Me, my mum and my daughter

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Julia and daughter Sophie at a concert We had the mums of Coronation Street stars on QVC for Beauty Day, sharing stories about their star daughters.

This has inspired me, Claire and Alison to do the same – and some of our mums and daughters will be joining us on air for our Get Gorgeous Event on Friday 14th – Sunday 16th May.

What makes my daughter a star

Where do I start? She is determined, resilient, brave, thoughtful, independent, has a wicked sense of humour and a wonderful work ethic.

When she was 12, she started to have problems with her teeth and her jaw – this resulted in wearing braces throughout the whole of her teens and having major surgery on her lower and upper jaws just six weeks before going to University.


Julia with Sophie on the beach She was so poorly, particularly as she had a massive allergic reaction to one of the prescribed painkillers and couldn’t eat as her jaws were initially ‘wired’ together to keep them in place.

I was so proud of the way she coped with it and I think nursing her brought us even closer together. She is an ‘old soul’ and I sometimes feel our roles are reversed when I'm having a bad day!

How she inspires me

Believe it or not I am not very self confident. Sophie will boost my confidence by helping me to recognise what I do well… she is very honest so does not encourage me to sing!!!!

She is great to go shopping for clothes with – if I approach something she does not think is appropriate for me, she simply says, “Move away from the rail!” She inspires me to look after my health through good diet and exercise, although she does like me to bake cakes!!!

How my own Mum has inspired me

Julia and her Mum I had polio as a baby which meant my Mum had to devote a lot of her time to me even though she had two other small children. When the doctors said I would never walk, she simply got a second opinion from a doctor who was pioneering a new technique for dealing with polio victims.

I started to walk with the aid of a calliper (leg iron) but my Mum would not settle for that, so endless physiotherapy sessions both at the hospital and at home followed by swimming and then dancing helped to strengthen my legs so that I could walk unaided. She made me believe that if I tried hard enough I could achieve the impossible and I did when I became a professional dancer against all the odds. She taught me never to give up and I hope I have passed that on to my children.

How she helped me become a presenter

Julia's Mum Becoming a presenter was my idea but my Mum certainly encouraged me to go into show business as my Dad had been a semi-pro singer, and she had appeared in pantomime with the legendary George Formby.

She took me for my first audition for a summer season and on one occasion sent off my details to become a ‘Tiller Girl’ without my knowledge, even though I was two inches too short. She loves watching me on QVC and it’s been a great comfort to her since my Dad died to have me ‘at home’ when I can’t be if you know what I mean. She has never once suggested I get a ‘proper’ job!!!! Thanks Mum.

Why she likes QVC

She lives in Nottingham so by turning on the TV she says she can 'see' me more often! She especially loves the Liz Earle range. She started with Skin Repair, and now uses : Cleanse and Polish, Instant Boost Skin Tonic, Superskin Concentrate (her favourite), Orange Flower Body Wash and Hand wash etc. She gets it for every occasion – birthday, Mother's Day, Easter and Christmas!
 
Mum thinks the main reason I like my job at QVC is the fact that it's live and 'off the cuff', and the contact with the viewers… she's right!

Sophie likes QVC because it has given her the opportunity to put her Media Arts Degree to good use, and she likes to watch the beauty shows, particularly make-up and nails…. she has great nails.
 

49 Comments

  1. steve April 22, 2010 at 5:24 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Well i think you did Marjolein proud, i caught the later pilates show and yes thank you for the mention X. Just like me you have real passion for pilates and your warmth and charm really carried the information across, these machines can make big changes to peoples lifes!
    Good to hear you are moving towards you goal, me too, the weather as been really great fot getting out and increasing the cardio.
    Yes honour even ha ha, it was a good result for both of us, looks like you are out of trouble, well done Stern John! thats not easy to say!!
    I always get caught up in the footie trafic, last year we had the cricket world cup at down at Trent Bridge, it was crazy at times, although very interesting to see all the different nations walking around west bridgford.
    Thank you Julia for the opportunity, i will write to you by snail mail! with my contact details and look forward to hearing from you.
    Have a good week, Steve X.
    P.s you look very cute in the the pic with you mum, my inspiration!

