I was so honored to host the CEW & QVC Cancer and Careers Beauty with Benefits and to have Alberti Popaj join me. It's so near and dear to my heart and I wanted to thank everyone involved, especially you, and show you a few behind the scenes photos that were taken during the event.
Mally started us off. Tissues!!
A few of our generous donors.
Cancer and Career Coach, Julie Jansen, chatting live and answering many important questions on how to help friends and family when going through cancer treatments.
Carlotta Jacobson - President of CEW
That's a wrap! Thanks to so many dedicated people, another successful show for a great cause!
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Hello, Denim Divas!
So, the other day during one of our many (!) meetings, we were discussing the possibility of taking one or more of your favorite ESSENTIAL knit tops and offering to you, our customer, the chance for Auto-Delivery. We know everyone is busy, so we thought this would be a great opportunity for you to have your essential tees in the colors and appropriate seasonal sleeve length you want without much hassle. If you sign up for Auto-Delivery it would mean that approximately every 3 months you would get something new (for a limited # of shipments, and you can cancel at any time)! Sound like fun? We think it could be and know you love the Denim & Co. Essentials as wardrobe basics that work back to all your other fashionable denim pieces.
Here is what we are thinking: the opportunity would be to offer you a set of 2 Essential knit tops with the same neckline in one of your favorite color choices. There would be three colors selections to choose from, such as one choice in basics (such as black and white), one choice in cool colors (such as a blue and green), and one choice in warm colors (such as pink and purple). Along with color, you would get the same tops in a different sleeve length depending on the delivery period. For example, ¾ sleeve in spring and short sleeve in summer. Approximately every 3 months you would get a new set of Essential knit tees with a different sleeve length delivered right to your door and ready to work as building blocks in your wardrobe.
We would love to hear your opinion and if you think this is a good idea. Please see below and vote. The poll closes on Sunday, May 4 at 11:59pm ET.
Also, please feel free to add your comments below! Looking forward to hearing from you and, after you have voted, check out some of our latest trend shopping pictures from Europe.
Thank you and happy spring!!!
Lucia, Maryanne, Gary and Jen
Maryanne, Lucia, Gary and Jen
One of our favorite restaurants in Paris…YUM!!!
Springtime in Europe with a bunny art display!
Hello my LCNY fashionistas...I hope you had a great weekend, and whatever your holiday was, you enjoyed with family and friends. I was asked to write in my blog about the Davies family Easter traditions. In the past it was all about getting the kids together. The night before Easter we would dye eggs, and I would start the prep for the meal.. Larry would fill the mufti colored plastic eggs and hide them in the yard. We would then attend church Easter morning and I would spend the day trying to slow down the fast inhale of the candy my kids would consume.
As our kids got older, the meaning became different more about getting the gang together along with the grandparents. Then we hit a big bump. We have for the last four years been trying to find "the new normal". As you have seen on Facebook and some pics posted by friends, I have been dating a wonderful man that also lost a spouse. It has been slow and steady. We both enjoy tennis, golf, family, friends and unfortunately have been to the same movie if you get my drift. My children have met him many times.....especially Kevin. I have met his daughter many times and attended her wedding as his date.
So, this Easter Sunday was the day to get the gang together! Yes ....I was nervous. Would it be awkward, would there be that uncomfortable silence?...Guess what kids are resilient! It was great. Dinner was wonderful if I do say so myself. As for the BIG meeting of the clans......easy....spoken out of the mouths of babes "Mom what were you so worried about?"
Spring is all about new beginnings. Graduations, weddings,babies all become the new normals. Here is to new adventures and my wonderful children who keep pushing their Mom out of the nest. I am truly blessed. Join MBR and me on Wednesday. Get ready to try our LCNY NEW YOU.......I have not let you down yet:)
It's hard to believe it's been one year since my son, David, and the love of his life, Christine, got married. We celebrated their anniversary with lunch at one of their favorite restaurants. They are so adorable together and I couldn't be happier for both of them :)!
Wow, this year really flew by! After their wedding, they took a fantastic honeymoon in Italy... They enjoyed taking in the beauty, sights, and wonderful people the country has to offer. Not long after, they both found new jobs, relocated, and are building their lives together.
Christine froze the top of their wedding cake for the first anniversary... How fun! They said it tasted fresh and delicious!!!
Here's to a long life filled with joy, health, and happiness...
Happy Anniversary David & Christine!
