Not for nothing, but this past Sunday, I was looking pretty Jerseylicious as the hubs and I headed off to the â€œJerseyliciousâ€ red carpet premiere at LUA in Hoboken, NJ. Being that Iâ€™m a Jersey girl and a reality TV lover, this was the place to be.
We arrived at LUA and the place was already hopping. Everyone was in great spirits and excited to congratulate the cast of Gatsby Salonâ€™sâ€ Jerseylicious.â€ We found a spot near the bar and I quickly realized we were right near all the action. The cast and their families were all around us.Â I walked up to a few of the cast members and congratulated them on the show. I must say, the cast really worked the crowd, walking around saying hi to everyone. No signs of Alexa or Olivia though.
The premiere was organized by The Hip Event in Montclair, NJ and they assured me that the cast will be answering questions in the press room. About half an hour after being there, we went into the press room, each cast member spoke to each person from the press. I had already thought about what questions I would ask. I wanted to be original and fun, like my Blues Traveler interview. Enough of the â€œwhat are you wearing, what do you think of the Jerseylicious v. Jersey Shoreâ€ business.
First up, Anthony Lombardi, who owns the Anthony Robert Salon in Verona, NJ.Â Anthony and I already chatted it up a bit earlier and I knew he was a totally down to earth guy. Iâ€™m not one to brag, but before Anthony and I started the interview he told me that my husband and I were his faves. Iâ€™m not shocked, weâ€™re Jerseylicious too. We were there to have a good time and watch a fun show about our home state, Jersey baby.
Anthony said heâ€™s proud to be from Jersey and thatâ€™s what makes him Jerseylicious. â€œIâ€™m proud of everything the State has to offer. I love everything about this State, Iâ€™m a Jersey boy at heart and I wear it on my sleeve and if that makes me Jerseylicious, so be itâ€ he stated. When I asked Anthony what Jersey celebrity he thought had the best style, he took off his hat, displaying his shaved head and said â€œI gotta say Bruce Willis. Heâ€™s another Jersey boy that lets it all out there, he made it big and heâ€™s not afraid to say heâ€™s from New Jersey.â€ Anthony always uses a little Bay Rum on his head after shaving and says it feels fantastic.
Christy the salon manager, who is also Gayleâ€™s daughter, came over to speak with me next.Â She is proud to be a Jersey Girl and said â€œI think all us Jersey girls have our own style and originality. Weâ€™re loud and bold and not afraid to say what we want to say.â€ Christyâ€™s favorite NJ celebrity is Bon Jovi. â€œEven for a gentleman, he has great hair, he always looks great. I love the fact that heâ€™s never too dressed up. Heâ€™s my all time favorite.â€ Christyâ€™s go-to style product her Gatsby hairspray.â€ I canâ€™t live without itâ€ she said with excitement. Who knew the Gatsby Salon had their own product line? I sure didnâ€™t. At one point during the night I was able to chat it up in the ladies room with Christy. We talked about Twitter and I offered to give her a Twitter 101 lesson if she ever wanted. I told her itâ€™s a great tool to market the company and herself.
Gayle Giacomo, Gatsby Salon owner, says she really likes style and has always liked to look nice. â€œI want to be the best I can be, even at 52. I think our women in Jersey care about what they look like, it means a lot to us.â€ She really looked beautiful for the premiere. Jon Bon Jovi would have agreed, heâ€™s her fave Jersey celebrity. Her favorite products are the SkinCeutical line and KÃ©rastase for her hair.
Another new addition to the salon, Gigi is full of personality and said that her hair and nails are what makes her Jerseylicious. She is proud of her nails and stressed that they are real and she cut them down recently. She stated â€œbeing Jerseylicious means being well put together, feeling good about yourself and being confident.â€ Â For cosmetics Gigi loves MAC and for hair she likes Chi hairspray, KÃ©rastase and Goldwell.
Last but not least, I had the opportunity to chat with Tracy who was looking super stylish in her leopard print dress and teased out hair. I asked her what makes her so Jerseylicious and she said â€œI think that I donâ€™t take no for an answer, I donâ€™t let people tell me what to do. I mean Iâ€™m my own person, Iâ€™ve never followed anyone in my life.â€Â She discussed her role on the show and said sheâ€™s pretty much the â€œI donâ€™t take anything from anybody kinda girlâ€. Tracy said we will see that and how Olivia tries to push her around but it doesnâ€™t really work out for her. Like Gigi, Tracy said her hair is the most Jerseylicious thing about her. Â She is a self-proclaimed tease queen. â€œTray tease thatâ€™s what everyone calls me.â€ Â Jerseylicious is about personality and, being friendly and nice to everyone, she said. â€œI mean itâ€™s the greatest place to be, Jersey, and everyone needs to stop hating on it.â€ Hear Hear!
Asking Tracy what NJ celebrityâ€™s style she adores she stated without hesitation â€œBruce is pretty up thereâ€.Â Being that my husband is a huge Springsteen fan, and Anthony already stated he loves Bruce Willisâ€™s style, I needed to clarify. My husband was eagerly awaiting an answer. Â Â â€œBruce Springsteen or Bruce Willis? If you say Springsteen, my husband is going to be very happyâ€ I said. â€œOh yeah I was saying Springsteen. Who doesnâ€™t love Baby Bruce?â€ Tracy replied. So now we know who my husbandâ€™s favorite Gatsby Girl is, Tracy, without a doubt.
Tracy is a huge fan of Chi Helmet Head hairspray. She swears your hair wonâ€™t move and stay in place forever. â€œPeople say oh my hair doesnâ€™t stay. That product, it will never let your hair fall. Itâ€™s the best thing on the marketâ€ Tracy declared.
We ended up grabbing a drink with Tracy at the end of the night when the place was clearing out. We talked about Bruce (Springsteen that is), the show and more. I was a pleasantly surprised how nice Tracy was. I saw the previews before the premiere, and they make her out to be the not so nice one. But like she said earlier in the night, sheâ€™s just a Jersey girl who doesnâ€™t take no for an answer and isnâ€™t a follower. I can respect that. Sheâ€™s really just a Jersey girl. Since Iâ€™m a Jersey girl born and raised, I get it.
Next up the viewing party. There were TVâ€™s scattered around the bar and we all gathered around cheering on the cast and watched the premiere episode. The show is about the re-invention of the Gatsby Salon in Green Brook, NJ. The owner Gayle decided to renovate Gatsby Salon a decade after her husbandâ€™s passing, with the help of her daughter Christy, the salon manager. Not only did they want to change the physical look and feel of the salon, by updating it, they wanted to bring in some fun younger new stylists to help with the salons re-birth. The cast is full of bold, bright personalities with tons of style and flair. The remaining episodes will document the lives of the new stylists as they enter a new journey with the Gatsby Salon.
Right before we left LUA, we ran into Brielle Morelli, a Season 2 Jerseylicious hopeful. Brielle is hoping to land a role as a featured cast member for next season. Sheâ€™s super sweet and we are crossing our fingers for her.
After meeting this super cool, down to earth cast, I am without a doubt a Jerseylicious fan. The show is fun and totally Jersey. How could you not love it?
Make sure you check out Jerseylicious on the Style Network Sunday nights 10/9 c.
Originally written for http://www.mrsmonj.com
Photos courtesy of The Hip Event.
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