Marverine's nails

A summer of house hunting


If you didn’t get the chance to see my last post then it’s official – hubby and I are house hunting in Birmingham. Our current property is on the market and we’re looking for a new home. A huge thank you to everyone who posted house-hunting tips for me on my last post about April Aspirations, they were really useful.

If you’ve learned something from moving home and you want to pass those on, keep those comments coming because they’re invaluable. So I’m wondering if it will be May Madness next month, with a flurry of viewings and buyers interested in our place? I pray for it all to fall into place. And I’ll keep you posted every step of the way.

PS) can you spot my Peony phalaenopsis orchid and my storage ottoman in my living room?

Marverine's living room

Away from searching for a new home, I’ve been asked to visit a brewery up in Aberdeenshire (a long way to go) – they’re an interesting bunch. They make tasty beers, and are definitely the anarchists of the beer world right now. It will be interesting to see what it’s all about and get a better feel for the company. Speaking of beer, I was invited along to my old stomping ground last week, BBC Radio WM.

Ten years ago I was a reporter and a newsreader there, plus I presented a show of my own each week. This time around I did a beer tasting live on air with the presenter, Richie Anderson and three fellow female guests who were stars of a forthcoming amateur production of Crazy For You that’s on this week at the Dormston Mill Theatre in Sedgeley ( I took along three beers brewed locally to where I live – all very delicious and real faves of mine. Worth a try if you can track them down online.

Marverine's nails

Fix my damaged nails

My nails are damaged. Badly damaged. Leighton Denny told me as much as, to my face last week.  when he painted my nails for the Meet the Beauty Experts show on Friday morning. The truth hurts. So thank goodness for our Perfect Nails Gel Formula TSV this Thursday (It’ll be on the Morning Show and with me at 12 noon on St Georges Day, Thurs 23rd April).

I’ve been using the strengthening colours for about a week because my nails are weak and they tear like crazy. Instantly, after one coat of the pink gel my edges stopped bending. And I’m really happy with this summery red Shimmering Sand colour – the colour is fabulous and it’s reassuring to know that there’s a built-in protective benefit too.

Make sure you watch Ruth Frances and I take you through the set – five bottles of colour at a great price to help you on the way to healthier nails! 12 noon on Thursday in my Confessions of a Beauty Addict show

Happy birthday, Ma’am

It’s the Queen’s birthday this week, 89! Can you believe it? So I thought I’d repost a video I made when I took Mummy Cole to see her in Birmingha. Guess whose big mouth you can hear – it was so exciting I was overwhelmed!

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Here’s where you can find me… (subject to change, check my Facebook page ( on the days for previews, photos and item numbers of what’s coming up in my shows)


Thursday 23rd

9am The Morning Show

10am Nina Leonard Fashion Designs

12pm Confessions of a Beauty Addict

Saturday 25th

3pm Safety & Security

5pm Heavenly Sleepwear…

6pm Clever Cleaning

Friday 1st May

8pm Practical Ideas

10pm Links of London

11pm Flora Mare Maritime Skincare

Saturday 2nd May

7pm Lulu Guinness Accessories

10pm Join Clothes

11pm In the Salon with Gatineau

Monday 4th May

11am Ultrasun Professional Suncare

12pm Completely Me by Liz Lange

Saturday 9th May

2pm The Electrical Home

4pm QVC Selection

5pm Simple Simon’s Perfect Pies

Don’t forget to stay in touch, Tweet me (@TVMarv) and Facebook ( me.


  1. Paulette April 21, 2015 at 5:29 am -  Reply

    Looking forward to seeing you on the ultra sun show, I’ll be stocking up for my holiday to Jamaica later in May x

  2. sue Stewart April 21, 2015 at 11:26 am -  Reply

    Love your lounge Marverine. Very restful. Hope the house hunting and selling goes well.

  3. Marverine Cole April 21, 2015 at 11:32 am -  Reply

    Hi Paulette, well spotted – yes there’s one on the May day Bank Holiday at 11am – make sure you tweet me during the show and I’ll read your message out! You lucky thing going to Jamaica. I took Austen there as a surprise for his 40th a few years back – stunning! Montego Bay (where my folks are from) and also Dunns River Falls, of course! oooh can I come with you???

  4. Lynne sneddon April 21, 2015 at 12:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi Marverine, I am an expert when it comes to moving house having moved loads – Birmingham to Liverpool to Walsall back to Liverpool then 3 houses whilst there then back to Birmingham. We have moved once more since moving back.

    My top tips are:

    Make sure you have a box with kettle, mugs, teaspoons, coffee, tea, sugar etc in as well as plastic beakers and some cordial and LABEL IT but also move it to the new house either in a car or in the cab part of the removal van so you know where it is. I also put in some paper plates a few knives and forks so even if we end up going to the chippy we can put it on a plate.

    I also pack some essential cleaning stuff like washing up sponge, multi purpose cleaner, hand towels for kitchen and bathroom and a couple of tea towels. MOST IMPORTANT !!!! Don’t forget to pack a packet of toilet rolls with all of the above, no one ever wants to get caught short :)

    Label every box or bag not only with the room that it has to go into BUT also put a label on there saying exactly what is in the box / bag so it makes it really easy to find everything and to get the most important stuff unpacked and put away first.

    Most of all enjoy moving and don’t get stressed, not everything has to be unpacked and perfect in one or two days xxx

  5. Marverine Cole April 23, 2015 at 2:30 pm -  Reply

    Lynne! What can I say! A huge thank-you because your list is going to be printed out and used on our Moving Day. That is so comprehensive, and understandably do after all the times you moved. Love the loo roll tip! Ha ha ha. Cheers, hun: so so useful, I can’t tell you xxxx

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