Hi everyone, thanks for dropping by to see what I’ve been getting up to. Last week I was lucky enough to take a little mini get away with some friends. It was a belated treat for my friend Rhiannon to celebrate her 40th Birthday. We headed to Oxfordshire to go and stay at the most incredible Soho Farm House.
It’s actually a member’s club but because of being friends of a member we were able to get a sneaky little night away there and boy was it worth it. It is the most serene and beautiful place to relax, with spa and gorgeous restaurants. We spent the day enjoying the gym and steam rooms and later checked into one of the ‘piglets’ which are the garden rooms that look like little bunkers in the fields. They are beautiful decorated and outside you find wellies for muddy walks and bikes for your stay to get around on.
I haven’t had a night away from Fred and the kids just for fun in years so it was a real treat to be able to just chill out for a night and enjoy time with friends and good food, we had Japanese that evening and chilli cocktails in the bar. The next day we got up in time for the morning yoga class followed by a gorgeous brunch and walked around the grounds to visit the pigmy goats that they keep there who are as friendly has little doggies and come running up to be petted and cuddled, sooooo cute.
What I wore
While I was there I wore mostly my Gok Wan WULI:LUU funnel neck kimono sleeve sweater. It was the perfect laid-back style for this type of break away and can cross from being really smart with a pair of wide leg black trousers which I wore but also the perfect cover-up for after our yoga class.
To stay warm I had my favourite Rino & Pelle Longline Faux Fur Coat . I bought this last winter and we have more stock of it now, I think it’s important to bring you pieces that I have had a long time and also use a lot so I will be trying to bring you items that I have posted about before just to show the value in cost per wear that you will get season after season with. I recently saw personality and reality TV judge Michelle Visage wearing one almost identical to mine which she posted on her Instagram, so I feel in good company.
What I wore on air
Yesterday I had a fab show with one of my favourite people to work with, fashion editor Ashling McCloy. It was an outlet show so everything was on at great Clearance prices. At the moment if you shop clearance you can get an extra 15% off if you use the offer code SALE15 at checkout either on the website or when you call us. You have to pay for it all in one go to get it, so no Easy Payments, but it’s worth it if the price is right for you.
Ashling and I both embraced the tartan trend and wore tartan skirts. The one Ashling is wearing has sadly sold out, but mine is from Derhy and is reduced significantly. The jumper I am wearing isn’t in clearance but it’s still a great piece from Monsoon called the Mali Knit jumper.
I thought it was a good time to pick some of the top beauty gifts for you this week as Christmas is just around the corner! It’s often hard to know where to start isn’t it when there is so much choice on our website?
So first off I want to talk about our Tili Beauty Stocking. What’s Tili you ask? Tili stands for Try It Love It. It’s a great way to try QVC products at a fraction of the price. The Tili boxes are filled with a selection of fantastic products in a mix of full sizes and travel sizes which we change throughout the year. This season however we have stepped up the Tili offer with a beauty stocking filled with a large number of full sizes. I think this is the ultimate gift for a beauty lover to make them feel really special. So what’s in it?!
