Thank you!!


Well what can I say folks? You are such a bunch of lovely encouraging and uplifting individuals! All your comments and amazing compliments are so welcome. I was floating around on cloud nine reading them.
Well I thought it was time to drop you all a wee line again. I probably should've mentioned that I was going to be off for a couple weeks but I'll be back at QVC headquarters on Saturday, so do tune in. Especially any Bare Escentuals fans out there!!
So what have I been up to during my time out? Yes indeed you've guessed it… lots of Zumba!! Sorry if I sound like a stuck record but I am absolutely smitten. I did however miss a couple of classes last week. I had the most spectacular trip in the history of falling down – like a pack of cards!!

A spectacular trip!

It's ok, as by some miracle I didn't really hurt myself (my ego mainly!!) thank goodness! But it really was incredible. I met the lovely Carla (who guests our Tignanello handbag shows) for lunch. I don't know if you know, but she is also a Zumba instructor and hugely responsible for my addiction.

Anyway, after a good catch up I went to powder my nose as they say. Upon my return, I was momentarily distracted, resulting in me going flying and crashing down in rather elaborate fashion on my behind with both legs attempting to do the splits in mid-air!!!

The most worrying factor is that I thought I was going to have to call an ambulance for the lady Carla due to her mass hysterics (only after she realised I was ok mind you). She said it was the most spectacular fall she'd ever seen. It actually felt a bit pathetic.

I imagine that if it had been an audition where the director had said "okay Anne, I want you to come down the stairs, look quickly to your right and then drop to the floor" I would have failed miserably on the grounds of over-acting!! I have promised Carla that the next time we're on air together I will mention it. Then you will be able to tell just how funny she found the whole thing. Don't think she's stopped laughing yet!!!

Apart from that it's business as usual "Chez Dawson". Off to Italy in a couple weeks, but only for a few days. We have quite a large roof terrace which unfortunately has taken a bit of battering recently due to severe storms. So going to check out the damage, (and squeeze in a few delicious meals as well!!)
Linda from Glasgow, thanks for your recent post and comments. Keep yer chin up hen with the builders. So know what it's like, but yes indeed my love, well worth it in the end. We finished all the main work about a year ago and I'm delighted. Just got the outside front to re-do when funds allow.
Take care everyone – look forward to hearing from you. You are all a real inspiration.
Anne xxx



  1. Susan March 30, 2011 at 4:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi Anne,
    Well how I laughed…and I wasn’t even there!!! You describe it with such precision!! It reminds me of the time my friend did the same thing in a restaurant…and of course we were very sympathetic and erupted into hysterics also!!! Glad no damage done though lol. Cannot wait to hear you and Carla talk about it on air! I hope your house is not too badly damaged when you arrive. That’s all you need in this economic climate really! Really good to see you blogging again. Missed your craic!!
    Enjoy your trip – not the falling kind this time!
    Susan x

  2. Lorraine Taylor March 31, 2011 at 8:05 am -  Reply

    Hi Anne
    Great to read your up to date blog!! I wanted to ask you about learning a new language-have you any tips for me, I am interested in Spanish, is it better to attend a course rather than getting a tape and book from the shop.
    Love and Light
    Lorraine x

  3. Linda, Glasgow April 1, 2011 at 12:07 pm -  Reply

    Hi Anne
    I feel very special getting a mention in your main blog – thank youX You asked for suggestions for things to talk about in your blogs – i would love to hear more about your trips to Italy? nothing personal but maybe a description of the places/areas you visit and people you meet and maybe the odd recipe? I love all things Italy(especially the food and of course the men!!) but have never visited, my dream would be to visit the Vatican(are you able to go into the actual building?) and have coffee in the main square(St Pauls?).The Illy Francis Francis coffee machine is on my QVC wishlist(hopefully i’ll buy this year)- i’ve just received my fourteenth parcel from QVC since January(i’m running out of hiding places so as my lovely partner David doesnt think i’m spending too much!!-builders you say,what builders?)
    I was sorry to read about your fall – but must admit i would have been like Carla and folded with laughter(after i knew your were okay of course!!).
    I’m getting a bit fed up living on a building site(slight over statement!!) at the mo but am looking forward to the end result – I so understand about funds being available/budgets – i’m afraid that my ideas and plans are much bigger than my available funds – but heyho there are a lot of people much worse off than me. I hope you enjoy your time in Italy and that the damage is not too severe or costly.
    I love the Bare Ecsentuals makeup/skincare range and will be watching on Saturday – its difficult having a favourite but today its mineral veil but i just love the simplicity,speed and convenience of the whole range – its skin coverage is amazing. I bought the box of eyeshadows – women of bare escentuals – and dont think i’ll need another eye colour for ages(well for a couple of months anyway).As you will have gathered i’m a QVC beauty gal – i remember watching my first Ali Y in the salon show in 1995 and have never looked back – i really dont think my skincare/makeup routines would have been so good if i hadnt found Ali(love her).
    Remember to write a blog about your Italy trip – im looking forward to reading it. Love LindaXX

  4. Rachel Powell April 2, 2011 at 11:41 am -  Reply

    Anne, I just wanted to say I have been watching you this morning and you are looking absolutely fantastic. What have you been doing apart from Zumba?

