Red sky in the morning, shepherd’s warning – that’s what my nanny used to say and I was always led to believe it was because there was snow on the way. Well, it didn’t snow here, but I know from your lovely comments that many of you have had to pull out your thermals and put on your Cozee Home sheets because of the drop in temperatures. Here’s hoping wherever you are when you’re reading this, you’re warm and well.
Another one of my nanny’s sayings was ‘time stands still for no man’, and she was right on that one too! I can’t believe it’s pretty much a fortnight since I last wrote, and that I’ve had my holiday, been back to work, and am now home for a couple of days again! You know me, I managed to pack a whole lot of things in to my leisure time, including a trip away with Lucy and Honey, a visit to the South Coast with Colin, and a family meal for my Jack’s 25th birthday! But this time has also afforded me an opportunity to do all those jobs around the house I’ve been putting off for ages.
Sorting out my food store cupboard was one of them, and weirdly coincided with a feature on BBC’s The One Show – “What’s the oldest best-before date you have on food in your kitchen?” My baking powder dated 2010 paled into insignificance with a viewer who had a bottle of Ribena from 1999! My cupboard has a great deal more space in it now, and I’ve vowed to finish things before I buy a replacement – well, I’m going to try. I have to say I was really impressed with the Ecoegg Fridge Friend that keeps your food fresher for longer by absorbing the ethylene gas that causes it to go off. They sold out on Tuesday when I was on air with them, but hopefully they’ll be back in stock soon.
I used up my somewhat over-ripe bananas to make Jack’s birthday cake, which amazingly remained in one piece, in spite of sliding off the cake board while in the car! Colin and I met Jack, Jenny and Sam at the restaurant, and enjoyed a lovely lunch and catch up to celebrate his 25 years. We’d clubbed together and bought him a GoPro camera, and spent a fair bit of time suggesting what and where he should film with it. The photos should be interesting! 🙂
Colin and I took a few photos of the coast when we once again visited Durdle Door. Unlike our previous time there with Roz and Chris when the weather was beautiful, it clouded over and was bitterly cold for our hike across the head, but I rather like these moody moments captured on film. I have to praise our outerwear brand Centigrade at this point, and I know I’ve mentioned it before, but I would have frozen in the head wind were it not for my fab feather and down coat with the hood.
There wouldn’t be enough room on the page for me to show you all the photographs I took of Honey though during our little holiday together at the end of mine. Lucy drove us all to Bristol where we had a fabulous day at the Aquarium there. She’d made a huge packed lunch that included ‘cubunger lollies’, mini sausages, sausage rolls, all kinds of sandwiches and gingerbread men too. I managed to break a tooth on a sausage (don’t ask….) but apart from that we had a wonderful visit – the Aquarium was a massive hit. Who knew that piranhas had gold flecks on their scales, frogs are sometimes the same colour as chocolate, or that sea horses can be this big?! I loved it all just as much as Honey, and there was more excitement when we booked into our Novotel Hotel. We got a great deal, and they honestly couldn’t have done more for us all. If you have children, or grandchildren and need to stay anywhere, do try them out.
It felt like a very long time since I’d seen a TV studio, but it was good to get back for two hours of fashion and beauty. Did you manage to order your Grace Chiffon Batwing top? A lovely spring pattern I thought, and would look great with the MarlaWynne TSV I’m launching on 26th February. It’s a pair of flatter fit, straight leg trousers in a cross-dyed denim fabric (169910). Lightweight and a great fit as always with Marla’s designs. She’ll be coming over from New York to spend the day with us, so make sure you catch her shows. Oh, and check out what shoes she’s wearing – they’re always incredible.
They might even be a Marc Fisher design! His collection of shoes is a top seller here at QVC, with fabulous reviews online. The newest design is a laser cut peep toe sandal that I’ll be launching on Wednesday 28th February. As there are currently only six other styles available on our website, I’ve got a sneaky feeling this will sell quickly! Follow me on Twitter @alikqvc and I’ll let you know the price as soon as it’s released.
There’ll be plenty more of your favourite fashion brands this week coming as we have a special event in line with London Fashion Week, and although I’ll be with you on Tuesday it won’t be for Diamonique – instead I’ll be bringing you Isaac Mizrahi Live and Lulu Guinness Accessories. I hope you find something you like on the day.
I wore my Clarks Caddy Belle boots for Colin’s and my trip to Windsor Castle on Valentine’s Day. Although we live only five miles from this, the world’s largest inhabited castle, and of course home to our Majesty the Queen, I’d never been inside it. The State Rooms were just stunning and we spent a lot of time in the Chapel too, where Prince Harry will marry Meghan Markle in May – or ‘Miss Marple’ as I overheard a little girl telling her brother. We actually walked up the aisle to the alter, exactly as they will do, which felt very special. As did I when my man presented me with two dozen red roses, and then took me out for dinner. Lucky girl 🙂
My oncology appointment has been postponed to March, but thanks for your kind words – I will of course let you know how I get on. I hope you enjoy the blog, and if you find the time, it would be lovely to hear from you.
With my love,