The last time I wrote to you I had a list as long as my arm of up and coming events that have now all been ticked off! Busy? It’s been crazy, but for the most part fun, although a few anxious moments in between.
How have you been? Lovely to have such a great response to the competition, and congratulations again to Pamela for winning the Diamonique and Elemis prizes. The answer was as you’d ALL guessed, Dame Judi Dench, and having seen her tattoo I can completely understand why she’d had it done. It made me laugh though when she’d said that the theatre company she’d been with at the time couldn’t work out why she’d had ‘Fish of the Day’ written on her wrist… Carpe Diem! 🙂 I did consider a tattoo when I was in my forties, but thought that as I got older and my skin became saggier, it may well distort the image!
I had a lovely couple of days when Roz came up from Dorset to stay with me. We spent the majority of time in front of the log burner catching up, but did manage a little trip into Windsor for coffee and cake. There are never enough hours in the day for us to get through everything, and as I wasn’t going to be able to see her for my birthday we celebrated early 🙂
Colin and I then had an 80th birthday to celebrate with Colin’s cousin Shirley. Luckily the roads were pretty clear in spite of the Beast from the East making an appearance, and we managed to get her birthday cake to the party in one piece. I’d made the sponges in my KitchenAid (an absolute Godsend) and Colin decorated it! We added the ribbon and the gyp that morning and it was very well received. I had been geared up to making a mighty chocolate cake for Sam’s birthday on the 10th, but of course the surgery to his jaw has put paid to him chewing anything for at least another month, so that’s on hold.
He had the procedure on the 7th March, and I have to admit feeling more than a little anxious as I waited for him to return from theatre. It doesn’t matter how grown up they are you still worry don’t you? I needn’t have though as the surgery went very well, and although his face was incredibly swollen initially, when I returned the following day to bring him home, it had already started to settle down. It’s been lovely having him living with us over this last week or so, which meant we spent his birthday together (celebratory soup for dinner) and he was here for Mother’s Day.
As I’d hoped, Lucy and Honey came up the night before and Jack arrived just before lunch on the day, so we all enjoyed roast chicken and upside down pudding. I put Sam’s lunch into my Nutri Ninja and it blended his meal perfectly so he was able to enjoy it too. It’ll be about another month before he can actually chew properly, but it will be so worth it to have his teeth properly aligned after all these years. All three of my children spoiled me that day with cards, flowers and special presents, along with Honey who drew in this card for me – she’d even signed it with an H, clever girl 🙂 I’ll be adding it to a rather large box full of Mother’s Day cards I’ve kept over the last 28 years – they always make me smile when I read them.
Plenty to smile about over the last few weeks at the Q too. A great hour with the Dyson supersonic hairdryer on the same day we’d featured Percy and Reed as the TSV. I got in early so June (who runs our team of make-up artists) could give both brands a go before the 8pm show. I’d been back to the hair salon to have an ash toner put on my rather bright blonde highlights and am happier with the colour now. I’ve seriously thought about becoming a red head … what do you think? I’ve been blonde for so long now it may too much of a change, but I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Someone who inspired me years ago with her hair style was Lulu, and I was really pleased to find out I’ll be working with her again on the 30th March when she has her Time Bomb TSV. It’s a four-piece Supersize Complete Skincare Collection (234832) and includes her Collagen Bomb, Complexion Cocktail, Flashback Night Cream and Smart Balm Eye Cream – all in supersizes! It’s under £47, which is a steal when you consider the night cream alone is £80 directly from Time Bomb! She’s got some fab reviews online and the range is all about radiance, hydration, firming and smoothing. We may well have a pre-launch link online before the 30th, so make sure you’re following me on Twitter @alikqvc and I can give you a heads up. Don’t miss our show at 7pm, she’s always so entertaining.
I was entertained in fine style by Colin last Friday for my birthday when he took me to London for the day and overnight. We had a good old mooch around with a bit of shopping and then went to the National Portrait Gallery. We’ve been inspired by my friend Jo who runs an art class locally, and were very impressed with her student’s portraits. I’ve never been to the Portrait Gallery before, and it was fascinating to see the different styles and also the subjects chosen.
We headed into the centre of town after that and found a fabulous Peruvian restaurant in Charlotte Street. Senor Ceviche serves the most incredible Peruvian food and these three dishes were just part of the beautiful meal we enjoyed. Barbecued chicken, beautiful beef and roast cabbage – I’d highly recommend it! It was Greek food last night when Jo and Simon joined us, and having motored our way through an enormous number of delicious dishes we came home to this fabulous cake that she’d made 🙂 Forgive my somewhat inelegant pose but it took a fair bit of puff to extinguish the flames!
My check-up appointment has clashed with my Diamonique hour this week, so I won’t be back with you until the Sunday, but there’s a fabulous Babyliss Hot Styling Brush (401202) as our TSV on Wednesday, and a five-piece Tarte Shape Tape Make-Up collection on Sunday (234127). Massive savings on both brands 🙂
Let me know your thoughts on blonde versus redhead, and do drop me a line here on the blog. It’s always great to hear from you.
With my love,