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  • 05/12/15--08:46: An LCNY Mother's Day
  • Hello my LCNY fashionistas. I hope you had a fabulous Mother's Day. Whether you were acknowledged or you were celebrating your MOM, I hope it was a day filled with love. Mine was very special. You see my wonderful Mom, Marcia ..is back...I asked her permission to share her journey which has been a difficult one for our family.

    It started about four years ago. The slow change began. My very active Mom..(walker, golfer, driver, exceptionally bright woman started to fade). None of us could put our finger on it, but we all noticed a difference. Her gait became an issue...somewhat of a misstep with her footing. Slowly the bike riding, walking around the block, playing golf all seemed to come to an end. When you would talk to her on the phone.....many questions were repeated. . My radar was on high alert along with my Dads. What is going on? We made the circuit of doctors over the next several years. 

    Orthopedist, neurologist, physical therapist.....you name it we saw them for evaluations. No diagnosis. We vacationed together the summer of 2014. That was the beginning of a huge change. My Mom was slipping through my hands like sand in an hour glass. Due to her irregular walk, she tore a tendon in her foot and was put in a boot. She could not navigate the heel toe movement and started with a walker then a wheel chair. We were all so frustrated .....but not so much Mom....she was just complacent.

    So the search began. I told everyone her story who would listen. I would be up at night searching the Internet ...googling symptoms. So many people kept telling me to get her to Jefferson, which is a great hospital in Philadelphia. In October we had our first appointment ....little did I know that my 2015 Mother's Day gift was in the making. My Mom was diagnosed with NPH...non pressure hydrocephalus. Pure and simple water on the brain. No known reason but it can develop in seniors.

    She had surgery in December right before Christmas. She put all her trust in my Dad and her children that this was the right thing to do. She has a permanent shunt placed in her brain that drains the excess cerebral fluid. The results were remarkable. She called me up in the middle of the night from the hospital at three in the morning and asked, where have I been....I have been so out of it.

    My mom is back..walking, sharp as a tack, playing bridge, traveling with my Dad, joking with her grandchildren and enjoying each day. This Mother's Day was extra special.....because my best friend, confidant, partner in crime, is back. As only a Mom can say..."You know, Linda, I like your hair shorter so I can see your beautiful blue eyes"....thanks Mom I am so glad to hear that from you once again....hence my new hair cut. Best gift ever.....MY MOM.

    The picture I took on Mother's Day is of the two of us and I am wearing our new maxi dress which is the TSV on Friday May 15. Please join me and our team for our Fabulous LCNY Friday. You know who will be watching each show...MY MOM.....because she is back and she is my greatest supporter 😊.

    I am a very lucky daughter. See you soon my friend.
    Linda


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  • 05/12/15--12:03: Summer Trendspotting!
  • Hey gals! I love this time of the year for so many reasons. Warm weather, outdoor activities, and fun fashion! This time of the year it’s all about colors, trends, and making a statement with your wardrobe – no jacket necessary!

    A couple of weeks ago I decided to hit the city of Philadelphia with my girl Jessie. Jessie is a fashion blogger and newest member of the LOGO by Lori Goldstein team. Jessie and I did some trend spotting in one of the most happening places of Philadelphia – Rittenhouse Park. In general we saw a lot of the boho chic look, a lot of bright colors, and one of the hottest trends in fashion right now – hem lines! Now it’s time to break down these trends!

    Hemlines:

    Let’s talk hemlines! Hemlines and layering go together like peanut butter and jelly, and we saw a lot of these two trends working well together in Rittenhouse. From shark bites, to high-lows, and even asymmetrical – hemlines are the coolest way to add edge and an extra style to your everyday look. What I love so much about this hemline trend is how easy it is to go from day to night. The fun hemlines in skirts, tops, and dresses gives us the advantage of looking sophisticated, edgy, and chic without even trying! You can think of the asymmetrical hemline and shark bite look as a special dose of feminine flair compared the boyfriend, boxy look that has been extra popular over the last couple of years!

     Look Below:

    GILI Fringe Leather Jacket
    GILI Peplum Hemmed Top 
    Lisa Rinna Fly Front Pants
    Marc Fisher Pumps 

    LOGO Cardigan with Lace Trim (Regular)
    LOGO Cardigan with Lace Trim (Petite)
    LOGO High-Low Maxi Skirt (Regular)
    LOGO High-Low Maxi Skirt (Petite)

     

    GILI Motorcycle Leather Jacket
    GILI Assymetrical Top
     

    Bright Colors:

    Lori Goldstein and Isaac Mizrahi have been preaching to us about color for years! These fashion experts are right and bright color is officially the new black. What I love the most about this hot trend we saw so much, is the fact that wearing bright colors isn’t left up to the fashion risk takers of the world – everyone is doing it! We’re seeing a lot of plush purples and blues with a mix of fun yellows & pinks! Here are some ideas for bright color inspiration:

    GILI Leather Jacket
    Walter Baker Floral Pants
    Marc Fisher Sandals 

         

         Mix and match your bright color separates and try layering with a fun graphic tee or button-up collared shirt underneath.

           If you’re looking for a more wearable way to rock bright colors try pairing it with a neutral to ground your look a bit more. Maybe a black or white tank or a white ankle pants/black leggings!

