Press For Champagne

I’m not all that into makeup.

I have my staples and I stick to them, so I don’t tend to go along to many beauty events or product launches… but this time my friend Lucy, who has her own blog, asked if I’d go along to a Tom Ford party.

If there’s anyone I’ll bend my rules for, it’s Tom Ford!

Oh, and she really sold me with the promise of supper afterwards.

I slipped into something warm and cosy, just the ticket to welcome Autumn back to London.

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And zipped off to The Connaught Hotel.

We met in the bar, where I’d been cornered by an eager and very thirsty American chap, keen to tell me all about his new tech startup.

Lucy arrived just in time to collar me and drag me upstairs to the party.

All of Mr Ford’s favourites were dotted around the rose blossom filled room. Candles burned, music played and girls chatted over glasses of icy bubbles.

We played with the products, smeared them and sniffed them while cheerful waiters drifted by with treats to tempt us.

The makeup artist skilfully showed us how it’s done, with the help of his model.

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He showed us how to create the perfect smokey eye with the TF pallets, how to use the contour duos (dark in the hollows of your cheeks and light across the cheekbones) and suggested which foundation might suit us best.

I have to say I was impressed with the foundation, I rarely wear any as I prefer a more natural look… but this glided on and didn’t feel cakey or heavy at all.

But my real favourite was the new Velvet Orchid scent.

I’m wearing it as I write, now actually. It’s sweet without being sickly and has a sort of deep sensuality to it. It’s very sexy.

After a few glasses of champagne we decided it was probably time for some food, or we’d all be dancing on the tables after the next one!

We left with beautifully packaged goodie bags, and made our way into Soho.

We took a booth at one of my favourite haunts, Bob Bob Ricard.

The decor is sumptuous and incredibly opulent. Like a cross between a gentleman’s club and a classic train.

Everything is wrapped in what looks like golden steel. The tables are marble, the seats are buttery soft leather and even the wallpaper is a one off.

We kicked off with cocktails at the bar.

Before sharing a few starters.

Being that they serve and English and Russian menu, we couldn’t help but start with caviar, blinis & sour cream.

Potato dumplings.

And tartare.

If you find you run dry, there’s a magic button.

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It summons a very excited waiter who’ll be happy to bring you some fizz!

The menu claims to be based on British comfort food.

I think it’s safe to say that our mains fit the bill.

^ If I drowned in truffle mash, I’d die happy.

Lucy plumped for the striped strawberry soufflé.

Mel went for a trio of creme brulees, and I went for the ultimate.

The king of all puddings.

The chocolate bomb.

Watch this!

Yep, a gold melting Death Star, filled with a sort of brownie sundae.

Brilliantly cool.

Although possibly not quite as cool as our choices in tech covers…

I absolutely love Bob Bob Ricard, and highly recommend a trip.

It’s not cheap so might be more of a special occasion place, but it’ll knock your socks off!

Book a booth and check out the new club downstairs on the weekends.

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  • Amy

    Hey Rose, wheres the glitter iPhone case from?! Love it!
    Amy x

  • Amber Rhodes

    That dessert is incredible! Never seen anything like it!
    http://www.sweetwordsprettypictures.com

  • Everyone should bend the rules for Tom Ford, and if not – there is something seriously wrong with you!
    That chocolate bomb looks phenomenal! I need to make something like that.

    M.

  • That perfume bottle is to die for. I need to hunt down a good Tom Ford scent now, just so I can have that bottle on my vanity!

    http://www.justplainshenanigans.wordpress.com

  • These are such gorgeous photos! I love your clothes… you have such a nice classic style. xx

    http://not-so-new-york.blogspot.com

  • Okay, I am such a huge fan of your blog and have been for a couple years, but now I like you even more after the Death Star reference. Well-played. πŸ™‚

    Meghan xo
    http://www.fancypantsandsugarshacks.com

  • Gorgeous photos! And that last dessert?! AMAZING Thanks for sharing! http://www.littlemissfresh.net

  • That party looks like it was amazing! Love your necklace choices!!

