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- 08/23/13--16:25: _Finding My Purse-on...
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- 08/26/13--07:19: _Meet Jill Martin......
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- 08/27/13--09:31: _New Collections and...
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- 08/22/13--13:16: The ABCCs of Flawless Hair
- 08/23/13--05:10: Chat with Gary
- 08/23/13--05:12: See Ways to Wear
- 08/23/13--07:04: Answers to Blog and Jewelry forum comments and questions
- 08/23/13--08:07: What Dish Does Your Family Look Forward to After a Marathon Day?
- 1 large orange bell pepper, seeded
- 1 large red bell pepper, seeded
- 4 small sweet peppers, seeded and chopped
- 1-1/2 cups rice wine vinegar
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 Tbsp crushed red pepper flakes
- 5 cups sugar
- 4 oz pectin
- 08/23/13--13:26: Let Denim and Company Per-SUEDE you today!!
- 08/23/13--14:50: Mary Beth's Menu / What Do You Serve A Crowd For Breakfast?
- 08/23/13--16:25: Finding My Purse-onality: Ozzy & I
- Who is your biggest inspiration in life?
- What would be your theme song in life? Or favorite song?
- What is your secret indulgence?
- Name a word that describes you best.
- What is your favorite vacation spot?
- What are the top 3-items that you pack in your suitcase when you go on vacation?
- What is your favorite book?
- What is your favorite meal to cook?
- What is your favorite sound?
- What is your favorite word?
- 08/26/13--07:19: Meet Jill Martin...She's Ready to Get You Organized!
- 08/26/13--08:17: Mom Monday: 5 Ways to Make Packing School Lunches Fun
- 08/26/13--10:52: The Ultimate Fresh Moment
- 1 mini watermelon, seedless
- 1 cup vodka, chilled
- 1/4 cup triple sec, chilled
- 1/3 cup Cointreau, chilled
- Juice of 3 limes
- Sugar cane sticks (optional garnish)
- Mint sprigs (optional garnish)
- 08/26/13--14:43: A High School Reunion, QVC Beauty at its finest & PM Style tonight!
- 08/27/13--09:31: New Collections and Pieces!
- 08/27/13--09:42: A Day in the Life of Leilani Learn
Let’s face it, when it comes to our beauty routine, we're always on the lookout for multitasking products that save us time and are easy to use. Between skin care, makeup, hair prepping and styling, and using our beloved devices, we sometimes feel like “keeping up” our appearance can be a second job.
Enter fireworks, trumpets, and Alterna’s newest creation: Caviar Complete Correction CC Cream, our FIRST-EVER CC cream for HAIR!
Just like CC creams for the skin were created as multitasking lifesavers, Alterna wanted to give women CC cream for the hair, which acts as a leave-in treatment, styler, finisher, and so much mor
Caviar CC Cream helps perfect hair by providing multiple benefits in one step:
The great thing about this product is you can apply it on damp hair prior to blow drying for treatment and styling benefits, and/or on dry hair for light hold and beautifully finished shine. It doesn’t matter if you have thick or thin hair, it’s made for all hair types.
Use Caviar CC Cream every day at any time and say goodbye to multistep, time-crunched mornings.
See how Katie Holmes, Alterna’s co-owner and brand spokesperson, uses Caviar CC Cream on her own hair in this video:
Caviar CC Cream was used on Katie’s hair at the shoot to keep it looking flawless from beginning to end.
“Caviar CC Cream is one of my go-tos. It’s a 'does-it-all' product, so it saves me a lot of time. I’m a mom and I travel a lot for work, so I love anything that helps me multitask.”
You can also watch me demonstrate Caviar CC Cream during a special three-hour Tuesday Night Beauty on August 27 with program host Jill Bauer!
See you then!
Hi my friends,
I hope this finds everyone enjoying the last days of summer. I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate all of your comments on my blog, the QVC Jewelry Forum threads, and your comments about the pieces on our JAI Jewelry page.
Today, I wanted to take a quick moment to answer some of the questions and comments that I’ve read recently on the different forums. If you don’t see your questions answered here or if you ever feel like you’re not being heard, please join me on our JAI Facebook page where I am able to respond daily.
Dperry: commented on my interaction with the QVC hosts, specifically mentioning Jill Bauer. She thinks I have a good ‘fit’ with Jill and seem to enjoy myself when on air.
Scott: First, thank you very much for the sweet comments on our TSV blog, I appreciate your feedback. In regards to Jill and the other hosts, I have the utmost respect for each of them and all the knowledge they offer. As a guest in their home, I want to always show my respect and appreciation. As the curator of the JAI brand, my goal is to offer my expertise into each of the designs. In regards to having fun on air, I love people and I love to learn, so working with the QVC team is a natural fit for me.
Sandyinsandiego: asked that we please design bales that open.
Scott: Thank you so much for your suggestion. I think you will be happy to know, that we will start offering specific designs with hinged bales starting with our upcoming December show. This has been a request I have read on many platforms and I am thrilled that we were able to accommodate.
WW: asked that we please bring more pearls and Sleeping Beauty Turquoise into our collections along with more ‘dangle’ style earrings and 16” necklace options.
Scott: First, thank you very much for the sweet note on the birth of my first child. I am so happy you love our new JAI Collection. I am just back from Thailand where we actually explored some new pearl design options. In regards to bringing Sleeping Beauty Turquoise into the collection, I am still on the hunt to find a great source for this beautiful turquoise. Please know this request is very much on my radar.
Razzledazzle: commented on how the TSV was her first purchase of JAI and she looks forward to more in the future. She asked if we would ever offer new color options in our gemstone bead necklaces, so she could mix and match with the silver slide from the TSV.
