On Sunday night, I came home from a fun day spent at QVC!  We have been talking about this since February, so to finally see it happen was such a joy!

A little back story: QVC worked with my publisher and they created a bundle set of Eats and Simmers to sell (so QVC buyers get Simmers two months before anyone else does!) and asked me to come on In the Kitchen with David to sell it.  Working with QVC is very different from all of the other media outlets that I’ve had the pleasure of working with these last few years. First of all, you have to graduate QVC School to even be on air.  When they first told me about QVC School, I thought it was just for us non-TV people…but I’m telling you, EVERYONE must graduate.  They told me that Larry King was in class just the other day.  Larry King!  You would think that Larry King could manage live TV (hello, he’s LARRY KING!)…but because they have their own way of doing things at QVC, even great ones like him must graduate.  So, I went mid-July, spent the night and day there, graduated and have been anticipating my air date ever since.  On Saturday afternoon, I boarded a flight to Philadelphia and off I went…back to QVC land!

My airport staples…a good book and iced coffee.  Also, I’m pretty sure this is like the fourth time I’ve worn this outfit to the airport this year.  It’s my number one cozy plane outfit 🙂 .

Please note my new denim jacket.  I looooove the color of it!!  Sometimes, they’re too dark but this one is just right.  There are so many size options at Anthro, so just as an FYI, I bought an xsmall.

So, after spending the week outside in the sun in San Antonio, my skin was in bad shape.  Even though I wore SPF 40 on my face and a hat, my skin was just dry and not healthy looking, so I busted out one of my prized face masks for the hotel that night.  I buy about two of these masks a year and save them for desperate times.  This my friends, was a desperate time.  Each mask is $17 (which is why I only use them about twice a year), but they do AMAZING things to your face.  And bonus, after you remove it (it’s like a baby wipe, so it lays flat and then comes right off), you can keep it in a baggie for one more use the next night.  Bam.  And yes, I bought those pjs in another print because THEY’RE SO CUTE AND COMFY!!

The next morning, we didn’t have to be there until 11, so I slept in a bit and enjoyed the Philly news (I love watching local news stations when I’m out of town!).  Then, I got ready.  At QVC, you make an appointment at their QVC salon for a 20 minute session where they blast some high quality HD makeup stuff on your face…but other than that, you do your own hair and makeup.  Here are all of my makeup staples that I’ve told you about 4 million times.  The only new one is the Smashbox Contouring Kit.  My friend Katey blogged about it and so I bought it too.  It’s really easy to use (there are step by step directions inside with instructions on how to apply it). I bought the light/medium one.  (You can read about most of the other makeup products HERE.)


So, based on what I was doing (talking about cookbooks), they asked me to wear something casual that looked like fall.  Hmmmmm?  I did what any smart girl would do.  I called Sheaffer because let’s be real…Sheaffer tells us what to do 🙂 .

Booties, gray jeans, pink top (it comes in three colors), jacket and light earrings for the win!

Thank you Sheaffer for telling me exactly what to wear…and nailing it 🙂 .

So, I arrived at QVC (which is UNBELIEVABLY MASSIVE!) and met sweet Jeri who made all of my recipes for that day’s show (plus everyone else’s too!).  My publishing house gave me aprons to pass out, so I had given one to her and then about 15 minutes later, I saw her again and she was wearing it.  How sweet is that?!  The nicest people work at QVC.  It’s like the Disney World of retail.  They’re AMAZING.

Speaking of amazing…this is Kimarie and she is amazing herself!!! I came home from QVC and was talking so much about her that Andrew had to stop me and make me talk about my experience (because I really just wanted to talk about how awesome this gal is!).  I just know we’re going to be friends for life.  We CLICKED.

And then I met the famous David Venable whose show I was about to be on.  He could not have been nicer to me.  You really don’t know what people are going to be like in person…and he was as engaging/funny/charming/sweet/sincere/lovable as you would imagine from watching his shows.  It was such a pleasure working with him.

After that, I waited in the green room for my air time (2:13 PM).  David’s show is on every Sunday from 12 to 3, so I watched and waited.  Here he is kicking off the show!

QVC is live 24/7/365.  Both times that I’ve been there, I’ve left being an even bigger QVC fan than the time before.  They just have a way about sharing items with their viewers that make it so PERSONAL.  They really have something special there at QVC.

Look at me on QVC!

And then it was show time for me!




I didn’t know much about QVC six months ago, but let me tell you this…everything I’ve learned about them since has been positive.  They really do seem to be this very family-oriented, encouraging, loving retailer that has a heart of gold.  It was such a joy to work with all of them.

