Posts Tagged ‘New York Times’

Melania Trump: QVC Vendor And Potential First Lady

July 21, 2016

Who’d have thunk that a QVC jewelry vendor could one day end up possibly becoming First Lady? Hello, Melania Trump!

We won’t rehash her RNC speech, the lovely white dress she wore or the flap over the plagiarism issue.

We best remember seeing Melania on QVC selling her jewelry, and we thought she came off as very sweet, smart and gorgeous — the way she did during her speech.

The New York Times ran a profile of her this week, and it talks about Melania’s family and youth in Slovenia.

The article also describes how in school Melania particularly loved art class.

“The future creator of the QVC collection ‘Melania Trump Timepieces & Jewelry’ made bracelets there (art class),” The Times wrote.

That’s a nice little plug for the No. 1 home shopping network.

How HSN Vendor Liz Lange Spends Sundays

August 4, 2015

Want to know how HSN vendors spend their time when they’re not hawking their wares on the home shopping network? Well, fashion designer Liz Lange spilled the beans on her weekends in The New York Times’ “Sunday Routine” weekly column.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/02/nyregion/sunday-at-grey-gardens-with-liz-lange-fashion-designer.html?_r=1

The 48-year-old has rented a “famed” East Hampton estate Grey Gardens this summer, and is spending long weekends there away from steamy Manhattan with her lawyer fiance, her kids and their Goldendoodle, according to The Times.

Perhaps surprisingly, Lange didn’t plug her HSN collection, but did mention her maternity line for Target.

http://www.hsn.com/shop/liz-lange/7263?query=Liz%20Lange&isSuggested=False&

“Maybe Target customers, who we call ‘guests,’ maybe they have questions,” Lange told The Times. “I love to answer them all personally.”

http://www.target.com/s?searchTerm=Liz+Lange&category=0|All|matchallpartial|all+categories&lnk=snav_sbox_Liz+Lange

The story says that Lange sold her own maternity-wear business in 2007. Guess that’s how she can afford that Hampton rental!

She says her favorite eatery is Sette Mezzo, and that on Sunday eves at 10 p.m. she binge-watches TV movies on Lifetime and Hallmark Channel. Now that’s a damning confession.

HSN Vendor And Chef Todd English Is Like Homemade Bread, Tasty And Hot, In Times’ Photo

June 7, 2011

We’re behind on our blogging, as usual, so we just around to doing this item for all you fans of celebrity chef Todd English, the womanizing seller of poltically correct pots on HSN.

The New York Times a week ago ran a profile of English, which included some hunky photos of him lifting weights. The story, headlined “The Chef in Motion,” also cited the many times that The New York Post has skewered English, ever since he allegedly left his bride at the alter and, most recently, when Boston magazine attacked the restaurateur.

Celebrity chef Todd English being interviewed

The Times said that English is the owner or consultant for 23 restaurants and two cruise ships. He has opened many successful eateries, and had a lot of flops, as well.

The profile’s jump has a timeline of English’s many ventures, and some choice quotes regarding, and from, English.

Chef Jasper White said, “There’s something about Todd that people take as arrogant, for some reason. Is it his look? But he’s not arrogant. He’s a down-to-earth sweet man.”

And The Times quoted English as saying, “Unfortunately, when things go wrong I’m the guy who takes the brunt of it…Look, it’s uncalled for. If I were molesting babies, I get it. But I’m not. I’m a guy with a dream trying to make it all happen.”

Since our WordPress is apparently screwed up forever, here is a link to the story.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/01/dining/todd-english-the-chef-in-motion.html?_r=1&ref=todayspaper

‘Jerseylicious’ Gets Big Thumbs Down From New York Times, Which Defends The Garden State

March 20, 2010

Jerseylicious

The Grey Lady has spoken: The New York Times panned “Jerseylicious” Saturday.

TV critic Neil Genzlinger accused Style Network’s “Jerseylicious” reality show, which debuts Sunday night, of trying to ride on the coattails of MTV’s “Jersey Shore” and Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New Jersey.”

And that’s the nicest thing he had to say.

He described the show as “witless” and the cast from the Gatsby Salon in Green Brook, N.J., as “vapid.”

Genzlinger also jokingly lambasted two of New Jersey’s most famous inventors, Thomas Edison and David Sarnoff, for their role in bringing electricity and color TV to America.

“They made it possible for their home turf, a perfectly decent state, to be flogged over and over again by lazy television executives working the same tired shtick,” the TV critic wrote, referring to “Jerseylicious” on Style Netweork. “Fellows as visionary as Edison and Sarnoff should have seen this coming and suppressed their innovations in the interest of protecting New Jersey’s reputation.”

And that’s not all he had to say about “Jerseylicious.” Neil, tell us what you really think!

“Virtually everyone here is loud and self-absorbed and not overly bright, qualities that were amusing for about an episode and a half of ‘Jersey Shore’ but now seem as unappetizing as the ’80s look that the Gatsby is inexplicably still peddling,” he wrote.

MTV ‘Jersey Shore’ Episode Where ‘Snooki’ Gets Punched Adds Fuel To Call For Boycott Of Show, New York Tabloids Report

December 10, 2009

MTV screen grabs from New York Post report on the punch episode

MTV’s “Jersey Shore” is back tonight, and the debate over the sleazy show continues, at least in the Big Apple media.

The New York Times, New York Daily News and New York Post all have follow-up stories Thursday on the reality show, with the latest rub being that one of the self-proclaimed “guidettes” in the cast, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, gets punched by some jerk at a bar in the Dec. 17 episode.

MTV plans to run a PSA after that installment saying that violence against women is a crime, and providing the number for the National Teen Dating Hotline, according to the News.

UNICO, an Italian American group, is calling for advertisers to boycott the show. So far, Domino’s Pizza and American Family Insurance have pulled their ads from “Jersey Shore,” the Post and Daily News reported Thursday.

The New York Times did a story on “Jersey Shore” in its “Our Towns” column. The piece quotes a guy we’d like to get in touch with, Robert Galinsky, who coaches reality-TV performers at the New York Reality TV School.

He postulates that our beloved Garden State has become “reality central” because of its diverse and feisty population, who’ve “got that chip on their shoulder because of New York,” he tells The Times.

New QVC Vendor Francois Nars Tells Allure Magazine That His Orgasm Blush Looks Good On Everybody

November 25, 2009

The December issue of Allure magazine has an interview with Francois Nars, the man who created the upscale NARS cosmetics line. We assume he is the guy that named the line’s popular blush color “Orgasm.”

In the story, the French Nars talks about his 15-year-old makeup line and how he likes to keep a low profile and not make many public appearances.

Maybe that’s why he didn’t show up for the debut of NARS on QVC recently, when host Lisa Robertson was not allowed to say “Orgasm,” the name of his blush.

Nars, who owns an island near Tahiti, talks about his mom and his side career as a photographer, shooting models for his ads.

He also told Allure that he knows every inch of Madonna’s body, from doing her makeup for her music videos. We’re not touching that one.

Allure described the NARS Orgasm blush as having “a notorious name.”

And Nars says it “looks good on practically everybody.”

By the way, we missed this Nov. 14 New York Times Q-&-A with HSN CEO Mindy Grossman. Take a peek.