Oh, what a night! Plus Butler & Wilson and Biba picks


I’m really not sure where this week has gone, it has positively flown by, but then it has been action packed.

Directly after my Fashion on Friday show last week, I headed out of our Chiswick Park studios, fearing that the Friday night traffic might make me late for my evening out. Unbelievably, I was home in under an hour, did a quick change, picked up the rest of the family and headed to a gastro-pub in Bletchingly for a Frankie Valli tribute night.

The evening had been organised by my daughter, Sophie, and three of her old school friends, Nicky, Nicola and Emily. Our party of twenty consisted of the girls, their parents, siblings and various boyfriends/girlfriends. It was lovely to catch up with people, most of whom we hadn’t seen in over ten years, and I must say the entertainment was pretty good too.

I was amazed at how many Frankie Valli songs I was able to sing along with (apologies to other patrons) and it has left me wanting to go and see Jersey Boys – have any of you seen it?

On Sunday my other half, Chris, drove up to Nottingham to fetch my mum while I did a bit of cleaning and tidying!

Mum hasn’t visited for almost two years so it was lovely to be able to show her the changes we’ve made to our little cottage… so far. She had brought her laptop with her, which she hasn’t used in four years, and Chris was incredibly patient in getting her re-acquainted with it while I was editing one of her short stories.

If you want to read more about that, it will be on the next newsletter on my website, www.juliarobertsauthor.com due out on 24th October, and if you sign up to receive my free newsletter before the end of October you will automatically be entered into the draw to win signed copies of the Liberty Sands trilogy.

applesWhenever Mum visits I tend to cook and bake more. On Sunday I decided to use some more of the apples off our tree to make a dessert. Last year we had twenty-two apples but it was a bigger crop this year. I had already made two apple crumbles so thought I would try Eve’s Pudding (apple with sponge on top) which I haven’t made for years. It was rather good with custard despite being thrown together in ten minutes flat!

Spurred on by making something from years ago and, I must confess, by ‘The Great British Bake Off’, I had a go at a lemon meringue pie on Wednesday evening – something I haven’t made in over thirty years.

Mary Berry would have approved of my meringue – crisp and lightly browned on the outside and soft and fluffy inside – all achieved with a hand rotary whisk! I had forgotten just how sweet it is so, although very yummy, I probably won’t be doing that again for a while… not necessarily thirty years though.

With all this retro baking, I thought I would turn to Biba as one of my brands to feature in Focus on Fashion today.

Their next show is on Tuesday with Catherine Huntley and won’t be available online until then, but I’ll give you a few glimpses ahead of time as things do tend to sell out quickly.

If you want to shop online, head to our fashion department on Tuesday.


This is a logo T shirt is available in burgundy and navy and, in the same popular shape, they also have a metallic leopard T-shirt in black and gold.

There are a couple of dresses, firstly this beaded and embroidered design (currently without an image on our site, but will have one online soon) also in a stunning peacock print.

The top I must remember to order when the stock starts showing on our website, is this black and antique gold piece with sequins and beads.


Other shows to watch out for this week are Butler & Wilson World on Wednesday (not with me unfortunately as I am away in Northern Ireland, I’ll explain in a minute), find their bracelet shown at the top of this blog here.  Grace next Friday if you are looking for a range with larger sizes – it is currently our only brand that goes from 10 to 30.

Also next Fashion on Friday is Andrew Yu. My gorgeous orange top is by Andrew so I thought I’d give you a heads-up on a couple of designs from his latest collection.

This black top with elbow length sleeves has a chiffon overlay at the front; this top has a pleated sleeve, which is a Spring/Summer 2017 trend, so Andrew is ahead of the game; a sequin cowl neck top in navy blue; and a cream, fine boucle top with a bonded black lace border.


Some of these may not be loaded on our website yet, but keep checking in if you like the look of any of them or, alternatively, join me next Friday at 5pm.

