A Great Age


I received some rather sad news on Wednesday of this week. My dancing teacher, Nora Morrison MBE, passed away. She was in her mid-nineties, so a fantastic age, but nevertheless very sad news. If it wasn’t for her turning ‘a blind eye’ to my disability I may never have had a career as a professional dancer.

I had attended a different dancing school from the age of three to seven but would never have been entered for ballet exams, due to an RAD ruling at the time, because of my polio – it may well be different these days. I restarted my dancing lessons at Nora Morrison’s at the age of nine and, although she must have noticed the weakness in my left leg but never asked about the cause, I was entered for my Grade 1 exam nine months later. I passed with Highly Commended and received Honours for all my other grade exams.

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She was incredibly kind regarding fees when my dad was out of work for a short while and I must say that, along with all the happy memories, she instilled in me a sense of discipline, dedication and hard work that I have carried through my life. Thank you Miss Morrison RIP.

Well last week was Valentine’s Day with all the shows of affection that day brings but this is true love. On Tuesday, my only day off this week, I was feeling creative. My other half volunteered to take my car in for it’s service, a one hour drive away, and wait while they did it. The garage rang and told me I needed the rear brake pads and discs replacing but that it would take an extra hour – no problem, said Chris, you have to be safe on the road – now that is true love!

The bonus for me was that I managed to write 3,000 more words of book three in the ‘Liberty Sands’ trilogy and tighten up a couple of the chapters I had already written. I’m off for my normal five day break after today so aiming for another 10,000 words. For more information on my books check my webpage www.juliarobertsbooks.co.uk or check my Twitter, @JuliaRobertsQVC, for direct links to order or ‘Look Inside’ if you’re interested.

Sinead Howard, from Philip Kingsley, is the latest QVC guest to tell me she really enjoyed book two, ‘If He Really Loved Me…She was in doing a recording for March Beauty Product of the Month. It is another limited edition, fragranced Elasticizer in the one litre size. This time it is Elderflower and Rhubarb and I can’t wait to try it. I use Elasticizer once or twice a week now that my hair is getting drier. My sister is a big fan too and we have totally different hair types.


In this week’s Focus on Fashion I wanted to draw your attention to something on our website called the Style List. Tomorrow they start a new feature all about jumpsuits. It’s not an item of clothing I’ve worn a lot over the years although I did get one last year from Yong Kim which I wore a lot. Previously, I don’t think I had worn a jumpsuit since the 1980’s.


I had this red one – this picture was taken as Chris and I were boarding the SS Canberra for a cruise which he was working on – and I also had one in pale pink a couple of years later but, despite hunting high and low this morning, I couldn’t find any pictures of me in it. I really need to sort my photos into albums! I should have kept it as pale pink (or rose quartz) is one of the pantone colours of the season – not sure it would have fitted me though!

Several of our brands are now offering jumpsuits, including H by Halston, 156882, Attitudes by Renee, 135404. and Kim Co, 158741. Speaking of Kim, if you love her designs and can’t wait to see the new styles for her visit on March 10th, type Kim & Co into the search bar on our website. QVC are trialling a ‘Just Arrived’ and ‘New Colours’ button system – let me know what you think.

A couple fashion of TSV’s to look out for. On Monday it is the Skechers TSV. As it’s Leap Day, which only comes around every four years, QVC are celebrating by having everything that appears on the ‘live’ channel on four easypays! I’m sorely tempted as I LOVE my Skechers slip ons, here pictured when I went to see Keeley from Elemis in Cyprus last year.


There’s also an Antthony TSV, which sadly I will be missing. The TSV itself is a tunic and waistcoat in a choice of block colours, 157888, but our buyers have also bought complimenting pieces in the same shades. There is a patterned waistcoat, plain and patterned trousers, and a striped tunic which would work with the plain waistcoat from the TSV. That’s coming up next Wednesday.

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Today’s Fashion on Friday at 5pm is Modalu handbags, followed by the final Spotlight on Jewellery of this series. Today the main featured brand is Diamonique, as we have a Diamonique earring TSV, but we are also launching a new watch brand called Henry London. The designs are retro 1960’s styling and have a very bespoke feel to them, and have domed acrylic faces and curved hands.


There is also a space on the back of the casing to have them personally engraved – this was part of the original inspiration for the range. We are also featuring Emozioni, the range we almost had on the first Spotlight on Jewellery this series, as well as Clogau and the Crystal Glamour collection, developed especially for QVC in collaboration with Swarovski. It promises to be a busy show so I hope you can join me tonight at 6pm.

