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    For anyone with a big dream. For anyone thinking of taking a leap. For anyone who's been told you can't/shouldn't/aren't ready. Please read and watch on.

    Below is a video I filmed for my daughter the day before I got on a plane to QVC try to fulfill my biggest dream. I'd forgotten it was still stored on my computer after four years, until I discovered it a couple of days ago. Poor Gabby had been watching her mom nervously walk around the house pretend-presenting everything from toothpaste tubes to sofas in order to prepare for the final round of auditions. After 17 years of working in retail, and with minimal on-camera experience, her mom really wasn't supposed to have made it this far. What Gabby didn't know was that it was because of something she'd done ten years prior that mom was getting on that plane the next day.

    Someday I'll write about the whole crazy story of how we got here. There's a lot of magic involved. But for now, I'll leave you with the most important lesson I learned out of the whole experience, taught to me by a 15-month old. It resonates with truth for me to this day. Thank you for sharing in it with me.

     


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    I knew I would never be a doctor, lawyer or fireman by the time I was 11.  Being a shoe guy is all I ever wanted to be!  I grew up fully immersed in shoes.  My father Jerome Fisher created Nine West so you could say that shoes are in my DNA.  He’s the driving forced behind my career and has also inspired my own three children. 

    Growing up in footwear factories gave me an understanding of the whole process as a result my company is filled with people that live for shoes and have the same drive as I do to design and produce modern classics.  There is honestly a science and art to it all!

    In the early 80’s, my studies brought me to Brazil where I learned the art of shoe making.   While there I held just about every job in the business from design to production to selling.  There I learned about the relationship that women have to with their footwear.

    Since then I have had so much to be proud of from getting my first real job in charge of the private label division of my father’s company to working with some of the world’s most recognized brands in building their footwear business to the day that each of my children got into the business and joined the company.

    34 years later my love for the industry has never wavered.  Just like my dad, I now travel 6 months of the year - I’m on a never-ending journey for the perfect shoe.  I could easily take a backseat when it comes to travel but being able to touch the leathers and materials adds so much more dimension to the experience and keeps me driven to create footwear that not only flatters but also lasts.

    The best formula for success came from my father, who encouraged me to work hard, keep it simple, be inspired and stay curious.  I continue to push forward and those words as a reminder as to how far I’ve come!

    Marc


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  • 02/27/15--11:07: My Library Confession
  • I love the library. Yup, I said it. In 2015 I still go to the library every single week.

    real conversation:

    Me: I’m going to the library.

    Alberti: The library? What do you do there?

     

    I know I can buy eBooks or audio books anywhere, but I still prefer the library.

    1) I’m surrounded by people who like to do what I do, read;

    2) I love the physical presence of books;

    3) I love the feeling of the library community (yay librarians!!!);

    4) I love that the resources at the library are free! And I want to support the library system.

    I’ve had a love affair with books for as long as I can remember. My mom is a playwright, so our home was filled to the brim with books. Whenever I said I was bored my mom said, “go read a book.” So I did. And I haven’t stopped.  I probably read a book and a half a week. At that rate, you can understand why I don’t buy every book I read. And since I’ve moved around a lot, I didn’t want to lug all of those books around either. So what’s the answer? The library! Getting a library card is always one of my first pieces of business after a move.

    You’ll always find library books in my home. One is always on my night side table, because no matter what time I go to sleep; I have to do a little reading first. Opening a book is like getting on an amusement park ride. I can’t see the middle or the end, but I’m buckled in, holding on tight, and holding my breath for whatever comes next. I travel places, learn about different cultures, meet thousands of people, and feel the ups and downs and various textures of the characters’ lives. I love it. Can’t do without it. Reading is fun!

    When it comes to fun, Theodor Geisel tops my list. Yes, I know he’s Dr. Seuss. Yes, I know he writes children’s books. Yes, he still tops my list. I say his name and just start smiling, don’t you? Come on!!!...The Cat in the Hat, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, Green Eggs and Ham, The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, The King’s Stilts, and so many more. I still give “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” to every graduate I know (and some folks who are simply embarking on a new adventure).

    It’s Dr. Seuss’ birthday today. So really this is a thank you note. Dr. Seuss is one of the reasons why I love to read. His colorful, fanciful, super-duper-diggable books made me fall in love, in love with books, and libraries.

    Happy Birthday, and thank you Dr. Seuss!

    -Rachel


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    Ellen DeGeneres is well-known as a beloved television host, but now she wants to come into your home in a different way—through her new collection of home goods, ED On-Air by Ellen DeGeneres. Her whimsical, stylish products are sure to give your décor a touch of something special. And because she’s got a real knack for decorating and entertaining, it only made sense to pick her brain on those very subjects!

