Date Night

It all started with peonies and a note.

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At 6.30pm sharp, a black car pulled up outside the house.

I raced downstairs to meet it, shoes in hand.

Flung open the door, hopping into each shoe and jumped into the car to meet him.

He kissed me.

I grinned.

We set off.

The Royal Opera house was bathed in golden light. We paused to capture it.

Before eventually making our way inside.

After a bellini (or two) we took our red velvet seats for the performance.

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Hand in hand we watched Mimi and Rodolfo fall in love.

Tears rolled down my face from curtain up, to the vey last bow.

We followed the crowds out into Covent Garden, where I begged him to cancel the dinner reservations. I had a much better idea.

We made a beeline across the cobbled square and feasted in the open air.

With our shoes kicked off under the table, we picnicked like kings.

A dream date with my dream man.

For those curious about the stripes, here’s what I wore…

ASOS dress // Chanel Dallas bag // Christian Louboutin shoes // Powder Hill necklace

The look for less : Similar bag // Similar shoes

Update: Sorry the dress sold out so quickly! Here are some snazzy alternatives!

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  • Sounds like a fab date and those burgers look killer!

    I’m DYING to see La Boheme, it looks fantastic xx

    Little Miss Katy | UK Lifestyle & Fashion

  • Could this be more dreamy? This mystery man is good! Love the outfit…and where did you get those naughty looking burgers?!

    Sounds ideal!


  • What a perfect date night! I personally think all dates should end at Shake Shack.

    I’ve just fallen head over heels for THAT BAG!!! – Lifestyle Blog


  • Louise Rebecca Thomas

    This is why I love you, Rosie – Royal Opera House followed by Shake Shack. Nicely done πŸ˜‰

  • Every little girls dream. So glad to see you are being treated like a princess, you deserve it.

    Fie x Coffee & Confetti

  • You look stunning! love the outfit, and sounds like a wonderful date night πŸ™‚


    The Fashionista Bubble

  • Lindsay Valukevich

    You’re so wonderfully happy! And I am always do impressed by your ability to walk in sky-high heels. Great outfit and a great man you have there!

  • Lisa

    You look stunning!! and I love that you went for burgers instead of a fancy dinner – that would also be my kinda perfect night πŸ˜‰ xxxx from Germany (yay us!!)

  • Looked like an amazing night!

  • Joelle

    This is such a cute date! Love the mix of fancy Opera with casual burgers πŸ™‚ Well done Mr Londoner!


  • Love the outfit – I am obsessed with stripes! I would wear stripes everyday if i could…hang on i’ve got stripes on right now, maybe i do wear them all the time!

    Meal looks like the perfect end to a perfect date!

  • Imogen May

    What a bloomin’ lovely date, definite shout about shake shack! I feel that there needs to be a mass blogger picnic in London some point over the summer, just a thought >:) Ix

  • This looks like THE most perfect date! I need to go to Shake Shack in CV soon, I’ve only ever been to the one in madison square park (I loved it!)

    How did you embed your instagram into this post, I can’t seem to work it out?

  • Definitely love your style on this one! +1 for chic and elegance! look forward to see the next dates outfits!
    PS. I will not talk about his handwriting ever again…

  • Oh my goodness this sounds like a DREAM date! He definitely sounds like a keeper!

    Beth x

  • Liziheartvegetables

    Looks like so much fun! I love that dress!

  • Ooooh I have shoe envy – I just love those loubies! πŸ™‚
    I love the contrast of the date also; enjoying the culture of the theatre and rather than going somewhere stuffy, just enjoying each others company with a burger – perfecto! xo

  • PeonyandPeach

    Love the shoes and the peonies! That burger looks delicious, it’s made me rather hungry!

  • Mmm all that cheese! &&I’m a sucker for handwritten notes in this age of technology. -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

  • What a fabulous night! Also, your freckles are so gorgeous! Very jealous of the summer weather that you guys are enjoying!

  • Paulina Villalpando

    What a great plan!

  • The slow pace

    What a perfect night! Crying at the opera is something everyone should do at least once in their lifetime!

  • Ahh Pretty Woman moment, minus the street walker aspect of it! Lovely!

