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    It's Wedding Wednesday...and as the big day nears, I thought I’d share a pic of a crossI'm giving as favors. It’s a holding prayer cross from Bethlehem,Israel….. so special to me.  

    Also, wanted to share a story/reading our Pastor Pat gave us. It is such a wise, heartfelt, humble, honest reading. If only we could all master this, we probably would never struggle in our love relationships. It's called Different Drummers ~

    Different Drummers

    If you do not want what I want, please try not to tell me that my want is wrong. Or if my beliefs are different from yours, at least pause before you set out to correct them. Or if my emotion seems less or more intense than yours, given the same circumstance, try not to ask me to feel other than I do. Or if I act, or fail to act, in the manner of your design for action, please let me be. I do not, for the moment at least, ask you to understand me. That will come only when you are willing to give up trying to change me into a copy of you. If you will allow me any of my own wants, or emotions, or beliefs, or actions, then you open yourself to the possibility that some day these ways of mine might not seem so wrong, and might finally appear as right-for-me.

    To put up with me is the first step to understanding me. Not that you embrace my ways as right for you, but that you are no longer irritated or disappointed with me for my seeming waywardness. And one day, perhaps in trying to understand me, you might come to prize my differences, and, far from seeking to change me, might preserve and even cherish those differences.

    I may be your spouse, your parent, your offspring, your friend, your colleague. But whatever our relationship, this I know: You and I are fundamentally different and both of us have to march to our own drummer.

    Did u have a special reading at ur wedding? Something that spoke to u ..... close to ur heart??

    Have a blessed day!

    Shawn


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    The early bloomers are here, and, if you‘re like me, you’re enjoying the color and wonderful fragrances that are popping up everywhere to fill the grey holes of winter. It lifts my spirits and puts a spring in my step!

    I’d love to hear from all of you…What is you favorite spring flower?

    Is it the happy daffodil?

    ...so warm with the various shades of yellow. You may have seen this one on a popular Bob Mackie design: 

    Bob Mackie’s Floral Embroidered Knit T-Shirt (A201313)

    There are many other colors and floral designs to choose from. Every color has a different flower. This combination with the yellow and periwinkle is beautiful, don’t you think?

    I am a big fan of tulips. My husband, Ivo, is originally from Holland so I have had the wonderful opportunity to see the tulip fields over there where tulips grow in abundance. There are so many different colors and varieties. This is a pink parrot tulip. What do you think of those fancy edges?

    They have a fun frilliness to them. Bob has done tulips many times. You can find them on the Floral Embroidered Knit T-Shirt in the green color choice…

    As well as Bob Mackie’s ¾ Sleeve Button Front Blouse with Gingham Detail (A224592).

    I had this one on the air at QVC just last week. It comes in this pink and turquoise. There are still some of those available if you like that one. The gingham detail is adorable!

    For blast of wonderful fragrance I love the hyacinth:

    I could stand next to a hyacinth plant and inhale the scent all day long. I just can’t get enough and the colors are all so pretty.

    My favorite Mackie floral is a blast of color as well:

    Bob Mackie’s Boat Neck Placement Print Caftan Top with Tank (A223767)

    It’s more of a contemporary “flower power” interpretation, but the combination of colors is fantastic and that is what a true artistic/fashion designer like Bob Mackie knows how to do. I wear this one with jeans, capris, cropped pants… even skirts. It flows so wonderfully with the body. And the tank that comes with it gives you the coverage that you need.

    If I have perked your appetite for more spring looks, be sure to check out the other lovely florals that Bob has in his Wearable Art collection at QVC. I welcome your feedback, questions and “favorite flower” stories!

    Keep up with Bob on Facebook, Twitter (@bobmackie), http://bobmackie.com/and on Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/bobmackie.

     

    Bob will be back at QVC:

    Friday, April 19th from 9 – 11 AM and 6 – 7 PM ET

    Saturday, April 20th from 4 – 5 AM and 8 – 9 PM ET 

     

    I’ll be on for the 4 AM show!

    See you then!

    Margaux


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    Wedding Week!

    I can't believe my son's wedding is this weekend! It's time for the final hustle and I could not be more excited!

    Since my son David proposed to his then girlfriend Christine last year, it has been a whirlwind of events and planning all leading up to this weekend! The year flew by as I knew it would and I am thrilled that this Saturday I will be lucky enough to officially welcome wonderful Christine to the Graver family!

    Below are pics of David celebrating his bachelor party at Mardi Gras and Christine celebrating her bachelorette party with my daughter Jaclyn and Alli my future daughter-in-law.

    I had thought about creating a dress for myself for the special day, but I was so busy at the Q and I didn't want the added stress!  Can you guess which designer I chose for the big day?


    Was it...

    Victoria Beckham

    Stella McCartney

    Roland Mouret

    Roberto Cavalli

    Carolina Herrera

     

    I'll reveal the answer in my 9am ET Thursday show this week!

    It really is amazing how all the little last minute details really add up! Last week I had my dress fitted and I am still debating on which shoes are the best. Christine and I worked on the final seating chart for the reception dinner and hair and make-up appointments have been made. The bride as well as the bridesmaids have picked up their dresses and the groom and groomsmen will on Friday the day before the wedding - and pray that they fit!

    Now that all the major plans are set, I guess the best thing for me to do is try and relax and enjoy this special time. Do you have any advice for me, the mother of the groom? What about for the soon to be newly-weds? Did you have any great advice given to you on your wedding day that holds true?

