Don’t worry, I’m not planning on riding a bike any time soon in light of my recent history of falling off things and breaking bones! I was borrowing the phrase from a lovely viewer who reassured me that being back at QVC after an absence of eleven weeks would be just like riding a bike – once the skill is learnt, it’s never forgotten. I’m pleased to say she was absolutely right and after just fifteen minutes of my first show back, I felt completely at home. It was nice to have Andrew Bagley as my guest, as he has been with QVC for twenty-six years so he feels like an old friend, although he would probably say, ‘less of the old!’ Actually, when I told my mum that I was on with him for my first show back, she called him ‘a lovely young man’, so that kind of balances things out.
Another of our long-standing beauty brands is of course Elemis and they have a brilliant Today’s Special Value on Sunday, which has already been hugely popular on the pre-sell on our website and is available in five Easy Pay interest-free instalments.
Not only do we have the iconic Pro-Collagen Marine Cream in a choice of Original or Ultra-Rich, there is also the Neroli version of the Cleansing Balm, Frangipani Monoi Bath & Shower milk, the Oil-Rich Body Cream in the same fragrance, plus a brand new eye product, Pro Collagen Eye Revive Mask. It is a gel texture specifically developed for fine lines and tired-looking eyes. There are different ways of using it: you can apply a thin layer at night and leave it on overnight as a mask, use it before applying concealer in the morning and also reapply during the day over make-up.
I haven’t tried it yet as I only picked up my sample from work yesterday and of course I need to patch test (as should you with any new beauty product) but I’ll report back next week. Also remember that you can have it sent to a different address from your own, so if you know anyone who you think deserves a pampering treat this might be a nice idea.
Talking of Today’s Special Values, my first Fashion on Friday is a Skechers show featuring the Today’s Special Value sandals if we still have stock available. I’m normally a flip-flops girl in the summer, but my ankle will be needing more support than that so the Today’s Special Value will be ideal. It’s also adjustable over the ankle so I should be able to wear them over my ankle brace. I think they’ll make great ‘summer slippers’, particularly if you have hard floors at home and then you can wear them out into the garden.
By the way, the lily growing challenge is still on, we are just awaiting the bulbs, which should be arriving this week. I’m also on at 4 p.m. today with an hour of Cuddl Duds, and everything on-air live on our main channel throughout the day is on four Easy Pay interest-free instalments, with a SHOP4Z code for some purchases on the website.
The photo of Wilfie at the top of my blog is because I know lots of you enjoy pictures of him lolling around in the sunshine. He is a very fastidious cat, always cleaning himself, which at this time of year can result in fur balls! Some of you may remember the pet-grooming gloves I bought him for Christmas?
I won’t say he loves them but he will tolerate them and this is what I removed after stroking him for a couple of minutes. Better on the gloves than in his tummy. I’m back to cleaning his teeth again now that my wrist is almost recovered – he is a bit pampered!
Someone else who was pampered last Saturday was my son’s girlfriend, Katie. She is living with us at the moment, and they celebrated their ‘sixmonthiversary’ with a date night movie and a coffee and walnut cake that Dan baked. I kid you not, it was deeeeeelish – better than I make.
Katie is also a good baker and has promised us Caramel Chocolate Brownies this weekend. I say this weekend, but that will be Saturday, because on Sunday we are dining a la Fawlty Towers… let me explain.
We are all Fawlty Towers fans so I bought Dan tickets for a Fawlty Towers dining experience as his Christmas present, then two additional tickets for myself and Chris. It should have been this Sunday but has obviously been cancelled, so we decided we are going to try and recreate it at home. Those of you who are familiar with the series starring John Cleese will recognise elements of the menu… Waldorf salad to start, trifle for dessert and we are going to have courgette and chargrilled pepper risotto as our main course. I think we will dress up a bit too, which we will also be doing, on Katie’s suggestion, for Easter. It’s nice to make a bit of an effort I think, otherwise the days will all roll into one.
We did the online pub quiz again last night and I’m pleased to report that our score increased by ten – either the questions were easier or the categories more suited to our knowledge pool. There are quite a few fun things springing up to do from home while we’re not able to go out and socialise. Dan listens to a podcast called Quickly Kevin and put together this funny little video of his ‘Isolation Eleven’ football team from the 1990’s using household items to represent the players’ names – I thought it was very funny!
Speaking of podcasts, do check out our QVC podcast, this week featuring our fabulous Kathy Taylor – I’m pretty sure you will discover things you never knew about her.
Almost time to head into work, but before I finish, do remember that the next book in my Liberty Sands trilogy, If He Really Loved Me…, will be free to download from tomorrow for your Kindle for five days.
Keep yourselves busy and stay safe.