Monday, November 28, 2011


David Venable

words/images Judith Ecochard

Truth be told-we had never watched a QVC anything---though we know people who have been on this mega-shopping information channel-and know the super strict vetting process that everything on that on air/on line retailer goes through. As in top quality for everything for sale- that keeps the customers happy-what you see is what you get.

AND for us -that was impressive.

Now-we are beyond impressed with one of QVC's affable host's-David Venable-a guy who know his merchandise and understands his viewers' lifestyles to perfection...via extensive dialogues with viewers, and an active social media outreach effort.

Kitchen Aid Appliances in a rainbow's worth of colors

AND we know this...because we had the good fortune to attend a media invite of all things "COOKING IN THE KITCHEN WITH DAVID®," including generous samples of super tasty bites that we couldn't have enough of, sips of a lovely Chardonnay-and nice chats with the knowledgeable QVC staff-all who had the friendly folksy manners of those working in a laid back Pennsylvania locale vs an intense NYC.

AND we figure that might be one of the reasons this segment- that airs on Wednesday's and Sunday's so popular.

Red-"most popular"

Plus -the show serves as a how-to platform for the top of the line/and-or exclusive/and-or value priced appliances/tools/kitchen essentials.

Top sellers and entire coordinated collections by popular guest hosts (and Food Network stars), Rachel Ray and Paula Dean were displayed along with iconic makers Kitchen Aid---and some newer brightly toned gadget lines for us -like Switzerland's Kuhn Rikon.

On a list...idiot proof to use.

Cook's Essential's Mini Doughnut Factory

Kuhn Rikon-Side-Wind Auto Attach Safety Lidlifter

push the button on top-lifts the lid-no sharp edges

SMART!...easy to use too.

5-in-1 Jar Opener

No more crumbling messes-pie server

Salads in a snap

great for cole slaw prep too

slice thin----


We had a nice chat with David Venable-and wanted to know what is a best seller when it comes to urban customers----"Storage"...

Containers, bowls, beautiful ceramics and lockable lids---oven to table serving pieces too!

Rachel Ray

Temp-Tations- designs brighten any dining table

Paula Dean-cookware and serving pieces
Rachel Ray

Rachel Ray

We could have eaten this entire dish by ourselves. Couscous with sugar snap peas and mint-recipe available on QVC-David Venable's 

A kitchen we coveted...our host with a guest chef  conjuring up DV's recipes-

kept attendees very happy with tasty eats!

We think anything airing on this segment would make a treasured gift---and self-giving---why not! Inspiration to whip up some holiday menus---found here.
Grilled cheese snacks-served right

Sunday, November 27, 2011


words/images Judith Ecochard

14 West 57th Street, NYC

Steps-off the holiday traffic clogged Fifth Avenue- is a calm fanciful oasis of Victorian charm, bundled up in a boutique displaying tastefully indulgent, hand crafted decor, lighting, table top and furniture wares -the likes of which are simply transporting to another era.

Chock full of the practical/whimsical---or both---- items for every room in the home, Mackenzie-Childs'  welcoming boutique in Manhattan-certainly got us in the Tis' The Season mood as soon as we walked in...

Friday, November 25, 2011


Outdoor Retailer, SLC

words/images Judith Ecochard

NAU is a  hip modern apparel/accessories label, made for active types who might just hike a few miles or cycle to work at some fab cool company.

Unlike most brands we see at the OR tradeshow-who make performance wear that could be worn off the trail...but aren't particularly modern-NAU truly is a fashion brand in our opinion...and the best kind- as the fabrics are mostly made of recycled/sustainable materials, the details/cuts are thoughtful- so as to give the piece an edge and to flatter ---and every piece boasts of functional elements- and good the hipster mode.

We have a jacket of theirs that we live in---to wear around the city and go hiking in on weekends---PLUS-we have received many compliments on it-the Shroud of Purrin- from our fashionista pals and our outdoorsy friends who wouldn't know Prada from Prana.


Men's -modern pieces-so handsome!

Courier Wind Short-seam sealed with 4 way stretch, button up collar for neck coverage---snap pocket cuffs, left zip pocket w/snap flap

laser cut underarm vents---

Dose jacket-lightweight, breathable and waterproof.with side stretch panels...waterproof zip flap, seam sealed
great athletic fit

adjustable hood fits helmet, back zip pocket plus 2 front, one chest pocket, drawcord hem, chest vents 

zip cuffs+snaps

high collar-zip off hood with one way drawcord

Succinct Tranch-2 zip front pockets, internal pockets, and a back zip with a stowable reflective tape
one way draw cord adjsuts hood.

2 way DWR-zip with wind flap

back zip pocket-w/reflective tape

Lightbean Jacket-internal bound seams, offset revverse coil DWR front zip w/wind flap

lots of zip pockets

hood with 1 way drawcord zips into collar

Gust Jacket
Zip cuffs w/snap flap

Double weave softshell DWR

VIVE BLAZER-souble weave softshell-DWR finish-lined sleeves and torso-tab on collar closes collar neck coverage

Lined-recycled taffeta!!!!-with internal pockets-1 drop-in

button sleeve cuff

Riding jacket-lined sleeves and torso, collar flips up for neck protection, center back vent and tailored fit-bike to work and arrive collected

zip pocket under flap-clean

button sleeve packets....

AYRE T-shirts and polos-breathable fabrication

a side hidden zip pocket

M1-S/S Crew+ Polo-micron merino wool-flat seam construction-crew, -self fabric collar and stand,  shoulder yoke detail

polo-five button placket-ypke+sleeve detail, raw seam edge detail

M2 Hoody-merino wool

Jaunt Shirt-left chest pocket, right chest utility placket-

Site Line S/S Shirt-7 button front, 2 chest drop-in pockets, left stash pocket

Genus Polo Stripe

Basis T-Short, crew neck-bound neck and shoulder seam

EBB and PENTACLE shorts for men---organic cotton twill and 2% spandex for comfort, regular and slim cuts with zip fly button waist, front hand pockets and right coin pockets, needle top stitching details.

Poeple's Chino-Reguar fit-zip fly button waist, four pockets in a..-flat front chino-nice stretch.


Lightbeam jacket-a DWR front zip with wind flap, exterior and internal pockets, drawcord hem, elastic cuffs, hood with one way drawcord stows into collar...

Wafer Pulover-DWR-seam seaed, waterproof front zip with wind flap, 2 way adjustable helmut size hood, drawcord hem-athletic trim fit-aero for bike rides

Love ths Succinct Trench for women-seam sealed, DWR, half lining, snap covered 2-way DBR front zip with wind flap, adjustable snap cuffs and waist, lined sleeves and torso

longer back hem....great for bike riders

M2 Hoody-merino wool, thumb holes great fit

Check Me Out Shirt-roll-up button sleeves-with button tabs, slight A-silhouette, relaxed fit

Sutra Top-organic cotton/silk blend-nice darts at front and back

SUTRA TANK-nice gathered front + back yoke, organic cotton/silk

Ribellyun -with flattering dolman sleeves-nice left drop in pocket

Ribellyun cotton tencel blend top-nice pleats

Flaxibe Shorts-zip front fly with button waist-side hem roll-up tabs...cute

GREAT-Chrysalis Dress-design eemnts like drawcord hood that converts to a shawl collar, shaped cuff with self  fabric binding, adjustable toe waist, removable sleeves02 front drop in pockets...recyclable too

without the sleeves below----

Variant Dress-nice back pleat

Double Back Tank-internal shelf bra-shaped hem,

Stylus Strappy Tank-adjustable shoulder straps, internal shelf bra