Quickstepping through the week


Car clockFirstly, thanks so much for all your lovely comments on here and on twitter about the QVC 20th birthday…in the end it seemed to come and go in a flash!

I hope you enjoyed the opening of Charlie and my 2pm show on Tuesday. When I suggested it to Charlie he wasn't too sure at first but he played along beautifully and I think it worked, particularly as I was wearing THE blue jacket.

On that subject can I just say that I am NEVER wearing it again! I also want to thank Warren for taking the time to photograph and tweet his dad's VW beetle alarm clock - the first product QVC UK sold – apparently it still works!

Vase of flowersWe had a lovely surprise at the end of the hour when Gina, QVC UK's first employee, came onto the set with a lovely bunch of purple flowers for me. Talking of flowers, my home smells beautiful as my family also treated me to flowers, which included freesias, one of my favourites.

Tuesday had been a busy day for me as it started very early with some radio interviews. One of the stations, BBC Radio Merseyside, tested my ability to sell anything by asking me how I would sell an old pair of socks he'd found under his bed…nothing like putting me on the spot!

I started by saying you can buy new socks on the High Street but these were 'vintage or retro' socks…I think I got away with it! I didn't leave the radio studios until midday and that was across the other side of London from Chizzy Park. Thanks to the traffic, I almost missed the 2pm show!

Dance hallMy only day off so far this week was yesterday so I had a nice relaxing day, right? Well no. I had my latest check-up at the hospital – blood tests all good again, apart from slight anaemia – and then I came home to get ready for a night out at the Royal Albert Hall.

British Polio Fellowship had been given a box for the International Dance Championships and they had very kindly invited me as a guest. It tied in nicely with the start of the new Strictly Come Dancing season. My favourites in the amateur Latin American contest made it through to the final but I couldn't stay to see who won as I would have missed the last train home.

The ballroom section took me back a few years. When I was a little girl my mum and dad used to compete as amateurs. I have very vivid memories of sticking thousands of diamante stones to highlight the lace on one of my mum's dresses…I was eight or nine at the time so it's probably where I acquired the taste for sparkle!

Packed dacefloorBefore the start of the finals, the general public were allowed to have a spin round the dance floor and, as you can see, an awful lot of people took advantage of it.

I have this weekend off but I am at work this afternoon. For Fashion on Friday today we are launching a new Italian brand of leather handbags called Gabs Firenze. They are all actually made in Italy and are distinctive as they all feature turquoise press studs, which allow you to change the shape and size of the bags…very clever.

I also have Northern Nights at 4pm and Strivectin at 7pm so hope to see you later!

Much love,
Julia xx

P.S. Congratulations to our new presenter, Marverine, for her first shows yesterday. Unfortunately I missed them as I was at the hospital but apparently she was great – well done, Marv!


  1. martin forbes bucksburn aberdeen watching via sky tv October 4, 2013 at 7:34 pm -  Reply

    great to see apicyure of the v wbeetle clock again julia

  2. Jean October 5, 2013 at 8:22 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    I think you and Charlie made a good team, you will have to work together more often. Hope he did not eat all the cake.
    Yes I see you had your favourite jacket out again, did I see shoulder pads. It must bring back some memories, and you must feel proud to have been at QVC for 20 years, I guess you have seen lots of changes and worked with lots of different presenters. You must have also met lot’s of interesting people with their designs, from the fashion to jewellery and lot’s more.
    Beautiful flowers from your family, I expect that meant a lot to you. It sounds as if you had a great time at the British Polio Fellowship, you mentioned that your Mum and Dad danced, did’nt you use to be a dancer.
    So pleased to hear that your blood test results were good, hope it continues.
    Anyway Julia I am glad you enjoyed all the Celebrations over the last week, you must be tired. Have a good rest and speak soon.
    Love Jean xx

  3. Diane gilbank October 10, 2013 at 8:15 am -  Reply

    What a wonderful show your 20th anniversary was julia, I confess to getting a little misty eyed myself when you did! But great to have Charlie there to be on hand to celebrate a momentous time for you. The vw clock was so funny and great to see your picture of one!
    Now I have to say putting you on the spot by asking you to sell old socks over the radio was mean! Again your life is jam packed with things to do so I am sure you will welcome a couple of days off to yourself soon.
    Very pleased to hear your test results were good and hope the anemia can be sorted out.
    The dancing sounded fab and your reminiscence of your mum and dad. No doubt dancing is in your genes and dressmaking!
    Really enjoyed your new bag show, they were looked beautiful and so versatile, the turquoise finishing touches very stylish. One thing I miss is having handbags, so can enjoy all the shows on qvc and just imagine if I had some of them!! Must also tell you that I did invest in a beautiful black leather large clutch bag whilst we were in Spain and my daughter loves using it now, so very glad I kept it.
    Looking forward to the winter fashion event and seeing your shows. Meanwhile take great care of yourself,
    Sending you much love Diane xx

  4. Marian Bolton October 10, 2013 at 8:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Bit quiet on here this week …..talk about one extreme to another!! You must have worn everyone out with last week’s blog!
    I’m also loving Strictly but what a dilemma …. ‘Strictly’ or ‘Saturday Night Gifts with Dale”!!!
    Not sure about the missing Tweets??!! Do you have restrictions on who can tweet you personally? I sent a ‘standalone’ tweet if you know what I mean rather than replying to a tweet you had posted. Maybe that’s it? I did the same when I tweeted you a picture of my Charlie Bears ‘Fish, Chip and Mushy Pea’ family and you didn’t get that either.
    I did manage to resist buying from the last Elemis show, though not without great difficulty! Luckily though, I’m well stocked up so didn’t really need anything (not that that usually stops me!)
    Let me know if you want me to send you details of what I use to keep my jowels taught!! QVC don’t sell it so I didn’t think they’d want me to mention it on here.

  5. Elizabeth Morton October 12, 2013 at 11:24 am -  Reply

    Dear Julia,
    I think you are amazing, I hadn’t realised about the health issue you have had to face this year. You always look so well and have such a busy life – it’s good to hear that the medication is working and also that the anaemia is being dealt with. It sounds like you have a wonderful family who give you the support when you need it and you deserve that. I’ve watched QVC on and off for 17 years and I’m glad to hear that you are not planning on leaving anytime soon – it wouldn’t be the same without you!
    You take care and remember to take “me-time” and rest when you can,
    Beth XXX.

  6. Diane gilbank October 13, 2013 at 2:27 pm -  Reply

    Just watched you dancing with Vincent!!!!! You were brilliant, I have got a massive grin on my face, well done. I was going to send you this email after the end of the front cover show to tell you how gorgeous your hair and you look today, so very glad I waited now,
    Take care julia, lots of love Diane xxx

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