Joan Rivers

Joan Rivers, a visit from Dad and a L’Occitane TSV!


Hello x

Such sadness over the last few weeks. First, the loss of the wonderful Robin Williams of whom I was such a huge fan. He never failed to make me smile. Soon after we had the sad news about the great Richard Attenborough, another screen legend. Then, of course, just a few days ago, the passing of Joan Rivers. A talent who graced the QVC screen for many years.

I was fortunate to present many, many shows with Joan during her time at QVC and was thrilled when invited to join her for lunch at The Ivy – it was hilarious!

I was often asked what Joan was like off air on a ‘one to one’ basis. Joan was exactly as she came across on air – kind and generous with an outrageous sense of humour!

I have many fond memories. One which makes me smile, to this day, is the time when Joan was presented with a cake during her anniversary show with me. Joan was desperate for a slice, there and then… but there was no knife to hand. No problem! Joan promptly picked up the ruler and started hacking into the cake! It was so funny, we were in stitches.

I’ll look into the archives and if we can find the clip I’ll pop it on a future blog.

Our love, thoughts and warmest wishes are with Joan’s family and friends. A true comedy legend x

I’ve had a restful few days off which included a visit from my Dad for the weekend. It was great to have his company. We get on brilliantly until, that is, the time comes to decide who is paying for the take away or afternoon tea at the garden centre. More often than not I win the debate but there are occasions when Dad gives me ‘the look’ and I know that it’s time to back down.

My Gran was the same. She was always very insistent on paying. I remember one occasion when she became so frustrated she promptly put the twenty pound note in the teapot and said ‘fine, you pay – I’ll just leave my money in there!’ We were in hysterics and dutifully gave in… that time 😉

L'Occitane TSV

Another busy schedule ahead of me at the Q… and I’m thrilled to have been invited to launch the L’Occitane Today’s Special Value this coming Sunday night (14th) at midnight as we head into our second day of beauty.

I was kindly left a sample to try by our buying team. There are two choices for you to choose from. Calming Lavender or the divine Verbena.

The collection includes a liquid soap with refill, a mini hand cream, a pampering foaming bath, two Bonne Mere soaps and a perfumed sachet!

I’ve loved the lavender. After a long game of tennis the bath soak was so relaxing. I can’t recall ever staying in the bath longer. Heaven!

It’s a great TSV to separate into gifts and also keep some for yourself. I’m planning on sending the hand cream and soap to my mum for a treat. She works so hard.

Our price is sensational and from L’Occitane directly it would be so much more. The price comparison is incredible. I really hope you’ll be able to join me and Alexis, I think it’s going to be hugely popular.



Finally, well done if you identified last week’s mystery picture. A balloon! Here’s this week’s.

Guess the picture

As ever, I’m on Twitter – I hope to see you there. I’m @mecharliebrook.

Take care,

Charlie x


  1. michelle allen September 10, 2014 at 1:42 pm -  Reply

    Hi Charlie thank you for the sneaky peek at the new L,Occitane TSV
    I can,t wait I adore the brand.
    As you say it has been a sad few months with the loss of so many iconic legends, I had a Robin Williams dvd weekend such a great man, never failed too make you laugh, and very sad for the loss of Joan Rivers a truly unique lady, I think a lot of the QVC family would love too see some clips of her great funny moments on air.
    I am not sure if I am meant too leave my answer too your guess it picture on here, but it looks like what I am woken up with every morning a doggie nose???

  2. Debby Slauenwhite September 11, 2014 at 10:50 am -  Reply

    Morning Charlie.
    Hope you got the photo of the jet skull and the American Diamond. I’ve found out they have a couple of pieces of Ethiopian Jelly Opal [ may have to have a look at them !!!].
    Yes my Diamonique Morganite ring is in rose gold [ it wouldn’t be right to have it any other colour]. I must say the studio lights don’t do Morganite justice it takes the colour out of it.
    Your Gran sounds just like my Gran [ no longer here either] she had to pay for every thing and some of her sayings were very funny, we’d all look at each other and say ” O.K”. She could read a book, knit, and watch T.V all at the same time and know exactly what was going on. She never wore glasses.
    I agree the photo is a doggy nose [ I’ve had many of those in my face].
    Looking forward to L’occitane.
    Take care.
    Debby and 3 BIG Whoofs from Bella

  3. Kylie September 12, 2014 at 12:10 am -  Reply

    I think it is a avocado?

  4. Charlie Brook September 16, 2014 at 9:28 pm -  Reply

    Hi Michelle!
    Thanks for your reply. I struggle to pick a favourite Robin Williams film. So many to choose from. Thanks for your kind words. And well done… A doggy nose it is!!

    Kind regards


  5. Charlie Brook September 16, 2014 at 9:32 pm -  Reply

    Hello Debby and whoofs to Bella too! Well done, a doggy nose it is!
    Your Gran sounds like she had a wonderful personality and clearly great at multi skilling too!
    Thanks for sending the photos… Wow – beautiful pieces!
    Take care,


  6. Charlie Brook September 16, 2014 at 9:32 pm -  Reply

    Hello Kylie! Thanks for the guess but as you may have seen by now… It’s a doggy nose!!

    Best wishes


  7. Susan September 22, 2014 at 12:35 am -  Reply

    I believe the mystery picture to be a dogs nose. So cute.

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