Entice Crystal & Hematite Beaded Friendship Bracelet Sterling SilverLast night there were two events on TV that were quite unbelievable… and I'm not talking about the price of the Ronni Nicole TSV so maybe that should be three??!!??

For the last couple of weeks ITV have been advertising a programme called 'Super Tiny Animals' featuring miniature dogs, pigs, sheep and even horses, but what caught my daughter Sophie's eye were the incredibly small finger monkeys.

She really wanted to watch the show but there were two problems. One, she was working, and two, it was on opposite a VERY important football match… well for me anyway. Thank goodness for Sky + which meant we could record 'Super Tiny Animals' and watch it at a time which suited us, which was this morning.

The size of the animals was almost unbelievable but it was comforting to hear the dog breeder say that these mini dogs actually have a longer life expectancy than their maxi counterparts, although they do require a lot of care and attention. Just one 'tiny' problem has arisen, Sophie would now like a 'tiny' pet for Christmas!

The other 'unbelievable' event last night was that my team, Crystal Palace, beat the mighty Manchester United, at Old Trafford, and in the process progressed through to the semi finals of the Carling Cup. This is a very big deal as eighteen months ago we were in administration and were almost relegated to the third flight of English football after having ten points deducted for our 'off the pitch' troubles.

So the match was on TV and I had planned to stay in and watch it. Yesterday morning I received an email saying that Charlie was sick, (get well soon Charlie!), and could I come in for the midnight launch of the Ronni Nicole TSV.

I did some quick calculations. Kick off was at 7.45, so the match would be over just after 9.30 giving me time to get in and prepare to go 'on air' at midnight. What I didn't make allowances for was the possibility of extra time… even a 'dyed in the wool' Palace fan like me could not have imagined getting to full time with honours even! But that is exactly what happened!

After going ahead with possibly the goal of the season from Darren Ambrose, Palace were pegged back to 1 – 1 by a penalty. So I got into the back of a taxi to head for work and had to listen to rather than watch the extra 30 minutes. When we scored after 10 of those extra minutes we had to endure wave after wave of Manchester Utd attacks.

I have never known 20 minutes last so long! I don't know who was more relieved when the whistle finally blew, me or the taxi driver! It was a fantastic performance from the entire team and just goes to show that you can achieve the seemingly impossible if you believe it enough!

Funnily enough, when I arrived in my dressing room last night there were two of the crystal bead bracelets that were a sell out TSV a couple of months ago, and that we are re-TSV'ing in early December. Guess what the colours were?? Red and blue, the Crystal Palace colours – I certainly wore them with pride last night!

I'm off to the footie at Selhurst Park on Friday night, after my five o clock Fashion on Friday show with Kim and Co, but after the exertions of last evening I would imagine we could be playing a much revised team. I hope you have a lovely weekend whatever your plans, and remember the QVC Countdown to Christmas has now begun!

Much love
Julia x



  1. Mrs Angela Murray December 2, 2011 at 11:56 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Nice suprise seeing you presenting the Ronni Nicole TSV bought the Red dress can’t wait for it to arrive. I think Sophie should get a tiny pet for Christmas put it to a family vote? Don’t tell Samantha she would love one too only trouble is I would end up looking after it? Congratulations on your team winning sounds like a real exciting ending, you must have been on the edge of your seat? I know when I’m watching Lewis Hamilton in F1 I can’t keep still I pace up and down every lap screaming at the TV for Lewis to win although the wins have been few this season but I have every faith in Lewis for next year. Can’t wait for the crystal bracelets got 12 the last time they were on as TSV for Christmas presents, lovin the new colours so will be watching at midnight. Well done yet again for a fabulous Butler and Wilson day so enjoyed the shows Simon was on great form as usual, Ali was blooming and Julia (the new model) was stunning as always. Take Care love to Sophie

  2. Mrs Beverley Richardson December 2, 2011 at 12:37 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Can you please tell me what date these crystal bracelets will be on as I am desperate to get a couple of them as presents for my friends and I missed the last viewing. I don’t even know what brand they are, could you please let me know so that I dont miss the show.
    Thank you very much. Beverley

  3. Steven December 2, 2011 at 2:22 pm -  Reply

    Hope Palace win tonight too Julia! Can just imagine what you must have been like in the back of that taxi lol. Have a good weekend xx

  4. Alison Winter December 2, 2011 at 3:58 pm -  Reply

    I watched the Super Tiny Animals. I was left depressed for these inbred, distorted animals. I cried seeing that the finger monkeys aka Marmosets were the being sold as pets. These animals live in family groups of up to 15 individuals and can live up to 20 years. What a shame these babies are being pulled off of there mothers just to fuel the pet industry. Thankfully these animals are not available for sale in the uk. They all look very cute but isnt it about time we started thinking about the animals and not our vanity. I’ll get off my soapbox now.

