I’m back after a poorly couple of weeks


I know it's utterly RUBBISH of me how I've been conspicuously absent from my blog page. But, whether I've been missed remains to be seen because now I'm back!

I'd love to say I've been off somewhere exotic but no, and I was SO determined not to be a complete whinger, but I've been a poorly girl for such a long time.

Ordered home

There I was slapping on the fake tan and makeup and trying so hard to overcome the endless poorly feeling, but I guess being sent home during my shift (almost during my show) told me perhaps the time had come to admit defeat and accept I needed to get better.

So, that's what I did. My fractured rib (from coughing so relentlessly, would you believe) will slowly fix, my blood tests show nothing sinister, phew, and my chest consultant will hopefully give me a clean bill of health.

My lovely co-presenters, meanwhile, have covered for me and Ali Keenan was planning to come over and even do some ironing for me – such a special friend. I promise I said no, tempting though it was!

Interestingly, she said feeling low can be a result of being ill in that 'chesty' area as it's close to the heart! Have you heard that before?

My lack of blogging

I decided not to blog because I didn't want to moan and now look at me! Mind you, now I'm feeling better it's a different kind of moan!

I thought I'd just have a little chat with you to get back in the swing of things. Though, I must remember to ask at work how to reply to your lovely comments when I'm at home. My notebook keeps saying I need a code – I must sort that as it's so infuriating not being able to reply back to your wonderful comments.

Anyway, this weekend I've had lots of compliments about the diamond ring I'm wearing. Ok I'll admit it's a TSV for this week, but as far as I'm concerned it's one thing to fall in love with how a ring looks, but when we're talking diamonds and lots of them, I decided I should wear it just to get the feel for it.

I was utterly shocked when Alexis from L'Occitaine informed me that it is in fact Tova's DIAMONIQUE version of her wedding ring! It scores TOP MARKS in all areas and particularly in price! In fact, Lisa who's the receptionist at my dentist LOVED it too.

Aiming for a Colgate smile

Talking of dentists, I've had my gums cut. I know I sound mad, but it's all part of the ongoing teeth business. Last year I decided that I would like to return my teeth to the straighter version they used to be, not Donny Osmond perfect, just the Claire of old (prior to the little cross-overs that had become more and more noticable to me).

What I've noticed is that so many friends of mine have also shown a dissatisfaction of how their smile is and so there's a few of us grown-ups sporting various invisible-style braces!

My theory is that once you get to 40 and beyond there is a continually growing list of things to be dissatisfied with. So, the brave ones head to needles and even scalpels (argh!) and the rest of us settle on braces!

How far would you dare go? As Lindsey, my fabulous, permanently young-looking friend put it, 'What happens if it went wrong?'

Now here's an interesting point of discussion…

What do you think? Could you, would you, have you? Go on lets open the debate!

Lots of love,


  1. Steven June 16, 2009 at 4:46 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire
    Glad to hear you are feeling better now and glad you got the OK from blood tests. I’m sure you’ll be fine. Hope you get the blog sorted at home too because I know that I am not the only that really appreciates the time and effort you and a lot of others put into replying to a lot of people.
    PS I think you look great as you are so no need for the needles – eek – or scarpels
    Take Care xx

  2. Kath June 16, 2009 at 5:43 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire
    Yes you have definitely been missed! A few times I have put QVC on to watch your shows and it has been a different presenter doing the shows. QVC hasn’t been the same without your cheery face on the box.
    I have never heard of gums being cut but your teeth look lovely and sparkly when you’re on the television. Are you wearing an invisible brace on your teeth when you are presenting your shows now? I always said if I won the lottery I would love to have my teeth done just like the makeover shows on the tv. You can never put a price on your health and I have luckily been blessed with good health all my life. I never take it for granted. I eat well and live well. I LOVE LIFE!
    Take good care of yourself

  3. Julie Ann Roberts June 16, 2009 at 7:28 pm -  Reply

    Hello Claire!
    I have certainly missed you, as yourself and Jilly are my two favourite presenters! I am glad you are feeling a lot better and hope you continue to feel more like your old self! Love Julie in Liverpool x x

