Posts Tagged ‘Martha Stewart’

Martha Stewart Serves Up $100 Turkey On QVC

October 31, 2017

QVC originally stood for Quality, Value and Convenience. As for “quality,” not so much these days.

We loved, and agreed with the reaction, to a recent TSV that QVC offered from domestic diva (and Nutley, N.J., native) Martha Stewart. What a bargain, just $99.95 for a 4.25-pound turkey, herb butter and two two-pound size dishes.

Are you kidding us? What are those buyers smoking over at QVC? And as some customers posted on Facebook, is Martha smoking weed with her co-host, Snoop Dog?

Here is the description of this pricey, golden bird:

Have you ever dreamed of having your Thanksgiving meal prepared by Martha Stewart? This ready-to-cook holiday feast makes your culinary dreams a reality. From the juicy, succulent turkey breast with rich herb butter for topping, to the heaping helpings of delectable side dishes, it has everything you need to make next family dinner as easy—and as unforgettably delicious—as possible. From Martha Stewart.

• Includes 4.25-lb turkey breast, 2.4-oz herb compound butter, and two 2-lb side dishes

• Mashed Potatoes: made with peeled russet potatoes, whole milk, cream cheese, real butter, and heavy cream

• Mac & Cheese: made with sharp white cheddar, gruyere, fontina, and Parmigiano cheese, butter, milk, and cayenne pepper; blended with elbow macaroni noodles; topped with melted butter, panko bread crumbs, gruyere, sharp white cheddar, and Parmigiano cheeses

• Creamy Spinach Casserole: made with chopped spinach, butter, whole milk, and sour cream; topped with panko bread crumbs, butter, and gruyere cheese

• Cherry Stuffing: made with chunks of crusty white bread crumbs, blended with butter, chicken broth, chopped onions and celery, herbs, and dried cherries.

QVC also had a recent TSV — a 1-carat five-stone diamond band 14K ring by Affinity — that ranged in price from $1,000 to $1,400.

But QVC isn’t the only home shopping net that’s been approaching the stratosphere in terms of prices. Either QVC or HSN (we didn’t see, someone mentioned it on Facebook) was hawking a $200 cake.

Over at Evine, MacKenzie-Childs is offering a large rolling moose for $500. We love the moose, and the other handcrafted wares that MacKenzie-Childs has, but the prices are out of this world. How about $122 for four kitchen utensils?

Guess we have to stick to Home Goods.

Lifestyle Diva Martha Stewart Brings Clothes, Skincare To QVC

May 6, 2017

Martha Stewart

Former jailbird Martha Stewart has bounced several home shopping networks, and she is now mounting a return to QVC.

License company Sequential Brands Group Inc. this week announced that Stewart, a native of Nutley, N.J. — where we spent an unpleasant 13 years — has inked a multi-year deal to bring skincare, apparel, and food and beverage to QVC.

“Our brand has always been devoted to teaching and inspiring people to live more beautiful, more functional and more meaningful lives and our products provide solutions to do just that,” the blonde lifestyle queen said in a canned statement.

“I am thrilled to partner with QVC, which offers unique opportunities to engage directly with an even broader audience, bringing to life several new categories for the Martha brand including beauty and fashion.”

The new collaboration, which slated to debut in the second half of this year, will feature frequent appearances on QVC by Martha Stewart and a team of her experts.

“QVC at its core is about the joy of discovery and the power of relationships, and few do a better job of connecting with fans and inspiring them to embrace new ideas than Martha Stewart,” QVC President and CEO Mike George said. President and CEO.

“QVC combines the best of retail, media and social to create the most engaging shopping experience, and to collaborate with a brand such as Martha’s further emphasizes our commitment to excellence and innovation. By leveraging the power of this relationship, QVC, which is among the nation’s top mobile and eCommerce retailers, brings to our customers Martha’s passion and expertise in a special and exciting new way.”

Sequential Brands CEO Karen Murray, added “QVC’s proven differentiated retail experience plays perfectly with the strength of the Martha Stewart brand. We are excited by this opportunity as it provides the brand with a new channel of distribution and further expansion into untapped categories where we see strong sales potential.”

Stewart has hawked products on QVC and HSN, and at least one ex-QVC host says she was a nasty piece of work.

