An Amazing Line-Up!!


I don’t often start my blog talking about products but this week I am going to make an exception and it’s all because of the amazing line-up of products pictured above, which make up the Elemis TSV this coming Sunday. You may already know that this is on pre-order and I’ve noticed on our website that there are already five reviews (as I write this on Friday morning) and they are all five star – if I was allowed to write a review, it would be six out of six five-star reviews. Elemis only launched the Overnight Matrix in the TSV at this time last year and it instantly became my favourite night-time product from their whole range. It’s in a 30ml size and is actually worth more than the entire TSV, so in my picture, the whole of the back row of products comes as a bonus AND you get a useful striped beach bag too!

That back row of products comprises of a supersize of the Limited Edition Pro-Radiance Cream Cleanser in the fragrance Neroli, Cedarwood and Bergamot, a full-size Tan Accelerator and a full-size of Total Glow Bronzing Moisturiser for Face. Then you have your Bath & Shower Milk and Hand Cream in your choice of either the Skin Nourishing formula or Sea Lavender & Samphire, both of which are gorgeous and in full sizes. The value is well over £200 and it’s on four interest-free instalments. I’ll be with Keeley for her show at 2 p.m. on Sunday – I can’t wait. There are also some other very exciting Elemis products launching in our shows on Sunday, so I hope you can watch at some point during the day.

While on the subject of TSVs, I ordered two pairs of the Skechers slip-ons last Saturday, one pair in black and one in white. I’m thinking of saving the white ones to wear for a certain beach wedding in Mauritius in August – I really need to start thinking about a wedding dress – it’s only just over four months away!

My life seems to be ruled by deadlines at the moment and one I did make was the copyedit deadline last Monday, although it was by the skin of my teeth as I had a few hours away from my writing desk on Sunday when my friend, Natalie, came round for dinner. She brought me some pretty tulips in shades of yellow and coral (very on-trend with it being the Pantone Colour this season), but they are not so pretty now thanks to Wilfie! He keeps jumping up on the island unit and attacking them for some reason. Maybe I’ll stick to Peony faux flowers in future, which he tends to just tap!

So, as promised here are the new publicity shots that our model, Sharon, took of me a couple of weeks ago. Bearing in mind the primary function will be an author picture, which do you like best?

I had to laugh when I unpacked my choice of tops at Sharon’s. All but two were from QVC and I was wearing my favourite MarlaWynne leggings as well – only now available in 2XL and 3XL, unfortunately, or I would have ordered another pair!

The flowery top is an old Butler & Wilson, the orange is Andrew Yu and the geometric is part of Dennis Basso‘s latest collection, which quite a few of us presenters have added to our wardrobes this year. It also comes in red, which I’m very tempted to get as well. The yellow sweater was high street.

Between all my copyediting and writing this week, I also planted my strawberry plants, last month’s Gardening Product of the Month. I have George Clowes from de Jager coming around to my house on Monday to do a little filming for next weeks blog, so do check back here next week if you’re a gardening fan.

The other thing I finally managed to do was send off my DNA sample to Ancestry UK. I say ‘finally’, because the kit has been sitting on my desk since the children bought it for me as a 60th birthday present – I’m 63 in two months time – better late than never and I’m really interested to see what my heritage is.

I wonder if you have any plans for Easter? I’m hoping my mum will be able to come for her first visit in ages. She was supposed to come at Christmas but she didn’t feel well enough. Fortunately, her health always seems better when the weather is warmer and the days are brighter. I’m so looking forward to seeing her and also to having some chocolate, which I have been avoiding since March 1st – it is going to taste sooooo good!

Hope to see you for Fashion on Friday later today and also the follow-on Fashion on Friday with Julia show on the Style Channel at 6 p.m. – it’s a brilliant line-up today with lots of new styles and a fabulous guest in Lesley Ebbetts.

Have a fab weekend,
Much love,
Julia xx


  1. Sarah Prescott April 12, 2019 at 4:21 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, I think the photo of you wearing the orange top, it really suits your complexion, when are the books available hoping for them for my hols in August?

    • Julia Roberts April 23, 2019 at 2:43 pm -  Reply

      Hi Sarah,
      Lots agreed with you – the first in the series is due out on June 14th so in plenty of time for your holiday
      Julia x

  2. June Baker April 12, 2019 at 4:22 pm -  Reply

    2nd picture definitely Julia, if not 4th one

    • Julia Roberts April 23, 2019 at 2:45 pm -  Reply

      Hi June
      Thanks for your opinion – most people on Instagram liked the ‘yellow’ one
      Julia x

  3. Rhodd Humphreys April 12, 2019 at 5:19 pm -  Reply


    Sorry to be cheeky but can I ask the size you have in the Dennis Basso shirt as I am very similar in shape and build to you and have gone with your size previously which fitted perfectly! Love photos

    Rhodd xxx

    • Julia Roberts April 23, 2019 at 2:46 pm -  Reply

      Hi Rhodd
      I’m not at work to check but I’m pretty sure it is size 12.
      Glad you like the photos
      Julia x

  4. Julie April 12, 2019 at 5:55 pm -  Reply

    Think I like th photo of you in the yellow top. Just you!!!!

