Thanks for joining me for another blog. I’ll be honest and say there isn’t a huge amount to talk about in my life outside QVC because, for the past couple of weeks I’ve been there pretty much all the time! I’ve really been enjoying it though and have done such a variety of shows. That’s the great thing about QVC, there is always so much going on that every day is different. A particular highlight of mine was a show full of toys because I got to just play all hour long. My top picks were True Balance, which has a lovely nostalgic feel to it, being a wooden toy, and then the Flash Pad. I know many of you will have seen the toy before but it was my first go and I’m a bit addicted now! My Mum bought it after the show with our big family BBQ in mind, but at the weekend my brother (who is older than me) and I had a head-to-head game and turned into complete children again elbowing each other out the way! I am ashamed to say he kept beating me but on the solo game my score was higher than his so haven’t lost all face!
What I really want to talk about in this blog is fashion: as you know, we have some great brands here at QVC and I did a little update of my on-air wardrobe recently, so thought I’d share my haul. First up, THE Helene Berman skirt is back in another incarnation and I like to call it the starry skirt of dreams! I’ve featured the leopard version in a previous blog and I wear it quite often, so when I spotted the starry version I had to get my hands on it. I saw Katie Pemberton shortly after I got it too and showed it to her – pretty sure her size will be on its way to her now! She said she’d style it with a simple white shirt so that’s just what I did here.
I tried to be a bit more arty with my photo as I wanted to show the print all spread out but not sure it worked – hey, at least you can see the print nicely!! Also, Monty tried to get involved too – I think he’d like one!
Next up, I bought three new Joules items. Joules is one of my favourite clothing brands and has been for a long time. Both their dresses and separates fill my wardrobe (or rather, rail, as I don’t have a wardrobe yet) and I continue to buy not only because of the beauty of their pieces but the quality and how long they last too.
I really love this shirt, which comes in two incarnations – one with sausage dogs on the collar (which I still might have to get) and this one with garden birds all over it. It is a nice light shirt so not too hot for right now, but it will be fun with gilets and cardigans layered over it later in the year. I like that there are lots of colours to match to in the little birds and it makes a ‘shirt and jeans’ day a little more fun. Which one would you go for? Dog? Birds? Both? Okay, I gotta go buy the other one!
Then I went quite classic for Joules and got a striped harbor top. They’ve updated this style with a square neck which makes all the difference and I find quite flattering. I have slightly broad shoulders so I find that this style actually sits on me better too.
There are loads of colour options and I stopped myself short of the Navy option and went for the one with red stripes (think the official name is cream stripe?!) because I keep telling myself to buy more colourful things and not just stick to black and navy! I shall wear this a lot I know and it is 100% cotton so won’t be too warm despite the long sleeves.
I wore this for one of Lesley Ebbett’s ‘confident style’ shows recently and loved wearing it so much that I ordered it. I styled it there with some white trainers. I have about 6 Riviera dresses in my wardrobe (rail!) but they are all short-sleeved so this one with ¾ sleeves is a nice touch and I love the floral print over the stripes. There’s even a cheeky pheasant in there too. Great for more relaxed days where you still want to look fab and again, 100% cotton, which is my fave to wear.
I also got a couple of other bits from another brand that is fast becoming a favourite with me and that’s Phase Eight. I didn’t manage to snap any photos of me in them but, in case you were interested, I thought I’d tell you how I found them anyway. There is this top which I got in the Teal colour option. I‘ve worn this on air already (for said toy hour of fun) and it is so comfy but I got a lot of compliments on it too, saying how it was lovely and different and the colour was gorgeous. I have to agree with them all. It is a double layer top with an open back on the top layer. A nice, looser style for those days when you don’t want anything too clingy but don’t want to look like you’re wearing oversized clothes.
I also bought these culottes. Now, you may remember I took a pair of spotty Phase Eight culottes on holiday with me to Cornwall earlier in the year and I can tell you that I’ve worn them at every opportunity – I LOVE them. So it was a no brainer for me to get these. There are obviously a much smarter style so could be worn to an event or to work and they are in a thicker fabric so will work into autumn I think. Super comfy and stretchy, I am really pleased with these.
Have a fantastic Bank Holiday weekend! We have the annual big family BBQ so I’m on pudding duty for the next few days – Pavlova and Roulade production line, here I come!
Thanks for reading,