Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me

Last week my fella and I made one more trek to Henley for my favourite event of the summer.

Henley Festival!

I know I’ve told you about it for the last three years running, but honestly it just never gets old!

The most civilized of all festivals, it’s held on the banks of the Thames in Henley. Everyone wears black tie. There’s more champagne than there is water in the river. The average age is about 60. It’s heavenly!

Let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a good excuse to dress up?

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I wore a rose gold backless wrap dress, that made me feel like something of a Greek goddess!

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Throwing silver and gold into the mix, proudly flying the flag as a Pandora ambassador.

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Silver daisy pendant // Silver letter

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Double daisy ring

Sparkle ring // Gold bow ring // Sparkle ring

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Rose earrings

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Ocean ring

Pandora pieces are perfect for stacking, mixing metals and creating a truly unique look every time you leave the house.

Dreamy in the golden light of a slow summer sunset.

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We hopped into a plush BMW in London and were whisked out to the countryside and down to the river.

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Any party where you’re greeted with chilled champagne is ok by me!

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Fabulously dressed guests in glorious wooden boats slipped through the water.

Revelers chatted and danced, eagerly anticipating a night to remember.

Perhaps the glasses give you a hint about the performer?

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Performers and artists roamed the grounds, surprising and delighting festival goers.

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And we strolled along the river bank taking it all in.

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This is by far the loveliest silk dress I’ve ever worn. The weight of the fabric means it moves so beautifully and flatteringly slips past any… bread basket indiscretions.

But in case you’re on a budget, I’ve popped some pocket friendlier options below.

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Soon we were all called into the tent for supper.

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Yes, I did consider stealing each and every one of those striped napkins.

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We chatted, joked and laughed through three courses.

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Before the bouncers arrived and told us it was time for the show!

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Eagerly we all poured into the grandstand and took our seats.

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Sir Elton took to the stage and immediately launched into all of his hits!

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We sang, swayed, danced and cheered along. All moving as one, buzzing with the most incredible energy.

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We sang until we were hoarse and settled down to a tearful sway for Candle in The Wind.

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After an encore, Elton bid us goodnight and fireworks rocketed into the sky.

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Showering the night in glitter, reflected in the inky river below.

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We danced our socks off inside to a local band belting out all of the classics and cooled off with a stroll through the leafy green grounds.

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I’d like to say we were the last ones standing, but I think these guys beat us to that title…

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We slipped into the back of the car and snoozed all the way back to London.

See you next year Henley!



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  • How fun! That event looks like an absolutely blast! That dress is seriously gorgeous, so sumptuous & beautiful – plus the colour is just divine! Thank you for sharing!

    • Rosie

      Isn’t it the prettiest colour? Like a liquid rose gold!
      Thanks for the kind words Lucy xx

      • Dreamer

        I was desperate to buy the dress so checked out the link…think you sell it for the brand much better than the model they chose! It needs your figure. Stunning.

  • The Henley Regatta always looks so much fun! You look beautiful in this silk slip dress, love the colour!

  • Oh my gosh Rosie you look absolutely beautiful!

    Kelsey | Her Daily Glow


    • Rosie

      Thanks K! x

  • The slow pace

    Average age about 60? Just my kind of festival! I always say I’m a retired old lady at heart!
    Gorgeous dress!

    • Rosie

      Me too, E! Me too. x

  • I didn’t know black tie festivals existed but I’d totally love to attend one even if it’s just to be able to wear a beautiful dress 😉

    • Rosie

      It’s funny but it really does make it feel so much more magical, like a dream!

  • Your wonderful and beautiful fashion story photos never ceased to amazes me . . . It’s a true winner every time. Simply breathless, sexy, sophistication, and of course, goddess looking beyond lovely . . . I love it! Truly a fashion masterpiece! 🙂

    La Bijoux Bella | by mia

    • Rosie

      Thank you Mia, what a lovely thing to say! x

  • Such a beautiful dress! I love Henley Festival too, though I haven’t been for a few years now. Need to rectify that next year!
    Vicky xx

    • Rosie

      See you there Vickers! x

  • Cristiana SERBANESCU

    What a beautiful night, Rosie! You looked indeed like a Greek goddess and all Pandora items are so gorgeous (I will check in our stores and hope to find them). A fan of you from Romania 🙂

    • Rosie

      Thanks C! Lots of love from London x

  • Wow you look so stunning, just like a princess!

    x Karen

  • Girl With Goals

    Following this night on your Snapchat was my favourite thing… lovely post too, who doesn’t love a bit of Elton!

    • Rosie

      Haha I’m glad it wasn’t too much! Just couldn’t resist all that Elton action!

  • This event looks like SO MUCH FUN! I’ve followed some other Regatta-goers on SnapChat, and I would love to be there!


  • I love hearing about things you go back to every year; it’s interesting to see what’s different and what’s remained the same 🙂 That dress is so beautiful! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    • Rosie

      Well that makes me feel better about it then, Audrey! Thank you x

  • You look absolutely stunning! The dress and photos are perfection!

    Anika |

  • Aurè

    hello,ciao… thanks for sharing this nice post!…wearing that magic dress you shine such charisma…cheers!

  • What a marvellous time!! You look gorgeous in that dress and jewellery. The rose gold is so pretty. xxx

  • You look incredible Rosie! Looks like a magical evening, I very much enjoyed myself via your Snapchat haha! Immy x

  • Rach

    That rose dress is stunning on you!! I love the concept of this festival. It is so fun to have an excuse to dress up! I wish they had something like this in the U.S.!

  • Serious backless dress question. What bra forms do you use? As much as I have a great chest….I still need some form of support. Tips and tricks would be awesome!!

  • Lurve that dress . Looks like such a beautiful evening for love and romance too. Does anything beat twinkly lights reflecting off the water, good music, champagne and some crazy skeletons just hanging out. I agree – it never gets old. Really enjoyed reading about it.

  • Wow that looks like quite an event! What a beautiful dress that is – I love the colour, unusual and very pretty.

  • Jen

    You looked gorgeous and your snaps of the event were so fun! x

    Jen | affecionada

  • You look stunning Rose. You can easily be the next Bond girl.

  • That dress looks amazing!! I looks like such a good event and I cannot get over the dress!!

  • Yvonne

    You look stunning as always and that event looks fantastic!
    xo Yvonne

  • Živilė Dap

    Looking gorgeous, dear!!!


    Jill D Blog

  • I’d love to go to Henley, always looks such fun! The low cut back of your dress is insanely gorgeous 🙂

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Beauty Wellbeing

  • You look so gorgeous! All of your blog posts are so aesthetically pleasing!

  • Can’t beat a good excuse to dress up! Especially if it means going to see ol’ Elton! I’ve never been but the combination of old folk and glamrags make it seem right up my street. (I find the elder generation are so much better at conversation!) Have you ever done any of the Goodwood Festivals like Revival etc? xo

  • What a beautiful dress xx

  • You’re looking amazing! Love the dress!

  • Georgia Sunray

    Love the dress!


  • Rosie!! I love your bag! Where did you get it? Is it vintage?? thank you!

  • Georgie

    oh wow Rosie you are such a dream – all your pictures are magical as always, I don’t think anyone could pull off that dress better than you! Serious glam inpso xx

  • Sooo gorgeous. You have the most beautiful hair, literally so jealous. <3 xoxo