  2. Annette Roberts April 22, 2010 at 5:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    What a great Mum you’ve got and what a great Mum you are too, with a lovely daughter to boot!
    I wish I still had my Mum and Dad around, I do miss them, but I know they are still here with me. Things get misplaced or gets moved around and I’m convinced it’s my Mum…she loved a joke and was full of fun, and I can’t remember how many times she helped me look for my tights, when she was actually wearing them!!
    I hope the Get Gorgeous event goes well and you have a brilliant time!
    Take care
    Annette x

  3. Jennifer Beresford April 23, 2010 at 12:04 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia, When I read your blog I was in awe of all of you ie your mum, your daughter and yourself.You mum sounds like a gutsy,and strong willed mother who loves you very much.You have inherited her strength and tenacity and obviously have a loving and caring nature.To think you overcome your physical disability by becoming a dancer is awesome. I really admire you. Your daughter is beautiful and very much like you and it sounds like you have a wonderful relationship. I have two daughters who mean the world to me and they too tell me when I need to make changes to my clothes choices,or when I’m acting daft.But they are proud of my achievements as a mother and tell me so.So I’m happy with that. Catch you soon love Jen x

  4. ann-marie wilson April 23, 2010 at 11:44 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    I would like to say that you are my favourite presenter. (I am not just saying that I mean it) Reading about you, Sophie and your mum has made me think how much I love my mum. She is such a a great inspiring mum. I have had so many health problems in my life and my most recent one I nearly died, but my mum was there every step of the way. I think of my mum as my bestfriend. I speak to her everyday and she gives me good advise and support and I also support her if she is feeling low. (I love her very much more than words can ever say) I will be watching of 14th May 10.
    Take care
    Ann-Marie

  5. julia roberts April 23, 2010 at 5:32 pm -  Reply

    Hi Annette
    I am so grateful that I still have my mum – I was so utterly devastated when I lost my Dad – I can’t believe that is two and a half years ago. He would have been 90 this June – we are hoping to get together for a celebration for and of him.
    Sophie has a great relationship with my Mum, who she calls JoJo, and even takes the time to write letters to her rather than just phonecalls. I am a very lucky person to have so much love in my life.
    Call in during the Get Gorgeous event
    love
    Julia x

  6. julia roberts April 23, 2010 at 5:37 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jen
    Thankyou for all your lovely comments. My mum has had to be strong in her life but she has really amazed us all since we lost my Dad. You know at 83 she is still so mentally alert and agile – I just hope I can be like her in my later years.
    Sophie is wonderfully independant but I love the times when there is a little chink in her armour and she asks my advice.
    Isn’t it great to be a mum?!
    see you for Get Gorgeous
    love
    Julia x

  7. julia roberts April 23, 2010 at 5:42 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ann-Marie
    Thanks for your kind words and I am so pleased you enjoy my Presenting.
    Your message brought a lump to my throat – tha bit about loving her more than words can ever say. I know exactly what you mean and I feel exactly the same.
    I hope your health is better now?
    See you for Get Gorgeous
    love
    Julia x

  8. julia roberts April 23, 2010 at 5:44 pm -  Reply

    Hi Steve
    I will look out for your letter.
    It’s a bit of give away that the picture is in black and white ……… can you make out the car ‘whizzing’ by in the background? – and also the Jesse Gray school, which we lived opposite.
    love
    Julia x

  9. steve April 23, 2010 at 7:19 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    You know i drive past that spot most days, the car looks like to me a vintage rolls royce!!! classy and timless just like you!
    Was the pic of you and Sophie taken in florida on the gulf coast?
    Your mum must so proud of you Julia and your children
    Have a great show tonight and enjoy the weekend, steve X

  10. Pauline Johnson April 23, 2010 at 7:36 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia you dont know how lucky you are to have a daughter, I had three sons and though I love them dearly would have loved a daughter,but I am very lucky to have three daughters in law and two grandaughters, Chloe who becomes a teenager this year (god help us) and Taylor who is five in May who as I write this is not well suffering from SLAPPED FACE SYNDROM (I have never heard of it) but it brings you out in a rash and is contagious will be off school for a week. Chloe goes to stage school at weekends she appesared at HER MAJESTY’s theatre a few weeks ago it was fantastic she looked so grown up. sadly I lost my mum and dad a few years ago they lived in Spain for the last years of there life and loved it,she was a good mum considering she had a hard life when she was young she was brought up by the original stepmother from hell as my grandad worked away from home,she was put into service at 12 yrs old at the age of 14 she ran away to a aunt in Fulham where she lived ,met and married my dad till they were bombed out in1941 and moved to Perivale where I was born,Thank you for your blog about your family I admire you so much you are so honest and staaight foreward and who I feel is a friend XXX

