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So this week I got to work with one of our brand new faces at QVC. If you haven’t seen him yet then you will soon, particularly if you like gardening. Michael Perry, aka, ‘Mr Plant Geek’ has joined the team as one of our gardening experts. He is great fun and has an incredible passion for flowers and has done since he was a little boy. So much so that you will spot his floral tattoos all up his arms!!
I joined him for an hour on Sunday and we had a lot of fun. We were out in the garden with Tommy Cross cutting hedges, chain-sawing and trimming with the TSV, getting everyone prepared for ‘growing season’. Lots of laughs all round and we are very much looking forward to seeing more from Michael. You can find him online as @mr_plantgeek.
Outside of QVC
I got hit with the dreaded lurgy cold this week so I very much took things easy in between work instead of rushing about. I was also working all weekend so I didn’t get to do any Mother’s Day celebrations on the Sunday. So Fred, me and the girls popped out for brunch and cake before I headed up to London on Saturday.
One of our local pubs has had a big re-fit and a brilliant new menu with all the things I love. Smashed avocado, poached eggs and bacon on toast being one of them! The girls just wanted cake and the ‘ultimate hot chocolate’ surprise surprise. Well when you’re a kid cake and chocolate beats everything doesn’t it?! It didn’t stop them stealing the lemon off my plate though to dare each other to lick it, Tilda’s lemon face is pretty funny.
Ivy however being Ivy actually really liked it so her face is more pleasure than sour!! So on Mother’s Day I did get a bit of a lie-in up at my parents house which was nice but I very much missed the girls, thankfully with technology now I got to FaceTime them. I then got some beautiful handmade cards and flowers on Monday morning instead. I hope those of you celebrating Mother’s Day got spoilt and had a lovely day and those that find it a tough day I’m sending you extra hugs x.
What I’m using in beauty
I wanted to give a special shout out to Westmore Beauty this week, I was given it to try about a month ago and I’ve realised that I am turning to their products more and more. It’s also a brand that is creating a buzz amongst our presenters. It’s becoming a regular occurrence to hear a presenter compliment someone on their make-up and the answer to be ‘it’s Westmore’!
The foundation I know is a favourite of Jackie Kabler who has been stocking up on it. It’s coverage is excellent. The brand is based on years of secrets from the film sets in Hollywood and the overall finish is really, really good. I like the eyeshadow pallet particularly, the matte shades are not super high pigmented so you can build really nicely without getting a fright when you first apply. It’s soft but you can go heavy if you desire.
The more sparkling shades add glamour for a party look so you have all bases covered. In the picture I have used Scene Stealer with Seductress and a little of Leading Lady. How great are the shade names?! I will share another secret with you, I use the Body Coverage Perfector a lot on air, particularly if I have bare arms or I am doing a jewellery show and will have close-ups on my neck and décolletage area. It’s incredible! It’s so easy and less faff than fake tan, it helps to blur imperfections and is a brilliant go-to for added confidence if you are showing more skin. I put it on my legs too as they haven’t seen the sun for a long time!! The lipstick is creamy, the blush is a double with a pressed option and a cream underneath. The mascara is fab and the eyebrow gel does not budge all day for high-def brows. All round this is definitely one to try if you haven’t already.
What I’m wearing
I have two things to shout about this week. First up, I am so happy that I have managed to find pointed toe, heeled ankle boots in a size 9!!!!!!! Hallelujah! If you have large feet like me then you understand my excitement. Generally if the largest size a brand does is a size 8, then if they are pointed I don’t have a hope in hell of them fitting me. So thanks to Clarks for going up to size 9 in the Dinah. I now have them in Black and Dark Tan, but be quick as they are selling out quickly.
Secondly, I finally got my hands on the most beautiful shirt. It’s a new brand to QVC but you may know it from elsewhere. Damsel in a Dress is very cool and fashion forward and wonderful quality, so this shirt is a little higher in price than many shirts at QVC but it’s so worth it and it’s on Easy Pay! It’s viscose and silk and the leopard print is Fab-u-lous! I am a size 12 and I wear the size 12 so perfect sizing, some sizes are already on waitlist but I highly recommend you get yourself on there if you like this style.
What I’m cooking
Pesto basa fillet
As I said earlier I was taking things easy this week so this dish isn’t exactly a recipe. It’s more of a mid-week meal that comes from what Fred and I now call ‘invisibles’. Invisibles are meals thrown together from things that are in the freezer or dry goods in the cupboards as opposed to cooking from scratch with fresh.
So things that I like to stock up on are frozen fish fillets, bags of them that I can just cherry pick from when I need them. In this case basa fillets (it’s a type of catfish). We also have bags of frozen mash, If you haven’t used it before it really is brilliant! It’s in most supermarkets and nothing extra is added other than a little butter and salt and pepper. Because they do it in little pellets you can take what you need and leave the rest, it’s great for portion control.
So all I do to prepare is leave the fish fillets out for a few hours to defrost, covered, however you can definitely cook from frozen too if you need to. I simply put them in a roasting tin on foil and then grab a jar of pesto from the cupboard and spoon a large spoonful over the top of each fillet and loosely cover with more foil. You can add a squeeze of lemon too if you like. They go in for about 20-25 mins.
Meanwhile put the mashed potato in an oven-proof dish, you can microwave it but we don’t have one so I do it this way. After 15 minutes I take it out and give it a stir and put it back in. I then cooked up courgettes (my favourite) with cherry tomatoes, garlic and olive oil. So as you can see it’s a very simple easy week-night meal, healthy too. No prep work, peeling spuds etc, just quick and simple. Sometimes we just need to take the pressure off don’t we and keep it easy.
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