Estee Lauder’s London

Shortly before Christmas last year I took part in a photoshoot.

Not just any photoshoot! One that meant a great deal to me.

You see I’ve admired Estée Lauder for as long as I can remember. A force to be reckoned with, an original female entrepreneur, a mother, timelessly elegant and a seriously tough cookie.

You’re probably a fan too, even if you haven’t realised it yet. Just check out some of these pearls…

“I didn’t get where I am by thinking about it or dreaming it. I got there by doing it.” – Estee Lauder 

“People do make their luck by daring to follow their instincts, taking risks, and embracing every possibility.” – Estee Lauder 

“First comes the shy wish. Then you must have the heart to have the dream. Then, you work. And work.” – Estee Lauder 

“Whatever you give comes back to you.” – Estee Lauder 

“Beauty is an attitude.” – Estee Lauder 

“I’d risk the rent, but if it worked, I would start the business I always dreamed about. Risk-taking is the cornerstone of empires.” – Estee Lauder 

“When a person with experience meets a person with money, pretty soon, the person with the experience will have the money and the person with the money will have the experience.”  – Estee Lauder 

“When I thought I couldn’t go on, I forced myself to keep going. My success is based on persistence, not luck.” – Estee Lauder

See what I mean? To know Estée is to love her.

The original influencer, if she loved something it sold, if she loved somewhere it became the hotspot. She loved London and some of her favourite haunts are as iconic now as they were then. Using Estée as our guide, we visited a handful.

Starting, naturally, at Claridges.

We settled in the night before, making ourselves very much at home.

Feeling very impawtant 🐾

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And started very early the next morning with a light breakfast.


The hair and makeup fairies arrived to work their magic, I trotted downstairs to The Fumoir and the real fun began.

A spread of Estée’s favourites, sandwiches, scones, cake, and English Breakfast tea.

I may have nibbled (scarfed) a few while people’s backs were turned.

No time to linger, after a quick change we rushed off to the next location on Estée’s list.


The seafood spot in Mayfair and Estée’s favourite for a spot of fish ‘n’ chips.

A girl after my own heart!

A quick touch up and we were ready to roll.

Naturally I took my role very seriously indeed.

And was only somewhat distracted by the steaming, crisp battered, perfectly cooked fish and the accompanying bowl of fluffy chips in front of me.

But thankfully I got to polish off the props when we were done.

The final location on Estée’s guide to London?


Uh, I mean Harry’s Bar.

The magnificent, beautiful, charming, (eye wateringly expensive) members club where every important dinner you’ve ever dreamt of being invited to is held.

If you were to be a fly on the wall in London, you would want it to be here. On that glorious wallpaper.

We made the most of our special permission to shoot here.

Starting with coffees.

Moving swiftly onto cocktails.

Before finishing off with Estée’s favourite, the chocolate ice cream.

Which, sadly, kept melting under the lights so I got to eat a lot of it!

Look, it’s a tough job but someone’s gotta do it.

One more final shot outside, and we were done!

The incessant rain a sharp wakeup back to the real world as we bid a fond farewell to Estée’s.

The next part of the guide was all about where I’d take her in London, but for that you’ll have to pop over to the finished article!

Which went live today, fittingly on International Women’s Day.

Three cheers to all of our heroines and to supporting each other every day of the year, but especially today.

I believe in you, and you should too.

When in doubt, just think of Estée.

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  • Peppermint Dolly

    Loved this – a woman with quotes to live by!!

    Work work work = The dream!!!!!!


  • Rach

    This shoot sounds amazing! I can’t wait to see how they turned out!

    • Gina

      She linked to the finished article at the end xxx

  • Such an exciting experience! I love all of the behind the scenes photos!

    XO, Emily
    Epicurean Emily

  • Harri

    I really love these behind the scenes posts! So much nicer when you know the full story and see how it all went down. x

  • Love the post, such a fun and exciting day for a photo Shoot! 🙂

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  • Wonderful photos 🙂 Happy Women’s Day! 🙂

  • YES! Love the stream of quotes, exactly what I needed to read today. Amazing work Rosssaay, lovely article too. You are looking beaut girl! Immy x

  • Absolutely love this, it looks like such a fun shoot and Harry’s bar looks so cool. Lucky you!

  • What a great post and fun shoot! I love all three of your looks, especially those sailor button pants!

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  • Adore! Estee Lauder’s quotes are words to live – and work – by indeed. Here’s to women who are sweet and spirited, and what a worthy day to celebrate them.

    xx Jean

  • What a wonderful experience, Rosie! you are so lucky 🙂

  • Kari Guastella

    Looks like so much fun!

  • Cristiana SERBANESCU

    So pretty experience, Rosie! You are amazing. I just read this on Aerin website:

  • mariel

    what a great photoshoot Rosie, looks so fun and the places you visited look so beautiful and amazing, its a good thing you also got to eat the food afterwards 🙂
    Estee is such an inspiration to this day and what it must have felt like to go to her favourite places <3 such a dream!

  • Estee is so inspiring and reminded me to wake up and get my blog crackin’ to the next level!
    I could do with proper tea & scones, fish n chips, coffee, cocktails and decadent choc ice cream, all in a jaw droppingly beautiful interior!

    Viviane xo

  • Wonderful post Rosie and the photos are stunning! It sounds silly but you must share some of your posing techniques with us sometime!

    Thanks for the inspiration from Estee – she’s always lauded in the NYTimes crossword too (first name at the cosmetics counter)!

  • What a brilliant post, I loved the quotes & the way you set the scene! The shoot looked amazing, so did you Rose, as did the 3 venues.
    Hugs Adele xoxo

  • Emmalisa Tilli

    OMG!!!!! I loooooooooove this post!!!!!! Your hair is amazingly stunning, and I wish I had such great photos like yours on my blog!!! haha!!! You always look soooooo great!!!!

  • Emmalisa Tilli

    I’ve always wanted to know – if you can reply, what is your favourite book?

  • These are such beautiful photos! Estée was a very wise woman indeed, those quotes are so inspiring!

    Lynnsay x

  • Lizzie Fildes


    I have been fortunate enough to live in London for the last 5 months, Fulham to be precise.
    Being a country girl in the city has been a REAL eye opener.
    I have explored so much in the last few months, but I’m running out of ideas…
    My sister is coming to stay next weekend and I want to do something really fun and different with her. Any suggestions?
    Thank you!! Xxx

  • Brittany

    How wonderful! Estee Lauder is a true classic. Beautiful photos.

  • Leanne

    What a wonderful experience. You look incredible! Especially in that gorgeous skirt and Chanel shoes.

    Arum Lilea

  • Liv

    How awesome! And yes to the Chiltern Firehouse! Xx

  • I love a behind the scenes pst – especially one filled with such beautiful quotes!

  • Wow wow wow wow!! Amazing photos, location and you look stunning Rosie! What a magical day/shoot!

    Gemma x
    The Gem Agenda

  • Christa Sagmoe

    Looks like so much fun and the pictures are absolutely gorgeous! ~ Christa

  • Joules

    What a fun post! You look insanely gorgeous in every look/setting.

    Style by Joules

  • Sepideh

    How fun! I love seeing behind the scenes pictures.

    Love the last outfit with the striped skirt – gorgeous!