How shall I wear my hair for our gorgeous Honora TSV?


Honora pearl bracelets in Sugar I have more great news for your! You know Ralph Rossini of Honora Pearls, the ever youthful, tanned and terribly charming guest from New York? He’s taking part in our New York shopping spree this week, and will be here with the perfect solution to Christmas present problems for the girls… “when in doubt, buy pearls!!” And not just any pearls either!  

Tomorrow's TSV is two sets of five bracelets in a winning combination of celebrated and charismatic colours – four you’ve never seen before, made from 7-8mm ring pearls. My favourite! And these pearls are taken from the top 3% of all cultured pearls at a price to make you smile. As I know Ralph will… so make sure you join us at midnight on Thursday. And I promise to find out how his lunch date went – be rude not to really :-)

Honora pearl bracelets in Spice I’m buying both sets – ‘cos if you buy more you save more – so all I’ve got to decide on now is whether to wear my hair up or down!! Or perhaps I should have it cut short again like I did when I was 8..! (that’s me in the middle on Christmas morning).

What do you reckon?  

Love Ali xx

Alison with her hair up Alison with her hair down Alison aged eight at Christmas


  1. Marg December 3, 2009 at 12:58 am -  Reply

    I think you look lovely with longer and short hair, but I dont like an upstlyle with the lenght it is. So I say cut it or wear it as you are in the black dress. To be honest I dont think it will matter to Ralph as he is so fond of you anything but a paper bag would please him, he is a sweetie.
    Just think of all the veiwers who would like to swap places with you.

  2. Joan Fraser December 3, 2009 at 1:10 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, I prefer your hair down as in your middle picture as it makes you look younger but it all depends what sort of dress you will be wearing on the programme. The black dress shown here really complements your colouring. I’m afraid I am a little biased as both my daughters have long strawberry blonde coloured hair which they wear down. Looking forward to seeing what you decide.
    Kind regards

  3. Ali Gillies December 3, 2009 at 1:50 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, I loved your hair when it was short, but now that you’ve grown it I think it looks wonderful, so I say leave it long and luscious!
    Ali xx

  4. Mrs Heidi Barnett December 3, 2009 at 6:34 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, i have to say your hair in the middle photo looks gorgeous!It’s lovely and full bodied,looks v.glamourous.
    Hope all is well with Sam and so glad the lavender helped you sleep.Merry Christmas to you and your family x

  5. Diane Hyman December 3, 2009 at 7:44 am -  Reply

    Love your hair down it always looks so glam just perfect for glamorous pearls.

  6. Christine December 3, 2009 at 8:29 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    I think you should have it cut short. You have a sweet little face and short hair will really show it off. Go on, go for it!

  7. Lynne December 3, 2009 at 8:55 am -  Reply

    Wear it up Ali, but keep it long! Lynne, Cardiff

  8. Susan Rogers December 3, 2009 at 9:16 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali. Personally I prefer hair down as opposed to up as I think it looks more feminine. You have lovely wavy hair which looks good either way but I would definitely say “down”. Ralph’s pearls would look good on you either way though as they are so beautiful.
    Can’t wait to see what he is bringing us tonight now !
    Take care

  9. Barbara Moseley December 3, 2009 at 9:21 am -  Reply

    Alison , however you wear your hair looks superb but I think I preferred it when it was shorter so maybe you could wear it up which would give that shorter look. I am sitting here watching QVC on the telly but writing this on my little Toshiba notebook wearing my Carole Hochman dressing gown and round my neck I have the grey Honora pearls—so you can see I am a huge QVC shopper. Oh just forgot on my left hand is the Anne Klein diamond watch

  10. Irene Stacey December 3, 2009 at 9:23 am -  Reply

    Definitely down – shows off your neck & face better AND it makes you look younger…….if up – you look more like a school Ma’am!!

  11. gill graham December 3, 2009 at 9:31 am -  Reply

    Well Ali, as usual both styles look beautiful, but for the suave sophisticated Mr Rossini wear it up my dear! It will look f-a-b-u-l-o-u-s and will show case the pearls really well.
    Seasons Greetings to you and Ralph
    ps don’t have your hair cut short yet!

