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A Royal Opening

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This morning has been very different from last Friday. Today I have been catching up with emails, social media and planning my blog but last week I was in Watford for the opening of the new British Polio Fellowship offices. I was delighted to be invited to attend in my capacity as an ambassador for the charity along with fellow ambassador Professor Gareth Williams, whose book ‘Paralysed With Fear’ is the story of polio and the race to attempt to eradicate it.

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Although the disease itself is history in this country, thankfully, the late effects, known as Post Polio Syndrome, will affect 80 – 85 per cent of people who contracted paralytic polio in earlier life. British Polio keeps members in contact with others affected by the disease and offers advice on how best to cope with PPS. It was lovely to catch up with Bosik Gharapetian, a fellow polio survivor and on the Board of Trustees, and his wife Nina, who funnily enough live in Chiswick, where QVC UK is based.

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There were many local dignitaries in attendance including Councillor Frances Button (Chairman of Hertfordshire County Council) and of course the Royal guest of honour, HRH Duchess of Gloucester GCVO. It’s the first time I have shaken hands with and had a conversation with a member of our Royal Family so it was an honour for me to be presented to her.

I only realised when I looked back at the photographs of the day that I was wearing my Links of London necklace – I don’t know why I was surprised as it is one of my favourites! It links (ouch) me nicely into Jewellery Day and the Today’s Special Value, which is a very similar necklace, although it does come in a length and colour choice, which mine didn’t. I’m not sure how much stock will still be available for my 6pm show Spotlight on Jewellery, where Links of London will be the main featured brand, along with Lola Rose. Everything on air today is available in three Easy Pay instalments, making it a perfect opportunity to treat your Valentine (only a week away now) or your mum for Mother’s Day on March 6th – Chris’ Mum’s birthday, as it happens.

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As it’s Jewellery Day there is no Fashion on Friday per-say but we do have fashion jewellery brand Butler and Wilson. It will be Simon’s first QVC show of 2016 and I’m really looking forward to catching up with him as he has been out of the country for most of December and January. I wonder if I’m still allowed to have a Julia’s Pick??

Fashion on Friday returns with Coco Bianco next Friday and that is one of my featured brands on today’s Fashion Focus. I only have one piece, but every time I wear it I get compliments. Next week’s show will be the new Spring collection but I’ve just checked and my tunic/dress (155554) is at a Last Clicks price! We don’t have all sizes but if you’ve loved it on me check it out. One thing to bear in mind is that it is quite short to wear as a dress – I wear mine over opaque tights and I think I just about get away with it but I’m only 5ft 4’ish. The new designs should appear on our website at some point over the next few days.

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I also wanted to steer you towards the Yong Kim TSV on Wednesday. It is a tunic in a great choice of colours, including new this season Citrus. I’m a big fan of this range. I know some people comment that it is quite expensive but I always think about the amount of wear I get out of something.

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I like the style of one top so much that I have it in three different colours which I wash and wear on rotation with my Slim n Lift jeans/leggings. I also love the dress with the cut out shoulder detail – also a favourite with Catherine Huntley and Debbie Flint.

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Speaking of Debs, after my shift last night, I popped along to The Chiswick Book Shop for her book launch party. Debbie’s book ‘Take A Chance On Me’ came out in paperback just before Christmas and it was lovely to be able to celebrate with her, her family and friends, and lots of QVC folk. Unfortunately, I missed her speech as I was on air until 6pm. She had confessed to me that she was terribly nervous about it – I know the feeling.

Weird isn’t it when you think what we both do for a living! Debs was really kind and helpful around this time last year when I had made the decision to self-publish and had no clue how to go about it. I can’t believe I now have two novels published and am 25,000 words into the final part of the trilogy. For more information on my books check out www.juliarobertsbooks.co.uk – there will be an announcement about ‘Life’s a Beach and Then…’ on there this coming Monday, 8th February.

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Monday is also the start of the Chinese New Year. This year is the year of the Fire Monkey, which is what I am, so fingers crossed for good things. Every twelfth year is your animal sign year but animal/element year only comes around every sixty years … oops, did I just remind myself that I’m sixty in June – eek!

So we’ll be having stir fry for dinner on Monday and then Tuesday is Pancake Day. How do you like yours? I’m very traditional with lemon and brown sugar but Sophie has expressed an interest in Nutella and banana!?!? I wonder what Heston Blumenthal has on his? He has also graced the cover of The Windsor magazine, along with Craig Revel Horwood (from Strictly), Sarah Willingham (Dragon’s Den) and former England cricketer Freddie Flintoff – pretty illustrious company! I haven’t seen it in my local Waitrose yet but that’s probably because I haven’t been in there this week – too busy writing.

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So here are my on air hours over the coming week:

Today:- 17 – Butler & Wilson and 18 Spotlight on Jewellery
Tomorrow (5th Feb):- 17 – No! No! (TSV) and 18 – Benefit
Sunday:- 14 – Practical Ideas (featuring Dyson Fan TSV), 17 – Radley and 18 – Laura Gellar
Monday:- 15 – Marble fashion and 16 – Cozee Home
Wednesday:- 14 – Easiyo and 16 – Yankee Candles
Thursday :- 11 – Join clothing and 13:- The Lunchtime Show with Simon Biagi

Have a great week!

