Posts Tagged ‘blog’

Ex-QVC Host Lisa Robertson Debuts Website

February 14, 2016

We guess we finally know know former QVC host Lisa Robertson’s grand scheme — or part of it — is after leaving the home shopping network a year ago last December.

The comely brunette had launched her own website, or as she calls it, “It’s a blog, it’s a video blog, it’s a magazine, it’s a…VLOGAZINE!”

On her home page, Robertson introduced herself:

From being in front of a camera for almost 25 years I have learned how to connect with people and how a woman can present herself well.

From working with the best make up artists and beauty experts I have learned what the possibilities are and what makes a difference. From working with numerous designers I have learned what is flattering on women and what makes a quality garment.

From creating and designing the G.I.L.I. line for the first 3 years of its existence, I have learned that success is in the details, and that it is important to do what you are passionate about.

She concluded by saying,

This page is the first step in a new journey. One that will be about the fun things, the things that make us laugh and the things that make us feel beautiful. The things that spur our imagination and make us want to realize our potential. The things that give us a momentary smile to the things that plant the seed that changes our future. From the simple to the important, I hope it is a journey we can take together.

The site includes recipes. as well as sections on beauty, wellness and fashion.

Apparently, this isn’t all that Robertson has cooking,

“I’m so excited!” she posted on Facebook. “This is the first step of our new journey. There is much more to come.”

Judge Rules HSN Vitamin Hawker Andrew Lessman Can Be Even Nastier Than Us In His Blogs About QVC

August 26, 2010

We’re late on this one folks, but it’s pretty juicy — and important to a blogger like The Homeshoppingista. QVC has lost the first round in its suit to bar HSN vitamin purveyor Andrew Lessman from blasting QVC’s vitamins and dietary supplements in his blog.

We got a tip on this Thursday from our ex-colleague Linda H. on the Left Coast, and than saw that MediaPost wrote about it earlier this week, as did Georgetown University law school professor Rebecca Tushnet on her blog.

U.S. District Court Judge Sue Robinson refused to issue a preliminary injunction and restraining order against Lessman. He may be a very charming, easy-going fellow on-air but his blogs on QVC make our snarky commens about the No. 1 home shopping network look like press releases.

For example, in January he blogged that QVC’s Nature Code brand hair, skin and nail supplement “isn’t healthy…it is just sleazy and deceptive.”

For good measure, he added, that QVC’s “lack of integrity is totally in keeping with the lack of quality of their vitamins.”

Part of Lessman's HSN line

And there’s a hell of a lot more mud-slinging along those lines. Read the good professor’s blog for more details on that. Needless to say, QVC was not happy, and filed suit in February in federal court in Delaware.

Lessman does have an ax to grind. He started his TV career selling his products on QVC in 1992, but defected to rival HSN in 1997. Here’s some dish: Lessman was in talks to return to QVC earlier this year, but they fell through. Not coincidentally, that’s when Lessman started dissing QVC in his blog.

We haven’t read the judge’s ruling, so what we know about it is from the professor and MediaPost. But Judge Robinson found that even though Lessman’s nasty blogs about QVC could be misleading, QVC never proved to the court that the comments actually confused consumers. No proof of confusion, no injunction.

But QVC can still continue with its suit against Lessman, it just can’t have an injunction at this point.

We think the court’s ruling is a good one for bloggers like us and the First Amendment, but let’s see what happens if the case makes it to trial.

QVC Host Mary Beth Roe Thanks 10,000 Viewers Who Came To Her Blog On Her Mom’s Death

April 21, 2010

QVC host Mary Beth Roe Wednesday graciously thanked viewers who had read her blog about her mother passing away recently.

Roe said that 10,000 people had read her blog, with more than 170 posting condolences and good wishes. She read every comment on that blog, tissue in hand to wipe away tears, even though it took her three hours.

Roe has a new blog posted Wedneday, a follow-up.

We felt bad last Wednesday when we saw that Roe, fresh off her mother’s death, was back on the air with a show on Mother’s Day’s gifts. And Roe blogged that it was in fact tough for her.

“It was difficult for me to choke back my emotions which were right on the edge last Wednesday morning in ‘My Time with Mary Beth’ and put a smile on my face the whole time,” she wrote.

“But knowing there were many of you who were concerned as to why I had been off the air for two weeks, I knew I needed to tell you what had happened and be right up front with you as has been my motto for over 23 years on air. I always say, ‘Tell it like it is.’ That’s the old news reporter in me, but it’s also what friends do with friends.”

Roe blogged that after that show last Wednesday, she and her husband Mark left for a three-day vacaton to celebrate their 27th wedding anniversary.

“That had been planned a long time ago, but it was God’s perfect timing once again, because we were both physically and emotionally exhausted, and it was the best thing for us,” she wrote.

“I slept a lot and literally did nothing except take the photos from my mom’s visitation and funeral and put them all into a photo album. That was therapeutic for me. It gave me some quiet time to just reflect on what had taken place, because when you are going through it, it’s a bit of a whirlwind. It was helpful to take a few steps back and kind of replay it in my mind and cry when I wanted to cry without having to stuff my emotions or attend to the kids or answer questions, etc. So that time away was incredibly helpful!”

She and her husband did go out for a special dinner for their anniversary.

