A mad but fab two weeks!

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Breast Cancer Care Fashion Show I'm always rushing around but this last 2 weeks have been even crazier than usual! It started with a Fashion Show at QVC to preview what's coming up this Fashion Weekend and also over the next couple of months.

Glen and I co-hosted the first afternoon along with our guests Simon Wilson and Gill Rhodes from Clarks. It was great to meet all of you who attended and also to get a heads-up on some of the new fashion ranges! – I even met a lady who lives in my village, funny that we have never met in the village shop!
 
The following day was the Breast Cancer Care Fashion Show at The Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane. Although I was really looking forward to the show (I find the models so inspirational), I was also very nervous as I had to deliver a speech. You are probably suprised that I would be nervous in view of all the live television shows I present, but it's very different to stand on a stage with every eye in the room on you.

I had also personalised my speech as both my Mum and my sister have had breast cancer and I was hoping that I would be able to speak the words I had written. I thought you might like to read is so here's an extract…

"We are proud that we can help spread the word about the services that Breast Cancer Care offers. Most of us in this room know how it feels when someone you love tells you they’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer. Your heart misses a beat, your mouth goes dry as you tell them that “everything will be ok”, when privately you’re wondering if it will. 

The moment I experienced this feeling was when my Mum was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2000. Thankfully her operation was successful followed by radiotherapy and she was put onto Tamoxyfen. Unfortunately it was not the right medication for her and thanks to Breast Cancer Care I was able to find out that there were alternatives. 

My sister was diagnosed with breast cancer 4 years ago. She lives in a remote part of South West Scotland and felt very isolated. Breast Cancer Care was able to put her in contact with other people going through a similar experience.  nd what is it they say, “a problem shared is a problem halved”!"

 

 

 

Julia's daughter Sophie as Miss July 2011 The following evening was the Launch Party for my daughter Sophie's Pin-Up For Heroes Calendar at the Cafe de Paris. Sophie had ended up doing a lot of the organising, raffle prizes, menu tasting, music for the fashion show and even borrowing the jewellery for the show – big thanks to Simon Wilson!

It was a fantastic evening and if any of you saw last weeks Strictly Come Dancing, that was where Tina O'Brian was filmed! All the proceeds from the calendar go to the Help For Heroes Charity and if any of you would like to buy a calendar (I've had lots of requests already) click on this link.

A big thank you to some of my colleagues who sponsered a soldier or a calendar girl for the evening and also to QVC for their generous donation.
 
Then of course we had our Be Aware Show You Care BCC Event on Wednesday evening. Well what can I say? YOU were amazing!!!! We had a target for the evening of £350,000 which in the current economic climate we realised was quite high, but we were hopeful. The target was smashed… at last count we were over £417,000 and rising!!! THANK YOU so much to everyone who picked up the phone that night, it really does make a difference!
 
So after a mad couple of weeks I can just sit back and relax????? No chance! Fashion Weekend kicks off tonight at midnight with myself and Dennis Basso (I think you'll love the TSV) and I know you'll love the Ronnie Nicole TSV on Sunday, I've already got mine in purple! My advice… stay up late, and buy early!!!

Much love,
Julia x

14 Comments

  1. Morag October 15, 2010 at 5:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    i really enjoyed the Breast Cancer Care show, it was truly inspirational hearing the stories from the models in the studio and from the fashion show, and not forgetting the extract from your speech, which obviously came straight from the heart. I was lucky enough to secure the pink Gossip watch and happy to give a donation, so it really is a win win situation. I did flick back and forth between the Chilean miners rescue story and QVC to be honest – two amazing heartwarming situations where people are working together for a great purpose – wish it could happen like that all the time.
    I am still enjoying the gym, and congratulations on your continued success with your fitness programme. Thanks again. Morag xx

