It’s been another busy week for me, culminating in a sparkling Butler & Wilson event at Simon’s Fulham Road shop last night for an evening to encourage women in business. It was lovely to see Arianne Poole there; her make-up range has returned to QVC and seen sell-out shows.
It was also a pleasure, as always, to see beautiful model Ali, who will be on air with Simon for his shows this coming Sunday and Monday… unfortunately I won’t be, as it is my weekend off.
Simon has shows on Sunday at 8pm and Monday at 5pm, the latter being presented by my roomie Katy. We did our first Lunchtime Show together yesterday and it was great fun. In some ways Katy reminds me of me twenty years ago!
Here are a few of the new designs if you can’t wait for the live shows:
After Simon’s event, my daughter Sophie and I went out to dinner before heading home.
The funny thing is, we were in the exact area where parts of my new book, Alice in Theatreland are set. I know this area well from the 1970s, as I stayed at my dancer friend Adrian’s flat while he was away touring with the Royal Ballet. That was the inspiration for the flat my character Alice initially lives in when she arrives in London, hoping to become a West End star.
We even passed the pub on the North End Road that I have used for a rendezvous in my novel – in those days it was called The Nashville. They say you should write about what you know and I have in terms of locations, but the storyline is pure fiction… well, mostly!
The good news is that, after a week of head-down editing, the manuscript is now ready to be sent away for formatting, which means I should make my self-imposed April publication deadline – just about.
Check www.juliarobertsauthor.com in the next few days for an excerpt (I got ahead of myself last week) and for details of pre-ordering if you’re interested. All that remains to be done after the formatting, is the proof reading. Sophie and I go over the book with a fine tooth comb, as neither of us like mistakes in books we are reading – hopefully we will catch them all.
This week Chris’s niece, Tina, arrived in the UK from Australia for a holiday with her husband and two children. We are hoping to meet up with them on Tuesday before they go to Lincolnshire to see Chris’s mum, Audrey. I’m hoping the weather will stay nice for them.
Does anyone else grow camellias? Mine have been absolutely glorious this year – it must be the weather conditions we’ve had this past winter.
The lilies are also on their way again. If you are a QVC regular, you probably remember the presenter lily growing competition from four years ago? I think Ali Young is still a bit peeved that Dale pipped her to the post!
Our two-day summer fashion event started at midnight last night with the Kim & Co jumpsuit Today’s Special Value, which has colour options beginning to sell out as a write this – in both petite and regular sizes. All the fashion on the live shows is at the reduced P&P of £2.95, so a good time to do a bit of shopping – it extends to some of our online fashion too. Don’t miss my Coco Bianco Fashion on Friday show today at 5pm, as we have lots of brand new buys and do check out the Look of the Week for next week here:
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In an already busy week, I also had to cram in a visit to University College Hospital to have my regular blood tests for my CML. I’m delighted to say Alex was in attendance, so I barely have a pin prick on my arm. The results take about three weeks to come through, so should be back in time for the next appointment with my prof in early May – I’ll keep you posted.
Have a lovely weekend – I think I heard a mention of 23 degrees, so make sure you put your Ultrasun on!
See you next Thursday,