I’ve taken the plunge!


Well I took the plunge yesterday and had my hair cut. You've probably noticed it has been getting longer and longer over the last year or so and I have been enjoying it, but, as I sat in Aveda yesterday, I suddenly decided to have a 'proper' cut.

My stylist, Michael, was a bit tentative at first as I normally check that he isn't removing more than half an inch of split ends. I tried to put him at ease by closing my eyes and saying 'just go for it'… so he did! I am pleased with the result as it looks much tidier and healthier but still has a good length despite him cutting SIX INCHES off it!

You never know I may go even shorter next time or maybe get a fringe cut in if I'm feeling really brave! Thanks for all your tweets to help me make my decision.

Yesterday was also the 34th anniversary of living with my partner Chris. To save you asking the question, no, we are not married, but who knows what the future holds?? Our children had bought us a purple phaelenopsis orchid as a pressie, and Chris also bought me a bouquet of roses and lilies… no chocolates though as I'm watching my weight!

I managed to get through my bread-free week and dropped a couple of pounds in the process but still a few to go – not helped by a Baileys on the rocks when I got home from work last night – well it was a special occasion and the bottle needed finishing LOL.

Kipling TSV bagI'm looking forward to the finale of Diamonique Week at 6pm tonight and also to two shows with Ralph Rossini from Honora pearls on Saturday and Sunday. Then on Monday at midnight I am launching the Kipling TSV with Marie Francois Wolf… I think you are going to like it!

So a busy few days ahead and not much time to carry on writing my book – I managed five and a half chapters on my five days off last week although I was hoping for ten! Only another twenty to go but I won't be doing any on Tuesday night as I will be watching a rather important football match – come on you Eagles!

Speak soon, Julia


  1. kay salisbury January 20, 2012 at 8:44 pm -  Reply

    Congrats, Julia-I was married for 34 years last July-I am sure you and Chris will marry one day-I’d love to see what you would choose to wear for that big day!!!!!!Looking forward to seeing “the hair”. Love from Kay.XXX

  2. Steven January 20, 2012 at 9:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    I was reading your blog and I thought don’t tell me Julia’s not going to mention that certain game! I take it you won’t be going to Wales though are you? Everything crossed for you guys. I think you’ll do it. Just get someone to go right through Kenny Miller in the 1st minute!
    I saw your show before I read this blog and thought you looked a little different somehow. The hair really suits you. I think shorter would suit you too I have to say! I sound like a bloody hairdresser now 🙂
    Is there any pilates show coming up in the next few weeks. A woman in my work has just started zumba and is really enjoying it. I’m right back into my gym after a lazy first few weeks of the year. Nearly back up to my targets
    Take care and I hope you enjoy the game on Tuesday. Good luck with you’re book too. I forgot you were doing that.
    Cmon the Eagles!
    Steven xxx

  3. Carole cooper January 21, 2012 at 7:45 pm -  Reply

    Hello Julia my tweeting is still going on I find it very strange don’t know who’s tweeting who and wheather I have tweeted wrong person, I will get use I hope. That handbag looks nice from Kipling, the last thing I bought last week was a Carole hoc man dressing gown on bargain price of 16 pound it’s really warm just nice for this weather. I am running short of decleor now so I will have to browse the qvc web. Take care Carole Wigan x

  4. Annette Roberts January 21, 2012 at 7:59 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Happy 34th Anniversary to you and Chris…like you said to me once in your blog, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it in reference to getting married…are we having second thoghts??
    Chris and I will be celebrating our anniversary on 18 February…17 years together and he keeps telling me we need to do something about it one day, but if we did it would probably be the two of us with ‘Bobby’ carrying the rings!! I couldn’t be doing with all the fuss of having everybody there…do first and tell everyone after!
    Good for you for having 6″ off your hair, it’s always nice to have a bit of a change. I managed to have mine done before Christmas, the first time since January last year…they were very good with me because of my leg and headaches. Normally you have to go upstairs for the colour, but they brought everything down for me. The 6″ you had from you hair is the 6″ mine has grown and I only had the ends off…it’s past my shoulders now and the longest I’ve ever had it for years!
    Annette x