    American West Necklace
    Skinny Tee
    Denim & Co. Beach Printed Pants 

    LOGO Snap Button Cardigan
    LOGO White Tank Top
    LOGO Leggings 

     Accessorize in Yellow! Use yellow to add a pop of color. If you are going for a more edgy look think about adding yellow pumps to a black ensemble, or for a pretty pastel “brunch with the gals” outfit, try mixing in a pale yellow with a powdery blue.

    orYANY Leather Shoulder Bag
    Elliott Lucca Pumps 

     

      Layer brights and neutrals – Just like I mentioned before about mixing bright colors with a neutral grounding piece, you can do this same thing with your layering. I learned to layer with color from Lori Goldstein who loves to make a pink pop by throwing on a white tank underneath or the other way around – layer a neutral over a trending hot color to bring new life to your staples.

     LOGO Chiffon Trim Tee
    LOGO White Tank 
    LOGO Leggings 

    LOGO Asymmetrical Twin Set
    GILI Convertible Backpack
    Marc Fisher Wedges 

    Boho Chic:

    I think everyone has their own definition for what Boho Chic looks like. To me, I say Boho chic is fun outfit with bohemian edge that just looks so simple. What I love about this trend is how natural everything comes together – as if it was just second nature to look so darn cool! With this trend you’ll see a lot of tribal-like patterns, a lot of maxi dresses/skirts, flowy tops and bottoms, some sheers, and lots of layering.

    LOGO V-Neck Vest
    LOGO Embellished Top
    LOGO Maxi Skirt
     LOGO Pull-On Pedal Pushers

    Here are some ways to incorporate the Boho Chic look in your wardrobe.

    1. Invest in a simple maxi skirt – lean towards solid colors and neutral tones here. It will ground your beachy, comfortable look and leave some room for prints and fun accessories.
       
    2. Geometric Prints – These prints come in all articles from shoes to tops all the way to dresses! Invest in any geometric print to add a touch of free-spirited edge!

       
    3. Gladiator Sandals – The gladiator look is key when it comes to your Boho Chic footwear! You can gauge your boho chic on a scale from simple and strappy all the way to lace up the leg sandals. Feel free to add some detail with chain accents and even some beading here and there!
       
    4. Floppy Hat – The floppy hat is for the serious Boho gal! This additional accessory can take an outfit from basic to boho in seconds. Remember when it comes to hats you must wear it with confidence – it will show!
       
    5. Chunky, Earthy, Jewelry – When it comes to accessorizing with jewelry feel free to stack, layer, and just go nuts. Chunky is always cool when nailing the boho chic look, but keep your eyes peeled for lots of detail especially with feathers!

      Sterling Silver Feather Ring: 

       

      American West Sterling Silver Turquoise Ear Cuff

       

    Well gals there you have it! Keep your eyes peeled for lots of boho, lots of brights, and of course fun hemlines this summer! Can't wait to go shopping and chat more about these trends with you on Monday nights!

    PS: Be sure to check out my social pages for more fashion, family, and friendly updates 

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    Instagram: AmyStranQVC

      


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  • 05/12/15--12:49: I Give My Gold A Story
  • I've always loved gold. Some people ask, "are you a gold, or silver person?" but I don't think you have to choose. Gold is special in unique ways. It's got such a history and has been cherished by women for all eternity. It literally stands the test of time! I recently did an interview in honor of Gold Month, and I wanted to share my thoughts on this beautiful medium. Most importantly, I'd love to hear YOUR answers to these questions too! Every woman loves jewelry for different reasons, and I always love hearing how we are all so different, but so similar at the same time.


    1. What trends are you loving in fashion right now? How does Gold work with those trends?

    I love that this season is all about "ease"..flowing fabrics, soft colors, incorporating athletic elements into elevated looks. What's great is that this gives us even more freedom to wear gold casually. Gone are the days of saving your gold pieces for special occasions! Wear a bold cuff with a sweatshirt, layer long chains over a tank top...anything goes!

    2. Reinventing classics. What is your favorite new gold trend or way to wear gold?

    Without a doubt, my favorite new trend is the use of "negative space" in jewelry. Years ago an x-ring or cuff would have been impossible to find! But now the use of open space and airy designs are as bold if not bolder than heavy pieces that you can find. And they're still timeless, so making that investment doesn't have to come with hesitation.

    3. Do you have a go-to or signature gold look?

    I can almost always be found wearing a favorite gold aspen-leaf ring I picked up in my favorite small town of Ouray, Colorado. It reminds me to keep working hard so I can retire there! From there, I'll often add a gold hoop (size depends on my mood that day!) and one or two gold bracelets mixed in with fashion jewelry.

    4. Do you remember the first gold piece you purchased, and why you purchased it?

    I indulged in a rope chain in my early 20's that has held every pendant I've owned since then at one time or another! Talk about a piece paying for itself.

    5. There are so many ways to personalize jewelry, how do you "personalize" your gold jewelry?

    Odd as it may sound, I personalize my jewelry without any engraving, initials, or birthstones. I personalize it by giving it a story. Every piece I own reminds me of someone or somewhere, or has a special meaning to it in some way. And I believe that's true for everyone. Jewelry is a more intimate, personal purchase than anything else in fashion. Every piece you own is already personalized because you love it!

    6. Are there essential gold pieces every woman should own?

    It's hard to generalize for everyone, but if I had to narrow it down I'd say start with gold hoops. Any size that feels flattering to you! I'm always encouraging our viewers to give them a try as there are so many different styles you can keep changing them up and never really have the same look twice. It's the LBD of jewelry!

    7. How do you decide when to purchase fashion jewelry and when to purchase a fine jewelry piece?

    If you love it and it's in your budget, buy. You'll find there are fashion jewelry pieces you wear for decades if you take good care of it. Same goes for fine. Your intuition knows what you love and that's all that matters!