  12. Rhona Fenton December 3, 2009 at 9:41 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison as much as I love your longer hair now as you really suit having a bit of length in your hair I do love it when you wear it up and I think for your TSV with Ralph you should wear it up and just think how much more it will show off any earrings you will have to wear on the night also:) hope this helps you to decide? lot’s of love Rhona xx

  13. David Morris December 3, 2009 at 9:57 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    You will look gorgeous whether you wear your hair up or down. But cut it short….Nooooooo!!! I’m sure you will show off the pearls fantastically.
    take care & have a great christmas
    David xx

  14. December 3, 2009 at 10:36 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    I think now you hair is longer it looks lovely, so I say wear it down. If you have it cut short now you may regret it later (I speak from experience!!) Wear it down and you will look great as always.

  15. Morag December 3, 2009 at 10:48 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    Why not sweep the top layers up and leave some tendrils at the back and sides, to show off the beautiful earrings which Ralph will no doubt be bringing. However you choose to style it, I am sure you will look great. Looking forward to the Honora shows. I wonder if you know whether a particular bracelet I saw some time ago is coming back into stock. It is white and looks like several rows of pearls combined into a 3D effect stretch bracelet. Stunning, and I was so disappointed to miss out on it when it aired previously. Wishing you and yours all the best.

  16. Carol December 3, 2009 at 10:51 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    I think wearing your hair down (middle photo) will show off Ralph’s pearls perfectly. You always look elegant, with a figure to die for, but please don’t cut your hair Ali, you look lovely as you are.
    Happy Christmas to you and your family.
    Love, Carol

  17. MARY KANE December 3, 2009 at 12:11 pm -  Reply

    Have yourself A Merry Little Christmas Ali.
    Hair UP hair DOWN both look good, for really showing
    pearls.. best up with a few femmine tendrils falling down !

  18. Anne Kurton December 3, 2009 at 12:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, What a lot of comments have been posted (just to confuse you a little more).Your hair at the moment is lovely. However, I have to admit I loved your short style, really suited your face shape.You always look so elegant. Lucky you wearing all those gorgeous pearls from Ralph. Have a lovely Christmas with your Family.

  19. Lucy December 3, 2009 at 12:42 pm -  Reply

    Why do presenters have such long fringes? Most have lovely eyes and a shorter fringe would show them off more…. and look more elegant. I like your hair down with a bit of curl!

  20. Judy December 3, 2009 at 4:05 pm -  Reply

    Up, up, up. I saw your hair this way recently and thought how lovely you looked. On balance I think I prefer it short so maybe that’s why I think up, it shows off your lovely face shape.

  21. dorothy December 3, 2009 at 6:29 pm -  Reply

    hi alison
    i like the middle photo with hair down it really suits you, with a little black dress you will look million dollers have good night.
    love dorothy xx

  22. Susan Winn December 3, 2009 at 8:26 pm -  Reply

    Keep it longer. It’s much more flattering. The short style is too severe and makes you look older.
    ~How about some plum slices? To compliment your warm sparkling personality.
    Lucky you, working with that gorgeous Ralph!

  23. LA December 3, 2009 at 10:09 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    We all loved you with your hair shorter – much classier looking for a very classy lady!

  24. Lin Craddy December 3, 2009 at 10:09 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    You are a beautiful woman and you always look so fab. I feel that women of our special years flatter short hair however you are very elegant and will look wonderful what ever you choose and wearing lovely Honora pearls will just put the finishing touch to your look, enjoy.

  25. Rhona Fenton December 4, 2009 at 10:38 am -  Reply

    Alison please do not cut your hair as you really suit it with some longer length in it and my Alison would say the same and after all she’s a senior hair stylist so listen to your namesake:) and keep the colour it’s beautiful and really suits you just thought I would add that in have a lovely weekend, oh and please watch out for mail at QVC I have sent you something lot’s of love Rhona xx

  26. alison keenan December 4, 2009 at 3:22 pm -  Reply

    Marg, I am so sorry not to have replied before, but I have lost all electronic contact with the world, which has meant I’m having to bring my lap top into work! Cripes i didn’t realise how ghastly that photo of me with hair was, but I took your advice and wore it down… and yes I know there are MANY women who would have liked to swap places with me :) Enoy the rest of his shows. Love Ali xx

