Are we really almost in August? This year seems to be flying by. As well as a very important birthday for my mum in a couple of weeks’ time, it’s an exciting month on QVC as we have our first ever Fashion Month in our (almost) twenty-three year history, which I will tell you more about later. First though, I thought I would update you on our home improvements as ” ‘im indoors” has been working so hard.
A couple of months ago, I mentioned that we were getting a new central heating system. It’s a combi boiler which meant we could get rid of the old airing cupboard housing the hot water tank (which was taking up quite a chunk of our spare bedroom). I wish I had taken pictures of some of the interesting layers of wallpaper that Chris unearthed during the removal process!
We have created an airing cupboard under the new staircase leading to the second floor of our house which we had installed earlier in the year. One slight problem, we needed a very tall door.
Rather than going to the expense of having a bespoke door made, Chris utilised some old cupboard doors we already had and stuck them together. It really fits in well with the rustic look of our cottage and it was free – apart from the cost of the glue!
Chris has worked really hard plastering, papering, painting ceilings and walls, and putting up a picture rail to minimise the look of the very high ceilings; I think he has done a great job. It would appear that Wilfie the cat agrees as he loves to sit on the window ledge in there.
We are just waiting for the arrival of a new bed and a couple of other bits of furniture to complete the look. That was my domain in this project. Choosing the wall colour, curtains and furniture that didn’t overcrowd the small space, but didn’t look too small either. Hopefully we’ve got it right and we’ll be able to move on to the other bedroom.
I was really pleased to finally put one of my birthday presents up on the wall too. The ‘Life’s a Beach’ heart was a gift from my friend Teresa whose partner, Stretch, I dedicated my first novel to.
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After Wilfie had posed for his photo on the window sill (pictured at the top), he jumped down and did a yoga type stretch on the carpet.
It reminded me that you haven’t seen the Yoga Cat calendar pose for July and, as mentioned previously, we’re almost in August, so here is Davey. I’m not sure Wilfie could do that but I think it is a bit like ‘short spine’ one of my favourite exercises on my AeroPilates machine.
So, it’s a bit of a drum roll moment as Focus on Fashion today is a kind of preview for our forthcoming August Fashion Month. The event will be topped and tailed with two hour Style List shows, the first of which is at 7pm on August 1st. The shows will be a kind of live version of the Style List feature on our website. I love this Ronan Chen Mitzi Pleat Back dress – it will be featured in the line-up.
There are five fashion Today’s Special Values during the month:
Kim & Co (pictured below)… 1st August
MarlaWynne… 12th August
Lulu Guinness… 13th August
Together… 18th August
Centigrade… 30th August
You may have noticed that we have two Today’s Special Value back to back on the 12th and 13th – this is because it is a two day fashion event – I’ll talk more about that in next week’s blog.
We are also launching two new brands during the month and I’m delighted to say both will be featuring on Fashion on Friday. Label Lab, pictured below and currently only available at House of Fraser, is coming to QVC. The clothes have an ‘All Saints’ feel to them with drapey tops that are slightly over-sized, with a relaxed fit and organic prints.
The other new range is Betty & Co. – described to me as Betty Barclay’s younger sister. The range only launched in Spring this year so it’s great to be one of the prestigious outlets selected to stock it. It’s more affordable than Betty Barclay and is sleek, stylish and muted. I’ll tell you more about both of these brands closer to their launch dates.
Today’s Fashion on Friday is Together, which should be fun, then followed by Spotlight on Jewellery at 6pm.
Tonight we are launching a range called Ottoman Hands – not to be confused with Ottoman Sterling Silver. The brand began on a stall in Portobello Market in 2009 and we’re delighted to be able to introduce it to a countrywide audience. It is artisan styling, big bold pieces featuring semi-precious stones set in a textured gold-coloured metal.
Have a fabulous weekend,