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Upcoming Ronni Nicole TSVCan you believe we're halfway through February already and what a busy week it has been with 'Pancake Day' and 'Valentine's Day' just twenty four hours apart! It's kind of a shame that Shrove Tuesday came first, particularly if you gave up chocolate for Lent!

The excitement for this week isn't over yet as on Friday and Saturday we have our two-day Spring Fashion event. Loads of our fashion ranges will be featuring, including Kipling, Lulu Guinness, Yong Kim and Birkenstock, plus two great TSVs, Antthony Designs on Friday and Ronni Nicole on Saturday – if the weather is miserable in your part of the UK stay in and let us cheer you up.

Fashion is one of my favourite things to present at QVC, along with jewellery and beauty. I had a little knowledge about fashion and dressmaking when I started at QVC in 1993 (well done to all of you who answered correctly in last week's competition) but I had no idea about professional salon skincare ranges until I met our beauty expert Alison Young. I always remember her coming into my dressing room when I had only known her a few weeks, and going through my skincare cupboard… she put most of it in the bin!

Alison YoungI have always been grateful to her for her advice but never more so than when my skin went through a hissy fit in 2009 and she was on hand to help me through it. The whole distressing episode is chapter 53 in my book, my age when it happened, but here is just a small extract.

"By this time, the red raised skin was almost covering my entire face and neck, and I was embarrassed to be seen out in public.

I remember getting on the early morning easyJet flight to Alicante on the 3rd of January feeling tearful and pulling my hair around my face to hide it. It was meant to be a five-day break but almost immediately I knew we had made a mistake as, far from helping my skin, the warm January Spanish sun just made it itchier.

I couldn't sleep at all and spent most of the night sitting watching television, to try and take my mind off my skin, and crying. The next morning I begged Chris to take me home."

What Alison says: "When Julia came to me with her skincare concerns, I went through a thorough consultation with her and we looked at what skincare and make-up products she was currently using and what ingredients were in all of them to see what might be causing the irritation and sensitivity – and she's right, some of them did have to go in the bin!

These products might have been good for her in the past but something was causing her problems! The best thing for her was to strip her routine right back – sometimes right down to a single oil application and I then gave her more products to use with only very simple ingredients in them."

As I mentioned last week, I'll be revealing a different extract each week until the book launches on air at the beginning of March – and it's now available on Advanced Order online (image coming soon). But now time to announce the winner of last week's competition… it's Julia Jenkins from Llanelli in Wales – congrats! I will be sending you your prize at the beginning of March. For everyone else, here's your second chance to win a personally signed copy.

Simply answer the following question: What brand is Julia's favourite hand cream?

To enter, email your answer with your full name and address to competitions_uk@qvc.com before next Thursday (21st). We won't be able to publish any answers that get posted here or they will give the answer away! I will reveal the winner next Friday in my blog and the winning prizes will all be sent out at the beginning of March when the stock is delivered to our warehouse. Good luck!

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  1. Pauline Johnson February 15, 2013 at 1:19 am -  Reply

    Have ordered your book on advanced orders,thanks Julia,hope you feel better soon,
    Love Pauline

  2. Annette Roberts February 15, 2013 at 9:53 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Like Pauline I have just ordered your book on advanced orders…the last competition I won was ‘Who Shot JR!’, so any chance of winning a copy is….well, zero, me thinks!
    Unfortunately, I came down with Chris’ cold/flu, starting with a very sore throat, the worst day being Tuesday, with quite a high temperature and my face was literally burning up, it felt so sore, I didn’t know what to do with it.
    Spent most of the day sleeping on the sofa, wrapped in my trusty Slanket and Bobby by my side, funny how animals know when there’s something wrong, he was so quiet all day, when usually he’s in and out. I think he was looking after me, but he has taken a shine to the old Slanket, so it was maybe more to do with that than anything else! When I wasn’t sleeping, I was sneezing, coughing and spluttering and I have never taken my inhaler so much.
    I had already ordered the shopping to be delivered that night, when Chris was home, but it arrived before he did, so out came the anti-bac and the sweat poured off me…I’ve never felt so rough and probably looked it too…must invest in a Ken Paves hair piece lol!
    Today, I’m feeling much better, although left with a very tickly cough.
    Sorry to hear that you have had it too, how weird is that, hope you’re feeling much better…I knew there was something wrong when Chloe was doing B&W and not you!
    Get Well Soon, Julia!
    Annette x

