I’m Not Ignoring You!

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I’m starting my blog today with an apology. If you’ve left me a comment on my last few blogs, I’m not ignoring you. I did a whole load of replies last Friday but the gremlins have been ‘at it’ again and they have somehow got lost in the ether! I will attempt to do them again today but I just wanted you to know that I have read all your comments and have tried to reply… fingers crossed it will work later today.

This week, I decided to get a hair cut. I love having my hair long but I haven’t had a proper ‘style’ cut into it for well over a year and I came across the picture above while I was looking through old pictures and wondered if I should go shorter again. Unable to reach a decision, I posted the picture on Instagram (I’m @juliagroberts if you want to follow me) and Facebook – opinion was divided, although I think going shorter was favoured. So, on Wednesday, I sat in the chair at Aveda in Covent Garden and closed my eyes while Andre chopped 4 -5 inches off the length and also added some long layers for shape. To be honest, I’m not sure if he has gone quite short enough – what do you think?

The Aveda salon is directly opposite the Shaftesbury Theatre, where the musical ‘Motown’ is currently showing. I’ve wanted to see it for ages, as I grew up listening to the likes of Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, The Four Tops, The Supremes, The Isley Brothers etc., so, as an early birthday treat, ‘my fiance’ (still makes me laugh) booked tickets. I loved it. The performances were excellent and it was good to learn a little more about the history of Motown, although I am guessing it may have been slightly ‘sanitised’ if you get my drift. We are going to make more of an effort to go to the theatre – next trip may well be ‘The King and I’ at the Palladium, as I appeared in the Nottingham Operatic Society’s production of it as one of the Siamese children when I was six-years-old.

I followed the family tradition of dancing lessons by taking my daughter, Sophie, to ballet and tap classes when she was a little girl and although she doesn’t have any children of her own yet, she was very excited to tell me that her boyfriend’s daughter, Amber, had won second place in a dancing competition in Portsmouth last weekend in the ‘fast pairs’ category. She is on the left of the picture with her partner, Lorna, and their rather large trophies! Well done girls.

The day before the ‘haircut’, Chris and I had driven up to Nottingham to see my mum. We will have been engaged two months on Monday and Mum hadn’t seen the ring. She hasn’t been too well lately, although still doing great for almost ninety-two, so I had sent her one of the books I read on holiday, ‘Dear Mrs Bird’, to keep her occupied. While we were chatting, she said, ‘I’ve finished the book and it was really good,’ but she wasn’t referring to ‘Dear Mrs Bird’. She had been re-reading my Liberty Sands trilogy and had just finished the second one, ‘If He Really Loved Me’, which I must confess is my favourite of the three. It was lovely to hear her talk about my characters as though they are real people, which to me, while I was writing the trilogy, they were.

I think it’s about time for a Kindle deal – I’ll try and set it up for Sunday to celebrate my birthday. I know Mum will enjoy ‘Dear Mrs Bird’ too when she gets around to it, as it is set during the second world war, her era. It was lovely to spend some time with her and she loved my engagement ring, particularly the story behind the two small diamonds representing her and my dad.

To continue with my look back over the past twenty-five years of QVC, this week we are rewinding to 2001/02 but I must confess we are starting in February rather than October, as I didn’t mention the trip that Alison Young and I made to Los Angeles on last week’s blog – to be honest, I hadn’t realised it was that long ago until I came across on old tape whilst doing some sorting out at home. We were doing three live outside broadcast shows, two from LA and one from QVC America’s Philadelphia studios. Ali presented the Victoria Principal skincare show and the first ever Models Prefer show with Stacey Schiefflen and I presented the Nick Chavez hair care show, although Ali did come on as a model. I have searched for photos but can’t find any, which is a real shame, because, to demonstrate the power and hold of his hairspray, Nick formed Ali’s hair into a vertical spike – I wonder how many of you saw it? Ali was in fits of laughter! We both looked very different from our ‘normal’ selves as we had visited Nick’s Beverley Hills salon the previous day to have our hair styled, and we had our make-up done the ‘American’ way – very glam!

Moving forward into 2002, that was the year that QVC was first available on Freeview, so even more people ‘discovered’ us and began shopping with us. They would have enjoyed shows with our then fitness expert, Jill Franks, before she became a full time generic presenter – this was her publicity card, working her arms with the Pilates Magic Circle which I believe she still uses.

I thought I would also share this very youthful looking picture of Charlie Brook taken on location in Italy while presenting his first Vicenza ‘Live’ show in 2002 – it looks a tad warm to be wearing a suit and very different from the conditions when Alison Keenan and I presented the show several years later.