And then the minute I walked off the sound stage, they took my mic and earpiece and I headed straight back to the airport.  I was home by 7:30 that night (to a hubby who had made me dinner).

So. Much. Fun!

If you missed out on ordering my bundle, you can still order it HERE.

Thank YOU guys so much for always making stuff like this fun for me.  You are so sweet, encouraging and send me so much love.  THANK YOU!!

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  • Hillary August 24, 2017 at 4:49 am

    So much fun! What is the brand of the gold watch you are wearing??

  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog August 24, 2017 at 4:49 am

    Sooo cool! Congrats on the show!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  • Beth August 24, 2017 at 5:22 am

    What a great honor to be on QVC! Congratulations!! Can’t wait to see what you have in store next!

  • Sarah Shaneyfelt August 24, 2017 at 5:33 am

    I don’t watch QVC but I watched your segment and it was so neat! I’m so intrigued by the fact that you had to go to QVC school. What do they teach you there or make sure you know in order to graduate?

    • Mix and Match Mama August 24, 2017 at 6:25 am

      Everything from the history of QVC, to how you have to stand on camera, to what you say, to their philosophy, to what to wear, to how sales are tracked…it was a lot of info!

      • Sarah Shaneyfelt August 24, 2017 at 8:04 am

        Wow–so interesting!!! I guess there is so much that goes into selling live on TV!

  • Holly Breton @ Pink Lady August 24, 2017 at 5:41 am

    I ordered the bundle! My first ever QVC purchase goes to one of my favorite bloggers! If you are ever back in Boston Shay, would love you to autograph the books 🙂

  • Elspeth Mizner August 24, 2017 at 5:44 am

    What a busy and quick trip. Loved watching you on QVC. Can’t wait to order Simmers.

  • Courtney August 24, 2017 at 5:51 am

    It looks like you rocked it! Thank you for sharing the behind the scenes. And your outfit was perfect! 🙂

  • Cori August 24, 2017 at 6:04 am

    Cute outfits! I have two questions?
    one…Where is that cute gold bracelet from in the denim jacket selfie? and two…what size did you do in the pink tank? I am 5’3″, too…never know if I should size petite or regular!

    • Mix and Match Mama August 24, 2017 at 6:24 am

      The tank is xsmall and the bigger cuff is Kendra Scott.

  • Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams August 24, 2017 at 6:11 am

    What a cool experience! You looked great 🙂 That airport outfit if perfect for traveling, where’s the dress from again? I also use the smashbox contour kit and it’s so easy to give your face a little definition. Sheaffer did a great job on your styling 🙂
    Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams

    • Mix and Match Mama August 24, 2017 at 6:24 am

      Nordstrom! It’s forever old but almost always in stock.

  • Alexis deZayas August 24, 2017 at 6:15 am

    What an awesome experience!! I have been anxiously awaiting my own copy of Simmers since the Spring 🙂

  • Mary Woods August 24, 2017 at 6:19 am

    Hi! What’s the Bobbi Brown and Channel products?

    • Mix and Match Mama August 24, 2017 at 6:23 am

      Bobbi Brown is her pressed illuminating powder and the Chanel is blush!

  • Amanda August 24, 2017 at 6:21 am

    Great outfit! I’ve already pre-ordered simmers and can’t wait to get it!

  • Leslie August 24, 2017 at 6:56 am

    So awesome! You looked beautiful and did such a great job! I love your gold watch! Can you link it or tell me where I can get one?

  • Sheaffer Sims August 24, 2017 at 7:06 am

    I mean, this was so much fun!!!! I loved watching you on air (as always)! But here’s the thing….I’m afraid if I don’t monitor myself very closely, I could become one of those people that watches QVC 24/7. So many great products, and OH MY WORD they make me want to buy every single dang one of them!

  • Erika Slaughter August 24, 2017 at 7:06 am

    So much fun to see the behind the scenes side of QVC! We watched over here, screamed when you came on, and were so proud! XO

  • Jen August 24, 2017 at 7:07 am

    What an amazing experience. And you were in my backyard! I live about 3 miles from QVC!

  • Madeleine August 24, 2017 at 7:16 am

    Just finished hiking up the spiral staircases of the Notre Dame in Paris and I’m sitting at the top taking a breather and reading today’s post! Is that the most random place that anyone has sat to read your blog post or what!?!

  • Marilyn Bridges August 24, 2017 at 7:16 am

    This is so intriguing! Just curious, what other types of things would you shop for on QVC, besides your cookbooks :)? Would love to see a recommended QVC prodcut post ideas!

