I suppose it was inevitable that I would get the winter, lurgy living in such close proximity to someone who came down with it two weeks ago.
Last week I managed to last until Monday, in the hope that a day in bed on Tuesday would sort me out, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough.
Big thanks to Kathy, Simon and Catherine who each took on extra hours to cover for my illness. I’m still not a hundred percent, but I didn’t want to miss Honora’s Ralph Rossini with his fabulous Today’s Special Value earring set, and also the first of the Catwalk on Friday shows at 5pm – more on that later.
After work on Monday, despite feeling pretty poorly, I popped across the lake at Chiswick Park to the leaving do for one of our longest serving producers, Clare (pictured at the top). She had been at QVC for twenty-one years so I simply couldn’t let her leave without saying goodbye. I only managed an hour but I believe one or two of my colleagues had a rather late night and apparently Clare discovered a liking for jaeger bombs – I wonder if she was quite so keen on them the following morning!?
One good thing about being confined to the sofa for three days, is that I could make full use of my new Slanket. I treated myself to the navy one with white spots this year and it’s very snuggly.
Another bonus was watching some TV programmes I had missed, by learning how to access catch-up TV.
We bought our Samsung curve screen smart TV from QVC around this time last year and it’s taken me this long to work it out – I told you I’m a technophobe!
It meant I could watch a programme on the BBC iPlayer called ‘Fair Isle – Living on the Edge’, which followed the day to day lives of the 55 inhabitants including my nephew Deryk, his wife, Hollie, and their four children.
Deryk and Hollie used to run the bird observatory, but now have several jobs each as do most of the islanders.
Apparently 266 hours were filmed and then edited to make two hour-long episodes – the second is on BBC Scotland at 9pm on Monday.
Quite a lot of coverage was given to Deryk and his family as they are about to wave goodbye to the youngest of their children, eleven-year-old Ythan, as he heads off to join two of his siblings for a High School education on Shetland – it was quite traumatic viewing.
So, hopefully you can join me today on QVC for the first Catwalk on Friday show.
The format is similar to our other ‘catwalk’ shows, with eight different ‘looks’ – each having featured items heading the look, but the details of all other items used to style also appearing on screen.
Amongst other brands, today we will feature an easy-wear look from Antthony Designs, some Andrew Yu combined with Michele Hope and later in the show with Nick Verreos and some Cuddl Duds, a brand that is really comfy to lounge around at home in. I’ve picked out a couple of things you may like:
An edge to edge Helene Berman 67% wool coat, available in Charcoal or Grey…
… and this Onjenu London dress, available in three print/colour options.
On the subject of fashion, do remember to check out the Look of the Week which is on the QVC Style Channel live shows each weekday at 4pm – I’m loving the Lulu Guinness clutch featured this week.
There is a different Lulu on QVC this weekend. The lovely Scottish songstress has the Today’s Special Value for this Sunday’s Beauty Day with Lulu’s Time Bomb. I will be with her at 11am for some Beauty Gift Ideas. Somewhat belatedly, Happy St.Andrew’s Day to all my Scottish readers.
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I hope those of you who made my Christmas cake featured on last week’s blog will enjoy it – I’ll be doing ours this weekend now that I feel a bit better.