New York's Fashion Week is an important event in the fashion world because it defines the year's upcoming fashion trends! During 2014's Fashion Week we saw lots of high contrasting, black and white sporting wear. Monochrome pattern play, geometric designs, graphic prints, stripes, clean lines and color blocking have been given a fresh and modern make-over. Mix layers with different textures, prints with solids and add that "WOW" factor with a pop of color from a belt or clutch! There are so many style combinations… So be bold and have fun! This trend will be around for while!
Tune in on Thursday, 4/24 @ 9:00am EST to see my special Black & White themed show!
It’s so great to be back here at QVC & Studio Park for Quacker Factory’s SPECIAL day!!!
I know that Jeanne Bice is smiling down from heaven with the Today’s Special Value - Quacker Factory Set of Two Summertime T-shirts and Tote– that her design team came up with just for you!
Jeanne LOVED bringing you packs of two tops – and she LOVED bags as well – especially striped ones! So this TSV really is a tribute to our Head Quack!
Here’s a clip of Jeanne talking about how much she loved bags and totes:
When Jeanne would show us sets of two, she always said it was fun to ‘Quack & Share!’ – keep one for yourself and give one as a present, or keep both for yourself and get another set for your best friend!
My question today is:
Are you ‘Quacking & Sharing’ – or are you buying this one all for yourself?!?
And if you’re ‘Quacking & Sharing’ – who is it for? Is it for Mother’s Day, or a birthday, or just because you love someone that extra special?!
I’ll be chatting with you right here on this blog today, April 23rd, during our Quacker Factory shows from 2 - 4pm and 6 - 8pm ET!
So make sure to join me here as I’ll be reading some of your answers to my question on air!
Quacker Hugs & Love!!
Nicole Richie took the Q Quiz!
Have questions about styling your hair with the Perfecter Pro Grip Heated Round Brush? Ask away, and don't forget to check back throughout the TSV day on 4/26 for Maria McCool and the rest of the Calista Team's answers!
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As the world waited for spring I have to admit that I was dragging my feet into the realization that Nicole's senior year would soon be over...37 days till graduation...
It was a beautiful spring night and I thought I would take advantage of Nicole being home with me and asked her to accompany me on my nightly walk. I use my walks to think, clear my head and just enjoy life. So as we set off on this beautiful night, I kept thinking of things that maybe I need to tell her before she goes off to college...
I really wanted to make this a teaching moment as we passed a memorial on our corner for a young man who died just a short month ago...the reality of the loss of a young life weighed heavily on our hearts.
I remember the morning that this young man passed away because I was later than usual for work because Nicole had the stomach flu...as I pulled out of my garage I saw a huge burst of light in the sky and then police cars. Later that day everyone in our town learned that a young man lost control of his car and hit a tree..word about town is that his girlfriend was driving behind him and both just a short distance from home...
Our town held a candlelight vigil for him...and now a memorial stands marking the spot of the accident...it breaks my heart to see the saddened messages left at his memorial and how now a family must find a way to move forward without their child, a girlfriend without her true love, and friends who just want to rewind that night...
I used our walk this night to try to remind Nicole of how precious life is to us...next week is Senior Awareness Week, our town will try desperately to remind each senior of how quickly life can change...and the week will involve a reenactment of an accident, drunk goggles driving a golf cart and the reality of a victim's car...The next few weeks are filled with proms, picnics and graduation....
I hope I remembered to tell Nicole everything she needs to know....my Mom told me that spring brings great joy and also great sorrow...Prayers of comfort and protection for our children and grandchildren...
I hope I have a lifetime to tell her what I might have forgotten...thank you for allowing me to express my thoughts...
You asked and we answered. Check out the complete collection of your most asked gardening questions below:
1) What Is A Biennial, Perennial, and Annual?
Perennials are plants that will last for more than two years. Flowering perennials grow and bloom over the spring, summer or even fall, die back every autumn and winter and return again from their root-stock. Annuals are plants that complete their life cycle within a year and die. Winter annuals germinate during the fall months, maturing in the spring and summer of the next year. Summer annuals germinate in spring and summer, and mature in the fall of the same year. The Biennial is right between the Annual and Perennial. Generally the Biennial takes two years to complete its life cycle. During its first year, the plant grows its roots, stems and leaves. After a period of dormancy in the colder months, the plant will “bolt” and flower in the next spring or summer.
To learn more about biennials, perennials, and annuals, check out the full blog posthere.
2) How Do I Get Weeds Out of My Garden?