Scott: As I mentioned earlier, I just returned from Thailand and while I was there Ifound some amazing new gemstone color options for the bead necklaces. My goal is that you can start collecting the different gemstone bead necklaces and mix and match with the TSV slide and our new ‘hinged’ bale pendants. Please let me know if there are any specific colors you would love to see. And, thank you for the sweet note about my daughter Olive, I am in heaven.
Amybeth22: commented on the exceptional workmanship and requested more natural gemstones along with some detachable charm earrings.
Scott: Thank you for your sweet comments about Olive and also about the suggestions of more gemstones in smaller sizes. I hope you get a chance to tune in this August 29, as your request for detachable charm earrings will make their premiere during our shows. In regards to more gemstones in general, during this past trip to Thailand, I was able to secure some GORGEOUS new gemstone options that everyone fell in love with. So please stay tuned, we have much more to come.
I’m sorry, I wasn’t able to answer all your questions, but this is just a start. As I mentioned earlier, please join me on our JAI Facebook page where I am able to answer each of you directly. Also, please join me on our JAI Jewelry_ Instagram and follow me on our @JAIjewelry Twitter account. I hope you will all join me on this journey.
Please enjoy a sneak peek of some of our new layering necklaces that will premiere on our August 29 shows: 10am-noon and 6-7pm. The show is full of new designs offering classic silhouettes with a modern JAI interpretation along with new stories of my travels and inspirations. . Please join me on our JAI Jewelry_ Instagram and follow me on our @JAIjewelry Twitter account. I look forward to seeing you soon.
THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!! For those of you who tuned in to see our all-new You’re Home with Jill last Wednesday, THANK YOU!! So many of you read my blogs and joined our live chat—and you had such lovely things to say. I’m warmed by your support for me and the work we’ve done to bring you a homier YHJ.
As I said on Wednesday, our next show is the first in our pre-produced series and this is where that “special” factor really shines through. Because it’s pre-recorded, I’ll be chatting with you IN PERSON! So, if you haven’t “liked” me on Facebook, be sure to do that, and you can be a part of our hour-long chat that starts when YHJ does at 7pm ET.
My blog today is supposed to focus on Wednesday’s new DIY Project. But, we have something special planned this week and need a few more days to pull everything together. So I didn’t think you’d mind seeing our next featured recipe today: Slow Cooker Chicken and Noodles.
This dish is a staple in our house…it’s so simple, so hearty, and so GOOD! My Facebook friends have asked for the recipe again and again over the years but before YHJ started, I didn’t have anything written down…I just dumped things in. But we figured out the measurements the best we could. And, here’s the recipe!
Slow Cooker Chicken and Noodles
• 1 bag of wide egg noodles, cooked
• 1 lb carrots, thickly sliced
• 4 celery ribs, diced
• 1 yellow onion, diced
• 1 bay leaf
• Salt and pepper, to taste
• 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
• 2-3 cans (4-6 cups) chicken broth
1. Place the carrots, celery, onion, and bay leaf in a slow cooker. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper. Place the chicken breasts on top of the veggies and pour the broth on top. Cook for 8 hours on low.
2. When the time is up, remove the bay leaf and shred the chicken (inside the slow-cooker) with two forks. Serve spoonfuls over the cooked noodles.
Our family likes this recipe to be more about the noodles, shredded chicken, and vegetables, so I don't use much broth. If you like more broth, however, feel free to add some. And, if you have any leftovers, it’s good to add more broth so you can enjoy this as another meal the next day.
I can’t say enough about this recipe…it truly is a life saver for our family during busy fall nights when I’m at QVC all day, the kids are at sports practices, and we all just want a hearty meal at the end of a long day. It makes the whole kitchen smell so good! I know you have meals like that, right? What are they? What dish does your hungry family just love after a marathon day?
I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Before I sign off, I just want to reiterate how grateful I am for your appreciation and excitement for what we try to do in each and every show. Stay tuned for my blog on Tuesday…we’re making DIY rugs! Don't forget--YHJ airs again this Wednesday at 7pm ET.
From my home to yours,
Hello (from Ypsilanti!!) foodies…
The In the Kitchen with David team has arrived in Ypsilanti, Michigan for our live broadcast this Sunday at Noon ET! Why Michigan? And why Ypsilanti? It all goes back to our Road Trip Contest. Haab's Restaurant was our lucky winner, thanks to loyal patron (and contest-submitter) Dwight. And Mary and I just fell in love with this all-American town when we came here last month. So, we brought the show! The whole town is just buzzing with excitement today. In fact, I think they’ve declared today a national holiday here in "Ypsi" because we’re meeting and greeting folks from all over town and it’s just been AWESOME.
I arrived in Michigan just this morning. But, our lovely Mary has been here for a few days and she stopped by Eastern Michigan University yesterday (which is located right in Ypsilanti) to check things out. Take it away, Mary!
If you’re in the Ypsilanti area, do stop by and say hello this weekend. The live show starts on Sunday at Noon ET, but tomorrow, there’s an ITKWD meet-and-greet at Depot Town Farmers’ Market located at 100 Rice Street, Ypsilanti. We’ll be shooting some footage to support our garden-to-table theme in the morning, but from 11:00am to 1:00pm, you can stop by and chat with me, Mary, Jonathan, and lots of folks from the show crew. But, if you can’t up-and-come to Michigan this weekend, be sure to check my Facebook and Twitter pages for all the action. I’ll be posting as often as I can!
So what’s our next recipe to support our garden-to-table month theme? Pepper Jam! And, IT'S OUR 350TH RECIPE ON QVC.COM!! I love it when we hit these milestones! After you read through it, check out the step-by-step recipe photos so you can see how easy this is to make.
