As I mentioned in last week’s blog, I finally got to enjoy my 60th birthday present: a trip to the O2 Arena to see Andrea Bocelli in concert.
It was a wonderfully thoughtful gift from my family, as they know how much I love his voice, but the wonderful gift I’m referring to in the title of this blog is Andrea Bocelli’s voice.
My favourite rendition from the evening had to be ‘Now We Are Free’, the theme from the movie Gladiator. I cry at the end of the movie anyway, so it made me feel really emotional. It wasn’t the only time during the concert that a tear had to be inconspicuously brushed away – let me explain.
Those of you who have read ‘Life’s a Beach and Then…’ will know the significance of the next sentence.
On the journey to the O2 I saw – not one but – three rainbows, then during one of the songs in the concert the video screen was filled with falling white feathers before Bocelli sang Mario Lanza’s ‘Be My Love’, a song my dad used to perform when he was a semi-professional singer. My dad was definitely there with me in spirit.
Talking of white feathers, I have just upgraded my mobile to my first ever iPhone, as I want to be able to take selfies like the one below of me with my daughter, Sophie.
Actually, I say ‘I’, but it was really Sophie who did it for me. She also told me she had ordered a screen protector, but not that she had ordered a cover – I love it! I haven’t got the phone up and running yet, as it has been a very busy week and I’m migrating from an Android phone, but I have the weekend off so I should be all transferred by Monday.
Normally, near the start of a new month I share a picture of the yoga cat calendar with you, but that is going to have to wait until next week because I wanted to show you this. I have another ‘cat’ calendar in the kitchen and I turned the page to find the picture here on the left. I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised to see a pumpkin on the October page of a calendar, but the little black kitten on the top made me gasp. It looks so much like Wilfie did when this photo of him was taken three years ago… he is huge now and very black panther-like.
Well, the temperature certainly seems to have plummeted in the early mornings and evenings over the past few days, so I thought I would mention a couple of outerwear pieces from the very popular Helene Berman range on Focus on Fashion today.
I don’t have a woven coat so this check clutch coat particularly appeals to me. It doesn’t have any fastenings, just ties with a belt – I would order it in my normal size 12 to give a good cross over to tie the belt. It’s very smart and also soft to the touch. It will be featuring in the Outerwear Directive show along with this beautiful button detail cape in red – very festive!
We are going to be launching a feature about the trend of capes and ponchos next week as part of our Style List online, have a look on Tuesday if it’s a fashion that appeals to you.
Yesterday on air I was wearing a print tunic from Nina Leonard – I had loads of compliments and questions about it, but unfortunately it is out of stock at the moment.
However, there is plenty of Nina Leonard fashion coming up this week as they have a Today’s Special Value on Wednesday the 12th – it’s a lace tunic, available in six colour choices. I thought I would also draw your attention to this ever popular jersey duster cardigan which is going to be coming in five new colours to compliment the Today’s Special Value; Blue Steel (isn’t that the look from the Zoolander film?), Blush, Blackberry, Cedar and Iris. Also look out for these stretch crepe, slim leg trousers, available in Blush, Black and Ivory. As always you can check our website for a full look at the range.
Talking of websites, just a reminder that you can sign up to receive my free newsletter on my new author website www.juliarobertsauthor.com – the first one is out on Monday – and if you sign up in October you will go into the draw to win signed copies of my Liberty Sands trilogy of books.
Must dash as I am on air with Quacker Factory at 2pm today, followed by Lola Rose at 4pm then Fashion on Friday at 5pm.
Enjoy the launch of Christmas shopping on QVC this weekend – I’ll be entertaining my mum as she is coming to stay for a few days, and supporting my friend, Gareth Southgate, who has been handed the poison chalice of the England football manager’s job.