Marverine Cole

Summer in the second city


Getting steamy with Morphy Richards


Do you hate ironing like I do? Well there’s another chance to get your hands on a Morphy Richards Steam Generator Iron when I launch it as a Today’s Special Value this coming Monday 13th June. I swear to you it will be money well spent and will transform the way you view ironing.

When I was a teen, I used to love ironing – I’d tackle a huge pile of it with aplomb – chiefly because I was too young to go out with friends and had nothing else to do with my time! So it became my favourite chore that I could do dancing around to Wham and Stevie Wonder songs in my bedroom, or watching Neighbours on TV. And of course it helped my Mum reduce a mountain of mine, hers and my two brothers clothes into nothing each week, when she had more than enough to do looking after the three of us. That said, even though I did it each week, it wasn’t easy. To be honest with you, it was a hellish task: we had a standard iron, and I was forever running back and forth to the kitchen for water to top up its tank. Then there was the nightmare of scorching Tony’s favourite pair of jeans and getting it in the neck, plus the perils of limescale-laden water spitting out its brown stuff over Mum’s best dress. Yak! No surprises for guessing, as I got older, moved out and lived on my own, life got in the way, and I had less time, I fell out of love with ironing in bulk with a teeny tiny iron.

So last summer, when I got my hands on our Morphy Richards Steam Generator iron things changed – I’m not saying I’ve reverted back to ironing huge piles of mine and Austen’s clothes in one go, BUT what it does do is save oodles of TIME when we’re a rush to iron something. It heats up in about a minute. And then you can be sure that delicate haute couture items are safe when you choose the right heat & steam settings (I have a handful of tops in this bracket that cost me £200+).

I love using it on thinner fabrics or those prone to scorching. I have a pair of beautiful jersey harem pants (one leopard print and one black). I steam those vertically instead of ironing on my ironing board. And steaming for me is where the unit really pays for itself. I can’t remember the last time I took a dress or top to the drycleaners. It’s great for removing creases from precious items and also refreshing things you’ve had hung or wrapped up for months. Takes Austen’s formal suit for example. It’s been about 6 months since he wore that. He needed it for the awards do (see below). He came home from work, steamed the suit, it looked like new and we were out the house again in no time! Genius. Make sure you get your order in with me at midnight on Monday because it’s going to be a crazily busy Today’s Special Value offer.


Austen and I put on our best big and tucker to support these awards in my fabulous home city earlier this week. Spot my Kim & Co dress and Austen’s freshly-steamed suit??

Being a beer sommelier (expert in beer) I was chosen to be one of the judges, alongside food writer pals of mine Paul Fulford and Ahmed Ahmed from Dine Birmingham, local businessman Tim Andrews and hospitality recruitment expert, Conrad Bruton. It was held at Warwickshire County’s Cricket Grounds in Edgbaston and hosted by my lovely Brummie pal, This Morning presenter and 2014 Strictly Come Dancing star, Alison Hammond. It was a hard process because we had a lot of entries to get through and whittle down for the public voting.

The hall was packed with around 400 people and was a terrific event celebrating everything that is spectacular about Birmingham in terms of Michelin star-restaurants and top chefs, to all manner of restaurants serving steak, Oriental, fusion and Indian food.  Congratulations to Irfraz and Anita from the Asian Today for organising it all, alongside Anita from Delicious PR with Simran assisting too. Exemplary work.

If you’ve never visited Birmingham to explore our incredible food community: head to Visit Birmingham  to get the low-down and start planning your visit this summer.

All images in gallery from Jas Sansi Photography

Where you can see me on QVC next week

Friday 10th

7pm – Richard Jackson’s Garden (including Today’s Special Value)

10pm – Light Up Your Home

11pm – Fashion BY Together


Sunday 12th June

9pm – L’Occitane, Beauty en Provence

12midnight (Mon 13th)  Morphy Richards Home (including Today’s Special Value)


Wednesday 15th June

2pm – Quacker Factory Fashions

4pm Flora Mare Maritime Skincare (including Today’s Special Value)

5pm – Diet Chef


Thursday 16th June

3pm – In The Salon with Decleor

8pm – Heavenly Sleepwear by Carole Hochman

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