  4. Magda Chetty June 16, 2009 at 7:53 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire great to have you back,I always loved your blog and how honest you are when you write. Sorry to hear that you”ve been that ill. But I watched your L”Occitaine show the other day and I can tell you are back to your normal self which is great.
    About the teeth debate, I have two front teeth that are straight but long and stick out and when I turned 40 I wanted to do something about it, I went on a holiday to the US and on that trip I made a friend with a dentist and his wife, and when we cam back to England I asked him if he can help. He said that it will change the way I look and as a friend he advice me not too. He also said that wearing braces after 40 can be painful and may not give me the result I wanted. and any way we love you as you are he said. So I did not do anything about it, and now I do not even think about it.
    You are lovely as you are, and Iam sure all your friends and family do not even notice or look at your teeth the way you do.
    Your heart is wonderful and that is all that matter. Love to TOM and all you family.
    All the best.

  5. Rita McShane June 17, 2009 at 4:51 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire,
    So glad that you are felling much better and looking fab as usual. I have had a cough since March 2008 and am still attending the hospital for tests but no-one can find out what is wrong so I can understand how you feel.It’s so frustrating.
    Anyway, glad that you are back as you are so effervesent and lovely that you always make me feel good when I watch you. Many thanks and keep up the good work. By the way, you look fantastic and do’t need anything done.
    Now me! Have you got a few hours!!!
    Take care,
    Love Rita xx

  6. Kristina Moore June 17, 2009 at 7:04 pm -  Reply

    Hello Claire, yes you have been missed and I am so glad you are better. I am watching you selling osteospermum etc. Brilliant flower – all over the Isles of Scilly and there is a dark purple one called Tresco Peggy (on Scilly Tresco Purple if I remember correctly).
    I had to wear a visible brace when I was young to pull my canine teeth in. I would not go under the knife for anyone (unless something really, really bothered me). I may be female but I don’t like make-up (or skincare for that matter – I do wear high factor sun protection though), gold, diamonds, fashion or pink. I can’t work out what happened when likes and dislikes were being given out! I have met another girl who does not like pink but I do wonder if something went wrong somewhere along the line!
    Your new house and the animals and everything sounds brilliant. Hope life there is as you wish it to be.
    Hugs to you and all your family

  7. claire sutton June 18, 2009 at 3:29 pm -  Reply

    Steven….you`re my 1st!!!! Man to reply to me that is!!!
    thankyou, and for your lovely comments. I’m having to reply a day later than i wanted as still puzzling the techys with my inability to respond from home, BUT Hello for now,
    Lol Claire x

  8. claire sutton June 18, 2009 at 3:38 pm -  Reply

    You know last year i wore the invisible brace on air, but i kept spitting!! i was on with Lulu so i took it outas I was so embarrased!. I wear it all the other time but can`t even have a nice cup of tea with it in so that was another reason i stopped wearing it on air, i SO need a cup of tea!! especially in the morning shows,
    I loved your LOVE LIFE comment , how lovely to hear that,
    have a super day,
    My love , Claire xx

  9. claire sutton June 18, 2009 at 3:46 pm -  Reply

    My sister in law Katherine, (who always reads my blogs!, so Hello k x) has done the metal ones and bless her its been tough, i cant wait to see the results though!
    How lovely, and quite right of your friend to say “you`re lovely as you are” I know pretty much everyone said the same to me but the stubborn Arian that i am decided to go ahead, minimal work required so an easier descision to make!!
    I AM pleased though, I jolly well should be at the cost its been….
    Tom is delicious thanks Magda, though rising a tad too early with these sunny mornings, back to
    “gosh” for a check up end of the month, but i expect all good things,
    Lots of love Claire x

  10. claire sutton June 18, 2009 at 3:52 pm -  Reply

    Oh Rita, poor poor you, its so wearing and worrying i know, I suddenly last Friday felt the corner had been turned, mine turned out to have been a cheeky nasty little …pneumonia…! Lesson i learnt was to not soldier on so much and admit defeat earlier , perhaps then i wouldnt have been ill for so long!
    I was SO bored of saying i felt ill and having to keep on saying it, I m sure Dan was too, but funnily enough sympathy delivered when i had a tangible reason!!!
    I so hope you are better soon and lets hope its a virulent germ and nothing else for you, Sending well wishes through the air waves!
    Love Claire x

