A very busy summer


Hi everyone,

As I write this it looks as if a heatwave is imminent – it’s about time we had a little bit of decent sunny weather, although I don’t think this summer has been terrible, just maybe not quite as good as we had hoped for! My garden has quite liked the weather over the past few weeks though. I have a border of pink lilies and blue agapanthus running along one side of the patio and down some steps and it’s looking very lovely right now. It’s the little things that bring a smile, isn’t it? Planting that turns out exactly as I had imagined always makes me happy!



To completely change the subject now, let’s talk hair! A couple of weeks ago I suddenly felt deeply bored with mine – it has been the same short, layered style for a while now and I got fed up of waiting for it to grow.

“You don’t have to wait,” said the colourist at my hair salon as she touched up my roots. “Why not have some extensions?”

“Why not indeed?” I thought. And so I did! I had extensions once before, about ten years ago, and loved them, so it wasn’t a new experience for me, but I’m loving having the extra length again. They are real hair, bonded in so they should last about five months, and not super long, not even shoulder length. But those extra few inches have been enough to make me feel different and I’m very happy with it. The only issue now is making sure I use appropriate shampoos and conditioners – I can’t use anything with silicone in it as that could affect the bonds. Luckily we sell several ranges at QVC that work well, including Lulu’s range, Nexxus and Color Wow, so it’s not a problem.

It’s nice having a slightly different look as August is Fashion Month at QVC and there’s lots of gorgeous new fashion to try out with my new hair! I’ve already bought two pairs of printed trousers, these from Chelsea Muse  and these fabulous palazzos from Coco Bianco and I suspect they won’t be my only purchases this month. We have some fab new brands coming on board too, and some new shows – I thoroughly enjoyed presenting the two-hour premiere of The Style List at the start of the month. (Here’s a shot of me with cameraman Ian, pretending to be catwalk models just before the show started!).


Outside work I’m frantically editing my second novel ahead of publication day on the 20th of October. The audiobook version of my first novel The Dead Dog Day was released by Audible in July which was very exciting – it’s so wonderful to hear it being brought to life by fabulous narrator Zara Ramm (if you watch CBBC you may know her as the mother in “Grandpa in My Pocket”!). And this week my publisher told me that Audible also want the new book (hence the frantic editing – they need the manuscript next week so they can start recording it!). So with all that, and the final few weeks of training for my big 100km charity event at the end of August, it’s all been a bit busy recently. Not complaining though, it’s all good.

I hope you’re having a wonderful summer, and if not I hope things turn around for you very soon. Let me know what you’re up to – you can leave a comment below this blog, or say hi on Twitter (I’m @jackiekabler).

Much love,

Jackie xx


  1. SheMag August 13, 2016 at 12:14 pm -  Reply

    Hi, Jackie. I commented on your blog a few months ago that the tousled look made you look so much younger and yippee, your extensions are having the same effect! We 50 this year people have to stick together! Best wishes!

    • Jackie Kabler August 15, 2016 at 9:38 am -  Reply

      Hi Shemag,
      Yes I remember! Glad you like it! And yes, us fab fifties need to support each other. Have a great week!
      Love Jackie x

  2. theresa August 14, 2016 at 11:16 am -  Reply

    Like your new hair lenght and in this day it’s easy to have any style or length we choose with all the accessory’s around. I felt like a change of hairstyle so had my shoulder lenght hair cut short. I dont garden but buy plants for my sons garden which ad you say when you see the colours of the flowers it makes you smile. From the autumn fashion I got clarks sandals and skechers for my grandaughter who loves their style. Hope you have a good week and good luck with your book and audio books x

    • Jackie Kabler August 15, 2016 at 9:40 am -  Reply

      Hi Theresa,
      I agree, it’s so nice that we no longer have to wait for our hair to grow naturally to change our look. Thanks for your kind wishes and I hope you enjoy your new sandals, I love Clarks!
      Love Jackie x

  3. Sylvia Batho August 14, 2016 at 4:58 pm -  Reply

    Wow Jackie you must have great energy! I love your show in fashion, you look always fabulous. You are tall so can look good in anything! I am 5’3,so would be what you hilarious call dear Chloe that annoying small person! She makes me laugh very tongue in cheek most of the tlme! I have had ME and a host of horrid stuff, so am sometimes a captive audience! I admire the cancer contribution at QVC,but there are a lot of us out there with other invisible ills. ME nFibromyagia are insidious life change ills that as no cure n no specific tests, fall into a grey area. My garden also a delight, begonias in all colours, sweet Williams,n love roses. Best thing in my garden today were 2 of my beautiful granddaughters who came with my youngest son Daniel, they had been camping at Rutland Water,which is 5 minutes from me.A lovely day! X

    • Jackie Kabler August 15, 2016 at 9:43 am -  Reply

      Hi Sylvia,
      Well there’s nothing wrong with being small – good things come in small packages remember (even that annoying Chloe has her good points, haha!). And yes, there are so many illnesses that don’t get as much attention as others, it must be frustrating. I love begonias too, I have some stunning red ones at the moment, they grow fabulously in the shade so great for those areas where not much else flowers. How lovely to have granddaughters, I’m sure they bring a lot of joy. Enjoy the rest of the summer and thanks for getting in touch!
      Love Jackie x

  4. Karen August 15, 2016 at 11:08 am -  Reply

    Hi Jackie
    You’re looking great with new hair and I do enjoy your shows! You always make me chuckle with your fab fun attitude.
    I’ve been following your progress with all your training and you’re doing amazing.
    GO YOU!!!

    Wish you all the best with it and remember to do your *cool downs* too, lol!
    Luv Karen xx

    • Jackie Kabler August 16, 2016 at 12:30 pm -  Reply

      Hi Karen,
      Very kind of you, thank you! Training is going well but I’m getting very nervous now about the event, less than two weeks to go, eeeek! Have a great week.
      Love Jackie x

  5. Tania E August 15, 2016 at 10:39 pm -  Reply

    Jackie, I can’t wait for your next book!!!!!!!!! Woooooooo hoo!

    • Jackie Kabler August 16, 2016 at 12:31 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Tania, so kind of you! It’s out 20th October…quite apprehensive like I was with the first one so hopefully you will like it!
      Love Jackie x

  6. pam stephens August 27, 2016 at 5:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie just love your garden the colours are beautiful I mentioned before to you that I plant something every year for my late granddaughter and last year it was a beautiful yellow David Austin rose and it is now in its second time of blooming this season the blooms are almost the colour of her beautiful hair and although some people may think its silly but it makes me smile looking at it because although she was only three she was my sunshine and I see her in the roses sorry don’t mean to sound maudling just nice to be able to share /// still loving all your shows ///x

    • Jackie Kabler September 16, 2016 at 1:25 pm -  Reply

      Hi Pam,
      Sorry only just saw this comment! I think that is absolutely beautiful, what a lovely, lovely way to remember your granddaughter. I’m sure it brings you comfort and brings back happy memories. Thanks so much for sharing.
      Love Jackie x

  7. B Delve September 10, 2016 at 7:57 pm -  Reply

    Hi jackie
    Love your black strap sandals you are wearing in the picture above the comments. Can you tell me where you bought them from as I think they are fab.

    • Jackie Kabler September 16, 2016 at 1:26 pm -  Reply

      They are from Clarks – still on our website but mostly sold out now I’m afraid!
      Jackie x

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