Seeing Stars

When Valentina comes to stay we like to squeeze as much as humanly possible into the trip.

If you have a best friend who lives abroad you’ll be only too aware of how precious your time together is.

Even if one (or two or three) of your activities is nothing more than snuggling up and watching a 90’s movie with a small oil tanker of popcorn – well then you want it to be the best 90’s movie and if that popcorn is anything but golden, buttery yellow, well then it just won’t do.

So in an effort to make the very most of her time in London, we threw a party the very same night she arrived.

And set about sprucing up the house together…


…Christmas music on full volume, naturally.





Every candle had to be lit, every flower placed just so.


We lined the bookshelves with little posies, put together by the talented Rowan.


And a huge piece at the very end of the room that made the entire house smell like Santa’s Workshop.



Now, in over ten years of friendship you would think that V and I would have learned that we always, always, always… get ready too early.

I can’t imagine what it is, we’re both quite excitable people and when we’re together we bounce off each other’s energy and before  you know it, we’re on the moon!

Even at university we’d be dressed and ready hours before anyone was due to arrive.

Not that we mind much, it’s always a good excuse to crack open a bottle of bubbly!



And chatter away about old stories and new gossip.



Charming necklace


As the champagne disappeared, the shoes were kicked off and the coffee table banished.


I posted this Topshop star print dress a little while ago and it sold out within a couple of hours, I even got wild offers to buy mine for crazy prices (I’m afraid I can’t bear to give it up!) and I’ve been determined ever since to find another star print dress for everyone who missed out.

So imagine my surprise when Topshop came up trumps again, with not one but two star print party dresses!

My hand-drawn style star print dress // Val’s golden star blue velvet dress

In collaboration with Topshop, I’ve popped a lil scroller below, so whatever your style you should find something for sparkliest season of all!


Pink velvet heels // Red wine velvet flats


Blue velvet sofa // Persian rug

Exhausted from our private-pre-party, all we had to do was wait for that first knock on the door…


…and then start all over again!

Please tell me we’re not the only ones who get over excited and get ready far too early?


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  • I love that dress and I have also ordered those flats too 🙂

    • Rosie

      You really can’t beat a good pair of Topshop flats! I swear by them! x

  • Peppermint Dolly

    I show up 15mins early for everything! You can set your watch by it!


    • Rosie

      “To be early is to be on time, to be on time is to be late, and to be late is unacceptable.” is always a good one if anyone pulls you up on it! 😉 x

  • Such a beautiful, fairytale and fabulous friendship! I love it! :). You both are looking so gorgeous and festively happy.
    Merry Christmas.

    ❤LA BIJOUX BELLA❤ | BY MIA | A Creative Lifestyle Blog

  • Stars in your eyes and stars on your lovely dresses you 2 little stars! Makes me want hum that nursery rhyme. “twinkle, twinkle little star..’ ahaha! You can tell I’m a mum;) It’s always lots of excitement to throw a good party at home. I have always loved hosting, something we do lots in France, there is something personal about having guests at your own place. The deco look fantastic with all those flower ornaments, especially the one on top of the fire place. And oh, did I spot Mr Londoner in the frame too;)?!I hope the second party was fun! Julie xx

    • Rosie

      That’s a whole lotta stars Julie! And you get a gold one if you spotted Mr Londoner, I took another look and can’t see him! x

  • Everything is better with stars on it!

    • Rosie

      Agreed! x

  • I love the dresses and the shoes! Keep the inspirational posts coming. I need ideas for the holidays 🙂

    • Rosie

      Will do, C! x

  • Your home looks absolutely gorgeous! So festive & cosy! I am also obsessed with star print at the moment – I loveee Valentina’s dress.

    Lynnsay x

    • Rosie

      Me too! The low back and skater skirt is pretty much party dress perfection!

  • Arabella

    Just ordered both dresses!!! Christmas sorted THANKYOU!

    • Rosie

      Boom! Christmas sorted indeed, A! x

  • Kari Guastella

    Sometimes the preparty is my favorite part!

  • Yvonne

    Your home looks so beautiful with all the flowers and candles! look like you both had lots of fun. Love both dresses and the pink velvet shoes!
    xo Yvonne

  • Joules

    This is definitely me. I’ll be ready and have the snacks out and it’ll be a full hour before the party is supposed to begin. But I agree–it’s a good time to pop the bubbly!

    Style by Joules

  • Molly

    Love your dresses and shoes! Spending time with besties you don’t live near is so hard, glad you two make the best of it!

    Question: my husband and I will be in London on NYE and he’s not a huge crowd guy due to his hearing, anyplace quieter and fun where we can watch the fireworks that you would recommend?

  • You both look gorgeous in those dresses! A pre-party sounds a whole lotta fun 😉 xxx

  • Those pink velvet heels are eeeeverything! I also love the dress and can easily see why it sold out. It’s gorgeous 🙂

  • Can’t believe the skater dress is Topshop, it looks amazing and super festive!

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Beauty Wellbeing

  • Emma

    Hey Rosie,

    One of my favourite parts of your blog is reading your replies to comments. I just scrolled through there and read all the long ones. I read that you left a course early. I’m in my third year of uni doing a course that’s so hard that i hate. Its a five year course that involves a placement. I’m freaking out because I haven’t found a placement yet. Trying to get a 2.1 and apply for placements is not easy. I’m scared of graduating with no placement under my belt and not getting a job. I am also thinking about not doing the fifth year of my course and getting a BEng instead of MEng.

    I would love some words of wisdom from you.

    Emma x

    • Sophie

      Hi Emma, I wouldn’t worry too much about the placement, in second year they kept hammering it into us that we wouldn’t get a job after uni if we hadn’t done a placement but I didn’t do one and I just did 3 months voluntary work immediately after uni in the area I wanted to work in then was offered a permanent full-time job off the back of that. None of my friends did placements either and they all have good jobs now too. I don’t know how much it depends on your course though, I did a degree in marketing so it might be different?

  • Devz | The Savorist

    I’m guilty of pulling a Gandalf every once in a while. Especially with my husband. If I’m ever late, I just put on my best baritone voice and proclaim, “A wizard is never late, nor is he early, he arrives precisely when he means to.” 😛

  • The dress is gorgeous and the shoes are too! I hate being late for anything so I do tend to be ready early too 🙂 x

  • Aha I wish I could be ready so early, I always manage to end up running about with freshly showered hair and no make up just as the guests are arriving (apparently 3 hours is not enough time to cook a roast for 12 guests.. who knew?!) Beautiful dresses and what a lovely house! xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Life, Travel, Italy

  • mariel

    looks so nice and lovely and so cosy with the candles too..
    love the dresses, so festive!!

  • Alessandra

    You both rock! PS. In the framed pic you astonishingly look like the princess ^_^

  • Both dresses are gorgeous & I love your pink velvet heels! I think a little pre party is always in order, especially if there’s champers involved!!
    The flowers look beautiful.
    Hugs Adele xoxo

  • I always prefer to be ready early for things, means you can chill (or yano, drink the chilled) rather than rushing! xo

  • Sara Skyttegaard

    Oh both dresses are amazing, would so love to wear the low back one for NYE.
    x Sara

  • Kristen Melissa

    Rosie, those pink velvet shoes are gorgeous. I am legit going to buy them for my wedding day! Thank you for being awesome.

  • I love Valentina’s dress! Wish it wasn’t sold out!

  • mycitymylondon

    hehe I wish I would get ready so early like you guys! That would please a few guys. I am always late

  • Looks like you had a fabulous time! I also love your interiors, please show us more! Frankie from