The boilerplate on Stewart doesn’t mention her incarceration:

Martha Stewart is an Emmy Award-winning television show host, entrepreneur, bestselling author of 88 books, and America’s most trusted lifestyle expert and teacher.

Millions of people rely on Martha Stewart as a source of useful “how-to” information for all aspects of everyday living – cooking, entertaining, gardening, home renovating, collecting, organizing, crafting, holidays, healthy living and pets. Currently, the Martha Stewart brand reaches approximately 100 million consumers across all media and merchandising platforms each month.

And what exactly is Sequential? Here is its boilerplate from the press release:

Sequential Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:SQBG) owns, promotes, markets, and licenses a portfolio of consumer brands in the fashion, active, and home categories, which includes the Martha Stewart media and merchandising properties.

Sequential seeks to ensure that its brands continue to thrive and grow by employing strong brand management, design and marketing teams. Sequential has licensed and intends to license its brands in a variety of consumer categories to retailers, wholesalers and distributors in the United States and around the world.

HSN Partners With UNICEF For Trick-Or-Treat Campaign

September 10, 2013

HSN and several of its sister companies — Grandin Road and Chasing Fireflies — are partnering with UNICEF this Halloween.

The home shopping network is helping to raise awareness and funds as a national sponsor for the 63rd annual Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign. The campaign started Monday night when HSN CEO Mindy Grossman appeared on-air with the head of the organization, Caryl Stern.

“We have a responsibility to protect the future of our children locally, nationally and globally,” Grossman, a U.S. Fund for UNICEF board member, said in a canned statement Monday.

UNICEF CEO Caryl Stern, HSN CEO Mindy Grossman and host Colleen Lopez sternm

UNICEF CEO Caryl Stern, HSN CEO Mindy Grossman and host Colleen Lopez sternm

“I am passionate about the tremendous impact that Caryl Stern and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF are having on the lives of children and families all over the world,” Grossman said. “At HSNi, we strive to cultivate a culture of generosity. Our people are not only creative and passionate about what they do, but also about giving back and we are honored to be partnering with UNICEF for their 63rd annual Trick-or-Treat campaign.”

Special Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF online stores have been established on, and where consumers can purchase all of their Halloween essentials and decorating accessories for any fall entertaining occasion.

When customers purchase items found in one of the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF stores, HSNi will donate a minimum of 10 percent of the purchase price to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.

Halloween-themed products featured in the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF store include: special crafting items from Martha Stewart; beautiful table top products from Colin Cowie; an “I Put a Spell On You” mini-nail lacquer set from Deborah Lippmann; a collection of Halloween-themed jewelry by designer Heidi Daus; and a specially-designed Halloween tote by renowned interior designer Vern Yip.

Chasing Fireflies and Grandin Road will also offer exclusive Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF bags and t-shirts to benefit the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, in addition to their traditional array of Halloween costumes for adults and kids and unique specialty decor.’s Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF store will not only feature an impressive assortment of Halloween-themed products, but also compelling videos with additional insight into how UNICEF helps children help other children.

To kick off the partnership, the retailer will host an HSN Cares Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF Primetime Special live (which is on right now) across HSN’s multiple platforms including HSN, and via HSN Mobile on Monday, Sept. 9 at 10 p.m. to showcase the tremendous work that UNICEF does on behalf of children worldwide and encourage HSN’s millions of viewers to donate.

“Mindy and HSNi are such wonderful partners, and their dedication to the world’s children has just blown me away,” Stern said in a canned statement. “I know that together, HSNi and UNICEF can really make a difference.”

HSNi Cares will be donating funds to support UNICEF’s work for children, providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief, and more. Since 1950, when girls and boys across the nation first collected coins to aid children still affected by World War II, Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF has enabled Americans to help create a better world for kids everywhere.

For more information on HSNi and its family of lifestyle brands, visit and join the conversation @HSN, #BooCrew on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

We May Be Ignorant, A Lowlife And Disgusting, But Keep Our Mom Out Of It

August 1, 2011

We guess Steff didn’t like our posts about Martha Stewart and Melania Trump. Her comments are below.

Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot

what is wrong with you?

