Glamorous Night…


B & W Vogue night I think that is the title of a show my Mum and Dad did when they were in the Nottingham Operatic Society years ago, but this blog is not about that!

No, it is about the Butler and Wilson Vogue Night party that I went to last night at Simon's shop in South Molton Street. It was lovely to meet with so many QVC viewers and I loved that Simon had organised with the cafe across the street for attendees to have a large glass of wine and some nibbles!

Lovely model Ali was also there and she has given me permission to announce here that she is expecting her first baby! I must confess I suspected this on the show Ali and I did together nearly a month ago – she wasn't 'showing', she just looked different. I was asking her when she was planning on starting a family and she coyly replied, "Very soon". Her baby is due in March so still plenty of B & W shows before then!

Julia and Ali with QVC viewers Simon really does know how to put on a do and he looked fab on the 'Red Carpet' in his gold shoes. If you were there I hope you enjoyed it as much as we all did.

Another secret I was privvy to but wasn't allowed to share was Lulu being one of the stars on this years Strictly Come Dancing. I had been talking to her PR agent and she had said to look out for an announcement the early part of this week, but Lulu wasn’t quite so good at keeping the secret!! – it's a good job I am! I think she will do really well, she is amazingly fit and will look stunning in all the costumes. I'm usually an X Factor fan but this year I might have to defect to 'the other side'!

Today is my last day on air for a couple of weeks as I'm off to Spain to get on with 'a little secret' of my own, which hopefully I will be able to share with you very soon.

Much love

Julia xx


  1. Annette Roberts September 9, 2011 at 5:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Crossed blogs again…asked about Simon’s party on your previous blog, typical! What a gorgeous dress, every inch the ‘glamour puss’, if you don’t mind me saying.
    Lulu, hopefully will do very well, she’s already quite the mover, so Strictly will be a doddle for her.
    A little secret of your own…quite the tease aren’t you, I wonder what that could be?!
    Happy hols
    Annette x

  2. Susan September 9, 2011 at 6:15 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Gosh aren’t you the party attender! One of the perks of TV work! Not quite usual day to day life lol. You do get around! I do love Strictly and I will be watching when I’m in this year still. It is a laugh and I do love the ones who can’t dance…as much as the ones who can! Love that they don’t take themselves too seriously! I am pleased for Ali and husband…though I read a comment form someone on your blog before that you’d let it slip! I have to say I’m very scared about asking about people starting families because too many experiences of bad endings. Let’s hope it all goes well for her.
    Enjoy your holiday.
    Susan x
    PS To all affected by September 11th I’m thinking of you. You are remarkable people.

  3. Helen Magowan September 9, 2011 at 6:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, Can’t wait to hear all about ‘your little secret’ Julia – you’re such a tease? ha! You know I’m really great at keeping secrets – you could tell me yours now & I promise I won’t tell anyone!!!! What a ‘cracker’ pic of you, Ali and Simon. I would really love to attend one of Simon’s ‘anything!’ I just love Butler & Wilson. Please pass on my congratulations to Ali – wonderful news!! Love to Ali K and Amica too – thinking of them! See and have a lovely relaxing time in Spain.
    Love, Helenx

  4. Alana September 9, 2011 at 10:14 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    The Butler and Wilson Vogue Night Party looked great! You and Ali both looked lovely. Congratulations to Ali I’m sure she’ll make a great mum, I did have my suspicions over the last few weeks as there was just something different about her.
    Can’t wait to watch Strictly with Lulu in it this year and don’t worry Julia hopefully you’ll be able to watch both the X Factor and Strictly as I read that Strictly bosses are changing the show time so that it doesn’t clash with X Factor.
    Enjoy your time in Spain and can’t wait to find out about your secret!!!

  5. Steven September 10, 2011 at 11:30 am -  Reply

    Have a great holiday Julia. Simon wasnt the only one that looked fab! I’ll look after Palace when you are away!
    Have a great time xx

  6. Magda Chetty September 10, 2011 at 1:42 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    I was watching you yesterday when you said that you will be off for the next 2 and half weeks, glad to tell you that we are having a long summer this year here in Spain, so far this September has been like July very very warm, so enjoy it.
    Iam like you an X factor girl, but I think this year I will watch Strictly just to see Lulu, she will be great.
    Great news about Ali and the baby, I will be reading your blog every day to see what is that secret of yours, do tell!
    Iam getting better every day, no more treatment and my skin is healing great, and more or less back to my normal self.
    I will be coming to London for Christmas and new Year, so I would love to come to QVC again and see you, when do you move to Chiswick?
    Have a great holiday, enjoy the sun in Spain, much love.

