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Lisa Hoffman chats about her passions - skincare & husband Dustin

Last Friday marked the launch of the Lisa Hoffman Skincare line here at The Shopping Channel. Lots of excitement as we all got to meet Lisa and hear about the world’s spas she’s had the opportunity to experience while travelling with her husband, actor Dustin Hoffman.

Lisa Hoffman Spa Facial 4 Piece Collection

While in Canada, she chatted with 680 News Showbiz Editor Gloria Martin. The two ladies talked about the inspiration behind Lisa’s line of products, her commitment to top-quality natural ingredients and how she married highly affective products with simple, easy-to-follow steps. Speaking of marriage, Lisa also dished a bit on her secret to a successful Hollywood relationship (her and Dustin have been married for 28 years and have 6 children).

Lisa and Dustin Hoffman

You can listen to the complete interview on

Shop the complete line of Lisa Hoffman on - we’re the exclusive retailer of this line in Canada! 

The Shopping Channel and Women of Influence: Sylvie Poirier

The Shopping Channel is proud to be a national sponsor of the Women of Influence luncheon series. 

Since 1994, the Women of Influence Luncheon Series has shared the challenges, dreams and accomplishments of high profile women in business, government, sciences and the arts. These highly regarded speakers provide proven advice and inspiration in an environment conducive for women to network, entertain learn and grow.

The fall season kicks off October 3 in Montreal with Sylvie Poirier, Editor-in-Chief, Vita Magazine.  For more information, check out the video below or visit The Shopping Channel’s Women of Influence page.


Build an easy-to-wear wardrobe for chic final looks

Hi everyone,

For my first blog I thought I would talk to you about my philosophy on fashion. For me, I think fashion should be easy - and that you should have fun getting dressed.

My suggestion is to start with a clean slate: simple black pants or a great, feminine pencil skirt and a little black top. And then build on that with a fantastic jacket and accessories that adds colour, texture and your own sense of style.

I’ve worked with The Shopping Channel to develop some easy steps to building a chic, versatile wardrobe. Introduce 6 easy-to-wear pieces into your wardrobe and you can achieve multiple looks, from a retro day-time look to a modern evening look. 

Visit The Shopping Channel to find out how.

Remember, create looks that suit your lifestyle and always have fun with fashion.

Guillaume Poupart

Handbag trends to take you into Fall

The weather has finally started to change in New York and there’s no time like fall to buy a new handbag! We’re excited about all of the new fashions, we want to update our looks and - more than ever - we want to do it in a cost effective way. And nothing does it better than adding a stylish, affordable and fabulous new Maxx New York handbag to your fall wardrobe. It’s the perfect way to instantly bring you into the new season!

This fall we’re seeing textured patent along with beautiful jewel tone colors and I couldn’t be more excited about all of the great bags we have for you this visit. Here’s what we have in store for our show today:

Key Fabrics:
Croco Embossed Patent
Quilted Drillac/Coated Twill

Maxx New York

Key Shapes:

Key Colours:

Maxx New York

Speaking of colour… when I think about fall, my clothes usually consist of darker more somber colors and I think a handbags is the perfect way to inject some much needed color and vibrancy into your outfit. So going into the next season, be daring and go for bold, rich colors to brighten up those dreary, gray winter days!!!

Would love to hear about what you love in a handbag!

Maxx New York Lilliana Vazquez

Lilliana Vazquez
Style Coordiantor

The Shopping Channel and Women of Influence: Nancy Croitoru

The Shopping Channel is proud to be a national sponsor of the Women of Influence luncheon series. 

Since 1994, the Women of Influence Luncheon Series has shared the challenges, dreams and accomplishments of high profile women in business, government, sciences and the arts. These highly regarded speakers provide proven advice and inspiration in an environment conducive for women to network, entertain learn and grow.

The fall season kicks off September 26 in Ottawa with Nancy Croitoru, President & C.E.O., Food & Consumer Products of Canada.  For more information, check out the video below or visit The Shopping Channel’s Women of Influence page.


Lisa Hoffman Skincare - available exclusively in Canada at The Shopping Channel

I like to think that each of our lives is our very own work of art. And, like every great artist, we are all looking for the simplest means to create and express beauty. That is why every product in the Lisa Hoffman line is designed not only to yield the most exceptional results, but also to make the process as simple as possible. - Lisa Hoffman

Lisa Hoffman

Available exclusively in Canada at The Shopping Channel, Lisa Hoffman skincare includes some of the most advance scientific formulations but are extremely easy to establish into a regular regimen. From cleanser & toner to anti-aging serum to a luxurious clay mask, the Lisa Hoffman line offers complete start-to-finish skin care.  

Lisa Hoffman Skincare

And, yes. The Hoffman in Lisa Hoffman comes from American actor Dustin Hoffman, Lisa’s husband. Married in 1980, they have raised 6 children together. Currently, they divide their time between Los Angeles, New York, and London. Before launching her skincare collection in 2007, Lisa was a practicing attorney and has a juris doctorate degree in law.

Lisa and Dustin Hoffman

Lisa and Dustin Hoffman

 Watch Lisa Hoffman live on The Shopping Channel on Thursday September 25 when she will debut her skincare collection. For show times, check our Program Guide. Shop the Lisa Hoffman Skincare collection online now.

Make-up no-no from Bare Escentuals’ Bravon Pascua

All the make-up artists who appear on The Shopping Channel have one thing in common - that one thing women tend to do that drive them crazy.