    Anne Creedon: What’s the inspiration for ED On-Air for this spring?

    Ellen DeGeneres: Spring itself! In spring, people start moving outside—and I think the outdoors are as important as the indoors. If you’re going to spend time outside, why not make it beautiful? Why not make that an extension of your living space? You want outdoor pillows, candles for dining or entertaining, and beautiful furniture and accessories that are durable and will withstand the elements. You want things that can actually live outside—which is where you should live in the spring.

     

    AC: What’s your favorite thing about spring?

    ED: Spending more time outside. That and changing the décor inside a tiny bit. You might want to change a lampshade, tablecloth, or dishware. There’s nothing wrong with being springy!

     

    AC: What do you think is the most important home decorating tip you could give our customers?

    ED: Make it your own. Don’t try to copy what somebody else does because you see it in a magazine. It has to be comfortable and livable. Decorate for your lifestyle. And I love eclectic décor. I think that as long as things are beautiful, you can mix them together and it works. If it’s your style, it works.

     

    AC: Neutral or colorful décor?

    ED: Personally, I’m a neutral gal, but I also like to add color for a bit of flair. If it’s all neutral, it can become bland. I think you have to add a little bit of color to add some warmth.

     

    AC: When did you first become interested in design?

    ED: I think I’ve been interested in design since I was a little girl. My mother sold real estate for a while and I used to look at houses with her. I would see how different people decorated their homes, so I was constantly drawn to different people’s aesthetics and what they chose.

     

    AC: What motivated you to launch a lifestyle brand?

    ED: People would walk into my house and say, “I love that,” or “Where did you get that?” and so I wanted to share my ideas with everybody. It was always a passion of mine to create a beautiful environment in my home and work atmosphere because I like to be surrounded by things that inspire me. So my collection is for people who want beautiful, high-quality things that are affordable.

     

    AC: Is there a story behind the name of your collection – ED On-Air?

    ED: ED is my nickname and it’s very personal to me because only people who really know me call me that. And now that I’m sharing my design aesthetic with the world, it’s a personal relationship—so everyone gets to call me ED now!

     

    AC: Do you have any favorite products in your line?

    ED: That’s like picking my favorite pet! I can’t pick my favorite product. I wouldn’t put anything out there that I don’t love, so I can’t really choose.

     

    AC: What do you like most about selling your products on QVC?

    ED: That I get feedback immediately. When customers call in and say what they like about an item or why they’re interested in buying it, that’s the direct relationship I’m excited about. That’s why I started in standup—because I get to have that immediate feedback, that immediate relationship with people.

     

    AC: How do you feel about the live aspect of being on QVC?

    ED: Live is always better. You don’t know what’s going to happen and that’s the beauty of it!


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    My career in broadcasting has provided so many opportunities to me.  While working in news I was chosen to fly with the Blue Angels in an F/A-18 fighter jet (one of the highlights of my career, one day I’ll have to share the story with you!).  I covered the finale night of American Idol in Los Angeles the year Jordin Sparks won.  And I gave away a million dollars as the host of a game show for the Maryland Lottery.  All of these were amazing experiences I’ll never forget but there is one in particular that had me more excited than any other.  Attending a fashion show at New York Fashion Week. 

    It’s no secret I love fashion.  I follow the trends and latest designers in blogs and magazines.  I window shop for clothes online frequently.  And you know how much I enjoy talking fashion with you on air at QVC.  So the first time I received a formal invitation from Dennis Basso to attend his show during NYFW I felt like the luckiest girl on earth.  From what I had watched on TV and online, NYFW looked so exciting and posh and now here was my chance to be a part of the action!

    This February marked my fourth visit to NYFW and it still hasn’t gotten old.  This trip I just happened to have a few nights off from work so I decided to stay a couple of days in the city and my hubby met me there for a quick get away (grandma watched Jace and Coco for us, thanks mom!).

     So the day of Dennis’ show I had to work an early shift at the Q.  The plan was to leave straight from work, catch the train to NY, check in to my hotel, freshen up and change, and then head to Lincoln Center for the show.  Well of course nothing ever goes as planned and I missed my train.  It wouldn’t have been that big of a deal but the next train to NY wound up arriving an hour late which only gave me 45 minutes to accomplish my plan.  As soon as the train reached the platform at Penn Station I high tailed it to the cab stand and to my hotel. 

