Boo to Summer Flu!


Despite having told you on last week’s blog that I would be presenting last Sunday morning, I wasn’t able to, as I have come down with a nasty bout of summer flu (big thanks to Debs Flint for covering my shift, by the way) and judging by the reaction to my post on Instagram (@juliagroberts if you want to follow me), quite a few of you have had it too. Mine started with a blocked nose and mild cough last Thursday and rapidly escalated into feeling dreadful, a racking cough, aching muscles, a dripping nose and a sore throat – ‘the works’, you might say. Monday was the worst, but after a mild improvement on Tuesday, I seemed to go downhill again Wednesday, particularly the cough. As a result, I will be off from QVC until at least next Tuesday.

I’m really disappointed, as I was looking forward to trying tomorrow’s TSV and showing you brighter, whiter teeth. I am one of those people who has considered tooth whitening over the years, but always been nervous about traditional methods and sensitivity issues. The new Platinum Pro Whitening System is the updated version from LAB and promises even better, longer lasting results than previous editions.

Unfortunately, until I get rid of my cough, I won’t be able to try it, as you have to keep the unit in your mouth for sixteen minutes and I don’t have that long between coughs. Still, I will report back when I’ve eventually tried it and if you don’t want to miss out on the TSV offer, you could still get it under our 30 day money back guarantee. It’s already available and if the results are anything like this picture, I can’t wait. By the way, it’s also on 3 easy pays!

Well, can you believe we are in another new month! With it being the 1st of August last Wednesday, it means we are less than two months away from our 25th anniversary. More from 2009/10 later in this blog. But August’s arrival also means focusing on a new gemstone and this month it is peridot. Apparently, it was originally named after the old French word for gold, ‘peritot’, a much nicer word than ‘or’ in my opinion. It was because of the gold-ish flecks in the olive green colour and although peridot only comes in green tones, they can vary in intensity and depth, depending on how much iron is in the earth where they have been found. It’s said to be the ‘Gem of the Sun’ – how appropriate for the time of year it represents, and goodness knows we’ve seen plenty of it this year! It is also thought to promote clear thinking and a good heart.

A couple of pieces to look out for include this rather stunning 9ct gold ring with a 2.5 carat peridot in centre stage, flanked by diamonds. I think I prefer peridot set in yellow metal, as it enhances the colour, so maybe the ‘old’ French had a point! I also like this dragonfly necklace. I’m thinking of getting it for my mum, as she will be ninety-two on August 13th and she loves dragonflies and butterflies.

There’s also a pair of earrings to match, but they won’t be for my mum as she doesn’t have pierced ears.

The arrival of August also means it’s Fashion Month on QVC. We have a two-day event next Friday and Saturday and lots of great shows to look out for. There are ten TSVs, including the first TSV from Joules next Friday, and do also remember the weekly Big Deals on the Style channel, which, this month, are from H by Halston, Bronx, Peter Kaiser and Nina Leonard.

So, time for our look back to 2009/10. November saw lots of us from QVC attending the Butler & Wilson 40th Anniversary party at KoKo in Camden. Simon had brought out a new coffee table book earlier in the year to celebrate, and I’m very proud to say mine is signed by the man himself. I’m pretty sure we sold them on QVC, so you may even have a copy… hang on to it, as there weren’t millions printed!

As an aside, we will be celebrating Simon’s 23rd anniversary of being on QVC this month – my first show with him is next Saturday at midday – I wouldn’t dare be sick for that. I had to delay my holiday flight so that I could do his show and then I have a two-hour show with him the following Sunday (19th) also at midday, the day after I get home. I’m not scared of him, honestly, and neither is gorgeous model Ali, who has also booked her holiday around his dates.

In December, a few of us went on another QVC outing, this time to see Lulu in concert with Chaka Khan and Anastasia at the Hammersmith Apollo. She really has tremendous energy and I’m not even going to say those three annoying words ‘for her age’!

December also saw yet another journalist wanting to come into QVC and try their hand at selling stuff on the telly. This time it was Vincent Graff, from the Daily Mail, and his product range of choice was cakes. Glynn Christian was the guest presenter alongside us, if I remember correctly. It was shortly after that, in March 2010, that I went on the Diet Chef plan and lost a stone and a half in weight.

I’d obviously been either partying too hard or working too hard, or maybe a bit of both, because January saw me have a massive psoriasis flare-up. I’ve always had sensitive skin issues, but this was horrendous. I am eternally grateful to our beauty expert, Ali Young, for her advice and the pure oils she provided me with. I had to stop using virtually everything on my skin and hair. No Cleansers, moisturisers, shampoos, body washes … and minimal make-up. How I continued to do my job I don’t know. It was quite amusing later on in the year, though, when I was patch-tested. I was told to take all my beauty products with me – I think they expect between ten and fifteen. I had a hundred and ten …. they almost ran out of skin! I can see the funny side now but I had to wear all the patches for three days without showering on the hottest three days of the year.