    I hope you will join me this Thursday, April 11th at 9am ET for a special show. Hear about my dress for the big day and more pre-wedding details! Also be sure to catch Marilyn at 2am ET Thursday, April 11th!

    xoxo,

    Susan


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    Inspired Style is one show that allows you at home to truly interact with us here in the studio.  Your feedback is at the very heart of the show - what you love and what inspires you.  Even our models chime in with how much they love what they are wearing, or how they would style a piece! It seems only natural to give you a behind the scenes look at the show that you love to stay up late to watch every week.  So here’s an inside take on all the backstage action that happens during the show...from my perspective.  I'm Kate by the way, and I’m the one chatting with you all during Inspired Style on Amy's Facebook page. As you can imagine, I am in the middle of the action, just off to the side of the set, watching the live show unfold.  I get to attend pre-production meetings, where we discuss everything - from which bag to dress the set with, to what outfit Amy is going to wear!  Everything is carefully planned out, and we read all of your comments, pictures, and fashion tips from Twitter and Facebook.  The "inspiration" goes both ways - you really are a member of the Inspired Style team and we love to hear what you are saying, what you are wearing, and where you are wearing it.  So keep the comments coming!  Here's a quick look at some of the people you don't always see that are helping to make the show happen behind the scenes.


    Here is our Managing Producer, Beverley, and Coordinating Producer, John.  Both of them are a lot of fun and have great insight as to how they want the show to look.  They partner with Amy to make sure she likes the feel of the show each week and that she is happy with the format.  Beverly is in charge of the overall look and flow of the show and if something isn't working or something needs be adjusted she makes the call!


    Beverly meets with several other departments each week to make decisions on every aspect of the show - whether it’s social media, production, video, or apparel.

    John partners with Beverly and takes her plans for the show and makes sure they happen on the night of the show by producing the show from the studio floor.  John follows her rundowns, notes, and ideas, and helps to convey them to the team to make sure everybody is on board.  He’s the one making those ideas happen during the show. 

    Our line producer, Erica, is in charge of the timing and flow of the show from start to finish each week.  Erica makes sure we hit each segment on time; she monitors the line-up of the show, and communicates our plan to Amy in real-time.  This allows Amy to keep you updated at home so you know what’s coming up next, and also it helps Amy to get a feel for what items you ladies really love during the show.  She also makes sure we stay on track so we can see each item in the show without running out of time - that hour can fly by pretty fast!

    Next we have our steadicam operator, Jay, who does an excellent job of following the models and Amy back and forth in the set and getting those unique camera shots that would be impossible with our robotics cameras.  Since Inspired Style has so much movement as compared to other shows, we give Jay free reign to be able to capture every possible angle of the set.  It also lends to a more personal and intimate feel - it allows Amy to feel like she is really connecting with you at home.

    Behind the camera in the control room is the man who calls the shots, the camera shots that is.  It's Eric, our director.  Eric is responsible for deciding what camera shot goes on air and planning out each shot in order to get the best look of Amy, the models, and the product.  He coordinates every movement with Jay, constantly directing him to move one way or the other, to allow our robotic cameras to shoot closer detail than the steadicam can get.

    Also in the picture is Andrew, our studio coordinator.  Andrew is in constant communication with the producers and director to ensure that the models  are on the set, the right product is on the set, and the product is properly displayed.  He also assists guests with their setup needs, helping them to give you at home the best possible look at their product.

    Finally we have our fashion stylists and our set stylists. Jillian is one of our fashion stylists and she picks out the outfits for Deanna and Iris to wear each week.  She is standing off to the side of the set, mixing and matching scarves, bags, and jewelry to create a unique look each time on the models.  Since we need the models quickly on our set, she styles them only feet from the set.  This allows her to react quickly to either your comments at home or an inspiring look that Amy really loves.

    Hillary and Liam are in charge of the set's appearance each week.  The set of Inspired Style is like that cool boutique that you walk in to and just want to touch and try on every item in the store.  Hillary and Liam are the creative geniuses behind that look! From the way the mannequins are dressed, to the bags draped on the walls, right down to the jewelry placed on the vases or picture frames, that is all their handy work!.


    So that is just a sneak peek at some of the crew in the studio who work on Inspired Style.  There are countless other departments and faces who contribute to the show; these are just the ones that I have the pleasure of hanging out with in the studio. We have a lot of fun, and everyone’s ideas are welcome. We hope we inspire your wardrobe, and we would love to hear some of your inspiring ideas!  And if you've never seen the show, CLICK HERE to see some of our inspiring styles!

    Follow us @QVC on Twitter and Instagram and use #StudioScoop


    Kate - Studio Scoop Team


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    Hi Kids! I’m really excited about this blog because I get to share some of my history as a designer with you. As I often mention on-air, a lot of my design inspiration for my Isaac Mizrahi Live! line comes from my days of designing couture. Here are some sketches from my work in the 90's. You can see so many similar elements, right? Color, print, and pattern. Timeless. Enjoy!

    –Isaac

     

     


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    There are a lot of things about the way we buy clothes that have changed. We used to have separate seasonal wardrobes, but now we look for clothes that work year-round. We used to have "work clothes" and "going out" clothes and "weekend" clothes, but now we look for things that can go anywhere we want to go. Thankfully, there tends to be a more open dress code in many work places. And, we have a lot to do every day. So what it leaves is a lot of room for crossover.

    Multitasking Wardrobe:

    Crossover pieces tend to be layering pieces that can be worn casually or formally. Items like jackets, shells, and blouses are the easiest. A jacket can look entirely different, depending on how it’s being paired. The jacket in the look below (“Work/Life Balance”) is a good example of one that’s really cute when worn casually with a T-shirt and jeans. (That’s how I usually wear it.) But, if you pair it with a blouse of a finer fabric and a dressier pair of pants, it’s something that will make you look great in the office. The key is to take one item that can be casual and pair it with other more tailored pieces. Too many casual things together just ends up looking...casual.

