Barlow birthday treat and grandbaby updates


Gary Barlow was fabulous this week – pic below. And lots more outings for my birthday over the last week – including grandbaby cuddles and culminating in a trip to Chez Castillon in Bordeaux for some writing – I don’t do things by halves!! And neither do our beauty team…

Liz Earle Special Offer – Buy Now!

Because first, here’s the early bird link to see and buy now this brilliant Today’s Special Value – on air this Sunday (20th) – the four-piece Supercharged Skincare Collection on fab interest-free instalments and a brilliant saving as usual – stock up whilst you can!

This weekend’s other deals on QVC

Today’s (Thursday) is an amazing pot plant from Peony – your chance to get all year round consistency for those areas where your plants always die – the Peony Olive Tree in Concrete Square Pot is here click to see it and buy now.)

Tomorrow, Friday (18th) sees the return of Radley and the prestigious brand bring us their London Windsor Flapover Shoulder bag – just right for weddings this weekend!

And join me on Friday night midnight for Saturday’s TSV launch with the LAB Life+ Beauty girls as they present their new deal – the Pro-Lift Anti Ageing kit this time with assorted collagen face masks – best value yet, in my opinion! You never know what you can achieve with a device like this unless you try it and a TSV day is the best day to buy it, together with a great extended money back guarantee, try out period. Join us to find out more!

A fabulous two hour chat show special for Lola Rose is on Sunday – join us at midday for some incredible offers – including Nikki’s Lola Rose fine gold and diamonds range – the ones with the words on which she often wears round her neck. Plus of course it’s the Liz Earle set as above, and see below for next week’s sneaky peeks!

Birthday Bonanza with Barlow and Co

Went to a long stream of birthday celebrations last week – like meeting up with family several times, including at a get together of just my siblings and mum, which we do every year (some are camera shy, so there are no pics here!) and when my lovely sis came with me and daughter and go to see Gary Barlow at the Brighton Centre. We had such a fun day as well as night, including going on the zip wire along Brighton beach! here’s the video!

Fish and chips near the pier, was followed by a relaxing massage in the spa at the Grand Hotel where we stayed overnight after seeing Gary Barlow in concert – it was fabulous and of course they encourage use of cameras now at the concert, which is nice. He took several selfies with audience members too and gave a stunning performance. He is one of my favourite songwriters and all round nice guys. I will post more on my social media and on my own website blog as I can only fit in a certain amount of pics here! My favourite number was a specially written swing/big band style nostalgic trek through the ages of his career – very clever. And of course some of the biggest Take That hits. Fab music and a great night.

So we all had a great time in Brighton to celebrate my birthday.  Plus lots more nice outings as below – it’s great to feel pampered!

French Writing Escape

From Brighton to Bordeaux on Tuesday for a writing retreat of my own – not the kind that I own in Devon, but one where I actually DO some writing myself! Julie Cohen, top book doctor and Richard and Judy author was in every bookshop I visited on the way, with her book Together, which always bodes well for getting some excellent advice for anyone wanting to be published. My fifth book is way overdue and Julie has just done a critique for me, so it was lovely to get a couple of whole days to just write my own stuff. Her precious nuggets from her @Julie_Cohen Twitter workshop include –

‘Don’t get it right first time, first get it written’

‘The first draft is for you, full of back story – and YOU need to know that stuff. Then enact it, dramatise it, show don’t tell, and shape it for a reader…’

‘Most writers do an SFD – a ‘scrappy’ first draft – and that’s ok. Then revise.’

‘You use different parts of your brain to create and to edit. Don’t try to edit whilst you’re creating. Do it afterwards.’

I love Julie and her advice is going to be invaluable in getting French or Dutch, my 5th novel, finished!


Bubba Blake Katherine, my granddaughter was adorable at the get together on Sunday with the kids – I have a new screen saver pic! She’s not a social media baby so I only put pics on here and on my own website newsletter – so you regulars are in for a treat here as she grows!

Theatre with Brad

And a fabulous theatre visit with my son Brad – see below, we went to see the Ferryman. It was smashing to have a proper catch up with him and talk about his new plans for his business (he’s in building) and how he’s been getting on – without it all being about the new baby! We used to go for lunch a lot and have promised each other to get back to doing that more often in the future.

Bibi pressie

This is my lovely daughter’s pressie to me – a super leather cord bracelet from Bibi Bijoux – I’m glad I got in early in my show with guest Maxine last week – it sold really quickly! If there are any left, go here to our whole Bibi range on QVC – lots of smashing cut price deals as we bring in new stock too!