I do not know what I dislike more, pulling weeds in my garden, the weeds themselves, or that I am convinced those little green monsters come out each year just to irritate me. It has taken me many seasons and even more tactics to de-weed my garden and although nothing banishes weeds all together, I do have some suggestions to make this endeavor easier on us and hopefully deliver satisfying. Mulching not only looks good, but helps prevent weeds. A two inch layer of mulch will block light from reaching the weed seeds and prevent growth. I have had best results when I place a layer of newspaper, landscape fabric or biodegradable cloth down first, then the mulch on top. This serves as a double-duty shield against any sunlight being able to reach the wanna-be weeds. And at the same time, wood or bark mulch will hold moisture for your plants and as it decomposes, and it provides nutrients into the soil.
To learn more about weeding, check out the full blog post here.
3) What Blooms in Winter?
Hellebores flower in the cold weather months and give life and abundant color to the garden when very few plants are in bloom or even green. And more pluses, Hellebores are disease, deer and bug resistant.
To learn more about winter plants, check out the full blog post here.
4) What Is Deadheading?
Deadheading is the simple task of removing spent flowers either by pinching with fingers, using scissors or pruners. The reason for deadheading is to deter your plant from going to seed (a natural instinct when it thinks it is dying – to reproduce), but rather have it focus its energy on its growth. I find that many of my window box and container plants need this for continuous blooming and strength
To learn more about deadheading, check out the full blog post here.
5) What Plants Are Easy and Fool-Proof?
As my friend Philip Watson says “There are good reasons these plants flourish along the highways.” and he is talking about four plants that are determined to exist with or without you: peonies, butterfly bushes, daylilies, and Rose of Sharon.
To learn more about fool-proof plants, check out the full blog post here.
6) When Do I Fertilize My Perennials?
Fertilizing your perennials before they bloom in spring is key. A reminder I use is “April showers bring May flowers.” It makes sense that by fertilizing now, the seasonal rain we get will help dissolve the fertilizer and also pull it down deeper in the soil right to its roots.
To learn more about fertilizing, check out the full blog post here.
7) When and How Do I Water My Garden and Potted Plants?
There are some basic rules of thumb (“green thumb” that is) I use as a guide for my container/potted plants:
How much to water potted plants - Drainage is the key to healthy roots and flourishing plants. If your container allows, drainage holes on the sides as well as on the bottom is ideal. Dry surface soil is an obvious signal to water and you may want to water your container plants more than once a day.
How to water potted plants– Focus on the root base of each plant, not the foliage. When watering, direct spout to the base of the plant, do not water from above through the leaves down to the soil.
When to water– In warm weather, mornings are the ideal time to water outdoor plants. This gives plants a chance to drink before the hot sun of late morning. I strongly advise against watering in the evening because if the foliage stays wet all night long this will create a base for disease.
To learn more about watering, check out the full blog post here.
8) Why Are The Leaves On My Plants Turning Yellow?
The good news is your plant just may be going through its natural growth process by yellowing its leaves and shedding them. The other good news is your plant is telling you something is wrong by yellowing. And more times than not, diagnosing your plant like a doctor with a patient’s symptoms can be clear-cut. Possibilities could be: change of location, limited light, cold conditions, nutrient deficiency, over watering, lack of watering, or insects.
To learn more about preventing yellowing, check out the full blog post here.
9) How Can I Stop Deer From Eating Everything?
Honestly, there truly is no full-proof way to prevent deer from having a bite (if there were, surely we would all own stock in it) but there are some ways to discourage these majestic but destructive animals.
Here I go again, (my blog post “It’s True – It’s Time To Prune”) about pruning and cleaning up your garden is a great place to start. I trim the lower branches on my trees regularly because unless deer are extremely desperate, they will go find “low hanging fruit” on someone else’s property. A yard clean of leaves, acorns and rotting fruit is like a store with empty shelves and again, the deer will move on. Over the years so many friends and fellow gardeners have given me “solutions” to try like spreading cat litter around your property borders, placing bars of deodorant or strong smelling soap around your property and hanging them from garden gates. And who knew that deer do not like any “melodic” noise whether it’s wind chimes or the radio? A great excuse to have music playing from your patio speakers all of the time!
To learn more about deer-proofing, check out the full blog post here.
10) How Do I Prune Hydrangeas?
Even experienced gardeners have questions on when to prune hydrangeas. And no wonder with four different species of hydrangea and hundreds of varieties! With these mind-numbing numbers, let’s focus on two of the most popular; the Mophead (Macrophylla) and PeeGee (Paniculatas). Mophead and Lacecap Hydrangeas - You really don’t ever have to prune a Mophead hydrangea. But for the health of the plant, you can remove dead stems at any time of year. Pee Gee bloom on old wood and can be pruned any time of year except summer when they are preparing to bloom. Some of my colleagues prune back these varieties regularly right after the blooming period, yet I do not even touch these beauties until the fall.
