Birthday Girl

I usually plan a bit of a shindig for my birthday.

I get all excited and wound up about it, countdown the days, have cocktails with lots of friends, go out dancing and head home in the early hours, and nurse one helluva hangover the next day!

This year I kept things much more mellow.

I woke up in the morning to the best gift anyone could ask for;

My chap and my best friend standing in my bedroom doorway singing “Happy Birthday!” as Custard howled along and ran in circles.

They all climbed into bed with me, and we had poached eggs on avo-toast while I opened my pressies and cards.

We took Custard for a long walk around Hyde park before trotting off to the final day of London Fashion Week.

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Cream coat // Skinny jeans // Denim shirt

Handbag // Boots

^use the arrows!

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We ducked into Tom’s for much needed caffeine, before the first show.

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We took our seats in the courtyard, ready to watch Christopher Raeburn’s show.

The lights dimmed, leaving the tent in an eerie glow, lit by the glow of furious social networking!

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Thank goodness, it seems it’s finally acceptable to leave the house in your blankie! ^

I will race you to be among the first to adopt this trend.

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Later we got together with some of the other girlies, for a little birthday tipple!

(And a few rounds of truffle chips.)

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Ducked into a couple more shows, and spent most of the morning chatting incessantly to each other!

Keen to make up for missed time, spent in separate countries.

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We went for a cracking lunch at Smack Deli!

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And spent the afternoon getting thoroughly lost in Selfridges.

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Where I may or may not have bought myself a serious birthday treat…

I’ll show you a peek next week!

Now as I said, I usually host a bit of a party on my birthday. But this year I handed over the reigns and let my chap do the honours! He pulled through and organised a seriously decadent feast, at Ramusake.

Just him, me, Valentina and my little brother.

My closest musketeers!

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If you haven’t been to Ramusake, you are seriously missing a trick.

It’s nestled beneath South Kensington. You know, where Brompton Club used to be (before that club promoter ran it into the ground!)

It is an exceptional cocktail joint, and they serve up sushi that rivals Nobu’s finest.

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Best of all, they have PJ’s photos all over the walls!

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Even the contact sheets are included, with a magnifying glass hanging along side for those who want a closer look.

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As usual, we vastly over ordered! And plumped for almost everything on the menu.

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Salmon sashimi kimchee salad with avocado and ikura.

Served with edible flowers.

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Beef fillet tataki with onion ponzu and garlic crisps – unbelievably moreish!

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Yellow tail sashimi with kizami wasabi and yuzu-soy.

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The sweet potato & soba-ko fries are quite simply addictive. Don’t start on these, you wont be able to stop!

Snapped along side foie gras and nashi “martini” with plum wine jelly and crunchy rice, and lobster & chips with yuzu-truffle sauce.

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Which was easily my favourite dish of the night.

Although the Chilean seabass was pretty exceptional too.

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The sushi was sublime.

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Salmon with bernaise salsa, and king crab battleships with yuzu kosho and masago.

(We might have reordered these… more than once.)

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Oh Valentina, you mean soy much to me.


My snaps of the jumbo shrimp really doesn’t do them justice.

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These babies are the size of your fist!

Go on, make a fist.

Look at it.

That is the size of the prawn you get to eat! (Don’t bite your fist, it wont taste as good.)

Anyway, you’ll want to maki room for more sushi.

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And just moo-ve on over if you don’t think you can manage any Wagyu beef…

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Having eaten ourselves silly, I was quite ready to retire my chopsticks for the evening and lie down in a darkened room to recover.

Oddly enough, the lights did go out.

Just as I was settling back into the sofa, singing waiters emerged. There were sparkles, there was smoke, there were tables of singing guests!

There was blushing…

…and a lot of grinning.

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I attempted to blow out the candle.

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And nearly lost my eyebrows in the process!

Do not blow on sparklers. They don’t like it.

Thankfully there was cake around to make up for it!

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The evening ended, as most of mine and Val’s nights out end, with dancing!

Well, bouncing on sofas, twirling, shaking, singing along and general tomfoolery. Lots more cocktails and two girls falling into bed with stomaches that ached from laughing and cheeks that hurt from smiling.

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Without getting too soppy, I just want to say a little thank you to my friends, my family and to you for all your support throughout this year.

I can’t wait to share more adventures with you, meet more of you, and continue our pen-pal friendship! I think I have some pretty good surprises for you this year…

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  • Mlle Rabbie

    Happy belated birthday Rosie. Looks like it was an incredible time!

  • Diana Cloudlet

    I’m in love with your photos! I think that the best b-day is a day with your beloved people!

