It's been a very busy start to the year so far. Landing number one refers to flying off to Tenerife for four days with four of my girlie chums. The five of us had been planning this for months to celebrate our dear friend Helen's 40th birthday.
We were all very excited about getting a few days of sunshine after a very gloomy and wet start to the year. We arrived…torrential rain soaking us to the core. Thankfully, it only lasted the first day and wouldn't have spoilt our fun anyway! Helen's the kind of lady who makes a fuss of everyone else, never forgets a birthday, grows her own veg, is a fabulous wife to Carl and mum of five children. She's ultra organised, a black belt in martial arts, runs her own cake-making business, called Morphycakes, and so much more! It was great to see her just laze around by the pool and laugh almost non stop for four days.
Whilst we were away I was contacted by email by Sharon Willems, the director of a production company called Kibo Productions, who had seen the play I was in last November. She was offering me the part of The Parachutist in a short play of the same name by playwright Kevin Jones. I accepted and dutifully learnt lines whilst lounging by the pool.
The piece was part of a regular showcase for new writing talent entitled "Little Pieces of Gold", the brainchild of one extremely talented and wonderful Suzette Coon. Ours was one of seven short plays that had been shortlisted from hundreds of submissions to be performed at London Marylebone's Cockpit Theatre.
I highly recommend checking them out as they are a thriving hub of activity for the arts and even have a special promotion, 'Theatre in the Pound' (as opposed to theatre in the round), whereby theatregoers only have to pay a minimum of one pound for an evening of entertainment.
The role I played was quite endearing. 'Amy', aka 'The Parachutist' is a mother of one who has led a fairly sheltered life. Her husband has left her following an affair and she attempts relieve her stress by meeting new people in the most unorthodox way imaginable – jumping out of a plane flown by her newly qualified pilot sister wearing a parachute she picked up in a charity shop!
I won't reveal any more as I dearly hope this will be expanded to a full length play. I'd hate to spoil it for you. So that was me 'landing' a part which saw me landing on the roof garden of a successful, city-smart and rather surprised couple.
Finally, many new beauty products have landed at QVC this year. One of my absolute favourites is Taya haircare. Another I'm trying is BioEffect EGF serum which already has nothing but five-star praise on our website!
These brands were two of 75 beauty companies to showcase their collections at QVC's now famous annual Beauty Bash. Thousands attended and were treated to facials, hair styling, massage, makeovers, manicures and more. Our marketing department randomly select invitees whilst ensuring a good mix of newer customers and long-standing, loyal ones.
I think of it as being the beauty equivalent of a 'golden ticket' a la 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'. Of course we would love to invite all of our viewers but it's a logistical impossibility so this is the best compromise we can find.
I think it's amazing. I don't know of other companies I've bought from who do this kind of thing…I'd say we are very lucky indeed to be shopping with a company who may, one day, gift us the coveted golden ticket! I hope you get yours next year!
The Mail on Sunday's 'You Magazine' teamed up with us to offer their readers the opportunity to attend the Bash for £16 with 50% of that going to the 'Look Good, Feel Better' charity which helps those living with the visible effects of cancer feel better through the use of beauty products. Those who bought a ticket also received a goody bag worth well in excess of £50 (I looked in one and, at a glance, I spied products totalling over £100 easily) and several chances to win fantastic raffle prizes. Maybe next year we will have that chance again for those wishing to purchase a ticket.
I had a wonderful time meeting so many fellow beauty junkies. My daughter, Chrissie, is a make up artist and was delighted to attend one of the days working for our marketing team. Here's a pic (above left) of myself, Chrissie and Craig after a long day of our beauty wonderland before we went off for drinks and dinner together. Such fun.
I hope you are all well and January was a good month for you. I'm looking forward to spring and have even started spring cleaning. I'll close with a pic of my Pixiecat 'helping' me sort the cupboards (left).
Love, Catherine xxx