    Kels
    http://www.excusemyblog.com

  • i have to try that restaurant next time i’m in London, the food looks beyond! love your outfit, too!

  • Ahh, Bob Bob Ricard is one of my favourite places to eat in London! I remember the first time I saw that chocolate dessert. Incredible!

  • That chocolate bomb looked like absolutely heaven!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  • That chocolate bomb looks amazing!! I think that dessert and the Champagne button could make the price worth it. x Kate
    theintellectualswan.blogspot.com

  • Beautiful post, looks like such a great time, and that desert seems pretty amazing!!

    http://www.hollandsreverie.blogspot.com

  • Emily Kalbun

    woooooooooow! That restaurant looks fabulous. The food is glistening and I am fascinated by that gold ball! It is so great what people can do with food eh? Nice post.
    em

  • Zoe

    Your party posts are my favorite. I think last time I commented I said your travel posts were my favorite, but let’s be honest here. All of your posts are my favorite. Especially the delicious ones dealing with the best looking bites and eats πŸ™‚

    The What’s In Between

  • So neat! I didn’t know Tom Ford had a beauty line…
    Also, your hair looks fabulous.

    http://itsjpei.wordpress.com/

  • Samantha Bei

    The truffle mash looks to die for! and I could definitely use a champagne button at home πŸ˜‰

    thefoxandtheclown.blogspot.com

  • How fun! I’ll have to look into the Tom Ford makeup. And Bob Bob Ricard makes me want to go back to London!

    -Kelsie
    DesignLifeDiaries

  • absolutely love your trousers, and that truffle mash looks divine! x

    http://www.shanghaiphile.com

  • You looked stunning! πŸ™‚
    Would be a dream for me being invited to one of those events πŸ˜€ xx

    intonavy.blogspot.co.uk

  • The slow pace

    Even though I love your blog for your restaurant recommendations… this time I have to say that your outfit was my favourite part of the post! I love it!
    xx,
    E.
    http://www.theslowpace.com

  • Alice

    I adore Tom Ford scents, haven’t tried much of his makeup so that’s a must do. Bob Bob Ricard looks amazing – that desert – holy moly! x

    http://www.teapartywithalice.com

  • Joelle

    Please put together a guide to London Dining, Rosie. I seem to miss all these cool places and I’m a Londoner!! Haha

    Joelle
    xx
    FebruaryGirl.

  • Amy

    That pudding is DIVINE! I’m looking for recipes to try and make my own at home, but to no avail! Any suggestions on how I might be able to recreate it? It would be fabulous as a showstopper at a dinner party.
    I’m thinking tempered chocolate made into a ball (easter egg styley) but I wonder if the chocolate needs to be a special kind?
    Amy x
    http://www.upanddowninsurreyandlondon.com

  • Lisa Kristin

    You’re living quite the dream life, aren’t you!
    I love your style of writing, every post makes me want to explore everything you tell us about! So enthusiastic and well put, not to mention your lovely photographs! You’re very much a role model for me & my little baby blog – although I’m only a “Londoner at heart” πŸ˜‰

    Lisa x

    lisakristinx.blogspot.com

  • Lauren

    Incredible outfit Rose! xxx

  • Tom Ford products are ridiculously overpriced, it’s absurd! On the other hand the food at the restaurant looks incredible, I must try it out!

    http://www.duchessoffashion.co.uk

  • Sam

    I really like your necklace, and your photos have gone and made me hungry! :0

    Sam
    http://www.thatcuriouscat.blogspot.com

  • Lucia

    Lovely post, I had a Tom Ford makeover at a Harvey Nichols event once and have been lusting after the products ever since, they’re gorgeous. That restaurant looks insane too, definitely will have to try that out! x

  • I’m heading to Bob Bob’s with the girls in a few weeks time. Looking forward to pushing that tempting button!