    Work/Life Balance

    The "No Jean Zone":

    One of the easiest ways to make a jacket or blouse look office-worthy is to not wear them with jeans. Jeans are our favorite thing, and yes, we live in them, but jeans naturally say "casual." There are exceptions, depending on how much of a natural stylist you are, but it’s "iffy" territory. And, a safe bet is to just not go there. When in doubt, feel free to take the jeans with you and change into them after work to meet your family for a movie. But, leave them in the bag until after the board meeting is over.

    Keep it Simple:

    When you’re looking for something to wear to work that can transition to a more polished dinner look, think simple. The Look, "Day to Date Night" shows it well. A simple dress with a jacket or layering piece over it is a professional staple. Just take the jacket off and enjoy your dinner. This is why these layering pieces like a jacket or more finished cardigan tend to be a good investment, when it works in all parts of your life, you really get your money's worth out of it!

    Day to Date Night

    Make it or Break it:

    Your choice of accessories sets the tone. The casual jacket can be dressed up with more tailored pieces, but the chandelier earrings will make all your work for nought. The simple dress with a layering piece says "perfect professional" unless you wear it with sexy high heel party shoes, in which case it doesn't look like you have your mind at work. Accessories, like shoes and earrings, are easy to throw in a bag so you can change after work. You want people to take you seriously and they often take their cues from you. Simple and polished will always point them in the right direction.

    It's All in Your Head or on Your Head:

    Hair and makeup can send as much of a message as anything else, so don't forget about them as well. At the office, you can wear a lot of makeup, or a little, as long as it imparts a finished, polished look. You can "do" your hair or go with a simple twist or brushed look. Again, the finished look is the most important thing and will help you stand out in the right way. Later, if you’re going out, opt for that smokey eye, red lip, or messy up-do. Like accessories, makeup and your favorite hair product is easy to take along.

    We are all multi-taskers. Our days consist of many different roles and our wardrobes need to work in all of those roles. Stock up on layering pieces and you’ll have a wardrobe that will take you anywhere.

    We have some great fashion from G.I.L.I.(TM) and Mark Zunino this Friday on The Lisa Robertson Show. And, we've got beautiful pieces of jewelry from Honora, something brand-new from one of the most handsome innovators in the world of cosmetics, and we’ll meet another emerging designer. It's going to be another packed show.

    Hope to see you Friday night at 10pm ET. {#emotions_dlg.biggrin} Then, be sure to tune in this Monday for PM Style at 7pm ET. Jen Rade and Kris Jenner are here!
    —Lisa

    P.S. Who's this week's featured designer? Tanya Taylor!


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    I have recently returned from an incredible trip to India.  You might be wondering why India since my jewelry is made in Mexico.  The reason is STONES!  I found so many new stones in vibrant colors (I will have some surprises for you in my upcoming shows).  India is all about color, and it permeates all your senses.  A photographer's dream come true!  Visiting India is truly a life altering experience.

    Some of you have commented that you were upset that I discontinued one of my Customer Top Rated rings, J31081.  Far from it!!!  I have dropped a few stones to introduce new ones, and I am bringing you this ring in pink opal during my show next Tuesday, April 16th from 2 - 4pm EST.

    And surprise, you get to choose the next stone that this ring will be offered in!  I am conducting a poll to give you the choice between three stones:  malachite, abalone, and carnelian.

    1.  Malachite:

    2.  Abalone:

    3.  Carnelian:

     

    The winner will be presented during my September show.  I can't wait for the results!

    Dominique


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  • 04/11/13--07:15: Facebook Chat Update!
  • Hi!  You may have noticed recently that Facebook has made some updates to how your comments appear under QVC posts and posts you make on our Facebook page.  While designed to make it easier for you to interact directly with each other and keep your conversations connected, it also makes our fun show chats a little tricky!  So, we’re going to try something new beginning with AM Style on Saturday morning at 8am ET—we’ll be hosting the show chat on our blogs! You’ll see a post on Facebook before the show that will you link to the official chat.  Let us know what you think after you try it out—we’re always listening to your feedback and working to improve your experience here! Thanks!


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  • 04/11/13--08:34: Spring Has Sprung!
  • So now that spring has finally actually sprung, I’m getting excited about all the things that spring brings! Besides the obvious delights of spring like the warmer weather, beautiful flowers and bright colors everywhere, it also means some other exciting things are coming up for me.  I’m getting ready to shoot Season 5 of Shark Tank, which also means spending more time in LA & getting to see some of my family out there that I don’t get to see much in the winter. Spring also means I’m finalizing all my exciting new products that I will be bringing to you this holiday season and it also means that summer is getting closer, which is really the ONLY time all year that I have any kind of down-time :)

    What are you looking forward to this spring??

    Spring also means that Mother’s Day is coming up (May 12th), whether you are a mother, have a mother/grandmother, or just know a mother, it’s a special day to show the women in your life how much you care (we should show them every day, but Mother’s Day especially!). I create my products to make women’s lives easier, better & more enjoyable. So what better way to show someone you love them than with something that will make their lives better and they will think of you every time they look at it or use it. Here are some of my favorite gifts for Mother’s Day, there is something for everyone!