This recipe is prepared with the Technique® 10-Piece Hard Anodized Dishwasher Safe Cookware Set (K36575).
Go to David's Recipe Item Page for the full list of items that David has used in his recipes.
1. Purée the orange peppers, red peppers, and sweet peppers in a food processor.
2. Place the pepper mixture, vinegar, nutmeg, pepper flakes, and sugar into a medium-size saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Continue to cook for 5 minutes over medium heat.
3. Slowly add the pectin and return to a boil. Cook for another 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
4. Pour the mixture into a sterilized jar and make sure to seal it. Place the jar in the refrigerator to cool for 12 hours.
Here are your visuals, foodies!
Puree your peppers until smooth. (I used orange, red, and sweet peppers in this recipe. But, if you like spice, you can substitute a jalapeño for a sweet pepper.)
Place the pepper mixture, vinegar, nutmeg, pepper flakes, and sugar into a medium-size saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
Continue to cook for 5 minutes over medium heat.
Slowly add the pectin. (Wondering where to find pectin? Your local grocery store should carry it—check the baking aisle. But, you can also make your own pectin (since it’s a natural substance) from tart apples, water, and lemon juice.)
Return the mixture to a boil, and cook for another 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
Pour the mixture into one large sterilized jar or a few smaller jars.
Seal the lid on tightly. (And by seal it, we mean screw it on. No need to use a water bath or pressure cooker.)
Place the jar in the refrigerator to cool for 12 hours to cool completely and you’re done!
I bet you never knew it was so easy to make homemade jam—and from peppers, at that! Double or triple this recipe if you’ve got a plethora of produce to use up—or you’d like to make holiday gifts. But, if you want your jam to last longer than a few months, you’ll want to go the hot-water route to get that air-tight seal. Check QVC.com for a starter canning kit!
I’m off to get some dinner in downtown Ypsi! Haab’s—here we come! Before I go, here’s your blog question: what’s your favorite kind of jam? Raspberry, blackberry, maybe classic grape? And what is the best kind of bread to put it on? Multigrain? Whole wheat? I’m a sucker for pineapple jam, although this pepper jam really hits the spot on a crusty sourdough bread….YUM!
We’re live from Ypsilanti Sunday at Noon ET! See you then.
Keep it flavorful!
P.S. One last thing—the Food Awards end this Sunday. If you haven’t voted for your favorite foods, be sure to do so!
Join Isaac, Shawn, and Jacqui this Monday, August 26th at 10pm ET for an ALL SPECIAL OFFERS show!!! Chat with Jacqui throughout the show to learn more about your favorite Isaac pieces and get answers to your questions!
Greetings, Denim Divas and All Fall Fashion Friends!!
After much anticipation, Denim and Company's fabulous, must-have jacket of the 2013 Fall Season has arrived!! Introducing our brand new TSV, in wonderful washable suede, for under $80 dollars!! Perfectly Town and Country, this beautiful new jacket is based on the silhouette of one of our very popular Denim and Company leather blazers that you've loved! It features a customer requested 3 button closure, the perfect length for GREAT coverage whether you're wearing pants, jeans, or a skirt, and those all important 2 front pockets!! This Fall, necessity comes in 7 gorgeous colors for the season, including Chestnut, Mallard Blue, Raspberry, Black, Charcoal Grey, Spice Orange and Evergreen!! The metal shank buttons are lovely too....featuring intricate filigree inside the center, as well as etching along the outer edge. They give the jacket a more special and expensive look! It will be your new "Go To" and will look smashing with your Denim and Company "How Comfy" Bootcut Jeans, or any of your favorite bottoms! It's a wonderful value too....100% Genuine Leather Washable Suede for under $80!! And as I know you've been hearing, suede and leather are high on the list of "Must Haves" for this Fall season, and Denim and Company has brought it to you today, while staying true to their easy wear/easy care promise! Don't worry if you've never tried washable suede before....the care instructions come with your new jacket, so it will look fresh and new every time you care for it! Be sure and follow these easy instructions for a perfect outcome every time.
The toughest part is choosing your favorite color! I recommend picking one that you don't already have in your collection of old favorites and new additions for your Fall wardrobe! I'm kind of torn between the Raspberry and the Spice Orange myself!! I COULD be Per -"Sueded" to buy more than one!! Guess I better go check and see what OTHER suede items I've got, like handbags, gloves and boots, to mix and match!! Carolyn's Closet, here I come!! Meanwhile, have FUN choosing YOURS!!
Your Fellow Denim Diva,
My sister and her family are staying with Mark and I this week
I am headed to Ypsilanti, MI this week with the WHOLE ITKWD crew, so I wanted to pick a bag from QVC to make the journey with me. It needs to be able to hold a lot, have sturdy straps AND look GREAT. Naturally, I landed on the Gili Roma Tote.
I'll be sharing a post every day this week about adventures with my new bag, so more fun to come!
Day 2 of Purse Adventures (Purse-onality) and I have decided her name is Ozzy. She is a bit of a rocker and she is an Ostrich pattern, so it makes sense. I think your purse-onality changes over time: sometimes more subdued, sometimes more flashy.
I had tons of meetings today and this little honey was great for toting what I needed. If you would like to check it out in the "Camel" color, it is still here!
Day 3 of "Purse-onality" with my new GiLi Roma bag I have named Ozzy. Today, Ozzy & I traveled to Ypsi! She hissed a little bit at the plastic security container (doesn't like to address her size), but fit very neatly under the seat in front of me on the airplane and now in our hotel room having some water. The GiLi Roma bag is a great traveler & still available in "Camel".
Do you have any names for your bags? I'd love to hear them while I let Ozzy have some R&R.
