Balloons, card from the queen, and a wedding photo


Easter eggHow was your Easter? Seems ages ago now, but mine was fun.

I was celebrating with my fabulous in-laws, John and Stella Duffy for their diamond wedding anniversary.

60 years of happy, fun-filled married life. How cool is that?

I also scoffed some chocolate – thanks to The Hubz, Austen, surprising me with a gorgeous choccie egg.




Diamond wedding anniversary











Funny how the little things in life make you happy? I got a little golden badge in the post the other week.

Beer sommelier badgeYou may have read that I chat about beer occasionally?

I love the drink – it’s tastier, and much less strong, than champagne, wine, or spirits so I enjoy it much more. I’m one of the few women in the country who’s now been accredited as a beer sommelier. 

You know how lots of top restaurants have wine sommeliers advising on wine? Well, in the same vein, I’m a beer expert and advise pubs and restaurants now and then on which beers they should consider stocking for customers, as well as hosting beer tasting events. I took several exams to get to the accreditation. I’m chuffed!

Have you had an award of any kind? Passed some exams lately or been given a prize for something you’ve done? 

Talking of awards, on Bank Holiday Monday morning from midnight I’ll be launching a new Today’s Special Value from award-winning plant-growers, Whetman Pinks!

Whetman Pinks TSVThe TSV is a box of eighteen Scented Pinks. Whetman Pinks are a British nursery of excellence and world-famous, in fact. They were awarded the Gold Award for Grower of the Year – Ornamentals in 2013,  a prestigious honour indeed.

Managing Director Carolyn Bourne herself will be with us for that launch!

Two hours in the company of our very own gardening expert, Richard Jackson, is an honour in itself and so much fun too.

We’ll be guiding you through a fabulous selection of beautiful plants, flowers and tools for your summer garden so tune in and keep us both company, won’t you?

MIDNIGHT until 2am live, on Bank Holiday Monday morning

Gatineau anti-ageing melatogenine collectionThen, on Sat 11th May at 4pm, I’ll be bringing you another terrific Today’s Special Value from Gatineau. This prestige beauty brand has completely blown me away ever since I was introduced to them in March. Here’s a shot of the whole set.

The anti-ageing molecule Melatogenine is the vital ingredient in this 4-Piece kit – which features the amazing Refreshing Cleansing Cream 250ml (it’s lush, it’s my daily cleanser right now!), Advanced Rejuvenating Eye Concentrate 30ml (to help reduce those horrid dark circles under your eyes), Advanced Rejuvenating Cream 50ml (this thick luxurious cream is super as night cream to work on your skin as you sleep), and 75ml of the incredible Futur Plus Anti-Wrinkle Radiance Mask (I like using this as a 10 minute express facial whenever I need a quick pick-me-up).

Adding each one up on its own right now, you’d be talking almost £200, so goodness only knows the superb deal we’re going to be offering you on Sunday 11th May. You can be guaranteed with QVC that it’s going to be outrageous.

And, as long as there are stocks left, I'll be joined by the delightful Andrew Bagley (head of Gatineau in the UK) alongside Michaela Taylor (one of Gatineau’s top beauty therapists) to offer you useful tips and hints for the Melatogenine Anti-Ageing Collection TSV and all the other items we’ll bring you in the hour.

With over 80 years of science and innovation in skincare, and millions of customers worldwide seeing results from their ranges, Gatineau truly does lead the way globally in this area. So if you’re serious about your skin, then you need to be tuning in at 4pm on Saturday 11th May.

See you soon xxx


Where you can see me…

Sunday 4th May
10pm – Practical Ideas with Dyson TSV

May Day Bank Holiday Monday 5th May
Richard Jackson’s Garden

Sunday 11th May
3pm – Vercella Vita – luxury Italian shapewear
4pm – In The Salon with Gatineau


Don't forget that when I'm not on-air at QVC, you can find me on Twitter or on my Facebook page. I always love to hear from you about the brands you like on QVC, what you've bought from us or anything you want to tell me, so come over and say HELLO anytime!!


  1. Beth May 8, 2014 at 10:47 am -  Reply

    Hi Marverine,
    I think it’s brilliant that Austen’s parents have celebrated 60 years of marriage – good for them and they’re obviously so happy together too.
    I hadn’t realised you and Austen met through the internet too! Years ago, I joined a “Dating Agency” and went out with a guy to his work’s Christmas party. However, when people asked how we’d met, I can’t remember what our story was but we didn’t tell the truth! How times have changed and delighted to hear that you and Austen are another internet success story.
    I really don’t think it’s a little thing that you received the award and are now an accredited Beer Sommelier – well done!! I haven’t won any awards myself but I may be receiving something for being a volunteer soon. NOT that I do it for reward but I found out by accident that I’ve been put forward for something. We moved to this area less than 3 years ago and volunteering has been the best thing I’ve done since being here. Even getting a job within a month of being here wasn’t even half as good as the voluntary work!! I know you do mentoring work with young people and I know how much you enjoy it.
    You take care and I’ll try and catch your Saturday show if I can. Unfortunately I missed last Monday’s one.
    Beth XXX

  2. MARVERINE COLE May 15, 2014 at 2:57 pm -  Reply

    Beth, that is super news that someone put you forward for your voluntary work. it truly means someone values everything you’ve been doing it. And I don’t think anyone volunteers expecting something, I think we do it to give, and give back. Ooooh let me know when – sounds so exciting and feel free anytime you want to reveal what it is you do. No pressure, you don’t have to. Take good care xxx

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