  7. Linda, Glasgow September 10, 2011 at 3:08 pm -  Reply

    Hi again Julia
    How lovely that Ali is expecting her first baby, i wish her all the best when her time comesx Simon’s party looks and sounds very glamourous(well it is B&W). You looked great(as alwaysx) and you and Ali looked as if you were really enjoying yourself.I would love to visit Simon’s shop(s), i am down in London often for business but never find any “me” time during the day – too busy(time is money and all that) but will fit a visit in sometime – i order his pieces online – from QVC/his website so i dont really miss out too much but would love to meet Simon and his sister Margaret. I hope you enjoy/enjoyed your holiday – sounds as if it might be a working one – have you finished your book maybe?, i havent heard you mention it recently so you may going away for some quiet time? Looking forward to you revealing the secret. Re our last conversation about Glasgow Rangers, in your last blog,unfortunately we are never lucky with European trophies but as you say we have been lucky with Premier league and Scottish cup trophies so i cant moan – but still do anywayx In our family there is a half and half split between Rangers and Celtic supporters, it makes for interesting conversation at times- but one rule which was made when we were all little is never to fall out but agree to disagree – and we always do because we all love each other. I wont mention solicitors/tax bills – as you know a big bone of contention at the moment. I watched the launch night of the civilian Big Brother last night and noticed that one of the contestants said he once played for Crystal Palace – do you know him? was he first team or juniors? Isn’t it great that Lulu is appearing on SCD this year – i’ll be watching and voting(and Sky+ing the X Factor) – now like Simon i would love to meet Lulu – both are great Scottish(Glaswegian) exports. I love Simon’s jewellery and i love Lulu’s skincare range(along with Decleor and Elemis). i hope she does well – she’s got the right balance of dressing with a youthful flair but it still being appropriate for her age group – love her stylex Anyway Julia – i hope you have a great holiday – working or not and we see you on our QVC screens soon. Look after yourselfx Love linda,Glasgowx

  8. Sylvia September 10, 2011 at 5:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, If only i lived in London or close by as i would have loved to have been at Simon’s shop. I did visit a few weeks ago but Simon was’nt there at the time. Hope you have a good time in Spain. By the way love the dress.
    Love Sylvia.

  9. Michelle Roberts September 11, 2011 at 9:19 pm -  Reply

    Julia, Hope you are not pregnant too!, lol
    I thought you looked stunning in that outfit i agree with Annette I real glamour puss and I should know I run a cattery ha ha
    Congratulations to Ali she will make wonderful mummy.
    Have a great holiday
    Michelle x x

  10. Jean Pugh September 12, 2011 at 8:10 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    You and Ali looked really glamorous at Simons,s party, I bet it was a good night as he always puts on a really good do. Congratulations to Ali and hope all goes well for her. She will make a super mum I bet.Saw Lulu on come dancing, she is so agile, I hope she does well, Lulu has always been one of my favourites. Hope you have a lovely rest on holiday and have good weather. We all look forward to ‘your’ little secret.
    Love Jean XX

  11. una September 12, 2011 at 6:34 pm -  Reply

    I KNEW IT, I thought it was Ali!!! Remember I asked you a couple of weeks ago if Ali was pregnant!! Having said that, you didnt actually know at that time!! Woooo, scary!! Big congratulations to Ali and her gorgeous man, please pass on my good wishes Julia.
    Hope you have a lovely time in Spain. Hopefully, all being well, im off to Gozo at the weekend. have to see my GP on Friday, so fingers crossed that I can fly.
    HHHMMMM, you arent announcing the patter of tiny feet too are you Julia???!!! Not sure what Poppy would think of that LOL!!!
    Lots of love
    Not sure if you are in contact with Amika, but if you are, can you let her know we are all thinking of her and hope she is doing well. Thanks Julia xx

