amazing bash. I went shopping in London Town with my sister!
    Hugs xoxo

  • Lauren

    You look stunning as always, but I’m devastated I didn’t get to come and meet you!!! I had an inkling you would be there and kept one eye open in hopes of seeing you! Looks like you had a wonderful day xxx ps, wore the sheinside dress you blogged about for the first time last night and felt like a dream! Thank you as always for your savvy eye! πŸ˜‰

  • Theresa

    I knew you’d be there ! I was looking out for you the entire time. I am absolutely distraught I didn’t get to see you. There was just too many people ! But it was a simply spiffing day to say the least !! X πŸ™‚

  • Samantha Bei

    I loved both outfits, very classy. I had a good ol’ all American weekend out on the boat with hot dogs and beer. Couldn’t have asked for a better weekend, but next time I’ll have to try out the Swedish rule.


  • Jenny Hey

    I will forever instill the “every other water” rule! Lovely day with the loveliest gals and dresses! Wish custard could’ve joined in x

  • What a beautiful day and beautiful ladies πŸ™‚ I have a question, I hope you can answer. Where are the wine, champagne etc. glasses from (or which manufacturer)? They are fabulous!
    Love from Denmark!

  • Whenever you post something new it always makes my day! Adore your blog! xx


  • Looks like my kind of day!!
    New developments? Made guacamole this morning wondering if it was up to The Londoner’s standards and also coming to London soon to try Patty and Bun!

  • You look beautiful as always Rosie! And I am extremely jealous of the tasty looking afternoon tea you got to nibble on! Sadly, my weekend was nowhere near as glamorous and just involved a lot of waitressing in not so pretty clothes!

    hellomissjordan.blogspot.co.uk xx

  • Hannah

    I’m always expecting your clothes to link to designer websites and never ASOS! You do high-street fashion so seamlessly! (Heart-eyed emoji) <3 x

  • TheGivingBride

    What a lovely looking day! I love your outfit, it may be one of my favorites you’ve worn.

  • Looks like you ladies had a great day! I spent my weekend sunning myself in Spain, reading a book and sipping on Sangria. Back in reality now, but at least its sunny in UK. Sun makes everything better, right?

  • G.C

    Cor I could really drink a Pimms right now… Haven’t had one this summer! Gotta be done! It looks like you had a wonderful day πŸ™‚

  • I LOVE that Chloe dress! And what’s tied to the strap of your dress?? I feel like Custard is missing from these pics haha

  • Hi Rosie, that dress looks fabulous on you! I spent my weekend at a family BBQ with my drunken brother unintentionally giving very funny answers to quiz questions!

  • Geena

    This looks amazing, wish I had got round to going to Henley this year! I’m currently packing to fly to barcelona tomorrow- I’m so excited! You look beautiful in these posts xxxx

  • You guys are too cute! I love seeing you and Valentina having fun together – both looking beautiful as ever and making me jealous of all your sunshiney antics!

    Take care,
    Christy x

    another weekend without make-up

  • Greenie

    Beautiful photos! I’m a huge fan of your blog – it cheers me up with every single post. You should definitely make a visit to the Cotswolds soooon! There’s so many lovely pubs and villages to visit. Lots of loveeee xxxx

  • I just recently stumbled upon your blog, and love it! I spent my weekend cheering my sister on at the Canadian Junior Track Championships, where my she came 1st in the pole vault!
    Kristiana | http://love-loft-life.com

  • Meredith Gray

    Looks like a beautiful day! Like other Yanks, I spent the weekend by the pool/bbq celebrating the 4th. Looking forward to seeing where your adventures take you next!

  • I love your blog, especially ones like this were you go to fun events or explore the countryside. It looks so relaxing and quite fun! I’m so jealous!

    Also I love the dress you’re wearing its so pretty!

  • Ooooh! That pleated Chloe dress is fantastic!

    xx, Kristi

  • Ahhh I was meant to go to Henley today! So annoyed I didn’t get to go, it looks amazing!

    Beautiful photos as per usual! Your blog is easily one of my favourites to read! I always look forward to your posts!


  • Heather Rachel Chalmers

    This looks too delightful! I just spent my sunday in Hyde Park bopping along to Scouting for Girls, Backstreet Boys and McBusted. I am now happily flopped in my bed reading your blog. Your hat is enviable, as are the shoes! πŸ™‚

  • Jannah

    I was at HRR today too! Although I spent mine lazy-ing about with a picnic! Maybe I’ll aim for a fancy tent invite for next year (if you’re looking for a +1…ahem!) x

  • Oh man you two look ridiculously beautiful and happy, LOVE IT! Also whats with V and Holland?

  • Adaleta Avdic

    The weekend was wonderful! The Mr & I went for some breakfast a fun-filled soccer day on Friday with some colleagues and friends. We all managed to drink a few drinks, and watch both games in downtown. It’s become a tradition so I’m excited for next weekend’s world cup final festivities! xx, Ada!


  • I can feel the heat!

  • You always have the best food! I love seeing pictures of it…thanks for sharing!


  • Looks like such a great time! And I love both your dresses, so cute! It was the 4th of July here in the States and we had amazingly beautiful weather. Lots of bbq, eating outside, strawberry shortcake and sparklers. Not a bad way to spend a weekend. Have a good one Rosie!