    This was my first time staying at The Towers at The New York Palace and I must say it was beautiful.  First and foremost the staff were amazing.  The room and the view were gorgeous (ask for room 5104-great view of the Hudson River and the Empire State building).  And my husband had the best room service steak I ever tasted in my life (and my eggs benedict weren’t too shabby either!).  Anywho... back to the story, when I walked in the lobby there was a line about 5 deep of people waiting to check in, so I had no choice but to leave my bags with the bellman and grab a taxi to Lincoln Center.  At this point I had about 15 minutes to get to the show and with unpredictable NYC traffic I knew I had a slim chance of making it on time.  Thank goodness for President’s Day!  Because it was a holiday the traffic was lighter than usual for NYC so I made it to the show just in the nick of time.  Granted I looked like a wilted flower by the time I made, but I made it!

     I was so excited to see so many familiar past and present QVC faces.  Alberti Popaj, Lisa Robertson, Amy Oselkin from Clarks, QVC models Stacy and Monica, stylist Ed, and Lena McIllwain. 

    Everyone looked amazing and it was so much fun seeing everyone outside of work.  We made plans to grab lunch after the show before we all took our seats.  The program explained the inspiration for this collection as the glamorous jet setting women of the 70’s, a la Jackie O. and Studio 54.  Dennis sent down the runway a chic and lux collection of 70’s inspired jumpsuits, palazzo pants and halter tops. The looks were opulent and elegant yet modern.  The color palette featured warm golds, black, white and grey to brick red, plum and the color of the year, marsala.  My favorite pieces were the extravagant ball gowns topped with fur boleros.  If I ever attend a red carpet event I know who to call!

     

    After the show I stopped backstage to congratulate the man of the hour.  He was being pulled in a million different directions but I did manage to take a quick photo with him and thank him for the invitation. 

    While backstage I did get a chance to meet Mary J. Blige and supermodel Coco Rocha (I loved her in the dancing White House/Black Market commercials!). 

    The next day was busy yet relaxed.  After sleeping in and ordering breakfast (the eggs benedict remember!) Judson went to the spa for a massage while I had my make-up done by celebrity make-up artist Nani.  She did a great job and suggested something no other make-up artist had before.  After my make-up was all finished she asked if I wanted the beauty mark on my cheek darkened.  She told me many of her clients don’t like how concealer and foundation cover their beauty marks.  So Nani goes in and enhances them with a little eyeliner pencil or gel.  Genius!  I’ve always embraced my moles but it never crossed my mind to play them up.  Nani was also just a really cool girl who I had a lot in common with so it looks like I also made a new friend as well!

    After make-up I was ready to head back to Lincoln Center for another show.  This time to see the collection of designer Michael Costello.  You may remember that name if you’re a fan of Project Runway.  He was featured on season 8 and the first all-stars season.  While he didn’t win his seasons, his designs were a stand out on the runway.  Michael has become a red carpet go to for many celebrities (he designed Beyoncé’s Grammy dress last year) and I’m a big fan.  I was able to score an invite for Juddy too so he could be my blog photog for the day.  The show featured sexy and sensual body conscious pieces in shades of black, grey and silver.  There were lots of plunging necklines, thigh high slits and strategic cut outs.  Some of my favorite pieces included a long sleeve mini dress with a full skirt and a one shoulder maxi dress.  And you know I love a good jumpsuit and Michael featured a well cut black number with an exaggerated shoulder and deep-v plunge neckline.  I was hoping to meet Michael but there was such a rush of people heading backstage that security closed off access.  While I didn’t get to meet Michael I did meet Jeannie Mai and Adrienne Bailon from the talk show The Real.  I also met stylist and designer Emily B and caught a glimpse of Christina Milian and singer Chris Brown. 

    Following the fashion show we decided to try our luck at scoring tickets to a Broadway show.  Many of the big Broadway shows hold a lottery for deeply discounted day of tickets.  I’ve wanted to see The Book of Mormon for a while but with my work schedule it’s hard to plan far enough in advance to purchase reasonably priced tickets.  I figured we could try the lottery and if it didn’t work out we could always find something else to do.  The lottery sign up begins at 4:30pm and names are drawn at 5pm.  So we hopped a cab to the theater and lined up with about 5 other people to enter the drawing.  Exactly at 4:30pm a man with a megaphone came outside and explained the rules of the lottery.  The main rule, only one entry per person.  So we both entered our names and went and had a glass of wine until 5 o’clock.  By the time we came back there were at least 200 people outside for the lottery.  Considering there were only 20 tickets to be given away we knew our chances were slim to none.  Needless to say our names were not drawn but it was a fun little experience. 

    We finished off the night with a lovely meal at JoJo Restaurant and then took in a comedy show at Gotham Comedy Club (and of course we were seated in the front row but luckily we only got picked on a little bit by the comics!). 

    As always New York never disappoints.  I had a great time at fashion week and I look forward to the spring collections this September!


