Archive for December, 2011

QVC Jewelry Designer Angela Lindvall Lands Gig On Lifetime’s New Show ‘Project Runway All Stars,’ With Mizrahi

December 29, 2011

Model Angela Lindvall, who hawks the “Angela by John Hardy” jewelry line on QVC, has a brand new gig. And it is with a fellow QVC vendor, Isaac Mizrahi.

Lindvall and Mizrahi will be hosts on a Lifetime show that debuts Jan. 5, “Project Runway All Stars.”

Angela Lindvall, Isaac Mizrahi and the rest of the Project Runway All Stars judges

She is doing PR for the show, and every time we open up a newspaper there’s an interview with her, with rarely a mention of her QVC enterprise.

The latest article we saw was a wire story in The Star-Ledger of Newark, which has a photo of pin-thin Lindvall in a black miniskirt the size of a knapkin. That was one of the few stories that mentioned that “Lindvall has a line of jewelry on QVC.”

She is also separated from her husband, so there’s a bit of dish.

Here is what Lifetime’s website says about Lindvall:

Angela Lindvall grew up in a small rural community outside of Kansas City, Missouri, and fell into modeling by accident when her older sister convinced Angela to sign up for a local fashion show with her for fun. Angela has since appeared on the cover of many major publications, including all the international editions of Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, ID, Dazed and Confused and many more.

Lindvall’s “chameleon”-like qualities have made her one of the most enduringly sought-after models in an otherwise fickle industry and one of the few to work with nearly every major fashion house, including Prada, Chanel, Valentino, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, DKNY, Calvin Klein, Jil Sander, Chloe, Stella McCartney and Versace. Lindvall has also appeared on the big screen in the films “CQ” and “Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang.” On television, she co-hosted “Alter Eco” with Adrian Grenier on Discovery’s Planet Green Channel.

Former QVC Host Kathy Levine’s Much-Mentioned Mom Passed Away

December 22, 2011

Anyone who remembers former QVC host Kathy Levine will recall that the chatty host often mentioned her mother. Levine would talk about how her mom was a great beauty, and sometimes show photos of her. She was a gorgeous woman.

So we were sad to read on Facebook today that Levine’s mother, Pat Seinfeld, passed away Wednesday. Mom was born on Aug. 27, 1921, so she had a long life.

Levine wrote a wonderful tribute to her mother on Facebook. Here is part of it.

My Mom worked for a popular department store, H. Leh and Co. She was a fashion coordinator and went out with her models to every organization you can name for 20 years and did fashion shows while the ladies lunched. She was the first woman to use a plus size model and a senior model. She had her finger on the real pulse of America long before America had a pulse.

She also taught a charm school to adolescent teen girls. To this day I am approached by women telling me my Mom gave them the only sense of self esteem they ever had. She touched so many with her light.

As an added perk to her job, I received clothes galore. As I never could hold my weight, and my size fluctuated like the stock market, she kept me looking my best no matter what. She never berated me for my problem. She loved me fat, thin, through the ugly stages and the pretty ones. She was in my corner every day of my life and thought the sun rose and set on all of her children.

Don’t misunderstand. If I was bad in school, misbehaved, sassed a teacher, got caught throwing spitballs or started a food fight, I caught hell. She never expected the school to do her job of manners and discipline, and she allowed that I was guilty instead of making the teachers wrong. Her common saying to me was “I love you, but today I do not like you”! It wasn’t damaging but it was a simple truth we could both live with.

If I have one message to mothers, it’s that your imprint on your children is indelible, and kindness reaches deeper and longer into your kid’s self esteem than you’ll ever live to know.

Here is the link to the full post:

And here is another excerpt:

On the first day of Winter, my Mom closed her eyes peacefully for the last time. We were all with her and we thanked her for being her. She will be sorely missed and my heart aches, but she had a fabulous life, a huge far reaching impact, and I will continue to strive to make her proud. There is no filling her sparkly gifted shoes, but I am so happy to have walked along side her for my 60 years. In her own words, “the show must go on”.

QVC’s Adds Two Blondes — Jennifer Coffey And Kerstin Lindquist — To Its Host Roster

December 22, 2011

It looks like QVC has a host of new hosts.

We were trolling Facebook where we saw pages for Jennifer Coffey, a pretty blonde NOLA native, and Kerstin Lindquist, another good-looking blonde.

We looked on QVC.com and these newcomers were not yet listed as hosts. Maybe QVC gives them a probation period and waits to see if they pass it before adding their names and photos to the Web.

