HSN is celebrating Colleen Lopez’s 20th anniversary as a host, but there are still things you may not know about her, so we sat down with her to learn about some of her favorite products and her time leading up to becoming one of HSN’s most beloved hosts.
1. Rode a Giant Turtle
A favorite childhood memory for me is riding a 100 year old turtle at the Como Park Zoo in my home town, St. Paul Minnesota (I still adore turtles!).
2. Had Braces as a Kid
I wore braces when I was in the 7th grade!
3. Attended Modeling School
I went to John Robert Powers modeling and career school in my late teens……I figured you’d get a kick out of this photo – Haha!
4. Married for 32 Years
I have been married to my best friend and soulmate for 32 years. Carlos and I were married at the St. Paul Cathedral (the same church where my parents were married) on February 6. 1982.
5. First Airplane Ride Was With My Sweetheart
The first time I flew on an airplane was when Carlos and I traveled to Mexico for our honeymoon.
6. Hosted My First Show After Winning a Contest
My first time on TV was when I won a “Host for a Day” contest on the local Twin Cities Talk Show, “Good Company with Steve and Sharon” – I was 26 years old.
7. HSN Was Not My First Shopping Network
I worked for 3 years in the late 80’s for the Minnesota based TV Shopping Network CVN – Get a load of my 80’s hair!
8. I’m a Northern Girl
I love the snow! I’m a Minnesota girl at heart and snow skiing is my favorite sport.
9. Love Taking (and Sharing) Photos of Florida Sunset
I love living in Florida and nothing beats our beautiful sunsets! Sunset is my favorite time of the day and I photograph them whenever I can (If you’re my Facebook Friend you already know this)!
10. Swimming is My Favorite Way to Exercise
Swimming is my favorite way to exercise and I swim several times a week. This photo was taken at our Lake Cabin on Big Birch Lake in Minnesota back when our boys were little.
11. Country is My Favorite Genre
I’m a big country music fan – Working with Keith Urban was huge thrill for me!
12. Homemade Mexican Food Tops the Charts
My Husband is an amazing cook – I can’t resist Carlos’ Mexican food.
13. My Oldest Son Married His Sweetheart
One of the happiest days of my life was in February of this year in San Juan, Puerto Rico, when our oldest son, Carlos, married the girl of his dreams – our new Daughter, Christie!
14. Has a Bigger Family Than Most
I’m blessed to be part of a large family – I have 5 Brothers & Sisters & 14 Nieces and Nephews who all live in Minnesota. Here’s a photo of some of the “McCarthy’s” at Carlos and Christie’s Rehersal Dinner at their destination wedding in Puerto Rico.
15. Love Being a Mother
Being the Mom of Boys (Carlos Patrick and Thomas James) is my greatest Joy!
16. We Love Our Dog
I absolutely cherish our 17-year-old Chihuahua, Muffin.
17. We (Also) Love Our Family’s Dogs
Speaking of dogs…. I adore our 2s, grand pup Jasper (2 1/2 year old Chesapeake Bay Retriever) and Biggie (10 month old English Bulldog).
18. Shopping Is A Sport For Me
I enjoy the thrill of the hunt. I love to check out jewelry shows, antique shops, vintage stores, and art galleries – I’m always hunting for hidden treasure.
19. Earned a Professional Certification in Gemstones
I’m passionate about gemstones. I’ve studied with the Gemological Institute of America and earned my AJP (Accredited Jewelry Professional).
20. My Favorite City to Visit is…
I love to travel – my favorite city in the world is Paris 🙂
Thank you for supporting me all of these years! I love connecting with viewers and would love to hear from you in the comments below!