Archive for January, 2012

‘Housewives Of New York’ Alum Jill Zarin To Debut Skweez Couture Line On HSN

January 10, 2012

“Housewife” Jill Zarin will be returning to TV next month. But she won’t be on Bravo. HSN has got her.

On Feb. 10 Zarin will premiere her collection of Skweez Couture shapewear. Zarin, “who joined forces with Triad Hosiery to design and develop Skweez Couture for HSN, will introduce her line during the Insider NYC event, where customers will get an insider’s tour of the Big Apple,” the home shopping channel crowed in a press release Tuesday.

The exclusive collection of shapewear combines feminine and fashionable designs with powerful innovative control technologies to help slim and smooth the contours of a woman’s body. We could use that!

The line apparently went on sale in retail stores in September.

Zarin fans have been raving about the line, claiming that the product “Skweezes and shapes” like nothing they’ve ever worn before with several styles include beautiful trimmings and are designed so that you don’t have to only wear it underneath your clothing anymore.

Here’s the canned quote from Zarin:

“I’m so excited to debut my Skweez Couture shapewear for the first time on HSN. It has been my lifelong dream to do this and I always knew I was born to sell. Many of the new styles being sold during this event were designed exclusively for HSN, and it will be a great opportunity to reach women across the country to show them how they can Skweez and smooth it all while still feeling fabulous and feminine at the same time.”

Here is more from the press release, bla-bla-bla.

Through collaborative research and development, Zarin and Triad have produced a line with the goal in mind to benefit women of all ages, fusing shapes and colors to ensure that the collection included different styles from the current market assortment. Skweez Couture is also made of innovative, breathable fabrics that adapt to any body shape. The products are made to accentuate what the real woman wants to play up, yet helps to conceal areas that are often problem prone.

“The Skweez Couture Collection is a beautiful assortment of quality garments that are fashionable and solution driven. This is shape wear that you want people to see,” said John Bosco, HSN Senior Vice President of Apparel, Accessories and Jewelry. “Jill’s collection is real, she personally wears it and you can see how passionate she is about it. She is a great storyteller and a female entrepreneur…two qualities HSN strongly supports. I know our customers will connect with her.”

The Skweez Couture collection for HSN offers a wide range of styles and comes in sizes Small to 2XL. The shapewear is available in three strengths — tight, tighter and tightest to provide ultimate shaping and smoothing of the targeted zones. Prices range from $20 to $75 with consistent quality throughout.


Mario Lopez Is Heading To HSN With A ‘Solution’: Will It Make Us Look Like ‘The Situation’?

January 6, 2012

We admired Mario Lopez, and his six-pack and naked butt, when we watched him in FX’s kinky “Nip/Tuck.” In fact, we seem to remember him donning women’s lingerie in one episode. What an appropriate transition to HSN.

Yes, Lopez is the latest celeb to wind his way over to the Southern home shopping network.

Mario, Mario

We were checking out HSN’s January Program Guide and saw that Lopez, the host of the syndicated entertainment show “Extra,” is scheduled to appear Jan. 28 and 29.

His shows are titled “Mario Lopez Fitness: The Solution.” We checked out Lopez’s website and couldn’t find any mention or explanation of “The Solution.” Maybe the solution is wearing women’s underwear, like he did on “Nip/Tuck.”

We wonder what his longtime girlfriend, who he just got engaged to, thought of his turn on that show.

Anyway, unbeknownst to us, Lopez has written several books on fitness.

Here is what his website says:

Lopez is a New York Times bestselling author for his healthy eating guide Extra Lean. In May 2011, he released the follow up to Extra Lean entitled Extra Lean Family. This new book featured recipes and tips that are beneficial to the entire family. Additionally, Lopez penned Mario Lopez’s Knockout Fitness a bestselling fitness book that offers readers a look into his impressive workout regime.

Anyway, we look forward to seeing Lopez again. But we can’t say that we’ll be seeing more of him, because we’ve already seen just about all anyone could see of him.

Quacker Factory Queen Jeanne Bice’s Son Tim Thanks All Her Fans For Their Condolences

January 3, 2012

One of our great readers, Cindy, told us that deceased Quacker Factory Queen Jeanne Bice’s son Tim had written a nice note on the company website.

In a tragedy that shocked all her fans, and us, larger-than-life Jeanne, 71, died of cancer June 10. And then in an incomprehensible second tragedy, on July 1 her daughter Lee, 47, died.

The message from Jeanne's son Tim

Quacker Factory is still continuing, with the plus-sized model Angel becoming the public face of the sparkly clothing line on QVC. But is a principal in the company, and in his recent post he thanked Jeanne’s fans and said he was putting her Boca Raton home on the market.

“Thought you might be interested in seeing a note from Tim Bice on the Quaker Factory website,” Cindy wrote. “I miss Jeanne and Lee so much, we all know it won’t quite be the same without them, but I know they would like us to continue quacking along and supporting their goals, ideals and clothing. Tim posted a beautiful link to Jeanne’s home. It is so stunning, I can just picture her at home, it is so warm and welcoming…just like Jeanne. Here is the link, it certainly helped me with closure. Thank you, Tim, for thinking of her many fans. We all send our love.”

Here is the link to Tim’s letter:

In it, Tim writes, “I am very greatful to every one for the outpouring of support these past several months. Needless to say, it has been a very difficult time for me.”

The late, and great, Jeanne Bice

But he added that he is busy pulling himself up by the “brastraps,” and looks forward to “getting back to the Q” and doing Quacker Factory shows.

It must be devastating to go through the holidays without your mom and sister. We wish Tim all the best, and look forward to seeing him on QVC.

QVC’s Today Special Value Gemstone Bracelet Sold Out In 7 Minutes!

January 3, 2012

Holy cow!

QVC’s Today’s Special Value, a gorgeous Brazilian gemstone bracelet, sold out in seven minutes, after midnight! And it was over $400.

There were only 900, so QVC folks knew it wouldn’t last and were taking bets as to how quick it would be gone.

We can’t even find it on QVC’s website.

The bracelet kicked off “Destination Gemstones,” a full day of jewelry on QVC. Jewelry geeks, follow your bliss.

Rock And HSN Jewelry Designer Loree Rodkin Did Steven Tyler’s Engagement Ring

January 3, 2012

Gorgeous goth jewelry designer Loree Rodkin, who now does a line for HSN, has a new claim to fame: “American Idol” judge Steven Tyler gave his girlfriend one of Rodkin’s pieces as her engagement ring.–20112812

Rockin' Loree Rodkin

Rodkin posted a link to the US Magazine story about Tyler’s engagement to his girlfriend Erin Brady on Facebook.

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Rodkin has designed jewelry for lots of celebs, Tyler included. The engagement ring she did for him has 5-carat diamond set on a micro pave diamond and platinum band.

We want a copy of that for our engagement ring.