    8. Why do you love gold?

    Gold is arguably the most beautiful, respected, and time-honored art medium that exists. But it also looks infinitely more beautiful on the human form. It's wearable art! It's precious to us in so many ways, not just from a fashion standpoint!


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    Hi, everyone!

    So yesterday was "Eat What You Want day"…and I posed this question on my Facebook page: what would you eat every day if calories didn’t count? I said warm chocolate chip cookies out of the oven and lots of you agreed. Although ice cream, pizza, cheese fries, and bacon are all right up my alley, too! (Thanks for all your comments.) And if you’re not following me on Facebook yet, here’s where you can find my page.

    “Eat What You Want Day” may have been yesterday but I’ve got another sweet treat that you should probably try today, while we’re at it. I mean…you don’t want to miss anything, right? Plus—this has fruit in it! Vitamins and antioxidants are important!

    Grilled Fruit Shortcake

    Grilled Fruit Shortcake

    This recipe is prepared with the Cook's Essentials® 7-Piece BBQ Grill Pan with Removable Plates (K42351).

    Ingredients:

    Preparation:

    1. Preheat a grill over medium heat. Slice the pound cake into 10 1/2" slices. Place the cake directly on the grill grates or in a grill pan. Cook until grill marks appear. Set aside. Repeat with the peaches and pineapple, cooking until grill marks appear. Set aside.
    2. Combine both preserves and mix in the chopped strawberries. Place the pound cake on dessert plates and top with the grilled fruit. Sandwich the fruit with a second slice of pound cake. Top with the preserves, a dollop of whipped topping, and the mint leaves. Scatter any extra grilled fruit on each plate next to the cake.

    If you’ve never had grilled fruit, you’re in for a treat. Grilling caramelizes the sugar in fruit and enhances the sweetness. Plus, you get that great tastes-good-on-everything smoky flavor. The same thing happens with the pound cake. The sugars in the cake caramelize and the cake gets this toasty crust because of the heat.

    Just be sure your heat isn’t too high…it’s easy to burn these delicate ingredients. And, I like to use a grill basket to prevent the fruit from falling down the grill grates. I’ll show you how easy that is tomorrow night on You’re Home with Jill thanks to QVC’s Today’s Special Value®...the Cook’s Essentials(R) Grill Pan. I hope you can join me at 6pm ET.

    From my home to yours,
    —Jill


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  • 05/12/15--18:23: THE FACTORY AND THE FAIR!!
  • THE FACTORY AND THE FAIR!!

    We started our day with The Fair...soooo many outstanding pieces of jewelry to choose from.  The gold glistened in hues of sunshine yellow, the Bronze flirted with soft feminine pink tones and pearls, gems and diamonds rocked my world.

     

    It was a sheer delight seeing so many beautiful things in one place. I'm not going to lie, my heart was pounding and could hardly focus! David and I looked through everything, searching for that perfect piece just for you.

     

    After lunch, we headed over to Blu Oro factory, where Carlo met us. 

    A man that greets me with a tray full of jewelry is number one on my list!! You can see in his eyes how proud he is of his work. It was incredible!! The amount of hard work that each and every piece takes to make,,, one by one,, piece by piece,,, I even tried to satin finish an earring myself and let's just say, let's hope I don't lose my day job, because a jewelry creator I am not!! 

     


    I was soooo impressed with all the different steps that they have to take to make just one earring. Carlo said, "Antonella, each step must be taken slow and easy or a mistake will build up through the process and will clearly be seen in the end".
    This is where the gold is fired up:

     


    This is where they flatten it into a workable unit. It's 18kt gold in this picture that is around 65 feet long!! You know I had my eyes on that!!

    After Lunch, we headed over to Blu Oro factory, where Carlos met us.

     

     

    Then they pull it through another instrument to make it into a tube. Blu Oro is number one in the world for tubing because of all the processes the gold goes through, most of it by hand!! 

     

     

     Then off to detailing it and quality assurance. 

     

    So much pride, time and effort goes into making these fabulous pieces for us!!

     

     

    Of course I couldn't keep my hands off of anything! The finished product is admired and loved by everyone that worked on it. Highly skilled and deeply passionate about what they do.

     

    David giving his dad, Carlo, a nice big Italian kiss.  
    My mind is spinning from the work and way of life I saw today. Blu Oro is absolutely incredible in their workmanship and pride. Now I know why Carlo is always smiling,, he loves what he does!

     

     After work, a lovely dinner with Carlo, Crew and Sara. 

     

    We even saw a dog enjoying a nice evening ride on his owners Vespa. 

     

    Off to bed I go. Miss you!! More pics tomorrow. Xo

     


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  • 05/12/15--08:46: A Journey of Love!
  • Hello my LCNY fashionistas. I hope you had a fabulous Mother's Day. Whether you were acknowledged or you were celebrating your MOM, I hope it was a day filled with love. Mine was very special. You see my wonderful Mom, Marcia ..is back...I asked her permission to share her journey which has been a difficult one for our family.

    It started about four years ago. The slow change began. My very active Mom..(walker, golfer, driver, exceptionally bright woman started to fade). None of us could put our finger on it, but we all noticed a difference. Her gait became an issue...somewhat of a misstep with her footing. Slowly the bike riding, walking around the block, playing golf all seemed to come to an end. When you would talk to her on the phone.....many questions were repeated. . My radar was on high alert along with my Dads. What is going on? We made the circuit of doctors over the next several years. 

