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June already!

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Wow, where on earth has the first five months of this year gone? I know I like to keep busy, but it doesn’t seem two minutes since we were celebrating New Year and now it’s summer, not that you would necessarily know it from the temperature. Thank goodness the new central heating system is working because, I have to confess, we have had it on a couple of mornings and evenings this week!

It’s been a busy week for me, particularly as I was working the whole of the Bank Holiday weekend and I needed to get the spare bedroom (pictured in my blog last week) ready for Daniel’s imminent arrival from Swansea on Monday afternoon. When I got home last Sunday, I cleaned the carpet with the Vax machine and crossed my fingers that it would be dry enough for Chris to move a bed in there the next morning while I was at QVC for the Got To Have It event.

I wonder if you treated yourselves? I bought Yankee Candle sets and the mega size of the This Works pillow spray! Sophie had been at a wedding, so called in at ours on the way home and we all had dinner together – a nice family end to the Bank Holiday.

Sideways posterOn Tuesday I had to get my eyes checked to make sure all was okay with my contact lenses. I’ve been getting on pretty well with them really, only struggling on a couple of occasions to get them in, and no problems at all taking them out… touch wood!

I also bought a few bits and bobs for my forthcoming holiday before heading into London for the press night of Sideways at the St James theatre, which has been produced by Amy Anzel, our former no!no! guest.

I hadn’t seen the film or read the book, but the story was easy to follow and, in my humble opinion, it was well acted. Be warned, if you are thinking of going to see it, that there is some swearing and nudity but at times it was laugh out loud funny! Well done Amy – Miceal went on the same evening as me and I think he enjoyed it too.

I’ve also been busy signing and sending out the copies of my latest book ordered through Chapter One. If you would like a signed copy, check out the details on my website but if you want a personalised message there will be a little wait as I am on holiday for ten days from Sunday, getting back late in the evening before my trip to Ascot on the 16th June. I have been giving a little thought as to what to wear but undecided as yet – maybe Ronni Nicole or Onjenu London.

Whilst on the subject of fashion, I can’t believe I am missing Fashion Day on Thursday 9th June. I won’t be here, but I can highlight a few things for you in this week’s Focus on Fashion. The Today’s Special Value on the day is a patterned maxi dress from Kim & Co. It is a style which has been very popular for us before in solid colours of Black and Navy, below.

Kim & Co Today's Special Value style

We’ve also got a couple of H by Halston shows on the day at 11am and 4pm. There are lots of new designs in the latest collection from this brand but a couple I thought you might particularly like are a sleeveless top in a fabric which is gorgeous to touch. It comes in five colour options; Lavender Sky, Ocean Blue, Palm Green, Navy and Terracotta and will be great with jeans, crops or pedal pushers this summer. There is also a really nice T-shirt dress with a cross layer at the back, which comes in Palm Green or Black.

If you would like a cardigan to wear over either of the H by Halston pieces or the Kim & Co Today’s Special Value maxi dress, I’ve picked out a couple of cardigans from Marble, on at 1pm on Fashion Day.

Here’s a three-button cardigan with pointelle detailing on the shoulders, cuffs and hemline. It comes in Aqua, Blush, Navy and White. There is also a more open, knit, lightweight cardi, in a choice of Black, Yellow, White and Cobalt. There will be lots of our other fashion brands featured on the day, so if you love QVC fashion put the date in your diary.

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Well, Jewellery Month is now finished, but we have one more show in our current Spotlight on Jewellery series tonight at 6pm. Dominic Hill will be bringing us several pieces of Aurora jewellery with swarovski crystals, we have Links of London with guest Coral, Skagen and Diamonique with Alison O’Reilly, and Olivia Cox is stepping in for Josie to bring us Gossip Watches.

Speaking of watches, there is one final competition winner to announce for the Radley watch and loveRocks necklace from last week. Thanks to all of you who have entered the competitions over the past few weeks and commiserations if your name hasn’t been selected at random. However, it is congratulations to… Sue Cramp!

I’ll see you a little earlier than usual on QVC today as I am on at 2pm with a 21st Anniversary Elemis show with Keeley. I’ll be hot-footing it from a radio interview on Marlow FM at 10am where I’ll be taking part in their book club, talking about the Liberty Sands trilogy. I’ll try and put a link to it on here next week but in the meantime I wondered if you may be interested in hearing me read the first chapter of my new book which I have posted on YouTube.

So, as I’ve mentioned, I am off on holiday on Sunday for birthday celebrations. Yes, this time next week I will be entering a new decade! Thanks so much to those of you who have sent cards and presents – truly appreciated.