  12. Marie Ellis September 13, 2011 at 8:58 am -  Reply

    You’re getting married!!!
    Marie x

  13. Kathryn Sheehan September 13, 2011 at 12:40 pm -  Reply

    Julia, getting “married” that’s what i was thinking. Now i think is’s somthing to do with “work”.??? Just to let you know it’s pouring with rain in england and quite cool, and i am catching a plane to spain in the morning. “yay”. Hope your having a good time.
    Kathy x

  14. steve September 13, 2011 at 1:48 pm -  Reply

    Looking good julia!
    Have a great holiday! Steve

  15. jean mullen September 14, 2011 at 3:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    You are looking good just now. Hope you have a great holiday and can’t wiat for your secret. A few people have mentioned Amika Didn;t know she was unwell .Can you tell me what is wrong with her. If you speak to her tell her I hope she gets better soon.

  16. Jennifer Stevenson September 14, 2011 at 5:31 pm -  Reply

    Whats happened to lovely Amika? Wish her well anyway. Absolutely nothing is more important than health. Great news about Ali’s baby!

  17. cheryl September 15, 2011 at 8:08 am -  Reply

    A little Secret ? hmmm Are you pregnant too Julia ? or, you’re gonna be a grandma ( does Simon do a baby range ?) Absolutely cant wait to hear the newsssssssssssssss.

  18. Linda, Glasgow September 15, 2011 at 1:48 pm -  Reply

    Message for Jean and Jennifer
    Ladies, just to let you know that Amika is fighting breast cancer(along with our lovely Ali K). Lets hope they are both back on our screens soon ehxx They are both missedxx Linda

  19. Jennifer Stevenson September 15, 2011 at 8:31 pm -  Reply

    Thank you Linda for letting us know about Amika – sorry to hear that but very best wishes to her – I’m one of the winners of the Breast Cancer Care comp so am thinking positive for Amika & Ali K too, hope to see them back soon!.

  20. lynne chorley September 15, 2011 at 11:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, now then what is the surprise wedding bells maybe?
    Fabulous news about Ali she will have a very beautiful baby just like Ali.
    Hope you have a lovely holiday wish it was me.
    Looking forward to Dennis Basso this weekend and also the next Butler and Wilson TSV.
    Lots Love
    Lynne C.

  21. julia roberts September 16, 2011 at 2:46 pm -  Reply

    Hi Annette
    Thanks for the compliment about the dress – another Karen Millen ‘find’!!
    I’m sure Lulu will do well on Strictly – as you say she is quite a mover.
    You will have to wait a wee while for me to reveal my secret
    speak soon
    Julia xx

  22. julia roberts September 16, 2011 at 2:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi Susan
    It does feel like I’ve been going to a few parties lately doesn’t it ….. making up for lost time!!
    I didn’t let it slip about Ali being pregnant cos I didn’t actually know until 2 days before Simon’s party – although I had my suspicions. How sweet that she wanted me to put it on my blog – she is such a lovely girl.
    speak soon
    Julia x

  23. julia roberts September 16, 2011 at 3:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Helen
    It is a good pic of the three of us isn’t it! I texted Ali K on Sunday so will pass on your wishes next time we speak, and to Amica too of course!
    I couldn’t possibly tell you my secret before the others, just wouldn’t be fair ….. but suffice to say this break in Spain isn’t all R and R there is a fair bit of work going on!!
    Julia x

  24. julia roberts September 16, 2011 at 3:05 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alana
    Oh I do hope you are right about Stictly and X Factor not clashing – mind you don’t they repeat X Factor?? Strictly as long as Lulu is in will have to take priority anyway!!
    I know what you mean about Ali just looking different – that’s what aroused my suspicions. She is very excited and I think you are right, I think she will be a great Mum.
    All will be revealed secret-wise when I get back from Spain
    Julia x

  25. julia roberts September 16, 2011 at 3:09 pm -  Reply

    Hi Steven
    Well you did a good job for me on Tuesday night, but what happened up at Leeds???? We were winning 2 – 1 and then went on to lose. Still at least this season the boys seem to be able to bounce back. Haven’t been watching much telly here so don’t know how you guys did at the weekend.
    Thanks for the compliment by the way, it didn’t go unnoticed.
    We have Middlesboro tomorrow so cheer loudly for me!!!
    Julia x

