Mother’s Day spring planter gift

Just Landed!


With a title like that, you are probably thinking that I have been away somewhere and just got back but actually I’m referring to the ‘Just Landed’ page for fashion ‘new arrivals’ on our QVC website. I went on there specifically looking for a brand which was new to me, Lucca Vanucci, which was meant to feature in a show I presented on the Style channel on Monday with Glen Campbell. I wasn’t supposed to be presenting the Summer Fashion Day Preview show, but Alex Kramer’s little boy had been poorly overnight so I gladly stepped in to cover, particularly as I was presenting with Glen Campbell.

I so wish Glen and I had a regular fashion show together, he is such a joy to work with. I had prepped my shows prior to going on air at 2pm, as I was presenting three hours straight and absolutely loved a dress by Lucca Vanucci. Unfortunately, by the time the hour went live, it had been dropped from the running order as the stock hadn’t been loaded onto our computer system in time. We were a bit naughty (I blame Glen) and showed it at the end of the hour anyway, and hopefully it should be coming to QVC soon. I particularly loved the prints the dress came in and to my delight I discovered the same prints in other designs – I’ve ordered this one in both the pale blue and the pink… really pretty for the summer.

Lucca Vanucci Long Line Two Pocket Tunic 177530

We also had a beautiful beaded lightweight cover-up from Frank Usher which I slipped on over the Kim & Co top I had been wearing in the previous hour – it’s on a special price £28.98 rather than £40 and in four colour choices. I hope there is still some stock available for the Frank Usher show tomorrow which is part of our two-day Summer fashion event.

Frank Usher Embellished Light Weight Cover Up 177544

Actually it would go very nicely with the Skecher’s TSV tomorrow, the Cali slider sandals already available to buy on pre-sell on our website in your choice of five colours.

Talking about Skechers, my children asked me what I would like for Mother’s Day last Sunday and I said a new pair of trainers. I have quite specific needs as I have ‘difficult’ feet and after an afternoon shopping, they came back with two different styles for me to choose the ones I preferred… they were both Skechers! I selected the pair you see pictured and I think my daughter, Sophie, will keep the other pair unless her thirteen-year-old stepdaughter, Amber, beats her to it! It just goes to show that Skechers really are loved across the age ranges.

Skechers trainers gift

And while we’re on the subject of Mother’s Day, the whole ‘I’ll cook for you Mum’ became quite interesting when Sophie suggested, ‘your lasagne Mum.’ You guessed it, I ended up preparing it (along with baking a Luscious Lemon Cake) and Sophie made salad and fries as an accompaniment and generally co-ordinated the timings. I didn’t mind, especially as there were seven empty plates at the end of our meal which looked so clean they hardly needed the dishwasher!

Mother’s Day haul

I was also treated to some lovely fragrant flowers, a beautiful candle and a butter dish from Wilfie – very appropriate as he likes a bit of ‘yellow’ as a treat. He’s also been enjoying lazing around on the new rug I brought home from QVC – it’s this week’s Big Deal on the QVC Extra channel until Sunday midnight and comes in different colours and sizes – this is the biggest one. It’s a good job he lay down on the pattern or you wouldn’t be able to see him on the black one although it is actually reversible.

My final Mother’s Day gift was this planter of Spring flowers from ‘im indoors’ which sets the decking area off beautifully.

Mother’s Day spring planter gift

All in all a lovely Mother’s Day, albeit the first anniversary of losing my beloved elderly cat, Poppy. I nipped down the garden to where she is resting and shared a few moments with her.

Poppy's resting place

The day was capped off with watching a bit of television after Sophie and her family had left. Imagine my surprise when flicking through the channels to come across a Channel 5 programme looking back at game-shows and all of a sudden, there I was on screen! This picture was from the Price is Right and is from thirty-five years ago! Of course I remember doing the first two series of the show but in some ways, it’s like a different lifetime… weird!

Price is Right

After today, I have my usual five-day break so won’t be in until Thursday next week, which is Diamonique Day. I have three hours on air: 3pm – Coloured Diamonique, 5pm – Luxury Diamonique and 6pm – New Season Diamonique. The TSV that day is a friendship bracelet.

