Kathy Tayler

A pearl celebration cruise, plus great fashion news


You may have noticed that I haven’t been on air at QVC much over the past few weeks (or, of course, you may not have missed me at all!). I’ll let you know why in just a few moments, but first of all let me sound a fanfare for a Today’s Special Value coming up this week.

Starting at midnight Wednesday and then all through the day (if our stock lasts) we’ll be featuring one of my favourite designers with my favourite style of trouser – yes! – MarlaWynne’s Flatter Fit, of course.

Kathy Tayler in MarlaWynne jeans

These stylish denim trousers will feature a flattering, straight slim leg fit, ankle vents and a side zip fastening. Fashionable, comfortable and easy to wear, these versatile jeans come in five gorgeous shades and I know will be my wardrobe staple season after season. I hope yours too!

Even though these trousers are in denim they are not regular western style jeans so I would urge you to have a look even if you don’t usually like jeans… and it you love jeans, you HAVE to see them, as they are so flattering for most body shapes, and you can style them in many different ways. I wear Flatter Fits of one sort or another almost every day, and as they come in sizes 8 to 22 and in Regular (29″) and Petite (27″) lengths, you’ll find a fit just for you.

They are a mix of 43% cotton, polyester and a generous 13% elastane to give stretch and rebound so they will fit you well for seasons to come, even with machine washing.

We’ll have them in a great choice of five easy-to-wear shades that will look fabulous as part of your autumn/winter wardrobe: two denim tones – Indigo and Antique Denim, classic dark Onyx and then two neutrals, Dark Stone and Olive Grey. Olive Grey is the colour I’m wearing in the photo, teamed with a stunning four pocket jacket from our newest designer (another fanfare please!) Paul Costelloe. This amazingly clever and successful man has designed a stylish range of knitwear and outerwear especially for QVC and I was lucky enough to launch the range on Sunday. It’s all on advanced order for dispatch on 16th October and it’s worth checking out on our website right now!! (I’m also wearing MarlaWynne’s white shirt and boots by Marc Fisher).

Now, back to the beginning, and why I haven’t been on air much lately.

The reason is that Olley and I reached the milestone of thirty years of marriage on the 5th of September – our pearl anniversary – and we’ve been celebrating! We love to travel together and often choose to tour around by car or in our motorhome. We decided to change our style a little this time when we saw a fantastic deal on a cruise that would take us to some places we’ve always fancied visiting.

Although neither of us were sure if we are the cruising type, it felt like the right occasion to try something completely different to anything we’ve done before. The promise of Iceland, Newfoundland and Nova Scotia in Canada and then sailing into New York was too much to resist!

We had a fabulous time, spending luxury time on the beautiful cruise ship enjoying never ending amounts of delicious food and lots of relaxation. But it was the visits to land that really made the trip for us. We stopped to explore for a full day in each of three different places in Iceland, a land of achingly beautiful and dramatic scenery.

We saw dramatic waterfalls, bubbling mud pools and explosive geysers. We walked between the slowly separating continental plates of America and Eurasia in the Pingvellir National Park.

I soaked in the healing, hot waters of Myvatn Naturebath which are drawn up from around 2500 metres deep in the earth. The geothermal waters contain minerals, silicates and micro organisms which are soothing for your skin while the spectacular volcanic landscape soothes the soul. An holistic experience for mind and body!

Iceland is a young country in terms of its geological formation, which is why there is still so much activity going on. Volcanoes still threaten to erupt and the pools of boiling water and mud are quite amazing – they are literally a link to the core of the earth. All the natural thermal energy is put to good use – the hot water from the ground is channelled through pipes under the pavements of the capital Reykjavik to keep them clear of snow and ice through the long, cold winter months. Clever!


When we left Iceland it was to cross the North Atlantic, next stop Newfoundland, Canada. Four days at sea gave us plenty of time to enjoy the voyage, with a highlight being the Captain’s talk. He gave an interview about his life at sea and how he runs the ship, then answered questions. Two interesting queries were ‘how long does it take to stop the ship?’ Answer: one mile. And ‘how much does it cost to full the fuel tank?’ Answer: around £4.2 million, the tanks have a capacity of 3,580,700 litres! This allows the ship to sail for around 18 days at full speed (22knots) or closer to 30 days at the speed we were going, about 15 knots.

The weather was rather wet and misty in St John’s Newfoundland, but we braved the elements at Cape Spear, the most easterly point of the American continent (next stop, the west coast of Ireland) and visited a quaint fishing village called Quidi Vidi – I rather liked the sign for the local fish and chip stall – QVFC!

QVFC sign

We also visited Signal Hill which is where the first transatlantic wireless telegraph signal was received. Sent from Poldhu in Cornwall, 3468 km away, three clicks representing the three dots that stand for the letter S in morse code were heard by Guglielmo Marconi on December 12th, 1901. And that was the beginning of what enables us at QVC to broadcast our live programmes to you for sixteen hours every day!

