Testing the Heys Today's Special Value

Not stars and stripes, spots and stripes!


Before you get the idea I am packing to go off on holiday again, I’ll point out straight away that this photo was taken back in June when I went over to Spain for my sixtieth birthday celebrations. Funnily enough, I was reminded about that big birthday by a visit to the theatre on Wednesday night with my friend Debs Flint, but more of that later.

Several presenters were given sets of this coming Monday’s Heys luggage Today’s Special Value to road test on our various trips. Unlike some of my colleagues (Miceal and Jackie to name but two) I’ve only been away once since May, but I have to agree with everything they have said on their blogs about this superb set of luggage.

I think the spotty design of my cases was particularly distinctive, something that two of my fellow travellers on the airport bus definitely agreed with as I eavesdropped their conversation! Let’s face it, there is no way you could get your cases confused with anyone else’s on the luggage carousel. There are three colour options,

Heys Today's Special Value

They are nice and lightweight but sturdy to protect from some of the rough handling they may be subject to; my favourite thing was having the quad-wheel system. It’s the first time I have experienced this, apart from trying it out on live TV, and I must say it is so much easier to manoeuvre your cases around, rather than tilting and dragging, especially if they are quite heavy… no comment!

Everything about this luggage is luxurious and, if you are off on holiday soon and need new cases, I would definitely recommend.

I’ve made good use of my five-day break to get a lot done. On Saturday I started writing a short story, a first for me, and managed to get 2,000 words down. Sunday was a family day with my ‘extra’ daughter, Natalie, visiting for lunch and staying for dinner too! Nat has left QVC after fifteen years with the company and I will miss her terribly, but she is off to pastures new and I wish her all the best with her new venture. I should also mention at this point that my roomie, Marv, has left QVC this week too so my dressing room is a bit lonely at the moment. Good luck Marv and keep in touch.

Monday was a bit of a chill-out day before more writing on Tuesday and Wednesday (I’m up to 5,000 words on my short story now), which leads me onto my theatre trip.

Thousands of people watched the YouTube clip of Debs wheeling my ‘BIG 60′ birthday cake on set on QVC. During the clip, Deb said she would take me to see Beautiful (the Carole King musical) as a birthday treat and true to her word she did.

We had a light bite, al fresco, prior to the show which gave us the chance to have a proper catch-up as so often we are just ships that pass in the night, and then on to the Aldwych Theatre.

With Debbie before the show

Carole King was part of my growing up, and I loved James Taylor and Carly Simon too. In fact, I think I owned her album Tapestry, but I had absolutely no idea that, prior to her solo career, she wrote songs with her husband for some of the top music acts of the early 1960s. The story was enlightening, the performances without exception were excellent and the music… well, I was humming all the way home, much to the annoyance of my fellow train travellers. As Deb says on her blog this week, it is definitely a show I would go and see again. It’s given me the musical bug, so next stop will be Motown, I think – anyone seen it?

So back to work yesterday with the stylish and lovely Alison Cork and my friend Jaynie Renner from Slim ‘n’ Lift. I genuinely love the jeans look leggings and have at least six pairs, but I hadn’t seen the embellished ones I was wearing yesterday before. They were at a clearance price of under £13, so if you missed the show you may want to check them out here. They are sooooo comfy!

That show leads me in to Focus on Fashion for this week…

Tonight’s Fashion on Friday is Susan Graver, lots of you loved the yellow two-piece I was wearing a couple of weekends ago on Richard Jackson’s Gardening show, and we also have Michele Hope fashion this weekend and Mr Max on Sunday (my show is at 1pm).

But I really wanted to draw your attention to two things this week:

1) The Fashion Catwalk show on Thursday 11th at 5pm with Catherine Huntley – this is previewing our two day fashion event on the 12th and 13th. The show will feature Yong Kim, H by Halston, Join Clothes, Clarks, Tignanello, Chelsea Muse by Christopher Fink… to name but a few of our brands, and everything will be available in three Easy Payments, just like the two day event itself.

2) The MarlaWynne Today’s Special Value which kicks off the event – I have a sleeveless balloon-style dress by designer Marla which is incredibly flattering. This Today’s Special Value has 3/4 length sleeves, is in a matte crepe jersey, and comes in six colour options; Spice, Dark Plum, Midnight Teal, Olive Grey, and Black. There is no imagery on our website yet, but here are some sketches –  I should also mention, it is under £60 – I feel a purchase coming on!

MarlaWynne Today's Special Value

Tonight’s Spotlight on Jewellery at 6pm is a fab line-up of brands. I am a big fan of Anne Klein Watches (that is what I wear on air most of the time) and one of my favourite styles is launching in Nude as a new colour. We have some new Clogau earrings to match a very popular pendant that some of you may already own. Dominic is in from Aurora and we have the fabulous Maids in Waiting earrings which have some great reviews on our website and, last but not least, we have Bibi Bijoux. We’ll be featuring the only friendship-style bracelet from the brand, but it is a bit different from most as it is stretch. It comes in five colours and is available in Easy Payments for the first time – if you want to check it out.

