Some of you may have caught the Pilates show I did with Caroline Sandry yesterday – I thought she was really informative and I loved having Delia on air with us, who had never been on a Pilates machine before so was able to demonstrate from the point of view of a complete beginner. Watch this space as I am trying to organise having a Pilates machine competition prize at some point during the next couple of months.
Then today I was asked to come in early to meet Alessandra Steinherr, the Beauty Director at Glamour Magazine. She was here to see behind the scenes and also to have a go at being a guest presenter. It was lovely to meet her as she is a big QVC fan and knows a lot of our beauty brands through writing about them.
She asked me for a few tips on being a guest presenter and I told her the main thing was to know the product you are selling really well, to be honest about what it will (and won't) do, and to be yourself – let your personality shine through. I think Alessandra was quite surprised to learn that most of the time we presenters do our own hair, make-up and nails, and she asked what foundation I was using as it gave a lovely glow to the skin. I told her it was Balance 'n' Brighten by Laura Gellar and when she said she hadn't tried it a note was made to send her some … I hope she likes it!
I asked which of our beauty ranges she was particularly fond of and she immediately said 'Lulu's Time Bomb'. If you are too, watch out for the TSV next Saturday the 19th (a sneak peek, left). Talking of TSV's, Richard Jackson has one the previous day, Good Friday, and is also celebrating his 16th anniversary with us.
I love working with Richard and during a show we did together on Tuesday I said I was going to put his Gardening Product of the Month, Flower Power, to the test with a couple of pots of cyclamen I have either side of my front door.
They are not looking too good at the moment but I' m hoping the one I feed with Flower Power will come on in leaps and bounds … I'll keep you posted.
I realise I've been putting a lot of pictures of Wilfie on my blog lately so I thought I would treat you to this cute picture of my beautiful Poppy this week. She will be nineteen in June, approximately ninety five in cat years, so she is an old lady but is still amazingly agile.
On Monday she has a trip to the vet for her annual booster … I hope he will like her as much as our old vet did.
Well I must finish and paint my toe nails in honour of the Birkenstock TSV at 3pm (yes Alessandra, we paint our own toenails too) and then I have the premiere of orYANY handbags as this week's Fashion on Friday … this is the shopper I brought to work with me today (pictured, left). If you like it join me at 5pm.
Have a lovely weekend (including the Elemis TSV, which sadly I am missing)
Much love, Julia xx
P.S. I forgot to mention last week that my latest bcr/abl results were good … not quite the percentage drop I had on the last few tests and no remission yet, so I have to stay on the same level of medication, but still moving in the right direction!