Much love
Julia xx

13 Comments

  1. Julie Griffiths February 5, 2016 at 5:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Thanks for another great blog. Always soo intersesting. And thanks a lot for your on air hours. After me moaning to you about the NEW TV GUIDE not having the presenters on it I found out that if I go onto The Web site the presenters on now displayed. Great!!! But still not on the QVC APP. TV guide. So thanks for adding them on your blog. Brill. Can’t believe your 60 this year. You don’t look it. Keep on doing what your doing. Look good on it. Thanks again for your on air hours.
    Love Julie. Xxxxx

    • Julia Roberts February 12, 2016 at 2:00 pm -  Reply

      Hi Julie
      I’m so pleased you enjoy my blogs – I enjoy writing them, so much so that sometimes I have to say to myself ‘enough now, it’s not a book!’
      I will continue to put my hours on my blog (I think some of the other presenters do) although they are subject to last minute changes.
      Thanks for your kind compliments – honestly I don’t feel nearly 60 but maybe I’ll feel differently in June
      Love
      Julia x

  2. TINA S February 5, 2016 at 5:54 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Just watching you and Simon at 5pm. I was thrilled when you mentioned me when you were showing the flag pins!! I have of course got the Welsh Dragon pin and in fact wore it today in readiness of the Rugby 6 Nations starting this weekend. I also have the bigger Dragon brooch where he is waving the Welsh flag. If you recall , I tried to get through to speak to you and Simon on that shoe as you mentioned me then but unfortunately couldn’t get through.
    You’ve had a busy week again rubbing shoulders with the elite!
    I will have a proper read of it later as my tablet needs charging so
    I’m rushing to write this.
    Give my regards to Simon and pass on my compliments about his brooches especially the Dragon ones of course.
    Well we’ve got a full weekend coming up with the Rugby. So we’ll be sitting on the edge of our seats!!
    All the best, Tina x (,Who knows, l may get to speak to you on the next B&W Show?!!
    Take care..

    • TINA S February 8, 2016 at 11:56 pm -  Reply

      Hi Julia, Just got back to read your blog properly. My husband always cringes if I say it’s pancake day ! You’d think I couldn’t cook the way he goes on!
      I’ll be 60 this year to, in October to be precise. I can’t believe it !!
      Looked at my other reply to your blog and the gremlins have been at it again. I typed in show not shoe !! You”ll be thinking I can’t spell! Honestly… Speak soon, Tina.

      • Julia Roberts February 12, 2016 at 2:03 pm -  Reply

        Hi Tina
        I did have to read the shoe/show bit twice so thanks for the explanation. I sometimes miss letters altogether on the tablet so when I read things back the iPad has autocorrected to something else entirely!
        Am I right in thinking that the Wales v Ireland game ended in a draw?
        More Butler & Wilson tonight in Spotlight on Jewellery at 6pm if you’re around
        Love
        Julia x

  3. Jean Pugh February 5, 2016 at 7:05 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Loving the jewellery shows, lovely TSV.

    Gosh you have been busy once again. I expect you enjoyed your day at Watford for the opening of the British Polio Offices.

    Oh no Yong Kim, will have to sit on hands, love her clothes, have many pieces, well worth the money.

    Pancakes, m’m yes I like lemon and sugar, or lemon and syrup, but Sophie’s Nutella and banana sounds good, will have to try this.

    You are never sixty in June this year, seriously you don’t look anywhere near that age.

    Take care.

    Love Jean XX

    • Julia Roberts February 12, 2016 at 2:06 pm -  Reply

      Hello Jean
      Thanks for your kind words about my age. I wasn’t fishing for compliments, honestly, but it is nice to receive them.
      So we tried Sophie’s Nutella and banana pancakes. They were okay but I think I prefer lemon & brown sugar – not the biggest fan of bananas really.
      Speak soon
      Julia x

  4. Pam bailey February 5, 2016 at 7:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia

    Hope you can help, a couple of weeks ago I saw you wearing a completely stunning glass large cross, I’d probably say butler and Wilson maybe?

    Could you tell me what the item was please, you looked stunning in it, you always do.

    Many thanks

    Pam

    • Julia Roberts February 12, 2016 at 2:08 pm -  Reply

      Hello Pam
      You are right it was Butler & Wilson and I was hoping it was going to feature on last week’s show. Maybe they were saving it for tonight’s Spotlight on Jewellery at 6pm. Have you checked the website?
      Thanks for the compliment
      Love
      Julia x

  5. Christine Laycock February 10, 2016 at 10:25 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, I too am 60 this year (in December) so must be a fire monkey like yourself. Love reading your blogs. Cam wait for book 3 in the trilogy. Much love, Christine xx

    • Julia Roberts February 12, 2016 at 2:10 pm -  Reply

      Hello Christine
      Yes, you will be a Fire Monkey too. As I mention on my latest blog it can be a changeable year for us monkeys so you need to keep an eye out for opportunity and grasp it with both hands when it appears.
      I’m off QVC for the next five days so hoping for at least 10,000 words on book 3 – so pleased you have enjoyed the other two
      Love
      Julia x

  6. Bosik February 11, 2016 at 9:38 pm -  Reply

    Great Blog. It was also lovely to see you at the Royal Opening of the BPF central office.
    Nina and I wish you and your family all the very best.

  7. Julia Roberts February 12, 2016 at 2:13 pm -  Reply

    Hello Bosik
    I had no idea you would read my blog – lovely picture of the three of us isn’t it.
    It was my pleasure to attend the Royal Opening – anything we can do to raise awareness of PPS has to be a good thing.
    Love to you & Nina
    Julia x

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