    For the Jewelry Junkie:  

    Gold & Silver Safekeeper Mirrored Jewelry Cabinet

    Lori Safekeeper

    For the Cosmetic Queen:

    Luxury Deluxe Wood Cosmetic Box w/Mirror

    Makeup Organizer

    For the Kitchen Master:

    Set of 4 Convenient No Mess Cooking Utensils

    Cooking Utensils

    Shop for other great Mother’s Day gifts!

    Tune in to QVC Sunday, April 14th, for my Clever & Unique Creations show just in time for Mother’s Day orders!

    If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to join me on my Facebook, Twitter & Pinterest  pages too!

    https://www.facebook.com/Lori.Greiner1

    https://twitter.com/LoriGreiner

    http://pinterest.com/lorigreiner/

    Xx

    Lori


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    Sukhothai, Thailand 2013

    Hello everyone,

    What a great start for all of us at JAI!  I would first like to thank each of you for the great support.  I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am to have this opportunity to share with you my travels, my experiences, and, most importantly, to present the beautiful collection by JAI.

    First of all, I know many of you are curious about what the collection will look like.  Just a quick update, I’ve been asked to keep the collection secret until our first show on May 30th.  However, due to your overwhelming interest, I am going to give you a sneak preview!

    JAI is a statement from the heart, where each piece of jewelry tells a story of a distant culture inspired by the passion of the craftsman.  I hope I can share my travel stories from the Far East through this collection.

    We will continue to introduce new designs until our first show on May 30th, so keep checking my blog for new updates.

    Today, I would like to highlight a few of my favorite pieces:

    First is a pair of beautiful earrings from the Bali Lanna collection.  Most collectors have their studs and hoop earrings, and when we introduce a great new chandelier or drop earring, they always say “Where am I going to wear that?  That’s not my style!”  But once they try it on, I promise, their faces light up, and they say with a big smile “I really do love these".

    Sterling silver and 14K carved Mother-of-Pearl drop earrings (J279139)

    I am in love with these earrings for many reasons; they are incredibly feminine and versatile, and the natural tones found in the Mother-of-Pearl carvings allow you to pair them with so many different colors from your wardrobe.

    I also recommend these new stackable Sterling Silver and 14K rings offered in three different color options (J279131).  This is a fun way to add color to your summer wardrobe!  The ring is substantial enough to wear on its own or can be stacked with other band rings to create your own unique look.

    Please know how much I appreciate your support and welcome your feedback.  I look forward to seeing everyone on May 30th!

    Safe Travels,

    Scott Grimes


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    My Fur Baby of the Month for April is our rescue doggie, DAFFODIL!! Daffodil was adopted a little over a year ago, from Main Line Animal Rescue in the Philadelphia area (www.mlar.org) where I am an active volunteer. She had been brought there about 6 months earlier as a puppy, after being thrown out of a second story window by her previous owner. (Can you even imagine!?!?) Well, the wonderful folks at MLAR took very good care of her and when I met her, in December of 2011, she was already as good as new. I loved her from the start, but the funny thing is, she was adopted TWICE over the next 3 months by other people who came to the rescue and met her. (She is awfully hard to resist!!) Both times, for whatever reason, it did not work out. So, when I saw her there again in March, after she was returned a second time, I scooped her up and marched straight to the director's office and said "Daffodil is coming home with ME!!"

    My husband and I joke that she must have "misbehaved"  on purpose at the first two homes, because she secretly had already chosen US as her new forever family and was waiting for us to take her home!! We have not had a single problem with her since she came to live with us...in fact, it's the total opposite!! She is such a joy, and gets along really well with all of our other pets! She is such a wonderful addition to our lives!! She was afraid of the staircase for a while (understandably) but after some coaxing and showing her it was safe (our dog Eliza Jane was her patient teacher), she now bounds up the stairs after us every evening!! As they say, when you rescue a pet, you're never sure if you chose them or they chose you, but either way, you make each other's lives so much better than before!! I encourage you to consider adopting a pet, if you have space in your home and your heart for limitless unconditional love! Contact your local rescue groups or animal shelters soon, to see who is waiting there for YOU! It will be one of the best things you've ever done!!

    With love from me, Daffodil, and all of her permanent brothers and sisters in our "little zoo"!!!!    XOXO

     

    NAME:  Daffodil

    Age:     Almost 2 years

    Height:  Just tall enough to spot a dog biscuit on the sofa

    Weight: 20 pounds

    Breed:  Havanese/Mini Poodle Mix

    Likes:   Having a permanent family to call my own (I've even learned to share my toys!!)

    Dislikes:  When one of those pesky cats tries to sit closer to Mama and Papa on the sofa than ME!

    Best fur friend: Eliza Jane...my big sister (we almost look like twins!)

    Can usually be found: On my doggie bed in the home office, when Papa is working at the computer!

    Favorite toy:  A stuffed Mr. Bill toy from the pet store....he says "OHHHH NOOOOOO!" Mom says there was a Mr. Bill on some TV Show in the 70's called Saturday Night Live, who said the same thing!

    Favorite QVC Product: The Neato Robotic Pet Vacuum. I like to follow it around the family room!

     


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    Hi ladies!   I'm so excited to be back forShoe Shopping With Jane tonight at 5:00 pm ET.  Today we're talking about your first love- your first shoe love that is! Do you remember your first "must-have" shoe?  I'd love to hear about it!

    She already loves shoes just like her mom!


    I'll be chatting throughout the show right here on my blog from 5:00-8:00 pm ET. 

    Talk to you then!

