A London Lark

More Corsica posts coming soon, I promise.

But today I thought you might enjoy a little #ThrowbackThursday!

Earlier in the summer I joined Jo Malone London for a “London Lark” – a day of beautiful adventures around London.

It all started very early when a glam squad turned up on my doorstep ready to tackle my makeup and tame my hair. Custard took one look at what was happening and sauntered back to bed.

Fully prepped, I threw on a dress and ran out to meet a driver in a teeny vintage Mini.

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I got in with all of the elegance of an elephant climbing into a peanut, and off we went.

Speeding through the streets of London to a very special breakfast, where we were greeted with 60s style movies and an overwhelming scent that could only be Jo Malone London’s doing…

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A team of gorgeous men in stripes worked furiously on breakfast.

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While the Who’s Who of the world’s fashion and beauty industry took their seats.

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I mean come on…

If beautiful men in stripes could bring me breakfast every morning I’d be a very happy lady!

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Rejuvenated by coffee and smoked salmon, we sat back as Celine Roux, VP of fragrance development, introduced us to a brand new scent.

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Basil and Neroli.

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Gloriously fresh, light, zingy, with just the gentlest hint of musk.

The ultimate Indian Summer scent, but more on that later.

After breakfast everyone paired off with their drivers and headed off for their own London Larks. Ours started at a familiar spot…

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Wild At Heart in Chelsea.

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Not there to pick up a bouquet this time. Instead I met with tremendously talented and utterly gorgeous photographer to the stars; Candice Lake.

For a photoshoot among the blooms.

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Quite the step up from our usual off the cuff blog snaps!

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Candice knows her light, her angles and how to get the very best out of her subject.

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She’s also blessed with unique talent of being able to direct and enthuse without sounding like Austin Powers.

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Cat eye sunglasses

Blue dress (sold out) – Similar style (and cheaper!)

Red Prada tote // Nude heels

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Before I knew it the shoot was over, “That’s a wrap” was bellowed over the flowers and we were off again.

With one last fleeting glance at Chelsea’s blooms we raced away.

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Zipping north, stopping off at Ruby Violet for a scoop or two.

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With ice creams clutched in sticky hands, we continued on our path north.

Piling out at Kenwood House to enjoy a little of the sunshine.

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I couldn’t be prouder to be a Jo Malone London ambassador.

Their British heritage brand is synonymous with the finest bathrooms around the world. You’ll never meet a stylish woman without at least one of their products at home.

They seem to have the enviable ability of making classic essentials feel utterly luxurious and youthful, fun and fresh at the same time.

Quite the talent.

And where better to celebrate a great British brand than in the gardens of Kenwood House, over looking our great city!

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Just the place for a London Lark.

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Having stretched out in the grass, rolled down the hill and twirled between flowers as tall as houses, we were quite ready for some lunch.

A pub lunch, naturally.

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Fish ‘n’ chips at The Spaniard’s Inn.

With a somewhat less traditional drop of rosé, in place of a pint.

After lunch we made one final stop on our London Lark…

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The heart achingly beautiful Jo Malone London Townhouse.

Candles burn on every surface, blooms fill the corridors, the place is heaven in cream and black.

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Minimalist simplicity, with no comfort sacrificed.

Here we joined Celine Roux and Anne Flipo to hear more about their groundbreaking new fragrance.

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Anne Flipo is a Master Perfumer, who credits her countryside childhood with her love of scent.

Amongst the flower beds and vegetable gardens she honed her gift, and it’s what she returned to after graduating from ISIPCA – “A natural approach, something purer and more and more beautiful”.

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The new perfume is composed of three layers –

Top Notes : Basil grand vert, basil verbena, cedar leaf.

Heart Notes: Neroli, bitter orange.

Base Noes: White must, mastic, vetiver.

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Jo Malone London introduced basil as a central ingredient 25 years ago with its pioneering “Lime Basil & Mandarin” range.

It quickly became one of their hero products and a firm favourite in homes around the world.

Now they’ve harnessed that same heritage hero ingredient for the thoroughly modern, unexpected yet elegant – Basil & Neroli.

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You can find the range online and in stores from this week.

Treat yourself to the cologne, I know you deserve it.


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  • What a gorgeous post! I loved every single photo – you looked stunning in that dress. Your comments about the breakfast-wielding striped shirt gentlemen made me giggle; it looked like such a fun event. I love Jo Malone perfume & you’re the perfect Ambassador for her brand. Congratulations! xxx

  • Zohra

    stunning pictures! that ice cream looked delish as well 😉 x


  • There are some gorgeous interiors in this post! Lovely photos.