  3. Joy padley February 15, 2013 at 12:57 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Ordered your book on advanced order as I definitely wanted a signed copy. Age can be a funny thing and you think as you get older that your skin will settle down but not always so. Thank goodness Ali was on hand as she is the beauty guru and was able to help you.
    First book choice in our Pilates ( or as one lady calls it Pirates not sure why as we are not made to walk the plank lol) is the Great Gatsby. Not sure about this one still that’s the challenge.
    Can’t remember you fave hand cream as it could be one of 3 so am not entering this week.
    Hope you feel better soon!
    Joy x

  4. Dawn Sollis February 15, 2013 at 3:15 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia ive just ordered your book on advance orders too get well soon im coming ti the ens of my flu thank goodness take care
    luv Dawn xxxx

  5. Betty lambert February 15, 2013 at 3:47 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, this is my first ever post but am so pleased I have just advanced ordered your book (signed) which I have been waiting to read. hope you are feeling better now and will be on our screens again soon. I have watch QVC since day one so have enjoyed watching you throughout, thankyou for all the smiles and laughter aswell as great presenting.
    Betty x

  6. Carole cooper February 15, 2013 at 8:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia ordered your book today on advanced today, I have been with qvc since 1993 and I love it can’t wait to read your book Carole Wigan x

  7. Mrs.Laura Aitken February 16, 2013 at 1:10 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    This is my first post. I have been with u guys since day one. I have missed u and sorry u not well, hope u get better soon as its not QVC if ur not ther!!.Oh by the way I too have ordered ur book in advance too can’t wait to read it.
    Laura x

  8. Sylvia February 16, 2013 at 6:18 pm -  Reply

    Julia, not sure if you have heard of this or not but may help with night time coughing. To stop night time coughing in a child or adult, put Vicks VapoRub generously on the soles of your feet, cover with socks, and the heavy, deep coughing will stop in about 5 minutes and stay stopped for many, many hours of relief. Works 100% of the time and is more effective in children than even very strong prescription cough medicines. In addition it is extremely soothing and comforting and they will sleep soundly.
    Hope this help….. Sylvia, Aberdeenshire x

  9. marie mckelvie coventry February 16, 2013 at 7:48 pm -  Reply

    hi Julia hope you feel beter soon xx love marie

  10. Jean Pugh February 16, 2013 at 10:11 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Really enjoyed the last two days of QVC, lots of my favourites on. Yong Kim clothes are great and as for Lulu Guinness handbags, they are something else, beautiful bags.
    Have managed to advance order your book, looking forward like many others to reading it.
    I understand you have not been well, hope you will soon be feeling better.
    Take care.
    Love Jean x

  11. Yvie Gillman February 17, 2013 at 2:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, hope you are feeling better, It sounds like the virus I had just before christmas,felt awful and took a while before I felt myself again.I work at the local primary school and I seem to pick every nasty germ that the little ones have !!I have ordered your book and look forward to reading it. As for your rash on your face, my husband had something very similar, it started around his eyes and spread across his face, red and itchy and the sunshine and heat made it worse,the doctor gave him some cream but made it worse!!We tried everything and it went on for weeks, I suggested he clean his skin with my Liz Earle cleanse and polish , and out of desperation he tried it. Within two days the rash had gone, YAY!!!he still uses it (but he has to buy his own) and calls it a miracle in a bottle!Well its sunday today and the weather outside is sunny and clear blue skies, looking out of my bedroom window, I can see for miles and miles,the birds are singing and my primulas are growing in the garden, lets hope spring is on its way, but according to the weather report ITS NOT !! Going to get cold again , oh well !! bye. love Yviex

  12. Marian Bolton February 17, 2013 at 9:08 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Gosh, I can well imagine how you must have felt with your skin trauma. Thank goodness for Ali Young ……. and so say all of us! It’s good to know that we can blog Ali through her Beauty Fix shows with any concerns. I’ve often heard her say how perfectly normal skin can suddenly go hay wire in the menopause, etc.
    On a lighter note, I did laugh when Alexis from L’Occitane outed you last week re David Ginola! Your face was a picture!! Remember when you blagged on air to my Chris about how I liked Dale when I did the Elemis show with you last year?!! KARMA Julia, KARMA!! LOL!!
    Right then, I’m off to enter that competition again. Think I know the answer cos it’s also one of my favourite hand creams ……. after Elemis of course!
    Take care

  13. Julia roberts February 18, 2013 at 11:59 am -  Reply

    Hi Pauline
    Gosh I can’t believe it’s really happening – I’m so honoured that you want to read the book
    Thank you
    Julia x