    Gabrielle

     

    Find everything in the show here > Shoe Shopping With Jane


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    The word “peel” might not seem very appealing (pun intended) when you’re talking about your skin…unless you’ve discovered Alpha Beta Peel Pads from Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare. I’ve been using them in the Original formula (recommended for first-time peel users) for two weeks now and…wow. Just wow. That definitely describes them in a nutshell, but I’ll elaborate.

    They’re presoaked towelettes that contain the patented formula for the antiaging treatment Dr. Dennis Gross uses on his patients in his New York City practice. Since we can’t all get treatments at his practice every day, these are a realistic, easy, and convenient way to experience the same exceptional results at home.

    Here’s what you do: before bed, wash your face with your favorite cleanser making sure to remove all makeup, dry thoroughly, tear open the Step 1 side of the packet, unfold the towelette, and gently apply it in circular motions all over your face and neck until the pad feels dry (it takes a couple minutes). Then, wait two minutes (I set a timer on my phone), apply Step 2 the same way you applied Step 1, wait another two minutes, and finish with a serum and/or moisturizer of your choice. That’s it! The hardest part is waiting all day to use them. Seriously, sleep isn’t the only reason I look forward to getting ready for bed anymore! The whole process (which only takes about 10 minutes) is therapeutic for me because I know it’s making a difference in the appearance of my complexion (as someone who has problem skin, I can’t tell you what a relief that is!).

    The Original formula reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and pores; smoothes and brighten skin; evens skin tone; improves skin texture; polishes and primes skin for optimal receipt of treatment products; and improves cell turnover. After I’m done with my 30-day supply of the Original, I’m thinking about advancing to the Extra Strength. It gives you the same results as the Original, plus extra antiaging benefits. Check out these impressive stats for the Extra Strength from a consumer-use study:

    • 98% of participants agreed that their skin felt smoother and was softer in 28 days, and 96% agreed that their skin looked healthier in 28 days.
    • 91% of participants agreed that their skin was firmer and more radiant in 28 days.
    • 86% of participants agreed that their pores looked smaller in 28 days.
    • 88% of participants agreed that their skin tone was brighter and more even in 28 days.
    • 98% of participants agreed that they loved how their skin looked and felt in 28 days.
    • 93% of participants agreed that their skin had an overall glow and looked more youthful in 28 days.
    • 84% of participants agreed that their fine lines looked visibly reduced, and 78% agreed that their wrinkles looked visibly reduced in 28 days.
    • 100% of participants agreed that this formula was gentle on their skin and fit easily into their regular beauty routine.

    Who can argue with those percentages? I’m hoping the Dr. Gross Set of 2 30-Day Peel Pads with Bonus Retinol Solution is available in the Extra Strength by the time I run out of the Original so I can take advantage of the amazing value. But, let’s face it, I’ll order either formula because I never want to go a night without Peel Pads!

    Have you tried them? Which skin-care products can’t you live without?

    —Missy


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    50 Cent is coming back to QVC, and someone must have told him Fashion Day is just around the corner because he’s bringing you a rainbow of colors!
     
    Do you remember when the Q tech team went to CES and I shared the "personalization" trend? Well, today, headphones have truly become a fashion accessory. Even 50 Cent has gone fashionable with his Studio Mastered Sound (SMS) headphones in an array of exclusive colors. You can now sport your favorite brand and favorite color! Plus, the various shades may help keep the peace between family members and their tech…but no guarantees.
     
     
     
     

    What makes his headphones different? It’s not just his name on the box; he owns the company and is committed to delivering a premium product. The headphones are known for durability, comfort, and a “professionally tuned” sound. And with a name like SMS, you can trust that whatever your musical preference, the sounds will make any audiophile proud!

     
    Be sure to check out 50 Centone of the leaders in both the audio and entertainmentnext week on Q. Tune in on Tuesday, April 16th at 8:00PM EST for the first one hour premier show featuring SMS Audio! 50 Cent will be debuting his headphones in brand new colors that are going to be exclusive to QVC!
     
     
    Stay connected,
     
    @albanyirvinqvc

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    NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. MUST BE 18 YEARS OR OLDER TO ENTER. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.

    By entering this Sweepstakes, entrants agree to abide by all terms of these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor whose decisions shall be final and binding.

    1.    ELIGIBILITY: The Sweepstakes is open to legal residents of the United States and District of Columbia, excluding Rhode Island, who are 18 years or older as of date of entry.  Employees and agents of Sponsor and their parents, affiliates and subsidiaries, and their immediate families (parents, children, siblings and spouses) and their same household members are not eligible. Void outside of the United States and District of Columbia, and where prohibited by law. Void in Rhode Island and Puerto Rico.  Subject to all federal, state and local laws and regulations.

    2.    SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY: There are two (2) ways to enter the Sweepstakes, online via www.qvc.com (“Website”) or by mail.  

     

    To enter the Sweepstakes by mail, send your name, address and daytime telephone number on a standard 4 inch by 6 inch postcard addressed to the Portable Sweepstakes Studio Park Mail Code 202, West Chester, PA 19380 (“Mail Entry”).

    To enter the Sweepstakes online, sign into your QVC account at www.qvc.com and access the QVC Community Blog page. If you do not have an existing QVC account, you must create one to enter the Sweepstakes online. No purchase is necessary to create a QVC account. Creating a QVC account requires providing your email address, a pin number, your title (i.e. Mr., Mrs.), your first name, last name, address and telephone number.Then go to the Sweepstakes Blog post (“Blog”) on the QVC Community Blog page, click the “New Reply” button and submit your response to, “How does portable power help you take charge?  Share your take charge moment.”(“Submission”). A Submission includes any story, text or any other information or data in any form that an entrant submits in any manner, directly or indirectly, to Sponsor in connection with the Sweepstakes.  Your Submission constitutes your entry into this Sweepstakes (“Online Entry”).