Well, I must dash. We have a two day fashion event on QVC today and tomorrow with TSVs from Coco Bianco (I was wearing one of the options on air yesterday and love it) and Ruth Langsford tomorrow – I have a show with Ruth at 6pm so hope to see you for that.

I’m off on Sunday for my birthday but back on Monday with Butler & Wilson at 5pm.

Have a great weekend,
Love,
Julia xx

56 Comments

  1. Mags June 8, 2018 at 11:31 am -  Reply

    Happy Birthday Julia. Enjoy your day.

    • Julia Roberts June 13, 2018 at 2:50 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Mags – I had a fab time in Brighton. Read all about it on my next blog
      Love
      Julia x

  2. Joan Kitching June 8, 2018 at 11:50 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Personal opinion I know but I really like you with the shorter hair and think you could have gone a tad shorter.
    Love that photo at the top of your blog even if it is from a couple of years ago. You are lucky having curly hair that you can wear in a more natural, bohemian way or blow dried and sleeker.

    • Julia Roberts June 13, 2018 at 2:52 pm -  Reply

      Hi Joan
      It’s all personal opinions and I asked for other people’s. I’m quite happy with the new length for the moment but who knows, I might fancy a change again
      Love
      Julia x

  3. shirley osborne June 8, 2018 at 11:52 am -  Reply

    Happy birthdat Julia for sunday. I have had my hair cut shorter as i have got older only because my hair is quite wavey like yours and i find the bounce comes back a lot more and it,s very easy to manage. Also my skin tone is very similar to yours ,so i find you look younger and feel more continenal with a little shorter hair.

    • Julia Roberts June 13, 2018 at 2:55 pm -  Reply

      Hi Shirley,
      Thanks for the birthday wishes – I had a fab day!
      I hear what you are saying about shorter hair but I just don’t like it as much – happy to have had it tidied up though
      Love
      Julia x

  4. Carol June 8, 2018 at 11:57 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia , a very happy birthday to you.
    Your hair is lovely shorter, really suits you.
    Love Love Love Motown, the only music I listen to, brings back many happy memories with my late hubby who pasted 3 weeks before our 41st wedding anniversary.

    • Julia Roberts June 25, 2018 at 3:20 pm -  Reply

      Hi Carol
      I had a lovely birthday, thanks. I’ve got used to my new shorter hair.
      I really did enjoy Motown – funny how music can evoke memories the way it does.
      Love
      Julia x

  5. Anne June 8, 2018 at 1:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia Love reading your blogs.Have a wonderful Birthday and enjoy your day 🎈🎂🍹🎁xxx

    • Julia Roberts June 27, 2018 at 9:52 pm -  Reply

      Hi Anne
      So pleased to hear you enjoy reading my blogs 😊 I had a lovely birthday, thanks
      Love
      Julia x

  6. Hilary June 8, 2018 at 2:50 pm -  Reply

    Happy Birthday for Sunday Julia, mine is the day after yours! Enjoy.

    • Julia Roberts June 27, 2018 at 9:54 pm -  Reply

      Hi Hilary
      Thanks for the birthday wishes. I hope you enjoyed yours as much as I did mine
      Love
      Julia x

  7. Irene Richards June 8, 2018 at 3:16 pm -  Reply

    Happy Birthday for Sunday Julia your hair is looking beautiful but I’m with you I feel it would look even better shorter. Xx

    • Julia Roberts June 27, 2018 at 9:56 pm -  Reply

      Hi Irene,
      Thanks for the birthday wishes – I had a lovely day. I’m happy with my hair now so no plans to chop anymore off just yet.
      Love
      Julia

  8. Jill June 8, 2018 at 3:37 pm -  Reply

    Happy Birthday for Sunday. Have a lovely day x

    • Julia Roberts June 27, 2018 at 9:57 pm -  Reply

      Hello Jill,
      Thanks for the birthday wishes – I had a really fab day
      Love
      Julia x

  9. Cherry June 8, 2018 at 6:30 pm -  Reply

    Happy birthday for Sunday, enjoy your day. Love the new hairdo – you can go a bit shorter next time if you feel like it … ease into it!