  • Amy

    Looking like quite a glamorous and cheeky time Rosie!! I came back to the States after a few months in England recently – missing this gorgeous English summer!!

  • Shulamit E

    looks rather fun. love your outfit..


  • Anna

    What is every other water?? Please do tell.

  • Queenie Lee

    Looks like a fun day out, everything’s better when the sun’s shining! πŸ˜‰


  • You and Valentina look absolutely stunning in your dresses. I want both. Love the midi length too. That food looks divine too. Love reading your blog always makes me smile.

  • Rose, it would be wonderful if sometime this summer or early fall you could do a post on some “go to” good quality items for the working woman. As a girl just joining the work force, I am on the hunt for some high quality and functional accessories, and some good pieces of clothing that are also cute (and affordable). iPad cases, keyboards, a cute tote (in place of a briefcase) to keep my documents in, versatile shoes, a good coat that can transition, a phone case that charges, these are only a few of the things I have found myself searching for. A post on these kinds of things would be great, as well as any tips you have for a frequent business traveller.

    • I love this Idea Allison. Yes please Rosie this would be a great post. x

  • Kelsey Wilburn

    love these dresses and the fab food!
    ladies in navy

  • Looks like such a fun-filled day! Just got off the buzz of July 4th weekend and was nice to see some photos of a regatta.

  • I love your large sun hat and the color of your dress so much! Me weekend was a little more uneventful/peaceful. I spent a day at a secondhand bookstore and found a handwritten letter from 1961 tucked in between the pages! – http://brunchataudreys.tumblr.com

  • What an amazing Chloe dress! I can’t believe I was away from London on the hottest day so far! But I was in Greece so I guess it’s just as good! :p Gorgeous pics Rosie!


  • Suzie

    Love Valentina’s tattoo! It’s so classy and elegant! Do you know what it stands for? x

  • I love both your outfits! I especially want that hat but may have to rob a small bank first before I buy one.

    Visual Diary | Discover Hong Kong

  • Hi_D

    I am so jealous you get to go to places like this. You are so lucky and pretty.


  • Charlotte DobrΓ©e-Carey

    Happy to see a HRR post, as an ex rower and Henley enthusiast since 2009 iit’s always nice to see people enjoying a sport that GB doesn’t suck at, not mentioning any others (football) πŸ˜‰
    Sadly i went fri-sun mon and it was cloudy and wet but ofc pimms helped!
    And may i commend you on wishing the rowers luck, agreed its a tough job what with all those tight lycras but i am sure you rose to the challenge- good effort!

  • Kate Vista

    Gorgeous weather, gorgeous dresses, gorgeous food! What a special day. Hope to get Henley myself some day. Until then, the land down under isn’t so bad. Hugs from here, K xx http://katevista.com

  • The slow pace

    Friendship and chocolate tarts are the best things in the world. Plus dogs, obviously.

  • This looks like such a glamorous event πŸ™‚ Love your outfit πŸ™‚


  • You look amazing! Your dress is so simple and elegant. Looked like such a beautiful day πŸ™‚


  • Joelle

    You hat!! Love it! Glad you have a good time! πŸ™‚


  • I love your dress, such a stunning colour!

    She Goes Wear – Lifestyle Blog


  • Kate

    Beautiful outfit Rosie. I love the hat. Looks like you had an amazing time. X

    Kate Louise Blogs

  • That dress is gorgeous!! I can’t stop looking at it. I have to invest in that kind of dress.
    Amazing pictures!
    You in dress, and I’m sitting at home, while it’s raining outside. Huh, not the best weather!



  • Can’t wait for Henley next year, for some reason I always miss it (on holiday this time), but I’ve promised myself I won’t again – my old club always has a tent there (and sometimes crews racing), so it would be great to catch up with everyone!

  • Spoon Me

    Looking beaut as usual! Love your blog, great inspiration.


  • Sophie

    Keeping it classy πŸ™‚ The Chloe dress is beautiful too.

    Sophie x


  • Peppermint Dolly

    Stunning – dresses, photos & food!



  • What a lovely day in the sun! I have never been to a rowing competition; not sure where to observe that in America! But, I did make your Slutty Brownies for my parents while they were visiting my husband and I…huge hit. So thank you πŸ™‚

  • Ok so that dress is gorgeous…but I had seen it on the ASOS site I would have passed. It’s much more flattering on you Rosie. What a fantastic way to spend a day. We played outside on the lakes here and made good use of the SUP. Thank you for sharing!


  • Love your dress Rosie, would have been perfect for a wedding I’m going to but there’s none left in my size, boo! That afternoon tea looks delicious, looks like a great day out.

    Charlotte β™‘

  • What a babe! Looking flawless as usual

    Lucy X


  • gina

    youve inspired me to buy the dress for a start.. glad you had fun, looks ace.. what a life eh? http://thewanderlusthasgotme.blogspot.co.uk

  • Love your whole outfit! The day looks amazing & makes me want to go so much x


  • Stephanie

    You look INCREDIBLE! and the food looks yummmy too!





  • … Seemed like a really fun day! Need to take a break some time and go out there myself πŸ™‚



  • PeonyandPeach

    That Chloe dress is stunning!


  • Cara Milton-Edwards

    Really need to find a dress for henley as struggling to find flattering dresses below the knee!! Any advice??