Just like Cinderella!


Julia with daughter Sophie and presenters Claire and Ali KAttending QVC's Christmas Party was in doubt until the last moment due to Sophie's ill health but, just like Cinderella, we did go to the 'ball' and had a great time. It was a 1920s/30s theme and loads of people made an effort with their outfits.

When we walked into the room we were immediately 'shot' by one of our Planners, Greg, brandishing a fake machine gun, Bugsy Malone style – I hope he wasn't imagining it was real!Sophie was on soft drinks as she had been on medication all week. This was fortunate for me, as it meant she could drive and I could have a little drink – it's normally the other way round LOL!

Julia with daughter Sophie and Director PaulI hope I didn't embarrass her too much bopping around the dance floor and singing along to all the songs. My 'piece de resistance' was going for the very VERY high note in Mariah Carey's 'All I Want For Christmas' not once, but twice!We made a quick exit shortly after that, but not before Paul, one of our Directors, pictured with Sophie and I, had complimented me on my singing… how much had he had to drink I wonder?????

How's this for a coincidence – the party was held in the Connaught Rooms in London, which has several different 'event' rooms. On the same night as our party, one of Sophie's best friends from school was at her work 'do'… shame we didn't find out until the next day, maybe we could have gatecrashed.

On Tuesday we went to fetch my Mum from Nottingham for a few days to exchange gifts and to treat her to a trip to the ballet 'Nutcracker' at the London Coliseum. This was a birthday present from Daniel and Sophie and I knew my Mum would enjoy it.

The London Coliseum is a truly spectacular theatre and I am already intending to book tickets to see 'Tosca' which would be my first ever opera. We both really enjoyed the performance. The prima ballerina was beautiful to watch and the costumes exquisite, but what really stood out for both Mum and I was the orchestra, and in particular the conductor, who followed the dancers every move. If you get the chance to go I would highly recommend it.

Mum has gone back to Nottingham this morning to spend Christmas with my brother, and Nana arrives this afternoon so I am writing this with the washing machine on the go! I hope you will all have a lovely Christmas wherever you are and I'll see you Boxing Day!

Much love, Julia xxx    


  1. Linda, Glasgow December 23, 2011 at 11:52 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    What a fantastic photograph of Clare,yourself,Sophie and Ali K – you look like Sophie’s sister and doesnt Ali look fantastic,she belies the year she has just had – i have noticed you mentioning you have experienced some stress in 2011(your private businessxx) so “a pat on the back” to you for looking so goodx Its all in the genes,i think, and your lovely mum looks fantastic for 85!!(i couldn’t believe her age when you mentioned this on the Pompoos hour last night) now your mum(and you) confirms my theory that age is just a numberxx The ballet sounds a wonderful experience and i’m certain you will love the opera – i often visit the Theatre Royal in Glasgow to see both ballet and opera(and pantomime!!) – i’m no expert but know what i like(nothing too heavy).Opera is wonderful when you “get into” the narrative – even though the players are singing in a forgein language you can still follow the story(i get so emotional at times) – fantastic experience. My music choice is always r&b or soul but i do like some classical especially the Strauss Viennese waltzs – i know its daft but i can feel the swish of the crinolines wafting passed when i close my eyes and listen to the music. Like ballet/opera i know what i like(and again its never too heavy).I know you were a DJ in another life – whats your favourite music – i remember you liking Blue(although i dont know if that was for their music!! – i know it wasnt for me ha hax) and you were so annoyed you missed the Westlife programme recently(the same criteria applies as for Blue eh!!). My daddy died about 18 years ago but it feels like yesterday so i empathise with you(i was a daddys girl toox) re your dear fathers death a few years ago – its at this time of year the memories get especially raw – he’s watching you all – so make sure you dont disappoint him and have a fantastic time!!(no tears except happy onesx) My best wishes to your lovely mum tooxx Look after yourself Juliax and here’s to a fantastic 2012 hurrahxx Love Linda,Glasgowxx

  2. Gray . December 24, 2011 at 5:02 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Have a lovely Christmas and a Happy Healthy New Year. Hope Palace win promotion for you!!
    Lots of love.
    Graeme xxxxx