  5. Marian Bolton April 3, 2011 at 7:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi Anne
    I heard you mention your concerns about losing eye lashes on the BE show yesterday. I share your concerns but have found a brilliant treatment called Lipocils Expert by Talika. Paul from Bobbi Brown put me onto it at the Beauty Bash in January. I have been using it for a couple of months now and my lashes are definitely thicker and I haven’t noticed losing any since I started using it. Everyone loves a sharer! x

  6. anne dawson April 4, 2011 at 1:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Susan,
    Glad I made you giggle! Looking forward to working with Carla again but she’s off sunning herself in Florida for the next few weeks. Lucky lady! I’ll let you know what happens in Italy when I get back, so fingers crossed. Take care
    Anne x

  7. anne dawson April 4, 2011 at 1:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Lorraine.
    So glad you asked about the language learning. I had no Italian whatsoever and then I bought the introductory Michel Thomas cds. (he does them in spanish aswell). There’s 2 of them. Listened to them in the car and was amazed at how quickly you can start putting sentences together. And that’s the important thing. Most courses give you loads of vocabulary but no structure.He concentrates purely on the structure in a very easy way. No writing or memorising required (just aswell for me then!!!)After this I bought the full course, 8 cd’s and later followed on with the advanced course which is 5 cd’s. You will need a dictionary for your own vocab (not whilst doing the course though),as you will have all the info on putting sentences together, but maybe just have some words missing. A good example of how this helped me in the early stages : When I first got a place in Italy I needed to buy some pillows. On arriving at the shop I realised that I didn’t know the Italian eqiuvalent. However I was able to tell the assistant that although I didn’t know the word exactly, it was what you put your head on when you went to sleep at night in bed!! Hey presto, job done!! It really is a much more useful way to learn a language. It will take commitment but it’s like anything in life, depends how much you want it. And me being the slightly gobby type that I am, I wanted to speak desperately!! Sorry this is a bit of a war and peace answer Lorraine, but I am probably just about as passionate regarding languages as I am about Zumba!!
    Good luck, and let me know how you get on.
    Anne x

  8. anne dawson April 4, 2011 at 4:58 pm -  Reply

    Hi Linda.
    A woman after my own heart regarding all things Italian. If ever you have the chance my love to get over there, don’t think twice just pack a bag, grab your shades, shout “ciao” at the top of your voice, and get on that plane! Sounds like you fancy a visit to Rome in particular. My favourite European city!
    It also happens to be the very first place that I went abroad to.
    I totally fell in love with it but never returned for a another 26 years!!! You see, as time went on I was apprehensive about going back incase I had merely built up the memory so much in my head over time and would end up disappointed. Well after all that time my husband, Danny, decided it was time for the two of us to go. Do you know, without a word of a lie we were still in the taxi on the way in from the airport to the hotel and I was rendered speechless (now there’s a thought!). Honestly, I was totally mesmerised and completely smitten all over again.
    Funny thing is, I can’t actually put my finger on it…. There are many other very beautiful cities….. but for me, not quite like Rome. Have you seen the film “Roman Holiday” with Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck? I like to watch it every so often just before going out there.Gets me in the mood!!
    So although there was 26 year gap, I go there at least once evry year now even if it’s only for the day before going to my wee pad down south. And, I’ve never even put a coin in the trevi fountain!(your meant to do that to ensure you’ll come back to Rome one day. Ofcourse now I’m totally paranoid and have made a lifelong vow never ever to put a coin in just incase the reverse happens!!!! ) Sorry Linda. Must stop rambling. Better go and get the dinner on. Back to reality eh? Take care.
    Anne x

