Archive for October, 2016

Paula Deen Gets Weekly Show On Evine

October 28, 2016

Evine is looking to fully leverage the popularity of once-shunned Southern chef Paula Deen.

Deen, who was banished as a QVC vendor after a report surfaced of her using a racial epithet years ago, then came over to Evine. This week, on “Fox & Friends,” she announced that she will be doing a live weekly show on Evine, premiering Nov. 15

It’s called “Sweet Home Savannah,” and it looks like it wil emulate the Food Network show Deen had before the furor over her remarks.

“Join your favorite Georgia Peach as she shares her sweet charm and impeccable taste to help us laugh, love and live in southern-style comfort,” Evine says.

Deen will be sharing info about the cookware, clothing and housewares she sells on Evine now.

“You’ll also get a chance to meet her dear friends and family who make her life so special,” Evine says.

Chrisley Comes To HSN With Clothing Line

October 26, 2016

Our mom’s great caretaker, Irene, is a big fan of “Chrisley Knows Best” on USA Network. She tipped us off to the show.

Little did we know that this would have a home shopping connection, as Savannah Chrisley is debuting a fashion line on HSN. Viewers of the TV show got a gander of the goods on the reality series last night, and People magazine did a big story and Q-and-A with the 19-year-old about it.

Savannah Chrisley Explains Her New Clothing Line: ‘You Can Look Fashionable, While Also Being Covered’

We didn’t see the episode, but according to People Savannah traveled with her dad Todd to the Big Apple to meet with HSN vendor Giuliana Rancic.

The Chrisley Southern Charm collection will bow on HSN next spring or early summer.

It apparel is supposed to be properly modest for young women.

Needless to say, Savannah is just one of a large number of reality-TV show stars that are hawking products on home shopping networks.

QVC To Launch 24/7 Beauty Network

October 25, 2016

QVC is spinning off its online beauty channel into a full-fledged cable network.

The digital service only available now on, Beauty iQ, will be launched on providers including DirecTV and Dish in November.

Here is Tuesday’s press release from QVC:

QVC Announces the Launch of Beauty iQ, the World’s First Live Multi-Platform Network Dedicated to Beauty

Global leader in video and e-commerce is delivering live daily programming that combines social, retail and media as one; features beauty experts, influencers and brands

West Chester, Pa. (October 25, 2016) – Beauty – all the time, anytime, anywhere. Today, QVC, Inc., the world’s leading video and ecommerce retailer, announced plans to launch the Beauty iQ network, the world’s first multiplatform beauty shopping experience, to engage beauty lovers everywhere.

Within a month of going live on October 31, Beauty iQ will be viewable in over 40 million homes in the U.S. via distributors including DirecTV, U-verse, Dish and Roku.

Through Beauty iQ, beauty lovers will be able to enjoy beauty programming 24/7, including live programming five nights a week, Wednesday through Sunday, 8:00 p.m. to midnight ET, and repeated immediately after for the West Coast audience.

The new beauty destination further bolsters QVC’s position as an innovative global, retail leader across digital and emerging platforms, at a dynamic time in the industry.

Beauty iQ will be a shoppable community for beauty lovers, experts and brands to discover their own true beauty, be inspired, and share their ideas and tips whenever they want, wherever they are. It will deliver the content they crave in one place that’s accessible everywhere – via the Beauty iQ network,,, on the QVC mobile app and via social channels including Facebook and Instagram.

“QVC has always been a trailblazer, creating the world’s most engaged shopping community that offers customers the combination of media, social and retail as one,” said Mike George, QVC President and CEO.

“We have a 30-year history of discovering beauty brands and trends, and bringing new products to life by leveraging the best storytellers in the business, our experienced hosts and the innovators behind the brands. We know that an amazing shopping and entertainment experience knows no boundaries. We’ve listened to our customers and fans, and we know beauty is intrinsic to their lives. So we’re engaging with them on all the platforms they love and providing a new experience that caters to their passion for beauty.”

Beauty iQ is expected to feature more than 50 prestige beauty brands including Givenchy, IT® Cosmetics, Edward Bess, Tarte, tatcha, Becca, Peter Thomas Roth, Josie Maran, and Nest and the experts behind them. This new shopping experience will highlight how-to tutorials, tips and experiences with products ranging from color cosmetics to fragrances and skin care.

“At IT Cosmetics, we believe that every woman is beautiful, and deserves to look and feel her most beautiful,” said IT Cosmetics co-founder and CEO Jamie Kern Lima. “Our relationship with QVC has allowed us to reach women across the country with this message. This is why we are so honored and excited to be part of QVC’s new Beauty iQ! This amazing platform will allow us to further spread the IT love, and transform the way women view their own beauty.”

For QVC, the beauty category represented 17% of global sales in 2015. According to Euromonitor, the beauty industry in the U.S. generated revenues of $80 billion in 2015. Of that, $32 billion came from prestige beauty brands. Beauty iQ was inspired by QVC’s strategy to address one of the fastest growing categories in the U.S. retail industry.

Beauty is a hot category in retail in general and home shopping in particular.

