The brightest smile


at-regents-park-for-the-rotary-purple4polioThis time last week, instead of sitting in my dressing gown writing my blog, I was at Regent’s Park for the Rotary Purple4Polio final crocus planting session. Unlike today, which is grey and miserable, we were blessed with bright sunshine, which was totally eclipsed by Ade Adepitan’s smile!

It was a pleasure to meet him for the first time as we were unveiled as new ambassadors for the campaign, whose purpose is to raise awareness and money for the worldwide eradication of polio.

If you would like to read more about it you can go to Rotary’s website or, alternatively, I will be writing a piece for my website over this coming weekend – do sign up for my newsletter if you want to be kept up to date with all the things I can’t manage to squeeze into my weekly QVC blog.

Ade and Anne Wafula Strike, also announced as an ambassador, are both former paralympic athletes and we are all committed to helping consign polio to the history books.

Continuing with the purple theme, the December picture on one of my calendars has purple baubles and a ginger cat, not dissimilar to my daughter’s cat, Milo.

cat-calendarHe came to stay with us last poppy-relaxingweekend, as she had a couple of social engagements she wanted to attend which meant staying away from home. He and my old cat, Poppy, don’t get on too well usually, but they weren’t too bad this time with Pops bopping him on the head if he got too close to her.

She has been quite a bit braver recently, even venturing to the lounge and settling down on the sofa, when normally she retreats under a kitchen unit to hide away from the world.

She is 21 and a half now and I can’t help wondering how many more Christmases she will see. It was kind of a dress rehearsal, as she will be staying at ours over Christmas.

My other half, Chris, has now finished the attic bedroom and I must say it looks fab – she won’t want to leave. I’ll put some pics on here next week.

I’ve had a busy run of days at the Q but, instead of taking it easy on my day off, on Wednesday I had not one, but two social engagements.

It started with Christmas lunch with the Reading (as in the place) chapter of the Romantic Novelists’ Association. I had met some of the authors at the RNA parties, but it was lovely to have a sit-down lunch and a natter to get to know them better.

at-the-mealThe lady sat across the table from me was also new to the group. Rachael Featherstone (on the left in this photo to the side) has her debut novel, called ‘Puzzle Girl’, coming out in March and I liked the sound of the plot. She was lovely, but made me feel really old when she mentioned her husband has recently celebrated his 30th birthday – the same as my son!

In the evening, I had arranged to meet up with a couple of pals from my old dancing school in Nottingham.

Adrian and Linda both left Nora Morrison’s to go to the Royal Ballet School and, subsequently, join the Royal Ballet Company while my dancing career went in a different direction with cabaret and theatre shows around the world.

It’s amazing how much we could all remember from our days at Nora’s, over 45 years ago, including sneaking into a derelict house across the road from the studios during down time between classes – highly dangerous, but we all lived to tell the tale!

Linda still teaches ballet for a prestigious school in Central London, but Adrian lives mainly in the South of France these days with his French wife – lucky boy.

I have two more social events to look forward to before Christmas. Tonight there is a get together at Ali Keenan’s house and then the presenter’s lunch next Monday – I’ll post pictures on next week’s blog.

The Catwalk on Friday’s show on QVC today at 5pm is a goody.

We are featuring loads of our brands again, including Label Lab, Kim & Co, H by Halston and C Wonder – I have a whole hour of C Wonder on Monday at 6pm. Here are a couple of pieces from today’s show that I thought might interest you:

  1. This Pia Rossini Amberley wrap is available in 4 Easy Payments – a great Christmas present idea, as it is one size fits most
  2. I have these Assets RHL by Spanx leggings in black and they are brilliant for smoothing lumps and bumps, particularly around the tummy area. They are on 3 Easy Pay at the moment and with free P&P!
  3. For a touch of luxury, how about this edge-to-edge cardigan from In Cashmere? It is 100% cashmere, but washable, and comes in a good choice of colours and sizes and is also available in 3 Easy Payments

I’m not on this weekend at QVC (the final Christmas shopping weekend before the big day) which is a shame, as I will be missing the debonair Andrew Bagley and the Gatineau Today’s Special Value. It launches tonight at midnight and is not yet live on our website, but try later this evening if you want to get in early.


your-christmas-cardsThanks so much to all of you who have sent in Christmas cards, they really do cheer the dressing room up.