  5. Zarqa Walayat December 2, 2011 at 4:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, well what can I say. I’ve been with QVC for a very long time and you have been my favorite presenter along side Charlie Brooks and not forgetting Alison Young.I love watching your shows,Your style of presenting is superb and relaxed.You make it more exiting for us viewers to watch and you don’t keep going on in explaining the products. On today’s shows I’ve noticed you wearing the bead bracelets, I’m in love with them and would like to know when will they be aired again and how much.Thank You very much

  6. Stacey Leach December 2, 2011 at 6:12 pm -  Reply

    i was at old trafford for the match.. im a manchester united supporter.. it was painful to watch the manchester derby on tele.. but being there wen we got beat was even worse.. it was awful.. crystal palace deserved to win.. by the way.. i’ll be backing cardiff to win semi’s.. sorry.. :-)

  7. Valerie Shotton December 2, 2011 at 8:08 pm -  Reply

    Hi could you please tell me when, the bracelets. are on as i missed them last time, thank you.

  8. Christine Wiggins, 311 Green Lane Chertsey, Surrey KT16 9QR December 2, 2011 at 8:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    I too would like to know when the crystal braclets will be shown on air ,as I am looking for something like this for xmas. Many thanks.

  9. Trish Britee December 3, 2011 at 10:27 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia, I love the variety of QVC and think you are by far the best presenter. Your honesty impresses me and I trust what you tell us viewers about a product. You keep focused on giving sizes and other information whereas some of your colleagues go off on a tangent!
    Keep up the sensational work
    Trish x

  10. Magda Chetty December 3, 2011 at 1:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Had to write and let you know that, I also watched that match with my husband who is a big Man United fan. I wanted United to win for him, but also wanted Palace to win for you, so when they started the extra time, I went to bed with my book and left him to it. Then he came to tell me that Palace won, and he really did not mind because of you. You must have been so happy that night, I do hope they can go to the final for you, but then you have to take that day off no matter what!
    I will be in London around 26th December and will come to visit QVC, hope to see you then. I might even bring my husband so you can tell him just how good that win was, ha ha.
    Much love.

  11. Carole cooper December 3, 2011 at 4:46 pm -  Reply

    Hi julia just to tell you I got butler and Wilson bag charm, decleor tsv and also some liz Earle cleanse and Polish some on easy pay which helps me a lot at this time of year. It’s not long off Christmas now only 3 weeks going to get my last bits, I never give my qvc things to anyone I have to keep them myself there to gud. I also watched the tiny animal program my favorite was the small pony so cute. Take care Carole Wigan I got the rabbit tsv from Simon forgot to say wish one it is wonderfull xx

  12. Jill December 3, 2011 at 5:35 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    I agree with you entirely on the tiny animals. Peoplr are very cruel aren’t they? Both on breeding these poor unfortunate creatures and in the case of the monkeys being taken away from their mothers and families.
    Jill x

  13. Joy padley December 3, 2011 at 9:15 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, well done for beating Man U never been a fan even when Becks played for them. Chelsea won today thank goodness Villa Boas has not had the best of starts. Still think the special one was special and nice looking to boot.
    That taxi ride must have been some fun something out of a carry on film lol!
    I’ve got the black and clear bead bracelets and will be wearing them next weekend at our Xmas party plus B&W spider brooch to jazz up my black dress.
    And to all your other blogettes ladies you will not be disappointed the bracelets are fab fit all size wrists and are bang on trend. I have seen them or something similar for a lot more money and not so good quality.
    Enjoy the rest of the weekend.
    Joy xx

  14. Martin forbes bucksburn aberdeen December 4, 2011 at 12:54 pm -  Reply

    hi julia iam glad that your team crystal palace got through tot he semis of the carling cup .by the way is upport machester united.hope you are well you will receive the christmas card in the post shortly.merry xmas and happy new year .i dont know if you watched the choir on bbc2 recently the military wives brilliant show .gareth malone is brilliant as well.