  5. Jean Pugh January 22, 2012 at 8:48 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Yes I like your hair, you were brave, you certainly need to trust your stylist when you shut your eyes and let him get on with it. Dont go any shorter. I have a brilliant stylist been going to him for a long time, I have short hair but he does such a lovely cut, you get so many cuts where it looks like you have had a basin on your head. Glad you had a good anniversary, it is nice to be spoilt isnt it. If you loose any more weight we wont be able to see you. Yes I was tempted again with the Honora Pearls, they are stunning arent they. I did receive an email to purchase the Kipling TSV early, but by mistake deleted the email when I was deleting some others. Oh well maybe it is a good thing as I have so many kipling bags, I must use my leather Kipling bags more, they are so soft and you feel good when you have them on your arm. Wow you have been busy with your writing, I guess you need the time to be able to sit and be quite so as to concentrate. Good luck with it anyway. Hope the football match goes well.
    Love Jean X

  6. Joy padley January 22, 2012 at 5:46 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jula
    Watching Honora with Ralph and yourself. Couldn’t quite connect the iPad to order the white coin earrings. One day I will pluck up the courage to ring in like the lovely Mavis.
    Congratulations on 34 years many married couples never make this achievement! My parents celebrate 61 years married this year so you are well on the way. I have kissed many frogs but never quite found my prince still life is good and life has a funny way of things happening when you least expect it.
    Managed to already order the Kipling TSV in the beige bubble colour. Looks like a great summer bag. I have at least a dozen that’s the ones I can remember!
    Will keep fingers crossed for the eagles on Tuesday I so hope they get through.
    Enjoy your week.
    Joy xx
    Ps: can’t wait to read your book I’m sure there will be many amusing stories to tell.

  7. Samantha Allen January 22, 2012 at 10:19 pm -  Reply

    So am I, please, please tell me if the new colours from Kipling are also coming to QVC on Tuesday, as I have seen them and they are amazing, and I want one of them.
    Looking forward to midnight tomorrow with you and Marie-Francois.
    Best wishes, Samantha.

  8. sharon stubley January 23, 2012 at 12:20 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Its me again (the West Ham supporter). Well done for taking the plunge and getting your hair cut, its such a big decision for us girls, think it must be a confidence thing, it is with me. i had mine cut 2years ago to the nape of my neck, although everybody liked it i had to grow it back, i felt lost. Well done 34years, thats brilliant, its my 26th wedding anniversary this September, “haven’t we done well” !!!!!!.
    Anyway i’m wishing CRYSTAL PALACE all the very best on Tuesday in Cardiff, i will be watching it. And the answer to your last blog (yes i was a bit upset the day the EAGLES beat the HAMMERS, in the playoff final, but i got over it, took about a week tho !!!!!!!!!!,
    Speak to you soon
    Love Sharon

  9. Magda Chetty January 23, 2012 at 1:25 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Love the hair cut, but not sure if you need to cut more. I had my hair cut short, but now I can not wait for it to get long again. Tonight Iam keeping everything crossed for you, Palace will make it to the final, even my Man U husband want Palace to win for you. We are staying in to watch the game, are you?
    You need another visit to Spain to keep writing, and it is so warm you would love it.
    Much love.