In the meantime I will be tied to my writing desk, initially copy-editing book 1 for Bookouture, which has a deadline of Monday, and then continuing to write book 2 with its end of April deadline – I’m panicking ever so slightly!! I know I mentioned last week that I might be able to show you the cover but apparently it is still be worked on so it also won’t be available to pre-order for another couple of weeks or so – no rush, I’d rather get it right especially as it’s not due out for a couple of months.

I also mentioned needing your help selecting my author picture – that will be next week now as I only narrowed it down to the final ten yesterday and Sharon, the photographer, has been rather busy at QVC of late with the teeth-whitening TSV on Wednesday. I have seen a marked improvement in the colour of my teeth in the five days I’ve used it so I’m pretty confident you will too if you ordered it.

One more thing before I head into work: I want to wish presenter Kathryn Goldsmith all the best for her wedding tomorrow – let’s hope the weather is kind after this strange week of sunshine and snow – we look forward to seeing the photographs.

Have a lovely weekend,

Much love,

Julia xx



  1. Lynne April 5, 2019 at 3:35 pm -  Reply

    Hey Julia you are presenting marla show at 3 arr you wearing Forrelli heart the double one plz

    • Julia Roberts April 10, 2019 at 2:30 pm -  Reply

      Hi Lynne
      Yes, I was wearing the Fiorelli double heart pendant and also the earrings – I wear them often as I like them
      Julia x

  2. SheMag April 5, 2019 at 7:58 pm -  Reply

    No reason why you’d remember, Julia, but I dropped you a line via this blog last year as we lost our beloved cat three days after you lost Poppy. So I’ve been thinking of you this week. It’s not easy even a year on, when you’ve had the pleasure of a cat’s company for so long. Much love.

    • Julia Roberts April 10, 2019 at 2:34 pm -  Reply

      Hello Shemag
      Thank you for your thoughts – mine are with you too. You’re right, our pets are very special to us and leave such a hole in our lives when they’ve gone
      Julia x

  3. karen somerville April 6, 2019 at 8:50 am -  Reply

    omg you have not changed !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! always looking fabulous

    • Julia Roberts April 10, 2019 at 2:35 pm -  Reply

      Hi Karen,
      Thanks for the ‘very’ kind compliment even though I beg to differ
      Julia x

  4. Jennifer Lund April 6, 2019 at 9:01 am -  Reply

    NIce range Julia. Pity it stops at XL.
    As for Glen, he is our favourite Yorkshireman!

    • Julia Roberts April 10, 2019 at 2:37 pm -  Reply

      Hi Jennifer
      To be honest I hadn’t looked at the sizing – that’s a shame. Glen is my favourite Yorkshireman too!
      Julia x

  5. Linda April 6, 2019 at 2:30 pm -  Reply

    I was watching that show too Julia. My husband said isn’t that one of the presenters from Qvc, he pretends not to watch Qvc. Now I know different Good luck with your book deadline. Best wishes

    • Julia Roberts April 10, 2019 at 2:41 pm -  Reply

      Hi Linda
      I feel quite chuffed that your hubbie recognised me! My other half struggles to stay awake in front of the TV past 9pm 😂😂 I just made my copyedit deadline on Monday but it has impacted on my next book – end of April is looking unlikely if I’m honest
      Julia x

  6. Tina S April 10, 2019 at 11:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Hope you’re enjoying your days off and having a well earned rest. The weather hasn’t been too bad here in Wales but its been keeping pretty chilly. I can’t get over the number of people we’ve seen wearing summer clothing when we go on our trips out to the coast! I’m wrapped up in my Centigrade coat and Skecher boots and there are people wearing shorts and flip-flops!! I ordered 2 of the Centigrade patch pocket coatigans as we did have it a bit milder a couple of weeks back. But its been back to winter since so don’t think I’ll be wearing them quite yet. I also ordered the Frank Usher kimono top in the option showing on your blog which came today. So I’m spent out for a while again ( till I fancy something else ) .
    I’m trying to eat a bit healthier as my blood sugars have been slightly raised and I am now classed as ” pre- diabetic “. So I have 6 months before it’s checked again and as I have had problems with my health this past year or so I don’t want to add to it. So there’ll be no Easter treats this year. The joys of getting old!!! LOL.
    Anyway, take care and relax….
    All the best, Tina S. x

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