We wish her all of God’s healing.

Like Michael Corleone, Home Shopping Queen Gets Pulled Back In To Blog

March 31, 2010

Before there was The Homeshoppingista, there was the Home Shopping Queen. She’s back.

Before we launched our blog in November, we searched the Internet for any other blogs covering the home shopping industry, its gossip and the business of electronic retailing.

The only one we found was the Home Shopping Queen, aka Queen Bea. It was smart, insidery and nicely written. But the Queen blogger had not posted since June, we think it was, when her grandmother passed away.

Home Shopping Queen makes comeback

But March 23, she was back in action, and has been posting ever since. She also explained her absence.

“I decided after my grandmother died to just take a break from blogging and the home shopping universe in general,” Home Shopping Queen wrote. “I stopped checking my email, never looked at the blog, and even stopped watching all the home shopping channels (gasp!) It was a sudden and clean break from everything ‘Queen Bea.'”

But the addiction to home shopping is like the Mob. As Michael Corleone says in “The Godfather: Part III,” “Just when I thought I was out… they pull me back in.”

The Homeshoppingista and the Home Shopping Queen have vastly different writing styles and approaches. We hope QVC, HSN and ShopNBC fans will check us both out each day.

QVC Honcho Dan McDermott Should Be Careful What He Asks For, As He Gets Some Blowback After Seeking Comments On The Network’s Recent Customer-Service Award

January 17, 2010

Any good lawyer knows that you must never ask a witness a question in court that you don’t already know the answer to. That’s something Dan McDermott, QVC’s SVP of customer services, should take to heart.

He wrote a blog on crowing about QVC’s recent recognition as a Top 10 retailer for customer service, ranking fifth in the NRF Foundation/American Express 2009 Customers’ Choice survey.

“On Tuesday, sitting among leaders of the nation’s top retailers, I represented QVC at the National Retail Federation’s 99th Annual Convention and EXPO in New York City,” McDermott blogged. “It was one of those ‘I LOVE my job days’!! For a 2nd year in a row, QVC has once again been recognized as a top 10 retailer for customer service…And what can I say? WE’RE THRILLED! To be ranked 5th among a group of like-minded retailers – leaders like LL Bean, Zappos,, HSN, and, Inc. – is an honor.”

But then he opened the door to trouble.

“If you shopped with us over the past year, hopefully you have experienced just how hard we work to ensure you receive a rich, engaging experience EVERY time you shop with us, across our multiple channels,” McDermott blogged. “I’m always open to hear what you think on how we make QVC your preferred destination for shopping! Tell me about it. Feel free to post a comment…”

Well, his invitation prompted a half dozen comments on his blog, and two separate threads on QVC’s forums.

One thread started “If the Q made the top 10 customer satisfaction list… can you imagine where the other top online retailers rank? QVC right up there with L L Bean? Not a chance. ( I give this post about 10 minutes.)”

On a second thread,

“I accidentally went to the Blogs page and Dan McDermott is quite proud of this fact,” one poster wrote. “QVC is up there with Amazon, L L Bean and HSN. Let the constructive criticism begin.”

On McDermott’s own blog, several posters complained about what they called QVC’s high shipping and handling fees.

“QVC has not kept pace with their industry peers in the area of shipping, that is for sure,” wrote one poster. “Each of the organizations you have listed either offer discounted shipping OR they offer to ship the order ALL IN ONE BOX. Reducing the embedded carbon footprint in online shipping should be a top priority for all of these companies, including QVC.”

Agreed another, “I would have to agree what other commentators are saying. Shipping, often equal to a significant percentage of the item price, is a real deterrent. It especially does not make sense to ask customers to pay extra shipping for the same item, if one gets more than one.”

Upscale Jewelry Designer Robert Lee Morris Shares Award News, Photo Of Wife On QVC’s Web Site

October 21, 2009

When we hear people complain that they would never buy jewelry from a home shopping network, we think about what they are missing. And one of the first things that comes to mind is Robert Lee Morris jewelry on QVC.

Morris is an award-winning couture jewelry designer who has done work for the runway and upscale designers like Donna Karan. He has a small studio in SoHo that we have visited, his base of operations.

But he does a lower-priced line of silver jewelry for QVC called RLM Studio, and he is even doing housewares for the channel in the RLM Home line.

For the curious, Morris’s most recent blog for QVC includes a photo of him and his pretty wife Susan. Morris is holding the Stars of Design Award he recently won. We know viewers, like ourselves, were curious about her, just as they remain eager to see a photo of host Rick Domeier’s wife.

Morris’s pieces look like little sculptures. He models his earrings, bracelets, pendants and rings after things he sees in nature, like waves and leaves and feathers. The jewelry is bold and smooth, distinctive and just stunning.

And while his couture work is pricey, his QVC line is in a range that us mere mortals can afford (When we’re employed. OK, we admit it, we just ordered one of his crosses when we shouldn’t have).

But best of all, Morris is a real artist, a sensitive and spiritual person. He is aligned with The Source (those are words we’d never utter in a newsroom). We love watching him talk about the inspiration for a particular piece of jewelry. He seems so centered and at peace, and he obviously loves his work.

He has won many prestigious awards. And his teacup Boston Terrier Jigs is adorable.