  11. claire sutton June 18, 2009 at 4:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Krissy,
    Guess what.. a kitten, Twinkle will be coming on board!!!! Maddie`s 5 th birth day has been the prompt so the menangerie is growing!
    Chooks are lovely, though a broody Sparkle desperately sitting on flo and Elsie`s eggs makes me feel sad for her, I hope the phase moves on soon for her…
    I had a boyfriend who said to me ” You`d stop traffic if you had a nose job” and “wuold you like liposuction for a present”……Luckily I relised HEwas the one with hang ups, and took my slightly broken nose and bottom to a better relationship!!! NASTY PASTY MAN!
    So Im with you on the no surgery bit, it `d be bound to go wrong!!
    Have a good weekend,Claire x

  12. claire sutton June 18, 2009 at 4:03 pm -  Reply

    Julie, Thankyou, Im glad i was missed! Its a lovely feeling to see messages back after a blog, so many thanks ,
    Hope Liverpool is sunny and warm,
    Take Care , Claire xxx

  13. Steven June 18, 2009 at 4:41 pm -  Reply

    Am I really Claire! I am seriously shocked at that. I did wonder where your comment was going at the start though ha ha. You are my fave presenter on QVC. Hope you get the difficulties sorted. Thanks so much for replying so promptly too
    Steven aka ‘Claire Sutton’s first man’ lol

  14. Lisa De Redder June 18, 2009 at 6:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire, I am watching the holiday shop and you are looking lovely as usual in a blue floral dress with lovely neckline detail – where’s it from I would love it for the races – many thanks Lisa

  15. Julie June 18, 2009 at 6:57 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire
    Glad you’re better. I too had Pneumonia “many moons” ago. It’s not a pleasant illness and comes on you very quickly. Couldn’t agree more with you regarding not to soldier on and to admit defeat earlier- but Claire we’re women and parents will we ever learn? But seriously we should look after our health, I’ve been unwell for a few months (but on the mend now)and it’s taught me to put number one first and to appreciate it when we are healthy.
    Take Care

  16. Marg June 18, 2009 at 11:58 pm -  Reply

    So happy to see you back Claire, please take care and dont do too much too soon. You looked glowing today,so lets keep it that way.Take care,love to the little ones,
    ,we looked at each other and laughed,it was so unlike him,but I must admit she did look stunning.

  17. Marg June 19, 2009 at 12:07 am -  Reply

    Ps that last sentence was caused by my husbands gasp when he saw Goody in that black swimsuit this afternoon,he never usually makes comment but today he was very impressed by the lovely Goody and deservedly so, she looked stunning,

  18. Claire Sutton June 19, 2009 at 2:05 pm -  Reply

    Lisa, thank you so much, It’s from PYRUS. I got it last year from a lovely shop near to me. I loved the neckline too. Races eh? How lovely, see if you can win like Simon Cowell!
    Thanks Julie, and I know its part of our make up to carry on, but I will be careful x,
    Marge, she looked FAB even I gasped so at least he has super taste!! My children made me and a lady in Tesco laugh out loud when they informed me that if I wasn’t around Daddy was going to marry Beyonce! He should be so lucky!! At least she’s a girl with a healthy bottom too!
    Take care everyone. Im off to a ball tonight (hence the healthy glow) and I’ve been asked to do the auction. It’s daunting when its faces you know so I’m off to research.
    Love Claire xx

  19. Julie Anderson June 19, 2009 at 7:55 pm -  Reply

    Oh Claire.
    Glad to hear you are on the mend, have missed you. it’s rubbish being poorly and it not going away isn’t it. I had a really bad virus at the beginning of last year that has still not left me completely.
    The TSV today was beautiful.
    You are brave about your teeth, im afraid i avoid needles etc etc as much as i possibly can. You are one brave lady.
    Hope you continue to get better.
    Love Jules

  20. Steven June 20, 2009 at 11:05 am -  Reply

    Hope your ball went well Claire

  21. Lorraine June 20, 2009 at 11:48 am -  Reply

    Hi Claire,
    I am so glad you are back and feeling better. I to have had Pneumonia but unfortunatly I was ill for six weeks and this then resulting in me being left with ME/CFS and this was over six years ago.
    You looked lovely in all those sunny hats and I am so desprate to find one that suits me but they just dont seem too and I need one otherwise I get bad headaches and feel ill and I so love the sun (dont tell Ali Young).
    Love Lorraine x
    P.S. What happened about the caravan I told you about?