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  • 03/02/15--10:41: Easy Breakfast Cobbler
  • I’m desperate for some Spring. We need some warmth. We need some sunshine. We need some GREEN! I know it’s coming, but I’m getting a little antsy. No more salt on our cars, please!

    In order to stave off some of the housebound stir-crazy, I added a new “side” to our brunch this past Saturday morning and it was AWESOME. 4 ingredients, bright, sweet, and just a little bit crunchy. It’s very easy, but wanted to share it with you anyway!

    Here’s all you need:

    1 CUP Raspberries

    1 CUP Blueberries

    2 tablespoons honey

    3 tablespoons crushed gluten free graham crackers

    Things to note: It’s best if the berries are fresh. Also, please feel free to use less honey if you like (I love sweet, so I get it where I can.) On that note, if you want to alter any of the ratios: please feel free to do so! Want more crunch? Smash up some extra graham crackers. I put 3 of them in a bag, used a mallet, and broke them into small pieces. I love the Kinnikinnick graham crackers, but any kind will do. Here’s a photo of what the box looks like:

    Now mix it all into a bowl, serve cold, and ENJOY! It’s so easy and we like to think of it as “Breakfast Cobbler” at our house. Also, we can just FEEL Spring around the corner when we eat it! I promise, it’s coming…

    See you soon! ~ Mary DeAngelis


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    Welcome to another Meal Make-over Monday!  Instead of having spaghetti and meatballs tonight, why not try my Spaghetti Squash Recipe?

     

    If you do, let me know what you and your family thought!

    All my best,

    Albany


    Spaghetti Squash:

     

    INGREDIENTS:

    1 cup onions

    1 cup bell peppers

    1 cup mushrooms

    2 cloves garlic

    Spaghetti Squash

    1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

    Salt and Pepper to taste

     

    Wash the squash and pat dry with paper towels.  Pierce all the way to center core or it will explode in microwave.

    Microwave squash for 10 - 15 minutes depending on size of squash.  Do not overcook or squash noodles become mushy.

    Chop all other veggies keeping them separate.

    When squash is done, use a fork to gently pull “noodles” out of squash shell.  Set aside.

     Saute other veggies in small amount of olive oil.  Begin with onions and bell peppers and then add mushrooms.  Add garlic last. 

    Saute only long enough to warm veggies through.  Do not overcook.

    Add squash "noodles" to sauteed veggies.

     Season mixture with salt & pepper.

    Combine well and it is ready to serve!  But you can also add cooked chicken or shrimp for a complete meal.

     

     

     

     


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    Pancakes have always been a family favorite in the Roe house. It's a simple, but must-have, basic recipe. Experiment with adding chocolate chips or blueberries and of course, making the three-circle, Mickey Mouse shaped pancakes.

    Pancakes

    Ingredients:

    • 2 eggs
    • 1-1/2 cups milk
    • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 2 cups flour
    • 3/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1-1/2 tablespoons sugar
    • 1-1/2 tablespoons baking powder
    Beat the eggs; add remaining ingredients and stir well. Heat a dab of vegetable oil on a griddle or frying pan. Pour 1/4 cup of batter on to hot oiled pan. Flip after bubbling.
    Serve with butter, syrup and/or powdered sugar.

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    Hello, foodies…

    A few of the In the Kitchen with David team members were helping Carolyn Gracie at the Philadelphia Flower Show today and they were just telling me what an amazing show it is this year. The theme is "Celebrate the Movies" and the displays are inspired by the films from Disney and Pixar. If you’re in the Philadelphia area this Friday, I do hope you’ll stop by the Flower Show because I’ll be there doing a recipe demonstration and making three recipes…my Fruit and Yogurt Parfait, Garden Veggie Dip in a Bread Bowl, and my Ratatouille Soup. I’m particularly excited about that last dish because it’s inspired by one of my favorite Disney movies, Ratatouille. And I hear there’s a Ratatouille display at the Flower Show that will just knock your socks off…I can’t wait to see it!

    So speaking of fresh flowers and light and bright recipes, I have a brand-new springtime classic for you today that we’ll debut this Wednesday night on In the Kitchen with David. Foodies, here’s my Lemon Meringue Pie.

    Lemon Meringue Pie
    Serves 8–10

    This recipe was prepared with the Green Pan 11-Piece Cookware Set (K42000).

    Go to David's Recipe Item Page for the full list of items that David has used in his recipes.

