Six weeks and counting with a special Elemis offer!


Christmas really is just around the corner when a big retailer launches their seasonal advert ( I love Buster the Boxer!), and when it’s time for the Elemis Christmas Today’s Special Value on QVC – our biggest Today’s Special Value of the year in terms of quantity.

I have been very good at keeping my lips sealed since pre-recording the segments with Emer for the website and Beauty Channel. That was some four weeks ago now, but you can now watch and order early if you like the look of it… I really can keep a secret if asked to!

The Today’s Special Value is a six-piece face and body collection in a choice of two fragrance options, which both come in a gold gift box that doesn’t state the contents, so you could remove (or add) a couple of items if you choose.


The Pro collagen marine Cream alone is worth £50 and the whole Today’s Special Value is only £42.96, so everything else is a bonus.

Oh, and it’s available in 4 Easy Payments!

with-christine-from-elemisAlso, if you fancy trying both options, Frangipani and (the new fragrance) White Lotus and Lime, you can also buy more and save with this product, saving £4 on your second and each subsequent purchase!

Check it out on our website now, or wait for the official launch at midnight on Saturday in to Sunday.

I even kept (fairly) quiet about my lovely trip to the Elemis day spa in Mayfair last week, where Christina (who you will recognise from QVC) gave me a specially-devised face and body treat, using all of the elements from the Today’s Special Value.

It was so relaxing, I’m a little ashamed to admit that I fell asleep only to wake myself up… snoring! How embarrassing. But I was laying on my back, something that always makes ‘him indoors’ snore.



Last weekend we went to a firework display for the first time in about ten years. I was a bit disappointed at the lack of organisation for parking the cars; which ultimately resulted in the display starting thirty minutes late.

However it was good fun to watch and we rounded the evening off with a meal at the Belvedere Arms nearby, one of our favourite gastro-pubs.

Fireworks were still going off late into the night, but both our cats seemed unperturbed.

Poppy is totally deaf so couldn’t hear them and Wilfie slept through most of it! I took this cute picture on the left of Wilfie the other day when I finally succumbed to putting the thicker Northern Nights duvet on our bed after it turned so cold.

Before I had the chance to put the clean duvet cover on, Wilfie had snuggled into the quilt and stayed there for several hours.

Speaking of cats, apologies for forgetting to post the October picture from my yoga cats calendar. I couldn’t possibly miss this one though because the cat is called ‘Franklin’ – I wonder if Dale can strike that pose?

wilfie yoga-calendar

the-shadow-of-her-smileOn Monday, I finally finished writing and editing my latest short story, ‘The Shadow of Her Smile’, which will be exclusively available for people who sign up to the newsletter on my website.

There is a short excerpt in my website’s blog, if you’d like to try it out.

I also announced that I have been able to send a further £1,500 to Bloodwise as a result of sales of ‘Life’s a Beach and Then…’.

Thank you if you’ve bought it, the money really is a great help to fund research in to new treatments and drugs for all types of blood cancer. I have some news about another of the charities I’m associated with which I shall share next week.

So, as well as the Elemis Today’s Special Value, there are lots of other great Christmas gift ideas from QVC at the moment.

If you know someone who finds getting off to sleep troublesome, do join me for a whole hour of This Works this afternoon at 3pm.

I use the pillow spray every night to get me off to sleep, as my head is always spinning with ideas for new books. They do lots of other products too, including a rechargeable diffuser (pictured), which we are launching today. Nicole is back after the birth of her baby, so I’m looking forward to seeing her and the baby pics!


dennis-basso-coat-154871Fashion on Friday is a change from what I shared last week – it’s Centigrade, perfect if you’re shopping for winter coats now that the weather has turned.

We also have winter coats with Dennis Basso on his 15th Anniversary shows with us next week. I am with him at 2pm on both Wednesday and Thursday, join us for stylish pieces like this revere collar coat.

I also have Together fashion at 3pm tomorrow with Carla, and MarlaWynne fashion on Thursday at 11am… lots of fashion hours this week which I hope you will join me for.




I can’t finish without mentioning the dreadful tram crash in Croydon on Wednesday. I lived in the area for many years and still visit when I go and watch my team, Crystal Palace, play their home games. One of the first victims identified was a 19 year old Palace fan. My heart goes out to his family and everyone affected by this disaster.

And lastly, I will be wearing my poppy with pride this weekend.