  22. Claire June 20, 2009 at 8:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire, welcome back! Glad you’re feeling better..Is it possible you can tell me where you got your dress from you were wearing today it’s absolutely gorgeous(blue, white & aqua) halterneck, you looked stunning, I’ve got a couple of weddings coming up & it’d be perfect!!!!
    Many thanks,
    Oh, P.S..I’m hoping to have braces soon, Damon braces, fab apparently, more comfy, I’m 35 & my teeth aren’t as straight as the were 10 years ago(nightmare!!) & I’m a little self-concious I have to say, being 35 of course you care less what people think & there’s less stigma with them so yaaaay!! Can’t wait!
    Take care,
    Claire x

  23. Deb Hale June 20, 2009 at 9:20 pm -  Reply

    Ahh Claire it’s great to have you back. I only tune in to your shows!!! Glad you are feeling much better. Hope the Auction went well and wasn’t too daunting. Love the hair with the GHD TSV. You did make me laugh with the story of the ex boyfriend and the nose job! I bet if he watches QVC he’ll have a few regrets!!!!! lol. You chose a much better one called Dan!!! Hope the children are well and how is the house progressing?? Would love to hear and some pics….please……!!

  24. raver June 20, 2009 at 11:21 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire
    Glad to hear that you are better now, i have missed you presenting. Please do not ignore any symptoms, my cousin was not so lucky with pneumonia last year, you really must learn to look after yourself as your family would be devastated without you.
    The blog you wrote about Tom made me cry, my friend also had a Downs baby and when i showed her your blog she said you had expressed all the feelings she felt but was too afraid to express to anyone in case they thought she was a bad mum.
    I watched you doing the 3 hour show with silver fox Ralph, i love watching the shows but had never bought anything, however i succumbed and bought the ring pearl necklace after a comment you made about it being a classic pearl necklace but with a modern twist, when the necklace arrived i was blown away with the quality and am now a Honora pearl fan. Cannot believe how the string of pearls make me look so good. Look forward to the TSV on sunday 12th July.
    Love to you and your lovely family

  25. Mary June 21, 2009 at 10:08 pm -  Reply

    Claire. Its a miserable Sunday evening and I was browsing through QVC as I do and I read your blog for the first time, in fact yours is the first one I have read, as I had a bit of free time and had completed my ordering. It had me laughing and crying (your son’s birthday blog)and feeling like I have known you for years. Having watched you since you started QVC I wonder now, with all the calmness, control and serenity you display on the screen, do you ever shout and lose your temper!!!Please say yes as their is hope for the rest of us!!! An inspirational read. On the teeth front, I have never had a brace but I work in a secondary school and they are now a real fashion statement!! Funky braces are in!

  26. kenny June 22, 2009 at 10:59 am -  Reply

    hi. Claire, sorry to hear you were poorly, i saw you last night for the first time , and whatever you were taking for your illness,certainly worked a treat, you absolutley looked stunning with your hair up in that style,you were a treat to watch, i would not kick you out of bed for eating cream crackers, thats for sure!

  27. Diane June 23, 2009 at 7:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire
    Sorry to hear you have been so poorly I hope you continue to be on the mend.
    I am on the waiting list for that gorgeous Tova ring!
    In answer to your question about the scalpel I wouldn’t go that far? But I have a freind who commented on her mother’s youthful appearance which she put down to a new brand of make-up she was trying, but as soon as her husband was out of shot confessed to injectables!
    I have seen her, she looks fantastic and completely natural.
    Although I believe we are caught up in a culture of appearance and youth is a little bit of dabbling so bad, does it give us busy mums a bit of time for us?