    Ingredients:
    Meringue:

    • 4 egg whites
    • 1/8 tsp cream of tartar
    • 4 Tbsp white sugar

    Pie:

    • 1 (9") ready-to-bake pie crust
    • 4 egg yolks
    • 1-1/4 cups sugar
    • 5 Tbsp cornstarch
    • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • 1-1/2 cups cold water
    • 3 Tbsp butter
    • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
    • Zest of 2 lemons

    Preparation:

    1. Bake the pie crust following package instructions and let cool completely. Set aside. Place the oven rack in the middle level and preheat to 375°F.
    2. To make the meringue, fit a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, and whip the egg whites and cream of tartar until soft peaks form. Gradually add the sugar and continue to whip until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
    3. To prepare the pie, whisk the egg yolks in a medium-size bowl. Set aside. Whisk together the sugar, cornstarch, flour, salt, and cold water in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture comes to a boil and cook for about 2 minutes, until thickened. Add the butter and stir until completely melted. Remove the pan from the heat.
    4. Pour half of the hot mixture into the egg yolks and quickly whisk to temper the egg yolks. Return the egg mixture back into the saucepot, add the lemon juice and lemon zest, and whisk until incorporated. Turn the heat down to medium-low and cook, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil, then cook for about 6 minutes until thickened.
    5. Pour the mixture into baked pie shell. Rewhip the meringue for 30 seconds to bring it back to life. Spread the meringue over the pie, while lemon filling is still hot, making sure it goes all the way up to the edge of the crust. Bake for 10 minutes, or until the meringue is golden brown. Cool the pie for 1 hour and then refrigerate it for up to 6 hours before serving.

    Foodies, there’s nothing more impressive than a homemade Lemon Meringue Pie. Whether this is your Easter dessert, a springtime brunch contribution, or just a treat for your family, you just have to try this. Many thanks to our pastry chef Andrea who made this somewhat tricky recipe foolproof for us all.

    Lemon Meringue Pie

    Now, foodies…we have an EXCITING show this Wednesday! Not only are we welcoming back Griff and Cheryl Day of Back in the Day Bakery with their new cookbook, Back in the Day Bakery Made with Love….

    Griff & Cheryl Day of Back in the Day Bakery

    But we’re also welcoming this lovely lady…Trisha Yearwood!

    David, Trisha Yearwood, and Mary

    Trisha is coming with tomorrow’s Today’s Special Value®…an 11-piece cookware set by GreenPan, a brand many of you already know and love. But in addition to that, Trisha is sharing her new cookbook, Trisha’s Table, which celebrates balanced foods and balanced living.

    I’m a huge fan of both of these cookbooks and I hope you’ll make plans to join us tomorrow at 8pm ET for those, the pie, and kitchen fun.

    Keep it flavorful!
    —David


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  • 03/03/15--06:55: Passionate about Pink
  • I attended a fundraiser last weekend in support of breast cancer awareness and work toward a cure. The theme was “Passionate About Pink”. The afternoon included a delicious brunch, an incredible band, fun raffles, and a signature pink drink a.k.a cosmo. It’s always great to get out for a good cause.

    Do you belong to a charity and/or help raise money for a cause? I firmly believe we can all help to make a difference ....... working together pays off.

    Warm regards,

    Leah Williams

    Join me on Facebook and Instagram.


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    It’s all about that comfy, cozy California chic look around the Hamlin-Rinna household. There’s just something so fabulous about feeling yummy in your own home. I have always been really into feeling good in my surroundings and my home and clothing are at the top of that list. Much like I pride myself on that delicious feeling you get from one of the pieces in my Lisa Rinna Collection, I like to do the same with my decor and furnishings around my home.

    Ok, we have to start with the tub in the master bathroom because it is hands down, the most fabulous spot in the whole house. It's longer than a standard tub and I use it every night!

    Just like I would imagine every woman would say, "I wish my closet was bigger!" Well, I'm saying it right along with you. If only....

    Oh my God. I need to get that scratch fixed ASAP. How did I not even notice that until just now? How embarrassing.

    The guitar and the framed picture kinda speak for themselves, don't you think? That handsome man in the picture with me loves his guitar and we're all so happy whenever he plays for us!

    I really love this table. We had someone come in and feng shui our home and this area of the house is representative of career. So, we have all of our work mementos and keepsakes from some memorable jobs to keep that aspect of our lives alive and flourishing.

    The playroom is one of the more fun places in our home. Lots of bright colors, textures and family all around us.

    An overall look at what I consider to be a that cozy, inviting California chic feel. The lighting and colors give me a certain sense of warm and familiarity that I love.

    Thanks for stopping by!

    XO

    Lisa


    Join me this Thursday, March 5th, with appearances in AM & PM Style and for one full hour at 1pm ET.

    You can also catch me tonight, on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills at 9/8c on Bravo!

    Parts of this blog were originally featured on BravoTV.com in Tour Lisa Rinna's Home (and Closet!)

     


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    Hi, everyone!