    • Julia Roberts June 27, 2018 at 9:59 pm -  Reply

      Hi Cherry,
      Really enjoyed my birthday, thanks. I think I’ll stick with this length for a while
      Love
      Julia x

  10. Jeanette St John June 8, 2018 at 7:11 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia – Love your hair shorter (you always look good anyway) and I know how you feel when you say ‘fiance’ as my partner and I were married last year after 26 years of living together and it still makes me smile to say ‘husband’ !! Wishing you a happy birthday and thank you for all your warm contributions to QVC. Love Jeanette x

    • Julia Roberts June 27, 2018 at 10:02 pm -  Reply

      Hi Jeanette,
      Thanks for your kind remarks & glad you like my shorter hair. Does being married make you feel any different? We haven’t given any thought to the wedding yet – getting the QVC 25th Birthday out of the way first.
      Love
      Julia x

  11. Julie June 8, 2018 at 7:23 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Happy Birthday for Sunday. And yes I remember you with shorter hair & think you could have gone just a few more inches shorter. I’m a hairdresser & I also have curly hair too. By taking the weight off the length it brings back the curl & strengthens it. I have mine trimmed about every 6 weeks. I do like your hair in the picture at the top of your blog. Cheers & enjoy 🍰😎🍾🍷🎂🍸⭐️⭐️
    Love Julie xxxx

    • Julia Roberts June 27, 2018 at 10:05 pm -  Reply

      Hi Julie
      Thanks for the birthday wishes.
      The five inches Andre chopped off have definitely helped my hair bounce up a bit – I’m happy with the length now, at least for the time being. It was definitely ready for a cut!
      Love
      Julia x

  12. Julie June 8, 2018 at 7:26 pm -  Reply

    Happy Bithday Julia for Sunday. Yes think a few inches more off your hair would look good. But it always looks nice.
    Love Julie 🍷🎂🍰🍸🌟🍾😎

    • Julia Roberts June 27, 2018 at 10:06 pm -  Reply

      Is this the same Julie as above? Thanks for the birthday wishes 😉
      Love
      Julia x

  13. Christine milnes June 8, 2018 at 10:13 pm -  Reply

    Happy birthday for Sunday have a wonderful day love your new hair cut Xx

    • Julia Roberts June 27, 2018 at 10:08 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Christine,
      I had a lovely birthday with friends and family.
      So pleased you like my new, shorter hair.
      Love
      Julia x

  14. Sandy Hill June 8, 2018 at 11:51 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, I saw that show yesterday and didn’t even notice you’d had your hair cut so I think you could go shorter next time. Have a lovely birthday on Sunday, xxx

    • Julia Roberts June 27, 2018 at 10:11 pm -  Reply

      Hi Sandy,
      There is still length to my hair but I had five inches off it – two of our make-up ladies, Roo & Rachael, are only just speaking to me again so I think I’ll keep it this length for now.
      My birthday was brill, thanks
      Love
      Julia x

  15. Karen Murphy June 8, 2018 at 11:59 pm -  Reply

    Love your hair any length but maybe an inch more! Next time. Happy Birthday gorgeous.

    • Julia Roberts June 27, 2018 at 10:19 pm -  Reply

      Hello Karen
      Thanks for the birthday wishes. I’m going to leave it for now – I’ve only just got over the shock of having five inches off!
      Love
      Julia x

  16. Linda Watkins June 9, 2018 at 6:57 am -  Reply

    Have a happy birthday Julia, your hair always looks lovely, but I think shorter would look even better I know its a difficult decision when your are used to it being long, but I think the result would look fab! Linda xx

    • Julia Roberts June 27, 2018 at 10:26 pm -  Reply

      Hello Linda
      Thanks for the birthday wishes. Re my hair, I’m leaving it as it is for the moment but never say never 😉
      Love
      Julia x

  17. Michelle Evans June 9, 2018 at 8:14 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia , wishing you a very Happy Birthday. I think your hair looks great but the length it is in the first photo looks perfect for you. x

    • Julia Roberts June 27, 2018 at 10:29 pm -  Reply

      Hi Michelle,
      I had a lovely birthday, thanks. It’s probably just a confidence thing but I feel less exposed with longer hair – also I’m about fifteen years older than I was in that pic 😕
      Love
      Julia x

  18. Diane June 9, 2018 at 9:19 am -  Reply

    Happy birthday, I would have said “ longer” as I love long hair, but you look great in the pic with shorter hair. I’m in the same dilemma. I’m too scared to get it chopped. It’s not thick and curly like yours. X

    • Julia Roberts June 27, 2018 at 10:32 pm -  Reply

      Hi Diane
      Have you reached a decision? Longer or shorter? Thanks for the birthday wishes
      Love
      Julia x

  19. Teresa Lane June 9, 2018 at 9:58 am -  Reply

    Happy birthday for Sunday Julia hope you have a fabulous day.

