The wanderer returns…


I’ve been less seen on screen over the last couple of weeks as I booked off my remaining holiday allowance for this year in order to throw myself into working on my house. Mind you, I’ve still popped in for a few days in-between for a few additional shifts at work. It’s been a welcome relief from working on the house as I always miss QVC if I’m away for longer than a week at a time. What can I say? I truly do love my job. I know I’m very lucky to be able to say that and thank my stars daily.

I ache all over and can’t wait for the day when I can actually use my holiday allowance for an actual holiday… even if it just means sitting in the back garden doing nothing but breathing and watching my cats chase butterflies. I’m not complaining though, I know there are countless people who would swap my ‘problems’ for theirs. It’s hard work but I will finally have a little home of my own at the end of it all.

6There’s absolutely no glamour involved in this project. Check out my waterproof outfit to keep me dry whilst removing ceiling paper – a very, very long and messy job! I think I resemble Captain Birdseye but a few people have mentioned the TV series Breaking Bad when they’ve seen this photo. I’ve yet to see it myself.










5My nails are taking a battering in the process of all this building work, too. They’re all very short now. I’ve been regularly applying my OPI Nail Envy but like them to be glam when I get a chance to go out or be on-screen. I’ve been trying out a new set which is coming to QVC from OPI and I am head over heels in love with it! Infinite Shine Gel Lacquer System is coming on the 25th March with Alison Young. It’s so glossy, super long-wearing (even on a building site) and, I find, the glossy top coat dries even faster than their RapiDry top coat. Seriously, don’t miss this one, what’s not to love?!


Speaking of love… I hope you all enjoyed Mother’s Day. I completely appreciate it’s a very difficult day for those who are unable to celebrate with their mums, my heart goes out to you. I find Father’s Day a little tough for the same reasons. I was very lucky to have time with my mum and my two children. I treated us to a naughty takeaway and we all cozied up at mum’s house with our cats.


Until the building work is done my mum is being Pixiecat & Popsiecat’s surrogate mummy. We regularly visit the cats and, of course, my mum. I was treated to some lovely pressies from Tom and  Chrissie, and even received a surprise delivery at my work from a puzzling ‘Mr E’ (Mister E = mystery – geddit?!) wishing me a happy Mother’s Day! Still none the wiser but it was a lovely gesture.


I’m very blessed to have some amazing friends in my life who have allowed me to do some sofa surfing whilst I’m working on the house. As Julie Andrews sang in The Sound of Music, “somewhere in my youth or childhood I must have done something good”. I never stop counting my blessings. I will say, however, that one of the biggest treats I’m looking forward to once the house is done is having my own comfy bed back out of storage. My bath and my bed are two of my most soul-centring, calming places of sanctuary.


I was lucky enough to be given a Kelly Hoppen Today’s Special Value to try ahead of the launch at midnight on Tuesday night. I tried it on my friend’s bed and it looked nice but it really made me pine for my own. It’s going to look stunning and it feels so cosy I’m sure the cats will love it too! It’s a reversible bedspread of faux mink on one side and satin on the reverse and features an embroidered chain link design on both sides.

If you’re a fan of Kelly’s you’ll love this TSV. Kelly Hoppen is a leading British interior designer who not only has won many awards for her work but has worked with many celebrities to create luxurious, timeless interiors for their homes. You may also have seen her as one of the investors on Dragon’s Den. This is fantastic value at under £50 for a designer high quality luxurious bedcover – a small price to pay for an adaptation of a design used in many of Kelly’s projects – and this is an ideal piece to begin achieving the look without having to transform the whole room. There are four neutral calming colours to choose from, including a powder Blue, Taupe and Ivory, as well as the ever popular Blush which I chose to try; gorgeous! Our last Kelly Hoppen bedspread TSV was in November 2014 (the origami reversible) and has generated plenty of five star reviews. It’s great to know it not only looks good but is easy to care for and machine washable at 30 degrees. I’d recommend getting in early.

I’m looking forward to hearing from you. I hope those of you who have given The Body Rescue Plan a try are still getting on great. I heard a great saying the other day to better explain what the plan is when people ask if it’s a diet. Instead of being a die-it, it’s a live-it. As in a way of life. Hope you’re living yours to the full!

Love Catherine x


  1. Joyce March 23, 2015 at 8:27 pm -  Reply

    Please could you tell me the dress you had on Sunday catherine looked stunning

  2. Susan March 23, 2015 at 8:39 pm -  Reply

    Hi Catherine, hope you are coming on OK with your demolition work!? You are an admirable lady!! How do you strip ceiling paper!? Glad you had a great day with your mum and kids and cats BTW. You deserve it. I really hope you get a holiday soon too. There are soo many people who go away multiple times a year and I always think gosh it is a bit unfair really. Have a good week and hope you ache less as it goes on! X

  3. morag English March 25, 2015 at 5:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi Catherine, never mind all your hard work will pay off in the end

  4. Jean March 29, 2015 at 7:12 pm -  Reply

    Hi Catherine,
    Still busy with your house renovations, you are a marvel all you have been doing. Love the waterproof suit, yes you remind me of Captain Birds Eye.

    Yes I had a lovely Mothers Day, unfortunately my Mum is no longer with us, but she is not forgotten, my daughter Heidi, who I know keeps in touch you, came round with her Husband. It sounds as if you had a lovely day, and it must be nice to know your gorgeous cat’s are well cared for, good old Mum.

    Your nails look great, OPI Nail Envy is great isn’t it, that reminds me I must do mine.

    Good luck with the renovations on your house and don’t work to hard, mine you you are looking great on it.

    Love Jean XX

  5. Paul shuttle March 30, 2015 at 12:26 am -  Reply

    Hi Catherine , be very very proud of yourself for all of your efforts ,on your new home and also your work on QVC I am sure I am not the only one who thinks you are amazing . Xx

  6. Annette Roberts March 30, 2015 at 2:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi Catherine
    Considering all the hard work you are putting in on your new home and the fact your nails have taken a battering, they still look pretty good to me and there isn’t a mark on your hands either.

    Just thought I’d drop you a line because of all this healthy eating and the use of Agave Nectar in both drinks and cooking, which as the bottles are pretty expensive for 250ml…I did the maths and worked out it was a lot cheaper to buy a 5ltr container of Agave Nectar. I have kept my last 250ml bottle and now top it up when I need to…I bought my 5ltrs at Amazon and you can save a little bit more if you subscribe and save and have it delivered every 5 months or so depending on how quickly you use it. Maybe you have already thought of that, but just in case…every penny helps, me thinks.

    I’ve just upped my exercise to include my favourite kettlebells again and in the last couple of weeks I can’t believe how my sides have pulled in, my arms getting more shape and the OH asking me if I’ve lost weight…a couple of pounds, that all and because of the increase in muscle mass you tend to remain the same, so I’m going on inches now rather than weight. Amazing how alive you start to feel…now I know why you’ve always got a smile on your face!

    Have a great week Catherine and keep up the good work both at home and on Q…you’ll soon have that much earned holiday.

    Annette x

  7. Joan Harty March 31, 2015 at 2:56 pm -  Reply

    What make up and blusher do you use Catherine as you look stunning. I really enjoy your programmes and your one of my favourite presenters.

  8. Kath Boddy June 5, 2015 at 4:54 pm -  Reply

    How do you manage to look so good when your doing all that work on your home?xx2

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