  10. julia roberts January 24, 2012 at 11:05 am -  Reply

    Hello Kay
    Thanks for the anniversary good wishes and the same to you for your 34 years. IF we ever do get married it will be on a beach somewhere, probably with just Dan and Sophie. Perhaps a nice big party to follow though.
    Hope you liked the haircut
    Julia x

  11. julia roberts January 24, 2012 at 11:12 am -  Reply

    Hello Steven ( aka ‘The Hairdresser’)
    Glad you liked my hair, not sure if I would go too much shorter – I had a real shock the first time I washed it ………. it was sooo short. I am liking it though, it was time for a cut.
    We have a Pilates TSV coming up on the 18th February – it’s the one with the overhead pull bar and I think it’s on easypay.
    So to the BIG ONE. I must confess I am getting a little nervous now as I sit here writing on Tuesday morning. I don’t think the occasion will get to us, but we need to play as well as we did against Man Utd. A trip to Wembley to play Man City in the final would really be a fantastic start to the year. BBC 2 from 7.30 – please cheer loudly
    Julia x

  12. julia roberts January 24, 2012 at 11:17 am -  Reply

    Hi Carole
    I wonder if it is the same Carole Hochman dressing gown I have at work – very cosy. I have seen your tweets – you are doing fine …. you and I are novices together!
    I thought I was on with Decleor on Saturday, but they changed the hours around so I missed seeing Fiona … hopefully next time!
    I wonder if you went for the Kipling TSV? It was very popular at Midnight.
    Julia x

  13. julia roberts January 24, 2012 at 11:27 am -  Reply

    Hi Annette
    Wouldn’t it be funny if we both went off and got married on the same day without telling each other ……… now that would be some coincidence!!
    Pleased you managed to get to the hairdressers – they were very kind organising everything for you. I reckon mine grows about 3/4 inch a month – judging by the roots LOL – so even with a couple of trims I could grow the six inches back in a year if I wanted to, but not sure I want it that long again.
    hope you are feeling a bit better
    Julia x

  14. julia roberts January 24, 2012 at 11:33 am -  Reply

    Hi Jean
    I know what you mean about short hair cuts particularly when you have a natural curl in your hair like mine – I do trust Michael, although honestly his hand was shaking a bit!!
    I do find it quite hard on days when I am working to do any book writing – I think it’s because you know you have a deadline, whereas when I am not working I can just carry on until my fingers ache!
    Thanks for the good wishes for Crystal Palace for tonight – I will be a nervous wreck by the final whistle I’m sure!
    Julia x

  15. julia roberts January 24, 2012 at 11:41 am -  Reply

    Hello Joy
    Lucky you ordered the Beige Bubble Kipling TSV early – it had sold out by just after 1a.m.- I think you’ll like it, it is a really good size.
    BIG congratulations to your parents on their Wedding Anniversary. As you say, you never know what life has in store for you and sometimes things happen when you are not looking at all.
    Please do ring in as Mavis did – it’s lovely to blog and text and tweet but I’d still rather ‘talk’!
    Thanks for the good wishes for the Eagles tonight – I’d better wear gloves so that I can’t chew my fingers!
    The book should be a good read – it’s cathartic writing it anyway
    Julia x

  16. julia roberts January 24, 2012 at 11:45 am -  Reply

    Hi Samantha
    I mentioned you on air last night, and yes we do have all Kipling’s new season colours and some styles just for us. Speaking of which, did you get the TSV?? Love the fact that they have named one of the monkeys after Marie Francois – I think that bag is on tonight at 7p.m. – I will be a bit busy watching something else on TV!
    Julia x

  17. julia roberts January 24, 2012 at 11:50 am -  Reply

    Hi Sharon
    Yes, didn’t we do well as Brucie would say – that’s 60 years between us!!
    I am pleased I got my hair cut, it feels so much nicer – my ponytail is now very short though when I am exercising!
    Thanks for the good wishes for tonight. As a fellow footie fan you know how much this means to me
    Julia x

  18. julia roberts January 24, 2012 at 12:10 pm -  Reply

    Hello Magda
    Thanks for the compliment about my hair – I don’t think I will have any more cut just at the moment!
    Big thankyou to your hubby for cheering ‘my boys’ on tonight – it is going to be a nervewracking 90 minutes!
    I love writing in Spain – it is like I have been transported to a different world with no day to day problems!
    Julia x

  19. Sarah-Jane Wilding January 24, 2012 at 1:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    I managed to get the TSV in both prints – Yay!
    Do you know which bag they will have the Marie Francois monkey on?
    Your hair looks lovely by the way!
    S-J x

  20. martin forbes bucksburn aberdeen January 24, 2012 at 6:03 pm -  Reply

    hi julia .hope you are well .i am not bad.
    hope daniel and sophie are well.