I have now written a few cards, but still no tree – better get on to with it this weekend!

Much love
Julia x


  1. Marian Bolton December 18, 2016 at 5:52 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Sorry it’s been a while. Work is busier than ever, we’re just preparing for a restructure so a bit of uncertainty to add to the usual stress! I do read all your blogs and have to empathise with your worry wort temperament as you mentioned a couple of blogs ago, worrying about the cat now he’s an old gentleman, Mum, work, and the list goes on. I too have trouble getting my mind to calm down at bedtime. I purchased the It Works diffuser a couple of weeks ago though on your recommendation and that’s definitely helping so thank you for that.
    Casper is 19 and a half now and definitely needing more TLC most of the time. I think every year, “Will this be his last Christmas?”, and then we get the tree out and off he goes again with his shenanigans and I think, why do I worry!
    Working up to Friday but then off until 9th January so a nice long rest and chance to hopefully catch up on some sleep!
    I haven’t done cards this year as I decided to make a donation to Salvation Army Christmas appeal instead. My sister works for them and they are an amazing charity. Have a wonderful time over Christmas and I hope you get a good rest too. You are looking truly amazing these days and continue to inspire me.
    Thank you for the free short story you sent from your blog subscription. I really enjoyed it. It was a nice chance to ‘escape’ for 20 mins or so!
    Really gutted that there isn’t going to be a Beauty Bash this year, it has always given me something to look forward to in what otherwise can be a pretty depressing month. I hope it’s a one-off.
    All the very best for 2017, may it bring you lots of love, luck and happiness.

    • Julia Roberts December 23, 2016 at 9:00 am -  Reply

      Hi Marian
      Lovely to hear from you – and breathe now that you have finished work for the year. Hope that all resolves in your favour for 2017 and that next year is generally better for all of us… although the year of the monkey doesn’t end on 31st December!
      Does Casper have on & off days regarding food? Poppy does. One day she will be constantly pestering (Sophie refers to re as pig cat) and then she has days where she doesn’t eat at all. She seems happy enough though.
      I’m pleased the diffuser seems to be working for you – I swear by most of their ‘sleep’ products – still love my Elemis skincare!
      Hope you & Chris have a fab Christmas & watch out for more stories and books in 2017
      Julia x

  2. TINA S December 18, 2016 at 6:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    I don’t know where the week’s are going to. A week today and we’ll be stretched out on the sofa after overindulging of Christmas lunch!
    Thank you for your Christmas card which came Thursday. So glad you liked the one I sent. I usually get them from a lovely shop in Porthcawl.
    I ordered the Pia Rossini wrap you featured in your blog (the black and red one). Can’t wait for it to arrive. I love my wrap’s. I’ve quite a few now. The only thing when I wear them is I need more full length sleeves to wear with them as otherwise your arms tend to get cold.
    I do enjoy hearing about the moggies being a cat lover. I saw some so cute kittens on the Animal channel yesterday ( and puppies). They bring a smile to your face.
    Well I hope you’ve done all your shopping by now. All the presents are sorted. I just need the fresh food which I will buy at my local shops as I’m not venturing into town as parking is chronic! It’s ridiculous the amount we buy. I can’t get any more in my fridge/freezer and there’s only the 2 of us! I won’t be going far apart from the Carol service on Christmas Eve.
    Well, I wish you a truly magical Christmas and more importantly , a Healthy, peaceful New year.
    Love and best wishes, Tina S xx

    • Julia Roberts December 23, 2016 at 9:09 am -  Reply

      Hello Tina
      Hopefully you will have received your Pia Rossini wrap by now – isn’t it soft!
      I finished at QVC, for Christmas, on Tuesday (am working New Year) and I must say I’m feeling pretty organised. A few presents to wrap and the fresh food shopping to get but otherwise pretty chilled.
      I hope you and yours have a lovely Christmas and that 2017 will be kind to you
      Julia x