    Orthopedist, neurologist, physical therapist.....you name it we saw them for evaluations. No diagnosis. We vacationed together the summer of 2014. That was the beginning of a huge change. My Mom was slipping through my hands like sand in an hour glass. Due to her irregular walk, she tore a tendon in her foot and was put in a boot. She could not navigate the heel toe movement and started with a walker then a wheel chair. We were all so frustrated .....but not so much Mom....she was just complacent.

    So the search began. I told everyone her story who would listen. I would be up at night searching the Internet ...googling symptoms. So many people kept telling me to get her to Jefferson, which is a great hospital in Philadelphia. In October we had our first appointment ....little did I know that my 2015 Mother's Day gift was in the making. My Mom was diagnosed with NPH...non pressure hydrocephalus. Pure and simple water on the brain. No known reason but it can develop in seniors.

    She had surgery in December right before Christmas. She put all her trust in my Dad and her children that this was the right thing to do. She has a permanent shunt placed in her brain that drains the excess cerebral fluid. The results were remarkable. She called me up in the middle of the night from the hospital at three in the morning and asked, where have I been....I have been so out of it.

    My mom is back..walking, sharp as a tack, playing bridge, traveling with my Dad, joking with her grandchildren and enjoying each day. This Mother's Day was extra special.....because my best friend, confidant, partner in crime, is back. As only a Mom can say..."You know, Linda, I like your hair shorter so I can see your beautiful blue eyes"....thanks Mom I am so glad to hear that from you once again....hence my new hair cut. Best gift ever.....MY MOM.

    These pictures were taken on Mother's Day 2015. I am wearing our new maxi dress which is the Today's Special Value on Friday May 15th.

    Please join me and our team for our Fabulous LCNY Friday beginning at 9am EDT. You know who will be watching each show...MY MOM.....because she is back and she is my greatest supporter!

    I am a very lucky daughter. See you soon my friend.
    Linda


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    Last summer, Chaz Dean showed me how to keep my natural curl in control without using any irons or heating tools. Here is a quote and full recipe for easy summer hair from Chaz!

    "Give your hair rest from heat styling especially throughout the summer. Just apply the products as listed below and twist your hair with your fingers. Let it dry natural and see the results below! Be sure to apply the products in this order it's very important, that they be applied from the densest to the lightest.”

         

    Ingredients:

    WEN Cleansing Conditioner

    1-2 Pumps of WEN Styling Crème

    10-12 pumps of WEN Nourishing Mousse

    1-4 Drops of WEN Treatment Oils

    2-4 Pumps of WEN Smoothing Glossing Serum

    Directions:

    Always apply one or two pumps of WEN Cleansing Conditioner back into your hair after Cleansing.

    Then apply 1 to 2 pumps or more of the WEN Styling Creme depending on the thickness and length of your hair.

    Followed by 10 to 12 pumps of the WEN Nourishing Mousse to absolutely soaking wet hair.

    Next, twist your hair with your fingers.

    Finally, let hair dry naturally and you will notice your natural curl has more of a beachy wave, friendly for spring/summer time weather!

    Bonus Tip:

    Add 1 to 4 drops of the WEN Treatment Oils and or 2 to 4 pumps of the WEN Smoothing Glossing Serum into your WEN Cleansing Conditioner as you're leave-in conditioner and or your WEN Styling Creme. 

     For more beauty tips and other life updates be sure to follow me on social media!

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    My life moment this month has to do with taking care of myself…both by spending quality time with good friends and by slowing down to smell the roses, so to speak. I had never tried yoga before...so I decided I was past due!

    I have had the great privilege of working with Susan Graver for almost 25 years. Like a lot of women, we've shared our lives weekly at work, but rarely have we spent time together outside of work. I knew that Susan loves Pilates and yoga, so I asked if I could join her for a session. I was thrilled to find out that Stacey, Susan's global brand developer, has taught yoga for years and wanted to share my experience too.

     

    In Susan's lovely home, the three of us bonded with an hour of yoga. We had some assistance from Susan's adorable corgi, Pebbles. She did a fantastic job...and as you can see, she really took relaxation to the next level! ;)

     

    In my quest to discover yoga as a way to connect body and mind, I discovered it's also a great way to connect with others. It's said that we do better achieving our wellness goals if we have someone to inspire us to work out. Spending time Susan and Stacey helped me find extra motivation…and also made a wonderful memory for all of us!

    Who is your workout buddy and what is your favorite way to exercise? What else should I try? I'd love to hear your thoughts. And please connect with me and Jayne Friday 5/15 at 10pm ET for Fashionably Late. Check out my Facebook page to see the Mid-Week Sneak Peek (#MWSP) and if you haven’t already, be sure to like my page to keep up with my latest all week long.

    All the best,

    Pat

    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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  • 05/13/15--07:10: Finding Inspiration in Art
  • One of my favorite things to do in New York City is to visit all the museums and galleries. I go and I see these incredible pieces that really just inspire me on every level! Having worked in a creative industry for all these years, I instinctively look for inspiration all around at every moment. And what better place to ignite that creative light bulb than in a room surrounded by beautiful, unique, one of kind art pieces?!?!!

    Love and appreciate so many different genres of art but right now I’m so inspired by the natural and spontaneous expressionist works of Jean Michel-Basquiat, William de Kooning, Cy Twombly and so many others — each of these artists with different approaches and interpretations of looking at the world, then using that to create their own signature style. It’s truly amazing!