Debs from 1986

This pic was sent to me on Facebook this week as a reminder of what I looked like in my Children’s BBC publicity shot back in the day. I was the first girl to replace Phillip Schofield in the Broom Cupboard if you didn’t know! Someone said in a jewellery show recently that having mis-matched earrings is a new trend – looks like I was ahead of my time! Lol.

Bodyblade on hollibobs

Just had to include this one this week – the gang on Facebook are all posting pics of themselves with their Bodyblades on holiday! This is Denise Large in L’Eree Bay in Guernsey. I’m chuffed that so many people have seen the YouTube video Bruce and I did – ‘Bodyblade beach’ – in Santa Monica a few years ago – but where’s the most unusual place you’ve taken yours? If you want to get holiday fit fast, get one – it’s here on QVC. And keep me informed!

Book of the Week

Together by Julie Cohen – riding high in the charts at the mo. and at the front of lots of bookshops, it’s one of the best she’s done, IMO. See if you can guess the clever twist. On my book blog on my website this week an interview with Julie about what it’s like to be a Richard and Judy book of the month…

Facebook Vlog of the week

Go here to see my birthday vlog and a walk around our QVC Chiswick park grounds – lovely day! It’s one of my many vlogs on Facebook this week – anyone can read them. Follow me below on social media for latest news and updates about upcoming deals too.

Watch – The Ferry man

At the Gielgud Theatre. This is what I went to see with Brad last week. He gave me three options and I really wanted to see all of them! But this one is directed by Sam Mendes and ends soon so we opted for that one. Well, it’s heavy, very dramatic and has real highs and lows of emotion. Tons of excellent performances including lots of very funny kids. It’s poignant as well and interweaves a lot of political backdrop into the story in Ireland in the early 80s. I’m glad I saw it – wouldn’t see it again though – came out feeling like I’d run a marathon rather than floating on air like I do with some uplifting shows. 8/10 for the performances alone. My mum wouldn’t like it but theatre aficionados might.

Next Week’s Highlights:

Monday – is a smart Isaac Mizrahi Live wrap peplum lace top for a great low price!

Tuesday – Adesso shoes return with a Mary Jane style, in a stretch weave sandal with a back – another fab price for your hols!

Wednesday – Mally is back with a brilliant six piece offer – the Pro Tricks On the Go Collection for your make-up bag overhaul this summer

Thursday – bedding update time? Look out for Kelly Hoppen’s latest six-piece set!

Friday – And on Friday UTAN return with Michelle Mone’s new three-piece face and body faux tanning collection. It’s all about the holidays it seems this week!

Next week – the last of my birthday treats with another family get together and a big preview of a new Marla Wynne dress with a printed hemline!

Have a lovely week!

Best wishes



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  1. Caz webster May 17, 2018 at 6:01 pm -  Reply

    Oh what a lovely read so exciting glad you had a great birthday you work so hard I’m going to. Devon next week to see all my family they are in Bidedord where about in Devon are you I’d like to visit your tea rooms all the best caz

  2. SheMag May 17, 2018 at 7:03 pm -  Reply

    Have you seen an American in Paris, Debbie? I suspect you’d love it…there are going to be encore screenings apparently and I’d really recommend it, the only mmmm moment being Jane Asher’s dodgy French accent, but other than that, it’s sublime.

  3. Deborah May 19, 2018 at 6:39 am -  Reply

    Hi Debbie, thanks so much for the information about next week’s TSV’s. I was desperate to know what Kelly Hoppen is offering and now I know that it is a bed set, I shall definitely stay up to watch. I have her Xmas TSV and it is gorgeous quality and I am keen to purchase another KH duvet set.

    Your blog is brilliant. Most informative. Thanks for the writing tips, theatre review, picture of your beautiful grandchild and your very handsome son.

    You are blessed.

  4. Heather May 19, 2018 at 8:47 am -  Reply

    I’m so pleased you had a lovely birthday

  5. Lynn May 20, 2018 at 9:11 am -  Reply

    Happy Happy Birthday to you debbie it sounds like your week was fantastic……… enjoy your time with the Lola Rose Ladies today i am sure there will be lots of giggles…
    Luv Lynn x

  6. debs f May 24, 2018 at 12:17 am -  Reply

    THanks all!
    Caz – pop by! Come see me in the Sheepwash shop – I usually volunteer on a Tuesday afternoon 330-530m, then I’ll show you round my place after! x
    Shem – no but I saw it in the West End! Fab songs!
    Deborah – thanks so much – yes I really am!
    Heather and Lynn – thanks girls – yes the Lola shows were great fun! x

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