  3. Ginny Booker December 19, 2016 at 5:05 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, wrote a long one on your last Blog and I am sorry if there were repeats as i am still getting my head around this Mac! Doing better as one of my I Pads (Air) smash on the farmhouse floor a month ago! Apple care here in the UK helped me as what to do.They are so helpful so never hesitate to ask for help.
    I am still shopping like mad on the Q buying up all sorts. Today while having my Cookie Day for Xmas been watching you live at 4 on the Style! I try not to miss you when you are on TV. Luv all the new Fashion the buyers have been introducing. Thank you for always telling us about the size you wear as it sure helps me.
    As you probably remember I am mad for cats and this time I kept an Orange male for us in our last litter. He was born Last March and before long he will be a year old. He of course has been neutered and we named him Oleg! We have not kept back a kitten for years and he has really been a pleasure to have. His Mom just loves him along with the rest of our cat family of four. Just precious and lets you do anything to him! Very much loved and spoiled!!
    Again have a blessed Christmas and New Year! GinnyX All my friends are covered up in Snow in the USA except of course my Florida connections!

    • Julia Roberts December 23, 2016 at 9:14 am -  Reply

      Hi Ginny
      I’m only just getting around to blog replies – this week and last – up until Tuesday I was crazy busy and now there is a slight lull before the storm.
      I wonder if all ginger cats are the same because my daughter’s cat, Milo, also lets her pull him around like crazy and never scratches or bites. I am wondering how long the good baubles on my tree will last – first year I’ve risked them since we had the kittens around – they are 3 now.
      I agree with you about QVC fashion – just gets better and better.
      Wishing you a Merry Christmas and happy 2017
      Julia x

  4. Heather December 19, 2016 at 5:08 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,

    I wanted wish you and your family a very Happy Christmas

    • Julia Roberts December 22, 2016 at 7:23 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Heather, and to you and yours
      Julia x

  5. sue lee December 19, 2016 at 5:32 pm -  Reply

    Nice to hear your news, just look on Huffington Post for a rescue cat who gave birth under the Christmas tree!!!! Happy Chistmas , hugs Suexx

    • Julia Roberts December 22, 2016 at 7:24 pm -  Reply

      Hi Sue,
      I’ll have to check it out.
      Merry Christmas to you too
      Julia x

  6. Linda December 21, 2016 at 9:22 pm -  Reply

    Julia, Merry Christmas!!! You always look so happy on QVC and on your photos! I do wonder, how do you keep in shape! Your pilate videos were inspiring, but you keep looking in a wonderful shape! You don’t seem to put on a single pound as the years fly by ;-). Hugs, Linda.

    • Julia Roberts December 22, 2016 at 7:26 pm -  Reply

      Hi Linda
      Merry Christmas to you too. My weight does fluctuate (I’m on a healthy eating plan from Jan 1st) but I still swear by Pilates as my main exercise regime.
      Julia x

  7. Alana December 21, 2016 at 10:19 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Great blog, it’s lovely to hear about the charities that you support.
    Thanks for your Christmas card I received it today and yes I will enjoy my Christmas cake. Speaking of which I have just finished icing it and decided this year to decorate it with robins, which are quite poignant and sentimental to me with loved ones who are not here. I’ve put a pic on Facebook you might see it, I can’t seem to upload it on here.
    I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and I look forward to seeing pics of your attic room, I bet it looks great.

    • Julia Roberts December 22, 2016 at 7:31 pm -  Reply

      Hi Alana
      I’ve just written my new blog, should be up tomorrow (Friday) with a picture of the attic room.
      I’ll hav a look on Facebook for your Christmas cake picture – mine is yet to have its marzipan & icing!
      I’m very honoured to represent three deserving charities & will do what I can to help.
      Merry Christmas & speak again next year
      Julia x

  8. Jens January 2, 2017 at 4:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,

    First of all, a very happy and healthy 2017 for you and your family! I do agree with ‘Linda’, you look great at your age! Could you send me your healthy diet plan by email? I’d be very grateful!


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