Thank you so much for ALL the beautiful cards you've sent to me, the comments on this blog, the Facebook messages and all those tweets on Twitter! Incredible! Both Colin and I have been overwhelmed by your kindness and caring, and it has been an absolute joy to share our good news with you all.
I went to see my mum last Friday, and to have a drive in her new car which is a beautiful shade of blue, and quite sporty! It wasn't quite Top Gear style driving, but we cornered the Bishops Waltham roundabout quite tightly! She very much approved of Colin's choice of engagement ring, which is not that dissimilar to my dad's choice for her all those years ago.
I know you will have heard me mention more than once, the hours I would spend at her dressing table watching the light create a kaleidoscope of colours from that very ring. I often talk about the memories that are created when giving and receiving jewellery, and as I begin my regular Diamonique Jewellery show this Thursday at 9pm there's something I wanted to ask you, which could become a permanent way of us sharing those memories…
I would love for you to send me a photograph of your favourite piece of jewellery, and we will post these on the blog. You can attach them to a comment on our QVCUK Facebook page, tweet them to me with the tag #JewelleryFave, email them to competitions_uk@qvc,com (with the subject line "Jewellery Favourite") or send a photograph to me thru the post.
It could be an heirloom or a recent purchase, fashion or fine jewellery, gem-set, precious metals, even pearls. The plan will be for you to vote here for whichever piece of jewellery you think is the most desirable, and once we have enough entries, we will compile a shortlist.
Our jewellery buyers at QVC will choose the winning piece, and the design will be recreated in Diamonique so that we can all share in it! Interested? Thought so Sorry everyone, we won't be able to create a Diamoniqe replica but I would still love to see or hear about your favourite pieces. Here's one of my favourite things (pictured at the top of this post) - Great Aunt May's ring. It was given to me when I was 18 years old, and the design was one I favoured for years. I really hope you'll want to get involved, and am looking forward to receiving the first entries through!
More excitement coming your way tomorrow when QVC welcomes Joan Collins and her brand new range of Timeless Beauty products! Joan's belief is that every woman has the right to look gorgeous whatever her age, and quite frankly I've not seen anyone look as incredible at 81 as Joan! Considering she began her career in Hollywood when she was 18, and has worked ever since, it's going to be a real privilege to spend time with her.
I actually met Joan several times when I presented This Morning, but as you'll see from this clip, she still looks as amazing today, as she did then – I have clearly aged! She was absolutely charming with a wicked sense of humour, so it will be lovely to see her again
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Pipa and Joan will be launching the range at 2pm, and I'll be with Joan for the second show at 10pm. The range includes make-up, skincare and fragrance, all beautifully packaged in fabulous Art Deco styling, and although we will have a make-up artist on set with us, Joan will have done her own, as she ALWAYS has done, for film, TV and photo shoots – incredible! Hope you will be able to join us – I'll have to find out what her favourite piece of jewellery is!
Final bit of news to tell you is that Colin and 'The Sonny Walters Band' will be appearing on one of the pop-up stages at the O2 next Saturday 15th March! We're so excited!
It's part of the Country to Country weekend Festival there, which features the biggest Country stars from the USA, and he was chosen from a short list of British Bands to play there. They'll have a half-hour set from 3pm so do pop along if you can – the stages are in the restaurant area so it's free, and it's the day before my birthday so a double celebration
Don't forget to have a think about which piece of jewellery you'd like to have recreated in Diamonique, and do send your pictures in. I'll leave you with this segment from my last Diamonique show…You've got to laugh eh?