  11. Una April 23, 2010 at 8:19 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia.
    What a lovely photo of you and Sophie. I remember seeing her on a show when she was much younger. I think you were presenting a hair product, and she was pretty as a child and has grown into a lovely young lady. What a credit to yourself and Chris.
    Look forward to seeing you soon.
    Only 2 sleeps till Elemis!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Una x

  12. Joyce Piper April 24, 2010 at 11:46 am -  Reply

    Dear Julia, I loved reading your blog regarding your daughter and mother. You are an inspiration in many ways and I always enjoy watching the shows you present and respect your honest opinions regarding the products you discuss. I read that your have lost 10lbs whilst dieting and exercising and would just like to say I think you always look gorgeous no matter what weight you are, but have noticed how extra gorgeous you are now looking. Your arms are amazing and you looked very glamorous during the finale of Gems Day in your beautiful green dress. Thank you Julia, for your lovely smiling face and your warmth. My best wishes to you and your family.

  13. Dorothy April 24, 2010 at 4:09 pm -  Reply

    HI Julia
    Your mum must be so proud of you, its just as well you had strong parents that they just did’nt give up and got extra help for you. I am lucky i see my parents everyday they are not in good health so i do a lot for them but she would do it for me just pleased they are still here we have to make most of the time we have. I watched you on gem day you had green dress on you looked gorgeous, when you turned your head to the side Sophie is the double of you, keep up the good work love watching you always make us laugh.
    love best wishes.
    Dorothy xxx

  14. hilary west April 25, 2010 at 6:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    I have said this before ,you are my fav presenter(I just love watching you on the beauty hours especially). You have a lovely daughter who has inherited your good looks for sure. I have a 13yrold daughter as well as 2 sons (1 called Daniel lol. My mum who i adored and her me i sadly lost to breast cancer and i miss her so much still 9yrs on,she was my rock,my inspiration and just a wonderfull human being to all she met.Life goes on and i thank god for my family. Thank you for your sincere and lovely insight into your family life you seem very close just how it should be,enjoy every minute of it.
    love Hilary

  15. Una April 25, 2010 at 6:13 pm -  Reply

    Yeh!!!!! Got my Elemis TSV, how wonderful is the value in that!!
    Honestly Julia, I was so excited on Saturday. I was out for the evening and actually left early so I could be home for the launch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Madness!! Was worth it though, cant wait for it to arrive. Keeley was on grand form too, shes so funny, without even trying. Her passion for the products and her knowledge is amazing. She makes using Elemis even more enjoyable.
    The dress you wore was just lovely, really suited you.
    Love Una xxx

  16. Joanna Downey April 25, 2010 at 7:03 pm -  Reply

    Julia, you’re so wonderful and obviously so much of you comes from your Mum and you’re passing that wisdom and magic on to your lovely Sophie. I’ve known so many women who’ve had really poor relationships with their Mothers and I think their lives can’t have been as rich as mine has been. My Mum died in 2002 and I wrote to you after she died thanking you for keeping her company during the last few months of her illness when she couldn’t sleep and would watch QVC during those dark nights. She loved you, how she would rave about your hair now that it’s so gloriously long. Even now I can hear her saying how fabulous you looked in a particular outfit and how professional you were. Thank you. Jo x

  17. julia roberts April 26, 2010 at 11:15 pm -  Reply

    Hi Steve
    Give the Jesse Gray a wave from me the next time you drive past!
    The picture was taken in the Maldives quite a few years ago now …….. we have been to the Gulf Coast of Florida just on one occassion. We did the Orlando Theme Parks for a week and then spent a week on Captiva Island – do you know it?
    I think my mum does like to ‘talk’ about us all but that’s only natural, right??
    Hope you had a good weekend too
    love
    Julia x

  18. julia roberts April 26, 2010 at 11:23 pm -  Reply

    Hello Pauline
    what an interesting message. My Grandmother and my Great Aunt on my mum’s side were both ‘in service’ – I guess it what was you did in those days.
    At least you know your mum and dad had pleasure in their final years.
    I wonder if Chloe will have a career in show business?
    I have heard of Slapped Face Syndrome – isn’t it sometimes confused with measles?? Hope he feels better soon.
    Thankyou for your kind comments and glad you enjoy my blogs
    love
    Julia x

