Ticked off the bucket list


As I mentioned on last week’s blog, I have always wanted to go to the Last Night of the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, and last Saturday my wish came true.

The box we were in for the evening had five seats, so it was the family plus one! I immediately knew who to invite as my friend Natalie, who used to work at QVC, refuses dates in order to stay in and watch it on TV. When I told her I had tickets I said, ‘How much do you love me?’ Her response on Twitter two minutes later was: ‘More than Spurs!!!’.

I’m not entirely sure that is true, but I do know we all had an immensely enjoyable evening, which started with a tapas dinner and ended with us all singing Jerusalem and Land of Hope and Glory at the top of our voices, whilst vigorously waving our Union Jacks. If it is something you have always wanted to do, I would highly recommend it.

We were very fortunate with the position of my son’s friend’s box. It was right in the centre of the second tier, directly above the box where the BBC were filming Katie Derham’s links. For any of you who were watching on TV, you may have spotted a hair decoration landing on Katie’s head as she was doing her final piece to camera… oops! Let me explain.

The chap in the box next to us was a veteran of Last Night of the Proms, having attended for the previous thirty years or so. Whilst we had paper flags, he came armed with: a full sized Union Jack flag (which he draped over the balcony) plus a bag full of balloons and party poppers – which he released periodically throughout the second half of the concert.

Just before the end, the contents of one party popper landed on my daughter’s lap, which she then dropped over the balcony to land on… yes, you guessed, Katie Derham’s head. On the way home on the train, we spotted that people were posting videos of the moment on social media. It was quite amusing and beautifully handled by Katie – a true professional!

Well, no decorating this week but we did have the electrician in on Wednesday to do the wiring in our family bathroom, which is the next project to attack. We need to have that done before the remaining carpet can be laid on the first floor landing and the stairs. The carpet shop won’t hang on to it forever, so we need to get a wiggle on. More upheaval, but I am so looking forward to having the whole house finished. We’re months away from that, but I will keep you posted on here with photos of the progress.

At least with no decorating I had time to do some writing. I have been tinkering with a book I started around this time last year, but when I sat down to write on Wednesday a Christmas idea popped into my head and I just went with the flow. It’s a bit different for me, more of a rom-com, so I’ll just have to see how it develops!

This week has been Fashion Week on QVC, which I hope you’ve been enjoying. I wonder if you managed to get the H by Halston Today’s Special Value before it sold out?

It’s really good to have Ruth Langsford back with her Fashion Edit shows and Jackie Kabler on Thursday evenings at 9pm. I popped in to have a chat with her yesterday and to ask how her dancing training is going. She seems to be really enjoying the experience – where she gets all her energy from, I don’t know!

As always, here’s next week’s Look of the Week video, which features in the 4pm show every weekday on the QVC Style Channel.


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So, from giving you prior notice of the upcoming fashion Today’s Special Values on last week’s blog, here is a heads up on the great Pro-Collagen Marine collection from Elemis available online now and coming up on-air on Sunday (a day filled with beauty).

It has my all-time favourite night cream (and I’m meaning from any brand), plus the Marine Facial Oil, Advanced Eye Treatment and Marine Mask. A real treat at a brilliant price.

I’m really looking forward to kicking off Sunday morning at 9am with a show packed full of your favourite beauty brands, including the Today’s Special Value – of course – followed by a whole hour of Elemis at 11am and Nails Inc at noon. Something else not to be missed, is the new colour in the hugely popular Dyson hairdryer which has been produced exclusively for QVC. Quick and kind to your hair – and in purple! What’s not to love…? And, did I mention you can get it in 4 Easy Payments?

I am going to be taking a few days away from QVC after my shows on Monday – I need it to recover from all the house renovating. I’ll be back on-air 28th September, in plenty of time for QVC’s 24th birthday… I can’t even begin to tell you how fab the Today’s Special Value is on that day – very exciting!

After a disastrous start to the football season by my team, Crystal Palace, and the subsequent sacking of manager Frank de Boer after just four games (a little hasty in my opinion), I will be anxiously keeping an eye on the scores tomorrow. We’ll see if veteran manager, Roy Hodgson, can steady the ship – let’s hope so!

Have a great weekend,
Julia x

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  1. Tanya mansfield September 15, 2017 at 5:33 pm -  Reply

    Dear Julia caught your Dennis basso show and had to praise you for it. You are so respectful of his fashion and your seamstress knowledge is second to none. You always point out so many details which is great for the designers and us! So excited about a new book in the pipeline – don’t know how you do it all. Enjoy your days off soon and get some rest! Keep well. Tanya x

    • Julia Roberts September 20, 2017 at 11:20 am -  Reply

      Hi Tanya
      Thanks for your kind words – I think if a designer has worked on detail to make the clothes special it’s my job to point that out. Still undecided on how to spend my days off – writing or relaxing…. decisions, decisions!
      Julia x

  2. Tricia Coulsonwood September 15, 2017 at 8:01 pm -  Reply

    Hello Julia, yes I was looking for you in the crowds at ast night of the proms…..now I know why I couldn’t see you !. A box….fantastic…wasn’t it great, I try to sing at the end but over he decades my voice is not as strong as it used to be….shame, I gave it my best…
    Thank you for all your years of great presentation on qvc…you always look full of energy and cheerfulness…
    I have been in touch with Ali for over our years, she’s been amazing with her help and support she gives to so many of us..
    Regards, Tricia .

    • Julia Roberts September 20, 2017 at 11:27 am -  Reply

      Hi Tricia
      Yes, we were very lucky to have the box – I don’t think I could stand for the duration with my ‘dodgy’ leg.
      Thanks for your kind comments on my QVC presentations – I enjoy my job.
      Ali is a good nut (to use her turn of phrase)
      Julia x

  3. Kiran September 15, 2017 at 8:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia

    Looking lovely. When can we see more of you wearing that gold top and others like it. X

  4. Josephine Jennings September 15, 2017 at 9:02 pm -  Reply

    So happy you enjoyed your prom night.

    • Julia Roberts September 20, 2017 at 11:20 am -  Reply

      Thanks Josephine, it really was fab
      Julia x

  5. SheMag September 16, 2017 at 5:29 pm -  Reply

    Even as an nufc supporter I had my fingers crossed for Palace today but clearly our joint efforts weren’t enough! Roy will get there, I have no doubt. Let’s face it, if nufc can sit fourth in the table, miracles definitely can happen!

    • Julia Roberts September 20, 2017 at 11:23 am -  Reply

      Hi Shemag,
      Great start for your team – you must be on cloud nine! Thankfully Palace managed to beat Huddersfield in the cup last night which will be a massive confidence boost going forward. We also have the injured players starting to come back – another bonus.
      Continued success for your team
      Julia x

  6. Linda Sweeney September 19, 2017 at 2:27 pm -  Reply

    Hello Julia,
    I loved the top you were wearing on the Margaret Dabbs show on Monday 18th September at 2pm. Is it a Nina Leonard top? as it looks similar to another one I have. The colours were lovely with the blue and purple which I know are favourites of yours. I have looked on the website but couldn’t see it. Any info would be appreciated.
    Kind Regards
    Linda Sweeney

  7. Kiran September 20, 2017 at 9:21 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Just wanted to say you looked amazing in the red Andrew Yu top. Always love watching your fashion shows love the display you do!

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