    Yes I remember Ali’s hair standing on end it was so funny not sure if I was laughing at the style or at Ali laughing at her self.

    Hope your Mum will be better soon.

    Love Teresa L xx

  20. linda Dunn June 9, 2018 at 10:32 am -  Reply

    Happy Birthday Julia, loved the old photo hair so yes think you can go shorter,always best to do it gradually.regards linda Dunnx

  21. Jan June 9, 2018 at 2:01 pm -  Reply

    Yes Julia, go shorter like your top photo. It looks amazing and I think shorter as we get older, is more flattering.

  22. Jan June 9, 2018 at 2:02 pm -  Reply

    Have a great Birthday

  23. LORRAINe June 9, 2018 at 2:26 pm -  Reply

    Have had a manic few weeks so haven’t seen too much of QVC however tuned in today for Fashion , congratulations on your engagement and upcoming birthday, xxx

  24. Patricia Daly June 9, 2018 at 3:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia yes a bit shorter makes it a bit more on trend. and looking at your picture at the top of your blog it’s thumbs up on that. Happy birthday .

  25. shirley symonds June 9, 2018 at 4:03 pm -  Reply

    Happy Birthday Julia personally I think you could have gone shorter I like the early picture of you with it shorter go on be daring you only live once

  26. Hilary Burch June 9, 2018 at 4:36 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, we share a birthday and are the same age, so Happy Birthday to us for tomorrow! xx

  27. Brenda Watson June 9, 2018 at 7:32 pm -  Reply

    Happy birthday 🎂 Julia have a great day x

  28. Elizabeth Keenan June 9, 2018 at 10:03 pm -  Reply

    Lovely blog as usual Julia, love your hair.
    Happy Birthday for Sunday Julia have a nice day.
    Much love
    Elizabeth 🎂🥂🍸

  29. Darryl Marley June 9, 2018 at 10:54 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, Happy Birthday on the tenth of June, it’s my birthday too, and we are in such great company, it’s Prince Philips birthday too. You look great with your new haircut, love the shows and its great walking down memory road.

  30. JENNY RUSCOE June 9, 2018 at 11:55 pm -  Reply

    Happy Birthday Julia xx

  31. lisa jorgeson June 10, 2018 at 1:08 am -  Reply

    Happy birthday. Love your hair shorter but agree you could go shorter. The picture at the top of your page looks amazing and think you should go that sort of length. Ive just had my long hair cut off in to a bob and have naturally curly hair like yours. The curls are better that length and easier to look after. Plus everyone has said it makes me look younger and thinner so I will take that!!! I had hair down my back then went shoulder length and then to a jaw length bob!!! Once I start getting it cut shorter I keep going till I’m happy with it. It does look nice but think you could go shorter as looks lovely at the shorter length. You look amazing either way. Have a fantastic birthday.x

  32. Lucy Little June 10, 2018 at 9:09 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia, just wanted to wish you a very Happy Birthday- have a lovely day. Your hair looks lovely as it is but I think it would really suited you a bit shorter too. Congratulations on your engagement, your ring is beautiful xxx

  33. ann cain June 10, 2018 at 6:13 pm -  Reply

    Happy birthday Julia have a wonderfull day.xx

  34. T McMean June 10, 2018 at 10:19 pm -  Reply

    Happy Birthday Julie, have a happy fun filled day xx

  35. Kim June 11, 2018 at 12:28 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia. I know you are a Vegetarian and one of the things that really annoys me with QVC food and beauty, is that they rarely mention if a food is Vegetarian (and it certainly does not get mentioned on the website) or if a beauty product if cruelty free. I have many times contacted QVC about making clear if food stuffs are Vegetarian, but it just falls on deaf ears. Can you not get them to listen and do something about this. We are in the 21st Century now and all items should be listed Vegetarian/Cruelty Free on the actual website. We don’t all have the time to sit and listen to every remark made when live. Thanks.

  36. Elizabeth keenan June 11, 2018 at 3:54 pm -  Reply

    Hiya Julia
    Happy birthday much love
    Elizabeth ❤️

  37. Josephine Lynne Jennings June 11, 2018 at 8:07 pm -  Reply

    Love your hair Julia . So happy to hear your mom is doing well .

  38. Linda June 15, 2018 at 10:16 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia love your new hair style. Hope they bring The Motown story up north, I have been lucky to see the Temptations Four Tops Diana Ross and many more in concerts years ago. Really enjoying your Qvc memories I’ve been with them over twenty years look forward to lots more exciting things ahead.

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