  19. julia roberts April 26, 2010 at 11:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi Una,
    You have got a very good memory – Sophie and her best friend at the time, Becca, came in to demonstrate a hair product – I had forgotten all about it!
    Hope you enjoyed Elemis and got your TSV early before it sold out?
    love
    Julia x

  20. julia roberts April 26, 2010 at 11:34 pm -  Reply

    Hello Joyce
    What lovely things to say – I have been working very hard to drop the weight that had crept on almost unnoticed, and am delighted to say I managed to shift another pound last week. It was the first time I had worn that green dress, so I’m glad it gets your seal of approval
    I believe honesty is the best policy – I never want you to be unnecessarily disappointed with something you have bought from us.
    Thanks again for your lovely compliments
    love
    Julia x

  21. julia roberts April 26, 2010 at 11:41 pm -  Reply

    Hi Dorothy
    I really am lucky to have had such determined parents – I wish I could see my mum more often. I would have her to live with me in an instant but she loves her little bungalow and especially her garden and her neighbours, not to mention the dancing classes she teaches.
    Sophie helped me chose the green dress I was wearing for Gem Day – I think she has got more like me as she has grown older.
    love to you and your mum and dad
    Julia x

  22. julia roberts April 26, 2010 at 11:51 pm -  Reply

    Hi Hilary
    I love presenting the beauty shows particularly as we have some fabulous guests – I of course include Keeley from Elemis in that statement!
    I am so sorry you lost your mum to breast cancer – so many people survive it now I think it is too easy to forget that it is still a killer that leaves families devastated. As you say, at least you have your family and that is so important.
    I will tell Sophie what you said about her – she is going to be on Get Gorgeous weekend with me at some point, and mum too IF I can persuade her!
    love
    Julia x

  23. julia roberts April 26, 2010 at 11:57 pm -  Reply

    hi Una
    Just read your second message – so pleased you got your TSV and hope you LOVE the shower cream as much as I do. I think it was very sensible to leave your night out early !!!!! LOL!
    The dress was one of the latest Ronnie Nicholl range – I don’t wear long dresses often, but that one is gorgeous.
    love
    Julia x

  24. julia roberts April 27, 2010 at 12:05 am -  Reply

    Hello Jo
    Thankyou for your post – it reminded me why I love my job. I am so glad your mum found comfort watching QVC – I really mean it.
    As I said in my blog, I believe Sophie is an ‘old soul’ and I don’t think Chris and I can take all the credit for the adult she has become, although I feel blessed to have been her guide.
    My hair is a bit on the long side isn’t it? I keep threatening to cut it but Sophie keeps advising against it – we’ll see
    love
    Julia x

  25. steve April 27, 2010 at 5:37 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    I thought i recognised the white sands of the Florida Keys! i have family over there, i have visited Sanibel and Captiva island many times, it’s a stunning place.
    Look out for my letter! Enjoy the sunshine, Steve X

  26. Julie April 27, 2010 at 7:47 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    You would never guess you were under confident on your programmes. We have alot to thank our Parents for don’t we? My Dad passed away when I was 6 which left my Mother to bring up 3 young children alone. Unfortunately My wonderful/beloved Mother passed away 10 years ago to Cancer-but like one of the previous messages know she’s with me. I was involved in a serious car accident last year(with my Daughter) and know she was there-it was a miracle I survived!
    As for my Daughter well I sometimes wonder who’s the Mother!
    Received my Elemis TSV today-can’t wait to use it.
    Before I forget didn’t Cardiff beat Palace a few weeks ago??? I tried to write on your blog then but had problems sending it to you.
    Hope to speak soon,keep us smiling
    Julie xx

  27. Morag April 27, 2010 at 9:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    I really enjoyed reading your story about your mum and your daughter. My mum brought me up on her own, there were just the two of us which was unusual then. We were very close and when I lost her to cancer 18 years ago it left such a huge gap in my life, but I still hear her talking in my ear when I need a bit of advice or encouragement. I am also very blessed with a beautiful daughter who has brought me a great deal of joy and pride, as Sophie also does for you. Thanks for bringing back so many happy memories and sending you and your family warm wishes.
    Morag x

  28. julia roberts April 28, 2010 at 12:10 am -  Reply

    Hi Steve
    I will look out for your letter when I’m next in on Friday.
    Sanibel and Captive were recommended to me by Jennifer Kirk of Kirk’s Folly. Have you ever been to the Bubble Room?
    love
    Julia x