    Once submitted, Submissions become the sole property of Sponsor, cannot be modified by entrant, and will not be returned. Receipt of Submission may be acknowledged, but such acknowledgment does not constitute any representation by Sponsor as to Sweepstakes eligibility.  By submitting a Submission, entrant gives permission (and warrants and represents that he/she has obtained all rights necessary to give such permission, including from the creator, if other than entrant) to Sponsor and hereby grants Sponsor a royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide, sublicensable, non-exclusive license to post entrant's Submission, name, likeness and all other information about the entrant contained in the Submission on the World Wide Web, and to otherwise use entrant's response, name, likeness and all other information about the entrant in the Submission without compensation in accordance with the requirements of this Sweepstakes and the advertising, promotion, and publicity of the Sweepstakes, and otherwise, as stated in these Official Rules (as solely determined by Sponsor). Such Grant of Rights will be confirmed by potential winner upon Sponsor’s request and potential winner agrees to sign any and all necessary confirming documents without compensation of any kind (other than the prize).

    Entrant further warrants and represents that he/she has fully complied with these Official Rules and that his/her Submission: (1) does not violate any law or regulation; (2) does not violate or infringe any right of any third party, including but not limited to intellectual property rights, such as but not limited to rights of copyright, trademark or patent, or rights of publicity or privacy (without in any way limiting the preceding, entrant represents and warrants that he/she has obtained permission from the recipe creator if not him/herself (upon Sponsor’s request, winner must submit proof of obtaining all necessary consents); (3) is not defamatory, slanderous,  libelous, scandalous or obscene; (4) is entirely entrant's own original work and entrant owns or controls all right, title and interest in the Submission, including but not limited to its copyright; (5) has not been submitted in any other competition or Promotion; (6) does not contain any virus, bugs, or other deleterious material; (7) does not contain the trademark, tradename or logo of any third party (but may contain a trademark, tradename or logo of the Sponsor); (8) does not name, depict or describe any person (living, dead, or fictional) unless entrant has first obtained the consent of any named/depicted/described person as per (2) above; (9) without limiting the foregoing, does not  contain any material that is protected by copyright other than the copyright owned exclusively by the entrant, including but not limited to product labels that are subject to others’ copyright. Submissions may not (and Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any Submissions that do): 1) include nudity or what Sponsor, in its sole discretion, considers to be obscenity, pornography, racially offensive, sexually explicit, and/or offensive language/content, hate speech or drug usage; 2) disparage Sponsor or any other party, including brands or trademarks other than those of Sponsor (this includes but is not limited to the brands/trademarks of Sponsor’s competitors); 3) depict acts of violence or aggression; 4) advocate illegal conduct of any kind.  If a Submission is unable to be viewed by Sponsor for any reason whatsoever, that Submission shall be disqualified (and Released Parties, as defined below, will not be responsible or liable for any such inability).By entering a Submission, entrant agrees to indemnify and hold harmless Released Parties (as defined below) from any action or liability resulting from the publishing of his/her Submission and/or use of the Submission.

    By submitting an Online Entry or Mail Entry, you are signifying that you have read, understand and agree to these Official Rules.  

    Limit of one (1) entry per person during the entry period either by Mail or Online.  Any person who attempts to participate with entries in excess of these entry limitations will be disqualified.Any other attempted form of Sweepstakes entry is void. Any person who attempts to participate under multiple identities or uses any device or artifice to enter in excess of this entry limitation will be disqualified; use of programmed, automated or like means of entry is prohibited. All duplicate entries will be discarded. Use of multiple email addresses or QVC accounts by the same individual to enter is prohibited and such multiple entries shall be voided. In the event of a dispute regarding the identity of the person submitting an entry, the entry will be deemed submitted by the authorized account holder of the email address associated with the QVC account of the entry, which the entrant will have the obligation to establish. Sponsor is not responsible for late, incomplete, misdirected, delayed, or undelivered entries, including without limitation inability to access Website or entries not timely received due to hardware or software errors, other technological malfunctions or failures and disruptions of any kind, Internet service provider problems or lost, late, mutilated postage-due mail. Incomplete information may result in disqualification of entry. No entries may be effected on behalf of someone else. All Mail Entries are the non-returnable property of Sponsor. All eligible entries carry an equal chance of winning.

     3.    SWEEPSTAKES PERIOD: The Sweepstakes begins on April 15, 2013 and ends 11:59:59 pm ET on April 24, 2013 (“Sweepstakes Period”).  Online Entries must be submitted by 11:59:59 pm ET on April 24, 2013. All Mail Entries must be postmarked by April 24, 2013 and received by April 30, 2013.

     4.    WINNER DETERMINATION:  Three (3) Winners will be determined by a random drawing from all eligible entries on or about May 1, 2013.  Sponsor reserves the right to delay the random drawing. The number of eligible entries received will determine the odds of winning. Winning entries are subject to validation.

     5.    WINNER NOTIFICATION: Sponsor or a representative of Sponsor shall contact Potential Winner on or about May 1, 2013.  Potential Winners may be required to execute and return an affidavit of eligibility, liability release, and (where legal) an affidavit of publicity prior to receiving the prize. Potential Winners will have forty-eight hours from the time he/she is contacted to respond as directed and accept the prize. Noncompliance with the time period described above will result in disqualification and an alternate winner selected. Potential Winners may be required to present proof of identification prior to claiming prize. Acceptance of any prize shall require acceptance of the terms of these Official Rules and shall grant Sponsor the right to use Winners’ first name, last name and city and state of residence for any publicity associated with this Sweepstakes.

