It was lovely to be back on QVC last Friday after eight weeks away. Crazy as it sounds, I was a little bit nervous for my first show back. Chris must have sensed it because I woke up to this beautiful bouquet of flowers on Friday morning. Maybe they settled my nerves, or perhaps it was being in the company of the wonderful Melissa Hardy for my Fashion on Friday show, but whichever, within a couple of minutes it felt as though I had never been away! And as a lovely bonus, I had some great compliments about my MarlaWynne outfit, not just on social media, but also from my mum, who rang to tell me how lovely she thought I looked – well, she is my mum! Mind you, my daughter, Sophie also remarked on how nice the top looked on me when we gathered for lunch last Saturday to celebrate her brother’s birthday.
How cute is this photo of our son, Dan, taken thirty-two years ago on his third birthday? He looks very excited about his chocolate birthday cake and although I didn’t make his birthday cake this year, I did make the most of having everyone together to make my Christmas cake.
We have a family tradition of a stir and a wish before the cake goes in the oven, which we weren’t able to do last year, so it made this year extra special. The cake has now gone to bed until Christmas Eve with half a bottle of brandy – not a bad plan, actually.
Talking of photos from the past, this picture of me bedecked in Butler & Wilson jewellery was taken in 2012, shortly before QVC moved to Chiswick from our studios in Battersea. It was so lovely to have a show with Simon on Sunday and we were both looking forward to our show together on Wednesday, his final show of 2021. Unfortunately, Simon was unable to make it due to personal reasons, but we had some lovely pieces, some of which may still be available if you check the brand shop on our website… nothing like a bit of sparkle and glamour at this time of year.
My show with Simon was last Sunday, but this Sunday we have a whole day of beauty lined up for you. The Today’s Special Value on the day is the Laura Geller’s ‘Very Merry Makeover’ 5-piece collection, comprising: Balance and Brighten Foundation, Baked Blush in Peach Crumble, French Toast Highlighter, Dark Brown Gel Eyeliner and a limited edition lip gloss called Perfect Peach Shimmer. I’m a massive fan of Laura’s lip glosses and blushers and it comes boxed, so a nice, easy gift to wrap.
Also on Sunday, I’m very pleased to be launching the fragrance brand L’Atelier Parfum in my 2pm show. It is a young brand, only founded in April of this year in Paris, but they have used four of the top ‘noses’ in the fragrance industry to create their blends, which are made in Grasse, the fragrance capital of the world. If you are vegan or particularly admire ethical brands, do have a quick look at their website prior to the show.
Fragrance is a lovely gift to give, as are fragranced shower gels and hand washes – things we all need. I’m sure you’ll be pleased to hear we have a Molton Brown Today’s Special Value coming up next Friday. There are two options and I’m really torn between them, although I’m veering towards the Warm option, as it has Rhubarb and Rose hand wash in it, my favourite of theirs.
That will be on my bathroom handbasin over the festive period, while the Festive Frankinscence & Allspice will have pride of place in the downstairs loo.
The collection is completed with two Bath & Shower Gels, Relaxing Ylang Ylang and Coco & Sandalwood. The Fresh collection is also beautiful, with Blue Maquis and Coastal Hand Washes, and Blissful Templetree and Warming Eucalyptus Bath & Shower Gels. I also find the Warming Eucalyptus useful at this time of year to breathe in deeply if you are feeling a bit bunged up. All are in the regular 300ml sizes and check our website early next week, as I believe it will be available on pre-sell and I wouldn’t want you to miss out.
Well, winter certainly arrived this week and I hope that those of you who have been without power have been managing to keep warm and will hopefully be reconnected soon if you’re not already. We only had a very light dusting of snow where I live, but it brought even more birds than usual to our garden to get their fill of the Grumpy Gardener fat balls that we put out every day.
Not only are we feeding the birds, we have also started our Reverse Advent Calendar to help those less fortunate who are struggling to put food on the table. Last year we did it in November, but it slipped my mind this year with all my medical appointments, so we are doing December instead. We will add a non-perishable food item to the box every day in the lead up to Christmas and drop it off at a local food bank.
In my sixty-five years on this planet, I’ve certainly learned that giving brings as much pleasure (if not more) than receiving. That said, it was lovely to get back to work and find these two cards waiting for me from QVC viewers Joanne and Helen.
Joanne was wishing me a speedy recovery, and Helen had heard me mention on a Permission to Pry that it’s always nice to receive post other than bills, so decided to send me a card. Little acts of kindness mean so much. Thank you to Joanne and Helen, and everyone who has left lovely comments on here, they are much appreciated. Permission to Pry will return in the New Year.
So, just to let you know that my return to QVC is short-lived. A space has become available for me to have the cataract surgery on my other eye. My last day on-air prior to Christmas will be next Friday, December 10th, but I’ll try to do a blog the following week… eyesight permitting.