  2. Susan October 15, 2010 at 11:05 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Just looking at some reviews here & thought I’d have a look quickly at the blogs. What a busy 2wks yes…but my my how fun!!! I think any one of us would love to go to any one of those parties lol!! Fabulous total for BCC. You mentioning Tina O’Brien..the poor girl has been struck down with chicken pox. She’ll be out of the competition if she can’t make itin next week! Hopefully not.
    Have a nice weekend & love to your Mum & sister.
    Susan x

  3. Margaret October 16, 2010 at 1:04 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia , well done on the BCC night , your speech was very moving and I totally understand what you mean, my own sister had her masectomy 10 years ago now and shes doing fine , Have a few problems of my own but the team Im with are really wonderful even when nothing was sinking in the kindness shown to me was brilliant and Im able to cope with it all.Wish all ladies would take care of themselves and go for their mamogramms I still have friends who dont want to go, glad I did my lump was found very early and the earlier the better as they say.QVC are wonderful for the support given , also got me through some off kilter days just spend to much but have had some lovely items.All the best Wishes Julia and QVC team.xxx

  4. Sue Schofield October 16, 2010 at 9:04 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    I read your speech and found it very moving with true words from the heart that speak directly to people, my grandsons teacher whose sons are at the same school and are great friends with my grandson was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, a shock to us all but she has shown immense courage having had her op and reconstructive surgery and is back teaching and looking great, so you are right, it touches us all in some way.
    I was pleased this year to buy three, yes three things on BCC night I’ve never managed that before, I got the Kipling bag, my beloved SBC collegen gel and the Kelly Hoppen Tee shirt.
    Now I know you love your footy and I do follow Reading as it is my home town but this week for me belongs to Tom Daley, what a star that lad is, two golds and such a lovely personality, every mother would be proud of a son like like that.
    I watched the live finals and my heart was in my mouth every time he dived but he was so composed and mature, he will be my nomination for Sports Personality of the Year.
    Typing a blog sometimes takes a long time as my three cats, all girls a Bengal, a Burmese and an Asian ticked tabby keep running across the screen, do yours do that.
    Will speak again,
    Love Sue.

  5. Ginny Booker October 16, 2010 at 7:47 pm -  Reply

    MY HOT TICKET FRIEND, JULIA! WHAT CAN I SAY YOU DID IT AGAIN FOR BBC! THREE CHEERS TO UNA FOR SHE SAID IT ALL ON YOUR LAST BLOG. BOTH MY MOM AT 80, AND HER SISTER AT 50, HAD BREAST CANCER. I WAS ONLY YOUNG A TEENAGER AND IT REALLY WAS FRIGHTENING AT THAT TIME. SOMEHOW WITH VERY LITTLE HELP THEN I GOT THROUGH THAT SCARY TIME AND SO DID THEY. I WAS ADOPTED AS A NEW BORN BABY AND NOT KNOWING VERY MUCH MEDICAL HISTORY I AM ALWAYS CHECKING MYSELF AS WE ALL NEED TO DO. SO GOOD OF YOU TO TALK ABOUT JUST THAT THE OTHER NIGHT ON THE SHOW. YOU MAY NOT ALWAYS THINK THAT YOU INSPIRE ALL OF US LIKE YOU DO BUT YOU REALLY, REALLY DO! YOU MAKE US FEEL LIKE REAL WOMEN AND SHOW US HOW TO DO JUST THAT. WITH ALL MY DEGREES UP TO MY ARM PITS YOU ALWAYS TEACH ME SOMETHING OVER THE AIR. HOPE YOU WERE ABLE TO GET THE PACKAGE I SENT YOU AT QVC TOWERS THE OTHER DAY! YOU DESERVE IT AND MORE! GOOD ON SOPHIE.JUST LIKE HER MOM! SENT WITH LOTS OF LUV, XXOO GINNY YOUR SPEECH HAS MADE A BIG LUMP IN MY THROAT. IT BROUGHT BACK MEMORIES. XX

  6. adrienne October 16, 2010 at 11:44 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,see you are naughty as I mentioned the last time ronni nicole fashion was on! I can always rely on you to spill the beans on the T.s.v. can’t wait to see the shows,I already have over 30 of their dresses and only discovered them in march.But definatly need more!