Much Love
Julia xx

30 Comments

  1. Kathy June 3, 2016 at 3:12 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia.. Not written for a while or i have but seems a problem with posting… any way here goes again. Glad all your books are now written i have got all 3 now as i hate waiting for the next one etc. ! Have read Debbie’s 3 books so will be interesting to see the writing styes between the both of you. Enjoyed Debbie’s books very much…. I must admit i don’t watch much QVC now i look to see whats on and then decide, Its funny i watched a while ago and you had on my Biba white blouse and the guest had on my Karen Millen dress the pink one with zips. !…… And coincidence that you are heading to Spain i presume… as i am visiting friends for a week in Denia, not going till the Wednesday though i am sure the weather will be lovely,really looking forward to some sun arn’t you. Our place in Cyprus is all up and running, so glad we made the move there, although there are only 12 apartment in blocks of 2 , and you still go up a few stairs to the bedrooms which we like, there is plenty of outside space too with a large pool. It’s now booked all through the summer holidays so we will go over in September as it’s my 60th in August. I think we look so young for 60 now a days, maybe we take more care i don’t know, my mum had good skin at 95 but she only used The Pink Lotion ! although i must admit i don’t use a very high sun factor sshh !!. Any way have great birthday and holiday . Look forward to reading you books.
    Kathy x

    • Julia Roberts June 17, 2016 at 5:40 pm -  Reply

      Hi Kathy
      So nice to hear from you again and how funny that you were in Spain at the same time as us – we were very lucky with the weather weren’t we compared to here in the UK.
      Glad to hear your place in Cyprus is up and running – is it Greek or Turkish side? Only been to Turkish side but thought it was lovely.
      Thanks for ordering my books – I hope you will enjoy them. I think Debs and I have certain similarities but also differences – mine are not ‘steamy’ at all.
      I won’t tell Ali Young about you not using a high sun protection factor – I use 50 on my face and 30 or 20 on my body and am still very tanned – even my son commented that when I went out to Spain I was looking ‘pale’!
      Enjoy your birthday when it comes around
      Love
      Julia x

  2. karen kennedy June 3, 2016 at 6:00 pm -  Reply

    Would like to wish you a very happy birthday Julia xx have a fab holiday , my fav presenter been with you for the start xxx ps its my 60th next july also lol xxx

    • Julia Roberts June 17, 2016 at 5:05 pm -  Reply

      Hi Karen
      Thanks for the birthday wishes and your kind compliments – I hope your 60th birthday celebrations will make you as happy as mine did.
      Love
      Julia

  3. Eileen Mahoney June 3, 2016 at 7:02 pm -  Reply

    I am right behind you Julia – well, by almost a year – 7 June 1957. Hope you have a fantastic bday and coming decade. Where are you off to on holiday? (or are you not saying?) Will Daniel and Sophie be able to join you or just you and Chris? Any which way, have a fab time. And hopefully a bit of a rest!!

    • Julia Roberts June 17, 2016 at 5:07 pm -  Reply

      Hi Eileen
      Thanks for your birthday wishes – Dan hardly believe I’m now officially in my sixties! We went to Javea in Spain where I used to have a villa – the whole family has a soft spot for it. Have written about it on my new blog but suffice to say we all had a fabulous time.
      Love
      Julia x

  4. Alana June 3, 2016 at 9:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Hope you are well? I’ve not commented on your blog for a while but I still read every week…great as always. Happy 60th for next week, I’ll make sure that I say happy birthday on Facebook too. You look wonderful for almost 60!!!
    Just to let you know that I have just got round to reading ‘If He Really Loved Me’ I’ve been soo busy recently but now have time to enjoy a good book. I am half way through and loving it already, I’ll let you know what I think after I’ve finished (plus I’ll leave a review).
    Have a fabulous holiday and make sure you relax and enjoy yourself – looking forward to seeing some pictures.
    Axx

    • Julia Roberts June 17, 2016 at 5:11 pm -  Reply

      Hi Alana
      I’ve missed your comments on here but pleased to hear you still enjoy reading my blog.
      So glad you are enjoying If He Really Loved Me… – it’s guard for me to decide which book I liked writing the most – a bit like having no favourites among your children!!! A review would be brilliant when you get a moment.
      My holiday & birthday were both brilliant – pics etc. on my new blog
      Love
      Julia x

  5. Sue Hesling June 4, 2016 at 9:45 am -  Reply

    Will miss you while you are away – have a great holiday and happy birthday – remember 60 is the new 50! xx

    • Julia Roberts June 17, 2016 at 5:12 pm -  Reply

      Hi Sue
      Thank you – it’s nice to be missed.
      I will hang on to your message that 60 is the new 50 …. makes me feel less ancient
      Love
      Julia x

  6. Susanne F June 4, 2016 at 1:20 pm -  Reply

    Not sure if you’ll get this before The Big Day but if you do, many happy returns from another soon-to-be ‘new decade-r’.

    Thanks to Alison Young and all the beauty guests at QVC with their wonderful products, I got complimented at a Health Resort last week when someone thought I was “early 40’s” and yesterday the lady in the charity shop thought (we were discussing ageing) that my ‘big birthday this year’ was my 40th!!!!! I’m on Cloud Nine …..

    Have a wonderful break, continued good health and thank you for all that you do.

