Posts Tagged ‘Jennifer Lopez’

Jennifer Lopez, Fresh Off ‘American Idol,’ Is Coming to HSN July 2

May 27, 2011

Jennifer Lopez, who we enjoyed on “American Idol,” will be on HSN July 2 to debut her new perfume. That’s quite a catch for the No. 2 home shopping network.

HSN host Colleen Lopez — no relation to the diva — posted this on Facebook today.

“Can’t even tell you how excited we are about this!” Colleen wrote. “Jennifer Lopez is coming to HSN on July 2nd!! One of my all time favorite’s – Can’t wait to meet her and introduce her to all of you! PS – Be sure to enter HSN’s sweepstakes to win a trip for two to FL to meet Jennifer in person!”

HSN is running a Love and Light Sweepstakes that gives you a chance to meet Jennifer while she’s on HSN.

“Share with your friends, and get additional entries to increase your chance of winning! ENTER NOW: http://on.fb.me/meet-jennifer-lopez-hsn,” HSN said.

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HSN Jewelry Designer Carol Brodie Tells Us About Her First Anniversary Show, And What Happens When J-Lo And Hilary Swank Want The Same Pieces

June 10, 2010

Carol's bangle with rose cut diamonds

We got to meet HSN jeweler designer Carol Brodie Wednesday as she presented the press with a preview of the pieces she has coming up June 19. And we liked what we saw.

In the morning we trucked into Manhattan and the offiices of Brodie’s PR firm, which is located one block away from our former employer on Park Avenue South. First of all, Brodie is a striking, statuesque blonde. She was wearing white lace pants, a navy blue jacket and a white ruffled blouse, and had piled on layers of her jewelry.

We were never a fan of the evil eye pendants, but we sure liked the bright blue sapphire and white sapphire one that Brodie was wearing. It’s a “Show Stopper,” as they would say on HSN, and will sell for more than $500. Brodie said that she looked at about 40 evil eyes in Greece to get the designs for her pieces.

This is the first anniversary of Brodie’s Rarities line, which is fine jewelry with chunky gemstones, including diamonds, set in 10 carat gold, sterling silver and wood. It ranges from vintage-look pieces to ethnis looks to contemporary.

During the preview, she talked about her career at the prestigious Harry Winston jewelry house, her styling for celebrities, and her HSN collection. We learned, for example, that Brodie coined the term “stiletto earrings” a few years back when she was doing styling for Sarah Jessica Parker.

Michelle Trachtenberg's favorite Rarities piece

“I launched this line (Rarities) was I was 46 years old a year ago, after having a very long career, a lot a lot of ups, and definitly a few downs,” Brodie said. It’s now one of HSN’s Top 10-selling jewelry brands.

It’s obvious that Brodie is passionate about jewelry, and she said that she enjoys the relationship she’s built with HSN customers. There are about 40 HSN viewers that are Brodie’s Facebook friends, and she knows the details of their lives, lik when they are sick, when they have a wedding anniversary coming up, etc.

Brodie noted that her pieces range from about $49 to $1,400, and said that her most expensive pieces usually sell out on HSN.com and never make it to the air.

One of the pieces you'll see later this month

“They never make TV,” she said. “They go on dot.com usually 24 hours before my show, there’s this crazy frenzy and they’re gone.”

And there are never any returns on the pricier pieces, according to Brodie.

Brodie has styled a huge batch of celebs, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Halle Berry, Queen Latifiah, Catherine Zeta Jones, Kate Hudson, Jennficer Lopez, Sarah Jessica Parker and Hilary Swank. She told an anecdote about Swank and Lopez both wanting several of the same jewelry pieces to go the Oscar’s one year. After some last-minute finagling, the issue was solved and both ladies got what they wanted.

“Starting my own line was nothing compared to those experiences,” Brodie told us bloggers and reporters.

The stars that are fans of Brodie’s HSN collection include Rarities Michelle Trachtenberg, Tinsley Mortimer, Cynthia Bush, Katharine McPhee, Teri Hatcher and Elizabeth Rhom.

“We’ve had some amazing celebrities come up and fall in love with Rarities,” Brodie said.

Trachtenberg is partial to an Art Deco-style diamond ring. We saw it in person yesterday, and it was stunning.

Kim Kardashian Pushes Her Tush On QVC: Is Her Voluptuous Butt A Plus Or A Minus?

March 13, 2010

Kim Kardashian

Is reality TV star Kim Kardashian the right person to be doing workout videos, especially about getting your butt in shape?

We guess that depends on where you stand on big booty.

Kardashian was on QVC Saturday morning hawking her new DVD set, “Fit In Your Jeans By Friday,” for $25.

The DVDs include “butt blasting” exercises, and Kardashian demonstrated the “tush push” on air.

Host Shawn Killinger, her usual tactful self, put Kardashian on the spot right away on the segment.

“You are known for one of your most famous assets,” Killinger said, making quote marks in the air when she said “assets.”

Well, she wasn’t talking about Kardashian’s eyes. Killinger then made Kardashian stand sideways, so viewers could get a good look at her figure.

Kardashian, rather like Jennifer Lopez, is known for her shapely behind. Here’s the difference between women and men: Some women — like us — look at Kardashian and think her behind is too big, men look at her and, well, you figure it out.

Believe me, we’re not saying that Kardashian isn’t gorgeous. And we agree with her about women’s bodies.

“I love my curves,” she told QVC viewers. “I love curvy. I love voluptuous.”