Bravon Pascua from Bare Escentuals is no different. For him, it’s that unseemly, visible line left behind when the wrong shade / wrong application of liquid foundation is used. Women, you know what he is talking about (hopefully you’re not guilty of it!)  Watch the video below to hear more from Bravon:


Classic harvest recipes from Chef Connie Willis

Category: What's hot in Home

With the weather turning cooler and the harvest season upon us, we’re all starting to think about seasonal entertaining and big family meals. Below, Chef Connie Willis shares two of her classic Thanksgiving recipes: Brine-Roasted Turkey & Hot N Spicy Cranberry Sauce.

Chef Connie Willis is guesting our Premier Performance Anniversary show today on The Shopping Channel. Limited-time pricing on all you’ll need to prep wonderful holiday meals. 

Connie Willis’ Brine-Roasted Turkey
1 (12- to 14-pound) fresh turkey
2 gallons water (32 cups)
2 C. kosher salt
2 C. packed brown sugar
2 tbsp. peppercorns, coarsely cracked
2 oranges quartered
2 lemons quartered
4 sprigs of rosemary
6 sprigs of fresh sage
2 sprigs of fresh thyme
6 garlic cloves peeled and smashed
2 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste Stuffing
1 yellow onion, cut into eighths
1 celery stalk large diced
1 carrot cut into 1-inch rondelles
2 sprigs fresh parsley
2 tablespoons vegetable oil, olive oil or butter (your choice)
2 1/4 cups turkey or chicken stock
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

The night before roasting the turkey, make the brine:
In a saucepan, combine 4 cups of water, salt and sugar, and heat over medium heat, stirring, until the salt and sugar dissolve. Remove the pan from the heat, stir in the peppercorns, set aside and let cool.
Rinse the turkey inside and out then place the turkey in a very large pot, and add the remaining 28 cups of water and the brown sugar mixture, stirring to blend, along with the oranges and lemons (squeeze them as you add), the rosemary, sage, thyme and garlic. (If your pot isn’t quite large enough, use less water and slightly less of the brown sugar mixture. If the brine doesn’t quite cover the turkey, place it breast side up to start, then turn over after a few hours, or place something with some weight on it which will hold the entire turkey under the brine)
Refrigerate for 12 to 15 hours.

Remove the turkey from the brine and rinse well under cold water. Pat dry with paper towels and let it come to room temperature — about 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 325° F

Put the turkey on the rack of a large roasting pan. Lightly season the turkey cavity with salt and pepper to taste and any other of your favorite spices to taste. stuff with the vegetable mixture into the cavity-onions, celery, carrots and parsley. Tie the legs together with twine, and then rub the whole turkey with vegetable oil, extra virgin olive oil or butter (its up to your taste buds!). Season with more salt and pepper to taste.

Place the turkey breast side down in the pan and roast, uncovered, for 1 hour. Remove from oven, turn breast side up, and baste with 3/4 cup of stock. Continue roasting until the juices run clear and a meat thermometer registers 165 degrees F in the breast, and 175 degrees F in the thick section of the thigh. (3 to 3 1/2 hours total cooking time, basting once every hour with 3/4 cup of stock).

Remove from the oven and place on a platter. Let rest for 20 minutes before carving, keep loose fit foil on top of it. Reserve the pan juices for making gravy, if desired.

Serves 8.

The Shopping Channel\'s Chef Connie Willis

Connie’s Hot N Spicy Cranberry Sauce 2 tbsp butter
2 minced jalapeño peppers (cored and seeded)
2 celery stalks, trimmed and diced
3 to 4 tablespoons brown sugar
3 cups fresh cranberries
Juice of 2 oranges (6 tbsps)

Melt butter in a saucepan. Add the jalapeno and celery; saute over medium-high heat until tender. Add brown sugar, cranberries and orange juice and bring to a boil. When you see a boil quickly reduce the heat to medium. Then cook until the berries pop! The sauce will develop and thicken, stirring constantly. This can take 5- 10 minutes.

Always taste your food! If it needs more heat minced more jalapeño peppers, if it needs more sweetness add more brown sugar and allow it to simmer a bit longer until it dissolves.
(Some people like to add crushed walnuts…if you like them too, add them!)

Serves 8.

Fantastic Dr. Rey Shapewear debut on The Shopping Channel

Wow!  Thank you Canada - what a fantastic welcome for Dr. Rey and Bruno as they brought their line of innovative and fashionable shapewear to The Shopping Channel.  Dr. Rey and Bruno sat down on Friday with Gloria Martin from 680 News in Toronto for a quick chat, have a listen to the fun and informative interview.  Available exclusively from The Shopping Channel, look for Dr. Rey and Bruno return visit to our studios in November - but you can go ahead and shop their entire assortment online now!


Dr. Rey puts on the smooth moves at CityNews

After landing in Toronto yesterday, Dr. Rey (I told you all about him in my post yesterday) stopped by the CityNews studios to talk with Consumer Specialist Report Jee-Yun Lee. She had two of Citytv’s make-up artists put Dr. Rey’s Shapewear to the test.

We’re tummies smoothed and bosoms lifted as promised? Check out Jee-Yun’s Blog to find out and to watch the complete news story.

Dr. Robert Rey & Bruno Schiavi

 Watch celeb surgeon Dr. Rey (a.k.a Dr. 90210) and top lingerie designer Bruno Schiavi live on The Shopping Channel tomorrow. For exact show times, check out our Program Guide.