  15. Marian Bolton December 4, 2011 at 5:04 pm -  Reply

    All that footy talk nearly deterred me from commenting Julia but you were saved by the bracelet – depending on which way you look at it I suppose! I’m glad that you’re glad about the Palace triumph and that’s all I’ve got to say on that matter, besides which, my brothers are Man U fans!!!
    I bought that bracelet when it was originally TSV’d. That was the night I was on with Keeley on the Elemis mini series and Anne Dawson was wearing it and said she thought it was going to go like hotcakes (which it did). Keeley, myself and Sarah (Keeley’s other client that was on the show) all stayed up in the hotel bar until midnight so we could get it. I’m really glad I did, it’s gorgeous. I bought it in clear. I’m going to get another in black when it’s on again and one for my best friend. That’s solved what else I’m going to get her besides the Melatogenine eye cream. I love QVC!

  16. Valerie Shotton December 4, 2011 at 8:41 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, could you tell me when the bracelets are a tsv, as i missed them the last time they were on. Thank you

  17. julia roberts December 8, 2011 at 3:32 pm -  Reply

    Hi Angela,
    I hope by now you have got your new red Ronni Nicole dress – nice fit isn’t it??
    We have just been showing Daniel the particular ‘small’ dog that Sophie and I really liked. Unfortunately we can’t have any more pets in the house we are renting – getting permission for Poppy was touch and go – so I’m afraid she will have to wait until she has her own place! PHEWW!!!!
    Glad you enjoyed the shows with Simon – it took me a minute to realise that you meant me with regard to the ‘new model’ Julia LOL!!
    I think the crystal bracelets will be very popular again tomorrow midnight.
    Speak very soon and love to Samantha
    Julia x

  18. julia roberts December 8, 2011 at 3:35 pm -  Reply

    Hello Beverley
    The bracelets are the TSV launching tomorrow night into Saturday. We have lots of stock but still not sure it will be enough to go round.
    They are not ‘branded’ but they have that branded look and are really nice quality. I think they will be excellent Christmas gifts
    Julia x

  19. julia roberts December 8, 2011 at 3:39 pm -  Reply

    Hi Steven
    Unfortunately we couldn’t match the performance we gave against Man Utd – a draw was probably a fair result against Derby – we have got them in the FA cup third round away.
    We lost on Tuesday night away at Barnsley, which was disappointing, so hoping for better things against my home town team this Saturday.
    speak soon
    Julia x

  20. julia roberts December 8, 2011 at 3:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    I must confess to not knowing too much about the marmosets but I bow to your greater knowledge and would agree that it is cruel.
    Unfortunately it is not just the breeding of miniature animals that can be cruel – many breeds of pedigree dogs and cats have been so interbred through the generations that it causes all sorts of health problems – that’s why all my cats have been ‘moggies’.
    It was good to see the return of some of the small breeds that had been bred out of existence due to the requirements of the meat industry wouldn’t you agree?
    Julia x

  21. julia roberts December 8, 2011 at 3:49 pm -  Reply

    Hello Zarqa
    Oh what lovely compliments – thank you so much, it’s always nice to get positive feedback.
    The bracelets were so successful as a TSV in September that they are re TSV’ing tomorrow night at midnight into Saturday. There are also some lovely new colours. I’m not sure of the price but I’m sure it will be fab
    Hope you manage to get some
    Julia x

  22. julia roberts December 8, 2011 at 3:52 pm -  Reply

    Hi Stacey
    You are obviously a true footie fan as, like me, you can recognise when your team haven’t played as well as they can. I understand your reasons for backing Cardiff in the semis – for obvious reasons I will be on the opposing side LOL!
    Julia x

  23. julia roberts December 8, 2011 at 3:53 pm -  Reply

    Hi Valerie
    The bracelets are the TSV tomorrow night at midnight into Saturday. Lots of new colours as well – hope you manage to get some
    Julia x

  24. julia roberts December 8, 2011 at 3:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Chris
    Gosh you girls are really liking the look of these bracelets! I love the grey one I’ve been wearing for months but there are lots of new colours launching tomorrow night at midnight into Saturday
    Hope you get the one/ones you would like
    Julia x

  25. julia roberts December 8, 2011 at 3:59 pm -  Reply

    Hello Trish
    Thanks for your lovely comments and I’m so pleased you like my presenting style. I’ve always believed that honesty is the best policy if you want someone to trust you – I hope you don’t mind me having ‘favourites’?
    keep watching
    Julia x

  26. julia roberts December 8, 2011 at 4:05 pm -  Reply

    Hello Magda
    I think you did the right thing going to bed during the extra time! In a way I’m glad I was only listening rather than watching as apparently Man utd were ‘battering’ our goal!
    Commiserations to your hubbie though – I just don’t think they expected Palace to be as good as they were on the night!
    IF we make it to Wembley I will definitely have to get the night off no matter what – we could do with a bit of good fortune as it’s been a tough couple of years!
    I’m working on 26th and 27th but then not in at QVC until 5th January
    let me know
    Julia x