  29. Una April 28, 2010 at 10:18 am -  Reply

    Morning Julia
    Got my Elemis TSV yesterday (Tuesday)!!!!! Fantastic service as always. I can never believe how amazing the service is from QVC, I shouldnt be surprised after all these years, but it never ceases to amaze me.
    You are so right about the shower cream, its just beautiful, and the hand and body cream really compliments it, I LOVE IT ALL. Did you guess that already!!!!
    I really thought the dress was perfect for you, very flattering.
    Love Una x

  30. Annette Roberts April 28, 2010 at 12:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Said ‘Hi’ to Chris from your previous blog, he was really chuffed!
    The celebration for your Dad sounds like a lovely tribute with lots of memories, laughs and no doubt tears too.
    My Dad went to sleep in 1997 and my Mum in 2002. Dad and I were really close and I could talk to him about anything and everything! You always knew if you had done something wrong, he didn’t have to say anything, just give you what we call the ‘Roberts Look’! He was very protective of me, but I think that was because I was a premature baby by 2 months.
    Mum was on bed rest in Shrewsbury Hospital and dropped something on the floor and thought she could reach, but toppled out of bed…that resulted in me making an early appearance. Mum was asked to name me and I was taken to the hospital chapel to be baptised, then because they didn’t have as many incubators back then I was whisked away to the Sorrento Hospital in Birmingham, where I spent the first 2 months of my life on my own.
    My parents didn’t have a car back then and Mum had to rest so they relied on telephone calls to see how I was. I can’t imagine what it must have been like for Mum to give birth and then not have that initial bond with her baby… heartbreaking.
    I have very often wondered who had taken care of me for the first two months of my life and maybe that’s why, when Chris is working away, I don’t mind being on my own and I’ve always got a reminder of Mum around and that is my little West Highland White Terrier called Bobby because she bought him for me 2 years before she went sleep and I love him to bits.
    I will try and muster up the courage to phone in and speak to you on the Get Gorgeous Event.
    Take care
    Annette x

  31. Jacqueline Thomson April 28, 2010 at 9:23 pm -  Reply

    Hi J. – just read that you have lost 10 lbs – good for you, it is so difficult as you get older to lose those few pounds round the middle. I used to think it was an old wives tale! I think you would suit your hair shorter and bring your new look bang up to date. Sometimes when you suffer from a lack of self confidence you hide behind your hair but I say you go for it girl! Spotted an actress in Eastenders last night with a new shorter hairdo and it knocked years off her!! best regards BJ

  32. alison April 29, 2010 at 10:58 am -  Reply

    hi julia
    love watching you on qvc what a lovely mum and family you have.
    I lost my mum when i was 26 still miss her so much i am 40 this year so feel it more some how .Ihave two lovely boys 10 and 5 and a great hubby just come out of hospital had a throyid op so watching qvc.Brought a tannia b dress a tsv a while ago purple and white same colour as you had on just wanted to say it does all you say so flattering iam a size 16 dresses hav been out for years for me but the fabric is so comfy just ordered the black and white retro one trying to loose a few pounds you make us all feel like we can look as good as you do fed up with my jeans i needed a bit pf glammour thank you julia these dresses make me feel femmine again take care alison shropshire

  33. julia roberts May 1, 2010 at 11:07 am -  Reply

    Hi Julie
    Funny thing self confidence ……… I am fine on QVC because I am in my comfort zone and you guys all feel like friends but in ‘real’ life I am not very good at ‘networking’ …….. Sophie can just walk into a room and start mingling, the thought of which just fills me with horror!
    It must have been very tough for your mum but in those days women just accepted their lot and made the best of things.
    Please don’t mention football to me – by the time this is posted I will know if Palace have survived in the Championship – that 10 point deduction could spell the end of our club.
    Good luck to you guys in the Play-offs – they are very exciting and a real money spinner.
    love
    Julia x

  34. julia roberts May 1, 2010 at 11:12 am -  Reply

    Hello Morag,
    It must have been a huge loss for you, particularly as you just had each other when you were growing up.
    I hope your daughter brings you as much pleasure as Daniel and Sophie bring me – although they do have their ‘moments’ as I’m sure I did as a young adult!
    Love to you and yours
    Julia x

  35. julia roberts May 1, 2010 at 11:18 am -  Reply

    Hi Una
    So pleased you LOVE the new Elemis shower cream – sometimes when I rave about something I worry that you guys at home won’t like it as much as me …….. no need to worry with that one though!
    Speak soon
    Julia x

