Claire Sutton

What makes us British


What is it that makes us British?

Chats about the weather?

Fish and chips?

Queuing…..? ( not my best skill!)

Apologising (even when we have nothing to apologise for)?

The answer us all these things and so many more, oh and of course… drinking copious amounts of tea! The British response to most things good and not so good, let’s face it the soothing calming effect that putting the kettle on is undeniable and possibly unreplicated… though a glass of wine can soothe and calm me in a rather similar way!

The custom of drinking tea dates back to the third millennium BC in China and was popularised in England during the 1660s by King Charles II and his wife don’t you know! There are many versions and variants in tea making, would you not agree? I for one am a tea bag in, swished immediately round and removed before you can say “half a sugar please”, whereas tea with a drip of milk, so orange it must stain ones innards is favoured by my friend Carol Ann. Amanda and Nancy on the other hand waft the tea bag in the air I suspect… the tea should be renamed a cup of hot water with milk… Linds and Katherine oh and Miss Jackie Kabler are Earl Grey all the way. Oh we are all such different creatures!!

Interestingly, a Dr Stapley of Loughborough University established that putting the milk in after the boiling water causes the milk to heat unevenly (as opposed to pouring the water on top of it). This causes the proteins in it to denature, or in laymens terms, lose  their structure and glob together thereby affecting the taste (by the way who or what is laymen anyway..?!! ) Well who’d have thought it! Science has spoken!

Enough already, this blog is NOT about tea! But about all things quintessentially British which leads me nicely into a clothing (well actually, homewear, bedding, eyewear AND wellie boot) brand – got it yet? A brand who began essentially in the fields of Britain 25 years ago and with colour, print and design offer a distinctive and unique twist to their customer. And guess what – WE ARE THEIR CUSTOMER!!!

Launching with moi at 9am this Sunday, ladies and gentlemen I give you… Joules!

Claire Sutton

Currently sporting the Skinny Stretch Joules Denim, size 12 jeans (Maddie’s just said “I love those jeans on you Mummy” and in answer to the inevitable grimace from me re me in jeans, continued with “you look sooo goood in them”. Love that girl.) I teamed the jeans with the classic striped Joules top making me just crave Aldeburgh and Southwold like crazy (see last blog!). The dress I’m wearing above is such a fantastic piece as well.

I’m loving the utter softness of the fleece of this jumper, which with its cheeky mustardy yellow extra stripes is a perfect addition to this autumnal weather, for me it satisfies my nostalgic desire to revisit all that was fleecy soft and adorable about the kids sweatshirts I dressed them in when they were weeny, always wishing I too could indulge in one for me, the big girl (who will always be a little girl inside).

Claire Sutton in Joules

So many of my friends have delightedly shared “I LOVE Joules” and “we are a total Joules family” when I told them Joules was coming to QVC and that’s what it’s all about for Joules, this uniquely British Brand. It’s a family brand that allows those precious hours at leisure, be it big old roast dinners after a walk to the pub (that way you deserve it more), fun time with the family, happy weekend moments in clothes that are built to last, that are ‘rough and tumble ready’, those timeless quality classics which hold unexpected surprises… that’s Joules. And to quote Tom Joules “We are not a serious business but we are serious about business” love that!

Claire Sutton in Joules

Thank you Lindsey Brook Photography for stopping what she was doing today and allowing me to cavort gaily in my Joules outfits whilst she captured these great shots (lucky for me she’s one of my besties!!)

Hair and make up by… me!

Join me at 9am and let your fellow Joules lovers know QVC is the place to be.

Much love,

Claire xxx


  1. Julie Atherton September 22, 2017 at 11:23 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire, both my daughter, my mum and I all love Joules. It crosses all age ranges very well.
    I have just bought a lovely dress from them and jumpers from them, Q don’t sell them at the moment fingers crossed they will soon.
    You look lovely in the outfits and yes the jeans look good on you.
    I will be watching on Sunday. X

  2. Kim September 23, 2017 at 9:58 am -  Reply

    Hi Claire, just want to say you look STUNNING in the top photo of your blog, with the blue/white striped top. Not that you don’t always, go course, you really do excel in that! Hope all went well with the PIP application – I received it okay, so hope you had the same luck xx

  3. Joanna B September 23, 2017 at 6:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire

    You look stunning! I agree with Maddie – you always look fab in jeans. And who doesn’t like stretch denim lol.

    See you tomorrow at 9am for the launch.

    Love Joanna xx

  4. Carol sibbit September 26, 2017 at 7:47 am -  Reply

    Hi Claire, always love your blogs this is the first time I have left a comment. Saw you on telly other day and just wanted to say your hair is gorgeous that colour. Xx

  5. Christine September 27, 2017 at 10:02 am -  Reply

    Hi you look good in Joules products. You don’t usually do casual. We were on holiday there were a Joules shop but did not have anything like QVC has.

    Take Care X

  6. Susan October 20, 2017 at 5:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi Gloria,
    I read your comment in Claire’s last blog and I just wanted to say how wonderful you are to talk about your loss. It must be awful. just wanted to say how I admire you x

  7. elaine darby October 31, 2017 at 12:55 pm -  Reply

    Dear Claire… you are a lovely lady.. just one suggestion.. why don’t you have your hair cut shorter.. I feel your hair style is so dated and too long for you. Just a thought, no insult intended.

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