A fab cookware offer and Elizabeth Taylor jewellery

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Hi,

As I write this it’s already getting very windy outside my home in Gloucestershire as Storm Doris gathers strength. My mum’s name is Doris so as you can imagine we’re having great (if very childish) fun with this one (eg terrible wind from Doris, Doris causing chaos on the roads, etc etc). My poor mum…luckily she has a fabulous sense of humour so she copes!

Work has been crazy busy – hope you’ve enjoyed our big Spring Fashion Event this week, and all our catwalk shows. And I’ve also been extremely busy with my second job, writing – I have a first of May deadline for my third novel and I have to admit I’m a teensy bit behind, so every spare second outside QVC is being spent trying to catch up. My publisher has just confirmed that it will be released on the 10th of November, and it’s the third in my Cora Baxter Mysteries (a series of murder mystery novels set in a TV newsroom).

I’m also battling a couple of injuries at the moment, related to this mad long distance endurance event addiction I now seem to have since I did my first 100km event last year. I have an ongoing back issue and now a foot problem too. I don’t have to start serious training for my next event (a 56km distance at the end of May) for another few weeks so hopefully I’ll get on top of them by then. I went to see a podiatrist about my foot injury and joked that I thought exercise was supposed to be good for us. His reply? “Well, there’s exercise, and then there’s doing 100km…”. Hmmm. He’s probably right, but I’m committed now so hopefully all will be well!

Good nutrition is really important when you’re doing lots of exercise and fortunately my hubby is a fantastic cook (as many of you know, I am NOT!). We’ve had Le Creuset cookware in our home since we got some as wedding gifts nearly 23 years ago (it’s still going strong!). We’ve got a Le Creuset Today’s Special Value offer coming up on QVC on Monday 27th – it’s one of their oval, cast iron pieces and I was given one to try out at home, so naturally I asked hubby to do the honours.

He whipped up a delicious Gordon Ramsay recipe – braised belly of pork with an Asian glaze, which we had with mashed potato and asparagus.

Le Creuset is such brilliant cookware – it’s handmade in France and is real one pot cooking with perfectly even heat distribution. You can do pretty much anything in it too, from bread and cakes to meat, stews and fish pies. We’ll have some fab demos on air on Monday so do tune in (I’m looking forward to doing lots of tasting!).

Another thing l love about my job is getting to try on so many gorgeous clothes and jewellery – it’s like being let loose in a grown-up dressing-up box sometimes! The stunning Elizabeth Taylor jewellery collection is returning to QVC on Monday 27th at 3pm and I’ve been lent some samples (see photo).

It would have been her 85th birthday on Monday so we have some beautiful celebratory pieces. In the photo I’m wearing the simulated amethyst and diamond tennis bracelet and the emerald cut simulated amethyst birthday celebration ring – just look at how intense the colour of these stones is! Amethyst was Elizabeth’s birthstone and her favourite colour.

We also have a beautiful sentiment bracelet bearing a quote from one of her last tweets to her followers: “Every breath you take today should be with someone else in mind.” How lovely is that?

I hope you can join us on Monday – I’m told there will be birthday cake! I don’t think I’m allowed to eat it though, as it also has to appear in Charlie’s show later in the day (I bet he’ll scoff it once his show is over though, grrr!)

Have a lovely weekend.

Love Jackie x

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