  36. julia roberts May 1, 2010 at 11:29 am -  Reply

    Hi Annette
    I have a confession to make ……… I also have the ‘Roberts Look’!!! I’m not really aware that I do it but apparently it can turn blood to ice …………… I make an effort NOT to do it often even if something has really wound me up!
    Today we just can’t imagine what it was like before the communication revolution. I was hospitalised for 5 months and initially on the ‘critically ill’ list. My parents had no telephone so some days had to rely on the list in the Nottingham Evening Post to see if I was still alive. We just can’t comprehend that these days.
    Here’s another coincidence – because my mum and dad were grandparents at quite a young age (courtesy of my older sister) they didn’t want to be called grandma and grandad, so my mum is JoJo to the grandchildren and my dad was ….. Bobbie!
    Love to your Bobby
    Julia x

  37. julia roberts May 1, 2010 at 11:35 am -  Reply

    Hi Jacqueline
    It’s 11 lbs now – am back on Diet Chef this week for another month – I think that should see me at my target weightloss by the end of May ……… fingers crossed!
    The hair debate – I keep saying I’m going to cut it shorter but Sophie (and others) keep saying no.
    Decisions decisions
    love
    Julia x

  38. julia roberts May 1, 2010 at 11:41 am -  Reply

    Hello Alison
    Hope you are well on the road to recovery now after your op.
    I guess you’ll be watching the Tianna B shows this weekend – wonder if you’ll treat yourself?? If you love Tianna B I think you might also like Ronnie Nichol – I like both ranges. I am really into dresses at the moment – I think the weight loss has inspired me to get some new outfits and I’m feeling so much better about myself.
    Hope you have a lovely 40th with your hubby and your boys
    love
    Julia x

  39. Linda May 15, 2010 at 4:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Just wanted to say how much i’m looking forward to seeing and hopefully hearing from your mum(i say hopefully because of Simon – he’s such a gab(love himx). She seems a lovely lady with real old fashioned values who clearly loves and would do anything(and has done everything) for her family – the type of person/parent that Britian needs IMO – its like kids bringing kids up in some occasions IMO(i’ll get of my soap box). I lost mum when i was eleven so really appreciate(and really missed) the love and companionship of my mum(although my dear daddy and aunts did a great job as i went on to gain two degrees and a PHD through the work ethic they all drummed into me(they were all born in the 1920’s). Anyway i hope mum(and of course Sophie)have a great time on QVC and i’m really looking forward to seeing them both with you and Simon. By the way girl your looking good – looks like you’ve been working hard with diet and excercise and its really paying off – well done you. Speak soon, much love, Linda,Glasgow p.s. I’ve ordered the SB TSV – loving the purple selection(too much neutral/Brown lately) so really looking forward to receiving it – QVC delivery time is great at the mo – i’m getting orders in around three days after dispatch – impressivex

  40. Lisa Douglas May 16, 2010 at 7:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    I haven’t wrote to QVC before but love the show especially the beauty and skincare (liz earle omg my saviour). I love your presentations as you always bring glamour to the show. I had to write in as I’ve been admiring your purple bling watch please can you tell me where I can get a hold of one because I love it soooooooooooooooooooooooooo much!!!!!!
    Thank You Lisaxx

  41. julia roberts May 17, 2010 at 3:46 pm -  Reply

    Hi Lisa
    Thanks for writing and glad to hear you are such a fan – I know what you mean about Liz Earle, especially the Cleanse and Polish and Instant Boost. Hope you enjoyed the ‘girly’ Get Gorgeous event?
    The purple watch is the TSV on Tuesday/Wednesday – it also comes in pink, yellow, white and blue and is VERY affordable so I think a lot of people may be tempted to go for 2!!
    keep watching
    love
    Julia x

  42. julia roberts May 17, 2010 at 4:03 pm -  Reply

    Hi Linda
    Hope you enjoyed the Butler and Wilson shows yesterday – I thought Simon was brilliant with my mum and he did let her get a word in edgeways didn’t he? Both she and Sophie enjoyed the experience!
    thanks for the lovely compliments – I’ve really worked hard on losing weight with the diet and exercise and I’m pleased to report it’s 1 stone 1lb now. I set myself a target of 20lbs but I’ll take a look at myself when I get there and if I think I need to lose a few more pounds I will. Don’t want to get too thin in the face though, it doesn’t suit me!
    Hope your Smashbox TSV arrives quickly – I love the purple eyeshadow quad and the charcoal pencil – even the old man remarked about it when I got home from work and he doesn’t usually notice things like that!!
    much love
    Julia x