  27. alison keenan December 4, 2009 at 3:24 pm -  Reply

    Hi Joan, thanks for your comments – how I envy your daughters their strawberry blonde hair!! My friend Suzanne’s daughter Amy has a similar colour and it’s so pretty…. mine is thanks to my colourist! Hope you have a good weekend, and as you may have seen last night, I took your advice and wore my hair down. Love Ali x

  28. alison keenan December 4, 2009 at 3:26 pm -  Reply

    Ali – a woman after my own heart. I too liked my hair short but the general concencus amongst my friends here is that they prefer it long…! It was pretty easy to look after short though but a little chilly around the neck in winter :) thanks for taking the time out. Love Ali xx

  29. alison keenan December 4, 2009 at 3:28 pm -  Reply

    Heidi thank you for giving my your answer – just so sorry not to have replied prior to the show, but have lost all internet at home so brought laptop into work!! Yes thanks to my hairdresser and Ojon my hair is in pretty good condition. It does seem to grow a lot faster the older I get though, so needs to be trimmed every 4 to 5 weeks! Thanks for your tips about the lavender and yes Sam is continuing to get better :) Love Ali x

  30. alison keenan December 4, 2009 at 3:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi Diane, your vote along with 10 others meant that I wore my hair down last night, so thank you for joining in. Have a great weekend. Love Ali x

  31. alison keenan December 4, 2009 at 3:30 pm -  Reply

    Christine, how very kind of you :) Simon Biagi is the only other person here who has always said he prefers my hair short… I like to keep my ears hidden though. My dear old Dad used to call me jug handles!! Have a good weekend, and maybe next year for the big birthday I’ll reach for the scissors. Ali x

  32. alison keenan December 4, 2009 at 3:32 pm -  Reply

    Lynne, – I think your answer is why I do keep it long. Because then I can have the best of both worlds – wear it up to look shorter and then have it long to keep my neck warm and make me feel feminine. Thank you so much for joining in. Lovely to hear from you Ali xx

  33. alison keenan December 4, 2009 at 3:33 pm -  Reply

    Sue – completely in agreement. It wouldn’t matter whether you had a wooly hat on, Ralph’s pearls would look great. Thanks so much for replying. Have a great weekend. Love alix

  34. alison keenan December 4, 2009 at 3:35 pm -  Reply

    Barbara you sound as though you have joined me along with 1000s of others who are addicted to shopping this way! So glad you’re happy with the service and the products. Hope you found something you liked in the Honora hours and I promise I will wear my hair up another time. Had to do the honourable thing and wear it down as there were more votes! Have a great weekend, Love Ali x

  35. alison keenan December 4, 2009 at 3:36 pm -  Reply

    Irene, I have to agree with you based on that rather ghastly photograph of myself, that I looked like a school Maam! Old school that is! Wore it down as the vote won, and hope you enjoyed the show and Ralph! Love to you Ali x

  36. alison keenan December 4, 2009 at 3:37 pm -  Reply

    Gill, Sauve sophisticated Mr. Ralph said he didn’t care either way, but I promised I’d wear it up next time :) I won’t get it cut …..just yet. Love to you ali x

  37. alison keenan December 4, 2009 at 3:38 pm -  Reply

    Rhona, as you probably guessed was 11 to 8 for me to wear it down, although I was having a bad hair night and had so much spray on that when I hooked it over my ear to show my earrings it kind of stuck there!!! Hope all’s well with you, love Ali x

  38. alison keenan December 4, 2009 at 3:39 pm -  Reply

    Hi David, Promise I won’t have it cut then. And thank you for the compliments and for taking time out to reply. Love to you, Ali x

  39. alison keenan December 4, 2009 at 3:40 pm -  Reply

    Mandy, my stylist said exactly the same thing. I may well regret it… do it in stages. The same advice given when I said I wanted to be a red head! Sorry you regretted it. Massaging your scalp makes your hair grow quicker, so our Natalie who modelled last night told me. Have a great weekend, Love ali x

  40. alison keenan December 4, 2009 at 3:41 pm -  Reply

    Morag, I promise I will wear it up another time, and have asked Ralph about the 3D effect bracelet. As soon as I have an answer I will post if for you. Must dash, Quacker Factory awaits!! Love to you, Ali x