  26. julia roberts September 16, 2011 at 3:16 pm -  Reply

    Hello Magda
    I can’t believe this weather – wall to wall sunshine. Mind you the locals are not too happy as they have had no rain at all and some plants are starting to die off that normally survive anything. I have another week and a half so I had better make the most of it as the children have been telling me on the phone that Autumn has arrived back home.
    I’m so pleased to hear you are so much better – not a great year for you but at least you are over the worst.
    We don’t move to Chiswick lock stock and barrel until June 2012, but I think some departments go before ‘Broadcast’ do – although we will have rehearsals over there to familiarise ourselves with the new studio set up. It would be good to meet up again if you are over – let me know and maybe Ali K could make it this time too?
    My secret will be out soon
    Julia x

  27. julia roberts September 16, 2011 at 3:26 pm -  Reply

    Hi Linda
    I am in awe of your family agreeing to disagree with Celtic and Rangers fans. I suppose it is akin to Palace and Millwall fans but to be honest I don’t have a problem with Millwall …. as long as we take the points!
    You really should try and make time to go into Simon’s shop – when he is in London he is usually in the shop and loves meeting the customers ( especially if you tell the girls you are from Glasgow! ). It is only small but you have never seen such a treasure trove! Margaret is not there very often as she lives in Glasgow still.
    I will of course be cheering Lulu on and watching Strictly this year. I haven’t seen BB but I think the lad you are referring to was not first team or I’m sure daniel would have told me.
    Must get back to some ‘work’ in a minute or have a swim …… decisions, decisions!!
    Julia x

  28. julia roberts September 16, 2011 at 3:29 pm -  Reply

    Hello Sylvia,
    What a shame you missed Simon when you visited his shop – you’ll just have to call in again LOL ( I don’t suppose you need an excuse! )
    Thanks for the compliment re my dress – difficult to know what to wear but that is one of my favourites!
    I’m enjoying a very warm Spain thanks
    Julia x

  29. julia roberts September 16, 2011 at 3:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Michelle
    Don’t go starting rumours like that!!!!! – I’m a bit long in the tooth for any more babies sadly!
    Thanks for the compliment – you made me laugh with your comment re the cattery!LOL
    I’m enjoying my break ( and working hard too! )
    Julia x

  30. julia roberts September 16, 2011 at 3:37 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jean
    I missed Lulu last week – didn’t realise it had started already! I’ll tune in tomorrow though.
    Yes Simon did put on a good ‘do’ – not really a party, more a party atmosphere!
    The weather has been really good here so far – if I’m honest a bit too warm for me in the heat of the day. Still it means I can stay in the shade and get on with some ‘work’!
    speak soon
    Julia x

  31. julia roberts September 16, 2011 at 3:43 pm -  Reply

    Hello Una
    I’m really hoping your appointment went well at the doc’s and that you will be able to fly out to Gozo tomorrow. I haven’t been but I am a fan of Malta and apparently it’s even nicer. Everything crossed you could do with some good fortune for once.
    As you say I didn’t actually know about Ali’s pregnancy just had my suspicions so you must have really been on the same wave length as me! … spooky!!
    A couploe of people have mentioned Amica on this blog so I will drop her a text from all of you
    Hope you get away
    Julia x
    PS Not the patter of tiny feet – not even feline ones!!! x

  32. julia roberts September 16, 2011 at 3:46 pm -  Reply

    Hi Marie
    No – at least not that I know of ….. although Chris was asking me if I remembered meeting a couple in Barbados who got married there??? – Do you think he was dropping a hint? No? Neither do I!
    Julia x

  33. julia roberts September 16, 2011 at 3:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy
    As you no doubt know by now the weather in Spain is amazing – as Magda put it, more like July than September. Just hope it lasts another 10 days!
    Married? – I don’t think so, that’s your domain.
    You are nearer the mark with ‘work’!
    Have a great time at your new house
    Julia x

  34. julia roberts September 16, 2011 at 3:52 pm -  Reply

    Hi Steve
    Thanks – will be in touch soon. Hope your training is going OK?
    Julia x