    Diana Cloudlet

  • What an eventful and exciting birthday! Hope you have the best of years filled with tons of food 🙂 That penultimate photo is adorable :’) -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

  • Happy Birthday! I love the Chloe purse you were using. It sounds and looks like you had an amazing day (and a delicious one!). 🙂


  • Courtney Cartier

    Such a fun way to spend your birthday! You and your friends are so chic! 🙂 Hope you had a wonderful time!


  • Happy Birthday, Rose! Sometimes the best celebrations are the most low-key, that way only your closest loved ones will be there with you.

    Silly Medley: Lifestyle and Travel

  • Happy birthday, Rosie!! The whole day looked like a dream.

    I will gladly wear a blanket outside of home if it is fashionably acceptable! A girl can dream, right?


  • Wow, what a special treat for your friend to surprise you! It must have been magical. Also those sparkly heels at the end are KILLER.

  • That looks like an incredible birthday! I adore looking at your blog and getting to see all the stunning things London has to offer all the way from New Zealand. All the best for the next year and I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us 🙂

  • Kelly

    This sounds like the perfect birthday!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  • Happy happy birthday! Looks fab in every way. Sometimes the smaller celebrations are the most memorable. I hope you didn’t eat that entire chocolate cake! Just kidding…you deserve it on your special day. 🙂

  • Happy (belated) birthday! I’m glad you had such a wonderful day! I can’t wait to read more of your adventures!! Thank you so much for sharing them with us. ❤️ Anna

  • Claire

    Sorry the chap is STILL not open to a photo ….

  • Grace Carroll

    Happy Belated Birthday! Looks like a lovely way to celebrate. Can’t wait to see all the exciting adventures this year holds as well! 🙂

  • Mia@Razzle Dazzle Rose

    Happy birthday Rosie! Wishing you an even more lovely year!


  • Jeannie C

    So that’s why capes were invented! And that is a hell of a way to spend a birthday!

  • julesinabox

    You always have such a spot on style! I know this specific time was because of Fashion week but every time I see one of your post I just want to raid your wardrobe.
    Love staying tune to your adventures!


  • Lizette Buitendag

    Happy Birthday!! All the way from South Africa!

  • Happy Birthday Rosie!! This all looks like great fun. The best birthdays are with the ones who love you the most 🙂 x Kate

  • Happy birthday. The birthday cake is such a sweet surprise, loved it.

  • Happy birthday! What a fab way to celebrate!!

  • Sounds like you had the best kind of birthday – surrounded by those you love and plenty of laughter! Gorge photos… and I’m glad your eyebrows lived to tell the tale! x

  • What a fun night! you guys look so chic


  • Queenie Lee

    Happy birthday, Rosie! Looks like you had a wonderful day with your nearest and dearest 😀 Oh and the food look amazing xxx

  • Daynna Shannon

    So lovely that your chap has his photos on the wall!

  • Sophia W.

    Happy Birthday Rosie ! Looks like it was a wonderful time : )

    ps very excited to see what your self birthday prezi was !

  • Happy Birthday Rosie! Looks like you celebrated in the best possible way. I’ve so enjoyed following your blog over the past year, and I’m very much looking forward to reading all your future adventures! xxx

  • Oh I love your little Chloe bag!

    Food looks lovely and I really hope you ate that whole cake to yourself- I mean, what else are birthdays for?!

    Happy birthday!


  • Anita Fosen

    Sounds amazing, and everything looks so yummy! Happy birthday x

  • Looks like you had a fantastic birthday! So nice that your Mr organised it all!

    Lauren xx

  • You looked gorgeous! Love a ponytail for a going out look.

    Fie x Coffee & Confetti

  • Happpy belated birthday! Your day looked like lots of fun. I especially love the look of your lunch, that lobster looks incredibleee!!

    Also, as I am sure you already know, your photos are amazing!

    Ree // Coffee with Ree

  • Ahh, I just love those small, intimate dinners where the romantic dim lighting is provided by… a raging fire burning atop a chocolate cake! Happy birthday!!!

    Michelle Marie

  • I used to go big for my birthday and have a party every year, for my last birthday I also decided to have a dinner with close friends. It felt so much more relaxed and less stressful! That restaurant looks incredible!
    Lots of love,
    SilverSpoon London

  • catherine ♡

    This looks like an amazing birthday! Hope you had a lovely day. Love your Louboutins as well x

  • Happy Birthday! It looks like you had a gorgeous day; the meal looked incredible!

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

  • Mario Plazio

    Happy birthday Rosie
    Could you please check as I am not receiving your posts?

  • Katie Anne

    Looks so cute! Glad you enjoyed your birthday 🙂
    thanks for all the wonderful posts, your blog is my obsession! x

  • Lucy Birchall

    I’m glad you had such a great birthday Rosie. Often we get caught up in the idea that a birthday needs to involve tonnes of people when really, you can still have a big celebration just with those who mean the most to you – however many people that may involve!