     6.    PRIZES: Three (3) Winners will each receive one of the following:

    HALO 2800mAh Pocket Power Charger for Cellphones & Electronics (E223301) Approximate Retail Value:  $59.00

    HALO 5500mAh Portable Power Charger for Cellphones & Electronics (E222580) Approximate Retail Value: $98.00

    INFOtainment MEGA 8400 mAh Portable USB Powerbank Charger (E223946) Approximate Retail Value: $149.00

    INFOtainment LIFELINE 2800 mAh Portable USB Power Charger (E224053) Approximate Retail Value: $59.00

    Total Approximate Retail Value of Prize: $365.00.  Approximate Retail Value of All Three (3) Prizes Combined: $1095.00.

    If a Winner is unable or unwilling to accept the prize he/she will be disqualified and the prize forfeited; and, in such event, an alternate Winner shall be selected from among all remaining eligible entries received. Prize cannot be substituted or transferred by Winner. If a Prize must be forfeited, Winner will not be given the cash value of the prize. Prize Winner is solely responsible for all expenses not expressly included. All taxes are the responsibility of the Winner. Winner and/or parent or legal guardian may be required to sign an IRS Form 1099, Form W-9, or the equivalent for all prizes valued at $600 or greater, or for any prize as to which Sponsor, in their sole discretion, believes it is warranted. Prize provided by QVC, Inc.

     USE OF SUBMISSIONS; LICENSE:  By entering the Sweepstakes or making any Submission to or for the benefit of the Sponsor, entrants hereby irrevocably grant to Sponsor a non-exclusive, sub-licensable, royalty-free, fully paid license and right to use, distribute, make derivative works from and otherwise exploit the Submission, in any manner and in any medium now known or hereafter devised, throughout the world in perpetuity, including, without limitation the right to use the Submission in whole or in part in merchandising, advertising, marketing or promotion or for any other commercial or non-commercial purpose related to the Sweepstakes or not related to the Sweepstakes.  Entrants hereby forever waive and relinquish all so-called “moral rights (droit moral)” now or hereafter recognized.  Entrants agree that Sponsor shall havesole discretion in determining the extent and manner of use of Submissions and is not obligated to use any Submission.   

     8.    CONDITIONS AND LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY: By participating, participants agree to be bound by and abide by these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor, which shall be final and binding in all respects and not subject to appeal. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Sweepstakes or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules.  Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. By participating in this Sweepstakes, entrants agree to release and hold harmless Sponsor, their respective parent, subsidiary, affiliated and successor companies, advertising and promotion agencies , and each of their respective officers, directors, agents, representatives and employees, as well as each of their respective successors and assigns (collectively, the "Released Parties") from any and all actions, claims, loss or damage to person(s) or property arising in any manner, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part from participation in this Sweepstakes or any Sweepstakes-related activity, and/or acceptance, possession, misuse or use of any prize.

     

    By accepting the prize, Winner authorizes the Sponsor and its designees to use his/her name, voice, likeness, photograph, prize information, biographical data and city and state of residence in any media now known or hereafter discovered, world wide, including on the World Wide Web and Internet, in perpetuity, at any time or times, in programming, advertising, trade and/or promotional material relating to this Sweepstakes or on a Winner's List (if applicable) without additional compensation or notice, review or approval (unless prohibited by law). Sponsor is not obligated to use any of the above mentioned information or materials, but may do so and may edit such information or materials, at Sponsor's sole discretion, without obligation or compensation.

    TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, RELEASED PARTIES MAKE NO WARRANTY, REPRESENTATION, OR GUARANTEE, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, IN FACT OR IN LAW, RELATIVE TO THE USE OF THE PRIZE, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ITS QUALITY, MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.

     9.    DISPUTES: Arbitration/Choice Of Law: To the fullest extent permitted by law, entrants agree that: (1) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Sweepstakes, or the prize, or the determination of the Winner, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by arbitration pursuant to the Rules of the American Arbitration Association, then effective, and (2) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this Sweepstakes (if any) but in no event attorneys’ fees; and (3) under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of entrant and/or Released Parties in connection with the Sweepstakes, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, without regard for conflicts of law doctrine, and all proceedings shall take place in the City of Philadelphia, County of Philadelphia.

     10.  PRIVACY POLICY: The entry information provided is subject to The QVC Privacy Statement accessible via www.qvc.com. To read the QVC Policy, access the QVC Website and then click on the Privacy Statement link under the “Policies & Information” heading.

    11.  WINNER’S LIST: For the names of prize winners, mail a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Portable Power Sweepstakes QVC Studio Park Mail Code 202, West Chester, PA 19380.

                                                                                                                                                   


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    Share your story by simply replying to this blog.

    (3) lucky winners will each receive:

    (1) HALO 2800mAh Pocket Power Charger for Cellphones & Electronics (E223301) Approximate Retail Value:  $59.00

    (1) HALO 5500mAh Portable Power Charger for Cellphones & Electronics (E222580) Approximate Retail Value: $98.00

    (1) INFOtainment MEGA 8400 mAh Portable USB Powerbank Charger (E223946) Approximate Retail Value: $149.00

    (1) INFOtainment LIFELINE 2800 mAh Portable USB Power Charger (E224053) Approximate Retail Value: $59.00

     

    No purchase necessary.  Void where prohibited.  Must be 18 years or older to enter.

     CLICK HERE FOR OFFICIAL RULES


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    Welcome to the AM Style blog chat!  Facebook recently made a few changes that make our chats a little tricky so we thought we'd try something different and move our weekly chat to the blogs! 