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I have a busy weekend and week ahead:

Tomorrow :

2pm – Northern Nights (Today’s Special Value – SV 800 thread count bed set)
4pm – Ultrasun
5pm – Northern Nights

Sunday :

1pm – Mr. Max
2pm – nono! (Today’s Special Value)
4pm – Tarte

Monday :

1pm – Lunchtime Show with Jackie
4pm – Travel Solutions (Heys Today’s Special Value as pictured above)

Wednesday :

1pm – Lunchtime Show with Pipa
4pm – Honora
5pm – Bareminerals

Thursday :

1pm – Lunchtime Show with Dale
2pm – Nina Leonard
4pm – Beauty Problem Solvers

I hope you can join me for all or some of the above and as always you can check out my website www.juliarobertsbook.co.uk (new website coming soon) and follow me on twitter @JuliaRobertsQVC.

Have a lovely weekend,

Julia xx


  1. Anni August 5, 2016 at 8:59 pm -  Reply

    thanks for the info on the up coming TSV’s

    • Julia Roberts August 12, 2016 at 11:36 pm -  Reply

      You’re welcome Anni xx

  2. TINA S August 6, 2016 at 4:23 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    The date of your blog was the anniversary of when I started nursing! I left school in 1973 and started pre-nursing on 5th August. I remember it as if was yesterday. I had to report to the Central Nursing Office at 8.30am and was confronted by the most scarey looking nursing officer I had ever see! I was so nervous I don’t know how I lasted long enough to do my training. It’s not the sights you see when you’re a nurse but the people you have to work with I tell you.
    I’m still waiting for my permanent crown . Hope you get your results soon. I know it must be so hard waiting for the results each time but as you say, they would have been in touch if they were not OK. I hate the waiting each time I go for my mammogram. I keep hoping the post doesn’t come too soon as that’s when I know something is wrong as
    I had to go before for further check up’s. So I’m praying every time the postman comes that there isn’t a brown envelope.
    Speak to you soon. Have you been to Swansea lately? The weather has been OK this past week!
    Take care, Tina S x

    • Julia Roberts August 12, 2016 at 11:39 pm -  Reply

      Hi Tina
      Thanks for asking about my results – I got them this week & they weren’t quite as good as last time which was disappointing but they are still ok.
      I haven’t been to Swansea lately although planning a visit soon.
      Julia x

  3. Christine Jones August 6, 2016 at 11:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia can you tell me what make the top is that you are wearing on the northern nights 805 215 item… Its so pretty is it from qvc.. Thanks so much
    Christine x

    • Julia Roberts August 12, 2016 at 11:42 pm -  Reply

      Hi Christine
      If it was the shell pink crinkle one it is by Together. It is one of my favourite tops of the moment but currently out of stock I believe. My daughter remarked how much she liked it too. Hope we get it back in stock
      Julia x

  4. janice reeves August 8, 2016 at 4:12 pm -  Reply

    please can you tell me if the blouse shirt you have on in the Luggage Show on Monday afternoon pink with roses, thank you xxx

    • Julia Roberts August 12, 2016 at 11:43 pm -  Reply

      Hi Janice
      I think you and Christine (above) are talking about the same top. It’s by Together but currently out of stock – one of my faves of the moment
      Julia x

  5. Denise August 10, 2016 at 6:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, loving the luggage but as I was away all day visiting friends I missed out. I was very interested on your comments about Beautiful and glad you enjoyed it -I saw this back in March and all your thoughts echo mine in that I didn’t know she wrote so many hits for other artists. I too would love to see it again. I have some theatre vouchers I got for a Christmas present so think I might plan a visit along with some (sh) Christmas shopping later in the year.
    Love Denise x

    • Julia Roberts August 12, 2016 at 11:46 pm -  Reply

      Hi Denise
      Sorry you missed out on the luggage, maybe next time.
      I loved Beautiful. Although I didn’t know she had written some of the songs in the show I knew all of them – such a treat, thanks to Debs Flint.
      Hope you manage to see it again
      Julia x

  6. Christine Jones August 18, 2016 at 11:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Thanks so much for taking the time to reply to my request for the details of yor top on the northern nights show… 805215 I think the duvet was you were showing and you bought the silver grey one!! Your top was a large leaf print with a mustard tone background, cap sleeve, not a pink rose one… Anyway, so blessed to hear your mum enjoyed her present.. I have a Bernini fountain and its lovely.. Love to your mum on this special birthday, precious moments to cherish with quiche and cake… Perfect!!! I keep you in my prayers for your health and strength and continued blessings…

    With love
    Christine xxx

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