    Katie <3

  • Funnily enough we’ve planned a blogger girls night out there in a couple of weeks. We’ve booked a booth and I’m sure we’ll be pressing the button many times that night!

    Lots of love,
    Angie
    SilverSpoon London

  • Laura

    Tom Ford & a button for champagne? Heavenly!

    http://www.whatlauradoesnext.co.uk

  • That sparkly iPhone case is GORGEOUS, like a magpie I have to have it! Where is it from?? Rosie x
    http://www.rosebudbakes.wordpress.com

  • Paulina Villalpando

    I love the post! Those desserts look unbelievably good! http://www.thepaarblog.com/

  • Gorgeous outfit and great pictures.

    x

    lifeandstyle-diary.blogspot.nl

  • I’m officially starving! That beef looks incredible…

    http://www.shegoeswear.com – Lifestyle blog

  • Camilla Boglione

    I really love the Champagne button, it’d perfect for me and the name of my blog!

    XOXO

    Cami

    Paillettes&Champagne

  • Oh my goodness, forget Tom Ford for a minute. I am now hungry after looking at all that food!

    A evening in Edinburgh’s Secret Garden

  • I love Tom Ford make up, especially the lip products. Current favourite Lippie Nude Vanille. The food looks mouth-wateringly good. I had a dessert like your melting bomb at Nobu – so clever how it’s done (I still don’t know!!)
    Hugs xoxo
    http://www.intotheblonde.com/

  • Sara Barnes

    Hmm may need to add them to my travel itinerary just for that dessert!

    http://Www.506miles.wordpress.com

  • Sybaricious

    Oh Rosie did you have to?! Its hard enough to get a Saturday table there as it is!

  • Geena

    Your pudding choice alone has convinced me to make a visit! Although that steak looks delicious too. And the chicken…
    http://www.ablogbygeena.blogspot.com

  • Sounds like a lovely event, you outfit looks great xx
    http://www.nicolecoltman.blogspot.co.uk

  • joie7994

    Ha took me a second to remember that a gentleman’s club means something else over there… I’m envious that you guys have fall weather, here in Chicago summer has (strangely) just begun. I feel cheated out of my favorite season!

  • I’ll be honest, I would have just gone for the food, but damn does the makeup look amazing as well!

    Always thoroughly enjoy your personal posts, full of personality.

    http://www.lioninthewild.com

  • Rosie K

    I love your outfit here, its so chic and sophisticated!

    rosabelleblogspot.blogspot.com xx

  • Imogen

    Ooh definitely visiting this place when I get back to London. Looks glorious!
    moseye.wordpress.com

  • Kelsey Wilburn

    beautiful restaurant and yum!

    ladies in navy

  • Eguono Ogueh

    That melting chocolate death star looks amazing! I want to eat it! x

    Gegsy Blog

  • Me

    LOVE The glitter case – i hope you went for that one!! totally dreamy!!

  • Alana

    Gorgeous photos! This whole post has such a sultry, sexy mood to it. This is why you continue to be the only blog I read diligently – you’re just the best! Sending love from America!

  • A button you can press for champagne is like something from my dreams. #poplizclink

    Liz

    http://www.liztheaustinite.com

  • Queenie Lee

    Love your outfit! That chocolate bomb looks awesome xx

    http://peanutbutterandmussels.com/

  • Somebody from Somewhere
  • blaise.dyer

    I haven’t been on top of the old bloggin as much as I’d like to be. But this post has tickled my fancy so blaaady much again. I’m definitely in need of a trip to said restaurant. AND not gonna brag but totes got all those phone cases πŸ˜‰

    muchos loving x
    http://blaiseruby.blogspot.co.uk

  • I like the way the post about cosmetics turned out to be soooo delicious!
    http://www.allnnothing.com

  • jen

    Hey Rosie,
    I love your posts!! You have gorgeous photos and really fun content πŸ™‚
    I wanted to ask you a question about your photography. I love how you always post photos of just being out and about – with friends, or out to a nice meal, etc. I’m wondering how you got over the stigma of carrying your camera around everywhere – have you just become accustomed to it? I’m a professional photographer and I always wish that I took more personal photos – I NEVER do! It really is a shame but somehow I feel silly brining my camera around with me (it’s a bit serious). I never regret the candid shots I get of friends and family or moments in life outside of work. I guess I just need to get over it and take my camera with me!
    Have you ever experienced similar feelings? Maybe not since you are a blogger!

