And there was me, hoping for better weather when I wrote my last blog, and it’s gone full circle from temperatures in the high 70s to soft summer rain today. What a wonderful July this is turning into, after a far from ‘Flaming June’. Mind you I reckon it was the change in the temperature that caused me to come down with a sore throat, no voice and a cough that made me sound more like a dog barking! I had to miss several days at work, but am feeling much better now and back to my usual schedule.
I’m keeping everything crossed that my mum’s health will improve too, as the lovely photograph I took of all of us just a month back gave us no indication of what was to come. Two weeks ago mum was taken into hospital, completely immobile, and unable to walk. Her legs just didn’t seem to want to hold her up, and it was impossible for her to move from a chair or even her bed without help from someone else. Joe her partner, is so frail now that a breath of wind would blow him over, and he certainly wasn’t able to help her when she fell, so they had to call the paramedics.
Luckily the fall didn’t cause any physical damage, and she’s being very well looked after in the hospital where they’re making sure she’s comfortable and encouraging her with physio. However, it does look as though she’ll have to spend some time in a rehabilitation centre before she can come back home.
It’s come as a shock to all of us, as mum’s always been sharp as a die, and although less able to get about in the last six months, she was managing pretty well. When someone’s been in your life, all of your life, it’s very difficult to imagine a time when they may not be there any more…
I know from reading your comments here on the blog that many of you have gone through similar situations with your parents or partners, so any pointers or advice you could give me would be gratefully received. She was 84 last Wednesday, and Colin and I went to visit her on her birthday when I took this photo. I’ll let you know here on the blog as to how she’s progressing, and hope that the next time I write it will be with more positive news.
Actually I do have some positive and very exciting news! This year is the 25th anniversary of QVC’s simulated diamond and gemstone jewellery range Diamonique! As you know, I am not only an avid collector of this magnificent jewellery but I also present a regular show every Tuesday at 8pm which showcases our newest designs and many of your favourite collections.
I was delighted to be asked by our Diamonique buying team a while ago if I’d be prepared to design a piece of jewellery to celebrate this momentous occasion, and of course I said yes! It’s a number of years since I designed a Diamonique version of the ‘I Hope’ pendant, and so I felt a bit rusty when I took out my pencil and paper and started doodling… no CAD designs for me!
Slightly shamefaced I presented my sketches to the buyers, who were very complimentary about them all, but as the other ideas were close to designs they already had, they chose the Spinner Pendant. I’m not sure if you remember the old spinner pendants that used to have the word ‘Love’ written on them, and when you blew on them they would spin round?
Well, in truth, I’ve loosely based my pendant on that design. I say loosely because although you can spin the centre with your fingers, there’s a lot of solid silver there – being the traditional 25th Anniversary symbol – and over 90 Diamonique stones, so you’d need as much puff as the Wolf in the Three Little Pigs to make this one move!
It’s actually more substantial because of that, and I have left the back of the central element completely plain so that you could personalise it with a special message if you wanted to: a name, a short message, someone you love, someone you miss.
There are more Diamonique stones pave set around the outer circle for that additional sparkle, and the chain is a 46cm sequin link with an extender, that catches the light beautifully. As you can see, there are potentially two ways to wear it, depending on how the mood takes you! I chose this shape as I believe in the circle of life and that we never truly lose those we love, because they will always be with us in our hearts and memories…
You don’t have long to wait to see it either, as I will be unveiling it in the 8pm Diamonique show this Tuesday 9th July. It’s item number 342577 and is just £31.96. Do join me, and join in on Twitter @alikqvc or Instagram alisonkeean1 and be part of the show. Keep your eyes peeled for Dale, Julia and Charlie’s designs too!
Colin and I celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary on the 26th June, and revisited Monkey Island in Bray where we’d held our reception. It’s had a complete refurbishment and along with two fabulous restaurants and a beautiful hotel, there’s now a floating spa moored along the riverbank!
Our meal was delicious – I had lamb with black pudding, and Colin had roast duck – and it brought back some lovely memories of a perfect day.
Thank you for the cards and anniversary wishes – truly appreciated 🙂 I wish I’d have seen the Luca Vanucci range of dresses before that date though as I would definitely have worn this one!
It’s on waitlist now, but the 100% linen and classy design made it a joy to wear. Helene Berman is another range I try to wear as often as possible. Her pleated midi skirts are fabulous, and this new one and the caramel animal print option are bound to sell well! You’ve probably noticed my preferred choice of footwear in the warmer weather – the Vionic Kirra Toe Post Sandal in brown. They are SO comfortable, and because they have an ankle strap, they stay very securely on your feet.
New beauty on the block
Oxford University scientists and sisters, Lauren and Charlotte founded LAB and are rapidly becoming known as ‘the beauty tool experts’! Working for over 10 years in research and development they use some of the most advanced technologies in their products and this Saturday 13th July at 9pm, they’ll be launching their very first body tool!
Using light, micro current, massage, electro muscle stimulation and thermal warming it can decrease the look of crepiness and wrinkles on the skin and increase the use of your body moisturisers and faux tans! We’re talking backs of the thighs, above the knees, the tops of your arms and your décolletage.
Using the device you spend two minutes on each programme and the results I’m told are pretty much immediate! As with all the LAB products, the girls insist you stick with it – 5-7 times a week initially, then 3-5 times after that. There’s a 60 day money back guarantee, and I’m going to be trialling mine on Instagram and Twitter prior to the launch to show you how it works. It’s item number 402585 and at £199 that’s a great deal less than you’d pay for single sessions at a beauty salon, and you can use it as often as you’d like in your own home.
Well, I’d better fly as I’m back to visit mum this afternoon, but I wanted to leave you with this lovely photograph of Honey, after she’d won the sprint at her school’s sports day – a very proud mummy/nanny moment.
As always, thanks for taking the time to comment and for keeping in touch on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – so many different ways to communicate these days I sometimes have trouble keeping up! Enjoy your week, and I’ll look forward to hearing from you.
With my love,