‘Pioneer Woman’ Stakes Claim At QVC

October 23, 2016

Missed this because of our cataract surgery. Better late than never.

Pioneer Woman Embraces New Frontier On QVC

Ree Drummond to Launch Exclusive Cookware through Leading Video and E-commerce Retailer

WEST CHESTER, Pa., Oct. 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Country cooking comes to QVC. New York Times best-selling author, award-winning blogger and television personality Ree Drummond is scheduled to unveil new items from her Pioneer Woman cookware collection on QVC Sunday, October 23 at 10 AM (ET) during “Kitchen Unlimited with Carolyn” and at 12 PM (ET) during the “In the Kitchen with David®” broadcast, QVC’s most popular cooking show. Viewers will be able to purchase items from the Pioneer Woman collection, featuring patterns designed especially for QVC, beginning October 23 on

“Ree’s incredible transition from food blogger to best-selling author and television personality has transformed the culinary industry,” said Ken O’Brien, Senior Vice President of Merchandising at QVC. “Her passion for cooking is captivating and we are thrilled to be a part of her journey and give our viewers an opportunity to bring Ree’s cookware into their kitchen.”

The Pioneer Woman collection consists of six items and features patterns that are exclusive to QVC through December 31, 2016. With a variety of products ranging from mugs and bowl sets to cutlery and bakeware, Drummond’s colorful collection is sure to delight shoppers who are looking to add a touch of cheer to their kitchens.

“I’m thrilled to offer QVC fans a fun taste of my frontier!” said Ree Drummond. “Scrumptious food just isn’t complete without the right presentation, and this special Pioneer Woman collection, available only at QVC, has a vibrant mix-and-match sensibility that’ll bring character to every table. They’re as versatile as they are pretty, and I hope the QVC audience will love them as much as I do!”

Drummond began her career in the food industry with the launch of her exceedingly popular blog,, in 2006. Featuring mouthwatering recipes, step-by-step cooking instructions with beautiful photography and anecdotes about her family and ranch life, Drummond’s blog was quickly followed by a slew of successful cookbooks, including the New York Times best-seller The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food from My Frontier. In 2007, Drummond’s cooking show, “The Pioneer Woman,” premiered on The Food Network.

Trump TV, QVC And Fox News Channel

October 20, 2016

Reading through the coverage of Wednesday night’s presidential debate, we were surprised to see QVC’s name come up in The New York Times. And we have a bone to pick about it.

Earlier this week, it was reported that Donald Trump’s son-in-law had been talking to investors about launching a cable network. That prompted a Times story today with the headline “Was Wednesday the final presidential debate of 2016 or the opening night of the Trump News Channel?”

“If you’re tired of biased, mainstream media reporting (otherwise known as Crooked Hillary’s super PAC), tune into my Facebook Live broadcast,” Trump posted.

“That ramshackle pregame show was like state television produced by QVC, with interviews by, of and for Mr. Trump’s supporters, cable-news-like graphics and a relentless sales pitch,” The Times wrote.

That was not a QVC-like production, folks. That was a Fox News Channel show.

New Joan Rivers’ Bio Coming Next Month

October 19, 2016

We just learned that there is a new biography of QVC queen Joan Rivers about to come out.

“Last Girl Before Freeway: The Life, Loves, Losses, and Liberation of Joan Rivers” has been written by veteran journalist Leslie Bennetts.

The author, a Vanity Fair editor, will be speaking about the bio as part of the Open Book/Open Mind Conversations series at the Montclair Public Library in our New Jersey hometown. The event is Sunday, Dec. 4, at 4 p.m.

“This is to be the definitive book about Joan Rivers’ tumultuous, victorious, tragic, hilarious, and fascinating life,” according to the library.

Gloria Steinem offered a quote about Rivers for the book.

“You may think you know Joan Rivers, but I’ll bet you’ll be shocked by the revelations in Leslie Bennetts’s irresistible biography.

Before there was a women’s movement or much hope for a woman in stand-up comedy, Joan made it by ridiculing everything she craved, from beauty and respectability to fashion and power.

With unmatched energy and an ambition that made Napoleon look like Gandhi, she broke the boundaries of taste and commonsense-and widened the path for us all.”

The book is being released Nov. 15, and is being published by Little, Brown & Co.

Anyone who lives in the area and wants to attend the library event may register at

Nicki Minaj Returns To HSN With ‘Trini Girl’

October 18, 2016

Hip-hop star Nicki Minaj’s big booty will be back on HSN Thursday, when she returns to the home shopping network to debut her latest fragrance.

The singer will be appearing on “The Beauty Report” to hawk “Trini Girl,” the new perfume.

The fragrance is already being sold on

It is described as “Vivacious. Tantalizing. Exotic. Capture the captivating charm of Nicki’s proud Trinidadian heritage with this beautiful fragrance. Let its sensual cocktail of juicy fruits and creamy coconut inspire you to stay true to who are and where you come from.”

Minaj already sells a number of her fragrances, which all come in decorative bottles that depict a bust of her (no pun intended), on HSN.

One of her fragrances some time back was a TS, and her appearance caused a stir among HSN viewers who disapproved of her sexy image and performances.

