I’m starting my blog today with an apology. If you’ve left me a comment on my last few blogs, I’m not ignoring you. I did a whole load of replies last Friday but the gremlins have been ‘at it’ again and they have somehow got lost in the ether! I will attempt to do them again today but I just wanted you to know that I have read all your comments and have tried to reply… fingers crossed it will work later today.
This week, I decided to get a hair cut. I love having my hair long but I haven’t had a proper ‘style’ cut into it for well over a year and I came across the picture above while I was looking through old pictures and wondered if I should go shorter again. Unable to reach a decision, I posted the picture on Instagram (I’m @juliagroberts if you want to follow me) and Facebook – opinion was divided, although I think going shorter was favoured. So, on Wednesday, I sat in the chair at Aveda in Covent Garden and closed my eyes while Andre chopped 4 -5 inches off the length and also added some long layers for shape. To be honest, I’m not sure if he has gone quite short enough – what do you think?
The Aveda salon is directly opposite the Shaftesbury Theatre, where the musical ‘Motown’ is currently showing. I’ve wanted to see it for ages, as I grew up listening to the likes of Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, The Four Tops, The Supremes, The Isley Brothers etc., so, as an early birthday treat, ‘my fiance’ (still makes me laugh) booked tickets. I loved it. The performances were excellent and it was good to learn a little more about the history of Motown, although I am guessing it may have been slightly ‘sanitised’ if you get my drift. We are going to make more of an effort to go to the theatre – next trip may well be ‘The King and I’ at the Palladium, as I appeared in the Nottingham Operatic Society’s production of it as one of the Siamese children when I was six-years-old.
I followed the family tradition of dancing lessons by taking my daughter, Sophie, to ballet and tap classes when she was a little girl and although she doesn’t have any children of her own yet, she was very excited to tell me that her boyfriend’s daughter, Amber, had won second place in a dancing competition in Portsmouth last weekend in the ‘fast pairs’ category. She is on the left of the picture with her partner, Lorna, and their rather large trophies! Well done girls.
The day before the ‘haircut’, Chris and I had driven up to Nottingham to see my mum. We will have been engaged two months on Monday and Mum hadn’t seen the ring. She hasn’t been too well lately, although still doing great for almost ninety-two, so I had sent her one of the books I read on holiday, ‘Dear Mrs Bird’, to keep her occupied. While we were chatting, she said, ‘I’ve finished the book and it was really good,’ but she wasn’t referring to ‘Dear Mrs Bird’. She had been re-reading my Liberty Sands trilogy and had just finished the second one, ‘If He Really Loved Me’, which I must confess is my favourite of the three. It was lovely to hear her talk about my characters as though they are real people, which to me, while I was writing the trilogy, they were.
I think it’s about time for a Kindle deal – I’ll try and set it up for Sunday to celebrate my birthday. I know Mum will enjoy ‘Dear Mrs Bird’ too when she gets around to it, as it is set during the second world war, her era. It was lovely to spend some time with her and she loved my engagement ring, particularly the story behind the two small diamonds representing her and my dad.
To continue with my look back over the past twenty-five years of QVC, this week we are rewinding to 2001/02 but I must confess we are starting in February rather than October, as I didn’t mention the trip that Alison Young and I made to Los Angeles on last week’s blog – to be honest, I hadn’t realised it was that long ago until I came across on old tape whilst doing some sorting out at home. We were doing three live outside broadcast shows, two from LA and one from QVC America’s Philadelphia studios. Ali presented the Victoria Principal skincare show and the first ever Models Prefer show with Stacey Schiefflen and I presented the Nick Chavez hair care show, although Ali did come on as a model. I have searched for photos but can’t find any, which is a real shame, because, to demonstrate the power and hold of his hairspray, Nick formed Ali’s hair into a vertical spike – I wonder how many of you saw it? Ali was in fits of laughter! We both looked very different from our ‘normal’ selves as we had visited Nick’s Beverley Hills salon the previous day to have our hair styled, and we had our make-up done the ‘American’ way – very glam!
Moving forward into 2002, that was the year that QVC was first available on Freeview, so even more people ‘discovered’ us and began shopping with us. They would have enjoyed shows with our then fitness expert, Jill Franks, before she became a full time generic presenter – this was her publicity card, working her arms with the Pilates Magic Circle which I believe she still uses.
I thought I would also share this very youthful looking picture of Charlie Brook taken on location in Italy while presenting his first Vicenza ‘Live’ show in 2002 – it looks a tad warm to be wearing a suit and very different from the conditions when Alison Keenan and I presented the show several years later.
Well, I must dash. We have a two day fashion event on QVC today and tomorrow with TSVs from Coco Bianco (I was wearing one of the options on air yesterday and love it) and Ruth Langsford tomorrow – I have a show with Ruth at 6pm so hope to see you for that.
I’m off on Sunday for my birthday but back on Monday with Butler & Wilson at 5pm.
Have a great weekend,