Ozzy& I are taking time for some reflection on "Purse-onality, Day 4". We're having an incredible journey!
It was a beautiful day here in Ypsi: we got to spend half the day at Eastern Michigan University& the second half at the Michigan Firehouse Museum. This is a great town with wonderful people and lots to see and do: please visit here one day!
Ready to start the show (at live show site in Ypsi) on "Purse-onality, Day 5!"
This purse makes me feel ready to go when I carry it.
I love to take it on long trips because it fits everything I need for a live broadcast that I can’t live without.
It looks best with my studded flats because it has a rock-star attitude!
Overall, this purse fits into my work and personal life because it fits everything I need to have for my busy job and keeps my personal life organized and good-looking!
And THAT is my purse-onality.
Sipping glass of white wine. HVAC guy is here checking furnace before we head into my fav season, FALL! I could live perpetually somewhere that was Fall year round. Glorious smells and feel and sounds to the season. Harvest is the bomb, in my book. I love the food (cobbler, butternut squash bisque, hearty flavors) I love the scents (the air when it goes crisp, the wood burning and wafting) and I love the sounds (kids trick or treating, crackling fires, the roar of football touchdown cheers). Must be the Midwest in me. I find it a very pensive, cathartic time. It's a time that makes me ponder life and simplicity and soul and transition. And Fall never lasts long enough for my liking. One of my fondest memories of Fall is going to see barnyard animals with my niece Sloane, and then riding a tractor into the apple orchard. And way back when, this was me, in a witch costume made by Mom, on Halloween...
That said, I clearly suffer from multiple personality disorder because I am getting ready to leave on my belated honeymoon with Joe to Italy/France, and I cannot wait to bask in the sun, the pool, the warm, the wine, the bees buzzing around Italian vines, and the Italian boats floating off the coast. We are going to Portofino, and then Paris. And Joe has reminded me that even though we are only married 4months, since this is our honeymoon, we are required to cuddle and kiss and be annoyingly affectionate the whole time. (You want to hurl, right?) Which makes me smile and laugh because my husband, for all his burly 6'4"ness, is a walking squishy heart with arms and legs. I have not been to Paris in 20 years since I was a student in Geneva, and took a weekend trip by train with friends, to run around the 'city of love'. We plan to scale the Eiffel tower (though the lines and heat will likely melt our enthusiasm) and enmesh ourselves in the Louvre (Mom just sent me horrendous article about how pick pockets are taking over the museum.) and I simply want to bathe in the smells of 6am croissants and baguettes baking. I think I was European in a previous life.
As for packing, hideous chore. I remember back when my brother lived in London and I would visit.
I was young, broke, unemployed, and was convinced I needed to pack everything possible, in the unlikely event that I happened to bump into someone from the Royal family, and they invited me to dinner or the Royal Ascot. (I clearly live in a fantasy world, but it works for me.) For this trip, Orthaheel are def going, without question. They are truly the only way I can sightsee and spend vast amounts of time on my feet. A few scarves (because the last time I was in Italy, I got caught short trying to tour the famed Duomo church, with bare shoulders. In European churches, that's a no no). My fav pair of platform sandals (because there will be a night or two where we live it up and dine like newlyweds) and my sunhat (Isaac's is my fav and it folds up easy peasey for traveling). And it occurs to me while I dish on my packables, that I am going to miss the 9/14 Accessories Event day which feels like a cardinal sin, given my show "Shawn Says Accessorize". Life does has it's unique sense of timing though so I have bent ears and arms to find out what's on the day in my absence...I can tell you without hesitation, that the following are so tune-in worthy, they are just not to be missed: My all time #1 fav Skinnytees a222566 are back in all colors; a217978 BB tshirt bra (yes a bra is an accessory because saggy ta ta's are not!); a203807 DB Logo Lock hobo (gave it to my sis in law for her bday, one of my favs) and a236235 Clarks driving Moc (a total staple in Italy incidentally, those tiny Fiat peddles are where the driving moc was born)
In other news...My BFF Jenny turns 40 on Sept 1st.
I have known her for 25 years. She lives in Alabama and she and I went to Italy last year for my 40th. Incidentally, her bday falls on my husband Joe's, so there is no chance I will forget. I gave Jenny my "Hear your soul speak" pendant when she was here. She's already attached it to her necklace with other keepsake charms.
She just recently went through a difficult relationship time, and she is caring for her Dad who has Alzheimers. All the while she is mom to twin 6yr olds, and she tries to stay sane holding down a demanding job. She is a remarkable lady. But what is so great about Jenny, is that after 25yrs, she knows me in and out, warts and diamonds, and she is truly like a sister. Why is it friends like that, are so much harder to meet and cultivate in adulthood?
Has begun to rain. I love rain. It gives you permission to slow down and stay inside, and just be...instead of running all the time. It's good cocooning weather. Not however, good hair weather. Speaking of hair, in fact beauty, Tuesday Night Beauty...I have some new addictions and favs to share. While Jenny was visiting, I began using a flat iron, er, I guess we call them styling irons now...and I am in love. My fav is the FHI one on QVC. and my TRIA is working awesomely. Some pesky hairs on the lip and chin are growing in so much finer. I am also using the Me Elos under my arms. I just bought Nick Chavez's Argan hairspray, because it's crazy good and good hairsprays are hard to find. And I have discovered the WEN texturizing balm which is exactly what my short hair needed to give it that piecey look. (Considering getting one of those smoothing Keratin treatments done too. In the meantime, I have been using CHI's Smoothing Keratin Spray.) Plus, I just sent Mom, Tarte's new undereye primer/highlighter duo...and the eyeshadow palette that I am taking to Italy and loving right now - Mally's "In the Buff". As per usual, I bathe in Dr Gross's GLOW pads every night and they will become more essential as summer fades, Fall arrives, and pale-prone skin strikes. So these are my current beauty loves, just saying.
