We’re excited to announce that the lovely Ruth Langsford has joined us here at QVC and will be sharing her favourite fashion picks in her new on-air show ‘Ruth Langsford’s Fashion Edit’, launching Thursday 16th February at 9pm on QVC. Ruth is best known for presenting ITV1’s This Morning with her husband Eamonn Holmes, as well as hosting popular daytime show Loose Women.
Read our Q&A to find out how she tries to stay fit and healthy, the beauty advice she used to ignore and who’s the better cook – her or Eamonn…
Describe your personal style
My personal style is classic with a modern twist. My ideal wardrobe would be full of great staple pieces – good trousers and jackets, and that dress that you know you can pull out and wear to most occasions, that’s not going to crease and will always be stylish. And then I’d like to add some colour with accessories – such as a handbag that’s the colour of the season.
Now that I’m in my late 50s, I think I know what suits me so I’m not a slave to fashion or a follower of fashion. I know what I can’t wear and I’m definitely more confident in my style than when I was younger. That doesn’t mean I don’t make mistakes though and the worst thing about my job is that you make them publicly on television! And you look back and go: “What was I thinking?” But it’s quite funny really!
Who are your personal style icons?
I’m a big fan of Helen Mirren; she just has that edge. She always looks age appropriate, even though I hate that word, it’s true in this instance; she never looks like she’s trying to look younger but yet somehow always manages to look stylish. Think of that purple rinse she had or she might combine a leather jacket with a ball gown – she’s just really cool!
In terms of classic style icons, it would have to be Grace Kelly. I love that clean, preppy look – like a chino with a crisp white shirt. I never quite achieve that look; by the time I’ve sat in the car, it’s a creased white shirt or I’ve sloshed half my morning smoothie down my chinos!
What are the go-to items in your wardrobe?
A good pair of jeans is essential but I think most women need more than one pair as we can wear jeans to so many occasions these days. I like to have a good pair of dark blue evening jeans that you can wear with a silk shirt out for dinner, a pair of slouchy/boyfriend jeans for Sunday morning brunch and I also like a pair of black jeans; so that’s already three pairs!
You also can’t beat a Little Black Dress that you know always suits you, doesn’t go out of fashion and you can jazz it up with jewellery of the moment or a scarf in that season’s shade.
What do you love about QVC?
I’m so impressed by the number of high-end brands that QVC sells and all the well-known people QVC represent from Liz Earle, whose range I love, to Lulu Guinness handbags and Joan Collins make-up. I think if people haven’t shopped with QVC, they’ll be very pleasantly surprised.
The other thing I love is the enthusiasm of the presenters! One of my big beefs about shopping these days is that very few people know about what they are selling and at QVC, the presenters have done all that homework for you. You can see them using the product, explaining it and telling you why it’s good – and that would make me click and buy.
What are three key things you do every day?
Every day I make a juice to take to work. I like a green juice because the colour makes me feel healthy and like I’ve eaten my greens! I do believe that to eat healthy you need to do the prep so I put everything into the blender the night before and then blitz it in the morning.
I moisturise every day, morning and night; this is so important as I have very dry skin and the older I get, the drier it gets. I have to say, QVC have some great brands for the more mature skin; Elemis are fantastic along with Gatineau and Decleor.
Lastly, I walk my dog Maggie every day. I would rarely have just gone for a walk but having a dog has made me get out there in the fresh air and now I really look forward to it. I’ve made it part of my keep-fit regime as I’m not a natural gym person or even a natural exercise person! It’s harder in the winter but it’s now all about the downtime. I take my phone with me but it’s only for emergencies and to share that I’m doing my 10,000 steps as part of the Fitbit challenge with everyone on Instagram. It’s nice because we all encourage each other to do our steps and get some exercise!
What’s the best piece of beauty advice you’ve ever received?
The best piece of advice, which I completely ignored, was from my Mum telling me to stay out of the sun. I wish I’d listened to her! My Mum’s a redhead so she couldn’t really go in the sun but now she’s 85 and has really good skin. I fried myself a lot in my youth. I can’t believe the things we did, like putting olive oil on our skin and lying on black bin bags because apparently it attracted the sun!
I’m now covered in moles, which worry me so I’m always having them checked. So, that’s a really good piece of advice, especially for young girls. And now there are so many great fake tans that we didn’t have when I was growing up – I definitely fake it now!
Another piece of advice that I don’t always follow, even at my age, is to always take off your make-up. Most nights I do but there is the odd night when I’ve had a late night and I don’t – I’ve even been known to go to bed with a full face of studio make-up before! When you wake up the next day, it feels so disgusting. But, you know, it happens…!
How do you try to keep fit and healthy?
I keep fairly fit and healthy but I really don’t want to become obsessed with it and I don’t want it to take over my life! I like healthy food and I like to cook, and the two go together very naturally. I could always do better and I’m always half a stone heavier than I’d like to be but I don’t lose sleep about it. I still care and I don’t want to be overweight or feel sluggish. My son’s only 15 and I feel a responsibility to keep fairly fit so I walk the dog and I do a bit of gym and that’s it really. I think it’s important to enjoy life and find a balance somehow.
Who’s the better cook – you or Eamonn?
Ha! What do you think? Eamonn can’t cook, won’t cook so it’s obviously me! It’s not because he thinks it’s something women should be doing in the kitchen; he’s always hugely complimentary about my cooking, which is really nice, so he’s great to cook for. He’s just never had to learn because his Mum had five boys and she saw it as her job.
It actually works very well for us because I’m very territorial in my kitchen and if he was in there too, it would probably be a disaster!
I’m quite a basic cook so my signature dish would be something fairly simple. I think I make a good spag bol; when my son has it at other peoples’ houses, he always says, “It’s not as nice as yours, Mum” which I love to hear, of course! I also love shepherd’s pie and my Mum makes the best one in the world, with mine a good second. I also make very good gravy, if I do say so myself, and it’s always my job to make it at Christmas, no matter who’s making the Christmas dinner.
If you were on a desert island, what three items would you want with you?
Mascara 100%. I look like someone has dug me up if I’m not wearing mascara and people always ask me if I’m ok! So although I can go without make-up, I can’t leave the house without mascara.
A good moisturiser would be my second item. And my third would be an iPod because I love music! I also love the old fashioned record players. I got rid of all my old records and it’s killing me because vinyl is suddenly really trendy again! I had the most fantastic collection, which I dragged around to every house I moved to, and the last time I moved I thought it was ridiculous to keep them just to go in the loft so I got rid of them. My son Jack now has a record player and would have loved listening to them all!
Tune into Ruth Langsford’s Fashion Edit on Thursday 16th February at 9pm