  • Anna

    I love that you don’t attend loads of these things, so many bloggers do and it is just unreadable- repeating what the marketing team said in a post seems so gross to me. But when you do, it reads sincere and interesting, so I’m way more interested in the product.
    Looking gorgeous as ever xx

  • Oh my god I need to go to this restaurant! I want that chicken!! πŸ™‚

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

  • I do love your choice of autumn wear – the necklace and jumper are lovely together. The TF perfume sounds heavenly and the food compliments the heavenly theme perfectly πŸ˜‰ wouldn’t mid a chocolate Death Star myself !
    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography – http://www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

  • Love your leggings and tech covers! I have no idea how to use makeup, but that doesn’t stop me from watching beauty guru videos on YouTube!! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

  • I absolutely love Bob Bob Ricard. Went for the first time for my birthday and it’s now my favourite restaurant in London. The Eton mess was superb! Gonna have to try that chocolate bomb next though… yum! xx

    http://www.goldenwanderlust.com

  • OMG, have the same MJ phone case! (pug lover) Whoever’s case that is, love him/her πŸ™‚ Would love to visit Bob Bob sometimes, looks amazing.

    XO Sipie
    adutchaffair.blogspot.com

  • Luke Ross

    There is nothing more decadent than Tom Ford! http://www.thefashionsamaritan.com

  • Looks like the perfect girly evening. That champagne button is something I need installed in my house, let alone Bob Bob Ricard! Firmly on my list of places to go and eat in Soho!

    Tamsin xx | A Certain Adventure

  • Bob Bob Ricard looks great! I’m returning to London after a year in Russia so it’s kind of perfect really πŸ™‚

    http://www.girlvsglobe.com

  • Hi Rosie!

    The button “pressed to Champane” is the best idea ever! It is like the elegant version of those places where soda glass filled again and again. I note for a special dinner in London! Kisses from Sevilla!
    http://www.unachicaenelsur.blogspot.com

  • Looks like the perfect night! x

  • That chocolate bomb looks sensational and who wouldn’t want champagne at the touch of a button? Adding this to my wishlist of places to visit – thanks for the recommendation!

  • Such a cute post! Lovely outfit:) xo, Hayley http://www.dailydoseofdarling.com

  • Holy moly! That meal looks absolutely to die for, who cares about makeup when there’s a meal to get to that looks that tasty!

    Paige
    http://www.pagebypaige.ca/

  • Michelle

    such a lovely post, sounds like a great evening!

    http://pomegranateandcoffee.blogspot.co.uk

  • Really really want to go to Bob Bob Ricard – but yup, it’s not cheap…
    Need to get in on my blog though!

    – Nina
    Have You Heard Of It? London bar & restaurant blogger | HYHOI.com

  • Can never go wrong with Tom Ford and champagne!

    NYFW here: http://prettyshort.blogspot.com/

  • Gosh that chocolate bomb though! I am going to have to try out Bob Bob Ricard very soon..

    http://www.emandthem.co.uk

  • Shade of Red Blog

    I organised a surprise birthday party for a friend at Bob Bob Richard after you wrote about it last time. It was a blast!
    http://shadeofredblog.com

  • Celeste De Santiago

    Wow I really admire the quality of your pictures, they’re really magical.

  • Jessica Hayes

    Is bob bob ricard situated..IN HEAVEN?! Looks amazing x