Jailbird Martha Stewart

you are disgusting

is this how your readership grows? by these types of headlines?

have you no shame? arent bygones, bygones?

at first it was the chef and some disparaging remark about him, Gordon Ramsey


it was Jane Fonda

then, now

its Martha Stewart

geezus woman, you are a lowlife….

your coverage belongs in the Slam magazine…..the one that never lets people

now, i will say Martha Stewart didnt start out to be one my favs, but i liked
the way she conducted herself. She, ALONG, with Jane Fonda (although in a
different way) are exemplary women who have shown leadership, compassion,
ambition and energy

i daresay, with the way you throw around labels, you lack all of the above

you’re ignorant and it shows

Here is the Melania comment:

here you go again

talking about Melania

and you digress to some disparaging remark about Donald Trump

again, stick to the facts, stick to enlightening your audience and if you can, stick to honorable comments……

remember what your mama told you…..or maybe she didnt or maybe she did and you forgot

“if you cant say something nice, then say nothing at all”

your comment about Donald Trump had nothing to do with your headlines

surely, your journalism instructor told you about writing headlines and sticking to the story

but i suspect you have no training

you are ignorant and it shows

HSN Jailbird Martha Stewart Attends HSN Vendor Arnold Scaasi’s Wedding

August 1, 2011

Fashion designer, and HSN costume jewelry maker, Arnold Scaasi didn’t get cold feet.

He married his lover of 50 years, publishing executive Parker Ladd, Tuesday at swanky Le Cirque, according to the New York Post’s Page Six.

The guests included one of Scaasi’s fellow HSN vendors, Martha Stewart, designer Tory Burch, Arlene Dahl and First Deputy Mayor Patricia E. Harris. “They were given postcards depicting the couple a half-century ago in Capri,” according to Page Six.

Stewart wasn’t the only jailbird on the guest list. Media baron Conrad Black, who heads back to federal prison in September to complete his sentence for fraud, was also in the house.

Congrats Arnold!

Did Makeup Artist Kevin Aucoin Use The Same Mascara On New HSN Vendor Martha Stewart and Her Male Craft Expert For One Of His Makeover Books?

July 19, 2010

Martha Stewart’s “craft guru” Alex Perruzzi, who appeared on her HSN debut Monday, is a nice looking guy. But he was gorgeous as model Linda Evangelista.

Perruzzi was extremely close to Kevin Aucoin, who made the lad up to look exactly like the famous supermodel for one of the makeup magician’s books.

Not that there’s anything wrong with that, seriously. It’s just funny to see this young man paired with prim and proper — at least in public, and discounting her jail time — Stewart.

Martha Stewart's right-hand craft guy, Alex Perruzzi, as Linda Evangelista by Kevin Aucoin

And who would expect someone from the trendy, high-fashion world of Aucoin to be demonstrating for home shopping viewers how to make paper decorations?

Aucoin, who passed away in 2002, transformed Perruzzi to look exactly like Evangelista in his book “Face Forward.” Perruzzi is a dead ringer for Linda in the book. We wish we looked that good (we happen to know that Evangelista is a fellow Taurus, by the way).

In that same book, Aucoin made up Stewart to look like Veronica Lake. Martha looks stunning, unrecognizable, a real glamour puss. We don’t know if Stewart met Perruzzi when they were posing for Aucoin.

Martha as Veronica Lake by Kevin Aucoin

Here is a story about Aucoin’s books, which talks about Perruzzi as Evangelista.

And here’s an item about Stewart’s turn on as Veronica.

We expect that Perruzzi will be the one who spends most of his time flying down to St. Petersburg to appear on HSN in the future, not Stewart.

She has a lot on her plate, including a new programming deal with Hallmark Channel.

Martha Stewart’s HSN Debut Is A Lot Less Memorable Than Liza Minnelli’s: It’s A Good Thing

July 19, 2010

HSN promoted Martha Stewart’s debut on the home shopping network with a lot of fanfare, as it did for Liza Minnelli’s debut.

Luckily for HSN, Martha did a lot better than Liza, who was barely coherent while describing her clothing and jewelry line.

Stewart, clad in an aqua shirt, has HSN’s Today’s Special Monday, a set of paper punches at $40. Years ago Stewart was on QVC, and we saw her several times. She was rather rude and unpleasant to host Kathy Levine.

In contrast, she was very warm and charming with HSN host Callie Northagen at midnight about her crafting products. She ouynthusiastically demonstrated her punches, which have several patents pending.

“I’m having so much fun here,” Stewart told Northagen.