    I especially love the blends of colors and brushstrokes in abstract art pieces. The effect is just so lovely; sometimes you want to wear it!!! It’s why we’ve decided to do our FIRST EVER PRINTED TSV!! It’s all about showcasing that gorgeous panel of abstract watercolor print, perfectly contrasted with the solid color body. The beautiful print also draws attention to face with a twisted neckline trim. Gorgeous!

    The printed portion echoes works of artists from classic Monet impressionist paintings to more modern takes by Gerhard Richter. So if you ever visit NYC, be sure to check out a museum or two and feel inspired yourself!!!

    John Derian plates from our LOGO set

    Stay artfully fabulous!!!

    xX, Lori

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    Pool’s open! This past Saturday turned out to be a gorgeous day—84 and sunny! It was like the perfect summer day (even though it’s still spring) and we took the first plunge of the season. My sister and nieces were the first in and later we fired up the grill (there’s nothing like a hot dog on the grill – yum!). 

    Our pool is relatively new to us (we’ve had it for three years), and we still love to open it as early as possible. It’s heated, so we don’t have to wait for the water to warm up to jump right in. It takes a good bit of time to open it. We have a service that comes and removes the cover and stores it for the winter, but my husband, James, has the tricky task of balancing the chemicals. We both did a ton of prep to get the pool and patio ready: setting up and cleaning off the furniture and umbrellas (GP66 to the rescue!]), and unpacking the towels I had stored in vacuumed-sealed bags so they’d be fresh and ready to go. Last year we learned a few tricks to help make the whole process seamless and easy and we were in our suits and ready to take a dip in no time.

    We named our pool the “Eagle View Resort” in honor of the American Bald Eagle that stopped by for a visit two years ago.

    My husband uses the pool for exercise, but I love to cool off on hot summer days and relax poolside. It’s the perfect spot for pool parties with friends and family and enjoying some downtime with just our family.

    I hope you’re all enjoying some lovely spring weather and getting your houses ready for a little fun in the sun over the next few months. What are some of your favorite summertime activities?

    Check out my Facebook page for our Mid-Week Sneak Peek (#MWSP) item, and if you haven’t already, be sure to like my page to get fresh updates each week. Tune in Friday 5/15 at 10pm ET for Fashionably Late to enjoy some pre-weekend girl time with me and Pat. And keep checking Facebook throughout the week for the inside scoop, style inspiration, and lots more fun!

    Blessings,

    Jayne

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    My family loves pasta salad during the hot summer months.  Here is a fresh twist on a penne pasta salad.  You can substitute gluten free pasta if needed. The flavor is tangy and fresh.  James made this for our Mother’s Day brunch as a side dish but you can add grilled chicken to this and enjoy it as your main course. 

    Arugula Pasta Salad and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

    Ingredients:

    ¼ cup oil packed sun dried tomatoes, rinsed, patted dry and minced

    2 Tbsp. minced red onion

    3 Tbsp. red wine vinegar

    Salt

    8 ounces penne pasta (about 2-1/2 cups)

    2 cups arugula (lightly packed)

    1 Tbsp. minced fresh parsley leaves

    2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

    2 tsp. Dijon mustard

    1 small garlic clove, minced

    1/8 tsp. red pepper flakes

    1 ounce grated provolone cheese (about 1/3 cup)

    Ground black pepper

    Instructions:

    Toss the sun-dried tomatoes, onion, 1 tbsp. of vinegar, ¼ tsp. salt together, set aside.  Bring 4 quarts of water to a boil in a large Dutch oven. Stir in 1 tsp. salt and the pasta, cook pasta until dente. Drain pasta and rinse under cold water until cool. Drain pasta well and transfer to a bowl with the vegetables.  Add arugula and parsley and toss to combine.

    Whisk the remaining 2 tbsp. vinegar, the oil, mustard, garlic, and red pepper flakes together in a small bowl.  Toss pasta and vegetables until combined. Stir in the provolone and season with salt and pepper to taste.

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    I enjoy Puerto Rico for its beauty, great weather and easy access. I also love shopping in Old San Juan. The colorful buildings and blue cobblestone streets are a sight to behold.

    On a recent trip I stopped into a hat shop and was fascinated by all of the choices. The hats were all made by hand and took anywhere from three to thirty days to make. I decided on a natural colored woven hat which they sized perfectly to my head. I then got to select the ribbon for the crown which they also applied by hand to complete my custom hat. It was perfect to keep me shielded from the glowing Puerto Rican sun and it looked kind of cool too!

    My hat took three days to weave by hand

    The wooden head form is used to stretch the hat to fit

    There were dozens of ribbons to choose to customize my hat

     

    Me in my Panama Hat from Puerto Rico

    Do you wear a hat in summer to protect you from the sun?

    I look forward to seeing you tomorrow for AM Beauty from 7am to 9am EDT!

    Leah

     

     


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    My father, John passed away on April 28th after a long illness that he bore with great courage, strength and style . Family, relations and friends came to bid him his final farewell; My brother Sean made some amazing videos from old family photos and home movies, and I want to share some with you.

    Also, here is  an extract from  the eulogy that I  delivered at the end of the funeral, which I hope gives you an idea of how proud I was to have him as my father.

    He was a gregarious man, who took delight in company, who was unfailingly gracious.  Many of you will have been touched by his thoughtfulness and kindness, his capacity to attend to the small details that mattered to others. 

    In the days to come, we will recall his enjoyment of life at the epicentre of Rathfarnham village, and how he loved being close to the business, which had been such an important part of his life

    And he WAS the quintessential business man, ever interested in commerce, the vagaries of the market place, the motivations of the movers and shakers.    I am grateful for the privilege of having worked along side him.