I have another busy week coming up with two very early starts this weekend for our Saturday and Sunday morning gift shows.

By the way, do you like our Christmas trees this year? I love the colour scheme – so unusual but elegant.

The Tarte Today’s Special Value launches at midnight tonight live on air but you can order it ahead of time – I love Tarte make-up, it particularly seems to suit my sensitive skin.


On Monday, I have a two-hour Butler & Wilson fashion jewellery show at 5pm with Simon. I’m really looking forward to catching up with him and seeing all his new creations.

As I mentioned, I will be missing him on Wednesday as I’m flying to Belfast in my capacity as an ambassador for British Polio. It is PPS Day (Post Polio Syndrome) on Thursday and I have been invited to attend – I’ll tell you more about it and my first visit to this part of the United Kingdom in next week’s blog.

Finally, before I head into QVC, do check out our feature on the website for Breast Cancer Care. As you probably know, we are not doing a live show this year but there are a host of beauty products, amongst other things, which have been donated by the brands to help us raise money for BCC.

Have a great weekend,

Julia x

P.S. Well done to Gareth Southgate – a win and a draw is better than two defeats!


  1. Denise October 14, 2016 at 8:11 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, I’m glad you enjoyed the Frankie Valli tribute and yes it’s amazing how many hits he had when you hear them all. I’m lucky enough to have seen Jersey Boys twice and would go again if I had the chance. I’d definitely recommend you see it especially as I understand it’s closing sometime next year.
    How lovely to have mum visit and you were a busy bee with your baking.
    I do like the colours on the QVC tree this year I’m tempted to attempt a similar look with my own tree when the time comes.
    I can’t wait for the Biba shows I find it very nostalgic and always wanted to own something from the Biba collection and maybe after all these years I finally will! I especially like the T shirt.
    Have a lovely weekend.
    Denise xx

    • Julia Roberts October 28, 2016 at 4:37 pm -  Reply

      Hi Denise
      Apologies for the tardiness in replying – as you will see from my blogs I’ve been a tad busy over the last couple of weeks!
      I wonder if you ordered any of the Biba tops? I forgot & asked someone else to order for me but nothing has appeared in my dressing room yet.
      You have tempted me to go and see Jersey Boys – maybe as a Christmas treat for the family.
      Speak soon
      Julia x

  2. Lynn emmitt October 15, 2016 at 8:05 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia,if you enjoyed the tribute night,you will love the Jersey boys,I saw is a couple of years ago,it was fab,everyone was up dancing and singing along,I’m sure you would love it.xxxx

    • Julia Roberts October 28, 2016 at 4:38 pm -  Reply

      Hi Lynn
      It definitely seems to be the consensus of opinion – I need to go and see Jersey Boys
      Julia x

  3. Margy Wright October 15, 2016 at 8:27 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia, you must go and see Jersey Boys, especially as it finishes it’s long run next year – March I think. I have seen it twice in London and New York. Both were amazing, but New York topped the two. Get it booked and let us know what you think? I don’t doubt you will love it!

    • Julia Roberts October 28, 2016 at 4:39 pm -  Reply

      Hi Margy
      Everyone is saying the same about Jersey Boys – I need to get it booked as it finishes soon so tickets will be hard to get hold of!
      Julia x

  4. Mags October 15, 2016 at 11:21 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia, love your blog and I was wondering what make the orange top was that you were wearing yesterday. It really suited you (along with the orange lipstick). I have not seen the Jersey Boys musical but would love to but have seen the film and can honestly say that it is one of the best films I have ever seen. John Lloyd Young who plays Frankie was fantastic.