What you can make with the TS

Our favorite quote from fawning Northagen to Stewart: “Martha, you made the glue gun what it is today.” Honey, it ain’t a cure for cancer!

And our favorite Stewart quote: “I was just going to bedazzle my butterfly.” OK, whatever floats your boat.

We guess crafters love Stewart’s kits, which you can use to make cards, frames, package decorations, etc. Since you would more likely see us try to fly to the moon than sit down and do a homemade card, it was hard for us to be enthusiastic about Stewart’s punches, glitter and paper. It’s not our thing. But the products looked good.

We were also introduced to Alex Perruzzi, who Stewart described as “our crafty guru.” He was a pleasant enough young man. We will bet dollars to donuts that following Stewart’s premiere appearances, we’ll be seeing a lot more of Perruzzi on HSN than we will of Stewart.

As Stewart admired one of the cards made with her punches, she told Perruzzi she wanted that card for her birthday, which is coming up. We know all about that Martha: Our niece Sydney has the same birthday as you, Aug. 3.

In her second hour, Stewart talked up her Cricit Cake Martha Stewart edition, which sells for $360.

So Stewart, who is from a town we spent a miserable decade in — Nutley, N.J. — did pretty well whille we were watching.

We Promise Not To Call Her An Ex-Jailbird Again, So Can We Interview Martha Stewart About Her HSN Debut?

July 14, 2010

Martha, daughter of Nutley, has HSN given you our interview request yet?

HSN Wednesday released the details of Martha Stewart’s July 19 premiere on the home shopping network.

But we’ve got more important matters on our mind. We’re wondering what’s the status of our interview request with Stewart, who hails from a town we lived in for more than a dozen years: Nutley, N.J.

Maybe a week or so ago we got a general press advisory from HSN’s outside PR firm asking if we would like to interview Stewart. This was after we broke a story about her coming to HSN, and referred to her as “an ex-jailbird” in our headline. That was very childish of us, but it is the truth. But she had paid her debt to society.

Anyway, we put in our interview request back then. Still not a peep from HSN.

The press release Wednesday says that “the business impresario and lifestyle icon will bring her expertise to HSN during a special series of shows showcasing Martha Stewart Crafts products.”

Martha, as the press release refers to her, will also be introducing the Cricut Cake Martha Stewart Crafts Edition, a cake decorating machine that you’ll never see in out kitchen. We haven’t even put our oven on since March, which was to cook a DiGiorno frozen pizza that our cheap date didn’t even want to pay for.

Stewart’s new machine, which is co-branded with Cricut Cake and Martha Stewart Crafts brands and has Martha Stewart-designed cartridges, will launch exclusively on HSN.

“Our Martha Stewart Crafts line is so innovative, that we have decided to partner with HSN to provide consumers with a new set of tools that will forever change the way they craft and create,” the icon herself said in a canned statement. “In addition, our new Martha Stewart Crafts Edition Cricut Cake machine will enable home cooks to transform the things they bake into works of art and wonder. I look forward to July 19 when we will present our unique products on HSN.”

Stewart, who once had a line on QVC, will be joined on-air on HSN will be Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia crafting expert Alex Perruzzi, who will help demonstrate the many creative items being presented throughout the day. Key items from the Martha Stewart Crafts line include the Martha Stewart Crafts Punch and Stamp Kit, Large Circle Cutter, a 24-pk Iridescent Glitter Kit, the Scoreboard Kit, Essential Tool Kit, Essential Glitter Kit, and the Essential Punch Kit.

Following Stewart’s debut in July, HSN will continue to offer customers valuable crafting tips and new innovations from her popular Martha Stewart Crafts line throughout the fall.

“We are thrilled to develop a long-term partnership with a lifestyle icon like Martha Stewart who is an inspiration to fans everywhere,” HSN CEO Mindy Grossman said in her canned statement. “We are confident Martha’s innovative products will resonate with a growing number of HSN customers who look to us as a crafting destination.”

Nutley, N.J.-Bred Style Maven Martha Stewart Will Be Offering Her Glitter Kits On HSN, Among Other Thing

July 9, 2010

Martha Stewart's coming to HSN this month

As we told you already, Martha Stewart will debut on HSN July 19. On Thursday the home shopping network released a few details about her debut.