  35. julia roberts September 16, 2011 at 3:56 pm -  Reply

    Hello Jean
    I’m glad Linda replied to you on my behalf with regard to Amica. She was diagnosed earlier this year – a big shock as you can imagine. I will send her a text with everyone’s good wishes.
    Thanks for your kind compliments to me – and yes I am enjoying my holiday, but putting in a lot of ‘work’ too – all will be revealed soon!
    Julia x

  36. julia roberts September 16, 2011 at 4:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jennifer
    As with my message to Jean, I am glad Linda stepped in for me and relayed the sad news. I totally agree with you NOTHING is more important than good health – the trouble is we don’t always appreciate it. I will give Amica your love.
    It is great news about model Ali though – she and Charles are thrilled to bits!
    Sorry for the delay getting back to you
    Julia x

  37. julia roberts September 16, 2011 at 4:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi Cheryl
    No it’s not baby news for me ( unless Daniel or Sophie aren’t telling me something! ) There’s an idea for Simon – a B & W baby range!
    Will let you into my secret soon
    Julia x

  38. julia roberts September 16, 2011 at 4:09 pm -  Reply

    Hello Lynne
    No wedding bells that I know of. It is great news about Ali – I think a few of us at work had ‘guessed’ but quite rightly she wanted to wait until after her first scan.
    Hope you enjoy Dennis Basso this weekend, and like you looking forward to Simon on our ‘Birthday weekend’ and of course the TSV.
    Julia x

  39. Susan September 16, 2011 at 5:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Glad you’re enjoying your holiday – as you’ve been rightly informed…it’s awful here…at least in the South it’s about 20C though…where I am it’s about 14C and rain! What I wouldn’t give to be away! I don’t know if you remember but I finally got away for 6 days in early summer and we got 1 and a half ‘good’ days! That was after over 2 yrs waiting…I just hope winter goes quick! I know I’m not alone in that thinking!! So yes make the most of the sun and heat!
    I’m wondering if you are moving out to Spain for half the year? Or something to do with Daniel – doesn’t he work out of your villa sometimes, am I wrong in that?
    Loving the NY coverage from Jill – Oscars and NY fashion week – how fun for you all this year!
    Bye for now,
    Susan x

  40. Steven September 16, 2011 at 6:17 pm -  Reply

    I’ll cheer for you Julia. Don’t like Middlesboro much anyway! We play Celtic at the weekend at Ibrox on Sunday. Pretty nervous about this one. The build up and nerves started last Monday! I ont ask you to cross you fingers because I know you have split loyalties! Just think how pleased me and Linda would be though!
    Speak soon xxx

  41. una September 16, 2011 at 6:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Hope you are having a lovely holiday.
    I CAN FLY, YAY! We actually leave on Sunday, GP appointment wa stoday, and the man said “YES”. I threatened a MAJOR tantrum if he said NO, so I think he was just glad to see the back of me!!!
    We visited Gozo last time we were in Malta, just loved it. Its absolutely gorgeous. Not much to do, but after the time weve had, it suits us just fine.
    Hahaha, so, its not even Poppy??!! Oh well, will just have to wait and see what the secret is. i have already told my husband what I think it is, so will let you know if Im right!!!!!
    Enjoy the rest of your holiday Julia. I will let you know how our holiday goes.
    Love Una x

  42. Joy padley September 16, 2011 at 7:35 pm -  Reply

    Hello Julia
    Hmm wonder if the “secret” is your long awaited book?? Glad the weather is good in Spain I have just come back from Devon and Gatineau”s pre tan has given me colour with just walking around as we had some warm and sunny days.
    Yes like the others like the dress Karen Millen makes
    some lovely dresses.
    I love Strictly and X Factor but am looking forward to Lulu with Brendan.
    I’m a Chelsea fan but will watch Palace this season with interest!
    Look forward to seeing you back on the Q soon!
    Love Joy x

  43. Jess September 17, 2011 at 12:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, Glad to hear you’re enjoying your holiday. You have really got everybody guessing with your ”little secret”
    Can’t you drop a few hints?
    Take care and enjoy the rest of time in Spain.
    Jess x

  44. Deborah September 17, 2011 at 1:46 pm -  Reply

    Looking forward to seeing you back on screen Julia. Not the same without you!!