In other news...I recently saw the movie Jobs and left the theater feeling like a complete failure that I have not invented something that completely changed the world. Seeing 'Saving Priv Ryan' tonight for first time bc Joe wants to visit Normandy while we are in France. And I leave you by sharing with you something you may miss if you are not on Facebook with me. Every Wednesday we share good news. Everybody has a story. Some small, some big. Some make you cry. This is a picture of Sharon, she is a 'friend of a friend', who battled breast cancer for 6yrs, lost her boobies to it, and now, after surviving and going into remission...this week, Sharon got new boobies! And she smiled and celebrated up to the last minute they put her under, even wearing her tiara into the OR.
Here's to the brave ones...October and breast cancer awareness month are not far off. Did you get your mammo this year?
Last week, I received a wonderful note from a customer, who wrote the following:
I love your jewelry. I have been collecting for many years and always tune in to your QVC shows. Recently, I have been reading your blogs and trying to learn more about you and the inspiration behind your designs. It amazes me how creative you are. But, I want to know what people do not know…the behind the scenes, so to speak. Beyond design and jewelry, the little known facts that make you who are. I feel like I know you when I watch you on TV, but of course, I am curious to know more. Please tell us more!
And, thank you for designing such beautiful jewelry. It brings me so much joy when I put it on in the morning.
Martha, Charlotte, NC
Martha’s note really got me thinking. I know exactly the feeling when you think you know someone; however, you don’t know the details or the “little known facts,” as Martha says, that make someone who they are. So, I thought that it would be fun to play a little game in this blog called “Did you know?” Below, please find a list of personal / fun questions – they are “did you know” questions. You know, the types of questions that you would say, “Oh my goodness…did you know [FILL IN THE BLANK] about that person?” Here is the fun part – as we have all become so friendly in the forum, I thought we could all post our answers in the forum, in response to this blog, to get to know each other better. Scroll all the way to the bottom to see the answers to my questions. See how many you can answer correctly about me!
QUESTIONS: Did you know? 10-Little questions with big answers!
I am very excited to check the forum in a few days to see everyone’s answers. We also just played this game in my office. My team had a great time learning “little known facts” about each other. It was a great team building exercise. Thank you, Martha, for your inspiration!
Without giving away all of my answers to the above questions, I have to share part of my answer to Question #6 – What are the top 3-items that you pack in your suitcase when you go on vacation? The first thing I ALWAYS put in my suitcase and have ever since my very first plane ride is a picture of my family. As most of you know, my #1 priority is my family; therefore, surrounding myself with photos of them always makes me smile, especially when I am on the road – for business or pleasure. One of my biggest pet peeves is that somehow my photos always get crinkled and bent and never seem to make it back to NYC the way they left. I realize that with today’s technology of cell phones, iPads and more, many people keep all of their photos online. That said, I guess I am a bit old-fashioned, and I like to touch and hold my photos. To me, there is nothing more powerful than a photo – a picture always speaks louder than words. But, for years, I have been thinking to myself that there must be a better way to travel with my photos. I thought of wearing a locket charms and cutting small photos of my boys and grandchildren to fit in the small frame; however, some cutting those tiny photos never seems to do the photo justice.
So, for quite some time, I have been working very closely with QVC to come up with a solution, which I will debut on my upcoming August shows on 8/29 at 4:00-6:00 AM, 12:00-1:00 PM, and 10:00-12:00 AM. Drumroll please – it is with great pleasure that I will present to you my NEW photo charms, J286745. It is my modern day version of a locket charm, but better! It is so easy – take a picture and email it to QVC, then QVC will customize a charm with your favorite photo of your children, grandchildren or even your pet. They are available in 2-sizes, small and large, as well as 3-color ways, silver, yellow or rose gold. Both sizes fit on any chain, but if you would like to purchase the coordinating chain, I have created a new shot-bead necklace, J283822. in 3-lengths, 18”, 20” or 36”, which is available in silver, yellow or rose gold to match perfectly. I am very excited about the photo charms because they are such a personal piece of jewelry which tells a story. The perfect way to always have my grandchildren close to my heart!
From L to R: My granddaughter, Jamie, in the small rose gold charm; my beloved, Pookie, in the large silver charm; and, my granddaughter, Katie, in the large yellow gold charm. Both Jamie and Katie are David’s daughters. The chain featured in this photo is the silver shot bead chain.
From L to R: My granddaughter, Gabby, in the small yellow gold charm; and, my grandson, Jesse, in the small silver charm. These are Allison and Brian’s children. And, the chain featured in this photo is the yellow gold shot bead chain.
In addition to the photo charms, I will be debuting many other NEW designs during my upcoming shows, as well as bringing back some of my best-sellers and past TSVs. To keep the summer vibe alive, I am excited to launch J285707, the Sterling Blue Topaz and Turquoise Ring. This is a beautiful blue topaz and turquoise cocktail ring features 6.00 carats of faceted Blue Topaz as a center stone with a row of prong set Diamonique stones around it, as well as another row of small pave set turquoise beads around the Diamonique. What I love about this ring is that it is for every season, not just summer. This ring will transition you into fall and add a pop of color to your grey and black ensembles, as well as take you into the holiday / resort season with its bold hue. It is the perfect piece for anyone who loves the colors of blue and also has a beautiful matching pendant.