QVC Selling $500,000 Of Donated Shoes For Breast Cancer Research

October 18, 2016

We’ve already blogged on this, but here is the QVC press release.

QVC Strides Towards A Cure, One Stylish Step At A Time

QVC and FFANY Collaborate for Charitable Shoe Sale to Battle Breast Cancer

WEST CHESTER, Pa., Oct. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Contribute to the cure while scoring a great deal. For the 23rd consecutive year, leading video and ecommerce retailer QVC is set to join forces with the Fashion Footwear Association of New York (FFANY) to help conquer breast cancer with its annual QVC Presents “FFANY Shoes on Sale” broadcast event, benefitting various breast cancer research and education institutions.

During the annual QVC Presents “FFANY Shoes on Sale” broadcast, scheduled to air Thursday, October 20 from 6 to 9 PM (ET), shoe aficionados will be offered a chic variety of over 180 donated shoes styles from more than 85 brands. As an added bonus, all shoes will be offered at HALF the manufacturer’s suggested retail price* with a minimum of 80 percent of the purchase price** benefitting various breast cancer research and education institutions, including:

The Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation

The Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

The Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

The University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Breast Oncology Program

The University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute

The Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

The Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine

The Margie and Robert E. Petersen Breast Cancer Research Program at the John Wayne Cancer Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center.

The success of this event is contingent upon the generous donations of so many brands. This year, four footwear companies have been designated as Special Pink Benefactors for contributing more than $500,000 worth of shoes each. Nine West Group, which boasts such brands as Nine West, Anne Klein, Bandolino and Easy Spirit; Caleres, offering items from Bzees, Dr. Scholl’s Shoes®, Lifestride, Rykä, Sam Edelman, Franco Sarto, Via Spiga, Fergie Footwear and Carlos By Carlos Santana; Camuto Group, whose donation includes styles from Vince Camuto, Louise Et Cie, Jessica Simpson, Bcbgmaxazria, Bcbgeneration, Ed By Ellen Degeneres and Lucky Brand; and Marc Fisher Footwear, featuring Guess, G By Guess, Indigo Rd., Ivanka Trump, Marc Fisher, Tommy Hilfiger and Tretorn.

Also lending support to QVC Presents “FFANY Shoes on Sale” is Zendaya, actress, singer, dancer, fashion icon and shoe lover, who serves as the spokesperson for the 2016 PSA campaign.

In addition to the broadcast event, shoe lovers can shop the Shoe of the Day, a special style unveiled each weekday from 7 to 9 AM (ET) on QVC during the month of October. Additional styles can be found in the online collection offered on beginning October 1 and continuing throughout the month. Shoes will be available beginning in October through, the QVC apps or by calling 800.345.1515, while supplies last.

*The manufacturer’s suggested retail price is based on supplier’s representation of value. No sales may have been made at this price.

**Purchase price excludes shipping, handling and tax.

Get Carol Burnett’s Sequined Jacket On QVC

October 18, 2016

Want to have the same sequined jacket that comedian Carol Burnett is wearing on the cover of her new book? You can buy it at QVC.

Famed fashion designer Bob Mackie said last night on-air that Burnett is sporting one of his QVC creations on the book-jacket photo for “In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox.”

When Burnett was doing her hilarious hit comedy show, Mackie designed the costumes for her skits, we believe. This apparently included the famed drapes-snd-curtain-rod outfit for her “Gone With The Wind” takeoff, where she portrayed Scarlett O’Hara.

The “long-sleeve jewel neckline sequin jacket” sells for $73 on and has an animal-print look.$uslarge$

Burnett is rocking it in teal, but it also comes in charcoal, olive, purple and bronze.

Here’s its description:

The stalk of the town. Style takes a turn for the fabulously feral in this jungle-inspired jacket from Bob Mackie. The already alluring animal print is adorned with shimmering sequins and complemented by an open front and elegant jewel neckline. The result is a look that will have admirers tracking your every move. From Bob Mackie. Features: sequined, animal print, long sleeves, open front, jewel neckline, hook-and-eye closure.

At HSN’s $160 Price, Our Bling Will Stay Dirty

October 17, 2016

We daresay that there are few more rabid jewelry lovers than us and our mom.

That said, we would never pay $160 for a fancy jewelry cleaner, which is what HSN is charging for its Today’s Special this Monday.

Oh sorry, it is officially a “3-in-1 Jewelry Cleaner and Sanitizer.”

Here’s the pitch from HSN:

Now is your time to sparkle, shimmer and shine. Bring home this versatile cleaning solution for on-demand, professional-grade cleaning of jewelry, glasses, watch bands and more.

Use the power of ultrasonic waves and steam to remove dirt and oil from your lovely pieces. The UV light not only dries and sanitizes your jewelry, it’s also a great choice to sanitize items that should not be exposed to liquid or steam. You shine everyday; your jewelry should, too.

Steam, great.

Ultrasonic waves, great.

UV light, great.

Price at $160? Not so great.

We guess we’re going to be walking around with dirty baubles.

Are we nuts or is this device a pretty pricey proposition?