Wow May already! It’s an exciting month ahead here at QVC if you are an accessories fan as it’s a whole month bringing you the best we have to offer each week throughout May, including new lines and brands. I love accessories because they are the bits that really add to your personal expression in fashion. We could all have the same plain dress but each of us would add very different accessories to make it a more exciting outfit to reflect our own style. Bags, shoes, jewellery, hats and scarfs, they can make or break an outfit.
On Tuesday evening I will be bringing you an hour of New Season Jewellery which I’m really looking forward to as I will be launching new brands Belle & Beau and also Rococo Jewels. I think the Angels Whispers pendant will be very popular from Belle & Beau but my favourites have to be the amazing earrings from Rococo Jewels, I think I will be treating myself to some for the summer. They would look fabulous with beachwear for extra glamour at the beach bar! Do keep an eye out on my blog too because I will be doing a competition later in the month.
If you follow me on Instagram then you may have seen this already but just for fun I thought I would share with you a time-lapse of being made up by Siena from the team from Make Up Junkies – you can click on the image below to watch it. It doesn’t get old having someone transform me from tired looking mum to TV-ready presenter! That’s why I love make-up, you can be your best self with a little extra help! As you’ll see we have emails to check and products to look over while we get ready and you if you look closely you’ll catch Claire Sutton arrive in her rollers and Eilidh pop in to say hi too.
Outside of QVC
This week was a big one for Tilda as she had a ballet show to perform in with her ballet school at the Dance Pavillion in Bournemouth. She loves to dance but she can also get very nervous getting up in front of people. I know how she feels as I was exactly the same when I was young and in all honesty I still get like that. I can talk in front of a camera without a problem but getting up in front of real people sends my tummy into a whirlwind of butterflies.
So the night before the show Tilda was in pieces about the next day. I did everything I could to reassure her and promised if it was all still too much the next day then she wouldn’t have to do it. It’s a tough one because as a parent you want them to challenge themselves to do things that might be tough for them so that they can learn and grow, but also you want them to know that you will support them if they decide they can’t do something. I hoped she would feel differently when she saw her friends at the theatre.
Thankfully the next day she did feel better, I may also have promised her a treat if she did it. I’m not sure if that’s bad of me or not!! Either way she was fabulous so she deserved the treat. Her part in the show was to be one of the fairies from A Midsummer Nights Dream, they danced around in their little purple costumes complete with wings and being the youngest in the show they of course got the biggest cheer, I was so proud of her.
We watched the earlier performance along with Ivy and while she did the second and final early evening show Fred and I took Ivy down to the fairground rides on the beach front. Fred took Ivy on the helter skelter, which is a big deal for Fred as he hates heights! I then went on the carousel with her. I wore my Phase Eight Bettie Balloon Sleeved Jumper with ripped jeans and leather biker jacket along with my Pilgrim necklace with interlocking circles.
What I’m wearing
This week I also got to go to a very cool workshop day at Instagram, which is at the Facebook headquarters in London. I was there with my friend Anna, who I make my YouTube Channel with and lots of my other mummy blogging friends. We learned loads of great tips about how to get the most out of Instagram and new ways to be more creative.
It was a great day and I wore one of my favourite dresses from Onjenu called the Marisa Maxi dress. It’s a bit different for Onjenu because it’s not the usual fabric that you might be used to from this range, it’s lighter. It feels like cotton but it’s actually a poly elastane. I teamed it with my trusty biker jacket again and my new Vionic slip-on trainers. I will be taking the dress with me for my holiday to Gran Canaria. On that note, if you have ever been to Gran Canaria I would love any recommendations of where to go and visit.
What I’m using in beauty
As you may already know, I like a strong lip colour. I never used to be so bold with my lip colours even a few years back, I always stuck to a simple neutral spice colour and very seldom strayed. Now though, I know the power of a bright lip. It can brighten your entire face even if you aren’t wearing much other make-up. So I ordered a batch of Tarte lip liners and this one is one of my favourites in Fuchsia. I think this colour will be fantastic throughout the summer.
What I’m cooking
Hummus and Beetroot Dips
I should say what I’m making rather than cooking this week because this doesn’t require any cooking at all. I’ve been making homemade dips! Well BBQ season is soooo nearly here, it came and went but it will be back I’m sure. So I tried my hand at making hummus from scratch, it’s so easy. I didn’t stop there though, I tried a beetroot dip too which is so tasty and refreshing and for added colour to your table it’s an absolute winner. Fred and I are at loggerheads on the beetroot though as it’s not his thing. Beetroot is one of those things that you either love it or hate it!
What you will need:
1 can Chickpeas
1/3 cup Tahini
1 Lemon (juice of)
1 -2 cloves Garlic (this is down to personal taste how much you use)
2 tablespoons Olive Oil
Put everything into a blender or food processor and whizz it up until smooth. If you like it a thinner consistency then add a little water.
For the Beetroot version, simply replace the can of chick peas with a pack of cooked beetroot. I think this one would be really good with some feta cheese crumbled over the top of it.
You can have fun with this hummus, I later added a dollop of caramelised onion on it and it was really good. You can also add pesto or Moroccan spices or more lemon and coriander. It’s one to experiment with, that’s for sure. Serve with veggie sticks or crisps, tortilla chips or pitta. If you like my brightly coloured dishes then you’ll be pleased to know they are from the Mini Moderns range at QVC. Perfect for summer parties!
Love Katy x