The final countdown

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Is it really only three more sleeps until we head off to Mauritius for our wedding? How can that be? It seems to have come around so quickly and I still have so much to do, not least three more days as a single lady on air at QVC – when I’m back on September 12th I’ll be a ‘Mrs’ for the first time in my life. Thank you so much to those of you who have sent cards in – it is so appreciated and I will squeeze them into my luggage to open on the day.

My final show before we go is also the last of the Butler & Wilson Anniversary shows… 50 years of Butler & Wilson and 24 years with us on QVC… quite appropriate I think. We had a fun show last night, although I now have a serious complex about my ears. My mum, who had been watching and heard Simon wish her a happy birthday for last Tuesday, rang to reassure me that there is nothing wrong with my ears, but I suppose she would say that, she’s my mum!

Despite all the last minute wedding preparations and all the book stuff (cover reveal later in this blog) we drove up to Nottingham on Tuesday morning to take Mum’s presents and have lunch with her.

This picture was taken at her 90th birthday, three years ago, but she is still looking amazing and in pretty good health. She loved her Liz Earle goodies, she is a massive fan of Superskin, her scented reeds and the notepaper and notebook from her grandchildren to enable her to keep writing to them – she loves to write letters! Both sets featured cats as she is a cat lover like me, and she had a little present from Wilfie. She had rung on Monday evening to ask us if we could get her a new kettle as there were bits coming out of hers… Wilfie bought her a packet of descaler, which my ‘husband to be’ did for her while Mum and I were chatting.

Actually, Mum was showing me something she had received from a dancing teacher friend of hers, Gillian, who used to teach at Nora Morrison’s where I studied. It was two running orders from a couple of dancing competitions that I had taken part in, one from 1967 (my first year of competition) and one from 1969. Gillian had studiously written down every single mark awarded and the positions. I do still have all the medals I won (somewhere) but it was interesting to see and remember the names of the girls I used to dance alongside and compete with. Mum was terribly proud of the 1969 results as apparently I gained the highest mark in the festival for my character dance, The Red Shoes based on the Moira Shearer film for those of you who remember it. It was a lovely trip down memory lane for both of us.

Tuesday was also the day I received the copy edit back of my next book which I can now reveal is called ‘WHAT HE DID’. I don’t have any input into the title or the cover, it is all decided by my publisher, Bookouture, but I have to say I think they have done a fabulous job on both and particular thanks must go to my editor Ruth Tross who I am really enjoying working with. It will be a bit of a scramble to get the copy edit back to them before we leave on Monday, but I’m confident I can do it as I’m already on chapter thirty-four of forty-nine. There is only one more round of the process after this, the proof read stage, which is just as well as it’s out in October and in fact has already gone on pre-order. I’m not going to be doing any writing while we are away in the run up to the wedding but I will be making a start on the third book in this series on our honeymoon – I’m sure my ‘husband’ won’t mind!

We had a slight change of plans for our STEN (stag and hen) do last Saturday as we had been planning a barbecue, but the weather wasn’t nice enough. So, after a lovely day at a spa with my ‘children’, enjoying a fabulous massage, the steam room, icy plunge pool (I stayed in for 30 seconds), Jacuzzi, swimming and lunch with a glass of prosecco, we hastily organised dinner at Piccolino’s in Virginia Water. It was a lovely evening with just the family and my two friends Denise and Steve who unfortunately can’t make it to the wedding. They came armed with champagne and a huge bunch of sunflowers – the only sunshine we had last Saturday!

The massage I had at the spa was wonderfully relaxing – the masseuse spent a long time on my tense shoulders and after he’d finished with the Elemis Frangipani Oil he applied their Cooling Gel over the area. I’m not sure if we still sell that at QVC, but Keeley will be launching some more new Elemis products in her shows on Sunday and Monday to celebrate their 24th Anniversary with us.

And talking of beauty, tonight sees the launch of the SBC four-piece Collagen Collection TSV. I’m a big fan of the SBC shower products with their creamy, moisturising lather and I must say the Collagen range is one of my favourites – great value for money as always too. I’ll be with Adele for the 11am show on Saturday morning.

So, before I sign off for three weeks as I won’t be blogging from Mauritius, but plenty of photos when I get back I promise, I wanted to alert you to the Shop & Save voucher promotion we currently have running until 8th September. The full details are on our website, but basically if you purchase products with a combined value of £100, £150 or £250 you would receive £10, £15 or £25 vouchers respectively to redeem against purchases made between 11th and 22nd September of £30, £40 or £50 ….

