Ding dong bells


Kimberley and Ruby's Q&AHello! How’s your week been? I hope well.


I’ve had an interesting week outside of working at QVC. Last Sunday was spent in the company of 100 (yes, 100!) young girls, aged between 11 and 14 years. I’m part of a professional network called REMARKABLE WOMEN, which gets support from the mobile phone company, Nokia to meet up and inspire other young professional women in a variety of ways. One of my fellow professionals Naomi Richards decided earlier in the year to host a Conference for Girls. She runs her own business called, The Kids Coach which aims to ‘empower children to be their best’.

Having delivered countless talks to hundreds of young men and women in the past about careers in the Journalism, the Media and TV presenting, I offered to run one of 4 separate workshops with 25 girls in each one, called ‘Be Your Own BFF (Best Female Friend)’. It was a terrific day which was kicked off by the wonderful Ruby and Kimberley, finalists from this year’s BBC2’s Great British Bake Off, who were a fabulous success and revealed much about their journey towards self-confidence and self-belief. The other sessions during the day were led by my fellow REMARKABLE WOMEN Writer & Editor Jane Bradley, Choreographer Kymberlee Jay and Magician Laura London.

Marv's workshopThe aim of my Be Your Own BFF session was to help the young ladies be kinder to themselves, help them become more confident in their own skills and abilities, and give them some tips on how to go about making more friends and handling difficult friendships. I also gave them a little TV Presenter challenge to write and deliver their own TV report to camera, which many girls rose to very successfully at the end of the session. 



I tried to use my own experience as an example: being not so happy with myself and body image as a young girl, being very shy and retiring (believe it or not) and explaining the ways in which I coped with going through changes at senior school and university. The girls all seemed to have a great time and learned a lot from hearing that confidence grows over time, that’s it’s not an overnight transition. Here’s some feedback and info about the day.

Marverine with tankardANNUAL BEER WRITERS AWARDS

I’m one of very few women in Britain who regularly writes about beer – because I really truly like the drink: stouts, ales, bitters, pilsners, milds, sours, barley wines: you name them I’m a fan and have been for coming on 4 years now. I love beer and I like to spread the word about the beauty in beer via my website Beer Beauty. I like writing about all the lovely beers I’ve discovered on my travels, the Beer and Food Dinners I’ve organised in the past, the TV shows I’ve appeared on talking about beer and recommendations of some of the nice pubs and bars I’ve encountered along the way. Last Thursday night, The Hubz & I attended the Annual British Guild of Beer Writers awards ceremony. I was asked to help collect the winning Silver Tankard for a project I was asked to be part of. In January this year I was asked to present a video for the British Beer and Pub Association which was used to lobby the Chancellor, George Osborne. Read more about the award, the beer and food we had on the night and see some more fab photos on my blog, Beer Beauty.

Lulu's Time Bomb TSVI’ve got a sneak peak of Lulu’s Time Bomb TSV coming up next week – I’m really impressed by the way the whole set looks. I can’t reveal the Today’s Special Value Price to you because that’s top secret until it launches on midnight Tuesday 17th December, so hang on until then. It looks like the perfect skin-boosting package for yourself or for someone you want to treat – see the image to the left for a first look (this is now the correct pic of what's in the kit). Join me with Lulu at 12.00 on Tuesday 17th for a full live presentation of the TSV and much more from her range. I can’t wait!



On Sunday, our pals Faith and Adam finally got hitched in the most magical winter wedding ever! At a gorgeous venue in Dorridge in the West Midlands, the pair’s passion for both Star Wars and Harry Potter was channelled in the most elegant of ways. Faith looked like Audrey Hepburn in her sequined dress, crystal-covered Louboutins and faux fur stole, while Adam, the Best Men (there were three!) and the ushers all wore very dapper suits & tails, complete with bespoke Storm Trooper button holes and cuff links! A big hello to Adam’s Mum, his two aunts and Faith’s Mum who are all keen QVC viewers – terrific to meet you all, Ladies! It was magnificent share our friends’ Big Day and celebrate the love of their favourite movies. Austen and I want to thank them for the fun, the laughter, the music, the dancing and the fireworks. It was a truly spectacular day!


Wednesday 11th December: 2pm Liz Earle Naturally Active Skincare and 4pm with Heavenly Sleepwear by Carole Hochman

Saturday 14th December: 12noon Nina Leonard Fashion Designs (with the fabulous Lenny Feinberg!!) and 2pm with some great Christmas Gift Ideas

Monday 16th December: 9am The Morning Show with Anne Dawson and 11am with Sketchers Footwear

Tuesday 17th December: 9am The Morning Show with Kathy Tyler and 12noon with Lulu’s Time Bomb

Monday 23rd December: 9am The Morning Show with Kathy Tyler and 11am with H20 Super Clean

Thanks for reading and don’t forget to drop by my Facebook or Twitter for more news and updates. Do come and say HI and tell me what you’re up to for Christmas.


  1. Beth December 17, 2013 at 2:51 pm -  Reply

    Hi Marverine,
    It sounds like you’ve had a really busy but fun time recently! Good for you to participate in the Conference for Girls. You come across as confident and bubbly on-screen :- you’ve done brilliantly to overcome shyness and lack of confidence to achieve so much. No wonder the girls found it helpful! I strongly believe that one of the best things you can give a child is confidence – I am a volunteer Youth Worker and with a team, it’s great to see young people blossom.
    I will look at your Beer website at some point – I am teetotal so can’t indulge but I can still get tips on where the best pubs are!
    I am spending Christmas Day with my partner Ian and his family – I know there’ll be lots of good food! I am seeing my own family this Saturday as that’s my Mum’s Birthday. I will have my “Aunty” hat on as my 2 nieces and baby nephew will be there, can’t wait!!
    Where will you and Austen be at Christmas?
    Beth XXX.

  2. Sally – Anne December 18, 2013 at 4:14 am -  Reply

    Hi. Congratulations on doing such a great job on and off QVC. I think inspiring those young girls is a fantastic thing you are doing. It makes me very happy that a REAL woman is what these girls are looking up to and taking advice from, good stuff! Then to top it off, have a pint! How lucky are you to be involved in writing about something you enjoy! It seems you are blessed with a job you love and very worth while interests. Good for you. Live Love Laugh.
    My Mum got the Lulu tsv. Lulu looks amazing! Mum loves the night treatment, and I love the shampoo, definitely a brand I recommend.
    Have a lovely Christmas and a fun New Year.
    Sally x

  3. Marverine Cole December 18, 2013 at 1:33 pm -  Reply

    Hey Beth, Hey Sally, cheers for getting in touch, Ladies. So lovely to hear about your Christmas plans. Spending a little bit of time relaxing with family is what it’s all about. Even if it is just a few hours away from the hustle, bustle and stress of your usual lives. Re the Girls conference, I was take aback at how many issues girls are having at school. I could’ve done a whole hour as just a Q&A about how to make more friends, keep the ones you have, try and handle those who turn around and hurt you. Makes me wonder how many schools are offering advice like this to children across the board?
    Beth – Happy Birthday to your Mum! Enjoy your family time. And also have a fab time with Ian & your nieces and nephew!
    Sally – Glad your Mum got the TSV, nice to hear that you enjoy Lulu’s Timebomb range too. It was a real pleasure working with her.
    As for Austen and I we’re spending Christmas in London because I’m working Mon 23rd, Boxing Day, Fri 27th & Sat 28th :-))

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