Discovered in the Jewellery Department…


Earlier this week I received an email from one of our jewellery buyers, Lizi. I assumed it would be some notes for an upcoming jewellery show so imagine my surprise when I opened it up to find this photo.

I wonder how many of you remember, or own, this CD of The Locomotion recorded by the QVC presenters in 1998? Do you recognise the four of us who are still at QVC? We all had to report to the recording studios at around 10pm for an all-night recording session.

Fortunately, Debbie Flint and Rob Locke had strong voices, and a couple of the rest of us could hold a tune, so the end result wasn’t too bad. There is probably a link to it somewhere on the worldwide web if you fancy a listen.

While on the subject of not being recognised, my daughter sent me a picture yesterday that she had slightly ‘doctored’! Lots of you will be familiar with Snapchat filters but did you know you can apply them to people on TV?

She had flicked on to QVC to see if I was working and thought she would have a bit of fun. She wasn’t the only one watching me, it seems. Her cat, Milo, also enjoys a bit of QVC but I’m not sure Flora Mare works on ginger cats – maybe Pampered Pets would be a better choice for him in the future?!

I hope you’ve been enjoying the beautiful spring weather we’ve been having this week? To be honest, I’ve had my head down writing but I did manage to enjoy lunch outside on Wednesday before a trip to the hairdresser’s.

Here’s a funny thing; I decided to have a manicure while I was there and the technician’s name was Sadie. “What’s so funny about that?” I hear you say. Well, it’s not exactly a common name but it is the name of a character in my new book – unfortunately not a very nice character, the one in my book rather than the nail technician who was lovely.

I revealed the cover of my new novel on Monday on the blog on my website but if you didn’t see it, I thought I would share it on here as well. I hope you like it and the title too. It’s set in the 1970s in the West End of London and features Alice, a dancer from Nottingham. They say you should write about what you know but, thankfully, I never came across a character like Richard!!

It has more of a thriller edge than my previous books although there is a little romance too. Speaking of the Liberty Sands trilogy, one of our lovely models, Cordelia, sent me this snap of her holiday reading. I’m always so chuffed when someone takes the time to read my books.

So, today is St Patrick’s Day and also Ruth Langsford’s birthday, as I found out yesterday when I met her for the first time backstage at QVC. We had a good old chat and it seems she is really enjoying working with us on her Fashion Edit show on Thursday evenings at 9pm.

Ruth Langsford

It’s the last of the current series next week but I’m pretty sure that won’t stop her shopping with us. She told me she had treated herself to two Betty & Co tops on Wednesday and two Isaac Mizrahi denim jackets yesterday! She’s not alone, I ordered the Marla Wynne dress I was wearing on air yesterday. I have more Marla Wynne today in Fashion on Friday at 5pm and do remember, if you’re a fan of our fashion ranges, you can check out the Look of the Week every weekday in our Style channel live shows at 4pm, which I’ll be presenting next Wednesday. If you want a preview of next week’s look, check it out below.

So, it’s Ruth’s birthday today, it was Ali Keenan’s yesterday and Claire Sutton’s 50th is looming. I’m celebrating too this weekend. No, it’s not actually my birthday, that’s not until June, but I am going out tomorrow evening for my promised 60th birthday meal with my friends Denise and Steve – it’s only taken us nine months to co-ordinate our diaries! I think I will take next Thursday’s Tignanello TSV with me for its debut outing – how stylish is this!

That will be after a busy day at work. I’m on with Andrew Bagley and the fab Gatineau TSV tomorrow morning at 11am, then a double helping of fashion with Ronni Nicole at 1pm and Marble at 3pm – sit on your hands, Ruth!!

Then on Sunday I have a two-hour Elemis show with Keeley at 3pm – I can’t remember the last time I spent two hours in her company so I am really looking forward to it! It’s Mother’s Day next weekend so maybe tune in and buy your mum a treat.

Enjoy the warm weather ‘cos apparently there is a cold snap heading our way.

