With Carol Smilie

Fingernails, feet and talking pants with Carol Smilie!



I had a lovely treat at the weekend – a fabulous manicure and medical pedicure at Margaret Dabbs’ Cheltenham clinic, which opened earlier this year. I always love working with Margaret and her hugely popular range at QVC, but it was completely by coincidence that a friend gave me a gift voucher for her Gloucestershire clinic for my birthday back in April. I finally got round to booking the appointment and I’m so glad I did. I tend to mostly do my manicures and pedicures myself, just because I find it so difficult to fit salon appointments into my schedule. But I now think I’m going to have to make this a monthly thing, because it made such a difference.

Margaret Dabbs salon
My fingernails have been dreadful recently, and the products that used to work to keep them strong seem to have stopped working so well, but a proper manicure seems to have really helped and they look so much better. Meanwhile, my poor feet have been taking a battering as I continue to train for my 100km charity event in August, and the podiatrist who did the famous Margaret Dabbs medical pedicure (a complete foot overhaul, not just a bit of dead skin removal and nail polish like some pedicures – my feet felt fabulous and glowing afterwards) was incredibly helpful with a foot issue which has arisen as my training sessions get longer and longer.

Both the manicurist and podiatrist had lots of great advice about foot and nail health – it was far more than just a beauty treatment, and I really recommend the whole experience. The lovely Margaret has several clinics in London, the Cheltenham one I visited, a new one in Cheshire and even one in Dubai, if you’re lucky enough to be on holiday there!

Margaret Dabbs mani pedi

Talking of my 100km event training… oh dear. Myself and team mate Natalie had a little wobble this week, wondering exactly what we had taken on and if we really could do this. It really is a very, very long way. We’ve been checking the kit list for what we need to bring with us for this trek, and there’s a “suggested” kit list which includes things like spare socks and so on, plus an “essentials” kit list.

Very high on that essentials list is “pain-killers”. So yes, it’s going to hurt, and hurt quite a lot, but we’ve got ourselves back into a positive frame of mind now and are forging ahead. I really do believe that endurance events like this are as much about the mind as about the body, and that if you completely believe you can do it, then you WILL do it. (And if you haven’t heard me banging on about this event before, this is what it’s all about, and why I’m doing it).

With Carol Smilie

By the way did you catch Carol Smilie on the Morning Show last week? It was lovely to meet her (I was always such a big fan of her BBC show Changing Rooms!) but I was blown away by her new venture, Diary Doll, which is the brainchild of Carol and her good friend tennis star Annabel Croft. It’s basically really cleverly designed ladies pants, which have a secret and virtually undetectable waterproof panel inside them, so ideal for those time of the month leaks or if you have pelvic floor weakness.

It’s not always a subject we want to talk about but it’s such a common problem and there’s no need to suffer in silence (or wear the ugly alternative pants available in pharmacies, which honestly look a bit like disposable nappies.) Diary Doll pants are so pretty and so practical, and we sold out in a matter of minutes on the Morning Show, but they should be back soon and are currently on waitlist on our website so do have a look. I thoroughly enjoyed talking pants (some may say I do that quite often…)!

Have a lovely week – hope the sun is shining where you are.


Jackie x


  1. Susan July 6, 2016 at 8:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie, really really good luck for your massive event! I so admire you and the cause. Very worthy. And just think of your sister when you’re finding it hard. Glad you treated your feet. You’ll need it after as well! Love Susan x

    • Jackie Kabler July 9, 2016 at 8:24 am -  Reply

      Hi Susan,
      Thank you so much. I did 30 miles yesterday which was tough, no idea how I will manage 62 which is the full distance, but hey, I’m pretty determined so hopefully that will see me through…!
      Love Jackie x

  2. Hilary Starke July 7, 2016 at 6:26 am -  Reply

    Best of luck with your 100km event, Jackie – those distances you’re running sound pretty tough! I’m currently training for my first ultramarathon later this year, having done marathons and half marathons – and what you’re doing puts it in perspective! Well done for taking this on.

    • Jackie Kabler July 9, 2016 at 8:26 am -  Reply

      Hi Hilary
      It’s a run/jog/walk event and there’ll definitely be more walking than anything else (and maybe a bit of crawling too!) The route takes us over Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters so it’s going to be quite hilly which is a bit scary! The very best of luck with your ultra – we must be mad, eh?
      Love Jackie x

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