  45. Ali September 18, 2011 at 6:27 pm -  Reply

    Thank you for all your lovely comments and good wishes. Husband and I are super excited about becoming parents. The butler and wilson party was great, the shop was packed full of lovely customers right up until 9pm. Me and Julia had a fun night and enjoyed chatting to all the QVC customers who made it down. Simon was on top form as always! A very successful event!
    Have a wonderful holiday Julia, see you when you’re back.
    Ali xxx

  46. Steven September 19, 2011 at 11:01 am -  Reply

    Rangers 4 Celtic 2 – thats all I really need to say 😀 That puts us 4 clear. Unfortunately I let you down with Palace though. Sounded like they deserved a draw. Boro have had a great start to the season though. Hopefully just a blip. Hope you are having a good holiday
    Steven x

  47. sharon winser September 19, 2011 at 12:41 pm -  Reply

    Dear Julia
    What a night you guys had. Congrats to Ali and Charles. May I ask Julia what did your mum name here kitten in the end.

  48. Annette Roberts September 19, 2011 at 2:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Glad to hear the weather has been kind to you so far, lets hope it keeps up for the next week. It’s a little bit overcast here today and a bit nippy too!
    Lets have a few guesses…your book is near completion, your own diet and fitness regime, maybe designing your own jewellery piece, as Ali Young and others have done…as you say, we’ll have to wait and see, but it’s fun trying to guess!
    Chris has booked a cottage for 3-4 days from tomorrow, the first real break (apart from the leg ha ha!)in nearly 12 months for me and I’m really looking forward to it, although my beloved walking will have to take a miss this time and as for leaving behind my pilates machine, just doesn’t bear thinking about!
    Enjoy the rest of your break.
    Annette x

  49. Kathryn Sheehan September 19, 2011 at 6:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi from a sizzeling spain down south, to a sizzeling spain further north. Wow what a hot weekend that was,spent most of the time on the beach, as it’s walking distance from me. Did the bed arranging in the evening when it was cooler. All sorted and very homely now ready for friends when they arrive in october, hope the weather lasts for them, although it won’t be like this. Enjoy the rest of your time away, and i will enjoy the rest of my time, when are you back on air again.? Might see qvc at home for a few day’s before the Egypt trip. Me thinks be nice to spend the whole summer out here in the future after the wedding that is. But my poor husband to be won’t be able to.(Ahh) i couldn’t leave him for to long could i.!!!!. Only just over a year now. Yikes. !!!!!
    Love Kathy. x

  50. julia roberts September 19, 2011 at 8:43 pm -  Reply

    Hi Susan
    I watched the UK weather forecast last night and looks like this week is a bit better?? I do hope so.
    No I’m not moving out here for half the year – QVC are very good with time off, but not THAT good! Dan has run a bootcamp out here, maybe that is what you are thinking of?
    Julia x

  51. julia roberts September 19, 2011 at 8:52 pm -  Reply

    Hi Steven
    Well done to you and Rangers …… don’t think I’ll speak to my sister for a while until she’s over it!
    Shame about Palace but as you say Middlesboro have had a good start to the season and we have already exceeded the expectations of most pundits!!
    Keep on cheering them on for me though
    Julia x

  52. julia roberts September 19, 2011 at 8:57 pm -  Reply

    Hi Una
    You will already have gone to Gozo and probably won’t have email but wishing you a good time anyway – you deserve it.
    I wonder if you are right with your guess about my secret??
    Julia x

  53. SJ September 19, 2011 at 9:04 pm -  Reply

    Dear Julia,
    As everyone seems to be making guesses as to your big secret I thought I’d join in and make 2 guesses of my own…
    1 – That you’ve written a book? Not sure why I’ve thought of this, but I’m sure you would be a great writer.
    2 – You are planning QVC shows in spain? Oh that’s a great idea, count me in please (I’ll have my passport on standby)!!! lol
    You really did look incredible in that gorgeous dress – I hope I look half as glamorous and dare i say sexy as you are when I’m 50, what is your secret?
    Love to you and your family – and to Ali, Amika and Ali K too

