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Our Check Is In The Mail To HSN Rock God Jay King

September 12, 2013

We’ve had something on our minds for several weeks now, mulling what to do.

With the advice of our two best friends, who are both talented and smart journalists, we have finally decided what course to take: We have a check in the mail to HSN vendor Jay King. In fact, it has already arrived.

In July, we wrote a blog critical of a Today’s Special from rock god King, one of our favorite HSN vendors. It pained us to write it, because we love both his jewelry and his passion for his work. And he’s a rock hound to the Nth degree, beyond even us.

Gift cuff, and our ugly hand

Gift cuff, and our ugly hand

We won’t rehash all the bloody details of the blog, which was about a five-stone cuff that came in four types of stones. The link to the blog is here, and in a nutshell we complained that the silver on the cuff was flimsy. Other HSN customers beefed that when they received their bracelets and opened the box, stones had come out of the cuff. Others said when they wore the cuff, stones fell out.

https://homeshoppingista.wordpress.com/2013/07/22/16152/

We had ordered King’s cuff in varascite, a green stone that matched a gorgeous Carico Lake turquoise and citrine pendant we bought when we were in Arizona in June.

We sent King’s cuff back to HSN, and a few weeks after posting that blog, we got a package from a woman who works for Jay that we’ve corresponded with in the past. We couldn’t remember that woman’s name at the time, but it is Stacie Chavez.

The box contained a note and a beautiful three-stone sterling bracelet with three pieces of Carico Lake turquoise, which is a stunning pistachio green.

We can’t find the note now (we think we tossed it when we cleared about three inches of papers off our desk).

The missive didn’t go into details, but it acknowledged there had been problems with the HSN TS cuff — for a variety of reasons — and that the issues that arose with the bracelet wouldn’t happen again. The bracelet that King’s folks sent us had Carico Lake turquoise from that apparently came from his personal collection.

It was a replacement for the TS cuff we had returned, a bracelet to match our pendant.

So what to do? We were touched and astounded that King and/or his company went to the trouble to make us this cuff with those beautiful Carico Lakes nuggets. It is our favorite kind of turquoise.

But as bloggers with a journalism background, we knew that accepting such a gift raises ethical issues, a potential conflict of interest — or the appearance of a conflict of interest, no matter how good the intention.

New York Post TV critic Linda Stasi, one of our favorite writers, faced the same dilemma in July after she panned Kris Jenner’s new daytime talk show. Shortly after the review was published, Kardashian sent Stasi a dozen fancy Magnolia cupcakes and a $325 sterling silver Tiffany pen.

The Carico Lake pendant we bought in Arizona

The Carico Lake pendant we bought in Arizona

http://www.nypost.com/p/entertainment/tv/kris_miss_gift_n43dm5eMQku1X9dASYxolI

A none-too-subtle Kardashian wrote Stasi a note. She told Stasi that she could use that pen to write a more positive review of her TV show the next time. Stasi called the sweets and the pen “a bribe.”

So a cynic would say that King — or his company — was trying to “bribe” us with that Carico Lake cuff, too. Would we think twice about writing a negative review of a piece of King jewelry if we kept that cuff?

Others would see King’s gesture as a genuine mea culpa, and a pretty grand one at that.

Still others would view the gift of the Carico Lake cuff as a combination of all of the above.

We didn’t know what to do until we asked our two BFFs who work/worked at major New York City newspapers for their two cents. They suggested a compromise.

It came down to this: We have sent King’s company a check for $90, the cost of the HSN TS cuff, to pay for the special one made for us. If King or his company don’t cash that check, we will send the Carico Lake cuff back to him.

We are being transparent about this, so all our readers know what we did and why.

A couple of days ago, Chavez emailed us to say she had received our note and check, and that she would be responding.

She never did, but we can tell you that the cuff will be back in the mail if our $90 check isn’t cashed soon. Head to the bank, Stacie!

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QVC Host Lisa Robertson Looks Pretty Damn Good In Person

September 8, 2011

We’re standing in the Suspenders Building in Soho at QVC’s Fashion’s Night Out Event. Our dogs are starting to bark, our Spanx have cut off our circulation and our hair is frizzy. But who cares?

We’re blogging on one of the laptops that QVC has set up. Sweet.

It’s a typical Manhattan event, with loud music and a lot of people dressed in black, us included. It’s crowded and noisy. The party started at 5 p.m., and QVC doesn’t start broadcasting live from here until 9 p.m. And we haven’t had one drop of liquor! Yet.

Lisa and The Homeshoppingista

The highlight so far has been seeing QVC host Lisa Robertson in the flesh. She’s wearing a simple cobalt blue dress with a black belt, and we love her hair tonight. She is slender and pretty. She was posing for photos upstairs, and of course we had to horn our way in.

Robertson got on our good side immediately when she complimented us on our diamond stick cross.

