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