Towpaths, tree lilies and tummy holes!


Hi there,

We had some very sad news this week, which I’m sure lots of you are already aware of – the announcement that fashion designer and long-term QVC guest, Lenny Feinberg, has passed away. I only had the pleasure of knowing and working with Lenny for two years, but WHAT a pleasure it always was. He was one of the funniest men I have ever met and every show with him was a joy, inevitably finishing with me crying with laughter. I join everyone else at QVC in extending my deepest sympathies to his family and friends, and will treasure the memories of those hilarious moments.

Team QVC is now in full Moonwalk training mode, with just a few weeks to go until the big night when we will be power walking more than 26 miles through the streets of London in our bras! We’re going to have to hold a bra decorating session soon, but in the meantime the training walks are getting longer – I’m up to 16 miles now, and have found a stunning new route which is making the treks rather enjoyable. I live quite near the Gloucester to Sharpness canal, so I’ve started getting up at 6am and pounding the towpath. At that hour it’s just me, the swans and ducks and the occasional canal boat resident, and it’s really quite beautiful.

Jackie 1 edit

When I’m not working or walking (or indeed, writing…more on that soon!) I’ve been getting out into the garden. I want to make it even bigger, better and brighter this year, and these pots are a good start – pretty, eh? I’ve also got some fabulous Tree Lilies for the first time, so I can’t wait to see those start to grow – apparently, they can get as tall as me, and I’m quite tall!

Jackie 2 edit

Rather unusually, I’ve been working on late shifts for the past few weeks, and as someone who is more naturally an early bird it’s been a challenge! I basically spent the 20 years prior to QVC getting up ridiculously early, with my decade on breakfast TV with GMTV and then reading early morning news bulletins for ITN and BBC, so I’m more used to getting up at 3am than getting home from work at that hour. The result of the late shifts (which have been quite fun actually) is that I seem to have gone a little bonkers, and everything is just that little bit funnier. Here is an example from last week, when fashion guest Ingrid Tarrant’s bizarre name for a belly button resulted in both of us completely losing it on air…oh dear!

Laughter is so good for you though – no matter how your day is going, a laugh just makes everything better, doesn’t it? As Lord Byron once said, “Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine.” I couldn’t agree more.

Have a fabulous week and don’t forget you can always get in touch with me by leaving a comment below this blog or by saying hello on Twitter (I’m @jackiekabler).


Love Jackie xx


  1. Vicky Charles April 17, 2015 at 12:38 pm -  Reply

    So very sad to hear of Lennys passing. Shouldn’t QVC make an announcement?! Much speculation going on which won’t go away. Come on QVC!!!

    • Jackie Kabler April 20, 2015 at 11:58 am -  Reply

      Hi Vicky,
      There was an announcement, both on air and on the QVC Facebook page. Yes, very sad news indeed.
      Love J x

  2. Maz Cameron April 17, 2015 at 2:58 pm -  Reply

    So sad to here lenny has passedaway. God bless you.

    • Jackie Kabler April 20, 2015 at 11:59 am -  Reply

      Hi Maz,
      Yes indeed, we shall miss him.
      Love J x

  3. Amy Wall April 17, 2015 at 6:24 pm -  Reply

    Amusing blog this week Jackie. I’ve had to wait for the tears to clear from my eyes before writing this. Personally I like the hem of my tops to come below my tummy hole (Hilarious). I missed the live show so thanks for sharing.
    I’m sure you’re garden will look very pretty and a good start with the pots. They look lovely xxxx

    • Jackie Kabler April 20, 2015 at 12:00 pm -  Reply

      Hi Amy,
      Sometimes the silliest things are just so funny, aren’t they!
      Love J x

  4. Linda Binns April 17, 2015 at 6:41 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie, I always enjoy reading your blog and comments on twitter. I’m not one for commenting or joining in on social media, being quite content to just enjoy reading.
    However, I have just read your latest blog and am saddened to hear of the death of Lenny Feinberg. I would like to join you in sending a message of condolence and love to his family. I know that lots of viewers along with myself will miss this lovely man.

    • Jackie Kabler April 20, 2015 at 12:01 pm -  Reply

      Hi Linda,
      Thanks for getting in touch. Yes very sad news indeed. We will all miss him.
      Love J x

  5. KIm Pontin April 18, 2015 at 6:12 am -  Reply

    Hi Jackie, just reading your blog and I am so upset to hear of the passing of Lenny. He was on the very first show I ever watched on QVC. Obviously I didn’t know him but I was just completely hooked from the first time I saw him! What a funny guy. just so full of life and enthusiasm! It’s such a great loss to everyone and my thoughts are with you all at QVC as I am sure it must be like losing a family member. The world most definitely needs more people like Lenny – RIP. Best wishes, Kim.

    • Jackie Kabler April 20, 2015 at 12:02 pm -  Reply

      Hi Kim,
      Yes I always enjoyed working with Lenny so much, he was an absolute hoot and a bundle of energy. He will be very much missed.
      Love J x

  6. Vanessa April 20, 2015 at 7:11 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie, I just want to say you look absolutely lovely this evening on Richard Jacksons garden, can I ask you where you got your lovely peach blouse from please?
    I do hope your wrist is getting better.

    • Jackie Kabler April 21, 2015 at 4:37 pm -  Reply

      Hi Vanessa,
      How kind, thank you! My blouse is by Isaac Mizrahi, item number 137364. I have issues with my hand at the moment after the wrist fracture but getting there slowly, thanks!
      Love J x

  7. Julia April 23, 2015 at 8:58 am -  Reply

    I’m very upset to hear that Lenny has passed away. He was an amazingly colourful character and he always made me chuckle. He will be deeply missed and my sympathys go to his family. RIP Lenny.

    • Jackie Kabler April 24, 2015 at 7:23 pm -  Reply

      Hi Julia,
      Yes we are all very sad too. The world is truly a less colourful place without him.
      Love J x

  8. Sadie Gower April 27, 2015 at 3:49 am -  Reply

    Hi Jackie, I am so very sad that Lenny has passed away. I used to watch his shows avidly, he was so funny. I have many of the Nina Leonard clothes and love and wear them. They were something special, as Lenny used to say that he had made all the mistakes and had learnt from them, and I thought that was so true, his designs were fabulous. I am sure you will keep up the good work. May I send lots to love to Nina, Amanda and the dogs. I used to love hearing Lenny speak with such affection about them. Be very proud of him guys!!

  9. Jackie Kabler April 27, 2015 at 11:08 am -  Reply

    Hi Sadie,
    Lovely words about a special man, thank you!
    Love Jx

  10. Pat Thomas May 15, 2015 at 5:27 pm -  Reply

    Have only now found out about the loss of Lenny. He will be sadly missed he always made life a little more uplifting will miss him on QVC.

  11. Elaine Jackson May 15, 2015 at 7:30 pm -  Reply

    RIP Lenny, you will truly be missed. My mum cannot believe it as she’s a fan of lenny and loves his clothes… Your such a smart man, always suited and booted… RIP x x

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