I’m not going to major on the weather, as I’m sure it’s upset plans for quite a few of you, but at least we know it’s more likely to improve than worsen! One fence down, and a few branches, but the sun’s shining sporadically today, and my garden pots haven’t fared too badly. I hope you managed to batten down the hatches and enjoyed Easter in spite of the elements!
Thank you so very much for taking the time out to enter the competition – I think we had a record number of responses for the blog – and so many of you were correct when suggesting that the answer was Rose Sunday. It was as you guessed (or Googled as I did!) that the name was given in reference to the colour of the robes worn by the clergy during the third week of Lent, which is when Mothering Sunday is. I wish as I often say that I had enough prizes to give to all of you, but the lucky winner this time around is Donna Coleman!! Congratulations and I will make sure I send the products out to you immediately – I hope you enjoy them! : )
I must also thank you so much for all my birthday good wishes. The cards and gifts you sent were beautiful, the tweets made me smile, and your comments here on the blog were very much appreciated. I swapped my working days around so I would actually be with Colin on my birthday this year, and he surprised me by booking us into a beautiful country hotel and spa. We had afternoon tea, followed by a fabulous dinner in the evening, and then I was treated to an Elemis massage the following morning!
When I got to the Spa, I had to fill in my personal details on the obligatory form, which included my age. There were a number of boxes to choose between, starting at 18-25, before finishing the choices on 56+!!! I am officially in the oldest category now : (! The treatment was wonderful though, and after a short walk, Colin and I reluctantly left the hotel, and set off home. Having lived in Surrey for the first 20 years of my life, this was a part of the county I’d never visited, and was a real mix of town and country. We saw this beautiful windmill and it made me wonder what kind of farming or industry was set up there when it was built?
I have had a really busy week or two at work, not spending time with some charming guests, but also treating myself to all sorts of products! I do hope you are able to get your hands on the Nails Inc TSV as it features a brand-new formula for ageing nails! I felt this was particularly well-timed considering my escalating age, and so I applied the collagen-infused ridge filler, chose the nude option in the colour, and finished it off with the collagen-infused top coat! All my own work – what do you think? It is sooo easy to apply, and made my nails really smooth – this is just one coat of the colour too!
And from pretty to practical – I wanted to give you a heads up on a very exciting event – the return of the Lock and Lock storage boxes! I am thrilled, as I love them, and have over the years collected an inordinate number of them in all shapes and sizes, and which I covet! I have an entire drawer in my kitchen dedicated to them, and am loathe to lend them to anyone in case they aren’t returned! They are like children to me : ) I use them mainly to freeze food in, and since little Honey started eating solids, I often store little portions for her too! What do you put in yours?
Honey will be 11 months old on 6 April, and I spent a day with her just last week when the poor little mite had viral tonsillitis and was far from well. That said, she still managed to give me a big smile and make Nanny feel very welcome : )
In addition to the little ‘pickle stabber’ bottom teeth she’s had for some months now, she’s cutting her top teeth too, which is very uncomfortable for her, but she has such a sunny nature she still manages to smile. I’m staying overnight next week with her, while mum and dad go to a party, so that will be fun – not much sleep, but a lot of fun!
Talking of fun, we had a corking night out on Good Friday, when my sister Jenny, her partner Linda, Colin and I, all went to see Lulu at her one woman show which was for that night at Watford’s Coliseum. You may remember Colin and I had seen Lulu when she first began the tour back in May 2015, and her performance and the entire show was incredible.
Well, last Friday was just the same – where she gets her energy from I have NO idea – but I will be picking her brains next time we work together! : ) The fact she’d hosted a TSV here at the Q on Wednesday made it even more remarkable, but then she is a remarkable woman and a consummate professional – she completely rocked it! Check out her next gig dates and treat yourself to a fabulous night out. We had a ball : )
I’ll be back with you on Thursday night at 7pm with Benefit Cosmetics, and then our Diamonique special at 9pm! We had a lot of interest in my pick last week which was the bespoke solitaire ring so we’re bringing it back! In a choice of either 14ct yellow gold or rhodium finishing, there were also six cuts to choose from and carat weights ranging from 1 carat, 2 carats and 3 carats. Basically you choose exactly what you want, and we’ll make it for you, holding the same price for all sizes. Oh, and a date for the dairy is 14th April because it’s Diamonique Day! I’ll try to give you a heads up on some of the special offers ahead of time by tweeting them – @alikqvc – so if you follow me you can find out! : )
Well that’s pretty much all my news for this week, and I must go and nurse my poorly husband who is full of cold. I know there are many of you – including lovely Kathy Tayler – who are struggling with this horrid virus, and so I wish you better very soon. Thanks as always for keeping me in touch with your lives, and for your lovely comments here on the blog – I’ll look forward to hearing all the latest from you this week.
With my love,