  3. Annette Roberts December 24, 2011 at 10:44 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    So pleased to see that Sophie felt well enough to attend the Christmas party. You both look stunning, as do Claire and Ali too! Nice that your Mum spent a few days with you before going to your brother’s for Christmas, will Tabitha be going too?
    Had a phone call from the Drs yesterday telling me that I had an appointment at 6.30pm at the hospital. After a great deal of phoning around and no record of an appointment on screen at the hospital, I was found registered in a book! Chris parked that car and I went in to the reception. The receptionist was quite rude. “Why are you here?”, “the Dr referred me, I’ve been having headaches for the past 2 months”, “We don’t deal with headaches, this is acute and eye, why are you here, what’s wrong with your eyes!?”, I replied that I’d been referred, she said “it sounds like a migrane to me!” and I said “well, I’ve been referred and that’s why I’m here!”, “well, there’s a wait of over 1/2 hour, if you want to take a seat!”.
    I was the last one to go into the assessment room, she then came and stood in the doorway behind me and I felt quite intimidated by her being there listening to what was being said. She obviously, didn’t want to be there at that time of night and to be honest, I wasn’t there for the fun of it either…I had been quite worried after the Drs phone call and her challenging manner did nothing to put me at ease, infact it gave me a headache!!
    It wasn’t my normal Dr who had arranged the appointment, but she is in next week and I will go and see her then…I think the appointment had been made to check my eyes and make sure there wasn’t a problem there, which I’m glad to say there wasn’t!
    To top it all, we went to check Henry hamster this morning and he’s gone to hamster heaven…he was 2 1/2 years old, which is a good age for hamsters, shame he didn’t make Christmas though!
    Felt sorry for the grocery delivery guy yesterday, he’d taken a lot of stick from customers because items we sold out…he said it was a pleasure to come here, he always gets a nice welcome…after all, it’s not the drivers fault items aren’t there!
    Just checked my Gatineau order and it’s been returned to sender, so it will now arrive in January…oh, well, one less pressie to wrap up eh LOL!
    Have a lovely Christmas day and see you on Boxing Day!
    Annette x

  4. Joy Padley December 24, 2011 at 3:37 pm -  Reply

    Happy Christmas Julia to you and your lovely family. Will look forward to more blogs, qvc parcels and of course your book.
    Love & warm wishes Joyxx

  5. sylvia December 24, 2011 at 4:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    I hope you and your family have a Wonderful Christmas and a Very Happy New Year.x

  6. Susan December 24, 2011 at 5:38 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    A Merry Christmas to you! I LOVE Ali’s gloves and Claire’s hat!! Great outfits! You can tell you and Sophie love modelling as you always have your little model poses going on!! Hope you have a lovely Christmas and New Year.
    Take care
    Susan x

  7. Shelley Davis December 26, 2011 at 11:44 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia can you tell me if qvc sell the top you are wearing on Boxing Day at 11pm ta

  8. Carole cooper December 28, 2011 at 5:54 pm -  Reply

    Hello Julia all the best to you and your family for 2012 like you said we have the olympics And the jubilee this comming year so it should be gud, guess what I got for Xmas as a stocking filler those green glasses that you have got there fab I had to laugh take care julia Carole Wigan xx

  9. josephine ellis December 30, 2011 at 8:58 am -  Reply

    HAPPY NEW YWAR julia i hope you have great one…You look so good..jo

  10. Kathryn Sheehan December 30, 2011 at 10:49 am -  Reply

    Happy New Year Julia, been away in Egypt again for some sun.
    Kathy x

  11. Jill December 30, 2011 at 2:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Loved the dresses you have been wearing lately ( blue one you are wearing in the photos)I think the other one was red.
    Happy New Year to you and your family.

  12. Babs Dyson December 30, 2011 at 8:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, Great blog. A VERY Healthy and Happy New Year to you and your family.
    Much Love
    Babs Dyson

  13. Kathryn Sheehan December 31, 2011 at 9:30 pm -  Reply

    Sorry, that should say in Egypt for some sun not been. We are still here for new year. xx

  14. julia roberts January 3, 2012 at 5:07 pm -  Reply

    Hi Linda
    Sorry I haven’t replied before but it has been a hectic though really enjoyable couple of weeks! I love going to the theatre but haven’t been that much this last year so maybe that should be one of my New Year resolutions. On the subject of which I am truly hoping for a better year for many of us – Ali especially, and of course lovely Amica too.
    Thanks for all your chatty posts in 2011 and hope you will keep it up this year.
    Julia x

  15. julia roberts January 3, 2012 at 5:10 pm -  Reply

    Hello Graeme
    Thanks for your Christmas and New Year wishes – both were really good this year as I hope yours were.
    Palace had a great win on New Years Eve but unfortunately lost yesterday ….. mind you we were missing our goalie and 2 main defenders through sickness so maybe it was just a hiccup!
    Julia x