  • He’s a keeper! Sounds like a fabulous evening πŸ™‚ loving the outfit and of course the Chanel …

    Mel x

  • My husband took me to the Royal Opera House to see the Nutcracker the night he proposed to me. It was magical.

    Although not quite as magical as the next morning when I woke up and he told me we would be spending the day scouring London for my perfect wedding ring! Best. Day. Ever. β™₯ β™₯ β™₯

    PS – The burgers look surprisingly good for the UK (sorry, American beef eater here…). Who served up those beauts?

  • That ice cream looks gooooood πŸ™‚ Is that Shake Shack too?

  • Rosie one of the biggest reasons I LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog is that you’re willing to ditch your reservations for a nice juicy burger! Bravo! And of course you look fabulous doing so!


  • ninegrandstudent

    Sounds like a fabulous date night! My man offered to take me out for a nice meal before we start long-distance (again, two years to go!) but I’m slowly persauding him that ribs/burgers at TGIs are a far more romantic alternative…! x

  • arielle q.

    love what you wore! and what a sweet man you have. love that you guys went for burgers after getting all dolled up. absolutely adorable!

    love, arielle
    a simple elegance

  • Jane

    You’re looking more radiant than ever Rose, is it Italy or Mr Londoner? I think this would be a dream post if we got a picture of your man, surely he can’t look as good as he acts right?
    There are so many great places near Covent Garden for food, some even reasonably priced! Sometimes I take my mum/ grandma to the opera and for dinner and it’s just magical :)x

    • Ria

      I want to see a pic too! I wasn’t sure if there had been one and I’d missed it but I’m dying to see what he looks like!

  • This guy just keeps getting better! The beginning of a relationship is always so exciting. You look gorgeous as usual, and those shoes, I have no words


  • you always take such amazing snaps! x


  • Svetlana

    Love you Rosie, you’re so authentic to who you are and what you love. May you have many more dates with your dream guy. x

  • Sounds like a fantastic date!

  • sounds like a perfect night and I love that you are a fellow stripe addict πŸ™‚


  • Kayla Sommer

    Hello Rosie,
    I just started following your blog a month or so ago and I love every bit of it. I’m really interested in starting my own but I have no clue how to get started. I looked at google blogger and my hopes at creating a profile as beautiful as yours were crushed when I realized I had no idea how to start the design process. Any ideas and insight would be lovely! Thanks!

    • Aimee Kitson

      hey, saw this and thought I could provide a smidge of advice. To get something like Rosie’s design you would probably have to hire a graphic designer/web designer or buy a template, embed via wordpress and amend to make it look the way you want. That’s the way I did it – and it cost me Β£130 instead of Β£1,000! Hard work but worth it if you don’t have the money x

      • Kayla Sommer

        Thank you Aimee! I will definitely look into doing so πŸ™‚ Cheers

  • Those burgers look fabulous and your outfit is simply stunning!

    xx from LA,

  • Ah Rosie. This sounds like a perfect date. Might send the link to my boyfriend, you know. HINT HINT. The burgers look delicious!


    Water Painted Dreams xo

  • skybluesounds

    This post is perfection!!! I have wanted to go to the Opera for SO LONG! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

    xo Patricia

  • What an awesome date night!! I loved the look of those juicy burgers-yum! x Kate

  • saradujour

    What a fantastic date, and you look lovely with your hair up. xx

    -Sara | lifestyle, food, fashion, decor, beauty, books, and more!

  • Your man is amazing! What a beautiful date and even better that it was a surprise and came with peonies. My boyfriend has organised a surprise for our two year anniversary but I have no idea what it is. Hopefully it’ll be as good as this (cheesy fries included). xx

  • What a brilliant date and a romantic man. I was literally about to buy the dress, can’t believe it sold out so quickly πŸ™ I’ll have to get in there next time!!
    Lots of love,


    SilverSpoon London

  • What a dreamy evening. You look stunning…and the dinner is right up my alley. I like a more relaxed feast…perfection.

  • been archive stalking you today (NYC ideas) Rose and can I just say you look so much happier these days (compared to, you know.. old days). I hope this is your fairytale!