I am also very excited to bring back J34999, the Sterling Gemstone & Diamonique Heart Bracelet. This bracelet is a past TSV, and QVC will offer it “While Supplies Last.” This gemstone heart bracelet is available in either amethyst and mother of pearl (with 18K yellow gold foil in doublet) hearts or ginger quartz and Tiger’s eye hearts. It also includes Diamonique accents and bead drop with Diamonique and gemstone cabochon on the bottom. It is great starter piece or the perfect addition your collection to wear alone or layer with your other Judith Ripka cuffs and bracelets. As you know, I love to say, “More is more and wrap your wrist in luxury!”
Again, thank you for all of your love and support. I am very much looking forward to learning more about everyone. And, did you already know the answers to my questions or did you scroll ahead and peek? Either way, I hope you have fun with my “Did you know?” game, and please tune in to my upcoming shows on on 8/29 at 4:00-6:00 AM, 12:00-1:00 PM, and 10:00-12:00 AM.
Until then, with much love,
MY ANSWERS: Did you know?1. Who is your biggest inspiration in life?
My mother, a couturier, was my most influential teacher in life and art.
2. What would be your theme song in life? Or favorite song?
It had to be you. It is the song to which I walked down the aisle to marry my husband. It always puts a smile on my face and make me think of him.
3. What is your secret indulgence?
It’s a secret!
4. Name a word that describes you best.
5. What is your favorite vacation spot?
April in Paris. My husband’s birthday is in April, and we try to spend it in Paris.
6. What are the top 3-items that you pack in your suitcase when you go on vacation?1. Family photograph
2. Sketchbook/Pencil – I am always inspired on vacation.
3. Extra jewelry – a woman can never have enough jewelry!
7. What is your favorite book?
John Adams by David McCullough. The letters between John and Abigal are remarkable, illustrating how a man and a woman, each with their own distinctive point of view, can work together for the greater good.
8. What is your favorite meal to cook?
Anything that I can barbeque. I love barbequing, because then it means that it is summer. And, I love the summer.
9. What is your favorite sound?
The laughter of my family.
10. What is your favorite word?
Yes, he said yes, he would yes.
I am so grateful and excited to be a part of the QVC family. I had asked to start writing blog entries so I can get to know many of you better and also to explain why my line with QVC is so important to me…so thanks for reading so far!
Just so you know my background (the 1 minute version) I currently work as a fashion contributor for NBC’s Today Show commenting on trends and how to get the look-for-less. Ambush Makeover& Steals and Deals are my weekly segments. In addition, I have written three fashion self-help books & am a contributing editor to People Stylewatch. (And In my spare time LOL) I am also a sideline reporter for the NY Knicks…I know a strange combination, but I love being able to tell stories whether they be about fashion or celebrity athletes. And yes, it may seem like a lot of different jobs, hence why I am single….:)
I am always asked why I decided to come out with this line for QVC & the reason is simple…. women wanted it. After I came out with my second book NYT best-seller, “I have Nothing to Wear!” the feedback was always the same, ”thanks for helping us cleanse our closet but now what do we organize with?” I couldn't find product that was fashionable, functional AND affordable…so I created them. I am so proud of this line because I think I have helped so many women transform their closet in minutes. My motto is, “if you don’t see if you are not going to wear it!” So I make sure every item that deserves a place in your fabulous closet will be showcased…step-by-step you will get there …promise! If you are just getting started here are some of my must-haves to get you going. Every woman’s closet should look like a store—so let’s get organized!
A few must-haves and a few pics right out of my closet!
The slim design of my hangers provides even more closet space! These hangers allow enough room for an entire outfit, including space for a pair of pants, top, blazer, scarf and even a hook for jewelry. This season, I am coming out with lace pattern hangers…they are romantic, fun and will instantly make any closet beautiful! With these hangers you will gain 70% more room in your closet! I organize yellow for day items…pink for night!
This is a must-have for a family or a fashionista with a lot of "stuff’ and it comes in three prints to represent every woman’s personality. This closet organizer can be used from season to season and spins around for easy use. With 20 slots that can hold shoes, gloves and hats, along with many other items, and four inner shelves that fit everything from fitness equipment to large, chunky sweaters. I have 2 of these – one for my hat, gloves and scarves in my entry way…and the other in my closet for accessories and shoes!
Favorite Dress Jewelry Organizers
I love this jewelry organizer shaped as a black dress. It holds earrings on one side and bangles/necklaces on the other. Also good for little girls to hold their barrettes, hairbands, etc…2 come in a pack with a bow…and it hangs right in your closet! Check out mine!
I love packing my daughter’s school lunch. Well, at least for the first week anyway. This year we’ll have a second grader and my youngest starts preschool. That means packing two lunches every morning. The challenge to packing a midday school meal is making sure my kids will eat it and it doesn’t take me too long to assemble in the mornings.
Here’s how I make packing school lunches simple and fun:
1. Create a menu. Ask your kids to write or draw a list of foods they want to see in their lunchbox. When you’re stumped on what to pack, take a look at their menu. We keep our list on the fridge.
2. Make it bite sized. There’s something about miniature versions that kids just love. Cut PB&J sandwiches into small triangles or squares. Cut cheese and meats with small cookie cutters and serve with mini-crackers. My kids like the fresh mini-mozzarella balls.
3. Put it on a stick. Toothpicks are your best friend when it comes to packing lunches. I make fruit skewers, meat and cheese skewers, and whatever will stay on a toothpick.
4. Use cupcake liners to keep food separate. My daughter hates it when her food touches. If you don’t have a lunch container with compartments like the Lock and Lock in my pictures, cupcake liners are practical and pretty.
5. Pack the rainbow. Not only will a colorful selection of food look more appealing to your children, but it will ensure they eat a nutritious lunch.
How do you make packing school lunches simple?