  41. Gooodnew December 6, 2009 at 1:19 pm -  Reply

    have a loveley cristmas i think you always look nice and smilllling and wish the orthers a qvc a happy cristmas heather

  42. alison keenan December 7, 2009 at 7:45 pm -  Reply

    Carol, thank you for your huge compliment! It’s all thanks to clever camera work and slim n’ lift! I will take heed though and leave my hair at its current length as it allows me to wear it up or down! Variety is the spice of life after all. I’m sure you look lovely too, and thank you so much for taking time out to write. Love Ali xx

  43. alison keenan December 7, 2009 at 7:47 pm -  Reply

    Mary, it’s the tendrils I have trouble with!!! I tried borrowing Kathy’s hot curling thing, but I didn’t do very well with it :) Still, it’s nice to have the choice, so I’ll leave it long, but make sure I wear it up regularly too. Merry Christmas Mary, and thanks for writing. Love ali x

  44. alison keenan December 7, 2009 at 7:49 pm -  Reply

    Anne, thank you so much for using the word ‘elegant’ :) My nana always said to me if I kept my hair short I would be more elegant as I got older….Her hair was always short and she had great elegance and deportment! I too am quite happy with the length it is at the moment so must make a note to self to keep it trimmed! Do hope all’s well with you, love ali x

  45. alison keenan December 7, 2009 at 7:52 pm -  Reply

    Hi Lucy, Your comments are regularly echoed by our senior director Paul, who is ALWAYS asking me to move my fringe out of my eyes. I do try and glue it in place with hairspray, but once I start to fiddle with it, it flops! I did wear my hair down as you suggested and have now trimmed my fringe so hope that pleases :) Love Alix

  46. alison keenan December 7, 2009 at 7:54 pm -  Reply

    Bless you Judy, so sorry that more people preferred it down, but I will wear it up again soon, as I rather like it too, particularly when I’m presenting jewellery shows. I remember the last time I worked with Ralph when I’d just got back from ibiza and was really brown I wore it up and he said he liked it! Hope you enjoyed the hours with him. Love Ali x

  47. alison keenan December 7, 2009 at 7:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi Dorothy, thank you for replying. My little black dress was at the dry cleaners but i hope you liked the sequinned number :) And yes, I did enjoy the night. Ralph is always good to work with. Take care, Love Ali x

  48. alison keenan December 7, 2009 at 7:58 pm -  Reply

    Susan, I agree wholeheartedly. Especially when I looked at the photo I’d sent through with my hair up, this time with my glasses on!!! Not a pretty sight. Plum slices sound wicked! I made a damson tansy once….. Ralph was lovely – never a dull moment with him! Hope all well with you. Love ali x

  49. alison keenan December 7, 2009 at 8:00 pm -  Reply

    Thank you LA. Have been pursuaded into keeping it long BUT I will wear it up which gives the appearance of short and allows you all to see my very large ears!!!! (Dad used to call me jug handles :)… Classy is something though I’m delighted to own….Thank you love ali xx

  50. alison keenan December 7, 2009 at 8:03 pm -  Reply

    Lin I’m still blushing :) Thank you, and as I’ve already written to be described as elegant is very flattering. I agree with you about the older you get possibly the shorter the hair – which is why at 40 I had it cut! However, I think now a little longer suits me better – and was really delighted to get so many beautiful pearls to wear – especially the earrings which were lovely. Thank you again for taking time and apologies for the delay in replying but we lost internet connection in the village last week and they’ve only just repaired it! Love Ali x

  51. alison keenan December 7, 2009 at 8:06 pm -  Reply

    Rhona, I will take your Alison’s advice – along with many others not even in the profession – and keep it as it is! I too am pleased with the colour though, although I was mortified to find three more grey hairs yesterday! I’m in on Wednesday for the launch and will of course check the post. I do hope you will have given me your address so I can send you a card back!! Love Ali x

  52. alison keenan December 22, 2009 at 9:55 am -  Reply

    Heather, I think I missed replying to you last week, so thank you for commenting, and I wish you a very happy Christmas too. Love Ali x :)

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