I hope that makes sense and that you are able to take advantage of it – I love a reward scheme, particularly with Christmas shopping season just around the corner.

I’ll see you on air today at 3pm with Frank Usher (I got the khaki cover-up), 5pm Fashion on Friday with Ronni Nicole and FOF on Style Channel at 6pm with the lovely Glen Campbell.

Have a fabulous couple of weeks

Much love

(Miss) Julia Roberts xxxxxx

83 Comments

  1. Diane Powell August 16, 2019 at 10:35 am -  Reply

    Have a lovely wedding Congratulations to you both xx

  2. Linda Broadhead August 16, 2019 at 11:06 am -  Reply

    Julia and Chris, have a wonderful Wedding Day and enjoy your weeks honeymoon, looking forward to the pics.
    Lots of Love Linda

  3. anne bell August 16, 2019 at 12:19 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, sending good wishes for the big day enjoy..x

  4. Sue Langley August 16, 2019 at 1:50 pm -  Reply

    I always love reading your blogs Julia. I hope you enjoy every minute of your wedding and honeymoon. Have a fabulous day and I look forward to seeing all the pictures on your return. Congratulations in advance!! XX

  5. susie August 16, 2019 at 2:08 pm -  Reply

    Have a blast , wishing you the very best for your big day. x S

  6. Joyce August 16, 2019 at 2:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,I sincerely hope you and your family have a wonderful time celebrating your wedding Cannot wait to see all your photos.I have pre ordered your book, roll on October 22 nd.

  7. Gillian Cale August 16, 2019 at 3:18 pm -  Reply

    Julia wishing you and Chris a lovely wedding day with plenty of happiness for the future.Love Gillxxx

  8. Helen Ritchie August 16, 2019 at 3:32 pm -  Reply

    Have a great time Julia in Mauritius enjoy your day .my niece got married in Mauritius take xxx.

  9. Janet Cash August 16, 2019 at 4:03 pm -  Reply

    Congratulations Julia have a wonderful time enjoy every second xx

  10. Andrea Brandwood August 16, 2019 at 4:38 pm -  Reply

    Congratulations to you and Chris on your wedding day and Best Wishes for the future 🍸

  11. Tracy Downing August 16, 2019 at 4:44 pm -  Reply

    Have a fabulous wedding and honeymoon in Mauritius. Have watched you from day one on qvc and always read your blogs. You are a lovely down to earth lady!

  12. Antoinette Browne August 16, 2019 at 5:36 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, have a fantastic time, enjoy every minute of it. You are already a lovely couple. All my love. Antoinette x

  13. Rena August 16, 2019 at 5:52 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia – just watching the show and heard you mention your husband to be is a drummer! I’ve been married to my drummer man for 35 years – you’ve made the perfect choice! Wishing all the best for a beautiful day and a wonderful life as Mr and Mrs x

  14. Jennifer Fitzpatrick August 16, 2019 at 6:04 pm -  Reply

    Happy wedding day lovely lady enjoy your day

  15. Christine milnes August 16, 2019 at 6:26 pm -  Reply

    Wishing you and Chris a beautiful wonderful wedding day in Mauritius and enjoyXxxx

  16. sandra sheppard August 16, 2019 at 6:32 pm -  Reply

    Julia and Chris have a wonderful day and just keep loving each other for the rest of your lives.

  17. martin forbes August 16, 2019 at 6:45 pm -  Reply

    have alovely wedding and holiday and honeymoon in mauritious julia hope you are well i am not bad

  18. Julia Shepherd August 16, 2019 at 6:56 pm -  Reply

    Have a lovely wedding day. Wishing you both much happiness. Love the book cover, will be looking to read it. I didn’t know there is a previous book in the series. Will look it up,,

  19. Margaret Stewart August 16, 2019 at 7:14 pm -  Reply

    Wishing you and your soon to to be husband every best wish for a fabulous wedding, honeymoon and future happiness. I do enjoy reading your blogs and getting your news.Margaret x

  20. Caroline August 16, 2019 at 7:21 pm -  Reply

    Wishing you both a lovely day. Many congratulations Julia & Chris x

  21. Jane August 16, 2019 at 7:48 pm -  Reply

    Just found your blog for 1st time Julia… sorry. 😢 Heard you mention about your wedding this afternoin which shocked me. What did Steve (??) do to make you change your mind at long last? 🤔😉😂 Wishing you both many more continued years of love, laughter and happiness. Congratulations!! 🍾💐❤️ Hope you have a fabulous time xx

  22. Christine August 16, 2019 at 7:51 pm -  Reply

    Hope you have lovely wedding. Congratulations to you both,
    Christine x

  23. Sue French August 16, 2019 at 9:38 pm -  Reply

    Have a fabulous time in Mauritius. Congratulations and love to you and Chris. xx

  24. Elizabeth Thomson August 16, 2019 at 10:13 pm -  Reply

    Hi Juilia Wishing you both all the best and have the best day ever and for the rest of your life together. Love Betty xx

  25. Beverley Klymkiw August 16, 2019 at 10:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Wishing you all the best for your upcoming Wedding and Honeymoon. Have a wonderful time.

