I’m writing to you on my iPad, while propped up on some cushions in an attempt to find a more comfortable sitting position. I can’t tell you how ticked off I was to miss my Diamonique Show with you on Tuesday, but also how grateful I was to Charlie and Craig for covering my hours.
My back is playing up again, which it hasn’t done for a while now, and although it’s a lot better than it was, it’s still stopping me doing a lot. I’m not going to moan on, as I know a great many of you struggle with pain on a daily basis, and this is only temporary. Instead I’m going to say a hearty CONGRATULATIONS to Karen Witney who is the winner of the Decleor competition I set last time and who will be receiving all this in the next few days!
The correct answer was of course C.) which most of you guessed, and I’m already working on an idea for the next one competition.
Great to hear from you and to know that life is jogging on with its regular mix of emotions. Not always that easy for some I realise, but I’d like to mention Una, incase you missed her comment, as I know you’d want to join me in congratulating her on her recent engagement. Such wonderful news for Ali’s Army ?
Plenty of reasons to smile in my own life over the last few weeks as although I wasn’t able to see Lucy or Jack on Mother’s Day this year, they sent me beautiful cards and flowers which made me feel very loved. I even had this card from Honey bless her.
Sam wasn’t working so he came over with my card and fab flowers and made us all a cooked breakfast with ingredients he’d brought with him which was delicious! He couldn’t stay too long as I was working that night with Fiona from Decleor, but it was very kind of him to make the trip.
It was also kind of my friend Jo to organise a trip to the seaside for the two of us as my birthday had been somewhat banjaxed the week before. She found one of those incredible deals online which included hotel, dinner, breakfast and a spa treatment, so we headed down to the South Coast to enjoy.
We couldn’t have been luckier with the weather that day, although the wind was brisk, the sun was very warm and afforded us these beautiful views along the front. As always we had an absolute hoot, and have vowed to try and get away again soon.
A few busy days at the Q followed but I did get to work with one of the sweetest guys around, Antthony Hankins of Antthony Fashion Designs. Not only has he a unique talent in fashion design, he has a great sense of humour. We always end up laughing on air, and we share a love of music, particularly Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and of course his beloved Eydie Gorme.
This visit I was telling him all about the British singer Clare Teal whom I’ll be seeing live as part of my birthday present from Colin. She’s presenting and performing a collection of Ella Fitzgerald’s finest songs next Tuesday as part of BBC 2’s Friday Night is Music Night series, and I’m very much looking forward to it.
Of course it will mean I can’t be with you next week for my regular Diamonique show BUT the great news is I will be launching Diamonique Day the following Tuesday 18th April after my regular show at 8pm and presenting the finale on Wednesday at 9pm.
It’s hard to know where to begin there are so many new designs and fabulous pieces of jewellery, but this stunning pair of earrings are our TSV on the day and at under £30 with almost 7cts in stone weight they are sheer luxury, I’ll be introducing a new stone cut too -The Rose Cut which is truly beautiful.
We’ll have specific hours with Tova and Michelle Mone and themed hours too. If you follow me on Twitter @alikqvc I’ll be able give you a heads up nearer the time so you don’t miss anything ?
It seems as tho I’ve spent more time away than at home recently as this last weekend I was with the girls from the village I used to live in. We always stay in the same beautiful house in the village of Bampton, and this year we were blessed with stunning weather.
Along with an Easter bonnet making competition (I got first prize) we had a three legged race which I felt was fuelled rather than hampered by several large Cosmopolitans – Antthony’s TSV trousers helped too! We went on several walks too and visited Burford where I saw this stunning church. Such a beautiful part of our country.
I hope you managed to catch me on the midnight show with one of my favourite brands of shapewear Vercella Vita. Designed and made in Italy it is luxurious yet practical and since my mastectomies I tend to wear this in place of classic underwear – so much more comfortable!
How beautiful was this weekend? So glad we got the weather we were promised. I hope you have a very Happy Easter, I look forward to hearing from you, and reading your comments.
With my love