New QVC host Jennifer Coffey

Lindquist already has a blog on the QVC site, however. It’s about “What Grace Means To Me,” and skillfully weaves in plugs for Philosophy’s Grace products with the birth of Linquist’s baby, whose name is — you guessed it — Grace.

QVC host Kerstin Lindquist

It is a touching story. Here is an excerpt from the blog:

She was born in early summer, three weeks early (surprise,Dad was on a plane and missed the birth) to a young woman who chose us to be her parents. That is Grace. She is a miracle. I had a miscarriage in my late 20’s, and then my husband and I had unexplained infertility.

We tried for three years to get pregnant. Those years were the darkest of my life. We did two IUI’s and one IVF. My brother is adopted, as is my sister in law, so after diligent prayer adoption became an easy decision for us. We were matched within four months. Very quick.

But, our adoption was not an easy one. It was an emotionally, financially and even physically draining five months of waiting for Grace. But, by the grace of God, six months after Grace was born a judge signed his name to her new birth certificate and made her 100 percent ours.

Ex-QVC Host Lisa Mason Gets Apparent Threat, FBI Brought In

December 22, 2011

What the heck is going on with former QVC host Lisa Mason?

On Facebook Tuesday she posted this cryptic, and disturbing, message:

Dear Friends, last evening I was made aware of a security issue that potentially threatens my safety. Thank you for all of you who rsvp-ed for the seminar. For now, we must postpone. God Bless you. Merry Christmas!

Ex-QVC host Lisa Mason was apparently threatened

Mason had a seminar that she was holding, “The Journey to Inner Peac,e” in New York City set for Jan. 12. We guess that is what she cancelled.

She then followed up with this Facebook post:

The situation is now in the capable hands of state officials and the FBI. Thank you for your well wishes. As soon as possible, the seminars will be rescheduled. God Bless.

If anyone gets a clue about what all that was about, please let us know.

Other than that mess, it looks like Mason is keeping busy since her departure from QVC.

Dearest Friends, last week I emceed the “World Vision Global Aids Day Conference” in New York City. Held at the Metropolitan Club on 5th Avenue, we had standing room only!! What a day!

I was surrounded by the people who are working constantly to bring to an end this horrible disease. I was humbled to spend time with Dr. Trent, who Oprah has touted as “her favorite guest of all time”. I presented her with an award, honoring her incredible work.

I also spent time with supermodel Kim Alexis and heard of all her hard work and efforts in this fight. I mingled and spoke with the people who… with no recognition at all… raise money, travel to Africa, tirelessly give of themselves, all with the singular objective of helping others.

I believe this event has allowed me to see what Christmas is REALLY about. Amidst the opulence and glitz of Manhattan, our thoughts were solely on helping others. I have never been happier…or more fulfilled. God Bless You!

Thanks, Big Spenders, For ‘Gifting’ Us With A $24,000 Tanzanite Stone From Jewelry Television

December 16, 2011

For those who have been wondering what to get The Homeshoppingista for Christmas, here it is: A $23,767 tanzanite stone.

We saw this 32-carat beauty last night at some ungodly hour on Jewelry Television. At first we thought we were seeing things when we got a gander at the price onscreen for this loose gemstone.

http://www.jtv.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-jtv-Site/default/Search-Show?q=tanzanite&srule=default&start=384&sz=96&showProducts=1

We guess it is part of the Hidden Tanzanite Reserve that JTV has been touting. But why would anyone buy a gem like this, for the price of a car, without seeing it in person? Better yet, who has $24,000 to buy a gem?

It is a rectangular cushion cut, and has the gorgeous deep blue-purplish color of high quality tanzanite, for sure. But $24,000?

This is one of the highest-priced items we have ever seen on a home shopping network. The only thing that may have rivaled it in the past were some of Sonia Bitton’s one-of-a-kind diamond rings on ShopNBC, when she was doing diamonds, not CZ, and Charla Rines was still a host.

There’s a lot going on down in Knoxville. The network will be “introducing a new garnet with a beautiful color shift–Masasi Bordeaux Garnet,” according to its Facebook page.

Apparently, it “color changes from a honeyish salmon color to a sparkling Bordeaux. And it’s called Masasi because it comes from the same region as our now legendary Masasi Blue Color Change Garnet.”

JTV recently posted that it was also shooting a new branding campaign, and the photo of the shoot had an African-American model in it. That’s the first person of color we’ve seen even vaguely associated with this almost-all-blonde network.

Got Money To P**s Away: Upscale Brookstone Comes To HSN With Its $50 Wireless Key Finder

December 13, 2011

If ever there was a retailer that sells a lot of expensive needless stuff, it would have to be Brookstone. Every time we pass it in a mall, we just shake our heads. Well, now HSN is selling its needless stuff.

