I couldn’t say too much about Chris’s birthday on here last week because he reads my blog and it would have spoiled the surprise I had organised for him. He had particularly said he didn’t want any fuss and definitely no party but I couldn’t let a milestone birthday pass by completely unmarked, could I?
Soooo … I secretly arranged for our friends Denise and Steve to come over for a garden party, along with friends Teresa and Natalie and, of course, Daniel and Sophie. He had no idea anything was going on, even though I spent the morning cleaning and tidying before going to the supermarket and buying double the quantity of food I would have needed for the four of us!!!
I had also decorated with a few balloons while he was out having a spin in Sophie’s new car … tell you more about that next week! The only downside was that the weather wasn’t nice enough to be out in the garden but we still enjoyed a barbecue (veggie of course) followed by chocolate birthday cake, all washed down with a few glasses of wine. I think he enjoyed his big day and absolutely loved his new Vionic shoes that were part of his birthday present.
Daniel stayed over with us on Saturday night, with Wilfie of course, so on Sunday we went for a walk around Virginia Water lake. It was further than I thought but worth it for the beautiful scenery. We came home to a salad lunch and a bottle of Bollinger! On Monday the celebrations continued as I had booked a two-night stay at Charlton House hotel in Somerset, which included a complimentary treatment for each of us in the spa.
It was overcast when we arrived but not cold so we decided to have a dip in the outdoor hot tub. The only problem was we couldn’t find the button to make the bubbles work! A lady very kindly interrupted her reading to show us how to do it. Her name was Xena and I only know this because she posted on last week’s blog … next time say hello!
We had our massages booked for the following morning. I walked in to the spa and it was like being backstage at QVC. Elemis, Leighton Denny and bareMinerals were the brands on offer. My therapist was called Laura and she gave me a fabulous massage using Elemis Japanese Camelia Oil because I have sensitive skin.
We chatted almost the whole way through the treatment with her giving me a few tips and me suggesting a few QVC products to try!
Speaking of Elemis, I am really looking forward to launching the Elemis TSV tomorrow night with Keeley. It’s a four-piece collection called the Ultimate Pro-Collagen Anti-Ageing Regime and features both Pro-Collagen Marine Cream and Oxygenating Night Cream, which won the QVC Customer Beauty Award in the Best Moisturiser category as a duo last Friday evening. I LOVE Oxygenating Night Cream and, although I do slot in other things from time to time, I always come back to it as my preferred night cream.
What I hadn’t tried before is the Pro-Collagen Super Serum, which is in a 15ml pump size exclusively for QVC. It leaves my skin feeling very smooth and really minimises the look of open pores. And there is also a full size of the Pro-Collagen Advanced Eye Treatment, all for less than the normal price of the night cream.
I hope you will stay up to join Keeley and I for the launch. So, on Wednesday we enjoyed a ploughman’s pub lunch in a lovely little place called Castle Carey, as recommended by former QVC presenter Paul Lavers. Paul and I met exactly twenty one years ago yesterday when we turned up for the photo shoot for the original seven presenters that started QVC UK. I guess it was technically my 21st birthday yesterday … wink wink!
We arrived home Wednesday late afternoon to find a parcel addressed to Daniel. Chris texted him but Daniel had no idea what it was … then we realised … finally Baby Oleg meerkat had arrived. I organised Daniel’s home insurance through a particular company just to get the toy!! Milo wasn’t overly impressed with Baby Oleg. He did, however, take a shine to the box it came in.
Well I cannot finish my blog today without paying tribute to Joan Rivers who sadly passed away yesterday. I had the immense pleasure of working with her many times on QVC and although she kept you on your toes, as you never knew what she was going to say next, she was one of the most professional and inspirational women I have ever worked with. My thoughts are with her family and close friends at this time.
I’ll see you all a little earlier today for Ultrasun at 3pm. Have a great weekend.
Much love, Julia xx