  26. Angela Dunne August 16, 2019 at 10:36 pm -  Reply

    Julia, I hope you both have a fantastic wedding/ honeymoon…. congratulations.My daughter is getting married in Kos next month to her childhood sweetheart.I am so looking forward to their special day and I will be taking your latest book to read whilst I am there x

  27. Varry August 17, 2019 at 12:57 am -  Reply

    I’m so happy for you both, guess it’s about time you made it official.😉 Wishing you a wonderful wedding and blissful honeymoon. You deserve the best Julia and Chris is a very lucky man. Dying ( not literally)😉to see the wedding pics, I know you’ll be a beautiful bride. 🥂 cheers and stay blessed. Xxxxx💞

  28. Shelly August 17, 2019 at 5:11 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia wishing you both future happiness. Have a brilliant day! xx

  29. CAROLINE LOUISE August 17, 2019 at 5:25 am -  Reply

    Congualations enjoy your very very special day together

  30. Marilyn Richardson August 17, 2019 at 6:57 am -  Reply

    Fabulous bog as always Julia. Wishing you a wonderful wedding day and honeymoon in Mauritius. Looking forward to seeing photos on your return. Maz xx

  31. BEv young August 17, 2019 at 7:31 am -  Reply

    So happy for you – have the most wonderful day!!🥂🥂☀️And may you both have happiness and light always xx
    Much Love – look forward to the photos xxx

  32. Karen B August 17, 2019 at 7:52 am -  Reply

    Have a lovely wedding Julia – you will make a beautiful bride. Cant wait to see the pics. Also looking forward to your show with Simon. You were both so funny the other night. Loved the show and i finally decided on the blue option of the golden dancing couple. Cant wait for it to arrive. All the best for your special day xx

  33. Barbara England August 17, 2019 at 8:05 am -  Reply

    Dear Julia and Chris, Congratulations on your upcoming wedding, have the most wonderful day and honeymoon and much happiness for your future life together. So looking forward to seeing the ‘photo’s, you are such a beautiful lady Julia..Lots of love, Barbara from Dorset. xx

  34. Alison Peacock August 17, 2019 at 9:44 am -  Reply

    Wishing you both a lovely wedding day. Congratulations and Best Wishes. Alison xxx

  35. Sandra August 17, 2019 at 11:30 am -  Reply

    Wishing you all the best for a fabulous day. xx

  36. Hefina August 17, 2019 at 11:42 am -  Reply

    Congratulations have a lovely wedding don’t work to hard to the future Mr @Mrs Maxwell xxxx

  37. Shenagh August 17, 2019 at 11:54 am -  Reply

    Best wishes. Have a lovely day

  38. Eileen Chadwick August 17, 2019 at 12:15 pm -  Reply

    Julia and Chris, have a brilliant wedding day in Mauritius! My wedding anniversary is also 27th August, 42 years ago! Enjoy! X

  39. Elise August 17, 2019 at 12:36 pm -  Reply

    Congratulations Julia. You are my favourite QVC presenter, I’ve grown up watching you on QVC. Makes me feel so happy that such a wonderful lady like you, is going onto her next chapter of life as a “Mrs” you will be such a beautiful bride ! Can’t wait for the pictures. Wishing you abundant happiness, health, wealth and love.

  40. Teresa Karasavvas August 17, 2019 at 1:33 pm -  Reply

    I hope you and Chris (my husband is Chris also) and your family have a wonderful time in Mauritius and that your wedding day is all that you wish.

    When Chris and I got married on the 29th August 1998 (21 years ago) somebody told me to stop every now and then and take a deep breath and take it all in and you will remember it. Well I did just that and I remember the whole day as if it were just yesterday. It worked for me and you might want to do the same as the day will just fly by.

    Congratulations to you both.

    You may remember me I am the lady who lost a B&W Robin brooch and hoped that Simon would do another but as yet has not. Give him a “nudge” will you!

    Best wishes and have a wonderful wedding day the pair of you.

