So how are you all doing? Sick of the rain yet?! I know I am. Where the heck is spring? Did it forget it was its turn? Oh well, hopefully sunnier days are still to come. It hasn’t stopped us getting in the mood for new fashion though as our summer style is in full swing at QVC. You can check out the latest range right here.
I’m still juggling the school holidays and work so I haven’t had much time to myself so I have been turning up to work so grateful that we have brilliant make-up artists to ‘fix’ us up! I can walk in looking like I’ve been dragged through a hedge backwards, and sometimes with my kids that’s exactly what’s happened, and the team from Make Up Junkies will sort it all out.
It still feels like a treat to get made up while you sit there and think about what shows we have coming up. We can catch up on emails and research our products while our hair gets done and know that we will be camera ready at the end of it. Here’s Roo who did my make-up for Sunday’s shows, she always has good stories from the other shows she has worked on like Call the Midwife or Game of Thrones!
Outside of QVC
On Tuesday I had a nice little treat as I had a few hours to spare on the way home from work to stop and meet some familiar QVC faces for lunch in Bournemouth. SJ from Bareminerals was down to meet one of my best friends/QVC Fashion expert, Rhiannon Duffin, for a work day and I was able to join them on their lunch break for a good old gossip and some amazing poached eggs on avocado and sour dough.
It’s always nice to see people you work with out of QVC as you get to know them so much better. It’s sooooo busy at work and there is always something that needs to be done that you don’t always get a chance to just chat and find out a bit more about people. SJ was super excited as she was about to buy a horse. Plenty more gossip was had but I may get in trouble for sharing, haha! (I wore my yellow jumper by Du Jour).
What I’m wearing
I had a bit of an Onjenu binge recently and got three great dresses. I love Onjenu because they are one of the most flattering ranges around in my opinion. They seem to be cut and hang in a way that works on every body shape I see them on. My mum has now also started her Onjenu collection after seeing me in one of mine and she just loves it.
This Joni dress is perfect for a Summer party. I would wear it for a wedding like this with great heels but I would also add a leather biker or denim jacket for a more casual relaxed style, just out for drinks. It’s flying out the door but you may be lucky to snap one up, but if we don’t have your size left then do have a look at the full Onjenu range, it’s one of my favourites at QVC.
Now let’s talk about red shoes! I think every woman should have at least one pair of fabulous red shoes. Channel your inner Dorothy or vampy self and bring that pop of colour onto your feet. I promise it will bring you joy every time you look down!!
Mine are by Peter Kaiser and I think they look brilliant with the Onjenu dress but also really great with ripped jeans and a casual jumper. It makes an otherwise super casual outfit something special! They are also available in Black but the red makes the amazing twisted detail stand out.
What I’m using in beauty
This month I have been trying out the incredible Dyson Supersonic hairdryer. I’m sure many of you will have seen it on air before and wondered who is buying a £300 hairdryer. You would be right to question it though, what on earth is so special about this hairdryer? I wondered the same thing. Can it really be any better than my old hairdryer?
Well it turns out the answer is yes. I am loathed to give it back and will have to consider getting it on Easy Payments so I have my own. My hair is fine and frizzy but I have a lot of it and it has lost a lot of its curl from years of styling so I am really trying to be kind to it. This means less heat and less blasting it.
The Dyson can still dry my hair quickly even on a low heat and low power. The diffuser means that my hair is being trained to get its curl back too. I will hopefully do you a video with it before I pass it on to one of the other presenters. We are all getting to trial it so we can truly understand the difference it can make.
Now here’s where it has really been a winner for me, my kids. Hair washing night is not a fun night in our house, it’s really stressful and I know I’m not alone in that. Both my girls have curly hair and they hate having it washed and dried. The bit they really hate is the drying. Tilda has always been sensitive to noise, she hated the vacuum cleaner when she was little and still does. The noise of a normal hairdryer sends them running into the other room, they also hate the heat near their delicate ears and scalps.
My normal hairdryer takes forever on a low heat and low power but because of the technology of the Dyson it has made the world of difference. They don’t run away, I think they actually quite enjoy it. I also use the diffuser on them for their curls and as you can see from the pictures it gives them the softest most gorgeous curls and no frizz whatsoever. I didn’t have to use any kids spray on their hair either.
So this has become a bit of a game-changer for us, something that I can now justify the cost for even more. My thoughts on it are if you’ve ever considered it but you aren’t sure, get it home and use the 30 day money-back guarantee to make sure you really do think it’s worth it! Use it for a week or two and then go back to your old hairdryer and I think you will really get it.
What I’ve been cooking
One pan Cod and Chorizo Tagine
Yep it’s time for another one of my thrown together recipes!! This is what I love about cooking, going with instincts of what I have available and creating something really tasty. A Tagine is the best way to describe this dish even though I didn’t cook it in traditional earthenware.
Maris Piper Potatoes (new potatoes would be good too)
Chilli (add as much or as little as you like)
I was able to start this dish off in the early evening so most of it was done before Fred got home from work which means we could then concentrate on getting the kids sorted for bed.
I keep bags of fish fillets in the freezer for meals like this. I took two large cod fillets out in the afternoon and left them, covered, to defrost on the side. It doesn’t matter if they aren’t fully defrosted when you use them, as they will still cook in the oven later.
I started with the garlic, chilli, paprika and chorizo and fried it in an oven prove pan (I used my Le Creuset) with olive oil. I then added the chopped up green beans and courgette. After they had softened a little I added a can of chopped tinned tomatoes and a good squeeze of tomato puree. I squeezed in half a fresh lemon to add a little zing!
Meanwhile I had peeled and chopped potatoes into large chunks, most of them in quarters and put them in the steamer for about eight minutes. Once they were done I added them to the pan of sauce and stirred them enough to start soaking up the flavour. I then turned the heat off and left it on the hob for later.
Once the kids were getting ready for bed I took the two pieces of cod and cut them in half as they were pretty big (this could potentially serve four people or two very hungry ones!) I placed them on top of the pre-made sauce in the pan and then put the whole dish, with the lid on, into the oven. I cooked it for about 30 mins.
That was it. I served it up with no need for any extras as it’s all in the pan. It was pretty darn tasty too!
Love from Katy xx