  27. julia roberts December 8, 2011 at 4:09 pm -  Reply

    Hi Carole
    The B & W rabbit with his purple guitar was really cute, although I think my favourite was the cat.
    We have a shetland pony living in a field near our house and Chris refers to it as the ‘shrunken horse’ LOL!
    There was a little black and white dog that really stole my heart but I wasn’t so keen on the cats with the short legs!
    enjoy your purchases
    Julia x

  28. julia roberts December 8, 2011 at 4:12 pm -  Reply

    Hello Joy
    Congrats in order for your boys too I hear after their victory against Valencia. Can’t believe Man Utd and Man City are both in the Europa this season – weird!
    Thanks for giving my ‘blogettes’ the heads up on the quality of the bracelets – they really are very good – and also mentioning that the size fits ‘all’!
    Enjoy your party with all your sparkly bits on
    Julia x

  29. julia roberts December 8, 2011 at 4:15 pm -  Reply

    Hi Martin
    Thanks for congratulating my ‘boys’ particularly as you are a Man Utd fan – that’s very sweet of you.
    I haven’t seen Military Wives yet but I hear they are likely to be the Christmas number 1???
    I’ll look out for my card
    Julia x

  30. julia roberts December 8, 2011 at 4:19 pm -  Reply

    Hi Marian
    Are you sure ordering the TSV bracelet was the main reason for staying up in the hotel bar until gone Midnight LOL?????
    They are fab and I’m pretty sure they will go very quickly again when they re TSV tomorrow midnight – new colours as well.
    Tell your brother sorry but I think we deserved it on the night!
    speak soon
    Julia x

  31. julia roberts December 8, 2011 at 4:21 pm -  Reply

    Hi Valerie
    I think I already replied to you?? But just in case they are on tomorrow midnight into Saturday. Hope you get one ( or more )
    Julia x

  32. Steven December 8, 2011 at 6:11 pm -  Reply

    How come you support Palace then Julia if you were originally from Nottingham? I don’t support my local team either so Im not having a dig. I was just wondering! Maybe the man U game has had an effect in the last couple of games. Also the players minds will likely be on the semi final now.
    Have a fab weekend and hope your team get back on track x

  33. julia roberts December 9, 2011 at 11:08 am -  Reply

    Hi Steven
    I hope you are right about the ‘boys’ minds being on the cup – we are also without a couple of key players who were injured in the Man Utd clash.
    I’ve never been a Forest fan – they were my local team when I was growing up, but I wasn’t a footie fan then. The first team I supported was Leeds Utd when I did a panto in Leeds in 1974 ( before you were born I think?? ) and I met some of the players. They were the Man Utd of the 1970’s.
    I’ve lived in South East London or Surrey since 1977 so I guess technically Palace are my local team?
    Hope your team has a good weekend too
    Julia x

  34. Steven December 13, 2011 at 9:12 pm -  Reply

    Good weekend for both our teams Julia. We won 2-0. Dont know if I shall make the game at Ibrox against Inverness on Saturday as I am on my Christmas night out on Friday – always an eventful day! Who do Palace play? Are you all prepared for Christmas or are you a last minute person?? Oh wait I think thats the latest blog you had up isnt it?!
    Its not far away now…. . Personally its not the same for me nowadays. Im 27 now so the excitement had died slightly lol! Having said that Im sure if/when I have kids that will all change again. Its all about Kids really Christmas isnt it. For me it just means eating and drinking…. Far too much and knocking the exercise well and trully on the head! Had my first day back in the gym after a couple of weeks today. Think I;ll be an old stiffy tomorrow!
    Take care

  35. julia roberts December 21, 2011 at 12:06 am -  Reply

    Hi Steven
    Hope you didn’t get too wasted on your Christmas night out?
    Palace played Birmingham last night – it was on TV and not a patch on their performance against Man Utd BUT we got the 3 points courtesy of a fantastic header from KG.
    It is the Palace party tonight so I am hoping they don’t get too drunk as there is the slight matter of a Boxing Day clash with league leaders Southampton at St. Mary’s.
    Hope your team have a good festive season and that you do too
    love and Merry Christmas
    Julia x

  36. Steven December 24, 2011 at 9:48 am -  Reply

    Thanks Julia. Hope you have a lovely Christmas too. Lots of food and drink ahead no doubt
    Have a good one
    Steven xxx

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