We quickly introduced ourselves as The Homeshoppingista, but we really have no idea if she knew who are. Then QVC took a shot of us with Robertson, and we will downdoad and post it later. That is, we’ll post it unless we look like a big whale next to her, despite our Spanx.

Being here is certainly a great incentive for us to lay off the Pizza Hut bread sticks. We guess it’s a good thing that we can’t find any food here.

There was a blonde female reporter here from the entertainment magazine show “Extra,” and we’ve been following her around. That’s because we can’t believe how thin she is.

When we came in, we caught a quick glimpse of QVC host Jane Treacy, and then we headed upstairs. QVC has a red carpet area outside, but we didn’t see anyone of note on it. Upstairs, we met QVC top honcho Mike George and briefly chatted with him. We hope our tape recorder was working.

QVC upstairs set up stations with the various makeup lines that it sells, such as Laura Geller, who has tomorrow’s TSV, and Bare Escentuals. In fact, we saw Leslie Blodgett posing for photos with party attendees. We had Bare Escentuals touch up our shiny face, and the Laura Geller rep used one of the blushes from the TSV on us.

We were dying to have the reps from T3 flatiron our hair straight, but it’s so humid that we now it would go curly as soon as we walked out the door. So why bother?

For a QVC shopper like us, this is a dream. Downstairs there are stations with samples of new products from vendors such as Joan Rivers, Heidi Klum, Michael Dawkins, Judith Ripka, Melania Trump, Rachel Zoe, Robert Lee Morris and Marc Bouwer.

There are samples of two huge, gorgeous bib necklaces on display from Joan Rivers. One has huge faux diamonds, and the other has bling and orange and black enamel flowers. Stunning.

We got a gander at Klum’s new jewelry line, but we have to say that we’re not feeling it. Sorry Heidi.

QVC To Debut New Lines From Kris Jenner, Heidi Klum At Fashion’s Night Out

September 6, 2011

QVC is once again making a big fuss for Fashion’s Night Out, which is Thursday. We plan to be there.

QVC is scheduled to broadcast live from SoHo, with “a star-studded lineup of celebrities, stylists and designers unveiling some of this season’s hottest ready-to-wear looks.” They must be referring to The Homeshoppingista.

QVC will open its doors to the public on Thursday at 6 p.m. in celebration of FNO. The crowd will include Heidi Klum, Isaac Mizrahi, Melania Trump and Kris Jenner, receive expert style tips from the likes of Lori Goldstein, Marc Bouwer, Dennis Basso and Cristina Ehrlich, and enjoy giveaways and exclusive offers.

An entire area will be dedicated to QVC beauty, offering makeup and skincare consultations as well as showcasing high-tech beauty devices from brands including Laura Geller, MAKE UP FOR EVER, T3, Dr. Gross, Tria, OleHenriksen, tarte, TEMPTU, Bare Escentuals and Clarisonic.

During the event, QVC will showcase special FNO programming with a live broadcast – “Fashion Night’s Out – Live from New York” at 9 p.m., featuring the debuts of WILDLIFE by Heidi Klum, Kris Jenner Kollection and CE by Cristina Ehrlich.
Established QVC designers including Lori Goldstein, Marc Bouwer, Amrita Singh and Melania Trump are also scheduled to present new pieces during the show.

QVC’s NY Fashion Week event continues Friday at 11 p.m. with a live broadcast from the SoHo location unveiling new designs from Dennis Basso, Camila Alves, as well as the latest collection from iconic Hollywood stylist Rachel Zoe, who has additional programming throughout the day on Saturday.

It all concludes with the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week – Live from New York broadcast on Saturday at 10 p.m.. A live runway show will feature new collections from Mizrahi, the Kardashians, Bradley Bayou and an encore appearance by Klum.

“We are thrilled to, once again, bring the excitement of Fashion’s Night Out and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week to our viewers,” QVC U.S. CEO Claire Watts said in a canned statement. “With a star-studded list of celebrities and designers as well as access to exclusive behind-the-scenes content, this is one programming event that shoppers won’t want to miss.”

MAKE UP FOR EVER, the go-to brand for beauty professionals and makeup enthusiasts around the world, will be creating the looks for both QVC’s FNO and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week broadcasts, and will offer a two-piece smoky metallic eye kit for viewers to purchase.

During all three broadcasts, QVC will once again lend its support to the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) in its fight against breast cancer by offering Vogue-designed FNO merchandise created especially for QVC. Net proceeds from the sale of these items, sold exclusively through QVC, will benefit “Fashion Targets Breast Cancer,” the charitable initiative of the CFDA Foundation Inc.

It’s all part of QVC’s 25th anniversary celebration, 25 to Watch, highlighting the most engaging moments of the 2011 programming calendar. For more information, visit http://www.qvc.com/fashionsnightout.