  • Meg Bolderson

    Such a beautiful post! And that bag, unbelievable!x

  • rah

    everything about this date is perfect! even as just a reader it makes me smile to see you so happy with such a great guy x

  • Sounds like a fun and delicious date!
    Love the dress πŸ™‚

  • Ahhh! I”m so jealous of this date! It sounds amazing! The perfect night! I’m so glad you wrote about the opera. I used to be a music major (for voice) and I have a special place in my heart for operas. I’m so glad you had a good time!

  • This is one of my favourite posts of yours Rosie! So Beautiful!


  • Sounds amazing…and that dress is gorgeous on you!

  • The dress is GORGEOUS on you Rosie with those shoes. I am loving the boy. My Chanel 2.55 needs a new friend πŸ˜‰

  • You look lovely! I adore your dress and that burger looks amazing!


  • You looked stunning Rosie. It looks like you had a wonderful night, the burgers looked divine!!
    Hugs xoxo

  • Good thing you cancelled those reservations! Those burgers and fries look ah- mazing! πŸ™‚

  • Χ΄I raced downstairs to meet it, shoes in handΧ΄ classic!! love it! πŸ™‚

  • Abi Hanney

    This is my dream date – so jealous.
    The mystery man is a keeper.

    Abi | Abi Hanney

  • Love this look! Beautiful dress and heels…You look stunning!



  • What a night! He sounds like quite a keeper!

  • Lauren C

    I love your posts! Only you can make date night sound like something from a book or a film! Lauren | Bits and Bobs xx

  • Susanne V.

    That is the best date ever, and that dress is to die for. Love it!

  • Sophia Nicholls

    I love shake shack! We went back in December and I have been bugging my other half about those chips ever since! They need shake shacks all over the country. What a dream of a date night. You seem so happy and you’re very lucky to have such a romantic man. You look stunning as always – you really suit your hair like that πŸ™‚ x

  • Kyomi Richards

    Those shoes are beautiful and make your legs look amazing! Looks like you had a lovely night, and those burgers looked heavenly x

  • Lisa Robb

    How romantic. Sounds amazing.
    L x

  • Cat

    Looks like the best date night ever. You lead such a charmed life πŸ™‚


  • Emma B

    Looks so amazing, every girl’s dream date! πŸ™‚

    Still waiting for my Prince Charming, until then Shake Shack with the girls! πŸ˜‰ x

  • Alas, the mystery man remains a mystery. Is he like the Milk Tray man- who appears from a helicopter in disguise? That must be the explanation. You are glowing… With love? πŸ˜‰ x

  • This looks lovely and the dress is just beautiful! πŸ™‚

  • It all looks amazing! I read your blog everyday and it inspired me to started one of my own. Please have a look if you have a minute and comment what you think! Would sure love some feedback on how to improve!

  • That’s a splendid love story (and I’m sure the one in the play wasn’t too bad either)! πŸ˜‰

  • OH Wowzers those burgers, those shoes! dreamy date! x

  • Mm

    Rosie I love your blog! I just started my own, and I have to say that you are the main reason why I wanted to create my own blog. Your posts have such a happy vibe and I love all your recipes and your style. xx

  • This is such a lovely post what a lucky girl you are! and that dress is beautiful πŸ™‚

    Kate x

  • awww what a cute story. pretty photos !

  • chantelle

    you look fab as usual!! such a lovely date with the gentleman!

  • I want to live and die in those shoes. Fab!!

  • What a great date night πŸ˜€ haha those are so important!! Especially once married πŸ˜‰

    We just velebrated our “paper year” anniversary!

    X Ang Moh Chick

  • Queenie Lee

    Sounds like an amazing night! Looking stunning as always xxx

  • fun night!!! How do you eat such yummy food without piling on the kilos…lucky you! haha

  • What a beautiful date, he’s treating you like a queen ! Gorgeous dress Rosie, very elegant and summery

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography –

  • Looks like an amazing date night! Lucky you! The flowers are beautiful, too he sounds like such a keeper!