  54. julia roberts September 19, 2011 at 9:07 pm -  Reply

    Hello Joy
    I’m glad you had some decent weather in Devon – Dale was quite lucky on his recent trip to Cornwall. Maybe we should all head to the southwest!
    Glad you liked the dress – haven’t had chance to check out Karen Millen’s new seasons goodies yet!
    I think I got the wrong end of the stick re Strictly – I don’t think it’s started yet has it??
    Thanks for offering your support to Palace this season – sorry about the Chelsea result yesterday ….. but at least Torres scored!
    See you on the Q next Thursday
    Julia x

  55. julia roberts September 19, 2011 at 9:13 pm -  Reply

    Hello Jess
    I will tell all next week I promise – all I can say is that some people have been ‘warm’ in their guesses,
    I will certainly try and enjoy some leisure time while I’m away
    Julia x

  56. julia roberts September 19, 2011 at 9:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi Deborah
    It’s nice to be missed – I’m back on air next Thursday and then it’s our birthday weekend …. looking forward to that.
    Julia x

  57. julia roberts September 19, 2011 at 9:18 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    How lovely to have you post on my blog ….. see you soon
    big love
    Julia x

  58. julia roberts September 19, 2011 at 9:24 pm -  Reply

    Hello Sharon
    It was a good night and I hope everyone who came enjoyed it.
    My mum called her tabby kitten Tabatha, very original LOL! She is absolutely besotted with her!
    Julia x

  59. trudi September 21, 2011 at 1:16 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    im a huge fan of your’s,you are such a loverly lady-you enrich my tv viewing with your happyness-have a fab holiday in spain.
    Fantastic news about Ali( i work for bonmarch’e and she is our new billboard beauty!) wish her all the best!
    Didn’t know about Amika and Ali K,my Mum is currently fighting cancer,so my thoughts are with them both. X X

  60. julia.d September 21, 2011 at 3:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi, julia
    i think your secret could be Sophie or Daniel are getting married, enjoy the rest of your holiday

  61. julia roberts September 23, 2011 at 8:03 am -  Reply

    Hi Annette
    I guess you’ll be coming back from your break today? I hope you had a really good time. I know you will have missed the walking but a change is as good as a rest and particularly in such a lovely part of the world. I’d like to live in Devon and just go up to London for work ……. maybe that’s my secret??? Not!
    I did design a piece of jewellery, albeit years ago now – it was a pink princess cut diamonique solitaire in the Epiphany Range – I still wear it when I want to impress!!!
    I will reveal my secret when I get back – I hope it will be worth the wait
    Julia xx

  62. julia roberts September 23, 2011 at 8:09 am -  Reply

    Hi Kathy
    Every morning I open the persianas with trepidation thinking today it must be cloudy or raining but thankfully no – this beautiful weather goes on and on. I hope you are using your factor 30? I am, face and body, we don’t want the wrath of Ali Young do we??
    I’m back on air next Thursday, less than a week away, and then it’s the birthday weekend. I’ll give everyone a heads up on a few of the things to look forward to on next weeks blog.
    Enjoy the rest of your hols and stay out of the midday sun
    Julia x

  63. julia roberts September 23, 2011 at 8:17 am -  Reply

    Hi SJ
    Thanks for your lovely compliments – I don’t mind being thought of as sexy even at 55 – why not?? Maybe one day I will do a book about diet and fitness and skincare, but not just at the moment.
    Broadcasting from Spain – isn’t that a lovely idea! You’d have to get in line behind me I’m afraid SJ but you never know, as QVC are in Germany, Italy and Japan as well as the States and the UK – European expansion who knows??
    Julia x

  64. julia roberts September 23, 2011 at 8:25 am -  Reply

    Hello Trudi
    Firstly sending lots of love to your mum and hoping things start to improve soon – I texted Amica the other day and she was really heartened by the lovely messages you guys had left. Ali I know reads the blogs when she is posting her own each week.
    It’s funny you should mention about Ali ( model ) being the face of bonmarche. I was doing some research the other day for another little project I am working on and I came across the lovely Ali on a lingerie manufacturers website – here’s the really funny thing, it was based in Nottingham, my home town!
    Small world but again BIG LOVE to your mum
    Julia x

  65. julia roberts September 23, 2011 at 8:27 am -  Reply

    Hello Julia
    No, no wedding bells on the horizon for any of us just yet but I’ll let you know when there are!
    Julia x

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