  9. Linda, Glasgow April 5, 2011 at 1:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi Anne
    I thought i could talk/ramble on – thanks for the long reply(it must be in the genes eh!!) – i love itXX Your reply has given me the “must visit Italy” bug – the food is delicious,the men so well presented(i’ll keep it clean!!?),the ladies so stylish and the shopping to die for.Yes, i have seen Roman Holiday(i love the old movies of the late forties,fifties and early sixties) – there was another movie i enjoyed which was based in Rome – Three coins in the fountain(Trevi) but my favourite old movie(nothing to do with Italy) is Madame X – have you seen that one – at the end when she is reunited with her solicitor son, just before she dies, he comforts her not knowing she’s his mother well the tears just flow – cheery eh?
    I really enjoyed your Bare Escentual shows on Saturday – i bought the full size skincare(i loved the trial pack)items and also the nighttime treatment plus the Brightening selection with the full size foundation in and on easi-pay too,love easi-pay – i’m looking forward to trying the night treatment – it will be funny putting makeup on going to bed but from what Lee has said about the new soil complex it all sounds good for the skin. I also enjoy using Elemis and Decleor skincare – i use them all in rotation and find my skin enjoys that routine – i get great results using my Clairisonic with the cleansers.
    I’m looking forward to the Zumba TSV – i’m an avid pilates fan -i’ve got the original pilates performer and sometimes use it twice a day but mostly once a day. I’ve got spinal damage that means my right foot/leg is weak but find the pilates workout strengthens and helps with nerve pain.If its you doing the Zumba TSV launch can you give us a quick blog on what its about,what we can expect etc? Anyway lovely to talk to you again – i had better go and earn some money now – looking forward to your next blog Love LindaX

  10. Annette Roberts April 8, 2011 at 8:27 am -  Reply

    Hi Anne
    My goodness, what a dramatic fall you’ve had and very lucky no damage was done. I remember I had a similar slip, shall we say, many years ago, when my legs went akimbo…it happened one morning, late 70’s, I had just parked the car in the works car park and the snow had turned to ice. As I was walking across I slipped, ended up on my bottom, legs out to the side and wearing a skirt in full view of one of the guys driving in…you’ve never seen me get up so quick. I didn’t hurt myself, but managed to break my flask of hot soup…I was gutted!!!
    Although last October I slipped on some moss, fell 30mm on my side and dislocated my right ankle and broke my leg in two places, resulting in surgery and steelwork…now recovering with AeroPilates, thanks to Julia Roberts, who suggested it may help. The funny thing was, that when I fell I had just been to the outbuilding to get some veg and was still holding on to it!!!
    Nice to see you back blogging and sooo glad you didn’t hurt yourself, only your pride!
    Annette x

  11. Susan April 10, 2011 at 12:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi Anne,
    Just had to write and say i saw you briefly on with George last night and you really suited that champagne colour coat!! You should invest! Hope you had a nice weekend x

  12. Jill April 26, 2011 at 9:44 am -  Reply

    Hi Anne,
    I saw you last night and you look brilliant. How did you lose weight I have been trying for ages but I am an Apple Shape and can not get rid of my Round Belly which goes from under my Bust right down to my Behind. Help tell me what you do as I can not believe the Transformation of your figure. Thanking you in advance.

  13. Susan April 26, 2011 at 11:42 am -  Reply

    Hi Anne,
    Me again! Though I know it’s been a while so I don’t feel so bad for pestering you! I saw you last night on the Dress Boutique hour – really nice to see you doing some shows in the evening..nice change. I always like a bit of variety and not just the same presenters in the same slots…no offence to anyone and I understand you all have your favs and your hours that suit you best. I thought you looked gorgeous though so I had to write and compliment you! You were in blue dress…stunning on you!! And your hair really is beutiful. So elegant and really glossy looking. You’ve obviously lost weight too from all that Zumba!!
    Have a nice week and ‘chat’ soon!
    Susan x

  14. Samantha Forte April 26, 2011 at 6:39 pm -  Reply

    Hi Anne,
    Just had to echo the remarks of the previous poster. Saw you wearing a blue paisley Ronni Nicole dress in the Dress Boutique the other night. I was especially interested in the presentation because I had just ordered said blue dress off the website. Not received it yet but if I look as good as you did in it I will be VERY pleased indeed. You mentioned in the presentation that you didn’t often wear blue – you should! It looked fab on you!

  15. yvonne May 7, 2011 at 7:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Anne
    can i just say how fantastic you and Julia are looking. Is it down to all the exercise you are doing or have you been following a particular diet as well? I feel the older i get the harder it gets but you and Julie are a true inspiration. If you have got any tips that would be great.

  16. melanie sheils September 11, 2011 at 5:55 pm -  Reply

    hi Anee, i was watching your presentation last night along with my husband, the show where you were trying on different styles of hair wigs, etc, im telling you that are really a great idea and i ordered one when you were talking to camera after getting a bob type wig on and out of the blue my husband, whom i thought was reading the paper, said, ” she looks like a right little vixen when she has her hair up” and said nothing more, just went back to reading the paper, i cant wait to get my order lol, i love your shows and your crisp scottish accent is a delight to listen to

  17. maureen o neill September 14, 2011 at 9:58 am -  Reply

    Good morning Anne, i love reading the blogs here in QVC and i am getting concerned about you! turning into a little Vixen !! lol whats this all about? i presume we shall be seeing you with the hair up from now on,lol. we all enjoy your shows
    londonderry n. ireland

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