Childhood memories, meeting Status Quo and love all around!


Barney and Tiny TearaLast week I popped back to Birmingham for a few days. My two nieces, Natalie & Nadine along with my sister-in-law, Karen all took my Mum out to a lovely pub for her birthday lunch. We’d not seen each other since Christmas, so it was ace.

As well as enduring an hour at the hands of my dentists while he did me a root canal filling, I spent time at Mum’s clearing the cupboards of some of my old stuff. She’s leaving the family home, where I was raised, we moved in just before my 7th birthday, over 35yrs ago. It’s amazing how much you gather, isn’t it? Stuff I didn’t take with me when I moved out of Mum’s 14yrs ago. I found boxes of VHS tapes, music cassettes of my fave bands like the Pet Shop Boys and Go West, tons of homework books from secondary school and some of my favourite toys including my knitted bear, Barney who was given to me at birth. I’m not ashamed to admit I sat alone in my old bedroom for a while, surrounded by all the stuff and shed more than a few tears. It’s going to be very, very hard to leave that house.

Diet Chef breakfastAfter my last week of Diet Chef, I weighed myself this morning and I’ve lost another 2lbs, and my BMI is down to 28, I started at 30. I feel so so thrilled. Everyone I’ve seen around at QVC keeps saying to me ‘Wow, you’ve lost a lot of weight, haven’t you?’ Overall since being on the 28 Day Hamper it’s a grand total of 6lbs, just short of half a stone, which I am over the moon about. I’m still deciding on if I should carry on. It’s definitely re-educated me about eating smaller portions, drinking tons more water and increasing my fruit & veg intake: all of which I’d neglected over so so many years #naughtygirl. And the fabulous thing about Diet Chef was I didn’t feel too much in the way of deprivation or guilt. As long as I was true to myself and counted the calories, I allowed myself the occasional beer or glass of wine!! If you’re thinking about a fuss-free way to lose weight, I recommend you do Diet Chef!!

Marv and Status Quo (courtesy of Danny Clifford Photography)Speaking of beer, because I’m a Beer Sommelier I was invited to a private party hosted by Rick Parfitt and Francis Rossi, the Status Quo rock gods themselves!! They launched their own beer, Piledriver. Brewed by Wychwood Brewery in Oxfordshire, it’s a tasty real ale, deep golden in colour, not too strong (just 4.3% abv) with a hint of citrus lemon and a spot-on balance of bitterness and sweetness. I think you and your Significant Other will really like it. It’s on sale in Wetherspoons next week. P.S. Rick and Francis were so much fun, we had a good old giggle and they told me to say a BIG HELLO to all QVC viewers!!

Elemis are back with a storming Today’s Special Value this Saturday, the first of 2014 from them. I’m a confirmed Elemis evangelist, especially since Alison Young recommended skincare from the TriEnzyme range for me on our consultation on the beauty channel last week.

Here’s Will and Alison with a little sneak peek at the Elemis TSV…


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Bro-Quet beer


HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY everyone! Austen says he’s got a surprise for me! #excited!
I found this fab idea for Valentine’s Day, if your Other Half loves beer! A Bro-quet of beer, how cool is that?!

Where you can find me this week…

Tuesday 11th February
4pm – Yankee Candles with Rosa
6pm – Plants and Flowers with Richard Jackson

Thursday 13th February
5pm – EasiYo yoghurt
6pm – Trinny & Susannah Outlet show
8pm – Anuschka Handpainted Handbags

Monday 17th February
10am – Wearable Art by Bob Mackie
12noon – Ronni Nicole Fashion (with Ouida Oliver)

Wednesday 19th February
6pm – Relax Your Back
8pm – Attitudes by Renee (with Renee Greenstein)

Don’t forget that when I’m not on-air at QVC, you can find me on Twitter or on my Facebook page. I always love to hear from you about the brands you like on QVC, what you’ve bought from us or anything you want to tell me, so come over and say HELLO anytime!!


  1. Louise M Donnelly February 11, 2014 at 5:40 pm -  Reply

    Hello Marv!
    Well done, you. I now 6lb seems minimal but, for a couple of reasons, it is a welcome achievement. If you actually saw 6lbs of anything, you would be shocked, so imagine it on your body! Also, psychologically, losing the weight is as meaningful.
    Fortunately, I have never had a problem with dieting. I am exactly the opposite; I am a size UK 2-4 which, consequently, presents it’s own problems when clothes buying. I am vegetarian – 30 years + – and have an extremely poor diet. I do take linseed, which is a tural laxative I have found (probably not what I need!), and shelled hemp. I’m not a dietician but, incorporating these superfoods into any diet, can only be advantageous.
    I am currenty burning Pink Hibiscus, although I adore Under The Palms. I honestly believe that, when it comes to Yankee, you get what you pay for. One supermarket is selling a votive in a glass holder for 48p. The quality will be nowhere near that of Yankee.
    Hope you are still enjoying your time at the Q, and are convinced you made the right move.
    You and Austen have a lovely St Valentine’s Day – what did Valentine do to earn him canonisation? – and take care.

