The sun has been shining and it of course has meant the studios have been pretty hot so I was really pleased to get to have one of my hours in the QVC garden! It’s the first time I’ve been outside for fashion this year. It doesn’t feel like work at all when you get to enjoy being outside enjoying the great British Summer time. It was a fun show of Sketchers with Vonda and we had a good giggle, the wind had picked up so it was like we were in an 80s music video with a wind machine! I also got to bring you Fashion Fix at 4 which I haven’t done for a while, it was a really fun show and packed with a really great mix of brands.
I particularly liked the cropped, wide leg pinstripe trousers I wore from Andrew Yu, there are still some left though but grab them before they are gone as they were very popular. The gorgeous yellow vest is from Ghost, this colour is low in stock but there are many other gorgeous colours to choose from.
Outside of QVC
This weekend was a mixture of culture and bittersweet emotions. Firstly the culture. My sister and I took a very hot trip into London to go and see the Frida Kahlo exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum. I won’t pretend this is the kind of thing I get to do very often, my sister and I joked about how we could now be those people that swan around saying ‘oh did you get to the V&A this weekend? No, Oh you must’. It has however been on my agenda for this year to make an effort to do more things like this and when I saw this exhibition was happening it was the perfect one to make me jump for tickets. I have always loved Frida Kahlo’s paintings and I have a number of books on her work. Her life story is fascinating and I have always admired her determination to be exactly who she really was rather than conform to what everyone else thought a woman in her time should be like in Mexico. This exhibit is of all of her clothes and personal possessions and also a selection of her work, including some of her most famous self portraits. It did feel a bit strange looking at all of someone’s things from her toothbrush to her body casts that she had to wear after her life changing accident. We imagined thinking that she would be laughing her head off at all these people looking at her shoes and hair brushes. Her clothes are fantastic though, so colourful and vibrant and if you are a fan of Frida then you should go and see it, it’s on until November.
Now for the bittersweet. I think I have mentioned that my parents are selling our family home and downsizing to an apartment. This is a great and positive change for them, they will get have far less to manage in terms of garden and house maintenance and will also get to spend more of their retirement in their cottage in Ireland. It is however sad for us all that this house will no longer be our family base, no more playing with the kids in the garden or having BBQ’s with all our family and friends and no more big Sunday dinners in the conservatory. Of course we can still do those things they just won’t be in same place. Change is good but I am pretty sentimental so I’ve found it all rather sad. Here we all are, after our final BBQ in the garden this weekend. It had been a long day for Ivy though who wasn’t up for the picture at all!
What I’m wearing
I really love it when something new comes in to QVC and it’s something that I really, really love. Now the brand itself isn’t brand new but it’s only been with us for a short time.
It’s called Ophia and we have had a number of watches from them but now we have a whole range of jewellery too. I have completely fallen in love with a number of the necklaces. My absolute favourite is the ‘Dancing in the Moon’ Necklace (sterling silver with gold plating) which I have been wearing all week. I have layered it with a few different ones from the collection but another one that I love is the horn necklace, which won’t be available until Saturday’s show. I will be bringing you a whole hour at 10am and I am very much looking forward to it. The red jumpsuit I am wearing in these pictures is also rather fabulous, It’s from Du Jour and has a culotte bottom half.
What I’m cooking – sausage casserole
This is one of those thrown together meals using things from the store cupboard! There are certain things I always have in the fridge or the freezer, sausages are one of them. I also always make sure to have things like tinned tomatoes and jars of peppers in oil so I can whip something up without having to go to the shops.
What I used:
Pack of good quality sausages
Tin of chopped tomatoes
Jar of cooked peppers in oil
Salt and pepper
I chopped up the sausages into chunks and started them off in a pan with some olive oil to brown them. I then threw in chopped red onion and a clove of chopped garlic. Once that had started cooking I sprinkled with a shake of paprika. I then emptied the peppers onto a chopping board (they are pretty oily so wear an apron). I scoop them out with a fork and leave the rest of the oil in the jar. I roughly chop them up a bit as they are usually already chopped but just a little bit too big. I pop them into the pan too. I follow with a tin of chopped tomatoes and add more paprika, salt and pepper. I then leave this to simmer for another 20 minutes or so on a medium heat. If using a casserole dish you can even put this in the oven if you don’t want to leave it on the hob, it’s up to you. That’s pretty much it, it’s a great meal to create when you don’t think you’ve got that much in the house as most of it is from my store cupboard or freezer.
I served this with roasted new potatoes that I sprinkled with salt, olive oil and turmeric and green vegetables. Both came from my neighbours garden, thanks Jill, aren’t I luck to have such nice neighbours!
Love, Katy x