I received some rather sad news on Wednesday of this week. My dancing teacher, Nora Morrison MBE, passed away. She was in her mid-nineties, so a fantastic age, but nevertheless very sad news. If it wasn’t for her turning ‘a blind eye’ to my disability I may never have had a career as a professional dancer.
I had attended a different dancing school from the age of three to seven but would never have been entered for ballet exams, due to an RAD ruling at the time, because of my polio – it may well be different these days. I restarted my dancing lessons at Nora Morrison’s at the age of nine and, although she must have noticed the weakness in my left leg but never asked about the cause, I was entered for my Grade 1 exam nine months later. I passed with Highly Commended and received Honours for all my other grade exams.
She was incredibly kind regarding fees when my dad was out of work for a short while and I must say that, along with all the happy memories, she instilled in me a sense of discipline, dedication and hard work that I have carried through my life. Thank you Miss Morrison RIP.
Well last week was Valentine’s Day with all the shows of affection that day brings but this is true love. On Tuesday, my only day off this week, I was feeling creative. My other half volunteered to take my car in for it’s service, a one hour drive away, and wait while they did it. The garage rang and told me I needed the rear brake pads and discs replacing but that it would take an extra hour – no problem, said Chris, you have to be safe on the road – now that is true love!
The bonus for me was that I managed to write 3,000 more words of book three in the ‘Liberty Sands’ trilogy and tighten up a couple of the chapters I had already written. I’m off for my normal five day break after today so aiming for another 10,000 words. For more information on my books check my webpage www.juliarobertsbooks.co.uk or check my Twitter, @JuliaRobertsQVC, for direct links to order or ‘Look Inside’ if you’re interested.
Sinead Howard, from Philip Kingsley, is the latest QVC guest to tell me she really enjoyed book two, ‘If He Really Loved Me…She was in doing a recording for March Beauty Product of the Month. It is another limited edition, fragranced Elasticizer in the one litre size. This time it is Elderflower and Rhubarb and I can’t wait to try it. I use Elasticizer once or twice a week now that my hair is getting drier. My sister is a big fan too and we have totally different hair types.
In this week’s Focus on Fashion I wanted to draw your attention to something on our website called the Style List. Tomorrow they start a new feature all about jumpsuits. It’s not an item of clothing I’ve worn a lot over the years although I did get one last year from Yong Kim which I wore a lot. Previously, I don’t think I had worn a jumpsuit since the 1980’s.
I had this red one – this picture was taken as Chris and I were boarding the SS Canberra for a cruise which he was working on – and I also had one in pale pink a couple of years later but, despite hunting high and low this morning, I couldn’t find any pictures of me in it. I really need to sort my photos into albums! I should have kept it as pale pink (or rose quartz) is one of the pantone colours of the season – not sure it would have fitted me though!
Several of our brands are now offering jumpsuits, including H by Halston, 156882, Attitudes by Renee, 135404. and Kim Co, 158741. Speaking of Kim, if you love her designs and can’t wait to see the new styles for her visit on March 10th, type Kim & Co into the search bar on our website. QVC are trialling a ‘Just Arrived’ and ‘New Colours’ button system – let me know what you think.
A couple fashion of TSV’s to look out for. On Monday it is the Skechers TSV. As it’s Leap Day, which only comes around every four years, QVC are celebrating by having everything that appears on the ‘live’ channel on four easypays! I’m sorely tempted as I LOVE my Skechers slip ons, here pictured when I went to see Keeley from Elemis in Cyprus last year.
There’s also an Antthony TSV, which sadly I will be missing. The TSV itself is a tunic and waistcoat in a choice of block colours, 157888, but our buyers have also bought complimenting pieces in the same shades. There is a patterned waistcoat, plain and patterned trousers, and a striped tunic which would work with the plain waistcoat from the TSV. That’s coming up next Wednesday.
Today’s Fashion on Friday at 5pm is Modalu handbags, followed by the final Spotlight on Jewellery of this series. Today the main featured brand is Diamonique, as we have a Diamonique earring TSV, but we are also launching a new watch brand called Henry London. The designs are retro 1960’s styling and have a very bespoke feel to them, and have domed acrylic faces and curved hands.
There is also a space on the back of the casing to have them personally engraved – this was part of the original inspiration for the range. We are also featuring Emozioni, the range we almost had on the first Spotlight on Jewellery this series, as well as Clogau and the Crystal Glamour collection, developed especially for QVC in collaboration with Swarovski. It promises to be a busy show so I hope you can join me tonight at 6pm.
My shows this week (subject to changes)
Today 5pm – Fashion on Friday ( Modalu)
6pm – Spotlight on Jewellery
Thursday 3rd – 2pm – Household Helpers
4pm – Look Good, Feel Good
Have a lovely weekend and Happy Leap Day on Monday!