Here is what HSN is telling the press about Stewart, who is from Nutley, N.J., a town we lived in for more than a dozen years:

Business impresario and lifestyle icon Martha Stewart will make her debut on HSN on July 19 during a special series of live shows introducing her popular Martha Stewart Crafts collection. Starting at 12:01 A.M. (EST) and continuing throughout the day, Ms. Stewart will offer valuable tips and demonstrations to HSN’s customers with the assistance of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia crafting expert Alex Perruzzi as part of the interactive multi-channel retailer’s month-long 33rd birthday celebration.

Some of the merchandise that will be featured include the Martha Stewart Punch and Stamp Kit; Large Circle Cutter; a 24-pk Iridescent Glitter Kit; the Scoreboard Kit; the Essential Took Kit, Essential Glitter Kit, and the Essential Punch Kit.

Additional items will also be available in exclusive configurations or at introductory prices at

Stewart’s show times are midnight, which means she will have HSN’s Today’s Special, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., and 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Forget ‘The Situation’: In The Wake Of Reality Hits Like ‘Jersey Shore,’ Oxygen Has A Special On Real New Jersey-Bred Celebrities

July 8, 2010

Oxygen is doing a special on celebs that really are from New Jersey, not the upstarts of Jersey Shore

Jersey is hot.

No, we’re not talking about the thermometer hitting 105 degrees in Newark this week.

We’re talking about the much-hyped flood of reality shows set in the state, namely “Jersey Shore,” “Jerseylicious,” “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” and “Jersey Couture.”

Jersey girl and Jersey defender that we are, we’ve often noted that the much-maligned Garden State was/is the home of talented folks. We’re not talking about The Situation. And, no offense, we’re not talking about Tracy and Olivia on “Jerseylicious.”

We’re talking about talent like Jack Nicholson and Martha Stewart, people beyond famous native sons like Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi.

Well, Oxygen announced Thursday that it was doing a special on exactly that topic. It’s called “25IEST: Jersey Celebs” and will air July 20, after the finale of “Jersey Couture.”

The list from our editor of Hollywood’s Jersey-born A list includes Tom Cruise, Bruce Willis, Danny DeVito,
Susan Sarandon, Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep, Kirsten Dunst, James Gandolfini, Ed Harris, Queen Latifah, Ray Liotta, Jay Mohr,
Joe Pesci, John Travolta, Christina Ricci, Whitney Houston, Piper Perabo and Brooke Shields.

Here is the Oxygen press release. Jersey haters, read it and weep.




One Hour Special Featuring Ann Hathaway, Wendy Williams and Martha Stewart Follows Season Finale of Original Series “Jersey Couture” at 10pm ET/PT

New York, NY – July 8, 2010 – Oxygen counts down Jersey’s Top 25 celebrities who were either born in, raised in, or have lived in the hottest of states when Oxygen’s “25iest: Jersey Celebs” premieres on Tuesday, July 20 at 11pm ET/PT. The one-hour special follows the season finale of original series of “Jersey Couture,” featuring the Scalis (New Jersey’s “First Family of Fashion”).

Viewers will be surprised when the special reveals which celebs embody the classic Jersey attributes of brashness and bling, and which go against the stereotype. From typical Jerseyites like Wendy Williams and Bruce Springsteen to surprise Jerseyites like Martha Stewart and Anne Hathaway, “25iest: Jersey Celebs” will have you rethinking what’s great about the Garden State.

“Oxygen’s 25iest” is a series of fast-paced pop-culture filled countdown specials of today’s hottest people and trends. Whether it’s the “25iest Bad Girls Gone Good,” the “25iest Celeb-U-Tots,” or the “25iest Hollywood’s Most Outrageous Celebrity Gifts,” Oxygen lists the favorites with added trivia and gossip.

At least Tracy and Olivia, of the hit Jerseylicious, are really from Jersey

And during the season finale of “Jersey Couture,” Chrissy, Kim and Diane realize that they have different visions for the future of Diane and Co. And Chrissy is forced to contemplate her place in the business.

“Oxygen’s 25iest: Jersey Celebs” is executive produced by Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato and Tom Campbell of World of Wonder Productions and Gabriel Rotello served as co-executive producer from World of Wonder.

“Jersey Couture” is produced by Magilla Entertainment with Brian Flanagan and Matthew Ostrom serving as executive producers. Laura Palumbo Johnson and Jacqueline Cardillo Garofano are co-executive producers.