To learn more about pruning hydrangeas, check out the full blog post here.
Be sure to check out the Gardening Guide for top garden items, tips/tricks, and more throughout the year!
I’m looking forward to spending a great day with you today, April 28th, and chatting about our new “How Timeless” Capri Pants being offered as the Today’s Special Value. A lot of you have been asking for it, and the TSV is being offered today in regular, and for the first time ever, Denim & Co. is offering the capri TSV in petite!
Today’s “How Timeless” capri pants are based on the customer favorite pull-on capri (A14924) for both fit and fabrication, keeping the same full elastic waist and side front pockets. It has the same semi-fitted fit through the hip & thigh with a straight leg shape and falls at the natural waist.
But these new capri pants have a novelty self-tab detail with a button at the hem. It’s a great new addition to your favorite side-pocket silhouette collection! We are offering them in some classic denim colors, such as Dark Indigo & Antique, as well as some great basic solid twill colors, like Khaki, White, Dark Olive and Black. And if you are looking for some fun, happy colors to wear now and into the summer season, we have Warm Coral and Bright Aqua today.
Which colors are you looking at today? What additional inseam lengths or leg shapes would you want to add to your “How Timeless” collection?
If you have any questions or comments about the TSV or anything you see today, or just want to chat, I’ll be checking in throughout the day today.
Talk to you soon!
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When I saw David and Mary perform their first-ever happy dance together on In the Kitchen with David over the Red Velvet Cupcakes from The How Can It Be Gluten Free Cookbook by America's Test Kitchen, I ordered that book immediately. My husband went gluten free this fall after reading about the benefits. His newest healthy habit was great for him, but it makes meal planning tough.
When How Can It Be came in the mail, I excitedly flipped through the pictures, whoops, I mean recipes. One in particular caught my eye: Almost Hands-Free Risotto. It looked warm, creamy, and comforting. But I’d never made risotto before and rumor has it it’s hard. Still, the picture beckoned. It was worth a try.
I assembled all of the ingredients--nothing out of the ordinary. I followed the recipe, glad for only a few uncomplicated directions that included approximate times of each step with four steps in all.
The result was picture-perfect—even without the parsley and chives. (Someone in the house doesn’t like green specks, but I won’t name names.) The kids, ages 14 and 11, and my gluten-free guy loved it. And it’s one of those meals that can be “thrown” together after work. It’s a miracle dish!
Almost Hands-Free Risotto with Parmesan and Herbs from The How Can It Be Gluten Free Cookbook
5 cups chicken broth
1-1/2 cups water
4 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 large onion, chopped fine
Salt and pepper
1 garlic clove, minced
2 cups Arborio rice
1 cup dry white wine
2 oz Parmesan cheese, grated (1 cup)
2 Tbsp minced fresh parsley
2 tablespoons minced fresh chives
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1. Bring broth and water to boil in large saucepan over high head. Reduce heat to medium-low to maintain gentle simmer.
2. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion and ¼ teaspoon salt and cook, stirring frequently, until onion is softened, 4 to 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add rice and cook, stirring frequently, until grains are translucent around edges, about 3 minutes.
3. Add wine and cook, stirring constantly, until fully absorbed., 2 to 3 minutes Stir 5 cups hot broth mixture into rice; reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until almost all liquid has been absorbed and rice is just al dente, 16 to 18 minutes, stirring twice during cooking.
4. Add ¾ cup hot broth mixture and stir constantly until risotto becomes creamy, about 3 minutes. Stir in Parmesan. Remove pot from heat, cover, and let stand for 5 minutes. Stir in remaining 2 tablespoons butter, herbs, and lemon juice. To loosen risotto, add up to ½ cup remaining broth mixture. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve immediately.
You never know when you are going to meet the love of your life... I was passing time in the pool room at the college I attend when this adorable guy with stunning blue eyes walked in. We started playing pool, talking, and laughing and I immediately felt connected. Who would have guessed that we were to be married only four years later.
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Happy Friday, Foodies!