Let me start by saying that my husband is the love of my life, but like most husbands, he rarely notices a new haircut, a new outfit, or the difference in my skin when I try a new product. Well, there’s a first for everything. The other day, my husband said to me, “Madge, your skin looks great! What did you do?” I was shocked. I had just used the new StriVectinLABS 5-Minute Weekly Glycolic Peel!
And that's the instant gratification you can expect from StriVectinLABS, the latest in our emerging technologies and innovative science in antiaging treatments from StriVectin launching soon on QVC. StriVectin scientists found a way to bring you an antiager containing 10% alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) through this unique two-step resurfacing treatment. In fact, with its instant benefits and continued improvements to multiple signs of aging, this enjoyable dual-phase experience will have you recommending the 5-Minute Weekly Glycolic Peel to all your friends.
The StriVectinLABS 5-Minute Weekly Glycolic Peel is so easy to use! With StriVectin's patented NIA-114 molecule, the first phase helps detoxify skin and prepare it for the application of the exfoliating acids. After about one minute, apply Activator Step 2 to deliver a complex of glycolic and lactic acids to slough away dead skin cells for an exfoliating experience that results in skin renewal. StriVectinLABS 5-Minute Weekly Glycolic Peel helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and restore vibrancy. The look of pores is diminished as the complexion appears more even toned, luminous, and youthful.
I’d love to hear from you. I hope you tune in and try our new 5-Minute Weekly Glycolic Peel! Nothing feels better than hearing, “What did you do? You look great!” from your husband, sister, daughter, friends, and coworkers. Thanks, guys.
Whenever I create a fragrance, it’s always associated with a special moment in my life. Then, I take that moment and turn it into a short story.
The story of Fresh Life Eau de Parfum describes an early morning swim I like to take in a beautiful pond outside my home in Vermont. During the summer, my favorite time of day is very early when the sun has just come out and morning dew still covers the ground. The earth is so soft and breathing beneath my feet, and I can smell the citrusy grass, sweet berries, and dreamy scent of cypress trees. There are also notes of grapefruit and lilac lingering in the air with hints breezing by of magnolia. When I immerse myself in the water, which smells of cucumber and moss, everything around me sparkles. The warmth of the sun makes the water feel like velvet and reminds me of the scent of amber, warm oranges, and tonka beans. As I swim, I blend into that moment and am transported, inspired, and full of hope.
Wanting to capture each one of these notes in Fresh Life Eau de Parfum, I created four separate compositions:
Earth is my scented bed
Velvet bergamot, vanilla grass, and dreamy cypress
Air is infused with a sweetness
Grapefruit, lilac leaves, and transparent magnolia
Sun is sparkling silk
Silk amber, warm orange, and tonka flowers
Water is my blue sky
Sweet cucumber, sparkling moss, and morning dew
I then blended the four different fragrances together to recreate that magical moment, the ultimate Fresh moment.
Have you ever been transported by a fragrance?
What a wonderful day we had yesterday! If you couldn’t join us for In the Kitchen with David we had our live broadcast from Ypsilanti, Michigan and over 1,000 people came out to see the show. We were welcomed with open arms and the love just continued all weekend long. We’re indebted to so many people for making yesterday's broadcast happen…Dwight B. and the folks at Haab’s, everyone at Depot Town Farmers’ Market, the administrators at Eastern Michigan University, the folks from Ypsilanti Firehouse Museum, and the entire city of Ypsilanti. I’d also like to give a GREAT BIG shout out to the ITKWD show crew for picking up the entire live show and bringing it to Michigan for a seamless broadcast. You all ROCK!
Here’s some footage from our weekend in "Ypsi." I’m honored to have spend the weekend in such a great town and I can’t wait for our next Road Trip contest.
Don't you just love that Mary!? You can tell we all had fun!
Our recipe this Wednesday night is quick, easy, and a great Labor Day and end-of-summer hurrah.
This recipe is prepared with the Ninja 72-oz Professional Blender (K37894).
Go to David's Recipe Item Page for the full list of items that David has used in his recipes.
1. Remove the skin off the mini watermelon with a knife or vegetable peeler. Slice the watermelon pulp into 2" pieces. Place all of the pulp into a blender and blend until smooth.
2. Add the chilled vodka, triple sec, Cointreau, and lime juice to the blender and mix until completely incorporated.
3. Pour the prepared mixture into chilled cocktail glasses. Garnish with sugar cane sticks and a sprig of mint, if desired. Serve immediately.
Again, summer entertaining doesn’t get any more refreshing than Watermelon Cosmos. But, foodies, we’re really on the cusp of fall now. (Case in point: I saw kiddies jumping into school busses this morning!) So Wednesday’s show will have some holiday entertaining ideas to get your creative juices flowing…including two of my all-time favorite fall and winter drink recipes: Homemade Apple Cider and Warm Mulled Cranberry Punch.
Your blog question today is simple: what drink recipe is always a hit at your get-togethers? Do you make a sherbet-based punch? Maybe a mulled wine? Or are you a master at margaritas? Here’s a toast to all of you…the best foodies around. I’ll see you Wednesday at 8pm ET.
Keep it flavorful!