    • Julia Roberts June 17, 2016 at 5:15 pm -  Reply

      Hi Suzanne
      I read all these lovely birthday comments before the big day but only just getting around to replying!
      Isn’t lovely when someone compliments you and says you look younger than you are – I also have a lot to thank Ali Young for.
      We all had a wonderful holiday thank you – so nice to spend quality time with family and friends
      Love
      Julia x

  7. Geraldine Carron June 4, 2016 at 10:57 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia I hope you have a lovely birthday from Geraldine Carron

    • Julia Roberts June 17, 2016 at 5:16 pm -  Reply

      Thank you Geraldine, I had a truly lovely birthday
      Love
      Julia x

  8. Sue f June 4, 2016 at 10:59 pm -  Reply

    I’m a June birthday to, so many happy birthday wishes and have a wonderfully relaxed holiday

    • Julia Roberts June 17, 2016 at 5:18 pm -  Reply

      Hi Sue
      Not sure if you’ve had your June birthday yet but hope it is/was a happy occasion as mine was – holiday was just what the doctor ordered too.
      Love
      Julia x

  9. Annette Roberts June 6, 2016 at 12:42 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia

    Loved the surprise cake that Debbie wheeled in for you, hope it hadn’t all gone before you finished your time on air.

    Have a lovely holiday, what more could a girl want…Sun, sea, sand, pressies and lots of cake…enjoy!!

    Wishing you a Happy 60th Birthday on Friday from your fellow Gemini birthday girl!

    love
    Annette x

    • Julia Roberts June 17, 2016 at 5:20 pm -  Reply

      Hi Annette
      Hope you had a fab June 10th birthday too!
      Took a generous piece of the cake home for the family to enjoy and left the rest with backstage – it was pretty yummy!
      Holiday was fab – just what I needed after a pretty full-on six months.
      Speak soon
      Julia x

  10. Sheila Margrett June 6, 2016 at 2:43 pm -  Reply

    Wow Julia, you look amazing for 60. I.m 66 but, seriously, I didn’t look as good as you when I was 50!!!!! Could even have been 40.
    A very Happy Birthday to you and look forward to seeing you on your return to QVC.

    • Julia Roberts June 17, 2016 at 5:22 pm -  Reply

      Hi Sheila
      Thanks so much for your kind remarks (I doubt that they are accurate though) – I had a really great birthday, one of my happiest ever.
      I’m back on air next Thursday for the Lunchtime Show at 1pm
      Love
      Julia x

  11. theresa June 7, 2016 at 3:41 pm -  Reply

    Enjoy your holiday and have a wonderful 60th birthday, a new chapter in your life, hope you get lots of gifts you like. I will be 65 on the 22 june and will get an Anne Klein watch that I asked for, well saying that gave son 2 item numbers. Enjoy your day at ascot on the 16th and I look forward to reading next blog.

    • Julia Roberts June 17, 2016 at 5:25 pm -  Reply

      Hi Theresa
      Thanks for the birthday wishes – I was very blessed with some lovely gifts, most notably a white feather necklace and tickets to go and see Andrea Bocelli in concert – I LOVE him.
      I hope you have a great birthday on the 22nd and enjoy your Anne Klein watch
      Love
      Julia x

  12. Elaine Anelay June 7, 2016 at 8:28 pm -  Reply

    Happy special birthday Julia. Have a wonderful time x

    • Julia Roberts June 17, 2016 at 5:25 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Elaine – I had a really lovely time
      Love
      Julia x

  13. Jean Pugh June 7, 2016 at 9:42 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Wishing you a very Happy Birthday, and hope you have a lovely holiday, nice and relaxing.

    Received your book, thanks. Looking forward to reading it.

    Yes I got the pillow spray, I find it really works, can’t be without it, what a great size.

    Hope you have a great time at Ascot, you must put up a photograph of you in your outfit.

    Love JeanX

    • Julia Roberts June 17, 2016 at 5:29 pm -  Reply

      Hello Jean
      Both birthday and holiday were really great – relaxing and spending time with people I care about.
      I agree with you about the pillow spray – took the travel size on hols with me!
      I didn’t make it to Ascot unfortunately – all explained on my new blog.
      Hope you will enjoy my latest book when you start reading it.
      Speak soon
      Julia x

  14. MARGARET ARCHER June 8, 2016 at 12:11 pm -  Reply

    Happy 60th Birthday Julia. I remember watching your 50th birthday celebrations on QVC and cannot believe that was 10 years ago. How time flies. Once again enjoy your birthday and have a wonderful holiday.

    • Julia Roberts June 17, 2016 at 5:31 pm -  Reply

      Hi Margaret
      How nice to know that you are still watching QVC – as I remember Alison Young was squeezing secrets about me out of my children’s not that show! In some ways I agree that it doesn’t seem 10 years ago, in others it feels more like 20 years ago.
      Thanks for the birthday wishes
      Love
      Julia x

  15. Elizabeth Keenan June 10, 2016 at 1:26 pm -  Reply

    Happy 60th Birthday Julia, hope you have a lovely holiday, well deserved.
    Ordered your book, will be getting delivered at some point today, cannot wait to read it. Wishing you health and happiness.
    Much Love
    Elizabeth Keenan X

    • Julia Roberts June 17, 2016 at 5:33 pm -  Reply

      Hi Elizabeth
      My birthday and my holiday really couldn’t have been much better – really enjoyed both.
      I wonder if you have started reading yet? Keep me posted won’t you – I want to know if you approve of my choice for Holly
      Love
      Julia x

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