Mid-way through October, and I had to discard my vest and swap my over the knee boots for peep toe sandals! Thanks so much for your lovely comments about ‘A New Kind of Normal’ – I was genuinely moved by what you had to say, and am all the more determined to get it out there for you to read. Thanks too for the response to my request for a few readers for the book. I’ve made the draw and will let you know who you are at the end of the blog – exciting!
My obsession with the skyline, sunrises and sunsets, led me to insist that my poor daughter screech to a halt in Asda’s car park so I could commit this rather beautiful memory to camera! I knew you’d approve though, and hope that Lucy has by now forgiven me! ☺
Of course she should really have featured in my last blog as it was her birthday on the 12th, but I thought it may be nicer for you if I was able to include some photos and let you know what we got up to. Very hard for me to believe that it’s been 33 years since Lucy was born, but like most of us mums, it’s something I’ll always remember. Lucy was actually born 10 days early, and caught me slightly off guard as I’d been planning to nip into Colchester and buy some baby clothes! It’s lovely showing Honey photographs of her mum when she was little, because she ALWAYS recognises her which I think is amazing. Mind you looking at these photographs there is more than just a passing resemblance!
I made Lucy a cake, but took the buttercream and decorations with me, so that while Lucy was out at parent’s evening, Honey and I could put it all together! We had a whole mix of sugar sparkles, baubles, confectionary rabbits, and of course candles. I realised I’d brought a couple of Christmas ones too, so we added those in – would have been rude not to! She was understandably very proud of the finished article, and I have to say that mummy was equally thrilled.
We had dinner at Nando’s the night before, and then breakfast out on Lucy’s birthday itself. How posh is this? Eggs Benedict with haggis – all courtesy of the Cricklade village cafe! Absolutely delicious. My birthday gift to Lucy is a weekend away at the end of the month to Bluestone National Park Resort with Honey and Colin. It’s a bit like Center Parcs – not that I’ve been there – but Lucy loved it when she visited before and so did Honey. I feel a few photo opportunities coming on!
Of course in recognition of Lucy’s age I realise that I’m getting ever closer to the big 60! I have definitely noticed a difference in my skin over the last six months, and so I’ve made a few changes to my beauty routine. After listening to Jackie Kabler’s endorsement of Judith William’s Retinol Science Concentrate, I added that in, but have also seen an improvement since applying Elemis’s Overnight Matrix and the Ultra Rich Pro Collagen Marine Cream. I saw the lovely Keeley Aydin yesterday and she said she could see my skin was more hydrated so I’m definitely going to stick with these changes for the next few months.
Of course I’m very lucky to be treated to a full make-over before I ever go on air, and over time I’ve learned quite a lot from our lovely make-up artists. That said, decent products really make a difference and I’m really glad to know that the fabulous Mally Roncal will be back with us on the 24th October with her 12-piece “It’s Your Time To Shine” make-up collection. It will include all three of her amazing mascaras, three gel waterproof eyeliners, three evercolour shadow sticks, and three gorgeous Kiss Me lipglosses. There is a massive saving on the price, and Mally has also included three gift boxes in case you wanted to gift the products separately. Make a note so you don’t miss it!
As I mentioned earlier, I’ve picked two names out of the proverbial hat, and am happy to say that Jo Downey and Jill Turner will be receiving a copy of the book to read through. Ladies, I’ll be emailing you a PDF version of the manuscript. It means a huge amount to me that you are prepared to take the time out to let me know your thoughts, and I’m keeping everything crossed that you enjoy what you read.
You will of course have realised by the time you get this, that although I welcomed the return to my regular 8pm Tuesday show last week, it was shunted up the schedule to midnight last night so that I could introduce you to our Diamonique TSV – the dramatic 6ct earrings in the giftable bauble. I hope you liked them. But, I will be back next Tuesday at 8pm with what then promises to be a regular show!
Talking of TSVs, we have a really rare treat from Shay and Blue – the British fragrance brand – who have not only the intoxicating Black Tulip, but also the Atropa and Belladonna favourites in a four piece collection! Fancy trying it out? Don’t forget you have an extended money back guarantee until the 25th January, so if you’re buying this as a gift for someone it takes away any uncertainty and in my humble opinion, is the ONLY way to buy fragrance.
Well, the next time I write I should have publication details (visit my site for more details) or follow me on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for updates on the book. I have interviews lined up with BBC Berkshire, BBC Shropshire and BBC Radio London, so am feeling incredibly lucky that already the book is raising awareness. Thank you for all your support and kind words… you are my inspiration.
Have a great week, and I look forward to hearing from you,
Love Ali xxx