  21. Margaret Brazier January 24, 2012 at 6:13 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Congatulations to you and your partner, 34yrs thats pretty good!
    When you said you have cut out bread I was wondering what you eat in it’s place. I would love to loose a few lbs, I’m afraid to weigh myself, scared what it might say.
    As Brucie would say, “you are my favourite”
    Kind regards

  22. BERYLHENDRY January 25, 2012 at 3:53 pm -  Reply

    hi julia i have been waiting years to do this just got myself a laptopand learning slowly your my fav presenter if the phone rings and im watching you my husband shouts should i tell them to ring back i am also known as the QVCqueen its been lovely reading about you lov berylxx

  23. Steven January 25, 2012 at 5:43 pm -  Reply

    Well Julia one word sums it up… gutted!
    Losing the early goal was alike a nightmare but I thought you guys held in there well. Looked a lot better when Scannel came on I thought. I thought when McCarthy went off it was curtains but the ten men were excellent. The penalties were shocking if I’m honest but it was a lottery by that stage. I did genuinely feel gutted by the end for you guys.
    Just need to kick on and get into the play offs now
    Fingers crossed
    Big Hugs
    Steven xxx

  24. lorraine January 26, 2012 at 2:08 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Just wanted to say you looked so lovely at the Beauty Bash!
    Thanks for taking the time to be there x

  25. Elizabeth January 26, 2012 at 7:59 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia. Your hair looks fab. I think you could go a bit shorter and it would still look great!

  26. Julia Roberts January 26, 2012 at 11:07 pm -  Reply

    Hi S-J
    Sorry I didn’t get back to you before but hope you managed to get the bag with the Marie Francois monkey as well as your two TSVs in the prints ………. I wonder how many Kipling bags you now have????
    Julia x

  27. Julia Roberts January 26, 2012 at 11:09 pm -  Reply

    Hi Martin
    We are all good thanks. I think Sophie may be moving out soon – she has been flat hunting with a friend and they have found something they like ….. that will feel strange!
    Julia x

  28. Julia Roberts January 26, 2012 at 11:13 pm -  Reply

    Hi Margaret
    I don’t replace bread with anything, I just cut it out completely for a week or sometimes a fortnight depending on how many pounds I feel I have to lose.
    Thanks for your kind compliment – I was trying to think of another ‘Brucie’ saying but drew a blank!
    Good luck with dropping a few pounds
    Julia x

  29. Julia Roberts January 26, 2012 at 11:17 pm -  Reply

    Hello Beryl
    Welcome to the world of computers and the QVC blogs, it’s lovely to have you on board. Thank you for all the lovely things you said – I hope you do talk to your friends when they call …. have you got a TV where you can pause the live feed??
    I hope you are going to be one of my regular blogettes?
    Speak soon
    Julia x

  30. Julia Roberts January 26, 2012 at 11:20 pm -  Reply

    Oh Steven
    Thanks for sending me big hugs – I certainly needed them. The penalty shoot out was just awful and I would question the wisdom of having a Cardiff born player taking our first Pen.
    I agree with you about Scanell – maybe he should have been on from the start?
    Oh well – there’s always next year and lets face it we did fantastically well to get that far.
    Back to the league now
    Julia x

  31. Julia Roberts January 26, 2012 at 11:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi Lorraine
    It was great to be asked to go to the Beauty Bash again, I thoroughly enjoy meeting you guys. Thankyou for your kind compliment and I hope you enjoyed your day?
    Julia x

