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Enchanting forests and soup!


Hello, and thanks for taking a moment to look at my blog. I say look, as if you don’t always read the blogs but like the photos then this week I think you’ll really enjoy the ones I’ve added. Especially the ones from Christmas at Kew which was breathtakingly beautiful.

It’s also been a very busy time here at QVC with our fantastic backstage team and all the presenters working extra hard like a fleet of Santa’s helpers trying to bring you wonderful gifting ideas and treats along the way. One of the highlights for me was working with the top American designer Danielle Nicole. She designs fabulous Disney-themed bags and accessories and has recently brought out a Harry Potter range too! Her designs are so well made and thought out. She told me that she was allowed into Walt Disney’s archives to look at the original sketches of Mickey Mouse, who of course turned 90 years old recently. Not only is she a super talented woman but she is so friendly and lovely to work with. If you love Disney check out her range with us, I love the Gryffindor coin purse 174858. Her designs spring to life and are really fun. Here is a photo of us holding some of those designs.

Eilidh Nairn and Danielle Nicole

On the theme of sparkles and fun, myself and Elliot went to visit Christmas at Kew. WOW! This is a visual feast and light play extravaganza. It starts off with a sweet little Christmas market leading you through a variety of light stories. The first main one was a field of lights that streamed in unison and then danced to the accompanying music. It felt like being in a film! Then there was a forest of enchanting strobes and glitter balls hung from trees.

Like this one.

Christmas at Kew

So many of the trees were lit up like these. They had curated it so cleverly from calming music to more theatrical tunes. It was not at all crowded and there were subtle little mulled wine and hot chocolate huts along the way which was nice to warm us up.

Eilidh Nairn

And look at these, there were hundreds of origami-style little boats gently laying on a lake. Towards the end we even walked through a cathedral shaped space with thousands of glistening lights. It’s was a very magical experience. I tried to capture the lights but I’m not sure shows how spectacular it really was.

Christmas at Kew


Once home we made our own butternut squash soup. Homegrown by Elliot!

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Making soup

We roasted it first with sea salt and Scotch bonnet chilly – I love spicy food. It was then added to red onion, loads of ginger, cumin and garam masala. If you’re wondering ‘why no garlic’? I don’t cook with it as I often feel queasy the next day. It’s odd but true! I realise I don’t have a picture of the end result and that’s because we were so hungry we ate it then fell asleep on the couch watching the telly!

The next big task I have is to nail my Christmas shopping. This time of year can be a pinch for us all so I’ll make sure I keep you regularly updated with our Big Deals which you can get in quick before the rush at 6pm on Sundays now and our Today’s Special Value offers which launch at midnight every night with a new surprise for you.

Our Big Deal offers are pretty exciting this week. We have a Skin Nourishing Top to Toe collection from Elemis, just the thing for festive pampering. Seasonal glitz comes courtesy of a diamond-set tennis bracelet. Finally, we have something a bit more practical with an eco-conscious umbrella.

Keep warm and see you in the week.



1 Comment

  1. Darryl December 10, 2018 at 6:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Eilidh, wow nice photos, you have been busy, good job you had soup to keep you going, as for the garlic it’s better on a baguette…yum.
    Have a great week, keep smiling. Did notice the lack of the colour red this week!

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