A Bit Warm!!!


Well, we have certainly been treated to some wonderful sunshine over the past week, although it’s not always that pleasurable when you’re not ‘on holiday’. I’m so pleased we finished the patio area outside my gym because the rest of the garden is currently filled with timber and tools, as the roof is about to go on the new extension. Both of my clematis are glorious this year (thank you Richard Jackson Flower Power) and the jasmine is in bloom (beautiful scent in the early evening), along with the infamous lilies from the presenter competition a few years back.

Ali Young has still not got over Dale pipping her at the post in that contest! Unfortunately, I was not outside enjoying the sun on the hottest day of the year so far. I’m having to have a few investigations into my ‘tummy troubles’ and on Wednesday I had to swallow a camera and then spend the day wearing a five inch wide neoprene belt and a crossbody receiver unit! At least it meant I got on with doing some sorting out – more on that later.

The day before, we had taken delivery of our new Sealy bed. I ordered it when it was the TSV a few weeks back along with a new mattress for one of the other beds. It looks fab and is equally as comfortable, allowing a decent night’s sleep even with the warm temperature. Chris has also put my picture up in the bedroom, bought with my birthday money. I have a real affinity with white feathers and angels but I couldn’t believe how much this picture looks like my daughter, Sophie, particularly as the girl is wearing a tutu… uncanny!

Talking of pictures, we’ve been trying to find something for the wall behind our big sofa in the living room since the wall was built in December. I had been thinking of triptych, one scene split into three separate canvases, but couldn’t find anything that really grabbed me. We have been doing a LOT of sorting out old photographs, videos (six boxes, mostly old work VHSs) and pictures for the walls that have been taking up storage space since we started renovating. Some are now destined for the charity shop and some will be kept for ‘old times’ sake’ but I came across these three that I bought from QVC around twenty years ago. They are bright and colourful to counteract all the grey in my house and I think they work really well as a trio.

I also found loads of Hummel figurines, which have gone into my QVC storage box, and a collection of QVC teddies. We used to have year bears that were given away in goody bags at viewer events and I have doubles of three of them, so I’m doing a competition on next week’s blog to find them new homes. If you love teddies, check back next week.

This leads me nicely into this week’s look-back, but before I start on 2004/05, I thought I’d share this newspaper article, dated 2003, from when we celebrated QVC’s 10th anniversary. I’m not sure if the headline would stand up to close scrutiny but, as an example, my diary from 2004 notes that I was on screen 177 days, equating to 562 hours of live TV! If you multiply that by 25 years it may not be that far from the truth. I also noted that I had no fewer than 57 TSV midnight launches – happy to hand over that particular baton to Jill, Debs and Jilly as I certainly did my share of them throughout the first twenty years of QVC.

It may seem much longer, as Simon Biagi is now part of the furniture at QVC, but he didn’t actually join the presenter team until early 2005. That’s still an amazing thirteen-year stint – how time flies. I remember that Christmas, as just prior to it we had gone up to Birmingham to shoot some footage on a man who celebrates Christmas every day of the year. His house was part of a display of lights put on by a whole street to raise money for charity. I remember recording a funny little piece with a giant blow-up Santa, pretending he had ‘goosed’ me. The weird thing is, I am currently reading Jackie Kabler’s latest book and have just finished a sequence where her leading character, news reporter Cora Baxter, has been filming a piece on a whole street and their Christmas lights raising money for charity… spooky or what? She even mentioned a giant blow-up Santa and I promise we hadn’t discussed it!

In June of 2005, Dale and I teamed up again, this time for a trip to Vicenza to present the three-hour gold show, live from the town square. At times, we had quite an audience with people in the surrounding cafes watching and passers-by stopping to see what was happening. The models looked stunning against the beautiful Palladian architecture and I was wearing an emerald green Karen Millen dress. It was actually my birthday and along with the text message from my family wishing me happy birthday, was one from Simon Wilson saying I should always wear that colour (sorry, no pictures). The crew were really kind and clubbed together to buy me a chocolate birthday cake and some dark purple cala lilies.

Later that summer, Clare Sutton and I were invited to a ‘posh do’ to celebrate Liz Earle’s 10th anniversary. This was originally a lovely picture of us both, but somewhere along the line Clare got cropped out of it … sorry Clare! There was also a fabulous gem event at Harrods in the September of that year but I’ll feature the one from the following year on next week’s blog.

So, back to the present and a look ahead to the next Style Look, launching on Monday. Actually, I gave you a brief glimpse of it yesterday on the Style Channel as we were selling the Charles Tyrwitt shirt – in fact, I think it may have sold out already, but do take a look at the rest of the Look including the Susan Graver crops, which are a really good cut.

I’m not actually working this weekend, in fact I’m going to Devon on Sunday to spend a few days with Debs Flint at her writer’s retreat B&B and get on with some serious writing. That’s why I made sure that I got my order in early for tomorrow’s TSV from Tarte. It’s a duo of the shape tape concealer, which I’ve ordered in the medium, and if you haven’t tried it yet and are looking for a great concealer, I can highly recommend.

I can’t finish without saying a huge congratulations to the England football team for getting out of the group stages in the World Cup. I know we lost to Belgium last night, but the plan was to rest the majority of the team who will be playing the first of the knock-out games on Tuesday – fingers crossed it pays off for Gareth and we make it all the way through to the final.

See you later for Kim & Co fashion at 5pm.

Julia xx


  1. Joan Kitching June 30, 2018 at 8:06 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    I love your trips down memory lane. I can remember that gold show from Vicenza and the lovely green dress. I think it was full length and you had your hair up in a sort of loose French pleat/ chignon.
    I also recognise the earrings you are wearing in the photo on today’s blog. They are the thread through crystal drops that you used to wear a lot on air. Do you still have them?

  2. Deborah Robinson June 30, 2018 at 4:43 pm -  Reply

    Oh Julia just love the qvc teddies without the jumper s!! So cute ,great blog as usual,sorry your tummies giving you trouble you always look so lovely for your shows,take care, xDebbie x

  3. Elizabeth Keenan July 3, 2018 at 2:49 pm -  Reply

    Hiya Julia
    Hope you are enjoying this gorgeous weather.
    Nice blog down memory lane.
    Sorry to hear you are having tummy trouble that’s a shame.
    ❤️ Teddies Julia and have quite a few ordered from QVC as well.
    Take care
    Much love
    Elizabeth ❤️

  4. Susan Jane Fullylove July 3, 2018 at 10:59 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia. Could you please tell me where did you buy the dress you were wearing on a beauty show. For the life of me I can’t remember which show but it was a colourful dress with round metal rings on the neckline. It was gorgeous. Thank you.

  5. Jan July 6, 2018 at 11:54 am -  Reply

    Hope you have had some good results regarding your ‘tummy troubles’ and can be easily sorted.

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