    • Julia Roberts October 28, 2016 at 4:44 pm -  Reply

      Hi Mags
      Sorry for the delay in getting back to you – the orange top is Andrew Yu but I think it may be sold out now – Claire has the same one and we both love it.
      I didn’t realise there was a Jersey Boys film – if I miss the show before it closes in London I’ll go and see that instead
      Julia x

  5. Marian Bolton October 16, 2016 at 12:21 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    I thought I had commented on your blog last week on my way home from seeing Cats at the Lyceum in Sheffield but no sign of my comment. Maybe that naughty McCavity Cat or Magical Mister Mistofolees has been at work!! :-). What a show! Have you seen it? You must go if not if you get chance. Truly, if I had known it was that good, I would have seen it years ago.
    I’ve also seen Jersey Boys in London a couple of years ago. Another great show. I wasn’t sure whether I would enjoy it and actually booked it as a treat for Chris’s birthday but I thoroughly enjoyed it. If you like their music, I’m sure you will love it too.
    Thanks for the heads-up on the Biba show. I just love my spotted blouse that you have and always think about you when I go to put it on, which is a lot! Like you, I love the style and quality, it’s still like new despite several washes. I also loved that top you had on this morning (Sunday) but heard you say it was no longer available :-(!
    I’m loving watching the Christmas shows and the trees (and the sets in general) look amazing. I don’t really shop anywhere else for my presents as you make it so effortless and full of inspirational ideas for gifts.
    i was so concerned for Keeley with her recent trauma but sounds like all is well now thank goodness.
    I must register on your website so off to do that now.
    Marian xx

    • Julia Roberts October 30, 2016 at 10:30 pm -  Reply

      Hi Marian
      Apologies for the delay in replying, it has been a hectic couple of weeks.
      Almost unbelievably, particularly as a cat lover, I have never seen the musical Cats although I know loads of the songs of course. The consensus seems to be that I should definitely make the effort to see Jersey Boys before it closes in the West End.
      Did you order anything from the Biba show? I missed it as I was in Northern Ireland but was hoping to have the sparkly top ordered for me – no sign of it as yet.
      It has been a traumatic time for Keeley, just hoping that things will continue to improve.
      Did you register for my newsletter? There is a freebie short story, only for subscribers, coming soon.
      Speak soon
      Julia x

  6. Chrissy October 17, 2016 at 6:54 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia would I be able to ask you what blusher you were wearing on the butler and Wilson show on Mon night is it from the QVC range. Thanks Chrissy x

    • Julia Roberts October 28, 2016 at 4:45 pm -  Reply

      Hi Chrissy
      Yes the blusher is from QVC – it was the one in the Mally TSV recently and I LOVE it! Not sure if they sell it separately though
      Julia x

  7. Valerie Wilding October 18, 2016 at 10:34 am -  Reply

    Had to comment on Christmas trees Absolutely love them.Also the music hope it stays that way and doesn’t revert to that mournful dirge of 2 previous years.

    • Julia Roberts October 28, 2016 at 4:46 pm -  Reply

      Hi Valerie
      You made me laugh! Mournful dirge!!! I must say I agree much better this year
      Julia x

  8. Christine October 18, 2016 at 7:41 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia apples look nice my husband planted Apple tree, pear tree, plum tree, cherry tree 2 years looking forward to getting some fruit. Enjoyed B&W show.
    Take care x

    • Julia Roberts October 30, 2016 at 10:38 pm -  Reply

      Hi Christine
      We had apple, pear and plum trees when I was growing up. Always had a fabulous crop of Victoria plums – my dad used to make jam with them.
      Glad you enjoyed the B & W show
      Julia x

  9. Elizabeth Keenan October 19, 2016 at 8:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia what a busy time you are having just now, that was nice you had your Mum visit you and doing all your lovely baking as well. Thank you for your letter many thanks for that Julia. Yes the Christmas trees are gorgeous at QVC very different.
    Much love
    Elizabeth X

    • Julia Roberts October 30, 2016 at 10:59 pm -  Reply

      Hi Elizabeth,
      I’m glad you got my letter okay.
      It was lovely having Mum to stay and she has been getting on with her stories which is great.
      Speak soon
      Julia x

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