  28. Becky Jackson June 26, 2009 at 4:38 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire!
    So pleased you are feeling a lot better now. I totally understand how awful it is when you feel ill, and I think you’re certainly allowed a moan! Bless you, glad you’re on the mend. What a lovely friend Ali is offering to do some ironing for you, is she available to help me out?! lol only kidding. I’m going through the same thing with my mum at the moment, (not chesty things tho.) My mum’s going through chemotherapy right now and it can be quite hard sometimes to stay smiling, but QVC always cheers me up somehow.
    I have read your piece on your blog about your son, Tom. I had no idea he has Down Syndrome. It made me feel really emotional. What a beautiful story, I was so touched. He is beautiful, you must be so proud, you have a gorgeous family.
    I watched the ring show yesterday and thought how gorgeous your hair looked, it’s stunning! The colour and cut really suits you, very glam. May I say I think you’re such a gorgeous person, inside and out. I agree with Mary who left an earlier comment when she said it feels like she’s known you for years, it’s so true! You are so professional when presenting and you just seem to shine through the screen! Your presence makes me feel happy when I’m stuck in front of the ironing board or rushed off my feet doing household chores, (altho I don’t mind as I’m helping my mum.)
    Sending you lots of love and light,
    Becky XXX (Aged 21)

  29. claire sutton June 29, 2009 at 1:16 pm -  Reply

    Oh Becky, firstly thankyou for your lovely words , I admire you so much and understand how really hard it must be for your mum and you.
    To keep upbeat, positive and smiley seems impossible sometimes so i wish for you a lightness of spirit and hope you have a good day….You’re being a lovely daughter and im sure you’re mum must be so relieved she has you to help her, do make sure there’s someone for you to talk things through with and support you too.
    Sending a big hug to you and hoping you’re not ironing on such a hot monday!!!
    Claire xxxx

  30. claire sutton June 29, 2009 at 1:21 pm -  Reply

    Love Claire x

  31. claire sutton June 29, 2009 at 1:26 pm -  Reply

    Cream crackers!!!,One surely should not be eating in bed should one!!!!!! But thankyou, hugely appreciated,
    Thankyou CLAIRE X

  32. claire sutton June 29, 2009 at 1:30 pm -  Reply

    Diane, It too know someone’s mother in law, I wonder if its the same one!!!!! She looks fab, trouble is it’s all about maintenance though i think, being blonde is enough upkeep!!!
    Imagine the pressure when its all disappeared into the skin, I think you may look worse than before…….Lots of love Claire xx

  33. claire sutton June 29, 2009 at 1:39 pm -  Reply

    Mary, just to say i SO do!!!! Shout and lose it, anyone who doesnt can’t be human..! In fact this weekend I was horrid… oops, shatter all the nice things anyone’s ever thought of me. I just struggled with the constant mess, the seeming lack of help, and a hugely busy week, so yes my new neighbours have heard the other side of me! me !!!!
    Im planning a job list on the back of the kitchen door, just little things so I feel helped and so I’m doing my job training up the children!!I have to take my hat off to you secondary school…..rewarding, challenging and exhausting! I bet you’re ready for the holidays!!
    Love for now, Claire x

  34. Steven June 30, 2009 at 4:53 pm -  Reply

    I think it’s great how you take time out to reply to each of us individually Claire. Shows the kind of person you are and also shows your poularity among the viewers. Made me laugh about the comment with the wine too!
    Cheers x

  35. denise July 4, 2009 at 3:03 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire
    Glad to hear you are on the memnd. I had pneumonia at xmas and a collapsed lung, and with my triplets it was hard work trying to get better and be with them…
    Love to you and your family
    x Take care Denise

  36. Jean Charles July 6, 2009 at 8:28 pm -  Reply

    Hello Claire, My Husband and I are pleased to hear you are recovering.He’s not a QVC fan but always peeks over my shoulder when your shows are on air. It is a trying time when you are ill and have little children, I have had first hand knowledge of this although it is many years ago now. I watched you this morning and was happy to see you are looking your usual lovely self.We would like to wish you and your family much happiness in your new home and please take lots of care with your health.

  37. Sara Halsall September 27, 2009 at 10:38 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire, I have been watching you on the Philosophy shows today and have ordered the hand cream after admiring the beautiful ring on your left hand. (think its your wedding finger)is it from QVC?
    Many thanks

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