    But I shall also remember him as my father: - Held aloft on his shoulders, I had my first sweeping view of the world, a world that I now inhabit with the life skills he imparted.  I will remember him as a leader, open to adventure; an example to me in matters of practicality and preparedness and presentation. 

    And as time passes, I will look fondly back at his inimitable style, his sartorial elegance, his distinctive wit, and his enjoyment of the finer things in life.

    Now it is our turn to hold our father aloft, and carry him to his final resting place.

    We have loved him.

    We will remember him.

     

     

    O Lord, support us all the day long
    Until the shades lengthen and the evening comes
    And the busy world is hushed
    And the fever of life is over and our work is done.
    Then, Lord, in thy mercy grant us a safe lodging, a holy rest,
    And peace at last

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    Hi, there,

    This month I’m turning my blog entry over to Editorial Team member Kelly. As a copywriter, Kelly both writes home and heath & fitness product descriptions for our website. But that’s not the extent of her talents, as you’ll see below. Take it away, Kelly!

    Troy

    QVCEditor

    Hi, everyone!

    When I was a young girl, I loved getting lost in the glossy pages of fashion magazines—I still do! One year for my sister’s birthday, I made her a magazine filled with fashion and make-up tips. I remember planning out each page with art clippings and captions—I even included a cover page, table of contents, and an editor’s note! When Troy asked me to cover the InsideQ June cover shoot, I was thrilled at the opportunity to get an up close look at how our team puts together a cover and captures the beautiful shots we see each month on InsideQ.

    The June InsideQ is travel-themed and features a cover story on QVC program host Rick Domeier. When I arrived at the studio, I was given a warm welcome by our team as they prepped for the shoot. Rick had arrived early and was already in make-up and wardrobe getting ready for the first round of photos. Our photographer, Johanna, was taking test shots to make sure the lighting was correct. We were going for a summery tone so we needed the lighting to be bright but not too harsh.

    Our set for the shoot was very simple. It included a custom-made backdrop wall set up in the studio space. The backdrop resembled an old wooden shed you’d find tucked away on a farm—very natural and rustic—and definitely evoked a sense of travel and the outdoors. Johanna had her photo station set up a few feet away: a desk held a computer with a large screen that was connected to her camera. As soon as she snapped a photo, the digital image popped up on the screen for InsideQ designers Ted, Sheena, and John to review.

    Rick arrived on the set full of energy—and lots of jokes! Once he was ready to get in front of the camera, the team quickly fell into a steady rhythm of wardrobe styling, last-minute lighting checks, and prop picks. Our stylists Kristen and Carol gave him some final touch ups and then it was lights, camera, action!

    During the shoot, I was able to chat with Rick about his upcoming summer travel plans. Rick and his family are going to a big city and a small town this summer. I asked him if he had any travel tips. “Make sure you have reliable walking shoes!” he told me “Whether you’re hitting the city or walking around a small town, comfortable shoes will make a huge difference. Clark’s walking shoes(link to Clarks) are great for that.”

    For small town exploration, Rick recommends setting one or two priorities for the trip, and making time for a spontaneous activity, too. “Find out what the locals like to do for fun. Ask your waitress, the bartender, or your hotel’s concierge. Going off the beaten path can create really cool memories and give you a true sense of the place you’re visiting.”

    And when you’re in the big city? Rick had some really great advice for traveling as a family. “I have teenagers, and one of the most important things we try to do as a family when we’re visiting a city, especially New York, is to avoid our smartphones and really experience the sights. At the same time, it’s important to make sure we stay connected in case we decide to split up or need a GPS. The portable HALO charger(link to HALO) is a great tool to keep your phones charged when you’re traveling.”

    After a quick wardrobe change and another round of photos, it was a wrap! We were all finished. Rick said goodbye to the team and headed to his next engagement while the designers began selecting their favorite image to use on the cover(link to June issue online). The shoot was a lot of fun, a great learning experience, and definitely got me excited for summer!

    What are your travel plans for the summer?

    The city

    The country

    The beach

    The mountains

    My own backyard

     

    Bon voyage!

     

    Kelly

    Copywriter, Print & Promotion


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    VOTE HERE:  Sprouts link

    Recently I had the opportunity to travel to Las Vegas to attend the National Hardware Show along with a dedicated team of colleagues and my Co-Ambassador for the QVC Sprouts initiative Albany Irvin. 

    The week was long hours of panel discussions, product seminars and interviews with inventors and every minute of it was rewarding. 

    The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well here in America and you now have the opportunity to make your voice heard and impact the lives of those incredible people who still believe that they can change the world one product at a time.

    We have selected six brand new items, new inventions that you can vote for and the winner that is chosen by you the viewer will have an opportunity to showcase their invention live Friday Night May 8th at 8:00 PM EST during a two hour show that spot lights innovation and American ingenuity.

    I LOVE this stuff.  My greatest passion has been and always will be working with those that still believe that dreams can come true with hard work and perseverance.  Your vote counts as not just a number but as a way of enjoying what is most important to me in my career, helping others and doing my part in making a difference in some one's life.

    Please take the time to check out the Sprouts website, read more about the inventors, get to know them the way I have been blessed to do..... and then.......vote!

    In a day of reality TV where we think of it only as entertainment you have the opportunity to change some one's life.  There is no better reality than that.  