  16. julia roberts January 3, 2012 at 5:15 pm -  Reply

    Hi Annette
    Sorry to hear about your woes just before Christmas – hope things are improving now??
    Mum did take Tabitha to my brother’s on Christmas day and apparently she was fussed like mad!
    We had a lovely family Christmas – a huge improvement on last year – and then came out to Spain for New Year, which has also been fab. One slight downer I have had a horrible cold and chest infection since I’ve been here, but on the mend now as I hope you are.
    Julia x

  17. julia roberts January 3, 2012 at 5:19 pm -  Reply

    Hello Joy
    Thanks for your lovely message. We all had a great time over Christmas and New Year. Unfortunately I have been having such a good time I haven’t done any writing but I will put that right and get the book finished asap.
    Hope you had a lovely Christmas too
    Julia x

  18. julia roberts January 3, 2012 at 5:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi Sylvia
    Thanks for your Christmas and New Year wishes – we all had a really good time – I even enjoyed being in at work on Boxing Day!!
    Hope you had a good one too
    Julia x

  19. julia roberts January 3, 2012 at 5:24 pm -  Reply

    Hi Shelley
    No the top I was wearing on Boxing Day at 11p.m. was not from QVC. It was from Aftershock but I have had it a few years so I don’t think it will still be available.
    Julia x

  20. julia roberts January 3, 2012 at 5:26 pm -  Reply

    Hi Carole
    I can’t believe you had the green glasses as a stocking filler – how funny!!
    Hope you had a good Christmas
    Julia x

  21. julia roberts January 3, 2012 at 5:28 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jo
    Thanks for the good wishes for New Year – we celebrated in style and hope that is the start of a much better year than last.
    Happy New Year to you too
    Julia x

  22. julia roberts January 3, 2012 at 5:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy
    Happy New Year to you too – you should have come to Spain it’s been amazing weather
    speak soon
    Julia x

  23. julia roberts January 3, 2012 at 5:34 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jill
    Glad you are liking my outfits. The dress in the photo is a sort of purpley blue – I feel really comfortable in it. I think the red one might be the old ‘Ronni Nicole’ velvet one which I also have in purple
    Hope you have a great 2012
    Julia x

  24. julia roberts January 3, 2012 at 5:36 pm -  Reply

    Hi Babs
    Glad you liked the blog – wishing you a very Happy New Year too
    Julia x

  25. Annette Roberts January 3, 2012 at 11:23 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Sorry to hear about your cold together with a chest infection over the new year, hope you had lots of vitamin c with your vino!! Was there much difference between celebrating new year over there compared with here?? Nice that your Mum took Tabitha to your brother’s and she was fussed over, and your Mum too of course!
    Saw the Dr last Friday and she has upped the tablets again and was going to call the hospital as she couldn’t understand why they did things that way, as they hadn’t done that before, but at least we can rule the eyes out. Touch wood I haven’t had a headache for the past few days, but I’m very dark around the inner corner of my eyes…using concealer like it’s going out of fashion LOL!
    Lets hope your feeling much better after your New Year break.
    Annette x

  26. Susan January 4, 2012 at 2:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    You missed me out on your blog replies! Oh well…hope you are feeling better after your sunny holiday? Shame you had the cold and bad chest. Lots going round here too. Back to porridge tomorrow but here’s to a MUCH better year than last for us all as you say!!
    Take care
    Susan x

  27. Jill January 5, 2012 at 3:41 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia (again)
    It wasn’t the RN red velvet dress, it was heavily beaded with gold,orangey/red one. Love the purply one, it looks comfy!
    Jill x

  28. julia roberts January 9, 2012 at 10:45 am -  Reply

    Hi Annette
    So pleased to hear that you haven’t ( or at least hadn’t when you posted ) had a headache for a few days – at least the business at the hospital ruled out problems with your eyes.
    Sad to say I cannot shake this chest infection – it is doing the rounds at QVC …… Ali Young had to go home the other night during the Elemis launch. I have been struggling on with it, but if my voice goes then I won’t be able to work – can’t be a QVC Presenter without being able to speak!
    The ‘do’ we went to in Spain was very similar to being in the UK as I am about to write about in my latest blog.
    Really hope 2012 will be much better for you
    Julia x

  29. julia roberts January 9, 2012 at 10:49 am -  Reply

    Hi Jill,
    I know the dress you mean – it is a kind of coral colour. It is a nice dress but only really suitable to wear at Christmas time on air.
    The purple one is comfy so you don’t have to think about holding your tummy in all night!!!!
    Julia x

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