  43. Anita Carroll May 22, 2010 at 11:42 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, I always enjoy watching you presenting. Mothers and daughters .. what can I say.. My mum died 12 years ago and there isn’t a day goes by when I wish I could talk to her. I am very lucky to have a daughter myself and my mum lives on in her.
    Anyway, I always seem to be drawn to the clothes you pick out and I am a similar build to you. Can you tell me what size you get when wearing “Kim and Co.” as I don’t know whether to order the small or medium.
    Thank you
    Anita x

  44. julia roberts May 27, 2010 at 12:56 am -  Reply

    Hi Anita
    The bond between Mothers and daughters is so strong isn’t it? I am pleased to say Sophie and my Mum also have a very good relationship although they are not really very alike.
    I am pleased you enjoy watching the shows I present – that is what it is all about really, without you guys at home we wouldn’t be there!
    Now that I have dropped just over a stone I am wearing the Kim and Co size small which is sort of equivalent to an M & S 10/12. It doesn’t make a great deal of difference as the fabric is so stretchy but I think the shoulders fit me better on the small too.
    Hope that helps?
    love
    Julia x

  45. sam July 3, 2010 at 12:09 am -  Reply

    I havent watched QVC for a while, just put it on and OH MY GOD..how much weight have you lost Julia! you look fab, and about 10 years younger..
    Sam
    xxxx

  46. julia roberts July 12, 2010 at 10:49 am -  Reply

    Hello Sam
    Only just found your post – don’t always check the older ones! Thanks for the lovely compliments. In total I have lost 1st 8lbs and am almost there interms of how I want to look. It’s thanks to comments from people like yourself that I have had the motivation to keep going
    much love
    Julia x

  47. jatkiran July 31, 2010 at 5:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    For sometime now i have wanted to leave a small message to say that you are lovely, kind, warmhearted and caring persenter. When you are on air it always feels you are directly talking to the viewers in they homes.
    I noticed something was diferent about you, you can see that you had lost a considerable amount of weight, i have always said to my children that you always look amazing and when your on air you look picture perfect, not many products you would not look good in. ie Tiana B, Nina L
    It has knocked 20 years of you however, saying that you looked good before the diet. You are true believer when it comes to selling products and trying them out for yourselve. when i noticed the change i honestly can say i could not stop saying to my family (look how good she looks).
    There are many shopping channels that the public have a perception about, that presenters don’t know if these products are good or even work they are simply working and talking the system, but time after time you have shown that there are products that do work, shown evidence and tested them but at the same time stated some products work for certain people and not others.
    Doing the masterchef for yourselve and looking the way you do, i was sold. You look a million dollars.
    This is the reason i don’t shop anyway else, i am constantly marketing/selling QVC to my friends and family, if my friends see something different in my home or if i am wearing it they never ask me where i got it from they already know before i answear them – QVC, another reason i shop at QVC the customer service 1st rate 5* star.
    Keep up the good work at QVC they would be lost without you and probably close down if they lost a presenter like you.

  48. julia roberts August 4, 2010 at 1:10 pm -  Reply

    Hello Jatkiran
    Thankyou so much for your lovely post. I can honestly tell you that one of the reasons I stay at QVC is for the people like yourself who I genuinely care about. Over the years there have been times when I have become tired and wondered if I should look for something that is less demanding at my advanced age, but then I get a post like this, or a letter, and whatever my issues were just evaporate and I realise why I stay.
    I do love being on TV and sharing the products with you guys at home, and I think it is so important to know how things work and try them out for myself so that I can be honest in what I say.
    Thankyou again for taking the trouble to put all this in a post and so pleased that you are also so satisfied with the customer service.
    much love
    Julia x

  49. Jackie Ruffoni January 25, 2011 at 4:59 pm -  Reply

    HI Julia, So pleased your daughter was able to over come here operations on her teeth, being so poorly, having you there is just what she needed. My daughter 22 has been wearing a plate with 2 teeth on since 16 and will because of missing second teeth either side of 2 front ones. So a bridge each side or implants when she is ready, not a nice job, do you recommend your dentist.
    Jackie R x

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