    Loved the boots, and those Louboutins – they’re like Cinderella’s glass slipper, ooh!

    She’s So Lucy

  • ninegrandstudent

    Hope you had a fabulous birthday Rosie – and your chap sounds perfect! X

  • The slow pace

    Hapy belated birthday! I’m glad to read that it was special. My best friend lives reaaaaally far away (we’re not even in the same time zone) so I know how important those moments together are.
    And that chocolate cake??? Oh my!

  • sounds like a PERFECT birthday!!
    Love it! Happy Birthday…


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  • SO lovely to see you have a wonderful birthday with your nearest and dearest – Happy Birthday again too! You sparkly shoes and chocolate cake are enviable, what a treat!

    Lauren x

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  • Emma and Emily

    Happy Birthday dear! Looks like you had a lovely time.

    Emily x

  • What a lovely birthday celebration you had! I’m in love with your drew bag! I NEED one for my birthday this year!

  • Holly von Bock

    Happy Birthday lovely girl – such a beautiful photo of you when your cake arrived! xxxx

  • Guest

    Happy belated birthday Rosie! Keep writing!


  • MTravelsLondon .

    Happy belated birthday Rosie! Keep writing.


  • Harriet Wild

    Happy birthday Rose. Really pleased you spent it the way that made you happiest – with loved ones. Looks like they spoiled you rotten and quite rightly so! Here’s to the next year 🙂 Xx

  • Cynthia

    Happy birthday Rosie. You and Val’s friendship is really something to cherish. Ramusake looks incredible.

    Love the picture of everyone in the dark on their phones- that’s the age we live in.

  • Hope you had a really lovely birthday Rosie! My weekend wasn’t quite as lovely as yours, but i did get to go to the Sky Garden, you should check it out, its amazing!!!

  • What a wonderful way to spend your birthday. I’m so tempted to check out Ramusake. Your sushi puns are marvelous!
    Dionna | The Perpetually Polished

  • Happy Birthday Rose!
    Looks like you had a fabulous day and evening!

  • looks like a fab way to celebrate. I must try this place, it’s probably one of the only ones i’ve not tried out

    Mel x

  • Happy Birthday Rosie! Looks like a fabulous day with the best types of people 🙂 Another year older and another year more gorgeous!

    <3 Laura

  • Happy belated birthday! Sometimes it’s much better to have a more low-key day than doing the things you normally do. Definitely sounds like this particular birthday is going to be one that you remember for a while. 🙂

    -Marisa |

  • Happy belated Birthday gorgeous girlie x

  • Happy belated birthday Rosie! Looks like you had such a great day!!! Really happy for you! x


  • It was also my brithday yesterday and I had the greatest surprise to see my little sister visiting me from France by surprise at the doorstep! Happy Birthday to you too then 😉

  • Happy birthday, Rosie! Have loved following your blog over the years.


  • Happy birthday! It looks like you had a wonderful day and I’m so glad that you were surrounded by so many people who love you!

  • You and Val are two adorable, true friend love indeed <3

  • Natasha Lancaster

    Happy birthday! Your celebrations look stunning – looks like you had a fabulous day!

  • Best B-day ever! <3

  • Happy belated birthday too Rosie! I hope you had a great time – it certainly looks like your did! xx

  • Emma Reilly

    Happy belated birthday Rosie!!! This sounds like the perfect way to spend a birthday. I hope blankets become a trend too! All that food looks amazingggggg. A lovely post to read 🙂
    Emma xx

  • Suzanne Miller

    Happy Birthday, Rosie! Mine is tomorrow – I knew we had something in common 😉 Thanks for getting me in the spirit. Love, love, love your blog – I check for a new one every morning (west coaster) – it always makes me smile! XOXO

  • Sometimes the simplest pleasures on your birthday is just to spend it with family and friends. What a great day and lovely photos to record it all. Happy Bbbbbirthday to my favourite Londoner! 🙂

  • Neesha

    Looks like you had a fabulous birthday Rosie! Happy Belated Birthday from me 🙂
    Reinventing Neesha ♥

  • I’ve jumped on the blanket bandwagon right quick! Check it out

    Your birthday celebrations looked like a lot of fun, happy birthday fellow Pisces! You look beautiful and happy and that is a wonderful thing 🙂

  • Nicole Layne

    Happy birthday Rosie! It looks like you had a great birthday (and delicious meal!)!

  • Happy Belated Birthday, Rosie!!! It looks like you celebrated in the best way possible 🙂 Maybe you can get yourself a little blanket coat as another present for the year… or even a Snuggie!! 😉

  • Hannah

    Happy Birthday! That looks lovely! Whenever you post about you and Valentina I get so happy, you two are so cute and it reminds me of me and my best friends. Also… Can one of your surprises be showing us your boyfriend finally?? The snoop in me has been dying to find out hahaha.