  32. julia roberts January 27, 2012 at 11:13 am -  Reply

    Hello Elizabeth
    Thanks for the lovely comment about my hair – maybe I could go a little shorter, but I need to be able to get it into a ponytail for my Pilates workouts.
    Julia x

  33. Sylvia Pickles January 27, 2012 at 11:33 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    J haven’t seen your hair yet but I have been saying to my husband for a long time, Julia would suit shorter hair now as it was getting very long. Very surprised to hear that you and Chris are not married. I have always noticed on air that you appear to wear a wedding and engagement ring. Hey ho. If you have been together for 34 years what does a piece of paper matter. I worked with someone who lived with his partner for 11 years and then decided to get married. They were divorced within 18 months, so if you are happy stay as you are.

  34. Lynn January 28, 2012 at 6:50 pm -  Reply

    I know that you have taken the plunge in having your hair trimmed and your hair always looks very nice – but i have been wanting to say that when your wore the short wig a month or so ago i thought that you looked so much younger really really amazing. You looked very sophisticated so much so that as i tuned in i didnt realise it was you. So dont be scared of having something so radical you will of course pull it off so well.

  35. Lynn Hind February 1, 2012 at 1:05 am -  Reply

    hello stranger:) lol got the kipling tsv in caffe latte ace! your hair looks sooooo much better shorter, and if i dare say it another few inches off would be just the ticket as you always look so pretty when you pop it up off your face,really polished. and since youve lovely thick hair and youve lost the weight you dont want your locks taking over lol. shame the palace didnt do your nerves any good lol keep praying!
    Lynn x

  36. julia roberts February 2, 2012 at 2:21 pm -  Reply

    Hi Sylvia
    I wonder if you have seen the shorter hair yet?? Ali Young says it doesn’t look any different but it certainly feels very different when I wash it – doesn’t take so long to dry either. I think I was just growing it because I still can – not a good reason to have long hair!
    You are right – a marriage certificate is just a contract really, and people break contracts all the time these days. I’m not saying ‘never’ but the moment would have to be right. Chris bought me the ruby and diamond ring I wear as a Valentine present over twenty years ago which is why I wear it on my ‘wedding finger’.
    Julia x

  37. julia roberts February 2, 2012 at 2:26 pm -  Reply

    Hi Lynn
    Actually I was quite surprised that I looked OK with the short wig but I wouldn’t have my hair that short for two reasons. When it is that short you can only wear it one way …. short ( I might get a Ken Paves wig though to ring the changes ) and I have a natural curl in my hair so it wouldn’t lie as smoothly as the wig did.
    Thanks for your confidence that I could ‘pull it off’ but I would feel ‘naked’ without some length in my hair
    Julia x

  38. julia roberts February 2, 2012 at 2:31 pm -  Reply

    Hello Lynn
    How funny – two Lynn’s spelled the same way and one after the other, and both of you wanting me to have my hair even shorter! I do know what you mean about my hair ‘taking over’ my face so I think it is better shorter. I like being able to put it up too – ponytail most days when I’m not at work LOL!
    With regard to Palace, at least we managed to hang onto our talented youngsters in the transfer window and now we are out of the Carling Cup our priority and focus has to be a play-off place ( fingers crossed ).
    Julia x

  39. Margaret Mcvea February 19, 2012 at 9:28 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia havnt seen your hair yet but I am sure it looks lovely missed seeing you with Simon you are such a good team I have been married 44years this year and it doesnt seem that long Best wishes to you and Chris may you have many more happy years love Margaret

  40. Margaret Mcvea February 23, 2012 at 9:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia have not seen your hair yet but I am it sure it looks good you usually do missed you with Simon you are such a good team I have been married 44 years best wishes to you and Chris hope you have many more luv Margaret

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