Oh, what a night! Plus Butler & Wilson and Biba picks


I’m really not sure where this week has gone, it has positively flown by, but then it has been action packed.

Directly after my Fashion on Friday show last week, I headed out of our Chiswick Park studios, fearing that the Friday night traffic might make me late for my evening out. Unbelievably, I was home in under an hour, did a quick change, picked up the rest of the family and headed to a gastro-pub in Bletchingly for a Frankie Valli tribute night.

The evening had been organised by my daughter, Sophie, and three of her old school friends, Nicky, Nicola and Emily. Our party of twenty consisted of the girls, their parents, siblings and various boyfriends/girlfriends. It was lovely to catch up with people, most of whom we hadn’t seen in over ten years, and I must say the entertainment was pretty good too.

I was amazed at how many Frankie Valli songs I was able to sing along with (apologies to other patrons) and it has left me wanting to go and see Jersey Boys – have any of you seen it?

On Sunday my other half, Chris, drove up to Nottingham to fetch my mum while I did a bit of cleaning and tidying!

Mum hasn’t visited for almost two years so it was lovely to be able to show her the changes we’ve made to our little cottage… so far. She had brought her laptop with her, which she hasn’t used in four years, and Chris was incredibly patient in getting her re-acquainted with it while I was editing one of her short stories.

If you want to read more about that, it will be on the next newsletter on my website, www.juliarobertsauthor.com due out on 24th October, and if you sign up to receive my free newsletter before the end of October you will automatically be entered into the draw to win signed copies of the Liberty Sands trilogy.

applesWhenever Mum visits I tend to cook and bake more. On Sunday I decided to use some more of the apples off our tree to make a dessert. Last year we had twenty-two apples but it was a bigger crop this year. I had already made two apple crumbles so thought I would try Eve’s Pudding (apple with sponge on top) which I haven’t made for years. It was rather good with custard despite being thrown together in ten minutes flat!

Spurred on by making something from years ago and, I must confess, by ‘The Great British Bake Off’, I had a go at a lemon meringue pie on Wednesday evening – something I haven’t made in over thirty years.

Mary Berry would have approved of my meringue – crisp and lightly browned on the outside and soft and fluffy inside – all achieved with a hand rotary whisk! I had forgotten just how sweet it is so, although very yummy, I probably won’t be doing that again for a while… not necessarily thirty years though.

With all this retro baking, I thought I would turn to Biba as one of my brands to feature in Focus on Fashion today.

Their next show is on Tuesday with Catherine Huntley and won’t be available online until then, but I’ll give you a few glimpses ahead of time as things do tend to sell out quickly.

If you want to shop online, head to our fashion department on Tuesday.


This is a logo T shirt is available in burgundy and navy and, in the same popular shape, they also have a metallic leopard T-shirt in black and gold.

There are a couple of dresses, firstly this beaded and embroidered design (currently without an image on our site, but will have one online soon) also in a stunning peacock print.

The top I must remember to order when the stock starts showing on our website, is this black and antique gold piece with sequins and beads.

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Other shows to watch out for this week are Butler & Wilson World on Wednesday (not with me unfortunately as I am away in Northern Ireland, I’ll explain in a minute), find their bracelet shown at the top of this blog here.  Grace next Friday if you are looking for a range with larger sizes – it is currently our only brand that goes from 10 to 30.

Also next Fashion on Friday is Andrew Yu. My gorgeous orange top is by Andrew so I thought I’d give you a heads-up on a couple of designs from his latest collection.

This black top with elbow length sleeves has a chiffon overlay at the front; this top has a pleated sleeve, which is a Spring/Summer 2017 trend, so Andrew is ahead of the game; a sequin cowl neck top in navy blue; and a cream, fine boucle top with a bonded black lace border.


Some of these may not be loaded on our website yet, but keep checking in if you like the look of any of them or, alternatively, join me next Friday at 5pm.