    We also went to a Shake Shack, but to the one in Miami! Check it out here:
    xx, Rosalina

  • This sounds beautiful, finishing with a yummy burger is perfect! Ben took note after I sent him your tweet by the way!

    I left the office at 8pm on Friday after a really stressful week – I’ve just launched my own business whilst continuing to work 9am to 6pm and trying to keep up my blog too.

    Anyway, so he texted me to say that he’d come meet me as he’d just finished at the gym. I met him at Green Park Station and he had a huge bunch of the most beautiful orange roses and a big kiss waiting for me!

    Katie <3

  • Natalie

    I want to be your best friend!

  • Sounds like you had a lovely night! You looked gorgeous x

  • WHERE did you get those burgers?! Need to go there!

    – Nina
    Have You Heard Of It? bar & restaurant blogger |

  • Your new gorgeous “boy” made make a bad…but good kind of decision last Saturday! πŸ™‚
    Love your outfit and the spontaneity of the Mr! Lucky girl! X Jewels

  • Anna

    You looked gawjuss! πŸ™‚
    Girl β™₯

  • I love going out for non-fancy dinners! Break from the norm!

    Vanessa | Everyday Embellished

  • La BohΓ¨me and burgers are a match made in heaven! ROH is the perfect date venue too – just a little wander through the old Floral Hall is enough to set a romantic tone πŸ™‚ More Date Nights please!

    Tamsin xx | A Certain Adventure

  • I think this has to be one of your best posts by far, Rosie. I think every girl wants to read a real life encounter with a real life Prince Charming. πŸ˜‰ Love the dress you wore and the heels – shame I can’t find the exact pair anywhere. x

    Lubna | ELLE VOX

  • Sounds like a great night!! Love the stripe dress!

  • Lauren Hughes

    sounds like an amazing date and those chips and cheese look like a dream right now πŸ™‚ xo

  • Peppermint Dolly

    Very sweet date night – also loving that dress a lot!


  • The icecream looks delicious! And I’m loving the dress πŸ˜‰

  • That definitely sounds like a great date night! And that bag….

  • LoveYourEgo

    Your date night sounds perfect! Love how romantic it all was and how spontaneous it ended <3

  • Your look was perfect!!! Looks like a perfect date!
    xoxo Sophia

  • Emily

    I love the dress! was desperate to get it online! the Sailor look is really the way forward these days!

    And those burgers well, need I say much more…

    Follow me –


  • Coralie Rose

    Looks like the best date to me!!
    Love the dress, and those shoes gurrll, you rock em’!

  • Nadine

    Forget the dress, get me a guy and a burger like that and I’ll be happy as larry!

    I do have a slight infatuation with that bag though, if only being a poor student paid more…

    Nadine xx

  • livia tanoto

    hi rosie im always wondering do you actually ask your date to take the pictures you post on this blog? if yes, how did you ask? love your blog btw. x

  • Opera House, Louboutins, and a burger joint, what a perfect date!

  • This seems so perfect.. I love the theatre and those burgers look incredible! & the dress is absolutely gorgeous!

    Ash || Small Town Tales xo

  • That dress oh and that burger haha!

  • love love love the dress!! x

  • Emily

    Really nice outfit!

  • i LOVE shake shack πŸ™‚ <3 Best Date ever!


  • Olivia

    No one has ever looked so glamorous eating Shake Shack as you, Rosie!

  • The dress is wonderful. I have a similar one from H&M, but with black and white stripes. Amazing pictures as always. Which camera did you use for them?

  • Sounds like the perfect date!!

  • You always look so good in everything you wear πŸ™‚ absolutely love the shoes! I’m desperate for a pair πŸ™‚ x

  • Chris Cairns

    Sounds like a wonderful way to spend the night. I really miss London at times.

  • Sophie Jane Cheval

    I love that you had no qualms about asking him to take so many pics of you! Makes for the perfect post – although I dont think I’d have the balls to do it! p.s love your shoes πŸ˜€

  • Shake Shack

    Hey Rosie,

    We’re so glad that enjoyed dining with us in Covent Garden! Your pictures looked awesome!

    We hope to see you at the Shack again soon.

    The Shake Shack Team