Practise what you preach


Never let it be said that I don’t practice what I ‘preach’ – I simply had to share this photo of all the beauty products lined up on the shelf in my hotel while I’m on holiday. They probably weighed more than my clothes – if truth be told – and I have a feeling Ali Young would be very proud of me.

Of course, none of us presenters can use every single product we sell, but I do try to share the love between the brands and cherry-pick my favourite products – the ones that give me the best results. There will be lots of choice and opportunity over this coming Beauty Weekend on QVC, to stock up on your faves at great prices or use your 30 day money-back guarantee to try something new. Unfortunately I’m missing it, as I’ll still be away.

So, Chris and my 40th anniversary of living together started very early (4.30am to be precise) as our flight from New York to Antigua was at 7.45am. The flight was only about four hours, but the difference in temperature was marked. In all honesty, we haven’t had wall-to-wall sunshine, it’s been cloudy and we’ve even had a few rain showers at times, but it has been wonderful to just ‘put my feet up’ and relax.

We had a lovely anniversary dinner on our first evening, which was when we finally got around to opening our cards to one another. There was also one from my Mum, who always marks the occasion too. Chris had told the hotel staff it was our anniversary and they made it special by giving us a bottle of bubbly and decorating our dessert plate.

It took the first couple of days to get over the hectic New York sightseeing, but we did finally venture out to the nearby English Harbour and the restored Nelson’s dockyard. You could be forgiven for thinking this photo was taken in London, but I guess the guy wearing shorts in January is a bit of a giveaway.

There are two beaches in the resort we are staying in, one in a sheltered bay and the other protected by a reef – against which you can see and hear the Atlantic waves crash. The photo of me was taken overlooking the latter and was definitely my preference of the two. It’s also where the pelicans were fishing.

They were fascinating to watch, soaring high on the breeze whilst eyeing up their catch before diving with pinpoint accuracy, tucking their wings back at the last moment before entering the water. Watching them has been the icing on the cake for me on this lovely, relaxing holiday.

Sadly it is almost at an end, so I’d better go and make a start on the packing.

See you back on QVC on Monday.
Julia x


  1. SheMag January 27, 2018 at 9:05 am -  Reply

    Loved the way you matched the spelling in the title to the country you wrote it from! Deliberate or subconscious?! Glad you had a fab time, we determined co-habitees should celebrate just as much as the Marrieds!

    • Julia Roberts January 29, 2018 at 9:44 am -  Reply

      Hi Shemag
      Totally subconcious – corrected now (in the title at least). We had a fab time – 40 years living together is a long time….
      Julia x

  2. Josephine Jennings January 27, 2018 at 10:54 am -  Reply

    Sounds like you had an amazing break.

    • Julia Roberts January 29, 2018 at 9:45 am -  Reply

      We did, thanks Josephine
      Julia x

  3. Christine January 27, 2018 at 7:11 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia congratulations you look as if you enjoyed yourselves. Weather looks good. Good collection of beauty.

    Take care. X

    • Julia Roberts February 5, 2018 at 5:31 pm -  Reply

      We did thanks Christine – back to reality now
      Julia x

  4. Pauline wilson January 27, 2018 at 8:58 pm -  Reply

    Love Antigua and Nelson Dockyard and Shirley Heights we usually stay at St James Hotel fab place and on Mamora beach/bay and everything about it is typically “English” and they serve the best eggs benedict I have ever tasted along with a beautiful glass of champagne for breakfast……..ah bliss I wish I was there now.

    • Julia Roberts February 5, 2018 at 5:35 pm -  Reply

      Hi Pauline
      We liked the feel of St. James Club – lovely setting & well kept grounds. Lots of veggie food options for us too – we had eggs florentine rather than Benedict & the spinach was yummy! No champagne for breakfast though
      Julia x

  5. carol parkes January 28, 2018 at 1:44 pm -  Reply

    Happy Anniversary Julia and Chris the places you have been look amazing ,enjoy the rest of your time off lots of love Xx

    • Julia Roberts February 5, 2018 at 5:37 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Carol
      It was a special holiday & we made lots of memories. Back at work now
      Julia x

  6. Elizabeth keenan January 28, 2018 at 2:51 pm -  Reply

    Hiya Julia
    Glad you are having a lovely time on holiday.
    That was nice of the hotel staff to decorate your dessert plate.
    40 years together very special.
    Much love, and safe journey back home.
    Elizabeth ???

    • Julia Roberts February 5, 2018 at 5:44 pm -  Reply

      Hi Elizabeth
      The hotel staff were all really helpful.
      We’re home now and back to work – the whole holiday seems years ago! ? but feel fortunate to have had it
      Julia x

  7. Karen Palmer February 1, 2018 at 11:06 pm -  Reply

    Sounds like you and Chris had a wonderfully relaxing holiday on Antigua for your anniversary, Julia. My partner (also co-habitees) myself and our son had our best ever holiday at the Verandah and I was worried my workaholic other half would not relax, but even after two weeks there, he did not want to go home ! A truly special place. Wishing you many more happy years together x

    • Julia Roberts February 5, 2018 at 9:59 pm -  Reply

      Hi Karen,
      We did have a relaxing time – sounds like it was the perfect spot for your husband too! I’m not usually good at total relaxation but although I came up with some ideas for new books I didn’t do any writing at all on this holiday – I must have really needed it.
      Wishing you many happy years with your other half too
      Julia x

  8. Hilary Patterson February 4, 2018 at 11:17 am -  Reply

    Happy Anniversary to you and Chris it looks like you had a lovely times and happy memories to keep.We had our 49th Anniversay last July you wonder where the years go X

    • Julia Roberts February 5, 2018 at 10:01 pm -  Reply

      Hi Hilary
      So it’s your Golden Wedding this July – many congratulations in advance.
      We had a lovely time thanks – just what we needed
      Julia x

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