In April we had the volcanic cloud. It affected quite a few of our guests, particularly Americans, who were unable to fly in. We were managing okay, but it was a bit tricky when Marjolein Brugman couldn’t get to us for her Pilates TSV. I was asked to swap roles and be the ‘expert’ guest for the day as I’m such a fan. I must say it was a little weird after fifteen years of ‘leading’ the sell. We also had a Pilates masterclass customer event that September.

In May, QVC launched on ITV. I wonder how many of you first became aware of QVC through those late night ITV shows? Simon Biagi and I hosted the first one and I think our first TSV may have been from Dyson.

Just before I finish the look back, I thought I’d share the QVC 2009 Christmas card with you. It was one of two shot by Kathy Taylor’s husband, Alan Olley, and is my second favourite of all the Christmas cards we’ve had. My favourite will be on next week’s blog.

Well, I’m going to finish there. Hoping you are coping okay with the heat – rain didn’t last long, did it!

I’ll update you on our building work progress next week, as it doesn’t look that different at the moment, but they have actually done loads.

Stay healthy!
Much love,
Julia xx


  1. helen RILEY August 3, 2018 at 7:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia get better soon my husband has it too and it is a nasty one especially the cough it really does make you weak. Keep getting better and stronger and you will soon be back to good x much love Helen

    • Julia Roberts August 6, 2018 at 4:43 pm -  Reply

      Hi Helen
      You’re right, the cough is the worst bit although I feel absolutely shattered with the whole thing – almost two weeks now. I hope your Hubble is feeling better.
      Julia x

  2. Elizabeth Keenan August 3, 2018 at 10:40 pm -  Reply

    Hiya Julia
    That’s horrible getting that flu, summer colds and flu always feels worse somehow. You take it easy and get well soon. Nice memories with your blog. Love the dragonfly necklace and earrings.
    Much love
    Elizabeth ❤️

    • Julia Roberts August 6, 2018 at 4:45 pm -  Reply

      Hi Elizabeth
      Flu is miserable any time of the year but in this heat…. I haven’t felt like enjoying the sunshine – most unlike me!
      I ordered the necklace for my mum – I hope she will like it.
      Julia x

  3. Michelle August 4, 2018 at 11:42 am -  Reply

    Hope you’re feeling better soon ! The most annoying words I ever hear that are often said to me … starts with a compliment eg, you look great.. then the dreaded three words…. for your age !

    • Julia Roberts August 6, 2018 at 4:48 pm -  Reply

      Hi Michelle
      I KNOW! Still, at least they think you look good. Slowly starting to feel a bit better – cough has been horrendous!
      Julia x

  4. Karen B August 4, 2018 at 1:32 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, you have my heartfelt sympathy. Both me and my son were struck down the same. Have never known a bad throat and cough like it, especially in this heatwave! Very nasty and i hope you are on the way to recovery. Cant wait for your shows with Simon. I love the anniversary shows and always find a reason to buy some pieces….to celebrate the anniversary of course! Would be rude not to!

    • Julia Roberts August 6, 2018 at 4:51 pm -  Reply

      Hi Karen
      Hope you and your son are better now? It is the cough that has really done me in – dreadful!
      I’m hoping I’ll be well enough to do Simon’s show on Saturday – off again tomorrow, just taking it a day at a time.
      Enjoy celebrating Simon’s anniversary
      Julia x

  5. Elizabeth Keenan August 5, 2018 at 10:01 am -  Reply

    Hiya Julia
    That’s horrible getting the flu, summer colds always seem much worse. Love the dragonfly necklace and earrings . Take care and get well soon Julia.
    Much love
    Elizabeth ❤️

  6. Helena Engley August 6, 2018 at 1:38 pm -  Reply

    Happy birthday to your mum who will be 20 years older than me on the 13th. Take care and get well soon, I have missed you.

    • Julia Roberts August 8, 2018 at 10:16 pm -  Reply

      Hi Helena
      Thanks for the birthday wishes for my mum & Happy 72nd birthday to you. I’m back on QVC tomorrow – it’s nice to be missed
      Julia x

  7. Vanessa Slatford August 8, 2018 at 3:51 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, I do hope you are feeling much better- this hot weather is great but not very helpful when you have Flue. I am sorry to bother you particularly as you are unwell but I have searched the QVC website without success – Trying to find when the next Yong Kim show is. It seems an age since Yong Kim was on air – can you help by finding out when your are well again

    Much love Vanessa

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