Much love,

Julia xx


  1. Elizabeth Keenan March 17, 2017 at 8:11 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Lots of birthdays this week, it is also my husband Declans birthday today St Patricks day, we had a lovely lunch with family really nice.
    Book cover for your book looks good, cannot wait to read it.
    Much love
    Elizabeth X

    • Julia Roberts March 28, 2017 at 10:14 pm -  Reply

      Hi Elizabeth
      And I missed mentioning Kathy Taylor’s! I hope your husband had a happy birthday – appropriate name for St Patrick’s Day!
      Glad you like the new book cover – I’ve been working on the edits this week – nearly there
      Julia x

  2. Chris Moran March 18, 2017 at 8:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, i do have the CD and as i write this i am looking at the picture cove now. being a long time QVC watcher it always brings back very fond memories of presenters past like Paul Lavers, Dave Bradford and of course the one and only Julian Ballantyne. Julian disappeared from our screens so suddenly with no explanation of why he had left and he was always such a warm and friendly presenter who related so well to the viewers as you all do of course!! :-)….You, Debbie and Jilly have not changed in the nearly 20 years since the CD was made…where does the time go?…..But here we are in 2017 and QVC is still the number one shopping channel and the presenters and the products are still A1!!!!….Keep up the good work Julia and all the very best for your new book. I know that you are a Mary Higgins Clark fan and i too have read most of them and am thinking of adding her latest book to my collection!!
    Take Care for now.

    • Julia Roberts March 28, 2017 at 10:40 pm -  Reply

      Hi Chris
      You’re very kind saying that Jilly, Debs and I have not changed – not sure I agree though! Julian did set up a Craft Channel with Debbie Greenwood but I’m not sure whether it is still going. I think Dave is still at Ideal World & Paul is pursuing his acting career.
      I need to catch up on the last couple of Mary Higgins Clark books – all this writing has left less time for reading! She has had an influence on my writing in terms of plots with lots of twists and turns!
      Just working through the he edits on my new book this week – nearly there.
      Julia x

  3. Christine March 19, 2017 at 5:58 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia got Gatineau TSV. My birthday is in March think there was something in the water HA! HA! . Sadly I lost my mother when I was 14 years old the my father at 17. Still miss them, but I was the youngest of six had to clean cook etc. Time flies when you get older.

    Take care X

    • Julia Roberts March 28, 2017 at 10:18 pm -  Reply

      Hi Christine
      Something in the water in June – maybe people just drank lots of water cos it was hot?
      Sorry to hear you list your parents at such a young age – so many things you didn’t have the opportunity to share.
      Time really does fly as we get older – make the most of it
      Julia x

  4. Judith Lennon March 20, 2017 at 12:15 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Loved your books and can’t wait for the next one. There are lots of familiar faces in your photo – all recognisable today. How time flies. Hope all is well with you.
    Judith x

    • Julia Roberts March 28, 2017 at 10:22 pm -  Reply

      Hi Judith
      So pleased to hear you loved my books. I’m in the middle of edits on the new one at the moment and really looking forward to sharing it with everyone.
      We had a lot of fun making that CD.
      All good with me thanks
      Julia x

  5. Audrey Barnes March 21, 2017 at 9:13 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    I also have a copy of he CD, times seems to have gone so fast.

    • Julia Roberts March 28, 2017 at 10:24 pm -  Reply

      Hi Audrey
      Mine is framed somewhere – I wonder if Debs, Dale & Jilly know where their copy is?
      Julia x

  6. Beverly March 22, 2017 at 11:14 am -  Reply

    I so need some help I have ms and I have something called drop foot and my left leg is quite weak, I have been wearing the same trainers since September2016 iwear a Velcro strap with a plastic loop where I can then thread and elastic type bungee cord through which gets put over 2 metal hooks that are placed in the 2 lace summer approaches I’m worried about footwear I do have sketchers go walk but unfortunately I cannot wear them as they are not sturdy enough and my foot rolls any suggestions please?

    • Julia Roberts March 28, 2017 at 10:27 pm -  Reply

      Hi Beverly
      I can’t advise on footwear for a medical condition I’m afraid. You could maybe order something from the Vionic range and show it to your doctor to ask if it is appropriate. Sorry I can’t be more help
      Julia x

  7. Amy Price March 22, 2017 at 1:14 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, any tips for aspiring writers? X

    • Julia Roberts March 28, 2017 at 10:29 pm -  Reply

      Hi Amy
      My biggest tip is just do it. If you have an idea, write a rough storyline and then start writing what comes into your head. You can always go back and edit it.
      Julia x

  8. martin forbes March 29, 2017 at 6:16 pm -  Reply

    hi julia i also have the cd hope you and family are well it was part of a6cd set with tony blackburn i think

  9. Sandra April 18, 2017 at 12:45 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia. ..i have noticed a few people saying that Q are no longer selling Birkenstocks…. tiana b…Ralph frim Honora….and other brands that always seem so popular..could you tell me if any of this is true please ?

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