  14. Julia roberts February 18, 2013 at 12:12 pm -  Reply

    Hi Annette
    There’s still plenty of opportunity to win a personalised signed copy with a competition this week and for the next two weeks before launch on the 4th of March ……. Maybe J & R are your lucky letters?
    Sorry to hear you got the flu, it’s horrible isn’t it? Mine started with the cough, and I still have it. I spent all day Friday and Saturday in bed and like you I had a little four legged companion …. Poppy never left my side. They just know don’t they.
    Still not at work today cos of the cough but feeling a bit better and should be back by Thursday. I am not a very good patient I’m afraid.
    Hope your cough is subsiding a bit now?
    Julia x

  15. Julia roberts February 18, 2013 at 12:19 pm -  Reply

    Hi Joy
    Ali was absolutely brilliant once I had got my skin calmed down with steroid tablets and ointments ……. as you can imagine I was very nervous about trying any beauty products but with her advice we introduced them gradually over about a six month period.
    Still laughing about you calling Pilates ‘Pirates’ – you may not walk the plank but do you ever do the ‘plank’ for your core muscles? I think you might like the question for the next competition
    Julia x

  16. Julia roberts February 18, 2013 at 12:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi Dawn
    It’s lovely to hear that so many of you are ordering my book – I really hope it will make you smile and maybe even shed a tear in places, but most of all I hope you will enjoy it.
    Glad to hear you are over your flu and hoping to see the back of mine before too long
    Julia x

  17. Julia roberts February 18, 2013 at 12:26 pm -  Reply

    Hi Betty
    I’m so pleased to be your first ever post on the blogs. It’s brilliant that you are still watching after nearly twenty years …… it can’t really be that long can it?
    I am feeling a bit better but the pesky cough will keep me off until my next scheduled work day, Thursday.
    I really hope you will enjoy reading the book
    Julia x

  18. Julia roberts February 18, 2013 at 12:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi Carole
    Glad to hear that you’ve ordered the book. It will be a little strange going on air in the Morning Show on March 4th as the ‘guest’ rather than the presenter …… I hope I won’t talk too much, and I’m sure I will be nervous.
    Thanks for keeping watching QVC and for posting on here
    Julia x

  19. Julia roberts February 18, 2013 at 12:36 pm -  Reply

    Hi Laura
    I’m honoured this week, two of my ladies ‘posting’ for the very first time, and someone else who has been with QVC since day one ……. that really is loyalty! There have been ( and still are) lots of changes but hopefully you’ll agree most of them are for the best.
    It’s nice to be missed but I wish I was at work rather than feeling ill at home …….. I’m sure Chris would second that remark, as I said to someone earlier I am a terrible patient!
    Hoping you’ll enjoy the book and that you will post again
    Julia x

  20. Julia roberts February 18, 2013 at 2:14 pm -  Reply

    Hi Sylvia
    Did you tweet me this as well? I’ve done it for the past two nights and I must say it appears to work. Vicks Vaporub on my feet, flight socks, went to sleep about 11 and slept through to 6 no coughing BUT coughed a lot when I woke up. It’s really annoying me now and feels very tender and still very blocked.
    Thanks for the tip and I hope others will try it
    Julia x

  21. Julia roberts February 18, 2013 at 2:15 pm -  Reply

    Hello Marie
    Thanks for your get well wishes – hoping to be back at work on Thursday
    Julia x

  22. Julia roberts February 18, 2013 at 2:18 pm -  Reply

    Hello Jean
    So pleased you enjoyed the Spring Fashion event and so disappointed I couldn’t be part of it – I was supposed to be presenting both Yong Kim and Lulu Guinness amongst others. This has been a really aggressive flu bug but it is the lingering cough that is driving me mad. My son Dan has it too ….. poor Chris.
    Pleased to hear you have ordered the book, I hope you will enjoy it
    Julia x

  23. Julia roberts February 18, 2013 at 2:28 pm -  Reply

    Hi Yvie
    I’m feeling a bit better but not quite right. It’s a nasty flu bug alright, I spent Friday and Saturday in bed (unheard of for me) ……. my sister in Scotland had it over New Year and was exactly the same and she’s made of stern stuff.
    My psoriasis was too far gone even for Cleanse and Polish which I had always been an advocate of. After I’d finished with the steroids Ali Young had me using pure base oils for months before she started introducing beauty products again. If you’ve ever doubted that anti-ageing products work leave them out for six months and notice how quickly your skin’s appearance improves once you start using them again.
    I think you are right about the weather – it may look Springlike but there was a frost on the cars this morning.
    Speak soon
    Julia x

