Bucketting, barnet, Bootsie and books…


Pipa and Adam ReedHello there! How are you?? Oh my goodness did I speak too soon or WHAT in my last blog??! I'm pleased for this rain, we really need it – but I'm LONGING for the sunshine to return! OK, so we are knee-deep in boxes at QVC with the great sort out and the big move (which has been talked about for years) now upon us – so very exciting indeed!

Ironically I used to live in Chiswick and left a few years ago, probably just a matter of months before it was announced to us where we as a company were moving – typical, but better for the children as they've had much more space to grow up being outside London.

Pipa's childrenStill, I love London for many reasons – and my monthly London trip (outside of work of course) always starts with my hair cut! My hairdresser of the last three years hung up his scissors in March and as is often the way, just as I was panicking about what I should do, along came my knight in shining armour to save my barnet – Adam Reed of Percy and Reed!

So, for those of you who have been asking who does it, well he's the man and I know he'd be glad to see you in the salon (they serve home made brownies which are YUMMY!!). I have to say, I've been using their products at home and Ophelia's hair (FINALLY!!) feels like hair these days rather than straw thanks to their Shampoo and Conditioner and 'No Oil Oil'. I'm thrilled to bits that we have them at QVC, not to mention the fact that both Adam and Paul are both utterly gorgeous chaps too!! (little secret, Adam wants a donkey and an otter!)

Pipa's cat BootsieSo, good hair days and rainy days … April also brought some sad days for us as my beautiful cat Bootsie was hit by a car and killed. It was such a shock, and even worse, the only picture I seem to have of her is with her head down the loo drinking the water!! (it goes without saying she was slightly bonkers!)

The children took it really well, but I was absolutely devastated. She adopted us back when we used to live in Chiswick – she moved into our shed and after searching unsuccessfully for previous owners, we took her into our hearts and our home and she's been with us ever since. We had her cremated and sprinkled her ashes into a magnolia plant – the children thought it was great fun, an odd twist between my sadness and their excitement occured, probably good and definitely took the edge off the moment for me.

Child's drawingSo with the ups and downs of rain and shine, life and love, we at QVC have a new beginning which is always exciting! I like a bit of change here and there as I think it keeps things fresh and exciting.

For those of you who have been asking, my studies continue, although as with anything, when there are children, animals, a house and work to be done, essay writing falls rather to the bottom of the pile, as anticipated, but I'm getting there! The poor kitchen table is constantly a tower of books (generally gathering dust!!) Speaking of which, I might just fit in an hour of reading this morning, so off I go (might however just make a nice coffee first in my fab red DeLonghi!!!!)

Take care xxx 


  1. Jennifer Austin May 4, 2012 at 5:27 pm -  Reply

    Dear Pipa, have never written to you before, but just felt very compelled to today having just read your blog.
    So very sorry for you regarding the loss of your beloved cat. Utterly devastating for you. I have two cats (brothers) who are sixteen this year. They were Cats Protection kittens, and we had them at four weeks old! I love them dearly, and an empathise with you totally.
    Life is cruel at times.
    I am sure you will find solace in your children.
    Take care.
    Jennifer X

  2. debi stubbs May 4, 2012 at 9:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pipa, i always think your hair looks fab i myself are like you always changing the colour i am now growing it as well but it just takes a bit longer in the morning i now have to straighten it, when it was short and spikey i could just stick me head upside down and it was done, i having it coloured in 3 weeks a bluey black with bright blue streaks
    i amsorry to hear about your cat, my 2 cats are long gone but in their lifetime they were both run over Fluff was badly injured broken pelvis, jaw and back leg but she survived another 10 years, eventually secumming to cancer in the mouth caused by the scar tissue by the accident.
    we have a black labrador Monty who is 12 years old, he plods along, he has hip displacia, he maybe a bit smelly but we still love him, although we do have a dog fund for when he goes we want to replace him immediately, because he is such a big dog he will leave a hugh gap in our lives although when we talk about getting a new dog i just cover Monty’s ears
    Love QVC absolutely love all the beauty shows
    Take care

  3. Lisa May 13, 2012 at 9:45 pm -  Reply

    Dear Pippa,
    So sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved cat, we have two cats at the moment one who like yours has moved in with us, over the years we have gained and sadly lost cats too.
    You can take comfort from the fact that you gave her a loving homelife rather than being left to fend for herself on the streets.

  4. Lesley Minns May 20, 2012 at 10:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pippa
    I too want to send you a hug, I know how much it hurts when you loose a very much loved family pet.
    But also wanted to write and tell you how much I loved your hair on Saturday(Ojon day), it just looked great, so full of volume and really fab. I love the Ojon products and use them all the time, but see you are now being converted to Percy/Reed, maybe if they have a TSV I will give them a try too.
    Take care, Lesley

  5. Patricia Kurton May 25, 2012 at 10:13 am -  Reply

    Hi Pippa, Just wanted to say your hair looks fabulous. The colour is lovely, suits you very much. Hope the move is going well although not sure what day you start broadcasting from your new home. I watched you yesterday on the Gatineau show. How lovely to see Amika back. After all she has been through she looked lovely. Hope she continues to do well. You had the most beautiful black maxi dress on with gorgeous flowers on the skirt. Was this one of your own dresses or from QVC? If it is one of QVC’s could you please provide the Item Number, thankyou. Hope you are getting over the loss of your cat, it’s always very sad when you loose a family pet after they have been a part of your life for so long.
    Take care, Anne x

  6. Janet Butler May 31, 2012 at 3:26 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pippa,
    Sorry to hear you lost your cat i know it is sad when this happens but, i tried to console myself with thinking of the good and happy times we had together.
    I love your hair and would like to know where you have it cut? You always look really trendy and you are one of my favourite presenters on QVC as you are so natural and have a lovely personality.
    Keep up the good work.
    Jan xx

  7. Ruth masterson June 18, 2012 at 7:04 pm -  Reply

    Dear pippa,
    Please could you tell me the colour number or name of your hair please? My style is similar to yours and I really like your present colour. I am going to my salon in Chesterfield next week and would appreciate if you could let me know. My stylist uses wella colour chart which I believe most salons use anyway.
    Ruth masterson rgn

  8. tricia jopslin May 13, 2013 at 12:47 pm -  Reply

    hi pippa i was so sorry to hear about you cat it is so sad i send a big hug to you all i would miss my moggy is died bless you

  9. D. Wharton May 31, 2013 at 10:36 am -  Reply

    Hi Pipa, Just been watching on the telly and just loved your hair could you give me a few tips so mine could look like yours.Thanks Pipa. kind regards Dee.

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