After another really long day in the garden planting out the water feature that Colin has now completed and a hanging basket, all with my QVC Summer blooms collection, I seem to have spent half the night going over and over things that really don’t matter at all! I am a notoriously bad sleeper – my hot flushes purgatory on a warmer night – but I can’t imagine I’m very different to many of you. It was a relief to have the slight easing of restrictions but I know for many of us, it’s not really made that much of a difference. Trying to stay positive and motivated is difficult, but I had to smile at some of the headlines I’ve found online: ‘Is now the time to consider buying a second home?’; ‘How to secure a new role and get a pay rise in lockdown’ and excitingly, ‘Thinking of cutting your own hair? Do not do it until you read our “how to” guide’! Well that last bit of advice was a week late for me, and having attacked my rather stylish cut with a pair of nail scissors I was really pleased to have so many folk say it looked good!
I’m not going to touch the colour – although I do look a little like a badger up close – but I’ve decided to make do with Philip Kingsley’s One More Day Dry Shampoo to lighten it a bit 🙂 Trying to keep my nails at a reasonable length and my cuticles smooth, is proving to be a challenge. I didn’t realise how difficult it is to get a good shape on the nail, although using my Crystal Nail File definitely helps. I’ve started using Margaret Dabb’s Nail & Cuticle Serum for my feet and hands and am currently using Nail Envy Samoan Sand, but with all the gardening I am finding I need to repaint for work each time. That said, my hand to eye co-ordination has definitely improved. 🙂 Talking of gardening, my huge scented lilies have finally surfaced, and the beautiful rose that Kathy Tayler bought me for my birthday has bloomed! Have a look at the label – how kind and thoughtful of Kathy.
Thanks so much for writing to me, and keeping in touch. It really does make me feel less isolated when I read about how you’re getting on. I know it’s been tough for many and for a myriad of reasons, but I hope that Jo Downey is doing OK? I realised having answered your comments that not everyone in England, Wales and Scotland is getting the sunshine! Forgive me, I rarely watch the TV news and weather now, and hadn’t realized. I hope that things will warm up for you very soon, and you’ll get a sense of the summer. We’ve had a few BBQ’s over the last few weeks, and I was so pleased to see my son Jack the week before last, and Sam on Sunday. Very hard not to hug them, but we were easily able to stay apart and it was so good to physically see them after all this time. There was a lovely story in the news last week about a hugging curtain. It was basically a large sheet of plastic with two sets of armholes in it so that people could actually physically hold onto each other, while wearing a mask obviously. A dear old soul was able to hug her son and I found it really emotional to watch. I wish I could get my hands on one with small armholes so I could hug Honey… We’re still keeping up with our drawing games, and have had a lot of fun with a memory game. Honey loads a tray with objects and then one by one she removes them and I have to guess what she’s taken. I am SHOCKINGLY bad at it, but it makes us both laugh.
I had every intention of sorting out my summer clothes this year, as I don’t tend to get rid of things, I just add the occasional new dress or pair of shorts to my wardrobe! I realised that I’m also bad at keeping old flip flops and Birkenstocks – so I am very excited to see that next Tuesday’s Today’s Special Value from Moda in Pelle is a fabulous pair of wedges with a peep toe and sling back (item number 183525). They’ve been made especially for QVC and come in five different colour options. There are two snake prints – one blue, and one metallic – and the premium quality leather for these has been sourced from a luxury Italian tannery. There are two suede finishes in a soft blue and a fuschia pink, and one polished leather in a nude tone. They have a four-inch wedge but the platform is at least an inch so that you don’t feel as though you’re pitching forwards when you walk in them. The wedge itself is covered in an off white woven fabric and you can see the beautiful embellishments not just on the buckle but around the base of the shoe too. What I’m really impressed with is the shaping around the toe, so that you don’t see too much of your toes! No chance of a pedicure at the moment, and so that’s probably for the best in my case. I’ve gone for the nude because I think it will work with anything, but what about you?
Something else I’m equally excited about, but for different reasons, is a 15-piece Lock and Lock Airtight Food Storage set (809557). I’m trying not to visit the shops that often, and so keeping fruit and vegetables in my Lock & Lock containers has really kept them fresher for longer. But they’re great for freezing extra portions of food too – in fact anything you want to keep safe and watertight, you can put in them! It’s going to be under £20 for the set, so that’s definitely on my shopping list.
From the practical to pretty and perfectly made jewellery – yes, Diamonique is back on Sunday with a full hour of Michelle Mone’s own big, bold and original designs. Michelle won’t be able to make it in but I am going to be joined at 6pm by Lee Clarke, who is as passionate as I am about the designs. Lovely Caroline Archer, our Liz Earle Ambassador will be with us that day because she has a four-piece Brighten & Boost Superskin Facial Collection with four EZ pays! Perfect for the summer and at an incredible price. It’ll be available to buy now on our website (240150) prior to the day though, so do have a look at QVCUK.com. I’m then on at 8pm on Tuesday as always with my regular Diamonique show.
Well, I must head off into the kitchen now as it’s Colin’s birthday on Saturday and I am planning to make him some shortbread biscuits and also a cake! I’ve been ordering gifts for him online, so he has a few things to open, but like so many, families, we’ll be celebrating properly once life is closer to normal.
I’ll be recording this week’s short story for Ali’s Story Time this Saturday and it will be posted on my Alison Keenan QVC Facebook page and also on Instagram. I’m so glad you are enjoying the stories and taking the time to comment and share them. It’s a great way to feel connected. And thank you very much also for the overwhelming response to the children’s story my daughter Lucy introduced me to which I read and she dropped the illustrations in for. You can find it here (along with all the other short stories I’ve read on YouTube) and if you have small children or grandchildren in your family this is a lovely way to remind them that even though you can’t physically be with them, you are always joined together. It’s called The Invisible String…. Good for adults too 🙂
Take care, stay safe, and do stay in touch. Thinking of you.
With my love,