I have another busy week coming up with two very early starts this weekend for our Saturday and Sunday morning gift shows.

By the way, do you like our Christmas trees this year? I love the colour scheme – so unusual but elegant.

The Tarte Today’s Special Value launches at midnight tonight live on air but you can order it ahead of time – I love Tarte make-up, it particularly seems to suit my sensitive skin.


On Monday, I have a two-hour Butler & Wilson fashion jewellery show at 5pm with Simon. I’m really looking forward to catching up with him and seeing all his new creations.

As I mentioned, I will be missing him on Wednesday as I’m flying to Belfast in my capacity as an ambassador for British Polio. It is PPS Day (Post Polio Syndrome) on Thursday and I have been invited to attend – I’ll tell you more about it and my first visit to this part of the United Kingdom in next week’s blog.

Finally, before I head into QVC, do check out our feature on the website for Breast Cancer Care. As you probably know, we are not doing a live show this year but there are a host of beauty products, amongst other things, which have been donated by the brands to help us raise money for BCC.

Have a great weekend,

Julia x

P.S. Well done to Gareth Southgate – a win and a draw is better than two defeats!


  1. Denise October 14, 2016 at 8:11 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, I’m glad you enjoyed the Frankie Valli tribute and yes it’s amazing how many hits he had when you hear them all. I’m lucky enough to have seen Jersey Boys twice and would go again if I had the chance. I’d definitely recommend you see it especially as I understand it’s closing sometime next year.
    How lovely to have mum visit and you were a busy bee with your baking.
    I do like the colours on the QVC tree this year I’m tempted to attempt a similar look with my own tree when the time comes.
    I can’t wait for the Biba shows I find it very nostalgic and always wanted to own something from the Biba collection and maybe after all these years I finally will! I especially like the T shirt.
    Have a lovely weekend.
    Denise xx

  2. Lynn emmitt October 15, 2016 at 8:05 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia,if you enjoyed the tribute night,you will love the Jersey boys,I saw is a couple of years ago,it was fab,everyone was up dancing and singing along,I’m sure you would love it.xxxx

  3. Margy Wright October 15, 2016 at 8:27 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia, you must go and see Jersey Boys, especially as it finishes it’s long run next year – March I think. I have seen it twice in London and New York. Both were amazing, but New York topped the two. Get it booked and let us know what you think? I don’t doubt you will love it!

  4. Mags October 15, 2016 at 11:21 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia, love your blog and I was wondering what make the orange top was that you were wearing yesterday. It really suited you (along with the orange lipstick). I have not seen the Jersey Boys musical but would love to but have seen the film and can honestly say that it is one of the best films I have ever seen. John Lloyd Young who plays Frankie was fantastic.

  5. Marian Bolton October 16, 2016 at 12:21 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    I thought I had commented on your blog last week on my way home from seeing Cats at the Lyceum in Sheffield but no sign of my comment. Maybe that naughty McCavity Cat or Magical Mister Mistofolees has been at work!! :-). What a show! Have you seen it? You must go if not if you get chance. Truly, if I had known it was that good, I would have seen it years ago.
    I’ve also seen Jersey Boys in London a couple of years ago. Another great show. I wasn’t sure whether I would enjoy it and actually booked it as a treat for Chris’s birthday but I thoroughly enjoyed it. If you like their music, I’m sure you will love it too.
    Thanks for the heads-up on the Biba show. I just love my spotted blouse that you have and always think about you when I go to put it on, which is a lot! Like you, I love the style and quality, it’s still like new despite several washes. I also loved that top you had on this morning (Sunday) but heard you say it was no longer available :-(!
    I’m loving watching the Christmas shows and the trees (and the sets in general) look amazing. I don’t really shop anywhere else for my presents as you make it so effortless and full of inspirational ideas for gifts.
    i was so concerned for Keeley with her recent trauma but sounds like all is well now thank goodness.
    I must register on your website so off to do that now.
    Marian xx

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