Hi everyone, apologies for the issues there have been with the blogs not loading, fingers crossed all will be well this week!
I hope you’ve all been enjoying some sunshine in your area, it makes such a difference to everyone doesn’t it. I’ve never seen so many people outside of the QVC building here. Everyone has been out on their lunch breaks enjoying the rays. Please do make sure to stock up on your suncreams though, I’ve just received my Ultrasun delivery to keep me and my family safe from burning this summer.
In the studio though, I got to enjoy a really fun show with Ruth Langsford last week. Poor Catherine Huntley was off sick so I came in at the last minute to fill in. It was a busy show with lots of you snapping up plenty of the bright colours ready for summer. After the show we then carried on the tradition, which our model Katherine has started with Ruth. It’s known as ‘lift selfie’ and it’s simply everyone that was on the show piling into the lifts to take a picture in the mirror. Daft yes, but always amusing after the show!
Outside of QVC
I got to catch up with my gorgeous school friends this week. It’s hard to believe we have all known each other for nearly 30 years!! We met up to go and watch the Scummy Mummies, which if you haven’t heard of them are like a French and Saunders double act who’s act is all about motherhood.
They wear gold catsuits and have you in stitches about the joys of parenting and a life of fish fingers, soft play and picking cheerios up off the floor. If they come to your area please do try and get a ticket as it’s a great night out. I do warn you though there may be some bad language so if you are easily offended then perhaps give it a miss!!
We of course have been enjoying the sun down in Poole and got down to the beach but we also cracked open Fred’s birthday present. I got him a pizza oven for the garden so we spent a lot of the weekend trying to master the perfect pizza.
I won’t lie, quite a few got burnt but we ended up with some pretty perfect ones too. We tried classic margaritas with mozzarella, tomato and basil and then tried a few garlic ones with rosemary cut fresh from the garden and some parmesan. It was such a nice way to all eat together and the kids loved it. I’m sure we will be getting a lot of use out of it this summer.
What I’m wearing
Well it’s time to get the toes out isn’t it?! I haven’t quite got my summer wardrobe together as the really hot weather took us a bit by surprise didn’t it?! Or perhaps I just didn’t have time to get ready! Either way I did manage one order and that was for a pair of Vionic sandals. I do still love a heel but I have to be careful with my feet nowadays and try to wear flats whenever I’m not working.
My Vionic collection is getting quite big now, I love the extra support I get on my arches! These Kirra Toe Post Sandals have been on my feet every day since I got them, hurry up and order if you like them though as they are selling out fast. I believe we still have the Black option in stock. Do check out all the Vionic sandals for summer though as they really are incredibly comfortable but thankfully stylish too.
What I’m using in beauty
I have been a long standing fan of Orly nail varnishes since I did some work with them at one of the big beauty shows in London. I got to interview Jeff Pink, the founder of the brand and the man responsible for the French manicure. Back then he was friendly with many of the big Hollywood directors who were complaining about the actresses needing so much time in between scenes to change nail colours to match outfits. That’s when he had the idea for the French manicure so that the nails would go with any outfit changes.
It’s a pretty cool claim to fame but of course the brand then grew and grew to what it is now, bringing us incredible nailcare as well as colour. They pride themselves on formulations that are good for our nails and look after the nail itself. I will be living in this amazing neon pink, which is called Beach Cruiser, which I believe is coming soon to QVC.
Meanwhile check out the range, and I can recommend their fantastic Flash Dry drops that help your nails to literally flash dry! Also their cuticle pusher tool, cuticle remover and Argan Oil cuticle drops are a great way to get your nails in perfect condition along with Nailtrition.
Now I also know lots of you are already big fans of Alpha-H, so you will be pleased to know that there is a Todays’ Special Value offer on its way next Monday (April 30th). Michelle and Tom will be here bringing us a gorgeous set from the Liquid Gold Range. It will include their 24-hour Moisture Repair Cream to help ‘firm, brighten and enhance lifeless, dry ageing and undamaged complexions.’ plus the Ultimate Perfecting Mask with ferric and lactic acids, Tasmanian pepper, shea butter and fision hydrate.
You may be amused to know I have this on my face while I type and my skin is tingling away! If you like to feel your products working then this is one for you! You will also be getting the Liquid Gold Cleansing Cream with Glycolic and Lactic acids. If you are wondering where the classic Liquid Gold skin treatment is, well this will be available as an offer in conjunction with the Today’s Special Value, so tune in to find out how you can get that too at an amazing price.
What I’m cooking
Halloumi and chorizo salad
Well seeing as summer is nearly here, well it was here for a few days anyway, we may have scared it away by getting over excited. In any case it’s the season for salad! In the past I was known as what my husband calls a ‘salad dodger.’ I was not your typical salad eater, but this was due to me finding them so boring. Thankfully I have discovered that salads can be exciting, filling and tasty. Yes I will put my hand up and admit I don’t make the lowest calorie salads but hey it’s still lots of greens so it’s a start.
Bag mixed salad – I usually pick one that contains rocket and spinach
Chorizo (leave this out for a vegetarian option)
Balsamic Glaze – you can use balsamic vinegar too but glaze is sweeter and helps balance the saltiness of the halloumi and chorizo
Start by placing the salad leaves in a bowl, half the tomatoes and scatter them over. Then slice the red onion and again, scatter over the leaves. Leave to the side.
Chop up the chorizo into semi circles and fry them in a little olive oil until getting crispy. I then leave them to cool on a plate. I then slice the Halloumi and pop them in the same pan with the leftover oil of the chorizo to take in some extra flavour, again fry until beautifully brown on each side.
Now take a small dry frying pan and some pine nuts. Do NOT add any oil as you are toasting them not frying, about a third of a packet will be enough for two. Now pine nuts have high oil content so they burn very easily so you have to watch them. Keep them on a Medium heat and keep them moving until starting to brown. Take them off the heat and leave to the side.
Now scatter the salad with the chorizo and pine nuts and add a drizzle of olive oil and the balsamic glaze. Then lay the halloumi over the top and serve. Voila, super tasty summer salad. See they don’t have to be boring!
Love Katy x