It’s always a big weekend on QVC, but this is a biggie personally for me, as it is my Mum’s 91st birthday on Sunday.
This time last year, we were secretly organising a family get-together, with most of the Scottish contingent of our family. Even my brother-in-law, Geoff, who is quite disabled with Parkinson’s, joined us at my brother’s house for a party. My Mum’s face was a picture!
She loves the Bernini fountain, pictured above, which was our present to her. She loves it almost as much as I love the Together top I am wearing in the picture. It seems you guys love the top too, as I am always being asked for the item number.
I hope Jenny stays true to her word and brings it in a new colour soon.
The celebrations this year are more low key – we are driving up to Nottingham and my brother has booked a restaurant for Sunday lunch. Can’t quite believe my mum will be NINETY-ONE! Incredible.
So, as well as Mum’s birthday, it is also the start of the new football season. My team, Crystal Palace, are at home to Premiership new boys, Huddersfield. It will be the first league game under our new manager Frank de Boer, following the departure of Sam Allardyce at the end of last season.
He has already made a few signings, and I should imagine there may be a couple more as he puts his squad together to face the challenges ahead. I’m not actually going to the game, but I’ll be keeping an ear on it while wielding a paintbrush.
We are working on the attic of our house at the moment – I say ‘we’, but it’s mostly been Chris and our son doing the grafting, I just come up with the ideas.
Although my writing room was finished before Christmas, I thought it would be a good idea to have an extra loo on the top floor, along with a space to have my desk… a kind of home office. It’s ‘tight’ but, with meticulous planning, it is going to work – I hope!
Wilfie, the cat, has been helping too. He keeps disappearing and then reappearing several hours later, covered in building dust (and thoughtfully rubbing it against our legs).
Wilfie seems to be acquiring his own fan club on Instagram now with all the pictures of him I post on there. If you’d like to follow me, I’m juliagroberts.
I mentioned on last week’s blog that I would tell you a bit more about the necklace I was wearing in the selfie. It’s part of the Newbridge Silverware collection, an Irish company who started off back in the 1920s making cutlery and have since moved in to other luxury items including jewellery.
I have been wearing several pieces over the past week or so to highlight the first one hour show coming up next Thursday at 2pm, with yours truly. I particularly love this heart bangle.
It’s in two separate pieces (one silver-plated and the other rose gold-plated) which form a heart when they fall into place. I think you’ll see a few more pieces on the other girls over the next few days so keep your eyes peeled, and do join us for the show to find out more about the brand.
I hope you are enjoying August Fashion Month so far, there’s lots more still to come and do remember there you can see more fashion live on our Style channel every weekday. Tune in at 4pm for our Look of the Week feature, that I always give you a sneak peak of…
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I’m going to have to dash, as I am writing this between shows on Friday afternoon and I wouldn’t want to be late for my 4pm date with Simon Wilson.
We haven’t worked together for ages, so it will be good to catch up. Today’s show is Butler & Wilson World, with some great clothes, bags and a bit of jewellery too. We’re also together for two of his 22nd anniversary shows next weekend – more on next week’s blog with some of my favourite picks from the shows.
I hope the weather stays fine for whatever you have planned for this weekend,
P.S. Don’t forget to cast your votes for your favourite beauty products in our QVC Beauty Excellence Awards. Check out all the categories online and vote before 25th August xx