  7. julia roberts October 18, 2010 at 11:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Morag
    So glad you enjoyed the Breast Cancer Care Show – you are right the models really were inspirational. I watched a bit of the Chilean miners rescue when I got home – upto 31, but I just couldn’t stay awake any longer. What an incredible escape for them and what relief for their families.
    Good to hear you are still keeping up with the gym – I’m so glad to be back into it.
    love
    Julia x

  8. julia roberts October 18, 2010 at 11:07 pm -  Reply

    Hi susan
    Yes I heard about Tina O’Brien – funny story but true, when she arrived at the Pin-Up for Heroes calendar launch she had to get changed into a very tight dress and was struggling. Fortunately Sophie was on hand to help her and while she was at it she put her mic on for her too. Tina O’Brien thanked Sophie, but as Sophie said ‘it’s all part of my day job’! I hope she’s well enough to dance this weekend, she seemed a really nice girl!
    Thanks for the good wishes for my Mum and sister, both doing fine now.
    love
    Julia x

  9. julia roberts October 18, 2010 at 11:13 pm -  Reply

    Hello Margaret
    Hope everything is going well with your treatment now and glad we were there for a bit of company for you on your ‘not so good’ days.
    I agree about going for mammograms – they are jolly uncomfortable but don’t last long and could potentially save your life.Like you my sister was diagnosed from a routine mammogram and caught early. Also really important to do self examination.
    love
    Julia x

  10. julia roberts October 18, 2010 at 11:20 pm -  Reply

    Hello Sue,
    I think it was a lot better organised this year as things wern’t available on the website prior to the start of each hour – much fairer. You did really well to get the things you wanted, particularly the Gossip watch – still smarting about not getting one!
    I totally agree about Tom Daley – not only is he brilliant at what he does, he has had to cope with the worry of his dad’s brain tumour ………… what a brave boy!
    Poppy used to walk across the keyboard when I was typing but she doesn’t do it anymore – it must be age she is 15 and a half now.
    love
    Julia x

  11. julia roberts October 18, 2010 at 11:26 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ginny
    Thanks for your lovely post and also thanks for the package. I was going to write and thankyou BUT we are moving next week and I am in the middle of trying to sort out 16 years of STUFF! Some to be moved, some to be chucked and some for the charity shop!! Actually it has been quite cathartic finally parting with stuff that has no real meaning anymore – new beginnings and all that. Just hoping Poppy ( my cat ) will be ok with the move.
    Looking forward to wearing my threadthroughs again and loved the pink cap.
    love
    Julia x

  12. julia roberts October 18, 2010 at 11:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Adrienne
    I hope you got your Ronni TSV? What colour did you go for – mine is purple ( shock horror! ) – great silhouette. There were so many other great styles too – I was really disappointed not to be on with her ………… next time maybe.
    love
    Julia x

  13. june November 1, 2010 at 10:13 pm -  Reply

    hi, julia, i would just like to say how well and healthy you are looking lately and would like to know your secret please.your skin looks amazing (what are you using?) and as i have recently lost 2.5 stone, and i am trying my best to keep it off, how do you do it? keep it up whatever it is, you look fab, june

  14. julia roberts November 4, 2010 at 7:43 pm -  Reply

    Hello June
    Thankyou for all your lovely compliments.
    Well done for losing your weight – I don’t know how you lost yours, but Diet Chef kicked me off and it has helped me to just keep an eye on portion size and not having too many treats. I haven’t been exercising for a couple of weeks because of my house move, but I have been doing at least 3 sessions of treadmill/pilates a week. I think it also helps with my skin. I have had major issues over the last year but have just about regained control of it and I’m now back using my Decleor Hydra Floral and Elemis Pro collagen and Oxygenating Night Cream. Next step to re-introduce some serums to help with the ageing.
    much love
    Julia x

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