I’ve had a crazy busy time since my last blog…I’ve had a big writing deadline, been away on a quick trip and turned another year older! More on all that below, but first, I need to tell you about a special event coming up here on QVC on Friday and Saturday 12/13th May. It’s called ‘Get Gorgeous’ and it’s all about treating yourself and looking and feeling fabulous now that spring is well and truly here and summer – we hope! – is just around the corner.
There will be two super Today’s Special Value offers. On the Friday, truly gorgeous New York make up artist Mally is bringing us her Effortless Beauty seven-piece collection – I’ve got my hands on one already (see photo!) and it’s fab – there’s foundation, a highlighter, a shadow stick, waterproof eyeliner, mascara and a lip crayon, plus a doubled ended brush. This collection really does give your skin that flawless, airbrushed look, with lovely colour and definition, and yet it’s really quick and easy to use… effortless by both name and by nature.
Then on the Saturday it’s all about Lulu Guinness and the stunning Arabella Bowler leather handbag. It comes in four colours, black, navy, coral and porcelain and I’ve been lent a porcelain one to try – I just love it.
As you’d expect it’s in superb quality premium textured leather but it’s also an incredibly functional bag – very spacious, with handy side pockets and a detachable cross-body strap, so it can be worn cross-body or as a grab handle bag. This is a brand new shape for spring/summer 2017 which is currently only available at QVC – if you know your Lulu, it’s similar to the Frances but more structured and has the addition of a large slip pocket across the front.
Both this bag and the Mally collection will be at a very special price for one day only, so do join us for the ‘Get Gorgeous’ event -it’s going to be great.
Now, a quick update on my goings on! The steroid injections I had in my lower back recently have finally fully kicked in – I am currently virtually pain free for the first time in nearly a year, which is an absolute joy. All the things I was really struggling with, in particular driving and standing up at work in high heels, are now so much easier again. I don’t think I truly realised how bad it was, how constant the pain was and how debilitating, until now – I’m generally a very positive person, but it was really getting me down. It’s so wonderful to feel ‘normal’ again (well, as normal as I get!). Of course, the effects of the injections will wear off in a few weeks or, if I’m lucky, a couple of months, so my focus now is on getting my back as healthy as possible before they do. I’m continuing with physiotherapy and Pilates, and have had another hydrotherapy session which this time was great, so I’m going to persevere with that too. I’m desperate to get back to some proper exercise, but I’m seeing my consultant soon so I thought I’d be good and wait until then. It’s a work in progress, and I don’t want to jeopardise the good results I’ve had so far! Fingers crossed….
I had another birthday last week too…I’m now properly in my fifties, oh dear! I managed to make my 51st celebrations last a week, which was pretty good going. The weekend before, hubby and I went off to a lovely country hotel in the New Forest for a night. It’s just such a beautiful area, and I’ve been so busy recently that it was wonderful to take a day out and properly relax. I had a lovely massage, some superb food and a little bit of bubbly (of course!).
Then, the following weekend we continued the party back home in Gloucestershire by going with friends to a fantastic event at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival, where we saw the BBC Concert Orchestra and the Guy Barker Big Band along with some incredible singers celebrating the story of soul music. If you’re a BBC Radio Two fan you may have heard it, as it was broadcast live on the night.
I also managed to finally get my third novel finished and off to my publisher this week – phew! I’ve been a bit behind with this one so it was a panicky last minute rush to meet the deadline. It’s called The Development, and it’s the third in my Cora Baxter Mysteries series. It’ll be out in November. And I also squeezed in an appearance at a literary festival, the Hawkesbury Upton festival, where I was part of a panel of authors discussing ‘The Importance of a Sense of Place in Fiction’ (my place being the TV newsroom, where my novels are set!). One of the first people I spoke to when I arrived at the festival was a lovely, award-winning poet – I immediately noticed that she was wearing a Kim & Co jumpsuit! We got chatting and it turned out she is a huge QVC fan and loves Liz Earle too – her skin was amazing, so I wasn’t surprised!
So all in all it’s been a little bit frantic recently. I’m taking a few days off this coming week to recharge the batteries, but I’ll be back on Friday 12th to ‘Get Gorgeous’, so see you then!
Love Jackie x