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

    Twitter: www.twitter.com/danhughesqvc


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    Question time!  Are you:

    • Troubled by all things tech?
    •  Just a little curious about computers?
    •  A gadget gal who wants to see the latest and greatest technology that the Q has to offer?

    If you answered yes to any of the above, you’re in luck! Coming to QVC Plus is a brand new show  - ‘Geek Chic’ with our very own electronics expert – Albany Irvin.  ‘Geek Chic’ features Albany answering your technology questions in addition to showing some of the hottest, newest tech on the market.  Tune in Saturday May 16th at 7:00 AM ET on QVC Plus to find out just how you can become ‘Geek Chic’!

    Until then, here are a few sneak peeks of the show: 

    Geek Chic

    Geek Chic

    Geek Chic

    Geek chic

    Geek Chic

    So please join us 7:00 AM ET on Saturday morning on QVC Plus for 'Geek Chic'!

    [p.s.  All of these pictures were taken with the Samsung Galaxy camera that will be featured in Saturday’s show. You guys, this camera is absolutely incredible. I was amazed by how clear these came out and how easy the camera was to use! Plus it had a ton of incredible features, I was actually able to email myself all of the pictures right from the camera itself! This one is definitely worth checking it out.You can shop it right now, right here: http://qvc.co/GeekChic-Samsung - Tori ] 

     


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  • 05/14/15--17:00: Last Night in Italy!
  • It's with a little saddness that we say goodbye to Italy tonight. We shot some great footage of the location for the big show in June. Pauda is a very quaint town with so much history. It's where the very first University was that studied Anatomy (against the churches will). It struck me as odd that a little town could cause such a big change back then. I like it, little things can do big things. 

    (picture one)

    Here is the lovely town square, all lit up at night, with beautiful music playing softly. It's like a lullaby that gently bids you good night. 

    (picture two)

    In the backround, you will see the large fountain. It's in tiers and layers, spreading its majestic size accross the piazza. It begs you to jump in and play, but you know better!

    (picture three)

    There is a sweet smell of chocolate that wafts through the air from the shops right next to the fountain. 

    (picture four)

    Moon light... 

    Music...

    Sparkling fountains...

    Soft glowing light...

    THIS is how the Italins are so easily inspired to create such amazing jewelry and art. They are surrounded by beautiful thigns that fill the senses on overload. They have no choice, but to be inspired and create. 

    There is fun...

    (picture five)

    There is food...

    (picture six)

    There is jewelry...

    (picture seven)

    There is beauty every where! 

    (picture eight)

    Thank you sooooo much for sharing MY Italy... The Italy that I know and love. The Italy that surrounds itself with laughter, love, joy, and family. So whether it's from my small home town of Marano or a big city Rome, life in Italy is about your roots, your life, and what keeps you grounded, yet inspired and reaching for the stars. 


    Please join me in June for the Big Show!

    I can't wait to share all of the beautiful pieces we found, that were inspired by this fabulous country and its people!! God Bless.

    Xo

    A

     


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    Hi, everyone!

    I hope most of you saw my spring organization posts from this week. I asked five of my blogger friends to tidy their homes with some of my favorite organizational pieces, the Lori Grenier Tabletop Cosmetics Organizer and the nesting baskets from Honey-Can-Do. I shared each of their blogs on Facebook but wanted to share some questions they sent me about how I organize my home.

    MomStart - Cosmetics Organizer

    Beeb from MomStart tidied her cosmetics with Lori Grenier's tabletop organizer and sent me these questions about bathroom organization:

    • What are some tips for making the most of a small space when it comes to storage. For example, organizing a lot of beauty products in a small bathroom?

    It seems obvious, but the first thing is I would do is clean out my stash so there’s less to organize. The second thing I always did in my apartment days was to use an over-the-door-rack to store everything…day-to-day essentials, toilet paper, washcloths, and jewelry. The other thing you can do is hang shelves for storage, if you’re able to drill into your walls. You may not have space for furniture, but you can use every inch of wall space.

    • How can you tackle a large spring cleaning/organizational challenge when you are really short on time?

    Great question, Beeb. I’m a big advocate of the 15-minute approach. Do as much as you can in 15 minutes, every day, and you’ll have an area clean in no time. You’ll also keep yourself from abandoning the project and getting overwhelmed. If company’s coming tomorrow, however, and you don’t have a week, do as much as you can and hide the rest away in some handy storage ottomans until you do have time. I have these all over my home—in every room—and they’re perfect for a quick clean-up.

    H282745 - Honey-Can-Do-Baskets

    Lisa, blogger behind Planet Weidknecht organized her under-the-sink-space with QVC’s Honey-Can-Do Baskets. She asked me how I handle organization in small spaces:

    • What are some of the best ways to maximize storage in a small home?

    Lisa, you can’t go wrong with over-the-door-storage racks, storage ottomans, and functional furniture. Every piece of furniture in my home has some kind of storage solution, whether hidden or visible. And again, if you can hang shelves, use that wall space for all it’s worth!

    • Can you give me some creative ideas on how to downsize my “stuff” without throwing it away?

    Donate, donate, donate. Just last week I cleaned out my linen closet. I had at least six sets of sheets that I don’t use and the local animal shelter is always asking for sheets, towels, and newspaper for its cages. I kept two sets of sheets (one for my bed, one for the wash) and donated the rest. I hate throwing things away so I always do a little research and find organizations to take our extras.

    If you don’t want to donate, try vacuum bags for clothes, towels, pillows—anything soft. It’s amazing how much you can get into those bags and now they can stack neatly under your bed. Plus, now you have the shelf space to hide clutter away.