    Simply reply to this blog to chat away.  I'll be here throughout the entire show.

    I'm loving this Denim & Co. Long Sleeve Lightweight Stretch Denim Big Shirt Tunic.  Which is your favorite color?

     

    Can't wait to shop AM Style with you!  Find everything in the show here > http://qvc.co/AM_Style


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    I'm so happy to have Ian Somerhalder as our 2013 Model Citizen! I’m in awe of his commitment to the earth and the creatures on it, so I was honored when he agreed to partner with me on this year's campaign. I created the Model Citizen campaign last year to bring attention to trailblazers who are making a difference in their community and support them in their endeavors. This year, we're offering three shimmering formulas that are delicately scented with our brand-new honey, lavender, and chamomile scent. Ian helped design the packaging, too! Check out our Model Citizen 2013 video to learn more about Ian, our amazing partnership, and how we're making the world a more beautiful place for our furry friends together.

    Lots of love,

    —Josie Maran

    Josie Maran Argan Natural Radiance Model Citizen Collection
    Josie Maran Argan Natural Radiance Model Citizen Collection


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  • 04/12/13--13:55: 24 Hours of Vitamix
  • I’m a little bit of a planner and when I thought of the idea of a Vitamix in my home… I wondered would I ever use it for anything besides natural juicing?  Sure, I’d love to be one of those women who work out every day, discusses pilates on a regular basis, and drinks juices that are neon and blindingly bright… but I just don’t think I’ll ever have that in me; I enjoy a good nap and pasta way too much.

    In good faith, I decided to give Vitamix a chance.  You have to keep in mind that I still have the blender my mom gave me from college… it’s about mid-grade speed, you have to put your full body weight on top of it to make sure your contents don’t go anywhere, and you must make sure everyone is fully awake before you turn it on otherwise it’s a brutal alarm clock.   When I saw the power of the Vitamix, 1 horsepower vs my 325 watt… I thought this ought to be interesting.  I immediately prepared myself for something that was going to be louder than a lawn mower and that would shake like a generator.  Ha!  When I turned on the Vitamix for the first time, there’s a reason they call their redesign the most quite Vitamix yet.  There was no alarming motor… there was no unusual sounds when you blended or crushed items (unlike my blender which sounded like it was on its last leg on its very first day and I think you all know what I’m talking about!).

    So, I thought to myself… I can do this! I’m going to take a 24 hour challenge where I make Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner out of my Vitamix and show you what you can do with a machine that replaces 12 kitchen appliances.  How cool is that?! 

    Let’s start with Breakfast.   Never in a million years did I think I would be making Egg Frittatas.  Those two words alone imply a lot of money and a French culinary degree.  However, when I ran across the recipe, I actually had on had some peppers and onions so I thought I would try this out first.  Side note- I think this recipe could be altered to include any veggies or meat you currently have or need to get rid of.  The recipe took me all of 10 minutes to prep, 5 minutes to sauté (veggies), and 30 minutes to cook. 

    Breakfast: OVEN BAKED ONION CHEESE FRITTA

    Squash, Onion, Red and Green Peppers sautéing.

    Before going into the oven.

    After

    Yummy Breakfast!  This serves 8, so save what you have leftover and freeze it for an easy weekday meal.

    Lunch: ASIAN SALAD WITH GINGER CITRUS DRESSING AND BLUEBERRY BANANA ORANGE SMOOTHIE

    Lunch took about 20 mins to prep… a little longer than breakfast but totally worth it from the flavors.  The ginger dressing is so completely refreshing and the citrus gives it just enough zing to make it enjoyable on any veggie.  The Smoothie was invigorating.  It’s refreshing and creamy, without weighing you down, and for 99 calories… we couldn’t beat how satisfied we were with the total meal. 

    (I added fresh oranges and shrimp pot stickers to a mix leaf salad mix)

    My dad helping me prep the ingredients for the Dressing

    Ingredients for Smoothie

    Final Result

    Dinner: STUFFED PORTABELLA MUSHROOM WITH LOW FAT ALFREDO SAUCE AND LINGUINI

    Prep time for the sauce was 5 minutes and 5 minutes to “cook” it.

    Vitamix has such wonderful recipes for sauces.  You flip through that section and all of a sudden the sauces are inspiring the meals… not the meat like I was used to.  I sautéed spinach, tomatoes, and shrimp and stuffed it into a portabella mushroom and baked it at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.  Here’s where the Vitamix comes in with the key part of the dish; Alfredo sauce.  I was so surprised after blending the ingredients into the Vitamix how piping hot the sauce came out. I thought for sure I was going to blend and then have to reheat in the sauce pan. 

    The Alfredo Sauce.  It’s almost too good to be true.  This was the perfect, healthy compliment to my dish because it just made me sink into the earthiness of the mushrooms and made my mouth water when I got to the shrimp (none of my ingredients had been marinated or added anything to them). 

    The Results topped with a little bit of Italian bread crumbs. 

     

    It didn’t take long for me to realize that Viamix truly brings the culinary experience home.  I made dishes that I usually spend good money at a restaurant to eat all in my own home.  The recipe book is fabulous and full of color which I think can inspire all of us… even those who don’t normally cook.  Whether it’s for healthy dishes or a good ole cup of old fashioned ice cream, be sure to check out this brand new Vitamix during our Customer’s Favorites Weekend here on QVC.  Trust me, you’ll surprise yourself what you can do with this incredible machine. 

    See you Sunday at 3AM!! 

    CC

     


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