Being the first land west of Ireland means that Newfoundland has a large Irish community. Our taxi driver Don had a wonderful Irish accent, with very little trace of Canadian, even though the last members of his family who lived on the Emerald Isle were his great grandparents and he has never been to Ireland. After our tour of the area he dropped us off at the liveliest street in town for lunch. It is packed with Irish pubs serving local style food – cod tongues, moose stew and clam chowder – but in every other way could be in Dublin.  With traditional music playing in the background, I thoroughly enjoyed my half of Murphy’s!

Halifax in Nova Scotia was a delight. We rented a car with a couple of lovely friends we’d made on board the ship and headed off to the picturesque Peggy’s Cove fishing village and lighthouse and then on to explore the pretty coastline which is full of inlets and coves and lined with coloured wooden houses among the trees. Eventually, we were forced to indulge in a splendid lobster lunch!

Before boarding the ship again we were moved by the peace amongst the gravestones in the Titantic Cemetery, where many who lost their lives in the cruise ship disaster are buried, and then took a stroll along the city boardwalk, to enjoy the buskers’ music in the sunshine. We had a strong feeling that this wouldn’t be the last time we visit Nova Scotia.

And it wasn’t the first time we’ve visited New York but it was certainly the most spectacular arrival. Even though it was still dark at 6am as we slowly sailed past the Statue of Liberty, you could feel the anticipation and expectation of the many thousands of intrepid people who made that same journey many years before us, having left behind all they knew to start a new, hopefully better, life in America. For us, the excitement was for the 36 hours we had before our flight home, the final part of our adventure together. Simply walking around Manhattan is the best way to find its many hidden treasures alongside the well-known landmarks. And that’s exactly what we did – a fitting finale to a wonderful voyage to mark thirty years of wedding bliss to my fabulous husband Olley. Roll on the next 30!


  1. Antoinette Browne October 2, 2017 at 2:20 pm -  Reply

    Hello Kathy and Ollie,
    Congratulations to you both.
    Wishing all the best for the future.

  2. Pam Segers October 2, 2017 at 3:18 pm -  Reply

    Congratulations Kathy, what a wonderful way to celebrate 30 years of marriage.

  3. shirley October 2, 2017 at 4:22 pm -  Reply

    Kathy Ruby anniversary is 40 years wedded bliss
    30 years is pearl.

  4. Christine Bennett October 2, 2017 at 4:57 pm -  Reply

    30 years anniversary is Pearl another 10 years to get to ruby !! . Congratulations

  5. Joanna B October 2, 2017 at 5:40 pm -  Reply

    Happy anniversary Kathy – sounds like you had a wonderful time. I would love to take that cruise, it sounds idyllic.

    I look forward to joining you + Marla (also my favourite designer) for morning style on Weds.

    With love Joanna xx

  6. Karen Whenman October 2, 2017 at 6:01 pm -  Reply

    Congratulations Kathy on your 30th anniversary which i believe is Pearl…..we are celebrating our Ruby anniversary, 40th, in December…. your celebrations look fantastic, glad you had a wonderful time x

  7. pauline stacey October 2, 2017 at 6:36 pm -  Reply

    Shirley is correct Ruby is 40 years wed, with 30 being Pearl……………

  8. Christine October 2, 2017 at 6:41 pm -  Reply

    Congratulations to you both. It is our 40th ruby anniversary in March. X

  9. SONIA Price October 2, 2017 at 6:48 pm -  Reply

    pearl is 30 years not ruby!!!

  10. Sally Stock October 3, 2017 at 12:52 am -  Reply

    I think 30 yrs is Pearl, Kathy ?Anyway congratulations

  11. Jennifer Eady October 3, 2017 at 4:59 am -  Reply

    Hello Kathy. What a wonderful trip, but you are not old enough to celebrate your ruby wedding yet! Ruby is 40 years. I should know as I’m about to celebrate my Emerald, which is, sssh! 55!! Jennifer

  12. Josephine Jennings October 3, 2017 at 9:33 am -  Reply

    Congratulations on your pearl anniversary. Couples invest a lot of themselves to make a marriage/ partnership work. My husband and I have been married 40 years. My friends for 55 years.

  13. Lynne October 3, 2017 at 10:15 am -  Reply

    Congratulations to you both what an amazing time you’ve had
    Kathy please please please tell me the secret of your amazing weightloss you look absolutely amazing xxxxx

  14. Helen October 3, 2017 at 10:43 am -  Reply

    Congratulations Kathy!
    30 years is pearl. Maybe some Honora! The cruise looks great.

  15. karen somerville October 3, 2017 at 10:55 am -  Reply

    omg!!!!!! LOOKED AMAZING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

  16. Nancy Macdonald October 3, 2017 at 12:51 pm -  Reply

    Wow Kathy you look amazing and you have obviously lost weight, well done.