    Cosmetics Organizer - H164200

    Tristin from Tristin & Company totally thought outside the box with her tabletop organizer. I was honored to answer this question about being a memory keeper:

    • How do you document your life? 

    I haven’t always been a memory-keeper like you, Tristin, but after I lost my father, I made a conscious effort to take more pictures—if only with my phone—as often as I can. Memories are so important. A few times a year I download them onto my computer and have some printed to update photo frames I have throughout my home. Last year, I also had some of my all-time favorite family photos printed on canvas…just like art. It was so easy and they’re so much more meaningful than a random picture.

    H282745 - Honey Can Do Baskets

     

    H282745 - Honey Can Do Baskets

    Don’t forget to check out Nicole’s post at her blog Mom Always Finds Out and Fawnda’s post from Fireflies & Jellybeans, if you haven’t already. Both girls put those nesting baskets to great use. I’m on vacation for the next few days but plan to share photos on Facebook!

    See you soon…from my home to yours,
    —Jill


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    Hello, foodies…

    When I entertain in the summertime, I always make a signature drink part of my menu. It’s easier than buying an array of beverages and they’re often bright and colorful, which looks nice on your table. The Vitamix is perfect for mixing up frozen drinks like piña coladas or daiquiris and I always make sure to add fresh fruit to the mixture so it tastes fresh. When I do margaritas, I add whole lemons and limes. Fresh strawberries, raspberries, or even blueberries go into my daiquiris.
    If I’m making a regular drink, I usually have two batches in beverage dispensers—one for folks (and kids) who prefer a virgin drink and one for those who want the adult option, which, by the way, can easily be created by adding some good-quality vodka. This summer, I'll be serving a fun new drink I had in Florida this past March: a Crooked Almond Palmer. Arnold Palmer is a famous golfer (of course…but don’t ask me anything else because my knowledge of golf doesn’t extend past my fingernails!) And, Arnold's crooked drink is a combination of vodka-infused iced tea and lemonade and a little fresh mint.

    Don’t forget the flair if you’re entertaining at night. There are so many festive accessories you can buy online like light-up straws, flashing ice cubes, or even glasses that glow. During the day, drink umbrellas and colorful red, white, and blue straws make for a fun presentation.

    Sunday’s recipe on In the Kitchen with David is a great example of a fresh, fun, colorful drink everyone at your summer barbecues can enjoy.

     

    Raspberry-Lemonade Daiquiri

    Raspberry-Lemonade Daiquiri
    Serves 5–6

    This recipe is prepared with the Nutri Ninja 1000-Watt Pro Blender with Nutrition Guide & Recipes (K40920).

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

    Ingredients:

    • 6 cups ice
    • 6 oz fresh or frozen raspberries
    • 1 whole lemon, peeled and halved
    • 1-1/2 cups lemonade
    • 2/3 cup light rum
    • 1/2 cup raspberry liquor
    • 1/3 cup sugar
    • Lemon slices and fresh raspberries (to garnish)

    Preparation:

    1. Place all the ingredients into a blender and blend for 60 seconds, or until the drink is completely smooth. Pour into daiquiri glasses and garnish each drink with lemon slices and fresh raspberries.

    Foodies, to make this a non-alcoholic beverage, simply omit the rum and liquor. Make or pick up raspberry lemonade at the supermarket and use 2 cups. Taste the mixture before adding the sugar because you may not need it. I also recommend having a second batch prepped and ready-to-blend. Everything but the ice can go in a spare Vitamix container and be refrigerated until you’re ready for it. That way, you’ve got time to focus on other recipes and tasks, not to mention your guests!

    I’ve shared my best summertime drinks, for your blog question today, tell me about your signature beverage. Do you make mojitos? Southern-style iced tea? Or maybe a fruit-infused water is more your style? I’ll see you Sunday at Noon ET for In the Kitchen with David.

    Keep it flavorful!
    —David

    P.S. SAFE TRAVELS to all of you headed this way for our In the Kitchen with David Weekend! Mary, the team, and I are all very much looking forward to meeting you!


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  • 05/15/15--15:05: Tropical Passion
  • TGIF!  Each week, Jayne and I will pick one of your submissions to feature. We’ll also be sipping the weekly winning cocktail/mocktail live on Fashionably Late. We’re calling them the L8DY of the Week or the “Lady of the Week.”

    Tonight's drink of the night will be a Mock Tropical Passion and our L8DY (Lady) of the week is Sandy S. Thank you Sandy for providing such a yummy recipe for us to share!

     

    We are pairing this week’s cocktail/mocktail with a “snack chat” item: Squirrel Brand Town and Country Nut Mix

     

    Tropical Passion - Alcoholic

    Ingredients

    1 cup Orange flavored vodka

    1 cup pineapple juice

    1 cup passion fruit flavored rum

    1 cup Malibu coconut rum

    Splash of San Pellegrino blood orange juice

    Pineapple wedge

    Directions

    Mix all ingredients together with ice cubes.

    Shake well and pour into glass with ice

    Add wedge to rim of glass.

     

    Mock Tropical Passion - Non Alcoholic Version

    Ingredients

    1 cup of orange juice

    1 cup of pineapple juice

    1 cup of coconut milk

    1 cup of passion fruit juice

    1 cup of mango juice

    ¼ cup of lime juice

    Pineapple wedge

    Directions

    Mix all ingredients together with ice cubes.

    Shake well and pour into glass with ice

    Add wedge to rim of glass.

    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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