    The Leach Life | theleachlife.com

  • What a beautiful day of adventures around London! Candice photos of you are absolutely stunning!

    Miriam x

  • Ilaria

    This post made me miss London so much!!!!! I am a HUGE Jo Malone fan and your day looked like absolute perfection!!!!

  • I love you posting about your meetings with fashion, fragrance industry people, like this one, and the ones in NYC! and the blue dress is awesome. flyingkittyadventures.com

  • Bree

    Looks like a great time! That dress is absolutely stunning on you!!!

    xx Bree | Sleeping baby -www.wonderfulandwhimsical.com

  • I love the dress and the shoes! ❤️

    Cristina | *janded

  • Ooft, whadda day! Such a perfect way to celebrate the new fragrance too, sounds delicious. Looking beautiful Miss T. Immy x


  • What a day, looks amazing & love the pics

    Mel x


  • I love Jo Malone but I have no pennies! Anyone else wanna treat me? 🙂


  • Looking forward to trying this fragrance. I have a Basil, Mandarin & Lime candle burning in my downstairs loo at the mo!!
    Hugs Adele xoxo

  • Rach

    That dress is so darling! I love the color and print!


  • I absolutely love Jo Malone! I’m normally a Grapefruit girl, but I’ll definitely look into this new scent 🙂 xx Maren

  • There’s something about September in Europe, a post that’s so beautiful and stunning. Perhaps the feeling of Fabulous Fall is nearing, and the capture of excitement fills the air … and translate into these captivating shots . . . Gorgeous photos a ever! Merci for sharing as always! 🙂

    La Bijoux Bella | by mia

  • Kat

    Your day looked fabulous! Jo Malone perfumes are a dream. Love this post Rosie x

  • Mirabelle

    Hi Rose, lovely post as always. I’ve read about Jo Malone’s London Lark in June, is this the same event or a different one? x

  • Kari Guastella

    Sounds like a heavenly scent!

  • Natasha Kundi’s Blog

    Your photos are just out of this world!! Love it!
    Natasha K London | http://www.natashakundi.com

  • Ashley Christabelle

    Oh wow, this sounds like a lovely day! And yeah, I wouldn’t mind gorgeous men in striped shirts serving me breakfast everyday (hehe!). Gorgeous locations as well! x


  • What a wonderful way to spend an afternoon! I will have to preview this new fragrance!

  • What a visually stunning blog post. This looks like heaven on a plate – no pun intended. Well. Maybe a little bit. This looks incredible.




  • Little Miss Notting Hill

    Jo Malone is my all time favourite too – and that townhouse is just TOO MUCH prettiness!! What a perfect London day Rosie, you lucky gal X


  • I absolutely adore your dress!

  • That dress is so gorgeous and you look amazing as always.

  • Jen

    You look stunning as always, that smoked salmon looks divine, and I recently smelled Basil & Neroli — it’s sensational! x

    Jen | affecionada

  • Natasha Kundi’s Blog

    Hi I’ve noticed this is the 2nd time you’ve not accepted my comments. Is here a problem? Thanks.

  • Gosh that sounds like such a lovely day, you lucky duck! I love the idea of that fragrance, it sounds delightful! It might just already be on my wish list!


  • Candice takes such stunning photos! These are beautiful! Haha ‘usual off the cuff photos’ your pictures are always inspiring Rosie! You have such a warm spirit and it always shows.
    The fragrance notes sound beautiful, so original. I will check this one out (I mean, I DO NOT need another perfume but…) xx Jenelle

    • Tanya

      None of these were taken by Candice — can’t you tell from the angle? She’s LOOKING at Candice behind the camera at the flower stall.

      • Hey Tanya, I meant it would be exciting to shoot with Candice, she is a great photographer! But these are still great shots too. It is cool to see the behind the scenes. 🙂

  • Basil and neroli sounds like a fabulous combination, Jo Malone is always so innovative

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

  • All those photos are so lovely! I think I’ve just fallen in love with the dress. It looks so georgeous on you.
    Norina xx


  • Stunning dress Rosie, and zipping across London to each place really captures the diversity of the city; how fab to be an ambassador, I love Amber and Patchouli!

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Beauty Wellbeing

  • Kelly

    This dress is stunning! I love the pattern and the color!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  • marie from heartfelt hunt

    wow – this dress is so so soooo gorgeous – i am totally in love! <3 <3 <3



  • What a fun day! I’m in love with your dress!

  • Sharon

    Beautiful Photos.
    Really enjoyed it all— great inspiration.
    Will be keeping up with this blog for sure!