Troublesome digits


Just over two weeks ago my big toe had an argument with a solid oak coffee table (and lost), but it seems that I’m not the only one in the ‘digit wars’.

Lovely Tova Borgnine was in this week celebrating her 21st beauty anniversary with us and also bringing us her gorgeous Diamonique collection for Diamonique Day, which I hope you enjoyed.

I popped into her dressing room to say ‘hi’ and imagine my surprise when I noticed she was wearing a boot similar to the one in my ‘bigfoot’ picture from a couple of weeks ago. Tova too has a problem with her big toe, but on the other foot, how weird is that? But it gets stranger.

bandaged-fingerYesterday I was working with InStyle’s fashion editor, Arabella Greenhill, who has designed a collection of Diamonique earrings for us. If you missed the presentations, you can check on our website by clicking on the link or pick up a copy of the 15th anniversary edition of InStyle magazine to see the designs.

Anyway, we were chatting and it transpires that Arabella broke her little toe earlier in the summer and has been forced to wear flip flops since, as anything else is too uncomfortable. I know the feeling, although it did seem a little odd to be wearing them whilst showing you Centigrade winter coats!

And then on Facebook yesterday I saw this picture of Gill Gauntlett’s poorly finger after she had a cyst removed. Is it just us at QVC or have any of you been suffering with your digits? The good news is that mine is now feeling a lot better and I’m hoping to be back in normal shoes for my next run of shows after today, starting next Thursday.

I’m sure many of you will have read about the sudden death of Philip Kingsley last weekend at a similar age to the age I lost my dad and from similar causes.

philip-kingsleyI had the pleasure of visiting Philip’s clinic in Mayfair with a family member and he couldn’t have been kinder when discussing such a sensitive subject as hair loss. My thoughts are with his family at this sad time and, of course, with Sinead Howard and the rest of the PK team worldwide. Also big hugs to our Diamonique guest Alison O’Reilly who lost her dad this week.

Thank you to those of you who entered my competition last week for the 23-piece beauty hamper. We had 924 entries but there can only be one winner. Congratulations to Karen Connell,  I hope you enjoy pampering yourself (and maybe others?).

green-chilliI don’t do competitions often on my blog but there will be another one before Christmas, and if you left me a comment that needs a response I will try and reply over this coming weekend.

Despite putting funny pictures of ‘im indoors’ on here last week – here’s another one just for good measure – he has very kindly created a banner for the forthcoming blog tour for my short story which is out on Monday.

I left it a bit late to ask if any book bloggers would like to read and review my ‘Time for a Short Story’ but was delighted with the response.

Incidentally Anne, whose blog is called Being Anne, is a massive Diamonique fan, so I hope she was watching yesterday. The tour will mostly be reviews from the bloggers but there will also be a Q & A and a guest blog I wrote on the inspiration behind the story. I should have news about the launch of my new website on next week’s blog.

book-tour-datesjoin-clothes-todays-special-valueSo, today’s Fashion on Friday is drawing your attention to our Fashion Day on Friday 16th. We will be celebrating the 4th anniversary of Join Clothes with a Today Special Value.

It’s a sleeveless knit duster in a choice of seven colours. They are all the rage at the moment and a useful addition as a transitional piece to add a light extra layer around the body.

We will also have our second Label Lab show and Pipa is launching a new jewellery brand called Sence Copenhagen at 7pm on the day. Make sure you look out for some favourite ranges including Together, MarlaWynne and H by Halston, among others.

Talking of your favourites, I hope you can join me for Kim & Co as today’s Fashion on Friday, but before that I have Bronzo Italia jewellery at 2pm, so I must dash.

Have a fab weekend,


Julia x


  1. karen somerville September 9, 2016 at 4:40 pm -  Reply

    hi julia glad your toe is getting better .it must be in the air my husband stood on my little toe when i was expecting my second child twenty years ago and broke it !!!.i keep reminding him of pain of toe and giving birth .then on holiday this year he stood on my flip flop and broke the flip flop right off and also sprained my middle toe.i am not finished.doing gardening he throw a broken branch it landed on the middle toe again and bruised it .so now i wear boots in garden .i hope you dont mind i am the annoying customer who keeps asking about getting back the perfect snowflake earrings you showcased i think around sixteen years ago .please please bring back .they matched pendant and were post earrings same size as pendant .thankyou so much

    • Julia Roberts September 14, 2016 at 3:50 pm -  Reply

      Hi Karen
      Your poor toes! Sounds like they’ve really been through the mill! I managed to grit my teeth & take the nail polish off my big toe so that I had a better idea of what was going on. The edge of the nail, from the split, is dark navy & will definitely come off but I may hang on to the rest of it. Apparently after care is important as trouble can start when the new nail comes. I will ask about the earrings again – things get lost in the ether as QVC move their buyers around a lot.
      Julia x