My shows this week (subject to changes)

Today 5pm – Fashion on Friday ( Modalu)
6pm – Spotlight on Jewellery

Thursday 3rd – 2pm – Household Helpers
4pm – Look Good, Feel Good

Have a lovely weekend and Happy Leap Day on Monday!
Much love
Julia xx


  1. Patricia bird February 26, 2016 at 5:00 pm -  Reply

    Enjoy your well deserved break , my husband of forty six years warmed my gardening boots for me the other day as I left them in the cold shed that also must be love x

    • Julia Roberts March 3, 2016 at 10:50 pm -  Reply

      Hi Patricia,
      It’s these little unexpected thoughtful gestures that show how much someone cares.
      My five days went far too quickly but I managed to get plenty done.
      Julia x

  2. TINA S February 28, 2016 at 3:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Sorry to hear your sad news regarding your dance teacher. She must have held a very special place in your life indeed.
    I enjoyed the fashion week even though I didn’t send for anything. I ended up buying a red knitted baggy top to wear with my black trousers when I go to see Max Boyce Friday. I thought the red was very patriotic.
    Best wishes, Tina S

    • TINA S February 28, 2016 at 3:02 pm -  Reply

      Still having problems posting comment. Keeps saying,Error, comment could not be saved, try again later. When I delete some of what I write it goes through??
      Tina S

    • Julia Roberts March 3, 2016 at 11:11 pm -  Reply

      Hello Tina
      Yes it is sad news but she had a very long and giving life. I know I’m not the only one to feel gratitude for her belief in me. She also encouraged my mum to study for her dance teaching qualifications and Mum went on to run her own dancing school.
      Enjoy Max Boyce
      Speak soon
      Julia x

  3. Jean Pugh February 28, 2016 at 7:19 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Yes it must have been sad news to hear of the death of your dance teacher, you had known her for a long time.

    Sounds as if you had a good Valentine’s Day. Definately true love.

    You have been busy writing, looking forward to the finished novel, and I expect there are many others looking forward to it as well.

    Jumpsuits, never had one, I think you need to be nice and tall for these.

    M’m Sketchers, they are so comfy aren’t they. Lots of lovely shows coming up.

    Good luck with getting your 10,000 words done.

    Take Care

    Jean xx

    • Julia Roberts March 3, 2016 at 11:16 pm -  Reply

      Hello Jean
      I always thought that you needed to be tall to wear jumpsuits but Ali Young has one in black and looks amazing in it and she is shorter than me.
      I didn’t quite manage 10,000 words but very happy with the 7000 I did write and I enjoyed spending time with my son.
      I’ve not had Skechers trainers but my slip ons are a dream.
      Speak soon
      Julia x

  4. Joanna Downey February 29, 2016 at 5:31 pm -  Reply

    Hello Julia, What a lovely tribute to your dancing teacher; you were definitely meant to go to her school and she obviously prepared you for life as well as dancing. Your Chris sounds a lovely man and I would agree with you that his actions say more than any piece of folded paper or calorific chocolates. Some years ago my late, much missed mum had listened to you talk about being on holiday and how Chris brought the lunch he had made for you and the children down to the beach. My mum’s comment was that you were a loved woman who loved and appreciated her man. Jumpsuits..! I had several back in the day, my favourites being one in chambray and a brilliant white one that rather oddly had a look of “An Officer and a Gentleman” about it. They were both a nightmare when needing to go to the loo as were my dungarees, an outfit Colin loved and that resulted in my nickname Kiki. I’d never thought I’d wear a jumpsuit again, however, we’re going to see Rick Astley in April and it might just be the perfect outfit. I hope you enjoyed your time away from the Q and achieved your 10,000 word target. Love from jo x

    • Julia Roberts March 3, 2016 at 11:24 pm -  Reply

      Hi Jo
      Fancy you remembering the story of Chris and the beach lunch. To be honest I had forgotten because he’s always doing nice things. He makes my salad lunch most days when I’m working at QVC – very lucky girl.
      I remember the ‘loo’ issues – unfortunately still the same! I never had dungarees – I always felt I was a little too busty but one of my dancing friends (also a Jo as it happens) looked very like Kiki Dee in hers!
      Fell slightly short of my 10,000 word target but very happy with how it is developing and I do ‘edit’ as I go along so that takes time too – just not enough hours in the day.
      Let me know if you go for one of our jumpsuits for the Rick Astley concert – I wore my Yong Kim one a lot last summer.
      Julia x

  5. Tracey March 1, 2016 at 10:36 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia I have just been catching up on your modalu bags hour through the qvc videos and one I was interested in was on for 3 minutes 35 seconds and not once was the bag opened to show the inside, maybe it’s just me but the inside configuration is far more important than what it looks like on the outside, hope it’s OK to say but would be great if the bags were opened earlier in the presentation thank-you for your time Tracey xx

    • Julia Roberts March 3, 2016 at 11:29 pm -  Reply

      Hi Tracey
      Thanks for your feedback and sorry the presentation fell short of your expectations.
      We do try to guide the guests to show the interior of the bags as soon as we have done the colour choices and shown any pockets/details on the outside but sometimes we do run out of time.
      Julia x

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