  41. Denise Mulvaney August 17, 2019 at 3:07 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,would just like to wish you and Chris all the very best on your wedding day.I am sure it will be the most perfect day ,enjoy every moment it will go by so fast so take your time don’t rush and take a minute to relax close your eyes and smell your flowers .Cant wait to see your photos .I wonder are you still going to be Roberts or use your new married name because you have waited long enough to get it haha .Will be thinking of you both, much love ,Denise. Xxx

  42. Lynne August 17, 2019 at 4:07 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia. Have a lovely wedding and very best wishes for a long and happy married life! Lx

  43. Denise smith August 17, 2019 at 4:09 pm -  Reply

    Have a lovely wedding day Julia, looking forward to The pictures 😀 xxxx

  44. Susanne Howard August 17, 2019 at 4:14 pm -  Reply

    With Very best Wishes to you both on your special day. Congratulations.

  45. Denise Wilkinson August 17, 2019 at 5:24 pm -  Reply

    Have a wonderful time. Congratulations to all of you. Take care. Much love. Xxx

  46. Gayle Roberts August 17, 2019 at 7:24 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia have a wonderful wedding you will be a lovely bride
    Will you still be Julia Roberts
    Have a wonderful day Hope your mum enjoys it to take care xx

  47. Eva August 17, 2019 at 7:30 pm -  Reply

    Happy landings @ Mauritius & happy blessings &
    Happy returns as Mrs to QVC

  48. Theresa Karuthasami August 17, 2019 at 11:10 pm -  Reply

    Have a great time in Mauritius Julia. I am off there too next week. Xx

  49. Elizabeth Keenan August 18, 2019 at 3:13 pm -  Reply

    Hiya Julia, wishing you and Chris health and happiness. Have a lovely wedding day and looking forward to all the photos when you come back. Enjoy your day Julia it just goes so fast. 🍾🥂🍾
    Much love
    Elizabeth ❤️

  50. Jacqueline Barker August 18, 2019 at 3:14 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, Have a fabulous wedding and enjoy a wonderful honeymoon.
    Hope you will take Chris’s surname after you are married! x

  51. Diane shaw August 18, 2019 at 3:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia congratulations to you and Chris hope you have a fantastic day and a lovely honeymoon lots of love for your future life together as man and wife love di 💕💕💕🍸🍸

  52. SoggySox August 18, 2019 at 6:02 pm -  Reply

    Wishing you and Chris a wonderful time and a fabulous big day. All the best for your future as Mr and Mrs. Love your hair and dress in the final B&W show. Xx

  53. Meinir Titman August 18, 2019 at 6:28 pm -  Reply

    Thank you For Doing great shows with Simon A fantastic talent I have Shirts T-shirts Wash well over many years
    But love my 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 Which I wear all the Time Have a Wonderfull Wedding Yes I Now you will be sunbathing all you can

  54. Fiona August 18, 2019 at 6:52 pm -  Reply

    Congratulations on your special day x

  55. Diana Boa August 18, 2019 at 7:00 pm -  Reply

    Have a wonderful time to you and Chris and i look forward to your pics l am sure they will be fantastic happy days

  56. Terisi Grayson August 18, 2019 at 7:07 pm -  Reply

    Have a wonderful day Julia Good luck to you both for the future look forward to seeing photos on your blog when you return from your honeymoon.

  57. Jean Carr August 18, 2019 at 7:59 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, you look fabulous at any time, but with your veil on it adds a touch of sophistication lol lol!! Have the most wonderful time and lots of love and best wishes to you both. Xx

  58. Susan August 18, 2019 at 8:05 pm -  Reply

    Julia and Chris, l wish you all the best for your forthcoming Wedding.::Love and best wishes Susan xx

  59. Julie Hart August 19, 2019 at 12:14 am -  Reply

    Julia & chris hope all your dreams & wishes come true for the future xx julie

  60. Tina S August 19, 2019 at 12:19 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Just wishing all the very best for your forthcoming wedding. Hope everything goes to plan and you have a fantastic time and enjoy every minute as it goes so quickly!
    All the best, Tina S. xx

  61. Margot Griffin August 19, 2019 at 7:19 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia Have a wonderful Wedding x

  62. pauline bradley August 19, 2019 at 12:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia have a fabulous time in Mauritius we celebrated our wedding anniversary there 3yrs ago it was amazing

  63. Julie Thorogood August 19, 2019 at 3:16 pm -  Reply

    Julia I hope you will have a fantastic Wedding Day and a super honeymoon in Mauritius. I have already ordered your new book in the kindle edition and I can’t wait for it to be released.
    I wish you and Chris every happiness for the future and look forward to seeing you back on TV.