    • Julia Roberts April 23, 2019 at 2:48 pm -  Reply

      Hi Julie
      Thanks for your opinion – my mum likes that one the best too
      Julia x

  5. Susan April 12, 2019 at 6:00 pm -  Reply

    All pictures good but prefer number 3 with orange top……think you look like Jane McDonald in bottom one.

    • Julia Roberts April 23, 2019 at 2:50 pm -  Reply

      Hi Susan
      You and several others on here like the orange one – I’ve never been compared to Jane McDonald before
      Julia x

  6. Andrea Brandwood April 12, 2019 at 6:08 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, all pictures are great but my favourite would be picture of you in orange top. The colour is very flattering.

    Enjoyed your blog as usual.

    Take care, Andrea.

  7. Teresa Karasavvas April 12, 2019 at 6:14 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia I prefer the second picture down.

  8. Angela Dunne April 12, 2019 at 6:21 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, as always love reading your blog.Just wanted to say all your pictures are lovely,but I think the last one is such a natural one ,so that is my Favourite.I am looking forward to the long Easter weekend and spending time with my 3 year old granddaughter.No doubt we will do an Easter egg hunt with her.Enjoy your Easter as well as the chocolate x

  9. Sandy Hill April 12, 2019 at 7:34 pm -  Reply

    I like the second picture, your skin looks fabulous on all of them.

  10. Michelle Gill April 12, 2019 at 8:30 pm -  Reply

    All lovely, but photo 3 in the orange top is the best, showing your friendly smile. Happy Easter. x

  11. Sue Bryson April 12, 2019 at 9:43 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, I really like pictures 2 & 3. I think probable 2 is the best as an author, ( the coral colour top in photo 3 really suits you ) good luck I’ve read a couple of your books and they were very good, love Sue

  12. Sue Bryson April 12, 2019 at 9:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, I really like pictures 2 & 3. I think probable 2 is the best as an author, ( the orange top in photo 3 really suits you ) good luck I’ve read a couple of your books and they were very good, love Sue

  13. Tania Ev April 12, 2019 at 10:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia

    Nice pics. I would say the 3rd one down looks like the most genuine smile and is therefore the most warm and inviting. That pic just edges it for me!


  14. Carol Cross April 13, 2019 at 12:03 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    I like picture three best, it shows your natural warmth x

  15. Hilary April 13, 2019 at 10:00 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia, interesting blog as always. I am tempted to get the Elemis TSV!

    All your publicity shots are great, but I do like the first and the last photos if that helps!
    Best wishes
    Hilary x

  16. Emma April 13, 2019 at 12:34 pm -  Reply

    You look beautiful in all the pics but the second one down is flawless and looks very writer-y. 🙂
    Elemis TSV looks good but I never ever tan and fake tan always turns me orange I’m so pale so two products I wouldn’t use, not for me this time. x

  17. Sandra April 13, 2019 at 4:53 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia what lovely pictures. Only wish photos of myself looked half as good.

  18. Allyson April 14, 2019 at 7:40 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia, You look lovely in all the photos, but definitely best in the orange shirt.
    Good luck with the strawberries. I’ve just planted mine out too so will be interested to hear how they compare.

  19. pauline bradley April 14, 2019 at 8:32 am -  Reply

    Congratulations on your choice of wedding venue We loved Mauritius and celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary there 3 yrs ago at a fabulous hotel.Loving all the photos you will have a hard choice to make

  20. Teresa Karasavvas April 14, 2019 at 11:58 am -  Reply

    I prefer the second photo down.

  21. Joanne peate April 14, 2019 at 3:13 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, I like the 2nd pic.Jo x

  22. Lisa April 14, 2019 at 4:07 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia. I think the last photo is perfect. Like the freshness of the outdoor background, and you look so relaxed and happy in it.
    No plans yet for Easter, just lots of Hotel Chocolat! Mmmm

    Love and light, Lisa xx

  23. Jan Stirling April 14, 2019 at 6:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia. I like the picture with you wearing the orange top. You look natural, relaxed and happy.
    Best wishes.

  24. sue April 14, 2019 at 10:00 pm -  Reply

    I like the 2 nd picture down . Enjoy your time with your Mum

  25. Margaret April 14, 2019 at 11:09 pm -  Reply

    All the pics are good but my favourite is no 3.

  26. Carla A Rossi April 15, 2019 at 4:29 pm -  Reply

    All of the photographs are lovely but the one of you in the orange top is my favourite.

  27. Rachel turnbull April 15, 2019 at 10:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia I like the 4th picture of you it looks very relaxed and natural x

  28. Kathy April 16, 2019 at 10:48 am -  Reply

    Hi 3 or 4 for me . They are the most natural. Your make up looks lovely in all of them !

  29. Norma Fox April 16, 2019 at 2:15 pm -  Reply

    Definitely the 2nd picture is the best.

  30. Nicole April 16, 2019 at 3:58 pm -  Reply

    Julia have a lovely Easter with you family, l look forward to your new book. Picture 4 is a really natural picture of you would look lovely on the inside cover of your new book.

  31. Heather Blaber April 16, 2019 at 7:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, photo 3 is the one. Orange is the colour I love to wear.

    My Dad died on Good Friday, 17 years ago, sad, but we have some happy memories.

    Enjoy Easter with your family.

  32. Angela April 17, 2019 at 2:08 pm -  Reply

    I definitely think the second picture down is the one. You look gorgeous, intelligent and friendly in that one!

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