  2. Louise Shepherd February 11, 2014 at 7:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi Marv
    Congratulations on your 6lb weight loss! You’re doing it the right way, slow and steady.
    You also seem to have the right attitude about not depriving yourself 100% of the things you love. The hard part comes when you get to a maintenance weight – that’s when the proverbial wheels tend to come off the bus. Unfortunately there is no way around it: to keep the weight off, you have to make permanent changes.
    I’m still healthy eating (juicing, salads, fresh soups) and not seeing any weight come off (that my clothes can tell me – still not actually stepped on a scale). BUT – so much more energy!!! I’ve been trying out some of Dale Pinnock’s recipes, as well as Jason Vale’s juice recipes, and having read Michael Mosley’s FAST exercise, I’ve been really upping the tempo on my lunchtime walks. Minor miracle getting out in the unsettled weather but get out whenever I can.
    Were you really star-struck to start with with Rick Parfitt and Francis Rossi? Really amazing the doors beer can open for you 😉
    I’m sure those tears you shed saying goodbye to your mum’s house were equal measure happy and sad. I confess to still having my teddy from childhood too. So many good memories.
    Root canal sounds horrible – I’m trying to wind myself up to going to the dentist. I am not in a rush, but I can feel a crater (why does your tongue always magnify the perceived size of things?) which I should deal with before it gets nasty…
    Have a fab Valentines day with your hubby, and keep up the good work. I hope he’s got a fabulous surprise for you.

  3. Beth February 12, 2014 at 4:38 pm -  Reply

    Hi Marv,
    You’re like a breath of fresh air! So glad you had a lovely time with your Mum and your nieces recently. They definitely have a fab Aunty!
    I am only a few years older than your good self and the doll on the right in your photo reminded me of a “RubaDub” dolly which I had – basically she didn’t have any joints and you could put her in the bath! On a serious note though, I think it’s good to tune in to how you are feeling – a home in which you spent many years of your life, you can’t just go in, grab your stuff and go. It’s wonderful to hear that you have such good memories of all your time there – treasure those but I know it doesn’t make leaving the house any easier.

  4. Beth February 12, 2014 at 4:38 pm -  Reply

    It’s Beth again! I pressed send by accident!

  5. Beth February 12, 2014 at 4:41 pm -  Reply

    Before I make a complete idiot of myself by pressing send/post too soon(!!), may I wish you a very Happy Valentine’s Day with your hubby.
    PS Glad you had fun with Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt – they come across as very down to earth.
    Beth XXX

  6. Marverine Cole February 16, 2014 at 11:51 am -  Reply

    Hello too my two lovely Louises, and Beth!! Thanks for your messages. Cheers for the support over Diet Chef. I will be filming a video blog on my feelings about it all tomorrow so it should go up next week. It’s been a fascinating journey. Make sure you keep up with what you’re doing – whether it’s juicing or healthy eating. Dale Pinnock came in the other week when Claire & I did the Morning Show. I’m tempted to buy and try some of his healthy recipes. I want to start cooking fresh food again.
    My root canal was a nightmare – I had to endure an hour in the dentists chair and my mouth was in agony! Back the week after next to get it crowned. the good thing is the pain is GONE! The other pain is moving out of the family home this week – saying goodbye will be awful. Feeling very sad about it all. It’s a happy move though, because Mum is excited about the village 🙂
    Rick and Francis from Status Quo were a good laugh. They are lovely lads, and a bit cheeky with it. We had a good old gossip. They’ve got a tour and a new album coming up soon, I think.
    Austen took me for a meal in Birmingham at the lovely Malmaison hotel for my V Day surprise – was delicious. We had some red wine, which we don’t normally. There are the occasional days that I don’t feel like beer. Plus the hotel bar didn’t serve the sorts of beers we like. It was amazing to see him after being away for a week. QVC is fab fun and yet it’s a bit tough being away from hubby for days on end.
    Lots of luv to you, Ladies and stay in touch. It’s always wonderful to hear from you and catch up with what you’re all up to

  7. Kim Hancock March 3, 2014 at 1:41 pm -  Reply

    Hi Marverine
    I just wanted to say well done with your weight loss you look absolutely fab!!!!

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