Well Happy Monday PM Stylers… Gosh I feel like it’s been FOREVER since I have gotten to chat with you! Gosh with summer coming to an end, I feel like August has been my busiest month yet, 2 weddings and high school reunion, oh my! With that said I’ve been dressing really casual and then taking it up a notch for my special events with friends. Obviously I’ve got to plan my makeup accordingly which leads me to this week’s Obsession…
Beauty Obsession: IT Cosmetics Limited Edition 6-PC Vanity Brush Collection, A236715
My current makeup bag is a walking advertisement for QVC Beauty. I’m even guilty of picking up new color cosmetics at malls or boutiques because I love all of the fun you can have with makeup. That being said, whether you get your makeup here or there, there’s one thing you have to have top of the line of: Brushes. I don’t think there are enough words in my Beauty Soul to describe this set. It makes my heart go pitter patter. Good brushes can change the way you feel about your current makeup- All of the sudden makeup goes on more clean (less cakey), you save time with your Beauty Routine (No arguing with blending), and when they are easy to clean, you’ll notice a more professional looking application. Here’s what I love about each piece:
Dual Airbrush Multi-Powder Brush- I’m all about the fountain of youth or looking like I just came from a facial. If you enjoy the benefits of an allover glow thanks to bronzer and luminizers, You’ll reach for this brush every day of the week. I love using this brush with ITC Anti-Aging Live, Laugh, Love Vanity Facial Disk, A328506.
Airbrush Flat Foundation Brush- I love a flat foundation brush because it fills in all of the nooks and crannies. I’m talking pores and the appearance of fine lines. I also love the fact that there’s no buffing involved. Sometimes I can get overzealous with that process and this brush makes your foundation feel so silky against your skin.
Airbrush Flat Concealer Brush- The perfect size and lightweight. No tugging when it comes to concealing the eye area- which is a huge win for everyone!
Airbrush Crease Brush- Always put your makeup on with natural light! When you do this, you never have to wonder if your makeup is blended properly or if you’re rocking two different looks. If you can’t make it to natural light, this brush is your best friend. It’s fluffy and it’s an insurance policy to make sure your eye application looks seamless.
Airbrush Allover Eyeshadow Brush- Eyeshadow brushes are the hardest to find because so many of them only perform one task. If you want a brush that can take you from lid to crease to brow- try this one out and see how you can save space in your vanity as well as time looking for only one brush.
No-Tug Eyeliner and Brow Brush- I love the cut of the eyeliner brush because when you go to apply your eyeliner it forces you to draw the line slightly upwards at the corner of the eye. This gives to appearance of bigger more awake eyes… and I think makes you look a hint more youthful. Also, the size gives you the versatility to draw thin, medium, and large lines. A dream for the under eye as well!
If you’re like me and know what a good brush that performs one specific duty costs out in retail than you’ll fall over for the fact that I’m introducing you to a complete brush set for less than $50. I’m always on the hunt for a good bargain and this is a steal. Have you tried Jamie’s collection of brushes? If so, tell me what you like about them!
This week we are celebrating THE FALL JACKET with Denim and Company TSV. Here I am with the Deep Raspberry Inspired by one of my favorite movies “Almost Famous.” Cheers to Boho Chic!
Since I am loving the layered look this week, I’ll be wearing Lori’s Knit top with embellishments, A235483 and layering with our Hot Pick from Skinnytees, A222566.
Also joining us this week will be Stylist and Designer, Cristina Ehrlich with three brand new pieces from her capsule collection. Check them out on the PM Style landing page for a sneak peak!
I can’t believe it’s been 10 years since I’ve graduated High School!! What a fun weekend it was catching up with dear friends from a time that has passed… and good news, we all picked up right where we left off. Sometimes, I feel like I miss out on things going on in my hometown or get-togethers living in Philadelphia- but if there was one thing that I accomplished by going to my High School Reunion was rekindling old friendships- Now I’ve got a girls weekend coming up and I can’t wait J. Here are a couple of photos…
That’s it for me, see you tonight!!
As we move away from summer into our beautiful fall, I am thrilled to be able to be there on the edge of our fleeting summer to present some classic new pieces of jewelry in a variety of new materials. The Floating Worlds collection is my favorite , being all metal, and pure clean design. The new Drusy has a magical new pinkish violet tone that works so well with the predominantly dark hematine finish and the edges of silver. I am sure they will not last through our selling time on air!
The Simplicity group, is simply that! Huge oval Crazy Lace blue agates with a bold signature brass and silver toggle. I am finding now in the realm of high fashion designer jewelry, more and more great new jewelry designers are turning to brass for the warmth and variety it provides.
Robert Lee Morris
This week, in preparation for our upcoming Ryka TSV, I had the opportunity to catch up with our Ryka guest, Leilani Learn, to see how her summer was going, and get an inside view of what a day in her life looks like.
Leilani lives an extremely active lifestyle, and her Ryka shoes & apparel go with her everywhere she goes, from playing on the playground with her son Patrick, to just horsing around.
When she is not at QVC, Leilani travels to many Ryka sponsored fitness events. Here, she has the opportunity to meet many new friends, like instructor Alexis Perkins, who hosted a Zumba Love Fest. There were over 1000 participants dancing together four hours STRAIGHT!!
A new fact I learned about Leilani, is that she has over 23 years of experience as a fitness professional, wow! Her passion? She has always been drawn to the blending of martial arts and yoga, found in the practice of BUDOKON, she also loves to dance!
Leilani spends a lot of time here at QVC. Here’s a sneak peek of her behind the scenes with a member of our talented production team, Ilana, before she goes on air.
Wondering what she likes to do when she’s not at QVC, or at one of her fitness classes? Spend time with her family! Her oldest son, Connor, is heading to college, her daughter, Gabby, begins middle school and is on the travel soccer team, and her husband Sean & her need all the energy they can get to keep up with their pre-schooler, Patrick.
I caught her back stage getting ready for a Ryka show, it's all about the SHOES! Hmmm.... which one should she wear today?
Enjoying one last summer moment with her son Patrick, before it’s time for the kids to go back to school.
And lastly, here is a sneak peek at our upcoming TSV, tomorrow, August 30th. Be sure to check them out! They are the Ryka Prevail Leather & Mesh fitness shoes, and they come in a variety of fun, new colors!
Until next time!