  • Liz August 24, 2017 at 7:22 am

    I don’t watch qvc & never ordered from there but so excited for you! I didn’t realize your cookbooks are so small in size. I knew your kids one was small so kids can hold it. Make next bigger with lots more recipes 😉 they are all so easy! Perfect for busy families! Your hair & makeup look different from usual! Did they do it or you use glam squad? I need to try that! What brand is your watch?

    • Mix and Match Mama August 24, 2017 at 7:47 am

      Girl…no Glam Squad in that area, so I had to do it.

  • Laci August 24, 2017 at 7:28 am

    QVC makes me want to spend LOTS OF MONEY! I love how they show each product in detail. You were great!

  • kathy Olson August 24, 2017 at 7:34 am

    This was so fun! Congrats!
    Of course, I have to ask if you’ve seen the movie “Joy” with Jennifer Lawrence as it is about the main character’s invention and being on QVC. It’s a very good story with interesting characters. I think you’d like it.

    • Mix and Match Mama August 24, 2017 at 7:47 am

      I watched it on a flight!! It was so good!

      • Kathy August 24, 2017 at 11:10 am

        Oh good! I thought you’d like it💛

  • heidi August 24, 2017 at 7:44 am

    Soo amazing
    .I love that you got to do that. Wahoooo

  • MelanieL August 24, 2017 at 7:47 am

    I loved watching you on QVC! I only watch when my favorite people are on. 🙂

  • Angelique August 24, 2017 at 7:48 am

    Congratulations! You looked super cute (as always). I’m sure they will have you back to do it all again!

  • sydnee August 24, 2017 at 7:58 am

    How fun! I love seeing all the backend stuff and it must be surreal to see yourself on TV!

  • Heidi August 24, 2017 at 8:03 am

    So fun to read about your experience at QVC! I used to love watching that channel with my grandma when I was younger, and we’d call in and got to speak to the hosts live on the air a few times! Haha.

  • Holly Johnson August 24, 2017 at 8:04 am

    Shay! Do you wash your beauty blender? My mom never washed hers and started to get black mold spots on it 🙁 the beauty blender brand makes a nice cleanser or else I usually use just a bar of Dove soap. It really makes a difference! Your makeup always looks so nice – I thought I’d ask so you’re not spreading yucky stuff on your face every day!

    • Mix and Match Mama August 24, 2017 at 8:35 am

      Yes! I wash it once a week with my face cleanser!

  • Jackie August 24, 2017 at 8:08 am

    you are my favorite blogger! what an amazing opportunity to be on QVC. I was unable to watch and wasn’t able to order the cookbooks either. are the recipes available on your blog?

    • Mix and Match Mama August 24, 2017 at 8:35 am

      Almost all of the recipes are unique to that book! Simmers is really my favorite right now!! I love all of those recipes so much!

  • Liz August 24, 2017 at 8:15 am

    That smashbox contour kit is part of Sephora’s sale this week! Only $17, buying now

  • The Nelson Nook August 24, 2017 at 8:17 am

    So much fun watching you on QVC ! I made sure to tune in from here in Nebraska ! Ordered and can’t wait to receive the cook books !

  • Kelly Henderson August 24, 2017 at 8:21 am

    He did “happy dance” for you! That’s awesome, my kids love In the Kitchen with David just so they can wait for the happy dance!

  • Tracy August 24, 2017 at 8:41 am

    What a fun segment. Love how excited he got over your food! Too cute!

  • Angela Ellingson August 24, 2017 at 8:46 am

    So interesting to get the behind the scenes scoop. Loved watching you and David’s happy dance!

  • Ryan August 24, 2017 at 9:02 am

    Hey! Are the booties you are wearing for QVC the french taupe or the greystone? Sheaffer did a great job! Such a cute outfit! Thanks!

    • Mix and Match Mama August 24, 2017 at 1:23 pm

      French Taupe!

  • Terri August 24, 2017 at 9:03 am

    I love your blog and I think you do some pretty awesome things like your cookbooks. I have to ask where you got the booties in your last picture. They are adorable.

    • Mix and Match Mama August 24, 2017 at 1:23 pm

      Nordstrom! I just bought them during their Anniversary Sale. They’re still in stock!

  • Amy Rae DeVito August 24, 2017 at 9:06 am

    Congratulations! I’m so happy for you and all of your success!

    Amy @

  • Melanie August 24, 2017 at 9:09 am

    Have you watched the movie called “Joy”? It was a good movie and I learned a little about how QVC works.

  • Ari August 24, 2017 at 9:33 am

    Would you mind linking your watch and gold necklaces? Loooove!!!:)

  • Becky August 24, 2017 at 9:41 am

    Yay! How fun and exciting! Would you ever consider doing an “accessories” blog post? I’m always on the hunt for new, fun purses and you have cute ones 😊. And I have seen others above asking about your watch, so thought it would be a helpful post to others as well. Oh yeah, and then a new closet tour would be fun too! 😉

  • Jenny August 24, 2017 at 9:55 am

    So fun! I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of Simmers. Slow cooker meals are my favorite!