Much love,
Julia xx


  1. Loraine Plumb November 11, 2016 at 6:15 pm -  Reply

    Hello Julia glad you enjoyed your treat at elemis nice to have some me time isn’t it I keep meaning to ask you what eyeliner you use,and do you find it runs into the corners of your eyes, I do . Thankyou in advance I’ve been trying new mascaras Im like you it’s my favourite makeup item .Xmas is definitely creeping up I’ve wrapped all mine I have to confess have bought alot for our two and the other halfs also have a 7 month old granddaughter I managed to do alot online so that really helped anyway best wishes to you and your family Loraine xx

    • Julia Roberts November 18, 2016 at 11:32 am -  Reply

      Hi Loraine
      I rarely visit a beauty salon so it was such a treat.
      I currently use Tarte black silk eyeliner – I use it from the pencil on the inner rims of my eyes but with a liner brush to do the top line & flick.
      Can’t believe you already have most of your Christmas shopping done – as per normal I’ve barely started
      Julia x

  2. Anne Wilson November 13, 2016 at 6:03 pm -  Reply

    Love reading your blog Julia xxx

    • Julia Roberts November 18, 2016 at 11:36 am -  Reply

      Hi Anne
      I’m really pleased to hear that as I enjoy writing them
      Julia x

  3. Bev Picksley November 13, 2016 at 9:08 pm -  Reply

    Hello Julia – I’ve bought 3 of the Elemis TSV’s today. 1 each for my 2 girls and 1 for me. We all love Elemis and they will be great Christmas presents. I’ve signed up for your newsletter and look forward to reading your new book too. I loved your trilogy and my new granddaughter is called Holly. Keep well and dare I say it, have a wonderful Christmas!

    • Julia Roberts November 18, 2016 at 11:40 am -  Reply

      Hi Bev
      It was such a good Elemis TSV wasn’t it – I wonder which fragrance you preferred?
      Thanks for signing up to my newsletter – the new short story will be available from Monday I think. I’m working on a couple of full length novels at the moment so I hope you will enjoy them when they are finished.
      Happy ‘early’ Merry Christmas to you too
      Julia x

  4. Linda Warricker November 14, 2016 at 10:51 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia enjoyed reading your blog I’m awaiting delivery of the Elemis Todays Special Value treat time I think big style.When I went on holiday in September to Rhodes I thoroughly enjoyed reading all of the Liberty Sands Trilogy couldn’t put them down my other halve couldn’t believe how quiet I was I told him he had to make the most of it I would be back to my chatty self soon enough xx

    • Julia Roberts November 18, 2016 at 11:43 am -  Reply

      Hi Linda
      Your Elemis TSV will have arrived by now – gave you tried it yet?
      I’m so pleased you enjoyed the Liberty Sands trilogy – will keep on writing to give your hubbie a bit of peace & quiet!!
      Thanks for the feedback – are you signed up for the newsletter on it will keep you up to date with my writing exploits!
      Julia x

  5. Julia Jenkins November 16, 2016 at 8:37 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    My Elemis TSV arrived yesterday,I ordered the
    White Lotus and Lime and I love it. I have read the Liberty Sands books and your short story so look forward to the new one.
    We too went to a firework display for the first time in years. My son is 14 now and has never liked fireworks but decided he would like us to go with his cousins,in their 20’s, this year. The car parking was in a field not great here either and we were one of a number of cars that got stuck in the mud and had to be towed out after the display. It turns out the organisers knew there were a few areas of bog but had made no effort to cone them off and with no lighting in the field it was impossible to spot until you were stuck. Thankfully I was wearing my waterproof Emu’s, really needed them.
    I am looking forward to a few TSV’s coming up, do you know if there are any plans for a Radley TSV?
    Enjoy the Christmas build up.
    Julia x

    • Julia Roberts November 18, 2016 at 1:11 pm -  Reply

      Hi Julia
      The new White lotus & lime is rather lovely isn’t it – fresh but not too citrusy.
      What a good job you were wearing the Emu waterproof boots on your fireworks escapade! I was wearing one pair of mine and my daughter, Sophie, borrowed another pair …. Come to think of it I haven’t had them back yet!
      Pleased to hear you enjoyed the Liberty Sands trilogy & Time for a Short Story – the new one is much shorter, only 3000 words but I hope you will still like it.
      I don’t think we have a Radley TSV between now and Christmas.
      Speak soon
      Julia x

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