    Between the Bobbi Brown cosmetics today (think PINK!) and my Philadelphia Flower Show demonstrations this weekend, spring is REALLY on my mind.

    I really hope you can join me this Friday…Carolyn Gracie hosted a competition yesterday at the Flower Show and she said the exhibits are just amazing…they're all inspired by Disney and Pixar films. And, it just feels like spring everywhere you look. I’ll be hosting two DIY garden project presentations on Friday…the first at 1:30 the second at 5pm. Come smell the roses…literally! And please stop by to say hello!

    Let’s keep the spring theme going, shall we? Here’s a terrific recipe you can serve to the fam this weekend or save for a springtime or Easter brunch: Ham and Cheese Crustless Quiche.

    Ham and Cheese Crustless Quiche

    This recipe is prepared with the GreenPan 11-Piece Cookware Set (K42000).

    Ingredients:

    • Cooking spray
    • 3/4 cup cubed ham or turkey ham
    • 1/2 cup chopped onion
    • 1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper
    • 3/4 cup shredded Swiss cheese, divided
    • 1 cup fresh baby spinach leaves
    • 1 cup fat-free cottage cheese
    • 1/2 cup evaporated fat-free milk
    • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
    • 2 large eggs
    • 2 large egg whites
    • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1 tsp baking powder

    Preparation:

    1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
    2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat the pan with cooking spray. Add the ham, onion, and pepper and sauté until the ham is lightly browned.
    3. Sprinkle 1/4 cup shredded Swiss cheese in a 9" pie plate coated with cooking spray. Top the cheese with the ham mixture.
    4. Combine the remaining 1/2 cup Swiss cheese, spinach, and the next 5 ingredients (through the egg whites) in a large bowl; stir with a whisk.
    5. Whisk together the flour and baking powder in a small bowl. Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and whisk until blended. Pour the egg mixture over the ham mixture. Bake for 45 minutes, or until a knife inserted in center of the quiche comes out clean.

    Have a great week, everyone. And remember…THINK SPRING!!!

    From my home to yours,
    —Jill


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    Hello, Friends!

    I love being out in the sun. Who doesn’t? Well, okay, I guess Dracula doesn’t. And, the Abominable Snowman doesn’t. And, anyone who makes a living carving ice sculptures doesn’t. But, aside from them, really—who doesn’t love to get outdoors and enjoy the beautiful sunshine?

    When the weather is warm and sunny, you can usually find me out in the yard playing with my dogs, or entertaining friends in the garden. I’ve tried to combine the two activities by teaching my dogs to fetch trays of drinks for my friends… although, so far, that hasn’t been a big success. But, anyway…

    Even a sun lover like me needs to take a break in the shade now and then. That’s why my ED On Air collection for spring includes these gorgeous umbrellas.

    My team and I worked really closely with the QVC team to give these umbrellas my own personal spin. I chose the pigments to blend with almost any outdoor décor while adding a little pop of color. And, we paid lots of attention to detail. If you look closely, you’ll see that the solid umbrellas are made from a beautiful striated material that actually blends a few different tones into one fabric. We also developed a couple of striped options that will look great on your patio or deck. You know, some decks think stripes make them look fat, but I’ll bet yours can pull them off—no problem!

    Oh, and by the way—these umbrellas aren’t just pretty. They’re practical, too. They do a great job of blocking the sun. So, if you really want to invite Dracula to your next afternoon barbecue… hey, I’m just sayin’.

    And, to find out even more about decorating with my outdoor umbrellas, be sure to watch Taniya’s video blog.

    ‘Til next time—

    Ellen


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  • 03/04/15--06:24: Meet Toi Sweeny
  • Ever wonder who makes QVC’s hosts and on-air guests look stylish and put together? It’s Toi Sweeney! With more than a decade of experience, Toi is an authority on personal styling. She knows what looks good, what doesn’t, and how to match clothes with personality. A longtime QVC employee, she worked her way up the ranks and now gets to call shopping with all 26 QVC program hosts part of the job.

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    Ashley Hartle: Tell me about your career and how you became a fashion stylist.

    Toi Sweeney: I came to QVC 15 years ago with a Fashion Marketing degree and started in the Merchandising department. It was not the job for me—I was really bad at it. I had decided to go back to school for my Fashion Design degree when one of my friends said, “There’s an opening for a fashion stylist!” I didn’t even know QVC had fashion stylists! So I got the job and began freelancing while I attended school. After graduation, I started a couture evening-wear line that was sold in a boutique outside Philadelphia. Host Jane Treacy was my first customer—she bought a dress to wear on air for QVC PresentsFFANY Shoes on Sale”!

