Jewellery Month is sadly coming to an end, which means I’ve only got one more prize to give away. Keep reading to find out how to enter and what the last week of our jewellery event has in store.
But, before all of that…
Imagine my surprise this week on Wednesday when a picture appeared on my Facebook timeline from Debbie Flint’s sister, Linda Bignell.
‘Is this you looking rather gorgeous modelling a few years ago?’ she asked.
A few years ago?! This picture is from the 1986 Mothercare catalogue and was taken when I was seven months pregnant with my son who will be thirty in November! Time truly does fly, I can’t believe it’s already a week since I wrote my last blog… and what a week it has been!
My daughter, Sophie, and I went to Wembley last Saturday to watch Crystal Palace take on Man United in the FA Cup final. The atmosphere was fantastic and was almost entirely created by the Palace fans, but sadly the result didn’t go our way. All I will say about the referee, is that the Connor Wickham goal should have stood (although I could add plenty to that statement!).
I was very proud of the total commitment and effort displayed by my team and I should add that Palace fans are the best in the country – although some of you would disagree I’m sure! Here’s to another Premier League campaign starting in August.
On Sunday, Sophie finally moved into her new flat – she had to move then because we had building work starting on Monday which I shall tell you about shortly. Chris had been busy cutting down a double chest of drawers to fit her new bedroom and sawing the top layer off another chest of drawers to act as a temporary stand for her television – trying to save her a bit of money! He had also hung her two pairs of curtains and put together her Ikea coffee table – all in all it looked very homely.
Milo, her cat, was a little reluctant at first but seems to be settling in okay, although apparently he is virtually ‘glued’ to her legs when she is at home.
At 8am on Monday the builders arrived. We needed a new boiler and several new radiators, which meant having all the floor boards up in two of the bedrooms on the first floor. We were also having a towel rail in the bathroom and new pipework up to the second floor for a radiator, loo and washbasin to be fitted at a later date. Everywhere was (in fact still is) a total mess, but better to get it done in May when we don’t need the heating. That said, how cold was it on Wednesday? Thank goodness for my Dyson fan heater!
On Tuesday, I had a meeting with one of my charities, British Polio, and they revealed to me that the hat I will be wearing for Royal Ascot this year has a rather large eagle on it (more of that nearer the time)…
After the meeting, I went to a long overdue appointment at the opticians. Those of you who watch QVC regularly, will know that I have been struggling to see the monitors on the studio floor for quite a while now. The good news is that my eyes are healthy, the bad news is I now need glasses for both distance and close-up work. I was picturing myself on air swapping over glasses every couple of minutes when the optician asked: ‘Have you ever considered contact lenses?’ I took the plunge.
After a check to make sure I was a suitable candidate and a lesson on how to put them in and take them out, I left the opticians’s with a month’s supply and an appointment to go back next week to see how I am getting on. Yesterday was my first attempt at wearing them on air (I will still wear glasses at home) and it was fantastic! No more squinting at the monitors – I could see! It was a bit scary doing my make-up though as I could see all my wrinkles and stray hairs around my eyebrows… someone pass me the tweezers.
I am going to have to find a suitable dress to wear for Ascot to go with my ‘eagle’ hat, and I’m thinking plain might be my best option. Perhaps I’ll ask Evey for suggestions from the Join Clothes range when I’m on air with her at 6pm tomorrow.
This leads me nicely into Focus on Fashion.
My slideshow this week is styles from Attitudes by Renee. Typically, I have shows scheduled for this visit but Renee is not here – no problem though as I love working with Donna. I recently had a clothes clear out which included my old Women With Control crop trousers, so this duo of pedal pushers and cropped trousers are a perfect replacement. They come in three colour options and the pedal pushers are patterned while the crops are plain in White, Navy or Black. Either are ideal for the summer when we’re in sandals or flip flops, particularly if you are more my height than our rather lofty models.
There is also a longline sleeveless tunic which would co-ordinate nicely whether you choose White, Black or Indigo, plus it is long enough to cover your bottom.
The versatile top could also work with these fabulous paisley print palazzo trousers available in Grey/Light Grey or Navy/Pink, if you like plenty of fabric swishing around your legs.
My final suggestion is this gaucho jumpsuit. Jumpsuits are very in at the moment, but not everyone likes full length ‘legs’ in the summer so I thought this was a nice alternative; it comes in Black or Zebra Print. Do remember to join me for Fashion on Friday this evening at 5pm when we’ll be featuring today’s Fashion by Together Today’s Special Value.
Following Fashion on Friday, we have the penultimate in this series of Spotlight on Jewellery. We’ll be showing you Bibi Bijoux and Zacasha with Maxine Becker, the lovely Tova with Diamonique and the Flo perfume heart locket , plus we have several pieces from Anne Klein Watches, including the navy version of the watch I am currently wearing, which I love.
You will also have the opportunity to order the bracelet watch that was last week’s competition prize, unless your name is Hefina Mitchell. Congratulations Hefina – I hope you will enjoy wearing it.
As this is the last competition of Jewellery Month, I have not one, but two pieces of jewellery as the prize this week. Firstly, a fabulous leather strap watch from Radley and also a loveRocks long length necklace; together worth approximately £80.
To be in with a chance to win, all you have to do is leave a comment with the answer to this week’s question before Thursday 2nd June at midnight.
What breed of dog is the Radley logo?
For details on the competition, click here for our standard terms and conditions.
Good luck – there has to be a winner, and it could be you.
This week has also seen the publication of the final book in the Liberty Sands trilogy – It’s Never Too Late To Say… Thanks so much if you have already bought it and head over to my webpage, www.juliarobertsbooks.co.uk for ways to order (including signed paperback copies) if you would like to.
Chris bought me these lovely flowers and we went out to celebrate last night with Sophie.
It was a double celebration really of my book coming out and Sophie moving into her new flat. We had a great time at Piccolino’s in Virginia Water and Sophie was very impressed that I could read the menu without glasses!
I am working this Bank Holiday, and here are my hours:
2pm Antthony fashion
5pm Fashion on Friday – Together Today’s Special Value
6pm Spotlight on Jewellery
2pm Liz Earle Today’s Special Value
4pm Liz Earle Today’s Special Value
6pm Join clothes
Sunday 2pm – 3hr Diamonique Spectacular
9am – Skechers, Dyson, Easiyo, Miele
11am Ultrasun, Niod, Instyler, ABC
1pm Peony, Yankee, Radley
1pm Lunchtime Show with Miceal
3pm Molton Brown Today’s Special Value
5pm Attitudes by Renee
1pm Lunchtime Show with Dale
2pm Attitudes by Renee
4pm Leighton Denny
Have a fabulous Bank Holiday weekend,