I am so pleased to tell you that my recent operation to remove a kidney was a complete success. I would like to thank everyone who made it possible for me to cope during such an emotional and stressful time. They surrounded me with love, supported me, made me meals, took me to and from hospital, and filled my home with flowers.
So here is a big thank you from my heart to all my team, my friends and family, the doctors and nurses at the Spire Hospital in Southampton, my clients, my fellow hairdressers, the Fellowship for British Hairdressing and the team at L’Oreal Professionnel.
You have all touched my life and I am overwhelmed by everyone. When I was in hospital, I was supposed to go to a friend’s fabulous birthday party at the Oswald Club in Mayfair, but my gorgeous date for the night – the fashion designer Maria Grachvogel – came to see me in hospital instead.
How wonderful of her to come all the way from London on a Saturday evening. It made me feel so glamorous, even in hospital, and really cheered me up.
After my recuperation at home, my first outing was to the salon’s Christmas party at the Harbour Hotel in Southampton, which was such fun. It was lovely to spend quality time with my team and it was a fabulous evening.
After Christmas celebrating at my favourite Lime Wood Hotel in the New Forest, I spent a quiet new year with dear friends. During this time, I was very sad to hear of the passing of the fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood. I recently travelled to a fabulous wedding in Florence to style the hair of a stunning bride wearing an exclusive Vivienne Westwood creation, and it was one of the great honours of my career. Rest in peace Dame Vivienne, an icon of fashion.
In recent months, I have also had cause to reflect on some of the other wonderful things I have done in my life. When I was on my wonderful Caribbean cruise, I bumped into an old friend who I worked with during the early days of my career.
Hairdressing legend Jennifer Cheyne is one of Scotland’s best-loved hairstylists, and she, Charles Worthington and I joined together for a Best of British tour across America 30 years ago when we were all getting known in the industry. It was so wonderful to see her as we had lost touch, and it brought back some fabulous memories.
In those days, I was working on television on a BBC1 day time makeover programme called Style Challenge, hosted by Oz Clarke. It was great fun doing makeovers every week, and I was amazed to find that you can still find one of my episodes from 1998 on YouTube. What fun to find such a fabulous blast from the past.