    Shortly after that I was featured on the cover of the business section of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Then when Philadelphia Magazine launched, I was their first feature design story under “What’s Hot Now.” It was around that time that I began working in the booking office at QVC, meeting vendors and suggesting models to help sell their product. I later became a full-time fashion stylist, then got promoted to the job I have now, where I primarily work with hosts and guests.

    AH: What’s your typical work day like?

    TS: It varies. On Thursdays I sit down with guests new to QVC and give them a style consultation—sort of the dos and don’ts on air. I may go shopping in the morning from around 10am until 2pm and then come back to the office, or I may leave and go to a host’s home and do a closet edit for a few hours. It’s different every day and I love it. Hands down, I have the best job in the world!

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    AH: It sounds so exciting! Where do you find inspiration?

    TS: Everywhere! One of the things you learn in school is how to pull inspiration from things around you. If I’m looking at the white chair you’re sitting in, I’m thinking about how white has been trending the past few seasons, and how the chair is textured and perforated. I think about the brands that are doing that, and then my mind goes to which host that look would work on. My mind never stops!

    AH: How would you describe your personal style?

    TS: Creative, dramatic, and elegant.

     

    AH: If you could trade closets with anyone, who would it be and why?

    TS: Oh, that’s tough! I’d have to say no one. I think style is so personal that it’s like saying I would trade lives with someone, and I’m all about the journey. If you trade style then it changes everything.

    AH: Let’s say I can only buy one new item for spring. What should it be?

    TS: Gosh, can it be two new things?

     

    AH: Go for it!

    TS: I would say a magnificent handbag and a great pair of really comfortable shoes. If your accessories are of great quality, then people will assume the rest of your outfit is, too. So you can wear an inexpensive T-shirt, but if you’re carrying your great Dooney & Bourke bag and wearing your Marc Fisher sandals, no one is going to question the other items you have on.

     

    AH: So tell me, what do you like to do when you’re not busy making hosts and guests look super stylish?

    TS: I love spending time with my son, Tucker, who’s five and my husband, John, of 14 years. We think we have the most beautiful child in the world, but I guess we are supposed to think that!

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    AH: One last question: What styling advice would you give other women?

    TS: Fashion is dead and everything is about personal style. It’s all about the relationships you’re building with others, but also the one you’re building with yourself. So you have to be comfortable, but not to the point that you’re sloppy. You have to just be yourself in small ways and in big ways. I should be able to look at you and know who you are instantly. It shouldn’t be a guess.


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    To kick off the debut of our brand-new show this week, Fashionably Latewith Jayne & Pat, we played our own version of The Newlywed Game. And let me tell you it was SO. MUCH. FUN. Pat and I have been friends for many, many years and I was totally confident with all my answers (ok, maybe not all of them)—until we sat down and shared. What a blast! Watch as we laugh our way through Pat’s answers about me. I think she did great (maybe even better than me – see what you think of my answers on her blog)!

    I also want to send out a huge THANK YOU to all of our amazing viewers for your support and comments asking for a later show with me and Pat. QVC heard you!  It’s all happening Friday, 3/6 at 9pm ET.

    Get your girlfriends together (pajama party, anyone?), make some cocktails and yummy food and join us for the two-hour premiere of Fashionably Late with Jayne & Pat. And, don’t forget to head over to our Facebook pages today for a special sneak peek and keep checking back all week long for more can’t-miss items and lots of fun.

    Blessings,

    Jayne   

    You can find me on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/JayneBrownQVC

    Twitter: www.twitter.com/jaynebrown1

    Instagram: www.instagram.com/jaynebrownqvc

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    I know they say “dogs are a man’s best friend” but a little dog named Diamond is this girl’s best friend!  At 14 years old and weighing in at all of 3 pounds, Diamond is my best buddy, the daughter I never had and the best side kick ever.  Being so teeny, it’s easy for Diamond to travel with me everywhere – work, vacations, the New York Flower Market (see, doesn’t she look happy amongst the flowers?), the farm – all she needs is a pocket or the palm of my hand and “viola” instant companion!    

     

    She shares the house with my son’s dog Dutch.  Dutch is a Pitt Bull/German Shepherd that we adopted when he was four years old.  Dutch  is so good to her and let’s her have her way.  Diamond is the boss and Dutch is the gentleman.  I guess you could say that Diamond has all of us in the palm of her hand!  I love them both so much!

    And they are smart little friends too!   My husband Joe has the rule “no dogs on the bed.”  Well, of course Joe knows that cannot apply to Diamond who demands to sleep with us every night.  And when it comes to Dutch, every morning when he hears Joe leave for work, Dutch comes running into our bedroom and takes his spot right next to Diamond.  I enjoy this so much, that I always take a picture of the two dogs sleeping and send it to Joe with a note, “look who’s sleeping in your bed.”   We all know who “rules” the roost in our house! 