Kardashian draws a negative response on QVC’s online forums, but we think she comes across as down to earth and friendly on QVC — better than her persona on E! Entertainment Television’s “Keeping Up With The Kardashians.”

Finally, while we’re on the topic, please remember our dating rule: Never go out with a man whose butt is smaller than yours.

Upscale Jewelry Designer Carol Brodie Sourced Jennifer Lopez’s Pink Diamond For Ben Affleck, And Mentioned Our Blog On HSN

January 29, 2010

Brodie's HSN amethyst ring, not the pink diamond

Harry Winston jewelry house veteran Carol Brodie was on HSN Thursday night with her Rarities line, and we heard a tidbit we didn’t know about her.

Brodie was the jewelry person who sourced the famous — or infamous — pink diamond that Ben Affleck gave Jennifer Lopez during their ill-fated romance, according to host Connie Craig-Carroll. She didn’t name names, we knew what celebrities she was talking about.

Brodie referred to the Lopez pink diamond engagement ring as “the ring that helped put me on the map.”

The topic came up when Craig-Carroll and Brodie were talking about a 4.3 carat Rose de France amethyst ring, with micropave diamonds, whose color was very similar to a pink diamond. It was $100 on HSN.

Brodie said the amethyst in her HSN ring was “cut like a fine diamond,” and that “I took a personal loss on this” by selling it at the $100 price point on HSN.

The pendant that prompted the poop headline

Brodie then made mention of a blog we did about one of her appearances a few months back. She was talking about a tusk pendant on that show, and described an African safari she’d been on. Brodie joked that she never saw an elephant, but did see mounds of steaming elephant dung.

Last night, Brodie was selling the same tusk pendant, and told viewers that a blog — namely us — had talked about her giving the “poop” about elephants during that prior appearance. Guilty as charged. We put “poop” in that headline.

And feel free to mention our blog name, Homeshoppingista, on your next appearance Carol!

Jennifer Lopez’s Makeup Man And One-Time QVC Vendor, Scott Barnes, Is Profiled In New York Post

January 16, 2010

Makeup artist and one-time QVC vendor Scott Barnes, who gave Jennifer Lopez her signature sun-kissed look, is the subject of a full-page profile in the New York Post Saturday.

The story, which has a lot of neat photos of the Puerto Rican princess, is headlined “The Glow Down: The Man Who Created J. Lo’s Look Dishes On His (And Her!) Secrets.”

At one time Barnes was actively selling a makeup line on QVC, doing many appearances to promote it. He’s known for his Body Bling, a self-tanner and shimmer.

We haven’t seen Barnes on QVC recently, but some of his beauty products are still being sold on QVC.com. His Smoky Topaz lip slick got a five-star rating.

HSN Adds Some Flava: Rapper-Entrepreneur Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs Premieres His Fragrances On The Home Shopping Network

December 1, 2009

Sean “Diddy” Combs made his debut on HSN Monday, as did his fragrance line.

His motto seemed to be that he likes his grandfather, but he doesn’t want to smell like him. Hence the fragrances (but we hope grandpa wasn’t watching).

Combs’ products were such a hit during his first show at 11 p.m. that they all sold out. So HSN had to cancel his second scheduled show at 1 a.m., since there was no merchandise left to sell.

For Combs’ debut HSN CEO Mindy Grossman opened the company wallet and had a new set built, which looked like a sophisticated penthouse, and even had the Manhattan skyline in the background. Puff Daddy was laid back and modest, rather charming for a mogul with a multi-million dollar empire in music, fashion, TV, movies and fragrances.

“It’s a great way to reach people all over the world…I made it on HSN mom,” Combs said during his home shopping debut, where he fielded many calls from overwrought fans. “I’m blessed to be here.”

More than any of the other shopping networks, HSN has courted the African-American market, by bringing vendors in such as the hair-care line Carol’s Daughter, David Bowie’s wife Iman, and now Combs.

Talking about his award-winning men’s fragrance, I Am King, Combs said, “This is not a celebrity fragrance.”

The rapper said he helped design the cologne, in partnership with Estee Lauder. It has won the FiFi Award, which Combs called “the Oscars” of the perfume industry.

“I have a very sensitive nose,” said Combs, who described I Am King as being “a clean scent.”

He said, “I don’t like things that are overbearing.”

The name I Am King was not a boast, according to Combs, but a positive affirmation for everyone.

“I was talking about the king in all of us,” Combs said. “If we as men act as kings, we will respect our women as queens.”

Those are great sentiments, but we can’t help but note that Combs has a somewhat checkered past, which includes an arrest on a weapons charge — when he was with his then-girlfriend Jennifer Lopez — following a nightclub shooting in Manhattan. Scorpios like Combs often have a dark side.

We remember tabloid stories about an upset Lopez being dragged down to the police station with Combs the night he was arrested. Doesn’t sound very queenly. Well, that was almost 10 years ago. Leopards can change their spots.

Host Callie Northagen did the show. She seems to be HSN’s ace for interviewing high-profile talent, including Madonna and singer Natalie Cole.

HSN was also selling the men’s and women’s fragrance lines Sean John Unforgivable. The kits and gift sets ranged in price from $57 to $78. There was also a fleece robe for $60.

Combs has a vast empire, and even produced and was a judge for the MTV show “Making the Band.”

He also claimed he was a fan of the No. 2 home shopping channel.

“Sometimes when you watch HSN, you get stuck there for hours,” Combs said.

We know what you mean, Diddy.