  2. Linda Watkins September 9, 2016 at 9:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,Glad your toe is feeling better, I am three quarters through. If he really loved me, and I thought I had guessed the ending, but I am wrong! so must keep reading to the end! I will definately read the short stories when I have finished , Linda xx

    • Julia Roberts September 14, 2016 at 3:55 pm -  Reply

      Hi Linda
      I’m glad you are enjoying If He Really Loved Me… and that the plot is keeping you on your toes (so to speak)! Did you get the last book in the trilogy, It’s Never Too Late To Say…? That will give you a conclusion to the story.
      My little short story is proving popular – four 5 star reviews already, for which I’m really grateful.
      I’m busy plotting the next full length novel now.
      Julia x

  3. michelle ellson September 10, 2016 at 8:36 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia about the trouble with your big toe, my Mum Linda caught her left big toe whilst moving the wheelie bin and the underneath of the bin scraped the skin off her toe, ouch, as she is diabetic it have taken a while to heal, but it is now better but was very painful and she could only wear her Birkenstocs for the last 3 weeks hope yours heals soon too. Michelle

    • Julia Roberts September 14, 2016 at 3:57 pm -  Reply

      Hi Michelle,
      Sorry to hear about your mum’s big toe but glad it’s better now. Thank goodness for my Birkenstock EVA flip flops otherwise I would have been on TV in are feet!
      Julia x

  4. Annette Roberts September 10, 2016 at 10:21 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia

    Firstly, my deepest sympathy goes out to Philip Kingsley’s family and everyone at PK at this very sad time. Also to Alison O’Reilly in loosing her Dad, not an easy time for all concerned. A few more bright stars shining in the night sky.

    You already know of my near miss with my toe stub, very lucky! I will suggest, if you don’t mind, once healing allows, that you try Margaret Dabbs Foot Hygiene Cream on and around your toes and nails at night, wearing a fine pair of cotton socks (quite oily) until it soaks in. My nails have been terrible, dry round the edges from using nail polish, wearing Skechers, Birkenstocks and with the heat. Nothing worked and I’ve tried, OPI Avolplex Oil, L’Occitanne Foot Cream and the solid Shea Butter, to name but a few. However, MDFHC has worked wonders, my nails and toes are the best they’ve looked in ages…might just help with your regrowth, perhaps you could have a word with MD, what she doesn’t know about feet etc. Just a thought!

    Looking forward to Fashion Day on 16th and will take a peek at your new website when its up and running.

    Annette x

    • Julia Roberts September 14, 2016 at 4:05 pm -  Reply

      Hi Annette
      Thanks for your thoughtful message to the bereaved – what a week.
      Funnily enough Ali Young suggested an appointment with Margaret Dabbs – she said maybe Margaret could remove the toe nail eeeeeek! My daughter, Sophie managed to clip it on Sunday to try and stop it catching on things – part of it will come off but I don’t think it’s quite ready yet. It’s still quite sore bought way better than it was.
      Website is almost ready – ‘im indoors’ has done a really good job slotting in all the bits I’ve written with links & widgets and the like (double Dutch to me). I’m going to run a competition to win a copy of each of my Liberty Sands trilogy to encourage people to sign up for my free newsletter.
      A whole new world this writing lark!
      Julia x

  5. wendy wilkerson September 10, 2016 at 5:58 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, I too broke my little toe two weeks ago, I hit it on the wheel of the bed, oh the pain, and I can only wear flip flops when I put my feet in closed shoes which I have to wear for work, my foot screams at me, its just like a nagging toothache. It doesn’t help I keep hitting the same toe. Hope your foot is better soon. Take care, Wendy.

    • Julia Roberts September 14, 2016 at 4:08 pm -  Reply

      Oh Wendy,
      I feel your pain. I’m still not sure I can wear shoes and I’m on with Centigrade coats again tomorrow morning. At least I have ten days off after this weekend so I’m sure it will be much better by then although whether I manage to get on the Aeropilates machine for my scheduled show on the 29th remains to be seen.
      Hope yours is better soon
      Julia x

  6. martin forbes September 12, 2016 at 10:47 am -  Reply

    hi julia on your last blog iremember kay kara suzanne paul and youself happy birthday 1st october i see your doing amorning shift 11am in morning and last weekend but one you were doing saturday sunday morning not often you get weekend shifts early morningiam on aweeks holiday from work last one of year doing nothing being lazy
    hope you chris daniel sophie and cat are well and you are settling in to your current home

  7. Julia Roberts September 14, 2016 at 4:11 pm -  Reply

    Hi Martin,
    I’m doing more early shifts these days as I can’t work evenings because of my medication.
    I thought you would remember the original presenters as you’ve been with us such a long time.
    We’re all good thanks
    Speak soon
    Julia x

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