1 x Tarte Tarteist Pro Glow Highlight & Contour Palette (30g) – create a sculpted, radiant make-up look with this popular palette featuring four Amazonian Clay Powder Highlighters (Lit, Strobe, Fire and Stunner), one Amazonian Clay Powder Contour (Sculpt) and one Amazonian Clay Cream Contour (Shade)
1 x Rituals The Ritual of Ayurveda Bath Foam (500ml) – a creamy bubble bath that works to leave skin feeling soft and moisturised. Enriched with Indian rose and Himalayan extracts, and formulated to create a rich foam that envelops your skin
1 x Tweak’d Tribal Chocolate Cleansing Hair Treatment (100ml) – infused with Nacional cacao extract, this five-in-one formula can be used as your shampoo, conditioner and hair treatment and works to help cleanse, condition and protect your locks
1 x Pixi Glow Mist (80ml) – a dual-phase facial spritz suitable for all skin types. Formulated with 13 natural oils plus propolis, aloe vera and fruit extracts
1 x Neom Travel Candle (75g) in a random selection of Happiness (neroli, mimosa and lemon), Real Luxury (lavender, jasmine and Brazilian rosewood), Tranquillity (lavender, sweet basil and jasmine) and Feel Refreshed (Sicilian lemon and basil) – this luxe, hand-poured natural wax candle is the perfect way to feel calm and restore a sense of tranquillity
1 x Isle of Paradise Tanning Water (60ml) in Medium – a colour-correcting self-tan developed to help brighten and boost the look of your bronze glow. The green tones in this formula work to cancel out redness. Infused with organic tanning actives, plus avocado, chia seed and coconut oils. Formulated without parabens, sulphates, mineral oils and phthalates
1 x L’Occitane Almond Soap Bar (50g) – formulated with a cleansing vegetable base, plus almond oil from Provence. This body soap works to cleanse the skin and wraps it in a subtle and mouthwatering scent of fresh almonds
1 x Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream (15ml) – a bestselling silky moisturiser that works to help improve the appearance of dull skin and fine lines. Contains a trio of algae: padina pavonica, chlorella and porphyridium, blended with rose, mimosa absolute and ginkgo biloba
1 x Nude by Nature Sheer Light Illuminator (15ml) – this lightweight, silky primer has been formulated to add subtle radiance to your complexion, either under, over or mixed into your make-up. Enriched with jojoba oil and colloidal oatmeal extract
1 x Perricone Face Finishing & Firming Moisturizer (7.5ml) – a beautifully rich moisturiser, formulated to help minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and encourage a more radiant skin look. Infused with vitamin E, kukui nut seed oil and Perricone’s patented DMAE technology
1 x Bareminerals Gen Nude Metallic Lip (2ml) in Rose Quartz – a deeply moisturising liquid lipstick with a high shine finish, in a stunning gilded pink-rose hue
1 x White Jade Facial Roller – created just for Tili, use with your favourite essences, lotions and serums to help increase circulation and maintain the look of skin elasticity
As I unpacked it I loved the surprise of each product as I pulled them out of the stocking and I can genuinely say I think whoever you give this to will have the same reaction! What a treat.
Second up, the It Cosmetics Limited Edition It Girl Beauty Book. I had a fab show with the It Cosmetics Team this week and I completely loved this beauty product and have ordered it myself. It comes ready wrapped in a silver box complete with bow and tag which reads ‘Because of You The World is More Beautiful’.
It’s of course what’s inside that counts though! A beautiful book of make-up to be able to create an almost full face. Eyeshadows, ombre blusher, lip colour, brows, concealer, Bye Bye Pores pressed powder and more. It’s definitely got the wow factor as you unwrap and unfold the beautiful beauty book and will be met with squeals of delight I’m sure.
Lastly, unless you have been living under a rock you will know that the Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer has already launched online as our Today’s Special Value and I for one am very excited as I have ordered mine!! Like many of you I have been on the fence on whether or not I am ready to part with the money for a Dyson Supersonic. I’ve never doubted how good it is as I’ve used it lots at work and even been loaned one by QVC before (no we don’t just get given these things for free!)
So now that the Dyson Supersonic is at its lowest price ever and in a limited edition kit with the red finish and red box AND 6 easy payments I’m in!!!! If you want to see how I got on with it when I filmed a speed dry video then click here to watch and see how quickly I managed to dry my hair. I have had some fantastic comments from people who already have one and love it so make sure you look at the reviews to help you make up your mind.
Would you like to enter my competition to win two adult tickets to the BBC Good Food Show at the NEC in Birmingham on the 28th and 29th November or 1st December? If so you can enter over on my Instagram or Facebook! Good luck, and if you win please make sure to come to the fantastic QVC Live Demo stand and say hello and I will be there every day! We have a packed schedule of celebrity chefs giving us all the best tips for Christmas feasts! The winner will be chosen at random and I shall announce the winner on Monday 25th. We will then send you a code to claim your tickets.
That’s it from me this week. I may have to skip next week on the blog due to being away in Birmingham but make sure to be following my Instagram and Facebook for all the behind the scenes from the show!
Lots of Love