The paint squad!


It can’t be Friday again surely? This week has flown by.

Last Saturday, Sophie and I drove down to Bristol to help her brother with a bit of decorating… I had no idea what a hard task master he was going to be! We didn’t actually start with the paintbrushes and rollers until after lunch, as we had a small job to do first. How hard can putting up a curtain rail be?

Well, pretty tricky as it turned out. None of the three of us had ever done it before, but we were armed with written instructions from Chris. After doing all of the measuring up and making sure everything was level with the aid of a spirit level, I climbed the step ladder – drill in hand!

Having accidentally pressed the button before I was in contact with the wall, the kids took the drill off me and Dan did it. If I’m honest, I was relieved and much happier when it came to hanging the curtains.

Once that was up, we inflated my trusty Aerobed. What a great buy from QVC it has been. It has been used on numerous occasions as a quick put-you-up bed and, as chance would have it, we have an Aerobed Today’s Special Value on Sunday so you can try one out for yourself.

Following a light lunch, courtesy of the biggest Sainsbury’s I have ever been in, we painted solidly for five hours, interrupted only by the arrival of the Green Flag man. The electric window on the driver’s side of my car had jammed half closed and I didn’t relish a draughty drive back up the M4. He managed to almost close it, to within an inch of the top, but Sophie and I still had to have our coats zipped up against the draught and the CD player playing really loudly to cover the noise from the motorway.

We made a bit of noise of our own actually, singing along to Adele, amongst others, as conversation was virtually impossible.

All fixed now thanks to a great local garage, Mac’s Automobile Service, in nearby Windlesham.

So the painting was finished, two coats of the grey on the walls and we also managed to gloss one side of the lounge door – just as well really, as his new suite was due to be delivered on Wednesday. Sophie and I arrived home at half past eleven. I don’t know about her, but I was shattered!

Dan was working on Mother’s Day, as was I. No, I wasn’t at QVC, I started the edits on Alice in Theatreland. It’s a very laborious process, but one that has to be done to make the book the best it can be.

It has been a full-on six days to get it done but it’s almost there. I will put an excerpt on the blog on my website on Monday if you are interested.

Sophie came round for dinner in the evening – spinach and walnut lasagne – and presented me with these beautiful flowers from the two of them, some Ferrero Rocher chocolates and my cards, which reduced me to tears as always! The flowers not only looked beautiful, they smelled beautiful too as they included my favourite: freesias.

Talking of things smelling lovely, I have been using the divine Sea Lavender and Samphire bath and shower milk from tomorrow’s Elemis Today’s Special Value. It is along the lines of British Botanicals, but less ‘herby’.

The whole Todays’ Special Value is less than the cost of the oxygenating night cream that is in the six piece collection. It is already on pre-order or you could join Keeley and me tomorrow morning at 11, or both!

I have been doing some QVC shopping myself this week… for Dan! I bought the garden loungers Today’s Special Value in grey and while I was at it, I got him some solar lights and garden planters… do you like the colours?!

I’ve also been trying out the new Dyson hairdryer. I have been asking the Dyson team about it for months, as I had heard good reviews. Well, now I have tried it and I must say I am very impressed. It is expensive at around £300 but, if you have thick hair like mine, it really does cut your drying time. Plus it has actual temperature controls and a maximum temperature so your hair won’t be exposed to excessive amounts of heat, which could potentially damage your hair.

My Fashion on Friday today is Together, one of my favourite fashion ranges at QVC. I also have fashion tomorrow with Join at midday and Adesso footwear at 2pm. For those of you who are fans of our fashion here is the link for next week’s Look of the Week.

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Also, if you love Disney, you won’t want to miss the Danielle Nicole show on Sunday at 4pm with me, particularly if you’re a fan of the new Beauty and the Beast film. Here’s the film’s pretty rose bag, semi precious ring, and lovely pendant with ‘beauty is found within’ engraved.

Have a great weekend,

Much love,
Julia xx


  1. Joanne April 1, 2017 at 7:13 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia, will QVC be selling the Dyson hairdryer?

    • Julia Roberts April 5, 2017 at 12:46 pm -  Reply

      Hi Joanne
      Yes. I believe we are launching it on April Beauty Day and I think it is going to be on 3 easy pays to be confirmed nearer the time
      Julia x

  2. Annette Roberts April 1, 2017 at 10:23 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Seems you’ve both done a lovely job helping Dan out with the painting and hanging of curtain rails in his new place. Good job Dan took the drill off you by the sound of it, talk about lethal weapon or what ha ha!