  • Happy Birthday!! This looks like a dream. There is nothing better than time spent with a great friend who you see too little. Beautiful pictures, as always!


  • Rinka Inka

    Wow your celebration look so so so so so nice! I wish you a Happy Birthday and thank you for all the fun pictures full of love 🙂

  • Happy Belated Birthday Rosie! Thank you for sharing your fabulous adventures with us! Cheers to many more!

  • Belated happy birthday wishes dear Rosie!

    <3 <3 Mahshid مهشید

  • Megan Owens

    That food looked amazing! Like works of art! Happy Birthday xx

  • Happy belated birthday!! It looks like you had a fantastic day!(: xo

  • the food looks amazing! Happy birthday hun! 🙂

  • Kari Guastella

    Looks like an amazing birthday!

  • Mariah M

    Happy belated birthday lovely! It seems like you had a wonderful birthday spent with really great people xx

  • Happy Birthday! Just found your beautiful blog a bit ago and am in love! You are an inspiration for all of us newbie bloggers out here…keep at it lady!

  • Happy birthday lovely lady! Glad to see you had a really special day xx

  • Happy belated birthday! Can’t wait to read what this year holds in store for you…and what a way to start the new year: in Paris! That’s what I’ll be doing for my birthday in March :). (an American Ex-Pat’s adventure!).

  • Lisa

    looks like we are birthday pals 🙂 instead of cocktails I celebrated mine with an insane amount of beer… well as a German it just seemed natural to throw a “dirndl dancing” party 😀 happy birthday to you!!

  • Louise Brown

    It looks like one heck of a way to spend a birthday, and what fabulous looking food as ever!

    Louise x

  • Joanna Hazzard

    Happy Belated Birthday xx

  • Kate

    Happy birthday Rosie! Looks like you had an amazing time. The food in that restaurant looks absolutely stunning! x
    Kate Louise Blogs

  • Laura

    HB! I have to say after seeing how well presented all of the dishes were I was expecting the menu to be sooooo expensive! Looks like a great time!

    Laura @

  • Love the first pic! It’s like it’s from a movie! So cool <3 Happy Birthday! 🙂

  • Julia Bleck

    This looks like the most splendid birthday Rosie! Happy belated, and thanks for blogging… I look forward to your posts each week!


  • gina

    glad you had a lovely time 🙂

  • Happy Belated Birthday Rosie! And such a glamorous one too! x

  • agnes

    Happy birthday Rosie, I wish you health and happiness :)) you must have had a wonderful birthday!!!

  • Ivana

    Happy birthday! Great post!

    I’m new blogger. Check out my blog! 🙂

  • That food looks so incredible! Happy belated birthday Rosie!

  • Beth

    Haha, ending the night with no eyebrows would’ve made for a memorable birthday! Happy belated one from Canada 🙂 Beth @ full on joy

  • chantelle

    happy belated darling!!

  • Charlotte

    Glad you had a lovely birthday!! Simple parties with fabulous people are my fav;)

  • Rose I love following your life! I hope I manage to fill mine with so many adventures one day. Fingers crossed!

    G x

  • Looks like you had a great day. And that cake! looks divine!! Katie x

  • Happy Belated Birthday! It looked super fun 🙂

    With love ,

    Hayley ♥

  • Vanessa

    Hey Rosie, Happy Birthday!!!
    I have been to the same show! It was wonderful, I loved it. Hope you had an amazing day.
    Please visit my blog sometime and leave a comment if you like my new design of my London blog.
    Cheers Vanessa ///

  • Happy (belated) Birthday!! Looks like you had an incredible day 🙂

    – Daniella

  • Jessica

    A happy belated birthday Rosie! I am so glad you got to enjoy it with your loved ones…and most of all with cake involved!! x

  • Livia S.

    Happy belated birthday! 🙂 I am new to your blog and I absolutely love reading your posts! 🙂
    And all that food made me crave for a lovely dinner, especially prawns!

    Greetings from Austria,


  • Happy belated birthday Rosie! I’ve been a little bit sickly and have missed a few post, but am getting a nice catch up now! So glad you have such wonderful friends and family, it makes all the difference!

  • Peebreeks

    A rather late happy birthday! I love your twinkly high heels, they are beautiful xx

  • Ana Simões

    It is a bit late, but happy birthday anyway, Rosie. You give me my London fix all year round. Keep up the great work, the silly puns and your incredible good humour. It is, truly, a breath of fresh air.

  • Adaleta Avdic

    I love this post & I’m glad you had an excellent birthday- mine was just two days ago & now I’m sad it’s over until next year ;-( xx, Ada

  • Erin Kelly

    I am not living right.

  • Best friends ever! You shall make a Memeoirs of the moments spent together