Sparkle and shine


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:

Find out more about the champagne glass brooch, mirror crystal necklace, monkey keyring and Y-shaped necklace.

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 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,

Much love,
Julia xx


  1. Loraine Baily April 8, 2017 at 2:49 pm -  Reply

    So worried to read about the Lilly’s you are growing as I know you are a cat lover and have pet cats , all parts of the plant are extremely poisionus to cats and can cause fatal kidney failure . It is often misconstrued that it is only if they are eaten , but the most poisonous part is the pollen and if a cat brushes past a flower and then licks the pollen off it will poison itself . Please be aware.

    • Julia Roberts April 13, 2017 at 4:38 pm -  Reply

      Hi Loraine
      I do understand your concerns about cats and lilies & often mention it on air but we have grown this species for the past four years and no ill affects.
      Thanks for highlighting it though
      Julia x

  2. Linda Finch,, April 10, 2017 at 9:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, you heard right about 23 degrees it’s been absolutely gorgeous this weekend up in yorkshire, but sadly it doesn’t seem to last long enough. We haven’t tried to grow camellias but I would like to ,we do have lots of lily s which I love we also have a cat with no problems at all, hope all goes well with your blood’s looking forward to seeing you on Q love for now Linda F xx

    • Julia Roberts April 13, 2017 at 4:40 pm -  Reply

      Hi Linda
      I think it actually reached 24 degrees where we live on Sunday – amazing for April!
      Our camellias are still looking amazing – truck is to dead head & let the new blooms flourish.
      You’ll be seeing me lots over Easter on the Q
      Julia x

  3. Sandra May 5, 2017 at 5:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Just reading your blog and couldn’t believe Adrianne Poole is back on qvc I still have some make up and brushes of hers when she was on before, I often wondered where she went.I have been off work for seven weeks now as I’ve had a bone fusion in my foot and qvc has helped me through this as I’ve been stuck in bed.
    Look forward to seeing Arianne soon I think she looks younger now.
    Love Sandra x

  4. Sandra May 5, 2017 at 5:32 pm -  Reply

    P.s That could be Ali with short hair oh gosh my eyesight lol

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