    Love the cover of your new book and looking forward to reading the excerpt on your website, bit of a thriller too, right up my street.

    I’ve had my Dyson hairdryer as per your pic for a few months, well ever since my carpal tunnel operation. I really struggled with my chrome hairdryer and even bought the T3 from Q but had to return it as it was heavier than my chrome one. Anyhow, Chris didn’t like to see me struggling and bought me one to try and its the best thing ever, so lightweight to use, no arm ache, easy to operate with one hand, cuts drying time and leaves your hair full of shine. You do need to follow Dyson’s instruction on drying and it took me a while to get used to it, but in the end…brilliant! Told my hairdresser and she said it was so expensive, until I said that if people are prepared to pay hundreds of £’s on their colour and cut every month or so, not that I do, then why not pay for a Dyson. She has now bought one and raves about it to everyone, telling them if it wasn’t for me she would never have bought one! Her arm no longer aches, its quieter and she can’t get over the finish and shine.

    Have a lovely weekend and will check your website on Monday!
    Annette x

    • Julia Roberts April 5, 2017 at 12:54 pm -  Reply

      Hi Annette
      I think the helping Dan will be ongoing for a while! We were down there yesterday again to visit a kitchen showroom & help him make some choices – I don’t mind, it’s what parents are for isn’t it?
      Interesting you say about the Dyson being lighter. When I first held it,it seemed quite weighty but when drying your hair it is quite light – it must be something to do with the long handle and the way they gave balanced it – clever design as always from Dyson.
      Glad you like the cover of Alice in Theatreland – I’m a dipstick though, the excerpt will be on my new blog this coming Monday – I can only manage one a month on my website! Hope you’ll agree it was worth the wait!
      Speak soon
      Julia x

  3. Lynne April 1, 2017 at 10:37 am -  Reply

    Always read your blog Julia and love it when you present the fashion shows as sizes given up front and you telling us what size you wear in that particular range a real help. I also use the occasional recipes you post as they work, perhaps you should charge a £1 per recipe and donate to charity! Any chance of the recipe for your broccoli quiche It looks so yummy and a portable picnic/travel food.

    • Julia Roberts April 5, 2017 at 12:57 pm -  Reply

      Hi Lynne
      Thanks for your kind remarks re reading my blog and enjoying my fashion shows.
      It’s a nice idea about charging for my recipes to raise money for charity – if I ever get the opportunity to do a recipe book I’ll bear that in mind. In the meantime, I’ll put the broccoli quiche recipe either on this week’s or next week’s blog.
      Julia x

  4. theresa April 1, 2017 at 11:05 am -  Reply

    What a busy week you had, looking at the pictures you put of Dans home it looks lovely and the planters will go with his garden chair but Julia will he want you to fill them with plants . Pleased you had a good mothers day, lime you the cards I got from my son/daughter in law and granddaughter also brought tears to my eyes, to me words in cards are more important than the picture thats on the front. Look forward to next blog have a good week Theresa x

    • Julia Roberts April 5, 2017 at 1:04 pm -  Reply

      Hello Theresa
      I gave a feeling you are right about the planters – I will probably also be choosing the plants but I honestly don’t mind as long as he is happy!
      I agree with you about the words being more important than the pictures – I love a pretty card but the words in the card and what the person writes to personalise it are what reduces me to tears.
      So pleased you enjoy my blogs

  5. Kathryn April 1, 2017 at 4:28 pm -  Reply

    Pleased to read you have been getting along with the Dyson hairdryer that you have been able to try. Would also love to try it out, when will it now be sold on QVC please?

    • Julia Roberts April 5, 2017 at 1:00 pm -  Reply

      Hi Kathryn
      As I mentioned to Joanne (above) I believe it is launching on April Beauty day – the weekend after Easter & I think the plan is for it to be on three easypays.
      Hope you will like it
      Julia x

  6. Mrs Judith Dunster April 2, 2017 at 10:15 pm -  Reply

    Lovely blog Julia xx

    • Julia Roberts April 5, 2017 at 1:05 pm -  Reply

      Thank you very much Judith,
      Julia x

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