  64. Annette Roberts August 19, 2019 at 3:47 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Both Chris and I would like to wish you and Chris all the very best on your big day and hope you enjoy every minute…who couldn’t in a location like that, surrounded by all the people you love!

    Have a wonderful time, be thinking of you whilst still unpacking boxes in our forever home…got there eventually, definitely the last move this time!
    love to both Annette xx
    (One question though, are you now going to start counting your Anniversaries from scratch…decisions, decisions? Just a thought ha ha!)

  65. Lita August 19, 2019 at 6:56 pm -  Reply

    Congratulations Julia. Wishing you and Chris a wonderful time in Mauritius. Good wishes x Lita

  66. Tracy Jutsum August 19, 2019 at 9:23 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia have a wonderful wedding cant wait to see the photos wishing you all the best, xxx

  67. Debbie Sibbons August 20, 2019 at 4:15 pm -  Reply

    Julia and Chris, happy wedding day, enjoy every moment, look forward to photos, much love Debbie xxx🥂🍾🎉

  68. kathleen padgett August 20, 2019 at 7:04 pm -  Reply

    congratulations and good luck on your wedding day.may you both have many happy years together.

  69. Joanna B August 22, 2019 at 2:38 pm -  Reply

    Congratulations Julia and Chris.

    Hope you both have a wonderful day surrounded by your loving family and friends.

    I saw your show with Simon and must say you looked lovely in yoyr veil.

    Enjoy your big day and honeymoon.

    With love, Joanna B xxxx

  70. Judith Dunster August 23, 2019 at 9:37 pm -  Reply

    Congratulations to you both xxx

  71. Sheila hoskins August 23, 2019 at 11:31 pm -  Reply

    Congratulations and good luck to you both .

  72. Rhona Fenton August 24, 2019 at 3:09 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia not long now just 3 sleeps and its the 27th your wedding day wishing you and Chris all the very best for the future Have a fantastic wedding and enjoy every minute as it must be the quickest day it will fly past so enjoy such a special day as you become Husband & Wife and I hope you will be sharing pictures of your special wedding day? lots of love to you both Rhona xx

  73. Alisonboswell August 24, 2019 at 8:48 pm -  Reply

    Best wishes on your wedding in Mauritius.

  74. Linda Boomer August 25, 2019 at 10:26 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia, love your blogs. Have a wonderful wedding! Hope you & Chris enjoy every second of the big day & can’t wait to see the pics. I remarried my ex-husband last Sept so can highly recommend it!

    Love Linda xx❤

  75. Patricia Ann Savidge Foster August 25, 2019 at 5:28 pm -  Reply

    Have a wonderful wedding day Julia and. Chris. ❤️❤️
    All the prettiest girls come from Nottingham so my Nottingham born Father always told us.
    And he had three pretty daughters

  76. Patricia Ann Savidge Foster August 25, 2019 at 5:39 pm -  Reply

    You might like to read my book Julia. My one and only book a biography.
    It’s called ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ my story by Patricia Foster
    On sale at Amazon or online at Waterstones. I self published so you can’t get it from a bookshop. I had a book signing in Waterstones
    It has some nice five star reviews
    You will read about my Father Ralph Savidge who was born in Sherwood and his Father Thomas Atkinson Savidge owned The Bulwell Soap Company. I wondered if your Mother might have known the musical Savidge family. Peter Savidge the Opera Singer is my cousin

  77. Trudie Golby August 27, 2019 at 2:41 pm -  Reply

    I hope you all have the best day of you lives x many congratulations and hope you have many more happy years together x love Trudie xx

  78. Gail August 28, 2019 at 8:34 am -  Reply

    Dear Julia and Chris, wishing you both many, many, many more happy years together. I’m sure you all had a wonderful time on your very special day and I can’t wait to see the photos and hear all your news 😘😘

  79. martin forbes August 28, 2019 at 4:49 pm -  Reply

    hope you and chris have alovely wedding with family

  80. Sandra wilson August 30, 2019 at 5:50 pm -  Reply

    Many congratulations on your wedding, can’t wait to see the photos. Hope you had a fabulous day julia x x

    • Maureen Craig September 8, 2019 at 10:02 pm -  Reply

      Congratulation on your wedding can’t wait to see the photos x

  81. Mrs H M Leighton September 8, 2019 at 2:42 pm -  Reply

    I hope that you both have had a Wonderful Wedding & an Equally Fantastic Honeymoon. XxX

  82. Julie Rogers September 12, 2019 at 5:14 pm -  Reply

    Welcome back missed you. Wishing you lots of good luck and happiness for the future.xxx

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