A little poorly, and walking Barney in the forest


Hello again.

I’ve been off work over the last week, laid pretty low with a bug. I’d hoped that would give me plenty of the usually-elusive time to spend writing a long blog to you all, but although technically the hours were there, I had no energy to use them. My mind seemed to be suffering as much as my body and I haven’t been able to put two coherent thoughts together, let alone write a few sentences. I’ve spent most of the time asleep! However, I’m now on the mend so although not an epic, here are a few of my musings.

109759.s.XJTFirst things first – I’m seriously hoping to be well enough to be back at QVC to join Carla Laszlo on Thursday to celebrate the second anniversary of my favourite range of shapewear: Vercella Vita.

Made in Italy, this stylish, flattering and – for me, most importantly – comfortable underwear range help your favourite fashions to look even better. And it can look good enough to wear as outerwear, say, as a camisole under a jacket or cardigan. There are lovely patterns woven into the fabric and gorgeous colours – not just the usual white, black and nude.

There are a number of things that set Vercella Vita apart from other shapewear labels – most notably the special machines that ‘knit’ the garments with no seams and can create specially-shaped panels of various strengths. These help to help mould our feminine curves in a flattering way, rather than just squashing everything flat in an attempt to look thinner and usually causing an ugly bulge where the garment ends. My favourites are the camisoles (I like this one in particular) and the cropped tops although I have my eye on the High Waisted Power Control Belly Slimming Pants (what a name!) to help disguise my squidgy tummy, and also the slip (109762) which I think would be brilliant under a Christmas party dress. We will have some special prices on Thursday so I may have to do some shopping!

The camisoles give enough shape and support that I don’t always need to wear a bra underneath – sometimes it’s bliss to not have digging in straps and underwires to contend with. And I always wear a crop top when I go to my regular yoga class. I get the comfort I need and the lovely colours mean that it doesn’t matter if the straps show – in fact, it’s a bit of a fashion statement if they do.

Because of the stretch and the soft fibres, wearing a Vercella Vita garment is so comfy this is a range for wearing all day, not just for glamorous evenings out. And we need confidence that we look our best all day, not just for special events. The origin of the name says it all really… ‘Vercella’ is from the Italian region Vercelli where the range is made – an area of gently rolling hills and lush valleys – while ‘Vita’ means not just ‘life’ but also ‘waist’. So let’s celebrate the curves of our bodies with just a little help from Vercella Vita – hope to see you at 1pm on Thursday.


Talking of beautiful landscapes, one of the things I love doing – and always improves my mood – is to walk our lovely bearded collie dog Barney in the stunning Buckinghamshire countryside near where I live. He’s getting on a bit now, at 15 and a half years old, but he still loves to chase squirrels in the woods. I don’t usually work on Mondays so you’ll always find us enjoying a quiet start to the week. I find it really therapeutic – I am learning to practice mindfulness meditation at the moment, where you focus on enjoying the moment you’re in rather than fretting about the past or worrying about the future. (If you’re interested have a look at Headspace.com.)

tsl2I find this particularly easy to do when I’m walking with the fresh air on my face, nothing but the birds to listen to and trees, fields or the River Thames to feast my eyes on. I’ve missed it over the last week or so while I’ve been housebound, but here are a couple of photos I took earlier on my phone in our local beech woods – the colours at this time of year are so gorgeous you can’t help but feel better when you see them. Colour and light therapy are underrated in my opinion, but you don’t need to pay for expensive treatments – just look around you.

The other way of course, is to put a Tiffany-style lamp in your home – we have six in ours. You can see from this photo how amazing they look when it’s dark outside. Our next on-air show isn’t until the middle of December but you can always check out what we have online – they make beautiful gifts.

I hope you’re getting organised for the festive season – don’t forget to let us help you with ideas and inspiration – we have plenty of both.


Take care

Kathy x



  1. Jill Rycroft November 25, 2014 at 10:45 am -  Reply

    Sorry to hear you’ve been under the weather I wondered where you’d got to. Hope you are soon feeling more like your old self and I sure the walks with Barney, the scenery and the peace of the woods will soon have you back to full strength.
    Best wishes – Jill

  2. Sue Tagg November 26, 2014 at 8:23 am -  Reply

    Hope your feeling better Kathy.. I had the same thing for 2wks ..I cant remember when I last felt so ill…so you have my sympathy..all the best sue

  3. Susan November 27, 2014 at 6:21 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy, I’m sorry you’ve been poorly. Glad you’re on the mend though. Horrible being unwell. We’ve had bad family news which isn’t nice at any time but Christmas is worse I think. I’ve just watced the tribute to Phillip Hughes, the Aussie cricketer killed at 25. So tragic. Hoe you get back out to the woods soon! X

  4. Louise December 10, 2014 at 8:31 am -  Reply

    What a gorgeous shot of the woods and your dog Kathy. What colours! And the lighting! You have captured the woods’ natural beauty. Take the very best of care and get properly well. You are a lovely lovely person.

  5. jilly December 21, 2014 at 3:57 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy so sorry to hear you have been unwell. It really takes it out of you, but was so pleased to see you today on the Penhallegans hour. I found it very informative, thank you.
    Well the season is now upon us all. I wish you and your family a very special xmas and best wishes for the year ahead.
    Take care

    Jill x

  6. Kathy January 5, 2015 at 3:05 pm -  Reply

    Sorry this is so late, Jill, but thanks for your message. Happy New Year to you!
    Kathy x

  7. Kathy January 5, 2015 at 3:06 pm -  Reply

    Hello Sue. I hope you’re fully recovered now, and not exhausted by the festive season. Happy New Year to you!
    Best wishes
    Kathy x

  8. Kathy January 5, 2015 at 3:09 pm -  Reply

    Hi Louise. I’m glad you liked my photo of Barney in the woods. I love watching him enjoy them – I’ve just come back from a walk there in very gloomy grey weather but I still feel better for it – something about being in nature, I suppose.
    I hope you enjoyed Christmas – Happy New Year to you!
    Best wishes
    Kathy x

  9. Kathy January 5, 2015 at 3:12 pm -  Reply

    Hello Jilly. Yes – I really enjoyed that Penhaligon’s hour, Richard is so full of information about everything. I hope you had a lovely Christmas and that 2015 is a good year for you. Best wishes
    Kathy x

  10. Kathy January 5, 2015 at 3:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi Susan
    Sorry to hear you’ve had bad news recently – as you say, never good but worse at Christmas. There seems to have been a spate of accidents and incidents in the news that will have meant many people have started the New Year with sadness and loss. It highlights how important it is that we reach out to each other to help whenever we can, and also that we make the most of every moment given to us. I hope you are surrounded by family, friends and love.
    With my best wishes
    Kathy x

  11. Kathy January 5, 2015 at 3:57 pm -  Reply

    Hello again Jill
    I’m writing to you again because I’ve just checked back through my recent blogs and although I answered you just after Remembrance Sunday it hasn’t been posted. I must have pressed the wrong button!
    I just wanted to say thank you for noticing that I’d thought about what to say as I acknowledged our two minutes of silence on 11th November. It is tricky to find the right tone in a brief sentence before heading into another QVC show – I’m pleased you felt I got it right. Thank you.
    Best wishes
    Kathy x

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