Here are some of the Brookstone items for sale: a $50 wireless key finder; a $50 automatic wine opener; and a $70 wireless grill thermometer.

Here it is:

http://www.hsn.com/brookstone/brookstone_c-br_a-5958_xc.aspx?cm_re=belowbb-_-RIGHT-_-BROOKSTONE_shopnow

Jewelry Designer Loren Ridinger Brings Her Honkers To HSN, Eva and Khloe Call In

December 13, 2011

There was a nice breath of fresh air on HSN last night: gorgeous jewelry.

We’ve barely been watching HSN or QVC, since with our DNA a new iPod or Nook doesn’t really float our boats.

But yesterday a new jewelry line called “Yours by Loren” debuted on HSN, featuring a collection by Loren Ridinger. Her pricey couture pricey line has a celebrity following, and last night her clients actress Eva Longoria and reality TV star Khloe Kardashian called in to wish her well.

Loren, a gorgeous cat-eyed brunette, had some striking gemstone and sterling pieces, which host Colleen Lopez showed off nicely.

Our favorites were two go-big-or-go-home rings, “honkers,” as former QVC host Kathy Levine would call them. First, there was a 24 carat smokey quartz ring, which was enormous. And then there was a 12.6-carat crystal quartz ring that Loren said was exactly modeled after a real diamond — yes, I said diamond — ring that her husband gave her to replace her original CZ wedding ring.

Now that’s a good husband. Those big rings were $200, on special.

We also loved a white topaz heart pendant, for $160.

There were other pieces we loved, as well. Check out the link:

http://jewelry.hsn.com/yours-by-loren_c-j_a-8580_xc.aspx?rid=2253

Homeshoppingista Pet Peeve: Non-Reusable Jewelry Television Packaging

December 10, 2011

Are those folks in Knoxville nuts?

We’ve ordered several items from Jewelry Television now, and they don’t come in boxes or normal UPS-type envelopes like goodies from QVC, HSN or ShopNBC.

Instead, they come in this sticky packaging that you basically have to rip apart in order to get out your merchandise.

Yet JTV’s return instructions tell you to send the item back in its original packaging. What?

The packaging is lying at your feet ripped to pieces. How the heck are you supposed to return your stuff in that?

Does this frost anyone else but us?

Never Tell A Man He Has A Small Penis: Man Killed By Silicon Injection In Private Parts

December 9, 2011

Essex County Veterans Courthouse CAROLYN A. MURRAY
Newark, New Jersey 07102 ACTING ESSEX COUNTY PROSECUTOR

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dec. 9, 2011
Woman Arrested for Silicon Injection Death

Newark – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and East Orange Police Chief William Robinson announced today that Kasia N. Rivera, 34, of East Orange was arrested and charged with manslaughter in connection with the death of Justin Street, 22, of East Orange.

On May 5, 2011 Mr. Street went to Rivera’s home in the 300 block of Glenwood Avenue in East Orange where he received a silicon injection in his penis. The next day he died as a result of the injection.

The Medical Examiner determined the cause of death was silicone embolism. The death was ruled a homicide.

Following an investigation led by the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force, with assistance from the East Orange Police, Rivera was arrested today and charged with manslaughter and the unauthorized practice of medicine.

Bail was set at $75,000.

The investigation remains active and ongoing. Other potential victims are urged to contact the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force at 1-877-TIPS-7432 or 1-877-847-7432.

These are accusations. All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until they plead guilty or are found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Want To Buy A $1,750 Saxophone? Go To ShopNBC

December 9, 2011

If you can explain this strategy to us, please do so: ShopNBC is selling musical instruments.

Now, it’s not a totally novel idea. HSN has for a long time been selling guitars. Most recently, Poison frontman/reality TV star Bret Michaels was hawking one on the No. 2 home shopping channel.

But ShopNBC has a whole batch of musical instruments on its website, and many are big-ticket items. How about $1,275 for a saxophone? There are also flutes, violins, clarinets, trombones, trumpets, bongo drums and music stands.

http://www.shopnbc.com/SearchM/Default.aspx?&prop=New%20Items|1643&prop=Web%20Exclusive|840&prop=Home%20%26%20Collectibles|243&prop=Musical%20Instruments|2699&ICID=TMH-_-2.NewMusicalInstruments-_-120911

Maybe ShopNBC has been selling them for awhile, but it’s the first time we noticed it, because the musical instruments were spotlighted on the homepage of ShopNBC.com.

“Great gifts for aspiring players,” the site says.

OK.