Spring fever has officially taken hold of me—it’s such a relief to be waking up to weather in the 50’s, 60’s and even 70’s. It’s perfect, not too hot and not too cold. And it’s not just the warmer weather that has me excited for this season, it’s of course, the FOOD too! I love eating the freshest food I can find, and often that means eating the produce that’s at the height of the season. Right now that’s things like spring peas, rhubarb, strawberries, artichokes, green beans and one of my favorites, asparagus. This super food brings us back to eating fresh green veggies after the cold winter months. Did you see my recipe video for how to make my Cream of Asparagus Soup? If not, watch it below—it’s such a simple soup bursting with spring flavors, one of my favorites!
Eating foods that are in season is becoming more and more popular. Have you heard of the farm-to-table trend? It would be hard not to these days, as it’s become a huge cooking trend for chefs and home cooks alike. It refers to the idea of cutting out the middlemen in the food production process and having all those yummy fresh fruits, veggies, eggs, meat and dairy go directly from hardworking farmers to our tables! No processing, packaging, or altering required—just good old-fashioned fresh food. It’s really the way our grandmother’s used to cook—I know mine did all her own canning, filling our shelves with homemade bread and butter pickles and much more, so that we could enjoy the bounty of the growing season all year. These days, it’s easier than ever to find a local farmer’s market and stock up on some goodies to make your own farm-to-table meals. This weekend, I challenge you to find a farmer’s market near your house, pick up a bunch of fresh asparagus and try my Cream of Asparagus Soup recipe! We also have a seasonal produce guide in our Culinary Corner, so you can find ways to use those other jewels you find at the market. If you’re interested in hearing more about farm-to-table and live in the New York area, tune your radios to WOR-710 this Sunday (April 27) at 10:35am to hear my interview with radio host, Joan Hamburg, talking about some of my favorite spring cooking trends. It was so much fun!
Eating seasonally is a great way to get healthy. When something doesn’t taste good, we won’t eat it, period. Many times people get lack-luster produce and then think they don’t like vegetables. It’s the same rule of thumb with anything that claims to be “healthy,” first and foremost, it has to TASTE good, am I right?! That’s why I’m so excited to share with you my recipe for Mini Honey-Wheat Muffins. There are so many tricks to making baked goods just a bit healthier, without sacrificing any of the flavor. Chef Andrea teaches me things all the time and I love being able to share them with you. In this recipe, we substituted Greek yogurt and cinnamon applesauce for the butter or oil you typically find in muffin recipes without losing any of the moisture. We swapped sugar for honey, and the whole wheat flour, wheat germ, and wheat bran are all unprocessed ingredients filled with fiber, so the muffins will keep you full longer—no sugar crashes, no growling tummies. And of course with the mini muffin pan, we’ve got our built-in portion controller!
Mini Honey-Wheat Muffins
Makes 24 Muffins
- 1/2 cup wheat bran
- 1/4 cup wheat germ
- 2/3 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 4 Tbsp cinnamon applesauce
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Lightly coat a 24-cup mini muffin pan with oil spray. Mix together the wheat bran, wheat germ, and yogurt. Let the mixture stand for 12-14 minutes.
- Place the whole wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon in a medium bowl and set aside. Add the apple sauce, egg, honey, and vanilla to the bran mixture and mix until well combined and the batter has no lumps. Add the flour mixture into the wet mixture and mix until evenly incorporated. Scoop the batter into the prepared muffin pan.
- Bake on the lower-middle rack of the oven for 18-22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Remove the pan from the oven and run a knife around the edges of each muffin to loosen them from the pan. Cool for 15 minutes and then carefully remove the muffins and place them onto a cooling rack to cool.
I promise you—you will LOVE these little things. And, there’s no harm in spreading a little butter on the muffin before you eat it, yummmmmm. Who would have thought you could bake without sugar and butter and have a delicious, moist final product? Do you have a secret cooking tip or ingredient that helps you stay healthy without losing flavor? Maybe you use fresh herbs for flavor instead of salt, or do you cook with coconut oil instead of vegetable? Do you swear by whole-wheat bread? I want to know your secret ingredient! Can’t wait to catch up this Sunday at 12pm ET on In the Kitchen with David!
Keep it Flavorful!
People often ask what I do in my spare time. Well, I love musical theater!
Any opportunity that I have to see a show, is fun for me. I think it is amazing the talent it takes to sing and dance live and tell a fascinating story.
I recently saw a production of Phantom of the Opera. If you've ever seen the show, you know the chandelier is part of the spectacle.
I was seated right below the chandelier which made the show even more exciting -- spoiler alert -- the chandelier exploded! Live theater... gotta love it!
Do you like musical theater? And if so, what was your favorite show?
See you tomorrow for AM Beauty and AM Style.