    -Barbara



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    Seven days, 95,000 attendees, 2,517 exhibitors, 108,441 square feet in three buildings, and me and four of my buyers.  Even saying it makes my head spin!  We plan weeks in advance for our buying trips for our 2 stores.   The goal is always to bring the newest and greatest items home to our customers, things they will not find anywhere.  And boy, it’s quite a crazy and tiring experience.  But being a buyer is one of the greatest jobs on Earth and if you love to shop and trends - this is it.  

     

    Being a buyer is exhilarating.  You can be the inspiration for your customers by introducing them to the greatest trends and pieces that will become instant classics.  And who wouldn’t like being paid to shop?!

     

    If this sounds exciting to you, look up the closest gift show near you.  The two largest shows are in New York and Atlanta, but many cities have their own.  It is something to experience and you just might find it so wonderful, that you have found your dream job just like me and my girls.  I say go for it! 


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    As you know, my good friend Jayne and I have been pals for a loooooong time. To have a little fun, we decided to put our friendship to the test with our own version of The Newlywed Game. How well does Jayne really know me? Watch the video to see the fun, funny results. I am still laughing about the answers Jayne gave about me!! {#emotions_dlg.biggrin}

    Play this game with your BFFs and let me know how it goes. And be sure to hop over to Jayne's blog to see me answer questions about her!

    And we would love it if you joined us Friday night at 9pm ET for the two-hour premiere of our new show, Fashionably Late with Jayne & Pat. Laughing, shopping, girl time, and girl talk—is there really any better way to spend a Friday night? Be sure to check out our Facebook pages for sneak peeks at items in upcoming shows (including one today!) and lots more fun throughout the week.

    You can find me on Facebook at:  www.facebook.com/PatJamesDeMentriQVC

    Twitter:  www.twitter.com/pdementri

    Instagram:  www.instagram.com/PatJamesDeMentriQVC

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  • 03/04/15--12:05: March into Spring!
  • Hey y’all!  My name is Jennifer, and I’m the newest member of the Denim & Co design team designing the knits and sweaters.  I don’t know about you, but this Texas girl has had about enough of this ice and snow!  I’m taking my mind to a warmer place, and getting ready to transform my closet from coats and sweaters to shorts and t-shirts.  

    I’m excited to show you some of our new spring items from the Denim & Co Active line that will not only transform your closet but transform your style.  As Gary has mentioned before, “athleisure” is a big trend in the world of fashion, but these pieces are versatile enough to wear wherever life takes you.  We’ve taken classic shapes and added great details such as embroidery and color blocking to keep you stylish yet comfortable. 

    Our first look is of our new dolman sleeve jersey top and contrast trim French terry tunic.  Both tops comes in beautiful spring colors and look great with our classic French terry slim leg capri pants and your favorite sneaker.

    A262593 – Denim & Co Active French Terry Sweatshirt Tunic

    A261845 Denim & Co. Active 3/4 Dolman Sleeve Tunic

    A252697 Denim & Co. Active French Terry Slim Leg Capri Pants

    A263187 – Denim & Co Printed Scarf

    A251774 Isaac Mizrahi Live! Canvas Tie Sneakers

    Next, we have our new French terry top with embroidery on the sleeves.  This is a versatile top because it looks great worn with sneakers and our French terry slim leg pant, or it would also complement a casual skirt or even jeans.

    A263658 Denim & Co. Active French Terry Embroidered Short Sleeve

    A259719 Vera Bradley Signature Print Trimmed Vera Tote

    A252697 Denim & Co. Active French Terry Slim Leg Capri Pants

    A252368 Skechers GOwalk Canvas Slip-on Sneakers – Cadence

    In our next look, we’ve added some classic pieces such as our “How Comfy” knit denim jacket and the ever-popular side pocket pant that will look great with our new Denim & Co Active Perfect Jersey color block top. 

    A262588 Denim & Co. Active Perfect Jersey ¾ Sleeve Color-Block Top

    A262678 Denim & Co. Multi Dot Print 28 X 72 Scarf

    A263186 Denim & Co. "How Comfy" Knit Denim Jacket w/ 3/4 Sleeves

    A262553 Denim & Co. Light Weight Stretch Denim Shirt w/ Hi-Low Hem

    A14924 Denim & Co. Original Waist Stretch Capri Pants w/Side Pockets

    A260784 Clarks Leather Wedge Backstrap Sandals - Auriel Fin


    I hope you’re as excited as we are about our new Denim & Co spring fashion!  Get ready to blossom!

    -Jennifer


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