A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that I had some exciting news regarding the colour purple. Well now, finally, I can announce that I have become an ambassador for Rotary’s Purple4Polio campaign.
This morning, at Regent’s Park, was the final session of planting 7 million crocus corms across Great Britain to raise awareness of the brilliant work Rotary have done since 1985 in trying to make the world polio-free and to try and raise funds for the final push. When the campaign started, polio used to paralyse 350,000 children a year, this year it was just 35. That’s a 99.9% decrease – but it’s still too many.
One child with polio can put children everywhere at risk. I am pleased to be joining Konni Huq, Donovan, Chris Tarrant, Ade Adepitan and Anne Wafula Strike and together we hope to make a real difference. I will put a link to the website on here next week with pictures and for you to read more about the campaign.
This is the start of a very busy few days for me both at QVC and off air but then, I guess, it is Christmas – it’s not just Santa who is coming to town.
I’m really looking forward to the 10th anniversary visit of Renee Greenstein for her Attitudes by Renee collection. Renee is a larger than life personality who it has been my pleasure to get to know over the past ten years and she has some great ideas for a stylish wardrobe of clothes. I have the first show of the visit with her next Thursday at 3pm.
We have quite a few anniversaries this coming week. Tomorrow is another 10th, this time for Frank Usher, and I will be with June at midday. There is also a 7th anniversary for Yong Kim this weekend, my show is at 3pm, and the 17th anniversary for L’Occitane continues with a show at 3pm on Tuesday.
We have another great Christmas shopping weekend coming up with Today’s Special Values from Dyson and Bareminerals (pictured below), and I should also mention Monday’s from Yankee Candle, which I’ll be presenting at 1pm on Monday. I should probably mention that all the Today’s Special Values in the run-up to Christmas will be available in Easy Pay instalments – hooray!
I wonder how you are getting on with your Christmas shopping? I’m not doing too well, but at least I managed to get the Christmas cake made eventually last Saturday – I had to wait until the family were all together so we could have the traditional stir and make a wish!
Sophie has also been doing some baking. I’ve never been very successful at making gingerbread men. They have always been rock hard and just sweet, rather than gingery, but Sophie’s were absolutely delicious – Mary Berry would have approved I’m sure.
On today’s Catwalk on Friday we have another great line-up of some of our top brands: H by Halston, Dennis Basso, Onjenu London, Label Lab and of course Lulu Guinness as they have the Today’s Special Value today. I’ve selected a couple of pieces I thought you might like.
This Label Lab parka comes in Black, Navy and Khaki and was very popular last time we featured it in a show. Andrew Yu has done pleated sleeves before, a trend that is going to be red hot for the Spring, so I thought you might like this pleated top, which comes in Black or Burgundy. And then I thought I would give you the number for this H by Halston tunic which comes in a variety of colours, as teir designs always sell very quickly. I hope to see you for the rest of the show at 5pm.
I’m also presenting the live show on QVC Style on Monday again – the shows are live every weekday at 4pm until Christmas.
I’ll bring you up to date with what I’m doing off air this week on next week’s blog
Have a great weekend,