I love purple


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!

bareminerals-todays-special-valueI 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.

gingerbread-menI noticed the rest of the family bit the heads off first, but I opted for arms, then legs and left the head until last. How do you eat yours?

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,


Julia x



  1. mila December 10, 2016 at 1:00 am -  Reply

    That’s so great!! And yes I love purple too!

    • Julia Roberts December 23, 2016 at 9:36 am -  Reply

      Thanks Mila, we Purple girls should stick together
      Julia x

  2. Christine December 11, 2016 at 12:52 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia My husband is in rotary they do great work all over Britain and abroad.
    I will wish you and your family Merry Christmas Happy New Year.
    Take Care x

    • Julia Roberts December 23, 2016 at 9:38 am -  Reply

      Hi Christine
      You are right, they do and it often goes unnoticed apart from the beneficiaries of their kindness of course.
      Merry Christmas to you and yours
      Julia x

  3. Hefina December 12, 2016 at 11:36 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia Merry Christmas Happy New Year I cant see you so much now you have change your shift pattern I only watch T V in the evening anyway hope you all have a healthy year

    Hefina xx

    • Julia Roberts December 23, 2016 at 9:41 am -  Reply

      Hi Hefina
      I’m sorry you don’t get to see me so much any more but the change in shift pattern has definitely benefitted my health in terms of my daily medication. We show repeats on QVC Beauty, Style & Extra so I may crop up there occasionally in the evenings.
      Merry Christmas & Happy 2017
      Julia x

  4. pamela Richards December 13, 2016 at 3:04 am -  Reply

    Good Luck with everything and I love Purple too !my Christmas CAKE is done and dusted with icing ha-ha loved Mondays Show, Have a Wonderful CHRISTMAS TO YOU AND ALL YOUR FAMILY xxx

    • Julia Roberts December 23, 2016 at 9:43 am -  Reply

      Thanks Pamela!
      My Christmas cake is still awaiting its marzipan ‘coat’ but I think I will do it this morning then icing on Christmas Eve as usual.
      Merry Christmas & Happy 2017 to you and yours
      Julia x

  5. Gail December 15, 2016 at 10:40 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia,

    They are wonderful statistics re the decline in polio. Well done you too for putting so much effort and time into what you are passionate about.

    I watched you on one of the Yankee hours and had to agree that the TSV was, probably, the best yet. Just a shame they didn’t have a Christmas set in the offer. I’ve been burning Christmas Garland, which is lovely.

    Had to laugh seeing your poor gingerbread man. I don’t like gingerbread so can’t say how I’d eat him.

    Again, wonderful news re Polio statistics. I hope you are keeping well and that your good health continues, I often think of you when watching you x

    Wishing you and your family a lovely Christmas and wish you continued good health in 2017 and beyond.

    Lots of love, Gail xxx

    • Julia Roberts December 23, 2016 at 9:49 am -  Reply

      Hi Gail,
      They really are fantastic statistics – some good news in a year which has seen so much sadness. Rotary have done a great job in earning the trust of local communities, often putting themselves at risk, in order to vaccinate against this preventable disease – fingers crossed it will soon be consigned to history.
      I just had a confirmation email that my Yankee candle TSV on advanced order has been sent out early – I may even get it for Christmas!
      Wishing you a Merry Christmas & Happy 2017
      Julia x
      PS I don’t like gingerbread normally, but Sophie’s really were deeeeelish!

  6. Elizabeth Keenan December 15, 2016 at 11:42 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia that’s great you are an Ambassador for Rotary’s Purple4polio campaign what a fantastic thing to do although it will keep you very busy, you are a very special lady, well done you.
    Sophie’s gingerbread men look lovely and tasty.
    Wish you and your family a lovely Christmas and all the best for 2017.
    Much love
    Elizabeth X

    • Julia Roberts December 23, 2016 at 9:52 am -  Reply

      Hi Elizabeth
      Rotary are very understanding of my other charity commitments, QVC & writing and will only ask for a small amount of my time which I am happy to give.
      Sophie’s gingerbread men were scrumptious – I love that word!
      Merry Christmas to you and yours & Happy 2017
      Julia x

  7. Ginny Booker December 15, 2016 at 5:06 pm -  Reply

    Hello my lovely Julia, Happy Christmas and New year to you and your family.
    My dad and family were all involved with the Rotary in the Valley Forge area of Pennsylvania, USA. I was even Miss Rotary many years ago!! Great organization. Luv purple like you do along with that family of colors. Congrats for all you have done for such worthy causes.
    This month has been beyond busy getting on top of Sky box up grades, after so many years, in addition to new TV’s. Then the A team had to come from Sky to make this all work with our 30 inch stone walls! Then Stove Gate replacing my Viking stove with another smaller Aga. Health and safety, new extractor fan and now waiting for the Farmer in my life to put stuff back together in the small little kitchen! Good thing I have the big Aga in the family room so if he does not get going on getting stuff done I have a place to cook.nThis week Christmas baking!
    I have been “Q” shopping like mad this fall/winter. Luv the fashion lines available plus some of the quirky items from both Yong Kim, Andre Yu, faux fir sweater kind jacket, and some of the tunic dresses from Marla Wynn. Joe brown as well with his checked leggings. Thank the fashion Buyers for doing these nice additions of Quirky!! Oh and by the way i had a good laugh the other day putting on OUR Karen M Biker Jeans in Black we both had years ago!! Enough said! I never get rid of net stuff!!
    Have a great Holiday Lots of luv ur way, GinnyX
    I am still gonna write you a letter to really catch up! Do not give up stay tuned!
    I also want a phone number of a book store in the UK where i am able to call them order all the books you have done, besides the first one I have, and buy them that way. Not on line. Thanks if you are able to help me.

    I hope no more happens so i am able to get on with all the Christmas baking.
    Been busy on the “Q” buying up a storm as usual. Just love all I have bought. My Andre Yu Faux Fur Knitted Jacket is to die for! Also my Yong Kim sort of light weight coat with Zippers down the back along with one of her dresses in all colors. I wrote about them on the website. For someone 5’4 and busty absolutely fab! I like all the new designers coming along that are a bit quirky! They are doing a great job in the fashion buying dept!!
    Lots of luv ur way!! Enjoy the Christmas season!!

    • Julia Roberts December 23, 2016 at 10:15 am -  Reply

      Hi Ginny
      Only just read this and have replied on next week’s blog!
      Sounds like you’ve had a busy time getting everything sorted… hopefully in time for Christmas!
      This is my first involvement with Rotary (apart from the donation from One Hundred Lengths of the Pool) and they seem a group of passionate, dedicated individuals who want to make the world a better place.
      Re my novels: you can order them at any Waterstones and most independent book shops but not at WHSmith (different distributor). If you want them personally signed you can call Chapter One bookshop in Woodley and they can organise it.
      So lovely to hear from you again
      Julia x

  8. Ginny Booker December 15, 2016 at 5:41 pm -  Reply

    Julia, Sorry about the add on my Mac took over!! do better on the iPhone and iPad!!

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