  • Kayla B August 24, 2017 at 9:57 am

    Thanks for linking to the QVC clips and cookbooks! So fun to see you on there. Random question: do you have a favorite face wash?? I need a new one.

    • Mix and Match Mama August 24, 2017 at 1:22 pm

      I have been using Tula’s all summer and LOVE it!

  • Gabrielle Storey August 24, 2017 at 10:37 am

    Looks like you had a fun time! Just ordered and can’t wait to receive them! Love love your multi color wallet by the way! SO cute, wish they still made that print…

  • Genevieve August 24, 2017 at 11:27 am

    Do you have a link to the black maxi you wore at the airport? Or maybe the brand at Nordstrom? It looks SO comfortable!

    • Mix and Match Mama August 24, 2017 at 1:22 pm

      It’s Lush!!

  • Lindsay @ Lindsay's Sweet World August 24, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    Congratulations, Shay!! This is awesome! I can’t wait to get my hands on your Simmers cookbook!

  • Amanda @ That Inspired Chick August 24, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    So proud of you, friend!! Can’t wait for Simmers!!!

  • Sandy August 24, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    Congratulations of being on QVC!! I have a question. When you travel with a tote bag like the one shown, do you also bring a purse? I’m trying figure out what’s needed. Thank you!

    • Mix and Match Mama August 24, 2017 at 3:43 pm

      If I’m only gone a night, then no. If I’m gone longer, then I’ll throw a crossbody in my bag.

  • Kellie August 24, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    When my daughter was an infant QVC kept me company during those late night feedings. Eighteen years ago most stations went off around 2-3am so it was nice to have a live person talking to me….also a good thing I had baby in my arms or I would have ordered way too many things. ha!

  • heather August 24, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    What size did you purchase in the Nordstrom pajamas

    • Mix and Match Mama August 25, 2017 at 5:53 am


  • Emily K August 24, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    Just read the class mom book. Fun little read. Congrats on your qvc appearance.

  • Desiree | Beautifully Seaside August 24, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    How fun! I loved the video! You did great as always and I can’t wait to try out that cobbler!

  • Katie August 24, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    What a whirlwind!! And so much fun!! Preordered my copies!!

  • Lizzie @ This Happy Life August 24, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    I love QVC and you rocked it!! Congrats!

  • Molly August 25, 2017 at 6:53 am

    Hi Shay,
    Could you tell me where you purchased your gold bracelets you are wearing with your airport outfit? Super cute!

    • Mix and Match Mama August 25, 2017 at 7:14 am

      The big cuff is Kendra Scott, the two thin ones are from Nordstrom and the other one is Stella & Dot.

  • Kimarie Santiago August 25, 2017 at 7:51 am

    Shay, love you girl!! You’re such an incredible person with so much to share!! Thank you for the kind words – I’m touched and very grateful!! Friends for life!! Btw: making your Pineapple, Lime Chicken Tostadas recipe from SIMMERS tonight!! Sounds so delicious – can’t wait!!

  • Emily Wallace August 25, 2017 at 9:57 am

    We don’t have cable so I wouldn’t normally see or order something from QVC. Thanks for sharing when you were on and doing a post about it! I ordered the bundle and received it yesterday. The cookbooks are great but I wasn’t wild about the packaging from QVC. If you have the opportunity to share feedback with them, please tell them that a single cookbook bundle did NOT require a sprinkling of styrofoam packing peanuts in the oversized box. They didn’t cushion anything and are not good for the environment. Could QVC consider shifting to the air pockets that so many other retailers use?

  • Kate August 25, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    The Saltopia salts are amazing, and I wasn’t surprised they Sold Out within minutes! Quality sells!!!

  • Amy August 25, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    Next time, stay in the Philly area and make a weekend of it! I live not too far from QVC, and there’s so much to see and do here. 🙂

  • Kristin S August 31, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    I can’t believe I missed this! If I’d known the air date, i would have recorded it. (I was on an Alaska cruise that day.)

    I love hearing your perspective of QVC. I’ve shopped with them since 1993 when I came home from college and my mom had gotten hooked. People laugh but I’ve gotten some great products over the years. Beauty has GREAT deals.

  • Natalie September 6, 2017 at 12:11 am

    Hello! Could you please tell me what book you are reading in the photo taken at the airport at the top of the post? Thank you!

    • Mix and Match Mama September 6, 2017 at 5:00 am

      Class Mom by Laurie Gelman! Such a cute book!!