  24. Julia roberts February 18, 2013 at 2:37 pm -  Reply

    Hi Marian
    Alexis has a very good memory, David Ginola has been retired from football for years! I may have been embarrassed but ‘it was worth it’!! And you are right about Karma ……… touché !
    I think you might have the correct answer although I do love the smell of the Elemis hand cream – good luck, and if you don’t win there is a new one coming up midnight Thursday into Friday
    Speak soon
    Julia x

  25. martin forbes bucksburn aberdeen February 18, 2013 at 3:38 pm -  Reply

    hi julia i will look forwardtobuying your book when out.do yoy know if waterstones in aberdeen are selling it.hope you are well

  26. Sylvia February 18, 2013 at 5:05 pm -  Reply

    Yes it was me who tweeted re Vicks Vaporub and sorry but I am sure I sent it a few times on here and as it did not appear I thought that it wasn’t working!!! So I sent you a tweet and then tried to re send it on here so that others would see it and then I read the message that it will appear once checked!!!!! Oops!!!
    Also for anyone who wants to try the pilates machine…. I say go for it! I have had mine for a few years and only used it for the first time a week or so ago and loved it. Trying to work out why it has taken me so long. I have misplaced the pilates videos but I am sure I will find them once I have started spring cleaning. Speaking of spring, it is a bonnie day in Aberdeenshire today… long may it continue. Sx

  27. Marian Bolton February 18, 2013 at 8:03 pm -  Reply

    Hi again Julia, sorry to hear you haven’t been well. I thought I had read somewhere that you were on holiday?! Anyhow, hope you soon make a full recovery.

  28. Julia roberts February 20, 2013 at 11:05 am -  Reply

    Hi Martin
    The book is exclusive to QVC to start with. It is available now on advanced orders for delivery week commencing 4th March , item no 701946
    I think you will enjoy some of the photos of Daniel and Sophie and the stories about them.
    Speak soon
    Julia x

  29. Julia roberts February 20, 2013 at 11:13 am -  Reply

    Hi Sylvia
    Glad to hear you have finally got around to using your Pilates machine. I haven’t been on mine in over a week because of this stupid flu and I really miss it. Marjolein is over this coming weekend so looking forward to seeing her at 2pm on Sunday – hoping I’ll be able to get on the machine if I can stop coughing for long enough!
    I think you will be able to answer the question for the next competition to win one of my personalised signed books ……
    Julia x

  30. Julia roberts February 20, 2013 at 11:17 am -  Reply

    Hello Marian
    I was meant to have my normal 5 day break after the book signing but had to work the Sunday to cover for illness. Next thing I know I’ve got a dreadful cough which developed into flu. Slept almost constantly for two days and still not right but I will try and make it into work tomorrow
    Speak soon
    Julia x

  31. Annette Roberts February 21, 2013 at 8:48 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Hope you are well enough to return to work and have plenty of water by your side. The tickly cough is by far the worst as it can creep up on you when least expected, says she coughing and spluttering whilst typing this! The only good thing about it is that it gives the old tummy muscles a workout.
    I have got a couple of boxes of those tiny boiled sweets that are near the checkout at M&S and find the odd one helps, although don’t have too many for fear of their adverse side effects, as Chris found out, having nearly eaten a box of them!
    Didn’t even click about the ‘JR’ initials when I wrote earlier. I have however entered the competition again though, as you said they could be lucky!
    Oh, yesterday I ventured onto my pilates machine for the first time after the hand operation and did a few gentle exercises with the straps, which I’m quite pleased about.
    Annette x

  32. Ann Woollerton February 21, 2013 at 9:43 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Hope you are feeling much better by the time you read this?
    Looking forward to reading your book but just wondering if it will be available electronically please? Easy to carry when commuting by train!
    Thanks – think I’m working from home on 4th so will watch you being the ultimate guest.
    Take care
    Ann x

  33. Julia roberts February 21, 2013 at 12:14 pm -  Reply

    Hi Annette
    I am going to venture in to work today – I will have plenty of warm drinks to hand.
    This week’s comp is now closed but the new one starts tonight midnight and you will definitely know the answer to the question, that is assuming that you have not already won!
    Looking forward to seeing Marjolein on Sunday and hoping I will be well enough to get on the machine! Good news that you were able to exercise your hand a bit but do take it gently
    Speak soon
    Julia x

  34. Julia roberts February 21, 2013 at 12:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ann
    My book will eventually be available as an e book but not until the exclusivity period at QVC has ended. Maybe you could just read it at home?? Lol
    Not sure about being the ultimate guest ……. I’ll check with Simon Biagi after the show,
    Julia x

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