  17. Yvonne October 3, 2017 at 12:52 pm -  Reply

    Congratulations on your Anniversary. You lucky couple that is on my bucket list of To Do. We celebrated our 40th Anniversary but we stayed in this country because we have 3 dogs and won’t put them in kennels but will defiantly do this cruise one day. Looks like you had a fabulous time.

  18. Nancy Macdonald October 3, 2017 at 12:53 pm -  Reply

    Wow Kathy you look amazing and you have obviously lost weight. Well done.

  19. Jill October 3, 2017 at 2:24 pm -  Reply

    Congrats Kathy and Ollie looks like you both had a great time.X

  20. Christine Milnes October 3, 2017 at 2:55 pm -  Reply

    Congratulations to you both looked like you both had a fantastic time on your trip.xx

  21. Irene young October 3, 2017 at 3:35 pm -  Reply

    What a lovely trip.I live on the west coast of Ireland and visited Iceland 2 years ago.Beautiful unusual place.Now I want to visit Nova Scotia.Looks wonderful.

  22. Gillian October 3, 2017 at 8:11 pm -  Reply

    Congratulations Kathy to you and your husband on your Pearl Wedding Anniversary! As you say here’s to the next thirty! Yes, we did miss you, one of the presenters said you were on a cruise, I think it was Jackie, so I was eagerly awaiting to read your blog and wasn’t disappointed!It looked fabulous, am sooooo jealous. I have always wanted to go on one but I keep hesitating. Will put it on my bucket list as you seem to have thoroughly enjoyed yours! Lovely pictures, thank you for sharing. I must say you are looking fab, I think you have lost some weight, now that is an achievement having been tempted by wonderful food on board? Did you follow a specific diet? Marie-Francoise sister’s maybe? Looking forward to the Marla Wynne TSV trousers, they looked good on you today (Tuesday). I hope you bought them and I will be watching at midnight. Nice to have you back on our screens. Xx

  23. Elizabeth Smith October 4, 2017 at 11:26 am -  Reply

    Happy Anniversary to you both the 5th was our 36th Anniversary

  24. Kathy October 4, 2017 at 12:23 pm -  Reply

    Hi Gillian
    Thanks for your lovely long message! I don’t think Olley and I will become regular ‘cruisers’ but we certainly enjoyed this one, which was a fairly unusual route and a particularly good price, too. The food was endless but generally of a really high quality and once I’d had a couple of days of complete over-indulgence I tended to make still special but healthier choices like smoked salmon or prawns. There was always fish on offer, and lots of salads too. I had lost a bit of weight before and only put on a few pounds which, as they say the average is a pound a day and it was two weeks, I was quite pleased with!
    And yes, I have the Marla Wynne trousers!
    Best wishes
    Kathy x

  25. Kathy October 4, 2017 at 12:30 pm -  Reply

    Thank you everyone who picked up on my mistake about my anniversary – I knew it was Pearl but for some reason I wrote Ruby! I’m not really wishing my life away…
    And big thanks to you all for your congratulations, too. Olley and I met in early 1983 and have had a wonderful life together ever since. We’re very lucky and we make the most of our good fortune living every day to the full. We’ve made some fantastic memories on our cruise – I wonder how we’ll celebrate when we reach our genuine Ruby?!
    Best wishes to you all, and thanks for reading my blog.
    Take care
    Kathy xx

  26. Lois maloney October 4, 2017 at 9:28 pm -  Reply

    Congratulations to you both on your Pearl Wedding Anniversary may there be many more to come. I love reading your blogs, you write as you speak and I can hear your voice in every word. Once again congratulations. Xx

  27. sarah October 5, 2017 at 4:40 pm -  Reply

    Congratulations, sounds amazing can I ask which cruise line you went with? It is always good to get recommendations!!

  28. Bev October 9, 2017 at 9:09 am -  Reply

    Congratulations!!! ??Sounds like you had the most wonderful time xx
    Much love Bev x

  29. Kathy October 12, 2017 at 5:19 pm -  Reply

    Thank you Lois, Sarah and Bev, for your best wishes and kind words. Much appreciated!
    Sarah, we sailed on the Crown Princess which is part of the Princess Cruise Line and is a beautiful shop but it was really the itinerary and the places we visited that made it such a good trip.
    Good wishes to you all!
    Kathy x

  30. June Lloyd October 13, 2017 at 7:19 am -  Reply

    My husband and I were on the same cruise and it was wonderful. I am the lady who spoke to you in the breakfast buffet area were we were both looking for the banana bread with walnuts! Congratulations on your anniversary and yes you did look amazing.

  31. catherine lowe October 20, 2017 at 8:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy loved your blogg about your fab cruise ,you looked so happy .
    You looked amazing and your slim figure really suits you .Any tips on how you did it.

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